Saturday, December 26, 2009
One of the highlights of coming home for Christmas is serving Christmas Eve Dinner at Wheeler Mission. It's a homeless shelter and it's been our way of giving a little back each Christmas for the last 9 or 10 years.
Apparently, a new tradition we've started, is that we don't get out of bed until 8:30 on Christmas morning... (we're usually 6:00 people). Dana informed me I wasn't 10 anymore so I shouldn't be all excited and wake up early. Needless to say, this year we ate breakfast BEFORE opening presents. That has NEVER happened in the 22 Christmas I'd been home before this one. We did carry on the tradition of cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate for breakfast. I figure since I was up HOURS before everyone else I would make them. For some reason the oven burnt the bottoms and didn't fully cook the tops so we had loads of fun fixing them so they were edible! Good times...
One thing that hasn't changed is my mom saying we're "not doing Christmas", or that it's going to be very minimal and, as usual, she goes overboard. There were loads of presents and I somehow had the most to open, which was very fun and very unexpected. I got sweaters, necklaces, shoes, and Dana brought me a scarf and Christmas ornaments from Jerusalem. Luckily, no one seemed too upset that we didn't get them anything.
My family has adopted the local missionaries since Logan's been gone, and is continuing as Skylar will be headed out soon. We had a pair of elders and a pair of sisters over for Christmas dinner. We ate, played Cranium, and gave them stockings full of fun little things including little guns that shoot airplanes and discs. They had a blast running around the house shooting each other. Their final gift was to go through the 100s of ties Logan brought home from his mission and pick one or two. He has all kinds of designer ties... louie vatton, calvin kline, Bordeaux, etc... John is bring home quite a few... And I stole the Louie Vatton one. The elders were so excited! They threw ties in the air and buried Elder Housekeeper underneath them all. Pictures to come of Elder Housekeeper at the bottom of all the ties.
Overall Christmas was great!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!
And here are the details:
I've had a student teacher since September sometime. She is wonderful. She is a natural born teacher. She is great with the kids. She is excellent at teaching, and she has great classroom management. The kids love her, I love her. I loved having an adult in the room to laugh and chat with. I think that is the part I will miss the most. Teaching is just so much more fun when others experience it with you. The feeling of teamwork was great too. We were both working together for the same goal. It was also nice to have everything done on time most of the time. I'm a last minute person, only because I have so much in my head at once, I have a hard time organizing by importance so usually the stuff for next week is all ready but the stuff for right now isn't. Needless to say... I loved my first student teacher mentor experience!
Her last day was Friday... Today was a very sad day for me and my class. More than once did a student say "I miss her. I wish she was back. She's a good teacher." She's volunteering her time to tutor other kids at the school until break. She made the mistake of walking down the hall at the same time as my kids... She got mauled! But she didn't mind.
The best thing about it is now, I have a great friend, and my kids have one more person they know they can trust and that loves them.
***This just in****
Apparently the candy corn bars weren't a success because I can't find the recipie anywhere... ah darn, now I can never make them again! lol
Saturday, December 5, 2009
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The 15th is the end of an era. 13 year with 1 e-mail address that has stayed the same. All comes to an end. Please switch all of your contact information to the new e-mail address given in a previous post.
Here are a few things you have to look forward to
My student teacher experience
New Baby Carter
My first attempt at pies
Sub for Santa
WOW, I have a TON of work to do!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
etr2003 at gmail dot com
I am in the process of transferring EVERYTHING including my blogs over to my new e-mail address. It is turning out to be quite the process. However, I thought I'd throw it out there so if any of you are needing to contact me you could. It's going to be hard to get used to a new e-mail address after 13 years of the SAME one!
Also, if you have a private blog please re-send me an invite at the new e-mail address and you can delete the old one. Thanks so much for all of your help. I hope I'll like gmail. Nothing will ever be as simple as my old one (which they've told me isn't going anywhere, but I don't believe them!).
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
So leave me a comment with your email if you want me to have it when I make the transfer over to something else... I'm just not sure where to take my e-mail business quite yet!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I shop with coupons. I will not buy something that I have coupon for without using the coupon and most of the time we try and only buy things that are on sale and use the coupons to maximize our savings. Which is why until the last 2 weeks I haven't stepped foot in the Mesquite walmart (well that and all the traveling, swine flu, etc).
