Saturday, December 27, 2008
Kind of a stay at home and get things done year, but a good year non the less.
We are looking forward to going skiing for a week at Winter Park with Kevin's Sister and family next week, and the girls are enjoying a nice long winter break. I didn't get any of those family projects done, the calendar, the cookbook, the collection of all photos and slides. . . but I still have my sanity.
Colleen - (that's me) is going to Regis University to get a masters degree in Special Education and my teaching license. If all goes well I will be student teaching in the fall. And that has set the tone for the rest of our lives going on 2 years now. I do my yoga in the basement. I work as a PARA at Rolling Hills elementary. I still co-lead the 2 girl scout troops, although not as well as I would like - but I'm excited for camping trips coming in the spring that will take us to a whole new level. No time for book club, bunko, coffee talks - but I'll be back! Bruce and Roberta Gillis (my mom and dad) are doing fine, and we get to see them often.
Kevin - (that's my hub) has a brand new baby at work. It's a G4, gulfstream jet. The pilots are fighting over who gets trained on it, and so far it looks like Kevin gets to go to school and will be the lead mechanic for it. We girls are actually going to go in today to have a peek. He has a picture of it in his wallet (well, on his phone, it's that exciting). Otherwise he has been a trooper picking up the considerable slack cause by my going to school. Thanks honey!
Caitlin - Caity is in 3rd grade, she's 9, wants to be Hannah Montana, has braces and glasses, is the tallest (girl) in her class and reminds me alot of Mary Katherine Gallagher from Saturday Night Live. She is a Brownie Girl Scout, swims with the Parkview Penguins swim team in the summer, plays soccer with the Tigers in the fall, and will soon be skiing in the winter and spring! She's doing great with piano lessons, and is quite the little artist. AND - she can't wait to "help" me set up the chocolate fondue fountain that we won in the Gillis family gathering grab bag. Yeah, it's Friday morning. Let's do that for breakfast!
Abigail - Abi is in 1st grade, she's 6, she has about 90 webkinz (little stuffed animals with an accompanying online life) and knows them all by name and wants to take all of them everywhere she goes, and loves Starwars (they both do, go figure). Both girls go to Rolling Hills where I work and it has been fun being able to see them in the halls (they are so lucky I want to do elementary school and not high school). She prefers being a crumb (little sister who gets to tag along with the Brownies) to being an actual Daisy - but she's hanging in there with the Daisies for now, she plays soccer with the Super Shooting Stars, and will finally be old enough to be on the swim team this summer. She too is an excellent little artist, has braces and glasses, and a learning disability that we are all learning from. Abi says I love Christmas!
Lilith - (that's the dog) Lilly is a border collie mix, and I can hear the girls yelling at her upstairs even as I type. She's eaten at least one of their cookies and is a sneaky, evil genius! But she's equally as cute and lovable so we keep her. There is a rumor being spread around that Santa has agreed to bring as a puppy next Christmas, because you know all evil geniuses need minions, or at least a henchman. That's what Santa told me any way.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Thank you for all your generosity, friendship and good company - live or digital, we will take it! Best wishes for a fabulous 2009!
Monday, December 22, 2008
I'm making a list, checking it twice . . . and the girls got all excited when I told them I might leave them home alone (and since I need to Christmas shop this is WONDERFUL news). But, then you have to wonder, why are they all excited? Planning to hunt around maybe? Who knows - don't care - gotta get it done!
Kitcat was fluey last night, but seems completely recovered now. No sign of it making the rounds through the house so I am off to Costco, Costplus, SportsAuthority, Bestbuy, Target, Justice(40% off everything coupon!) and Samanthas Cats and Dogs! (Lilly has NOT been good, so we have to get her something because she's on Santa's naughty list.)
I, on the other hand have been extra good this year - because I want an Ipod, and Santa just might be in the mood to get herself one. Cheerio !
By the way, TZ hostessed a fabulously successful ornament exchange party last night. It was super fun and I had 2 full plates it was so good. ( and 6 huge olives stuffed with garlic cloves!) way to go Tracey! Thanks!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
"We thank you lord, for this our food, for life and health and mercy good. May manna to our souls be given, the bread of life sent down from heaven" - Gillis family prayer, probably a Midwestern Presbyterian thing.
Today I am thankful for:
- My squirrelie girls who make my life meaningful, and everything more fun.
- My hard working, patient, helpful husband who just made me a ham egg and cheese bagel for breakfast.
- My family and any chance we get to spend time with them.
- Kevin's family and their eagerness to come visit us.
- All my supportive friends and family.
- For the good old USA.
