Archive for August, 2008

saturday 9

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Saturday 9: The Happy Labor Day Meme

1. What are you doing special this weekend for Labor Day? Nothing special…  I bought steaks to grill tonight.  I think it will be one of the last weekends to swim so we’ll probably spend some time in the pool.

2. What was your best vacation this past summer? Didn’t have a vacation this summer 🙁

3. Did you do anything special for the 4th of July? Went to my brother’s house for a cookout and then to my friend Miki’s for a firework display.

4. What did you do special for Memorial Day? Can’t remember…

5. How was the weather? Tell us where you live and how the weather was as compared to summers past.  It was hot.  It is hot most summers in Oklahoma. 

6. Did you discover a new favorite summer drink? nope… just the usual coke with sonic ice.

7. Did you enjoy this summer’s Olympics? Yes.  It was fun to watch.

8. I am from New England (Rhode Island). Lobster rules supreme in the summer. Is lobster part of your summer ritual? Nope, we’re in the middle… meaning no fresh seafood. Summer food is more about grilling and fresh veggies from the garden.

9. What was the best single day of your summer? I don’t know, there were a lot of good days this Summer.

know & tell

Friday, August 29th, 2008

1. How far in advance do you start getting ready for back-to-school (whether for your own kids, or for yourself when you were in school)?

I usually start picking up school supplies when the main stores like Target or Walmart have them out.  You know, when boxes of crayons are five for $1…. I grab at least 10.  Which means I have stacks of crayons… Oh well.  I guess I could take up coloring as a hobby.  When it’s time to actually go back to school we go shopping to fill in the gaps.

2. Do you have any picky eaters who need special considerations for lunches? What does a typical bagged lunch look like in your house?

Amanda eats at home, after her morning at high school and before heading to her college classes, Bailey takes cash and being the pickiest person in our household I’m afraid a lot of days he buys chips…  I buy things for him to take but he doesn’t feel like it’s cool to take a lunch.  Emelia loves everything and loves the cafeteria.  So, she just eats at school.

3. What supply items do you skimp on and what are you willing to shell out the big bucks for?

We probably spend the most on backpacks… I pick up the other things when they are on sale.

4. Do you get your kids up, or do they get up on their own? Any snooze-hitters that have trouble waking up? How about the opposite, any kids that are up at the crack of dawn?

They have alarm clocks… Matt is up before I am and makes sure they are up.  Bailey’s bus comes a full hour before Emelia’s bus… Izzy usually wakes up when I do.

5. Any cafeteria horror stories? Is school food as bad as they say?

You know how I hate fruit… well it was revealed to me in sixth grade that they smashed bananas to put in the chocolate sheet cake to meet nutrition requirements… chocolate cake has never been the same for me 🙁

6. How important is it to you to make sure your kids have the latest styles and trendiest accessories?

Not that important.  I like them to look nice and cute… but they all have their own styles!  I do enjoy dressing Izzy in cute gymboree outfits.

7. Remember the movie Kindergarten Cop? If Arnold Schwarzenegger was your child’s new kindergarten teacher, how would you feel?

I think I’d be okay with it… I would probably question why he gave up his position to come teach the little kids, but we’d adjust 🙂

friday fill-ins

Friday, August 29th, 2008


1. When I’m sick I’m last to admit it and pray that it goes away fast.

2. When I take a walk, I think about all the things I should be doing.

3. Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy the things needed.

4. Cotton makes me comfortable and leather makes me think of shoes and car seats…

5. The strangest person/character I’ve had lewd thoughts about was __________. Lewd?  Lewd is defined as inciting to lust or lechery; lascivious… so, I can’t say that I’ve had any of those thoughts about anyone or anything strange.

6. My favorite color these days is black or white not to be confused with black & white… because they are classic colors and I like the way they look.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to staying home, tomorrow my plans include grilling and swimming and Sunday, I want to go to church and enjoy a long nap!

faith lift fridays…

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Hand Delivered Bouquets
by Max Lucado

Through Christ, God has accepted you. Think about what this means. You cannot keep people from rejecting you. But you can keep rejections from enraging you.

Rejections are like speed bumps on the road. They come with the journey. You’re going to get cut, dissed, dropped, and kicked around. You cannot keep people from rejecting you. But you can keep rejections from enraging you. How? By letting his acceptance compensate for their rejection.

Think of it this way. Suppose you dwell in a high-rise apartment. On the window sill of your room is a solitary daisy. This morning you picked the daisy and pinned it on your lapel. Since you have only one plant, this is a big event and a special daisy.

