I've been sew busy hanging out with my sewing machine lately that I haven't really been online much.  I guess I'm trying to get myself prepared for when the baby arrives and I'll have NO time for the interwebs.  Good news is that I'm almost done with the baby quilt!  I've got to figure out what I'm going to do for a border.  It's the borders that always get me.  Not working with a pattern is also probably part of the problem.  Since I was in the sewing mood, I'm making pillows too.  All the kids are going to get a pillow in the shape of their initial.  I bought a pattern of the letters in the alphabet a couple of years ago and have only made one measly letter pillow from it. I think it's time I made use of the pattern.  Anyhoo...   While briefly running through my Google Reader, I came across an ABC's of Me post from Layla.  I thought it looked fun so I decided to give it a try.

A. Age: 32,  When did this happen?

B. Bed Size: We have a full size, but I'd L-O-V-E to have a bigger bed.

C. Chore you hate: All of them!  But if I had to pick one specific "chore" it'd be the damn dishes.  I hate washing dishes.

D. Dogs: Love dogs!  I used to only have a thing for big dogs, but then my friend Cam got Miss Clementine, a Chinese Crested, and I want to steal her every time I see her.

E. Essential start to your day:  Peeing, please don't get between me and the bathroom.  I WILL run you down.

F. Favorite Color:  I like lots of colors, but I migrate towards black, turquoise, and green.

G. Gold or silver:  Um... white gold and/or silver.  I'm not a big fan of yellow gold.

H. Height: 5'1" My daughter says that she and I are "Shorty McShortShort's".

I. Instruments you play: I played the clarinet from 5th grade until my freshman year of high school.  During the two week long band camp before school started, I made the mistake of forgetting my sunscreen.  If you haven't noticed I'm also "Whitey McWhiteWhite" and the band director wouldn't allow me to go inside to put on sunscreen and I developed sun poisoning, had to go to the doctor, it wasn't pretty.  Words were exchanged and I dropped out of band.  I miss it terribly.

J. Job title:  Mom, cook, taxi driver, maid, etc...

K. Kids:  I have a son and a daughter and we've always said that was enough.  HOWEVER, we now find ourselves on the verge of our third child and I'm more excited about it that I thought I'd be!

L. Live:  In the country!

M. Mom's name: Mom.

N. Nicknames:  I've never really had nicknames, but in certain circles I'm known as Shiny. =)

O. Overnight hospital stays: The only overnight stays I've had in the hospital were when my kids were born.  I'm grateful for that because no one really wants to be at a hospital.

P. Pet Peeve:  I have so many pet peeves!  There is no way I could list them all.... not using a blinker, but coming to a dead stop in front of me before turning... pulling out in front of me (going 60 mph) then pulling into the next drive or going 30 mph...  idiots, spiteful people, cloudy days, blowing out my flip flop, and other non-essentials.

Q. Quote from a movie:  "Yes they deserved to die! And I hope they burn in Hell!!"  I know it's a crazy looking quote, but if you've seen the movie you know it's a GREAT film.

R. Right or left handed: Right

S. Siblings: I have five half brothers.  They all grew up in Florida, I grew up in Kentucky.  They obviously got the better deal here.

T. Time you wake up:  Too damn early.  Most days I have to get up about 5:30-6:00am.  I know you're jealous.

U. Underwear:  Yep, I wear 'em.  These days it's the good ol' granny panties.  I'm sure my husband is a huge fan.

V. Vegetables you dislike:  Sweet potatoes... nasty, nasty, nasty!

W. What makes you run late:  Life.

X. X-rays you've had:   Not too many... several routine ones at the dentist's office and one of my chest.

Y. Yummy food you make:  My banana bread is always a hit with the family.

Z. Zoo animal:  Let's see... I don't really have a favorite zoo animal, but we are looking forward to seeing the new exhibit at the Louisville Zoo, Glacier Run, where they will have Polar bears!

What are your ABC's?

Cold Weather and the Need for a Quilt

I know you are all just dying to know what I did this weekend.  'Cause you know... I'm speshul.

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It was possibly the dreariest day of Spring so far.  We had to sit at the soccer field for over an hour (because the referee was 15 minutes late) for my daughters game.  We were all frozen by the time it was over.  Why does the soccer season have to start so early?

