Monday, December 21, 2009
Twas the night before traveling, when all through the house
Every creature was stirring, including Hannah Cat chasing her mouse.
The suitcases were packed--everything stuffed in there,
In hopes that we all have the right clothes to wear.
Gloria should be nestled all snug in her bed,
With visions of grandparents dancing in her head.
And Momma should be in bed with the cat on her lap
Settling in for a (hopefully) long, good night's nap.
But out of the cabinets and drawers, there's a mess.
Where is that sweater? We can't find her dress!
Away down the stairs I flew like a flash,
Scaring HC, who ran into a bag with a crash!
The moon's barely shining, and I'm glad there's no snow.
But I sit here and ask "Will we be ready to go?"
Because every minute, in my mind should appear...
More things I should pack...I'm running out of room, I do fear.
Tomorrow we drive, so lively and quick.
It will take us 10 hours. G, don't get carsick!
More rapid than eagles, the van it will go.
We're taking the "southern" route...I40's a no.
A rest area, a restaurant, now where's that gas station?
Something tells me this must be our Christmas vacation!
To Atlanta! To Birmingham! To Holly Springs!
At last, "MEMPHIS!" we will finally sing.
We will unpack the car. Hada will assist.
Hannah will leap from my arms with a twist.
Emmett and Screamer and Hannah Cat too!?!
This could get ugly with a hiss or a growl...or quite a few...
This Christmas, more memories will be made.
Toys will be opened, games will be played.
We'll laugh and we'll talk, we'll do last minute shopping.
There will be lots to do...I'm sure we'll be hopping!
Children, cats, and grown-ups galore.
Presents under the tree will cover the floor.
Family will be together at last.
Our time together will fly by entirely too fast
But for now, I must pack and be ready by morning.
The clock hands are moving, giving their warning...
Go to bed! Get some sleep!
The alarm will soon beep!
So now I suppose I will turn off the light.
Good night to all. I hope you sleep tight!
Monday, December 14, 2009
This afternoon, she jumped into the car and says, in a very serious voice, "I need to tell you something." Thinking there was some sort of problem today, I just glanced at her in the rear-view mirror. At that point, she starts talking so fast I can't understand her. Something about "I-took- my-AR-test-today-and-I-got-a-100-which-means-I didn't-miss-any-and-I-have-my-TOPS- report-in-here-somewhere-so-you-can-see-it-and-I-was-so-happy-and-I-know-you-are-so- surprised-aren't-you-Momma-and-you-will-be-so-proud-of-me-so-do-I-get-a-treat?" (I had promised her a reward if she made a 90% or better on her test because this is a L-O-N-G book and she's been working so hard.) Then she pulled out her TOPS report, which is a bunch of statistical information and wants me to look at every detail. Check out some of it:
- Correct: 10 out of 10 100%
- Points earned: 5.0
- Book level: 5.3
- Word count: 33,586 (she LOVED that one)
- Average percent correct: 95%
- Points earned: 16.8
- Quizzes Passed (and taken): 6
- Total words read: 120,539 (she loved that one even more!)
She's already got her next book picked out, but she says she will wait until tomorrow to start it...her brain needs a rest!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
This morning we set out on an "adventure." It was downright frigid out there, so everyone was bundled up with heavy coats, gloves, hoods, etc. since we would be walking around down town. Since there was a marathon here today, we opted to take the light rail, much to the girls' delight. Did you know it is really cool to pass a train that is going the other way? Our down town destination was Founders Hall where we were going to see the Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra. They are a set of audio-animatronic bears that perform a holiday symphony. We really enjoyed singing along with them...and changing the words sometimes so we could giggle even more. There are lots of Christmas decorations down there so that was an added bonus today. We lunched at Jason's Deli before returning to the light rail and heading for home.
I could tell both girls were tired. Who wouldn't be after a late night and a super early morning??? Little disagreements were beginning to creep into their play, so I got them involved in painting some of the bread dough ornaments that Gloria and I had "baked" last weekend. What a great calming activity. And then it was time for our guest to go home. Parting is always so hard.
