Another chunk of our money. The furnace, the washer, the cat, my arm, her diabetes, her eyes, when will it end? This is all within the last three months. I am so glad we decided not to remodel this house. With this economy and all of the money we've had to pay out in the last few weeks, we're lucky we can still pay the mortgage.
Monday, March 30, 2009
I get by with a little help from my . . . daughter. She knows how hectic the mornings are on school days, so she took over this little chore of mine. Before bed, Madison is the one who gets both lunches ready except for the sandwiches - we don't like mushy stale sandwiches. Don't you love all of the labeling? The unreadable paper on the counter is the checklist so she doesn't leave something out and I don't forget to put it in the lunchbox. I love that girl!!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Maddie had a blast at Book Celebration today. The students could participate if they read and passed an AR test on at least eight of 20 books. Maddie read nine which is quite a stretch for her since she hates to read. She really wanted to participate in this day of fun, though. There were three schools in attendance for games, pizza, and prizes. This is Maddie and her group playing Wheel of Fortune.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Today was Twin Day at Maddie's school. She and her friend wore the matching shirts, jeans, earrings, headband, necklace, and shoes. They even wrote with matching pencils and ate the same Cheese Nips for snack and peanut butter & jelly for lunch. Aren't they adorable?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Last Tuesday Jasmine spent the day at the vet's office - urinalysis, an x-ray, a sonogram, and an antibiotic injection. She was diagnosed with a bladder stone (her second - she had another one removed about two years ago) and a urinary tract infection. Today she had a successful surgery to remove the stone.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The instructions are to build, launch and do a detailed analysis of the acceleration, speed, and force produced by a water-filled two-liter rocket. This is middle school physical science. The fact that Jordan doesn't like her science class doesn't help this cause, nor does the one week time frame to complete the project. An hour of research, four stores and $30 later, the three of us were shocked that this "rocket" actually launched. However, we couldn't figure out how to calculate the rate of acceleration of the launch (final velocity minus starting velocity divided by time), nor could we accurately measure the height attained (how tall is our garage?).
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This is Madison's "Student of the Week" Bulletin board. On it are displayed all of her favorite things - Hippey, her cousins, her family, Shannon, all things cheetah, pink, penguins, flowers, some of her crafty papers and tags, and a Texas Ranger star representing her time spent in Texas. She is looking forward to sharing this with her classmates tomorrow. She also plans to give each of them five erasers of their choice from her mini eraser collection.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Jordan spent several February evenings preparing applications and most of Valentine's Day interviewing and testing for two high school programs she was interested in attending. The first is the International Baccalaureate Program - she insisted when we were leaving Texas that we find a place where she could continue with her IB education (completely forgetting that she would have to first be accepted into the high school program). The second choice is the Center for the Arts program where she could concentrate on visual arts education.
Today she received acceptance letters to both programs. We are so proud of her!! She is extremely excited about her accomplishment!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Here's another squirrel because the blue jay won't let me photograph him. I am amused by this guy's skimpy bottle-brush tail acting as an umbrella. We had this rainy, snowy mix falling all day, but the precipitation didn't hinder the activity at the bird feeders.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
This is my favorite time of year - when the birds come back from their southern winter homes. Our bird feeders have been a non-stop source of food for so many different birds, a few squirrels, and at least two chipmunks. I especially enjoy the blue jays and cardinals stopping by for a bite.
Monday, March 9, 2009
This picture just goes to show that you don't have to be the biggest kid on the block to stand up to the bully. This little chipmunk had been going back and forth between our deck and his home in the wooded area out back all day. He scampers from the woods, up the stairs to the deck, fills his cheeks to capacity with whatever seeds he can shove in there, and runs back down the stairs to his home in the woods to unload and start the process again. One of his trips though turned nasty when this mean old bully squirrel showed up. But that didn't keep my friend the chipmunk from dodging squirrel fists in order to get the food he needed to feed his little chipmunk family waiting patiently in those woods.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
The very last performance of Snow White. What a fantastic run! Approximately 90 amazingly talented students participated in this production. Jordan is sad that it is over. She made a bunch of new friends. I am happy to be back to a normal schedule tomorrow.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Jordan and her cast mates have been rehearsing for this play since November. Show times are tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Today the students were released from class at 11:30 a.m. in order to rehearse many, many times because of the three snow days canceling classes during this crucial dress rehearsal week. They performed very well tonight and I believe they can only get better!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
This is what was accomplished after three days. There was an urgency to complete Verde since there will be school tomorrow - a two hour delay start, but school will be in session. We also received heat this afternoon. The furnace was finally repaired and we can move through our house without wearing a winter coat.