Monday, March 14, 2011

Blue Living Room

After living here for 3 1/2 years I finally  decided to paint my living room.  I had already done the Boys bedroom, Girls bedroom, and the girls Bathroom. (each in a different color)  And thanks to the donation of a new camera,  I was able to buy 2 gallons of paint this past weekend.  It would have been more paint, but our only car needed to go in for some repairs and once again my budget was limited.   But it turns out that it was a blessing in disguise.  2 gallons of paint is just a little bit too much work in a weekend when my 5 foot 3 inch self is painting 9 foot walls by myself.  My legs are still aching from climbing that ladder so much on Friday and Saturday.   During Nursery on Sunday I sat my bum on the ground to play with the kids and tried not to get up for anything.  Doing the jump at the end of every SunBEAM during singing time was pure misery.  So anyways, here are the pictures:

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(looks like the lens on my camera needs cleaned!)  

I did one wall “cool cobalt” and got one other wall painted in the lighter “clear blue sky”.  The blue was a little bit shocking at first,  and I was losing confidence in my paint choices at first.  But it is growing on me.  I am excited to buy 1 more gallon of paint each week to finish painting the living room and kitchen in the lighter blue.   Regardless of the new paint color, it is really nice feeling to have clean, shiny new walls instead of the dirty un-washable flat paint the builders used.   As I was trying to wash the walls before painting the old paint was coming right off if I had to scrub even a tiny bit to get dirt off the wall.   Which is why I don’t make my kids scrub their artwork off the walls.     I am excited to finally be doing some decorating.  It will look tons better once all the walls are painted and I start hanging up real curtains, instead of that too small orange sheet that Chase has hung up over the back door.

I did my grocery shopping this morning.  I have found that it is less busy, and the cashiers are generally less grumpy than on a weekend evening.  The guy at wal-mart complimented me on how well I did with coupons and ad matching.    The lady at Fry’s just scowled at me when my total went from $65.48 to  $31.81.   

Hannah lost 2 teeth this weekend.  The tooth fairy actually remembered to vist our house 2 nights in a row,  and got each tooth the very first night.  Sometimes the tooth fairy is too tired to get to our house. 

I am excited to have spring break for the next 2 weeks, only because that means no homework!  The day after our homework fiasco, Brad finished his homework in 22 minutes, and got  100% on his practice spelling test.  That’s what makes it sooooo frustrating when he refuses to do it-  he can do it perfectly and quickly if he just chooses to do it.  And on the day that it took 2 hours he had already  played at a friends house for an hour, and taken a break for snack time before starting the homework. 

Bekah sees her cousin Londyn at preschool once a week, and once a month at our family dinners.  Occasionally it is a little more often.  She found out that Londyn was going to be a on “vacation” for a whole long week.  That night I heard her sobbing in her bed and Hannah was trying to console her.  “why are you sad?”   Londyn is going on vacation for a whole week!”  “where is she going?”  “I don’t even know- she is just going to be gone for soooo long,  I can’t see her and I don’t even know where vacation is at!”   

Sam is going through his terrible 2’s stage.  He yells at us fairly frequently if he doesn’t get his way. He is always trying to drink out of my cup- even if it’s just water it is better if it is mine.   If we try to get him to do anything that he doesn’t want  to do he yells back “stop bossing me!”    And his favorite thing to say to me is “I need you mommy, I need you!”  when he wants to be held.  And I don’t think he realized just how big he is.  All the rest of my kids had a younger sibling by this age- Sam is still the baby and he uses that to his full advantage. 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

cell phone pictures

Chase still had some pictures on his cell phone, and the last time we put money on it we remembered to save them to our computer.

Brad cut the tip of his finger off in a bike chain.  Not a fun message to get at work.

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Not sure if I will ever do this again.

