........vacationing here with my sister's family, seeing the clear, blue ocean, and enjoying the calm before the GA Camp, Youth Camp, and VBS storm.......
I'll try to post pics soon! Summer '08 has begun!
Posted by Flo and Grace at 7:15 PM
Kelly's Korner is having a little fun bloggy post: What's your most favorite room in your house?
and mine is........the kitchen. And I'm truly laughing as I write this post (thanks Kelly for giving me the chuckles) because if you knew me two years ago when we bought this home, I was absolutely not laughing about this kitchen. Come on....white vinyl floors.....laminate countertops.....and
the pot rack that took my hubby half a day and
a mouthful of insulation to hang...
he made the table underneath it, too
Posted by Flo and Grace at 4:44 PM
OK. So our school got a grant this year and gave all teachers a laptop. Yea! Really good, right? Well, it is until you add in the 30+ hours of computer training they want you to have in things like Microsoft Word. Word, I tell you. Word. I'm speechless. Totally speechless. No speech.
Now, it hasn't all been as horrible as it sounds. I've found some of it a bit useful.....especially a few of those buttons that I never push, I might click on now because I actually know what they do.
But the above is my first use with the webcam feature. I'm trying to point to the Statue of Liberty there....yes, I'm actually in New York....but as you can tell, I'm directionally challenged both on and off the road.
Things have been busy lately.....I'm trying to get the little creatur....I'm mean, students, off to summer without killing them. One more day!
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Jack Johnson - King of the Beach Tunes
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You might can, but is it a $50 difference? The dress on the left is the one Grace wore to church today, bought from a little fancy children's boutique store. Very cute....I love it. But it looked so darn simple, that I thought today....I might could make that. Being a novice seamstress, I went to Wally-World and looked for the cheapest fabric possible. I wanted to test out my skills before I bought fancy fabric. So viola! $1/yd later and $.60 for the ribbon.....one hour on the sewing machine....and here it is! Can't you just see this with a little monogrammed "G" on it? This is just my first...but for a under 2 bucks? Not bad. The stitching is mediocre and there's no layering underneath it....I wouldn't wash it for fear of it falling to pieces, but....what do you think? Should I sell everything and go into business?
Ok. I'll stick with teaching.
Posted by Flo and Grace at 8:21 PM
Love her. Of course, she's my best friend. But she's also my total opposite. Granted, we share a few things in common: love of shopping, disecting perfect people, anything that will tickle our funny bone, and of course, the love....or shall I say despise of.....our naturally freckly skin.....oh, and the sheer fact that we lived 18 years together under one roof with parents who taught us more independence than Paul Revere. Independence is not always a great thing...just ask my husband.
But other than that, we really did split the "personality" chromosome....she took one side, I took the other. It goes from the basic - I like vanilla, she likes chocolate ice cream. To the more intricate....she wears black, I prefer brown. She loves public speaking and can argue with a wall (and she would win, I might add)....I, prefer to let anyone else speak in public other than me and would probably lose an argument to a mute person. I enjoy working out and sweating, she would rather sweat while laying out on the beach. She loves board games and I loathe them. She was always the "pretty one" and I always was the...wait, what was I? The artsy one? I have no idea.....And today, I met her at NorthPark Mall in Dallas to do a little shopping and we quickly learned that it is my favorite mall, and her least favorite. (She's a bargain shopper and you don't find many bargains in that place!) Anyhoo, it really is like this for pretty much anything you could think of.
I know that if we were any more similar, we would probably hate each other. But that wouldn't be much fun....I would miss all our phone conversations about absolutely nothing other than we're both bored at the same time.
Love ya, sis!
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Do you know this gal? At the time this picture was taken, she was on Survivor....but now you probably recognize her as Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View. Now, I neither watch The View (too much talky,talky) nor do I watch Survivor (or much TV at all......I tried to watch something tonight and got so frustrated at the commercial interruptions that I just shut the thing off completely. Why waste my thumb's precious time flipping/muting/etc....)
