Friday, October 30, 2009

Trick~or~Treat....

Do you have your candy ready? We do!
Hope you have a safe, fun-filled Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Red Ribbon Week......Superhero Day....

It's Red Ribbons Against Drugs week at school this week. The kids dress up each day in different themes in the fight against drugs. It has been pajama day, peace day, red-white-blue day, and today is superhero day. Our teachers don't seem to get notes out very well this year, so you basically find things out the night before. This is our "put together" superhero outfit. It was still dark out and just before a big rainstorm came in, so sorry for the dark pictures.
LG is the initials of her school so she is a LG Superhero in the fight against drugs. She is also all in black and white, her school colors. She was extremely hyper and excited this morning thinking she looked so fun and cute.....lol
Dun-Dun-Daaaaaaaa!!!!!
Oh, and one more thing, she did make straight A's on her report card she brought home yesterday...YAY. She had a couple of low A's on her progress report so I thought they might slide down to B's but she kept the A's. I hope you all are having a great Thursday!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Did You Watch It Last Night?

We did and we LOVE it!
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mini Society.....

Lexi was quite excited that she was able to return to school on Friday because they had a Mini Society that afternoon. Just what is a Mini Society? Just a bit of the note we received said - I want to foster entrepreneurial qualities and creative ideas in the students. They should be encouraged to think in terms of products or services they can sell or things they can create with little or no money. They encouraged all the 5th graders to participate. The children all had play money that they had earned through various things. Example: if a parent came to the parent meeting the child received $100.00 in Mini Society money. The children had to use part of their money to purchase a business license, purchase a posterboard (for their business name) and get it laminated and rent their booth. We came up with locker magnets to sell.
I made several samples for Lexi before she got home from school one day and she loved it. They were made from oversize popsicle sticks and foam shapes. The Twilight ones were a little more complicated and I mod podged the paper onto the sticks for her, but she did most of the rest. I helped with some of the writing on the sticks. We had a great time and created 60 magnets.
Here is an up close look. We glittered some of them. We tried to make magnets that boys and girls would like. Also, some were up and down and some were sideways.
Here are the Twilight themed ones.

This is a picture of the area Lexi was set up in. There were four rooms packed full of children with creative ideas. The 5th graders got to shop first at the other booths, then they brought 4th graders around to shop. They all had a blast!
Lexi only had 11 magnets left. They had a worksheet for homework that they had to complete as far as profit, expenses and they have to pay taxes on what money they made when they get to their math class on Monday. The play money will then be put up because they will have more of these throughout the year. At the end of the year, they will have a big auction and get to use whatever money they have made and kept to purchase various items.
What a fun way to teach the 5th graders a little bit about how a business is run.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Porcupine Meatballs....

First off, Lexi is going back to school today....YAYAYAYAYAY!!!! Thank you so much for all your well wishes and the virtual chicken soup (thanks Ramona) sent to her.♥ Anyway, I thought I would share a recipe with you that we had last night. It is good and easy. We just added green beans and cornbread with it for a yummy meal.
Porcupine Meatballs

Combine 1 package beef Rice-A-Roni with 1 pound ground beef and 1 egg, beaten. Shape into small meatballs (approx. 20). Brown on all sides in skillet. In another bowl combine contents of beef seasoning packet with 2 1/2 cups hot water. After meatballs are browned, pour over meat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Enjoy! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I know a lot of ours will be spent catching up on the school work from the past week.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Update on Lexi....

Update Thursday: Lexi still had temp. Wednesday afternoon, so no school on Thursday....she is NOT happy about that!
Well, first off we have been playing a LOT of this game. She loves it! I found out a couple of the main symptoms of H1N1 are headache and low grade temperature, so yesterday when she again had 99.7 I decided she needed to go in to the Doctor. They did the nasal swab and it came up negative, but since there has been a large percentage of false readings when flu is actually there, (and she has the symptoms) they put her on Tamiflu. She also popped up yesterday morning with a flimy sounding cough so she has cough syrup too. If we can get the fever kicked the Doctor has given us a note that she can go back to school on Thursday. The biggest upset for Lexi was that she had to miss their last cross country meet yesterday afternoon. It had been re-scheduled from a rain out and here she is now sick and can't run. The funny thing was that yesterday morning she was pretty sure she could run the race. NO Lexi you can't. She found out she definitely was not up to par though after the long Dr.'s office wait and then going to get her prescriptions (about 3 hours all total).

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I Won Again.....

I won a fabulous giveaway from Deb at Posted from Home and wanted to show you all what she sent me. I did my pictures a little different and they look a little crazy to me, but you should be able to click on any of them to enlarge them. Everything was packaged in this beautiful silky, stitched drawstring bag.


There were some wonderful magnets and magnetic pictures. Also some adorable cards, beautiful handmade tags, and a painted doorknob welcome sign with the bird and pumpkins. There is so much detail in everything she made me, and I LOVE it all!





Deb also thought of Lexi and made her an ADORABLE button bracelet. She LOVES it and says thank you so much!




Here she is modeling it. CUTE!!! Thanks so much for everything Deb.♥
Sorry I haven't been visiting much, but Lexi got sick on Sunday. She missed school on Monday, and didn't go again today. She has a headache and has been running a temperature just under 100 degrees. She doesn't feel really bad, but is just dragging with the temperature. Hopefully, she will kick it quickly.

