Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Samuel is quite busy these days. When he's not talking a blue streak, commenting on everything and making up stuff when he can't think of what to say, he's either washing the dishes or trying to find some other way to "help" me. Or he's eating. Seriously, he just finished a bowl of cereal, and he's now trying to get into the bag of Doritoes. So you can understand the extent of what I'm talking about, let me present you with a few images of life this past week:
Yes, that's knocking down a brick wall, assembling patio furniture, doing some cleaning, and playing at the park. Oh, and he paused in all his working to have a photo shoot with me, and in over twenty photos, this is the one I like the best:
Monday, May 29, 2006
I love you, Dad. I'm always very proud of your service to our country and, each Memorial Day, I'm thankful that you are still alive and well, that you came back to Mom and started our family, thankful that I see some of you in my son. And that he will grow up knowing who you are.
the before part is on the right - see how it's curling up? The after is on the left - all nice and flat. Such satisfaction, this blocking stuff. Now I can finish my blanket that I have been knitting FORever - little squares that will make a knitted quilt. I need to knit up a few more but here's some:
(the squares at the top are the ones for my blanket; the other stuff is scarves and belts that I've made) And I've discovered the joy of knitting purses. I knit this little pink job, and it didn't come out the way I wanted it to, but it works very well as a little stash for knitting on the go. And it's so light that I can knit with it on my wrist to hold the yarn ball - very handy.
(Oh, the white stuff on my hand is paint primer. No, I'm not painting anything at my house. Just helping out paint sets for our church's VBS. I know, I know, I need a few more things to do, huh?)
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
We had to remove the window and put in another door due to some troubles with the city, but all is well now and we love this room. We hired someone to finish the paint and baseboards and trim, and then Stu did the lights. I'm so glad it's done.
Friday, May 26, 2006
She also refers to Chris Daughtry as "your guy, mom" and to Taylor Hicks as "Dad's favorite". She's been known to judge a singer as "a little pitchy" and "well, at least she tried."
Is she just the greatest or what?
And can you guess what he was pointing at? Can you?
The Charmin Ultra. He must like the bears on the commercial. The really funny thing is that is the kind I buy all the time, but I never say, "Oh, let's not forget the Charmin Ultra!" I just grab it and put it in the cart.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
The highlight of the two hour show, though, was not the very cool performance of Prince, which would shock you if you knew me in high school and knew just how much I loved the Purple Rain album. No, the best part for me was Mr. Clay Aiken.
The way he came out and sang with that very scary boy who claimed to be the next Clay but who really can't sing well and is not boyishly cute but rather SCARY, and if you saw the show, you know that he peed his pants with the excitement of being on the same stage as The Clay Aiken. (I would!) But Mr. Aiken was all class, singing with Scary Boy like he was just another Idol finalist and deserving of a duet. Classy. The hair in the eyes is not really doing anything for me, but the suit was nice. NICE!
So, American Idol, I'm glad you are over because now I have more free time to knit. I hope to not get lulled into watching another season, but we shall see what September will bring. Those tryouts are just too tempting . . . .
(2) Dryers spumoni ice cream is quite good.
(3) For Mother's Day, my darling gave me an ice cream maker. I am currently in the experimental stages of making kahlua coffee ice cream. This means it's good, but I'm still not satisfied with the flavorings, so I must make several batches to get it right. What a drag, huh?
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Fourteen years today. Doesn't seem that long ago, does it?
Yet again, when I think of us moving in that cramped little apartment with all of our new wedding gifts and our old, mis-matched, ugly furniture (our decorating theme was "free"), it seems like another lifetime ago.
And when I think of how we were without our kids, it seems like we were different people living a whole other life.
Then again, maybe it does feel like fourteen years. Except for the fact that you still surprise me sometimes, and I still like you. ("I like her. I really like her.")
And I love you, too. Happy Anniversary!
(Hey, I just had this thought: in another fourteen years, Sally will be in college and Samuel will be in high school. Scary, huh?)
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
The boy ate two bowls of frosted mini wheats for breakfast.
Oh wait! He's making a mess washing the dishes. Whew. For a minute, I was wondering, Who are you people and what have you done with my kids?
Thursday, May 18, 2006
(2) I had to give Sally telephone-dialing lessons after she told me that, while I was gone one afternoon and she was here with her dad and her brother, she tried to call me and couldn't find the dash. "Where's the dash on this phone? I can't find it anywhere!" I gave her instructions, my cell phone number, and the house phone, and went into my room and waited for her call. She did it. I can't believe that we have never practiced this before.
(3) I made chicken pot pies last night. Did you hear that, Mom? Me. I made the crust, and guess what? You taught me well. It was quite tasty. And the best thing, aside from me not burning it and everything tasting so good, was that it was entirely homemade. I used chicken that I cooked, I used chicken stock that I made, and I used veggies that had nothing added to them except what I added. For me, who loves food from a drive-thru, this is quite an accomplishment. I have a lovely picture, but Picasa (the program I use to get the pictures onto my blog) is giving me issues and I can't get it to the blog successfully. Hopefully I'll figure it out later. Bloggers, any advice? It puts the little box with an 'x' icon in the middle, and when you click on it you can see the picture, but the picture never comes up on the blog page. I've republished and refreshed til my fingers hurt. Advice?
