Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a happy and blessed Christmas.

Long time no post...

Wow...didn't realize how long it's been since I posted anything.

It's been stressful these last few weeks.  Thankfully, youngest daughter ditched her scumbag boyfriend.  (Honestly, I never could understand what the attraction was.  I'll just be nice and say....LOSER!)  We still are dealing with some issues, and it seems like a state of armed truce around here at times.

It's probably why I didn't really get into the Christmas mood this year.  This year, I'm just hoping to survive the holidays.  There's a line from "Shrek the Halls" that I love, because it fits our family...

"Mama always said, it ain't Christmas 'till somebody cries!"

Anyway, I'll be back...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I may be AWOL for a bit.

Without going into a long story, youngest daughter was on the losing end of an altercation with a boy's ex-girlfriend.  She's fine, though it did result in a trip to the ER and a police involvement, and we will most likely be filing assault charges.

Please pray that she will realize that this boy isn't worth it.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Confession...

Sorry I haven't posted much lately.  I've been busy crafting!  A friend and I will have a booth at our local craft fair in December.  I'm trying to get as much done early as possible, so I'm not going crazy at Thanksgiving!

Which brings me to this conclusion...

It always looks so pretty and innocent in its cute little jars.  But as soon as I open it, it turns evil on me!

I used to be a preschool teacher.  And I would cringe every time an art project required glitter.  I knew that the kids and I would go home wearing as much of the stuff as ended up on the project, and it would end up on the floor and be tracked around for months.  Things haven't changed, except for the lack of preschool children.

I hereby vow never to use glitter again...until the next time I need it...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Make A Wish Trip

***warning-long post!***
Finally, as promised, a post about our trip.  Sorry it took a while, I've been recovering from jet lag and catching up on things after we got back!

First off, a huge thank you to Make A Wish and Give Kids The World for making it possible for us to go.  We were treated first class all the way!

Day 1- Travel Day.  A nice perk was being the first ones on the plane leaving Seattle.  We had a connection in Nashville.  From what we saw from the plane, it looks beautiful.  Then it was on to Orlando.  We didn't get to the Village until 10 that night, and they had a meal waiting for us!

This was our villa at Give Kids The World Village.  The village hosts families from all over the world.  It's run mostly by the nicest volunteers you'll ever meet!  Even though most of the events at the village are geared to small children, we enjoyed it!  They encourage "ice cream for breakfast" at least once during your trip, so we had it one morning.  And it was good....
Day 2- The Magic Kingdom!  What can I never gets old.  Make a Wish provides passes to the parks which let us "Fast Pass" all of the attractions.  Sometimes it was the actual Fast Pass line, or other times a wheelchair or special entrance.  After a while, I didn't even feel guilty jumping the lines....

This is my favorite Disney Ride.  Ever.

The only downside that day was getting caught in the mass exodus at the end of the night.  The monorail went down, so everyone was diverted to the ferry (across the lake to the parking lot) and buses.  First we were told one thing, then another about which was quicker.  After waiting about an hour, we were told the monorail was back up, so we finally decided to go back and get in line for that, which turned out to be a good move.  It ended up taking us almost 2 hours just to get out of DisneyWorld.  For an organization that handles most things so well, it was a little disappointing.

Day3- Off to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure!  Islands of Adventure was high on the girls' list because they wanted to go to the Harry Potter World.  They tried Butterbeer- they said it tasted like cream soda with caramel (good but very sweet).  This was also where I discovered that I can't go on rides that go upside down.  I went on the Dragon ride...BIG mistake!  I felt so sick afterward that I did nothing but sit and drink water for an hour.  So I missed most of Potter World.  I did enjoy the other parts of Islands of Adventure, especially the Jurassic Park ride and Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls.  Ok, I admit it.  I love the water rides.

After Islands of Adventure, we went over to Universal Studios and saw several shows.  The highlight of the day- and one of the best of the trip- was seeing Blue Man Group at Universal CityWalk!!!!

(picture from placestogoflorida)

Day4- Epcot!  I think we may have enjoyed Epcot the most of all of the theme parks.  I think that's because everything was new to us (except the Soaring ride, which we've done in California).  We learned the hard way that you can easily take two days just with Epcot, which also includes the World Showcase.  Unfortunately, we only made it through about half of the showcase pavilions.  My favorite of the ones we did see was France.

Family Joke- Oldest Daughter loved this show on Disney channel.  Probably because her name is Kim.... She and her sister did the mission to save the world from the Procrastinator Ray!

Day5- Gatorland and Disney Hollywood Studios.  Okay, true confession time...I skipped Gatorland.  Not because I didn't want to go, but because I injured myself!  I managed to take a big piece of skin off my right foot, and it HURT!!!!  It was painful to walk on, so I took the morning off.  Husband and girls went to Gatorland, an older attraction, and really enjoyed it!