Friday, October 16, 2009

You All Know by Now that I LOVE Etsy.....

Here are my latest pretties. These wonderful pumpkins are from Ramona at A Day in the Life of Ramona. They are so CUTE and stuffed with buckwheat hulls which gives them a little crunchy sound, kind of like a bean bag. Thanks a bunch Ramona!
I also purchased two Halloween pendants from Mary Lou at House of Whimsy. These are just so cute! I wore the Halloween face yesterday, and had several compliments on it. Thanks so much Mary Lou!
Both of these ladies also have wonderful blogs that you will enjoy. Stop by and say hi to them. Hope you all have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tasty Beef Stew and Another Cross Country Meet...

The other day when it was so cold outside I thought stew sounded good, so I went online and found a Martha Stewart recipe here. I did mine in the crock pot. Here it is first thing in the morning and ready to slow cook.
Yum, it looks good doesn't it!
It was fabulous and we had left-overs for several days. Try it you will like it!
Lexi had another cross country meet. It was on Monday (so she had to miss dance) and it had been re-scheduled from a rain out. It was almost rained out again. The course was wet, muddy and very slippery but they had them go ahead and run.
Here she is coming in on the final stretch.....the finish line is approximately 50 yards away. Can you see the mud?
Can you tell what place she came in?
Yep, third place (out of 34 runners). A 6th grader came in 1st place and she was actually 2nd place out of the 5th graders and again 1st place from her school! YAY Lexi!
Since the conditions were worse, their times were worse, but Lexi's time was still 7 minutes 21 seconds. Here is the ticker tape with her time.
Hope you are all having a wonderful day. Fall break for Lexi is Thursday and Friday. We aren't doing anything special, but she is just glad to be out of school for two days.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Autumn Slam Tournament in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma

We had a very busy day with Lexi on Saturday. First off, she cheered at the 5th grade football game. It was really cold and windy and here she is with her tights and long sleeved shirt under her cheer outfit. The game started at 10:00 a.m. and unfortunately our boys lost....boooooo. After that she had to change and get to Pauls Valley for some tournament ball.
Thank goodness the games were already running late or she would not have gotten there in time to play in the first game.
Lexi is not playing on a team this fall because it conflicts with her dance night. The fall games are double headers on Monday nights and that is when her dance practice is. The coach called and asked if she could play in the tournament because as you all know Lexi is good at what she does (I'm not bragging it is just the truth....lol).
The coach had her play in several positions but mostly in "her" spot of first base.

She was layered in clothes trying to stay warm. We also had extra jackets and blankets to put over them while they were in the dugout.


The girls did GREAT and ended up playing six...yes, you heard that right, SIX games in the tournament. Their team came in 2nd place. What a fabulous job they all did! I ended up coming back home to feed our animals and let them out (we had no clue it would last as long as it did). Lexi and her daddy didn't get home until 11:30 p.m. Lexi fell asleep in the truck on the way home. She was exhausted.
Hope everyone is having a great Monday.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Outdoor and Random stuff....

Want a muffin on this rainy, cold morning? I have apple cinnamon or banana. YUM!
Not too much has been going on this week. It seems like we have had a lot of homework and studying for tests, that we have helped Lexi with. The good news is that on her progress report she has straight A's....way to go Lexi. We will see if she still has that when she gets her actual report card. Here is my concrete goose with her holiday bow and a couple of pumpkins. These big pumpkins were at our little store in town for $4.50 each....cheaper than Wal-mart's $4.99 pumpkins. I need some more, but this is a start.

Yep, Fall is definitely here.....the leaves are starting to take over the yard and walks. We have so many trees that if we try to keep them picked up we have to constantly work at it. Not so fun!
This weekend, besides her normal Saturday morning cheerleading, Lexi is supposed to play in tournament softball in the Pauls Valley area (for my Okie friends that read). With all the rain, we will see if it ends up getting cancelled. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Our Cutie Midnight.....

We have been having rainy and chilly weather around here. Lexi is supposed to have a cross country meet this afternoon but with all the rain, it will probably be cancelled (yep, it has been cancelled). I haven't shown you Midnight in a while so here she is. She is getting quite big. She loves to lay on and under blankets. She is just a sweet, cuddly kitty that will be on your lap anytime you try to sit down.
I couldn't find her the other day but saw that my towel closet was open a bit. When I opened it, guess who I found. These towels on the bottom are rags so it didn't matter that she had found a "nest".
Top of the fridge, one of her favorite places.
Hope you are all having a wonderful day today.♥

Friday, October 2, 2009

Cross Country Meet.....

Yesterday afternoon was Lexi's first Cross Country meet of the season. Her category was 5th and 6th grade girls. She is a 5th grader. Here they are starting off. She is in the front in the grey top/black shorts to the right of the center. There were 47 girls in her race.
There she is right in the center of the picture.
Run Lexi, push it!!!!!!!
She did GREAT! She came in 5th place out of 47. She was actually 2nd place out of the 5th grade runners and from her school she was in 1st place!
Here is a little bit of the posting board. Her time for the one mile race was 6 minutes 52 seconds. Way to go Lexi!!!
I will be attending a funeral this morning, but I will try to be around to visit this afternoon. Hope you all have a wonderful day.