Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Well Shaw finally got his results from the dreaded reading TAKS test...
He only missed 1!!!!! YEAH!!!!
For those of you who are not familiar with the TAKS test, (where have you been? hiding under a rock? how can you not know what the TAKS test is?) it is a test that must be passed in the 3rd, 5th and 8th grade (then in high school too but I'm not sure which grade) or you do not get to go on to the next grade. In my opinion it isn't very good but that's just me, I knew that Shaw would do alright but you never know. Some kids get sick over the thought of taking the test. Shaw has practiced and taken benchmark tests out the wazoo in order to prepare for this test. They will take the Math TAKS on April 28th and then he will be able to go on to 4th grade. I can not tell you how proud we are of him. We would have been proud even if he just passed it but we are REALLY proud of him only missing 1!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
This weekend Scout went to Gruver with PawPaw and Jackson (he's taller than me!!! I started crying when he had to bend down to hug me!!! He's in the 5th grade!!!) Anyhoo...
So when I talked to Scout on Saturday morning, he told me he had a surprise for me. Well, of course I asked him if it was some sort of dead animal... and he said no!!! So when I picked him up in Claude Saturday afternoon, he presents me with my surprise. Do you know what it was? You'll never guess!!! It was a cherry glazed donut from the Donut Stop in Amarillo!!! Now I don't know if you know this or not, but cherry glazed donuts from the Donut Stop in Amarillo are the absolute best! I have an unusual affinity for these suckers!!! and my darling child remembered!!! How good is he? So after I gush and gush about what a wonderful and thoughtful child he is, Sager takes notice so this morning, I'm working out in my scrap shack and Sager brings me my cup of coffee that I left on his dresser. He tells me I thought you might want your coffee, it's a little cold. So of course I tell him how wonderful and sweet he is and he asks is this better than the cherry donut and I tell him it's right up there with the cherry donut. Boy, I sure am lucky to have such sweet boys...
Friday, March 20, 2009
I saw this on another blog and decided to switch it up a bit ... on the blog I saw a girl did this for her mom but I thought it would be fun to use my dad instead... (I need my sister and my brother to do this to, I'd like to see how their answers to these questions are different.)
1. What is something your dad says to you?
Suck it up!
2. What makes your dad happy?
Guns, mules and family
3. What makes your dad sad?
4. How does your dad make you laugh?
One time my sister and I took an aerobics class together with my dad. Every time I think of it, I bust out laughing!
5. What was your dad like as a child?
He probably was a nerd, he read a lot, hung out with his dad, and of course he worked, (that was after walking to school up hill both ways in the snow with no shoes!!)
6. How old is your dad?
72 years old (and he's in WAY better shape than me!)
7. How tall is your dad?
I think he's probably 5'10", I don't think he's started to shrink yet...
8. What is his favorite thing to do?
My dad loves to shoot things, he loves to talk about prisons, mules, and politics!
9. What does your dad do when you're not there?
He calls me or sends me weird stories in the mail from obscure newspapers and periodicals.
10. If you dad becomes famous, what will it be for?
If, no if about it, he's famous, just ask him, he'll tell ya!
11. What is your dad really good at?
Talking, and arguing
12. What is your dad not very good at?
Anything mechanical, but by now he's very aware of his lack of mechanical ability and so he knows when to call someone for help!
13. What does your dad do for a job?
He's an attorney.
14. What is your dad's favorite food?
Blueberry cake donuts!
15. What makes you proud of your dad?
Well... that's a hard one, he does a lot that makes me proud, he helps everyone, even those people I think he shouldn't help, he's very honest (sometimes a little too honest, should I say blunt?) I am proud that he was always a good son to his momma and his daddy and he was a very good dad to me and a very good PawPaw to my kids.
16. If your dad were a cartoon character, who would he be?
17. What do you and your dad do together?
When I was little, we built fences, but now that I'm older, we shoot things (maybe I should say, he shoots things and I just go along!)
18. How are you and your dad the same?
I like to argue and I like to read a good book.
19. How are you and your dad different?
I'm pretty artistic and I don't think my dad is at all.
20. How do you know your dad loves you?
Well, he used to send me checks.... no not really, I just know.
21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
I think I'll use my step-monster for this answer, I'm sure she loves his feet!