But as soon as you’re out the door, people start picking petals off your daisy. Someone snags your subway seat. Petal picked. You’re blamed for the bad report of a co-worker. Three petals. The promotion is given to someone with less experience but ‘USC water polo’ looks. More petals. By the end of the day, you’re down to one. Woe be to the soul who dares to draw near it. You’re only one petal-snatching away from a blowup.

What if the scenario was altered slightly? Let’s add one character. The kind man in the apartment next door runs a flower shop on the corner. Every night on the way home he stops at your place with a fresh, undeserved, yet irresistible bouquet. These are not leftover flowers. They are top-of-the-line arrangements. You don’t know why he thinks so highly of you, but you aren’t complaining. Because of him, your apartment has a sweet fragrance, and your step has a happy bounce. Let someone mess with your flower, and you’ve got a basketful to replace it!

The difference is huge. And the interpretation is obvious.

God will load your world with flowers. He hand-delivers a bouquet to your door every day. Open it! Take them! Then, when rejections come, you won’t be left short-petaled.

God can help you get rid of your anger. He made galaxies no one has ever seen and dug canyons we have yet to find. “The LORD … heals all your diseases” (Ps. 103:2–3 NIV). Do you think among those diseases might be the affliction of anger?

Do you think God could heal your angry heart?

Do you want him to? This is not a trick question. He asks the same question of you that he asked of the invalid: “Do you want to be well?” (John 5:6). Not everyone does. You may be addicted to anger. You may be a rage junkie. Anger may be part of your identity. But if you want him to, he can change your identity. Do you want him to do so?

Do you have a better option? Like moving to a rejection-free zone? If so, enjoy your life on your desert island.

Take the flowers. Receive from Him so you can love or at least put up with others.

I got this email just a little while ago and thought it would be perfect to share for a faith lift this Friday morning… thanks to Betty for sending me uplifting emails… Sheryl is the host of faith lift fridays!  She is a returning college student so she’s busier than usual, stop by and say hello and cheer her on if you have a chance.

f4t

Friday, August 29th, 2008

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Food 4 Thought Friday

Breakfast
If you were given one extra hour everyday – how would you use that time?
I would sleep an extra hour!

Lunch
What is your favorite season and why?
I love Fall because it’s a refreshing break from the heat of Summer… and the colors of leaves changing colors is so pretty… but then I love Spring because it’s so nice to see things turn green and bloom after dying a Winter’s death.

Dinner
Are you a tight squeezer, a delicate hugger, a back patter, a hand shaker, or a hands off completely person?
Probably delicate hugger.

Midnight Snack
Have you ever gone skinny dipping? If so where?
sure… in water…duh!

Recipe for this Week (instead of your recipe for life – what is it for just this week?)
Trust God… get as much sleep as possible… don’t be afraid to say “I’m Sorry!”… eat as little as possible… and trust God.

To play along go here ~ haha!

13 thursday… things I need to do today!

Friday, August 29th, 2008
  1. Go to Sam’s!  My list so far:  dishwashing liquid (love the huge bottles that last for weeks), baby spinach, box of personal pizzas (for bailey), kashi cereal (for matt).
  2. Run by credit union.
  3. Stop at Kohl’s and return a pair of pants I bought for Emelia that didn’t fit.
  4. Go to the beauty supply and buy bleach, developer, some colors, and more foil… and a few combs since Antoinette (Lorenzo’s sister) melted two of mine straightening her hair! Oh! and the biolage stuff Niecie asked me to get!
  5. Run in Rue 21. Just for a sec.
  6. Stop by Ulta and buy the makeup case with the coupon and put away for Christmas for Emelia (amanda bought one herselft this weekend and Emelia loved it.)
  7. Return Mendy’s call.  I haven’t talked to her in forever!
  8. Climb in the attic and get the Fall boxes down because the door wreath I want to put up is in one of those boxes!
  9. Sort through the lavendar totes and get rid of clothes that I never used and Izzy has outgrown (mostly little jeans she never wore).
  10. Use emptied tote to pack up some things in a box in the pantry and add to holiday section of attic.
  11. Find a place to put the pasta maker I just got… anyone want it?  Really.
  12. Do CADs!  I have a stack to finish and I’m not “into” it.  I have to pick up 35 more tomorrow!  YIKES.
  13. Finish this post so I can get started (gotta get izzy dressed and ready for school!)…

Happy Thursday!

Who’s your man?

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

I saw this meme over at Sandra’s place… she’s right, we do a lot of memes about our thoughts and stuff but not much about the hubs…

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1. Who is your man?

Matt.

2. How long have you been together?
Met in 1985.  Married in 1989.

3. How long dated?

four years.

