Monday, May 31, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
His eyes danced and my heart settled down! What a surprise!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Will I ever understand boys???
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Tournament Triumph - at last! Storyteller's junior baseball team won their first game today during the Mid Season Tournament! My oh my ... and I missed it! I still have not figured out how to be three places at once! After 6 straight losses in the regular season so far, this was quite a nice way to begin a week of double elimination tournament games. The boys are learning something and gaining skill and confidence with each game experience. You can bet that our Storyteller was very very excited - he had to call Grammy and report the great news! Coach said he was so proud of the boys that he couldn't stop smiling! Storyteller will never forget this day!
Buyer's Remorse - and where was I during all this excitement??? I was at the best used Home School Curriculum ever! Our Co-op coordinator and her trusty crew put together a huge sale venue for those who had things to sell - it was huge! Unbelievable quantities of materials! I had hoped to go the the seller's pre-sale last night, but we were enjoying a lovely evening at the ballpark instead - a make-up game because Wednesday's game was rained out. I hoped to get up early and head to the sale before my 'shift' as a bag lady, but that didn't work out either! I am all but over my sinus issues, but still a bit tired from the whole thing. I actually saw the boys off to the game and went back to bed! I rested a bit longer, got up and scrubbed the 3 bathrooms, and than we got ready and headed to the sale just in time for my shift!
I gave my 'wish list' to Dreamer, but she didn't find anything on it - she found a few other small things that we will use, but she got her eye on a Latin words curriculum and brought it over with the pile. I was busy bagging and only glanced at the stuff she chose, but I thought the tag said $8 and I was fine with that. When we got home I realized I paid $18 for something we could have gotten for $14 new - and we can't even use it because it is second in a series that needs the first books as a foundation! Not a stellar day for frugality! I should not have been so careless, but at least it wasn't a major mistake! Maybe we'll find a way to make it work for us, but I do have a small case of buyer's remorse. I wish I had taken time to really look through the sale items, but just getting there seemed to be a big energy drain.
After the sale and clean up, we had a bite to eat at Panera Bread with my sweet friend Mrs. S. She had worked the whole sale, and was pretty tired, but she took the time to visit a bit and we enjoyed catching up, so that was a blessing!
It is so good to be home and enjoying a quiet evening together. I am going to finish the dishes and head to bed soon. I am really looking forward to worship tomorrow, and tomorrow night our Storyteller will receive his Second Book Award at the AWANA awards night! He worked so hard to earn this, so we are really glad for him.
I am still working away at Dreamer's room. Her crazy slipper chair slipcover is done, and so is her lamp base and shade. I have her bulletin boards painted and up - though I am really regretting not priming them!!! They are chipping already - so I don't know if I can sand them a bit and prime and paint them again, but I think I'll have to do something. She picked apple green and it is really pretty, but I should have primed! Live and learn! We have her rods painted and ready to got back up, and the valances are cut out and ready for sewing!
My to-do list is never ending, but I am just grateful to feel like I can get back to work on it, since I have be stalled this week with illness. Three more weeks of school and we are ready for summer break! Yeah!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Yesterday a warm and sunny day gave way to a wild and windy night. Thankfully, the ball game was not canceled or postponed again, and Storyteller had a great time with the Historian. It was the fourth loss for his team - in four games! He took it very well saying that it really was the best game his team had played so far, so he was just happy to see improvement. He is such an encourager, and he takes his games so seriously! We just about smiled our silly heads off on Thursday night when our Storyteller asked for a time out and went out to the pitcher's mound to 'talk' with the pitcher! We asked him later what he had said, and he told us that he just was telling him what a great job he was doing, and not to give up, the game was not over yet! He encouraged him with 'we can stop the bleeding'! The game ended 18-1. Thank heavens for the mercy rule and the school night rule!
Dreamer and I risked tornado warnings to go see some friends from our home school co-op in a Drama Class play of their own making! It was really well done and very enjoyable. We got home just as the sky was erupting in lightening. It wasn't a fun drive home - there was more than one vehicle blown off the road by the 60 mile an hour gusts of wind last night. I still love the nice heavy feeling feeling of our Honda van, but I especially appreciate it in the bad weather. Thankfully, we avoided the hail damage than many neighboring counties sustained. I was praying for my hosta! One year we got 1" hail and the hosta looked like tattered lace all season long, and much of it died.
We awakened to more wind and a 40 degree drop in temperature, but thankfully no more rain or hail, so the kids happily got ready for sandlot softball, while I started dreaming about going back to bed for a while! I'm struggling with a super sore throat and major sinus headache, so the peace and quite was going to be quite a luxury and a blessing!
I guess breakfast was a bit too rushed for our tired out Storyteller. After jamming feet into cleats and grabbing water bottles and hats, they ran out the door to the van where our Historian was waiting. They drove out the driveway with cheery goodbyes and one 'my tummy feels funny' and I started to tidy the kitchen before heading back to bed! Not 5 minutes later the van pulled in and a very green little guy ran in the house and to the bathroom, loosing his breakfast. Poor fellow!
Dreamer and Daddy headed to Sandlot softball without our Storyteller, and I installed him on the couch with gingerale and warm blankets, and a baseball video! He was right as rain in no time, enjoyed the extra cuddle time, and was quickly out the door dressed warmly for playing. I never did get my extra sleep in!
I did make a loaf of bread - I have been really enjoying the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day recipe that I got from their website! The book is on my wish list! Actually, the new book Healthy Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day would be even better! I love having the dough in the fridge ready to pull out, shape and throw in the oven - and it is soooo good! I also made a batch of Chicken Noodle Soup, and thawed some homemade vegetable soup for Dreamer since she isn't a noodle fan. It was a nice lunch for such a chilly day, and now they are all back at another ball field for Storyteller's baseball game - well bundled up against the chilly winds. Today is our day for team snacks, so we made some giant cookies and packed juice boxes for the boys! Storyteller will no doubt have fun handing out his 'Chipper Mix' cookies to his teammates!