Hey! sorry i've been away for awhile. How was everyone's thanksgiving?
Chris rented a trailor & took the big kids to a track day with him. Then we all met at his mom's house for thanksgiving dinner, which was wonderful as always. Afterward, we had a gingerbread house contest. very fun! a great way to pass thanksgiving afternoon. Afterward, the big kids spent the night w/their cousins, while the rest of us slept in the trailor.
Friday, we went to a nearby lake/campsite & spent the day. The ment took turns taking the scooters out & riding around, while the women-folk & Micah stayed w/the kids & played with guns. Chloe & Gideon really enjoyed learning to use the BB guns.
With thanksgiving around the corner, i thought you might like to hear some handy-dandy tips that I got from the plumber, about how to properly care for your garbage disposal, so you don't have to go through what I went through.
-Don't put in celery
-Don't put in potato peels.
-Always use cold water when running the disposal. this keeps everything crisp & easy to grind.
-Afterward, run hot water down the drain for a few seconds to rinse everything though the pipes.
-Once a month, or so, fill up all your sinks with hot water (& someone else told me: a little bleach) & pull all the plugs, so the water can clean out your pipes.
So yesterday, we were driving around, & Zachary says, "mom. are pretend skeletons nice?" Well, I figure as long as you pretened they're nice, then they are, so i said yes. Then he asked if real skeletons were nice. so i said, "a skeleton is just you bones, so.... *my* skeleton is nice. how about yours?" and he said, "My skeleton is itchy!" heehee!
And then, last night, we were eating these little yellow cheese puffs called Pirate Booty (y'know, like "pirates treasure"?) And Gideon kept calling it Pirate Booties (y'know, like pirate butts). And i remembered the little chant that he made up when we bought it: "Pirate booties, Pirate booties! We all love piiiirates! 'cause they have booooties!" :)
And *then*, chloe & i went shopping at old navy, and i was reminded of how she used to call it "Old Maybe."
So my church is have this big money-raiser/celebration service on December 2. The children's pastor had this great idea that it would be fun to have the children to do a dance during the service. But her assistant is burnt out, trying to get a christmas program together. So... she asked me if i would make up a dance & teach it to the kids. --i don't know why she thinks i have any dancing ability, but she's very mistaken. BUT... i figured, how hard can it be to make up a cute little dance & teach it to some kids? so i said yes. (little did i know that i'd only get to have THREE thirty minute lessons before the perfomance!) Now i just got the music yesterday, & have spent ALL day trying to come up w/some cool dance moves that little kids can do. I'm very excited that i've come up w/something, but when i actually tried to teach it to my kids & the neighbor girls, i realized that i've got a lot of work to do. It apparently *is* pretty hard to come up with a dance & teach it to kids!
when i was trying to come up with some steps, i came across this video:
mine's not going to be NEAR that good! did i mention that i only have 3 times to meet with the kids before they perform? ak!
anyway... the whole reason i'm telling you this, is because i'm not sure how much i'll be online for the next week or so, since every second of my free time will be spent teaching *myself* the dance steps, so i can teach the kids. :)
last night, as we were getting ready to go to a meeting at church, all our sinks got backed up & water started pouring out of the dishwasher. We got it all under control, & planned to call the plumber this morning. But before we had the chance, it all errupted from the dishwasher again. The plumber came out & de-clogged our pipes, & looked under the dishwasher to see if there was any damage to the wood floors. while he was looking, he discovered that our dishwasher is leaking, which he won't fix. So we have to call an apliance guy to come take care of the. Also, there's no water *under* the dishwasher, but it's gotten under our sink cabinet. And we can't get to it unless we cut a hole in the bottom of the cabinet. So it's just sitting there, seeping into the wood floors. and it's not just any water... it's stinky, garbage disposal, been-sitting-all-night water. And every time i walk near the sink, the stinky water seeps out between the cracks of wood. The plumber was very encouraging & let me know that the smell is just going to get worse.
So, for any of you who were thinking of getting hardwood floors (heather) i would be sure *not* to put it anywhere that might get wet, like your kitchen.
