Thursday, December 25, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
(Rylie's quilt that I finally finished)
Monday, December 15, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
And no, we don't let her go bar hopping.......
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
It all started with the fact that I hate to shop, and all of your stores are out of my reasonable range for running to the store. When I say I hate to shop, it really means that I hate spending the time away from my
There's also the matter of you never having the thing I want when I want it. Every time I find the perfect thing I'll check online, and then drive to the store, only to be told that it's out of stock (even though your website said it was available). I can't recall how many times it's happened to me, but it's been enough times that I have stopped looking online all together.
Then you got me all excited when we moved to our new house (3 years ago) by putting up a sign to show your plans to build a brand new SuperTarget just 1/2 mile from my house. This would put you even closer than the new Wal-Mart that went in last year, and I would have a really good reason to shop in your stores as opposed to Wal-Mart (saving on gas you know).
Alas, your store has still not been built. You keep pushing it back. You say it's the economy. I say not. People (especially all of the mommy bloggers) LOVE Target. You teased us by starting the groundwork. I started to get excited when the street was under major construction because surely that meant it was getting closer. This was 5 months ago at least. Still, no sign of a building.
I also heard from a source who has family on the inside. They say you are probably not going to be opening the store in the next year. At the rate you're going it will be 2. I will probably have moved by then.
I'm just getting the cold shoulder feeling from you, and so I'm going to give it right back. Until you open your store by me that is. Then I'll warm up again.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
We got home and the minute we walked in the door he was stripping down.
He had to wear those pj's.
And not just one pair, he wanted both on at the same time.
He's since become quite fond of the red and blue pair.
He has worn them to daycare even though it's NOT pajama day.
He's worn them out in the yard to play with the neighbor kid.
He's worn them to sleep every night.
He's worn them back to Wal-Mart.
He's taken them in the car with us when he couldn't wear them.
He's put them in the washer when I said they needed to be washed.
He's pulled them out of the washer and exclaimed that they're clean- 20 minutes after putting them in and not starting the wash cycle.
It's just another reason why we're THAT family!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Also known as Q-tips. (We didn't make that one up, one of them told us that.)
Also the reason (OK, I'm 90% sure this is true) our car insurance rates are so high.
Don't believe me? You think it's because there are so many uninsured drivers out there? Well, I can prove it.
I'll give you a couple of examples.
You know it's snowbird season out here when you start seeing people making left turns without moving into the center turning lane.
On the flip side of that is the ones who just drive in the turning lane, because they have no clue.
They're also the ones who drive about 15 mph less than the speed limit and almost come to a complete stop while making a right turn.
They stop in the middle of the street when they get lost, which causes a traffic jam.
I once had a lady pull up behind me while I was delivering the mail (outside of my vehicle), and as she went to get out of the car her "accelerator stuck" and the car came up over the curb and ran into the corner of the building that was next to the mailboxes. If she had straightened out her wheels she would have probably ran me over.
Seth had a lady run into him in his mail truck, in a parking lot!
And the icing on the cake.....
They don't understand traffic lights! It's not uncommon at all to see a car stopped in the middle of an intersection because the light that is on the median turned red before the light on the far side of the intersection and they didn't want to run the light. It may not make a whole lot of sense, so I drew you a diagram). Unfortunately we never seem to be in the right circumstance to take a picture of one of these people, but I just saw one yesterday, and I'm sure it's just the beginning........
(we're not sure who the genius at ADOT was that decided there should be 2 sets of stoplights for one intersection, but we all think it would save some trouble if they just took out the one in the median)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
On to the updates. Here's the cedar chest.....
Sunday, November 30, 2008
So if you'd like to see what I have listed so far, here's the link to Cuddlebug Babies.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The backing fabric that I'm using is really a love/hate kind of thing. I love that it's really forgiving so you can't see a lot of the stitching, but I hate that it's so stretchy, it makes it hard to keep everything lined up perfectly. Oh well, it's handmade right?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Day 2....some major progress
So maybe he will be able to get 2 done by Christmas.....
