Archive for August, 2009

school and more school.

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

First… a tour of Izzy’s new classroom!  We went last Friday to see her room before school started Monday.  Melanie showed us around 🙂 … Here is the communication device table.  Look at all those cool devices! (oooh…ahhh!)


Here is the CRV (I think that’s right and not sure what it stands for, but Melanie checks it out from the library for the blind for Izzy).  It is so cool and Izzy loves it!


Here is Izzy’s office!  Notice all the orange?


Melanie had a present for MOI!  I heart her.


This is the rest station!  See the cute soft comfy orange and pink pillows.  They have been enjoying this area daily this week!


Izzy has been doing great at school.  First grade is GREAT!  Here are a couple of notes from her teacher (Melanie).


Izzy had a great first day.  During Mrs. Weber’s class she was extra attentive.  She completed a page on syllables and sat by Isabelle (a friend from last year) during story time.  During the story Mrs. Weber asked what kind of ice cream they liked and Izzy raised her right hand for chocolate!  The next story was about Molly the shortest girl in her class.  Molly loved her grandma and when Mrs. Weber asked the class who loved their grandmas Izzy raised her right hand! How cool is that!  A grand day!


Another great day in 1st grade!  Izzy was very verbal all day today.  She raised her no hand for Mrs. Weber when asked if anyone had a question.  She raised her right hand (yes) when I came to July for her birthday month! In music she sang!  She was very attentive and had a great day!

Bailey started high school this year and Emelia started middle school.  They are both having a great first week too!


I helped Amanda move into her dorm today at OU.  We had lunch at Victoria’s and then faced chaos like you cannot imagine at the campus!  So many people, so much stuff, so many lines.  It was insane.  But she is moved in and her room is small but cute.  Her new roommate (Rachel) seems really nice and her family was very helpful and nice too.  I already miss having her here, but am so excited for her.  I’m thinking it’s going to hit me tomorrow morning when she’s not here to say, “good morning ma.”  I’ll really miss that.  She is the official door locker and checks all the doors every night.  She has already texted me to remind me to lock up.  🙂 She has big amounts of concern :).



Sunday, August 9th, 2009

I’ve been sort of freaking out about my upcoming birthday.  It’s a monumental one.  I just don’t feel forty. I almost can’t say it.  Seriously.  I’ve been doing a lot of psychoanalyzing on myself and have really had some realizations that  I think will help me through it.  First let me preface by saying I realize forty is young.  I know many people who are older than forty and seem very young to me so it’s not like I think forty is old. 

I have always been the young one.  I was the baby sister in a family with two older brothers.  I was one of the younger ones in school with an August birthday.  I started working for the State of Okahoma at 17 and was the youngest in the office.  Not only was I the youngest in years, I was always thought to be younger than my actual age.  People still mistake me for Amanda’s sister rather than her mother.  People act shocked to hear I am the age I am and instead of wearing that proudly I find myself embarrassed to admit my age and will sometimes be very vague about it saying simply, “I’m in my thirties.” which is not a lie.  Not for a few more days anyway.

Seeing Amanda grow up before my eyes and so quickly adds to the mix.  She is 19 now.  She leaves for her new home … a dorm room at the University of Oklahoma in a couple of weeks.  Don’t worry about a lack of activity in our household, there are still three to keep things moving, but there will be a huge void because she is such a big part of our daily lives.  I have compartmentalized these feelings waiting until the actual time to deal with it.  I’m good at that. Blue Cross North Carolina

So I have been thinking about beauty.  About associating youth with beauty.  I have been thinking about the fact that we all grow older…  About what I want to be when I grow up.  Not professionally, but just me.  Who I am and who I want to be.  I think I need to concentrate on inner beauty and stop freaking out about growing a year older.  I know it.  I hope that after the birthday comes and goes this thought will remain clear to me.

last days of summer.

Friday, August 7th, 2009

It’s been a fun & busy week.  Wednesday my friend Melody took me to lunch at the Paseo Grill. 


 They had tons of vegan choices (well… fourish).  I had pasta with veggies and it was delish.  We shared some fried green beans too.  She gave me a card welcoming me to the “club.”  I said, “No thanks :).”  She also gave me some fun things like this book…



and a shape magazine.  I told her I thought she was trying to tell me something :)… she said she just knew I was on a health kick lately. 

I worked Tuesday and Thursday, but driving home both days I stopped off at the Edmond Walmart who happened to have some morningstar products our local walmart doesn’t carry.  I had to get one of each to try.  They had mushroom burgers, italian herb chicken patties, and asian burgers.  We really liked all of these.  They are all vegan.  Matt liked the asian patties best.  There is a recipe for spring rolls using them I imagine I’ll try soon.  The italian chicken patties were good on buns with marinara.  We had the mushroom burgers on french bread with sliced avocados.  Yum! 

