It feels good to be home.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
After being overwhelmed by Hobby Lobby and their sale posters, I settled on ornaments for project # 1. I finally found time to sit down Tuesday night and whip out these lovelies for my co-workers and teacher gifts.
Then, as though the week before Christmas isn't crazy enough, the young un informs me that he has to build a mission by Thursday. It's a good thing he has a crafty momma!
Too bad he doesn't have a momma more in control of her glue gun.
Friday, December 11, 2009
I wish I had some glamorous events that have been requiring my attention, but alas, it has just been the little things we've been plugging away at:
Monday- Starting the week off with morning cafeteria duty, especially when its 36 degrees outside so all the kids come inside, can just about kill you.
Tuesday- I spent all day in training. And had a wonderful lunch with some amazing teachers at La Madeline. It always amazes me that we spend all day in the same building, but never have time to really hang out and catch up. I figured it was probably time to decorate the naked Christmas tree that has been sitting in the living room since Dec 1st.
Wednesday- Recovering from Crossfit's cleans & pull ups was made even less fun by the fact that Austin was colder than Detroit. I stand by the statement made previously. I am not made for cold weather.
Thursday- Just when the week seems to be getting into a rhythm, BOOM! A distracted driver comes along to rear end your car. Lots of crying and hysteria ensued, all of it on her part. I took the time to really appreciate the warmth of gloves and scarves and an emergency blanket while waiting for the police to arrive. We're all ok, though the young un was walking around like a little old man this morning while coming down the stairs.
Friday- Easily the longest day of my life. Prepping kids for their exams that start Monday, running to Dr appointments to have everyone checked out from the previous night's fender bender, going back to school to pick up forgotten homework and a run to Blockbuster in our PJs.
I would say it's been a long crazy week, but as I look at it, it seems pretty par for the course for us. I'm hitting a few Craft fairs tomorrow, shopping on Amazon tonight and am determined to have all gifts taken care of by Sunday night.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
That was also me standing in a 37 person line at Bed Bath & Beyond in the hopes of using my 20% off entire purchase coupon before 10:00. What burning purchase would have me stand in a line that long? Why a microfiber dish towel and something equally as fabulous that I've already forgotten about. Ok, so I was really already standing in line with my mom and sis-in-law and just figured I might as well use the coupon.
Oh, and Target? Yep, that was us standing in a very "secure" line of 50 some odd people. Target was a bust for what I wanted to purchase, but I did pick up a couple of movies and cds for stocking stuffers.
Add in a quick run to Michaels (ribbon!), TJ Maxx(curtains!), Ross (more curtains!), Dollar Tree (ornaments) and Walgreens (BOGO 35. t lighted topiary!) followed by a 2nd breakfast at IHOP and you have some idea of our 14 hour shopping excursion. It takes stamina and fierce determination to shop like that, but in the end, there can be only one left standing.
And this time, it wasn't my sister-in-law.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thanksgiving is a hard time to deal with tragedy, especially when the focus is on being thankful, for life and health, and family. Our family was there, aunts and uncles and cousins, bringing food, taking home laundry, opening their houses for showers or overnight guests. And through the days of sitting and waiting , we managed to find a few hours to enjoy the company of each other and to give thanks. Last Thanksgiving it wasn't about the banana pudding, or the fried turkey. It wasn't about the Black Friday sales or the Christmas lists. It was a time when we gave thanks for the friends and the family that banded together to ensure that every need was met, every mouth was fed, every tear wiped dry.
So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my family. For those I see everyday, and for those we keep connected with through the phone or Internet. I am thankful for the friends that prayed for us, fed us, called us, and just sat beside us. This Thanksgiving, "I thank God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy." Philippians 1:3-4.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Sorry, but that song has been stuck in my head since we bought the young un tickets to Walking with Dinosaurs. He's been eagerly awaiting the show, especially after seeing the haulers arrive and unload earlier this week. Tonight, for mom/son date night his wait was finally over. And just so you can share my experience, here's the young un's play by play:
Here are the brachiosauruses eating from a tree. The baby brachiousaurus is the one closest to the camera. Can you believe his size?! Just for a baby?
The battle of the two fierce long-horn torosauruses. The young male (the challenger) is on the left. The leader of the torosuarus tribe is on the right. After the young one wins, he eats some flowers and grass and then poops this huge massive ball of dung.
