Saturday, October 31, 2009

Singing the praises of St. John and his Wort

OK, just a brief aside in the craziness of today. Yea St. John's Wort! I feel like a non-oppressed human again. No crazy mood swings this week. No sense of impending doom from unseeable forces (just doom from the forces I can see). I feel like a fog of the blahs has been lifted. I am truly amazed at how much better I feel.

Thank you little miracle weed.. and thanks to the One who created it.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Playing with Pumpkins

Quote of the day:  Quit playing with your pumpkins!

But last night....Ooh, the joy of scooping out pumpkins! We had some seasonal fun.

Can you feel the slime between your fingers??

Josh was so proud of his hard work!

Ryan wasn't keen on the slime, but had great fun poking in the pattern.

Here are the finished products!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

not so hungry

I'm not snacky at all today. It was a long one and I'm too pooped to snack. I keep thinking today should be a holiday of some kind... Oct 27.. hmmmm.. Happy Whatever You Want It To Be Day! I just want to take a day off of work. But it's just not wise at the start of flu season. And I do like to save a day or two for the Spring.

Last night I noticed that Chris was keeping up with me through this blog. With our crazy schedules, I don't blame him. It's hard to have any kind of meaningful conversation lately. Between his work and studying, my work and the family, who has time for great conversation?? And if there's time, it's not likely both of us are awake enough to start it.

So, honey, if you're reading.. I'm ready for a date night. You plan it, please. I don't care what we do. Just being together would be great. I love you and think you are awesome. Let me know how to dress.

Enough rambling.. time to do the dishes.. wait! Thank you Wendy's. No dishes, just trash. I can do that. Wait! That's Ryan's job. Ryan, do the trash. I love this age! Guess it' s just laundry for me tonight.

Monday, October 26, 2009


I am so hungry today. It's not that I'm hungry. I just have a craving to eat. Anything will do. I'm not bored. (Teaching here)I'm not sad. I just want food. Maybe it's a side effect of those herbal supplements I started taking to ease the ick of ever worsening PMS. But I just started them today, so should it react so quickly??

Maybe it's just the cool rainy weather that makes me want to cuddle up with a doughnut or a steak or a Snickers. I'm really not picky right now.

Perhaps it's some deep psychological need I haven't identified yet.

Any way it turns out, I guess what I am trying to say is "Lock up your snack items.. I'm on the prowl!"

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kids these daze!

Just a moment for a teacher rant... If today's 3rd graders were released into the wild, a la Wild Kingdom, half of them would be eaten at birth, and another quarter wouldn't make it to the water hole. I swear, today they are acting like the weak and deformed of the natural world.

I think some days I am dealing the the brain damaged segment of The Woodlands (Mom, quit snickering, they aren't all brain damaged and you don't have to be brain damaged to live here). (Really, I can hear you laughing). They have no survival skills. Well, survival skills for school anyway. In the last 10minutes I've dealt with 8 year olds who don't put their names on their papers, can't tear perforated sheets out of a workbook, take 30 minutes to put pencil lead in a mechanical pencil, and don't follow the direction to "put everything in your desk". They are either deaf, dumb, or just immune to good procedures.

"Well, Jim, it looks like the lions got another one, bring on the crying Indian."

Sunday, October 18, 2009

new blog

Just started a new blog. check it out at debtmania !

Feel free to invite your friends! Maybe we can all talk "money" together.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Missed Opportunity for Mischief

In the car this morning..

Josh: Will we always be brothers?
Ryan: Yeah, even when we die.
Josh: Even then!?? Like they put us in that hole together?
Ryan: No, not the same hole, at least, I don't think so.

I laughed to myself all the way to school... The fun Ryan could have had spinning a tale for his little bro. Or maybe that's just my sick sense of humor.. Yeah, most likely that.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Ol' Achin' Knees

After my last post, I'm pretty sure I jinxed the weather. It's been hot all week. There are wicked rumors of changing weather tonight. I hold fast to the hope that my knees aren't failing me, that the slight twinge of "hmm, that aches a bit" will be good news on the weather front and not just a sign of my increasing age.

