Monday, July 28, 2008
After going to the Galleria (but before the Astros game) we made a stop at Half Price Books. Guess what store was located just down from it??
We stopped for an afternoon snack that we all enjoyed. Meagan ate chocolate chip ice cream and Garrett had chocolate obviously! He loves his ice cream in a cone and she is a cup/spoon girl. I enjoyed Nutty Coconut, which is impossible to find anywhere but Baskin Robbins and Jimmy had, ummm. . ., I don't remember because they were out of his favorite sherbert.
Jimmy and I love the waffle cones that they make in the store. Everytime I have one I am reminded of when I was a kid eating frozen yougurt at Jerry Smith's in Alice. Boy, I miss that place!
There is no Baskin Robbins in Alice any more so we try to stop at the one in Corpus every now and then, or like this, when we are in another town.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I'll be e-mailing you about getting your package to you.
Thank you to everyone who entered my contest. I have been to all of your blogs and love to see how different each one is.
Thank you to all of you who gave me tips about putting my pictures in the blog too. I am finally able to move my pictures around! Yea!
On Wednesday we went to the Downtown Aquarium. It was raining when we arrived, and continued to rain on and off during our visit. The aquarium is really neat. It is divided into several sections and has an area where the kids had the opportunity to touch rays, hermit crabs, and horseshoe crabs. I say opportunity because neither kiddo was that keen on touching real life animals!
Friday, July 18, 2008
I think everyone should scrapbook in some way to help them preserve their memories and I hope that my prize helps someone get started with that, kick starts someone who used to scrapbook, or helps keep an existing scrap booker going.
So if you would like to enter my Pay It Forward contest simply leave me a comment on this post. I would like you to answer this question: Why do you blog/read blogs? What makes you come back to a blog to read it daily/weekly?
Remember, I'll pick a winner on July 27th. Make sure and leave a link to your blog or your e-mail address so I can contact the winner.
Thanks for playing!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I pick up random things and store them away for moments like these.
That is his masterpiece at the top of the entry!
Monday, July 14, 2008
I was amazed about how rude people were about getting up during the show. Maybe it's the teacher in me, but come on, the show was only about an hour and a half. If you can't sit still that long, why are you there? Jimmy pointed out to me that their beer/alcohol consumption probably had something to do with them getting up so frequently.
The funniest part of the show was about half way through. Three people went down the aisle to go to their seats (which were in the FRONT row.) Ron spotted them and said, "Can we get you anything? Like maybe a watch??" Okay, so it doesn't sound so funny here but trust me, it was funny during the show.
I would love to see the whole Blue Collar Comedy Club (Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cableguy, and Ron White) together. I know that that would be a really good show.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
They also have free blinkees. You can see mine on the right of my blog, above my flickr badge. It says Sit Long Read Much. Which, if you know me at all, is my FAVORITE thing to do.
Friday, July 11, 2008
We played Jenga last night as a family. Garrett and Meagan actually did very well. Meagan is really getting the concept of finding a piece that is willing to move. (If you have never played Jenga before - as you touch each piece some of them "give" and some of them don't. You only want to move the ones that "give" because you have a better chance of not knocking down the whole tower.) I really like that Garrett is getting old enough now that we can play games together as a family.
Jimmy and I are going to see Ron White tonight. I can't wait. Jimmy and I love to watch his comedy routine on T.V. We are going to go to dinner and then go to the show. Yea! A night out without kids!
We have plans for the whole family tomorrow but shh. . . don't tell the kids. We are going to drive to Aransas Pass. They have a really cool pool with slides. It looks like a whole lot of fun. I'll post pictures as soon as I can.
Yesterday I spent an hour printing out directions for vacation. With what I spent on paper and ink I probably could have bought one of those GPS things for the car. I am very excited about the hotel that Jimmy and I chose. It is very close to all of the things that we are going to do in Houston.
I also added some new music to the blog. I found some David Cook songs that I love. I was so excited that he won American Idol. I heard him on the radio for the first time yesterday. I can't wait for his CD to come out.
I told you this post was going to be full of random thoughts!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
While in Houston we plan to:
attend an Astros game
go to the Galleria to ice skate
to the Downtown Aquarium
go to the Children's Museum
We are also staying near Herman Park which has lots of neat things to do. Our hotel has a pool, which the kids are thrilled about.
They are taking swimming lessons this week and next week (Thanks Grandpa!) and LOVE them. They can't wait to go on vacation and show off all of their new skills.
I will post pictures when we return!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
A couple of weeks ago Jimmy and I took the kids to Fun Trackers. Fun Trackers is in Flour Bluff and is a family amusement center. We rode on bumper boats (and got toally soaked), played miniature golf, rode on various go karts and played in the arcade.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Other words (that belong to my father) recently out of my mouth:
"Where did you get your driver's license?? A Cracker Jacks box??? (said to a person who pulled out in front of me and then proceeded to drive 15 miles an hour - fifteen.)
I guess I'm okay unless I utter his favorite phrase of all time:
"I'm as serious as a heart attack."
It is very difficult to be a teacher. The ten months of the year when you are teaching are emotionally draining and physically demanding. (Stop laughing at me! Until you have walked a mile in my shoes, don't judge me. I challenge each one of you to go to a school and observe, or better yet, volunteer and get a glimpse of what it is teachers do on a daily basis. And I say glimpse because what you actually see me do is just a small part of what I actually do.) And then to go from working constantly (because teaching is NOT an 8:00 - 4:00 job) to not working at all and being home 24 hours a day, seven days a week . . . well the transition isn't always so easy. Add to that two kids who are used to being in school with a scheduled day who are now at loose ends . . . it can be frustrating. I just want to be ALONE and they want to be played with! Imagine that - they want some of my time and attention. (Said sarcastically okay??)
