Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Bunko night!

I'm on my way to pick up Karen B and spend another fun-filled evening with the gals playing a mindless dice game. If all goes as planned, we will eat well (Alice never disappoints), have good conversation, a few lucky players will win fabulous prizes and then we will leave with our faces hurting from smiling and laughing too much!

I really should feel guilty because we just got back from a fabulous retreat, but because I have a wonderful husband and children, there is no guilt - just appreciation.

Gotta go!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Soak up the Son

I can't wait to go to the Ladies' Retreat!!!! I didn't get to go last year, so I am looking forward to being with my friends, staying up late and getting spiritually renewed!!! Will be back Sunday to let you know how it went!!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Operation Garbage Sale: Now Complete

Whew!!!! Glad that's over!!!! We did great on Friday, but Saturday was just too rainy and we didn't have any good stuff left anyway. We packed it up and donated it to a good cause!!!! We can walk in our garage again (the pictures are "before")!!! Yeah!!!!!

Hope everyone has a good week!!!! Back to work and school!!!!!

Peace Out!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Operation Garbage Sale is now underway...

I'm pumped and ready to haggle! Bring it on! Hopefully the rain won't be too much of a problem!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Clean Sweep comes to Prairie Rose Lane

Most of my Spring Break has been spent in Molly's room (except for when I watched A Chorus Line and today when Preston I went on a date in the middle of the afternoon!)

I am in year #2 of being a working Mom. I was blessed to be able to spend 10 years at home with my kids. When Molly started school last year, I went to work! For a while, I was able to maintain the housework, but after a while, I just gave up....Molly's room was a disaster!!!!

Soooo...Monday morning we got in there and four trash bags later it was empty enough to start painting. We used a pretty shade of pink - we even gave the baseboards a fresh coat of white...Next came putting everything back. Actually not everything...about half of it came back. My dad made a great shelf with pegs which helped get stuff up and out of the way!

Molly loves her new room...Hopefully it will be easier for her to keep tidy now...

Tomorrow, I will tackle the playroom and start getting ready for a GInormous "garbage" sale this weekend....Come see us! We're raising money for the trip to New York in May!

Happy girl in her new room!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


SINGULAR SENSATION......ok, ok...I finally got to see it...!!!!Preston found a connection...made the transaction....my spring break life is complete...Marvin Hamlisch...I love you!!!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Where In the World is A Chorus Line?

So, I casually mentioned to my dear, sweet, thoughtful husband today that I was in the mood to watch A Chorus Line The Movie and to pick it up at Blockbuster when he took Rebekah...2 hours later, they are still not home...Rebekah finally calls and says that they have been to 2 Blockbuster's, Hollywood, Kroger, Alberston's and Walmart...no luck! I probably would have given up after Bockbuster - not Preston...he aims to please!!!!

Those songs have been running through my head for the past few days and I thought it would be a good spring break movie...Does anybody have it??? Would you lend it to me if you did??? By the time I order it online and get it, spring break will be over!!!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Mama's Gone Goth!

Ok, I have decided that I really like dressing up... It all started a few years ago when our entire family went Amish at Halloween....Then, I had a costume Bunko party where I dressed in my robe, water balloons, knee-hi's and mud pack on my face (see my very first blog in archives)...Last year I was an Egyptian for VBS and then again for Halloween. It's fun to be somebody different for a while.

Today I dressed "Goth" for a meeting at Billy Miner's downtown. My Women In New Roles (www.tccd.edu/win-r) class has a network meeting there every second Saturday. Today's speaker was excellent. She talked about building bridges (relationships) through networking and how you should nurture and care for the "bridges" and not burn them!

Anyway, my instructor asked for volunteers to do a skit about what not to wear and how not to act on a job interview...I volunteered. My "act" was very monotone and morose. My previous job experience included night shift manager at "Tatoo You" tatoo shop and night cashier at "Goth 'R' uS". My reason for leaving these jobs was due to "a series of unfortunate events"....One of my favorite jobs was costume designer and prop mistress at the Goth Summer Stock Theatre. Our productions included Gothlahoma, The Sound of Goth, and everybody's favorite Gothspell. Unfortunately this job ended because the theatre mysteriously burned down. I have included a picture of some of the other participants...The pictures do not show the fishnet hose and platform boots. It was a lot of fun, but kind of wierd walking around downtown dressed like that. Preston and the kids went also, so it must have looked really weird with my 6'7" husband (dressed normally)holding my hand and my 3 sweet children following behind.

I don't know if I would have done this a few years ago....I've said it before...turning 40 does something to a gal!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I have the greatest kids!!!!

I never thought they would get out of the "baby" stage....but all of a sudden...here they are....walking, talking, beautiful human beings.....

