Thanks for stopping by! We were a family of three, until we added one more (cat, that is), making us a family of four. In 2012, we added four more...one husband, two girls, and a dog. We have a full plate as a party of eight!

Adoption, blended families, pets, school, running...it's all here. Pull up a chair and read a while. After you do, please leave a little comment love! It makes me happy...and y'all know...if Momma is happy, then everyone is happy...at least at our house!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Prayer Request

Wow--

Who knew moods could swing so fast?

OK, I did know, but still...it's not fair.

One minute I'm smiling, happy, flirting through text messages.
And then...

And then my phone rings
and it is a friend telling me that another friend is in the hospital
and that the cancer has probably spread to her liver and spleen.

And like that, the wind is completely knocked out of my sails.
My breath is taken away.

It stinks to hear that.
It really does.

It's not fair for someone so young, and with a husband and two young boys and her whole life ahead of her.

It's not fair.

And I'm angry.

And just now, my sweet girl just came and showed me something she had written in her journal...a prayer...Dear God, please help Mommy's friend get better.


Join us in that prayer, would you?

Monday, February 20, 2012

I am NOT Crafty!

And this post will prove it!

Gloria had a mythology book report to do for school.

OK, I can handle a book report.  I've assigned them before.  I should be able to handle this blindfolded with one hand tied behind my back.  Right?

Wrong.

Here is the description:

After reading your myth, you will choose one of the gods or goddesses from the story and create that character by using a 2 liter soda bottle as a form.  Use a ball or similar item for the head and finish with felt or fabric scraps or any additional items that you might have on hand.


Yeah, riiiiiiiight.

Now, I will be the first to say that anything Gloria has to do for school, SHE is going to do.  I will not do it FOR her.  I will help.  I will provide the materials.  I will provide encouragement.  I will follow her directions.  But I will NOT do it FOR her.  Sadly, this will not be the case when she takes it to school on Tuesday.  (I know this after last year's heritage doll assignment.)

So, how does one assemble a Greek goddess, specifically Persephone, from a 2 liter bottle, a styrofoam ball, and some other materials?  Well, here's a little peek at how we did it.

Gather the necessary materials:  soda bottle, glue, styrofoam ball, material, "sparkles," and google-y eyes...
And of course a pink feather boa!


Put hair and eyes on the "head."
This is the "decapitated muppet" phase.
See the next picture to understand the muppet reference...

Cram the styrofoam head onto the 2 liter bottle.
At this stage, the assistance of a cat is critical to the lengthening of the doll's hair!
Also at this stage, the doll begins to resemble a strange muppet character!

Glue sparkle-y jewel type beads onto the "dress"

Dress the bottle and wrap the boa around her neck to hide the rough edges.
Use Momma's lipstick to give Persephone some lips!
Raid Momma's old gold jewelry for some earrings that are no longer worn and stick them on the sides of the "head."


And there you have it, folks!

The important thing is that Gloria is satisfied with her work.
Until she takes it to school tomorrow...

Sigh...
What's an un-crafty momma to do???

Sunday Snapshot

Monday, February 13, 2012

Quiet Around the Ol' Blog...

My dashboard tells me my last post was February 4th.
That was nine days ago.

I can't say that things have been quiet, or boring, or not news worthy.
Nope, can't say that at all.
But just haven't been shouting things from the rooftops as I try to consider it all.

But we're good.
Really good.

Gloria had her birthday that would not end.
Party a week before hand, her actual birthday with lots of fun family gifts followed by another celebration during a super bowl party last Sunday, birthday cupcakes at school on Monday, a visit from Miss Beth and more presents on Tuesday, Uncle Will and Aunt Martha's gift arrived on Wednesday.  TWELVE days of celebrating!
Like I said, the birthday that would not end...
(sound like a song anyone knows?  And if it just got stuck in your head...well, welcome to my world!  I did it to myself too.)

School decisions had to be made.
I'm choosing in favor of financial sensibility and stability, which I know is the right choice.
But it kills me to change her school.
But the idea of no more tuition payments, cutting my daily driving to less than half of what it currently is, and paying off my small credit card debt...they win out this time.
It's still hard though.

And last, but not least, I'm trying to figure out how dating as a single mom actually works.


Did I just say that?
Well, don't tell anyone, ok?
It's complicated, that's for sure.
But, well...yeah...let's just say it makes me smile.

And Mom, don't call (or email!) and ask me about it either!
That's all you're getting right now!
:)

Happy Monday everyone!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Science Fair

We spent all day today at the local university for the regional STEM Fair.  

To say Gloria was a nervous wreck this morning would be an understatement.  She had discovered that I could not be present during the judges' interviews.  She would be alone with her project and I had to wait in the auditorium.

Warning:  grainy iPhone pictures ahead.  My camera was at home...

I can tell she is nervous.  Her eyes are smiling.  Plus, she's got her shoulders all hunched up.

Waiting to be dismissed for the interviews.

Interviews are over!

Much more relaxed.

There were about 150 projects in the elementary division.  It was really interesting to see them all.  Of course, they all start to run together after seeing that many.  And the high school projects?  Totally over my head!  Oh my goodness!

It was a long day.  And the awards ceremony dragged on and on.  And ON!  Gloria didn't win an award, but she was still happy because just being there meant that she was already a winner.

But then, she's always a winner in my book!

And right now, that little winner is upstairs dreaming about her birthday tomorrow (Sunday).  She's turning 9!


Sunday Snapshot