Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Saturday's Sanity Saver - Sponge Paint Jack-O-Lantern

Sponge Paint Jack-O-Lantern

You will need:
yellow, green & black construction paper
orange paint
craft sponge
safety scissors - if applicable

Draw a pumpkin on the yellow paper. Sponge paint the pumpkin orange, let dry and cut out. Cut eyes nose and mouth out of black paper and glue onto pumpkin. Cut out a stem from the green paper and glue in place. All done!

Mrs. Marine

Happy Birthday Google!

I love Google. When I opened up my web browser today (my home page is Google.com) I discovered that today is Google's 10th Birthday!

Mrs. Marine

Friday, September 26, 2008

I saved a turtle yesterday, killed a spider today

OK, so I may or may not have killed the spider, but I did destroy his web.

Yesterday it rained all day long. Yuck, its dreary. I don't mind a good storm but when it lasts all day, blah.
About the turtle, as I was driving down my street going to pick up Princess from school I noticed something in the road that was moving. I pulled up next to it and saw a turtle in the middle of the road. I wonder how it got there and what it was doing there besides taking a shower in the rain. But I didn't want it to get ran over, I couldn't leave him there. So, in the pouring rain, I got out of my car, picked up the turtle and put him in the grass on the side of the road (I wonder if any of the neighbors saw me and wondered what the hell I was doing in the rain?). The turtle started walking away and I assume crawled under the nearby bush to get out of the rain. It wasn't a tiny turtle either, it was the size of my hand. As soon as I approached him he pulled his head inside his shell to hide. I like turtles. I had a pet turtle once when I was little. His name was Snigglefritz.

The spider:
Trash pick-up was yesterday and in all the rain I never bothered to bring in my trash cans so I had to go get them this morning. As I walked out to the curb I noticed a big spider (the size of my thumb print) that at first glance seemed to be suspended in mid air. The spider had made a web between my trash can and my mail box. Which was a good two feet apart, and there was a ditch full of water below. Not a smart spider. So in order to get my trash can I had to knock down the web, and I did not want him living on my mailbox either. The spider may have fallen into the water, I don't know. I don't really care as long as he leaves my house. I DO NOT LIKE SPIDERS. Especially ones any bigger than a spec, the bigger they are the more I dislike them.

Mrs. Marine

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mixing Food for Little Man

Little Man has issues with certain chunks of food. He will not eat vegetables or fruit plain (except bananas). But I have figured out if I mix the veggies with mac-n-cheese or spaghetti, he will eat them. Also, he likes mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes. So I can also mix veggies with those.
With fruit he would not eat plain peaches, pears or anything anything else but bananas. And he loves chunky applesauce. So I have started mixing fruit in with the applesauce. I mix chunks of peaches (or any fruit) with the applesauce and he will eat it. Even better, I discovered he likes yogurt, so I can mix fruit with that also. Silly boy. I just hope he doesn't turn into the picky eater that Princess is.... Daddy wants him to be a steak lover like him. Mommy doesn't like steak and neither does Princess. But Princess doesn't like much of anything. Pasta and fruit is about all she will eat....

Mrs. Marine

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Saturday's Sanity Saver - Leaf Rubbings

I haven't posted a craft in forever. Monday is the first official day of Autumn so in honor of that here is a Craft:

Leaf Rubbings
You will need:
white paper (printer paper works best)
crayons - without paper labels
(can also use coins, or any other flat objects your children can come up with)
Protect your workspace if needed so as to not get leaf stains on your table.

Go outside and collect leaves.
Place the leaf under a piece of paper. Rub the crayon longways over the paper where the leaf is, you will see the pattern of the leaf emerge!
Children think its amazing and you can use the same leaf over and over with different color crayons. Make a rainbow of colors on one piece of paper or use different pieces for each color.
Cut out the prints and they make great decorations!
Or write a note on the back and send to family and friends as a card.

Have a great weekend!

Also I posted this a while back and I got such a great response I had to bring it back again:
Homemade Playdough Recipe

Mrs. Marine

Friday, September 19, 2008

Little Man Talked to Daddy!

