Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Yesterday I was helping in Ben's classroom (cleaning out glue lids and sharpening pencils--woo!) and stayed to have lunch with him. After lunch he was walking on the blue tape line that leads to the big garbage can to throw away his trash. A kid a few feet behind him tripped and spilled his tray full of trash all over the place. I (not being as good as Ben) just kind of watched for a second as the kid started to gather up his trash...until I noticed Ben (being much better than I) was headed right back to help him pick it all up. Other kids walked on by, while I finally got my act together and went to kneel down and help do what my eight-year-old son did automatically.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
All the time.
Are there really people who go out of town and don't bring a nebulizer along just in case? Who never have to tell their kids they are not allowed to run for a couple of days when the wheezing is acting up--or when it's really bad that they are not allowed to go up and down the stairs? Sometimes the kids will have a friend over when someone needs a breathing treatment and the friend is all intrigued by it and I'm confused by this for a minute, then I realize the friend's family doesn't have any breathing issues. Then I daydream about a xopenex-free life.
I'm just wondering. Because sometimes propping kids up on three pillows so they can sleep sitting up seems so normal that I forget it's not.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
For Julie, a banner for any celebration.
I forgot to ever take photos of the eyeglass cases I made for Mom, oops! They were cute, there were four of them (I think, or was it three?).
EDIT: Sweet little Mom took a picture of them and emailed it to me.
Monday, January 18, 2010
The big morning at home. This shot is post-Santa chaos, when the big kids are passing out the gifts from under the tree.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I finally made myself a good long apron. I've been hankering for one of these bad boys for some time now. Take that, messy cooking!
P.S. Remember how I said I might post some of my 2010 goals so as to try and hold myself to them? One of my goals is to open an etsy shop or start a new blog with stuff for sale. eek. Stay tuned...maybe for a long, long time. I'm giving myself till the end of the year to do it. And at that point my new goal will be not to be too embarassed if no one wants anything.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
TN Barber girls on Christmas Eve. Sometime shortly after we moved back to Tennessee seven years ago we started posing for pictures like this. I don't know why, but we've done it pretty much every holiday since.TN Barber girls and boys on Christmas day.
Another successful pageant!
Cousins have mixed feelings about trimming the tree.
My favorite of the batch she sent. This is so Josh (he's an affection-addict), and Mom just looks beautiful.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
For posterity, here is what I read in 2009:
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Christmas Jar - Jason Wright
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer
The Wednesday Letters - Jason Wright
The House at Riverton - Kate Morton
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
The Diamond of Darkhold - Jeanne Duprau
The Prophet of Yonwood - Jeanne Duprau
The People of Sparks - Jeanne Duprau
The Long Winter - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Gifted Hands - Ben Carson
The City of Ember - Jeanne Duprau
By the Shores of Silver Lake - Laura Ingalls Wilder
On the Banks of Plum Creek - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sarah's Quilt - Nancy Turner
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder
My Life So Far - Russell Barber
My Turn on Earth - Sharlene Barber
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
I love the City of Ember series, I recommend it to you and your kids. I finally finished Harry Potter -- yea! (By the way, Emma has renewed her interest and finally finished #3 and is deep into #4. We decided to go ahead and let her since she's almost 10 now, while frequently talking about what she is reading. She says it's not too scary so far. The deal is she can watch each movie when she finishes reading it...but I'm still going to edit #4 for her.) I like the page-turning Collins books very much, but hate waiting a year for the next one to come out. The Guernsey LAPPPS is just as good as everyone says it is...I love the letter-style. The last book I read was another one of my favorites, The Help. The voice was so wonderful and the writing was hands down some of the best I've ever read. There were sentences I read over and over again because they were SO remarkable, I couldn't believe someone could craft a thought so beautifully.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Happy New Year!