Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I wanted to share these pictures and video with all of you from Gage's music program Monday night, so figured I best get them posted before it's old news!
Another cold day out there. My friend Emily had a funny comment posted on her blog. Her husband Jody came into the house the other day and said, "Nobody's talking about Global warming out there today!" Ha ha! I'm sure that's the truth! They aren't talking about it today either!
Emma and I went to hockey today, despite the freezing cold temperatures. My fingers were so cold when I was trying to get her hockey gear on that they hurt. I sure would hate to have a job that requires you to be out in weather like this. Although, I'm sure if I did, I would wear gloves! I forgot them when I was walking out the door and certainly regretted that!
Yesterday I went online to pay a credit card bill and discovered that I forgot to pay it in December. I think I am losing my mind. Anyway, when I was looking I saw that it was due Dec 26, and figured I must have just gotten busy with our trip to Iowa and making all of those Christmas cookies that I just spaced it off. Another reason is because I get paperless statements, so every month I get an email telling me my bill is due. Well, apparently I didn't pay that much attention to the email. Anyway, I have had this happen before. Last month, in fact, I had gone online to pay my other credit card off and apparently forgot to change the default payment of the minimum amount due, and got charged a late fee, finance charge AND an over limit fee (we don't have a very high limit on this card). (This sounds terrible, I know. But, we don't abuse our credit cards. We pay them off in full each month). Anyway, yesterday I called up the credit card company to see if I could get them to remove the $29 late fee and the $1.29 finance charge (with that low of a finance charge, it's obvious the bill wasn't very high.) Anyway, I call the place up and ask if there's any way they could remove that charge. The guy told me that he couldn't do that until I paid it. I knew that wasn't true, because my other credit card company took the charges right off. I had scheduled a payment online to occur on the next due date. I asked him if I re-scheduled the payment to occur today, could he then take the charge off. (And, by the way, he wasn't American so I was having a hard time understanding him). He told me I would have to pay it first, and then I could call back later and they would credit my account. Well, I didn't want to call back later, because I wanted to deal with it now, otherwise I would forget, which is why I have this problem in the first place. Then he asks, "Do you mind if I ask why you didn't pay it on time?" I said, "Sure! I guess I got busy over the holiday season and since it was due on Dec 26, and we were out of town, I just plain screwed up and forgot!" He would just not do it and he was making me mad. I then told him I just wanted to cancel the credit card then. (We've had this card for nearly 10 years, so they usually don't want to get rid of good customers.) I couldn't understand a lot of what he was saying, and I really did NOT want to cancel this credit card because we earn college savings for the kids with the use of this card. Then, he told me since I wasn't the primary card holder, I couldn't cancel the card. I got mad and told him I would have my husband call later to cancel the card and I hung up the phone. So, last night I had Scott call them. They took the charge right off and had no problems doing so. UGH! I'll bet the guy I talked to must have left a note on our account saying that I threatened to cancel the card and they didn't want that to happen? Anyway, they removed the charges and all is well. Why do they have to be so difficult?
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Gage's program at school last night was really good. He seems to excel in music class as well. He had his hand raised every time the teacher asked a question, and when she called on him, he knew the answer. It was a neat little program where they got to show what they were learning with different rhythm instruments. We got his report card this week and he is doing excellent in school. He is exceeding what is expected in all areas. We are very proud of both him and Emma.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I'm packed and ready for my weekend retreat in Medora! I am so proud of myself for being so organized and not scrambling around at the last minute trying to get my things rounded up! I don't know when the last time was that I wasn't panicking at the last minute!
