Saturday, October 31, 2009
Jeff is home safe and sound. It is good to have him back. Looks like he'll be home till spring. He will be bowling in a tournament in Grand Rapids. I may or may not go and watch. Matthew is working tomorrow at the show "In the Mood" at our performing arts center. I thought about going to that instead of the bowling, but it is $25 per person. He will work 10 hours and it is a paid job~! Yay Matthew! Mary is leaving for Ann Arbor in the morning to visit her friend and they are going to hear/see the Detroit Symphony. It is supposed to be a great show.
The weather has been yucky. Rainy, windy and chilly> Wonder how cold it will be for the trick or treaters? I have 600 pieces for our house, and 220 for our church's trunk or treat. That event has been a great success over the past few years.
It is LATE! Better get to bed.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday's service was superb. The music was awesome and Jeff's sermon was great. We had burgers on the grill for lunch and then we were off to the reformation service in Sidney. Mary and her musical friends were playing for an anthem. They played well and this service was nice, but much more "relaxed" and the ringing of the bells took several minutes. By the time we got home, we had a few hours before bowling. Mom and I did some stamp crafts for her to take home and Jeff took a needed nap. Matthew had his friend over and they played the Wii and even did some wrestling! Yikes! Bowling went really well for me. I bowled over average all three games. We took one point and our opponents took 3. Oh well, we still had fun!
I worked 5 hours on Monday and then spent the rest of the day with mom. Jeff left for military duty while I was at work. Matt and Grandma watched Ghostbusters, while Mary and I made chicken crescents for dinner. My kids choir and chime team rehearsals went well and the kids will sing on Sunday. Mary has been working on her cello costume for the orchestra concert tomorrow. It turned out nice. She brought Liam, the cello, home today to make sure she could play well with the costume on! It seemed to work out nicely and I took a picture. She did a great job. Mary's latest project is to crochet a Michigan blanket. She started it off with Grandma's help and then got several rows done. Grandma worked on it today while she was at school. It is coming along nicely, but there is a lot to go! Will it be done in time for the Michigan/Purdue game? She will be in the Big House next weekend and this weekend is a trip to Ann Arbor to hear the Detroit Symphony's Tchaikovsky concert! Still waiting to hear from U of M about her acceptance. We are trying to be patient, but others are getting their responses.
Mom and I had fun runnning around the stores today and then we enjoyed dinner at Applebee's before Mary went to College Spanish. Matthew drove home with a stop at the orchard and the car wash. My Prius is clean! Thanks Matt! Got some laundry done and played a game a scrabble. Mary won, Mom came in second and I had an awesome word~quaint! I wonder what points I would have scored? We just play without keeping score and the first person without letters wins! It is fun and less stressful!
Well, I'd better get to bed and rest before the big drive tomorrow~Orchestra concert to follow!
Today is the day to remember my wonderful Grandma Irene! Happy Birthday GG! I know she is happy in Heaven.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
~The concert on Tuesday night was wonderful. Matthew and Mary did a great job in show choir. It is amazing how much the students in learn in a short amount of time. Next Wednesday Mary has an orchestra concert. The students are dressing up as it is just before Halloween. Mary has constructed a cello costume, so a cello will be playing a cello! Too bad Mom has to leave that morning, so she will miss it.
~I worked on Wed and Friday for eight hours. Mom read her books, kept Sammy company and worked on other projects, including preparing to play the organ for church. The weather turned colder and we had soup and sandwich for dinner. I showed mom the Wii games and she played Price is Right and enjoyed watching the sports wii games.
~Thursday we went quilting and enjoyed lunch together with the quilters. Mom practiced the organ while I worked on my moose quilt. Mom helped in the quilters room after she was done practicing. We are working on a HUGE project...a quilt with 35 cats on it! Thursday night was the Brass Trio practice that went very well. We play for church for the first time of the season tomorrow! Reformation!
~After work on Friday Jeff barbequed some venison that tasted really good. I would have thought it was beef if I didn't know what he was cooking. We had some pizza too. Kind of a crazy mixture hey? Mary had a gig practice for a reformation service in the evening. More Wii games and watched "Monsters and Aliens". I thought the movie was just ok. I am glad I didn't pay a lot to watch it in the theater. Then we had a big surprise! Sarah came home! Her friend Kellie was home on furlough from the Marines, so a friend picked her up after school and they came "home" to visit. She stopped by with her friends and said hello and chatted for a while. I know they had a really nice time.