Gloria was so tired tonight, even though she tried to deny it. However, I have proof now...she fell asleep almost as soon as her head hit her pillow...with her arms flung over her head in the "I surrender" manner. And now, it's my turn. Good night. Sleep tight. Stay warm tonight!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
How is Mrs. Claus? How is Rudolph? Can you tell Rudolph hi for me? Sorry I only wave to you I'm a scardy cat...well maybe not that much...oh...why did I write to you...you might be asking. Well about what I want for Christmas of course. Well my number one thing is a Netendo DS. And the new D.S. Tinker Bell and the lost tresere game. My mommy wood like a new broom and Hannah wood like two pakeges of Greenies Tuna flaverd please. Purrrrr purrrrrrr Thanks purr.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
I did get the Christmas tree out of the attic yesterday afternoon. The only thing on it immediately was the string of white lights we always use. Then, we got out all of the ornaments that we want to use this year and put them in a basket in the living room. Each night after dinner, we are each choosing one ornament to hang on the tree. We talk about where the ornament came from, why it is special, or what it represents.
I had to laugh last night...Gloria's first ornament was a snowman ornament that she received last year. She remembered opening it and then said, "I really like this one because the snowgirl is so fashionable." Don't know where that word came from, because we certainly aren't "fashionable" around here! I chose the family ornament from our first Christmas as a forever family....2004. Tonight we both chose cardinal ornaments, but for different reasons. Gloria put one up because she knows how much Hannah Cat loves watching the cardinals that feed outside our back window. I chose the other one because I am so thankful to be one of the SCES Cardinals this year!
I think it will be fun to watch our tree "grow" as we move through the coming weeks.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I went on to school and made it through the day. Actually, it got to where it didn't hurt that much to walk, but turning my ankle hurt...a lot. I finally asked the school nurse to look at it at the end of the day. She told me it was swollen and that I should go have it looked at. Ugh...not what I wanted to hear. Maybe "put some ice on it and see how it is tomorrow" would have been better. I don't know. It had been a pretty rotten day already.
Now, on Tuesdays, Gloria likes to go to a kids class at the Y. And one of her best friends is in the class...it's the only time they see each other. So, I did what any good mom would do...I picked her up at school and headed to the Y. My foot wasn't hurting too much so I figured I would exercise for the 45 minutes she was in her class and see how I felt after that. Bad idea...right? Right. It took me less than 10 minutes on the elliptical trainer to realize that. So I gave up and just waited until her class was over before heading to the urgent care.
Fortunately, there was no wait. They x-rayed my foot and then the doctor came it. No break. Good. Either a bad sprain or something is torn. Boo! Stay off if as much as possible for two weeks. Yeah, right...I'm a teacher...in an elementary school...with 20 second graders...I can't stay off my feet! And can I just say how much I hate crutches?!?!?! Although I'm coming up with a list of other good uses for them besides walking. That could be interesting.
For now, I'm using my rolling chair from my classroom to get around school. I mostly stay close to my room, but the cafeteria is a long, long, long way away. The crutches about did me in yesterday. Today, I let my students push me in the rolling chair. That was frightening! But they enjoyed it. Glad tomorrow is Friday and next week is a short week!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
At least she isn't sleeping in a box like my brother did for a very long time when he was little. Right Carter? :)
Friday, November 6, 2009
After the excitement of getting the tent bag out of the attic, I impressed my sweet child even more by actually knowing HOW to set up the tent. Then she was surprised by the size of it since it takes up ALL of the floor space in our living room (which really isn't that much). After reading and playing in it for a while, she decided that she wanted to sleep in it tonight. I agreed to that with the understanding that the tent goes down in the morning.
After our Friday night movie, she suddenly got very worried looking and began to cry. She was scared to sleep downstairs, but desparately wanted to do so. I finally asked her if she wanted me to sleep on the sofa...and here I am. She's sleeping soundly. Me...not so much. Maybe after a little more time on line???
One funny thing about the tent is Hannah Cat's reaction to it. She has tried, unsuccessfully, to climb it, jump over it, crawl under it...let's just say she is not a happy cat right now with this large, strange object in the middle of her house. It is in the way of the path she takes when she is tearing from one end of the house to the other. She has let us know in no uncertain terms that this thing is unacceptable! Of course, in the morning she will search for it after I put it away.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
I opened my lunch box at school today and discovered Gloria's lunch. That could only mean one thing...my lunch was in Gloria's lunch box. Now, either lunch is perfectly fine and something either one of us would eat on any given day. However, what was supposed to have been my lunch of beans and rice needed to be zapped in the microwave. But Gloria had that. I had her taco salad. No re-heating necessary.
I called her school and explained the situation, asking if someone would please heat her lunch up for her today. The person who answered the phone assured me that she would deliver the message and it would be taken care of. Then she laughed and said that was the first time she had ever had that happen.
