Sunday, April 29, 2007
Today we visited the Flower Fields in Carlsbad. This is an area just North of San Diego where they grow fields and fields(and fields!) of Ranunculus flowers. It is stunning to see. We also saw many other flowers, included tons of roses(my favorites) and Orchids(Joe's favorites). The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold and we had a wonderful day. To view more pictures(although not all 70 that I took. I do not have the patience to upload all of those!), go here.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
I took these pictures of some roses I got in my Dad's garden today. I messed with the color a little in I Photo on some of them, and blurred the edges on others.
They are so beautiful. My own roses are not doing quite as well. Thanks Dad!
Friday, April 27, 2007
Today was our schoolwide retreat. In case you don't know what that is, a Retreat is a day which offers the students a chance to experience school and each other in a different light – to think about their faith, to deepen their prayer and to review their lives. We began the day with Mass. It was a beautiful, uplifting service, with an element of fun in the form of music and singing and a small play put on by one of our own priests. The kids truly enjoyed it. After a healthy snack, the highlight of the whole day was a concert by Ron Biagi. He is a high energy Christian children's singer. With song titles like "What if Jesus was a Soccer Star", and "Even Cool Guys and Groovy Girls need Jesus", it isn't hard to see why the kids go nuts for this guy. He has Backstreet Boys like moves for all of his songs, and performs them in a boyish, goofy kind of way that has the adults bopping along and the kids following every move. If you have kids and are into Christian Music, I highly recommend his C.D.'s. They're upbeat, catchy tunes with cool dance moves and a Christian message. I tried to upload a short video of the dance moves, but YOUTUBE was having none of it. SO check out his website. I am going to pick up a couple of his C.D.'s for Sophie. With the way music is headed nowadays, it is nice to have some wholesome choices out there. The retreat ended with a game and a craft. The whole experience was everything that I love about working at a Christian school. The sense of community with the parents and teachers working together toward a common goal, the message we are teaching our children that God loves them and they can be anything they want to be if they have a relationship with Him. I have to admit, the day made me wonder what I am doing. How can I leave the school enviornment? How can I not work with kids anymore? Am I making the right decision to leave the childcare profession? How can I not work in a Christian enviornment? What am I doing? Needless to say I am feeling a bit insecure today about the job situation. It will pass. It really was a lovely day and I am so glad I was a part of it.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
screaming match heated discussion the other day with my boss about me leaving, and why, and why she didn't even have the courtesy to say one word when I gave my notice. No "Thank you for fourteen years of service", no "I'm sorry you are going", nothing. My husband is always telling me I can't expect people to act a certain way if they don't posess the maturity or emotional skills to do so. He says I have to be the bigger person, and act in a professional manner and ignore the idiots people I am having problems with. All of this makes perfect sense. Yet at times is soooooo hard for me to do. I have been praying a lot about it, and asking God to please help me be the bigger person. It has been hard. I have been struggling. And then the blowout with my boss happened and I felt like I had failed. Miserably. Sometimes I wonder why do I always have to be the bigger person? How come no one else has to act like a mature adult? Why is it that I am the only person willing to be completely honest about my feelings and willing to talk about it? Then I realized these are not the questions I should be pondering. I should be asking myself how can I be a better person? I accept responsibility when I am wrong. I say I'm sorry if I did something that warrants it. I try to be a good person. But I haven't been trying hard enough lately. So I apologized to my boss today, and opened up the lines of communication regarding my departure. And you know what? She said all of the things I wanted to hear a long time ago. It was hard for her. She simply is not an emotional person and is unnaccustomed to sharing her true feelings. But I feel better about it now. I am still leaving. It will be a relief to go. But at least I am not leaving a job of fourteen years on bad terms. I will leave there knowing I did everything I could to make a bad situation right. I will leave there being the bigger person.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I finally got a sewing machine. I have been wanting one forever. Problem is, I really can't sew. This machine does so much more than I can do right now. As soon as we have some extra money(ha!) I'm going to sign up for a sewing class. For now I have been just playing around. I sewed on a scrapbook page(something I have been wanting to do forever), and I made these pillowcases. I even put Velcroe on the dragonfly one. Just don't look too closely at the stitching on the end of that one. The other turned out much better. I love both of these fabrics. The pink really doesn't go with anything in my house, so Gracie may end up with that one.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Joe has been very adamant from the very beginning that he wants a say in the decor of Sophie's room. This was quite a surprise to me, as I decorated the rest of the house with not much input from him at all. (Perhaps that's why he wants a say in this? Hmmmm...something to ponder) Anyhow, we decided on a theme(a garden), but simply could not decide on on the colors. I wanted light pinks and green, very Shabby Chic. He wanted nothing to do with that. It could be because that's how I decorated the family room and guest bathroom and he can't take another rose. Seriously, it looks like a rose bush exploded in our family room. So we settled on Lavendar and light green, but he still wasn't happy. He wanted brighter colors. Neither of us was budging, so the room has remained largely undecorated. Until yesterday. He brought home a greeting card from the bookstore and said "Now I want you to keep an open mind when you see this, but this is how I want Sophie's room to look, and with these colors." I have to admit I was a little scared. But then he showed me this. And I love it! It is very whimisical, and "gardeny"(Yeah, I made that up). The colors are pretty, and it still has lavendar and green in it. I really like it. So we'll be adding oranges and pinks and yellows to the color scheme, and painting flowers just like this on the walls. They will be very tall(like three feet), because we want it to seem as though you are a tiny little bug in a garden. We already have these over the crib. Now I need to look for bedding. That we can afford. Well, I already bought a lavendar crib bumber for five dollars at a consignment shop, and Lisa and I are going to doctor it up with bugs. Dragonflies and butterflies and maybe a ladybug or two. We'll see. For now I am just relieved to know the color scheme. I thought we were never going to come to an agreement!
