Sunday, May 31, 2009

I can't wait!!

Once again I am acting like a thirteen year old girl, but November 20th will be such a fun day!!

Why? Hmmmm, I don't know... maybe

this from Twilighters Anonymous...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Crazy Hair Day

Ya' gotta love "crazy hair day". I don't know how Alyssa will top this next year!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Introducing John Hancock

Each of Jessica's Fifth Grade Class was assigned a Revolutionary war hero to portray. (There were only two female characters, so most of the girls were given a male character.) They spent the last two months researching and studying and then had to give a three minute talk as that person including period costumes and two props. They could not buy or rent a costume.

Today was Jessica's day to present John Hancock.

She did such a great job with her presentation. They were told to not read their talk, but to use 3x5 cards for notes. Jessica was the only one in the group to do that. She was nervous, but you couldn't tell during her speech.

Good job Jessica!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Pictograph Cave

Montana is great for many reasons. When you pay your car registration, they add on a $4 fee to cover the state parks. So, when you go to any MT state parks, with your registered vehicle, it's free. Free is in our budget. (My brother M would point out at this point that it's not free since we did pay the $4 originally.)

We went to Pictograph Cave this past weekend.

Two good looking men.

Where's Waldo?

It was fun to get out and just relax. Afterwards the kids helped me clean out the overgrown bushes and weeds in our yard.

Jonathan gold panning two weekends ago. I had to add this picture because I thought it was so darn cute!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Today is the DAY

I'm all smiles today. Off I go to Best Buy....

21st Century Breakdown is here!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bird Watching

We must attract crazy animals.

Missy and Oski are two of the dumbest, craziest, most lovable dogs out there. We are constantly laughing at (with, beside, near) them.

Added to the crazy animal mix is the dumbest bird on earth. At the back of our living room is a wall of windows. (One of the reasons we fell in love with this house.) It's not surprising that a bird would mistake the reflection of the sky in our window for the great outdoors and hit the window.

What would be surprising is to have the same bird hit the window over, and over, and over, and over.....

This bird will hit the window. Go to the patio table two feet away and then hit the window again. Then fly to the next window, and hit the window. You get the picture. This will continue for quite some time.

Now, add to this mix our surly Oski dog. He will hear the tap/thump and run to the window, bark a warning of "you get out off my property, grumble, grumble" and then go back to his bed. He reminds us of a grumpy old man. He will do this EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. the bird hits the window.

It makes for a very enjoyable morning. I have sat with my Diet Coke and watched this "show" for many mornings now.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day out there to all you wonderful moms!!!

I spent the weekend scrapbooking, trying to be an EMT (no calls though), and spending time with my family. It doesn't get much better than that!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Weekend Update

I know it's Thursday, and what I'll be blogging about happened last weekend and not this coming weekend, but it's been a busy soccer filled week, so here we go...

Last weekend I attended "Time Out for Women". It was so very wonderful and needed. Most of the time I won't blog about my religion or spiritual matters because I hold those feelings near to my heart and don't want them criticized or mocked. But, this weekend was a much needed diversion for what I'm dealing with right now so I decided to share.

The speakers were hilarious and so much fun to listen to. My favorite was Deanne Flynn. She talked about "letting go of the overscheduled mom". Her main point was to get back to basics, and not worry about putting kids in every single after school activity available.

Another favorite moment was when Hilary Weeks shared a not too serious song for us to think about during everyday moments of our laundry time. Go here if you want to see what I'm talking about and what I'll be singing every time I go to the laundry room. I laughed so hard. She also had some other wonderful, spiritual songs, but of course the one I'll talk about is the laundry song.

Really the whole time was filled with lessons about the big picture and how we are wonderful women and moms and need to give ourselves a HUGE break. We don't need to keep worrying about things that don't matter and we need to love ourselves. Kim Nelson asked us what we would do if we saw a little four year old lost in a grocery store. Would we walk up to her and start ridiculing her for not listening to her mom and following her directions? Of course not, we would gently and lovingly try to get her back on course. (i.e. back to her mom) The question was then asked, "How would you see and feel about a mom that was talking to her daughter the way you talk to yourself". Ponder that for a minute. It's a powerful question because I think we all are so much tougher on ourselves than we ever would be on our kids. Of course that's because we love our kids and don't expect perfection from them. The thing to remember is that we are just kids to our loving Heavenly Father. He loves us and doesn't expect perfection. Just that we keep trying.

So, it was a wonderful weekend and I came home ready to tackle the week. It's been a good one and I've even enjoyed doing my laundry.