You might think:
- You are much older in one of the photos
- There are 4 kids, not 3
- You are dressed much less fancy in your twins sweatshirts
- David doesn’t have on his cute knee socks in photo 2 (or does he??)
You might think:
Today I will help you be a baseball boyscout: always prepared for all baseball game scenarios.
Know the forecast and dress accordingly. Don’t be dismayed if it is cold. This will just give you the opportunity to wear your cute Twins sweatshirt and use your sister’s team-themed blanket. Hot weather games will come and you will miss the days of cool breezes.
Pack light, but pack full. I like this game day bag. It is brown so I can be footloose and fancy-free and put it on the ground in front of me. In it, I pack a sealed water bottle, my camera, mittens, my glasses, my wallet, phone, sunglasses, and snacks. If you want to celebrate the day after Earth Day by bringing a large tupperware container of caramel corn, don’t let your family’s mocking get you down. If you are looking for tips on effectively packing a bag, I would recommend watching Mary Poppins. Julie Andrews has taught me everything I know on the subject.
If you are lucky, your dad will bring cold cut sandwiches from Subway and you will feel like you are 9 again, which might be the last time you had a cold cut sub. If your dad is not attending the game with you, plan to empty your bank account to buy your dinner. Ball park food can be tasty, but undoubtedly pricey.
You should be ready to enjoy the game, but in case it is a slow moving game, here are some conversation topics.
**Note that these topics are taken directly from my eavesdropping on the two men sitting next to me at today’s game (see picture above for context):
Last night I went to the Good Friday service at my church. We looked at what happened in the week prior to Jesus’ death on the cross. On Palm Sunday with Jesus’ triumphal entry in Jerusalem, the crowds were cheering and praising “Hosanna!” On Friday they crucified him. What happened? What changed? Read Luke 19:28-23 for the full story.
I mostly just wanted to share some lyrics with you today. They are what Easter and Good Friday are all about.
from It Is Well With My Soul
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
From In Christ Alone
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost it’s grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
from Jesus Paid It All
Oh praise the one who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead
from Good Friday
I didn’t recognize that look in his eyes
When they cried
With a sorrow that no man has ever known
Hang him high, watch him die, hear the cry
Crucified, up on that God forsaken tree
From How Deep The Father’s Love For Us
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
We don’t have school tomorrow. So today we celebrated it up for Earth Day. And when I say celebrated, I mean we watched Elmo Loves the Earth, we made Earth Day necklaces, and we discussed/wrote about how we can help the Earth. Sweet “celebration”, I know.
Here are my three favorite take-aways:
“You have to be nice to the Earth so the Earth will be nice to you.”
“I will mop up the whole Earth.” (teacher response: maybe you can start with mopping your kitchen?)
Teacher: Happy Earth Day! Student: It’s not my birthday!
The conversation pretty quickly went downhill, as they launched into a big discussion/debate on what will happen if the Earth stops spinning, how does the Earth spin, and how does it change from day to night. Then one girl got up on her knees and said she had an announcement. She then preached to the class about how when it is day here, it is night in Kenya. When it is night in Florida, it is day here. And when it is night here, it is day in China. She then quietly sat down.
My actual Earth Day plans? A day of baking delight. The kitchen fun was meant to start tonight. Turns out parchment paper and wax paper are not always interchangeable. Glad I let google teach me that lesson instead of learning it the hard way like I usually do in the kitchen!
Relient K sings: Lately the weather has been so bipolar, and consequently so have I.
These things made me a little depressed today.
1) Snow. In April.
Things that took away all the sadness in my heart:
Today’s Quote: “I don’t like unicorns. They bite.”
2) this outfit:
waiting outside my classroom this morning.
Yes, all is right with the world once more.
I have a student in my class who I think that I could write a whole blog just on the things she says. This girl is wise beyond her years, she is hilarious, she says the most amazing things – most of my facebook status updates are thanks to her, and she is full of attitude and sass. Love her. Most of the time. The other 15% of the time she drives me crazy, but in the best way possible.
Here are some of the things she has said of late:
On the topic of exercise:
Student: Can we stop?
Student: But my legs are crying!!!!
Seeing the smart board in action:
S: NOW I am impressed!
Sitting down to do some fingerpainting:
S: I’m ready to make some magic.
Playing with blocks:
Make a microphone and comes up to me singing – “Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!”
When I repeated something for kids who didn’t hear it:
S: We know! We weren’t born yesterday!
On the topic of this necklace:
A different student grabs it and says: “What is this?”
T: It is my silver medal from when I won the Olympics!
S turns around in line after hearing this, she puts her hand on her hip and says, “Are you SURE??”
While I was sitting in the book area with her
S: Will you pretend to cry?
(naturally I did this, but put in minimal effort)
S: *giggling to her friend* I made Miss K cry!
(this was right after she finished petting my arm and singing a song about how I should go to sleep – trust me, I was tempted)
During Light Exploration
She does not spend her time exploring what happens when you shine a flashlight through a color paddle or a prism. Rather, she dresses up with multiple pairs of kid sunglasses on a face and head, holds a flashlight up to her chin and wanders the classroom repeating in a “spooky” voice: “I am from outerspace” and when I make eye contact with her, she drops all space-creature facade, puts her hands on her hips and says, “I’m serious!”
When supposed to be reading books:
Comes to my desk, pets my arm, and says, “My dad says I’m magic. I can make it be night.”
Ok then. I’m sure he does…
Student: I want to smell that yellow marker.
