Ever seen the commercial for free credit report.com Nick and I always joke about that commercial because we both love the song that they sing. I saw this today- it's the same tune- but with a much better message!
I did this awhile ago and it was fun so I think it's time to do it again. I'll leave with a question. When you comment answer the question and ask another one. Then next person to comment will continue the trend.
My question is:
What is the most outrageous thing you've ever done?
I wanted to tell you all about an opportunity for you and your family to participate in. Kim sent out an email giving information on a program to support our service men and women. It's called "adopt a soldier." You go to the website and fill in a short form and then they set you up with a soldier. You can email, write letters, send packages- whatever you want to do- as much or little.
I signed up and I'm so excited about this program. I got set up with a woman soldier serving in Iraq. The really cool part is that she works with Apache Helicopters- just like my nephew Andy. Isn't God cool how he works!!
I think it will be so fun for the kids to be able to participate in this as well. I can't imagine being so far from home without all the contact we take for granted.
Sunday we had Birthday parties for Nick and Arianna on Mark's side of the family. When I looked outside to check on the kids playing I saw Grandpa spoiling them. Don has a large collection of old cars that he rebuilds. He has some really awesome cars. He took the kids for a ride and they loved it! (They weren't moving so that's why the kids were standing)
He has about 12 cars- they are all Buicks ranging from 1917-1972- at least one from every decade. He also restored a 1936 Bolens travel trailer that matches his 1936 Buick Roadmaster.
He took on a huge project- restoring a Futurliner. It's a 1953- it was used in the Buick Parade of Progress. GM went around the country displaying items for the future. He worked on it for 10 years. A museum owns it, but it's still on tour. If you go here you can read a bit more about it.
We were supposed to start soccer last Saturday but the rain delayed it to this week. It started out as a crazy day because we had to have Halle there at 7:30 for an 8:00 game and Arianna there for pictures at 8:00 for an 8:30 game.
Halle won her game 8-0! Arianna tied 1-1. They both did really well. They worked hard throughout the whole game. We were very proud of both of them.
I saw this on a couple different blogs and thought it would be fun!! You should do it too! Just copy and paste the 200 statements then bold the ones you have done!! Hope you enjoy it!!
The idea is to highlight the things you have done out of the 200 items on the list. The things I have done are highlighted!
1. Touched an iceberg 2. Slept under the stars 3. Been a part of a hockey fight 4. Changed a baby's diaper 5. Watched a meteor shower 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Swam with wild dolphins 8. Climbed a mountain 9. Held a tarantula 10. Said "I love you" and meant it 11. Bungee jumped 12. Visited Paris 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea 14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise 15. Seen the Northern Lights 16. Gone to a huge sports game 17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty 18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables 19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope 20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment 21. Had a pillow fight 22. Bet on a winning horse 23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill 24. Built a snow fort 25. Held a lamb 26. Gone skinny dipping 27. Taken an ice cold bath 28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar 29. Seen a total eclipse 30. Ridden a roller coaster 31. Hit a home run 32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking 33. Adopted an accent for fun 34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment 36. Loved your job 90% of the time 37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 38. Watched wild whales 39. Gone rock climbing 40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach 41. Gone sky diving 42. Visited Ireland 43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant 44. Visited India 45. Bench-pressed your own weight 46. Milked a cow 47. Alphabetized your personal files 48. Ever worn a superhero costume 49. Sung karaoke 50. Lounged around in bed all day 51. Gone scuba diving 52. Kissed in the rain 53. Played in the mud 54. Gone to a drive-in theater 55. Done something you should regret, but don't 56. Visited the Great Wall of China 57. Started a business 58. Taken a martial arts class 59. Been in a movie 60. Gone without food for 3 days 61. Made cookies from scratch 62. Won first prize in a costume contest 63. Got flowers for no reason 64. Been in a combat zone 65. Spoken more than one language fluently 66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone - verbal not physical 67. Bounced a check 68. Read - and understood - your credit report 69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy 70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did 71. Called or written your Congress person 72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over 73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge 74. Helped an animal give birth 75. Been fired or laid off from a job 76. Won money 77. Broken a bone 78. Ridden a motorcycle 79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph 80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing 82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days 83. Eaten sushi 84. Had your picture in the newspaper 85. Read The Bible cover to cover 86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about 87. Gotten someone fired for their actions 88. Gone back to school 89. Changed your name 90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands 91. Eaten fried green tomatoes 92. Read The Iliad 93. Taught yourself an art from scratch 94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt 96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language 97. Been elected to public office 98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream 99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care 100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you 101. Had a booth at a street fair 102. Dyed your hair 103. Been a DJ 104. Rocked a baby to sleep 105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four 106. Raked your carpet 107. Brought out the best in people 108. Brought out the worst in people 109. Worn a mood ring 110. Ridden a horse 111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap 112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe. 113. Buried a child- (kind of) 114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play 115. Been inside the pyramids 116. Shot a basketball into a basket 117. Danced at a disco 118. Played in a band 119. Shot a bird 120. Gone to an arboretum 121. Tutored someone 122. Ridden a train 123. Brought an old fad back into style 124. Eaten caviar 125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need 126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant 127. Published a book 128. Pieced a quilt 129. Lived in a historic place 130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage 131. Asked for a raise 132. Made a hole-in-one 133. Gone deep sea fishing 134. Gone roller skating 135. Ran a marathon 136. Learned to surf 137. Invented something 138. Flown first class- 139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite 140. Flown in a helicopter 141. Visited Africa 142. Sang a solo 143. Gone spelunking 144. Learned how to take a compliment 145. Written a love-story 146. Seen Michelangelo’s David 147. Had your portrait painted 148. Written a fan letter 149. Spent the night in something haunted 150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane 151. Ran away- for 2 minutes 152. Learned to juggle 153. Been a boss 154. Sat on a jury 155. Lied about your weight 156. Gone on a diet 157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget 158. Written a poem 159. Carried your lunch in a lunch box 160. Gotten food poisoning 161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission 162. Hiked the Grand Canyon 163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks 164. Gone to the opera 165. Gotten a letter from someone famous 166. Worn knickers 167. Ridden in a limousine 168. Attended the Olympics 169. Can hula or waltz 170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books 171. Been stuck in an elevator 172. Had a revelatory dream 173. Thought you might crash in an airplane 174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert 175. Saved someone’s life 176. Eaten raw whale 177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint 178. Laughed till your side hurt 179. Straddled the equator 180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing 181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival 182. Sent a message in a bottle 183. Spent the night in a hostel 184. Been a cashier 185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt 186. Joined a union 187. Donated blood or plasma 188. Built a camp fire 189. Kept a blog 190. Had hives 191. Worn custom made shoes or boots 192. Made a PowerPoint presentation 193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course 194. Served at a soup kitchen 195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube 196. Know CPR 197. Ridden in or owned a convertible 198. Found a long lost friend 199. Helped solve a crime 200. Responded to a NJP newsletter
OK- for someone who was the biggest hold out of all of us for getting another dog- I'd say someone (Mark!) has adjusted rather well to having Oscar. So well in fact that Oscar totally has him wrapped around his little paws!
