|This girl loves going outside. She will standing out the door yelling and yelling. If a door opens she is out it.|
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
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|Tiny Girl in a Float|
Friday, May 28, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
1) Huggies Coupons. I guess this makes sense. I've been changing diapers on and off again for six years. Can you believe it...SIX YEARS! Oh my! These coupons happened to come with coupons for Huggies "Jeans". I'm sorry but these made me feel a little sick. I'd rather just stick with cute cloth diapers. Also it looks like pigtail girl's mom has been changing diapers for six years as well. Yuck!
2) Fitness Magazine.
3) Classic Kathy Smith Step DVD. Are we seeing a theme here.
4) Ready Made Magazine. I love how funky the ideas are in this magazine. Way too funky for me to actually try out but they are fun to look at.
5) AT&T promotion. They just won't give up.
6) Wells Fargo statement. $16 in a savings account we keep forget to close whenever we are home is the only tie we still have to Utah...oh wait that and our family :)
7) A request from my condo company asking me to bring my drivers license in so they can get a copy. Seeing as this is the third one they've sent out I'd say my mail tells you I'm a procrastinator.
8) A postcard from Grandma and Grandpa Morgan letting us know they renewed their magazines through Ezra's school fundraiser. In the ps section grandpa wrote, "Always remember Transformers more than meets the eye." Funny in laws who love my kids. Aren't I lucky!
9) A credit card statement...containing my mother's day gifts. Lucky my hubby remembered. Married to someone tacky :)
10) And drum roll please...2 U2 Tickets. Ok hopefully this concert is still on. I heard about Bono's emergency surgery. But if it is I can cross off something I've had on my list for 12 years. I'm a lucky girl :)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I picked Chosen up at the library because the cover art looked good. I've been reading a lot of young adult/older child fiction recently because the books read fast and I feel like they are about all my overwhelmed mama brain can handle. The story started out great and I really thought it was going to be a winner. Then Dekker brought in some humor in the form of bats. It got a little cheezy. I still think the book was worth reading. Yes the romance is underdevloped and the story is a little simplistic but the main charter was definitely likeable and the basic story line was intriguing. I like the idea of the Forest Guard, fighting off the disease that causes them to become part of the hoard with magical waters and bathing :) Maybe I should read it to my kids to encourage more showers. Chosen is part of a huge series of books that starts with three graphic novels and ends with a whole slew of books following this one. I will not be reading the graphic novels. My mind just doesn't work that way. I can't stand them. I will be checking out the following books though...at least for now.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I gave this book a five because when I finished it last night I just couldn't stop thinking about it. It begins in 1981 in a Northern Irish town bordering Southern Ireland. Fergus McCann is the second son, studying for his A level exams, trying to do well enough to leave Ireland and become a doctor. While out gathering peat with his Uncle Tally (Unk), Fergus finds the body of a 2000 year old Iron Age Child.
You have several stories going on. While studying for exams Fergus is falling in love Cora who has come with her mother to study the "Bog Child". He is befriending a soldier from the other side. He is being forced into becoming a runner for the IRA. Meanwhile the McCan family is in an uproar over the fact that Joe, the oldest son and member of the provisional IRA is on jail on a hunger strike. Woven throughout is the life of "Mel" discovered through dreams Fergus has.
After reading a third of the way through the book, I skipped to the end. I just don't handle surprises well and I wanted to know if someone was going to die. Knowing the end I returned, finished the story out and then skipped back to beginning to reread to see if there were clues I missed.
It tells an interesting piece of history. It part historical fiction, part mystery, part coming of age novel. It has a good Irish feel to it. The F bomb gets dropped one time that I remember. There is also a little bit of teenage hormones.
I don't know that this story would be for everyone but it is the kind of story that you finish and you just want someone else to talk about it with. Definitely interesting.
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Yes it is possible. I had this horrible moment yesterday. I pulled my son's light clothes out of the dryer, his white uniform polo shirts, khaki uniform pants, underwear, socks, his Taekwondo uniform, all of it was marked up with red crayon. Red crayon also marked up the whole inside of my dryer. After an initial freak out I decided it was time to clean up the mess. I used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean off the drum of the dryer because my experience has been there is very little Mr. Clean can't clean. All the red came off easy. Then I got online to see if anyone had advice about how to get the crayon off the clothes. What did I ever do before the internet? Sure enough I wasn't the only person who had ever had a kid sneak a crayon in the wash via pocket, and after scratching any ideas that seemed super tedious (scrapping all the crayon off by hand) or involved ingredients I didn't have (glo be gone) here is what I finally settled on.
1) Put the clothes in the washer, and set the water to hot. I'm thinking as hot as you can get it to get the wax melting. If you are worried about your water getting hot enough consider adding a pot of boiling water. I didn't, but I like things to be easy.
2) Add your laundry detergent (I just used what I had on hand which was All Free and Clear), a 1/2 cup of vinegar, and 4-6 Tbs. of dish liquid (the stuff sitting on your counter that you would wash dishes by hand with).
3) Let the clothes soak for 10-15 minutes.
4) Let the wash run normal.
I followed the instructions but in the back of my mind I thought I was done for. I just knew all of the clothes were going to have to be replaced. I was a fool to doubt. When I pulled out the clothes almost all of the red was gone. Considering the mess I started with it was a miracle! Those pieces that were clean I just sent through my newly cleaned dryer. Their were a few pieces that still had a few traces of crayon on them. I threw those ones back into the washer and did the process again with them. Eureka! Everything was then clean. Thank you internet!!!
*This post is by far my most popular. It hasn't worked for everyone but at least three times a month I get an e-mail or a comment from someone saying it saved their bacon, so hopefully it will work for you. Since the original writing of this post I've had to do this three more times. I have four kids, am notoriously bad about checking pockets, and find that those crayons from restaurants have a way of sneaking home in pockets. So far it hasn't let me down.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Angi doing what my family does best :)