Saturday, December 29, 2007


I gave DH a MP3 player for Christmas. So he's been online trying to find good music to download for free. Unfortunately some of those "free" websites have little critters hiding in them... like the one that ATE my Google Reader Next button and won't allow me to reinstall it!

Help me! I'm lost without my Google Reader Next button. :(

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Not much of anything to report

I was typing my title up there and it was going to be about that but you know how when you're typing in a box and your computer starts showing you everything else you've every typed that is similar...well that title was the only thing that came up...and it fits.

Since Christmas we haven't done a whole lot around here. Just taking it easy and shoveling snow and more snow...this stuff just won't stop it seems...although the weather folks say that this should be the end for a while...10 days they say. Not holding my breath.

So today DH went back to work. He drove his car, I don't get that at all...I guess he likes risking it...or he worries that I'll try to go somewhere. I won't.

I went out for the sunniest part of the day and shoveled the snow from our driveway and sidewalks. But that knocked all the energy out of me. I came in feeling all woosy and cold. So I had some lunch and then laid down. I've been pretty much on the couch or on the computer ever since. I did go and shovel a bit more before DH was due home though...but just two stripes up the driveway for his tires.

After sending some left-overs to my brother's house last night we are almost done with our Christmas dinner. There is still enough ham for a sandwich tomorrow and some Mac & Cheese (both Kraft & homemade) left and that's it. YAY! I'm so ready to be done with it. Unfortunately that means we'll have to now eat the Rib Roast that I bought to have with my Mom & Stepdad and they're still at my brother's until Sunday...oh darn! more for me. hee hee

I hope that all of you are enjoying your holiday and if you've already had to return to work I hope that things are still slow enough for you. Off for some more zzzzs

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Loot report...

Here's what everyone got...

American Girl Nicki doll with accessories.
Groovy Girl Kiri - the Girl Scout doll
Webkinz shirt & pants for the webkinz
Webkinz Brown Arabian
Webkinz German Shepherd
Webkinz lil Hippo
Webkinz Black Cat - the seasonal Halloween one
Webkinz Reindeer - the seasonal Christmas one
Manicure set
Only Hearts Club Melody
Only Hearts Club Chocolate
Roctober t-shirt (for the Rockies!)

Trip to Las Vegas - to escape the MIL!
512mb MP3 player - he's been wanting one for a while but not really sure that he needed it. So I found this one on clearance and figured it would give him enough of a taste to see if we really need to get a real one. BTW this is the first MP3 player to grace our home.
2007 Mint Proof Set - it's a set of coins from the Denver Mint of each of the coins they Mint there for this year. These coins are polished and never touched by human hands and then sealed in a plastic case.
Rockies National Champion t-shirt
Battery for our VHS camcorder - now that everyone else has gone digital it's hard to find the batteries for the old stuff!
Battery for his watch - I bought him this watch for our first anniversary. DH "lost" the watch when he went out of town once and it was missing for 6 months to a long that I bought him another watch that unfortunately he didn't like. Then he found his old watch, but the battery had long since gone dead and since he had the new watch we didn't bother to go replace the battery. I got the battery and wrapped the old watch in a new watch box...he was shocked when he opened it.
socks & t-shirts for him to wear at work.

and finally ME!:
bunny ornament from Heather!
bunny ornament (a Radko) from SIL. (Heather's bunny was cuter!)
2 bunny statues from DH & Darly.
Oxo Food Mill - yay! Now I can make mashed potatoes smooth enough for miss picky!
Globe paperweight - DH got this while he was in Vegas. Each of the continents is formed from a semi-precious stone that is from that area. Like I said bunny...not cute! He needs to really STOP buying me stuff I can't return.

WE all had a very nice Christmas...although it was very hard to get into Webkinz world yesterday to claim our Christmas present and register all of Darly's new pets. Webkinz needs to get some new servers!

Oh and we have TONS of left-overs from our Christmas Eve dinner...anyone wanna come help eat this stuff?

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


A few days ago I posted my Holiday plans. And I got this comment:
TC said...
For some reason I have the phrase "If you want to hear God laugh tell him your plans" going through my head... intermixed with "The best laid plans of mice and men"...

You can go from there ;-)

Have a Merry Christmas!

So Just to show how incredibly smart TC is, I'll repost my plans with WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED!

Thursday, December 20, 2007
Here's the plan...
...we'll see if it actually goes down this way.

Tomorrow Darly & I have Girl Scouts. But the weather could make the roads a mess and cancel that. We'll see how it looks tomorrow. We did go to Girl Scouts and ended up wrecking the car on the way home!

Tomorrow my brother is supposed to come and get my mom for her to spend some time there (finally!) Course the weather might mess that up too. My brother did show up to get her, but it was 7pm before he got here and he ended up staying for dinner before he took her to his house.

Saturday my step-dad will be flying in. Brother should go get him...I think. Step-dad had wanted to come on Sunday so he could finish up some paperwork (grading finals for his class) but whatever. Stepdad did get in on Saturday with almost no problems except he took someone else's bag at the baggage claim. I cleaned up the house a bit to get ready for my Mom & Stepdad's arrival.

Sunday we are going to Brother's house for Christmas dinner with 8 members of SIL's family too. After dinner and visiting we will be taking Mom & Step-dad back to our house so Brother's family can leave for their trip on Monday. Only 7 of SIL's family showed up, dinner was good, but after dinner they got a call from SIL's mom. She was now too sick for Brother, SIL & nephew to come over for they were now staying home. Mom & Stepdad were now invited to spend the Christmas Holiday with Brother's family...which TOTALLY messed up everything else that was planned.

Monday Brother's family will be driving to SIL's mom's house. Monday we will be having our Christmas Eve dinner at around 5pm, DH will have to be at church at 6:15 to usher, don't know if we'll take two cars or not. Church service begins at 7pm and I may or may not be required to help DH usher. After Church service we will drive around to look at Christmas lights. Then we will come home and have hot chocolate and open one or two gifts. Since I had already planned to make Christmas Eve dinner and DH had to be at Church to usher on Christmas Eve, I was now cooking dinner for Brother's family too. That all turned out mostly okay...the only problems I had were finding room in the frig, burning my hand in the oven and my pie didn't turn out right. Mom was supposed to make the baked beans but since Brother & SIL are NEVER on time she didn't get here soon enough and the beans never thickened the way they are supposed to. But they still tasted good. Oh and a beef I have here, Mom says the beans take an entire I chopped an entire only put in 1/4 of an onion in the beans. I now have 3/4 of an onion STINKING UP MY FRIG & HOUSE...and it's driving DH (who HATES onions) bonkers!

Christmas day we will open all the rest of the gifts, have left-over Christmas Eve dinner and just rest. Since Mom is at Brother's we will be heading over there for Christmas dinner and more gift opening.UPDATE: Since it is a White Christmas and there's no end in sight to when the snow will stop...and I'm a bit freaked out by last Friday still we have decided to stay home for now.

Oh and even though Darly had previously renounced all belief in Santa, she is no recanting fully and I think that since Santa was able to bring her an item on her list that was totally sold out, her belief is restored. Only Santa must have thought that I was a terrible girl this year cuz he didn't bring me anything. *pout* And DH got me a paperweight for Christms??? He got me some other good stuff from my list, but I'm confused about the paperweight. It doesn't even have a bunny on it!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Damage report

to the car. The passengers are both fine. Here's the details for those of you who missed it the first time.

Well the car is completely driveable. YAY (or maybe that's bad)

But it seems I did manage to mess it up a bit.

Okay this isn't my car (mine is grey), but I wanted to show you one so you would have a better idea of what I'm talking about.

See that last bit of the car between the front and rear tires? It's a bit of fiberglass panel that's just there for looks. The car's frame is right under the doors...level with the bumpers. Well I managed to get that part shoved up under the doors on the driver's side of the car...that was the part that was hitting the dirt when we stopped.

That panel is causing the the doors on the driver's side to not line up right and be more difficult to close...but they do close. So that's good.

We should probably have that fixed, but I doubt that we will since we can still drive it like that and who wants to bug the insurance anyway?

So now my car has even more damage to it making it look even worse.

In case you're keeping track... in 1998 I ran over a boulder and scraped that fiberglass panel on the passenger side and also dented the frame. two years ago, DH hit a deer and the pushed in bumper caused the driver's side fender to dent inward along with other small dents in the front of the car. And now this.

My car is looking more and more like an "old beater." I really do not like driving around town in an old beater. *pout*

Friday, December 21, 2007

Crashing through the snow...


Yes Jen, we did go to Girl Scouts today but we probably should have stayed home.

When I got up this morning I looked outside and figured that the weather men people were wrong again and the dreaded snow that they predicted wouldn't be coming at all. It was bright sunny and over 40 degrees when I got up...I even put on a long sleeved t-shirt.

But as we headed out to Girl Scouts the clouds began to roll in. I was thinking "ut oh, I guess they were right." When we got to Girl Scouts we started seeing very tiny snow flakes.

As the meeting went on the flakes got bigger and began to stick to the roads. (for those of you in the southern area, unfamiliar with snow...sticking is when the snow actually stays white on top of stuff.)

When we got out of the meeting the roads were very busy and I took a different path home to try to avoid some traffic which worked out really well. But the going was still very slow...stop & go almost the entire way.

