Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2012 Dodge Charger

Hubby and I got to drive a 2012 Dodge Charger today. It was a four door black one with tan/black interior. What a COOL car!

Of course now hubby wants one! I wouldn't mind having one if the price tag attached to it had a smaller number on it!

What car would you want if you could get a new one?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Quiet In The Library

About a week or so ago when running another errand, hubby and our daughter stopped in at the public library to get a library card. Our daughter checked out two books and had them read lickety split!

Tonight when out to do some shopping all four of us stopped in at the library to return the books and to let our daughter check out some new ones.

We found out that the library is NOT the place to take our son. He didn't quite understand that you are suppose to be quiet in the library. Thankfully there weren't TOO many people there when we were so I don't think it was a MAJOR problem. We did find an area that had a few toys that kept him occupied and quiet.

Not sure how often we'll be taking our son along for library trips but at least we know the toys are there if we do end up taking him. I'm sure at some point he'll grasp on to the concept of having to whisper while in the library but I'm also sure it is going to take a few more times going before that concept FULLY sinks in.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Come And Find Me

Nearly every morning when my son wakes up, from his crib you will hear him yell, "Mommy, come and find me!"

It is so funny when he says this because he still sleeps in a crib so ummmm, there really isn't any place for the little guy to hide?

Well, believe it or not, he DOES have a hiding place. After hearing him yell, I go into his room and still in his crib, he is hiding in about the only possible hiding place there is, under his blanket. This morning he was under his crib sheet.

Once in his room, I'll start asking questions like where he's at, where could he have gone, and where could he be. After doing this for a minute or so, I'll say something about having to eat breakfast by myself and he'll pop out from under his blanket.

After he does that, I usually say, "There he is!" to which I get a lot of giggles and smiles. What a way to start the day!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Quote For The Day- 8/26/2012

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Quote For The Day- 8/25/2012

A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts, and inspires.
Hedy Lamarr

Friday, August 24, 2012

Surprise Party

Tonight we had a surprise party for one of our friends. It was just a little get together with only a small group of people but the birthday guy was definitely surprised.

It was one of our friend's hubby's birthday coming up next week and she wanted to throw him a big surprise party but ended up just doing a little one because she thought he'd enjoy it more with fewer people.

Our friend told her hubby that we were coming over for supper. I think she made it sound like it would be a play date for our daughters who are practically the same age.

Their nephew and his family had stopped by. The birthday guy had commented that the nephew and his family should stay for supper too but he figured they probably already had plans. Little did he know their plans were to stay.

Our friend had already planned to pretend she forgot something at the store to get her hubby out of the house but it turns out, she really DID forget something so off to the store he went. Great how that worked out, huh?

While he was at the store we arrived and got some streamers hung up and some balloons blown up. There were also a few birthday signs hung on the front of the house that he would see as soon as he pulled in the driveway.

I didn't see his face when he got back, but apparently he was smiling. He didn't have a clue as to what was going on so it was definitely a surprise! I think he enjoyed the evening!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Following The Rules

This morning I walked my daughter to school. We had already made it as far as the sidewalk that goes around the front circle drive of the school when my daughter gasped out loud. I looked at her and she told me we needed to go back home.

I asked her why, trying to figure out what she could have forgotten? Upset, she preceded to tell me that she forgot to spit out her gum. Really? She thought I'd want to walk all the way back home just so she could spit out her gum?

I told her she could just throw it away as soon as we got inside the school. To which, again upset, she said, "But there's the principal and I'll have to say good morning to him."

I assured her she would be fine. She was still with me so it would be ok to throw the gum away when we got inside. I don't think she was upset or worried about it after that.

We reached her classroom and when peeking in to see if she went straight to a trash can, I saw the teacher and told her what had happened. I think she thought it was cute.

Apparently the teacher had told the class that the classroom was a no gum zone so the teacher thought that was why my daughter was so worried about spitting out her gum before getting to school. I told her no, I didn't think that was why. I think my daughter just knew in general that you shouldn't chew gum at school.