Guess who will be looking over my shoulder as I pack lunch boxes in the morning...:)
Monday, October 26, 2009
1. The Panthers should bench Jake (the QB) next Sunday. She watched him throw 2 interceptions yesterday and was NOT happy. When he said "I'm no dummy..." in a clip, she made a face and said "Yes you are." Um, yeah...she's got a point there.
2. H1*N1: She's sick and tired of hearing about it. She has pointed out that it is all they ever talk about anymore. Again, I am inclined to agree with her.
3. The lead-in to the next story was "Why did the pilots miss the airport?" Her response was "Well, it was cloudy so they couldn't see the sign." Hmmm...that's as good a reason as any.
Now, she has traded her news commentating for markers and paper. She's making a card for Santa. It's a bit early, don't you think??? Of course, if my momma told me I was getting socks and underwear for Christmas, I might be writing an early letter too! :)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Student: Ms. B, are you married?
Student: Oh, you just mean not yet. *brief pause* So, are you a grandmother in your family?
(It was all I could do not to choke on my food at that moment.)
Me: Um, nnnooo. Just a mom. My mom is the grandmother in our family.
Student: Oh, I just thought maybe you were since you're so old.
Me: (Thinking WHAT!!!???) Just how old do you think I am? (a question I instantly regretted)
Multiple students chimed in, arguing over how old I might be. Answers included 25, 43, 58, 67, and 72. One reasonable student pointed out that I could not have been teaching for 17 years if I was only 25, which made the numbers go higher.
You just never know what you will hear or discuss in the elementary school cafeteria on any given day!
Friday, October 2, 2009
- I love looking at the moon and stars with Gloria as we drive to drop her off at before-school care each morning. We talk about the phases of the moon, and we see the morning star quite often. She loves to see if the moon is "following us," especially when there is a full moon.
- I love watching the sky begin to show hints of the sun rise as I drive east. The pinkish-reddish-orange-y color leads to a blue-ish, dark gray, with the dark black above it. Sometimes there are puffy clouds that glow with the rising of the sun. There is a point where suddenly I have left "night" behind and entered "day." It's kind of cool.
- I love that we dismiss at 1:45. There's still lots of time to do things in the afternoon.
- I love that I can pick Gloria up in the carpool line each afternoon (except staff meeting days). She always comes skipping to the car with a big smile on her face. I love her "Hi, Momma!" as she climbs in the back seat and buckles her seat belt. Every day I ask her why she is so happy. Typically, her response is "I get to go back tomorrow!" She loves school. I will admit, though, that I miss seeing her face light up when she realizes I have arrived to pick her up from after-school care and the huge hug she greets me with. I still get that on staff meeting days, though.
- I love that we can go to the Y after school in time for Gloria to go to a kids exercise class or her dance class, depending on the day, and I can work out too. This is the first time she has ever been able to take a dance class because everything for her age has always started before I could get her there when I was working at a "late" school.
- I love that we can come home and have some down time before running the dinner, bath, and bedtime race.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
- What is hair made out of?
- How does electricity get in the sky to make lightning?
- How do tires help cars stand up? (there was a lot of follow up observation of her own on this one.)
- Which is bigger--an elephant or a woolly mammoth? (This one led to some research in her animal encyclopedia. Now we need to find information on the mammoth since it wasn't in her encyclopedia.)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
So this morning when my alarm clock woke me up at 6:15...I panicked! I hadn't even turned it off completely before I was yelling for Gloria to GET UP because we should be headed out the door at that very moment. I was trying to figure out the best plan of action that would get us out of here as quickly as humanly possible, if not a bit quicker. About that time, my brain woke up and I realized that it was really Sunday morning and that we had plenty of time to be lazy before getting ready for church.
Gloria's response? "But Momma, I was thinking it was Sunday the whole time." Then why didn't she say so?!?!?
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Yes, that's right. Five lunch boxes. Go ahead. Count them again. You really did see five lunch boxes. I know what you are thinking...there are only two people in our house. Right again. Just two, and it takes five lunch boxes to get us through most school days. Why? Let me explain, from left to right...
Lunch box #1: Contains an after school snack for Gloria. This one only gets packed on days that we don't come straight home from school. So, if we are headed to the Y for exercise classes or her dance class, or if we have errands to run, this one gets put to use.
