Thursday, March 27, 2014

Conversations with Zach {Mailing a Money Order}

Since Zachary has moved to go to college, he has been asking questions with things he hasn't dealt with before. 

For example, Zachary had to mail a money order.  

**ring a ling**

ME: Hello

Z: Mom, a bank charges $5, $10 or 10% to send a money order.

(I have to give him credit for attempting to figure this out before he called me).

ME: Zach, it should only be a couple of dollars.

Z: I looked it up on the internet.

ME: Zach, I think you were looking at money markets.

Z: Isn't that the same thing.

ME: (Shaking my head) No honey, it's not.

Z: Oh.

ME: Go to the post office and get a money order there. It will cost $1.25

Z: Ok, how do you know?

ME: I looked it up on the internet.

**ring a ling**

ME:  Hello

Z: Mom, how do I fill this form out?

(like I can see the form thru the phone)

ME:  You have to put sending address and return address.

Z: Where?  Oh never mind, I see.

Z: Do I need an envelope?

ME: To mail it, yes.

Z: Do they have envelopes at the post office?

ME: Go to CVS and buy a box of envelopes.

Z: Ok

**ring a ling**

ME: Hello

Z: Does CVS sell stamps?

ME: You can ask the check out clerk for them.

Z: There isn't any other way?

ME:  Zach, you can't buy stamps off of a shelf.

**ring a ling**

ME: Hello

Z: Do I put the envelope in the mail box or give it to the guy behind the counter?


ME: Zach, it doesn't matter. Just as long as you have a stamp on the envelope.

Z: oh yeah, a stamp.

How will I survive his college years?


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What is your story?

People come and go in our lives.  Whether it be a fleeting moment, a season or a lifetime.  They can be young or old, rich or poor.. it does not matter… somehow they have touched us.

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What one question would you ask everyone you meet?

I would ask "What Is Your Story?"  
Everyone has their own unique story.  
There are billions of people in the world, and no two people are alike. 
Look around you.
The lady who delivers my mail or the grocery store clerk has a story. 
The kid buying candy out of a vending machine has his own story.  
The woman buying a bridal gown has a story.  
The man on the park bench reading a newspaper has a story. 
People who you pass by every day has a story.

Not only people you briefly see, but people who have come and gone in your life.
What are their stories? What led them to you?

I'm not talking about what you do for a living, how big of house you have
 or how many cars you own. 

I want to know about YOU!  
Where were you born and raised?
Do you have brothers or sisters?
What makes you smile? 
What is your biggest fear? What are your dreams?

I'll go first.
  • I was born and raised in a small town near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
  • I have two siblings, one who lives near and one who lives far.
  • The warm sun shinning on my face makes me smile.  Chubby little toddler hands holding mine makes me smile.  Seeing my children smile makes me smile.
  • My biggest fear is drowning.  When I was around eight years old, I was scared to go under the water in a pool. My father's solution of solving my fear was to hold my head under the water.  Needless to say, that terrified me even more.
  • My greatest dream is to travel to Europe. More specifically Scotland and Ireland.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Longing for Spring {Sunday In My City}

 Yes, I think Ellie Mae is tired of the piles and piles of snow we have gotten the winter.  
We are both looking forward to spring arriving soon!
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Job

Brandon has worked at the ice rink for three years as a Skate Guard.  
The rink is a half hour away and he doesn't earn enough money to pay for the gas.
 The hours Brandon works aren’t much because public skate is only open on the weekend and the shifts have to be coordinated around his hockey schedule. 

Brandon has decided he wants a car.  
The only way to get a car is to save money.  
The only way to save money is to earn money.  
The only way to earn money is to have a better job.

Having come to that conclusion, Brandon now officially works at a local pizza shop.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring something on Me {Wednesday Hodgepodge}

1.  Thursday marks the first day of celebrate would you rather plant a garden or go for a walk in the woods? Would either of those activities be possible on Thursday where you live?
Cucumbers from last years garden crop.
Tomatoes from my garden summer 2013.
Both.  I enjoy nature and I feel at peace when I am digging away in my garden.  As of now it's too cold to begin the garden.  If you bundle up warm enough and are a brace soul, then yes, a walk in the woods would be nice.

