Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Milk, milk and more milk... I shop at Sam's club every two weeks. When I go, I buy 7 or 8 gallons of milk. This will last us for two weeks. I have mentioned before that Sebastian doesn't really eat. He does drink milk. Lots of it! He can only have skim milk, because for some reason milkfat causes him to be extremely crabby. If he could drink whole milk, I would not have to worry about how scrawny he is, but he can't, so I worry. Tim II also eats cereal about every meal he eats at home. This is NOT because there are no other options - he just chooses cereal. I used to buy 6 gallons at a time, until I found a way to fit 8 gallons in my fridge. When I bought 6 gallons, occasionally somebody would stop me in the store and ask me how many kids I had. Now that I buy 8 gallons, I ALWAYS get stopped. Not once a trip, but at least twice and in the case of last week, I was stopped 3 times by interested people. I had a not so nice older lady tell me the milk would go bad if I got it for two weeks. I nicely showed her the sell by date and told her that I had been doing this for 2 years and hadn't had a problem yet. Don't you love it when people try to tell you what your doing wrong, when they don't even know you and you didn't ask there opinion?
Sebastian's first hair cut. His bangs were getting in his eyes, so I cautiously let Tim trim them. I warned him if he cut off all his baby curls that I would be mad - I would be BEYOND FURIOUS and CRY FOR DAYS, MAYBE WEEKS!!! He knew he did not want to chance that and only cut his bangs. I have his agreement that he will wait until he is 3 before we cut the curls.
Here Sebastian is with his new look. By the way, does he look like a girl? A few strangers have called him a girl. Just yesterday, a realtor asked me if he was a boy or a girl. He was wearing dark navy blue sweats, a navy blue pooh and tigger shirt, and black tennis shoes. How girly could he look?
This is the finished closet. Well, almost finished. We have to put up a new hanging rack thingy and then we will move the clothes from where they are into the actual closet. It doesn't look like much, but you would have had to see how it used to have a door directly where you are looking at. He took that out, moved the plumbing, electric, drain, washer and dryer to get it back to being a closet. It really was a huge job and it looks so nice! The only way I am accepting that I had to live WITHOUT this big closet for the last 7 years is to think about the walk-in closet we will have in our new house! Otherwise, I would really be whining that I had to wait 7 years for him to do this closet. But, I am not whining... nope, not me!
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sing, Spell, Read and Write. The book is the Off We Go book. I had purchased the whole set to use with Savannah, but ended up only using this book before moving on to The Reading Lesson and Explode the Code. I liked the songs from Sing, Spell, Read and Write and I liked the letter pages, but the program was way too much to do without getting lost. We would listen to the songs, work on coloring in the letter page and then work on the Get Set for the Code books A, B, C. A friend of mine had told me to post the letter pictures on the wall. At first I was horrified! Put pictures all over my walls! I had just decorated my rooms, why would I want things that didn't match??? Yes, I really used to feel that way. I soon changed my mind and now can't seem to imagine ever thinking that way. My mom had bought me a Xyron Laminator from Michaels. Tip - use a 40% off coupon to purchase anything at Michaels. After Savannah finished each page, she got to run it through the laminator. She loved this part! Then we would put it up on the wall. I cannot begin to tell you how much she referred to these letters over the years as she was learning to read. Even Timmy was a little stunned that I was taking them down today. I told him that soon enough we would be putting Mr. Sebastian's letters up one by one in our new home. When somebody asks me what my favorite program is for teaching reading, my answer is that it isn't ONE program. After a lot of trial and error, I found that Savannah needed a little bit from several programs. She learned a lot of the sounds part form the Sing, Spell, Read and Write cd. Really, just the main song that goes aaaaa - apple, bbbbb - ball, etc. I think the letter pages were wonderful to go along with that song and cement the sounds in. Then the Get Set for the Code books leading into the Explode the Code series were great for teaching rule. The Reading Lesson was great for putting those rules to use and finally she loves Pathway Readers. These are very plain readers written by the Amish, but there is something about them that holds kids attention. She did almost all of K-1 in one year and is about halfway through 3rd grade right now. I don't really understand the draw of these books, but I have heard it over and over again about them. So, today, marked a day where I realized Savannah really didn't need her letters on the wall so much anymore and it was time to clean up and declutter to move on. Where did that time go? I carefully put the pages away and will store them will all of her other work. Someday, we will get to look through them and remember the fun we had when she was 4 years old!