Student: Please!?! (hand on hip). I gave you candy! Let me smell it!
It is time to go away. Give it up. I don’t want to see you again for at least 6 months. Maybe 8 months. You are no longer welcome here. I no longer want to dress kindergartners in hats and gloves and scarves. I stopped wearing my winter coat weeks ago, but sometimes I am still cold in my fleece. I blame YOU, winter. It is spring. It is time for you to go home. Remember that your home is now in the Southern Hemisphere (or will be soon when they are done with fall). You had a nice run this year. We welcomed your first blizzard, and trudged through the next few. We are done being a gracious hostess. It is not time to say goodbye.
In case a well-written letter doesn’t work, I googled, “How to get rid of unwanted guests.”
Here are some ideas you might consider trying:
Sometimes in life you need to get from one place to another. This is not always as easy as it sounds, because you may not actually know how to get from Point A to Point B.
My friend Sara taught me in high school that the best option is to “Just make it up!” Is this really always the best option? Let me give you several scenarios. These are all scenarios when I chose the wrong multiple choice answer when deciding between:
a) Follow the signs.
b) Look at a map.
c) Use the GPS
c1) Use the built in GPS on your phone
d) Follow your heart.
I have a history of getting lost. Yet I like to think that at times I have a good sense of direction. Tami, my GPS, would probably beg to differ, based on the amount of times she is “recalculating” or tells me to make a U Turn.
I am at the Mall of America to meet some friends. I tell one friend I am getting there early because I have awkward amounts of time to kill. She comes early too. I look at the map to find out how to get to Chipotle. I walk around the entirety of the mall, unable to find Chipotle. When I do arrive, I am no longer early and basically everyone is there. Enter my inability to find people in crowds. I walked right past them. They shouted my name and I looked around bewildered. Should I have used my GPS? No, that would be ridiculous. Should I have been able to read a mall map? Yes. Embarrassing.
My roommate and I go to the Bad Waitress for brunch. (sidenote: HIGHLY recommend. If I could live solely off of the Spyhouse Caramella espresso drink, I would). We then want to get from the Bad Waitress to Anthropologie. Roommate googled directions. Said googling results in us sitting in a deserted apartment back alley near Lake Calhoun. Unless Anthro is in the neighbor’s detached garage, google has lead us astray. Tami (the aforementioned GPS) is nowhere to be found. Enter: the phone GPS. It finds Anthropologie no problemo. We follow the directions. My heart questions going north on the highway, but we follow anyways. The destination: defeat. or a warehouse on a corner in Crystal. Clearly in this instance we should have followed our hearts, not our maps and technology.
You are in Florida, heading back from a day in the Everglades. Tami says to go on back roads. Amber (real live friend) says to go on the highway. You listen to Tami. You regret this decision, as it results in a 15 hour drive home. Ok, that is an extreme exaggeration, but it felt like forever. I’m sorry, Amber, for trusting Tami before trusting you.
Time to meet up with some friends for dinner before small group! The destination: one you’ve driven to a million times. Not a problem. Uh-oh. You are on the phone and forgot to exit. No worries – take the next exit. Easy as pie. Until you try turning around in a parking lot that spits you back out onto the one-way you entered from (clearly did not actually get to turn around). and you weave your way through the city, following your heart, and your stomach, and don’t seem to be getting anywhere closer. You finally cave and turn on your phone’s GPS. ETA? 20 minutes. How did this happen? You miss all of dinner conversation and take your food to go. Fail. In this instance, I for sure should have pulled out that GPS a wee bit sooner.
You exit the subway in Vancouver with all your luggage. Your sister thinks the hotel is one direction. You mention you think it is the other, but know your lack of ability in map reading, so you go with your sister’s intuition. After dragging the luggage downhill, it is determined that you were right. Now it is time to drag your luggage UP the hill and get to the hotel. Note: your map reading skills apparently flourish out of the country, and you should always fight for your directionality to win in situations abroad.
You are going to your friend’s house that you have gone to once, but from a different direction. Not a problem – you can still get there, right? WRONG. You get utterly lost, super confused, end up miles away, put the address in your GPS, only to find that this house is too new to be in the GPS, and call your friend, to find out they can’t give you directions because they just moved in there, and then you pray, “Jesus, please help me find this house. I will give it one more try, then I will probably just go home.” and then miracle: you find it! PTL.
I would like to share that I kind of like getting lost. If the circumstances are right. I like meandering down new roads as long as I am not meandering through bad neighborhoods. I like it if I have all the time in the world and no one is waiting on me. Or following me. If someone is following me (like a friend caravaning, not a creeper or stalker) then I get really stressed out that I don’t know where I am going and am also leading them astray. (I should probably again clarify that I do not mean to imply that having a creeper follow my car is fine with me. It would also stress me out – but for different reasons)
Otherwise I think that getting lost is a bit of an adventure, and helps me learn the area, so that I don’t have to rely on technology to get me where I am going. Even though sometimes I clearly should.
I don’t think I have ever called my mom, mama. It just seemed fitting for this post title.
My mom’s birthday is today, so naturally I am brainstorming some birthday gift ideas.
The gift of laughter is always a crowd pleaser.
And that concludes my brainstorming. So I turned to the real experts, and asked my kids what they thought I should get my mom for her birthday. Here are their suggestions:
They also suggested I give her a photo of herself, a new car, or a card that says, “love, Laura”.
I think I will go with that last option. Love you mom!! Thanks for being great, and I hope your day is so great that you feel like you got all of these amazing gifts, even though you didn’t 🙂