Thursday, January 31, 2008
Apparently T did awesome at last night's lax practice. Chris said she needs to work on her stick skills a little bit but considering she hasn't picked up a stick since fall ball, he said she was wheeling and dealing. It's in her blood.
We have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do tonight except watch Lost. No dance, no school meetings/functions, no lax practices, no softball practices, etc. However, do NOT call me, do NOT text me, do NOT im me, do NOT ring my doorbell while Lost is on. I will have my trusty marshmallow shooter by my side and I am not afraid to use it.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
God is Love
I left playschool around 11 AM this morning. I had the workings of a migraine and just thought it would be best to nip it in the bud. As I past KJ's school, howwever, I realized her glasses are in and I should get her and get the new eye glasses. She looks so Freakin' cute! Actually, she looks just like me when I wear my glasses! ha! ha!
Nothing else going on. The sun is shining but it's a bit chilly. T has her first JV lax practice tonight and will run right to Hip-Hop class from there. Poor thing.
Last night was a parent meeting at the new Freshman Center for upcoming 9th graders. The meeting was OK, not a total waste, but not as informative as I would have liked. I thought for SURE someone was going to say, "you have a freshman??? you look far too young to have a 9th grader." A little disappointing. grin grin. The FC, as they refer to it, will offer the kids lots of choices and opportunities. There is a theater elective, a creative writing elective, art, broadcast, foreign language, band, choir, etc. A little different from when I was in school. We took gym EVERY day for 4 years. Schools down here require students have 1 year of PE to graduate. Also, if you're in the school band, that counts as your PE credit. That just blew my mind. No wonder America is becoming fatter & fatter. Let's just help that tuba player gain more weight.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay -
Love isn’t love
'Til you give it away.~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, "You Are Sixteen (Reprise)"
"Don't fall for someone unless they are willing to catch you."-- submitted by Derek Ward
Our thoughts determine our destiny.
Our destiny determines our legacy....
(REMEMBER) You are today where your thoughts have brought you.
You will be tommorow where your thoughts take you.
God is Love
Fell asleep on the couch last night and stayed there all night. Chris & the girls were super quiet this morning and let me sleep even a little bit longer. Only KJ told me good-bye this morning (she also needed help zipping her jeans). I'm drinking my cup of tea and eating some mini chocolate chip muffins as I sit here. I've emptied the dishwasher and will fill it up again in a few minutes and I have a bunch of towels in the wash and a load of jeans in the dryer. Got to make beds and tackle more laundry.
Busy night tonight: KJ has dance @ 4 PM - 5:30 PM, T has it from 6:30 - 8:45 PM. We usually grab a bite to eat in between the 2 classes. Tonight there's a meeting at the Freshman Center where my baby girl will be attending in the fall '08. So I somehow need to get to that meeting. Chris is supposed to have lax practice but I think he'll be rained out and may be able to help me w/ the girls.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I love buying Rubber Duckies for my girls (I even bought KJ one from Chicago this weekend). I usually buy the Ducks for holidays . . . we have Halloween ducks, Reindeer Ducks, Toy Soldier Ducks, Valentine's Ducks, etc.
I found this blog a while ago and today's entry has crazy pics of a gigantic Rubber Ducky! Those French folks sure are wacky!!
Kisses from the Hershey Store (Japanese? Chinese?):
On the Michigan Ave Bridge Overlooking the Chicago River:
One of T's "looks" Sunday afternoon:
Another of T's "looks" but her hair was done differently:
Saturday, January 26, 2008
T is excited and a little nervous about Sunday but I'm sure she'll do well.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend. -- Albert Camus
Just trying to get mine & T's packing done for Chicago. Our flight leaves B'ham @ 7:20 AM. YIKES!! We arrive at 9:05 so we have all day to walk around and done some sightseeing (and a little shopping . . . she needs a couple of belts and a pair of black pumps PLUS we have to stop in at American Girl for a certain little someone.
The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and, like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it. --Seneca
Tonight we have our annual lacrosse fundraiser. It's a lot of fun. Everyone brings a couple of items to auction off w/ the proceeds going to the team. It's amazing . . . one person's trash is another person's treasure. Some new kids on the team this year; hopefully they have fun, silly parents. I like parents I can sit in the stands with and laugh.
An act of peace, no matter how small, is an act of hope. --CDA websiteKJ did some Yoga/Pilates last night before she went to bed. Hopefully that stretched the stress right out of her and she had a better night's sleep. She did seem to wake up a little better/happier this morning.
Still getting phone calls regarding Buddy. There's is a dead possum on the right side of SSC just before you turn into SSC Elementary. Several people have called "hoping it's not my doggie." I even had a neighbor wright me a very sweet letter yesterday and she stuck it in my mailbox. Monday will be 4 weeks. I think it's time to let go.
