Friday, July 24, 2009


So being the absent blogger as of late, I never told you that Scooter, one of my guinea pigs was pregnant. Let's not mention that I thought she was a he....

So about a month ago, when holding her I noticed how plump she was getting, did a bit of research and deduced that she was preggers. Then this morning I awoke to her and her four beautiful babies. Wow! I'm sad I missed it, but these babies are so cute I wanna breed her and fuzzy again...yeah, maybe not! Not sure what I'll do with all these babies that I have now.

Here is Scooter, the Mommy:

Here is Fuzzy, the Daddy:

Here are the cuties:

this little critter is the only one that is all black and white

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Light Hearted Look at Motherhood

Ok. This woman seriously cracks me up!!! Enjoy the video clip, I know I did. Enjoy your Wednesday. We're headed off to play at park and then I need to clean up my kitchen. After making these for breakfast using the jam we made yesterday, my kitchen needs some SERIOUS attention. And the muffins TOTALLY ROCK!!! Go make some jam and then make the muffins. The only bad part is you'll want to eat like six muffins and then you'll feel bad. (not that i did that...)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

My Poetry

Hi there! I've been taking a writing class (aimed at the emergent k-2 writer ) this week and have enjoyed it very much! I thought I'd share a piece of poetry that I had to write for the class. I'll share it in class tomorrow.

Here it is, don't be too rough on me. OK?!

Beautiful Blue
Blue is the sky and the crashing ocean waves.
Blue is the taste of a sweet ripe blueberry.
Blue is the innocence I see when I look into Olivia’s eyes or the feeling you get when you fail but try.
Blue is the smile I get when I hear, “la la la la la la la la la la la” tune of the Smurfs.
Blue is the minty freshness that comes from a stick of wintermint gum.
Blue is the unending clear sky on a calm day.
Blue is complex.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Haiku Friday

Oh so so tired.
awake at three in the morn.
whimpering child.

cannot fall asleep
despite complete exhaustion
is this part of age?!

Yeah, so what the hell is this all about?! This is NOT the first time this has happened or I'd probably just take it all in stride. Whenever, and I'm saying 99% of the time I wake up after 3am I cannot fall back asleep. Then just about 5:00 (close to alarm time) I am ready to sleep. This is too much for me. I am a girl that needs her sleep.

Shorty is fine, she was just doing some whimpering in her sleep and Mr. Tall got up to check on her, but I cannot help but we awakened by this activity. So now I find myself on the couch. I was reading. Then I turned off the light and laid down on the couch. No. Sleep. Came. So what is a girl to do but blog it?

So today I am headed to an elementary school in Portland that has been teaching k/1 blended classrooms for many years. I am going to learn as much as I can and to ask good questions. Because yes my friends, Janelle is teaching a k/1 blend next year. As if moving to first grade wasn't a big enough change for this year she is doing it again. Two years of big changes. I love education and cannot image working a boring job where everyday is the same. And I cannot yet completely visualize what next year will be of thinking to do, questions to ask and organizing in my head.

I'm sure that will help me sleep, right?!

Happy Friday to you. For more haiku click here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thank You!

Wow! Wow! Wowee wow wow is about all I have to say. I was excited when I won this giveaway, but then it appeared on my door yesterday. was better than I even imagined!

Num num num. I hope I can have enough restraint to not eat it all a couple days!!

Thanks Lotus for the fantastic giveaway!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pretty In Plaid

So one of my favorite authors, Jen Lancaster is going to be in Portland on May 18th at Powell's and I'm OH SO EXCITED! It's like she and I are soul sisters. I swear to god we could be evil twins. Anyhow...If you've not met her, watch this video clip. She's funny and snarky and sometimes a little mean. She cracks me up and I've LOVED all her books. I asked Mr. Tall for her newest, Pretty in Plaid for mother's day. We'll see. If I don't get it, you can bet I'll be at Border's picking it up for myself.

And that is all I have for now. I'm off to "be productive".

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Weekly Winners

It's been far too long since I've participated in Sarcastic Mom's Weekly Winners, so here goes!

April 19-25, 2009

silly girls

my new "do"

I'm sooooo loving spring!!!

Princess Kitty's new bed

a trip to the dr's office

nice weather day...68 degrees at 10pm....whoa!

time with family
my "arm warmer"

my wine glass holder...hoping i don't do any damage!

for more weekly winners check out Lotus's place here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Kids Say the Funniest Things

Ok, Shorty McShort cracked me up during her bath tonight. We were washing her hair and she said, "are you going to put the air conditioner in now?". BAHAHAHAHHAHA! It totally cracked me up.

