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 husband, two girls, and a dog. We have a full plate as a party of eight!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Thoughtful Girl

Yesterday was my birthday. For a few weeks, Gloria knew my birthday was coming and she kept wondering what she could "get" for me. It was very important to her that I have a present to open since my new tires in July were my present from my parents. So, one Saturday afternoon she disappeared into her room for a long time because she had decided to make something for me. She also made me a birthday card, complete with glitter glue decorations (which she left on her table and Hannah Cat promptly curled up on it while it was still wet...ARGH!!! HC was not happy when I was trying to clean her up after that little incident.) Gloria found a gift bag and tissue paper in the closet and put her special present inside. Then she hid it from plain sight under her art table in the living room. Yesterday she insisted on going down stairs before me and she put my gift in my chair at the dining room table. She had made me a beaded necklace and a matching key chain. I proudly wore the necklace to school yesterday after she tied it around my neck. And she put the key chain on my other key chain. She was so excited to see it still on there today. Not to mention, she was quite proud of herself for making the only gift I got to actually open because she thinks tires are B-O-R-I-N-G, even if they do get us to school and home safely. (Thanks, Mom and Dad) :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Full of Questions

Gloria has been full of questions this week...thought I'd share a few of them...
  • 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.)
Her mind is always working!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

It was Sunday the Whole Time

Our mornings are very tight in terms of time. I am getting up at 5:15a.m., a time I previously never even knew existed! Gloria gets up at 5:40. We are out the door at 6:15. And it works. There was one morning that I must not have heard my alarm clock or turned it off and gone back to sleep or something, but G's alarm clock went off and I jumped into action. We still got out of here on time, although a bit rushed and with breakfast in hand, to be eaten in the car.

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

A Little Much?

This is what I do each night/morning...

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.'s a little much, I think...but what else should I do?

Monday, September 14, 2009

We're Still Here...'s been a long time since I last posted! Didn't mean to let that happen. We are off to a good start on the school year--both of us. Gloria LOVES first grade. Each afternoon, she is already anticipating going back the next day. I am enjoying my new school--still trying to get settled and back into the second grade mind set, but I'm so happy. All of that makes the early morning hours more bearable. Surprisingly, we are both handling the 5:15 (me) and 5:40 (G) alarm clocks fairly well. It is still dark when we head to school...the moon is still out when we leave. Consequently, I am falling into bed shortly after telling Glo good night each evening. Hence my lack of posts. I'll get better...I hope. I have a few cute pictures that I will try to upload in the next few days. (That'll keep you checking back, won't it? ;) )