Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
List of presents still needed...check.
One last trip to the store to get the Santa present for Emerson who changed her mind...check.
Hubby just bought a new bow and said that was his xmas present, decided to still give him the coat I already bought him...check.
Birthday cake for Madison tomorrow...check.
Ready for the blizzard...check.
So why does it still seem like I have a million things to do?!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
-managed to ringlet daughter's hair for Nutcracker production and endless rehearsals (pictures to follow)
-photography business boomed for last minute family xmas photos
-enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving with family
-ran a Nike cross country road race with the runners club from Yankton, placed 3rd with the team and 5th individually
-celebrated youngest daughters 7th birthday!
-planning other daughters 9th birthday party on the 20th
-son started basketball practice with his school
-learned after a panic attack that pictures that corrupt on a memory card are really not gone forever. $40 later, clients pictures were retrieved.
-hunting with hubby one more time before season ends
-xmas shopping for friends and family
-thinking about my wonderful, amazing friends all the time
I am sorry for not being in blog-land for awhile. I mean it when i say, even amonst the chaos of everyday life, you are always on mind and in my prayers.
See you in the next post...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Because madison is a little blue angel in the Nutcracker production, her hair needs to be in ringlets. I think I posted that before. So I have these foam rollers and began practicing. It worked! her hair was ringlet-y to me. I thought we were set. But come to find out, we're not. Apparantly, roller ringlets are not the ringlets they want. They want the "Nellie Olson" ringlets. You know, from Little House on the Prairie. Tight, glued together curls. Being a newbie to the production, I asked some other moms how they got the infamous "nellie" ringlets. This is what I found out:
Take an old curling iron, spray a section of hair with starch, roll it up in the iron, spray some more starch, slide iron out leaving a solid lump of hair hoping to resemble a ringlet. After dress rehearsals and shows, curling iron will need to be thrown away. Seriously? Starch? Since my blue angel is in the front, I figured I better get my starch. Saturday is a full dress rehearsal, so I'll be sure and post a photo of the starch-girl.
I wonder, did Nellie Olson use starch in her hair? Hmmmm, I guess we'll never know...
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Life is good for the Pack-Man.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
You may have noticed our son's hair is a little different lately. It's called, "I give up on arguing about getting a haircut.: He's a great kid but if there has been one thing we disagree on, it's his hair. He has wanted to grow it long forever. He likes that shaggy look. And it didn't help when his Chicago cousin came to visit and had the shaggy hair he loves. So I decided a couple of months ago to stop fighting him about it and just let it be. I thought he would see how "bad" it looks long. I thought a cute girl would tell him she likes short, clean cut hair. I thought he would come home begging for a haircut. But instead, the curls are showing and after getting used to it, I honestly think it looks pretty good on him. The down side is, he has to shower every morning or it resembles a bird's nest. So long hair it is for awhile I guess. Could be worse...like wanting it green.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Their room was transformed to a girls' room that we all love. The room turned out fabulously. I totally love the colors. I just sat in it and soaked it in after it was done. Wow. And to think I was scared I was going to make the wrong color choice. My decorator lady would be so proud. I must take a photo when I get a chance and see what you all think.
Now i'm so pumped, I'm ready to find another wall to paint. Which one will be next?!
Friday, October 24, 2008
"Who are you calling...your peeps?"
He just grinned like this was normal everyday language. Oh yeah, I forgot. This is middle school language, completely different than ours.
Did you know that "peeps" means friends? Now you do. Welcome to the world of 11-12 year olds.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
My first hunting weekend with the boys and all I can say is...it was awesome. I never, ever thought I would enjoy the outdoors as much as I did. We chased turkeys through some really rough terrain which doubled as a great workout for my butt muscles. The land we were on was so cool. So my hubby trekked us through trees, hills and draws before coming up on 15 toms (and I thought they were all just called turkeys!) My son got a shot and ended up with his first turkey. He was so excited he could hardly speak. Way to go!
Friday, October 17, 2008
So it's been a busy month at the studio. With Nutcracker practices in full swing, my clientele building and sporting events, fall is definitely the busy season. But it's also my favorite time of year.
This weekend, I planned to have "off" and with all the busy-ness we've had, I'm anxious for some down time. So I had a choice...half-marathon in Sioux City or hunting with the hubby. Run...hunt....run...hunt...I decided I've already made the long 13 miler twice this year. Maybe I'll give this hunting gig a try. My hubby is already stratigizing our outing. I'm actually quite excited about the whole thing. My shooting is good, my patience is good, don't know about climbing a tree stand but how hard can it be?! So that's the plan. I'm putting away my Asics for a day and donning camouflage. Hunting with my husband. I hope I don't scare him off. My husband that is, not the deer. I sure hope I at least see something. He tells me my odds are good. So grandma is coming to spend some time with the kiddos and I'm going to spend some time in the trees.
Wish me luck. I don't think the wilderness knows what's it's in for. Or my husband.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Middle daughter comes out of her room with a halter style top on that is a bit too large.
"Maybe you should find a different shirt. That one is kind of low cut."
She says, "Oh yeah, I don't want my niblets to show."
It took me a few seconds to gather my thoughts and realize what she meant by niblets. The first thing that came to my mind was the jolly green giant, the jolly green giant with...well...niblets. I laughed and laughed hard. Where do they come up with these terms?!?!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Packers and the Vikings lost today. Makes for a bad afternoon for the boys in the house. My new rule...I tape the games on the dvr (once I figure it out) and then allow them to watch it if it's a good game. There's my solution. Beats the mad/sad/frustrated fans of the house! Wonder if it will work....
