Monday, December 3, 2012

Things that make you go hmm....

The DaddyMan was out of town last week and brought back a single serve box of Frosted Flakes leftover from his hotel breakfast.  It was sitting on the counter and since I hate clutter, I opened it to have a small snack. 

A sees me opening this magical box of sugar coated cereal, the likes of which I never buy, and asked, "Are you going to eat that?"

Like a good mother, I replied, "No, I'm going to toss handfulls of it around the house like snowflakes."

And I wonder why my kids are sarcastic...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Playing games

We played Spoons tonight. G got frustrated after getting her fourth letter (Spoo) and tossed her cards across the table and they slid on the floor. Then she got a very sheepish look on her face and said "I'm gonna go pick those up now......" I may have laughed hysterically. And then sucked it up and told her that was not the best display of sportsmanship.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

All political all the time....

A few weeks ago, A wanted to buy soemthing and she needed a few more dollars. I offered to pay her $5 if she would plant all my tulip bulbs. She agreed.

Today, she decided she no longer needed the money and even tho it's the warmest day we've had in three weeks, she doesn't want to plant my tulip bulbs. When her dad asked why she no longer needed the money, I reminded him of something he's been saying for weeks....

"because Obama got re-elected."

Saturday, November 10, 2012


The girls and I were playing Apples to Apples. The word was "soft" and M was deciding which card best represented it. She read the choices aloud, "mittens, bugs, jello" and then said, "speaking of nose, last night when I threw up, it came out my nose."

Interesting segway, don't you think?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

My kid isn't psychic

Saturdays are often lazy days around here.  Today I cooked a big breakfast for my family but someone left the tv on while we ate. A commercial for a famous psychic came on which led to the following conversation.
M asked what a psychic does and I told her they talk to the dead.
The DaddyMan asked why she had funny hair.
A asked if I could talk to the dead.
I was confused and asked why.
She responded, "then what's with your hair?"

Harumph. Some people just don't appreciate bed head.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


This is quite possibly the most neglected I have ever left my blog. Life got busy,what can I say?  

I had a rather traumatic medical procedure done, the Daddyman got attacked by a dog, we went to family camp, I had an experience similar to something that happened in sixth grade, we started school, we had grandparents visit, we've been doing enrichment, piano and soccer and now, just this week, my calendar has finally eased up. Whew!

I'm looking forward to more blank space on my calendar. I'm looking forward to spending quality time teaching my children instead of running to various activities and honestly, just hanging out with my girls. My baby turned 8 a couple weeks ago and lately it seems that time has sped up and time is short. A will be heading to college in just four years. Eek...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


This youngest child of mine remains one of the best surprises ever.

Early this morning, she crawled into bed with me.  Sleeping with her is like sleeping with an octopus. She takes up a crazy amount of room in a queen sized bed for an average sized 7.5 year old!

 I woke up with us facing each other, her hand on my face.  A moment later, there was a big crack of thunder and she opened her eyes. I whispered, "Why is your hand on my face?"  She looked at me rather ashamedly and responded, "I dreamed I was making a pizza."  I'm still laughing as a type that. 

Today she had a piano lesson. The girls go together to the teacher's house and they take their lessons in age order.  Apparently, during G's lesson, M laid down on the teacher's couch and fell asleep.  When they woke her 30 minutes later for her lesson, she'd made a big drool puddle on their couch.  Lovely....

She is a gem.  :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

I'm so confused.

Actual conversation this morning... It makes me wonder what goes on when I'm not listening...

G: Limes grow on trees?
A: No, they grow underground. Broccoli grows underground too.
G: It does!?
Me: No!
A: Cauliflower is just broccoli that's picked early.
G: really?
Me: No!
A: Just like baby carrots are carrots that are picked early.
Me: No they're not. They're cut up big carrots.
A: So, apple slices don't have their own trees either?

Friday, June 1, 2012

M and Aaron sittin' in a tree...

Around here, being a Packers fan is kind of a big deal. On Sundays, the guys taking the offering are wearing jerseys. The best time to hit the grocery store for a small crowd? During a Packers game. Since we're transplants to this land of green and gold, not all of us are big fans. Except, for M.

Miss M has had a major crush on a certain Super Bowl MVP since we saw him in DisneyWorld back in 2011.  Her crush really grew during the last football season.  This certain man appears on lots of commercials here in Wisconsin and life comes to a halt for her every single time Aaron Rodgers shows up on our tv.  She dreams of him knocking on our door and taking her out for a cheeseburger.  (those are her two loves, Aaron Rodgers and cheeseburgers.  LOL)

She's been wanting a jersey with a 12.  A green jersey, to be exact.  I refused to spend $40 on a cheap one at Kohls and definitely wasn't paying eBay prices for one!  So, like any good frugal mom, I told her, "When we find one at a garage sale, I'll buy it."  I kinda doubted we'd find one any time soon. 

