Friday, May 20, 2016

Hello, summer!!

Another school year has come to an end.  This past week was busy with end of the year activities.  Wednesday morning Valerie had an award ceremony!  She got an honor roll trophy and a top scholar certificate.  Once again, there were so few fifth graders receiving awards.  You have to wonder if adjusting to middle school is that hard for some, or is it common core throwing them off?  Or is my kid just that smart?!?

Wednesday evening Valerie had her spring band concert!!  She has worked very hard in learning to play clarinet.  She practiced almost every night and learned how to read music fairly easily.  I'm amazed at how good they all sound for only being first year band students.  We are going to look into getting Val a better clarinet for next year.  We bought a good starter instrument, but she has had a few problems with it.  As much as she loves band, it's worth getting her something a bit better.

Thursday, it was Veronica's turn for awards!  We arrived super early so we could get a front row seat.  The school has grown much too small for the number of students, so if you want a good spot, you have to show up over an hour early for everything.  Roni got a trophy for being on the "A" Principal's list all year and a Literary Achievement certificate.

And today, Friday, was the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!  I probably have the only kids who are sad.  Both girls were literally in tears.  Val plopped face down in her bed all teary-eyed.  Veronica ran off the bus sobbing.  They love school so much and are always so sad to see the year come to and end.  I am sad too because it means they are growing up, but I am also looking forward to a break.  I had gifts and cookie cake, so that cheered them up pretty fast.

Now it's on to SUMMER FUN!!  As fast as the year flew by, I know summer will go by even faster.  This is the first summer that neither daughter is going to camp.  They have gone somewhere since they were very small, so staying home all summer with no set schedule will be a new adventure.  Hopefully this mom can keep the boredom away!!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Beta Club!!

A few weeks ago, Valerie came running off the bus with a paper in her hand.  I knew it was something for me, because she hand carries home anything of importance so that she doesn't forget to give it to me.

It was an invitation for her to join National Junior Beta Club at school!!  Wow, my smart girl!!   Of course I filled out the paperwork and sent it in right away.  I know nothing about Beta, except that it's for smart kids who make the grades.

Last night was the induction ceremony.  I have to say I was very surprised to find that there were only eight fifth graders invited.  There were only nine new members total.  There's probably over a thousand students in the entire school and that was it for Beta Club inductees.  Wow --  I know my Val Gal definitely earned her spot but I had no idea so few would be invited to join Beta.  She's one of the best of the best! Valerie's reading teacher had such nice things to say.  She commented that Val and one of her friends were the two smartest fifth graders and that she had her eye on them!

I'm SO proud of my girl!!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Disney Photopass Pictures

I just got my Disney Photopass pictures!  It took a little longer than normal because I joined what is called a share, where the cost is split between several families.  Instead of it being $150, it was only $25.  The downside is having to wait until everyone's trip is over to get your photos!  We took full advantage of the photographers and after editing, I ended up with over 400 pictures.  Next I will get them printed in a hard bound photo book and I always get a Christmas ornament made.

We asked one of the photographers to re-create a picture from our 2013 trip:




This was a new one but a similar theme, lol

Too funny, right?  Anyway, I won't bombard you with a hundred pics so here's just a few of my favorites!

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Sunday, May 08, 2016


A few days ago I was working in my yard when I spied a puff of white fur under the hibiscus bush.  I automatically assumed it was Gizmo, because he's good at "helping."  He pretty much follows me everywhere and 'talks' to me while I'm doing something.  Helping.  I even said, "Hey Gizzie, whatcha doing in there? Just hanging out?"


I walked back to the front porch, and to my surprise there was Gizmo by the door.  Well, who is in my flowerbed???  I went back and spied through the leaves the prettiest Siamese face with crystal clear blue eyes.  Gasp... not one of my cats.  A new one.  So pretty.  And terrified.  He bolted before I could get a closer look - a blur of white dashing across the street into my neighbor's garage.

I kept an eye out for him, but didn't see him again until.....

Friday morning Veronica and I were in the driveway waiting for the school bus.  There it was - a faint mewing.  "I hear a kitty." Veronica says.  I knew it was THAT cat.  So we looked and determined it was coming from Clint's work truck.  I leaned down and called for it and spied the same blue-eyed kitty face peeking out at me.  Just then the bus came around the corner, so Veronica left for school.

