Let The Summer Begin!

Nothing says summer like the ocean and the beach!

Nothing says summer like the ocean and the beach!

Although the calendar doesn’t say it is summer yet, we are starting our summer today.  Ian’s last day of school was yesterday, so let the summer begin!  Have you started your summer?

As I picked him up for one last walk home, one of the teachers said school starts back the first week of August.  Sheesh, we are just starting the summer break and we get reminded of when we start again.  I am ready to enjoy some down time and less structured days.

So we have approximately nine weeks of summer.  We plan to enjoy each and every one of those weeks!  We will then be ready for 2nd grade.  It seems that summers were longer when I was in school.  Then again, we didn’t have a week or two of fall break either.

This morning I had hoped to sleep in.  However, as anyone with young kids knows, that is a hard wish to have come true.  At 7:15 a.m., I heard, “Mom, are you ready to get up?”  “No Ian, not yet,” I responded and then tried to go back to sleep.

Then at 7:30 a.m., “Mom, are you getting up now?”  “No! I don’t want to get up this early. Why don’t you go play?,” I asked, trying not to be annoyed.  And off he went.

Next time I looked at the clock it was 8:15 a.m.  I woke up and was thankful that he was happy to play by himself during those 45 minutes.  I feel blessed and well rested.  I finally got out of bed at 8:30 a.m.

Funny that before being married and having kids I could sleep until almost noon, if I had been out late the night before.  Now, 8 a.m. is sleeping in.  Amazing how life changes, isn’t it?!  We had a lazy few hours after waking up.

Then we ate breakfast at 10 a.m. and have been busy ever since.  We have been doing laundry, some work for the family business, reading, and watching some TV.  Ian has been busy with Lego builds, reading his library books, and now is on the computer.

And, he has been telling me a lot about Mine craft and different Lego themes.  He knows a lot and has much to say.  It is fun hearing about things he is interested in.

Today we will more than likely stay in our pajamas, which I enjoy doing every once in a while. So, our first day of summer is exactly what I wanted — lazy and time to do various things at home.

This summer we will have more lazy days, take a few trips to North Carolina and one trip to California, swim, eat ice cream, take walks and bike rides, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, work, read books, have lots of play time, and enjoy lots of other things.

I wonder what fun our summer will bring?  I can’t wait to find out.  Have a great one!

May 28 – Pink

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Hi and Happy Thursday.  For today’s Photo-A-Day Challenge, our word is Pink.  And, since it is also Throwback Thursday, I decided to use this photo from several years ago at the beach.

We were enjoying a cool evening with the breeze blowing in our hair.  Ian was quite young when this was taken. And, I am without any makeup, which is unusual for me.

I like the color pink – especially bright pink like I am wearing in this picture.  Pink is pretty in the sky at sunrise or sunset.  The colors across the sky are lovely.  I also like pink flowers and trees, and the color of my niece’s pointe shoes that she recently got for ballet.

Pink also is the name of a great singer, the first name of Pink Floyd, the color for breast cancer awareness, the color of girls and all things girly, the color of flamingos, and fabulous fuchsia.

I wonder what things I will see today that are pink?  I will be on the lookout for them.  Have a great one!

Busy, Busy May

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Hi and happy almost end of May!  How are you doing?  Are you as busy as I am?  This month has been crazy but fun. I thought a calm photo of the water would be just thing for today with so much going on.

For scouting, we had a raingutter regatta, ice cream sundaes, and last pack meeting for this school year.  We also had a fun Mother’s Day weekend, went to a baseball game, celebrated a few family and friends with birthdays this month, and I helped plan the walk-a-thon at Ian’s school.

And, next Friday is the last day of school for this school year.  I don’t feel I have had a chance to catch my breath and now Ian is about to finish 1st grade. I am both sad and happy, since Ian is almost done with 1st grade.  I have loved his teacher and his classmates.  We will miss them next year.

Next week will be a nice one since we have a holiday, field day, a chorus concert to attend, a pizza party, and two half days.  It will be fun and then summer begins.  YEAH!

