Thursday, March 26, 2009
I do want to mention that the Missy took her Easter Bunny pictures today.. I can't wait for them to come back even though it means I will have to fork over more money than I would normally think is reasonable for prints... But frugality goes out the door when you weigh the pros of this particular situation. I mean they bring the bunny to her school.. In turn, I am spared the afternoon at the mall standing in a line full of terrified and tired kids who want nothing to do with a 6ft tall bunny in a fake garden set up.. Who do I make the check out too? Back to the regularly scheduled program... She was dressed in a lovely "lello" dress that just makes me smile from the inside out.. Since my blog is new you don't know how much the color yellow fits my Missy to a tee.. she is happiness. It's what she would be if she were a color.. except she will tell you she is pink... This dress has an embroidered lace like edge in a cream color giving it a real charm. It's a pastel yellow with prints of tiny airy flowers... She even let me put her hair in half pony tails and wanted some ribbon hair do-dads.. yes, that is the highly technical name...She was adamant that she only wanted to wear the dress for the picture with the Bunny and needed a change of clothing.. When I picked her up you would have never known that I spent more than 10 mins brushing and gelling her hair and ensuring that the yellow ribbons were set correctly on her head. Instead my flower child was sitting on the artificial turf playing patty cake with her girl friends in comfy khakis, a bright pink tank, an old sweatshirt and her waist long locks were free flowing as she moved with her clapping.. She is my sunshine....
I am so tired and finally resting.. Its 10:30 and I am finally sitting down to get inspired and reenergized. Ace of Cakes is on and I can smell the sugar from here.. I haven't baked in a couple of weeks.. I have been waiting for a free weekend afternoon to try something new.... Smitten Kitten posted a pound cake recipe that looked unbelievable.. I wanted to lick my screen it was so tempting.. Her pictures are stunning.. Then there are all the Bakerella tempatations that look easy and yummy... What will I bake?
Deanna and I should be able to get some sewing in this weekend.. So many projects to finish...So many more to get excited about.. Look at this Fabric Egg tutorial on Reto mama.. Super Cute. I have been eyeing the same cake stand at Target.. I really want it.. I like the 3 tiered baskets in the same wire..In fact, I just bought a chicken wire sqare basket for the island that I believe is the black version of these and would coordinate for a brunch setting perfectly.. Did I just rationalize spending? Yup.. think so..
Speaking of brunch.. Easter is so close.. I need to decide what to do for Easter. Where will we go, what shall we eat.. How should we celebrate not only the commercial Easter but the important Easter vigil... It's a time of renewal and I know I am praying for the strength to focus on the positives in my life rather than worrying about the "what ifs" in life which I can not control... I need the peace and serentiy that comes with knowing that it will all get better with time and that this is just another test in our lives... God is good.. we must stay positive...
Maya and I always make real Easter eggs. We dye them the old fashioned way.. There were no fake plastic, pre-stuffed, comericially produced eggs when I was a kid.. It's not fun if it comes already prepackaged.. Its about pouring stinky vinegar in small cups and then watching the color tablets bubble away and turn the vinegar a bright color.. Its about trying to figure out how and where to hide the eggs and then how much egg salad to eat after..Those are the fun memories.. I can still see in my minds eye the picture of Maya 2 years ago.. she was beaming in a blue Shamu t-shirt, braids and a focused face after completing her first dozen eggs dyed.. She presented them like she was a waiter at a fancy restaurant offering a special from the menu..."Would you care for a blue or a pink egg ?" her eyes seem to ask.. I can't wait to see how creative she will be this year. Afterall her name means.. "God's creative force"..
Off to count sheep..
