Thursday, April 30, 2009
Last night after church we had to take Jimmy by the hospital to check on a patient. As we approached the parking garage, Sam excitedly yelled, "I see a hotel! Can we stay in it?" Jimmy told him that it was not actually a hotel, and no we could not stay in a hotel tonight. We were going to our own house. Sam replied, "Please can we stay in a hotel?" Jimmy told him that it costs a lot of money to stay in a hotel and asked him if he had any money?......Sam very calmly stated, "You don't need money to stay in a hotel, you just push a button!" We all just laughed and laughed!
Recently when I was hugging Sam and kissing him all over his sweet little face, I pointed out that he had such pretty lips. Sam looked at me and said, "I don't have lips. Only girls have lips!" I realized that he was confusing lips with lipstick. So I touched his lips and told him that those were his lips. That everyone had lips.......he responded, "No, that is my chin!" So then I touched his chin and said, "This is your chin, and these are your lips." Next, he touched his chin and said, "This in not my chin.....this is my beak! Ha! Ha! Ha! We have been laughing about Sam's beak all week long!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
As the close of the school year rapidly approaches, we all get a little bit of spring fever. Suddenly all of those subjects and assignments that we have been diligently working on since August become dreary and even tedious. Writing was one of our subjects that seemed to suffer the most. We use the writing curriculum Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), and while I do love this writing program, the children were weary of the same type of writing assignments week after week.
So I had a great idea! We ditched the last six week's IEW assignments, and I assigned them letter writing instead. Now, Olivia and Julie already write letters to friends and some family members a couple of times a week, and Clay will compose the occasional letter, but I am requiring more than this. I made a list of family members and church members who would enjoy receiving a letter or who could use some encouragement. I typed the names and addresses for the children. They are required to write a at least two quality letters (meaning more than three or four sentences) a week and include an illustration if desired. I am encouraging them to use some of the writing techniques learned from IEW, but I am not giving them a checklist of required elements.
This is working for us!
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Monday, April 27, 2009
Sausage and cheese muffins
Banana sauce muffins
Frozen raviolis and sauce
Steak shish-ka-bobs, salad, baked potatoes
Mexican baked chicken breasts, salsa lentils, corn on cob
BBQ chicken salad, rolls
Chicken packets, green beans, salad
French bread pizza, salad
Jimmy and Olivia BEFORE the marathon/half marathon
Here are some pictures from the weekend.....
Posing with the "Y" from a YCMA booth at the expo the day before the race. Runners must attend the expo to pick up their race packet which includes their race number, chip for their shoe, a race t shirt, and various coupons and other items.
eating breakfast before going to the race.
Friday, April 24, 2009
The first couple of miles were ok.....we were going pretty slowly, but by mile 4, I was dying for a break! We stopped at 4.3, and drank water and ate some GU. I really wanted to just get in the car and go home! But 8 miles was the plan, so we began to run again. Between miles 4.3 and 6, I really didn't think I was going to make it! My head hurt, my knee hurt, my side hurt, and I felt like I was going to throw up! I racked my brain trying to figure out what was wrong. I ran 8 miles last week with no problem. Did I drink too much cofffee this morning? Not enough coffee? Too much breakfast? Not enough? Was I already tired from running 6 miles on both Monday and Tuesday? I guess it was the heat. This was really our first hot day, and here we were running in the glaring sunshine at noon!
I perked up a little bit at mile 6. The GU must have kicked in.....but by 6.5, I was wilting again. Not even Adam Lambert singing Play That Funky Music White Boy (downloaded on my iPod) could inspire me! (Yes, my favorite idols this year are Adam, Danny, and Kris....yes I have their some of their songs on my iPod, and yes I vote for them each week!)
The rest of the run had me glancing at my watch every tenth of a mile, wondering when the misery would end!
Finally! We saw the car when we were at 8.2, and mercifully we walked the rest of the way.
I felt somewhat better when we stopped, and Julie said, "That was a tough run!" So, it wasn't just me! It must have been the heat.
I am sharing this experience in the hopes of encouraging my friends who have recently begun running. Some days are great, some days are ok, and some are just plain miserable! Don't give up!
I am resting until Monday!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Here is a pile of junk!
Another view of piled up stuff.
Now for the after pictures!
A view of the empty floor.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The mothers spend a lot of time preparing the men yummy camping food. They have a feast! Their camping supplies usually take up the whole back of the pick up truck.
This latest camping trip was a little different than the previous ones.....instead of camping on the ground in tents, the boys camped out on a houseboat! The older men slept inside the boat, and the young men slept up top on the deck.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
waiting to be served Monkey Bread for the birthday breakfast
It was a nice day!