I fell behind by a couple of days. I had the topic for each day chosen, but then never got around to writing for that day. Going to try and play catch up tonight.
Tuesday, April 4th was the day for letter C. I had decided that C stands for Courage this week and wanted to write about my daughters.
Both of them have shown courage in the past few years. Sarah left home to attend college even though she didn’t want to and was worried about being away from home. While she had a rough start, she didn’t give up, ending up finding her own way in college and is graduating in just a month and a half. Once she finishes her internship this summer she will be looking for a job and moving on to the next stage of her life. Yes, she showed courage to deal with life changes and move on to the next step. I know from conversations that we have had, that she is more than ready to move on again. Courage helped her grow into the wonderful young women that she is today.
Kristen has been demonstrating courage this week. High school life is full of drama and sadly life isn’t always full of good times and things, but sometimes the bad seems to come and at times the kids feel like the bad will never go away. Kristen has continued doing what she needs to do and has not asked to stay home, she is still struggling with a few personal situations and it breaks my heart to see her facing these problems, handling them well and knowing that sometimes you have to go through the fire to become a better more refined person. Courage is helping her grow to the fine young lady she is on her way to becoming.
Decided to change my theme up and go with NO theme. Instead of quotes for each letter of the alphabet, I am going to write about something from the day that has to do with the letter. Today’s theme is Ames. As in Ames, Iowa. Kristen had an interview today for State 4-H Council. We decided to all go out and enjoy a night away. So while Kristen was on the Campus interviewing, Kurt, Sarah, and I spent some time wandering around among several unique shops on Main Street. We really weren’t looking for anything in particular except for a chance to escape and have some down time with family. The best part of the trip (we were only gone for about 28 hours) was just getting away from everything, relaxing, and spending time together. We had planned on eating supper at Hickory Park so headed over there after checking into the hotel. Ended up seeing many different people from Clinton and DeWitt while we were there.
And now we are home, rested, well fed and ready for another week.
The night before leaving, all the creatures in the house (2 legged) were frantically packing and getting ready to leave. With all of the commotion, you would think that we are going on a three-week vacation, instead of just traveling west for a couple of hours so that our youngest can interview for state 4-H council Saturday morning. In all fairness, my husband has had track meets, church/choir practice, and a soccer match every night this week. Thankfully they canceled the JV match due to the weather and he was able to come home early. Youngest DD helped her dad at the track meets so came home late and then last night she had a choir concert. While we are going to be gone for only one night, there is so much to do and make sure things get packed.
- Kristen’s business Casual outfit (needed for the interview)
- Camera to take a picture of her wearing the outfit. She plans on using this as her $15.00 challenge outfit also.
- Black heeled shoes for outfit
- Interview information and map to building on campus.
- Clothing for dad and mom
- a computer so that I can finish my final SOL tomorrow night.
- Chargers for all electronics
- Swimming suit, so I can go sit in the whirlpool. Can’t wait to do this.
- Most importantly a couple of books for me to read during the 3-hour
cruise, I mean drive. And of course, while waiting for the interviewee to finish up.
- Ok, maybe I should also take a credit card for the hotel, cash so we can eat, and other essentials.
And then, of course, we need to make sure that the 4 legged family members are taken care of. Having a friend come spend time with them, feed and water then, and give the one lots of attention. The other one will basically ignore the family friend.
So much work just so that we can be gone for a little over 24 hours. And of course, everything needs to be ready and packed before we leave for school tomorrow. We will leave from school as soon as I am done.
So looking forward to this night and the chance to get away as a family for such a short time span.
Keeping my house clean while working full time, with a husband and two girls that were active has always been a struggle for me. So a couple of years ago I jumped on the bandwagon of paying someone to come clean my house twice a month for me. While my house is still not perfect yet, let me tell you there is nothing better than coming home and walking into a clean house. Unless of course, I was smart enough to put supper in the crockpot. Then I come home to a clean house and supper almost done. Coming home to a clean house every couple of weeks, helps to motivate me to get it organized. Sadly, however, that is taking longer than I would like. But I will get my house put together and in the meantime, Thanks so much to the person who comes in and cleans my house.
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.
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.
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.
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.