Thursday, May 30, 2013

Class of 2019!

Exactly one week ago on May 23rd, Kyle graduated from 6th grade! What, how did that happen, how can he be old enough to go to middle school already?! His school makes a big production about ending sixth grade by having a small graduation breakfast for the students and their family members. A certificate of completion is handed out with a tee shirt and awards are announced. Kyle was the first one to be called so I didn't have enough time to run up front to take better pictures! He told me he was glad his class went first and that he was the first one so he could get it done and over with!
 Kyle with his teacher Mrs. J
 He mentioned that he was glad he could sit and watch all his classmates!
I made him take a picture with me! (he was thrilled!)
 Kyle had the option of staying at school if he wanted for his last day, but he was done with school and wanted to go home. I can't say that I blame him, this school was Rough for him. Unfortunately a few of the kids in his class were not very nice towards him this year. The things said to him were very callous and should have never been said. His classmate should have known better than to stab him with a pencil too. He had asked me so many times to home school him and I was so close to pulling him out. Kyle is such a different person when he is at school than he is at home. He is very shy and quite at school, but at home he is neither of the two! One thing that Kyle was excited about this school year was a project he did all himself and ROCKED at it! He has such a creative ability to engineer things out of Lego's and make them work! He made a video on how to build it and posted on my private YouTube account. He presented the video and his Lego model for the class to see and they were impressed with it! Kyle is our engineer in training, he loves to build things out of junk and take things apart and tries to make them work better. I know he has a bright future ahead of him, because he is such an amazing little man (Love You Kyle!)!!!! Blessings, Lisa

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Schools Out!!!!

Finally school is out for the kids! (And I have been for a few weeks!) This past semester seemed to drag by rather slowly for me. Although the highlight of my semester was going to China Town for a field trip! Since I had a class about China our awesome teacher decided to take her classes up to China Town. I did a presentation the week of our trip teaching the class Chinese! Yes, I can speak a little! Let me just say, I rocked that presentation and my teacher and class really enjoyed it! (everyone else did boring power point presentation, so I wanted to be really different from everyone else and use the board. I sure accomplished that!) I had the whole class speaking and writing Chinese during the presentation, it was rather entertaining.

Was was really entertaining was when we went to China Town. I was excited three ladies that I had really became close with over the semesters went on the trip too, which made it even more enjoyable. China Town may only be a couple of blocks long, but wow is it different! The grossest thing for me was walking into the supermarket. As soon as I walked in I had to walk back out! The smell and things I saw hit my stomach and I knew I couldn't handle it. So a friend and I stood outside talking while the others shopped. Later on we had lunch which was good, we ended up ordering a variety of different things to try.
I love looking at the Chicago skyline! See the Willis Tower!

This is the building we stood looking while the others were in the super market! 

Can you see the squid in the window! (its orange and gross!)

 After leaving China Town we decided to head over to Little Italy for some canolli's and Starbucks! That was the highlight of the trip for me! The two areas are very different from each other and I prefer Little Italy! Also, the sun came out when we arrived there, and the people friendlier in that area. It was a great experience and I'm glad I went. Although it doesn't take much to convince me to go to Chicago, I like how different and fast paced the city is from what I'm used to on a daily basis. I like to visit the city, I don't think I could ever live in a big city like that, I like a slower pace of life.

Lindsey went on a field trip a few weeks ago that I had the opportunity to chaperon with. We learned about the canel near by and how life was during that time period on the canel. We also went to the bottom of a gravel pit. (I was rather nervous about it, I have fear gravel pits and how deep they are.) Thankfully we made it down and back up safely, in fact I really couldn't tell that we were 200 feet down in the earth!
The ledge in this picture doesn't look very high up, but it is!
 The dump truck at the top dumping the limestone off to a crushing machine. 

As usual, I enjoyed Lindsey's field trip too! I have thing for field trips, I love to chaperon and I enjoy watching the kids interact with each other along with how they react to seeing something that they only talked about in class.

Not necessarily a field trip, but I helped with Kyle's class for field day last week. I have always enjoyed helping out and watching the kids during field day. This was Kyle's last field day experience at the Intermediate school I felt I needed to be there to watch him one last time along with having fun myself!!!! Blessings, Lisa

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Trip to Chicago!

So, over summer vacation we took a trip up to downtown Chicago with four kids in tow! Yes, I am fully aware of the fact summer seems like ages ago. For our own memories I wanted to blog about this so that we can look back and remember what we did and didn't do! Here goes:
It was a beautiful Saturday morning in June as we loaded up to make the drive to Chicago with four kids in tow, running shoes and a rather large jogging stroller. The trip up there wasn't too bad considering it could have been worse, it was Lillian that I was worried about. She was not a car rider, although currently she has somewhat grown out of that stage in life. I was overly excited, I love a big city and especially one along Lake Michigan. The kids were giddy too, I could tell once we got in the city they were mesmerised by all the tall buildings, and possibly the fact they knew where we were going!

