Sunday, November 30, 2008

happy thanksgiving

Fun thanksgiving crafts - thanks again to The Crafty Crow for great ideas.

(and a PS - if you are planning on making these next year, buy the candy corn in October. They don't sell it in November around here. Luckily I had a few sources - thanks to S and Mom for the candy corn!)

Sally's turkey cookie:

Evan made one too:

Josh really liked it, but you can't tell from this picture :)

And of course, Samuel:We had some early Christmas gifts to open from Grandma and Grandpa:And then the kids read themselves a bedtime story while the grownups played cards.
An excellent day.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Compliment? or Crazy Much?

So while I did not dress up for the midnight showing of Twilight, I did get asked

if I colored my hair to look like Victoria, the Bad Vampire.

(for the record, No, I didn't.)

Twilight movie comments

It was good. Parts were great, others not so much. I'll keep my comments to the comments section, so click if you want to read them, but be warned that there will be spoilers in there. Also, add your own two cents. That's the fun :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Today's the day

that I go see Twilight!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fires Update

Last night, I read that the Triangle Fire (that's what they are calling the fires near our house - one started in Brea and the other one started in Anaheim Hills (also called the Freeway Fire) and these two merged into one big fire in the hills behind Yorba Linda) was 40% contained, and it must be higher this morning because when we went outside it didn't smell like stepping into a campfire. The air is not fresh, but it's not smoky either. I can't wait to be able to open up the house - we have our house open almost every day of the year, and having all the windows closed since Saturday has given me a huge headache. I was really worried about my eyes, too, but they are doing very well. (Controlled air is very drying for my eyes.)

Today is back to school, back to normal. I can't help but think of the people who won't be back to normal anytime soon. Those families who lost everything in the fire. My friend told me that the house she wanted - the house she didn't get - is half gone. Several houses on that street are completely burned to the ground. I can't imagine. She also told me of a family who stayed in their neighborhood and when they saw that a neighbor's house was starting to burn, they grabbed garden hoses and put it out. There are still amazingly kind and generous people in the world. Some of them even live in Orange County. Imagine that.

I'm off to kindergarten, to open juice boxes and put kids in time out for hitting each other with sticks. (Don't you wish you were me?)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fires Update

First off, we are o.k. The fires are close enough to us that we have ash on the ground all around us, and we have some friends that were evacuated that spent the night here. Our street has not been evacuated and our neighborhood is quiet.

It is so sad to think that so many homes have burned to the ground. So many families lost everything last night. We are so blessed to be safe, to be able to keep our friends safe too.

Pray for our firefighters and for the wind to die down. Pray for containment. Pray for rain.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Best of Samuel

I was reading through the Conversations posts last night, and these still make me laugh.

(Samuel walks out of his room wearing only a shirt and heads to the bathroom)
"Sally, don't look at me, 'cause I'm naked. Very, very naked."
24 April 2007

"You know, snow can melt. I saw that on a show."
9 May 2007

"Hey Auntie Tam, can you buy that big bag of meat for me and my dad?"
23 May 2007

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Knit Bit: Socks in Progress

These are a gift, so it may seem strange that I'm putting pictures up of them in progress, but it's trickery. The person receiving these knows that I'm knitting her socks, and I seriously don't think it will detract from the gift at all if she sees the progress. The sock yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in the Indian Summer colorway. I'm fairly certain that is the name of the color, but the color wasn't on the yarn label, so I can't be 100% sure. (The trickery is that I'm knitting other gifts that I can't show, so that's why the knitting content has been low. As I give the gifts out, I can post pics. One of the gifts I'm super super excited about, and thankfully it's not a Christmas gift, so I don't have to keep the secret very long. You'll see pictures in a few weeks!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

One More

This is from Halloween night - Sally with our favorite baby ZoeZoe was a little ladybug - SO CUTE!

Knit Bit: Ready to Cast On

Monday, November 10, 2008

Knit Bit: Blue Fingerless Gloves

I bought one skein of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Navy to see if I like this yarn. I had it in mind to make myself a sweater. However. I found out that this happens to be a discontinued color, so I think that it would be a bad choice for a whole sweater. But perfect for some gloves!
Ever since I knit up those purple fingerless gloves last year, I've loved them. They are great. This pair, though, is based on two patterns that I found and I combined them to get these lovely gloves. Also - see that little bit of yarn in the middle?
That's all that is left. I used the entire skein except that little bit left. That means that I knit the gloves at the same time from opposite ends of the skien, and that I used as much as possible while keeping the gloves the same size.

I love stuff like that.

Another Story In Which I Look Like An Idiot

So this is a long overdue post. Several weeks ago, my friend Beth and I were running some errands together. Our first stop was to Kinkos to make some copies. After, we got in the car and I was driving out of the parking lot, and Beth says to me, very calmly, "Um, Sheila, you have a bug on your arm . . . . " She trailed off because by this point, I have looked down and I see a very large (gianormous!) bug crawling up my arm. I freak out because (a) I have a tank top on and this thing is on my skin, (b) I didn't feel it until I saw it, which is creepy, and (c) I have no idea what kind of bug this is (Beth - any comments here?), and (d) oh yeah, I have a bad history with bugs crawling on me (my dad can tell you a great story involving a cockroach in a mexican hotel bathroom). So I stop the car (thankfully I was still in the parking lot) and scream and flick the bug on Beth.

Not my finest moment.

We both freak out and exit the car, screaming like little girls (ok, maybe just me) and I'm yelling "I'M SORRY! I HAD A BUG ON ME! I'M SORRY! WHERE IS IT? A BUG WAS ON ME!"

Yeah, it wasn't pretty.

I found a piece of paper, scooped the bug up (which was now crawling up Beth's seat), and set him free into the parking lot. He flew away, which creeped me out even more. We got back into the car, me still muttering apologies and laughing, and Beth telling me she can't believe I would flick a bug at her.

Then Samuel asks from the back seat, "What was THAT all about?"

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Halloween Photos

For Halloween this year, we went to a big party at our church called Trunk or Treat. We had our car there and passed out lots and lots of candy. Here's me (the halloween princess) and Sam (the jedi): And here's me with Sally (the 80's girl (yes, I was thrilled she picked this!)):
(special thanks to Beth for help with the sweatshirt and the side-pony)
Here's our friends who helped pass out candy, Jack (the dragon) and Mia (the mermaid):

Super fun time at the Trunk or Treat! My only regret was that we didn't get any pictures of the kids on the mechanical bull. That was a bloggable moment, my friends!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Crazy Monday

I don't think I've posted yet on the craziness of my Mondays (if i have, forgive me, because here i go again . .. . ) Mondays are insane. I am starting and stopping all day long. Take Sally to school, come home. Clean breakfast stuff, finish getting myself and Sam ready. Today I made dinner (crockpot stuff) and am wring a little something for the blog. Then it's off to school again, to take Sam and to work the kindergarten playground. Then I have an hour off (today I need to run to the bank) and it's back to school for lunch/recess. Then it's get Sam, do his homework while I eat lunch, then get Sally, then get her a snack before we are off to gymnastics. Then it's help Sally with her homework at gymnastics and watch Sam so I can comment on his skills on the way home. Then it's get dinner into Sally as fast as I can because she has to digest it before soccer practice, which we usually have to leave for about an hour after we get home from gymnastics. After soccer, I chase the kids to bed and collapse on the couch.

All that to say that I do have halloween pics, but I have no idea when I'll have time to post them today. Maybe tomorrow!