He made a trip to the store.
Friday, October 31, 2008
He made a trip to the store.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Self-taught, oh so talented and she gives her creations away bi weekly! If there are any little girls in your life you have to check out this blog. I cannot believe the dress she gave away last week...dreamy:)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
1st, We have to decided on faces! Jason was super smart a few years ago and saved a newspaper with tons of ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Then we make a rough draft on paper of our creation.
Grady tried too...actually went with that pirate eye patch...
Teagen chose a skeleton(I know, weird)
You must throw a fit. It wouldn't be a family tradition without a good fit(or 3)
Scoop guts just once and pass to Dad.
And after mom and dad carve for hours(for the record, Summer did most of her own) We have 5 masterpieces!
Mine is Lydia. 1st name that came to my head. Yeah, I am aware that's weird too.
Summers, Capten Moonlight. her spelling according to the name cards she made up.
And Jason's, David. Because we were referring to him being Michelangelo. He was so into the carving and I was a total grinch. Just not into it. Sorry!
The Gang, 2008.
After its all said and done, take about 20 pictures on the timer to get a family shot. None will turn out so pick the one where everyone looks the least scary. Yes, this is our least scary shot. My hair is out of control and Grady lost his pants. Summer found a winter hat, Teagen kept inching out of the photo, and Jason had been in his PJ's since about 4pm. Its a miracle one of the animals didn't find there way into this shot.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
So what should we do? At first, we were totally going to the Red Wings game. But after really thinking that through, it would cost us more than $300 and thats just silly. I can think of a TON more things to spend $300 on. Like paper. kidding. sorta.
So then I got this idea that I wanted to go to the Melting Pot in GR. Never been, but I love fondue(who doesnt?). However, after spending some time on their website, I realize that we wont get out of there for less than $100. Not sure I can justify that. Even if our dates are "seasonal"(about 4 times a year) thats a lot of $$ for dinner. Again, that equals a lot of paper. OK and other scrapbook and art supplies.
Most likely, we will end up at El Burrito, have a few drinks, and shop for Xmas gifts. I even have free movie tickets, but we cant stop talking long enough to sit through a movie. And there is nothing I really want to see.
Anyway, good luck to Rachael with all the monsters. And thank you Rae-Mae.
And I 'll post tomorrow on what we decided:)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Summer is so pokey in the morning. It drives me crazy. She gets distracted easily. We get into the car, she's finally buckled(2 carseats and a booster is not conducive to easy buckling) and she forgets to brush her teeth. I still get her to school on time(today, that is) and I get home with the littles and its just one annoyance after another. Grady sits on Teagen. Yes he's younger, but he's bigger. Teagen is refusing to got to the bathroom alone. Come on. It was just irritating to me. She's made because she thinks I dressed her in Summer's clothes. They are not, but she believes that they look like something Summer would wear. What? I buy both of their clothes, and accept NO input from them. So all their clothes look the same because its my taste!
OK, lunch. Chicken Nuggets. We all leave the room for a second(milk fill-ups) and Chase has stolen a plate of nuggets. For the most part, our dogs are very trustworthy with food that is on tables. But in her old age(shes 10) Chase has kinda rewritten the rules and helps herself to whatever she wants if no on is watching. So I wasn't very nice to her. She's spending some time outside today.
The kicker of my day so far(its not even 2pm) is I just left the room for 2 minutes(bathroom) and come back in to find Teagen and Grady having a stompfest on what was a sleeve of ritz crackers. Cracker crumbs everywhere. I have never seen such a mess. Too bad I sent the dogs out!(that's what I get for being such a meanie) I will never get rid of all the crumbs. It was on the hardwood floors, but of course we don't have laminate, or even newer wood floors. Nope, these are the 100 year old cracked and dented floors. With lots of spaces for the crumbs to hide. I'm getting the dogs to lick it up(I'll mop later)...
So writing it all down has put it in perspective for me. I count myself pretty lucky that this is a bad day at my house. I really have it so good. Its fun to actually have it all written in one place. I love blogging. I love my kids. I love my husband, and yes I love my dogs too.
I leave you with a pic of "The Tank" This is from this past summer, but its football season now and he loves to watch it. Calls out"game!game!" when its on TV. I can't wait until he can play.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
As I am taking this one of both girls, Teagen says quietly, "I like my teeth". Me too, baby. Me too.
I am done with self portraits for a while. It can be a pain and the bad shots make me want to puke.
But here are a few with the new specs....
Excuse the 6 O'clock News hairstyle I got goin' on these days. Its either this or about 30 minutes with the flatiron. I picked this today.
The classic self portrait taken from above with arm outstreched, hence the weird shoulder. Gonna move on to the timer.
Cute glasses, huh? They are so comfortable and I can see SO much better. I guess thats the most important thing! Seven years and 3 babies have changed my already horrible vision.
OK, enough. The only thing that keeps me at this is the fact that we have very few pics of my mom in her 30s (even if she only lived to be 33). I can think of maybe 2 pictures. What I would do for a stack of self portraits of her...
Now if I could only get Grady to cooperate:)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I was told that ya'll needed a pic to prove how bad the ugly duckling really is....
packaging is just fine. unbelievable.