22. Where is your dad's favorite place to go?
Either the gym or the shooting range (or it could be the Toot n Totum for a coffee, donut and newspaper!)
My dad's a character and I wouldn't want him any other way!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
In my house, I'm the only girl, while that does have it's perks, there are some draw backs. (Like for instance...Sager doesn't exactly know what maxi-pads are for so he just assumes they're Pampers for girls. So he's alot of laughs at the Wal-Mart, hey Mom do you need some more of your Pampers? ha-ha, he-he, yeah real funny! any-hoo...
Brandon, I guess, thought that I might want some female companionship so he got me some chickens, more importantly hens. (I know you're misti-eyed aren't you, nothing says loving like poultry...) When he brought them home, I said what'll we call 'em? He says, "I've all ready named 'em!" Just take a guess my people what possibly could he have named them? I'll tell ya, Mona and Maria. Mona's the one with dry scaly legs and Maria's the dark colored scrawny one. I'm not sure if I should be offended or delighted?
Well of course the hussies hadn't laid an egg in the longest of time until about a week ago. With the first egg, I was hooked. Now I am not some city girl, I can and have hung with the best farm girls and guys around and something about that egg made me giddy with excitement! I have made it my goal to up my egg production. I've given them fresh lettuce, red pears, I've talked to them about how pretty they are and everything just to boost production. (Their feathers have all grown in and if I do say so myself, they're luxuriant!) So every day I go look to see if the girls have left me something. Today after school when I went out (in the rain and the cold) to check on them, Mona and Maria had rewarded me with a little something extra... three eggs!!! It just goes to prove the old saying, you get what you give.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Did you know that I used to work for the prison system, yes, I know, I know, it's hard to imagine dainty little ole' me working around a bunch of harden criminals and then there were the inmates... (ha-ha) no really, I used to work at the prison and there are a lot of lessons that I learned, and a lot a people who had a direct influence in my life and who I am. (Some of my stories aren't for public consumption he-he-he!) One such person was one of my Wardens who I worked for up at the Dalhart Unit. The reason why I decided to write about him is because as I was drying my hair this morning, I was contemplating about some things that are going on at work and it's just silly stuff really and people are totally blowing things out of proportion just for whatever reason, I truly don't know their reasons and I really don't care except for periodically getting dragged into it.
But I digress, this is what I was thinking about, he used to say there are three different kinds of people in this world, balcony people, cellar dwellers, and those that are just there, regular ole' people. The cellar dwellers are those people who live in the muck and mire, you know them, they are always frowning and unhappy, something's always going on and it's never good, negativity oozes from their pores, when you're around them they bring you down, down into the muck, and it stinks down in the muck, then there are the balcony people, this is who we look up to, they are positive, encouraging, fun to be around, they laugh and realize that there is more to life than negativity, instead of dragging people down, they try to raise them up so that they to can be balcony people. The last category is those who are just there. Don't be just there - get up to that balcony and stay out of the muck - there's too many cellar dwellers as it is, you don't want to be frowning all the time...life's to short!!
Any way I already feel better, spring break is almost here, I have a TON to be thankful for and I'm sure if you look around there's something that you're thankful for as well!
Remember don't be a cellar dweller!!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Today I went to a meeting for Sager over at his school. We talked about a lot of things and the most important thing that we talked about was school for next year. His teachers and I decided that maybe it would be best that Sager does second grade over. I know it totally stinks but do you realize that he has missed over 20 days (in fact it's really closer to 30 days) and he still has one and a half six weeks to go. How could he be on the same level as the other kids when he hasn't even been at school the same amount of time?...
Brandon doesn't want him to be held back, he wants him to be close to Shaw but... Brandon's never had to take the TAKS test, he's never been around the TAKS test and he doesn't understand the difference between 2nd grade and 3rd grade... and trust me their is a BIG difference. Sager has been going to school at the Elementary since he was 3 years old (3 years old!) and I hate that he has to go an additional year but I just think that it will make a world of difference. ( I sure hope so...) When we talked to Sager about doing second grade over he said that he worried that Mrs. Gunn (his teacher) would be mad at him because he hadn't done very good this year! How sweet is that? Not many kids would be worried about their teacher's feelings. So I hope that our decision will turn out to be the right one for Sager and next year Sager will hit the ground running.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
More posts about the brothers....