~This morning Mary took the ACT at the community college. She said she feels really good about it. The last time she took the ACT her calculator's batteries were dead. She did the math with paper and pencil. She still scored a 28! She expects that today's test will be higher. We should be hearing from University of Michigan very soon. They would be crazy not to accept her! Mom and I went to a craft show, then did some shopping for some of our own crafts! All of us went in to Grand Rapids for steak dinner. We got home after 9 pm and watched the end of the Gator game. Yay, another Win! The past few hours were spent at church practicing for church and preparing for Sunday School. It sure was a packed day!
~Tomorrow is busy too! Church in the morning and then we will go to the service that Mary is playing for in the afternoon. Bowling in the evening! Jeff leaves on Monday for Air Force duty.
Still enjoying the Leaves!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tomorrow we take Sarah back to college by lunch time. She has to work at a cross country practice at 2pm. I think we will take a scenic route home and then the concert in the evening. I work Wednesday and Friday too. Time with my mom will fly by!
Guess that is all for now.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Mary is back out to Brandon's for the day. Sarah 's friend is here and we are playing Dutch Blitz. Sarah is winning :( Matthew is playing video games. Earlier, Jeff, Matthew and I were outside raking leaves. There sure were lots of them. The picture of the leaves at the top were on our yard! I am close to getting the laundry done and the kitchen is cleaned. Bowling starts in just 30 minutes! I hope that I can do better than last week's 83! That is all for now I guess!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sad to see Bradford hurt again and the Sooners losing the game. Glad that the Gators could pull off another win! That was too close of a game for me. Michigan had a "training" week against
This morning I drove Mary to Central Michigan University for the Centralis Scholarship competition. It was an unusual day. Mary found grammatical errors on the power point and the message from the professor of the year got a little silly. Didn't even get the weather science right. The e-mail confirmation letter Mary received from the admissions office had run on sentences and poor punctuation. It doesn't give her a lot of motivation to go there for preparing as an English teacher. As for the competition, she said the essay question was easy. We won't know if she makes it to the next round until January. Should she win, the scholarship is a full ride scholarship for 4 years.
This afternoon we are watching football. Mary and I listened to the Wolverines on the radio on the way home from CMU. They were way ahead at half time~40 something to 3. We are watching OU battle Texas. Poor Bradford is injured again. Wonder if I will be able to watch the Gators tonight? I do have to prepare for Sunday School and I play for church tomorrow. Chimes play for the first time of the season. Lots to do! Laundry is extra large with all of us at home. I don't mind....I love having Sarah home. She is going to have a few friends over to watch a horror movie tonight. I won't be joining them this time. Matthew has decided to go to the homecoming dance afterall. Brandon is coming home tonight, so Mary will go spend time with him this weekend.
Well, if I am going to be prepared for tomorrow, I had better get moving!.....after the game!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I had a good day today. Got some things accomplished in the morning including baking brownies for the quilter's lunch. They turned out really tasty! Never put candy corn on brownies until after you bake them...they sink and melt. I learned that today. I got three more rows on my moose quilt done. It is looking really nice. This afternoon I tried to use a computer program to write music for orchestra. I got too overwhelmed and frustrated, so I just wrote it on staff paper like I am used to doing. The transposition wheel that I have is really helpful. Mary and I made ravioli for dinner and then she had class and the rest of us went to orchestra. The brass trio sounds great. Matthew's trumpet really adds to the depth of the song. He likes to improvise a lot. Most of it sounds really good. Jeff plays his French horn and Daryl the euphonium. We are ready to play for reformation sunday. Mom H. will be here and is playing for the service.
Tomorrow Jeff will go get Sarah from college for a long weekend. I work till 1630 and then will be home doing laundry and if it is nice, maybe go to the football game. There should be a parade too. Sarah and Jeff should be back in Greenville around 1930. Saturday morning Mary will be writing an essay for a scholarship competition. It will be an early morning...registration is at 0800! We will be back for lunch and then there is a party in the afternoon. Brandon is coming home in the evening for a long weekend as well, so I am sure Mary will want to go spend time with him. Monday Mom arrives in Detroit, and Jeff and I will be going to pick her up in the afternoon. Sarah goes back Tuesday, so Gma will get to see everyone.
