Thursday, April 30, 2009

Crochet Your Heart Out

Would you believe it if I told you that I crocheted this sweet little dollie? Believe it. I did it!! I'm so happy with my newfound skill. I have tampered in the art of crocheting a long time ago. When I was in college, I aggressively made about 50 beautiful colored squares of crochet goodness, only to ignore them for years and years (and then finally misplace them) because I did not know how to connect all the squares together.

A few years after I got married, someone taught me how to make a pretty crochet edging around a baby blanket. I don't think I ever finished the blanket.


Which brings me to a year ago, when my sister SHARON put up a few dollies on her blog that she had made. (Here is another link to another doll) They were so cute and sweet and I really really wanted to know how to make them. Fast forward to this past week, and we got out my new package of crochet hooks, a few spools of yarn, and I sat at the Master's feet and learned how to crochet a dolllie. If you want to know how to make them, here is a link to the AMAZING DOLL PATTERN. Sharon and I didn't follow the pattern. Since she already knew how to make a doll, we just winged it, and shaped it according to our liking, which is the reason that our dolls are two different sizes, and the dresses completely different. We just went with it, and it was FUN.

My dollies name is ROSITA, because she looks like a Spanish flower. Sharon's doll's name is Clara, so named by Kolby.

Cinnamon Rolls


2 tbs. yeast
1/2 cup warm water
3 tbs. sugar
*Combine in a small bowl and set aside

2 HOT cups water (you can also use scalded milk)
1 tbs. salt
1/2 cup oil (i use veggie or corn)
6-8 cups flour

*In a large bowl pour HOT water, salt and oil. Add two cups of flour. stir. When the yeast mixture has grown add it to the large bowl. mix together. add one cup of flour until you can knead. Knead for 5-10 mins, cover and let sit for one hour to rise.

Roll the dough out into a giant circle (or you can cut the dough in half and make two circles, using a rolling pin. Melt about 6 Tbsp of butter and pour over top of dough. Add a generous amount of cinnamon and sugar. Roll up dough lengthwise and slice into width you desire. Place rolls on greased cookie sheet or pan. Let rise for another hour.

Bake at 375 until lightly brown, about 25 minutes, depending on the thickness of your rolls. Top with Cream Cheese Frosting.

4 Tbsp melted butter
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 pkg cream cheese, softened

When mixing, add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time so it's not overwhelming to mix in. Pour over cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

This recipe makes a lot of cinnamon rolls. If you find it too much for your family, after you have rolled them out and sliced them, but before you let them rise in the pan, line up the extra rolls on a cookie sheet and freeze them. When they have frozen, put them in a double lined ziploc bag. When you are ready to have them, simply place them on a greased pan on your counter, and let them thaw a few hours. As they thaw, they will rise. Bake as directed. Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Shoes!

I forgot to add the link to the cute baby shoes my sisters and I have been making. If you want to make them, go to Stardust Shoes. The link to the cloth shoes is on the right hand side. My sister added her own strap to make a buckle for the boys shoes, attached with a button, and we added a bow to the girl shoes. All you need are some scraps of material and some 1/8" elastic. Go for it!

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Science Project

Kamy had to do a science project for school a few weeks ago. We decided that she would see which soap was better at preventing germ growth: Antibacterial or Regular Soap.

We chose two subjects who were bound to be harboring lots of germs: Keaton and Kolby. We waited until the most germ-abundant time: Right after school.

We put one squirt of regular soap in Keaton's hands, and one squirt of antibacterial soap in Kolby's hand. Kamy timed them for their 20 seconds of scrub time, and then they rinsed their hands under water to remove soap and germs.

Then Kamy rubbed a Q-tip over Keaton's hand, and then rubbed the Q-tip in a little glass dish to deposit any germs that may have been left. We did the same with Kolby's hand. We marked which dish had been swiped from the antibacterial soap with a big A.


