Monday, February 23, 2009

I'm still here

Yesterday we went to church. The DaddyMan left early, I got myself and my girls ready (on time even!) and we buckled into the van.

A few blocks from home, we have to make a right turn onto a four lane highway that runs through town. This is a busy road with lots of traffic, including semis. It's not uncommon to sit at our regular intersection for almost a minute waiting for a break in traffic. The speed limit is about 35 mph but some people are maniacs. This is the stretch of highway where I was hit by a drunk driver three years ago.

So, as we're approaching the stop sign for the highway, I planned ahead due to the snow from the day before and braked early. When I hit the brakes, my van started to slide. And slide. And slide. I was not stopping. As I got close to the corner, still not slowing down, I cranked the wheel hard to the side, hoping to hit the curb and stop. I kept sliding straight.for.the.intersection.

At that moment I had the thought, "We're going right out into traffic." "Please God no!" and "Hit the horn as a warning." all at the same time. So that's what I did. I laid on the horn and looked quickly to see who was coming from the left. I saw one car. It was a small one, but since visibility isn't the best, I didn't know what was behind it.

I continued sliding into the left lane of my side of the highway and then, all of a sudden my van spun hard to the right and I was back into the right hand lane, going the right direction! Honestly, it was as if my car had just been turned and put in it's place. I didn't remember turning the wheel that far to the right and was shocked when I discovered I was right where I needed to be.

The car I saw before I hit the highway? He apparently heard and/or saw me coming and slowed down and moved to the left lane, because he slowly passed me after I was on the highway and getting moving. Honestly, by all rights...I should've plowed into him or him into me--we were the same distance from the corner when I was sliding.

Once it was over and we were safely on our way, I burst into tears. I'm not normally like that but I was so freaked from what could've happened. I'm still thanking God for His protection over us all. I know the girls didn't have any idea how close we came. M in the backseat had her hands in the air, because she thought it was a roller coaster. Oh to be so childlike! She didn't know that Mommy almost killed her.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Random thoughts

*Why do people insist on putting face sucking pictures of themselves all over the internet? I'm not the least bit opposed to big juicy kisses with your significant other, but really, I don't need to see you doing it and I don't plan to show me doin' it.

*I'm on a Scrabble kick. A and I have been playing a bunch and I'm playing it on Facebook. The other night I was playing two games with two different people and watching ER.

*I think they're going to kill off Dr. Carter on ER. Ever notice that no one's allowed to be happy on that show? I've been watching it for 15 years and I've only ever missed about 2 epsiodes. Whatever will I do on Thursday nights when it ends?

*I started sorting out papers from my file drawer since the DaddyMan was working on our taxes. There are two piles on the counter that have been there all week. I really should be dealing with those instead of blogging right now. I had fun using the paper shredder. I could've worked for Enron. ;)

Monday, February 16, 2009

I am loved!

Who cares if my birthday was more than 10 days ago? Some gifts are worth waiting for! My sister sent me these gorgeous hand embroidered pillowcases!

She thinks my mom was given them by some other relatives for a wedding gift and they've been stored away in either Mom's or my sister's cedar chest for almost 50 years! (If they were wedding gifts to Mom, that means that she got them in 1961. Or if they were baby gifts when my sister was born, that was 1962.)

Isn't that one of the coolest gifts EVER!? I'm thinking that I need to pull out the quilt blocks from my cedar chest and make someone a quilt to go with these pillows!

Thanks Yosie! :D

Friday, February 13, 2009


I've been tagged by my friend Karen at Limited Editing. I'm supposed to go to my pictures folder and find the 4th picture in the 4th row and post it.

Since I'll confess that all my pictures are by year, I decided to take the easy way out and go to Photobucket and select the 4th picture from the 4th row of a couple different pages there to share. Here's the oldest one that is in that spot on a page that was not a picture of something I sold on eBay. Miss M's birthday from just over 2 years ago. Yes, Bob the Tomato is bleeding on the table. Did you have a point?

