Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sick kid, busted lip, and halloween. Happy Freaking Halloween Everyone! :)

Camden 001
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
Happy Halloween everyone!

Camden was sick this Halloween. He has been sick since Monday afternoon-- so our Halloween consisted of eating dinner, putting on a costume for ten minutes just to take a picture, and then putting the little one to BED.

Here he is earlier -- eating toast while lounging in his newly-claimed chair, otherwise known as "the blue chair" to all of my family. Camden has "claimed" "the blue chair" these past few days. It has been a long few days at home with him... from fever and puking to ear aches and coughs, who knows what he has... I feel like he's OK to go to school tomorrow, and hopefully we can make it to the weekend.

Most of you arlready know this, but caring for a sick child is. so. freaking. exausting! I have just had two days off of work and I feel like I've worked harder than if I had actually gone to work. A mom never has an "off" day in my opinion! Luckily, he went to bed at a decent hour this evening. Last night he was up late. Did I mention he busted my lip last night? Yes. He. Did. With the remote control, or "mote" as he calls it. He thought he'd be funny and smack me in the face with it. How. Nice. JUST the way I treat someone who has been caring for my sick ass for the last few days. Glad that he is still young enough to not REALLY understand yet. :)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Me & My Boy

Camden 009
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
Dear Camden,
My heart breaks when you don't feel well. I try to do everything I can to make you feel better, but mostly you want to nap. I hate daycare because you always get sick. Usually when things are going great at my job, I don't mind sending you to daycare. It is easy to rationalize in my head why it's "good" for you to be sociable.... but when things are particularly rough for me, it's very hard to send to you to school each day, knowing that by the time we pay daycare and for my gas to and from work, I'm really working for hardly nothing-- teachers don't make that much, you see... so it hardly seems worth it.

But then, after a spout of sadness and "cuteness" while you are sick, you almost always nap, giving me a few moments to myself... and when you wake up, you are a holy terror. Ready to romp and run and jump and scream and play. And I stare at you in all your glory and wonder -- why the hell did daycare call me today? They could have just given you a nap and you would have been fine.... put you in the quiet room for about three hours, and you'd wake up and run and jump and play like you were training for arena football. Strong and tough, loud and joyous.

And then your daddy comes home and you turn into a totally different child.... a whiny ball of snot is what you are -- and he tries to get you to calm down, and you cry when he walks out of the room, and you play with your food just to make him mad, and you scream and cry in the bathtub-- all for your daddy.

And I love you for it. You are the perfect child... one that will get sick on the EXACT days that I am having a hard day at work and need to leave... and then you'll come home and take a long nap... and then wake up and run around like you are fine, only to come down from your high just as your daddy is getting home, and you go into that whiney-no-one-can-make-me-happy-state. Yes. Jussst Perrrrrfect.

I love my little boy!!!!!!!!!!


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Halfway There Podcast- Episode 14

Pumpkin Time... Almost!
Originally uploaded by SunnyNole.
Halfway There Podcast- Episode 14
...all about Halloween!...
My husband guest-stars!

Topics of discussion:
Halloween Peeps
Visiting the Pumpkin Patch
Halloween Folklore and my "research".
The price of CANDY!
Christians vs. Halloween
The Home Sewing Association's Top Ten Costume Ideas!
Make your own halloween door hanging:
Martha Stewart ideas...
Themed food, including: Blood Soup, Dead Fingers, Brain Cookies, French Fried Eye Balls, Crusty Booger Balls, Kitty Litter Cake, Pumpkin Seeds, Bugs in my drink! :)

Monday, October 22, 2007

Clean Eating?

So, now that I've been asked to get off my butt and cook more, I have made more trips to the grocery store... and LOOK! They now have Dunkin' Donuts coffee at my local grocery store... which just happens to be Publix. Hey everybody, I love Publix. I love their bakery, their deli, their magazine section, I love that they employ mentally challenged folks, and have a heart for those needing a 'future'... , I love everything about it. Publix is a good place and I will always give them my business. Even though their prices are higher, you GET what you PAY for! Really!

