Saturday, May 30, 2009
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Friday, May 29, 2009
Modern fantasy -
- The Black Cauldron, Lloyd Alexander
- Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling
Realistic fiction -
- Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
- Frindle, Andrew Clements
- Skinnybones, Barbara Park
- View from the Cherry Tree, Willo Davis Roberts
Adventure/Historical Fiction -
- Charlotte's Rose, A.E. Cannon
- Seven Daughters and Seven Sons, Barbara Cohen
- So Far from the Bamboo Grove, Yoko Watkins
- Lincoln: a Photobiography, Russell Freedman
- Children of the Dust Bowl, Jerry Stanley
- Bet You Can't, Vicki Cobb
Of the books I get to choose myself are 31 picture books, 9 fairy tale picture books, 2 modern fantasy chapter books, a realistic fiction, a humor, a mystery, and suspense, and a biography (all chapter books), 3 chapter books from adventure and historical fiction, and 8 informational picture books (oh, and don't forget...a partridge in a pear tree).
I'm not sure if there's going to be a specific list to choose these from, but for the time being, if you have any suggestions for me of books that you or your kids have enjoyed that fit into these categories, I'm totally open to your ideas. I have my favorite picture books, but I would love to know what you enjoy. It would be fun to read these to T as he goes down for his nap and at bedtime at night.
Hmmm....I'm thinking a re-read of Twilight's gotta fall into place here somewhere. Wouldn't that just be a shame. Heehee! Life just keeps getting better and better!
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
...but only if I'm with Z.
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Forty more days!!! I'm taking five off for good behavior (and induction), so let's just call it a nice round 35, shall we?
Life is crazy as school wraps up. Can't wait to have the kids all home. Unless Lachlan arrives a bit early (quite a bit), there's a huge chance that not all the kids'll be around to see her that first night. With camps going on, either Q or G will be gone. That makes me sad, but I am determined that life needs to go on.
I got a phone call from the woman in charge of the 5th grade party up at the elementary school. I contacted her months ago and told her I wanted to volunteer to help and to put me "wherever you need me." Must have been 2nd trimester words. I know I have to be there for DJ, but putting me wherever is no longer an option. Maybe I should say, "Put me somewhere where there are no sharp objects" because I'm sure I'm going to pop. DJ is the one kid who's had more than one teacher during her elementary career who didn't want parent volunteers. This always makes me feel a bit suspicious. I'm sure they have their reasons, but it makes me wonder if DJ thinks I made the choice not to volunteer in her class.
Z was asked last night if he'd come along on a scout overnighter on June 26th and 27th. This made me laugh. I said, "You said no....Right?" There have been times in pregnancies past when I've packed up all our stuff for moves when I was eight months pregnant and Z has gone on scout high adventures and other outings. Those were days when I was much more adventurous (foolish). I'm no longer a pioneering kind of woman.
My first five pregnancies and births, Z only took the day of delivery off. We had my mom or my mom by marriage or friends there to take care of us once we got home from the hospital. It has been a wonderful blessing to have such great women in my life. I still think, in one way or another, that my mom comes to take care of us.
With T, Z actually took two weeks off of work. I LOVED it, but I as I listen to what's going on in the house through my closed bedroom door, I start to feel that I am not nearly as capable an individual as he is. He runs the house and kids as if he did it everyday. I feel useless, but to be honest, sometimes it's nice to be useless.
This time, we haven't even discussed what's going to happen. It's almost comical how unconcerned I am about things. I hope I'm not kicking myself later. The kids'll all be home, which I can see as being good and bad. Z says he's going to take some time off, which'll be easier with no kids or teachers at the school to have to deal with. I'm wondering if the house'll be crazy with all the family in it for that long. How will they all learn to be quiet again? They have to relearn that every time a baby's brought home. This all just seems to surreal. Whose life is this really?
We've discussed the 4th of July. Each year we have our traditions. I would love to see those carried on without me and the baby. I really want life to go on as usual. Plus, a day without the family here wouldn't be so bad. We'll see what Z decides to do.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This is the silky fabric I'm going to make the blanket out of I was talking about a few posts ago.
Here's the finished nursing cover. These things traveled to the beach and back over Memorial Day, so they're looking a bit wrinkled. I took Q with me to find the cutest fabric we could find for the nursing cover. I think this is so cheerful.
