Archive for September, 2009

Cat Pee

Ok, no pretty pictures today.  Some days are full of pretty pictures.  Today started out with cat pee.

So picture this if you can.  Dad goes to work early.  I’ve gotta get 3 kids out the door by 8:00 so they can walk to their carpool meeting spot. They decide to sleep through the alarm so this has to happen in about 32 minutes.  Also, dog has to go out to pee, and since she will run away if we are not with her, this has to be done by one of us and a leash.  So we’re racing around as we do, grabbing english muffins before they burn under the broiler (toaster broke long ago – no replacement funds), doing ponytails, signing homework, finding shoes, I know you can picture this.  Then, with 4 minutes to go, Holt remembers she needs to bring her soccer stuff with her for afterschool.  I am finding her a pair of shorts when I come back into the kitchen and she has a scarf tied around her face, a huge green oven mitt on, and in that oven mitt are socks and uniform from sundays game that she has just pulled out of her soccer bag.

And they stink.

I mean, these stink really bad.  But it’s not your normal mildewy uniform smell.  This smells like something different.  Something like… you guessed it! Cat Pee.

Why do her things smell like cat pee? I throw these in the washer, then take a wiff of the bag they were in, along with her cleats and shin guards.  Oh crap.  This is when I realize that I have blocked the litter box with laundry that the dog threw up on last week and I still haven’t taken to a laundromat (quilt is too big to fit in our old machine – who has time to go to a laundromat? how will I ever wash this thing?).  So, naturally, the cat need to pee in the night, well, I guess Holt’s bag of soccer stuff looked just fine to her!

So you realize that I now have about 2 1/2 minutes to get them out the door.  And cat stink doesn’t just wash off.  So, I spray the cleats down with my all purpose cleanser that I make and use on everything (tea tree oil, Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap and water), rinse them under the sink, spray them again, stuff them with newspaper cause they are now wet, wrap the whole drippy mess in more paper, put the bundle in a plastic bag, spray the whole thing with febreeze which I find under the sink from the last time my mother-in-law was here (she loves the stuff) and stick the whole thing into a new canvas bag and shoot her out the door.

Good thing she practices outside.

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A Few Cute Gifts

This week was the big girl’s birthday, so here are just a few cute images …

can she blow out all eleven at once??!! her favorite chocolate cake, with powdered sugar, not frosting!  I made her the little orange and blue tunic with crazy multi colored leggings to go with them.  I've always adored making her special clothes - she's adventurous and surprisingly, is still impressed with my skills!

can she blow out all eleven at once??!! her favorite gluten free chocolate cake, with powdered sugar, not frosting! I made her the little orange and blue tunic with crazy multi colored leggings to go with them. I've always adored making her special clothes - she's adventurous and surprisingly, is still impressed with my skills!

a little stuffed gekko from her BFF that she named "Maxwell Eek the 3rd".  where does she come up with this stuff? the BFF also made the fun tissue paper flower - an activity we LOVE around here.

a little stuffed gekko from her BFF that she named "Maxwell Eek the 3rd". where does she come up with this stuff? the BFF also made the fun tissue paper flower - an activity we LOVE around here.

this sweet little gnome came from her other sleepover friend.  it comes with a little woodland set that you can paint and plant grass all around - she's going to have to hide it from me because I'm so into this kind of little thing.

this sweet little gnome came from her other sleepover friend. it comes with a little woodland set that you can paint and plant grass all around - she's going to have to hide it from me because I'm so into this kind of little thing.

Ok, this wasnt for our girl, but for one of our friends who had her own bday earlier in the week.  the little outfit we made for her american girl doll came out so cute that I had to include it in this birthday gift-a-palooza!

Ok, this wasn't for our girl, but for one of our sweet friends who had her own bday earlier in the week. the little outfit we made for her American Girl doll came out so cute that I had to include it in this birthday gift-a-palooza!

Happy 11th, girly girl!

Perfect

Know what the boy (six years of age) asked me today?

“Mom, if nothing is perfect,

then why do we have that word?”

Does anyone have any thoughts on how to answer this one?

Joe

I have a new obsession.

I have totally geeked out on you tube videos.

Videos of Joe Pilates himself, teaching and demonstrating his work.

I mean, check this video OUT!  Yes, I know it is 10 minutes of silent black and white film of 2 guys exercising in the 1940s,  but this is just too good.

(Ok, rats.  I just realized I have to pay $57 a year to be able to upload videos, and that’s not happening right now, so you’ll have to follow this link, but believe ME – it is worth it.  At least if you love pilates as much as I do.  Or if you have 10 minutes to kill.)

This crazy code below, translated into English, means essentially, “joe teaches reformer”.

First of all, check out the little number he is wearing! Fantastic little shorts.

