Thursday, August 28, 2008
McKenzie had a great first day in school...her first day in kindergarten...she loves her teacher and knew one of the girls in her class. She told me she loved her "hot lunch". When I asked her what she had, she replied, "a peanut butter and jelly sandwich". She was so excited to buy her lunch at school!! She didn't get in any trouble and the teacher read a book. They did the days of the week and today's date as well as learning their letters and numbers (a review for her and something they will practice for a long time) She enjoyed going outside to play but they didn't have recess and she didn't have to stand on the fence (which is what happens when they get in trouble at school).
She immediately wanted to play on her trampoline when she came home, but when I told her homework came first she replied very adult-like, "Nanny, I don't have homework, Mommies has to do the homework and not Nanny's." When I replied that her household wasn't like many of her friends (some kids don't do homework until just before bed, or have parents who help them with homework), we have to do homework (which is not to take more than 10 minutes) first (a good habit to learn), then get a snack or vice versa because she has other things to do after school, she got her backpack, took out her folder and gave it to me. Sure enough, the homework was for Mommy..it was her emergency contact card which needed completed and returned. lol
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I just had to share a picture of my beautiful new blue bike. As my daughter says "and aren't you glad your DD and SIL were there to save the day (and risk their necks first)! :-) Just kidding, Momma! You know I love you... You have to update everyone and tell them that we both rode the bike today... It's a gem! It has the colors of a 50's car at the carhop..."
Thank you everyone for stopping by and reading my blog...
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday morning I picked McKenzie up a bit early and was back home before 8 am. It was a little overcast and foggy. As she got out of the Explorer, she looked up at the sky and said, "Nanny, I see God." When I asked where, she pointed heavenward and sure enough, the sun was coming from behind a cloud and the rays cast down through the darkness, looking just like the pictures in the Bible and other Bible story books. For her that was the light that comes only from God Himself...beautiful and unforgetable!!! And if not for a 4 year old, I would have missed it. We are truly blessed!!! Oh...if we could only look at our lives through the eyes of a four year old and remember to count only our blessings and cast aside the bad,...
Sunday, August 24, 2008
We went to our favorite "junk" store in Cabbage Flats...not really a junk store...they just have so much stuff it is hard to walk around...and they have everything under the sun there. I love to go there and browse at least one or twice a month. The first Friday of each month, they also hold an auction. We rarely get to the auction as Ken always works afternoon shift..so sad for me. (Pity party...lol)
We haven't been there in several weeks and just "had" to go today. It was amazing all the great "stuff" they had gotten in. Tons of baby items and furniture, wicker furniture, adirondack chairs, tools, even a yoga mat, which I grabbed right away for only $4.00. YIPPEE!!! Personally I was really excited over a blue girl's bicycle...the old fashioned kind with regular handlebars and brakes on the pedals. Nothing powered, no gears, just one speed...as fast or slow as you can pedal and real pedal brakes. WOOHOO!! I was ready to pay for it when my DD suggested I try it for size...well it actually was a little to high for me (26"). It was the perfect height for my DD but I guess she has longer legs than I do even thought we are the same height. Life just isn't fair. (Not surprised at that though!! That lesson was learned a long time ago!!) As I tried getting off and on it, my shorts kept sticking to the seat. I couldn't get on and I couldn't get off after I got on. I am not sure what the seat is made of...looks like velvet but is probably some type of neoprene. I have never seen blue jean material stick to anything! I'm sure it was the funniest sight you ever saw...this young in spirit (but old lady) trying to get on this too tall bike. Anyway everyone was definitely laughing their butts off... literally. Then they tell me that it is too tall for me by at least two inches even with adjusting the seat, etc.. I was so disappointed. I knew this powder blue bike was my soul mate. ((sigh)) Anyway, as we were getting ready to leave the store my DD found another old fashioned bike only this one was red. I didn't feel a close tie to this red bike at all but I need a new bike so I was willing to buy it instead. Then my SIL tells me that the back wheel is really bent and would need replaced immediately. It is made of steel, not aluminum so it can not be fixed and I would have to buy a new wheel for roughly $30-40+ at the bike shop if I am lucky. Well the bike was only $30 and I felt no close ties to it. At the same time I didn't want to spend $60+ on this new bike by the time it was fixed. I know they cost a lot more than that, but I was at my junk store and my first love was only $45.00 I went back and looked at the blue bike again...I really wanted it. I tried it again after my SIL lowered the seat. I think I can live with it. Anyway I went ahead and bought it; and my DD and SIL took it home for me so that he could make all the adjustments and tighten all the bolts, etc. so that it was safe for me. I am now the proud owner of my brand spanking new powder-blue old-fashioned do it yourself bike. Right up my alley and I love it. We are soul mates.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Praise God for our wonderful friends. My best friend told her adult son 5 years ago that I would probably be willing to watch his newborn daughter. Those five years have flown by and of course she has been the sunshine of our lives and I couldn't love her more if she were my own. Now that period of her life comes to a close as she starts school (kindergarten) on Monday (8/25/08). I am so happy and very excited for her as she is about to embark on the greatest adventure of her life but also sad for myself as I will deeply miss her. I thank God that I was given this opportunity to care for and love her. May God continue to bless you as she travels this exciting part of her life!
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