Tuesday, February 26, 2008

No Jenny Craig needed....

Okay, okay but I can't make her gain weight or grow a butt!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Happy 22nd to my baby boy!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Workin' and Workin'

Well, this week Mike got laid off. This is not a bad thing. They just ran out of equipment to work on in the shop so they said take some time off. He came home Tuesday night and by Wednesday morning I had given him the dreaded "honey-do" list. He was less than thrilled, but he knew it was coming.

I have added two more rooms on the list that need to be painted. Morgan's room is a custom painted room. When she got her new bedspread last year we had paint matched to the vibrant pink. It is pretty wild, unfortunately it is not a great color when you are trying to sell. So, I told her we were going to paint at least three of the walls a neutral color and keep the pink for an accent wall. Our dining room really needs some updated fresh paint to it. The problem is we had some cracking in the ceiling corners. That was Mike's first project. The has removed all the old drywall tape and is in the process of re-taping. Our biggest problem will now be trying to match the texture on the ceiling and walls.

I have also been watching lots of designing shows and shows on selling your house, so I am going through and re staging and cleaning out more of our stuff.

The good thing is that Olivia is gone for at least four days down to see her sister in Bloomington. I will actually get to sleep in tomorrow morning and won't wake up to a pair of eyes staring at me at my bedside at 7:00 AM. :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day
to all my faithful readers!

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Katie made it on the Dean's List at IU!! Here is part of the email she received....

Congratulations! Because of your outstanding academic performance, you have been placed on the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Dean's List for the Fall Semester 2007. Eligibility for the Dean's List is reserved for those students who complete at least 12 graded credit hours in a single semester, earning at least a 3.50 GPA. You can be proud of this honor.

Students often include information about their Dean's List semesters on their resumes. If you wish to have this achievement published in your local newspaper, you can print this message and send it to the editor of your local newspaper. We cannot provide individual information to hometown newspapers, so we encourage you to make available to them as much information about yourself and your studies as possible.

I am one proud mama!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Chinese New Year

Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the Rat! The actual years go from about the end of January or first of February to the end of the following year. With that in mind I am the year of the Sheep instead of the Monkey (January 7, 1968).
Mike is a Horse
Evan is a Tiger
Katie is a Dragon
Morgan is a Pig
Olivia is a Monkey

The Year of the Rat 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
A person born in the Year of the Rat is said to be clever and intelligent. They are self-confident and have an optimistic outlook on life. They work hard to reach their goals and are considered perfectionists. When it comes to money matters they are rather careful even stingy and usually don't lend money.
You can be generous with your financial resources
You are compatible with the Monkey, Ox and Dragon
You are not compatible with the Horse

The Year of the Ox 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
The Year of the Ox Persons born in the Year of the Ox are diligent, patient and rather remain silent. They are consequent and reliable as friends. But they are easy to irritate and tend to be stubborn and obstinate.
A leader
You are compatible with the Snake , Rat and Rooster
You are not compatible with the Sheep

Year of the Tiger 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Tigers are sensitive, emotional and thoughtful persons. But they also tend to be impatient. Others pay them respect but they sometimes get into conflicts of authority with elder people. They sometimes delay important decisions which leads to the result that they often have to decide in a rash and hasty way.
But they also have the guts take risks and are very success- oriented. Tigers are distrustful but also stand for courage and fortitude. They are born leaders.
Posess great courage
You are compatible with the Horse, Dragon and Dog
You are not compatible with the Monkey

Year of the Hare 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Persons born in the Year of the Hare are talented and ambitious. They are popular with anybody and good entertainers which often makes them the centre of attention. Even though they are liked they are rather pessimistic, insecure and are afraid of changes. They almost never lose their temper and are very good-natured. In the business world however they are smart and make the right decisions according to instinct. Nevertheless they are no gamblers. Hares are known for their sense of art and for that reason often have beautiful homes.
You are a seeker of tranquility
You are compatible with the Sheep, Dog and Boar
You are not compatible with the Monkey

