Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
We have had a busy last couple of weeks. I'll start with Saturday, the 16th. Every year the men of the churches around Montana go on a Wilderness Trek. Ed was not able to go this year, but Gage and Steve did. So that left Jenny and Darci husbandless. In past years we have spent a lot of time together while our husbands are gone. This year we did the same even though my husband was not gone! Thursday evening I was able to leave my children home and go "hang out" with the girls. Darci made Amish Friendship bread and we watched the Olympics. Friday we went over for all the kids to play together. The girls all went in the bedrooms and we didn't see or hear of them for several hours! That evening they all came over here for pizza - Darci was wanting Papa Johns Pizza which is here in Bozeman, not Belgrade. We went for some Cold Stone Ice Cream after that. Saturday was the Potato Festival in Manhattan. We went mostly for the parade. Here is one of the floats. Thought it was too funny.
Last week was busy with lots of different things. I painted my classroom at the church building (just needed a fresh coat - am going to try and paint the trim this week). I also worked a lot. Tuesday we had an all day orientation meeting. I also worked on the payroll several days. Plus we went camping on Friday. Gina had a great idea about getting college age kids from around the stat together for a campout. She picked a spot by Georgetown Lake (she grew up in Anaconda and knew of a good place there that was centrally located for others to come to). I was the provider/cook for the food for the weekend. So I spent time getting that ready and packing the camper. We had a nice turnout. 6 kids came from here, 2 from Great Falls and 1 from Anaconda.
Halee did it too.
We got the trailhead and turned around. They wanted to climb the rock again. This time Ed climbed too and then jumped off. Well, they had to do that too.
Monday morning I had to do a "mock run" on the bus. We have a new school opening and they wanted to see how times were going to work out. After route, I spent 3 hours giving my bus a good cleaning before school starts on Wednesday. So today is our last "lazy" day of the summer. So far we are enjoying it. I have a haircut appointment at 11 and the girls have a dentist appointment at 1. We have to find a water bottle for Hannah for school (the last school supply we need). Hopefully a lazy evening before the rest of the week. It is already full with Wednesday being school and bible class. Thursday we have gymnastics after school (Hannah is in 1st grade and will go to school every day) and I have a bible class teacher meeting. Friday we will head up to camp where I am the assistant cook for the weekend. Whew! I'm tired already!
Posted by Loree at 8:23 AM
Thursday, August 14, 2008
First a few pictures from Saturday. Hannah has been into wanting to draw pictures and sale them. She wanted to do it when I had the garage sale with Jenny the week before. She drew a picture and asked me to make 80 copies so that she could sale them! Well, that didn't happen. Then on Saturday she and Halee starting drawing pictures. Then they started hauling this table downstairs. I asked what they were doing and they were going to set up the table outside to sale their pictures. They did it all themselves. Then Hannah asked if they could sale the chocolates from her school fundraiser that we still had. She made a sign and tapped it to the table. They asked several people who drove or walked by, but didn't sell a thing. Too bad, but nice try!
When it was time for dinner, they both wanted to help. Hannah likes to peel the potatoes. She set herself up on the floor.
I had Halee help with unloading the dishwasher.
For the last 2 weeks, we have been going to swimming lesson Monday thru Thursday mornings. Today was the last day of the session. I did sign up for next week also - just a one week session. The girls are doing so good, I didn't want to stop!
Last year Hannah was afraid to do anything in the water. This year (especially today) she spent a lot of time going under. It took her a while to warm up, but today was asking to do bobs! YEAH! She would swim and put her mouth in to blow bubbles. She's still no comfortable doing any swimming on her own, but we have made progress.
Posted by Loree at 2:01 PM
Friday, August 8, 2008
On Tuesday, we drove to Big Timber to meet Ed's parents. Ed's birthday was Wednesday and his dad's on Thursday. We we had a little birthday celebration. The park in Big Timber is fabulous! From the looks of it, the whole town donated parts to make this "fort" happen. There are labels on everything - "This sound wall was donated by . . . " They have this big "Fort" and . . .
Tot land. Right next to this play structure is the swimming pool. So, the girls went wading (we didn't bring swim suits as we didn't know it would be open).
Today was the big youth rally adventure. The teens all hike up to Palisade Falls for the lessons and the "high line."
When you get off the high line, you have to cross this log to get back to the other side. Here Ed and Hannah are actually going the "wrong way" so that we could watch the people on the high line.
At lunch time I got to try it out. Here I am in the gear and heading up the hill to begin the ride. Hannah really wanted to try out the high line but Gage said that another time would be better. I'm glad she is interested in trying it since she is so fearful about things. We're making progress!
And this is the ride! There is a little bit of a ledge before the falls. So they let you off slowly until you get to that ledge. Then they hold you until they get the rope all let out. Then they let you go! Then you are abruptly stopped before you hit the tree - thank goodness! The people on the other side reel you in and unhook you. Oh my! What they did for me was a "medium whipper."
Posted by Loree at 4:30 PM
Monday, August 4, 2008
I just wanted to let all of you know the outcome of the job interview. I did not get the job. He said that I had a strong interview and was very confident. However, they offered the job to someone who had also applied for the 5th grade opening. I believe that person is the person who has been Hannah and Halee's preschool teacher - Ms. Katie. She definately NEEDED the job more than I (she's a single gal). I am okay with the outcome. I have always been on the side that if God wanted me to have this job, it would work out, but if he didn't, then he has other plans for me. So, it looks like he has other plans for me for now!
Posted by Loree at 4:24 PM
Sunday, August 3, 2008
As most of you already know, I interviewed for a kindergarten job at Heritage Christian School this past week. They said they hope to let me know by the first of this next week their decision. Hannah thought I was dressed so beautiful and wanted to take my picture. So, here you go! (Not sure why the font is doing this or how to correct it, so ... you get an underlined paragraph!)
Then on Friday, Ed and the girls headed to Kellogg, Idaho to buy this new-to-us truck. It is a 2006 GMC Sierra 4x4 diesel truck. It is very nice!
One of the things that we wanted in this new truck was 4 doors and more room in the back seat for the kids. They love it. There is lots of room and even a "table' that folds down between the seats to hold their cups.
I spent a lot of time this week helping my friend, Jenny, get ready for a garage sale. I was over there all day Tuesday and Friday. The sale was Saturday. This picture doesn't do much justice to how much she had for sale. I did bring over a few things and made $100. She made $700!
Posted by Loree at 5:07 PM