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here's the website Sensational Skincare Shop
Thanks in advance.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I used to make photo albums out of wood and paint them, and then I would decoupage things on them and people can use them for scrapbooks (12x12 and 8 1/2 x 11). I even made some small 6x6 ones for recipes also. I will have to see if I can find some pictures of those. I made a couple that were decorated to match the Noah's Ark quilt, but I sold both of those.
I also decided that I'm going to have a huge Pre-Thanksgiving Sale over on my other blog. I've been neglecting it because I just haven't really had the time. So if you are interested in getting a lot of stuff for close to half price (or getting some great Christmas gifts for people), hop on over. I will be doing a giveaway on the final day of the sale. It's starting tomorrow and you have to order and pay by midnight Thanksgiving night.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I took the kids to the park for a little while to play with my new camera. It was an early Christmas present (so I can practice and maybe take some card-worthy pictures).
The quilts are slowly starting to come along. I have almost all of the squares cut for all 8 quilts. I took the squares that are getting names to the girl I know with the machine, so as soon as I get them back I can really start moving along. I think I'm taking a break until Saturday afternoon. It's pretty difficult to stay on top of everything.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I also managed to make an almond pound cake, and a loaf of pumpkin bread.
It was a busy day and now I'm beat. My eyes are very heavy and I'm hoping I will be able to get out of bed tomorrow morning......
Saturday, November 15, 2008
That's a LOT of fabric.
JoAnn's was having a huge sale, which ended yesterday, so I just happened to get lucky.
So Day 1 I picked out the fabric and got it all prepped and washed.
I'll try to keep updating as I go (assuming I have time).
Wish me luck, I think I'm going to need it.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I'm not really sure if there are rules for the first award, I've seen it around but I can't remember.
Here are the characteristics of the Smile Award:
~You must display a cheerful attitude.
~You must show love to others.
~You must make mistakes.
~You must learn from others.
~You must be a positive contributor to blogging.
~You must love life.
~You must love kids.
Here are the rules for the Smile Award:
~You must link back to the award creator. (IDK who it is! Sorry!)
~You must post the rules if you are a recipient.
~You must choose 5 people to pass the award to.
~You must fit the characteristics of the award.
~You must post the characteristics of the recipient of the award.
~You must create a post sharing your win with others.
~You must thank the giver of the award.
Wow, I get to pass on these wonderful awards to some of my bestest bloggy friends!
I also recieved this award from Patrice! I am feeling the love with all of these awards! I swear, I think I'll take a break from blogging more often if that's what it takes for people to give me awards!The only rule for this one is to pass it on to 10 blogs I love.
I think I'm going to add a twist for my recipients. I would really love to find some new blogs to read, and I know there are a few people who read my blog that either never or rarely comment and I don't know how to find your blog. So if you read this blog and you would like to share your blog with me so I can get to know you better, please do. Leave me a comment with your blog address and I will stop in to visit (and you'll know I've been there because I will comment). I will give you all a week, and on Thanksgiving I will post my recipients of all of my new favorites! Who knows, you may get some new readers from my readers too!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
*Yesterday the Direct TV guy finally came to install our system. To make a very long story as simple as possible, I'll just say that we've had the absolute worst customer service from Direct TV. The installation guys didn't do what we asked. Then they left and our cable internet didn't work. It was maddening. In total I've probably spent over 3 1/2 hours on the phone with them, including signing up, cancelling and re-signing up to change our order, then trying to get the internet resolved and they have not once made me feel like they even care if they get our business. I have gotten lots of "I'm sorry's", but also a ton of arguments and "we can't do that" for things that are simple, ie: placement of the dish, and hooking up certain rooms. I am about to tell them to take their cable and shove it.
*We actually got our internet back today due to the cable company guy coming out and fixing the was it was hooked up, but we still have some issues for the Direct TV guy to fix.
*My mom is here and I would venture to guess that she's probably not having the best time. Sorry Mom.
She has gotten a few pictures of the kids. She's also enjoying our near 80 degree temperatures as opposed to the 30's that they're having back home. Hunter has not exactly been nice about sharing his bed with her. The other morning he said, "Grandma, I want you to go home." I think it's because Grandma doesn't let him get away with as much as his parents do. What's wrong with that picture? I thought kids were supposed to be spoiled by their grandparents. I guess he really meant it, he told Seth he wanted Grandma to go home too. Poor Grandma.
