Category Archives: fun

The Costumes


The Birthday Cake

Dead Ants and Science fun

While working on two science fair projects last night the girls discovered some ants that gotten in near the sliding glass door. We are clear out of ant spray here in the middle of the winter so I told Larry to grab some cleaner and spray them. In our family killing bugs is the dad’s job.

We were out of the Lysol spray we usually have in the cupboard so I told him to grab that new green spray I bought.

He reads the label. It is an organic spray that is safe to use around kids and pets. He keeps reading. Do not spray into eyes as it may cause irritation. He says this won’t kill the ants.

Emma, our comedian in training, pipes up, “Well, spray them in the eyes then.”

Emma and Claire both had science fair projects due today. We had the projects finished, but just had to make the display boards. Our plan was to do them this week. But then Tuesday the Plague hit our house. Claire came down with a fever Tuesday and Emma got it Thursday. Neither of them felt like making science fair boards. I was dreading it all week. I was wishing my Dad was in town so he could do my kids’ science fair projects for me. He’s laughing in Hawaii right now. So it came down to Saturday. Then I got a fever.

So Sunday night it was! We cranked out two displays in three hours. I won’t tell which three hours of the day it was, but just know that they were done by Midnight.

Diet News and Everything Else

Week one of the “Lean Cuisine/George Foreman Grill Diet” went very well. I found it easy to stay with it. It makes lunch time easy. I think just planning my meals out and knowing ahead of time what I am going to eat is the real ticket to staying on the diet.

Wait. We don’t call it a diet at our house anymore. It is a Corporately Sponsored Lifestyle change.

I have also been a better mom this week. Maybe not better, but at least more organized(dinners planned) and active with the girls.

We have gone swimming three times, went on a walk once and did Tae Bo for kids together on another day. We have watched very little television. The seat mark on my couch is starting to lessen.

Speaking of television… We finally had to lock out the Disney Channel from the girls. They were not picking up bad words or behaviors. It was the bad acting that was killing me. One of my children tends to be a drama queen as it is. She does not need Miley Cyrus giving her pointers. I almost called her Hannah Montana a couple of times over Christmas Vacation. Oh, the drama!

Speaking of drama… Just before the Christmas break Emma and Claire were in a talent show at their school. I now know why people think they can sing on those first few American Idol shows. Because when they are little their parents encourage them to sing in these talent shows and tell them how great they are. Most the the kids sang along (in a monotone voice) with a song that was playing. Most of the girls sang a Hannah Montana song. Except for the one little girl that sang “One Night Only.” Now that’s appropriate for a fourth grader to sing.

I went to the talent show practice for four weeks straight. I thought my head was going to explode! Closer to the performance I would beg Larry to go to the practice so I wouldn’t have to take Excederin for the splitting headache I would get.

Emma and Claire ending up playing “Heart and Soul” on the piano. Claire played her guitar while 5 girls sang “Feliz Navidad.” They both did a great job.

Speaking of guitars (I could do this all day)… Claire got a new one for Christmas. It is a lovely teal blue. Yes, we are bringing the Eighties back. I don’t know who was more excited, her or me. I was just happy to have a nice sounding guitar to hear instead of the cheap little toy one that she learned how to play on. She was happy that is was acoustic and electric. Rock On! The other girls received American Girls dolls (Emily and Nicki) from their Grandmas. Much screaming and drama ensued.




Speaking of the Eighties… We got a new game for Christmas, Trivial Pursuit Eighties Edition. We had some friends over for New Years and played a rousing game. I realized that I had no idea what was going on in the world while I was in high school. The only thing I remembered about world events from the 80’s was that Reagan was shot. But I did know that Tiffany was a rival to Debbie Gibson.


We had a fun night eating and laughing.

Speaking of eating…so, about that diet. I lost 6 pounds this week.

Sunday Snowday

It was a true snow day today. Most times it snows I still have to go to work. I leave while it is still dark and everyone is snug in their beds while I face the treacherous roads. But not today. Today church was canceled which means everyone got to stay home. The girls were still up early and the first one was out the door with all her snow gear on by 9:30. By 10:30 we were all out in the snow. Some of us shoveling some of us rolling around in the snow. Crazy kids. Our neighbor came over and used his snow blower on our side walks and eventually part of our driveway. We love our neighbors.

