Friday, November 28, 2008

Woe is Me.....

Woe is me..... We knew this day would come, but we don't have to like it. Our home owners are returning to San Diego. That means we're moving. I hate moving.

We love our home owners and are glad that they'll be back with their family and friends, and we're glad we'll get to have a close distance relationship with them, but I still hate moving.

Less than 60 days now. We've looked at another house we like, and we're not freaking out about THAT part.

I need boxes. Lots of boxes.

(I guess this effectively gets me out of Christmas cards again. I'll have to send Valentine's Day cards with the new address.)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Tagged, TWICE!

For all of my loyal stalkers, I'm sorry I haven't been posting much. I promise to get back on track.... soon!

I've been tagged by my sister, Laura and also by Jennifer. I'll do them..... soon! Probably next week.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cub Scouts at last!

Since Robert and I both work in scouts at Church (I'm with the cubs and Robert is with the boy scouts), both kids have to go with us each week (they meet at the same time). Toph LOVES to be around the scouts. In our Church, the boys automatically get to become cub scouts when they turn 8. (In fairness to the girls, there's a similar program for girls when they turn 8.)

Well, in our ward, the numbers in the 8-year-old class are small, and Toph was invited to start at the beginning of November--about 6 weeks early. Since I told him of this in September he's been asking me EVERY week if this is the week he gets to be a cub scout.

Last Wednesday was his day! I hadn't made it down to the scout shop to get his uniform, so he went in a "scout buddy" t-shirt. He got 2 beads! In his den, the boys are rewarded with different colored beads for being on time, good behavior, bringing their materials, bringing the snack, etc. He was ALL over my case about getting him a book THAT NIGHT, so he could show his teacher and get the other bead he missed. SO CUTE!

Tomorrow he'll be attending in full uniform (minus the patches I haven't sewn on yet) and he'll be taking his book. He's SO excited to begin this phase of his life. I hope that the feeling doesn't wear off. He was SO excited last week that he insisted on taking a picture with his den leaders--without having his uniform on. One of the leaders suggested waiting a week when they'd all be in uniform, but Toph wasn't having any of THAT! He said he'd just take pictures both weeks! Yeah, yeah, yeah.....I'll post the pictures when Robert does his "magic" and gets them off the camera and into the computer. This story needed telling NOW though.

I love my cub scout!

Oh, and to the folks who purchased popcorn, THANK YOU!!! You not only paid for cub scout camp this year, but you also paid for the uniform and book Toph needed! WA-HOO!

Monday, November 10, 2008

SUPER Souper Saturday

I really enjoyed myself at yesterday's Souper Saturday. I made Mimi's Corn Chowder. It was fabulous, even if I do say so myself. I got compliments from other people, so I don't I'm just being prideful.

I attended 3 classes and made gifts. I did multiples of everything (so I could have one and give others away). At the event I only made (or partially made) 1 of each craft. My plan was to finish the rest at home. Right! Since my multiples were to be given as gifts, I really had to get them finished, and I figured that if I put them away unfinished, they'd remain as such. So I finished them all tonight! Yippee! I went to a Super Saturday and FINISHED all the crafts I paid for!!! That's a RECORD! Write it down; mark it on your calendars. It's phenomenal!

Those of you who receive the fruits of my labors, I hope you enjoy them. I think they turned out well.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


I'm not sure if I'll venture down the political path again after this post, but I just HAVE to say that I'm disgusted. I'm disgusted with people who are attacking my Church because they didn't get their way in an election.

For Pete's sake, this country was founded on the idea of the right to VOTE and not have someone dictate what we will do or believe. We voted--TWICE--and the people of California have spoken. Those who do not like this choice are free to try to change it by voting again.

I'm sick to death of being called a bigot and a hater because I did not vote to oppose Prop. 8. I'm sorry if my FREEDOM TO VOTE infringes on your will to get your way. I have not called the opposition any names. I have not defaced their property. If Prop. 8 had not passed, I would have had to suck it up and live with it--because I believe in obeying the laws of the land. I also believe that if I disagree with something, I have the right, nay the OBLIGATION, to do something about it--through legal venues.

I am saddened that my character is being attacked by malicious people who, for the most part, don't want to think about how immature their own behavior has been. Stop the name calling! Stop defacing property! Shame on you! If you have a beef, get your own Proposition or Constitutional Amendment passed through legal channels. Stop being a bully. You don't KNOW me if you call me a bigot or a hater.

Grow up! Is this the example you want to teach your children--if you don't get your way, call people names and hurt their property.

I'm glad that I voted with integrity. I didn't get my way on every issue--but you won't see me hypocritically calling others haters.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Struck GOLD!

On Saturday I'm going to a Church activity for the ladies called "Super Saturday." This event happens once a year, and often is a craft event--I'm making some things for Christmas.

