Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Eve Stromboli!

We were supposed to have a big party here tonight with lots of little kids, but everyone canceled. :( I guess it was for the best anyway, because Adrian has a horrid ear infection and a bad cough. Even though our littles weren't all feeling the best, we decided to go ahead with the Stromboli dinner because ... well because it is just tradition!

This is our first year attempting to make a gluten free Stromboli for Adrian, though. We used the Gluten Free Pantry - Favorite Sandwich Bread mix and added a little more rice flour to it. We put some out on the cookie sheet, put the fillings in and then put some over it, closing up the edges. It is flat and not rolled like a normal stromboli, but at least he gets to have something similar to the rest of us.

We had some bread dough left over so I gave it to Adrian to "knead" and make himself a loaf of bread. We added some more sugar, raisins and cinnamon to it so he could have a sweet bread. He had a blast making it. :)

By the time it was all ready he had fallen asleep. We woke him up to eat all his goodies. Here he is with his stromboli and bread.

For the rest of the family, we used this recipe for a really good pizza dough. You press it out on a cookie sheet and then spread the mixture given below out over it. Then add your "innards". We use cheese and pepperoni for the kids. We use ham, onions, green peppers, pepperoni, etc for ours.

Then you take it from the long end and start rolling it. When you are nearing the end, pull that end up and over the big roll, then grab the two side ends and pull them up and over it as well, sealing all the avenues of escape for the "innards". Turn it over so the seams are on the bottom and it looks like this.

1 tsp basil
2 TBS olive oil
2 eggs
1 TBS parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp parsley

Mix everything up with a whisk and spread on inside of stromboli.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Scare Of My Life.

Yesterday I had such a huge scare. T is normally home from preschool at 10:55. I watched for his bus at the window, but he wasn't showing up. At 11:15 I called the elementary office to see if they knew what was going on. No answer. That is odd, because the phone is always answered. I called again. No answer. Now I'm really starting to worry. Why would my child not be home on time and there is no answer at the school? I tried not to panic. I decided to try to bus garage. Finally someone answered!
Me: Is there a delay in getting the buses out today?
Her: Yes, the school is in lockdown.
Me: What? What is that? Why?
Her: Lockdown means no one in, no one out. I can't tell you the details of why.
Me: My child is in there! Is he okay? Why wasn't I called to let me know he wasn't coming home?!
Her: That is a lot of phone calls to make. We don't want to start a panic. I can't give you anymore details.

So I hung up and guess what ... I was panicking. Why? Well let's see. My son wasn't home. It was now well over 30 minutes from the time he should have been home. I had stood there waiting for him. I had called to get a hold of the school. There was no answer. When I did get an answer I'm told he is in a lockdown situation and she can't tell me if he is okay or not?!?!

I worried so much. I called my mom and asked for some prayers that we'd know what was going on with my son soon. I was very very upset.

At 11:45, (an hour from when T is dismissed from school), I called the elem office again. This time a woman answered. "Hello?" (Not how they normally answer.)
Me: Is this the Elementary office?
Her: Yes
Me: "Is my child going to be coming home now?"
Her: "Is he pre-k? What is his name?"
I told her.
Her: "Um ... well there has been an unforeseen emergency and we can't send him or any other students home for a while. I wasn't even suppose to answer this phone but I thought it was the principal calling me back."
Me: "Is my son okay?"
Her: "I believe he is fine. I really have to go now."

At least this woman "believes" he is fine. Then I start thinking about what she said. She wasn't "suppose to answer the phone". Why? They had my child there. I had received NO phone call from them that he wouldn't be coming home from school. No contact with them whatsoever. When I called them, they don't answer, and when they do they tell me they weren't suppose to answer the phone? This is totally not right. Am I suppose to just sit at home and be fine with the fact that my 4 year old didn't come home from school?!? And when I try to contact the school they don't answer the phone?!?! Um, no. This is not acceptable.

At 12:00 I received an automated phone call from the school.
"I'm calling to notify all parents of CLCS students that we are in a precautionary lockdown. No one can come into or out of the building. Please note the students are safe. To address this serious matter, we must keep the school in lockdown. Keep your phone lines open so that we can give you updates on this situation."

So finally, over an hour after my son should have been home, the school contacts me to let me know he wasn't coming home and that he was safe.

Now that I knew he was safe, I became REALLY mad. They wait an HOUR after my son should be home to tell me he wasn't coming? An HOUR?!?!

T came home 2 hours after his normal dismissal time. He is safe and he was totally oblivious to what had happened. That is good.

