Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I had 13 and I painted them all white.
Then I drew pen on them to guide me to paint the red stripes. They looked good enough to eat. I decoupaged them for a little shine and to seal them.
I got Derek to drill tiny holes in each one.
I cut ribbon and burned the edges before putting it through the hole in each peppermint.
I thought they turned out pretty good. I know the pictures aren't great, but my flash was a bit too bright I think. It always happens when I take a picture of something white, but I don't know enough about what I'm doing to adjust the flash.
Like my tree? I can't have any ornaments near the bottom because our cat, Penelope, likes to mess with them.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
We had a nice Thanksgiving this year. We went to Derek's parents' house. We took 4 pies. I was told to bring that many because of how many people were coming. I kept getting confused because when my mother-in-law would list off the people coming there would be a certain amount, but then she would give me a different number. Lo, and behold, there were three surprise guests. Some of our Utah relatives showed up, so that was really cool.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The weather here has gotten crisper. I've been covering the kids with a second blanket after they go to sleep. I think I may need to get a second blanket as well. This is my favorite season. I can finally wear my hair down more. In the summer it's just too darn hot. I also like to dress in layers. Emi has started wearing thick tights to school again. Derek found some Hello Kitty tights when we were at Walmart the other day. We'd looked at Target, but they didn't have any of the thick ones. I couldn't believe Walmart had them already. I figured it was pointless to look, but Derek checked and was rewarded. Walmart doesn't usually have them till mid-December. Emi is delighted.
Now here's a picture for you to enjoy for no reason.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Today is my birthday. I'm now 32. Derek got the day off of work so he could spend it with me. We went window shopping and then went for some frozen yogurt. At some point Derek said something about getting me a cat. I thought he was joking. A cat is the very last thing I would ever expect him to give me. Somehow we ended up at the humane society and now we have a cat. We named her Penelope and she is a nine month old calico. I've had to keep telling the kids to put her down and stop carrying her everywhere. So far she seems to be doing pretty good with us.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Okay, onto a lighter topic. Emmy just discovered that I ate some of her chocolate bunnies from her easter basket. Hee hee hee. At least she's yelling about it and not crying. It makes me laugh.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
My mother-in-law has Blue Willow China. I'd never seen it, or if I had I'd never noticed it. She told me that the pattern was pretty famous. Since then I've been seeing this pattern everywhere! Today, on Darby O'Gill I saw it. It's in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Roseanne, and mentioned in the Anne of Green Gables books along with dozens of others that I can't think of right now. It's crazy how often it pops up in movies and tv shows. Sometimes it's in red, not blue. The story is easy to find, but basically it's about two star-crossed lovers that were turned into birds. There's always birds and a bridge and a house. I'm just surprised every time I see it and marvel that I never noticed it before. Has anyone else noticed how popular this china is?
Friday, March 16, 2012
It's seems that everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. People with no Irish heritage at all seem to party till all hours of the night. Of course, I'm not catholic, but I suppose I can still celebrate a great man. This year St. Patty's day is not on a school day, so I didn't have to worry about the pinching or not wearing green for the kids. The kids wear uniforms, so getting Emmy to wear green would mean maybe a ribbon in the hair. I don't know if people still do the pinching thing, but I know when I was a kid it was really popular. Some years all I wore was an "I'm Irish" pin with a little leprechaun on it. I don't have it anymore, but I wish that I did. My kids could wear them too since they are an eighth Irish. Maybe one of these years I'll get some.
On another note, starting this afternoon the kids are now on spring break. They are in year round school, so the breaks are super long. They don't go back till the third week of April. I foresee much reading and many board games. Also, some cousins are coming to visit. Hopefully Andrew and Emmy won't be too bored.
I went to Andrew's class today with cupcakes. One little girl read to me, three little boys did a puzzle with me, and Andy introduced me to many of his classmates. He seems to be pretty well liked. There was one little boy named Arnulfo who says he lives next door to us, but I've never seen him. He says he's seen us before. I told him to come and talk to us next time he sees us outside and then he can show me which house is his. He wants Andrew to come play at his house, but I said I'd have to talk to his mom first. I need to know what kind of people they are before I let my kids go there and to be sure the parents will be there. For instance, is every other word they say a swear word? Are they rude? I think most people would pass my test. When I was a kid I had some friends that were very different from me. I'd spend the night at their house and we'd have fun. The parents smoked and let us watch whatever we wanted on the TV. That was probably a bad idea for a ten year old me. I would just need to let my kids' friends' parents know that my kids have certain limits. I think most people would respect that. I let my kids watch some movies that I know other people wouldn't let their kids. For instance, the Harry Potter movies. Violence and witchcraft abound, but it's fantasy. Super hero movies are okay, too. The Dark Knight is pretty creepy. The main characters are nuts, but it's fantasy.
Tomorrow we will be watching Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Emmy thinks the banshee is pretty scary. When I was a kid I must have been so desensitized because I thought she was the coolest part.
Well, I guess that's enough for one post. I kinda got off track from where I started. Irish = Good. Swearing = Bad. There, that's my post in a nutshell. Oh, bonus points for anyone who can name the movie the post title comes from.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
It's Valentine's Day again! I've always liked this holiday, even when I didn't have somebody. I guess in a way it reinforced my hope of finding someone someday. In elementary school I always like giving and receiving cards and candy. My mom always bought us each a box of valentine cards to give to our classmates, but it always seemed that one box was never enough. We always had to make about 5 extra that didn't match the others at all. I think it was aconspiracy on the part of the card companies. Make us buy two boxes instead of one. Now I love making cards myself. My kids have little cards to give to their classmates and we taped a chocolate to each one. Mmmm, dove chocolates, so good. No envelopes, though. This year my kids made valentine mailboxes at school. I kinda wanted to do it, but I guess the teachers had something else in mind. Hey, it's their class; I'm not the boss. I still like this holiday now that I have someone to share it with. I think I have the best Valentine - Derek is awesome. He already gave me my present a few days ago. He got me the first three "Twilight" movies. He even watched a little bit with me, which was a huge surprise. He's kinda anti-Twilight. He did enjoy the ending of Eclipse, though. You know, the battle scene. I have to say, as far as battle scenes go it's one of the best that I've seen.
On another note, I'm a huge nerd, so I just couldn't post about Valentine's Day without going into the history of it. Here's what I found at history.com. Enjoy!
The Legend of St. Valentine
The history of Valentine's Day--and the story of its patron saint--is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl--possibly his jailor's daughter--who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and--most importantly--romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.
Origins of Valentine's Day: A Pagan Festival in February
While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial--which probably occurred around A.D. 270--others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat's hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.
Valentine's Day: A Day of Romance
Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”--at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine's Day should be a day for romance.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
Typical Valentine's Day Greetings
In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine's Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one's feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine's Day greetings.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as "scrap." Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Derek took this picture. We wanted to remember what it looked like because later we were going to the salon. Yep, I cut it off. I think I shed about 1½ feet. Now I look like this.
Emmy took this picture for me. I think she did a pretty good job, once she kept her own fingers out of the way. We mailed the hair to Locks of Love in the hopes that they can use it.
Some people were really surprised when they first saw me, but everybody seemed to like it.