Year of the Dragon 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
The dragon used to be the symbol of the Chinese emperor. The emperors throne was called the "Dragon throne" and according to the Confucian ideal the whole earth should be influenced in a positive way by the shining example of the emperors life. People born in the Year of the Dragon are in good health, bursting with energy, long-living, easy to irritate, impatient and obstinate.
On the other hand they are dependable, honest, brave and beam with self- confidence. They are perfectionist and demand the same from others. They always make an effort to let their positive features show through but sometimes overdo their role as the shining examples. In life Dragons are strong- minded and successful whatever they do. Among the twelve signs of the zodiac they are considered the most eccentric personages.
Your life is filled with complexity
You are compatible with the Monkey, Rat, Cock (Rooster) and Snake
You are not compatible with the Dog

Year of the Snake 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
People born in the Year of the Snake are considered profound and wise. Problems are solved by means of brain and logic instead of deciding according to one's instinct. They are fortunate in money matters but are also penurious and don't lend money.
They tend to be egoistic while feeling sympathy for others and helping the less fortunate. They don't have much confidence in others and take matters into their own hands anticipating that they will be solved.
Strong willed
Displays great wisdom
You are compatible with the Rooster, Hare and Ox
You are not compatible with the Boar

Year of the Horse 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Persons born in the Year of the Horse are liked in general. They are always good-humoured, handle money well and make long term plans for their lives.
They are wise an have an artistic disposition. Even though they have an enormous sex appeal they' re weak when it comes to dealing with the other sex. They tend to be impatient and passionate when it comes to things disturbing their daily routine.
Physically attractive
You like the company of others
You are compatible with the Tiger, Dog and Sheep
You are not compatible with the Rat

Year of the Sheep ( goat, ram) 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
People born in the Year of the Sheep are characterized by their kindness and good nature. They have talents in the field of art and are elegant. They are thoughtful, shy and pessimistic.
Even though they are not eloquent they get behind their position with emphasis and passion.
You enjoy being a private person
You are compatible with the Boar, Hare or the Horse
You are not compatible with the Ox

Year of the Monkey 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Persons born in the Year of the Monkey are said to be intelligent, clever and flexible. They're very inventive and therefore solve problems easily. Monkeys have sanity and reason and are eager for knowledge.
They don't put tasks into cold storage but tackle a problem right away which makes them successful. That also leads to them looking down on others and makes them tend to be overweening.
Strives to excel
You are compatible with the Dragon, Monkey and Rat
You are not compatible with the Tiger

Year of the Rooster 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Those born in the Year of the Cock are thoughtful and very able people. They tend to take too many tasks at once and therefore are often stressed and disappointed when they fail a task.
Most of the times they are eccentric and have problems to get along with others because they are too aggressive. Very often they are mavericks and though they are said to be adventurous they are rather fearful.
Seeking wisdom
Seeking truth
You have a pioneering spirit
You are compatible with the Snake, Dragon and Ox
You are not compatible with the Rabbit

Year of the Dog 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Persons born in the Year of the Dog have a lot of characteristics considered positive in China e.g. loyalty, honesty, friendliness, reliability and discretion. They're not into experimenting and are rather conservative. On the other hand they are eccentric, headstrong and even egoistic.
They don't care about wealth and money but are always generous. They have high moral demands and often criticise others for their mistakes.
You have the ability to work well with others
You are compatible with the Horse, Hare and Tiger
You are not compatible with the Dragon

Year of the Pig 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Persons born in the Year of the Pig are chivalrous and born sqiures. They put their whole energy in everything they do. They pursue their goals without wasting a thought of giving up. They often are fortunate in their ventures and reach their goals. When it comes to friendship they are quite choosy but once they made friends the friendship is everlasting and they are loyal friends.
They are eager for knowledge and usually well informed. They are not very talkative though and avoid discussions and arguments.
Your friends will remain at your side
You are compatible with the Rabbit, Rat and Sheep
You are not compatible with the Snake

There is a new show in town

There is a new show that started on Nickelodeon toda (coincendently also the first day of Chinese New Year). It is called Ni-Hao Kai Lan. And let me tell you Olivia has been waiting for this day. She is a big Dora fan, so we are hoping Kai Lan sticks around for a while. It was funny though today...on the way home from pre-school she asked if Kai-Lan was on yet. Then she asked if Kai-Lan's mom got her in China when she was a baby too. Hmmmm.....maybe she really has been paying attention when we talk about our trip to China.

