Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yay! For Fall!

A friend of Jacob's - -thought it was a cute pic. . .

Turns out I really like fall late afternoon sunlight! And I've been working on wearing my hair curly - even though up until really recently, I didn't know I had naturally-somewhat-curly hair!
Jacob played goalie for one quarter of his soccer game last night, and he did a really good job! Nothing got past him!
So - this man was extremely nice to Jacob. . .and. . seemed. .quite. . .pleasant. But I don't even know his name. . or whether or not he's married - but I had fun asking random people at work today if they know his name and whether or not he's married. Everyone I asked said, "No - I don't know him, but I'd like to." lol.

Monday, September 21, 2009

"you can leave"

I will go talk to him about it in a minute, but Jacob's friend just upset him. . .in some way. I'm not really sure how. Instead of tattling to me about it, or arguing extensively with the friend, he told him, "You can leave," and walked to his room and shut the door. Maybe I should be frustrated with the way it went down, and perhaps encourage my son to talk it out with the friend, but - - it was clear from 1) the friend's initial defensiveness about the charges, 2) my son's tone of voice, and 3) the friend's immediate acceptance of the invitation to leave rather than to stay and hash it out that tells me that the friend was totally in the blame for the problem. So - I'm proud of Jacob for saying "You can leave." Sometimes that's best.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


So, I haven't really been keeping up with all aspects of the 21 day challenge, but I have been looking at each day's quote and of the things that I had in mind that I wanted to focus on, I really have made progress on them.

And - I think I can honestly say I had "flaming enthusiasm" at school today. And shockingly - I was most enthusiastic during the last class of the day; the class that usually drags on forever, and I'm just trying to make the time pass. Well, oh my goodness. Today, I decided to "play" with them. And boy did I join in and play. And we all had fun! Yes, they thought I was ridiculous, but that was the point. They were doing the "Cha-Cha Slide" and I got up and joined with them - for the whole thing! Even though my legs were killing me - - as they have been ever since I woke up this morning, after doing the "Aerobics A-Z" with Kindergarten/First Grade yesterday, along with the. . ."move and count to whatever" song (lol - I don't remember the title of it - but you do various movements a certain number of times following the directions of the singer/voice.) Wow. Then - cuz we had fun doing that, and because it felt GOOD that my legs hurt from exercise, I put on "Hoe Down Throwdown" and did that with them, too. My hair got all messed up, and my legs were KILLING ME, but the time passed shockingly fast.

After school, I went and bought a bike. Jacob has really gotten into riding his bike, and he does it everyday. Occaissionally, we've gone around the bike with him and his friend riding their bikes, and me walking, but. . .I wanted to join in! Plus, my pal Jessica had bought a bike about a year ago, but she wasn't having much success being motivated to ride by herself. Well - -so. . I got a bike. As soon as we got home, Jacob and I rode around the block. (We live in an awesome enclosed neighborhood) Then we went to scouts, then I had a Primary Presidency meeting, and after that, Jessica and I rode around the block sans children. It was amazing. And painful. :) It was already dark, and the riding created a little bit of a breeze, and we just chatted and rode twice around "the big block."

I SOOOO hope we can keep it up!
Tomorrow we've got our kids' soccer practice and her husband won't be home. . .but we're gonna ride Friday night again.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A start.

I'm a day late. . .but I want to catch up!

I had actually set New Year's resolutions this year, and kept them up for a few months, but majorly slacked off mid-spring. I still have "enough" time to accomplish some of them by the end of the year. . . and am hoping this challenge will help. So. . .I'm not going to publicly state the things that I'm working on, but hopefully will be able to figure out a way to report on progress just the same. . . and as I catch up really quickly, maybe I will be able to state them clearly on here - -at least a couple.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

a few pics

My grandma and me.

The family members that attended the service.

Jacob and my Grandma

Four generations

Grandma and the four great-grandsons through my dad.

"You're in a happy mood."

. . . a kid told me that as she walked into my music classroom for my last class before my lunch. My response: "yup - I'm trying." Last night before going to bed and as soon as I woke up this morning, I prayed for . . .basically the ability/determination to be happy/loving with the kids at school - even if it meant pretending to be at first. The day has gone by REMARKABLY quickly, and so far so good. Two more classes til the end of the day.

I will soon be posting pics of the fam from this weekend.