Thursday, January 31, 2008

Hypothermia has set in, but the memories are so worth it...

The day started out with no one wanting to sled with me. I was so sad.

So I just made a snowman.

Did I mention I made it by myself. I thought the neighbors might think I was goofy if Aaron took a picture of just me with "hairy" the snowman, so I grabbed JP from his friends.

Oh this was also my second snowman of the day...earlier in the morning (8am) I made a GIANT one at my mom and dads. It was almost 7 feet tall!!!

AJ's second time out for the day she decided to try out sledding with Daddy. AJ and Daddy are 2 peas in a pod. They like snow, but mostly from the inside. Once they are cold they are done. Needless to say their playtimes were short.

After several futile attempts to woo my son into playing with me instead of the neighbor kids, I whipped out the sure fire ticket...a brand new snow tube.
Honestly I am not sure who had more fun, me or JP. That tube was sooo fast down our hill it was necessary for our survival to abort prior to landing in the woods, aka Death Valley.
After several ejections where we crashed and rolled over each other, I was soaked from head to toe. Since the hypothermia had clearly already set in, I saw no need to go in so we stayed out till dusk.

Here is our last run prior to the sun setting.
It was such a fabulous snow day, I am sure to get some good sleep tonight.
Uh I mean the KIDS had such a fabulous snow day, THEY are sure to get some good sleep.
What can I say, I am a kid at heart!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday...

do you detect the "bump"? I am the proud grammy of a cute little piggy.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I smell a contest...

You know I love all things FREE!

Today I found this giveaway. Incredible!

It is available because of these people.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Dr. Mom...

It has come to my attention that if you are a relatively observant mommy that most of the time you have sucessfully diagnosed your sick children prior to walking through the doctors office door.

Wouldn't it be great if the world accomodated this by making a "mommy med school". The rules for "mommy med school" would be:

1. Classes are online when you are available to do them.
2. Extra credit is available anytime one of your own children are sick.
3.Upon the first day of school of your youngest child you have a job as a physician assistant at a nearby doctors office, working only during school hours.

Aah if only...

Friday, January 25, 2008

The phone call you NEVER want to make...

You know you have a great friend when...

Tonight I started to pour my son some apple juice, when I noticed it was umm chunky. My thoughts immediately went to the message I received a few hours earlier:

"Hi just wanted to let you know Austin threw up after leaving your house, on the way to school. You might want to lysol down the stuff he played with. Maybe he was just carsick, or maybe it was the full strength juice because he doesn't have it very often...."

I gasped in the middle of the kitchen and told Aaron, "Oh my Austin drank this fermented chunky old Apple juice today, and then he started throwing up after he left."

Thoughts of food poisoning were crossing my mind and freaking me out. What if this crazy apple juice was potent enough to be like moonshine or something? AAH!

So I picked up the phone to call and no answer. I tried the cell phone and no answer.

Oh my what if they are at the ER.

So I went to the computer to look up bad old apple juice poisoning on webmd and ended up crashing the computer. Just as I was bringing the computer back to life, Austin's momma called.

I asked how Austin was doing. She said he was better and at his Nana's.

Shew I was thinking. She went on to say maybe it was the full strength juice followed by the rushed drive to school through the curvy mountain road.

So that is when I brought up this, "There is a distinct possibility that the apple juice Austin drank at my house was bad."

Pause waiting for my good friend to react.

she said, "Oh I actually would like that better than the idea that we have infected your house, Nana's house, and grammy's house with a flu bug."

She liked it, she really like it!

You know you have an AWESOME friend when you can say, I think I poisoned your child and she still likes ya! Love ya Shelley! So glad little man is ok!

disclaimer: i really don't know how the old apple juice got passed me, I am the expiration date nazi and discard potentially bad foods even when Aaron thinks they are still good. Apparently I am human and thus I made a mistake.

Monday, January 21, 2008

The long road home...

It is amazing how a road that is so familar to you, can be at the same time so scary.

Normally the road I take to go from town to home is easily navigated even with 2 kids hollering, asking for gummy snacks, mommy retrieving dropped things from the backseat floor, music blaring, sun shining, hair fixing, etc.

Tonight, however, was different. I was by myself in the quiet dark car praying every 10 feet my car rolled. It is amazing how a little bit of precipitation can change a familiar road so easily.