Then we put a few drops of chicken broth in each dish, covered them up, and set them in a warm place for a few days, not to be disturbed.
After a few days, we checked the dishes to see if any bacteria had grown, and if so, which one had more. Kamy noted that the dish with the big A, for antibacteria, had actually grown more bacteria. Therefore, the regular soap actually prevented more germ growth, than the antibacterial soap.
Kamy brought her experiment to school, along with the bacterial-ridden dishes, to demonstrate her findings. It is her opinion, that if you want a more germ-free life, then you buy regular soap, instead of antibacterial soap.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Crafty Projects

So we had three main projects that we meant to work on when everyone was here. One of them isn't finished yet, so I can't show it to you, but we also worked on some other little projects. The cute little pair of baby shoes pictured above were a big hit. Sharon brought the pattern and we all fell in love.

Melissa and I had the supplies to make this cute messenger bag, which can also double as a diaper bag. The picture shows the inside of it, with all the elastic pockets. The outside is decked out in Velcro pockets and hidden zipper pockets. It took three of us, ALL DAY, to figure out the pattern and get the bag made. It kicked our butts. I don't think I'll ever make this bag again. However, if you are more gifted at following a pattern than I am, you might try to make the bag yourself. Here is the link to the instructions. Have fun. Don't blame me if you throw the bag across the room in frustration.


Then we all made these cute watch bracelets, which were the hit of the weekend. Melissa brought all the watch faces and beads, and after we each picked out the colors we wanted, we made our cute chunky watch bracelets.

We all wore them to church the next day. Here is a picture of the top side, as well as the underside of our cool bracelets.



Courtney spent the weekend painting some pictures for me to hang on our wall. She calls them her "Sexy Trees" paintings. I think they look so cool. She did a fantastic job.

There were also some projects that were worked on that I didn't take pictures of. Kim made some curtains for her kitchen that looked really cute. Bethany helped me with my bag, but she also was crocheting a blanket for a friend of hers. Rebekah made a cute purse. Melissa cut Kamy's hair. Kim made a ton of doughnuts for us all to eat all weekend, and we made lots of yummy food to keep us all happy.
After most of the girls left on Sunday, Shavonne and Sharon and I had a project that we've been wanting to do for a long time. Do you see this sad little doll in the next picture? It was a doll that my mom made for Shavonne when she was a little girl. It has 4 faces that you can twist around, to show the baby sleeping, surprised, happy, and sad. It's seen a lot of love, so it's not in the best shape right now. It was our goal to re-create this doll. We aren't done yet, but have made a lot of progress.

Finally, yesterday we made these cute little baby shower gifts too. They were so easy to make.
So that is what we have been working on, and why I have neglected my little blog. Sharon is still here, staying an extra week, and we have even more things to work on. So I'll be absent a bit longer, but I'll be back!

Weekend Pictures

These are my girls that came to visit me last weekend. This picture was taken on Sunday, right before church. The snow had just started to melt off by the time they left after church.


You may wonder how we accommodated all the extra bodies at bedtime. We had two air mattresses, a comfy couch, and an extra Queen bed downstairs. The three extra kids that came shared beds as well, so everyone had a nice place to sleep.



Here is a picture of everyone working on a project. Stay tuned for the next post to see what we did.

We did manage to escape the house Saturday night after the snow stopped dumping down on us, to go see the new movie "17 Again". We all piled in the van and went to the theater. It was a really cute and funny movie.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Beautiful Weather and Hidden Treasures!

It was a total blizzard the weekend that all my sisters were here. We had planned to go on a hike to Garden of the Gods, but the weather changed that. All but two of my sisters left on Sunday, so with the remaining two, we went on our delayed hike to GoG on Tuesday. It couldn't have been nicer weather. So beautiful.



My sister Shavonne showed us how to Letterbox. It's like following clues and looking for treasure. When you find the box that is hidden, it has a stamp in it and a little book. You are supposed to use the stamp to stamp your own book, showing the different letterboxes you've found, and then you stamp their book with your own stamp, and write down where you live. This shows whoever hid the box how many visitors they've had and where they have come from. It's pretty fun. The kids thought of it as looking for treasure. There are Letterboxes all around the world. You should check it out. I'm sure there are some in your area. Spend an afternoon and go Letterboxing.
Some of the boxes are hidden pretty well. This was the first little letterbox we found. It was in an altoid tin. But the clues led us right to it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Super Small Sneak Peak

I know I've been absent, and it's not like me to go so long without posting!! I've been super busy crafting with my sisters. I'll try to post again soon, with what we've been so busy making, but until I get to that, here's a sneak peak at our telephone pictionary game that we played. Just as a reminder, the first person writes a sentence. The next person draws a picture to go with that sentence, and covers the sentence so that only the picture is showing. The next person writes a sentence, based on the picture they see, and so on. This one, by far, got the most laughs, tears, and side-aches as we read through it. (click on the picture to enlarge)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Make Breakfast Special Any Time of the Day.

