March 21, 2020

Today's on going project

Today is my first day without the boys home.  They have been home all summer long, except a few trips and a week at camp. It has been a great summer and we had started a few family projects. One being the bar being built by my husband and my son. They worked long and strong for a few weeks and we have even created a really cool bar top made with bottle caps. Over the past few months people have been asked for their unique bottle caps and I will be using them in our top. 

Today's project is courtesy of my husband co worker. He has been asking people for caps, and one of them collected a small zip lock baggie of them.

August 30, 2018

Finding Bear

Finding bear - winnie the pooh bear that is!

So tuesday we head off the the Drs office in manchester ct. About a 45 minute ride, shortly after school and after the bus arrived at the house. We all pile in and I drive down the the best asthma dr. around. We are there for over 25 minutes, the Dr. had an emergency, so there I wait with two kids at the end of a busy day after a long weekend. UGh

Finally we get into the now second waiting room and more guess what "WAITING!!"

Now I love this Doctor, for many reasons, he is funny, kind and is great with kids and amazing at what he does - since my hubby was one of his first patients back in 1974. So he is the end all when it comes to Asthma! So this story makes me kind giggle when it comes to him and his office. Lots of history in those walls for our family. He has treated each one of us over the past 33 years.

I am back in that small waiting room and in walks the Dr. offing lollypops to the boys and one for mommy too! Instant smile comes to the faces of my well behaved children (if they were locked in a cage at the zoo)! We move on with the appointment and exit the office, down the elevator and onto parking lot and car.

Not three seconds down the road the little one yells "Where is my bear?" Darnit - I look around the car and no sign of Bear! I try calling their offic but it is past 5 pm and the office has closed for the day. double ugh.

So I call troy and ask him if he can stop at the Dr. office in the am and see if he can find the pooh bear for Dylan, who is having complete nightmare! That was a no go since troy was home before us.
Next day I called the office and they have not seen the bear. WHAT??? We were the last people in the office. Asked nicely to look around, and the women said she did not see it but would called if they find it! I then ask if Troy can stop by and look around at lunch time. So he did, and he could not find the bear. About 1 hour later I get a call from the office, telling me that they found the bear, but would be closed by the time Troy got out of work. So another night went by. Next day during lunch Troy stops and gets the Pooh Bear for Dylan.
Update: Dylan does not sleep with or play with that same bear he could not live without for the one night! UGH

May 8, 2018

Truthful Tuesday - Praise!

Did you ever take a minute to think about praise? Not Praise, as in Praise God (even though that's all good and worth a few thoughts), but the Praise we do when we speak to one another though out the day. The type that brings someone up from self doubt or turns a bad day into a good one,

Definition: verb: 1. express warm approval of'; admiration of
   synonyms: commend, applaud, compliment or congratulate

Everyone needs to hear some sort of Praise each day to build them up and keep them going. This type of praise can be a simple phrase like "great Job" when helping out with a task. As a parent I have noticed that children thrive on praise and want ro share their accomplishments, to receive praise.  They also desire it at school, by showing off to their teachers and peers.  Sometime in negative way, looking for correction and then receiving a form of praise as them make the change that was desired by the teachers.  Other students just desire affirmation that they doing the right thing at the right time.

As adults we look for Praise as well, we seek it from those we work with or for, we seek it from out spouses, children, friends and even our parents. Adults need to hear praise though-out our day.  Wouldn't it be nice to hear positive words each day, telling us we are doing a good job, or congrats on the sale? Wouldn't these phrases life you up and put a pep in your step?

I'd like to challenge each one of you to give someone a bit of praise today.  When you do try to do it more often. Go outside your comfort zone, praise someone who is not in your family, then try to praise a random stranger next.  See how they lift up, see how their face changes.  Use detailed phrases, not thank you, but "wow you went a above and beyond to help me with XYZ and for that I appreciate you what you did!"  Detailed and deliberate in your words. Make it a habit and share what you might have said to someone that really lifted them up.  I would love to hear your stories!

May 4, 2018

A Scout is.....

A Scout is Trustworthy.
They would not spread false information, speculation or supposition.
A Scout is Loyal.
They know their organization is wonderful and wnat others to know that, also.
A Scout is Helpful.
They will assist others in finding their way.
A Scout is Friendly.
They will welcome all Scouts to their Scouting Famiy.
A Scout is Courteous.
They will not result to name-calling or other negative behaviors in an attempt to get their perspective heard.
A Scout is Kind.
They recognize other people's struggles to be their best selves.
A Scout is Obedient.
They obey the decisions of their organizations.
A Scout is Cheerful.
They look ahead to the fun new Scouts might bring.
A Scout is Thrifty.
They don't waste the valuable resource of time by arguing points they have already been argued, or by exhausting conversations leading to nowhere.
A Scout is Brave.
They aren't afraid of change, and they can look to others who are doing well in the same situation.
A Scout is Clean.
They don't use filthy and derogatory language, or hateful speech.
A Scout is Reverent.
They trust in God to allow His Will to be done.

(not sure who wrote this but I liked it when I saw it on  friends facebook page)

April 25, 2018

Wake up Wednesday... day 3

Day 3... things seem normal...but why wouldn't they? Yesterday, up with the sons, coffee and a little work out. I meant to walk the dog...but time got away from me. Now today is rainy, ugh!
Yesterday I went to talk with a local school about substituting, it went went well and we shall see.

Yesterday was a little tougher than monday in regards to missing my job. I spoke to a few folks who had questions but really did not want to bother me, I answered because I still care. I had made them my friends over the past year and I do want to keep that in place. Scouters are great people with big hearts.

So now I need to wake up and smell the Roses. I need to make a plan of action and put it into place. Wake up and make a list of things we want to accomplish and not just living hour by hour. Plan, prepare and implement those ideas.

So on top on laundry (which will never be done) I will make a list of projects and daily personal goals.
I will Wake up! And smell the clean house... now on to cleaning the microwave before 8am.