I am happy that we have the summer to enjoy.  I am looking forward to a few days of sleeping in and not having to go anywhere.  Well, not sure about the sleeping in part, but at least a few days at home will be nice.

Our school’s newsletter had some great ideas for the summer break.  “Turn off the screen and:

  • Play outside
  • Play a game
  • Write a story
  • Walk the dog
  • Listen to music
  • Create
  • Take pictures
  • Go on an adventure
  • Take a scavenger hunt
  • Spend time with a friend
  • Make a new friend
  • Cook together
  • Read, Read, Read”

We will be doing most, if not all of these, and I cannot wait!  It will be tough to turn off the screen since we all like computer time, time on our android, and watching shows, but I want to try to cut back.  Less time would be good for all of us.

So, I see Monopoly games, swimming, making ice cream sundaes, taking walks, summer Scout activities, a trip to the beach, a few really good books, and play time with friends and family.  I also want to do some writing and take new photos and have Ian help me.

Take care and have a great end of your school year!  I hope to write more again soon when things calm down.  Just hope that will be soon.

Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

Ball Park Fun

On Friday night, we went to a baseball game.  It was so much fun since I absolutely love baseball.  It is my favorite sport.  I enjoy others but this one is special to me.  My dad has always liked it and made a point to take us and watch it on television, so I grew up to love the game.

Kirk, Ian, and I went with Dad and his sister.  It was supposed to be a Cub Scout outing, but our family was the only one able to make it.  There are still so many end of the school year activities going on that kept people from coming.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThe five of us had a wonderful time, enjoyed cheering for the home team, and indulged in some yummy ball park treats — hot dogs, pizza, chicken tenders and fries, soft serve ice cream, an ice cream sandwich, and a funnel cake.  (We each had a few of these items, not all of them.)  The food was great, the weather was perfect, and the game was a good one.

The best part was that our team won — 9 to 4!  YEAH team!!  The game was followed by fireworks.  These were set to music and the perfect ending to a great night.  Ian, who also had fun, fell asleep on the way home.

There are several sounds and things that happen during baseball that I really like — the crack of the bat hitting the ball, watching your team hit a home run (which they did), seeing the other team strike out, yelling and cheering for the runner to make it around the bases before an out is thrown and watching the umpire declare that runner safe, a player in the outfield catching a ball, the 7th inning stretch, and seeing the home team win.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis was Ian’s second game that we have taken him too.  He seemed to really enjoy it and was curious about all of the rules.  He had his tiger stuffed animal with him. Here they are posing for a photo.

My favorite major league team is the San Diego Padres and I hope to go to one of their games soon!  That too would be a blast.  We do, however, like having the minor league club close enough to be able to go.

Baseball means summer to me and fun with family.  Here is the chorus of the song that has been part of the 7th inning stretch for years:

  • Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd.
  • Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
  • I don’t care if I never get back.
  • Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don’t win, it’s a shame.
  • For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out, At the old ball game.

I cannot wait for the next game!  Just have to decide when and where!  Happy Monday.

Throwback Thursday – My Heart

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday!  Today’s Photo-A-Day Challenge is Heart.  This little guy has my heart.  Our sweet son is so precious to both my husband and me.  We love him so much. We have a special bond.  I am so appreciative of that and all that he is.

This photo was taken at San Diego Zoo many years ago.  This partial xylophone was in the kids section and Ian was having a great time trying to play it.  Maestro, ready, set, go!

I never realized how it would feel to have part of my heart walking around in this little person.  And, also realizing he has heard my heartbeat from the inside is quite profound.

Today I am thankful for:

  • A boy who still loves music as much as on this day at the zoo
  • My husband and son — the two loves of my life
  • My parents and siblings who I have known my entire life
  • Friends who make me laugh
  • Friends who I share a joke with
  • A friend going home from the hospital with good news
  • Family who I will get to see this summer
  • Other family who although I won’t see this year, we still keep in touch
  • A homemade mother’s day card
  • Amazing teachers who have meant so much to Ian this year
  • Friends made through school activities
  • Messy morning hair
  • Hugs and kisses
  • Hearing “I love you”
  • My many blessings

I wonder what fun things we will do with Ian this evening and upcoming weekend? I can’t wait to find out and enjoy being with my sweet boy.

