Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cheap Fun!
The kids (all three!) and the parents (and a grandparent, to boot!) have all enjoyed building creations with this set from Cranium.  It's a lot like giant Tinker Toys made of plastic, foam, and magnets.  And, for only $2 at a garage sale, it's been a heaping helping of cheap fun!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

First Day of First Grade
Time has flown by much quicker than I could have ever imagined.  Wasn't he just three a few months ago?  Wasn't kindergarten just over?  No?  Are you sure?  This six-year-old first grader stuff snuck up on me!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Texas County Free Fair 2010

Hunter and I both entered the fair this year.  Hunter had eleven entries, and I had two.  Hunter got nine ribbons, and I got two.  He was thrilled with the results!
Hunter and ALL of his ribbons and entries!

Decorated t-shirt--2nd place

Painted Butterfly--2nd place
Lego Helicopter--2nd place
Lego Dog--3rd place

Lego Service Station--3rd place
Lego Car--3rd place
Lego Truck--2nd place

Black-eyed Susan Flower--1st place
Carrots with tops--1st place

What  a great job, Hunter!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Going back to work tomorrow after almost three years as a stay-at-home mom.  I have mixed feelings about all of it, but I'm going to give it my best effort!  Wish me luck.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Using the idea from this post of beanie hats from a tutorial at The Rubber Punkin, I made these cute beanie hats (and the purses, too) using old t-shirts (and some I bought cheap at the thrift store).

They will be sold at the Country Store during the Texas County Free Fair at the OHCE area.  I also made some more ribbon tag blankets from this tutorial.

Everything turned out cute and was well-received by the other members at extension group tonight.  The fair starts August 12th!

Sunday, August 01, 2010


Was it a pea?
Was it a green bean?

Maybe a kernel of corn?

A noodle perhaps?

Or even a Yogo?

There are some questions without answers, and these are a few examples.  My daughter (she's two, almost three) has had a smell about her for a couple of weeks.  I kept thinking she was spitting on her hands (not sure why she'd do that) and rubbing the spit on her face.  She smelled like a dirty little kid who hadn't bathed in a few days.  I'd scrub her face and hands to no avail.  She still stunk like old dry spit.  

Flash forward two weeks:  now as I'm leaning over in front of her to help her put on her flip-flops, she smells like sewer water or a dead mouse (whichever is more rank).  I lean in closer and realize it's coming from her nose.  Upon further inspection (performed by her dad with a flashlight) a huge chunk of "goo" was seen lodged in her right nostril about an inch-and-a-half in. 

After a long drive home (we'd been on vacation in New Mexico) and an even longer stint in the local ER, the "goo" (which couldn't be persuaded to come out with suction) was pushed back down her throat and she swallowed it.  I know, I'm gagging as I type.  She was strapped to a papoose board to restrain her (she escaped twice--should have named her Houdini!).  She screamed bloody murder for about 15 minutes straight, got a nosebleed, and had to basically eat something rotten.  Bad day for her.

Now, her nose is smelling (the function, not the odor) again, and she doesn't smell (the odor, not the function).  Please, kids, don't put UFOs (that's unidentified food objects) up your nose ever again!