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Here he is showing off his trophy. He was very excited to get this; his sister have a lot of them and this one is his first. He has it prominently displayed on his dresser.
As part of the weekend festivities on Saturday we went to a minor league baseball game and his team got to run out onto the field with the "big boys"; Little G was super excited and only slightly disappointed when he learned that he wasn't going to stay out there and play.
Look at this pretty award Septembermom gave me. Wasn't that just so thoughtful of her?
This little bit of encouragement for my blog came at just the right time since I've spent way to much time trying to figure out why I lost a follower this week.
My overactive brain came up with "lack of crafts" as the reason. I mean I started this blog to share my craft and now mostly I just share my thoughts.
I think I'm in a crafting rut...too many kids around here to entertain all the time. Can you believe they don't like to watch me scrapbook? I mean seriously...what's wrong with them.
The mommies on the beach right before we high tailed it out of there due to the looming storm in the background.
Thank you remembering to come to my house last night and take away middle daughter's tooth.
Lately we have had a tumultuous relationship and I attribute this to the fact that you are outrageously absent-minded.
Granted, I do not know what is going on in your personal life and perhaps you feel spread thin like butter, but forgetting to pick up a tooth on more than one occasion should have resulted in your immediate termination.
No, that is not a death threat. I'm just saying that in the "real world" forgetting to do one's job would, indeed, result in the loss of said job.
That being said, I'm glad to see that you have resumed your duties with the utmost of care.
That you are arriving promptly and not at 5:30 in the morning after being startled awake at the thought of your forgetfulness.
In short, today's tribute is all about you! Keep up the good work and remember if you forget again I'm putting your job opening on Monster.
an absentminded parent
Our library is doing a summer reading program that includes a letterboxing activity. We were going to try and get one of the letterboxes, but the weather and the fact that nowhere in the book did it say that our dog was not allowed in the park stopped us.
Sunday, I told oldest to church camp. This is her first solo week so hopefully she is having a lot of fun.
How was your weekend?
I'm participating, but I must say that I am one of the slowest readers in the world so I'm not sure how many I will complete before the November deadline.
This is my entry in the Random Book Selection category. I decided to pick the third book from the left on the far left shelf. It was in the young adult section so at first I wasn't thrilled and honestly I almost put it back when I saw the cover.
Surprisingly, I loved it! I couldn't put it down. If not for this challenge I would never have read it. Thanks, Jenners!
It is about the summer of Hattie Owen's 12th birthday when she meets an uncle she never knew she had. Hattie's Uncle Adam was sent away to a special school by his parents, Hattie's grandparents, when Hattie was just two years old. Chronologically, Adam is now an adult but intellectually he is a child and unable to function in a world where adults are expected to have social skills that allow them to blend in with other adults.
Hattie kind of sees Adam a younger brother and while I found the foreshadowing of something tragic a little over the top, I was still saddened and deeply moved by this book.
It is impossible not to love both Hattie and Adam. Simply a wonderful read.
1.) Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page and share two “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. (inspired by Heather) Currently I'm reading "Sloppy Firsts" by Megan Mccafferty. It is Mccafferty's first novel and it is in the young adult section of the library. The book is about a young girls struggle with adolescence and how she is coping with the move of her best friend. I can't believe this is the random page and "teaser" that actually came up....LOL
"Manda thinks that reading feminist manifestos makes up for her borderline ho-bag behavior. I'm pretty sure that's why she wears Poindexter glasses instead of contacts, so she seems less sexual and more intellectual. She's not fooling anyone, though. Hope and I called her The Kissing Slut because she'd made out with thirty-one different guys by her fifteenth birthday. That's when she decided it was time to move on to manual stimulation, so we christened her Lend-A-Hand-A-Manda. And when she turned sixteen, well, let's just say she earned the title The Headmaster."
2.) What do you aspire to be? (Inspired by The White House) When I was little I used to write story after story after story. I don't think any of them were ever about school board budgets and graduations. However, that being said, I still get paid to write and that is what I always wanted to do. Will I ever complete that allusive young adult novel?...that remains to be seen.
3.)Share a piece of unsolicited parenting advice...only I'm soliciting it. I have come up with a way to make tattle-telling much more fun for the adult than it is for the child. Thereby, eliminating most tattling because the child becomes more annoyed with the parent than the person they were tattling on to begin with. Make them sing. You pick the genre and they have to sing their tattle. Let me tell you, this is a fun game....especially in a large group of kids. My favorite genres...opera, rap and the country ballad. Try it....you are gonna love it. See the video below!
