Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
'Wake up, son. It's time to go to school'
'But why, Mom? I don't want to go.'
'Give me two reasons why you don't want to go.'
'Well, the kids hate me for one, and the teachers hate me, too!'
'Oh, that's no reason not to go to school. Come on now and get ready.'
'Give me two reasons why I should go to school.'
'Well, for one, you're 52 years old. And for another, you're the Principal!'
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The following are excuse notes from parents (including original spellings) collected by the University of Texas: They were collected from Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Mississippi.
My son is under a doctor's care and should not take P.E. today. Please execute him.
Please excuse Lisa for being absent. She was sick and I had her shot.
Dear School: Please ekscuse John being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32,and also 33.
Please excuse Gloria from Jim today. She is administrating.
Please excuse Roland from P.E. for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.
John has been absent because he had two teeth taken out of his face.
Carlos was absent yesterday because he was playing football. He was hurt in the growing part.
Megan could not come to school today because she has been bothered by very close veins.
Chris will not be in school cus he has an acre in his side.
Please excuse Ray Friday from school. He has very loose vowels. (Squirts)
Please excuse Tommy for being absent yesterday. He had diarrhea and his boots leak.
Irving was absent yesterday because he missed his bust.
I kept Billie home because she had to go Christmas shopping because I don't know what size she wear.
Please excuse Jennifer for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the Sunday paper off the porch, and when we found it Monday, we thought it was Sunday.
Sally won't be in school a week from Friday. We have to attend her funeral.
Please excuse Jason for being absent yesterday. He had a cold and could not breed well.
Please excuse Mary for being absent yesterday. She was in bed with gramps.
Gloria was absent yesterday as she was having a gangover.
Please excuse Burma, she has been sick and under the doctor.
Maryann was absent December 11-16, because she had a fever, sore throat, headache, and upset stomach. Her sister was also sick, fever and sore throat, her brother a low grade fever and ached allover. I wasn't the best either, sore throat and fever. There must be something going around, her father even got hot last night.
And the best one...
Please excuse Jimmy for being. It was not his fault.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
The other MOPS steering team members are leaving for convention today. And while I still wish I were going, there's also a part of me that's quite relieved, as it's one less thing to do. Instead, we'll be taking a mini family vacation and are renting a cabin at a nearby state park. It has over twenty miles of bike trails, so we're planning to explore those a bit. Plus there is a lake, playground, and even a shooting range for hubby. And of course we'll be eating over the campfire. But mama is happy that we'll have a stove inside as back-up. And of course the all-important bathroom. We'd like to do some real camping - involving a tent - next year, but I do think the kids will love the cabin. Now I just need to finalize our meal plan and do the grocery shopping!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Lovely. Perhaps I should retitle the blog to "Beneath the Toddler Bed."
Yeah, people are born "basically good." I taught him to do that. Seriously, how can people truly believe that if they've EVER spent time with children?!?!?!?
So we've reached another milestone. Perhaps not as eventful as a first full night's sleep or those first few halting steps, but there is something about the first "Shove Everything Under the Bed" clean-up.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
"Falling asleep in prayer is no problem. You can rest in God's presence. Besides, next to the heart of God is a good place, a safe place, for sleeping." ~Richard J. Foster
"God's greatest concern is not the length of our prayers, nor the correctness of our language, but the attitude of our hearts." ~Leighton Ford
"As children hear their parents praying for wisdom and direction, they learn that parents can't fix everything. I believe God designed it this way. After all, if parents were perfect, children would never sense their need for God." ~Paul Meier
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I had mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was reading Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture. Well, one of the tidbits that has stuck with me is the challenge to parent without complaining. I ride my kids for whining - but I'm equally guilty of this annoying habit. Am I shining? Not really. I'm just another one of the grumpy SAHMs who lists off all the awful things are kids are doing. Can I ever empathize with struggling moms - and probably even one-up them on stories. "You wouldn't believe what my son did last week..." But what if I just keep my mouth shut and offer encouragement instead. How much brighter would my own light shine, pointing them to our Heavenly Father. Something I'll continue to work on...
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Lady Passat
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Coffee Shortbread
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) T Dan
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Green Dog
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Lynn Billings
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Dantr
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) The burgundy diet coke
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Leonard Floyd
9. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Kay Lawrence
10. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) Natzel Nashville
11. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Christmas Hydrangea
12. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) Peach Jeansie
13. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) Toast Dogwood
14. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) The Stamping Lightning Tour
and lastly, my personal definition:
Fuzzy to the touch
'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
So this week I'm just focusing on reclaiming our house. Things fell seriously behind due to all my furious sorting last week, and I've done 7 loads of laundry and run the dishwasher twice since yesterday afternoon. I also went grocery shopping and ran errands.
In addition, I'm starting some new medication tomorrow. Last month, I went in for my LOOOONG overdue general check-up, and the doctor ordered bloodwork. Turns out that I have some thyroid issues, which helps explain why I'm dragging so much and not having much luck taking weight off. Obviously nothing is going to change overnight, but it's kind of nice to know that there's actually a physiological reason for the way I've been feeling lately.
So this leads me to my "mommy nudge" for the week: Ladies, make sure that you're taking care of yourself!! I'll bet your kids have been getting all their regularly scheduled check-ups. Are you?
Friday, September 7, 2007
(Please note the residual pizza sauce on their faces. Yes, we dined on that most perfect food last evening!)
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
And although you can't really tell from this angle, let me tell you that her shirt was filthy. That little girl just looooooooves dirt!! :)
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I have sooo much I'm trying to get done right now, and frankly it doesn't feel like there are enough hours in the day. I'm taking part in a stamping/scrapping sale this coming weekend, and I'm still sorting through stuff deciding what to sell. Our yard is looking quite jungle-ish as it's been so long since we did major weeding and pruning. I need to go through the kids' clothes and figure out what they need for the fall/winter (the big consignment sale is just a few weeks away!) MOPS is starting back up, and I'm in charge of Creative Activities again. Our church is doing a Sunday night program starting in two weeks: "Essentials of Discipline." (The video series put out by Focus on the Family. We're definitely going to that!!) My hubby still has a decent chunk of vacation time left, so we're also trying to plan out some little day trips to do with the kids. Hubby needs to fix our computer (the power supply went last week, but I'm really thankful for his laptop!), finish rewiring the church plus install some new equipment. Oh, and then he's helping a friend with some construction, heading up the next church work day and also needs to rebuild the transmission on a truck.
Anyone have some spare hours to send our way? :)
On a total side note, check out this really fun "Lost Sock Holder." Cute idea, eh? I think I may make some of these up for Christmas gifts!