Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Keep Me in Your Heart (Warren Zevon)

Shadows are falling and I'm running out of breath
Keep me in your heart for awhile
If I leave you it doesn't mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for awhile
When you get up in the morning and see that crazy sun
Keep me in your heart for awhile
There's a train leaving nightly called when all is said and done
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Keep me in your heart for awhile
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sometimes when you're doing simple things around the house
Maybe you'll think of me and smile
You know I'm tied to you like the buttons on your blouse
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Hold me in your thoughts, take me to your dreams
Touch me as I fall into view
When the winter comes keep the fires lit
And I will be right next to you

Engine driver's headed north to Pleasant Stream
Keep me in your heart for awhile
These wheels keep turning but they're running out of steam
Keep me in your heart for awhile


Keep me in your heart for awhile


Keep me in your heart for awhile

Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Zen Baby... Zen

I love cooking. Even if it is just lunch. I love making food fun. In fact, I bought these old plates at Goodwill just to make weekend lunches feel special. (They are missing the cute little cups, but that's OK because I have nowhere to keep them.)
So we had our little lunch with the cute little plates and I am cleaning up in the kitchen. Tate comes running in and asks for "Two cucumbers to go, please." OK (You don't like cucumbers, but whatever.) I hand over the slices. What is he up to ?

It is spa day for Tate... (Ya think I need to vacuum? See yesterday's post)

As if that weren't enough, a couple minutes later I hear, "A ooomm, A ooomm, A ooommm!"
Thank you Kung Fu Panda and Uncle Jim!

This kid keeps me rolling!
Why can't it always be Sunday?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Yeah for May Day!

I love May Day!
Today was one of those days where I did a ton and got nothing done. My house is a mess, my laundry is not folded and I can't remember if I took a shower. Today was one of those days that makes me realize how lucky I am to be a mom.

We made 20 little cone baskets today and gave them to our friends. Oh what fun!

Look at these pretty starburst... we found a pack with shades of pink and red!

We added left over favors from our wedding almost ten years ago!
(Time to start getting rid of some of this stuff!)

A close up of our final product. (Maybe too close)

Here we are at my Sister-in-Law Amira's house. The kids stood at the door for over a minute fighting over who would ring the bell.

And they are on the run... Trying not to get caught. (She did see us, but we took off!)

While we were out, I noticed that the lilacs are in full bloom. Grandma Susie and Grandpa Gary gave us permission to cut a few. I think we got carried away... This may not look like much, but we had arm fulls!

I have vases and jars everywhere and gave tons away to the neighbors.
The house smells AMAZING!

When I finished getting rid of/ putting away flowers, I thought... "Self, it is 4:30... You should really get moving on this house cleaning gig." Just then, Tate came running in and asked me to play street hockey. Who could say no to rollerblading in May?! So off we went!
What a wonderful May Day!

Hip Hip Hooray For Junk Day

I started the draft of this post over a month ago, but life got the best of me and other things took priority. Now it is summer and I can do some actual blogging.

Perhaps the most fun I've had in ages...

OK... Bloomington has city wide cleanup every weekend in April. (and the start of May) Each Saturday designated neighborhoods are allowed to put ANYTHING by the curb to be picked up. ANYTHING!

My fellow teachers, most having lived in Bloomtown for many years, laugh at "the parade." (constant stream of slow moving trucks and trailers collecting other people's junk.) I, on the other hand, have become one of the pickers.

Kiley and I really enjoyed this experience and almost died laughing.

Here is what we learned...

Rule #1 Start early (5 pm on Thursday and Friday.) This is when the older people start putting their stuff out.

Rule # 2 Plan to make a second load at about 7 pm (This is when the beer drinking cleaners start putting their stuff out sometimes I am sure these people are seriously impaired.)

Rule #3 NEVER look in a pile that someone else is looking in. Hang back until they're through. (Kiley and I learned the hard way. YIKES, LADY!)

Rule #4 Bring your own flashlight. People don't share.

Rule #5 Don't talk to the people who are bringing their stuff to the curb. (For some reason they don't like it. I tried with several people and found it to be fruitless... This is not a social event.)

Rule #6 Don't offer to help the lady who just nabbed the vintage dressing table. She is very rude and won't accept your help. She thinks you are going to take it from her, but you are just trying to help.

Rule # 7 You can't take something from one pile, drive around with it, decide you don't like/ want/ have room for it and put it in another pile. This is highly frowned upon.

Who knew there was so much to know about picking? Who knew there were so many rules? Be careful out there!!!

A small sampling of the treasures we found...

2 Brand new snowboards.
Garden bench
Adirondack Chair... NEW IN BOX!
Tiled bistro table with one chair
2 Old window frames
Old framed screen
Padded bench (already recovered)
School desk (dear Kiley was in heaven when we came across this!)

Pictures to come soon. I am without my camera and files tonight!