We arrived at Navy Pier and ate lunch, I felt a little overwhelmed with all the people. I could not believe the amount of people crowed in that building. We went outside and started walking to the places we had planned on going too. I had google mapped the route and thought I did a good job by staying away from the main highway. I somehow missed the fact they had an overpass that you were to walk up the stairs. Something that was not convenient with a stroller. So we turned down a side road and walked past some really cute shops and restaurants. We finally made it to Michigan Ave. and I could not believe the amount of people on the sidewalks there. Thankfully the kids knew to stay with us and not try to walk ahead. We past at least two street beggars, one of which looked like a younger man in his lower twenties maybe. The streets were also filled with people trying to sell things and you learned quickly to not look at them or just say no thank you.

Once we arrived at the American Girl doll store, it was hard for me to contain my excitement. Lindsey was just as excited as I was! We were greeted at the door and looked around at all the neat things they had displayed. We soon found ourselves in the Bitty Baby section in which we were on the hunt for the red haired, blue eyed baby for Lillian. Our sweet little girl was in love with all the babies along with all the extra stuff they had displayed too. She really liked the stroller they had and pushed that around with her baby in it. Yes, she was a little selfish when other little girls came close and wanted to push the stroller too. (And I actually let her be selfish, I felt that was her moment to have fun.) Lindsey soon choose and outfit for her doll she had at home and we were ready to leave and venture to the Lego store. Unfortunately, someone cute and little wasn't ready to leave. She threw a wonderful fit that Chad dealt with while I stood back and watched her frustration and flailing little body, oh yeah and took picture of her too! (I probably would have thrown a fit, but I wasn't up for people starring at me too!)

 We made our way up the Lego store and I could not believe the things they had made with Lego's. The boys had a certain amount of money they could spend and I think they may have been overwhelmed with so many choices. (or at least Kyle was, Jacob knew what he wanted!) The kids enjoyed playing with the Lego's they had set up at different areas throughout the store.


This picture below is made completely of Lego's! How amazing is that!!!!
 Once we finally managed to get out of the Lego store and we headed to the much anticipated John Hancock building right across the street! The kids were so excited to go all the way up to the top! Before our trip we had watched You Tube videos and found many interesting facts about the building. Unfortunately for me I didn't want to take the elevator and go up to the 95th floor once I got there! WHATS WRONG WITH ME! I was so excited about going up to the top but once I saw the building right there in front of it I felt sick to my stomach. I have a HUGE fear of elevators and heights, I know how fun! So Chad ended up taking Kyle, Lindsey and Jacob up to the top for 5 dollar pops! Lillian and I stayed down at the bottom and watched the people go by. We seen two brides and their party getting ready to go up the observatory while we waited and waited and waited for Chad and the kids to come back down!  





The kids loved sitting by the window at the top of the building and I wish they would have pushed me onto that elevator. I would have loved to hear and seen their reactions to the view. We than made our way back to Navy Pier and walked down to the Haggen Daz ice cream shop to spend a little over $30 bucks on ice cream! Way to much money to spend on ice cream, but on a very hot day it was money well spent. I do have note the picture of Lindsey swinging on the tree is one of my favorites because if I was her age that is something I would have done! After eating our ice cream we sat in the grass across the street from Navy Pier and watched the cars go by and play in the grass. That was the best way to end the day. What we did learn about the city of Chicago is that when driving just honk your horn, no seriously just drive, honk your horn and wave! We do plan on going back next summer and possibly spend the night so we can see and do more things in the big city. The kids and Chad loved it and I still remember some of those little details that made the day so special for all of us!!!! Blessings, Lisa

Monday, September 17, 2012

One Thousand Blessings!


#826-855

826. Not signing Jacob up for school this year

827. Lindsey not being picked on so far this school year

828. Jacob getting a trophy and winning first place at a kiddie tractor pull

829. The kids noticing the colors of the sky as the sun sets

830. Kyle knowing how to air up the tires on our bikes

831. A three wheeled bike built for two, and not feeling embarrassed to ride it

832. Noticing that we had a water leak and for it being an easy fix

833. Chad hanging hooks up in the laundry room

834. Organizing the laundry room

835. Borrowing magazines from the library

836. New compression sock for running

837. Signing up for my second half marathon

838. Kyle's John Deere bike

839. How Chad can make a junk tractors run

840. Kyle getting his trumpet fixed for school

841. Getting a P.L.E. at the school I choose and with a great teacher

842. The teacher I work with doesn't mind my millions of questions I seem to ask her about teaching

843. Enjoying my time in the classroom working with students

844. Being asked to go on a field trip with Lindsey's class

845. Lindsey knowing some french when asked during her field trip

846. Learning more about the French and Indian War

847. Teaching the kids french

848. How helpful Lillian is at throwing things away, even things that shouldn't be thrown away

849. Chad building a new table and chairs for the kids to sit at

850. Coloring and drawing with the kids

851. That silly little french song that is always stuck in my head

852. Making Lindsey a couple of appliqued shirts

853. Hearing the Pledge of Allegiance in a school

854. Shoe shopping with Kyle

855. Getting a really cute Hanna Andersson dress seventy five percent off at the outlet mall

To learn more about One Thousand Gifts visit Ann's blog, A Holy Experience, and take the dare to count as many blessings in which the Lord has given you!!!! Blessings, Lisa

Monday, August 13, 2012

One Thousand Blessings!


