Friday, October 31, 2008
G headed off to school this morning dressed as Star War's "Darth Vader" and I'm sure an entire day of joy!
I'd been working on a surprise costume for myself. G didn't know and I thought he'd be surprised that I'd even dressed up! I gathered an old laundry basket, cut the bottom out of it, then started pinning clothes to it. I hung the basket over my shoulders and then draped a towel over my shoulders, hung a sock from a head band, strapped on fairy wings... and WA-LA...
the Laundry Fairy!
Adults loved it, kids thought it was weird to be a basket of laundry!
I asked G if he was surprised.... "nope, you dress up all the time." (HUH?)
When I asked him, "When had I ever dressed up?"
"Mom, you dressed up in Kindergarten"
I'd forgotten.... I'd worn the fairy wings that year also!
G chose to wear an old custome for Trick or Treat , still Star Wars but now a Clone Trooper! Fortunately for me he chose a long street with only a slight slope. In the past years he's chosen a street that is UP and Down, UP and Down, it seems to me there are a lot more UPs than downs! He was done in 35 minutes... YEAH!
The weather was warm I wore a light sweat shirt with my favorite flips flops, and G without a jacket! It was all good! It's so hard to believe that tomorrow is NOVEMBER 1!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Last month we practiced and practiced, he knew all the words super well with exception of about 5, which he could get correct but sometimes messed up! I sent him off to school on the day of the classroom spell-off with great confidence. He came home and said that he'd miss spelled his first word ALIEN ~ aahgr~ he knew that one (had never gotten it wrong at home) but got nervous and started wondering about the IE or EI!
This month he just didn't want to practice, it was like pulling teeth to get him to practice with me. I sent him off to school with NO confidence in him at all the day of the spell off and he makes it!
Just How Can This Be?
His lack of desire to practice continued for the past week! It was stressful for me! but he had the attitude "if he'd made it through the class spell off he could do the spelling bee!"
His first word was CALENDAR, I thought they said Challenge so when I heard him start out CA.... I thought he had it wrong.. Good thing I heard wrong! He moved on to the second round.
The word was SUM ~ they are suppose to say the word, spell the word and say the word to signal that they are finished spelling. The teacher that is conducting the bee... is pausing because G hasn't said the word to signal that he's finished ..... you can see what happens!
Make sure you turn off the music at the bottom!
His word was DIFFERENCE.... he left out an F.
Great Job G ~ Bee
First round of Regional Playoffs
0-0 at the end of OT#3 (5 minutes)
0-0 at the OT#4 (5 minutes)
one keeper in the box and one kicker standing 18 feet away
(best of 5 kicks)
W didn't save any of them, and his teammates didn't make any of their kicks
They lost 1-0PK's
It was heart breaking!
Friday, October 24, 2008
I subbed 3rd grade both days.
I'd been asked to sub on Thursday a few ago (the teacher had a training meeting)
but Friday's was a sick call at 6am!
You know once you've heard how sick the teacher was yesterday and how glad everyone is that she stayed home.... you begin to wonder just how many germs ARE on her desk, her pen, her papers, her computer........ About 10 I had 'talked' myself into not feeling well either, but then I snapped out of it by thinking of just how much I have to do this weekend and next week.... no time to be sick (no matter just how many germs were lurking around)!
I had been extremely generous with my time when school started and filled out the volunteer sheet with "Whatever you need"........ So today I volunteered to help with vision screenings!
but I have some questions......
When you're testing the vision of a 3rd grader are you suppose to be able to see the chart at a distance? or can you cheat and sit half way to the chart, but then when you can't hear what they're saying can you ask them to yell the letters to you? disclaimer... it was in a multipurpose room so the space was big and some little girls don't talk every loud~ or I'm old!
When they're reading the near vision do you have to be able to see those teeny tiny letters or can you use a cheat sheet?
Other GREAT NEWS of the day......
G make it through the class spell off and gets to go the 3rd grade Spelling Bee! Just on the month that we didn't study!
I finished the day ~ going to a Senior Parent's meeting.... I can't wait for this boy to graduate so I stop going to Senior Meetings! Just kidding but it was cold, rainy and I'm not real sure I learned anything new!?
Let the game begin ~
thank you so much, I haven't had time to use them buy it's certainly will be enjoyed when I find the time.
PS I love mail and especially when it's Fun Good Mail!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour **see below
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ground clove
¼ tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup cooked canned pumpkin
½ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup chocolate chips – mini size works great! ***see below
Preheat oven to 350º.
Grease or line muffin tins – regular or mini size.
Combine all dry ingredients and set aside.
In large bowl, beat eggs. Stir in pumpkin and melted butter. Blend well.
Add dry ingredients, stirring until just moistened.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Spoon into muffin cups and bake 20 – 25 minutes for regular size muffins.
Around 17 minutes for mini muffins.
Yield: At least one dozen regular size.
