Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Water Park Fun

We had a great time at the water park. Well, four of us did, anyway! Jonalyn hated it. She did fine the first night we were there. She went down the little slide and played in the shallow water. She did okay the next morning, too. But she didn't like getting water in her face, which you can't help but do at a water park. Isn't that the point? By the second night she was so exhausted. We left her with Brian so Doug, Alyssa and I could go down a slide and she cried the entire time we were gone. We calmed her down, then Doug took her on the lazy river. I tried to get some video for the orphanage. Let's just say that we won't be sending any of what I took. She was not happy! She did a little better the last morning, but not much. She was ready to go home. She didn't even want to play in the dry area.

Our meals were interesting. They had a deal that if you eat at the buffet, you get a free kid's meal with every adult meal. Great deal, huh? No way. $20 per adult and they kill you on the drinks (not included). $73 for the 5 of us. Ridiculous. Needless to say, we didn't go back. For breakfast the first morning we got doughnuts and juice and milk from the grocery store. $12 total. Much more my speed.

I even went down some of the big slides with the kids and Doug. They were impressed at how adventuresome I was. The only way I could do it was that the stairs were inside and the tubes are enclosed and dark, so you can't see anything as you go down. Now we are all just plain exhausted. It's amazing how much fun can take out of you! Enjoy the pictures.
Jonalyn enjoying the slide. Sorry for the graininess of the picture - Doug was playing with his new camera.

Alyssa coming off the body slide. I didn't like this one - I got water up my nose! Yuck!

Brian, hanging out and being cool. He's developed an aversion to cameras. Too bad, because he's so handsome!

Alright, here's one of me on the lazy river. Gotta love those white legs!

My favorite picture. This was in the wave pool. Ahhh.













Monday, February 23, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY February 23, 2009

Outside my window...who cares. I'm on vacation, inside a waterpark where it's warm and balmy.

I am thinking...about not much of anything, for a change.

I am thankful for...the chance to get away. (Are you seeing a theme today?!)

From the learning rooms...we are on mid-winter break. We're within 10 weeks of being done with school for the year, so after this we'll probably keep at it until we are done.

From the kitchen...whatever I feel like ordering at the restaurant.

I am wearing...a bathing suit. Doesn't look as good as it could, but I did manage to lose two pounds.

I am creating...a calm and peaceful spirit.

I am going...to try to do as little as possible

I am reading...a signed copy of "Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky" by my former agent and writing mentor Andrea Boeshaar. I'll let you know how it is next week.

I am hoping...that time goes very slowly during the next 36 hours.

I am hearing...all the sounds of the water park - kids, water, laughter, fun.

Around the house...I'm sure the cat is enjoying this time sans kids and the dog.

One of my favorite things...is relaxing in a bathing suit in Wisconsin in February.

A few plans for the rest of the week: No. I refuse to think about the rest of the week. It will only spoil my vacation.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...I'll share some pictures when we get home.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Foto Friday - Brian's Birthday

Here are the pictures from Brian's birthday on Sunday.






Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Getting Caught Up

I haven't been keeping up with the blogging as I would like. Things have been so busy here. School seems to be taking so much of my time. I can't keep my head above all the papers I have to grade no matter how hard I try. I'm still editing the manuscript I hope to send in. I didn't think it would take me this long and I have to go back and redo the first chapter (again) and make a few other changes and corrections along the way. It will be a few more weeks before that project is off of my plate. Then I start a writing class in March. I'm excited about it, but hope I didn't bite off more than I can chew. (Please excuse all my cliches tonight - I'm too tired to be creative!)

Anyway, we celebrated Brian's 14th birthday on Sunday. My little boy is getting to be quite a young man. It's hard to believe. It was a quiet celebration with just my parents. I'm so thankful to have them nearby. They are the only family close enough to come for celebrations like this. He had a giant cookie instead of a cake. I'll post some pictures when I get a chance.