Good morning. You must hang in there! Your success is measured by your willingness to keep trying. (Remember this!) Success is largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
God is LoveRev Run
Thursday, January 24, 2008
On a somewhat related note, I've checked the weather for Saturday & Sunday in Chicago. They're calling for light snow Saturday morning w/ a high around 32. Sunday should be sunny w/ a high around 33. My little "GRITS" (Girl Raised in the South) is going to freeze her little tushie off! I'm trying to convince LCM to drive up from Cincy to hang out w/ me & T for the weekend but she's wimping out. She said it's too cold for her. She's a total GRITS at heart!!!
As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary-- Ernest Hemingway.
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy. --Oliver Goldsmith
God is Love,
Not much going on this morning. Didn't sleep at all last night. Chris is in Columbus, OH and will be back later this evening. It was really hot in the house so I had a hard time snuggling and relaxing. It was freezing when I got home from work yesterday so I cranked up the heat but I did turn it back down before I went to bed but it was too late. My bedroom was too warm. KJ, of course, was cranky this morning. T is 13 years old and has never given me a problem about waking up in the morning; KJ gives me aggravation every day.
I have so much laundry and cleaning to catch up on today. No one has dance or anywhere to be tonight. Yay!!
So you've all heard by now about Heath Ledger. I was sort of surprised he was only 28. I thought he was older than that; mid-30's maybe. What a shame. I just feel so sad for his little girl. I think there's something special between a girl and her dad. It's a different relationship than a mom and a daughter. I just always think about a dad teaching his daughter how to drive, walking her down the aisle, stuff like that.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Don't become a product of your enviornment, make your enviornment become a product of you.
God is Love, Rev Run
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The scripture says reputation is more powerful than money.
Proverbs 22:1 says “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
Become known for integrity... What you are... will eventually be exposed and known..
This is one quality that will make you unforgettable!
God is Love
See! I told ya' Rev Run has some good daily words of wisdom!
Subbed for Shawn today. Wow. Let's just say her kids are definately a little more "active" than mine & Margaret's Monday/Wednesday class. A little bit more "physical." Being the mother of 2 perfect little angels (ha!), I never bought into that whole, "boys are different," "boys will be boys" mentality. I'm really starting to believe it. I do think little boys are wired differently (and they really don't improve much w/ age!).
Rainy, dreary, gray, chilly day. Tonight is our usual crazy running around dance night but T & I also have a meeting at the middle school about our Europe trip in the Spring. This is our first "official" meeting so T & I are excited to get more details (hopefully she'll still be allowed to go . . . she had to sit out at gym today. I forgot to wash her gym clothes. Shame on me!).
Monday, January 21, 2008
I gathered up all the scarves, gloves/mittens and hats and put them in one of those rolling, 3-drawer stacking carts. I even broke out the label maker and labeled each drawer. I did a couple loads of laundry, emptied the dishwasher and loaded it back up again, put away the empty Valentine's Day decoration boxes, read and relaxed for a few minutes and now I have a big juicy steak on the grill for dinner. The girls are positively salivating. We don't eat a lot of red meat around here.
Here are some pics of my Valentine's Day decorations (my 2nd favorite holiday, Thanksgiving being #1). I still have some "tweaking" to do.
And last but not least: KJ & Magster!!!
(Not sure why KJ's face is orange)
I have absolutely nothing plannned today. I do, however, have a mountain of laundry on the couch calling my name (and it's not calling me nice names, either). I prefer to do my laundry while I'm catching up on my TiVo. That's why it's all over the couch rather than being in the actual laundry room. Just wanted to clarify.
The sun is out but I think it's still pretty chilly out. I haven't been out yet but my little feet are freezing.
Got to run. Maggie & KJ are yelling at me to make them bagels for breakfast. Must not let the princesses wait.
Here's an update per Shawn's blog:
This is the most recent update I have gotten on the Burgess family...
Hello all. Many of you asked for an update so I will tell you what I know... Last night, around 7:30, Sherry was in the shower. Brooks, Brody, and Bronner were watching a movie. Sherry got out of the shower and they couldn't find Bronner. She went outside and found him at the bottom of the pool. She jumped in to save him, called 911, went to Children's, but he was already with Jesus. Rick was ON STAGE in Gatlinburg speaking at a youth conference about how we should all raise our standards in life to be more like Christ...Bubba made arrangements for a plane to get Rick to B'ham. When our Sunday School teacher got to the hospital, Sherry was still in her wet clothes, in a fetal position . Rick is such a man of God, he has his moments but has vowed to not let Satan get a hold of his mind, asking "why"...He says this is a fight they have ahead of them but he remains firm in his faith and even told the chaplain at the hospital that HE would be praying for HIM!!!!!! He says Bronner didn't fall into the pool, he fell into the arms of Jesus. On the other hand, Sherry needs our consistent prayers. She is in shock, feeling guilty, lots of "what ifs"...She really struggled going back to the house and has not wanted any visitors. PLEASE pray specifically for her that Satan will not consume her thoughts with guilt and anger. Pray that he showers her with His grace and mercy. No arrangements have been made yet...they are not even at a point where they can think of that. An autopsy will be performed due to it being an accidental at home death. Pray for Rick's witness, that it not be altered. Our class is devastated...we had an hour of prayer time this morning sobbing, on our knees. Please lift them up in prayer daily, as the emotions flood their minds. We were reminded in class today how important it is to keep our eyes on Him. Although tragedies occur, we are not made to understand. Satan does kill, steal, and destroy but we can't give in. Rick and Sherry have said they thank God for the blessings they received through Bronner and know that he is on his throne holding their sweet baby. What better place...Please pray diligently and savor your moments with your family. We never know...Thanks for keeping this awesome family in your thoughts and prayers.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
"Pressure is something you feel when you don't know what the hell you're doing.” -- Peyton Manning
She's been giving me such a hard time about her clothes lately I could just scream. T, the one who everyone thinks is a label-conscious princess, would wear clothes from Wal-Mart or a consignment shop and would "make it work" (her favorite Tim Gunn quote). KJ won't wear certain items of clothing because she "didn't pick it out" and I "forced her to buy it." So, I gave her the Old Navy gift card she rec'd for Christmas and told Chris to take her shopping while he was on Hwy 280. Let him share in the joy. Let him experience the fun.
