The Misadventures of Cheri

Mortifying my kids one swimsuit at a time

Boo Hoo, I’m sick!

UGH! I hate being sick. And the weather has been so unbelievable, but I’ve been stuck indoors. Of course I still have the running around of the kids to do, so at least I get to see some of the nice weather. Tyler’s on his 5 day off stretch, which is wonderful because I have extra help, but awful because I knew the weather was going to be nice and I wanted to do some things with him outdoors. Oh well . . . . . . we have all summer.

Amber’s year end choir performance is tonight. It’ll be bittersweet. Her choir teacher (whom she’s had for the last four years) is retiring. And the homeschool program budget has been cut so they’re cutting nearly all the music classes, along with others. So there aren’t really any classes for the kids to take next year. Until the budget bounces back and they can add new classes, our time with Vancouver Home Connection is over.

We’re blessed that we can afford private lessons for voice and guitar. Right now, Amber doesn’t want private voice lessons and Austin’s on the fence about guitar. Honestly, he knows enough now that if he just got some books and practiced on his own, it would be fine. And he saved some money (along with a end of school gift from my dad) and just ordered and electric guitar complete with amp. Oy. I might regret that!!!

Alright, the room is spinning a little bit and I think I need to go lay down. Have a wonderful weekend!

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I Didn’t Ask For This

Unless you live under a rock, you probably know all the tabloid hoopla surrounding the Gosselin parents of “Jon & Kate + 8.” And last night was the premier of the new season, complete with Jon & Kate acting like children. I think what bothered me the most was Jon’s statement, “I didn’t ask for any of this.” Does he think that’s an excuse to behave badly?

Don’t we all have things we didn’t ask for? Here’s my incomplete list:

  • A baby who didn’t sleep through the night or take naps until he was 14 months old.
  • Getting rear ended by a 16 year old girl going 60 mph who hit my car that wasn’t moving.
  • A husband who was gone for massive amounts of time due to his work situation
  • My mom getting cancer

I didn’t ask for any of those things and about 500 others. We all have things like that in our lives. All. Of. Us. You either deal with it like an adult . . . . . or you don’t. It’s really not that hard. None of us are helpless in our reactions when devastating life events come at us. And I do think that the type of fame they have to endure qualifies as a devastating life event. No one ever thought they’d be pursued like the Linsay Lohans and Princess Dianas of our time. You’re allowed your initial reaction, but then we all get on with a “new normal.” I’m just stupefied.

And if I had to hear Kate whine one more time that she had to put the birthday party together by herself and all alone!! Why doesn’t she talk to some women whose husbands are deployed? Or women whose husbands work in jobs that aren’t closed on weekends and holidays. Or women whose husbands don’t work from 9 – 5, Monday through Friday. From personal experience, I have had to do so much on my own due to Tyler’s work schedule it isn’t even funny. It’s not fun, but it’s what you have to do.

None of us are perfect, but for some reason, last night’s show rubbed a nerve in me. I feel deeply sorry for the kids who REALLY are the ones who didn’t ask for any of this. I think I’m going to mail them a copy of Max Lucado’s, “It’s Not About Me.”

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Enough Said

With special thanks to all of those past and present, who made sure we have a peaceful country.

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Blog Tag

I was tagged earlier this evening by Rachelle. I had to look at my sixth picture folder and then publish the sixth picture. OH! And I have to tag six people. Here’s my picture:


I took this picture last summer for my mom. She was undergoing chemo and couldn’t make it over to the house to see it for herself. It’s from the pink and green remodel of Amber’s bedroom. I made this pillow, along with several others. Another thing to put on my “never do again” list. But almost a year later, she still loves her pink and green room and takes very good care of everything I made her.

So I’m tagging:

Caroline of Happy Four

Carrie of Plus One

KC of Books N Boys

Sarah of The Zitny Clan

Sherry of Lamp Unto My Feet and Light Unto My Path

Melissa of Griffins Party of 5

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You Found Me When No One Else Was Lookin’ May 21 Edition

Well, the YFMWNOEWL acronym hasn’t exactly taken off like I was hoping. Seriously. It’s only a few more letters to type than “LOL.” It’s way more inconvenient because of Qwerty, but hey, who doesn’t need a challenge?