To make lemonade out of our lemons, we decided on a little road trip to Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park in Dawson Springs to check out the campsites there.  Unfortunately, the campsites aren't very welcoming to tents, but geared more for pop-ups or travel trailers, but the views of Pennyrile Lake were awesome.   After driving around to the lodge and cottages I couldn't help but suddenly wonder if I could carry a watermelon and when exactly I had arrived at Kellerman's.  The lodge was on a rock bluff overlooking the lake and the view of it from the small dam was very welcoming.  We've already looked into renting a cottage soon.

In other news, I decided several months ago that I would make my own baby quilt.  I'm not using a pattern either.  I originally had it in my mind that I would use 3 inch squares.  I've no idea what I was thinking.  I was going to have to cut 96 squares for the size I was looking to make.  I quickly threw that idea in the trash and decided on 6 inch squares instead.  Here's a little sneaky peek of what I've done so far.  Oh... and by the way, that "minky" type fabric is a pain in the ass. It has nap so it moves while sewing AND after cutting it leaves cute little fuzzy bunny monsters ON EVERYTHING.  Just an FYI...

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Thai Basil Chicken

Doesn't this chicken dish look yummy?

Thai Basil Chicken
Via No Recipes

What you need:
1 Tbs vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic minced
1-5 chilies minced with seeds
1/2 small onion sliced
1/2 lbs ground chicken thigh meat
1 Tbs fish sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
pinch of white pepper
3 sprigs of Thai basil, stems removed

How to fix:
Heat a wok or a cast iron skillet over medium high heat until very hot. Add the oil, garlic and chilies and stir fry until until the garlic is very fragrant. Add the onions and continue stir frying until the onions have wilted. Add the ground chicken and fry until the chicken is cooked. Season with the fish sauce, sugar and white pepper. If your pan was hot enough you should not have any liquid at the bottom of the pan, but if you do, continue cooking until the liquid is gone. Add the basil and toss a couple of time until the leaves are wilted and bright green.

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To or Not To?

It's finally happened.  My son has been paddled at school.  The principal did call to get my permission first.  He explained the whole situation and it was deserved.

I was flabbergasted at the subject matter.  It took place at lunch time and was apparently a conversation among 10 and 11 year olds.  The subject?  Virginity.  OH! EM! GEE!  They are fifth graders!!!

This isn't the first time that he has gotten in trouble at school, but definitely more serious than any other offense.  I mean, while I was volunteering with the Book Fair his teacher sent him to see me because he called another boy a "turd muncher".  While admittedly stupid, not a serious offense.  However when I asked him why he had done that, he told me who the boy was and that the boy had called him a "faggot".  When I asked if he had told the teacher this he said "yes, but they said they didn't believe me".  Unfortunately this is not the first time this same boy has called him this name as well as others or called him "weird" or the first time that he has told someone about the name calling and he wasn't believed or taken seriously.  And guess who was participating in the virginity conversation at lunch?  Same boy.  Obviously my son is no saint.  He reciprocated the bad behavior.  It seems to me though that every time my son gets called down for acting out, the same few people are involved.  I'm not privy to what the other kids punishment is (if any since no one ever seems to take my son's complaints seriously), but wouldn't it seem logical to separate these students as opposed to continue letting them verbally bully another student?  Which in turn makes him retaliate by doing the same damn thing!

After my husband was home from work and all homework was done, we sat down with him to discuss the whole situation.  I was again blown away when he began to cry and say that he "has no friends because I'm just a bad kid".  I looked at my husband, looked back at my son, then asked him where he had heard that.  He said, "Ms. M******* told me that I didn't have friends because I was just a bad kid."  Um... excuse me?  No teacher has the right to tell a child this.  Even if he is a "bad" kid!!  I have no doubt that if I go to the school or contact the teacher that nothing will come of this.

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I'm struggling with what I should do.  After getting off the phone with the principal I sat and cried.  I don't know why really.  Disappointment?  Both of my children have mentioned several times in the past that they wished for me to home school them.  I've never wanted to pull them out of school.  I've never seen a real need too.  They are smart kids.  Always made good grades. (Except for this year...)  My biggest fears have always been them having/making friends (because we don't live in town, but in the country), athletics (because both enjoy playing sports), music (son is already in the band and daughter wants to join) and my inability to teach them properly or keep them engaged.  Mainly I worry that they just won't sit and listen to me.  I don't want them to fall behind.

I need advice here.  What would you do?  Do you home school or know someone who does?  Was your husband on board with it (because I haven't even discussed this with mine yet...)?  Advantages or disadvantages?  Websites, sources?  HELP!!

