Sunday, May 31, 2009
What's impromptu for us? Well,....it's me looking at all the dirty dishes on the table and saying, "Hey, let's take the kids to the movies because I'm sick of talking about basketball." (unsaid: "I don't want to do the dishes now.")
And Tim says, "OK." (riveting I know)
Then I RUN upstairs, leaving all the dishes, find out that the movie starts in 14 minutes, and sound the call: "HEY KIDS!!! WE'RE GOIN TO THE MOVIES!!:
Even my almost 16 year old came running. They came running from the four corners of our quarter acre lot. It was a good test of their hearing, come to think of it.
When you make the decision to go this suddenly, the advantage is, that there's no time to argue about what movie the family is going to see. There's no time to nag the kids about what to wear....or whether their faces are clean....you just go dirty and fast.
Works for us.
"Up" was unique. I think I liked it. It did take me a bit to get over the fact that the characters don't have nostrils. And it was a little... ... ...poignant for a cartoon....but that was ok since it really wasn't aiming at the four and under crowd I don't think. The underlying themes were touching and all too real...about hopes, dreams, disappointments, aging and death. It didn't overly impress MY four year old, but then again she had high expectations.
In fact, Lily sobbed. She thought it was scary, and she's a pretty tough cookie given her older siblings and what she's been exposed through through them. She sobbed in my arms. Loudly. Strangely, her crying made me laugh. So she was wailing (loudly) and I was laughing...(also loudly).
It's worth the price of the ticket....although if you see it in 3-D, which we did because it cracks me up to see my family in the funny glasses, you'll pay a surcharge. I can see that this is the future since nobody can afford the popcorn anymore.
Oh...and they are coming out with Toy Story 3 next summer!!! Will that make me young again? Because I was very young and my kids were young when 1 and 2 came out, and just watching the preview made me feel like a decade rolled back. Funny how that is.
Anyway, thumbs up for "Up." It's a good one that the whole family can appreciate.
Friday, May 29, 2009
The perfect day, perfect seeds....and the perfect dress...a little bit country....
Beans and Corn, folks, beans and corn.....oh and carrots.
We planted a row of pole beans along the side of the house.
That's pretty much how I like to do things. I bought poles for
pole beans...oh about 6 years ago....never got the beans.
Tim threw the poles away last year, which means....yep....time for
me to NEED THEM. But you see, by PLANTING the beans before
I have (once again bought) the poles for them to grow on, I have created a DEADLINE.
And the world must know, I need DEADLINES to get ANYTHING done.
Lily was my helper. She poked them down.
Lily got tired of being barefoot. So she found some shoes...
The Green Giant meets Betty Ann...
She refused to look at the camera anymore.
It's her "America's Next Top Model" pose...
How about 22 four-year-old girls coming for a party!!!??
Actually, this seemingly innocent Princess Bike was
the culprit. It came in a zillion pieces and we could have
used a good "Tinker Fairy"...and that's what we got!...
Here she is in all her post party glory...
But first.... "THE TINKERBELL PARTY!"
They flew in from hither and yon to celebrate Lily's
They made "Tinkerbell houses"....
...there were feathers, glue, glitter and MUCH MORE!...
This little tink would have done this
Every tink self applied make-up and as many tattoos
as she wished! By the way, these tattoos were from
Target and they were HARD TO REMOVE!.. I'm talking
sandpaper here.....sorry Mom's.... sorry for the glitter
in the hair too.....
We had a crazy Tinkerbell lady come and
lead us in dancing and games!
Everybody got "glittered" with "Pixie Dust" and crowned
with a Tinkerbell garland.
A Toothpick Lunch was served outside on the sort of
warm sidewalk. This was April in Minnesota after all!
I thought I had everybody, but my camera (not me)
cut off one on the left and two on the right....
So they get cameo's...cause they were there!
Here's the right wing. I need a panoramic lense next time!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Katie, Lily and I headed south on a southern Illinois roadtrip to meet up with my siblings and SURPRISE my Mom with a retirement party. She is retiring from a teaching career. So as soon as I get Katie's camera uploaded I'll show pictures. OUR trip included hours of singing "car songs"...(because the boys never put up with that for more than thirty seconds,) stops along the way whenever we felt like it, catching up with old friends, hotels with soft beds, gourmet meals.... and one disturbing hotel experience...I'll post that one on its own...
Last night, we all arrived back home and compared stories and scars...oh yes there were scars, and our family now owns one less cell phone and camera. But first the laundry.....goodbye for now!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Bella (Katie known as Katie Belle when she was LITTLE)
and a Fella (their dad)
It was a magical night......at the ball.....in our kitchen....
Cinderella comes down the stairs....
She smiles at Prince Charming...(Dad for now.) ...showing
her glistening smile with the blue wad of gum....
Higher and Higher!!!
OK, that's high enough....
...and down for a spin....
...and a finish!
Do you think she feels special?
But Cinderella isn't the only princess at the ball...Belle
takes her turn with a more contemporary ensemble....
....a little more swing.... a little more jazz.... (notice Cinderella
waiting SO patiently...)
...and the LIFT....sort of...not quite ready for Simon.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
My butter tray.....
I don't think this has ever happened. There are just a couple things in life that I never let myself run out of:
...............and .....that's about it!
(The purpose of this post was not only to declare my hereditary love for butter and coffee (thanks Mom), but also to try out new formatting techniques. Thanks for your patience.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
There may be some funny things happening. I am playing.. I really am a change junky. If things are strange, bear with me!