I think if you woke up someone with this yummy French Toast filled with Strawberry Cream Cheese, they would be your happy servant for the rest of the day. I don't have a picture because it was too yummy to delay eating, so you'll have to use your imagination.

Strawberry Cream French Toast

Filling
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp strawberry preserves
1 Tbsp orange zest

French Toast
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
8 slices Texas Toast

Combine your filling mixture in a small bowl and set aside. Mix together your eggs, milk, and vanilla extract in a shallow bowl. It says in the instructions to slice a pocket into the side of the bread and add in a spoonful of the cream cheese mixture, and then to dip the bread into the egg mixture, and cook over medium heat on your skillet until both sides are lightly browned. If you are adventurous enough to do this, I say go for it. I never have. I just make the french toast like normal, and reserve the cream cheese mixture to spread over the top after it's done cooking. Either way, I think it tastes pretty darn good. We serve this with OJ, hashbrowns, and sausage.

Oh, and while you are making this yummy breakfast (we have it for dinner instead), make sure someone is watching the little one....especially if she is really interested in nail polish.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Shepherd's Pie

I've been making this recipe for Shepherd's Pie for years. It was one of the first recipes I made from watching Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meal show on Food Network. Before this recipe I had heard of Shepherd's Pie, but I had never made it myself. In fact, I remember that my friend Tara use to make her own version of this meal, with tomato sauce in it, and topped with a layer of cheese.

However, this is the only version I know how to make. It is very good, and very comforting on a cool night. It also freezes very well, so if you want to make a double batch, you can bake one and pop the other in the freezer for another time.


Shepherd's Pie

(for the potato topping)
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Tbsp sour cream
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup cream
Salt and pepper
Paprika

(for the meat mixture)
1 1/2 pounds ground meat (I use ground turkey)
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp butter
1 cup chicken broth
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup frozen peas

Alrighty. Brown your meat and onions and carrots in a frying pan. Cook until the onions and carrots are soft. Season with salt and pepper to taste. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add flour and stir for a minute or two over medium heat. Add the chicken broth and Worcestershire Sauce. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Mixture should have thickened up. Add to the meat mixture and stir in peas. Place this mixture in the bottom of a casserole dish.

While the meat mixture is cooking, boil your potatoes until they are fork tender. Drain water, and add in your sour cream, egg yolk, cream, and salt and pepper. Mash together. Spoon potatoes over the meat mixture evenly, then sprinkle the top with paprika.

Bake at 450 for about 15-20 minutes. You just want to get it all heated through and the top to be lightly browned. That's it. If you had leftover mashed potatoes from a previous meal, they would work just fine for this meal. Just scoop the leftover potatoes over the meat mixture instead of making more. If you are going to freeze this, wrap it in aluminum foil very well to prevent freezer burn. Remove from freezer 24 hours before you want to bake it, letting it thaw out in the fridge. Cook time will be a bit longer, since the meal is cold. Bake at 400 for about 30 minutes, then you can boost up the heat to brown the top before you serve it. Just use your judgement on cooking time, to make sure it's heated through.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Fickle Weather

One thing that's nice about the weather in Colorado Springs, is if you don't like it one day, well....it's bound to be different the next. This picture was taken on Saturday. Heath and the kids spotted a fox in our yard. I missed the whole thing because I was scouring bathrooms, but they took a picture for me. How nice.


This next picture is what we woke up to the next day, Easter morning. I was confused as to whether we were celebrating the birth of Jesus or his Resurrection, because of how fluffy and Christmas-like the snow looked. It was very beautiful, falling down in huge fat snowflakes.

