Sunday, April 26, 2009

Prom 2009

Well, last night was SB High school Prom 2009. Sara and her pal, Lena, had their make-up professionally done downtown for fun (and free). They came back to the house to start doing hair and getting ready to go out to dinner with a group of friends. Anisa was in there doing her hair too.....3 girls and a boy (Aaron) doing hair, nails, make-up. There was hairspray flying, straightening and curling irons warming, brushes swooshing and nail polish fumes! Sara ended up doing her own hair, Lena's curls and Anisa's poof.

Then it was time to get dressed. Anisa and Aaron went to dinner in regular clothes so they didn't spill on their beautiful clothes. They went out by themselves and met up with friends later at the prom.

Sara and Lena got into their dresses. Sara ordered special silver Puma high tops for prom. Her family doesn't particularly like them, but she does, so I guess that's all that matters. We thought since she was wearing a princess dress, she should wear fancier shoes but she swears she can't walk in any heels. She's a crazy girl. Lena's mom came over, we took pictures and off they went to dinner and then to prom.

Anisa and Aaron came back after dinner to get all prettied up. Check out Aaron's tie. I made that. :) They couldn't find the perfect green to match Anisa's dress, so we got some fabric, a pattern and there ya go! A tie! Anisa made her flower hair clip. Aaron made Anisa's necklace. Lots of crafty people around here!

They took off in style. They left in the Cavalier, but picked up the truck to actually head over to prom in. I don't exactly know how Anisa got into that thing with her dress on, but she did it. Maybe Aaron picked her up and threw her in. :)

Here are my beautiful girls after prom. Since they left the house at different times, I had to snag them after prom. They were exhausted, but had had a good time. We stayed up for a few hours telling stories. Anisa headed to a friend's house to spend the night and Sara and I finally got to bed around 3:30 a.m. It was a fun night for everyone. :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Oops, I forgot to tell you..

I was going to tell you all that we woke up to this on Tues. April 21. Yep, that's right, it's snow. Travis is very happy he's not here because this disgusts him. He hates that winter in WI started Nov. 30 and is still happening. He likes snow every once in a while, but generally, he can do without it. I like it. This snow melted pretty quickly since it was warm (about 44) that day. Today is supposed to be warm. So far, it's 47 at my house. By tomorrow, we're supposed to see temps into the 70s. Prom is Saturday, so I just hope the weather is good that day. The weathermen are calling for thundershowers. That will not be good since the girls have long, flowing gowns. I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

curly light bulbs

I just saw a show about the disposal of the little curly-wurly flourescent light bulbs everyone thinks are so great. I personally don't like them because of the light they give off. I like the good old fashioned GE soft light light bulbs. I just keep lights off when I'm not in certain rooms. Besides, you aren't supposed to just throw them away when they die. You have to dispose of them at a special recycling center. I couldn't even get rid of my unwanted paint here, much less special bulbs.

For those of you who have them and like them, here are the directions if you accidentally drop one of the fancy bulbs. Be careful, they contain mercury! This is from the EPA website. I couldn't make this stuff up. You'll have to open the directions to actually read them. Just click on the pics, and enjoy giggling! :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

April Block of the Month

Here is my April BOM. I'm following the wonderful pattern by Anne at Bunny Tales. I'm getting ready to download the May pattern to get started on it. I am really happy I've started doing these blocks. They are just so fun and easy. All you crafty people out there, if you haven't started, get movin'! You won't regret it. :)

update on us

Well, we took our trip to DC during Spring Break to go school/neighborhood/house hunting. We weren't super successful in finding a house, but we did find the schools and neighborhoods we were and were not interested in.

Travis is settled into our little trailer at Andrews AFB. He says it's not too bad. He has all the conveniences of home (except for a shower in the trailer. We had a water heater blow-out - but the campground showers are clean). There are a few other guys/gals there in the same situation. Living there until the summer when their families will join them. Travis is also getting some running in, so that's been nice to kill some of his time alone.

He's trying to get settled into his job/office. So far, he's been really busy just trying to get his desk situated. He didn't have a computer or phone when he first got there, and now that he has them, he's just getting them to be the way he needs and wants them to be. He has a really nice view from his cube. He can see into DC and across the river. So far, he thinks once he really starts his job, he's going to like it. It's a new challenge for him and he likes that.

The day we left, he found a house for us to rent. We thought about buying a house, but with the market the way it is, we didn't want to chance being stuck with a house out east when everyone knows, this family will be heading back out west as soon as possible. :) It looks like we'll be living in West Springfield. Close to Trader Joes, Ikea and even a Costco! woot. It's about 20 miles from Travis' office, which apparently translates into about half hour commute (we hope). I've been told that you don't go by mileage out there, you go by commute time. It's 27.2 miles to Renee's house, which I'm guessing will mean it is actually 40 minutes to her house. :)

While we were there, it was the Cherry Blossom Festival. We went into the city on the Full Bloom Day. It was beautiful. We also went to the Library of Congress. We'll be spending more time there, I'm sure. And in the city! Here are some pics of the trip.