There are 2 routes from my house to town, the 'freeway' and the 'curvy mountain road'. This was the first time in my whole 21 years in this town, that I have ever seen the 'curvy mountain road' without dozens of cars scattered about due to the quick sleet. Part of the 'curvy mountain road' was closed so I had to either wait on the side of the mountain with another 20 cars, or turn around and hope to make it back to town. I opted to turn around and make my way back to town to hit the 'freeway'. Luckily the 'freeway' had been salted and I thought I was in the clear, until I exited the 'freeway' onto the other end of the 'curvy mountain road'. At that time I was greeted by the not so encouraging deputy who said and I quote, "we haven't salted the 'big tree all down hill curvy back mountain road' yet so you can either pull up ahead and wait it out with the others or you can give it a shot"

Oh so encouraging he was.


So as I pulled up the hill I see my good friend testing out her stunt moves in the middle of the road. She is really good at em! :) Anyhoo I decided I better pull over and wait it out.

The wait was not long because apparently a nice neighbor had either salted or tried the road into the neighborhood and passed the info along.

Thanks neighbor!

After a trip across town that would normally take 15 minutes in the worst of traffic, I arrived home 1 hour and 10 minutes later. Driving 5 miles an hour adds a bit of time to the trip and had I not just had a fabulous girls night game night, I might not have been as relaxed.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The game was so good I was stuck to my seat...


Shockingly enough I handled the situation very discreetly.

You see AJ and I were watching JP's basketball game this morning, and although it was only 8:15am AJ was eating a package of gummy snacks. I am all in favor of feeding the child anything she wants, so long as I get to watch the game uninterrupted. I am one of those moms who watches the game, and is completely unable to socialize with my friends when my son is playing ball. You might say I have a bit of tunnel vision. Anyhoo...

At some point AJ must have set her gummy snacks down on the bleacher. Do you see where I am going here???

OH yea. That is right at some point I unknowingly sat ON the gummy snacks, for how long I do not know. In the end of the third quarter I decided to shift positions and that is when I realized I was stuck. What?

At first I thought I was snagged on something, until I became unstuck and looked down to see the horror that was melted red and white heart gummy snacks, thank you Betty Crocker! Of course when I shifted I became stuck again, so I just stayed put and prayed hard that AJ wouldn't have to go potty.

We patiently waited for the incredible game to be over, way to go Wildcats for putting up their first W. Hooray for my boy who once again proved himself as an incredible defense player. He had steals, blocks, rebound, and assists. Good Job JP! All while his momma cheered stuck to a bleacher. Go ahead and laugh.

Aaron finally came over and I said we have a problem...I am stuck. I know he really wanted to giggle, but also wanted to get out without a scene. So I wrapped JP's coat around my waist and stood up to clean up the bleachers, which took a high powered sand blaster to clean.

We walked briskly without being social out of the building and to the car, where we had a great a fabulous laugh. Especially when we arrived home and the coloring artwork pages I sat on were, as you could guess stuck to my bottom! The kids giggled as I walked down the driveway with artwork being displayed on my tushee.

Anything to tickle my children...

Friday, January 18, 2008


I saw this interesting survey and since I had nothing in my lovely little head today....ta-da!


Q. What is your salad dressing of choice?
A. Italian with Ranch a close second.

Q. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
A. hmm...probably McDonalds

Q. What is your favorite sit down restaurant?
A. Chili's

Q. On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?
A. 15%. If they are terrible I am not afraid to leave less and if you impress me I will leave more.

Q. What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
A. Spaghetti

Q. What are your pizza toppings of choice?
A. Pepperoni, sausage, or cheese

Q. What do you like to put on your toast?
A. butter


Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer?
A. My little cuties Christmas picture

Q. How many televisions are in your house?
A. Too many...8


Q. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
A. Righty

Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
A. 2 moles

Q. When was the last time you had a cavity?
A. knocking on wood...never

Q. What is the last heavy item you lifted?
A. My mom's fireplace mantel

Q. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
A. Yes, 1 time at a girl scout meeting I was goofing around and fell swinging in between 2 tables.

Q. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
A. Absolutely not.

Q. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
A. Hmm...? I would say I would have kept my maiden name because I lOVE it, but then I don't know what my son's name would have been. :)

Q. What color do you think looks best on you?
A. Red or black.

Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
A. Well sure we all have swallowed bugs right?

Q. Have you ever saved someone’s life?
A. I would have said no, except my sweet husband said just last night that I saved his life. i love you babe!

Q. Has someone ever saved yours?
A. Jesus!


Q. Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100?
A. where is my $100...I kiss my baby girl every day!

Q. Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000?
A. While I have a high tolerance for pain, I am also just a bit too vain to be short one finger just for some cash.

Q. Would you never blog again for $50,000?
A. Now that could definitely be arranged! :)

Q. Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
A. I am not that vain to think I look good enough naked to show the world! And I would never want to explain that to my son.