This is DJ being Anne Frank at school. They had to give a "wax museum" report. The kids sat completely still until someone pushed the"button" on their desks. They then "came to life" to tell us all about themselves.
Here's T at the zoo. It was a beautiful day! I'm finding the best days to go are the overcast ones. No one's there, and you can go at your own pace and not worry about losing kids.
Here's A and his buddies on the statues at the zoo. We were having our picnic lunch at the time, but the boys wanted to climb more than they wanted to eat. They're such cute kids. So glad A has such good friends.
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Sunday, May 24, 2009
I just read this in an email from a good friend today. thought I'd better share with as many as possible.
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We got the house all finished and headed for the beach. The weather's been fairly pleasant--sometimes cloudy, but mostly sunny. Z was able to take the boys to the pool yesterday, while I took the girls shopping.
Posted by Julie Hess at 7:15 AM
Friday, May 22, 2009
I have to keep repeating this because we're trying to get ready to head to the beach. They are furiously cleaning the house. It just becomes a bit stressful because there's the child who goes through and destroys any cleaning that's already been done. There's the child who picks up one thing at a time and delivers it and comes back, analyzes the rest of the room, overwhelms himself and then finally picks up one more thing to put away. There's the child who, no matter what I ask, has an optical spasm, and those eyes go rolling back. There's the child (no, more like children) who seem to get lost in their bedrooms. The books lure them in, and they just can't seem to extricate themselves.
I love my kids....I love my kids.....I love my kids.....
We may not get to the beach until Monday, but at least we're gonna get there. Right? Please tell me we're going to get there.
Posted by Julie Hess at 3:12 PM
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Went and took my midterm and final today. The final was only twenty questions and SUPER easy. I couldn't believe it. Altogether, it took about half an hour to take both tests.
I went to JoAnn's and bought some fabric to make a nursing cover up. They sell for $35-40, so I decided I'd make my own. I found a pattern online and bought my fabric and other supplies (with a JoAnn's 40% off coupon) for less than $6.
We're heading to the beach tomorrow evening after Z gets off work, so I figure over the weekend I'll get some more studying done now that I'm down to one class and get my nursing cover project done. They say it takes 30-45 minutes to make. I'm excited to see how it turns out.
I also took Q and one of her friends swimming suit shopping today. How FRUSTRATING! You can't find a decent one-piece swimming suit anywhere around here. So, that wil be another thing to do this weekend. Hopefully there will be some down at the coast. My kids are suddenly outgrowing everything, so we will be looking for more than just swimsuits--thankfully.
Posted by Julie Hess at 11:14 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tonight was Young Womanhood Recognition night. The once a year celebration of the girls and leaders who have accomplished all of their goals in the Personal Progress program. Honestly, until it was time to go, I didn't even consider attending. It's for girls and their parents, but Q got hers last year, so I thought I'd just stay home. As time got closer, I realized that these were my girls getting their awards, and I'd better get there to support them and let them know that I still love them even if I'm not with them twice a week any more.
It was so great to sit amongst that group of young women. They are amazing people.
Q had been asked to lead the music. She did a great job. As I sat there watching her, I realized how grown up she is now. What a wonderful young lady she is. I am awestruck that she's mine. How'd I get so blessed? It's also hard to believe that she'll only be with us for another three years and then she'll be gone. Wait! I can't think about that. I will miss her too much.
Then there's DJ who will enter YW in September. Strange to think with all the looking up to Q that DJ has done, their younger sister will only be six or seven when DJ's gone from the house. Who will Lachlan look up to?
I took DJ to get a costume for her "wax museum" project that she's doing tomorrow. She's portraying Anne Frank. Goodwill had just what she needed--photos to follow--white blouse with a Peter Pan collar, plaid skirt, cardigan, and loafers. She shared her oral presentation with me on the way home. It will be so fun to watch tomorrow. I guess she's just one of four Anne's that will be there and is quite disappointed that she doesn't have dark hair for the occassion. Such a funny girl, that one.
Posted by Julie Hess at 10:25 PM
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wow! Time is passing so quickly! School here is out June 12th. According to my son, that's 17 more school days. It seems like after spring break I get all excited for summer and start making plans. This year's a little different as I'm planning to be out of commission for a bit of it, but as of today, I'm realizing that I'd better at least get a bit of a plan together.
