A good portion of my life has been spent playing the piano for everyone else's diva moments. Now it's my turn. I invite you to accompany ME through my life's diva and, well, not so diva-like moments. It'll be entertaining. Promise.

Thursday, November 27, 2008



Happy Thanksgiving!! I started off my day taking my girl to CVS (for those of you who don't have them it's a pharmacy/drugstore like Rite-Aid or Walgreens. Here's what I got:

Merchandise total: $79.83

Here's what I paid:

$2.82 out of pocket

Here's what I got back besides the merchandise:

$35.41 in extra bucks to use on pretty much anything in the store.


Monday, November 24, 2008

I'M BACK!!!!


Woohoo - the opera is OVER! What a hard couple of weeks, but I am SO appreciative of time with my family now! It was a good learning experience for me - I learned that I need to see the score BEFORE I commit. My goodness, what a project that was.

Some other happenings during the last week...

Kaylee's class at school did a really cute Thanksgiving play last Thursday - here's a short clip of my little pilgrim.

Also, Aaron got his second tooth in on the bottom. He's been a little trooper - almost as smiley as he was before. :) The end of last week was cold outside - here's a picture of my little ones finally bundled up for the cold...(well for a day or two anyway - it was back up to 85 today!) Kaylee had a "Mardi Gras" hat on that she made for a hat parade at school.

I have had a really fun day today with Kaylee and Aaron, and am looking forward to some much needed down time with my family. Shawn and I have said a lot of "Hi-Bye's" to each other lately, so bring on Thanksgiving break!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Opera Time!


YAY! The crazy, insane opera rehearsals start today and I can finally have my life back again next Saturday morning. I (somewhat foolishly) commited this summer to accompanying Hansel and Gretel for a new opera company that's starting up here in Corpus. So for the last three months this is what my life has been: play with the baby, feed the baby, change the baby, put the baby down for a nap, PRACTICE, repeat ad nauseum. I got myself in a little over my head with this one - it's been terribly difficult and time-consuming to learn, as it's an orchestra reduction part that I've basically had to rewrite to make it playable. So, to compensate for the can't-sleep-because-rehearsals-are-starting blues, I've spent the last hour reading thru new posts on all your blogs.

Jen - LOVE the baby blessing pics - you guys look so great! What a little sweetheart she is, and I love the bracelet. Jason looks so big next to her! Thanks for your thoughts on mommyhood - I couldn't agree more.

Mandi - I will be trying your home-made donuts! And love the Halloween costumes - you are the cutest marshmallow man ever! Sara is getting more gorgeous by the post, and I love little Luke's baldness!

Nicole - HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY! You look so great - love the new hairdo. And the Halloween pics - Abbi is growing big-time. So glad you got to go out and celebrate.

Stacy - wait-a-go with the applesauce - you rock! I can't believe how much Mason looks like Johnny in that one closeup - such cute kids! (And I want one of those apple-peeler things).

Kathy - I do love the new hairdo - you look great! Your kids are getting big so fast.

Tiff - CONGRATULATIONS! I love that photo - and I'm so mad you didn't tell me yesterday! Between that, the enchiladas and the pecan pie - HELLO! You are one talented lady!

Jennifer O. - YES! Love the new hat! And love that I just found that out about you - I will be on the lookout for hats!

Ericka - Can I hire you as my personal chef?! And what did you end up putting in that fabulous pie crust? Although it did look good enough to eat just like that. :)

Jennifer - Your skunk costume was hilarious - love it! And your kids looked precious for the primary program - we just had ours yesterday too - it's always my favorite Sunday. But my fav post was the most recent one - THAT'S the Jennifer I remember! Love the bangs!

Myra - SUCH cute kids - I love Otho's costume, but where are the parent's garb??? Did you guys decide to take a year off?? I'll never forget that Halloween when you all dressed up in the Star Wars gear...

SUCH GREAT FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!! Thank you all for being a part of my life! And now I will try to salvage a few hours of sleep (although trying to fix my blog background is tempting Nicole!). Have a happy week everyone!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Summer in November


It's official - summer #2 is here in Corpus! After washing the car with daddy this afternoon Kaylee donned her swimsuit and ran in the sprinklers.

And here is our first summer produce from our garden...

Check out the Corpus gas prices - it was down to $1.86 in Portland - woohoo!

Halloween 2008

After Kaylee/s 101 degree fever all day that finally broke around 3 in the afternoon, we went out and did a little trick-or-treating. Poor girl, she was so excited to go to school for Halloween and there were many tears because she had to miss. We caught up with her teacher, Mrs. Baker that evening (in the picture below), then went to our friends Rudy and Patsy's house for some eats to hang out. Kaylee went to a few more houses, but was still fairly weak, so she was content to pass out candy. Check out my little guy - I had the Princess and the Pea this Halloween. (Although technically she's a butterfly...)