Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I'm always hearing people say something like "my kids don't know how good they have it" or "can you believe how that family lives" or "I wish that could have been me".
O.k., I admit I have been one to make such proclamations and such. But, when I really look at my life....I've got it good.? As a matter of fact, I am in Chicago right now with my husband and son being able to take in the sights and sounds of an awesome city all because my son made the Men's National Honor Choir. Sure, I helped raise him, put my time in as far as that goes, but I am totally riding on his coattails on this one. I mean...I can't sing. Trust me when I say this...my daycare kids even tell me to please sing with a quiet voice lol. This is not the first trip I have been on because of his vocal or musical abilities. Oklahoma City and Minneapolis were also host cities for numerous honor choirs. ACDA ... American Choir Directors Association organizes these choirs. They do a great job bringing out the best of these young people. And the kids meet some of the best kids and clinitians to work with. It's awesome.
Now for other coattail trips...the coup de grais...BELIZE!!!! My husband gained favor with one of the organizers of Lobsterfest in San Pedro, Belize on Ambergris Kaye. The band my husband is part of, The Fat Cats, traveled amd played ddown there and family was able to tag along beimg totally spoiled by the staff of the resort we stayed at.
Hey...it's good to be me :) Back to the trip at hand... We are being housed at the Palmer House Hilton. Going to be leaving soon to attend a free Chantaclear concert. Food....the choices...hmmmm. Well I certainly love to eat. Yummy!
Yup, I like living vicariously...sort of...or, at the very least I like the benefits that comes with hanging with talented people.
Hey honey...Next trip...Europe, please ;)
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
YOU ARE WRONG :)
Sometimes the letter F can be menacing. Right now it seems to be exactly that.
Starting something new can often bring about Fear.
Fear of the unknown.
Fear of reactions.
Fear of not accomplishing what you set out to do.
Fear of finding out something you don't want to know.
Fear of rejection.
Fear of....well just plain Fear.
Well, I'm trying to face my fears... Like I said in yesterdays post, I started the Minnesota Child Care Credential Course today. It is a 2 year course to show that I am knowledgeable and capable of caring for children, running a business and interacting with parents and families in a professional manner. This course aligns with the Child Development Assessment (CDA) which is a nationally recognized credential for early childhood/child care professionals.
Having been in this profession for 15 years
- What can I learn from this course
- What can I get from having this credential
- What if I don't seem to be growing as a provider as a result of this course
I love kids, I love what I do, and I am looking forward to facing my fears and beating them!
Tonight's class was good. A bit elementary, but good. What does it mean to be a professional? Who is a professional? Am I? HMMMMM....... YES!
so...F that Fear ;)
Monday, February 28, 2011
So here's what I'm thinking...
I got busy taking care of my mom toward the end of 2009 (which by the way is when I stopped blogging.
My kids (daycare and my own teenager) have kept me hopping. They are a blast!
Mom passed away in May of 2010 - gave me a break, but more like a breakdown :( But she is definitely in a better place!
We didn't make it to Belize last year - another bummer!!! Maybe this year, but my teenager seems to think he needs to go on these honor choir trips and trips to see a girl, etc. that eat up my travel money (what's up with that?)
Of course, my teenager has turned 16 now argh....another reason for a breakdown (I swear I am NOT getting old!)
I love my husband - he tries his darndest to keep me grounded (hello...look at the name of this blog - just try to keep a butterfly on the ground ;)
The school board is an interesting creature all of it's own. I love being involved. What a learning curve with all the legal issues and the mandates from the state and federal levels not to mention the finance and operations. Whew - keeps one's mind occupied for sure!
Now I am going to start on one more journey - I am going to get my MCA - an accreditation for my childcare. It is a bunch of classes that takes place over the next two years and is equal to the Child Care Development Accreditation but it just so happens that I can handle the timeframe for the MCA. I can't wait - I start tomorrow night.
O.k. Are we back up to speed??? I know that is a very brief synopsys of what has been going on, but.....
I will try to post again in the next day or so! Maybe even with pics!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Last I know I had been telling you about my nephews visit up here with me. Being from Atlanta, GA they are quite accustomed to nice warm weather in the summer. (yes, I am getting ready to rag on Mother Nature again). The high temperature averaged around 72 degrees the entire time they were here (3 weeks). With several mid sixty degree days and maybe 2 80ish days - let it suffice to say - burrrrr.