4. How old is your man?

41

5. Who eats more? He does.  No doubt!
6. Who said “I love you” first?
He did

7. Who is taller?
Him, not by much though…

8. Who sings better?
Me.  Not by much though 🙂

9. Who is smarter?
Me.  Just kidding.  Kind of… He can win trivial pursuit and discuss things like politics and stuff I don’t care about… but I can beat him at a Sudoku match!

10. Whose temper is worse?
his.

11. Who does the laundry?
I do

12. Who takes out the garbage?
He does.  Unless I do first.

13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed?
He does

14. Who pays the bills?
I do

15. Who is better with the computer?
For software and programming it’s me, for anything hardware and building and rebuilding etc, that’s him.

16. Who mows the lawn?
He does

17. Who cooks dinner?
I do

18. Who drives when you are together?
Me.

19. Who pays when you go out?
me.  with his money 🙂

20. Who is most stubborn?
me.  and him.

21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong?
both of us.

22. Whose parents do you see the most? Mine.  they live a block away.

23. Who kissed who first?
It was a mutual thing

24. Who asked who out?
He asked me out

25. Who proposed?
He did

26. Who is the most sensitive?
He is.  for sure!

27. Who has more friends?
Me.

28. Who has more siblings?
me.

29. Who wears the pants in the family?
He does.  Don’t tell him otherwise.  Please.

30. How did you meet?
At camp rock creek, on fourth of July.  At a picnic.

teacher’s note…

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Thought I would share the note for Izzy’s first week of school from her teacher.

August 13th, first day of school.

This week Izzy went to Mrs. Grissom’s classroom and visited friends Aden, Anna, and Emily. Izzy knew these three because they were in her class last year. They were happy to see her. Mrs. Grissom read a story and talked about the days of the week. By Thursday Izzy’s friends were beginning to ask a lot of questions about Izzy and her chair. I told them there were some very important things that Izzy and her mom would like for them to know. We talked about accidents and what that word means. That it is no ones fault, etc. Then I told them she had an accident in the water and that accident left her body not working in the same way theirs does. We discussed the importance of always staying away from water unless they are with their parents. We talked about what it means to be safe around water.

Next I explained all the ways Izzy is just like they are. I talked about how smart she is, how she likes hugs, toys, laughing, eating, friends, animals, going swimming, taking trips… we talked about how her heart is just like theirs and how she loves her family and friends. I explained that just because part of her body works differently than theirs that her eyes and ears are just fine and she can hear the kind of things they say and can see the things they want to show her. It went very well.

The first week of school we learned about the letter L. Last week we learned about the letter O and this week we are learning letter G. Next week it will be letter H. We talk about the letter, practice making it hand over hand. Listen to the sound it makes and try to make that sound and talk about upper case and lower case letters.

She seems to be more comfortable in her pink chair but we are using her purple chair for our academics when in our little room. It fits under the table we have for her and gives her great positioning to see what we are doing.

Izzy is doing her vision therapy with me and really seems to like looking at objects on the light box. We practiced counting, singing the alphabet and talk about the calendar. My goal is for Izzy to make choices in order to communicate her preferences for answers. Izzy shows me daily that she is paying attention and understands what I am asking her. She tries to look at what I request and will attempt to reach for what I present.

Wednesday is media day. We will be checking out books for her to bring home.

This week I will be introducing Izzy to our new talking Dora crayons! It should make art time fun!

Izzy is a sweet girl and I am very excited to have the opportunity to spend more time with her working and playing!

Melanie C…. 8/25/08

Izzy’s teacher Melanie, her para Michelle, her therapists Camilla and Margaret… they are all priceless…

wordy wednesday

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

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It’s been a busy Wednesday morning around here!  Overall it’s going well… beds made (check), laundry done (check), dinner planned (check), Izzy fed breakfast (check), Izzy with foot splints (check), Izzy in stander 30 minutes (check)…  I have a big stack of CADs I need to work on in a minute and then it will be time to get Izzy to school! YIKES.

To update my review of the WEN product I mentioned… I’ve used it a few more times and I think it is getting better.  I still feel like my hair isn’t as clean as I like.  I normally use biolage which smells so clean to begin with and usually wash and wash again before using conditioner.  I like clean.  Anyway, this stuff smells pretty good, kinda minty.  It doesn’t lather.  At all.  It’s like putting conditioner on your hair.  But you leave it on for the whole time you shower (five minutes or more) and then rinse it off.  You use a lot.  It’s recommended that you use like 24 pumps of it minimum.  It’s hard to use so much of something that was $30 for a small bottle, but I’m giving it a fair shot.  I have had several people say my hair looks smoother than they have ever seen it.  It’s naturally curly and I prefer it straight.  I have been staightening it more and even with the normal humidity of Oklahoma it’s been staying straight without getting frizzy.  I am not sure yet… a)if I’ll re-buy… my hair is going to have to show drastic results to buy more or b) if it is going to drive me crazy feeling like my hair isn’t clean enough.  I’ll keep you updated, I know you are just on the edge of your seat! 😛

