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…but time sure flies when you’re having fun! We’ve been smack dab in the middle of our first football season & having a blast with it! The hs my son attends does not have soccer so he opted to try football & wow! I’m so glad though that we waited to let him play until he was older & bigger. He’s almost 6’1 & weighs 180lb. He’s able to handle the hits (of course he plays on the line!) then he would have as a younger player. Plus I’m not as terrified for him as I would have been.

We’ve also been smack dab in the middle of soccer, band (trumpet) & horseback riding w/ my daughter. She’s not as much into sports but we’ve found a new horseback riding school & we’re all much happier w/ them than the last one. Another plus is that she’s able to do this w/ two of her friends which makes it ever so much more fun. And she’s taken up the trumpet (which she hates when it comes time to practice even though she only practices for 7 min 5 x a week!) since mom told her she needed to take band for 2 yrs.

Take that & the fact that I’m trying to build up a 1 yr food supply by couponing (got the deodorant for the 4 of us for the next year taken care of!) as well as by canning (it is fun!) & well, we’ve been busy.

Let’s see. What else. Hmmm, for Halloween I’m making a couple of kitty litter box cakes (find recipe here – http://musingsinfood.blogspot.com/2008/10/kitty-litter-box-cake.html) for school & hubby’s work as well as one for a Halloween party. We’re also doing a version of these Halloween cupcakes I found @ a Taste of Home – http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Tombstone-Cupcakes?cpi=1&sort= We did switch it up by using a different cookie (the milanos were very big & hard to get into the cupcake w/o making them fall apart) & changed the icing color to a darker green. We also bought some bone shaped candies from Tar-jhay & used those instead of the pumpkins. They turned out so cute that we’re making them for my son’s seminary class as well as my daughter’s school class! I’ll post photos when I re-make them.

So? What have You been up to?


…what’s that?  No, really.  We had a few days of winter but for the most part I didn’t even run my heater cause my house stayed 65F all day.  Oh, well time to move forward.

Wait.  Did I say forward?  I meant get on w/ life.  While the rest of you were suffering w/ daylight savings we weren’t.  I have to admit that I certainly agree w/ Arizona on this one.  I love having everybody else change & us in the boonies stay the same.  Really.  It’s very freeing & wonderful.

Along w/ spring though comes spring break.  Guess what?  It’s Spring Break!  Ack!!!  Oh well, time to get the pool ready for summer anyway.  It’s not too bad right now.  Our pump went out during the non-winter so while the pool needs to be vacuumed (we have those really weird oaks that persist in dropping their leaves in the spring not the fall) & I need to up the chlorine levels & clean the filters, the pool is actually blue.  As in it looks pretty decent.  So tomorrow the kids & I are going to work around the pool in the am & head to the pool store in the afternoon (ok, this might all wait until tues since we can all sleep in tomorrow!) & get some more chemicals plus order a new solar blanket (plastic wrap that lays on top of the pool & helps to heat the water faster).

This really might be the year that the princess has her pool party around her birthday!


… our Valentine’s Day celebrations.

Treats for the Princess’s class.  It was two apple slices, two green grapes & two cheese hearts.

Fruit & nut cups decorated for party in the Princess’s class.  (we did them together)

The Princess decorating the cake we made for daddy & the Prince.

The cake says “Happy Valentine’s Day”.  I seriously considered turning it in to Cake Wrecks.    It was very delicious though.

… did it!  The princess said he told three of the girls & one of them came & told her.  After that, he really had no choice but to come over & he did.  He admitted it was him & she thanked him.  She seemed really matter of fact about it.  Actually she almost seemed disappointed.  I asked her if she was & she smiled & told me no but…

I’m pretty impressed that he did finally tell her.  It must have been very frightening!  Ya know?

In other news.  My husband & the Prince (okay, mostly Hubby) were very frustrated w/ his old scout troop so they found another one & the Prince transferred his membership over.  The first thing he said after coming in the door from his first meeting was “Mom, they actually listened to the leaders & came & took part in the meeting.  They were respectful & I had a great time!”  This was maybe 3 wks ago.  Now he’s getting ready for his first camp out only they aren’t camping.  No, instead they are driving 7 hrs to go skiing/snowboarding & earn their snow sports merit badge.  Hot diggity!  A troop that actually tries to earn badges!  They’ll be gone all Sat, Sun & come back on Mon.  How awesome is that?  Plus, we finally found a reptile merit badge counselor so he’s got that one & his old scout leader told him that he’s found all of the records (finally) & the Prince has earned his camping merit badge which is an Eagle requirement.  Yeah, he’s really cooking now.

Since the Prince is getting to go do some fun things this weekend we thought we’d take the Princess to see a movie.  Probably Gnomeo & Juliet but I’ll let you know.  I get to be gone ALL day on Sat.  Yipee!  Plus we’re going to eat out which means no cooking.  Yep, I’m going to have a great day tomorrow.  Hope you do too.

… idea for the princess who her secret admirer is.  Of course yesterday she was home sick (mental health day) so he had no chance.  And of course I almost gave it away.  Luckily she’s forgotten everything she’s told me about the boy because she’s so convinced it’s not him.  I really don’t think he can tell her now cause it’s too hard.  That’s okay though.  He gave her a box of chocolates.  Remember?


… come clean.  This poor kid had so much pressure on him that he caved.  Can’t say as I blame him since he’s only 9.  He did get the Princess a heart shaped box of chocolates.  He came up to me during the confusion of the kids passing out their goodies & whispered that I should thank him for getting the Princess the chocolates.  I laughed & laughed although not anywhere that he could hear or see me of course.  It really was pretty funny.  He was so nervous!

He said he’s going to try tomorrow.  Poor kid.  Everybody think kind thoughts for him, ‘kay?

… little note here.  I just found out that the reason I’ve been feeling so crappy is that I have shingles again.  I went online & googled shingles diet because my dad had told me about a man in their neighborhood who kept getting shingles & found a natural way to not only get rid of them quicker but to also keep them away.  So, the answer?  No sugar, lots of vit C, B12 & E to help w/ the blisters.

I immediately quit sugar & started taking the leftover pills from my last round of shingles.  I also started to take the vits mentioned in the diet.  Oh & eating lots more fruits & veg.  Guess what?  The blisters went down & didn’t pop.  I’m still having pain & tiredness but it’s not as bad as it could be.  I’m not certain what worked but I am inclined to believe that the “diet” is helping.  BUT, not out of the woods yet.  So, I’m around but taking it really easy.  Thanks, for understanding.



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