Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloweens From The Past

Happy Halloween everyone :)

I am running on very little sleep so I just decided to post some pictures from past years!! I will post pictures later from today's activities.

2007 - Here is Miranda (8) as a spider princess with her hottie teacher and principle. He was Prince Charming. Kyler was 11 and didn't dress up last year.

2006 - Miranda (7) as a witch and Kyler (10) as a Kansas City Cheifs fan.

2005 - Miranda (6) as a toothless princess LOL and Kyler (9) as a zombie.

2003 & 2004 - I can't find the pictures and it's driving me nuts!! If I find them I will post them!
2002 - Miranda (3) as an angel princess and Kyler (6) as a vampire.

2001 - Miranda (2) as a barbie cheerleader and Kyler (5) as Ash from Pokemon.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Just checkin in

It's 7:45 Seattle time, which my body still thinks is 9:45 KC time. I woke up at 4am today, therefore I have been going for almost 18 hours straight. I am utterly exhausted. I landed in this...quite a bit of fog huh?

Training went good, of course had some technical issues but oh well. I walked through the xbox employee's areas and wow, those were some wild offices!! I wanna work like that! Gotta love Microsoft! There has been some changes so the next two days will not be training packed, in fact, I am not sure what if any training I will be doing...UGH! Gotta love when the client changes their mind on what they are going to do while I am at their site!
I'm hitting a hot shower and going to bed!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday...already? Seriously???

Where did the weekend go??

Friday I went to Miranda's award ceremony, it was cute! Here she is with teacher from last year, Mr. Stotler (who is rumored to be an underwear model for Ambercrombie & Fitch).

Then that night Greg and I just rented movies and vegged. If you haven't seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall I highly recommend it, it was hillarious!

Saturday was Miranda's volleyball tournament and we ended up taking 3rd place. The girls were so excited to get medals. After that I ended up buying this...

It's my cute new little purple Chevy HHR. I love it!! Sorry about the car port pole in the picture but I just ran out this morning to snap a shot of it. The kids giggled when they saw it but they like it too.

Saturday night Greg and I road tripped in my new little car to Jess's house for Marissa's party.

Sunday was lazy day, just went for a drive in the country. Wow, that makes me sound old LOL

Today is going to be a crazy day, I have so much to do before I fly out at 7am tomorrow morning for my Seattle trip (ugh). Miranda is sick to top it off so she's home with a fever today too!!

Hope everyone had a great weeked!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

I've been Tagged

First of I would like to appologize to Tabitha for taking FOREVER to do this! She tagged me last week I think and I'm just now getting to it :)

  1. The first thing I think about in the morning is what I should eat for lunch
  2. I think I buy more toys for my puppy then I do for my kids (although they are a lot cheaper too)
  3. I want a new car...I've had mine for 2 1/2 yrs and that's a record for me
  4. I miss going to dress up adult halloween parties
  5. I have a close friend going through something potentially scary, I hope it isn't though
  6. I hate putting away laundry and unloading the dishwasher
  7. I spend way too much time on blogger and facebook

I am not going to tag anyone because I have seen this on way too many blogs but if you feel the need to steal it and do it...lemme know!!!

P.S. I am SOOOOO glad it is FRIDAY!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Proud Mom

I know Miranda is only in 4th grade but I'm still damn proud of her. I was going through her backpack yesterday and there was a notice about an awards ceremony on Friday so I asked her if she was going to be getting anything. She casually said 'I don't know but I got this letter to give to you'. It was a letter about the Kansas State Assessment tests that they take every year. Well my little Mini Me is going to be receiving not one but two awards tomorrow. She is getting an Exemplary award for Reading which is the highest award as well as an Exceeds Standard award for Math which is the second highest award. Here are the definitions -

Exemplary - Student is accurately working at grade level and understands the material completely and is able to relate it to other materials.

Exceeds Standard - Student is working at grade level and perform ace is consistent and accurate. Student understands material completely.

I'm going to sneak over to the awards ceremony and snap a couple of pictures :)
PS for Jess and Tabitha - go to here for adult footie jammies :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Love it and Don't Love it!

Love it - I LOVED all the comments from yesterday's post! How fun was that!! I loved going back to all of your blogs and seeing what they were like. Met some cool new people too :) Thanks for the love guys!!!!

Don't Love it - I have to travel again for work next week but this time I actually get to go somewhere new and spent a little time there. I am going to Seattle on Tuesday! I will be there through Thursday when I leave about 4:45pm and don't land back in KC until 12:07am...DOH! It's a pain because I have to make arrangements for the kids but luckily it worked out so they will go with my ex Monday night and then I will get them back on Friday, just in time for Halloween. I have a friend from high school who lives there so hopefully we can get together for dinner or something. The training I will be doing should go much smoother than the last few trips. I am staying at a very nice Marriott and was booked in a room on the concierge level...not sure what all those perks are but I know I have access to the concierge lounge on that level whohoooo!!