I was there last Saturday so 8 days ago and had a mostly fine shopping experience. The downfalls were that they've stopped carrying my yogurt and my favorite flavor of my favorite brand of ice cream. But alas, all was well, I got most of the things on my list and had NO PROBLEMS checking out with my 20+ coupons (all printed from the Internet on reputable coupon sites).
This Friday we went again to get a few things and we had a bunch of coupons expiring that we wanted to use. We get the cashier from _______ who doesn't even try scanning all my coupons (which this time I only had 6) but throws a fit saying they don't take Internet coupons. So we wait for the manager who because she doesn't want to type the numbers in off the coupon (a whole 10 seconds) agrees saying they don't take coupons printed from the Internet. I explained that their coupon policy was online and it said they would accept them. But the lady just kept insisting that they didn't accept them... So I spitefully told her she'd better inform the rest of her employees that they should break company policy and not take them either.
I WAS LIVID! (and that's probably and understatement!) OK, lets be honest... I still am LIVID (I'm writing this aren't I?)
I told John to get out all of the items we were planning on buying with the coupons. (The one item I found I basically threw it at the cashier lady). We paid for our items and left. By the time we got to the car I was telling John I was never going back because not only were there items on our list they didn't have, but that I didn't need my blood pressure shooting up at Walmart higher than it does at the school board meetings... so I'm done.
If I need to go to Walmart, I'll be heading up to St. George, because this isn't worth it. Fairly soon however, I think I will not be doing ANY grocery shopping at ANY walmart so I don't have to deal with it.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
We've been in school for 8 weeks and in that 8 weeks I've missed 6 days of school plus two more half days...(which may not seem like a lot... but it really IS!).
I started off the school year with bronchitis and laryngitis. So for the whole 2nd week of school I couldn't talk... (OK only half of the 2nd week, til Thursday when I yelled at a kid and my voice came back!)
The next week I was in Phoenix for 2 days.
Needless to say, my classroom, and my class, and myself had a really rough beginning. There was a good 2-3 weeks where we flat out didn't like each other.
During this nightmare I was in Indiana for 2 days.
In those 2-3 weeks there were 4 days where 14 children went to Think Time. 1 student went 2 days in a row... His mom called and asked that he be removed from my classroom because I'm too mean... I invited mom in to see I was equally mean to each of my students. Mom hasn't ever come in, he's still in my classroom, and he hasn't been back to Think Time since. (And all this about 1 of my 23 darlings)...
When I got back I was in my classroom for a whole week and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! We fell in love with each other, my students and I. It was a turning point for all of us. Since we've only had the occasional Think Time and they've earned their first party.
The next week I missed a half day to go meet my student teacher and learn what I needed to do while she was in my class.
The following week my student teacher started and I was supposed to go to Phoenix for 2 days... Lucky for me (so I thought) our ELL director hadn't gotten a substitute so I got to stay home. YAY! But in reality it was most lucky for the other 3 people that had to go to Phoenix. On the 2nd day I would have been gone I GOT SO SICK! So I left halfway through the day and went to the doctor while John was in class (Oh did I forget to mention he's back in school!).
Yup, me of all people had swine flu.
(Here's what went through my head in 1.2 seconds...
I was in nursery on Sunday, I babysat the girls on Sunday, I taught my class for two days, I've graded all their papers, I sent all those papers home, I've touched everything, I have a funeral to go to, I have a baptism to go to, I have a RS activity to go to, I have to call SO MANY PEOPLE!)
We take a break from the "Back to school story" for the "Swine flu story"
I'd been texting my mom the whole time so she was the first to know... But I called my principal first. He was literally speechless, thought I was kidding, and kinda freaked out. Then I called my friend, whose girls I had watched, she's also my superintendent's wife so that worked out. I called everyone that I had spoken with in the last 3 days... It was loads of fun telling all these people they were possibly exposed.
Anyway, the first day was awful... after I got home from the Dr. office I hurt so bad I could hardly walk... But by Friday I was fever free for 24 hrs and feeling lots better.
There is nothing worse that being told you cant leave your house until ____ especially if you're a control freak like me! So I stayed put till Monday like I was told... grr
We no return you to the regularly scheduled "Back to School Story"
Swine Flu, home for 2 days.
