Sunday, September 25, 2011

One of the reasons I have not been bloggin' much










I've been busy coaching these twelve adorable girls. We have so much fun and I love each and every one of them. Especially that cute blonde fourth grader and that beauitful brunette fifth grader.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Alzheimers through 10 year old eyes


McKinley was given an assignment to choose a photograph from home and then write a paper about it. She chose this one.:
Am I having lunch with Gigi or Alzheimers?
Will she remember my name?
Maybe I should just listen.
I basically blocked out the whole lunch except for dessert.
"Mmmm", I moaned immediately after i bit into delicious red and blue jello with a tower of whipped cream on top.
Luby's cafe was my favorite when it came to jello.
Before, Gigi said she was not even hungry.
It was funny that her plate left not one bite.
I'll bet in 30 minutes she will forget that we ate.
I was happy to have lunch with her but where was she?
Where was her real smile?
Where was her laugh?
Where was the real her?
How does the sky fell so gray when it's bright blue?
I hope one more time I can see the real her.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

i repent! and lunch box love notes

Ok.
I REPENT.
I have been so negligent in blogging. I know noone really cares because none of you are really sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for my next post. But I do feel guilty as this is my way of keeping my family's history. I have just been heavily bombarded by other things that have had to take precedence. Good things. Meaningful things. Time consuming things. Some of them that I will blog about lata....Fact of the matter is: I know my limitations and so I had to sit back and evaluate what was most important and blogging got put on the back burner. I hope to do better in the coming weeks and plan to blog several times a week until I get caught up. I have been compiling a list of all the things I want to blog about so that I won't forget anything.
Anyway....
When I went to Brady's first grade meeting with his teacher, she mentioned how much the kids love to get notes in their lunch boxes to read. This is a challenge for me because most days I pack FIVE lunches. And it usually late at night. And I really need to get in bed so I can wake up with my seminary kids at 5am. And I am already dog tired. So the last thing I want to do is come up with an original thought for a love note.
So, I got a brainstorm that I thought was worth sharing. We tried this tonight and the 3 little ones and the oldest really got into this (Tanner was a good sport even though he is not much of a note writer.) I think it might just be one of the funnest Sabbath day type activities we have ever done.
It started with this stationary I found at Target. 200 colorful cardstock cards with a matching envelope for $13.00.
Then I made "sticks" out of fun foam with the name of each child in my family. Actually, because our kids take their lunches 4 days a week (and only buy 1), I wrote each child's name on 4 sticks. I stuck them in a pail so that they could draw one out.
(sorry, taken with an iphone.)
Then they wrote a note to whoever's name they drew out.

Actually my kids loved it so much that they wanted to do them all for the entire week so they wrote four notes a piece.
I keep the finished notes on a pail on our kitchen table so that when I am packing lunches, I can stick one in quick on the fly.Mission accomplished and they had fun doing it. Besides. when you are a 6 year old first grader it is waaaay funner to get a love note from your much cooler, 15 year old brother than your mom. :O)