Friday, October 31, 2008

HaPPy HaLLoWeEN!!!!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

As many know, I love October. I think Halloween decorations are so much fun and I always look forward to being able to wear glittery eye-lashes. And what I love the most - My family's Halloween Parties. But this year I didn't get to go :( boo-hoo. But you can check out some of the costumes on my sisters blog here.

So I'm throwin' my own party. While my kids go trick-or-treating with dad. I'm dressing up in my costume and handing out candy. (Before now, I've always been the one going out t&t'ing with the girls.) So here is the scene you'll see if you come trick-or-treating at my house.

Here's me with my Snow White :) Josie

"Have a Bite!"

The magic mirror.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I can't make this s&*t up!

I am NOT kidding about this. But I was standing at the bus stop today and ANOTHER bee flew down and tried to burrow into my HAIR!

Perhaps you haven't experienced this, but you can tell when a bee is getting close to your head. The buzzing is soft at first and you're not even sure you hear it. Then it gets louder and you think hey, I don't mess with bees so they don't mess with me. Then it's buzzing is so loud that your body is warm with adrenaline and you think, there's no way a bee will fly into my head!

Well, I've learned to think again.

Today a bee went through the buzzing cycle described above THREE times, trying to find a way into my ponytail. I was yelling NO-NO-NO! and swatting at it and running around. (I left poor Josie sitting in her stroller next to the tree with the demon hive.)

Finally, it left without stinging me. I look up and see one of the dad's on his way to the bus stop (up until now I was the only one there) and he's laughing.

"There was a bee!"

"Oh." He nods sarcastically and laughs.

And then.

I see the tiny black and yellow menace dive for him. He swipes frantically at his head. The bee had flown right into the guy's forehead! Luckily we all escape without injury.

Idiot bees.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

When it's fun to be IT...

The reason I love blog tag is because I have something to write about without straining my brain for knowledge or wit. So here's my new I got from my sis, Mona at

Post(without straightening or cleaning): Your Fridge, Your Laundry Room, Your Kitchen Sink, Your Bathroom, What Your Kids Are Doing Right Now (as your taking pics), and Your Self-portrait.

I'm happy when the top shelf is full :)

Some decorations waiting for Halloween Night.

Really boring, but so is most of my house because it's for sale!

Again, pretty boring....but for sale :)

Josie, happy I was destracted taking pictures. After I took this picture I was off to take more pics and forgot about cleaning up her mess. She made an even bigger one.

Ashlynn, didn't want to do her homework, nor did she want her picture taken.

Reese, creating a poster for her Cat Babysitting Business.

Me, wrapped in my half finished scarf with knotted yart waiting for me. My friend Daina said once she was a dabbler in many things a master of none (or something like that). That's how I feel...I love to try everything out...but I love change and motion so I tend to not stick to one thing very long. But don't worry...I will finish this scarf. I love to crochet :)

I had to add this one. As I was taking pics for this my daughter came up and poked me in the eye.

I'm not going to be specific and list names who I tag...because I don't want you to be pressured. But if you check my blog....I probably check yours, so do the tag cuz I'd love to see MORE of YOU!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Your MOM's offensive.....

Somewhere my daughters picked up the line, "no offense, but..."

I hate these types of phrases, including, "with all due respect..." When I hear these words in movies or t.v. shows it drives me batty.

So I explained to Ash that saying "no offense, but..." really means, "I'm going to say something rude to you but it's not my fault if your feelings get hurt." And being the sweetheart she is she stopped saying least around me.

Well last night they were making puppets out of paper bags. Ash turns to me, "Mom, Reese keeps saying that the nose on my puppet looks wierd and ugly."

Then Reese tries desperately to explain, "I said NO DEFENSE! I said NO DEFENSE!"

Thursday, October 23, 2008

This, That & The Other Thing

I know I need a new post but my head is as empty as the inside of a jellyfish. So I thought I'd give y'all the opportunity to say hiya and speak your mind about whatever you want to. There's no judgements here!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

There Can Be Magic

One thing I've learned from having kids is that there can be magic anywhere. Things that become mundane as an adult are amazing once again when you see them with your child. Leaves falling, jumping in puddles, walking along a hidden trail.

This weekend we went for a walk to gather leaves to press in books. It was a rather well-traveled trail, but since we were the only ones there it became a secret and inspiring place for my daughters. Reese searched high and low, scanning tree tops and sifting through enormous fallen maple leaves, looking for fairies. Ashlynn told me stories of trolls and water monsters hiding amongst the underbrush. And I felt my heart growing even bigger as they explored, discovered and created.

Here's a slideshow of some of our pictures.

Friday, October 10, 2008

You know when it's quiet...

that something's going on.

There's never really quiet in my home. I say home because a house is only a house until the family is there...that's when it's home. So ya, I suppose my house is quiet. But my home is not.

The three-year old finds a pair of scissors and is cutting her hair.
The one-year old finds a bag of marbles.
The halloween candy stash is found.
New Sharpie artwork is appearing on a wall in the hall.
The toddlers found the lotion. Then the powder. (This makes a sticky paste that covers all the clothes they had just pulled out of the drawers.)

