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I had so many things

that I wanted to blog about tonight, but those ideas will keep for another day.

Tonight, I’ve made things for the bake sale at work and all my plans for great blog content has flown away.

This is what I’m taking to the bake sale tomorrow:

Rice Krispie Treats
Blueberry Muffins
Chocolate Chip Muffins (Chrissie made the muffins)
Sugar Cookie People (like the photos below – Chrissie helped me get them all decorated)
Sugar Cookie Flowers & Butterflies
Chocolate Chip Cookies (double batch)
Sugar Cookies (round with plain white frosting)
Cupcakes (yellow with chocolate frosting)

Just looking at that list makes me tired all over again.

The amazing thing is that no matter what I’ve brought for fund raising or the bake sale table, it’s all been gone each day. Every single thing that I bake & bring. Completely gone.

I’m glad that the people I work with like homemade baked goods and, mostly, that they like to give to a good cause – supporting research to find a cure for type I diabetes.

bake sale

I’ve made cookies for the bake sale at work to raise money for the JDRF walk on Saturday, June 2.

Here are a few of my favorites.

I’ve had a lot of fun messing with these today. Chrissie brought over the sticks and made the frosting. Tomorrow we’re going to decorate more. I’ll be taking them to work on Wednesday.

Meet Smokey,

the newest member of our little family.

"Keep telling yourself that, darling."

We saw Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End on Oklahoma’s largest screen, the Cine Capri at Harkins Theatre. The screen is 70 feet by 30 feet.

What a great movie! I liked it better than the first two. Definitely will be seeing it again in the theater and buying it in December when it comes out on dvd.

We saw a guy dressed like Captain Jack from the wig & headscarf down to the pirate boots. DS12 had to work really hard to get his autograph. The first time DS asked for it, he had no pen. The second time, the pen had no ink. Finally, after the movie DS got his signature. He wrote, “Jack Sparrow,” on the ticket stub. DS is thrilled.

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

As many of you will remember, this past December, at age 10, my youngest daughter was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes).

She is required to check her blood sugar level by pricking her finger 5-6 times each day. Because she now wears an insulin pump, my daughter only has to infuse a needle into her skin once every three days. Prior to using a pump, she had to take 6-8 shots of insulin a day. She must count every carbohydrate she consumes and dose herself for everything she eats and a lot of what she drinks. The worst part, though, is that this disease carries with it the risk of life-threatening complications like kidney disease and coronary disease, not to mention the future possibility of neuropathy.

Diabetes is now part of my daughter’s every day life. Her pre-teen vocabulary includes words like hypoglycemia and ketoacidosis. To this point, she has endured over 1,000 finger pricks and 800 shots and infusion sets. Insulin is not a cure, though. It is merely life support.

Our family wants to do everything we can to help find a cure for this disease, so my kids and I have decided to join JDRF and help find a cure for diabetes. On Saturday, June 2, 2007, we will participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Would you consider sponsoring our family?
If so, click here to make an online donation.

Thanks so much for helping us find a cure!

in 48 hours…

we get to see
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on the big screen again.

Will you be there?

going flying today?

Most of the time I hear and see common surnames like Smith, Jones, Baker and Watson. Once in a while I come across an unusual name. Today I saw the name Flyingout. I am curious about how that name came to be. Baker most likely originated from someone who was a baker. Johnson, from some one who was the son of John. How would the name Flyingout have originated? “Honey, I’m going to try flying out of this tree.” I have a mental picture in a kite-like suit attempting flight because in my mind this name came before airplanes did.

the easy road

People that always seem to choose to take the easy way out drive me crazy. I don’t understand it. I would rather invest a little more time now and get it done right instead of doing it halfway and having to see it again later to fix it. This is something that I’m currently working on with my children. Too bad I cannot “work on” it with other people I’m around a lot. Sometimes I think I need to have a sign that I can hold up that says, “Do it right the first time so you don’t have to do it again later!”


Oldest daughter has been in the junior high band for the past two years. She plays clarinet, like I did, like my mom did. She asked recently if I could teach her how to play the flute over the summer, but since I don’t know how she’s out of luck. She finds the flute appealing because the case is so much smaller than a clarinet case. Next year, oldest daughter will be in the high school band. It’s really strange to think that I have a child who is old enough to be marching at high school football games already.

at the premier

Here are photos of Johnny Depp at the premier of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End yesterday.

