Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Lot of Pomp and Circumstance

About a month ago Jack went through his preschool "graduation" ceremony. Why the quotes? Because, really, who actually graduates when they're 5? We approached the evening with much skepticism, but quickly had our hearts softened as twenty or more  4- and 5-year-olds sang all the songs they had learned about our nation's history and geography.

Jack's special song was about land formations.


He got to be the island of Hawaii.


Each of the graduates accepted their diplomas from Ms. Heather,


then got back in line to wave their caps once everyone had gone through.


Thanks for being such a good teacher, Ms. Heather!

Here is a picture of Wesley and Elise with some pirate graduate.

Oh wait, I guess that was Jack all along. Wes and Elise were so proud of their big brother!


And we are so proud of our son who is growing up to be a sweet, compassionate, tender-hearted little boy.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Five Question Friday

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1. What is your current favorite tv show?

I hate to even admit it, but I love Glee. Dumb, I know.

2. What's the worst haircut you ever got?

I've had a lot of bad haircuts because I hate paying a lot of money for them. About a year ago, though, I got such a bad haircut from one of those discount places that I actually went back and complained. The manager offered to cut it again for me. thanks. They messed it up the first time, why would I let them take a scissors to it again? I opted for my money back and made an appointment at a real salon. Lesson learned.

3. What was something that you did as a child that you thought you were so cool for doing?

Big bangs! Not the theory, the hair. The higher the better, I guess. Super funny now when I look back at those pictures.

4. Do you have any GREAT frugal family fun tips?

We can only use this one about once a year, but we like to visit the Rainbow Play Systems store. There are probably 10 different sets that the kids (and sometimes the adults) can plan on. It's especially good for rainy days. But we don't want to be recognized every time we go in so we limit ourselves.

5. Would you drive across country if you had the money to fly?

Absolutely not. My days of thinking road trips are fun are long gone. Get me to vacation as quickly as possible.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Five Question Friday

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1. What is your favorite summer time activity?

Sitting on the beach by my favorite husband with my favorite book while my favorite kids are napping. Oh how I cherish nap time in the summer.

2. Do you have one laundry soap you stick to, or do you buy whatever's on sale?

Whatever is cheapest - which usually ends up being Target-brand. Laundry detergent is not one of those things I like to spend money on. Though I'm guessing I'm not alone on that one.

3. What is your favorite dinner to make in the summer?


4. Do you have any talents?

Everyone has talents. It's just that some talents are more interesting to blog about than others. If I could juggle or ride a unicycle or balance 50 books on my head or do all three of those things at the same time, then I might have something interesting to say here. But...I can't do any of those. My talents are more business related (read, "boring to blog about, but useful in some way in God's master plan").

5. If you could instantly be an expert in something, what would it be? Why?

I'll take a little parenting expertise please. Not only would it be fantastic for our children, but I get giddy thinking about all the "mom-guilt" it would relieve.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Five Question Friday

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1. If you had to choose, how would you prefer to choose to spend money...on landscaping or a pool? often as we've commented on a hot summer day that it would be great to have a pool, I'm going to have to go with landscaping. We have some grand plans that would compete with a pool any day of the week.

2. (Scott likes to get things stirred up...) Death penalty, yay or nay?

Choosing not to answer this one.

3. What's the worst thing your kid has gotten into when you turned your back/blogged/showered/blinked?

The street of oncoming traffic! When Wes was really little he toddled after Sean to the mailbox (across the street) right as a car was coming down the street. Lucky for us, the driver wasn't trying to break the sound barrier as most cars are as they rush to or from work.

4. How often do you REALLY go to the dentist?

I'm surprised that this is a confession for many people. I always thought that everyone just went every 6 months as scheduled. I learned something today.

5. What is your favorite animal (doesn't have to be a pet-type animal)?

This one makes me feel like I'm 5. And, really, my answer is very similar to my 5-year-old's because my favorite animal changes with the weather. It's just one of those things I don't give a lot of thought and depends on my mood, I guess.