Saturday, September 20, 2008

Bright Eyes

A dear friend who I see only once or twice a year stopped by the house a few weeks ago. She commented about Liam's curly hair and I told her I hate to trim it until I get some pictures of him. So she brought out her camera and took this snapshot for me.

Ella's haircut (notice a lack of bangs in one area) is slow to fill in but her short layered haircut seems to suit her very well. Oh how quick they are growing!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


So today is my first FIRST day of driving school bus. I didn't expect to actually be driving a run as I am just a permanent sub and there are about 8 of us on this list. So the chances of me actually having to drive would be pretty slim.. right? WRONG!

It would take way too long to write down all the details but this afternoon I had a busload of elementary students (quite a few 5 and 6yos).

I ask one little boy "where do you live?"

Little boy "the white house"

me: "you don't know the road or number"

answer: "nope but it is the white house.. can you take me there?"

my thoughts "wow... I'm taking this kid on a 5 hour trip to DC"

He made it home.
Here is another one. All the kids are off the bus except for the last day care facility drop off.

me: "is there anyone else on this bus that does not go to the YMCA for daycare?"

little boy raises his hand and tells me where he lives (which is NOT on my run).

me: "what bus were you supposed to get on"

little boy: 373

me "what number is this bus here?"

Little boy: "374"

me: "ummmm then why did get on this bus"

Little boy: 'it was close"

ok last one. This time it is a highschool student. this isn't the exact conversation but you get the gist.

girl: "I couldn't find my bus, so I got on this one...are you going near where I live"

me: "what bus were you told to get one"

Girl: 373

I'm wondering what are the chances that another student (this is my second run) has missed the same bus number! We have like 60 buses or more.

me: "so why did you get on this bus?"

Girl: "it was close"

should I be concerned this 9th grade girl had the same answer as the 5yo? In her defense, the bus wasn't there. For some reason she never got the number of the first bus to get on that would transfer her onto 373 later.

I was about 1/2 hour late getting back- hot, sweaty, and now happy to be home with the family again.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin

WOW! I woke up this morning to hear that Sarah Palin, Republican governor from Alaska, is the VP pick. I haven't been this excited about a VP pick... ever. She is socially and economically conservative. She is strongly pro-life/pro-family and has 5 CHILDREN of her own, the littlest is a down syndrome child.

She is a 'maverick' but only in that she is a Washington outsider, young, and somewhat inexperienced. I was afraid McCain's maverick pick was going to be a moderate/liberal republican.

My only hesitation so far- women in government leadership/authority. I think we will be having some good conversations at dinner about what the Bible has to say about that. I can't imagine how a woman would balance mother to 5 (including a down syndrome infant) and VP or possibly President down the road. But I don't think main stream America will have any problems with this. They will get the conservative vote and now will also pull the women and younger generation's vote as well.

This pick has sealed the election (in my very unimportant opinion). Hands Down.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Organizing from the Inside Out

I found this book, Organizing from the Inside Out, at a library used book sale, picked it up, and tucked it away. (I have an older edition than the one pictured at amazon here).

I like to collect organization ideas.

I like to plan and make schedules.

I like to think I am going to whip my house into shape.

Now to reality. I am just so bad at making it work. But I did find some helpful tidbits in this book. The author, Julie Morgenstern, talks about analyzing what does and doesn't work, figuring out why not, and then putting a system in place that you can follow through with. She even has an estimate of time it will take to get through each room.

Today I am attacking our paperwork. I tend to pile papers that I need to deal with. She has a great filing system. What a relief to know that there is a plan in place so we don't need to waste time searching for missing paperwork.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Incomplete projects

I took Amanda to sewing class today. She is working on a dress for one of her younger sisters. The teacher's mother wasn't much of a sewer. Her grandmother and aunts did a lot of sewing but her mother enjoyed cleaning and keeping a neat home which was hard to do when living amidst tables of incomplete sewing projects. She told her daughter (the teacher) that if she started a project then she better make the time to finish it. The same admonition was passed onto my daughter today by the teacher.

So it got me thinking... relating this to our responsibility theme...

Current projects that I have started and then pushed off to a later time:
  • Scrapbooking (get pictures and supplies in order so I can put albums together)
  • Quilt for my bed
  • Quilt for my two oldest sons for graduation gifts (one late and one due by next June)
What are the biggest obstacles keeping me from finishing a task?
  • lack of orderliness (I can't work on a project when I have other jobs that have to be done)
  • laziness
  • distractions
  • out of site out of mind
  • lack of perseverance and then losing interest

  • ORDERLINESS: I need to find a place for everything in the house so it is easier to keep things picked up which will allow me to feel the freedom to work on these extra activities
  • SCHEDULING: set aside a specific time in my schedule for these special projects. Purpose to spend my time more wisely.

Monday, August 25, 2008


I am not very good at following through. Here's some questions to help remind me to be responsible and "just do it!"

  • Do I return borrowed items back at an appropriate time? (books/videos/jacket)
  • Am I borrowing items because I wasn't responsible with my own items or didn't plan well?
  • How often do I have to purchase a second item because I didn't take care of the first one?
  • Do I work diligently to complete an assigned task in a reasonable amount of time or am I always scrambling last minute to put everything together?
  • Are others hesitant to ask me to do something because I am known to 'drop the ball'?
  • How often do I try to excuse my lack of responsibility by saying " I forgot"?
  • Do I prepare early enough so that I do not need to rush around (clothing/ shoes)
  • Am I always running behind?
  • Am I easily distracted with selfish pursuits (TV/computer) instead of finishing tasks.
  • If I promise to bring an item or do something for someone do I follow through?
  • Do I put items away when I am done with them?
  • How much time do I spend searching for lost items or throwing them away because I can't find the parts to it?
  • If I am asked to do something do I have to reminded to do it?
OK... now it is time to make a list of some goals to work on

Friday, August 22, 2008

I'm going to college!

Not really truly. At least not in the way my title implies. 17S and almost 16s have not purchased their English composition book for their college class. The class is Monday night and they have reading to do. The problem is that their schedules (and my own) have been a little busy and the book store local to us hasn't been open when they were available to go. They stopped by at 1:00pm and it was closed again.

So are some questions: When is it appropriate to jump in and help out (I am going to drive the 1/2 hour to the main campus and purchase the book because they went to a farewell party for their cousin that is heading off to college). When is it more beneficial to let your children work it out for themselves?

Would it teach more RESPONSIBILITY if I just stayed out of it? Or do I go ahead and make the trip knowing that a good part of the reason they were unable to get it was 16s' job, 17s' volunteer work, and my own schedule?

Answer this time...the younger kids and I are all heading to college! If I had previously been telling them "you better figure out when they are open and get those books" instead of saying all this week "there is still plenty of time to get them before the weekend" I would probably be choosing a different option.

addition to post: never mind- the bookstore is closed early on Fridays but our local campus will be open Sat from 8am-9am only. One more chance!