Good morning everyone! It is hard to believe that it is Monday already! Our household, emboldened by the new looks of spring blooming forth across our state, spent the weekend in obtaining new looks themselves!
- Kayla’s Braces
- The most important new look, of course, was Kayla’s braces. The people at Allen Orthodontics on Friday were just super with her, as they always are, and she has been a trooper about her mouth and the soreness that comes along with the first few days of braces. Sunday we stopped for a minute, and she let me take two pictures of her with her braces.
Because she said the sun hurt her eyes, we took a second picture, too.
- Mom’s New Look
- Then it was my turn. I spent Saturday morning getting my hair colored, so Kayla wanted to take pictures of me with my new hair color on Sunday.
- The Escape’s New Look
- We also had a trailer hitch put on the Escape on Saturday, so that we would have a way to pull a light trailer that could carry Mark’s scooter back and forth to the Suzuki place for servicing.
- While the most important new look in our house was Kayla’s braces, the most spectacular new looks are with the trees and flowers around us as spring approaches. Here are some pictures of them:
A tulip tree in full bloom:
Close Up of the Tulip Tree:
Here are some daffodils that have grown wild on a hillside:
And here is a close-up of another group of daffodils that have just started a new clump across the street from the ones on the hill. In a few years, they will have the ground covered!
The last new look in our household was Mark’s. He originally intended to rest on his laurels with the truck, but a small “oopsie” by him, followed by a bigger “oopsie” by me led to an entirely new look for him also. But that post will have to wait for another day! So, COMING SOON: The Accidental Haircut!
- I forced a very sleepy little girl out of hibernation this morning and into the cold, cruel world of getting ready for school, and she did NOT like it! Her latest fad is to get up, grab her clothes, turn on the fireplace in the den and huddle in front of it while she gets dressed. (No, it is not that cold in my house – well, sometimes it is, but not right now.) It looks quite pitiful and Dickensy – I keep waiting for her to bring me her empty cereal bowl, look at me with mournful eyes and say in a tiny voice, “Please, ma’am, can I have some more?”
- Wednesday is our busiest day, because Kayla has dance after school, which finishes up at 5:50, and then I have to feed her, get her home to change into her sneakers and then be at the church by 6:15. We usually are home by about 7:45 p.m. Unfortunately, homework does not regulate itself according to our schedule so on Wednesday nights when she has homework, I am trying to cram her head full of (usually) math in 15 minutes and still get her to bed on time. It can be quite a drama filled experience. Last night when we entered the car, I asked if she had homework, and Kayla said yes. Once we were on the way to the church, she announced that she didn’t have homework after all; the teacher had decided to keep them from pulling the homework page out of their book after all. The dilemma: Should I double check the homework file to investigate the mysterious disappearing homework, or just take the statement at face value and hope for the best? I’ll let you decide what I did…..
- Isn’t it nice to see families doing things together? Last night the three of us participated in a joint parking project. I was driving and trying to swing into the garage without hitting the other car. I got advice from both Mark and Kayla (Mark: Cut it as hard as you can to the left; Kayla: You’re okay on my side!) Of course they were sitting on the same side, so the instructions were a little conflicting, but I decided to go with the more experienced driver :). Regardless of whose advice was better, since everyone participated, it qualified as a group project. Everyone was still speaking to everyone else when we finished, too!
- I have now seen about five tulip trees in full bloom. They are so beautiful! I really hope we don’t have a killing frost this year. The Bradford pear trees buds are starting to get full, but they’re not ready to bloom yet. It would be too early for them, anyhow. I still haven’t seen any yellow bells, which is sort of odd for this time of year here. If anyone has seen some, I sure would like to know about it!