aisforamy: december 2011 (Default)
My and my sister and kids went to downtown Mesa for their second Friday street festival event (they have a different themed event on the second Friday of every month) for the Steampunk event last night! There were great vendors, and fun, steamy band, and a fashion show that Robert (my older son) participated in at the last moment, just for kicks. Yes, my son is six inches taller than me.

Me and Robert, just before the event. Cut for huge pic that I was too lazy to crop )

There is also a little video snippet of the fashion show here: http://s111.photobucket.com/albums/n144/aisforamy2006/2011%20Steampunk%20Street/?action=view¤t=100_0312.mp4

About eighty percent of our outfits came from Goodwill!

A good day.

May. 7th, 2008 05:05 pm
aisforamy: december 2011 (turtle)
Today has been pretty good! I was talking to [livejournal.com profile] lai_lore last night about getting a coupon for a new book I wanted, and lo, and behold! There was a coupon for Borders in my email this morning. I bought the newest Fablehaven book, and read the first chapter.

Then I went to the comic book store and found that they had saved me all but one of the Free Comic Day comic books, which is awesome!

Then I found some hair product I thought I had lost, along with a dollar in my bedroom! I went grocery shopping, then went to Goodwill where I found a ginormous bag of Lego bricks and mini figs for $7, which is a steal, considering everything that was in it! There was even a Lego pirate with a peg leg, hook hand and a parrot! Did I mention the Lego monkey? There was one! And a Lego alligator! I played Legos with my kids for about an hour after school. Also at Goodwill, I found a big Unicron action figure for Robert, since his broke a long time ago, and he's been lamenting that fact since.

Then, after Lego playing, I took the kids to the discount theater and we saw The Spiderwick Chronicles. Then I folded five loads of laundry and put another in the dryer, and another in the washer. Only several more to go!

Tomorrow, Jared is in a play, which I have to miss to attend my sister's graduation from ASU - she earned her Masters in Social Work in just a year, and was offered a job with the Hospice she interned at for a very good salary. I am very proud of her! We will have dinner afterward to celebrate.

Friday, I have Art Masterpiece with the kids...possibly the last one of the year. That evening, I am hosting a Stampin' Up! party at the school, because my house is to small for it. I need to buy snacks for that, and remember to pick up the demonstrator--she's blind, so she can't get there on her own. I will have to remember to clean out the back seat for her dog.

Saturday, I need to go to [livejournal.com profile] lai_lore's apartment to help dismantle a bad and take it to Goodwill to donate, since it's taking up too much room. I also need to go to my niece's track meet on Saturday, since she made the State team. I am not sure which even she is participating it...hammer throw or shot put, but our family is going to go and cheer for her.

Sunday is Mother's Day, and so I am going to drive up to Strawberry with my sister and a niece or two, to visit my parent's graves and probably have a picnic while we're up in the mountains. It is a beautiful place, and a nice time of year to be there.

Anyway, that is the rest of my week in a nutshell. I needed to get it written down so I don't forget anything. But for now, I need to go and cook dinner and stuff.

Hope everyone is doing well! Check out my previous journal entry for some free music downloads. The links will still be good for another four or five days, I think. Enjoy!
aisforamy: december 2011 (yip yip yip)
I am so proud! My older son just finished book seven of the Harry Potter series! He read all seven books in under one year! Not bad for a nine/ten year old kid!
aisforamy: december 2011 (ninja powers)
I know I haven't updated with anything truly newsworthy in a while, but life has been going on.

My birthday was nice, even if I did get stricken with a virus of some sort halfway through the day that sent me to bed with a mega sick headache. Thank you to all of you lovely people who wished me a happy day. I am still fighting a cold, but nothing as bad as it was.

