1. Grade 4 teacher
2. Cashier at Big D supermarket
3. Grounds Crew at Messiah College
4. Resident Assistant at Messiah College
Movies I would watch over and over.
1. A&E's Pride and Prejudice
2. You've Got Mail (Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?)
4. Sense and Sensibility...anyone see a theme here?
Four Places I have lived:
1. Sterling, MA
2. Grantham, PA
3. Camarillo, CA
4. Fremont, CA
Four TV shows I love to watch
1. Friends (Reruns)
2. I watched this past season of American Idol (it was my first time watching the whole thing)
3. Frontier House (reality TV for nerds)
4. Mad About You(Reruns)
Four websites I visit daily:
3. MSN homepage
4. my blog
Four places I have been on vacation:
1. Grand Cayman Island
2. Newport Beach, California
3. Bar Harbor, Maine
4. Washington DC
Four of my favorite foods:
1. General Tsao's Chicken
2. Steamed Lobster with lots of butter
3. Avocado in any shape or form (except overripe)
4. Chocolate in any shape or form
Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Fenway Park, Boston
2. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
3. SoHo, NYC
4. Anywhere in the British Isles
Our neighborhood pool opened up on Saturday, and we finally made it over there today. There is a toddler pool that is only a foot deep, and that's where we stayed most of the time. Jonathan could even reach the bottom when he was in his baby float, and he had fun pushing himself around!
Here are some more pics of our day on Saturday. I used this as an opportunity to capture some of "our" city, too. The four statues at Center City (Trade and Tryon) are shown below. They were dedicated in 1995.
Statue, Center City Charlotte "Future"
Statues, Center City Charlotte, "Industry" (background), "Commerce" (foreground)
Statue, Center City Charlotte, "Transportation"
Ben pretending to be a pit crew member
Cameron pretending to be a pit crew member
Building a Home Depot racecar
Jonathan is unmoved
Ben enjoyed the day!
The whole gang
The Bank of America tower
OK, there are more pictures but I can't get them to post. I'll try again later.
Also interesting to think about is the fact that John the Baptist is widely thought to have been an Assene, which is what the Qumran community was. Assenes were another religious sect, like the Pharisees. Both Qumran and John the Baptist associated themselves with the verse in Isaiah, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness...."
It was also so encouraging that even though these scrolls had been tucked away for 2000 years, they reflected almost exactly the contents of the existing Old Testament. Even though the scribes had copied the words for generations, the integrity of the Bible had been preserved, and was confirmed when the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Praise the Lord! It just made my heart rejoice to think of the grandeur of the Bible.
For the record, this put me in the same quadrant as Osama Bin Laden, Hitler, and Darth Vader. Yippee.
It was thought-provoking, though...there were a lot of questions that I answered in an economically "liberal" way, but at the end of the day I think the church should be light years ahead of the state in helping the poor, etc.
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True confessions... on Saturdays, I listen to NPR ALL DAY LONG. With few breaks. I love it! I listen to "Weekend Edition Saturday", then "Car Talk", then "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me"...then I usually turn it off for a little while, and then tune back in for "This American Life" at 3, and "The Splendid Table" at 4. We used to have a Saturday evening ritual when we were first married of listening to "A Prairie Home Companion," too, and we still listen to that from time to time, but two hours is a little long for the kids to pay attention to a radio show, and we like that early evening time to be family time.
So here are some random thoughts concerning Saturday NPR...in no particular order...
-Lynne Rossetto Kasper (the host of "The Splendid Table") is hilarious. She knows EVERYTHING about food. The first time I listened to the show, she told a woman about fourteen different uses for a huge amount of raw chicken fat. BLECH! But she made it sound appealing...like she wished she had several quart jars full of chicken fat at her house! Such is the power of Lynne.
- Sometimes, I also listen to "The People's Pharmacy" at 7 AM, but the house is usually still quiet then so I try to control myself.
- Tom and Ray (the "Car Talk" guys) have got to be -- secretly, of course -- MIT's favorite children.
- In Boston, "A Prairie Home Companion" is followed by this fantastic word quiz show called "Says You." It's on in other markets as well, but not in Charlotte. I miss it terribly!
- My favorite panelist on "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" has always been Roy Blount, Jr.
...and if you don't listen to NPR, you probably didn't understand most of this post. Sorry. Maybe you'll have better luck tomorrow.
(side note....have you all heard the story of how David sat next to Flea once at a baseball game?...but I digress...)
Many people stay here all week in their RVs or at hotels. Last year we avoided the whole area until it was all over and then we drove through that Sunday evening...and the trash....oh, the humanity!!!!
So far I've seen three "Buy/Sell" tents set up by the side of the road, where guys buy and sell tickets all day and night, and sleep in their lawn chairs in between transactions. No doubt there will be more by tomorrow!
