Thursday, 30 April 2009
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
The book was right. Store-bought pitas don't compare at all! I will definitely make these again!
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Friday, 24 April 2009
So today we had a birthday party to celebrate his birthday. He came to me about a week ago with a piece of paper with his plan for his birthday.
At the bowling alley:
It was a great time. A great time should be had for such a great boy! :0)
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
There are some good websites out there for people intersted in learning more about working from home. Working Naked is one of my favorites - probably just because the name of it is hilarious!
I also have a blog I often read called Work At Home Mom Revolution. I'm amazed at the postings the author finds! There are a number of work at home options out there.
This past month I've worked a lot. I would guess probably 8 - 10 hours a day. I get up earlier now (5:00 or 6:00 am versus my previous 7:00) and work for an hour or so in the morning, then get the kids off to school. While the kids are at school I keep my nose to the grindstone. I've learned that if I take a 15 minute break every hour or so I'm much more productive, so every hour an alarm goes off to remind me to go change the laundry, or clean the bathroom, or make our bed, or get the meat out of the freezer, or whatever else needs to be done. After the kids go to bed I do it again for two or three more hours. There's no time for scrapbooking, no time for TV, and no time for long telephone conversations: all the things I imagine other stay at home mom's do. But that's okay. My house isn't always clean and sometimes we have toast and peaches for dinner, but that's okay. I'm pretty happy with the opportunity I have had to work from home. I am looking forward to this project wrapping up though! I'm much more comfortable simply working 8 hours a day. LOL
Monday, 20 April 2009
This isn't a picture of me - the rare experience of being amongst all those missionaries makes my heart burn!
One thing that took a little while was giving up the idea that I'd be different (or that Elders wouldn't fart) when I became a missionary. I was still very much me (and Elders were still very much 19 year old boys)...but miracles still happened. I loved my experience. I loved working with other missionaries. And I loved the people of Orange County California!
I'm kind of weird - but I liked the intensity of the MTC and of being a missionary. I liked being shot into the system and studying and reading and focusing on something so important all day long. I liked the discipline of it. I also loved being able to go to the temple every week in the MTC. I look forward to doing that when we get a temple where I live now.
...one thing I didn't like was wearing nylons every day. BLECH. Had to wear them every day in the MTC and on my mission. BLECH
I often think about the companions I had and wonder how they're doing. I keep in touch with a few of them but there are some I haven't heard from in 20 years. I sure would love to get together with them again!
And one day though, I plan to do it again! I actually have a reoccuring dream that I'm on a mission again and trying to balance family and a mission....doesn't work too well in my dreams!
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Girls 10 and Under:
200 metre IM Old time: 4:13:49 New time: 3:39! (which was just 10ths of a second short of a B time! What a surprise that was!)
100 metre Back Stroke - Didn't beat her time (1:52.70...and got DQ'd....I think her kick was the culprit)
100 metre Freecycle Old time: 1:43:12 New time 1:33! (Well, not really her new time...she got DQd in this one...missed the wall! Apparently her goggles had filled up with water and she misjudged the wall. Oh well!)
200 metre Free Style Old time: 3:44.68 New time: 3:15.51!!
100 metre Breaststroke Old time: 2:16.64 New time: 1:58!
....oh, and her team got 3rd in the relay. She got ribbons for placing in 3 of her races as well.
Here's a few pictures Gaylene took. Thanks for being the photographer Gaylene!
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Jerry Spinelli won a Newberry Award for Maniac Magee. I found myself wondering all the way through the book why they picked this book for that award. It's good. I just wonder what about it got the attention it got. It seems to be about a lot of things - lost children, prejudism, family, home, etc....and yet it seems to really not have much flow. I sometimes found it hard to follow because it seemed so disjointed. I wonder, however, if that was on purpose - kind of like how Maniac Magee's life was. Magee kind of reminded me of Huckle Berry Finn. (I should read that again actually!) It would be interesting to compare those two books side by side.
There's a good plot summary on Wikpedia. It says:
Jeffrey Lionel Magee is orphaned at age three when his parents are killed in a P&W trolley accident. After eight intolerable years with his Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan, Jeffrey runs away to Two Mills, Pennsylvania. There he amazes the townspeople with his athletic feats and his fearlessness, earning the nickname "Maniac." Jeffrey is out of place as he moves back and forth between the (primarily black) East Side and (primarily white) West Side, something no one else in Two Mills will do due to racial prejudice. During his time in Two Mills he makes friends and enemies on both sides of town, experiences living with the accepting Beale family on the East Side, the prejudiced McNabs on the West Side, as well as living in the bison pen at the zoo and with a retired baseball player named Earl Grayson. Together, Grayson shared his many minor leauge baseball stories and Jeffery taught him how to read. One enemy turned friend was named Mars Bar Thompson. As Jeffrey grows, he begins to understand the racial tensions dividing the city and joins with his rivals John McNab and Mats Bar, to bring both sides together. In the end he goes home to the Beale's house for good, after being homeless for so long.
I guess the thing I thought was odd about this book is how the narrator tells the story. He doesn't really seem to understand Maniac (like when he has the race and wins it quite handedly, but decides to do the end of the race backwards...kind of cocky - but we're never sure why he does that)
Anyway, it's an intriguing book. I'd recommend it. It give you interesting things to think about.
Jill and I read this for the book club. At one point she said to me, "Don't you think it would be cool to run away?"
Uh, no. I don't.
Take that! I'm going to sand off some of the edges of this beast and try to come up with a more well-rounded life.
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Thursday, 2 April 2009
The teacher uses journals for the kids to record their learning. They have the neatest things in these journals. He will use it for Grade One and for Grade Two. It'll be really fun to have when they're all finished with them! This is them working in their journals and having a discussion.
Everyone made a picture of what they think COP will look like in 30 years. They looked at pictures of COP 30 years ago. I was a "resident geezer" and was able to tell them about when it was paskapoo and we used to go there to go down the hill on the carts.