Happy Late Mother’s Day!!

Hi and Happy Monday!  Hope all of you moms had a great Mother’s Day.  Happy late Mother’s Day to all of the moms in my life.  I am blessed to know so many great women who are amazing mothers.  To my mother and mother-in-law, hope you both had a great and very special day.  To my sister, sisters-in-law, cousins, aunts, and friends, hope your day was great as well.

This is one of my favorite pictures of the three of us from many years ago.  Ian and I were being silly with our mouths wide open.  We were having fun at the beach.  Looking forward to seeing this location again this summer!

I had a great Mother’s Day weekend.  I enjoyed lunch out on Saturday and brunch on Sunday after church. Kirk and Ian took me out on Saturday for yummy fish tacos. We had a fun visit and enjoyed taking our time.  Sunday after church, we ate with my parents, aunt, and cousins.  Fun time with some great moms!!  We took pictures at both meals and enjoyed being together.

I  was going to write yesterday but ended up having a very lazy afternoon and it was fabulous.  How often do we moms get to spend a few hours doing exactly what we want to?  Not very many, that’s for sure.

Ian was busy and Kirk was too, so I had time to read, watch a few movies, do my word finds, and relax.  Today we are back to school, work, Cub Scout meetings, and all of our usual stuff.  So, my lazy yesterday was extra special.

I had planned to include the Mom’s version of 1 Corinthians 13 in my blog yesterday, but then didn’t write it. So I am including it today.  It is in my Mom’s Devotional Bible that I received while in MOPS. I hope that it means as much to you as it did to me.

  • Though I lecture and harp at my children and have not love, I will be background noise to rebellious thoughts.
  • And though I wisely warn them not to use the street as a playground, or they’ll be killed; and though I patiently explain why snails live in mobile homes, and I give endless answers to life’s other mysteries; and though I have faith that can remove mountains of ignorance — yet never hug my children — I have taught nothing.
  • And though I slave over a steaming stove with balanced diets and complicated recipes and even burn my fingers — yet never smile as I serve — I have not really fed them.
  • A truly loving mother suffers through unfinished sentences, clutter, nicks on furniture, sleepless nights and adolescent insults; and is kind enough to think her kids are the greatest. A loving mother tries not to resent her children for being free like she used to be, and she doesn’t brag about how she never talked to her mom that way.
  • Real love considers a childish nightmare more urgent than her need for sleep; is not shattered by the title “Meanest Mom”; doesn’t shame a toddler who breaks training or a teen who still spills milk; steadfastly refuses to entertain visions of escape; and does not smirk as her child trips over the toy he refused to put away (but with silent wisdom rejoices in the effective lessons of experience).
  • Mother-love has arms strong from lifting, a heart large with believing, a mind stretched with hoping, shoulders soft with enduring, and knees bent with committing.
  • True mother-love never fails to point her child to the Author of Love.

To my mother, thanks for all that you have done for me throughout my life.  You have taught me so much and I am truly thankful. I love you.

To our son, I am happy and honored to be your mother.  You have enriched my life in so many ways. I am loving seeing you grow up and become a young man.  I will love you always and forever.

Teachers Rock!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThis week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Ian’s school.  We are celebrating the teachers and all of their hard work.  To his wonderful teachers, you rock!

Teachers are some of the most important people in a young child’s life.  We have been so blessed to have three amazing ladies as Ian’s primary teachers – Mrs. Trish in Preschool, Mrs. Kim in Kindergarten, and Mrs. Bonnie in 1st grade. He has learned so much from each of them.  And, has liked all of them.

In addition to his main teacher this year, he has teachers for math club, library, art, music, gym, and computer.  All of these teachers are also wonderful and so talented in their own areas of expertise. Thanks to all of them for enriching Ian’s life and helping him grow up. You all have been amazing!

