Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Phone pic time again!

Here we go again!

Penny Lane has been feeling inspired lately and doing a little light "reading"...

Nevermind that her parents don't dress her until past noon on Saturday. I assure you she at least has on a clean diaper.

The start of all things yummy:

In this case, cheesy chicken spaghetti.

A lot of our Thanksgiving was spent working on this...

The science fair is tomorrow, but as far as I'm concerned, it's OVER!!

This week was the first Sunday of Advent.

Bobby and Jules both got to make wreaths at Sunday School, so our table is extra festive. They are stoked about the candle-lighting at dinner every night, too. I'm really glad they made these.

Penny Lane's hair is....well, difficult.

Add to that the fact that despite my being a mother of three girls, I CANNOT do hair, and on most days you get this:

Which provoked this conversation just this morning:

Jim: What is that?
Me: What is what?
Jim: (pointing at Penny Lane) That.
Me: (Frantically searching for a venomous insect or emerging rash) What?!
Jim: That thing you put on her head.
Me: Oh. yeah. Well, it's not in her eyes anymore.

What's on your phone? Link yours here, too!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Date Night

Discuss if we can afford a night out right at the holidays.
Decide we can't afford NOT to take a night out.
Confirm sitter.
Argue a bit about what cleaning needs to be done.
As sitter arrives, realize there's nothing for the girls to eat and Jim leaves for grocery store.
Wait because grocery store takes longer than expected (of course)
Finally leave.
Debate where to eat...for 20 minutes.
Pull in a sushi place on a whim and thoroughly enjoy it.
Until the end when my stomach begins to rumble.
Shop (score $10 hoodies at Gap for the kids) while we wait for comedy show to start.
Break out in cold sweat and search for restroom.
Land at a bar...with a convenient restroom.
See a friend.
Excuse myself.
Reassure Jim I'll be fine.
Not be fine.

Continue not being fine thinking fineness will overtake at any minute and the night will be back on track and I will be laughing and having fun and drinking a cocktail with my husband and no children and creating one of those times that in the future will make me say, "We should really do that again, you know."

Face that I will not make it through a comedy show and accept defeat at the hands of what had been a delicious bento box...

Tell Jim to take me home

Distract myself by finally setting up my gmail on my phone and wondering what we are listening to...
No, Tim Armstrong. That's why you think it sounds like Rancid.
I don't; I thought it was the Aggrolites but I really don't "know" the Aggrolites so it's still confusing...
Marvel at the power of my brain to make associations without bothering my conscious

Stop for beer and gas

Convince Jim that the only reason he doesn't like to drive the sitter home is because we're high school teachers and have been subject to purposeful, systematic instillation of irrational fears about being alone with a teenager of the opposite sex even in the most mundane of situations but that normal people don't have those fears and really it's all right for him to drive the sitter home since I am feeling very ill.

Continue my illness at home but encourage Jim to order a movie
Watch Along Came Polly instead...meh.

Give eternal thanks that I am married and that, despite everything, there is no such thing as a bad date anymore. and the house is clean.

NOTE: The above picture was taken immediately before Penny Lane was born (extra wide nose explained.), not on a fun date or anything...don't have a picture like that. I think I need one.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What's on Caroline's phone?

Here's the deal. Every Tuesday lately on The Lowe Family News, Jessica shares the random pics on her phone and invites others to do the same.

It feels kind of like going through someone's purse...

Here's a sample of what's going down on mine right now...

That's a picture of me taking a picture of me next to Frida Kahlo. It's still on the phone from this summer and having it makes me seem sooo interesting, don't you think?

But then, Eden's eccentricities make our family interesting, too...

On the sidewalk waiting for Jim to pick us up after school one day, I made them stand close enough to one another for a picture. You can see the distaste on Bobby's face...

Aww, what a cute family out for nice day at SciPort! One of the only pics I'll probably ever have of Juliet in that dress. I love it. She does not. Wait minute...someone's missing...

Yes! That screaming child in the corner. She should be in there, too. Sometimes I think she times her meltdowns just to have her picture made alone instead of with the rest of the family.

So here's what I know: I quit taking as many random pics once school started. I vow to begin again!

Confession: The most recent pic on my phone is a 'before' picture from my Power 90 venture. I won't be sharing that one any time soon...


Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Break Rocks

Sooooo.... I'm back.

It's break, and I'm breakin'. Check out what I did last night:

A learning experience and getting back into practice session. These were two Goodwill shirts, now they are, well, whatever kind of outfit that is. I actually started with a different top here...

But the Captain thought the vertical stripes on the sleeves with the horizontals on the pants was questionable. (As if this whole orange stripey conception were not questionable on its own.) My insecurity about this birthed the horizontal-stripe-with-the-one-scrap-I-have-left-to-salvage-this-project design you saw above. I further compromised my end product when I sewed that horizontal peice in upside-down. Yikes! That's why there's that "layered look" going on. It turned out a little fussy and not how I imagined. It's a little 80's sweatsuit, I think. But then, Little P looks good in anything.

And today, I finally did some arm warmers/babylegs out of these knee socks I've had lying across my sewing machine for weeks now.

I make mine using this tutorial, but there are a million out there. Eden loves these. 


I have an avacado green dryer that belonged to my grandparents. It is ancient. I painted the cabinets in my laundry room to go with it.

Notice the Rite Aid Sleep Aid peeking out from behind the stripey sleeved number--always handy.

I sewed in a little tag on that one, too. It's because I'm a Dana from Made wannna-be. 

That zebra print? That's for something someone actually asked me to sew for them---to give her daughter for a Christmas gift! She'll probably even want to pay me and I won't want to accept it. We'll see...

These pics taken with my iphone. Apologies. I need to get my hands on a much better camera if I'm going to do this...