Monday, December 31, 2007
I've done much thinking about what I want 2008 to be like for us. I can honestly say, good riddance to 2007. Not that some wonderful things haven't happened to our family this year, I'm just glad it's done. It'll be nice to not have to say that it'll be next YEAR before my dh comes home again. :-) I want this to be the year of the Happy House. I remember my Grandmother telling me she loved the house my parents used to live in so much, because it was the "Happy House" to her. She said that was the only time all of her kids got along. Of course, if you ask my Dad, he says it's because they were all toddlers/babies when they lived there. heehee. Anyway, I want this to be the year of the "Happy House." I'm tired of fighting kids all.the.time. I'm tired of no one talking nicely to each other. I'm tired of the selfishness. I guess I'm just plain tired. So, in order to get the changes I want, I need to focus on Character Training. I'm including myself in this, because I can see where I definitely need some character training. This is the book I'm thinking of purchasing. I'm waiting for dh to check it out before I order it. Knowing him, he'll say, "It looks fine Babe." :-) One more thing I'm going to do is put a lot more focus on Bible work in our homeschool. I'm currently trying to design a Bible Notebook that'll work for us. Stay tuned on that. :-) Of course, I've got the ever popular "lose weight" goals too. Who wants to hear about those though. lol.
Knitting....I have started the heel on the second sock, finally. I will be spending about 6 hours at the hospital on Friday, so maybe I'll have a nearly finished or completely finished sock by then! I have a couple of larger items I would like to knit this year, but I'll save that for another post.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Mike has finally made it back to his FOB. He sat at Baghdad International Airport from Saturday until yesterday. Nice, eh? He's getting back into the swing of things. They already shipped him out to the out-post. He wouldn't have it any other way though. Sitting in his room would drive him crazy.
I'm anxious to start a new knitting project, but first I have to convince myself to turn the heel on the socks I've been working on. Also, in order to start the new project, I have to do a guage swatch. I loathe having to swatch. It'll be worth it though, as I totally LOVE the new project I'm going to start. :-)
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
After we left the air-port, we headed to Cracker Barrel. We were all starving. Imagine our surprise when we went to pay our bill, and someone had already taken care of it! :-) After breakfast, we drove another 2 hours north to Greenville. It was Mike's Step-Mom's 60th Birthday. It was a pretty big deal. Lori flew in from Vegas, the boys drove up from Atlanta, etc. So, how could we miss it? Many thought we were crazy, including myself, but we went anyway. lol.
This week has been great. It's been so nice to talk to Mike in real life, not on the Yahoo IM. I'm so thankful we are able to have internet communications while he's gone, but the real thing is much better. :-) So far, he's taught a certain 3 year old to ride her bike, he's hung Christmas lights, he's played Army Men and we've went to the Zoo. He's also done a boat load of laundry, but that's no fun, so you'll see no pictures of that. Oh, I forgot we celebrated a birthday too! My baby boy is six now!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Knitting news....I FINISHED THE CLAPOTIS! Well, not really. I still have ends to weave in. Maybe tonight. We'll see. I've been sick, so I haven't felt like doing anything after the kids get to bed.
I'll have to share my latest drama incident with you later. It involved 8 MPs and 2 CID agents. Lots of fun. :-)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Katie adores anything monkey. Liberty loves lions, and Mikayla loves Giraffes. Benjamin was just thrilled not to have anything pink! :-) We've got the elephant toothbrush holder, a few brown towels, and a purple bath rug. We're still working on the minor details of the decor. lol. They want the lion trash can but whew, that thing is spendy. I think they'll just keep the Madagascar trash can they have now. Hey, it's animals, right? Anyway, here's what I came up with for a couple of picture frames to hang on the wall. The frames are 12x12. I cut the animals/leaves/grass on my Cricut Expressions machine. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this machine. It seems as though I use it for every scrapping project I've done lately. The kids have made some Christmas ornaments with it, they've used it for school projects. If you're a scrapper, and you don't have one of these machines, get one. You won't be sorry. :-) Anyway, without further delay, here's what I made.....
Anyway, the kids love 'em. Mom is bringing me another frame when she comes next week. I think I'll call her and ask her to bring me two more. That way I can do a monkey and a lion to hang right above these! Until next time...........