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Yep! It is that time of year again! You can almost feel the sugar rush and calories flowing into your body, huh? Above is my favorite - the Samoa - ahhh... is there a better cookie? Next is Tim's favorite. I have to be desperate for chocolate to eat a thin mint. I secretly think that is why they are his favorite - because they actually stick around because I don't really like them. Last is the Cafe Cookie. I think this was new last year and I never got around to trying it. I was reading the description and it sounds like it could quite possible taste like those cookies you sometimes get on an airplane. Yes, I am odd, I really like those airline cookies. They are sweet and caramelized. I am going to try some of the Cafe ones this year. Savannah has her cookie list below. In the bottom right corner it has a place where she is supposed to put her goal. Can you see that she wrote in 1800 boxes of cookies! Oh my! Do I have an overachiever or what? I had to rain on her parade and tell her that wasn't even in the realm of possibilities. She took it as well as could be expected! Seriously, I was considering scaling back our cookies sales this year. Last year we sold somewhere around 235 boxes. There is a really good reason behind this - I found that Sebastian loved walking around the neighborhood. He was particularly crabby at this time last year and it was a fluke. I had taken them out to sell to our immediate neighbors. He was so happy, we kept walking and then we did it again the next day. We sold a ton of cookies! He was happy and ready to go to bed when we arrived home. See, I had a good reason to sell those cookies. It wasn't until afterward that I found out that there is a better reason for selling them. I was a girl scout for I think 7 years and always sold cookies. Savannah has been a girl scout for 4 years. This is her 3rd year selling cookies. I knew that the cookies made money for girl scouts, but I never really knew how much. Last year, our leader told us and I pulled up the info on the web this year. I found that your local area girl scouts get 70% of the cost of each box of cookies. Of that 70%, about 17% goes directly to our troop. Then I did the math... If Savannah sold 235 boxes last year, she made $822.50 total. Of that $822.50, $139.83 went directly to her troop and the balance of $682.67 went to support the girl scout council in our area. That means it paid for all the wonderful camps she has gotten to travel to or it covered office expenses or field trip expenses, etc. That is pretty amazing that by selling cookies, we were able to help contribute that much. And they are pretty easy to sell because everyone wants them. So, like I said, I was pondering whether we would try to sell very much this year. I have a lot on my plate right now with trying to move and stay sane all at the same time. My wonderful husband asked me not to take on a bunch of cookie sales because he knows I am a wee bit stressed. So far we have sold about 90 boxes by not doing a whole lot of work and I was wondering if I should walk the neighborhood a little more with her and sell some more cookies. I even thought that we most likely won't be here next year, so why should we sell? Then I remembered that she has been to camp 3 times and enjoyed every minute of it. I remembered that her wonderful leader has put many hours and lots of her own money into this troop. I guess it came down to that if walking around the neighborhood selling some cookies gives back to the camps and her troop, then it is something I think we should be doing. And as a bonus Sebastian will be so happy! When we walked up one side of the street on Sunday evening, he wanted to hug and kiss every person as we left! What a silly and loving boy! I only let him hug this one sweet older lady and I think it made her day. I would love for him to be able to share his sweetness, but I am so afraid he will get the flu!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
This is all the STUFF from the pantry! I told you it was a lot! How come everyone says we have nothing to eat?
I forgot to take a picture of it painted without stuff in it... this is the AFTER with stuff in there.
And here is the door I hadn't painted since it was installed 2 years ago! It looks so much nicer now!
Saturday, January 13, 2007
What comes to mind when you see the color orange?
An orange as in the fruit... I know - boring, but that is what comes to mind.
Did you ever get in trouble while you were in school? If so, what was it for?
The very first time I ever got in trouble, I was in first grade. I should say WE got in trouble. My best friend, Patty (who now goes by Tricia) and I always walked to school together. We lived just down the street from school. It was not far at all. When the freezing cold of an Illinois winter set in, her mom insisted on driving us to school. Her mom had an older car - read junker car. You know the kind where you have to go out and start it and leave it running while you get ready to go? That was part of the problem. The other part of the problem was Kristi. This is Patty's younger sister. She was about 2 at the time. She was a pain! She wouldn't eat her breakfast or get her hair brushed or anything. We used to crawl under the table and struggle to get her shoes on. When we finally would get out to the car (that had been warming up forever) it would die! This made us late for school A LOT! After so many times, we were sent to Mr. Krawl's office (the principal). He gave us a stern look and immediately went into the "You absolutely cannot keep dawdling on your way to school" speech. We immediately began to cry big buckets of tears. I am talking like hysterical crying. Give us a break - we were like 6 years old. We finally did manage to tell him it was because of her mom's car and he sort of chuckled at us and sent us back to class. That was the end of it. I am happy to say I didn't get in trouble in school until high school and that is a whole other story for a whole other day.
Which topping(s) make up your perfect pizza?
Extra Cheese, Italian Sausage, and MUSHROOM - much to many people's dismay - I love mushrooms!
Do you believe in UFOs/aliens/etc.? Why or why not?
I really don't know. I guess I don't if I don't have a strong opinion, but then I think that I really do believe that anything could be possible. So, it is back to I don't know.
What color is your bedspread/comforter/quilt?
It is white with pale purple blocks and slight floral here and there. Of course, there is a story behind it. I had a quilt that I loved, but it wore out. Tim knew he was getting a small bonus from work and decided to surprise me with shopping for a new bedset with it. We went out shopping and I was so lucky to find this queen comforter on clearance for something like $12! It was a crazy price. And one aisle over were the perfect lavender sheets to go with it. They were like $90 sheets on clearance for $30. We were way under budget and got a set I love!
