Sunday, June 28, 2009

Life is short slow down, take time to smell the flowers

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round?
or listened to the rain slapping the ground?
Have you ever watched a butterflies erratic flight?
or gazed into a sun as it turns into night?
You better slow down,
don't dance so fast.
Time is short
the music won't last.
Do you run through each day
on the fly?
When you ask "How are you?"
do you hear the reply?
When the day is done,
do you lie in bed
with your next hundred chores
running through your head?
You better slow down
Don't dance to fast.
Time is short
the music won't last.
Ever told your child
we'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste
never seen his tomorrow?
Ever lost touch
let a good friendship die
'cause you never had time
to call and say "Hi".
You better slow down
don't dance so fast
Time is short
the music won't last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere
you miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
it's like an unopened gift. . .
thrown away. . .
Life is not a race.
Do it slower.
Hear the music,
before the song is over.

I love this poem I'm not sure who wrote it but with so many deaths in the news this week I thought it was an appropriate poem. We all race so fast through our day, so much to do we all need to be reminded to slow down and enjoy the little things that come our way.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Wyatt's Trip to Catalina Island

The middle school at Wyatt's school went to Catalina for two night, they had a great time. They had buffalo walking through their campsite. The boys tried chasing them towards the girls tent. . .BOYS!

This is a view of the campsite from the top of a hill a few of the boys hiked up. They had a great time. We will miss our class overnights next year in high school.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Look Up

I am not afraid of heights, but this is a very tall order.
I grew up climbing trees and enjoying the thrill of swaying in the wind near the top of a tall tree. One of the important lessons of tree climbing is to keep looking up.
Look down and you are likely to get scared and stop climbing.
Keep looking up and you can continue your ascent.
Keep looking up!
Looking down can be scary and cause you to stop climbing.
but the joy of swaying in the top of the trees awaits you.
Keep looking up.

Monday, June 22, 2009

For Today

Outside my window. . . I see the dolphins playing in the waves.
I am thinking about. . . baking something yummy for the teachers.

I am thankful for. . . all the wonderful things in my life.

From the kitchen. . . bbq Salmon, rosemary potatoes, asparagus and salad.

I am wearing. . . Jeans, white t-shirt and barefoot

I am creating. . . certificates for my students for the end of the school year.

I am going. . .to the fair tomorrow night to get a better look at the art exhibits love ideas for my

I am reading. . .The Mist of Avalon.

I am hoping. . .the June gloom is over for the year and sunny days are ahead.

I am hearing. . . Wyatt playing his guitar in his room, the amp must be on high.

Around the house. . . are dishes waiting for me to wash them.

One of my favorite things . . . is having Wyatt come sit and "hang" out with me. He loves to talk
hmmm wonder where he gets that from?

Plans for the rest of the week . . are enjoy the quiet because the 3 weeks after that are

A photo to share. . .

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day Dad! We can't wait to see you soon. Love you.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Busy week

I've had such a busy fun week. April graduated last week after 9 short years of putting herself through college and she had an awesome party. The alcohol was flowing and we had a great time.

Next I got to do the girly thing again and help out backstage for the San Elijo Ballet. It was so much fun. The girls had a great time with my camera drawing on the pictures
Next came the baby shower for Erin & Noah. it is so much fun looking at all the cute baby stuff and my buddy Frankie had a great time as well.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My New Little Man

Tonight I went out to dinner for Deidra's birthday and had an adorable date, he was a cheap date he drank a bit of water, loved my blowing bubbles in my water glass and even enjoyed the frosting from the birthday cake. (Just kidding Ali)

Franklin, (my friend Ali's 8 month old baby)

They brought Deidra this cake with a VERY tall candle.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Deidra

Happy Birthday to you Deidra. You are such a good friend You deserve to have a wonderful day, hopefully Starbucks does something special for your big day.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Lips Gone Wrong

I didn't know what to say so I just laughed and grabbed my camera.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Fairy Festival

Today I went to Lakeside to the gathering of all the fairies in the area (150) it was quite a site. The fairy mother talked to them about taking care of the earth and picking up trash and planting flowers, it was a very special feeling. As I was watching all these carefree, happy girls run and dance dressed up as fairies I wondered how can anything possible be wrong in the world? It was such an amazing thing.

All the Fairies listening to the fairy mother.

Dominiques girls (Gabby & Isabella) dancing
Gloria's daughter (Isa) making boats for the fairies

Fairy finger food
The 2 Isabella's by the brook.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

High School Orientation Night

Tonight we went to our high school orientation. This has been a long difficult decision, I feel that we made a great choice (this was my first choice). The school has 3 high school on one campus that they call "the village". Each high school has a maximum of 500 students, I love small schools for Wyatt. Wyatt got to go to the"fishbowl" that is where all the freshman classes are and the principal office is located. He is very excited about high school now. Yeah!

This is "The Village" it is huge, I feel like I am on a college campus and there is a big strip mall located in the village, I am standing there taking the picture . They have Starbucks, Cold Stone ice cream, Trader Joes, a pizza place and lots of other food stores. I think that was the nail that sealed the deal about the school.

Monday, June 1, 2009

What is your child worth?

The Price of Children

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn't include the cost of post-secondary education. But $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down.
It translates into:
* $8,896.66 a year,
* $741.38 a month,
* $171.08 a week.
* A mere $24.24 a day!
* Just over a dollar an hour.
Still, you might think the best financial advice is: don't have children if you want to be 'rich' Actually, it is just the opposite.
What do you get for your $160,140.00?
* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
* A hand to hold usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.
For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up.
You get to:
* finger -paint,
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-seek,
* catch lightning bugs,
* never stop believing in Santa Claus.
You have an excuse to:
* keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
* watch Saturday morning cartoons,
* go to Disney movies, and
* wish on stars.
You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.
For a mere $24.24 a day, there is no greater bang for your buck.
You get to be a hero just for:
* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
* taking the training wheels off a bike,
* removing a splinter,
* filling a wading pool,
* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and
* coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.
You get a front row seat in history to witness the:
* First step,
* First word,
* First bra,
* First date,
* First time behind the wheel.
You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great-grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match. In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost. That is quite a deal for the price!!!!!!!
Love & enjoy your children & grandchildren & great-grandchildren!!!!!!! It's the best investment you'll ever make!!!!!!!!!