This year's is being called "SOUPER Saturday," because we're having a soup/rolls potluck too. I signed up to bring corn chowder, because I like it.

So I'm googling for recipes for corn chowder. Every time I've made it, I haven't followed a recipe, and I figured that I probably should this time. I hit GOLD! I found the Mimi's Cafe website, and they GIVE THEIR RECIPE AWAY! I'm SO STOKED! I order their soup with my meal, even when it's 100 outside, because I love it so much.

Now, not only do I have the corn chowder recipe, but I have a few others! It's GREAT!

If you're interested, you can go to the Mimi's website and get the recipes too!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Who Dat? Revealed

Ok, in the Who Dat? post, I asked 3 questions:

1. Who is this?
2. When was this?
3. Why do we care?

I enjoyed all of the comments I've hung onto these many days--didn't want to spoil it for those of you who didn't read fast enough.

To answer the questions:

1. Who is this? That was me! Hard to believe, isn't it? It was my character for a murder mystery party--her name was Sunny Bodine. She was the head of a female biker gang. What you can't see really well in the photos is my (fake) nose ring, my spider tattoo (also fake), and the chaps (that I only wore for the pictures, because they made me too hot).

2. When was this: My good friend, Alicia, and I hosted this murder mystery party on November 1, 1997.

3. Why do we care? YOU probably DON'T, but it was a significant event for me. It was the first social "thing" that I invited Robert to. This was NOT a date, but a party. He was still fairly new to town, and we wanted to get to know him better. For Robert it was significant, because the impression I'd given him was that I was a boring, prudish "Molly" Mormon--and when I answered the door all decked out in my gear, holding my IBC Cream Soda, he realized that his first impression may NOT have been accurate.

I actually blogged about this event in the "Engagement and Marriage" post on Sept. 5. If you are a faithful follower of my blog, then you may have known who that weirdo was.

Incidentally, the hair was achieved through use of Knox Gelatin and purple Kool-aid. I was going for purple spikes, but the purple didn't really show with my brown hair. I will say that it took MANY shampooings to get out--I literally shampooed my hair until I ran out of hot water, and I shampooed it more the next day. Fun times!

I'm moving--to the poor house!

Ok, it should be ABSOLUTELY ILLEGAL for BOTH kids to have simultaneous growth spurts!

We knew Toph was growing, because he sprouted a hollow leg and started eating like a teenager. He also gets growing pains around his knees and ankles, so that's a good sign for us. Hannah is more silent with her growth spurts. I've mentioned before that she seems to grow out and then the next time she tends to grow up. She had 2 "outs" and we've been waiting for the "up." I don't think we need to wait any longer.

We've had BEAUTIFUL Fall weather the last 2 days--cool enough to wear pants even. So when I set out the kids' school clothes yesterday, I was amazed that Hannah looked almost indecent in the pants she was wearing. Either they've shrunk, or she's grown (and since I washed them a million times last season, you know what the answer is). They were also not too long--yippee! This morning, Toph walked into my bedroom and said that his pants were kind of tight, so after today I should throw them in the garbage (doesn't he know we RECYCLE the clothes?!). I told him that if he was in tight pants ALL day, he'd be really uncomfortable by the time he got home from school (sounds like the voice of experience, right?). Then he tried to climb up on my bed (it's a bit tall), and I noticed that he couldn't even bend his legs properly, the pants were SO tight! I convinced him to change the pants, and when he peeled them off, I realized that they were a size SEVEN!!! As a matter of fact, most of the pants in his closet were a size 7--Toph wears a size 10.

Target and Wal-Mart have been very happy with me the last 2 days. Hannah didn't have ANY long-sleeved shirts in her size. She didn't have any pants (except sweat pants) that fit properly--the only reason she could move about in hers is that they are knit. Most of Toph's long sleeve shirts were too small, and all but 2 pair of his pants were too small.

I'm okay to buy some new clothes for Toph. He's grown so slowly that it will be nice to see him in something different--he got to wear many of the same clothes for 2 years in a row. Hannah, on the other hand, grows as fast as I buy her the new clothes. I'd really love a break, so she could get some use out of the clothes I purchase. With her, I've started buying the shirts even bigger (when I can get away with it), just so that we MIGHT get out of this season with the same clothes. She's amazing! At this rate, she'll look like a 12-year-old by summer. And this time it's an UP growth spurt!

Toph really got taller fast, because when we do "back to back" he's about 2 1/2 inches taller. Just last month, they were dead even.

I keep telling the kids to stop growing, but they won't........

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Who Dat?

Some trivia questions:
1. Who is this?
2. When was this?
3. Why do we care?

Let's see who can guess correctly.....cheaters can comment too, since I moderate the comments.

......More about this person later.