28 July 2008
25 July 2008
Last summer, my parents decided that Tyler needed a swimming pool...They're grandparents and are highly indulgent. So they shopped around for the best deal, the most desirable shape, etc. Finally they came to a decision and made their payment. All winter this pool was neglected and we didn't think it would ever be utilized...Of course we documented its installation and now that it is complete, I finally feel comfortable sharing the process with the public. Unfortunately, we do not have any pictures of the original installation, but we do have pics of the pool being filled...
He took his job very seriously, but then it was time to get down and dirty...um, wet...Of course, being the generous boy that he is, he felt that all his bath toys should have some pool time too...
And he also really enjoyed laying on the "deck" next to the pool...
I did NOT go swimming, but I did enjoy a little bit of pool side reading and took the opportunity to drink tea and eat a scone. I would like to extend an invitation to everyone to come swimming at our house...no diving in the shallow end!
24 July 2008
Last night I went to see Dark Knight. Awesome movie, freezing theater! I was wearing a tank top, which is great in the summer heat. It's NOT so great in a theater when you are sitting right under the vent.
Last week I asked my dad to install Bible software on my Palm Centro phone and the only way he was able to get it to work was to install it first on his computer and then sync my phone with his computer. Yay!! Bible to carry everywhere on my phone. Boo!!! HIS calendar synched onto my phone so I had to go into all the days that he had anything on his schedule and delete it. I never realized quite how many things my poor dad has on his calendar every day until that point. YAY!! Payback's a ...booger...Today (and apparently all this week) Dad's phone alarm went off at dinner time. The event? Music at Sierra Vista. The significance??? That was on MY calendar and is now on HIS phone. The funny part? I put alarms on all of my events so now he has to go onto his calendar to delete those things. HaHaHa...I think I have a touch of wicked in me because I think that is completely funny.
Did you know that a 2 year old can be signed up on the library's summer reading program and they can take their reading log in to the library to get prizes? Our log looks like this..."Can't you Sleep Little Bear?"..."Can't you Sleep Little Bear?" ..."Can't you Sleep Little Bear?"...well, you get the idea...Tyler likes to re-read...Yesterday we were reading it for a nap story. First page starts out like this (sadly from memory) "Once there were two bears. Big Bear and Little Bear. Big Bear is the big bear and Little Bear is the little bear." (next to this is a picture of a big bear and a little bear walking through the snow in the forest) So Tyler says, "Sometimes we call Big Bear Mother Bear." Me..."Oh???" And I keep reading. "Big Bear and ..." Tyler, "NO...sometimes we call Big Bear Mother Bear." Me (with the lightbulb above my head), "Do you want me to call Big Bear Mother Bear while I read the story to you today?" Him:"Yes!!" So we did...Dang my kid picks out long bedtime books...
I seem to have more time to people watch while I'm driving now with this new "hands free" law...the funniest thing to see? People reading their newspaper/magazine/etc. Umm...we have a law on the books about using phones, but nothing that says that you may not read while you are driving your car? hmm...I love America.
and now for the obligatory, a blog-post is not complete without pictures section of this post...About a month ago Aunt Lois was out here from Texas and we had a lovely brunch...
22 July 2008
SO...while it is nearly my birthday and I do expect to have a cake, I can only pray that whatever cake I have does NOT end up on his blog!!
21 July 2008
Time to start the countdown! Pretty much as long as I can remember, I have kept countdowns...To the first day of school (yes, even into college...someday, ask me about my back to school clothes), the first day of Christmas break, the first day of spring break, the LAST day of school...(as a student and then as a teacher) and also, special events....like this one! Today is July 21...when I asked my mom and sister if that day meant anything to them, all I got was a blank stare. Hmmm...OK, maybe I need to be more obvious. My birthday is in 1 month!!! Now, I know that a woman of my advancing age is often times ashamed of her age and doesn't want to celebrate or even acknowledge her birthday...That's not me! I plan to count down the days until I turn 28. I plan to eat cake on my birthday (NOT Carrot, thank you!) and it will have 28 candles! I once read a motivational quote (command?) that said, "Enjoy this moment...for this moment is your life." I plan to live the life I love and that includes a birthday countdown...August 21, here we come!
13 July 2008
****For those who are unfamiliar with/out of practice at looking at preschool art, this is a puppy dog****
So, was it worth it? I had an adventure, I proved to myself that I can still tread water like back in my waterpolo/swim team days, I got my sunglasses back and I had fun. I'd say it was worth it!
09 July 2008
Hmmm...Why does it seem like all my relaxation time is near the water? I must spend too much time there.
We also had a "Whole Camp" Campfire tonight and were lucky enough to have two very talented musicians in our group. Granted, most of the songs they sang were ones I didn't know (Beatles, James Taylor, various other old songs, etc.), but they also sang a few that I did know. I LOVE to sing! I'm not sure I'm any good, but so far I've never had anyone ask me to stop, so I'm going to take it as a good sign. Tyler also LOVES music (hmm, I wonder where he got that?) so he planted his chair in front of the guitar player and swayed...
Here is my favorite part of tonight's activity...What is it about a fire that is soooo mesmerizing? It makes me feel like sitting back, sipping a glass of fine (insert drink of choice) and thinking deep thoughts. But it also makes me want to tell jokes and funny stories...Guess I'm going to need more wood; this could take a while.
My Happy Feet! (it's not just a movie anymore)
Also, for those of you who have never seen a frog water skiing behind his motor boat, may I provide you with this educational opportunity?
07 July 2008
I was the "head chef" for our pancake breakfast!
Unfortunately, I think this is going to be our last year of sink baths since he's getting too big for it
We also have a budding photographer on our hands. Now, if anyone has ever handed a camera to a 2 year old, you know that the typical range of vision is between the knees and the armpits of an adult. (Thank heavens for digital so we don't have to develop all these pictures!) Since I didn't want all the pictures of me to look like this:
I decided to scrunch down to actually make it into the picture...
03 July 2008
02 July 2008
“All children need a laptop. Not a computer, but a human laptop. Moms, dads, grannies and grandpas, aunts, uncles -- someone to hold them, read to them, teach them. Loved ones who will embrace them and pass on the experience, rituals and knowledge of a hundred previous generations. Loved ones who will pass to the next generation their expectations of them, their hopes and their dreams.”
So, if you have a kid in your life, please sit with them...read to them...love them...and if you don't have a kid in your life...I'll be glad to sit on your lap and you can read to me or tell me about your day (if you're smaller than me...sorry, your legs might fall asleep)
However...the person he was mostly "rescuing" was himself. He practiced kicking in the water and I could only envy the thermal resistance layer of protection that God gives to children...
We also got to "rescue" my shoe that was tossed into the water like yesterday's garbage...we got to take the row boat...that thing is T-R-I-C-K-Y...
We also went on an Osprey Nest Sighting trip on The LOVE Boat...
Stay tuned for more adventures (and if you made it this far, you get a cookie!)