Monday, June 22, 2009 2 comments

Summer Update

April - 18 posts
May - 2 posts
June - 3 posts

What has happened to all my words roaming around in my head? They sure haven't found their way to my blog. I was looking at my posts and I am significantly down since April. Some of it could be that I'm trying to keep the boys busy now that school is out. We finished two weeks of
swimming lessons last week. The boys did so well.

We've also been bowling a couple of times. The boys like bowling, but they enjoy the other games more ~ Galaga, Fuse ball, Air Hockey....

We've also done
arts/crafts at the Brooks County Library. Jonathan especially has enjoyed that. Joel gets some one-on-one time with Nana at these times if he gets bored. Tomorrow the craft is to make city scape's with construction paper shapes. I think both boys will enjoy it.

This week, I'm helping at New Covenant's VBS in Valdosta. When I took Jonathan to his class, four of his friends were there. To be able to play with his friends was a highlight for him. Joel met new friends in his class. This is an event where I actually asked them to call me Murry because the other Mary is there too and every time we were together today someone would call for Mary and we'd both answer. LOL Most of my friends call me Murry anyway...

Looks like a girls night is going to happen this week! Woo Hoo!

My swimming lessons are scheduled for the week of July 6. I may or may not talk about this summer event. :)

This is the 11th month that my husband has not been employed. Fortunately, we have rental income and I have my own business to help supplement. This has been a hard season for me. I want this blog to be a place of positive words and often I've had trouble staying positive. Hence less posts for sure. But we are doing okay.

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Happy summer to you and I trust that you are Enjoying Your Life!

Sunday, June 21, 2009 0 comments

Happy Father's Day, Daddy!

My dad, David Boyd, recently lost his older brother, Jesse. He was too young to die. Thankfully, we know that he is in Heaven with Christ. His death has caused my brother and I to rethink some things. Like how often we see each other or talk. I can't imagine what my cousins are going through, because I still have my dad.

I'm my dad's eldest child. I'm the child of his youth his tells me. I think that makes me special. Daddy and I always enjoyed doing things together; singing, target shooting, volleyball and moving his office at the VSU campus. He's had three offices that I remember. One time that I remember being angry at him was when he decided it was best to move the family from Sumter, SC to Valdosta, GA. Valdosta, GA? Where is Valdosta, GA? No one I knew had ever heard of it. All I could think about was that he was taking us away from our friends at SCS. We had been there for six years. And then, when we got here, he MADE me play volleyball for my new school, LCA. Oh how I dreaded volleyball practice that summer. He was forcing me to interact with people that I did not want to interact with and play a sport. I was a 'cheerleader' not someone who played sports. :)

If you know me very well, you know that I came to love volleyball and basketball and cheerleading and softball. So he DID know what he was doing when he forced me to play. :) When I moved back to Georgia after my divorce, Daddy shared with me that by taking the job at VSC he received a $14,000 increase in pay. Since I had already has my first job at that time, I understood the significance of that pay increase. And I couldn't be angry anymore.

I've learned from my Dad about how to use a gun and gun safety. I've learned the importance of being punctual and always doing my best. I know the importance of education and music. My dad was able to send me to college and to pay the tuition in full. He has done that for all four of his children. Recently, I realized that most kids do not have that. So it is pretty significant for me and my siblings. Thank you, Daddy.

Daddy, I love you and respect you. Thank you for being my dad and for being my friend. I hope that this post conveys to you how important you are to me.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 0 comments

Swimming Lesson

Last week the boys took swimming lessons. This was the first time that either one has been in a regular size pool. Jonathan is 4 1/2 and Joel is 3. To be honest, the first three days were not fun for me. There were always 6-7 children taking lessons at the same time and Jill would take out one at a time and work with each child at their current level. My kids cried every time it was their turn. Then they'd come sit down on the steps and wait for the next turn, which would result in more crying. But we stuck it out. I am 38 and never learned how to swim and I do not want my children to find themselves in the same position.

By Thursday, the boys were more comfortable and began to play in the shallow area while they waited for their turn with the teacher. And there was no more crying. Goggles seem to help too. They weren't so upset about getting water in their faces. Thursday was also the day that Jill told us that she had two openings for this week if we wanted to bring the boys back. She felt like they'd learn so much more this week now that they trusted her and were comfortable in the water. Thursday was also the day that Joel jumped from the diving board. Jonathan jumped from the diving board on Friday.

Yesterday, Jill told Lee that Jonathan should be swimming under water very well by the end of the week. And that Joel was doing well.

This week the boys look forward to swimming lessons and can't wait to show me today what they've learned. I'm glad that I didn't cave and just bring the boys home last week when all they did was cry. It's hard for me to put my boys through things that they don't like even when I know it's for their own good.

Actually, Jonathan just came up to me while typing this post to tell me again, that he can't wait to show me what he learned yesterday and to show me how he can jump off the diving board.

Last Saturday, we went to hang out with Judy at "Uncle Wade's grandmother's pool" and had a blast! The boys did so well in the pool and were comfortable playing in the water. They did a lot of swimming from me to the steps.

Summer is good. And I'm Enjoying My Life!

Disclaimer: When my parents offered swimming lessons to me when I was a teenager, I refused to take them. My mom is quick to remind me of that. :)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 2 comments

Arts and Crafts at the Library

The Brooks County Library hosts Arts and Crafts on Wednesdays. The theme today was water colors. At first, I wasn't sure how well it would go, but it did. (Thanks Nana for helping) The final results say it best...

Jonathan's Orange Tree

Jonathan's Space Shuttle

Joel's Grapes