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Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekly Summary ~ 4/5/15 - 4/18/15

My apologies for not posting last week.  It was a week of deadlines and blogging just wasn't high on the priority list.  So that means you get two week's worth of photos today.  Oops!  :)

Continuing with the month of opposites in the 365 Photo group on Facebook ...

{April 5:  Black}
April 5:  Black
After celebrating Easter all day with my family, I realized I hadn't taken a picture for today's prompt. So I used my fall back - a silhouette of our neighbor's tree at dusk.

{April 6:  White}
April 6:  White
The tulips I bought from a friend recently are two-toned white and pink. They are so pretty!

{April 7:  Ahead}
April 7:  Ahead
Spring is always such an exciting time. So much potential lies ahead. It is like the slate has been wiped clean and we can start anew. I love spring.
This photo got chosen as one of the Top Shots for the day!  WOOT!

{April 8:  Behind}
April 8:  Behind
My first blooming daffodil looks much better from the front than from behind.  :)

{April 9:  Brave}
April 9:  Brave
I have several necklaces that I wear from time to time. This was today's choice, which ended up being the right one. Not only for this prompt but because we had a tornado warning in our area this evening. And now that it is still thunderstorming, I keep telling my dog that she can be brave too. I don't think she's convinced though. :)  Guess I know what tomorrow's photo will be.  :)

{April 10:  Scared}
April 10:  Scared
Honey was so scared during last night's thunderstorms. She couldn't seem to get close enough to me. At one point she decided it was safer to lay under my desk at my feet. The storms continued through the night and finally subsided this morning. She's feeling much better today. Although she still followed me around all day.  :)

{April 11:  Many}
April 11:  Many
Honey and I went for a walk on the bike trail this morning. We saw many of these "weeds" along the way. It was a great morning for a walk!

{April 12:  Few}
April 12:  Few
Imagine my surprise when I discovered a few of my Johnny Jump Ups survived our bitterly cold winter and are growing in our flower bed.

{April 13:  Hot}
April 13:  Hot
Today was an absolutely glorious day! The temperature got up to about 77 degrees F and the sun shone most of the day. The kids and I spent most of the afternoon out in the sun, which felt pretty hot, but oh so good. No complaints here after the record-breaking low temperatures we had this winter. I hope we have many more days like this!

{April 14:  Cold}
April 14:  Cold
Snakes are cold-blooded animals. This particular one was caught by NIck while we were out on a nature walk back in the fall.
Sorry for the archive pic today but it has been a busy one!
This photo got chosen as one of the Top Shots for the day!  WOOT!

{April 15:  Tame}
April 15:  Tame
Our sweet golden, Honey, is very tame. Not much gets her worked up. Except maybe chasing an occasional squirrel.  :)

{April 16:  Wild}
April 16:  Wild
I found these cute little flowers growing on our hillside yesterday. I don't know if they are wild flowers or if we planted the seeds to grow them. Either way, they are a welcome sight.
This photo got picked as one of the Top Shots for the day! WOOT!

{April 17:  Curly}
April 17:  Curly
Found this little curly cue plant while walking around the yard today. I have no idea what it is, but I was happy to see it.

{April 18:  Straight}
April 18:  Straight
My church's steeple points straight up to the sky.


Linking with Tamar:


A quick rundown of our weeks: (feel free to skip this part)  :)
On Easter Sunday I hosted everyone at our house.  We celebrated Easter and Nick's birthday on the same day since everyone was here - instead of asking them to come in two weekends in a row.  The weather was pretty nice and everyone had a good time.
Monday I attended a community meeting at our school regarding the proposed consolidation.  It ended up being a big pep rally about consolidating.  I didn't really learn anything new.  I did get to put a face with a few names though.
PTO meeting on Thursday - making plans to end our school year with a bang, which might be the last one ever at our building.  :(
After PTO the boys has Bible Quizzing practice.  I was supposed to help but ended up not having to so I had a couple hours of peace and quiet at home.  Keira was at worship practice.  Doug was home but he was working on the bathroom.
On Saturday Doug put the tub and shower walls in the bathroom.  We ended up missing the last symphony concert of the season because we couldn't get showered beforehand.  Not a big deal, but I was kind of bummed.  We were finally able to shower late that evening.  It is nice having the new tub/shower in!
Also on Saturday Alex and I were outside enjoying the nice weather when an ambulance and several first responders went to our neighbors' house behind us.  We prayed immediately for the situation but didn't hear anything until the next day when Charlotte called.  Turns out our neighbor, Ken, passed away.  He'd been having renal failure for a while and was doing dialysis.  He laid down for a nap Saturday afternoon and never woke up.  :(   My heart breaks for his wife, Charlotte.
Sunday after church the kids and I walked back to visit Charlotte and offer our condolences.  She gave me a big hug and cried and cried.  They didn't have any children but they do have family nearby - nieces and nephews and cousins - so she is not alone.
Monday was Nick's 12th birthday.  We went to Arby's for dinner, ran a few errands, and then went to Dairy Queen so the kids could get ice cream.  I was tempted to get something but resisted the urge.  Yay me!  :)
Tuesday, April 14, I visited Community Women, the Bible study that I have been attending for a couple years.  I took a break this semester and was missing the ladies.  Tuesday was a work day so I told them I would come.  It was great seeing everyone.  Even though I had to leave a little early to go to Ken's funeral.
The funeral was a nice service.  Very private.  Only family and close friends were there.  Charlotte was surprised to see me, but I had told her I would be there.  She invited me up to her house afterwards where they would be having "coffee and donuts".  I don't drink coffee or eat donuts but I went anyway.  :)  They ended up having pizza, donuts, and pie.  Honey came with me and stayed outside the door the whole time.  After about an hour she barked to let me know it was time to go home.  :)  It was nice meeting Charlotte's family.  
I forgot to mention that the Monday after Easter was the last time I ate sugary desserts.  I ate too many between Sunday and Monday and decided it was time to take a break.  So going to Charlotte's where there were donuts and pie was a bit of a challenge, but I stayed strong.
Charlotte introduces me as her neighbor who raises Monarch butterflies.  It makes me chuckle.  She wants me to teach her about Monarchs this summer.  That makes me happy.  She has about 22 acres - lots of room to grow milkweed.  :)
On Wednesday we got hoagies for dinner.  A friend was having a fundraiser for her girl scout troop.  They were really good hoagies!  And I love not having to cook dinner.
I also had the privilege of speaking to a Daisy troop and a Boy Scout troop about Monarchs that evening.  A friend invited me to come.  The kids were adorable.  So attentive and well behaved.  Mostly.  They love asking questions and telling their stories.  Hopefully a few of them will catch the "bug" (no pun intended) and start raising their own butterflies.
Thursday was a repeat of last week.  The boys had quizzing practice and Keira had worship practice.  Except this time Doug wasn't home.  He was helping with a plant shut down all week, which means long days.  Hopefully they got everything fixed that needed to be fixed.
On Friday morning I met my friend Nikki on the community trail and we walked for about an hour.  She had asked me to have breakfast or lunch with her and I suggested that we walk instead of eat.  It turned out to be a great idea.  I hope we do it more.
I had my 6-month dental cleaning at 1:15.  Walking in the door of my dentist's office I got my happy buzz.  When I reach my 10,000 steps on my FitBit, I call it my happy buzz.  :)  I think that is the earliest I have ever reached my goal for the day since I have been wearing this thing.
Keira stayed after school to help set up for an art show so we picked her up at 5:30.  We ran to Sam's to pick up some ice cream treats for her to take to a sleep over and some dinner rolls to have with supper.  I had made chicken noodle soup and promised Charlotte I would bring her some.  She was coming down with something - probably from all the stress she had just encountered with Ken's illness/death.  We took the soup and rolls up to her and she was so grateful.  She wanted to hug me but decided not to so she didn't give me her germs.  :)   Alex and I dropped Keira off and then went to a local elementary school to check out their magnolia tree.  It was just beginning to bloom.  You'll have to wait until next week to see some photos from it.  I used one as my photo of the day on Sunday.  Unless you follow my facebook page, Kimberly Vensel Photography.  Then you can see it sooner.  :)
Saturday morning the boys had their Bible Quizzing Invitational.  Alex earned a Bronze award and Nick a silver.  Nick qualified to go to Regionals in Boston in June.   Quizzing days are long days.  I have a hard time sitting there doing nothing for hours and hours, so this time I took my sneakers and walked around the cul de sac for about 45 minutes in the morning.  It was actually getting hot being out in the sun.  No complaints here!  I ran to Panera to get a salad for lunch (didn't want to eat a hamburger or hot dog there) and came back and ate lunch with the kids.  Then I hung out with the younger kids while they did their memory verses and went outside to the playground.  I ended up getting sunburned on my arms and neck.  It was such a nice day!
We were supposed to go to the art show that Keira helped set up for but she was tired from her sleep over (you know they don't sleep much at sleep overs) and ended up sleeping through most of it.  So we missed it.  Alex wanted to go without her but that kind of defeated the purpose.  She had photos in the show and I wanted to go see them WITH her.  Oh well.  We popped popcorn and watched a movie.

