Sunday, July 30, 2006

Reasonable Rantings and Raving Wisdom

Reasonable Rantings and Raving Wisdom

Ever felt like you can't keep up those appearances anymore? Or like you will shatter if someone discovers your secret?

Read Canary's blog to see how important it is for us to be authentic people.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

It's Another Good Idea, Bad Idea, from Sarah

Good idea: Making yummy mashed potatos for friends to eat at a BBQ.

Bad idea: Leaving leftover mashed potatos in the garage in the summer for 2 days.


Friday, July 28, 2006

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Certification (continued from last post)

I had a good talk with a guy from the certification office today. I feel much better about things. Basically they are pretty flexible about things and I will have the time to do the things I need to do.

It was good that I went down there and got things figured out.

Babysitting the cutest little boy tonight!

Today my main goal will be to go down to the State Board of Education Certification Office downtown and try to figure out what to do.

As a certified teacher, I am supposed to do 150 hours of professional development every 5 years. It's not much unless you don't find out until 4 years later and then you have 2 kids to take care of and no school paying for the professional development.

So basically I am way behind and have some hours but not nearly enough, and I have about one more year before I need to renew my certificate.

I will not even need my certificate until Denali is 5 (4 more years), but it's good to have it on hand and to show your future employers that you care about it.

Therefore I need to talk to the people in charge and see what my options are, whether it be
a) do all of those hours or else!
b) do as many as you can and that's good enough
c) let your certificate lapse and just retake the ExCET
d) let your certificate lapse and your life will be over because you will have to go through 4 more years of college and we will take your children and your house and your books (hopefully this will not be a choice)

So that's my goal for the day. Their website is helpful to a point, but doesn't help me; the emails I sent have not been answered; their phone system is overwhelmed every day by 8:30 in the morning; and my MIL is willing to watch the kids while I go down there.

Wish me intelligence!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Getting Ready

Joel will be home from Canada in about an hour.

I took a shower and shaved my legs and got all gussied up.

He has been gone since Tuesday at the Ottawa Linux Symposium.

While he was gone I helped his mom recuperate from surgery, finished painting the bathroom (it looks so good!) and put junk on the curb for bulky pickup day.

Hope he gets home soon!

Friday, July 21, 2006

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Thursday's Schedule

7:30 am: up and going
9 am: leave the house for MIL appt
9:45 am: finally find the appt
10:30 am: costco for a prescription
11 am: pick up lost item
11:30 am: lunch at little china
12 pm: nap time
2:45: appt for Denali
3:00 pm: he's got an ear infection
4:00: take grace to airport
5:00: bank
5:15: home
7 pm: go to walmart to make a return, get a prescription, and look at shower coordinates
8pm: home, kids to bed
9 pm: Chris and Ruth Ann coming over?

And they call me a "Stay-at-home-mom". HA!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Funny Stories

The other day I took this picture of Denali climbing on our rock wall. It's perfectly safe considering he never gets higher than that. And it's really cute...

Denali was looking at a book today that had a picture of Laura the Carrot on each page doing things. One one page she was upside down, and on the facing page she was right side up. Denali got so frustrated turning the book around and around trying to figure out which way was up.

I was out driving today and saw a semi truck hauling palm trees, and the back end was really crooked. Turns out the back two right wheels were completely gone off the truck bed, and he was still driving it! This made the back two left wheels be completely off the ground. It looked so dangerous; I wished I had a CB radio to tell him. Although he may have known and decided to ignore it. Who knows?

My pediatrician's office keeps sending me a bill that's been miscoded. A few months ago Emmy stuck a bead in her ear and we had to go in and get them to take it out. But when they sent me the bill it said "remove foreign object from nose". I don't know which costs more but they keep sending me a bill and I keep asking them to change it. They're just confused because the insurance won't pay any of it, as we are doing a Health Savings Account now instead. The billing office thinks I want them to resubmit it to the insurance, where all I want them to do is change it to the correct billing term. It's really getting annoying.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Life Marches On

The ice cream was delectable. Thanks to Heather for the loan of the ice cream maker.

Of course now it's all gone...

Our neighbors are replacing the fence that divides the two properties. We paid some cash to the friends helping them. We really need to do our part in these sorts of things to keep relationships good.

