Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Not much planned yet for the weekend. I still have to clean out the oven, so I may do that for the remainder of nap time. I may go up to Lansing tonight or tomorrow to look at buying a new couch. Other than that, we're just hanging out and hoping for good weather. It's gorgeous up here today, so we'll probably play outside this afternoon, once Meagan wakes up. That's it for us for now...oh, and I DID pick my drivers this week, so I am hoping for at least more than zero points this week! Keeping my fingers crossed! Have a great rest of the day!!
(just coming back w/ an update - thanks Shane! I took your advice & it worked fine - no explosions or anything!)
Thursday, March 29, 2007
I finally got my act together and took some pictures of our basement now that it's nice and clean and organized (at least more than it ever has been!). Here are a few pics for you so you can see what it looks like now that the toys have somewhere to belong!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Journaling: Windows open. Warm breeze blowing. Fresh sheets on the bed. A happy baby girl. And one lucky momma. Spring is in the air.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
This is a some new stuff by Sweet Genevieve...she just started a line called candy graphics...so far she has alpha, flowery, and starry. This layout has the alpha & the flowers.
Journaling: Silly boys! I love it when the 1 of you are getting along. you're such a good team, you have so much fun together when you're not fighting!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
So, you're probably wondering about our weekend, and our Monday, and our today??? Well, Saturday I went shopping for storage furniture - for toys! I found some really nice shelves that are deep enough to store a lot of their bigger toys (Little People for starters!). So besides church on Sunday, the only major thing I did this weekend was sort through toys and get them organized. We threw out a few garbage bags full of parts & pieces & broken toys that no one would want. It feels so nice to finally be getting a bit of a handle on the toy epidemic in our house (no thanks to grandparents, really!)
Yesterday, Lucas surprised us by taking the day off. I had been thinking of taking the kids over to Meijer Garden to see the butterfly exhibit. Since Sebastian was home from school (conferences, or something or other), and Lucas was off of work, we decided to make a day of it. We got to Grand Rapids around lunch, and went to Bob Evans (kids' choice) to eat. Then we headed to the gardens. Their butterfly exhibit was awesome! They had at least 29 species on open display, just flying around their rain forest room. We all had a great time trying to spot each of the species & identify each of them (we had a pamphlet to go by - although we may not have needed it anyhow, because the boys seemed to be pretty schooled in butterflies, courtesy of Go Diego Go)! Some of my pictures turned out okay - most were pretty blurry. Plus, my battery died. So I have a few to share, but not as many as I would have liked!
From their, we headed to the mall about 15 minutes away & went to Build-a-Bear. We had intended to take Meagan for her birthday. I guess we were just a few months early. So we let Meagan build a critter, since she's never done that. And the boys each got to pick out one new outfit for their bears. It was a tough choice, and they tried their hardest to weasel out more than 1, but in the end, they both chose the firefighter outfits. The car ride home was spent dressing & redressing the bears. For Meagan, we did the same thing we had done with the boys - we went down the row, holding up 2 choices. Whichever she chose, we compared to the next choice, until we had gone through them all. She kind of went back & forth between the dog & the cat, but in the end, she chose the puppy. She was not having a single thing to do with stuffing it, or cleaning it (maybe she wasn't too fond of the guy working there...for working at Build-a-Bear, he wasn't exactly clued in to how to approach a 2-yr-old???). But she wasn't letting go of it after it was made! She even asked for it as soon as she woke up from her nap in the van. "Hey, my doggy!" (I had stolen it to use as a pillow LOL).
And today, we had story hour this morning, we sorta did a little of this & a little of that during the day, and then we went & picked up the shelves after dinner. So Lucas & I worked together this evening to get those put together & the toys on them. I'm SOOOOOO happy!!! (I'll try to post some pics tomorrow - you won't even recognize my basement without toys all over the floor!) For now, it's late, and I'm headed to bed. I'll leave you with 2 sets of pics - the first from Meijer Garden, & the second of Meagan & her puppy 'Peanut Butter Cup' (aka Doggy). Love ya!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Speaking of racing...I'm an IDIOT! I forgot to pick my drivers for fantasy racing this week, so I have a big ol' goose-egg for this race. BUMMER! I thought of it late Thursday night, but was too tired to get out of bed, go back downstairs, restart the computer & log in & all that jazz. I thought I would still be able to do it Friday morning, but no such luck! Oh well, at this point, I will just have to aim for winning weeks instead of the whole deal. LOL...not that I really expected to win anyway...oh well!
