Wednesday, February 25, 2009
1. Kristina is 13
2. She's in 7th grade
3. She is super smart
4. She is very creative
5. She is clumsy
6. She falls.... a lot (see #5)
7. She has broken her foot twice (see #5)
8. She has braces
9. She has beautiful ice green eyes
10. She longs to highlight her hair, but her mean mama says no
11. She is a HARD worker...if you need a job done...hire Kristina
12. She plays the trombone
13. She plays the piano
14. She is a catcher when she plays fast pitch softball
15. She is a jr. lifeguard
16. She is a girl scout
17. She loves to spend all of her money buying things for others
18. She is my baby
19. She has one brother
20. She has one sister
21. She has super sensitive skin
22. She has many allergies
23. She is a straight A student
24. She is my precious one
25. I could not love her more.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So...the point of this post, is that I think my posts will be far and few between this week...just lettin ya know!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday night my great niece Lizzy stayed over night and then stayed to play on Saturday...now, I know you all know Aubrey very well, because, let's just say that I typically stalk her with the camera when she's here :) But, since this is Lizzy's first overnight at my house, I thought it was time for a formal introduction. Lizzy is Robert and Ryan's baby sister. Let's get to know her a little better... Grrrrrr....please turn your head sideways when watching...even though I sure rotated this video...Blogger didn't. Anyway... What I love about Lizzy is her ever smiling face and that she's a chatter box! I feel so blessed to be virtually surrounded by babies! I especially like the kind that I can spoil, spoil, spoil, and then send them home!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tomorrow is Friday...for which I am grateful...I am currently torn between a job I pink puffy heart and the huge todo list that is overcoming me at home. Gratefully, I have another Monday off school the following week which might allow me to catch up just a bit. (Really, I'm quite liking the 3 day weekends, in case I haven't mentioned that.) I know, I know I've mentioned it before, just bear with me k? I'm down to 8 weeks at my internship which will allow me to put in a few extra hours at work...and then, I need to be job hunting...for a clinical position. How exciting is that?
Hmmmmmm....there was just a really loud crash somewhere in my house. Yes, there was, should I get up and check it out? Nope, children are coming out of the woodwork to check out the crash...it seems to be covered. Some shifting of the dishes in the sink or perhaps one that was thrown in there from too far away. (Did I mention we have a lot of Ruchus in our house?) Well, yes we do, and sadly we've been known to throw a dish or two into the sink. We're just that way. Anyway, I digress.
Today I worked of course, did my internship of course, my precious one had a swim meet, and then it was time for the kaleidoscope concert. Oh how I love this concert and oh how I left my camera in the car VERY far away from the school and was too lazy to go back to get it...So...I'm having to burn it into my memory. I tried hard to not get choked up when the music boosters presented Mr. and Mrs. Cain with their plaques of appreciation. It is their last year as the fine arts directors and of course my big girl has been with them for the last 7 years. They will be missed. What I will miss about them is their boldness as Christians. That in a public school concert at Christmas they read a bible verse, sing traditional Christmas songs and I'm even pretty sure they call it a Christmas [gasp!] program. Tonight the closing song was This little light of mine, which was a beautiful rendition. The district has been blessed to have them for so many years and they will leave some might large shoes to fill!
Until next time...
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Here's a brief recap, in my humble opinion...
Really, her Olivia Newton John outfit with hightops was well...unfortunate at best. The judges went so far as to comment that they liked her trousers...really? No...she was a fashion disaster. Simon hit it right on that she was gimmicky and clowny, for which he was promptly bood by the audience and applauded by me. I thought Simon was right on when he added, the public won't like you.
And what about parents night? I thought that was a bit odd, and why did Jackie's mom have what looked like a large dish towel on her lap? Please, somebody explain. Perhaps the parents were there for unconditional support since most of their children su**.
Next was Ricky Braddy who has his own web site and fan club. Randy commented that there was more talent this year than ever. Sorry dog, I'm just not feeling it! Ricky was fair at best, but boring which seemed to be the theme for the night. BOOOOORING!
Alexis Grace...BOOORRRING with a capital B! I even had to disagree with Simon when he said she's the one to watch. I'd like to watch her get voted off.
Brent Keith...now despite his awful song choice...I liked the Home Depot Boy. His showman ship was blah...but something about him...I think he should stay. Oh...and why are all the guys on last nights show, about twice the size of Seacrest? They should give him a booster seat!
Next was Stevie Wright. Ummm, can you say a recording on a cassette player who's batteries were dying. That was simply awful and gratefully the judges agreed.
What was up with the microphones last night? Why did they look like they were purchased at the dollar store and why was there so much air noise? Technical assistance please and fast!
