Tuesday, June 30, 2009
A- Age - 44
B- Bed Size - queen
C- Chore you hate- emptying the dishwasher - when we are rich I am going to have 2 dishwashers!
D- Dog's name - Montana
E - Essential start to your day - Watching the news. I need to know what's going on.
F - Favorite color - pink
G - Gold or silver - Gold
H - Height - 5"3"
I - Instruments you play - none
J - Job title - SAHM
K - Kids - 1
L - Living arrangements - a house
M - Mom's name - Yvonne
N - Nicknames - Deb
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth - None. :)
P - Pet Peeve - oh, there are so many.... but I hate when people are too lazy to put their carts in the cart corral at the grocery store (or Target, Walmart, Kmart, etc)
Q - Quote from a movie - 'Pink is my signature color.' (Steel Magnolias)
R - Right or left handed? Left
S - Siblings - 1 sister
T - Time you wake up - 5:24 (that's when the alarm goes off)
U - 1st word that comes to your mind for "u" - Up
V - Vegetable you dislike - Peas (don't tell Little Miss)
W - Ways your run late - trying to finish ' one more thing'
X - X-rays you've had - teeth
Y - Yummy food you make - Sticky buns
Z - Zoo favorites - Giraffe
Hopefully when I do my next post I will be able to think for myself & do something original! :)
Monday, June 29, 2009
One of my simple pleasures: A glass of wine before dinner.
On my bedside table: 'In Praise of Stay at Home Moms' by Dr Laura Schlesinger.
On the menu for tonight: I have no idea! Probably grilled chicken w/ brown rice and salad.
On my to do list: laundry, work, vacuum, clean my office
New Recipe I tried last week: none
In the craft basket: cards I am making for a birthday gift.
Looking forward to: Going to the mountains for the 4th of July.
Homemaking tip of the week: Ditch the paper towels - use washclothes & towels instead. You will save money and produce less trash.
Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other): 'How much sugar are you really consuming?' by Stephanie. Check it out -it's enlightening - and scary!
Favorite photo of the week:
Friday, June 26, 2009
Today we are going to the library to see a magic show at 1. I tell LM, 'we are not going anywhere until it's time to go to the magic show.' 'OK', she says. I think that maybe I am getting some where until.... at 8:45 am she asks, 'is it almost time to go?' What?
I try to do alot with her but she needs to play on her own and I need to do things that take concentration sometimes and just need some QUIET. I know my husband comes home and wonders what we do all day. The house is in total disarray. I just don't have a grasp on everything this week. Glad it's Friday. I'll try again next week.
I even asked my husband if he was absolutely positive he didn't want another child, thinking a playmate might keep LM occupied. He is sure.
On the bright side: I got my David Cook tickets in the mail this week. It's the little things right now...
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
We invited some friends over today to swim after lunch. My friend Emily brought her boys Tyler & Cody over about 1pm. Little Miss was beyond excited to see them as they have been at their grandparents for the past 2 weeks.
Well, let's just say that it seems the boys are exhausted from being at 'Grandpa Camp'. They bickered, whined, cried, you name it, for an hour. After Tyler had 2 time outs his mom said "that's it, we're leaving. " Well, then guess who started crying? Yep, LM started bawling since they were leaving. UGH.
After they left LM wanted to get out of the pool too so we did. She put on her nightgown and said, "I need a nap." Umm, okay. She has never said that. She gave up naps before she was 3 (I was disappointed to say the least.) I turned off the tv, she got her pillow and stuffed animal and off to the couch she went.
For about 15 minutes. I knew it was too good to be true...
7:30 pm won't get here soon enough.
Monday, June 22, 2009
One of my simple pleasures: A ripe, juicy summer tomato.
On my bedside table: 'In Praise of Stay at home moms' by Dr Laura Schlesinger. It's still there from last week because I started reading 'The Girls From Ames' by Jeffrey Zaslow. I just finished it this morning. It's a great book about friendship.
On my TV: I hate to say it but I hear Spongebob.
On the menu for tonight: Grilled Chicken, veggies, salad
On my to do list: Laundry, work, go to library
New Recipe I tried last week: Purple Potato Salad. I am not a huge potato salad fan but I had these purple potatoes and thought I would make a salad. Turned out pretty good.
In the Craft Basket: nothing now
Looking forward to: A much more relaxing week than last week. Little Miss has her last tennis lesson on Wed and that's the only thing we HAVE to do this week. It's going to be a hot one so we'll enjoy alot of time in the pool.
Homemaking tip of the week: Make a list. Even if you are not a list maker. Even if it's not a cross things off type of list. Sometimes things get crazy and it's nice to have something to look at that lets you know what you plan to do today so you can get back on track. I am not a list maker but this helps me.
Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other): This one @ Simple Mom. It's called 'Use the Good Stuff'.
Favorite Photo of the week:
~ If we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Go visit Sandra at Diary of a SAHM for more Happy Homemaker Monday.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Yep, my husband and I will be watching him on August 20th at the Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival (really). I can hardly wait. We have great seats.