Ok and with that, this video cracks me up too!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter and a Fruit Side

Hello and Happy Easter!! Don't chap my hide too much, I know I said I'd be around more often, but yeah, I get that I'm NOT. You really don't need to mention it. So...on to Easter. We have already had a very nice brunch at Grammy's house and will soon be headed to good friend's house for early dinner/late lunch. Here are a few pics for your viewing enjoyment.

April 5-12, 2000

Easter Morning....Suprised McShort LOVES to pose these days.
Bunny McShort and Papa collecting eggs.

My lurvely fruit side for Easter dinner at our friend's house.

Egg Hunting McShort and her friend Allie

Shorty McShort and her lovely Auntie Jessica

Egg Dying Partners in Crime
My Purty Tulips

For more weekly winners, click here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

There REALLY is a Correcting Fairy

And here he is. Nice, huh?! Yeah, I have THE BEST HUBS IN THE WORLD. After a little much whining and complaining on the part of the princess (that would be me), Mr. Tall corrected ALL of my papers.


AND...he made coffee for me too....

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Clearly, There is NO Paper Correcting Fairy

Ok, so being a teacher, I sometimes bring home papers to correct. I know, SHOCKING to all you non teachers, who believe that teachers lead slack lives of having every weekend off, working 7-3, summers and holidays off, yadda yadda.

Well, it's not true (as many of you know!). is what I have to say.......WHERE THE F*@( was the paper correcting fairy this week? Seriously. I left my pile of papers on the coffee table for 4 days. I sent positive thoughts to said fairy. Left the house last night to attend my friend Sally's "Wii Challenge", said a prayer to the correcting fairy only to arrive home to an UNCORRECTED pile 'o' papers and utter defeat by Sally, the now Wii Champion. DAMN!

Today...went and did some coupon shopping (and scored some great deals). Said prayer to so-called fairy. Nuttin. Went to lunch at mil's house for Sunday Cafe. Nuttin. Damn it all....I've decided there is NO correcting fairy.

Guess I shouldn't have procrastinated all week long, huh? Maybe I'll say one more prayer and hope for the best in the morning. I'm tired. I have to get up early to go to work.....gee....I wonder if the laundry fairy visited today while I was gone.....if not, I may not have anything to wear to work....

With that note....i'm off to bed to do some reading. I wish I could say that I'm going to correct the pile of adding/subtracting papers, but NOPE, not gonna do it. Maybe tomorrow...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Happy Blogaversary To Me!!!

Ok, so it's my first blog birthday. Happy blog birthday to me!! Here is my first post. It made me giggle and I'd forgotten that Shorty McShort had surgery over spring break last year.

This has been an interesting journey, my first year of blogging. I have been a bit neglectful of my blog as of late, but I am resolving to change that.

So, leave me a comment. Tell me how much you just love my blog :) (shameless, I know)

And, in honor of one year, I shall write a haiku for Haiku Friday (it's been a while since I've done this)

one year of blogging
am i any better off?
maybe a little

held some giveaways
participated in memes
held a survey too

blogged for one whole month
not sure how i pulled that off
November 08

complained a little
and a little bit more too
oh yeah and some more

overall it has
been a lot of fun to do
will keep on going

Please leave me a comment. I am curious how many people read me daily. I'll make it so even you, Katie can comment. Oh, and it might be fun if you tell me about your favorite post or why you read my blog. Ummmm, thanks ;)

For more 'ku fridays, click here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More Birhday Thanks

Ok, so I have more birthday thanks to spread.

These are two friends from my book club. Kristin and Shari. Shari brought this mug to book club on Monday night and had everyone sign it. Way too thoughtful! Thanks girly! I LOVE my new mug!
Card from my Mom and she also tucked in a gift card for JC Penny's. I can't wait to go shop!!!

Card from my friend Jen. LOVE IT!

This is the card from Mr. Tall...the card that Mike ruined with beer. :(

This is from my twinny....the one that also sent a 35 balloon bouquet...she also tucked a Starbuck's gift card inside. She spoils me so!!!

This is a card from good friend Sharon. What a sweetie!! She never forgets a birthday or anniversary. She's the best!

The flowers from Mr. Tall. Very thoughtful!

The last ice cream cupcake. I ate it. I had every right to. We got a mixed pack of 6. OMG...soooooo yummy!!!!
I'm sad that my birthday fun is about over. We'll be celebrating it at Sunday Cafe, which will be a wonderful time. I also want to get my nose pierced to celebrate joining "Club 35". We'll see.

So...thanks everyone for making me feel so special!