Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Weekend Wrap Up Complete with No Pictures

That's right no pictures not a one, and I call myself a blogger.

Well I don't REALLY call my self a BLOGGER per say, just some gal who has a blog and blogs sometimes.

Mostly without pictures.


This weekend was so nice, and kinda busy, but really nice.

Friday evening Rich, Bella and I went to see our school's production of "Our Town".  Sarah went to the movies with friends and Andrew was at the play too, just not with us...of course.  It was SO good.  I looked at all the students on that stage who are in my chorus and was suddenly blessed and humbled that they (those awesomely talented students) give me part of their lives and share that talent with me.  So humbling.

Saturday morning I got up to run and got dressed stepped outside to find it had just started to rain.  Being the animal that I am I got out my rain resistant wind breaker and set out.  Well this windbreaker was not the the rain resistant item I had hoped and it only seemed to keep in my body heat so that by the time I was done I was about ready to pass out from heat stroke, and was still wet underneath.

I had no choice but to step into some very large puddles towards the end of my run so my feet were soaked, and of course as I stopped running and warmed down it stopped raining.  Yep.

But I did it and I was so proud of myself!!!

And that takes us up to around 8:00 am on Saturday.  Rich and I wanted to go to the Farmer's Market badly so we decided that surely it would stop raining.  We went to our usual breakfast place and decided that since it hadn't really quit raining completely YET that we would forgo our usually walk from our breakie place to the market and try to park a little closer, but surly by the time we got there it would stop because it doesn't really rain in so cal. 

What that translated too was Rich pulling up and since he was driving I would jump out and grab our favorites and jump back in the car and since it was not raining that much pouring I did not get wet at all get completely drenched.

It was worth it we now have amazing hummus, oh so good stuffed grape leaves, organic strawberries and apples, and our eggs from grass fed chickens.  It was worth a little rain.

Since it was supposed to keep raining...much to my obvious surprise...Rich decided to go to Sarah's marching band competition alone.  So me and my kidlets went to see Wreck it Ralph. 

Yes you heard correctly me and my kidlets (plural) went to see it.  Andrew graced us with his presence.  Surely it was because he will miss us terribly next year and wants to get as much time with his family.

Yeah denial isn't just a river in Egypt.

Sunday was full of laundry and Andrew's orchestra concert.  I love watching him play.  I may or may not get teary eyed every time I see him play.

So there you have it.  A rainy So Cal weekend. 

Have no fear it is supposed to be in the 70's by Thanksgiving.

I knew you were concerned.

More Later

-  A Ro

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dear King Phillip Came Over For Grape Soda

OK who remembers that one??  Up until last night I only remembered the King Phillip part, and I don't recall the Dear part back then.

For those of you lucky enough not to have a 7th grader studying biological classifications you have no idea what I am talking about.

I am talking about Domain, Kingdon, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species.

Oh yeah...that.

Well all that I remember is that we have Kingdoms that are divided into plants and animals and maybe something about molds and fungus.  However in the 90's some guy decided that we needed to add a some domains to make things clearer further confuse us moms trying desparately to remember anything from middle school.  But if you thought that the classification system was confusing with all the King Phillip stuff just imagine adding Domains which now include stuff about prokryotes and eukaroyta and cell nucleuses or nucleui or whatever.  Let me just say that I would like the 45 minutes of my life back that I spent on this last night with Bella.  Because this science fest was just after I spent a King Phillip hour with my ATT bill trying to figure out what the heck I was charged for and only just after I about set my kitchen on fire.

Before you either laugh hysterically or gasp in horror thankfully our friend Eric was there to pick up his daughter, Bella's best friend, Hannah (who probably will never be allowed to come over to our house again) and put out the small pan fire flaming inferno.

The really scary thing is that after I put the wine in the (obviously too hot pan) and ignited the small pan fire flaming inferno.  I paniced.  It took what seemed like an eternity after I yelled "What do I do????"  to realize that I needed to turn the flame off and allowed Eric to throw the lid on the pan.  I'll have you know that I have made this recipe a thousand times with no small pan fire flaming inferno

After Eric left and my humiliation kicked in I decided to text him.

Me: Just want to make sure you aren't burnt

Eric: I am not burnt

Me: Do you guys want to come back for dinner :) ha ha

Eric: I think we will have something more room temperature

yeah...funny guy.

I am sorry Bella, Hannah was such a good friend.

Don't worry this gives us more time with King Phillip.


More Later

- A Ro

Monday, November 12, 2012

A lot of Pictures to Catch Up on Things 'Round These Parts

Wow, after my concert week, tech week for Cinderella, and the performances of Cinderella this gal needed this three day weekend, courtesy of our hard working veterans.  On Friday I asked my Sixth Graders if they had a veteran in their family, it was surprising to me that many of them did.  Now it seems in my generation we had a lot of veterans as fathers and grandfathers.  All of my Grandfathers were veterans, my Dad was, and my husband is.  It seems that there are fewer in this generation and especially at a private school, but we had quite a few and we had a nice discussion.

But I was so thankful for a three day weekend.  We seemed to fill it up but there was a lot of down time.  My kids were with their dad so that freed up quite a bit of running around.  It was also nice because Rich and I had some much needed us time.  We went to dinner Friday night and then went home and watched To Kill a Mockingbird with Sarah.  They both read the book because Sarah had to read it for English.  It had been quite awhile since I had read it.  It was a good movie, I just love Scout.  Saturday was a trip to breakfast and the Farmer's Market with Rich.  Then off to Andrew's baseball game and then Sarah had a marching band competition.  Man was it cold and windy.  I felt like an Iowa girl in my hat, mittens, and three layers of sweatshirts.  Sunday was cleaning and errands and today Bella and I made cake pops for her homeroom advisory class.


OK as the title suggests I have quite a few pictures to show you.  These date back to mid October...yikes.

I have been baking cookies quite a bit...here are a few of the ones I have been doing.

Halloween Frankensteins and Spider Webs

Dia de los muertos cookies for Bella's party

My friend and colleague had a baby shower and I made these.

I am getting hooked on decorating cookies.  So much fun.

I had my concert

Here is a video Rich shot with his phone (so the audio isn't all that great),  it is our second selection from the concert and a lot of me talking.  I realize that my mom might just be the only one who watches it all the way through...that's OK. If it even works.

We had Homecoming.

My seniors sing the National Anthem every year.  Here they are and I can tell you that I have watched all of them grow and change (two of them since 3rd grade and one since 4th)  I love them all dearly.  Especially the one to my right...sigh

Here are a few from Halloween:

My cute piggie and band nerd.  We went over to my friend Vicki's house (her daughter Hannah and Bella have been best friends since Kindergarten).  They live real close and have a fun potluck dinner with friends and family.  It was fun to trick or treat with a big bunch.

Then there was our big Cinderella production.

Steps to making an Ugly Stepsister
1.  Sponge roll the hair and sleep on it (it makes a grouchy step sister too)

 2.  Unroll and have many many curls.
 3.  Have Miss Humbert tease and tease and spray and spray (also makes a grouchy step sister)
 4.  This is what you get.  Bella turns into Portia.

5.  Take a picture with your mama.

 Well that pretty much catches you all up on the goings on around here. 

The next few weeks will just fly by.  I really hope I catch a few more weekends like this one.

More Later

- A Ro

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bella the "Ugly" Stepsister

Just a quick post to post some pictures of Bella as Portia the Ugly Stepsister in Cinderella.

I have some others to post but a parent sent these to her dad and he sent them to me and I just love them.

What a total diva.  I wonder where she gets it from??

More Later

- A Ro