Pint-Size Peacemaker With a Lot to Teach
('Nickelodeon can only hope Kai-lan, the bouncy star of its new weekday morning cartoon “Ni Hao, Kai-lan,” will demonstrate the earning power of "Dora the Explorer" while teaching children Mandarin.');

They’re both assertive young heroines with dark eyes and dark hair, brightly colored animal friends, theme songs that feature much chanting of their names and a habit of slipping non-English words into their conversations. Oh, and they both work for the same division of Viacom.

Nick Jr.
Kai-lan and Yeye, her grandfather, in “Ni Hao, Kai-Lan.”
One major difference: Dora the Explorer has made more than $1 billion over the last eight years while exposing children to Spanish. Nickelodeon can only hope Kai-lan, the bouncy star of its new weekday morning cartoon “Ni Hao, Kai-lan,” will demonstrate that kind of earning power while teaching them Mandarin.
“Ni Hao, Kai-lan” (it means “Hello, Kai-lan”) was scheduled to make its debut in the fall. The delay has allowed it to make its arrival on Thursday, the first day of the Chinese New Year. Even more auspicious than the timing, of course, are the successful example of “Dora the Explorer” and reports of how eager American parents are for their children to learn Chinese.
Will the show appeal to a “Dora”-size audience? Only a preschooler could say for sure. To this adult there are positive signs: a charming animation style that triangulates Hello Kitty, the Powerpuff Girls and SpongeBob, and a vibrant performance by the young voice actress Jade-Lianna Peters as Kai-lan.
But here’s that comparison again. Dora, the geography nut, is a problem solver — she needs to get to her cousin’s quinceaƱera, or return a beached crab to its ocean home — who operates without adult supervision. Kai-lan is a peacemaker and amateur therapist whose smiling YeYe (paternal grandfather) is always lurking. The first two episodes of “Ni Hao, Kai-lan” revolve around her instructing the selfish, competitive tiger Rintoo in the value of teamwork and self-sacrifice.
Nickelodeon has announced that it wants this show to have a strong cultural-awareness component (i.e. dragon boat races, New Year traditions, dumplings), and it also seems likely that the two shows are being tuned for slightly different age groups. (Dora is 7 years old, Kai-lan 5.) Still, why does the Hispanic girl get to have adventures while the Asian girl giggles and teaches the boys about good manners and collectivism? I suspect that 5-year-old Nielsen viewers may have the same question.
As for the language instruction, a surprising number of Mandarin words and phrases are worked into the dialogue, often without translation. Presumably the preschool brain will apprehend and remember them. Given the multifarious nature of the Chinese language, choices have to be made, and some Chinese-Americans might be disappointed to know that millions of children are about to be told to call red packets — the envelopes used for gifts of money at new year — ya sui qian rather than hong bao or ang pao. They’ll also be taught to wish their family and friends “Xin nian kuai le” (“Happy New Year”) but not “Gong xi fa cai,” the traditional congratulation and wish for prosperity. (And definitely not “Gung hay fat choy”; the show is a Cantonese-free zone.)
In the meantime, xie xie and zai jian. Ask your children — they’ll be able to translate by the second episode.
Nickelodeon, Thursday morning at 11, Eastern and Pacific times; 10, Central time.
Created by Karen Chau; Mary Harrington, executive producer; produced and written by Sascha Paladino; directed by Dave Marshall; music by Matt Mahaffey; Kay Wilson Stallings, executive in charge of production. Produced by Nick Jr. Productions.
WITH THE VOICES OF: Jade-Lianna Peters (Kai-lan), Clem Cheung and Ben Wang (YeYe), Jack Samson (Rintoo), Khamani Griffin (Tolee/Howard), Angie Wu (Hoho), Beverly Duan (Lulu) and Frank Welker (Mr. Dragon).

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Buried under snow.....again

Well we were hit with another snow storm yesterday. We got about 10 inches of snow. No school for the second time this week. This has been one of the hardest winter's I remember. Snow, ice, flooding, and thunderstorms. Yep on Tuesday night we had a thunderstorm. Right after the storm there was a flash freeze. The temperature dropped 30 degrees in just a couple hours. It is just crazy.

For the last two weeks I have been stripping wallpaper and borders and painting my bathroom and bedroom. It has been a good cold weather project. I am trying to do anything cheap that I can to improve our house so if we ever get a showing again, it might sell. :)