Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Okey-dokey. Do you know of my love for Gilmore Girls? Serious void still in my TV viewing and smiling abilities for the past couple of years since it has ended. Thank goodness for DVDs. Lauren Graham, Loralei Gilmore, was on Ellen yesterday. She is so funny. I think she should be my big sister, do you think she will adopt me? Please watch the clip below, she is terribly funny.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
But first, I got this in the mail this week. I love it. But I want all of the bags and pouches in DrikaB's Shop, so it was hard to choose. Once again, very well made.
Amber Alexander's shop has a selection of original watercolors, acrylics and prints, take a look, especially if you like a whimsical look at animals. This print would look great for the Halloween holiday, somewhere in your house.
I love this little tunic from My Little One. The colors remind me of fall, it would be really cute with some bright stockings and boots. The rest of the shop is beautiful, with fun plushies, clothing, decor.
I love Tom Banwell's art. Seriously amazing masks. I love the all of them. There is the autumn mask, the black bird mask, and this bug mask. Ooh, and the lacy leaf, I can't decide which is my favorite. They are made out of leather. I think if I wore the bug mask, my kids would leave me alone for a little bit because they wouldn't know it was me. But of course, I wouldn't want them to leave me alone, I am not that kind of mother.
What girl doesn't need a pirate patch? This patch, plus dresses, scarfs, shoes and more is what you can find over at Baubles and Bits.
I think I could make it through winter if I could wear this necklace by Daughter of Luxury. I think it has a unique power that when worn it gives the wearer some serious Winter Blue's fighting power. No really, I heard that. So, if any of you are worried about me, this necklace is the answer. Or anything else from this BEAUTIFUL shop.
I love tomato soup, especially in the fall. It speaks cozy to me. I would eat it everyday out of these bowls from etcArts, a sip at a time. An eclectic assortment of goodies for your house.
You can never have enough hair clips and accessories for your little girl. Posh Pretties has some very cute hair adornment the shout fall. A turkey, candy corn, and this spider (Halloween, of course).
Friday, September 26, 2008
Heart of gold, Eli.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
One of the funnest parts of the show was when Gev was on stage. He is quite the little comedian. He has really good timing, funny little things. Fun to watch dance, there wasn't enough of him.
Of course there was a lot of Joshua and Katee, understandably. I would have loved more Mark, Chelsie and Gev though.
They are all such great dancers. So athletic, so young, so beautiful. Will, well Will, of course he is a specimen. I think I want Twitch as my neighbor, he seems so genuine and nice and funny. Mark, quirky. Chelsie, like my friend said, you just want to put her in your pocket, with Gev, they are both so cute and tiny.
The only thing that wasn't good was the fact that it is not tivo'd. I couldn't just sit and rewind and watch again.
So much fun, highly entertaining, I am still smiling about it.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
My cat, Roady, is closing in on 15 years old. She hasn't brought us anything for quite a few years. Imagine my surprise when I opened the door this week to send to the kids out to play and this was waiting for us. Proud kitty. Caroline wanted to bring the rat inside and keep it. No thanks.
I have been needle-punching a lot this week, changing the colors on one of the cupcake patterns. I will get it up later this week. And thanks for the suggestions for mascara - better recs than America's Next Top Model!
Friday, September 19, 2008
I am relatively a novice when it comes to mascara. I want one that doesn't clump, doesn't flake, doesn't end up under my eyes (even though I don't wear it on my lower lashes) and looks nice and polished. Can someone besides Queen Latifah tell me what they recommend? If you don't want to leave a comment, email me.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
A couple of hours ago, I went to certain retail establishment because they get new stock on Thursdays, which means they have TONS of plastic bags to recycle. Our school has a recycling program. When you bring, among other things, plastic bags to the school to recycle the money from them then goes to our ARTS program. I filled my car with 15 or so bags (so big, you can really only carry one, maybe two, at a time - not because they are heavy, but because they are bulky). I got to my son's school and this is how it goes:
I unload 3 at a time from my car, carrying them to the front door - 2 gals walks by me and some man that works at the school.
I then open the heavy outer door of the school and toss bags (15 - 20) into the space between outer doors and inner doors. The PTA president walks by me and says, "Don't tell me all those are from your house!" "No, I get them every Thurs. from this store for recycling here." "Oh." and walks away.
Then I throw them into the school hallway so I can carry them to the specific bag area. 2 more gals walk by me.
This whole process from the car to the appropriate recycle drop off takes me 5 minutes, with 6 people smiling as they walk out of the school.