The next thing the teacher told me made me feel so proud of my daughter! The teacher said that at school my daughter is a real stickler to the rules. I told her I was glad to hear that and that it made me proud because at home my daughter has a hard time following the rules.

Isn't it funny how your kids can be two TOTALLY different kids? One way with you and another with other authority figures? It sure does make me feel like my hubby and I are doing something right though to hear how well our daughter is following the rules when we are not around.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pizza Pizza

Tonight we were at my mom's house and she offered to get pizza for supper.

Of course I thought it was a good idea for a few reasons.

One, pizza did sound good and two, that meant I didn't have to cook tonight. Yay!

Got to love moms!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Surprising The Kids

Today we gave our kids a little surprise. I think they both enjoyed it a lot!

I had called the mom of one of our daughter's classmates to set up a play date/picnic at the park for today but didn't tell our daughter.

We packed up our lunch stuff and headed to the park without telling the kids where we were going.

The kids were excited when we got to the park and I think our daughter was happy to see her friend from school there too. Our son didn't pay too much attention to our daughter's friend. He was too busy running around playing.

It was a GREAT day to be at the park too. We went around 12 noon and the weather was just PERFECT! Not too hot, not too cool. It was just right! We couldn't have asked for better weather!

Friday, August 17, 2012

She Likes Third Grade

So, as of now, my daughter must really be liking third grade. Granted this is just the first week so only time will tell if this will change or not.

The reason why I think she must really be liking school this year is because the girl is getting up BEFORE the alarm even goes off. I'm not talking just a few minutes before either.

The first day of school she woke up a bit after the alarm. Of course, for the first day of school, I think she was kind of excited, yet kind of still wishing it was summer vacation. Then yesterday for the second day of school, she was up about 10 to 15 minutes before the alarm.

Today my daughter was up WELL before the alarm! She was up about 35 minutes early! I'm thrilled she is enjoying school so much this year and that eager to get up, get ready, and get there, but I'm not thrilled about not even getting to sleep until my alarm goes off.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rain, Rain, Don't Go Away

This has been an extremely dry, hot summer so any rain we get is very much needed! When it does rain, we don't sing the rain, rain, go away song. It's more like rain, rain, don't go away!

Today we had a little rain shower come through but it didn't rain long enough to really do much good. It basically rained just enough to tease the plants.

Now a few hours East of us got some good, strong thunderstorms. They got strong enough storms that the power went out for a bit.

Wish we had gotten a bit more rain, but glad we didn't have any severe storms. Who knows when our next chance of rain will be. Guess if I watched the news or checked the weather online I might know, huh? Lol.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

First Day Of Third Grade

Today was my daughter's first day of third grade. I think she was a bit more excited for it than she let on, especially after she got on her new shirt, shorts, shoes, and bobby pins I made for her hair.

She was all decked out in pink, black, white, and gray this morning. She looked really nice with an added touch of pretty due to her freshly painted pink fingernails and her ear lobes wearing her cute little pink flower clip on earrings.

After I picked her up from school, I asked how the first day was. She said it was good. Let's hope this good lasts and she stays liking school all year long. Last year there was a time when she just didn't like it at all and we got a bit concerned.

Once the year got going last year though, she did end up liking school a bit more so yay! Last year was the first time she ever disliked school. I'm sure that won't be the only time but let's hope the next time she dislikes school will not be in the near future!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Loving The Weather

So after having quite a few three digits days this summer, I am totally enjoying the cooler weather our area is experiencing right now!

Compared to those HOT days, our recent days feel down right chilly! I've even had to break out my house slippers to help keep my toes warm, especially first thing in the morning.

Last night while sleeping, I woke up and could have used another blanket. Hubby had the fans on and the windows open so the combination of cooler weather and fans on made our room cold to me! Of course, I think hubby was just right.

