Friday, October 30, 2009


Doodly doo.
This is my current new phrase.
It means "you know- that thing I don't feel like explaining..."
As in "Let's go to the store for those doodly-doos..."

But, lately, doodly-doo has taken on a new meaning.
Think "Googly-bear" from Monsters Inc.
It means "little cutie-patootie-darling-too-cute-for-words"

In my life, I currently have two doodly-doos.
When I see these two, I always address them with "Hi doodly-doo!" (in a high-pitched baby voice).

First, there is Annika. My sister nannies for her and in Brittney's words, "She just kills me."
This little doodly-doo (there it is, in context) is simply a riot and gosh darn adorable.

The second doodly-doo in my life is my sister's cat, Pepper. She is also so darn adorable. She is the sweetest little cat I have ever met. She just sleeps and snuggles ALL day and never does anything else. She is so small, almost like a kitten, and has the cutest blue eyes.

Gee, it sort of seems like the doodly-doos in my life are really in my sister's life. Hmm.
Do you have any doodly-doos in your life?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Birdie Headband

An idea for another fall-festive headband.
This time I wrapped the band in ribbon (which took for...ev...errrrrr <- said in Sandlot voice)

Life with a hot glue gun sure is fun.

Thanks again, sis, for being such a willing model.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin Craftiness

What do you do when it's pumpkin carving night and your pumpkin looks like this?

You make a pumpkin craft instead!

Cut out some orange felt.

Using embroidery floss, hand stitch some curves of the pumpkin.

Lay on some ribbon and a button.

Munch on some Halloween M&Ms.

Warm up the hot glue gun.

Glue on some backing to hide all of the stitches.

Hot glue the pumpkin onto a headband or pin or any other decoration thingy you want.

Put some easy Pillsbury cookies into the oven.

Have your sister try on the headband!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Calling all Parents!

So, I am not a parent, but I do work with children, so that kind of makes me count as one. :)
However, the key differences iare that I have 25 of them...and I get to say goodbye to them at 3:05.

Anyway. I know several of you have shown Baby Einstein to your kids, and I certainly have shown the videos to kids I used to babysit. Since becoming a teacher, I have learned the (nearly impossible, but oh so important) lesson that kids age 2 and younger should not have any screen time.

Lo and behold, Disney admits that they agree. I recently stumbled across this little news article and was, well....struck.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall Colors

Today on my way home I made a few stops on the side of the road.
I am blessed to have such a beautiful commute and today I finally remembered my camera.
I pulled over a few times and was able to capture the teeny bit of fall that is left.

Fall has always been my absolute favorite season.
I wish it would last longer.
And now the rain has been pouring for several hours...
so I bet the leaves are almost all down...
That's okay.
This commute is just as gorgeous in the winter.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Two weekends ago we ventured out to pick our pumpkin for the annual carving contest we do with my sis and her hubby. Our pumpkin is currently out on our apartment stoop being nibbled by squirrels! We'll see how the contest goes next week!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I am SO blogging this!

Aren't these shirts the best!?!!??!!

You know you want one.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Quickie Craft

As the middle of my week has come to a head, it has brought along oodles of stress and loads of homework.

Before I got to work this evening hitting the books, I allowed myself one teeny weeny itty bitty craft.

It was a quickie. Took about 10 minutes.
And boy, was it fun!
You should try it.

I'm thinking it needs to be adhered to something...
a headband?
a pin?
a patch?

We shall see...

Oh, and by the way...
THIS was on my door today when I came home from work! I almost touched it when I reached for the door handle!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

15 Seconds of Fame!

How exciting!

Yesterday on my way to work, I stopped at a stop sign (as I usually do) and looked out my window at a beautiful fall sight. There was no one behind me, so I grabbed my camera from the backseat, rolled down the window, and snapped a photo.

At work, I showed it to some friends who told me I should submit it to Brant Miller's weather photos. He is the local NBC weatherman and he shares pictures people submit of weather and nature on the 10:00 news. I decided to go for it.

Lo and behold! He shared it! I was anxiously watching the news, waiting for the weather to come on. At 10:20 (which is about 20 minutes past my bedtime, thank you very much) I was so excited to see my name and picture flash across the screen as weatherman Brant Miller described the "radiation fog" that apparently was seen in my picture. Whatever that means. :)

Hooray for 15 seconds of fame! If I find the clip somewhere online, I'll post it. Until then, enjoy the pic right here!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Best Friend's Baby Shower

This weekend was the baby shower of my very best friend.
Joni and I have been BFFs since 7th grade...13 years.

I can't believe she is having a baby! I'm so excited for her and her hubby.
The shower was a lot of fun and she of course is just so darn adorable.

I took pictures of her maternity pics...

There were about 80 people there and she got sooooo many gifts!

Here she is with the blanket I made for baby Kennedi...

Alicia, Joni, and I have been best friends since junior high...

Hooray! What a fun time. Can't wait to meet the baby soon!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Baby Blanket #2

My second ribbon blanket is for my BFF's baby!
Her shower is this weekend.
I can't believe my bestest best friend (since 7th grade!!) is having a baby!!!!!
It's so soft and fuzzy. Without the traditional pinks and purples, I went ahead and girl-i-fied it with ribbons galore!
Hope she likes it. :)