Whoo boy . . . I sound a little . . . bitter about teaching. In truth, there is nothing else I can imagine myself doing. I really mean it.
I just had a wonderful year with great students who I really enjoyed working with. I work with great teachers - E and V I couldn't have done it without you - and a great staff and principal. I know that I make a difference in childrens' lives and that is why I do what I do. I just get a little tired every now and then!
I also love being a mom. I just wish that there was a week where the kids were in school and I had the week off.
So, what's a mom to do? Well I try to keep some sort of schedule for the kids and me. I try to find things for them to do (VBS, swimming lessons, etc) We go do simple things like go for ice cream and to the local library. That still leaves a lot of time where they need to occupy themselves. Don't get me wrong. I know a little boredom is good for kids. They need to know what to do with themselves. I just wish it was easier sometimes.
What do you do to juggle it all??
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Garrett and Meagan were in the dining room and Jimmy and I were in the living room.
Meagan: "Garrett, you bit me!"
Garrett: "No, I scratched you with my teeth."
This kid never ceases to amaze me! (See my previous post about Garrett's funny sayings here.)
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Here's a review by Roger Ebert.
June 26, 2008
Cast & CreditsWith the voices of:Wall-E: Ben BurttEve: Elissa KnightShelby: Fred WillardCaptain: Jeff GarlinJohn: John RatzenbergerMary: Kathy NajimyComputer: Sigourney WeaverHoverchair mom: Kim KopfHoverchair son: Garrett PalmerWalt Disney/Pixar presents a film directed by Andrew Stanton. Written by Stanton and Jim Reardon. Running time: 97 minutes. Rated G.
By Roger Ebert
Pixar’s “WALL•E” succeeds at being three things at once: an enthralling animated film, a visual wonderment and a decent science-fiction story. After “Kung Fu Panda,” I thought I had just about exhausted my emergency supply of childlike credulity, but here is a film, like “Finding Nemo,” that you can enjoy even if you’ve grown up. That it works largely without spoken dialogue is all the more astonishing; it can easily cross language barriers, which is all the better, considering that it tells a planetary story.
It is 700 years in the future. A city of skyscrapers rises up from the land. A closer view reveals that the skyscrapers are all constructed out of garbage, neatly compacted into squares or bales and piled on top of one another. In all the land, only one creature stirs. This is WALL•E, the last of the functioning solar-powered robots. He — the story leaves no doubt about gender — scoops up trash, shovels it into his belly, compresses it into a square and climbs on his tractor treads and heads up a winding road to the top of his latest skyscraper, to place it neatly on the pile.
It is lonely being WALL•E. But does WALL•E even know that? He comes home at night to a big storage area, where he has gathered a few treasures from his scavengings of the garbage and festooned them with Christmas lights. He wheels into his rest position, takes off his treads from his tired wheels and goes into sleep mode. Tomorrow is another day: One of thousands since the last humans left the Earth and settled into orbit aboard gigantic spaceships that resemble spas for the fat and lazy.
One day WALL•E’s age-old routine is shattered. Something new appears in his world, which otherwise has consisted only of old things left behind. This is, to our eye, a sleek spaceship. To WALL•E’s eyes, who knows? What with one thing and another, WALL•E is scooped up by the ship and returned to the orbiting spaceship Axiom, along with his most recent precious discovery: a tiny, perfect green plant, which he found growing in the rubble and transplanted to an old shoe.
Have you heard enough to be intrigued, or do you want more? Speaking voices are now heard for the first time in the movie, although all on his own, WALL•E has a vocabulary (or repertory?) of squeaks, rattles and electronic purrs, and a couple of pivoting eyes that make him look downright anthropomorphic. We meet a Hoverchair family, so known because aboard ship they get around in comfy chairs that hover over surfaces and whisk them about effortlessly. They’re all as fat as Susie’s aunt.
This is not entirely their fault, since generations in the low-gravity world aboard the Axiom have evolved humanity into a race whose members resemble those folks you see whizzing around Wal-Mart in their electric shopping carts.
There is now a plot involving WALL•E, the ship’s captain, several Hover people and the fate of the green living thing. And in a development that would have made Sir Arthur Clarke’s heart beat with joy, humanity returns home once again — or is that a spoiler?
Friday, July 4, 2008
I plan on cleaning house (the laundry pile has multiplied overnight again on me!) and organizing my scrapbook materials. We'll see how much of that actually gets done!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Key Lime Cake
¾ cup oil
¾ cup orange juice
1 3 oz. package lime flavored Jell-o
1 box lemon cake mix
¼ cup lime juice
5 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 lb. box powdered sugar
Combine the oil, orange juice, eggs, Jell-O, and cake mix. Beat until smooth. Pour into a 9 x 13 pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean.
While cake is baking combine ¼ cup lime juice and 5 tablespoons in a small bowl. Stir until smooth.
When cake is finished, prick top of cake all over with a fork. Drizzle lime juice/powdered sugar mixture over the top of the entire cake. Let the cake cool while the frosting is being made.
To make frosting: beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla extract and then beat in entire box of powdered sugar until smooth. Spread over cooled cake.