Speaking of increasing age (that's probably not nice to say out loud), tomorrow is Chris's birthday. I won't tell how old he is, but it is his last birthday in the 30's. I guess I should make that dr. appt for him so that he can head into middle age knowing exactly what's broken. Nah, that's no fun. Let's just keep him guessing. Perhaps we'll go out to eat. He's already gotten his presents (new truck and rifle)(how redneck does THAT sound??) I'm sure the boys have a plan for him. Right. And hey, look, a piggy flying. Time to Mom-UP and get that rolling. And honey, if you're reading, I already have it planned.

Anyway, looking forward to a stellar weekend of coolness, birthday cake (pie maybe? or cornbread??), and family fun.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

It's finally Fall!

I hope I'm not jinxing the coming of the season, but I'm sure my myopic ramblings are nothing in the scheme of the universe, Earth tilt, planet rotation and all such things. Fall has come! In a weird twist, we had 102 degree heat advisories earlier this week. Now, it a lovely 57. I think Heaven might be 57 degrees.

Friends are in town. We had a late night Denny's rendesvouz when they got into town. Nothing like Denny's at 11pm. Had the most attentive waitress ever. I think she was just bored, new, or pushing for a great tip. Or maybe she's just a really nice person.

oh yeah, Chris said to blog something nice about him since I'm blogging at 8 on a Sat morning, so, can I just say, I am so proud of him? He is off to the office to take his Old Testament mid term. At 8 on a Sat morning. I just love how he works so hard for his schooling. I can definately say we are getting our money's worth out of this education. I love his committment to "doing it well".

Alrighty, time to vacuum before the friends come on over. And I get to interrupt SpongeBob Sat morning cartoon. Even better!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Ahhhh, the weekend

I am so happy for this weekend to be here, well, almost here. Brett and Kim are coming in some time tonight. Weekend with friends, it's been a long time and we are TOTALLY due. Then, on top of all that, we have Monday off of school. Thank you Mr. Columbus for sailing the ocean blue in 1492. Even though you really didn't discover America, I get a day of off school, so it's worth it. (Go Vikings!)

On top of all that, I have a great family AND get to drive the truck to work today. :) I know, they don't even equal in importance, but that's where my rambling thoughts take me.... so sue me. (Please don't.) It's Pizza and hot dog day at school, eh. Well, at least I don't have to pack a lunch.

And, for the cherry on top, the weather is finally changing. Another day of rain, and then, FALL! After this week's weirdo weather, it is very appreciated. Thanks God, for working all that out. I don't think I'd be able to enjoy my extended weekend with 102 heat advisories.

Ok, kids are finally dressed.. gotta run and get to school. Happy Weekend!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy Saturday

this morning...

7:05 - Marie wakes up to the stomping of little feet on my plywood floors, and wishes that the lab report that is holding up my new floors would come through. then drifts back to sleep

7:30 - Marie hears some clinking from downstairs and wonders what Ryan is making the boys from breakfast.. ponders if she should get up or not,then laughs at the hilariousness of that thought.. the boys are big kids now, I can sleep

7:30:22 - Marie hears Josh yelling for Ryan, Ryan, Ryan, Ryan and wishes for quieter children

7:31 - Marie hears "mommy, mommy, mommy" and opens an eyeball to give her child a "hairy eyeball" look... and sees her darling youngest with a plate of 4 freezer waffles covered in butter.. "Mommy, here's your breakfast in bed we made you.. do you like them?"

Yes, dear, I love toasted freezer waffles with a half inch of butter on it, especially when served by a man in tighty whities.

"Ryan made them, but I got to bring them to you.. do you want a fork or something?"

Awww.. I love my guys.. better than sleeping in..

And now I feel a little guilty about the work ahead of us today, but my heart has been warmed by cold waffles and sweet boys in their BVD best.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Here's a slideshow I created on animoto of the first day of school.. Kinda fun!