Friday, October 31, 2008

Grilling Goodness #5

1. Is there anything peculiar about the way you sleep?
Not that I know of!!!

2. Are you in with the you own something with giraffe print?
Gracie had a shirt with giraffes this summer. I had to have it for our zoo trip. (My friend says I dress her like a scrapbook page.) I don't have anything for myself though.

3. What color do you have the most of hanging in your closet?
I'd probably say blue. It's my favorite color.

4. In the spirit of all the candy that will fly around today...what is your favorite kind of candy?
I'll say Ghiaradelli milk chocolate with caramel inside.

5. Is your thumb green or are you a plant killer?
I am a plant killer. I teach my students all the things plants need, but normally when I have my own I forget to give them water.

6. Do you have a crazy pet story?
Boy do I!!! When I was in the 4th grade, I really wanted to walk our full grown Golden Retriever. This dog weighed about as much as I did at the time. My dad relented and let me take the dog for a walk. He made me wrap the leash around my wrist a couple of times. The dog basically walked me, but it was basically a successful walk until we rounded the corner and my dad called for Misty from down the street. Misty took off running and drug me on my stomach through a yard before I could get the leash unwrapped. I was covered in grass stain and my dad was having a great laugh.

7. Did you ever tight-roll your jeans?
Who didn't???

8. Does your family read your blog?
Just my sister. I don't have a lot of readers.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Our little monkey!!! Halloween 2007

Friday, October 24, 2008

Grilling Goodness #4

1. The World Series has you watch it? (and do you care who wins?)
Not unless my husband has it on and then I am not really watching.

2. Is the inside of your car clean or 'garbage dump filthy'?
Let's just say it looks like a toybox threw up in the back seat of my car.

3. Who is the next person in your family to have a birthday?
My sister's is November 19 and Gracie's is November 20. Lots of celebrating!

4. Do you wear glasses or contacts? (how old were you when it became necessary?)
I wear contacts. I first got glasses in 3rd grade and I have had some hideous ones. I started wearing contacts when I was 16.

5. What is your major form of exercise?
Chasing Gracie around. Not getting much otherwise. I really need to start.

6. What is something you could do to make your spouse's day easier today?
Change all diapers???

7. How much is gas where you are?
It is hovering around $2.50 here. Much better than $4.00!

8. What the furthest away from home that you've ever traveled?
I once spent a month on a mission trip in Brazil. The flight from New Jersey to Rio was about 9 hours.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

The girl loves dirt!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ten on Tuesday

Ten new words Gracie has started saying. What fun it is to watch their little brains develop!
1. Jesus
2. Animal
3. Tractor
4. Big Bird
5. Light
6. Boots
7. Salsa
8. Home
9. School
10. Seat

Friday, October 17, 2008

Grilling Goodness #3

1. What is your least favorite aspect of Election Year?
I dislike the negativity, stupidity, and campaign ads.

2. What is something your spouse could do to make you feel special?
I am with Tina on this one, plan a date, get the sitter, and just surprise me.

3. Do you complain at restaurants or do you just tip less?
I usually just tip less.

4. If you had it to do over again, would you choose the same wedding date you had?
Yes, I was ready to get married! I would have the temperature be a little warmer. It was 70 the day before we got married and about 40 the day we got married. Just one of the joys of a March wedding.

5. What kind of car do you drive?
I drive a paid for 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe. I would like to have a new one, but it works for now.

6. If you have siblings, are you close to them?
I have one sister and we are very close. I am blessed to have her. We talk many times a day and I can't think of the last time we went a day without talking. We each love the other's children like they are our very own.

7. Do you spend the same amount of money on each child at Christmas or just buy a certain number of gifts?
I only have one right now, but I am sure we will try to keep the money equal if it is feasible.

8. What phrase do you find yourself saying all the time?
"No Gracie"
"Follow directions, _____________" (Fill in the name of many of my students.)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Grilling Goodness #2

1. What can cheer you up when you're feeling grumpy?

Gracie being sweet or silly always makes me smile. A Mountain Dew sometimes helps.

2. Give one feature that could make or break the deal if you were shopping for a new home.

Garage, our next house must have one.

3. What's the craziest thing you've ever let your children eat for breakfast?

I can't think of anything, but my dad used to feed us Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies and sometimes Mountain Dew with it. I guess the word oatmeal was in the name.

4. If you are a 'watch what you eat' kind of person, share a meal or dish that makes it easier to diet.

I wish I watched what I ate better. I did just get a good marinade for pork tenderloin and let me say, it was delicious. I'd be happy to share.

5. Is there something you used to do as a child that you would never let your children do now?

On occasion I was aloud to walk around a store on my own. I would not let Gracie do this. It is a different world out there.

6. If you have a daughter, are her ears pierced? When did you allow it?

Gracie's are not. I will probably wait until she is interested and then guage my decision from that point. I want her to be responsible enough to take care of them.
7. Are you the only person in your house who changes the TP roll??

No, Eric and I do not share a bathroom, so he changes his and I change mine.

8. How old were you when you no longer lived with a parent(s) for the first time?

Technically, I was 16. My mom moved from the town where I went to high school when I was a junior. I had a lot of opportunities for college money if I stayed and continued participating in some activities, so I lived with a couple in my church for about a year and a half. Our family had a lot of issues at the time. After that, I never lived with my parents again. I did go on weekends and holidays during college.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

How I Spent My Fall Break

Well, my Fall Break is almost over and I am saddened by this fact. I will miss the days with my girl and most of all evenings free of school work. I did enjoy the week at home and was somewhat productive...

I visited with friends, one I hadn't seen in quite a while. It was bittersweet. I enjoyed seeing her, but realized just how much I miss her being around. She has such a sweet spirit.

I celebrated my husband's birthday.

I transformed Gracie's room into her "big girl room". Including cleaning out clothes and toys for consignment.

I cleaned the house.

I cooked a couple of pretty good meals.

Most of all, I spent quality time with Gracie and Eric.

I am going to miss this when i get back to the grind next week.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Pictures from our first night in the "Big Girl Bed" (aka toddler bed)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Are You Blessed?

I recently received the November issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. In the issue, it had an idea that sparked this blog (challenge). The article by Amanda Probst suggested taking a picture a day in November of all the things you are grateful for and putting it in a 2-page layout.

So here's my challenge to any scrapbooker, blogger, and blessed person I know...

Take Amanda's idea and run with it. Take one picture each day in November of something you are grateful for. Put it into a scrapbook layout or create a mini album. Then at the end of November, post a blog displaying your work. I would love to see this take off. Send your friends over to take the challenge. Leave me a comment to let me know if you plan to participate so I can check it out at the end of November.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Grilling Goodness #1

1. Do you snort when you laugh?
Only occasionally when I am laughing really hard.

2. Do you have any idea why we don't sneeze in our sleep? Wild guess?
I have no clue.

3. Do you give much thought to astrology?
Not really but it is funny to read horoscopes sometimes. I fully believe that God is the only one who knows the future.

4. What is the most expensive thing you've purchased this year?
A new T.V. and boy does Handy Manny look good in Hi Def.

5. What kind of shampoo do you use? Loyally?
Fructis for color treated hair or now the generic. Not really loyal.

6. Whose music are you really diggin' right now?
Various country and Christian - I am not always great with who the artist is.

7. What is your favorite thing about the Fall?
Today is the last day of school before Fall Break, so I have to say FALL BREAK! I love when the leaves begin to change colors and we always have fun going to the Pumpkin Patch.

8. Do you have a GPS?
Yes and we love it. I have used it on vacations to scope out local scrapbook stores, much to Eric's dismay.