Archive for June, 2009

Camping Fun!

I have to say that The Little Write Gal and I had a fun time at camp and believe it or not I survived with no broken nails!  We stayed in a cabin in the woods with 12 other girls. I have many bug bites to prove it.  I took bug spray but seeing as how I am practically mosquito bait the bug spray didn’t work very well. 

One of our “fun” camping activities was dissecting owl pellets.  What is an owl pellet you ask?  Don’t worry I had never heard of one either.   The Little Write Gal knew all about them and quickly gave Mommy a science lesson.  Owls, like many other birds, eat their food whole. Since birds do not have teeth, they can’t chew their food. They use their beaks to rip their prey apart and then swallow large chunks whole. The owl slowly digests its meal by separating the softer materials (such as meat) from the harder material (such as bones). It then regurgitates the harder material along with indigestible items such as feathers and fur in the form of a pellet.

Here is a picture of The Little Write Gal holding her owl pellet. After dissecting we determined our owl had eaten a rat.

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Here she is holding the rat bones which we put in a CD case. I have tried several times to throw these way but The Little Write Gal wants to keep them as a souvenir.

We had a great time learning camp songs, praying, and participating in Bible studies and activities.  One night all of the Moms in our group went out of the room while they covered up the campers with sheets except for their feet.  When we came back into the room we had to guess which feet belonged to our daughter. I would know those little twinkle toes anywhere.  The campers did the same thing.  The Little Write Gal guessed mine right away too.  She said she knew I really loved her because I was “SO not camp material.”  I adore her which is why I wanted to make this a memorable trip we will both never forget!

Off to camp I go

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If you have ever read my blog even one time, you can probably guess that I am NOT a camper. As a matter of fact I have never been camping in my entire life and have never wanted to do so.  I typically stray from doing anything that might facilitate the breaking of a nail.  😀  I am not a fan of the outdoors because I burn when I get in the sun and I don’t like to sweat.  I put on full makeup before going to the grocery store and am a typical “girly-girl” for sure. 

Whenever you have a child everything changes and it becomes less about you and all about what they want.  The Little Write Gal wants to go to camp. On Monday we are leaving for a special Mother/Daughter camp in the mountains.  She is so excited!  I am excited for her I just hope I can survive.  At least we will not be camping in the outdoors, we will be inside an air conditioned cabin.  YAY!  Above is a picture of one of the cabins that was posted on the camp Web site.  Not only will we be rooming with a bunch of people we don’t know, we have to share a bathroom.  Gross!  I am definitely bringing some flip flops for the shower which I will promptly be throwing away in the  trash as soon as we arrive home. 

I am taking my Blackberry with me and I “hope” to be able to post some camp stories if my Internet connection works while I am away.  If you could use a laugh be sure and check back next week for our hilarious antics!  I may just have to vlog it although you will have to wait to see that until I get back home.  Sunscreen – check; Bug spray – check; Flip flops – check; Valium – check!

Have a great week everyone!

Missing my Dad this Father’s Day

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This is my favorite photo of me and my Dad.  This Father’s Day is especially sad for me because it is my very first one without him. As you may remember, he died in January from complications from leukemia at age 66. I imagine every “first”  holiday after you lose someone is difficult, and I can only hope that it gets better over time.   I was supposed to lead the Children’s Sermon at church this Sunday, but I asked someone else to fill in for me.  I am not sure I can get up in front of the church without crying.  I know that I probably should be “moving on” but honestly his death has been extremely difficult for me to handle.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about him or wish that he was still with us.  I know that he is in heaven and  does not have to suffer any more but the “Daddy’s Girl” in me still wants him with me. I would give anything if he could just call me one more time on my cell phone and call me “Critty” or “Green Beans” which were the nicknames he used to call me.  The “Green Beans” nickname came from when I was a baby and used to love to eat green beans (I still do). 