But when she was on Survivor many moons ago, I did watch a few episodes. The series was in its conception and I think everyone was hooked....I mean, didn't we all enjoy watching them starve and live off of insects and worms? Anyhoo, I read an article recently that said each castmate could have one "luxury item" that they could take with them to the island...no questions asked. And hers? I thought this odd.....but it was a braided head-dressing that she made herself for goodluck. Weird.
So I wondered.....if I was cast on Survivor, what would I bring as my one luxury item? The first and most obvious one was, of course, a picture of my daughter and husband. Okay, so now let's rule that out.....'cause all us mommas would say the same thing, right? Right. Then I thought of the Bible....'cause all us would say that same thing, right? Right. So let's just pretend those two items couldn't be a luxury item (OH! Just play the game...)...
Posted by Flo and Grace at 7:21 PM
Is this not the scariest picture you've ever seen? Conjuring up all sorts of visions of the "end times" and other seriously heavy material? This is a photo my lovely hubby showed me on National Geographic's website of the May 3rd volcano eruption in Chile. Not only is it a magnificent photo, but geez.......it's just a little frightening. Yikes!
Posted by Flo and Grace at 6:56 PM
This Mother's Day, I spent part of it taking a glorious 2 hour nap with my daughter, who held onto my arm the entire time with her pudgy little hand. That made my day....I love those naps with her. They are rare and I take every opportunity to do it when I can.
Our service, and probably yours too, was about the Proverbs 31 wife who, well, let's just face it.....sets a really high standard. Goals are good to have, but ......didn't it also say she had maidservants? Nathan, why didn't you mention that? Where can I get some of those? Then I might be able to achieve some success....
Anyway, I started thinking about the modern day wife/mother. We are arguably just as busy as Mrs. Proverbs 31 but with different things. And I wouldn't be much of a mother or wife, if I didn't have tricks of the trade....y'know - a tool box full of things that help make me the success (or sometimes non-success) that I am. I thought I'd share a few of my tools that make my life as a mom/wife so much easier and maybe, you'll stick one in your tool box, as well. Here we go!
1. The Chi Iron. No, this is not a new-fangled iron for your clothes, buddy. Iron clothes? Does that happen? This is the only hair straightening iron that is worth investing in. I mean it. It takes the prep time for my hair down to 5 minutes flat.....for flat hair. : ) I love it.
Posted by Flo and Grace at 7:35 PM
Remember this movie? Circa 1993...that lady from "Designing Women" ....Shadow, Chance, Sass...trying to make it home. Well, I had no idea that a Friday night rental would bring about an entire new revelation about my daughter.
She is just like her daddy.
We watched half of it that night and got up the next morning to finish it. Upon Chance, Shadow and Sassy all being reunited with their family at the end, I looked at Grace expecting to see a normal 4 year old....bounding, ready to get out of her PJ's and take on the day. But instead, she was crying. She wasn't saying anything, but big crocodile tears were formed in the rims of her eyes.
I said, "Grace, what's wrong?" No answer. Fingers in the mouth.
Again,"Grace, what's wrong? Are you happy or sad?"
"Both," she replied.
"Why?" I was very curious. Had I done something wrong? Was she upset because I ducked out of the movie for a second to do some laundry? What? So I asked, "Why are you happy?"
In a sweet little voice, "I'm happy because they got back with their family."
"Well, then why are you sad?" Still very curious.
"I'm sad because Shadow couldn't get out of the hole...momma, how did he get out?"
So that proceeded to a million questions of exactly how did Chance manage to help Shadow get out, and what were the "quills" that had hurt Chance, how did they get the quills out, how long did it take Chance to heal....etc., etc.
But it made me realize that in that hour and a half, she had come to care about those animals so much that she felt great emotion about them. And the tears. That's something that doesn't come so easy to me, but comes pretty easily to my husband. So I guess she's a little more like him in that area......it was a sweet realization. Good way to start a Saturday.