Q. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
A. Now this is a feat I think I could definitely accomplish! Afterall after the pixy stixs this should be a cake walk right?

Q. Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000?
A. Absolutely not, that is just a ridiculous question.


Q. What is in your left pocket?
A. lint

Q. Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good movie?
A. never seen it.

Q. Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house?
A. both

Q. Do you sit or stand in the shower?
A. stand, but how i so do desire to sommeday have a shower the size of a room with a bench and showers coming out of the ceiling and sides of the wall...remember I am sooo green. :)

Q. Would you live with roommates?
A. I live with quite the hot roommate...he just happens to be my husband :)

Q. How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
A. Coming from the girl whose son has 30 pairs of shoes, how many pairs of flip flops do YOU think I have?

Q. Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
A. knocking on wood, it was almost a year ago when I filed a break in report for my giftshop.

Q. Who is number 1 on your Top 8?
A. What does this mean?? If it means cell phone I don't have numbers, but my contact list is in alphabetical order and since my husband is listed as "husband" instead of AAron, then i guess my number one is Alana.


Q.Last Friend you talked to?
A: Shelley, Alana, and Dixie

Q: Last person who called you?
A: mom

Q: Last person you hugged?
A: Aaron

Q: Last person to stick their foot in your face?
A: I think JP


Q: Number?
A: 7

Q: Season?
A: Spring or Fall


Q: Missing someone?
A: My Nana and Grandpa

Q: Mood?
A: Happy

Q: Listening to?
A: Bob Saget on 1 VS. 100

Q: Watching?
A: Letters appear on the screen in front of me.

Q: Worrying about?
A: little boy who got hurt at gym today


Q: First place you went this morning?
A: Kindermusik

Q: What can you not wait to do?
A: finish organizing my crapbook room, whoops i meant to write SCRAPBOOK room. So that I can get on task and caught up!

Q: What's the last movie you saw in a theater?
A: Barnyard at the free movies this past summer

Q: Do you smile often?
A; Absolutely

Q: Are you a friendly person?
A: Yep

Join along in the fun OLOGY survey!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Out of the mouths of moms...

Today I found myself saying this:

Behave yourself or you'll go to dinner without bed!

Oh yes I did.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The cellular age...

Do you remember the day you got your first cell phone? Or maybe it was long enough ago it was your first car phone?

I remember the day my Dad got his first car phone. My dad and my uncle were the only parents we knew who had them. Men walking around with purses, how weird! No actually they were the bag phone. You could charge it up and carry it or you could just leave it in the car.

I was 16 when I received my first car phone. At that time they were still pretty, dare I say, rare. There were 3 kids in my school with car phones. My first phone was the large turtle looking flip phone. There were no rules about phones in school, so you just left them in your car.

On that day in December, life as we knew it changed. I would never again feel secure without my phone. CAR or CELL. My children will never even know life before the cell phone. Soon enough the 'land line' will become something of a dinosaur.

I have had an excellent record of caring for my phones. I have never lost, broken, dropped in water, or purposely imploded my phone. Even during my reckless teenage days. The only time I have needed a new phone is when mine has become outdated for programming. So in the past 13 years I have only had the turtle, the star-tac, and the LG. Saturday my luck would change.

Oddly enough our land line was not working all day, so I was toting the cell phone from room to room. I left it on the corner of my bed and forgot it, until I hear AJ running across the house screaming because Daddy was chasing her. Running shortly behind her was Daddy carrying a destroyed LG. "I stepped on your phone"

And that folks was the demise of the LG.

It is amazing how a little electronic thing gives us peace of mind. I felt so 'naked' without my cell phone. I didn't know what time it was because I no longer wear a watch. I couldn't wake up because I don't have an alarm clock. I couldn't call anyone when I was driving to tell them the latest sale. It was a horrible 41 1/2 hours.

Lucky for me our family has a plethora of abandoned cell phones. Phones that are perfectly good, but that their tech savvy users ditched for the latest model. So I am now the proud owner of the camera phone which I know nothing about. It will be a long and frustrating journey without an owners manual. The alarm did not go off today, the ring tones are all weird, and the phone is fat. It will be a normal love hate relationship.

Wish me luck...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Rockin' Out...

This morning AJ came to the adult service with us and during worship she pointed to the stage and whispered, "Are they rock stars?"

I smiled and whispered back, "Yes. They are rock stars for Jesus."

"Yes they are" AJ smiled.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Bordering on Eew Gross...

