Friday, December 19, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
- Ian took math club test this morning and we studied Greece and it isles as well as the ages up to the Minoans. It's so fun for me to learn along with him (or relearn things as is sometimes the case)
- finished reading The Secret Life of Bees and promptly downloaded Scarpetta
- Ian finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Wednesday (one week and one day from starting it. Seriously voraciuos reader he is. Crazy voracious. I absolutely love it though. He wants me to get back to reading the HP series so that we can continue discussing God in Harry Potter that we downloaded to my kindle recently.
- Speaking of my kindle. I love it. One of the bests gifts I have gotten in a long time. (A really great gift idea for the avid reader in your family).
- Worked with Ian on our December Daily albums and then with Ethan on his paper Christmas trees for his teacher. He added a little bling to each of them with a hot glue gun and I must say, they definitely added a little "BAM" to them!LOL
- Tomorrow I hope to get family Cmas pic done and printed for cards + I plan to watch the Gators take on Alabama for the SEC Conference Championship. I hope they play well. Go Gators! I think we
- I think we'll do chili tomorrow complete with some football appetizers. Maybe we'll even make some cupcakes.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
From their website:
This holiday season, ask the people around you about their lives — it could be your grandmother, a teacher, or someone from the neighborhood. By listening to their stories, you will be telling them that they matter and they won’t ever be forgotten. It may be the most meaningful time you spend this year.
It's a perfect time to plan to do some listening to family members this week as we in the US celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday (and there's no time like now wherever you live on this globe). The idea here is to actually record your family member, friend, teacher, etc., sharing a story with you (use a computer, tape recorder, video camera, etc. - so much of our technology these days lends itself to this project). Since many of you that read this blog are scrapbookers a natural extension would be to document this experience through words and photos on a layout.
Click on "participate" to download their "Do It Yourself" guide. Super helpful with a step-by-step list to follow.
There is also an online question generator to help you with some ideas.
Listening, sharing, documenting...awesome. You never know if this may be the last opportunity to gather a story from someone you love. Take advantage of this opportunity.
This excerpt from Ali Edwards' blog. Thanks for the info Ali!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! May it be safe + Grate-FULL.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
- be much more patient
- less judgmental
- worry less (especially what other people think)
- speak my mind (more)
- develop a much closer relationship with God
- say I'm sorry sooner
- serve others more
- appreciate more
- complain less
- live with intention and purpose
- love more deeply
- care less about my hardwood floors and more about the people I hold closest to my heart
- document the details
- play a lot more tennis! lol
- just be. be present. live in the present. Not the past. Not the future. THE PRESENT.
I think that's a good start. Maybe I'll add more later. Goodnight!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
"Mommy, do you know what internetica is?"
"Hmmm...an internet encyclopedia?"
"Nope... It's when things in motion tend to stay in motion."
"Ohhh, that's wonderful honey, but I think it's called inertia."
My goodness, how hard it was to keep from chuckling when he was so earnest in his query and so proud of the knowledge he had gained today.
On another note, big brother achieved his Accelerated Reading goal two weeks early so he has earned himself some more money to go towards an electric guitar.
Today was Boo's conference with his gifted class teacher. She showed us all of his work which included a report (complete with bibliography) and a power point presentation that he had put together. How cool that they have first graders doing these things. Teach me too please! :)
Yesterday we had a Cub Scout outing and frequented a local Civil War Battlefield. It was really interesting and a beautiful day to be out exploring history together. Afterwards, we had a family night of tennis. Good fun + exercise.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Happy Birthday Mick. YOU DA BEST! -Suz
1. Up early to make breakfast in bed for my beloved bday boy. (coffee with cream and sweetener, raspberry cheesecake yogurt, mini whole wheat bagel with peanut butter).
2. Wrapped bd gift while the beloved bday boy slept.
3. Feed the dogs and let them out.
4. Woke the boys and got them upstairs in time tosing "happy birthday" while bringing candlelit bagel to the beloved bday boy.
