Sunday, September 28, 2008

Is Nothing Sacred?

I recently learned that Penguin books commissioned Canadian author Budge Wilson to write a prequel to Anne of Green Gables to celebrate the centennial of the original. Actually, it's called Before Green Gables and it was already published in January.

How can anybody else write Anne's story??

Am I going to read it? Probably...out of morbid curiosity. However, I can't believe it will actually seem like the same Anne.

Also, while we're on the subject, Kevin Sullivan is producing a fourth installment to the Anne series. This one sounds even worse than the third (if that's possible). The plot synopsis sounds terrible. Besides the character's names, it resembles absolutely nothing of the books. I don't get this. The books are so wonderful, why is it so hard to stick to the original story?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

6 Unspectacular Quirks

ChurchPunkMom and Dana have both tagged me for this meme so I guess I should give it a go.

The rules for this Meme are:

1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them. (I'm not going to tag anybody though)
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged bloggers letting them know they’ve been tagged.

1. I saw my ice skates out in the garage earlier and felt sad when I realized how long it's been since I used them. I love ice skating and I used to go all them time when I was young.

2. Before I had children I had a compulsion to finish every book I started, and I would only read one book at a time. After I had children and my reading time became more valuable, I started to let myself quit reading a book if I couldn't get into it (although I won't post it on my reading blog if I didn't finish it). I also read many books at the same time. One for upstairs, one for downstairs, one for the van ect...

3. I have started requesting catalogs from expensive children's clothes stores. I'm going to use them to copy dress ideas for Sadie.

4. I eat broccoli almost every single day. Elijah, Jonah and Sadie all share my love of broccoli.

5. I'm considering getting my hair cut in an undercut bob like this. I can't decide. Last time I was at the mall I even walked into the salon to make an appointment but then changed my mind and walked out.

6. It bugs me that some of these are not real "quirks" by definition, but I don't have the time to think of real quirks.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sweet Dreams...and Nightmares

Remember how I've been working on Sadie's room? Well, the other day my friend calls and says her neighbor is looking for somebody who might want a canopy bed and she thought of me. Yes, a FREE canopy bed! Looks like I don't have to paint that headboard after all. They didn't have the fabric canopy to give us (I guess they had just draped fabric) so I made one. We need to get a mattress set for it, but there is no rush since she won't be sleeping in a bed anytime soon.


And now for the nightmare...or at least the nightmare-inducing toy part.
This was in Sammy's Happy Meal today. What do you suppose those people in China think when they are making these toys for us? "What kind of freaks are those Americans?" We rarely do the Happy Meals, but I think this was probably the last one.

Monday, September 15, 2008


With Sadie turning 16 months old tomorrow, it recently occurred to me that something is different. I have never had a 16 month old without another on the way already. In fact, a couple times I was already quite far along by this point. This is new and different...and I like it.

I can't wait until my sister has her baby in November. I can't wait to go see him and hold him and spoil him and...give him back. With the exception of my oldest sister, I have always been pregnant at the same time as my sisters. I have never had an opportunity to enjoy their babies without having my own tiny one. I can't wait.

I suspect some of you might not understand this. However, I trust that anybody who had five babies in 7 years knows exactly what i'm talking about.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

How To Make My Day

A few weeks ago Jeremiah's dad made a quick trip down. He thought Sadie looked so cute in one of the dresses that I made for her that he sent me money to make her another dress! Talk about a pleasant surprise. There was actually enough money to make her two dresses. I can't wait to get started.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Autumn Cutie


Thursday, September 04, 2008

Back to School

Well, our first week of school is nearly completed. It felt like a busy week, but the real busyness has not even begun yet. In a few weeks our homeschool co-op begins (twice a month). There are so many fun classes to choose from this year and all four boys will be able to participate. Also, the three older boys will be going to a weekly Spanish class. They remain a little skeptical about the Spanish class, but I think they will enjoy it once it starts.

I hope everybody elses school year is off to a good start.

In other news...

I've slowly been working on Sadie's room. Until now, it's basically been a walk in closet for her clothes. It also still had a Superman valance since it used to be Sam and Jonah's room. I'm working on a quilt for her, so I wanted some sheer white curtains with embroidery that would match a lot of different fabrics. A few days ago I checked at T@rget and found exactly what I had in mind...for $20 a panel! No way could the seamstress in me pay $40 for some sheer curtains. I had already looked for curtain fabric before and I didn't find what I had in mind so I assumed I would have to settle for a different look. Until! I went to W@lmart today and found what I wanted on clearance for $5 a panel!! I couldn't make them for that. AND the butterfly curtain rod on clearance for $5 too! I know we love to hate W@almart, but wally world sure made my day today.

My next plan is to paint a headboard white and stencil some butterflies or dragonflies on it for her room.