Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Full Disclosure and Percy Jackson

The past several weeks I've been sitting at my computer on a Monday and after making sure the kids have their lists for the week (school-work expectations) and I plunk out Monday's blog post, check what the ten on tuesday for the week is, schedule that, and then see what I have to say for the rest of the week and schedule that too. In a short amount of time I'm done for the week, and then they just post every morning when I've told them to.

This week that did not happen. This weekend was a little nuts, in a good way. Saturday was free comic book day, so we brought the kids to a participating store and they got to pick (from 10-12 different ones) a free comic book each. Then the family brought me out to Lunch for Mothers Day. Over the yummy chinese food we told the girls that we had decided I would take them on an adventure that afternoon. They were going to go hear Rick Riordan. They were smiley. They were excited. In this house Percy Jackson and friends are second only to Harry Potter... maybe. So after dropping the dad and boy off we drove about half an hour and got there just before they opened the doors. The girls had brought books so they were content to sit for the almost an hour before he was scheduled to speak. He was great. The girls loved listening to his speech and then he answered questions from the crowd. We did end up buying a book, so that we could get into the signing line - so now each girl has a personalized autographed book (Red Pyramid and Demi-gods). We also lucked out and got autographed (but not personalized) copies of Throne of Fire - one for us and one for someone in our extended family. (and after that we still did grocery shopping and started watching the newest Harry Potter movie). Then Sunday I gave a talk (on Mothers Day but not about Mothers Day) and helped out with the kids for a couple minutes - then came home and collapsed. I had been given breakfast in bed, kids ready for church, dinner, and chocolates - and I had gotten the okay to buy myself a book, craft kit, movie, and garden stuff.

So... on Monday - I typed up one kid's list for the week - told them both to go off of that, and did my best to feel productive but mostly recover. Tuesday I was running errands and appointments from 10:20am until 3pm (which doesn't sound bad, but it felt like a comedy of errors), and still needed to prep my science lessons for Wednesday.

I'm scheduling this up for Wednesday morning and then the blog will be on break until next week - I do really like this thing of having something post every weekend, but oh well.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ten on Tuesday: My own way

So, the ten for tuesday this week was something about throwing parties - yeah, so not me. Some of these topics have been borderline and I've gone with them, but this one... I just don't want to try to fake it, so... no ten on tuesday today. Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Happy Mothers Day!

What a week it's been, and next week starts a-whole-nother one...

Hope you enjoy the break between them and have an awesome Mothers Day! (I know it's not a good day for everyone for various reasons, but hey, reclaim it and enjoy it!)

...and hey, Noel, here's a shout-out on my blog for you... I hear another contest entry calling my name :)

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Current Crafts

I am still knitting...

I started another pair of socks for my husband. I'm using a pattern called Java. Because of the way these socks are designed I'm trying to make them following the pattern exactly. This means that this pair of socks is being made top down (I start with the ribbing). Normally when I make socks, especially socks for my husband who is tall and has long feet, I like to start at the toe and just keep working on the leg until the yarn is done (or half done rather for one sock). This starting with the ribbing is fun, but it's making me a bit anxious already, and I'm only an inch or two in.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Star Wars Day

Happy Star Wars day to you all! May the Fourth be with you always! :)

I'm not quite sure how we will celebrate (aside from Little Tomato wearing his new star wars shirt - he thinks it's really cool that it has a darth vader helmet on the front - and back!)

There will probably be game playing (lego starwars and lego clonewars) and perhaps some movie watching, and I'm almost positive we'll be playing my kids favorite you-tube song. Although I don't think the festivities will continue into food (I'm just not big on decorated cupcakes - I do like puns though, anyone got anything normal I can make that can pun its way into star wars territory?) we'll try to have a day without any fear, anger, or hate and with ewoks lots of singing and you can sing along.

Let us know how you celebrate this fun day!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Ten on Tuesday: Favorite Birds

Ten Favorite Birds:

This is kind of a tough one. I don't mind birds, in fact, I enjoy seeing them, but I usually don't tell them apart or look _for_ them. I do enjoy seeing different ones in pictures or museums or zoos. Hmmmm....

1. Flamingos - pink from the shimp - I love it.

2. Penguins - Have you seen this movie? If not, you should. Oh, and march of the penguins... wonderful stuff.

3. Chickens! Friends or food, chickens are good. :)

4. I have to make sure African Grey makes it on this list - my husband had one growing up, and although not always sweet he is a very cool bird.

5. Peacocks

6. Heron

7. Hummingbird

8. Ducks

9. Ostrich

10. Vulture - who can't love them after their performance in disney's robin hood.

Monday, May 02, 2011


This past week we have the fun experience of chick-sitting. It worked out well that only one day was really rainy and one day was kind of cold - so we got to put them outside and enjoy them at our leisure most days.

It was fun to take care of them, but I'm glad I normally don't have 14 extra little lives depending on me...

The family we chick-sat for was kind enough to let us choose two to keep and raise, so yesterday we chose the two we wanted to keep and returned the rest.

(These are not necessarily those two, as this picture was taken earlier during the week)