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Baby Sam

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Guitar  Hannah

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Sleepy Time

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Focus on the Positive

So today a lot of bad things happened- Earthquake and tsunami in Japan, possibly dangerous  waves on the western coast of the United States and on many Islands.  Hearing things like this makes me worry a lot- I have a brother and a dog-nephew over in California that I want kept safe , and there are also kids from our school district over there on a field trip.   (I just read that there was another earthquake in Japan.)   I worry a lot, even about people I don’t know.   I am sure some of you are like me as well.   Not to take away from the seriousness of the situation, but to give you something to smile about before you got back to reading about  the ever climbing death and missing people numbers, I give you this:  100_0606100_0608DSC00621DSC00623DSC00624

 

I pass by these lovely animals every time I take Chase to work.  One is outside of  “The Pork Shop” , one is just gazing over the wall of someone’s house.  When the swine flu fear first hit, the pig had a giant mask covering his nose and mouth.

Spring has hit my yard.  I have just a tiny little bit of green grass sprouting in my front yard, the trees have new leaves opening, and one of my 12 freeze damaged plants  finally has new growth on it. 

Now you can  go back to reading bad news.  You could also find something to do to help someone.  Whether it be donations to help people in Japan, or making sure your children feel loved today, do something to make the world a little bit better. 

And no more ads- Google AdSense  doesn’t like my blog. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Anger Management

We need some at our house. 

Well, I was going to do a long post about what a rotten day we had yesterday.  But I used all my time up redesigning my blog, and now Sam is demanding my attention.  So I will give you the short version:  It took over 2 hours to get Brad’s homework done,  I was in tears, Brad was in tears, an old neighbor lady was spying on us to see if someone was being murdered at our house, there was screaming, and yelling,  and I now have a broken scrubber brush and a bent pot.   I think me and Brad are just too much a like, and it’s days like these that I really wish Chase got home in time to help with homework.    We picked him up after dinner, we sent the kids to bed, and Chase bought me Lindor chocolate truffle mini  Easter eggs from Wal-mart to make me feel better.  They were almost what I asked for.   I felt like the worst mom ever.  The only way I could have done worse was if I hurt him physically.  (I hurt inanimate objects- not my children)    Days like that don’t happen frequently, thank goodness,  but I know it is entirely up to me to do better  regardless of how Brad acts.  So I went to bed early,  slept really good, gave Brad a big hug before school and we promised each other a better day.  I took time to regroup this morning  before Chase left for work by taking a long hot bath, drinking Dr Pepper and eating more chocolate.  Today will be a better day.  Now to end on a happy note (since Sam is no longer sitting on my lap blocking my view of the computer screen)    our neighborhood is so cool- the tumbleweeds have parties in the street.100_0615100_0616

We first noticed them on Sunday, and there was even more of them then.  These pictures were several days later , and they were still taking up an entire traffic lane and piled several feet high.   It made me laugh every time I drove to wal-mart or QT .   I saw a guy with a shovel and 1 garbage bag just looking at them one day.    I don’t know if he ever did take them on,  but they were gone one day, so somebody did something.  It made me a little sad to have the road back.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Haircuts

We went to Tanya’s house for haircuts last week.  Funny how something as simple as haircuts can make me so proud of my children.  Hannah decided that she was chopping hers off again.  She went with a cute chin length cut.  She wasn’t copying anyone else, and she wasn’t concerned with what people would think of it. She wanted her hair short, so she cut it short without any self doubt.   I thought Bekah was going to do the same thing when it was her turn.  She often does things simply because Hannah does it, and she adores her big sister.  But no, she didn’t care what Hannah did this time.  Bekah just got a tiny trim.  I would love to have Brad’s hair grow out to more than a buzz cut, but he doesn’t like it long, doesn’t like me to comb it, and really doesn’t like and gel or hair spray in it.  So he got it cut exactly like he wanted.  during the middle of haircuts I had to leave to get Chase real quick from work while Tanya continued working on the kids.  I really didn’t think that Sam would get his hair cut without mom or dad holding him. He hates hair cuts, and any time Daddy mentions it Sam gets mad.  But Tanya managed to get him in the chair,  Brad was an awesome big brother and put on a puppet show to keep Sam entertained, and  the trim was done before I got back.  I love my kids, and love that they are starting to make good decisions for themselves. DSC00614

