Thursday, February 26, 2009

Oh, Snow!

One Little Icicle

Oh my, we got snow. School was canceled early this morning. Love getting those 5:30 am calls from the "All Call" system. The Giant Man Child is stuck in Palm Springs. His flight has been delayed indefinitely. I having a hard time feeling sorry for him. (love ya)
Chuckles holding a big piece of snow/ice.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Rock that Recess Brought

I had a little scare yesterday. Someone from the school threw a rock at one of my windows during recess. It didn't break the window but it gave me and #1 Son a mini heart attack. #1 Son was home from school with a sore throat and we were downstairs watching the T.V. Needless to say, I turned into a screaming lunatic. I was furious and even marched over to the Principal's office. The Principal came over and looked for the rock. Even as I type this that sounds a little on the ridiculous side doesn't it. He said it probably this rock and took it. Does he have a secret CSI lab? The playground is literally in my back yard. There is a chain link fence and my wood fence that separates us. Technically there is also a gravel road that is off limits, too. Guess where the rock came from? This is a huge playground only supervised by two duties. The school hasn't done any landscaping to help corral children nor to protect the very nearby houses.This coupled with low supervision it is a recipe for a disaster. I can only imagine if I hadn't been home and the window broke. When I left, they had 3 suspects and no one was fessing up.

From the Toilet

These posts from these two blogs crack me up: Baker's Dozen and Lego a Day. Funny toilet humor and not gross at all.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Lemon Love Buns

I was on a baking blitz on Friday. I made these Lemon Love Buns from the King Arthur Flour Baking Banter Blog. They weren't hard to make but not as much lemon flavor as I hoped. I don't know if I had used lemon oil instead of lemon extract if there would of been a difference. The directions were very straight forward. I added a lemon glaze to pump up the lemon flavor.

I also made pizza rolls which everyone enjoyed. This has become a Friday staple.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


The Giant Man Child wants me to clarify the last post with the Arnold body building book. THAT IT IS A COLLECTOR'S ITEM! It has a copyright of 1984. I am sure that is why he bought it. I told him maybe he should eBay it to help California with it's debt.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I Am Here To Pump You Up

I was inspired by the Nester today. She is doing a linky party "10 minutes to a Room You Will Love". Check out the links. There is some very clever stuff. So, I have a bookcase in my office that has really been bothering me. This is what I uncovered.
It just made me laugh. This book is obviously my hubby 's. Though I am not really clear "why" we own it as my hubby is no way a body builder now or in the past. I guess I need to ask him about his superb, fit, muscular body. LOL

Monday, February 16, 2009


Frogs Feet

I guess I am not a true Washingtonian as I did not realize until Friday that Dale Chihuly was a Tacoma Native. I just know my sister, the Polyester Princess, is laughing at me. Hey, learn something every day even if it is everyone else's common knowledge. We were able on Friday to also visit the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory which is celebrating 100 years with a Chihuly exhibit. This was stunning. It is a rather small Victorian conservatory filled to the brim with beautiful flowers with the added benefit of the Chihuly glass. We were able to view the glass up close which was stunning but also nerve racking with the two man wrecking crew.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Nice Glass

Hot Shop - Lino Tagliapitra is the older gentlemen on the far right

Friday in honor of Nonna's 60th Birthday, we went to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. I really don't recommend this place for young children for obvious reasons. My sons did really well and there were numerous older school groups there. My sons however did really enjoy the Hot Shop that had glass demonstrations. We ate our lunch in there. The whole process of making art glass is fascinating and really held us spellbound. We were lucky enough, just by total chance, to be there when Lino Tagliapitra was creating in the Hot Shop. He is 76 years old and going strong. He is Italian and consider a legend in the early art glass movement. We were able to watch a video after the glass demonstration on his life. He had a great deal of influence on art glass world. We sat behind a glass blowing instructor there with her students and it really added to the whole experience as she was explaining some of the techniques they were doing. She also emphasized that art glass is about teamwork too. It takes someone to roll, someone to blow, and someone to shape these large pieces that Lino was creating. The Museum of Glass also has the Chihuly Bridge of Glass.
Crystal Towers

After a Museum with lots of Untouchables, #1 Son needed to Meditate

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Chuckles' Valentine Card

This Valentine was a collaboration between Chuckles and I. He is highly interested in the Lego a Day Site (linky on side bar) and me making words with Lego's inspired him. He designed the Lego creation and I turned into a Valentine card for him. I love the eye detail on the "E". He has been taking 1,000's of Lego pictures. I hope to share these soon after we edit all the blurry and not so good ones. These are the cards we created for school. So, if you didn't get your normal Valentine from me you will know that all my time and effort went into creating this. There are 22 in his class not including his two teachers. We made the back with construction paper look like a Lego. There were a lot of circles punched out. Chuckles did all the punching out the circles and that will explain why I am finding circles, everywhere. We packaged these with Lego fruit snacks.

39 Years

Art by Charlie, age 6 1/2

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! Wishing you both many more years of wedded bliss.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Good Signs

Sorry for the less than stellar picture BUT we have a SONIC and it is opening today. I am just a little bit excited. Today is the grand opening. This is a small town and this is probably the biggest thing that has happened fast food wise in a long time. We only have a McDonald's, Diary Queen, Quinzos, and Subway for fast food. This is a 6 stoplight town if you know what I mean.

Another exciting thing that is a good sign is my friend, K, is having her baby today. Sending many blessings to her family. The red quilt I made earlier in the month is for this baby. These are all good signs.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Glass Crumbs

Yesterday, we went to the beach to look for sea glass or "glass crumbs" is what Chuckles calls the tiny bits of glass. We barely made it before the tide came in. We found lots of glass crumbs. I like the clear piece of glass with my initial "H" above that the Giant Man Child found.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Filling In for the Big Guy

I found this teddy aka STITCH tucked into my bed last week. The Giant Man Child was away for the week. #1 Son thought I might need some company.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cat Read Aloud

Our latest read aloud was "A Diary of Killer of Cat". I thought this was a really funny book. The cat, Tuffy, has the perfect sarcastic voice.Tuffy is just a misunderstood cat according to him. It is a fast read. Chuckles kept wanting me to read it to him again. The picture below is of Chuckles and Boots.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Red Rag Quilt

I finally completed this baby quilt. I think it turned out pretty good. The black block is actually a black and white polka dot. It doesn't show up to well in the picture. Hopefully this is unisex enough, as the Mom to be doesn't know the sex of the baby.


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Beach Weather?

Mrs Epi and I decided that some excess energy needed to be burned off. So, we took the kids to Mickey D's and a quick stop at Job Expo/Open house that Giant Man Child was working. That wasn't quite enough so we headed to the beach. There was a lot of testosterone in her van. The boys and the Princess needed to move. This beach is along Semiahmoo. I had never been to this specific spot. It was a little on the cool side. We found some beach glass and agates - No BONES! It was nice but no open restrooms.