Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!


It's been a busy week!  Mariah was Star of the Week in her class at school last week.  Monday she had to fill out a page telling all her favorite things and got to take a couple of her favorite things to school with her.  On Thursday, Daddy got to go up and have Buddy Lunch with her.  I was working so I didn't get to go, but they had a lot of fun.  On Friday, I spoke with the school nurse.  She's concerned that Mariah's not getting enough to eat.  I pack her a very healthy lunch every morning, and for an adult it would be plenty.  Apparently, Mariah's eating the whole thing within seconds of sitting down and is still hungry.  Who knew?  So, now she's getting way more than I think she can eat, but at least she'll have enough.  I would have thought that a sandwich, carrots & dip, fruit, chocolate pudding or yogurt with sprinkles and a carton of milk was enough!

Mariah and I had a very full day on Saturday.  We started out early in the morning at her dentist.  Poor baby had to have a tooth pulled, a cavity filled and another tooth cleaned out & medication put into it.  We stopped at Walgreen's before going to the dentist and I bought her a pillow pet.  That helped out since she held on to him for dear life. 

Then we went to our library for a tea party.  We heard two stories, had tea and punch and LOTS of sugary treats, and got to make a frame and put our picture in it.  Mariah mostly made it by herself and I just love it!

We started making Valentine's bookmarks for Mariah's class party today.  They were coming out very nice, but I kept running out of ribbon!  So, when we still had 10 more to do and ran out again, Daddy took her up to the store and bought a box of cards.  I had already bought 3 dozen storebought cupcakes for the party.  Whatever happened to the really good parties we had in school, where our moms made all the treats for it?  My mom & I used to make Rice Krispie treats for parties.  At Christmastime, we'd make them into snowmen and Christmas trees.  They were so much fun!  Now, everything has to be storebought, prepackaged, preportioned and only the proper number per people in the classroom.  I can't even buy a fruit tray and send it to class because then the teacher would have to portion it out! 

2011 Reading Challenge
I finished 2 books this week.  In the car, I finished 'The Runaway Quilt'.  I've replace it with 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  I'm not quite sure whether or not I like it yet.  If you haven't read it, it is a work of fiction that is a collection of letters back and forth between a number of people after WWII.  It's funny, just a little hard to follow the back and forth.

The 2nd book I finished was 'Aunt Dimity's Good Deed'.  I'm really loving this series.  As an added bonus, there was a recipe at the end of the book for Uncle Tom's Butterscotch Brownies.  I made them last night and they were pretty good.  A little too sweet and gooey for my taste, but Rich loved them so I've made note of the recipe and I will make them for him again.  I started Joanne Fluke's 'Gingerbread Cookie Murder' and I have 'The Murder Room'  by Michael Capuzzo sitting here to read after that one. 


I finished the piece I was working on for my Valentine's exchange.  Not only can I not post a picture until my partner gets the package, but I actually forgot to TAKE the picture!  I'm working on a model now for X's & Oh's so there won't be a picture of that one for quite some time.  So, I apologize, but I don't get to share with you guys. 

Weight Loss

We went to Lifetime Fitness Saturday afternoon for an open  house.  I had been working out last week under a guest pass.  Rich & Mariah both liked it so much that we joined as a family!  I have an appointment Wednesday morning with a personal trainer to get a good routine set up for me.  I want to have all this weight lost by Christmas!

Well, that's it for me this week.  How about you?


  1. The picture frame is so cute.
    Good luck with the workout.
    How much do you want to lose?

  2. Thanks, Debra! I need to lose 75-100 lbs. I feel like I'm starting all over - I lost 126 after the gastric bypass and I've kept it off for years. Now after all the stress of the last 3 years, I've put back on 54 lbs. Time to get off that and what I had left to lose from before!

  3. Wow, the school policy regarding snacks and portioning is annoying. Great frame and I am also a mystery book fan. I will have to look up a few of those titles.