Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kids kids kids

When I started this bog I had grand ambitions that it would be filled w/ all my wonderful crafts and crochet projects.  And some posts about the kiddies.  Silly me!  I thought I could somehow change my life priorities.  Instead, this blog has turned out to mirror my life rather than my personal dreams.  Its all about the kids :)

Not that that is a bad thing....just a fact of reality.  So once again, here is a post about the kids.

All 3 grand-daughters have their birthdays at the end of August.  So to save some money, time, and make their birthday memories last longer than any toy might, we decided to take them all to Enchanted Forest, the Disneyland of the Northwest.  It was also a great end of summer activity for the Boy and Teen and her Boyfriend.
We packed a picnic lunch complete w/ birthday cupcakes.  The girls had so much fun running through the fairy tales houses, visiting the castles, and going down all the different slides.  They could not get enough of the Old Lady in the shoe slide.  We stayed there so long, they started folding the rugs and handing them out to other kids.
Taking a short break in between fairy tales
At the mouth of the Witch tunnel/slide
Panning for gold in the western town
Alice, Pappy, and china

The big kids even had fun. Of course they had to go on the log ride several times, as it takes a bit more than a slide to get their adrenaline running.  But at the end of the day (we closed the park!), all were exhausted big and little.  

After hours of running up and down hills and lifting a 3 year old up and down ("Molly, up, up!")  I think I've had a good enough work out for the next month. Today is definitely a day of rest and recuperation.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Kids entering high school...

1.      Have no concept of computers w/out internet access
2.      Get their music via downloads and sharing not the music store.
3.      Watch TV on their schedule not the network schedule.
4.      Use gift cards as a common form of currency.
5.      Will openly talk about homosexuality, pedophiles, HIV, and narcotics...probably since 10.
6.      Equate having a debit card to having a bank account.
7.      Will never write a check or balance a checkbook in their lifetime.
8.      Have at least one game system and most have more than one.
9.      Consider off-line or single person gaming out-dated.
10.     Have made at least one video recording and probably posted it on the Internet.
11.     Have never used and nor probably seen a phone booth.
12.     Consider security guards and metal detectors common place in schools.
13.     Know the proper procedures for a terrorist attack at school
14.     Have never used a phone book
15.     Have at least one "log on" ID and password
16.     Expect all public buildings to be smoke-free
17.     Believe smoking kills and should be out-lawed
18.     Have lived through 3 wars.
19.     Know more families that are divorced than not
20.     Expect Internet access to be available everywhere via wireless.

What else can you guys think of?  
Here's what Beloit College came up with for the class of 2014.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday!

Saturday was the 3rd granddaughter's 3rd birthday.  All 3 came over and spent the weekend.  We had so much fun!  Catching frogs in the planters, jumping on the trampoline with the sprinkler, Popsicles, and cupcakes :)

Then Spongebob and they all crashed before the movie even got going.

I wish we could keep them all the time...but then again I think sleep-overs are probably just as good.

Summer = Fair, so when the fair is over does that mean summer is over?

This year the Teen and I submitted some of our handmade awesomeness to the Fair.  My photos are kinda blurry as I only had the camera phone w/ me when we went to the fair.
 Lol, we got Red Ribbons straight across the board.  Don't know if they equate to any premiums (cash) yet, but it was fun seeing them hanging up at the fair and having friends and family go see them.

The judges actually commented on each item so we have an idea of what to do to get a Blue ribbon next year....we'll see.  As the Teen says, "I don't believe in re-dos.  Once is good enough."
I love that the Teen submitted this dress she made from her dad's old shirt.  It looks absolutely cute on her!  Her sewing style is...unique to say the least.  More of - eye it and hand sew here and there, then any great seamstress skills.

This photo is of my friend's felted hat that won the Judge's Prize. She just started felting this year!  She learned so she could teach her GS Troop, and now she's an artist.  She also submitted a beautiful scarf out of silk, but that photo really looked too bad to post.
Too bad the photo is fuzzy, because the hat is gorgeous!

The Teen's BFF is an amateur photographer.  Here is the photo she submitted:
...and now the fair is done and gone.  Time to start thinking about school shopping.  Ugh.