Saturday, October 21, 2006

My thumb hurts : o

Feels like forever since I blogged or read anyone's blogs.  I have been very busy over this last week.. so much I could say and write but really does anyone care about the day to day adventures of a housewife?  I could give the long list of all my happenings and goings, a cute story, my rant on some political stuff, my angst and feelings.. Or I could go for the gusto with an emotional post and bear my soul about all that has been going threw my head, the excitement and nervousness about the speech I am trying to prepare myself to give next weekend, my sobbyness about being lonely for my husband and depression over feeling like a single parent half the time.. but that seems boring and so much work right now.  ehe.. who cares. Words words words..bla bla bla... bla.

This is what happens when you play too much PS2, your mind turns to mush, your thumb becomes numb and you fantasize about running over the neighbor's garbage can with your mini van, imaging after doing soo a 100 point score would materialize over ran down can.  I knew video games were some kind of evil.. but I just had to give in and buy one for my son's 12th birthday.  Figures he is better at it then me.. what takes me a whole day of play only takes him maybe an hour and a half..if that.. pft!

But really life has been great, I just feel unmotivated to even be on the computer all that much... (hearing that stupid game calling me.. come on Mary.. one more try.. you can beat the next level this time)

Zane's Birthday party sleep over was a great bash.. he got some awesome presents, we played some fun games.. the boys stayed up way late and ate a bunch of junk.. some how I have orange stains on my ceiling from that sticky stuff they put in slime.  But NO MORE!!  Never again am I going to put my self there 9 or so boys at a time by myself!  Why didn't I listen when people asked me if I was crazy??? LOL

Last weekend was an awesome time at church too.  I have video of some of the great music groups that came in over the two days we held services at the new property under a tent.  Maybe I'll post them sometime even if my camera is crappy and poor quality.. the songs are still moving.

Monday Annie was in a school production.  She only sang in the choir but did wonderful.. stood up tall and straight and had a big smile the whole time..very professional.  Josh came home for it but left the next morning.  Glad he could make it, gave Annie a good boost I am sure.  But I think he only came because I guilted him into it.. gave him some snappy remark over the weekend when I was in a really pissed off mood about how he sets his priorities... it was not very nice..and I did feel guilty right after I got off the phone with him but held in the urge to call him back to say I was sorry, but hey.. he was there wasn't he!

Tuesday I got to volunteered for the first time with Sophia's kindergarten class.  I helped out in the computer lab for about an hour and eat lunch with them. This will become part of my weekly thing with her class.  I want a smart board too!!! haha as if I really need one or could afford one.. but they are pretty cool.

Thursday and Friday I was on field trip dutey with Sophia and Lilly's classes.  They both went to pumpkin patches.. two different ones.  We had fun.  Of course they were so proud that mommy was there and helped with their friends in our group.  And now I got roped into helping with one of their Fall Parties.

So what is up with this coming week?  humm.. Zane has scouts on Monday, Volunteering again in Sophia's class Tuesday, Wednesday Church & Bible study, Thursday I have to pick Zane up from Choir practice.. ohh ya and I can't forget Parent Teacher Meetings.. Annie's is Monday and the other three's are all on Thursday.  Friday Zane & Annie get to do a sleep over with their youth groups at church (maybe I can get rid of the little ones and actually get out of the house myself???hahahhah what ever, ya right)  Saturday evening I am giving a speech on behalf of Silent No More at a Celebration of Life service, I have been given a whole half hour to speak!! WOW.  So mostly this week I will be preparing for that in my free time, and maybe even get a new outfit and hair cut?  Tomorrow I definitely need to go shoe shopping after church for Lilly and Sophia and Zane and Lilly really need badlyyyyyyy hair cuts. Sophia and Annie need new winter coats too.  Some how between all that I need to go grocery shopping, clean the house, do laundry,pay bills, oh and play PS2.


Ideas for games that I used for Zane's party:

Blindfold Feeding
Sit two people opposite each other and blindfold them both.

Hand one a dish of ice cream and a spoon, and ask the other to put their hands behind their back (so they can't feel for the spoon and guide it into their mouth).

The person with the ice cream must now try to feed the other
*Didn't get to this one because they ate all the skittles I had bought for it lol
Never Never V2
Supply each of your guests with 20 jellybeans (or any candy of your choice).

The first person makes a true statement about themselves that begins with the words, "I never...". For example - if one person has never told a lie, then she would say "I have never told a lie in my life". If the statement (without the "I never") is true for other guests, then they must eat a piece of candy.

