Tuesday, September 30, 2008
OK - this is more for upper elementary students, but I admit that I was pushing Lulu out of the way so that I could play. Below are the results from Lulu's campaign. Education, global warming, and the war in Iraq were the subjects that were most important to her. She decided which states in which to spend most of her time and campaign budget. You'll notice that she was running as a Republican (I'm not going to comment on that).
Seriously though. Check it out! It's quick and easy and fun too!
Monday, September 29, 2008
At which point Lulu says, "Dear Halloween Fairy - I'd like an autographed picture of Hannah Montana, um, or backstage passes to Jonas Brothers concert." Grin.
Wow! She doesn't ask for much does she?
The friend explains that, "you can't ask for money; so that's the only problem."
When the friend's mom came to pick her up, she clarified some of the Halloween Fairy logistics. First, the night of Halloween, the kids are permitted to eat as much of the candy as they want. They can also just take one bite of a piece and throw the rest out. They can eat until they make themselves sick -
Does Halloween Fairy come to your house? I'm sure that she'll visit my house this year.
Hah! She is too much.
She finally took the shower that she was supposed to take on Thursday, but didn't because of Survivor. Then she was supposed to take it on Friday, but didn't because she cheered a night game and was tired when she got home. Then was she was supposed to take it on Saturday but didn't because she had a friend sleep over. Finally, she was supposed to take the shower on Sunday, but didn't because... we were preserving the hair.
Luckily, we got a shower tonight!
Looking forward to a day at home with the kids tomorrow - no school!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Then, she got her hair done - in total hollywood style - and looked like this!
She came home with this bag of gifts...
We have to try to keep this hair in place for school tomorrow!
Wish me luck!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
If you are a mom then you will agree that we do not have time for television. Most moms I know only ever have their tvs tuned to Disney, Nick, or Sprout.
Lulu was a toddler when Survivor first aired. I watched on day 1 and was hooked ever since. Since then, Survivor has evolved and I have been told that rewatching season 1 is pretty cool because you can tell from the way that the producers present the story that this was a very new adventure for them. I've been wanting to Netflix Season 1 but... who has time for that!
Nonetheless, as previously stated, Lulu and I have been watching since show 1. Now, dear husband watched with us. Admittedly, it took some time to get him watching the show as he loathes all reality television. He is just as hooked as we are.
You are more than welcome to come watch Survivor with us sometime. If you do, please keep in mind a few household Survivor
1. First and foremost, Survivor is more important than bedtime, taking a shower, and so on. Case in point, we got a call from Daddy Warbucks, to say that was Survivor was on. Immediately upon hearing those words, Lulu's bedtime was extended until 10:00 (it was the 2 hour season premiere you know) and her shower was rescheduled for another date. Even Bro stayed up for the festivities because I could not tear myself away to sit upstairs and nurse him to sleep.
2. Always eat popcorn or root beer floats during Survivor.
3. Always get ready for bed during commercials (brush hair, brush teeth, pajamas) since bedtime commences immediately after "scenes" (see #4).
4. Do not go to bed before you see "scenes" from the next Survivor.
5. Never, ever talk during the show, no matter how important. You can share your thoughts, take a bathroom break, get a snack during commercial only.
7. Always say, "shhhhh, shhhhh, shhhhh Survivor is back on" and frantically run back to your seat when you hear the show come back from commercial.
Friday, September 26, 2008
I know that you all do this.
The rule of the "last one" plays out daily at the office. There is always one mint left in the jar, one cookie on the plate, or, in this case, one piece of cake left in the box (see pic). Are you kidding me? How hilarious is this picture?
This is the problem. Stick with me here. When you take the second to last one, you are, in fact, taking the "last one." Why? Because nobody is going to get to eat anymore now that the second to last one is gone. For example, in this picture
Do you see my point? The point is that NOW I can't even eat the second to last one because then I am, in essence, eating the last bite because nobody is going to eat the "last one."
Don't believe me? Try it out. Keep eating the second to last one... at holiday parties, at office parties, and at home (depending on your housemates) and see what happens. The "last one" just sits there and rots! If you try this then leave us all a comment on how it worked out.