When we made it to Parker, I got to this one intersection where we get a lot of crashes and was annoyed because someone had crashed there again. Oh and the police officer was directing traffic and since our 2 lanes were completely blocked he would only let one go through the intersection at a time.

Now the fun part...

We get to the end of the road I am on and I have to turn right...normally this isn't a problem, but I had slowed down to a stop because the roads were snowy. Once my way was clear I began to go and my car decided to FISHTAIL! First I went a bit one way, then a bit the other and finally it spun around and headed for the ditch! However, (and this totally had to be an act of GOD) my car went into the only hole there was on that stretch of shoulder and it stopped my car from continuing down the hill, through a fence and into a field. Instead my car was stopped, tire in hole and back end sticking out about 3 feet into traffic. Oh and I was turned about 70 degrees from the direction that I wanted to be going. (I didn't notice how far out into traffic I was sticking until later...thank goodness!)

So after making sure that Darly was fine, I get out of the car and try to assess what my options were. My car is tilted pretty badly making it so I couldn't get my door open all the way...but I could get out of the car. I had heard a loud noise when we hit so I was worried that I might have broken something on the car like a friend of mine did...but I couldn't see anything that looked as if it were out of place.

Lots of people stopped to help and one called the sheriff's office (I had left my cell phone at home...go figure!) so the sheriff was soon there to keep folks from hitting the back of my car...It totally didn't occur to me that was a possibility until later...I left Darly in there.

Some of the men who stopped thought that perhaps I could drive the car out of the hole myself if I put it into I locked the hubs, but then I noticed how busy the traffic was getting and knew I would never get the amount of room I needed to make this maneuver. The Sheriff took one look and said that "Nope, you're gonna need a wench!" so he called for a tow truck.

Then Darly & I waited for about an hour for one to show up. I sooooo had to go pee by the time he arrived! But the tow truck guy hooked up my car to the wench and had me out of there in no time flat. I paid the nice man and the sheriff stopped traffic so I could get my car that was now facing North on the South bound lane facing the right direction again.

I made the best 3 point turn of my life and was able to drive all the way problems. In fact the car doesn't look as if it was hurt at all. I'm still a bit concerned about the rear tire that hit the curb...I'll check to make sure it doesn't go flat on me.

And DH will probably insist that we have it inspected by someone who knows what they are doing. LOL!

In the end we are all fine and very thankful that God was looking out for us and put that hole there where we needed it. And I kinda think this was God's way of telling me to lighten up on the other drivers out there who were in accidents today slowing me up. I'm sure they weren't expecting whatever caused their accident either.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Here's the plan...

...we'll see if it actually goes down this way.

Tomorrow Darly & I have Girl Scouts. But the weather could make the roads a mess and cancel that. We'll see how it looks tomorrow.

Tomorrow my brother is supposed to come and get my mom for her to spend some time there (finally!) Course the weather might mess that up too.

Saturday my step-dad will be flying in. Brother should go get him...I think. Step-dad had wanted to come on Sunday so he could finish up some paperwork (grading finals for his class) but whatever.

Sunday we are going to Brother's house for Christmas dinner with 8 members of SIL's family too. After dinner and visiting we will be taking Mom & Step-dad back to our house so Brother's family can leave for their trip on Monday.

Monday Brother's family will be driving to SIL's mom's house. Monday we will be having our Christmas Eve dinner at around 5pm, DH will have to be at church at 6:15 to usher, don't know if we'll take two cars or not. Church service begins at 7pm and I may or may not be required to help DH usher. After Church service we will drive around to look at Christmas lights. Then we will come home and have hot chocolate and open one or two gifts.

Christmas day we will open all the rest of the gifts, have left-over Christmas Eve dinner and just rest.

I was filling DH in on all of this as he just got back from Vegas tonight (nope, he didn't bring home any money *pout*) And he was about to say something about the Christmas dinner on Sunday, but had to about stomp on his tongue to keep from saying it in front of Darly. What a good man.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I'm "IT" again!

I got tagged by Heather

Rules: Each tagged person must post 8 random facts or habits about themselves on their blog. At the end of the post, choose 8 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment telling them that they are tagged and to read your blog.

Hummm I wonder if it HAS to be 8 new things you don't already know about me.

1. Okay you know this already. I collect rabbits (only two are real). Hey Heather posted about her sheep tree, so I'm posting about my rabbits! I don't have that many (enough for an entire tree) rabbit Christmas ornaments. Why? you might ask? Well because it is darned near impossible to find Christmas ornaments with rabbits on them!!! Oh and you should see the looks you get when you go into a Christmas shop and ask for rabbit ornaments. I can't tell you how many times I've heard "You should come back here at Easter!" I don't want rabbits with eggs (I will have to seriously smack the person who matched up rabbits & eggs when I get to heaven...if I get to heaven with that kind of attitude.) Oh and while some rabbits in clothes are okay, I really perfer rabbits all natural.

2. Darly says for me to post... "your daughter loves cats and she HATES cats in clothes." hummm don't go look at her online Webkinz then. LOL!

2. okay that one wasn't about me so I'll give you #2 again. I'm a REALLY good cook, well most of the time. Tonight for dinner I made this recipe I found online and well it TANKED big time. BLECH! But I seriously thing that the problem was with the recipe, not the cook, cuz I did just what they said to do. Most of the time people love my food. (oh and by the way ms. picky Darly ate way more of the "tanked food" than I was it couldn't have been all that terrible...right?" But for Thanksgiving my guests were all raving about how good everything was...including my mom who wasn't sure any of it would come out right since I wasn't following her recipes. I knew it would all be fine.

3. I like for people to like my cooking. So I'm happy to cook. But I do still get all majorly stressed out about it. Luckily I have a wonderful husband who can tell I'm stressed and he tries really hard to help out when he can. He'll clean the rooms he knows I wanted to get clean (they aren't as clean as I would do them but since I'm already stressed, I'll take the help!) and he'll set the table and he always helps do the dishes...and sometimes he'll even rub my shoulders while I'm slavin away.

4. I like most mammals. I'm not a huge fan of snakes or birds but I will tollerate them pretty well. I love my dog and rabbits...even though my rabbits would rather that we just send down food and water and leave them entirely alone, I still love them. My dog would love to live in my lap...but unfortunately she is way too big and stinky to be a lap dog.

5. I do not like to go fast. so I'm not a skiier. In fact the last time I went skiing (I think it might have been in 1994) the place we went to was getting very crowded and the slope was getting icy (the sun had been out and now the wind was picking up.) So on my last run I get off the ski lift and start down the hill only to notice that there's no place for me to zig zag to help slow me down. there's only a path straight down the hill! I'm trying to slow down but there's always someone in the way. So I'm almost at the bottom of the hill and people are watching me come down the hill way too fast and are even saying "she should slow down" but they aren't moving out of the way. Finally I find a spot that isn't full of's the pile of snow from the parking lot that they pushed behind the gift shop. I was able to slide into it (it was very hard snow by the way) but I managed to stop before creating a new door for the gift shop. After I stopped, I got out of my skis (if they weren't already disconnected from my feet...I don't remember!) and carried my skis to the rental return and quit forever! Now unless someone is willing to get me lessons, I won't ever go skiing again.

6. I'm cookie director for Darly's Girl Scout troop again. I just went to training tonight...not that I really needed the training, but it was nice to get our packets and meet the lady I've been emailing for a while. Cookie sales for our area do not begin until Jan 11th, so I can't take your orders until then and orders over the internet are not allowed. K?

7. I'm glad to be almost done with this as I'm running out of good stuff to tell you. I like to read...a lot. That's why blogging is so much fun cuz I get to read all your wonderful thoughts. I try to think wonderful thoughts, witty thoughts, thoughts...whatever. Reading is fun! Did anyone besides me cringe when the kids on Kid Nation all were yelling how much they hated reading?

8. I am lazy. nuf said

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I'm a baaaad kid...

the past two nights I haven't been a very good girl

Yesterday we went to see Enchanted with some friends. I invited my Mom to come with us but she declined. Well the movie got out at 5:40pm and I knew that she would have already had dinner so I was going to take Darly to get dinner and since we were most of the way there, we were also going to go to St. Nick's Christmas Store.

Well my friend that we went to the movies with wanted to go to St. Nick's too and after thinking out how to work it all out she invited Darly & me to dinner at her house, offered her DH to watch Darly while we went to St Nick's. That sounded like an awesome could I refuse?

So we did it! And I didn't call mom to let her know because a)she wouldn't pick up the phone and b)she's a big girl and can take care of herself.

Well tonight I did it again!
Oh I forgot to mention that we brought home Darly's friend last night to spend the night. But they were both just fine and didn't bother mom at all.

okay back to tonight. I had to get friend home and Darly was going to spend the night at another friend's house...and she also had gymnastic's class. So the plan was I would take friend 1 with me to gymnastics class and after gym drive to friend
2's house...on the way friend 1's mom would meet me and pick her up. That went perfect!

I get to friend 2's house and her mom invites me to stay for pizza. Ummm okay! Well they were showing me the house (it's a house they bought to fix up and resell and it's very beautiful!) and the pizza burned. Ooops! So we decide to run to McD's. then we get back and just start talking like crazy LOL! and next thing you know it's almost 10pm and were still there talking.

