Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Boy's Dream Come True Part II




Last Saturday as we sat through the soccer game (that ended after overtime) with a 0-0 tie we noticed all of these small planes flying around. Someone remarked that they were having their annual fly in at the airport. Jonathon and I buzzed out to the local small airport after the game to check out the planes they had participating. There were several little two seater planes. We went inside and they said that "Bill" was giving buddy rides. He was in a red plane. We were told to go out by the runway and when he came in for a landing to wave our arms and point to ourselves. He would stop and take Jon up for awhile. I know that sounds rather odd, but it worked. Bill came in for the landing and we flagged him down. He stopped and let the current passenger off and picked up Jonathon. They buckled in and I was told they would be back in 15 minutes. They flew over our little town. Jonathon got to see the third soccer game in progress from the air. The most exciting part though was Bill let him take over the controls. He has now been bitten by the flying bug big time. He wanted to know how old you had to be for flying lessons.

I am always catching grief for being too overprotective, nervous, or whatever else you could call it. It didn't hit me until I was sitting on a bench under a shade tree waiting for my only child to return what I had just done. I sent my kid off in an airplane with a stranger!!! But I must say in my defense I didn't panic at all or worry--- well, until minute 16 came and they weren't back yet. It was, however, a terrific thing for a nine year old to experience.

Last weekend we had the custom hot ride, this week we had a plane ride. What in the world will we do next weekend??? My friend Sara suggested Bungy Jumping.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Boy's Dream Come True




Who would ever think they would get the chance to ride in a real, live, maybe, someday Hot Wheel? That is just what Jonathon and two of his buddies got to do on Sunday.
My friend Sara's BIL Ryan was one of the creators of this awesome car. When she told me about the car and the possibility that it could someday be made into a Hot Wheel I immediately thought of Jonathon's friend C, who collects Hot Wheels. I told her he would die to see the car, and Sara graciously promised that if Ryan ever brought the car this way she would snag them a ride. This past weekend was the time! You can tell by the pictures that they were enjoying the ride and notoriety of being one of the few in our area to get a ride. When they returned from their spin around town they said, "People just kept looking at us!" I thought it was pretty great of Ryan to just agree to pick up three kids he didn't even know and head off with them.

On the stitching front I did finish the airplane and will have a picture soon. When it has been properly ironed. The other picture is my stash from Tracy at Stitches 'n Stones. I have to say I was really honored to received so many nice things from her. I did start another project, it is the Prairie Schooler Thanksgiving design I bought several months ago.

Work is moving along. This week I am kind of excited, we took a test over our first grammar chapter and the kids did a super duper job. Even though grammar is probably the most boring thing in the world to learn.
Hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, September 8, 2008

I Could Go On and On...

about things that bug me, but for the sake of those who read I won't. I'll just go on a minor rampage.
1. The neighbor kid who won't go home. He was here about six hours yesterday. Finally I told him Jonathon had homework, so he went home for awhile. I used to think he was pretty neat until yesterday. He's here again today.

2. Adults who are tattletales. Why is it some people always thinks they have to be everyone else's moral compass? I hope you are as perfect as you want the rest of us to be. As one co-worker at my place said to another once... "You had better have hotpads on your feet because the bridges you burn today might need to be crossed tomorrow."

3. People who send political forwards in e-mails. Did it ever occur to you that my political views might not be the same as yours? Not only that, but did you verify all the facts in the emails you forward? Do you know what the word propaganda means? If not maybe you could sit in on my English class someday when I teach persuasive text and writing. Then maybe you can evaluate the source of these so called truthful emails.

Okay, so now I got that off my chest I can say that I read two books this weekend, but young adult literature. I am currently rereading Snow Falling On Cedars mainly because I enrolled myself as an AR student and challenged my students to try and beat me. It is worth 23 points and a pretty good book. I also am almost to the point of back stitching the airplane, and I received some cool stash stuff from Tracy at Stitches and Stones for a contest on her blog. I will add pictures sometime this week of that and hopefully a finished cross-stitch project.

Until then have a great week.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day

Hello? Anyone out there? Blogging can sometimes certainly make you feel like you are talking to yourself. I hope all of you who labor outside the home are having a great, productive day off. And for those of you who labor within your home I hope that you are taking this day off. I know when you stay at home lots of people don't think you work, but in actuality you never get away from your job. I am having a relaxing day off, but I certainly wouldn't call it productive.

On the stitching front I am not getting a lot accomplished. I think it is because I am stitching things like cows and WWII planes, which I don't really enjoy. I thought of starting a new project, but then the thought of having all of this unfinished stuff around bothers and makes me nervous.

We actually have had a fairly busy weekend. My youngest BIL had his twentieth class reunion this weekend, so they stayed at our house Friday night, and we babysat for cousin Max. What a sharp little fellow that kid is, he talks in complete sentences with a huge vocabulary, counts from 10 - 0 nonstop and yells blast off! We certainly get a kick out of him visiting.

Saturday night we had to work bingo at our church. 119 people showed up to play bingo that night, which is a huge crowd for us. Bingo players have hollow legs I have decided. I work in the kitchen and we were so busy it was not even funny. We had two teenagers from the youth group helping out. Sometimes this is a double edged sword as their idea of working and our idea of working are two different things. The two we had there Saturday night worked their tails off.

Sunday and Monday we haven't done a lot just hung around done laundry, should be cleaning, but that dust has been there for awhile it can stay at little longer.
I have spent a lot of time today watching the Hurricane Gustav coverage keeping my fingers cross for all of those in his path.

Take care and have a wonderful week.