My husband is quite the saint. Poor guy has taken me to 'Mamma Mia', Donny & Marie & now this. Really, he will get to cut in front of all of us on his way to heaven. I owe him. BIG. Let's just hope that I get the kiss on the head (or neck) from David and not him...
Friday, June 19, 2009
- Get an old box and fill it with anything you would throw out or recycle: egg cartons, plastic containers, paper bags (I would stay away from plastic bags for obvious reasons), straws, "kids cuisine" containers, water bottles, Styrofoam cups & take out containers, etc.
- Clean everything that needs to be cleaned.
- Get out the markers, glue, paint, colored paper, etc. & let their imaginations take over.
Check out more frugal Friday ideas @ Life as Mom .
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Well, we STILL don't have an ipod (& don't anticipate getting one anytime soon) but the other night I downloaded itunes and purchased some songs (3 to be exact). What prompted this you might ask (or maybe you aren't asking.)? Some of you may know of my love for David Cook - season 7 American Idol winner. He preformed his song "Permanent" at this year's Idol finale and is giving the proceeds from downloading that song to ABC2, a charity that's goal is to find a cure for brain cancer (David Cook's older brother recently passed away from brain cancer.) So I now feel really 'with it' since I have an itunes account. Doesn't take much...
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Flip flops are not allowed to be worn at school (thank goodness). We don't allow LM wear them many places where it just might not be safe as well as the obvious places (bike riding for example).
Monday, June 15, 2009
On of my simple pleasures: An early morning cup of coffee outside in the solitude before everyone else gets up.
Lesson learned the last few days: Things aren't always as they seem.
On my prayer list: The volunteers at my daughter's Vacation Bible School
Devotional, Scripture reading, key verse:
Sunday, June 14, 2009
"Are we going to Walmart?" I ask.
"Yes" he says.
"But I thought you wanted to go to the mall." I say.
"Walmart is at the mall." he says.
Now I know that I need a disclaimer from my husband when he says wants to go to 'the mall'. So, there I am on a beautiful Saturday in Walmart (not my favorite place). And it just happens to be the one year anniversary of the opening of this Super Walmart. He's sneaky, I tell you...
Friday, June 12, 2009
I married into a family that does not do thank you notes (with the exception of one sister-in-law - out of 13 kids- who not coincidentally happens to be my very, very favorite). My mother in law phones. The rest may or may not acknowledge that they received your gift. Luckily my husband has come over to my side after 12 years. He is always the first to ask me 'did you send a thank you note'? And I can usually say that yes, I have already sent it. (You can see he is very trainable!) I think the reason that my husband's family does not do thank you notes is that, with the exception of 2 kids, they all live in the same town. They see each other all the time and thank each other in person. That's my theory anyway.
Imagine my surprise last week when I received a thank you note for a graduation gift we sent to my husband's nephew. As I opened and started reading the note I realized that his mom wrote the note. I appreciate that she thought enough to send something but shouldn't the young man have been able to pen his own note? Or am I asking for too much?
Fast forward to this afternoon when I received an email from a friend who just wanted to say 'hi' and then needed to run and finish writing thank you notes for her own son's graduation gifts. Is it because they are boys? Don't boys need to know how to write a thank you note? Or is it just one more way that social graces are not being passed on to the next generation? Am I just old fashioned & rigid? Do any of you have any thoughts on this?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
It was painted white with some green paint painted over it and then blotted off. Cute but not really working for me.
So here's what I did:
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Nick Family Croos = Nick Family Cruise
Vages= Las Vegas
I am going to avoid 'watch 4 hours of SpongeBob'. That is 4 hours in one day (I asked). Does that sound like torture??
There is a family in our town that had sextuplets a couple of years ago. This Thursday their show debuts on the Women's Entertainment (WE) network. Channel 260 on Directv. I don't personally know them but I do hope they don't end up being another Jon & Kate. Time will tell.
I am off to rearrange furniture. I am finally getting my chair and ottoman recovered and it has been picked up for the transformation, leaving my living room barer than bare. I am not sure how I am going to make it look decent for the next two weeks. My challenge lies in the fact that I am not 'allowed' to move my husband's recliner. It would be so much easier if I could...
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
We were boating with some friends over the weekend (sans kids) and were down at the channel (where people park their boats and boat watch - like we used to cruise the strip in high school - a very mature thing for 30 & 40 yr olds to do!) We knew the movie was filming so we walked down to the end where it was taking place to check things out. As we walked down there I noticed a sign that basically said 'We're filming a movie. If you pass this sign you may be in the movie and won't be paid.' We saw a few actors walking around with their fake blood and cuts on their skin, so it's going to be gory - but I guess the name eludes to that, too. The actors were on their lunch breaks so chances are we won't be in the movie but I wanted to mention it. Just in case.
Monday, June 8, 2009
The weather in my neck of the woods: Cloudy, a high of 93 today :) Yippee! Our average this time of the year is about 105 so it's like spring time!
