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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Wisdom from “the Boss”

Words of Wisdom from the Boss

 I’ve followed Bruce Springsteen and his music throughout the years.  What girl, I mean woman, doesn’t remember his butt in tight jeans in front of the American flag!?!?  Yeah baby!!  But, it’s always more than just one’s looks….the man could sing.  The other day, I was watching an interview with “the boss” on 60 Minutes.  Listening to him talk, I started thinking “my how age catches up with all of us”.  Oh, it’s not that he doesn’t still look good.  It’s the things he said.  It’s about how we all mature and our ways of thinking.  What Bruce said wasn’t extremely knowledgeable or even profound.  It just made sense.  It was life.  I don’t have any exact quotes, but I’d like to share a couple things that stood out.  So without further ado, some words of wisdom from “the boss”….

In talking about his music, he said something like:  My music is like Gospel and blues.  You go to the verses and see the blues.  You go to the choruses, you see the Gospel.  

In continuing the conversation about life, he said something like:  You can’t pull the beauty away from the tragedy.  You can’t pull the joy away from the sadness.  Those are the things…They each reflect off each other and make life worth living.

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Princess for a Night

The man and I went to the All Ranks Ball last night.  I’ve been looking forward to and the event didn’t let me down.  Actually, I was quite surprised that it wasn’t as formal as usual.  Many of the ladies were “dressed down” last night.  More short dresses and dressy dresses than I’ve seen before.  There was a fair share of nice formals though. 

I’m so glad I got the gown that I did.  It was so different for me.  I wore green!!  I also had a fair amount of cleavage this time.  Not too much, but it flattered my chest.  I felt absolutely great!!  My shoes, wrap and bag all came from different places, but the gold all matched perfectly. 

Soldier boy was in his dress blues.  Always a spiffy sight to see!!  About the only thing I miss seeing him that dressed up is the brown round.  I’ve gotten rather accustomed to seeing him in it. 

We took pictures before we left home.  That’s always fun!!  We also took a great picture at the Ball.  They had a photographer taking free portraits.  The last one we went to, there was no pictures.  We were standing next to a cannon for this portrait.  I can’t wait for them to get back!!

The night pretty much went off without a hitch.  We didn’t get to see the video.  For some reason, after 3 practices, they couldn’t get it to work for the event itself.  Typical Army!!  HAHA  The food was good.  The company at the table was fun.  I guess the only thing is that it was over too soon.  The music started around 2100 hours and more than half the guests made a run for the door.  That left the rest of us to have some fun though!!  I even got the man and his blues out on the dance floor.  I did the electric slide twice…..in my heels!!  HAHA  I didn’t even had a drink!!  (Maybe that was the problem!!)

I should mention that the biggest feat of the night was that kiddo stayed home alone.  I’m so very proud of her.  This was a huge step for K.  After 4 people not being able to watch her, we had decided that I’d just stay home.  That got her to thinking that she just wasn’t going to let that happen.  So, we got her all set up and we headed off.  I only called twice to check on her and she was having a blast.  She played her computer game all night and ate all kinds of junk food.  Life doesn’t get any better when you’re a “big kid”!!

I’d say that I’ll post some pictures when I get them back, but I won’t.  I already owe this blog a few others that I just haven’t gotten to.  With that, I’m out.  Just remember to….

Dance like nobody is watching!!

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Doctor’s Report

It was off to the doctor for me today.  Time once again for my 3-4 month labs and diabetes check.  In many ways, I was dreading it.  However, I must say that it all turned out very well.  My A1C was 6.2, which is down 0.2 lower than last time.  Anything under 7 is good!!  Lately, that hasn’t been what’s tripping me up though.  It’s been my cholesterol, which dropped drastically this time!!  YAY!!  My triglycerides were 227 last time and down to 170 this time.  That’s so amazing!!  Ideally, I should be 150 or less, but that’s just huge progress.  My overall cholesterol was 207 last time and down to 177 this time.  Anything under 200 is good for that, so once again, amazing progress!!  Go mmeeee!!  I’ve told some of ya’ll I’m just too stubborn to let it win. 

