Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Reading


3 books I read every year. I have read The Christmas Box for over 20 years. The theme? Redemption.

PS  
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever book was in a box of freebies at our public library. It has WITHDRAWN FROM HUDSON LIBRARY stamped all over it. And a pocket in the back for the check out card. Published in 1972 when I was 7. 
More than you wanted to know.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Pounding the Pavement


Door knocking with Carla Stream. She asked "What has it been like 9 hours already?"
Uh, 40 minutes babe.


This is what I said while door knocking yesterday. "Hi my name is Carla Stream and I am running for County Board. I need signatures on this petition to get my name on the ballot for the April 3rd election. If you would be willing to sign I would really appreciate it."
This is what this INTROVERT was afraid she might say, " UM I UHHH. Hi. I don't normally talk to strangers and I don't remember my name. But I am running for something. County Board?? This paper is important. I'm not sure why. You should sign it. And don't be alarmed when I burst into tears and run down the street."

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sanity Fairy



Years ago when I had 4 Streamers under the age of 8 I didn't think I was going to make it. Seriously. My youngest was fit to be tied ALLOFTHETIME. But a miracle came into my life in the form of a friend. She earned the title of Sanity Fairy and would stop by with treats and games and fun and conversation. She would love up my kiddoes and tell me that yes indeed I was going to make it. And it seems that I did make it through those crazy, physically exhausting, mind numbing days.(The days are long, the years are short)
This post is in honor of my very own Sanity Fairy named 
Kristi Noser who still sprinkles sanity over my life. I love you very much. And I cherish our friendship.
If you have a Sanity Fairy of your own then bless her good today. 
If you don't have one, get one.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from The Streams!!




The annual Stream family turkey coloring.  And writing out what we are thankful for.
Love you alls.  All y'alls.
PS We learned our Thanksgiving names from a meme on facebook.
Patrick  Henny Messy-Dressin
Carla  Hot Bunns Pie Head
Josh  Yammy Feather Bottom
Sarah  Yam Bam Tryptophanny
Nathan  Deep Fried McStuffins
Tim  Salty Wishbone

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I am Mr. Stream


I got to spend the morning with this beauty at Joyful Noise preschool!! It was Grandparents Day and I was asked to stand in the gap! 
How wonderful to reminisce to when my now 20 year old was in the very first Joyful Noise preschool class.
Thank you Brynnbug for always calling me Mr. Stream and saying that you are thankful for Mr. Stream's cats!! Iloveyou

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Happy 14th Birthday, Nathan!!




We love you and we love celebrating 14 years of YOU, Natedog!!

PS
I love our birthday celebrations!! Full of love and laughter and homemade cards and inside jokes and a birthing story thrown in! 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sigh

Dearest Hobby Lobby,
Please get it together. It doesn't have to be like this between us. 
Love you,
Carla

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

HOME



21 years ago today we moved into The Streamstead. It seemed so big as I was pregnant with our eldest son Josh. We filled this home with kidlets(making it seem smaller)and put off home projects to raise them!! We have gone back and forth about staying or moving. We are staying. Staying and doing all of the things to the house that we dreamt of doing 21 years ago!! Adding that 5th bedroom to an unfinished corner of the basement, tiling a shower in the master bath so 6 Streams don't have to use the same one. New carpet, new flooring, finishing the laundry room, taking out a half wall to OPEN it up, and various other exciting things!! woot
PS Children actually did come trick or treating while we were hauling in furniture. kindabusyherekids

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Exempt

There was a message waiting for me on the answering machine.  It was from Nathan's math teacher stating that he was 1 of the 2 students out of 75 8th graders who received 100% on his math pretest.  HE DID NOT HAVE TO TAKE THE MATH TEST THE NEXT DAY!!!  Whoooooop!
Way to go, buddy!! 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Losing It

I didn't want to walk this morning. So I did. I ran too! That'll show me. The scale flashed a number I haven't seen in 4 years!! I have lost 15 pounds since surgery in March! 
Exercising more and eating less. Hey that could catch on.
I will be working on a book today. And a video. Maybe a shake.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Senior Sarah



Just Eat It

I try to help my family make healthy eating choices by putting fruit on the table. Bananas, apples, mandarin oranges, grapes and peaches.
Nathan said to me the other day, "Mom, why do you keep putting out bowls of rotten fruit?"
I just smiled and chose not to say what I was thinking.
(IT DOESN'T ROT IF YOU EAT IT) 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cherish This

This year the school bus picks up my precious cargo(Nathan and Tim)and drives right by our house. Every morning I see my Tim's hand waving frantically out the window as it goes by. And mom does the same. 
Thank you buddy.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Walkabout

Once upon a time there was a Carla sipping coffee and skimming facebook in her jams. She knew she needed to move the bod and get out there and walk! So she did. She walked 2 miles and swallowed a bug. This little piggy coughed and hacked all the way home. The moral of the story? Stay inside Carla with your jams, coffee and facebook. 
The End

Friday, September 08, 2017

Running for County Board!!

