Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Portraits

Indulge me if you will, these are the Christmas portraits we had taken for our Christmas cards this year.

We used three pictures on the Christmas card.  This was one of them.

This was the second picture on the card.

I love that Prince looks like a little man in this picture.

My little Princess.  She knows just how to pose.

This was the third picture on the card.  Hubby and I haven't had a portrait made together for a while.

Christmas Excitement

While everyone has been blogging about their Christmas and doing the recap, we have continued to have more Christmas.  We left after church on Sunday to go to my in-laws' house, about 4 hours away to do Christmas Part 2.  It has been a fun-filled exciting Christmas week, let me tell you!  So I'll hit the highlights.
Christmas Eve we worshipped together as a family.  We made it through the service, although with five little ones sitting all together, there was more noise and chaos than I would have liked.  I found it quite ironic as we lit our candles and sang "Silent Night" at the end of the service that it had been anything but a silent night for us, and the hectic hustle and bustle to get us all there and trying to make the children behave in church had the parents anything but calm and peaceful.  That's just the way it goes with little ones who are so excited about Christmas they can't stand it. 

Just the 4 of us after Christmas Eve service

Hubby reads "The Night Before Christmas"
Our children were so excited that they literally could not sleep.  Hubby and I finally got to sleep after 11:00 and our precious angels got us up at 5:30. It was a short night, but Santa came! 

Princess was very excited that Santa brought her the walking dog she wanted.

It was a Toy Story Christmas for Prince.  He loves his new Buzz Lightyear.

After opening presents at home, we went to my parents' house to eat breakfast and open more presents. 
This was pretty much our morning.  Happy kiddos opening, opening, opening...  Grandma and Grandaddy may have gone a little overboard.  Eating, visitng, and more eating commenced. 

Sunday after church, we packed up the car and headed to the in-laws'.  While we were there we...
had Christmas Part 2.  More opening and more eating.

Visited with Great-Granny.  This is Hubby's Granny.
Picked Cotton

Found a deer skull
I was thrilled with this find ~ NOT!  Prince carried this thing all the way home with us.  It is still in the back of the car, as I'm not so sure I want it in the house.  Prince asked his Great Aunt and Uncle, who were with him when he found it if they were paleontologists.  He has added that to his list of "What I want to be when I grow up."  It's right up there with astronaut, President of the United States, and Vice President of a University (like Daddy)

We also watched old home movies that belong to Hubby's Uncle and Aunt.  This is Uncle G getting it all set up.  This was great fun.  Also not pictured, we gathered around the piano and sang Christmas carols.  I'm not sure that we are ready to take it on the road yet, but we didn't sound too bad with our four part harmony. 
Hubby celebrated his birthday a couple of days early with his side of the family.

Last night we finally arrived home and unpacked the car.  We had a great Christmas.  As I end the Christmas portion of this blog, allow me to say that we are truly blessed to have the love and support of our family.  Hubby and I have been blessed to grow up in Christian homes with traditions that have been passed on, as well as new traditions that are made each year.

One would think that you couldn't pack any more fun and excitement into a week, right?  Well you would be wrong, for today is Hubby's birthday! 
Happy Birthday Hubby!

This is what Hubby looked like when I first met him in 7th grade:

Wasn't he a cutie?
Anywho, today was a day to celebrate my Awesome Hubby.  See how awesome he is?  I even got him a shirt to remind everyone!
His birthday was complete with a Doctor Who TARDIS birthday cake.  If you don't know what that is, it's British Sci-Fi and I didn't know what it was until I married this Awesome man.  My amazing parents cooked Hubby's birthday dinner and hosted his party at their house.  They then entertained all 5 of their grandchildren so we could play Rock Band on the Wii.  My sister, bro-in-law, Hubby and I rocked out.
I am an amazing drummer ~ NOT!
I really got into it though.  Maybe I should borrow Hubby's Awesomeness shirt and then I can be as awesome as he is!  Just a thought.

Hubby really got into it too.  He knows a lot more of the songs than I do.

And now as I sit here and type this, Hubby is watching his new Star Trek DVD's with special effects and I am realizing that it is past midnight already so it isn't even his birthday anymore.  That being said, I will continue to celebrate this wonderful man, his birth, and the role he plays in my life.  God sent me a help meet and a soul mate and I love him dearly.  Happy birthday Hubby!

