Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
- What's your favorite subject? answer: READING
- What's your least fav. subject? answer: MATH
- Fill in the blanks: When I grow up I want to be a race car driver because I like racing.
So I kept reading and got down to this one: If you could have 3 wishes come true, what would they be?
Keep in mind that he's a 9yo boy, who loves his toys, loves to play, and loves getting new things just like any other kid his age would. I kept that in mind, and he managed to blow me away. His paper was filled out w/o me around, w/o my knowing what he wrote. He put it away and asked me to sign his agenda to show that he'd read for 30 min and while I was signing that, and he was upstairs, I took a gander at his homework sheet (really to check out his penmanship) and this is what he answered to that last question:
- I'd like to find a submarine and go over the entire sea ((he likes the idea of finding treasure))
- I'd like to have the largest library ever made, for more knowledge.
- I'd like for Sarah to have her brother back.
I'll leave you with that folks. That coming from a 9 year old. He could have said so many other things, could have wrote about wanting the most extravagant toys... And what's more, is that he wrote that - and likely thought I'd NEVER read it. He went to bed, never mentioned it - never wanted recognition for writing such a sweet thing. He'd want a library for more knowledge... how'd we get so lucky??
He'd use a wish on me - that's what makes me speechless.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Today when I checked her blog, I was sad to read that a mass shooting claimed the life of one of her student's relatives. She often writes about her students, includes them in photos - and when you are a faithful blog reader, it almost feels as if you know them somehow, because you've been invited into their life. It was mind boggling to say the least that this can happen even AFTER the police were warned - direct quote from her blog "It appears that one of the warring drug cartels called the local police, told them to leave Creel, then came in and shot thirteen people, including a baby. No police or any officials arrived for hours after."
Monday, August 25, 2008
I can't tell you how sick I am of people stereotyping homeschooled kids as 'un-social'. I'm sure there are people who SAY they homeschool and don't... but the people I know who homeschool their kids are dedicated and involved and they keep their kids active in the world. I could go on a rant about that for DAYS. I know of plenty of homeschooled kids/adults who are highly successfull and completely 'social'. That's like saying that we send our kids to school to be social, and not to learn. That people send their kids to a private Christian school because they want them to learn their religion and beliefs - isn't it our responsibility to lead the way?? Ok - rant is about to start...I'll stop now, I really posted this to say that even though I'm seriously disappointed in
CMS our poorly organized public systems.. two years in a row big E landed himself a terrific teacher!! We're glad for that!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
10 years ago I was:
…a smoker – I’ll admit it because now I’m a quitter! I’ve been proud to be a quitter now for a little over 5 years.
…not married, and dating someone that I thought was the person for me – I’m glad I woke up
.…my mis-spent youth was coming to a head.
5 years ago I was:
…newly married, stepmom, and in the middle of a very terrible battle for custody of my stepson (we have him – no worries there)
…wondering if I would be a good mom
…. Living in a very small apartment with my husband
…finding out that I was a candidate for cervical cancer
…quitting smoking – see the above line for why… as if I needed a reason… someone should have passed me an idiot sign
1 year ago I was:
…becoming very comfortable working from home, taking care of my 2 kids, and being mom
…mourning the loss of my brother.
....becoming a better me after some serious life changes
Yesterday I was:
…organizing for the new schedule during the school year
5 snacks I enjoy the most:
- Cheerios – Multi grain – dry, I like to eat like a 2 year old.
- Turtle Chex Mix
- Granny Smith Apples
- Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice (thought I’d throw that out there… I’m not proud, but I know it)
- Imagine – John Lennon
- Mr. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan
- The Space Between Us - Dave Matthews Band
- Janice Joplin – Me and Bobby McGee
- The beach
- The lake
- A park in the mountains
- … if no place away from home – my refuge is sometimes the bathroom – although it’s a rarity that I go it alone… I do have a toddler.
- Worst case scenario…and possibly the most dangerous – my mind.
- Fake lashes
- Fake nails – I was blessed with good nails J thanks mom!
- A string bikini – oh how I’ve resigned that those days are over… I’m accepting of myself so that’s ok. It was good while it lasted!
- The birth of my son and the very first time he looked at me.
- My husband and 2 boys
- The sound of the ocean
- The smell of rain
- Chocolate and Carmel – together as they should be ;)
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
...on being 'green'
"I wonder why the world just now realized that things may run out, like oil. I also wonder why all of the sudden everyone wants to recycle - didn't they know that recycling should be done all along?"
I'm guilty as charged - so I replied with "I guess everyone figures, it's never too late to make a change for the good of things."
... on hopes
"I hope one-day I can put a whole chick-fil-a waffle fry in my mouth w/o choking on it - like you do."
my thoughts on that ~HA~ (I rarely do that, and when I do it just in our house to amuse him)
.... on school
"I can't wait to go back to school. I'm actually looking forward to having work to do during the day."
my thoughts on that ~ I'll put that one in my pocket for later this school year... and for when he has a job.... actually - it makes me happy that he's eager, 3 years ago he would have never said or even thought that way.
So this week has been a little hectic - trying to catch up on lots of work that fell behind, making appointments for much needed check ups, and trying to get all supplies together for school. I haven't really had much to blog about this week, outside of our normal routine. Little J will see a gastro-intestinal specialist soon (the same one he saw as and infant for GER) because of some recent symptoms that his reflux may still be present.
Both boys had haircuts yesterday - Big E had a little green tinted gel put in his hair; he loves that! Little J always looks so much older to me after... but he wouldn't stay still for a good picture. He's on the go all day, every day! I do not have a 'lap-baby' any longer... he used to be so content to sit and be by my side... but now he's in discovery mode 24/7. Big E had TaiKwon Do last night and I took a few pictures during sparring time.