5. Beloved bday boy arose to use the restroom. It was then that the covert operation took place.
6. While said beloved bday boy was in the bathroom, the oldest son kept watch while I removed surprise bd gift from an undisclosed location and place just outside our bedroom doors.
7. When the beloved bday boy came out of the bathroom, the youngest son gave him his gift.
While the BBB began opening the present, I began to explain how the gift was practical as I knew we would be needing to update our old tv's with new converters by Feb 09 b/c of the whole HD era taking place. I rambled on about how the dude at Wally-World said this is what we needed to make the conversion. The BBB looked perplexed as he told me that the converter was not the correct one, that it was, indeed, a converter for an HD tv. With the most innocent and confused face that I could muster, I preceded to say in a perplexed voice, "Well, I AM confused b/c the Wal-mart dude assured me it was the correct converter (all the while I am opening the doors widely so that my BBB REAL bday gift was straight ahead of his line of sight-sitting their for the BBB's eyes to rest upon- a brand new 32" Flat Screen TV. (Sorry honey but the monster flat screen will have to wait-LOL) The BBB was stunned. Covert operation complete. :)
8. Made breakfast and packed lunches for the BEBZ.
9. Let the dogsback in.
10. Drove Ian to his gifted class and dropped Ethan off at school.
11. Volunteered at the book fair.
12. Came home and did laundry, dishes, paid bills.
13. Cleaned up scrapbook/classroom area.
14. Watched a bit of Ellen while doing aforementioned chores.
15. Made Mick and myself a turkey pastrami and swiss cheese on pumpernickel sandwich.
16. Caught up on blog posts.
17. Updated iCalendar.
18. Searched for shelving/storage/scrapbooking desks online (my early 40th bday gift from my BBB--SO SWEET!!!)
19. Folded laundry.
20. Cashed check at bank and made deposit at Big Gma's bank.
21. To university to take tennis team pic.
22. Called Mick and Jules on the way home-discussed CS, cropodile usage and Sat night FB plans.
23. More laundry.
24. Baked a lemon pound cake for BBB's pleasure.
25. Getting ready to take BBB to dinner.
(Yesterday Ethan lost a third baby tooth-They're dropping like flies. The tooth fairy is now officially sleep deprived---zzzzzzz.)
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
- began with a bloody nose (Boo-second one in less than twelve hours) and two phone calls before 8:30)
- piano lesson for Ian
- trip to Wally World for groceries and the new Star Wars Clone book for Ian (relentless in his pursuit for more literary works)
- homemade potato soup-b/c it does a body good on rainy days like today :)
- cancellation of tennis practice meant the impromptu scheduling of playdates for both of the BEBZ (and a brief bit of scrapping for the momma with scrapping pal Julie)
- paying of bills
- emptying of dishwasher and folding of laundry
- checking of emails and scramble round on facebook-latest craze and mild addiction (like Boggle)
- received "Happy Mail" via Fed Ex a RAK from my DF Lexi-ALi E's new mini-album book-can't wait to snuggle up under the silk comforter tonight (after the viewing of the US Open of course) and sprawl myself out over the expanse of a queen size bed with only Hugsley to share the space with-Miss you Mick but I do enjoy some nights to myself-LOL) and soak up all of the inspiration-can't wait!!!
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
- My first match was rained out today.
- Mick's away on business.
- Doing laundry.
- Paying bills.
- The discovery of seemingly long-lost pics of Ethan's first day of KGTN and my 20yr. class reunion. Big WOO HOO moment. HUGE.
- Storytime and a little viewing of The Pink Panther and of course US Open (5 setter Federer match-good stuff).
- A little game of Scramble with Facebook friends.