Then Larry reminded me of why we had children before the age of 30. So we could go sledding with them. When we were first married and I was a teacher we went sledding on a snow day. I was only 24 at the time and that hill kicked my hiney. So I made good on my promise and went sledding today. Okay, I didn’t actually go down the hill but I walked up it and took lots of pictures. Larry was a sport and went down.

And even though we missed meeting with our brothers and sisters at church, we needed a day together as a family. We have been so busy lately. Larry has been working every day since Thanksgiving and it was starting to wear on me. So an unplanned “free” day was a gift.

Some pictures from sledding.

I thinkI will wait in the van. It’s too cold!


Larry, Claire, Susy and their friend Maddy.


Are we going all the way up there?


I should put up the video of him rolling down the hill on this sled.


Brrr. We only stayed out for about 30 minutes. The wind was crazy!


Snow and boot cut jeans do not mix.


Time for some hot cocoa!

Bake And Rake

Last week we had a teen activity called a”Bake and Rake.” We helped a couple at our church that have a lot of leaves to rake and bag. They had already done the hard work of blowing the leaves into piles so the kids just had to bag them all. I had the difficult job of taking pictures and opening the leaf bags. After raking the front yard Mrs. Greene made us homemade hot cocoa with marshmallows. So much better than Swiss Miss.

We bagged 26 that day.





My new favorite picture of the girls.


Cavity Queen

Thanks to everyone that played “Guess How Many Cavities Julie Has in Her Mouth After Ten Years of Not Seeing a Dentist.” As I told my dentist I have to keep it light or I may break down into tears over my lack of dental responsibility. He was very nice and did not preach at me about waiting so long to see a dentist. Although I did see him shake his head a couple of times and I might have heard a “tsk.” 

Now for the total! I had ten cavities. A couple of them were small and a couple were forming around old fillings that were leaking. But the one between my teeth is threatening a root canal. The dentist said he thinks he can fill it, but he will know more once he goes in for the big kill. Okay, he used some technical terms, but that is what I heard. My mouth will kill.

So the winner is…Susan! She guessed 6 because all of the low numbers were taken. I am really the winner with the guess of 13, but I had the advantage of seeing all the little spots in my mouth if you want to call that an advantage.

And the prize is a $10 gift card to Target! There she can purchase all the dental hygiene products she would like! Congratulations, Susan!

For Scott*

Hockey Time! Larry loves hockey. So yesterday morning when the email came around the office where I work that there were free tickets for the Red Wings game I jumped on them. It was not a regular season game, but it was still a lot of fun.

Larry had to take a call at the Joe. That’s my sissy phone he is talking on, not an iphone.


Here is Larry giving away our life savings for a pretzel.

Mmmm. That is GOOD. All this for $10.50.

The Zamboni has to be the best part of the game for me.


This next picture is for Nicole who likes to take pictures of random people. This guy sat down in front of me and this what I saw for the second period. The stadium was half empty and he had to pick this seat.


We moved.


Our row was empty.


We waited until the crowd left. Larry doesn’t like crowds. We took pictures while we waited.


The people mover. We didn’t ride it.


We had a fun night thanks to my Mom and Dad who babysat the kids and the free tickets.

Oh Yeah, Wings won in a shoot out.

*Our friend Scott is a huge Wings fan. He has moved to Ohio and he misses his Red Wings.

The Cake


Canada, Eh?

Our sink is back together. Larry the plumber fixed it for $20. He was so nice. He didn’t even charge for labor.

He did make me do the dishes.

We went on a date last night to Canada. I call it a date because we were out alone, but it was really a speaking engagement for a Men’s Bake-off at a church in Windsor.  We were also the judges for the Bake-off.

When the girls asked where we were going and Larry told them a baking competition they asked if we were going to  be on TV. I think they have been watching a little too much Food Network.  Disappointed, they asked where it was. They were excited it was in a foreign country and we had to cross the border. One of the girls, when she heard we were gong to Canada, asked if they would be speaking Canadian there. Larry said, with a smirk on his face, yes they will. It will sound a lot like your speaking right now.

But with a few more “Ehs” thrown in.