Monday, May 31, 2010


What to do on days when the temperature is 94 degrees:

Find your goggles!

swimmingfirsttime 026 Contemplate the icy cold.

swimmingfirsttime 027 Take a deep breath and dive in!

swimmingfirsttime 032 Watch in awe.

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Do it all over again.swimmingfirsttime 039

Study 1 - black border (resized 150) We loved welcoming Summer this weekend.

We prayed for our soldiers.

We thanked the people we know who have served.

We swam and swam and swam.

Is Memorial Day weekend your first swim of the year?

Link up! Pretty please?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

feet. foot. funk.

LG_I_Heart_Faces[3] A young couple decided to wed.

As the big day approached, they grew apprehensive.

Each had a problem they had never before shared with anyone, not even each other.fair 10

The Groom-to-be, overcoming his fear, decided to ask his father for advice.

"Father," he said, "I am deeply concerned about the success of my marriage."

His father replied, "Don't you love this girl?"

"Oh yes, very much," he said, "but you see, I have very smelly feet, and I'm afraid that my fiance will be put off by them."

"No problem," said dad, "all you have to do is wash your feet as often as possible, and always wear socks, even to bed."

Well, to him this seemed a workable solution. fair 16

The bride-to-be, overcoming her fear, decided to take her problem up with her mom.

"Mom," she said, "When I wake up in the morning my breath is truly awful."

"Honey," her mother consoled, "everyone has bad breath in the morning."

"No, you don't understand,. My morning breath is so bad, I'm afraid that my fiance will not want to sleep in the same room with me." mom 1

Her mother said simply, "Try this. In the morning, get straight out of bed, and head for the kitchen and make breakfast. While the family is busy eating, move on to the bathroom and brush your teeth. The key is, not to say a word until you've brushed your teeth."

"I shouldn't say good morning or anything?" the daughter asked.

"Not a word," her mother affirmed.

"Well, it's certainly worth a try," she

The loving couple were finally married. Not forgetting the advice each had received, he with his perpetual socks and she with her morning silence, they managed quite well.

That is, until about six months later. Shortly before dawn one morning, the husband wakes with a start to find that one of his socks had come off.

Fearful of the consequences, he frantically searches the bed. This, of course, wakes his bride and without thinking, she asks, "What on earth are you doing?"

"Oh, my," he replies, "you've swallowed my sock!"Soles4Souls[5]

  I Heart Faces wanted to support this fantastic cause this week. If you have a chance to go over and read about it and perhaps donate some shoes… I hope you will.

What is your favorite pair of shoes?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

And so Summer begins

at the fair.fair ‘This nation will remain the land of the free

only so long as it is the home of the brave.’

~Elmer Davis

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’I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. 

I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.’

~Abraham Lincolnfair 5
Freedom is never free.  ~Author Unknownfair 2
’How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes.’

~Maya Angeloufair 8_edited-1fair 4
’Lord, bid war's trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace.’
~Oliver Wendell Holmesfair 3
’The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.’

~Thomas Campbellfair 6
’Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.’
~Richard Watson Gilder    

  fair 9 Sunday Citarsinday-citar-buttonfair 11 fair 13  fair 15 Memorial Day weekend is a great beginning to Summer.

There is the joy of having off from school and work.

There is the christening of barbeques all over the United States.

There is the parade, and the carnival and the abundant happiness,

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but most of all, there is the intense honor

we all share as we remember and celebrate

the men and women who have served

and continue to serve our country.

We are richly blessed.SundaysinmyCityfair 14

What members of your family

have served in the military?

My Uncle Don, Uncle Ray, and Uncle Rich

and best friend David have all served in the army.

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I try to say thank you every time I see a man or woman in uniform.

I am deeply thankful for the service they provide.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

the language of boys

1.) Describe a time when you had difficulty communicating with someone who speaks a different language than you.


Every day I have a difficult time communicating

with some people:boys 1

Jonathon is from Poland and he can speak Polish.  boys 2Shoshi is from Bangladesh and he can speak Hindi.

boys 4Juan is from Columbia and he speaks in Spanish.boys 3Do you think I have a hard time communicating because of all those languages?

Oh no.

boys Their native tongue is not the problem at all!

I can’t communicate with them because they speak ‘boy’boys 7And for the life of me…

I just can NOT understand that language!

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I love these boys!

They make life grand.

What languages do you speak?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Shrek in 3D

This weekend Kaish wanted to see Shrek in 3D

and because I am

‘the meanest mom in the whole wide world’

I said no.betsy 2

I said we should go watch Ben’s t-ball game in 3D

with Uncle HANNAH  MONTANA Calebbetsy After the game we watched his Beppy

make lemonade in 3D

betsy lemon 1 When we came home from that betsy lemon 3

I made him ride his scooter outside 

with Shoshi and Jonathon

(in 3D of course)life 3  And you know what?life 1

We had a 5 star weekend!sevenclownbutton ABC wEDNESDAY 

What is the last movie you saw at the theatre?


Monday, May 24, 2010

the corner? Say what?

Tuesdays Around the World is upon us once again.

Cozy Corners is the theme.

lemons 004If Levi makes this face when he goes to school,

he will get sent straight to the corner! emma 1This is baby Emma!

She has a whole slew of people in her corner.

Isn’t she adorable?betsy 1 Here is Ben!

On the corner of first base!

cozy cornerAnd here is one of my favorite corners.

See that spot over there underneath the tree?

I like to sit there and flip thru magazines

while Kaish and Shoshi play at the end of the day.

emma 10 We would love for you to join us!

Feel free to loosely interpret the theme…

clearly that is what I do : )

Study 1 - black border (resized 150) Sweet Shot Tuesday is right here.

‘The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.’
~John Greenleaf Whittier, My Psalm