Confidence booster

April 27th, 2009

We had a new babysitter last weekend.  The girl is the younger sister of one of our “regular” babysitters and I see their dad everyday down at the park with their dog, so they know our family.

When she arrived on the job she walked right in and the kids were very excited to see her.  She is one of those girls who is supper cute, bubbly without being obnoxious, very confident yet waaay laid-back.

I gave her the run down of the night, bed times, routines, etc.  I asked her if she had any questions, she did not.  Then I asked her what her rate was so I would have enough cash to pay her when we got home.

Her response, “I don’t have a rate, I don’t really babysit.”


Friday’s Magnolia

April 24th, 2009

And here it is.

What amazing progress in just one week.

Thursday’s bloom

April 23rd, 2009

This is what 80 degrees and sun does for blooming trees.

So nice.

Santas in town

April 23rd, 2009

So I had a long bike ride yesterday.  I chose to do two laps of the trails around our house for ease and due to time constraints.  It was pretty windy out and several times during the ride I found random strangers drafting behind me.  For some reason this made me mad, like seriously people cut your own wind, if you’re going to use me at least say HI or tell me your name or something.  Needless to say, it just gave me more vigor so I would speed up and try to shake them.

One particular drafter however, was delightful.  He initially passed me at a street crossing and when he did, he was a vision to behold.  I would put him at about age 65 with very white hair sticking out of his helmet, a beard, a tight white sleeveless shirt, red tights and over the tights were tight spandex black biking shorts, a black fanny pack which carried jingle bells that you could hear if you were close by and he donned roller blades, very fast roller blades.

So I call out that I am passing on the left, he hand gestures for me to go ahead and then sticks with me for a good five miles.  I am on a bike, going about 19 miles per hour, he is on ROLLER BLADES.  He takes me on a hill and as he passes he tells me what a great pace I have going.  I tell him I love his jingle bells.  He tells me its to keep his elves in order because they don’t really listen.

Then off he flew.


April 22nd, 2009

PJ came home from school today and told me some kids have been using the F-word.  I asked her what happened, who was saying it and if she did anything about it.

She gave me the blow by blow and then said they went to tell their teacher but that she didn’t do anything about it.

The problem…the teacher doesn’t seem to know the F-word.  She speaks Chinese and they don’t seem to have that one in China.

Wednesday Magnolia

April 22nd, 2009

Getting bigger?

The sun has come out…I want more action little bud.

Come on, bloom.

Tuesday Magnolia

April 21st, 2009

Happy 74th Birthday Dad!!!

April 21st, 2009

I’m so glad you’re still kick’n.

Seriously…I am.

Love you!

Magnolia Monday

April 20th, 2009

I’m on magnolia watch.

My favorite tree in the neighborhood is filled with soft, fuzzy buds and we are going to take a daily look to see what happens to it throughout the week.

Hopefully by Friday, when the sun starts to shine and the temps warm up, the tree will be filled with beauty.

Happy Easter

April 12th, 2009

May this day find your heart singing, your belly full and your mouth filled with most of your teeth.