Two More Weeks of Summer

Summer.7-28-2-14It is hard to believe that two weeks from today, school will start back for Ian.  My the summer has flown by. But it’s not over yet!  So, we will have to see what other fun things we can get into.  We certainly did a variety of fun things this weekend, along with some work.

This photo is from last month when we went to Cypress Gardens.  I love the pink color amongst all of the green and the water. That was such a calming place and lovely.

Over the weekend, we went shopping for books and a microscope for Ian.  We also went to buy a new backpack for Ian for school and some new tennis shoes.  Then we went for a yummy lunch at the Olive Garden.  And, later we had a relaxing evening.

For several days, we watched the San Diego Padres in action — first against the Chicago Cubs and then the Atlanta Braves.  I prefer going to a ballpark but it was just as fun watching on television. They won two of the games and lost two.

We also watched “Heaven is For Real.”  That was a very good movie and touching.  It makes you stop and think about your faith.  Anyone else seen it?  I would love some thoughts on that.

Ian spent Sunday afternoon reading his new books and going outside to find things to look at through his microscope.  At one point he was ready for a snack and said, “I am a hungry scientist.”

After that we went to play mini-golf with some friends and then out for dinner.  We had a great visit and a lot of fun.  None of us did very well but we had a great time.  Ian and his buddy were helping each other throughout the course.

Now with two weeks left of summer, we have to decide what else we will be doing.  I think there will be swimming, maybe a trip to a museum, a baseball game, and time to ride Ian’s bike, and take walks.

Ian will be starting his 1st grade year.  I think he is excited to get back to school since he really likes it.  For that I am thankful.  I, on the other hand, can’t believe he is almost a first grader.  The first year went so fast and I expect this one to as well.

Soon it will be back to the alarm clock going off, packing lunches, walking to and from school (when the weather is nice), homework and school projects, and earlier bed times.

For now and the next two weeks though, we will still enjoy making pancakes and bacon during the week.  There is never enough time during the school year to do this in the morning before we have to leave.  Instead it’s just on the weekend. So that is a fun summer treat.

We will also enjoy time to read together, have Ian watch his favorite cartoons in the morning, color and draw, make up stories, play, have computer time, and enjoy ice cream treats.

The routine and pace of summer is so different than the school year.  We have enjoyed it and will between now and when school starts.

I wonder what fun end of the summer adventures we will have this week and next?  I cannot wait to find out.

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Mondays Musings – June 23

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday.  Hard to believe that this is the next to last Monday of June.  Where has this year gone?  It has truly flown by!!

Today I have much on my mind.  Thus the musings for today.

First is the picture for today.  I like the color of the flowers and the beauty of them.  I took the photo in May but thought it worked for June flowers.

**Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 24, is the day for a stem cell transplant for one of my friends.  She has leukemia and this is her second transplant.  My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

She has already been through so much, yet remains strong and positive.  I pray her procedure will go well and she will be restored to good health.  My prayers are also with her husband, son, family, and dear friends who are there to support her. Lord, please stretch out your healing hand on my friend!!!

**On Good Morning America this morning, there was a story about a man who had been arrested for leaving his son in the car for hours.  The boy died.  This story truly saddened me for the suffering that child must have endured, for the father who now has to live with this, and for the rest of the family.

I will be watching cars carefully this summer to be sure no children or pets are inside.  I hope and pray to not see any.

**Also on GMA, they showed the winner of the ugliest dog contest.  His name is Peanut and he is something else.  His owner said he was burned as a puppy and she will be using the money she won to help with costs for abused animals.

What a great cause!  Sad that it is needed, but so awesome that this kind woman now has a platform to discuss it. May we take care of our pets and treat them kindly!!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA**We watched the USA-Portugal game last night.  It was quite a game of very evenly matched teams.  And, it was frustrating at the end.  Just goes to show that in sports anything can happen and rankings don’t always matter.

Ian enjoyed reading his book about the 32 teams and keeping tabs on the score.  This is a first for him to be so engaged and into a sport.  I love seeing all of the team spirit from all over the world.  It is such fun.

**I am sad to have missed some family events lately.  I have been busy with some commitments or have been sick so we haven’t been able to make the latest get-togethers.  I hope to see my brother, sister, cousins, and their families soon.  There is still plenty of time this summer and we’ll have to make that happen.

I am close with my family and love spending time with them.  Just certain times of the year, things are busy and there isn’t a lot of time.  I realize I can’t make it to everything, but do still want to be with these great people.