Giant bird swooping between the cracked lands(continents) over the newly formed Atlantic Ocean. It was the only thing that could travel between continents. It would struggle on land. The hungry predators of the early Cretaceous period, the Utah Raptor. The weakest of the three has to wait for it's meal, that's the tradition of eating.
Ankylosaurus and torosaurus versus baby t-rex. While it's cry is weak, it is still in danger, but you'll see what happened next.
Ankylosuarus and torosaurus versus baby T-rex and mama T-rex. First up in the arena we have mama T-rex and torosaurus. She's bringing her roar around with all she's got. Then she charges! But then ankylosaurus smashes her leg. She tries to bite him, but she misses. *Then for back-up baby T-rex comes around and bites ankylosuarus on the leg. Then BOOM! ankylosuarus is knocked out of the fight. Now it's baby T-rex and mama T-rex veres torosaurus. Mama T-rex charges, she means to miss, and baby bites torosaurus in the stomach, but torosaurus is still up fighting for his life. But then he goes down. Love of the two T-rexes; mother and son. It is the end of the late Cretaceous period. The battle is over, and they have won. But then, after the happy moment the comet comes. And they don't look too happy about it. And mama T-rex gets angry and roars and BOOM! it's the end of the dinosaurs... well not literally the end. Most are still with us today--they're birds. And that is the past of Walking with Dinosaurs.
So there you have it. I had my own personal commentary the entire show. And the * part wasn't in the show. He added it to "give it a little excitement."
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Last weekend I finally got all the Halloween items out of the house and back in storage where they belong. I also grabbed a few of the constantly multiplying Christmas bins. And that's about as far as they've made it. Sitting in a nice little stack in the living room because I can't quite part with my pumpkins and leaves. *sigh* There's always next weekend.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
First bake your cookies. You can do this with sugar cookies or peanut butter cookies. We used the slice and bake kind cause I'm not a baker.
You also need:
mini chocolate chips
orange icing coloring
vanilla frosting (if you can find the orange icing writers, they work great!)
Next slop a little chocolate frosting on the "top" of your cookie. It doesn't need to be super thick, just enough to give the candy corns staying power.
Apply your candy corns so they slightly overhang the edge of your cookie. I did single layers here, but for larger cookies you could double layer (see header). This is the part the young un loves to do-- usually because he snacks on the extra candy corn!
Now for the personality: spoon some orange vanilla frosting into a ziploc bag and carefully snip the very corner of the bag. This will allow you to draw your beaks and legs.
Next repeat with the chocolate frosting for the eyes of your turkeys. I also add mini cholocalte chips on some of them.Now step back and enjoy your gaggle of gobblers!If you're not a cookie person, Betty Crocker offers this cupcake alternative:
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
I would be remiss if I did not post about our sugar fueled Halloween. So in the spirit of the night, and with my deepest apologies to Miley Cyrus, here goes:
Ninja son bolted from the backseat, glad to finally be free.
Grabbed all our treat bags, headed out into the twilight,
Eight kids in our group, try to keep them all in sight.
Then it got real crazy, drinks were making things hazy,
The kids start yelling, and they're getting pretty restless
Too much candy makes them hyper
So we turn the corner to go back home
and the Miley song came on.
and the Miley song came on,
and the Miley song came on,
and the Miley song came on.
So I kicked my shoes off, held my beads tight
started out with the running man.
nodding my head like "yeah, I'm scarring my son for life"
Got my habit on, doing the cabbage patch, flowing into the Kid N Play.
Yeeeeaaaaaah, It's a Party in the USA.
Yeeeeaaaaaah, It's a Party in the USA.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Dear Steve Jobs & Michael Dell,
I hold you responsible for my "honey-do' list never getting finished. Also I will be forwarding Dr's bills for eye strain and carpal tunnel to you respectively. As there is a mactop at his feet, I am holding you equally at fault for the addiction you have created.
The PC Wife
Monday, October 26, 2009
- I brought the "superstar spirit" to a district wide teacher pep rally.
- I got the young un involved in a Halloween project for indoors and out.
- I lost feeling in my appendages while the supporting the Mr at friday night Football.
- I found inspiration (and more goodies than I can afford) garage sale-ing.
- I caught up on my guilty pleasure.
- I stocked up on crazy socks/hats/hair for Red Ribbon week.