Weather aside, we had a blast together. Of course I still had my daycare going full bore along with the respite care that I do on the evenings and weekends, but we had plenty of time to go do things - We went to Turkey Days in Pelican Rapids, Itasca State Park (Mississippi Headwaters), and a number of trips to Fargo, ND for what ever reason we could think come up with.
I miss the Eddie and Chuck. They are wonderful boys, with lots of energy. They sure kept me busy - like I am not used to that - right? They went back to their Dad in Atlanta on July 19 - I truly tried to keep them, but my brother balked at that. ;(
Well, since they left I have been burried in kids, school board meetings, keeping up the house and best of all losing weight! Not that I have been intentionally trying to lose weight, it's just been happening. Woo Hoo! Oh yeah...The other best thing...We bought a 15 seat passenger van! I can get all the kids in one vehicle...another big Woo Hoo!
Will try to keep things more up to date... as with most things there are no real guarantees, but I will try ;)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
On the way up there I saw the billboard for "The Logging Camp" restaurant. I had been wondering where it was considering I had been there one time a number of years ago as part of a large group from our family. I did not drive there at that time and therefore did not pay much attention to it's location (btw, it is well off the beaten path). I enjoyed it then and was quite happy to have another helping and allow my nephews their first experience there.
The atmosphere at "The Logging Camp" will take you back 100+ years. As you walk through the grounds you can take in the sights of a formerly working logging camp. Things such as logging chains (huge and heavy), logging sleds, sheds, coups for the chickens (chickens included).
The mess hall other small artifacts that really set this place apart as well. There are signs noting what the "rules" were such as no spitting, no alcohol and no talking. (the no talking one is not enforced - sorry men!). The tables are long bench, farm style split logs. Then there are the place settings all in metal - cups included.
The food is made from scratch and is served family style. The limited menu does not limit the value! The Menu: Meats: Ribs, Roasted Chicken with Stuffing, Pork, Ham, and Roast Beef. Added to that are the sides: Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Pasta Salad, Green Onions, Dinner Rolls, Cornbread, and a blueberry spread that is unbelievable! Drinks include: Lemonade, Water, Coffee (don't bother asking for an alcoholic beverage - they weren't allowed in logging camps). For desert a fresh hot doughnut just right to top things off! The limited menu does not limit the value, the meats and sides are all you can eat in as many combinations as you care to make. YUMMY!
By the way, did I ever tell you that I like to eat? I actually plan trips around food. On this one I just got lucky!
Well, we did make it to Itasca and had a blast playing in the Mississippi Headwaters, hiking and biking around the park and doing a bit of fishing (sorry, no fish for you). What fun!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
It is 11p.m. and I am just sitting down with the computer for the first time today with nothing else to avert my attention - unless you count "Saturday Night Live" (I had to ask my son how "they" spelled NIGHT - it could have been "nite"). I think I need my pillow!
Well, I took the kids (meaning my respite kids and my son and nephews) to Pelican Rapids for a full day of activities. First item on the agenda was to find a parking space. Talk about luck, we got a spot right outside the park. Amazing!
Once that feat had been accomplished time to soothe the beast that is a motorhead. There were wonderful vehicles throughout the park including the only corvette worth having, IMHO, a 1967. I think Eddie was pleased with the variety of vintage rides to feast his eyes on and wrap his mind around. The rest of us ooo'd and awed plenty of times during the viewing. Even the little ones had a favorite it was a Bel Air that was red and white don't ask me what year it was, but it was in mint condition - beautiful! I got a couple of pics of the Nephews with a GTO Judge that was not even in the show, but it should have been.
Next up: meet up with Mema (my mom - my son gave her that name and it stuck). She works at the Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce ( www.pelicanrapidschamber.com/visitcntr.htm ) It was fun to see her at her place of business. She looked like she knew what she was doing :) Anyway we set plans to meet up later on to have some turkey in the park, it is Turkey Days you know!
Quick, off to the water wars. Had to meet up with Tiffany over there! It was awesome to put my arms around her and let her know we are still behind her! Then of course we wanted to watch at least part of the water wars. I thought for sure the PRFD would win - who knows though, I did see them loose one round. Things that make you go hmmmm.
