Saturday, July 26, 2008

lazy summer afternoon

Do you ever have a day where you wake up ready to get a lot accomplished only to find yourself still in your jamas at 2:30p? I did do a few things...maybe I should list them to make myself feel better......

  1. brushed my teeth

  2. dead-headed my sad looking hydrangeas

  3. cut up a watermelon

  4. made lunch

  5. checked the blogs
Okay, even after typing it, I still don't feel better. Maybe I'll go take a nap and then I'll feel better! These two look like they aren't too concerned that they haven't accomplished much today.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Are you addicted to anything? Admittedly, I'm addicted to lots of things, but lately I addicted to ideas. I surf the blogs and the web for ideas, while in the check-out line, I look at magazines for ideas, at the bookstore I look at books and more magazines for ideas. I have look for storage and organizational ideas, decorating ideas, craft ideas, ideas for new meals, party ideas, weight loss ideas, fashion you get the idea?

I have folders on my desktop full of ideas. I have paper folders on my desk full of ideas. I have stacks of magazines that I'm saving because ideas are in them.

I - imagining
D - decorating
E - everything
A - around

If you have time and want to waste some time.....check out some of the ideas I am saving.

Rainbow Jello
Illustrated Placemats
To Do Jar
Printed Napkins
Fabric Camera Strap
Platter Chalkboards
Rubber Stamps from Erasers
Shoulder Bag
Watercolor in Altoid Box
Car Organizer
Photo Idea

That is probably enough for now......

Do you have any addictions?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Did the curosity kill the cat?

Or are you still interested?

No, Ty and his crew will not be making an appearance at my house, at least not that I know of....

Here's my story of last Wednesday!

We woke up @ 5am to catch a 7:30am flight. After a layover in Atlanta, including a small 2nd degree burn on Jacob’s foot, from a lady spilling hot coffee on him, we safely arrived in Cincinnati. We went straight to Jason’s Aunt Elaine’s to have lunch, then to Mame’s to drop our belongings off and quickly change. We then were off to West Chester, to see the Extreme Makeover home. We decided to pop over on Wednesday, instead of “Move That Bus” Thursday, to avoid the 2,000+ people and the 90ยบ heat. We were told where to park (thanks Aunt Holly). Boy, Extreme Makeover runs a smooth operation. It is no wonder they can get a home built in a week. We arrived to find ROTC guys and gals directing traffic. Before boarding the bus, we were told to grab some ice cold bottles of water. After a short ride, we exited the bus and were greeted by a woman handing out bags with info about the family and the builder. Security was tight, no walk-ins were allowed. Even the neighborhood residents had to show ID just to get into the neighborhood.

We stood across the street, in the front yard of a neighbor, right up against the barricade and saw Michael in the garage, digging through boxes to find what we think were picture frames.

There were women there that came every day and had great stories to share. It was hot, but we had our water and were enjoying listening to the stories when we noticed the garage door lower. Vehicles started to move out of the driveway and the assistant director came from the back yard with a film crew. We looked down the street just as the crowd started to cheer, clap and wave. Ed was in the back of a truck with what looked like a pergola. The truck stopped, he put his cap on and they started filming. He waved and winked to the crowd before unloading the pergola.

He went around to the back and was not seen again. With hopes to see Ty, we decided to stick it out. We were talking to a friendly woman and then looked as a Gold Star employee with a Coney case was handing out free Coney dogs…Yummy. In the end we didn’t see Ty, but did she the film crew film the walk up to the front door.

The assistant director came out and was talking to some of the spectators and told them that he sent everyone home, except Ed. That was our cue to leave, since we already saw Ed. Hannah really wanted to go back for the reveal, but that would have required us to be across town at 5:30am the following day and stand in the heat for 6+ hours for a chance to see Ty and the reveal. We decided against it.

Our main reason for going up north was to see family. We were able to see Aunt Elaine, Aunt Julie, Alex, Uncle Mark, Grandpa Gene, Aunt Holly and Uncle Mick. We even were able to squeeze an extra day in, because flights were oversold on Saturday.

We had a great time. I’m so glad I was able to crash the annual trip to Cincinnati this year….Jacob did tell me that I wasn’t going next year, I guess I rained on his parade!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Friday, July 4, 2008

Independence Day

A friend at work is having a grilled pizza party today. It sounded like fun, so I decided to try it also. Michael isn't fond of things that are out of the ordinary, so he is a little hesitant and wants to have a back-up plan. I'll let you know how it turns out.....

Grilled Pizza Update:

Turned out GREAT!!!!! I found a fast, easy and yummy pizza dough recipe and an equally easy and yummy pizza sauce recipe for our grilled pizzas. We brushed the dough with olive oil so that it would not stick to the grill. Michael grilled the pizzas on one side for about 3 minutes and then we loaded them with toppings and then put them back on the grill for another 3 minutes. We were only able to grill 2 pizzas at a time, so not everyone ate at the same time, but it was a blast.

After dinner, we hopped in the van and quickly drove to a local church to watch fireworks. We parked, laid our blankets out and sat down in enough time to hear the national anthem and watch the fireworks show. We then came back home for our own fireworks show! Michael had a stockpile of fireworks.

It was a great Independence Day, other than my mom getting hit with a frisbee....

2008 is going to be great....
It's the year I'm going to lose weight!