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Watch very soon for a picture of my completed Clapotis. I WILL finish it this week. I'm working on the decrease section, which I'm hoping will go very fast. I have a list of Christmas knitting I need to finish. I guess in order to finish it, I would need to start it, eh? Nothing major, just a few little things. I don't know if I'll get them all done. I never do. However, since my dh will soon be here, I'll be able to knit while he drives! :-)
I had totally planned to do school with the kids tomorrow. Until Katie was invited to a friends house to spend the night. How could I say no? :-) So, I guess tomorrow will be an off day. I'll have the kids do a couple of short lessons, but that's it. We all need a free day every now and then, right?
My house is coming together. I emptied a couple of more boxes today, hung a few more pictures, etc. I still have quite a bit to do before my parents come, but I'm not going to stress over it if it doesn't all get done. They won't mind, I'm sure. :-) I just realized what my kids are watching on TV. Santa Clause. We just decorated some sugar cookies with fall colored sprinkles. You mean, we could have made Christmas cookies today? Yee-gads! Until next time....................
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Here are some pictures of my house! We are finally getting settled. Katie told me the other day it's starting to feel like home! I still have some boxes in the garage to sort through, but not too many. Maybe 8 or so? I really need to work on the garage this next week. It needs to be done so I can actually park a car in there! :-) Plus, I don't think my neat freak of a husband would like to see it in it's current state. HA! So, there you have it....pictures of my new house. :-) Until next time.............
Friday, November 9, 2007
The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List
From Secular Homeschooling Magazine, Issue #1
1 Please stop asking us if it's legal. If it is — and it is — it's insulting to imply that we're criminals. And if we were criminals, would we admit it?
2 Learn what the words "socialize" and "socialization" mean, and use the one you really mean instead of mixing them up the way you do now. Socializing means hanging out with other people for fun. Socialization means having acquired the skills necessary to do so successfully and pleasantly. If you're talking to me and my kids, that means that we do in fact go outside now and then to visit the other human beings on the planet, and you can safely assume that we've got a decent grasp of both concepts.
3 Quit interrupting my kid at her dance lesson, scout meeting, choir practice, baseball game, art class, field trip, park day, music class, 4H club, or soccer lesson to ask her if as a homeschooler she ever gets to socialize.
4 Don't assume that every homeschooler you meet is homeschooling for the same reasons and in the same way as that one homeschooler you know.
5 If that homeschooler you know is actually someone you saw on TV, either on the news or on a "reality" show, the above goes double.
6 Please stop telling us horror stories about the homeschoolers you know, know of, or think you might know who ruined their lives by homeschooling. You're probably the same little bluebird of happiness whose hobby is running up to pregnant women and inducing premature labor by telling them every ghastly birth story you've ever heard. We all hate you, so please go away.
7 We don't look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear they're in public school. Please stop drilling our children like potential oil fields to see if we're doing what you consider an adequate job of homeschooling.
8 Stop assuming all homeschoolers are religious.
9 Stop assuming that if we're religious, we must be homeschooling for religious reasons.
10 We didn't go through all the reading, learning, thinking, weighing of options, experimenting, and worrying that goes into homeschooling just to annoy you. Really. This was a deeply personal decision, tailored to the specifics of our family. Stop taking the bare fact of our being homeschoolers as either an affront or a judgment about your own educational decisions.
11 Please stop questioning my competency and demanding to see my credentials. I didn't have to complete a course in catering to successfully cook dinner for my family; I don't need a degree in teaching to educate my children. If spending at least twelve years in the kind of chew-it-up-and-spit-it-out educational facility we call public school left me with so little information in my memory banks that I can't teach the basics of an elementary education to my nearest and dearest, maybe there's a reason I'm so reluctant to send my child to school.
12 If my kid's only six and you ask me with a straight face how I can possibly teach him what he'd learn in school, please understand that you're calling me an idiot. Don't act shocked if I decide to respond in kind.
13 Stop assuming that because the word "home" is right there in "homeschool," we never leave the house. We're the ones who go to the amusement parks, museums, and zoos in the middle of the week and in the off-season and laugh at you because you have to go on weekends and holidays when it's crowded and icky.
14 Stop assuming that because the word "school" is right there in homeschool, we must sit around at a desk for six or eight hours every day, just like your kid does. Even if we're into the "school" side of education — and many of us prefer a more organic approach — we can burn through a lot of material a lot more efficiently, because we don't have to gear our lessons to the lowest common denominator.