Here is what I walked in on Saturday afternoon. Mark and Oscar taking a nap together and apparently Oscar had been the recipient of a tummy rub.
Now Sunday this is what I saw- I see a trend here. Now apparently Oscar can't sleep on the floor- they need a pillow!
I don't follow the VMA music awards but I read this morning on my homepage (msn) that the comic that opened the award show made some very distasteful jokes about the Jonas Brothers decision to wear purity rings.
Now I thought the liberals were all about choice? Why does the choice the Jonas Brothers (and many others) make for their own personal self seem to be so disturbing to the liberals.
Here's what a person involved in the purity ring movement said:
“Are we so threatened by a message of morals and values that these young men who chose to wear a ring were attacked?” asked Pattyn, the founder of a program called the Silver Ring Thing, in which teens pledge to remain virgins until marriage. “What’s the fear here? Why can’t we have an alternate message about waiting until you’re married to have sex? Why can’t we have those values? What are we afraid of?”
Jordin Sparks (winner of American Idol) had a really good comeback when she got on stage next after he made his comments. I won't repeat them but she had her own purity ring on defended her decision very well I thought!
He is a Havanese/Pekanese mix and has totally stolen our hearts. We were not planning on getting a dog however a friend of mine decided to do it and she was telling me about a group of 3 ShitZhu dogs that she found that needed homes. That got my mind started because I love them. We thought about it for a couple of days and decided not too do it.
However the next day "just for the fun of it" I started looking to see what else was available. Mark started looking to and we came across our puppy. As soon as we saw him we were pretty much gone!
We went to look at him Friday and he came home with us right then! He is such a sweet puppy and is doing really well. He gets so excited when he sees us his whole body wags right along with his tail. He weighs a whopping 3 pounds and won't get very big at all. He can't even climb our stairs right now. The kids all love him, however the person he has the most wrapped around his little paw is Mark!! Mark won't admit it of course, but he is a total goner where Oscar is concerned!
Oscar got to meet Mack today. You can imagine how cautious we were with that introduction as Oscar weighs 3 pounds and Mack is just a bit bigger than that at 100 pds! Mack did great with him- he just sniffed him. It'll be cute to see them play together when Oscar gets a big bigger!
So I apologize in advance- you will be seeing plenty of Oscar in the future! For now here's a few more pictures of our sweet new addition. PS- now you understand my hint about our big news possibly being "little" depending how you look at it!
You have to watch the video to see how cute he is when he runs. I just love to see him bounce around!
Did anyone notice the clouds in the early afternoon. It was really interesting to just see the whole sky everywhere I looked, filled with these interesting clouds. I know the clouds were of Hurrican Gustav and it looked like the radar that they showed of the hurricane.
I just love nature and the displays of God's power that it shows.
We had such a nice night last night. After we ate supper, we decided it was time to get outside and get some work done outside.
I set out to do the hard labor of mowing the lawn. Now just because I'm on a riding mower doesn't mean it's not hard labor---right?!?!
Meanwhile, Nick was cleaning up the dog poo in Mack's kennel and Mark set out to clean up the part of the garden that was done producing. He wrapped up the protective fencing on the outside, picked out the plants that were done and then roto-tilled the garden so it looks nice again. We still have tomatoes coming so that part is still in there.
Mark also got the pool all packed up again and put away.
It was such a beautiful night out. I absolutely love this time of year- it was so comfortable out.
I just have to show you our pumpkins. When we were getting our seeds and plants for the garden this year we saw a packet of seeds for "Giant Pumpkins." So just for the fun of it we planted them for the kids. Well so far I'm very impressed! Check this one out. We have 6 of them doing very well.
I know I've been gone for a long time but I just was busy and really had nothing much to blog about. I am back now and will try to be a better blogger!
It was the 1st day back to school for the kids today. Here's Arianna
It was definately time to go back for all involved. The girls were so excited. Nick was ok- this year he doesn't know if he has any friends in his classes. I hope it goes well. He didin't want his picture on so it's just the girls. I had to chuckle this morning at the bus stop when ALL the moms had smiles on their faces as the kids boarded the bus.
I have already got the upstairs cleaned and it feels so good to see it stay that way for more than 10 minutes!