Thursday, October 30, 2008

Our pumpkin & more...

We carved our pumpkin last night. When I say 'we' I mean my husband carved and Little Miss and I dug out the pumpkin seeds. I love the way the pumpkin turned out. We got one of those little kits you can get at Kmart or Walmart that has the templates to trace your design. Whoever thought up that idea is brilliant. I remember many years that I had to use a toothpick (or 2) to keep the pumkin's teeth in. And this is the 3rd or 4th year we have used the kit since there are many templates to choose from. $4 well spent.



Tomorrow night is the big night. We are heading to our church for 'trunk or treat'. I don't know if that's something that they do in other parts of the country or not but people fill their trunks with candy and hand it
out to the kids - mostly in church parking lots. Our church has a really good trunk or treat and this year they are adding games booths for the kids. Our town puts on a trick or treat event on our Main Street but we have never been as it is much more crowded. We aren't big crowd people so we like the smallness of the church. Plus, from what I have heard, downtown attracts the older, more rowdy kids.





My daughter's school is also having a 'hoedown' tomorrow afternoon. It is basically a Halloween party without the costumes. After the hoedown all the kids head back to the class rooms for a sugar fest, I mean snacks.

Tonight was Christmas Play practice for Little Miss. She did really well. She is the Angel Gabriel. She doesn't know all her lines by heart but is almost there. I stayed for the entire practice this week which was fun. She is certainly not afraid to be up on stage.

When we arrived home there was a message on the machine from someone wanting me to vote for Prop 102 (an amendment to the state constitution that would say marriage is between one man and one woman). Little Miss asked who the message was from and I tried to explain it. It went something like this:

Little Miss: "Who was on the phone?"

Me: "It was a message asking me to vote for Prop 102 about marriage."

LM: "Jack (a friend in her class) and I are going to get married."

Me: "Well, you need to finish high school and college first."

LM: "I am going to pregnant college."

Me: "What is pregnant college?"

LM: "It's where you have a baby."

Me: "No, you go to college, then get married, then have a baby."

LM: "Oh, I will have a baby while I am in college."

Me: "No (I repeated what I said above)"

LM: "And Jack and I are going to name our baby Boomer."

WHAT IN THE WORLD???? Someone please help me! Where in the world does this come from? The mom of a friend of hers just had a baby - maybe that's it. Why, at 6, is this so intriguing?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This is not a fairy tale...

Well, here goes - my post on Sen Obama's redistribution of wealth idea per the request of Europafox. I orignally wrote this on Oct 20 and since then there has been more talk about this in the mainstream media. I still think there are alot of folks out there who just don't get it. Otherwise intelligent people who find nothing wrong with this idea of taking from the rich and giving to the poor (hence the Robin Hood reference). I find it scary that he is talking about 'change' & this is one of the things he has in mind. I didn't get all technical with stats and details because that's not really what I intended to do. It was a post on my thoughts about this aspect of Obama's campaign and this one issue that I strongly disagree with. Here you go...
Please tell me I am not the only one outraged... I am hearing more and more about Sen. Obama's plan for 'redistribution of wealth'. I have heard quite a bit today and it really makes me sick to my stomach.



First, let me say that I am not against helping people who REALLY need help, I am not against a saftey net (ie. 13 weeks of unemployment, WIC, etc.), I am not against giving to charities you believe in, I am not against taking care of our own. I am nice and I am kind and I give to charities regularly. What I am against is the government taking more of my money for programs that are not working (the 'let's just throw more money out there, that'll help' mentality). I am not in the top 5% or so who would have my taxes increased according to Sen. Obama but would I like to be one day - YES, I would. And I don't expect people who have worked hard to build a business and earn a nice income to support me. Redistribution of wealth is not something that comes to mind when thinking of capitalism, is it? Oh, this is so wrong and so going to send our great country down a road on which we don't want to be. Check out things on your own: 'Google' redistribution of wealth and socialism. I am not saying socialism is wrong but it's not what our founding fathers had in mind, that's for sure. People risk their lives everyday to come into our country (another issue for another time). They must really want to live here. They see the opportunity available to everyone in the US - yes, we all have the same opportunity & some of us take advantage of it and some don't. That is one of the many choices we have in our great country. If you choose not to work as hard or go to school to learn a skill, that's your choice to make but the government should not be handing out someone else's money to you if you make that choice.