So my poor student teacher go her first go at teaching a little earlier than either one of us had planned... but she did GREAT!!!
Anyway, I was at school all last week feeling much better, and loving it all, kids, student teacher, teaching in general...
Until I happen upon all the things I HAVE to do DIFFERENTLY this year because I'm teaching first AND second graders.
Just think; spelling tests, homework, reading material, not to mention all the different variable in WHAT they know. So, it is DEFINITELY been a learning experience for me, and I'm only motivated by my desire to have them learn all the can. Perfection at certain things is possible.
Some of the things we hope to perfect this year:
- Walking down the hallway correctly
- Capitol letters and punctuation in our sentences
- Short and long vowel sounds
Anyway, I'm alive... I survived the Swine Flu... All is well.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
We had a grand time on our last hu-rah of summer. We headed to our favorite vay-cay destination... San Diego! And we didn't do what we always do... ok yes we did, but we did more too! We expanded our eateries, and our sight-seeing spots. We had a blast!
One of the first things we did was go to Sea World which was open until 11:00 or so and tried to catch a bunch of their night shows (which of course they schedule them all at the same time or overlapping). Anyway we had fun, and that's all that matters! We didn't take nearly as many pictures as we did last trip, but I did take a bunch of videos!
The next morning we headed to Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument. IT IS AMAZING! This was probably one of the highlights of our trip for me. I loved sitting up on the point and watching the ships, boats, etc head from San Diego Bay into the Pacific ocean. The best part was hearing all the sea lions barking. I couldn't see them, but they sure are noisy! After exploring the history of Point Loma and learning about Cabrillo's many adventures we headed down to see the tidal pools! I was so excited about this. Unfortunately it was high tide so we didn't get to explore the tidal pools, however watching the waves crash against the rocks and feeling the spray was lots of fun too! The coastal rocks have some very cool looking formations as well!
After Cabrillo National Monument we headed to Old Town... we were planning on Old Town Mexican Cafe... but we decided we should try out one of the other 100 restaurants in Old Town, especially this one
Yup that's right Cafe de Reyes! So COOL! And honestly SO DELICIOUS! I of course ordered the Chile Rellano, I've been on the search for my favorite one, and this one is close to topping the list. The only reason it doesn't is because it's in San Diego, and my other topper is 15 minuts away so much more convienent to be my favorite! Here are some more pictures from the Cafe de Reyes area of Old Town.
That evening we headed to the zoo with Tyann and her family. We rode the bus and the skyfari and got our first glimps at the new elephant exhibit. I also got this video of the lion... he was pretty fiesty each evening we were there! Pacing around, growling/grunting, and spraying the onlookers. This video was right before he sprayed the first time, and I about got it, but didn't thanks to John grabbing me out of the way.
Thank Heavens! That night we had our first taste of "parenting" lol ok so not really, but Kamryn did come spend the night in our room, in our bed, right between us all night. It was a lot of fun, and worth it for one night :) The funniest thing is that Kamryn talks in her sleep so in the morning we asked her about all the things she told us and she didn't remember a thing! OH and this I didn't even remember to tell Tyann, but I have to share with you!!! It is so funny, but also a little TMI so if you don't want to know stop reading!
That night when Kamryn(5) got to our room she went in and used the bathroom. She came out and declared that in the morning I HAD to put lipstick on her. I don't own any lipstick and told her that. She said, well what's in the box on the back of the toilet then? I just told her it wasn't lipstick. She said oh and dropped it (thankfully!) I wasn't sure how I was going to explain tampons to a 5 year old! TOO FUNNY! I love kids, they say the greatest things!
Here are some more pictures of, OF COURSE, the Pandas :) We took Lauren and went early (we waited for at least 30 minutes before the park opened) to make sure we got lots of time to spend with the panda bears. They had the sisters out since mom had just had a new cub the day before! I started getting really annoyed with all the people asking where the new cub was and why it wasn't out on exhibit with mom... (John had to remind me that not everyone knows as much about panda bears as I do) So for those of you that don't know much about pandas, they are 4 ounces when they are born. That's the size of my cell phone... The mom is only considered pregnant for 6 weeks. This is the 5th cub bai yun has had. 2 have been sent back to China, the other 2 girls should be there as well, however China has allowed us to keep them since the earthquake there destroyed their research facility. There's tons more I could tell you but...OK well enough panda 101.
