Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Tonight Sierra said to me, "I'm Madonna.  Look into my eyes."  When I did she told me I would turn into stone.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Words of Wisdom

Sierra's teacher makes a book for the parents for a Christmas present every year.  The book is called "Words of Wisdom," and is a book of idioms -with a little twist.  Thought I would share life's lessons through the eyes of first graders.

A penny saved is... a doll.
You wear your your body.
You can lead a horse to water will run away.
You scratch my back and... you scratch baby's back.
Can't see the forest...because there's a secret force field.
I can have my cake and...share it with my brother.
The squeaky wheel gets...squeakier.
A watched pot never...burns up food.
Better late go to bed.
It's bark is worse than... a baby's scream.
Don't bite the hand that... is a person's hand.
Don't put all your eggs in... a fish bowl.
Beggars can't be...good.
You can't judge a book...cause it can't do anything.
As you make your bed so shall you...get dressed.
Up a creek without a...lake of water.
A rolling stone gathers...what I can't.
When the cat's away...they run.
A picture is worth... 25 cents.
Don't make a mountain out of...books.
The bigger they are...the smarter they get.
A stitch in quick.
All that glitters...makes it sparkle.
A bird in the hand...said "cheep cheep."  It meant hello hello.
Don't cry over...the couch.  Please don't cry!
Out of the frying pan...came a talking waffle.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Keeping Warm

 It has been cold in the mornings lately.  The other day our elf Rintue, overheard the girls saying how their hands and ears were so cold they tingled while they waited for the bus.  Rintue usually leaves pennies or little candies in their slippers when they are good, but the next morning they found hats and gloves on their slippers instead.  They were pretty excited. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Reanne and Sierra sat down and wrote some stories the other day.  This is the story Reanne wrote.

The Three Little Lion Cubs and the Hyena

Once there were three little lion cubs.  They lived in the woods.  One night their mom left for food.  Hyenas came so the first one went and built it's house out of brick so they circled the other two.  So the second made it's house out of metal so they went to the last.  Then she built her house out of gold.

Then the hyenas got hungry and lonely, so the three lions got in the third lion's home.  "Here.  You can take our old ones," they said.  "We can all live together."  "Thank you," said the hyenas, "but what about our food?"  "Oh don't worry.  We found wild, raw, dead lion cubs, but not us," said one lion.  And the neighbors lived happily ever after.

While Reanne wrote her lion story, Sierra wrote this:

Two Unicorns Fall In Love

Once there were two unicorns.  One day they knew they were falling in love.  Then one unicorn saw a cat and started to chase it.

(We are all curious at our house to know what is going to happen next.)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


We made a long trip out to see Jess's brother get married.  Our 24 hour road trip was done in one stretch.  (Actually it wouldn't have taken that long if we hadn't blown a tire.)  Anyway, we got to his parents house in Iowa Friday night.  We left Saturday early afternoon and traveled 3 1/2 hours to Chicago for the wedding and then came back that night.  After Saturday we both swore we weren't getting back in the car until the end of our trip and we left to go home.  But, the next day Jess showed me all his childhood memories around town.

Then, today we drove into Wisconsin to buy cheese.  That sounds far doesn't it?  It was a 20 minute drive and we got some wonderful freshly made cheese.  Did you know they make chocolate cheese?  We almost bought some but decided on the smokey cheddar instead...along with some fresh cheese sticks and some cheese curds.  Fresh cheese sticks are the bomb.  They aren't dry at all like the ones from Walmart.

We also passed by the coolest shrine ever in the city of Dickyville.  It is called the Grotto and we just had to stop and take a few pictures.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sierra's 6th Birthday Party

 Sierra wanted to have a Princess Tea Party for her birthday party.  She wanted to invite all the girls in her class, a few neighbors, and her cousins.  I planned on 12 girls being there (including my girls.)  I spent a lot of time preparing things that each girl would take home at the end of the party start out the party two of the girls came early.  Not just a few minutes early, but 25 minutes early!  And one of the girls was a sister, so not technically invited.  Who does that?  Another girl came and didn't realize it was a birthday party.  I guess I didn't specifically say that it was a birthday party on the invitation so that was my fault.  But wouldn't you bring one just in case it wasn't just a party just for the fun of it?  Then another girl came with her sister.  There were a lot of girls.  It was really loud in my small house.

First the girls got their nails done and some makeup.  While they were waiting their turn they played some princess games.  Painting  nails took longer than I thought so Jess had the girls tell princess stories until we finished.  They were all fascinated with their made up stories.  It was kind of cute.  So the big game -the princess scavenger hunt- was next, but I had too many girls come (because of all the siblings who showed up.)  I didn't have enough princess items anymore so I had to ask Reanne to be the princess who didn't get a tiara, a magic wand or a necklace.  That didn't go over well.

For the rest of the party Reanne pretty much was in tears.  I had to send her out of the house because it got so bad.  She came back in time to see Sierra open her presents.  With every present she cried harder.  It was awful.  Then Grant started crying.  I was trying really hard to not cry myself.