I was wrong. 
We spotted this jersey at a garage sale when we were still a good 1/2 a block away.  I got out and looked at it and tried to talk the woman down a bit, but her $45 price was firm. She pointed out that it's a licensed jersey, embroidered and much nicer than the Kohls ones.  She was right.  M pointed out that she still had some money from her grandpa to spend and as I passed over the money, M hugged me tight and squealed "Thank you!!"

Now to convince her that it's not appropriate church attire until football season starts....

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Soccer woes

M played soccer last fall. She loved it. She had a great coach, the other kids are nice and I enjoy chatting with the other parents at practices. G decided she wanted to play soccer too. So this spring we signed her up and she's been playing on an all girls team. The first night of practice she said no one was friendly. One girl in particular has been a bit of a turd all season by not following instructions, kicking other people's balls away and so on. G hadn't really mentioned too much else that's gone on, until tonight. I watched her walk toward the field for the last practice of the season tonight with the main bully close behind. Said bully quickly stole G's ball and they ran around with G trying to get it back. After a while the other girl was acting as a goalie and G was trying to score, so I thought all was well. What I missed apparently was that this girl took G's ball and threw it over the 6 foot fence surrounding the soccer field. The girl did climb the fence to get it back but still! She also has been calling G by a nickname we don't like all season, because she knows it irritates her. Ugh. Also tonight, as the girls divided into two teams to scrimmage, one of the girls was trash talking to G and telling her, "you guys are going down!'. Now, there's nothing wrong with that and later after G's team had scored a few times, G said the same thing back to her. That's when this girl said to her, 'What would you said if I said I hate your face?" :gasp!: G said she told her, "I'd say that was mean and you should say you're sorry.". But, the girl didn't. G told me all this in the van as we drove home from practice. For a girl who had so much fun watching her sister play and even practicing with M's team from time to time, I feel so bad for her that she's been bullied over and over this season! I was bullied a lot in school too and it ticks me off to watch my sweet girl go thru this. Just tonight at dinner we were discussing if the girls wanted to play again in the fall and G and M both wanted too. But after sharing tonight's practice crap with me, G has decided she no longer wants to play. I know I can't protect her forever, but really, I'd forgotten how dreadful fourth graders can be. (Of course, I can still name all the bullies in my fourth grade class....) I'm so proud of how she responded and I'm thankful for the chance to talk to her about what makes some girls be so mean. I mean, it was the homely girl on the team that told G she hated her face so we all know why she's being mean. ;) It also gave me the chance to hold my sweet girl's face in my hands and tell her that I know she's beautiful and that I am so very proud of her. Because she was far more gracious and godly than I would've been if I'd heard what those girls were saying. And just now as I sit here and write and G is supposed to be getting ready for bed, I get an email from her iPod. "Thank you. You said that my face was pretty,thank you for saving the day:)" Sniff.

The DaddyMan's a rockstar

He ran a 1/2 marathon. And didn't die.
He's so cool.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Trying to be fun....

Do you know what this is?
Yep, it's the first 20ish states that joined the Union, in PlayDoh.  We've been learning about the states this spring and we were having a day when everyone was bored, so I broke out the PlayDoh and started assigning states.

See, they really did have fun. :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Meeting Doreen Cronin

My girls love books.  They  love series of books.  When they find an author they love, they must collect ALL of that author's books.  This is the case with The Diary of a Worm (and Fly and a Spider) as well as Click, Clack Moo, Cows that Type and all subsequent books.

I'd told a friend about these great books a while back and she told me that the author, Doreen Cronin, was going to be near us to hold a book signing. So, we grabbed our favorites and hit the road.

My girls had a blast hearing Doreen read one of their favorites as well as hearing about her newest books and how she goes about the writing process.  She wrote Click Clack Moo in like 20 minutes!  She was sweet enough to chat a few minutes with my girls and sign their books too.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tap...tap tap?

Hello? Yes, I haven't been around much lately. Life, ya know? So let me back up, because I just realized a pile of pictures I never posted....

Back in January...we took a trip to visit the grandparents and great-grandpa.  He's 95.  Isn't he adorable?

Here are three generations of the men on the DaddyMan's side. They're ALL smiling.  This is a once in a lifetime photo, as they're not usually all smiling at the same time.

We also visited the Carousel for Missoula.  This has been something A has loved since she was a toddler and Paint is her favorite horse. 

This is one of the super fun parts of the carousel--the dragon. Each time you go around, you grab a ring from the dragon's mouth and if you get the last ring--the brass one, you get a free ride.  I think we earned six rides this time

G loves this horse too.  Midnight Rose.