This morning JP was eating massive amounts of pancakes (he was on number 9) when I said, "If you eat anymore you are going to throw-up on the court."

With a grin he replied, "Oh that will be ok cuz then the other team with slip on it."

It is very rare that my boy is disgusting, but that visual picture was just plain gross. And now I have shared that with you. Sorry for the mental picture, but I had to give him credit for the creative thinking!

Lucky for us, and the other team, the pancakes stayed where they belonged.

The game was quite the game. Our short 1st graders did pretty good, but in the end it just wasn't enough to pull the W. Despite the loss, JP stepped up and improved on defense 100% over last game. He also showed good character after the game when he checked on a player from the other team who took a fall that could be heard on the other court. We are so glad Boy2 is ok. I am also proud of JP's sportsmanship, it is not easy to lose and maintain a good attitude.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A tearful day...

Yesterday was a big day in AJ's life. It was sure to be a tearful day, for I finally felt I was brave enough to get her first haircut. She is 3 1/2 in just a couple of weeks. Can you see her excitement?

Her gorgeous princess hair was all the way to her bottom and had become not so fun to manage. She has a sensitive head, so brushing was not usually fun.
Her brother was taken on an 8 hour road trip to a fun kids hair cut place, but luckily one has opened up near us for AJ. So on a whim we hopped in the car and headed to the 'city'.

Here is the first cut and therefore; the first tear. MY BABY got her haircut.

She sat in the only pink car and watched Dora. She was so big.

When she was done they gave her a new clippie and a purple balloon. She loved her new princess hair.
Upon leaving the salon, we decided we needed to shop. Every girl should go shopping after a trip to the salon. We headed to hobby lobby when yet more tears were shed.
Tears of Joy I tell ya!
I have never stumbled into a store on the very morning they have price dropped their Christmas to 90% off!!!!!
Seriously folks!
I was quite reserved in my purchases because although the lights were only 29 cents I knew we didn't NEED them. Aren't you so proud of me???
I walked out of there for $19.97. And that was with my $4 of stuff I actually went for!
I was able to get everything I needed to decorate JP's tree in sports next year.
With a smile on my face we finished our day in the 'city' and proceeded to race home in time to pick JP up from school.
Later in the evening I took JP to gymnastics where he works out for 2 hours. It is just short enough time to not really drop him and go back home, so I stayed there. Now 2 hours is too long to just sit there, so I felt obligated to go upstairs and workout.
I did 25 minutes on the eliptical and then got on the bike to read. I got so into the book I lost track of time and 10 miles and 1 hour later I knew for sure I would have TEARS of PAIN the next day.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

My new favorite place...

This past weekend we filled our time with lots of projects around the house. One of the projects turned out to be my new favorite room in the house. It is the guest/kids bathroom, which for the past 6 years has been a tropical fishy theme. I loved that it was so kid friendly, but hated that everyone that came over had to use such a juvenile facility. My awesome husband 'locked' himself in the small bathroom after church on Sunday and when he emerged at 3pm, it was utter perfection. Have I mentioned before how much I love having such a cute handy husband? So here are the BEFORE shots:

corner shelf and decor above the potty

decor above the towel bar and the growth chart on the wall behind the door

view from the doorway

I commissioned a fabulous up and coming local artist for these very rare limited edition canvases. He is such a talented artist and goes by the initial J. He is so amazing, you will probably see him on OPRAH soon.

I am so loving the very pottery barn shelves with baskets and leather magazine holder. The silver frame pic is my favorite of me and my hubby.

We changed the horribly ugly bright lighting for this amazing off-center chandelier which I found for $3 at IKEA. Seriously. Gotta love their scratch and dent section and better yet, not a thing is wrong with it! I am not sure how I feel about the floral canvas, I think I will be giving J a call to do up one more master piece.

This is the view from the doorway. I still have to pick up a bamboo matchstick blind for the window and get some striped grosgrain ribbon to tie back the brown drapes. I am loving it soo much I am thinking about ripping the toilet out and put a nice relaxing chair, so i can retreat to peace and quiet.
So what do ya think???

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A very sleepless night...

Starting at 5pm yesterday, I knew it would be a sleepless night. I knew immediately when the local forecasters went right through the national news and kept on forecasting through wheel of fortune.

It did not look good. And much like nervous parents we sat glued to the weather news from 5pm till 10pm, where we then moved our nervousness to the bedroom still watching. We checked the flashlights, set the weather radio, left the news on the tv, and left comforters and pillows in the downstairs bathroom.

The children slept right through all the chaos. Even AJ who is very sensitive to lightning, slept through the whole thing.

