Thursday, June 28, 2007

Babysitting, the active way

I started my summer job this week: babysitting an only child Tuesdays through Thursdays.

It is not for the faint of heart!

Because, among other things, I have:
--pitched for softball practice
--baked snickerdoodles
--pulled the girl around the hardwood floor on her blanket (it's as good as a tilt-a-whirl)
--run through the sprinkler
--ridden a bike over the lawn
--played quarter soccer (fun game, I might have to write instructions for it someday)
--and floor soccer
--and I've waitressed stuffed animals for "McCece's Diner" about five times.
--Oh, I was chef twice too.

I'm telling you, this girl has to be the most active little girl on the planet! She can sit still, but only when she's drawing or writing. She can't even sit down during commercials - she feels the urge to get up and do cartwheels! I am not kidding, really!

Oh, and we played Charades today. 'Twas fun. A couple of hers were hard - once she was the playground lady, and it took me forever to figure out that she wasn't the gym teacher.

Monday, June 25, 2007


A long time ago (two years, in fact), I used to write bite-sized opinions of books I'd read.

Now I just read them and rate them out of 5, in half increments.

Maybe I could revive the old practice and make it into a blog?....

A friend from the RI just got a gift card to Barnes & Noble and wanted ideas on how to spend it. Here's what I said:

Persuasion, and Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen); the Complete Father Brown (G.K.Chesterton, actually anything by him is going to be fun); Eternity in Their Hearts (Don Richardson, good missions book); the Just So Stories (Rudyard Kipling, great to read to children); Parker Pyne Investigates (collection of Agatha Christie short stories starring said character); Rose in Bloom (my favorite of L.M.Alcott's); and Abolition of Man (C.S.Lewis - another of my favorite writers).
Enough to start with? :-P
Oh, the "Light and the Glory" books (Light and the Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, Sounding Forth the Trumpet) are great if you're into early American history.

However, I doubt she'll have any gift card money left after she gets what she really wants. :-)

I got a bookstore gift card too - so what am I to spend it on?? Suggestions? (I or a member of my family already owns all of the above.)

Sunday, June 24, 2007

I drove a PT convertible!!!

As you mey (or may not) know, I want a purple PT Cruiser eventually. When I actually get my own nice car. But, in the meantime, I am perfectly content with driving friends' black PT convertibles. With the top down. *big grin*

This was at said friends' party for their little girl, who turned one! She's adorable, honestly. Has the cutest little dresses, too.

AND, we are holding an Academy for Tree Climbing in our front yard, with the pupils being little girls ages 8, 6, and 5. You'd be surprised how well these short kids can climb. (Better than I could at their age!)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The things you learn at graduations.

Last Saturday, I was over at a graduation party for a friend from church. While there, I learned that:

1. He has an autographed photo of Chuck Norris; and

2. I am well acquainted with the third-cousin-twice-removed of the first man to walk on the moon! (No, really.)

(That last person is the kid who was graduating, of course.)

....and this is the hundredth post!! But I didn't learn that at the party.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Busy busy busy....

Sunday night: church. Pretty much self-explanatory, but it was really interesting. All about beginning anthropology.

Monday night: 4-H public speaking contest. I didn't compete this year, but my sister did; instead I helped announce a couple of the sections.

Tuesday night: 4-H demonstration meeting for my club. We always do one a year, at which everyone demonstrates something-or-other about their project for five to eight minutes each. Not bad, really. We had ice cream and cookies afterwards, too.

Wednesday night: youth group. Good stuff. Played fire-and-ice (or knockout, whichever) afterwards; of course, I was out first time every time. :-P

Thursday night: babysat three children, all under the age of seven, for several hours. I must have played ring-around-the-rosey ten times, not to mention the walk we took and all the other stuff. 'Twas a lot of fun though, even if tiring.

Friday night: finished up my long essay for homeschool. (Well, it's supposed to be for homeschool, but I graduated already; what do you call it if it's not turned in by graduation? Summer school work?) I enjoyed that, actually.... it's a good thing writing's not strenuous, since we went swimming for two hours that afternoon. *big huge grin*

Saturday night: well, it was going to be a night of reading, but the Honor Your Father cookout didn't have enough people, so one of the committee members called up and said that I need to bring my sis over for it. Lots of fun - involved shooting a pellet gun, eating banana splits, throwing a broomstick, tossing bocce balls, and eating lots and lots of cookies!! Good oatmeal cookies!!

Sunday night: no church or small group, unfortunately. I proofread my essay; changed a few things too. Oh, but before that I took my sis over to a graduation party for a mutual friend from 4-H Junior Leaders.

Well, that was last week. We're going swimming again today, as soon as we leave the library!!!!! YAY!!

You know, I should add a label called "Christianity" or "Christianity/Bible" or "Theology/Christianity" or something. We'll call it "Bible" for now, I think.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Graduation photos, if you dare to look!

As promised.... pictures of the graduate!

Graduation: Me and my parents

Graduation: Switching the Tassel

I changed the tassel only after my cousin reminded me to. :-P Of course I couldn't just skip it, so I went ahead and switched it over to the other side.

The other funny thing: the kid dubbed Q (on this blog, at least) yelled to me that I had to "chuck the hat". So I did - I threw it as far up in the air as I could. I had no worries about trying to figure out what cap was mine, considering the dearth of 'em at my graduation ceremony. *grin*

More photos forthcoming, if my computer cooperates later!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


My party was fun... there were friends and cousins all over the place, and I stood up the whole time... tiring, but wholly enjoyable!

Some friends came from their house an hour away to see us! (They were going to an aunt's birthday party too, in our general direction.) And my wonderful aunt on my dad's side drove hours and hours and HOURS to get here, no kidding! She had to drop off her oldest son on the other side of her state before she even started heading here!

No pictures yet, though. I promise, I'll have 'em up before the week is over.... :-)

Sunday, June 03, 2007

As Pomp & Circumstance plays...

Announcing My
Homeschool Graduation
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
A Homeschool Graduation for
will be held on
June Ninth, Two Thousand Seven
Two o'clock P.M.
My real-life ceremony slash party will end at five, so the cyber party begins at six o'clock P.M.

(Well, that's almost what my cards said...)

So come to my (cyber) graduation party! I shall try to get away after my little shindig to post pictures too!

And in case you're REALLY bored this Saturday, you can get me a cyber gift! (Similar to cyberbucks.) My wish list includes:

USB jumpdrive
laptop battery
plastic drawers (5, on rollers - the kind that are always in the Meijer ads)

[Diversion - a Meijer store is just a Wal-Mart dressed in red. And they spread only through five Midwestern states. Got it?]


small bookcase
digital camera battery
iron with auto shutoff
tabletop ironing board
fridge (2.8 cu.ft.max)
external CD-RW/DVD drive
"World" magazine (college subscription)
tension rod (such as used for shower curtains)
"Godspell" soundtrack
Michael Card CDs
Rich Mullins CDs
cell phone (at least I think I had this on my list... not as big a wish as one might think though)
collapsible laundry hamper
picture hangers
lots of "Forever" stamps

You have to realize, I had a bit of a time trying to come up with this long a list... took me a few weeks, in fact... added the last three this morning...