Scott has a decoy party to go to Friday night, and I will be out scrapbooking. The kids are so excited and happy that they will still get to attend the BINGO for books event at Gage's school! Our wonderful friends, The Hockings, are going to take them to the school and have a fun-filled evening (I hope!). I know the kids will have fun, I just hope they don't wear anyone out! This is such a fun event. You bring in books you don't want anymore, kids books and they also have adult books as well, and you get a ticket for each book you bring, and then you can "buy" other used books with your tickets. There are several tables jam-packed with books. Then, if you get a BINGO, they have a table of new books you can pick for your prize. They also have pizza for $1/slice, free popcorn and lemonade and ice cream for $0.50. I'm actually very sad I'm going to miss it because I had a great time last year. If it was anything other than Medora that I had going on, I certainly would have skipped it to attend BINGO for books! I hope Juanita and/or Kim and/or Erin have a wonderful time! Thanks so much guys!!!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The other night I got a phone call from school wanting to know if I would serve on a task force committee to help get the Corpus Christi Church get ready Northridge Kindergarteners next fall. They asked 3 parents of incoming Kindergarteners to be on the committee, and I happen to be one of the lucky ones. I wasn't able to tell them no, so the first meeting was today after school at the church. I was under the impression the meeting was going to be at the school and was told that the kids could spend that time in the library or the gym, which I had relayed onto Gage. He was not happy that the meeting ended up being at the church. He was so BORED he tells me. However, when we went to tour the classroom area, he and the other kids that were there got up and started running laps around the gym. That was good for them and got his mind off of being BORED! I don't understand how a 7 and almost 5 year old can get BORED so easily? With all of the toys and books and everything else they have I would never think they could get BORED! I'm going to have a list of chores ready for them when they tell me they are BORED again!
Monday, January 21, 2008
No school today for Martin Luther King, Jr day. The kids kept pretty busy playing most of the day. Gage read a whole Star Wars library book called "The Making of Star Wars". He found it quite interesting. Later in the afternoon they were invited over to the neighbors' house to play. They were excited to get to play with Hallie and Erik.
I worked a bit at getting organized for my weekend scrapbooking retreat in Medora. I am power-laying out my pages so I can hopefully get LOTS accomplished! I typically get somewhere around 30-34 pages done. I'm hoping that will completely finish up the year 2005. I'm a little over 2 years behind. I'm working in Emma's scrapbook right now because I have Gage caught up to start 2006. It's fun to look back at these pictures. She is 2 1/2 in the pictures I'm on and boy was she a cutie! I just love her little curly piggy tails! :-) What a sweetie.
Speaking of Emma, I just wanted to mention something about her. We have this book, 2 of them actually, that have built in pianos and the pages are the notes to play different songs. Last week when I was cleaning in her room, she stumbled upon this piano book and sat down to play it. She has been playing it a lot, and is has been driving me a little nuts. Especially when I'm trying to concentrate on something. Well, just a couple of days ago, I was doing something and Emma was playing the piano book. I was dumbfounded! She started playing a song. Seriously! She was playing "God is so good". I couldn't believe it! The notes and keys are color coded and she figured it out! I have been wanting to get a piano to get Gage and Emma both started in piano lessons. I have a friend who wants to get rid of one and said I could have it, I just have to figure out how to get the thing moved! I am much more motivated having heard Emma playing that piano book! She LOVES to sing and dance and I think she is going to be good at all of those things.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Stacy: "No way, you did not!"
Scott: "Yeah, I did."
Stacy: "You did not!"
Scott: "I did too! I was stopping behind this guy and slid on the ice and ran into him. I didn't hurt his vehicle at all, but it cracked our bumper."
Stacy: "WE JUST TALKED ABOUT THIS THE OTHER DAY! HOW YOU WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO STOP! I TOLD YOU YOU WERE GOING TO REAR-END SOMEONE DOING THAT!"
Scott: click. He hung up the phone.
