Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
There were many Little miss and Little misters riding in cars. I think I saw some this year that I haven't seen in the past. I don't think anyone from this area reads this so I think I am safe in showing this since I cropped out the names and most of the cars.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I don't know how I get in these situations....
My nephew R (different one from post a few days ago) graduated from college a few weeks ago. Now R is a great kid and hoping to start medical school this fall. To say this boy is smart is crazy...this boy is a genius. He as not only Valedictorian he got so many scholarships they pay him to go to school. He only lives a mile from me but we don't see them often, both families too busy and just not super close but when we do see each other we enjoy his company. I guess R had a girlfriend at college who lived way off somewhere (Oklahoma I think) and had to go back when school was out. She drove back here a week ago to spend some time with R and his mom said she could stay there, that is until she got there. I guess after a few days R's mom threw her out....when I got up this morning she was asleep on my couch. My DS says she just needs a place to sleep, has no money and can't afford to drive home and has to get a job. I love teenagers...I really do, but I am not very comfortable with this girl I met twice moving in my house. She seems nice, but very immature. How do I have her here when I have no idea who she is. I am
not rich, I don't have a lot of expensive "stuff" and she may be the most honest person in the world, but what if she isn't? When I fell asleep last night there were 6 teenagers here and I assumed she and R would leave and go back to his house but when I got up R had gone home and she was asleep in the living room with 3 teenage boys. I woke my son up then and he was the one to tell me of her plight. Why Me!
One a much happier note I just looked up my DD's year end grades and I am one proud momma
> Algebra 2 100.36
> Art 2 100.00
> Biology 100.76
> Desktop publishing 100.00
> English 10 101.28
> Spanish 2 101.25
> United States History 100.00
Monday, May 21, 2007
How's this picture Kim? Apparently some people just don't enjoy pictures of dog doo, who knew? This is my new camera that is finding its way to me via fedex later this week. I figure if I get this camera on Thursday or Friday I may be able to figure out how to turn it on by next week and maybe even learn to take a picture or so by the time summer is over. I really am going to have to study the book on this one.
This is my firstborn (on the right) and my nephew who just returned from his second round in Iraq a month ago. I just heard on the news 15 more soldiers killed over the weekend....over 70 in May. That is 70 families missing their husbands, wives, children, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters. How many children will never see their fathers again? How many mothers and fathers will never hug their children again? It just breaks my heart..........
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
It says on the email this movie was made by a 15 year old girl. If it was I applaud her understanding of a difficult situation.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Mothers day was nice and pretty laid back. We met my mom at a small pizza place down the road early in the afternoon for spagetti then we all went to watch the schools drama program. Later in the evening I decided I wanted a Monte Cristo sandwhich from Bennigans. I love this sandwhich and since the nearest Bennigans is an hour and a half away I don't get it often. My wonderful family drove me all the way to Bennigans and they were OUT OF MONTE CRISTO SANDWHICHES. How in the world do you run out of Monte Cristo Sandwhiches. Combine that with a young punk waiter who tried to cheat me on the bill and it wasn't my best Bennigans visit. I ended up sharing a Kilkenny chicken salad with my DD and having ice cream somewhere else to make up for the loss of my favorite sandwhich.
My favorite part of Mothers day was when my DD gave me a card she made herself and my Son gave me a big hug and said "happy mothers day mom."We stopped on the way home from dinner and bought some bright pink flowers for me to plant and I am excited to get them in the ground I just have to get myself moving today. It is 5:30 in the afternoon and I can't get anything done. I need to get used to exercising again to get some energy going.......no more excuses.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
1. I am so unorganized that I never finish anything and I mean anything. I am very creative, have great ideas and I am great at getting people started on something but I never finish.
2. My job is really cool. I go to peoples houses and help them do things that their disabilities do not allow them to do. Clean (which I can do to other peoples houses), bath, shop etc.
3. The first time I shaved my legs I was staying with a friend and she was shaving hers. She asked if I shaved mine and I said "of course, its just been awhile." I was about 10 or so and didn't want to seem not cool.
