Saturday, February 1, 2014


I just don’t know what to blog about.  Life’s been busy and hectic, and the weather has been way too cold for way too long.  So here are some random things that have happened.

My mother asked me to make a corsage for my cousin’s baby shower since apparently the price of one at a well known area grocer is $25.  I’ve never made one before, so I looked up a few pictures and a few websites and found a blog with a simple step-by-step tutorial.  I already had floral tape and wire, so I just bought a bouquet of flowers at the supermarket ($6.00) and corsage pins from Walmart ($2.50).  I did have to disassemble it twice before I was satisfied but it turned out quite pretty and I think my Mom should try it sometime.


I made my own coffee creamer following a post from Pinterest. It is so simple, although I’m not sure on the cost savings.  All you need is a 14oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk, 1-3/4 cups milk (any %) and your favorite flavoring.  I started saving my old creamer containers a few months ago and this was enough to fill 2 containers about 3/4 full. So I made one with 1 tsp vanilla extract and the other with 1/2 tsp peppermint extract + 1 tbsp chocolate syrup.  I would say I prefer the peppermint one over the vanilla, but it's not quite as good as the Thin Mint creamer that I found.  Check out this site to find a bunch of other flavoring options.

We took the little guy skiing which was a bad idea.  He went last year when he just turned 4 and he loved it.  But something this year made him lose it (and I may have also lost it along the way).  I think the problem was mainly that we put him in a 2 hour beginner class with about 25 other kids and he just can’t do 2 hours.  The year prior was only a 1 hour one-on-one session.  Maybe we will try again, but probably not.  While we do have a lot of snow, it just isn’t good for skiing because it freezes too quickly in these Polar Vortexes (not to mention the cost to go).

My friend, Becky, came home for a visit from her family’s 6 month stint in the Netherlands for the holidays.  It was great seeing her.  I wrote her a couple letters and I must say that I miss letter writing.  It is much different than email.  I just write any random thoughts or topics that come to mind.  I often ask questions but I hope she realizes she doesn’t need to respond.  It is just the way my mind wanders.  Anyone want to be my pen pal?

Back in December the little guy had his first school Christmas concert.  It was really great, with one exception.  He is in Catholic school and I went to Catholic school, but at least half of the songs they sang I had never heard of.  They were ALL religious.  I remember singing Rudolph, Frosty, All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, among other kid friendly classics.  Not one of those made it in the program.  The kids were still adorable though.   

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