Here's one a tiny bit more recent-- Here's the cherubs in the outfits I made for them to wear to their great grandpa's 90th birthday. Grandpa's Japanese, in case you didn't know. Aaah, THAT explains why two of my children have eyes that disappear when they smile, doesn't it? As for that other kid, SOMEONE needed to look like her mother!

Oooh, here's a picture worth sharing again:
Yes, that's M with a Binky. Yes, she's far too old for a Binky. There's more to it than that tho. If you'd like to be totally icked out about that Binky and where she found it, you can read about it here and the second half of th story is here.

Thanks for the tag Karen! A walk down memory lane is always amusing around here! I'm going to tag Carrie and Erica. I can't wait to see what they pull up. :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Infections disease

Today at naptime, I sent G in to use the facilities before getting into bed. She tripped over the dog, burst into hysterical laughter and just couldn't get up. Her excuse?
"I have a wedgie and I can't get up!"

I then told A to go finish her schoolwork and she slowwwly slid off the couch. Then she announced, "Hey! I have a wedgie too! Didja know that they're contagious??"

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Movie star

"That Nana in Peter Pan has NOTHIN' on me. I could so do her job."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Day sewing

I decided to dig out the remants of a past Valentine's Day creation and whip up something to list on my empty etsy shop. In the process of whipping up an insanely girly twirly skirt, G walked in and noticed. Since my fabrics contained pink, she decided that what I was making MUST be for her and claimed it before it was finished.

She loves it. Can you tell?

And when you make the top tier 5 feet around and the second tier 10 feet around, you get some wickedly wonderful spin power.

Monday, February 9, 2009

All you need is love

M needed a snuggle the other night and as I held her I asked, "Who loves you?"

Knowing the kind of answers this question usually got me, I waited with baited breath for the answer.

M sweetly replied,
"Mommy, Daddy, Miss Carrie and Aunt Yosie--That guy loves ME the most.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


We saw a sign that said "24 Hour Car Wash."

A said, "Wow, those people are going to be there a while! That's gonna take ALL day!"

Friday, February 6, 2009

Chess club?

Tonight my little two decided to play a game. Considering we have a closet full of options, I'm always amazed when they go the scholarly route and pick chess.

Yes, my little genuises love to play the game of kings. And queens. And horsey guys. And the little guys. I know that must be what they're called, 'cause that's what my girls call them.

They play nicely and take turns. They say, "King me!" a lot too. They also say, "You can bonk this guy." but I think they made that move up, personally.
I'm not very good at chess. The DaddyMan tried to teach me once and the second game we played, I snuck up on his king and took it. He told me that I was supposed to say "Checkmate" before I did that. I told him I thought people only did that to be polite, I didn't know you HAD to say it. He never played with me again.

So, I have to say I love watching these two play. Maybe they'll figure out the rules better than I did. And have nicer manners too.

Because having nice manners and playing games is always a better option than layin' on the floor, drooling in your sleep like some members of the family.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


The other week, M wore this adorable little Hanna Andersson dress to church. It's one of her favorites. And even tho, when I bought it from the clearance rack, I also bought one for G, it's something I've loved on both of them. The fact that I don't generally do handmedowns between these two is a whole 'nother post. But this is currently M's favorite dress.

Tights on the other hand.... are not her favorite. As soon as we got home from church, she ran upstairs to change. This is what she chose to wear.

Why yes, those are her Christmas pajama pants under her sweet floral dress. We're talking ultimate comfort here, people.

I don't know about you, but I think that my little fashionista pulls off this look quite flawlessly, don't you?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Taste of what??

We went out for dinner tonight since it was someone's birthday. The girls were eager to try escargot and A shared her opinion of it as we left the restaurant.

"I thought it would taste okay, but it really tastes like a rubber band dipped in butter."

After the DaddyMan and I recovered from her comment, she tried to clarify.

"I thought it would be chewy like clam, not a rubber band. I just said it wrong."

This brought on the question of just HOW she knows what a rubber band tastes like. Thank God she had a decent answer for that:

"Well after you shoot rubber bands a bunch of times for like an hour and then you suck on your fingers 'cause they hurt, you can taste the rubber bands on your fingers."

Aaah, well then.... THAT makes perfect sense.