Hot showers, computers, television, indoor plumbing, automobiles, and even Lilly (the dog).
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Could call it "bring someone important in your life who has a check book to the bookfair" Day.
Really, it's nice to see the effort at inclusion of all different types of families that makes kids feel less weird for not being from the Cleaver Family. In this class there are a couple of sad stories reguarding why dad wasn't there for donuts with dad this morning; why Grandma and Grandpa aren't coming.
But on the lighter side. . . I don't know why this litte girls Grandparents weren't coming, but she was expecting mom and brother. I overheard someone tell her "Your mom can't come because your brother is sick." So I sat near her and a few other loners so they would have an adult to chat with and share cookies.
Some share more than others. She was mad at her brother because now mom couldn't come. chat chat chat. Well, no see, he's not really sick. Really, chat chat chat. oh he's not really sick, he has a problem with his pee pee. OK. Yeah, there's something wrong with his pee pee again. There's always some thing wrong with it. Let's have another cookie sweetie!
Imagine what I might have learned if I'd had her full attention for longer than 2 minutes.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead! The mean old witch, the wicked witch. And all of Emerald City is Rejoicing
Monday, November 10, 2008
Shhhh - the hamster is gone, and unbelievably the girls haven't noticed yet.
I had moved him into the basement because of grandma's being horrified by the many health risks involved with harboring an exotic pest; and they have pretty much forgotten about him (hence his death by "natural causes" - don't ask).
It's a pleasant Monday afternoon. We had to go see about braces for Abi, she will have an expander in 2 weeks, and I will get to be Ratchet Woman. Ab is excited because we get to crank it 28 times, and Caitlin only got to do 21. AND - Abi gets to be in the big book! That's right. Her mouth is so impressively messed up, that she has had 3 before pictures of her face, and 6 before pictures of her teeth taken. WOW! Caitlin didn't. She's just Bunnicula. hehehe. Meaning she has the 2 big old front teeth, then 2 gapping holes, and then a crazy set of fangs! Oh shush! It's good to be able to laugh about it.
Friday, November 07, 2008
NEVER - open your 401k statement and think "how bad could it be?"
NEVER - wait until the last minute to get your obscure lesson plan done.
NEVER - pick "youtube" as your final assignment, because you, my friend are easily distracted, and will NEVER finish your "research".
Saturday, November 01, 2008
The upside to Global Warming:
The It Girls look would not have been visable underneath snowpaint, snowboots and ski parka. They went without jackets last night! They also were tickled pink with the glitter hairspray that you can't even see. (I was tickled pink too, being afraid it might go on thick as spraypaint.)
And our long lost playgroup buddies showed up for some impromptu hot chocolate and pumpkin pie. (They have 2 hamsters now! Cheekie and Cutie. They stayed home though.)
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
OK - i want to go shopping. I'm doing homework. I have 1 more day of break which I will be spending observing reading groups. Ciao.
Friday, October 17, 2008
(Woggling is best preformed early in the morning, prefferably in the dark, or at least before the middle school students come out en masse.)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuition for 3 credit hours at Regis University: $1,000.00
Books and supplies: $69.00
Being bored silly for 4 hours: priceless
That was the note being passed around by the giggling girls in the front row no less! I'm so ashamed of my behavior. Some things never change.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
I'm home, doing laundry, studying, cleaning AND having a fabulous hair day... is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Pretty easy test.
It's the last week of break. I'm exhausted and the girls are sick to death of each other. Thank goodness we go back next week. (Was that another 1/2 empty, 1/2 full test?)
OK, I'm feeling the need to keep plodding along. Sorry blog world, it was another short visit.
OOOH! but most importantly, I broke my MAGIC NUMBER on the way DOWN the scale. My nemisis number, the axis of evil number, the number that makes loosing the rest of it seem down right plausable. Yeah Me!
Monday, October 06, 2008
Anyway, cliff notes version of September/October thus far:
- Why does my DD have more money than me? Currently she's walking around with a brand new Nintendo DS, 3 new games, tons of new clothes, $60.00 cash, and $75.00 in un-cashed checks! I have 3 bucks. What's up with that?
- Happy Birthday Gang (3 of the 6 - wait, 5)
- Vail was beautiful. We went for a couple of hikes, DD2 officially learned how to ride her bike (although she's been riding the "Pony" bike with training wheels since she could walk, she had a steep learning curve with "Rose", who she is almost to big for now that she's tamed her) round and round at that Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.
- The best thing about Vail? Dog lovers everywhere. Big Dogs, little dogs, black dogs, white dogs, black and white dogs.
