Archive for August, 2009

My Funny Kids

Recent conversations heard:

At the aquarium:
Me:  Madalyn, see how those fish are all swimming together?  That’s called a school of fish.
Madalyn:  Well which one is the teacher?  Is that shark the teacher?


Overheard on the beach:
Annagrace (to Taylor):  Let’s put the clams back in the ocean so we can go do something else.
Taylor:  But I don’t want to put them back I want to keep them!
Annagrace:  Taylor, if you love something you should set it free.   
(I have no idea where Annagrace heard that but I thought it was hilarious!)


About a week ago:
Madalyn:  Mama!  There’s a fly in here!  Can you die him?!

And yesterday Madalyn said, “Mama I took the fly swatter and I died that fly!”

Beach Sweet Beach

Still having a fantastic time at the beach!  The waves are a little rougher today due to Hurricane Bill out there in the Atlantic Ocean.  But still not bad for swimming!  

Aaron and I took the girls out on the beach for a little while this morning.   I enjoyed watching them build a sand castle.  There was a time when Aaron hated the beach and would sit inside rather than come out to play with us so it made me very happy to see him out there having fun with the girls!

My mom and I just got back from seeing “The Time Traveler’s Wife”.  Oh.  My.  Word.  I think it’s a must see.  I loved it!  If you like love stories/movies along the lines of Nicholas Sparks then you’ll like this movie.  Just be prepared and bring tissues!  

Planning to head out to the beach again in a few minutes.  This has definitely been the best year at the beach so far–we are LOVING being right on the ocean.  It is so convenient!  It’s great not having to lug tons of stuff down to the water.  We just throw on our bathing suits and take off!  And when one of the kids gets tired they can head up to the house by themselves and take a break.  It is awesome! 

Might take the girls out for ice cream tonight or maybe go get some pizza.  Not sure what the plans are.  We are all looking forward to my friend Jenn and her sweet little Lilley coming tomorrow and tomorrow night my bro and his family will come back for the night.  I can’t wait to see all the kids together!  Lilley and my nephew Zachary are a couple weeks apart, Madalyn and my nephew Brayden are a month apart and Annagrace and my niece Taylor are two years apart–so everyone will have someone to play with! : )  

We still have bumper cars and maybe miniature golf planned for this weekend sometime and Mom and I are going to go hit up some shops nearby tomorrow morning (we found a Scrapbook store!  Woo hoo!).  

I forgot my USB cord so looks like pictures will have to wait until we get back.  I’m hoping to do a family session on the beach tomorrow evening (gonna give Jenn a crash course in how to use my camera!) and I hope we can do a Lilley session too!  Should be lots of fun!  Expect lots of photos next week!

Working Today

Working today….have 5 patients to see.  Then back the beach with my hubby this evening.  I can’t wait to get back down there!  Hoping to add some photos tonight or tomorrow!

Not Me Monday

It’s Monday.  I’m at the beach on vacation–woo hoo!  My parents both have laptops and we have wireless internet in our beach house so I’ll be able to blog a little bit this week.  Mostly I’ll just blog about what we do each day as a journal for later reference.   But since it’s Monday, guess I’ll participate in Not Me Monday again!


  • It wasn’t me that ate a brownie for dessert today . . . after breakfast.  And lunch.  And supper.
  • It wasn’t me that found out at my OB appointment last week that I had gained 7 pounds in 6 weeks.  Nope.  It was not me.
  • I wasn’t the one that go so mad at my hubby when he was trying to change my van tire that I threw the manual down the driveway, went inside the house and slammed the door.  And it REALLY wasn’t me that told my kids that their dad was being a jerk when they asked me what was wrong.  But if it was me then I’d certainly apologize to my husband and tell him that I love him very much!
  •  It wasn’t me who refused to take my 3 year old inside to pee today and instead told her to go sit down in the ocean water to go potty.  (But if I was then I know I’m not alone–come on, admit it).

