Friday, March 31, 2006



Mastercard Balance $0.00

Woo Hoo!!!

For the first time in a LONG time we have no balance on a credit card. Yes, we still have mortgage and student loans, but this feels great. Hopefully we can keep it clear.


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Playgroup's over here today- on the agenda for the next hour is cleaning the kitchen and vacuuming the downstairs; then we will be ready for the kids.

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I have got to remember to put the new registration sticker on the car today so we don't get pulled over.

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The American Center for Law and Justice, whatever that is, has been trying to call for like two weeks and they never leave a message (we have caller ID). Today I finally got to talk to one of them and of course they wanted to talk to Joel and would not tell me what it was about. Can I just say I hate that? I hate it when they won't treat you like a human being; just the robot who answers the phone. It is going to be really hard for them to reach Joel. Good luck with that, ACLJ. :P

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Emlyn's First Book


Here is a mug of Emmy holding the first book she's officially read. Granted there are a lot of visual cues to this book, but she is so proud of herself!

Would you like a popsicle?


It's strawberry season and I seem to have some extra energy. Here is a picture of some strawberry popsicles I just made. I hope they turn out well!

Recipe for Strawberry Ice Pops:
2 pints fresh, ripe strawberries, hulled (cut out the stem and the surrounding white stuff)
1/2 cup frozen apple juice concentrate
8 wooden popsicle sticks
8 large dixie cups

Mash strawberries coarsely with a fork, or pulse briefly in a food processor, leaving some chunks. Stir in undiluted apple juice concentrate. Spoon into ice-pop molds or small cups and partially freeze; then push a wooden stick into each. Freeze for at least 6 hours. Unmold (dip mold or cup into warm water for a few seconds if needed) and serve. Makes 8 ice pops.

Monday, March 27, 2006

This Week's Menu

I am sick of eating out and cooking from the box. Here is what we are eating for dinner this week:

Mon: Queso blanco soft tacos
Tues: Asian steak
Wed: Tuscan pasta and chicken
Thurs: Eat at growth group
Fri: greek quesadillas
Sat: waffles, bacon, and eggs
Sun: leftovers

I also bought stuff for sandwiches. Joel's favorite Thundercloud sandwich is the California Club. I know it has turkey, avocado, and bacon. Anyone else know the other ingredients? UPDATE: It took me about 3 seconds to look on their website. The other ingredient is cheese. I will probably put mayo and mustard on it as well. I hope he likes it!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Grumble Update

Well the end of the day was not so bad. We went on a long walk to visit neighbor Hazel, who gave us two tomato plants, my teacher mentor at the local school, and then Walgreens for some much-needed candy.

I think I'm going to put the tomato plants in containers because my new flowerbed is already too full of seeds for anything else.

The kids are bathed and in bed. We had chicken noodle soup and garlic-cheese biscuits for dinner even though Joel is not too fond of that for a meal.

Now I need to figure out how much money we have.

Grumble

Denali was up most of the night for I don't know what reason. He's just finished a 2 hour nap and I really don't want to get him up. I'm really tired and if I want him to sleep at the same time as Emmy this afternoon I will have to wait until 2 or 3.

I am completely unmotivated to do anything around this house.

There are at least 3 ant piles in my new flowerbed. I think some of them are fire ants. I really don't want to use the evil poison around my baby plants, but if I don't get rid of them I will never want to dig around in there, and what fun is a garden where you can't touch it?

Joel may have to go out of town for a week soon for business. Yuck.

I am in a grouchy mood and the TV has already played two movies today, so that is not really an option.

I guess we will be going for a walk.

Food is not interesting to me, yet I am hungry.

Anyone want to join my pity party?

Thursday, March 23, 2006

We're Back!

We had a great time in Seattle. We would see other people with their kids and just laugh and laugh cause ours weren't there.

We went up in the space needle, went to the Boeing Flight Museum, went shopping at Pike Place market, ate at a million restaurants, and went to the Seattle Aquarium.

We slept at strange times and ate at strange times.

And we drove to Olympia for a memorial service for one of Joel's grandmothers. It was a sweet service and afterwards some of the attendees took a walk down a favorite trail of Chris's. It is in the middle of a rainforest and is so beautiful.

We are glad to be back, although it's like I never left. The kids did great with their grandma and Denali seems older.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

All My Bags are Packed, I'm Ready to Go

Well after a frantic few days I'm basically ready to go. The only problem is that our plane doesn't leave until 7 pm tomorrow, so all day I'm going to want to be gone. I will try to really concentrate on the kids and have fun with them.

I am taking one small rolling suitcase (like the carry on size) and one backpack. That is so little compared to what I usually take, what with the two kids. I'm really excited about our trip!!

Linda got here safely after like 12 hours of driving down I-35 during Spring Break. The poor thing!

Joel has the day off too tomorrow, so we really ought to do a big family thing.

I need to go print some Sudoku puzzles for my trip.

My New Flower Bed

Our bed is about 25 feet long and 3 feet deep.


Emmy helped plant the cantaloupe seeds.


