Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Cayla's birthday

Well, it was a mixed bag. We didn't have any presents for her in the morning. I was too tired to make breakfast, so she ate at school. I worked a few hours and picked her up after school. We went to the bookstore at the mall, stopped at Sun Market and Deli for a soda and chips and then headed off to the Callender Heritage Library, where Curtis Michalek was promoting his book, Aluris: The Book of Annua. We got there after he did a reading, but he had books to sell. So we bought one and he autographed it to Cayla.

We went home. I was planning to cook hamburgers, but we were expecting a UPS delivery and it hadn't come yet, so Kent wanted me to check it online. I checked, but there was no update. Then I heard something outside. Yep, a UPS truck. But he wasn't coming to our house - he was trying to figure out where he was. The truck was down the street, then it passed our place and turned around at the convenience store. He parked it in the neighbor's driveway as I was walking through the yard to try to flag him down. I walked up and told him where we were and he brought the truck around.

He brought the boxes up to the front door and I brought them in. It's our new Dell computer. I signed up with Frontier for a package that for $79.99 per month includes our phone service, some premium services like caller ID and call waiting, unlimited long distance, high-speed Internet and a new Dell computer. It's not the top-of-the-line, but it serves our purposes. I had to pay shipping and handling, and I upgraded the RAM from 256Mb to 512 Mb. The graphics card should be able to handle playing the Sims2, according to the information on their Web site. I haven't tried installing it yet.

Anyway, we ate egg salad sandwiches with eggs I had already boiled, and the girls and I went to church. Cayla had Activity Days and Amanda had Young Women. Cayla's class worked on decorating glass ornaments with paint on the inside.

Afterwards, we went to Mom's and helped her with a computer issue and a lost item. I took the girls to Culver's for shakes and we headed home. I'm watching the final episode of the miniseries "The Lost Room."

Calmness ...

(This was posted on a forum I frequent)

Calmness:

I am passing this on to you because it definitely worked for me and we could all use a little more calmness in our lives. By following the simple advice I heard on the Dr. Phil show, I have finally found inner peace. Dr. Phil proclaimed, "The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you've started and never finished". So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished, and before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of White Zinfandel, a bottle of grey goose, a bottle of Kahlua, a package of Oreos, the rest of the cheesecake, some Doritos and a box of chocolates. You have no idea how freaking good I feel. Please pass this on to those you feel might be in need of inner peace.

(Disclaimer: I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I do not drink alcohol or smoke tobacco, which is one of the teachings in my church. However, I do find this pretty freaking funny.)

11 years ago today ...

I was in labor with my second child. She was born at 9:15 p.m. - a healthy 9 lb 7 oz girl. The first few minutes were a little worrisome - she was born with the cord around her neck. But there was nothing wrong with her.

Her name is Cayla, and she's wonderful. Happy birthday Cayla!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Proud parent moments



Fair Oaks students participate in Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl.
The Fair Oaks fifth and sixth grade Talented and Gifted (TAG) students participated in the 2006 Iowa Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl on Nov. 8. Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl is a timed academic competition in which the students answer 100 questions on a variety of subjects including vocabulary, spelling, history, geography, current events, amth and the sciences. The 21 sisth-graders scored 1,223 points, which gave them eighth place among the 80 teams who participated from across the state. The 14 fifth-graders earned first place among fifth grade teams nad 12th place overall with a score of 1,201. The received a team trophy and were awarded a certificate and blue ribbon at a meeting of the school board.

Cayla was the clicker during the competition and her team was No. 1 fifth-grade team in the state.

The teams will compete in the National Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl which will be held in May. They receive a CD and send their results into the organization.