Got most of my house decorated for Valentine's Day. I'm trying some items in different locations this year just to mix it up. I know. I'm crazy. Looking forward to having Monday off w/ the girls. T and I need to go thru her clothes for our trip to Chicago. She needs to figure out what she wants to pack. I also have plans to clean out the "sneaky spot" once and for all and claim it as my own.
Boo hoo. No Desperate Housewives tonight. This writer's strike is killing me.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
The Smurfs were created in 1958 by the cartoonist Pierre Culliford, known as "Peyo."
The late cartoonist Pierre Culliford -- best known by his pen name, "Peyo" -- first introduced the tiny blue figures in a comic strip in October 1958. He called them Schtroumpf; they became known worldwide as the Smurfs.
The Smurfs, forest dwellers who live in little white-capped mushroom homes, developed their own "Smurf" language in which nouns and verbs were interchanged.
Their debut on U.S. television in 1981 launched their global rise to stardom and made the Smurfs a household name. A Smurf is a Pitufo in Spanish, a Schlumpf in German, Nam Ching Ling to the Chinese, a Sumafa in Japan and Dardassim in Hebrew.
"I think that if he could see all that has been done with his characters since his death and the success and interest that the Smurfs still attract, he would be very, very, very, very happy and very proud," said Peyo's son, Thierry Culliford.
To mark 50 years of Smurfdom, organizers are planning everything from a 3-D animation feature film expected to be released next year to new comic book collections and a remastered release of the popular 1980s television animated series, Peyo's family said.
Peyo's widow and two children will help kick off a European birthday tour in Brussels. The Smurfs celebration will continue in Paris and Berlin.
The Smurfs also will team up with the UNICEF to promote children's rights and education worldwide, said Yves Willemont of UNICEF Belgium.
"The Smurfs and UNICEF have a lot of values in common -- values about joy, happiness and respect," Willemont said. "We also have in common the fact that we are dedicated to the cause of children and to the promotion of every child and the right of every child to survive."
UNICEF and the Smurfs joined forces two years ago to raise the plight of ex-child soldiers in Africa.
Born in Brussels, Peyo worked as a movie projectionist before entering the world of comic strip drawing.
The Smurfs appeared as a supporting cast of characters in Peyo's 1958 "Johan and Pirlouit" cartoon, which was set in the Middle Ages.
The Smurfs quickly grew in popularity and by 1960, the Smurfs had their own comic strip series and. With the help of the Hanna-Barbera Productions, the Smurfs became an animated cartoon in 1981.
Thierry Culliford said the Smurfs promote love and friendship. He said many who grew up watching the Smurfs on TV during the 1980s and 1990s now are parents and want to introduce the Smurfs to their children.
Demand for Smurf stories continues, said Hendrik Coysman, managing director of IMPS, which controls the rights of the Smurf brand worldwide.
"Thousands of fans are asking for more stories and these will be based of course on the fantastic asset that Peyo has left us," Coysman said.
Peyo, who died 15 years ago, "would be very happy if he were here today" to see Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Handy, Jokey and the troop of 96 others celebrate 50 years of Smurfmania, daughter Veronique Culliford said.
Anyway, holy cow! Can these kids eat! T made cupcakes today, we've done chips & a couple different types of dip, chicken wings, chicken strips, pretzels and a variety of Valentine's Day candy.
I hate the basement because I don't know how to work the TV/DVD/Surround Sound/Picture- in-Picture/Hi Def down here. I can barely figure out how to change the channel. I hate his TV. Chris has TiVo down here too but it's full of House episodes, American Gladitor and lacrosse games. Blech.
These pics were taken at approx. 10 AM CST. KJ's been out there w/ Claire since 9 AM. Our backyard seems to be getting more snow than the front yard for some reason.