The semester is almost over. Just a few more days and it will be finals week.
Then I get a break! I can NOT wait.
I won’t be on campus for almost two whole months… What will I do with myself? (Besides work more.)
Every year , since she was old enough to write, I have Amber make a “summer fun list.” Anything and everything goes on the list.. small crafts to over night trips. It’s whatever we “want” to do…….. That doesn’t necessarily mean we WILL do everything on the list.
We’ve already started this years list. Here’s some of what we hope to do.
Go to the beach.
Fly Kites on the beach.
Picnic on the beach
Make garden crafts
Plant a topsy turvey strawberry plant.
Spend the day at Blue Bayou
Make paper Mache Monsters
Go to Girl Scout Camp
Clean the pool
Build a really big sandcastle
Eat an ice cream cake
Make homemade ice cream
Collect sea shells
Make sea shell jewelry
The list is growing every day. We probably won’t get everything on our list done. But it’s fun to make our summer fun list. It lets us be creative and dream and gives us a starting point for our summer time together!
For my own sanity.. Abbigail needs to be potty trained. But- she refuses.
It’s ridiculous- she is 3 1/2. She should be using the “big girl potty” by now. Needless to say- Shes not.
I have tried everything trick I know to get her potty trained. Thing is… she knows what this potty stuff is all about.. She just wont do it. She may be doing it on purpose.
I’m at my wits end and she just doesn’t seem to be bothered- AT ALL- by a wet diaper.
She wants to take dancing, go to school, be a girl scout and do anything else you can think of. I’ve tried telling her she can do all those things as soon as she starts using the big girl potty. She says she doesn’t want to. Really? How else do you reason with a 3 year old?? I’ve tried potty treats and potty books and special potty toys… I’ve tried letting her run around naked or with just panties (Both lead to a big mess mom has to clean up)… I’ve tried taking her once an hour to “try”… None of these things work on her. She simply won’t do it.
So what’s a mom to do?
I’ve decided, if she goes off to college in diapers.. That’s all on her! She’ll be the one embarrassed right? This is all fine and great except to get to college, we must first get through high school, middle school and elementary school…. all of which (I’m taking a wild guess here) she must be potty trained for. So I’m back to square one.
For many people summer means growing flowers and planting a gardening. Even though I have nothing near what could be called a green thumb- (Mine is more like black!)- the kids and I LOVE making a pretty flower garden every year. We spruce it up with pretty garden stakes and stepping stones. This year, since monkey (er.. Abbi) is old enough to “help,” we are going to make our own garden decorations. I thought I would share some of the things we are going to try.
I don’t usually plant a garden, but my dad does. We are gonna make these cute garden stakes for him. I bought the clear rocks needed at Michael’s. It was $2.49 for a bag of about 20. Dollar Tree also sells them, but they don’t have clear- only colored.
If you don’t know, Titan is the largest of Saturn’s 53 moons. It’s also one of the few celestial bodies in our solar system to have an atmosphere. I remember hearing years ago that Titan was the best chance, in our solar system, of finding life outside of Earth. I’ve been fascinated ever since!
A couple of weeks ago I caught a Science channel show all about Titan and learned all kinds of new and interesting stuff.
In 1997 NASA, in a joint effort with the European Space Agency, launched a spacecraft, Cassini, to explore Saturn and it’s moons. A probe, Huygenns, was piggybacked to Cassini. The only mission of the probe was to land on the surface of Titan. On January 14, 2005 it did just that. For the first time humans were able to see through Titan’s thick atmosphere and view it’s surface.
This is a photo taken from the probe on Titan’s surface
The photo in itself may not reveal anything extraordinary (to most people!) I think what intrigues me the most is that we actually made it there. We sent a space craft millions of miles away- and managed to take pictures and have them sent back to Earth. Just the idea is fascinating. It is just amazing we can do such things!
You can learn more about the Cassini spacecraft, which is still in orbit around Saturn HERE.
I can’t exactly say I’ve been a big fan of Lady Gaga. Honestly, she came off as kind of scary. And who can forget that meat dress??
Truth is, I didn’t bother to find out much else about her. I didn’t dislike her- But I didn’t make an effort to find out any more than the few seconds I would catch about her here and there on TV.
Recently while I was up late one night flipping through the TV, I caught the tail end of one of Oprah’s new shows (Next Chapter?? Maybe). I don’t know what the entire show was about since I just saw the last few minutes, but the part I did see had Lady Gaga surprising a several kids who were empowered by her song “Born this Way.” These kids, who were all bullied or picked on in some way, were inspired by Lady Gaga and found strength in the song itself. The show also highlighted Lady Gaga’s Born this way foundation- which I had never heard of.
I was in awe. I had heard the song . The words are powerful- but I never thought about the impact such lyrics could have on a child. Hearing these kids tell their stories of how this one song empowered them and how Lady Gaga helped change the way they think of themselves was nothing less than impressive.
I guess, for me anyway, it was most surprising because it’s Lady Gaga. She is just not someone I would have thought of as a positive role model.
I was wrong.
Despite my differing opinion on some of her choices for making fashion statements, she is a empowering today’s youth. AND that is ALWAYS a good thing.