15 Stop asking, "But what about the Prom?" Even if the idea that my kid might not be able to indulge in a night of over-hyped, over-priced revelry was enough to break my heart, plenty of kids who do go to school don't get to go to the Prom. For all you know, I'm one of them. I might still be bitter about it. So go be shallow somewhere else.
16 Don't ask my kid if she wouldn't rather go to school unless you don't mind if I ask your kid if he wouldn't rather stay home and get some sleep now and then.
17 Stop saying, "Oh, I could never homeschool!" Even if you think it's some kind of compliment, it sounds more like you're horrified. One of these days, I won't bother disagreeing with you any more.
18 If you can remember anything from chemistry or calculus class, you're allowed to ask how we'll teach these subjects to our kids. If you can't, thank you for the reassurance that we couldn't possibly do a worse job than your teachers did, and might even do a better one.
19 Stop asking about how hard it must be to be my child's teacher as well as her parent. I don't see much difference between bossing my kid around academically and bossing him around the way I do about everything else.
20 Stop saying that my kid is shy, outgoing, aggressive, anxious, quiet, boisterous, argumentative, pouty, fidgety, chatty, whiny, or loud because he's homeschooled. It's not fair that all the kids who go to school can be as annoying as they want to without being branded as representative of anything but childhood.
21 Quit assuming that my kid must be some kind of prodigy because she's homeschooled.
22 Quit assuming that I must be some kind of prodigy because I homeschool my kids.
23 Quit assuming that I must be some kind of saint because I homeschool my kids.
24 Stop talking about all the great childhood memories my kids won't get because they don't go to school, unless you want me to start asking about all the not-so-great childhood memories you have because you went to school.
25 Here's a thought: If you can't say something nice about homeschooling, shut up!
****Here's my disclaimer....I have never read nor intend to read Secular Homeschooling Magazine.****
I hope you chuckled a bit while reading this, I know I sure did. :-) Someone was asking me when I'm going to post pictures of my new house! I will do that soon. I've tried about 5 times, but each time I try, I'm either having internet issues or blogger issues. I'll try again this weekend. :-) Until next time............
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Knitting news....Clapotis.....oh how I'm sick of working on the Clapotis. It really is a fun knit, and I do love it, but it feels like I've been knitting on it forever and a day! Soon....soon....I'll start the decrease rows. I ordered a fun little knit the other day. As soon as the kit comes in the mail, I'll show it to you. Oh, I need to bring my camera to church tomorrow. My friend Amy crocheted the cutest sock! She showed it to me on Wednesday night, but I didn't have my camera to photograph it. I can't wait to post a picture of it here! She did an awesome job! I bet she'll have the match finished by time I see here tomorrow! :-) Until next time.........
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Knitting news...I found my yarn. It was hidden in my closet. I hadn't been able to find my one lonely rubbermaid tote that houses my yarn stash. I was so glad to find it tonight. I needed some of the yarn that was in it! I've been working on the Clapotis. Still. I swear, it's never ending. I think I might make a couple of pairs of Fetching (google it...I'm too tired to link it right now) for my nieces for Christmas. Atleast the 2 older girls. They're 13 and 18. I should probably start them soon, since my husband will be home in the near future. Until next time............
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This is our second week back at school since we returned from Florida. We're having our good days and our not so good days. Monday was horrid. Tuesday and Wednesday went pretty well. I just realized that Benjamin knows almost all of his letters and their sounds, so he'll be ready to start reading in no time at all.
Mike will be home for R&R soon. I can't say exactly when, because I don't know exactly when. But, it'll be before Christmas. :-) He's supposed to give me a more accurate date soon. I can't wait. We're planning to maybe take a 3 or 4 day trip to Gatlinburg, TN. We've been there a couple of times already, and love it there. We'll most likely rent a log cabin and just stay there. We'll go to the aquarium, but that's probably it. We'll just enjoy being together the rest of the time. Last time Mike took R&R, we traveled for atleast 10 of the 14 days. He doesn't want to do that again. So, we'll travel for 3 or 4, and stay home for the rest. Maybe I see a 56" DLP TV in our near future? Who knows. Heehee.