Posted by Julie Hess at 8:42 PM
Sunday, May 17, 2009
As I sat in the foyer at church today, I thumbed through the March "Friend" magazine. I ran across this quote:
"You have not failed as long as you have tried."
~Gordon B. Hinckley
Ah, such wisdom in such a few short words.
I came home and read this blog. Hmm. Thought maybe they might mean something to you too.
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We visited three wards today. The first was the ward where Z's sister lives. It's a BIG ward and so full of love. We walked in to find a room of friends--so comfortable. Z confirmed our nephew there, and we left just after the sacrament to get to our own ward, so I could fulfill my nursery duties.
We had five kids in the nursery today. I have the cutest set of triplets in there. We had the bin full of plastic food out, and the girls were playing with it when suddenly one of the triplets was standing in front of me with a small plastic plate with a plastic pastry lying in it. She handed it to me. I said, "Oh, is this for me?" She said, "Yes, it's your birthday cake." My reply, "Oh, then are you going to sing to me?" With one of the sweetest voices ever, she started in singing my birthday song. I blew out the pretend candle, and she swished away the pretend smoke in the air then we each took a pretend bite of my pretend cake. It was so sweet. Don't you just LOVE little kids?!
When our ward was over Z had to speak in the following ward, so I dropped the boys off at the house for lunch and naps and took the girls with me back to the church to hear Z's talk. For the sacrament hymn, we sang, "I Stand All Amazed." Things were going just normally until the very last part of the song. I felt blessed to be sitting where I was. Behind me, very clearly, out of the blue, a little girl's voice (I never did see this girl as she was sitting behind me) of probably about four-years-old sings, "Oh it is wonderful." We all sang a little more of the chorus and then she chimed in again with, "Oh it is wonderful, wonderful to me."
All of a sudden, it hit me. This little girl was probably too young to read, but she knew this song. She knew that it, the Savior's Atonement, was wonderful to her. For some reason hearing that sweet little voice was like exclamation points on these words in my ears and heart. It also made me question....is it wonderful to my children? Do they realize just how WONDERFUL it is? Again, I am grateful for small children and all that they share!
Posted by Julie Hess at 4:07 PM
I just read a friend's blog and found out that her daughter recently broke her foot. It got me to thinking about two years ago, and where I was. I'm feeling for her having to have a cast on her leg in the heat. But, here, in my opinion, is the up-side of wearing a cast:
- You get lots of sympathy.
- You have a great conversation piece.
- People want to write cute things on it.
- You get lots of attention.
- It's okay to move slowly.
- It's okay to lay around.
- If it's your right leg, they don't let you drive.
- I was fortunate enough to have my mother-by-marriage around nearly everyday to help take care of the house, kids and all the transporation.
- Yah, I'd say you get pretty darned spoiled.
So, I got to thinking about my current situation (btw, this photo is from a month ago. I'm SOOOO much bigger than this now. I'm huge!). Here's the up-side in my opinion:
- Ummmmmm....wait a minute....
I know there's got to be an up-side. Just a sec. I'll think of something.
Wait! I've got it!....
Posted by Julie Hess at 7:26 AM
Saturday, May 16, 2009
This is a little ditty that gets stuck in my head from childhood. I hadn't seen it in years, but it fits me today. Ugh! Beautiful weather, but so much to do, and such a large body to do it in. I just can't get bigger than this, can I? I think that every time, but without fail I just keep getting larger and larger. So many good things about today too, but for some reason, here I am going to bed while in my head runs "Whimper and whine, whine, whine."
Posted by Julie Hess at 10:56 PM
Friday, May 15, 2009
Yes folks, I do still have a camera (it's even the same one I got back from the guy who stole it and took it to California), and I do still know how to use it. Here's proof...
We, A, T and I, have been heading to the zoo a lot lately. We go at least two times a week. I just figured out that for our family to visit the zoo once, it would cost us $61.25. That includes parking. Yikes! A member ship for a year is $69 plus it acts as a pass to many other zoos around the country. We actually renewed this year for 13 months. I love that with this membership, we can go to the zoo any time we want to.
We also purchased an OMSI membership. We went there on Tuesday. For a child to get into OMSI, it's $9. INSANE! One trip to OMSI would cost our family $71 including parking. Membership for a year is $95. Again, this membership gets us into other museums in the United States. It's all just a pretty sweet deal.