2. When did someone last spring something on you? (or when did you last spring something on someone?)
The first thing that comes to mind isn't something I did or someone did to me.  My best friends husband surprised her with a trip to Italy this summer for their wedding anniversary.  How cool is that??!!

Speaking of BFF… she gave me an iPad.  She spoils me!!
Speaking of being spoiled…the coach of Brandon's hockey team is planning a couples overnight trip (unknown destination) for himself, his wife, Todd and I.  It is a way of the coach thanking me for all the help I gave him by being the Team Manager during the hockey season.

Anyone else feeling generous enough to spring something on me, go ahead!  =D

3.  We often think of spring as a time for new beginnings. What's something you'd like to start doing this spring?
Walking, walking, walking.  Breathing the fresh air.  Feeling alive!

4. Where do you like to sit in a movie theatre? When did you last sit there, and what were you watching?
I love going to the movies.  I like to sit closer to the front, but not too close to get a crick in the neck.  The last movie I went to was on Christmas Eve.  Two of my sons and I went to see The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

5. When you meet someone for the very first time, what do you want them to think about you?
No matter how many times people say "Don't care what they think"…. Deep down I really do care what people think of me.  

6. March is frozen food month (yes, really!). Besides ice cream (gotta make you think a little) what's your most often purchased frozen food item?
Pizza and chicken wings.  Although I only have one growing boy left in the house, those purchases have been cut down.

7. What's something you avoid?
One particular person comes to mind.  I'll leave it at that.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Yesterday was Adam Levine's 35th birthday.  
If you'd like to see Adam in his birthday suit, (rated R+) you can go to the following links:

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Put an Irish Hat On {Sunday In My City}

Getting ready for our St. Patrick's Day Party by making hats for the class!
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Friday, March 14, 2014

At the end of the Rainbow {Friday Fragments}

Half-Past Kissin' Time
My co-worker and I have been preparing for my daycare's St. Patrick's Day party.  I love St. Patricks Day.  It's fun to find out what the kids would like to see at the end of their rainbow.

Wishing that you find your gold at the end of the rainbow!
Speaking of finding gold at the end of the rainbow… which do you prefer?
Blue eye, bad boy actor with a scottish accent 
dark hair, sexy rocker with an attitude?

Is it selfish of me to say I want both?! =D

I am hooked on "Vikings".  I enjoy watching shows that are based upon history. 
The family also watched all five seasons of "Breaking Bad".  At first I didn't like the show, it was boring. After awhile it begins to pick up and you are hooked.  So many different twists and surprises that you never would expect to happen made the show quite shockingly entertaining.

Zach got a 97 on his first math midterm.  I am proud that he is doing well with his first college course.  To tell you the truth, I was worried about a 19 year old living alone in his own apartment for the first time and the possibility of partying going on vs. studying.  

Brandon is taking a "Photo and Design" class in high school.  The class was given a clay figure assignment.  Brandon is not happy about this assignment.  He doesn't know what making clay figures has to do with photography.  Quite honestly, I think he has a valid point.
 He made a turtle.  I think it turned out really cute!

Brandon is able to move his arm around more and the pain in his shoulder has lessened.  He goes back to the doctors next week to get another x-ray to see if the ligaments are healing.  You can read HERE how Brandon got injured.

Brandon likes to make scrambled eggs.  Yesterday he cracked open an egg and this is what came out.  Barf!