She's tried really hard. She brought Hunter a little view finder and Rylie a little stuffed otter in a carrier (which Hunter decided to claim as his "dotter". So Grandma went and bought Rylie a little puppy in a purse (so cute!).
*Having a holiday in the middle of the week really throws things off. It was as if we had 2 Mondays in a row. At least the election is over so we don't have all of the political mail to deal with.
*I haven't managed to make it to the gym the last week or so. I am going to get back on track.
*I finally got a new pair of shoes. After searching Kohl's far and wide I finally found a pair on sale and my size (which was nothing short of a miracle since every other woman out here must wear a 7 1/2 and has the exact same taste in shoes as me). I don't remember if I mentioned my last pair of shoes....I bought a pair of sketchers in late August only to have them fall apart in less than 2 months. Kohl's kindly took them back with no problem, so I've been searching for a new pair since then.
*If you have little kids (especially my kids' ages) boy or girl, I highly recommend the Barbie Diamond Castle movie. I found it at Best Buy for $10 on sale a few weeks ago. Both of my kids love it. Hunter likes to sing along with all of the songs, and Rylie likes to dance and is mesmerized by it unlike any other movie we own.
*I've been catching up on movies the last couple of weeks. I've seen so many I'm not sure if I can remember which one's I've seen. Most are movies that have been out a while. A few I remember are: Batman Begins, The Illusionist, The Bourne Supremacy, Underworld and the sequel.
This has to be the most random post I've ever written. I will probably have more if I can't get back to blogging on a regular basis, so I'm going to apologize in advance.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
We cancelled our cable last month, and it finally shut off last Friday (they don't seem to care about shutting it off the day you stop getting billed for it). You'd think that with no tv to watch (we only have one super fuzzy channel C-Span, yuck) I would have more time to blog. I guess no tv means more productive in general. We have been keeping up on the house, and I've been trying to get to the gym most days. I went early Monday morning, it was really packed.
The cloth diapers are working out great. I have figured out a good system, and I even came up with a solution to keep her from getting her diapers off all the time. It was getting really frustrating, and I finally decided that if I put them on backwards she wouldn't be able to get them off. I'm pretty sure I must have heard that from someone before and it finally caught up to me, whoever told me that, thank you.
I promise to come back tomorrow. Seth is wanting to watch a movie on netflix and our other computer is ill, so I feel like I should share mine with him. (I'm so generous, aren't I?)
Monday, November 3, 2008
If you were expecting something election related.....sorry, I refuse to think about the election more than is necessary. I've had my fill of politics.
Instead we're going to think about having fun, and escaping to far off (or not) places.
This week, I want to know your top 5 places to see before you die, and what draws you there.
I will be back with mine later, for right now, it's your turn.....
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Well, this time I actually took the time to do it. But it came into my e-mail on our desktop computer-the one I never use. I remembered why I never use it as I was getting ready to post the answers to my blog.....it's slower than molasses. I was trying to do too many things at once and it just stalled too long. I have patience....let me tell you.....but I don't have that much patience!
So I was going to post it here, and not reply and forward because as much as I don't have time to do all that deciding who to send it to that won't mind (see I actually think about that kind of stuff) I thought
I could blog about our Halloween instead.....because it was so fantastically unexciting it would bore you all to tears. To sum it up cranky kids, and mama with a big sinus headache.
I could also blog about going to the gym this week.....but wait.....I didn't. Well, I did on Monday, but that was it. The rest of the week just fell apart. I don't even know what happened to it. I am sort of thinking it was work that got in the way, but I'm not positive. I am turning over a new leaf tomorrow. I am going to force myself up at 5 in the morning and I'm going to go work out before work every day-no excuses.
I think I will leave you with a Top 5 Tuesday topic.
I want to know what are 5 places that are on your list of places you want to see before you die.
So until Tuesday.....
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
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I've been racking my brain for a topic. And then, not so much racking my brain, but trying to narrow it down.
I finally settled on this......
What are 5 things that you hope you can pass down (or at least teach) your children. Beliefs, ethics, morals......stuff like that.