Knitting. What's that? I haven't knit hardly at all since I've been back from FL. Seems like I've been exhausted since I returned. I'm almost done with the sock I started when I was at the YH event. That's it. I had big plans to do some knitting for Christmas gifts, but I doubt that will happen. We'll see.
Here are a couple of pictures for your viewing pleasure. :-) Well, never mind. I've been trying to upload pictures to blogger for 2 days now, and it won't work. Until next time................
Monday, October 1, 2007
We did get all of the stuff out of the old house. I didn't think we were ever going to finish, but we did. I couldn't have done it without my friends help, that's for sure. Thanks to Becca and Ruben, and Tracey and Jim! :-) I still need to sweep and mop, clean the appliances and sinks...I think that's it....in the old house. That'll happen after I get back home. Tomorrow, we're not doing anything. We're all exhausted. Wednesday, it's Disney time! Of course, it's supposed to rain. Ugh. Until next time.....
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
A special thanks to Amy and Ruben for watching the kids. Without you both, I wouldn't have been able to go. :-) Thanks to Becca for the ride and the fabulous time! Until next time............
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
We're in the 2nd week of school here. Last week went fairly well. Someone please tell me whos idea it was to start school the day after we returned home from our nearly 3 month vacation????? We didn't finish everything I wanted to accomplish, but we did pretty well. This week we're adding Latin, History and Science. Devin is LOVING Latin. He wanted to do three lessons today. We're using Getting Started With Latin. I really like how you can download the pronunciations in MP3 format. Very nifty. I didn't want something really in-depth for this year, something just to get their feet wet. This seems to fit the bill nicely. Today was the first day adding in History. I had forgotten how long it takes to do all of that Sonlight reading, but the kids really do enjoy it. Well, maybe not so much now that I require handwritten answers to the questions for the Readers. HA! Flying Creatures is going great. We did a fun little experiment today that the kids really enjoyed. I did take pictures, so maybe I'll share more about that later. Until next time.............
Saturday, September 15, 2007
So, Becca and I are going to see the Yarn Harlot on Wednesday. I am so excited! It'll be a blast, I'm sure. I'm going to have to figure out what to take in my knitting bag. I'm not sure I want to work on the Clapotis, socks it will be. However, I'm not sure working on Cross-hatch lace will be a good thing. I don't have the brain capacity to memorize the pattern right now. So, we'll see what I come up with. I do want to knit up a hat really quick to donate to charity. I wonder what I have in my stash for hats?
Mike has earned another award this deployment. It's an award I would rather him now have earned, but it is what it is. That's his most favorite statement lately..."It is what it is." He's earned a Purple Heart. He's fine, so he tells me. His tank was hit by an EFP. That's a fancy name for a big roadside bomb made of mostly copper. This was his 5th hit. The other 4 times, he's gotten off scott free. This time, he took shrapnel to his leg. His thigh to be more specific. He said they did x-rays to make sure all of the shrapnel was out, and it is. He said it hurts, but it's not above his tolerance level. HA! Praise God that it wasn't worse.
Fire ants. Have I told you how much I loathe fire ants? Liberty went outside this morning for a quick minute, and came screaming in with atleast 10 bites on one foot, and a few on the other. Poor kid. I filled the kitchen sink up with some water, threw a bunch of ice-cubes into it, and let her soak her feet. I gave her a few measuring cups to play with to take her mind off her feet. Seems to have worked. She's happily playing outside now with shoes on. :-) Devin carried something out to the trash and said the back yard is full of fire ants. I hope it's not, as Richard will be here shortly to mow for me. It's a jungle out there! I'll be glad when it's mowed though. There are lizards everywhere. Yuck. I hate lizards. They're not very big, and I know they're harmless, but those suckers jump. I've seen them all over my patio furniture. Yuck. Until next time.............
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
We had a fabulous Labor Day weekend. We spent Saturday at a fair. I won't even try to spell the name of the county we were in, but it was a blast. Perfect weather, and no crowds. The kids had a blast riding the rides. Let's just say I'm glad Dad was footing the bill. $51 for 65 tickets. With five kids and most rides taking 4 or 5 tickets, they didn't last long. We ended up with two sheets of 65. They did have fun though. Liberty and I had talked all week how she would be able to feed the sheep at the petting zoo. Once we got there, she fed the goat once and decided she didn't want to do that every again. :-) Sunday, we headed to my parents cabin, which is five miles in the woods. We spent the night, but I don't think any one of us slept much. Well, maybe the dogs did. The kids had a blast though. I was good, and didn't even yell at them when they fell in the brook. HA!
