The Misadventures of Cheri

Mortifying my kids one swimsuit at a time

Fabulous Finds

I had to pick up a prescription refill at Target today, and somehow my shopping cart ended up on the Christmas clearance aisle. However, if truth be told, my cart ended up in every conceivable corner of the store except toys and Target’s meager excuse of a hardware department. There is something about Target that I love. I can’t seem to stay out of that place for more than a couple of days at a time. Thankfully there’s now a Target in Wasilla, Alaska so I won’t have to go into withdrawals during my week visit.

Here’s some of what I found:

Fabulous, fancy, fun, and festive foil wrapping paper. The kind I never buy because “I’m not paying THAT price for a measly 20 square feet of wrapping paper.” Well, that and we ain’t the Rockefellers! But at 99 cents a roll I had to indulge. I pretty much depleted our entire Christmas wrapping paper stash this year. I’m shocked at the amount of foresight I showed. And if that’s not shocking enough, let me show you my next find . . . .

Next year’s Christmas cards! I got 100 for $22.50. All I’ll have to do is put a current picture on these babies and send them out. I’m so on top of things this year I might put the pictures on next week. No I won’t. I’m hoping my son will willingly cut his hair at some point this year and I’d like to show that off.

Just last night I was laying on the couch thinking the curtains on the bay window needed something in the corners. I was dreaming of a tassel from one of my favorite Etsy shops, The Nesting Place. But her stuff isn’t exactly cheap and remember the previous Rockefeller comment? In the Christmas aisle at Target I found just what I was looking for. I love gothic, beaded type crosses. And the best part? They were $1.24 on sale. I got two of them and once I get back from Alaska I’ll find some prettier ribbon to hang them with. Here’s a bigger picture of how it looks – I love them.

And last, but certainly not least, I got some new jammies. The reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeall sexy kind. I don’t know whether to post a picture of them or not for fear that your monitor might light on fire due to the hotness of the lingere. Oh let’s live dangerously, shall we? Here ya go (you’ll have to scroll down – I wanted to give you a chance to get your small children out of the room. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.)

I’ll give you a moment to take it in and extinguish any fires if you have to. Yep, nothing says sexy like pink elephants ice skating. And to increase the sexy level, these jammies happen to be made of flannel. I bet you NEVER would have guessed that!! Yes, my husband is a very lucky man!!

I don’t know how much I’ll be on here the next couple of days – I have to get Austin ready for winter camp and myself ready for my big trek to Alaska on Friday. So Happy New Year everyone!! I’ll have internet access in Alaska so I’ll keep you updated on my condition . . . . which will be freezing!

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Christmas!! Or Snowpocalypse, or snOMW, or Snowmageddon

Yeah. Christmas of 2008. That phrase will probably cause a series of involuntary bodily twitches for the rest of my life. Or until I enter the blissful state of senior senility. Today is the first day it hasn’t snowed since December 14. Thank you Lord Jesus! So instead of freaking out about the snow, I’ll do a nice little recap of our lovely Christmas.

Christmas Eve morning started off with a bang . . . . a 6:30 a.m. call from my dad informing me that my mom wasn’t doing so hot. There was no way I could get over to that side of town in a timely manner to help him. I told him if it was that bad he needed to call an ambulance. Thankfully, Tyler works on that side of town and I knew he was still in briefing at the station which is only 10 minutes from my parents. I called him and he went to their house. He was scheduled to work that day, but had just found out that they had plenty of bodies so his shift got the day off. I met him and my parents at the hospital.

Long story short, Mom was dehydrated. She’s been drinking enough water, but not getting enough salt in her diet. The water and salt work together to get into your system. She got rehydrated and was home in a few hours. And is now eating Campbell’s soup, saltines and potato chips on a semi-regular basis.