Well, that's it. While I welcome comments, please be gentle. I in no way intended to insult or offend any one. This is my opinion on one issue, pure and simple.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The party's over...

Literally. My husband's birthday party was on Saturnday night. It was a fun, casual time. I was a little worried we wouldn't have a good turn out since a few people who said they were coming couldn't make it due to illness. But it ended up being a great time with fun friends. My husband had fun and that's what matters.


I didn't go too crazy with the cruel 'over the hill' related decorations. I did have black and silver balloons which looked nice. Having a birthday so close to Halloween means the real 'bargains' in paper goods are either black or orange. So I usually switch it out. Plus, I am the queen of re-using things so black is pretty versatile.


My husband's actual birthday is the 29th but he claims he already feels older. ha. I never really felt that way at 40. But he says he can notice a difference. It may be that he has started playing hockey 3 nights a week now and his muscles and bones aren't quite used to it yet. :)


I have mentioned that lots of folks here are sick. Normally, I would chalk it up to the beginning of cold and flu season. But it is still in the 90's here. Supposed to be 93 today - yes, you read that correctly - ninety-three degrees! I wonder if people are sick because it is just too stinkin' hot to kill any germs. Oh, please send some colder (but not too cold, of course) air this way.


My daughter has CCD today so I have a couple of extra hours at home today. My friend is taking her to church with her daughter which is nice. November is my month to drive so I'll still have some time after I drop off the girls. We leave church and go right to hockey and then home for a quick dinner and homework. Tomorrow is Daisy scouts - another day I have a couple extra hours since they meet at school. Wednesday is our 'free' day. Thursday is hockey & then church play practice. That's the day Little Miss eats her dinner on the run, in the car. I have been putting a sandwich and fruit in a small cooler for her to eat on the way to church. Friday is Halloween and there's a little girl here who is very excited. We aren't exactly sure what we'll do but rest assured there will be plenty of candy in our house on Friday evening.


My mom took my daughter to a little fall fun fair on Saturday. They have booths and games with candy for prizes. And of course, there is the little booth that has goldfish. Last year's goldfish lived for about a month. So I told Little Miss before she left on Sat. that I would prefer if she didn't get a fish this year. The rest of the conversation went like this:


Little Miss: Why can't I get a fish?


Me: We are going out of town for Thanksgiving and Montana is going to the kennel and they don't take fish.


LM: Oh. Well if the fish dies before then Ross (my uncle who passed away) can watch her in heaven.


As you can imagine, I had no response to that.


And, yes, we are the proud owners of a new fish...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My trip to Walmart...


If you have read this blog for any time you know of my dislike for Walmart. Well, I am having my husband's birthday party on Saturday and decided I would head to Walmart for the supplies and some of the food. Mainly I was going for the beer and wine as they have the best prices in town. They also have the best prices on paper goods (plates, napkins, etc.) I was happy with what I got and the prices. I actually came in almost $5 under budget. I have a couple small things to pick up at the grocery store on Sat. morning which may put me a tad over but if I hadn't trekked out to Walmart I would be WAY over. The thing that made me the happiest was my big pumpkin shown above. $3.98!! They are $6 at Safeway and I kept thinking that was alot. I guess I was right. :)
My friend is being kind enough to make a big pot of chili for the party. She is a great cook and it will be one less thing for me to do. I am making homemade mac 'n cheese. Kind of a comfort food type of party. A few other friends are bringing some dips - again, one less thing for me to do. At first I wasn't going to take them up on their offers to bring something - I wanted to do it all - crazy, I know. But I decided that they wouldn't offer if they didn't want to do it so I took them up on the offers.
My daughter's class is going on a field trip today to a local ice cream parlor. I am going to meet them there in a little while so I am off...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ready or not...