But it didn't last long. This next picture was taken the following day. Almost all of it was melted off by noon. I think that is the best part about living here. I love having snow, but I love even more, having it melt off so quickly.

Like I mentioned before, I have my family coming into town for the weekend. I have a few postings saved up for you though, so you don't miss me too much. I've included a few recipes. So have a fabulous weekend and I'll meet ya back here on the flip side.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"NO, I Cannot Give You Their Number!"

The phone rings.

I answer it.

"Hello"

Silence

"Hello?"

"Yes. I need to see Dr. Michaels Today."

"I'm sorry. This is a home number. The Doctor's office changed their number and I don't know what it is."

Sigh. "Why don't you have the number?"

"Because I am not their messaging service."

Seriously. I think I might just disconnect my home phone service. I think the only people that call me are Heath and my sister. The other 10 calls I get everyday are for the blasted Doctor's office, who selfishly changed their number and didn't tell any of their patients. I'm annoyed.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Planning Menus

I like to plan out my menus for about two weeks at a time, but at least 10 days or so. I find that the longer I go between store visits, the more I save money. If I go every week, my budget gets blown. (Especially if I send the husband to the store. Most of you know what I mean.)

So when I make up my menu, I put down our simple favorites first. These include Spaghetti, Meatloaf, and breakfast for dinner...like pancakes or something. These are very cheap meals for us, and the kids love them too.
Then I think about any meals that I can use ingredients for more than one purpose. For example, on meatloaf night, I pop in a few extra baked potatoes. I reserve these in the fridge (after I remove the pulp from the skin) and the next night, I make Baked Potato Soup. Cook once, use twice. The same thing goes for Ham. When I buy ham, I usually have enough leftover for a few meals, so if I make Ham and Potato Casserole one night, the next night I can use the ham in my Chinese Fried Rice, or I can add the ham to our Breakfast for Dinner night, etc.

Some meals I make automatically make a double portion, like my Floating Tacos or Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. I make it the night we want to eat it, and then instead of putting the leftovers in the fridge, I double bag it in a freezer-safe bag and pop it in the freezer, to be used another time.

Then there are the meals that if I make sure to buy an extra pound of meat, I can double the recipe easily, and put the extra meal in the freezer, or take it to a friend in need for them to have for their dinner.

Another thing that is important, since I try to go to the store as infrequently as possible, is that I make the meals that require fresh ingredients first. That way, the veggies don't spoil before I get a chance to use them. If I make a big batch of freezer meals right after I go to the store(which is the best time to do it because you have everything on hand and defrosted), I put them all in the freezer, then make new meals every night until my fresh ingredients run out. Then, I start using the freezer meals. Make sense?

This week, my meals include Spaghetti, Sausage Penne, Floating Tacos, Meatloaf, Baked Potato Soup, Strawberry Cream French Toast, and Shepherd's Pie. Next week, we are having Ceasar Salad Wraps, Pizza, Tacos, Philly Cheesesteaks, Ham and Potato Casserole, Parmesan Chicken, Stroganoff, Chinese Fried Rice and Chicken, Lasagna, Funeral Potatoes and pork.

I like to write down all the meals I've planned on the fridge, so I pick which one sounds good to me that day, and either get it out of the freezer, or make it fresh. I don't like being strapped down to a specific meal on a specific day.

Half of these meals I can partly prepare ahead of time, if not all the way. I can cook up all the meat for the pizza and tacos. I can dice up all the ham and divide it up. I can assemble the Parmesan chicken and freeze that, and I can make the funeral potatoes and the fried rice. So, I can do a lot ahead of time. As much as I like to cook, some afternoons are just too crazy to make the meals I want. So I save myself time (and dirty dishes) by doing it ahead of time.

Hope these tidbits helped you with your menu.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

It's time I let you in on a little secret!

Well, it's not a secret really, but most of you don't know. A week from today, I will have 10 special visitors stay the weekend with me. I will be shuffling home from the airport 5 sisters, 1 sister in law, one best friend, and 3 of their kids to have an amazing craft-filled 3 days. Luckily, two of my sisters are extending their stay, but mostly everyone will be leaving Sunday afternoon. A quick trip to be sure, but we've got it jammed with lots of fun things.


