Friday, August 28, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
OK, so you might start to think I'm a bit obsessed myself with these hummingbirds. I'm always amazed at how many we get. I'd love to see a nest.
I love sitting on our front porch and just watching these creatures. It's my newest form of relaxation.
School is off to a good start for both kids. They both like their teachers. We go for orientation this week and will learn more about the teachers and their expectations.
The semester finally started for me and it's been crazy busy but I just love this time of year. I love the excitement of a new school year. I love the anticipation of the year to come. I love getting to know a new group of students. It's an affirmation that I'm in the right career.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Carson is going into 5th grade and, in our district, this is his last year in elementary school. He's now in the oldest grade in his school building (3-5 grades). On the first day of school, I gave the kids the option of driving them or letting them take the bus. Elise decided to take the bus while Carson wanted me to drive him. Then he asked if I'd take him to the donut place before school. No problem. Then he asked if he could bring a friend. No problem. Then he asked if he could bring another friend. Yikes! So, after getting Elise on the bus and gathering up his friends, we headed to the donut place for a pre-school treat. I wanted to take pictures but was told in no uncertain terms that NO PICTURES WERE ALLOWED. The above picture is all I get this year.
Elise is now in 2nd grade! Her school is K-2 but she did pre-K in the same building, so this is her 4th year in the same building and she's feeling pretty comfy. I love her school and it makes me a little sad that she moves up the to the bigger kid (Carson's) school next year.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Tomorrow, I leave my kids in the hands of their new teachers and pray for a good year for each of them.
The summer has been good. The kids have had a good break. We've enjoyed some good family time. We're all renewed and ready to start a new school yar.
Elise started each and every day of the summer by asking "Can I invite a friend over today?" We're so blessed that she has such a good circle of little girls and we're enjoying getting to know their families. None of Elise's really close friends are in her class this coming year, but she was assigned to the teacher she's wanted since kindergarten. Mr. E was Carson's teacher in 1st grade (Mr. E has since moved up to 2nd grade) and he's an excellent teacher. We're thrilled to have another school year with him.
Carson is starting the school year with another new teacher. His teacher taught at one of the middle schools in the district for a few years before moving to 5th grade this year. I can't believe my son goes to middle school next year...yikes! I think it'll be a good thing to have a teacher with such fresh middle school experience to help prepare the class for the expectations of the coming years. Some good friends from his soccer team are in his class this coming year.
We're looking forward to the new experiences and opportunities that will come this year for each child.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Elise has lots of boy cousins. All boy cousins on my side of the family, in fact. Except for one girl who is a 2nd cousin (and lots more boy 2nd cousins). So, she was very excited about a visit from her 2 GIRL cousins from Chicago. Since they are so much older, she wasn't sure what to expect.
She had a BLAST! Who knew two college age cousins would enjoy so many of the same things as Elise! :)
We had a great visit with Perry's sister and her 2 daughters. Aren't they beautiful?!? Stephanie (in the blue) and Jennifer (in the pink) were 2 and 4 when I first met Perry. I can't believe Jennifer can now legally drink alcohol!!! (Which I'm sure she doesn't do, but she's old enough!)
We packed a lot of fun into one HOT weekend. They wanted to go up to the top of the St. Louis Arch. My kids wanted to go up, too. (Yes, we did take along an extra friend for Carson...that's not some random kid we had pose with our group.)
This is the view from the top of the Arch....see those little benches at the base of the Arch...that's where I waited. Once you've been up in the Arch, there is no reason to go back up. At least not as far as I'm concerned.
Here's the crew getting ready to cram their bodies into small capsules to slllooowwwllly lift them to the top of the Arch. Packed in like sardines. Enclosed cages that travel up the leg of the Arch. Not for someone who doesn't like small, confined spaces (did I mention I waited OUTside?!?)
And after successfully making it to the top, you get to look out these teeny-tiny windows at the top. Now, really, who didn't think to make BIGGER windows at the top?!?
