Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I love looking at all the fall-like things on other blogs. The fresh picked apples for applesauce. The changing leaves. The pumpkins. I have gotten out all my Halloween decor and will post some pictures soon. I have some fall things I still need to get out. Hopefully this will all get me in the fall mood. But I have to say it's just not the same making applesauce from the apples found at the grocery store. Come Saturday though, I just may do it to try and get in the 'mood'. That and a crock pot full of chili may do the trick.
My treadmill is calling me so I must run...
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Oh yes, I am STILL beating that dead horse. I open my daughter's folder she brings home from school and I see a flyer saying that Monday (tomorrow) will be the start of the Fall PTA fundraiser. Nice that it coincides with the Girl Scout one. Let's just call it 'How to lose all your friends and family in 10 days'. I am loving the idea that Laurie says their school is doing this year for a fundraiser: a walkathon. Love it!! I will probably bring it up to the PTA president and see what she thinks. Let's end this craziness already!
It has been a good weekend but I am kind of glad it's Sunday night. I feel like I was fairly productive this weekend which is a change for me. I usually get most of my 'work' done during the week and take it easy on the weekends. My husband was gone most of the day Saturday putting faucets in at my parents house so when my daughter's friend went home on Saturday after the sleepover I did some things around here which I think will give me a head start on the week. Which is good since our fall break starts on Friday so I have a 'short' week. Report cards go home on Thursday and then the kids are off Friday and all next week. The only thing we really have planned for the break is a trip to the movies to see 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua'. We have some other tentative things but it should be a stress free week (famous last words).
Friday, September 26, 2008
My daughter is being super sassy tonight. She didn't feel well last night so didn't sleep great and then was up at about 5:30. I think she is tired but it doesn't make it any better. Her friend L is spending the night and up until a few minutes ago she was being a crab to her, too. Lovely. They are playing nicely now - of course since it's only 40 minutes until bed time.
My daughter has a birthday party tomorrow for a school friend. I picked up something today for her when I went to Walmart (my first trip there in about 6 weeks) and of course my daughter 'has' to have it. Happens every birthday. I think I need to take her on a retreat to de-program her from all of this commercialism.
I have noticed some blogs today talking about this economic 'crisis'. I am glad people are talking about it. I have VERY strong feelings about what is going on and am not for a bailout at all but it seems like that is where we are headed. There are so many questions - the little nitty gritty especially. I am glad to see that JP Morgan Chase is buying some of WAMU's assets, Wachovia is in talks w/ several banks, Berkshire Hathaway pumping billions into Goldman Sachs. That's the way capitalism is supposed to work. (my opinion)
Well, I need to go check on 2 little girls. It's kind of quiet right now...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
I am now on the 'Site Based Council' at our school. This council meets about once a month and discusses how $ should be spent. Right up my alley!! The money involved is called 'tax credit' money. In AZ you can donate $400 (married filing jointly) or $250 (single) each year to a public school of your choice. The donation is a credit right off the bottom line of our state taxes. The money needs to be used for extra curricular activities and each school decides how to spend it. I am looking forward to getting involved in this. If you have read this blog for any time you know I complain alot about the schools and now I hope this will open my eyes a bit as to the workings of our school district.
Wow, ALL this news about the economy is really interesting and scary too. I know this storm will pass and hope the country will be better off after it's over. That being said and not wanting to have any sort of political debate, I am a little concerned that the government is 'bailing' out so many companies. Freddie and Fannie are one thing but they sure set a bad precedent when they got involved with Bear Stearns. But then you saw all those poor people leaving Lehman on Monday with all their work stuff not knowing what they would do next. I know there is probably not a 'right' thing to do which makes it so difficult. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
I was watching a local show this morning and they did a segment on stay at home dads. It was really touching. The dad they profiled was so neat - loves his girls, supports his wife - & happy with his decision. It is so nice to see that. They showed one of the girls' rooms and there was a sign on the wall that said:
Thursday, September 18, 2008
This card I made for my daughter's friend who is having her birthday party next weekend. I thought the colors looked really girly. Of course, Little Miss likes the crab card better so I will do one next week for a birthday using the same colors, switching out the Santa hat for a birthday hat. I'll save the pink one for another time.
