Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Just a hi!

Just thought I'd drop in and say hi! I love reading Denise's daily blogs about what is going on in her life. It feels like I am keeping up with her, even when I don't get to talk to her very often. Sooooo here I am, just writing a daily little post, with no real point.

I have gone to THREE theater movies recently!! THREE!!! That is more than I usually go to in a WHOLE year!!! Two of them can be blamed on my birthday: Michael took me to "Get Smart" for my birthday date (which I loved) and my Mamma Mia took me to see "Mamma Mia" for my birthday date with her. I thought "Mamma Mia" was (as Denise would say) a hoot! It was so much fun! Then Michael and I went to see X-Files on Saturday afternoon. In case you don't know, Michael and I are X-file fanatics. :-) We really liked the movie and were pleasantly surprised after all the bad reviews.

Michael is out of town again this week. This time in Edmond, Oklahoma. Just far enough that we don't get to see him all week. He has two applications in - Valdosta, GA and Bristol, VA. He has his interview for Valdosta tomorrow morning at 8:30. We have found some really nice houses, especially in the Bristol area. I am particularly fond of that once because of a particularly close friend who will soon be particularly close to that location. ;-) Michael will be out of town again in two weeks, up in Kansas City this time.

My computer, home phone, cell phone and palm pilot have all been acting up lately. Since I love technology so much, it is especially frustrating for me. I feel like we have been put under some alien jamming bubble where the aliens are watching to see how well I deal without my gadgets. They are probably pleased with getting such a reaction.

I am officially working on our school schedule now. I am trying to get everything rounded up, fit into the year, ordered, pre-read etc. I recently did a big huge no-no. I had Brittany read Anne Frank without pre-reading it. There were parts in there that she was not ready to read. Luckily, she brought the book to me and told me and I read what she had read and we had a "good discussion" (aka debriefing) and I read on to see if there was more (which there was) so I put the book away until she is around 60. (jk, right?)

I am working on my own reading list, as well. I have a lot of books I wanted to read this summer so I am still working on them. It is funny, since so many of my friend's summers are winding down and they are starting school I am starting to feel squished for time. But we still have 4 1/2 weeks left of vacation! Of course, Britty will be gone two of those weeks in Albuquerque, but I can probably figure out how to get in a little reading while she is gone!

We haven't worked much on our big house projects because a bunch of things have gotten in the way! Just in the last two months we have had our stove go out, our microwave go out, our oven go out and our plumbing get backed up to the point where we had to call in a plumber. We have also had 3 days without water (we have a water main problem down the street) and two days without electricity (they were putting in new poles down the main street by our house) Throw in a fourth of July party, an adoption party, parents staying for a week, Brittany gone for a 4 day camp and a 10 day mission trip and Michael out of town and it seems like a VERY BUSY summer!! This next month is not slowing down any, so I am just holding on for the ride. :-)

Well, I am going to get off of here and try to fix my palm pilot before I go work on school planning for a bit. Then off to church. Then a movie with Sherria. The fun never stops!!

I'll leave you with some pictures from my birthday:



Monday, July 28, 2008

Check out this headline!



I wish I could draw the picture that I have in my head when I see this headline. I imagine a turkey farm with randomly popping turkeys around him. But, good thing, the governor was not near them!


Brittany's Adoption Party

We had an adoption party for Brittany on Thursday, July 17th. She had four friends over, an adult friend and a family we are close with. We also had almost all of Michael's family and my parents were here from ABQ. Here are the pics:



Thinking of...

Getting these to organize our school books and school supplies....

Sorry I can't put the picture, Lakeside Collection is sort of pesky about that. :-)

Anyway, I thought I could put our school things in it and keep them nicely on a bookshelf. Of course, I will need a new bookshelf too..... :-)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

She's home!
Brittany is home safe and sound and with wonderful stories. She also took 3 disposable cameras worth of pics which I can't wait to see! I will finally go to sleep with a smile tonight with all my family under one roof.

[Posted with hblogger 2.0 from my Palm T|X]

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Her Beautiful voice!

Brittany entered America again this morning and was able to call us! I got to hear her beautiful voice and hear all about her trip! I was so excited, I almost cried! LOL I know, I am such a sap. What can I say? She is a terrific girl.

She will be back tomorrow night and I sure she will write about her trip on her blog. I will let her tell you, she has some amazing things to say.

I'll just tell you this little story. They got stopped on the border crossing back in this morning. The border patrol asked did a roll call from the passports. When he got to Brittany he asked her if she "sang and danced." She said no, but didn't know why he asked. After he left, she figured out that he was teasing her about Britney Spears. LOL.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

To Do List

This totally cracks me up. I guess it is perfect for the person who doesn't want to carry a notepad or pda.



Or maybe it would be good for teenagers who aren't good at remembering things. Could we permanently tattoo chores or schoolwork assignments on there? Click on the pic to go buy some for yourself!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Check out this piece on socialization

I just read THIS about socialization. (warning: there is adult language). I am shocked and mortified by the story she told, but I think she is right on about how I feel about my kids being "socialized."

And She's OFFFFFFFFFFF

Brittany is off on her mission trip to Laredo Nuevo, Mexico. She left yesterday morning about 10:30 and she will be back on July 13th after evening church. I can't wait already!

Here are the pics of her departure:



Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th of July



I AM YOUR FLAG
by Marine Master Sargeant Percy Webb

I am your flag.
I was born June 14, 1777.
I am more then just cloth shaped into a design.
I am the refuge of the World's oppressed people.
I am the silent sentinel of freedom.
I am the emblem of the greatest sovereign nation on earth.
I am the inspiration for which American Patriots gave their lives and fortunes.
I have led your sons into battle from Valley Forge to the dense jungles of Vietnam [deserts of Iraq].
I walk in silence with each of your honored dead to their final resting
place beneath the silent white crosses - row upon row.
I have flown through peace and war; strife and prosperity; and amidst it all, I have been respected.
I am your flag.
My red stripes symbolize the blood spilled in defense of this glorious nation.
My white stripes signify the yearning tears shed by Americans who lost their sons and daughters.
My blue field is indicative of God's heaven, under which I fly.
My stars, clustered together, unify fifty states as one, for God and Country. "Old Glory" is my nickname, and I proudly wave on high. Honor me, respect me, defend me with your lives and your fortunes.
Never let my enemies tear me down from my lofty position, lest I never return.
Keep alight the fires of patriotism; strive earnestly for the spirit of Democracy.
Worship Eternal God, and keep his commandments; and I shall remain the bulwark of peace and freedom for all mankind.
I AM YOUR FLAG!
I AM YOUR FLAG!

Thank you to our brave men and women who protect us and our freedoms!
Thank you, God, for America!