Tyler made it home earlier than I did and the kids were waiting somewhat patiently for me to show up. We open our gifts on Christmas Eve. Growing up, that’s what Tyler’s family did. My family always opened them up on Christmas morning. That’s what our little family did until quite a few years ago. The kids were driving me NUTS wanting to open more than one present on Christmas Eve. I got so frustrated that I said, “Fine, open them all.” Which they did and a tradition was born. They are nice and calm on Christmas Eve and there are no early Christmas mornings. And if you remember this blog, you’ll remember me and mornings do NOT go together.

Here are a few pictures of Christmas Eve . . . . . .

Tyler and the best sweater ever!! I found it on Land’s End . . . . regularly $150, I got it on sale for $40 and no shipping. He’s always wanted a shawl collar sweater and I finally found one.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were tired.

I came home with a new gray sweater a few weeks ago and Amber’s been wanting one ever since. Luckily I found one for her!!

It’s a Festivus miracle! Austin is willingly smiling for the camera.

Amber and the much coveted Smashbox lipgloss. Good thing I had a $10 off coupon for Sephora or she might have had to go on coveting it.

Of course, Christmas Eve services at our church were canceled. I haven’t been to church since December 13 – it’s getting old ya’ll!

Christmas Day we were treated to lunch at Shari’s. Tyler’s parents had driven over from Yakima the night before and he wanted to take us out to eat so no one would have to cook. I had a panini that made me tear up just a little. I love my father in law! We had a nice visit with them before they got on the road back home.

We then headed to my parents house for more fun navigating an unplowed neighborhood road. Tyler bought me a lovely 2008 Toyota Highlander a few weeks ago (in red! My favorite car color.) and that thing is amazing. It has all these special 4 wheel drive features that make it even better than a typical 4 wheel drive. Don’t ask me to explain – that’s what dudes are for. All I know is I’m in LOVE with my car!

We got to my parents and guess what?? IT WAS SNOWING! We had more snow on the ground for Christmas day that we have ever had in recorded history. I had purchased snow boots to wear during my upcoming Alaska trip and I’ve been wearing them here for over a week. Here’s a picture of the worst of the snow.

One of the greatest parts of Christmas day was that my cousin and his two children joined us at my parents. He and his family have recently moved to Vancouver (whoda thunk?) and I had only talked to him on the phone and not seen him. I am now head over heels in love with his children, whom I had never met, and we had a great time reconnecting. His poor wife was home with a migraine, but I hope to be able to see her soon. Here’s a few pictures from my parent’s house.

My cousin and his adorably wonderful children.

Dad and the hubs keeping it coooooooool. That’s the sweater from up above.

Mom, my niece, sister in law and Amber.

The cousins doing something on my mom’s bed.

She was a spitfire and I adored every bit of it. In case you couldn’t tell – lol.

We left the festivities and went to see “Marley & Me.” I’m not even going to go off on what horrible condition the unplowed theater parking lot was in!! The movie was great, great, great. I had read the book and the movie really stayed true to the spirit of the book. It’s impossible to put everything in a book in a movie and have it be less than 15 hours, and this movie did a great job of getting the main points across. If you see the movie I’ll tell you one thing . . . . . as excruciating as the end is in the movie – the book was even WORSE!!! I asked Tyler if he even teared up and he said he did . . . . and got a sore throat trying to choke back the sobs that were wanting to escape.

So that’s our Christmas recap. More like a novel. Right now it’s raining and I’m dancing for joy. Melt snow melt!! I hope your Christmas was just as wonderful and I look forward to reading all of your blogs!!

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My mom is fine :-)

Just dehydrated. And suffering from a bladder infection. All is well and I’m on my way to take a nap.

Thank you for your kind words – I love you all so much.

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Heading to the hospital

We think my mom is having a bad reaction to her flu shot. Tyler and my dad took her to the hospital about 1/2 hour ago and I’m on my way. I’ll update you as soon as I know anything.

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I know you’re shocked . . . . .

We’re still snowed in. We’re getting a break in the snowfall today and might even see the sun at some point. But it’s supposed to start snowing again tomorrow. Here are a few pictures from the past couple of days.

Austin pretending to throw a snowball at me. Smart kid . . . . he was just pretending.
Tyler having really bad flashbacks from Alaska. He wasn’t smiling on the inside.

