Saturday, October 30, 2004

Falling Angels

I finished Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier last night. All of her books, I like them - very interesting, a good read, but I'm not on fire to recommend it to you. It was, well, interesting. I thought the starting point of the cemetary was unusual, and I never would have guessed that it would end up being about suffragists in London. This is the second time I've heard the 'angel' symbol used to represent the women in the suffrage movement - the first was Iron Jawed Angels, the HBO movie. It was a very disturbing and inspiring film. If you've seen it, you know exactly what I mean. I loved the ending scene, with Hilary Swank and Frances O'Connor spinning around and all the gold stars falling in the wind. Anyway, the angel symbol - is this just something I totally missed and should have learned in school?

Thursday, October 28, 2004

The Weekend In Pictures

Here's a whole lotta pics of our weekend. We really did have a nice time until the flu attacked. Enjoy!

GrandBaa, Grandma El, and Kathy help Sally ride Clifford around the arena. Posted by Hello

Three generations of Chew men. (I just love these kind of pictures!) Posted by Hello

Samuel thought the goats were so funny. Posted by Hello

GrandBaa shows Samuel and Sally how to drive. Posted by Hello

Samuel, Grandma Tina, Grandpa Ken, and Sally. Posted by Hello

Sally's self portrait of her pedicure. Posted by Hello

"I love you, Grandma!" Posted by Hello

Grandma Tina and Sally making a gingerbread house. Yum! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

It's Getting Better

Samuel is better. Sally is better. Stuart never got very sick (so lucky). I got sick Tuesday afternoon, and am better today. It was that quick, violent flu, I think. At first we thought maybe the kids got food poisoning, but now I think it was just a flu bug. I've got a killer headache, but I can eat again. And the washer came yesterday and I am now about half way through our huge pile. So I can see the end; it's near.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Nice Weekend, Bad Ending

We spent the weekend in Northern California with my husband's family. He went to the Raiders game on Sunday with a friend, so we made a long weekend of it. Very fun times. Saturday, my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law and my daughter and I all went for a girls afternoon treat of manicures and pedicures. Truly a luxury! It was Sally's first time, and she loved it. We had a big family dinner on Sunday night, with about twenty of Stu's family members there! They are so much fun, and spoil my kids rotten. Then on Monday we were off to visit Stu's dad, who now lives out in the country (sort-of) and has four horses, two goats, two dogs, and a cat. The kids had a ball, especially Sally, who is now old enough to ride. Stu's dad and step-mom took Sally on a few laps on Clifford, one of the biggest horses I've ever seen. On the way home, both kids got sick in the car. Twice each. It was really awful. Once we got home, Samuel slept all night, but Sally was sick several times in the night. I'm just exhausted. I have dirty laundry piled up all over the house, and oh yes, the washer is broken. Thankfully, I ordered a new one before we left, since my repair man told me it would cost just as much to get a new one as it would to fix my old one. So here I wait for my new washer to get here so that I can start making a dent in this mess. I do have some advice for parents of young children out there. Do yourselves a favor - make sure you have a large towel under your kids carseat, and another clean towel or blanket in your car. This saved us, since we went through three blankets and two towels. Extra wipes are a must in the car. I used about fifty yesterday. A small bucket with a lid (the happy meal kind) is very handy, as are plastic grocery bags. It's never easy when kids are sick, but it is better when you have lots of supplies with you.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Quote for the Day

"God really promises, 'Do not fear, for I am with you.' But it can be nearly impossible for a hurting person to believe this until someone comes along side to 'make God visible.'"
- Dave Biebel

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Halloween Song

Sally (singing):
"Looking for Draculas but I'm not afraid!
I have my binoculars!
I have my cape!
I have my bangs!"
Mom: "Your what?"
Sally: "My bangs - you know, my teeth."
Mom: "Oh, those."

"And You Are Not It"

"Einey Meiney Miney Moe
Catch a toe by his tiger's toe
If he hollers let him go
Einey meiney miney moe
My mom didn't let me take a turn
One two three four five six seven eight nine ten"

Quote for the Day

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't, everyone could do it. It's the hard that makes it great."
-- from "A League of Their Own"

We watched this movie on tv last night, and it is one of my favorites. Great quotes.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

There is a massive rainbow in the sky this evening. Sally and I gazed at it in wonder. This picture just doesn't do it justice. (and I got my umbrella at the top - nice.) Posted by Hello

The Time Traveler's Wife

Well, my sleeplessness last night enabled me to finish my book. I really liked this one - I was crying at the end. It's my kind of sad, like Wuthering Heights sad. (sigh) I recommend this, but with reservations, because of the offhanded way Ms. Neffenegger handles the sex stuff. This doesn't bother me, but I know several people who are bothered by it. I loved the concept of Henry's character, someone who is traveling through time, unable to control when or where he goes, living his life in circles, meeting his older self, helping his younger self. I also liked the practical details of the time traveler - he runs daily, because he may need to run away from danger; he knows how to pick all kinds of locks; he knows how to pickpocket; he has an amazing memory, especially for dates. So clever. Clare, Henry's wife, was also an interesting character. She felt tied to time, unable to jump around, often just waiting for something to happen. I also like that she was reading a book that is on my list to read, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Isn't that cool?