Carla Stream
The Conservative common sense choice for St. Croix County Board!!

Monday, September 04, 2017

27

Yes. I'm 27!! No I'm really not.
One of the first dates I had with Patrick was to the MN State Fair. Since then we have gone every year for 27 years.
Happy 27th babe!!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Just for a Moment

I can pretend they are heading off to EP Rock Elementary(or Elf School)and not walking to catch the middle school bus.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

School Daze


August 17th. First day of school.  This momma is not ready!!
Sarah 12th  Nate 8th Tim 6th

Monday, August 07, 2017

Sarah Ann


Happy 17th Birthday to my favorite and only daughter Sarah!!  I love you so much SarahBeara!! It has been one of my greatest joys watching you grow!! You have my heart.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Winner

I won the lottery today!!! While paying school fees online I stumbled upon Tim's lunch account balance. $81.75!!! I would like to cash that out please and pay the rest of the school fees with it. Thank you.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

So it Begins

I have decided to run for County Board in District 5!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Games

I like to play this game in the Walmart parking lot. I call it Don't Get Killed. Kind of like Frogger. I race with the cart to my van. All the while trying not to get hit by a vehicle that wants to kill me. So far so fun.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

OhMyHeart

I share the following letter with you today to encourage you, my fellow parents. I once had 4 Streamers under the age of 8. It sometimes felt thankless. It was hard. And it was good. But I usually felt like I had no idea what I was doing.
Was ANYTHING I was saying or doing making it into their hearts and brains? I so longed to plant seeds and be the kind of mother that I wanted. TAKE HEART dear friends. They are listening. They are soaking in what you are saying. And God will take our little and make it much.
I found this letter on my nightstand the other night. From my 20 year old son.


Hi Mom,
I apologize for taking so long on this, but I didn't want to buy a card or scribble a thoughtless project together...
I hold nothing but admiration and love for you and Dad because of how much you have changed and matured your past self to better the lives of not only yourself, but everyone around you and the future of your children. Along those lines, I cannot begin to comprehend the weight of the harsh trials that you have endured, but even after all of them, instead of lowering your head and accepting how it is, you raised your gaze to the sky and stood in the rain, smiling, refusing to fall into the patterns of what was and is no more. I feel you are the strongest woman I will ever meet in my life and I will always appreciate God's transformation in you. I cherish the memories we have made, I am encouraged by the tears we have shed, and I will always glow in radiant pride because my mother is Carla Stream.
Thank you. 
 With all the love a human heart can possess,
Your son
Joshua Patrick Stream

Monday, June 19, 2017

Always With Me



And Aubrey was her name,
A not so very ordinary girl or name
But who's to blame?

For a love that wouldn't bloom
For the hearts that never played in tune
Like a lovely melody that everyone can sing,
Take away the words that rhyme it doesn't mean a thing
And Aubrey was her name
We tripped the light and danced together to the moon,
But where was June
No it never came around
If it did it never made a sound,
Maybe I was absent or was listening to fast,
Catching all the words, but then the meaning going past,
But God I miss the girl,
And I'd go a thousand times around the world just to be
Closer to her than to me
And Aubrey was her name,
I never knew her, but I loved her just the same,
I loved her name
Wish that I had found the way
And the reasons that would make her stay
I have learned to lead a life apart from all the rest
If I can't have the one I want, I'll do without the best
But how I miss the girl
And I'd go a million times around the world just to say
She had been mine for a day

Songwriters: David Gates
Aubrey lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, David Gates D/B/A Kipahulu Music

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

12 Years!!


Thank you hardly seems enough for all of the staff at Rock Elementary School that have poured into our children for the past 12 years!! We are grateful for all you have done!! Thank you for the memories!!
Josh 20, Sarah 16, Nathan 13, Tim 11