I marinated chicken yesterday to grill.  At 4:45 I went out to fire up the grill and noticed the flames were not very high.  Oops… time for a new bottle of propane.  Matt (usually) gets home at five and is hungry, more now that I’ve been starving limiting his portions.  So I opted for plan B which wasn’t a plan at all, but almost an entire pizza left in the fridge from the night before.  I put it in the oven to make it crispy again and fixed a spinach salad and broccoli on the side.  I put the chicken in the fridge because it’s better anyway if it marinates longer, right?  Then Matt calls to say he is working late.  Really late.  So, at 10 p.m. he got what resembled two slices of pizza but has turned into a cracker with dry cheese because it sat in the over (I did remember to turn it off – duh!) for hours & hours!  That’ll teach him to be late!  No not really, I just didn’t have a plan C… Well, I could have a plan C but by ten I wasn’t willing to do a plan C.  He didn’t complain.  He’s a saint.

I was looking through the folder that was sent home from school with Isabelle yesterday evening.  I didn’t read read everything but kinda glanced at everything and thank goodness I noticed the snack schedule!  She is the snack bringer for TODAY!   I had no idea.  She wasn’t on the schedule for last year in pre-k, probably because she doesn’t stay in the room during snack time and doesn’t always partake in snacks… but I don’t mind bringing them… just glad I know to bring them.  So some time before I take her which is only a couple of hours we have to run to the store and find something healthy.  I had bought some chewy fruit things at Sams that say 100% of daily vitamins… for snacks for the big kids.  I think it had about 50 packs inside and thought… I can take out 19 of those and send them.  They are healthy.  After reading the notes from the teacher it said “do not send chewy fruit or candy.”  Okay.  I’ll have to go to the store.  Izzy’s favorite snack is gogurt.  But, I doubt I’ll send that.  We’ll see.  Any suggestions (please don’t tell me to slice fruit! UGH)?

Okay, I’m out!  Too much to do to keep typing your ear off.  Have a great Wednesday!

monday morning meme

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

 

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1. What are you up to today? Be specific. We’ve talked about your morning routine before, now walk us through a typical Monday for you after breakfast is over. How do you feel about Mondays? A fresh start to your week? Or do you dread the drudge of getting back to the same old routine?

I usually eat something quickly while feeding Izzy her breakfast while checking email and blogs etc.  The time I spend feeding izzy is true multi-tasking because I am stuck sitting and try to do all the sit down things I can like make phone calls etc.  So when we get finished eating breakfast I pick things up and make the beds if I haven’t already.  Then I start laying out clothes for school and getting things ready for her lunch.  The mornings seem to be a big feed fest :)…  I usually feed her a noon and watch the first part of 7th heaven.  Then I get her dressed and me ready and take her to school.  I look forward to Mondays.  I like the start of a new week and it’s nice to have a quiet house after a hectic weekend.

2. Earworms – we all get them from time-to-time. What tune do you have stuck in your head at the moment? How important is music to your life? List some of your favorite songs – and I’m talking about songs that evoke a strong emotion in you; joy, anger, sadness, etc. Do you have one particular song that brings back a certain time period in your life? What is the song and what is the time period?

It’s a song we sang in church today.  It goes something like, “waves of mercy waves of grace everytime I look I see your face your love has captured me… every step I take i take in you you make me move jesus every breath i take i breath in you…”  I listen to music all day.  All types.  I have been listening to a few cd’s this past week.  Mama Mia and Nathan Tasker.  The song “Slip, Slide, and away,” takes me right back to 4-5th grade.  The news station always played it while rolling the schools closing due to snow or ice.  I loved that song.  And more than that loved having a day out of school!

3. Who have you needed to say thank you to lately? Who is this person and what did he/she do to prompt a thank you?

Mom.  She is always there for me and I take her for granted.  There aren’t many people who love you totally unconditionally.  She does.   She comes down everyday to help with Izzy’s therapy.

4. How many candles will be on your birthday cake this next birthday? What do you think about the age you are now? Are you comfortable with what you’ve accomplished in life so far? Or do you wish you could have achieved more? You’re being granted one birthday wish – what is it?

A lot.  It’s old :)… Nah, I just don’t feel as old as I am in years.  I am almost enjoying it though, I feel like I am finished with the young petty stuff.   I’m not really happy with what I have accomplished in some areas while in others I am.  Izzy’s accident was definitely a setback… but the kids are all such good kids and I’m proud of them.  Very proud.  One birthday wish?  What else?  Izzy walking & talking!