Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
And I am busier than the bees in the springtime, the ants in the fall, the squirrels.. you get the point. I'm getting ready for MINDY GLEDHILL to come. Tomorrow! Still want to come? I have tickets left. At this point around 10. Don't miss out. It's going to be AWESOME. And I don't use all caps lightly folks.
Concert. In my house. How many times can you say that in one lifetime?
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
P.S. I still can't figure out why the spacing I create when I composing disappears when I push publish. Any ideas? Jeff? You would know.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
So I came up with a brilliant (in my estimation) plan on how to get around it. All growing up we had some sort of plastic covering over our dining table to protect it. From us.
I took that idea and improved upon it. I found the fabric I liked, layed that down on the table, then laid down the clear plastic stuff you can buy by the yard at fabric stores( I got mine at Walmart) on top of that, and then stapled the whole thing to the underside of the table.
My, my, my children are little in this picture.
This worked so well, and made me soooo happy.
I found, though, that around 6 months the plastic overlay would start to get past being able to just wipe down, and we would throw it out. That's fine. 12 bucks every 6 months, I could handle that.
And then we were gifted my in-laws old table. The table that can seat up to 14 people. The table that is wide enough that you can have a fully set table and still have plenty, and I mean plenty, of room left for the actual dinner and serving trays.
So while it was perfect for entertaining, it no longer fit a normal width of fabric or the plastic overlay. Hmmm. What to do.
Well, I searched for wider plastic. None to be found. So I sewed a table cloth-I had to since the table was sooo ginormous. No regular size fabric or table cloth would fit it.
And then I layed the plastic down in 3 strips so it kind of overlapped, and I called it good enough.
Except it wasn't. The kids would run their hands under those overlapped parts, liquids would spill and seep under the overlapped parts.
And while I could just leave it all off and the table is perfectly sound and easy to wipe down, the 80's oak just wasn't appealing to me and I wasn't ready to strip it and paint it white. Which is my eventual plan.
Enter...fate. Whilst perusing Fabric.com, I found something called laminated cotton. Ever heard of it? Well, I had not. It's basically stuff you would use to make a rain jacket, or covers for outdoor furniture.
And it must be gaining in popularity because there were quite a few lovely patterns to select from and the best part? It came in 58 inch width. Which meant it is wide enough for my table!!! No sewing involved, and no plastic overlay to replace!
It arrived today, and I must say.. I love it! Passionately. It's like it was made for my kitchen.
Don't you think?
Oh, and guess what? Just 6 days til Mindy Gledhill is in my house!!!!! I still have a few tickets left. Get them before their gone!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Mindy Gledhill is in fact coming to my house!!!!!
I love this girl. She has it all, talent, looks, sense of purpose, and she makes great music that is uplifting and happy and just down right good.
And did I mention, she's coming to my house?!!!
And you're invited.
March 31st, here, at my house! 7 pm-be there or be super square!
10 dollars at the door. What other concert could you get such a lovely intimate setting, AND only pay 10 dollars for?
If you can't make it to my house, Mindy is touring right now, you can go here to buy tickets.
In the Northwest, she is coming to Olympia and Yakima, and to Portland. So whatever you do, wherever you are, don't miss it!
Mindy also released her new video from her latest album. Enjoy. And email me if you want to come!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
It's what a mother does, and it's what this blog is really about, see. It's keeping a record for them so that they can look back and go, "Oh yeah, I am awesome!"
We have a naturally theatrical family. I don't know exactly how it happened. Both Jeff and I acted in high school and we are known to have dance parties and carry on entire conversations in the style of James Cagney or Monty Python. True story. SO maybe that has something to do with it. Probably.
As our children have show interest in performing, we have always encouraged and supported that. So when I sit in the audience listening to Kate's choir solo or watching Julia shine as "perfect speaking child", I secretly wish I could be up there too. It's addicting in a wonderful way. The applause, getting to pretend to be someone else and feeling that you gave your all.
Since November Julia has been rehearsing for the musical My Son Pinnochio: Geppetto's Story.
She played 3 different roles in the play, as did many of the kids, and I got so emotional watching her on stage, her voice clear and beautiful, her expressions delightful, her focus inspiring.
Am I a proud mama or what?
She has 3 performances total. Two last Saturday and one this coming Saturday. So if you're in the area and want to see a really well done middle school production, come on over!
But here we are after her performance. (Charlie went with me the night before, otherwise he would be in these pictures too! and Henry and Nora were with a babysitter-thanks Olivia!)
It was wonderful!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Well thanks to my dear friends and neighbors, Kim and Colby, Henry was gifted an awesome, boy, pirate costume.
In fact, he loved it so much that he wore it all day Friday when they gave it to him, fell asleep in it that night, wore it all day Saturday, and was quite annoyed when I peeled if off of him for church on Sunday.
And when we got home from church, he promptly put it back on. It comes with a pirate hat too.
What's not to love?
Sleeping adorable boy + pirate costume=awesome!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I just emailed Mindy Gledhill to see if she would have a concert in my house!!!
She's coming to the northwest at the end of March and she has said she would like to have a concert in someone's home one night while she is in the Seattle area. So I thought, why not me? And I emailed her, just like that!
If you're not familiar with her, you must become acquainted with her music. You must! www.mindygledhill.com She is fantastic, creative, and has a voice like butter! I'm telling you. We are huge fans in our house.
So if you live in the northwest, and would love to see Mindy Gledhill at my house, keep your fingers crossed!! Please!!! Lets get this talented woman to Maple Valley!