And her's the goofy M on Paint too.

Here's Grandpa showing his excitment after getting the brass ring (notice how much M resembles him??)

And here's the DaddyMan, showing off his brass ring.  LOL  As you can see, a good time was had by all.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

I made a skirt in honor of the occasion.
I'd been collecting the fabrics for a while, I bought a pattern from Izzy and Ivy and then I read the pattern and my ADD kicked in.  :P  So, I looked at the pictures and winged it, but I did okay and churned out a skirt in an afternoon.  Just my kinda of project!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Having a cool testimony

You know those people that have become Christians after a really rough life? A life fraught with many bad decisions and after they've reached the bottom of the pit, they found Jesus and turned their lives around?   My testimony is nothing like that.  I've always thought it would be kind of cool to have a more exciting testimony about what my life was before I met Christ but....I don't.

Sunday in church, the pastor pointed to the communion table and told us that we could bring all of our very best achievments to the table and offer them to God and they still wouldn't be good enough to get to Heaven.

High school was when I finally figured out that all my goody-goody good choice making, straight-A earning, not sleeping around self, figured out that I still wasn't good enough to get to Heaven on my own.  Dang, I was trying hard to earn it!!  I'm eternally grateful that someone finally pointed out to me that no matter how 'good' I was...I was never going to be good enough.  I needed a Savior that would take away my sins, because I couldn't do it on my own. :)

Life is good.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ban crack.

While walking out of a local store with my cherubs today, I noticed a woman bending over, loading things into her car. Her jeans were riding a bit low and her shirt a bit high and there was a bit of a ahem, crack in the middle. I muttered, "Crack kills." A didn't quite catch what I said so she turned and said,"Who are we killin'?" just as she caught sight of the crack I was referring to and interrupted herself with an,"oooohhhh." I'm pretty sure me wetting my pants from laughter in the parking lot would've attracted even more attention than the other woman was....thankfully I held it. ;)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Clowning around.

One of my children bombed a math test this morning. Bombed. I'm not sure why, I but I had to tell her that she failed. Her big sister piped in with,"would you like a side of epic with that fail?" She then went on to tell me that she's decided she's the class clown and pointed out that as the only kid in her class, it's not too hard.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mad Skillz

My first born loves to play with clay. She's got mad skillz. This would be her rendition of Smaug, the dragon from the Hobbit. He's guarding his treasure. (click on the picture to see the big version)
And every dragon needs a Hobbit, right? (I LOVE his feet!)
Here's the back of him. Buttons on his buttocks. ;)
And here's her phoenix.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I learned something new

I've been seeing these gorgeous Twister or Whirlygiggle type quilts all over the internet (like on Pinterest) and I SO wanted to make one.  But... I didn't want to spend $10 or so on the template to make one.  So, I did some reading online, looked at several tutorials and then, I took my cute little four inch square template and drew a couple lines on it. 

Then, I cut up some scraps of fabric into 5 inch squares and sewed them together.  I also sewed a three inch binding around my squares. And then I started cutting my sewn together blocks into new blocks. This is how you line up the template. You carefully cut with a rotary cutter around the template to get new blocks. As I did this, I understood why the one tutorial I read was SO anal about making sure each row of your stitching goes the alternate direction---lumpy seams makes your template hard to hold in one place. I'll be more exact next time.

Here you can see at the top, two rows of blocks waiting to be cut.   At the bottom are two rows already cut and twisted into the new pattern.

And her's the final product.  It's doll sized. :)  I think I should've used higher contrast fabrics, but it's still fun.  

Saturday, January 21, 2012


It snowed here. Finally. Two of mine have been having a LOT of fun playing outside.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Chop chop!

Someone decided it was time for shorter hair. Before:

And after.  :) 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

So obedient

The Wonder Dog loves me. That means, my 150 lb. bundle of hairy love wants to be with me, all the time. Especially if I'm in the kitchen and might accidently drop something fabulous. Early on, we taught her the command, "Out!" which means out of my kitchen. See how well this command works?
Technically, she is not IN the kitchen. Well, except for that tip of her nose.

Her grooming is lacking

While playing a game with a certain 7 year old, I noticed her seriously long fingernails. I pointed out that we needed to clip those today. She responded,"No! These babies keep people out of my bubble!"

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pillow what??

My younger two have the very popular Pillow Pets. They love them. The Pillow Pets must live on their beds tho, because I don't want them downstairs collecting dog hair. Therefore, when they're on the main floor, they snuggle with me. The other night, M snuggled up to me, put her head on my chest and started singing what I thought was the Pillow Pets commercial jingle. I was wrong. She sang,"It's a pillow. It's a breast. It's a pillow breast!" Um...yeah...