It's just about Halloween. Above is the cute page I made yesterday at my stamp club. It's hard to see the top that says 'spooky'. I just love this page. Love the colors and patterned paper.
I wish that my daughter had a more spooky costume this year. She will be Sharpay the golfer (photo to the left) - not too spooky.
The school is having a pumpkin carving contest which Little Miss would like to enter. I will look for a pumpkin for her tomorrow. We will carve it tomorrow night and I pray that it will still be presentable by Friday when we take it to school. Each class picks one pumpkin to enter into the contest at the Fall Festival on Friday night.
My husband & I generally don't dress up for Halloween. I do have a Halloween t-shirt I will wear to show a bit of spirit. The last time my husband dressed up he was Bill Clinton (complete w/ mask) and I just don't want to go there again. That was before kids. I was a hockey player last time I dressed up. Quite cute, I must say.
I am still on this cleaning mission for Saturday's party so I am off to find the mop...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Where in the world ...


visited 35 states (70%)
Create'>http://douweosinga.com/projects/visited?region=usa">Create your own visited map of The United States or determine the next'>http://douweosinga.com/projects/thenextpresident">next president

have you been? Check out the above website to see what % of the country you have seen. I thought this was interesting and a fun little 'project'.

I had a whole post written that I saved as a draft about Sen Obama and the redistribution of wealth issue. I realized after writing it that no one really wants to read my 'opinion' - I mean that in a nice way. It felt good to just write it and no one really needs to read it. I won't sway anyone's opinion & that's what I wanted to do. :) Only 15 days until the election. Yippee.

A busy week is underway here. I am getting ready for my husband's birthday party on Sat, the 25th. I think we will have about 20 people at the party. Not too many but a nice crowd. Between cleaning and shopping and decorating I will be very busy.

My daughter's school is having a Fall Festival on Friday night. It's a really fun time with games and prizes and food in the school gym which is decorated for fall. I am really looking forward to going with the family. Should be a fun time.

I have a few things to finish up before I am of to bed. I am beat today for some reason...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Taming the wants...



It's that time of year again when the Christmas lists are going around. I can only imagine that this will be a tough year for a lot of folks and the lists will have to be cut - a lot. Personally, I know that there is nothing I really WANT this year. Things I would like to have, sure, but nothing I really want. Thank heavens, since a certain little girl has a list a mile long. I work on trying to explain wants and needs to her and I think she somewhat gets it but more still gets added to the list.




My husband and I decided to do a 'family' gift this year. My parents went in with us and we are getting a Wii. We bought a package and some of it will be from my parents and some of it will be from Santa. I feel a huge weight lifted off of me as my shopping is done this a year, save a couple of stocking stuffers that won't be missed if I can't get them. I am hoping this turns out to be a hit with Little Miss.




I think it's important to teach our kids that we can't have everything exactly when we want it (or sometimes we can never have it). I try to stress it a lot. We have been reading some Little House books and the kids always get one homemade gift for birthdays and Christmas. And it's usually something useful. When did that all change? When did Christmas become synonymous with 'greed'? I know it's been going on for a while. How can we change things back to the way they were? Or can we? If we went back to the real meaning of the season that would help. But even more than that, can't we make the gift giving frenzy of the day less hectic and commercial? I know that I try each year and I am hoping that we can do it: Focus less on the gift(s) and much more on the reason for the day & if you're not religious (and even if you are), the family time, the slower pace of life, sitting and savoring a meal, enjoying a game of football or Monopoly with people you don't see every day. (I have always thought that you can find out a lot about a person by playing Monopoly with them.)
As we head into this busiest of times, take a few moments each day to remember what's important (people) and what's not (things). Try to tame the wants in order to reap the rewards of a wonderful time of year.

Friday, October 17, 2008

T A X I ! !

Yes, please give me a call if you need my services and I will fit you in. I have felt like a taxi cab the past few days. Thursday is a busy car day for me since I take to school and pick up (I car pool with a friend and this is the day I do both). Then we have hockey at 5, church play practice at 6. I stay at hockey but come home for the 1 1/2 hr play practice. It's a 5 minute drive to church but sometimes it feels longer. Monday is busy too but Thursday's a biggie for me. I know that all the other moms out there feel the same way (times 3 or 4 for some of you) & frankly I wouldn't change it for the world.