This is a picture of my sisters and my mom. It was taken in August. My youngest sister Nancy (the one holding the feet) and my mom are the two that will be missing from the craft weekend, but the rest will be here, along with the two not pictured, my sister in law Melissa and my best friend from High School, Bethany.

We are going to sew, bead, paint, knit, go on a hike to Garden of the Gods, go to a late-night movie, make lots of yummy food, and have our own version of a "Girl's Night". I can't wait!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Updates

Kamy is doing much better, after her fall. Her face is almost all cleared up, with just a few scratches left. She was very brave at school when she went back, after staying home one day. Her teacher took extra care in making sure the kids knew not to tease her about it, and to protect her from all the other kids at school. I was really thankful.
Kamy has been thinking hard about how she wants to spend her 50 dollars. She will pay 10 percent in tithing for the church, and after that, she says she wants to spend the money doing something for the family. She hasn't decided yet, what she will buy, but some of her considerations are: Family Fun Night at the roller rink, Dinner out, or a Wii game for the family. She is giving a lot of thought to this, and I am very proud of her. Not once did she consider keeping it for herself. Her first thought was to do something for the family.
As for Kolby's devious theft of all things sugar, his time in "jail" did a lot to make him think about his actions. He has been really good about asking me for things lately. He hasn't gotten into anything for a few days, but I've kept a close eye on him. He knows that I'm watching. It's not over yet, I'm sure, but it's much better than it was last week.
There's been some sickness around here. I finally went to the doctor on Saturday, because I constantly suffer from earaches. Rather, it's the lymph nodes around my ear that swell up and feel like a sinus infection, only around my ear. So I got some medicine for it, and I've been feeling a bit better. Today, Kolby is home from school because he is wheezing in his chest. I gave him some soup, medicine, and cough drops, and sent him to bed. Hopefully it's just a minor cold, but I'm keeping an eye on him.
George, Keaton, and Heath have been fine. They are as happy as ever. George has taken to wearing all 4 tutus at the same time. She's constantly dressing up for us and twirling around.
So that's a quick update for you. Thanks for all the advice, comments, and love you've left me recently. I appreciate it.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Top Ten List

I saw this on my friend Rebecca's blog, and thought it might be fun to list here. So here are a few top ten things for me.

10 Favorite Snacks/Treats
1. Reeses
2. Chips and Salsa at a Mexican Restaraunt
3. Peanut butter chunk icecream
4. Apple slices with chunky peanut butter
5. These Chocolate Chip Cookies
6. Orange Rolls
7. Hot chocolate
8. Fresh Bread, right from the oven
9. Flat Earth Peach Mango Chips
10. Rootbeer and popcorn

10 Places I've Visited
1. Disneyland
2. Grand Canyon
3. Hawaii
4. Vancouver British Columbia
5. Atlantic Ocean (S.C.)
6. Pacific Ocean (WA, OR, CA)
7. Gulf of Mexico (MS)
8. Florida
(That's about it, besides places I've lived)

10 Stores I Shop at
1. Costco
2. Walmart
3. Hobby Lobby
4. Goodwill
5. Ross
6. JoAnn Fabric
7. Khol's
8. Albertsons
9. Old Navy
10. Mervyns

10 Things I buy at Costco
1. Chicken
2. Produce
3. Potatoes
4. Sour Cream
5. Cheese
6. Milk
7. Lunch Snacks
8. Dishwashing Soap
9. Sandwich meat
10. Bread

10 Crafty Things I Make
1. Christmas Bird's Nest Ornaments
2. Christmas Wrapping Bags
3. Baby Blankets
4. Purses
5. Dolls
6. Scrapbooks
7. Tutus
8. Curtains
9. Aprons
10. Jewelry

10 of my Favorite Things to Wear
1. Pajama Bottoms
2. Socks
3. Pink Scarf
4. Jeans
5. Gray Skirt
6. Camis
7. My "Snuggie"
8. My Babydoll Crocks (broken. Need to buy another pair)
9. Necklaces
10. Husband's sweatshirt

10 Shows I watch on T.V.
1. LOST!!
2. Survivor
3. Amazing Race
4. Fringe
5. Grey's Anatomy
6. American Idol
7. Food Network
8. So You Think You Can Dance
9. Dancing with the Stars
10. The Bachelor

10 Things I do in my Spare Time
1. Blog
2. Write
3. Sew
4. Cook
5. Read
6. Organize
7. Scrapbook
8. Watch Movies
9. Talk to friends
10. Dance with the kids with the music turned up.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Coupons

I'm going to start The Grocery Game again. I did it last year when we were living in South Carolina for a few months. I really liked all the great deals that I got. Even after the cost of buying newspapers, and subscribing to the Grocery Game, to get the list of what to buy, I still saved money.