- While trying to enjoy myself on vacation, I did a 23 page presentation about assistive technology, when a 3 page evaluation check list would have been fine. Oh, the joys of working with a new partner in a graduate school classroom. Maybe I can use it later.
- Racquetball is fun! Ab was a giant pink target when the 4 of us where trying to play. Funny stuff, sorry, no pictures.
- I have a crabby neighbor who hates me, and my little dog too. Apparently "Lilith" barked her fool head off several nights in a row while we were gone. I found an unsigned nasty note telling me how inconsiderate "you people" are. Thanks. Apparently TZ, that's why Lil was so calm and non-barky during the day. She must have been exhausted. I thought about standing outside at 2am and yelling "hello! hello! I just wanted to assure my anonymous thoughtful neighbor that now that we are aware of the barking at night problem, we will be sure to keep her inside. Thank you for the lovely note. OK, good night!"
Friday, September 26, 2008
It's good to be off track. The hub just packed the kiddo's off to Vail, and although I'm going to spend most of the time doing homework, I have the house to myself, I'm about to go to the library by myself, go to video store and rent a movie for me, and pick up some dinner. Maybe I'll go somewhere I want to go.
Then, I get to go up tomorrow for most of the week.
THEN, I have 2 more weeks off.
Maybe I'll visit some of my long lost blogging friends.
Last night we went to the Bee Movie at Rolling Hills Elementary, and I gotta tell ya, this CUTE little boy Reda and Abi are loopy over each other. OK, I know I'll have pictures soon because Flat Stanley is coming with us, and we are supposed to report on his journeys. Ciao Baby!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
DD2's memory seems to be just fine for anything other than academic, language, not-interesting stuff -it's just learning to read she can't be bothered with. How many more hours can we possible put in before she gets it or I pull all of my hair out? Last week I thought gee, that reading group is really at a lower level, I should ask to have her moved. Today, I think she may have 10 sight words memorized if she's lucky, and suddenly it's like pulling teeth to get her to sound something out.
Maybe I should put in an emergency call in to my pediatrician. Wake up! My DD can't read! Now I'm going to look up global warming, and do my finances just to really get myself worked into a frenzy. Then I'll check in with the fox news network to try and figure out why people trust the republican party - and how it makes them feel safe.
Should I laugh or cry?
Saturday, September 06, 2008
I suppose at least it's not collecting dust from lack of use; instead it's filled with kids homework. A sad misuse of The Cauldron, fairly accurately representing the current state of my life. It's OK, I know it's only temporary, and at least I have Ms. Martha looking out for me, (and the rest of the neighborhood). Martha, I was going to photoswap your head into a Loveboat picture as Social Director Julie, but alas I'm headed off to class this morning, so I don't have enough time.
But, if you can't find yourself a Momma Mia costume for halloween, you might consider this as a substitute.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
So it was appropriate that my mom and dad were there in the living room for the first go at pretend skiing. Look fast girls!
19 more days.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Then, we have a lovely 16 days off. And we get to go to Vail the first week. There now. Can you face the day? Make it to the morning meeting with a smile on your face? (A fake smile is O.K., given who your dealing with here.) OK, let's go wake up the girls, bribe them with the promise of donuts for breakfast, and get them in gear.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Well, and it's just not the same without the pictures - is it.
Maybe eblogger will be more cooperative on Wordless Wednesday and I can post them as a compliment to this one.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Yesterday was the first time I weighed myself in a month, and I'll be damned if THAT NUMBER didn't appear! Yeah yeah, muscle weighs more, blah blah blah, you're loosing inches, yadda yadda yadda, you'll have a big weight lose soon. I know it's not about THAT NUMBER, I'm actually quite proud of my ability to ignore THAT NUMBER. But but but, GDIATH - I really need THAT NUMBER to go away soon, or I fear my amazing motivation will evaporate into thin air, and this nice relaxed morning . . . nah. This time it's personal. THAT NUMBER - is going down!!! I think I'll wait another 3 weeks to weigh in. No. (because I'm afraid it will still be there) Let's make that track off time. That's about 6 weeks.
I've been working out hard, too! And eating responsibly. F-ing scale.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
But more importantly, today we had the neighborhood Park View pool almost entirely to ourselves! Filled with friends is preferable, but it turned out fun because Kevin and I played with the girls, and I got to finish my 2nd book club read of the summer, The Big Year. (Author Obsmarski(sp?). The subject was bird watching. It was interesting and made me giggle.)
Thursday, August 07, 2008
A typical Thursday morning. Pretty stressful because we have a new chore/responsibility system that's alot of work,
So did you guess the suprise funny ending?
I was screaming like a lunitic, over a toothbrush.
So Martha, I do allow ugly at my house.