Amber sledding down the hill in front of the house.

Austin in his Fortress of Solitude.

The kids have already played outside today, had a fight and are now watching season three of Laverne & Shirley. I keep checking our church’s website to see if we’re having church tonight or not. We’re having 13 Christmas Eve services at four locations. We have tickets to the “Christmas Eve Eve” service, which is supposed to be tonight . . . . . we’ll see!!!

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How to have an immaculate house

Most recent picture of the back yard. Resist the urge to hum winter-type songs. I beg you.

I have finally found the key to having a spotless house. I have wondered for years how women do it. How their houses can be perfect every minute of the day. Well, my method might not be their method but I will lovingly share with you how you can guarantee having the clean house you’ve always dreamed of. Are you ready? You might want to save this on your hard drive so I’ll give you a minute to figure out how to do that.

Okay, are you back with me? Here it is, drum roll please . . . . . . . . get snowed in for days on end.

There you have it. I have absolutely nothing else to do. It’s amazing what you can accomplish on the domestic front when you can literally go no where. As soon as a dish is dirtied, I actually have the energy to put it straight into the dishwasher. If there’s a crumb on the counter or table, it gets wiped up so fast no one around here can believe it. I’ve bleached the sinks, given the dog a bath, clipped her nails, washed her bed and sweater, vacuumed more than once and not freaked out when the kids brought gallons of snow in on their clothes.

Why should I freak out? I have so much energy from doing NOTHING that I just get the paper towels and clean up after them on my hands and knees. Who wouldn’t have this kind of boundless energy? I spend the day kind of wondering what to do and settle on cleaning. I spend my early evenings with Tyler and the kids, either watching movies or playing games. I spend my late evenings on the couch reading a book I got at the library. (One hint: if you hear there’s a snow storm on the way, go to the library and stock up – I did for me and the kids)

I haven’t had to run Austin anywhere since last Friday night – that in and of itself is nothing short of a miracle. Church was canceled, my Bible study is on a break, Austin’s small group is canceled . . . you name it and if we do it, it’s been canceled. I think I’ve left the house a grand total of twice since Friday night.

So there ya go. Have nothing in the world to do and your house will be unbelievable!!!

But I’ll admit, it gets old. Very, very old. I’m excited to the point of intoxication that my house is so clean . . . . until I see that it’s supposed to be 50 degrees by Sunday. Hallelujah and pass the beans! I’ll be back to my exhausting lifestyle – and messy house – in no time!

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Snow that goes bang

We might be snowed/iced in, but the kids had a good time playing outside today. Everything, and I do mean everything, has a nice thin coating of ice on it. So once you break through the layer of ice, there’s lots of fluffy snow. Thankfully I was able to get to Costco and Safeway before the ice got bad. I won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Unless it decides to warm up and melt. I’m not holding my breath, though. Here’s a video of the kids and the “snow that goes bang.”

Of course, Tyler still has to work. Thankfully none of this is new to him. He’s definitely working through the worst part of the storm. Then he got to come home and shovel the driveway which had to be a good 8 inches deep. He said he was having some really bad Alaska flashbacks. LOL Thankfully we know this is temporary.

Stay warm and dry wherever you are.

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Everything is cancelled

Well, it’s been snowing here for about 12 hours. It’s fine, powdery snow, but enough to make a mess of things. Church was canceled and I have seen about 2 cars pass by our house all day long. We live on a hill so people avoid it at all costs. Mostly there’s just been kids sledding down the hill.

We were supposed to go out to dinner with a friend and his wife after church, but we’re nixing that, too. We might know how to drive in this stuff, but we’re in the very small minority! I haven’t blogged about it, but we got a new car 3 or 4 weeks ago and even though we have replacement insurance on it, I don’t want to have to replace it!

We were going to make gingerbread cookies today. I made the batter a couple of days ago and I guess it broke down in the fridge. I didn’t work and it all got thrown away. And I pitched what can only be called a tantrum. I feel like such a heel now, but it was beyond frustrating. I really think this weather gets to me more than I like to admit.