Thursday, March 15, 2007
We had our second parent-teacher conference today. This time, Sebastian was supposed to go with us. So we got a babysitter to watch Isaac (who played play station) and Meagan (who ate marshmallows & played ball with Lilly)...that was easy money for her! Anyway - Sebastian showed us all around his class room. There were stations set up for him to show us - reading, writing, poem books, math materials, science and so on. I think he could have shown us around the room for HOURS! When we sat down to talk with Mrs. Long, she had nothing but great things to say about him. He's 100% on letters & letter sounds; he can count to 100+; he recognizes about 85% of his sight words; he's an all around good student (I think she called him a laser at one point, which almost made me laugh - just a funny term for a kid, I guess). But we were both really proud of him, and he was really proud of himself (although he was very humble about it, which I was thankful for). It was a good evening.
Oh, for those of you who have been waiting on pins & needles for the answer to the unsolved mystery of the locked-up cat... Lucas got a confession out of Isaac at lunch yesterday! LOL! It was soooo funny! He said, "Buddy, did you sneak out of bed and lock Lilly in her cage?" Isaac turned his head the funny little way that he does and said "Hmmm, maybe it was Meagan." "It couldn't have been Meagan," Luc says, "She was in her room with the gate up." "Maybe Sebastian then?" Isaac says. "No, I don't think it was Sebastian, either." (Smart Daddy). "Well, MAYBE it was me" he says with a huge smile on his face! So this morning guess what I found in the living room...the cat carrier sitting up on end...with Lilly just sitting up inside of it. One of the 2 boys (my bet is on the blond one!) just lowered it down over her as she was sitting there relaxing. That cat is such a good sport!
Anyway, after bedtime, I hit the computer... Genevieve has a new kit that just came out, and I had to get my layout done for it. Here's what I came up with.
Credits: Sweet Genevieve Hanami Kit
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
1) Sebastian is officially signed up to play t-ball. He starts practices in April.
2) Meagan & Isaac were at Nicole's during nap time, so NO NAP! Yikes...can you say early bedtime? They went to bed at 7:30. Meagan crashed right away. I just handed her paci & pointed her in the direction of the bed. (she's so cute!)
3) I took some 'me' time & went up to Lansing to buy a CD. I've looked at Meijer & Wal-Mart here, but neither place had it. I got Barlow Girl's new CD - Love it! Thanks for the birthday $$
4) Go NO scrapping done tonight, but I did manage to get a new digi tutorial posted on my other blog.
5) Didn't watch Idol tonight, so I'm gonna go watch the last 2 minutes on tivo to see who got the boot, and then I'm going to bed! 'Night!!
Oh, one funny thing...I was up late last night scrapping (time change is getting me, and I just can't sleep at 11:00 yet!). Well, I was on my way up to bed, and as I was walking through our pitch black living room, I heard Lilly 'meow' like she needed help. So I flipped on the light and found her locked in her overturned cat carrier. The last I had seen her, she was snoozing on the couch. So apparently one of the boys wasn't feeling very sleepy either, and they decided to sneak downstairs to 'play' with he cat! Poor girl! She puts up with an awful lot from these kids!
Let's see...what's up for today? Right now the kids are playing dress up/ghost people with blankets. Sebastian is waiting patiently for computer time. Other than that, not a lot planned. I'll definitely let you know if anything of interest comes up.
Here's the page I got done last night. Oh! I forgot to share this news with you - I'm on one more Creative Team (this is the last one for a while, I swear!). She's a new designer at Elemental Scraps. I really like her stuff, and her kits come all together instead of having to buy paper & elements separately. I like that. So anyway, here's my first page using some of her designs. (Credits)
Journaling: Why does this seem like a daily battle...to keep you out of the cupboards, to keep your food off the floor? You've only just turned one, and already it's clear to me that you have a very independent and determined personality. Meagan, July '06
Monday, March 12, 2007
Speaking of grown-ups acting like children....
