August 27, 2008

Off they go

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 8:20 pm by sillydreamer

Monday was the girls’ first day back to school.  Haley is a senior and Heather and Holly are juniors.  Unbelievable!  I have taken a picture of them on their first day of school since kindergarten and they never seem to get any happier about that fact!  Oh well, I’m the Mom and we will do as I say when it comes to taking pictures.  Besides, this is Haley’s last year and Heather and Holly only have one more time to endure this tradition.

What makes this year very different for me is the fact that Haley is driving them all to school in her car.  I  have driven them practically every single day of their school career and now I’m not.  One part of me is happy about not having to deal with the morning rush but the other part of me is very sad that they are doing this on their own….without me.   I actually teared up a little as they pulled away from the curb.

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August 17, 2008

A work in progress

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 4:17 am by sillydreamer

I finished the quilt top for my neice’s baby.  Hubby cleaned out his closet and I used three pairs of khaki shorts, a plaid shirt and a pair of cords that I haven’t worn in a couple of years.  All to a good cause 🙂  I’ll go tomorrow and find the backing and binding to finish it up.  In case you are interested I cut strips 2 1/2 inches wide, 4 1/2 inches wide and 8 1/2 inches square.  I used one 4 1/2 strip, and two 2 1/2 inch strips to make a square.  I laid them out in a checkerboard design, alternating the three strip squares with a solid 8 1/2 inch square.  I cut a three inch wide strip from each of the three strip squares and joined those together to make a row on the top and a row on the bottom of the quilt.  The picture was taken with my Blackberry so the quality isn’t as good as if I had used my regular camera.  I have to say that I love using the Blackberry because I don’t have to resize, just copy and paste though 🙂  

Today Hubby offered to stop into a quilt store that I haven’t visited yet so of course I took him up on it.  Why wouldn’t I?  It was really nice and carried more of the style fabric I like…..bright colors and cute prints as opposed to the “traditional” quilting fabrics.  Even though I am currently working on a quilt and have another that I am also working on, I couldn’t resist picking up a couple of these charm packs.  I can’t wait to do something with them!  It is Flirtations by Moda and so stinking cute!  Hubby scored major points for taking me there AND also going into another quilt store that I hadn’t been into yet.  All this from a man who would probably prefer having his fingernails ripped out than having to go into Joann’s to look for fabric!  Very impressive 🙂

August 15, 2008

A Crafttastic Day

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 4:27 pm by sillydreamer

Hubby got me this beautiful frame awhile back to go in my bathroom but I had no idea what I was going to put in it.  Well actually, in my head I had an idea but searched high and low for some stickers or stamps of what I wanted with no luck.  I had actually forgotten about it until a couple of days ago and pulled it out.   I pulled out some rubber stamps that I had and stamped the images on either end.  Then I found a chipboard bird that I just traced onto black cardstock, cut out and mounted onto the white cardstock in the frame.  Technically, the white isn’t even cardstock.  It’s the back of some printed paper that I knew I was never going to use so I just cut it to fit the frame.  I have oodles of printed paper that I know I’m never going to use so at least now I know what I can do with it  :-).

Here’s the whole thing.  I’m so proud to have finished it without buying anything new!  I’m working really hard on working with what I have.  As a matter of fact, hubby just cleaned out his closet and I found some several pairs of khaki shorts and a nice tan and blue plaid shirt that I am going to turn into a baby blanket for my neice who is having a baby in a few weeks.  I hope I can take that picture in my head and turn it into what I am wanting 🙂

August 12, 2008

10 Things I know about Clevergrl

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:03 pm by sillydreamer

She has no idea I am doing this and hope she doesn’t mind.  Clevergrl is a bloggy buddy who is always helpful when I have technical woes when it comes to posting so here’s a little tribute to her.

1.  Clevergrl’s blog can be found here.
2.  She always answers my computer questions, like how to make this list single spaced, if I wanted it to be.  I actually did start single spacing it, but it looked too jumbled.
3.  She has a step daughter named Sunshine.  I don’t know if that’s a real or made up name because I’ve never asked.
4.  She teaches in a high school. 

5.  She likes to run.  The only running done in my house is running the vaccuum cleaner or dishwasher so I admire her for that.  Good for you, Clevergrl!

6.  I have no idea what her real name is, only Clevergrl.  Works for me 🙂

7.  She just moved and apparently loves the moving experience about as much as I do, as in not at all.

8.  She doesn’t like Windows Vista. 

9.  She blogs almost every day.

10.  She lives in Phoenix and actually likes the hot weather.

This was fun and harder than I thought it would be.  I had to go back to her blog and check a couple of things before I wrote them so I hope I got them right.  Sometimes I get my bloggy buddies confused with one another.  I also do this with my kids so please don’t be offended 🙂

August 11, 2008

50 Random statements

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:16 pm by sillydreamer

1.  It’s Monday

2.  I would like to make this single spaced but I don’t know how.

3.  That’s frustrating to me.

4.  I’m baking oatmeal raisin cookies this morning.

5.  I’ve already eaten 2, plus quite a bit of dough.

6.  My tummy is hurting.

7.  I have only drank 1 Diet Coke since Saturday.

8.  That’s huge for me!

9.  I usually drink 3 a day.

10.  I know that’s not good for me but I love them and am addicted.

11.  I wanted to see if I could go without and I can.

12.  I’m sure I’ll drink one later though 🙂

13.  I have two dogs.

14.  Their names are Lucy and Nina.

15.  They’re both mutts.

16.  We rescued Nina from the pound and she is the best dog ever.

17.  Lucy is my dog and although she’s not the best dog ever, I love her anyway.

18.  No one else in this house loves her like I do.

19.  Seriously, if you know how to single space this list, please tell me.

20.  I think it’s going to rain today but the best news is, it’s only going to be in the low 90’s.

21.  I’m happy about that.

22.  I had dinner one night with Chuck Norris.

23.  Actually, we were both just in the same restaurant eating at the same time.

24.  He’s really short.

25.  I’m working on another quilt.

26.  It’s another girly one, lots of pinks, greens, yellows and purples.

27.  You would think after having three daughters I would be sick of pink but I just can’t help myself when I’m picking out fabric.