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The weekend was a whirlwind.. It started off at our quilting version of Cheers.. the quilt shop.. Fatquaters in Vista has been our place for admiring fabric, sharing family stories and making friends... If I didnt have the shop and my bimonthly classes, I know I would be laid out on a couch paying $100/hr for theraphy... Moving along.. we have a returning pal... Margie is back! I was so excited to see her. I wanted to know how she had been. I remember how she told me that once I had kids I would surely find my way to a bottle of wine..LOL! I have had some moments but so far my aversion to alchol has not changed... It had been about 5 years since I had seen Margie.... She is still her happy and sweet petite self.. she just got into the groove like she never left.. that is the best part about FQs.. its a haven for us moms... Julie has us working on an adorable and super "easy peasy" flower quilt.. I am sure she has to have it somewhere on Tattered Threads..
Saturday, we visited my family in the Eastlake area.. I am "Gaby" over there. I am me but with a different name.. We had a fabulous lunch at a place called Miguel's.. Queso fundido, chips and sopes.. yum! Maya had a blast playing with my aunt's dog Charlie and even more fun in the jumper at Leslie's birthday party.. She slept 12 hrs straight last night.. Lucky girl..
Today was a long and rewarding day.. Jake and I took to the field for a morning walk. It was cold out..I could smell the rain coming and the wind stung my face.. He raced around looking for rabbits to chase only to loose them in the tall grass... He has an ear infection which makes me cringe.. He is shaking his head so hard that the flapping of his ears is whipping his head and bleeding at the very tips.... its a bit scary.. The vet said its common in floppy eared labs.. who knew? Kathy Mac did that is who.. that wonderful dog lover and co-worker. she is a treasure trove of info for all things canine.. I am hoping it resolves sooner so I don't have to see his sad and sorrowful eyes..
After that is was off to help with soccer planning.. over 500 hundred players and 45 coaches short as of last week.. it was an adventure in patience and creativity.. we will be calling lots of parents.. we need all the help we can get..More on the trials and tribulations of a reluctant soccer coach later. I am coaching, I am on board..if not me then who? we must all do our part..
The Bell family came for a visit.. What a treat.. all of our "Interchangeables" were here. The hubbies camped in front of the tube.. the girls giggled, jumped, chased and made up their faces all before a group bath... Us mom's tried our hardest to stay sane.. We had a great BBQ dinner and excellent company..The girls had a picnic in the middle of the kitchen which helped with clean up.. Deanna and I managed to escape for a couple of hours on a retail therapy session... More than anything we needed the girl time.. we needed to browse with out a kid tugging on us or a husband asking when we could leave and why we need more dishes, towels or dust collectors?.... We needed to fill our heads with potential ideas for the house, projects to be completed and generally esthetically pleasing sights... A house isn't a home until it rises up to meet you and welcomes company in...
Monday, March 16, 2009
Speaking of which..I haven't written my 5 things that I am grateful for.. Going forward this will probably be its own entry but today is as good a day as any to share..
Today I am grateful for....
1) Food on the table.. We ate Mole (pronounced Mo-Leh for those who don't know that the e has an accent) for dinner. It not only fed my hunger it fed my soul. It reminded me of family traditions.. Mole has always been my favorite dish..
2) A happy daughter.. Maya is just a happy girl.. she was all smiles and twirls in her dance class.. It's a treat to watch her through the mirror..To see her engaged, learning and dancing so freely..
3) Technology in its useful forms.. I keep in touch with my mom, brother, friends and family who live near and far.. We are blessed to have access to technology.. Oh yes, and without it, I wouldn't have a career..(not to mention this blog).. Cheers to technology!
4) Another day.. We never know how long we have and I want to remind myself that everyday is a day to say "thank you" and to feel grateful...
5) Quiet.. after this busy work day and evening of activities.. I am truly grateful for the few moments of quiet that I am enjoying right now.. The whole house is quiet..Ahhh...
That's all for now.. I hope you can post your list of 5.. we have so much to be thankful for..
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The week has flown by.. The coughing is almost completely gone. We did not make it to the gym.. must get back on track next week. Speaking of exercise, it looks like I am going to coach soccer for Maya this season. We will have to see how it goes. Wish us all luck..
