Sunday, February 24, 2008

Blue/Gold Webelo Deux

Today was Ian's Blue/Gold Ceremony Banquet where he earned several pins and padges, but most notably, Ian crossed over to the title of Webelo 2. For those of you familiar with Cub Scouts-you know what I'm talking about (Actually, you most likely know more than what I am talking about b/c I have to admit I fall short when it comes to keeping up with his Cub Scouts stuff). I guess I just feel, as a mother to two boys, that the perk of listening to loud noises and much activity coupled with the sounds and smells of boys (I know you all now what I'm referring to here-so I won't elaborate!) in the home is that I don't have to listen to it in exponential numbers by attending Pack meetings. It's just a little too overstimulating for me, capeche? So, I leave most of the Cub Scouting to "The Daddy-Mac Mick" to do and to enjoy some close male bonding with his sons.

That said, I did attend the aforemention ceremony-because someone needs to take pictures and document the big event, right?

The ever changing Wish List...

So I checked my email today and this was at the top of the incoming mail list. Ian's most recent Birthday Wish List. You would think his bd was next month and not several months away! LOL

Birthday wish list‏
Ian Sent:
Sun 2/24/08 11:39 AM

I know I've been changing it around alot but only for the absolutely awesome stuff
1. Guitar hero guitar for wii
2.Super smash bros. brawl for the wii
3.Lego Indiana Jones Set
4.Lego Star wars set

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Latest Addition... our collection of musical instruments (if you will). Stopped by Toys R Us for a Star Wars lego set for the boys (and they couldn't decide on one-go figure-they wondered why we never take them there-this is the second time they've been to Toys R Us since we moved here almost four years ago) so we adults (LOL) decided to get something the whole family could enjoy-with close monitors on what songs they could play and listen to-of course.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Snow Day...AGAIN

Ugh... Snow day again. Actually, more like ice/sleet. I love having both boys home from school-it just stinks that the weather isn't nice for "playing in" IYKWIM. Where I grew up, a snow day was truly a snow day! We could have my dad take us around the neighborhood on the snowmobile or go to the fairgrounds and take off from the "ramp" to tool down the hill and make a crazy attempt to try and propel ourselves far enough along long enough to make it to the ice skating rink where one could further their wild ride. Such great memories I have of snow days like that. Just wish I had some of it captured in pictures. Sigh.
So, today we did some schoolwork (algebra, geography and more) and then Ian asked to make a quilt. What? Well, I said that would be fine-but that perhaps we should start with a small project; like a quilt block. He wasn't too excited that we weren't going to make a full quilt. I then began to explain to him all of the planning and measuring and work that goes into a quilt. I told him about his GGM on my dad's side who was always making a quilt of some type andwho would often get with other ladies for a quilting bee where they would gather at someone's house to work on one quilt together and they sewed it all by hand! (At this point Ian's mouth was on the floor). It is pretty amazing when you think of all of the time invested, effort and detail that went into these works of art, these pieces of comfort and warmth, these articles of history that mark an era that is completely different from today. A slower time. A time where people wouldn't plan weeks in advance to get toegether, but who would stop by for a spell and sip some sweet tea or lemonade on the fronch porch or on the breezeway (depending on where you lived). And yet, as I think of it, things have really changed since my grandmother's days of quilting many sew quilts by machines, and sew alone and not in a group. but, a new type of "bee" has evolved for my generation. It's called a scrapbooking crop...and I think it quite resembles the quilting bee of old-just a different mix of mediums-some which crossover to sewing and some that don't as well as the community of friends getting together to fellowship and talk about the latest news,, about family, about memories and about creating a bit of art that will be a great gift to one's family for years to come.
So, anyways, Ian and I began to make a 3x3 block with a border and he managed to get several of the squares cut out and sewed together. Should said project actually attain the title of "Completed" I will post a picture of it here! :)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Quote of the Day

Pablo Casals : Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.

That's food for thought.

Life is Busy...

found this on another fellow SB'ers (C.D. Muckosky's)blog this am:

Life is full and life is busy, it just is.
That will not change
I can't imagine that it would all of a sudden slow down just for me.
I think that "slow down" is a choice,
I think it is a part of how we each choose to take it all in ,
how we choose to see our life.
What kind of eyes do you want to see your life through?Rushing by
with eyes too focused on wherever it is that you are going
and a mind full of what is on your list of "to do"?,
do you choose to be present NOW, in this very moment right where you are?
seeing clearly the gift of it all;
each breath,
each shared day with little people,
or big people,
or just the peace of sunshine and wonderful fresh air.
Life is full and busy,
it just is
but we always have a choice.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

All too familiar territory...

Ice Storm 2008..a rerun of 2007. We've had three "snow days" and should be back to school in time for Valentine's Day celebrations tomorrow. We were without power Sun evening from 10Pm -7AM. Transformer blew nearby. We are making the best of our time together playing games, watching movies, making arts and crafts, reading books and playing the wii. Boys have had a lot of fun adding to their popsicle stick puppet collection. Constantly growing...latest additions: Kirby, Ice Climbers, ZELDA, Link, The Fantastic Four and more. Should be a huge gala of puppeteering taking place soon. looking forward to that.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

You tube funny...had to share

this with y'all.
I know every female out there can relate to this one
Little irony here as I'm the one down with a flu/cold bug! Grrr....

Busy with book fair at E's school and Valentine making. Tax prep. Spring cleaning.
Looking forward to next weekend-an extended weekend for us. Ian and I will play in tennis tourney. Really looking forward to that.

Mick went out with some buddies from college to watch a BBall game tonight. Good for him to get out with the guys once in awhile.

Need to get back to my POTD posts. Haven't found the time to post-process lately.

Ethan was telling me about the ladybug he made at school on Fri. He said he sponge painted on the dots and each wing had 9 dots on it. I said, "So how many dots total did the ladybug have?" To which he replied, "18." And then I asked, "Wow. How did you figure that out so fast?" to which he replied," Well... 9...12...15...18!"
"You counted by threes?" Iasked. "Yep!" was his reply. That boy!