**I didn't have any WW flour so I just added more white flour.
**I made the mini muffins with Mini chips ~ I think it was too many chips, that is saying a lot from me! I will cut the chips down from now on! BUT they were delicious!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
2. I worry about my family.
3. I like drying off with a stiff line dried towel
4. I spend WAY too much time on electronics
5. I spend my life picking up after others
6. I wish I could be more open emotionally
7. I can say NO!
8. I love fresh cut flowers
9. I have milk issues
10. I think of what to blog in my mind all the time.
11. I like to take pictures
12. I'll never get it ALL done
13. I think the SNL of the 70's are WAY better than the ones of today.
14. Daffodils make me smile
15. I like watching the clothes whip on the clothes line.
16. Water is my favorite drink
17. I wanted to be a June Taylor Dancer when I was little
18. When I listen to oldies on the radio I go back in time.
19. I sit alone & watch the lights twinkle on the Christmas tree.
20. I would like to finish my degree
21. I tend to be a loner and I like it that way.
22. I like BBQ chips
23. I love the song Sister's in Zion".
24. I love living on the prairie
25. I believe in Personal Relvetion
26. The Green witch & the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz gave me nightmares
27. I love having 4 seasons
28. I got my ears pierced with an ice cube, a needle and a potato
29. I know I cannot change other people
30. I enjoy speaking in front of other people as long as I know what I'm going to say
31. My blog is my journal
32. I'm content at home
33. I know that only I can limit myself!
34. I texted slowly
35. I don't like contention
36. I know my pray is powerful
37. I don't like mice (I've had personal wars "me vs. the mice" I won!)
38. I hit the snooze button TOO many times
39. I've always watch the shuttle take off in person
40.I like a starry night
41. I watch 'Day's of our Lives'
42. I try but don't fully understand the atonement
43. I like to make a list and mark things off as I do them
44. I tend to focus on my negatives
45. I have very light brown eyes with a gold ring.
46. I think this list is hard to make
47. I am a stacker
48. I am amazed my techonlogy
49. I have a laundry fettish
50. I like to cry at romantic movies
51. When someones not home I leave the porch light on until they come home
52. I like to laugh
53. I love my DVR
54. I have ticklish feet
55. I could watch the movie EverAfter a 100 times or maybe I already have
56.I am honest
57. I have belly fat
58. I have cowlicks that rule my hair
59. I like sunsets
60. I wish I could sing
61. I like mail
62. I like to read blogs
63. I like the feeling after I've exercised ( I don't feel that very much)
64. I don't wear shoes at home.
65. I like books stores
66. I don't cook as much as I should
67. I love a gentle breeze
68. I roll my eyes
69. I don't budget
70. I don't read my scriptures as much as I would like
71. I could sleep with the ceiling fan on 365 days a year
72. I do TOO much for my family, I think they're spoiled
73. I love a good chinese buffet
74. I love our hardwood floors
75. I have to take my glasses off to read (at least right now)
76. I have 'crusty' heals
77. I think there should be a set rainy day every week (like rain every Thursday)
78. Getting older doesn't bother me
79. I wish my teeth were whiter
80. I HATE cleaning my son's bathroom
81. I'm not a leader but will if no one else steps up
82. I don't like fake people
83. I cry during the National Anthem (every time)
84. I love my pets
85. I enjoy ELVIS
86. I don't nag
87. I like to be lazy
88. I"m proud of my children
89. I am named after Yvonne DeCarlo
90. I like researching my family history
91. I am a sugar addict
92. I love to teach
93. I think I have cute feet
94. I twirl my hair
95. I like to doodle
96. I always try to be true to myself
97. I wish my teeth were straighter
98. I would enjoy a nap every day
99. I like to shovel snow
100. I can make a list of 100 things about me!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Earnestly Seek to simplify our lives
Friday, October 10, 2008
I love FALL!
I love Fall!
I could write the same (only in reverse) about Spring. I love the freshness of a spring breeze, I love putting new little annuals in my pots, I love the first mow of the season, I love the shedding of winter clothes, I love .....
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The first school, my favorite is newer, built within the last 10 years. It has nice wide hallways, pretty fun murals on the walls, and nice teacher's bathrooms. Yes, you read that right ~ I'm impressed with the teacher's bathroom. There is a teacher's bathroom, a big bathroom probably an 8 x 10 room (that's feet not inches)in every pod. So you're not very far from any bathroom. One of the bathrooms in the second grade pod has a picture on the wall that I believe we had on our wall while I was growing up! Another bathroom has nice lace linens and silk flowers with lotions. It is a real pleasure to use these bathrooms.
Now, the other school....... sigh......... it was build maybe in the 70's. Cinder block walls, narrow hallways, and NO teacher's bathrooms. A teacher in this building has to use the student bathrooms..... heavy sigh.......Now I'm sure you can image.... it's a stall (painted bright red, nice color I'll give them that) but it's a stall made for a 10 year girl. I think my hips touch the stall walls while I'm in there! OK... maybe not but it's tight in there. I won't go into more detail (but the ladies will understand) you either sit down or you stand there is NO in the middle or your head is resting on the door! Not a place to hang your purse, because a 10 year girl wouldn't have a purse! Oh, it's a challenge all the way around.
