Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ten on Wednesday

1. Thanksgiving has came and gone since my last post. We were fortunate to have my sister and her family stay for a visit.
 2. They also brought their dog. She looks super intimidating doesn't she? Well, apparently my dog thought so. Even though he outweighed her by at least 30 pounds, his first reaction was to go into his crate when he saw her. (Their interactions were relatively friendly but he still seemed overwhelmed by her. Must have been the fur.)

3. Had a traditional meal. Turkey and the works. Oh, and six pies. Because it's traditional at our house to have an absurd amount of pie. This year it was chocolate, lemon meringue, apple, peach, pumpkin and pecan.

4. I always find it interesting to see what foods are gobbled quickly and which become leftovers. This year, the first foods to disappear (besides pie) were the rolls, sweet potatoes, salad and (surprisingly) the cranberry sauce.

5. Also, surprisingly there was a small amount of stuffing left over. I think that's a first for us.

6. Talking about setting the tree up but haven't actually done anything about it yet.

7. Dh and I bought some gifts on black Friday. 4 identical gifts for the guys. Left them in the trunk over the weekend. DS1 helped me load some things in the trunk on Sunday. Took me a second after he opened it, to realize the problem. Fortunately, I was able to shoo him away before he got a clear look. (Everything is safely stored away now.)

8. Not very many wants on the guys' wish list this year. (And when I say not many; I mean the list is pretty much non-existent.) It's a good thing that they are content. Makes the gift buying thing a little challenging though.

9. I would really like one of those food replicator things like they have on Star Trek. No cooking would be a lovely thing.

10. Recent layouts. Mostly of the Thanksgiving variety. 2015, dinner conversation, nap time and pie.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ten on Wednesday

1. Sometimes when I go for a long time between posts, in my head my post sounds like: "It's been three weeks...." and then my brain automatically finishes the sentence with confession. I'm not Catholic. I think I just watch too much tv.

2. It has been three weeks though. Have to look back on Google calendar to see what we've been up too. Love Google calendar btw. It keeps me relatively sane organized.

3. As stated in my last confession post, my middle two finished their play performances. Always fun to watch. The school did four mini plays this year. They were both in the first one. DS3 was in the second and DS2 was in the fourth. (Just try to ignore the terrible theater lighting shots.)

4. By now, they've auditioned, received roles and are starting rehearsals for the next performance.

5. Halloween has come and gone. Not a big production when your kids are teenagers. They did have a costume day for spirit week and DS3 wore the criminal outfit again. (Photo from school Facebook page.)

6. I worked at the elementary school on Halloween. Working at an elementary school on Halloween? Um. Interesting. Frozen was a huge influence. I think about 60% of the girls were dressed as either Anna or Elsa. (Now that's what I call spooky.)

7. Then Chipotle was offering $3 burritos for anyone in costume. So DS2, DS4 and I grabbed some quick costumes and headed out. (It was Friday so DS3 had marching band obligations. DS1 and Dh declined participation. Spoilsports.)

8. Dh was pulled over for speeding yesterday. He was taking his dad to a doctor's appt. at the time. No matter how old you are getting pulled over while your parents are in the car isn't exactly a good time. (Thankfully just a warning, no ticket issued.)

9. Returned some jeans this morning. Heard Feliz Navidad at the store. Yes, I guess the Christmas season is officially upon us.

10. Recent layouts: Fall Play, Halloween parade, Template Mash Up

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. October. It's been quite a rainy month. Not a lot of rain at a time just consistently rainy.
2. DS3 turned 16 earlier this month.
3. He also had homecoming this month. (I asked his dad to take some shots because he normally tries to avoid the camera. Figured the novelty of dh taking the shot might actually lead to cooperation.)
4. And yet one more of DS3 this month at the fall festival parade this past weekend. (That's two years in a row, I've picked the wrong side of the street. Two more years to try.)
5. I do actually have other children of course, DS3 just seems to have a lot going on this month. Upcoming for both him and DS2 is the fall play this weekend. Coming down to the home stretch and then we all can relax a bit more....what? The next production has tryouts the very next week? I'll pretend I didn't hear that.