**This coming weekend, I will be spending with a few of my favorite people — some of my cousins.  My cousin Pam and I have always gotten along and always pick up right where we’ve left off.  She is truly awesome.

It has been four years since we have seen each other and I have missed her so.  I look forward to a lot of laughter and fun times together!  Her husband, daughters, and granddaughter are awesome as well.  We always have such a fun time with them.

I wonder what the rest of this Monday will bring?  I look forward to finding out.  Hope you have a great one!

Monday Musings – Changes

DSC00725Hi and Happy Monday!  Today is the last Monday of kindergarten for Ian.  He has 8 more days left of school and is very excited for the summer.  I on the other hand am having a hard time realizing that his first full year of school is nearly finished.

It went so fast.  How is it the end already?  It seems like he just started.  But, there are huge differences.  Now he can read!  He has learned to be more independent.  And, he is learning math and so many other things.

He has loved his teachers, making new friends, and the entire experience.  We will soon have a rising 1st grader.

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Today is also a celebration for my niece who just finished 8th grade.  She starts high school in the fall – 9th grade.  Amazing!  I remember when she was born and when she was Ian’s age.  And, now she is a teenager ready for a new chapter.  Time has flown!

Sadly we won’t be at this party to celebrate this milestone but wish we could be.  We love you Gussie and hope you have a great time!  Can’t wait to see the photos!

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Today is also my dear friend’s son’s birthday.  Kendrick is 19 years old today and graduating from high school.  I remember when he was a little guy too.  He has grown up into such a nice young man.

Happy Birthday to you Kendrick!  May you enjoy this amazing year coming up.  May you have fun at school and enjoying the experience and all the amazing things that you will learn.

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Life is so full of changes and these are great ones.  Yet, I have happy tears as I realize these are major milestones for three dear young people.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Celebrations with family
  • Singing Happy Birthday
  • Life-long friends
  • Years of fond memories
  • Photos of loved ones from many years ago
  • Listening to Ian read
  • Buying end-of-year gifts for Ian’s teachers
  • Writing thank you notes to those who have helped Ian grow so much this year
  • Hugging a boy before school starts
  • Picking him up at the end of the day and a nice walk home

I wonder how these three young people will enjoy these changes in their life.  May they enjoy the journey!

Monday Musings

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday.  Happy Cinco de Mayo!  And, yesterday was Stars Wars day when a lot of people said, “May the 4th Be With You.”

On this Monday, I have some rambling musings/thoughts of items on my mind or that have touched me in recent days.

My heart goes out to people struggling.  First of all, the news that two weeks ago, more than 200 girls were kidnapped to be sold is heartbreaking.  I can’t even imagine what they and their families are feeling.  I hope things can be done very soon to bring them back.

The fact that certain people have no regard for others is appalling and amazing to me.  Life is so precious and our young children so very special, I honestly cannot fathom treating girls or boys like this.  And, the sad fact is that this treatment is far more common than we’d like to think.

May those with voices do something about it to inspire action and change and realization that all life is to be respected and honored. My heart and prayers go out to these girls and their families.

I am also praying for one relative and one friend who are undergoing chemo treatments.  They both have wonderful outlooks and are positive that they will get better.  I know they have rough days and times of intense pain and discomfort, but they also have many great and fun days too.  Love to both of them.  They inspire me so very much.

On Good Morning America this morning, they had their annual Breakfast in Bed tribute to two mothers.  One is a NICU nurse and the other works for the show and had daughters who this nurse took care of.  My applause for this nurse and others like her who take care of our smallest babies.  The story of both women was very well done and showed they are friends.

I couldn’t help but think of when Ian was in the NICU the first four days of his life.  He wasn’t a preemie but had to be there for breathing issues and problems with sucking.  He was treated well and the staff was wonderful with him.  It was such a blessing to bring him home.

And, finally I recently heard an amazing quote on the news from someone who was terminally ill.  It is very inspiring and brought me to tears.  It said that each day when this person woke up, she chose to be happy.  Knowing that you don’t have long to live and having that attitude is so amazing to me.  When I am having a rough day, I will try to keep this in mind.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Freedom and being free
  • Waking up each morning and hugging my family
  • A child who is safe
  • Friends and family members who inspire me
  • Love and forgiveness
  • Being able to pray in times of need

I almost forgot to mention.  This photo was taken during our field study to the zoo.  It was a lovely morning and a fun day.

I wonder what new things will inspire me or touch me.  I look forward to finding out.