My Day

Get up, take shower, get kids dressed and ready to go, buy doughnuts at Hinkley’s, visit to school, met new principal, eat my Walnut Fritter, go to fair, open up Pirate Island, see friends, dress people up in costumes and take pictures, consume 1 jumbo lemonade, most of my $3.00 Fiske fries, 3 bites of my kid’s pizza, dress people up in costumes and take pictures again, get sunburned, stand in line for half an hour to find out my son is a hair (literally) to tall for a ride! watch my kids go on the Fire Engine, the Swings, Bumper Boats, the Giant Slide, Motorcycles, Cars, and the FunHouse, sleep for about 10 minutes on the floor of the LQ, dress people up in costumes and take pictures again, see friends, clean up the show, watch my kids ride Bumper Boats, the Freak Out, and watch Jasmin ride motorcyles and cars and the train again, leave the fair, take Jazzy to ColdStone, come home, give Jazzy a bath, soak my feet, put her to bed, do laundry, eat the rest of my pizza sub from Hotline and a glass of ice cold Coke while I watch Law and Order, check Facebook, read my email, do laundry, write this post, go to bed.

Beyond Expectations

So, today was not what I expected. I didn’t *expect* that our old babysitter, Jasmin (sounds weird saying “old” because she’s not…maybe “former” would be better…no that sounds to formal?…anyway…) would call us up last night and ask to take the kids for the day because she misses them.  That was really a great surprise.  And it made for a strange day.  Going to church without my kids is, well, really weird.  I missed them laying all over me, drawing pictures on the encouragement cards and not standing up during the worship songs like they are supposed to.  Funny…all those things are the things that really drive me crazy…but the whole time we were singing all the cool VBS songs (our VBS started today) in Worship…I really couldn’t stop thinking about them.  Sam and I were out of church so fast today, it wasn’t funny!  The promise of a quiet dinner out to one of our favorite restaurants without our kids AND BONUS…without having to ALSO pay a babysitter made us really excited, I guess.  We ate more than we should have and we had a great waitress.

After lunch, we drove over to the fair to clean up the pirate show trailer.  It needed a good washing.  So we did that and got the power hooked up.  We *expected* that we would be able to ALSO set up the tent, but there were cars in the way, so we couldn’t.  We came back home and vegged out till the kids showed up and then we were off to VBS.

VBS was awesome!  Of course, there were a few hitches, but it was our first night…and for the most part it was great.  I love the songs this year.  I’m a crew leader, so I get to learn them right along with the kids.  I love that part!  Our VBS worship team is GREAT!  Lissa led the opening and closing and did a fantastic job along with Clint, your youth pastor, who played the part of the goofy tourist…perfect!  The kids loved him!  Shelby did an amazing job playing the part of Rhoda and told us a story about Peter and how God set him free from prison.  It was just awesome!  VBS at our church always goes beyond my *expectations!*  Just look at this amazing stage…and that’s just one part of the huge transformation our church has gone through for our High Seas Adventure VBS.

I did not *expect* that I would run out of gas on the way home!  That was not fun.  My daughter, 10, was SO emotional tonight it was driving me crazy! Please tell me this is just a stage.  Holy cow!  Luckily my husband was right behind me and rescued us, but we still had to wait in the car…with 6 kids who were either beating each other with flip-flops or crying or having to go to the bathroom in some kind of mosquito paradise near the intersection of Spring Arbor and McCain roads for a half hour.

Skip to tucking the kids in…

I am in the boys’ room, tucking them in, saying prayers with them and those little cuties both pray for Jesus to come back into their hearts.  This was something new.  I have never heard them pray like that before.  Now Max says he prayed for Jesus to come into his heart when we were at a fair with Mimi (Jasmin) last summer and Karson told us he prayed that prayer at VBS at family camp this summer.  So when they finished with their sweet prayers we talked.  And I had the opportunity to talk to them about how we should keep Jesus on the throne…well I actually used “chair” which after I thought about, was kind of abstract, but they must have heard that whole concept before…because they were like, “oh, I get it, it’s like the king’s chair.”  “Yeah, like the throne, right?”  “And we are supposed to keep Jesus on the throne by obeying him and doing the right things.  And when we don’t.  When we make bad choices and do what we want, we are pushing Jesus off the throne and sitting on it ourselves and that makes Jesus sad.”  The wisdom…I did not *expect* this conversation.  But I was so blessed by it. It was a great teachable moment!

I am glad God does the unexpected…good & bad…that’s my God sighting for today.  I couldn’t think of one during VBS…but maybe tomorrow I can put up 2 God Sighting stickers on the map!