I was very upset with myself for reacting the VERY same way he reacted to me when I ran into a lightpole when we lived in Memphis while I was trying to drive my psychotic cat to the veterinary clinic, after he freaked out and jumped straight into the rolled up window! I shouldn't have reacted that way and I think the reason I did was because I was annoyed that he took my van in the first place instead of taking his truck. UGH! I wouldn't have said anything if it had been his own vehicle that he had crunched! Anyway, he cracked the front bumper and bent up the license plate. I'm sure our deductible is higher than the amount of damage, which I'm sure will be somewhere around the $1000 mark? I don't know that for sure though. He did try exlpaining to me later that he did not come to a sudden stop, he was slowing down gradually, and then slid on the ice. I found that very difficult to believe, because every time I am in the vehicle with him he waits until the last minute to stop and just stops, almost as if he were slamming on the brakes. It annoys the heck out of me. We had just had a conversation about this very thing a week or so prior to this. It was a little slippery out, and I kept ramming my foot through the floorboard on the passenger side using my imaginary brakes.
Scott: "When have I ever ran into anyone?"
Stacy: "Well, you bumped into someone when we lived in Bozeman, and you have also bumped into someone since we've lived here." (now that makes 2 times since we've lived here).
Scott: no comment.
The funny part of this whole story is, later in the afternoon yesterday, we had gone out to run an errand to take supper to a couple who just had a baby. On our way there, we discussed the "accident" a little bit. Scott, again claims that he did NOT wait until the last minute to stop, that he was gradually slowing down. Then Gage comments from the back seat.
Gage: "Dad was a little bit distracted Mom."
Gage: "Yeah, he was reaching up to get $3.00 out of the ashtray to give to me for getting 100% on my spelling and dictation test, and then he looked up and saw he was about to run into the car in front of us, so he hit the brakes."
Mom: "Ah, so the truth comes out!"
I looked at Scott and he laughed as he said that wasn't true. Then Gage proceeded to tell step by step, again, what had happened. I think I have mentioned before that I don't usually get into arguments with Gage about memories!
Shall the truth set you free!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Last night I went and played Co-ed volleyball on a city league. One of my friends asked if I would like to play Thursday nights. That was a hard decision because my favorite shows are on Thursday nights, Survivor, Grey's Anatomy and ER. I decided to tape the shows and play. I had a good time. I love playing volleyball. Our team won the first 2 matches, then lost the last one. We should have won it too, but pretty much beat ourselves. I am a little stiff and sore this morning. I think my body doesn't like diving for balls. My brain; however, thinks otherwise. I'm very competitive and will do pretty much whatever it takes to save the ball. I would like to get a team of friends together to play next year. It would be a lot more fun if I was playing with people I knew!
Today is Family Fun Day. It was Emma's turn to pull an activity out of the box. She picked out "Watch a movie at home with popcorn and drinks". They were both excited about this, but then couldn't decide on a movie. Of course Gage wants to watch Star Wars. He bought Return of the Jedi a few nights ago with his own money. I'm not really into Star Wars. Emma wants to watch Barbie stars In The Nutcracker. Not really into that either. I'm going to have to go to the video store and find something we all can enjoy. Although Gage has made it clear he will only REALLY be happy if we watch Star Wars. I'm not sure this "Family Fun Box" is working out to be much fun for me? However, it does get the kids out of bed on Friday mornings!
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I guess even when there's nothing to talk about, you can always talk about the weather! It is going to be quite balmy here for the next couple of weeks. The wind started tonight and I can hear it gusting down the fireplace. It is also snowing, making for some bad driving conditions.
