Monday, August 24, 2009

First day of school

Ha! fooled ya! I bet you thought I was going to post the kids. The kids are actually starting next week, but this was MY first day of school and figured since everyone else has been posting first day of school pictures I'd do so with my backpack and my tinkerbell lunch box. I didn't want to feel left out.

I do want to say that I have succeeded in getting a 72% on the entry assessment in my math course. This might not sound too nifty to some, but for me it means in my old age there is a pea sized spot of memory that can still hold a few formulas or two. The math course I spent time on in the summer paid off and just maybe I will pass basic math for dummies after all. It also means maybe I don't have to do fractions the rest of my life or figure out how many hours and minutes it will take me to get to China if I'm riding my bicycle. I only have about 10-15% of this course to pass and they will automatically bump me to the next math class... for free! Yes, for free! :D (I know, it tickles me too... ) Anyways, this also means ... if I pass 096 this fall... I can start my college math in the spring. (diana is doing a happy dance and eating bbq elephant)Woot... Woot!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Random stuff... popscicle melts and Christmas in August.

My kids had their cousins from Missouri over a few weeks ago. Playing in the water and just plain eating popsicles were a favorite thing to do.

A rare nap for John. He is usually going 50 miles an hour 24/7

My daughter and I stole an idea from a great blogger and friend of mine over at
"House of Whimsy". She's listed in my friend list. This is a giant cupcake.
It was really fun to put this together. The pan that we used is shown on the site below.
Of course,now... hers will look better than ours ;P
Today was Christmas!
Most of you know that I can never keep a pen or pencil in the house. My sister, Kara is known to put together a box with a year supply for me for Christmas. Every year it mysteriously disappears. Guess who brought in a supply from her bedroom that she mysteriously found while cleaning out the nooks and crannies? As I said... today was Christmas!

The kids decided to play darts in the house this summer.

Wendy couldn't help herself. She couldn't hit he target and decided to take matters into her own hands... cheater!!! They never prosper!

Todd grows a garden every year. Look what crude little carrot came up? Yes, kids... (sigh) one more thing for mom to take a picture of and stick on her blog. tee hee.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kate, Kate, Kate...What ta do with Kate?

Kate is at that ripe old age where her inquisitiveness is starting to blossom. The other day she started a question and answer session. ( although... her idea of a Q and A session is that she asks the questions... and then... she asks the questions.) This was demonstrated one day when she started asking me about why we have books in the world. I told her that we have books to learn things. “Well, Why do we have to have them? Why couldn’t people just tell people what was in them?” She was really starting to think about the world and the why’s to everything. I honestly thought she was done with this stage, but realizing that she is my baby and will never pass this way again, began to give her a small lesson on how we gain education from books and that not everyone can go to peoples house to learn what they all know. She must have caught on to my “teacher, student” lecture... (or... I was simply talking too much) because I had no sooner got started in my little presentation when she raised her hand and sat on the edge of the chair in a “ooh... ooh... pick me” stance. I held in the giggle that was quickly forming into an audible belt of laughter. I was so taken back by her motivation and desire to share with me all the little things swirling around in her head ... I couldn’t think of the next thing I wanted to say, and before I knew it.... Kate was already blurting out her next question. We had a lengthy discussion of which I will treasure for years to come. Hmmm.... I can only wonder how the birds and bees talk will arrive and if the same attention and fervor will be paid. Not surprisingly... I never remember any of the other kids sitting on the edge of their chairs bopping up and down in the “ooh... ooh pick me” position during that talk.

Kate and John with Music Teacher, Mrs. Rodolico

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sharing cows, helping hands, and calls from mother

I usually have a good idea about what I want to post, however, when I sat down this morning, I couldn't think of any of those things. I decided to go through my pictures and ran across my visit to my sister during June.

I've always loved and appreciated my sisters. I live for my relationships with them. In fact, someday I'd like to live next door to one and share a cow. I'd even help clean their kitchen just to spend a little time. On one occasion in conversation with my eldest sister, we were lamenting that we were getting behind in our motherly duties, and how we both were overwhelmed with dishes, clutter, and kids. Great minds think alike and we came to the conclusion that I could fly to Salt Lake and help catch her home up.

We spent many hours in the kitchen...

many, many hours.....

working and slaving away.

(Yes,.... that's right, slaving away.)

I'm so glad that Leslie was able to catch up her duties as a mother and find at the end of the light.... wiped, empty counters and nice clean dishes.

I hope my living room can someday look as nice as hers.

Thanks for the inspiration, Leslie. Everyday I wonder why I cannot get my act together and keep my counters as clean and my livingroom as tidy. Maybe if I worked as hard I could be just like you.

My mother called during this visit... her not knowing of my trip to Salt Lake, mistook me for Leslie. A mother hen knows her chick and the cat was finally let out of the bag.

I am so thankful for sisters.

Now...ahem... who is going to help me clean mine?????

“Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness”
John Calvin

Monday, August 10, 2009

HealthCare Reform-NOT

With the recent proposals out there for Healthcare, I would encourage all who read this to consider writing their congressmen and women and senators to voice your feelings over this plan. I do not know about you, but for me this plan would limit the care that my loved ones and even immediate family would receive. I have written my senators and urge you to do the same. We all wonder why no one steps up and tells them how we feel when we sit idle waiting for someone else to do it. I have wondered for a long time that my voice is just one and it won't be heard. I ask you to join my voice so that many more can make the difference. If we don't stand up for our freedoms, our children will be left without any. If you are not informed as to what they would like to pass, I urge you to educate yourselves with the bill.

By the way, writing my senators took me all of 10 minutes!

FYI: There is an e-mail address that Mr. O has set up for neighbors and individuals to "snitch" on neighbors, bloggers, or associates in casual conversation that they feel share misinformation or dissent against this healthcare plan. This is yet another plan to take away our freedom of speech.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

French Rose Quilt

I bought this pattern in Arizona. I had cut out the flowers about 2 years ago and after much work this last week... finally finished it. It is a late, late present to a family that got married a few years ago.

This shot was taken to show off the colors used for the quilt.
This shot was taken to show off the pattern on the top of the quilt.
This shot was taken to show off the pattern I used in the free motion stitching (or stimpling)
Here is the same picture with my stitching crudely outlined, but it gives an idea of what the pattern is like. Free motion stitching is so fun to do yourself, hides a multitude of sins, and is much cheaper than paying someone to quilt it for you at couple hundred dollars per quilt. All it cost me was thread and time.

here is the the final project.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

50 years older (than me) and wiser too! Happy Birthday.... to You!

Yesterday, My grandmother turned 91. I am exactly 50 years younger than she. I hope to look half as great and live to be the grandest mother like her. Happy Birthday, Grandma!!

Grandad and Grandma... Two beautiful people. I am so fortunate to still have them in my life.

Grandma at her 90th birthday party. I hope when I'm 90 that I have lived my life worthy enough for my descendents to throw me a shebang too!