Today started early with a trip to Kohl’s for Emelia.  We had some Kohl’s cash and coupons mixed with tax free weekend… She got three jeans, six tops, and a belt for $60.  Pretty good deal huh?  Afterwards we stopped at Rue21 and Bailey got a new belt.  He is so thin he almost has to wear a belt just to keep his jeans up.  Poor kid 😛 … 

The next stop was my brother’s office at the department of public safety for Bailey’s learner’s permit.  He was able to take the test there and barely passed.  He did pass so that’s all that counts and I wouldn’t have known the shape of the railroad signs either.  We all had to go celebrate the permit with Falcone’s pizza afterwards.  Mike and Bailey chose the restaurant.   (I had to snap a pic with my phone of his first attempt to drive).


I came home to feed Isabelle lunch and then had to run errands with Amanda.  Her car had a low tire so we took it to have it checked and the tire shop was running behind.  We walked to the auto parts store and bought windshield wiper blades (which she has been needing to replace) and put them on all by ourselves.  I was so proud.  I have always had the guy at the auto store do it for me, but since we had walked there rather than drive…  They were still working on the tire so we went in a local diner called, “Harley’s,” which we had never been into and had a coke and snack.  It was fun and spontaneous just to walk around and do whatever we wanted.  We went to get her license renewed after they finished looking at her tire and then picked up her pictures at CVS. We didn’t go to Circuit City.  It was a fun afternoon!

And look what was delivered when I got home…


Pretty flowers from my friend Jacki.  So sweet of her!

I’ve also been getting the strangest cards from Tulsa, OK.  One had been signed “Happy Birthday,” one was signed “Matt P.”  I’m on to you John Tiefenthaler!!!!! 

Tomorrow is slip and slide at church.  Giving away like 500 backpacks full of school supplies to the kids in our community.  After that we’ll be getting packed up for our trip to Missouri.  I’m taking the kids to Roaring River and am very excited to get away for my dreaded birthday. 

On the strike front (AT&T), district 4 settled on a contract today at 5 p.m.  This is a good sign!  Matt wasn’t thrilled because they settled but I am very glad and will be happy to be off strike watch.  Hopefully district 6 will settle soon as well.  I saw the reports of a slight decrease in unemployment rates this morning.  It was like a tenth of a point, but in true Pollyanna fashion I just have to say I’m glad it went down instead of up!

to camilla. our favorite p.t.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009


Happy Birthday Camilla!


Annie, Amanda & Isabelle

blogging barbie.

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009


I love this picture of Barbie blogging away.  Love her chinese food at one side and cordless phone on the other.  Love her empty cans by her feet .  So cute.  I have been neglecting the old blog lately just because life is busy and crazy.  I haven’t had time to go through my bloglines, haven’t had time to comment much on blogs or even read my emails.  I hope when school starts I can resume a little more blogging because I do love it and love my friends I have made all over the world through blogging. Now to post about cross country moving companies

birthday weekend.

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Paula’s (Matt’s mother) birthday is July 25.  Isabelle’s is July 26. Amanda’s is July 28.  Mine is August 9th.  So we always do a birthday celebration here around the end of July or first of August.  Some traditions stay the same… like:

School shoe shopping!  Emelia called Kohls to see what time they would be closing Friday evening.  When she heard 11 p.m. she was determined we go late.  I suggested we take Jane Ellen’s cool convertible for fun.  Here are the three girls in the back getting really wind blown!  (I was driving … and taking pics 🙂 ).


Here we are very wind blown when we arrived at Kohls (after 10 p.m.)!


Emelia was unusually picky about shoes.  She had piles around her that were just not what she liked…


We drove away at 11:05 with four pairs of shoes (Melanie: Izzy’s little nikes have orange and she loved them 🙂 …)

John’s artichoke heart/sun dried tomato/greek olive pasta.  My favorite!  He makes it every year for my birthday and I love it.  Happily there are leftovers hidden tucked away in the fridge for later.  If I am ever  hungry again!  I’ll have to start a diet (JUST KIDDING) after this weekend with so much good food.  Maybe I can find the best weight loss pills. Doubt it 🙂 …

Funny card exchange.

Sitting at the dining table reminiscing about marmar.

Mom’s cinnamon rolls for breakfast, nicknamed nini crack.  Yummo.

Matt and John napping while the golf channel plays on the television.

Trying to remember just how many pots of coffee Matt and Paula drank.

Trips to the dollar store for silly stuff like matching sunglasses for the girls and Jane Ellen.


On another note.  Look what mom brought me.


I had a collection of crosses on this wall for forever!  I thought it would be a nice change and I love it.

I’m off to snuggle iz and nap off the pasta!

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

What are your favorite shoes right now?  I think my favorites are just plain old flip flops. I found a pair of cute plaid flip flop type sandals with heels that I like too… and some really uncomfortable hot pink shoes that are really really cute.  Will you sacrifice cute shoes for hurty feet?  I have to admit I do but I always throw a pair of old navy flip flops in my car in case I have to run in the grocery store and don’t want to be in pain.  I’ll be glad when it’s cool outside and can pull out the Ugg womens shoes. They are ugly but comfortable!

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

What do you think about metal tiles? I have seen them in magazines, and think they can be pretty when used in the right way. I personally have never had any metal tiles in my home/kitchen.   Speaking of homes and kitchens… I would love to have a makeover in my kitchen.  I am tired of the white cabinets and hardwood floors.  I’d like to paint the cabinets a french vanilla color and get new flooring!  Wouldn’t that be pretty?