Monday, April 27, 2009


I was in the bathroom last night and heard my sons outside the door having the following conversation:

Age 9: I'm going to freeze time!
Age 12: No, don't freeze time!
Age 9: Why not?
Age 12: Because Mommy's in the bathroom! And I have to go to the bathroom! If you freeze time, she'll never come out!

I guess with great power comes great responsibility.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

DWTS meets BHB

If you are a Dancing With the Stars fan, or a Ballas Hough Band fan, or both, check this out! It's hilarious!
<a href="" target="_new" title="Exclusive: 'Do You Love Me' by Ballas Hough Band">Video: Exclusive: 'Do You Love Me' by Ballas Hough Band</a>

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Day off

We're in a hotel in Pittsburgh right now. Hubby had his twice yearly committee meeting today, and we came along for fun. This hotel has a pool and will give us a late checkout of 2 p.m., so we can relax and swim and enjoy ourselves while he's doing his meeting thing.

And that's all from here. I'm gonna do some Facebooking.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Freebie resource!

One of my favorite things about the internet is the free stuff. If I added up the value of all the free stuff I've gotten just over the last year, it would be well into the hundreds of dollars. And my absolute favorite thing is when I find wonderful websites that share free stuff every day of the week.

Homeschool Freebie of the Day is one of those sites. They have offered e-books, audio recordings and printables that I have downloaded, used and loved. This weekend, for example, they are giving away a whole package about Paul Revere, celebrating the anniversary of his famous ride. You don't have to be a homeschooler to join their mailing list or download their resources. Just a parent who likes to share great stuff with her kids!

Click here to visit and get your free stuff!

Monday, April 13, 2009


The four year old spent a good part of the day Saturday either playing or watching his brothers play Cars on the Wii. It has several racing games where the characters from the movies run laps around tracks or around Radiator Springs, and it's very cute.

That night, I sat down to brush his teeth. This always takes way longer than in a four year old's opinion it should. After about a minute, he pushed my hand away and said, "Are we on the final lap yet?"

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Now that's a big tv

We have snow this morning! Granted it's not much and it will be gone quickly, but what a nice surprise!

I got my tv back yesterday. Well, what we use for a tv is a projector and an approximately 100 inch screen. The projector (still under warranty) had a problem and was gone for about three weeks being repaired. It's amazing how much more interesting some shows are when they're life-sized. I especially love watching movies on there. It's like our own private theater.

So now that we've got our theater back, what are some good recent movies we might not have seen?

Monday, April 06, 2009

Semi-automatic clothes washing

Picture this: six people's worth of dirty laundry and a broken washer. What to do? Sure you could go to the laundromat, but where's the fun in that? Especially when you have small children and a bath tub.

Since I hadn't done the week's laundry yet when my washer broke down last Sunday, and since I didn't know when the part would come in, I threw a load in the tub with a scoop of detergent, a six year old and a nine year old. They swished the clothes all around and stomped on them a lot. We drained the dirty water (whether it was so dirty from the clothes or the feet I'm not sure) and filled the tub again. Rinse and repeat.

They had so much fun we did a second load. I tell you, I have never seen such disappointment as when the new part came in the mail and the washer got fixed. They were hoping it would never come. I think they would have happily done laundry every day. Now if only I could get them to be that excited about laundry done the regular way!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Well... that's a deep subject

What a fun Sunday we had here. (Notice the extreme sarcasm in that statement)

When we went to bed Saturday night, we had no water. So, bright and early Sunday morning, we set about pulling up our well pump. Yes, the one that's down in a 300+ foot-deep hole. We did this once before, right after we moved in, because the wires going down to the pump were bad. This time, it was the actual pump.

Of course, my hubby is a superman when it comes to doing anything around the house (in fact, that's his ringtone when he calls me - the theme from "Superman"), so he had the whole thing taken care of by 4 p.m. (With lots of help from his brother, who fortuitously happened to still be here when the water stopped and agreed to stick around and help - thanks, Mark!)

Then we had part 2 of our fun Sunday. The washing machine had been in the process of filling when the water stopped, so its valve was sitting open all night and the next day waiting for water. When the water finally came back on, the valve had been sitting open so long it stuck. Next thing we know, water is running out of the washer and all over the floor. Luckily, our 12-year-old saw it and hubby got it stopped before too long.

So now I'm without a washer while we wait for a part to come. And naturally I had only begun to do laundry when this happened. I think I'll save my solution to this for another post. And hopefully the part will be here tomorrow.

Yep, it was a fun Sunday.