Jonalyn's IEP meeting was last Wednesday. It went well. They want to put her into a regular 5K class but pull her out for all of her academics. She will only be with her class for recess, lunch, gym, art and those kinds of things. She is doing so well that she is able to be finished with physical therapy. We do want to take her back to the CP doc because they are concerned with her "intoeing". The tightness in her leg muscles is pulling her feet inward. It will become more and more of a concern as she grows. She'll continue with speech and OT. We are gunning for as much speech as they can give her. We feel it will be the key to unlocking so much with her. (Again with the cliches - sorry!)

Tomorrow we go to meet with the school we hope to enroll Brian in next year. I'll be interested to see what they think about where he is academically. To be honest, I'm nervous about it and how it will reflect on me.

Time for bed now. I'll try to do better about keeping things up to date.

Monday, February 16, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY February 16, 2009
Outside my window...when I went out at 7:00 this morning with the dog, it was just 6 degrees. Each blade of prairie grass in our meadow, the bare branches of all the trees, each bough of our pines trees was covered with thick frost, sparkling as if a child flung white glitter over everything. It was beautiful.
I am thinking...about which changes I need to make in my book before I submit it to the publisher.

I am thankful for...Doug's job which appears to be very secure for now. In fact, this stimulus money might make him very busy!

From the learning rooms...Brian is upstairs at his desk doing math. Alyssa is doing her spelling pretest (I'm typing this in between words).

From the kitchen...good question! Maybe saucy meatballs.

I am wearing...my usual with a red plaid blanket thrown over my shoulders. It's cold in our basement classroom.

I am creating...still working on the afghan. I also need to make a scrapbook page to finish the book I gave my mom for her birthday this past summer. It has two pages for each grandchild and I left a page blank to put in pictures from her party. She'd like it done.

I am going...to take the dog for a long walk this afternoon. The weather is supposed to get nasty tomorrow, so I might not have a chance again for a few days. I'm also going to scrapbook tonight to work on my page and I think Alyssa will come with me. She makes a book for Doug for Father's Day each year and she's excited to get started on it.

I am reading... Brian's work for school - studying up on history (Civil War) and science (Newton's three laws of motion).

I am hoping...to get some video taken of Jonalyn this week. There is a family going to pick up their son from the same orphanage Jonalyn was in. They've agreed to take a DVD from us so her caregivers there can "see" her. They were so good to her and we keep in contact with them.

I am hearing...Jonalyn playing in her kitchen, pretending to pour something into a cup. Now she's calling for the cat (poor cat!). Alyssa's pencil is scratching on the paper as she corrects the words she got wrong on her pretest.

Around the house...it's nice and clean. My parents were over yesterday, so I worked hard on Saturday and got a good cleaning done.

One of my favorite things...having a clean house. I only wish it would stay that way longer!

A few plans for the rest of the week: we have homeschool co-op, I have lots of editing to do, papers to grade, and I need to get ready for our little getaway next week. Brian needs a new swimsuit before we go. Plus I have a baby shower on Saturday. A busy, busy week!

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Jonalyn, in the orphanage, before we knew her. She was even cool then!
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Monday, February 9, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook




FOR TODAY February 9, 2009


Outside my window...gray clouds, brown grass, just patches of snow left. Just what I hate about February and March.


I am thinking...about how much I have to do and how little I really want to do it!
I am thankful for...too many things to even begin to list them all.


From the learning rooms...Brian is studying for a make-up science test. Alyssa is done with school for the day already. I'll never get in the number of hours the state requires from her!


From the kitchen...a new recipe for low-fat fish cakes. Sounds yummy and healthy.


I am wearing...my fuzzy blue slippers. They sure keep my feet warm on such a raw day.


I am creating...an afghan. O.K., I started crocheting it eight years ago when my niece was born. Poor thing will be in college by the time I'm done. I made a mistake I couldn't figure out, got frustrated and put it away. I finally figured out my mistake and am rolling again.


I am going...to take Brian to the orthodonist this afternoon. He's getting close to being done with the braces.


I am reading... all the other daybooks and enjoying them!