Let me say, I totally understand the need for a lockdown. In this case, it was because of a bomb threat. I'm not upset about the lockdown. Not at all. What I'm 100% upset about is that they waited so long to tell me that my son wouldn't be coming home.
Later that night I got an automated call from the school telling me to check the website out. They had a written statement on the site. I'm just c&p'ing the one part that really struck me.

"While we understand that parents of morning pre-kindergarten students would have appreciated an earlier phone call, our attention was focused on other critical safety issues at the time their children would normally have been boarding buses to ride home."

They had called all of the afternoon pre-k parents to let them know not to send their child to school. Are you telling me that they couldn't have spared 1 person to call the less than 40 morning pre-k students and tell them "I'm sorry, there has been an issue at the school and we cannot let anyone in or out at this time. Your child will be late in coming home. I cannot give out any more details, but know your child is safe and we will contact you again soon." Or hey... use the global connect automated system that they use all the time to tell me stupid things like there is going to be a football game. Or HEY, if that won't work for you, how about you give a call to one of the room mothers that have all of our phone numbers. One phone call to the preschool room mother and she could have called all of us preschool parents and let us know our children would be late in coming home.

I feel like their statement was a slap on my wrist for being upset that my child didn't come home and I didn't know where he was and couldn't get a hold of the school (that I entrust with his care) and became worried. I'm not suppose to worry because my son doesn't come home from school?


I'm very upset with the school for this gross miscalculation in communication. Obviously, some sort of protocol needs to be put into place on how to handle contacting the parents of the students that only attend half days (preschool) if a situation like this should occur again.

I will be sending a letter to the administration, board of ed, etc.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Getting back to being me

I feel like I'm finally starting to feel better. Yes, I still have a horrid cough/congestion, but that severely sore throat is gone. Yay! Today I got up with the boys and got Timmy on the bus. I then pulled back all the curtains, let some sunshine in and started cleaning. Vacuuming, sweeping, doing laundry, doing dishes, etc. Niko & Adrian and I made all the beds and then I went through the house and used some lysol on everything. Trying to get some of the nasty germs out of the house. Now that I've done all that, though, I realize I could really use my albuterol inhaler. I go in to use it and it is all out. Eek! I know I've been using it a lot this week while I've been sick, so I guess I'm going to have to order a new one.

I have plans to make my father in law a lap quilt for Christmas. I bought the fabric, now I just have to get around to making it. I'm not really into the whole quilting thing, but I had to think of something that wasn't too expensive and that he could use. Since he is going through chemo he is cold a lot. He sits in his recliner and shivers, so I thought this might be something he could use. I'm hoping to get the pieces for it all cut today. Hoping. lol

So I started reading a new book last night. My fave type of books to read are paranormal romances. I love Christine Feehan, Sherilynn Kenyon, JR Ward. So I joined this group on facebook to try to get some names of other authors that write in similar styles. Someone had mentioned Lora Leigh. So I went and got some of her books. HOLY COW! These are not "romance", lol, they are porn. Seriously. So far in this book "Tempting The Beast" it seems to be lots of sex with a tiny bit of story. I'm not sure if that is how all her books are or not, but I have to say I was a little taken aback. Not that I mind a good sex scene ... but .. err.. I just wasn't expecting quite THAT much. LOL

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Day 7: Some Famous Elves

Here's Hermie from Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer. Made of sculpey, felt, wool roving, paint and lots of time. LOL This is the final piece to go to the swap on craftster.

And here is Noddy. He is for my nephew for Christmas.

Day 6: Christmas Ornament

A Christmas ornament for a swapper on

Day 5: Calorimetry to complete the set.

A Calorimetry to match the iphone case and change purse.

Day 4: Iphone Case & Change Purse

Yay! I'm back to posting. I did make these items on the correct days, but the camera wasn't charged and I was super sick so I didn't upload all the info. Here is an iphone case and a change purse I made for a swap.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Crafting Countdown?

Do not fear, I've not stopped doing the Christmas Crafting Countdown, I'm just tired of the crappy pics I'm getting with my cellphone. I'll take some pics with my digital cam tonight of the things I've continued to complete for this countdown and then get them up here. I'm battling with strep and pink eye right now, so my crafting has slowed down some, but not all the way!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Day 3: Durango Hat

Hrm .. this didn't turn out quite as nice as I had hoped. Perhaps it was the yarn. I don't know. Here is the pattern for it. This is for a swap on

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Day 2: Wubzy Purse

A "Wow! Wow! Wubzy" Purse! Perfect for a little girl to carry her treasures around in. Has a rainbow, over the shoulder, strap. Made for a trade.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Day 1: Market Bag

Made for a swap. It currently has 2 grapefruit and 2 apples in it. It can fit quite a bit more. Wouldn't use it for grapes, though. LOL

Christmas Crafting Countdown.