So that’s it from here – were it continues to snow!!!!

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My pastor cracks me up

We’ve been having very inclement weather for our part of the country. Supposedly, it’s just going to get worse tomorrow. Here’s an e-mail our pastor sent out alerting everyone to the plan of action. Like I said, he cracks me up.

Dear New Heights Friends,

A number of you have asked, “What is the plan for New Heights this weekend?”

Since we can’t precisely predict the weather,
I’d like to restate our weather principles:

We will have services unless we announce otherwise.

Short list, huh?

You may ask, “Where will you announce a change in plans?”
Five ways:

  1. This email update. Check your email often, please.
  2. The New Heights web page. Just go to:
    We will update on Saturday at 3pm for evening services.
    We will update on Sunday at 5am for morning services.
    We will update on Sunday at 4pm for Ascent service.
  3. Call the New Heights Weather Update Phone. 759–9273.
    (It spells SKY-WARD. How’s that for clever?)
  4. We will pass the word to local radio and TV stations.
  5. You! We are counting on you to pass the word!
    Email, Facebook, Twitter, even an old-fashioned phone call!

Right now, if you can get out of your neighborhood, it’s smooth sailing to every worship site. That should be the case throughout the weekend. So, we are currently planning to hold every service in every site this weekend.

Last weekend 6 out of every 7 people were able to attend a New Heights Service.

Actually, I plan on coming myself…

Warmly in Christ,


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February 1999 – December 2008 R.I.P.

Well, I finally did it. I finally laid my scrapbooking hobby to rest. It’s hard for even me to believe. Ever since I saw the photo books from places like Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc., I’ve wondered just how good they are. But they are a bit on the pricey side so I never made one.

However, about a month ago, Snapfish announced a deal on Oprah’s show. You got a free 9 x 11 book and only had to pay shipping. I don’t watch Oprah but my dear blog buddy, Becca, put the link up on her site. I immediately took advantage of the offer. (I must clarify, Becca doesn’t watch Oprah either, she got the link on a site she frequents – lol.)

First off, if you already have the pictures uploaded into your computer, the whole process is a snap. It really didn’t take me very long to get the whole book done. I think I put in a total of 43 pictures into the book. I hit “submit” and have been anxiously waiting for the book to arrive.

I think I got an e-mail from Snapfish telling me they were overwhelmed with orders (ummm, it was Oprah . . . . HELLLLLLLOOOOOOOO????) and it would take longer than usual. I didn’t care, all I paid was $7-something for the shipping. I was dying to see the finished quality. After how easy it was to make, I was hoping against all hope the quality would be good.

The book came yesterday and with it came the final and fatal blow to my scrapbook hobby. The book is AWESOME!! I’m glad I learned a few tips in the free book. First, if your picture is a bit on the dark side, it’s going to be more on the dark side in the book. Also, don’t crop and enlarge a whole bunch, the picture turns a little grainy.

But overall, I was thrilled!! I can see only doing about two of these a year and that’s that!! Even though it does seem to cost quite a bit, compared to scrapping it isn’t that much. There’s no supplies to buy, there’s no running out of adhesive half way through the project, there’s no huge stack of supplies just sitting on your craft table gathering dust. And the guilt will be gone!! Awwwwww yeah!

The whole reason I started scrapping was to safely preserve my pictures and to have a creative outlet. The photobooks will accomplish the preserving. As far as a creative outlet . . . . . I have plenty of those. I’ll never quit sewing or knitting and I’m sure I’ll find something else to do. But at the moment, the biggest creative outlet I have is blogging. And it’s FREE!!!!

My scrapbooks are done up to June 2007. I’m going to put the rest of 2007 in a photobook and all of 2008 in another. I’ll do this in January when there is plenty of time and I’m sure, plenty of sales. Now I just have to figure out what to do with all the scrapping supplies I have . . . . I really want that craft table cleaned OFF!!

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