The thing I dislike most about retirement coming up is that I’m probably going to have to change doctors.  More than likely that will mean going off post.  I don’t like that idea at all.  Obviously the meds I’m on now, alone with diet and exercise are working.  I hate the idea of starting all over again with a new doctor who won’t listen to me and just has to do it their way.  As many of you know, I haven’t had the best of luck with doctors.  It’s been really hard for me.  I’ve had one go as far as tell me that I was going to die on the table when I had my hysterectomy to ones that just think because they have the degree, that they know more about me than I do.  I’ve had medicines change and not get such good reactions to the doc that I have now that totally works with me.  And, it’s working!!  ARG  I just dread the thought. 

Well, that’s all I have to report.  Sorry to all of you who don’t understand or want to read about boring medical numbers.  However for me, I’m ssoooo excited about the report I got today. 

GGOOOO MMEEEE!!  😀

Peace….out….

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How Precious Life Really Is

I was informed yesterday that one of the teacher’s at the private school that K attended passed away on Monday night.  This teacher was strong and tough.  She served proudly as a Marine and our military was important to her.  She made sure that each year, the school had a Veteran’s Day assembly and each of the family members from school had photo displayed.  It’s just one of the things Mrs. S was passionate about.  She also seemed passtionate and to care about her family.  She has a daughter that just graduated from high school.  She also has an older son, but I don’t know much about him.  I know her daughter was loyal to her and was up at school most afternoons when she completed her classes.  They seemed to be very close.

Earlier this year, we were informed that Mrs. S had breast cancer.  Many of us prayed and watched how strong she was and how she endured all that she went through.  Even after her hair was gone, she came to school in cool headgear….usually a hat.  She made you realize there was hope.  I never saw her give up.   

I can’t say that I ever really knew Mrs. S.  She wasn’t easy to get to know.  I didn’t go out of my way to know her because she just didn’t seem to be the open type.  She also taught above K’s grade level, so I didn’t have dealings with for classes or anything.  What I did know is that most of the kids loved her.  She was known to be a tough teacher.  We only said “hi” a few times and I can’t say that we ever really had a conversation.  To me at least, she didn’t seem the type.  I always look for the smile and rarely found one from her.  That was her….that was her focus.

Now, I wish maybe I’d taken more time to know her.  She battled the cancer and seemed to be winning.  Her students completely supported her by wearing pink t-shirts on dress down days.  All the school said prayers and wished the best for her.  I did too, but as I said, I never really knew her.  In the end, it wasn’t the cancer that beat her.  From what I’ve been told, she had a reaction to the meds she was taking.  She died of a heart attack/failure.  Mrs. S was only 44 years old.  Proof, that you just never really know.

Mrs. S is going to be missed by many people.  Then I start to wonder….would I be missed??  Knowing it wasn’t the cancer, but something completely different that took her life away also got me thinking.  I deal with this diabetes every single day.  Yet, both sides of my family have a history of bad hearts.  My dad is proof that you can out live what they expect from you.  Am I that tough though??  I know I have a beautiful daughter, a wonderful husband and a couple good friends along with some extended family that make every day of my life worth living.  Whenever I get too comfortable and almost forget that, God has a unique way of reminding me.

Life is short….Life is precious

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Lemonade, Part 2

I was far too tired to write last night.  I think I went into zombie mode.  Now I know how the man feels!!

