Saturday, January 31, 2009
Here the kids are watching as each student gets their SOM medal and the Vice Principal reads the letter that the teacher wrote about that child. Don't they look excited?
Here the VP is reading the letter Jacob's teacher wrote about him. The character trait for January is Fairness. Coincidentally, Jacob got SOM in January last year also, for Fairness. He is such a kind and gentle boy (most of the time).
I am so proud of Jacob and his achievements, both academically and in his character. He truly is an awesome kid! I love you Jacob!
Did I mention that Jacob was tested for the Gifted and Talented Education program? He was invited and will be attending the school for gifted students this fall. He is a smart kid, and he knows it. I wonder when it will hit him that the other kids at this school are just as smart as he is...
Monday, January 26, 2009
All I want for Christmas is my...wait, that's a long time to wait. Here is Jacob sans his two front teeth. You can also see that we are going to need some orthodontic work on those bottom teeth.
We have an old pill bottle that has been decorated with stickers that we put teeth in to put under the pillow. It is easy for the tooth fairy to find and a rolled up dollar fits nicely into it. If you look closely, you will he in his left hand his pearly white tooth.
The tooth fairy was quite generous last night too. Maybe it was because she saved gas snagging two teeth at one house. Or maybe, it was just that there were two boys and two teeth, but she gave them each two dollars. They were both very happy this morning. Now, a question for you: What does the tooth fairy do with all those these?
Saturday, January 24, 2009
My motivation? A little black dress, that I plan to wear on a little cruise, to Alaska in June. We will celebrate our tenth anniversary in May (but cannot go until school is out). I want to look good for my husband (who thinks I'm beautiful anyway).
Additionally, I want to get back to eating healthier. Last semester was crazy. There didn't seem to be enough hours in the day for school, homework, grading, laundry, cooking...you get the idea. This semester (hopefully) will be a little lighter. I also plan to stick more closely to planned menus. That's the plan anyway. I'll let you know how it goes. Plus, if I can't think of anything else to write about, I can share the menu. That will keep people coming back, HA!
And the final piece of my plan: A little half marathon in May. Brian and I are planning to walk the River Parkway half marathon. We can currently walk 4 miles easily and 6 without too much effort. Now to bump it up to 13. I am looking forward to this. I think the toughest part is finding the time to walk. We usually put in 4 miles after the little boys are in bed. That is one of the perks of having teens at home. I will keep you posted on this as well.
So, those are my little plans for the first half of this year. Come back often. Cheer me on.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
As I watched the inauguration, at home alone, I wished I was there. I wish I could say I was there on this historical day. I did not vote for Obama because he is African American; nor did I vote for him in spite of it. I voted for him, because I believe he supports the things that are important to me. I also acknowledge the significance that this day brings to the African American community. They can honestly say to their children, "you can be anything you dream to be when you grow up, even president." I believe Dr. Martin Luther King was smiling down today. As a country, we have come so far.
Obama's speech was inspiring and full of hope for our country. I love that he spoke of us in unity, the things "we" need to do. How "we" can help each other and ourselves. I look forward to seeing what Obama's plans are for the next four years. I believe we will be in a better place four years from now. Now, we have a lot of work to do.
My prayer today is for our country; for the wisdom of it's leaders; for the unity of it's people. We are a great country and I proud to be an American!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Well, I ALWAYS have cold feet, especially at night (just ask Brian). So I thought I would try my hand at making a pair of slippers. I have never made a pair of anything. I have been too afraid of trying to make to of anything that are actually supposed to match. This is the first slipper that I finished last night. When Nate saw it, he informed me that I should make another one. What a great idea!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
These photos were taken at a CART expedition. The larger robot is Hog Bog. During competition, it sports a pig. For luck? perhaps. The smaller one is Pot Bot (I think).
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
So, that's 7 yarn projects in some state of progress. It's a good thing I have several needles, lol. I really need to get some things completed. Thanks for the challenge. Sometimes, you realize how many things you have floating, until you pull them all out and take pictures.
Friday, January 02, 2009
For Christmas, I got Brian tickets to see Phantom of the Opera in San Francisco. Tuesday, we drove up, just the two of us!
There was a weird mix up at the hotel when we went to check in. There was a reservation for a Brian Bernard (same last name). Brian insisted that he middle name is not Bernard, but there was not another reservation under his name. So we took this one. There was a not in the computer that there was a gift bag for this reservation. We looked at each other. Maybe this was not our reservation. The guy brought the bag and asked if I wanted to look in it; so I did.
Well, this bag was definitely for me! Inside, there was a bag of chips, a jar of salsa, some dark chocolate cookies and mini margaritas. (Cue the music...these are a few of my favorite things) There was also a note from my friend Nora welcoming us to San Francisco. What a thoughtful idea. Thanks Nora!
Unfortunately, I caught some stomach bug and woke up the next morning feeling miserable. We had planned to meet up with Nora and explore the Academy of Science. Sorry we missed that, maybe next time. Instead, I stayed in bed as long as possible, then we came home.
I went to bed early and Brian woke me up in time to have cider with the kids. What a way to ring in the new year. It can only get better, right?