Sunday, August 19, 2012

30 Questions

I found this on Pinterest and thought I would share it.  Obviously it is not original with me so I have added the link to the blog where you can find more lists/information.  I have not looked at her blog much so if you find something offensive or something that causes you to want to judge me...get over it and know that I am not endorsing the blog. Smile and relax, it'll be ok.  :)

This list gives me some things to talk about with my hubby.  It is true that we occasionally get stuck talking about the children, the book, softball or some other mundane topic while we are out on a date.  Don't get me wrong, those are all things that fit into our life but sometimes we need to talk about us and not our responsibilities.


1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
3. Describe your relationship with your parents.
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrasing moment.
11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.
14. Describe 5 strengths you have.
15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why? 
(seriously, I hate this one!!)
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
(oh my gosh, we have talked about this as a family, mostly because of the book)
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them. (really? I don't have 5 hobbies)
24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What is your love language?
29. What do you think people misundertand most about you?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

I hope this list gets you and your spouse, loved one or family out of the typical conversations.  I don't know that we will do all of these, it may even inspire different questions. 


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back to School

Holy Cow! Where did the summer go? It doesn't seem possible that I should be sending my 3 daughters (and husband) off to school again. I love having the family home for the summer but those summer months seem to be getting shorter each year. Our district ended school the last week of May and started up today, August 15th. What happened to the three month summer?
Ready for school
"Really mom?"
First Day of School
I love that Chris' school brings in the 6th graders in the morning and the 7th/8th graders in the afternoon on the first day of classes. What that means for us is, Chris gets to walk to school with us the first day each year. (He teaches 7th grade).
Olivia and Mrs Lombardo
My baby girl is a first grader this year. I am excited to get acquainted with her teacher through volunteering in the classroom. Olivia's kindergarten teacher, Mrs Mosby was fantastic, I think by the end of the year I will be saying the same thing about Mrs Lombardo.

Mrs Cork and Reagan
I can't say enough about Reagan's 5th grade teacher. I got to know Lauri last year and decided then that we had to get Reagan in her class. Truly, God's hand was in it because after I had been told that she would not be moved into this looping class, it was in the "final hour" I got word that my request was granted.  Hallelujah!!!
Emma would rather die than have me take pictures at school so I bribed her with lunch today before school just to get a few pictures. I had the joy of eating with Sara and Emma at Panda Express (Olivia's FAVORITE place) and then taking the girls to their first day of 8th grade.  Since we were early, I did manage to sneak out of the van and snap a picture at school when no one was looking.

You might think I had several hours to myself...think again.
8am take the girls to school
9am errands with Emma
1045am lunch with Emma and Sara
1130 to the middle school
12-1pm clean the house & laundry
1pm Oma and Opa arrive
2pm pick up the little girls
3pm take Oma and Opa to doc appointment
4pm grocery store
5pm make dinner
6pm family eat
7pm start bedtime rituals
the day is over and for the most part I will repeat it all tomorrow.
I love my life and wouldn't have it any other way.

Oma and Opa getting their post dinner nap

Saturday, August 11, 2012

wATeRmeLoN CaRvINg

I got this crazy idea from my friend Susan who asked me to create a sea turtle for her daughter's high school graduation party in May 2013. I decided that I should get a little practice in before all the watermelons disappear this season.
Tomorrow is our Fusion Soccer Party so why not create a 
soccer ball out of a watermelon???
Did you know there are tools that make doing a project like this MUCH MUCH easier? I didn't think about that until 5 minutes before I was ready to start. Does that surprise anyone...that I'm not a highly organized person?  ha I did get out the pumpkin carving kit which helped do the design but a paring knife did all the carving.  
Geesh, it wasn't so easy!

I guess this isn't the finished product.  Tomorrow I will dig out the fruit and try to do something creative with melon, kiwi, grapes, strawberries, cherries and blue berries

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

College World Series

Yes, it's long gone, but the memories will last.

Each June, thousands of college baseball fans pour into Omaha in hopes to see some good baseball, watch an underdog capture the prize, or possibly be one of the rowdy college kids who manage to sneak onto the field for their 30 seconds of fame. Not to mention the hopeful 18-23 year old boys who are here to play in the coveted College World Series. These 10 days in June could be a part of their childhood dreams coming true. It truly is a fantastic time in Omaha!

Sometimes tickets can be hard to come by but thanks to our friend Alan Hove we had amazing seats right above the first base dugout. Our (non-baseball) friends Kelli and Chad joined us for dinner and an exciting game at the diamond. The rowdy outfield fans were a hoot, I don't think I was that brave as a college student.
 Chris grew up spending everyday at Rosenblatt Stadium. Boy, have times changed. Now there is no way I would drop my middle school kid (and friends) off at the ball park all day without a parent at least spying on them. He learned at an early age what it took to get a ball from the players.
In the picture above, Chris is "coaching" a young boy (we didn't know) how to get one of the UofA baseball players to throw him a ball.  After a couple of unsuccessful innings Chris started to yell the players name.  When that didn't work, people around us started to yell as well.  By the 7th or 8th inning our whole section was yelling and the boy finally got the ball. Honestly, I'm not sure if Chris or the boy was more excited. What a sweet man I am married to!!!
 The shot after the final out...and the Arizona Wildcats win!
 A few pictures of Rosenblatt Stadium as the destruction process started.
The new stadium downtown is beautiful but there's something about the history at this old place!
The Henry Doorly Zoo is located just to the east of the stadium.  Our world class zoo is benefiting from the relocation of the CWS stadium.  The zoo will expand it's exhibits and I believe this landmark will turn into a large parking lot.