I finally left to come home sometime after 10pm. Mom was already in bed...I should check on the kitchen. I'm sure she'll have something to say about this. Oh and while I was out my MIL called twice to let me know that tomorrow she's heading to see her daughter. She won't be back until January. She didn't seem too happy that I wasn't home. Hummm

Friday, December 14, 2007

Dashing through the snow...

in my old beat up Explorer...

I really wanted to get over to the Christmas Ornament store to pick up a few ornaments for gifts. I checked online cuz the store I wanted to go to is pretty far away from me, but each year they have a temperary store at our mall...and this year was the same. So even though it was still snowing, the roads didn't look bad so we loaded up the truck and headed out.

First I shoveled my half of the driveway and put some sand down (insurance that I could get back up my drive!) and then we were off.

The roads on the way to the mall were really great. While I was online I checked out where the customer service desk is so I could pick up a wheelchair for Mom. When we got to the mall, I dropped off Mom and went to park. While waiting to get back to the eisle where we saw 3 good parking spots 3 other cars pulled in that eisle. BUMMER! So I skipped that eisle and picked one farther from the didn't help any, I still had to hike a long way into the mall.

We meet up with Mom who waited outside...I asked why she didn't go in where it was warm and have a seat. She didn't know. So then we get in the mall and there's no Customer Service desk! WHAT??? But then I find the sign that shows they moved it by the Macy's store. Great. "Thanks for updating your website! If I had known that I would have parked at the Macy's enterance so Mom wouldn't have had to walk so far to the wheelchairs!"

We get Mom a wheelchair, they take my driver's lisence...some trade huh? And we're the bathrooms! Then we're off to the Ornament store. They put it in what used to be a sport's store. For the most part we did okay navigating the mall and the store wasn't so packed that we couldn't get around. However there were many times that I wanted an airhorn for people just chatting in the middle of an already crowded mall.

I found what I needed, but Mom didn't find what she wanted. BTW: You can get Webkinz at St Nicks, someplace called Dickens and at Hallmark...that we saw! And the Hallmark gives you extra stuff (trading cards or a purse) if you buy theirs. We didn't buy cuz someone is already getting plenty...although the new penguin is soooooo cute!!!

On our way out of the mall it is snowing quite a bit harder and I thought about putting the Explorer into 4x4 but I felt that the roads would be well traveled and was just getting out of the parking lot that would be a bit tricky and I didn't want to have the 4x4 going that long since it makes it hard for me to manuver that car.

We did okay in the parking lot except for one thing... You know how in the mall parking lots where they have you stop all over the place? Everywhere there is a major enterance there is a 3 way stop for the road that goes around all the parking. Well apparently those 3 way stops do not apply to women on their cell phones cuz there were at least 3 women who blew right through those stop signs while I waited (I could see that they were traveling way too fast to actually stop without I stayed put since I didn't want to get clobbered!) One woman did stop for like a 1/2 a second and then she kept on going...I had the right of way and she kept on going. Whatever! Finally there was a break in the traffic and I was able to get out of the parking lot.

I did have my anti-lock breaks kick in at one point which scared me since I had room to make a normal stop and they kicked in and it looked as if they weren't going to let me stop in the amount of room I had left for myself...after that I gave myself plenty of extra room and except for two slides (the second one I totally expected!) we got home with no worries. And getting up the driveway took a bit of convincing my car that it could do it...but we made that too.

Now we are waiting for DH to make it home. His car does not have 4x4. I'll be shoveling the driveway for him in a bit and putting down fresh sand. Aren't I a sweet wife?

Not much of anything to report

I haven't been doing much of anything lately...kinda just slobbing out. I'm sure that I'm driving my mom totally nuts...she's brought up how busy she used to be when she was my age...actually she was much younger when she did all of this, she's going off DD's age. LOL Oh well.

Yesterday after much pestering by Mom we went grocery shopping (I still had plenty of food in the frig but we were out of her english muffins and low on milk. Oh yes, we were low on mayonaise too...she's gone through a quart sized jar in a family doesn't use up a pint sized jar in 6 months!)

So since they had ham on sale I went to get that and Mom is requesting the entire Christmas dinner fixins. We have an ENTIRE week before I need to go and buy all of that...I was just getting the ham now because it was on sale now (the stores do this in hopes that you buy the entire meal now and then have to buy more next week cuz you ate it all and Mom is playing RIGHT into their hands!) Anyway she was like a kid in the candy store. "can we get this?" "can we make that?" She even requested that we get cabbage to have with the pork roast that I'm making this week...ummm I don't like cabbage that much! and I know the rest of my family won't eat it. So No I won't be buying cabbage.

Then I totally spaced out that we needed to stop at the pharmacy to pick up her medication and we were like 2 blocks from home before she reminded me...great! we swing back for her pills and then Darly wants to play with the toys at the pharmacy...ummm why does the pharmacy sell toys?

We're home and it's snowing...again. Luckily it's not coming down too hard. I would go shovel it, but then the new stuff would freeze and stick to the for now I'm letting the snow blanket the drive and keep it "warm" so we don't get ice. The sun looks like it might be coming out though...might be time to poor back!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Christmas tour!

A friend of mine posted a Christmas tour of her house and I thought I would like to share my house as well. Then I got to posting all the pictures and thought that you might like a slideshow hear ya go! Enjoy!

I have a few more bunnies but the slideshow was full.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Happy Holidaze!

Sorry about the family griping in my last post...I just think that SIL is totally unreasonable.
When my Mom came out here she wanted to spend the weekends with my brother so she could get to know my nephew better (she's a bit jealous that her grandkids know and love their other grandparents more since they live close enough to see them all the time.) But Mom hasn't been able to stay with my brother since she first got here because my brother's family has been sick. So she's been with us which is just fine by me...she's not really any trouble. I just feel bad for her since she wanted to see nephew more.

So here's my crazy post...he he

Friday the 7th Darly & I had planned to go to the Scholastic Book fair and then to Girl Scouts...but then the mom of Darly's friend E called and asked if she could bring E to my house so that she could be home for all the stuff that was going on there. I told E's Mom that we were planning to go to the book fair which isn't that far from her house so we could swing by and get E then. So Darly & I go shopping at the book fair...loads of fun and we got a lot of great stuff! Darly got a Steve Spangler Science kit for only $7.50! Yippee! There's a bunch of other cool stuff that we got too. I need to find the stuff we bought as gifts and pull it out of there. Then we got E and headed to Girl Scouts. The girls brought in their collections to share. Darly brought in her smushed penny collection and told her friends about that. I brought in pictures of a few of my bunnies (I just took some digitals of my family room shelves...that are packed.) But that's barely 1/4 of everything that I have. hee hee it was fun!

Saturday we had scheduled: Gymnastics makeup for missing on Thanksgiving at 8:30am; Christmas Pageant at 10:15am; and then our town's Christmas parade at 2pm. Oh, we got snow Friday night and into I put the car into 4x4. We drug our selves out of bed early for the gym. When it's time for the class to start, Darly is the only one there! I asked one of the coaches if we were there at the right time and he assured me that we were and would be out to get her in just a minute. So Darly starts the class all by herself...she's loving the one on one with her favorite coach (he hasn't been her coach since she moved up) but then another girl from her class showed she had to share. They got to do tons of stuff and had lots of fun...yup! They were both tired after all of that!
We had some time before the Christmas pageant rehersal, so we zipped home first. warmed up and then headed to the Church. What a total mess! This pageant was "organized" by the different choir directors...and they really didn't have a clue. The idea was to present the Christmas story with song and scripture. Most of the kids who signed up were in the choir, but Darly is not. She loves to sing but doesn't like getting up early enough to be in the choir (sleep over rules choir every time!) So since the directors had no idea who Darly was they gave her a very short piece. (insert momma growl here!) Children who are in the choir got very long long that they had no chance of memorizing them. There was no plan for what the kids were supposed to do, so the rehersal was really them just trying to figure out who was doing what when. (insert eyeroll here) They let the kids go after trying 3 different ways of having the kids line up...there was no real order to any of it. Everyone at Church was like "Oh rehersals are ALWAYS like this and it ALWAYS works out just fine for the real thing!" I was like "Yeah right!"
When we got home and decide to not go to the parade because while the snow had quit it was still very cold out (28 I think) and we would have had to walk about 2 blocks to get to the parade and then stand in the cold to see it...burr! I was a bit bummed because I wanted to see one of the vendors at the Craft fair...but I didn't want to freeze to do it!
So Darly & Dh went to MIL's house to help her get her decorations up...I stayed home and did laundry. MIL is going to Michigan for Christmas, so that clears up how we will handle Christmas Eve (don't have to schedule going to MIL's house.)

Sunday Darly & I get up very early because we have to be at Church at 7:30am! We get there with time to spare...I even run some of our stuff to our Sunday School classroom. The pageant is during the Church service. It was alright, but the choir kids who were supposed to sit quietly were anything but quiet and had to be shushed numerous times...they drowned out one of the songs because they were so loud. Luckily the kids had scripts because most of them did not have their lines memorized and most all of them couldn't pronounce the words correctly. Darly said she was thinking "Ju-Day-AH!" while the other kids were saying it wrong. Oh well.
Since we had to do a repeat performance for the second service, Darly & I ducked out early and went to get ready for our Sunday School class. For the second service two of the kids who were supposed to be singing were chasing each other in a circle during one of the songs. Their mother was fit to be tied and was trying to get her other two kids to stop them but was unable to get their of the other kids tried to get them to stop but they of course weren't listening to him.

