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The Trials of a Busy Mom

Month: November 2007 (page 2 of 3)

Fun Stuff

Christmas Giveaway 2007 Sweepstakes I just found out about some wonderful giveaways at 5 Minutes for mom. Wow!  You can enter to win all kinds of prizes.

And speaking of prizes, I need to announce the winner in my book giveaway. Using the random number generator, the winner was #2, which is Kathleen Marie.  So congratulations to you, Kathleen, and I’ll be getting in touch with you soon.

And I just had to include this cute as pie picture of John, who magically transformed into a tiger at a friend’s party.   Roar!

I should watch more often

John’s not feeling well today, and sadly that means we’re watching a lot of movies and tv.  Just on was Sesame Street.  I haven’t watched Sesame Street in some time, and I really should watch more often.  It’s so GREAT!  Aside from that annoying “Elmo’s world” section, it’s a hoot.  Today they had a wonderful parody of “Dancing with the Stars”, as they were “Dancing with a Triangle.”  Yes, I was laughing.  Then James Blunt did a wonderful song of “My Triangle”.  It was beautiful.

You can see it here, if you are a James Blunt fan. And for more Sesame Street news, I went here and learned about a new show, “A’s anatomy.”  I can’t wait to see that one!

“A’s Anatomy” – a parody of the hit TV show, “Grey’s Anatomy”

When a broken letter “A” rushes into the Alphabet Memorial Hospital with an emergency, Dr. Grover must lead his medical students to put it back together again. But when something appears to be amiss, a little antiseptic, an anatomy lesson, and even some adhesive tape assist these alphabet specialists.

Oh, those Sesame Street writers!  They’ve has us laughing for over 30 years, and they aren’t going to stop now.  You also might want to tune in to see

“RSI: Rhyme Scene Investigation” – a parody of the TV show, “CSI”

In a city of a million rhymes, Detectives Joe Doe and June Moon investigate words that rhyme with “at” including hat, cat, bat, and splat. As the rhymes line up, it becomes obvious they’ll need to do a bit more digging before they solve the case down pat.

Or:
“Meal or No Meal”

How much fun is that?

Leaves and more leaves

About a week ago, a friend called me and said, “We’re going to go and rake leaves! Come with us.” Since we live in a newer subdivision, none of us have big old trees with lots of leaves, so we don’t really get to experience the fun that is raking leaves. So we tossed the kids in the car and drove over a few streets to an older street in our ward, and got out the rakes. Actually, we don’t even own a rake, so we asked if we could use theirs. It was a glorious fall day with the sun still shining and the kids had a wonderful time raking leaves with their friends.

Did I say raking? I meant playing.

Can you find Paige?

Or Natalie?

We had so much fun the kids didn’t want to stop. They raked up ALL the leaves they could find in this one yard, and also from the gutters and even the house across the street. They wanted to go back the next day!

We had to bring 4 bags of leaves home to put in our garden, according to the kids. I don’t think we really need that for mulch, but who was I to say no to a few bags of leaves. The problem wasn’t the leaves in the bags, however, it was the amount of leaves the kids tracked into the car and the house. When they undressed that night, there were even leaves in their underwear. I had to vacuum out the car, since the crunched up leaves were attaching themselves to EVERYTHING.

It was a fun fall free for all!

My kind of day

I’ve had a few difficult days this week, but Friday…Friday just about made up for it. First of all, Ryan took the day off, so he was here doing projects around the house and yard. It’s just nice to know if John is outside playing, then there’s someone else who might be watching over him. Since Dad was here, I was able to go and workout after the kids left for school, and stay longer than 30 minutes. That was nice.

John actually went to school happily, and while he was gone, I did my errand running. I stopped by Toys R Us to see if they had a certain item (they did not), and picked up a baby gift for a friend, some games for birthday and/or Christmas presents and a couple of other things. At the checkout, I used my gift card from way back when I won a gift card to Toys R Us in the amount of about $1000.  I’ve been using it for almost two years, and while it’s been a great thing, it’s almost gone.  But yesterday’s purchases were still free, and I think I have about $14 remaining.  So,that was a successful errand, don’t you think?

Then I stopped by Mimi’s Cafe, where I had spoken with the manager a few days ago and he told me that he would give me free kids meals certificates for EVERY CHILD who entered reflections.  Woo-Hoo! The manager did indeed give me enough certificates for 200 free kids meals.  Isn’t that nice?

The weather outside has been absolutely glorious this week, so that even running errands the clear blue sky just makes me happy.  I stopped by the mall to go into Bath and Body Works, since I had a coupon and no kids with me.  I got two things at 50% off, two things at 75% off, and one for free.  Then, since I spent $30, I got a free $10 gift card.  Score.

My last pick up was at Hale Center Theater, where they gave me 50 free tickets for my reflections winners.  I also picked up the ticket packet for the Jr. High, since theirs hadn’t been picked up yet.  When I called that lady and told her she didn’t have to make a special trip to Orem to pick up her tickets, she was very grateful, so I’m glad I could help.

On the way home I decided to stop by Macey’s and get some hamburger, and was greeted by a nice smiling lady who invited me in to their store’s holiday open house.  All the employees were dressed nicely, wearing skirts or ties, and there were samples and drawings throughout the score.  That’s one way to make grocery shopping more pleasant!

We ended out the day by having a girls night out with me and my three girls and my friend Lisa and her three girls.  We all went to go and see Anne of Green Gables, playing at the Grand Theater at SLCC (of course they were free, and yes, I did win them.  It was the consolation prize I got when I didn’t win the pink jeep).  Although a bit too long, it was a very nice production, and the girls all had a good time.  The girl who played Anne was very talented and we all loved Matthew Cuthbert.

