Thursday, October 30, 2008
Nate was going to be a police officer last year, and was talking on the phone with his friend explaining his costume. Then he told his little 7 year old friend that Mommy bought him handcuffs, but they weren't real like the one's under her bed. Dan overheard this conversation and about died laughing. We have a pair of handcuffs under our bed that were given to us as a gag. They are actually the same one's as Nate's, and I had not a clue he had been under my bed checking them out. Of course I had to find out if Nate's friend had retold this story, and asked this friend's mom about it. And of course I had to tell her the story to explain this whole thing, and she busts out laughing at my tale of handcuffs. No, the friend never said anything, but now everyone gives me a bad time about the handcuffs. Thanks Nate for sharing.
Halloween 2007, Nate the police officer, Holly the barista, and Lily the purple care bear.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Marty works for Oltman Insurance, and if you want to save money on your insurance, give him a call and he'll give you a free quote. (And he will take me to lunch if I send him referrals!!!) Give him a call at (360) 734-3960.
Rob is a middle school teacher, and we are very proud of all the schooling he has done to get where he is. He is also in a band called The Love Lights. You can check out their myspace page or listen to their music on itunes.
Amy Jo is the family paparazzi, I mean photographer. You can check out her beautiful work at www.amyparsons.com.
My siblings and I have an unusual relationship, we all get along! As children we didn't always get along, I was the bossy one (firstborn), my sister being the baby got away with everything. The boys were always fighting and being boys. Once we all grew up, we became friends. We all talk to each other every week and will start making phone calls to the others if we haven't hear from Rob. While he was in college, if Rob wasn't returning phone calls right away, we would call each other and ask if anyone else had heard from Rob. After that we would leave him messages saying "call us, or we'll think you are dead!". Rob would get the point and finally call someone, and we would all feel better. We all help each other out, and like spending time together. Strange huh?
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I also got my test back in Biology today. I did ok, pretty much how I thought I did. To make up for the lost points, I'm doing extra credit tomorrow by doing volunteer work for the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA). It should be a fun adventure, and at least the weather is in my favor!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Most of you know that I am a single parent for half of the year. Dan works on tugs and barges and is gone for 40 days at a time. He has had this schedule for about 7 years, so I am used to this, but it still doesn't make it easy. I do so many things on my own with the kids, and it's hard to manage sometimes. I am blessed to have a very supportive family that helps out, but I miss my hubby. He is a great Dad who plays with the kids, and gets down on their level. He is also wonderful with taking extra kids so that a friend and I can have girl time, kid free. Our house is a fixer upper, and Dan had done all the work himself. From building the fence to remodeling our bathroom (even when he didn't like my idea of painting it red!). This summer he finished turning my part of the carport into a garage. He always has a big honey do list when he gets home, and may complain, but likes to work on things around the house.
Dan will be home tomorrow, and I am excited to see him. The kids have been counting down the days until Daddy comes home. This past 40 days have been some of the most difficult, so I'll be glad to have the support at home. Maybe he could take the kids to the park so that I could have quiet time for homework? (hint, hint) Love and miss you honey, can't wait to have you home!!!!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Last night we went to the First Annual Chili Cook off and Pumpkin Carving Contest at Little Bearfoot Farm. Our friends Gordon and Tracie live at LBF and hosted this party in their barn. I entered chili, but didn't win. I tried to do something different and made a vegetarian chili, and it was great to see that all 7 chili's entered were different. Congrats to Tim who won the cook off, and congrats to Tiffani who won the boobie prize for last place. (Tiff I really liked your chili, can I have the recipe?). After chili everyone helped the kids carve pumpkins, and dear Tracie gave each kid a prize bag for entering. In this bag contained a whistle, so 13 kids had whistles. Thanks Tracie, there will be paybacks for that one.
Overall it was a fun night. The kids and I had colored hair (my friend and hairdresser, Stephana was very worried about it staining my highlights). I had brought our scarred pumpkins to carve, and when we got there I realized that the tops of the pumpkins were soft. By the time I got done carving, the tops sunk into the pumpkins. Oh well, maybe Dan can carve new ones for them when he gets home.
Friday, October 17, 2008
You Are A Mother of Preschoolers…..
By Holly Snow
· If you are sleep deprived
· If you have stickers and cheerios stuck to your socks
· If you have spit up, snot, or drool on your clothes
· If your shoes are older than your children
· If the idea of heaven on earth is a full night of uninterrupted sleep
· If you can cook dinner, do laundry, pick up toys, feed the dog, talk on the phone, with a child on your hip, all at the same time
· If your TV has been taken over by Disney channel, Nick Jr and Noggin.