We did learn today that Emma will for sure be attending Kindergarten next year all day every day. I also saw on the KXMB web-site that the school board voted for the Kindergarteners to be the ones to go to Corpus Christi. I'm not sure what Emma's thoughts were on that, but I think she seemed a little sad that she won't be in school with her big brother next year like we had hoped. She will have a shorter walk to school, however. And, on days like tomorrow, I'm sure she will be grateful!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Emma's room is shaping up. I also removed everything from her walls and I'm hoping to get the urge to start tearing the wallpaper off of her walls and give it a nice fresh coat of paint! We are halfway through the month and I'm still keeping up with my New Year's resolution to get organized! I hope it can last throughout the whole year!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I have been having issues with my calendar. My last calendar was a Mom's planning calendar that lasted 17 months. This calendar wasn't the typical calendar, because it read the days vertically down the side of the calendar, rather than across the top horizontally (like a normal calendar). Anyway, I really liked the calendar because it gave each person in the family a line so you could write down all of the activities for each person on each day. FINALLY, my calendar ended! I found a new Mom's planning calendar at the mall in one of those shops in the aisle. This one was very similar to my other one, except that it reads normally, across the top. Apparently I got used to the other one that read vertically, and now I'm messed up trying to read a normal calendar. We had cards this weekend with friends that was to be on Saturday night. I hired a babysitter for Friday night. Scott went to get her and as he was coming home he drove by our neighbors' house that was hosting cards this month and there were no lights on. He asked me when he got home where it was, and I said it was at the Munson's. Well, there were no lights, so I checked my email, and it was for Saturday, not Friday. UGH! I decided since the babysitter was from Mandan, that I hated to have to take her all the way back home, so we went to Target, Scheel's and Barnes and Noble. Then, I had to hire another babysitter for Saturday night. I hope I can get this calendar business straightened out because I can't afford too many of those types of mistakes! Then, my other issue with the calendar is this. Why in the heck would they make a 17-month calendar that starts in August, then ends in January? So, I bought this new Mom's calendar, which also started in August, so 5 months of it are already wasted because the previous one ended in January? Such a dumb thing. I guess they can charge more money for it because it has more months, even though you won't be using half of it because they have already passed? Just something to think about.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
We have been getting snow today. I am babysitting my neighbors' house and the next house north of them while they are vacationing in Hawaii. I decided I better get outside and get the 3 driveways shoveled because I didn't know for sure when it was going to stop, and I didn't want to get too much snow out there to have to remove. I felt nice and warm when I was finished with that! Then I went to get Gage at school. He was very happy to report to me that he got 100% on his spelling test and 100% on his dictation test! I was very happy for him. He's gotten 100% on each of his spelling tests, but due to rushing and not looking over his dictation part, he has missed a couple with each of those. I thought this was his first set of 100%, but he told me he had one other on his first set of tests. I don't remember that? I'm going to have to go back through his papers and look. I should just trust what he says, because if we're having a battle of memories, I'm typically the loser!
Today was the 2nd week of our "Family Fun Box". I bought this box at a Once Upon a Family party that a friend had and decided to put it to use. The box comes with sheets of paper that you write down different fun things your family likes to do, then once a week you pull one out of the box. Last week they pulled out "Invite Friends Over". Gage invited Grant and Emma invited her friend Jadyn. I'm not so sure the whole thing turned out as "fun" as I thought? (However, nothing is ever fun when you have PMS!) Emma wasn't always playing nicely and it got a little loud at times. Emma's friend Jadyn; however, had a GREAT time, and I'm glad of that. Typically she is very (VERY) shy, and I think this was the first time I have seen her come out of her shell. I don't think I had really ever heard her talk? Anyway, they had fun. Today, was our second time to pull a sheet out of the box. Gage got to draw it out this time and he pulled out "Coloring Night". Well, Gage was not too thrilled about this. (It was Emma's idea for this to be written down). I'm just thrilled that it's cheap! :-) It was amazing at how quickly they got out of bed this morning when I reminded them that it was Friday and that they got to draw an activity out of the Family Fun Box! :-) This seems to be going over very well with Gage and Emma.
My friend Kara has started a blog. You will find her link listed on my blog. Her daughter Jadyn is the friend that Emma had over to play last Friday. Check it out when you get a chance!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Me: I was like, "Uh, what was that?"
Him: "Is that okay?"
Me: "Uh, what was that again?"
Him: He goes into another session of talking that I can't understand. "Is that okay?"
Me: "Uh, you said it is free?"
Me: "Uh, sure, whatever, as long as it's free."
