Thursday, January 28, 2010


I have to go to the dentist today.


It's just a cleaning today, but AHHHHH! I don't like going to the dentist.

I broke my tailbone about 3 weeks ago. It's still really sore and I can't sit properly in chairs or lay on a bed without being in awful pain. So today I've got to go, reline in an uncomfortable chair in the best circumstances and have them dig at my teeth, while my backside (to put it nicely) hurts.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

This is why I don't exercise!

I take 20 rare minutes for myself to exercise. This is what I have to deal with now because I took time for myself. A bathtub filled with water, clothes, towels, toys, shoes and cups. There is water all over the floor and my daughter peed on the floor as well. My one year old and four year old were very busy.

I need to shower. The bathroom needs to be cleaned, and my daughter is crying because she is ready for her morning nap. She won't nap unless I hold her. That means it will be another 2 hours before I can shower and clean up this mess.

All because I decided to exercise. My kids are not my excuse for my lack of exercise (as a doctor had the nerve to tell me) they are my reason for my lack of exercise.

I've learned from my mistake.

Mom, the Reminder System

I've had a complete lack of wanting to do most everything, except writing and weaving. Even those, I do here and there.

I'm tired of reminding people to do stuff constantly.
-I have to tell my oldest sons to brush their hair before they go to school - every day. If I didn't, the would go to school with the bed head rat's nest that is their hair every morning.
-I have to remind all the kids to brush their teeth and use the potty - every night, although I'm finding out that most of the kids forget to brush their teeth, even after I ask them to go do it.
- I have to remind my oldest son to do his homework and I have to ask about each individual subject or else he won't do it - every day.
-I should be reminding my other son to practice his piano, everyday, but I usually forget this.

You would think that after 7 years of school, my oldest son would be able to remember to brush his hair each morning and do his homework each day, but he doesn't.

I'm starting to forget everything I need to remind the kids of everyday. Hubby has to remind me. I know he doesn't remember everything either, but I don't remind him. I feel like if I do, I'm being a nag.

I need a reminder to exercise each morning. I get busy with projects, cleaning, kids, hobbies, cooking and a variety of things and forget about exercise. Maybe I can get my computer to remind me.

This has no point, obviously.... just me rambling on and on and on.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

More Adventures of Peanut

My oldest son shocked me while he was a baby of all the amazing things he could do and his many moods and behaviors. I was a first time mom and a mom of a very intense little person. I thought I had seen it all.

My second, third and fourth kids came, each with their own little quirks, but didn't do anything that really astonished me. My oldest had prepared me well.

Then comes kid #5. We knew from the very beginning she was different from the others and different she has remained. She amazes me with the things she does and says. The other day while thinking about the unique talents each of my children possess, I was startled to realize that she has a mechanical ingenuity that I've never seen before in a baby. I can't explain it and if you've followed this blog at all, you'll know about many of the amazing things (good and bad) that she has done. I can't wait to see what she is going to do with her inborn mechanical talent as she grows. It's going to be one interesting ride with her.

Recent adventures of Peanut:
-Today both phones disappeared. I pushed the "find" button on the phone base and waited to hear where the phones would beep from. I could tell they were in the kitchen, but it took me a few moments before I found their exact location. They were both - are you ready for this - in the microwave!

-Peanut is a Houdini. She can push the button to unbuckle herself from her car seat. She doesn't do it every time we are out driving around town, but she does it most times. Now, she has fat little thighs and sometimes she can't get her thighs out of the straps, so it keeps her stuck in her car seat. What to do? A friend suggested duct tape. A good idea. Another friend suggested a baby cabinet lock. I think I'll go with that instead.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Today I'll be taking the MAT, Millers Analogy Test. I hope someday to get back into school to get my Masters. I can't apply for school until I have an entrance exam done. I've chosen the MAT.

I'm worried about not getting a good enough grade for the schools to accept, but I have to try or else I'll never know.

Well, here I go.

Monday, January 18, 2010

fun with my loom

I got a nice loom for Christmas. So far, I've just been playing with it. I used up almost all of the yarn that I have. Next month I'm going to buy some real weaving yarn and attempt to make a real item with it.

Here are a few of the things I've made with it. They are all place mat or washcloth sized.

These blue ones are just regular yarn. The white stripe in the dark blue is a crochet lace yarn. I love the contrast it made in color and texture.
The little purple and green one is quite little. It is also made from the crochet yarn. Because that yarn is so thin, it takes a whole lot to make just a little bit of weaving. The white and blue is about the size of a place mat. It is regular yarn and the blue's on either side of the white are the same size.
These four are fun too. The green/blue one is really fun and probably my favorite. I used the crochet yarn again, but I doubled the threads with one green strand and one blue. It came out with a great effect. The one next to it is a single yarn, but it changes color within it's self from blue to purple to white. It also turned out nicely. It's a yarn, but it isn't as thick as some of the other yarns I used.

