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Archive for April, 2008


This was at Saturday’s game. Kitty Kats vs. Sassy Cats. The Kitty Kats played so well that day and we’re so proud of them! Little A. no longer seemed afraid of getting knocked down by the other team and actually ran up to the ball several times and kicked it! C. didn’t cry or throw a fit when it was her turn to play, and actually wanted to play! L. did really well staying on the field and not running over to mom to give her a hug! She did a few times, but went right back to play. And U., although getting there late, kicked the ball towards the correct goal! And then there’s Sara. She kinda backed off the game or two before this one, but Saturday she was back to her old self again and got right in there to get the ball away from the other team. And, best of all, I was finally able to capture a good series of pictures of her scoring a goal! I think she scored 3 or 4 at this game. Go Kitty Kats!!

More Purple

A New Evil

Melissa has been talking about a Nintendo DS for months now, and was saving up her money. It was very slow going, because she just can’t manage to get her chores done on time, even though she has the whole week do do them. And, if the chores don’t get done on time, she doesn’t get paid.

On Friday, and nice little bonus tax refund was deposited into our account, and Greg suggested using part of it to get the girls each a Nintendo DS and a game. We kept it a surprise and took them to Best Buy yesterday morning… which Melissa was sooo happy about, because she loves Best Buy about as much as Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Fry’s Electronics.  So we get there and I tell her that she could go look at the DS’s and see what kind of games they had, and she was a little happier about being there. After they browsed through the games for a while, Greg asked if they picked one out yet, and told them to pick a game and a DS. Melissa was in total disbelief but didn’t waste any time grabbing what she wanted.

At home, Greg got the Nintendos all set up and plugged in to charge the batteries, and after Melissa got her chores done, they both got to play. Unfortunately Sara’s has to be returned because the touch screen stopped working. Don’t know what happened…. it worked for a while, and then Greg tried to play with the settings, and you couldn’t do anything on it anymore.

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What May I Serve You for Dinner Tonight?

These vegetable soups are reserved especially for Melissa. As punishment. Why, you wonder? Because she hates taking showers and will do anything and everything to avoid them. But, she knows mom and dad won’t let her get away with that, so she waits until 5:30 pm (which is dinner time in this house) to get in the shower… taking  f o r e v e r  to a) get into the shower, b) take a shower, and c) get dressed, hair brushed, etc. Which, of course leads to her not eating dinner with the rest of us and her dinner getting cold.

Sooo…. new rules for Miss I-don’t-wanna-take-a-shower: 1) No more having to be reminded to take a shower and 2) Don’t wait until it’s dinner time. You ignore one or both of these rules and you get vegetable soup for dinner.

I thought that she hated vegetable soup even more than showers, but out of the three cans that I bought, there is now only one can left. She only ate part of the other two cans, though. Sat at the dinner table until it was time to get ready for bed.


New From Mastercard

Production cost of the movie “The Water Horse”: about $10 million.

Cost of the DVD after coupon and Best Buy Rewards certificate: $6.99

The look on your daughter’s face when she opens the DVD on her birthday: priceless!

For everything else there’s Mastercard.

She was so surprised to get that movie, that she whipped it around so fast to show sissy, that I was lucky to catch just a small corner of it.


My new computer came on Monday, and Greg was sweet enough to hook it up for me on Tuesday. Been working to get everything back on there that I had on the old one. I’m getting there, but I’m still not done. But, I’m pretty sure I got everything OFF the old computer that I needed to copy to the new one. Too late now, if I forgot something, because Greg destroyed it yesterday and put it in the trash.

Rest in peace, you dusty old thing.


The Cake – Chocolate Truffle

The Presents

From mommy & daddy: a doll (her name is Lily), Polly Pockets, colored pencils, erasers, matchbox car, “The Water Horse” DVD.

From Melissa: crocheted purse and a pencil with a crocheted flower. From Aunt D., Uncle B. & cousin D.: 2-piece outfit and $20. From Aunt T.: $25


♥♥♥ Happy Birthday, Sara! ♥♥♥



Wind Beneath My Wings

Melissa’s butterfly kite.


