Monday, September 29, 2008

Values in Education

I read this on Christie's blog and VERIFIED ALL THE INFO!!
I hope it scares you as much as it does me!

With America facing historic debt, multiple war fronts, stumbling health care, a weakened dollar, all-time high prison population, skyrocketing, Federal spending, mortgage crises, bank foreclosures, etc. etc., this is an *unusually critical* election year.
Let's look at the educational background of our two options:
Occidental College - Two years.
Columbia University - B. A. political science with a specialization in int'l relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor ( J. D.) Magna Cum Laude (means "with great honor"- his work to get his degree was GREATLY above the average)
University of Delaware - B. A. in history and B. A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J. D.)


United States Naval Academy - Class rank #894 of 899
"He did well in academic subjects that interested him, such as literature and history, but studied only enough to pass subjects he struggled with, such as mathematics."
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general studies
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Grasshopper snatches the marble

Last night, while I was at a retirement party, listening to person after person screaming out "PRAISE JESUS!" in their testimonies to my former principal, the Lawyer took the children to their karate "graduation." They have been karate kids since July and it was time to get their yellow belts.
While I bellied up to the CASH bar to order a cocktail, only to be told "ummmm, no liquor, just crappy boxed wine or soda," the kids showed their best kicks, chops, punches and KI-YAs (that's their yell).
While I feasted on lettuce, steamed veggies & a dinner roll, the old belts were shed and the new belts were knotted.
Here they are with 2 of their pals and the pile of old belts!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Couch shots

Frances staggered out of bed on Saturday, saying she had a stomachache - BLAAAAAAACH (that's the sound of puke) all over the bathroom floor, then the living room floor, then her bed.........on and on. Had a fever of 103.8. I decided to take the other kids out to do some errands so Frances could have some peace.

1/2 way through the grocery store, Ana said, "my tummy hurts." We rushed to finish shopping, got in the car & Ana had her head in the garbage can. She slept on the couch for the rest of the day with her trusty garbage can next to her.

Since the 6 year olds were "SO BORED," I took them to the FCC Autumn Moon Festival. They had something to eat, played, & then we headed home. It was not very exciting.

Frances spent this morning on the couch again but was feeling WAY better by the afternoon. Analise spent almost the entire day in bed, asleep.

Will I be taking my first sick day tomorrow? I only have 10 for the year. Stay tuned.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Last Hurrah

Last week, right before Labor Day weekend, we made a pilgrimage to the land of Canucks for a last hurrah of summer. For several years we have made an annual trip to African Lion Safari to enjoy lazy "wild" animals ignoring us, baboons pooping on the roof of our car, and a frolic in the water park & playground.

Before we went the 1st time, one of my sisters told me to toss some crackers on the roof of our car so the baboons would pay us some attention. I was appalled! Feeding wild animals? NEVER! That was until the baboons totally ignored us for the other people who were tossing them some goodies. Pull out the goldfish crackers.
This year we brought a couple of bananas to entice the little boogers. Before we entered the monkey area, The Lawyer (the one who is sworn to uphold the law) tossed some banana chunks on the roof. Within seconds, a "safari" jeep swooped down on us and instructed us to follow her. Not knowing if we were getting the boot, we started squealing and sweating. She led us to an area and instructed us to exit the park, clean off our car and then re-enter. Thank goodness The Lawyer didn't have to argue our case.

We still tried to entice them with banana.

Ever see a baboon penis? I know, I'm immature.

Emus are none too swift.

For a while, Frances sat on my lap and steered. She was thrilled to be able to "practice" for the real thing, IN SIX YEARS.

And here are the kids (Cousin Big Al came with us) shivering on the boat. Did I mention that it was 62 degrees and rainy???

Next up, the adventure continues in Marine Land. More sugar, less rain.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Happy New Year!

People often ask me how I get myself and 4 children out of the house every morning. Many would laugh if they saw us on this, the first day of school. Everyone was up, bright and early, and ready ONE HOUR before the bus came!! We'll see how long that lasts! BUT, I must say, we are an efficient machine in the morning. Every night we pick out clothes and get backpacks ready. The kids only need to get up at least an hour before their bus comes, eat, wash up & brush their teeth, and get dressed. The earliest bus comes at 8:00 and the tv is off by 7:00. It works!

Frances was a wreck last night - very anxious about what her teacher would be like and what kids would be in her class. She came home to say she had an awesome day.

Ana got off the bus this afternoon looking like she was about to cry. She was exhausted. She went directly to her room, took her clothes off, went to the kitchen (nake*d)for a snack and felt much better!

Lewis did not want to go to "stupid school." He got off the bus and told me that "Mr L said I had a good day and he is a nice guy." Whew. Elly was thrilled that she now goes to art class. She LOVES to draw.

The beautiful girls.

A rare sighting of physical contact between Frances and Elly - they are like water and oil. Frances has found something that she likes about Elly - dressing her up and applying bling, in the form of makeup and jewelry. Here she is adjusting her necklace.

Some of the neighbors came over to join the excitement.

Let's hope we survive the 1st week!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The bitter end........of summer

This is it my friends. The children are asleep, the clothing picked out, the backpacks lined up and ready. I have everyone's lunch orders in my head.
The Lawyer ironed this week's clothes for me.
It's time for all of us to trudge out the door tomorrow morning and begin a new school year. My first class, 6th graders, will arrive on the library's doorstep in 11 hours.
Let the games begin!!

Monday, September 1, 2008


Well, my friends & fans, it's been a while. How have you been?
It's a sad, sad time of the year around our house. Summer is dying and it's time to trudge our butts back to school. Let's have a little round-up of our latest adventures. Shall we start with our mining day?
I got the bright idea of going to a "diamond" mine, located about 125 miles from home. I enticed the children by telling them that we would "have to" stay overnight in a hotel - it gets them every time. The Lawyer stayed home to "take care of the dogs."

Come to find, my sister Anne had plans to go to the diamond mine on the same day. Here she is with her hubby Jeff (holding a *big* find!), my brother Tom, and her daughter, Colleen.

We started off strong and giddy - whacking random rocks with our hammers.

Elizabeth was waiting all summer to go to the diamond mine. She was sorely disappointed when we got there and all she saw was a quarry. I suspect she anticipated that the roads would be paved in sparkling diamonds. She worked the hardest at pounding on the rocks. The crystals we found were so small that I had to buy each of the kids a little box with a magnifier to put their tiny crystals in - made them look much more impressive!! We left after a few hours - it was H*O*T and we were cranky.

The hotel pool turned out to be a high point!

Before we left the mine, my brother in law, Jeff told me about a place on the way home, called Fort Ricky. He said they had been there 10 years ago and their kids had loved it - a little nature reserve/petting zoo/splash park. So the next morning, off we went to find it. I believe not much has changed in the past 10 years, except they closed the splash park! It was kind of run down and tired looking.

One of the first things we saw was a woman carrying around a boa constrictor! The kids were very curious but Frances would do nothing more than give it a little poke. Ana and Elly petted it and asked a lot of questions.

There was a little tortoise corral that was quite exciting...... kind of

We fed the greedy deer and they were our friends for life. That gave Lewis the creeps.

Our visit ended with what I could only imagine was a germ infested ball pit. Who needs a spray park when you have a junky little playground??!

Well, I guess we can cross "miners" off the list of possible future careers. Stay tuned for the gripping tale of our near expulsion from African Lion Safari, coming up next.