On to the lemonade stand.  Well, standing out there trying to drum up business, I had my doubts.  People are either rude or cheap!!  For the life of me, I’ll never understand why they say “oh that sounds great, I’ll be right back” and they never come back.  If you don’t want any, just say so.  There really is no need to lie about it.  SHEESH  Miss K was just as cute as could be out there with her skirt fluttering in the wind just a smiling at people.  (She let Momma do the hard work of yelling out to get attention!!)  I don’t know how many times I heard people comment on her smile.  Then she acts all shy….and shy she is NOT!!  It all paid off in the end.  After watching/listening to the man announce the demo, we went back to the stand in hopes of catching some generous thirsty family members.  It worked!!  We sold 12 oz. cups of lemonade for $1 each and topped it with a cute little lemon wedge.  We made 5 gallons total and came home with only about 6 of those cups in the bottom of the drink cooler/pitcher.  That’s all that was left on the table!!  Yep, it paid off!!

DRUMROLL PLEASE….

At the end of the day (about 2-3 hours work) she made….

$112.00!!  WooHoo

On Monday, I’m going to take her to the bank and we’re going to get a money order.  No matter the cause, I’d just assume not hand them a wad of cash.  I figure with a money order, she can write it all out herself.  Then I’ll take her to our local USO office and get a picture of her putting it in their hands.  I’m sure that $112 will come in very handy!!

If I don’t crash and burn tonight, I’ll try to get a picture of the lemonade stand posted.  We really did have a cute set-up.  It worked at least!!

Tomorrow, I have to get Miss K to church.  She has a meeting and class with Father.  She’s going to be an altar server!!  I remember when that only used to be altar boy!!  Not any more and my little girl is going to look so sweet up there.  HEHE  As long as she doesn’t end up with some 8am mass, I’m happy.  HAHA

After that, we’re heading down to Wichita Falls.  I <shudder> have to find a ball gown.  This will probably be our last formal affair in the Army.  WOW!!  I just can’t imagine that.  I have a choice of a couple babysitters.  The Ball is paid for.  I have nobody to do my hair and no gown.  Hey, life is good!!  I hope I find something cause I sure can’t go in a gown I’ve already worn.  Forbid someone see me in the same gown!!  HAHA  Oh to be a princess for a night.  Alright, just this once, I’ll admit that despite all the snotty <bleep> woman, I have a great time.  I love the formal military events.  Dress Blues, gowns, speeches, customs and courtesies….and so on.  It’s so grand!!  I can’t even tell you how much they’ve changed since we went to our first one.  There is just so many hoochies now.  It’s disgusting.  I don’t know exactly when it became formal to show all you got, but I missed the memo on it, that’s for sure!!  Not me!!  HEHE  I go all out ball gown, which is the only way to go.  Ah, the Army life….

With that, I’m off!!  I’ll try hard to get some pics posted.  Peace….out….

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Lemonade

Take a StandThe day has come….it’s time to “Take a Stand”!!  Yes that’s right, today is the day that our enterprising and charitable Miss K sets up her lemonade stand.  All proceeds, which are recommended donations of $1 a glass, will themselves be donated.  Her cause is the USO (United Service Organizations).  There slogan is “Until Every One Comes Home” and there is no better day than that.  Hubby has been the lucky recipient of their services before.  They’re definitely a worthy cause and they’ve been there for the American service member for years.

This proud mom will update and possibly include a picture after our event is over with and all sales are complete.  I have to tell you, it was fun being out there in the kitchen with K mixing up pitcher after pitcher of lemonade.  We made something like 5 gallons in all.  We put it one of those huge round drink coolers.  On the way in the morning, we’ll stop and pick up a couple large bags of ice.  In addition to mixing all that up, we cut up the cutest little lemon wedges to add to their tasty cup of lemonade.  Boy does my house smell fantastic (that is, if you love citrus)!!

Somehow, we’ve run my handy new ice maker out of ice.  I didn’t think we drank that much today and I didn’t think it took that long to make more.  I’m going to be hoping and praying that we ran it out and that’s all it was.  I don’t think I can handle an issue with that right now.

Alright, I’m off!!  Here’s hoping (with a few prayers thrown in) that those families are hot and thirsty tomorrow….

