Saturday, February 28, 2009
The weather guys were right! We were watching the drizzle a few hours ago, then we stepped out and listened to the sleet tap on the cars and leaves, then.....as we were standing there looking at it- it changed to snow. Looks like it will continue for quite a while ( by the radar) and they forecast about 3 inches for us. It is about 33 degrees and dropping. The best thing is that it is the weekend and it doesn't affect travel to school or work. One down side is that the dogs won't go outside at all, so there is a little cleaning up to do, but I really can't blame them. I wouldn't want to go out there barefooted either. More pictures to follow as it piles up!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Last spring, I THOUGHT I had pulled up all the Easter Lilies in the front bed. Evidently, I didn't get them all because there are as many coming up as there were before. Maybe it is bad juju to pull up Easter Lilies. I felt sort of strange about it when I did it, but there were so many that they were choking each other. These won't be ready at Easter, but they will be tall and blooming by late April. Now I'm thinking about tomato plants and all sorts of things green and pretty.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
In recent weeks, my first grade scholar has discovered that he can read anything he wants to read, so we have been bombarded with many questions about " What does ____ mean?" and "How do you spell _____?" For the most part, those are easy, but today, he asked a few that I had to really think about. We were alone in the car because sister had to go to church early to practice with her choir and Dad took her. Here's how it went.
Mom, what is a "mechanic"? (as we pass an add for a car repair shop) It's a person who can work on cars that are broken.
How does the RedBox know which movie you asked it for? ( as we passed Walgreen's) It is a computer.
Mom, are we Jewish? No, why?
Well, there is a Jewish calendar in the back of the song book at church. Yes, there is. Jesus was Jewish, and because of that, we study some things that have to do with Jewish traditions and culture. ( I was proud of that one)
Do you think I look funny without my glasses on? Not at all. I think you are handsome with or without, but you need to wear them. Do you think I look funny without mine?
Where can we find a good mechanic? Why do you need one?
Mom, can chimps go into outer space, really?
I guess he was just in a mood to know more...but bless Pete, he went from simple definitions to religious foundations to self image , then back to the yellow pages, then onto science. It is amazing how they can think of so many random things. I guess as adults we do the same thing, but it isn't so easy for me to answer my own questions.
I'm working on his chimp question right now. That one I can find details on. Wish me luck, because there is another rising first grader sitting at the table here now eating spaghetti and thinking.......... I am almost afraid of what she might come up with!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The dogs got up at their usual 4:20 this morning, so guess who else was up too. I was a little worried 'cause I had miscalculated my coffee supply and had only enough to make a half pot so I had to go easy on it until it got late enough to go to the store. The children got up and wanted bacon, fried eggs, sausage, waffles and strawberry stuff for breakfast and thankfully I had all that. They ate a lumberjack's breakfast, then we tripped to Aldi and got the stuff we needed. Norm did Angel food without us because it was threatening to pour and I needed to get my out of the house stuff done before it started. We got back home, got everything put away, then went to Taekwando, now I'm back home watching Gone With the Wind and doing laundry and playing on Face Book. Life is good.
That goofy little Bella dog is so funny. She just treats Bindi like a big fat sofa. If Bindi ever gets comfortably still, Bella climbs up on her and settles in for a rest. Lulu used to do that to poor Clairesse too. Chihuahua dogs are a most wonderful thing to have. ( Don't look at all the messy blankies on the floor.....they drag them out of the beds and pile them in the floor. )
Thursday, February 19, 2009
This baby Lulu is really a tough nut and very special to us. Ok, me. Everyone else here is too scared of breaking her to have much to do with her. I don't blame them.
I just got back from the career day at the catholic girl's school. It was actually a lot of fun. The girls were interested in what I had to say, which is refreshing. Now I gotta go pick up my own little students and start the afternoon edition of "dance class, homework, dinner, bath, bed."
