Sunday, December 28, 2008

christmas card

My Christmas cards went out a little late this year, mostly because I had decided to skip it altogether, then changed my mind at the last minute. So, if you usually get a Christmas card from me I hope you have seen it by now. If you haven't, then I probably have your address incorrect and I apologize. I still need to blog about our Christmas happenings, but I'm waiting to get a good picture before I can do that and my subject is being a bit difficult! Confused? Keep tuning in, I promise to get to it soon!

Friday, December 19, 2008

piano recital

So after some procrastination and postponement, I finally held another piano recital for my students. My last recital was in June 2007, so it was definitely time again. The six little students that I had perform did a good job, and I'm sure we're all happy to have it over and done with. The best part is, I don't have to worry about doing another one for at least a year! Maybe next time I'll be on the ball enough to have my kids participate. I started teaching Derrick and Abbie a while ago, but it is so easy to put lessons off when things get in the way. I guess that is one more thing to put on a New Years Resolution list. Maybe the first resolution should be to actually start writing the list down!

As a side note, I just taught myself how to use the smudge tool in Photoshop Elements! The mother in me decided I had better not post the names of all my students lest some crazy person stumble upon this blog and track any of them down!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

loving these

I discovered these cute paper dolls on etsy a while back and decided to get some for Abbie this year for Christmas. Such an easy gift for not much money. I just got them printed at a local copy store and they are so cute. The great thing about them is that you get to pick the hair style, hair color, eye color, and skin color to match your child. Plus, once you buy them the files are yours to print as many times as you need to. Go get them here. I might even order one that looks like me!

Saturday, December 6, 2008


My cousin Kayla tagged me several weeks ago and I'm just now getting around to it. At least I am getting around to it, I know there are several tags that I've just plain forgotten about! For your reading pleasure, here are six quirky things about me.

1. I don't like abbreviations. Never have. I prefer to write things out. This is why I don't text. It takes me more time to text than to just call a person and tell them what I have to say. I also prefer to write my numbers out when used in sentences (see above "six" versus "6"). Of course, sometimes I do use abbreviations, so if you look back through this blog and find somewhere that I have contradicted this quirk, just know that I didn't like doing it.

2. When I shut my blinds, I always turn the slats facing down. If I pass by a set that is turned up, I fix it. I do this because I believe that if a person were standing on the other side of the window trying to see in to my house, it would be harder to do with the blinds facing down. I haven't actually tested this theory, though.

3. I only eat eggs when the yolk and the white are combined, and cooked until dry. This means scrambled or omlette, and if they seem "wet" it's a no go. Any other type just grosses me out. Although I will eat the white from a hard-boiled egg when I come across it in, say, a salad. So maybe it is just the yolk by itself that I dislike. What I do know is that raw, runny egg yolks make me shudder, but my husband loves eggs over easy (otherwise known as dunky eggs in our house), so I will fix them for him when asked. And of course none of this applies to eggs used as ingredients in other dishes, those can be done however so long as the finished product is not just eggs.

4. I hate to swallow pills. I have a very sensitive gag reflex, and I have to be pretty desperate to work myself up for swallowing anything bigger than the smallest ibuprofen. I used to suffer through migraines as a teenager rather than swallow a pill. I also got strep once and was prescribed penicillin pills, which were small (as in birth control pill small), but I couldn't do it. So I ended up crushing them up and mixing them with orange juice. Three times a day for ten days, it was awful. I still remember the smell. Needless to say, the next time I got strep my mom made me get the shot, penicillin in the patooty, which was so thick I could feel it going in. I'm much better now, I've even swallowed a 600 mg ibuprofen! Of course, I had just given birth and was more interested in sleep than after pains, so maybe that doesn't count.

5. I don't really like poetry, at least the kind I had to read while going to school. Song lyrics are exempted from this. I had typed an explanation here trying to explain why I don't like it, but then I decided that I don't have to like it if I don't want to. So there.

6. I would much rather be too cold than too hot. Summer is my least favorite season.

And in case you missed it the last time I did a list like this, go here to read more of my weirdness.

Friday, December 5, 2008


I've been a little sleepy lately when it comes to blogging. I guess 4 kids will do that to a person, at least until I get into a groove. Yes, I groove, but usually when no one is watching. But I digress. Today a good blogging picture presented itself, which gave me the motivation to actually blog! You see, Jon is of the opinion that we need to move Grace out of the crib, so that we can move Reid in to the crib and out of our bedroom. However, he also believes that this task will be more easily accomplished if she is no longer napping in the afternoon. I'm reluctant to give up the naps, because Grace is my only child so far that has consistently taken a 2-3 hour daily nap. I love it, and will miss it, and she can get really cranky. Apparently Grace is not yet ready to give up the naps either, because she keeps taking matters in to her own hands. I turned around a few minutes ago to find her like this.

And those little specks around her? Saltine crackers. I won't tell you how long they've been there. Cleaning them up would require waking her up, but then again, I guess that would be the new plan, right?