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Nothin’ goin’ on

I’ve been fairly quiet the past couple days because there’s just not really anything going on.  I believe I said when I started this blog, I’m pretty boring!!  HAHA

I’ve created about 3 games or so for my groups now.  It was time to be creative again!!  I think they turned out pretty good and I had plenty of extra help from K.  She did good too!!

Only 3 more days until this group of babies graduates.  Then only a 2 week cycle break.  Of that, the man will get a whopping 4 days of leave.  YAY!!  First day “off”, he has a meeting with the COL.  Too bad it’s not me!!  HEHE

Miss K will be selling lemonade at Family Day and possibly after graduation to the family members.  She was the lucky recipient of a Sunkist Lemonade Stand.  She can only ask for donations of a fair amount and anything she makes, she has to donate to a good cause.  I might have mentioned this earlier in my blogging.  Anyway, the organization that will benefit from this sale will be the USO (Til They All Come Home).  It’s a worthy cause.  They put my man up one time when he was sort of stranded waiting for a flight home from Korea.  I had just had surgery and was alone with about a 2 year old at the time.  They gave him a phone, food and a bed to rest in. 

Thank you God for all the angels out there!!

I don’t have much more than that to discuss tonight, so, I’ll just leave it with that. 

Night ya’ll!!

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Father’s Day

To my Daddy…

Daddy’s Hands

I remember Daddy´s hands, folded silently in prayer.
And reaching out to hold me, when I had a nightmare.
You could read quite a story, in the callouses and lines.
Years of work and worry had left their mark behind.

I remember Daddy´s hands, how they held my Mama tight,
And patted my back, for something done right.
There are things that I´ve forgotten, that I loved about the man,
But I´ll always remember the love in Daddy´s hands.

Daddy's hand

Daddy

Daddy´s hands, weren´t always gentle
But I´ve come to understand.
There was always love in Daddy´s hands.
 

 

 

 

I remember Daddy´s hands, working ’til they bled.
Sacrificed unselfishly, just to keep us all fed.
If I could do things over, I´d live my life again.
And never take for granted the love in Daddy´s hands.

CHORUS

Daddy’s hands were soft and kind when I was cryin´.
Daddy´s hands, were hard as steel when I´d done wrong.
Daddy´s hands, weren´t always gentle
But I´ve come to understand.
There was always love …..
In Daddy´s hands.

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Tired

I always think I know what tired is, then the man proves me wrong.  They’re short on Drill Sergeants in his unit right now, so they’re all putting in even more time than usual.  The final stages of training are going on, so there’s weapons qualifications, pt tests, field exercises and more going on.  They’ve been out in the fob (fire operations base) all week doing most of this.  It’s been a night out, a night back all week.  Since it’s close to 100 all day, it doesn’t cool down much at night, so there’s no sleep to be had in those tents at night.  It doesn’t matter that you’re purely exhausted because it’s just too hot to sleep.  The final exercise last night was a night infiltration.  That means that it starts after 2100 hours (9 pm) and finishes sometime around o’dark thrity.  That meant about 0400 hours (4 am) by the time he got in this morning.  The man was back at work at 0700 hours (7am) and is pulling all night duty.  Can I just say, he’s living in the land of zombies right now.  It’s crazy!!  Even after almost 20 years, nobody should work in that situation. 

Now I begin my all night prayer that he doesn’t fall asleep at the wheel on the way home tomorrow morning.  Can you guess how he’ll spend his Father’s Day??  In bed!!  SHEESH

K and I will go to church in the morning and let him sleep.  Yes, I think God will forgive him for missing mass tomorrow.  I’m sure God would much rather the man said a prayer and slept in his own bed rather than snore during mass.  After that, we’ll stop by the store to pick up some steaks and stuff to make macaroni salad with and come home.  Then we’ll start to assemble our Father’s Day lapbook and make the macaroni salad so that it gets chilled by dinner.  Once we do all that, we’ll probably wake him up and enjoy the rest of the day together.

