Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Meme inspiration

A meme from my friend at La Vida Dulce:

In your entire life, have you ever...

gone on a blind date? No

skipped school? Yes

watched someone die? Yes

been to Canada? yes

been to Mexico? Yes

been to Florida? uh...yeah :-)

been on a plane? Yes

been lost? Oh my goodenss, yes!

been on the opposite side of the country? Yes

gone to Washington, DC? Yes

swam in the ocean? Yes

had your booze taken away by the cops? Hmmmm...NO!

lettered in a high school sport? No

cried yourself to sleep? Yes

played cops and robbers? No

played dolls? Yes

recently colored with crayons? Yes

sang Karaoke? Never

paid for a meal with coins only? Yep

done something you told yourself you wouldn't? Gosh yes. I'm a sinner you know!

cheated on an exam? I don't think so but I know I've certainly been tempted

made prank phone calls? No - could never pull it off

laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose? Yes - yuck

caught a snowflake on your tongue? MMM HMMM

danced in the rain? No

written a letter to Santa Claus? Of course!

been kissed under the mistletoe? absolutely

watched the sunrise with someone you care about? Yes

been arrested? Never

blown bubbles? Yes

gone ice-skating? Yes, and my girls are getting interested in it now too.

been skinny dipping outdoors? No, too shy

had a nickname? Jess. I DO NOT like Jessie - too much Dukes of Hazzard growing up.

been to Africa? No

eaten cookies for dinner? And breakfast. And lunch. And snack. Cookies know no boundaries!

been on TV? Not that I know of.

stolen any traffic signs? No

been in a car accident? only fender benders.

What is your...

mother's name? Janis

favorite drink? Iced Tea

birthplace? Germany

favorite vacation spot? Mountains.

favorite salad dressing? My own vinegar and olive oil with seasoning.

favorite pie? Cherry

favorite number? 27

favorite movie? Sound of Music

favorite holiday? Easter

favorite food? mmm..... does chocolate count?

favorite day of the week? Saturday

favorite brand of body wash? Burts Bees ginger citrus

favorite toothpaste? Crest Complete

favorite smell? fresh bread baking

Do you have any...

tattoos? No, and I don't think I ever will....

body piercings? Ear lobes.

Do you drive a 2-door or 4-door vehicle? 4 door mini-van

What do you do to relax? Read, hang out with friends, watch a movie.

How do you see yourself in 10 years? Completely immersed in the hormones and needs of 3 teen aged girls!

Tag! You're it! If you play please comment and let me know where to find your meme!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Sarah's Spotlight

Sarah has had a busy several weeks with Kindergarten Graduation and then turning SIX years old.

She is so quiet about school activities that we were very surprised to see she had a prominent role in the little play The Story of the Little Red Hen. In fact, she WAS the Little Red Hen. Who knew our little shy Sarah could stand in front of such a large audience and perform without the slightest nervousness. This Mama Hen and Papa Rooster were very proud of her.

A few days later her long awaited Birthday rolled around. She invited all her girlfriends to join her at the Dollar Movie to see Horton Hears a Who and then have sorbet and ice cream. I was very proud to hear her strenuously object to making her invitation list shorter because she didn't want anyone to be left out. She has such a tender heart for others. She doesn't seek the spotlight but is so gracious and kind when she finds herself in it.

This middle daughter of mine continually amazes me with her strength and determination. She simply won't give up. Of course, with certain situations that is frustrating as a parent, but we know that trait will help her go very far so we are doing our best to help guide her towards the wisdom to know when to let go. We see it most when she is applying herself to learning new things and also when she has to avoid gluten and dairy. Everyone tells me how amazed they are when she politely inquires whether what they are offering her eat is gluten and dairy free. When she isn't sure she abstains until she gets confirmation from me. Not every six year old is that self disciplined!

She is also very compassionate towards others. She is free with her hugs. Her smile lights up her whole face, making it impossible to not smile along with her. She has a strong interest in cooking and is usually at my elbow in the kitchen asking what she can do to help. She is also brave, valiantly jumping in at times when other kids would hang back and just watch.

Sarah has a lot of challenges but she never lets them stop her. Since she was a baby we've witnessed her determination and heart. We've heard many times about "middle child syndrome" but I've never had reason to worry about her. She can stand on her own and will make sure she gets what she needs without a lot of fanfare. No one could ever forget our Sarah!