Monday, August 11, 2008
This one's for my SIL - because on the last ? she answered 'probably no-one' and I bet she knew deep down I had a burning desire to fill out a survey..... HA. I agree, blogging is self-indulgent and that's exactly why I'm doing this "meme"... a meme is a new term I've learned in reading blogs - I generally don't read blogs that do alot of them... but I will take interest in the occasional list of random facts about someone. So here's mine (I tag Jennifer on this Meme):
1. Where is your cell phone? on the bar
2. Your significant other? on his way to the store... long story
3. Your hair? short stacked bob, and all natural color
4. Your mother? stubborn, irreplaceable, and absolutely wonderful - all at the same time
5. Your father? remarkably strong, and has become a even more of a strong hold in my life - I'm grateful
6. Your favorite thing? anything w/ my family
7. Your dream last night? didn't dream
8. Your favorite drink? glass bottle coke - full fat. it's a rare thing if I get one.
9. Your dream/goal? that my kids get as much joy out of life and living, as they give me each day
10. The room you’re in? my bedroom right now...
11. Your church? we visit Hickory Grove North
12. Your fear? nothing really - I don't like standing on top of tall structures and looking down... does that count?
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? not in Mecklenburg County
14. Where were you last night? at home, after a week of vacation - resting.
15. What you’re not? co-dependant
16. Muffins? yes please, and I like pumpkin raisin
17. One of your wish list items? my car paid off... it's drawing very near...
18. Where you grew up? Rocky Mount, NC
19. The last thing you did? a bowl of cereal as a snack
20. What are you wearing? PJ's
21. Your TV? it's on - and I'm watching my nightly ritual of re-runs of Seinfeld and Fraiser. LOVE IT.
22. Your pets? one, and she's very pestering. Phoebe, the cat.
23. Your computer? laptop - nothing spectacular
24. Your life? interesting, to me anyway...
25. Your mood? pretty humble
26. Missing someone? yes.
27. Your car? Honda Element
28. Something you’re not wearing? socks
29. Favorite store? right now I'm finding myself loving to look at old history, antiques, and such... I like books too :)
30. Your summer? well spent - with my family
31. Like(love) someone? absolutely
32. Your favorite color? brown
33. Last time you laughed? about 10 min ago, when my husband called me.
34. Last time you cried? earlier today. briefly.
35. Who will repost this? not sure, but I'm interested in reading more about others... so please leave a message for me if you repost this on your blog... (because I know I have thousands of regular readers. HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA)
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Below are a few pics from our visit to Old Salem. Ezra's request after visiting there last year in 4th grade. He was quite the knowledgable tourguide and we learned alot in the short time we were there.
Lastly, a few pictures below from our trip to the park.
Tomorrow - back to the normal routine!
Friday, August 8, 2008
These macaw's (there were 4) were saying 'hello' so clearly, that at first I thought a child was talking somewhere near by!
Below: This was my favorite - this peacock (Indian Peafowl) flirted with us for a while, but would never let me in front to get a picture of the full spread of beautiful feathers. He hopped right up on the fence beside me where I was propped to take pictures of him.. I have a few closeups of his neck and beautiful blue color in the smugmug files.
Below: this Bengal Tiger was sleeping... (see the sleeping pics in smugmug) until Jesse tossed a rock at it.... at which time I'm pretty sure the Tiger saw Jesse as a potential snack. The Tiger never got mad, or growled; he never really showed any aggression - but the look in his eye read "little red shirted snack, don't toss another rock at me". (we encouraged Jesse to toss rocks at grass, and other objects that don't have sharp teeth)
Below: Mama bear, there's also a baby bear (in smug pics)
Below: this is the Tiger that pee'd on his keeper :) - when it happened, she screamed, which made me quiver inside thinking "oh no, something got loose" HA!
I took lots of pictures, and there's one or two of the largest White Siberian Tiger in at the facility.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Above and Below: two tired boys.....
Monday, August 4, 2008
Above: Jesse doesn't mind the sand - he loves it..so content!
Below: Gibbes Museum of Art - a true landmark of Charleston. Below: A beautiful home overlooking Battery Park & White Park Gardens. The park overlooks Fort Sumter the Charleston Harbor.
Below: The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist - I couldn't get nearly 1/3 of this beautiful building in the photo frame. We were driving right by it and the etched glass is just gorgeous. As you can see in the photo, passers by stop to look at the architecture and beauty. Here's a link to a full photo of the building I found on the internet.
Eventually we ended up being super silly - and eating at a different Charleston Crab House. Ezra loved it, and we decided to let him pick.... so we went to another one and it was just as yummy to me!
After stuffing our faces, we drove back to the beach villa, changed into sandals and went out to the Folly Beach Pier for a walk, then onto the beach for one last romp in the water. The boys enjoyed it alot, and it was just the best weather for a walk! Above: Another photo of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge - it's just an amazing site. It was designed to withstand wind gusts of 300 miles per hour, and earthquakes at 7.4 on the Richter scale. It cost over $700 million to construct, and was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff. Each diamond tower stands over 575 feet high. It's the largest single cable stay bridge in the Americas! Above: the handmade flowers I bought yesterday outside of the SC Aquarium... made by some young boys, sold for 2.00 each.
Below: our last stroll on the beach for this trip
My "8" looks ridiculous.... but this is what I do everytime we visit the beach.... make a scrapbook page like this.