Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
One of the first things we did upon arriving home after our trip to Minnesota is to purchase a ladder ball set. The girls and I had fun playing this at Rachel's and Grandpa John's houses and we've played many family games in the past week and a half since we've been home.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Madison has always loved to set up a store. Sometimes it's a balloon or art store, but most of the time it's a candy store. Santa even brought her a store-front a couple of years ago. I love the name she came up with this time - Candy Bar. She finds all of the candy hiding in the house and skillfully displays it. Each item is priced to move and she is quite the sales girl. She told me she didn't want to be in the picture because she was in her pajamas, but after I snapped the shot, I noticed a sweet little face behind the candy jar.
Friday, June 26, 2009
The girls and I have been listening to the news stories about Micheal Jackson since last night. Jordan, in particular, likes his music since many of his songs were featured in her school play this past March. Here they are reinacting the "Thriller" dance while listening to my vinyl album (a gift from my aunt 1982/83).
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I never noticed these signs before today and God knows we've made many visits here since January. In this photograph are the windows of Jordan's pediatric edocrinologist's first floor offices (though I didn't intend to photograph those). We definitely received good help here at St. Mary's Hospital. Jordan had her three month appointment today (since receiving her insulin pump) and things are lookin' good.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I've always loved these flowers. I grew them in Omaha, but could never get them to grow in Ft. Worth. I'm ecstatic that they are growing so well here in Richmond. I knew that they were edible and often added to salads for color. During our visit to Maymont this past Easter, we learned that Mrs. Dooley often served nasturtium sandwiches to her guests along with tea. Somehow, though, I can't seem to get myself to put this lovely little flower between two slices of bread (would I use butter or Miracle Whip on the bread?).
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
We've got our team leader - Jordan. We have our team name - Jordan's Journey. We just need to ask for donations from everybody we know to help fund diabetes research.
Jordan has the most severe type of the disease (type 1) and, in order to stay alive, has to continually infuse insulin through a pump and test her blood sugar by pricking her finger six+ times a day. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and a leading cause of nerve damage, stroke, and heart attacks. Diabetes kills one American every three minutes and is the sixth leading cause of death reported in the U.S. JDRF is the only major diabetes organization focused exclusively on research and more than 85% of JDRF's expenditures directly support research. A cure is expected well within Jordan's lifetime. Please consider giving whatever you can to this cause.
Jordan's fundraising page can be found HERE.
Friday, June 19, 2009
We spent the day shopping. We needed food for the house after being in Minnesota for nearly a week. We needed a new large suitcase because one large plus three small does not make for happy travelling. We picked up a couple of father's day gifts, some beautiful new sheets for our guest bedroom (hint, hint - Rachel), some scrapbook & craft supplies, some organizational items, and more bird seed and a new feeder. We arrived finally arrived home too late to make a good dinner. We ordered from Pizza Fusion again. The Greek pizza we had last month was fantastic and the BBQ chicken pizza we ordered today was just as good. The best part of ordering this pizza is that the people at Pizza Fusion do everything they can to help save the earth one pizza at a time.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
We had a very quick trip home - even with a connecting flight in Cleveland. We walked right onto the plane after going through security in Minneapolis, then had only a 6-8 minute wait until boarding the plane in Cleveland. This is the worst picture of my 169 posted so far this year, but the girls insisted that I use it anyway.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
We played hooky today and went to Busch Gardens. It was so hot and humid we were melting. Maddie managed to jump in front of a water ride as it landed and was sufficiently splashed but neither Jordan nor I wanted to walk around with wet shorts so we endured the misery. About mid-afternoon, though, all roller coasters were stopped because of the threat of storms. Before we could get out of the park the rain started to fall and more importantly the lightening looked fierce. We took cover after this picture was taken of the girls dancing in the rain.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
"Hi, I have type 1 diabetes and we're collecting money to help find a cure. Would you like to make a donation?" Can you say no to that? Jordan, along with the other student at her school with diabetes and several friends, spent six hours today raising money for JDRF. This is one of many fundraisers these kids will have before the Walk to Cure Diabetes on September 20th.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Maddie received special recognition on the televised announcements this morning for her efforts in making her classmates aware of how important it is to recycle. Now they all pitch in and collect recyclables at lunch before they hit the trash cans. Specifically the Frito Lay chip bags and Capri Sun pouches - a company called TerraCycle will turn these items and others into tote bags and other useful items.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Is that boy band still around? It was a scorcher here today! I dreaded walking the half mile to get Jordan at her bus stop and then lugging the wagon with her 20 lb. backpack home. Thankfully Dad was home to carry that load. Since he was willing, Maddie hopped in - but not before she added a seat cushion and a pillow.