Breathe deeply & focus on remaining calm.
Hitting your head on the keyboard because you fainted would be painful (after you were coherent again).

photos courtesy of WireImage.com

youngest daughter

will officially be eleven years old in 15 minutes. It’s strange to think that my youngest child is this age.

When we were driving out to Mom & Dad’s house this afternoon, I was telling her about the day she was born. I told her how Julie had to run out to get the nurse because DD11 was coming and the nurse and doctor were not in the room with us.

DD11 was 6 pounds 6 ounces and 19 inches long. I’ll not ever forget holding her for the first time. I thought she looked a lot like DD13, who looked like Mom.

We found out on Friday that DD11 will be able to go to diabetes camp in June for three weeks. She’s really excited. I’m nervous, but I know it will be great for her. She goes on June 3 & will be home on June 22.

the cake & the wave

The cake. DD13 helped with the flowers. Cute, eh?

And the birthday princess waving to the minions.

7 + 8

I’ve been tagged by Ann over at Each Day is a Gift to list 8 facts about myself or 8 habits that I have. I was also tagged by my sister Julie to list 7 facts/things things about myself. So I’ll make it easy & combine them. All of you lucky readers will get to read 15 things about me.. if I can think of that many.

1. I’m currently at home with 6 children. My three, a niece and 2 little girls from DD10’s class.

2. They’re watching the dvd that came with DD10’s High School Musical in concert cd and squealing very loudly between singing all the words to every song.

3. DD10’s 11th birthday is tomorrow. We’re having her party tonight. She’s invited 3 people to come over & stay the night. Nephew9 is also having a friend over to stay the night tonight. It’s a good night for that.

4. Mr. Toad, a brown & tan toad about as big as my fist, lives on & near my front porch. I’m glad. He eats bugs.

5. I do not like plain coffee and don’t hold plain hot chocolate in high regard, but I really like hot chocolate made with coffee. I drink a cup almost every morning at work.

6. I’ve been trying to teach Dobby to whistle, “Row, row, row your boat,” but he’s not catching on. He just looks right at me & whistles, “Pop! goes the weasel.”

7. I’ve recently discovered fondant. I like using it for decorating cakes. The taste is not stellar, but the convenience outweighs that, in my opinion.

8. I really don’t like it when the kids use things of mine & don’t put them back. When I go to look for something & cannot find it where I know I put it, I start to feel a wee bit mad (as in crazy, not angry).

9. I recently discovered that stores around here don’t sell karaoke machines when it’s not the Christmas shopping season. You can, however find them online all year long.

10. My kids think it’s funny that I’m a Johnny Depp fan, but they’re not complaining that we’ll be at Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End on the day it opens.

11. I used to get sick to my stomach & almost pass out at the sight of a needle. Now it doesn’t phase me at all to give DD10 an injection.

12. My new favorite magazine (a recent discovery & subscription) is called THE WEEK. It’s full of news – the best of the U.S. and international news from the week. Recently, I’d begun to feel that I knew nothing of what was going on in the world. Since I’ve been reading this magazine, I know much more. It’s nice to feel competent in a conversation about current events again.

13. I rarely listen to music on my iPod. I tend to listen to podcasts. I like all sorts of podcasts, but tend to lean toward shows about personal finance, parenting and green living.

14. I read somewhere this past week that it’s beneficial to wash your face with honey. So I’ve tried it. Sounds really weird, I know, but my face feels really good!

15. I’m exhausted this week. I’ve had a lot going on in my head, lots of decisions to be made, information to be found, journeys ending and beginning. Even when I listed these thoughts in a notebook before bedtime, I still found myself staying up way too late. I’m hoping to get back on track now that the choices have been made and information has been gathered.

Wow! I found 15 things to ramble about.


it’s been 5 months since DD10 was diagnosed with type I diabetes. It feels like it’s been so much longer than that.


Youngest daughter’s 11th birthday is on Saturday. These are the cupcakes we made to take to her class on Friday afternoon.

Her birthday party/slumber party is Friday night, since niece17’s high school graduation is on Saturday afternoon.

We’ve got a busy weekend ahead!