That’s what Sara named her fairy kite. I don’t know how she came up with it, and when she says it, it sounds more like Lousiana.

What Am I?

Anyone want to make a guess?


I don’t know what these little flowers are, but I found some in my front yard, and another bunch in my back yard. I should have picked them all and put them in a small vase, because last time Greg mowed the grass, he mowed the flowers, too. I’m glad that I at least got the pictures in time.

Things I Love – part 8

Snuggling on the couch with my honey, watching TV.

These are “Diddls”. They’re very popular in Germany and some other European countries. I’m starting to see them pop up here in the U.S., too. Tons of Diddl products available, like stationary, pencils, pens, erasers, greeting cards, post cards, folders, playing cards, plush, collectible figurines (see picture above – they are really small), wallets, key chains, bookmarks, jewelry, etc.

If I should disappear…

… then it’s probably because my computer died. It’s been making this weird noise and it’s starting to scare me. It used to be really loud when I first turned it on, until Greg blew all the dust out. It sounded better, but it’s still making a strange noise every few minutes. Sounds like a tired race car. Greg seems to think that it could be either the power supply, the fan, or both. So after trying to decide whether to fix or replace, he ordered a new computer for me yesterday but the website froze during processing and we don’t know if the order actually went through. He called, and they weren’t able to find the order, and told him to give it 24 hours to see if he gets a confirmation e-mail. Hopefully it went through, because that’s one day sooner that I’ll have the new ‘puter. In the meantime, PLEASE all keep your fingers crossed that this one will make it until the new one arrives!

Mopey, Dopey and Fountain Girl

I heard about this new shopping center recently and talked Greg into checking it out last Sunday. It’s right at the lake, and they have fountains, a lighthouse, even a small stage. Mostly we just walked around the fountains and and along the lake, and didn’t really check out the stores that were there. We did walk into the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and came out with a box of chocolates. They’re pretty good (but pricey!!), and not nearly as good as Godiva. They had some caramel apples, too, and Melissa really wanted one. Greg didn’t buy her one because a) we would have had to get Sara one, too, and I know she would have taken a few bites and be “stuffed”, and b) $5 a piece seemed a little expensive for a caramel apple. Melissa got mad, and was following way behind us on the way back to the fountain, dragging her feet and crying!!

So here’s Mopey…

… and Dopey (hiding from the camera… had to stick his head in his shirt after the kids took his hat away)

And of course Fountain Girl. I’m surprised she didn’t fall/jump in!

In The Center


Thought I’d post a couple of bonus videos today. Little Sara in action!

Here she is, about a month before her 2. Birthday, playing soccer with her “neenee ball” (Finding Nemo ball)

And this was taken about two weeks after she turned 2, at one of Melissa’s practices.

I need to remember to bring my p&s and take some recent videos…


Never a shortage of those in my yard!

Wrong Lens!

This was taken on the same day as the soccer pictures (see yesterday’s blog entry). I planned on using my 60mm (macro) lens for those, but realized in the car, on the way to the soccer fields, that I still had the kit lens on the camera! Greg was willing to turn around and go back home so I could switch lenses, but I told him no, this one would work. I never expected to find this cute little bug crawling on Melissa’s shirt…

Wallets, Trader Cards and Buttons

Why pay more for out of focus “say cheese” pictures when you don’t have to?!!

As requested here are the final pictures that I took of the girls last Sunday.  I used two different images for each. One for the buttons, and one for the wallets and trader cards. I knew what I wanted to order, so I planned ahead and zoomed in more for the wallets, and took a full-length one to use for the buttons, because that would give me plenty of extra space to allow for the wrapping. I’m very happy with the way they turned out.

The trader cards are not press printed, they are actual (double-sided) photographs, and on the back are the stats listed. Their first and last names are in the bottom front corner but I covered up the last names with the buttons.

Please excuse the glare/reflection.