Friday, January 12, 2007
God's hands. I hope you enjoy the song even if you are ONE OF THOSE that says they DO NOT like country music. Oh and there is NO VIDEO - just music. I couldn't find any video. Sorry.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
I found this one when I was looking for a Christmas format, but didn't really think it was Christmas - y. I thought it was so pretty though. I don't really get the caption, "In the depth of winter I finally realized in me lay an invincible summer." I didn't pick it for that... I just thought the horses were soooooo incredibly pretty. They reminded me of Savannah since she is so horse crazy at the moment. This may not be exciting to some, but I get so excited when I mess around with the html on these blogs. Sometimes I can find a blog that I sorta like, but maybe I don't like the color of the letters or the size etc. Sometimes they don't have the comments section at the end of the post. It is not really rocket science, but it took me a little while figure it out initially. I could take a blog template I liked and cut the code from there and add it back into mine. On this one I just did... I didn't like how small the letters were, so I found where that was in the html. I also changed the color while I was there. Next, it was missing the archives on the sidebar. I grabbed that code from my last template and put the archives back. Next, I didn't like the color of the archives and links... no problem I just put at different color code in. Finally, my comments were missing from this new format. Again, I just took the comments section from my other html code and put it back. Clear as mud, huh? Somehow, I think this makes me believe I do actually have a tiny, little bit of brainpower left after having children!
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Can we talk about laundry for a moment? I know it is dirty stuff, but somebody has to do it, right? I don't remember when, exactly, I first started doing laundry. I suspect it was about the time I started buying my own clothes with my VERY OWN babysitting money. I distinctly remember my sister, Michelle, taking said clothes - wearing them and then throwing them onto her floor never to be found again. It infuriated me! Fast forward about 5 years and I got married and had a family. I remember I was not particularly good about getting laundry put away. I would wash it, throw it into a basket, pull it out of the basket for one of us to wear, throw it back into the laundry. It was a vicious cycle. Then one day I was introduced to
Flylady. Now this was quite a long time ago and I have not been back to this site in like 7 years. If you know anything about Flylady, you know that the emails she will send you can get really annoying. If you don't know anything about Flylady, here is your ten second tutorial. Basically, this site helps you get organized, keep your house clean and declutter your life. She really does have some great tips. I really am glad I stumbled upon the site. BUT... I couldn't stand the nine million emails she would send to see if you had done a zillion and one things. So, I tweaked her. I took what I wanted and left the rest. What does this have to do with laundry? Well, I am getting there, really, I am! One of her "rules" is that you must put your laundry away when it comes out of the dryer. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Hey - I know that it sounds simple, but I am sure that I can't be the only one that didn't quite ever do that until I read her rule. I suddenly made this distinct effort to put the clothes away as soon as they were dry. I folded towels and hung up clothes AS SOON AS THEY WERE DRY! It was amazing! Literally, it changed my life! I still had to tweak it though. Previously, I just did laundry whenever. I quickly figured out that I was not good at stopping to put clothes away if I was busy doing something else. This got me thinking that if I had a laundry day, a day where I knew I had to put my clothes away or I was not going to be able to sleep in my bed that night - then maybe I would stick to this. That is what I did - I made a laundry day. For me the last several years it has been Tuesday. It is just a good day for laundry. I don't usually have to go anywhere on Tuesday - so I can stay in sweats and wash everything. Now, don't get me wrong, I still have to do laundry on other days. Things like bedding or at present time - clothing that Sebastian has wet through to for the hundredth time. For the most part though, all clothing and towels are done in one day and put away. Since I am writing a novel about my dirty laundry, I think I should tell you that I stink at the other rules of laundry. I don't really care for sorting much. I am not really into lots of different soaps, softeners, rinse cycles, etc. I am sure I could probably do better, but I really don't care. Tim's grandma used to have a whole card table in the basement with lots of different detergents. It just overwhelmed me, but her laundry did really smell amazing! Wow! I can't believe how much I have written about this. I never intended it to get this long. I am not done though... You see Tim was off of work for two weeks. During that time, he made lots and lots of campfires. He also did lots of work around the house including moving our laundry room and installing a new washer and dryer. Several times during this vacation, he did a load of laundry. Either his favorite jacket smelled like campfire smoke or his favorite jeans were dusty from drywalling. That is really great, right? In some ways, it is really great. Here is the thing though... he does the laundry, but he does NOT PUT IT AWAY AS SOON AS IT IS DRY! I know really, really nit-picky! I can hear you all saying I am being a *bleep*! Really, I am not. I just got to today - my normal - laundry day and found the basket of clothes and towels he had washed stacked way high. Remember the overwhelmed thing I told you about - yes that was exactly what I was overwhelmed! I am happy to say that I conquered my demons, I not only did all my usual laundry and put it away - I got all of the UNSCHEDULED laundry put away too! Whew! I can breathe again!