Monday, May 31, 2010


Sorry, I've been 'Missing in Blog' for a couple of weeks. I don't think I've ever been gone this long before.

It's because....

a. I really didn't have anything newsworthy of saying. Really, did you want to know about my own personal record of 18 loads of laundry done in a single day? Or my toilet scrubbing marathon? Probably not.

b. I was too busy to blog due to a plethora of kids' activities and work.

c. I was too tired to even think straight, let alone write a sentence.


d. All of the above.

(answer at the bottom of this blog)

Here's a hint:
I did a little of this...
And a little of that. (Forgot camera for three games, so I made Madison dress up at home for the picture. My children will never forget my photo opportunities. Doesn't she look enthusiastic?)
Not to forget some of this. Notice the parents who run with their children (not me, too busy taking pictures). By the way, Grant did get a blue ribbon for "Run for Ribbons" night.
This is how I spent my holiday weekend. I worked 11.5 hours, drank 2 McDonald's sodas, made a half dozen trips to the bathroom due to those extra large sodas and quickly ate two lunches for the completion of 18 report cards and 18 student files. Phew! I'm thrilled to be done!

Summertime and Blogging, here I come! Yay!

answer: Should be "d"....all the above. If you said "b" then you are also correct.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Seeing Dead Bodies

Now that title should get your attention...That's exactly what I did on my personal day.

I could not wait for the exhibit "Bodies" to arrive in Omaha. I learned about this traveling exhibit a few years ago when it was showing in Kansas City and wanted to check it out, but didn't find the time to do so. When I heard that it would be within an hour from my home, I just had to go. This isn't something that I initially thought I'd want to bring my own kids along to see, so I had to take a personal day from work. This way the kids would be at school and daycare, while and Andy and I got a day to ourselves. It was truly a fascinating experience and now I'm wishing Tyler and Madison would have gone along. However, at $22 for an adult and $16 for a child's admission, I don't see us returning anytime too soon.
After our visit of seeing deceased people from China, we decided to keep with the "theme" and ate at P.F. Chang's for lunch. Yum!

Actually, we didn't plan it that way, but Andy brought it to my attention after the fact, which I thought was humorous. Incase you are wondering where they get these actual bodies, they are donated to science if no one comes forth in China to claim them. That seems like a sensible way to keep the tax payers from having to foot the bill for the burial.
Since we were eating by the Westroads Mall, I decided to stop in for a quick visit with my brother who works there. As you can see, he was thrilled to have his photo taken. He wanted to know what I'd want the photo for...blogging, of course!
Then it was off to my favorite place....Archiver's. I have decided that when I die, I want my body to be preserved (acid-free, of course) and placed at Archiver's. Really, there is no happier place on earth!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Spring is in the Air!

This picture was located on the floor of my classroom yesterday. It apparently was given to the boy in the illustration who quickly disregarded it. I couldn't help but smile when I saw it. The young lady in the picture was suppose to be busy at her literacy workstations, but instead is dreaming about her upcoming wedding. While being off-task is frustrating to me, I have to admit it is pretty darn the tuxedo and dress! Of course, the artist "Molly" doesn't know otherwise. Her response, "Stephanie (her workstation partner), made me do it!"

*Note: Since my 13 year old son has handwriting similar to a kindergartner, I had him write the "fictitious" names. The "I love you!" is the original part of the drawing.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

National Scrapbooking Day

Today is National Scrapbooking Day! It's almost a Federal holiday, I'm sure of it. At least, it should be!

For all those non-scrappers out there, I thought you should know a little more about this favorite holiday of mine...

1. National Scrapbooking Day (NSD) has been a holiday for "scrappers" like myself since 1994. That's longer than I've been married, so I can hardly remember life without this fantastic holiday.

2. It's officially the one day when my husband can not complain about my scrapbooking hobby and the rising cost of creating worthwhile memories for our children. My children's children will be thanking me, I'm positive!

3. NSD is also a day when I can truly just think of doing something for myself, without any worries about the daily life of a working mom. No laundry, no fighting, no cleaning, no work... It's all about me!

So, this year, I signed up for a 12 hour crop at a local community college and look.....
All 46 participates received a beautiful rose on their table! I felt very special!
Yippy! I won THIS as a door prize. In case, you don't know what it is, it's the same thing as a tackle box for a person who likes to fish.

No more excuse for disorganization! Someone must know that's my word for the year!
And, of course, I accomplished getting a few of these done as well.
Also, I didn't have to listen to the doorbell ring all day long. Now, that's a silly holiday!
And I didn't forget the sunscreen like my husband did at Tyler's baseball tournament. Being indoors all day = no skin cancer risk.
I was a little concerned about missing these two ballgames, but Tyler promised no fantastic plays on 2nd base or home runs and he did live up to his word! Besides, we have more games tomorrow!

Hope you had a Scraptacular day like I did!