Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I only recently discoverd "Vineyard Vines" and just love their things. It was a steal at $29.99.
The other reason for the shopping trip was to get Little Miss a bathing suit, a 'two-piecer' as she would say. She is one of the few girls in her group of friends who wears a 'one-piecer'. So since she is getting to the age where she likes to be like the other girls (it's too early for that, isn't it?) she has been asking for a bikini. Um, not gonna happen here at age 7. But my husband and I talked and decided that a tankini would be a nice compromise. Off we went today to pick out the two-piecer of her (kind of) dreams. Kohls had a great selection at 40% off (I question their 'sales' -I mean is anything ever NOT on sale -but the end price is usually good)- so she got a cute tankini for $24. It even has a little rhinestone etching on the front, left side of the bottoms. She is all about the rhinestones. She looked SO grown up in it!
After we hit Marshalls and Kohls we headed for Target. Our Target has a little eating place - you can get sandwiches, salads & Pizza Hut pan pizzas. In an effort to keep our eye on the shopping goal we ate at Target. Their California chicken salad is not so bad. After lunch we started shopping. Little Miss immediately let us know that a trip to Target is not complete without a visit to the toy department. Alrighty then. Ten excruciating minutes in toys it is.
Since a post by me would not be complete without a complaint I would like to mention that I am not happy that our Target has done away with most of its smaller bottles of detergent. I should have known something was up when my Purex Free & Clear in the convenient 50 oz size was on 'clearance' two weeks ago. Now they have these jumbo size bottles. Target people, if you are listening: Anything bigger than the 50 oz bottle does not fit in the cabinet above my washer & dryer, which is where I store my detergent. And I have little space on the floor in my laundry area. Luckily, after looking for a few minutes, I spotted a bottle of All free & clear 'small & mighty' - perfect.
Most people I know are thrilled with the larger sizes of products. Not Debra (of course!) Besides my parents, we are the only people I know that do not belong to Costco or Sam's Club - even my grandparents belong to Costco. I have even had people ask how we manage without belonging. We are a small family and we really don't consume alot. We don't drink sodas so we don't need jumbo cases and bottles of drinks, we don't eat a ton of processed food so we don't buy chips, mixes, etc., we don't use alot of paper towels (about a roll every 2-3 weeks), I use vinegar to clean so don't need gobs of bargain cleaning product packs. I do think we could fetch some bargains on meat but I am not going to join just for that. Our local grocery runs good sales on meat and I just keep my eyes open for them. And that's how we survive without Costco...
Monday, May 25, 2009
On my bedside table: 'The G-free Diet' by Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Anyway, all the tickets didn't get sold by the players so it was decided that the kids would stand outside one of the grocery stores last night from 6-8 and sell the rest of the tickets. Luckily, my husband went with Little Miss. I had to draw the line somewhere. And this was it. I have done my time (really, it 'doing time' must be similar to standing outside in the 100 degree heat in your hockey jersey trying to sell tickets to people just trying to buy beer for the weekend). So when the car rolled up at 7:38 pm I tried to think positive - 'wow they sold the 300 tickets in record time'. NO, they sold 5 tickets. Ugh. My husband was not happy. Don't blame him.
Little Miss has a pool party/sleepover today/tonight. We drop her off at 11 am and pick her up at 11 am on Sunday. It's like a vacation! We are supposed to go out with friends for dinner tonight but their son threw up last night so it's up in the air. He probably is sick from standing out in his hockey jersey for 90 minutes in the 100 degree heat so hopefully all will be well when it's time to go out.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
On my tv- nothing now
On the menu for tonight: pork tenderloin
On my to do list: I am working at my husband's office today so that's it.
New Recipe I tried last week: None - no surprises there!
In the craft basket: Nothing right now.
Looking forward to: Thursday - it's the last day of school. 'No more pencils, no more books...'
Homemaking tip of the week: Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
Favorite Blog post of the week: This one. Love money saving grocery ideas. And this one. Anyone who has had to deal with infertility will like this. Have a tissue close at hand for the video.
Favorite Photo of the week:
After our hockey games yesterday Little Miss & I went to Old Town Scottsdale and stumbled upon the 'Arizona Lucky Ducky Duck Derby'. The dads and boys went to the hockey store and lunch so LM and I had a girls afternoon. It was so fun and better than our original idea (the mall).
