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Bit Icy and a Bit Snowy

It's the end of the world!!! Quick rush out to the store and buy all the food and drink you can get in your shopping cart! We're all doomed I tell ya! Weather Channel have been banging on about this for a few days now. I've  been listening to them and watching weather reports. Not too fussed about it but now it is nearly here. They keep saying we need to have an emergency kit. You know the usual water, blankets, food, candles etc. I have wine and Cadbury Buttons. Indianapolis is on course to have at least 1" of ice and around 10" of snow just north of Indianapolis. *whispers* Carmel is just north of Indianapolis!. Apparently 1/2" of ice puts 500lbs of weight onto power lines. Power outages are apparently headed my way.

United States of Awesome & United States of Shame

I saw these maps originally on another website but I looked for the originals and I found this map here
And this map here.

Comments?! Even though I am posting these pics it does not mean I agree with the information provided within them. No clue on the basis of the information or where any statistics (if any) may have been collated from.

Just The Way They Are

Yesterday evening I had to pick up Ben from the bus stop at Meijer so he could stay at home with Z whilst I took K on the police visit.

I drove to Meijer and we sat in the car in the car park and waited for the bus to arrive. Usually we sit and play 'I Spy' to pass the time. It helps both kids with their spelling and it passes time. Yesterday though they were not playing fair and K was 'I Spying' things that she thought would be inside Meijer! I told her we had to actually be able to see whatever it was from where we were sat in the car. Z did come up with one that was very clever. He said "I spy with my little eye something beginning with J" and after much guessing I gave up. It turned out it was the sign for the 'J' section of the car park! They eventually decided they didn't want to play anymore and asked me to put the radio on. We have a minivan and have taken the back 2 seats out to give us a bit more room to cart stuff around, so there is a …

Daisy Girl Scout Police Department Tour

 I took K and the other 3 Daisy Girl Scouts for a tour of the Carmel Police Department tonight. I had called a few weeks ago to schedule the tour and I was told that I would get a call back telling me the name of the officer doing the tour. I hadn't heard anything as of this morning so I went along to the Police Department to check on it. Turns out there was nothing showing in the police calendar saying we were going to be there later in the day! The woman on the desk I spoke to was very helpful and tried to call the woman that I had spoken to but had problems getting hold of her. I left my cell phone number and she promised to call me back later letting me know what was happening and if we could still do the tour so the girls could get their magenta petal. 45 minutes after I got home I had a call back saying all was fine and we could go at 7pm for the tour. We met Officer Richard Thomas and he gave us a tour of the building. He answered questions and showed the girls behind the s…

Can't Decide!

I need help! (Not the usual kind of help that people think I need!)
Which, if any, of these dresses do you think I might look half way decent in for my lovely brothers wedding in March? I don’t usually wear dresses but as this is a very special occasion I am making an exception! 
Dress 1

Dress 2
Dress 3
Dress 4
Dress 5
Dress 6
Dress 7
Dress 8
Dress 9

Elementary Cheer Clinic at Carmel High School Friday January 21 2011

As you can see from the previous post K took part in the Elementary Cheer  Clinic at Carmel High School on Friday. I dropped her off at the school at 3.45pm and left her with the cheerleaders so they could practice their routine for later in the evening.
 I returned with Ben and Z around 6.30pm and we sat and watched the basketball players warm up and then the start of the JV game. Z was very impressed with the skill the basketball players had and how they got the ball in the basket. (Maybe he will want to try playing it himself one day?!) We moved around the court a few times as the band arrived and we thought they might be a bit too loud to sit near!
K came out with all the cheerleaders and other girls that were taking part in the clinic and sat on the bleachers as they waited for half time in the JV game. All the girls then went on the court and did their routines. The girls in KG did a routine, then the 1st & 2nd Grade girls did a routine followed by 3rd & 4th Grade before t…

Elementary Cheer Clinic at Carmel High School

It is not great quality but this is the Cheer Clinic that K went to at Carmel High School today. She is at the very far end but I didn't get down there to record her. She was not shy or nervous about performing in front of all the people there. I would have been cacking myself!

Doodle 4 Google

Do you have a creative kid that is in K thru 12th Grade? Register them to take part in this years Doodle for Google. They could win a $15k scholarship and a $25k technology grant for their school. You can register here. Registration ends March 2nd 2011. Entries must be postmarked March 16 2011 and the winning doodle will be featured on on May 20 2011.

