Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wild Week

This has been a most wild week. I attended a two-day student teaching seminar in Logan on Monday and Tuesday. Then Wednesday I started right in to my student teaching. I love my cooperating teacher. It is a great class and the kids are so cute. And I am completely exhausted at the end of the day. Who can even think about writing lesson plans or planning a ten-hour service project? December won't arrive too soon for me.

We also had a bit of excitement at our house yesterday and none of us were even home to enjoy it. There was a two-foot badger on the playground at my children's elementary school. The children were ushered into the school and apparently the badger decided without students he didn't want to be there any more, so he headed over the the church. That wasn't exciting enough either, so he wormed his way into our back yard. He apparently enjoyed himself as we have a nice hole in our garden where he tried to burrow himself. The school called animal control and we had numerous civil servants parked in front of our house (probably with lights flashing) and in our back yard, including three police officers, two animal control officers, and a couple of wildlife officials. They chased it out of our yard back to the church and caught it in the parking lot. What a sight that must have been?

It was definitely a wild week.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Life Altering Experiences

Tonight was a really great experience. Not only because it's bedtime and my fighting boys are going to bed,

or because my 11-year old son received his tenderfoot and second class rank in scouts,

but because at the court of honor they retired some flags. I have rarely experienced anything like it. My love for our country, the flag and all it represents was intensified through this sacred event.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

And the winner is . . .

Princess Aurora. Wow. I've been sheltered my whole life? How sad. I don't know how the world works? Hmm. I've secretly wanted to know this? Again, wow. Whoduh thought.

You Are Aurora! (A.K.A. Sleeping Beauty.)
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Thoughtful and loving. Authority figures probably have been sheltering you all of your life. Thankfully you're a very tranquil person who is content with what life has given you, but secretly you want to know how the outside world works.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Back to School

It's August and time once again to register everyone for school. I've spent the last two days filling out paperwork and standing in lines. I am not looking forward to school starting. Not only because I have to go to school, too, but I kind of enjoy having my children around. This summer has been busy, but good. I guess we'll just have to enjoy the last week as much as possible.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Surprise Packages

I just finished reading Surprise Packages, the third book in the series “The Company of Good Women.” I really enjoyed the first two books and looked forward to the third book coming out. It had been at least a year since I’d read the second book, so I was a little nervous about remembering some of the characters and being able to catch up on events. I felt the authors did a good job in reviewing those things as a reminder of things I had forgotten.

The story continues where it left off in the second book. The three women continue their friendship through e-mails and occasional personal visits. Their lives change as they experience their children leaving home, getting married and having children of their own. They experience health problems, challenges with children and many other issues of the times. The trials they face are those that women of today face and I could relate to them. They struggled with choices their children made, made it through Y2K and 9/11. They shared their experiences with each other, and loved and encouraged each other through it all.

Although there were moments where I wished I had re-read the other two books before I read this one, it didn’t take long to get caught up and my memory refreshed. I enjoyed reading this book and found myself picking it back up as soon as I could to find out what would happen next with these three very unique women. It wasn’t just a story to enjoy, but it made me think. There were issues of choices and consequences and hidden secrets. How did these things relate to my own life and what would I do in their situations? How can I keep myself from getting in a similar situation? I found it an interesting story and would recommend it to others.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Memories . . .

I saw this on Tristi's blog. I thought it was cool, so . . .

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you.