Would anyone actually admit NOT loving checklists? I used to think I was unique for loving lists...but really, that is like saying "I love breathing." or "I love going to sleep at night." or "I love Christmas." Aren't lists just a natural and wonderful part of everyone's life? Please, if you don't love lists, let me know: I'll put you on my convert-to-a-list-lover list. Anyway, I was looking for some fun tools and found
This site has free, downloadable, printable lists for LOTS of things. There are almost too many list templates (unless you need blood pressure tracker? or a camping checklist?) Anyway, some are blank templates, but the Travel Packing Checklist is partially completed for you, as are others. Oh, this site was like finding a long lost friend on Facebook. I smiled...too wide....and had to explain to my husband why I was so amused. I guess I found someone to add to my convert-to-a-list-lover list!
Have fun. I hope this saves you some time; inspires you to get even more organized this week. AND, this site inspired me to begin working on something that I've been told to do: start a household binder. So, although creating a new binder has me giggling like a child with her first allowance in Dollar Tree, I can kinda get annoyed with all the "stuff" the finance and home planner people say you HAVE to keep in a binder. (I simply refuse to keep all my oil changes logged on a spreadsheet.) Therefore, I'm going to create my own household binder and am going to periodically post the things I'm adding...so if you decide to take this voyage with me...you can add along to yours, too! Have a great week!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
How well do you know our boys? Can you tell which boy/football coach is which? I'll give you a hint: One football team is lined up perfectly on the goal line. One team looks like they are mingling at a party.
I love their similarities and I love their differences. Today we've played soccer, football guys, tag, wrestling, train puzzles, army guys, trains, cars, football stickers, and read farm books. I ATTEMPTED to have them help me cook, finger paint, fold laundry - nope, not interested. Can you tell I am One Girl Among Boys?
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I need to come clean. Got a few things to get off my chest. Maybe some of you do, too. I've been working hard all day and need to lighten my load....so I'm just going to the verge of insanity...then I'll be back to normal tomorrow. I promise.
- I give fake phone numbers at checkout counters simply to win a game that the cashier doesn't even know she's playing.
- I got sworn at by Ryan tonight. When I corrected his behavior he said in his meanest voice ever, "Don't bust my buffers!!!" Which leads me to another confession: I can not wait to meet the creator of Thomas the Train in heaven...I'm going to ask him why he had to make the show so addictively dorky. Sir Topham Hatt??? WHAT? Seriously, dude. Did you run that one by your wife?
- I take as many chocolate mints as I can when I leave The Tavern. I don't even care if I look ridiculous doing it. Yes, I know you can buy them....but you can also fit about 10 in each handfull. (Mom, it's a pizza place....don't worry.)
- Sometimes I leave the shower knob pushed in (so the shower stays on rather than just coming out of the downspout) just so it will hit my husband in the face...I'm so amused by his reaction.
- If I hang a picture on the wall and realize it is crooked, I put a ball of masking tape on the back to hold it in a straighter position. Classy. You should try it.
- I could probably watch 50 straight hours of cheerleading. I make fun of Troy for watching game film over and over and over (he's doing it right now) but if someone wanted to put in a DVD of cheerleading competitons...I would rewind and replay, too. Same with some TV shows....but I won't tell you which ones.
- I could eat an entire block of Cracker Barrel Vermont Sharp White Cheddar Cheese. It is delish. I try to eat just the 1 square inch serving size...but it is ridiculously good and I can't stop myself.
- I hate Walmart, but have forced myself to go to it for the last month. I've survived. I haven't contracted any wierd diseases (yet) and I've actually saved a lot of money. Yes, I tracked my cost savings - it was impressive.
- Troy made his own birthday dinner tonight. I didn't make it for him. He wanted to play with his new smoker and it was a big flop. Aren't I a nice wife? I did make him some cupcakes though.
- My days are better if I have a Mt. Dew before 10 AM. My kidneys are totally cool with that.
- Speaking of soda, sometimes I don't pay the required 25 cents for soda at work. I really need to pay that change cup back. And I will....someday.
