Monday, January 28, 2008

Futures so bright.

I finally finished the quilt top of my Future's So Bright quilt. It is a quilt another momma did and posted on her blog. I love it! It is so fun to look at! Here is it. I love how the like squares make a row running down it. The big squares make a row the other direction. Click on the picture to see it bigger.

And here is what sleepy looks like. Dominic fell asleep on his dads shoulders.

Skate City

My sister and I took Gioia skating Sunday afternoon. It was really fun. G had about forgot how to do it but by the time we were done she was doing pretty good. Her favorite thing was the Chicken Dance. We had some pizza there and a great time. There were at least 5 kids having birthday parties. Our original plan was to go ice skating but she chickened out on that. She said she didn't want to fall down. So we did roller skating instead. She still fell down, but no as much.

The rest of our weekend was pretty much hanging out. We have had colds for 2 weeks and then last night Gioia threw up. Lovely. :( I hope that doesn't hang around.

I went Friday to a lunch potluck and ate some new foods. Friday afternoon I was throwing up. I asked a friend what she put in the food. Quinoa! I am allergic to it, it makes me throw up. This time I only ate two cookies with it in it. So really it was not alot. I seem to be getting more sensitive to it each time I am exposed. I am never going near it again. I will have to be alot more careful about eating new foods.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Viewing Day

Today was Gioia's dance class viewing day. It was so fun. The girls danced on the stage and the parents got to sit and watch it. They just did what they normally do for their class. It was cute. I videotaped it of course. For their recital they are doing "Walk the Dinosaur". The theme for the recital is Totally 80's!

We had a meeting last night for approval of the land split that needed to be done so we can buy our property in Missouri. There were several neighbors there all worried about it and protesting it. It still passed because no one really had a valid reason for it not to. Most were just worried we would divide it further and make a subdivision. UM NOT!! Damn that is why we are buying the land. But of course, I understand their concern and they don't know us. I hope that when they see how well we take care of the land, planting trees, gardening and such they will appreciate us as neighbors.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Forced annulment keeps couple apart..

So I read this story on Yahoo today. It is very sad. The situation for women in Saudi Arabia is just awful in general.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Two years ago, a knock on Fatima and Mansour al-Timani's door shattered the life they had built together.

It was the police, delivering news that a judge had annulled their marriage in absentia after some of Fatima's relatives sought the divorce on grounds she had married beneath her.
Link to the whole story here. STORY

So here is what really bothers me. These people have it so bad. The women have to have permission from their family to marry. These people are FIGHTING to try to be able to have their family back together. Yet, here in America everyone I know gets divorced at a blink of an eye. I think it all comes down to respect. Respect for that other person in the marriage. If you respect that other persons feelings then you aren't going to yell at them or hit them. If you respect your partner you won't go cheat on them. If you actually mean to be married forever, then you work on problems when they come up instead of giving up. I have known two couples over the last year that "Fell out of love" with each other. AKA. Didn't work on keeping their love and relationship alive.

I know that I am not an expert. But I have been married for 7 years now and I think that is pretty damn good start. It hasn't been easy and I admit that at the beginning of it there were times I thought about walking out the door. So what is the nations problem that Americans have such a high divorce rate and a lack of respect for the other person? Maybe we are all spoiled brats that we have all these luxuries here. Just get divorced and move on. Get a new man. Now not to be labeled cold hearted, I do want to say that I am sorry for the person in the relationship that is the hurt one. The one who was cheated on, or treated awful.

I just found the above article something that made me feel grateful that I can marry my husband and love him forever and not have to worry that a family member could annul it for me.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

I just might make it after all..

Starting to feel a little more human. Ugh this has been miserable. My hubby was so sweet that he came home early yesterday and let me nap for a couple hours. Then he helped me put the kids to bed so I could go to bed early. Afrin nasal spray has been my best friend. I LOVE IT! I can breathe! AHH! I changed all the sheets and pillow cases. I hope we can keep from passing it to everyone in the house.

Today is Dh's birthday. I had some great plans, but being sick ruined that. Instead we just went to Olive Garden. It was great. We all felt pretty good today. Dh thinks he might be getting my cold but hopefully it won't be this bad for him.

Also you know how it is when you feel all sorry for yourself and you get one of those "messages". I got one today. A sweet friend from high school (a real good friend of my sister) her mother is in bad shape at KU Med right now. She is having a liver transplant tonight. So if you read this say a prayer for her. She wasn't even sick a month ago. After Christmas she thought she had the flu. NOW!? Liver Failure! It is very sad. SO say a prayer for Debbie.

Friday, January 18, 2008

I could be dieing....

OH MY GOSH! I feel like ass. NO WAIT! Before you start making the Duh your pregnant comments... this has NOTHING to do with pregnancy. I have a horrible sinus cold. My head is plugged up, yet I can breathe through my nose? What is up with that? My head hurts and feels like a migraine brought on by the pressure. Ugh. My hubby just called on the phone and he is getting me some cold medicine and I am going to go take a nap in a few minutes! YYEAHH! It sucks because normally I would kick this thing with some homeopathic meds, some Oregano Oil and a few others. Well I can't take some it when pregnant. Great. So i suffer.

Oh and did I mention that Migraines make me feel nauseous. Nice. If I puke I am absolutely sure my head with pop off. Explode. Done. So send me some feel better vibes.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Furry happy Monsters and Triangle

This has to be one of my all time favorite Sesame Street Videos. The first video is with REM. I love REM. They are great fun. Anyway, enjoy this You Tube clip. The second one is James Blunt singing My Triangle. It is also great!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Good news

Our family has some good news. Here it is.