Or maybe THIS one in front of our fish tank?
Okay - if I can't have one for myself then I'll suggest some for a friend. Have you ever been to Fairy Grandmother's house? You know the large carpet in the kitchen. Wouldn't this be a fabulous replacement for that rug? Fairy Grandmother - you need this in your kitchen.
At any rate, these came in all sorts of sizes and shapes and are so perfect for anyone with a nautical themed room in their house. Do you own a boat? Get a small one for the boat. Oh - yes!
Now, Bro eats oatmeal, Lulu eats oatmeal, and even Dear Husband eats it. This is so perfect and so easy and a much healthier alternative to my morning feast than adding syrup and brown sugar.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Look for a participating museum here.
You will see that my blog has a sidebar segment of "shared items." These shared items come directly from the blogs that I read. If I find something interesting then I can just add it to this blog with the click of a button.
Today, rather than adding interesting items to my shared items list, I want to highlight a few of my recent favorites from the blogs that I read.
For example, Cupcakes Take the Cake pointed out these lovely cupcake stands, by Michelle Miller.
Need a fun and easy point system to get the kids interested in helping with chores? Kasi has a great idea!
I'm wanting to make this oven "fried" chicken from Blisfully Domestic.
I can't decide what to make for the Scouts' bake sale this weekend.
These cupcakes from gourmet mom?
These pretzel sticks from peas and carrots?
I have had my heart set on making these since I first saw them on al Dente. Recognize this guy?
Anybody seen/tried these slice and bake cupcakes yet? Should I try them?
BTW, I bought some caffeinated coffee from Starbucks this morning - for the first time in over a year! Whew! This is caffeine overload. I should have asked for half caf and half decaf!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
So far so good.
On the homefront, Lulu wants to learn French so we will be stopping by the library to get some age appropriate books for her. She tells me that if she cusses in French then no one will understand what she is saying. What? Dear husband proceeded to spout off a few choice words himself (show-off) and she was trying to remember everything that he said. In the end, I told him to save those words for another day!
Thanks for all of your well wishes!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
As you may know, we have a new school in our area and due to some lucky redistricting, Lulu attends the new school. They recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony, which was attended by the Governor. In addition to giving a speech to the faculty and students ( reminding students in his remarks that the money [for the school] was from their parents and grandparents who pay taxes), he also planted a “Tree of Progress” in the front area and told students they had to take care of it and make sure they continued their own progress.
Other official duties for the day included playing the guitar...
climbing the rock wall...
and writing on the smartboards.
I asked Lulu if she got to see the Governor. She said, "I got to touch his hand!"
Monday, September 22, 2008
Here's what's on the menu this week. Pork chops with apples, tater-tot topped casserole and some chicken casserole that I can't find a pic or recipe for. Plus, I am going to make some mini-meatloaves as well.
What's on your menu for this week?
Other outside activities planned for this week are: walking the dog, cheer practice, Homecoming games this weekend, and a Girl Scout booth at the (outdoor) craft fair.
Plus, I almost forgot, it's oyster season again. Lulu and Luvs2boat need to go get their oysters as well!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
p.s. Ms. Mindless - do you recognize the bed?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Once upon a time, there was a little girl who volunteered to preach the sermon, at church, for Children's Sunday. I have no idea what she was going to say, but when they asked for volunteers for the service, that was what she volunteered to do. She was offered the job of "Reader #1," instead.
Once upon a time, there was a preteen who interviewed - with the school principal - for admissions to a small private school. When he asked her what her talents were, she told him, "Well, I talk real well."
Once upon a time, there was a high schooler who fell in love with Shakespeare.
Once upon a time, there was a college student earning her degree in English.
Once upon a time, there was a mom who loved to read to her children.