1. How to love and be loved.
Short and sweet for me. I'm guessing it's going to be really hard to narrow it down to 5 things.
I have worked out pretty much every day, except this weekend. I had 3 days off and today I was looking forward to working out. I feel so much better too. My routine has been 30-40 mins. on the elliptical machine, and then 20 minutes of various machines.
So far I have lost about 2 lbs. Not bad. I have been trying to still cut back on the Dr Pepper addiction. I did really good with it last week, and over the weekend I got off track.
I'm also trying to change my attitude about eating, and so I'm trying to think "Eat to Live, NOT Live to Eat".
So far so good......
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I didn't even look to see what my reader number is up to. Last week I cleared it out (by clicking on the "mark all as read" button), and I don't think I've read more than 5 or 6 since then. Let's see.....189. Wow, not as bad as I had imagined.
The cloth diapers are going ok. Daycare agreed to do them, and they seem to have no problem with them, except I took them on Friday after missing a couple of days, and they gave them all back clean. Not sure what that was about. And, since they will be doing cloth diapers too I will have to get some more of the all in one type diapers, I don't want to be doing this laundry every night if I can help it.
Rylie doesn't seem to really like the prefold diapers in the wrap. I think it's because she is so petite and no matter how I fold them they are so bulky on her that they make her bowlegged. I am testing a couple of different ideas right now though. So far so good.
What is it that makes both of my kids obsessed with my glasses? I try to put them out of sight when I put in my contacts in the morning, but it never fails that they somehow get ahold of them. Hunter got them this morning and put them in the little compartment on the back of his trike....and then told me about it. So far they haven't broken or bent them.....
And the easy button?
I was almost done with my route the other day when this middle aged lady stopped me and asked if I had any rubber bands. Really? Seriously? I mean...kids do this all the time so they can shoot their friends, but a middle aged lady?! Is the economy so bad that she can't afford to go buy some? And who uses rubber bands at home anyway? We don't have any in our house at all. I don't know when the last time was that I needed a rubberband.
I told her I only had old ones that were ready to break any second, which I wasn't lying about.
As if I wasn't already amazed by her asking for the rubberbands in the first place, I couldn't even believe the next question.
Are you ready for this?
She asked if I could drop some off the next day for her!
I figured the only explination was that I missed seeing the easy button stuck to my forehead, because what else could possibly make someone think that the post office supplies free office supply products...to your mailbox no less?
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I've been to the gym every day except Sunday. Saturday I went to the gym and then came home and walked to the park with the kids, so they could play at the little carnival that was going on. Hunter had fun and this time he actually got up the nerve to go down the big slide (the blow up kind). Last time they had the carnival he was still pretty shy and there were bigger kids that scared him off.
The mail has been smothering me this last week, and I'm hoping it will let up soon. All the political stuff should stop soon after election day, and I hope that helps things, I can't take much more of this. I've been working longer days and combining that with the gym doesn't even leave time for sitting down to read much until after the kids are in bed.
I'm almost done with Eclipse, the third book I was reading. It's very good. I stayed up until midnight last night reading it....just couldn't put it down.
Friday, October 17, 2008
I'll try to come back and update, but I don't really have a starting point. My goal is to get to the point of being at least more toned up, and hopefully a size or 2 smaller than I am now. Heck, I'd even settle for not looking absolutely horrendous in pictures.
I can't promise that I'll be around, but I will promise to try.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Here are a few pictures of our trip to Disneyland. Our hotel is right nest to California Adventure, and we have the Tower of Terror straight out from our balcony. We were also able to watch the fireworks from our balcony. I think it takes about 10 minutes to walk there from our hotel.
Both kids and all adults had fun today. I think in total we spend more time in and finding bathrooms than we did riding rides. It's a holiday weekend which means crowded as ever. We haven't bought any souvenirs yet. We did have a slight stroller mishap. We parked our 2 strollers while we went on this one ride, and when we came back, our umbrella stroller was missing. Someone must have mistaken it and then realized when they saw our luggage tag, and a couple of hours later it was there again.
More fun to come tomorrow, I hope I can make it out of bed in the morning.