Around minute 2, Joe starts trying to teach the poor kid how to do the rowing exercise.  He’s not kidding around! The kid is just getting put in his place, get that head down! If you can make it to minute 5ish, Joe tries to teach the same guy (who has NO hamstring flexibility, by the way) how to do the high heeled elephant, and again with the head! It’s serious teaching.

Well, if you are so inclined, surf around and watch some of these.  In all seriousness, some of the videos are just quite beautiful, how the body can move, and what is most amazing to me is that most of these exercises are done exactly the same way today.  I just think that’s amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo4tJrlw91s&NR=1

Do you like this as much as I do? Let me know if I’m boring you, but I’m way way into this and you’ll probably hear more from me on this….

City Market

What an adventure our dolls had on Saturday! We usually go to our local farmers market and we have our favorite booths, but today, the dolls got to come, too.  These dolls were a gift from Gramma and came all the way from Aunt Betsey in St. Thomas.  They are those fantastic dolls that you remember that flip over and have a whole new outfit under their skirts!  Let’s see what they are shopping for this week:

Have you ever heard of Long Island Cheddar squash? Me neither! We roasted it with maplel syrup and butter - amazing!

Have you ever heard of Long Island Cheddar squash? Me neither! We roasted it with maple syrup and butter - amazing!

mmm... greens.  Any ideas on how to get a 6 year old boy to eat these?!

mmm... greens. Any ideas on how to get a 6 year old boy to eat these?!

we bought a loaf of Anadama bread for the wheat eaters.  We loved when our dad made this bread when we were kids because we got to say the word "damn" alot.  Ana"damn"a.  hilarious, huh?

we bought a loaf of Anadama bread for the wheat eaters. We loved when our dad made this bread when we were kids because we got to say the word "damn" alot. Ana"damn"a. hilarious, huh?

These are "feral" pears.  aparently they are more organic than organic pears because they use no sprays at all.  seems to me, they should be free then, right? oh well, support your local farmers anyway.

These are "feral" pears. Apparently they are more organic than organic pears because they use no sprays at all. seems to me, they should be free then, right? oh well, support your local farmers anyway.

getting weighed.

getting weighed.

peeking out of the corn bag.  We get really loaded down by the end of the morning!

peeking out of the corn bag. We get really loaded down by the end of the morning!

such a pretty set up - right in the middle of the city!

such a pretty set up - right in the middle of the city!

home again, home again.  Look at all our loot! This week, my favorite thing is the lemon goat cheese.

home again, home again. Look at all our loot! This week, my favorite thing is the lemon goat cheese.

Thanks to our trusty, handmade, fabulous St. Thomas dollies, we got our shopping done.  The girls have never had such a good time gathering groceries before.  Those little things can make or break an outing.  I didn’t get a good picture of it, but never fear, the boy was part of this, too – he brought his Lego airplane that all the guy farmers loved! Success…..

summer images

Well, it sure has been a long time.  Being away broke my blogging rhythm for sure, but instead of being upset with myself for it, let’s just jump back in and catch up a bit.

I just spent some time going through a bunch of summer photos and there are so many great ones – sunshine, water, dogs, kids, food, family.  I’m nostalgic already.  I’m just going to randomly post some here so you can get a taste:

Jeff made this castle out of bits of shale from the beach - he has patience to spare!

Jeff made this castle out of bits of shale from the beach - he has patience to spare!

side view - keep that puppy on a leash!

side view - keep that puppy on a leash!

this was a crazy fast moving storm on the lake, but look what came after the rain!

this was a crazy fast moving storm on the lake, but look what came after the rain!

Rain storms force the kids inside, but look at the costumes for this dance show! (anyone notice the snorkle mask on Holt in the background?)

Rain storms force the kids inside, but look at the costumes for this dance show! (anyone notice the snorkle mask on Holt in the background?) (oh yeah, and don't forget underwear man up front!)

R for Ruby - gummy bears come in all shapes - and we tried them all...

R for Ruby - gummy bears come in all shapes - and we tried them all...

Worms!

Caterpillars!

Worms!

Worms!

Octopi!

Octopi!

Which dog is the fake?!

Which dog is the fake?!

Ry got this huge fluffy puppy for her birthday!

Ry got this huge fluffy puppy for her birthday!

blackberry peach shortcake - summer on a plate! I'll have to find my baking notes for this shortcake and post it because it came out so yummy!

blackberry peach shortcake - summer on a plate! I'll have to find my baking notes for this shortcake and post it because it came out so yummy!

with lots of fresh whipped cream - how long has it been since you had that?!

with lots of fresh whipped cream - how long has it been since you had that?!

I need to print and frame this sweet photo - windblown on the boat we rented for a day, blue sky, innocence.  Summer.

I need to print and frame this sweet photo - windblown on the boat we rented for a day, blue sky, innocence. Summer.

OK! Back in the blogging saddle!