MOM??? Where are you??? Well, we are at the park getting food - you were supposed to be here. Oh...There you are! The turkey sandwiches were good. It was a fund raiser for the Pelican Rapids Rotary projects. Great job folks!
Food, fun, family, fast and fabulous cars - what more could a person ask for???
Answer: Shoes from Fargo, Demolition Derby in Detroit Lakes, and Fishing at Bucks Mill! YES, my son and nephews are being spoiled, and I am proud to be the one doing it! Tomorrow...Itasca State Park.
In the mean time - bed!
Friday, July 10, 2009
- They are very intelligent as proven by their acceptance to advance track classes
- They are into classic rock music and I mean into it. They can discuss the bands, the music, the instrumentation, the names of the songs and on it goes.
- They are quite capable of taking care of themselves.
- They are very independent minded.
- They are confident and sure of themselves.
- They are as different as night and day.
- They are siblings being raised by a widower father - who I might say is doing a great job allowing them to be themselves rather than carbon copy cutouts.
- They are cute as all get out. Chuck is the younger one, has long curly brown hair and a smile and personality that is beyond magnetic. Edward is the older brother - always looking out for the younger one but still getting his licks in. Eddie has straight, short, black hair and is quite the conversationalist.
Here they are visiting me, but I am continuing my work with the kids I take care of for daycare and respite foster care. By that I mean that I am busy with other kids all the time. You'd think they would be bored outta their mind, aggravated by all the other rug-rats or outright frustrated at not being able to go sightseeing. But, not these guys, rather they want to go ride bikes around town, go to the community center to swim, go to the city park to play or swim at the beach, go eat lunch at one of the local eateries (on their own), and they even check in with me from time to time to make sure I don't worry.
The other thing I truly love is that they eat what I fix for dinners - NO COMPLAINTS! The worst I have heard is "I don't much care for that, may I only have a small amount". WHAT? No "eewe, yuck, gross, ugh, blah and etc."
These boys have been nothing but respectful even when I have had to scold them for being too loud during "quiet time" for the daycare or for running through the house. The usual response has been a short silence, hung head, and a "sorry", followed by a "yes ma'am" to given instruction. WOW! I love it! They even come home when they are told to. Really, they do!
To be sure Edward and Chuck are 100% BOY! The bikes they are using may be in pieces by the end of their stay. All of the frisbies and other toss toys will certainly be on the roof of the house. And each child will have their share of sibling inflicted hand-stars and bruises. Not to mention they have an older cousin that loves to get in there and pick on them too. Can you say wrestlemania - Gosh I hope not, but you get the idea anyway.
I am certainly having fun with them being around. Sundays is our sightseeing day. We do, however, take the respite foster kids with us for some of the shorter trips on Saturday. As a matter of fact tomorrow there is a car show and a Turkey Days Festival in Pelican Rapids. There is no way I would be allowed to forgo these events as Eddie is quite the motorhead. We will have a blast even with the extra kiddos!
Hey, Jeff (my brother for those of you that don't know) nice job with the boys - thanks for letting me borrow them.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
So, if you were wondering why my posts have been missing in action - now you know. It's just because I miss my camera. Since I had started this crazy blog this camera stayed attached to me like an extention to my arm. Thanks to the camera and this blog, I found out that I have WAY more fun than a person ought to be allowed. It is amazing how perspectives can be rearranged by truly focusing on the good things that are happening all around us. Unfortunately our brains are hardwired to remember the negatives. Going back and writing a quick blerb each day had refocused me into a more positive view of my live - which is huge considering that I am already quite positive and bubbly (or so I am told).
Any one know of a good camera that doesn't cost an absolute fortune, with good clarity, range, and is idiot proof? Help... I really need a camera soon. I am obviously going through withdrawls which is why the posts stopped for so long. While it seems I am starting to recuperate, it is still quite painful.......
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Yup, that's what I said "suspect honesty". Kids are far too often looked at with a suspicious eye. They look different, act different and are searching for their own way in life by the time they reach their teen years. Heaven helped our parents get through our teenageism (a disease brought on by a determined # of years of life, approx. 13, and generally ending by 20th year of life).