I don't know what caused it, but I had a terrible headache so when we got home I took some pain killer and went to bed...I didn't wake up until it was time for dinner and even then I didn't feel all that well. but I feel fine now.

And now we have another week to look forward to. YAY.. Oh yeah, DH is out of town until Thursday.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

What would you think?

Your husband's parents lives out of state and your family lives in state. You see your dad all the time because he lives in town so for the holidays you go to see your mom.

Except this year your MIL is in town. Your MIL would like to spend the night at your house on Christmas Eve so that she can see your children open their Christmas gifts. But that would mean NOT spending the holiday like you normally do with your mom. So what would you do?

Do you cancel with your Mom because you can see her any time (she's just an hour away) and she's spent every other Christmas with you so far and let MIL see your kids?

Or are you a B and decide to go see your Mom and plan a "fake Christmas" with the MIL?

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Christmas meme

I picked this up over at Ladybug's

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? mostly wrapping paper. After being spoiled in Korea by very cheap gift bag prices (I could get 10 for a buck there!) I just can't buy them here.

2. Real tree or artificial? artificial, but I've had my oldest one for 15 years and the second tree is 8 years while I may have contributed to pollution to make these, I haven't recontributed for a very long time.

3. When do you put up the tree? this is the main reason I NEED artificial trees, I put mine up the day after Thanksgiving...and don't take it down until...

4. When do you take the tree down? January 6th - Epiphany
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes, but I've NEVER bought it before. When I was a kid my mother & grandmother would get it and mix in even more whipping cream and then give me some with just a bit of rum in it. When I finally got to legal drinking age they gave me it with all the rum they normally have and WHOA!!! I prefer the kiddy style please.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? That's hard. I guess my favorite would have had to been my 3 speed bike...even though my brother got one just like it (but the boy's version...I bet they were a his & hers set!) The bike gave me the freedom to travel all over our small town. I rode that thing everywhere...and one year we got walkie it was like having a cell phone. LOL

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yup, a few actually...but not as many as my friend Jen...she collects them.

8. Hardest person to buy for? DH! He won't tell me what he wants. Although, this year he did say that he wants: a battery for our VHS recorder, a battery for his watch, a battery for our dog's bark collar and some new black socks. Yippee!

9. Easiest person to buy for? Darly! She makes me out a list. But the poor child keeps adding to it after I've already bought everything I plan to get her.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? It was our first Christmas and I don't know where it was that we were, but I mentioned that I wanted to get a rail to put up in our laundry room to hang clothes out to dry on. So DH gets me an over the door pop-up clothes hanging rack. It wasn't even what I wanted...blech. And guess what I still have the darned thing...and use it too. But I do have a rail in my laundry room too.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? I mail out carts to almost 50 people.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Charlie Brown Christmas

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? whenever I find something that would make a good gift. I like to have most of it done by Thanksgiving...I have never been done by Thanksgiving though.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? yep

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? CHEESECAKE!

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? I like both...and this year there's a tree at my grocery store that has both that fade in and for a bit it's colored and then it's clear. It's soooo pretty. But DH says I can't have it. But you know if they have any left on sale after Christmas this year...IT'S MINE!

17. Favorite Christmas song? "Did You Know" by Todd Agnew

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We tried that whole travel thing when we were first married and now that we have a child...we stay home. My mom used to get annoyed because she couldn't afford to come here, but this year my brother used his miles to bring her she's a pretty happy gal. Although my SIL ruined mom's plans of getting to see my nephew open his Christmas gifts this year by doing their annual trek up to Snowmass. Which means I get mom for Christmas.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? yup! "you know Dasher, and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid (or is it Cupit?) and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall?...the most famous Reindeer of all?... Rudolph the red nosed reindeer...

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angels. We got the first one as a wedding present and the second one was a present for when Darly was born...good thing we got a second tree! I tried that Halmark star that shines star patterns up at your ceiling, but it needed to be farther away from the ceiling to work I returned it. I think a bunch of people returned it because they don't sell them anymore.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Dh's family has Santa arrive while they are at Church for Christmas Eve mass. In my family Santa comes when we are all asleep. So as a compromise I suggested that we could open some gifts from eachother on Christmas Eve, but Santa gifts don't come until we are asleep so they will be opened on Christmas day. Well since I do that and MIL is getting older and doesn't want to stay up all night she agrees to it and we can to to Christmas Eve mass at the early time. This year our services are at 4, 7 & 9pm.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? how everything is soooo crowded. I really hate to be amid all that. So I try to save my shopping for early morning mid week or get it all done before the season starts.

23. What I love most about Christmas? I love all the Christmas Cheer!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Santa business

Okay, a few weeks ago Darly announces at the dinner table that she doesn't think that there is really a Santa. Dh asks her "If there isn't a Santa, then who brings you all those gifts?" Darly says she thinks DH & I bring them.
Dh asks her why she thinks this...she replies that Santa's handwriting looks just like DH's and that no matter how late she stays up, she's never heard reindeer up on the roof and there are no footprints in the house.

So I ask DH if we should tell her or not. Dh doesn't care...personally I would like to not have to set the alarm clock for 5 am so I can get up and put out her presents (note the staying up so late bit above...she's been trying to catch Santa & the Easter bunny for the past few years!)

So the following day we have the talk. I tell her that she knows the story of St. Nicholas (they play it every year on the radio station that we listen to) and that part of the story is that St Nicholas passed away because he was just a normal person with a very big heart who did a lot of very good things. And I explained how the spirit of Santa lives in all of us...which is why we give gifts to the Angel Tree and Operation Christmas Child. I also tell her how she isn't allowed to tell her friends what she knows about Santa because it wouldn't be nice to spoil it for them. I also relate to her how when I was a kid and found out my mom told me that if I spilled the beans that I wouldn't get any gifts from Santa anymore.

Then I ask her if she still wants gifts from Santa and she says that she does.

Now she seems to flip-flop from still believing in Santa to not believing. We were at the library the other day and she saw a sign advertising that Santa was going to be at the library. (BTW: the Santa they have at our library is AWESOME! he's one of the librarians hubbies, he does a great story and has a stuffed rabbit who helps him keep track of all the kids' wishes named Allowishes.) Darly saw the sign and told me about it, I asked if she wanted to go see him. She says "Why? So I can tell him he's an imposter?" One of our friends has a child who says this about Santas because they don't "do Santa." I gave her the book (that I bought 2 years ago) "The Polar Express." She wasn't impressed with it and when the movie came on TV she didn't want to see it.

Poor kiddo... I'm thinking that perhaps she wasn't quite ready...but I sure was. Now I feel guilty about telling her. sigh!

So it looks as if I've still got to set my alarm clock for Christmas.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

so tired...

well after Thanksgiving things have been a whirlwind here. You may have noticed my inactivity around here. Trust me, my other online pursuits have been suffering as well.

I went in to work at Church twice...once for myself and once as a fill-in for another gal. We've been trying to get our Christmas trees up (still working on that!) and get the house decorated. I managed to get my Advent Wreath out in just enough time for dinner tonight because I asked my Mom to help...darn those plastic wrappers on candles!

I also got my Christmas cards made...shopped around online for the best price for the printing and was then told that price was ONLY on orders over $70!!! I told her that I didn't see that on her website. She offered me a "regular" price but it was still too much. So then I figured out that "duh!" I could print them at home for less even if I have to replace all my ink pods (HP has cool ink pods) on the printer...and it didn't even empty them out. So that's all cool. I've finished my cards and DH has done a bunch of his. I was shocked at how many he chose to do...normally I get the ones for his Aunts & Uncles, but not this year. Whew! Now tomorrow, I'll go buy the stamps and we should get them in the mail by Tuesday.

Oh, this is good. We started putting up our Christmas lights on the house. I have a set of net lights that I put on my front porch me, it gives a nice look. But when I plugged in our set, it wasn't working. So I went to the store and finally bought a light checker. I also got some extra bulbs (because we couldn't find the ones I already had) and another set of net lights...just in case. Get the bulb checker home...DH spends quite a bit more time trying to figure out why it's not working and then suddenly it's working! Wow! So I decide I want to keep the new set anyway and hang them on the front railing...then I hang the old set on the side railing. I plug them in and "TAH DAH!" The old set is dead!!!! It's still out there and still dead. Oh well. The rest of the house looks great.

And while I was out I found Garland Lights. I just tried to find you a good picture of them online but no one wants to share. See these lights have at each place where the bulbs come out from the wire strand two lights going in one direction and one light in the other. The cool thing is that you get more light per foot...the bad thing is that they give you a shorter strand. The reason this is so appealing to me is that currently I have my outdoor lights stored all folded up like they come from the when I hang them they're in a zig zag pattern. Then I hang the lights in loops. The end effect is a very bright and gingerbread house look. I really like it and some of my neighbors have commented too. Maybe if you're good, I'll post a picture.

Mom was supposed to go and stay at my brother's house this weekend. Mom wanted to spend weekends with my brother so she could get better aquainted with my nephew and to give me & DH a break. Well Brother & his family all got sick. Mom can't get sick...she still has pneumonia and her lungs are only working at 40%. So if she catches a common cold it could send her to the hospital. (I've been fighting this nasal thing, but we've been really good and she hasn't been one else has come down with it either.) So I got to keep Mom for the weekend.