Scout and Shaw played at the Sonatina Festival in the Fine Arts Center at Midwestern University. Because we knew that we would be late getting in from the track meet on Friday, we let Shaw and Sager spend the night with Edwin and Suzanne. So early this morning(before 8:00 a.m.), we went to pick up Shaw. Then Brandon, Scout, Shaw and I got on the road again! Of course two of the four people in the vehicle immediately fell asleep, let's just say, it wasn't me and it wasn't Brandon. When we got there, we looked at the art exhibits while we waited for Shaw and Scout to play, there were some totally crazy drawings, creations and photos. The Fine Arts Center was the perfect venue to hold the Festival. Shaw was Mr. Monson's first student to play before the judges (curse that alphabetical order) and when he came out, he was totally strutting!! We asked him how did it go, and he said just fine... so I looked at his score sheet and he had great marks!! I was totally verclemt with pride! Shaw and Scout have only being playing for a year and a half and the judge was so complimentary of both of them!! Scout went after a while and he did great too! They both looked so handsome!
Well, the track meet at Wellington was awesome!!! There were some great races. Scout ran three relays, they placed first in two of the races but in one of them they dropped the baton and even after they dropped the baton, they placed second! How crazy is that!!! I yelled and yelled. I absolutely love track and field. The bobkittens did great. Tanasia C. came from behind to win the 8th grade girls mile relay. She can run! It was wild, she runs SO FAST!!!! Brandon and I were so proud of Scout, he really ran good, and that's not just his momma and daddy talking! By the time we got there,of course we were a little late getting Shaw and Sager situated with Suzanne, and we missed his first race. Everyone told us how great Scout did! Brandon and I would love to take credit for his talent, but alas it's all Scout! Good Job Scout, We are so proud of you! Quanah ought to be great!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
As I've looked back at all my posts, I sure see a whole lot of posts about poor Sager, well that should change starting now!!! Tomorrow will begin the weekend of the brothers, the other brothers that is! Friday will be Scout's first track meet of the year. It's going to be in Wellington, Texas. While certainly not a metropolitan hub of excitement, they do have some young men that are going to get beat by my kid!!! (ha-ha!!) The track meets are always so fun, (if you don't count the sitting for hours in the cold, wet, wind, etc weather!) and we absolutely love watching the Bobkittens run. Sager isn't too keen on going so he may stay at his Nana's.
Then on Saturday Shaw and Scout will be performing their sonatinas (a sonatina is a piece of music for the piano that is played in three parts, the first movement is fast and lively, the second is slow and smooth with lots of feeling, and the third one is the most lively and the fastest out of all the movements) in Wichita Falls at a Sonatina Festival. They have really been practicing a lot and I hope their hard work pays off! Of course I'll have to post some pics of them all snazzed up!
This week has really been something, I don't know what. I think my stars are out of alignment or something because things just haven't gone right, they've been just a little bit off, not much, just a little. My mojo has been off kilter. Maybe screaming at the track meet will get things a goin'!
I hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll post some pics as soon as I can!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Well Sager is officially home!! Yeah!!! Everyone is so happy that we are all back together as a family. Sager told Brandon on the way home that as soon as he saw the brothers he was going to hug them for an hour!!! As soon as we walked in Sager started sobbing and held on to Scout and Shaw for the longest time! It was the sweetest thing you have ever seen.
Sager is at Holly's this morning, and although I know he didn't get a blood transfusion, he has been infused with something!!! He asked me to iron his hoodie this morning so that he looks "tight!" whatever!!!! Then when we were at Holly's and I was going to tell him to act nice, he said I know, I know I'll act natural! For sure Sager...keep it tight and natural!!! How funny is that?!
I think we'll keep Sager home for the rest of this week and then he'll have to go back to school. He really has to recuperate! He was trying to run around last night and his little legs had trouble working together to get it right! I forget that he hasn't run or hardly walked in nearly three weeks... how crazy is that! well thanks to everyone who asked about him, who prayed about him, and of course everyone who sent him a prize, Sager and I really appreciate everything!!1
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Look at these characters!!
These guys came to visit the kids at BSA and of course they stopped in to visit Sager! What's even funnier is that Sager's doctor took these pictures on his I-phone and sent them to me! isn't that fun! The word on the street is that Sager will get to get out of here tomorrow so everyone keep their fingers crossed!