Wednesday, April 30, 2008

After an exhausting day

I needed brownies. And I found a new recipe that I wanted to try. And it was soooooo good.

The first piece I ate, I overanalyzed. My brain kept trying to make it into either banana bread or chocolate chip cookies. But it isn't either one. So I had another piece. And lo, it was good.

The pieces I had for breakfast this morning were pretty darn good, too! ;)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

One Step Forward...

I am so grateful to have found a school for George where they not only accept him as is, and work with him and his needs; but one with teachers and staff that challenge him and study him and constantly question their own techniques to see if they are doing all they can. The last six months have been AMAZING for George. All of his skills have improved, his energy is up, his brain is going a mile a minute, he's talking, he's pushing limits, he's becoming the class clown, he's tantruming far more..... oh yeah, some of that's not so good.

I spent a half hour with the director of his "regular" preschool today after dropping him off. They've been struggling with him, I've been struggling with him, we all know he needs something, but we don't yet know what. It's hard to have these conversations. Wonderful, but hard. Every time I think we've "solved" his issues, life cycles around to remind me that there is always something new around the corner. But I have to remember that, with George, it is a cycle. Whenever we get to these points in life where everyone that comes into contact with him is struggling, and he's pushing every attention-getting button we have, and it feels like this is all impossible... he's changing. There is some new development happening in his brain. We're getting ready for a breakthrough. This time next week (or maybe the week after, or a bit more), we will have gone beyond this point in the cycle and we'll be looking at a new kid that has one more achievement under his belt.

Just gotta get there.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Ahhhhhh, SUN!!!!

For a couple of days anyway. We'll take what we can get!
Busy day ahead. Emma has TAG testing, George has a birthday party to go to at Chuck E. Cheese (gag me), and the day is gorgeous so there are about 212 chores Jason and I would like to get done.
Gracie's tumor is just a fatty tumor, so she's fine, YAY! Miserable because she desperately wants to lick her paw off and we keep putting a giant sheet of plastic around her neck. But healthy, and that's all I care about!
Off to get dressed and enjoy the weather!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Spring Planning

Spring must be on its way, I'm getting the urge to throw out everything we own, paint walls, and rearrange the furniture.

None of that is really practical at the moment, so I took this quiz instead: The Paint Game
I averaged about 60%, how well do you know your paint colors?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

April Fools!!

Really? Seriously?

On and off, all day and night, all weekend?


Friday, April 18, 2008

It wouldn't be so uncomfortable

...if her ears were just a bit smaller.

So completely pathetic, poor thing. Our Gracie had a tumor removed from her front right paw today and spent all day at the vet's office. Now home, she's exhausted, but scared of the collar. Every time she tries to put her head down and the plastic touches the ground, she jumps up.

I'm thinking it will be a long night.

We're having the tumor examined by the lab, so please think good thoughts. We took her in for this surgery thinking she had a seed or thorn that had burrowed under her skin, creating a large lump on her paw that was obviously causing her discomfort. The tumor was unexpected, but the vet didn't seem too worked up about it, saying it's not completely uncommon in older dogs. (Gracie turned 10 this week; Happy Birthday, Gracie, enjoy your pain pills!)

The Greatest Show On Earth

Emma's PE class has been doing "circus acts" for the last several weeks and last night there was an open house style circus at school. Any kid that wanted to could come be a part and all the parents sat across the gym and cheered wildly. I think David, the bestest PE teacher ever, expected about 20 kids to show up. Instead, there were at least 60! Totally chaotic, but so cute and fun. Here are some snapshots of Emma doing her acts (whenever I could focus on her within the crowd!)

Can you balance a peacock feather on your nose?

The "buddy walker" with her best friend. (Who isn't normally that pale and blurry, but I didn't get permission to post her picture yet!)

Cheater Frisbees: they have an indentation on the bottom that helps keep the stick centered. But very impressive, none the less!

Leap frogging down the tumbling mat. Horrible shot, I know, but it cracked me up, so you get to see it!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

George's favorite toy EVER

Sure it's a bit on the noisy side, especially when he's busy reciting the entire script of a Blue's Clues video loud enough to hear himself over the vacuum. But hey! He's vacuuming! My living room! Really, really thoroughly! For 42 minutes now!
And yes, that's a Craftsman work bench beside him. Doesn't everyone have a workbench in their living room?

