Monday, June 30, 2008

Its a Jungle Out Here!

Hey sisters! Just had to share some pictures from our homeschool groups Spring Festival and Award night. The kids did a drama to the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Jordan was a native:





Addie was a panther:








And Lexie . . . . . . well she didn't have to act too much - she was a monkey, surprise surprise!





Here is a pretty low quality video of it, but I couldn't resist showing you. Jordan is the first native that comes in - the one checking out the bongo. Lexie is on the very right of the jungle animals and Addie is in the middle doing the cat noises. Pretty cute though and Lexie wanted to do it again.


This homeschool group is a group a friend of mine and I started 2 years ago. We do activities 1-2 times a month. We have about 20 families involved but this video shows kids from about 7 families. The kids really love getting together and doing learning acitivities that you can't do as easily with just a few kids. It gives them a sense that they are not they only ones homeschooling and gives them an opportunity to make like-minded friends with similar interests.


O.k one more picture - here is a picture of Jordan pitching in his first year of majors - such a serious guy - watch out batter!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I'm Baaaaack

Hello everyone,
Yes, it's long lost Barbara. I apologize for the long absence. Our home computer was laid to rest a few months ago and the only time I can blog is at work. (Ethics and all deterring me) But as you see I'm here at last. I've been trying to catch a few minutes here and there to read the backlog of ponderings from everyone but am am still a little behind. (I would kill for someone to say that to me without breaking into hysterics.) My life is just one big Lucille Ball episode most of the time but nothing compared to my sisters. So my blogs shall be bland and tasteful hoping to impart some of those traits here.

Awe summer is finally here; birds are singing, flowers are blooming and all God's creatures are coming forth and INVADING MY HOUSE! I have visions of last summer already. I came home Tuesday and older son Jason and grandson Joska were home. I walked into the kitchen and the counters seemed to be moving. (Mind you I only wear my glasses in extreme emergencies - like when I need to actually see something.) When I turned on the lights there were little sugar ants feasting on the remnants of Jason's strawberry smoothie. At least they eat healthy. Jason's idea of cleaning up is too use a spit moistened rag and casually, ever so slightly, kiss the counter with the cloth while gazing into the TV hoping that whatever was there will jump up and cling to the rag. ARRRRGH! There I got that off my chest. (Another phrase that I wish someone would say without laughing - you know the old age sagging thing-well that's another story.) Anyway I pulled out the ammonia and went after the counters and all other surfaces destroying all things that crawl. To hell with that whole Buddhist -remove the earthworm before you dig deal-those ants are mine!

Then last night I came home and was greeted with the news that Joska has lice. OK that's more than I can stand and I can't stands no more. We (I forced Jason into slave labor) pulled all bedding, furniture pillows, rugs, towels, anything that wasn't nailed down and put it in the laundry. I stayed up half the night and am still washing, washing, washing. (Swing low sweet chariot.) Jason started to leave in the middle of everything - wanted to go out- "I'll take care of the laundry tomorrow". I don't think so "mister" as Kallista would say. Are you crazy those critters aren't staying in this house another minute. And home tonight to shampoo the carpets. The only positive thing that came out of it was Jason cut Joes hair- well shaved is the more appropriate term. You could rub that boys head like a crystal ball and make a wish. He needless to say was not happy. He had been working on growing his hair out to look "cool."

Anyway I'm thinking that we are being tested with the whole plague thing. What's next? Frogs, snakes? Stay tuned and be very afraid.
Ta Ta all.

Monday, June 16, 2008

What A Thong Will Do To You

So I told Barb the other day that I hit a bike rack with my car. Yes I did. How? Welllll  I was parking in a space in a parking lot with a bike rack looming in front of me and let's just say my foot became tangled in my "thong" and caught on the gas pedal. Fortunately it was just creeping along and did no damage to the car or the bike rack but I sure looked like the big fool I am.


Now for the "thong".  I know what you are all thinking. My children always call me on this term and even though I know the times have changed I continue to call a "flip flop" a thong.  After all when we were kids this is what they were.  In fact a string caught up your crack and hooked to a piece of elastic was the furthest thing (still is) from our tiny world. 

Barb said "I am picturing your thong getting caught on the gas pedal".  "How did you manage to accomplish such a feat?"  Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!

She is so funny!  

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Happy Birthday

Today marks another year gone by for Kristi. Happy birthday sis. We all love you so much and hope your day is splendid!


Here she is in all her glory. She doesn't look old even when she tries....hillbilly, maybe but not old.

Bet you are wondering why Kristi had to share her birthday space with her husband huh? Well it is because I forgot. Yes I know, I forgot to post a happy birthday message to Pat in May. Happy Birthday Pat! Sorry. Old. Old. Old Age is creeping in.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

What's Up With Television These Days??

So after working all morning outside I came in on Sunday to eat my lunch and was mindlessly flipping through channels. All I can say is for six channels in a row this is what popped in to my family room.


I didn't think too much of it but it was showing a woman who had to keep running to the bathroom during the most inopportune times. Why do we need to know that she has to run frequently to the bathroom or has incontinence? I bet if she were to ask her doctor that there would be an answer for her about what can be done and what drug to take.


The next channel was showing a man sitting in a meeting and all kinds of images of him passing gas kept cropping up in his imagination as he sat there squirming. People were passing out and plants dying as well as animals running the other direction. I admit, yes I do, that I laughed out loud at this one. But really....do we need to see it?



The next channel came up with the Bride of Chucky. Yikes!!! On a Sunday afternoon on cable television where I am sure kids are watching during the day. The movie still creeps me out and I have never been able to watch it at all. As soon as Chucky starts in with a knife I have to get rid of it. Why during the day?




OK on to the next channel. In fact for three channels in a row this guy, "Smilin' Bob" was on. Now I am sure you all have seen these Bob commercials and how he is the talk of the neighborhood and such for the once daily tablet for natural male ..........." (I don't feel the need to put it all out there).


Yes, "Smilin' Bob" I don't feel the need to think about you, talk about you and wonder about you. But I really don't want to have to explain to my eight year old granddaughter what Bob is "smilin' " about.

Crikey!! Get this junk off the air.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Plant Me


Good morning sisters on this gray and rainy day.


PLANT.........


ME DAVE............!!!! This is what we have when we procrastinate a little too long. Pretty soon it will turn red. Heh! Heh!