Sunday, June 29, 2008
The first step was to squeeze the glue into some kind of mold. The hole thingies in our rulers worked best, but we would often just squeeze it out onto some wax paper. Then when they were dry, we shaped them onto our nails with just a little moisture. Viola! Instant nails! I can still remember how they tasted as we licked them so they would stick. They didn't last all that long, but they made this 4th grader feel pretty clever. And they looked much more real if you painted them with colorful (purple!) nail polish.
As this memory was coming back into full recall, I started to think back about the other unique things we did back then. I remembered we all took bouillon cubes to school too. We would pull back the wrapper and lick at them all day. We really thought they were tasty! Bleh! I guess they weren't all that bad when you balanced them out with dry Jello.
At least Jello actually tasted good. We took packets of it and dipped our fingers in the bag and then licked our fingers. Can you imagine the colorful tongues (and fingers!) in that classroom? Bouillon brown and Jello red! When I say we, I mean most of the class was doing this. By most, I mean the cool ones...ya know like me. Heh heh.
My favorite one of all was the melted sugar candy. The recipe was exchanged among all the classmates. It consisted of: (go grab your pencil!) 1 cup of sugar. Did you get that? Here, let me repeat it just in case you missed it: 1 cup of sugar. That's the recipe in it's entirety. A good recipe for most fourth graders. At least it was easily recalled when we got home and tried it out. The instructions were even more simple. Just pour the sugar in a pan on low heat until it is melted completely. It turns into a carmel brown liquid. Then pour it on a cookie sheet and let it harden. Break it up in little pieces, put it in a baggy and take it to school to suck on all day. I am starting to understand now why I had so many cavities as a kid!
In third grade outside at recess we would gather up all the leaves and make an outline of a house complete with all the rooms. We would even outline beds, tables, chairs, and toilets. Yes toilets. Well...what ya gonna do without one of them? We would have a whole neighborhood of houses going down the side of the school. That was a lot of fun!
I was trying to remember other things we did that were just as interesting, but I went blank. So I have decided to ask you...my bloggy readers, what things YOU did as an elementary schooler that was unique in some way. Even if you're a regular lurker, (and I love my lurkers!), now's the time to speak up. Please tell me the things you and your classmates did that I haven't included on my list, or more importantly that I have. Did anyone else do any of these bizarre things too? Share away! I can't wait to hear what you did. I am hoping they will spark a memory of some other things I forgot about! Leave the time period you were that age as well just for fun. Do things change all that much with each generation? Guess we will see!!! Get thinking and start reminiscing! In the meantime, I'm off to try out faux fingernails with Got 2b Glued!
Friday, June 27, 2008
What is the weather like today where you live?
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how career-minded are you?
What type of window coverings do you have in your home? Blinds, curtains, shutters, etc.?
Name something that instantly cheers you up.
How many times do you hit the snooze button on a typical morning?
This is my first Friday Fill-in. Feel free to join in and add to your blog!
1. Birthdays are ______. A big deal at our house. On their birthday the boys each get what we call their Birthday Week. It's a whole week when they don't have to do any of their chores and they get to choose what is for dinner that week, etc. We have a special plate, and a big banner that hangs up the whole week, a birthday doorbell, etc. I have always given them a kid party each year with a theme. That is one of my favorite things to do. I miss doing those now that they are getting older. I love making and decorating cute cakes to go with the theme of the party.
2. ____ is my favorite season because ______. Spring. It is like a renewal of life when I am so tired of the long, cold winters! I also love the smells and birds singing!
3. I feel my best when _________. I've got enough sleep and I have exercised.
4. ______ is my favorite food! Lasagna! And you thought I was going to say chocolate! That is my favorite food group! :D
5. First impressions are _______. Lasting.
6. The best piece of advice I ever received was ___________. Oh, so many! The one that helps me through each day is...Do not worry over things that you have no control over. It is a waste of energy. And I live by the phrase...it's all about choices.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want to _____! This weekend unfortunately nothing. I have to finish this book I am working on for my parent's anniversary and it is getting old! Tomorrow I have my long run I am not looking forward to either. I am planning on 10 miles. I will also still be working on the book and the invites and hopefully going to my son's football 7 on 7 tourney. Sunday I want to REST! But I don't see that happening because I have to get this book done by Monday! I do want to go to my in laws and visit with Karen and fam.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Wins the I am Special plate! ↑
Wins the Happy Birthday plate!↑
Wouldn't you know it...annonymous wins!!! I am pretty sure this is my sister in law Linda since we share a birthday and she wrote that on her comment! I will find out and let ya know!!! And I will be sure to tell her to sign her name next time! :D
*** Okay.....YES Annonymous WAS my SIL Linda!!! How appropriate that we share a birthday (although she is ONE year older....heh heh...and ALWAYS will be I might add! :D) and she won the Birthday plate!!! Too funny!!!
There's a 2 by Raigon's name because she was entered twice for linking me! This happened to be her second one!!! It paid off!!!
