Saturday, November 18, 2006

Oh Deer....

We saw a "3rd" buck in our yard this morning! We were downstairs watching a movie, Rascal was barking like crazy. Emily thought she saw someone with a dog walk walk by the window. her and i ran up the stairs only to find it wasn't a dog, but a buck walking down the driveway. this one was a 6 point, the one in the pix was an 8 and the other one we saw was a 4 point...any bow hunters want some free meat!? ;o)

Calgon took me away!

I took a nice long hot bath last night! I feel much better, except for my sore tail bone. Mr Rascal managed to knock my feet right out from under me! I fell faster than i knew what happened.
Dh and Jake went off to camp last night. I hope they have a good time! Dh was a little stressed, he said not only were they stopping for ice cream! he was stopping for cigarette's....I hope the ice cream does the trick before he gets to the cigarettes.. :o/
Thanks to everyone that added to the stress of his day!
(me included!)
I have to add now that yesterday is over...We all tend to be motivated to do work at different times. last week Jacob *was* motivated...Only i was too exhausted from working so many hours. (We need the money so i didn't feel i could say "no"....) Jacob discovered that going through junk is hard work! I cleaned up the laundry area, so now we have a place to put stuff we want to get rid of. I think this will help, since we can move that stuff to another part of the basement and little hands wont get into it. Emily has been a big help in the past. she gets upset that little hands mess up what she cleaned. So she doesn't want to do it anymore since it will get messed up again. I think dh has that thing where he gets depressed in the winter...i suppose that and all the stress he inures throughout the day adds to his lack of motivation at home. I just don't know how to get us ALL motivated at the same time and keep dh in good spirits. Plus work on top of that!

Friday, November 17, 2006

in my free time...

In my free time i was able to finish my hot air balloon quilt top. Originally it was only a single block. I wanted it to bigger so i made four blocks. It is pretty big. I am going to back it with fleece. I am waiting till next week when the fleece goes on sale! :o) I think the person i made it for will really like it! :o)
I also made Sarah a poncho. well actually this it the second one...the first one isn't quite finished yet, but she has been wearing it. The original fabric was furry fleece, backed with dora flannel. I returned those because i didn't want to mess with the furry fleece and got this fleece. she likes it!

calgon take me away....

I am SO tired of the bickering and fighting that goes on daily in this house!! They fight over "every" little thing! One of the many fights this morning is over plastic forks. they fight over the dog duties (cause no one wants to do them) dishes, toys, chores, if someone looks at them wrong... the list goes on! I cant attempt to discipline any of them without help! each time, one of them takes it upon themselves to help me, Because we all know i cant do it alone! we don't want to keep up with the house, and i cant do it alone. (sorry Scott, but you are one of them) so nothing stays clean. But we can bug the heck out of mom to bribe her to take us someplace to buy more THINGS!!! I have a hard time finding time to do it all!! and an even harder time trying to motivate the troops....I am having a really tough time balancing all my responsibilities.
So life goes on.....

Monday, November 13, 2006

Mmm...Steak & Shake....

Dh has vacation days that he has to take or loose. So Friday he took the .5 day off. Since it was a date night and i had to work, we went on a lunch date. On the way home from work he noticed there were a lot of cars parked outside of steak and shake. So we decided to check it out. There were people coming and going. We decided to go in to make sure. We were greeted by a friendly hostess and she took us to our booth. Our waitress was still training and mumbled a lot! Her trainer was much better. After i almost spilled my shake, dh ended up spilling his. (the glasses were rather slick) Two managers happened to be sitting at a table across the isle from us and quickly jumped up and helped clean up the spill and got dh a new shake! Later another employee came by and was talking to me. i asked her when they opened!? she said they weren't actually *open* yet! The *official* opening is today (Monday) She said they were doing training this week and were open for a few hours at lunch to help prepare the employees for being open 24 hours a day starting Monday. She said they didn't tell anyone they were open, it was spread by word of mouth. The kids were mad that we didn't take them! lol They want to go for milk shakes today! But....




I have to work.......

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Ahh...Life in the country!



But we live in the city! This couple has been visiting our yard this week...Not sure if that is good or bad.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Slightly Cranky.....

(BIG vent)

I have been slightly cranky today. Perhaps it is the weather….perhaps it is the walls are closing in on me. Perhaps I should consider continuing my medication a little longer……

First off! Why it is that something that belongs to “mom” is a free for all!? It bugs the heck out of me when everyone just thinks that they can touch my “stuff” This morning when I go to get my ponytail band…it is gone! But yesterday Sarah had *4* ponytails in her hair! Hmm..does she know where any of them are!? Nope! She thinks they may be downstairs someplace…or perhaps she lost them outside! You think ponytails, no biggie…well I have some that do not have metal that I keep for myself. We have the cheapy ones that Sarah can play with (and loose) so I go to look for mine and all I find are Sarah's….

last week, someone thought it was alright to play with”moms” video camera….(Mom had to beg and plead for this camera for along time)….well someone left it out on top of a pile and low and behold the thing slid off the pile and fell to the floor and broke. No one feels guilty! No one even cares that my camera got broke!

Earlier, Sarah was being 4 (according to dh) and she decided after all this time she didn’t know what 2+0=. SHE KNOWS THIS!!!! I know she does!!! So I send her to take a nap. And I worked with Timmy. Which he did really well with out her!!! After I was finished with Timmy, I wanted to sew, (I haven’t done that in a long time)I can’t just sit down to sew, I have to clean all the junk off from on top of and in front of my sewing table. Now before I go to bed, I have to clean off my bed because that is where all my junk went. In addition, I find Sarah in MY bed!!! Why is that you ask! Cause Sarah doesn’t have a bed! Well she does, but there is no room for it. So she sleeps with Timmy in the room with the 3 boys. Or in this case MY bed…

As I said earlier, the walls are closing in on me! We have such a small house! I am thankful we have a house! But I really NEED more room. The basement is full of junk because we cleaned out the kids bedrooms (which didn’t help any) so now we have a big mess down there….I have my stamp area in the basement but even though NO ONE is allowed in MY area….things keep getting put over there. And I find all kind of toys, trash, dishes and such that I didn’t put there! Where is My space!? (Don’t send me to myspace.com!)

