Archives for May 2006


Tracey at Picture This was talking yesterday about the ‘blurries’ that sometimes happen when trying to get a nice photo with the flash turned off. She asked readers to share a photo they think ‘worked’ even with some blur. I immediately thought of this photo I took a few months ago and liked in spite of the blur factor. I like the feeling of joy and of motion. What do you think?

Works For Me Wednesday

(Update: picture added)
Playing Rocks In My Dryer: Works For Me Wednesday along with Shannon today. My tip for the day has to do with organizing photos.

Of course my ideal scenario would be to get all those lovely photos quickly and artistically placed into archoval quality albums. (yeah, right– I have an album for EACH of my kids, but I am like 2 years behind on everyone except the two youngest.)

Anyway, I happened upon an easy way to organize those photos so I can easily find what I need when (and if) I do get around to getting them into albums. When I pick up my developed photos, I write the month the pictures were taken right on the outside of the envelope.

I keep all the envelopes arranged in chronological order in plastic storage bins, about the size of two shoeboxes stuck together. This size of box usually fits about a year’s worth of photos, and writing on the outside of each photo packet makes it a snap to locate, say, Sept 2004 photos.

Oh, and now that I recently switched to digital, I still basically do it this way, but now with picture files named by month and year. At the moment my hard drive is big and empty, so they are all there. but it is on my to-do list to move the pictures onto CD’s, with a year (half a year? two months) on a CD at a time, depending on how many photos will actually fit on CD’s.

Works for me!

Bring it on….

…we’re ready for summer. We have a new pool! Our 3 year old pool had too many holes in it to resurrect, so we’ve been keeping an eye out for a good deal on one. Yesterday we found a 10 ft diameter by 30 inch high pool with a filter on sale for $40. These are usually $50-$60. I was thrilled. (I love a good deal!)

The little kids could hardly stand waiting til it was full to jump in. I love this picture at the left, of my 8 year old talking to the baby.

Once I let them at it, even though the water was icy they had a blast. Now all I need to do is stock up on popsicles.

Today I was thinking of fun things to do this summer and decided to try to have a different friend over for a pool day once each week all summer. Our first party to kick off the pool season will be with my sister and her 3 kids this Thursday. I’ve already got friends lined up for next Thursday too. Should be fun.

Bring on the heat!

Baby Hands

Today I wrote about Baby Hands on my Ethiopia Adoption Blog. I’d love your comments on it, either there or here. You may also want to check out the Carnival of Kid Comedy #12 over at Kim’s place! My Pavarotti story is there, as well as a bunch of other funny kid stuff.

Oh, and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow. I’ll be doing my ‘Perfect Post’ Award for May, and it’s a good one! (If you don’t know what the Perfect post is, scroll down in my sidebar to the search box, plug in ‘perfect post’ and it will pull up last month’s post.

I have been LOOOVing that search box, by the way! Any time I want to link to an old post of mine, instead of laboriously pulling up archive after archive trying to remember when I wrote the post, all I have to do is type in a keyword or two, and up it pops!

Four Weeks…

…since my son broke his jaw, and not only has he NOT lost weight like his doc warned he would, he’s GAINED a couple pounds!! I swear he’s grown an inch too. Never have I been so glad to prove a doctor wrong.

Tomorrow morning he trades the wires for rubber bands, which should give him at least a little jaw movement and let him eat some soft food.


Holiday Mixup

I’m having an odd experience this morning. By reading the calendar and the paper, and the many inspiring blog posts all over, I know it is Memorial Day. However it is feeling more like Mother’s Day here. Why?

Well, first of all, I slept in till 8:30. EIGHT thirty. Hubby finangled the litle girls out of our bed as soon as they woke up, and did not allow them to return to me. Ah, the bliss.

When I finally came out the the living room, yawning and rumpled, hubby had my coffee made (OK, that is a daily occurrence here, but it never fails to make me feel loved.) For the last hour the big kids have slept, the little kids have watched PBS, and I’ve been blissfully sipping coffee and visiting blogs.

At this moment, there is a clattering as kids set the table, and a sizzling in the kitchen as my hubby prepares a variety of breakfast concoctions that seem to involve eggs, potatoes, ham and cheese. He’s just sent a child outside with a scissors to snip him some chives as the finishing touch on his gourmet effort.

So, you can see why, despite the calendar, it feels a bit like Mother’s Day around here. I’m off to enjoy my family. Have a wonderful day, y’all!

J is for…

Along with Shannon of Rocks In My Dryer, I’m playing an ABC game y’all may have seen floating around. She has assigned me the letter J.

Ten Significant Words Beginning With J.

1. J is for Jesus, my Savior, the reason I do not have to fear death.

2. J is for John, the wonderful man I married almost 20 years ago.

3. J is for the joy my family gives me every day. I am incredibly blessed.

4. J is for jeans, both the ones I wear three-fourths of the year, and the ones my 4 sons run through like water. Where’s a jeans tree when ya need one, anyway??

5. J is for judge and jury, something I am expected to be every time my kids squabble over Legos or cookies or computer time.

6. J is for jiggly, which unfortunately describes my tummy rather well– a motherly sacrifice I would make a hundred times over for even one of my precious kids. (My love of chocolate has nothing at all to do with this situation, just so ya know.)

7. J is for the junk in my closet, because I keep thinking someday I may actually want to look at old yearbooks or wedding cards or magazines.

8. J is for the jars and jars of garden produce that my family and I process each summer.

9. J is for June, the month I was born, 9 months and 3 days after my parents’ wedding day. (And I was 3 days late.)

10. J is for the wonderfully interesting journey my life so far has been. I said when I was a teenager that I would never have more than four children. I am incredibly grateful to have been wrong about that.


Want to play this game? Email me, and I’ll assign you a letter!


My grandpa and my 8 yr old- 1998

It’s a Baby Girl

LOS ANGELES (May 27) – The baby has arrived _ and no, they didn’t name her Brangelina. Thousands of miles from Hollywood but still within easy reach of celebrity hype, Angelina Jolie gave birth to Brad Pitt’s daughter Saturday in Africa, Pitt’s publicist announced.

“The night of May 27, 2006 in Namibia, Africa, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt welcomed their daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. No further information is being given,” publicist Cindy Guagenti said in a statement. No photographs were being released, she added.


Oh, I like the name!! (said Mary, who is usually remarkably uninterested in celebrities but makes an exception for Angelina!)

Outfit Of The Week

Here’s my almost-4 year old in her most amazing outfit of the week. I call it her Gypsy Princess look.