De-stressing today

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What I have been waiting for and longing for, for over a month now has finally come and gone.  I love it when I have a free Saturday.  It is so nice to be able to stay at home, sleep in (I wish) and take it easy in the morning. Then able to do whatever I want with the rest of the day.  Today, was the day.  Husband and DD 1 left for Iowa City and a conference (and of course DD 1 to head back to her apartment).  DD 2 and I had the day at home with nothing pressing.  We straightened up a few things and then watched my favorite TV show ( Pioneer Women, I haven’t seen this show for over a month) Finally heading to my craft room for some peace and quiet.  I was able to go through a few things, sorting and purging.  My goal is to get my space organized, cleaned up and less cluttered this year.  It was so nice to have that time to relax, listen to music, sort, create and generally de-stress.  I honestly think that there should be one day every week dedicated to days like today.  Sadly as much as I try, it doesn’t always happen.  Many times I am lucky to get one day a month like this.   My DD 2 and I enjoyed a nice lunch at Pizza Ranch (no cooking, no dishes, and we love their chicken).  Now she is baking cookies for a County Council meeting/pizza party tomorrow night and then some homemade hot fudge on Ice Cream to top off the day.

Yes, we all need more days like this.

Tonight’s Entertainment

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My youngest daughter lives for the stage. So much so that she has tried out for the school’s talent show or JV show every year since 6th grade except for one.  (Elementary school didn’t have a talent show when she was there). Last year she made the JV show, but then proceeded to get fall and hurt her knee during dress rehearsal the night before the show.  Since she was hurt last year, this is the first high school JV show that we have attended.  All I am going to say about the night was that the dancers at the beginning were very good and it was an interesting night.

To read or Not to read

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For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed reading.  I remember being so excited to finally go to first grade.  This was the year that I would finally learn to read.  And yes, we learned to read with Dick and Jane and of course all of the rest of their family and friends.  I was so thrilled when I finally learned to read.  I read everything I could get my hands on.  Towards the end of first grade or the beginning of second grade, I discovered Little House on the Praire.  My grandmother had the book sitting around and I picked it up to read it.  I remember being told that the book was too hard for me and I wouldn’t be able to read it.  Of course, that was just the motivation that I needed to read the book.  The librarian from our small town library would often tell me that I couldn’t get books from a certain area because I wasn’t old enough to read the book yet.  Once again, I had to show that yes I can indeed read and understand these books.  From then on, I think I always had a book.  Fast forward to 8th grade when my English teacher once again told me that the book was too hard for me.  There is no way that you will be able to understand Animal Farm by George Orwell he told me.  I did read that book and while I didn’t understand all of the concepts that the book touched on, I do remember understanding it enough to get my English teacher to admit that yes, I was able to read the harder books.

I wish we could motivate students to want to try and read the harder books now.  My high school freshman and sophomores are more than willing to settle for what they consider “easy books”  Magic School bus, Magic Tree House, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, etc.  I will admit that it is fun to read these books, but I would really like to see my students push themselves to read books that are a bit more challenging, that will take them out of their comfort zone, etc.  (Don’t get me wrong, I have many strong readers, but would love to see all of my students pushing themselves to be better). Guess in some cases I should be thrilled that they even open a book as I do have other students that work really hard at NOT reading. So frustrating.  So many don’t see the need or benefit of being able to read in their adult lives.

Something needs to change.  We need to find a way to get all kids to want to read and to read to the best of their ability not settling for mediocre.