It's a balmy day today.. I feel like putting on a fire and a movie but I know I should start the laundry and the house work.. that never ending battle of chores.. like hamsters on a wheel no matter how much we clean, make the beds, fold laundry, in a manner of days we will have to do it all over again.. It's an unending cycle.. C'est la vie...
I even have a movie to watch.. The Secret Life of Bees.. I read the book and loved it.. I don't usually like to watch movies after I have read the book, as we all know the movie people tend to change plots and often stray from the book. However, I am intrigued by the actresses that they chose. After all, who can resist Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson? we shall see..
Off I go.. I have clothes to wash and some tea to make..
Monday, March 9, 2009
I am looking forward to my bed... Tonight is usually a gym night but with all of us still coughing to some degree we opted out.. I ran a quick errand after dinner.. I needed my "Hope in a Jar" face cream.. That stuff is great.. or at least I think so.. Once I got home, I jumped straight into my PJ's.
Tonight is family night in front of the Tube.. We watch Jon and Kate Plus 8 (with the rest of America).. We love that show.. Maya loves that show and will stop in her tracks just to watch it and sing the catchy intro song.. After that lights out for Missy as she gets a special dispensation on her bed time on Monday's for the show..Only because she knows that if she gripes at all about waking up in the morning, that priviledge is gone. She has done great so far..
On a final note.. did you know that Barbie turned 50 today? yup.. Happy Birthday Barbie. I picked up my collector doll yesterday at my favorite Spot.. Target and yes, I only paid $3.. a steal!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Every blue moon or so my hubby decides he likes sweets.. well today the request was for oatmeal and peanut butter cookies.. so you can imagine how many hours I spent in the kitchen creaming sugar and butter, washing utensils and smelling sugar.. It was nice to have the time to bake and try new recipes.. My neighbors came over for coffee and sweets....I had one small bite of the cake and it was good.. The one great benefit for me about baking is that since I enjoy the aroma so much I don't need to devour the goodies..
I am feeling a little better but I am thinking it maybe a sinus infection.. the pressure in my head is still requiring 3 ibuprofens at a time.. Everywhere I turn someone is sick.. All I can say is disinfectant.. I spent the bulk of yesterday cleaning, washing and disinfecting every nook and cranny of the house. I not only washed all linesns, I sprayed Lysol everywhere. Bleach is our friend.. I hope the bug is out of our house for the rest of the season.. We have had our turn thank you..
Friday, March 6, 2009
Speaking of cupcakes.. On Monday as I was trekking the little Missy to both doctors.. I saw a little sign with "Cheesecake and cupcakes" in bold.. Of course I had to check it out.. How did I not see it before? In between appointments we stopped in..The place is simple and the desserts are center stage and rightly so.. I love the name! Truly Madly Sweetly I did not need to know about buttercream so light and delicious.. Honestly, buttercream is usually not something i want or even think of when it comes to frosting.. I can just pass on most frostings..but this was the frosting to bring back a love for frosting... Deanna and I were plotting how to get away for a cupcake or two.. We shall see..
I am still fighting this bug.. about to take my nightly dose of Tylenol Cold/Flu.. It's all in my head literally.. The sinus pressure is really painful.. hoping that some of it is just due to the weather change..Thankfully I am on the mend and Missy has been better for days but in moments of need, she will throw in a cough or two for sympathy..
Speaking of Missy..she earned her $5 allowance this week. We have been tracking her cleaning on her calendar.. She is doing great.. My little old lady who hangs bags all over the place is a chip off the old block.. She knows that there is a place for everything.. I just have to laugh when I see how adamant she is about where her animals are, where the toys should be and how they should be positioned... there's a girl who knows what she wants.. I can only pray that she will retain that inner strength...
Thursday, March 5, 2009
On a happier note.. today I woke up at 6ish and forced myself to be online and functional for my 7am con call.. the day flew by.. I felt miserable all day but half a box of tea, several tissue boxes, few doses of Tylenol cold/flu and some missing lungs later, I am on the mend..The pain in my chest when I cough feels like bronchitis, but I dare not call a doctor.. I will get past this..