I try not to go the bathroom in that school! Sometimes a challenge I can remember when I was in elementary school and was shocked to see a teacher in the bathroom, actually using the bathroom (coming out of a stall). I can remember Mrs Johnson! Oh, my goodness SHE used the bathroom, how can that be. I certainly don't want to go down in some one's history as the "sub that used the bathroom"! FYI ~ I also saw Mrs Johnson smoking..... I'm safe at that one!
I've gotten them so dirty (in the "dust"and freshly cut grass)that I stepped right into the shower with them on and poof they are spic and span clean. I love them AND I haven't 'smelled' them all up! Usually I have to retire summer shoes because they STINK! but not these! I'll have them next year!
I just had to get more cold weather shoes and wore them the very next day to sub .... ALL DAY. They were so comfortable that I wore them the next day too. Not a rub, not a blister, nothing but comfort! I think I've found my cold weather favorites!
Hello I'm calling for G this is Baily S***.
G I can't talk to my mom about tomorrow night, she's all mad and crabby right now.
I'll talk to you tomorrow!
Good Bye this was Baily S***
UPDATE: Baily's mom called about 9:30 that evening, asking if G could play. I didn't ask how her evening had gone, but I thought about it! She sounded nice, calm and collected at 9:30pm!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I found my first blog That's life enjoy it. when someone sent me there to see a tote. made out of a place mat.
I stalked this blog for several months and still do! I don't KNOW this lady, or her family but I know them through her blog. This is the scarey thing about blogs ~ hers especially ~ I KNOW her family!
Though the blog above I found Amuse Bouche and the SPT challenges. This Blog led me to a treasure chest of gem Blogs. These women are so creative with their words, pictures and talents. Let me remind you that I stalk these blogs, No I don't personally know any of these people!
Everything is Pink
Creative Musings & Such.
Now I do know some of the people that I blog watch...
Our Story. . This is a young man that grew up in our congreation and now is flying planes with the Marines. I enjoying reading about his life with his wife and girls.
And there is .....
OK I'm going to stop now because this REALLY could go on and on..... one day I'm going to get a minute and post the links over there ----> on the side bar.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
It was tied 0 to 0 until a goal was scored in the last 4 minutes. AND it was ours! so many times we've seen it the other way around!
Sorry no pictures lately ~ they've been playing in stadiums with lights. Which means a couple of things. They play later and the pictures don't turn out!
Cocktail Meatballs Sauce
2 cups of Ketchup
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teas liquid smoke
1/2 teas garlic powder
Mix all ingredients in sauce pan and bring to simmer,
pour over meatballs and let it finish heating with the meatballs.
I usually put them in the crock pot at this point.
They freeze well ~ hence having them on a soccer night!
I serve this on a hoagie bun (scoop out the middle of the bun so the meatballs fit it!) with cheese with Frito's and carrot sticks on the side.
I don't watch too much TV but I do like (and try to watch) ...
Brothers and Sisters
The Office (I really like to watch these in a marathon so I watch them all at one time)
Shows that fill time for me....
Ace of Cakes
Dancing with the Stars
Monday, October 6, 2008
1 garlic clove
1 pkg Southern Style (diced) Hash browns (small pkg)
3 cans LOW SODIUM chicken broth (the low sodium is important)
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup grated celery (I chop them)
combine above together and boil until veggies are tender
Add ~ 1 pound Velvetta (can use low fat)
** orginal recipe calls for 2 pound Velvetta but that makes it super rich.
1 cup half and half or whole milk
I always cut this recipe in half but add extra chicken broth.
Tonight I served it with deli ham on croissants.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
I was in a 4th grade classroom, just the second week of school (teacher planning day).
A young man (which reminded me of my nephew, DJ) raised his hand to tell me that the girl next to him had just told him, "if you don't stop sniffing your marker you'll kill brain cells."
student ~ "Was this true?"
Me ~ "That is true and stop sniffing your marker."
student ~ "if that's true then why aren't I dead?"
Me ~ "you have a lot of brain cells, so many that you don't use them all, but you never know which ones you're killing, so stop sniffing your marker. You could kill some important ones next time."
student ~ "OK"
about an hour later, the boy came up to the desk and quietly told me ~ "my Mom says if I read a book that makes me smarter, do you think if I read a book, I can get my brain cells back?"
Me ~"that's a great idea, I think it might worth a try."
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The kitties are getting spayed today. I found a place that helps eliminate homeless pets. They work on donations and spay/neuter cats and dogs. Basically for me it's getting 2 kitten spayed for the price of 1 (at the vet's office).
It was very clean and nice BUT extremely busy. Everyone has an appointment but the drop off time is 8am. So it was VERY busy at the time. (FYI ~ pickup time is 7:30am the next morning)
This place also provides live animal traps. People come get the traps, catch the feral cats, and bring them in to be spayed/neutered. While I was filling out my kitties paper work, there was a lady (who also volunteers there) brought in 5 or 6 feral cats. All the cages (traps) were covered by the sheets. Some of these cats were HUGE! (looked little medium sized doges) and some VERY loud!
My little kitties were very wide eyed at it all and very quiet while we were in the waiting room, the ride up there was a different story!
I'll be glad to have them back tomorrow.