I was more than thrilled when my local grocer started carring Starbucks coffee. I bought it. I made some espresso drinks. Lattes. But Starbucks is my treat. Dunkin Donuts was my addiction. ...and NO, I did not eat their doughnuts... it was their COFFEE!!! It was A. MAE. ZING. ! I could get an XL Coffee w/ cream and sugar for 1.85 that would last me all morning... up until lunch time at least... and they have those wonderful earth-friendly styrofoam cups that kept the coffee hot until noon!

But then. The DD in my area. CLOSED. And a Starbucks opened up across the street. Great coffee. But. Not. The. Same.

My mom was buying me these make-it-at-home bags of DD coffee sold at HER DD in Fort Lauderdale. .... she would bring it up when she saw us, and stock us up... (us meaning my sisters and I)...

and now... she no longer has to, because I can have a steaming cup of DD's anytime I want... and every morning in fact! ...

So, I was reading this magazine about clean and healthy eating and they recommended NO COFFEE. Yeah, right. That's certainly the diet I want to stick to.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pumpkin Patch Visit

Pumpkin Patch 2007 025, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

We visited the pumpkin patch today. My little one was BEYOND done with photos... wouldn't even look at me and say "cheese"... in fact, he was dodging the camera most of the time. But... the colors at the patch were beautiful. LOVE those pumpkin patch photos! :)

Love Never Fails

LoveNeverFails, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Photo project for Maria :).

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

A look back at last year's costume, and the first photo in this year's costume :).

Thursday, October 18, 2007

In LOVE with these and the display!

Quilt Show, 2007. A great display!

My Little Dragon

My Little Dragon, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Got C's costume in the mail today. :) Love it!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Feelin' Guilty.

-----Original Message-----
From: Joe
To: Jessica
Sent: Wed, Oct 17 4:30 PM


-----Original Message-----
From: Jessica
To: Joe
Sent: Wed, Oct 17 4:20 PM

Can you pick up camden? I have to get stuff for team day tomorrow, and I'm still at school coordinating stuff. I'm a little overwhelmed at the moment.


Podcasting is making me NUTS!

Ok... So, I've Podcasted Episode 14, but I'm not going to post this VERSION of Episode 14-- not only did I not like the outcome... but I think it was the worst show yet. So... hopefully I'll get a chance to RE-RECORD Episode 14.

Tonight, lots to do. Had a field trip today, and a team day tomorrow. I'm baking blueberry muffins for my class, and I had to shop for 80 hotdogs, buns and condiments tonight, too. Plus, I had to COOK for my FAMILY as PROMISED... I almost tried to skip tonight, but I didn't. On top of that, my whole family is in a bad MOOD! Booh! Hopefully we'll get out of it soon.

Ok, I'm off to CLEAN and listen to the new episode of the CMP-- it's certainly much better than mine this week...

And while I'm talking about Podcasts, here are a few that you should be listening to:
Hip Tranquil Chick
Creative Mom
Cast On
Manic Mommies
The Big Boo Cast
*****Regardless of your hobbies and interests, all of these podcasts are sure to tickle your fancy. So.. leave me a comment, what are your favorite podcasts?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Mealtime Dilemmas

This is a true story.

My husband is an honest man. We had a long discussion about family responsiblities and he shared with me that he was a little displeased with our meals as of late... well... has been for the past 18 months. (Read: Since Camden was born, I have not been cooking anything but frozen chicken and veggies... a lot of eating out... and total lack of preparation.) He is right. My meals have sucked. Partly because I wanted us to eat very healthy-- partly because I was being lazy. The "healthy" eating was a cop-out, I know... I can certainly cook more extravagant, yet "healthy" meals. So... I took his constructive criticism, and told him I could work on that... but that in return, he would have to take over all of the laundry. He agreed. YIPPIE!!!!!!!! I am SO incredibly happy! The laundry has always been a daunting and overwhelming task for me. So... no MORE! ...and I will have more time to focus on planning, shopping and preparing GREAT meals for my family. So... out with the laundry, in with the cook books!

To celebrate, I'm positing this AMAZING RECIPE for Egg Salad... from Taste of Home magazine: I made this for Sunday Lunch, and then made a big Sunday Dinner. Thought you all would enjoy this ... it was great.... Who doesn't love a great Croissant?!