Okay, if you made it through all of that, I'm impressed!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll try not to miss another week.  It is hard to remember everything when I go that long between posts!



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Grace of God

The winner of the giveaway - chosen by highly sophisticated methods (Alex did eeny meeny miney mo) :)  is Carrie!  Congratulations, Carrie!  I'll be in touch to get your information.

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Oh, how much that title really speaks to me these days.  After a long, cold, gray winter with all kinds of time on my hands, spring has arrived.  And with it the busyness that comes with it.  Partially due to the laziness I regretfully displayed over the winter.  And partially because spring just gets busy.

Anyway, this movie review was supposed to be posted yesterday.  Hence the need for grace today.  :)


About the movie:
Released on DVD March 24, 2015
99 Minutes
Stars:
•       John Ratzenberger 
                (“Cheers,” WALL-E, Toy Story)
•       Erin Bethea 
                (Fireproof, Letters to God)
•       Lorenzo Lamas
                ("The Bold and the Beautiful," "Falcon Crest")
Genre: Family, Inspirational
Rating:  NR

Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.



I enjoyed this movie.  Although it doesn't rank up there as one of my favorite all-time faith-based movies, it is a great story of redemption and faith.  Initially I was excited to see John Ratzenberger listed as top billing on this one since he usually plays smaller roles in movies. So imagine my disappointment to find that he does, in fact, play a very small part in this movie.  Aside from that, the acting was okay.  The story was good but predictable.  I guess that's what makes it a feel-good movie.  It is a movie that the whole family could watch together.  Those are getting harder to come by these days.

If you'd like to find out more about Grace of God, here are some ways you can do that:
Movie can be purchased here:  http://www.walmart.com/ip/Grace-Of-God/43608981


Also, you have a chance to win your very own copy of the DVD movie.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling me your favorite faith-based movie.  If you don't have a favorite faith-based movie, what is your favorite movie?  Or the last movie you saw?  I'm pretty easy going, as you can see.  :)

My favorite faith-based movie is Facing the Giants.  I could watch that movie over and over again if time permitted.  Courageous comes in at a close second.  :)

Last day to enter to win the DVD is Wednesday, April 22.  I will randomly draw a winner on Thursday, April 23 and announce it here - at the top of this blog post.  If you leave your email address, I will also contact you so you don't have to remember to check back.  :)

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and checking this out!


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Weekly Summary ~ 3/29/15 - 4/4/15

April is here! Woo hoo!  I'm not one to wish for time to go faster.  It goes fast enough as it is.  But I'm so excited that winter is behind us and we can look forward to summer.

At the end of March I completed a full year with Fat Mum Slim's photo a day challenge.  The group on Facebook is HUGE!  15,000+ people are in that group.  Not everyone participates, but still.  I have made some friendships through the group - people from Australia and throughout the US - which is awesome.  But I decided to take a break from that group and participate in a smaller photo-a-day group called 365 Photo.  It has about 650 members so far and is currently closed, but will open up for membership in May, I believe.  So this week is a combination of the old and the new.

{March 29:  Zen}
March 29:  Zen
This was a tough one for me, but I guess I feel most at peace (aka Zen) when I am out enjoying nature.

{March 30:  On my table}
March 30:  On my table
I have a table currently set up in my living room in front of our big picture window that is holding lots of pots full of seedlings. I'm getting a head start on my butterfly garden this year with milkweed, zinnias, coneflowers, Mexican sunflowers, daisies, parsley, and several other things that I can't recall right now. It is exciting seeing things growing!