Word(ful) Wednesday

I never could really get the hang of a wordless Wednesday.  I found this little bloomer right next to our driveway on Monday morning.  I love these little flowers.  We've always called them violets, but I'm not really certain exactly what kind of flower they really should be titled.  Along with daffodils, they have always been harbingers of Spring to me.

Since I've not had the nerve to convince my husband to spend a crazy amount of money for Photoshop, I've edited this using Picnik.  A crop, a little Vibrance at 23%, and their 1960's at 50%.  I'm a sucker for those rounded corners!

Tuesday Tunes {Nate Dogg}

WARNING:  Some of these videos contain language that you don't want your kids to hear.  Or your boss.

My Not So SUPER Moon

I really wanted to get some SUPER cool shots of the SUPER moon. Several factors prevented this from happening.

1. I have no tripod. *Note to self: GET A DAMN TRIPOD!
2. It was sort of cloudy.
3. There was a church building in the way.
4. Did I mention that I have no tripod?

I guess because it was nearly a full hour past moon rise time that we finally caught a glimpse of the moon that it didn't look that spectacular to me. I will fully admit that it did seem brighter than a normal full moon, but it didn't seem any bigger.

Of all the photos, this one singular image is the best I could do.  I was disgusted with myself and the way the photos turned out.  I did no editing to the above image except to add a watermark because I didn't resize.  Were you able to get good images of the super moon?  Any tips or good tricks to getting those great moon shots?

Project 365 - Week 11






Clicking an image will take you to my Tumblr site.

Spring is Near

I decided to break out my "big camera" yesterday. I realized that I hadn't used it in a couple of months and I thought she might have started to feel a bit neglected. Plus it was seriously beautiful yesterday...

Daffodils catching the morning sun from my kitchen counter.

First signs of Spring

*???* was here.

The "Riverwalk" bridge.

Somewhere under all this rushing water is the Rochester Dam.

Words for Wednesday

We're at 23 weeks!  Half way to the finish line!  I had another doctor's appointment this morning.  I've gained another 3 pounds, which strangely made me happy.  I've been hearing a lot of the "you're so small to be 5 months pregnant" so I was actually starting to get kind of worried that I just wasn't big enough.  I voiced my concerns with the doc and he assured me that all was well in muh belly.  Everything is measuring as it should be and she is moving and kicking and elbowing like crazy in there.  Plus I got to hear her heartbeat again and it's strong and loud.

Now... if I can just get rid of this forsaken heartburn/acid reflux....

Tuesday Tunes {Sweet Dreams}

I'm sure we can all agree that Marilyn Manson has lost his freakin' mind, but I love when originally non-rockish songs are reinvented. Like Seether's Careless Whisper (originally done by George Michael/WHAM), Fall Out Boy's Beat It (the Michael Jackson version *Vevo has blocked this video in the US for some reason...what dumbasses*), or Alien Ant Farm's Smooth Criminal (another Michael Jackson remake).  All of these songs are in my music library in both versions.

I can remember loving the original version by the Eurythmics when I was a kid.

Mini Mint Cheesecakes

Ok, so I'm a little late on this.  I even forgot to share a recipe all together last week!  I'm such a bad blogger!  Luckily, while catching up on my Google Reader this morning I stumbled upon one of my favorite blogs, Created by Diane.  If you know me, then you know of my love for all things cheesecake.  Plus I'm nearly as Irish as someone actually born in Ireland, except I wasn't.  Bummer....

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Don't these Mini Mint Cheesecakes look so yummy?  My mouth is screaming "Make me some of dem!"  It's a super simple recipe too!  Stop by her blog to check out the recipe!

Project 365 - Week 10

Clicking any of the images will take you to my Tumblr.  I've managed to miss 3 days this week.  I really (x 1000) need to get on top of this photo taking everyday!

Finally Friday!

Random thoughts:

*Woooooooooo!!!!  I'm so excited that it's finally the weekend!  I had no idea just how lazy I had become until I decided to work/volunteer at the school Book Fair all this week (except for today).  I'm so worn out and tired!  But I had a ton of fun and I really enjoyed helping the kids find the books they wanted.

*I have been so lax in my updating of the Project 365.  I bow my head in shame.  I think in the last week I've missed 3 or 4 days.  I did update the page this morning, but there were more entries of "D'OH!" then I cared for.  I really have to get back into the groove of taking photos.