My good friend in Tennesee sent me the funniest birthday present EVER! She sent me the world's largest gummi bear! I swear it weighs something like five pounds. When my son saw it, he asked if he could have a slice of it! (I said no.) My family pooled money together and renewed my Zoo membership for another year, so I might start taking the boys to the zoo every Wednesdays, since they get out early from school on those days. I got some spending money from my mother in law, and my husband gave me some money to buy myself something as well. I got some nice new clothes, and got my nails done and a pedicure!

I got a letter in the mail the other day informing me that a proposal has been put before the school board to close down my kids' elementary school, and to send the kids to other schools. The distirct is facing the task of addressing a twenty million dollar deficit, and they think that consolidating schools is the best way. Obviously, we think this is a Bad Idea, and want to fight this. I am heading a PTO meeting tonight to try an organize our group and make us less like an angry mob, and more like a force to be reckoned with. We have several people who have formed little Save Our School things going on, and information being gathered, but no one is sharing it with anyone else, and it's just a mess. I hope we get a good turn out tonight, so that we can be coherent and on the same page when the time comes to address the board in the scheduled hearings. The final decision will be made in mid-March.

I started planning the school carnival, which will be held at the end of March, and that is also a lot of extra work on my plate at the moment. I am hoping to get some more volunteers to help, soon. I keep having people asking me if we are still having carnival if they decide the school will be closed next year, and I keep telling them, "YES!" I don't get why they think the world is going to just come to an end if this happens.

In other news, I had to take my dog to vet today. She has been limping lately, and not moving around very well, but she is a young dog. Her hips may be displaced, and one of her knees seems to have torn cartilage. I have to take her back tomorrow morning for sedation and X-rays, then will likely have to take her to an orthopedic specialist vet for a cat scan and maybe surgery. This could get to be majorly expensive!

I also had her nails cut and her booster shots given. You would think that they had come at her with a chainsaw and and a branding iron for all of the noise she made while having that done.On a positive note, she met a cat that didn't attack her, and she was completely fine with it. Now, if I can find a cat that is indifferent to dogs, I might be able to get one, some day.

Speaking of pets...one of my turtle tank filters died yesterday, so that was another expense I had to take up...I just got an inexpensive one, but one day, I am going to have to bite the bullet and get that pond built in the back yard with the really good equipment.

Other than that, life is just...life. Busy and full of mom-stuff. I have really been wanting to RP more than I have--especially my remaining Milliways pups, but simply haven't had the time. I think I am just going to have to put them in one day with warnings for all taggers that replies will be slow.

Tomorrow after I take Sadie to the vet, I am going to go and see the Spiderwick Chronicles movie while the kids are in school. I have been waiting a long time for it to come out, and while I don't expect it to be anything like the books (at least the trailers lead me to believe the story is quite different), I still expect to enjoy it.

That's about it for now. The boys get out extra early today, and I need to take them to get their teachers some little Valentine's gifts, and get ready for the big meeting tonight. Wish me luck!!

Link of the day: Make your own girl scout cookies!!
http://bakingbites.com/2008/01/homemade-girl-scout-cookies-samoas
aisforamy: december 2011 (flammable zombies)
Jared: You know what would be funny?
Mom: A clown getting hit by a truck!
**kids laugh**
Robert: It's funnier than a clown doing anything else!
Mom: I love you, Robert!
aisforamy: december 2011 (flammable zombies)
I really haven't been updating much, other than silly memes or links. I have been busy now that the school year has started (I think I said this before), and will probably BE busy for the foreseeable future.

Today, I went to the school and sent out two separate flyers to parents about an upcoming PTO meeting and a Pizza Hut fund raising night, when we encourage everyone to clog their arteries in the name of better educational tools. I also went and visited one of the ladies from church I was supposed to, and mailed a shipment of cell phones to the recycling place for a fund raiser from last year. I set up four more fund raising events with restaurants for the next couple of months, as we try to have two per month...one pizza, and one actual go-to-a-place-and-sit-down with a waitress and stuff kind of place. It's served us well in the past.