The only problem really is that Darly keeps staying up all night and Mom keeps getting up early every morning. I'm not getting any sleep! Tomorrow I get to go work at Church again... sigh! My Church really needs to get the funding so they can afford to hire someone (NOT ME, I'm too tired!) to do this job. Please pray that I get to go to sleep...thanks!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sanctus Real - I'm Not Alright

Darly requested that I post this.

Sanctus Real - I'm Not Alright
From the album The Face Of Love

If weakness is a wound
That no one wants to speak of
Then “cool” is just how far we have to fall

I am not immune
I only want to be loved
But I feel safe behind the firewall

Can I lose my need to impress?
If you want the truth, I need to confess

I’m not all right
I’m broken inside
Broken inside
And all I go through
It leads me to You
It leads me to You

Burn away the pride
Bring me to my weakness
Until everything I hide behind is gone

And when I’m open wide
With nothing left to cling to
Only you are there to lead me on
‘Cause honestly I’m not that strong


And I move (2x’s)
And I move closer to you
And I move (2x’s)
And I move closer to you
And I move (2x’s)


I’m not all right that’s why I need you

Label: Sparrow Records

Lyrics may not be reproduced without permission from the publisher.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Puppy love and sadness

My mom had two dogs. Samantha was a Sheltie who had lots of medical issues (she was a puppy mill dog). She suffered from seizures and had kidney problems. Casey is a Shih Tzu.
Casey is my Stepdad's dog. 100%! My stepdad spoils Casey all the time and they were meant to be together.
Samantha was my mom's dog, but she was really shy and not properly socialized to people so Samantha would rather hang around with Casey.

Casey could have cared less about Samantha, he wanted to be with Stepdad. In fact Casey would get jealous when Stepdad or Mom paid any attention to Samantha.

So you can imagine everyone's suprise when Casey is showing signs of missing Samantha.

The dogs were boarded at their vet's office because my mom felt that they would be checked in on more frequently and the vet would know their conditions in case something happened. And that would have been the case normally but it didn't happen on Thanksgiving because the office was closed.

When the vet tech found Samantha had passed away they said that Casey was laying on her and licking her. They took Samantha away of course and they don't know how long Casey was with her body.
Stepdad says that Casey didn't greet him when they were reunited and that he cried on the way home from the vet's office...when they got home Casey searched the house for Samantha. Poor puppy.

Mom says that stepdad doesn't want to get a new dog, but when I showed her the local Sheltie Rescue website she really wanted some of the dogs there. So that should be interesting. hee hee

I would really like to encourage them to rescue a dog instead of getting one from another puppy mill. I know that they don't mind having a dog with medical issues, but I just don't like encouraging puppy mills to produce dogs that have these problems.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving rehashed!

I woke up early thinking about everything that I had to get done. I had my checklist of things to do and when...

PROBLEM: I didn't schedule when I was suposed to get my shower and get ready...and I should have figured out where and in what to store everyting yesterday instead of trying to figure it all out on they fly!

I tried to get as much of the stuff that I knew Mom would question done before she got up...I did pretty well at it too. ha ha although she totally didn't understand my turkey cooking method. And she tried to get me to make her stuffing...but I made mine with a few of her teaks.

All the food turned out great! Everyone loved everything...even my nephew and Darly.

My brother called me to let me know that his step-FIL wouldn't be less for dinner...yay! I didn't need to drag in the folding chair.

DH was pretty wonderful...he did lots to help out.

Mom made gravy and it came out very well...good thing too cuz she eats her dinner swimming in it! LOL!

Something that I wasn't prepared for was that SIL's mom is allergic to dogs. I told her that Lilly isn't allowed in the Living room & Dining room and asked if that would be okay or is she more allergic than that. She said that would be okay...but my mom says that SIL & her mom had looks that said it wasn't okay and Lilly was soon pushed outside and had to spend most of today in her bedroom. Poor dog. I'm pretty ticked off that no one told me beforehand that she was allergic. I would have been much more willing to have dinner at my brother's house than to shut my dog up all day.

My MIL brought very yummy desserts (including my favorite!)

And my SIL brought veggies & wine (wonder where the beer she said she was bringing went?) Oh well.

And we will have lots of leftovers...I hope SIL took her cranberries home...I didn't check the frig.

right before dinner I started hiding my dirty dishes in my laundryroom's utility sink. I gave the really messy ones a shot of Dawn Power Disolver and vowed to wash them later (even though I didn't want to.)

After dinner and everything I did wash all the dishes...the dishwasher helped a lot, but I did all the pots & pans and a bunch of silverwear. but I didn't have enough room to dry it I put a towel over one of my counters and left the dishes to air dry there.

My plan to use the drawer under my stove as a warming try didn't work all that well. While that drawer gets plenty warm when the self cleaner is on, it is very well insulated when normal cooking is going on...and even my pizza stone couldn't hold enough heat to keep things toasty...I think if I try that again I'll need to insulate the drawer first.

Okay the turkey, and the getting up early are catching up to me.

Oh, a very sad note. The vet's office where my mom's dogs were staying while they are here called. Samantha, my mom's sheltie passed away last night. Samantha suffered from seizures and her kidneys didn't work very well. I remember a few years ago when it wasn't expected that Samantha would live much longer, so I was quite suprised to hear that she was still with us. She was a very sweet dog who will be greatly missed.

Tomorrow I have to drive my stepdad to the airport, and call someone about fixing our garage door...the spring broke on Wednesday night. I hope they can come fix it soon.

Monday, November 19, 2007

East to West by Casting Crowns

this song usually moves me, but combined with the images here it makes me cry. What an awesome gift we've been given.

Friday, November 16, 2007

There was a wedding!

Yes, My mom finally married my stepdad after living with him for 14 years. She aways said that she would never get married again...but a little thing like insurance paying for her medical bills made her change her mind. LOL! It's like they've been married forever already...this was just making it official.

The wedding itself was very nice. DH & I were both very impressed with the judge who preformed the ceremony...although we both stressed to Darly that a Church wedding is much better. Darly exclaimed "that had to be the shortest wedding ever!" LOL! She's been to TWO weddings in her entire life now...which is TWO more than I had been to at her age. I think that I had gone to two before I got married. Oops make that 3.

We took the happy couple out to dinner at a "fancy smancy" place...meaning extremely SLOW service and high prices. But the food was good. SIL said after she ate that she should have just ordered a spinach salad & the creme brule. LOL! She couldn't finish her dinner. DH & I shared and we were the only ones with out extra food on our plate...but Brother did a very good job of trying to finish his.

answers to comments:
Jennifer said...
My head is spinning...but I don't think it's the vertigo this time...I think it's the amazement over the craziness at your house! Wow!!!
I hope you get to be the matron of honor,'s only fair, as hard as you're slaving!

well I got to sign the wedding certificate. I guess that counts, huh? LOL! Standing behind the judge felt better.

LadyBugCrossing said...
Wow! A wedding, Thanksgiving, and your mom for a month - I think this gives you a free pass into heaven!!

Probably not, but I think it gets me brownie points somewhere!

Lynn said...
How wonderful this whirlwind sounds. At least it is a happy occasion...right? Good job on the cleaning up. I am envious.

I still need to finish the kitchen and then touch up everything again before she stays with us...but we're doing well. And it was very happy.

TC said...
Can't wait to hear if there was indeed a wedding, and if so, how it went! :)

Is your whole family this spontaneous?

Actually NO we are not that spontaneous. My mom was shaking like a leaf and I don't know if that was nerves, her meds, or something else. My stepdad kept teasing that he was leaving, but we made sure he made it there! LOL!

Heather said...
Congratulations Mom! You should be watching a wedding soon :)

Glad everything is going smooooothly ;)

Everything went really well. On the way to the courthouse DH was driving beside me. He said that he had been trying to wave at me for about a mile before I noticed him...but yeah, I was paying attention to the cop that was in my lane. but I made the silly mistake of following DH to the courthouse...we didn't get lost, but did make a bit of a trip out of it. Then SIL calls me to see where we are and let me know where to find them...which I really didn't need since the security guard told us where to go.

Oh and get this...the Judge that married them was named "DH's first name for his first name And Stepdad's first name for his last name!" We're taking this as a good sign.

Mom seems to be tolerating our air very well. She got really winded trying to change her socks to knee highs, but she never took her air out, so I'm thinking that's a good thing. She also insisted on going for a smoke...bah! But Brother laid down the law...he said that if she wanted to smoke that she could not do it where my nephew could see her. So she went for a walk. I don't think I can tell her the same since we live on a hill. If she were to go for a walk she might not make it back up. LOL! Oh well, I've gotta come up with something though. She's gotta give this up!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

There could be a wedding tomorrow!

I got a call from my SIL this morning...seems that my brother put her in charge of the wedding. So SIL & I checked our respective calendars. We also checked the website for the courthouse. They only do the weddings at noon and 5pm each day. And then you have to show up 1/2 hour early so they know how many they have to plan for. The best days for us were tomorrow, Tuesday & Wednesday (and Wednesday would take some clever planning on my part!) We were both worried that the court house might be closed for the Holiday for some or all of those days. So we decided to try for Tomorrow. SIL was supposed to call the Courthouse to see how long they needed to figure for getting the licence and to see if we could get reservations at one of the restaurants we picked out. I volunteered to make up a copy of the menu without prices to give to the bride & groom.