I'm not saying that none of them were in a hurry. I'm not saying what I was doing was so important to our school that you should praise me and thank me for adding about $100 more dollars to our ARTS program, and I am fine if I had to do this all myself, especially when no one passes by. But since 6 people did pass by, for the love maybe HELP ME CARRY THEM IN!!!!
By the way, our PTA president is not fond of the ARTS program.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
And the curtains worked out great minus a slight measuring problem on my part, but with distractions all around, it could have been worse.
Monday, September 15, 2008
(My mom did not seem to find the humor in this, let's hope I haven't lost mine!)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
So here is my goal for today - we'll see.
I have some curtains I bought from IKEA that I have been wanting to add to. I bought this fabric from Anna Marie Horner's Garden Party line to add some color. I hope it doesn't clash too much with my kelly green walls. Project 1.
I bought this from the same line to make some pillows - they will probably be smooshed by the kids into a stepping stone to get from one side of the pond to the other in no time flat, but oh well. The repeating pattern will trim it. Project 2.
And then we have sewing for Caroline. I purchased a pattern for a round necked dress from this shop. The instructions are great, I need to get this done. I am using this fabric from Amy Butler.
And then there is the bunch of skirts I am cutting for her. Also Amy Butler. And Heather Bailey, and Anna Marie Horner. Can you tell I am smitten by these designers, just like everyone else? I'm kind of rusty, we'll see how it goes.
A great quilt store in Roy sells most of our punchneedle patterns, so my mom wanted me to see it. Holy Cow!!! She has so much Amy Butler, Anna Marie Horner, Heather Bailey, lots of new Moda, Joel Dewberry is coming in, lots of the home dec fabrics of these designers - I haven't seen this much selection in one place in all of Utah. You have probably been there, some of you, Sweet Lavender, 1878 W 5075 S, Roy, UT (801) 774-7330. I was blown away. The owner, Peggy, is fantastic, the store has so much in it but you can breathe, I loved it.
I just heard Dave come in from a meeting downtown, the kids are thrilled to see him (my own and their 2 friends), he is so great how he interacts with them. Best dad ever. Now, I have to let Dave know about my plans....
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I have already admitted that first grade is throwing some kinks into our lives. Eli comes home exhausted and starving which equals grumpy and uncooperative. He admits that he doesn't eat his lunch because he will miss out on all the fun at recess! Totally typical, I know. I would really love the school to keep them at lunch for at least 15 minutes, then excuse them for recess. I can't imagine the 20+ kids in his class are a bundle of fun around 2 pm, I know that at least half of them don't eat their lunch either.
I am better off not knowing what goes on at school, it went on when I was a kid and I turned out somewhat normal. My friend pulled up to school with her first grader and heard the kids yelling "CHICKEN FIGHT! CHICKEN FIGHT!", saw two bodies up on the bars, legs wrapped around each other and then WHAM! One fell to the ground, hard. It was Eli. He was fine, popped right back up, but seriously!!! These kids are hanging with the ground about 4 - 5 feet below them, trying to throw the other down with their legs. Where are the teachers? Some parents stepped in and made a NO CHICKEN FIGHT rule. It has held so far. It's all fun and games until someone lands on their head.
The same friend's little boy is crying each night because he doesn't want to get hurt at school. At each recess some punk is coming up to him and punching him, asking if it hurts and then walking away. He doesn't know who it is and neither does Eli. Then yesterday, I am asking Eli what happened at recess and he says, "T got choked to death", while chewing his meat.
"What?! What did you do?"
"I chucked him."
Me, trying not to laugh at this comment (at Eli chucking someone, not T getting choked - not funny), "What do you mean?"
"I chucked the kid that was choking T. I picked him up and threw him. Then S went to tell a teacher."
At first Eli acted like he didn't know the choker's name, but he gave it up. For some reason, T is getting picked on at school. I'm not sure when it happens, I know that when something has happened and Eli is there, Eli has always stepped in (which is comical, given that he stands at least 3-4 inches shorter than all his friends).
Then J was telling his mom that he got punched in the face today by a certain kid in their class. He doesn't know why and it was taken care of. J also had a friend tell him that he couldn't play soccer with them, so they tussled. J said Eli and S stood up for him, but probably not forcefully enough. J also said that he got knocked down by someone. This group of boys have two teams, the Lightning Cups and The Spies. They battle eachother. That is how J got punched. Spencer thought they were fighting for real (he made up the game) not pretend. Why would you fight for real???