Tonight was Curriculum Night at the school, where parents came without their children to see the classrooms, and to get a good idea of what their children would be learning. It was nice to get the info and meet the teachers and stuff, even though I already know most of them. I signed up two new families for the PTO, and sold a couple of t-shirts, so that was nice, too!

Tomorrow is another insanely busy day, where I am going to go visit a woman from church, pick up Lai and do some running around, pick up the kids, take the turtle to the vet, hang out at home for a bit with Lai and maybe watch a movie, and at some point, go grocery shopping. Also? My tweezers have gone mysteriously missing, and I need to get another pair.

Robert also has his first cello lesson tomorrow, and he's really excited about it. The cello was delivered yesterday, and he just sat and admired it for a while. I hope he takes to it, because sometimes I worry that the poor boy takes after my father, who was tone deaf.

I also have about a bazillion loads of laundry to catch up on, but that is nothing new.

Not getting enough sleep, but have been having a great time with my RP, both at Milliways and at my new game over on GJ. PSSSST--why haven't you all joined yet? It's awesome!

And tonight me and Lai did the happydance, because I figured out how to put tags in the sidebar at the new game's main page, and Lai figured out how to make them show up in indiviual posts. Now all we have to do is find out why we can't edit entries at all, and we will be GOLDEN.

Other than that, life continues apace...things are good, if a little hectic. Hope everyone out there is doing well!

Link of the day: http://algebraoflife.blogspot.com/2007/02/unlocks-your-car-using-tennis-ball.html

I don't know if this really works, but if it does? Sweeeet.
aisforamy: december 2011 (eduardo beast)
I <3 my new icon. I made it, myself!! **hugs self** It's hard to tell, but he has a little X men belt buckle on.

I took my new prescription for Adderall today, to help combat fatigue due to my MS, and let me tell you something! I am AWAKE, despite having had only five hours of sleep last night. I also started my new diet, and am going to keep a log of everything I eat, and the calories therein.

My weight loss formula under here, if anyone cares. )
I am currently working on making a wand (ala Harry Potter) for [livejournal.com profile] lai_lore, because I loves her!! I will try to take pics of it before I send it out, because I think it is looking pretty good! I am using a very pointy bit on my dremmel tool to hand carve/etch a pretty design into the base.

In about an hour and a half, I am going to be taking my son to scouts where he will compete in the Pinewood Derby...he has a new car this year, so keep your fingers crossed that he will do better then last year, when we had NO clue what we were doing. He came in dead last, but won the good sport award (which is really sad, though I was proud of him for his attitude).

Lastly, I leave you with two stupid jokes, both of which made me giggle:

Q: How to billboards talk to each other?
A: They use Sign Language!


Q: What is a seal's favorite subject?
A: ART! ART! ART! ART! ART!



Have a good one, everybody! *hugs*
aisforamy: december 2011 (Peter pan twirling)
Proud Mommy moment: My oldest son just finished the requirements to become a Wolf Scout. He will get his badge on Tuesday.

Yay!

Link of the day You know you've always wanted to write your own epitaph!
aisforamy: december 2011 (toe family)
My older son’s Cub Scout pack held its first ever Rain Gutter Regatta.

They gave us all little boat kits that had to be built, and then they filled a couple of rain gutters, and the kids had to blow through straws onto the sails and race them from one end to the other.

Well, after the disaster with the Pinewood Derby (a little wooden toy car race), where he came in dead last against cars that the fathers had OBVIOUSLY built, it was nice to see him win. In fact, he won every single race he competed in!

We used a pattern for the boat we found online, and made him a little catamaran by slicing the kit boat in half down the middle, so it had a wide base, and couldn’t tip over. It looked a lot like this: http://webpages.charter.net/cschott/boat/supercat.html though without the Packers theme.

He got a little medal and some bragging rights...he was very happy.

Well, that's pretty much it. Just me bragging about my kid this time.

Hope everyone else is well!

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