Thanks for stopping by! We were a family of three, until we added one more (cat, that is), making us a family of four. In 2012, we added four more...one husband, two girls, and a dog. We have a full plate as a party of eight!

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Monday, July 27, 2009

We're Back

Quick update with more details about some things later on!

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

A Free Meal

I'm thinking you probably know that today was Cow Appreciation Day at "Chicken Lay" (2 year old Gloria-speak for that chicken sandwich chain that has cows as their mascot). And, being that it's summer time and we are trying very hard to be budget conscious, we decided that dressing up like cows was a small price to pay for a free meal. So...white shirt, shorts, tights, and some black construction paper spots affixed with masking tape, ears and a tail and Gloria was transformed into a cow. I just couldn't bring myself to do the whole cow thing, but I did don a pair of ears. Appropriately clad, we set out to claim our free dinner.

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

Pretend Play

My daughter's pretend play never ceases to make me laugh. This evening, while I was fixing dinner, attempting to remove a dry-erase marker stain on her dress, catching up on email, and opening the mail, she was busy "teaching her class." It started out with reading/writing: she wrote some sentences on her marker board (hence the marker stain mentioned above) but there were some words missing and she was calling on students to fill in those blanks. (In the education world, we call those "cloze" passages, and yes, it's with a "z" and not an "s".)

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

Summer Fun--Week Three

We stayed busy last week. The weather was great--no humidity and not too hot until later in the afternoon. So, we spent a whole lot of time outside at parks, riding bikes, playing hopscotch, swimming, you name it. A quick review:

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

Happy 4th of July!

Whew! We've stayed busy today! As I was putting Gloria to bed tonight, she said, "Momma, I think you need to blog about our day." So...here we go...

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.