Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Happy Birthday sister

In honor of her birthday, let me share some random facts about my sister.

1. She is great at trivia. Her and her husband love to go to or host Trivia Nights. They usually win.
2. She is a talker. Professionally she is a radio broadcaster. Personally, she just loves to talk to anyone who will listen (and sometimes to those who aren't listening.)
3. She doesn't know a stranger. This one kinda goes along with #2.
4. She is the best cook in our family.
 5. She is not the best seamstress in our family.
6. Softball is her sport of choice.
 7. All of her children happen to have the same first names as characters from some of her favorite tv shows.
8. She is very good to go out of her way to stay in contact with our 90 year old grandmother - phone calls, visits, cards, gifts. 
9. She loves polk a dots, shoes and good deals.  (And she likes to call me every time she buys one of them.)
10. Growing up we did gymnastic lessons, played in the school band, were on the pom pom team and played on the summer softball teams together. 
11. She went on an adventure today and I was sorry I couldn't join her.

Happy Birthday C.V. L.

Friday, July 19, 2013

9 days

I can't even say that "f" word without feeling a twinge inside. So I just don't say the "f" word. I call it the 4-H Show instead of the fair. heart rate just increased typing it. 

I have lots of notes all over the place.
I have a shopping list for supplies.
I have a post it reminding me to order a photo frame for the 4-H Queen and I doodled notes about a Cat judge onto the same post it.
I have a business card that I used the back of to write a note about a possible foods judge. 
There are two pages of notes from the fairgrounds walk thru that need my attention.
But these are the notes I really need on my desk.

I have a tendency to hold my breath the busier I get. My brain can only hold so many To Do items in it as once. So as the 4-H To Do list grows the "unnecessary" things like breathing and eating get forgotten.

The 4-H Show begins on July 29th. This coming week is crunch time for pulling together all of the last minute details, reassuring the parents and 4-Hers who are stressing about project requirements, begging volunteers for more help and praying for patience, grace and cooler weather.

Tonight, the Horse Committee got together for a Packet Packing Night. I joined them at the office and was here to get all of the forms copied and enjoy their company. A set of three young sisters were part of the packet packing crew. They have visited me at the office many times and we have been around each other many other times at various 4-H events. When they were done helping with the packets, they asked if they could help me with anything else. So I had them help me count ribbons. They were "fighting" over who got to help count, who got to run the ribbons over to the department box, and who got to fill in the chart.

Counting ribbons opened up lessons to rounding numbers, letting others take the lead, taking No for an answer, listening and following step by step instructions, and using a type writer. The type writer was just an added bonus. The youngest (too young for 4-H) noticed our type writer and asked if it worked. She has pretend typed on one before, but never for real. So she and her middle sister both took turns using the type writer. They were very proud of their typed paper. 

They help me remember to breathe and to stop sweating the little things. The people are the priority!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

2 years ago....

Two years ago, 4th of July looked like this.....
 Roadtrip in the jeep
 with my CFA

 watching fireworks from my office window in M-P.
Last year, 4th of July looked like this...
 flowers for my cousin's wedding shower at Mom and Dad's
 it was over 100 degrees that day
 I did not venture out to watch fireworks.

I don't know what the 4th will look like this year.
But I know on the 5th....
I'll get to spend the day with these two at their wedding.

Another memorable celebration!

Happy Independence Day!