Thank you and good night.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Anne Marie and Charlie were finishing up their breakfast before leaving for the bus.
Henry and Nora were beginning their day of play, dress up, and making a mess. Which is what children do. At least in my house:)
And I started thinking about taking pictures of them in these candid, real life moments. The moments that made me want to start blogging in the first place.
And I realized that maybe I've lost sight of that. Instead of the family journal and online memory maker that I wished for this blog to be, it has become something else. A place for me to vent, a place for me to share more about myself. A place to be witty and clever (occasionally) and a place to feel loved by friends, family and even those previously unknown to me.
But I want to get back to why I bothered in the first place. It was so my children would have vast amounts of memories that could be associated with their pictures. And so I could brag about how awesome they are.
The rest of the things I blog about will still happen. But I just needed to refocus on how I allot my time, and what is important to me.
And they, my six cherished children and their handsome father, are the most important thing to me.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
It seems that when we threw all of our belongings back into our suitcase at our friends' house, my hairspray somehow attached itself to one of Jeff's shoes.
Attached meaning it was pushed against the shoe in just the right angle to completely empty it's entire cannister worth of hairspray inside of Jeff's shoe.
No big deal, right? Well, other than a twisted insole and the pungent smell of Tresemme, we didn't think so.
And then as Jeff was kneeling down (luckily back at home by this time), his shoe completely fell apart.
It just popped apart. It seems that as well as being good at getting pen mark out of clothing, and gum out of carpets, that hairspray is also proficient at dissolving the glue that holds shoes together.
Which makes me wonder, what the heck am I putting in my hair?
Monday, March 7, 2011
We got to hang out with some of our favorite people. No kids. Lots of delicious food. Fabulous concert. And laughing til I peed myself. Just a little.
I love the friends that you don't have to see everyday ( or even see every 10 years) and yet you can still pick up right where you left off as if no time has passed.
But the thing I realized, is that I am not physically capable of staying up til 3 in the morning talking, without paying for it heavily the next two days.
We got home at 8:30 last night, after having been up til 3 the night before.
We tucked the kids in bed and we were out at 9.
When the alarm went off at 6:40, I literally thought, "why is the alarm going off? it's still nighttime!"
After almost 10 hours of sleep, Jeff and I were still so tired, and it has yet to be any better.
Anyone else feel this way?
I'm hoping that by tomorrow I will feel normal again.
Big thanks to Brad and Karen for hosting. Big thanks to Karen for helping me gain 2 pounds in 24 hours thanks to her INCREDIBLE cooking. And big thanks to everyone for helping me feel 25 again. At least mentally.
And SUPER big thanks to my brother in law Scott for driving the 4 hours home while the rest of us slept.
Now I think I'm going to take a nap. Oh yes I am.
Friday, March 4, 2011
All in all it went pretty well.
I read two books, ate a mountain of snacks, and drank 3 or 4 diet pepsi's.
I was one of 20 jurors who never received an assignment. We were told we were going to get one, then they came on the loud speaker and said that the judges had decided to wait until Monday and that we could all go home. Our duty was fulfilled.
Yay. For. Me.
Not really. I was actually pretty miffed. They had a big shpiel ( is that how you spell that?Frances-I know you know:) on how grateful they were for our service and that they realized what a sacrifice it was for everybody.
But I do wonder at our tax dollars at work. Isn't there a better way to streamline things so that you don't have 25 people sitting around for a day and a half for absolutely no reason at all? People that are being paid to just sit around?
It baffles me.
And I know that for some that sounds great to sit around all day doing nothing. But for me-super boring!
All I could think about was all the things I needed to be getting done, but was not.
Oh well. I did read two really good books that I highly recommend.
Peace Like A River by Leif Enger
Winter's Garden by Kristin Hannah
Well, we are off for the weekend. We are going away to pretend like we're newlyweds again with 3 other couples. We all met our spouses at the Institute of Religion for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints about 15 years ago and between the 4 of us we have 18 1/2 children. (I'm not the one with half).
Our friends Karen and Brad are hosting and she talks a little about it here.
And next week, I will be talking about Dressing Your Truth. My friend Jill had asked about Kate's reference to being a Type 2 with a Secondary 4, which is part of Dressing your Truth And I will explain that, finally, next week.
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I got called back in August, but the TLC was coming to film for HomeMade Simple so I deferred until March 2nd.
I didn't know my lovely sister in law Amy would be 4 days away from her due date.
I didn't know that Julia would be in the middle of the last week of rehearsals for her play.
We'll see though. I'm not too worried they'll pick me (but I also don't want them to not like me, does that make sense?)
I'm not too worried because I'm a stay at home mom of 6, very conservative and I tend to always side with the victims in any kind of abuse case.
So I'm pretty sure I'll be dismissed the first day. Or I can wear a chakita banana head dress and talk really loud while continually blowing my nose and talking about the government and pharmacutical companies planting allergens in the air.
And that will get me out of it as well.
I really believe that this is a civic duty, I do, that's why I didn't try and get out of it by writing an excuse. But now I'm wondering how anyone, victim or accused, will benefit from having someone on their jury who can only think about getting home to their kids?
This will be interesting. Of course I probably won't be able to blog about it until it's all over, but I will keep you informed of any other people there who are obviously trying to get out of jury duty.
Someone dressed up like a mob boss? A ninja costume or a stripper outfit? That, I will tell you about.