{March 31:  Two tone}
March 31:  Two tone
This cute little bird was visiting my feeder today. Along with some black birds, nuthatches, black-capped chickadees, robins, doves, and cardinals. In fact, this evening at one point there were six male cardinals having dinner at the same time. It was quite a sight!

{April 1:  Before}
April 1:  Before
It will probably be a while before the "after" is complete.

{April 2:  After}
April 2:  After
After filling out a survey recently, I was rewarded with a FREE 8x10 inch canvas from my favorite canvas maker. It was delivered today. It was hard picking which image to use for it, but since I haven't printed any of my Monarch photos on canvas yet, I decided to use this one. This handsome fellow was one of the last Monarch butterflies that I raised in 2014. I can't wait for butterfly season to start back up!

{April 3:  Arrive}
April 3:  Arrive
While I am still waiting for spring to arrive - at least in the sense that the earth is coming alive again and things are growing - I will appease myself by buying a bouquet of tulips from time to time. Just because I can.

{April 4:  Depart}
April 4:  Depart
A little too slow on the shutter button and all I got was his departure.   :)

Linking with Tamar:


A quick rundown of my week:
We missed church on Sunday.  I felt like I had an elephant sitting on my chest and thought for sure that I had bronchitis.  However, Monday morning I got up feeling much better.
Monday evening we did the usual violin lesson.  The boys and I just stayed in the car in Stephanie's driveway.  I didn't have any errands to run and wasn't really feeling up to it anyway.  I had hoped to go walking in her neighborhood but it was raining.
The rest of the week was pretty typical.  
Tuesday was spent at home.  I honestly don't remember what I did.  Probably just trying to continue to get over the cold that I had.
Church on Wednesday night.
While we were at church, my friend, Cari, delivered the flowers I bought from her son's fundraiser. Tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.  The tulips were blooming and now both the others are starting.  I love seeing spring flowers!
Thursday morning Bible study.  Ran some errands.  Should have gone grocery shopping but I ran out of time.
The kids had off on Good Friday - their only day off due to so many snow days.  Alex and I went shopping in the afternoon.  It was crazy busy!  Really made me wish I had gone shopping on Thursday.  :)
We always have a Good Friday healing service at our church so we went to that.  It was a powerful time with a wonderful speaker.
Saturday was spent cleaning. The kids did a great job helping.  

That's it in the exciting life of the Vensel family.  Hope I didn't bore you too much.  :)
Have a great week!



Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekly Summary ~ 3/22/15 - 3/28/15

After being sick most of last week, I am starting to feel human again.  Today is the first day that I didn't feel like I got run over by a truck.  Keira was sick all last week also.  She had a fever that kept fluctuating.  It finally broke early Saturday morning. She's still not 100% but she is much better.  She went to school today, which is a good thing.  Everyone else is healthy, which is wonderful.

{March 22:  Leaves}
March 22:  Leaves
It was a challenge to find leaves this time of year - especially green ones - but during a walk at a local park this afternoon, I did just that. Soon the trees will be covered in leaves and spring will truly be here. 

{March 23:  Too much}
March 23:  Too much
This robin looks like it had a little too much for lunch.  :)
This photo got chosen as one of the FAB photos for the day! WOOT!

{March 24:  A treasure}
March 24:  A treasure
Alex loves looking for interesting things when we go for walks. He found this "treasure" on Sunday - a cluster of pine needles attached to a small pine cone. He said it looked like a peacock.  :)

{March 25:  Half}
March 25:  Half
Half of a Gerber daisy is pretty, but I prefer the whole thing.

{March 26:  I love ...}
March 26:  I love ...
I love that I got to spend a whole day at the zoo last week all by myself. Just me and my camera. It was simply delightful!
(Still not feeling well today so using a picture from last week. I hope to be back to "normal" soon!)