 

Runaway

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As I have mentioned before, we are a 4-H family.  My girls are the 4th generation on one side of the family and at least the third generation on a couple of other sides.  While it is not necessary, many 4-Her’s show livestock.  I say it is not necessary because I never did, my mom never did and my grandma Holst didn’t show livestock (when she joined 4-H,(hosted the first meeting in Scott County along with her sister)) that was for boys and the girls did Sewing, Food and Nutrition, and Home Improvement.  All of us survived never showing livestock.  However, my husbands family have been showing cattle and I am not sure what else since forever and recently his nephews show sheep.  Naturally, our girls wanted to show and animal so we choose cats.  We already had a cat, so it was natural that Sarah would start showing the cat when she was in 4-H.  We now have two cats because the girls each had to have their own cat to show and we had a 3-year overlap. P1010858 DSCN0010

We now have Sox and Tabitha.  Sox will be 11 years old in about 2 weeks and Tabitha will be 7 years old in a couple of months.  The two cats so resemble the girls in attitude, behaviour and many other areas it isn’t funny.  Sox is the black and white kitty.

Yesterday when I called home to let Kristen know that I was on my way home, she informed me that she hadn’t seen Tabitha since she got home.  This is highly unusual as Tabitha usually meets you on the steps and can’t wait to get some attention. Sure enough, she was nowhere to be found.  I sent Kristen outside with the slim cat food ball. Quite often Tabitha will come when she hears food.  Needless to say, that cat has food on her mind for most of her waking hours.  She didn’t respond.  We tried searching a few more times, but no Tabitha.  Finally about 8:00 that night, Kristen went outside and started calling for her and shaking the food ball.  Yes, Tabitha finally waddled over to our back door.  She had been underneath the neighbor’s deck.  We have found her there a couple of times.  The really surprising thing is that she hadn’t been back and begging for food earlier.  She usually starts begging for food from the moment we walk in the door after school and doesn’t stop until we feed her.

It was rather quiet around our house yesterday afternoon and evening until Tabitha decided to come back home.  Even Sox, who pretends to hate Tabitha, was kind of mopey and sad (if a cat can be mopey). Kind of hoping that she is done wandering for quite some time.  Not sure how she managed to get out.

 

The Perfect Prom Dress

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My youngest daughter is quite the fashionista.  She loves to dress up and is very picky about the types of clothes that she wears.  Unlike many teens her age, she loves to wear dresses or dressy tops with scarves.  Matter of fact, the clothing selection, 15 dollar challenge and Fashion Revue judges for 4-H have commented that they would love to see her wear something else (7 years of always wearing a dress for each competition). With Prom approaching, she comes up with several criteria for her Prom dress.

  1. Needs to have sleeves (she wants to be a good role model)
  2. Needs to have a back (see number 1)
  3. Simple Style
  4. Must make her feel like a princess when she put the dress on.
  5. Only one piece (she didn’t want a two piece dress)
  6. Total price of the dress had to be under $50.00

I was convinced that we either would never find a dress that fit her criteria or else it would cost me a fortune or I would have to take a chance and order it online.

Thankfully she loves to shop at second-hand stores.  Last Saturday we went to Salvation Army.  She found a blazer, dress top, and another top for her business suit but no luck on the Prom dress.  Oh, there was one that she fell in love with, but sadly it was about 1 size too small and wouldn’t zip up.  So today we went to Goodwill after school.  This time we were looking for a black skirt to go with the blazer and dress top (she needs a business casual outfit for an interview in a couple of weeks, some casual dresses and if we were lucky one prom dress.  Lucky wasn’t the word.  The second item we found was the prom dress and it fit like a glove.  I made her take a couple of others back to try on also, but the one her heart was set on was the one that fit and looked gorgeous on her.  She also found a black skirt for her interview and a couple of casual dresses with sleeves for the spring/fall.  SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Best thing ever when they rang up the dress it rang up for only $5.88.  For that price, I think I can swing a pair of shoes and maybe a necklace, earrings, and bracelet.

Sunday Night

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It is Sunday evening and time to get ready for the upcoming week.

  • Lunch packed
  • Grades updated and ready to be finalised
  • Canvas updated for both LA 10 and LA 9
  • Meals planned for the week
  • Bag packed
  • Phone on the charger

 

I think I am ready for the upcoming week.