Friday, November 30, 2007
Gus's Drive In (ironically that was my grandpa's name and my 1st piece!)
The Frozen Swirl- everybody loves a good cone!
The Dr. of Snow Village
Habitat for Humanity- yes, even a service project made it to my village!
A lovely victorian home...love the brick, stained glass and Santa's sleigh!
Even the Snow Village needs a pet store...they don't have a Humane Society quite yet!
Even the WT get involved in decorating! Love it!
The camping, hiking and fishing crew! Love those pop-up campers!
Timberlake Outfitters- for all of your canoeing pleasures!
My newest piece- Mighty Fine BBQ Pit. Man I love BBQ!
Here's the big picture...I am going to start needing more tables!
Hope you enjoyed the tour around Snow Village...come back again now, ya hear? (That was in my southern accent...not sure why, because Snow Village really more reminds me of Colorado or Utah...but I guess it could be Texas or something too right?!!)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
the rules of tag...
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are TAGGED by leaving a comment on their blog.
Some (not so) interesting facts about me...
1. I have never thrown up in my life. Weird, I know...I wish my steel stomach was as such on the outside.
2. I have a vein in the shape of a heart on my right bicep, my name means "to be loved" and I was conceived on Valentine's Day. LOVE sweet Love.
3. I still laugh when people toot. pass gas. fart. cut the cheese...whatever you want to call it...it still makes me laugh and crinkle my nose. And I am 29. Did I mention I am still childlike?
4. I... like Jaime...love the elipsis...(the 3 dots). They are beautiful as three and break up words better than a space...or a period...punctuation that takes a short runner up...the EX!CLAM!A!TION! M!A!R!K!!!!!!!!!!
5. I love finding new things online through blogs...many times I will have clicked through so many websites I can't remember how I got there in the first place. I have to admit I like getting lost in the WWW sometimes. It's funny when I buy stuff online and couldn't even begin to remember where I got it. I need to be better at bookmarking!
People I'm tagging: Cicily, Jill, Ashley, Natalie, & Cami!
Typical Disney pic...I've still never ridden the train in the background...to save my little feetsies!
Jells and Jaxman sporting Pluto and Goofy.
Took a ride on Storybook Land...never been on that before...it was the perfect interim for "my feet hurt so effin bad I need to sit for a good 10 minutes"! Plus we got there right when the afternoon parade ended (while they had it shut down) so we got right on when it reopened!
It was like pulling teeth getting Blake into this sleigh. Wish I woulda taken the ears off. I could photoshop it right?
This is Blake's attempt to make fun of me for taking so many pictures...ha, I showed him. See that hand pose...trying to be SO condescending!
Went on the canoe ride...actually paddled...it wasn't really a ride- we did all the work. Now my arms, feet AND butt hurt. Is Disneyland supposed to be this painful? Oh wait, I forgot...it is supposed to help you burn off the Churro and orange Fanta you just had...and that ice cream cone you ate 2 hours ago.
Blake getting physical. He really did want to punch me in the face for making him take so many pics and go on lame rides of my choice.
The Haunted Mansion was all decked out as the "Nightmare Before Christmas". Still haven't seen that movie (this Christmas I will for sure), but the decor looked awesome!
You can also see how soaked Blake got when we went on Splash Mountain...He thought he'd keep from getting wet by standing up after going down that big hill...you can see his theory to stay dry failed...lucky for me I was sitting right behind him and stayed pretty dry.
Friday, November 16, 2007
All clad in Christmas stuff! Beautiful!
So...the good thing is that I still love being a kid, even though I am now 29. So here's the rundown on Disneyland yesterday... first we hit up California Adventure...
First we rode Soarin' over California (man, this ride is legit) The smells...the air. WOW! Then we actually got Blake to ride the Tower of Terror (even through his fear of elevators)...ran into Sully on the way over...then went to California Screamin' roller coaster- loved it. It was pretty hot out and Blake begged to go on Grizzly Rapids- Chelsea, Nate and I were smart and decided to skip that ride while Blake and Pops went...they got soaked. Glad we skipped it. I hate being wet in jeans.
Hopping over to Disneyland was a blast. We hit up the Mad Hatter's hat shop- posed for some pics..
Then joined Jax, Jaime, Parker and the parents in Toon Town to run around the little "big" things...
Mickey's garden was quite impressive...
then we split off from the kiddos and Nate (my bro), Chelsea, Blake and I rode the Matterhorn- love that Abominable Snowman (scares me every time)! We also hit up Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (Nate smoked us all in points), we could even email pics of ourselves after the ride for free!then went on the improved Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Jungle Tours, Big Thunder Railroad, then hit up Space Mountain one more time before leaving!
They just happened to be taping a live session of Dancing With The Stars at Disneyland- but I haven't really been watching it- and didn't want to try to beat the crowds, so we lost interest pretty fast. The greatest part about going to Disneyland on a Thursday in the winter is the fact that the longest we had to wait to get on a ride was about 15 minutes. It was great! I highly recommend going in the middle of the week when there aren't any holidays- it made the experience so much better. And also, my feet really hurt last night, but are feeling pretty good today- we will be dealing with bigger crowds today- but at least we got in all the big rides we really wanted to go on yesterday!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
My birthday was lovely...Thanks all for your lovely wishes, emails, blog comments, and phone messages!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Yes...it's a Toshiba and it's lovely. It's got all the bells and whistles...but some neat things include: Label Flash, 200 GB hard drive, DVD SuperMulti optical drive AMD Turion 64x2 Dual-Core Processor, etc. I know... they aren't as cool as iEverything for Macs, but I had a long think and decided having a Mac wasn't worth my sanity this year...it's already been hard enough as it is. Many of you would say "but Macs are the simplest and easiest things to use on the planet!" however I beg to differ... I (somehow) find ways to break Macs or click something I shouldn't be clicking...then BAM....it doesn't work=hours on the phone with tech support or sitting at the Apple store at the genius bar for WAY too long. This is the beginning of a lovely relationship.