I’ve been busy creating games for my R.E. class and my groups.  I also made a mini-book that the kids can read and color.  I’m wondering if I’ll ever get that game completed for the 2 debtors.  I have a board, but no game ideas!!  ARG  I’ve been so busy with this stuff and household chores that I can’t believe this many days went by without me doing the blog.  Then again, I knew better than to promise daily entries!!  HAHA 

Debbie (and everyone else), we’re very much having a summer vacation.  Reviewing her 5th grade mathwas K’s idea.  They went through it so fast and in so in-depth last year, that she wasn’t sure she understood it all.  So, we’re reviewing it so we can move onto 6th grade math when the Schoolhouse officallybegins.  As for the Olympics, it’s not as if she’s in class all day.  This is something we discussed and decided to do for a fun lesson.  K will learn about the Olympics, China and a country of her choice, which she’ll follow through all the events.  She’ll also read about a chosen Olympic athlete.  (It’s vital she keep up on reading all summer, no matter how much time off there is.)  By the time the Schoolhouse begins, we’ll be done with this mini-lesson and we’ll have fun in the process. 

If I’ve already learned one thing, when you homeschool, you teach and learn almost year round.  It’s just not always done in the classroom.  Many things you do can count toward credit for your classes, so we keep track of it all.  After all, no matter how fun it is, it still counts toward the education.

Alright, with that, I’m off.  I’m undecided if I’m going to work on another game or go crawl in bed and watch a movie.  I do, after all, have the bed to myself tonight.  Might be a good idea to watch one of those flicks that I can watch over and over again!!  HEHE

Nighty night ya’ll….

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The Science of Olympics

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was going to be on the hunt for activities to do for science that focused on the Olympics.  Well, I didn’t give up and I found it!!  YAY!!  (I might even pat myself in the back too!! 😉 )  I have found “mass Olympics” that is a free lesson.  It comes from the Rochester education department….or something like that.  You can find it at  http://www.chem.rochester.edu/ycc/events/adopt/worksheets.php under November.  It’s at about a 4th grade level.  I couldn’t have gotten any closer than that to what I need!!  There’s teacher notes, worksheet and an experiment.  I’m so excited, I get to work science into the theme of Olympics as an actual “event” and lesson.  Can’t get much better than that!!

I told Miss K that she was going to have to develop and create an Olympic “symbol” or logo.  It had to be as if the Olympics were being held right here in the land of OKies.  Her eyes lit up and she got this grin on her face.  She said “the symbol is what each of the Olympics are, oh I don’t know Momma, like a theme, right?”.  I said yes and her eyes got even brighter and she started to rub her chin.  I said, “now you do realize you can’t do this until July or August, right?” and she was like of course and just walked off.  I could see the wheels turning all the way down the hallway.  I don’t know if I should be happy or nervous!!  HAHA

 

Well, I think I’m going to leave it at that tonight!!  I was going to go off on a little “rant” about something I’ve seen lately and I think is just a bit insane.  However, I’m not in the mood and I think we should all be left with smiles on our faces!!  HAHA

Nighty night ya’ll!!

 

 

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2008 Olympics – Beijing

2008 Olympic symbols

The Beijing 2008 Olympics.  That’s the topic that I’ve spent most of today researching and gathering materials on.  After discussions with K about beginning to do Math 5 next week, we also came to the decision that we wanted to do the 2008 Olympics during the month of July.  When the Schoolhouse officially starts up in August, there’s just not going to be time and the lessons for that month are already pretty much planned out.  So, we decided to spend the month of July learning about the Olympics, both past and present, as well as Beijing and China.