My mother-in-law is staying with us while she recovers from hip surgery. We are being kept busy by that. She says the kids are fun to help distract her- and she's good at distracting the kids too!

Finally got the bathroom mostly finished painting. I just need to finish the trim. I will post pictures here soon.

I have about 100 more books to catalogue for the children's library at church. I will be glad to be done with them.

Our neighbors found a beehive in their yard right by the fence they're tearing out and replacing. Luckily no one got stung.

Well better go do something productive.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Ice Cream

So Joel had an ice cream social at work and was going to impress everyone by bringing the ingredients for ice cream and then making it cold with liquid nitrogen. We know someone who had done that recently. He called ahead to aplace and they said he could just bring a couple thermoses and they would sell the nitrogen to him. So he spent a couple hours assembling the ingredients and getting them to the point where all he had to do was cool it.

But yesterday there was a different guy at the supply store and they wouldn't give him the nitrogen. So Joel had two batches of almost ice cream waiting to get creamed.

Therefore last night my job was to go get an ice cream maker. We never had one before. I went to Target ($50), HEB (none available), Wal-Mart (none available), and a different Target ($50). Then I called my friend, who has everything you could possibly want, and she did have one. So now we are making ice cream in an electric maker that you add the ice and salt to.

Can you believe this is the first time in my life I have done this?

Chocolate ice cream coming up!

Monday, July 10, 2006

How many dozens of messed-up cookies does it take a Sarah to admit defeat for the night?

About 6

That's right- through various means I made about 6 dozen cookies that were not fit for public presentation. Then I gave up on the rest of the batter. Maybe tonight I will try again.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


I've had a car sort of in front of the mailbox for about three days. Yesterday we got a note asking us to move the car, from the mail carrier. We didn't get a chance to move it.

I think today she did not give us any mail because of it.

Do you know how often we have things obstructing the mailbox? Very rarely. It's not like we are committing a federal crime here. You'd think she would be nicer about it.

Needless to say we moved the car. Grr.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Well Checks

Took the kids to the doctor today for their well checks and vaccinations. They are both doing wonderfully.

Here's the vital statistics for those who care:

Emlyn: 4 yrs 42 in 35.7 lbs
This is 90% for height and 50% for weight
Denali: 18 mos 32 in 23 lbs
This is 50% for height and 10% for weight

Denali and Emmy are basically still on the same age by age track with each other. It's interesting to see how the rest of the kids in the world compare though.

I love my kids!

Alarm Clock

Nothing wakes me up faster than the realization that I haven't paid the credit card bill. ACCKK!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Books and Books and Books!

The last few days I have been frantically cataloguing books for the children's library at church. There is no deadline; I just can't handle having them sit on my dinner table and me not do anything about them. Plus I can't help it- I love the stickers and the tape and the cards. I've always wanted to have an official library so this is right up my alley. We started out with about 60 books, and through the VBS we got about 300 more. So that's a lot of time. I am trudging through them and in the process learning about what books are good quality and which aren't.

I've discovered that I'm a bit of a book snob. I am not really fond of $1 store books, and books written on a TV theme like Care Bears, Thomas the Tank Engine, or whatever. I prefer my Christian books to be well-written as well as Christian.

But through the generosity of others, I am slowly learning that some books are better than no books. Most of the donations were paperbacks, and most of them were TV-themed. A lot of them were from the Dollar Store. And some of them are not exceedingly well-written. But that's okay! If they are reasonably well-moraled, then we are accepting them. I draw the line at noisy books though. I cannot handle dinosaur noises no matter how hard I try.

Another part of being the librarian for a church library is that I have to make some decisions about which books are available. Can I allow make-believe? What about dragons? CS Lewis was a Christian and his Narnia series is a parallel to Christ's relationship to us. But it has dark magic... The picture and board books are easy. I just avoid all the ones about potty time and "Heather has Two Mommies." But the chapter books are much more difficult. I happen to know of a lot of very good books that are probably too angsty for a church library, like Bridge to Terabithia or Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry.

On the other hand, how much of a part should a parent play in deciding what books their children read? If they come home with a book about death, isn't that a good way to talk with them about death and heaven and hope? Should you know what your children read? At what age do you let them go off and read whatever? Or do you ever?

These are all some of the things I have been thinking about. My children and house are beginning to show the neglect. But I think I only have about 100 more books to go. Then we will be back on track.