6. DS1 has midterms this week. Halfway done with his first semester. Already registered for next semester's classes. Earliest class next semester starts at 10am. Yep, he's adjusting to this college thing.

7. Dh took a photo of the blood moon earlier this month. We didn't have the best viewing but dh, DS2 and I were all able to see it. (The rest of them didn't go out/weren't awake in the short viewing window it was visible.)
8. So I made this eggs benedict casserole from Pinterest last night. As you can see there is no link to the recipe because 4 out of 5 people who ate it didn't like it. I also made hollandaise sauce for the first time. Never actually tasted hollandaise before either but I've heard it's supposed to be delicious. Either we are just not hollandaise people or I really butchered the recipe because it was far from tasty. (I'm completely willing to believe it was me but now I have an itch to track down a restaurant serving hollandaise just to test my theory.)

9. In other food stuff, we still have apples from our orchard trip three weeks ago. I've made two apple crisps but still have loads. And it's been three weeks, so I really need to get on that. (Trouble is I only have the smaller apples left to process and I'm not exactly looking forward to that....which is probably why I've left it until now.)

10.  Recent layouts:16, Fall, Junior high band night

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. So on Wednesday, the three youngest had a two hour scheduled late start day. Made things interesting but I knew in advance. Then on Friday, we're running late so I take two of them to school. Of course, I notice the fog but don't think much of it until I get to the school. There are no other cars around because there's another two hour delay due to fog.

2. Not running late then. Actually quite early. (I usually check my e-mail in the morning 98% of the time. If I had, I'd seen the notice but it was a 2% kind of day.)

3. Went to the apple orchard on Saturday. All six of us actually went. Except for church on Sunday mornings, we don't have much of the all six of us kind of days anymore. Gorgeous weather too. Only downside was that half the county also seemed to think it was a great day to go the orchard.

4. DS3 went only with the stipulation that I wouldn't post any photos of him online. DS2, however didn't have any such stipulations. Since 90% of his photos were of him making faces at the camera, the next step seems kind of obvious.
5. Sunday, DS1 turned 19. Carrot cake and take out. Simple celebration. (I may wax sentimental about how quickly they grow up but birthdays at Chuck E. Cheese? That I do not miss.)
6. I'm also glad he's going to college nearby. Otherwise, I'd really have missed being able to spend his birthday with him.

7. Then there's Monday. There's a reason why Monday has a reputation. Missed bus. Swapped sandwiches. Nothing major. Just enough small annoyances to say "Yup, it's Monday."

8. Oh, and the potato thing. Dh came home and noticed an off smell. The culprit was a bad potato. My dh is a bit like Bill Murray in Caddyshack when he has something in his sights. I wasn't there but I do know lemon juice, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and Febreze were all used in the clean up. And then he used bleach to clean the table this morning. Woke up to the kitchen smelling like a swimming pool.

9. Wasn't at home during the potato episode because DS2 and I were trying to track down some jeans for him. We were unsuccessful with the clothes but he did manage to find some Rolos and gum.

10. This week's layouts: Ice Cream and Apple Picking

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. Yeah, I know it's Wednesday. Close enough.

2. Yet one more "not normal" vehicle type week. Dh had training. Van in shop. So a little bit of configuring/drop off/switch around type things when it came to getting people to where they needed to be.

3. Oh, and just to make it a bit more tricky, the school district threw in a late start day.

4. The van in shop bit actually turned out better than we thought. Dh was convinced that it would be a $1000 or up repair with days in the garage. Nope, much less and done in 24 hours. (Funny, how a bill can seem "good" after you're expecting a highly expensive diagnosis.)

