Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Lesson learned the past few days: Keep the kids' birthday parties small. We had way too many kids at the party and although it was fun it was quite chaotic. Next year, we'll remember..
On my Prayer List: My family. We travel Thursday for my great Aunt's funeral. I pray that everyone travels safely.
Key Verse: "Over all other virtues put on love, which binds the rest together and makes them perfect. Christ's peace must reign in your hearts, since as members of the one body you have been called to that peace. Dedicate yourselves to thankfulness." Colossians 3Join Sandra at Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The ball gown from last night was lovely but I wasn't totally wowed by it. I felt there were too many pleats on the skirt for my liking. But it was very pretty.
And the little girls looked too cute in their colorful coats.
I spent inauguration day in my DKNY jeans and Eddie Bauer t-shirt. Hmmm....
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I also found out the we have yet another fundraiser coming up next week. We are selling See's candy which will be ready for delivery right before Valentine's Day. ugh. I cannot ask anyone I know to buy anything else . We had poinsettia sales in early December, Girl Scout cookies now and the See's fundraiser next week. Does anyone else do this much fundraising? I need to get Little Miss involved in activities that don't involve fundraising (piano lessons, possibly?)
Little Miss turned 7 on Saturday. Her party was a hit with a great turnout. We just did games at the house - outside since the weather was nice. We did a three legged race and balloon toss. Our friends brought over their bouncy house which was a hit. We had pizza for lunch, cake and a little craft (a foam picture frame from Oriental Trading). It was a really fun time. A good number of parents stayed (thankfully, as they were all a huge help), even some dads which made my husband happy.
My daughter received an MP3 player from my friend "J" for her birthday. She is the first one in our house to have one. She loves it. Aren't we on the cutting edge???
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I have recently started making my own salsa thanks to a friend who made it for my husband's birthday party. I watched her make it one weekend and thought "I can do that!" It is soooooo much better than even the best jarred, bottled, containered salsa you can buy at the store and you can just taste the freshness.
2 tomatoes (regular old tomatoes - use 5 or 6 if you are using romas.)
1/4 - 1/2 onion
handful of fresh cilantro (to taste)
handful of banana peppers (in the jar) with a little of the juice added
salt to taste
Chop the ingredients to desired size, mix together and you're done. You can add or subtract the amounts of the ingredients to taste.
It is the yummiest! The other benefit is that I find the chopping process theraputic. I try to make it when I have to time to enjoy chopping. And like with anything homemade it's a nice feeling to serve something healthy to your family and friends.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
- does Starbucks coffee taste so much better when purchased already brewed at Starbucks than it does when I brew it at home (Starbucks brand)?
- can I not seem to keep a white shirt clean? In 2 days I have worn and gotten dirty 3 white shirts (dirty as in I needed to pretreat them before washing them). Yesterday's shirt got dirty when the dog fell out of the back of the car (poor dear, she is fine) into a puddle after getting a bath. Lovely. Today's shirts got dirty with coffee (home brewed Starbucks, see above) and the cheese mixture from Aunt Annie's shells and cheese.
- are bakery cookies so expensive? I took Little Miss to order her birthday cake today and pick up some cookies to take to school for her birthday tomorrow. She has 27 kids in her class (don't get me started on that) so I would have to get 3 dozen cookies at $5 a pop. Not likely, so we are now the proud owners of 'gingerbread donut holes' purchased for $6. Still way too much but better. I just wasn't with it enough this week to make cookies for class. Next year I will freeze some Christmas cookies to use for this. I bet they have never had donut holes for a birthday celebration.
- do I tell people "I will be home all day Thursday"? The phone rang off the hook. Thank goodness for caller ID. :)
- do people think it's just ok to spend your time at the park texting and talking on the phone while your toddler plays and other moms tend him/her?
- am I not 25 and single so I can stalk David Cook since he broke up with Kimberly Caldwell? (A joke - I would never want to be single and dating again and I love my husband. But DC is a cutie. And I would never stalk anyone. Really.)
- am I so much more productive when the internet is down? Don't answer that. Our internet was down for a day and a half. I got soooo much done. It ended up being a problem outside somewhere. I did not break it as my husband suggested. :)
Just some observations from my life lately...
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
We had the 'cookie kick-off' on Saturday - a little pep rally type thing for the girls. A lovely idea but the main presenter was a real downer talking about the poor economy and how it might be hard to sell them & we needed to give them reasons why they needed to buy them, etc. Really! The Daisys and Brownies looked confused as she babbled on. Yes, I should be running this show, too. Haha. No thanks, I'll just sell them...
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I have always been the type that when asked to do something I quickly reply 'yes' without giving it too much thought if the idea sounds remotely enticing. When I need to look at logistics, I often realize that the event I have committed to is not practical or sometimes even desirable. And there are times when it's just something I really don't want to do. I am trying to give myself time to digest the request and see if it really fits in with my current priorities. Saying "let me look at my calendar" or (my favorite) "let me check with my husband" gives me time not only to check but to think about what 'yes' entails (getting a babysitter, cleaning the house for company, buying something, etc.) Although I do have to make an extra call to give my answer I have given myself time to really think if this is something I want to do. And often, it's just not how I want to spend my time.
Now if it sounds like I am a pro at this, I am not (otherwise I would have not made the resolution). It's hard to practice what you preach sometimes. It took me a year, one year, to quit my Bunco group because I just couldn't say no. I only ever wanted to be a sub but I got talked into being a regular. While it was fun it just wasn't something I wanted to do every month. I finally quit in August . And everyone tried to get me to stay - very flattering but it was really hard to say 'no' to 11 other people.
When I remember my priorities: basically my family and my home (in a nutshell) it's easier to make decisions. I have a friend who decided that she was giving up anything that didn't directly benefit her children ( she would say 'yes' to a storytime but 'no' to being on the board of a mom's group). That was her way of categorizing requests and it works for her. We all have our own categories and once we know what they are we are well on our way to saying 'no' to all the things that take up our time and don't add to the joy in our lives.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I got 2 new CD's for Christmas. Am I the only one who still gets CD's? Are we the only family without an Ipod?? Remember Darius Rucker, the voice behind Hootie and the Blowfish back in the day? I was thrilled to see he had a new album (yes, that term certainly dates me!) And he is now a country artist. Who knew? It's a great album and I love his distinct voice.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Well, it's that time again. Time for resolutions, if you make them. I know many people who don't make them but I usually do. So here's this year's list:
- Lose weight (very vague but I would be happy with 10 lbs & prefer 30). My daughter will be 7 so it's time for the 'baby' weight to go...
- Get more orgainized. Visibly organized. I know where it all is (well, most of it) but I don't think you could find it if I asked you to get it - mostly this is the case in my office. The rest of the house isn't too bad (excluding Little Miss' playroom). Again, a vague resolution but it's a big job that I need to break down into chunks. I think 'purge' is the name of the game here.
- Say 'no' more. Pretty easy, don't you think? And not vague - just say no. I should have no problem keeping this one. I hope.
- Remove the word 'busy' from my vocabulary. Really, aren't we all busy? If we are lucky to have people in our lives we care about, jobs, a home, a car, etc. we are all busy. And if we are lucky enough to be able to take care of these things, we are busy. It's a good thing.
I think that about covers it. If I can keep those I will be in good shape. If not, there's always next year...