Don't Love it - So I went to do a load of laundry (of course it was my nasty dog beds) yesterday and as it was going I thought I heard water running so I looked into the kitchen and both sides of my entire were over flowing with water, all over the counter, all down the front, all over the floor, flowing down into my basement stair well. I freaked out and shut the washer off then started the clean up. I used almost every damn towel I had. I used the plunger on the sink and it would go down but as soon as I tried to start up the washer again, it filled right back up. Of course this all happened about 6pm so I had to leave a message for my plumber and leave the nasty water in my washer overnight. They called and came by first thing this morning and snaked the heck outta the drains, did some other stuff and now I have the most amazing water pressure around!! Yay for cute plumbers who save my day!!!

Love it -The kids go to their dad's tonight through Sunday night which equates to ME TIME!!!!! I will still have them before and after school but that doesn't really count cuz I'm busy with work then anyways. The date, er um I mean Greg, and I are going to a movie tomorrow night then I don't think we have any set plans, guess we'll just see how the weekend turns out. Miranda has a volleyball tournament on Saturday from 8:00-12:00 and those are our final games!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Welcome to Kansas!

If your dropping by today and are not familiar with Blogs Around The World...let me introduce you!

BATW is a site that spotlights different states/countries/locations on a daily basis and if you are lucky enough to be chosen (like ME!) then you get to talk about the great place where you live! It's so interesting to check in daily and see where you'll learn about next! Debbie and Darcy are so fun and humorous as our 'pilots', they even like to do surprise layovers spotlight unexpected bloggers!!

Now...let me introduce myself, my name is Trish and I am a single mother of two awesome children. My son Kyler is 12 and my daughter Miranda is 9. They keep me busy but I wouldn't have it any other way!!

We live smack in the middle of the Midwest in Kansas. Kansas's birthday is January 29, 1861 and was the 34th state.
If you see Overland Park on this map, we live about 25 miles south of there in a small town.

I love love love our state flower, the sunflower.

Topeka is the state capital. A couple of years ago I went with my son on a class field trip to the capital. See the tip top of it? Um yea on the tour, you get to go all the way UP TO THE TOP of it and go on the OUTSIDE of it on this little walk way around it!!!

Here are a couple of shots (with my camera phone) of the walk way up to the twisty stairs which lead to the outside walkway. Lordy...I can handle most things but that was a tad scary!!

Now when you live in will find either Wildcat fans or Jayhawk fans.

Kansas State is in Manhattan. University of Kansas is in Lawrence.

You'll see a lot of these license plates as well LOL

Speaking of sports, we have a pretty cool layout of professional sports. Even though they are technically in Missouri, I'm still going to mention them!!! The Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals stadiums are located right next to each other.

Now as I was looking for other fun and interesting facts, I came across this website that I am going to steal the information from cuz it cracked me up!! I'll link back to everything that I can!!

Kansas Facts and Trivia

  • A ball of twine in Cawker City measures over 38' in circumference and weighs more than 16,750 pounds and is still growing.

  • A grain elevator in Hutchinson is 1/2 mile long and holds 46 million bushels in its 1,000 bins.

  • South of Ashland the Rock Island Bridge is the longest railroad bridge of its kind. It measures 1,200 feet long and is 100 feet above the Cimarron River.

  • At Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, waterbeds for horses are used in surgery.

  • Kansas won the award for most beautiful license plate for the wheat plate design issued in 1981.

  • Dodge City is the windiest city in the United States.

  • At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.

  • The first woman mayor in the United States was Susan Madora Salter. She was elected to office in Argonia in 1887.

  • The first black woman to win an Academy Award was Kansan Hattie McDaniel. She won the award for her role in "Gone with the Wind."

  • Kansas inventors include Almon Strowger of El Dorado who invented the dial telephone in 1889; William Purvis and Charles Wilson of Goodland who invented the helicopter in 1909; and Omar Knedlik of Coffeyville who invented the first frozen carbonated drink machine in 1961.

  • Smith County is the geographical center of the 48 contiguous states.

  • Amelia Earhart, first woman granted a pilot's license by the National Aeronautics Associate and first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean was from Atchison.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower from Abilene was the 34th President of the United States.

  • Silent comedian Buster Keaton, of early film success, was from Piqua, Kansas.

  • The three largest herds of buffalo (correctly called bison) in Kansas are located on public lands at the Maxwell Game Preserve (McPherson), Big Basin (Ashland), and Buffalo Game Preserve (Garden City).

  • Fort Riley, between Junction City and Manhattan, was the cradle of the United States Cavalry for 83 years.

  • George Custer formed the famed 7th Cavalry there in 1866. Ten years later, at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the 7th was virtually wiped out. The only Cavalry survivor was a horse named Comanche.

  • Wyatt Earp, James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok and William B. "Bat" Masterson were three of the legendary lawmen who kept the peace in rowdy frontier towns like Abilene, Dodge City, Ellsworth, Hays, and Wichita.