Hannah’s new hair cut- she was the only one to go with a different hairstyle.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Price Matching

I enjoy participating in Bountiful Baskets, but I really hate doing anything early on Saturday mornings, and I although we got a lot of good produce we weren’t using everything we got.   I am not knocking the program at all- it does save a lot of money and puts a lot of nutritious food into lots of homes.  But I wanted to see if we could use the same $15 on just produce that we would actually use.   Our Wal-mart does price matching, so I saved all of our grocery ads from the Wednesday newspaper and looked for the best fruit and veggie deals.  And this is what I came home with:

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5.53 lbs. bananas
3.53 lbs. navel oranges
2.05 lbs. seedless grapes
3.20 lbs. gala apples
3.00 lbs. strawberries

I made out with 17.31 pounds of fruit for 14.65.  And I know that my family will eat every single bit of it.  Sure, we probably would have gotten more with the baskets,  but I doubt I could get my kids to eat as much of it.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Did You Win?

Using a random number generator, The winner of my adorable bag of bean bags is:

Grandma Kathleen! 

I hope you get lots of use out of them with your grandchildren, I will be in your neck of the woods in about a week and will drop them off at your house!

Are you sad that you didn’t win? I already sold my extra set of these, but check back often and I will do another give-away in the future!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Give-Away (pictures added!)

Today I have a special made by me gift to give to one of my lucky readers. Sadly, I do not have any pictures to show of it! I thought I had gotten my camera bandaged up enough to take a few last pictures with it, But it is now telling me that it can’t read the memory card and to enter a new one. So sad. So I will try and describe for you what you can win this weekend. I raided my scrap drawer and found enough super soft minky (the fuzzy material with raised bumps) in pink and black to make a really cute little sack. Hot pink at the top and black on the bottom, with a black tie to close it tight. For inside this adorable bag, I made 10 bean bags out of more minky material. These turned out so cute, I really wish I could post a picture. They are an assortment of pink, purple, blue, a different pink, black, and a pink/white/black/green paisley pattern. Not all of them are the bumpy material, but they are all soft and cuddly. My kids love the bean bags I made for them awhile back. They make up all kinds of games to play, and it is neat to see them using their imaginations instead of zoning out to tv shows or video games. If you would like to have this for your very own, just leave a comment and you will be entered into the drawing! I will even pay to ship it to you if you aren’t close by. You have until Monday at 10 a.m. to enter, and the winner will be selected randomly (begging will not increase your chances, but it will make me feel good.) If there is a lot of interest I will make Friday give-aways a habit, so spread the word!

I might be able to get a picture up before the contest is over. Someone read about my camera plight on my last post, and sent me an e-mail offering me their old camera. How cool is that? They said I can have it whenever I see them next. They are awesome. And if they want credit for their generous offer they can let the world know in the comment section!

What?  As soon as Chase touches my camera it works enough to take pictures?  Here you go: 100_0667100_0671

The colors are kind of funny, but now you have a better idea of what you will be getting!  The Black panel on the bottom of the bag shows more when it is being carried from the top, and the black tie is attached in the back so it won’t get lost. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Colors

I made this for dinner earlier this week.

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And I love the colors.  They make me happy. 

The kids did not like the asparagus though.  One child compared it to seaweed and the rest of them didn’t have a chance. It was set in their brains that they would not like something that looked like seaweed.

Now that I am in my own house, I have slowly been painting the inside walls.  Very slowly.  I have finished 2 bedrooms and one bathroom.  But I finally decided to tackle the the living room/kitchen area.  And that meal up there was part of my inspiration.  Along with a blue and green owl poster I bought from wal-mart last year that I have never put up.  I even went to wal-mart and picked my colors. 100_0655

Sam is pointing out his favorite color. And my camera really didn’t do a good job getting true colors.  But- I was going to do “cool cobalt” as my accent wall, “clear blue sky” for the rest of the walls, the “new grass green” was going to be my fish tank stand and bookshelf color, and I was going to do “orange marmalade” picture frames.  I was going to find material for curtains and throw pillows to match.   And I was going to do all of this with the $200 left over from our tax refund. 

