Sunday, September 28, 2008
Beep Beep Beep
It went on and on, and then we heard the microwave turn on. I quickly ran into the kitchen knowing that my children didn't know how to safely use the microwave. Upon reaching the kitchen I saw sparks and a small flame inside the microwave. I quickly opened the door and blew out the flame.
Ethan had watched while Julia decided to get her own breakfast. She had put some chicken nuggets in the microwave and tried to turn it on to heat them up. The problem was that the chicken nuggets were in a plastic bag closed with a wire twisty tie. They quickly learned the importance of not putting metal in the microwave!
This Saturday I was not awakened by the beep of the microwave, but rather the annoying buzz of my alarm clock. These days it has been even more difficult to sleep in since we have had soccer games that start at 8am on Saturday mornings. This means that we have to be up by 7:15 so we can leave at 7:45. But this Saturday was the last soccer game of the season! Maybe we'll get to sleep in a couple of times before the spring soccer starts up...
She had a little audience this day at the park and they were all clapping and cheering her on.
But then we all became busy and didn't work on it much for most of the summer.
Yesterday she decided that she wanted to ride her bike. So she pulled her bike out while Derek and I were busy doing other things and off she went!
A-Attached or Single? Attached
C-Cake or Pie? Cake with my mom's yummy chocolate frosting, I can never make it taste as good as hers
D-Day of Choice? Saturday-- I get to spend all day with my hubby and kids
E-Essential Item? My purse, it has all of my essentials wherever I go
F-Favorite Color? Green and Blue
G-Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms? Gummy Bears, but chocolate covered cinnamon bears are even better
H-Hometown? Orem, UT
I-Indulgences? Sweets, and spending time on the computer reading and writing blogs-- I'm on here way too much
J-January or July? July, after Christmas winter just lasts way too long
K-Kids 2 funny, crazy, awesome ones
L-Life is incomplete without? My family
M-Marriage Date? March 8, 1996 (yes I was only 19)
N-Number of Siblings? 5 sisters and 2 brothers
O-Oranges or Apples? Apples, but I like them both.
P-Phobias or Fears? Spiders, and losing my husband or kids, I couldn't imagine going through that
Q-Quotes? Learn from yesterday, live for today
R-Reason to Smile? My two sweet kiddos when they're getting along (today they said to me "We're still best buddies!" This means that they're not fighting, which can change in about 2 seconds.
S-Season? Summer and fall
T-Tag 5 People? Consider yourselves all tagged, I don't want to pick. But I won't have my feelings hurt if you don't want to.
U-Unknown Fact? Hmmm, I'll have to think about this one
V-Very Favorite Store? I love shopping wherever, but I will say that I love Target
W-Worst habit? I am impatient, and a procrastinator
X-X-Ray or Ultrasound? Ultrasound
Y-Your Favorite Food? Sweets (candy, cake, cookies, you name it)
Z-Zodiac Sign? Gemini
Saturday, September 27, 2008
You can find the first one here.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Here's some "best moments" to get you psyched up for tonight:
Oh, I just found this one and had to add it too. Office pranks:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
So I went searching for instructions on how to make them. Here's what I ended up doing.
Take a digital picture of your subject's profile, basically make sure you can see their ear. Print out the photos, and cut them out with small scissors (I started with large scissors and it was much harder to cut out all of the detailed parts).
At this point you can either trace your new stencil onto black paper and cut that out, or paint the original black. I couldn't find any black paper so I opted to paint. And I decided to flip the pictures over, I just like them facing the other way better.
As my kids say-- easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Last night my own children had a school skating night, at Classic skating. As I walked through the doors nostalgia washed over me, the skating rink looks exactly the same as it did on that night so many years ago. We have attended school skating nights in the past, but I hadn't before thought much about that night. The last time I took my kids to the skating rink they both wore a rented pair of skates and each of them hung on one of my arms the entire time, I was ready to go much earlier than they were. Last night we didn't bother with skates, instead they rode their skooters around and around the rink, and thankfully we didn't have any broken bones to worry about.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
It was basically a rectangle of fabric folded in half, sewn together, with a hole for your neck. I've made a few of these the past few years, and now you can make one too! I recommend using a stretchy fabric, I made one that wasn't stretchy and I couldn't move-- I felt like I was in a straightjacket! The first one is a bit bigger, it's great for all of you who are average height. I'm only 5'2" so this one is a bit big on me.
It's similar to the one from here. Start with a rectangle of fabric about 68 inches by 28 inches and fold in half.
The second one is a bit smaller, and would certainly be too small for any considered tall at all.
You can find it here. Start with a rectangle of fabric about 59 inches by 22 inches and fold in half.
When I made one this past spring I went kind of in the middle of these two sizes and was happy with that.
Stretchy fabric is so hard to work with though, I hope it looks OK!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Ashley had her baby early so I decided I needed to hurry up and get hers finished right away. So this is what I did most of the day on Friday:
I love doing a ribbon accent on the slings I make, I think it makes them look a lot more interesting and a little like an expensive Oopa. This one is also made to mimic a sakura bloom though-- it is a linen blend and has the same shoulder style (a gathered shoulder). I haven't made one in quite a while but luckily they're not too hard. For the shoulder style I used you can find instructions here.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Now I can't live without it. Know what I love about my crockpot? I can put some chicken in at 2:30 before I pick up the kids from school. When they're home we can do homework, take Ethan to Scouts at 4:15, go to Julia's soccer game at 4:45, leave Julia's soccer game at 6:00, pick up Ethan at 6:10, get back at 6:15 and...
Throw 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs in the crockpot, salt and pepper, and add KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce (this is my favorite brand anyway) between the layers of chicken. Cook for 3 hours on high or 5 hours on low (our crockpot runs hot).
Serve with instant mashed potatoes and a salad. Yum!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Last night she interviewed each of us and then wrote the results in her journal. She asked each of us what we were scared of. It looked something like this:
I love that she likes writing!
If I can find her journal maybe I can scan it and add it later, stay tuned. :)
Update-- she has hidden her journal from me (she says she knows where it is but won't tell me) so I guess there will be no scanning of the journal for now.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Oh, and Devin I really didn't forget your birthday, I just don't have any birthday pictures of you to post since you guys live in Africa. But I hope you had a great birthday a couple of weeks ago too. And you too Emily this Saturday!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Would you like to know how many times the word "soccer" is on my calendar this month? Well I'll tell you anyway..... 26 times. (And there are people with more kids in soccer than us, how do they do it?) For the next six weeks our lives will revolve around soccer practices, soccer games, and soccer treats.
My favorite part of last season was during one of Julia's games. Both teams were crowded around the ball and suddenly we heard from somewhere in the middle "Get out of the way, I'm trying to kick the ball!" Everyone burst out laughing.
The rules of childrens' soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I have also thought about the kind of fun Halloween shirt I'd like to wear for Halloween. I don't usually dress up but I do like to wear a Halloween themed shirt. I pictured in my mind exactly what it should look like, and then I started doing an internet search for it.
I was thinking of something pretty close to this:
(Which can be found here.) This cool shirt was done with bleach art!!
Of course I googled bleach art to find out more about it. I loved all the different pictures on this site. Lots of great ideas!
I had also recently heard about using freezer paper to make a stencil, and then painting a shirt with fabric paint. (Freezer paper will adhere to fabric when it is ironed, just cut it into your desired shapes, iron, and paint with fabric paint--it will peel right off when you're done.)
I think I will try to make a shirt similar to this one with freezer paper and bleach. Stay tuned for the results. (It may take a few days, I'm pretty busy with necklace orders right now and my house is a mess too.)