Flower Girls & Pinewood Racers

Saturday morning found us all at Carmel United Methodist Church for Z's Boy Scout Pack Pinewood Derby Race. Ben had spent a great deal of time cursing as he tried to shape a block of wood into something resembling a car for Z to race. (Looking at some of the cars there it was clear to me that the parents had made the cars and the boys had nothing to do with it. Z did actually help make his car.) We had to make a trip to Menards so he could get the tools needed to actually make it. It has been suggested to me since the race that next year we simply paint the car a brownish red color, stencil the letters ACME to it, put on the wheels and leave it as that! We went to the race and Z got a patch for taking part, although I am not sure that he is actually allowed to put it on his uniform. There was a lot of faffing around and Z began to get bored. Eventually when they got started Z's Den were first to race and as he did not win his races he did not progress to the next stage so we …

Planning To Have Kids?

I have shamelessly stolen this from "Life With Our Lads" as it made me laugh!

Planning to have Kids?
11 Step Program for those thinking of having kids
Lesson 11. Go to the grocery store. 2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office. 3. Go home. 4. Pick up the paper. 5. Read it for the last time.
Lesson 2
Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their... 1. Methods of discipline. 2. Lack of patience. 3. Appallingly low tolerance levels. 4. Allowing their children to run wild. 5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior. Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.
Lesson 3A really good way to discover how the nights might feel... 1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approxi…

Flower Girl Dress for K

I have to find K a dress to wear to my brothers wedding that we are going to in March.  She is going to be a flower girl and will need an appropriate dress. I looked online at a few stores and then came across this website. K looked through the pictures with me and decided she wanted this dress. She has also said she wants 'clippy cloppy' shoes so that will be my next mission. Once my brother and sister in law to be approve the dress choice. Where does one find 'clippy cloppy' shoes for an almost 6 year old?! Scratch that. I've found these shoes.

2011 Elementary Cheer Clinic & Colts Playoff Game

K will be doing this in the next couple of weeks (it is the very last flyer, I couldn't separate it from the others). She has been asking about when she will be doing cheerleading again so this has come at just the right time!

I think I'll get her in the mood for cheering again by getting her doing some cheers tomorrow. After all it is play-off day for the Colts tomorrow!

2011 Wish List

In no particular order these are what I wish for during the next 12 months. (OK I admit some are a bit materialistic but hey, it's a 'wish list'!)

1. For us to start on the path to getting a green card

2. The kids to remain happy & healthy.

3. A new bag, I love bags, perhaps like this one.

4. A pair of ridiculous shoes that I'll probably only wear once, a bit like these maybe?

5. A new(er) car, but in wish land I would love one of these!

6. To lose about 50lbs in weight. I've lost 20lbs since arriving here and 2lbs in the last week! To help me I joined here.

7. Another tattoo, I know this is one that Ben will not like as he hates tattoos but I'm a grown woman and it's my choice!

8. A new TV, a bit like this one.

9. My Daisy Girl Scouts to enjoy their time in the Troop.

10. That you continue to read this blog.

11. A camcorder like this one.


When I was a kid and felt sick I would milk it for all its worth and try to get the day off school. Unfortunately for me, I wasn't really sick all that much and my mum wouldn't buy my act half the time. She'd only believe me if she actually saw me being sick! I never thought how it must make my mum feel to see me ill.

Now as a parent I hate it when my kids are ill. I feel so powerless to do anything for them and I usually blame myself for their illness. It must have been something I cooked for them. I must have a bug and have passed it on to them. I took them somewhere and they caught a bug there. I know it is all nonsense but I can't help it. Due to the fact that K has a kidney problem, I get even more worried when she is sick as I become convinced that it will affect her healthy kidney. (I know in my head that it most likely won't though)

Last night K was ill. Really ill. She vomited several times and kept complaining about her tummy hurting. In the end she settl…

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New Year Wishes For You

I got this in an email today and thought I would share it you all.

Here are NEXT YEAR’s wishes for youMay you always make the right moves.May your cup runneth over with loveMAY YOU ALWAYS FIND SHELTER FROM ANY STORMMay you remain good looking and looking good.May you find the perfect diet for your body and your soul.
May you find perfect balance in the company you keep.May you have as much fun as you can before someone makes you stop.
May the worst thing that happens to you come in slobbery pink and furry TAN.

May  you  manage  to  MAKE  time  for  siesta.May all the new folks you meet be interesting and kind.May your accessories always harmonize with your natural beauty!
Should your mouth ever be bigger than your stomach,may you have a chewing good time!

New Years Eve 2010

Last night we went to a NYE party with some British Expats we had a great time. I was designated driver so I was on Diet Coke all night. Ben had Stella Artois and several vodka jello shots. There was good food (including a wonderful curry that I could have kept on eating) music, dancing, noise makers, silly hats and then a chorus of Auld Lang Syne outside in the pouring rain (I can only imagine what the neighbors must have thought!). The kids managed to stay awake until midnight and we were all in bed by about 1.15am.

Here's to a great 2011. I've no idea what'll happen this year but I am sure it'll be good!