  • The public swimming pool at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City occupies half a city block and holds 2 1/2 million gallons of water. Cedar

  • Crest is the name of the governor's mansion in Topeka, the state capital.

  • Barton County is the only Kansas County that is named for a woman; the famous volunteer Civil War nurse Clara Barton.

  • The Arkansas River may be the only river whose pronunciation changes as it crosses state lines. In Kansas, it is called the Arkansas (ahr-KAN-zuhs). On both sides of Kansas (Colorado and Oklahoma), it is called the Arkansaw.

  • Civil War veteran S.P. Dinsmoor used over 100 tons of concrete to build the Garden of Eden in Lucas. Even the flag above the mausoleum is made of concrete.

  • Handel's Messiah has been presented in Lindsborgeach at Easter since 1889.

  • A monument to the first Christian martyr on United States Territory stands along Highway 56 near Lyons.

  • Father Juan de Padilla came to the region with the explorer Coronado in 1541.

  • Hutchinson is nicknamed the Salt City because it was built above some of the richest salt deposits in the world. Salt is still actively mined, processed and shipped from Hutchinson.

  • There are 27 Walnut Creeks in the state.

  • There are more than 600 incorporated towns in the state.

  • Morton County sells the most trout fishing stamps of all the Kansas counties.

  • Fire Station No. 4 in Lawrence, originally a stone barn constructed in 1858, was a station site on the Underground Railroad.

  • The Hugoton Gas Field is the largest natural gas field in the United States. It underlies all or parts of 10 southwestern Kansas counties as well as parts of Oklahoma and Texas. The gas field underlies almost 8,500 square miles, an area nearly 5 times as large as the state of Rhode Island.

  • The Kansas Speleological Society has catalogued at least 528 caves in 37 Kansas counties. Commanche County has at least 128 caves and Barber County has at least 117 caves.

  • Kansas has the largest population of wild grouse in North America. The grouse is commonly called the prairie chicken.

  • Milford Reservoir with over 16,000 acres of water is the state's largest lake. The reservoir is located northwest of Junction City.

  • The Geodetic Center of North America is about 40 miles south of Lebanon at Meades Ranch. It is the beginning point of reference for land surveying in North America. When a surveyor checks a property line, he or she is checking the position of property in relation to Meade's Ranch in northwest Kansas. In Italy the city of Milan is 300 miles northwest of Rome. In Kansas, Milan is less than 25 miles northwest of Rome, in Sumner County.

  • Between 1854 and 1866, 34 steamboats paddled up the Kaw River (Kansas River). One made it as far west as Fort Riley.

  • In 1990 Kansas wheat farmers produced enough wheat to make 33 billion loaves of bread, or enough to provide each person on earth with 6 loaves.

  • Holy Cross Shrine in Pfeifer, was known as the 2 Cent Church because the building was built using a 2 cent donation on each bushel of wheat sold by members of the church.

  • Kansas produced a record 492.2 million bushels of wheat in 1997, enough to make 35.9 billion loaves of bread.

  • The American Institute of Baking is located in Manhattan.

  • A 30 foot tall statue of Johnny Kaw stands in Manhattan. The statue represents the importance of the Kansas wheat farmer.

  • The graham cracker was named after the Reverend Sylvester Graham (1794-1851). He was a Presbyterian minister who strongly believed in eating whole wheat flour products.

  • The rocks at Rock City are huge sandstone concretions. In an area about the size of two football fields, 200 rocks, some as large as houses, dot the landscape. There is no other place in the world where there are so many concretions of such giant size.

  • George Washington Carver, the famous botanical scientist who discovered more than 300 products made from the peanut, graduated from high school in Minneapolis in 1885.

  • The First United Methodist Church in Hutchinson was built in 1874 during the time of the grasshopper plagues. The grasshoppers came during the construction of the churches foundation but the pastor continued with the work. As a result, thousands of grasshoppers are mixed into the mortar of the original building's foundation.

  • A hailstone weighing more than one and a half pounds once fell on Coffeyville.

  • The Oregon Trail passed thru six states, including Kansas. There were no Indian attacks reported on the Oregon Trail as the travelers passed through the state.

  • Russell Springs located in Logan County is known as the Cow Chip Capital of Kansas.

  • The world famous fast-food chain of Pizza Hut restaurants opened its first store in Wichita.

  • Sumner County is known as The Wheat Capital of the World.

Well I hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog and please stop back by any time :)

Back to the Real World


This really sucks being back but oh well right? LOL We had a fantastic vacation in Colorado, it was just perfect!! I took over 450 pictures so I had to narrow it down to quite a bit less to post!

Here are some deer we saw right outside of our cabin.

We wandered around and I was just snapping away!

The Stanley Hotel, this is where the Shining was based.

There were tons of elk around Estes Park.

We spent an entire day in Rocky Mountain National Park.

It was great hanging with my brother (red shirt), sister in law and youngest nephew. My brother is a 12 yr old trapped in a 42 yr old body!! He was having as much fun as the kids and of course I had to get in my share of fun too!