So in order to take my mind off the fact I just threatened my son (and am deadly serious) with summer school, here’s my latest installment of what crazy Googlers do to get to my Blogger site.

what is schlemeel
I don’t know. Wasn’t that helpful? Aren’t you glad you found me?

cherri “party people”
Is the quotation mark placement meant to imply irony? Such as, Cheri is a real “party person;” she’s in bed every night by 8:00. If so, I applaud how you manage to be sarcastic even while Googling. You’re not the first sarcastic Googler I’ve attracted.

i have been tired and grumpy the past 2 days?
I bet if you ask your family or friends, they can answer this question for you in about .04 seconds. And it might be because of . . . . .

wishing and hoping, and thinking, and praying, each night
Seriously. Get some sleep. Because you’re probably the only one “wondering” if you’re grumpy.

husband suddenly grumpy
I guess your husband isn’t wondering “if” you’re grumpy. And I’m sure he’s not suddenly grumpy. I’m guessing a long, slow burn.

my 18 year old is always tired and sleepy
It’s because he’s sneaking out of the house at night and doing things that would cause you to have a stroke. Aren’t you glad you found me?

What is it? %B
What?

whatim isit now
Oh, I get it. It’s a game. Cold, Antarctic cold.

what is sit now
Warmer . . . . . warmer . . . . . .

what is it now?
You’re burning lava hot! That wasn’t so hard, was it?

And now for Googlers with control issues. How they found me escapes me at the moment . . . .

it’s you and me and no one else
Okeydokey. {Tiptoeing away from this entry.}

i want my dog perfectly behaved
Well, Mr. or Ms. Control Freak, do I have the dog for you!! Here he/she be:

like it is just me and you and no one else around
I’m getting the heebeejeebees.

me and no one else around me
I can’t do anymore of this. Moving on . . . . .

Why God works for me?
Let me answer your question with another question. Shouldn’t you be able to answer that for yourself?

why little puppies puke
Big puppies puke, too. Take my word for it.

rawhide puppy puke
Yeah, there’s that. Then there’s anonymous plastic pieces puke, Lego puke, various parts of a stuffed animal (to include the stuffing) puke. I could go on for hours. But I won’t.

you found me when no one else was
Very existential of you. And, yes, I had to look it up, too.
ex·is·ten·tial \ˌeg-(ˌ)zisˈten(t)-shəl, ˌek-(ˌ)sis-\ 1: of, relating to, or affirming existence

griffins partyof5
Oh, oh, oh! This is a friend of mine. We knew each other in Alaska and she just stumbled accidentally on my blog through We Are THAT Family. I loved reconnecting with her. You can find my friend’s blog here.

costco coupon for memort foam matress
Memort” sounds like something out of Harry Potter. That was my only thought for this entry. Riveting, I know.

dumb things i’ve done
Again, you can’t answer this one yourself? I can.

WWW.WHAT IS ALASKA FAMOUS FOR.COM
You don’t have to have lived there for most of your life to answer this one. Talk amongst yourselves.

his appliance braces 2009 site:blogspot.com
Huh?

nOW THAT YOU FOUND ME NO ONE’S GOING TO GET AROUND ME
Gee, thanks. If I didn’t have self-esteem issues before, I do now.

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(Refuses to have his picture taken with his cast because it’s “just going to end up on your blog.” So I snuck up on him and he approved of this picture. He still won’t let me be the first one to sign his cast.)

Oh my! Who would have thought that my son breaking his finger would be such a drain on me? Between that and track practice that went wrong 500 different ways and me oversleeping this morning . . . . . blogging has been in the very back recesses of my mind.

Austin’s being a good sport about it, despite the fact that his two passions (karate and guitar) are not something he can do for a while. We took him to track last night, but the more he ran the more his finger hurt. He could throw the javelin and was happy about that. Plus it gave him some time to sit on the bleachers and actually have a conversation with me!!

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with something a little more interesting than a check list of my day!

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He finally broke a bone

In what has to be worthy of a Guinness world record, my son waited until he was 13 1/2 to break his first bone. Austin wasn’t born crying. He was born with a rebel yell. He has been in constant, mischievous and sometimes hair-raisingly dangerous behavior since he was born. I honestly expected a broken something much sooner. So let me rewind on the last 24 hours . . . . .

Last night Austin was running around the house and playing with the dogs. I didn’t hear him fall, but he came running into the living room, holding his hand and yelling, “Shut up, Amber.” {Amber dared to ask why he was running away so fast – for shame!} He showed me his fourth finger on his left hand and it just looked like it had been jammed. I gave him Advil and ice.

Here’s the monkey wrench . . . . .it was only about an hour before he had to be at his karate belt test so he could test for the coveted blue belt. He has been working on this for months. He could move his finger and it was just swollen so off to the test he went.

I’ll be honest – he really struggled through the test, which included free sparring and self defense. His self defense is mostly throwing someone his size over his shoulder. And a LOT of one on one contact. He was distracted and had a hard time passing, but he passed.

When we got home, his finger was partially blue, the bruising and swelling were down toward the middle of his hand on both the front and back. And part of his palm was numb. Tyler told me it was probably jammed – which we all thought. I ended up calling the after hours advice nurse and after going over about 50 things, she said to take him to the doctor this morning unless the pain got worse.

