Wednesday, June 28, 2006
This one was my favorite! It was huge, probably big enough to cover a king-sized bed, and the scene is made up of tiny, one-inch squares of cloth sewn together. I can't imagine how long it took to make it, but it was awe-inspiring.
This is a close-up of the bush:
Mom also brought Howie the Guinea Pig for us to take care of while she and dad visit Tennessee, so we have a regular zoo right now. Just wait until all 14 bearded dragon eggs hatch! Hope all is well with you!
Monday, June 26, 2006
Camp went really well. We loaded up the Durango with enough junk food to feed 98 people and headed to camp on Saturday. We loaded up the break room and then treated 18 people to Olive Garden. So yeah, our tithing money was used up pretty quick. It's amazing how much soup, salad, and breaksticks counselors can eat after a week of camp food. I wanted to show you guys some of the nametags I took with me. At Camp Leesburg all the counselors wear nametags, and it's a tradition to make them for each other. This summer I'm making them for every team member (as I have for the past two years), which is quite an undertaking. I see it as a way I can give back to the place that has given so much to me.
The one I made for Allie is probably one of my favorites...and I've made a LOT of nametags! Allie was one of my campers, though, so she deserves a special one. Hope all is well with you guys!
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Just in case you folks just can't get enough of me, I have decided to create my very own food blog. My dad gave Mike a digital camera for the business, but I'm going to use it for this, too :) Here's your hard-earned money at work, dad. Sophie thinks the food blog is such a great idea she's practically drooling!
See link at right to view my first post!
Monday, June 19, 2006
Who knew I could stay so busy staying at home! It seems like every morning I have a to-do list a mile long, and at the end of the day I haven't gotten it all done. I've been studying Spanish an hour a day, plus since Mike has been working, all the housework has fallen to me. I've also been doing things to get ready for the Teacher EPI program, and lots of other stuff. This weekend Mike and I went shopping and bought a whole carload of junk food to bring to the camp counselors in Leesburg. We plan on delivering all that stuff sometime soon, and it should be fun. Right now the office is full of soda, cookies, chips, etc. I remember what a treat it was to get that kind of stuff when I was a counselor, so hopefully they'll enjoy it.
Finally, in honor of Father's Day, here's is the best dad in the world. One of the things I am most grateful to my father is for passing on to me a love and respect for nature. He was also a real trooper on the day of the wedding! It's been a blast watching him and Mike work together - they're quite a pair! He has been so welcoming to Mike, and I just plain love my daddy!
Friday, June 09, 2006
What have you been doing this week?
A lot, and not much at the same time. I went to the doctor to get some new allergy medicine, as the old stuff wasn't working anymore. The doctor I saw wasn't the one I like, but he did tell me that I could get Claritin at the UF pharmacy for super cheap. Yesterday I woke up with a stomach virus, which was no fun. I spent the day in my chair eating bland foods in small increments. Today I feel much better, just kinda tired and not very hungry. I have also been trying to get my online and Summer B classes straightened out, which is not easy feat when dealing with the chaotic bureaucracy that is the University of Florida.
You haven't been working this week?
Umm...no. And it looks like I won't be for the rest of the month. The people I work for thought they could use me, but they got called away on some sort of geologic duty of sorts and took the kids with them. After that, the kids start their summer programs, and I'll just be on an as-needed basis, mostly to cart them around to their various activities. The problem I have with that is this: I tend to be really hard on myself when it comes to being productive. In other words, I feel bad for not doing much this month. I felt so bad I even considered going back to Pet Supermarket for a month (cue Psycho theme). But I have set a few goals for myself, and I have so much to do that I don't think I'll be really bored.
So what goals do you have for yourself?
I signed up for a refresher course in Spanish. I hope to take the SAT II in the fall and maybe skip Spanish I and go straight to Spanish II. I'm also in the process of signing up for an online course; Educational Psychology. I need to take the General Knowledge Test for my teaching certification. I would like to volunteer some at the Humane Society, which I never do as much as I would like. I also need to do all the yearly checkups; dentist, eye doctor, etc. Like I said, I'll be busy.
What have you been praying for this week?
The biggest thing on my list this week is my grandfather. His triple bypass surgery went relatively well Tuesday, so we're thankful for that. Also my aunt in New Mexico, my cousins (both there and here in Florida, for different reasons). Megan and Melissa Hall's grandmother passed away this week. Del Smythe was one classy lady, and I know she's partying hard up in Heaven with her husband. I also seem to be in this constant loop of thanking God for our lifegroup.
What are you listening to right now?
My brother's rendition of "On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand."
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
This weekend I went on a shopping trip with three other girls from my lifegroup, which is a small group of young married couples through the church. It was so...much...fun!!! Every day I thank God for my new friends; I've forgotten how good it is to fellowship with believers. I can relate to these girls, which is something I haven't had in a long time. Anywho, we went to the outlet mall in St. Pete, which is HUGE, then we stayed at a condo that belongs to one of the girls' parents. I got some good "teacher" clothes, and some really comfy but still nice sandals. I also got a couple of things for Mike and the house. The only thing that was kind of weird was the rest of the girls all want to have kids soon, so they were all talking about how to get pregnant, prenatal vitamins, and on and on and on...I'm not quite there yet!
When I got home from the trip on Sunday, I got a call from my dad saying that his father (my grandfather) went in the hospital on Friday. He had a mild heart attack and was going to have an angioplasty on Monday and see if he needed further treatment. Well, he had the procedure and it turns out he has at least three, maybe more, major blockages in his heart and is being transferred to a hospital in Hudson (near Tampa) to have bypass surgery today (Tuesday). My feeling about all this is that it could have been a lot better, but it could have been a lot worse. The heart attack he had was mild, he was having pain in his arms and my grandmother decided to call their doctor, who said, "Get to the hospital, NOW!" But if this hadn't happened, we wouldn't have known about the blockages, and he would have eventually have had a major heart attack, probably a fatal one. So we're all counting our blessings and praying for the best, and I hope you will do the same.