Ummm...I am not liking that ticker at the top of the page. What's the deal? Doesn't five months and four weeks equal six months? I think it does. So we're six months LID today. I should be happy. But with a possible two and a half to three more year wait(I refuse to think beyond that), it's hard to be happy about six months. But I should. 6 months is a milestone. There was a time when I thought we would never get our Log in Date. So that's something. Happy six months to us.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I am participating in a quilt square swap where the theme is Pirates. It isn't for my 100 Good Wishes Quilt, it is something I am planning on making into a crib sized quilt to take in the car, stroller, etc. Here is the square/wish I sent out. I wanted it to be "Girly", because girls can be pirates too! I think they turned out cute. This is what I have been doing with my unexpected day off. I am feeling better already. Thank goodness for Zithromax.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Oh, I just remember I have a baby shower to go to on Sunday. So much for laying low! :)
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I miss you Mom. Happy Birthday.
Monday, April 16, 2007
In case you live under a rock, I am referring to this. It is a tragedy and I am sad.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
2. Castle with flowers
3. Get it? Caution: A-Head! Ha!
4. Space Mountain. Lisa is raring to go.
5. Matterhorn, ready or not.
I recently purchased a new camera. I got a new camera this time last year, but it was just a basic point and shoot and didn't do much else. I have been really wanting a new camera to take to China(someday), and also my old camera couldn't take close pictures of the jewelry I am selling. This one takes amazing pictures. It isn't the fanciest one out on the market, but it has some bells and whistlea and was in my price range. It 's a Canon Powershot A550 digital camera. I took some pretty good pictures this week with it. Here are some pictures I took while visiting my sister. I can't wait to use it at D-Land today. Oh, and in case you happened to notice, yes, I am writing this post at 5:14 A.M. There must be something in the water here, because the insomnia is back. Or maybe I'm just too excited about seeing Mickey Mouse. It could be that. :) I love that picture of Gracie in the crown and my sunglasses. The picture of Cameron is right before we went on the swings at Great America and I felt like I was going to die. Good times. That last pic is of Marie, one quarter of Team Salsa. At least I'm fairly certian it is Marie. Or was Rose wearing the pink shoes. Mary-Mia, help ,me out here? :) Either way, she is adorable. What a happy little girl.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Until I have time for a proper post......
No, we have no idea who this little boy is. He saw Batman and decided he Must. Meet. Him. Now. And when I said excuse me, we're taking a picture(very nicely of course, so I didn't scare him), he turned around and said "Cheese"! He is simply adorable. His Dad came running over shortly after, apologizing. So cute.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
*I changed the profile pic again. Joe wasn't happy with that one. He says it makes him look bald. The new one shows he is in fact, not bald. Men. Sheesh.*
Friday, April 06, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
This a plaque order I received. I tried to match the colors to her bedding, which is cream and sage with small silver dragonflies and red ladybugs. The chain is made up of flowers. I call it a daisy chain. Cute.
I do. Three quarts to be exact. That's a lotta cranberry juice. Did I mention I'm not that fond of cranberry juice? Well, I'm not. But I have to drink it. My bladder and kidney infections are not getting better, despite the antibiotics the doc gave me. Did you know bladder infections and kidney infections are two totally separate things? I didn't. Until now. I also did not realize they were so painful. They are. Very painful. So I down cranberry juice like it is going out of style. Ugh. The good news is that I am home on the couch now, with the next ten glorious days off. Ten days! I cannot tell you how happy I am about that. I guess I just did. :) Oh, and my surgery has been scheduled. On May 11 th I am having all of my girl parts removed. Good riddance. They never did me any good anyhow. And yet I am still a little sad. And scared. But mostly happy. It will be done with. I won't have to worry about it ever again. Good.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
*I updated Wishing Star with a couple of bracelets. More to come!*
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Then my phone rang again and it was my gynecologist calling to schedule my hysterectomy! No date set yet. But soon. A very busy, exciting, exhausting day. Going to bed now. G'night.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
I have made this small plaque with our Log in Date on it to hang on the door to Sophie's room. I think it turned out cute. I added a whimsical beaded handle for hanging. These would make a great gift for someone just finishing thier paperchase, or who is in the midddle of the never ending wait. I am going to keep mine up until we bring Sophie home, then I'll probably move it to the fridge(They can be magnets too). I am selling these over at my other blog, Wishing Star Designs. I have added a few other things too. More to come!
I have added a paypal button on the site so you can pay directly with a credit card. You will need to sign up for a Paypal account, but it is free, safe, and secure.
Updated the quilt blog again. Fifty-eight squares and counting. Woo hoo!