Daddy has been out of touch the last few weeks and has not been able to call very often. It stinks, its bad enough him being gone but its even harder when I cant even talk to him on a regular basis, I can even pick up a phone and call him whenever I want to.
He called yesterday! We all talked to him, even my little man! His very first phone conversation! He has just recently learned from his sister to hold the toy phones up to his ear.
Princess will hold a toy phone to her ear and pretend to talk to her brother and he will do the same, but usually does not make any noise when holding the phone.
When Daddy was on the phone I was holding Little Man and I held the phone up to his ear. At first he just listened then he made a few noises, including saying "Da Da", then he listened some more. He had the cutest grin on his face the whole time!
We have tried to get him to talk to grandparents on the phone before with no luck. Usually he would either push the phone away or try to get the buttons on the phone.
Princess also talked to Daddy, she would talk to him for hours on end if I let her. What can I say, she is a jabber-mouth. She is going to be paying her own phone bill when she is a teenager...

Mrs. Marine

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - The Pink Fish

Coolest cat bed ever, unfortunately it was hard to clean and I eventually had to throw it away.

Mrs. Marine

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Honey-Do Rental

I borrowed my friends husband today (don't let your mind slip into the gutter).
The weakling that I am I cant start our lawn mower. Although even if I could with my two kids I have no way to get out there and do it. Even if I went out at 6:00 AM when my kids were still asleep (which I would not be happy that early in the morning). The noise of the lawn mower and my silly German Sheppard who likes to bark at lawn mowers would wake up my son. Princess is old enough she could entertain herself in her room for a while but Little Man would get mad if he was woken up.

So I called up Honey-Do Rentals and my friends husband is in my back yard mowing my lawn, cutting my grass, however you want to put it (Again, don't fall in the gutter). I am paying him money because I wouldn't let him do it for free and I am giving him two beers my husband left in the fridge, I am not a beer drinker. I cant leave them in my fridge for 7 months...

Mrs. Marine

Saturday, September 13, 2008

More about Rebecca

I first mentioned Rebecca in my previous post. Well, here is more about her and her new digital EP. I really like her songs so I had to share them with all of you. There are links below to listen to the four song on the Digital EP. My favorite is "Army Brat" I guess because its written from the view of a Military Wife (Like me). So I can relate to the song, although I like them all. Like I said before, she has a unique sound to her voice that's awesome.


EP To Include 2 Brand New Songs and 2 Never-Released Versions Of Previous Rebecca Favorites

Rolling Out A Series of Live NYC Dates: October 13th, 15th, and 16th

To get news about Rebecca and upcoming shows and projects, visit the homepage and sign up for the newsletter at:

(Los Angeles, CA) Singer/songwriter Rebecca Pidgeon is releasing a new digital-only EP, Blackboard Acoustic Session, as a bonus to fans and currently available exclusively on iTunes. The 4 song EP features two brand new songs, “Lay Me Down,” and “Sheffield Steel,” as well as new acoustic versions of Rebecca’s previously released “Army Brat,” and “Baby Please Come Home,” both of which were co-written by Rebecca and playwright David Mamet.

A special contest surrounding the songs “Army Brat,” and “Lay Me Down,” will kick off online in September, (details to be made available on Rebecca’s MySpace and Facebook sites the second week of September) with the military spouse site armywives.com, and other milspouse blogging destinations having already showed glowing support for “Army Brat” (which was made available as a bonus track on Rebecca’s 2005 CD Tough On Crime) due to the song’s spot-on military cadence and poignant lyrics reflecting the perspective of a military spouse.

The concept for Blackboard Acoustic Session, which finds the singer in a much more relaxed ‘sessions’ mode was inspired by Rebecca’s online blackboard, her home-made, chalk-fueled one-woman instant-messaging service that has caught on with fans of her website. The spry messages (created – for all you hi-tech branding weenies out there – by putting her kids’ chalk to the kitchen blackboard) have included thoughts on beating the summer blues to captures of Weather And Tide information from the bonny lochs of Scotland. One of the contests set to roll in September in support of the blackboard theme is a communal blackboard destination where fans can jot down their own daily message.

user name: armybrat
password: access
Click the links to listen to the songs.