Our school is doing a whole "Live Aloha" thing this year. Teachers can nominate kids who are "Living Aloha" and kids can nominate the teachers and staff who are "Living Aloha"... I happened to catch a glimpse of a nomination form Molly (7) was working on...she was nominating me because..."she is nice and she embarrasses me when she sings"...

Today, after giving my kids a "come to mother" speech in the car on our way to school, I found a "thank you card" and candy on my desk from Rebekah(12), thanking me for all I do and wishing me a great day!

G.P.(10), the boy who would barely look at me at the first of the year, now goes out of his way to give me hugs and high fives in the hall....I guess I'm not so bad after all!

Kids are great and they get even greater as they get older and become "real" people.....


Sunday, March 05, 2006

Chef Preston Does is Again!

Circa 1940's Roper Range.

Magic with a piping bag
He's awesome!Last night Preston prepared a classical French meal for a wine tasting group. This group has been together for over 20 years. They wanted something very special for their quarterly meal together and Chef Preston delivered the goods! He was able to adapt beautifully to the 1920's kitchen...the result was memorable meal of delicious and beautiful cuisine!

1st course: poached salmon on puff pastry w/ red pepper dill cream sauce
2nd course: mango sorbet w/edible flower (to cleanse the pallet)

3rd course: Beef tenderloin on a toasted bread medallion w/goose liver pate' and mushroom sauce. Served with sauted squash/zucchini & roasted potatoes.

4th course: (no photo) mixed green salad w/tomato viniagrette dressing

Dessert: Dark chocolate raspberry pate' served with a raspberry cream sauce, fresh raspberries, white & dark chocolate shavings.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Honor Choir....Carnegie Hall or Bust!!!!

The Crowley HonorChoir recently performed in San Antonio at the Texas Music Educator's Asssociation Convention. They were one out of 2 elementary schools in the state that were invited!

They are working hard to raise money for their upcomig trip to Carnegie Hall in May.

What an awesome opportunity for these kids! Sure, alot of them WILL get to go to New York someday, but there are many others in this group who will not be as fortunate. I look forward to being a chaperone on this trip. These kids are our future. In 30 short years one of these boys or girls could be our next, mayor, govenor, senator, state representative, or president!!!!!

Let's work hard to nurture our children. Inspire them to care. Help give them the drive to make a difference!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

So just what HAVE I been doing?

What I have been doing is livin', ya'll! What a great start to 2006! Everyday I am reminded what a blessing it is to be alive!

First - I started working out last November....I actually made it through the holidays and Preston's 500 truffles without putting on any pounds! I have been consistent and motivated for 4 months now! I feel great! I can walk up a flight of stairs without feeling like I'm about to die. Best of all....Preston started working out about a month ago - he's doing great! Of course, it took me 4 months to see results...After a month, he's already looking awesome! I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him.

On that note...We celebrated out 20th wedding anniversary on Feb 21st. We did so by cooking a fancy meal, clearing off the dining room table, lighting candles (so we couldn't see all of the junk from the table on the floor) and sat down to a memorable family dinner. We told the kids how we met, how he proposed and how we planned our wedding. We dusted off the wedding album and looked at the pics...gosh we were young!

I also went back to school after 15 years. I'm taking 6 hours at TCC. It's called Women in New Roles. It's actually 2 psych classes that are blended and integrated. The program is designed for women returning to school after a long absence. I was convinced that I would be the oldest in the class...I'm not. There are all ages in the class - I'm in the middle. We're taking all kinds of profiles and inventories to determine what kind of personality we have, what kinds of jobs we are suited to etc....It's alot of fun and I have been enjoying the back-to-school experience. My current plan is to continue working toward my Bachelor's so that I can earn my teaching certificate.

The kids continue to keep us on our toes. Bekah is fund-raising and working hard at Honor Choir preparing for their trip to Carnegie Hall (NEW YORK CITY!!!) in May. I will be going with her. It's going to be fun, but we decided it would be best NOT to take GP and Molly this time. We all went on the trip to San Antonio and it got a little hectic with 100 choir kids, chaperones and and all of the extended family. I think we'll plan a family trip to New York at a later date.

G.P. is in boy scouts and generally keeps us amused with his sense of humor and off-beat interests.

Molly is in ballet and jazz. She will have a recital in June. She is what you call a "piece of woik".

Well, I've done it - I've used too many words. Sometimes I don't read blogs if there are too many words...I just can't make the commitment!!!!

Sooo.....if you have made it this far I hope I haven't bored you with my little life. To me it's the best thing that could have ever happened to me...to others it may seem ho-hum. But, as I said earlier, I am blessed. God has given me a life I could never have imagined...A fabulous husband ("Electric Chef"...did you see the purple chef coat?), beautiful and above average children, "real" friends, and opportunities....opportunities that I will not throw away and take for granted.

I'll try to be better about keeping in touch. I'll try not to be so "wordy" next time.

Peace out!