Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
These are so perfect for the kids. Too bad we are looking for brown sandals, not white. Why can't these come in both colors?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Then Saturday night, after an all day (school clothes) shopping event, we let the kids stay up way too late to watch the 3D concert (yea for Tivo). It looks like Stephanie might be asleep, but she's not.
This one really is asleep. She feel asleep with the glasses on. I hope she won't try that trick in school!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
The neighbors may not have appreciated the squeals of delight, but we love the simple fun they are so easily amused by.
Friday, July 25, 2008
- It's hot - Africa hot.
- I'm pooped.
- I can't wait for this school year to be over.
- My students are testing the limits of my sanity. I'm gonna win.
- My children tried to test the limits of my sanity. I won.
- All children I spend time with on a regular basis have received "that look" lately.
- Did I mention it's hot?
- I'm behind on the laundry (no surprise there).
- I'm behind on the dishes (what's new).
- The house looks like a tornado came through (again).
- Oh, yeah, it's hot. And that drains my energy.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
- I ironed (duh!) and got the kids & myself all gussied up for the day.
- I went to work.
- I sweated buckets at bus duty.
- I shepherded small children all day.
- I made sure everyone washed their hands, got along nicely with each other, had silent reading time, and even taught the beginnings of multiplication.
- I stayed after work and pretended to work more. I just ended up straightening my class room a little.
- I went to a class. It may or may not have been a line dancing class. And if it was, no, I will not do a dance for you.
cookedpicked up dinner. Thank you In-N-Out.
- I combed a 6-year old's freshly showered hair and tried to con her into combing mine. I was met with mediocre results.
- I wondered where the 8-year wandered off to after her shower and found her in her bed.
- I watched a little t.v. while waiting for my turn on the computer.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Besides the four of us, Mom, Danny, Grandma & Grandpa Smith, Tony (he's in the picture way in the back) and Gianna were there.
We had a very nice time which included tickling the littlest person and Stephanie's hand motions to one of her favorite church songs. To put a great ending to the lunch, we walked outside to find it was not blistering hot. It was a little cooler, humid, and seemed like it might actually rain. We did get a couple of sprinkles on the way home.
The cast was just about bigger than her!
We saw her today for lunch. The first thing she said to us was that her "elbow came out" as she showed off her cast-free arm. She engaged us in a whole conversation with us about her arm and woes of being in a pack-n-play when you're too much of a big girl for one! Well, ok, maybe she just said the pack-n-play "went away."
Now we go to a nondenominational church that is very modern. We do not sing hymns. We sing upbeat and often rockin' worship songs. I often wear jeans to Sunday morning services, even though it somehow feels a little wrong. Dancing is just another expression of worship or fun. Anyone can take the offering or serve communion. I've done both. Those who feel moved to do so, raise their hands in praise. Very different from how I grew up.
Every once in a while, we sing an old hymn ~ How Great Thou Art ~ with a different arrangement. The tune is the same, but the song is more modern with quite a livelier beat. When we sing this song, I am strangely transported back to the days in the Baptist pew. I feel as if I am stradling a line of who I was and who I am now. I feel like I have roots that allow me to grow into a more colorful person. I am glad I know the old hymns and their familiar tunes. At the same time I am glad that some have new arrangements that meet the needs of a more modern church.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
- Greg is loving. He loves to snuggle the kids and me. You will often find him snuggled up with one or both of the kids while watching television.
- Greg is thoughtful. He is always trying to think about others first. He will go out of his way to do something nice for the kids. He helps me out by picking up Heather from daycare sometimes so I can get a little more work done at school before I come home. He will go to the grocery story with me just so I don't have to go alone. He also vacuums, dusts, and cleans the bathrooms if I pick up all the junk.
- Greg is smart. He is a whiz at math and can figure anything out! When he decided he wanted to make a website, he taught himself html codes ~ some very tricky ones, too. He goes online to find information or checks out books from the library. He has never gone to college, but is far smarter than some college educated men I have known.
- Greg works hard. He puts 100% and more into his job. He takes his job very seriously and wants to be the best example for FedEx that he can be. He has always taken this approach to working. He also takes providing for his family very seriously!
- Greg has precise time managment skills (unless he's on the computer). He figures out the most efficient way to complete a task gets to it. This is a handy skill to have working for such a time oriented business!
- Greg is funny. He is always making me laugh. Of course we have pretend arguments about which one of us is funnier (really, it's
me him mehim). He believes that fun and laughter are essiential parts of a happy family.
- Greg is a believer. This is important to me because I could not have married a man who did not believe in God and who didn't have the same value system as me.
- Greg doesn't like vegetables. He is very much a meat and potatoes guy. He does like corn and green beans. He does enjoy a salad, but no tomatoes or anything vegetable-like on it besides lettuce and carrots. But go ahead and load up on the meat and cheese. Since I have known him, he has found out that he likes a broccoli salad that I make. In any other application, however, he's not a fan of broccoli.
- Greg doesn't like to be hot. This is not always convenient for a FedEx guy in the middle of the summer, but he likes work that keeps him moving around. We keep our house very cool. You might want to bring a sweater.
- Greg is supportive. I've had many ideas over the years ~ some good ones and some half-baked. He gives me his opinion about matters, but in the long run he supports me even when he thinks I'm absolutely nuts. In our old house I wanted to paint the guest bath navy blue for a celestial theme. He helped me. (Turned out way cute, by the way.) When we were newly engaged, he bought me my own scroll saw because I took an interest in tole painting and wanted to cut my own wood. He's my biggest reality check and my biggest cheer leader.
I'm so glad we both ended up at Edee's birthday party eleven years ago. My life has been blessed and enriched beyond measure from knowing this man. He is my soul-mate and my rock. Thanks, honey, for being you!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
When the wave comes up your feet start sinking into the sand. Well, they don't go all the way. It just goes a little bit.
Aunt Wendy and I were standing in front of a big wave. It was kind of scary because we were standing in front of it. I went out far with Aunt Wendy.
We went on a ferry. We got to drive our car onto the boat. We got to go outside the car and take some pictures (no ferry pics here). The boat ride is just called the ferry.
If you can't find her, I will give you a hint later. :)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Stephanie's counselor is a 17 year-old named Taylor. She is very enthusiastic! She is involved in theater at school. Stephanie warmed up to her immediately (so did Heather). Stephanie also started making a new friend at the group table while the kids waited to board the buses. Whew! We were a little worried about her going off to camp with no buddies to hang out with. But she is turning out far braver than Greg and I ever felt we were!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
And a self-portrait. I told her I saw the pictures she took with my camera. She said, "Yeah, I was bored."
Stephanie fell asleep on the couch. Greg was still wearing the hat when he woke her up to go to bed.