I also like the rainbow one. It is the size of a washcloth and it is soooo soft. Kind of a luxury washcloth. The last one is a Christmas yarn. This used the last of two skeins of yarn I had. The colors are the same in that they are red, white, and green, but the shades are different. It gives it a funny look.

Now my loom sits naked and empty. The problem is to keep my busy one year old off of it. She seems to think it is a jungle gym and is constantly trying to climb on it.

I can't wait to get my weaving fibers next month! It's going to be great!

Monday, January 11, 2010

The many adventures of our hosuehold

Life's an adventure. Especially with 5 kids in the house. Really, life is adventure with my 2 youngest in the house.

*My keys are missing, again. I've cleaned the living room, the dining room, two of the bedrooms and I haven't found them yet. I know they are no where on the kitchen counters, but I haven't checked cupboards yet. That will probably be the next place I clean and search through. After that, I go to my other son's room, the SUV and finally my bedroom. Well, at least my house is looking very clean.

*A new bed! With good fortune, we got a king size bed for free! It's currently sitting in the floor of the garage and the kids are bouncing on it like a trampoline. They love it! We might now use it as a bed and just keep it in the garage for the kids to play on.

Well, I had more adventures to write about, but I've forgotten them again. Well, life is never dull and before I can finish doing anything, I've gotten side-tracked and done about a dozen things before I remember what I was doing first of all.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Can I just say that I thought of something totally awesome to blog and now I can't remember. Whatever it was, it was going to be good.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Good taste = expensive

I have amazing taste, but you wouldn't know it from the way I live. :)
I have expensive taste, but not in frivolous ways, in practical ways. Who knew practicality could be so expensive?

The houses I would like to live in the most are very expensive.
-I want an Hobbit house with a root cellar and smoke house. (OK, the smoke house might be frivolous, but it's also good self-sufficency.)
The decor I would love to decorate my house with is very expensive.
-I'm partial to the English manor look, but I'd be happy with a Hobbit look for my Hobbit house.
The vehicle I want to drive is expensive.
-I need are large vehicle to fit all my kids comfortably in. It would be ideal if I could drive one van with five seperate compartments within it. One for each kid so they can't touch each other or look at each other or hear each other singing or talking. (I don't think that exists and if it did, it would be REALLY expensive.)

See, I'm practical....

Recently, I bought a beautiful picture of Christ for our home. The only one we have is quite small and we wanted something larger so we could actually see Him in the picture. So, my great taste choose a lovely picture and Hubby agreed to it. The picture arrived before Christmas, pre-mated. It is just as beautiful as I had hoped, but it needs to be framed. Here is where my expensive taste comes in. The picture is not an ordinary size, meaning I'll have to purchase a custom frame.

Those things are expensive! Wow, I have good taste.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

The New Year

How does the Christmas song go? "And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again!"

Really, it's fun to have the kids home (most of the time), but my daughter is really missing Kindergarten. She has been asking me for a week when it is time to go back. She is counting down the days, three to go! I don't know that my older sons are quite so excited...

I've been weaving away on my new loom. I'm having so much fun and have made lots of funny, odd little washcloth sized things. My threads keep breaking and I don't know what to do about that. I'm learning. I'll get a picture soon of the things I've woven.

I love Christmas music, but for about 6 weeks at the end of the year, that is all I listen too. It's nice when it is over, because I really appreciate my other favorite music a lot more.

We had snow earlier in the week. It was so pretty, but our driveway is terrible for it. Whatever it is made from, it is slippery, even when it's just wet. So, when there was snow, it was really slippery. I fell and fell hard. I've been in a great deal of pain since then. It has slowed me down considerably, but not stopped me. I hurt when I sit, when I drive, when I lay down, when I stand and when I walk. Bending over to pick up things is so difficult. So far, my computer chair has been the most comfortable thing to sit on. It isn't necessarily soft, but it is up higher than the other seats in the house and I can sit in it better. Church is going to kill me tomorrow. I'm not sure I'll be able to sit in those hard seats for three hours. I feel completely ridiculous about the whole thing.

There are so many things going on, so many thoughts, so many plans.... thank goodness it is a new year. We no longer have the house sale hanging over our heads like we did all of last year. I'm grateful for that. Maybe without that burden, this year can be more productive.

Happy New Year!