Sunday, April 13, 2008

All About Me

A series of challenges at DSP is helping with the mini-book Book of Me that I'm working on. All the pages are designed at 5 x 5", and I'm just doing little snippets of my life so the kids (and I) will remember all these random pieces of me down the road.

This week's page (challenge - favorite clothes, dare - include torn paper):
Next week's challenge is to do a layout about our favorite breakfast. My usual breakfast is probably Cheerios, but do I dare admit to one of my guilty pleasures (McDonald's Sausage Egg McMuffin, hash browns, and coffee)? If I do, I think I'll need to get a picture for the page, right?

Change of subject, unsolicited video recommendation: August Rush. Jason and I watched it last night and loved it! A totally implausible fairy tale, but so sweet and the music was incredible. I could have watched it for hours, just to listen to the developing soundtrack. Really excellent.

Friday, April 11, 2008


The kids (and Jason) (and the animals) have been outside since lunch. Non-stop bicycle riding, jump roping, gravel dig-upping, and more. They will sleep well tonight. I love Spring.

HUGE snake!!!


Okay, so maybe not so huge. But our mighty hunter found it, flipped it, killed it, and played with it for over an hour, not wanting anyone else to get near it. This is why we have a cat. I'm hoping he'll be good at catching the huge, fast-moving spiders that like to run through our house in the summer time.

Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

In between storms...

The clouds keep rolling through. 15 minutes ago they had left our hill but the valley was socked in. Now we have a new set overhead. (Alas, that's moss on the tree, not blossoms!)

But hey! Rain clouds = puddles for stomping in!

Hopefully, the flowers aren't being fooled and Spring really is on it's way. We like to be outside!

A Linky Meme

I've been tagged by Tink!

ALL are invited to join in The Links MeMe fun!
PLEASE just follow the rules!
Just copy paste THIS and everything below up until my Five links:

I thought it would be cool to have a meme where we post links. We can post up to five. Then we tell five more people to share their links. If we all share who tagged us, our links are sure to be seen!They can be business links, favorite sites, affiliate links, whatever you want…

There are Five Rules:
1. MUST be clean. No R rated sites.
2. Only FIVE links.
3. MUST tell 5 people.
4. A link back to the person who tagged you
5. Lara’s Place is the meme originator.

My Links:
1. Pandora Radio - This is what I am usually listening to if I'm on the computer for any length of time. It has exposed me to many artists and songs I wouldn't normally hear. You type in an artist or song that you like and it plays others that are similar in style. Very cool to explore.

2. Digital Scrapbook Place - Well duh, I know. I'm on there all the time. It's where I learned this art form and where I teach it. And where I've met so many great people.

3. The Pioneer Woman - One of the most popular blogs in America; I love to read her stories, learn her photography tips, and copy her recipes. Plus she updates every day, always something new to see!

4. Go Fug Yourself - Harmless fun making fun of celebrities and their warddrobe choices.

5. Shutter Sisters - a "collaborative photo blog that welcomes all women with a passion for photography from experts to amateurs alike." Gorgeous photography, thoughtful challenges, and great spirit.

These are just a handful of the sites I check almost every day!

I am tagging:
1. Life of Scraps - Sharon from DSP has been such an inspiration to me and many others. She's 215 days into a 365 day self portrait challenge. I did it for a month and I was out of ideas! I love watching her photography skills grow and the tips she posts are fabulous!
2. Karen's Dreaming Big - Karen doesn't blog often, but her layouts and photos are spectactular. I'd love to be linked to her personal inspiration!
3. Nowhere Near the Edge - Not sure if my brother, Dave, will join in on this. But if he does, I'm sure we'll be directed to some fabulous sites showing airport statistics, Porsche photos, quirky news, and Santa Barbara sports!
4. okay, I'm not much for passing these things along, but let me know if you play and I'll come visit!!!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Bed Head

This photo cracks me up and when I was challenged to do a layout based on my morning routine, I just had to use it!

ETA: Just found out this layout was Layout of the Day at the DSP blog site yesterday!

Spring Break is over and we found plenty of time for roller skating, movie going, and a visit to an indoor playground. Emma seemed satisfied by all the fun!

Drugs are, thankfully, taking care of my cold-turned-sinus infection and Jason is due home tonight from a two week trip. Looks like everything is falling into place!