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Monday, June 29, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
- paying the bills
- doing the laundry
- cleaning up bbq chips off the carpet
- buying groceries
- cleaning up the yard
- watering the garden
- weeding flowerbeds
- helping the kids with their Kidventure Sunday school books
- rebalancing my 401k
- returning a zillion calls
- running a zillion errands
- scheduling an appointment with my stylist
- taking the van in for an oil change
- sorting through the stacks of stuff my kids brought home from school last week
- watering my flowers
- pruning the bushes
- cleaning toothpaste off the bathroom mirrors (how DO they do this?)
Instead, I am....
- hanging out with my kids playing super mario on the old Nintendo
- blogging, and making lists of future blog ideas
- glaring at laundry
- glaring at bills
- wanting to pile up with the kids on the couch and knit
Oh well, at least I got my to-do list done, that's one more thing I can check off!
Scout meetings won't resume until September, but they are having a campout on the outfield of the Spokane Indians baseball stadium in August. Paco and Cole will get to set up their tent on the field and camp out for the night. They are both excited! There will also be a bonfire this summer. Paco was a scout so this is all very meaningful to him. He was a little teary eyed seeing Cole in his uniform tonight...it was sweet!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
After spending 2 hours today simply trying to get the first couple rows going on a sample, I've had visions of what I will actually look like when I am able to accomplish such a feat...Knitting Gods, please take pity on me.
So I took my first knitting class Tuesday night, and I am lost! I've got the casting on part mastered, since I keep screwing up and having to start over. However, learning the knit stitch may be my undoing. I've tried you tube videos, and while they are helping, there's still a learning curve. However, I will
I will prevail.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
and enjoying my coffee out of my all time, favorite coffee mug, that was painted, (where else?) at Polka dot pottery a few months ago while spending some time with an old friend.
I think we will go to the late service at church and enjoy a little bit more of this perfection.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
It will be an eventful summer for the Sutton family. We have 2 major camping trips planned (with reservations made clear back in March). One to Riley Creek up North, and a four day trip to Glacier National Park. We also have at least 2 trips to the cabin planned to stay with family. Throw in a week of Vacation Bible School for the kids, one week of day camp at Sweyolakan, and a few other surprises here and there. It will require some creative scheduling, since I only have 2 of my 4 weeks of vacation left, and that has to last me until the end of October. UGH. Somehow it will all work out.
The family is sound asleep, and I sit here in the dining room enjoying the smell of approaching rain and listening to my neighbor's sprinklers, yet again delighting in the fact that he is watering my vegetable garden for me. How kind! Tomorrow morning brings freshly brewed coffee and a lazy morning before the kids and I head off to church while Paco is at work.
Paco and I were able to sneak away for a few hours today and catch a movie (Thanks Lesley!) I begrudgingly agreed to see Star Trek, although its not really my thing. I have to admit, I liked it! (Amanda, you get to be right this time) The best part? Now I get to drag Paco to see Sex in the city with me when it comes out. Okay, okay, just kidding. I know his limits.
Off to bed I go. It will be so nice to sleep in (a little), make french toast for the kids and enjoy my coffee when I'm not on the run to get out the door. I love days off!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
Yes, I know its Tuesday. Can't we just pretend its Monday? Oh wait, that would put me one day behind for my weekend. Forget that. So here's my dirt for the week (and beyond)...
Since our vacuum cleaner has been broken for nearly a month and we haven't spent the money on a new one yet (relax, we have been using the shop vac so the place isn't completely disgusting), I absolutely DID NOT allow the dogs into the house to do a clean sweep of the carpet. That would be so disgusting!! Of course, it did save me on dog food for the day. I mean, if I had actually did that. Which I totally didn't.
I also DID NOT deny my children the pleasure of having their neighbor friends over to play yesterday simply because I didn't want to put on a bra and some decent clothes. Any decent Mom would make an effort to let their kids have a good time.
I WAS NOT tempted to click on the "How I lost my jiggly fat" link that popped up in my email account earlier this week. I DO NOT have any extra jiggly fat that I need to get rid of. NONE!
I DID NOT
After volunteering at Gracie's Kindergarten yesterday, my butt IS NOT sore from sitting in the itty, bitty Kindergarten sized chair for 2 hours cutting and rubber cementing. I also DID NOT secretely enjoy the smell of the rubber cement.
I AM NOT getting ready to dig through the outside garbage can looking for a very important piece of paper that my husband left out for me yesterday. I'm sure I DID NOT get it mixed up with some other papers and threw it away, along with some moldy salsa and leftover bbq chicken drumsticks. I'm sure that WILL NOT be disgusting.
Wish me luck.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Cute, huh? I love the primitive/shabby chic style. (Check out the farm chicks blog by clicking here http://thefarmchicks.typepad.com/). After we left farm chicks, we stopped for coffee and then dropped by a nearby park so we could visit and the kids could burn off a
Then, we came home and did a little housework and yardwork, then cooked up some chicken on the BBQ. After that, I built a fire in our outdoor fireplace and we roasted marshmallows. The kids and I just sat by the fire, talked alot, and just relaxed.
