Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
I woke up in a cleaning mood this morning. I want to wash all the woodwork in the house. It has little finger prints everywhere. I also want to mop the whole house and get it nice and clean in time for the 4th. I went to Big Lots, my favorite store of late, and bought cleaning supplies. I bought:
- a tool box step stool (with 2 steps)
- Mr. Clean Angle broom with dustpan (this will stay in the laundry room where the cat litter is)
- 2 roll-up matchstick blinds for the patio doors
- a new pack of kitchen sponges
- Mr. Clean Magic erasers (4 pack)
- sponge caddy
- shoe bag for the closet that will hold 10 pair of shoes
- a purse organizer for the closet that will hold 8 purses
- a wooden shelf for my bathroom that fits over the sink
- spray paint (to paint the blinds and shelf)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
It's hard for me to watch a marriage fall apart in front of my eyes. I watched the much acclaimed Jon & Kate show and felt sorry for both of them. I did not feel sorry that they made bad decisions but felt sorry for them in dealing with bad decisions and for their kids. Little did I know it would come home more personal to me with our governor, Mark Sanford. Governor Stanford has been "missing" for 5 days supposedly on a hiking trip. Dennis and I knew that something was up for one does not miss Father's Day to go hiking, especially with 4 children. Add to that late night rides without his usual security and you have problems. Today, in a press conference, he admitted to having an affair and resigned as the president of the Republican Governors Association.
Now I know that the Democrats will have a field day with this. And true, it was irresponsible to leave his state unattended. I am not a fan of Governor Stanford, he hates public education and makes no bones about it at all. I thought he made a fool of himself over the stimulus package. I don't think he is a good governor. But, I do not relish in his personal troubles. My heart goes out to him during this time. He has hurt so many people with his lies and unfaithfulness. Seems like corruption goes along with power. We see this even in the Bible with David, who was a man after God's own heart. I have chosen to pray for Governor Sanford instead of gloating in his failure. I pray for forgiveness from his wife, his children, his family, his state. I pray for reconciliation with his family. I pray he turns to the Lord during this time and straighten out his heart. Most of all, I pray for him to have peace as he tries to rebuild his life.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Happy Birthday! I hope we have many more together in good health!! Cards from the boys. Hmmm, looks like Deniska needs help with spelling 'Birthday'.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Nikolai: Where are we going again?
Mama: Vacation Bible School. You will love it. It's so much fun!
Deniska: I know why Mama loves Vacation Bible School. (Said with his arms crossed.)
Mama: Why Deniska? Is it because you will learn about God's love?
Deniska: No! You are just excited that we are going to be gone from the house and you get 3 hours all to yourself! You can't fool me Mama!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
From the website: Melissa Greene, 23, joins the Junaluska Singers from Ooltewah, TN. She is the daughter of Robert and Diane Greene of Ooltewah, TN. Her grandparents, Howard and Mabel Phillips, reside in Louisville, KY. Melissa attends the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has been a member of the Central High School Ensemble, UTC Chamber Singers, and Northminster Presbyterian Choir. She was also a CHS Senior Day Soloist. Her favorite musician is Billy Joel, while her favorite choral work is “Lux Aeterna” by Morten Lauridsen. This is Melissa’s first year with the Junaluska Singers.
A personal story:I have played piano for around 15 years and percussion for 10 ½ years. I am a music education major with an emphasis in percussion. I would like to be a high school band director. I was selected to be the Central High School Senior Soloist in 2003 for my class’s Senior Day. I have traveled with the UTC Chamber Singers to Austria in March 2007, and I performed with the University of Vienna Choir at Karlskirche in Vienna. I was born in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
A folding chair for Mama, OK - I picked that up but I'll go and get Papa one too! A hand pump which Nikolai pointed out that was needed to pump up his pool toy.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Today is housecleaning day. We went to Mass last night so I could spend the day cleaning inside today. I am so not looking forward to doing housework. Still, I am so thankful that I have a home filled with loved ones who mess it up! It's a small price to pay.
Psalms 113:9 He gives the childless wife a home, the joyful mother of children. Hallelujah!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Just like his daddy, he fell in love with all the cars.
BMW Manufacturing Plant
I-85 at Hwy. 101 (Exit 60)
(864) 989.5297 or 1.888.868.7269
The BMW Zentrum is a state-of-the-art visitor’s center that highlights the company’s commitment to engineering and its neighboring communities. In addition to historic cars and motorcycles, visitors are able to watch a short film on the construction of the vehicles and witness the “Art Car” display. Visitors can even “ride the line” via the Virtual Factory Tour. Actual tours of the factory itself are available, although it is suggested that reservations are made far in advance due to the overwhelming popularity of the tour.