Thursday, January 22, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
I can't count the number of times people told me to enjoy my kids while they were little because they grow so fast. It's true. They did grow fast, but I didn't stop loving them the moment my son's voice changed or my daughter developed hips and a somewhat obsessive interest in cute boys. They were fun while they were little - and they still are. In fact, I think they get better with time. Wiping bottoms and runny noses can't compare with exchanging books and laughing about jokes that actually make sense.
Here are some advantages to having older kids;
First off, they are still cute. Look at that face.
I still get to make her hair all pretty.
They can still be silly. Here we are at the dinosaur quarry in Vernal Utah. They are touching a real dinosaur bone. (They have a designated place for people to touch the bones.)
The quarry was actually pretty packed, but I never had to worry about someone wandering off or running away.
We can stand by rivers and not worry that someone is going to drown.
In a few months I will get my own personal errand boy.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Raven Perilous is like any other middle school girl—if middle school girls are usually evil princesses. The daughter of a gentle princess and evil sorcerer, Raven spends most of her time being as wicked as possible to avoid being stuck in a tower. So when Prince Charming shows up at her school, Raven knows she has met her nemesis.
In The Rebel Princess, loyalty, heroism, and a pinch of enchantment are perfect for conjuring up an adventure that you’ll never forget.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
I'm not sure what this was but . . . ew.
One more lovely shot of my dirty carpet.
The first thing I did was sprinkle my carpet with baking soda and let it sit all night. My early risers track it around the house in the morning, but it's just baking soda, so it doesn't matter. Vacuum the entire floor. I started taking pictures after I'd vacuumed.
Fill your carpet cleaner with hot water and about 2 Tablespoons of vinegar. Go over your entire floor. This next picture is after the vinegar step. It looks a little better, but you can still see spots. For the record, I said this works, not that it's fast.
The oil stripe is a lot lighter after the vinegar.
The next step is to use liquid castile soap and water in the carpet cleaner. I use about the same proportions as the vinegar and water. You can buy castile soap at Walgreens or on Amazon. It is a natural soap and comes in several different scents. I like peppermint or orange. The next few pictures are after the castile soap
So much better.
This is the one that surprised me the most. No more oil stripe! I actually did this about a year ago and it is still gone.
The last step is to go over the entire carpet with just hot water. Keep going until the water is fairly clear when you dump it out. This ensures you got all the dirt and your carpet will not dry crunchy.
Be sure to test an inconspicuous area with this combination before you do your entire floor. Vinegar can lighten colors. My carpet is pretty light so it doesn't matter. (Note to self: Don't ever get light carpet again. It shows everything!)
Bonus shot of my book. Oh, pretty!
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Over UEA break my family took off for Bryce Canyon. We stayed at the KOA in Cannonville and had a great time. My boys played in the red dirt and chased rabbits. We arrived late Wednesday night and found that our reservation sheet had been picked up by someone else. We had no idea which cabin was ours and the office had been closed for hours. After about half an hour we found an empty cabin with a key on the table and decided it was ours. We unloaded and were soon in bed sleeping. There was a little bedroom with a queen bed, a bunk bed for the boys and a hide a bed for our daughter. It had a full kitchen, heat, and a full bathroom. I love camping like this! **The owners of the KOA were amazing and took great care of us. The mistake was no fault of theirs, they were ready for us and we highly recommend staying there.
We woke to the most amazing sight out our windows, it was a long section of the Grand Staircase. And there were three rabbits playing by our car too.
This is Sunrise Point. We hiked one morning on the Queens\Navajo combination Loop. It was just under 3 miles and other than the last 1/2 mile, it was pretty easy going. The last bit was steep but plenty of room to "pull over" and rest up.
My husband took this after a star talk by one of the rangers. So many stars!
Friday, October 24, 2014
This ghost started out as a ghost costume. Unfortunately, the mask looks like Klan mask and I couldn't ever wear it. (It only looks that way on people. Weird, I know) The body of the costume is really long and with kittens around I decided it was best to keep it packed this year. I made a new body by tying three pieces of cheese cloth together and distressing them. The mask is stuffed with a paper mache head that glows under our black light. It's a pretty eerie way to greet our trick-or-treaters.
Plastic pumpkins pick up light from the window behind it.
Have a safe, happy Halloween!
Monday, October 13, 2014
My 14 YO informed me this afternoon that she has to make a "cell" complete with the membrane, ribosomes, golgi apparatus, smooth ER, Rough ER and lots of other parts that I don't care to remember. "Fantastic," I said not feeling happy. I had a root canal only 2 hours before. "When is it due?" Silence. Then a little whisper, "Tomorrow."
Dear dear 14 YO. WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO TO ME? SEND ME TO THE ER?
Expired cake mix + scrounged up candy + cake sprinkles + my lone avocado=Eukaryotic Animal Cell. Sigh. Time for more IBU.
I have to wonder sometimes...I learned all about this stuff in the 9th grade too. And have never once used it. I learned all about (well, was supposed to learn about) sentence structure and how to diagram them and the only time I've needed it was when my a fore mentioned 14 YO asked how to diagram a sentence for her homework.