We found a bike! -in our budget, tall enough, and even new. That deserves a hurray. We found the bike on Craigslist. We met this guy Eddy at a storage unit filled with brand new bikes. He's taking off for Puerto Rico after all the bikes are sold. Hmmmkay. It LOOKED like we were in some alley paying for hot items, but it didn't feel that way. He was actually a nice guy who tuned up the bike for me and told me about a great place to eat while Tessa ran in circles around a fire hydrant. Looks like a family bike ride for Labor Dabor.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
I had the strangest streak of bad luck with crockpot the other day. After the kids and I got back from the library, I thought I'd be all on top of it and get dinner going in the trusty crockpot. As I was getting it out of the cupboard, the glass top fell from my hands and shattered into a bajillion pieces on the floor. I scrambled as quickly as I could to get it cleaned up before the T and H knew anything had happened. I figured I could order another cheap lid to fit online. I just used aluminum foil for the time being. Well, fast forward the day. Jake was home and I went to see if dinner was finished. I didn't even pause. I lifted up the foil and immediately seared my left thumb with steam. O.U.C.H. It's better now, but it actually blistered. Jake went to work being helpful and getting the rest of dinner taken care of while I ran cold water over the burn. He put the ceramic part of the crockpot in the sink after he pulled the food out. I pushed the tap to the other side of the sink...water got into the ceramic bowl, and cccrrrraaaccckkk. Good bye forever, crockpot. The temperatures didn't like each other. Blah. Ah well. At least dinner was good.
Where Kel lacks in milk, I obviously make up for it.
The Laundry Room
or in our case, the laundry cubby
Jake's side vs. Maren's side
My Favorite Shoes
I've already shown you the birthday heels before. Those poor Teva flip flops have just about had it. But, oh, the comfort.
We were in the middle of cleaning, so that explains the shower curtain. I spared you the brown skirt I had on with the gray t-shirt. We had come from a baptism that morning, and I had yet to change out of half my "Sunday clothes".
Favorite Room in the House
I couldn't really think of a favorite room. However, this is definitely the best seat in the house. The perfect reading chair.
What the Kid was Doing as I took the pictures
I was not about to wake her up by trying to take a photo of her sleeping.
And there you go. Call me Good Sport. I tag Adrienne, Ally B., and Jenny J. --AND I don't even feel sorry about it.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
*One of the fun things we did this weekend was have a dinner picnic at Lake Lavon with some friends. It was really nice to get outside to play in the water. Hooray for triple digit death making an exit. I forgot the camera, as usual. This pic was just one of the lake online. Jake took some pictures with his phone camera of Tessa getting muddy and throwing rocks in the water, but we don't have a clue as to how to get phone pics onto the computer. The clay mud was insanely gooey, and Tessa almost lost a shoe to it. But the water felt good and the sunset was beautiful.
*I took the camera out the other day to get a recent picture of Tessa up for the grandparents. She can't have advance notice of the camera. She thinks her face has to be up in it do any good, and she wants to see the result of the picture without having taken any. So there's a bulbous nose for you.*The Reeds gave us a bike they didn't need anymore. This is one happy camper. She can't figure out how to get it going, but she's pleased as peaches to just be on it for now. Thanks so much, Reeds!
Now I need to get a bike. I've been saving up. We've been looking. Turns out nice bike shops aren't the place to look if your budget is as limited as mine. My cheap and practical cruiser is out there. I think the words cheap and practical might show up on my grave. Please don't let that happen. At least make it sound fun....like chinchy and pragmatic. "Here lies that one chinchy and pragmatic lady. Woowee, did she know how to have a good time!"
And I leave you with my chatty baby. She's growing so fast.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
8 things that I am passionate about
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
Books -mainly a great story
Dance (good music always helps)
8 books I've read and enjoyed (Only 8?!) - okay, fiction that made me think...
The Poisonwood Bible -Barbara Kingsolver
The Grapes of Wrath -John Steinbeck
Out of the Dust -Karen Hesse
Milkweed -Jerry Spinelli
Ender's Game -Orson Scott Card
A Tale of Two Cities -Charles Dickens
The Outsiders -S.E. Hinton
Animal Farm -George Orwell
8 words/phrases that I say often
That's probably not a good idea (most recently when Tessa tried to eat eye shadow)
Jake, get your finger out of your nose. (Hee hee. Just kidding ...mostly)
There you go.
Does that make sense?
I don't know
8 things that I want to do before I die
Travel the world!
Go on a mission
Get a master's degree
Learn to play a musical instrument
Write a book
Get a clue
Speak a foreign language
8 Things that I've learned over the past
You can't change anyone else, only yourself
You get out of an experience what you put in
Life is too short to spend it flipping out over stupid things
If you are feeling down, the best way to take care of it is to do something good for someone else.
Honesty is SO the best policy
People don't always remember what you said, but they do remember how you made them feel
I can pretend all I want, but I really don't know anything
Specifics are what get you to a goal -not generalities.
8 places I want to see
My dad's cabin
8 things that I currently want/need
grocery shopping done
my church lesson prepared
my kid to take a serious interest in the potty
a basic cruiser bicycle
3 Musketeers mint with dark chocolate (definitely a want, not a need)
My wood floors cleaned
a dance class
8 people I want to TAG
I tag anyone with 8 letters either in your first name or in your last name, or if you just feel like it.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Spicy food is not for me. Tessa and I went to Chipotle for lunch today because we received a free burrito coupon in the mail. This was an offer I thought would be foolish to pass up. Plus, I thought it would be fun to go to lunch with my daughter. I ordered their standard chicken burrito (the pork was marked as spicy, so I stayed on the safe side), and when asked if I wanted medium or hot salsa, I thought, "What happened to the mild? Are they out? There's not even a place for it." No mild. We do live in Texas after all. I decided maybe I had gotten a little better as far as spices go in the last couple years and asked for just a little bit of the medium salsa in the burrito. (I got a quesadilla for Tessa in case she didn't like what I was eating. Thank heavens. Saved the child.) I took a couple of bites and immediately my nose started to run. This was not a good sign. My mouth was in pain. No amount of lemonade was going to help. Why, oh why, didn't I ask for extra sour cream?! But, since I was hungry and do not let food go to waste unless I absolutely have to, and I am not the smartest person in the world, I munched down most of that burrito. The eatery was packed with people enjoying their pepper in a tortilla. This is a popular place. What is wrong with me? Tessa smiled and happily ate her quesadilla, and I kept stoking the fire below my nose. I saw myself putting black beans into my mouth, but I couldn't taste them. I read on the drink side that Chipotle buys more Tabasco seasoning than any other restaurant in the U.S.. Well there you go. It's simply a place for people who like it hot. I get ribbed sometimes for not liking spicy food (or sea food). It's not that I haven't tried. My taste buds come from the Idaho side of the family or something. They like bland food. At least you can taste it.
On a different note, we finally got the connecting piece we needed to hook up the bike trailer to Jake's bike. He has been so excited. Our nicest neighbor gave us the trailer and Jake has been looking forward to using it for a couple months. Daddy and daughter have gone out a few times when the temperature dips a bit. Tessa LOVES it and talks about the bike and what she saw on the ride when she gets home. I'm getting closer to getting a bike for myself, just a cruiser, so I can join the easy riders. We'll be the ultimate biker gang. Watch out.