Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
Here is my grandfather. World War 1 vet.
I took the kids to the Memorial Day parade today. There were several vets in the parade of course. I really got a little teary eyed when I saw very old men from the local nursing homes being pushed down the street in their wheelchairs. They wore their American Legion caps indicating what war they had served in. Very touching.
Thank you, vets!
Saturday, May 27, 2006
This is me and Freddy. Don't know how old I was. 3? In that case, this picture was taken in about 1970.
I finally got around to doing some painting today. Still working on the milk can with the cats. I'm procrastinating because the lady I'm painting for isn't going to be around until July. Also I am a little intimidated by the project. Actually...it's turning out ok so far. I've been asked to do another mural...for a kid's room. The daughter of a friend of mine. It sounds like a fun and low stress project! I probably won't get around to it until some time this summer. We still have to figure out what I am painting. I was going to do a lovely crown adorned by tromp l'oeil curtains above her bed...but she has changed her mind. I'm a little disappointed because I was so looking forward to painting that. I would paint it in my own daughters' bedroom...but they have a bunk bed!
I've been researching schools to go to. I want to go to faux finishing school. I like one I have found in Louisville, KY best. Jamie is very supportive of me going if we can come up with how to pay for it!
Yesterday I subbed as a teacher aid at the elementary school. I worked in a special ed class. It was a pretty good day. I'd much rather be painting a mural...but it's a little money anyway. Money that I would not have otherwise earned. Business has been slow...but it is because I am a fledgling artist...just starting to figure out how to fly. I'll get there eventually!
Friday, May 26, 2006
Here's a picture of me at around 9 years of age...and I look quite a bit like Melissa Gilbert. If I remember clearly, I was quite a fan of "Little House On the Prarie" during this time. Every Wednesday night I believe it was...we'd gather at 8:00 to watch the show on our black and white portable TV. I always wanted to live back in those old fashioned days. In fact I would have been flattered had I believed I really looked like Melissa-Sue. Anyway, at around 8:30, during the commercial break, my parents would tell us three girls to run and get our pajamas on. We'd dash to our bedrooms to pull cotton flannel over our heads and then dash back so as not to miss anything. That was a good TV show. I've been thinking that it would be fun to get some copies of those old TV shows and watch them with my kids. I think they'd enjoy them. Other good shows were "The Waltons" and "Emergency!"
What were your favorite TV shows?
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Well....it is time for me to blog something new. That last picture made me feel like I should lose perhaps 10 pounds...maybe a little more. It's hard to find a picture I like of myself. That's why I should stick to pictures of my kids or my dog. They always look good.
It's been busy here. Tonight, Jamie and I had to play shuffle kids and activities. I took Audra to swimming, dropped her off, took Alicia to the elementary school art show and in the mean time, Jamie took Allen to his soccer practice. Now everyone is home, homework is completed, showers are being taken and kids are going to bed. I was thinking maybe Jamie and I would sit together and talk. The night is young...it could still happen.
Oh I hate blogging tojust blog something...but I can't think of anything interesting! But my dog is cute isn't he?
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
The funny thing is, I remember thinking my mother was way out of step in a fashion sense on a few different occassions...particularly during my teen years. I remember thinking that I would never let myself be that way when I was a mother some day. *Sigh*
The above picture was just taken the other day on Mother's Day...in front of the house I grew up in. (that's one of my nephews in the window) I don't really care how out of style she is now. I'm just thankful that I have her as my mother...and I hope that I do as many things right while raising my children as she did while raising us.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Another of my son's photographs.
He's growing up! Next year will be middle school. Tonight he got to visit the middle school youth group and tomorrow his class goes to the Middle School here in town for a visit and tour of the building. I've been letting him ride his bike to and from school now because he hates taking the bus. I think he's quite pleased that he is gaining independence.
So what does this have to do with the picture? Nothing. I just liked it.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
I have to smile a little because now that I am a mother, I look at the old photo a little bit differently than I did in the past. Actually, I look a bit like my daughter Alicia...who is also a thumb sucker. What goes around comes around...or the apple doesn't fall far from the tree so they say.
Once in a while I wish I could go back in time and just be a kid again. Just for a day. How would I spend it? Riding my bike, sitting on Dad's lap as he read stories to us, playing "FisherPrice" people with my sisters, camping? Probably sitting on Dad's lap would win. Being so much a child that I am free to suck my thumb all I want to!
Wow! What a job...but I made it just in the nick of time!
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Tomorrow is Alicia's 7th birthday. I am painting a box for her treasures. I am having to do some super fast work here because it needs to be done by tomorrow night. That's where a hairdryer comes in handy. Money has been a little tight lately and I'm at a loss on what to get her anyway. She already has plenty of dolls of all sorts. There are enough games in this house. Basically you can call me a scrooge because the kids all have plenty of stuff. Wait. Let me correct that. We all have plenty of stuff in this house. This house is only 1500 sq. ft. And with 5 people along with our stuff...it makes for a tight squeeze. I'm thinking that I need to simplify big time.
Anyway...I think she will like a box painted just for her with her name on it. I have purchased a few small things to put inside. Some pretty hair bows, some sidewalk chalk,...and I can't even remember what else I bought. Not too much. Don't want to take up all the room in that box. I'll try to post a picture of it sometime.
Anyway...I need to go check to see if that first layer of basecoat is dry and get back to work!