What's happened during the quiet in your home?
(I can't write's already too quiet downstairs...gotta go see what's happening.)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I'm brilliant and you can be too.

ANOTHER mention of my awesomeness.

Okay fine, it's my first. And I'm not sure if it's really mine. I copied it off my sisters blog when she tagged me. But look at it this way. If I tag you, you can copy my awesomeness.

Here are the rules: I have to answer the following questions with one word answers and one word only! Then I must pass it on to seven others!

This award comes with a list of questions:

1. Where is your cell phone? table
2. Where is your significant other? Puerto Rico
3. Your hair color? Darkbrown
4. Your mother? hair
5. Your father? whiskers
6. Your favorite thing? Chocolate
7. Your dream last night? Blackness
8. Your dream/goal? Ireland
9. The room you're in? no-name
10. Your hobby? writing
11. Your fear? strangers
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? running
13. Where were you last night? bed
14. What you're not? jerk
15. One of your wish-list items? home
16. Where you grew up? Utah
17. The last thing you did? laundry
18. What are you wearing? white
19. Your TV? action
20. Your pet(s)? gone
21. Your computer? quiet
22. Your mood? antsy
23. Missing someone? Heckya
24. Your car? Black
25. Something you're not wearing? Socks
26. Favorite store? Tai Pan
27. Your summer? fast
28. Love someone? fiercely
29. Your favorite color? pink
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? yesterday

Basically if you read my blog you're awesome and brilliant. So copy the award (is that thing even in english?) and the questions and ANSWER them. Cuz I'll be checking, Niki, Sarah, Lynnae, Wendy, Debi, Jill, etc..... (and Lisa, I guess this means you need to make a blog to put the award on!)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I did it.

So I ran my 5k on Saturday. Okay. I ran/walked it. But I'm really glad I did it. My main goal was to finish before they started giving awards and they had that scheduled for 9:45. The race starting at 9:00. And I made it in just over 44 minutes. I had really hoped to get under 40 minutes. But there was a hill that TOTALLY kicked my booty. And then I had to stop about 3 times and stretch out the arch of my hobbit/princess foot. ( )
That surprised me, cuz in my practice run/walks it didn't cramp up quite so much.

So anyways. I guess we're going to find another one to sign up for. We being the Washington Chapter of the SRC (sisters running club...those are two of my sissies in the pic with me.) And I figure it's a good thing to sign up for, because I may not be exercising at all otherwise.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Why I like it...

I like t.v. OK. I LOVE t.v. And I'm feeling a little deprived now that the new fall shows are starting up and I don't have enough DVR capabilities. (I used to have the ability to get 4 shows at once and now I'm down to 2!)

But today I'll write about my new favorite show: FRINGE.

It's named after the 'way out there' kind of science expirements that government would never acknowlege - Fringe Science. The show has conflicts that will span the series yet the episodes aired so far have been satisfying and not a bunch of unanswered questions like in Lost.

Fringe, by the way, is partly born from the black-smoke/polar bear/DARMA initiating creator THAT IS J.J. Abrams. So there's action, intensity and an impelling series storyline. Like the X-Files, only it doesn't focus on the paranormal, there is a team of government agents hoping to reel in the madness created from these fringe science expirements. It has cool effects and well cast actors. But my favorite thing about the show is the depth of the characters and the clever writing.

Olivia is pulled into the investigations because her previous partner/love was effected and involved.

She's good because she doesn't overact and even though she's pretty she's not sexed up in the shows. I like the way she talks. I saw an interview with her and she has an accent, but none in the show. I think that's why she talks so low, to cover it up.

Walter Bishop was institutionalized because he was found incompetent to stand trial for a death that occured in his lab. However, because he is the only scientist that can understand what is going on with Olivia's partner, he's pulled out of the institution. In his earlier years he developed and worked on what the investigators are now trying to uncover. AKA "The Pattern."

Walter is my favorite character. He seems lonely and regretful yet he's easy to like and has the best lines of the show.

Peter Bishop is cool. He's a guy with a past and he's not a federal agent. Olivia needs Peter's help to reign in Walter, his father. His character is also well written and the exchanges between father and son are fantastic. He's my QT pie in the show and although he's familiar I never watched him in other shows. (Dawson's Creek?)

Broyles is the agent who oversees Olivia's work investigating the pattern. He's cryptic and doesn't give her the information she needs for the job. Years ago this would have been a groundbreaking character, but with shows like Lost and Heroes, Broyle begins to seem more like a cookie cutter character and has less depth than the others. He makes for an interesting addition nontheless.

Astrid is like a cardboard character and frankly seems out of place in the show. She's supposedly an FBI agent put in the lab to assist but she's pretty much looking through files and running errands. She's the type of character that makes you think..."hey, I could work for the FBI!" Although in this last episode she was pretty mad at Walter and may not forgive him...will she be back in his lab? Me, I don't care if she is or not.

Fringe is on Tuesday nights on Fox, although it won't be airing next week. A new episode will be on October 14.

Maybe you'll enjoy it as much as I do :)