Thursday, August 28, 2008

First Day of School-Part II

This is was the best shot I could get of Isaac's bus yesterday. I stood there on the sidewalk waving at the bus driver as she drove right by me barely slowing down, oh yeah, and failing to drop Isaac off.
I stood there with my mouth open wondering what I should do. Theron and Charlie were in the house still and now the only thing I could think was that I needed to chase the bus down to retrieve my child. Trav's timing couldn't have been better. He pulled up to the house as I was still standing there (bus out of sight). I just started ordering him to go track down the bus. He quickly put on his speed racer face and drove off through the neighborhood. My neighbor Kevin drove by at this time asking if Isaac had come home yet. I told him my dilemma and just then he said, "Hey, there is the bus," pointing down the way. Then he laughed, "And there's Travis." Sure enough, Travis was on the bus's tail. A few blocks later I am told that Travis cut the bus off when it finally stopped and boarded the bus announcing that he was looking for Isaac. The bus driver was a little startled and embarrassed as she discovered the mistake. Isaac and Travis returned home a short time later.
This morning Miss Helen assured me that she would be dropping him off at the very corner that I was standing on. I sure hope so. This was enough excitement for a rookie school boy and his parents.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First Day of School

We were out of town for the first few days of school so today was Isaac's first day. The morning didn't go quite as I had envisioned.
We rolled into town last night from vacation and hardly had a stitch of food to pack a lunch. I got up at 5:10am so that I could go to the grocery store for some bread before Travis left for work. That mission was successful but I made a serious mistake when I decided to lay down for just a few minutes before waking Isaac up.
A few minutes turned into almost two hours! I must have turned my digital alarm clock off and my 6:15am alarm clock, named Charlie, decided to sleep until 7:23am this morning. The bus comes at 7:25am...we did not make it.

Plan B...take Isaac to school myself. We quickly made the lunch, dressed the boy, ate the breakfast, brushed the teeth, combed the hair, loaded into the car, and took off for school on a rainy day. We got to the school a couple minutes early so we sat in the car to wait. That's when Charlie pointed out my next big blunder by immediately climbing up to the front of the van. He didn't need any assistance getting out of his car seat because I hadn't buckled him in at all.
When we got inside the principle took us down to Isaac's classroom and...surprise!! His teacher Mrs. Long is sick today. Mrs. West is subbing in for her. She made less than a big deal and wasn't too helpful. I think she was nervous herself. I sure hope the rest of this day runs a little more smoothly for this excited Kindergarten boy.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008


My boys love to watch Scooby-Doo. I secretly like it when they do. It brings back four year-old memories.
This is the "haunted house" near our home. The gang wouldn't be scared to go in there but our boys aren't so sure about it. This year we have we have made a lot of "super Isaac sandwiches" thanks to Shaggy and Scoob and Travis is often heard saying, "Ruh oh Raggy". If you are a fan you know what he means.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008


He who throws up sleeps on the kitchen floor.
The boys have all had a turn sleeping on the kitchen floor in the last week. Charlie even threw a huge tantrum last night because he thought Theron was stealing his bed. Travis and I are responsible enough to be exempt from this tradition. It just means that one of us has to sleep on the couch close by. Good times at our house this week.
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Monday, August 11, 2008


Today I am not so sure that I am grateful for a strong stomach. I think I'd rather have a weak one. I am grateful for great friends who watch my kids. Thanks Kayce and Robin!!

Indian Cups

These are some of my favorite flowers in our yard. They are commonly referred to as Indian Cup Flowers. I think this may be because the leaves hold water close to the stems. The flowers look like a small sunflower.

My only regret this year is that they grew so tall it is difficult to actually look at them and enjoy.
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Friday, August 8, 2008

A Move to Asia??

Now that we have discovered this new talent in our 18 month old we are contemplating a move to Asia. We want to encourage him to develop his talent and it only seems right that he should learn from the best.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Breakfast For Dinner

The only good thing about Travis being on call is that I often get out of making a real meal. Breakfast for dinner is what I put in the category of "lame meal". This is one of my favorite "lame meals". Mmm. I give the credit for this one to Trav's sister Heidi.

Ginger Pancakes

1 1/3 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. ginger
1 t. ginger
1 t. cinnamon
1 egg
1 1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. molasses
3 t. oil

1/2 c. sugar
1 T. cornstarch
dash of nutmeg
1 c. hot water
**Boil until thickens
2 T. butter
2 T. lemon juice
1/2 t. lemon rind
**Mix up and cook batter just like regular pancakes. Then sprinkle the top of the pancakes with sliced bananas.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Today's Projects

My friend Jennie gave Theron a burp cloth similar to this when he was born. It's been through two boys and is about dead. The tags on the edge provide a four month old with sucking entertainment for quite a while. I don't know what you call this...Tag Rag...maybe.
I think I have a friend a week who is having a baby for the next 2 1/2 months. It was time to make more hooded baby towels.
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Monday, August 4, 2008

A Playdate

Isaac invited John over for a play date today. Both boys have been talking about it for several days. They have been playing Star Wars for the past four and a half hours (expect during lunch when they talked about Star Wars). Of course, Theron has been in on all of the fun.

Yesterday at church one of the Primary leaders asked Isaac if he would stand up at the front to be the "Reverent Child", i.e. fold arms and be quiet to set a good example for those still filing into the room. Isaac answered, "No, I did it last week and besides...I'm talking to John."
Yeah, exactly!
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