Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Day

Third grade and first grade, here we come! 

Their thoughts on how the first day back went . . .
Logan: Awesome!
Chloe: (said with a smile) It was just a REALLY good day!
Me: That is great guys! That was just what I was praying for - an awesome, really good day! 

Our homework time went very smoothly by having our handy little homework station. It will be staying out on the table while school is in session. It makes things easier on me. Chloe was so excited to have homework! :)

Good bye, Summer! You will be missed! Now it's time to break out the pumpkin candles and pretend that it will be chilly soon. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

I Feel Thirty.

I feel 30 now. 
And when I say that, I don't mean it bad at all. Thirty doesn't "feel" different than my 20's. It's not like I woke up on my birthday a different woman. But I sure can tell that I have three whole decades to claim.
It all started when when my Mom and Dad gave me this book . . .

That book is stuffed with just about every First place participation ribbon I ever earned, stories I wrote in first grade, school newsletters with my name listed in it, letters where I gave politicians a piece of my teenage mind (I was so smart then! ;) Too bad they weren't sent out ;)- there were so many things in that book from my childhood. I just loved going through it! It sure did make me feel 30!

Just they other day I was typing something to someone younger than me and I used the phrase "young people today." I stared at that little fragment of a sentence for awhile before going any further. I had a quick vision of sitting at Church camp and hearing a preacher use the same term. I could see it so vividly! Although it wasn't just a vision of teen camp, but, of youth rallies, Sunday school lessons and any other time a 30+ was talking to us teenagers. And now I was using the term too? I smiled and hit "send." I earned it! It sure did make me feel 30!

Another thing about "young people today" is that they will not realize the total awesomeness of this picture! This was me at about 15 or 16? It was taken on film. Yes, film. I have seen "young people today" taking a "jumping" picture too. Then they look down at their phone to see if they got the person in the air, with their eyes open, and not making a weird face. My mom and I couldn't look down at the photo to check. We just hoped we got a good one. We wouldn't know until we picked it up Walgreens and they printed off all 36 pictures from that roll of film. My mom always got doubles. (Another photo term they won't know.) I know it is hard to tell since I took a picture of a picture but, this picture on film is awesome! I got the jump, smile, and normal face all in one take and I didn't even know it till after the film was developed.  It makes me feel thirty!

At 16 I remember the one thing I did not want to wear was "Mom jeans!" Yuck! Get me some flare leg jeans! (JNCO's anyone? I talked my Dad into buying me a pair of those. I still laugh at that!) But now I noticed girls everywhere are wearing "mom jeans" but, they cut them off so short that I am not sure if they are shorts or underwear. The pockets poke out the bottom and then I have to do a casual, not-so-noticeable-double-take because I can't figure out if it was their pockets sticking out or something else . . . the whole thing frustrates me! All I can think is "Where is you mother?" And also, what is wrong with belts??!! I'm not talking boys with saggy pants (that's a whole post in itself!) I'm talking about girls. Maybe it's the 90's kid in me but, I can't handle naked belt loops. They don't put extra material there for fun! Please where a belt! It makes me feel 30!

I mean this all in a good way. I actually like being 30. I do such adult things like flipping my mattress every season or shutting off lights when I leave the room or carrying cash "just in case." Thirty is the new twenty, except with more wisdom. I was pretty dumb in my twenties! Thankfully that was SO 3 months ago! :)

I am starting to get forgetful in my thirties! I accidentally put on Chloe's sunglasses instead of mine! Oops! Maybe I could start a new trend for all my thirtysomething friends? :) 

Through this whole post I kept wanting to write "I want to be thirty! Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving!" Can you name that movie?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Betty White

 We have a van.
 Her name is Betty White.
 I'm not going to address the question of "why did you name your van?" If you aren't naming your car then, I feel bad for you. Every car needs a name! I have named all my cars!
(The Taylinmobile, the Thing, Whitey, THE Omni, Talulah, Acrefoot, Tribby, and now Betty White. I even named my mail truck. Her name is ReWBy. The RWB stand for red, white, and blue.)

I will move on to the next question . . . Why is her name Betty White if she is gold? Simple! She is gold and a girl. Our favorite Golden Girl is Betty White so, naturally our van is Betty White.

Can I just say one thing though? It kind of annoys me and sadly I think I have said the same thing at some point in my life just to be seem "cool". I don't care if you "wouldn't be caught driving a mom/soccer van!" You don't like vans? . . . ummm, ok. It just seems so weird that people feel the need to say that. Honestly, I love my van! She has been a great gal for us! Sometimes I talk about her like she is someone real. If I say something about our van I normally refer to it as "Betty White." Even on facebook I feel like I need to give the whole story about why she is Betty White.

I try to take care of her so she will last us a lot longer than most vans. The real Betty White is 92. I'm hoping that means good things for our little Betty White. She's 10. That means she is starting to get up there in car years. She had to switch to the oil for older cars recently. I thought she was handling getting older until a few days ago when she was talking about getting a bumper sticker. I keep reminding her that those are forever. What would that bumper sticker look like in a couple years? I'm hoping I can talk her out of it.

 Sometimes it's just me and her driving to get the kids from school or running errands after work. She lets me sing to the top of my lungs. She thinks I'm an awesome singer. :) When she tells you that you only have 0 miles till empty if you are very sweet and pray that she will last till you get to the gas station she pulls through for me!

She has gone to some pretty neat places. Here she is going over the Mackinac Bridge. 

She even got to experience some hills. That was nothing like the flat land of Florida!

The best part of it? She lets me take these crazy kids around town to all of our favorite stops.
I love having Betty White!

That is her . . . the gold van in the back getting stuffed with Christmas presents. (It's the only picture I could find of her.)
In need of a good laugh about old vans? I read this a long time ago at The Anderson Crew. Every time I think about it I get the giggles!

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