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

My little Princess has such a huge heart and she is a people pleaser, just like her mommy.  This is both a blessing and a curse.  In this case though, it is most certainly a blessing.  You see, Princess, age 6, likes to give people presents.  She is a very thoughtful child and loves to see the look on someone's face when they open a present from her and it is exactly the thing they wanted.  There are two major obstacles she faces.  She does not have a lot of money, nor does she have a way to take herself to the store to buy the presents she wants to give.  HOWEVER, Princess is also a very creative child and she has figured out a way around this problem. 
It all started around Father's Day, when Princess decided to pick out her own present for her Daddy without my help.  She wrapped it up herself and presented this present so pleased with herself, and I had no clue what it was or where it came from...that is, until her Daddy opened the gift.  Princess had gone shopping in our bedroom.  She found one of her Daddy's old Star Trek books and decided it was the perfect gift for him.  As she put it, "Daddy, I knew you would love this because it was already yours but I think you forgot you even had it, so now it is new to you again!"
I love this brilliant child!  Underneath our tree are several presents all creatively wrapped by Princess.  Stuff I'm sure that we already own, but have "forgotten we own."  Christmas morning we will open these gifts from Princess and act extremely surprised and thrilled, which we will be because of the thought she put into those gifts.  What a beautiful spirit inside this child, that she "gets it."  She understands that it isn't about how much money you spend on someone, it is the thought behind the gift.
I have however, put a moratorium on "shopping" in my room for the rest of the Christmas season because she started talking about shopping for other people in there and there's no telling what she'll give away!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

An Afternoon of Baking ~ One Great Gift

There are so many things I love about Christmas time.  I love the secrets, the shopping, the wrapping, the baking...
Speaking of baking, this year I went to Dr. Aunt Best Friend's house to bake with her.  (You'll recall from my flu shot post, that my best friend is also a pediatric nurse practictioner and so my kids have taken to calling her Dr. Aunt instead of just Aunt)  We decided this year that instead of exchanging gifts, we would give ourselves the gift of time together.  It was a hit! 

Our girls, born 5 weeks apart, were our taste testers

Dr. Aunt Best Friend is so crafty!  Look at the boxes she is using for the cookies...

A close-up...they are fruit and veggie containers and she decorated them with wrapping paper!

You may ask, where was the Prince in all of this fun?  He was idolizing  playing with Dr. Aunt Best Friend's 13 year old son, Bubba.  What a great kid Bubba is to entertain all of the kids and keep them out from under our feet all day.  I slipped the dude some money before we left...he definitely earned it!

After an afternoon of baking, our hubbies joined us for pizza.  It was a great way to spend the day, in the company of my dear friend and I think we have started a new tradition, one that I will spend the next year looking forward to.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wednesday's Hodge Podge

Joyce at From this Side of the Pond does a Wednesday Hodge Podge, and I thought it would be fun to play along.  However, this is my first attempt at linking up to another blog so be patient with goes...

1.  Share your Christmas Eve traditions.
On Christmas Eve, our family attends the early Christmas Eve worship service. 

Christmas Eve 2009

Afterward, we go all gather at my parents' house for appetizer type foods.  When the adults have all they can take and deem it bedtime, we come home and the kids can open one present on Christmas Eve.  It is always pajamas of some sort.  The kids then change into their pajamas and Hubby or I read "The Night Before Christmas." 

We then set out milk and cookies and tuck the kiddos into bed in hopes that Santa will come soon.

2.  What was the best book you read in 2010 (not including the Bible)?
Wow, this assumes that I can remember what all I read in 2010!  I usually read Christian fiction, and I really enjoy Francine Rivers and Robin Jones Gunn, but I did become interested in a secular series this year, Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella.

3.  Do you have pets and if so, do you allow them on the furniture?
I don't have any pets, just two 6 year olds that I sometimes wish didn't get mess and dirt on my furniture.

4.  What event in 2010 are you the most thankful for?
I'm not sure that I have just one event from 2010 that I am most thankful for.  What I am thankful for is every moment spent with family.  I have learned over the years not to wait for those big milestones, but to relish those everyday moments spent together.  I am most thankful that this year we have all enjoyed good health and that we have each other. 

5.  What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Hubby and I made a New Year's Resolution last January to eat in restaurants that we wouldn't normally eat, to go outside of our comfort zone of going to the same places and eating the same things.  We have done that, and have tried some new things.  We've had some winners and some not so great things, but overall, we have enjoyed the journey.

6.  Brussels sprouts, friend or foe?
I like brussels sprouts, although we don't eat them very often.  Even if I didn't like them, I think I would have to say that I did or The Queen of Brussels Sprouts would come after me!

7.  Who would you nominate for man/woman of the year?
I don't know.  I think that everyone has value and gifts and it is our job to use those gifts however God leads.  God performs miracles in and through ordinary people every day and we should earnestly seek His will for our lives.  If we are living for Him, we aren't seeking the glory of man/woman of the year because we know that we are nothing without Him.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
As I sit here writing this blog, I am watching Hubby put together a Lego Secret Agent Spy Mobile so the kids can tear it apart play with it tomorrow.  I'm not sure how little kids are supposed to put some of this stuff together.  It looks pretty complicated to me.  There are 8 separate bags of Legos and 4 illustrated instruction booklets!  While Hubby is up to his eyeballs in Legos, I think I will go wrap some Christmas presents.  Only 2 more nights till Santa comes to our house!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Best Laid Plans

Advent, waiting for baby Jesus. This expectancy of something so great and yet we have to wait for it. This has taken on new meaning for me in the last 6 years. When we found out I was expecting twins, we were shocked, we didn’t know what we were going to do with 2 babies. We were also very excited by all of the possibilities. We couldn’t wait to meet these two little people. Because I was considered a high-risk pregnancy, we went weekly for doctor appointments and ultrasounds. I couldn’t wait for Tuesday to come so I could see our babies and how they were growing each week. Throughout my pregnancy, we read to them, sang to them, talked to them, called them by name. We couldn’t contain our excitement as we waited for their arrival.

We made all of the preparations and had their nursery ready. We were blessed with baby showers where friends and family helped us get all of the things we would need to welcome our babies when they came home. All of the planning in the world could not have prepared us for the surprise meeting of these babies 7 weeks early when nothing went according to plan - at least not our plan. But our babies came in their own way, in God’s time and with His purpose in mind. It is because of our “less than ideal” experience that we drew closer to God and can appreciate even more the miracles that He has entrusted in our care.

Our Miracles Then

Our Miracles Now
How many times do we plan our holidays out to each little detail, yet things don’t go according to plan? Regardless of our plans, baby Jesus will come and it will be in His time and His way. Maybe this advent season we should look for Jesus to come in unexpected ways. The waiting and planning is exciting, but it is so much better than we had ever hoped it could be when we are open to His plan.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Call from School

The other day about lunch time, I received a phone call from Prince's teacher.  She informed me that he had to move his car to yellow light for something he did in the lunch room, but that he wouldn't calm down and stop crying to now complete his work.  She asked if I would talk to him.
Prince gets on the phone and is clearly upset.  Here's the conversation that took place:
Me: What happened?
Prince: I got in trouble for spitting through a straw at lunch.
Me: Why would you do that?
Prince: I didn't want the spit in my mouth.  (I will never understand why boys do the things they do and how they think!)
Me:  OK well that's gross and we'll talk about it when we get home, but right now you have got to suck it up, deal with it and do your work.
Prince: OK Mom.  I remember you told me before "I can do all things through Jesus Christ.  He makes me strong."
Me: That's right, you can.  So ask Jesus to help you pull it together and get your work done.
Prince: OK Mom.

Shortly after we hung up, I was with our pastor, relaying this story to him.  He chuckled and said, "I can hear his prayer now.  'Dear Jesus, please help me to suck it up and deal with it so I can get my work done.'"

Sometimes that needs to be my prayer too...Dear Lord, please help me to suck it up and deal with it and move on to the next thing.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Busy Busy Bee

Where has the time gone?  I have started several posts, but not had time to finish any of them and I can't believe it's been weeks  months since I've posted!  We have been having too much fun around here!  Between volunteering at the twins' school, working at church, and all of the Thanksgiving festivities, we've been on the go!  I have written many a wonderful blog post in my head, it just never made it on the computer.  Trust me, they were truly inspired. 

We had a momentous occasion a few weeks ago.  Hubby was home from work one day and decided he would help catch up the laundry for me.  Well it finally happened.  Thanks to his hard work followed by a few days of me washing and folding, we got everything cleaned and folded.  (Yes, you heard me right, it took me a couple of days to finish)  As I stood in the garage looking at our empty hampers I felt a sense of accomplishment.  I could actually hear the Hallelujah Chorus.  This lasted for all of 30 seconds as Princess came in with her dirty clothes from school to start the process all over again.  *Sigh*  Here we go again.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, having 23 at our house for dinner.  The food was delicious, but the fellowship was the best thing about it.  All of the hard work of cleaning and cooking paid off with quality family time.  We are truly blessed to have such a close knit family. 

Since Thanksgiving, aside from the usual Christmas busyness, our household has battled bronchitis, ear infections, diverticulitis, and the flu.  I was the one with the flu just last week and am so thankful to be back among the living.  This has put me way behind schedule though, so I've got to kick it into gear.  If you usually get a Christmas card from me, they're coming, I promise!

So glad to be back in blog land! 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tag, I'm It!

I have been tagged.  My blogging friend Erin, over at Is It Bedtime Yet? tagged me in a blogging game.  Erin and I share a love for the most magical place on Earth, Disney World.  I have to answer 8 questions that she has asked and then tag 8 more people. 
So here goes...
1) What has been the most surprising aspect of motherhood in your experience? If you're not a mom, what is it like to go to the bathroom in privacy?

Since I am a mom, I don't remember what it's like to go to the bathroom in privacy.  I think there are a lot of surprising things about motherhood.  Mostly for me that you don't get a full night's sleep again.  Ever.  Not even after they are sleeping through the night.  I am a person who values sleep and I need my 8 hours 9 hours a night, which I never get.  Also, that two little creatures can make such a HUGE mess is record time and generate such a large amount of laundry.  For more revelations on motherhood, click HERE and read my Mother's Day post.

2) How often do you shave your legs in the winter?
Not very...when Hubby starts making comments about braiding the hair on my legs I shave.  I'm kidding ~ mostly.  Before kids I never thought of shaving my legs as a luxury.  I now know differently.  Most days I feel lucky to get a shower.

3) What's your favorite thing to do online? If shopping, what site?
Read blogs, write my blog, see what everyone is up to on facebook.
4) If you already possessed the necessary education and experience level, what would you choose for your dream job?
This is a hard question because I'm not really sure what I want to be when I grow up.  I am really happy as a preschool director/teacher because I get to play all day.  However, if I could be something else, it would be one of the following:
*Personal Shopper ~ I love looking for a deal and what could be better than spending someone else's money?!
*Author ~ I love to write, even though it seems lately I've got writer's block. 
*Chef ~ I have grown rather fond of experimenting in the kitchen.  However, I really would like to have my own person that cleans it all up when I'm done. 
*Pastor ~ I have felt God's call into some sort of ministry for a long time.  I'm not sure that it is necessarily a preaching ministry, but pastoring and helping people make my heart happy.  I feel that visiting, praying, listening and helping are some of my gifts and I want to use those to God's glory.  Fun fact: Before Hubby and I were married I had applied to go to seminary.  This dream has been put on the back burner, but not forgotten.
5) Share a "last-minute" dinner recipe. No pancake balls, please.
For the lovely pancake ball recipe, visit Erin's blog Here and see number 8 on her tag.
My last minute dinners usually involve ground beef.  It goes like this:
1. Call Hubby and ask what he wants me to cook for dinner.
Me: What do you want for dinner?
H: What do we have?
Me: Ground beef. 
H:  What are my options?
Me: Anything I can make with ground beef.  You know what we normally have with ground beef.  So what do you want?
DH (Darling Hubby): What do we have on hand that you can make?
Me:  You know, the usual.
DH: What is the usual?
Me: Spaghetti, chili, tacos, goulash, stroganoff, sloppy joes...
DH: What else?
Me: That's the list.
DH:  I don't care.  Whatever you want to make.
Me: But what do you want?  How about if I make ___________? (insert whatever strikes my fancy here)
DH:  OK (sounding not so thrilled)
Me: Well, what would you like?
DH: I don't care.  Whatever you want is fine. (in a sort of Eeyore voice)
Me: It doesn't sound fine.  What do you want?
DH: Just pick something.  I'll be home in an hour.
2. Cook what I want to cook anyway.  I love chili because it is a one pot meal and so low maintenance!  Here is my chili recipe:
Brown and drain the ground beef.  Return to pot and dump in: canned tomatoes, rotel, canned beans and bring to a boil.  Let it simmer.  That's it.  Serve in a bowl with tortilla chips, sour cream and cheese.

Brown and drain ground beef.  Heat up taco shells.  Heat up a can of refried beans.  Serve with shredded cheese, salsa (this covers the tomatoes and onions), sour cream, etc.  No hassle and it's quick.  If I'm feeling like a really good mommy, I add a can of black beans to the meat for more fiber. 

These are my go-to meals, but I do enjoy cooking when time allows.  I enjoy trying new recipes and making them my own.  I also really enjoy stealing healthy recipes from The Queen of Brussels Sprouts.  I've known her for many years and we even were roomies once.  She has great ideas on how to infuse nutritious ingredients into your meals.

6) Do you speed or drive the speed limit?
I mostly drive the speed limit.  My sister says I drive like a granny.  It's more like I can think of a lot of things I'd rather spend money on than a speeding ticket.  Fun fact:  I've never had a speeding ticket.

7) If you could live anywhere, where would you choose?
Right where I am.  I love living in Florida.  I do wish we had actual seasons, though.
8) What kind of new vacuum should I buy?
We just bought a new vacuum yesterday.  Ours bit the dust (so to speak) right before my in-laws came for a visit last weekend.  We decided on the Hoover Wind Tunnel Self-Propelled.  I borrowed my mom's and I liked it.  Hopefully it holds up well.  We shall see.

Thanks, Erin for tagging me.  This was fun! 
I don't think I have 8 people to tag.  My favorite bloggers have already been tagged and done this. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Hit Me Baby One More Time

It has been an extremely busy week and I am glad to see Friday is here!  Our Saturday promises to be busy as well, but at least I'll be spending it with my family. 

Yesterday I took the Prince and Princess to get their flu shots.  This is always a dreaded thing because Princess worries over the shot the entire way there.  Yesterday took the cake though.  This is the conversation in the back seat as I was driving them to the doctor's office:
Princess: Prince, hit me in the arm real hard so I can practice getting a shot.
Prince: Really?
Princess:  No, that wasn't hard enough.  Do it again harder 'cause shots hurt more than that.
Prince hits her again.
Princess: No, harder.  You know, shots really hurt bad.  You've got to hit me really hard.
Prince hits her again.
Princess:  OK that was better, you hit me hard, but I still think that the shot is going to hurt worse than that.
Thankfully, Prince didn't hit her anymore.  He was over that game since she actually wanted him to do it.

We get to the doctor's office, where my wonderful best friend is their nurse practitioner.  We see Dr. Aunt Best Friend, who informs me that Princess has an ear infection.  "She does?  She hasn't even complained of any ear aches!"  Always makes me feel like a great mom to learn that my kids are sick and I don't even know it.  So Dr. Aunt Best Friend writes the scripts for antibiotics, we talk for a minute and then she sends the nurse in to give the shots.  Prince was very brave.  He wanted to watch her give him the shot and refused to look away.  Princess was another story all together.  They get the shot in their leg, and as I tried to lay her back on the table she began to scream this blood curdling scream that I'm sure could be heard around the block.  She stopped screaming when the shot went in.  She is such a Drama Mama.  UGH!  Anywho, they have had their flu shots and Hubby's had his.  Mine will be next week and then we are all good. 
Get your flu shot, everyone!  That little pinch is worth not getting the flu!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Space: The Final Frontier

Last weekend was Family Day at Kennedy Space Center.  As a Booster Brat, I have grown up going to these, but this one was somehow different.  It was different because this was the last time we'd be out there while the Space Shuttle is in flight.  I don't really remember life before the Space Shuttle.  When it first flew, I was quite small and growing up around it, I have always taken it for granted. 

Prince and Princess met Astronaut Chris Ferguson.  He was so great to talk to.
 Prince wants to be an astronaut when he grows up.  He enjoyed interviewing Mr. Ferguson about what it is like to go into space. 
 Here we are in front of the VAB. (Vehicle Assembly Building)  My Grandaddy worked in this building many years ago.  Whenever I walk through those doors, I am in awe of how huge this building is!  I also get sentimental thinking of the generations that have worked side by side through the years on the different launch vehicles. 
 This is me, my Mema, Prince, my Mom, and Princess in NASA's Headquarters Building. 