He told me the TracFone I had was not able to be used in this area. He was going to send me a new one free of charge and instructions on how to send the other one back to them. Well, I figured that was the end of the TracFone. Until today, I was completely surprised to see it in between the doors when I answered the door when the mailman brought me a package. I received the new phone today!! I have registered it and it appears to be working. I called Scott on his cell to test it out, and so he could put the number in his phone. I have no idea how to program it with numbers, etc, but if there's an emergency, I'm set! Thanks Mom!!!
Last night we had a paper shredding party. Part of my "getting organized" plan was to go through our filing cabinet and ditch unnecessary papers. OH MY! I thought I had gone through the filing cabinet a couple of years ago, and maybe I did, but apparently I wasn't in the throw away mood that I am in right now. I had statements way back from 1999 from cable, phone, etc etc. We moved here in 2002. I would hate to know how many trees went through the paper shredder last night! I'm not kidding when I tell you the motor overheated twice and I had to wait for it to cool off. In fact, one time I noticed it was smoking!!!!!!!! YIKES! We filled at least 6 garbage bags with shredded papers. I can't imagine how terrible it would be if we had never moved and I had been saving from the time I left home? I would have had to buy three shredders to keep up. I had a huge sense of accomplishment after I was finished! It is a 2-drawer filing cabinet. I opened up the first drawer to admire its emptiness. Then I opened up the second drawer only to find it was still jam-packed full! I couldn't believe that was only 1 drawer! Scott was helping me pull the stuff from the cabinet, so I had no idea there was still another full drawer to go through. When I am finished I will be soooo happy! I'm not saving much at all and plan to start over. Only this time I'm going to start by putting most of the papers I receive through the mail straight into the shredder! No wonder when people's houses catch on fire they just go up in flames! They have so much "fuel" with all of the paperwork they keep stored in boxes. Not me! I'm throwing it all away!!!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Emma's first day back at hockey was yesterday since the break. She spent most of her time on the ice making ice angels. She has been begging and begging to go out and do some ice dancing. I told her this was her chance. Strawberry Shortcake makes it look very easy on her "Let's Dance" DVD. Emma came back all upset because she couldn't do it. I told her that if she was really interested in it, I would sign her up to take figure skating lessons. She said she wants me to sign her up. We'll see what happens.
Not much on tap today. We have a few errands to run. Hockey for Emma over the lunch hour. I need to make myself a list on what I want to get organized to get myself a little more motivated.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
The volunteer banquet was fun. They made it fun for both the men and women. We played BINGO and the prizes were decoys and Longaberger baskets. I wasn't too excited about either, but I had fun playing BINGO. They had an item that I was excited about on the silent auction, however. They had a small wooden box, like a cedar chest, with a duck carved on the front of it. I didn't really care about the duck, but I really liked the box. Apparently when they unloaded the box for the banquet, they either broke it, or it arrived broken. So, the deal was, if you won the auction, you could take the broken box, and they would also ship you a new one. I have been looking for cedar-chest type boxes for the kids. I wanted to have a place to put the things I want to save for them to have one day when they have a home of their own. This was the perfect thing, because I got 2 for 1! And, Scott thinks we can fix the broken box with some wood glue and clamps. I couldn't be more excited! Scott was also excited about his new decoys. (We really needed more of those!)