*I've been really bummed by the fact that the winner of the giveaway hasn't contacted me in any way, shape, or form.  I know from her blog that her mother has been hospitalized and not doing well, however, she has had time to email another blogger to tell her how excited she was (and I ended up having to get her address from that blogger because she didn't return my emails), comment, and write her own posts.  I even extended the contact time because I knew her mom had been in the hospital.  I haven't even been contacted to confirm delivery of the item though I know it was delivered on the 7th.  It's just not been a good experience with my first giveaway.  I know I sound like a bitch.  I feel like I'm being a bitch, but a simple "thank you" would have made all the difference.

*I found the cutest humidifiers at Target.com!  Made by Crane, they are in the shape of colorful animals.  There is an elephant, duck, dragon, cow, even Hello Kitty and others.  If you need to buy one, these are super cute and I'm excited about getting one for the baby's room.

*Speaking of baby... I'm officially HALFWAY there!  She's really starting to move around a lot now.  The kids have both been able to see and fell her kicking and moving.  I've only gained around 5-6 pounds so far, but the doctor seems to be ok with that number.  I have a check up next week.

*Today would have been a friend's 32nd birthday.  She passed away 12 years ago and there are not too many days that I don't think of her.

*The school board has decided to take two of the Spring Break days to use as "make up days" for all the school we missed due to snow/ice.  Bummer!  We hadn't really made any plans yet, but if I hadn't been working at the school for the Book Fair, I still wouldn't know about this.  The original dates for their break were April 4th - 8th.  That is only 3 weeks away.  I know several people who have already made plans (and paid for them too) so I'm concerned about the attendance for those two days.  I thought of just keeping my kids home out of principal that the school board should have made this decision sooner, but I'll probably end up sending them anyway.

*So.....  what's been going on with you guys??  =)

Where I'm At

This week is going to be so busy that I'm already tired.

I'm doing my volunteer duties at the school for the Spring Book Fair all this week.  I've got a Little League board meeting one day (not sure which one yet).  We've got two childbirth classes to attend at the hospital plus a separate class at the health department.  We've decided to add an extra sign up day to the Little League on Saturday from 9am-1pm.

Shoo... see why I'm already tired?!

I'm going to try to update the blog this week, but you may only get the Tuesday Tunes and a photo filled Wednesday.  I'm also so far behind in my Project 365 that I'm not even sure what day(s) I may have missed, but I'm certain that I've missed a few.

If you've been following me for any amount of time you know how distracted I ge... SQUIRREL!  Wait...what was I saying?  Oh yea, distracted.  So like I was saying I get distracted and in the next week or two (probably two) I'm going to be mixing up the layout here at More to Me.  Just a little heads up if you stop by and things look a bit wonky.  I love that word... wonky.

I feel...

*...like I've been gone from the interwebs for-like-ever, but really it was just yesterday.  I am woefully behind on my Project 365 photos.  I haven't updated it since last month!  Ok, so it was only 4 days ago, but still...

*Time seems to be moving so quickly around here lately.  Yet today it's s-l-o-w-l-y creeping by.

*It's Book Fair time again at the kids school so being the supa-speshul mom that I am, I'm volunteering my services to be abused by help the little kiddies purchase books.  This week was "Preview" week.  Next week is the actual purchase week.  I'll be eyeball deep in book fair for three of the four days.  I hope I remember to take my camera. Oh and wear comfy shoes.

*We got to take a tour of the Labor & Delivery, nursery, and postpartum areas of the hospital last night.  The rooms seem to have much improved since my son was born there 12 years ago.  Since there is a limit of only 3 people in the L&D room, I get to hand out passes (of which there are only 2) to whomever I want while I'm still in there.  And they are mine all mine!  Bummer that I can't keep them once we go on over to the postpartum room.  Those would be nice.  They now are very encouraging of immediate skin-to-skin contact with your infant, especially if breast feeding.  I told the nurse about my reservations having the kids in the room (they've both expressed interest in being in attendance) and she reassured me that going with my gut was probably the best way to go.  They could be allowed in soon after birth if I chose.

*I really do have the greatest friend ever.  No explanations are needed.

*I have absolutely NO PLANS for this weekend and I'm so excited about it!

Not So Wordless Wednesday

Today would have been my grandmother's 81st birthday.  She's been gone for 4 years.  Let's be honest though, she was really gone before that.  She had dementia.  We were never close and I regret that I never found out more about her and her life growing up.

14 years old, 1944

With her children (and a bun in the oven as well)