Saturday, February 28, 2009

He's Growing Up!

Will became a man last week.  Okay, maybe not a man, but a Boy Scout!! He has earned his Arrow of Light award and crossed over from being a Cub Scout to a Boy Scout.  He's such a good little scout and LOVES to go and learn and participate.  

He has had the BEST Webelos leaders for the last several months.  Terry and Nancy Jetton have worked hard with Will and the other scouts to earn TONS of Activity Pins and accomplish all the requirements for the Arrow of Light.  Will is really going to miss them!  We might just have to adopt them as relatives.  Since their oldest daughter, Lindsey is already partially mine, it would be a natural thing, right?  What do you say, Nancy?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Is it Spring?

The weather has been perfect the last two days - 80º.  It feels like Spring to me.  Here's a little sign of Spring in our garden.

There are bulbs budding all over!  I hope the warm weather is here to stay!

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Present From Me to You! - New and Improved Version!!

My friend Cindy posted this on her blog, and I'm seriously lacking things to do right now (I hope you can hear the sarcasm in my typing), so I decided to bite...  BUT, I'm changing it up a little to make it more attractive to my apprehensive friends.

The first three people to comment on this post will get something made by me!  My choice.  For you.  This offer does have some restrictions and limitations. 

1.  I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!  
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. I'll be done this year.  : )
4. You will have no clue what it is going to be.
5. I will either hand deliver or ship - depending on where you live.  

The catch?  Oh, yes, there's a catch.  You must re-post this on your blog.  Now, there are no limitations on what you do for your friends, either.  You can choose to babysit for them, or write them a poem.  It doesn't matter what you do, just that you "pay it forward" so to speak.

The first 3 people to do so and leave a comment telling me you did will win a marvelous homemade gift by me!  Go!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

One Last Look at Charlie Brown

The show is over, but I couldn't help but post a few photos of the actual musical.  The kids did such a good job.  It's pretty different here in Prosper where the resources are more limited, but Mr. O'Neil the theater teacher is fantastic at making the small stage in the cafeteria feel like any stage in any theater.

I'm so glad Lucy has opportunities to learn and grow and share her talents.  I'm constantly in awe of her strength and fortitude.  She is an example of a righteous young woman and I'm so blessed to have her as my daughter.  You ROCK, Lucy!

Coat hanger sculpture monologue

It's a great day for Rabbit Hunting

Loved the traditional Peanuts Gang Dance!

Beethoven Day

Lucy has great friends!  She had a huge group each night of the show who came to show their support!  This is a group from Prosper High.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentines Day is for Kids

I got to spend a good part of the day Friday at the elementary school enjoying Will and Molly's class parties.  I used to LOVE Valentines parties when I was in school.   My favorite was in first grade when we actually set up a little post office.  Everyone got a mailbox and we took turns being the postman and got to deliver the valentines to the mailboxes.  We had a mail bag, hat and everything!  I loved Mrs. Casper and everything about the first grade - well, except the time she wouldn't let me go to the bathroom, so I wet my pants right there in front of the whole class!  I loved snack time with the milk crate full of 10 cent miniature milk cartons that was brought to our room each day  I loved film strips and school paste, coloring, and cutting snowflakes.

Anyway, the kids parties were fun.  Being co-room mom for Molly's class, I got to help plan the party!  We had lots of fun and I love to be there with Molly.  The good thing is, she still likes to have me there!

Valentine Bingo is always a big hit!

I made 100 brownies for the treat for the whole second grade.  They were yummy and festive!

Will loves to challenge me, like Lucy, with last minute, "Oh, I forgot, I was supposed to....." requests.  They usually include late night trips to Walmart,  speed laundry, extra trips to the school or searching the house for lost items.  Friday morning at 7:10 am (the bus comes at 7:11), Will informed  me he was "supposed" to have a decorated box for the valentines.   If I were a really savvy parent, I would have grabbed a shoe box and handed to to him and said, "have a great party"!  But, all those  memories of elementary school and lovely decorated boxes came flooding to my mind.  I WANTED Will to have a decorated box.  I wanted him to have great memories. So, what did I do?  I had Will tell the bus driver (remember, the bus stops at our house) not to wait for them.  I found a box and some simple supplies that were easy to find, and I threw together a nifty box for Mr. Will.  We hopped in the car and got to school on time and Will, armed with his box, was a happy camper.  A teacher even stopped him on the way into the school to checkout his cool box!

Later, I stopped into the party (even though Will told me it was "OK" - I didn't have to come, which was probably more like a "please don't come, Mom, I'm not a baby anymore", which I ignored and went anyway) to see what fun the fifth grade was having!  Will's box was full of Valentines and looked so nice sitting on the desk.  I told his teacher the story of my early morning creativity and she tells me, "He didn't have to have a decorated box.  I told the kids that I had bags here, or they could just bring a bag from home!".  Lovely.  I laughed and looked around and sure enough, Will had the best looking box in the whole class.    He was happy, and so was I.


The girls in the class had a great time line dancing at the party.

The boys did this.

Lucy, being in High School, doesn't get nearly the attention the little kids do.  She got a box of Camp Rock Valentines to hand out to her friends at school.  Awesome.

It was a Happy Valentines Day.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Let's Hear It for WILL!

Will is just the greatest kid.  I'm super proud of him (in the non-prideful way, of course).  He is doing well in school, is helpful at home and is an all-around nice guy.  Recently he racked up a bunch of new pins in Webelos Scouts.  

He'll be getting his Arrow of Light in March!  Way to go, buddy.

Will is also playing basketball.  It's only his second season, but he's really doing a great job. He's great at rebounding and is good at moving the ball without turnovers.  He made a basket in the last game, too!  Even though his team hasn't won a game yet, he's got a great attitude and plays hard till the end!

Will also received the Computer award for the nine weeks in Fifth Grade.  

You're the BEST, Will!  I love being your Mom.