The banquet lasted quite awhile, and I knew it was going to be bad news as far as the kids were concerned. I'm not sure about the time we went back to our room, but it was somewhere in the 10pm range I think? The rest of the night just went downhill from there! I told Scott to go for dessert with a few other DU guys and their families and I took the kids to the room. After I finally got the room picked up with all of our stuff organized, I had the kids ready for bed and read some stories. Emma was very fidgety and wouldn't lay still. My nerves were really being tested. We went around and around about this and finally Scott came back to the room. I was trying my hardest to have them asleep before he got back because he was going to bring me back a dessert. Well, needless to say, I had to share. It was a delicious chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream with nuts in it and hot fudge topping. The kids enjoyed it too. Then, it was back to business trying to get them to bed. I handed Emma over to Scott, as I had had enough. He had a few more patience than I did, since he had been out for awhile, but still could not get her to settle down. Finally, she started bawling and said she wanted to go home. She missed her bed and she missed Grusy. There was no getting her to stop. This went on FOREVER! She wanted to sleep on the floor and we weren't letting her because it was dirty and just didn't want her on the floor. I looked at the clock just as Scott fixed her a spot on the floor and it was 11:55 p.m. I don't think Gage or Emma have ever been up that late? She got down on the floor and no kidding, she was snoring by 11:59. UGH! If I had known that's all it was going to take, I would have started her out on the floor!!! Then, I could have enjoyed that delicious dessert all by myself! Needless to say, they were tired and cranky all morning until we left for Bismarck and they were pretty quiet on the ride home, thank God! I'm not sure how much more whining and carrying on I could take.
There's no place like home!
Today was a big day at home for my family in Iowa. My Dad's retirement party was today and my sister Jari Jo got married. Unfortunately, we were not able to attend due to the short notice of both events. I hope it was a great day for all of them. Congratulations Dad, Mom, Jari Jo and Brian!!!!! My thoughts are with all of you! I'm looking forward to seeing my parents here visiting in North Dakota now that they have no more excuses as to why they can't come! I hope Dad and Mom have a happy, fun-filled retirement!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
I spent most of the day organizing! I finally tore into my scrapbooking room. It was so bad that I couldn't even stand to be in there, let alone find a place to actually scrapbook! I got most of my paper and scraps organized. I need one more drawer organizer and I think that will be finished. I will be so happy to finally get it done and maybe get some scrapbooking done? I at least need to get to power laying out because I have my big winter scrapbooking retreat at the end of this month in Medora. I can't wait!
We went to Walmart today so I could get my organizing drawers and the kids had some Christmas money burning a hole in their pockets. I can't wait until they have their wads spent. I'm tired of picking up toys. I am going to hit their rooms on Friday when they are in school and have a massive cleaning out session. I'm in the "throw-away" mood, so I best get going in their rooms.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
1 jar Roasted Tomato Salsa (Tastefully Simple)
2-3 tsp Wahoo! Chili or Fiesta Party Dip mix (Tastefully Simple/we used the Fiesta Party Dip Mix)
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
3 cups chicken broth
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
15 oz. can pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained (we used black beans)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Blue Aztec Chips (Tastefully Simple) I did not have these, so we just used the new Multigrain Tostitos and they were great.
Combine first 6 ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on high 2-3 hours. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and Blue Aztec chips. (Makes 4-6 servings) Also, just in case you decide to make it and have the same questions as we did about precooking the meat, the recipe did not say to do it, so we didn't, and it turned out great. We were a little skeptical about mixing the raw meat with all of the other ingredients, because typically you brown it first. Apparently the recipe is correct and no precooking is necessary, because the pheasant was cooked and delicious.
This is sooooooo delicious. I bought this Tastefully Simple Slowcooker recipe book for $1.95 at a party a friend had. I didn't realize at the time (I didn't see it prior to ordering) that all of the recipes call for Tastefully Simple products, although it certainly makes sense. Anyway, I know a Tastefully Simple consultant and ordered some of the products and this was the first one I've tried and it was sooooo good!
(Juanita, I believe you mentioned awhile back that you had pheasant to use up and I told you I had a good recipe. Well, this one is even better!! You should definitely give it a try.)
I'm sure chicken would be just as good, but the pheasant was great. And, it was even better because Scott hit the pellet this time instead of me. Typically I hit the darned pellets, if there are any, and usually just thinking of eating pheasant makes me cringe, but this recipe has saved Scott from a lot of future complaining about eating pheasants!!!
Let me know what you think when you give it a try!