Guess that is all for now...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Took the Prius into Grand Rapids to get the oil changed by the Toyota dealer. I had a coupon, plus I felt sure that they would know for sure how to maintain the Hybrid. Well, it wasn't that good of an experience. One of the service guys showed me that I had dirty air filters (Yes, they were dirty). However it seemed like $70 is a lot to pay for them. I was not prepared today to have that done. So I said I would think about it and come another time. When I picked up the car, the was a notation on the slip that said the filters were very dirty and the owner declined replacement. Reading between the lines, it said you are a bad car owner. Shame on you! As I drove away, I heard a terrible gear sound! I stopped, drove around the parking lot and could not replicate the noise, so I drove home. No problems. I stopped at Big Boy to get Mary an application for work. When I got back in the car and started it up and drove away the noise was back....I called Toyota and said I was coming back. Another 30 minute drive one way to have the fix what ever they broke. I dealt with another service person, whom I like and had before. Infact his son went to school with Sarah. He got the mechanic out and we rode together and the sound was replicated. He got out and discovered that there was a piece of metal bent on the wheel that the tire was hitting.. He was glad I brought it back and said there was no damage to the tire sensor wire, wheel, metal or tire! Yay! He's not sure how that happened, but I told him everything was fine until after the oil change. So far so good.
After driving another 40 minutes home, I had planned on talking about money planning, jobs and school. Well Mary had another blow by the theater department. Seems the director likes to say one thing and do another. Oh to the opening of new wounds. I am hoping that we can come to some resolution so we can all go on without bitterness. The money talk will have to wait.
Mary had Spanish class after dinner and then came home and is talking to her best friend and did her homework. Matt had a little nap and did his homework too. I am doing my homework, ~blogging! I want to write a report for music committee meeting too, since I will be at work tomorrow. Sarah comes home on Friday.
Jeff is on his way home from the Pastor's conference and should be home in about one hour from now. Yay!
That was my day in a large nutshell.
!!! Just realized that I lost another earring !!!!!! Darn !!!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! LOTS OF LOVE!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Get Me to the Church on Time!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
On November 13, Hope College is having a Relay for Life. My friend and I had decided towards the end of last year that we wanted to make an "Athletic Training" team for the next relay. Now its coming up. I am posting this today to see if you would consider donating to a very worthy cause. For those of you who aren't exactly sure what Relay for Life is here's a quick refresher.
Relay For Life is a really fun event that raises money to combat this disease and to spread awareness about how we can protect ourselves from cancer. It brings together people of all ages and we walk around a track for 24 hours to signify that cancer never sleeps. It’s basically a time of celebrating those who have battled the disease, remembering those who have died and a chance to fight back against a disease that takes too much from too many.
If you would like to help by donating, please click HERE. This will take you to my personal page and will give you a link to donate. I know, lots of links.
Thank you so much for your help.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Tomorrow is another all day work day and then choir. Not much time to get other things done. I work early on Thursday too and then have a doctor appointment for my plantar fascitis, quilting and a theater booster meeting.. Packing and dinner with the Gideon people. Yes the ones with the Bibles. Wedding this weekend. We can't wait. That is all for now...GO TIGERS, I love you anyway!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Otherwise we had a nice day. Went shopping a few times, once for groceries and once for new church pants for Matthew. Made Ravioli for dinner. Then play Dutch Blitz for 2 rounds. I won a game and Mitch won a game. Matthew wanted to challenge me again, but I had to get ready for Sunday School and practice a song for church tomorrow. I am looking forward to the kids choir singing tomorrow.
That is it folks!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Matthew and I went bowling to support the Senior Mystery Trip this afternoon. We bowled on a lane by ourselves and actually got 4 games in 90 minutes. My first game was great~124! The middle two were exactly the same 98. I redeemed myself the last game with a 115. Matthew had a really good last game, 126! He should have found that ball from the beginning! After bowling we met Jeff at Applebee's for lunch. Jeff and I had lunch combo~French Onion soup and French Dip Sliders. MMmmm. Matthew had chicken fingers.
Back at home, we learned to play Dutch Blitz. We like it a lot. It will be even more fun with more people playing! I won the first round and then we had to stop as it is time to make the crescents. I also went out and harvested most of our tomatoes, even if they were green. I don't want to have the cold temperatures ruin the rest of our crop. Listen to me like I am some kind of farmer! Anyway the green ones are on the sill waiting to ripen. Right along with the cool weather, many many of the leaves are turning already. They started early this year...end of August. We have a light blanket of leaves covering our lawn on the side of the yard.
Well, better go...I want dinner to be great!