Friday, October 31, 2008

Photo Story Friday

These are my Halloween sweeties. My daughter wouldn't leave the costume on so we took a pic and took it off. The other is the rest of my sweeties trick or treating at the zoo. There is a big snake behind them if you look close.


Tonight is the night
When dead leaves fly
Like witches on switches
Across the sky,

When elf and sprite
Flit through the night
On a moony sheen.
Tonight is the night

When leaves make a sound
Like a gnome in his home
Under the ground,
When spooks and trolls
Creep out of holes
Mossy and green.

Tonight is the night
When pumpkins stare
Through sheaves and leaves
When ghoul and ghost
And goblin host
Dance round their queen.
It's Halloween.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

It is like Being a Pumpkin

A woman was asked by a coworker, 'What is it like to be a Christian?'
The coworker replied, 'It is like being a pumpkin.' God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff.
He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.'

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackled Daughters bedroom. She has so many dollhouses and play sets for her little pet shop toys. I needed someplace to keep them that wasn't on the floor. The toy box was overflowing with toys for both girls. I grant you that they probably have more than they need. Okay they definitely have more than they need. And its a small room so we need to take advantage of any space savers we can find.
We bought 3 under the bed storage bins. One was for toys that the girls share, one for E's toys and one for L's toys. We put a bookcase/shelf thing in her room for her play sets. I still want to put up a shelf just below the ceiling so she can put her toys on it that she wants but doesn't want to play with anymore. She growing out of her stuffed toys but still wants them around her so I thought this might work. I wanted to post pics but I can't find my camera. I'll post pics when i can find it.
No, the office isn't done yet. But DH promised to help me next week. We'll see what happens.
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Menu Planning Monday

Monday-Country Chicken Cassserole
Tuesday-Mexican Rice Bake
Wednesday-Lasagna Pinwheels
Thursday-Chinese Vegetarian Pasta
Friday-Cheesy Tuna Casserole
Saturday-Chili Vegetable Soup
Sunday-Fend for Yourself

To see more menues, visit Laura at

Monday, October 27, 2008


My son got hurt at school today so he came home. He's supposed to have ice on it but refuses to do it because he says it hurts. The picture really doesn't show how big that bump on his leg really is. Thats going to be painful for a little while.

Congratuations to LaDonna

My friend LaDonna had her baby at 3:30am today. It was 9 pounds 4 oz. 19.5 inches long. We wish her and her family all the best.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


This week we studied stars. Did you know that there are stars inside apples? If you cut an apple in half, side to side not end to end, you will see a star. We also looked at the star flower. We counted the points on a star and talked about the number 5.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Exposed #5

Thought for the Day

"Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances. We must deal with them the best we can. But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important—and what is most important almost always involves the people around us. Often we assume that they must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know. Wrote William Shakespeare, 'They do not love that do not show their love.' We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us."~Thomas S. Monson

KSL Classifieds-Thank You

I was looking at the KSL Classifieds free section and someone had posted two palm pilots. They said they worked and needed to be recharged. Normally, I won't go when they say whoever gets here first can have them but they were close and it hadn't been up long so I figured I'd try. The box was still there when I arrived at the house. I brought them home and tried to charge them. Only one would charge but I'm not complaining. I'm going to go to their website to see if I can get a hot sync disk. Woohoo.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Real Age

I took the Real Age Test. My calendar age is 36. My real age is 37.3. One thing I can do to get younger is follow a weight plan I can stick with. No news there. They suggested 4 things I can do to lose some weight and I thought I'd share them with you.
4 Powerful Ways to Reach Your Optimal Weight
Believe it or not, your body naturally wants to take you to your ideal weight, and the YOU: On a Diet plan is designed to help get it there. It’s based on four simple strategies:

1. Find a diet buddy -- someone to listen and keep you on track.
2. Track your waist -- measure your middle, every day.
3. Restock your fridge -- out with the bad, in with the good.
4. Walk every day -- 30 minutes, no matter what. Here’s why.

Your inner voice may cheerlead you into thinking longer walks equal more pounds lost, but research shows it may not be so.

Long walks may be best for someone more fit, but shorter strolls -- about 30 minutes 5 days a week -- could be all you need in the first 3 months of a walking program to achieve the weight-loss benefit you seek. Once you're feeling stronger, and the walking is easier, add minutes and intensity to reach your next goal. That'll give your inner voice something to cheer about.

If you'd like to find out your real age, take the test at

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Protect Your Daughters From Breast Cancer

I received this in my email this morning from SparkPeople. Thought it was important enough to share with all my blog friends.

Protect Your Daughters from Breast Cancer

Recently, scientists studied the effects of diet on mice that were genetically modified to develop breast cancer. Once bred, they fed female mice a diet high in either omega-3 fatty acids or omega-6 fatty acids throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding their young mice. Once weaned, the young female mice continued on either the omega-3 or omega-6 diet. All of the baby mice on the omega-6 fatty acid diet showed tumor development by 6 months of age, while those on the healthy, omega-3 fatty acid diet had only 13% incidence of tumor development. Most people's diets are high in meat, eggs, poultry, snack crackers, chips, sweets, baked goods, vegetables oils, and margarine--foods high in omega-6 fatty acids--and low in omega-3 fatty acids. This type diet may actually increase the risk for breast cancer.

