Sunday, September 30, 2007

Another Art Project

You can see two stages of these. We made little cards to send to people for Halloween. The size of the card depends upon how the feet were and how I was able to cut them out. These are Isabel's feet for ghosts and then we used her fingers to make the eyes. I saw this idea in Family Fun magazine. I know this ruins the surprise for a couple people who will get these and read this blog, but you don't know what your finished card will look like. The one you see is the one we are keeping for ourselves on our fridge.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Happy Anniversary!

Today is mine & Andy's 6 year wedding anniversary. We've been married for 6 years, but have been together now for 10 years. Seems like a long time to put up with each other. :)

Anyways, our plans involve getting massages at Heaven on Earth Massage. I just finished with mine and Andy is at his now. We had to take turns so that someone is home with Isabel. She napped through most of mine and is still napping. It's great that she is taking a good AM nap, because she won't have much time this afternoon.

This afternoon we are going to look at two houses that are on the top of our list. We still have not sold our house (actually, there is another open house at our MN home going on today - cross your fingers and/or say a prayer.) I thought we would at least rule these two in or out. On paper they seem the best fit for us. It would suck if we do like one of these houses and someone else buys it before we can, but the good thing is that it is a buyers market and something else perfect will come along. Although, the buyers marker sucks for trying to sell a house.

After the tours, we are having dinner at Antigua Restaurant in West Allis. It is a Mexican restaurant. We are a big fan of Mexican food.

Then we will come home and crack open a bottle of our favorite wine, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. We're actually more of a red wine couple, but we love this wine. And after that - we'll just have to wait & see.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Funny Sign

As we were leaving Concord Zoo (& BP gas station) for our playgroup outing, there was sign at the exit. I thought it was funny.

Funny Sign

As we were leaving Concord Zoo (& BP gas station) for our playgroup outing, there was sign at the exit. I thought it was funny.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Exploring the Town

Well, Isabel & I went out on the town for a little bit so that we could find the bank witht he conference room where the mom's group meets at, find the park we will have our first WI playdate at (I met some people on and we have been emailing), found where the Farmer's Market is, stopped at Brownberry Bakery Outlet (it's made here, did you know that!) and bought a ton of stuff (if you spend $15+, you get double stamps!) and found the Sausage Haus (it's across from the park where our playdate on Thursday will be.) The Sausage Haus is a deli & Meat Market. I made sure to buy some bratwurst, because you can't try the Sausage Haus without getting some sausage, and I also bought some sliced ham, Italian Seasoned Chicken, & Deviled Eggs.

We never made it to the grocery store today, but we know where it is and between the 2 places we did stop today we have some food for a couple of dinners.

Enjoy It While We Have It

Well, I decided to look up the tax info on the lake house we are renting for 9 months (well, 8 3/4 months). And we certainly cannot afford it if it were for sale. It is taxed on just over a half million dollars. The house only makes up about $170K of the tax amount, the rest is the land, which is 2 acres on the lake. Actually, our rent for the time we are hear is just about what they pay in taxes.

So, we won't be buying this house or anything similar to it. I am afraid we may have to settle for deeded lake access if we want to live near a lake.

There are tons of squirrels running around and lots of birds and Molly has been enjoying running after them.

BTW - for family who reads this, mark on your calendar that we will have Isabel's birthday party next May out here. It will be on the Saturday before her birthday.

We may have a new place (hopefully) by then, but I think it might be fun to enjoy the lake since it will actually start getting warmer then. They have a fishing boat that we can use or maybe we can even see what places rent things in town. We might change our minds on the location, but we will have one that Saturday before he birthday.

Monday, September 10, 2007

My MIL told me about this and she thought we might be interested in it, in case we decide to use it or someone else wants a cheap way to come visit us. I had never heard about it, but i's Megabus. I just picked a ramdom weekend to see how much it cost to go from Mke to Mpls and it was $8 each way, so $16 total. That is crazy cheap. The route from Mpls actually goes to either Mke or Chicago.

And if you go to Chicago there are tons of other cities you can go to, but if you are trying to go from Mpls or Mke to one of those other cities, you have to do your own coordination of schedules.

There are lots of Cities in Midwest & heading East, and then also stops in CA, AZ, & NV. Very Cool.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


Apparently, I am just about Nursery Rhymes and movies these past few days. Anyways, I just finished watching Prime. It only got two and a half stars, so I wasn't expecting anything that great. But the thing I wanted to comment on was the ending. I am not sure what I wanted. I kinda wanted them to get back together - because that would be the 'trained' happy ending - you know - in the end the guy always gets the girl type ending. But honestly, would that have been the happy ending. She had a point. She was 14 years older and what she wanted wasn't what he was ready for or wanted. He wanted her, not a family. So, if the guy got the girl it would have not have necessarily been a happy ending.

The other thing is that the therapist should have immediately talked with her client and made a referral once she found out that her client was dating her son. No question about that. But still it would be awkward to have your son dating a former client.

My movie for tomorrow is Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story. It got 3 stars.

Nursery Rhyme Thoughts

Ok - so I'm a mom and Isabel likes when I sing nursery rhymes to her. And some of them make me think.

So, here are my thoughts:

Old King Cole - I swear it's all about smoking pot. He wants his bowl & pipe....what else could it be.

Rain - When we were getting all sorts of rain the past few weeks, we sang this often and I couldn't help thinking that our family in Spain would not be fond of us sending the rain we were getting to them.

Little Jack Horner - You know, he's really not such a good boy if he is ruining the pie for everyone else. I make motions to this song and Isabel does them with the rhyme now.

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep - Andy asked me if this rhyme was about slavery

The Old Woman in a Shoe
- When Andy read this to her this weekend, he added in some comments about her going on welfare to support her children.

Jack Be Nimble
- Are we trying to encourage dangerous behaviors in our children? I like the Jill addition in the link.

Just some thoughts......

Saturday, September 01, 2007


Last night, Andy & I watched Beerfest. It is by the same guys as Super Troopers and it was very funny. It was the kind of funny that gets funnier every time you watch it (although, this was the first time.) This would be a movie that my BIL would watch and quote all the time. Steph - Jason should watch this if he hasn't already.

Bad Singer

One of the little nursery rhymes I sing to Isabel is Little Tommy Tucker.

"Little Tommy Tucker

Sings for his supper:

What shall we give him?

White bread and butter."

Well, one day, Andy says to me (after I finished singing it) - Hmmm, white bread and butter, he must not be a very good singer.

I thought that was funny and every time I sing it to her I think of that.