Posted by Flo and Grace at 9:38 AM
"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
It seems like this week, although I've put on a smile for those who might be watching, I've actually felt the opposite. I've felt sad....heavy....clouded. That's an unusual emotion for me because I think that I was born with a natural tendency to be happy.....a good thing most of the time. But there are times when, like this week, the scripture above makes me wonder....
Am I doing enough to bear others' burdens? Other than thinking and praying about them? That doesn't seem like enough. Maybe I don't have enough faith in prayer....but it just doesn't feel like I'm doing enough to bear others' burdens.
I continue to live in my quaint home, eat my dinner with a meat, two veggie sides, bread and a drink.....the safety of my city's protection.....the light of electricity that I pay for with money that, although is hard earned and often complained about (teacher pay!), is still more money that most of the world ever sees.....yet, there are over 100,000 dead, dying, starving in Myanmar. Are my prayers enough?
I've now spoken to three different people this week that are struggling financially....good people trying to make ends meet....feeling like Job because the hits keep on coming. I would love to be able to donate my own car and say, "here use this...." but....I don't have the luxury. Are my prayers enough? Am I really bearing someone's burdens?
I feel a need to help. I want to walk in to these people's lives and pour out more blessings than they could ever imagine. Do. Go. Do. Go. Do something......As soon as those words are uttered in my head though, Mr. Reality Check rears his ugly head. Actually, he has a last name - Mr. Reality Check Doubt. "What could I do?....I can't do that."
Not a really happy go-lucky post, but it is on my mind. And since blogging is my therapy, there you have it. At least you all don't charge a hefty fee. I'm now going to go watch Top Chef....in my warm bed, next to my healthy husband and healthy daughter....so thankful for my own blessings.....but still so burdened for others.
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The backyard crowd
Grace's favorite part
Love my little girl!
Posted by Flo and Grace at 6:40 AM
"It'll be a beautiful day to go to First Monday...."
I think that was what I told my teacher friends the day before I took off work to head to Canton's Famous First Monday. So wrong.
Before I left, I did look at the radar. A small line of thunderstorms, but they were thin. I figured I would either miss it, or maybe drive through a little bit of storm. I pressed onward....no storm was going to stop my morning!
I pull up....about to pay the $5 parking fee....I could tell the skies were darkening - still not scared. The car ahead of me is paying....the man collecting the money looks up at the sky, the wind suddenly starts to gush - still not scared. The man collecting the money suddenly has to grab hold of the steel bar next to him in order to stand vertical - still not scared. The wind is rocking my own car - still not scared. I look to my left and see the tall, narrow funnel cloud about 20 yards away - a little scared now. I see the funnel cloud pass by and then disappear, the wind is very strong - a little more scared. I whip my little car around and as I'm approaching the road, I see where about 30 yards away two vehicles were overturned by that tall, narrow funnel cloud - more curious than scared now. First Monday's outdoor booths were demolished, stuff was strewn everywhere, the rain is really coming down now.......and then......it all stops. The storm passes.....the sun comes out...the world continues and First Monday is back in action.
Amazing. I didn't have my cell phone (I know, I know! I hate those things!) and since the little, tiny funnel barely did any damage, I figured....."I'll just quickly get what I need and get back". Little did I know that the whole world was reporting TWISTER HITS CANTON - CARS OVERTURNED! One hour later, I see a VERY mad husband walking towards me amongst the throngs of shoppers...his eyes were like daggers, his brow furrowed. I got the lecture of my life....which went something like, "I am very disappointed in you young lady! Why didn't you call?" (eerie flashback to highschool days).
Canton was great though. I got a nice pot rack to hang my Calphalon pans and even scored this....for $1.24 (no, this was a random sale...there's not another one!). It'll come in nicely for Grace's 4th birthday party tomorrow! Now, I just gotta work on making my hubby's furrowed brow go away.
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