Friday, July 30, 2010


One of my co-workers and I have a cooking club for elementary age kids. This week we made shells and cheese and hotdog sea monsters!  We don't have a stove at work, only an oven. Pasta is not meant to be boiled in an oven. Oh well! It was still tasty!

I am catching up on all the blogs that I read regularly! Elizabeth Kartchner had a fun post about quirks! Here are some of my quirks!

* I do not like canned corn
* I always have to sit on the end of a row!

* I iron with my left hand even though I am right handed!        (My mother is left handed)

* I do not like the words Phlegm, Panties, moist,and the name Peggy.

* I always gravitate to the right side of a room
* The sound of crunching ice drives me nuts!

What are your quirks?

Photos by Amanda McClain of Petite Productions

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Games, Yummies, and a History Buff!

Here are a few pictures of the game I came up with for Candy Land Theme Week. 

I attached balloons to beanbags. I wrote numbers and letters on  the balloons using a sharpie. Then I made alphabet cards with the same letter that were on the balloons.

The younger children got to choose an alphabet card out of the bag. I gave them a bean bag and they had to find the balloon with the same letter on it. They then threw the bean bag at the balloon.

With the older children also chose an alphabet card,but I didn't let them look at it. Instead they were given the letter sound and had to find the balloon with the corresponding letter on it!

Michael and I went to Findlay Market to have waffles at our favorite place! Taste of Belgium has the best waffles I've ever had! If you are in Cincy you should give them a try. Be warned..they are addicting!

Michael was given a huge collection of National Geographic magazines. He is having a lot of fun going through all the issues.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Gramma Nutt

 This week's theme at work was "Candy Land"! I got to be Gramma Nutt! I went into the classrooms to play a couple of fun games! One of the games was "pin the peanut in the basket" which was a take off of "pin the tail on the donkey". One of the kids told his teacher he couldn't play the game because he was allergic to nuts! :D :D :D

Sunday, July 11, 2010

$14.99 Magazines and Funky Church Signs

 So I took my $20 to the bookstore to treat myself! I had the most difficult time choosing something. I wandered around for over an hour just looking. I ended up buying this special issue of Creating Keepsakes Magazine!
 It is a very good special issue. It had a few project ideas that I'm going to use. I especially love the mini album designed to show off your Christmas cards. The holiday season planner was also very cute! It is a definite must have if you are new to scrapbooking!

If you have been reading Creating Keepsakes magazine or Simple Scrapbooks for a while you will recognize some of the projects. I counted 11 projects that have been published in previous issues of Creating Keepsakes and Simple Scrapbooks.

I also found the price of the issue to be very steep. $14.99 is a lot for a magazine! The issue is all content except for one advert for Bazzill and a few for other Creating Keepsakes products.

It was nice to see projects created by some scrap-celebs that I haven't seen much of lately such as Stacy Julien,Erin Lincoln,and Rebecca Cooper!

All together I found this Special Issue to be very good. The projects featured are very nice. The style is pretty simple, no over the top techniques! Very doable! If you miss Simple Scrapbooks magazine,you will enjoy this issue a lot! 

On the way back from church we saw this sign at another local church. :D I had to stop and take a picture!!

Here is the other side of the same sign!!

Have a wonderful Monday everybody! :D


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy Anniversary to my dear husband of 3 years!
July 7th, 2007

To my husband who makes me laugh...

To my husband who stands strong when I am weak...

To my husband who is not afraid to have a little fun...

To my husband who shows me new places...

 To my husband who is great with children...
To my husband who encourages me to soar...

To my husband who cooks, cleans,and does laundry...

I love you! Even though I may not say it often enough thank you for all that you do and all that you are!

Here is to 100 years more!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Bake Sale Fun!!

The summer camp kids at work are having a bake sale this week to earn money towards painting their buses. I volunteered to make a little something!I found a cute idea on the Celebrate CREATIVITY in all its forms blog. She used trains for her cookies.I thought school buses would work because of what the kids are earning money for!

Hope everyone had a great 4th of the July!

An open letter to the lady who talks on the cellphone in the public restroom

Dear  Lady Who Talks on the Cellphone in the Public Restroom,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to address you openly. I know that there must only be one person in the world who has the disgusting audacity to actually talk on the phone in a public restroom, so this letter is directed to you!

I most recently came across you in the restroom at the library. You were talking away on your phone to a friend describing in excruciating detail the goings on of your day. No detail seemed to be left out. You told this “friend” about your excursion to the mall to buy your daughter a bra. I am the lady in stall #1 who kept flushing the toilet.

So let me get to the meat and potatoes of why I felt it necessary to write this letter. I hope I need not have to tell you the main use for a public restroom.  The public restroom is not the modern day version of the phone booth.  The sounds of the natural digestion process are not meant to be background of a polite phone conversation. I am sorry that you have such a busy life that you cannot put down your phone for a few brief moments to eliminate your body’s waste products. If you don’t care about the sounds of your own elimination, please offer others the courtesy. Everyone participates in the digestion process sometime, and I doubt that your social life would come to an end in a brief five minute unplug. 

Please take your conversation to your parked car. I might also suggest the bathroom in your own home if you must multitask. I hope that this letter has been informative to you and that you will discontinue your use of a cellphone in the public restroom. If by chance this letter has not impacted you, I will continue to flush the toilet until you get the hint!


The Lady in Stall #1

PS: I noticed that you did not wash your hands when you exited the bathroom! Thanks so much for sharing more of yourself with the public

Humidity,Buckles, Magazines

Just one minute ago I escaped the 85 degree living room to the beautifully chilly bedroom! It felt as if I was being hit by a blast of Arctic air. The relief! 

It looks like it is back to sweating weather! I've always had a aversion to humidity. Even as a baby I would sweat more than most would think humanly possible for something so small. Alas,it is true. The past five or six days have been outstanding, weather wise. Sunny and in the mid to upper 70s. Back to sweating.I am jealous of those woman who can manage to look effortlessly beautiful and put together in the summer. How is this possible when the weather can be described as feeling like a "wet wool blanket"? Dreaming of sweaters,apple cider,and raking leaves!

The blueberries this time of the year are beautiful and yummy! I made a super simple and totally delicious blueberry buckle this afternoon. A buckle is kinda like a crisp and a cake rolled into one! Yummers!It was good plain,but next time I will serve it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!
In the battle between myself and my junk belongings,I scored a small victory. I purged 40 magazines from my collection today. I am personally doing my part to support the magazine industry. Love magazines. I started with Seventeen and YM magazine and now happily page through Good Housekeeping and Country Living. Those buggers seem to multiply  pile up at an alarming rate.It felt good to get that stack of magazines down to 20 or so articles/recipes that I will store in binders for later. Speaking of those binders,I need to go through those too. Humph! Will this battle over junk ever be won?

This week has been such hell. I don't wish to go into details, but I don't ever want another week like it again! Enough about that!

Tomorrow we have church. In the afternoon I plan to make some cookies for my work bakesale! Made some cutesy tags to decorate the bags with! Yay! Will share those later!
Have a wonderful 4th of July everyone!