Fast forward to today. I got up early and got some stuff done before the kids got up, then it was off to school. After that I came home and cleaned out the garage a little so I could get my car back in it. It was still a mess from when we built the raised garden a couple weeks ago. Then it was time for chores, bills, and the like. At 12:20, I went to Gracie's school to have lunch with her. She was SO excited and Mrs. Milliken said she was talking about it all day. I offered to stay and help out since I didn't really have any plans until school was out. I put together 22 father's day gifts for the Kindergartners to take home for their Dads, and then worked on their year end memory books. I really enjoyed it and Gracie was on cloud 9 having me there. I totally would have loved being a Kindergarten teacher!
After we got home, Cole and I were butting heads about something and off he stormed into his room, got into bed and went to sleep. HA! He did the same thing about a month ago. I let him stay up way too late last night and I'm sure that has something to do with it. So now, Gracie is watching a little T.V. and I'm folding laundry and poking around on the computer.
Remember the spelling test Cole and I have been so anxiously waiting for (and working on?). He got it back today and, got 2 letters switched around so he didn't get it right. BUMMER!! I could tell he was going too fast because his writing was sloppy and he had written and erased several times. Oh well, I'm still proud of how close he came, and I'm certain that if he had taken his time he wouldn't have made the simple mistake.
I'm starting another blog!! Actually, more of a journal. This one isn't public, sorry. I'm using it as a place to think, vent, be sad, be mad, be glad, etc. All the stuff I don't necessarily want to share with anyone else. I have some friends that do this and say it is very therapeutic, and it allows them to be honest when dealing with their feelings because no one will see it. I think this would be great for me. It will also be interesting to look back on and see what I struggle with now as opposed to 5 years from now. Wish me luck!
Someone asked me yesterday where I find the time to blog. It's simple, really. First of all, I don't watch television at all during the week. If there's something I want to watch, I DVR it and watch it on the weekends after the kids go to bed. This frees up ALOT of time! The last show I watched was the season finale of Grey's anatomy. Oh wait, I did watch an episode of The little couple last night. Cute show! Secondly, I do alot of scheduled posting. So, I write the post at one time, but maybe schedule it to post at a different time or day. I write alot of my posts in the mornings before work, or in the afternoon while the kids play outside with their friends. Not much in the evenings, because we're doing family stuff and we go to bed early 'round these parts. Third, it really doesn't take much time after the initial set up, and its SO fun! (to me, at least).
Well this turned out to be a random post about everything and nothing, didn't it?
Sunday, June 7, 2009
1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded 1/4 inch thick
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1/4 cup cooking sherry
In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture.
In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms. Pour in wine and sherry. Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.
This is good served with potatoes...you can drizzle some of the sauce over them. ENJOY!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
It was also very exciting for Gracie to show Cole around her classroom and meet her friends. Cole got to visit with Mrs. Grant, his Kindergarten teacher from last year. We also visited with Mrs. Marsh, the Kindergarten counselor. She is someone we particularly enjoyed visiting with, as she and Cole spent quite a bit of time together last year!! Apparently, when he was having a tough time paying attention, etc, in class, he would go to Mrs. Marsh's office. She is a wonderful, wonderful person and is so good at what she does. You can really tell she loves the kids. We've bumped into her a few times at the store and she always remembers us by name and talks about how much she enjoyed Cole when he was in Kindergarten. Last night I commented on how she remembers his name when we see him and she said "Well, I especially remember Cole because he is such a special guy!" Then, she said "and I think Mom knows what I mean by that!". Ummmm....why yes, I do. He definately is easy to remember!!
Did you all know that I have very special lunch plans for Monday? I will be dining with my Kindergartner at....The Ladybug Table, thank you very much. I will be bringing Wendy's (so I'm told), and it will be simply fabulous. Maybe I'll get to have one of those milk pouches that you just stick the straw into, or an orange shape-up. I've always wondered what the heck those are. She's been begging me all year and I am finally getting to it. I wanted to spend so much more time at the Kindergarten center this year volunteering, but I had to take quite a bit of time off work when Gracie was in the hospital (and out). I really will miss it, everyone there is fantastic, and they were so good to use when Gracie was sick. I can't say enough good things about the Central Valley Kindergarten Center. I almost want to have another baby just so we can go back!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Yes, she is still a little girl, and a Mama's girl at that. But, I'm running out of time with her. I know, I know, we've got many more years, but where did the first 6 years go? I remember nursing her when she was a baby and thinking, I've got SO much time to enjoy this little person. Now, we've moved on to addition and subtraction, and pierced ears. Soon she will be gone and I will be lost. She is such an extension of me, and I love our connection. Does our relationship just change as time goes on? Does our connection grow and mature and deepen? I have to hope so.
I know she will love first grade. She is beyond ready. And, she still loves snugglin' with Mama and wants to do everything with me. Sometimes this drives me nuts, but I have to remind myself to embrace these times while I have them. She has such a loving heart and gentle spirit, and makes this world a better place to live in.
Gracie, Mommy loves you.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
You know, from Mary Poppins. Either Mr. Porter has a great sense of humor or he's downright mean!
Cole's been practicing it every day since Friday, and today when we got home he got it perfect! Check it out....
Obviously, he got MY smarts! We'll see how he holds up under the pressure on Friday! Wish him luck!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009