Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ice Factor

The Skating School is putting on a production called The Ice Factor. This is H modeling her costume. The ears are her own special touch. The routine uses a music medley of Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend and Beyonce's Put a Ring on It.

Matthew is skating to Like Me. It's really cute, he is skating with 3 girls and acting very cool. I'm trying to put the outfit together...He has to have 3 layers to reveal different characters. It is going to be really fast changes so I think I am going to need some velcro...

Hopefully, Greg will get some successful video and I can put a little bit on here.

Vocabulary Parade

Matthew's class had their "Vocabulary Parade" this past Monday. His word was "muttered." The object of the parade is to have the kids dress as their word...How do you dress for "Muttered?" I have no idea. I posted on Facebook for help. No ideas except to have him dress as a teenager. I emailed the teacher saying "Help!" She suggested a student "studying." Now that the travel hockey season has ended Matthew has been focusing on Cub Scouts. He has been doing a lot of memorizing so he decided to dress as a Cub Scout and read from his handbook.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Mr. Matthew is going to be in a children's book. The photography session is next Friday, April 18. A past teacher from his school has written a children's book (rather a series of books called the Love it Out Series). The series consists of a teachable thought and a truth to the tale. Most of the stories come from his own life experiences as a teacher. In fact, he was Hannah's Favorite teacher (and still is).

Matthew's class drew names for the 5 parts and Matthew was one of the names drawn. I will keep you updated!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

House Update

Here is what is happening with the house. Last Wednesday night, I told my husband that I am done with showing the house. I am perfectly content with our neighborhood, we can always hire someone to do the lawn and get a chair to ride up the stairs when the time comes. I made an appointment for Saturday to formalize pulling it off the market. Thursday, we got an offer from a family who has never even seen it but found it online. They live in MD. AND the Realtor was asked by her neighbor to look at his house (one story 4 BR, 3 Baths) next Spring but would take an offer earlier. The Realtor gave me the address and I drove over to look at the outside and take a picture with my phone to send to Greg. The owner walked out so I skeedadled (from embarrassment) but I wanted to see the other side of the I drove back around...he was pulling out of his drive in his big white pick I turned down a street (embarrassed) and it was a cul de sac. I turned around and he penned me in with his pickup...he thought I was up to something ( I look so threatening in my blonde ponytail and yoga pants driving a white mini van) Anyway, he was very nice and let me look at the house. I did a really quick looksie (again embarrassed) and it is perfect except the backyard. That's's very small, has cypresses (I hate cypresses) and the grass is abysmal from the dog.However, I come home and look at my blooming forsythia, redbud, and cherry and think...I am good with my house if the offer falls through...the one story doesn't have any flowering trees. My Realtor is convinced this is from God....I keep praying because sometimes we like to think it is from God and it turns into a nightmare.   So, after last night. We have sold the house pending all the little details like appraisal, inspection, etc with a June closing. Husband wants to look at other house one more time before making an offer. Given that the owner doesn't have to sell, he can be pretty picky about the price...should he desire. We could end up in an apartment. I guess that would give us a chance to sock money away for all the kid's skating...I am beginning to think I could sponsor a family in Africa for the amount of money we spend in a month...or Cuba...I heard the pay for doctors in Cuba is $67 a month!!! Okay...I usual.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Look! Roo is famous!

I went to Bible Study today and my friend gave me this magazine. The Space and Rocket Center had a masquerade ball. Doesn't she look pretty. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Thanks, Roo

I mentioned to Roo that I missed the local coverage of Hannah's Be Ready Camp...she sent me the link to one of the station's coverage (isn't she lovely?)

Now if I can just figure out how to get the little clip of the med evac helicoptor flying off of her instagram...

Oh lookie! An article from

Saturday, March 29, 2014

More Be Ready

Hannah graduated from Be Ready this morning and we are now lounging around the house doing fantastic imitations of a couch potato. I got a little twitchy lounging so I popped her disc of pictures in from Camp. I'll just give a little spiel on stuff she did and you can probably figure out what is going on in the pictures. Before I load the pictures, let me just say, on the first day of Camp, I really did try to persuade her to wear pants and a warmer jacket (there was a lot of wind and snow flurries) but nope, shorts and a light jacket. That's my girl.

Hannah's team started off with a "Trust Building" exercise, how to build a fire, make a shelter from a parachute (the girls won, the boys' shelter collapsed) water survival (included plugging the holes on a helmet with your fingers and placing your chin on it), learning CPR, first aid, what to say to say to a victim and what not to say, triage, logistics, search and rescue and more stuff that I can't remember.

Also, the amputated mannequin...apparently makes the appropriate noises while you "treat" him. I wonder if he screams...I'd be screaming if the leg below my knee was missing.

Miss Hannah also had the experience of someone asking her to be his girlfriend...and she turned him down...I'm hoping she was never know with her. 

And before I forget, Roo volunteered at Be Ready for the mock disaster (an airplane crash) that kicked off with 4 big bangs that scared Miss Hannah a bit...and then boom, the kids were off saving lives.