Today was an awesome day at the beach!  We got out on the beach a little after 10 a.m. and the water was perfect.  No undertow with calm waves and we pretty much had the beach to ourselves.  Around lunch time my sister-in-law and her mom arrived and brought my niece and nephews to play for awhile.  My niece will be staying with us for a few days and hopefully my brother and sister-in-law and the boys will be coming back this weekend.  This evening we went back out on the beach after supper and again the water was very calm.  The lighting was beautiful and I snapped a few photos of the girls together.  I can’t wait to have our family photo shoot at the end of the week!

Tomorrow I am planning to spend some one-on-one time with Madalyn and will be taking her to the aquarium in the morning.  She loves the skate and stingray tank so I know she’ll have a good time!  Afterwards I expect I’ll spend more time on the beach with the girls and then in the evening I’ll have to head back to Greenville so I can work on Wednesday.  Then on Wednesday evening my hubby gets to come back to the beach with me!  I can’t wait for him to be here with us.  We sure do miss him!

Ahhhh . . . 17 hours and counting

(photo taken in Emerald Isle but is not one of mine–found on google images!)

We are leaving tomorrow for the beach for a week!  I can not wait.  What a fantastic way to end our summer break.  We have been doing this every year since 2005.  We stay for the week with my parents and we usually have a few visitors join us for a day or two.  Sometimes my brother and his family are able to come.  Sometime my mom’s best friend is able to come.  I am hoping that this year my best friend and her baby will join us for a day or two.  We bring games and usually cook all our own meals.  Usually a day is spent shopping or sightseeing.  I know this year Mom and I have plans to see the movie “The Time Traveler’s Wife”.  Tuesday I plan to spend part of the day with Madalyn at the aquarium.  At the end of the week I’m hoping we can do a family photo shoot on the beach.  So lots of fun stuff ahead for the week!

Unfortunately Aaron will have to work Monday-Wednesday and won’t be able to join us until Wednesday evening.   And somehow he managed to volunteer me to work on Wednesday as well . . . still trying to figure out how that happened!  But it’s all good because after 6 weeks of me working next to no hours at all, we need the money!  So I’ll be coming back Wednesday a.m. and working 8-5 and then we’ll both head back down to the beach after work and will be there until Sunday.

This year we are going to Emerald Isle instead of our usual Duck/Southern Shores in the Outer Banks.  There isn’t nearly as much to do in Emerald Isle but we have an oceanfront house this year so I expect that the majority of our time will just be spent sitting on the beach relaxing, reading, building sandcastles, playing.  I love the beach.  Thank you Lord for creating such a beautiful and relaxing place!

Don’t know if I’ll be posting at all this week–depends on if we have a nearby wireless signal.  If I’m not able to….have  a great week and I’ll blog about our vacation when we get back!  We return on Sunday and school starts Monday!!!

Countries, Cultures, Postcards and Pen Pals

You know that commercial that comes on every year before school starts?  The one with the dad dancing his way down the aisles of Staples while the song is playing ” . . . it’s the most wonderful time of the year…”?  Every time I see that I think it’s sad!  I hated the end of summer break the last two years because it meant Annagrace would be going back to school!  I remember my mom saying the same thing…that she was always sad when we went back to school each year.

Yes, it is quieter in our home with only one child here.  It is more easy to manage one child at a time instead of two.  But I MISS Annagrace when she isn’t around!  So I am tickled pink that we are homeschooling this year!

We are using My Father’s World:  Exploring Countries and Cultures as our big unit study this year.  This study will include all her Science, Geography, Art/Music, Bible and Reading.  I am very excited about this study!  I traveled to Singapore, India and Indonesia while in college and I just LOVE learning about other cultures.  Annagrace started really showing an interest in geography last year so I knew this would be the perfect study for her!

A few ideas that I have in mind to do during the course of the year are:

  • Have Annagrace “interview” (via e-mail) my friends who live in other countries.  I have about 5 or 6 people in mind so far.
  • When starting each new study we will have a Family Fun Night where we will eat food from that country, read a book or watch a movie that features that country and maybe play a game that kids in that country play.
  • Sponsor a Compassion child.  I have been wanting to do this anyway and this would be a great opportunity for Annagrace to “meet” a child from another country.

