Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Brotherly love

Linus LOVES stickers. They are his art medium. Today Greta found some of his Superman stickers and made a "project" of her own. When Linus saw this he looked at her and said "Greta, you're such a cotton-headed-ninny-muggins!"

I think we've watched the movie Elf too many times.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Thank you Brenton

From the mouth of Miles this morning at 7 a.m. :

"Mom, can I have a Special K bar for a treat after breakfast? Because, well, Brenton said I could have one for a treat after breakfast, after lunch, for a snack, and for a treat after supper."

Monday, January 22, 2007

I'm it... again!

I don't know what it is but I love these "tagged" type of posts. I think it's so fun to learn silly things about people that you might not ever know otherwise. Lori tagged me and I'm supposed to list 6 wierd things about me so here goes....

1. I don't like ice cream... and the only part of a Dairy Queen cake that I'll eat is the fudgy, crunchy stuff.

2. I wear socks all of the time. When my feet touch carpet they get all clammy. The summer is a real challenge for me because of the whole sandal thing. In just the last 2 years or so I've been working on this in the summer. I used to wear (gasp!) socks with my sandals.

3. I think ketchup is disgusting. I think it should be wiped off of the face of the Earth. (I suppose that might be a little harsh...)

4. I don't know my right hand from my left hand. Seriously. I have to hold my hands up to see which thumb-forefinger connection makes an "L" (that's the left hand.) This made my driver's test a little challenging!

5. I know all 50 states in alphabetical order. I learned a song in grade school where we sang them and for some reason I haven't forgot them.

6. My middle name is Kim, not Kimberly like many people assume. I was named after my mom's brother. And no, he's not Asian (I get that question almost every time someone hears his name.)

Now for the tagging. I'll go with Brenton, Chris Good, and my favorite pediatrician Val Welch. Have fun!

Back home

I got back home today from my mini-vacation at Camp Friendship. It's a scrapbook retreat that we refer to as "scrapcamp." I really enjoy my time there, not just because of the responsibility free days and nights, but because of all of the friends that I've made there over the past few years. There are always a few new people but the same core group of women go every January, March and October. Many of these people are friends that I only see these three times a year. There is something about sharing bunk-style lodging and really late nights that keeps us a close knit group. We have so much fun catching up each time... sometimes we do more talking than scrapbooking!

I am very lucky to have a husband that is so supportive of my hobby. No matter how tight funds are, Dustin always finds a way to get me there. He takes a vacation day so he can stay home with the kids so I can attend the whole thing. The best part is that when I get homesick for him and the kids, he packs them up and comes to visit me. The camp is only about 15 minutes from our house but he has to bundle them up and brave a room full of women he doesn't know just for a 10 minute visit. I am a very lucky woman!

My friend Shelly was celebrating her birthday at this scrapcamp and Dustin was kind enough to make her his specialty... a homemade 3 layer chocolate cake with buttercreme frosting. When I brought it in, everyone was oohing and ahhhing over it... it looked like it had come from a bakery. After tasting the cake they were even more impressed. When he came to visit on Saturday, they gave him a standing ovation (I thought he was going to die of embarassment!)

So, I had a great time but it will probably take me 2 weeks to recover from lack of sleep! I guess I need a vacation to recover from my vacation!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Recovering

It's been awhile since my last post. I ended up with strep throat last week and was out of commission for a couple of days. I think it's the worst case of strep that I've ever had. I'm feeling much better now. Greta is now taking antibiodics for a sinus infection but is also doing much, much better. Hopefully this will be the end of the "sick season" in our household! (it's good to have dreams, right?)

Friday, January 05, 2007

a true random thought...

Have you ever noticed that in the newer Disney movies (and by newer I mean from the 90's) there are many princesses who have no mothers? Ariel (from the Little Mermaid), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Jasmine (Aladdin), and Pocahontas are the ones to pop into my mind. What's up with that?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Back to the polls!

I heard from the superintendent of Maple Lake schools and we have our next official referendum election date set. We're going back to the public on Feb. 20th with an ammended question that would give our school the much needed space it needs. This campaign won't be as aggressive so hopefully it won't send me to the nutty bin!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Back to reality

We had a great Christmas! We've downsized our outings on and around Christmas in the past few years and it has been wonderful for us. We visited Dustin's dad on Christmas Eve day and then headed to his mom's for our annual Christmas Eve celebration with his sisters and their families. Greta had a fever that day but was in a really good mood dispite that. I ended up getting sick on Christmas Eve and I singed a bunch of my hair on a candle that was behind my head but everything turned out all right! Christmas morning was a lot of fun at our house... the kids tore into their presents and were actually GRATEFUL for what they got. Maybe all of our lecturing about what Christmas is really about has really sunk in for them! :) I spent the day in bed (sick) while Dustin brought the kids over to his dad's to visit. We finished up our Christmas celebrations at my mom and dad's on New Year's Eve.

Dustin saved up a bunch of vacation days and was able to take all of last week off of work. It was so awesome to have him home with us, especially because the kids were on Christmas break. We got to spend lots of time together and just hang out.

Now it's back to reality. The Christmas tree and decorations are put away for another year, Miles is back in school, and Dustin is back to work. Now it's time to think Spring! (o.k. maybe it's a little premature for that...)

White Christmas




The snow storm on Sunday came just in time for our Christmas celebration with my family, the Youngs. After presents and eating, the kids (plus Dustin and my brother Noah) went outside for a snowball fight and to do the first real sledding of the season. Two of my nephews, Israel and Holden, didn't wait to put their snow gear on before making snow angels!