Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Trish, Trish, Trish.Who knew you were a closet Paula Deen. Cuz I have to admit, you look like a seriel killer in that goggles pic. :)You know I kid. Often.So are you gonna share the recipe or what? I'm for anything that "looks" done on the outside but is straight up "raw" on the inside.Melissa at Stretch Marks
June 24, 2008 8:10 PM
Do you still love me?
Monday, June 23, 2008
I had a couple of conversations Monday that brought up some situations that I would handle differently than the people I was talking to. This got me thinking about how other families would approach these situations. So let's discuss them. Of course there is no right or wrong answers, unless of course you disagree with me. I which case you are wrong. Let us discuss:
We all know that having our kids home for summer break brings along with it the bottomless pits that are their stomachs. My kids are constantly wanting snacks. Our day usually goes something like this: Breakfast, Snack, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Snack, Dinner, Snack, Snack. I really try to keep lots of fruit washed, sliced and in a bowl ready to eat, but we also have those quick convenient snacks like granola bars, fruit snacks, gold fish and crackers in the pantry and popsicles in the freezer.
My kids are still at the age where they will usually ask before having a snack, but the person I was talking to today was so frustrated with her 11 year old son who was constantly helping himself to the "good" snacks in the pantry and devouring everything in site, out of boredom, with no regard to the others in the family. The mom was ready to put all the "good snacks" in a locked cupboard, so that they were only accessible with permission. That is just a terrible idea for the fact that she would have to get up from blogging and unlock the snacks every time..........uggghhh, we all have much better things to do. Really.
I suggested that she instead divide up the fruit snacks, granola bars and other desirable snacks into gallon size ziplocks or shoe boxes for each of her children. Giving them access to their entire allotted snacks for whatever period she had grocery shopped for. That way each child would get the same amount of each snack in their bag and were allowed to eat them at their will. When they were gone, they were gone until the next grocery shopping trip.
Both this particular 11 year old and my eight year old would be the children that would devour their entire snack allotment with out discernment for how long they would have to go without. At which point they would begin to finagle, manipulate or coerce their younger sibling for the snacks that the younger ones have prudently rationed. I, of course, would have prepared the younger sibling with a lesson in the free enterprise system that makes America so great and that younger sibling would have in place either a monetary value or chore value to their snacks unless they were feeling especially generous that day.
So how do you handle the incessant munching session that is summer break?
We belong to a gym that has some wonderful amenities (remember my love affair with the Supervised Play Room). One of them being a beautiful outdoor swimming pool with a diving board and large twisty water slide.
I LOVE to spend time outside by the pool on the hot summer days, but only on the HOT summer days. However, my 8 year old has no reservations about swimming on ANY day that the pool is open. Last summer I started allowing him the privilege of choosing to swim WHILE I work out. Yes folks, he is outside in the swimming pool WHILE I am inside on the treadmill. Fear not, as I am a stringent rule follower, and we are in compliance with the rules of the gym, which are clearly posted and state: "Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult."
Six and under. He is neither six nor under. No rules broken. Besides, he is a good swimmer and there is always two or three lifeguards on duty during open swim hours.
So today I run into an acquaintance as I am leaving Ben in the pool area and headed to the treadmill. We make small talk for a bit and then she asked the where abouts of Ben, as she had just dropped her eight year old son off in the Supervised Play Room. I told her that he was out swimming while I worked out. To which she responded "Are you serious? Doesn't that seem a little unsafe to just leave him out there unsupervised while you work out?"
To which I replied "No, I am perfectly okay with it."
However, if I were a little quicker thinking I would have replied "Oh yes, it seems terribly unsafe. That is why I do it. I mean he is kind of a pain in the butt some days, he eats alot of food, costs lots of money to clothe, and antagonizes his little brother to the point of much frustration. I just haven't been able to get rid of him any other way. Oh and don't trip over your "Mother of the Year" cloak."
How would you have responded?
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Wouldn't it be fun if I owned one of these? Then you could borrow it!
Well, the SITs girls are giving it away this weekend and I (or you) could win it.
How? you ask. Go join SITS.
What is SITS? you ask.
It 's a top secret blogging sisterhood created by two blogging geniuses as a way to connect and introduce bloggers with each other. (just kidding about the top secret part!)
So if you are interested in being part of the SITSA hood then head on over and join and tell them I sent you (that'll get me another entry to win this bouncy house). Also, don't forget to pick up your fun little button for your blog like mine over there on the side once you join SITS.
