Thursday, December 7, 2017

Radio Show

A lady at church approached me and asked if Wesley and I would like to be in the radio show they are putting on for the community. I, being an age that had never seen or heard a radio show, had no idea what she was talking about. She explained that it was like a play but instead of acting we stood at old time square microphones and read our lines from a script. It didn't seem very difficult so I said yes.

It must be said that I'm not a public speaker. I don't like reading in front of people. I have a box and I don't step outside of it very often but I decided a little change is good. Plus I knew Wesley would have fun with it and it would be a memorable thing to do together with him. And it was!

The play was "It's a Wonderful Life" and we all dressed in 1940's clothes and hair styles. I had to look up hairstyles on YouTube and learn how to roll my hair. It was a learning experience. My parents came to see the show and taste all the food. I'm thrilled they came!

 Here's to stepping outside your box!







Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mayor for the Day

What an exciting day Miss Greta had! There was a coloring contest in the elementary school for kindergarten through second grade. The entries were collected and the mayor had to pick her favorite. The winner this year was Greta! As a prize she got to ride with the mayor and Santa in the Christmas parade and throw out candy. She also won $25 and a plaque. She was so excited!





She anxiously took her money to Build-a-Bear (.com) and ordered a reindeer stuffed animal with her $25. Here is her winning picture. Good job Greta!


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thanksgiving

We had a nice quiet Thanksgiving at home with my parents. You wouldn't know that by the amount of food that was on the table! Snow crab made another appearance this year. We made a small turkey breast and four pounds of snow crab for the omnivores and I made several plant based dishes for the non-omnivore.




My parents brought over Just Dance for the WiiU and everyone danced! It was great. I have a video of my mother dancing but she'd kill me if I posted it. I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!



Thursday, November 23, 2017

Autumn

There is roughly one nice day a year in which the leaves are very yellow on the maple trees lining the driveway. Then the next day they have all fallen. I caught that perfect day and drug the kids out to take some pictures. We are skipping the family pictures this year so this might be their replacement.






Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sore Hands


Have you noticed my lack of blogging? Yep, it's that time of the year when I do nothing but sculpt sculpt sculpt. It sneaks up on me each year and before I know it I have a list of Christmas orders a mile long that I've promised to get done in time. This year is no different. I took on 29 orders that I have to accomplish and have shipped and received before Christmas. I'm doing pretty good only having 9 left as of today. Yay!

I am grateful that I have a job where I bring smiles to many people. The stress of the season is overshadowed by the wonderful, heartfelt messages I get from dog owners having just lost their dog and getting a little sculpture to remember it by.

I have lots to blog about but it will have to wait a few more days. Happy Thanksgiving all!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween!

Halloween is still great fun for our eight and ten year old kids. I'm not sure when trick-or-treating starts to be uncool but we're not there yet. This year Greta went as a Minion and Wesley was a whoopie cushion. He's very much into bathroom humor at the moment and this was a fitting costume.


We actually remembered to buy pumpkins and carved them before Halloween for a change. I let them use the tiny saws and carve them all by themselves, they did great!

Yep, a poop emoji. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Underground

My parents and the kids and I went on a road trip yesterday to visit a salt mine. It's still a working mine but the sections that are open to the public are already mined. The salt mine is 660 feet below ground and you take a elevator down. I had read the reviews online and they were glowing so we were excited to see it.


We watched a short video to prepare us for the trip down and then were fitted with hard hats. They were fashionable.



The elevator ride down takes 90 seconds and is pitch black. It made me a bit anxious but it's over with quickly and then you are down in a large open area of the mine. We were free to explore at our own pace and there were several exhibits positioned around.





The ticket price included admission to the mine, the dark ride and train ride. The dark ride was my favorite and it was a tram ride that takes you all over the unused portions of the mine. At one point they turn off all lights and we sit in darkness to truly experience how dark and quiet it was. The only sound you hear is that of the fan that pumps oxygen down into the mine. It's a little unnerving. The highlight of the ride was they stop at a pile of loose salt and let everyone take a chunk home. The kids loved that.






What a fun experience! The kids really enjoyed it, more so than I thought they would.

Friday, October 27, 2017

This and that....

The fall parade was last weekend and the kids just love going. Every year it seems to get longer and longer which just means more candy. It was a nice warm day and lots of people came out, it was nice. There is always a craft fair set up afterwards and we like to go support the local artists and buy their goods. We walked away with several knit hats for winter and some cute Christmas decorations. It was a great day.




When Sean's brother came to visit two months ago they brought some avocados for tacos we ate one night. We aren't avocado people (they make my tummy hurt) but have always been intrigued by growing the pits into trees. So Becca put toothpicks  into them and suspended them over a jar of water. About a month later one had sprouted roots and was transplanted into a pot. I'm anxious to see what will come of our little avocado tree.


Little bean has made herself right at home. We've had her for about a month and a half and she's doing great. She and Winston just adore each other and sleep like this often.


Our schnauzer house guest has gone home after living with us for 6 weeks. It's just not the same around here without Dieter but I think he's quite happy to go home to his quiet retirement home.


A couple of weeks ago Wesley had a birthday party to go to so Sean, Greta and I went to the local park to get a nice walk in. My church is doing a "Walk to Bethlehem" where we all walk and add up the miles to do a virtual walk to Bethlehem before Christmas. It's about 6200 miles so every little bit helps. It's been a fun motivation to get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather.





Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Jump!

Both kids are in the local elementary school and each year they bring home some sort of fundraiser for the Parent Teach Organization. This usually consists of cookie dough, pies and or little trinkets to buy. They are always overpriced and the school gets a small percentage of the sale. But for the past two years they have been trying out something new. Instead of buying stuff they just ask for a flat donation where 100% of the money goes to the PTO. Then after everything is collected there is a fun run and carnival night where the kids get to go have fun. It's been really fun for the kids the past two years and it brings in a lot more money for the school (about 3 times more than the traditional fundraiser). They have different tiers of donations and if you donate the highest tier the school takes those kids to the local trampoline park. We didn't donate that amount last year and pretty much half the school left for the day. I promised the kids we would let them go this year since it's Wesley's last year in the elementary school. I decided to tag along since I've never been there.

It was a ton of fun! Trampolines everywhere, foam pits that you can jump into, obstacle courses and trapezes. We jumped and jumped and jumped and I could hardly move the next day. In all there were 150 kids there and it was memorable. I'm happy we went and I told Greta I'll go with her again next year.






Monday, October 23, 2017

Friday Off

October is always a month of Friday's off for the kids. I'm not sure why but three of the four Friday's are no school. It's fun and we try and go do things together on that day off. Last Friday I took the kids into town to have lunch with Sean and then a nice walk. Wesley's teacher is doing a unit on Japan and brought in some Japanese candy and soda for the kids to try. He enjoyed them a lot so we went into the same store to buy some. We couldn't resist all the Day of the Dead merchandise they had displayed and had the kids model some rather strange sunglasses.






Because every kid needs a yard of bubblegum.

Friday's are my usual grocery shopping days and as much as I love my kids I need to shop by myself (it's a lot of "Mom we need these! or Mom you never buy us candy!). Let's just say it's exhausting. So my friend Jessica and I teamed up and she watched the kids while I shopped and then I watched the kids while she shopped. It worked and the kids got five hours of play time with their buddies.



Saturday, October 21, 2017

Rocket Launch

The fifth grade did a rocket project and built their own rockets. Then last week they each launched their rocket. I reminds me of when I was a kid in 4H and built rockets that were launched. It was fun to watch!