We are expecting #3 sometime middle to end of September. We are really excited. We planned to wait and tell everyone in a few months, but you know how that goes. ONe friend found out, then more asked or figured it out. We decided it was silly to try and be sneaky so we called our moms last night and told them. My sister in law was the most excited. She has 3 kids and regrets not having more. We are really happy. There are a ton of moms on my parenting board that are pregnant this summer/fall. I have 3 cousins pregnant too. AND THEY ARE ALL SISTERS! How crazy is that? As usual, I feel sad when I think of telling my good friend Jackie. She and her husband have been trying to get pregnant for about 7 years now. :(

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Divine Romance

Wheee!!! Last night I went out to a friends house for a Divine Romance party. It is lotions, toys and other fun adult stuff. It was pretty clean since there were babies in attendance. By law she couldn't bring the really adult stuff, but you can look at the catalog or online and order it. It was still really fun. I got some Pheromone Fragrance. It smells awesome, but we found out it really relaxes my husband instead of turning him on. It is pretty funny actually. May be just what I need to wear around him, his job has been stressing him out lately. I got to see a couple friends I hadn't seen in a while. That was nice. 4 men/spouses even came. Massimo was in no way interested in going to that kind of party. As irony would have it, my parents were having a Nut fry last night. As in cow nuts, Mountain oysters and eating them. Always a good time at the nut fry. Again, not something my husband is interested in. I think he is afraid of nuts. LOL!!

Ok. This is getting way crazy for a Sunday post. So I will go now. Maybe back with pictures later.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


We got our Girl Scout cookies tonight. We were looking at the ingredients to see just HOW bad they are for you. The chocolate peanut butter ones are 150 calories for 2 cookies and that is a serving size. 75 calories per cookie. *ACK** We are not talking about large hand size cookies either. Small 3 bite cookies, or 1 bite, you choose. :) Plus the first ingredient is Sugar. AHH!! Next year I promise not to buy any.

Cleaning frenzy!

My sister helped me get the house back under control this week. She cleaned and dusted. I took down the Christmas stuff. We moved a bookshelf to the kids room. We boxed up all my books off the shelf. We bought space bags and put alot of stuff in storage. My baby diapers, baby blankets, kids clothes they have outgrown. Mel painted a wall in the kids room that was all scratched up. We got alot of things done. Today I am doing lots of laundry and I bleached the kitchen sink. I will NEVER have another of those white kitchen sinks. I hate them! After a few days they are brown and stained. I have to get out the soft scrub and bleach it. Next time I want stainless steel that I can just wipe down.

Gonna work on some sewing too. I think I am really close to finishing my Mile-a-minute quilt. Which did not go at a mile a minute! LOL! I need seven more blocks. I know I have enough scraps to make at least one. I also have to do my 8th block for my quilt a long, sampler quilt.

Andiamo a Italia!

WHEEE!!! It is so exciting. We are on the countdown for the Italy trip. We leave March 1st. Less than two months. My Italian speaking is nowhere near as good as I hoped. So I am cracking down on the kids and I. Massimo can get on board or be highly embarrassed when he can't keep up. His family was sad last time that he didn't remember very much. He was born in Italy and it is his first language. It is in his brain, he just needs to dig it out.

I booked our hotel room for Rome. Click here and be all jealous! We thought we wanted something outside of town in a rural area to explore, but reality made us realize that with small children it is better to be next to all the public transportation. The airport is about 20 miles or so outside of town, but we can take the train into Rome, so hopefully it won't be any big deal.

I had a major scare concerning all this last night. When I booked the airline tickets I had to call on the phone because Expedia was acting up. So the lady was supposed to email my itinerary. I never got it. It was back in September. I remembered that my credit card statement had the airline info on it. SO I called US Airways and asked them to look up my info so I could print it out, etc.. The can't find it. They search by ticket number, credit card number, all that. Finally they find it. After 30 agonizing minutes. The other concern I had was the flight stops were listed wrong on my credit card. Luckily, when they finally found out tickets, the flights were all correct. Turns out they misspelled our last name on the tickets. They spelled it with a T instead of P. I was so relived they found the tickets that I forgot to ask her to change it. Oh well, I will call again today and have them correct it. Shouldn't take long since I have all the info and confirmation number in front of me.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

61 degrees today

WOO HOO~ It was 61 degrees today in Kansas. IN JANUARY! Nice! I swear it is Gods way of saying Don't give up winter isn't forever! Spring is just around the corner. DH and the kids and I went to the park for a long hike about an hour. It was great. The guys both got their hair cut today. Dominic was a champ. He held really still and asked for his sucker the whole time. LOL!

I am working on a really fun quilt but it is taking forever. I have about 3/4 of the top blocks cut and sewn together. Then I will have to piece it all together. Sew that. Then find a backing and actually do the quilting. I think it will take me about a month or so to get it all finished, maybe more. The quilt-a-long is back on. We had a week off for Christmas. I got block 7 finished. There are only 12 blocks. So in another 6 weeks I should have that finished as well. Then the lady says she thinks we will do a quilt-a-long with various star patterned blocks. That DEFINITELY sounds cool. I have been thinking of making my brother a quilt for his birthday. It is in June. So I might be able to finish the star one by then. It would have to be western style, or some print/colors suitable for a bachelor cowboy. If it is stars I could even do Americana style. I will just have to look around and see what kind of fabric I can find. I will post a picture of block seven tomorrow if I remember.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


Happy New Year to all our friends out there. Hope 2008 is great for everyone!

We are recovering from traveling two weekends in a row to family. We still have one more stop next weekend at my Dads house. My little brother turns 18.

I am working on 3 different quilts at the same time. I might get them finished some time in the next year. HA HA!