At exactly 3:00 am Aaron and I both lurched forward in a panic, after looking at the tv we decided we should go to the basement. So we went in to emergency plan, it is pretty simple (in an emergency I get AJ cause she is smaller and Aaron gets JP cause he is bigger). AJ slept through the entire thing! JP just snuggled into the comforters and started to go back to sleep. We were down there about 15 minutes when Aaron decided it was safe.

I imagine a lot of you fellow locals did not take 'shelter', but after watching the weather all night and seeing the destruction we just had to follow the guidance of our trusty weatherman. I especially saw this as fit after that station lost signal earlier in the evening and they came back to say, when the chief meterologlist goes running through the studio yelling get in the shelter you listen.

Thankfully we only sustained lots of broken tree branches, we may still need to double check the roof where some branches fell, but we woke up warm and dry in our home. Many others did not wake up with a home and some even lost their lives. I pray for those families whose lives were changed last night.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Things I've learned...

Children do not like things with the word 'souffle' in it, no matter how much cinnamon sugar is sprinkled on top.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Record High's...

There is nothing better in the first weeks of January than a taste of spring. How sweet it is of mother nature to bless us with this fabulous PERFECT weather on a Saturday and a Sunday.

Have I mentioned I loved this weather the past 2 days! It was amazing. The kind of weather to write home about.

It was a fabulously busy weekend of chores, projects, playing, and hiking. We are trully exhausted and for the first time in 2 months I am actually ok that the writers are on strike, because I am just too tired to watch tv.

Anyhoo I will post on all the amazing projects we completed in one weekend throughout this week. I don't even think robots could have completed as much as my sweet husband did, as well as have the energy and good attitude to finish the weekend hiking! And for that he was greatly rewarded.


get your mind out of the gutter.

I washed his car for him! And mine! BY HAND!

That's right, we both rocked in the being productive on the weekend department.

Here are some pics from the weekend, notice the kids are wearing shorts and t-shirts. IT WAS HOT!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Inches matter...

Note to self:

When a team of 2nd graders plays a team of 1st graders, the short to average height 1st graders will lose against the above average height 2nd graders.

It makes for a tough season opener.

Thankfully the boys were good sports on both teams, that can be rare in the world of youth sports.

JP you played a good game, I can't wait to see you grow through the season.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Bulls in a china shop...

Yesterday the kids and I finally rose about 10am with nothing to do, so we decided to hop in the car and drive 40 miles to buy peanut butter.

We love us some peanut butter.

Specifically JIF creamy double jumbo pack from Sam's.


After we retrieved our precious peanut butter, we sat down for a very tasty pizza lunch. Because everyone knows the best pizza does not come from New York or Chicago, but from Sam's Wholesale Club.

Now if you have ever had a slice of Sam's pizza then you know that a slice is really like TWO slices. In my head we only needed two slices because the kids would share. It was a really good thing I wasn't hungry because I only got 3 bites before both kids were telling me don't eat all that mom, I want more. So both children out ate me, but I didn't mind because they were so well behaved and polite.

On the way home, because yes we did just drive 40 miles for just peanut butter and pizza, I decided let's stop at an antique shop to look for sports stuff for JP's room.

As soon as we got in the antique shop I felt my heart POUNDING and breath shortening. What was I thinking taking my 3 year old without a stroller into a breakable everything is lots of money shop???

I guess I still had my proud mama chest all puffed out from the several strangers who commented on the manners and good behavior of my pizza eating kiddos.

Just as I started to think that we should go, we turned a corner and found a giant bucket of MCD toys 2 for $1. PERFECT.

I was able to scour 4 booths surrounding the MCD bucket and they each picked 2 toys to 'earn' with good behavior as we shopped.

Once I stopped panicking and just trusted AJ to not touch, we had a great time finding old sports treasures. JP chose an old hockey helmet, a catchers mask, a tennis ball tin, 2 tennis rackets, old ice skates, & a football tin sign. AJ fell in love with a stuffed piggy that we had to go back to find, thankfully Miss Piggy was just $1. That is my favorite price point. :)

I am so glad we needed peanut butter because it was such a fun day topped with ice cream on the way home.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

A thank you...

oh thank you dear school district for extending the normal school break all the way until the 7th. What a fabulous gift it has been to sleep without an alarm, or I mean 4. The past 2 days I have gotten to sleep uninterrupted until 10am. Seriously.

I feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Thank you!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008



May every night in 2008 be as fun and enjoyable as this first night was for us, complete with not 1 but 2 chocolate fountains. Seriously! Thanks Shelley for the fun night!