taking back roads

Star Student!!

Benny is this weeks Star Student in his class! He has the honor of being the line leader all week, treated to a slushy at lunch, share his “All About Me” poster and bring in a special Show & Tell item from home!

Benny likes:
Cheese & pineapple pizza
Color blue
Doing puzzles
Going to the zoo
Disney’s Cars
Wants to be a race car driver and trash man

So proud of him!!

In other school news, Abby’s music teacher sent home a sketch of what she’d like the costumes to look like.



The play is in 2 weeks from today.


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I need YOUR help!!

Abby’s school musical is next month and she was given the part of Caterpillar/Butterfly.

I get the fun part of making her costume.


Here is the note from the teacher:

“The caterpillars have a song where they turn into butterflies. These costumes may be tricky to make. There should be some sort of colorful wings that can hang free in the back throughout most of the musical. The wings should have something that can be pulled up and flapped when they turn into butterflies. Colorful fabric with several small wooden dowels attached like the wires in an umbrella may work. At the beginning of their song they need a cocoon made of tan colored fabric that they can be wrapped in. If you have a suggestion for how this can work let me know and I’ll share your ideas with the other butterflies.”

She also “suggests” we search the Internet to get ideas for the costume.
I’ve got a suggestion… Pick a new play, kidding (kind of).

I can barely sew a button on and she’s asking that I basically make 3 costumes in 1.

Dowels and cocoons and wires like in an umbrella, Oh My!!


“If for any reason I feel like my child will not be able to accept the part, let [the teacher] know and part will be reassigned.”

I’m pretty sure the fact that I’m Domestically Challenged is a good reason!!

Help!! Ideas!!!


7 months!

Doesn’t this girl get cuter every month?!


20130208-110319.jpg I know: Her little feet are blue! But the child will not keep her socks on! She prefers to have them in her mouth than on her feet!



Besides if she wore socks, she wouldn’t be able to suck on her toes!



home sweet home

Very active weather day, yesterday! We were under a tornado watch pretty much all day, later turning into a warning. The weather lady annouced for our specific area to get in our “safe spots” around 445 – a couple funnel clouds spotted to the SW? of us. I drug out a mattress into hallway though looking out our windows it didn’t look that bad. Boys would have blown away, as if they could sit still while there’s a fun mattress in the hallway. Abby acted brave but later she was stressed out/cried that she was scared. She’ll prob need therapy when she’s older ha. I thought I stayed pretty calm but after going over the day I realized I should have made less of a big deal and let them play a game or something while we waited things out. But we learn from our mistakes and just like the story of Noahs Ark, there was a rainbow of colors this morning – a beautiful sunrise.

In other news our heater has been repaired (Just in time for the temperatures to be back in the 70’s ;)). Turns out we won’t have to sell a kidney- the part was cheap and didn’t take too long to fix.

Kids looooooove their school. Today is Slushy Day – all I know is A begged for a dollar and was excitedly talking about tokens and points?? B is excited that he will have homework like his Big Sis and Friday is Show & Tell.

So far this week I don’t feel like I’ve gotten much done around the house. Kids needs push the unpacking to the bottom of the list. Glad we have a garage so I don’t have to look at all of those boxes!

20130131-190106.jpg M cleaning out the gutters. Ladder isn’t tall enough to reach that section so he had to do it by hand. I was a tad nervous! He’s prone to falling down.. flight of granite stairs in high school..numerous times in Red River on the ice..lets not forget the rod and pins in his left leg..then that time last summer where he slipped and blacked out for a second..I joke that he’s top heavy. Gutters might have to be my responsibility.