4. I have adult ADD. (see 1 above) The doctor that diagnosed me a couple of years ago doesn't like to give medicine to adults with ADD because she says at some point you have to learn to live with it. I bought a book about learning to live with adult ADD but I can't concentrate long enough to actually read it. It has been in my bedroom for 2 years and I haven't gotten past the first chapter. Some members of my family get very frustrated because I never can get everything clean or finished, but they don't understand ADD.
5. I really really really love to read. If I like a book I can read for hours and finish a book in one day. I know this doesn't seem right after number 4 but books like that don't hold my interest.
6. The only job I ever wanted was to be a mom. Even when I was in high school I knew I wanted to get married and have 3 kids. I didn't make it to 3 kids but I am happy with my two. I like my job but I have trouble leaving home when my kids are home even though they are teenagers. It really affects my job because when I am at work I really want to be home with my husband and kids, but I like my job and need to work.
7. I have something called cranial pseudo tumor. It's a weird thing that causes lots of headaches and pressure behind your eyes. One doctor told me if I didn't let him take the pressure off of my spine and brain I would be blind in less than 3 years, that was 7 years ago and I am still going strong. My symptoms have decreased over time and now just flare up occasionally. I'm too big of a chicken to let them do anything if I don't have to.
8. I can break out into tears at any time. I cry at the drop of a hat. Commercials, movies, songs, pictures, the wind blowing through the trees, even Little house on the Prairie reruns. I really cry if someone else is crying for any reason, even if I don't know what the reason is.
9. My husband means more to me than anything in the world. I even hate it when he leaves for work and we have been married for a long long time. He gets on my nerves sometimes and I am sure I get on his, but I am always so happy when he is around.
10. I hate the word cancer. So many people have been taken from me and my family because of that horrible disease. Tonight I went to the Relay for life and listened to the list of people who had lost their battles and it just makes me sick. Both of my in laws died from cancer, both my maternal grandparents, my cousin (at 38 years old) and so many more.
OK that's my 10...I will be tagging people tomorrow or Sunday but right now I am so tired and completely losing my concentration that I have to get up from this chair and walk around;-)
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
The end of school is looming and with that comes STRESS STRESS STRESS. My DD is so stressed she is just about in tears all the time. She is a perfectionist when it comes to her school work. She has been on field trips and school related outings most of the last two weeks. This is a child that will NOT miss school and hasn't missed a day in years. She is now behind in all her classes and needing time to catch up. Today was teacher appreciation day and she is in Beta club and on teacher appreciation day Beta club helps teachers all day. They miss class all day. Two field trips last week. Monday was an all day drama practice so she had to miss classes all day then. Tomorrow is relay for life, so no classes. Friday is prom (a different schools prom she is attending) so she has to leave early which makes her miss half her classes. She is in charge of her teams relay so that means lots of extra work. She has drama practice after school every day. Thursday and Friday are drama performances that will make her miss a couple of classes. I just checked her grades online and her lowest grade is 99.06 but she is afraid it will drop. I, on the other hand am helping with relay tomorrow. Friday we are getting ready for prom and Saturday is drama performance/dinner theater which DD and I are in charge of. I do work well under pressure which is a good thing.
The good news is I sat in my Aunts living room the other night and counted out $16,000 dollars that the grade school had raised so far for cancer research. I know there have been at least another thousand since then. Tomorrow they will probably have a total for K-8 will be close to $20,000. Then we get to add the High Schools total in tomorrow. I think they were close to $7,000 and that should go up tomorrow. If our little school can raise that much money think of what everyone could do if they tried. SV school district has between 600 and 700 students in K-12. I am so proud of the work these kids and teachers put into this every year.
Our school is small and everyone knows everyone. Most of the teachers in this school are people you know, are related to , went to school with or you at least know their family. There have been very few teachers my kids have had that I didn't know before they were my kids teachers. To prove my point....the teachers that I hope to help at relay tomorrow are the 4th grade reading teacher, my Aunt A. The 4th grade science teacher, my other Aunt A(they are actually twins). The 6th grade math teacher, my cousin B. I could go on, but I think you get the idea.
