Sunday, June 28, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Hold me up so I can see!
I was driving in the car yesterday with Luke and Ella in the back and we proceed to have the following conversation:
Ella: I love you, Mom. I think you're great.
Me: Thanks, E. I think you're pretty awesome, too
Ella: I love Grammie even more.
Ella: Yeah. But don't worry, I only love her a little bit more than you.
I love the honesty of kids (with the alternative being crawling up in the fetal position and crying).
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I had never made jam before but what is that to stop me? Armed with nothing but my handy dandy Every Day Food magazine recipe and sheer guts, I embarked on a culinary adventure.
Another quick little stir...
Whoa, whoa...let's not boil over the edge there, sweetie. Annie hates to wipe down her stove.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
If you listen closely, you can hear Aron (who moved to the Navigator position say "This sucks!" as we're listening to Willie Nelson's On The Road Again. Yes, the song truly came on the radio of its own accord.)
It was a looooong drive. Seriously long. Like it was supposed to take 6 hours IF you didn't stop every two minutes to take a bathroom break and IF you didn't have 66.6% of the children throwing up in the back of the van and IF you didn't get stuck in hellacious (can I say that on TV? did I even spell that right?) rainstorms and IF you didn't try to leave one of the children at, say, a Starbucks somewhere in West Virginia.
We left at 10 AM and got there about 6 PM at the Seneca State Forest!
I'd like to say I miss you Seneca State Forest but, well, I think the title speaks for itself.
Friday, June 05, 2009
(WE WENT ZIPLINING! YEEEEEEEEE-HA!)
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Ella does one ballet class each year which is 30 minutes a week. We originally signed her up as a way to get her interacting with other kids her age and help develop her motor skills. She really seems to enjoy it so we've kept doing it.
Some of the girls in Ella's ballet class were in more than one class. There was one girl in her class that did (that I know of) 5 different classes. To me, it's seems like a lot to have a 6 year old child involved in. I understand that you have to start young if you want to be competitive when you're older but at what point is it too much? Is this girl really interested in doing all of these classes or is there pressure from a parent to participate? Am I holding Ella back by only having her do one class? She's never asked to do more than this but I've never pointed out to her that she could do more. Will I be pushing her to do too much if I have her participate in soccer in the fall in addition to the ballet class? Am I not pushing her enough? When I was in school, I was in many extracurricular programs: volleyball, softball, choir, show choir, concert band, marching band, school musicals, etc. I feel like it helped me become a well-rounded person. However, I didn't start doing all these things until I became older. Would I have still wanted to do all of these things if I started at a younger age?
It's time to vote, people (not that I'm going to listen to what you have to say but I'm interested in the results none-the-less)
TGID: Thank goodness it's done!
I must issue an apology to all my blog readers. I did not get a video of her performance this year. I meant to take one during the rehearsal and didn't. Then I meant to get one during the recital and didn't. I meant to do a lot of things (and didn't) : ( The pictures of the actual recital turned out really bad--they're fuzzy and out of focus because the camera decided to hone in on background elements instead of the performers.