The Olympics are actually a great topic!!  There’s so many subjects that it entails.  We can hold our own backyard Olympics for P.E., not to mention the health/nutrition aspects of athletes.  There’s also all that social studies with the origins of the Olympics taking us all the way up to the current location of Beijing, China.  Ms. Social Studies should love that!!  Oh, I found a list of participating countries, so K was instructed to choose a country to follow during the Olympics to keep track of their medals and so on.  In the meantime, she has to research that country and let the teacher (hey, that’s ME!!) know all about it.  She of course thought she’d pull a fast one and do the U.S. and I simply shook my head.  We don’t get off that easy at the Schoolhouse!!  HAHA 

There’s plenty of math with the metric system and more.  I’m going to have to think of how science relates!!  HAHA  Maybe one of my readers will have the answer to that one.  And for reading, there will be the reading of a biography of a chosen Olympian.  I think that about covers it!!  We’ll finish the whole topic off by creating a lapbook of everything we learned!!  (What a great time to add some info to our class timeline as well!!)

Other than that, we had a slow relaxing weekend.  Horrilbe mother that I am got in front of the computer with K and played games again.  We built an awesome zoo in Zoo Tycoon.  (It does teach her to be frugal with her money!!)  It’s not even half way done, but we’re raking in the dough.  YIPPY!!

We also collaborated to make a file folder game about Moses.  We came up with a pretty cool game board.  The colors are awesome.  We matched the spaces to some great clipart that I found and went from there.  She pretty much picked out the font and the background.  Her theory….if she doesn’t want to play it, nobody else will.  She’s probably right!!  HAHA  Anyway, I got stuck with the task of making the question cards and let me tell you, that’s a chore.  I despise question cards!!  Have to cover the full life of Moses from Exodus to Deuteronomy.  (Bet you can’t say that one fast!!)  I thought I’d finish it today, but no such luck.  I guess I’ll have to aim realistically for Monday evening or Tuesday.

With that, I’m off.  Ya’ll have sweet dreams….

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Notable Freebie Sites

FREEBIE signAlirght, so I have my freebies page where I list items that teachers and homeschoolers can get free materials.  However, I’ve got 2 sites that list a NEW freebie every day!!  They’re well worth checking into.

The other notable listed sites have a freebie once a month.  They’re must-have sites for any homeschooler!!

 

 

The first one is the Homeschool Freebie of the Day.  Each day, they offer some sort of book, audio, sample and so on.  It’s only available for ONE day.  After that, you’ve missed it.  So far, I must say, I’ve found the items pretty useful.  Here’s a little blurb from the site itself:

Welcome to the “Homeschool Freebie of the Day” site! We’re glad you found us… you’re gonna LOVE what we’ve got here for you!
Here’s the deal:
Every weekday, Monday through Friday, we’ll post a new homeschooling “freebie” to this site. What kind of “freebies”? Stuff like: Unit Studies… Ebooks… Audio Programs… Games… Samples… Lesson Plans… classic books… and other quality resources! This is the REAL THING.
Many of these will be products that you would normally pay for on their regular websites… but here on the Homeschool Freebie of the Day site, they’re 100% free… at least for that one day! Just download your copy and enjoy! It’s as simple as that!

They offere a free newsletter that only comes out ONCE a week to let you know exactly what they will be posting during the week.  It’s in your mailbox on Monday morning, so you know just what to expect.

The next one is “Quamut:  the go to how to”.  This is published by Barnes & Noble.  Every day, they list a new freebie to save, print or view on the web site.  They’ve covered such topics as camping, quilting, calligraphy, marathon training and more.  It’s a NEW topic every day!!  This is material that’s used by almost anyone.  There’s also a “member” area of the site, but I haven’t bothered to check it out.  I enjoy the surprise of the daily freebie!!

I recommend that you bookmark or add these 2 sites to your favorites.  It’s fun just waiting to see what’s next and it’s useful information at the same time.  Can’t beat that!!

Homeschool Freebie of the Day:  http://homeschoolfreebie.wholesomechildhood.com/ 

Quamut:  http://www.quamut.com/ 

The Homeschool Shop:  http://www.thehomeschoolshop.com/sh-freedownload.htm

 

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