On that note….
~Have a wonderful Friday!~
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Green with Envy {Wednesday Hodgepodge}

1. Do you have an interest in learning about your family's heritage? Why or why not? If you know a little bit about your roots, share an interesting piece of trivia or a fun fact about someone who goes way back on your family tree.
Yes I do.  I began learning and recording my family tree about ten years ago.  My grandmother knew quite a bit of information and I wanted to write it down before it was a forgotten memory.  So far I have found records dating back to 1750's.  Amazing right!?!  
One scandal my grandmother told me about was pertaining to my great-grandfather.  Apparently he had a mistress in Chicago and they had a baby boy.  No one knows the names of these two people, so I haven't been able to track them down.

2. Branch Rickey, the baseball exec credited with signing Jackie Robinson, is quoted as saying-

"Luck is the residue of design."
Agree or disagree? Why?
Agree.  If you prepare and have a plan, things will fall into place.  When they do, and something good occurs, some people call it luck.  

3. In the town where you currently reside, what's your favorite green space?
My back yard, my flower garden and my vegetable garden.

4. Who is your favorite comedian?
Gabriel Iglesias

5. March is National Nutrition Month, and almost everyone needs to improve their diet in some way.  What about you? How can you improve your nutrition on a daily basis? Will you try?
I have started drinking more water and less soda. If you read my science experiment I had with my preschool, it explains why.
I am going back to the gym too.  I watch what I eat when I go to the gym.  I'll pass on something like a piece of cake because I don't like burning the calories.

6. Which of these green expressions have you 'experienced' in recent weeks -green with envy, green thumb, green around the gills, or give the green light? Explain.
Green with envy.  My son is attending college in Florida and it sunny and warm there {sigh} compared to the cold, snowy environment in Pennsylvania.

7. Where is one place you don't mind waiting? 
I don't have patience when it comes to waiting in line, waiting my turn or waiting for the weekend to roll around.  I do not mind waiting for the bills to come in the mail though.  They can take their good ole, sweet time to find their way into my mailbox.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I am green with envy when it comes to Adam Levine's fiancee.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Passion for Reading

When I was in elementary school I discovered I had a passion for reading.  Every day my 5th grade teacher would read us a chapter at a time from "The Hobbit".  I was drawn into the story and fell in love with the characters.

As a teenager I immersed myself in books.  I would pretend I was the heroine in romance stories and that 'prince charming' would rescue me from the life I was living.

As an adult, reading became an anti-stress reliever from a busy life.  It had a way of leaving all other things at a stand still.  Everything stops for me as I'm so engrossed in the book world.

I love the company of books.  So much so, that once I begin a novel I typically cannot put it down.  I do not prefer one genre over another.  Suspense, murder mystery and fiction are interesting and literally get you mad if you can't figure out who the murderer was.  Romance novels are exciting stories that take you away into a amorous fantasy.  Historical fiction gives you an insight into the past, leading you into factual accounts while entertaining you at the same time.  Fairy tales are fun to read to children and Mother Goose stories are theorized to be based upon history.  Horror stories aren't my favorite unless they are about really cool and sexy vampires =)

Passion can genuinely do wonders like cheering up ones mood when they are upset, distressed, depressed with the failures, miseries, worries in their lives. I honestly believe that by fulfilling your passion definitely cheers you up, encourages you to try and work harder, relieves your stress and in fact, just takes you to another world.
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Popping the Prom Question

Back when I was in high school (when Bon Jovi was considered 'hot')
 a boy simply asked a girl to the prom,
or if he was scared enough to actually face the girl he would write a note.
My son, being the creative genius like his mother that he is,
came up with a different idea to ask a girl to the prom.

Brandon: Mom can you help me make huge cut out letters? 

Me: Why?

Brandon: I want to ask her to the prom.

Me: With huge cut out letters??? 

Brandon: Yes. Like Poster size.

Being the wonderful Mom that I am, I bought poster board and cut out the letters and made a sign with her name. Note: It took me hours to draw and cut out the letters.

Me: What are you going to do with the letters?

Brandon: Ask her during the play off hockey game. 

