Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Let me explain: The top of this dresser (it was my great grandma's) is hit. And until I decide to spend the lute to get it refinished, this is what I came up with! The fabric blends nicely with the dresser and hides the bad parts, but it's still functioning!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
We stopped and picked up our friend Drew and after about 2 hours of driving he remembered this awesome lighthouse on Lake Michigan to stop and take pictures of the sunset. It was a little bit out of the way but sooooooo worth it.
Then a few hours later we found a great 2-track to find a spot to camp on. I think it was midnight when we set up our tent! Drew slept out on the ground. He really ruffs it. I’m all about that at times, but when you have a nice comfy tent and an even more comfy air mattress to sleep on, why ruff it?? This wasn’t one of those pack-the-bare-minimum trips for me. I love those too, but not this time!
Friday morning we found a little hole-in-the-wall diner for breakfast, you know those always have THE BEST breakfasts in the world. Kenny and Drew wanted to explore and I wanted the beach, so they dropped me off at the beach and I had a blast doing NOTHING. I laid in the sun, read, slept, went swimming, slept, walked on the beach. It was totally peaceful.
We cooked our dinner on the fire and went back to the beach to watch the sunset at another light house. Again, it was beautiful!
Saturday morning we packed up and started driving around the coast of Michigan, stopping at any lookouts on Lake Michigan that we could.
We found a place to camp at an actual campground for our second spot, right along a river. We didn’t even try to find a place to see the sunset that night because we were so comfortable at our campsite. It was down from the circle that we drive in on and parked, but nestled right above the river. A slice of heaven!
My mom took off for her next destination that morning, and Kenny and Drew and I started towards home a day earlier than we thought. Monday morning meant back to work for the boys and also a day of laundry and cleaning for me before I had to teach and play softball on Tuesday, so it was fine that we came home early.
I felt so relaxed and stress-free on this camping trip. And so did Kenny, and we both needed it so much.
You can see all our camping pictures on Flickr over in the sidebar.
Friday, July 20, 2007
This is Lindsay from My Splatter Painted Life & Splat Template Designs...
Lindsey whose blog this is ordered a new template from me and then went out of town...
I thought it wold be FUN to upload it for her and surprise her with the new template when she gets home!
If you see this before she does, send her a little love in her comments!
Hugs to all
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
**Teacher Applicant after being interviewed by the school administration, the eager teaching prospect said:
"Let me see if I've got this right. You want me to go into that room with all those kids, and fill their every waking moment with a love for learning, and I'm supposed to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and even censor their T-shirt messages and dress habits. You want me to wage a war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for weapons of mass destruction, and raise their self esteem. You want me to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship, fair play, how to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook, and how to apply for a job. I am to check their heads for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize signs of anti-social behavior, make sure all students pass the state exams, even those who don't come to school regularly or complete any of their assignments. Plus, I am to make sure that all of the students with handicaps get an equal education regardless of the extent of their mental or physical handicap. I am to communicate regularly with the parents by letter, telephone, newsletter and report card. All of this I am to do with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few books, a bulletin board, a big smile AND on a starting salary that qualifies my family for food welfare! You want me to do all of this and then you tell me... I CAN'T PRAY?"**
Okay, so one of the lines of this email says that I am responsible for teaching patriotism.....and not teaching kids the pledge and the history of the flag is patriotism??? I'm not saying that teachers should preach or make students believe in what they believe in, but come on!!! What's wrong with talking about the DIFFERENT beliefs that many DIFFERENT people hold? Isn't that teaching diversity?? Where I work, I am completely in the minority. 100% the minority. So just between myself and my students, I HAVE to include diversity in everything I do in front of them, every piece of work I produce, every sentence I say, EVERYTHING. I feel myself getting completely off the main topic here, which is that teachers are so censored as to what we can say or teach to students. Of course there is a line that only parents should cross as far as teaching their own children many things that a teacher shouldn't be held responsible for, and I would never cross that line because I respect my students' parents and how they raise their children. I know the line of that email said PRAYERS, but that just opens up the door for so many other things, including and ESPECIALLY saying the pledge, and just because it has GOD in it, we aren't allowed to say it in school anymore.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
