Toes in the Sand

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My kids took a chemistry class on Friday and they had a blast.  Fire Rat and I were able to watch the last few minutes of class. The instructor was great. He reminded me of the absent minded professor. He kept the children’s attention until the very end. All of the children were talking excitedly about everything they did. I loved seeing the joy in my kids’ faces.

As we were walking to the car I heard:

“Mom, can we do this again?”

Yes, yes you can.

We have taken it easy this week and followed the kids’ lead. The kids enjoyed playing with magnets the other day. Tracker’s favorite thing was using the magnets to move his mini monster trucks. Squirrel enjoyed building paper clip structures and Dragon just loved everything.  The kids’ eyes just lit up when I brought them out. It showed me that I will need to get over my science fear and jump right in.  Tomorrow brings just another step into science, chemistry class. It is all the children have talked about since Tuesday. They are just a little excited. The other new favorite is roller skating. The children are asking for skates. They don’t want roller blades, just skates. It has been a lot of fun watching them skate. I think that skates would be a great surprise gift for the children. They are still not very confident while on skates.

Next week, we will start swim lessons back up. We are thinking of joining the new YMCA here. We are discussing the pros and cons now. My biggest con right now is working out in an all glass workout room. I am very shy about working out in front of other people, oh and they are all sooo fit. Not me. LOL.

I am going to work hard this weekend on plans for the week. I need to get somethings together and try and get order to my house. I am a little relieved because my family works a little bit better on the run, plus I cannot wait to start working out on that bike again.

Orgnaization to me is a foreign concept. I have never been able to get properly organized. I love to make lists. I have lists for everything, it just doesn’t all get done. I found a great website while looking for something the other day. The website is List Planit. I purchased 2 of her planners and I just love the home organizational one. I am currently working on them. You get them in a pdf file that you can type in and then print. I cannot wait to start using them.

This month, List Planit, is giving away a  different one of their products every week day. Today’s giveaway is a print membership subscription.  Hop on over to List Planit to register to win.

I am here. We are just battling some colds in my neck of the woods. I will be back as soon as we are better.

I was on cafemom and one of the posts made me think. What are some of the things that you serve for lunch? I immediately asked my children what they liked. I heard black bean dumplings, tortellini, and spinach mushroom boca burgers. I sat and listed everything that we do have for lunch and I realized that we do not have that much variety. I think that we tend to eat the same stuff over and over. I am going to have to add some variety to the mix.

So I leave you with a question, what is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Mine is an avocado, tomato, and lettuce sandwich on toasted bread. Yummy. I might have to go get some tomatoes.

I am going to copy a post that I had written January 13, 2009. ..

I have been trying for a little bit to create a post about our day. I can’t do it. Instead I want to take you down memory lane.

Growing up I was one of 13 grandkids. Twice a summer we would all get together for a family pool party at my grandmother’s house. My mom and dad would go get 2 bushels of blue crabs fresh off the boats. They would pick up shrimp and corn on the cob too. All the kids would play in the pool while the grown ups cooked our meal.  My dad and his brother would be ‘manning’ the grill. They would cook the corn, hot dogs, and whatever else we had. We would then all sit down at huge tables to eat our meals. We always had fun. There were games of all kinds. We would play football, soccer or baseball up on the fields next to my dad’s childhood home. We would play games in the pool as well.

Bam’s house was the one that we gathered at for the holidays. I can picture the men on the couches while watching the football games on Thanksgiving. I can see the kids all playing with the knick knacks that Bam collected as she traveled all over the world. I can see the tree in the sun room. I can picture all the food in the dining room. I can picture my grandmother so clearly and so full of life.

When I had to do a 6th grade project on a country in Africa, Bam helped me. She had just gotten back from a trip to Egypt. She gave me all of her artifacts that she collected. I got an A that day.

Many of you that read my blog know that I love the islands. I love the sand, the water and the sun. I feel like I am at home when my feet are in the sand. All of my worries go away at the smell and sight of the ocean. It is as if my worries get washed away with the tide. The reason that I am at home at the beach, Bam. She taught me to love the islands. She showed me that there was peace in the sand. Bam & I have been to few different beaches. We have been to Jamaica where we climbed a waterfall, the Bahamas where she lived part time, and we have been to the Eastern Shore of Md. The music that I love the most reminds me of the water. They are Beach Songs.

Last May, she was taken to the hospital because she fell. They didn’t know if she would make it to my cousin’s wedding on June. She made it. She had another goal, make it until I came for a visit in August. She made that goal too. She was well enough to make a trip to her house in the Bahamas over the holidays.

Unfortunately, Bam died this morning. I am so glad that I got the chance to see her in August. I am thankful that my kids have a great memory of eating sushi with their great-grandmother. I am thankful that she got to see them one more time. Mostly, I am just grateful that she was my grandmother.

I will miss you forever Bama. I’ll see you at the beach. Photobucket

photo courtesy of Virtual Tourist


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