Sunday, June 29, 2008
Here's a quick pic of the fam from our Disneyland trip. When I have a chance, I might post some more.....We had a blast!! This was taken in California Adventure toward the start of evening, which is why we are wearing our hoodies. The weather was awesome - high 70's to mid 80's. It was somewhat overcast in the mornings, which burned off later on in the day. We were in the parks for two days, so we got there at opening and stayed until closing. Needless to say, my joints in my legs are still a little stiff! My new Nikes saved my feet (which usually get really sore), but my joints had it by the end of our second day. It didn't matter, though. It was SO fun being on this trip with my family.
I was teary at first, thinking about how everything must be through the eyes of Ben, a seven-year-old, and how much fun the girls were having......It had been four years since our last trip to Disneyland, and Ben was so little, he doesn't remember it. So, this time it was so great to have all three of our kids able to ride all of the rides (well, almost all - there were three Ben couldn't ride). We commented about how nice it was not to have a stroller, and have to deal with all of the things you have to deal with with toddlers and babies at Disney. It's definitely more fun and easier with older kids!!
My favorite rides are Pirates of the Caribbean and Thunder Mountain Railroad. Joe and the girls loved California Screamin,' which I went on too, but I'm not too crazy about the loop-de-loop!
Uhhh....Just writing about it, makes me want to go back and be with my family there again.....
Sunday, June 22, 2008
So. Swimsuits. I need a new one for our Disneyland trip. I went to Sears the other day, and afterwards, vowed to never swim again. Ugh. I don't like my body right now. It's better than after I had Ben, of course, but, I'm seeing that I'm almost 38 years old and in need of exercise.....Even though I still think I'm 20, my body doesn't quite respond in the same way......Well, I went to Wal-Mart for a swimsuit yesterday and found a tankini-style suit with boy short bottoms. I'm still almost 38, but the suit was flattering. So, I guess I'm going swimming with the kids in California. :)
Oh! I also made a couple of cards recently. One card I made at the paper store I frequent. She had $1 Wednesdays, where you can come in and make something for a buck. It was fun! I used the card as inspiration and made a graduation card for a friend's son.
For this card, I cut out a star from thin cardboard and covered it with glass glitter (yes, it's made of glass). Then the mini banner is outlined in glitter glue type stuff called "Stickles." The antique soda water label is cut from a large sheet of a repeating pattern. The blue stuff behind the star is sparkly blue yarn.
I bought some of my own blue sparkly yarn, as you can see. I printed the mini banner on my computer and outlined it with glitter. I stamped a graduation cap in blue on grey paper, since the grad's school colors are silver and blue. Then I used striped vellum and the stripey paper, attached with star brads.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Are there any moms out there more with money-streching ideas for kids?
Well, with golf, I have a long way to go.
I do think it would be fun to take a class and learn to golf well, so it could be an activity Joe and I could do together in the future. I think it would be cool to be able to go out and enjoy the outdoors and play.....With our two girls not far from leaving out home, I want us to have things we enjoy doing as a couple......
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I answered: cleaning up pet and people barf. I knew my answer immediately, because I've been cleaning up kitten barf today. Not sure why she's barfing, but there ya go.
What's your least favorite chore?
Monday, June 16, 2008
Right after school, I picked up Melanie and Kelly to go get their hair done. Melanie got acrylic nails the day before. She got a "French" manicure, but instead of white tips, they are black!
Mel getting curls
Mel fixing Kelly's hair that didn't hold up so well between the salon and Kelly's house
Melanie's dress is white with black and silver glittery polka dots. She wore silver shoes, silver jewelry and carried a silver purse.
What a good-lookin' kid, huh?
Kelly, Faith and Melanie. We realized they had a polka dot theme going on! Kelly had silver sequins on her dress, and Faith had polka dot lace! Don't they look great?!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
This Saturday, was their graduation. Each man had to complete a "Man Plan" in order to take part in the ceremony. There were 215 guys in all, graduating this weekend (about 90 per service). Joe graduated during Saturday night services. I was his accompanying witness. It was pretty awesome, and our church made a big deal out of it. Our pastor was crying the whole time, and so were a lot of the guys and their families. Our kids were able to watch him, which was really cool. Here are a few pics the kids took, and a little video too.
Here we are walking down the aisle toward the stage. Everyone was standing and clapping while all of the guys' names were scrolling on the big screens with processional music. Joe is in front of me in the red Hawaiian shirt with a goatee.
You can see Joe's face right behind the grey haired guy with the black Hawaiian shirt.
I had to give a date to this graduation, because there will be two more in the coming years. The second "Men's Fraternity" will begin in October. It will be interesting to see what more God has in store for my man and for the men of our church.
If you're interested in Men's Fraternity, I have included the link on my sidebar.
On Friday, I went with Ben on his first grade field trip to the zoo. We all rode the school bus, and I had two other boys in my group. Whew! Keeping track of boys at the zoo is hard work! One boy was pretty hyped up, so Ben's teacher took him for the second half of the day. Then, I hooked up with a friend of mine and we got to team up and talk while we went along.