Mom & Stepdad get here tomorrow around 10am. So then we have to see if they're up for this speedy wedding thing...otherwise I don't know when we'll be able to pull this off as Stepdad has to go back on Friday. After the wedding is all official we head off to dinner.

So DH has picked out his wedding attire and will take it to work with him, take off early and meet us at the Courthouse...if he gets the call to do so.

Darly & I will go to Girl Scouts and then on our way to the Courthouse pick up some flowers. Darly will be the flowergirl & photographer. I hope I'm the Matron of honor.

So now all we're waiting on is the call.

and here's my Progress. The kitchen still needs some work, but I should be able to get that done by Monday. Now I just hope that the plans don't change any.

Oh and SIL & I talked about Thanksgiving. It will be here. SIL is bringing some of the side dishes. I need to see if MIL is coming and if she'll bring her pumpkin dessert...yum! If she does, I'll need some ice cream to go on top. And then the only other thing I really need is to borrow a table from my Church so we can all sit together...sort of. I'm gonna have two tables to make it easier to get in and out. The second table will be in my Living room which is connected to my dinning room by a huge arch.

Okay, that's it for now.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

avoiding the mess...

I just tried to call my would be 11am I'm guessing that she is out and about trying to get ready for the trip. sigh

Then I tried to call my brother's house (he works freelance from home so he is normally home during the day...but he also travels around the world teaching classes in this strange computer language stuff) but there was no answer there either.

I should get off the computer and go clean the laundry room so it isn't dangerous in there when my mom visits...she says she'll be doing her own laundry. But it's nice and warm in here and not so warm in the garage where I'll be stashing all the stuff from the laundry room!

And YES, I've decided to hide all the piles of craper stuff that my family has left all over the place (ha ha I write that as if none of the piles are my stuff...LOL!) Seeing as my mother has told me that she can't climb the stairs, I'm betting that she won't ever see my that will be PRIME hiding this stuff area. Now I just need to figure out a good place in there for all of it!!!!

And if you've been keeping track of my Progress...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Don't ever ask if it can get any worse...

'cuz it sure can! ACK I just got an email from my SIL who says my mom is coming on FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Luckily they are planning for her to stay at Bro's house this weekend. But Monday SIL's mother is coming to see the sonogram (for preg SIL) so Mom & Stepdad need to find other quarters. And that will be fine...but it sure would have been nice for my brother to tell me some of this. >:(

Sigh...nothing I can do now, but notify DH and start cleaning.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Brother emailed me back....ACK ACK ACK!

Goofy Girl said...
Oh wow, 7 days?!! I hope you get it all figured out!

Kailani said...
Those 7 days are going to fly by! However, if he didn't get those tickets by now, he's going to pay A LOT for them!

Lynn said...
Seven days....yikes is right. Is your brother always this 'relaxed' about reservations and planning?

TC said...
Wait... time out. She's due in a week and doesn't have a ticket yet??????

Okay I think I can cover all these comments right here. My brother emailed me back. Here's how the emails went...

November 1, 2007
Subject: Re: Mom & "Step-dad"

Hey Bro,
Do you have the dates for Mom & "Step-dad"'s visit?


No. It's hard to get free flights around the holidays. I'm still working on it though. Bro

November 11, 2007 5:21:20 PM
Subject: Re: Mom & "Step-dad"

Any progress? Just wondering if I need to hurry up and clean my house or not. 'cuz my countdown ticker says they're due here in 7 days...ACK! I shudda cleaned it last week...we weren't busy then.


Yeah, they are coming. I was cleaning all day. :)

Now you know as much as I know...

I still don't know for sure if they'll be here on the 19th (which by the way I have a Cookie Exchange party to go to that night!) I still don't know what time they're ariving and I still don't know for sure how long they're staying with my brother. And they're supposed to be getting married (finally after living together for the past 14 years) while they are here and I don't know if that's been planned at all either.

And YES, my brother is normally this much of a pain in the butt! I'm a planner and stress out about every little detail (remember me getting all freaked out about not getting an Excel spreadsheet with a time chart for the wedding??? LOL!) But he just doesn't let anything bother him. Luckily his wife is a little bit more like me about these kind of I'm gonna email her to try to get some details, cuz I'm sure she's stressed...poor thing! SIL's also pregnant.

How is this for fun???

I just scrolled down to last month to see how much more time I had until my mom is due to show up...and it's only 7 days! YIKES! I've been a total slacker...well not entirely since I did clean up my office which might be her bedroom. So not all bad. I can probably whip through the rest of my list pretty quickly...especially if I get these other people here to help out...not DH though, he'll say he's clearing off his HUGE PILE OF MAIL and sit down to start reading it... I should just go through it and ditch it all...but he's home for the next two days (not sure why he can't go to work after his doc appt on Tuesday morning...but that's another ranting post!) So I'll ahve to go through his mail on Wednesday.

But the kicker is... I haven't heard a peep from my brother who is supposed to be arranging the travel for this wonderful event!!! I emailed him back on the 1st and he still hadn't gotten the tickets yet because he's trying to use his frequent flyer miles...well those are pretty much USELESS around the holidays. So I'm beginning to wonder if this will ever happen. I can't imagine that buying the tickets at this late date will be anything but expensive...unless he's trying to get them on Priceline. Hum

Well I just emailed him again today. I tried to be as nice as I could. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Oh MAN does this feel soooooo much better!!!

For the past two days or so we've been suffering with slow internet. From my post below you can see that I was getting pretty depressed about it. And I finally broke down and called up Qwest about it.

Well the lady I spoke to of course was trying to give me the run around..."it's not our problem..." but she actually gave me some handy dandy tests I could do at home to figure out what the problem was.
And sure enough after I unplugged my router my internet was working full speed again! YAY!

And then Meezer's Mom warned me that since I took off my router firewall I had better make sure I had another one on there...and guess was already running. (boy Vista sure doesn't make it easy to find that sucker!!!) but I found it and it was on and I even ran Defender (sounds so cool huh?) and was pleased to find that I didn't have anything creapy on my computer.

Now I'm all running great. YAY!!!

In other news:
I got an email about a week or two ago from my cell phone service provider that they were switching out the kind of service they offered and that my current cell phone would no longer If I Clicked HERE I could get an upgraded cellphone for FREE! Well I don't know about you, but that offer sounded WAY TOO PHISHY to me. So I sat on it for a day or 3 and then I called my provider up. And Whoa and Behold it was TRUE!!! They would give me a free upgrade phone. So I signed away my first born and waited for my "new" phone. I was hoping for the pretty pink phone I saw on their website.

Well the phone arrived on Wednesday and no it wasn't a pretty pink phone...bummer. So I put in the SIM card and charged it up and by the time that got done the provider was closed for the day...they're on the East coast.

So Thursday morning I call them up to do my transfer cuz they're saying that if I didn't call in 14 days of when I got the phone they would disconnect both phones! Shock!

So I call them up and we do all the signing over of my dog and house to get my new phone up and running. I have both phones and can see the transfer taking place...kinda cool. But then she informs me that it will take 48 hours for the transfer to fully take place. WHAT??? Oh well it's too late to cry about it now. My old minutes were already on my new phone and she gave me 10 extra minutes and 2 months of service (I have a pay as you go plan) so this was rather cool.

Okay since my old phone now is useless (I asked about donating it for charity and she said that once they did the transfer it wouldn't work for 911 either.) so I gave the phone to Darly. I figured she could play with it...she likes the games and playing with the ring tones. And she was thrilled with it. so much so that she brought it along on our field trip to show her friends.

So were at the field trip and Darly has the "dead" phone in her pocket. I have my new phone that still doesn't work in my car. The guy is doing a great job of telling us all about the museum and all the sudden a cell phone goes off. Darly looks at me all freaked out. I ask is it you? and she nodds. I take the phone and hit the silent button...and soon there's a beep that I have a message. Ummmm okay, I can't answer the phone cuz it has no minutes and I can't retreive the messages until my new phone is connected to the network. LOL! so I have no idea who called and no idea what they wanted.

Then I post about this on my homeschooling board and one of my friends asks if it was her calling??? WHAT THE HEY are you calling about during a field trip??? and yes she knew we would be on a field trip...but she might have forgotten. But seriously I don't think it was her cuz it didn't display a phone number. I should check to see if it pops up our number when I call it from home.

Oh well, I should be cellular by tomorrow.

Calling all computer experts!!!

UPDATE! I called up Qwest and we figured out that my problem was with my router. And just to be sure I plugged the router back in after hanging up with Qwest and sure enough my problem came now I have disconnected the router. So Now I need to ask if anyone knows how I can fix my router so I can use it again...cuz it was my firewall. Thanks!

I am experiencing computer problems AGAIN!!!! And to tell you the truth it is really making me very angry.

For the past few days we've had where we can get on the internet but for some odd reason everything is taking a very long time to download (slower than way back when we were on dial up!) and most of the time Internet Explorer just gives up and says it can't display the page. I've been having to hit the refresh button over and over just to get most things to come up. A lot of the time it will down load part of a page and all the Ads and then quit before the stuff I WANT to see comes up. *eyeroll!*

I've run my says my computer is fine and the only thing it has ever brought up is cookies.