Now, is it just me, or do those gators look WAY too close?

This is how I saw Hollywood Studios!  Notice how unhappy I look....NOT!  At least the family didn't have to worry about me keeping up with them!  I did manage to go on most of the rides, though I skipped the Aerosmith rollercoaster (that upside-down thing again).  In my defense, I did go on the Tower of Terror, which husband wimped out on!

Another highlight was the Beauty and the Beast Show.  We were in the front row and it was wonderful!

We also really enjoyed the American Idol experience.  It really felt like being at the show, minus Ryan Seacrest and the judges. We saw the finale show of the day.  My pick didn't win, but they were all good.

Day 6- Sea World and Aquatica water park.  Originally, we planned that we'd all go to the water park, but since I hurt myself, I couldn't go.  So the girls went to the waterpark, husband and I went to Sea World.  We enjoyed it, but I think he would have rather been in the water.
My beautiful girls.

That night, we went to the Arabian Knights dinner theater.  The storyline was pretty cheesy, but the horsemanship and pageantry was beautiful.

Day 7- we only had a few hours before our flight, so we walked around Downtown Disney.  Yes, we went up in that balloon!
A pirate at heart.
Coming back was mostly uneventful...TSA at the Orlando airport was s...l...o...w!  We had a connection in Denver.  Our flight was late, so we had 20 minutes to make our connection.  We came in at gate C1, our plane left at C30!  I don't think they could have put it any further away!  We made it...barely.
All in all, a great trip, and wonderful family time.  And we're totally spoiled for any future theme park trips.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

We're Home...

We made it back from our Make A Wish trip last night.  Our trip was fantastic, and I'll be posting about it soon.  Right now, I'm way too tired.  I haven't recovered from the three hour time difference yet!

I do have to thank two awesome organizations for our trip:

Friday, September 9, 2011

Checking In

Yikes!  I've been neglecting my blog the last few weeks!

My mom-in-law came up from Arizona and spent two weeks here.  Which meant both brothers-in-law were around most of the time.  Plus, oldest daughter finished up summer quarter at college and is home, with all of her stuff taking over the family room.  I loved having everyone here, but...what a zoo!

We're counting down to Florida!  We leave Sunday on our Make A Wish trip.  I think it's finally sinking in that we're really going.  I'm sure it's going to be a great trip.  There's a family at our church who did their wish trip to DisneyWorld in July, and they said that their trip was awesome!  Just wish it wasn't going to be hot and humid....I'm gonna melt.

Well, I suppose I should go and finish packing...and hoping I don't get stuck behind this guy....

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We now resume our normal blogging...

I'm back.  Looks like we finally tackled the computer issue.  Originally, we thought it was a virus causing the trouble, but my husband (also our resident computer geek) ran three different antivirus software programs, and all came out clean.  We finally figured out that my email had been hacked.  I had that account for over 15 years, with no trouble.  Wish I could say that about trying to delete it....

I went online to cancel.  It told me that my account couldn't be closed online, please call.

Ok...voice mail menu... "for cancellations, say 'cancellations.' "  Ok.  Cancellations.

After confirming my account..."Please go to our website to cancel your account."  WHAT?  I already did that and it won't let me!  And they had the nerve to disconnect me as well!

Another call.  Finally, I'm talking to a real person, probably outsourced in another country.  Oh, well...

"Why do you want to cancel?"  My account was hacked.
 "Did you run an antivirus program?"  Of course I did...several times...(heavy sarcasm here)
"Are you sure that you want to cancel?  You'll lose all of our special features...etc...etc..."

Just CANCEL my account!!!!!!!

"Are you SURE that you want to cancel your account?  You can change your mind within 30 days... Yadda yadda yadda..."


(No, I really didn't say that...but I wanted to!)

A few more rounds of this, and finally she cancels the account.

I'll refrain from commenting on what I think of foreign call centers and computer hackers.

Monday, August 8, 2011

We are experiencing technical difficulties...

My computer has had a nasty virus!  Hopefully we've got it taken care of now. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Sale I Couldn't Resist!

There it was in the the classified section...

100+ teacups, other china"

I hadn't even planned to go out Saturday, but I changed my mind in a big hurry!

I can say that it was NOT an exaggeration!

In talking to the lady having the sale, she told me this was only about 1/5 of her collection that she was selling.  She still had over 400 cups that she was keeping!  She also told me that a friend of hers has over 800 cups!  I can't even imagine having that many... I think my husband would be calling "Hoarders"  if I did that!  However, I could have gotten in serious trouble if I'd had more money with me!

So here are the ones I bought.

This one is by Royal Vale.

This one is made by Colclough.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but the background is a very pale pink.

This one is marked EB.  The lady told me the name of the maker, but I forgot what it was.


Love the yellow inside of the cup!

