April 13, 2012

The Bucket

I have this bucket outside.

My ex-husband made it years ago.  I never really knew what to do with it.  I kept it at the time because he made it and I couldn't just get rid of it.  When the kids started getting bigger it became the ball catch-all.  It held our supply of basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, footballs and the list goes on and on.  As the kids have grown and the number of sporting items have diminished (but not all gone), it is time to do something with the bucket.  I hate to throw it away.  So, I decided to dress it up a bit.

My summer time ball bucket as it was:


I got out the spray paint primer and went to town.  

The first coat I started in white.

My son and I went to the local home improvement store and purchased trim, a fleur type thingy, teal spray paint and feet.  

He is the power tool man.  I came home from work and this is what I found.

He even put a bottom in it so it can still hold all the sporting good balls.  A lot of dog toys actually.

I think it looks so much better.  And thanks to my crafty son who is always so helpful in making my ideas come to fruition.  He is the best son!

April 11, 2012

Bullying within the School System

Ok, so I need a moment to vent.  Please bear with me.

Bullying has been such a major topic in the news the past few years.  It is such a horrible thing to happen to kids.  I know we will never get rid of it; however, when it does happen, kids need an adult to be their voice.

HELLO - I have got  a HUGE voice.

My daughter's best friend Sam is being bullied.  I won't stand for this.  Bullying has such a life long impact on a child.  Life is hard enough, nobody needs to live in fear and humiliation every day.

My daughter told me this story:

"Mom, yesterday Sam was at lunch outside of school and Mary (unnamed bully) and her friend (Anne, unnamed accomplice) were mean to Sam.  Mary brought to school an egg that she had emptied and filled with flour.  At lunch she went up to Sam and smashed it on her head.  Everybody laughed.  It was horrible.  Anne, the accomplice, video taped the entire thing on her ipod and posted it on Facebook."

It was bad enough that a 14 year old girl can preplan such meanness, let alone post it on Facebook for everybody to see.

The video shoes the girl preparing to smash the egg, walking up to Sam and running back to Anne laughing so hard she was doubled over.

I asked my daughter if anybody reported the incident.  Why?  Nobody was going to do anything about it.

I emailed the principal first thing in the morning, and by lunch didn't have a response.  I called the principal, the vice principal and was finally put in touch with the guidance counselor.  The guidance counselor state he had received my email and wasn't planned to take any action with the information.  He was actually crazy enough to tell me that Sam had been in to see him multiple times throughout the school year with other incidents of being bullied. 

I am sick, literally sick, that they are aware of this happening and they are not doing anything about it.

I may be the voice of one, but my voice will be heard.  I am realistic, I know bullying is never going to stop.  But when you know it is happening, you need to do something about it rather than sweep it under the rug.

April 10, 2012

I am Finally Doing It!

I have wanted to organize my craft room forever!

Finally, I have started.  I can't wait until it is finished.  Wait, it will probably never be finished.  I guess, I can't wait until it is at a point that I can actually use it as a craft room.  The kids and hubby will be so excited that they no longer have to dodge the piles of card making items or scrapbooking stuff, they can just walk through the living room like a normal family.

After I started, I realized I should have taken a before and after photo, at least a before and during the process photos.  But, the room was such a disaster area that you could hardly get in.  It has been the - Oh my goodness company is coming over pick that stuff up and throw it in that other bedroom - room.  Eventually it became so full of stuff you couldn't even open the door all the way.  Just open, aim and throw.  Close the door quickly because I would have for the cat to get trapped in there, she would never find her way back out again.

Remember when you were kids and you played the hot lava game.  Jumping from sofa to chair to cushion never touching the floor.  That's the way this room is (soon, was).  However, kind of the opposite.  You would jump to empty spot on the floor hoping not to miss because you would surely break something.

I am on the path to recovery from a disorganized crafting life.

I am so excited!  However, the hubby is afraid he will never see me again. 

April 8, 2012


Sometimes life is just filled with CRAZINESS.

With my youngest being on spring break and her best friend being gone, I was bombarded daily with Mom, I am bored - Mom, what's there to do.  I finally took her to work with me to show her what real boredom is.  I took her home after 2 hours.  Thankfully we live very close to my office.

Then, just as spring break was ending, my oldest got sick and ended up in the hospital for four days.  They never did find out what is wrong with him, but just sent us home and told us to follow up with the specialists.  The following week we spent our time visiting doctors, who still have no answer for us.  We still have appointments to go to.  

Now I am looking for a little me time, but it is Easter weekend and the family is coming to my house.  I would prefer to go Geocaching or locking myself in my craft room and organizing it.  When the mood strikes me to organize my craft room, I better do it, otherwise it will be a few more weeks of tripping through the room to get items and haul them to the living room.  Then the entire family gets to trip over me and all my stuff on the floor.  Really, above everything else, I wish to be locked in my room for a couple of hours.  Just doing me things and tinkering around.  No phones, no television, no kids or husband, and no pets.  Just me and my junk and maybe some wine or soda and some good music.  That would be soooo great right now!