I just spent the past hour sewing.. Tada! its done.. the snapshots quilt top is all put together.. Maya said "Emily will love it" I sure hope so.. I still need to decide on the backing but hoping there is some in the sale corner at the shop..
I also just came across today's bake shop project... Selvage pillow.. are you kidding me?! I always throw those out, no more.. I see pillows in my future.. Check it out here..
Tata for now..
A tired bee
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
For a last minute conncoction it came out great.. the only soup type veggie I had in stock was zucchini.. Chop it up and in it goes.. Missy requested noodles (more on our carb addiction later).. By 6:30 I managed to serve up my on the fly chicken noodle soup. It was garnished with avocado chunks and cilantro ala tortilla soup style.. (Did you know that Ina Garten AKA the Barefoot Contessa has an "aversion" to cilantro? well I declare)... It was so good Martin served himself two bowls and Maya had 3! she even managed to eat and entire triangle of zucchini.. That alone is a HUGE accomplishment. My girl can spot a veggie a mile away.. But a grouchy sickly mom said you will eat that piece of zucchini as you are 5 now and you need your veggies.. Don't ask where that briliant logic came from but she twisted her eyebrows and looked at me in surrender..
So I have to shamelessly plug them so I can get 2 opps at wining a free one.. I want the Madeline..
Sunday, March 1, 2009
However, I am most proud of completing projects.. That among other things was a BIG resolution.. I want to finish projects this year. When Martin revamped my closet I was forced to see the fabric hiding in my closet.. I discovered some beautiful and yet to be finished quilts.. I was in shock and so sad.. It reached a peak when I had to purchase a store bought "quilt".. not a good thing. While the thing is lovely and the colors are refreshing.. it is not a QUILT. It was not pieced and looked over with care.. Anyhow..I am back to my quilting and on a mission... To date I have managed to finished the little Christmas dresden plate and the Valentine wall hanging that my dear sweet and "Stinkin Cute" quilting teacher Julie gifted us.. I also finished a "Home Sweet Home" plate from the local ceramic cafe.. Two years later, its done! I have made significant progress on organizing my pictures however, I have a way to go before I consider that a done project. Maya's 5 year scarpbook is still sitting blank..
My snapshots quilt which as of now is planned for one of my nieces is almost done.. It took forever to get it and its peer Spice Cake cut.. Today I am proud to say I am on row 5 of 5 and should be able to get the blocks done tonight..
Missy is in great spirits but looks like the fever doesn't want to break.. She is back up to 101.5 tonight and has started coughing a bit.. Will have to take her to the doctor tomorrow.. Thank goodness my work calendar looks open enough to make a doctor visit.. I have yet to use a sick day, I seem to be lucky enough to get sick on weekends or vacations! that's for a later date.. I must find out why this fever is persisting.. I was hoping it was viral since everyone, I mean everyone, has had something since Jan.. Just about every neighbor has been sick and some of them are still coughing... As I mentioned before I started the year with the Flu.. She is around kids at school, at dance and everywhere else.. the germs can not be avoided.. so something has got her..
Last but not least, it was another relaxing day.. we literally just stayed home.. the trek to Trader Joe's was the only outing.. the sun was out and we got to enjoy those smoothies out in the backyard with mom.. We are good on our vitamin D..
She woke up this morning in good spirits excited about grandma coming for a visit.. she found a recipe for fruit smoothies in her kids cookbook (a fave from Auntie Katherine) and decided she had to make fruit smoothies with grandma.. So I have to go get some fresh strawberries..missed the farmer's market yesterday..
Planning nothing again for today since we need to be home so Maya can rest..Forced relaxation is great.. we napped yesterday.. I worked on a quilt while Maya cut paper and worked on a little scrapbook.. we took Jake for a walk in the field as the sunset.. what more could we ask for?.. it was a calm and peaceful day..
Today will be filled with more giggles..Maya and grandma Lola are partners in crime..
Sending Sunshine to all..