{March 27:  Something white}
March 27:  Something white
While Alex and I were out on our nature walk on Sunday, we came across our first wildflowers of the year - Snow Drops! I did my best to get a shot of them without laying on the wet, muddy ground. Thank goodness for Live View on my camera.   :)

{March 28:  Give}
March 28:  Give
Winter, indoor soccer ended today. At the end of the season the YMCA gives each child who participated a medal. I think Alex has 5 or maybe 6 now. He likes indoor soccer. Can't talk him into outdoor soccer though. It is just as well - I'm over soccer for a while.  :)


Linking with Tamar:


Keira came home from school early on Monday.  I was just starting to exercise and the school nurse called asking me to come get her.  She ended up being sick all week.  She's finally better today.
I stayed home from Wednesday night church since I was sick.  Not as bad as Keira, but still.
I started a new Bible study on Thursday morning.  I wasn't feeling great, but I didn't want to miss the first class.  It is a great Beth Moore study.
Saturday was Alex's last soccer game.  They had a small awards ceremony beforehand.  His team lost again.  I guess the only game they won this year was last week when Alex stayed home because he was sick.  I know it is all about teamwork and just for fun, but it is much more fun to watch when they are winning.
Saturday afternoon Alex went to a birthday party for a classmate from school.  It was a bowling party.  He had a great time.
Saturday night I went out to dinner with some girl friends.  I debated about going since I wasn't feeling well, but I went anyway and I'm glad I did.  It was a lot of fun.
Funny story - I misplaced my driver's license this week.  I took Keira to the doctor on Wednesday and when I went to get her insurance card out, I noticed it wasn't in my wallet.  When we got home, I went through my wallet and purse but couldn't find it.  I thought and thought about when I last had it out and just kept coming up blank.  I asked the Thursday morning Bible study ladies to pray about it.  Friday morning I woke up remembering that I took my license into the school on Monday to get Keira because sometimes the security guard asks to see it.  I rushed downstairs and checked my coat pocket and there it was!  I was so happy!



Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Summary ~ 3/15/15 - 3/21/15

Spring has sprung!!!

It seems I've waited so long to type those words!  We are still awaiting the spring-like weather.  It has been a bit chilly here and it even snowed on Friday - the day when spring officially began.  It didn't last long thankfully.  But we are on the upswing.  I have some seeds planted indoors in anticipation of butterflies this summer and many are starting to sprout.  Yay!

Anyway, here are last week's prompts from the Fat Mum Slim photo a day challenge:

{March 15:  Small}
March 15:  Small
This tiny seedling is small now, but soon it will grow into a big coneflower. Hopefully just in time for the butterflies to arrive and drink its sweet nectar.
I have started some seeds indoors this year. It is exciting to see new growth after the long, cold winter we have had.
This photo got chosen as one of the FAB photos for the day! WOOT!

{March 16:  After}
March 16:  After
After being disappointed that the polar bears weren't in the water during my visit to the zoo today, I was delighted to find the octopus was actually out and not hiding in a corner like usual. Plus I pretty much had him all to myself. Only a few others were in the area at the time so we hung out together for a while.  :)

{March 17:  Hobby}
March 17:  Hobby
I have several hobbies that I love (knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking - to name a few) but the one I love the most is raising butterflies. Specifically Monarchs. I have raised Monarchs for five years now and learn something new every year. This year I am working diligently to get my butterfly garden flourishing so they will come to me instead of me having to search for them. I found this garden stake today at the dollar store and even though it isn't a Monarch butterfly, I decided it would be a perfect addition to my garden.

{March 18:  Text}
March 18:  Text
Alex, my son who doesn't like to read because it is a struggle for him, borrowed one of my little chalkboards and some chalk and wrote this on it. He sits in his "office" (one of our dormers) and does his homework and reads. Makes this mama happy.

{March 19:  Private}
March 19:  Private
Ahem.  ;)
Had to dig into the archives today. The idea I had for today's prompt didn't work into everyone's schedules.

{March 20:  Hand-drawn}
March 20:  Hand-drawn
I painted one of our TV tray tables with chalkboard paint a couple days ago to see how I liked it. It turned out really well. The kids are enjoying it also and asked me if I would paint the other three. We were drawing a spring scene on it today in celebration of the start of spring. Apparently they aren't too old to draw with chalk.   :)

{March 21:  Sun flare}
March 21:  Sun flare
My beautiful girl enjoying the sun that made a late appearance yesterday. I'm glad we shot this yesterday as the sun is nowhere in sight today.

