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Targeted Snail Mail

By Brian on September 30th, 2014 at 9:42 am without comments


It’s nice to see that targeted advertising isn’t that good yet. Yes it’s spooky that they know our names, address and anniversary date. Thankfully they don’t know Janie’s taste in jewelry yet. Tacky.

Mailed advertisement

 

Happy 12th Anniversary, Janie!


I’m Not Happy Right Now

By Brian on September 25th, 2014 at 8:32 pm without comments


In the first place,

I’m not happy right now.  Thank me some time.

In the second place,

  1. Ellie licked the batter!
  2. She gets to make the cake!
  3. I was doing homework!
  4. Ellie’s happier.
  5. I’ve got no time with you!

Note written by Samantha

 

We really don’t know how this kind of note-writing started; we don’t leave notes like this.  Sam’s note is very clear.  She makes a very reasoned and complete argument as to why she’s unhappy.  I’m not sure who taught her contractions, bulleted/numbered lists or the first and second abbreviations.

Janie and Samantha had already made up by the time I got home today.


Swim Team

By Janie on September 7th, 2014 at 4:04 pm without comments


I try to encourage an active lifestyle for the girls, although I don’t do a good job myself.  We have been trying to find a sport for Samantha since she was 2.9.  We’ve tried 3 sports so far, but none have really been her thing.  However, each summer, we swim and swim and swim.  Lots.  She loves it.  Because she has become so confident this summer, I decided to give swim team a go for the fall.  We are already doing soccer, but I keep telling myself that soccer is only 8 weeks…

So, off we go to the pool two or three times per week.  She likes it so far, but she is in the lowest group while she is working on perfecting her strokes.  She can’t wait until she gets her swim cap.

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Meanwhile, her sister is a trouper while being drug around to all these after school activities.  She can find the best of most situations.  She, on the other hand, discovered gymnastics at a very early age, and has been smitten.  She would probably be smitten with dance too, but I don’t have the courage to let her do more activities yet.  We still need to add piano lessons to the list.


Ellie’s First Day of 4K Preschool

By Janie on September 2nd, 2014 at 5:15 pm without comments


This is our last year down the preschool hallway at school.  It feels a little strange.  I’ve been sitting in the preschool carpool for 4 years now, so it’s a little “been there, done that.”  It will be strange to have them both in elementary school and in uniforms, but that’s a whole year away.

This little nut had a hard time at the “Meet the Teacher” last week, but she got out of the car like a old pro this morning.  The principal looked at me, in the driver’s seat, like “Ok. well.  Crisis averted.”  She had a great day, and asked that I put orange circle chips in her lunch next time.  If that’s the only thing bad/unusual, I think we’ll have a great year!

 

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Lemonade $tand

By Janie on August 24th, 2014 at 9:57 pm with one comment


All summer, Samantha has been dreaming of operating a lemonade stand. I think she got the idea from one of her Highlights magazines. But, there is a young girl who lives a few streets down from us who has a lemonade stand once or twice per summer. I always stop on my way to/from the pool when her stand is open. The girls find it hilarious to stop and get lemonade.

This began her dream.

First, she had to draw it out and get it just so.

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Then she had to make sure she had enough money for the supplies. Next, she had to find a free afternoon when someone could take her to the store for said supplies. She decided to splurge and get some helium balloons.  I told her they might cost a lot of money, but she assured me that “Sometimes, you have to spend some money to make some money.”  Yes, dear.  When supplies were got, she got to work.

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And she got so excited that she got the rest of us to join in.

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The little venture was much more profitable than I would have imagined: maybe because we were under a heat advisory and it was literally 100 degrees outside, or maybe we just have really nice neighbors. Either way, she had a blast.  And I hope she learned a little too.