At the zoo, there was a play ground with an "otter slide." There were SO many kids - I think it was field trip day for a lot of other schools. We were a little afraid to let them loose, so, we told the kids in our group that we would stand in one spot, and when it was time to go, we would wave at them. We didn't lose one kid! Yay!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
So. I will now post something happy and crunchy.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
(I know it sounds weird, but you will love it)
1 cup salad oil
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon celery seed
2 tablespoons corn syrup
6 cups fresh spinach, washed and dried
2 cups strawberries, sliced (or any fruit desired for color)
3/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
For dressing, shake together all ingredients. Toss together salad ingredients. Toss dressing with salad just before serving, sprinkle dressed salad with pecans or slivered almonds (if desired).
*I made it without the onions (I forgot) and I don't like pecans, so I left those off. This is one of those salads, that you're not sure will taste good - especially if you're a picky eater like me. Then, you eat a bite, and can't STOP!!
Finally....when are we finally going to get some sun in Washington? It was actually snowing in the mountains and passes yesterday! I'm sick of this!
Finally....when are people going to finally return to proper etiquette and start sending thank you notes for wedding gifts, baby shower gifts, graduation gifts and birthday gifts (sent through the mail)?
What is your "finally?"
Friday, June 6, 2008
TODAY. I did it. I dropped off my application paperwork to the sonography program. Whew. I have one more thing to do, and that is fax them my Psychology grade once I get it. Other than that, I wait. I will know by August.
It's amazing how fast these last two years flew by in some sense. I think about all that I have accomplished and how hard I have worked. Very, very, intense at times, but I'm proud I never gave it less than 100%. Now, the fun part is around the corner......It almost seems like a dream. Oh wait- it is a dream. My dream. Coming true.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
The thing is, I just didn't enjoy high school. In fact, on the last day of my senior year, our teacher let us out two minutes early. I made a bee-line for the "check out" table, and then to my car, so I could LEAVE. I didn't hang out. I didn't say good-byes. I just left. It was a great day.
I just didn't fit in anywhere. I was a pretty girl, but didn't have much money for trendy fashions, and lacked some social skills, too. I made the JV cheer squad, but that was only because one of the cheerleaders was found drunk at a dance, so they called me (the runner up) to take her place. Some people said I was "popular," but I didn't think so. I didn't party. I didn't drink. I didn't have sex. I had a couple of boyfriends, and not much of a social life. I was nice to everybody. Said "hi" in the hallways constantly as I walked to class. I was in the "peer helper" club called "Natural Helpers," which was something you had to be voted into. I guess people thought I was a good listener or something. I just wish I had more fun.
I shouldn't say it was ALL bad. I met Joe my sophomore year, and we started going out toward the end of my junior year. I had fun with his friends and all the social stuff they did. We also went to Young Life together, and I went to a Young Life camp. I finally felt like I had a social life. But, then he graduated and left for the Navy. All his friends went to college. I felt lonely my senior year. I even withdrew, and didn't eat lunch in the cafeteria or on "senior bench." I sat with some other misfits in the home ec room during lunch. We had great conversations.
My saving grace during my senior year was drama. I auditioned for the old lady, "Mrs. Dubose" in "To Kill A Mockingbird," and got that. I also auditioned for the school musical "Wonderful Town" and got the lead role. I also got a lead role in a small play performed at a variety show, called "The American Dream." Doing the plays allowed me to make friends and build my self-esteem.
My parents hardly let me do anything socially, so I guess I didn't even try. They kept a tight leash, and never seemed to want to let it out. It was tough. It drove Joe nuts when we were going out in high school. Little did my parents know how trustworthy and godly I truly was. But, we didn't really have much of a relationship, so how could they know, I guess.
In high school, I would hear about other kids planning to go to college. I figured that was what I was supposed to do, too. I didn't have any guidance from anyone - not even a school counselor. (Thank goodness it's much different nowadays). I told my parents I wanted to go to college. They said I couldn't go. Then, I said I wanted to be a nurse and I found a program at a community college. I even met with an advisor and mapped out a little plan. They said they couldn't afford it. Nothing more. They didn't help me find a way, or talk to a financial aid counselor. Nothing. And, I didn't know any better. I was only 17 years old. What did I know? I just accepted what they said, and did what I never wanted to do. I went to a little computer school and got a job as a secretary at Boeing. I paid for half of it myself, and my grandmother paid for the other half.
Two years later I was married. Three months later, I was pregnant. And, I guess you know the rest. I committed to staying at home with my kids, and now I'm going back to school to fulfill my long-time dream.
I think, because of my high school and post-high school experiences, I am extremely committed to seeing my kids do what they want to do. I will support them in any way possible to see them achieve their goals. If I can't afford it, I'll help them find a way to do it. When they have no clue, I will guide them with my life experience. Nothing will keep them from it, as long as they have me. It's my mission and one of my greatest passions as a mom....
Oh yeah. The reunion. It might be fun to see what people look like now, and what they're doing. But, I can get most of that information on the Classmates website. I love to go dancing with my husband, so I would love for the two of us to get to do that at the reunion. But, is that really worth $88 bucks a person? Naaaaaaaaaa......