Then leave a comment for 'roll-call' and you could be entered to win this fabulous bounce house (which I will probably ask to borrow some time!).
Have a fun Saturday and don't forget:
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Her stuff is so adorable and I just love her tag line:
"Savor the little things...someday you'll remember them as the big things."
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I'm on the PTA Executive Board
My friend Val has dug up old video of Woody Allen interviewing Evangelist Billy Graham.
There are two videos that are about 4 minutes each. They are very funny and they really made me admire Billy Graham even more!
Go check them out here.
Monday, June 9, 2008
It was a tight race and for a while I was quite a ways in the lead, but in the end my picture ended up in 3rd place.
Oh well, my boys still have sticks and rocks to play with all summer long.
A big thank you to my friends Debbie (who was almost more obsessed with me winning than i was), Gina, Meagan and LeeAnn who all posted the link to vote on their blogs.
It was fun, but I can't say that I will do that again. I am way to competitive and the constant score checking was to consuming.............
Saturday, June 7, 2008
No, it wasn't juvie.
It was Lakeside Bible Camp on Whidbey Island and this is a camp like no other. (if you ask me)
And I can say that because I have been to one other summer camp in my life. I don't remember the name of that camp, it was somewhere in Alaska (I lived there until I was 9). I vividly remember the night I fell out of the top bunk and landed on the counselors HIGH HEEL SHOES. Seriously folks. Who brings HIGH HEELS to summer camp?
Now back to Lakeside, or LBC as it will lovingly be called from here on out.
There was so many fun things to do, lot's of people to be around (including boys) and it was away from home! I'm not positive how I actually ended up at LBC in the first place, because it was quite likely way out of the family budget for me to go. I'm pretty sure someone else outside of my family paid for me to go and I am very strong in my suspicions of who that was. At any rate, LBC was where I belonged. I started with junior high summer camp and retreats in the winter and by the time I was in High School I was going to high school camp for a week, TCL (Training in Christian Leadership) for a four weeks, and working as a counselor one or two other weeks each summer. TCL was the most impactful program for me at LBC. It was only open by application with two letters of recommendation to 24 (12 girls and 12 boys) high schoolers per session, with two sessions per summer. And guess what TCL'ers did? We worked. Seriously, it cost $100 dollars to participate in TCL and we went for the month and worked. We served the other campers that were there for their camp sessions. We served meals, did dishes, cleaned toilets and showers daily, did full cabin cleaning after each camp left, and each TCL program worked on a major camp improvement project. To this day, if you go to Lakeside, you quite likely can find my name along with the names of the other TCL'ers carved into the baseball backstop, the soccer goals, the fence around the dumpsters and the boat dock.
That's me, circa 1990, with a very dear friend, Mrs. Trudy, who came to visit me for Family Day.
This is the place that I discovered God's amazing love for me. I had grown up going to church and Sunday School, but it was only at LBC that I learned that God's Word was applicable to MY life, not just a good book that you carried to Sunday school each week and that God desired a personal relationship with me.
She wasn't even born when I was going to LBC!
Come next summer you can bet that I will be making the four hour drive to deliver my son to LBC for a week of "smelly boy camp"!
I can't wait.........
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
C'mon pick your card.
And what he really wants you to do is look him STRAIGHT in the eyes, not straigth. So do it. Look into his eyes and THINK.
Yes, I know that's a little creepy.
Just do it though.
He doesn't know you. He can't see you.
BUT HE KNOWS!!
He is David Copperfield after all.
It's GONE. G-O-N-E. Gone.
How'd he do that?
SPOILER: There is more satirical commentary and the answer behind how Mr. Copperfield pulled this one off in the comments. Comment along.
But before you do that please go vote for our adorable picture to win the Wii:
Tell all your friends to vote (for mine!) too.
Monday, June 2, 2008
It is under "it's my crazy life".
And if you love me at all you would also post a link on your blog in order to help me win that Wii.
So please, please, please go vote (yes, that's me begging!)
Remember, it's for the children!
I don't make sauce, I buy it. BBQ, spaghetti, chocolate, teriyaki and soy. All store bought.
But these girls:
They make Sauce.
Go check them out. Then have a little fun with us.
There is a contest there and one of the prizes is a blog design from Eight Crazy Designs. She is amazing and quite likely on the verge of becoming famous!
Join in the fun!