So, yes, that was a NICE day.  Even though my house is a mess and I didn’t get  a whole lot of things done, it was a good day.  Today?  Well, there’s traffic school, but other than that I think it will be a good day, too. I’ve got to take advantage of the last of the wonderful weather and get my tulips planted.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well.

Whoever writes these things

Have you heard the latest “Arnold impersonator” radio commercial for Gold’s Gym?  I know I’ve mentioned before how much these commercials crack me up.  The one about pioneer day still makes me chuckle when I think about it.  I think that’s the sign of a good commercial–when people can still remember it days or weeks later.  Not that I’m rushing out to join Gold’s Gym or anything, I’m just amused by their commercials.  Ryan doesn’t think they are nearly as funny as I do, so it must be tailored specifically to my sense of humor.  So whoever those writers are, I’d probably get along really well with them, don’t you think?  Here’s the latest one, set to the tune of 100 years by Five for Fighting.
I’m 15 dollars for a moment.

Caught in between 10 and 20

Wishing that I could be spent at Gold’s Gym.

(talk talk talk about Gold’s Gym) then

15 dollars yes, it’s true.

15 dollars a month, and you.

For 15 dollars;–Not too long like me you will be strong.

You’ll be working out at Gold’s Gym in a thong.

Oh yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s the kind of thing that makes me laugh.  What commercials have really made you laugh lately?

Rushing the Season

I’m not really one to point fingers at others for rushing the Christmas season. I, myself have occasionally gotten a bit over zealous about putting up the Christmas decorations or listening to Christmas music. But that’s usually at the END of November. After Thanksgiving, at least. I understand that the stores feel the need to push Christmas things on the consumer early. There might be people like my mom, who do all their Christmas shopping in early August, around. They wouldn’t want to miss out on their buying power. And choir groups, of course, need to start learning those Christmas songs early. I know we’ve been playing Christmas music in bells since July, so I understand the need for some of us to rush the season a bit. But the radio stations? Playing all Christmas music ALL day starting November 1st? Come On! There are two local stations that are playing only Christmas music right now. That’s two entire months of Christmas music. That’s 1/6 of the year that they will be playing Christmas music. Doesn’t that seem a bit EXTREME to you?

I wouldn’t mind an occasional Christmas song every once in a while starting around the 20th of November. I’ve been playing my new Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas CD with Sissel a few times since I got it two weeks ago, and that’s ok. What I play in the privacy of my own home is my business. But if I ran a radio station and made everyone go all Christmassy right now, that’s not cool. I mean, if you look outside, it’s nowhere near Christmassy out there. I’m still enjoying the lovely Fall Season, for Heaven’s sake. I haven’t even gotten all the Halloween things put away, and then I hear Celine belting out Oh Holy Night and it just doesn’t fit. I don’t think the early playing of Christmas songs gets me in the mood for Christmas at all! It just makes me irritated.

And this is coming from Miss Christmas. Can you believe it? I guess I’ll just have to avoid those stations, right? Bah humbug.

(You’ll have to excuse me if I sound really really grumpy in this post. I’m sitting in my office surrounded by hundreds of reflections entries and I think I’m just a bit stressed out.)

November Pay it Forward Book Exchange

There’s another book exchange going on at Overwhelmed with Joy. I’ve received several books from people, and although I would love to pass them on, I have to admit that I haven’t finished reading them, yet. I’m actually in the middle of about 3 books right now.

So, I’m offering a special book this month. It’s a wonderful book for children and adults called “I chose you”.

Children come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and colors. And they come with unique talents, gifts, interests, likes, and dislikes. I Chose You celebrates those differences as it reminds parents of the one thing all children have in common: the need to feel loved. This beautifully illustrated book reminds us that few moments shape children’s character as much as the moments that they feel love from their parents—those special times that tell them they are valuable and cherished just for who they are.

I have a special love for this beautiful book, since it was illustrated by none other than my talented sister, Amy. You can see more of Amy’s work here. And if you think you’d like this book to read to your kids or for a Christmas gift and you don’t win it, there are some used ones here for very reasonable prices.

All you have to do to be entered in this drawing is leave a comment on this post. Any comment will do, but I’d especially appreciate comments about your favorite children’s or picture book. This contest will close on Wednesday, November 14th.

My crazy son

Yes, he’s creative, but he’s just a little crazy. He’s a good kid, and even as a teenager, I love my Cole.

A little Wicked

Did any of you watch last Thursday’s Ugly Betty?  I know, I know, it’s Monday, now.  I’m a bit slow.  I just watched it.  And in the show they go and see Wicked.  They actually show parts of the musical, and there’s all these wicked songs used.  Now I’m just yearning to go back to NY and see Wicked.  Is there anyone who might be going there soon and wants to take me with them?  For Free?  Hey, a girl can dream, right?

More on Halloween

Before we leave Halloween and all the fall fun behind, I need to post a few pictures of my family. We had a fun Halloween, with lots of festivities. We started with cookies. Lots and lots of cookies. It didn’t take us long to give those away and EAT the rest. Believe me, there was a lot of cookie eating going on.

Then there was the great pumpkin carving fest of Monday night, which was the usual gooey, gross experiment. Everyone was proud of their creations.

Tuesday was a ward Halloween party, and even the parents got to dress up. If you can’t tell what everyone is: Megan is a pencil, Natalie is a devil woman, Jenna is a leopard, I am an escaped con, and John is a zebra. Ryan even dressed up as goofy. It was a lot of fun, although some of us got tired before it was over.

Then on Wednesday, we had the school parade:

The class parties, and the halloween play.

And then the trick or treating!

I don’t have pictures of the large amount of candy they all brought home, but I’m sure you had similar piles of booty at your house. It was a fun Halloween, and we enjoyed every minute of it!

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