I keep a bucket of cat food on the porch for the outside cats, so I put a small bit of dry food in the grass.  Kitty came out right away.  Hungry.  I went inside and got him a bowl of water and a can of food.  Kitty gobbled it up.  Then I got a second can  And a third.  Kitty was starving.  By now though, kitty was purring and rubbing on me.  He followed me a bit.  I sat on the driveway and called to him.  He came, rubbed on me and even sat in my lap, 'talking' to me the whole time.

He was obviously someone's pet.  He's not underweight and isn't dirty.  His ears are clean.  He hasn't been on the street long.  Maybe there's a chance he's just lost.  My guess is that someone dumped him though.  I can't imagine the confusion and fear kitty must feel to be left on the road by his family in a strange place.  He's super sweet and friendly.  He plops in my lap like he belongs there.  And he is just beautiful.

I posted him on the local lost pets Facebook pages.  I'll take him to be scanned for a microchip this week.  I hate to think someone is missing him.  He's a sweet, sweet boy.  Of all cats to be dropped off, it just has to be a Siamese.  A beautiful, sweet Siamese that we can't say no to.  We already have three inside cats and an outside straggler that comes and goes.  If no one claims him, I guess we just may have been adopted by another.  Welcome to the family, Bluebell.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Disney, days 5 and 6!

Wednesday and Thursday were Magic Kingdom days.  We still had so much to do and Magic Kingdom takes up so much time.  It was busy and lines were long.  We slept in Wednesday so we didn't make it for rope drop.  Our plan was to try to stay past the parade and fireworks in hopes for lesser crowds and shorter wait times!!  It was also forecast to rain, so we brought along our rain ponchos and flip flops just in case.


Tom Sawyer's Island


The fort on Tom Sawyer's Island

It was pretty hot that day, bordering on miserably hot.  I was waiting for the rain to start so it would cool off and some of the crowd would go home!!  We had dinner reservations at 4:00, so we ended up leaving early and riding the monorail circle a few times to cool off and pass the time.  Dinner was at 1900 Park Fare, another of our favorites. Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drucilla visit your table and the buffet is really good.  Dinner was great as always and the stepmother and step sisters are always so funny!

Riding the monorail

After dinner, we headed back to Magic Kingdom for the night.  It was still pretty crowded. but much cooler.  We rode a few things and the rain finally came.  And it rained and rained with thunder and lightening too.  It rained so much that we were wading through several inches of water on the pavement. We had split up because Clint and Val were hoping to ride Big Thunder with a short wait, but with the lightening it was shut down just as they were about to get on.  Veronica and I took shelter inside the castle as we waited for the storm to pass.  I thought for sure the crowd would thin out somewhat, but NOPE!  All of us die-hard Disney fans donned ponchos and stayed.  Once the rain slacked off enough, we headed to Carousel of Progress since it's nice and long to wait for the weather to pass.

Meeting Tinkerbell before the rain

The rain eventually stopped and the park was just as busy as ever.  The parade was delayed a bit due to the wet pavement, so we stood near Main Street and waited and waited.  They'd announce the parade was starting in ten minutes.  Then they'd announce a delay.  We were about to give up and move on when it finally began. We didn't have the best viewing spot, but we got to see most of it.  Veronica didn't want to stay for Wishes (too loud) so we went back to riding instead.  After the fireworks, finally the crowd thinned out considerably.  We stuck to the plan and stayed until after 11pm, which is very late for us!!  We would have stayed longer if it hadn't been for the rain.  The rain had picked up again and it was just miserable, so it was time to call it a night.

Thursday was our very last Disney day!!  We spent the day at Magic Kingdom and it was even hotter than the previous days.  I don't see how people handle the parks in July.  We made it a point to catch the new Festival of Fantasy parade, and the sun was just beating down on us while waiting.  We had a front row spot, so it was either stick it out or move to the shade where we couldn't see very well.  We stayed and what a beautiful parade it was.

Unfortunately we had to cut our day short because we had to pack to go home!!  We took a last trip down Main Street and said our goodbyes...    I wanted to go up to the top of the train station to take pictures down Main Street, but the train was down for maintenance and the stairs were blocked off.

Val's souvenir ears

bye monorail

Heading to the parking lot tram

The sad walk back to the car

Other than getting a little confused on where to return the rental car, our flight home was pretty uneventful.  It's nice to get away, but I missed my kitty cats and I was ready to sleep in my own bed again.

Hello New Orleans!!

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