Showing posts from May, 2012

Memorial Day

Memorial Day to me means memories of going to visit graves with my grandparents while listening to stories about those extended family members and friends.

Memorial Day to me means watching the faces of the veterans during the ceremonies in honor of their fallen friends.

Memorial Day to me means the true start of summer.

Memorial Day to me means peonies, family time, good food.

Most of all, Memorial Day to me means thinking about the people I miss.

Last Week of School

Today is Maya's last day of second grade, complete with a picnic at a local park.  Although she's excited about summer vacation, she's sad about leaving her teacher and not having time with her friends.  That bittersweet feeling is certainly the sign of a good year.

On Saturday, we shopped for Maya's end-of-year teacher gift.  I suggested a gift card from Barnes & Noble, but Maya chose a dog coffee mug and a pocket book of crossword puzzles.  Mrs. H's child is her Pug, and she likes crossword puzzles.  That works for me.  Of course, Maya selected a huge gift bag for her (relatively) small gifts, and that went to school today filled to overflowing with various colors of tissue paper.

On Monday, the six children in her class with summer birthdays celebrated.  Maya contributed cupcakes for the party.  She came home with a card signed by her classmates and a cute pencil from her teacher.

On Tuesday, Maya met her third grade teacher and classmates during an afterno…

Trip Photos

Although I didn't go on the trip, I'm sharing a few photos from my mom's visit to Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, on May 18th.  The pretty blonde is my niece Amanda.

Happy Mother's Day!

"There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one."  ~~Jill Churchill

"A mother understands what a child does not say."  ~~Jewish proverb

"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."  ~~Oprah Winfrey

"A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie."  ~~Tenneva Jordan

"There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it."  ~~Chinese proverb

"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there."  ~~Robert Browning

"Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had, and dealing with fears you didn't know existed."  ~~Linda Wooten

This and That

I'm about halfway through my postcard project, so I expect a busy evening and day tomorrow, plus a trip to the post office before the final mail pick-up tomorrow afternoon.  At least postcards don't take very long to write!

Anyone making fun plans to celebrate Mother's Day this weekend?  My sister and niece plan to visit from Iowa, and Maya and her choir group sing at church on Sunday.  Poor Herb isn't a big fan of celebrations, and he made the effort to plan our Mother's Day before learning about my sister and niece's visit.  Hopefully, we can still celebrate his way on another Sunday instead.

The end of second grade is almost here for Maya.  So far, her end-of-the-year activities include Nature Night and a class field trip to the Pioneers Park Nature Center.  She has Fun Night tonight (Maya already me I can't write postcards while we're there), a class field trip to the main location for our local public library next week, and lunch and play time at a…

This and That

Lots of celebrations for this first full week in May--National Postcard Week, Children's Book Week, and Nurses' Week.  Plus, the week is bordered by last Saturday's Cinco de Mayo and next Sunday's Mother's Day.

I'm working my way through my address book, planning to mail everyone a postcard over the course of this week.  Are you in my address book?  If not, feel free to send me an e-mail at with your address.

How fitting that Maurice Sendak, most noted for Where the Wild Things Are, died during Children's Book Week.  "Please don't go.  We'll eat you up.  We love you so."  Thanks for the memories.

Hope you're having a great week filled with reasons to celebrate.

This and That

Here's the new Louisiana stamp, released in honor of 200 years of statehood.  This might be my all-time favorite U.S. postage stamp, but I'm reading mixed reviews from others.  What do you think?  [Vote in my poll, please!]

Maya had a great time at her "vacation home," aka my sister Laura's house, in Iowa over the weekend.  She helped bake a cake, saw deer when delivering the cake to Laura's friend, spent time in the hot tub, attended my sister Michele's grandmother-in-law's 99th birthday party, went to see The Three Stooges, and talked Grandma into buying her a Cinderella watch, swimsuit, and water guns.  Way better than a weekend spent at home, no doubt.

I accomplished almost all of my list of things to do over the weekend.  The fun parts included coffee with a friend, dinner with a different friend, and a movie and bar date with Herb.  I never go to bars, though, and this served as a good reminder of why I don't go to bars.  Being around peopl…