Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Another ceiling fan disaster. The last one caught fire, this one fell out of the ceiling. The girls saw it start to fall. So I came into their room, saw it hanging half out of the hole in the ceiling, and turned it off. When Daniel came home he took a look at it. He said the screws were stripped and couldn't hold it any more. So he took it the rest of the way down. He doesn't think it will support another fan, so he wants to mount just a light instead. I'm okay with that. Since we took down Danya's tent off her bunkbed I'm constantly worried that one of them is going to stick their hand into the fan. They've really enjoyed having the tent off, though. Gloria hung a blanket up in the corner next to the window and brought books and dolls up there. Danya likes to open the blinds and wave at people passing by on the street.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
My absolutely stunningly beautiful niece, Meridian, turned 9 years old yesterday. She is literally a beauty queen and has a trophy to prove it, but what makes her truly beautiful is her gentle heart. She is so loving and quick to help everyone including her younger sisters and brothers. Danya and Gloria love their older cousin. She is like a big sister to them. I love how intelligent and curious she is. It's a joy to talk and play with her whenever we visit her family. This picture doesn't do her justice. She has long gorgeous straight blonde hair, baby blue eyes, and a smile that shines from ear to ear. She was born the day before I married her uncle nine years ago. She was one of the first babies I ever got to hold! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MERIDIAN! We love you!
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
This picture is showing up kind of pixilated on my blog, but is one of the few group shots we took while on our girl road trip. It's missing our friend Claire, though. I think the only group shot with her in it is a bathing suit pic, and my friends would disown me if I posted that! LoL! We had a fantastic time and were already discussing a mini version of this trip in the future by the time we were headed home. We went on a float trip down a river next to Ginni Springs, did some boogie boarding in the Atlantic ocean (amazing waves!), shopped til we dropped, and went to a dinner theatre to see a swing music review. I really stretched outside of my comfort zone for this trip! I let everyone else make the plans, had a few drinks and even ate Calamari...which is breaded, fried Octopus! It wasn't bad! I don't think I truly realized how peaceful, overall, this trip was without kids or husbands, until I came home and was bombarded with the sounds and clamor for attention that are just part of having small children. I think a yearly trip like this would be cheap therapy for moms everywhere!
Saturday, August 06, 2005
See ya in about a week!
Friday, August 05, 2005
They had live lobsters going into the holding tank at Wal-Mart the other day! We got to watch the lady take them out of a cardboard box, rinse them off in a bucket of water, and then let them loose into the tank full of lobsters. It was a little bit scary. Um..for the kids..yeah. So we studied them through the clear sides of the tank and watched them wake up as the lady put them in the water. I had no idea that they shipped lobsters, alive, in a cardboard box. She said they come via priority air mail. Apparently they sleep in the box until they get put back into water. The box had white plastic trays stacked up in it. There were about 40 lobsters in that one box! All the lobsters just walked right over each other in the tank. Their little eye stalks were waving but they couldn't open their claws because of the bands on them. It's funny how once you start homeschooling everything becomes a learning experience. The girls were asking us questions about the lobsters and we were all in awe of how interesting their faces were up close. Danya couldn't believe that people actually eat them! Here is a link to some fun facts if you want to teach your kids about lobsters or just learn a little something yourself: http://www.kathimitchell.com/lobster.html At the top of the page are two links to find answers to the questions on the page. One of them is where I got the lobster photo for my blog.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
See my new highlights and perm? I've been having a bit of hair work done by Azure in preparation for my upcoming road trip to Florida. We got the highlights done Monday morning and went out to Applebees that night. Daniel and I spent about an hour at a bookstore that sells discount books. The clerk gave me the 15% off teacher's discount because I'm a homeschool teacher! He said his mom homeschools his sisters! We had a great time talking and enjoying each other's company at Applebees. I'm really going to miss my Sweetie next week. We've never been apart for a whole week before in the entire almost 9 years we've been married! Daniel is so great! He's going to follow my lesson plan while I'm gone and homeschool the girls. He's taking a week vacation just so that I can go on this trip. He says he plans to do alot of outdoor activities like going to the sprinkler park near the zoo. Our girls are so lucky to have him for a dad!
Where did my post go? I had a very nice little post thanking my good friend, Azure, for letting my kids stay the night at her house on Monday, August 1st. It has DISAPPEARED! I reloaded my blog after changing the settings to allow all my posts (up to 999) to appear on the main page at once. When I rechecked my blog, the most recent post was gone! I can't remember exactly what I had written, so I will try to post the main points here.
1. Azure is my hairdresser and friend.
2. She has two cuties, Zack and Adyson.
3. She's from Odessa, TX like in the football movie "Friday Night Lights".
4. She is in my Sunday school class and her daughter is the same age as Danya.
5. She has the gift of hospitality and is always there for me and my family.