Next was Anoop-- here's the thing...I like Anoop, as does Simon (I appreciate that) Although I thought he too was the B word last night.
Casey Carlson...Simon held his head throughout this performance. I wished someone would wake me when it was over....let's just say it was God awful and move on. I did love the judges comment when they said, "The winking is the least of your problems!" Painful, yes, but right on!
Michael Sarver...got through without too much pain from the judges...I thought he was fair.
Next was Ann Marie...now...her singing was ok, and I believe she'll make it through, but I did nearly die when she sat on the red coca-cola couch and a large crunch was heard...to which she replied, ooooh, I just sat on the hard part. At this point, Seacrest couldn't continue his conversation and moved right on to the voting.
The catch phrase of the evening was "who are you as an artist" Stephen Fowler used this phrase when he was by far the worst performance of the night. The judges nailed it when they said they liked him better when he forgot the lyrics. Ouch!
Next...Tatiana DelToro...one word for her...Prozac. And fast.
Finally Danny Gokey, who was at least decent. I just have one question...what song was Paula dancing to while he was singing? Simon Rolled his eyes when Paula commented she had two words for him.... sold out arenas.... 1 - 2 - ummmm....isnt' that 3 words?
Anyway, I'm glad it's over...and I'm super glad only 3 of them are going through.
She's been this way since she was tiny. She has a very vagal response to all things medical. Once when she was two, she walked out of the Dr.'s office after a shot and passed right out. Once when we were in the ER with my mother, she became the next patient by passing out and hitting her head on the floor.
Evidently I was remiss and failed to notify the health teacher; which is where the passing out occurred yesterday. Evidently, the conversation had turned to broken bones and dislocations and that was all it took. She was on the floor :( After she told me the whole animated story, her final response was..."And I had something to say and I didn't get to say it!" Bless her heart. Evidently, she might have gotten a bit of whiplash from the fall out of her desk, because she's sure staying home today with a super stiff neck. Poor Baby. Her teacher called last night to check on her and to tell me what a wonderful student she is. (How sweet is that?)
Note to self...notify all teachers where 'gross' conversations may take place.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Let me explain, I use the word regularly VERY loosely here, like once a month. And then there's my friends that only post when I yell, like Anne :) So, they'll have to stay on the ole blogroll. The winds of change are blowing...can you feel it?
Monday, February 16, 2009
Fast forward to today...I'm sitting here eating my most delicious homemade potato soup that I made today (did I mention I love days off?) When I hear the loudest ACHOOOOO SH*T, I've heard in the 11 years we've lived in this house. A few short minutes later, I swear, the hubby comes downstairs carrying the comforter off our bed and says, "This blanket is all covered with soup inside." Like he just found it that way or something! Then he continues..."I sneezed and my bowl of soup flew out of my hand onto the bed." Ooh, ah, giggle, giggle, snort! I must compose myself for a minute. Whew, Ok, there, much better...really, how have I survived being married to this guy for 18 years? With laughter...that's how. Man he cracks me up~
Here are some stats to note...
George H Bush, currently ranked 36 out of 44. That puts him in the bottom 20th percentile for most sucky president. (They don't count Barack yet, since he's too new to tell, hence the total # of presidents at 44, not 45.) Bill Clinton has moved up to the 15th spot. As newer presidents become increasingly more feeble, Bill's rankings continue to climb. Ronald Reagan 'the great communicator' has moved from 6 to 10 in the latest poll.
The top 5 presidents in order are Abraham Lincoln who clinched the #1 spot in honor of his 200th birthday, George Washington #2, Franklin D. Roosevelt #3, Teddy Roosevelt #4, and Harry S. Truman #5. JFK missed the top 5 by 1 and came in 6th this year.
The bottom 5 include James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Franklin Pierce, William Henry Harrison, and Warren G. Harding. (W. missed the bottom 5 by only 2 spots...)
There's your latest presidential update courtesy of CNN.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Stephanie got lots o' candy-grams from school...this is her brat doll imitation, using a candy-gram sucker she received.
Much to my surprise, Aubrey was quite adept at the use of Chopsticks... (at 2 years old!) So much so in fact that when we got her the children's chopsticks to use that were joined at the top, she had a harder time using those than the adult kind!
Austin joined us for dinner... (the big girl's boyfriend) and then my brother, his wife, my niece, her husband, Aubrey, my Dad and our family. 12 in all! It was a delicious meal and we all had a great time together...
Nippon's has a beautiful setting with many outdoor koi ponds. Due to the weather, the outside ponds were closed and Aubrey had to settle for admiring the indoor fish...
After dinner we headed to my house for dessert where I had made red velvet cake from scratch and cherry cobbler. There was much chatting and discussion on solving the world's woes... but sadly, we didn't come up with the magic solution last night!