We also decided to do breakfast with Shamu when we were let into the park 30 minutes early, hadn't eaten breakfast, and they still had poolside tables! It was fun, but nearly not as GREAT as it usually is. We were told it was because they were practicing for their morning show, but the food was good, and they refilled our big cup for FREE! so that was great. I did get some great video though! Here you go!
Here are some other random pictures from our vacation. I'm going to have to steal some of tyann's pictures because somehow I have NONE with any of them! This was one of the BEST trips we've had. Thanks to Tyann and her family for letting us play tour guides for them and show them around some of our FAVORITE places!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Did I mention that we have a blast together? We did some shopping, ate yummy food, and went to through the Oquirrh Mountain Temple Open house.
My wonderful friend Jessi whom I didn't get a picture with (!?!?! not quite sure how that happened) went through the open house with us.
Such a beautiful place.
It was a very different Open House experience for me. Basically we walked through the whole temple in a giant line. I felt like I was a cow being herded... the problem with this was the lack of reverance and lack of time to linger.
But it did not take away from the beauty. The best part was the couple at the end bearing their testimonies of eternal families in one of the sealing rooms. That was a great experience!
Afterward we went to dinner at Johnny Carinos. Very Yummy! I mostly ate John's dinner though (which was the point since I just ordered an appetizer) He had Pepperoni Macaroni... IT WAS SO YUMMY! We had a great time catching up with Dana and Jessi. It was great to see you Jessi! We've decided it was time for Jessi to come visit us next. We can't wait to have you at our house!
We had an amazing time... One of the highlights was Dana showing off her tan lines, they're pretty hilarious! I can't look at her feet and not laugh... it shows what a white girl she really is :) Here are some pictures :)
Monday, July 27, 2009
More of our hiking around the Grand Canyon Lodge
We drove out to Cape Royal ( at least I think that is what its called) and that was amazing! The hole in the rock is called Angel's Window. This was also where we got to see "the bottom" of the canyon...the Colorado River!
I was amazed by all of the flowers in bloom so of course we had to stop and take pictures!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sorry about first the wrong link yesterday, and then I didn't know it was wrong because I sent it from my phone right before we watched Harry Potter at the movie theater and when we FINALLY got home yesterday I didn't have access to an actual computer because John was working on the last of his homework.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Remind me to tell you about the jerk at costco :)
and thought I'd share the story.
Let me just start by saying yesterday was a roller coaster day anyway.
If you knew me 3 or 4 years ago my attitude on life was much different than it is now. I was a downer, wanted everyone to join my pity party, feel sorry for me, and not a whole lot of good could be found. (I tried to hide it but my constant complaining about everything and trying to one up your bad day with how bad MY life was is kinda hard to hide) Anyway, since my lowest point which I'm not exactly sure when that was, I've tried to have a much more postive outlook on life. I'm not always successful with this, but I'm still moving forward and trying to look for the good in everything.
My point in sharing this is that I understand where this guy is coming from and really feel sorry for him. In the checkout line for costco I'm trying to tear out our coupons while John is unlaoding the cart, in the line next to us this guy is very loudly going on and on about how he hates costco and how they don't take credit cards and flipping out that they will scan his card before its "okay" with him. He wasn't shouting but he definately was wanting to be heard.
This is how it went down...
Guy: quite loudly "I just hate this store!"
Me to John: (in a normal person voice (not my normal voice...lol) but a real normal person voice) Then why bother comming? I mean if it's so bad...why come?
Guy: Excuse me?
Me: contiued to clip my coupons becaue I didn't really want to know if he was talking to me or not...
We check out and go to leave the store. On the way out I smiled at this grumpy man and then it continued...
Guy: AND THEN SHE SMILES AT ME ON HER WAY OUT... overly loud.
So I stopped my cart, turned and said
Me: If you hate it here so much save your drama and don't come.
Guy: Get the H*** out just get out!
Me:"Well you have a great day!" very genuinely. Cause I did mean it. I really felt sorry for this guy, I mean I know how I felt about the world when I acted that way
So maybe I was out of line saying something to my husband about this man. But his negative attitude was really obnoxious. Obviously, I've rubbed off on John because he went back and spoke with the man who continued to swear at him. I don't know what John said though.