Exciting times. Tomorrow is work, then on Saturday we are volunteering at Angel Food, the TKD, then after that we'll go to Aldi. I love ALdi. I think I told you that before!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Pass the relish!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Our little Kung Fu Porkchop surprised us last night by moving from his yellow belt straight to orange, skipping the yellow/black stripe belt. Another big WOW! was that at the end of his pattern, the last move was a FLYING KICK with both feet off the floor! I didn't even know he could do that, but he did and it was great! I was so proud of him, not only because of the performance he had, but also because of his behavior at the dojo. He sat and did just as he was told amidst a LOT of kids running around and making noise. It was a great night!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
These guys can't resist the chance to make funny faces......gotta wonder where they get that from.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Today when I was getting ready to go back to church for my class, I realized too late that I had put both of my pairs of jeans that still fit ( both 12's might I add) in the washer. So, it was either wear some really huge ones with orange paint on the seat, or try the new ones again. To my surprise, they fit great. In fact, now that I have had them on a while, they may be my new favorites. The lower rise is ok, although I may need to buy new underwear cause it shows. ( Ok, I desperately need new underwear, I admit it. Most of what I have looks like bloomers now)
Saturday, February 7, 2009
We downsized the splint yesterday, and Lulu seems to be using the leg about 40% of the time. It is pretty much white tape and popcicle sticks now. When she walks in the house, she will use it. Outside, she picks it up. She forgets about it totally when she is playing. Hopefully, the light support will keep her from re-breaking it while the bone strengthens. The bone has to bear weight in order to get stronger. I am thinking two weeks like this, then maybe just a bandage without the sticks. It seems like it has been a year since she broke it, but it has actually only been 4 weeks. Longest 4 weeks in recent history.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Here is my serious little Guitar Hero. He "don't play" when it comes to this game. He wants to get it right. In fact , he is up to 90% correct on "Slow Ride" and WILL NOT EVEN TRY another song until he "gets" this one. I would venture to guess that we have heard Slow Ride at least 10,000 times. ( Don't look at all that stuff in the floor - dog bed and toy box. There is also a big ugly green adirondack chair in here too that we used during the Superbowl, but I spared you the visual of that.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I have listed one of the couponing blogs ( survivingthestores.blogspot.com/) on the sidebar. I am going to really start looking at these things and printing as many coupons as I can use. If the offers are there, why not use them? Of course, it doesn't make sense to use coupons to buy things that you wouldn't use anyway. I have done that in the past. You know, I would buy a name brand using a coupon when a house brand was cheaper than even the discounted name brand. For some things, I can't buy the house brand because the children won't accept the lesser price product. The most notable one that I can think of is macaroni and cheese. It is pretty much "Velveeta Shells and Cheese" or it goes in the trash. Sometimes we can get away with the Kraft product that has the sauce - not the powder kind. No way. Won't eat it.
I'll try and post any incredible deals I find so you won't miss them.
Have a great Wednesday!
Things are looking a little better for baby Lulu. She is at least partly weight bearing on her leg and we have downsized her splint/bandage somewhat so that she can start walking on it a bit to build strength in the bone. Hopefully she will be able to be without anything in a couple of weeks. It will still be tenuous for a while, so keep her in your prayers. It is just silly how attached the whole family has become to these little midget dogs. Bella ( the little black masked one) adores the kids, Dixie and Lulu are my little shadows, and Allie is a Daddy's girl. Of course, when it is dinner time or cooking is going on..it is all Mom. Crazy.
No big plans for today other than work for me and church tonight for the family. Tomorrow I have to go to the dentist - I can't wait. It is nice to have about 30 minutes when I can just sit in one spot and can't do anything else.
Big Daddy will be out of town tomorrow and Friday, so the chillren and I will be on our own. I think we will have a pizza/movie night on Thursday night and all sleep in the big bed. To them, that is better than anything else we could do. He'll be back Friday night, so it will only be for the one night. Dixie will hate it because she won't sleep in the bed when the kids are in there - I guess they move around too much.