I am hoping... to make final decisions on paint and faucets soon.
I am hearing... peace and quiet. JC has taken all three girls to sell Girl Scout cookies.
Around the house... our new bathtub for our master bath arrived today. It is gorgeous! I can't wait to get it installed and take my first soak.
One of my favorite things... Benjamin Moore paint.
A few plans for the rest of the week... jump rope, count cookies, Taekwondo, sell cookies, sewing class, pick up more cookies, Girl Scout meetings, work cookie booths, blah, blah, blah.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing... we went to the rodeo for my birthday Saturday night and had so much fun. It was JC and the girls' first rodeo ever. It took me back to my childhood at the Mesquite Rodeo in Texas and the Santa Fe Rodeo in New Mexico. Addison loved it the most. She and I stood in line for nearly an hour after it ended to get the cowboys' autographs and get her picture taken with her favorite cowgirl. The parking lot was deserted when we finally left, so a nice security guard in a golf cart drove us to the car where J.C., Elise, and Nina were waiting for us.
This was my alarm this morning: "Ann! WAKE UP! There is water leaking in the garage. I don't know where it is coming from, whether we have a busted pipe or a broken hot water heater or what. There are COOKIES in the garage! I have to leave to drive the middle school carpool. You have to go down there and monitor the situation. If you need to start moving cookies in the house, I suggest you wake up Nina!"
Um, have you seen my garage lately? "Moving cookies inside" is no trivial task.
Water is now turned off to the house. Small waterfall in the garage has ceased. Cookies are momentarily safe... until someone needs to take a shower or wash their hands.
A commenter on my last post called Girl Scout cookies "devil biscuits."
You turned seven last month. We celebrated with a gingerbread decorating party at home. I tried desperately to convince you to do a party outside the house - Ice skating! Bounce house place! Taekwondo! Manicures! Build-a-Bear! You would have none of it. You were determined to have a party at home, so I relented. It was fun... chaotic and crazy, but fun.
Your insistence and never-back-down attitude about the home birthday party is pretty typical of your temperament these days. You are strong-willed and not shy about it. That will serve you well in a board room some day. Right now, it can be a bit draining for your parents. You and Nina are the stubborn soul sisters.
As you entered first grade, we crossed our fingers that the transition would be smoother than your transition to kindergarten which had been pretty traumatic. Things certainly went better, but it was still really tough on you. I think you are just someone who is very sensitive to change. Change is hard for you, and it takes you time to adjust to new classes, new camps, new situations. It isn't a bad thing, it is just part of what makes you you. I am starting to think that a traditional calendar school might be a better fit for you. Tracking in and out of school (9 weeks on, 3 weeks off) brings on a rough transition period every time. It is hard to get your behavior back in line after we track in or out of school. Overall though, school is going well. You like your teacher, and you are cruising along fine academically.
You enjoy reading. A couple of your favorite books lately have been Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate DiCamillo and The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale. You have some good friends both in and out of school and still participate in Daisy Girl Scouts and book club. You love to ride your bike and scooter.
The biggest change in your life in the past year has been your participation in Taekwondo.
When you first approached us about doing Taekwondo after a track-out camp field trip, I assumed this activity would go the way of others you have tried (T-ball, cheer, dance, and soccer). Your typical M.O. is to enjoy the activity for the first few weeks, tolerate it for the rest of the season or session, and then quit.
I never imagined that Taekwondo would have the impact on you that it has. It has made you a better Addison. I think you needed and craved the structure and discipline of martial arts. It just works for you. All of the tenets of Taekwondo are incorporated into the classes - honor, courtesy, integrity, self-control, perseverence. You are picking up all of that. Your first grade teacher told us that she noticed a difference in your respect and courtesy toward her after you started doing Taekwondo. We notice it at home too.
You are dedicated, determined, focused, and happy working toward your goals at Taekwondo. It is not an activity I ever would have chosen for you, so I'm so glad you found it and pursued it on your own. It is a good fit for your soul. I hope you will continue in Taekwondo for a long time. It has been such a great influence on your life.
I hope seven will be a good year. You continue to challenge us as parents, but you continue to bring us smiles and joy every day too. You talk all the time, giving us all your seven year old observations on life. I love your thought processes.
It is January, and if you have been reading this blog very long, you know what that means... Girl Scout cookies. It means blog pictures of the girls sitting at booths hawking cookies. It means angry, bitter blog posts from me where I vow to never again be a Girl Scout cookie mom. Before life gets ugly, and I disappear off the face of the Internet, I thought I'd share a fun video that Girl Scouts of the USA put out - the Top 10 Cookie Worthy Moments of 2014. It is cute, and really quite funny. Enjoy!
Outside my window... rain, rain, and more rain. I miss the sun.
I am thinking... about this poor, sad blog. I enjoy writing. I really do. I just seem to have lost my writing mojo lately, or my inspiration, or my ability to put thoughts to words. Or perhaps I've just been lazy. I hope to do better in the new year.
I am thankful... for a fabulous Christmas... good food, good gifts, good times with family.
From the kitchen... Christmas leftovers.
I am creating... not much.
I amgoing... to hopefully go on a movie date with my husband this week.
I am reading...Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews. I finishedI Wish by Elizabeth Langston and enjoyed it a lot.
I am hoping... to get a lot done around the house while we are home this week.
I am hearing... Nina playing something on the new Wii U and J.C. reading bedtime stories to Addie.
Around the house... all Christmas decorations and the trees have been taken down and put away. Yea!
One of my favorite things... leftover turkey, dressing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.
A few plans for the rest of the week... a New Year's Eve sleepover here with 5-6 giggling, squealing thirteen year olds. Wish me luck!
Here is a picture thought I am sharing... Christmas morning.
Outside my window... my new inflatable yard Santa is smiling at the world.
I am thinking... about issues at work.
I am thankful... for antibiotics that treated my pneumonia. That knocked me out for a while, so this blog has been a bit neglected.
From the kitchen... birthday party leftovers.
I am creating... wrapped gifts under the tree soon, I hope.
I amgoing... out for a fancy dinner with friends tonight!
I am reading... I Wish by Elizabeth Langston. I've just barely started it. Since my last SWD post, I've finished The Pact by Jodi Picoult, Whispers from the Past by Elizabeth Langston, and Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. All three of those were good, but Orphan Train was my favorite.
I am hoping... to be ready for Christmas.
I am hearing... Elise coughing. This is always a tough time of year for her with her asthma.
Around the house... everything is Christmasy and tidy looking since we had to clean up before Addie's birthday party.
One of my favorite things... Diet Cranberry Sierra Mist. As much as I love cranberries, I don't think I ever would have thought to buy this. My mother-in-law bought it though, and now she has gotten me hooked!
A few plans for the rest of the week... circus camp for the kids, lots of jump rope and TKD, Addie's 7th birthday, and our holiday party at work.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing... birthday party madness.