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
This picture makes me so proud. Yes, that is my six year old daugher knitting. She asked me to teach her, and at first I held the needles and she threw the yarn over. Then she wanted to hold them herself, so I gave her the blue ball of yarn that I learned with a few years ago and these little double pointed needles. Since they are short, I thought that would be easier for her. She loves it!
Monday, May 15, 2006
If you don't think this is the cutest picture in the world, I will fight you and I will win! (He actually fell asleep like this on Mother's Day afternoon. I moved him to his bed, as they are both little heaters and would have never survived the two hour nap.)
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
This is medium-possum, where Stuart spotted him first and where he sat for about half an hour, grooming himself.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
(2) My dog fought with a possum early Wednesday morning. The possum played possum, curled up into a ball to trick my dog into thinking it was dead. My dog circled around his prey while I lamely stood at the door with a dog bone, trying to get the dog into the house. Yeah, right. This was at 3:00 am. The dog finally went to pee in the grass, and the possum got up and ran away. I hate possums.
(3) The first meal I ever made for my family, back when I was in school (junior high? high school? I can't remember) was lasagne. I messed up and used too much sauce on the bottom layers, so I didn't have quite enough for the top. The top noodles were still crunchy (it was a recipe where you don't pre-cook the noodles) and it was not very good. My dad ate two pieces. I think my sister ate a pb&j sandwich. On Tuesday, I made lasagne and it was good. Wow, it was very good. It was so good that my wonderful husband and I ate it two days in a row, and we are not good "eat the leftovers" kind of people. Watching all those cooking shows is really starting to pay off!
Someone pooped in the bathtub. (Hint: it wasn't the girl.) It was bound to happen sooner or later. So everyone stood up, the tub was drained, the offensive materials removed. Everyone was cleaned off with the shower and more soap. Sally was a little peeved. Rightly so, in my mind. So I tell her, "If it makes you feel any better, I'll be writing about this tomorrow on my blog."
She ponders this for a moment and says, "Yeah, it helps a little."
She's totally going to be a blogger in a few years, don't you think?
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
And yes, I've taken off Desperate Housewives off my shows list. I'll watch it if I'm bored, but it has dived into some new lows, even for my low standards for television.
Monday, May 08, 2006
Me: "Yes, that's why it's funny. When you think of a sponge that lives in the ocean, it's not the kind of sponge that you use to wash things. That's the joke."
Sally: "But Patrick is a starfish, like the starfish you find in the ocean."
Me: "Yes. See how that's funny?"
Sally: "Yeah! I get it!"
(Note: She's been watching SpongeBob for years and just 'got it' last week.)
Samuel: "A smoothie."
Me: "What??? Don't you mean 'moovie'?"
Samuel: "Yeah, a smoothie."
Me: looks at husband with a pouty sad look
Stuart: "He says it right. Pretty soon he'll stop saying 'motorcidle', too."
Me: "Too fast. He's growing up way too fast."
Friday, May 05, 2006
I finished it! This picture makes the yarn look like DayGlo Craziness, but it is really very nice yarn. I should get a pic in sunlight and see if that looks better. But isn't the little mini-poncho so so cute? And the asian doll! Her name is Playful Patti. I know you are jealous. And Sally is "sporting the front pony", her own hair creation which she loves and her Dad encourages with great enthusiam.
This is part of the baby doll ensemble I've knitted for Sally's dolls. Here we have two pink blankets (really swatches of patterns I wanted to try), a larger multicolored blanket, a pink scarf for baby, and pink booties and a pink hat. I'm particularly fond of that hat, since I had no pattern, I just made it up. Skills, baby. I've got skills.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
(1) Luxor, Egypt - I would love to see a pyramid!
(2) Paris, France - I took three years of French in high school. I'd love to go to the museums and walk around the city. We went to London a few years back and I loved it. I love the big cities.
(3) New York, NY - I think I went there when I was very young, but I do not remember it very well. Besides, seeing things again as an adult is a whole new experience to me.
and a bonus:
For my husband, I'd like to take him to Washington DC for a few weeks. I went when I was young, and we spent a long time there and I remember it very well. He went there for an interview and was there a day. One day! We'd spend at least a week on the Smithsonian Museum, and even do the cheesy White House tour. Our friend is there now (Hi Jess! Miss you!).
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
I went to the gospel brunch at the House of Blues with some of my girlfriends on Sunday. It was so fun! I highly recommend it, if you are ever near Anaheim on a Sunday. Great food, excellent music, fun time.
We ended up with Ice Age 2, which the kids were going to see with Daddy while I was at brunch, but Samuel fell asleep so they ended up going to the 4:45 show, and I went with them. Samuel has decided that things are very funny, and he's developed this loud yell/laugh that kills me. And he kept saying funny loud things during the movie, like "Hey - it's Ice Age Two The Meltdown!" Or "Ouch! Dat hurt! HA ha!" It was very entertaining. Sally had such a fun weekend that she went to bed with absolutely no complaining at all. She's such a good kid.
So today it's laundry, cleaning the kitchen, and paying the bills. Yucky Monday.