Today I worked at my husband's office since his secretary is on vacation. Lots of help I was - here's my day -
  • Drop kids at school
  • Stop at Starbucks (priorities!)
  • Stop at Staples and get some office supplies for hubby's office
  • Arrive at office about 9:25
  • Leave at 10:55 for daughter's 'no tardy picnic' (kids eat out on the grass if they have no tardies for the previous 9 weeks & parents join them)
  • Find out I need to be back at school at 12:45 for the honor roll assembly
  • Run home to get camera (5 minute drive, felt longer)
  • Back at school at 12:45
  • Meet husband for lunch at 1:20
  • Go back to office and work until 3
  • Run to bank to make deposit
  • Pick up Little Miss from nice car pool friend's house

So, in my husband's words, I worked for '6 minutes' today. :) I am not sure how much help I was but the day flew by. I work again on Monday but it's my stamp club day so I'll be gone for about an hour and a half. This is why I am so very thankful for my flexible work at home job. I am so very very blessed to be able to do all these fun things at this time in my life and still work a bit and be with Little Miss when I need to.

This weekend we are going to be busy finishing up some lingering house projects in preparation for my husband's 40th b-day party next Saturday. I am going to try to shop for the non-perishable food items on Sunday after church. Next Friday morning I'll try to get all the perishables. Let's hope I can find lots of what I need on sale. I am all for frugal fun. It looks like we will have about 20-25 people here. We decided on an 'adults only' get together and I think most folks are happy to get a sitter and have a fun adult's night. I have one friend who 'can't find' a sitter & I feel bad but I found out that she will only have 3 people look after her kids (ages 5 1/2 and almost 3) & has been offered the use of others' sitters (ours included) and declined. I understand that she only wants certain people to care for her kids but I feel bad that they won't be at the party as they are very good friends. I considered telling her to bring them along but I don't think that's fair to the others that are looking forward to being away from their kids. So, I will continue to feel bad but hope that something changes & they can make it.

I am off to cook some dinner (a little late but we had a late lunch and Little Miss had a snack at my friend's).


Thursday, October 16, 2008

A six year old's fashion, continued...

Heard at our house this morning while getting ready for school:

Little Miss (with hands on hips): I can't wear this shirt today. I didn't realize this is the one I put on (??).

Me: What is wrong with it?

LM: I don't like it.

Me: Why?

LM: I don't like these orphan flowers.

Me: Oh.....

Someone please, please let me know if you know what an orphan flower is...

(the shirt is white with lots of pink flowers all over the shirt. It really is cute, in my opinion.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Debate..

Tonight is the last presidential debate. I am interested in watching it and I hope it is a real debate and not just an opportunity to blame the other guy. I can only imagine how hard it is for these men to debate and not blame. But don't you want to know just exactly WHAT they will do as president?? I have to say that I am not quite sure on either side. I know that the things Sen. Obama wants to do are against what I believe (ie. 'universal healthcare', taxing the 'rich', etc.) and I hope that Sen. McCain can get across his plans & ideas clearly. Oh, and don't you just hope they can actually really answer a question they are asked? That is the one thing about most politicians - they don't answer the questions. How many of us would keep our jobs doing that??
Only 3 weeks and this election is over...

Monday, October 13, 2008

HAPPY Day!!

Well, I finally got the Cutest Blog on the Block template to work. Yippee. I am so glad as the old green template was kind of irritating. This is a bit more soothing.

Little Miss is off to school today after a week long fall break. She didn't want to go to school today since she thought she would miss me. Very sweet. We had a fun week and she was so good - even without alot of other kids to play with. She got straight A's on her report card (if I mentioned that already, I apologize) so this Friday she will get to have donuts with the principal along with the other kids who got straight A's. I think it is nice (although not necessary) to acknowledge the kids since they do work hard to get good grades. I only wish they didn't have donuts. But I guess 'Oatmeal with Mr. Davis' doesn't have the same ring to it as 'Donuts with Mr. Davis'. I bet there wouldn't be as many kids striving for A's either. :)

My husband and I celebrated our 11th anniversary on Sat (the 11th). My daughter stayed overnight with my parents and we went out to eat. We talked about going out of town for the night but decided to stick close to home, relax and save some $$$. We tried a new Italian restaraunt in town and it was great. Really small, nice atmosphere and yummy food.

