Sunday, May 31, 2009

Josie says

Josie and I were sitting at the table having a little snack:

Josie: Mom, you're going to have another baby.

I'm not pregnant, but in my mind I'm thinking, wow is this one of those times that I'm going to tell people about. You know, how some kids just KNOW that there is another sibling coming, or when they can tell when a person is pregnant, or what a pregnant lady is having. I'm thinking she is really in tune spiritually.

Me: Oh really?

Josie: Yes. Because you're ffffffffat. You have a big fat tummy like a pregnant lady.

Me-laughing: Ok then, thanks Jos.

So much for her spirituality.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thank you Teachers

I grapple each year with what to get teachers. So this year I came up with something super cute, USEFUL, and inexpensive. I got Avery 2"x 4" shipping labels. Then I went to my talented friend Molly's house and we downloaded a template off the internet--super easy. And she put some added some embellishments, and voila! Each teacher now has 50 labels to put on books and random things.

Total cost: $5.64


The MUST have skirt of the season.




light, long, soft

They just need to make them in every color.

I also ended up getting my swimsuit here. Online they don't look that appealing, but it was just a perfect fit in the store.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

She sews part 1

I had my mom come down for a few days and help me sew. When I say sew--I mean, a straight stitch. That's about it. Our pantry doors never performed well, so we got this idea from IKEA. It runs on tracks. So I have two panels on one track and two on another so we can get to things. I got the fabric from IKEA as well. Because it was about $7 a yard compared to the $15+ a yard I was looking at for home fabric everywhere else. I wanted a red or pink print but I never found one anywhere that I LOVED. Remember when I was looking at swatches? I have a million on my computer in a fabric file. Anyhow, we just decided to grab something at IKEA and be done with it. I like this fabric, it incorporates the green and pink in my kitchen, unfortunately not the red, but that's ok. I'll just use it for accents. These were simple once we got one finished and figured it out.

I have other sewing projects to blog about later, when I get them finished. Wish me luck.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Josie's big day

Looky loo who turned 5.

Dear Josie,

You are are a party at all times. You have tons of friends because you flatter people. You say things like: "I love the sparkles on your shoes" or "you look beautiful in your pajamas". I even saw a little girl in your preschool show you her favorite new toy Little Pet Shop Dog, and you said "Oh, I love it! and kissed it." Who doesn't want that in a friend? You are very spicy. You like to threaten me with with things like "If you don't give me cheetos, I won't watch Kung Fu Panda with you" and also random things like "How come dark haired mommy doesn't love yellow haired Josie" And you like to fib. For example, the other day you walked up to me and tilted your head up so I could see up your nose, and I saw a popcorn kernel. And all you said was "I didn't put it up there". And then when I started smiling and said, "Really, you didn't put it up there?" You started smiling and guilty-ish smile and then you said to me "I'm just smiling because you're so beautiful." Again, the flattery. All I'm saying, is that life in our house is a carnival ride. The kind that is so fast and fun that you can't stop laughing. And you are the first to say "Can we ride that again?". We all loves you Jos.

P.s. I didn't think you could get any cuter when we cut your bangs. But the new glasses did it. Even cuter.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Who want's a beer?

I haven't been political in a while, but my brother sent me this. I thought it made it out plain and simple.

Snarky--this one's for you:

The link is HERE or read it below.

How Socialism Works in the Real World
by Terry Easton

David Kamerschen is a professor of Economics at the University of Georgia who has fun teaching economics to new students fresh to the field. Lots of people who teach economics, including yours truly, have used a variation of David's illustration over the years. It never fails to hit the mark -- if not Marx.

Econ 101 or its equivalent is usually a required course for most college students, most of whom groan when they are forced to take a class in the "dismal science". That's because they never were exposed to real-world lessons in economics when they were in grade school. If we begin to teach our children the facts about how things really work when they are 8 instead of 18, we'd get much smarter voters at 18 -- and far less mushy-thinking socialist "progressives".

Bar Stool Economics:

Let's suppose that a group of 10 graduate students regularly go out to a pub for beer, and the tab for the 10 comes to $100 total. If they pay for their bill the way Americans pay for our taxes (based on our so-called "progressive" tax system), the breakout would be like this:

The first 4 people (the poorest) pay nothing. They get to drink for free.
The fifth pays $1
The sixth pays $3
The seventh pays $7
The eighth pays $12
The ninth pays $18
The tenth person (the richest) pays $59.

Being good friends and liberal progressives, that's what they all agree to do. It seems only fair that each person should pay what they can afford to pay, remembering the old adage they learned in school: "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" (Karl Marx).

Every few days, the 10 good friends would meet up in the pub and would pay up as agreed upon.

Then one day, the proprietor gave them a deal. "Since you are such good customers, from now on", he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your tab by $20. You can just pay me $80!"

Everyone wanted to continue to pay their bill just the same way as they had before. So the first four people (the poorest) are unaffected. They continue to get to drink for free.