The kids completed the weekend by playing soccer...
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
My aunt went through old slides of my grandparents and digitized them. What a wonderful treasure...THANK YOU Aunt Carol!
I'd never seen this picture of my grandmother before. She grew up in a world that I often thought was so old fashioned but I now realize was so rich in history.
She grew up in a large family in West Virginia. I believe she's the little girl in the front row in the plaid skirt. She was the youngest daughter with 9 siblings.
She met her husband when he was in her hometown working as an engineer on the Bluestone Dam. They had a 50 year marriage!
She had a great laugh! That's my Aunt Carol behind her. :)
Next to God, family was the most important thing in her life.
She loved it as her family grew. My sister is the baby on Grandma's lap and I'm the little girl in front. I think I was jealous that Kristin got to sit on Grandma's lap!
Here she is at my parent's wedding. My dad's parents had both died by this point and my grandmother took my dad in as her own. They had such a great mother-in-law/son-in-law relationship. And, wasn't my mom a beautiful bride?
Holding me! :)
My grandmother made so many outfits for us when we were little. I'm in the yellow dress and Kristin is in the blue. Kristin went through a phase where she would LITERALLY look UP when someone said "Look up for the picture!" Isn't she cute!?
And a little less cute with those 80's hair and XXXL sweaters! Grandma lived with my parents for years after I graduated from college. I loved coming home to not just my parents, but my grandmother was well. She took such good care of us...care packages at college, our favorites foods when we came home to visit, always a craft project on which she wanted our help. And see Eric poking his there in back. He was her ONLY grandson. And did she ever dote on him. She lived with my family during his teenage years and they had an amazingly special relationship. The only time I've ever seen him cry was at her funeral when he got up to talk about his special grandmother.
This is my favorite picture of my grandparents. This is how they look in my mind. A few years after this picture was taken, my grandfather got sick and his health went downhill for 8 years. My grandmother had a tough road during those years as she struggled to keep him at home and maintain his care.
Thanks, Carol, for unearthing these awesome pictures!!! What a great walk down memory lane! My grandmother is missed but my faith tells me I will see her again. Our family is so fortunate to have had such a strong foundation.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Also while sitting on the porch, with 2 chairs propped together so I could lazily read a book, I commented to Perry that a wicker loveseat would be the perfect addition.
Imagne my delight when I found this loveseat right by the hummingbird feeders at our local wallyworld?!? And better yet, it was marked down 50% AND they were willing to give me an additional 10% because they only had the floor model remaining. How lucky could I be...finding exactly what I wanted when I wanted it at a price I was willing to pay?!?
And better yet, it was a set that included these 2 chairs and the table between them (hiding behind the overgrown bush). Again, for a price I was willing to pay (read: cheap! Perry and I had just had our monthly "frugal" talk.)
The front porch has been pretty blah and I think this set really adds some color and some great reading places.
And we now have much comfier hummingbird watching chairs.
Or horse-cornfield-deer watching chairs...whatever your pleasure.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
She was worried she'd be the only 2nd grader who hadn't lost their top teeth. And man, she worked those toothies. To the point of making her mom come close to fainting several times. Phew, glad that drama is over for now. As I recall, from here on out teeth just pop out at random intervals but the tooth race is mostly over.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Carson's now officially in men's shoe sizes and the prices just about doubled. Sadly, I couldn't convince him to curl up his toes for a few more months in his old shoes (just kidding!). And even more sadly, this new pair will probably only fit for a matter of weeks the way this child is growing.
Monday, August 3, 2009
There are times we have upwards of 20 hummingbirds fighting for a spot at the feeder. And if I make the mistake of standing in front of it talking to someone for too long, they will start to dive bomb me until I move along.
I sat out on the porch yesterday afternoon reading (it was BEAUTIFUL day!) and kept my camera close by.
Can you see the one hiding in the tree?