Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sledding :)

Lemonade out of lemons

Here in Virginia, we've had a crapton of snow over the last month and half. December saw us getting a snowstorm of 2' right before Christmas. Last weekend we got another 11" (in our new house, woot-woot!) Schools were closed Monday, 2 hour delay yesterday, and closed again today with the 3" or so that fell last night!

If you don't know me, you may not know that I'm not a an of snow (to put it lightly.) I don't mind watching it come down, but dealing with the icy slush that results for the next couple of weeks makes me insane.

So, I decided to make the best of it. A trip to Target found these in the 1-spot.

Just add water and food coloring:

And you can make rainbows:

Oh, and the prediction for Friday/Saturday? Possibly 2 more feet of snow.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Holiday Mail for Heroes

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The girls and I might sign a few cards here soon. :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It's hard being a lady of leisure

Zelda sure is having a hard time adjusting. (Click for the full picture. :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

mommy & checka lunch @ noodles & co.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

The dog

I should update on this, too.

I finally decided that I don't need to keep putting my life on hold until our house sells, so I put in my application for a retired racing greyhound in the middle of August. I had my phone interview a few days later, and then we had our home visit last weekend. It was really informative, and it was long enough for me to remember the questions I had had. &nbsp;I feel like the rescue group is really dedicated to making sure that the right dogs go to the right homes, which includes making sure that the home is ready and able to care for the dog. (Not just monetarily either.) &nbsp;They advised me that the haul coming in the middle of September was full, but that there should be one at the end of the month too.I was thinking it would take some time to find a greyhound that was cat/kid-friendly AND would do okay in a house without a fence. So I didn't even have my hopes up too high for that haul. (Besides, I've been waiting a year to even apply, so a few weeks were no big.)

Tuesday we spent the day in Fredericksburg, and when I got home I found a voicemail from another woman at the rescue. Turns out they had a dog coming up on the mid-month haul who meets our needs, and would we like her? So, yeah. Now we're scrambling to get everything together, but it looks like it's going to work out. They let me know that I don't have to bring the kids to the adoption event, which is really nice. I will be able to concentrate (well, as much as I ever am. ;) I ordered the collar last night, but I chose just to put our last name/cell phone number on it. (And, yes Alice, I realized after I hung up that I could've embroidered my own. Dur.) We're definitely going to change her name, and we have a shortlist, but I want to meet her first. I've seen pictures, but I want to see her coloring in person. She's 4 years old, and she's being vetted today! &nbsp;I have requests out on Freecycle for some of the stuff we need, and we're going to Costco/Petsmart/WallyWorld for the rest of it. Oh, and we need to put something up high to keep the kids from being able ot open the door and let her out, since we don't have a fence.

3 days until school starts!

We had kindergarten orientation yesterday. Charles got back from his meetings out of town in time to meet us there. (As in, we arrived at the same time and got to park beside each other.)

Adia's teacher is brand-new, which is kinda cool, since it's just like Miss Binney in Ramona. :) A was painfully shy and opted not to play with the toys while the teacher talked to the parents. (She stayed with us.) Unfortunately we hadn't gotten the heads-up that they would be offered the chance to take a practice ride on the bus. I say unfortunately because that meant we didn't have any time to prepare her. She flipped and declared we would be driving her to school everyday. (No.) So her first experience on the schoolbus will be the first day of school.

I gave the teacher a heads-up that Adia is reading on at least a 2nd grade level already. I'm not sure she believed me, but she said they do evals a few weeks into classes, so I guess they'll find out then.

Overall, I'm pretty sure we're making the right decision to put her in school. The academics of homeschooling her don't worry me, but the socialization does. I know most kids are fine being homeschooled, and I'm not knocking it in the least. But Adia really needs to have the chance to get out there alone and learn how to socialize with her peers. (And new adults too.)