Everyone should take at least one turn. Keep playing until it is obvious who will end up with the most candy - that is your winner! * never got a chance to play this one but we may at future parties
Who Knows Susie Best
This is like the newlywed game only for friends at a Birthday party or sleepover.

Make up a whole bunch of questions about the Birthday boy or girl, or anyone you like. Divide the guests into teams. Each team has markers and paper for their answers.

For example:

- Name the dates he/she had to the following dances
- What instrument did he/she play first
- What sports has he/she played
- What was the name of his/her favorite teacher, or pet
- What does she want to be when he/she grows up

The winners are the team with the most correct answers. *This is one of the games we played to pass a bit of time and settle them down.
Blair Witch Hide And Seek
A new type of hide and seek to play using a mobile phone and house phone.

Wait until it's dark and turn out the lights. One person hides with a cell phone.

In the pitch black, everyone goes looking for this one person. Every so often he must call the house phone and give clues to where he is hiding.

This game is thrilling and fun. If you have one, get a night vision video camera to follow the guests, and watch the tape later.
*We played some kind of version of this.  One of the older boys brought his Jason glow in the dark mask and hid while the boys were looking for the person who was IT.. OMG they screemed like GIRLS.  I also had a min strob light on and that added to the scarry atmopher.
Egg Roulette
bit messy but a real laugh.

Get enough eggs so there is one per player. Hard boil them all except one. About 15 minutes in boiling water will be plenty. Put all the eggs in a bowl, including the single egg you did not hard boil.

Now start the game. Everyone picks an egg. You then have the choice of 'switching eggs' where you and someone else switch.

Finally everyone smashes the egg against their forehead - with the inevitable laughter as one person gets a surprise! * I opted to make sure everyone had protection on and we sat around in a circle passing the eggs around.  The boys thought it was silly and would of rathered throwing them at each other (as if!) but it was still a good game.
Camera Game
Find a point-and-shoot camera with a flash and a self-timer. The cheaper the better. Or you can use a digital camera.

Set the self-timer and the game begins. Each player must hold the camera at arm's length and point it at themselves very briefly, before passing it on to their left.

Keep going, until eventually the camera goes off with a flash of light, and much laughter. The loser has a quick forfeit (see our forfeits page), before recommencing. The shots you get back will be too funny! *We didnt use this one but it is a good idea for future parties.
Who am I
A Good game to get people talking together at the start of the party 
As they arrive each person has a piece of paper pinned to their back.  The paper contains the name of a famous person.  By asking questions which can only be answered with "Yes" or "No" such as "Am I still alive?", "Am I fictional?", etc. the person has to guess their name.  Successful guessers may have another go.
*Since it was Friday The 13th we used horror movie charters & evil people in history.  It was so funny!
Truth & Dare using balloons.
Ahead of time we wrote out an even number of Truth questions and Dares so everyone would have to do at least one of each (and I had so I would have some control over what was asked lol)  Then we took them and put them into blown up balloons, black for Dare and White for Truth.  Later everyone sat in a circle and drew from the balloon bag and had to pop the balloon to get their question.  This one went over real well!!  And I got all the dirt on his friends LOL.


  1. Your life is not boring, Mary, it is interesting.


  2. I would very much like to see your video.  I was away for a week as well, computerless. Then I got a bug and was in bed for two days so did not miss the computer then but I did miss all my online friends.

  3. Hi! It's been a whil!
    Your week sounds so busy! Glad Zane had a great birthday.
    God bless, Beckie

  4. Mary your blogs are always great!! I sure know how the"single mom raising kids" feels cuz Im am one, The party sounds like it was lots of fun and Im going to stash some of the ideas for my sons parties that are in Oct Dec and Jan! I have missed your blogs they are always interesting and thought prevoking for ya girly....

  5. You sure have had your hands full!  I've missed you though- I like hearing whatever you have to talk about- even the rants!!  I'm glad Zane's party was a complete success- he'll be bound to remember all of it for a long time.  Now that Josh came to Annie's school production, now you can apologize!  You'll do great on your speech for Silent no more- amazing how I've heard so much lately about the group- all positive too!  Have a great week Mary!  God Bless.  Carolyn

  6. Cute spin on the games.  Sounds like you have been busy just living life.  -  Barbara

  7. I loved all those games, and more importanly, I loved all those video games ;)
    Talk to you soon,