We are finally having some fall like weather. It cooled off on Friday a bit and then yesterday was just down right chilly. But we don't want to get too used to it yet as it will be in the 90's again by Friday. So I won't get the winter clothes out just yet.

My daughter starts hockey today. Roller hockey. I think she is excited but her schedule is going to be crazy now. I am sorry that we won't have as much down time. She has CCD today until 4:30 and then hockey at 6. It is just the first meeting/practice so her day may change. Last year they practiced on Tues and Thurs. And hopefully they will practice earlier than 6. I am not sure if they will practice 2 days this year or not since they will not be travelling. She has Daisy Girl Scouts every other Tuesday and church play practice on Thursdays. It could potentially be really crazy. I can't imagine having more than one child to schedule. I guess if there were more kids each of them would just do less.

I am off to do some work and maybe clean this office. It is really getting bad (again). I didn't get in here much last week except during the evening and I wasn't in the mood to clean at night after working on paper work for a couple hours. I definitely am a morning person..

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A trip to Marshalls...

netted me this cute square plate ($3.99)
(the square bowls are from Walmart, last year)

and this darling sign for the front porch ($4.99)
I don't think I have been to Marshalls in about 10 years. I forgot how cute and cheap things were. We have a new Marshalls near Target so I will probably try to stop there when I go to Target.
Target netted me some papertowels, moisturizer and other boring but practical things. Oh, and some teacher gifts and stocking stuffers from 'the spot'. I love that place.
I am slowly getting the house Halloween ready. Should be done by the 31st...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

We Live Here...




We have spent the past two days at a state park on the Colorado River about 20 minutes from our house. Our friends were camping here but we went down for the day. My husband thought he was going to have to work all week but was able to take this afternoon off so he joined us today. The weather is great. The kids were able to play in the water all day. Our friends have jet-ski's so we spent some time on those. We decided that this is definitely a great place to camp. The campground is really clean, with hookups, a fun play ground for the kids and all the sites are within walking distance to the beach. We ate dinner out there this evening and Little Miss was pooped. I think she was asleep before we hit the highway.
Sometimes I forget that we live in such a great place. Twenty minutes from home feels like a world away. People come from miles away to vacation here. I know my husband enjoyed being outside today. Although he may have the jet-ski bug now. Yikes.
Tomorrow Little Miss and I are going to Target with my mom. Nothing compared to today but errands must be taken care of...

Saturday, October 4, 2008

New look...

Well, I have wanted a new look for my blog and have looked around and this will work for now. I want a 'free' change of course. I went to The Cutest Blog on the Block & they have really cute backgrounds but I have a headache trying to do it and I have given up for now. I know I am doing something wrong - just haven't figured out what. So for now I will live with this and maybe re-visit this at another time.

I have thanked my husband for giving me his cold. I don't think it's going to be too bad - I am at the 'blowing your nose a hundred times an hour' stage which is my least favorite. This could also explain the headache I have. My husband got it pretty bad but he seems to be on the mend now. Thanks to the cold I was up at 4:30 today. I am not tired yet but I know it will hit me soon. Probably at dinner or some other inopportune time.

Since I was up at 4:30 I got the OJ verdict news bright and early. I have to say that the first trial (when he was accused of killing his ex-wife & Ron Goldman) was seriously botched and there was nothing to really do but aquit him (my opinion) but if you don't believe in Karma yet, maybe this will be the turning point. Talk about finally getting your due justice. I feel so sorry for his kids.

My daughter had a friend from her class over to play today. They had fun and got along well so we will probably do it again. The little girl has a brother who is 6 years older so her weekends are similar to ours - looking for someone to play with. I am glad it worked out so well.

I did a little grocery shopping today. I went to Safeway where I hadn't been in about a month. I was stunned at how much their prices have gone up. It is just awful. I seriously need to try to start a garden. It is hard in our climate but some things will grow with some TLC. I have a lot of basil in a pot which I will freeze but I have a long way to go. Even if I can't have a garden I could can some things at the height of the season (read:inexpensive and fresh). The problem is that even at the height of our season the stuff in the grocery store is bad - I mean really bad. And that's in the summer; the winter is just downright sad. I always joke that the huge tomato trucks we see in I5 in CA are carrying the tomatoes that will be at our store & they are on the VERY BOTTOM of the load. I haven't had a really good tomato in 9 years since we left NC.