Thank you all for entering!!! I can't wait to do it again! (not the 100 things but the contest!) And I hope the two lucky winners enjoy the fun plates!!!! If you weren't a winner be a good sport and tell them congrats! You can do that here on this post! OR go to Raigon's blog HERE.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I will be announcing the WINNER of my GIVE AWAY tomorrow, so stop on by! Two names will be drawn. Each will win one of these fantabulous plates!!!
There's still time (but not much) to enter if you haven't yet! Just scroll down a few posts!
Monday, June 23, 2008
There's still time!
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Here, here! 'Your Highness' the Queen survived AP Camp! It was an amazing experience for me! I spent four days with some incredible young men and their leaders. They came through on their promise and really did treat me like a Queen. I only did dishes once and that was because I snuck and did them (they really needed some help!) It was a beautiful setting and beautiful weather. We stayed at our Bishop's cabin in Sundance, Utah. Now that is my idea of camping! Flush toilets, showers, and heat! I had a great time. It was even better because our Bishop's mother (who owns and built the cabin with her husband 40 years ago) also came along. She is a spry 89 years old but seems at least 20 years younger and an incredible lady. I was trying to keep up with her! We had some great fun together.
The boys were awesome and I really enjoyed my time with them. They worked really hard on memorizing scriptures and other passages. They had to pass off 12 things to me and for each one they received a cool bead to put on a lanyard. Most of them passed off all 12. I learned a lot too! I am pretty sure I can now recite the sacrament prayers from heart and the purpose of the priesthood. They are all going to make great missionaries some day!
I was a little disappointed I didn't run into Robert Redford (I mean Bob!) I got some great photos of his private gate though. He lives only a mile or so from where we were staying. The Bishop said he jogs past their cabin between 8:30 and 10 a.m. on most days. He must have been out of town because we never saw him. My mom really wanted a photo and his autograph if I did. I had visions of me running after him as he jogged on by with my camera and paper and pencil, calling out, "Wait up Bobby!" And trust me I would have too!
I really enjoyed the whole thing. Even when I had to speak to them about what girls look for in guys. That was actually really fun! The marshmallow wars was one of my favorite things. I held my own too. There was a lot of games, service projects, study time, tree climbing, eating, and devotionals. We had a great speaker named Bro. Bingham who was incredible. The boys wore their white shirts and ties for that and then had a testimony meeting after around the bon fire. Every single person there bore their testimony. There was an amazing spirit felt by all.
Here are LOTS of photos and even a slide show at the end. Enjoy!
*Me fixing Bryce's homemade plant tie
*Me and the Bishop's mom
*Dave, me and Bryce
*The name of the cabin
Robert Redford's gate to his house. The private property signs were everywhere. The bottom right is a photo of me running on private property. What a rebel I am. And I never even got prosecuted!
*Me and Bryce
*Packing up to go home
As a side note, I did notice just a few differences in attending BOY'S camp vs GIRL'S camp.
And last but not least...
When it comes to going to the bathroom:
Look what I got in the mail from Tina! ↓ A cute little notebook she made with my initial on it! I love it!!! Thanks Tina!
Friday, June 20, 2008
There's still time!
This is actually last week's feast that I missed, but I liked it much better than this weeks and so I did it instead! Dig in...
Do you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist?
What is your favorite color of ink to write with?
How often do you get a manicure or pedicure? Do you do them yourself or go to a salon and pay for them?
Have you ever won anything online? If so, what was it?
In which room in your house do you keep your home computer?
A typical winter morning. Me in my running gear, sitting in front of the warm fire before going out on a really chilly run, reading and on-line! I'm just missing the hot chocolate! Oh yeah, and the flames! I have the fireplace remote right by me so I can turn it on and off according to my freezin' level at the time. This time of the year when I sit there, I have Box Elder bugs (click here) keeping me company and crawling on me! Oh, they bug!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Yep, this is a be-lated post! But after doing and surviving my 100th post, I really needed a break!!! Besides, if I had put this one on before my 100th then THIS would have been my 100th! Comprende'? I didn't want to leave this one out because our Father's are so important and deserve some recognition and I really didn't want to wait until next Father's Day... soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
My bro just being my bro! He is a great father too and has some dang cute kids if I do say so myself! He is dying laughing over a photo of my Dad from long ago!
I am very lucky to have such an awesome Pa-in-law! He treats me like one of his own daughters. He has always been very generous to us and is always there when we need help or advice. He has shared everything he has with us and I am so grateful for his amazing example to me and my boys. He is always so much fun to be around and makes everything more fun. Thanks Dad! We love you!♥
What can I say to the most wonderful husband in the world? Dave has always treated me like a Queen and now teaches the boys to do the same. He is one of those people that can do anything and if he can't he will learn how to do it. He continually amazes me at the depth of talent and skill he has. He is always positive and a stalwart example to our boys. He isn't afraid to get in and cook, clean, or do laundry to help me out. He even cans! The only downside to that is it means I have to too! He keeps up an amazing yard and garden. I am so blessed to have such a great hubby. And my boys are so fortunate to have such an amazing father. Thanks hon. I luv ya! ♥ Happy Father's Day!