Sunday, December 20, 2009

a perfect snow day

remember when you were a kid and it would snow and you would hope and hope and hope that school would be closed?? well, yesterday was like that. scotty didn't have to go to work because their power was out and functions were cancelled..woo hoo!! i had that same excitement, especially with how many hours he's been working lately, the idea of a surprise day off was wonderful!!

we hung out for awhile, took some snow pictures, and finally realized that we actually could get out of the house to go to the grocery store. but none of the kids wanted to come. i was rewriting a list for scotty when i realized that i'd like to go to. so we went grocery ourselves. and while grocery shopping is generally an enjoyable and fun experience with the kids, there was something especially fun about going with scotty alone. we were gone for about 4 hours and we only went to earth fare and krogers!! there was no rush to hurry and get home, we just took our time looking at things we normally don't see and sampling food and talking and laughing and asking the employees questions about products and just having fun. we also spent more than usual. scotty got some fancy cheese with truffles in it, and i picked out several things that weren't on the list.

ahh, the of the reasons we bought so much was because i had the kids write the grocery list this time. something i decided to do again as it had been forever since we had done it. it's so easy to just be on auto-pilot when buying food. it helps me to have the kids remind me of things they actually want in-that-moment as opposed to just getting things i know they usually like. because that changes. often. they put snacks they wanted, specific kinds of chips and fruit, they put certain meals they like. silas put "kabetori" on the list which is something i try to make every couple months, as well as homemade salsa instead of the usual herdez, and doritoes. sadie put mostly fruit and then candy canes, tissues, ice cream, and sriracha!! samuel put macaroni and cheese and cereal. it was an interesting and diverse list.

at earth fare, we learned from my favorite cashier that "chop chop" is not politically correct. scotty was joking with me to hurry and put the groceries on the conveyer belt so he could get the bags...and he said "chop chop!" ah, you learn something new every day. we had a few laughs with her about where the cash in my wallet really came from. she is funny and nice, she's the same one who thought tim traaseth and i were siblings...and she gave me a rose last time i was there. at krogers we took more time just because i'm trying to learn the layout of the store...since i don't shop at wal-mart anymore i have to figure out how to navigate in different places. one fun game we played at the checkout was don't-give-the-cashier-your-kroger-card-until-after-all-items-are-rung-up...then when she swipes it and you watch all your savings add up you shout out "lottery!!" it made her laugh. she looked like she needed a laugh.

we finished around 4:30, went home, unloaded and put away groceries and then went to get some mexican food which i hadn't had in ages, probably since duncan stayed with us. it was so good...scotty and i shared veggie fajitas with all the fixins! silas discovered that one of the knives on the table was slightly magnetized and we had fun playing with that for longer than you'd think 5 people could play with a bunch of butter knives in a restaurant setting. we left full and happy!

as we were leaving scotty suggested we run across the street to earth fare (again) to get my floradix as i'd been craving ice and paper towels lately. did i mention the restaurant is next door to krogers. so yeah, we went to both places twice that day. as we were pulling into earth fare i told everyone how moments like these made me realize how filled with abundance our lives are. i had a house full of groceries and yet we went out to eat. i had a full belly and was sitting in a warm car. all these luxuries when there are kids with not enough to eat, little to no clean water, or decent shelter. these are things i'm thankful for. that we have so much and being able to express to my kids those feelings of gratitude and abundance.

then we went and got 2 movies from redbox ("julie & julia" and "whatever works", which i fell asleep watching). on our way home we decided to drive around the tree streets and look at lights and search for snowmen. to everyone's amusement one of the first houses we saw that had a snowman also had a 6 foot snow penis!! merry christmas indeed!! we drove up and down for about 20-30 minutes enjoying it all, talking and laughing. at some point i shouted out...this is our new tradition!! every year i start thinking about family traditions and how we simply don't have any other than putting up a tree and going to my parents' house to eat and open presents. yeah, i know that's a lot and i am thankful for all of it. but i can't help always wanting some special tradition of our own. so now i think we'll do this every time it snows enough for good snowman making. i was really surprised at how many huge snowmen there were to be found! it was encouraging to see that people still get out and make them!!

when we got home, the kids played out in the snow for awhile until the snowball fight got a little rough and silas got hurt. everyone came in and shed their wet, snowy clothes and settled in to watch movies...except silas, he decided to play WoW instead. it was a wonderful, cozy evening. i fell asleep on the couch feeling content and happy to be part of an amazing family that loves to spend time together in so many different ways.

a few snowy day pix...

sadie's snowflake window
the snow covered mail box
samuel and silas' fertility god snowman (inspired by the statues made in the movie "accepted")
sadie heading out to play in the snow

Friday, December 18, 2009

some of september...

the very first thing i have to say about september 1st was that it was the day we made the final payment on our van!!! almost 2 months early...woo hoo!!!

one of the few pictures taken that day, i think silas took it...

i started quilting my 1st textile piece after i picked up my sewing machine from being repaired...

can't remember what day we saw this, but it was maybe a few days before...this is the caption i put on it for facebook: "we were at earth fare the other day and there was a showing of a local photographer and the kids spotted this in one of his photographs taken at MOTS. it's hard to see in this picture taken with the phone, but there we were in the lower left corner of the picture...on ren's blanket of course!!!"