- Returning emails
- leftover chili
- residual GI distress due to aforementioned indulgence
- loving on the puppers and kitty
- a wee bit o scrapbooking
- Ian completed Marley and Me (kids version) Like me, he loved it until man's best friend passed on-major boo hoo moments (I finished the adult version down at the lake this weekend)-speaking of-Lily helped herself to 7 pancakes and a half a pound of bacon Sun am. Needless to say she was spared an evening meal. LOL
- Homeschooling studies: The Horse and His Boy, respiratory system, Celsius scale review, math review + more
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
- school: world civilizations, Olympics (our own version too-paper plate discus throw + marshmallow nose races + more), math review, vocabulary, spelling + more
- dry cleaning drop off
- bill paying
- school planning
- fall soccer signup
- discussion with Ian about Mighty Mites football (pros + cons, etc.) He's suddenly got an urge to play-not sure if that was spurned by the cousins playing ball? Think that may have a lot to do with it. (Mick and I feel like we're encountering uncharted territory here. We want our boys to try and experience new things in life but also realize that our 10 year old isn't exactly the poster boy for the linebacker position nor does he have the personality for it either). We were hoping that there was a flag football league he could participate in, but apparently that no longer exists here locally. Too bad.
- Rice Krispie treats, popcorn and the partial viewing of Batman + Robin
- story time with Ethan (he's reading Magic Tree House series while Ian reads The Hobbit)
- phone calls with Mick who's away on business
- updating i calendar and calling girls to let them know practice was cancelled due to rain
- tried a new calzone-like recipe which the boys actually ate
- filing, filing and more filing
- refrigerator repairman here to fix both fridges, upstairs icemaker, downstairs fridge quit cooling (ice cream soft serve only-LOL + my Diet Pepsi's, nearly room temp-sooo not acceptable) all is well and in working order now minus the $389. + service and repair charge. Gotta love the Murphy's in life. Appreciate that I have ice. That I have a cold Diet Pepsi. That I have so many little and big blessings in my life and so many things to be grateful for.
This week has been the viewing of the Olympics. So exciting to watch Shawn Johnson take the gold in balance beam. So cool that she and Nastia will be traveling home with so many medals. So awesome that they are great friends as well as competitors.
I always love watching the presentation of the medals ceremony with the raising of the American flag. I love watching the emotion swell in the faces of each Olympian. The pride. The joy. The realization of years of hardwork, training and sacrifice coming to fruition. What an amazing ride that must be.
And...AND...how full circle a moment was it for Shawn and her coach who was born in Beijing and set up a gym in West Des Moines, IA only to have Shawn Johnson walk through the doors of his gym 10 years ago, now to take his star Olympian back to Beijing to win not only three silver medals but one gold. He came to America to fulfill his dreams, and Shawn, to fulfill hers..in Beijing. Now that's cool.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
So we watched not so patiently for the cuckoo to make his appearance at 2 and 3 o'clock. Then we ate some of AN's homemade peach pie with Schwan's vanilla ice cream! Heaven! The boys said the vanilla ice cream was the best ever!
Travelling on I managed to miss a turnoff and ended up about 20 min. north and 30 minutes west of our end destination. Grrr. Drove through miles of cornfields with a major sinus HA (as the corn was in full tassel). Finally met up with sister Karen and "Cousin Andrea" at the hotel. So good to see them. More than 1.5 years since our last visit together. Anxious to watch Andrea play softball. Such talent. More 2 follow.
- dinner at IJ's for a mexican chicken salad with a Blue Moon and orange slice to wash it all down oh and a shared order of fries
- trip to HL for a BIA (Mick was referring to a Bind it OFF-not really sure why he would want to refer to it as that-LOL)
- LONESTAR CONCERT-awesome! so good!
- McAllister's tea
- sharing of a funnel cake with Holly + Mark (how fitting that they met up with us on our anniversary celebration-after all-Mick and I met b/c of them! :) Oh my stars-Mick and I both thought it probably had been at least 20 years since the last one we consumed. Yumola!
- home to consume a few more beverages and watch some tennis while Mick played some BF2
- oh...and Mick got his iPhone delivered today-so we played with it the whole way to and from the fairgrounds--how much fun is it? Next person in the family to get one...moi!
Friday, July 25, 2008
"There are two types of people in this world — givers and takers.”