· If you can’t sing a single Top 40 hit, but know all the words to Blues Clues
· If you can’t remember a single thing from Chemistry, but have Dr. Seuss’ ABC’s memorized
· If you can’t remember the last time you ate out without French fries
· If you have ever called everyone you know when your child did something new
· If you are missing a bottle or juice cup and are scared to find it
· If you go through a bottle a month of spray-n-wash
· If you ever bought a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, ran around the house cleaning walls, and truly believe it’s magic
· If you can’t remember the last time you bought yourself something pretty and not practical
· If your floor is booby trapped with legos, hot wheels, train tracks, barbies, or polly pockets
· If more people call you Mommy than your real name on most days
· If your cookie cutters, rolling pin and spatula are used more for play dough than cookies
· If you have ever driven aimlessly just so your child will sleep longer
· If your backseat has car seats full of cracker crumbs
· If you have more crayons on your floor than in the crayon box
· If you have to point out every farm animal, tractor or train while you are traveling
· If you feel like you deserve a gold metal for getting out of the house this morning with your hair done and makeup on
· If you are scared to look under your couch
· If you have ever locked yourself in the closet to talk on the phone
· If you have ever played hide and seek with your kids just to get a moment of silence
· If you stick your nose in your child’s bottom to tell if they are poopy
· If poopy and potty are in your everyday vocabulary
· If you go through the McDonalds drive thru more than you shave your legs
· If you speak of yourself in third person, ”Mommy got a boo boo.”
· If you have ever let your child talk to a telemarketer
· If your first response to any invitation is “Let me see if I can get a babysitter.”
· If you can’t remember the last time you went to Walmart without buying diapers
· If you are pregnant or have a potty training child, and must know where the restroom is everywhere you go
· If you just need a break, a friend, a snack, a cup of coffee, or just some time without screaming, squirming, slobbery children
· If you all the bandages in your house have cartoon characters on them
Thursday, October 16, 2008
It makes me think of other useless information that I have memorized. When Nate was 2 1/2 he loved Dr. Seuss ABC's. I had that sucker memorized by the time he had his ABC's down. Then he went to Kindergarten and that is the book they use to teach the alphabet. Oh, and they turn it into a song. So then I could sing the song. That info faded in my mind, returning randomly when Lily pulled out that book. Then of course she starts Kindergarten, and it's stuck in my head again.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
People have requested my play dough recipe, so here it is, somebody try it and tell me if they got black!
3 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tsp cream of tartar
1 3/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup veg oil
2 packages kool aid (same color)
Mix dry ingredients. Add kool aid packets to boiling water, mix well, then add oil. Add wet mix to dry mix and stir until combined. Store in sealed plastic bag.
Monday, October 13, 2008
As I did with Nate in kindergarten, I told Lily's teacher to let me know when the class needed play dough. I sent orange last week, because it's October. A note came home asking if I would make black play dough. I make mine with kool aid for the coloring, and I don't know of any black kool aid. So, Saturday the kids and I went to the grocery store and I found black food coloring. Lily helped me make new play dough, and we found that it takes HALF of the bottle to work, otherwise it looks brown. (Lily asked if we were making chocolate.) Nate want me to make more, he thinks it looks cool. Why not, one more color to the rainbow of dried play dough on my floor.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Rob- Congratulations on your girlfriends birthday.
This is tradition in our family. It's strange, complicated, has weird rules, but is done in love. It started many years ago when Grandpa Stauffer would call Dad on us kids' birthdays and congratulate him. Years later, when Tiffani entered the family, she made it a competition. Now everyone tries to beat the others in this silly game. So today is a great example because we have two birthdays. Today is Tiffani's dad's birthday. So everyone calls, e-mails, myspace, blogs (ha) a congrats on your father's birthday to Tiffani. She could get me by saying, "Congrats on your sister in laws father's birthday". Today is also Jessica's birthday, so I could call Tiffani and say, "Congrats on your brother in laws girlfriend's birthday". This game is just a way of acknowledging birthdays in the family, and making sure people don't forget important days. It has gotten more complicated with caller ID, so we have gotten creative. My brother once borrowed a co-workers cell phone so I wouldn't recognize the caller ID. We have even stooped low enough to use our kids in this game.
So I win today, everyone call and wish Jessica a happy birthday, and Tiffani tell your Dad I said Happy Birthday!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Back in the days when I did pumpkin tours, most of the kids thought that pumpkins came from the grocery store. I actually convinced a class of kindergartners that pumpkins grew on trees. The same class was told by their teacher that the big round bales in the fields were marshmallows for giants. Of course I corrected the class and told them how pumpkins grew, but I'm afraid there are teenagers out there right now craving giant marshmallows!
Friday, October 10, 2008
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Thursday, October 2, 2008
Life cycle of a moss. The gametophytes(n) develop sex organs at their tips: sperm-forming antheridia in the male gametophyte and egg forming archegonia in the female gametophyte. A flagellated sperm released from an antheridium swims through surface water into an archegonium to fertilize an egg. The resultant zygote(2n) grows by mitotic division to become a mature sporophyte. The photosynthetic sporophyte remains attached to the archegonium and obtains some nutrients from the female gametophyte. Meiospores(n) form in the sporangium and are released. Meiosphores germinate to become protonemas, which develop into male or female gametophytes.
Can you see why this is so difficult for me? I truly don't understand half the words. My mind is swimming. So if anyone can explain this to me, you know, put it in laymans terms, that would be great. Then maybe I won't get the giggles about flagellated sperm.