Friday, January 26, 2007

ScrapDish Storewide Sale!

So much to write about, and so little time to write it! Hopefully, I'll find time for a real post tomorrow, but for right now I'll have to settle for a little blatant self-promotion. LOL

Click on the image to be taken to my store. :)

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Matthew is 8!

Yesterday was Matthew's eighth birthday. I made cupcakes for him to take to class, and we had the extras and opened gifts at home last night. He's having a small party with a few friends at Chuck E. Cheese's tomorrow. Here are a few of my favorite pics of him from last night. (By the way, the sticker on his shirt is from school, where he ended up being called Matt because there were two Matthews in his class last year. Matthew doesn't seem to mind, but Mark absolutely hates it.)

The face of eight... complete with ketchup. LOL

Kaylee's new favorite outfit

Kaylee just loves clothes, and had gotten a few outfits for Christmas. One didn't fit, so we stopped by Target on Thursday and returned it and picked her out something new to replace it. She's really hard to fit. She can still wear some large toddler clothes, but is tall enough to wear small girls' clothes. However, many of the jeans and such are cut too narrow for her, and she can't do zippers and buttons yet, so she needs stuff she can pull on and off. Anyway, we settled on this. (It's not quite as "pink" as it looks in the pics; it's more of a deep dusty rose.)

And this to go under it... (it's sparkly)

And just a sweet final pic...

The other night after her bath she was running around in it with her hair all messy saying she was a rock star. Too funny. She's worn this more or less non-stop since we got it. I may have to sneak it into the wash tonight in case she wants to wear it again tomorrow. LOL

Oh, I also caved and let her get her first play makeup while we were there too. You probably can't tell in these pics, but she's wearing blush and purple eyeshadow. Sigh. What's next? LOL

Princess Kaylee Caraboo Lauper

I was going to try to get caught up on posting a whole bunch of photos, but realized I have more batches than I thought, so I'm just going to skip to the most recent three batches. This is post one of three for today (assuming I get through them all). :)

I mentioned Kaylee's outfit the other day in my previous post. Here are the pics, which really don't do it justice. First the hair:

She has eight pony tails. She wanted me to put in the other three of this type that we have too, but I ran out of head! LOL

Now the outfit:

The jewelry, pink top, pink and gold skirts and gold slippers came out a dress up trunk she got from my folks for Christmas. The purple sweat pants and yellow sweatshirt were what she was wearing that day.

And then she climbed up on the kitchen table and wanted me to take her picture:

Which, of course, meant Matthew had to jump in too:

And this one:

This is one of Matthew's favorite things to do when I take their picture. For some reason, her outfit sells it a bit more than usual. LOL

Ok, end of post one. ;)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Ice Ice Baby

Sorry, that song just popped into my head as I was getting ready to write this, and I figured if I was going to have it stuck in my head, you might as well too. :-b

So, yep, the ice came back - freezing rain and snow came out of nowhere this morning. It hadn't been predicted. I heard the rain on the roof when I got up this morning, and I knew we were still below freezing, so I checked the school district website. This was at about 6:10am. Nothing. So I got the kids up and got them ready for school. We happened to have a few minutes to spare before I had to take Matthew out to the bus, so on a whim, I went over to my computer and refreshed the page, which was still up on my screen. Surprise, surprise -- "schools are closed today due to inclement weather. All classes and activities are canceled."

The notice had been posted at 6:20. Normally they make these sorts of decisions at around 4am, but today they just weren't prepared, and the weather hit too late. I'm so glad I checked before we went outside and froze our patooties off waiting who knows how long for a bus that would have never come! It would have been nice to know before I dragged the kids out of bed though. lol

Mark got up and started checking for an announcement for his office, but there wasn't one. So he got ready and headed in. He got only a few blocks from here when he got a call from his boss saying how bad the roads were. So they decided to cancel today's session of the class Mark is teaching this week, and he turned around and came home.

We ended up spending the day hanging out, working on a homework project of Matthew's, and moving a big chunk of the boxes that were in Kaylee's closet into Mark's, boxing up quite a bit of loose stuff in the process. I was completely wiped out after that.