Once upon a very recent time, there was an employee looking for a new direction and
This course teaches students how to become effective at creating, accessing, analyzing, and evaluating various digital media through instruction in media production skills and by applying the latest innovations in media literacy theory. The course focuses on the the essential skills communication professionals need to create digital content (including digital slide presentation, photo manipulation, video/audio production, web site, blog and podcast publishing). At the same time, students will learn how to analyze media content and explore how media shape politics, culture, and society.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Before I continue, I feel compelled to share something with you that has been sitting with me for weeks now. You will not find me complaining about waking up in the middle of the night with my new baby boy. As you may remember, from this post, we had an accident at the house involving baby Bro. He is fine! However, a few weeks ago I learned of another family (friends of friends) whose new baby had the same accident and then passed away. I think about this family everyday and my heart aches for them every-singe-day, because our babies are so close in age and the accidents were so similar. I cannot help but think about how close we came to the same tragic outcome. True story - when Bro wakes up in the middle of the night, I pick him up lovingly and say a prayer to God and thank Him for giving Bro to me and for allowing me to share these "middle of the night" moments with Bro, as inconvenient as they may seem.
My plea to any mom who is reading is to take a moment today, when you are feeling the LEAST grateful for the hurried life of being a parent, and thank our Father for the moments that we are given to share with out little ones and, while you are having this conversation, please say a prayer for the family who is missing their baby.
Having said that, which I didn't know that I was going to go THERE today, I was woken up to feed Bro and then... a few hours later... I was woken up again because Lulu is away at a 5th grade overnight and is homesick. Then, I was woken up a few hours after that, by my alarm clock.
The good news is that, I went to Starbucks to get coffee for the first time in months. Truly, I would not make it through the day without it. I am not a $6 cup of coffee kinda gal. I take the house coffee in a cup and then add my own milk and sugar. It was my intent to only get the 1 cup of coffee. Well, Starbucks now offers what they call the "Perfect Oatmeal." It is only $2.35 and comes with dried fruit, a nut medley, and brown sugar "generously portioned to suit your taste." (Yes, I know that $2.35 is a bit much to pay for oatmeal, but it was the cheapest breakfast I could find -having slept in until 20 minutes before I needed to leave the house- plus it came with all of the extras.)
When the girl handed me the oatmeal, she instructed me to let it sit for 3 minutes and then it would be properly brewed. Properly brewed? What is a properly brewed cup of oatmeal? That made me chuckle. In short, the oatmeal was delicious, although I had to add more hot water when I got back to the office. I think that I might bring some packs of oatmeal to the office as well as some nuts and brown sugar. Either way, it was a great little pick-me-up this morning. All in all, I think that my total bill came to $3 and some change. Not bad for a morning breakfast with coffee. shhhhhh - don't tell dear husband.
To summarize, I didn't get to sleep last night, treated my self to Starbucks for the first time in months, and got a healthy and yummy breakfast to boot!
Has anyone else tried the Starbucks oatmeal? Do you have another portable, easy, yummy, quick breakfast idea? What's your morning rush food of choice?
Monday, September 15, 2008
Went to Wordle and created this "gallery." Wordle creates word clouds from the text that you provide. In my case, I pasted in the url of this blog. Wordle uses the number of times a word appears in a text to determine its relative size. Having said that, it looks like cookies and the Aquarium are hot words on my blog right now. I'm also glad to see that "husband," "Bro", and "Lulu" are relatively large as well. Above, is the picture that was produced. Since the words came from my recent posts, I suppose I should title the creation, "Today."
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I'm so glad that we went. I had not seen their new Australiam Outback exhibit and it was wonderful.
Bro really liked to look at all there was to see.
Funny story - so we got into the Aquarium and were looking at exhibits like the one below. Well, I noticed that there were these large lizard thingies in the exhibits and no barrier between us and the lizards. I asked Dear Husband why the lizards don't jump out at the visitors and he said that, "they just don't." Okay! Hmmm...
Next thing I knew... this large lizard jumped out into the crown of visitors right on top of the man RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!!!!
Can you imagine?
Look at Bro "holding on to" Dear Husband.
Checking out the sea rays.
Had a great time. If you live in the area and haven't been to the Aquarium in a few years then head on over - you won't be disappointed!