Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Summer begins!

We have had a crazy week. Along with all of the usual holiday weekend stuff, we had Linus' last day of preschool and Miles' kindergarten graduation.

Yesterday Dustin, Greta and I spent the afternoon at preschool with Linus to celebrate his last day. It was "Derby Day" and the kids got to bring their bikes to school to ride out by the playground. It was mass chaos with 20 four year olds riding aimlessly around but they had a great time.

Today Dustin, Linus, Greta and I went to Miles' graduation ceremony. They had graduation caps on, sang a few short songs and then got their "diploma." It was pretty darn cute. When it was over Miles told me that being up in front of everyone made him sick to his stomach.

Tomorrow is Miles' last day of school and then summer vacation begins! The end of this school year is a little bittersweet because his kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Weber, is leaving Maple Lake to teach third grade at a different school. Anyone that knows Miles understands how shy and reserved he can be in group settings and we were extremely blessed to have such a great teacher for him this year.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Dustin's mom gets her 15 minutes!

It is said that everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame, and Dustin's mom will experience hers tomorrow. She was chosen to cook a recipe of hers tomorrow morning between 6 and 7 a.m. on channel 4. She's nervous about being on live t.v. but she's also very excited. So if you are awake and near a t.v. tomorrow morning, check it out!

31!?!

So today I turn 31. Where did the time go? I still see kids fresh out of high school and think of them as close to "my age". That was over 10 years ago!!! When the check-out lady calls me "ma'am" I look behind me expecting to see someone else they are addressing. I know that I'm not old by any means but I remember, when I was a kid, thinking that people in their thirties were OLD.

Oh well, I'm not going to let it get me down. With age comes wisdom, right?

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Another post bragging about my husband

Thanks for all of the prayers that went out for Dustin and his big work project last week! He didn't actually finish but got a big chunk done, enough so that the people who have to test the website can start while Dustin and his team finish.

He has pretty much finished up the Quarry worship website which is my main reason for writing today. He started sometime in March and has put something like 40 hours into it. Dustin created it so that the worship team will all have access to the music, who's scheduled for what week, and practice times and places. I think one of the coolest things is that they can download the music from the site... now no one has to be in charge of making copies of a cd and being sure each person has it.

I'm sure that there will be a few kinks to work out but I'm certain that this website will be a huge blessing.

Way to go, babe!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Cereal for supper?!

This has been a long week. Dustin has a big project deadline today and he has been working late all week. I'm a little spoiled in that he's usually home from work by 5 and he's the main chef in our house. The kids also flock to him when he gets home and it gives me a small amount of much needed quiet time before the crazy evening starts. Last night, after spending our after-school hours playing over at a friend's house, I was spent. When I was getting ready to make supper I was at a loss, so (I can't believe I'm admitting this) I fed my kids cereal for supper. Not even healthy cereal...I fed them Cookie Crisp. There goes my mother of the year award!

Weeks like this really take it out of me. Maybe the Lord is trying to remind me that I'm stronger than I think I am. Or maybe He's making sure that I don't take my husband for granted. At any rate I should stop whining because I have it a lot better than many, that's for sure!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Happy Birthday Miles!

It's official... as of today it's been 6 years since I said goodbye to life without children. I can't believe how fast the time has gone! I was looking through old pictures yesterday and found a bunch with Miles when he was Greta's age. It's crazy how much he has grown since then. I miss that age but am having fun watching him become more independent as he grows.

We had a party with my side of the family yesterday and will be having Dustin's mom over tonight to celebrate. Miles is so excited... he was up before 6 a.m. asking to open his presents! We got him a new bike and I can't wait to see him cruise around on it. Dustin is going to teach him to ride without training wheels this summer... that should be an experience to remember!

I've spent most of the day getting ready for tonight. Decorating, wrapping presents, the whole nine yards. Now I have to go add a few finishing touches before he gets off the bus....

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

So you think you don't make a difference?

I had a pretty cool experience today. I brought Miles back to the dentist to have his last crown put on. While I was there the dentist and the assistants thanked me for the kind words I had said about them on the internet. At first I had no idea what they were talking about... then I remembered the post on my blog from March where I talked about how much our family loves them. Dr. Dennis then told me how (long story short) he had Googled his name and found my blog. He had the whole office read it... and told me he was going to show it to his mom!

It seems that reading what I wrote made their day. I suppose the coolest thing about this whole experience is that I really had no intention of anyone from their office seeing it. It reminds me that I should express my gratitude more often to those who make my life better in any way.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Heard in my house today...

Miles and Linus have been in and out and in and out of the house since they went outside to play after school. They keep bringing me dandelions to put in a vase ("You LOVE dandelions because they are beautiful flowers, right mom?") On yet another trip out I heard Linus say "We sure love mom, right Miles?" Miles replied "Yup, we sure do!"

This is what being a stay at home parent is all about.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Field Trip!

Yesterday I accompanied something close to 80 kindergarteners, 3 teachers and many parents to the Children's Museum. The bus ride aside, it was so much fun! Miles had a blast and I was happy to be there to share it with him.

We went through a short class about turtles and then got to explore the museum. It has been awhile since our family has gone so Miles didn't remember much about the place. After yesterday, Dustin and I have decided to make a family trip there in the near future.

My only gripe is with some of the parents that were with us. When we were boarding the buses to go home it was chaos. My thoughts were that if everyone sat where they did on the way down we would load quickly and be on our way. People had flip-flopped buses, weren't sitting 3 to a seat, and were not being cooperative. As I approached the seat that Miles, I and a boy named Kyle had left some of our belongings in I saw a mom push our stuff onto the floor and climb in. As I was picking our things up off the floor she looked at me and said "Well, that lady over there took OUR seat!" I looked around for a place to seat the kids and there were a few seats with only 2 people.... but the parents that were sitting there wouldn't move in for the kids! Mrs. Weber (Miles' teacher... a super nice lady) found us some spots on the other bus, but not without hassle.

I have now realized that I think that the hardest thing about being a teacher would be the parents. Some of these people have worse manners than the kindergarteners!