I remember how my Dad cried on my wedding day, and when I told him that I was naming my daughter after his mother.  In addition to loving his grandchildren he also loved his granddogs, Ashes and Maddie.  When Ashes was 3 months old and broke his leg, my Dad rode with me all of the way to the 24 hour animal trauma hospital gently cradling the then 6 pound dog in his lap.  We both cried the whole way there and most of the way home.  That’s how my Dad was, very caring and sensitive.

If you are reading this post and your Dad is still with you, please take some time this Father’s Day and tell him how much he means to you.  Time goes by so fast and only God knows how much time we have left on this Earth.  I never thought my Dad would die while I was only in my 30s and my daughter wasn’t even out of elementary school yet.   I am sure anyone who has ever lost a loved one knows exactly how I feel. Life is too short.

Happy Father’s Day.  I love you Daddy!

Wordless Wednesday

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My sister gave me this hilarious magnet for my birthday – Love it!  Happy WW!

Twisted Silver Review and Giveaway (CLOSED)

twistedsilver2Recently I introduced my readers to the fabulous and funky jewelry from Twisted Silver.  I was thrilled to be able to review two of their bracelets, the Aurora and the XO.  The Aurora bracelet is individually fire treated with fascinating aurora borealis color.  I was immediately drawn to the weight of this piece and how substantial it feels.  I really love chunky jewelry and if you do too you will not be disappointed because this is a definite statement piece.  It is 8″ in length and is adjustable to fit a smaller wrist. I haven’t even gotten to wear this one yet because as soon as my daughter saw it she put it on her wrist and has been wearing it ever since. 

twistedsilver3The XO brass bracelet is made from gorgeous brass and is adjustable to fit a 7″ wrist.  This description says it all from the Twisted Silver Web site: The asymmetrical yet balanced design artistically draws double-takes with an edgy, urban feel. We’re talkin city chic. This is one of those designs that can rock denim as it can silk.  I could not have said it better myself.  What drew me to this piece is the XO design which will look great with any outfit.  It has an unusual quality about it which I love.

I am happy to say that the very generous designers at Twisted Silver are giving away a bracelet to one lucky Write Gal reader.  The winner will be able to choose either the XO bracelet or the Aurora — whichever you prefer!  Let me tell you it is a tough decision because both are equally gorgeous.  Here’s how to enter:

Main Entry

Visit the Twisted Silver Web site and tell me which piece is your favorite, other than the Aurora or XO bracelet.  I know you guys love extra entries so please leave me an individual comment for each of the following if you decide to enter more than once:

Extra Entries

  • Tell me if you win which bracelet you would chose (1 extra entry)
  • Leave a comment describing the most beautiful piece of jewelry that you currently own (5 extra entries)
  • Tweet this contest (1 extra entry per day until contest ends)

The contest is open to U.S. residents only and you have until 11:59 p.m. on July 1st to enter.  If you can’t wait that long, you can go ahead and place your order for some funky and chic jewerly from Twisted Silver.  From now until June 22nd all bracelets are 20% off.  Use coupon code DRAMA at checkout.

Good Luck!

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Windex All-in-One Starter Kit Giveaway

windex1Windex has just introduced its new All-in-One Window Cleaning Kit, everything you need to get your windows shiny clean.  There is no need to get  out your ladder either.  With the Windex All-in-One you can reach up to 11 feet.  The Windex Sheeting Action Formula prevents streaking and spotting so there is no need to hand dry.  You simply:

  • SPRAY window and cleaning pad with garden hose.
  • WIPE window with cleaning pad.
  • RINSE window with garden hose.

That’s it!  Each All-in-One Starter Kit comes with:

  • 1 cleaning head
  • 1 handle
  • 4 pole sections
  • 1 cleaning pad which cleans 20 windows

windex2Here is a coupon you can print to save $2.50 off of a Windex All-in-One Starter Kit.  One of my readers will win a Starter Kit of their very own.  To enter, please leave me a comment telling me why you want to win.  For extra entries you can:

  • Subscribe to my blog (5 extra entries)
  • Add me to your blogroll (10 extra entries)

Please leave your comment by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 29th.  For all entries please leave one separate comment as the winner will be chosen randomly.  The contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

Good Luck!

Wordless Wednesday

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