So i ran my heart out for people I didn't even know. For 23 minutes, the last thing on my mind was a lingering cold. For 23 minutes, I thought about how lucky I was. For 23 minutes, I was helping find a cure for breast cancer. And it felt really good.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
So I guess I'll just have to break down and ask the boy for directions on how to watch tv. Darn technology...just when you think you've got it all figured out, an 11-year old is always a step ahead.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I figure since you are all pretty close blog friends now, I thought it would be okay to reveal a few things I enjoy and have my whole life. Let it be known, I have not shared these little secrets with just anyone. In fact, I don't think there has been anyone. I just had to finally share them. They are my own private pleasures that make me happy. (please don't misconstrue that comment!)
Anyhoo, here you go...
1) I love monkeys. When I was a kid, I would ask for a monkey every Chrismas. Never got one. Except for a sock monkey. I wanted a real one. I mean, I really love monkeys. Someday, before I die, I would absolutely love to hold a baby monkey. Maybe even just hang out with one. Or two. Yes, I am the one at the zoo that can't leave the monkey displays. I just think they are so darn cute.
2) I still love watching The Young and the Restless. Especially late at night, when everyone is asleep. I'll do my work on the computer and at the same time watch this silly show that I've watched ever since high school. I lost track of it during college and my 20's. Kind of funny how you can miss 10 years, turn it on and it seems like you never missed an episode. It's my own little entertainment and I know it's really, really dumb. But it's kind of nice to escape my own world and sneak into the pretend lives of these people for an hour. It's like an escape. Just for me. I don't tape it or anything, and I don't go into panic attacks when I miss shows. It's just nice to do every once in awhile when the house is quiet and i get the whole tv to myself.
3) I could eat a whole bag of Doritos in one night. I love Doritos. My fave are the nacho cheese kind. They sure put more nacho cheese than in the years past. Mmmmm. There is usually a bag in the cupboard and it's usually open. And I usually sneak a chip here and a chip there. If there isn't a bag when I get the craving, I get kind of bummed. I never say anything out loud, but man, if someone eats all the Doritos and I don't know it, I am bummed. Even a little mad. Is that normal?!?
I was just thinking...the ultimate secret pleasure would be watching Young and the Restless late at night, eating nacho cheese Doritos with a handful of monkeys.
Now that's quite the picture.
oops. I mean, "what's up." can't get that middle school language out of my head...
Monday, September 15, 2008
Today my middle daughter found out she made the part of Blue Angel in the upcoming production of the Nutcracker in November. Tryouts were backed up 2 1/2 hours and we waited and waited and waited. She finally got her chance. I heard Blue Angels have to wear their hair in ringlets for rehearsals. Um, have you seen my daughter's head of hair...I will be ringlet-ing for hours and hours when all is said and done. That too will all be worth it.
My little one can't wait for her turn at the Nutcracker. It's hard for her to understand this show is every other year and you have to be at least in 2nd grade to tryout. So her turn will come in 2 years. She gives me a pattern of hugs n kisses when I drop her off the school. Two kisses on the cheek, one on the lips and a hug for keeps. Even when we're running late and there's just no time left, I still get the hugs n kisses. And it's all worth it.
Kids make everything worth it, don't they?!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I don't think I will ever forget that old man. Taking communion just took on a whole new meaning.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Thanks from the bottom of my heart...
Monday, August 25, 2008
Made your chicken tomato alfredo recipe and I have to tell you, my husband thought it was best italian meal he's ever had!!!!! It was such a hit and so incredibly easy. I followed your suggestions to a tee...even down to the baguette bread to slop up the sauce. So THANK YOU! This was delicious and it's going in my make again and again pile. I recommend Bobbi's great recipe to everyone! Yum-o!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Have you ever had one of those days? Last week I had a couple of those days. My youngest had another one of her fainting spells one day which always throw me off. I know she's fine but it's so hard to watch. She lost a tooth, it bled, and down she went. We have decided we may have to pull her loose teeth out in her sleep or something!
It just seemed like a few things snowballed from there. Both my parents and step mom are having some health issues and it made me sad. To know they are getting older and realizing how my dad who normally is the most active person I know, is slowing down. I just hope and pray the doctors will be able to help.
School starts here in 16 days. My girls are excited to see their friends again and so is my son. The difference this year is that my son starts middle school. It's a whole new experience. All four elementary schools combine along with 7th and 8th graders, making for one big school. I worry about it at times, all the "stuff" he'll be exposed to. For so long, we can shelter them from a lot of things. Keep them in bubble in a way. But now, I realized he will have to fend for himself with some things. It's coming and there's nothing I can do but watch, trust him and hope that our parenting up to this point will keep him on the right path.
So here I am blogging about my worries to my blogfriends. I think you all know me better than my friends here at home! Sometimes I think about that. Out of the many friends I have here, there are very few that really, really know me. There are few that really know my beliefs, my worries, my happinesses and still love me anyway. That's why I love this blogging thing...I can reveal a lot in words and know that you'll read, understand and still keep coming back.
I was running Saturday, sweating like crazy in the heat, and remembered, worry is not a good word. Everything in life is really out of my control. I have to put it back into the hands of the one person who has control. God. Right then, the "sun" came back out and I was comforted. Amazing how that happens. No more clouds here, it's all sunshine this week.
Friday, August 01, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
You just never know when I'll snap a photo. I have a feeling he may hate me when he's a teenager and this one gets pulled out. But for now, it's pretty darn cute.