Action Sparked: Your daughter's risk of developing breast cancer is likely reduced when you: eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy and lactation, and continue to feed her a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids after weaning. Include 2-3 servings of foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (foods such as flaxseed, flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybeans, soybean oil, walnuts, fish and shellfish) each week.

Source: © 1999-2008 SparkPeople, All Rights Reserved

CLR Tackle It Tuesday

I tackled the bathroom shower. Hate trying to clean that. It has soap scum and yellow stains in the grout. I don't know how well you can see it in the pictures but it did an okay job. I liked that it did clean up some of the grout. But the only ventilation we have in our bath is the vent so the chemicals were too strong for our bathroom. In the kitchen, it did a great job on our sink but I forgot to take pics of that.


Menu Planning Monday

Monday Sassy Enchiladas
Tuesday Vegetable Soup with Cheese Sandwiches
Wednesday Fish
Thursday Shepards Pie
Friday Chicken Strips
Saturday Sandwiches

To see more great menues visit Laura at

Friday, October 17, 2008

Exposed #4

Thought this was so cute. To see more click here. Or visit Tammy at

Balloon Scuplture

My son bought a package of balloons and a pump at Dollar Tree. He has been making animals, swords and hats. He spent the night at my sisters house but I will take and post pics when he gets home. He has even asked for more balloons for his birthday.


This week the preschool theme was rainbows. I thought this would be a great time to talk about color blending, ie yellow and blue make green (my DD2's favorite color). We read a couple poems about rainbows and colored one in the correct order and one in whatever order she wanted to do. We also talked about how the rainbow has seven colors. Maybe next week, I'll remember to take photos of our preschool time.

Photography Friday

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

This is a stray cat that climbed into a fish tank we were washing out to get a drink.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday

Got tired of working on the office. Looking at it wears me out. Today, I got up in the attic and got down the rest of the Halloween decorations. DH has been bugging me so now I'm done until the end of the month when I have to take them down again.

Menu Planning Monday

Monday, Swiss steak
Tuesday, Cod
Wednesday, cranberry-mustard pork medallions
Thursday, burger bundles
Friday, calzones
Saturday, chicken chili

To see even more great recipes, click here.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Exposed #3

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Not Quote ~ Unquote

I posted a quote to Tammy's meme Quote ~ Unquote but I had to post this one too because I think its the motto of most men-at least the ones in my life.

It's never too late to have a happy childhood. ~Berke Breathed

Quote ~ Unquote

My friend Tammy has a meme at her blog called Quote ~ Unquote so I thought I would try. I liked this one so here goes.

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad. ~Norm Papernick

You can view more Quote ~ Unquotes at or click here.

Thursday 13 #1

This is my first Thursday 13 post, so this will probably be just the basics.
#1. God
#2. My husband
#3. My children
#4. My mom
#5. My dad
#6. Enough money to pay my bills and not have to be stressed about whether or not I will make my next house payment.
#7. My husband's new job that makes #5 possible.
#8. DD #2. She was a surprise and I'm glad she is here. She is so special and has made my family complete.
#9. My friends.
#10. My class I teach at school.
#11. The good people on freecycle.
#12. electricity

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday

My mother gave me a little teaspoon size ice cream type scoop. I use it to make uniform cookies. My DD2 always wants me to "cut" her ice cream into a smaller size because she's too small to cut it into bite-size pieces herself. I was getting an ice cream scoop and saw that teaspoon scoop. I used that to "cut" her ice cream into bite-size pieces right out of the container. Cool! I'll be doing that again. to check out more ideas check out Rocksinmydryer

Monday, October 6, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday

I am still tackling my husband's office. I wish I could say it was done so I could post ugly before pictures and beautiful after pictures at Organizing Junkie but I'd have to photograph a fake room for the after pictures. LOL Since hubby disassembled the computer, he's in charge of putting it back together then we are giving it to my parents because they don't have one. We got rid of somethings, like the computer desk, to the thrift store and I found some more to send. I was considering keeping the L-shaped desk but now I'm thinking I would really like the room. On the other hand, it would be great for scrapbooking. Ah well, I guess we'll see how things go.

I've Been Tagged!

My friend Tammy at Munchinheads tagged me.

I'm afraid I lead a boring life but here goes.
#1. I wanted to be a preschool teacher. I have so much stuff.
#2. I am such a pack rat. I want to declutter but hate to get rid of stuff.
#3. I actually had my husband throw something away for me cuz I couldn't bear to do it. I know. I know.
#4. I'm addicted to Littlest Pet Shop pets. My daughter got one for her birthday and I am hooked. So sad. But they are so cute!
#5. White chocolate makes me sick but its my hubby's favorite.
#6. I have a three-shelf bookcase full of cookbooks.
#7. My car broke down once on the way to Vegas and once on the way back. We haven't been back since we broke down on the way back.

I'm only going to tag a couple of people.
#1. penguinsandladybugs
#2. The Twitchell Family

Menu Planning Monday

Monday grilled cheese with soup
Tuesday chili
Wednesday shepherd's pie
Thursday graham crusted tilapia
Friday Chicken Cacciatore Pronto
Saturday Shipwreck Dinner
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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Puzzled Centipede

A centipede was happy quite,
Until a frog in fun
Said, "Pray, which leg comes after which?"
This raised her mind to such a pitch,
She lay distracted in the ditch
Considering how to run.

Love this poem. I think its cute although I detest bugs.

A Thousand Word Thursday

Wednesday, October 1, 2008