But then, as I was taking these paint pictures, I dropped my camera.  it was already missing the knob on top to change settings,  but it was stuck on the automatic setting  that worked ok for most of what I was doing. Now the battery compartment won’t close.  So I duct tape it, right?  Now, inside the battery area there was a little clip that held the battery in place.  That broke off too.  so if I let the battery door hang open and push the battery in with my thumb, and I use the index finger of same hand to click the button on top it will take a picture.   oh, and when I do get it to turn on, the lens doesn’t come out every time. about 2/3rds of the time is comes out crooked and gets stuck, then I have to turn it off and back on to see if it will work this time.  All while keeping my thumb on the battery.  And dirt and dust can now get in from the top, and the bottom, potentially gunking up the inner workings.   So… Do I bring color into my house?  Or get a new camera to document our lives and keep photos on my blog?  So sad that I can’t do both.  On the positive side, we used almost all of our tax refund to pay off a chunk of our debt.   Now it will take less time to save up again for whatever I don’t get right now. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Kids Music Concert

Tuesday night my kids participated in the school k-3 general music concert.  They sang really cute songs, and had lots of fun.  The school had a lot of parents and families come out to watch the performance.  While it is awesome that there was so much support, it was more support than anticipated.  The bleachers in the gym were completely filled up and they had to bring in a bunch of the bench/tables from the  cafeteria for people to sit on.  And after that I still saw people sitting on the floor or standing against the walls.  Hopefully next year they will separate it into more nights and people will still come despite the craziness of the night- no seats and having to park 5-10 minutes away from the school. 

The k-1sts sand animal songs and made cute animal masks in art class to wear.  The songs were: Party animals, Carnival of the Animals, and Cat Went Fiddle I Fee.

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Brad says this was his turtle mask,  but I think it looks a little more like a frog.  He instisted on wearing a brown shirt for his turtle shell.  We couldn’t understand the words to their songs very well, not sure if it was the masks that covered their faces, the music being to loud, or if it was just that  200+  5,6, and 7 year olds are hard to understand.

The 2nd and 3rd graders sand songs about Peace and love.  They all dressed in tie-dye  shirts and made peace sign necklaces that they made in art class.

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Now just take a moment to check out the “peace signs”.   yup- that’s the design used for every single one of them.  Made me giggle a little bit at how many times it was done wrong.  And Hannah wearing hers upside down made it even more fun.

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Hannah’s songs were My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, a Peace round, Put a little love in your Heart, and Pizza love.  The words were much easier to understand with the bigger kids.  And the kids had so much fun doing choreography for the last two songs.  And Hannah was in the back row so she stayed standing and was much more into the motions than the kids sitting down.   Lots of fun, but I was very glad I had Chase just keep the little ones at home with him.

 

And did I mention that my readers are totally awesome?  I had a record # of page views for February, and as a thank you I will be doing a little give away this weekend of something made by me!  Check back on Friday for details!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

roll-up fail

I tried to do an easier version of my fruit roll-ups yesterday. I used wax paper instead of plastic wrap.  It doesn’t work.  Don’t do it.  The wax paper became one with my fruit roll-ups. It was fruit paper.  Chase told me to just give it to the kids like that, but the thought made me gag a little, and I threw the entire batch into the garbage. 

So don’t use wax paper with fruit roll-ups.

I don’t have any pictures of my fail.  But I do have never before blogged about pictures of my kids.

Do dress your child in gigantic aprons.

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Do give your children boxes, because boxes become awesome airplanes.

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Do give your kids cereal.

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Because it’s awesome when they are this excited for something so easy to make for lunch.

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