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

It's late

and I'm not sleepy yet. Having another bout of sleeping troubles. It's raining and the wind is whipping around outside, which is usually my favorite sleeping weather, but tonight I am awake. Everyone else is asleep. It took me six tries to win at computer solitare.

After! Posted by Hello

Project update

Samuel's closet - check! It's finished! Well, I still have some re-organizing and sorting of junk to do, but the hardware is installed and it looks great. I'm very pleased with this one, so I have to brag and post the pics. I'm really excited about the fact that the puzzles are now low enough that Sally can reach them, but too high for Samuel. At least for now :)

After! Posted by Hello

Before . . .  Posted by Hello

Monday, October 18, 2004

Top Five Books - Children's

(1) Goodnight Moon
(2) The Giving Tree
(3) Green Eggs and Ham
(4) Great Claus and Little Claus*
(5) The Tale of Peter Rabbit

What was your favorite children's book?

*This is one of Andersen's Fairy Tales, and my grandfather used to tell it to us. I can still hear his voice when I read it. Unfortunately, Sally is still too upset about the dead grandma in the story to have me read it to her again, so I'll have to wait a few years. My sister and I loved to hear Grandpa tell this over and over again.

Went to the library

I took the kids to the library today, and we borrowed "Horton hears a Who" to read to Sally. Of course, she loved it. Stuart is reading it to her again right now. "A person's a person, no matter how small."

Girls Weekend

This past weekend I went away with my girlfriends. I haven't done that in over six years! Mostly because of the kids being little, with the nursing and the sleeplessness. But also because I have neglected forming deep friendships with my girlfriends. Oh, I have the mommy friends, and I am careful to keep those relationships healthy. But the girlfriends, the ones who know who you are without your kids around. The ones who know secrets about you that cannot be told to just anyone. The ones who still like you even with knowing your secrets. We had a great weekend. I almost drowned in the pool because my girlfriends made me laugh so hard. And we talked so much that we didn't even open the cabinet that held the t.v. Great times. Thank you, ladies. Thank you, Stuart, for encouraging me to go.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

My Helper

Samuel has become quite the little helper. He takes time out from taking care of his doll - he pushes her around the house in a doll stroller - to help me unload the dishwasher (one spoon at a time, held by the end you eat with), pick up trash (anything left on the floor ends up in the trash can), and clean my toilet (I got a new brush with the cleaner in the handle, and it's just too fun for words). Oh yes, and he climbs up the ladder to help me paint. (I had to put the ladder away when I wasn't using it because he'd climb to the top and wait for me to help him down. I re-did his closet this week - took everything out, painted it, and hung up a great closet organizer. His whole room will be painted these blue colors next week. Don't they look great? Blue is my favorite color.)

I'm helping Mommy! Posted by Hello


I was watching Samuel hold his little blanket, and it struck me that he looked like Linus from Peanuts. Pretty funny, since we also have a Sally. My husband doesn't look like Charlie Brown, but he is a really nice guy, likes our dog, is the pitcher for his softball team, and has a crush on a cute little red headed girl.

Harry Potter #6

I found out that J.K.Rowling has released the title to book #6 - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Now, when will it be released? No idea. I have mixed feelings - I want to read it, but I also want to wait because I don't want the series to end. Book #7 is the last. Of course, even if #6 is released in June '05, #7 probably will be out in June '07. That's long enough to wait.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Top Five Books - Fiction

(1) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
(2) The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
(3) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
(4) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
(5) Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

Do you have an all-time favorite book? Share with us! Post a comment!

Girl With A Pearl Earring

I flew through Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. I really liked it. I was surprised there was a movie adapted from this book - it's already available on video. (Of course, it was in theaters last summer, the summer we had Samuel and moved. No wonder I missed it.) I read Chevalier's first book, The Virgin Blue, a few years ago. I liked the book, although I was pretty disturbed by the ending (you'll get no hints from me about what happens!). I'm excited that she has other books out that I've never read - I just love it when that happens. Nothing worse than finding a great author, reading the first book of a trilogy, only to discover the other books haven't even been published yet! (hint hint, J.K. Rowling. When will that next HP book come out???)