I need to feed the dog before I head out to dinner...

Friday, October 3, 2008

Fall Break...

Today was the first day of my daughter's fall break. It started out a little rough - I think she got up on the wrong side of the blow up mattress. We let her sleep in her playroom on the blowup mattress last night as a treat. She is not a morning person (gets that from her dad) so most mornings are a struggle at the beginning. Things, thankfully, got better as the day went on.

We had a parent teacher conference at 9 am. My mom came over to watch Little Miss (thank you) and I met my husband at school. It was a good conference. She got straight A's. The teacher says she is well behaved and that Little Miss gets visibly upset when other students interupt the learning time. I am thrilled she is doing well.

We went out to Walmart today (yes, I know I went last week, too). I needed a couple things and we had the time so off we went on our journey. They had these little bead kits - to make necklaces/bracelets - for $3.50. Quite the bargain but they were hidden on an end cap at the back of the craft aisle. We met my husband for lunch and then got gas , a car wash and went to the library for a while. I really like our library. We know all the ladies in the kid's section and since my daughter is well behaved in there (read: she whispers and doesn't run) they like us. We always come home with tons of books and a video or two. It is always a fun afternoon in there. So much for the kids to do and I get to read for a few minutes too.

Last night were the tryouts for my daughter's Christmas play at church. She got the part of the Angel Gabriel. I think she is excited - it's a decent sized part. She wanted to be Mary but an older girl got it. I told her that next year she could try out for Mary.

Well, I should be headed for bed soon. I got up at 3 am. Yes, I did. I woke up and heard this clomping in the playroom - it was the dog. What dog is up at 3 am?? I didn't want to shut the door since Little Miss was sleeping in there. So the dog just kept walking in and out of the room. Of course, no one woke up but me. My husband has a cold and was snoring like crazy - I am sure you heard it. Needless to say, I couldn't get back to sleep so I went out to the couch, turned on the TV and flipped from Fox Business to Lifetime for 2 hours. I spent most of the time on Lifetime watching "Trophy Wife" with Brooke Burns (of 'Dog Eat Dog' fame). Typical Lifetime movie - it was pretty good. I wonder what's on tonight.

My husband & I watched "The Ex-list" tonight. It's a new show on CBS. It was really cute. I am looking forward to seeing it next week. Try to catch it if you missed it tonight.

Tomorrow we might have a little friend over and Sunday my daughter has a birthday party to go to. We'll fill in the rest of the time with various house/errand type of things. It may actually rain here tonight. The last rain we had was around Labor Day - amazing, isn't it? It is 'only' supposed to be 88 tomorrow. Can't wait for it to cool off a little and start feeling like (an Arizona) fall...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Family Dinner...


No extracurricular activity is more important
than the family having dinner together.
Enough said.
Enjoy dinner with your family tonight.
(Quote from Life's Little Instruction Calendar Volume XIII)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Is that Elvis Purse-ly?




I was wearing my new Donny Osmond t-shirt yesterday when I went to pick my daughter up from Daisy Scouts. It is black w/ a silhouette of Donny. One of the little girls in the troop said "I love your shirt. Is that the singer Elvis Purse-ly?" Too cute!


I worked on the invitations for my husband's 40th birthday party yesterday while at my Tuesday scrapbooking day. I just have to fill in the details and make a nice note on the bottom that it is adults only. :) We have done the kids before and it's just too crazy. My daughter doesn't get to bed anywhere near on time and it's just chaos. I think the parents end up having a better time too. We'll see how it works. So far I haven't had anyone balk about it.
I started a 3 day detox today. It is a plan I got from Body & Soul magazine a year or so ago. I try to do it every 3 or 4 months. It is long overdue right now. I feel horrible - guess that's what all that candy corn does to you. It basically takes all dairy, bread and processed foods out of your diet for that time. I will eat 3 meals and 2 snacks - all whole foods- so I don't feel like I am starving. I will say though that I am glad it's only 3 days.
Today I am trying to catch up on some things. Ironically, blogging is not one of them but here I am! Today and tomorrow are my last 2 days alone before fall break. I guess I'd better get moving...