Sunday, March 30, 2008

Earth Hour 2008

My family and I participated in Earth hour last night, March 29th, from 8p.m. until 9p.m.

We turned out all of our lights, turned off the tv and computer, and just hung out together in the dark. It was a lot of fun! At first I thought my little girls would be afraid (they are 6, 5, and 3) but my 12 year old son turned off all the lights and got his guitar out and the next thing ya knew the girls were having a lot of fun! They took turns telling me stories and singing songs-they pretended we were "camping".

We have some new neighbors that moved in yesterday, and when I walked by to check my mail all of the lights inside and outside their house were on. I saw the new neighbor guy walking up to his house and I said "It's Earth Hour! All the lights are supposed to be turned off from 8 until 9!", and started laughing. He said "Oh" and I thought he was probably thinking his new neighbors were nutcases-but, low and behold, we looked out the window a couple minutes later and guess what? They had turned all their lights out! How cool is that?

I was surprised at how well the kids handled it. At 9:15 I told the kids it was time for everyone to go to bed, and to make their beds for nighty nite time. My 5 year old, Jenna, couldn't find her pillow. "Turn the light in the bedroom on so you can find your pillow." I told her. She exclaimed "But mommy, we aren't supposed to turn on the LIGHTS YET!" Haha! I thought that was wonderful-and explained to her we were "allowed to turn the lights on" now, just for a few minutes while she found her pillow. We kept the lights off for the rest of the night, except for one small nightlight. For once the kids weren't afraid, and were actually ENJOYING the dark.

This activity made me very aware of the amount of electricity we use in our every day lives. I will definitely be more diligent about the lights we leave on, and the tv my little ones are constantly turning on. I am thinking about doing this one hour lights out with the kids one night per month to raise awareness in my household, lower my energy bills, and just plain use it as a good family time.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Spring Break!

Today was our first day of spring break!

Christian's alarm clock went off, as usual, at 7. LOL. So much for sleeping in on the first day of spring break! I hung out and played online and enjoyed my morning coffee for awhile as the kids slept in. Then, after a liesurely morning, we made brunch together. The kids helped me make drop biscuits, gravy, sausage, fried taters topped with melted cheese, and scrambled eggs...yum!

Now Christian and I are going to tackle cleaning the back patio. It's kind of a cold day but i'd like to have it nice and tidy before the weather gets nice again so wecan have dinner on the patio when we want to. :) Woohoo for spring cleaning!

I'm hoping to take all the kids to see Horton Hears a Who on Monday! Yay!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Awards all around! :)

Well, Wednesday Jennaveve got her two awards at her assembly at school: citizenship and a reading award (see previous blog from Wed). Jenna's kindergarten class started reading groups just like her big brother and sister. Jenna's in the green group and she gets to bring home a new book to read me every evening.

Thursday Christian brought home an award for his Reading Counts points. He was supposed to get 50 in a semester, and he got 64. Way to go!

Friday, Gwennie got an award at her assembly as well! Gwennie got Most Improved student award! She's been working so hard! She got 95 percent on the district math test AND the district language arts test recently. Gwennie also had a memory word test that consisted of 115 words-all of the sight words she's learned so far in 1st grade. Gwen got 115 right!

Autumn saw everyone bringing home awards and said "I get one too??" so we've been serching high and low for a little certificate for her. Tiny finally found one at work and brought it home. (It's so cute! It has rainbow shooting stars and says "Shining Star" on it!) We're going to put Autumn's name on it (my mom does calligraphy) and then we're going to "present" it to her in front of the family (me, kids, mom, Auntie Kellie, Echo). We'll make sure to clap and show her how proud of her we are. :) Of course we'll take pictures too! She's going to get a certificate for beng a good girl and going every day to "Autumn time". (This is her name for the time that she spends with me while the kids are in school.)

Friday, March 7, 2008


Yep, shoes! I found these at Payless and they look JUST like a pair I had in junior high. I couldn't help it-they made me feel like a kid again, so I bought them. I find the bright lime green color especially pleasing. :) As a plus, my 12 year old son saw them and said "Wow mom those shoes are TIGHT!" I thought this was funny because when I bought them I figured he would be terribly embarassed. I wore them outside, so they aren't pristine anymore-sorry about the dirt marks in the pic. :\

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

It's Been Awhile!

Since i've updated this blog. Things have been so crazy hectic around here that I haven't updated much of anything, i'm just trying to keep up with life lately! LOL! 2008 has been pretty darned adventurous fo our family so far!

Today Jennaveve got an award for citizenship at school! She was the only one in her class to get a citizenship award so we were really proud! My mom and sister, Tiny and I (and Autumn) went to her school to watch her receive her award at the kinder assembly. She'll get an ice cream for it too! Jenna also got a reading award. I'm so proud of her!

After the assembly, Autumn, Tiny and I had lunch at Islands. All of my pics from this morning are date stamped January 1st lol because I just bought the camera this morning (thanks for the tip about Target Marion!) and I haven't really figured out how to use it yet. It doesn't help that I left the user manual in Tiny's car and he's at work. Haha.

The kids have minimum day today, so i'm hoping to take them out to ride their bikes after school. Autumn is recovering from being sick though, so i'm not sure. The antibiotics they gave her are really helping her out-she has so much energy! I've got to do SOMETHING to help her run it off a bit without exhausting her.