I know all this is normal. I know that we have to let kids learn in each situation and figure it out. I think there is a tendency to step in and micromanage (I know I do it) and tell each child to do this, this and this in order to resolve problems. I know that in the daily run of the day, these things that happen (minus the getting punched at recess and choked) and it is out of sight out of mind for the kids. For me, I can't stand it. I want Eli to be the kid that says, "Everyone gets to play soccer." I want him to crusade around the playground, fighting bullies, kicking a** and taking names. I don't want name-calling, especially by my child or at my child. I don't want to see one kid walking alone at recess, or someone pushing another down and I have had enough punching!
We rehearse these situations hypothetically in the car. "Eli, what do you do if someone tells your friend they can't play?" "Eli, what do you do if someone is punching your friend?" "Eli, what do you do if someone is pushing your face in mud full of snails and boogers?"
Yeah, I would be much better off not knowing what goes on all day at school. I probably only know 1/100 of the stuff that happens and I am well aware that the majority of the interaction each day is positive and enjoyable. We are three weeks into the school year and I think all the drama is giving me an ulcer.
**I may have painted the picture that Eli is neither the picked on or the pick-ee. That he is always the caped boy wonder. I want you to know that I know Eli is capable of being a stinkpot of a kid, but I am lucky that usually he is only a stinkpot to me (and only a small amount of time) and so much of the time a great kid to every one else. I've said this before, I would so much rather Eli be picked on than be the picker. Last night he was so sad because he spent so much time not eating his dinner and so much time not doing his reading that he ended up in bed without playing games. We had a talk and I told him he needed to make better choices. He moans, in the most pitiful voice, "Oh, I am such a bad choice maker. I never make good choices. I'll never be able to have fun again!" And anyone who knows him can only imagine the severely hunched shoulders and big fat lower lip. We are working through our issues at home. But my heart aches at what pain is ahead in this world we call social interraction. And now I have made him sound like a big baby. I am horrible at this positive parenting thing, aren't I? Let me rephrase: Great kid, usually makes outstanding choices, loves the color orange just like his mom, is the best at making anyone fell super special, must have low blood sugar.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
This is... (by Three Buttons) is brought to you this week by CurlyPops.
I don't think it is any secret that my favorite band of all time is U2. I don't know that anyone comes close to my next favorite band, those tend to shift a little but U2 is CONSTANT! I remember sitting in the lunch room in high school with Spence Winegar, no maybe Ty, no Spence (they are pretty identical...) and hearing the new single off of Achtung. That is one of my first huge memories. The more subtle ones are just hearing everything that came before that album and loving each and every song. But my first real "this is it" moment was in that lunch room.
I've been to quite a few concerts, always great standing seats - right in front of the stage, except in Vancouver, we had great seats off the floor, just perfect. One time, I held up a sign that said "BLUE-EYED BOY MEETS BROWN-EYED GIRL" with an arrow pointing to me and Bono locked eyes with me (my heart is pitter pattering right now at the re-telling) and smiled while singing some song (it is all tunnel-vision, this memory). I'm sure if he is reading this, he remembers that fateful concert. Ahh. I love how they all play off of each other. I love how Larry Mullen just sits at his drums and plays while everyone else is at the fore-front. I love the way they all play off each other while they perform.
I don't even know what to say about this band. We listen to them in the car (the kids and I) more often than anything else. We have dance moves with our hands. Eli thinks Bono gave him the U218 Singles DVD in his stocking for Christmas. The radio station cannot be changed if U2 is playing, even if it is one of my less favorite songs. I just don't think there will ever be a group as talented or life-changing for me. I still have their Joshue Tree shirt in Hebrew, a couple other ones picked up in Jerusalem. I will have my kids wear them and they will be so vintage and cool.
I also admire the way the band supports Bono in his fight against poverty, AIDS, and other diseases in areas of the world where the people can't get the help they need. He meets with world leaders, educating them about the issues, giving spotlight to the issues so that these people won't be forgotten or overlooked.
here is one group - one.org
and red. There are many more.
I admire the music and the men behind it.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I have a lot of Hens and Chicks in my garden so I love the Succulent Pillow by Pillow Happy even more. Holy cow, there are a lot of beautiful pillows in the shop.
Bex Caliber, from my lovely state, has some great pillows. I especially like this Anna Marie Horner one, maybe because I just bought a lot of this line's fabric for pillows and curtains.