Then as I'm driving home yesterday after the shopping excursion (I'll share what I got at a steal in a minute) my mind kept thinking about how things used to be in high school and college, as far as me spending time with my friends. In high school, I was barely home. I was in every club and played softball and was in the marching band and so all 0f my friends were in these activities with me, so we were always together. Even on the weekends, we were always driving around being social. And it kind of carried over into college too. I lived in the dorms my freshman and sophomore years with the same roommate who actually I roomed with for all 5 years of college. We always had people in our room, and always had jam packed weekend plans, except for the occasional treck home to do free laundry and get some cash from our ever-so-willing parents. My junior, senior, and super-senior years of school were spend much the same way...I was never home at our apartment, always either in class, working, or at someone's house hanging out. There was never a down moment! And it was 5 years ago that I graduated from college, and I have not had that lifestyle for 5 years, yet I never really stopped to notice how I've changed. Rarely do I hang out with friends like that anymore, which is normal as you get older, I know. I talk on the phone and visit friends occasionally, but it's so limited. Like my friend yesterday, who is 6 months pregnant (yay!!) and we met for lunch and shopped and had an awesome time. She was my best friend from nursery school until graduation, never a moment apart, and I barely ever see her. And everyone says that happens to them, so it's normal, it just is crazy how much you can change in such a short period of time. Priorities, boyfriends-fiances-husbands, marriages, kids, jobs, all that stuff seeps in and there's so little time for the other stuff. Can you believe how much I was THINKING today? Like all this stuff was in my head. Crazy. And all because of one song! I'm not whining about not getting to see my friends often, because I talk to them and see them as often as we can get together. I just remember a time when I was with my friends as much as I'm not with them now. Scary. Kenny told me a long time ago that this is how it happens. The older you get (he's older and wiser...wink wink wink) the less friends and time for your friends there is. There may be less time and opportunities, but that doesn't mean there isn't ANY time! I just am not ready to fall into that catagory!
Oh yeah, the things I got on sale yesterday....
From the GAP:
1) a new bag to use for school, perfect size, burlap, cute stripes-$10
From Victoria's Secret:
1) bottle of perfume-$5
2) another bottle of perfume-$6
Grand Total: $30
I was so happy! Not that it's great stuff, but it's stuff I was out of, so I guess I "needed" it. But only $30 spent at a big mall? Come on ladies, that's pretty good!!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Not the kind of work you get paid for, the work that makes you "feel" good at the end of the day. In other words, work on the house.
Since we updated all the landscaping recently, we ordered new shutters because the 60's look is, well, about 50 years out-of-date. They arrived via UPS on Tuesday so Kenny decided yesterday was the day to put them up. And then our front doors needed to match the shutters, so a quick trip to Home Depot to match the paint (they are open on the 4th!!) and he was ready to go! I did NONE of the work. NONE!! Usually, I'm right there digging into whatever project is going, but not this one. And it was nice, not being the one to make/clean up the mess for once. I did mundane things like laundry and the dishes....hey, it counts as work!! I'm sure you are sick of seeing pictures our house, but just so you can see the difference, here's the house when we bought it (left) and then a couple weeks ago just after we relandscaped the whole front (right):
And here it is now, completely brought up to date 50 years!
Here's a close-up of the color because from distance they look black, but it's really maroon:
So that's what we did for the holiday. Not too exciting, but productive. We did see fireworks last night and we always have our flags out on the porch, so even though there was no BBQ or sparklers, we're still patriotic:)
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
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We won, a lot to a little, I can't remember the score. But as usual, we came back at the end of the game and creamed 'em.
I heart softball!!
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Monday, July 02, 2007
Funny story~we are canoeing in a nearby lake, just a small one, this evening. It's a beautiful day, cooling off, but sun still shining bright, and there are people out and about on the edge of the water fishing, talking, playing with dogs (Kenny drools at the sight of a man and his dog), you get the picture. We are paddling along totally enjoying ourselves. The lake actually turns into a river and goes under a road, and Kenny wants to go under it. So we get closer to the bridge, thinking we can just zip right under it and keep going. We get closer, and closer, and closer, and then I get this real panicky feeling, like something is telling me this isn't a good idea. I yell at Kenny to STOP steering us in that direction and turn around NOW. He's all, "Why? I want to go under there!" And I'm yelling at him to stop. "I HEAR FAST RUNNING WATER! WE ARE NOT GOING IN THERE!!" is what I yell to him. And sure enough, there's a HUGE dropoff, and we would have been completely screwed if we had kept going. Thank the big man upstairs that I heard that water when I did. Kenny kept saying (after we safely turned around) that he couldn't believe there wasn't a sign that warned boaters to turn around. We turned around in our canoe to see if there was one that we had missed, and there was, but it was teeny and hidden behind a tree, so it didn't do much good. He thinks I completely overreacted about it, and that we weren't as close as I thought to the dropoff. All I can say is BS! It was ME that was in the front of the canoe and it was ME that heard the water!! In my opinion, it was ME that saved our butts!