Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
one of the leaders for the scout program at church wrote to the premier and invited him to come and talk to to the group.
and he said yes.
so last night he came.
boy, you should have heard the talk at our house before hand.
you would have thought he was the president of the world.
the boys were sure he would have a few body guards with big guns, and a limo, or at least a big black SUV,
and I even heard mention of snipers hiding out on top of the Mac's store across the street.
he did have one security guy with him.
Jed got his autograph on a paper, (the premier, and the security dude.)
and Jack had the premier sign a wrist band he has been wearing since he went to Galaxy land before Christmas. now there is no hope of him ever getting that thing off. Cory said he was smiling, until the second the picture was taken.
Ben commented that there was lots of brownies and squares, so it was great.
Monday, January 26, 2009
a quilt- pictured above, that is now quilted.
I followed the zig zagged stripes with my meandering foot- (or whatever the real name for it is) when I should have used a walking foot, so my lines would be straighter.
but I guess it doesn't bother Jack.
he has claimed the quilt as his own.
now I just need to get some binding on it.
and a photographer friend of mine has put in a few requests for some knitted items.
that I don't know how to do, and I can't find patterns for, so I need to make them up.
that is so not my thing.
I am a copier.
a pattern reader.
not a pattern maker.
I did get some pictures printed out for my 365 project.
and I even put them in their slots.
now I just need to do the little blurb.
really, just lots of little things to do.
nothing I can't put off, a bit.
while I sit and complain about all the things I have to do.
and get nothing done!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
tagged to tell you 6 (un)interesting things about me.
1. I usually fall asleep with socks on- because my feet are so cold.
but if I wake up in the night, they are usually too hot, so I pull them off.
2. I love a clean house. but I hate cleaning my house.
3. I don't mind doing laundry. folding is okay. but I hate putting clothes away. ideally, my laundry room will have a spot for me to put everyones clothes, and they will come and get them and put their own stuff away. but I don't think that is going to happen. sadly.
4. I thought it would never happen, but I actually want to run/walk on my treadmill. and the days I don't, I kind of miss it.
today I went on it, and my ipod battery was dead. it was very different trying to run without it. I like the songs to keep me going. the beat, and me thinking, I can just make it to the end of the song. or maybe the verse.
5. Things I make are usually way cuter in my mind then they turn out in reality.
6. I am heading to Value Village and Goodwill tomorrow, and I can hardly wait!
now I tag:
and anyone else who wants to come up with 6 (un)interesting things about themselves and share it with the blog world!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
how a house can be lived in for 30+ years, and no one develop the basement for more living space is beyond me.
but I guess most people don't have 5 kids.
but still. a rec room or something? I don't get it.
so, anyways, we lasted about 2 years, then Cory got to work.
now, the basement has been mostly done for many months.
but the rooms were still lacking doors.
well- looky here- yep, Cory putting in a door. yay!
Three are in now.
three to go.
and if you need doors installed in your house-
don't ask Cory.
because he won't do it.
he says it is more of a pain than he thought it would be.
just so you know.
Monday, January 19, 2009
well, I have done that a few times before-
but one that is not straight knitting.
see, this one had some purling thrown in.
fun. I thought I would try it out with some yarn that got given to me.
just regular acrylic yarn.
but I think it would be a great hat made with some fancy soft stuff. yesterday I almost forgot to take a picture. (for the 365 thing)
so before I went to bed I took a picture of the seeds left at the bottom of an empty popcorn bucket.
that is typical sunday night fare.
and I finally figured out something that will change my life.
okay- in a small way, but a great way-
I signed up to follow all the blogs that I read,
so when I sign into blogger, it will tell me which of those blogs has been updated, so I don't have to spend forever going to all the blogs only to find they are not updated.
most of you blog readers are probably in the know about this feature,
but for me, this is great news!
now I will waste way less time on the computer.
and I can spend more time cleaning.
maybe this is not such a good thing!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
the 365 bandwagon.
seems like such a big thing this year.
that might have to do with Becky Higgins.
anything that girl touches is gold.
so, I am doing it,
but not the Becky Higgins way.
the Kristi- cheapo way.
and this is how I am doing it.
I went to Walmart, and bought a lovely album-
one of the least cheesy ones I could find.
the cover isn't bad- I don't know if I will do anything to it or leave it as is, but I won't worry about that just yet.
so, this was the first week of January. there were only three days in it , which worked out perfect for my four pictures a page book!
then , the eight pictures on the next two pages work out great for seven pictures and one description of what the pictures are.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
8. so, while we are on the topic of Ben's quilt- I went in his room the other day, and he has this quilt on top of his mattress, like a sheet, and is sleeping on it. what? that will not do. he said he couldn't find a sheet. don't bother asking! I should go and fix that soon, while it is on my mind. find that poor boy a sheet, so he can stop using the quilt I slaved on to sleep on , not under. stinker.
9.Well, I sent all the kids to school with their lunches today, so I think Maggie and I will head out to the big city. does anyone know if old navy and children's place are having their big winter clear out sales yet? you will let me know if you know, right?
10. but first, I guess I have to get dressed.