But I really was going to share the story of how I have changed over the years, until he started swearing and then it became about the jerk at costco... anyway, thought I'd share ;0) Needless to say a more postivie attitude is something I will continue to work on!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
I know I didn't ever post pictures or the whole story. However, the story is one I'd like to forget. Maybe one day I'll write it but I'm not in the mood today... However here are a couple of pictures of my now month old brand new dodge caliber. I LOVE it! Oh yeah, it also has a TON of miles (4,000 +) already... School for John, ugh!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I'm helping John with his homework... we just found MORE (we've already completed 3 assignments together this evening with me reading and him doing the computer thingys... he'd already done at least 4 other assignments already). We have at least 6 more to do!!!! They're due 1 hour and 5 minutes ago up at the Computer Lab on Campus... So that John can be cleared to take his test tomorrow... It's a good thing I drank 64 oz. of Mt. Dew today!
6:00 is going to come very early Lindsay!
Now I'm in trouble for writing this... My most patient person I've ever met in my life, my husband, is losing his patience... I think it may be time to wind down.
Monday, June 29, 2009
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a
habit." -Costco Connections July 09 pg 11 ( I think it's originally from Aristotle)
I read this quote the other day and I've been thinking about how true it is. The few things I am excellent at are something I have practiced perfectly long enough for it to be part of my routine and become a habit. Whether it be drinking enough water, certain routines used in teaching, etc, etc. (OK so not really etc, there aren't many things I'm excellent at!)
But the same is true for all of the things I'm horrible at, eating junk, lack of exercise (which thanks to Lindsay has been getting lots better :), not thinking before I speak/react, my lack of patience, etc, etc, etc (and yes all of those etc count with many many more!). These are things that have also become a part of my routine either in a counter productive form or they are non existent. I have not practiced perfectly long enough for it to be a habit. There is much I still need to become excellent at by repeatedly doing them correctly/well/best for me.
Stepping away from me to be a tad bit... ok a lot... judgemental.
I guess what I've noticed is that some people in my life (including myself) complain about things that only THEY have control to change. Complaining about not being good enough at X, not liking how they responded to Y, and wishing they wouldn't have done Z. So my advice is practice perfectly what YOU want YOU to be and excellence will eventually come.
Here's the issue...Don't pretend to be one way when you're really not, just because you think it's what I or anyone else wants you to say or what type of person you think I want you to be. We're human, we're not always going to make everyone happy (believe me I never make everyone happy EVER!) I'd rather know the REAL you than the you you think I want you to be.
I guess my thing is be who you are, not who you think you should be because of me or anyone else.
Ok so moving on to the nicer (only slightly) version of me :)
So I have a few things I'm going to work on doing repeatedly so that I can be excellent at doing them. I have a spiritual goal (daily scripture study for 20 minutes), a physical goal (continuing to walk 5 days a week with Lindsay), and a relationship goal (writing to my brother every week for the rest of his mission, :(I've been the opposite of excelling at this).
What do you want to do repeatedly so you can excel at it?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
First of all, some of the courses my husband is currently taking are RIDICULOUS! I mean what class has 12 assignments due every Tuesday that aren't even graded but must be done in order to take the test that is due on the SAME day... (ok do I sound a little annoyed? I HATE my husband spending hours at school and coming home angry with himself, and this particular class isn't helping me have a happy John).
Let's move on to the next "are you kidding me?!?!?" class. It's a library class, but it's online. (What?) He has assignments and tests for this class as well, but the tests are honestly worded so they are trying to trick you and if you don't read it exactly correct, with all the commas in the right place you're screwed! I mean honestly what kind of teacher writes a test with questions meant to trick/screw over/frustrate the students?
So dearest college, you're kicking my butt, is basically what I'm saying. It would be different if it was me, but it isn't, it's my wonderful husband. Please be nicer to him. And if at all possible, please be LESS frustrating!