I feel so behind because we haven't started our school work yet. I know flexibility is the beauty of homeschooling, but still..... I'll just tell everyone we're following NYs school schedule...they started today! :-) Next week will be a good time for us to get used to no TV until after lunch. TimeWarner can't install my cable/phone/internet until the 14th. Have I ever told you all how much I hate TimeWarner? Ugh. Oh well. Thank God for cell phones, eh? I just hope Mike has lots of minutes left on his phone cards. HA! Until next time..........
Friday, August 31, 2007
Lorna's Laces. I can't remember the colorway, I'll have to look later.
KP Size 1 circs, magic loop method
I'm so glad to be done with Jaywalkers. I have another pair started, but honestly, I don't know if I'll finish them. I love the way they knit up, but I've ripped and re-knit so many times, I think I'm done. lol. It's time for me to cast on a new pair of socks. I'm thinking Crosshatch Lace using Fleece Artist, but we'll see. I may swatch a toe tonight. Clapotis is coming along nicely. I'm going home a week from tomorrow! Yippppeee! :-) Until next time..........
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
So, there you have it. The finished Hip in Hemp skirt. I still need to block it. It'll happen, eventually. Don't worry...she won't be wearing it with that Bobby Jack shirt. I bought her a plain black t-shirt to wear with it. Plain and simple, just how she likes it. :-)
Pattern: Hip in Hemp, ladies size small
Needles: Knit Picks size 5
Time on the needles: Just under 2 months.
The last picture shows what is currently on my needles. Until next time.........
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Can you believe I finally started the border on the Hip in Hemp skirt! I am so excited to be almost finished with it. I hope to blog about it this weekend, so I won't share too much as of yet. I do love it though. Enough that I'm thinking about making one for Liberty. :-)
Last weekend I enjoyed my cousin Becky's wedding. Everything was fabulous. The food was out of this world, and there was so much of it! Sunday, a bunch of us met at the Saratoga Race Track. It was my first time at the horse races. It wasn't what I expected at all, but still fun. Can you believe they had record attendance the day we went? Something like 75,000 people. Yikes. I'm so glad I left the kids home. I would have went nuts if I had to keep track of all of them by myself! Becky and Al left for Hawaii Monday morning...just in time for an earthquake and a hurricane! Good thing they're staying for two weeks, so they're bound to hit some good weather. :-) Until next time...................
Monday, July 30, 2007
I've been trying to put together the list of what we still need for curriculum this year. I still need to order Apologia Physical Science. I think he has 3 modules left in General Science, so I can wait a bit to order still. I need a writing program. I love BJU Grammar, but Devin needs more writing help. I'm looking at Writeshop 1. I'll probably end up ordering that once I get back home. Becca has it, so I plan to look at hers first. It is so hard to order curriculum sight unseen. I'm thinking about Latin's Not So Tough. I want something for the two older kids to just get their feet wet, without spending a ton of money or time. I figure Mikayla can wait to learn it with Benjamin. :-) All I need for Mik is the new First Language Lessons book that just came out. I can't remember the exact name of it, and I'm too lazy to look. Google is your friend. :-) Oh, I will order Fallacy Detective for Devin. I guess Katie wants to try Mindbenders again. I do believe that's it. I'll probably get the Abeka Art books too. They're cheap and easy...that's the name of the game. I'm hoping this is the year that Devin realizes that school is important to his future. He's said some big words lately, West Point is one of 'em. That's a pretty big deal. Scared the living daylights out of me when he said it. I told him the fun and games are over....it's time to get down to business. He only has one more year until high school. Yee-gads!!!!!! His friend Tyler will be homeschooling this year. Tyler is Devin's bestest friend in the whole world...he lives in NY....he's very smart....he just turned 13....took the SATs...scored better than most high school seniors. Go figure! They're using some of the same curriculum, so maybe Tyler can motivate Devin. :-)
If I was home, I would share a new picture of the Jaywalkers. It's such a pain to upload to Mom's computer. I'm just about ready to start the ribbing. I could have probably knit 4 pairs of socks if I hadn't ripped the darn Jaywalkers out so many times. Finally, after deciding to forget the heel flap and going with the short-row heel, we have a winner. Fits Mikayla's foot nicely with a bit of growing room. Saturday, at o'dark thirty, I'm headed for Ocean City. I don't have to drive, so I'll have alteast 10 hours of knitting time there and back. I'm bringing the Hip in Hemp Skirt. Until next time..........
