Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Hey Aunt P, have you checked out the Chihuly Glass Exhibit at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens. The latest addition of Sunset Magazine also had a little article about it. I would so be there if I lived closer. The Queen of Fifty Cents has a really great post about her visit.
This John Hillstrand, Captain of the Time Bandit featured on Deadliest Catch. The new season starts April 14. Unfortunately due to the nature of the Giant Man Child's Job, I had to cut him out of the picture. For some of you, that may not be a bad thing.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
There were certainly "A" moments. I went to #1 Son's conference. It was the very 1st conference I have ever attended that I wasn't greeted by 2-4 specialist along with the teacher. I have been to quite a few that also included the principal. I couldn't help but think during the entire conference, "Wow, this is what it feels like to just meet with the regular teacher." I am so pleased with the progress my son has made. What a difference a program can make along with the right medication. I also got my #1 son to the pediatric dentist. I know that isn't a big deal to most people but it was huge for us. We had put it off due to the cost and the fact that Nonna is a dental hygienist and can clean our teeth. We were able to finally budget it and #1 son was cooperative. He had no cavities either. WAHOO!
There were some "B" moments too. Mrs Respiratory Therapist and I went to the North Bellingham School meeting. North Bellingham school was basically condemned and all the students and staff were moved to the new school behind my house. It was a heated meeting. Due to budget concerns and two bond defeats, the school board has put off a decision to build a new North Bellingham School. Of course, the school board is being wishy-washy on their exact plans and have allowed an alternative school to set up their facility and soon will allow an early childhood facility. You could fill the frustration in the room. I did think the speaker they had that described the bond and levy was very knowledgeable and I walked away knowing why a bond over a levy. I also have decided there is something that happens when you move a Neighborhood School out of the neighborhood. It is hard to establish a community at this new school when people are still attached to their neighborhood school. As long there is a promise to go back to their neighborhood school, there is no incentive for these parents to commit to this school. In fact, one of the parents said to Mrs Respiratory Therapist and I, "Won't you be glad to get back your school. "
Here are the "C" moments. I am a single parent this weekend due to my hubby's work commitments. I am use to this but it never really gets any easier. I know am doing an adequate job parenting but it would be easier and better with the Giant Man Child.
I would be lying if I said that weren't quite a few "D' moments. There was Chuckles conference. That was less than stellar. I think you should feel impending doom when you go to a Kindergarten conference and red flags are raised. Did I mention there was also a lot of puke, too? #1 Son went from a Level 4 to a Level 1, day 1 in his class in two days. Level 4 is the highest level you can be in his class and basically it entitles you to a myriad of privileges. Can anyone say Spring Fever? Lastly the special assignment that the Giant Man Child has been on abruptly ended leaving a lot of confusion among the employees.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
There was a lovely note left for the leprechaun by the Diva. The leprechaun left some answers, too
What do you drink? Green Milk
Can I see your home? Only if you visit Ireland
Can I see who you are in my back yard after lunch? (that little leprechaun managed to miss this question)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Giant Man Child - This is my 6 foot 3 inch hubby who in many ways is a giant child.
#1 Son - This is my first born son.
Chuckles - This is my 2nd born son. Our neighbor, Mrs Respiratory Therapist, nicknamed him this. He actually answers to this better than his own name. It sums up his personality.
Mrs Respiratory Therapist - This is my neighbor. She is a Respiratory Therapist. She loves some lung butter. LOL
Diva - This is Mrs Respiratory Therapist daughter. She watches me on Monday and Tuesday. She is helping me find my inner girl.
Big E - This is Mrs Respiratory Therapist son.
Polyester Princess - This is my sister. She wears a IHOP outfit at her work that is not in the food industry. She loves poly blend. Just ask her she will tell you all about it. She is Mom to my Nephews Sasquatch and Fast Eddy.
Mrs Epi - She is my partner in crime. She owns the adventure van. She is allergic to many things so she carries an Epi pen and knows how to use it.
Bones- This is Mrs Epi's son. He always finds bones.
The Princess - This is Mrs Epi's youngest daughter. The only preschooler I know who can give the deadly silent treatment, seriously. I am secretly or not so secretly jealous of her shiny shoes.
Tic Tac Toe - formerly Ms Smarty Pants . She is Mrs Epi's oldest daughter. She introduced me to the Twilight series of books She is also who I consult on all homework questions.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Looking forward to: We are going to see Lion King in Seattle. Nonna got us tickets. It is so exciting. We got Pappy a Lion King book to read so he would know how the story would go.
Reading: I just finished the 3rd book in the Twlight series by Stephanie Meyer. Book Club is meeting next week to discuss "The Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian." I also finished Accidential Tourist which is our next book club book. We are behind a few discussions.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I noticed when I checked the library website that a picture of my dog I had taken is on their home page. It is in the upper left corner. Buzz aka Buzz Lightyear is a celeb. I had entered this photo in a library photo contest. It won 3rd place.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
18 Baby Shower Gifts for the Octomom by Abdplot -These were pretty funny. I am with everyone else and their strange fascination with Octomom.
As I was sitting at McDonald's watching my 5th grader scarfing down a full size meal, I realized I was so doomed. We go through the basics at my house at an alarming rate. My grocery bill keeps getting higher and higher despite my couponing, stockpiling, and make ahead efforts. This link to all the frugal food sites seems like something I should be looking at.
Anyone looking for more local Pacific Northwest deals than found on sites such as Money Saving Mom try Thrifty Northwest Mom .
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The quilt pictured above is a variation on a rag quilt. The little squares I thought would shrink up not rag as much but it turned out pretty good. Instead of an an "X" through the square. I made a square.
The back was done in blue and green flannel