At her public school she was in the Challenge (gifted) program.  They took one day a week where they met together and studied something a little extra.  So for her first challenge unit we are going to heavily study the United States.  I have a great unit study from Moving Beyond the Page that we will use.  She will study each state and will learn capitals, state birds and flowers, populations, important events and people, etc.   We will plan to do this once a week so it may take us awhile to get through it (I’m planning on it taking the whole year).

A project that I developed that she will be doing for this 50 states study is a “Postcard and Quarter Collection”.  I have been shamelessly asking friends on Facebook to send her postcards from other states!  I came up with about 35 states and 3 countries that are represented by my Facebook friends!  We have a notebook that has a page for each of the 50 states.  She’ll fill out a paper about each postcard–when it came, who sent it, etc.–and we will do a quarter rubbing on the page of that state’s quarter.  (I’ll post some photos once we get a few postcards inside!).  I am super excited about this!  If you are out there reading this and you are from a state other than NC and VA then lemme know! We want a postcard from you!

And lastly, I just secured her some pen pals for this school year as well!  One of her assignments each Friday will be to write a letter to someone.  I was hoping to find someone about her age and preferably someone that she didn’t know in real life who was from another state.  So I asked my friend, Jennifer, who happens to live in Florida and just so happens to be a teacher (!) if she had any ideas.  Well . . . she wants her whole class (twelve 4th and 5th graders) to participate!  So Annagrace will have a whole class that she will be writing to and they will be writing to her!  I am so excited about this too!  It will allow her to practice her handwriting, her letter writing skills and she will also learn about kids from another state and hopefully learn about Florida too!  We discussed having the kids e-mail and maybe even do some online chatting as well.  So she will also have a chance to develop her computer skills.

It’s going to be a fun, exciting, maybe a little scary, first year of homeschooling!  We can’t wait!

Green and Frugal Friday: Recycling

Gonna be a quick post today because I have tons of stuff to get done today! And my in-laws are coming for the weekend then after they go back on Sunday we leave for a week at the beach!

I’ve talked several times on my blog about recycling. Wondering how many of my readers actually do it?

I didn’t for a long long time. In our previous homes we never had curbside pickup. However at our last home in VA there was a huge recycling place about a mile from our house. It was conveniently located on the way to the park that the girls loved to play at (and that I loved to go walking in). So I made a weekly trip there to drop off our recycling.

I actually enjoyed it. You had to separate your own and throw it into the big dumpsters. My favorite part was the newspaper bin because I could skim the top for coupons that people had thrown away! LOL!

Now that we have moved we have curbside recycling. I didn’t bother with recycling for the first 2 months we were here. (Hanging my head in shame…!). But have gotten back into it. When Aaron got took out the trash the first week that I started taking out all the recyclable things he asked me where all the trash was! We only had one bag to go out in the regular trash!

It makes a huge difference in our trash output when we recycle. I take out all cardboard (including cereal boxes, etc), plastic containers (milk containers take up a lot of space in the regular trash!), glass, newspapers, magazines and plastic bags and put them in our recycling bin and the city comes right by and picks it up.  It’s awesome!  No more separating, no more trips to drop it off.  The only thing that they do not pick up is plastic bags (and unfortunately I tend to forget my reusable bags when I get groceries and the plastic piles up).  So I have tons of plastic bags sitting here to be recycled–need to find a local grocery store that takes them.  Anyone know where that may be?

Recycling is so important and makes so much sense. Why fill our landfills with things that can be broken down and made into other items? Or why throw things away that we can reuse? I can not stand to throw away a glass jar or bottle–what a WASTE to just throw that in the trash! Sometime I even reuse glass jars. My mom has a friend that reuses her Yankee candle jars after cleaning them out and she stores craft, hairbows and other things in them.

If you are interested in more info about recycling, go to Earth 911. There is tons of information there to be read!

So do you recycle?  If not, why not?  Does your town offer curbside recycling?

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