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Sunday School/Happy Halloween

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Our area celebrated Halloween last night. Woo Hoo for that! little mr. j's PreK teacher, (Here at our little school, if you call it Pre School, nobody will realize you are talking about that little class at the school-they think you are talking about somewhere else. I found that out on Friday) realized that Halloween falls on a Monday next year. She's not very excited about that. I think she'd like to ask for it to be changed. I love that our city passed an ordinance to celebrate it on Saturday this year. It's 9pm on Sunday night and no one's come around. Now, last night was a whole different story. We were busy. Lots of kids. Lots of candy. Lots of fun. Here's little mr. j's favorite take of the night (and it's not candy), he's been wearing them all around. Except for church and to eat and he finally let me wash them when I was doing the dishes. We had friends come over for dinner before they all went out trick or treating. We had tw
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What I just learned. Again. When one registers for the ACT, one should check with the schools they are planning on applying to ahead of time to see how they handle multiple test scores (taking the same test on different dates in hope of a better score). One should also remember that adding additional schools to the list of places for scores to be sent to should be completed before noon central time the Thursday after the Saturday test date. Because 10 minutes before 5pm central time is too late. But, for an additional fee, it can be taken care of. (This post is mainly future reference for me. Post it note on my space. I knew this last spring.)  (Why or why do I not remember these things?) Image from here.

Halloween Frights-kind of

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I have something very scary to share with you-just in time for Halloween. It's (dun, dun, dun) my calendar , EEEEEKKKK! But, since I don't want to scare you too much, I will shield you from the frights. And let you know how beautiful life's been in our little part of the world: This is the sky. Really. I have no idea how I took this picture, but I did take the one before it and the one after, so I'm pretty sure I took this one. It was the day of the run.  Now that I think of it, little mr. j's teacher held my camera, so maybe she took it-whatever, it's still a pretty awesome blue to go along with a pretty awesome day. These are our feet after the run (little mr.'s j & b & mine in the middle). little mr. b ran (well, maybe ran, might have walked some) two miles with a friend. We were there at the end to greet him. We (little mr. j and I) got to the end very quickly. I learned that little mr. j really knows how to set goals and accomplish them. And

Sunday School

Why I am the parent to drive with-or not

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Image from here. I am in no way implying that this is a picture of me. I am not a doggeh. This is just probably how it feels to my poor, poor teenage drivers. We had a situation last week. We have a situation lots of weeks, but this one was particularly unpleasant and of course I learned something. I took driver's ed when I was 14. That's right. 14 years old. We took a class for many weeks. We practiced in a controlled environment consisting of a parking lot and a two story building with real cars, a viewing area with windows on the second floor, and a speaker system that "spoke" to the car radios. Finally, driving around the city with two of your closest driver's ed buddies & an instructor. Oh, yes, humiliation all around. I got a daytime license that let me begin to drive in the dark when I turned 16. It did not involve parental involvement. Very different world, but I am a very good driver. Flash forward to poor miss s, who has taken today'

Sunday School

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Image found here. In one of our classes today, the man giving the presentation told us about where he used to live (way out in the country). He told us about how they used to give people directions on how to get there. And then he went on to draw a map and tell us (very quickly) how to get to his childhood home (beginning at the main freeway). There were many turns and at each one, there was a description given instead of street names. (It was something like this: take the second Somethingdale exit, through the first light, right at the gas station, right at the Miller’s house, left at somebody Mogg’s place, we’re right next to Ike’s-except there was a lot more to it.) Then he had someone come up and try to tell us the directions. The person did pretty well, but got mixed up at the end. Then he had us all work on the directions together and we did well. Then another person went up and was able to do it all on his own (because we had all practiced the route a few times). This man

Yay.