Tomorrow is suppose to be a bit warmer but not warm enough to have to turn the air conditioning back on. Thank goodness too because without the air conditioning running, our electric bill should have smaller numbers on it next time it comes!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Quote For The Day- 8/13/2012

Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.
Denis Waitley

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Not Water People

Hubby and I both know how to swim but neither one of us are really big water people. When it comes to going to the pool or the lake, we both could really care less if we go or not go. Hubby likes the water a bit more than I do but still isn't overly fond of it.

Of course, BOTH of our kids LOVE to play in the water so sometimes whether hubby and I want to or not, we have to get in.

Today is one of those times. Our friend's daughter is having her birthday party today and yep, you guessed it. It's a pool party!

I'm not sure about hubby but I know I'm not necessarily looking forward to having to get in the pool today but I know the kids will really enjoy it so that makes it all worth it!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tiny Spider

This summer it seems like we haven't seen as many spiders as we normally do. We think it has something to do with how hot it has been? This may not be the case but that's what we think.

Well, this week our weather has been quite a bit cooler so we think the spiders are coming out of hiding. I saw a smaller one yesterday and then today I noticed one up on the wall by the ceiling in the dining room. I told my son to go sit on the couch and my daughter immediately ran over there too.

I had to be brave as hubby was at work so I got the spider. Of course, the fact that I do not like spiders did NOT help the situation.

My daughter hadn't seen the spider before I got it because she was too busy racing out of the room to see it. As I walked past her after getting the spider, she asked me about the size of it.

I told her it was a pretty good sized one considering I don't like spiders. She then proceeded to tell me that it was a tiny one. Yeah, if it was so tiny then maybe she shouldn't have run away so fast? Lol.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Sixteenth Featured Etsian

My sixteenth featured Etsian is Linda Talbott, from Dreams And Echoes by Raedawn. Her shop can be found here. I chose to feature Linda in this blog post for a few reasons.

One, not only does she have some great items listed in her shop but two, I just LOVE how she takes the time to comment on the discussion threads about other people's listings. She also takes the time to comment on other people's treasuries as well. So many of us just post and run a lot of the times, myself being guilty of this as well, but Linda takes time to comment. Kudos to her!

All of Linda's artwork and jewelry is one-of-a-kind, and she hopes you’ll enjoy the diversity of her creations. In her visual art she uses mixed media as well as colored pencils.

In her jewelry, she uses semi-precious beads, glass, bone, lampwork, and whatever other types of beads speak to her. She uses symmetry and asymmetry in her jewelry. All silver is sterling, unless otherwise stated.

Be sure to take the time to go check out Linda's other items in her shop! Maybe start your Christmas shopping early or even better, buy something for yourself!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Quote For The Day- 8/8/2012

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
John D. Rockefeller

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My Fifteenth Featured Etsian

I found my fifteenth featured Etsian, Mitzy Tompkins from VicDesigns, by browsing my purchases on Etsy again so I can vouch that the die cut butterfly and Easter bunny tags found in this shop are absolutely wonderful. They make for PERFECT thank you notes to send out with my orders! I'd definitely buy more! They are the ones in the photos in this blog post. Don't they look great?

Mitzy's shop specializes in handmade paper goods. She creates all of her items. All of the materials that she uses are high quality and acid free. She provides items to help you treasure your most important memories. Mitzy also makes custom invitations and cards. She works in a smoke and pet free environment.

Mitzy started scrapbooking 8 years ago for her family and friends. She has a great passion for scrapbooking and loves to create handmade pages. All of her pre-made pages are unique and one of a kind. She hopes you enjoy them as much as she enjoys creating them.

She also has three pack greeting cards. They are for all occasions. If you don't see anything that you are looking for, just convo her. She takes custom orders. Go check out Mitzy's shop here and see if you find anything you just HAVE to have!

Monday, August 6, 2012

My Fourteenth Featured Etsian

I enjoy featuring fellow Etsians on my blog but sometimes I just don't know who I want to feature. Tonight I decided to take a browse through my purchases I have made on Etsy. That is where I decided who to shine the spotlight upon for this blog post.