it was also jake wechgelaer's birthday. but they were in upstate new york at that time and we didn't get to see him until later that month.

sept. 2, woke up around 2:30 and couldn't sleep, mind swirling with ideas of starting a summer camp for unschoolers, so i spent some time doing research and found a lot of information that will be useful. went back to up later with a desire to work in the garden, planted fall spinach and lettuce...which did not come in at all...i have a lot of work to do on my garden this coming spring...still SO much to learn!! later i scrubbed down the front porch, outside of the house and the windows...nothing like early morning brain storming and then getting a good sleep to really get you going!!

sept. 3, SOFH hang out day at carver!! had to have some pal's fries afterwards too!! getting ready for a fun weekend with friends!!

sept. 4, the traaseths came to town and went to first friday with us. we went to mid city grill for the first time after first's in the old highlander club location and it's really awesome. we all ordered food and fries and when the fries came...we were blown away by the size of the much yummy goodness!!!! can't wait to go again blogged about it here. and i'm stealing this picture from there too...starving kids waiting for FOOD!!!!...

sept. 5, hanging out, playing games, talking, laughing, drumming. ONE of my facebook statuses for the day: "last night, i was getting restless standing around so i told everyone i was going to walk down the street. ALL the kids came with. at one point abbi says something like "yeah, all the parents are back there just standing around." totally not sure if that's exactly what she said. but i didn't say a word. just smiled to myself."

sadie and saddi...

sept. 6, more of the love fun love happy happy joy joy...

hanging out on the couch...
hanging out on the porch...

and then they left =( and we vegged out on star trek dvds!!

sept. 7, this was another total veg-out with star trek dvds day!!

sept. 8, finished quilting my first textile...titled it "this woman's work" and went to get a frame for it.

also noticed that the biggest watermelon in my garden had been cut out and taken!! wtf!!??

09/09/09, a very cool date!! finished framing my textile piece early in the morning and then spent the rest of the afternoon on the computer...later, sadie, scotty and i went to michael's where i picked up a couple more frames AND ran into one of my best friends from high school!! then we went to mahoney's to get samuel a new sleeping bag for NBTSC. then to redbox to pick up a was really beautiful to watch. a facebook status on the following day:

"happy studio this morning. last night, after putting a little more paint on my next textile piece, i was ready to go to bed. then i decided to start another fabric painting (to use up the paint on my palette so it wouldn't be wasted). then i decided to work on a new oil pastel. it feels good to actually have this drive again." hoping to get back to that place again soon. i also framed a large mixed-media piece..."this woman's work, study"

sept. 10, finished the oil pastel figure study...not real happy with the head but never got around to fixing it...still not happy with it...
later, we went to ren's house to hang out and meet taylor and karina's mom, eileen. patti and austin dropped by as well. as usual, there was food and lots of talking and laughing. i wish i had taken some pictures!!

sept. 11, noticed that there are less and less commemorative events for this date. got up early and took the car in for an oil change and did a little shopping for samuel's camp trip, then to kinko's to make some business cards to take to ripper arts gallery in kingsport. later the kids and i went there to drop off my artwork. then we went to the original pal' celebrate my first work in a gallery in ages...and had our usual toasted cheese (from the "secret menu") and fries!!
we stopped at the thrift store on the way home and got a 4-piece samsonite luggage set for $3!! samuel had been looking for suit jackets, he found one that he liked and got it. then home to practice body painting while scotty and the kids played a steampunk game online.

facebook status the following day: "thinks that body painting is a lot like cooking a big meal. you spend hours making it and within minutes it's gone!! that was the thought i had as i stepped into the shower last night to wash off my "practice piece" and watched as the water washed over it and all the colors ran down the drain."

sept. 12, woke with thoughts of the illustrations i'm supposed to be working on for ren. i was so inspired...still am...but can't seem to wrap my mind around actually doing what's inside of my head!! that was a messed up sentence!!! went to the library and then spent the rest of the day being nervous about the gallery reception at ripper's...finally we were on our way and i wasn't so nervous anymore. we had a great time, my parents came, and we got to listen to some live music by ghosts in the woods.

talina and michael ripper talking with the band

the kids hanging out and being so amazingly awesome while the reception was going on!!

my dad talking with photographer jeffrey stoner
ghosts in the woods

the kids had fun taking some pictures downtown during the reception. there were some really cool ones they took with the phone camera but i have no idea where they are!!

sept. 13, is a blur up until i went to paint ren's body for a photo shoot and to practice for the body art show in october. it took about 3 hours to do just her back!! i was so hungry when i left...scotty and the kids went and had mexican food while i was painting...waaaa!!!

sept. 14, i finished the quilting on my second textile piece..."calendar girl"

spent the rest of the day getting ready for our big 2 week trip to maryland, new york, and vermont!!

as you can probably see i've added facebook as a way of remembering stuff to my usual checkbook, pictures and calendar. i also thought of something else that would be useful but terribly time!! i'm sure there are lots of details in some of my that i've started rhyming, i know it's time to quit for the day!!