We are so very thankful to them for all that they have done for them. We are blessed to be at a great school with adults who are committed to doing the best for the students and the families.  Yeah!  (This photo is of Ian doing some of his first grade homework.)

Teachers have been in my family for generations.  My great-grandmother and grandmother were amazing teachers for many years. My grandpa worked in administration and helped with amazing things for his district.  My mother, her brother, one of her sisters, another uncle, my father, my father-in-law, my sister, one of my sisters-in-law, and some cousins were/still are teachers.  All of them are amazing and have done a variety of teaching.  I also have several very close and dear friends who are teachers.

Teaching is a special calling and for someone who is willing to work very hard.  I have seen first hand what it takes to be a great teacher.  I am thankful for those willing to give up free time and part of the weekends and evenings for grading papers and preparing lesson plans.

A few quotes on teachers/teaching:

  • The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate “apparently ordinary” people to unusual effort.  The tough problem is not in identifying winners:  it is in making winners out of ordinary people.  ~ K. Patricia Cross
  • A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.  ~ Henry Adams
  • The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.  ~ Author Unknown
  • I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.  ~ Alexander the Great
  • The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.”  ~ Dan Rather
  • What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.  ~ Karl Menninger
  • If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.  ~ Donald D. Quinn
  • 2  Teach is
    2  Touch lives
    4  Ever
    ~ Author Unknown
  • A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes.  ~ Author Unknown
  • What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased.  ~ Author Unknown
  • A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.  ~ Author Unknown
  • Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.  ~ Author Unknown

Thanks to all of the teachers in my life and in Ian’s life.  We so appreciate all that you do.  Remember, you rock!

May 5 – Red

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy May 5th!  Today’s photo-a-day challenge is Red.  This is one of my two favorite colors. I like both red and turquoise the best.

This photo was taken many years ago of Ian.  He had drawn red marker on his legs.  Thankfully he didn’t get much else covered.

For some reason, he decided to color his legs this particular day, but not a piece of paper.  I still don’t know why.  I do know that it took a while to get all of the paint off his legs and many, many baths.

In addition to his red legs, I like the red on his T-shirt and shoes.  It was a fun outfit and all about the summer.

Red is a vibrant color and is full of passion.  I like to wear it as a lipstick color and nail polish, and on blouses as well. Turquoise reminds me of the ocean and more serene things. I also have jewelry and clothing that is turquoise that I really like.

Together these two colors are lovely. I have a ring that has both colors, which I love to wear. It is my favorite.  I bought it at the beach and hope to find another one this summer.

I wonder what other red things I will find today?  A tomato, a pretty flower, a painting that Ian made? I will be on the lookout for these and so much more!

Flashback Friday – May 1st

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy 1st Day of May!  Hope you have a great Friday!  I don’t know about you, but I have to say, TGIF!  This has been a crazy busy week and I am ready for the weekend.

I totally missed Throwback Thursday yesterday, so I decided to write a Flashback Friday instead.  Here is a photo of Ian from 5 years ago.  It was taken during a visit by our local fire department to the kid’s reading program at the library.

He was fascinated at sitting in the driver’s seat of the fire truck. I love seeing the huge steering wheel next to his short legs and little feet.  He is way too small for the spot but seems to be enjoying it just the same.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Our city’s library and the amazing books
  • Our city fire department and other services
  • Girls’ Night Out with dear friends
  • Yummy food and wine
  • Hats to cover up a bad hair day
  • Laughing at jokes and shared stories
  • Play time for Ian with a friend
  • Date night with hubby
  • My mom’s pot roast and potatoes
  • My dad reading with Ian and helping him with projects
  • Hugs between grandparents and grandson
  • Early mornings with my guys
  • Hearing good news
  • Answers to prayer
  • My home and community
  • My loved ones

I wonder what this Friday will bring?  I cannot wait to find out and am looking forward to it.  Hope you have a great one.