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Monday, June 29, 2009

Remembering Sep 1996

In the late summer of 1996 I was traveling through Europe with my cousin, her boyfriend and my ex boyfriend. (That's another story.) Anyway it was a month long adventure that started Greece and took us through, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and ended in Spain. It was an amazing trip.

We just so happened to be in Prague on September, 07 1996. It also just so happened that MJ was in Prague on his world tour and was going to be in concert that very night. The boys left early in the morning to find a Laundromat. An hour later they returned much to our disappointment with dirty clothes but they also returned much to our excitement with 4 tickets to the concert. Lucky us. Here is a video taken the night of that concert. Ya gotta love YouTube.

My first two cassettes were the Thompson Twins and Michael Jackson's Thriller. It was the summer of 1983 and was 9 years old. It's been 21 years and his music still rocks my ipod.
A blast from the past.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Thomas is 8 and that means he's officially a scout. Yep, I just bought his getup this week. The first day I bought his handbook he dove right in and by the next morning he'd read the first 40 pages. I think he's more interested in the thought of getting the actual merit badges then he is with learning something new but he certainly shares my enthusiasm for a challenge.

That is why the book, You Can Do It! The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls, had me at Hello. I am a sucker for books or ideas presented to me as a kind of challenge. I'm a little competitive I know. While I have never thought I was really great at one thing, I love to try new things and have had to some degree success with many things. I loved this book written by Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas because it inspires you to do just what it says, dare to dream, learn something new and do something just for you. She tells us that wherever we are is the perfect place to begin. And come on who doesn't love the idea of giving themselves a merit badge.
Here is a sampling of the guided merit badges activities in the book: Champion a cause, writing, draft a business plan, take a really good picture (photography), fire walking, gardening, building a web site, art appreciation, cooking, negotiating, flower arranging, surfing, triathlon, breaking a bad habit, strengthening your relationship, skydiving, yoga, budgeting, teaching, meditation, and the list goes on.

For my first merit badge I think I will pick something easy like flower arranging or knitting. Fire Walking seems well, just a bit ambitious.

Lee Meszaros will be my inspiration when I make my own merit badges.

Just a thought....
" We cannot have deep and enduring satisfaction unless we have self worth. We cannot have self worth unless our lives are a earnest attempt to express the finest and most enduring qualities that we are aware of. Purpose is an important condition for an enduring satisfaction with life."

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sweet Note

Grandpa Jim and Grandma Elle came to visit last week for Thomas' baptism.  And that means chocolate donuts and chocolate milk for breakfast. It is the thing Kate looks forward to most about their visits. Several mornings during their visit Grandpa Jim will get up early before the kids are awake and head to the donut shop.  A few days after they left to go home Kate and Aunt Amy found this picture in a magazine. I found it yesterday attached with this note hanging above her bed.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Freshly Picked

Last week I took the kids to pick strawberries at the strawberry fields with Kate's Daisy Troop. The kids had a great time picking while I had a great time eating. They were juicy and oh so sweet!
I helped myself to several handfuls until I noticed Jack standing awfully close to the row of strawberries with his pants down. Yes I know, thanks to me Jack thinks anything green, brown or near a tree is free game. It's embarrassing to admit my child has no potty boundaries and so while I suggest this outing with your kiddies I highly recommend you wash before you eat!
What to do with all that berry goodness...
make this of course. Recipe by