#801-825

801. Sewing with Lindsey and her love for fabric

802. Watching Lindsey at her judging for 4-H

803. Going grocery shopping without Lillian

804. The kids going to vacation bible school for a week

805. Kyle not complaining to much about going to VBS with kids younger than him

806. Watching a happy couple get married

807. Studying with Kyle for his written tractor test

808. Kyle doing really good on his driving test even though he backed over the pole at the very end

809. Kyle getting his first trophy from tractor driving

810. A second place place ribbon

811. Riding in the tractor parade with Chad and the kids

812. Kyle's friend Felix, that he really enjoys being with

813. Watching Lillian look at the animals

814. Talking with people I haven't seen for awhile

815. Lindsey having her friends spend the night

816. Listening to the boys tell me all about the tractor pull they went to

817. A stray kitten to play with and feed for a day (although it never came back)

819. Kyle going to District for his 4-H tractor driving contest

820. Stocking up on clothes for Lillian for next summer at Targets clearance section

821. Going swimming in Lake Michigan probably one last time for the year

822. Knowing the first weekend in August is Lake Michigan's big boat race, so we won't go again

823. Finding the cutest little beach town, Beverly Shores, along Lake Michigan

824. Being able to see the Gary/ Chicago skyline along the lake better than we ever have before

825. The beautiful colors of the Lake Michigan

To learn more about One Thousand Gifts visit Ann's blog, A Holy Experience, and take the dare to count as many blessings in which the Lord has given you!!!! Blessings, Lisa

Monday, July 23, 2012

One Thousand Blessings!


#786-800

786. Running my first 'official' 5k run

787. Running 3.1 miles in 30:14

788. Winning first place for my age group

789. Receiving another medal to add to my collection of running medals

790. Lillian's bright red stride-rite shoes that cost all of $8, they were originally $38!

791. Lillian's cute fourth of July tutu outfit her Nana bought for her

792. Having people over for a spontaneous dinner on the fourth of July

793. Chad going to Lake Michigan with us to swim (he never goes with us)

794. Water shoes for the kids to walk on the really burning HOT hot sand to the Lake

795. Chad wanting to rent a house along Lake Michigan for a couple of nights next summer

796. Going to cruise night with Chad and the kids to see some really neat old cars and trucks

797. Taking the kids to a French Flea Market over an hour away from home

798. The sound of french music playing and the feeling as if we were at a french flea market

799. Meeting a few blogger's I stalk in person

800. Coming home with lots of decorating ideas from really talented designers

To learn more about One Thousand Gifts visit Ann's blog, A Holy Experience, and take the dare to count as many blessings in which the Lord has given you!!!! Blessings, Lisa

Monday, July 9, 2012

One Thousand Blessings


#766-785

766. Being excited about going on a family trip

767. Not having to drive in downtown Chicago

768. Taking the kids to the big city for the first time ever

769. How excited the kids were to see so many really tall buildings, including the tallest in the U.S.

770. The kids didn't whine about having to walk the streets in downtown Chicago, about one mile

771. Hearing the sounds of busy streets, car horns being honked, watching people going places

772. Learning about the John Hancock building before our trip

773. Not loosing anyone in the crowed streets

774. Talking to people while waiting for the street lights to change and how friendly the people were

775. Being excited about finally making it to the American Girl doll store for the first time

776. Watching Lindsey see all the dolls and displays

777. Watching Lillian in the Bitty Baby section play with all the baby dolls

778. Lillian getting a red haired blue eyed baby, just like herself

779. The Lego store being right next to the American girl doll store

780. Watching the Jacob, Lindsey and Lillian play Lego's while Kyle and Chad shopped

781. Jacob being brave and stepping on the escalators with me

782. Chad taking Kyle, Lindsey and Jacob to the top of the John Hancock building for $5 cokes (while Lillian and I hung out in the basement of the John Hancock building because I was to afraid to go up)

783. Not having to pay the $35 bill for Haagen Dazs ice cream for the six of us

784. Sitting in the grass at Navy Pier watching cars go by and the kids play

785. Planning on going back to Chicago with the kids and the memories we took home with us that day

To learn more about One Thousand Gifts visit Ann's blog, A Holy Experience, and take the dare to count as many blessings in which the Lord has given you!!!! Blessings, Lisa