Friday, June 30, 2006

Giving myself 5 minutes

The house needs picking up, and I haven't started dinner, but I thought I should check in anyway. Since the randomness format has worked so well for me in the past...

  • It took me well over 2 hours to fold laundry today. I was watching a movie at the same time, but still. And it's not put away yet, which means if the kids get up soon I'm at risk for refolding it.
  • Ever feel like Dory on Finding Nemo? I do. I have at least 10 unfinished LOs in my little corner. I have these great ideas, then I have to stop scrapping for the evening, and by the time I come back to it the idea has fallen somewhat flat. One of these days I'll just take a day and finish 'em all up.
  • Had a terrific time teaching a class at Ben Franklin last night--Beccy and Shanna showed up!! Beccy, if you're out there you have to post! :)
  • 3 minutes already?
  • My stepdad is opening his own auto mechanic shop. If you're in the Everett/Mukilteo area, I can't recommend a better mechanic.
  • Ummm...any ideas on what we should have for dinner tonight?
  • I love summer reading programs at the library!! Getting that sticker every week has been enough to get us into the 20 min. a day groove. And my 3 older kids and I can now recite Chicka Chicka Boom Boom from start to finish by heart.
Have a great weekend!! phew

Friday, June 23, 2006

More randomness

  • Esther is impossibly cute. She's at that cute Frankenstein-walking phase, she walks around with her arms straight out babbling all day long.
  • I'm taking the kids to a free event at a local park w/a craft table, inflatables, concessions...and realizing that I love stuff like this, but I hate taking my kids to it! It's so hard being in an uncontrolled environment with 4 little ones...which explains why we don't go anywhere except the grocery store and church.
  • The photo shoot I mentioned in my last post...I made a LO for Dan with the outtakes. :) Photos courtesy of Emages Photography in Auburn.

  • That $50 nap I mentioned in my last post...still hasn't happened.
  • You know how your kids' idiosyncrasies can just drive you crazy??? Shiloh can't seem to do anything without making a huge mess, I have bright pink spots on my dining room floor to prove it. Elijah is so fast, loud and volatile that it takes me at least half an hour to relax every day when they take their naps (and I'm rarely totally left alone for the entire half hour). And Mariah...well, if she survives childhood and becomes a God-fearing, productive member of society it'll be a miracle. Esther has yet to show her hand, and I'm enjoying it while it lasts.
  • I'm glad God made parenting a joint venture...if I didn't have Dan to balance out all my weaknesses my kids would be very different people, and my home would be a very different place.
Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

(not so) Deep Thoughts

*Good babysitters are not easy to find. We have a girl who comes 6-7 hours a week, and she'll be gone all summer. She's like a member of the family. We need to find someone for the next couple months, but the moms I know around here use her primarily too....think I'm going to have to get creative!
*2 dentist appts down, probably about 8 to go. :)
*If you're in the Seattle/Tacoma area, you must check out Emages Photography. We had our first shoot there a couple weeks ago, and Nathan is a miracle worker! That he could get a decent, all-4-kids-looking-at-the-camera-with-no-scowls photo still baffles me. Because I was there. We'd get the kids into position, and then one would get up and walk away, or turn their head, or start crying. I'll be getting my proofs today, when I do some LOs with them I'll make sure to post them here.
*I'd pay $50 for a good nap right now. Maybe I'll try to squeeze one in while the kids watch Wallace & Gromit.
*I think what I love most about gardening is that it's so forgiving. If the weeds grow longer than they should, or I miss a day of watering, or something's in need of pruning, no worries! Not like quilting, where one needs to be ridiculously precise to get decent results. Bah. I love quilts, but making them isn't my cup of tea.
*Have you tried Diamond Glaze? I'm so not a techniquey scrapper, but this stuff is cool! Again, too lazy to post examples, but I used it on a couple things recently and will be using it again.
*Ok....I like pictures in blog entries, so let me see what I can dig up...nevermind. Off to sneak in a nap!