I am hoping...this is where last week I reported my weight loss. Well, I didn't lose anything last week, much like Joelle on Biggest Loser! So, I'm hoping for better results next week. I'm also hoping to get more editing done. I'm over 170 pages through a 351 page book.


I am hearing...Jonalyn pretending to talk on the phone and the news on the radio.


Around the house...mess and clutter. I didn't get my chores done over the weekend because we cleaned the carpets, so i guess I'll have to get some done this week.


One of my favorite things...the sense of accomplishment in getting things done. So I guess I'd better get at it!


A few plans for the rest of the week: getting ready for Valentine's Day and Brians 14th birthday on Sunday. Plus we have Jonalyn's IEP meeting on Wednesday. Pray that it all goes well.


Here is picture thought I am sharing...


I'm a week late for Groundhog's Day. I forgot about this critter who appeared in our yard last spring. He saw his shadow, too!

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

She's Gaining Weight!

For most of us (me!) gaining weight is a bad thing. But not for Jonalyn. When she came home 15 months ago, she weighed 33 pounds. Last summer she weighed 34 pounds. We were discouraged with her progress. But she was at the doctor yesterday and weighed in at 36 1/2 pounds. Yay! That is huge weight gain for someone with microcephaly. They tend to have problems with absorbing their food. I can feel how much heavier she's getting when I hold her on my lap and she's outgrowing some of clothes. She's still tiny for a 6 1/2 year old, but we were happy with the report.

Monday, February 2, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY February 2, 2009

Outside my window...the sun is shining! It looks like it should be so warm. I'm ready to run out there in my bare feet. But the thermometer says 17 degrees. Six more weeks of winter. Bummer.

I am thinking...about how I need to finish this so we can get some school done.

I am thankful for...my father who is turning 74 on Thursday. Happy birthday, Dad! He's a wonderful man and I'm proud to say I'm a lot like him.

From the learning rooms...Alyssa is studying her memory verse. Brian is studying his catechism (or he's supposed to be). We have a busy week with lots of science experiments. Should be fun. I finished Alyssa's grades last week - all A's. Way to go! Still working on Brian's

From the kitchen...I love this part because it makes me decide early in the morning what we're going to eat. Maybe quesadillas or tuna casserole. I'll make my mind up later.

I am wearing...Same old, same old. Sweatshirt & sweatpants. I MUST get some new clothes, LOL!

I am creating...two new novel ideas. I have a fabulous opportunity to get in on the ground floor with an established publishing house just getting into the inspirational historical fiction market. They want a full manuscript and they want it to be the first in a series. I think I know what I'm going to propose. I'm excited about this opportunity and praying this may be my big break!

I am going...to piano lessons, again. We are pretty routined around here. Alyssa is getting a book of hymns today and a new lesson book. I'm proud of her progress. She works hard.

I am reading... my story, with the working title "Crown of Beauty". It is set in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, in 1871. Most people outside of the state don't know that this town was wiped off the map by a fire on the same night as the Great Chicago Fire. Six times as many people died in Peshtigo. The town is still there, but it never again became what it was. I love history and have enjoyed the research for it. We even took a trip there a couple of years again and I had the privilege of sifting through historical papers and records and first hand accounts. Fascinating!

I am hoping...to lose some weight. I'm down two pounds with ten to go. I'll keep you updated. This might be a good way for me to be held accountable.

I am hearing...the dishwasher running. It's an older (10 years old) model, not one of those nice, quiet ones. It drowns out everything else.

Around the house...are lots of dirty windows. Can't wait for spring to come so I can wash them and see outside again!

One of my favorite things...is lavendar hand cream. I bought a new bottle last week. My hands smell so pretty! Makes me feel good, even when I look like a bum!

A few plans for the rest of the week: edit, edit, edit, edit, edit. And clean carpeting on Saturday.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
Trunk Bay, St. John's, U.S. Virgin Islands. Just warms me up thinking about it. We were there three years ago. The snorkeling was fabulous! Wish I could insert myself into the picture right about now!

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