Yesterday, knowing that A was going to be having a playdate with his buddies, T and I made plans to have some together time. So, of course, we headed to the zoo. T has simple tastes. He wanted to see the ducks. We only went to one area of the zoo--the "Great Northwest" area. I totally followed his lead and went at his pace.
We went to two areas with ducks and then turned around and returned to the first area again. Of course, we saw all kinds of things in between, but oh, the ducks. For some reason that's what thrills T. He just wanted to stand there and watch them.
As we were leaving, T wanted to see the train, so I took him across the parking lot to the World Forestry Center to see the old train that stands there. I love the simple joys of childhood. He was thrilled! He even got to touch it.
This morning, we woke to beautiful sunshine, so I couldn't stand to be home. We packed up, the two boys and I, and went again. Each time we go, we see a different area of the zoo. Today, we saw the chimps out eating their breakfast of bananas and apples out on their climbing structure. We also saw the elephants, penguins and a bunch of other animals.
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I know that some of my blogging friends are very careful about what they share on their blogs for fear of readers getting the wrong impression of them. I, I'm sorry to say, am not cut from that mold. I'll tell you how it is. So, think what you want of me.
I figure from this angle, there are probably others out there who might suffer from the same kinds of problems that can benefit just as I benefit from those who so willingly share their lives on their blogs. This has been one of the distinct joys of blogging to me.
Posted by Julie Hess at 8:20 AM
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
A friend sent this to me. Thought I'd share. I especially loved the guy with the tatoo. This friend doesn't even know that I joke around about this all the time.
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
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Friday, May 8, 2009
I am sooo trying this today. Looked easy. Thought I'd share.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I joined a group called parentsconnect.com a few weeks ago. When I signed up, I kind of cheated, since I'm always induced, and changed the due date to my hoped for induction date (probably around July 3rd). They send me an email once a week to tell me how much longer I have. This is a good thing since I can't seem to remember on my own. Here's what today's email said:
"You've just entered the single-digit countdown (only nine more weeks to go!). Make a list of what you'd like to do in these final weeks: See the new Oscar-worthy movie, hear your favorite local band, have lunch with your BFF, go on a romantic date with your partner. Whatever it is, do it soon because baby is right around the corner!"
Hmm. That gives one pause to think. I have so many things I have to do, but I'd really like to do some fun things too. I'm seeming to forget that once she arrives we will be pretty much inseparable for awhile.
Here are the things I have to do:
- get an Anne Frank costume for DJ's report at school.
- finish L's blanket (just cutting the last stray pieces of yarn after securing them)
- one last week of tutoring A for my Teaching Children to Read course
- a final for this course
- eight more chapters in my Family Processes class
- two midterms and a final for that one
- finish up the family reunion plans (just a matter of making sure everyone knows their assignments)
- figuring out food with my mother-by-marriage for our August family reunion.
- continual loads of laundry
- finish cleaning out the garage
- plant the garden (mostly oversee the fam as they do this)
- get carpets cleaned
- write a bunch of thank you notes
- go get a boppy
- find a basketball hoop for the backyard
- finish reorganizing the file drawer
- opt out of the fifth-grade party I so foolishly signed up to help for when I was much less pregnant.
Sounds like a lot, huh? These are just the most important ones. There are others that should probably be done--like painting the boys' room, so they don't have to live surrounded by pink any more; get Q's ladder done for her loft, but I'm going to leave that one to Z; and put the retaining wall up in the backyard (another honey-doer). The happy thing is that I think most of the baby stuff is done.
I'm really clueless as to this summertime baby thing. With what the weather's been like here, you'd think it was March instead of May, so maybe I'll be just fine. I'm assuming you don't swaddle a baby born in July, which has been common practice with all the other six, so do I even need receiving blankets? Just to be safe, I'm going to go get some onesies and sleepers, but even then, will she wear them?
Here's the craziest part of all, and it just seems crazier the closer we get to having her....My family reunion is three weeks after she's born in Seaside. The week after that is Z's family reunion in Idaho. I hope I'm not going to be grumpy the entire time. We'll see. I love both families, but to be honest, I tend to be a pleaser, and I hope I don't feel torn between the baby and the families because the baby's going to win every time. I hope no one takes it personally and gets offended, but she's coming first, and I think if anyone were to stand in my shoes they'd do the same.
So, tell me, if you were going to be having a baby in nine weeks, what would you do now? What would you do for yourself?
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