Movie Night for the kids

So the other night my sister calls me up and asks if i can watch her kids so her and Nate can go out with some friends.  Sure I say.  So the wheels start turning and we decide to turn out Living room into a movie theater.  The boys decided we should show UP, so we got thinking of the theme and decided we would need some balloons.  I will spare you the very detailed horrible story of obtaining those ten balloons at the Balloon Emporium…where I will never ever go again.  But anyway we made it home with nine in our possession and were well on our way to planning a wonderful movie night…ok…I’m lying.  We got home and I took a nap, while Jasmin was sleeping.  I couldn’t handle another second.  I had already cried twice today.  I needed to rest.  You ever have one of those days when you feel like you are not yourself and have lost all control?  That was me, until I took the nap.  After about an hour, I was awakened by my husband, who was calling me so I could look through the piles of stuff on his desk to find a phone number.  I tried to lay back down, but the boys could not be quiet any longer, so I gave up.  Once Jasmin was up, we got ready and went out to get the snacks and popcorn and Max talked me into buying him a belt, since his pants were falling down.  (remember the pants I got at the G sale the other day, Max is so stinking skinny he is swimming in most of them. – but at least he can grow into them).  So we set stuff up, the kids fought over the balloons, it was like pulling teeth to get them to contribute, but they did a little, and it ended up we actually had fun.  My sister’s kids made fake money to buy the snacks and oh, we also invited the neighbor girls, Shelby and Rylie, too. Here are a few pictures…oh, and the movie we watched was UP. I love that movie!

we I made tickets

the snacks for sale at the concession stand

5 of our 9 balloons

buying snacks

yeah! candy! (this is my littlest niece!)

watching the movie

our Adventure Club pins that we made (you’d understand why we did this, if you have seen the movie)

Ava with her balloon

A Trip to Cascade Falls

Ok…so is it just us?  Do other people not take advantage of fun tourist traps in their own town?  We have lived in Jackson for 16 years and I have never visited Cascades once during that time.  I had been here once or twice as a kid, but don’t really remember it being that fun.

I recently found out that on Wednesdays, families get in for just $5.00.  So tonight, after hanging out with Grandpa and Grandma who came up for the inspection on their new house, we ventured over.  Me, Max, Karson and Jasmin.  Sam and Savannah are at Magic week in Colon till Saturday, so it was just us four.

I had no idea what to expect, except that we’d get to see the water in the falls light up and change color and that there would be a band playing and some people dressed up as Disney Characters.  The kids had a blast climbing up all the stairs and discovering the best places to get soaked.  They rolled down the hill and threw quarters in the water, too.  I soon realized that some extra spending money would have been nice.  There were balloons for a dollar and snacks at the concession stands.  But we had fun without spending more than the $5.00 it cost to get in.

The music was fun, we saw people dancing…mostly older people.  That was kind of cool.  I’m sure the kids didn’t even notice the couple dancing by themselves in front of the stage.  He was swinging her off the floor from one side to the other and then dipped her for a kiss at the end…everyone who was paying attention applauded!  It was so cute!  I think those older people really enjoyed themselves, even if they couldn’t climb the falls anymore.

Here are a few pictures.  The one of Jasmin, I retouched a little…because it was so cute!  Enjoy!

if you are on Facebook, I posted a whole album of 31 of our pictures for the evening.

Random Thoughts

I just got back from the grocery store and after unloading all the groceries (which took me 4 trips back out to the car), I was sweaty and gross so I took a cold shower and now I feel so much better.  I cleaned out my fridge and put most of the groceries away, but there is still more to do.  I am just stalling.  I’d rather not.  I don’t feel like it.  But I will maybe in a few minutes.

I haven’t posted anything since Friday, so I thought I should…though there is actually very little to say.

Let’s see.  Today is my mom’s  67th birthday…at least I think it’s 67.  Is that right, mom?  I can ask, because she reads this.  We called her today.  I am always kind of sad that we can’t be with her on her birthday.  It’s a long drive for a day trip, though it’s been done before.  I am looking forward to having my mom and dad around for birthdays and holidays this year!  My dad retired this summer and they have sold their house and are moving to Jackson!  Cyndi (my sister) and I are so excited.  The kids are probably even more excited.  It will be great having grandpa and grandma so close!

This week, I have a couple of projects to work on.  I have to clean out the camper tomorrow.  Sam and Savannah are taking it to Colon this weekend for Magic Week.  Also, since tomorrow looks like the only sunny weather for a few days, I think Cyndi and I and the kids are heading to the beach for the afternoon.  We’ll do a picnic lunch and swim a lot and then we will drive home and put the girls down for their naps.  Wednesday, my parents are coming up for the inspection on their house.  So, we will probably have dinner together or something.  I don’t really know what else I will be doing this week, but I am hoping I can get some cleaning done.

Our summer is quickly coming to an end.  After this week, we have two weeks of doing the pirate show at fairs and then I am hoping to get into my classroom the following week, providing I can work out having someone watch the kids for me.

I have a lot of sorting to do at school.  The good thing is all my stuff is in one building…since I only taught art at Memorial for the past 2 years.  But I need to sort it, because Memorial will be K-3 and Robinson will be 4-6.  Once it’s sorted, I can take my stuff back over to Robinson and set up my classroom there, too.  Plus I have orders to do. I usually turn them in before I leave in June, but this year things are a little weird and we didn’t know our budgets…and we don’t even have a principal (that I know of) at Memorial yet!

Anyway…I know, boring.  That’s just what was on my mind.  Now maybe I can finish cleaning up the kitchen so I can get to sleep at a decent hour.  See ya.