So, I think I am off to a good start for the Christmas cards and gifts. I won't make all my Christmas cards as I bought some last year at 75% off so I want to use those. I will make the extras though. I have to work on my Christmas list and figure out what needs to be made- probably not a whole lot so it should be pretty easy going. I have to got through my 'gift box' too to see what is in there. I am always surprised to find more than I thought I had. :)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I just read Laurie's post about being crazy busy. I think we all must be feeling that way now. Maybe it's the start of school and all that goes with it (homework, schedules, fundraising- already). I have to say that my daughter's homework is not nearly as bad as I had anticipated. It may be because alot of it is review - although this week they have started some new things - yippee. They have a little take home book to read each night (test on Thurs or Fri), spelling on Tuesday night and math on Wed night. So far no homework on Thurs or Fri - yahoo!
My daughter is in school from 8-2:30. That sounds like a long time, doesn't it? Boy, the days sure do fly. I always think I will get SO much done on those days but it is rare that I really feel like I accomplished alot. Maybe that's since there is so much to do. Maybe it's because I blog too much (not possible). Maybe it's my way of doing a little of everything and not a lot of one thing. Maybe by high school graduation I will have it figured out.
I have mentioned before that my daughter is in Daisy Girl Scouts. Well, this year the Daisy's are allowed to fundraise. Now isn't that lucky for us? I have spoken of my distaste for fundraisers (although I appreciate the need). But do I let on that I don't like it to Little Miss? No way. If she is going to be in the troop she (we) should particpate in every aspect. Right? I have a much easier time saying 'no' to the school fundraisers since she has to be in school (since we don't homeschool) than I do to the club ones. But, really, can I just write a check? I know that doesn't teach the kids much, so fundraise I will. Anyone for a magazine? Chocolate? Nuts? Cookie dough? Wrapping paper?
I am off to see our isurance agent - fun times. Have a great day!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
My husband was out of town over the weekend and missed all this fun!
Thursday my daughter starts play rehearsal for the Christmas play at our church. It is her first year to do the play and she is really excited. She wants to try out for the role of Mary. Quite lofty aspirations for a 1st grader but last year Mary was a 2nd grader so it's not out of the realm of possibilities. She has other friends in the play so it will be quite the social event. The only thing I don't like (there's always something with me!) is that the practice goes from 6-7:30 on a school night. She is usually in bed by 7:30 so it will be a little adjustment - probably more for me than her.
I am off to scrapbook with friends this morning. I am trying to work on cards and Christmas gifts while I am there. Very productive of me, no?
Friday, September 12, 2008
But this is.
Paired with something black, of course.
I know I am old fashioned. I still think that you should dress nicely to go to church, a wedding or a funeral. I don't think you should wear 'logo' t-shirts for your school picture. I think a man should wear a collared shirt on the golf course. Whites for playing tennis. No white shoes after Labor Day or before Memorial Day. A slip is usually required for a skirt or dress. I should have been born a generation or two before I was. I could go on but will spare anyone still reading.
How different things are now. And how quickly little Miss has caught on. She has a small fortune worth of Hanna Andersson clothing hanging in her closet. All cute and colorful. Lots of which she is rejecting now because it isn't 'fashionable'.
I think have a looonnnggg road ahead of me...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I remember sitting on the coffee table (bad habit) watching ABC news replaying the first tower being hit. My first thoughts (as this was very early on, before anyone really knew what was going on) were that this was a horrible accident. My wildest imagination could not have thought up what we would eventually learn to be the truth. As I was watching the first tower fall, a second plane crashed into the second tower. Now the world knew that this surely was no 'accident'. As the days went on, we all learned the horrible truth and would be forever changed as a nation. As Americans.