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
We're planning to go to Lake Placid tomorrow. I drove through there the other day with Dad, but I didn't stop anywhere. Can you believe I drove by TWO knitting shops AND a scrapbook store without stopping? I knew I would be back up there with Mom and Mary....that was the only reason I didn't stop. :-) I just love Lake Placid. Mike wants to come up here for a week or so next summer when he gets back. I'm hoping he and I can get away for a night and head up there. It's such a quaint little town. Totally amazes me that the Olympics were held there. I just can't imagine that many people on the streets up there! We toured the Olympic sites about 4 years ago. It was amazing. Mike even rode the bob-sled. He said it was a blast! :-)
Tonight, I'm taking Devin to the little historic theater in town to see Transformers. He's already warned me, the pop-corn up there is nasty. I guess that'll save my diet, eh? lol. He went last week with his buddy to see Evan Almighty. You know, even though I always say I'll never retire in NY, I just love it once I get here. It'll be super hard for me to go back to the GA heat, that much I know. We've actually had cruddy weather since I've been here, but it's cool.....makes it all worth while. :-) Until next time............
Saturday, July 14, 2007
These socks feel awesome on my feet. Please forgive the nasty white legs....who has time to sun bathe with five kids? :-)
isn't it? I just love it. The new Jaywalkers are in Lorna's Laces. Very nice yarn to knit with. I'm knitting these with size 1s. I started out making them for Katie, then thought maybe Mikayla. But, since I didn't realize it takes 4" for the heel, they're long enough for me. I'm not sure they'll be wide enough to go around my ankle though, as I knit them with only 64 stitches. At this point, I just want to finish the stupid things. I figure Katie will someday wear a size 11 shoe too, so I'll just save them for her if need be. HA! Here it is....I'm almot finished with one.....
Last but not least, Cherry Tree Hill in Earth. The lady at the yarn shop was nice enough to wind this for me. I don't think the colors show up as well once it's wound into a cake though. This is fairly manly, but I still love it. :-)
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Things are going well here in NY. It has been unseasonably cool, so we're a bit chilly, but it's a nice break from the sweltering heat of GA. It's supposed to be in the 80s by the weekend, so maybe we'll actually be able to go to the beach! I probably shouldn't mention this, for fear that it'll jinx it some how, but Katie has started her 6th grade math book....all on her own. I think she's up to lesson 9 or 10. I had told her before we came to NY that the sooner she finishes the book, the bigger a prize she'll get. She's hoping to complete all 130 lessons while we're in NY. I don't know if that'll happen, but it's a valiant effort anyway. :-)
Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!
Until next time..............
Monday, June 18, 2007
I started a new knitting project this weekend. I'll share details and pictures later. :-) Until next time.........
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
I have to share my excitement about something. Katie has always been a good reader, but she doesn't share the LOVE for reading that Devin has. She wants to read The Diary of Anne Frank. I'm not sure why. lol. She wanted me to buy it tonight at Barnes and Noble, and I probably would have. But, her friend said she can borrow her copy, and she's bringing it to bowling tomorrow. So, Katie is determined to finish her current read tonight....Where the Red Fern Grows. :-) I love it when my kids get excited about books. Until next time.........
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Oh, I must tell my scary story. First, my disclaimer....we aren't morning people. Anyone who knows me in real life, already knows that. lol. I've also had sick kids, and have been ill myself. So, now that that's out of the way, my doorbell rang at 9:05 this morning. NONE of us were up yet. In the back of my mind, I remembered that I had called in a work order for the clogged tub last night. Have I mentioned they are coming out about every other week to unclog my tub? Ugh. Anyway, I had chosen the PM slot on the form. Usually, they abide by that. So, I had pretty much decided it couldn't be the maintenance man. Then, I started freaking out in my mind thinking maybe it was casualty officers coming to tell my that something had happened to Mike. In the mean time, Katie was racing down the stairs to answer the door. I had to nearly push her out of the way to make sure she didn't get to the door first. Thankfully, it WAS just the maintenance man. Stupid guy for not calling first. Until next time.........