Thursday, October 07, 2004

My Projects

I'm a big believer that if the urge hits you, you should go for it - that is, in regards to cleaning, dessert, and home projects. So I've got the urge to paint stuff. Here's what I did: my dad was here and helped me (read "did it for me") finish our baseboards, so I just have some touching up paint to do. Well, when I took the old baseboards off, I was a little over-zealous with the crowbar, and put a hole in the wall in the hallway. It wasn't that big - until my lovely little Samuel picked it and doubled the size of it. Anyway, lots of drywall mud later, and it's good as new. Except that despite our larger size baseboards, you can still see my patchwork. No problem!, I think. I can paint that! (remember the urge - I need to paint) So our nice previous owner left us lots of leftover paint. Do you think I could match that? NO! I tried the "light wall" color, and lo and behold, it was too light. So I try the "darker wall" color (he wrote these color names on the lids) and it seems like a perfect match. So I paint the patch, and then I see a smudge here, a bad spot there, and pretty soon I've painted spots on most of my hallway. I go get Sally from school, and whaddayaknow, it dried darker. Now my hallway is spotted. So my wonderful husband gets home and I say, guess what? I've decided I need to paint the whole hallway. What color do you like? :) So we went with "Castle Path", which is darker than both paints I tried for the patch work. Oh, when I opened those paint cans that the previous owner left, I had a heck of a time. He must have really hammered those lids on. One of them was damaged beyond all help. Of course, as luck would have it, it was on a gallon of paint that was almost full. Now I can't close it. But I can't waste it! (have you met my parents? waste nothing!) So Sally and I painted a few walls in the garage - doesn't matter the color, and it looks much better than it did before. Now I'm deep into project stuff: I have the new paint for the hall, and I'm just itching to get it done because, well, it looks terrible with the spots. I also have the paint for Samuel's room, because I've started work on his closet. I'm tearing out the shelf and rod and putting in floor to ceiling adjustable shelves and rods - so exciting! I may do Sally's closet next :) but I think my project urges will have been used up and I'll have to wait for the next set to hit. So why share all this with you? Because I don't have the blog urges this week - I'm too busy painting. I'll see you later!

Saturday, October 02, 2004

The evidence.

Disturbing . . . .

I can't get to sleep tonight, so while channel surfing I come across "Wife Swap". Now, you know that I am NOT a fan of the reality TV shows, but I read about this episode in my friend's blog, so I decided to check it out myself. Quite disturbing. A New York very rich mom of three switches with a New Jersey mom of two. The NY family has three nannies. THREE. The dad had never eaten a meal with his kids until this stranger from New Jersey fired the nannies and made him a home cooked meal. Inconceivable! He really didn't know how to take care of his own children. I seriously did not think there were people out there like that. And he was a horrible person. He took every opportunity to let this woman know that he thought she was poor, that she was inferior, and that she should evny his life. And the kids! These NY kids were young, and after only six or seven days with their 'new mom', one of them told her, "I'm really going to miss you when you leave. You are a really good mom." Doesn't that break your heart? The really sad thing is that the NY woman, the one with three nannies, doesn't work. That's right - she has no job, but she cannot find time in her schedule to take care of her own kids. Why? She needs "me time." I just cannot believe that these people really sit around and think their life is just so fabulous and that all of us poor folks who can't afford nannies and cooks and drivers should just envy them and all their stuff. Unbelievable. I wouldn't trade my life for anyone else's life. Anywhere. I love my life. My husband is wonderful - did I tell you he sent me eighteen red roses just because he loves me? They came on Friday. They are so beautiful. And our children are so great, it would break my heart to have anyone else get them ready for bed other than me or their daddy. And I love our house, and I love my friends, and I love being me. I think that may actually be the point of this show - to appreciate the life and the family that you have. Wow. A reality show with a noble goal. Wonders never cease.

This is Sally and I at the finish line. See how I am laging behind? She wanted to run the whole way. I didn't think I needed to train to run with my five year old, but was I wrong! I should have been running all week to get ready for this. She's a great runner!

Sally and her friend, Ellie, at the Canning Hunger 1K race. This was Sally's first race!

Friday, October 01, 2004

There she is - the star!

Sally is "Star of the Week" - here is the bulliten board at her school :)

The sleeping baby. I just love these pics! Look at his toes, peeking out of the crib again. And he's really sleeping on the star pillow that Auntie Tami and Uncle Luke gave him!