Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Then Bethany came home after school... I was on the back porch taking a break, eating my lunch, and she came outside with her snack, and we hung out for some time. We were just talking, and she had me help her study for her French quiz, and it was just ... wonderful. It was so relaxed, and we were enjoying spending time together (and she's really good at French)... I know that sounds kind of boring, but it was a wonderful, memorable mother/daughter moment. Relaxing in the sunshine, together.
And Josh was a HUGE help today. We ended up spending several hours pulling ivy out of the back yard; I started wanting a small spot to put my new firewood rack (away from the house), but we cleared quite a bit - and I wouldn't have gotten that far without him! OH - and say a prayer or just keep him in your thoughts, because Thursday he goes for his driving test! Watch out, Philly - there's an actual good driver about to take to the roads! (This area has the WORST drivers ever!)
So it was a really nice day, and I appreciated Cody picking up Josh tonight from class, and now I'm done. Seriously - I HATE that ivy, and it totally kicked my butt today.
Oh yeah! I almost forgot; here's a picture of our newest addition, Tyler! We adopted her for free, and Bethany is her 'mommy', but she is very lovable and social! We're very happy to have her! (And unlike Toffee, she isn't agoraphobic, but she sticks to the second and third floor, unless we're all hanging out downstairs. Then she'll come down and see us.)
Love to all...
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Most of all, I'm proud of her for going, and - more importantly - going with a positive attitude and open mind. But I'll let the pictures tell the story!
Love to all...
Friday, June 7, 2013
Love to all - and stay dry and safe!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
On March 7th, Josh was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at Delaware Community College. We are SO proud of him; he's doing well in school, working hard, and at the same time trying to start a Martial Arts Club for the college. He's almost there! And speaking of martial arts, last night (18th) at his Kosho class he was given the purple belt promotion on merit! Why, you ask? Because this weekend - at a seminar - he displayed a Kata that HE made, on his own, in front of several Sensei's and Masters. They were so impressed, he was promoted - WOW! Here's some pics...
That's her in the dark outfit - it is March, after all! This was their first practice, and she was doing great her first time out!
She also went to a birthday party for a girlfriend, and we took Vegan doughnuts so she could have a 'cake' thing. They were a big hit, she had a great time, and she was the only one with me the next day for church (I had cantored the Sat. mass). So she went with me to Michaels, and ... well, look what she did in the store!
The next day Hans and I finished making the doughnuts while Boo was at LAX practice. They really were delicious, and disappeared in short order.
And since Hans got A/B Honor roll as well, he too wanted to go to the movies, so we saw Oz the Great and Powerful. It was good, but I was disappointed since they clearly designed it to be seen in 3D, and I hate paying the extra for what is usually an unimpressive 3D experience. But he liked it - and I made him take a picture before we went in. He's the pig monster...
AND lastly, his artwork was in the County art festival. Well, as he said: "everybody's art is in the show", but I'm still proud! Here's his... (bottom right)
I guess that catches us up. Cody is working late now, and next week I should be starting the tear-down on the kitchen with our sub-contractors. YES!!!! Finally, an enclosed, WARM kitchen. I'm so excited!
Love to all...
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Good grades are your job - we don't pay for grades. We DO, however, reward for good grades! We have dates. A/B honor roll with one (high) C lets you pick one: lunch, a toy, or a movie. A/B Honor roll gets you two choices, and all A's? All three things!
Now that Josh is in college, he only gets grades at the end of each semester, so I tried to make the reward a good one for his first semester in college. So (with the help of Groupon), he and I went to Madame Saito's Sushi making course! It was really nice; he and I improved our skills, learned new terms and techniques, and shared some Plum wine. Well, I shared some with him, not the other way around! It was a great date, and something he can use when he visits Obachan again.
|My first roll - Hosomaki (cucumber and wasabi).|
|Madame Saito teaches Josh how to fillet the salmon.|
Love to all... XOXOXO
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
and all through the house
not a person was stressing;
that is, 'cept for Josh.
Though his backpack was ready
and books all set out,
he'd checked his whole schedule -
looked like he'd freak out!
An app was downloaded
for graphing his math,
and he knew how to get there -
he knew the best path.
Yet simple to notice,
that look in his eye,
that said he was nervous
about being the 'new guy'.
We told him we loved him
and sent him to bed,
to be ready for college
with a well-rested head.
And I heard him exclaim
as I turned off the light...
"I'll be lucky if I get one
wink of sleep tonight!"
Saturday, June 2, 2012
So Prom was great and they're at the "After Prom" now (which looks SO cool). So here are a few pics of Josh and Shannon right before they left for Prom.
...I picked them up, and was told they had a great time, it was awesome, and "we danced all night!" Still more dancing to be done at the after party!
Friday, June 1, 2012
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Things are well. Josh made A/B honor roll on his progress report (waiting for the 'final' one to come in). He works so hard, but I still think we're just not paying attention in school the way he needs to. Boo and Hans are doing great. Boo missed straight A's by one point first semester (we treated her for all A's - it was soooo close!), and Hans got 'A/B' honor roll. Well, for his grade level!
Bethany and Josh have started altar serving at church - I'm so PROUD! - and Hans will be making his 1st Reconciliation/Communion next year. JUNE 13, 2009!!!
SAVE THAT DATE!
Had a blast in MI with everyone, and I am sooo glad we got to see you, Mom and Dad! Hope all is well with everyone. BTW, keep Cody and I in your thoughts; we picked up colds in MI, and are both working on not getting too sick. Thanks goodness the kids are fine! Love to all!