One of my simple pleasures: Chopping the veggies for the salsa I made this week (link to recipe is below). Just being able to take the time and cut everything just so is very therapeutic.
On my bedside table: 'Unplug your kids' by David Dutwin, Ph.D
On my TV: Nothing
On the menu for tonight: leftovers (we always have a big dinner on Sundays and usually have leftovers which I will make into tacos or quesadillas-it gets old after a while but I hate to waste food.)
On my to do list: the usual (cleaning, laundry,etc). And it's movie day at the library.
New recipe I tried last week: None, but I did make banana bread and salsa
In the craft basket: nothing
Looking forward to: Library day today. Hopefully going to the mountains this weekend (fingers crossed!)
Homemaking tip of the week: Take baby steps. Sometimes I just look around and think -'ugh, what will I do with all this STUFF?' In the short run it's just easier to get a cup of tea and turn on 'Oprah' but after that hour, amazingly, the STUFF is still there! So I take 5 minutes and deal with one pile. Once it's put away I can either quit or keep going - take 5 more minutes and conquer a bit more. When the job is smaller I feel like I can finish it sometime during this decade and usually continue on. This is a great way to handle the 'dump' spots in your house. For us it's our wet bar by the front door. For some people it's a hall table or the dining room table or the kitchen island. So start with 5 minutes...
Favorite Blog post of the week (mine or other): This was a great post last week by Michelle about the 'bright side of having to be frugal'. I think a lot of us are trying to be a little more frugal right now & this is a great motivating post.
Favorite Photo of the week:
Summer time and the livin' is easy. Little Miss and her friend 'H' take a popsicle break by the pool. (Note LM's new tankini.)
Lesson learned the last few days: Slow down, it's summer. We have all vacation to do it.
On my prayer list: Friends & family
Devotional, Scripture reading, key verse:
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Here's Little Miss' room. (I loaded the pictures incorrectly apparently so the 'clean' pictures come first, then the 'messy' ones.)
Playroom after. I didn't take a before picture but you really didn't want to see it. Suffice it to say that the rug and floor were not recognizable.
That's all for now. The rest of the house is in pretty good shape. I cleaned out my closet the other day. I try to do this a few times a year. I am amazed that I always am able to purge a good amount even doing it as often as I do. I also did some paint touch up that was LONG overdue. Wouldn't you know I forgot a spot in our bathroom so the paint will be back out before long. There's always a reason to paint...
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I love paint, probably a little too much. Three of my favorite colors in my house are below.
"Chocolate Curl" by Olympic (at Lowes) in the kitchen. The star is painted "Sea Breath" by Valspar (at Lowes) - don't you just love that name?
"China Blue" by Benjamin Moore in the dining room.
"Why do you ask, is it broken?", I say.
"No, I haven't noticed it before."
"Oh, about 6 months or so." I say.
Yes, folks, this is the man who will notice if his recliner is moved one inch. But he doesn't notice the 'new' lamp next to said chair. EVEN after I tell him (6 months ago) what a bargain I got on the shade ($2 at Lowes). If you ever need to tell someone a secret, he's your man...
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
On my TV: Nothing now.
On the menu for tonight: We have an end of the year hockey cookout - burgers and hot dogs. Our team is bringing side dishes, I am bringing a fruit salad as our contribution.
On my to do list: laundry, organize closets
New Recipe I tried last week: Nothing (surprise!)
In the craft basket: nothing now.
Looking forward to: hockey cookout, Thursday's movie day (Madagascar 2 - I am dying to see it!)
Homemaking tip for this week: Try to use your dryer less in the summer (I know this is not really a 'tip' but it's something I try to remember to do since it's warmer outside). Set up a clothes line if you can or use a rolling rack to hang what you can.
Favorite Blog post of the week (mine or other): This one of Sandra's. It was a fun reminder of days gone by and also kind of sad to think our kids won't have the same type of summer memories that we did. But I like to think they will have their own, different yet still memorable. I don't think my summers were that different from my mom's but I think my daughter's will be a lot different than mine.
Favorite photo of the week:
We have a blow up mattress that Little Miss likes to sleep on in her play room. I put it up every now and then (when it's not a school night) so she can sleep on it - which I hope explains the mis-matched sheets! The smile conveys her happiness about sleeping there.
Lesson learned the last few days: Debra can say 'no'. Little Miss got an invitation on Sunday to swim at a friend's house and I said 'no' since it was later when the mom called (1:30-I am not the best 'spur of the moment' type of girl -I like plans) &, more importantly, Little Miss stayed up late Saturday night at our friends' house swimming and playing with the kids. She had her first tennis lesson this morning starting at 7 am so I didn't want her to be worn out.
On my prayer list: Dean Martin, the Arizona state treasurer, who lost his wife and infant son within days of each other. His wife died in child birth and the baby a few days later.
Devotional, Scripture reading, key verse:
~James 1:12 - Blessed is the man who keeps on going when times are hard.
Join Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday.