Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Now, all our family's birthdays are over until May... we start the buildup to the holidays...with Nutcracker it will be a very busy holiday season this year! Rehearsals begin this weekend, which basically means our nice lazy weekends are over for a while. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted!
Clay seems to have turned over a new leaf - studying hard, getting exra help from the teachers after school, really trying to get his grades back up (it's about time!). I guess I really shouldn't say anything about him getting a bit crazy with the massive surge of hormones...people in glass houses, etc.!!:)
So...another boring post - well, we lead boring lives, what can I say? I'll work on creating a little excitement so we have something to write about....
Sunday, September 28, 2008
This is from my birthday party! We had fun! I am the one in the tie dye suit, back row, 2nd from the left.
Camp Montgomery was really fun! We did underground railroad, which is a game where we go from different stations trying to get to Canada without the bounty hunters seeing us. The bounty hunters were our teachers. We went canoeing, and my team was the only one that didn't flip our canoe over. They made me a cake for my birthday.
On my birthday, I had a surprise party! All my friends jumped out of my closet when I came home. They really scared me. It was really fun, thanks to Mommy! We went swimming and then we had a mudfight, and then we went swimming again. We had hotdogs and chips and punch.
Also last week I found out that my ballet teacher, Mrs. Byrd, wants me to be "young" Snow White in a ballet called Fairest of them All which is in November. So, I will be in Snow White in November, Nutcracker in December, and Grand Prix in January. Wow! For those of you who don't know, Grand Prix is a competition called Youth America Grand Prix and Mrs. Byrd picks certain students to compete every year. I will be doing a variation from Sleeping Beauty and one other probably a modern dance. It is in January in South Carolina.
Ta ta for now!!!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
We have been enjoying this beautiful, cool, fall-like weather the past two days...so the air conditioning is off and the windows are open!! Yesterday I sat outside and enjoyed my coffee while watching our two resident eagles on the boathouse...they were circling and diving for fish and "talking" to each other - absolutely beautiful!
I am still enjoying the lovely breeze and watching an egret outside of my window and feeling very peaceful....Clay is sitting at the kitchen table doing homework....every so often I will yell, "Clay, get back to work" when I hear non homework sounds with my Mom's Super Duper Hearing....but mostly, I am just feeling mellow.....
Thank you for all the emails and comments about our blog - I wasn't sure if anyone was reading it or not....miss you all.....
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I said goodbye to Paigie this morning, as she left for her "team building" field trip. She will return Friday night, and then her birthday is Saturday! She is SO excited about this field trip, because it is really not educational...all about team building activities...and apparantly they have "good grooming" class one evening. The way the teachers explained it is that the boys go with the dads and the Science teacher (male) and talk about being nice to girls, wearing deodorant, etc. and the girls go off with the moms and the female teachers and the head of the middle school and get makeovers - hairstyling, manicures, etc. Definately sounds like more fun for the girls!!!!
I think Clay is pretty excited about being an "only child" for a few days...I am looking forward to being able to focus on him exclusively for a few days as well...also, we need to talk about those frogs....
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
On today's agenda: Paige is leaving for an overnight "team building" field trip in the morning - she will be back on Friday...so I have to pack, and possibly shop for her. I have left the packing until the very last moment and so am not sure if I have everything she needs or not. Clay also has the same type of field trip in two weeks, but he camps in the mountains of N.C. I think I will take a little peek at his list to see if there is anything he will be needing as well! Anyway...Tim is leaving for another trip this morning so it will just be Clay and I for a couple of days. I'm thinking this is a good thing...I get the feeling Clay is floundering a bit this year and maybe he needs a bit of bonding time with Mom! SO, after packing for Paige I will go the the grocery store and stock up on some teenage boy food. The way to a boy's heart, etc. etc. I'm hoping a full stomach will lead to some enlightening (for me) conversations about what is going through his head! Then again, maybe I don't want to know!! Oh well, those are my plans for the day (and week). I must say that I am looking forward to a break from driving downtown for ballet!!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Aaahhh...it was such a wonderful, boring weekend.....
Friday, September 19, 2008
Anyway, I came home last night...it was late and I was extremely cranky (still a bit of the PMS thing going on)....and my sweet little girl had turned down my bed and put a book on the bedside table for me to read and written a sweet little note which she put on my pillow basically saying she hoped I had a good night's sleep and she loved me. Aaawwww.....I wish I could say that my bad mood disappeared just like that....but it DID make me feel much better!
I am really enjoying this blog...I don't know if anyone is reading it, but it is a bit cathartic for me...a bit like a diary - only not as private! :) It certainly makes me appreciate my sweet little family (class clown and all!).
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I am really excited about Nutcracker too. I am soo happy for my friend-she is Clara. I am a Party Girl, GingerBread Girl, and a soldier. I wonder if my toes will fall off!!!!!! :)
I do love my children, but I think somehow I have become too wrapped up in them and their lives and consequently have sort of lost my own identity. I used to have a large circle of close friends, but we have all drifted apart as our children got older and developed different interests...and now I have a very few close friends - and it seems that most of them live far away.
Anyway, this seems like it is developing into a rather depressing post. Sorry. It should be upbeat, because I am going to start taking better care of myself - starting with my SG class! I am putting up a couple of pictures of the two pieces I made....let me know what you think....and wish me luck in letting go of a bit of the "mom" and becoming a bit more "Lisa"!!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Love you all!
Today's entry will just be a quick update. First, the kids: Clay is in the 8th grade now and will begin soccer season soon. He participated in an exchange program this summer and went to France for two weeks - now he wants to move there! Paige is in the 6th grade and is very involved with ballet. She studies with the Florida Ballet's training program. She just found out that she has THREE parts in Nutcracker this year and is ecstatic that her best friend, Reilly will be Clara. For anyone interested, the performances are December 19-21 at the Florida Theater.
Tim and I stay busy taking the kids to all their activities and making sure that the kids (Clay) follows through with homework and studying.
Tim leaves in the morning for a trip to Brussels, and tomorrow night is open house at the kid's school. I am going to have to figure out how to be in two places at one time...Paige suggested that I do the time travel thing that Hermione did in Harry Potter - if only!
I will try to update this with the monotonous details of our lives, and some pictures as well...hope you enjoy!! :)