But what about the remaining 6 people? How should they split up the unexpected $20 savings "windfall" so that everyone would get "his fair share"? They figured that $20 shared by 6 comes out to $3.33 each. But if they simply subtracted that amount from each of the 6 paying friends, then person #5 and person #6 would actually be paid to have their beers since person #5 only paid $1 anyway and person #6 only paid $3!

What to do?

The pub owner came to their rescue. He suggested that each person's bill should be reduced by roughly the same amount, and he used his calculator to work out what that should be:

Persons 1-4 continue to get to drink for free
The fifth person, like the first four, now pays nothing and drinks for free (100% savings!)
The sixth pays just $2 instead of the original $3 (33% savings!)
The seventh pays just $5 instead of the original $7 (28% savings!)
The eighth pays just $9 instead of the original $12 (25% savings!)
The ninth pays just $15 instead of the original $18 (17% savings!)
The tenth pays just $49 instead of the original $59 (16% savings!)

All 6 friends were better off then before. And their first four buddies continued to drink for free, because they didn't have a lot of money.

They all felt pretty good about it.

After they thanked the pub owner and left to walk back to campus, they began to compare their savings under this new deal.

The sixth person was very quiet, though. Finally he blurted out. "You know, splitting up the bill that way wasn't fair! I only got a dollar out of that $20 we all saved, and yet (he pointed to the tenth person) he got $10!"

"Hey, you're right", shouted the seventh person. "I got cheated too. I only saved 2 dollars. It's unfair that he got back 5 times more than me!"

"Damn it! I've been ripped off too", yelled the eighth. "Why should he get back $10 when I got back only $3. The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute", screamed friends one through four. "We didn't get anything at all! The system exploits the poor!"

The first nine people surrounded the tenth person and beat him up.

The next day, tempers had cooled down and the nine friends showed back up at the pub. They were sorry for what they had done and they wanted to apologize to their tenth friend.

But the tenth person didn't show up for drinks. So the nine proceeded to drink without him.

When it came time to pay the tab, they discovered that they had a problem. They didn't have enough money among all nine of them to pay for even half of the bill!

"And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works", says Professor Kamershen. "The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier."

President Obama and the Democratically-controlled congress, good wannabe socialists all, should remember this lessen before all of the rich people (mostly Democrats, by the way, but that's the topic of another article) stop going to the pub with all their other good friends. Raising taxes using a "progressive" tax system penalizes the productive, wealthiest members of our society much more than the average taxpayer. And I'm against that even though it would hurt the many Democrat billionaires far more.

And once we tip over the edge where 50% of the population don't pay income tax at all (the first five "good friends"), we create an us-and-them mentality where the first five vote in the politicians they want to continue to get their beers for free.

But there's no such thing as a free lunch. Someone always pays. Until they can't or don't anymore.

John Galt couldn't have said it plainer.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Everyone needs Josie

Everyone needs a Josie in their family.

She puts things on backwards all the time

and she says funny things. On the way to preschool she was singing from Annie:

"The sun will come out tomorrow, put your bottom up until tomorrow"

So if you're having a down day . . . .put your bottom up until tomorrow . .. things will get better.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mothers Day

While I was at my Flash Photography Workshop on Saturday, my husband and the girls were busy building this. It was a huge surprise and I totally love it. Mostly I love that they worked on something together for me. I've read the 5 love languages and one of mine is Service. I am not a gift girl. Could care less. That's why this meant the world to me. Poor Hy said it was so hot and so much work. I wish I had a before picture, because it was all weeds and rocks with a brick border. He dug that up, added the box and rearranged the bricks. All with 3 little helpers, which everyone with children know--are not much help. He said they did good--but it was hard.

So looky look at what I got.

I love it!





Thursday, May 7, 2009

Foxy at church

My friend from PA is getting her pictures done and she was looking for clothes, so I was showing her some of the stuff I wanted. And I found a great outfit for church.

The outfit is from Forever 21. The shoes are from the hip shoe store that is linked on the side of my blog

Play time

I realize this may only be funny to me. This from Jose this morning at breakfast:

"Mom . . .why-when I go to Lisa's house why is she always in charge? She always be's the human and I always be's the dog."

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Ok, Hy and I just made a trip to IKEA, spent more money than we should, but I'm excited about it. Because I have 4 different fabrics to make curtains. I want to make curtains with Grommets at the top like the one above. I've never done it. I need some help.

Where do I get big Grommets, how do I apply them? And any tips.

Any info would be greatly greatly appreciated!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Angela Anaconda

So there is this cartoon, Angela Anaconda, and I love it. We discovered it on Netflix where we can instant play oodles and oodles of episodes. The kids love it. Actually I love it. It's a bit unpolite at times, and it's super funny. Sometimes I watch it without the kids. If you have Netflix, or any way of getting a hold of a DVD. Watch it. It's funny