Plus, I found this cute little teapot!

So, it looks like my new cup shelf will be filling up fast!

Linking to

Monday, July 18, 2011

A project that took much longer than it should have...

The past couple of years, I haven't acquired too many teacups.  I was running out of space to put them.  My china cabinet is full, and if I put them on tables, they stood a high chance of ending up broken due to clumsy family members and a couple of fat kitties!

I found this shelf at the thrift store for a whopping $7.99!  As soon as I spotted it, I was thinking "please don't let anyone grab it before I get over there!" 

Unfortunately I forgot to take a before picture.  It was an ugly brown.  It took me a few weeks to finish it, as our weather was not cooperating for painting!

I added some pink porcelain roses to pretty it up.

Now comes the fun part...filling the shelf up!

Linking to

Tea Time Tuesday

Debbie-doo's newbie party

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A good start

Another July 4th is over, and the neighbors didn't burn our house down.  Every year, it's like a war zone around here.  I swear, I think I live in a neighborhood of budding pyromaniacs...

A couple of months back, I posted about wanting to redo my family room and its motley gathering of furniture.  (You can read it here- room re-do goals)

This is our current sofa...tacky at its best- or should that be worst?  Complete with cat damage.  Couldn't she at least look a little guilty?

Lovely, isn't it?

Well, I'm happy to announce that it will soon be on its way to the dump!

This is the new sofa.  Style-wise, it's not exactly what I would have picked if I'd had an unlimited budget, but I can live with it.  Especially since we hit a really good sale... it should be shipped in the next 2-4 weeks.

One project down, about a dozen to go...

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

"If we cease to be one nation under God, we will be one nation gone under."
~Ronald Reagan~

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Norma Jean McCurdy

Today, July 2, would have been my mom's 81st birthday. Ten days from now, the 12th, it will be exactly 5 years since she died.

My mom was beautiful, sweet, loving, strong, dependable, loyal... I could go on pretty much forever.

She was one of my best friends.

Happy Birthday, Mom.  I miss you and Dad so much.

"I close my eyes
and I see your face
if home's where my heart is
then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength
to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now."
-- MercyMe, "Homesick"

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thanks Make-A-Wish...We're going to Disney World!!

Yes, it's true!!!  Make-a-Wish just confirmed our trip in September!

I have to admit, I had some misconceptions about the Make-A-Wish foundation.  I thought they only granted wishes for terminally ill children.  They grant wishes for life threatening illnesses. Youngest daughter falls into that category. Even though she needs a liver transplant in the future, her condition is not considered terminal.  We did just make the age cut-off, as the wish process was started before she turned 18.

I also assumed that we wouldn't qualify for a wish because of our income.  While we certainly are not rich by any stretch of the imagination, we are firmly in the middle class.  Make-A-Wish doesn't consider family income in granting a wish.  We are blessed that we have excellent insurance coverage, but even so, when it comes to a transplant, there will be fees that won't be covered. 

Hey Mickey...we'll see you in September!

*This is not an ad or fundraising plea.  Just my personal opinion of an awesome organization!*

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ocean Shores

My husband and I went to the ocean for our 25th anniversary.  (It was actually on May 31, but we didn't want to go on Memorial Day weekend.)  Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, and my husband's broke while we were there!  So all of these pics are from the internet.

 (1960-70's era postcard)

When I was growing up, my family went to Ocean Shores every year.  My step-grandparents owned several lots there, and we would stay in one of the beach houses.  Even now I get a little excited when I see the gate.  Back then, it was a tiny beach town, with a few hotels on the beach.  It's much more built up now. Our activities then, other than the beach, were bowling, mini golf and (my favorite), the go-kart track.  The bowling alley and go-karts are still there, but the mini golf course is long gone.  Now there are a lot more shops, including this one...

(Sharky's Gift Shop)
We lucked out.  The weather was beautiful all weekend.  Maybe a little too beautiful, as I ended up with a really bad sunburn.  (I know, I know...SUNBLOCK!!!)  The beach was beautiful.  I'm content just to sit on a log and watch the waves.  We tried to drive on the beach to watch the sunset (yes, it's permitted), and managed to get stuck in the sand and had to be towed out!  So much for that idea....
(North Jetty)

The ocean always brings back a lot of memories, especially of my mom.  She loved the ocean, especially Seaside and Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast.  I have so many great memories of our vacations here.

(SS Catala)

I have to include this in my Ocean Shores memories, even though it's no longer there. This shipwreck was in the marina, and at low tide we would walk out to it, and run and climb all over it.  As you can imagine, it was vandalized and got to be dangerous over the years, and most of it was removed.  A few years ago, what remained of the hull was uncovered by storms, and it was found to be leaking oil.  The rest of it was dug up and removed.

All in all, we had a great, relaxing weekend.  Now back to real life...