All of the red you see here is new growth on our rosebushes.


Denali's trying to run off!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Lilies

It's Spring and the lilies are blooming

Monday, March 13, 2006

A To Do List for the next three days

A. work out
B. Visit new baby in hospital
C. Visit Amy
D. Pick up all the crap laying about the house
E. Wash all laundry
F. Vacuum downstairs
G. Keep up with dishes
H. Take dinner to new baby family
I. Weed front flowerbed around little rosebush
J. Plant red pepper seeds
K. Water new flower bed
L. Water new flower bed
M. Water new flower bed
N. Water new flower bed
O. Make up schedule for kids for grandma to follow
P. Pack
Q. Bookcrossing meetup
R. Tour candle factory
S. File all papers
T. Find a place for all the garage sale stuff to stay until I can take it to Heather's house
U. Pack up last of Christmas stuff and take to attic
V. Take anything else to attic that needs to go
W. Play with kids
X. Read my new Reader's Digest
Y. Watch some TV
Z. Sort out toys that I confiscated

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Gardens

Today we dug my new flowerbed in the backyard. First I outlined it with brick. It is in the back corner near the telephone pole, in a part of the yard that gets full sun all day long and is viewable from my kitchen window.

Joel bought cotton burr compost from the organic gardening store and we mixed it in with the grassy clay soil that was already there. We moved the rose bush from the front that turned out to be a climber rather than a shrub, and trained it onto the telephone pole. I hope that it survives the transplant; this is one of the worst times of the year to move a rosebush.

I dumped a whole passel of wildflower seeds out there; I used at least five different packages. Some of the things I planted were California Poppies, lupine, and just a bunch of different ones. I also planted some cucumber seeds. Tomorrow the kids and I are going to eat a cantaloupe and put the seeds in the bed too. It will be a good lesson on food, if anything ever comes up.

I am really excited and can't wait to see what we get. I'll post pictures of that bed and my iris which is going crazy this year.

Yummy


Would you like some cheese?

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Pink cake

Just eating some cake, planning our vacation.

yup. a vacation!

thursday evening through tuesday morning. no kids. just me and my hubby in seattle. i'm looking forward to it, but i think i'll miss the kids too. what will we do with all that time?

we're planning my new flowerbed. we got all ready to go to the garden center and buy stuff, and it was closed. :( it's going to be butterfly-friendly wildflowers, and I will see it from my kitchen window.

we are officially out of black printer ink.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Five Minutes On Housecleaning

I got asked last night about my house cleaning, whether I was a "neat freak" or a "slob." Here's what my answer is after having thought about it.

I would love to have a house that magically cleaned itself, where there were no loads of laundry or dishes waiting. I love the feel of a room where everything is in order and there is room to breathe. And sometimes I actually love housecleaning. I firmly believe that children thrive in an uncluttered environment with a few toys and a lot of love. A real-life example of this is Denali. He's just learning to walk, and a couch pillow on the floor really throws him off. It is a big obstacle in his way.

On the other hand, I also like a house to feel lived in. I like pictures on the wall, comfortable furniture, and a casual feel. I don't want my kids to be afraid to be creative becuase they might spill something or that mommy might yell because there's cushions on the floor.

Therefore my current philosophy, as a mommy of two toddlers, is this: My children are more important than the state of the house. If they need my attention but I'm not finished cleaning the kitchen, I might just leave the floor unswept and unmopped. I try my best to keep the house functioning and clean clothes available for people to wear, but if it's not done, that's okay.

Now my daughter wants a PB&J sandwich, so I am signing off.

Monday, March 06, 2006

A busy day

Just hop right into your day!
We went to Costco and bought some necessities today. The kids napped almost all afternoon.

I cleaned up and am almost ready to leave the house. We are going to Affairs of the Heart for the night and have to leave in a little bit.

I found out this morning that I am leading singing there. We will be singing oldies (hymns) and using our songbooks.

Edited my blog a bit, adding a link to Blue Canary, an old friend. Welcome to blogging!

Well I better go.

Friday, March 03, 2006

YIPPEEE!

In two more months, if things go normally, we will have a $0 balance on credit cards for the first time in 3 years. I am really excited about this. Ever since we had to replace our roof, this has been hanging over our heads. Yay!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Hrm.

Well I have been having non-caffeine related headaches lately, so when Amy offered me a Dr. Pepper on this 86 degree day, I took it. Normally I have not been drinking caffeine, but after Lowe's (they want $250 for a roman shade?) and Kohl's (HOW much for a baby outfit?) I couldn't help myself.

So now the kids are asleep and I am up on caffeine. What to do with the nervous energy? I guess I will take a look at the kid's toys and see what we can get rid of.

Off to declutter!!!

PS Thanks Grandma for the cool dressup toy! Emmy was so excited to open it!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Sick

I am sick.
Food poisoning on top of allergies.
Joel is playing basketball tonight.
15 more minutes and then the kids are going to bed, tired or not.
My house is a wreck and I hate the smell of hot dogs.