This is when the creative juices start flowing.
Brandon recruited fellow teammates to hold up the signs. 
Brandon is to the right of her name (with the C on his jersey).
A friend recorded the event. =)
Courtney was in the stands (embarrassed) and said yes
He even bought her roses! (sniffle)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Soda vs. Water {preschool lesson}

Drinking soda can contribute to tooth decay and dental cavities. Sugary beverages coat your teeth, gums and tongue for hours after you drink them. This effect breaks down enamel on your teeth, making them more susceptible to rotting. If you like to enjoy a soda here and there, drink it through a straw. This way, the beverage goes right into the back of your mouth and it is less likely to corrode your teeth. Water does not contribute to dental decay. In fact, water is fluoridated and actually helps strengthen your teeth.
During the month of February schools focus on Dental Hygiene. This was a perfect time to try a science experience with my day care kiddos explaining the benefits of water.
 We poured water in one container and soda in another then added one egg in each container.
We left the eggs soak for a few hours.
 After removing the eggs I explained to the kids what water and soda does to your teeth.
Yuck!  Right?!  


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mad March {Wednesday Hodgepodge}

1. The expression 'mad as a March hare' originated with a fictional character who is distracted and frantic. When were you last 'mad as a March hare' and what was it that made you that way?
The night my son got injured during a hockey game.  I was absolutely frantic and thought I'd have to take him to the ER.  My 'mommy' mode kicked in.  I was so focused on my son that I found myself not being able to pay attention to the people around me who were trying to talk to me.  Things went in one ear and out the other. 

The ungodly amount of snow is driving me crazy too.  This winter has been out of control with the numerous snow storms.  I don't know how the upper part of the US and Canada handle it!  When a snow storm is predicted I am one of the crazy people who goes grocery shopping like it's the end of the world.  I also get distracted with the preparation of a storm and shoveling that I forget to stop and enjoy the beauty of the snow.

2. Mardi Gras this year falls on Tuesday, March 4th. Have you ever been to Mardi Gras, and if so what did you think? If not, do you have any interest in going?  Purple, green, and gold are the colors of Mardi Gras. Which one is most prevalent in your wardrobe? How about in your home?
I've never been to Mardi Gras and I have no interest.  The news stories I have viewed makes the event look like a drunken party in the streets of New Orleans.  
Purple is my favorite color.  Most of my wardrobe is grey, black, white and purple.  How drab that must seem!  I do have a few other colors thrown in their too.  =)

3. Are you old fashioned?
I think it depends on the topic. 

Such as, I believe it's important for a mother (or father) to stay home with their children when they are at a young age.  (Please note: That doesn't mean I think both mother and father working makes them horrible parents).  

I believe that the entire family should sit together for dinner.  It creates a family bond and a verbal communication that seems to be lost in the technological age.

Does that make me old fashioned or make my views a personal choice? 

4. Do you carefully plan your vacations, or do you prefer the days to be more spontaneous?
I am a control freak.  If I don't have all the details lined up, I feel like I am losing my mind.  Spontaneous is my husbands forte.  

5.  March is National Sauce Month...what's your favorite sauce, and what do you most often top with this sauce?
National Sauce Month? Who comes up with these ideas?
I like Vodka sauce on my pasta.  I use a Rachael Ray recipe that I think is to die for!

6.  What's something that easily brings a tear to your eye?
Children or animals being abused.  I immediately tear up, then I get mad. Furious actually. I do not understand what people are thinking or how they can even raise a hand to an innocent person or animal.  It's cruel, horrible and unacceptable! It makes me sick!

7. If you could own any sports team, which one would it be and why?
For those of you who know me, know it's a no brainer.  The Philadelphia Flyers.
1. I love hockey.
2. I live near Philly.
3. I have grown up watching the Flyers.
4. I love hockey!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I feel sorry for my son not being able to finish out his hockey season.  His high school team has been in first place the entire season and are in the play offs.  It's tough watching him not playing and knowing how difficult it is for him not to be on the ice.
Not to brag (alright, I'm bragging), but Brandon is a very good hockey player.  His defensive skill is sorely missed.

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