 Princess pretends to be the Public Affairs Officer in the Firing Room.  What she really wanted to be was the Launch Director and push the button to launch the shuttle! 
 Princess and Prince explore parts from the wheels of the Space Shuttle. 
Thousands of families have spent their lives involved in the space program.  Generations of engineers, technicians, support personnel have worked together as a giant family and taken great pride in being on the cutting edge of new scientific discoveries.  My family has been a part of this important work.  Grandfathers on both sides, parents, aunts and uncles, brother-in-law...and it's coming to an end soon.  We are all grieving the end of manned space flight with no other plan on the horizon.  Tomorrow about a thousand people will be laid off from their jobs.  Thankfully, my family members are able to keep their jobs, but there are many families who won't be so lucky.  Please pray as our community goes through a huge and traumatic transition.  We don't know what the future holds for our area, but we are hopeful that our government will realize the value of manned space flight and perhaps Prince really will be able to become an astronaut when he grows up.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Sauer Kraut

Last night I had to make a quick trip to the store for milk.  I am such a bad mommy.  Somehow I let us run out of milk and juice!  Sure, we had juice boxes for lunch, and we had grapefruit juice, but my kids aren't big fans of grapefruit juice.  These days I only go one place to buy milk, and that is Aldi.  It's at least a dollar cheaper a gallon and there aren't any artificial growth hormones in it so that's a plus!  Anyway, as I walked into the store, I was surrounded by packages of German food (I'm guessing Oktoberfest?) when a jar of sauer kraut caught my eye.  To tell you the truth, I'm not overly fond of the stuff but I found myself picking up a jar of it and putting it in my cart.  That jar of sauer kraut took me down memory lane.  It wasn't just a jar of pickeled cabbage, it reminded me of times spent with my Pop-pop and how much I miss him.  Pop-pop was my dad's step-dad and he was the only grandfather I ever knew on that side of the family.  He never had children of his own, but he always treated us as if we were his and it wasn't until I was older that I ever knew the difference.  My Pop-pop loved to go to Oktoberfest and at least once I can remember him taking us with them.  He loved polka music, which I wasn't really exposed to except for his influence.  He also had a sign in his home office that I loved.  It said, "A grouchy German is a Sauer Kraut."  I thought of him as I bought that jar of sauer kraut.  Some night soon I will eat it for dinner and remember.  For now, it is sitting on my counter so I can look at it and think of him.  Before he died, I went to the nursing home to visit and he said something I never expected.  He said, "you have been a good grandaughter to me, but you have also been a great friend."  Pop-pop was never really a touchy feely kind of person so those words were precious and they will stay with me forever.  Isn't it funny how such a mundane task as buying milk can turn into something so special?

This is Pop-pop and Nanny holding my sister.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

We've Got Spirit

This week is Spirit Week at Princess and Prince's school. This means they don't have to wear uniforms this week. Prince is pretty go with the flow as far as what he wears, although he doesn't particularly like to go all wild and crazy. Princess, on the other hand, is very particular about what she wears. Monday was Tacky Day. As I woke Princess up I said, "Let's find something tacky for you to wear," to which Princess responded, "Mommy, I don't own anything tacky!" How did I end up with such a little diva?!
Tuesday was "Camo Day." We didn't have any camo so last week I went to Wal-Mart and found camo shirts so they could participate. Tuesday morning, Prince got up and put on his clothes with no problem. Princess, however, saw the shirts and began to cry. This was followed by 20 minutes of: these clothes are ugly, I don't want to wear them. I could identify with how Princess feels, as I don't really like to dress silly either. The conversation that ensued was about how she didn't have to wear it, but if she didn't participate every day this week she wouldn't get a "NUT" coupon (no uniform today) for Friday.  I explained that this is just the beginning of having to jump through hoops to get what you want in life.  She finally decided to wear the camo shirt but was quite explicit that as soon as she got home she would take it right off. 

Yesterday was red, white, and blue day and it was also "See you at the pole" day.  The entire school met in the gym yesterday morning and it was such an uplifting time.  I was quite impressed that the middle school students led the assembly.  The children were divided into grade levels and older students were assigned to help facilitate prayer with the younger students.  It was amazing to see all of these children in guided corporate prayer.  These children are our future and I am so glad to see the Christian leadership at such a young age.  They were praying for each other, praying for their school, their principal and his leadership, praying for our country and president.  I was blessed to be able to stay and be a part of this special time.  (I had a homeroom mom meeting afterwards).

Well, we made it through Green and Gold day today and both children were awarded NUT coupons for tomorrow.  They are excited that they can choose what they want to wear to school tomorrow.  All in all, I'd say it's been a pretty good week!