Rebecca’s ‘authentic’ relationship with her fans was duly noted in Daily Variety’s 2008 Women’s Impact issue, with the magazine featuring the vocalist/songwriter as one of the few singer/actresses who has earned her ‘cred’ in the music world via a solid history of releases and ‘artistic acclaim.’ Rebecca has also rolled out a more visible 2008 performing calendar, announcing upcoming dates in New York City in the month of October, her first extended series of live shows on the East Coast. The shows, start at New York City’s Living Room on October 13th, 15th, 16th and will consist of a special acoustic-styled set with Rebecca’s regular players, guitarist Willie Aaron (Peter Himmelman) and drummer Debra Dobkin (Shawn Colvin), who are also featured as her accompanists on Blackboard Acoustic Session. Rebecca recorded the ‘relaxed’ acoustic sessions for her new digital EP in Peter Himmelman’s studio, with the acclaimed singer/songwriter overseeing the laid-back production. Webisodes of the studio session will also be made available online.

For Rebecca, her new album Behind The Velvet Curtain also drew raves this spring for pulling back the screen on her alluring vocal style …‘Pidgeon favors a delicate, wafish vocal style…serves her well on gently reflective originals..,’ writes All Music Guide’ - Her seventh album “Behind The Velvet Curtain” is her best work yet…’ claimed the Chicago Sun-Times.’ Her fifth studio album, ‘Curtain’ was produced by 2008 Grammy winner Larry Klein (Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters ).

After releasing an impressive string of albums in the mid-90s, including the acclaimed New York Girls’ Club and Four Marys, Rebecca and Klein connected in 2002 to begin the rough sketches for Tough On Crime, which was also produced by Larry Klein and released in 2005.

"Rebecca is finally being recognized by music critics in the same manner as her acting career – her talent and class shining through as always,” stated producer Larry Klein. Rebecca has appeared in many of writer/director David Mamet’s films (they are also husband and wife), including Redbelt, and acclaimed roles in Heist, The Winslow Boy, and others. Rebecca will also be returning to her role this fall as Charlotte Canning-Ryan in the hit CBS Drama, The Unit. The show will kick off its fourth season on a new night, Sundays at 10:00pm ET/PT.

Mon. 10-13 New York City The Living Room
Wed. 10-15 New York City The Living Room
Thu. 10-16 New York City The Living Room

*more dates to be announced

Publicity Contact:

Firefly Media
Penny Guyon V 323.874.0776

Gina Doctor V 773.276.7877
E gina@firefly-media.net

Friday, September 12, 2008

Rebecca Pidgeon

Have you heard of Rebecca Pidgeon? She is a wonderful singer. I love the unique sound to her voice. It's different from most artists around these days. She has been in the business a while but I had not heard of her until recently. She wrote a song called Army Brat, check out the YouTube video (click the link for more on youtube):

Rebecca Pidgeon Official Web Site or on MySpace

Army Brat (Blackboard Acoustic Session)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Where were you 7 years ago today?

My husband and I were still dating then and he was still a civilian then. I was working as a nanny and I was in my car on the way to work. I heard on the radio that a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers. I only half heard and understood what they were saying. The full effect didn't set in until I got to work and began watching the news. Hubby was still at home and I called and woke him up and made him turn the TV on to see what was going on.
About a month later he told me he wanted to join the military. But could only do it if I stood by his side. I agreed (I loved him) not knowing what I was getting myself into...

Mrs. Marine

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Bunny Love


Mrs. Marine

Toilet Train a Cat

Although it has been hellish potty training my daughter I have decided to toilet train my cat. I know, I'm probably crazy. I found this training kit on the Internet a while ago and did some research on it and others like it. Read reviews and finally bought the Litter Kwitter a few months ago. I waited until about a week ago to finally try it. The kit comes with a full training guide. So far so good. For the first week you keep it on the floor next to the toilet so the cat can get used to using it in that spot. Today I moved it onto the toilet. We will see how it goes.