Lunch box #2: Gloria's lunch box for school. Since we eat gluten-free, I have to pack her lunch every day.
Lunch box #3: Gloria's school snack. Her class doesn't eat lunch until 12:30, so they have a mid-morning snack. I used to be able to just put something in her book bag until she decided that she needs a bottle of water to go with it. And of course that bottle of water must be kept cold! So, it's the third lunch box I have to pack.
Lunch box #4: That one is mine for my 3 bottles of water and my after school snack. I used to just keep my water bottles at school, but now I prefer them cold instead of room temperature. Picky, picky.
Lunch box #5: That would be my for my lunch. I pack my own lunch for the same reason I pack Gloria's lunch. Besides, I'm not real keen on most elementary school cafeteria offerings!
So, each night after dinner, I put together everything that is necessary for filling these five lunch boxes. Anything cold then stays in the fridge until the next morning when I finish packing lunches with lots of cold packs. Lots means between anywhere between 6 and 10, depending on what is in her snacks. Yeah...it's a little much, I think...but what else should I do?
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
A few pictures to show what we accomplished today as well as the work I have ahead of me this week...
Gloria took the next five pictures to show all of the things we moved today. I think she did a pretty good job of getting the panoramic view!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I just finished getting it put back together, and other than a few scuffs the stroller looks really good. Looking at it makes me think of all the time I spent pushing Gloria in it...on walks, shopping at the mall, at Disney World, through the airports...countless hours...It is one of the last remaining pieces of my "baby" girl who has grown up into a "big" girl, ready to start first grade this week. Seeing it standing there in the corner, I'm not so sure I can give it up!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
headed out early so I could meet with Gloria's first grade teacher. She starts first grade in one week! From there, we headed to the last free summer movie (with a stop to get some treats to smuggle in deep down in my purse ;) ). Following the movie, we stopped at the library to get some new books for both of us. The next stop was the center where Gloria will attend before-school care this year. I needed to take them some paperwork and confirm her starting date. Then, off we went to Target. After our quick Target trip, we zipped across the street to the grocery store for a few things and finally headed home for a very late lunch. When I was finished with my lunch I sat down to take care of some telephone calls.
My first call was to the vet's office. Hannah Cat was in dire need of having her claws clipped. I can usually get the front ones done to the tune of much growling, hissing, yowling, and general carrying on from HC. But, I can't do her back paws and they were sporting some serious fishhooks. Turns out the vet's technician could see her today...if we could be there in 10-15 minutes. I promptly said yes and got off the phone. Hannah took one look at her carrier and went tearing up the stairs to hide under Gloria's dresser. It took almost 10 minutes and lots of hissing and gnashing of teeth to get her out and into the carrier. We ended up having to wait a little while, but we now have a cat with very short claws.
We dashed in the door from the vet trip to quickly change into gym clothes. There was a children's class that G wanted to particapate in at the Y this afternoon but we only had 15 minutes to change and get to the Y. We made it...just 5 minutes late...and both of us got to excercise this afternoon. Glo had a lot of fun in her class. I think they played some games and bounced around on the balance balls. I enjoyed 40 minutes by myself on the eliptical trainer and the indoor track. The pool was great after all of that!
Home for dinner, bath, and bed time. Whew! I'm ready for an early bedtime tonight and a lazy day tomorrow...I'll have to settle for the early bedtime though. Tomorrow is another busy day.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Gloria's favorite things at Sea World included the dolphin show, the sea lion and otter show, and the dolphin nursery. The highlight of her day, though, was sitting in the soak zone and getting drenched during the Shamu Rocks show that evening. The only reason I wasn't as wet as I otherwise might have been was the fact the G was sitting on my lap.
Gloria tried to feed this sea lion some fish only to be frustrated by that bird (the white one that looks like it is standing on her head) swooping in and catching them after she tossed them. The bird caught all of the fish that G threw, so she was crying. A kind woman next to us offered us one of her fish. That time, the sea lion caught the fish...just in the nick of time!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Weeks 4 and 5 of "Momma's Summer Camp" flew by and we stayed busy, busy, busy with trips to the library, Discovery Place, the Nature Museum, Riverbanks Zoo, free movies, art in the park, and lots of swimming and outside time. It was fun, but we were also glad to set out on the first part of our vacation trip.