Meet my fourteenth featured Etsian, Miriam Cletcher, from the Etsy shop gordon4aday. As you can see from the photos in this blog post, Miriam makes Ken and Barbie clothes but don't think that is all she makes. She also makes clothes for various other dolls as well.

I can tell you that the Barbie dresses are FANTASTIC! I couldn't decide upon which ones to buy for my daughter for Christmas last year so I ended up buying five, yes FIVE dresses. This year I just might have to get my daughter some outfits for her Ken dolls.

Miriam has been sewing for 15 or so years. When she had her first daughter she wanted to make clothes for her to play with and she was having so much fun that she just kept making them for others to enjoy as well. She really doesn't make them for the money, just the joy it brings others.

She stands behind her work 100% and will always fix, replace, or refund any items with no questions asked. No one smokes in her home and she never buys old or overstock material.

She treats all the clothes as if they were for her daughter. All Miriam's items are kid friendly unless clearly marked otherwise! She tries to add new items each week so be sure to go check out her shop here.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Screaming In The Shower

So everyone has probably heard of singing in the shower right? Well, have you ever heard of screaming in the shower? If not, keep reading and then you can say you have!

Tonight after being outside, my daughter wanted to wash off her feet. Instead of just letting her wash her feet, I had her go ahead and take a full shower.

Not long after she had been in the shower, I hear screaming coming from the bathroom. I knew what this type of scream was too. It was the "there's a bug or spider" scream.

I went to the door and of course it was locked so I had to unlock it. In the meantime, she screamed again. Once I got in the bathroom, she was telling me to get it.

Of course, she didn't say what to get or where it was so I'm standing there trying to figure this out. Well, I found what I was suppose to get when I opened the shower curtain. At the end of the bathtub was a small spider.

I had her step out of the shower and I washed the spider down the drain. Easy peasy! She totally could have done that. I told her the spider can't get her if it is being drowned by water and being washed down the drain.

I told her next time she needed to use her words too instead of just screaming and tell me exactly what was going on. She is usually a tomboy about most everything but when it comes to bugs, she is ALL girl!

Well, there ya go! Now you can say you have heard of screaming in the shower! You're welcome! :-)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Decorating Socks

Take some plain ol' socks, one pair for each member of the family, as seen in the photo above, and a variety of colors of Sharpie markers. Add in some quality family coloring time, and you get decorated socks as seen in the photo below.

Today my daughter had the idea of decorating a pair of socks so we decided to make it a family event. Hubby, my daughter, my son, and myself all took a pair of our socks and commenced to coloring.

Some may think it was a waste of socks but we don't. I think we all enjoyed coloring them, especially my daughter. Of course, it was her idea so you know she enjoyed it!

My son had fun with it at first but then got interested in watching a movie on tv. Hubby, well, he isn't as artsy fartsy as my daughter and I but he was still a good sport and participated.

It's always nice to have some fun, quality family time. We should all do our best to make more time to do things with our families!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Quote For The Day- 8/2/2012

If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
Jim Rohn

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Saddened By A TV Show

I can't remember if I ever posted about the first time my daughter saw the cartoon movie The Fox And The Hound? Even if I have, I'm going to start this blog post off with that story to lead into one about my son that happened today.

It's been quite a few years ago since my daughter saw The Fox And The Hound for the first time. If you've ever seen the movie then you might remember the part of the movie where the woman takes the fox out into the woods and lets him go.

When this part of the movie was on, my daughter who was still fairly young, looked at me with tears in her eyes. She was obviously saddened by this part of the movie.

Today my son was saddened by something we watched on tv. He and I were watching a television show about a woman who was lost in The Grand Canyon for weeks before finally being found. Part of the time when she was lost she had her dog with her until it ran off.

At the end when the woman was finally found, my son wanted them to find her dog too. He was so upset that the dog was still missing, that he curled up in my arms and was crying. Thankfully they had found her dog too and showed it just minutes after showing the woman being rescued because I'm not sure how long he would have stayed that upset.