Monday, May 31, 2010

Free Summer Kids' Movies

Ayrsley Cinema, a movie theater near us here in Charlotte, offers free kids every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am. I think it is great way to get out of the house while remaining air-conditioned. You don't have to worry too much about bringing your noisy toddlers either, becauset the whole theater is pretty noisy. It is always packed with day campers, but they open up a second theater when the first one gets too crowded, so don't sweat it if you are running late.

Here is a schedule for Ayrsely. It looks like there are some fun movies planned. My kids really love Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

AMC Pavillions, another theater nearby, also offers kids movies for a dollar every Tuesday. Here is a link to their schedule.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summery morning

Hydrangea blossoms on my dining room table.

The sprinklers are running and the grass is green green green.

The sun shone right in my eyes at 6:30 this morning.

Ten more days of school left.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What I am thinking about tonight

  • My garden is really pathetic. Don't be fooled by the pictures on the side - they are prettier than it is. As a whole, it is needs a lot of work, and my climbing roses are all DEAD now, thanks to blackspot. So sad. I think I am done with them.
  • I am really thankful to have a house big enough to host my family members who take the trouble to come see us. I know that is a huge pain to drive/fly across the country.
  • Gabe was really grumpy today. He loves people, but he also loves his alone time and his mommy time.
  • Colin made a really important move in his game tonight, helping win their first game in the their season-end tournament. I was really excited for him.
  • Ollie wouldn't take a nap today and then cried hysterically on our way to Colin's school, until his little head dropped to his chest, dead asleep.
  • I love my mom.
  • My brother Aaron starts a law internship tomorrow. Wish him luck!
  • Looking at my blog count for April and May really bums me out.
  • We got our tickets for our annual trip to Spokane!
  • I forgot how much I loved Lost until it ended. Sure, a lot of stuff still doesn't make sense, but I cried during the finale.
  • I love TV, but sometimes I wish I had the strength to live a life completely free from it. Maybe even the internet too.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Oh My

Just a peek at why I have been too busy and exhausted to blog:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Worth a 15 minute drive

Maybe this post is a little braggy, but I had to share some good news - the school Colin attends, Smith Academy of International Languages, just received an award for being the top elementary magnet school in the nation! It was also one of the five finalists for the overall award. Hurray for Smith! I can't tell you how happy we are to be a part of Smith and how impressed we have been with his teachers, teacher's assistants, and all the little extras the school has that makes it so special. It isn't an excellent school because it is an language immersion school, it is an excellent school period.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Farmer's Market

I had the privilege of chaperoning Colin's class to the Farmer's Market last Friday. It was fun, but honestly, not as fun as I expected it to be. I consider myself to be pretty good with kids - I assisted in dance classes for years and have worked in the Primary almost continuously for the last nine years, so I at least have experience - but I am still surprised when kids Colin's age have the gall to disobey an adult within minutes of meeting them. Maybe that is just because I grew up as a chicken and my kids are kinda chickens too (somewhat shy with adults). Anyway, before I sound like an old fogey, most of the kids were great, and it was fun, as always, to spend some time in Colin's classroom before we left (I just love his school so much) and to see him interact with his classmates during the day.

Each of the students brought a few dollars to spend at the market, and his teacher drilled it into their heads that Mother's Day was just a couple of days away, so they should get their mom flowers.

Colin took it very seriously, and used the money I gave him to buy me some tulips, which I put on my mantel at home.

On Sunday we were sitting around in the living room talking when I observed that the tulips on the mantel were very similar to the ones in the painting hanging there. Colin got a big kick out of it, and I got a big kick out of downloading my pictures yesterday and finding two that Colin took......

The tulips are dead now but the pictures make a good Mother's Day memory for me.

Monday, May 10, 2010


The first night that Chad and I were in DC, we took a bus tour around to all the different monuments. The first stop was supposed to be the FDR Memorial, but there was too much construction around it, so our driver announced that we would be stopping for a White House photo op. Pretty cool! However, when we got out and started walking towards the street where the driver directed us, we were greeted by security officers, telling us that the street was temporarily blocked off. Bummer.

So this is as close as we got. I took a lot of pictures of the White House and we got back onto the bus, where the driver told us that he was told by security that the Obama girls were playing on the lawn, which is why we weren't able to get closer. I actually thought that was kinda cool - "Good for them" I thought. "I'm glad they still get to play outside when they want to." We had noticed some people milling around the roof, but when we got home and I looked at my pictures, I noticed some other people in front.

Like the gentleman below in a pink polo(zoomed in from the picture above).

Tell me that stance and build doesn't look like our president!


And if that doesn't convince you, please say hello to Mrs. Obama on the right below!

I'm convinced (even more than I was with Orson Scott Card). How about you?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Aching legs times four

This is the circulator. It runs (I think) three different loops around the city all day. Maybe more. You can get an all day pass for $3, and since one of those loops was very near our hotel (or at least near by DC standards), and another ran the perimeter of the National Mall, it was the only mode of transportation we used in DC.

It is supposed to come by every ten minutes, but sometimes it is longer than that - like when you have been standing on your feet for the last two days, and your legs and back are screaming at you. Not to mention the last 2 hours of being on your feet were spent in the Holocaust Memorial Musuem, which is draining in a whole 'nother way. And chances are, when it does take longer than 10 minutes, there will be no bench around, and even the railing that you want to lean against will have fancy scrolling spikes on top to prevent you from leaning. No kidding.

And then when you do get on that bus, and it is hot, and there is a woman cursing loudly at the driver, and the bus temporarily stops working in a seedy part of town, and you are wondering if you should just get out and walk to the hotel.....

You will think to yourself, "It could be a lot worse."

"We could have the kids with us."