We headed to Florida to meet my mom at her condo in central Florida. The true highlight of the trip was our trip to Sea World with an old friend of mine. That will need its own post, but it was just an awesome day! We also went to Vero Beach for 2 days/one night. We love the beach and hope for a longer time there next year. It was also nice to have some "down time" and Gloria enjoyed playing with the granddaughter of some family friends.
Hannah Cat did not make the trip south with us and ignored us when we got home...until the middle of the night when she wanted to sleep on top of me and then on top of Gloria. She has been in my lap or at my feet all day today. She is going with us to Memphis. Not looking forward to encounters with Emmett, my mom's cat. Eek!
The summer has flown by. Only three more weeks before I go back to work!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Fortunately, we went early...before it got really crowded. We had fun seeing all the different ways people were dressed as cows, young and old alike. We both agreed that Hada probably would NOT have put on cow ears even though there were other grandparent-aged folks there (without grandchildren).
Speaking of grandparents...I periodically will mention a "Dodo-ism" to Gloria as I tell her a story about my grandfather, her great grandfather. I forget how much she really remembers, but as we were leaving the restaurant she informed me, "Whew! I'm stuffed. Dodo would say 'bloatissimo,' wouldn't he Momma?" I agreed that yes, that would be what he would say. She went on to add "I wish I had gotten to meet Dodo." Brought tears to my eyes.
Here's my little cow, ready to go eat more chicken.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Then she started music class. She got out the hymnal and asked me to find "her Christmas song." Translation: Angels we have heard on high..."her song" because of the chorus. Then she found the other hymnals and turned them to the same page and placed them where her students could share them. She sat in her chair with her hymnal on her lap and conducted them. From there, it turned into a Christmas concert. The handle of her jump rope was her microphone and she introduced the singers and each hymn for her rather large imaginary audience. I heard her singing/leading her class in quite a few Christmas hymns this evening.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Monday: We packed a picnic lunch and bathing suits and headed to Latta Park. What a great park: lots of shade, a walking path, nice playground equipment, and a water "sprayground." We were there for over 4 hours. The girls played. We ate lunch under a big old oak tree. We explored nature while walking along the path. The girls put on their bathing suits and had big fun in the water. Needless to say, they were both exhausted at the end of the day.
Tuesday: I took the girls to see Up after lunch. I ended up with both of them in my lap at one point because they got scared. In typical Disney fashion, you experienced every emotion possible through out the movie. They enjoyed the happy parts and we spent time talking about where you would like to go if you could really make your house fly with lots and lots of helium balloons. Gloria didn't even pause before shouting, "Guatemala!"
Wednesday: No regular "art in the park" today. So, I found a few little crafty things for the girls and we went to Pineville Lake Park with crafts and bikes. We played, did crafts, and rode bikes around the lake. It was a very pleasant morning. Then we went swimming in the afternoon.
Thursday: We went to the library again. The girls have completed 10 hours of summer reading and got their 10 hour rewards: a pencil, some stickers, and (most exciting) Frosty coupons. After their next 10 hours, they get to choose a book. Not that my child needs any more books in our house! That's all she does...but that's another post for another time.
Friday, I didn't have to babysit, so G and I had the day to ourselves. We went swimming early and then just spent a lazy afternoon at home. It was so nice to have that down time. My first "day off" this summer.
Two more weeks of summer babysitting fun and then the Glo-bug and I are off to have some of our own fun! Can't wait!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thankfully, our day didn't start as early as it usually does: Glo bug decided to be a bed bug for almost an extra hour this morning. I actually woke up before her, which never happens. Once we were finally up at 8:30, we headed to the kitchen where we put together some potato salad and a "bean quintet" before fixing breakfast. Potato salad in the fridge, beans in the crock pot, breakfast eaten, kitchen cleaned up...must be time to go to the pool. So, off we went. Surprisingly, there were very few people at the pool this morning.
After we got home, Gloria created her jello American flag. I helped, but only did what I was instructed to do. Once my assistance was no longer needed, I was duly dismissed until it was time to make the brownies (did anyone else know that Betty Crocker has come out with some gluten-free baking mixes?!?).
We had a late, late lunch and enjoyed everything we had fixed: chicken, potato salad, bean quintet (which G gave 3 thumbs up...she borrowed one of mine...), flag jello, and brownies. Being stuffed, Glo decided to watch a movie while I cleaned up the kitchen again.