5. In the past few days, the leaves have suddenly seemed to throw themselves on the ground.  I haven't really seen any spectacular shows of color though. Just crunchy brown.

6. Hoping for some spectacular color though. It's one of my favorite parts of the season.

7. Other fall stuff? Marching band. DS4 is in 8th grade. The 8th graders participated in a half time show with the high school band recently. (I was up in the stands. So shots are more miss than hit.) It was fun seeing my two youngest out there together.

 8. Need to get in gear with DS2's senior photos. Have the yearbook one in motion and then I'll be taking some outdoor shots.

9. Oddly enough, I don't think he's looking forward to it as much as I am.

10. Recent layouts: Happy Thoughts and Back to School

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. Posting on a Tuesday, people! Just have to give myself kudos whenever I can. It feels good patting yourself on the back every once in a while. Try it.  You know you want to.

2. Dh has to work a 10 day shift once or twice a year. Obviously covers the weekend and they throw in some evening coverage just to confuse me. This year, it meant that I had to do the school open house myself. (I was a bit suspicious that he'd planned it that way but he assured me it was just a coincidence.)

3. I was able to cover everything without too much problem though. DS2 had to be there with NHS. He had a schedule conflict so he ended up having to ride his bike to the school (in a dress shirt and tie). When the night was over, we loaded the bike into my van. He wondered out loud if it looked like we were stealing the bike. My response: "Yep. Because everyone wears a tie to steal a bike."

4. Speaking of conversations with my offspring. I was talking to DS1 about one of his college classes. He said they were some really old people in his class. "Really, really old. Like in their 40s". (He's not going to be able to live that down for awhile.)

5. Poured like crazy here this past Wednesday. Drove through this. Then about a half mile further the road was blocked, so I had to turn around and drive back through it. (Next day, the water was completely gone.) PS This photo came from a local news website.

6. Middle two auditioned and received parts in the fall play.

7. Went to the football game on Friday. (Well, I went to see the marching band but there was a game taking place as well.)

8. DS2 is starting the whole college application process. Happy. Happy. Joy. Joy. (In case, it's not evident; yes, that's sarcasm.)

9. DS4 missed two days of school last week. Didn't even make it through September this year before the germs found their first victim.

10. Recent layouts: 2015 and family.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ten on Thursday

1. It's been almost a month since I've posted. I know I'm not the most consistent blogger of all time but that's quite a gap.

2. Since then, we've wrapped up summer. One of our traditions is an annual cookout at a friend's house. It takes place during their local fair. A run also takes place. This was the second year Nate ran in it.
3. I really didn't want this summer to end. Most summers, I'm not thrilled about the transition but I recognize that routine can be a positive thing. This year, we're two weeks + in and I'm just now accepting the idea.

4. DS4 was first to go back to school. Lucky him started a day early. DS2 and 3 started the next day and then DS1 started college the next week.

5. DS1 had a glitch in his schedule where two classes were scheduled ten minutes apart. Normally, not such a problem but these two were located completely at the opposite side of campus. Fortunately, he was able to iron it out eventually. (And yes, I was much more stressed out about it than he was.)

6. DS3 needed a family pic for a school assignment. Made me realize that it had been ages since we had taken one. So we took some shots in the backyard. If I had to do it again, I'd have made some changes but just wrangling them all outside is a win in itself. (BTW, one of us opted to change his shirt midway through shooting. Won't mention any names but he's the only one older than me.)
7. DH and I had our 21st anniversary. (Falls smack dab in the middle of the back to school madness every single year.)

8. I've subbed once this school year. I've also started watching a friend's son a few days a month. Quite a diversity going from early childhood to elementary to the teenagers at home. (Also, interesting what I remember about those stages and what I've forgotten.)

9. When getting ready for this school year, DS4 labeled his math binder "Maths". (Yep, we watch a bit of British television here.)

10. Some more layouts: 2014 graduates, Copper, Splash