Saturday, September 4, 2010

Days of Play--Rainbows

Fall is nearly with us.  Say goodbye to summer by making a rainbow.

You will need:
  • old magazines
  • scissors
  • pencils/crayons
  • paper
  • glue
What to do:
Draw a blank rainbow on the piece of paper.  Show your child each color that is in a rainbow (remember ROY G. BIV?).  Now have your child look through magazines and cut out colors that go in the rainbow.  Cut and paste a beautiful rainbow collage. 



When you are done, consider writing an acrostic poem to ROY G. BIV

Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Fashion--Fall Fashions

Runway trends are always pretty out there for me and I'm pretty grateful a lot of the 
"new looks" never make it to Wyoming.

The Fall 2010 runways are a case in point.

The runways are packed with some interesting looks for fall.

Here's what you might expect to see in the "trendy" department for fall 2010:

The colors Ox Blood, Camel, all shades of green, gray (YES!) and head-to-toe black

Capes and Ponchos

High buttoned collared shirts and turtle necks


Patchwork

Graffiti pants

Feely fabrics  like fur, silk, velvet and velour

Sheer fabrics (lace)

Pleated skirts

Knee high/thigh high socks

Socks with heels
I can probably get on board with turtlenecks, the new "it" colors, and patchwork jeans but the rest of the trends have me a little nervous.  Good thing New York and Milan are so far away!

Are you digging any of these trends?  Which ones are too icky for words?

Happy Birthday, Drew!

My nephew Drew turns 2 today!  Happy birthday!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Things I Love--Fallish Weather

I'm really not one to complain about weather.  If I was, WY would be a bad place to live.  It's cold and snowy and windy.  There is no spring, almost no fall, and summer is short.  Luckily construction season is long (please note my sarcasm). 

Even though I can ebb and flow with the weather, I prefer cool, cloudy days.  Matt and I joke that I have reverse Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) because if the day holds skies that are too clear and blue and too hot the only thing I want to do is lay on the couch, watch TV, and drink sweet tea in front of the air conditioner.

Give me a cloudy or snowy day and watch me go.  Cool and gray brings out the power woman deep inside.  I'm just a bit bizarre like that.


I really do love fall.  The color change, the sound of rustling leaves, the mixed smell of leaf decay, wood burning stoves and dirt, the farmer's markets ...

Until those days roll around, I look forward to rainy, cool Wyoming days.  And when they come, be it in June or October, I have the same response.  Open the windows to cool the house down and get in the "good" smell, burn a fall scented candle (apple crisp is my fave!), turn on some singers/standards type music (jazz, Michael Buble), and soak in the goodness.  Earl Gray tea--optional (okay, required).

Did I mention that even though I'll take the weather as it comes, I'm secretly Jonesin' for fall?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What I Think About--This Song



I've listened to this song off and on for over a year now and for some reason it just resonates with me.

Maybe it's because I truly desire to make a difference and fear I'm not.

Maybe it's because my mom is dying and I am angry at the emptiness I feel when I think of her being gone and I'm ashamed at being angry and even ashamed to admit I feel empty.

Maybe it's because there is someone I need to forgive who I don't want to forgive making me a prisoner to unforgiveness.

Maybe it's because this song is a profound reminder of the redeeming love I feel.

Maybe.

What I think is that I am in awe of lyrics and melodies that really bring about these thoughts and feelings in me.  Music has such a profound ability to affect people.

What song does it for you?

P.S.  Love the song--the video?  Not so much.  I'm sure there is some deep message in the space theme that I'm totally missing.  If you get it, please share!

I dreamed I was missing
You were so scared
But no one would listen
Cause no one else cared

After my dreaming
I woke with this fear
What am I leaving
When I'm done here

So if you're asking me
I want you to know

[Chorus]
When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed

And don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory

Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest
[End Chorus]

Don't be afraid
I've taken my beating
I've shed but I made

I'm strong on the surface
Not all the way through
I've never been perfect
But neither have you

So if you're asking me
I want you to know

[Chorus]
When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed

Don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory

Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest
[End Chorus]

Forgetting
All the hurt inside
You've learned to hide so well

Pretending
Someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are

[Chorus]
When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed

Don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory

Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest

Forgetting
All the hurt inside
You've learned to hide so well

Pretending
Someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are
I can't be who you are

Monday, August 30, 2010

Your Words--Pregnancy Story

I found out I was pregnant with my first child on March 17, 2005 at 5:00 a.m.  I woke Matt up to tell him and he asked if I "took the test correctly."  Of course, dear. There really aren't that many ways to pee on a stick! Ha ha.  

We told Matt's parents straight out that I was pregnant because I was supposed to help cook for a branding but instead threw up all morning and slept on the couch.  With my parents we wrote up a little poem about coming home from Mexico with a souvenir--"The best souvenir, remember, will be here in early December ... " (I should mention I got pregnant in Mexico while on a vacation with my parents.  Eww factor, big time!).
My next two pregnancies didn't make it :(  Valuable lessons learned in not telling people too early.

I found out about my last pregnancy on September 20, 2009.  I had just finished co-hosting my sister-in-law's baby shower and had a hunch.  A pregnancy test at my in-laws house confirmed my suspicions (I don't know what it is about finding these things out with family but that's how it goes with us.  I could really gross my brother-in-law out by mentioning we got pregnant in his bed.  Sorry Josh).  One of my BFF's Jessica literally guessed I was pregnant 10 weeks later ("Your face looks a little round.  How far along are you?).  We told our parents shortly after that.

This was my fave maternity picture.  Unique and retro--Love it!

Tell me about your pregnancy (ies).  Did you share the news in a unique manner?  Were you sick for nine months?  Did you only gain three pounds?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

What's Cookin'--8/30-9/5

This coming weekend we're going to family camp!  I can't wait!

Until we leave, here's what we'll be eating.

Monday: Spicy honey chicken, steamed broccoli, and rice
Tuesday: Enchiladas
Wednesday: Chicken Marsala and salad
Thursday: Honey Pepper Pork loin, beets, and greens
Friday: Lime chili steak and coconut rice
Saturday--Camp
Sunday--Camp