Sunday, February 28, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I received this text from Jared yesterday afternoon and just cracked up. I asked who's idea it was and he responded...
"I'm the genius and I just spent 15 minutes scrubbing my face."
I could not stop laughing. When he got home he explained everything again and I laughed again and again. He said the paint can would not spray anything anymore so he decided he would cut it open. A life lesson was learned yesterday.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I finally realized I was hungry at about 9:35pm and so I grabbed a yogurt. I was still hungry so I looked through the fridge for quick easy food and found nothing. I was so frustrated. I didn't want to spend 30 minutes or even 15 cooking something when it was time to go to bed. So I asked Jared if we could go pick something up. And of course living where we live at 10pm means your options are only one place or driving 15 minutes to the next town. So McDonald's it was.
On our way back to the house Jared tells me that this counts as running out for a craving which I disagreed with but I will give it to him. I finally had a craving for something and made us leave the house at a very late hour (at least for us).
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I want to be a writer, which actually I already am...I found magazine's from college that I am published in today while cleaning. I want to be a mother which is well on it's way to coming to fruition now. I want to be a famous musician. I want to do and see so many things and the only person that holds me back is myself or time in some cases.
I've been thinking about writing a book for several years and recently it has come to the forefront of my mind yet again. Maybe it's time to dive into writing. Maybe it's time to dig deep within myself and ask my Heavenly Father to help me write on a subject I feel I need to write on for healing for myself and for others in the world. What's held me back for so long? Fear? Myself? Doubts? Fear comes from Satan and I don't want him to have any control in my life so it's time to move forward and pursue a dream.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I've been thinking about her grades here and her grades I had seen from back home in Spain. She was a C average student back home. So why is it that now she is a straight A student? A few thoughts came to mind...
- English is not her first language so she studies more to ensure she understands the material.
- She doesn't have friends like she did back home to hang out with all the time. She has friends here that she does hang out with but she goes out only 1-2 times a week.
- Since she is here as part of an exchange program she must realize she has to get better grades.
- The American school system is easy! Our school system is not as challenging as her school back home.
I am leaning towards a slight combination of things but the major item I feel is #4. The education system here is so poor. If you want your child to get a good education you have to push them yourself to take advanced classes (that still fall short of a real challenge) and help them to desire to study things on their own. I had a conversation with a parent last night of one of my young women who said her daughters school load is not going to leave her free time to come to activities. :( She is behind in school for reasons I am not aware of but the school has told them to not even bother trying to graduate in time to walk with her class but just put it off until later. I was outraged! The schools should be there to support, push and help the students along to succeed.
When I moved to Idaho I had a similar experience. My grades didn't transfer perfectly into their system so I was behind in credits. Their school starts about a month before schools do in Washington so I was behind in classes. The school did not want to give me a full class load and said I could either graduate later or make it up over summer school I think. My mom was outraged! She said you give my daughter a full class load and let her try. Mom had faith in me that I could pull it off but the school was very reluctant. It was my first real taste of the lack of faith the school teachers and members have in students. I had no issues getting caught up in my classes (some teachers just wrote off what I had missed) and others gave me the past homework assignments and I went to it. I didn't have any friends yet so doing homework wasn't an issue. I needed something to do besides look at brown dirt everywhere with an occasional green spot. ;)
I could go on for awhile about this subject (especially since I am stuck waiting for my work laptop to finish doing updates). I am very passionate about it more than I realize sometimes. I want to be a teacher of music. I had some great music teachers and some not so great ones. One thing I wish that any of them would have asked of us was to learn things about the music we were playing and the composers. I would be a better rounded musician if they had pushed us to do this. So when I am a teacher I am going to require papers also that will count for a portion of their grades.
My younger sister Megan is studying to be a teacher and I am very proud of her for going into that profession. She has only a year left!!! I hope Megan that you don't lose sight of why you became a teacher. It's not to get rich! It's to help future generations have a desire to learn and improve the world and make it better than today!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday afternoon I had some free time on my hands and it was again a gorgeous day so I went and weeded the front yard. I got the whole front yard completely weeded and was able to free my daffodils and crocus that are starting to come up. I can't wait until they bloom especially the crocus! They are my favorite. We also found that our snapdragons seem to be growing again. Which is strange considering they are an annual. I am excited to see if they grow again on their own. I'll be buying more because they are a gorgeous flower to watch bloom during the summer and fall.
I felt so good working with my hands in the garden and yard. I accomplished a lot and just felt rejuvenated when I was done. It was a lot of work but it was worth it and the weather was perfect both times. I really like how everything looks. Now I just need to get my garden ready and mow the back yard and weed the side of the house.
Friday, February 5, 2010
We were watching a show on the food network (I know don't die for some reason I like the food network now...Jacki mentioned to me it's because it's clean and wholesome) about food in lunch boxes. The guy went to different factories and one of them was Wonder Bread and talked about the smell of homemade bread and how nostalgic it is. Which made me start to think about things like my mom's baking while growing up and other things. I always loved it when I would come home from school and you could smell something cooking in the kitchen. I knew my mom was home and I knew she loved me. I love the smells of homemade bread, pumpkin pie, orange and cloves, and chocolate chip cookies.
I was also reminded of laying out in the summer on the grass and looking at the clouds. Picking out shapes of objects, animals and things. I would see dragons, horses, planes, windows, ice cream with whipped cream and so many other things. I miss the days of just laying in my yard. I hope I do it with my son and just take time to enjoy the moments instead of thinking of the never ending to do list.