And then there is always the money issue! I feel most guilty about that when I spend money on myself! Which i did this week.....

I have been working alot lately (as many hours as they will give me) so i am very tired and sore. In fact tonight is the only night this week i am NOT working!

and tomorrow is another day......

Friday, November 03, 2006

when it rains is pours...

it is not quite pouring (yet) I am expecting it to any day now! lol In addition to the 2 vacuums breaking, Dh's van is going to need some work again! I am afraid that dh's van isn't going to last much longer. I hate to keep putting money into it, since it is so old! I also don't like the fact that he drives through the ghetto to get to work, but his other option is the freeway. He works downtown, so the freeway is crazy too! So anyway... his exhaust is going (Perhaps we could compete with the "Genius" family car!) ;o) and his radiator hose has another hole in it. In addition to the Ac/heater not working and who knows what else! We also need to have an alignment done on our big van and at least one new tire! Cars! cant live with em' cant live without em'!

We had some excitement out front our house today! The city has had major problems with fights the past several years. This year the fights have moved to our side of town. Luckily this fight was only 5 kids. I have heard of gangs of 15+ Just about the time i was getting concerned, the police pulled up. We happen to know the one officer. (he is a bad a**) lol he was really angry with these kids. (I am sure the police are tired of dealing with these punks!) so he grabbed the one kid, he must have been smart mouthing him, cause Don picked him up by his jacket collar and carried him across the street and threw him against the back of the police car. All the time yelling at him. (it was funny!) he frisked this kid and yelled at him some more, then picked him up again and tossed him in the police car.
then Don went for the next kid. Don made this kid pick up all the belongings that they had thrown on the street, then took him to the car to frisk and cuff. while the kid was standing there, his pants fell down! lol He tried to pull them up but it only made don angry cause the kid was being frisked at the time. so he was put in the police car too. Next was a girl, she was so scared by this time, she cooperated nicely. While they were frisking the girl, these other 2 kids came walking up trying to start something. I guess they were smart enough to walk away. I told Em that she should go outside and get some action shots for her blog! However she wouldn't to it! I told her she should go out their and ask Don if he could throw the kid against the car again so she could get a shot of that! But! she wouldn't do that either! she tried to get some pixs from the window. I don't know if they came out or not. lol
And you wonder why we don't want to live here...... :o/ this is exactly why we got a dog...

Our new Vacuum

We decided to get a new vacuum....not because we had extra money to blow....but because we broke *2* vacuums in the past month!!! you know how that is! This vacuum is pretty neat. it has a duster attachment, that is the yellow thing with the stick. you put it in the canister and turn it on for 10 seconds and it charges the duster, then you dust with it. after you dust you place it back in the canister and turn it on again and it sucks all the dust off the duster! it also has a power paw(that is the black and yellow thing just under the handle) Jake thinks that is the best thing since sliced bread! it is his job to vacuum the furniture! now he cant use the excuse he cant find the vacuum attachment! lol


after taking Jacobs pix Joshua wanted his pix taken too! :o) he is 14 mo. and wearing size 2T clothes!

The day has arrived!

Today was the day i have been waiting for! The day of the employee sale at Joann's! :o)
I also picked up my employee discount card today! it finally arrived! Yea! lol So, this is the fabric i purchased. Unfortunately i did spend more than $20....think dh will notice!? ;o)

This is the jungle babies fabric (cotton left, fleece on right) the fleece i got the other day to make a blanket for Joshua. it is SO cute and soft! i just couldn't pass up the cute jungle animals!!






















This is ballerina fabric that was just too cute to pass up! I am not exactly sure what i am going to do with it...but i have a little girl that absolutely loves it!!









Here is the cat fabric. again too cute!! :o)



Just something nice for my stash...




My bird fabric!!







Got this for a future quilt. It was so pretty i just couldn't pass it up! lol









Thursday, November 02, 2006

Trick or Treaters

here are some pix of my trick or treaters.


Emily IS a prisoner....


Timmy was a Ninja
Sarah was a fairly princess

Jacob was a bionicle


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Appliqué quilt top



I finally got around to finishing my appliqué quilt top! You cant really tell from the pix, but i used as many sparkley fabrics as i could find! as promised here is the pix!!














The heart flowers down the center are attached by buttons, so they just kinda sit on top of the quilt.



this is one of the four flowers on the border



the flowers down the two sides are appliquéd, then have Yo-Yo centers attached with buttons.

comings and goings...

for the past year, i have been suffering with lower back pain. I thought when i started my new job, my back would hurt even more. it seems that working has helped strengthen my back! I am almost pain free!! :o)
BUT...I am noticing that after work my wrist hurts! especially after busy days when i unroll/cut a lot of fabric.....
Also for the past year i have been taking medication for PPD. I have decided I am ready to go off the medication. My hormones are evening out and I feel my symptoms are to the point where I can manage them without medication. (DH agrees, i did check with him first!)
Earlier this week i received a $20 check in the mail! :oD A woman that bought Avon from me about 2 years ago, signed up to sell. She mentioned my name so i received the credit. It just happens that there is a *great* fabric sale this week....I will be spending my $20 on fabric!!! :oD
With the holidays quickly approaching....my hours at work are too! Hopefully i will get my employee discount card soon! :oD Perhaps dh asked them to NOT give me a discount card! ;o)