Seven years later, many still wonder 'why' & 'how' this could have happened. While the 'how' is pretty much understood now, the 'why' is still such a mystery to me. I know, we have heard all the stories of 'why' but it's still not anything I really can understand. 'Why' does anyone think it's okay to be so destructive and brutal? I doubt that I will ever really be able to comprehend this.
We were all touched by this disaster, this act of terrorism, in some way or another. If we weren't directly affected, we know someone who knows someone who knows someone whose lives were changed drastically by this event. And it still hurts deeply no matter how far away in time we get from 9/11/01.
I was five months pregnant on 9/11/01. I wondered how this would affect my unborn child and the others yet to be born, just born, or those already a few years old. I have tried to explain this to my daughter when the topic comes up but I think even at 6 she doesn't really get it. They are still so innocent. This will be an addition to their history lessons that we never had to learn. We had to live it first hand.
I am always praying for those directly affected by the events of 9/11/01. The babies who never met their daddies, the wives who had to raise their families alone, the mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters who waited and waited for their loved ones to come home for days and days, those who finally had to accept that they weren't coming home. Those who perished that day will never know what heroes they were. They lost their lives so we could still continue to live free.
God Bless America
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
So I asked her: "Is it just me, or was today painful? Are my teeth more sensitive because I am getting older?"
Hygentist: "No, it's because you're a woman. It's hormonal."
Me: "Excuse me?"
H: "At certain times of the month our teeth are more sensitive."
Me: "Well that explains it."
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I try to keep to a cleaning schedule around here but sometimes it's hard. Of course there are the daily things:
- Wipe down kitchen and bath surfaces after each meal. Put dishes in the dishwasher or wash them by hand. For all my faults, the one thing we don't have is dishes stacked in the sink. It just grosses me out.
- "Swiffer" the tile - we have a dog which means lots of dog fur so it's best to do it daily.
- Put shoes/coats away.
- Make beds - although I do admit that sometimes on Saturdays I don't make it - I don't know why Saturday. But only if no one is coming over.
- General 'picking up'
I wash the sheets on Tuesday. I really hate doing my daughter's bed. She has one of the bunk beds with the full on the bottom and a twin on top and it's against a wall. I should get combat pay for that. Clean bathrooms on Tuesday or Wednesday. Oh and there is the mopping. UGH. This is why I used to have a cleaning lady. But since she has been gone I discovered 'the shark steamblaster'- it is wonderful. The floor feels sooo clean and it dries in no time.
Well, I am off to put the clean sheets on the bed,vacuum and clean our bathroom. I'd better run...
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
- Nachcos w/ cheese sauce (read: tortilla chips, cheese whiz & a spoonful of ground beef)
- Hot Dog
- Pepperoni Pizza
- Corn Dogs
- Sloppy Joes (the worst thing they serve, by far)
- Frito Taco Salad (same as nachos but with a little iceberg lettuce)
What next, a keg set up next to the milk and juice?
Thankfully, my daughter has not wanted to buy much this year. In defense of the school they do offer cold sandwiches along with the pub food as well as a 'shaker' salad each day. I didn't buy much when I was in school either (but I really wanted to) but I remember Pizza day being a HUGE deal & I don't remember any of this other stuff. I guess times have changed in 20 (or more) years. All that being said, I know there are many children who get their only meals at school & I am thankful that they have the opportunity to partake on the school lunch program. I wonder though if that isn't even more of a reason to make the food a little healthier.
What do other school districts offer on their lunch menus?
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Little Miss: I want to be Sharpay (from High School Musical) for Halloween.
Me: That's nice but what about this (to the right) Cheerleader outfit from High School Musical?
LM: No, that's SO last summer.
Me: (trying not to laugh) Let's talk to dad when he gets home and see what he thinks.
Excuse me? Where do they get this? I just don't run around saying that. TV, maybe? Why of course. Check e-bay soon for a TV for sale...