Late in the afternoon, we headed down to our town hall for the "People's Parade." They had lots of red, white, and blue crepe paper streamers and flags for everyone to use for decorating bikes, scooters, wagons, strollers, anything non-motorized. The parade went from in front of town hall to the park where games and activities were set up. A concert followed. It was fun, except for the tears when I wouldn't pay $3 for face painting. Everything else was free and she was only going to have to wash it off in a little while when she took a shower.
After we got home it was time to shower and get ready for bed. Then we watched the fireworks from Washington, DC. I love fireworks from the comfort of my own sofa! Busy day. Fun day.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Monday: We rode the light rail down town and then walked the two blocks to Discovery Place. I think Gloria enjoyed DP so much this time because she had a friend to show around this time. I did miss the aquariums though. They are renovating the entire museum, different sections at a time, and the aquarium area is closed right now. On the way home, the girls sat in the very front seat where they could look into the driver's "box" as well as see right where we were headed. They figured out which button made the whistle blow. When we got home, they spent a long time making light rail tickets and then played light rail for the rest of the afternoon. They took turns being the driver and the passenger with many, many children. They would make up stops--many of them actual streets around town. I had no idea Gloria knew the names of some of the roads we drive on frequently!
Tuesday: We missed the movie due to some pouting. Oh well. It was a lovely day outside. Hot, but no humidity and a nice breeze. They played and played outside, riding bikes, kicking a ball, jumping rope, making up games. We ate lunch outside and they played some more. We didn't spend much time inside at all.
Wednesday: It was art in the park day. Today's activity was painting butterfly suncatchers and then designing the insert to a clear acrylic flower pot. They both enjoy craft activities a lot and they worked so diligently on their projects. The rest of the day was spend outside. Again, the weather was hot, but not humid. I noticed that my feet are developing stripes from my sandals that I have been wearing since I have been outside so much.
Thursday: This was our big adventure day again. This time, we were off to the Dan Nicholas Park. There is so much to do up there, but the highlight for the girls was the gem mining. Each of them had a big bucket of sand which they could dump into sieves and then allow the sand to wash away. They both found some pretty rocks/gemstones. Gloria spent a lot of time last night sorting her rocks and then comparing them to the little chart she got at the park in order to figure out what her rocks might be. Then she set up a gem store, complete with a "menu" of her gems, prices, and an order form. I love her imaginative play! What else did we do at the park...let's see...there was the carousel, the train, the wildlife area, the petting farm, an aquarium, putt putt golf (Gloria's first time to play), playgrounds, and a water play area. I think that about covers it. And darn it if my camera battery needed to be charged after the first two pictures I took! Oh well.
Friday: Another library day with lots of new books to read for next week. We only came home with 14 books this time, compared to the 25 books last week!
Gloria and I also went swimming several times this week after we were through with my babysitting. We have found that late afternoon and early evening are the best times to go swimming. She certainly sleeps well when we have been swimming right before bedtime!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Then tonight she told me that if Hannah Cat was a boy, or if we got a boy cat, she would choose Bert as the cat's name. This was followed with a giggle and batting eyelashes. But, I'll take a fictitious boyfriend, hands down, right now!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Monday: dentist appointment--the most boring part of the whole week, but the girls were great while I was sitting in the dentist's chair.
Tuesday: We went to see Horton Hears a Who. Reg*l Cinemas does free family movies every Tuesday and Wednesday morning during the summer. Things don't get much better than free when it comes to entertaining two six year olds!
Wednesday: Art in the Park. The parks and recreation department in our town sponsors this every summer. Only it was pouring rain on Wednesday morning, so it became art at the community center. They had fun decorating little water bottle holders and hats (which then got put to great use on Thursday).
Thursday: We went to the Lazy 5 Ranch. They have wild animals from six continents that roam free. Well, except for Luther, the rhinoceros, and the giraffes. You can drive through in your own car or take a wagon ride. We opted for the wagon ride. I had visions of a water buffalo or a wildebeest doing something bad to my car! ;) It was so fun to ride the wagon through the ranch, stopping to feed the creatures: buffalo, emus and ostriches, deer, pigs, goats, llamas, and giraffes. Or should I say watching the girls feed all of those creatures. We also had a picnic lunch, played on the playground, and wandered over to see the camels, lemurs, tortoises, kangaroos, and various birds. What a fabulous day!
Friday: We spent 2 hours at the library reading books, playing on the computers, and doing puzzles. It was good to have a quieter day.
More fun is planned for this week! Here are a few pictures from Lazy 5.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
When we decide to go swimming, the conversation and action in our house is something like this...