I will try to get a picture or video of my cat using it. But until I do there are videos on YouTube if your interested.

Mrs. Marine

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Time to unwind from the Blog Trip

Unpack and relax, the trip has come to and end. I hope you had fun and enjoyed my game. I enjoyed putting it together. I want to go visit Colorado and do all the thing I taked about. Especially Elitche's, Fun Fun!
The mystery location is Denver, Colorado.Were my clues to hard or to easy or just right?
No, I do not live in CO, but I have spent a lot of time there.

Mrs. Marine

Thursday, September 04, 2008

What's there to do around here? - Day 5

Where have we been? Did you figure out the locatation?
There is plenty to do for fun. Like amusement parks? Go to Elitch Gardens, its also a water park! (I wanna go, I havent been to an amusement park in forever). Looking for fun for the little kids, there is a wonderful Childrens Mueseum and right next to it an Aquaium.
Or if your the outdoors type, head to the hills and explorer one of the many quaint little mountain towns or just drive and admire the scenery.

(If you are still stumped as to the location check in tomorrow for the answer.)

Mrs. Marine

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Time to Shop! - Day 4

Where are we going? Are you putting the clues together?
What was once referred to as Villa has since been torn down and vamped up in its place is now the Belmar Center. Its not even finished yet, but it has a little of everything. Shopping, dining, movie theatre, office space, living space. There was even a ice rink at Christmas.

(One more clue tomorrow, have you figured it out yet? Ill tell you the location on Sat.)

Mrs. Marine

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Where's Kitty?

Can you find the kitty?


Mrs. Marine

Who's Hungry? - Day 3

Where are we going? What's your guess?
Lets Eat! I love Italian food! If your looking for somewhere fancy go to Maggiano's Little Italy, they have great food. When your done, take a carriage ride down 16th Street for some romance.

Want something simple, I also love Chipotle, there are seven locations around the state. (I don't have one where I live)

(Have you figured out the location, if not, stay tuned for tomorrows clue? The answer will be posted on Saturday!)

Mrs. Marine

Monday, September 01, 2008

We need gas, I hope your rich - Day 2

Where are we going? Can you guess?
The average gas price is about $3.71 could be worse. Hey, since your getting gas, get some snacks while your at it.
My favorites snacks on a road trip:
Red Bull and stick Pretzels!

If you need a gas station there is a Circle K on the corner of Jewell and Wadsworth.
(Have you guessed the place yet? Stop by every day this week for another clue. Ill post the answer on Saturday)

Mrs. Marine

My Labor Days

Coming to a Nursery Near You did a labor meme today that's hosted at Rocks in My Dryer. I decided to play along.

How long were your labors?
Kid #1 – 27 hours
Kid #2 – light contractions began around 9:30 AM on a Tuesday and he was born on a Wednesday at 10:47 PM - active labor began around 3 PM Wednesday

How did you know you were in labor?
Kid #1 - Contractions - I just new
Kid #2 – " " " "

Where did you deliver?
Kid #1 & #2 - At the hospital

Kid #1 -No
Kid #2 -Yes


Who delivered?
Doctors and nurses – Kid #1 - I got the Dr. I didn't want and one of the nurses (male) had a black eye.
Kid #2 - Doctors & Nurses

If you want to play along with this meme, just cut and paste the questions into your own blog, and leave your link at the Rocks in My Dryer blog.

Mrs. Marine

Where are we going on the Blog Trip! - Day 1

Where are we going? Can you guess?
I do not divulge where I live on this blog, so I have made a game out of this blog trip. I have chosen one place in the USA. Every day of the blog trip I will give you a clue as to where this place is. See if you can figure it out and on Saturday after the blog trip is over I will give you the answer. I hope you enjoy my game, have fun!

This place is known for its beautiful mountains. People come from all over to go skiing and snow boarding. I myself learned to ski when I was 8 and used to go quite often.
(Stop by tomorrow for the next clue)

Mrs. Marine