Bacon Egg Salad Croissants

"A great way to jazz up an old favorite" is how Julee Wallberg describes the swift sandwiches that she creates in Reno, Nevada. The creamy filling gets a taste boost from bacon and plenty of crunch from diced celery.

1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1/3 cup crumbled cooked bacon
4 lettuce leaves
4 thin tomato slices
4 croissant, split

In a large bowl, combine the celery, mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in eggs and bacon. Place a lettuce leaf, tomato slice and 1/2 cup egg salad on each croissant. Yield: 4 servings.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Finished the Hat...

Camden 018, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

...and this was the best picture I could get... as he was MOVING and TAKING THE HAT OFF.... he actually has a handful of m&m's in his mouth right now just so the hat will stay on... LOL....and all that TIME I spent making it... ???? LOL.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sewing... more sewing!

I sewed another custom book cover this evening. This one is for Omly, too. She sent me the fabric and I added the embellishments. I love the quote on this ribbon and love how it goes so perfectly with reading... as reading can take you anywhere! ... and begins with a single step (picking up the darn book!)... right now I have this stretched across a hardback library book that I checked out today (for photo op only!) called "Restless Virgins"... recommended by the Manic Mommies... they interviewed the author and it's all about a prep-school and true stories about teenagers that grew up there. Interesting so far... AND I have to say, I love my fabric book cover design in hardback (large) size.... so I have to make me one! :) AND many of you have been asking... yes, I CAN do bible covers... just send me an email ( and I'll ask a few questions about dimensions. :)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Beginnings of a hat...

Knitting a hat..., originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Hat beginning using Crayon in Lime from knit picks

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Sewing 10-10-07

Sewing 10-10-07, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Two custom book covers-- Cranes (top) and Harry Potter (middle) and one for Etsy (hummingbirds with Kindred spirit tag). :)

Funny Funny Funny....

Watch this if you have time... its worth it and sooo funny!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Limbo, Limbo, Limbo!

Limbo, Limbo, Limbo!, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Camden's energy never ceases to amaze us. Before bed, he enjoys dancing and doing the limbo. Quite the routine, I know.

Pooh Bear PJ Pants

Pooh Bear PJ Pants, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Halfway There: Episode 13- Talk, Talk, Talk!

Hello everyone! Halfway There Episode 13 is ready! Sorry it's a little late, we had family in town this weekend. You know... life gets in the way... but the good news is I keep putting out podcasts!!!
Click HERE to go to the show notes page!
Warning: This one not for young viewers... er... listeners... just a little language, nothing too harmful.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

A fun tag... saw this on Cheryl's LOL blog... and had to do it :))))

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car): Tiki Lexus

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie): Rocky Road Oreo

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name): J-Cha

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal): Pink Bird

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born): Brooke Lake City

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first): CHA JE

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2ND favorite color, favorite drink): The Lime-Green Diet Coke

8. NA SCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers): F.B. Henry Luther

9. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names): Jo Leslie

10. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5Th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter): Edder Eerie

11. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower). Winter Rose

12. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”): Blueberry Shirtsie

13. HIPPIE NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree): Coffee Japanese Maple

14. YOUR ROCK STAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour” and the year): THE Everything Sunshine TOUR

Spooky PJ Pants

Spooky PJ Pants, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

I made these during Camden's nap today. It came with a pattern for a top, but I think a black T-Shirt would be much more comfortable. I'm going to save the PJ pant pattern so I can make lots of cool PJ pants for him... for various holidays. It was SO EASY...and FAST! :)

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Snappy Snapdragon... :)

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

"Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh."

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Shining in the spotlight or skating in the background, we each contribute to the magic of a shared moment.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A Question of Commentary

So... when someone uses the following phrase, how do you feel/ and / what does it make you think of?
Scenario: You turn something in late. The person asks you why, then says "Well it looks to me like... and I just have to ask myself "why" did you turn it in late?"... blah blah blah.

Basically, when someone uses the phrase "I just have to ask myself why"... is it a question of your own integrity?