This is a cycle that has occurred through out history. Kids know there must be a better way to live life than the way their parents do. Parents know the kids are just out to drive them insane with their antics. Adults on the outside looking in just look in wonder and amazement at the two cultures clashing all the while hoping they don't get any on them. :)
What do these things bring to mind:
- A group of teen boys hanging out by a muscle car, music cranked
- A mixed group of teens hanging out by a muscle car, rap music cranked
- A mixed group of teens hanging out by a muscle car after dark
- A teen couple sitting in a car at dusk in a remote area
- A teen boy dressed in black with chains hanging from his clothing
- A teen girl dressed in short, tight clothing
- A group male teens walking through town with baseball bats
- A group of teen girls giggling through the mall - not one of them looks like she has eaten a meal in forever
- a lone teen, male or female, walking sullenly down the street, unkempt, tears in their eyes wandering aimlessly
I know, you immediately thought: Wow, look at that great kid or group of kids, huh?
Look again at the list and think about the post title "The Suspect Honesty of Teens". Kids don't hide themselves (thoughts, feelings or otherwise) very well. Often there are reasons for teens to dress and act in particular ways.
- Hanging out at the park with the boy with the muscle car: COOL.
- Wearing chain drive black clothing: need someone to ask me what's up, maybe depressed, angry or just plain like the style (is that really possible?).
- Teen girls in short tight clothing: want to be noticed, experimenting with sexuality, going out to the beach to do some tanning, hmmm.
- Teen couple sitting in the vehicle in remote areas: Better hope the parents had "the talk" or they could be discussing calculus.
- Teen boys walking through town with a baseball bat: duh, pick-up game, unless of course it's a gang and then you can expect other gear to come out as well not just the bats.
- Skinny girls giggling through the mall: Fasion conscious, media fed, social divas?
- The sullen, aimless, tearful, unkempt teen: Please, someone ask questions - this person needs someone to talk to, they just got into a fight with their girlfriend/boyfriend or parents in which case they need someone to talk to. they are depressed/suicidal and they need someone to talk to. And the list goes on: They need someone to talk to.
So, what do you do when you receive a phone call from a couple of teen girls that say they have just found a check made out to you and they would like to return it? True story:
I had a check for $398 from one of my daycare clients that I was going to deposit in my account. I endorsed it and put it in my pocket then started getting the kids ready to go for a walk to the bank (the kids like suckers from the bank and like to stop at the park and the pet store on the way home). With kids loaded up, we went to the bank only to find the check was no longer in my pocket....ARGH! Not the kids fault and I can call the client and let her know. Of course I would pay the cancel fee, but ARGH!!!!!
So, off we went to the park to play, then home (we searched the ground as we walked for the missing check, heck maybe I left it on the counter at home) for lunch. No check to be found anywhere, bummer! I picked up my phone to call the client and found there was a message so I listened intently to the caller: A TEEN GIRL. The message went something like this:
"hehehe, uhhh, Terrie, this is , uhhhhh, Kiki and , uhhhhhh Whitney and I found a 400 dollar check made out to you. We thought you might like it back. We stopped by your house, but you were not there so call us when you get back."
The check was SIGNED - They could have CASHED it - They BROUGHT IT BACK TO ME not once but twice they came to my house to make sure I got it back. Oh, and by the way, they knew they could have cashed it - one of them "reminded" me not to sign a check prior to being at the bank or something like this may end up with someone not being as honest.
These girls were honest! I have known both of these girls for a number of years in a very casual manner (something to do with baseball teams). Both come from different backgrounds with different life stories, but both came to the same conclusion - HONESTY BENEFITS us ALL!
I rewarded their honesty with $20 each. A small pittance in comparison to what they could have had should they have chosen to just cash my check. What they gained from their honesty is immeasurable - strength of character!
Friday, June 26, 2009
I guarantee you aren't getting much new news out of me today... I am finally getting the photos uploaded to this blog from San Pedro Lobsterfest 2009. For those of you that have never been to Belize - Go, get outta here and go - it is wonderful. I have been in some of the jungle areas of the mainland and have been on a couple of the cayes. AWESOME from the people to the places to the foods to the views and water....The photos are being posted to the original blog posts but I will be doing a wrap up post at some point in the future. Be sure to continually check back to see if there has been any progress. hehehe
Any way - I have been having a blast with the kids again. We went to the community center today and I am telling you those kids swim like fish....Man am I tired....They have worn me out!