I can do all other applications on my computer with no problems or lag (word, and games.) It seems entirely internet related.

I have been having it give me cranky messages about flash player (cuz Webkinz uses that a lot.) And it has shut down IE because of the flash player thing.

Oh and in the past my modem has disconnected from the internet for no known reason. I've had Qwest out here to look at it before and the guy fixed a bunch of stuff on it, but I couldn't tell you what that was.

The modem seems fine right's not kicking me off the internet. But if you know how I can check it, that would be great. I could also use help with testing the router.

I hate calling up anyone especially Qwest (my provider) or MSN (my ISP) because the two of them keep playing the blame game circle..."it's not our fault, it's theirs!" And the last time DH called up Qwest he had DH delete the Ethernet card which seemed to fry that out entirely!

If anyone out there has suggestions for what all I can do please let me know... Thanks!

I was able to visit blogs yesterday, but I could only comment on some. I'm so sorry.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Update on DH's doctor visits

as we knew it would be, rumors of my DH's demise were greatly overrated. The hemotologist looked at the current tests vs his last tests and said he was fine...but wants to look at his thyroid and make him eat his vegetables. LOL

DH had supplied the hemotologists with his military medical records...which shocked the doctor a lot. See in the military they allow you to not only see your records but to carry them around kind of have to with all the moving around they make you do. But in the civilian world they do not allow you to even look at your medical records...I'm guessing it's all that malpractice worries.

The funny part was that in yesterday's mail we got a report from our primary care doc stating that regardless of DH's family history she wanted him to consult with a hemotologist. I know that she'll get a copy of his report but I sure wanted to send her a "nah nah nah!" letter.

Course this is the same primary care doc who sent me the very disturbing letter after my Mamogram that said I needed to come in to talk to her about the abnormal results. It seemed that someone at the Mamography center had first sent them a copy of the results when I requested that they only go to my OB/GYN's office (since the test had been ordered by them and they had actually seen me recently. And I like them better!) and second the person at my Primary care's office had filed my results backward so on top was the mamography report and under that was the sonogram report stating that I was fine.

So as of now we're all fine. DH still has to go get his thyroid checked out, but we're expecting that to go okay too.

I TOLD DH that he should have told the doctor about the family history before she ran the blood test!!! Oh well, we're only about 3 specialist co-pays poorer now.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

okay, you know it's bad when...

you have to look at your calendar to see just what you've been up to all week. LOL!

I don't remember what I did last Monday, but seeing as there's a blog post, I must have posted that. LOL!

Tuesday we went to the Littleton History Museum. Sorry they have a really lousy website. But it's a fun place to visit. And apparently if you want to actually see folks as reinactors you have to go early in the day because for the first time we saw someone in the school house and the kids got (a very watered down version of) a lesson and we also got to see the blacksmith working on making a hook (they sell these in the gift shop) and someone was beginning to prepair the noon meal in the 1903 farmhouse. I didn't think she had begun nearly early enough though...I guess they weren't really having a 1903 meal. All we saw her do was add wood to the fire and add water to a pot of shucked corn, that was sitting there earlier. Oh well, glad I was having Quiznos for lunch!

Wednesday was our Homeschooling Group's Halloween party. Since I'm on the board of directors, it's my job to help put on the party. This year we decided to just have games & snacks. Lots of people brought in lots of yummy snacks and many of us went home with almost all of what we brought in. The games were really fun for the kiddos, although Darly got really disappointed that it took close to 10 numbers before I called one that was on her bingo card. Next year instead of yelling my head off to be heard for bingo, we're going to make use of the dry erase board.

One of Darly's friends is a fraternal twin (I'm gonna call her TG). TG just isn't interested in doing all the fun things that her twin brother & mom like to do, so her mom regularly asks if I can take TG so she and brother can go to places like the transportation museum, which is where they wanted to go on Halloween. So coming home from the Halloween party I had TG with me. I took the girls to Panera Bread because TG is extreemly hard to feed...this kid hates everything!!! But we know that she'll eat bagles with cream cheese, so Panera Bread it is! Good thing I love their salad & sandwiches (right now I could go for some soup!) The girls had a blast playing together and Darly's room actually stayed clean (well it got cleaned again while TG was here.) DH took Darly & TG trick-or-treating.

I stayed home to hand out candy. First off we had a few small kids, but mostly tweens come and I watched as many kids passed by our house. I wonder if the small slope to my driveway was just too hard to climb for them to bother. I was pleased that since my neighbor wasn't giving out candy the kids were not cutting through my grass. YAY! And even though folks who live out in the country drove their kids into our subdivision (they live on property where the houses are about a mile apart) things were pretty much done by 8pm. We closed up then and still had some candy left over. And I never had to break into my emergency stash...yay Twix for me!!!

On Thursday I took Heather's daughter to go see Seussical Jr. I had a great time, Darly forgot her glasses so she couldn't really see the character's faces. I think we should go get her a second pair of glasses to keep in the car since she is so forgetful. The girls also got to meet another girl their age...looks like Darly's next birthday party is gonna be huge!

After we saw the play I took the girls to lunch at Sooper Salad! Neither ate very much but at least it was cheap for them. Next it was off in search of a Hallmark store so we could find some Webkinz Clothes for another friend's birthday party next Saturday.

Then we headed back to Heather's house. The girls got some quality playtime and I got to chat with Heather. At 4:30 it was time for Darly & I to rush home so she could go to Gymnastics class. STRIKE ONE! As we were pulling into the garage I tell Darly to go upstairs get her leotard on and we are leaving as soon as she is dressed. (DH was already home from work) Darly comes downstairs with her leotard in her hand and sits down at the table. I say in what was probably not the nicest voice that I had told her to get dressed she needed to hurry as we were going to be late. STRIKE TWO! We get to the gym just in time for Darly to walk into her class (she wasn't late) Whew! BUT it turns out that she had her least favorite coach. STRIKE THREE! But bad coach wasn't crabby so strike 3 wasn't so bad.

Lessons learned: 1st don't plan any other activities on Gym days...especially not a play date as Darly doesn't like to leave a playdate to go to the Gym. 2nd Darly HATES to be rushed, so try harder to be on time (looks like I'm breeding another chronically early person in the world!) And there was nothing I could do about her coach. LOL!

See Darly was moved up to this class in September. Right as Darly moved up the gym lost two of it's coaches. I don't know what happened to the first one (never met that coach as they only worked tues & thurs and we were monday/wednesday class at the time). The second coach ran off to get married (how dare her?!?! just kidding) so the gym is short 2 coaches. So Darly's class was over booked with girls (12 at one point in a class that was supposed to be only 8 girls) and has rotating coaches. Which is probably why this one coach was so cranky...she wanted to coach the TEAM girls, not Darly's class. But now crabby coach seems to have accepted this and isn't quite so crabby about it. However, I found out that crabby coach is going to Greece in a few weeks for a I wonder how they'll staff the gym then. ut oh!

And now for Friday. We had Girl Scouts. Another mom had planned the meeting and the girls would be making boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The mom had first handed out toy blocks to each girl and told them a story about a village where a house had burned down. Everyone in the village wanted to help the family but didn't know how. So the mayor asked each family to make one brick. Everyone wondered how one brick was going to help, but after seeing the mayor make one brick they made theirs as well. Well suddenly there were plenty of bricks to make a new house for the family. As the mom told the story she invited each girl up to bring her brick to make the house. It wasn't really anything that looked like a house, but the girls got the point. Then she showed the girls a video of what Operation Christmas Child is and then the girls made pony bead bracelets for the boxes. They were making a box for a Daisy aged girl, Brownie aged girl and Junior aged girl. Well all 3 boxes were over flowing with items that we had all brought much so that the mom decided later to make up a few more boxes to take. Unfortunately we won't be able to take the boxes with her as we have other plans that day.

In other news DH went to get his physical with our new doctor this week. The doctor's office failed to tell him that he needed to fast for 12 hours before coming in so they could do blood work. They also didn't tell him that he needed to give them a urine sample (yeah, it's been a LONG time since DH's last physical) so he goes in and can barely give them enough urine and has to return the folowing day for the blood draw. DH FAILED to tell the doctor that he has a family history of low white blood cell count. So when they got his blood work back they were all freaked out by his low blood cell count and now he has an appointment with an oncologist!!! He also had to go see a dermatologist who froze off quit a few unusual spots on DH's arms, hands & face...he looked pretty gory for Halloween! The dermatologist says the spots are similar to warts..but they're flat. Weird, but he's gotten them for years so we're used to this.
DH dug out his old Military medical records so he can take those to the Oncologist and hopefully not have to get another copy of his mother & sister's records before they believe that he is NOT dying of cancer. geepers! If only he had bothered to warn the doctor before hand we probably wouldn't be going through all of this. The Oncologist has sent us a packet of papers which include a "final wishes" booklet.

Today I'm gonna go Christmas shopping with Heather! YAY! And Darly told us last night that she doesn't think that Santa is real anymore. I'm torn between lying to her or letting her know she's right. I guess I better tell her the truth so she doesn't spill the beans to her friends (again!) I can't find the post but Darly told her friend the birds & the bees.

So I should go so I can go shopping!