Bathing suits either on or in the bag? Check
Green band? (very important when swimming at the Y...The green neck band says that my little fish has passed the swim test and she can swim without me being within an arm's length at all times. More importantly, she is allowed to slide down the big slides) Check
Sunscreen? Check, check (I can't use hers or I'll itch like crazy and mine is too expensive for me to use on both of us!)
Water bottles? Check
Y card or pool pass? Check
Car keys and sunglasses? Check
Wallet with driver's license and cell phone? Check
Oh yeah...Gloria? Check
OK...now we're ready to go to the pool!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
She does have to go to one week of "summer camp" at her school since I still have a few days left at my school. But then we have a fun-filled summer ahead of us...playing, swimming, having fun, and a little traveling. I can't wait! This is actually the first summer we have been home instead of at the seminary, so we are eager to enjoy some of the outside activities the area has to offer!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Anyway, we've been swimming some in the indoor pool at the Y, but the outdoor pool opened last weekend. Of course, we had a rainy Memorial Day weekend...actually week is more accurate. But this weekend was perfect. The temperature was in the upper 80's, low humidity, lots of sunshine. The water, however, was freezing cold! That didn't stop Gloria, although I will admit to simply sitting on the side of the pool, occasionally dipping my feet in to the icy chill. My little fish had a great time though. She LOVED the slides after she finally got brave enough to try them...particularly the tunnel one. I enjoyed seeing her face as she came to the end, about to splash into the water. The whole afternoon was so pleasant and enjoyable. We will be at the pool a lot this summer, I'm sure!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
So, I suggested her gym shoes yesterday since it was, after all, PE day. Seems reasonable enough, right? Wrong. She wanted to wear her blue shoes Maggee got her. To which I replied "That's fine. Wear the blue shoes Maggee got you." Well, they were dirty--filthy is a better word choice, actually--so she begrudgingly gave in to my suggestion of the gym shoes. Only, I didn't know what the gym shoes looked like, until yesterday after school when I picked her up at 4:30. Here they are. They should actually be white, not gray, and there should not be a gaping hole in the toe of the right shoe (I know it's on the left in the picture!).
I found out that the hole was indeed there in the morning. When I inquired as to WHY she wore those ratty shoes to school she innocently replied, "But you told me to, Momma." ARGH!!!
So, we made a stop at the shoe store on the way home and got the poor child some new tennis shoes. Don't they look much nicer? Not to mention 2 sizes larger than the others!
She wore them out of the store and went skipping, jumping, galloping, leaping through the parking lot because you know...one can always do those things so much better in a new pair of shoes.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
This afternoon when I picked her up, her best friend escorted her over to me to explain: Gloria picked a bracelet from the treasure chest today. But it was too big for her wrist and it fell off and went down the drain outside this afternoon. Glo looked so sad. Little did I know the heart break she was really feeling until we were half way home.
I glanced at her in the mirror because it was so quiet in the back seat. Usually that means she is reading a book, but not today. She had her doll cuddled in her lap and her head was looking down, eyes brimming with tears. I asked what was wrong and the dam burst. Tears rolled down her cheeks and she cried and cried. She was so upset about losing the bracelet. The tears flowed for a good 10 minutes. She pulled herself together so that we could run in one store to pick up a few things. She was still snuffling and lamenting her lost bracelet though.
At dinner, she was recalling the events of the afternoon one more time when she stopped and said "Hey! That's cause and effect! I picked a bracelet that was too big so it fell off and I lost it!" Nothing gets past my girl!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
As I was watching her eat, I just couldn't believe how grown up she has become! Her mannerisms, her speech and her word choices, her face...there is such a maturity about her that I can't believe sometimes. How did that happen? My baby is growing up so fast. I've told her that I'm going to put a brick on her head to make her stop growing. She thinks that is so funny and tells me that she'll keep growing, just with a brick on top of her, so the brick will get taller, too. :)
Her card today told me that I am the best mommy for her. And she is the best daughter for me. I am so lucky and honored to be her momma, it just takes my breath away. She is my heart walking around outside of my body and sometimes it hurts to watch that. I love her so much and wouldn't be a mother if it wasn't for her.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
You have NO idea how hard she worked or how many times she attempted to climb this gourd! Climbing is NOT one of her talents, but she was absolutely determined to climb to the top and stand up. She was so proud of herself when she finally did it and then had to repeat the feat another 10 times.