11- so I didn't have to get up for seminary today- yay! it is the other teacher's turn- but I woke up just after five anyways. yuck. but I did get back to sleep, then my alarm didn't go off, so I got the kids up a bit late today. but I think they all made it to school on time, so all is well.
12. I remember at the beginning of December I wanted snow. well, I take that all back now. can the snow stop? please? I don't want to shovel it, or drive in it anymore. once again, they say it is supposed to warm up this weekend, but I do recall they said it would warm up just a few days ago, and it never happened, so I am not holding my breath.
13. well, Maggie just came to me with Sadie's DS and said that Sadie said she could play with it when Sadie is at school, but she has no clue how to do anything, and neither do I. could be fun.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I told him that is all I would do today and we shall see what comes of it.
I was thinking of utter chaos.
but then I thought about it.
the laundry is pretty caught up- so the kids all have clean clothes
I just went grocery shopping.- so we have lots of food
I just cleaned the bathrooms- so they aren't too nasty.
And he said he would cook perogies for supper.
so, one day of me not doing anything would not prove a thing to those sassy kids.
maybe I should do it just because.
Monday, January 12, 2009
well- it was warmer.
now it is colder.
tomorrow is supposed to be warmer,
after a bunch of snow tonight.
I think I will stay bundled up at home for a while.
oh, except for my excursion at 6 am to the church.
(only for 2 more mornings, then we are taking a week- or maybe 2 off for high school exams- thank goodness!)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
they were planning on going skating at a park in the city on Saturday,
and we were invited to come along if we wanted.
well, it was still pretty cold when she asked, and I was thinking-
not if it is this cold still!
but, lucky for us,
today was beautifully warm.
-well, for this time of year, and this location anyways!
Ben had a basketball tournament this weekend-
he plays on his junior high school team,
and Cory is an assistant coach- of sorts- for the team,
so they were busy with that,
so the other kids and I headed out.
we got skates tied up, and bundled up, then headed out on the ice.
I lasted about 5 minutes, then my feet were in such incredible pain,
I could hardly make it back to the shelter to get my boots back on.
Maggie alternated between trying to skate and riding along in the sled.
Jed lasted a bit longer than I did-
probably about an hour, and Sadie and Jack practically had to be dragged off the ice after about 3 hours!
Cory's brother had rented some snowshoes, so Jed got to try those out for a little while.
it was a great day for skating.
I just have to remember to never take those skates again.
(I think we have 2 pairs about the same size, and I must have grabbed the wrong ones. )
Friday, January 09, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
3. this was my picture I took yesterday.
4. and this picture was taken on Tuesday.
my three youngest were sledding in the backyard on the pile of snow that was made from shovelling the driveway.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
some cute pixie hats.
I got the pattern from Kyla.
she is the sister to a girl in my ward. I babysit her kids after school, until she gets home from work, and one day her daughter had this super cute hat.
so I emailed Kyla to see where she got the pattern, and the rest is history.
(whatever did we do before internet, and blogs, and email?
how did we find patterns, or ideas?)
now I have had a request to knit a cocoon.
yes a cocoon.
a funny , longish hat that a fabulous photographer would put an adorable little baby in to take gorgeous photos.
we'll see what I can come up with!
in my head, it is wonderful, but what actually comes out of all my great ideas, is not always as I picture it.
I hope to get going on it tomorrow,
but tomorrow something new is starting.
I will let you know about it then!
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
our van spent the night at the oil change place,
they called the next day,
and Cory went and got the low down.
they said they drained a bucket full of oil out of the van.
that is what they said.
and they changed the battery,
and it is running.
Cory would like to believe them.
but is finding it hard.
since he called a mechanic friend of ours, and told him the whole story,
and the mechanic friend of ours said it sounded to him like the van had no oil in it.
and as a mechanic, he has delt with that exact problem from that exact place in the past.
I see Cory doing his own oil changes in the future.
but I have a van, and it is running.
and I am still planning on learning how do drive a standard.
in case anything comes up in the future.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
He picked up two boys from their friends house,
then proceeded to take my van for an oil change.
Wasn't that nice?
Then he went to fill it up with gas.
then on his way home, the van died.
yes, it died.
it ends up, the oil change guys didn't put any oil back into the van.
so, my van might need a whole new engine- or is it a motor?
(I don't know much about it all.)
and I am going to add to my list of things to do this year-
learn to drive a standard.
because now that our van is out of comission,
all we have is Cory's standard-
that I don't know how to drive.
Friday, January 02, 2009
I will get more things done, instead of just started.
I will make more quilts.
(not that I need more, I just want to)
I will sell more stuff on Etsy.
I will clean my house more
-or at least try to keep it cleaner.
I will eat less.
I will run on my treadmill more.
and maybe even outside- if it ever warms up.
and maybe run a race?- maybe.
I will learn some more about photography,
and I will learn how to do more on photoshop!
I will read more, and watch tv less-
(Cory just moved the tv out of our bedroom today,
so that should help a bit)
I am going to attempt to do a 365 album with a picture from every day this year. I think that would be so fun to look back on in the future.
how to keep that organized, I am not sure, but I will try it out.
and I will add a cute little elf girl picture to my post-
Happy New Year!