Monday, October 29, 2007

An Award for The Spirit of Christmas

Although it is only October, Lynn, has seen fit to present to me the "Spirit of Christmas" Award.
Lynn got the award from Patti & Michele...eary too! In fact she gave me this award a while back and I'm just now finally getting around to posting it...thanks to DH makingasking me to do the laundry last night.

According to Michele, this is what Santa himself says about this award:

"Ho! Ho! Ho! EveryoneAs we are now into the last 57 days before Christmas I am releasing my next group of the Christmas Spirit Award. This award is for those who talk about and show the spirit of Christmas in their blogs. What is the Spirit of Christmas you ask? Quite simply it is those that have a generous and giving nature. Those who care about others. Those who have a kind word to say or a broad shoulder to lean on in the times that others need that. Those who display the "Spirit of Christmas". This is the only award that I am releasing that you may pass on to others. I am giving it to five and you should too. Those that have touched your heart with their kind and giving and caring nature.As always,Santa ô¿ô"

According to Patti, who got her award from Linda: This award originated at Santa's Community Blog and can be passed on to as many other bloggers as I'd like. According to Santa, the Spirit of Christmas Award:"Quite simply it is those that have a generous and giving nature. Those who care about others. Those who have a kind word to say or a broad shoulder to lean on in the times that others need that. Those who display the "Spirit of Christmas".

Unlike the game telephone, the spirit of this award seems to be intact. So with out much further ado, I would like to bestow this award to: Jen, Heather, Maura, Haley, & Ladybug. Congratulations to you all, and may the spirit of the upcoming season fill your lives with joy.

Santa has asked that you pick up the code and instructions here at this post: Santa Claus The Spirit Of Christmas Award.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Leaf Crunching & some venting...

Happy Fall Everyone!

Well now that our little snow storm has all melted away (BTW: we had snow here on Oct 21st You can see some pictures of it here, here & here.) we went to MIL's to try to install a snow melt kit for her gutters and rake up the leaves. The snow melt kit is a wire heating system you can put up to help the snow melt and keep it from freezing up your gutters. And of course you know about raking up leaves.

Darly was all excited to rake the leaves because she could earn some cash. She's trying to save up for another Webkinz. But DH got tired of waiting for her (she got distracted by the Disney Channel on MIL's TV!) and he started raking the leaves for her. He had most of the front yard finished when Darly came out and yelled at him. I was inside the nice warm house but noticed that Darly looked upset. After I found out the "problem" I was about to go inside but DH was about ready to help again so I asked if I could help her get the leaves in the trash can so Dh could mow the yard.

After we finished up MIL's hard we decided to do her neighbor's yard too. Now her neighbor has no physical or mental problem preventing him from raking the yard and he also hasn't bothered to pay anyone to rake the leaves...He just hasn't done it. This is normal for the neighbor...he never rakes the leaves. Well the wind (it's very windy here) blows the majority of the leaves into MIL's yard...which means more raking for us (see neighbor just waits until the leaves blow down the street instead of doing any work himself.) As we were raking, both of the neighbors came out to watch us...not saying anything at all to us. MIL went and said hi while we were raking and explained that we didn't want to have to rake the leaves from her yard...over and over. Neighbor didn't thank us and never talked to us at all...just watched us. Too weird. I told MIL it must have something to do with all the dead braincells they have...they do a lot of smoking over there and I'm not talking about smoking meat.

Sunday School is going fairly well. Although the lessons we teach have quizzes to go with them to see if the kids are learning. There's also homework. But since the kids whined that they're too busy with "real school" they kinda stopped requiring that the kids actually do the homework...and there's no accountability for the quizzes. I'm not sure if the older kids have any requirements at all for getting through their confirmation. Because of the age of the curriculum I'm using it has been altered quite a bit from it's original form...but not completely altered. The Student book is 1 inch thick...the teacher's book is 4 inches thick. All the quizzes in the student book are much shorter than the teacher's version...some are so changed that the teacher's lesson doesn't even match the student's version. So for the past two weeks I've been re-writing the lessons to fit what the students have to learn.
The homework for each week covers the lesson we will do on Sunday. So we don't read the entire lesson in class...they should have done that for the homework. So I'm checking the teacher's book and trying to cover what it has if it's relevant to the student's quiz...but mostly I'm having the kids re-read where all the answers are and doing some explaining if it's necessary.

Even with this shortened version of the text we still just barely have enough time to cover the lesson.

So today my "co-teacher" decides to show up. Some background... For each class they like to have two teachers. I signed up last year. I knew I would be teaching. Mr. N wanted to teach the class for his son, but that class already had two teachers. These are the same two teachers that have taught that class for years. I suspect that next year they will also be teaching that class so I'll have to either teach a class other than Darly's or I'll have to take a class myself. So Mr. N decided that he would co-teach the 5th graders least that's what he said.

On the first day, he showed up for a few minutes as he was on his way to some marathon that he was running that day. For the 2nd class he decided to "help" with his son's class...even though they didn't need him...and I did because I had 24 students in a room built for about 12!!! So he finally shows up for the 3rd class and keeps butting in with his opinions, which were relevant to the lesson so it didn't bother me too much.

but todayyesterday he showed up after not being there for weeks and started butting in again. Remember how I said I would be pressed for time? Well Mr. N started off on a tangent that was no way related to our lesson and I still had about 5 more topics to cover before I let them like 5 minutes. Finally I just had to jump in and say "OKAY! For #3 we need to look up Genesis 24:..." well I don't even remember which verse at this point. We ended up being a few minutes late...not so good since today was Confirmation, so the Church was crowded.

Ya know, if he wants to teach the class...GREAT...let me know and teach the class. But to just show up and go off on a tangent about how Sunday School is boring to his son and how the kids should follow the commandment about honoring your parents...was so not cool in my book. (course it doesn't help much that I'm a bit of a control freak and he was throwing off my whole lesson. Okay, I'm a LOT of a control freak.)

Well now I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Halloween this year will NOT be interrupted by game 6 of the World Series...oh, that's the bad news too. DH is crushed.

Friday, October 26, 2007

comment answering post

Comments for: Gone - Toby Mac

LadyBugCrossing said...
I LOVE that song!! It's one of my favorites!!

Mine too! Although my favorite by him right now is "Burn For You" but I couldn't find a decent video of it. There were quite a few of him singing it in concert but of course the folks there couldn't get the crowd to shut up! LOL!"

Jen said...
Oh crap, for a second there I thought you were saying that Toby Mac had died...

It took me a second to figure out what you were talking about. LOL! Unfortunately YouTube posts the titles on these. I guess I should have gone in and put quotes around the song title huh? Hope I didn't scare you too much.

Comments for: Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Jen said...
Bill Nye is back on TV? I'll have to search for it and get him on the DVR. I haven't seen his show in AGES!!!!

I didn't wake up in time to see what the title of the show was. I just know it was Bill Nye. This particular show showed how to make blown glass, paper and swords...then I went to bed.

Lynn said...
I love Bill Nye The Science Guy Bill Bill Bill Bill... You reminded me that I haven't gotten a pumpkin yet.

I gave you another award;~)

I love Bill Nye too...which is why I stayed up another 20 minutes watching him. Our grocery store still had lots of pumpkins yesterday so you should find one easily. And I saw that award. I need to figure out how to put them all on my sidebar and get more time at the computer so I can share the love. Thanks!

Kailani said...
I read somewhere that you tend to memorize things more quickly if you relate it to a tune/song. I guess the same goes for retention.

I didn't use a song to remember these...just kept repeating them over and over. See we could get extra credit in the class for all of them that we could remember...and I NEEDED the extra credit because this teacher spent a lot of time having us figure out the symbolism which I still feel was HIS opinion on what the symbolism meant (cuz my answers didn't match his...which is why I needed the extra credit. LOL!) So the more we had memorized, the more points we got. I also had to learn "Bubble, Bubble..." and "Out, Out damn spot!" And still I wonder why.

TC said...
Sounds like Darly is really in control of your social life ;-)
Just wait until you're a parent. ;-) Everyone's social life is controlled by who they hang out with. If you're in college, it's your classmates. If you're in the work force, it's your co-workers. If you're a homeschooling stay at home mom, it's your childen's friend's mothers. At least in my case, I'm having lots of fun and learning new things all the time.

.:mar said...
You amaze me every time I come over :)

I'm in awe of you also. Love the awesome pictures from your's such a pretty place that you live in.

Goofy Girl said...
Sounds like a fun trip to the farm, I like seeing the animals!

We love the farm. Darly kept asking before we went if we could go pet the goats. and while we were there this time one of the employees had one of the 2 week old goats out so that the kidschildren could pet her. So Darly was in real love. I of course wanted to pet the rabbits...but the way they have them pened the rabbits don't have any contact with humans so they're ferral. But they're still very cute!

Heather said...
Such a busy homeschooling... I mean UNschooling mom!

Bill Nye... LOL What on earth was your TV doing on at 3:00am! LOL

And having lots of fun too! LOL! Ummm the reason the TV was on at 3am was I fell asleep on the couch watching TV and Your daughter was keeping my daughter up to that hour ;-) . I went to where they were playing and asked them if they knew what time it was. They thought it was only 12 am. When I told them to go to bed they both whined that they were just starting a new game and they weren't tired! Then they kept the lamp on so I have no idea how long they were in bed still playing!