Sunday, July 28, 2013

American Suzuki Institute

I'm leaving for a couple of weeks to teach at the American Suzuki Institute.  No, it's not where people go to learn how to ride Suzuki Motorcycles.  I get to teach kids, young and old, how to play the violin using the Suzuki Philosophy and the "Mother Tongue Method".

It has become my teaching "battery recharge" for the year and I'm really looking forward to it.

Yesterday I started feeling a little better--not as many pokes and tingles, and I'm hoping that today follows the trend.

The first week I teach an hour extra so that the second week, Boone can bring the kids and I can have the two hours where they have their semi-private lessons free to come and be with them.  It has worked out really well so far and I'm really happy.  The progress my kids make in a week is fantastic and we love being with like-minded families.

Friday, July 26, 2013


Something is either crawling on my skin, poking my skin, it's on fire, the clothes I have are hurting, or my hair hurts, or it's numb (like it's falling asleep) AND it doesn't happen all the time.  It comes in weird waves and in different parts of my body.

My back.  Oh my God.  My back.  My head.  My upper legs.  My upper arms.

But, you know what?  In a couple days, I get to teach with amazing teachers and hopefully not have this awful, awful pain while teaching kids.

Pray, people.  Pray hard.

On the upside.  My "sores" aren't really sores.  They have almost completely healed.  So I don't look like what you imagine shingles to look like.  I just feel what shingles feels like.  So no problem with people.  Nothing.  Just pain for me.  Joy.  Like EVERY NERVE ON MY BODY HAS FIRED AT ONCE.  SUCKAGE.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

If this summer couldn't get much worse...I've got Shingles.

Yeah.  Lovely.  Shingles.  On my frickin' face too.  It's not a huge sore or anything, but it's there and it's painful.  It's causing these prickly, creepy, crawly painful pricks to happen on my face and body too.  It totally sucks.

The doctor says it could be brought on by stress, heat, etc.

Stress?  Me?  Ha!  This summer has totally SUCKED stress-wise and now Shingles.  For real.

That is all.  

Shingles.  Yeah.  Oh,  and Boone is still traveling, so any chance of me relaxing and resting is out of the picture, so there.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Goldfish Puffs: A New Lunch Box Option

My kids found a new favorite snack!  Goldfish Puffs.  Yummo!  They are finger-lickin' good.  I found them at THE Super Target and they were only $2.99 each.  We got Buffalo Wing and Mega Cheese.  They LOVE the Mega Cheese, so all I've been able to eat are the Buffalo Wing.  They're pretty good too.  

I can see these over-sized fishies swimming their way into my kids cold lunches next school year. Always nice to have new options. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pinterest Project: Denim Pocket Banner & Link to a Tutorial

Pinterest Inspiration:

I found this cute banner on Pinterest and a great way to use up those pants that became shorts and now are a banner!  

The tutorial that the link above has is great, so why recreate the wheel?  Click it to see how awesomely easy it is to make.

Here is my banner.  I'm giving the banner to my aunt who is becoming a first time grandma any day now.  She's making a nursery in her house for the expected grandbaby with a FARM theme.  Talk about cute!

Here is my take:

I used bandana fabric and white fabric to create my banner.  I kept the back of the pockets on, so if my aunt wants to put stuff in the pockets, she can!  

I could be put on the wall, over a window, door, closet.  Whatever.  

I thought it was a clever way to recycle pockets too.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

We've fallen in love...with Edward Tulane.

Since we've been in the car for HOURS this summer.  We've been getting audiobooks to help make our long trips, short trips, any trips go faster and easier.

We've listened to some amazing stories, but I have to tell you that we've just fallen in love with The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.  All of us.  We haven't finished the story yet, but we park in the garage and just sit for 5 minutes more for a little bit more of his adventure.   I can't wait to hear how this story will finish.

We discovered Kate DiCamillo when we listened to The Tale of Despereaux.  My kids tend to get "attached" to authors and Ms. DiCamillo's writing is enchanting and mesmerizing.  I even get caught up in the storytelling of her amazing writing and scene painting.   Since I haven't read the written word, I can't speak from experience, but I think having the story read to me, it is even more amazing.  I think this would be a fantastic story to be read to every any age too.  So many great lessons.

My kids are discussing the story and trying to figure out what will happen with the characters before it will happen.  They have fallen in love with Edward.

This book is destined to become a classic in our home.  Why can I see a china rabbit, a bit worn with love, finding a place as our "Edward"?

By the way....I've found all sorts of cool things on the website.  Reader's Theater, Videos, Teacher's Guides, and more...TALK ABOUT LOVE!!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

My Friendship Bracelet Maker Product Review

Gwen had her 7th birthday party last week and this a real winner in my book.

My Friendship Bracelet Maker, is super easy to use and it comes with lots of different kinds of floss.  Gwen and I went online tonight and they have tons of different patterns for beginners, intermediate, and even advanced friendship bracelets.  Many of the patterns even include easy to follow videos!

My Friendship Bracelet Maker is going to buy me tons of quiet time this summer and she'll be thinking of her friends and making gifts and bracelets to share.

What a blast from the past.  WAY better than pinning it to our rolled jeans, right?

My Friendship Bracelet Maker can be found a Michael's Craft Stores for around $19.99 without a coupon.  Wait until you have a coupon and you'll be golden!

Gwen loves it and so do I.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Midol Surprise

Hey!  Y'all!!  Did you know that Midol has caffeine in it?  Well neither did I.  Especially when I took two at 11:00 PM when we got back from the fireworks.  Yeah.  I was up until 3:30 am (I took a sleep aid at 2:00 am).

On the bright side, my cramps went away, I did some editing on a photograph I took of Barrett yesterday (I'll share it later), I found a possible house to look at, and I read through three magazines.

FYI:  They make Caffeine-Free Midol.  I'll be looking for that at "THE" Target this afternoon--when I'm good and crabby and when I want to take a nap.

Making Deals with God

So when you are sitting way too long to wait for tests and test results, you start having conversations with God.  I made a deal with him.  I promised to give up soda, which I know is bad for me anyways and I know can cause cancer (probably).  I said, "Hey God.  If all is clear, I will give up soda.  I will only have the cup I have in the morning to take my morning vitamins and my 'get up and go'.  Then I'll give it up completely."

When the radiologist called, I was done.  I haven't had a soda in the middle of the day or anything since.  Have a been tempted?  Yeppers, but have a caved?  Nope.

Deal done.  God, thank you for making my test results okay.  You are good.  You are great.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Thank GOD! I don't have cancer!

I got the call around 2:00 pm today and I don't have breast cancer.  I can exhale, have a good cry, eat my body weight in pasta, then plan my diet for the seven pounds that I gained since June 13th.

God, this has been a rocky one.  I will be consulting a different clinic/hospital for how they run their women's clinic.  I haven't been happy, to say the least, with how this has gone.  It has taken WAY TOO FRICKEN LONG and I've had WAY TOO MANY people to deal with on this journey.

I need to decompress.