1) Ideal student behaviors in the classroom- respectful to others and self, honest, organized, accountable for own actions, come to class wanting and expecting to learn, positive, open-minded.
2) How to reinforce ideal behaviors- verbal praise, positive expressions and body language, rewards through stickers, extra "personal time", treasure chest, one-on-one time with teacher, contacting parents by phone/letter to give praise.
3) Behaviors I detest in the classroom- interrupting others by talking or distracting movements, disrespectful/talking back, whining, tattling, swearing, name calling, jeopardizing safety.
4) What we do to reinforce negative behavior- raise voice, assume a situation without getting full detail of incident (based off of previous behavior), put our hand on our hip, slam things around, roll eyes, grunt (humf) or exhail loudly, interrupt or shush with hand.
And my final item to look at would be... What is your breaking point when kids/students push your buttons? How do you keep your cool? We all have tendencies to snap in certain situations. Kids know when they are misbehaving- why do they do this? Usually they misbehave because they aren't getting the attention they personally need or are not getting personally fulfilled. The teacher brought up the point that in order for us to be happy educators we must think about those tough situations and how we could remain under control so we didn't do something that might jeopardize our teaching career.
How can we as parents/aunts/teachers in the home keep happy and allow a positive environment in the home so that behavior issues don't happen at school?
The teacher also brought up a good point that we expect kids to sit still for much of the day, however teachers can get up and down at their leisure- but kids get punished if they aren't sitting still. Same goes for the house- we all need time to stretch, move and get our blood flowing. Why do we condemn kids for having energy? Don't we just need to give them options for movement and participation? You tell me...
Saturday, November 10, 2007
After finishing 8 of my 10 "to fix" items, I wanted to work on a project since I had gotten this REALLY cool fabric (imported from Japan) about a month ago and was trying to figure out what I might make out of it... and since they cut fabric in "fat quarters" (20" x 22") and is rather expensive I wanted to make something reasonable- so I made a snuggly. That's just what I call a "mini" blanket for kids or toddlers. It's not big enough to lay on or be completely covered- just big enough to snuggle or nuzzle up to. The material on the back is SO soft- some kind of chenille, now I'm wishing I made an entire blanket just for me.
"One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts-just mere thoughts-are as powerful as electric batteries-as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live. So long as Mistress Mary's mind was full of disagreeable thoughts about her dislikes and sour opinions of people and her determination not to be pleased by or interested in
anything, she was a yellow-faced, sickly, bored and wretched child. Circumstances, however, were very kind to her, though she was not at all aware of it. They began to push her about for her
own good. When her mind gradually filled itself with robins, and moorland cottages crowded with children, with queer crabbed old gardeners and common little Yorkshire housemaids, with springtime and with secret gardens coming alive day by day, there was no more room left for the disagreeable thoughts which affected her liver and her digestion and made her yellow and
Thursday, November 8, 2007
However, in light of obsessiveness Blake in the mean time has figured out how to unlock the iphone so that people can use it, even if they don't have AT&T phone carrier. He is such a smarty. He's already sold 2 phones in 2 days- I am so proud. He says "I'm an entrepreneur!" I envy his techiness. I'm still learning how to download songs off of the internet.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
1) Way too much gore- pretty unnecessary actually
2) Did they really say the eff word in 1945 in Spain?
3) I've already had nightmares about the guy with the hand eyes (yeah I know, I'm still a little kid)
4) Thank goodness we got it on netflix cuz I had to fastforward it about 4 times due to graphic violence and the chase scenes (I get REALLY queasy with gore, and being chased in a narrow hallway is my WORST nightmare!)
5) What was the final outcome? I don't want to spoil the ending but I don't get it! It just seemed strangely put together.
I'll give it creative and I didn't even mind it having Spanish subtitles. I especially loved the little girl- as an actress she was phenomenal... I just feel like something was missing- like they didn't finish the story or give more details on the idea of the Labyrinth. Did someone catch something I missed? Maybe I missed it in my tiny fast forwarding bouts or when I was closing my eyes...and ears!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
My laptop has had some issues with the input jack and getting a full battery charge. We've had to get it re-soldered about 5 times and the last time we took it in the guy said the computer may be trash if it breaks again. Well, it broke again, and I'm trying to get the info pulled out, but still trying to get in contact with the IT guy to do it. So, in the mean time I am FLIPPING out about losing all of my school work, pictures, music, etc. I will DIE if I lose it all! So, WHEN (note- the positive vibe) I get all of my stuff restored I will be including her birthday party pics. The good thing is that I backed up my hard drive, but it was WAY back in January! So much has gone into my computer since then!
Please pray for me! Yes, prayer is appropriate in this case as my sanity could be on the line!
making pretty toppers...
These aren't scary pumpkins!!
Carving with a pattern is hard too...I mean, look at the cat's left ear- It has elephantitis!
A cute typical Jack-O-Lantern done by Blake
And just to start the season off right, in honor of the Phx Suns...
I actually DID design and carve this one...
Hope you had a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! We actually stayed home and handed out candy for the first time since we've been married and it was so much fun! We actually ran out of candy! We loved seeing all of the costumes...the kids were so cute!
* Oh and a little shout out to my cousin Tracy- Happy Birthday!!*