Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Como Town

On Saturday (while Mana was still away), I decided to take the kids on and "adventure" (as Zander likes to say). It was just me and the boys. They were very well behaved and had a blast. First, all 3 of us rode the train. Mason seemed to enjoy it, but he was really quiet. I think it gave Zander the confidence to go on other rides all by himself. Here are a few pictures from our "adventure".

(We went to the State Fair today - more on that "adventure" in the next few days.)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Just one of those fun Q & A things....

1. Where is your cell phone? in my purse
2. Your significant other? camping in the Boundary Waters
3. Your hair? windblown
4. Your mother? dependable
5. Your father? methodical
6. Your favorite thing? my kids
7. Your dream last night? none
8. Your favorite drink? lemonade
9. Your dream/goal? success
10. The room you’re in? my parent's living room
11. Your hobby? scrapbooking and quilting
12. Your fear? kids getting hurt
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? still here
14. What you’re not? thin
15. Muffins? lemon poppyseed
16. One of your wish list items? sewing machine
17. Where you grew up? Brooklyn Park
18. The last thing you did? take the kids to Como Town. They loved it!
19. What are you wearing? capris and t-shirt
20. Favorite gadget? iPod nano
21. Your pets? 3 fish
22. Your computer? iMac
23. Your mood? happy
24. Missing someone? Yes, Mana
25. Your car? on the fritz
26. Something you’re not wearing? lipstick
27. Favorite store? Target
28. Like someone? yep
29. Your favorite color? purple
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? today, but it was a happy cry... when I watched Zander go on the rides at Como Town all by himself. He's growing up way too fast!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Lonely... single parent

Mana left yesterday for a trip to the Boundary Waters with the guys. I will have no contact with him until Sunday night. Even iPhones don't work where he's going.

I was dreading the morning routine with the boys. How would I take a shower before they woke up and finish getting myself ready...meanwhile they wake up and have their morning milk and snack. It was really not that bad. Definitely not something I would want to do on a regular basis, but I can manage :)

Card Club

Went to card club tonight. I made a more masculine card since I never seem to have enough of these around when I need them.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Free Fallin' rocks!

We FINALLY went to see RT's band Free Fallin - a Tom Petty cover band. Awesome!!! They were playing at the Vadnais Heights Heritage Days during the day, so we brought the kids up there. It was hot, but they had fun dancing. Grandpa RT even let the kids up on stage after the show to play some instruments. Mana and I decided that we definitely have to go see him at an evening venue. Plus we only saw about an hour of the show since we waited for Mason to wake up from his nap. This will have to be a future "date night".

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Augusta quilt retreat - Aug 4-7

Monday morning (Aug 4th), I left for a 4-day quilt retreat to Bridge Creek Cottage in Augusta, Wisconsin with my mom and her "old" friends. I really don't think of them as old though. They're fun to hang out with!! I got 4 projects done while I was there and had fun catching up with everyone - and meeting a few new people too. Here's a picture of the group after our dinner at the "fancy" supper club. Five of us are missing - including me since I was taking the picture :)

The blue and aqua batik backpack bag was a kit I got at a show several years ago and totally forgot about! The directions were horrible (even my mom could not understand the ambiguous and missing info). It did turn out cute, but a lot of work.

The purple batik purse is a pattern I got from my friend Stacy. It's actually a garment pattern, but it went together okay despite me not following directions to use a 5/8" seam rather than 1/4" like I'm used to. I started this one before Mason was born. Never too late to finish a project!

My third project (my biggest one) cannot be revealed since the recipient may be reading this blog :) They will find out soon enough.

I also picked up the perfect fabric for a Christmas gift (no more details on this either :) ) and also bought a pattern for a messenger bag. I still have to find some cool fabric - I'm thinking Amy Butler.

My mom also brought her jewelry supplies so people could make a bracelet if they wanted - she even brought all her bracelets as examples. On the first day, she kept saying, "jewelry station is set up if people want to come make bracelets - the early birds get the best selection." Nobody was coming over. Then, for about 15 minutes she left the room and someone had an idea - everyone wear her real bracelets and see when she noticed. It took several hours before she noticed that someone made a bracelet "just like her own". We all came over and showed off our bracelets and all had a good laugh.

In addition to the quilt related activities, there was drama at home. Mason woke up Tuesday morning with a 102 fever. Wednesday, the poor little guy was in pain from Mana trying to take his temp, so Mana brought him to the early hours urgent care. He had a double ear infection. He was started on Zithromax antibiotic. However, Friday night he started to get a rash. Saturday morning it was bad so I took him to urgent care - yep, a drug allergy. The ear infection was still there, so they gave him a prescription for yet another antibiotic (he's also allergic to amoxicillan (sp?) ). Poor kid. Now we have to do 10 days (2 doses each day) of a new medication. And then his blond mother leaves out the "must be refrigerated" meds overnight last night. Doh! Target pharmacy was nice enough to contact our clinic to get a refill. When I came home today (from being at my parent's house all afternoon), I opened the fridge to see this... Mana "bank-pen'd" the medicine! Now I cannot get too far without having to put it back.

Oh, and did I also mention that Mana's car was vandalized while I was gone? Yep, someone threw a rock through the back windshield of his card that was parked in the driveway. Probably some dumb kids thinking they were funny.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Teddy Bear Park - Sunday 8/3

Last weekend, we had absolutely nothing on the calendar. It was SO nice. Sunday we ventured out to Stillwater and visited Teddy Bear Park. The kids loved it. And it wasn't too busy since it was overcast - perfect lighting for pictures!