Linking with Tamar:


A quick rundown of my week:
Monday we had our new furnace installed.  Doug took a vacation day from work so he could be here for the installers.  He also worked on the bathroom, so I made myself scarce and went to the zoo.  It was a beautiful day!  Finished the evening off with Keira's violin lesson.
Tuesday I ran errands.  Nothing too exciting.  Picked up some green things for the boys to wear to church on Wednesday night.
Wednesday night was "wear green" night for the kids.  And the adults.  It was fun seeing the kids dress silly.
Friday Alex stayed home because he wasn't feeling well.  I was super tired because I stay up too late at night, so once Nick got on the bus, I took a nap.  Alex watched a movie and took a nap too.  I woke up at 12:30!
Friday night Keira and I went to see my friend Rainey in the play Steel Magnolias.  She played Annelle.  It was a great production!  I'm so glad Rainey does these theatre gigs because I probably wouldn't go if she wasn't in the plays.  :)
Saturday we stayed home from soccer.  Alex wasn't feeling well enough to go.  
Doug's birthday was Saturday.  We celebrated by going out to dinner (just the two of us) and picking up a Dairy Queen ice cream cake on the way home.  The cake was more for the kids than for Doug.  He had a slice but that is probably all he will eat.
I have been trying to get out and walk every day.  I haven't been able to yet because the weather doesn't always cooperate, but I've been doing okay.  It feels so good to be able to go outside and not have to bundle up!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekly Summary ~ 3/8/15 - 3/14/15

The first day of spring is on Friday!  Can you believe it?!  I'm so excited!  Although I do have to admit that the weather this past week felt like spring some days.  And today the high is supposed to be around 60 degrees, which is why I'm visiting the zoo.  Well, that's not the only reason.  We are having a new furnace installed today since the old one died a couple weeks ago and I didn't want to be home to listen to all that noise.  :)  Doug took a vacation day and will be working on the bathroom remodel some more.  More noise.  Sounded like a good excuse to visit the zoo.  Besides, I haven't been there in a while.

Anyway, hopefully I will have some good zoo pictures to share with you soon.

Speaking of pictures, here are last week's photo a day pictures ...

{March 8:  Young}
March 8:  Young
I honestly don't know whether the little bird is young or old, but he was nice enough to be still while I took his picture so I thought I'd share it.

{March 9:  Make}
March 9:  Make
Keira has been making herself a hat. She thinks she might be done with it in time for next winter.  :)

{March 10:  Floral}
March 10:  Floral
Cheery tulips to brighten your day.

{March 11:  Happy Place}
March 11:  Happy place
Alex asked if he could use one of our upstairs dormers for his "office". He calls it his new happy place.

{March 12:  Details}
March 12:  Details
The details in Gerber daisies are amazing to me.

{March 13:  Color}
March 13:  Color
I bought this jumbo-sized pinwheel a couple weeks ago while out shopping to add some color to our colorless, wintry life. :) Spring arrives a week from today and I don't think I have ever been more excited about a change of season.

{March 14:  Favorite}
March 14:  Favorite
I have probably shared this photo before, but it is my favorite photo of a Monarch butterfly. I can't wait for butterfly season to start!  :)

Linking with Tamar:


My usual rundown - feel free to skip this part.  It is more for me anyway.  :)
Sunday - daylight savings time.  Ugh.  'Nuf said.
Seriously though, I went to bed an hour or so earlier in anticipation of losing an hour of sleep and just laid there tossing and turning and wondering why I didn't just go ahead and watch another episode of Parenthood on Netflix.  :)
Monday was quiet.  Doug had to go work on his plant and spent the night.  Came home Tuesday.
Tuesday morning I met my friend, Sam, at my church and we walked for a bit.  She drives school bus and wants to start walking after her morning route.  We only walked together that one day last week but plan to walk more this week.  Honey came too and was a wet, muddy mess when we were done.  :)
Wednesday I walked by myself.   I love being able to start walking outside again!
Thursday after dropping Keira at worship practice I walked again.  Alex brought his bike and rode around the parking lot.
Ditto on Friday.  Honey came this time and was even messier than last time.  One of the bad things about spring - muddy dogs.
Saturday morning was soccer.  Alex scored his first goal.  Ever.  Except he scored it for the other team.  :/  He was right in front of his team's goal and went to kick the ball and it went backwards instead of forward.  We laughed and laughed about it.  He wasn't upset.  It was a good game though.  It ended in a tie.  The one boy on his team was being a jerk again.  Not just to Alex but to a couple other kids as well.  He's one of those kids that gets mad if someone messes up.  Must be tough to be so perfect.  (That's the Mama Bear in me coming out).  :)
Saturday was gross and rainy so after stopping at the grocery store after soccer, we came home and stayed there.  I made chicken noodle soup for supper.  We rented Maleficent from Redbox and relaxed.  Oh, that was after I did my sister's taxes.  They were pretty quick and easy.  Not at all what ours our like.  Which I still need to do.  Hoping to check that off my list this week or next.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Weekly Summary ~ 3/1/15 - 3/7/15

