Hi there.
This is me...a happy wife, mom to three awesome boys, teacher to two of the aforementioned boys (we homeschool), chauffeur to karate, archery and all sorts of other activities, former scrapbooker and founder of the 
Good Grief Blog.
Life is good.



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Sleep deprived thoughts...

First off, while I'm happy to cheer for our Colorado Rockies in the World Series, why must baseball games last so darn long? I don't know why but I couldn't not watch Game 2 last night (okay, I do know why...I was procrastinating...still, I can blame baseball)...which meant that I wasn't working on the three layouts that were due earlier today...which meant that I stayed up most of the night finishing them. (By the way, they're done and scans were sent off earlier today...yay! Now to tackle the other three layouts due early next week.) I digress.

It would have been fine, except that Nathan is taking his first "long weekend" off since August (he's only been taking one day a week all year, and sometimes not even that but, obviously, August brought some disruption to everything). Why is the long weekend a problem? Well, it's not really. Truly, it's spectacular and soooo very needed. But given that this is the first weekday I've been able to get out on my own during business hours in who knows how long, I booked a number of appointments...starting at 8:00 in the morning up in Old Town (20 minutes from here). So. No sleep for me last night.

But I had a lovely morning. Got my hair cut (nothing exciting unfortunately, but I've learned the hard way not to go for a short cut just before winter hits), took care of some Christmas shopping (yes, it's "early" but I don't foresee many opportunities for child-free shopping between now and Christmas), quick stop at the library...stuff like that. Then I came home and took a nap while Nathan and the boys played outside for a bit. After that, Ash and I ventured out for a little one-on-one time and so Ash could find a birthday gift for Noah. This may seem like a little thing, but really I was pretty excited about it. To date, I've always done the shopping and gifting on everyone's behalf around here. But this year, Asher actually approached me wanting to get a gift for Noah because, in his words, "he's such a good big brother and he's always teaching me things and he invited me to his party so I should get him a gift." Who can argue with that? (Even though I'd already finished birthday shopping for Noah.) Incidentally, we're already planning to have the boys do their own Christmas shopping this year (with guidance, of course). :)

While Ash and I were out, I noticed that winter wear is very evident in the stores (duh, I know). Call me weird, but what's the deal with vests? Seriously, this is something I've never understood. If my arms aren't covered up...they're going to be cold. What good does a vest do? Is it just me?

Oh, and earlier today (totally rambling here...see the title of this post), I asked Noah to grab the vitamin bottle for me so I could distribute the boys' multi-vitamins. He came back with vitamins for everyone (and I had to quickly stop him from giving Micah too many...the older two get more than Micah). When asked how he got the "child-proof" cap open, he stated simply that he'd read the instructions. So perhaps they should be called "child-proof until they can read" bottles? 

Um, I should go to sleep. Yup. Really. Gotta get up early again tomorrow for the boys' last soccer games of the season. But I'm sure that will merit another blog entry... ;) 


For the record...

It snowed here yesterday. Nothing major and it didn't stick at all, but we did officially see snow. And it was cold. Way cold. Saturday it was windy but sunny and in the 60-70s. Today it's sunny again. In a couple days it's supposed to be in the 70s again. That's Colorado for you. :) Noah's a bit bummed because a local store was having a "guess the first snow" contest where we could win a gift certificate to the store. But we guessed today, not yesterday. At least we were close.


A plea for help...

Here's the deal. I, um, don't cook. Oh, I *can* if I have to, don't get me wrong. I can follow a recipe and all that. But, honestly, cooking is supremely not up there on my list of favorite things to do. (Fortunately, Nathan cooks. Yay!) One day maybe this will change. But I don't foresee that happening in the near future.  :)

But. Since Tiffany refuses to come cook for me and mine, and since our homeschool group is having a Halloween party soon...does anyone have any good and EASY recipes for me to try? The party is going to be a candy-free potluck and many present have difficulties with gluten and dairy. So. Ideas? I'm told that either entrees or veggie sides would be appreciated. I'm guessing a yummy dessert wouldn't be unappreciated.