Everyday this month I am going to complete at least one project in order to get all of my Christmas crafts finished in time to give them away. This is going to be a hectic month, but I HAVE to do this. I don't have the $ to go out and buy a ton of presents for everyone, so it is up to me to craft like crazy. (I'm hoping I can get my dh to step up and do some sewing for some of the things too! He's actually a really good sewer!)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Another Elmo

Thank goodness! This is my last Elmo! This one isn't as good as the last one, but it will have to do. I am not frogging it to make it look better.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Handy Manny!

My cousin's little boy, Warren turned 1 today. I finished making his favorite character, Handy Manny on the way to the party. LOL, talk about finishing up just in time!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bob The Builder with a couple kitties

Some more little people ... and yes I realize I forgot to put the bow on the squashy Hello Kitty. That will be going on tomorrow am. I didn't realize it until I took the pic! LOL

Monday, November 17, 2008

Where have I been?

Oh my goodness I've been busy the last couple weeks. I'm still plugging away at all of those cute little characters. I should be finished today and send them out. YAY! (I'm soooo ready to be done with the little buggers). My cousin came for a visit on Saturday, so I needed to finish all of her curtains for her. That took me a while. Yes, I know you are just sewing rectangles, but it gets tedious. Also, you have to make sure your lines and measurements are perfect, or your curtains will hang wonky. I'm hoping she has no wonkiness once she hangs them up. I have an ornament for a different swap to send out today as well.

Once those are done you'd think I'd be free to craft whatever I wanted, or to at least start on my kids' Christmas presents, right? WRONG. I have 2 gifts to make before this coming weekend and another 2 gifts to make before Thanksgiving. THEN I have 3-4 outfits to crochet for a Dora doll for a bday party 2 weeks after that. FINALLY, at that point, I just MAY have a minute to craft something for my kids. Maybe.

This morning I got T up to go to school and noticed his eyelid was all puffy and red. *sigh* This boy has something new every day, I swear! So he has a sty it looks like. We are doing some warm teabags on his eye to help with the pain & swelling. Poor kiddo.
We are definitely living in a winter wonderland. Unfortunately this wonderland's tractor is DOA at the moment. That means that all that white winter wonderfulness is making my driveway damn near impassable. Having a 250ft driveway that is impassable by vehicle, makes for one very long and exhausting walk uphill. Hopefully dh will get the tractor up and running soon so he can plow all this winter wonderfulness outta the way.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Teenage Mutant Ninja Cuddler

Oh my goodness! I just love this one! I want to make an entire set of TMNT!!! This is yet another "cuddler" made from this pattern. The shell is removable, but the mask isn't.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Minnie Cuddler

Argh, this was a difficult one. I'm not loving her greatly, but she will have to do. And once again, my thumb is killing me from the embroidering on it.
I used this pattern again.

Batgirls Swap

Putting this up here so I can easily update.

6/12 completed

1. Razz - Boba Fett
2. Stephdpn - TMNT - Finished 11/7
3. Kymdenise - Elmo - Finished 11/3
4. Effervescent - Minnie ~ Finished 11/5
5. Valthenya - Hello Kitty ~ Finished 9/20
6. Rachel's Mom - Baby Girl ~ Finished 9/18
7. Autumn Dreams - Ferocious Beast ~ Finished 11/4

8. Julie K - Hello Kitty
9. Love Muffins - Hello Kitty

10. Sleepdeprived -Bob the builder
11. MamaOf3Cuties - Elmo
12. Shoefairy3 - R2D2 ~ Finished 11/4

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Woot! Kreative Blogger Award :)

Aww! Stefany over at To Be Thode has awarded me with the Kreative Blogger Award! :) Ain't she so sweet?!?! :) Thanks Stefany! Go check out her site to get some insight into her hectic and crafty life. :) (We have so much in common!!!)

So with the award I must let my loyal readers know of 6 things I'm grateful for and pass this award onto 6 other bloggers!

1. I'm so very, very grateful for my 3 precious sons. They are my world. They are my light. They are now and will always be loved so very much by me.

2. I'm very grateful for my wonderful husband. I can be a cranky, whiny, hot tempered woman and he puts up with it all. He is my sweetheart, my love and my rock. I love you sweetie.

3. I'm grateful for my online friends. You ladies have been with me through ups and downs. You've kicked me in the ass when I needed it, laughed your ass off with me, let me cry on your shoulders and become such a huge part of my life. I love you ladies.

4. I'm grateful to my mom and aunt for donating a TON of yarn to me so that I could craft some wonderful things for family and friends frugally. Thank you!

