Thursday, September 25, 2008

The little things

I know I shouldn't be so happy about this but I am. Look at this......

Cold Stone now has YOGURT! Tart and light, it is a beautiful thing. I had it with raspberries and chocolate shavings and all can say is YUM! Don't get me wrong, I like ice cream, but lately I have become almost addicted to yogurt. And not the frozen yogurt that tastes almost like ice cream but that wonderfully tart variety. Soft serve is my favorite but when Cold Stone gives you a free birthday creation well, what can I say?

Also, I had a coupon for a free salad at McDonalds today. Free salad, free yogurt, life is good.

It is the little things that can make a difference in your day and sometimes that little thing it free salad and yogurt. Really makes me wonder though, if this is all it takes to perk up my day does that mean there is not much to my life or that my life is so good that the little things just give me that extra little jolt. Good life, good life, good life......

On anther note, the principal at Tara's school made a promise to the students last school year. He said that if if they brought up the test scores he would shave his head, well he kept his promise, follow the link:

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sweet Sixteen!

Tara is 16!

Saturday my beautiful daughter became 16. When I asked her what she would like to do on her birthday she said "Go have a nice dinner with my family." She was not interested in having a "Sweet Sixteen" party or having everyone come to the house and do the usual family party.

It took a few days but she finally decided to go the Romano's Macaroni Grill for dinner. Everyone had a good time and it was nice to spend time with the family. It was our poor waitress' fifth day on the job and she was given our bunch! You had to feel sorry for her, but she did well all things considered.

Luis showed the boys how to make a rose from a paper napkin and two peaks from a linen napkin so it looked like breasts. They boys thought this was very funny and all got a good laugh out of it. We will have to find a way to 'thank' Luis for that, I am sure I can come up with something creative. :)


Thursday, September 18, 2008


Birthdays, they can be full of joy and pain. So many people dread having them but really isn't it better than the alternative?

As children we look forward to each birthday. If there is a party or the family comes over we can hardly wait to tear into the gifts. Cake, ice cream, friends and family all take a distant second to the mystery of what is in those packages.

As we get older birthdays become less and less important until most of the time they just seem like just another day. I don't think about my birthday very often but am always pleasantly surprised at how wonderful they end up being. My family and friends are always so good to me. It doesn't take much but I appreciate all they do and I have to admit it is nice having people do things for you sometimes.

Sunday Tara came to me as I was cleaning the kitchen. Here is how the conversation went:

Tara: "Mom, do you know what this Saturday is?"

Me: "It is your birthday. Did you think I could forget?"

Tara: "No, I forgot and Jackie just reminded me"

Me: "Well more importantly, do you know what Thursday is?"

Tara: "Your birthday!"

Me: "Glad to know you remember the important days" (smile)

So today is that important day. The kids were excited to give me my gift. They came out of the bedroom this morning singing "Happy Birthday," all three to a different tune. They wanted me to open the gift and card from Dad and Amy first because "we don't know what it is." (My kids, curiosity always gets to them.) Dad and Amy gave me some very nice earrings.

The kids then gave me their gift. Prismacolor markers! They are so smart, they know that craft supplies is always a good thing for Mom.

Friends were very generous and gave me some very nice things, I can't wait to have some time to play with my new toys :)

My sister made me cry, in a good way, by sending me flowers and a nice message, so all in all today has been a wonderful day.

I am lucky to have so many people who love and care about me. There are times I wonder what I have done to deserve all of this.......and then other times.....well I do have teenagers. :)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Thinking....see the smoke?

Recently I have been thinking I need to start a blog. In my usual fashion I start to consider what I would want the blog to be about or represent. Many ideas come to my mind and most of them just seemed to specific, labor intensive or just plain old boring. So I neatly, (the only neat thing in my life at the moment) tucked the ideas into the back of my mind and moved on with my hectic life.

I am the lucky Young Woman's leader who this month gets to present the value we have chosen to focus on. The value and corresponding color for the month is "knowledge" and green. I have spent some time wondering how I was going to present this to the Young Women this Sunday and make it a little less boring than going to the dentist and do it in just a few minutes. Oh and let us not forget the girls love treats. So I am wandering around Costco with Ryan yesterday and think to myself "You should really go look at the candy and other treats, maybe you will find something green to give the girls." As I peruse the isle I come across "Airhead" candy and the light goes on! Knowledge.....don't be an airhead.....oh my gosh this could work......woohoo.

I come home get things put away, stop the kids from eating the Airheads (there are 90 candies but I haven't figured out how I am going to work it out so no one can touch them) and start looking at my craft supplies. Now anyone who knows me, knows that my craft supplies go on and on and on, there really should be a 12 step program. Anyway, I get this idea to wrap the candy in card stock (decorated with one or more of my many rubber stamps), decorate it with a ribbon and attach the word knowledge with the little blurb from the personal progress book. I then find a font that matches the lettering on the candy and print "Don't be an" on the clear labels and stick them to the front of the candies, so it reads "Don't be an ... Airheads." Yes I know Airheads is plural but it is all I had to work with. And this is what I ended up with............

The tag on each of the treats read "Knowledge I will continually seek opportunities forlearing and for growth."

So there I am posting these pictures to a craft site I am part of and I think to myself "You need to start that blog," and here we are back at the beginning of the story. So I have decided to start the blog and have the subject be what hits my fancy the day I am posting, whether it is my crafts, others crafts that I think are an inspiration, the kids and their antics, recipe successes and failures, a book I am reading, church or just my gripes and complaints of the day.

So this how my mind works, or doesn't work depending on how you look at it, you never know when something will inspire me or how it will but it all seems to come together in a neat little mess when I am done :)