Lesson learned the last few days: Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
On my prayer list: In honor of the last week of school: all the teachers out there.
Devotional, Scripture reading, key verse: Remember & revere the hard times, for they will become the stories you most like to tell. ~H Jackson Browne
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Sunday, May 17, 2009
This weekend we were out of town for the last hockey tournament this season. It is bittersweet since the tournaments are fun, we have a great group of kids and parents. I will miss seeing them. What I will not miss are the practices in the 100 degree weather. October will be here soon enough and we will start again.
I am constantly amazed at the behavior of the sibling of one of Little Misses teammates. Let's call him Eddie (as in Haskell). Eddie is 5 1/2. Old enough to know how to behave but young enough to still need some supervision. His dad, Mr Haskell, lets him run around like a wild animal, not reprimanding him once. Eddie climbs on anything he deems climbable, has selective hearing like you've never seen and barks orders at his dad. Mrs. Haskell does not come to the tournaments because she 'hates hockey' (the words of Eddie's brother, the hockey player). The other parents have noticed Eddie's behavior & Mr. Haskell's reaction (or non-reaction) and don't like at all. The other siblings of the players can behave themselves and don't cause any problems. Yesterday, Eddie spilled a soda in the 'player and coaches only' section of the rink. Mr Haskell was nowhere to be found. That's just one of his many antics over the past few days.
So, I am wondering, why are there some parents out there that don't see what their kids do & if they do see it, they think it's OK, or worse, cute? I happen to be good friends with Mrs. Haskell and we have known the boys since they were babies. I am dreading this summer because although I would like to see Mrs. H, I don't want to deal with the hellion child. Most of my friends have boys so I understand the 'boys will be boys' thing and this is way more than that. It's a total lack of discipline by the parents. I am old enough to know that no good will ever come of me saying something to Mrs. H - as long as I want to continue to be friends with her, & I do.
Has anyone else ever had to deal with this? Is there a good solution, other than a big glass of wine???
Friday, May 15, 2009
So, the girls get their swim suits on and head out the door. My husband says,'is that a tramp stamp on 'M's back?
'A what', I say?
'A tattoo on her lower back.' says my husband.
'Surely it's not. I'll check.' I say.
I go out with the girls and notice the tattoo. So I ask 'M' if it is a real tatoo. She assures me that it is one of the temporary ones. Thank goodness for that.
Even though it is temporary I still don't like it. Will she want a real one next? She's 7. Thankfully, LM didn't say anything to me and I am not even sure she noticed it. These kids are just growing up way too fast. And it's not really their fault most of the time. I mean, a 7 year old doesn't drive herself to the store to buy a temporary tatoo. I just keep wondering what the rush is to have these girls looking and acting (trying anyway) like women. There is plenty of time for that when they are older, much older. Not 7. Or 8. Or 9. I know I am old fashioned but I hope it pays off in the long run. It's just all too much...
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Yes, that made my day...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Last night was the top 3- Adam, Danny & Kris. As you can imagine they all did really well. I am not sure that it matters at this point who wins, although Adam is clearly the judges' favorite and they did everything in their power to stress that point last night and sway the millions of voters to call in for Adam. So, if all the viewers followed their lead Adam will be in the finals.
I really like Adam. He has talent for sure and seems like a really nice person. I want to like his music. However, I don't see myself buying his music, ever. I am just not a hard rock type of girl.
Danny is more my style although I feel like all his music sounds the same. It's good, just all the same. But he has a really strong following and that could keep him going into the finals. I don't think he's a shoe-in though.
Kris is definitely the dark horse in this competition and he proves every week that he deserves to be here. His performance of the Kanye West song 'Heartless' was great. I don't think I have heard the original but my husband says it is totally different from what Kris did. Randy said it was better than the original. Quite a compliment. That performance kind of reminded me of last year when David Cook did Mariah Carey's 'Always be my baby'. I loved it when he did it but I hadn't hear Mariah's version. When I did hear her version I was astonished that it was the same song. Hated her version, loved his.
I think most people would say that the finals will include Adam and Danny but I am not so sure. They all deserve to be there and it's really anyone's game at this point. I think any of them would make a wonderful American Idol.