Thursday, May 31, 2007
I was bout to go nuts.....until I realized the damage was already done. HA! I figured I might as well let them run with it. So, I grabbed the camera. They'll make for some cute pics for Mike to hang on his wall, I'm sure. lol. I must admit, they did a GREAT job cleaning up after themselves. They rinsed every ounce of mud off their cute little bodies before they came in the house. Until next time..............
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Tomorrow is field day with a local homeschool group. They have a used curriculum sale too. I have a stack of books on my bed right now that need to be priced. I'm hoping to sell most of it. I really need to clear some room of my shelves. The kids are looking foward to it. There will be game, a picnic lunch and a pool to swim in. Right now, I have to bring a dinner to church for someone I don't even know. I hope they enjoy it. :-) Until next time..............
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Mike: Did Ang change our phone number?
Dad: I don't think so, but let me check.
Mike: This is the number I called......
Dad: No, that's still the right one.
Mike: An answering machine picked up. We don't have an answering machine. It was a MAN'S voice on the recording!!!!!
Dad: Maybe she's out shopping!
Too funny. He said he was in a bit of panic until he got through to me. lol. Then he assured me, he was rather certain I wasn't out shopping.....it was only 8:30am. lol. I'm sure it'll be the most expensive birthday wish I'll ever get, but that's OK....it's worth it. :-)
Check out this Tim McGraw song. He performed it on the ACMs last night. I'm not even sure if it's been recorded. I'll warn you....I cried buckets....http://youtube.com/watch?v=j7ixC-LYDGc
. I'll be buying that CD when it comes out, that's for sure. I love Tim. I've seen him in concert a couple of times. One of these days I"ll make it to a Soul2Soul concert. :-)
Mike is doing well. He's traveling a bit this week, which I hate. He had to fly via chopper to some other FOB, in the middle of the night. They dropped him off at the new FOB and flew away. He had no idea where he was supposed to go, and he was the only person who got off the bird. He thought to himself, "there are 360 degrees in a circle. Which degree should I choose to walk?" lol. He finally found a shack with some people in it. Of course, they did'nt know anything about his class, but they sent it on a mission to find someone who might know. By time he found his class, he was 30 minutes late. He hates to be late. lol
The kids are baking me a cake. What a mess. HA! :-) We're going to Outback for dinner. Yumm-o. Did I mention this is the 3rd birthday in a row I've spent without Mike? He'll be gone for my next birthday too. Sigh. I will just be thankful that he'll only miss one round of the kids birthdays, eh? Until next time........
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Knitting....I just wanna knit. I don't want to pick a pattern, I don't even want to think about it. Last night, I cast on and knitted a toe for a toe-up sock. I had a pair of socks started for Mikayla, but hated them. So, I ripped them out and started a sock for me with some yummy yarn. After I finished the toe, I broke out my sock books to choose a pattern. Can you believe I could not choose one? Ugh. So, I'm just going to do a plain foot. Maybe by time I turn the heel I'll feel like choosing a pattern. My indecisiveness is a result of deployment. I'm sure of it. Emotionally, this has been a much toughter deployment for me. I'm not sure why. He's been gone for 2 months....I should have that numb feeling by now, and I don't. So, for now, I"ll just knit. :-) Until next time................
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Oh, I got to IM with my husband today. I think the lack of communication has been the most difficult thing for me to deal with this deployment. I hate it. Last time, we were able to talk on the phone a few times a week, and IM nearly everyday, sometimes twice a day. This time? Not so much. I consider myself blessed if I talk on the phone with him once a week. Most times, it's been once every two weeks. I do usually get to IM a couple of times a week, but not always. Last week, it was only once. He is supposed to be getting the internet in his room by Friday. Hopefully I"ll get to chat with him more then. Time will tell. We were able to share some photos on Yahoo while we were chatting, which was very nice. He has e-mailed me a few pics, but it takes him about two hours to send them. Yikes! So, photosharing is a great thing.
This week should be more relaxed than last week. I hope it is. Apparantley I've been a grump....my Mom asked me if I wanted to go to NY now. Ummmmm....no thanks. July and August is plenty long enough, thank you very much. :-) Until next time................