28.  Besides two c-sections, I’ve only had stitches once in my life.

29.  I stuck my hand inside a drinking glass to wash it and it broke, cutting a semi circle cut on my thumb.

30.  It hurt.

31.  I don’t stick my hand in glass drinking glasses anymore.

32.  Most of our cups are plastic anyway.

33.  I just got up and ate another oatmeal raisin cookie.

34.  I guess my tummy wasn’t hurting that bad after all, huh?

35.  I used to scrapbook all the time and now I don’t.

36.  I don’t know why I stopped, I just don’t feel like doing it anymore.

37.  I think quilting must have taken over.

38.  I also haven’t been reading as much as I used to.

39.  Lately I’ve only been reading when I go to bed.

40.  I can’t seem to find anything to hold my interest for very long these days.

41.  If you’ve made it this far, you can probably relate to that!

42.  I’ve had the same van for 7 years now.

43.  We bought it new in 2001 so I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth out of it.

44.  I’m hoping to keep it at least 3 more years.

45.  Having no car payment rocks!

46.  My twins have both had staples in the back of their heads.

47.  Both of them were hit in the back of the head with a swing.

48.  It happened about 2 years apart.

49.  I like to vaccuum.

50.  I don’t like to clean my bathtub.

August 6, 2008

Betty Crocker, I’m not

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 6:32 pm by sillydreamer

I will be the first to admit that I am not all that great when it comes to cooking.  I like to do it and more times than not, things come out as planned but there’s always that chance that things are going to flop big time.  I’ve been wanting some good old fashioned, homemade sugar cookies so I went to www.allrecipes.com (aka the best recipe website around) and found this recipe.  I just made these cookies this morning and they were wonderful, and apparently pretty foolproof, so I wanted to share it with you.

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Sugar Cookies

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour                                   1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 tsp. baking soda                                                   1 egg

1/2 tsp baking powder                                             1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup butter, softened

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in egg and vanilla.   Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.  Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.  Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

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I made about a third of the cookies plain, just as the recipe stated.  To change things up, I took a small bowl with cinammon and sugar mixed together and I rolled the balls of dough in that and then baked.  I also had a small bowl of sprinkles that I rolled some of the balls in before baking and they all turned out great.  I really liked the cinammon ones but my kids were loving the ones with sprinkles.  Those looked the prettiest too 🙂  I can’t wait for my other daycare kidlets to come back from vacation because I’m going to get them to help me bake some more.  As I said, this was a very easy recipe so that makes it tops in my book.

August 3, 2008

There She Goes

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:42 pm by sillydreamer

 Look out world, oldest child is a full fledged, licensed driver now!  My baby is all grown up!

August 1, 2008

The Two Word and add some more Meme

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:33 am by sillydreamer

I was tagged by my bloggy friend Jan for this meme.

I am:  watching/listening to the X Games
I think:  I need to eat something soon
I know:  that tomorrow is Friday…woohoo
I have:  a husband and three daughters
I wish:  I were going back to Disney World this year
I hate:  being so shy sometimes
I miss:  the feeling of not worrying….I’m a Mother so I worry all.the.time
I fear:  being alone in my old age
I hear:  the new Motley Crue song on a commercial lol
I smell:  the Tilex Soap Scrum Remover I sprayed in my bathtub
I crave:  something sweet and chocolately
I search:  on Google all the time
I wonder:  what I will look like when I stop covering my grey hair
I regret:  getting impatient when my girls were babies
I love:  my family
I ache:  in my lower back at the moment
I am not:  a very forgiving person
I believe:  in karma
I dance:  when I’m excited
I sing:  in the car
I cry: over the silliest things
I fight:  the urge to say naughty words sometimes lol
I win:  usually
I lose:  sometimes
I never: say never
I always: say that anything can happen
I confuse:  the facts with my emotions
I listen:  when my kids think I’m not
I can usually be found:  reading
I am scared:  of rats and snakes
I need:  projects to keep me busy
I am happy about:  my life in general right now
I imagine:  what my life will be like when my kids are grown and gone
I tag:  whoever wants to do this

July 31, 2008

Shimmer

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 4:39 am by sillydreamer

Last night I went and visited a friend and her brand new baby in the hospital.   Is it just me or is there just an indescribable energy that radiates from a newborn?  You stand in the room and you just feel that something precious and pure has just washed over you.  It always makes me think of this song, which is one of the best songs ever written in my opinion.  My favorite line is “true love, it is a rock, smoothed over by a stream, and no ticking of a clock can truly measure what that means.”

Ok, I have tried for 10 minutes to get this stupid video to post to no avail so I’m giving up and going to bed.  I’ll try again tomorrow.

Screw it…..here’s the link lol.

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July 29, 2008

Not liking this at all

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:51 pm by sillydreamer

  I’m so over it already!!!!!!!!!

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