Saturday, September 27, 2008

The REAL Gumby Intro

I've been watching some Gumby episodes that I used to always watch when I was a kid. They're kind of silly now, but I loved them back then.

Homemaking Meme

I saw this on Tracy's blog, A Catholic Mom in Minnesota, a while ago and I wanted to do it.

Aprons-Y/N? No. I have some but I don't wear them. They're not very stylish and I just don't like to wear them. I'm also not in the habit. I would like to, though. If I ever get the sewing bug back, I could make some that I'd like to wear.

Baking - Favorite thing to bake: Chocolate cake

Clothesline - Y/N? No.

Donuts - Have you ever made them? I love donuts, but I've never made them.

Everyday - One homemaking thing you do everyday: Wash dishes.

Freezer - Do you use a deep freeze? No.

Garbage Disposal - Y/N? Yes. Use it all the time.

Handbook - What's your favorite homemaking resource? Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook and Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson. Although I have and use those books, I still frequently call my mom for great advice and tips.

Ironing - Love it or hate it? Hate it.

Junk Drawer - Y/N? Yes. Located in the laundry room.

Kitchen - color and decorating scheme: all white, quite plain, needs new paint job

Love - what is your favorite part of homemaking? knowing I'm serving my family, making a nice home for them

Mop - Y/N? Yes. Once a week. Sometimes more when the kitchen floor looks extra dirty.

Nylons - machine or hand wash? I hardly wear them, but when I do, I machine wash them in the delicate cycle inside a little laundry bag.

Oven - Do you use the window or open the oven to check? Early in the baking time, I use the window. When the food is close to being done, I open the door.

Pizza - what do you put on yours? ground beef and cheese, sometimes olives

Quiet - what do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment? Mostly read (books or blogs) or watch one of my Netflix rentals.

Recipe card box - Y/N? No. My recipes are kept in a 3 ring binder

Style of house - I don't know the style. Just a regular house, one story, 3 bedrooms, formal dining room.

Tablecloths and Napkins? Don't use a tablecloth. We use paper napkins.

Under the kitchen sink - organized or toxic wasteland? Pretty well organized.

Vacuum - how many times per week? Whole house once a week. Some areas are vacuumed more often as needed.

Wash - how many loads of laundry do you do per week? I do 2 loads a day.

X's - Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off? Definitely.

Yard - Who does what? I do it all, except we do have a gardener who mows the lawn and trims the bushes.

ZZZ - What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed? Last minute tidying up in rooms, laying out clothes for the next day.

Friday, September 26, 2008


Today I was able to accomplish quite a bit. Emily was in school, so I got to work and had to do it quick. I did my laundry and even got the clothes put away. Usually, I do the laundry and the clean clothes stay in a basket for a LONG time! We end up pulling the clothes out of the basket, doing a quick ironing job and putting them on. Doesn't make for stress-free living, but what can I say, we are definitely not always a smooth running machine here. So, I was quite pleased that the clothes were put away. Little things like that give me satisfaction.

I thought I was going to have a major chore today. Yesterday, Emily had soccer practice, but I could only find one soccer shoe. I could not find the other one, so she just had to wear her regular tennis shoes. For practice that is OK but not for the real game, which is tomorrow. So I had to tackle the BIG job of cleaning out her closet and soon. There is so much junk in there, I was ready with the trash bags because I knew I would be finding lots of things to just toss. I emptied out the shoe rack (more like a crate), put aside some shoes that don't fit her anymore, but no missing soccer shoe. I pulled out all her stuffed animals, and lo and behold, there is her missing shoe! It was buried under the pile of stuffed animals. I was so glad I didn't have to dig further into the closet. I cleaned out half of her closet and decided to do the rest next week. Lots of stuff will get tossed or stored in the garage. There is just too much in that closet.

