Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Road Trip

Well, we went to see the Goose, and her parents.  

 Here we are together. 

 The weather was W*I*N*D*Y , so they played video games.  Keith and Rich are very good dancers.

Then we went to the park, late in the day and watched her climb, reminiscent of her father.
And the boys continued to play.

 One thing you can't escape, is watching her eat.

and eat...

 and climb some more.

Now, we are back home and I keep looking at things that need to be cleaned.  
Looks like I should be able to keep busy.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The last week of School

Before I forget, my son Todd posted his mother's day poem on his blog.  You can read it.  They are all getting good at writing poems.  I think that I will put all their poems in a book and release them of this duty. 

I think the best thing I did this week was plant the planters on my deck.  I love coming out and seeing some color.  I also love taking care of them.  I start small and watch them grow.  Thank you Miracle Grow.

 I made these as thank you gifts to the 1st grade teachers who have loaned me materials to help my 
new-bees learn to read.  I could not have done it without them.
 And then there are these three bags.  I have worked one on one, every day,  with three girls who came from Mexico this year.  On Fridays we meet together and play go fish...a great way to practice numbers. 
(I know, I get paid to play go fish.)
 Needless to say that we have grown pretty close this year.  Since the day Scarlett said my bag was 
'b-u-ti-ful'  I knew I would be making them a bag too.  They loved them.  It was a good day.  

Saturday, May 12, 2012

My Daughter

I only have one daughter, and the older she gets the more I see myself in her.  Sometimes I shake my head and wonder why.  Well today, for mothers day she sent me some notes:
LESSONS  I have learned from YOU
You taught me that I need a hobby and I need to love it.  And that hobbies are worthwhile.
If you can't say anything nice, say it to your mom.
You don't ever have to pay full price for clothes.
You taught me to be myself.  No matter what anyone thinks or expects.  I am free to be me.
You taught me to love others, no matter the circumstances.
There are some things in this life that just aren't worth the stress.
A good work Ethic
If you get a dish dirty, you better be intending to wash it.
You don't have to be a good dancer to dance.
It's okay to just sit and read a book at night.
If you're at a family get-together, always have a good time and get-along, even if you're not very happy with each other.
Books are an escape.  Don't disturb people who are reading.
I am so glad I don't have sisters/had sisters while I was growing up.  There are a lot of benefits to brothers.

Contention is of the Devil.
You need your VITAMIN-D every day. (Everyone does).
Never Play Phase 10 all phases...
You taught me to listen to and obey the words of prophets.  Past and present
We laugh while the prophet is at the pulpit, so people should laugh while we're at the pulpit.
Phonics! (not spelling)
CVC words are words too...
How to draw a flower..I've come a long way...
Fake it until YOU make it.
Always be prepared. Have crayons nearby. also- crayons have a comforting scent.
The perfect cookie recipe..and , if you want a cookie, Make yourself a cookie.  It's that simple.
Dresses without sleeves were made that way for a reason.  If you cover them , it looks tacky.
Retail therapy is REAL, even if you're JUST spending a few dollars...
Work is not always fun, that's why it's called work.
You taught me to love puzzles.
Not everyone is going to like you and that is OKAY!
You taught me to be respectful and grateful to all.
You don't ever have to pay full price for clothes.
Don't manipulate boys, but have fun while dating them.
If you're going to do something. Do it WHOLE heatedly.

What can I say?  I learned everything I know from my mother.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

There is light at the end of the tunnel

First, my rhubarb is out of control.  At this rate, everyone I know is going to receive a batch of rhubarb jam for Christmas.  
We did get the soil ready with my dad's secret combination of 'stuff' and planted potatoes and onions.  It's too early for tomatoes....
 With 12 more working days and even less days working with groups, I have started to think about what I am going to do this summer.  Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but there is a reason I work at a school.

 I ran across this picture.  The girl in the blue dress is my oldest sister, but the quilt they are sitting on is going to be my project.  

When we were kids, we would drag this quilt around. I believe we tore it when we put it in the fertilizer spreader.  (We also dragged that around).  I don't know who made the quilt, but I know it wasn't my mother, maybe her mother or her aunt.  

At any rate, I am going to use my 30's reproductions, buy some of that purple, and make another one.  It should keep me busy.