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Picture can be found here.  (But, warning, I don't know what that link will send you to-my web protector told me that I was not allowed to open that site without my parent's permission, and they live way out of state and if I call them, I won't get this post written and if I don't get this post written, I won't get the laundry folded, the kids will get ignored when they come home from school, and I won't have time to figure out what's for dinner. So, sorry. Hope it's an ok site &  nothing invades your computer if you go there. Their picture sure is cute. And-Hi, Mom.) Yay. The package that didn't arrive two Saturdays ago, but "was delivered," arrived via a nice lady with the same house number/different street address as us. Yay. I have my window open. Yay. I am following a "be healthy" plan/contest thingy & I am earning lots of points. Yay. The teenagers did not have cross words before & upon leaving the h

Oh my goodness-the airplane ride

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Are you one of those people who are totally comfortable riding in an airplane? Do you come and go without worry or concern? Do you enjoy the ride? Do the people around you make you feel more comfortable, concerned, or blah? Guess what I heard on the first flight I took on the way to our visit West from someone sitting very near me: "We're gonna crash!" "We're goin' down, we're goin' down!" "I got a bad feeling about this." I do get nervous sometimes, but was trying to be calm for my kids. He was just going on and on and on. And he didn't stop until I put one hand over his mouth and one arm around his body, kissed the top of his head, and whispered in his ear that everything would be just fine. And held back the laughter. Because I didn't want to minimize his tender feelings. Or scar him for life. And I didn't realize the volume of his terror until, as I held his little 4 year old hand, we exited the plane

Last Summer Days

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I've been outside a lot this week soaking in our last pleasant days of summer weather. I haven't been inside or thinking of things to write. I've just been enjoying where I am while I am there. In honor of this beautiful week, I am giving you a picture of the only place in the world where I can completely relax (and also my son's 10 toes).

Deep Question

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Precious silhouette from here. I hope my theme of late regarding my love of the things four year olds think & say is not wearing on you. I promise the days of this theme are drawing very, very short. As in, "Is it one or two days before my birthday?" And, "Four is not my favorite number anymore. I changed it to five." I will always love the things four year olds think & say. I will just not have a four year old in my home anymore. So I will love the things that my five year old thinks & says. And my tween. And my teen. And my almost adult. And I will cry a little because the time is going by too fast. So, before I go and get all weepy on you, let me ask you the question I was asked tonight as I was lying down next to a very wiggly almost five year old, trying to get him to go to sleep. "Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be another person?" And I said, "Yes, as a matter of fact, I have. What do you think it would be like?&quo

Sunday School (Good Halloween News)

Here is the link  to this exact story on their official site. My comments are added in orange. Several Cities Move Official Halloween Celebration Move Made To Help School Children POSTED: 6:40 pm CDT October 3, 2010 UPDATED: 8:52 pm CDT October 3, 2010 OKLAHOMA CITY The decision by several Oklahoma City area community leaders to celebrate Halloween a day early is stirring a spirited debate. Edmond, Midwest City, Oklahoma City and Yukon officials have issued proclamations moving the date from Oct. 31, a Sunday, to Oct. 30. Norman stuck with Oct. 31. Yay! Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett's chief of staff, David Holt, said the non-binding decision has more to do with Sunday being the night before school than with it being the day in which church services are held. Because, being politically correct has hit the bible belt. First United Methodist Church pastor Mark McAdow said the move is convenient for those who want to go to Sunday evening services, but he said he wou

Building Knowledge

I believe that knowledge is built on existing knowledge. If we don't have a foundation or base to put our new knowledge on, it's going to have a hard time standing strong.  It's so important to learn things from the beginning and in incremental steps. If you've been reading here for a while, you'll remember that little mr. j and I have been learning to read. Well, really, I already know how to read, but we are working on it together and we have made it to lesson #65. He would really like to get to "his" letter. He would really like to get to 'j' and that will happen in the next few lessons. (woo hoo!) What is great is the way he asked me about it yesterday. He said, "When are we going to get to unlock 'j'?" As I've said before, I love the things four year olds say. And I love how he used the knowledge he has of moving on to higher levels of something to try to know how to move to a higher level in a different realm