I finally got my recent pictures uploaded onto the computer. I'll have to post some pictures on another post. I have a few from last weekend's marathon of games. It was a little hectic, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Ryan and I did manage to see Kathryn's game and he wasn't too tired. I still don't like the three games in one day, but I suppose we'd manage.

Emily's team would have won if score was kept. There is no official score keeping. They just go out there to have some fun. Emily scored 4 goals, and all for her team, not for the other team like she did the week before, LOL! Kathryn's team won, I don't remember the score, but it was a shutout.....I think. Ryan's team lost.

This weekend is another round of games, two on Saturday and one on Sunday.

My two DVD rentals for this weekend are: Love is a Choice (the life of St. Gianna Beretta Molla) and Gumby Essentials (sure to bring back lots of memories).

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Your 80s Hunk Is
Bill Gates

Oh my gosh! How can this be? Must have been the nerdy answers I gave. I thought I would get someone like Harrison Ford, or Tom Cruise. Or maybe even Rick Springfield or Scott Baio. But Bill Gates? I guess I'm not as cool as I thought I was! LOL! Then again, he has the last laugh. Revolutionizing the technological world and being the richest dude in America and all that!

H/T: Cmerie

Friday, September 19, 2008

Catching Up

Well, I'm taking a break right now. I got quite a bit done while Emily was in pre-school today. I was able to quickly do my morning routine (compared to other days) and make a trip to the grocery store.

I have to admit that I love the little bit of free time I get when she's at school. I've been real good so far and have not squandered my time. She goes to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for three hours. I think it's perfect for her and for me. She gets to have new play adventures and gets practice at being in a school structure with the rules and social setting. I get a little free time to slow down just for a bit and not have my brain split in so many directions.

So far, Emily just loves going to school. She gets so excited that she forgets to tell me bye when I drop her off at her class. After I sign her in, I take a quick peek in the classroom to tell her goodbye again and she's just so busy doing her thing. I'm glad she doesn't have any separation anxiety. I had a tough time with Kathryn & Ryan. Until a couple weeks into it, they would cry or just give me that quivering lip that would break my heart.

Kathryn scored her first ever goal in soccer last weekend. This is her fourth season playing, I think, so it's been a long wait for that first one. The grin on her face was priceless. I wish I would have had my camera, but of course, I didn't. I desperately need to upload pictures. Mini vacation shots, game shots, and first day of school shots are still waiting in the camera.

Tonight we're heading out to a spaghetti dinner at the older kids' school. It should be a fun event. Aside from a delicious dinner, there will be raffles and a movie . I hope I can stay awake. I've been waking up around 5:45 every morning to start the day so, of course, I get sleepy earlier.

Tomorrow will be a tiring day. We have three games!! Emily has a soccer game at 12:00. Kathryn's game is at 3:00 and Ryan has one at 6:30. I'm thinking of keeping Ryan home from Kathryn's game so he can rest before his. I think it will be a little too much. Oh yeah, I have to provide snacks for two of the games. I'm getting tired thinking of all this. Maybe, if I remember, I'll take some pictures throughout the day and make a post. I don't know. I tell ya, I'm tired thinking about tomorrow.

Well, I don't have time to be tired right now. I'm off to pick up Kathryn & Ryan from school.

Blessings to everyone!

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Just a quick note to say sorry I haven't posted anything lately. I've been super busy. Sports practices here and there. Sports pictures to be taken. Games to go to. Snacks to get for said games. Order forms for fundraisers to fill out. Well-visits/immunizations to take care of.
And Emily begins pre-school on Monday (sniff-sniff)! I'm going full throttle!

Blessings to all of you and I'll catch up with all of you when I catch my breath!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I'm sorry that I haven't acknowledged this sooner, but thanks to Tracy, A Catholic Mom in Minnesota, I've been awarded this:

I so appreciate all the comments that I receive. I love to hear what your thoughts are. I still find it hard to believe that anyone would care to read what I have to say. But I hope that someone can relate to something I share or chuckle at something. So thanks to all of you who stop by and leave your thoughts!
With that, I will pass this on to :
If you've already received this, consider yourselves doubly blessed!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Quirky Meme

It's taken me some time, but I'm finally getting to this one. Thanks for the tag, Suzy & GrandmaK!