You should check it out, if you are interested. I'll answer any questions you have. You can try it for four weeks for a dollar. By then, you'll know whether you want to continue or not. My only advice, would be to gather up a few weeks of coupons from the Sunday paper before you start. It helps you get immediate savings.

Friday, April 3, 2009

What am I to do?

You may remember THIS POST about Kolby's love of sugar. Lately, his sneaking around and stealing snacks has gotten out of hand. I am just at my wits end. I have no idea how to punish the kid. He just doesn't care, whatever the punishment I give him. He'll eat what he wants, and get into what he wants, and he could care less if he is punished for it, or if he gets caught at all.

I keep a 5 pound bag of starbursts out of reach of the kids, and I use it to persuade Kolby to read to me, and do his homework. Well, there are no more starbursts in the bag. Kolby left his wrapper evidence behind the couch.

I keep a bag of cookie dough in the freezer. Well, I did. Kolby ate them all.

There are fruit snack wrappers, cracker crumbs, and gum wrappers under his bed. Today, I caught him with the chocolate syrup and caramel syrup behind a chair.

Yesterday, he spent the whole day within the confines of his room. He could only leave to go to the bathroom, and he had to get my permission first. I let him come out for school, but as soon as he came home, he went right back up to his room. I brought him his meals so he could eat, although I was tempted to let him have nothing but bread and water. Yesterday was the only day he didn't get into anything, because he was in "jail", so to speak. Of course, judging by the wrappers under his bed, he just may have a stash I don't know about.

I have taken away everything that matters to him, and still, he won't stop stealing food, snacks, and treats. I don't even keep that many sweets in the house, for goodness sake. But if it's there, he finds it.

I seriously need Kolby to get a punishment that matters to him. We already grounded him from sugar, or any treats of any kind, but it hasn't phased him in the slightest, since he manages to get into it anyway. Help. Please.

Rib Man

Last week we treated the kids (and ourselves) to lunch at Texas Roadhouse. It's not very often that we go out to eat, and after we got the bill, we were reminded why. However, everyone loved the food. I, especially, love the rolls with the cinnamon butter. So good.

So Georgie and Kolby both got mac and cheese. Georgie still wants to sit on Daddy's lap as she eats.

It was discovered that Keaton is a rib man. He was so sure in what he wanted to order, and after he started eating his ribs, kept telling our waiter how good they were.


I ordered the chicken fried chicken, with mashed potatoes and white gravy. Quite possibly my favorite meal ever. Kamy normally goes for the ribs, but for some reason, this time she just wanted the chicken strips. I think she wished she ordered the ribs after hearing Keaton go on and on about how fantastic they were.

Not much more news going on over here. I have to apologize for the lack of posting, and lack of creativity lately. I've been feeling a bit under the weather, but I think I'm on the mend. I think my immune system has just been lacking in strength. Anyway, thanks for sticking around. I'll try to come up with another story from my childhood for you. Soon.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Bad Luck Day

Kamy had a terrible fall on the way home from school yesterday. She doesn't remember tripping, but she must've landed on her face because she is terribly scraped up. Her eye has the makings of a shiner, and there's a huge lump on the top part of her cheekbone. Her lip is about 3 times the size, her teeth are bloody, and there's scrapes up and down the left side of her face. Poor thing.

She is staying home today from school. Hopefully the swelling will decrease enough tomorrow so she can go back. I tried to take a picture to show you, but she requested that I not post a picture of her on the blog. I don't think I'd want my hammered face to be made public either.

This happened the day after she found the 50 dollars, and she said "Well, I guess I can't have good luck everyday!".