Posting a day later than planned due to lack of internet access.  We apparently had a bad wire leading up to the house and it got replaced yesterday.  No more losing internet and phone service!  WOOT!

It appears that winter might be over in these parts.  I realize we could still get a random snowfall here and there but the past few days have been really nice.  The sun has been shining and the temps around 50 degrees.  Today is a rainy day but it is still warmish.  The snow is melting and the robins are back in town!

Anyway, this is probably my last month participating in Fat Mum Slim's photo a day challenge.  At the end of this month I will have completed a full year with that group.  And since I joined another photo a day group, it is hard participating in both.  So here are my photos from last week ...

{March 1:  Starts with R}
March 1:  Starts with R
Roses. These two roses are real, dipped in a preserving/hardening agent and then dipped in gold. Both gifts from my dear husband. When I look at them, I am reminded how much he loves me.

{March 2:  Part of me}
March 2:  Part of me
Part of me really wanted to stay inside all day where it is warm. But another part of me really wanted to go outside and see how pretty everything was covered in a fresh coating of snow. You can see which part won.

{March 3:  Open}
March 3:  Open
My vintage camera is much more interesting to look at when it is open.

{March 4:  Geometric}
March 4:  Geometric
We have thousands of these in our house. Not all this shape, but still. 

{March 5: Out the window}
March 5:  Out the window
I had a completely different picture in mind for today's prompt and then this happened when I was dropping my daughter off for worship practice at church this evening. We haven't had many gorgeous sunsets lately so I had to stop and shoot this out the window of my car with my phone.

{March 6:  Remedy}
March 6:  Remedy
The remedy for this cabin fever - daffodils and sunshine. The daffodils are from the market. With about 8 inches of snow still on the ground, it will be a while before we have flowers sprouting.

{March 7:  Sweet}
March 7:  Sweet
Keira asked if she could help set this prompt up, so here you go. Ice cream with chocolate syrup. She enjoyed every single bite.  :)

Linking with Tamar:


A quick rundown of last week:
Monday the kids had another 2-hour delay, which really should have been a cancellation since the roads were pretty bad even with the delay.  Wednesday and Friday brought with them cancellations.  Wednesday because of snow and Friday because of the below zero temps we woke up to.  Friday was supposed to be a half day so a delay wasn't going to work.  As of right now, the kids will be in school until June 12.  :(
Spring seems to have arrived here in Pennsylvania!  We have had a couple pretty nice days after all of last week's mess.  Looks like the kids will have their first full five-day week of school since the week of December 15.
Alex had soccer on Saturday, as usual.  His team lost again.  There is one boy who is a good player but he has "anger issues" as Alex puts it.  Anyway, Alex was playing goalie and the other team scored against them.  This boy went over to him and called him an idiot for allowing them to score.  This mama bear wanted to go get in that boy's face, but I didn't.  I let it go and told Alex to do the same when he brought it up later.  The funny thing is - this boy has never played goalie as far as I know.  Frustrating.  We only have 3 weeks left in the season and Alex is having fun, which is really all that matters.
Saturday night we went to the symphony.  It was Broadway night.  What a great show!  Keira was able to volunteer for the National Junior Honor Society (passing out programs and showing people to their seats) so Doug's parents came in to stay with the boys.  When she was done, she was able to come sit with us and watch the show.
That's about it.  Not much excitement here.   :)