Thursday, April 30, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We had a few medical "emergencies" this past weekend. I've never had to be paged to the First Aid station before, but it happened twice this weekend. The 1st was in Disney @ Grad Nite. A student was walking down the sidewalk looking @ her map & she didn't see the curb. I know that Disney is protecting themselves, but they are johnny on the spot when it comes to taking care of their patrons! They told me that if the need was there, they would transport her to their personal hospital on the Disney grounds. It was kind of tempting to say she needed to go so we could see where Mickey Mouse is treated for his medical emergencies!
On Sunday while at Aquatica Water Park (SeaWorld) an announcement is made calling my principal to the First Aid Station. I ended up going myself as I had all the medical release forms on me. Another one of our girls' had rolled her ankle earlier in the trip & it had become extremely inflamed, bruised & swollen. This one did warrent a trip to an ER.....but not Disney's. The poor thing had a severe sprain & ended up on crutches for the remainder of the trip. Fortunately it was only Sunday night (free time) and Monday we flew home. She said the pressure in her foot upon our descent into Kalamazoo was awful. She is walking around again now & is doing much better!
I continue to be amazed at the number of students who just don't get the sunscreen thing. They (& their parents) were told over & over to make sure they had a high numbered sunscreen. I cannot believe how many fair skinned kids did NOT bring any sunscreen at all! Needless to say, there were quite a few lobsters by Sunday night. Most of them are peeling now & not happy because this weekend is prom. They all thought they would be so glowing with their Florida tans & are finding that sunburn does not always turn to a golden bronze color! Oh well, lesson learned.
I am more than ready to start planning next year's trip! Class of 2010 - just you wait - it is the most amazing trip you will have ever gone on!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
He Lives! He Lives!
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me & talks with me,
along life's narrow ways!
He Lives! He Lives!
Salvation to impart.
You ask me how I know HE lives?
He LIVES within my heart!
Happy Easter everyone - what an amazing grace our Savior has shown us.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I have been following Stephanie of Homegrown Hospitality . I am a doodler - always have been. You should have seen my notebooks in high school! I love her doodles & the quotes & verses that she uses so frequently. So I'm going to learn from her how to be even more artistic in my doodles.
I also have linked into her newest endeavor - photography. I'm a "beginner" when it comes to knowing what all the bells & whistles are on my camera. I have bought books & more books, but I'm a visual learner. I really need someone to walk beside me & SHOW me how to play with it & what this & that means.
We have a local photographer who is awesome & his wife comes in to the store to scrapbook. She recently gave me his business card to call him. She said he would be happy to teach me. I just need to find the right time to set it up, but in the meantime, I'm gonna see what I can learn from Stephanie & her Dream Team.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This is where I can escape & be alone with my thoughts. It brings healing to me somehow, & peace.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I've also been doing a lot of thinking regarding my health. The past 6 months have really opened my eyes to this. Things can change so quickly without you knowing it! Last week I had my full physical. So on Friday I spent the day at the hospital getting routine tests & one follow up cancer test done. I had x-rays on my knees as they are getting creakier with age, I had an ultrasound done on my lower legs because I have consistant swelling in my ankles & lower legs. I had my mamogram done too! Then I had a full body scan to follow up for my radiation from the week before. I had a lot of time to think while having my boobs smashed, my legs rubbed & my body scanned. :)
My doctor told me that I'm still in very good shape, I just need some "tweeking". He told me I need to do more cardio excercising & asked me what I like to do. I love walking, but sometimes my foot (another story) doesn't allow me to because of the pain. I also love biking, but my bike is need of some tender loving care. Last Saturday I had to work at the store. When I came home, Steve had surprised me by taking my bike down to the local bike shop for a full tune up. He then told me that I needed to go with him to pick it up so I could get a new seat. Mine was falling apart, the padding was gone & the seat would disappear when I sat on it? Hahahaha! After picking it up & bringing it home, he presented me with a new helmet. It was a beautiful spring day, so we jumped on our bikes & took off. There is a local state park about a mile from our home. The boys' & I used to pack a picnic lunch & ride our bikes out there several times in the summer. They would catch frogs & play in the creek & then we would have lunch. It's been years' since we've done that. The park has several trails & paved roads, so we headed there. We rode over 5 miles that day & it felt so good. We saw about 5 deer in the woods just off the road - wish now I had brought my camera. But it was a good feeling & one I'm gonna continue as the weather gets nicer. It's only 30 degrees today, so a little too cool for a ride. But it will soon be changing. My friend Lisa, in California, has actually been an inspiration to me in getting a little more exercise in my daily routine. I can't go hiking in the hills as she can, but I can go biking on the trails!
Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm off to play with my nieces for a little longer before I take them home. It's been fun having 2 girls' in the house!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Generally we head south for spring break. White sandy beaches along the Gulf Coast of Florida beckon us. We've even gone to Myrtle Beach, SC one spring break, but returned to Anna Maria Island, FL the next. It's a comforting, familiar place for us.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I did bawl like a baby at the end of it though. So did Steve. I am thankful that I
didn't see it in the theatre because of how hard I cried.
If you've ever owned a dog, you can relate. If you've ever owned a Lab, you can really relate. Steve & I laughed so much at the similarities from Marley to our Libbi & our 2 other labs that we've had. Cinder was a black lab mixed & Mocha was a chocolate lab.
Cinder was petrifide of loud noises & tore up furniture & linoleum. She did not like being locked up in confined areas. Mocha ate anything & everything & never seemed to get sick. She loved bananas, never tried a mango.
Libbi just is crazy, she loves everyone & everything! She is a little more manageable than Marley, actually much more manageable.
This movie will tug on your heart strings, even if you are a cat person more than a dog. If you love animals, you'll love Marely. It proves how much a part of your life & family that your pet really is.
Two thumbs up on this one!!! If you have the chance to read the book, I highly recommend it. There is so much more detail that the movie didn't even touch on, a really good read.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
This picture was at a church campground that we went to every year with a large group from our church. This tractor was just sitting there, a piece of "playground equipment". The kids' loved to play on this. Whenever we couldn't immediately find Chad or Shaun all we had to do was look over at the tractor & there they both would be!
Life was so simple then it seems. It was busy, but so simple. It's busy today too, but in a much different way. And college is a lot more expensive than a weekend camping trip & an old tractor to play on!
But - I love my boys & my life & I wouldn't change anything we've done in the years' that they've grown up. God has blessed me richly in my life & I am so thankful for everything that I have!