Seriously, folks, I need ideas. :) 


Going on a leaf hunt...

The boys and I decided to take advantage of the sunshine yesterday and headed out on a "leaf hunt." I brought the wagon and our little kid rake, though of course Micah refused to ride in the wagon for more than half the walk and of course they all fought over the *one* rake I had. Sigh. But, it was heaps (and piles) of fun!

We ventured all around our neighborhood, walking to the common areas and raking up piles of leaves for the boys to jump in...and bury each other in...and roll in...and throw at each other. Of the 206 pictures I took, here are just a few:




Like I said, this is just a small sampling. Gotta save the really good ones for layouts! ;)

Oh, and remember how a couple weekends ago I was complaining about how Colorado hadn't figured out fall yet (as it was 85 degrees at the boys' soccer games)? Well, it figured it out. Last weekend's games were played in 40ish degree weather, complete with fleece pants and pullovers under jerseys. Then it rained for a bit (fortunately not until *after* the boys' games) and was fairly dreary and cold. So, yesterday, when the sun came out and it warmed up to about 60 we just knew we had to take these pictures. Good thing, too. It's overcast again today.

Do you have any fun "fall leaf" traditions? I'd love to start some more, though the boys seem pretty content with just playing in the leaves for now. :) 



So. What have you been up to this past week? I've been refocusing...trying to get things in order. (Seems like I'm always doing that, eh?) Yesterday, I had a blast shopping. Amazingly, I wasn't shopping for scrapping supplies, but for school supplies. Yes. I know that the "school year" has been in session for awhile now. Noah and I have been continuing in our homeschool journey. But, we haven't really "immersed" ourselves in it of late...particularly with how crazy September was with trying to catch up after being away for three weeks and adjusting to life with soccer and resuming activities that were on hold over the summer (like weekly piano lessons and our homeschool group co-ops).

So, I digress. Yesterday the boys and I hit our local educational supply store. Wow...always love browsing stores like that...it's worse than scrapbook stores for me, actually, as I can almost always justify buying a great educational tool or book for the boys and those tend to cost more than, say, a sheet of patterned paper. ;) In any case, I did a fairly good job (having had a specific list of things I was looking for going in). Picked up a some fun language workbooks, math games, geography stuff and a couple of thermometers for science experiments.

Then. I hit our wonderful local independent bookstore just blocks from our house. Picked up a slew of fun books! Dude. There are soooo many good books out there! Bonus of it all was that I had a full punch card for the store, meaning I got 50% off my entire purchase. SCORE! A few of my favorites were:

The Honest To Goodness Truth ...I happened on this one while crawling about trying to get Micah to put his shoes back on. It's about a girl learning to tell the difference between total honesty and exercising a bit of tact...something I think every parent struggles with explaining from time to time. ;)

Pieces of Gax ...This is the 9th book in a series that was actually begun as a comic strip. The boys love these Akiko books...not the most intellectually stimulating stuff, but the characters are good and struggle with things the boys can relate to (like being nervous about being in charge or saying you can do something when really you can't). Plus, anything that has them begging to be read to has got to be good, right?

Three Sir Cumference books...My mom found one of these for Noah back in August and I discovered three more on the shelves. Noah, um, loves math so finding a way to incorporate reading into that is fabulous. 

These, obviously, were only a sampling from the big ol' bag I came home with. Do you have any great children's book finds you want to share? I'm always on the lookout for more!!

With bookshelves re-stocked for now, and a more detailed lesson plan in the works, we're very much looking forward to the coming studies. Yay! Nothing like being excited about learning! And, of course, I'm thinking I need to alter a binder to keep my lesson plans and various school paperwork in...maybe make a few tabbed dividers using some cardstock stickers I have around here somewhere. ;)

So. What was your favorite subject growing up? (or now, for that matter)