Friday, July 25, 2008

A Rainy Day (or Two)

So the last few days have been very rainy. Get up in the middle of the night to close all the windows rainy. No pause between the lightening and thunder rainy. Saw waves at the beach for the 1st time rainy. That has meant a lot of time inside. My kids were thrilled (I have installed a no TV unless it is raining policy after they overindulged themselves last week). So what would you do on a rainy day? Here is what I did:

Finished one book, started one book and read two in between:

I try to keep up on what my kids are reading. There is a two fold reason- to make sure it is appropriate and to keep track of which books and genres are capturing their attention so I can keep them stocked with books that they like and want to read. Anyway, 2 1/2 of the books were from a series my oldest two are reading and the other was from my favorite author, Charles Dickens.

Finished and scanned some Scrapbook Pages:

These have been in my "finished and need to be scanned" pile or "layout done, needs title and journaling" pile for way too long. Finally emptied the "finished" pile and made a dent in the "layout done" pile. Pictures of the pages are in the upper right sidebar. If you are late to read this and HAVE to see the pictures I finished yesterday, click on the link to Later Scrapbook and look for pages done in September, October, and November of 2006.

Played some Games:

Peter soundly beat me at Chaos. Now that I think about it, he won at Qwirkle, too. Lucky day for him! (And in case you can't tell we are MindWare addicts. They not only make games that we love- Qwirkle, Set, Chaos, Gobblet- they also make my favorite educational toys.)

Got (a little) Cleaned and organized:

I got done some of the things that I have been putting off. Like mopping the floors (yes Tami I didn't mop my floors since you were here till yesterday); washing the sleeping bags and denim blankets from Trek; putting our multitude of CDs into one of 3 CD organizers: computer programs, computer games, audio; and converting my ever growing pile of soda lids into My Coke Reward points (did I mention that my husband RUNS on soda?) . I also got the rest of the laundry finished, sorted, and folded, but that wasn't put off, just regular cleaning.

Made some Cookies:

I'd misplaced my no-bake cookie recipe so while ruffling through my cookbooks, I madly called around to see if any sisters had one. My ruffling beat my sisters calling back (none answered!) and I finally got them made. Less than 5 minutes to make. Less than 5 minutes to set. Less than 5 minutes to be completely eaten. A productive 15 minutes of my day. Anyway, I was going to make caramel popcorn, only to realize I was out of karo syrup. Next week, I promise. No pictures, though. I was busy fending for my share of the cookies!


  1. can't wait to see the scrapbook pages. You also reminded me...did I miss the pictures of the Trek or did you just not post them? Anyway, I LOVE rainy days, it just puts me in a good mood. Not sure why.

  2. Man, I wish it had stormed while we were there. I was dying to see some lightening on the water. I didn't get a missed call from you.

  3. Sounds like youve had quite the busy few weeks. We really want to come out there, but we just dont have the $$ right now. maybe come christmas time

  4. Man. You've been crazy busy too. I don't think I've accomplished a thing this week. I've put out two sticks of butter for the third time this month and still don't have any cookies to show for it. I hope I'm pregnant cause otherwise I have some serious laziness issues going on over here. Good job on all you got done in the rain. All I did was open and close windows.

  5. Ha! do you remember when we made no-bake cookies without a recipe? If I remember right they were a close replica, but the texture was not quite right.

  6. I am truly amazed that one individual can accomplish so much in one day. You truly amaze me...and you seem to accomplish it all with cute, smart kiddos!!

  7. Hi,

    Here are some Coke points....
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    Mom and Dad are visiting so more coke points to come for sure.

  8. Cami, I had forgotten about that until you metnioned it. That made me smile all day. I can hardly make Kraft Macaroni and Cheese without checking the recipe.

  9. I don't know how you got more than the reading done! I'm setting aside tomorrow to read "The Host" and hope I can feed my family three times in the 18 waking hours too. Congrats on doing all you did. Your cookie story made me hungry. I spent 15 minutes of cookie time looking for a no-bake cookie recipe this afternoon. The kids were excited to help, all washed their hands, put on aprons, etc....only to discover we are out of quick oats. So we settled for Go-Gurts. )-:

  10. Reading is my favorite thing to do on a rainy day, too! I'm glad you liked City of Ember, but am bummed to hear that the subsequent books aren't as good ... I noticed the movie comes out soon, so I will have to finish the series before then!

    I love myCoke rewards. Did you get the email about the free Coke Zero?