4.)Tell us about your blogline...how long have you been blogging, when did you start, what were/are your goals for your blog, etc. (inspired by Corn) I started blogging in February 2007 for about two days and promptly forgot about it until the following February. Originally, I was going to show off a lot of my crafts, but lately I find myself just rambling about nonsense. Who knew you were suppose to have a goal?
5.)If you had 5000 dollars to give away or donate to a charity...explain what you would do with it and why. (inspired by Hallie's letter) I would probably split it up between the ALS Association, JDRF, and PANCAN. My mom's sister died from ALS and it is a terrible disease. It strips you of all motor function, but leaves you mind intact. As for JDRF, regular readers know that my nephew is diabetic. PANCAN does research solely in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Most people diagnosed with this disease are given a 1 percent survival rate. My mother-in-law is part of that 1 percent.
Seeing as I've been credited with inspiring this game over at Life with Little One and More, I figured Jenners would hunt me down like good chocolate if I didn't play along.
That being said it sounded like a hoot.
When I learned that I was going to have an opportunity to speak tonight, I thought long and hard about what advice I would give all of you. Then I remembered what Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway."
Some people will judge you and find fault in the decisions you make following high school, they will find fault in what school you choose or don't choose, they may find fault in what major you choose. But it is important to heed Roosevelt's advice and do what you feel in your heart to be right.
Do not make life changing decisions based on what college your boyfriend is attending. Do not pick your career path solely on how much money you think you will make. And most importantly, do not let the criticism of others be the loudest voice in your head.
This is likely the last time all of you will gather in the same room in the same place in your lives. And while the memories of high school will remain, you will all go on now and forge separate memories without each other, creating your life.
As Dr. Seuss once said, "Sometimes the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple."
Remember to be you in all that you do.
My second alternative would, of course, be this.
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A blog about her unborn, sick child.
Who does that?
Do you just wake up one morning and say "Mmmmm what do I have to do today? Run to the post office, laundry and oh yeah, make up that blog about the fake baby."
Beushausen had followers like I have flies in my house. Apparently, her subject matter hit a nerve. She had millions of people praying for her yet all that prayer didn't invoke a guilty conscience. She just keep right on typing. For nearly two month she wove a tale about being an unmarried mother who chose to carry her child to term rather than have an abortion "because of her deep Christian faith".
After her heart wrenching post about her home birth and subsequent death of her fake baby, Beushausen posted a picture of her holding the "baby", which was recognized as a life-like doll by one of her regular readers. Game over.
What remains is an apology to her many followers, many of whom she left speechless.
I was pulling for a Dr. Suess quote and I'm happy to say that my wish was granted. A school board member, whose daughter was among the gradutes read from "Oh! The Places You Will Go!"
"Kids, you’ll move mountains. So be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.”
Totalling up the five graduations I attended I saw 1376 kids graduate. I heard 17 student speakers and 12 administrators ponder advice for the future. I watched silly string fly, beach balls get confiscated and heard approximately 500 airhorns blow in support of loved ones.
Don't tell anyone, but I'm sort of gonna miss it, but there is always next year. Congratulations to all of this year's Class of 2009!
- ear pain should not be ignored. Seriously if you are reading this and your ear hurts, stop reading and go to the doctors.
- The last day of school is still exciting. Even when you are the mama, the last day of school is still an event to remember.
- Being sick sucks. My son and I have been passing a virus between us for awhile now and he is quite miserable.
- If Little G doesn't sleep, no one sleeps. In relation to the above, my son is not sleeping and because of that, no one is sleeping.
- Planning a birthday party causes me stress. Deep breath, the cake is made. Isn't it cute? The party is tomorrow. The good news: forecast is looking promising. Pray for healthy kids all around!
This was my fourth graduation and I have to say that I was really hoping for a Dr. Sues quote as I haven't had any this year and that is so disappointing. There is always tonight as I have one more to cover. Cross your fingers!
Last night the superintendent encouraged students to embrace their life and to not let their past define them. Ahhh, if only that were as easy to do as it is to say.
She then said this quote, which has been attributed to numerous people throughout the ages, so for this post I'm going to call the author unknown.
"Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt and dance like no one is watching."
Finally, a quote I can live by...
Girls can be mean. I know this is hard to believe right now, but some of your friends may turn out to be your enemies. Mean girls often turn into mean women and the circle continues.
Always be yourself. Don't let anyone convince you that you shouldn't be the way you are. You are perfect.
Be nice to your siblings. Some day they may live far away from you and you will long to be near them.
Continue to smile like you are in the picture above. It will make people wonder what you are up to.
Try to remember, when you are 15, that you used to love to hold my hand.
I'm not feeling much like blogging today. My ear is still bothering me but it does seem to be improving. Everyone around here seems like they are in a mood. Not sure what that's all about.
