Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
When I was in high school, I remember sitting at a wrestling meet at North Scott High School. Donna D. and I were hanging out, chatting in-between matches when she said something that I think of often. I don't recall the exact words but it was something like this:
"Your parents are so cute. Look at them. They still hold hands."
We looked at the two of you from a distance and watched as you held hands while sitting next to each other on the bleachers. You would chat and smile. Donna and I talked about how obvious it was that you were still so much in love with each other.
That was some 25 years ago but I have no doubt that Donna and I could have that exact same conversation today.
At Don and Sandi's 50th wedding anniversary party, Sandy told me that we were one of the most memorable couples they had for marriage preparations. Mainly because of something I said to her during those sessions. She asked me what I wanted in a marriage and my response was "I want one like my mom and dad." Certainly I don't recall saying it but I absolutely can hear myself saying it. It's something that I've felt for a long time... maybe spurred by the conversation Donna and I had so many years before that.
If there's one thing you've done, it's to be models for a loving relationship. You hold hands, joke and giggle like a couple of newlyweds.
It's wonderful having parents who are still in love 45 years after they got married!
Happy 45th Anniversary.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
ELMER’S VIRTUAL BAG IT FORWARD RULES
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* Create a post giving a “virtual bag of school supplies” to other bloggers or write about your Back to School shopping trip at Walmart.
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* Leave your link in the Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward comment section. You can also find the official rules of this virtual #bagitforward program there.
* Elmer’s is donating $10 for each blog participating in the Virtual Bag It Forward Donation to Adopt-A-Classroom (up to total of $10,000 for blog posts written by September 10,2010).
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Monday, September 6, 2010
From the time I was in sixth grade until I graduated from college, I attended a Catholic school. Through high school, we had dress codes so that all kids have a foundation of equality.
Equality. It's an important thing to learn.
We had rules there that we didn't have when I was at a public school. In 6th-8th grade, when the principal came to the classroom door, we were required to stand beside our desks and greet him. "Good morning, Father (principal)." When he responded, we were allowed to sit back down and resume our studies.
Respect. It's an important thing to learn.
I remember a lot about those years because it was so different than what we did at the public school. We started each day with a prayer and the Pledge.
Faith and allegiance. Important things to learn.
DAYSPRING’S BACK TO SCHOOL WITH PURPOSE BLOG CAMPAIGN RULES:
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* Create a blog post or Facebook note about what it means to you to go Back to School WithPurpose and identify others who you feel are Living With Purpose in their lives – you can recognize as many individuals as you want.
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* Leave your link at btswithpurpose comment section. You can also find the official rules of this #WithPurpose blog campaign, and more information about Back to School with Purpose with DaySpring there.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
I put together a Whrrl story to show you how our trip went!
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Thursday, April 1, 2010
When I was in high school, my parents gave me the benefit of participating in Project Close Up. Aside from the government related things that I expected to learn, I attained one valuable piece of etiquette. As we prepared to eat one of the meals, I vaguely remember being told the proper way to indicate (for the servers) when we were done with our meal.
With this being a holiday weekend and a lot of people eating out or away from home, I thought it would be nice to share this. (Let's just hope I am remembering correctly.)
When you are done eating, place your knife on your plate, then cross the tip of the fork over the top of the knife, with the tines facing down.
More or less like I displayed in this picture... sometimes I end up with the handles a bit closer or off to the side. It all depends on whether there is food in the way, of course.
After searching Google, I haven't been able to find any pictures online. I read some posts that indicated to cross the utensils when done and one post that said you place both utensils side by side on the plate to indicate you're done. But no pictures.
Crossing them is how I remember it and this is what I always do. More often than not the server will either just take my plate away without interrupting my conversation or will say "Let me get that out of your way." It's much nicer than hearing "Are you done with that?" or "Are you still working on that?"
First, I'm curious if servers are taught to watch for utensil placement. I would also love to hear if I have remembered it correctly all these years later! And if I have... do they teach this any more?
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
(or in our case... in the street)
(Yes, I was too lazy to take the screen off the window.)
Ahhh... Spring. Being outdoors. Fresh air.
...And sidewalk chalk.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Let's do two-player!
But it gets even better...
Last week, I was playing with Miss K when she said pointed to the area she had designated as the play area and told me "Don't go off the screen."
The following day, while playing Littlest Pet Shop dolls with the girls, Miss M needed to run upstairs for something. She waived her hand over the play area and, without missing a beat, requested that we "Pause the game" until she got back.
Can't wait to hear what they come up with next.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I don't know why I can't. Each morning I wake up discouraged and go to bed wondering where the hours went. Am I spending a lot of time on Twitter or Facebook? Some, but not that much.
Plus, she's just more organized. Can't get to be an Olympian with cluttered and disorganized methods of training and living. Right?
In the "Simplify My Life Sweepstakes", Mom Bloggers Club is working in conjunction with HP and Microsoft to offer three bloggers (and three lucky readers) the opportunity to walk away with their very own HP Mini 110-1100 by Studio Tord Boontje PCs.
Do I need my life simplified? While I would love to say that I staged this photo for dramatic effect, I didn't. My desk is seriously always this chaotic. (Psst... HP - notice the snazzy HP Photosmart D5160 in the corner. Hubby says we can hook it up to his computer instead but I like it too much to let him have it.) In addition to bills and blog stuff, my desk becomes the depository of school stuff that needs to be sifted through. Nobody to blame but myself though because I'm usually the one who puts it there.
How would winning this help me get organized? My desktop computer would be regifted to hubby who seriously needs a new computer... bought a new external hard drive for him for Christmas because his computer has crashed so many times in the past year that I was afraid we would eventually end up losing all our digital media (AKA photos and video of the kids since birth). The HP laptop would become my primary computer - taking up much less space in my small kitchen desk area. I would also be able to take it along to the kids' lessons and practices to be able to get some work (AKA blogging) done while not at home. But even more, I love the new Windows 7. Many people are skeptical about switching operating systems, but this one is phenomenal. From the way it helps organize media to the ability to easily put windows side-by-side for dual-tasking.
How else would it help? This HP is so portable, I could even lift it up and carry it into the kitchen to look up and use new recipes - running "How-To" videos as I cook.
Do I need it? If I have to be honest, I'll say no. Simplifying my life would probably include having NO computers at my disposal. Simple is as simple does. But since having NO computer isn't reasonable, a quality HP laptop with Windows 7 on it will be the next best thing. Mom Bloggers Club, HP and Windows 7 - please help Simplify My Life!
Want a chance to win also? Just leave a comment on my post or any of the other participants. Three winners will be randomly selected from all the entries at Mom Bloggers Club. Be sure to Tweet that you entered!
Posted by Nicole Brady at 3:59 PM