- I get giddy at the thought of having my van detailed. I don't know if anything would make me happier right now. I am a true dork.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Action packed weekend at our house. Lots of errands, cooking, some baseball games, I busted Ryan reading to our cat:
Taunted Fed some geese:
Then we had a grrrrreat time on Saturday evening. We invited all the coaches and their families over for a cookout. It was a ton of fun seeing old friends and making new ones. It is going to be a fun, fun, fall! All the kids played and played and played. At one point, Seth escaped with his wagon and we found him a block away chasing it down the street...runaway wagon. Fortunately (for us, not the neighbor) his wagon crashed into a neighbors parked car or Seth would probably still be running. (No injuries during this incident - to Seth, the wagon, or the car, thankfully.) And check this out:
Dee, the wife of a coach MADE us this. How cool! It is actually really big, this picture doesn't do it justice.
After having such a blast on Saturday, we needed a restful and slow-going Sunday. After church we ate at Jethros (can NOT wait until the Altoona one opens), then.....I TOOK A NAP. Can you believe it? I didn't think I would ever nap hard again. But I actually slept for 2 hours. Gasp. It was wonderful. I've taken a few 15-20 minute cat naps in the past few years, but it is RARE that I sleep when the boys sleep. Wonderful. Best Sunday in a long time :-) Then, we made Ryan's dream come true. All he has wanted to do for a long time is walk ("with my feet") on train tracks.
So we had a picnic:
Threw some rocks and sticks into the lake...ah, peaceful:
And went to some semi-deserted train tracks:
And even took a ride on a freight car.
Best part - it was all FREE! We had a great time and I loved seeing how these simple pleasures make the boys so happy. 3 years ago I never would have predicted that I would be tromping down train tracks chasing 2 boys soaked in mud with goose-poo-covered shoes...and it was even harder to imagine that I would LOVE doing it. I guess living as One Girl Among Boys is a pretty cool thing :-)
Saturday, July 3, 2010
We had to say goodbye to my sissy and her family today (SO glad we vacationed together) and we had a tough decision to make:
Then, all week I was obsessed with the Stanley Hotel - the one from Stephen King's The Shining. I found out last week that it was in Estes Park...so like any goofy tourist, I had to check it out:
Remember the creepy hallway?
Weellllllll...we decided to keep on vacationing. Seth rebounded really quickly and Ryan came around eventually. We headed to Denver and visted the Underwater Adventure Aquarium. It was really really neat. You can tell how Ryan didn't feel too great:
But Seth LOVES fish:
We bought a silly stuffed shark for both boys and Ryan perked up. It could have been the REAL tiger we saw (yes, at an aquarium!?!?) or it could have been the 10th dose of Tylenol kicking in...but we were just happy to see him happy!
Seth LOVED this water shooter thing - push a button and water sprays out. He was soaked!
Troy found a really cool hotel: The Magnolia. We were quite nervous upon check in because it is clearly about 3 stars more than we are used to...but it is BEAUTIFUL! Our room is huge (3 full rooms plus a full kitchen) and we got a really good deal online!
Finally Ryan ate something - popcorn. Yeah, I know - not the best choice...but at least he got some calories in his system.
Tomorrow we're "riding the train" (shhhh...don't tell Ryan that it is actually just the public transportation system), heading to a Rockies game...and maybe seeing King Tut on display here. Seriously, downtown Denver is really really awesome. Too much to say about it...maybe later!
Friday, July 2, 2010
Stopping for a quick drink:
Next stop...Pikes Peak
Getting ready for our horseback ride through the mountains. Yes, we were brave enough to take a 3 and 1 year old on a 2 HOUR ride.
Mom and Seth...and Georgia, our horse (or zebra, or dragon, or cow...depending on Seth)
During our ride, we got to see helicopters attempting to put out a forest fire. Interesting.
A ROCK!!!! Wowzers.
We've seen lots of elk or mule deer (I still can't tell the difference.)
Exhausted little boys:
And now, Ryan has altitude sickness or something - fever, not eating, sleeping a lot, vomitting. Awesome. But he's a trooper and is trying to hang on!!! We're off to Denver for the weekend, then heading back home :(