Oh yeah, one more tiny request, please require teachers to give students a syllabus for the semester with ALL assignments on it. This homework hunt on blackboard each week to even find out what he needs to do is getting old.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
3 packages of cream cheese
2 package of oreos
3 cups of melting chocolate (we used ghiradelli 70% pure cacao chocolate chips)
- let cream cheese come to room temperature
- crush 1 package of oreos (use a plastic bag and a rolling pin)
- mix both together thoroughly
- refrigerate mixture for 10-20 minutes
- use gloves if possible to roll mixture into 1 inch balls
- refrigerate for 30-45 minutes
- melt chocolate in a double boiler (metal bowl inside a pot filled with 2 inches of water on low heat) *** do not allow water/steam to get into chocolate!
- line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil
- crush 10-12 more oreos
- roll oreo/cream cheese balls in chocolate and place on pan
- Sprinkle oreo crumbs on top
- Refrigerate until chocolate coat hardens
- Eat and Enjoy!
- store in the refrigerator and give the rest of the oreos to the kids so you have more truffles to enjoy :)
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The only thing that's different is that John's grandma has been in the hospital for a week or so after having major surgery. She had a baseball sized ulcer and they had to cut out part of her stomach and reattach the intestines. She ate her first meal in a while yesterday so hopefully she will be all recovered and headed home soon!
We also have been without a car for 2 weeks now. Our car is dead. Everyone seems to think they can fix it and that our repair shop is ripping us off, however we've taken our car there for 5 years and we trust them. It has been sitting outside Bob's house inconveniencing him for over a week now. But alas, it is dead and we will not be paying the $1800 to fix it.
Kami has been very kind and let us drive her car as often as she can since she's been up at the hospital with grandma so much. We sure do appreciate all of her help! Luckily we have many friends who have driven us to and from school, church, meetings, etc as well as handing over their keys to their cars for us to drive. I can't imagine nicer people than those that have helped us out. You know who you are, even if you've offered and we have it already figured out we really appreciate your offer!
So with all the car issues, our car being 11+ years old and having over 180,000 miles on it we are buying a new car. We thought we found the car we wanted for a FANTASTIC price... but with all of the fees it's too much for us, so we're trying to negotiate, however I'm not sure what will happen. We're also looking into the same type of car at many other dealerships. If we had a way to get to where we need to go to figure out financing and look at some ACTUAL cars instead of just online I would feel better about things, however, since we have no vehicle I doubt that will be happening.
John starts school on Monday up in St. George... how he will get there I'm not sure. Maybe he'll ride his non-existent bike...
So there's an update for you. Hopefully the new update will be pictures of MY NEW CAR! At least that's what I'm hoping... but likely not since my husband can't ever make a decision.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Here are some highlights
- Water Day, Sun Burn, Went down the slip n slide with my kids, was wet for HOURS afterward ( I was fully dressed)
- On our end of quarter test the kids have to write a friendly letter... Imagine my surprise when reading one of the letters it went like this
I like you. We have the same shoes. When will you come to my house? You are nice. I like you shit.
Yup I like you shit... Now I'm not one to swear, at least not often... but I've retold this story so many times today, just so I could laugh. She was trying to say I like your shirt (I asked her). TOO FUNNY! At least I had a bright spot in my day :)
Sunday, May 17, 2009
These are pictures of Dana's banana tree (you know, the one last february she thought was the coolest thing ever that we had great fun taking pictures with...) that we both thought was so COOL last year when we were there. This time you can see how many it has...however they aren't bananas (like the ones people eat that are yellow)... they're plantanes. If you haven't tried plantanes, you're missing out. I've only had them a couple of times but I LOVE THEM!
They also had beautiful roses over by the green house. The one of the tight rose bud is currently our background on our computer... it is an amazing picture and I still say...I took that picture... I have a great camera for taking close up flower shots!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I've become quite attached to their little family the past two years, and will be sad to see the majority of them not be at our school anymore. But as long as Steph keeps her blog updated then we'll be ok. (hint hint) Plus, I know where they live... and hopefully the new big brother will still think it's cool if I come watch him play baseball!
A couple of weeks ago we had a baby shower for her at my house. It was so much fun! Almost everyone from school was there, and we had a great time chatting and having Steph open all of her gifts for the new little one. I learned from this that my house isn't very big and I don't have enough seating for all that were there! Sorry about that guys, but I must say it was better than the library's hard chairs. Don't you agree? Anyway, congratulations Peterson Family! We're SO thrilled for your new little addition, hope it's a smooth transition!