Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I'm an Aunt - again...

My girls have some competition.  For years they were the only grandchildren/nieces on BOTH sides of the family. 3 years ago that all changed.  Miss Ellie and Mr. Baker were welcomed into this world as both my SILs gave birth just over a month apart.  This year Miss Julia and Miss MaKenzie joined the crowd.

See the latest addition here!  My littlest one keeps pointing out her belly button "string" - LOL.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Movies that make me cry

I love a sappy love story or a compelling drama. My family laughs at me as I happily sob away when watching these favorite tear jerkers....

Love Story
The English Patient
Dead Poet's Society
Whale Rider
Lost in Translation
Pride and Predjudice
Terms of Endearment
Schindler's List
What are yours?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Miss E. had a frightful trip home from school

My 5 and 7 year old daughters are inseparable. Whether they are fighting or playing, they are always together. Their older 13 year old sis floats in and out of playtime, depending on her tolerance level for her little sisters.

Today my 5 year old, Miss E, arrived home from school. When she approached the porch (bus stop is right outside our house), she looked like she had something on her mind. I asked her if school went OK. She replied that yes it was fine but still looked slightly upset. I asked her what was wrong and she broke - her tiny face crinkled up and she broke into hysterical tears. "N. is gone! She's lost!" she said about her oldest sister.

Apparently the school forgot to tell Miss E. that we had picked up my middle daughter because she was not feeling well. My husband stressed that she should be told and the office promised to let her know. She is very structure and routine oriented so this was a MAJOR thing for her to deal with.

Even after Miss E. knew her sister was safe she was emotionally distressed. I had to hold her for 10 minutes until she calmed down. I kept telling her that she was a great little sis to worry about her big sis. It broke my heart and made me feel proud at the same time.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Why I love Fridays

Every Friday I am relieved the week is over with and that I get to spend the weekend with my family.  What I love most is I get to look forward to a little Friday night humor.  Typically I watch dramas - "Lost" and "House" are my 2 favorite TV shows - "Lost" obsessively so.   Now while there are humorous moments in both shows, neither would be considered strictly a comedy.  Most of my comedy viewing is limited to re-runs of "Everybody Loves Raymond" or "Will and Grace".  Not on Friday's though.... Friday nights are reserved for "Psych" and "The Soup".  No matter how crappy my week is I look forward to Friday nights.

"Psych" is light and corny but Dule Hill (Gus) and James Roday (Sean) crack me up with their predictable antics.  Sean is childish, immature, annoying but you cannot help but love him.  Gus is stuffy, stoic and neurotic - Best friends since childhood, they strangely compliment one another.  One wonders in real life if they actually WOULD be friends.  My favorite though is Timothy Omundson who plays Detective Lassister.  Lassiter plays a police officer with little personality and little tolerance from Sean.  He knows that Sean is not a real psychic but cannot figure out how he (sean) is able to solve so many cases.  Also add Sean's Dad, "the chief" and  Juliet and you have quite a crew.  The wacky, goofy humor is a great end to the week.

Normally I don't like when people make fun of others.  I really don't.  But for some reason I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE "The Soup".  Appearing on "The Soup" is the fear and honor of every celebrity, reality star, interviewer, interviewee, movie star, B-lister, and regular person who happens to be on TV that week.  Embarrassing moments are re-broadcast with either a commentary, commentary and skit, or replayed again and again and again and opportune moments during the 1/2 hour free for all.  Host Joel McHale, Interns, staff and guests keep us laughing, crying, agreeing and sympathizing with their stinging insults, accurate metaphors and witty reenactments.   It is funny even when you have not seen the clip being featured in advance, hysterical when you have.  My only disappointment?  Last Season's clip from ANTM of "Model as if you are in pain" was not featured.  I was so looking forward to that all week when it originally aired.  Of course Joel only has 1/2 an hour and so much to choose from so I will forgive.  

Monday, September 08, 2008

My weekend project with the girls

This weekend I was feeling pretty industrious. My two little ones and I worked on creating customized bulletin boards for their new rooms. I recently bought some throw pillows for their beds so pulled the colors from those - For Miss N, a turquoise blue and for Miss E. a lime green.  It was a little messy (especially Miss E's work area) but fun!


Bulletin Boards
Craft Paint
Stick on rhinestones
Small heart shaped charms
"Love" stamped charms - large
small wood squares
18 inch chain (approx)

- We used glossy craft paint for the trim, squares and large letter initials
- We used metallic craft paint for one (turquoise) and standard matte paint for the other (green)

- We embellished the letters and squares with rhinestones and charms, which were glued on with a hot glue gun)\.  The squares were "dangled" from a chain which was also glued on.
- To finish I dove into my craft bag and created floral buttons from precut foam, buttons and beads

For my oldest daughter I also did a black and blue "Rock and Roll" themed board with chains, a painted guitar and graffiti

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