This weekend Lucas went out and played with the boys - really played! He got on his ROLLER BLADES!!! He skated down to the circle while the boys played on bikes & scooters down there. What an overgrown kid! Just one reason I love him!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
We skipped Motor Development - none of us felt like going, so we figured it would be a good day to stay home. The boys had earned PlayStation time, so they played that in the morning while I got some stuff done around the house. The weather was so nice yesterday, that we couldn't pass up the chance to go outside. We decided to stick to taking a walk, though, because there was still too much snow for bikes & scooters, and the grass is just green mud at this point from all the snow melting. So, we walked down to the end of the circle & back. The kids were outside playing at Nicole's, so we stopped over there for a while. Sebastian, Isaac, Meagan, & Monique made beautiful sidewalk art until it was time to go in (had to take Lilly to the vet for shots). It was so nice to finally get a breath of fresh air! Again today the kids are outside playing...I'm on my way out now to join them. Maybe I'll take some more pictures & post another slide show. Hope you enjoy this one of our pics from yesterday!
Friday, March 9, 2007
ScrapGalaxy has just started up a digi section to their forum...the design team is starting to add tutorials & answer questions on there. Here's the link if you're interested: ScrapGalaxy. The Digi Scrapping section is toward the bottom of the forum.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
- took the lid off of the litter box
- unwound the roll of litter box liners & strung them across the basement (and through the dirty litter box)
- used the poop scooper to scoop some litter into the water dish
- filled the remaining clean water with cat food
- threw some cat food into the litter box, just for good measure
- and just basically sprinkled the basement floor with litter and water, creating a clumpy clay litter MESS!
So, we've moved the water to a different floor of the house from the food & litter. I've also turned the litter box so that the opening faces the side (the thought being it will be more difficult for her to get into, so she'll leave it alone - hmmm...wonder how well that's gonna work?). We'll see what tomorrow brings. For tonight, all I can say is I'm glad it's bedtime.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
When Lucas got home from work, we loaded up in the van & headed to Lansing for dinner. I picked Red Robin. I know, that's a weird place to pick for my 29th birthday, but never underestimate the value of a place that entertains your kids during a sit-down dinner!! Plus, there's something about a burger that someone else cooks for me that I just can't resist! After dinner we headed to Target for a quick browsing. Click (you know - the Adam Sandler movie) was on sale for $13 so I got that for my birthday from the kids (love that movie!). I also got a new hair dryer (so Guy, you won't have to worry about any more tripped circuits in your house when we visit). And, as we passed by the clothes, I scouted a few REALLY cute outfits I might go back & try on (minus the kids and after tax return money rolls in & gets allocated to all the stuff that's not as fun as new clothes). So now we're back at home. The kids are in bed. And we're just chillin'! Thanks to everyone who sent me Happy Birthday wishes! You guys are awesome & really helped make this a great day! And, Lori & Leroy, Happy Birthday guys! I miss you - wish we were together to celebrate!
Monday, March 5, 2007
Journaling: 'When you walked in, I could see the uncertainty and anticipation on your faces. But, you laid your gifts in the bassinet, and just stared at your new baby sister. Three strangers about to become best friends. (Isaac's gifts: Duck, Doll; Sebastian's gifts: Bear, Rattle)
Saturday, March 3, 2007
After staying up way past my bedtime to visit last night, we all got up this morning & headed to Bob Evans for breakfast - even Shane got up & went with us, which was nice! Then later this afternoon we headed to Red Lobster for a birthday dinner. Two meals I didn't have to cook in one day!!! That was a great birthday gift!
One funny thing Isaac said at dinner, I think is worth mentioning. We were trying to decide which appetizers to order, and someone suggested Lobster Pizza. Isaac didn't miss a beat, and he said, "Mom, does Lobster Pizza have dead lobster on it? And lobster butts?" I didn't know what to say - it was such a funny question! I had to be honest - "Yes, honey, it has dead lobster on it. And maybe lobster tail, but no lobster butts." "Okay," he says, "then I'll try it." What a cutie. I think I'll keep him!
Okay, off to lounge around on the couch for the rest of the night, trying to sleep off all this food!
Friday, March 2, 2007
Journaling: Baby girl, you are beautiful to me. It brings me such joy just to watch you be who you are right now. To a casual observer you are beautiful in the normal sense of the word. Your big blue eyes, your cute little nose, your sandy blond hair, and those cheeks! You have always been, and you will always be admired by the casual observer. But by those who know you, you will be admired for so much more. There is a strength about you that makes you get back up no matter how many times you fall, that makes you try again until you get it right. No one can deny that you are a pretty girl, but it is your quiet strength that makes you beautiful.