You know, I think there is a lot of truth in that statement! My life experiences repeatedly verify the accuracy of that statement.
I bet you’ve seen it in your life too… Some people ADD to your life with their mere presence — they fill you up, give you more energy, inspire you. While other people SUBTRACT from your life — they wear you out, drain your energy, deplete your reserves.
(I am so grateful that the list of givers in my life is quite long!)
So, the challenge today is simple:
1) Examine yourself: Into which category do you fall?
2) Take action: Today, be a giver, not a taker.
To motivate you in this giving challenge, here are some quotes:
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. (Winston Churchill)
You have the power to make someone’s day. (Dan Zadra)
It is satisfying knowing that for a brief point in time you made a difference. (Irene Natividad)
It is when we forget ourselves that we do things that are most likely to be remembered. (Parker Sweetwater)
Your heart has brought great joy to many. Those hearts can never forget you. (Flavia Weeden)
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. (J. M. Barrie)
Things you do for other people are usually some of the best things you do. (Michael Nolan)
People who deal with life generously and large-heartedly go on multiplying relationships to the end. (Arthur C. Benson)
No man can get rich himself unless he enriches others. (Earl Nightingale)
For this I bless you most. You give much and know not that you give at all. (Kahlil Gibran)
And in closing…
May happiness touch your life today as warmly as you have touched the lives of others. (Rebecca Forsythe)
I read this on another scrapper's blog (Carrie Colbert Batt) today and thought it was spot on.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
- Just returned from piano lessons and washing the van.
- Gearing up for a road trip to watch my niece (Andrea) play in a national softball tourney. So excited to see her and my sis (it's been a year and a half already!) Going to visit other family along the way. Excited about that. Also hope to get some scrapping in. Finish the Cancun album I've been working on.
- laundry, bills, Quicken, filing, mopping and sweeping also on the agenda topped off with tennis tonight! (woohoo-always worth a day of the drudgework to end on a high note!)
- and tomorrow-well tomorrow is Lonestar! Yippee!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
- Batman and Robin on the tube
- intense reading by Ian- Finished HP#4 and onto Rick Riordan's new book. The kid read for over 4 hours today!!!
- nursing sunburns-loaded the boys up with SPF before leaving cabin and then inadvertently left lotion in the van at the campground (we could'nt put in at usual spot-yellowjackets!)
- Club Penguin
- the creation of "Princess Peppermint's" Webkinz bed by the BooBear-and yes, she did feel the pea beneath her (LOL) picture of said creation to follow--took most of morning to make the bed
- uploading pics from laptop and ordering, organizing backed up pics that are on cd's (still mourning over the loss of July and August 2007-especially 1st day of KGTN pics-although I really thought I had backed these up onto cd's...huge sigh....)
- photoshopping pics from Cancun trip, adding text and postprocessing
- laundry, laundry, laundry.
- Mick mowed the yard
- planning for the schoolyear with Michelle
- Olympics 08 studies
- writing up to do list for the week
- gearing up to see faraway family next week
- scolding the puppers for chasing the Hugster
- listening to Mick play BF2 with his online buddies and watching his quirky + hilarious + spastic minute movements of his mouth as he tries to annihilate virtual enemies with his various forms of weapons and ammunition. Trust me on this one...it's hilarious.
- Organizing school stuff and straightening up scrapbook area. Ongoing....
- fighting a bout with seasonal allergies--aaaaahhhh...Aaaah....CHOO!
Friday, July 18, 2008
- usta mixed doubles, we won our match
- Olympics 08 study
- VBS art
- baseball for Ian (1st time at pitching)
- Bakugan for the boys (latest thing)
- Borders trip, Tolkien series, pirateology for Boo (complete with a ship to assemble-that was fun)
- Mick to Omaha on business
- scrapping Cancun
- oil down $5 a barrel-woohoo a drop of a gigantic 10 cents at the pump, currently $3.79
- planning curriculum for the school year
- puppy dogs needing attention
- The Tennis Channel: Destination Tennis