Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New Photos

I just posted some new photos in my Photo Blog. They are of the memorial car show for my Uncle. Please let me know if you want access as my photo blog is private. :)


Sunday, June 15, 2008

How to tell a Bush from a McCain


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Socks, Solved!

We have a family of six. And our family of six produces a lot of laundry...a lot of it. And a large portion of our laundry consists of white socks. Over the years I have come to despise white socks, more specifically, white children's socks!

We have a sock basket that is always over flowing with white unmatched socks. After every load of laundry (at least two a day in our house) we put the clean socks in the sock basket to wait to be matched up.

Usually once a week I sit down and begin the tedious chore of matching socks. After about an hour of sitting on the floor surrounded by white socks I give up--only having half of the socks matched. The kids' feet are growing to about the same size so all of the socks look similar and we're pretty much going by memory when deciding which socks go to which child.

We have tried various methods for making this process easier. We've given each kid one specific style of sock--that made finding the matches easier but we still had to find the matches. We tried writing initials on the feet of the socks--still had to find the matches. We tried naming wash days for each kid--that created problems in making full loads and just threw off my laundry washing altogether.

It wasn't until about a month ago when we thought to get each kid a mesh sock bag. We already had one we used to store Aly's little socks so we thought we'd just expand on the idea. They keep these bags on top of their dressers. At the end of each day when they take their socks off they go into the bag. Then on Sunday they bring their full bags to the laundry room where I throw them in the wash. Once they've gone through the dryer I hand the bags, still full, back to the kids and they fold and put away their own socks!

I am not sure why it took me so long to come up with this. It's not like it's some insanely brilliant idea. None the less, I'm spending less and less time matching socks and our sock basket, MIA socks aside, is nearly empty! Not to mention having all the socks in one place make it a tiny bit easier for the kids to do the laundry!

Yep, it's the little things in life...


Monday, June 9, 2008

A Photo Blog

I began a photo blog today. Because it will contain actual photos of the kids I set it to invite only. If you want to have access you will have to ask me to add you to my list of accepted viewers.


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Show Your Support

Follow this link to get your free Obama bumper sticker!

The link contains a form that asks for your mailing address and an email. Select the "1 Free Obama 08 Sticker" on the right and your order will be processed. The site will then take you to another screen that asks for a donation but this is entirely optional.

Click to get your Free Obama '08 Bumber Sticker!


Wednesday, June 4, 2008


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The Microwave

Yesterday, while the kids were warming up their lunches, our microwave broke. It flat out stopped microwaving! I looked at it, called about it and finally gave up to the realization that it was indeed beyond repair. I was ticked--this microwave is less than three years old!

Yesterday evening we left to go buy a new microwave. We trekked through Target, looked at all the models and decided on a Panasonic with something called Sensor claimed it knows how hot your food is and will respond on its own.

We decided to try it out during dinner. We put a bag of frozen green beans in it and pushed the sensor setting for frozen veggies. It began cooking, the countdown clock was blank so we had no idea how long it would take. A few minutes into the cooking the microwave beeped and displayed 5:00...the veggies had 5 minutes left. And sure enough after the 5 minutes we checked on the green beans and they were perfectly cooked! How cool!

I wanted to test it out further so late last night I grabbed some leftovers and put them in--roast beef and roasted veggies in one container. I poked the "Sensor Reheat" button and pressed "Start" and the microwave began...and in about 2 minutes I got the beep that my food was seconds away from being fully warmed. Sure enough, after the final beep my food was perfectly warmed.

I am kind of glad our microwave bit the dust--this one is so much cooler!!


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Feeling like a little Damien Rice

This is one of my favorite songs. I have a lot of favorite songs, this one is at the top of the list.

The Blower's Daughter