5. I'm grateful Pepsi & Take 5's, because you two things get me through PMS. Thank you sweet, sweet treats. You are very loved.

6. I'm grateful to my grandmother for teaching me how to be frugal, even if I choose not to always do those things. With knowledge I am rich. If and when I need to use all of those things you taught me, I can. Thank you Gram.

And I pass this award on to ...

1. Reclaiming The Home

2. Geek Central Station

3. Nini Makes

4. The Craft Wench

5. Eli Harris

6. Chocolate, Crafts & Little Ladies

Maggie & The Ferocious Beast!

I used this pattern again. I had a hard time with the horns. And, ugh, embroidering on this just killed my thumb, but I survived and it is done! LOL

R2D2 Cuddle Worm!

I used this pattern again. I chose to keep the arms off this one since the pattern's arms stick out and r2's don't.

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Better Elmo Doll!

Okay, this one turned out much better than the last one.
I used this pattern again. I kinda really love it, have you realized that yet? LOL

Adrian's Halloween Costume

I forgot to post this! I made his chaps, bandanna and his vest for his costume. The rest of the stuff was bought at the dollar store and just clothes he had here at home. :) Very cheap costume for him and he looked sooooo adorable! :)


So I've had a few people email me and ask why I don't post more about our life on my blog. I post pics of projects I've done or we've done, but not really too much about the family, so I am going to strive to start blogging more of the everyday stuff too.

Our family is currently on a bit of quarantine. Adrian popped up with Hand, Foot and Mouth disease last week while we were at a birthday party. At first I thought he was having a reaction to some gluten he could have possibly got ahold of, but it didn't look like the normal reaction. Later I knew it wasn't because blisters were all over his mouth. Ugh.

I babysit my cousin's son so I had to let her know I couldn't watch him for a while and then I patiently waited to see what kid would be next to get HFM. Niko popped up with it this weekend. So the only one left now is Timmy. I'm hoping he doesn't get it because he really can't afford to miss more school. :(

Timmy's allergies are really bad and he's missed 6 days of school already. To try to help him, we tore out all of his carpeting last week and put down vinyl flooring. We also got rid of most of his stuffed animals and got him a new pillow. He is on 2 medicines and the occasional breathing treatment. Hopefully we can get some control over his allergies so he doesn't miss any more school. He definitely doesn't need to have HFM heaped on him right now.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My Little Knight

Niko is being a Knight for Halloween. I'm a bad mommy and woke him up a few minutes ago to try on the chainmail hood that I crocheted for him. LOL, as you can tell from the pics, he wasn't too happy about it. Now that I've made Timmy's R2 and Niko's chainmail hood (purchased the rest of the costume), I only have to make Adrian's vest and possibly chaps for his cowboy costume.

R2D2 & Dragon O'Lanterns

Tonight we did some pumpkin carving. We opted for R2D2 (big surprise, eh?) and a dragon. We had a template for the dragon, but freehanded the R2D2. :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Elmo Doll

Hrm... not too pleased with how this one turned out. At least the recipient loved it. Next time I'll do the eyeballs up on top of the head.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

R2D2 Costume!

I had planned on making my ds an r2d2 costume based off this one. I thought I had another week to go, but was sorely mistaken. I remembered Friday morning that he had a Halloween party THAT night at the school. So I pulled everything out and went to work on it. I didn't have a pattern, just the pic of that little boy and how his costume looked. I attempted to make a head piece like that one, but didn't have the right material so I dug out some yarn and started crocheting. Once again, I had no pattern, but looked at a pic of r2 and went from there. I finished his costume at 6pm. His party started at 6:30. He had tons of compliments on his costume, and as you can see, he was very happy with it. :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Baby Boy Hat

I <3 this hat soooo much. Unfortunately, it was too small for the recipient. Isn't it beautiful, though? I just love it so much.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A New Calorimetry

I used some Lion Brand yarn for this calorimetry. Based loosely off the pattern I used for the last one. I morphed it a bit to fit more to my wants. :)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Woot! I got a new phone! :)

We upgraded our phones this week. That means I got to craft a new phone cozy to go with my new Palm Centro! :) Here it is! I'm currently using one of my fave pins in place of a button, but it will soon have a button there. :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dragon Hat

I have a million and one birthdays to craft for. Dude! People need to stop having kids! LOL Here is a hat I crocheted up for a 4 yo boy.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Jewelry - My First Time

Here's my first real time making jewelry. The crocheting was super hard to do. It is something I plan on doing more of so I can get better at it. Practice makes perfect! The tree of life pendant really disappointed me. I went out afterward and bought some better materials so I'm going to make another one of those as well.