If any of you have any notion to come to the race some year, please consider our home your Lowes Motor Speedway Bed and Breakfast.
Once upon a time a rocket was beginning to take off. The rocket's engine rubbed. Then the rocket started to take off with a loud roar. The rocket had gone all the way off so that it could take off all the way to Saturn. A helicopter was working at the sea. But then suddenly the pilot heard that rockets were coming to battle against them. But the helicopter zipped off and he said through his phone, "I can beat you." The pilot went right to the battle, and the rocket pilots said, "If you beat us and make us die, then we will write down a sign which says, 'You won.'" Then suddenly the helicopter pilot, when he got to the rocket pilots, he turned on his tornado motor and out came a large and powerful tornado at the rocket bad guy drivers. THE END
he muzrz dea grama (that's "Happy mother's day, gramma" typed by Cam)
Yesterday was a good mother's day. We went to lunch at Macaroni Grill (one of my favorite places!) and then I received my gift...a giftcard to a local salon/spa! Yippee! I think the highlight of the day was hearing Andrew trying to wish me a happy mother's day...it came out more like "Happy Mudders, Mom."
I would type more now but I have sick kids on my hands...Andrew and Jonathan both have pretty bad colds right now. Andrew wants to sleep all the time, and Jonathan is having a hard time sleeping. It makes my life pretty exciting right now. Ha ha ha
Today we met the boys' friend Caleb and his mom at our local children's museum, Discovery Place. Here are some photos of the day. Everyone was exhausted when we got home!
Andrew "making" a thunderstorm.
Ben and Caleb enjoying the tornado.
Cameron's drawing, made with a swinging table (hard to explain, but take my word for it).
Watching the patterns made by the pendulum.
Andrew enjoying the water table.
Also, I redid the hall bathroom last week, and though I was afraid I'd picked the wrong color, it turned out just fine. Check it out! These pictures make it look a tad more yellow than it really is.
The PB Kids towels and shower curtain were bought off of my Mommies chat board for $20 total. Can't beat that!
Rally sons of Notre Dame,
Sing her glory, and sound her fame
Raise her Gold and Blue,
And cheer with voices true,
Rah! Rah! For Notre Dame.
We will fight in every game
Strong of heart and true to her name.
We will ne'er forget her
And we'll cheer her ever,
Loyal to Notre Dame.
Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send the volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky,
What though the odds be great or small
Old Notre Dame will win over all,
While her loyal sons are marching
Onward to Victory.
Your thoughts about child-rearing are right on, and I've been thinking about those things lately, too. I really struggle to maintain that mindset that not everyone has to do things my way. For example, I can't stand to hear my friend complain about getting up at night with her 6-month-old, when I gave her "Babywise" four years ago when she had her first baby. I have a really bad attitude about it...on one hand, I am really (sinfully) proud that my kids slept through the night so early, and on the other hand, I am frustrated at her for not listening to me or taking my advice. But when the shoe is on the other foot, I get upset. A good example of this is the whole natural childbirth issue. When I was pregnant with Cameron, I got a pretty aggressive sales pitch for the Bradlee method that completely turned me off of the whole natural movement. I don't even want to hear about it, and I feel looked down upon when women who went natural start sharing war stories and all I want to do is say, "boy, I sure did love that epidural."
The truth is, none of these things are stated in the Bible...and they are good opportunities for us ALL to grow in grace towards one another. As one wise woman points out in her book, (I'll paraphrase) if you are a better Christian for extrabiblical things that you do "the right way," then (A) you are expressing that you believe in works for better standing before God, or (B) you are attaching those methods you use to the Gospel (i.e., they are essential to be saved). WOW! When you put it like that, I think, "that's rediculous! I don't really think that!" But by my thoughts, I am convicted of doing just that!
That is really the spirit of the article, Principles and Methods, that I passed out before the "school choice" roundtable, because I wanted to be careful that we don't put ourselves in the category of a "homeschooling church." Homeschooling is one good option, but it's not the only Godly option for Christian parents.
We went down to Atlanta last weekend to help Jimmy (David's youngest brother) move into his apartment. Sadly enough, this is the only picture I have of the whole weekend.
We also got to pay a visit to my favorite store, IKEA!!!!!
On Wednesday David took Cam and Ben and a friend from church to the Wachovia Championship Pro-Am. They left the house at five 'til seven and returned around 3:30. It was a long day in the sun but they had a great time! The boys learned to be quiet when the marshals held up their hands (oh, except for that time that Ben spilled his drink and started crying), and they saw a lot of famous golfers.
Here are the highlights...
Cal Ripken, Jr. approaching the tee. The boys got an autograph from him.
Cameron's favorite part was seeing Phil Mickelson play.
Jim Furyk. He gave the boys an autograph, too.