Saturday my DD's relay team is doing dinner theater for the schools drama program. Every cent of profit they make is going to the relay. DD and I ended up in charge. (The drama coach is my cousin M) Friday night my daughter has prom. We haven't even made a hair appointment for that yet. She will be out about all night Friday and we have to decorate early Saturday for the dinner theater Saturday night.
Today was the first day of the May day weight loss challenge. I must admit I didn't do well at all. I was home a total of one hour between 7AM and 10PM. I didn't eat all day but I stopped at the store to pick up some stuff for relay and when I got back in the car there was a twinkie in my mouth. I have no clue how it got there. I didn't even realize I bought the darn thing until I was eating it. I need to plan ahead and have healthy snack around when I get that hungry so I won't do that again. I did eat a lean cuisine for supper but supper was at 10:30PM. I think most of the stressful stuff will be over next week and then the next few weeks should be smooth sailing through the end of school.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
A little challenge to those of you who love to take pictures. What do you see every morning when you look out your front door? Do you see wildlife, asphalt, grass, sidewalk or another front door? If you aren't comfortable with showing the front, take a picture of what you see out your back door. If you don't have a back door take a picture out a window. What do you see and do you enjoy what you see? Who do you share your view with? Leave me a comment so I can link back to you and see the view from your front door.
My front door looks out over a long yard, small road and more woods. I also see some major spots in need of grass seed but our soil has a lot of clay and it is hard to grow grass sometimes. love the view but sometimes I read/hear other people talk about their next door neighbors and I wonder if I would enjoy that. It sounds enjoyable at times, and I'm sure there are times it isn't. Where I live the term neighbor can be anyone within a 3 mile area. I do have 1 neighbor I can see (actually 2 but the second one is a mile away and I can just see his house on top of the hill at night when his lights are on) but when neighbors aren't within yelling distance its hard to be friendly. The dog in this picture is my neighbors dog that fathered my little herd of puppies. He won't go home. I think he figures if he got lucky once the chances are good for it happening again. I have news for him.....my dog has now been surgically altered and that won't happen again.
Show me your front yard...and tell me about your neighborhood. If you do this on your blog please leave me a link so I can sneak a peak. I will "challenge" a few people to do this and see what happens.
Kim- it may be time to buy a camera. I need to see Fred and Nancy.
On a little lighter note...I just bleached my entire kitchen floor to try to get my puppies to understand it isn't an outhouse. I never realized how much the smell of bleach in a kitchen reminded me of my grandma. I had the best grandma in the world. She was exactly what my idea of a grandma was. She lived on a farm and never learned to drive. She raised 9 kids, 6 of whom became teachers. The other 3 did other wonderful things with their lives. Grandma had a lifelong love of books and learning and she never quit. She went to area schools once a week and read to kids. I had the privilege of driving her to schools and actually helping her a little when she started a library in a small area school that didn't have one. She never talked bad about anyone. She taught my adult Sunday school class. She made homemade bread for everyone in her family every couple of weeks. She hosted Christmas eve for our entire family (usually 50 or 60 at least) every year. You could tell grandma anything and she wouldn't judge or offer unwanted advice. She would listen. She always made you feel better when things weren't going well. She knew I loved peppermints and many times had one in her pocket for me when I visited or took her to read. She kept cookies in her freezer and would always get a few out to thaw when you showed up at her door. I almost forgot where I was going with this one. Grandma kept bleach by her sink and always put a little in her dish water and always mopped with a little bleach in her water. My kitchen smells like hers always did, at least until the puppies get loose in there again.
I was looking through my computer earlier for a picture of Grandma and realized that when my computer screwed up a few months ago I lost them all. The man who worked on my computer saved all my pictures in my documents folder but all my pictures of grandma were in emails family members had sent me. I still have plenty of regular pictures but I would so have loved to show you what my Grandma looked like. Is anyone reading this? Tell me about your grandmother.......