Tomorrow is Middle G's birthday and hopefully we will schedule in some fun. I have to cover another graduation in the evening and then one last commencement on Friday.
I hope all of you are well and have more to say than I do.
I think I did post this one, but I still love it. Little G was so worried about going to the dentist that he had to sit in my lap while he had his first cleaning.
Hope you had a wonderful Tuesday. My ear if starting to feel better. I'm on an oral antibiotic and I have a cream to put in my ear. It's been a very interesting experience. Middle G has a stye on her eye and it is bothering her something fierce. Her birthday is on Thursday and we are having a swim party on Saturday. Here's hoping her eye isn't swollen shut.
My favorite quote of the evening is attributed to the Valedictorian who had the balls to quote Barack Obama. Around here, that will garner loud, boisterous cheers, as well as some boos.
Whatever your political beliefs, you have to admit there is a lot of truth in this quote.
"Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it is only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential."
Have you realized your true potential?
This time of year I spend quite a few hours at commencement ceremonies as part of my job. This year I'm covering at least five for the paper. I really don't mind though because they are filled with contagious amounts of hope and excitement.
Things I enjoy include:
- Speeches Like I said, it's a sickness. However, I love to hear the graduates talk. Talk about the promises of the future. Talk about the difficulties of saying goodbye. Talk about the struggles they have already overcome.
- Hope Many of these kids aren't much older than my children. As cliche as it might sound they are the future and this, usually, gives me a lot of hope. Hope that they can turn things around. Hope that one of them may be the answer to the woes of cancer. Hope that they will truly change the world.
- Excitement As students walk up to gather their diploma into their hands for the first time, many families shout with joy. There are hoots and hollers and sometimes the occasional bull horn. It is impossible not too smile.
- Flashes of the future As silly as it might sound I can picture my own children's graduation quite vividly as I sit there. Substituting faces and speeches with kids I know. Trying to wonder who will be the val or the sal and what they will look like as young adults.
- Songs A lot of pomp and circumstance (pun intended) goes into these events and song selection is, indeed, one of them. My favorite choice "For Good" from the Broadway musical Wicked
This one said by the class vice president, a quote from American writer, Richard Bach.
"Don't be dismayed at saying goodbye for a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends."
There is a lot of truth in those few words.
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- I really thought you would have published a book by now. You were so passionate about it. What happened?
- What have you done to your hair? You always hated short hair?
- I'm surprised, but kind of happy, that you decided to stay at home to raise your kids.
- You really don't talk to anyone from high school? Just occasionally on Facebook? What's Facebook?
- You made a good choice in husbands.
Five things I would tell my high school self.
- All of those kids that picked on you for being tiny, short and small-breasted are now fat and miserable and desperate to be your friend.
- Smoking never made you look cool, just uneducated.
- Dark eyeliner does not bring out the green in your eyes, but it does, on the other hand, make you look strikingly like Ozzy Osbourne.
- Staying at home with your kids is a more fulfilling career than any 8-5 job.
- Hang out with your sister more, you are going to miss seeing her when you are both adults.
What conversations would you have with your former self?
Housewife and new mom, Melanie Travis, seems to always find herself in unusual situations. So when the owner of a doggie day care center is murder in his office she decides to help his sister find out why.
Her friend, Alice, is a hoot and her Aunt Peg is also a great reoccurring character.
A sub-plot throughout all of the books is of course the relationship between humans and their pets. The main character having 5 poodles and a 9 year old son who starts showing one in junior competitions.
The only problem I had with the book was that the relationship between her new husband and new baby seemed to take a back burner to the investigation, but in the end it all worked.
I loved the fact that the ex-hubby was friends with her entire family and they didn't have that strained "I hate you" relationship you see so often in life, as well as fiction.
A nice summer read if you enjoy mysteries and dogs.
My hubby is in hockey heaven as the Penguins are in the Stanley Cup playoffs. However, they are now down two games to Detroit. Hopefully they can turn things around.
Sunday we had a roller coaster of a day with Sunday school, church, lunch, t-ball and trying to put the house back in some sort of order.
My house is still being invaded by flies and couple that with this preview and I'm seriously freaked out. Any suggestions? I have fly tape all over the place and it doesn't appear to be helping. One is crawling across my screen as I type this.
Here's hoping you had a great weekend! Minus all the flies
- I'm a 40 year old (gasp) freelance writer, school cafeteria manager, wife and mother. I have three children and one anxious and overweight beagle. I use my blog to make others laugh, to share some cool crafts, to document my lunchlady adventures and to lament about the challenges faced by us all on the journey called life. Thanks for visiting. Please leave some crack...um...I meant some comments.