On a lighter side, I told the plumber how i have the utmost admiration for plumbers & how they deal with other people's nastiness for a living. So he was kind enough to share his most disgusting experience with me, which was at the morgue. Since I've never dealt with the business of death before, he explained that they have an embalming table where they drain people's body fluids & cut their hair & fill them with embalming fluid. Well, apparently, the table drain got clogged & he was called out to fix it. He said it's the only time he had to run outside & gag because the smell was so bad. YUCK!
found this years ago, but i still think about it... thought i'd share.
1) CRACK open your briefcase or handbag, peer Inside and ask "Got enough air in there?" 2) STAND silent and motionless in the corner facing the wall without getting off. 3) WHEN arriving at your floor, grunt and strain to yank the doors open, then act as if you're embarrassed when they open themselves. 4) GREET everyone with a warm handshake and ask him or her to call you Admiral. 5) MEOW occasionally. 6) STARE At another passenger for a while. Then announce in horror: "You're one of THEM" - and back away slowly 7) SAY -DING at each floor. 8) SAY "I wonder what all these do?" And push all the red buttons. 9) MAKE explosion noises when anyone presses a button. 10) STARE, grinning at another passenger for a while, then announce: "I have new socks on." 11) WHEN the elevator is silent, look around and ask: "Is that your beeper?" 12) TRY to make personal calls on the emergency phone. 13) DRAW a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers: "This is my personal space." 14) WHEN there's only one other person in the elevator, tap them on the shoulder, then pretend it wasn't you. 15) PUSH the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more. 16) ASK if you can push the button for other people but push the wrong ones. 17) HOLD the doors open and say you're waiting for your friend. After a while, let the doors close and say "Hi Greg, How's your day been?" 18) DROP a pen and wait until someone reaches to help pick it up, then scream: "That's mine!" 19) BRING a camera and take pictures of everyone in the lift. 20) PRETEND you're a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the Passengers. 21) SWAT at flies that don't exist. 22) CALL out "Group hug" then enforce it.
#18 made me laugh out loud. I really wanna try #10 some day.
Every year, we go to The Picture People to get our photos done. They're not the best in the world, but they have cute poses & they're cheap. I get a membership every year which gives me lots of discounts. Well, our membership was going to expire in a couple weeks, so i called to make an appointment, & found out that they closed down! Well, i've got no clue where else to go, so we decided that just for the year, we'd drive an hour & a half away, to the nearest picture people, so we could use up our discounts.
anway... thought you'd like to see the pictures.
These are from last year:
And this year:
Zachy was very shy. Every time the camera people got him to smile or laugh, he would turn his head & hide. Finally, i told him that I'd give him a penny if he smiled. :)
Me & Chris pretending to love each other. :) They told us to kiss. I held it for about 3 seconds & then burst out laughing. I mean, really. How long could *you* sit there & pretend to kiss with a camera in your face? made a cute picture, though. --way better than the kissing one.
Remember that game, Scattergories? here's a version for the internet. :) join along!
SCATTERGORIES...it's harder than it looks! Copy and paste into the comments section & play with me.
*Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following...
*they have to be real places, names, things...nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same 1st initial.(WHICH BY THE WAY IS HARD IF YOU ALREADY READ THEIR ANSWERS) You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl
1. What is your name? Karina
2. 4 letter word: kilt
3. Vehicle: Kia
4. City: Kissimee, Fl
5. Boy Name: Karl
6. Girl Name: Kari :~D okay, okay... Kristina Kimberly Kay (tripple points!)
7. Alcoholic drink: kahlua
8. Occupation: kilt-maker
9. Something you wear: a kilt (oh, i'm so creative!)
10. Celebrity: Karl Marx --celebrity just means "someone famous," right? oh wait! Kirstin Dunst 11. Food: kit-kat (double points for me!)
12. Something found in a bathroom: kinky underwear? klothing... kisser-gloss... a komb...
13. Reason for Being Late: kar broke down? no wait... kangaroos ambushed me, and refused to let me go until I gave each of them a ride in my kar. :)
"Everything will be alright in the end. If its not, then it's not the end" ~~~ "Earth's crammed with heaven,And every common bush afire with God, but only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries."--Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~~~ "Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." --G.K. Chesterton ~~~ "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered." --G.K. Chesterton ~~~ "The days are long but the years are short." ~~~ "I'm CDO. That's like OCD, except the letters are in alphabetical order, like they're supposed to be." ~~~ "Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of life." - William Feather ~~~ "Ever notice that 'what the hell' is always the right decision?" ~~~ "The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face." -J. Handey