Aubrey stayed over night at our house...so this morning I took a brief photo shoot while she was eating breakfast before church... I just really can't get enough of her cuteness. The terrific part is that she is not only adorable, but so well behaved. What a precious love!
At church today our Youth Pastor preached, and I always appreciate those days....his style is SO different from our regular Pastor and he always includes a good dose of humor. I don't prefer one over the other but I do really enjoy their different styles. Today, he shared on the digital projector pictures of many of the valentine's he got as a child. Since we are very close in age...it was really neat for me to recall what valentine's looked like when I was in grade school. There were no copyrighted characters...just good ole well wishes for VD. It was a great sermon. Our church is now serving a meal one day a week at a local homeless shelter, so I volunteered to cook for them.
Tomorrow is my first day off...my first school holiday...I can't tell you how much I love it! Although I have a million things to do and I will do a few of them...the main event of the day will be taking Zoe, Jason and Ethan to play. Perhaps Chuck E. Cheese tomorrow...I am certain a good time will be had by all. Hope you all had a wonderful restful weekend.
One of the big things on tomorrow's list is to fix up my project 365 and to catch it up. I have a few changes in mind and many pictures to add. Secondly, is the taxes...they MUST be done, cuz I need the $$ (Gee didn't I say that last week?!?) I plan to do laundry, clean my room, and do some homework. I'm actually off work from all my jobs tomorrow which is fabulous. My kids are off as well, so I'll be sure to give them an extra kiss!
Here's looking ahead to a great week!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Then came a point in my life when I had a 1 year old, a 2 year old and was pregnant. It was at this point that school had to take the back burner for me. For 10 years as a matter of fact. Then in my last job...I felt myself becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the demands of the work, the hours away from my family, and the general low pay of the industry. I was motivated once again...to get back to school... to follow my passion and suck it up for a bit to accomplish what I needed to accomplish. There are times when the bitter thoughts creep in, and for that I am grateful for Sunday's Sermon...bitter or better...it's your choice...I could have stayed where I was and became a bitter, negative, and hateful person....or I could have sought something better...which is what I did. For me, better definitely outweighs bitter...What can you do to become a better person today? Take the leap....go for it...you won't regret it.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
After we drove through...we ate at the icehouse...
Efan Laaaambert (as Jason calls him) and Jason are two peas in a pod...this indoor playground is a place where they can be all boy...and just run their hearts out for two hours, only taking an occasional break for a drink of water and to catch their breath! Big kids can play too, so my precious one and Zoe had a great time...
Although we have been here quite a few times before, Emma was never really quite big enough to come along...until today... She was a little bit slow to warm up at first, but once she figured out all the ins and outs...she became an old pro quickly. They have a special section for children under 4...and that was much more her speed! It was such a super fun day. I love all those kids as my own (as I've shared here a million times) -- so it was a special treat for me.
and I think for them too :)
and was off to a scrapbook class at Sarah's where I made this terrific book...
What, you think the cover's cute? Check out the inside! I also picked up two of her prepackaged kits...
SERIOUSLY!! If you have not checked out her Cherry on Top website, ordered her kits, or taken her classes, you must! I pink puffy heart scrapbooking, but I just haven't had the time to be creative...so I let Sarah do it for me. She is a published scrapbooker and also my friend (lucky me) -- but even if you live...say in France... (ahem Catherine :) and you're a scrapbooker, you can buy her kits, pay through paypal, and get lots of terrific stuff at a great price!
Friday, February 6, 2009
But wait...it was about the most awesome game of all time. The house was packed and it was standing room only. Both sides were a bit obnoxious, but it was a good game. Sad to say, Harlem beat itself. We missed passes like four times in a row resulting in loss of possession. If Harlem had it's game on.... it would have been a slam dunk (pardon the pun) and we'd have walked away with a win.
The hubby and I had a date night...no kids (except for the hundreds at the game that weren't ours!) and we had a great dinner before hand. Tomorrow I'm meeting my bff Jill for breakfast...can't wait to catch up!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Here's the thing...My new job is fabulous, but taxing...I am learning so much (as I've said before) and for all you that know me, I must take a picture of my desk because you wouldn't believe how organized I am (no really, I'm not joking) In fact, one of the girls today asked if I would help her organize her desk!!! (My Mom is stunned with disbelief right now!)
So perhaps that's why I'm behind on the blog...too busy organizing. Yes, I believe that's it. Too busy organizing. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I did go to scrap night tonight and didn't make one thing. I just had such a good time chatting with everyone, looking at books, eating and relaxing. So nice. Tomorrow we're going to friend's house for the game. I gotta be up early to get laundry done and catch up on my TIVO before church. So...talk later.