Oh, I did finally pull my new DSLR out of the box and start getting it figured out this morning. And I took a bunch of pictures of Kaylee in a rather elaborate outfit she had on that for some reason reminded me of a cross between a 1980's Cyndi Lauper and Princess Caribou (old Phoebe Cates movie that I can't find a decent picture from to show you what I mean). But I took the pictures with my old camera, since we only have one 16 MB card for the new cameras so far. Oops. LOL It's late and I haven't even downloaded the pics from the camera yet, but hopefully I'll have time to do that tomorrow and maybe even get some posted. Maybe. :)

And hopefully the weather will be better tomorrow, because I am SO not ready for Matthew's birthday yet, and I need to get to the store!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Well, we got ice...

So last night I was awakened at 2:30am by this strange noise coming from the attic... a loud sort of humming, thumping, cyclic sort of thing. The first thing that entered my mind was that one of the furnaces was going out. We've had to replace the main one twice already, but the secondary one that sits above the bedrooms is still the original unit from when we built the house 12 years ago, and it's a cheapo one at that. So I got out of bed and crept around to try to figure out exactly what the sound was. Crud. Definitely coming from the attic.

So, since I know nothing about our furnaces, I very reluctantly went back to wake up Mark. He'd come down with a cold of some sort and had spent all day being a very miserable couch potato and had to get up early to go into work today, so that was something I really didn't want to do. He got up (with only one minimal complaint) and got dressed (did I mention it's freeeeezing here now?) and went up to check it out.

Turns out it wasn't the furnace. Whew! It was actually one of the roof vent wind turbines making the noise. It apparently had iced over and/or gotten something caught in it. Nothing we could do about the noise at that point. Sigh. So I lay in bed, listening to that thing grind away, getting louder and faster as the wind picked up, then dying back down, only to start right back up again. Only after the noise finally stopped an hour or so later, was I able to get back to sleep. Fortunately, Mark didn't have quite as hard of a time getting back to sleep, and the kids slept right through it all.

It's still very cold (26°F at the moment), and the kids are back in school tomorrow. Hopefully the roads will be clear! And since it is a school night, I should get to bed! G'night!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Little change of plans

So we were supposed to have another guest magician coming in tomorrow, but the lecture got cancelled. There's this nasty ice storm moving across Texas, and the lecturer got iced in at home. (He's in Abilene, west of here.) We haven't gotten the ice yet, but had a ton of as-cold-as-it-can-get-without-actually-freezing rain today. Now they're saying the ice will hit tomorrow. We'll see. At least if it does, there's no school on Monday anyway (Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday), so we don't have to deal with wondering if they will cancel.

We've been working on a major closet reorg over the last few weeks. My closet (the bigger one) was first. We donated a ton of stuff, including about half of my entire wardrobe, accumulated over the last 20 years, and threw out a bunch more. Then we, or actually I, moved all Mark's clothes from his closet into there. Today we threw out three more very full 13-gallon bags from Mark's closet. I think that brings the total now up to, oh, I don't know, about a million pounds of stuff we've gotten rid of. LOL Who knew closets could hold so much stuff! The end goal is to get a big chunk of Mark's stored stuff out of Kaylee's closet, so that we can actually put some of her stuff in it. Novel concept - her actually being able to use her own closet. :-p

I think there was something else I wanted to write about, but a very sniffly Kaylee woke up and interrupted me about five times while I was writing this, and I can't remember what it was, so I guess I'll just say goodnight, and I hope everyone keeps warm and dry and safe!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Too much and not enough to say

I've apparently gotten too much out of the habit of blogging, because although I've barely written in the past several weeks, and I've been constantly busy during those weeks, I can't think of much of anything to say at the moment... at least not without writing an entire novel that no one would have time to read, and that I really don't have time to write if I want to sleep anytime in the next few days. LOL

So just a quick one tonight. I saw this quiz over on Jen's blog and thought I'd see how it turned out for me.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The Inland North
The West
The Northeast
The South
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

I actually grew up in west-central Illinois and now live outside of Dallas (have for 16 years), so I guess it's pretty accurate. Only once that I recall have I ever had someone tell me I had an accent. That was a while after I had moved down here, but I had been travelling tons for work, so I wasn't actually here much at all. I was out in Rhode Island to visit a friend, when a parking lot attendant gave me the third degree about it. LOL I'm thinking I must have still had a bit more midwestern flavor in my voice back then. :-b