I had a craving for homemade mac n cheese tonight (the cruddy weather brings that on)so since I needed to get my glasses in town anyway, we went to walmart to get the stuff to make it. I also decided on some new art supplies and this hat...
Teagen is currently obsessed with these velvet posters. This time is was a whole pack of Tinkerbell ones. They are now hung all over the place here. She is very careful when coloring and spends a time on it.
More random. Have you seen these?
Are you ready for this? They are Crocs!!!!! I about died. I so want to try a pair. I just don't get it. I need to touch them, because I do not believe they are like regular Crocs. But I guess they are. I admit that I bought a pair of the mary janes in black in September. They are pretty cute. I love them with cropped pants. Good "Mom" shoes for the every day that slip on and off but are more than flipflops and all the "skimmers" that I usually wear all summer long. And I have 2 pair of the original style that I wore when I was preggers and when they first came out, but keep them only as slippers these days. They are just too big and crazy looking. But these, these are pretty sweet.
So anyway, it was fun, but a stressful day, and I was not very nice(here at home) I had to clean the house, make dessert and get the group scrapbook project that Mya and I planned. Cook dinner for the kids and still get myself ready. I also had baby gift drama. I have to share this...
I found this cute little pull along ducky. The package is boasting, "EverEarth" kid safe, ecofriendly, and made from wood from renewable forest. Organic, recycled, and all that "good" stuff. I am thinking,"what a great addition to the outfit! a cute little eco-friendly duck!" Amy is a bit "granola" and I thought she would appreciate a toy like this. So as I go to wrap it, I open the box to double check that its all in one piece. Its so cute! I turn it over and my jaw drops-literally. Stamped permanently HUGE on the wing is MADE IN CHINA. What? Freakin' idiots. I am so writing to that company. There is no reason that it couldn't have been a sticker. I buy a lot of stuff from China. I don't like it, but it is more important to me to make my house payment than to buy all organic food and clothing and toys and clothes that are not made in China. (like Honduras or Indonesia are any better, lets be realistic here) But I certainly don't want to give an earth-friendly gift stamped Made in China! Yuck!
But don't worry too much about me. I will be fine today. I am relaxing, mostly. I got the call that my stinkin glasses are ready, so I am going to see if maybe they have diamonds encrusted in the frames(they were probably made in China....actually at that price, I a sure they were made in the USA!) The kids are watching TV, and I am OK with that. I just wish they wanted to watch"What Not To Wear". Summer has Spanish Class tonight, and we are eating leftovers. Maybe I'll go play with paper. I just miss Jason so much. He could be home early if he gets a deer. That would be nice. He is such a pain, I love him. The kids miss him, the dogs miss him, and I hate taking the garbage out and pumping gas.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
This is Summer, taken on the 1st day of school out on my porch. I think its very ghostly. I adore it.
And another self portrait in my kitchen. I was inspired to do some head shots by a new challenge blog I stumbled across(I seem to do a lot of that) http://www.work-your-soul.blogspot.com/ Of course they didn't turn out how I wanted but I am happy with a few.
I would love to see what anyone else does with the photo aging application. The site is http://labs.wanokoto.jp/olds I am over the moon for it. I know its not for everyone, but the right photo...and wow.
EDITED: I forgot to add that Snapfish has their 50 prints for 50 cents going on right now, the code is FALLPENNY08 and ends the 14th. What a deal!
I didn't take squat for photos, my dad took a lot(but mostly of the animals).
This prairie dog reminds me of the YouTube video that went around for a while. They are some funny critters. They kept posing for the cameras.
All in all, not as good as I had hoped. John Ball has WAY more animals and exhibits. However, I tend to feel bad for the animals at John Ball because I think some of the conditions are not so hot. I hate to see them pace back and forth all day and the Bald Eagle just makes me really sad. The animals at Binder seem to have better living areas, but there are just not a lot to see. And that was a hellah a drive. Thank goodness my kids sleep in the car(both ways!). And Rocky was a trooper, doing great with the craziness that comes with 3 littles in public.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Anyway, wish us luck, we are going with my Dad who has never been on an all day adventure with me and my 3. I am actually taking Summer out of school early, and I have the beginnings of a bad cold, so this should be interesting.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I think Jason was feeling a little bad about being gone so much and told the kids that we would go to the candy shop down the street. Can you think of much else that would get kids outragously excited? We may as well told them that we won the lottery. Walking in the door, Grady starts in with the "WOW! Whoa! Oh man!" It is so funny. Jason actually lets each kid get their own basket and get whatever they want. Which really is not as bad as you would guess. They all only pick a few things(with the exception of Grady, but we just kept pulling stuff out of his basket when he wasn't looking)
Its funny because the kids always pick out gummy and sour stuff, then want the homemade fudge and chocolates that Jason and I get. I really like the cooler wall with all the unique drinks (real diet root beer!) and sodas. There is this carbonated orange juice that is so so good.
We adore this place. The owners are really great people. So nice and generous too. Last year I won a $25 gift basket and you should have seen that thing. The kids thought they died and went to Heaven. And they don't even bat an eyelash at crazy kids. I guess that what you sign up for when opening a candy store.
So if you are in the area, stop in there. Such an awesome, fun kid friendly place. I hope more businesses like this open in Lakeside.