Archive | February, 2011

My Little Boy Is Four Today!

28 February 2011

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Though we had the birthday party Saturday, today is Joshie’s birthday! He’s an amazing little boy…so fully of energy (and often volume to accompany), with a smile that can brighten any day. He is, and this is no hyperbole, 100% boy. He was our first real climber, a skill passed on to his little sister, […]

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On Being Critical….

28 February 2011

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My earlier post about the school sign near our home brought some criticism on Facebook. The particular person disagreed and did not think that the type of criticism was helping, and I’m sure she is not alone. And while she made some generally valid points, and did so without being unpleasant, I respectfully disagree. And […]

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Support a Winner!

25 February 2011

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For those that haven’t followed this blog long, this is my oldest son Sammy. Despite only being 9, he is one test away from earning his black belt in taekwondo, and that testing will likely be in June. In this picture, he is wearing the medals from tournaments over the past 2.5 years. We’ve limited him to only major […]

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Why Schools Fail: An Illustration

24 February 2011

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No, I am not going to give a list, or even my opinions as to why schools fail. I’m going to use an illustration… There’s an elementary school near us that has a reader board, and one of the main things that flashes across it is this: All Children are Capable of Success! (then next […]

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The Party Theme Idea…

19 February 2011

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Ok, so…looking for feedback on this idea. So…um…leave some, ok? I’ve been requested to come up with a theme for my upcoming birthday party. JoAnn’s 80s theme was a lot of fun, so apparently themed ones can work. So here’s the idea, followed by an explanation….because it’ll be needed. But stay with me. The idea: […]

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Easy Faith…

17 February 2011

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This is a little Bible in the nursery at church. Maddie loves it. It makes a great illustration, which is why I initially took the pic. It is a very soft book. The outside is covered in material like a teddy bear, and the inside is a few nice, cozy Bible stories. There’s not much […]

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Failure *Is* An Option…

16 February 2011

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Despite those people (and some churches, if we’re going to be honest) that preach success, life is full of failures. It’s a necessary part of life, and it’s how we learn, how we improve, how we grow. I don’t know about you, but I fail daily. Without fail. It’s not that my schedule is planned […]

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Twisted Sense of Humor?

15 February 2011

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Maybe it’s why I like British TV. I totally get the sense of humor from across the pond. But some people here don’t seem to get it, or mine, sometimes. Here’s one of my all-time favorites: when I left the last real “job”, I had convinced a co-worker that it was because I was going […]

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HELP!!!

14 February 2011

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Ok, so maybe it’s not that dire. But with the fun we had this weekend with the party, I need some help with ideas. The 80’s theme for this weekend’s party was so much fun…and my birthday is in three weeks. The big one…40. I’ve been asked to come up with a theme. But, well, […]

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Pics From the Party…

13 February 2011

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We had a blast last night…the party turned out great. So thought I’d share some pics… First up for embarrassment…me: My not-so-little girl and her Valley Girl impression (which she rocked): Sammy’s outfit (and me without the hair, which scared Maddie to the extreme): The cake…and JoAnn too: During 80s trivia… The best and funniest […]

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