By the time the party was over I had a huge headache and I was mad at most of my kids.  I swear I am going to give up trying to do fun things for my kids.  I am letting everyone know now that next year I am not holding any friend parties.

50's Day

The kids just passed the 50th day of school.  In Sierra's class they had a whole 50's day to celebrate.  She got to dress up, they made root beer floats and all reading, writing and math activities were based around that decade.  How fun is that?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hike with Grandma

Last weekend we went on a walk with Grandma.  It is a walk she takes every morning and she wanted us to see the leaves.  We had actually attempted the walk previously but before we went up a paved road and only made it half way up.  This time we drove to the top of the road and then my mom showed us the dirt path off to the side.  It was gorgeous.  The leaves were everywhere.  The kids enjoyed it, all except for Reanne who ended up having the flu and we didn't know it.  Sorry Reanne.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Last year I found this dragon costume for Grant in an after Halloween sale.  I thought it would be fun if the girls were princesses to match.  This was a perfect idea for Sierra but Reanne took some convincing.  She wanted to be a Power Ranger.  I let her be a storm trooper last year and I really wanted her to be something girly.  She finally consented to being the princess she thinks is a tomboy: Rapunzel.  Sierra said she would be princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.  

Here is Rapunzel (in a not so Rapunzel dress) but complete with frying pan and chameleon.  Of course Reanne realized that the colors and pattern of her dress were wrong, but I'm just not that talented to make up a dress without a pattern.

Here is Sierra (in her not so Tiana costume.)  She also realized the dress wasn't exact, but unlike Reanne, didn't complain about it too much.  Reanne's costume was so hard to sew because the fabric was really thick.  By the time I was done I bought all new material for Sierra's costume, not wanting to repeat the torture of the first costume.  I didn't realize that her material would snag on my dry hands and fray by just looking at it.  Oh well.  I was still really happy with how they turned out in the end.
I actually caught a picture of Reanne twirling her dress -and liking it. I know there is girl in her deep inside.    Sometimes I just have to force it out of her.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Dinner

We shared our Halloween dinner this year with Grandma, Grandpa and Aunt Tracy and made it a combined effort.  My kids really do love this tradition, so even though I threatened that this might be our last Halloween dinner, I'm already thinking about new things we could do for next year.  Here was our extensive menu tonight:  For an appetizer, pumpkin puke and decaying salad.

For our main course, goblin toes, mummies, spider eggs and roasted roaches.

For our drink, we had witches brew.
For desert, we had Frankenstein jello, and tombstone cupcakes.

And I have to say, the presentation was fabulous.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Walmart gave me a coupon for their photo studio so we went ahead and tried them out.  I actually have a couple great photographers in the family, but this was convenient and pretty cheap.  I really wasn't expecting much but ended up liking a couple of the photos they took.  (The originals are a lot less fuzzy.)

 This is my favorite.  I have a big one on the wall and every time I pass it I smile.
 Reanne's 3rd grade school picture
 Sierra's 1st grade school picture.
There is something about seeing my children's cute smiles immortalized in a picture that brings me a little bit of happiness.  In my house, there is so much drama and so many sad and angry faces shown throughout the day that mounting some smiles on the wall evens the score a little bit.   

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Pumpkin Patch

Our pumpkin patch has gotten cooler.We went to pick out some pumpkins, but we ended up staying and playing for about an hour and a half. 

 They added some animals for the kids to pet and feed.  I can tell that they borrowed animals from the farm near our house because they had a kangaroo.  How many people own a kangaroo?

One of my kid's favorite things they added to the patch was the corn box.  It's like a sand box except for filled with corn kernels instead of sand.  They must have played in that for a good 30 minutes!

And of course the hay mazes.  It was short but sweet...perfect to walk through or climb on.  All of this for the price of 3 pumpkins.  Pretty good.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I have been working like mad on the girls' Halloween costumes for the last two weeks so they will be done by a Halloween party on Saturday.  I have been pretty much ignoring everything else important that I usually do.  Yesterday Grant told me, "Mom, we need food.  You need to go to Walmart."  You know it's bad when your 3 year old tells you to go grocery shopping!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Paper Dolls

Every day Reanne has come home from school and quickly occupied herself in her room until we make her come out and do homework or come to dinner.  Yesterday I asked her what she has been doing and she told me she was making paper dolls.  When she showed them to me I was amazed a little stunned at not only how cute they were but how many she had made.  Here are some of them.
 Phineas and Ferb Dolls
 Car (the movie) Dolls

 Thomas the Train Dolls
Tangled Dolls
 Backyardagan Dolls
 Power Ranger Dolls (the people before and after they morph.)
 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Dolls
Wild Kratts Dolls
 Star Wars Dolls
 Narnia Dolls
 Nanny McPhee Dolls
The Wonder Pets Dolls