I'm supposed to mention 6 quirks of mine. So here goes. After this, I guess you'll think me weird!

1. I don't like when people place their bare feet up on the dashboard of the car when riding in the passenger seat. I don't like to see dry, cracked, yucky toenails out in full view for the world to see. Now if you have nicely manicured feet that's different. Those I don't mind so much! Needless to say, I practice what I preach. My not so nice feet don't see the light of day when I'm the passenger! LOL! By the way, is this a California thing or do you all like to put your feet up when riding in the passenger seat?

2. I'm a definite carb person. I have to restrain myself from eating all the bread, biscuits, tortilla strips, etc. that are placed at the table before the main meal. I try not to be greedy but sometimes it's difficult. When eating a slice of pie, I mostly eat the crust and if I could, would leave most of the fillings out. I've been known to just bake a crust with no intention of putting anything in it!

3. This probably should be placed in number 2, but I need more quirks to fill out the 6. I sometimes eat more of the dough in the chocolate chip cookie than the actual chocolate chips. Most people love all the chocolate in the cookies. Not me! I'd just as soon have a token 3 or 4 chips in the whole cookie. Isn't that weird? My poor kids get deprived when I make chocolate chips cookies!

4. I love to touch the fabric when going to the craft stores. Ditto for yarn in yarn shops. If it's a nice, fine, baby yarn, I'll even sneak a rub against my cheek!

5. I don't look at myself in the mirror at night. This mostly pertains to when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I don't turn on the light, just using the little glow from the nightlight. I remember too many childhood horror stories, read too many horror books, seen too many horror movies, all that stuff. I'm always afraid of what I'll see in the mirror! YIKES!

6. I like to see the credits after all the movies I watch. Most of the time, Steve and I are the only ones left in the movie theatre after a movie ends. We have a running joke. Who will be the first one to see who the Key Grip is and who The Best Boy is.

So there you have it. It's freeing to confess some of my weirdness/quirkiness! I'm sure I have more, but I guess since it's me, I don't think of it as weird.

Have a nice day everyone!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Back From Our Little Getaway!

We had a fun time on our little getaway and are sorry that it was so short, but it's nice to get away, even for just a little while.

We were able to get to Disneyland this year as it wasn't as hot as last year. It wasn't super crowded so we were able to take in a the rides without wasting time in long lines. The kids of course were so excited.

We swam in the hotel pool. It was a little cool to be swimming, but we had to take advantage of being there.

The rest of the time we just hung out and ate!

I haven't uploaded any pictures yet so I don't have any to share right now. That reminds me, I've been meaning to start organizing my pictures on the computer. Right now they are just organized into folders, but the pictures themselves are not tagged. I need to do that so that they are easy to find when I'm searching for a certain people, places, or whatever. Does anyone have any suggestions on good photo storage sites? I have a Photobucket account and also Flikr, but I've only put a few pictures in each and haven't really researched them to see what exactly I can do. What do you use?

So now I'm easing back into the routine of things. I did lots of laundry today. The loads are all washed but not many baskets have been folded and put away. That's not one of my favorite things to do. I must admit that after my morning routine was finished, I slacked off a bit. I got caught up watching some episodes of Heroes on DVD. I only intended to watch one episode but I got hooked. It's like reading a good book that you hate to put down! I think I ended up watching three episodes. Not good when your husband and children are starving!

Tomorrow is another day and I'll try to be better disciplined! :) Well, I'll have to be. I have to send these disks back to Netflix so I can get the next episodes!

Have a good week, everyone! I have a lot of catching up to do with all of you, so I hope to visit your wonderful blogs soon!