Oh, and she sighed at me when I told her about the belt test. Ahem.

He was okay all night long and we took him to the doctor this morning. She had x-rays done and yep, he has a fracture near where his finger connects to his hand. They set it in a semi-permanent splint and he’ll see an orthopedist this week.

He’s now slowly realizing everything he can’t do as a result of the break. Play his guitar. Make origami – he’s been on an origami kick lately and the stuff he’s making is amazing. Thankfully it’s his left hand. Any sort of contact in karate for who knows how long, thus putting off all the cool new stuff he gets to learn with his new belt. If it was his right hand, school would be even harder to accomplish than it usually is. At this point he probably wishes it was his right hand!

The doctor told him to take it easy until we get to the orthopedist. So what does he do? In his youth group tonight they played some game where they all had to crawl around on their hands and knees. So what did he do? You guessed it, crawled around. Afterwards he told me his hand really hurt. No, REALLY?

I made him his absolute favorite dessert in the world, peanut butter bars. That would make anyone feel better. And it worked.


I told Amber to smile and she said she’d rather do the opposite. She never ceases to crack me up.

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Works For Me Wednesday: Using Scrap Fabric for a Good Cause

Okay, I haven’t done this yet, but I’m going to. I pinky swear.

For the life of me, I can’t remember how I stumbled across Craft Hope’s website today. In a nutshell, This Vintage Chica has been going to Nicaragua for a few years and ministering in orphanages. She’s going back this summer and Craft Hope is helping stock her up with dolls for the children in the orphanages.

One Crafty Place has a TON of simple and cute doll patterns we can make for the orphans. I’m going to make this one. It’s a nice scrappy pattern and I have ALL the supplies thanks to my fabric stashing ways.

I’ve been convicted lately about helping those in need more. But I’m not an ATM machine. It has been amazing to watch God show me how I can help those in need and only spend a small amount of money of my own.

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SW Daybook – May 11, 2009


Outside My Window… gloriously sunny and warm, but it’s not supposed to last long.

I am thinking… that I can’t believe my niece is going to be 18 this week. She was 9 months old when I met her Uncle Tyler.

In the learning room… 16 days of school at home left. Four days of classes. This will be a recurring theme until June 5!

I am thankful for… celebrating Mother’s Day with my mom yesterday!

From the kitchen… Just finished making French toast.

I am wearing… Pajamas and Croc flip-flops

I am creating… Nothing much but am feeling the need to do some sewing.

I am going… to our second of the last Sisters In Law meeting of the summer. We have had a psychologist scheduled to speak for months about the effects of critical incident stress on law enforcement families. And then we just had a Vancouver sergeant shot in the chest a couple of weeks ago. His vest saved his life! It’s amazing how God works everything out. We’ve been getting more responses than usual and are expecting a big turnout.

I am reading… nothing except my Bible in a Year. I’m sure I’ll be reading something else as soon as the school year is over.

I am hoping… the kids won’t get rained out of track tonight.

I am hearing… my husband vacuum under the fridge and under the couch cushions – he’s a keeper!

Around the house… it’s clean! A side benefit of having everyone over for Mother’s Day yesterday. Now if only it could stay that way.

One of my favorite things… the cut lilacs I brought in from the backyard yesterday – they’re smelling up the whole house 🙂

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: running kids here and there. Austin gets to test for his blue belt in karate Friday night!!

A picture thought I’m sharing with you:

Mark Lee (guitar) and David Carr (drums) from Third Day

The Third Day/Brandon Heath/Revive concert was amazing. Probably the best Mother’s Day gift I’ve ever gotten. I’ll post more pictures later – this is all I have time for this morning.

Join the SWDB fun at Peggy’s site.

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3 Confession Thursday: Celebrity Crush Edition

So here are my three confessions for this lovely Thursday afternoon. They also happen to be celebrity crushes.

1. Donny Osmond. I was five . . . . FIVE!! I still can’t believe it. He and Marie wrote a book (complete with purple foil edged pages) in the early 70’s. They came to Boise, ID on a book tour. We stood patiently in line so I could get my coveted book signed (yeah, my mom is the best). I don’t remember Donny but I remember how beautiful and kind Marie was.

2. Paul Simon in the ’80s. Again I really can’t believe it. We all can agree that “Graceland” is arguably one of the best albums ever made. And to this day I only have to barely think about “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” and I swoon. Just a little.

3. Kirk Cameron. This was by far the biggest celebrity crush I ever had. About half of one of my bedroom walls was covered in every picture published of Kirk Cameron in the mid-80s. Tiger, Teen Beat, etc., I bought them all. I wondered what my reaction to him would be when I saw him last year on the big screen (my inner schoolgirl swooned again) in “Fireproof.” So what was my first reaction when I saw him on the silver screen?

Holy CRAP he’s gotten old!

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