That being said, I think it is safe to unveil my favorite because I know that some of you are dying to know. haha So here you go. My favorite Idol this year is:
Monday, May 11, 2009
On My TV: Nothing now
On the menu for tonight: Quesadillas & salad
On my to do list: work on spring cleaning, change sheets, wash sheets & towels
New recipe I tried last week: none
In the craft basket: teacher's gifts
Looking forward to: Helping in Little Misses CCD class - they are making rosaries.
Homemaking tip this week: With summer coming and the heat along with it, I find I can keep the house cooler if I do my baking in the early morning & run the dishwasher overnight.
Favorite blog post of the week: Sarah's post. It actually was a post from the week before last but I read it for the first time last week & it is so wonderful I thought it worth mentioning. Take a look - she has a great blog!
Favorite photo of the week: none
Lesson learned from the last few days: Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
On my prayer list: My cousin & my dad who had their first Mother's Day without their moms (who were sisters).
Devotional, scripture reading, key verse:
Job 31:6 - Let me be weighed on honest scales; that God may know my integrity.
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Last night was the American Idol top 4 results show. Allison went home. I was sad to see her go but honestly I would have been sad no matter who went. My favorite is still in the running. Maybe keeping my mouth shut about who I like best is working - yeah, right, that's it.
I am still spring cleaning albeit very slowly. Hopefully I'll be ready to show some pics in a day or so.
May is turning into one crazy month. The days are getting filled up on my calendar all too quickly. Speaking of calendars, who thought it was a good idea to make a calendar that doesn't have the previous month & following month (in smaller print) on the same page as the current month? Debra thinks it's not such a good idea. And I have two calendars like that.
I am off to the bank and to manage my little renovation project. I swear, it's just like TV - people don't show up when they say, they don't do what they said they would, they finish half the job, don't communicate (a biggie for me) - yes, it's just like on HGTV Just call me Lisa LaPorta...
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
On my TV: Tivo'd "Numbers"
On the menu for tonight: Quesadillas, salad
On my to do list: Change sheets, wash sheets & towels & most likely, a Home Depot Run
New Recipe I tried last week: None
In the Craft Basket: The last of the Mother's Day gifts
Looking forward to: Summer Vacation - only 3 weeks left of school.
Homemaking tip of the week: Use butter & margarine wrappers to grease pans. I remember my Grandmas doing that so it goes way back - nothing I figured out on my own. :) Works like a charm.
Favorite Blog Post of the week: One Fabulous Mom just had a beautiful baby girl and she writes about the 'Dark Days of Motherhood'. You know, the stuff no one, not even your best friend, tells you about regarding what life is like during the first few weeks after your baby is born. It will bring back memories of those sleepless, frustrating nights and you will want to call your friends who are pregnant and gently remind them what it's like so they don't feel all alone.
Favorite photo of the week:
Little Miss watching a movie with 'Matthew' - yep, that's the girl doll's name. Notice the pink sparkles in her ears? Stickers that Little Miss is using for earrings for her dolls. Very creative.
Lesson learned the last few days: Things don't always go as planned. A little humor will go a long way.
On my prayer list: Family
Devotional, Scripture reading, key verse:
Hebrews 4:16 - Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace to help in time of need.
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Friday, May 1, 2009
But this one. I am the proud owner of this electric pepper mill, with light. It is the neatest thing. Our waitress used one @ lunch one day and I was fascinated. My friend J got one and I mentioned to my husband that he should consider getting one for me (I was thinking it would be a great Mother's Day gift), but my dad beat him to it. Just push that little button on top and, VOILA, you have pepper! LOVE it!!!
(You can find it at Crate and Barrel)
And, this one...I have been a Pottery Barn type of girl for what seems like forever but I have been getting the West Elm catalog and am in LOVE. Some of the things are a bit modern for me but for the most part it's just really cool, contemporary stuff. I am currently in the market for a new rug for under my coffee table & have found these 2 that could work. I am leaning towards the botanical one but like the red accent on the zig zag one. Any opinions out there?
I have red accents in the room and I will be getting my chair and ottoman covered in red when I save for it - the ottoman is an odd size so I will need to have it re-upholstered as opposed to slip covered (which was my first, more cost effective choice). When I really get into this project I will post some pictures.
I know I still have some kitchen pictures to post from, let's see.. December. I am still trying to get things 'just right' for the reveal. :)