From Birdie Nest

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Just a Summer Day!

Howdy y'all
Well this summer has been different from past summers.  How?  Well, I can't really put my finger on it, its just been different.  Like, the forest fire and need to evacuate, and birdie's summer school schedule was different.  This year they were up at the Jr. High and only went 3 days a week but for 5 hours.  The kids got to do things in the community and some cool field trips.  Unfortunately, it was cut short a week due to the fire/evacuation.  But, birdie had a great time with her classmates and really enjoyed being at the jr. high, which I was really worried about.  She also rode the bus and didn't get car sick, YEAH!!  So this means she'll be fine once school starts, riding the bus to and from school.  I was concerned about that aspect and figured I'd have to drive her all the way up there and back, everyday.  That is a long drive, plus, there is a lot of road construction on that route, Yuck!, but, all is well in that department.

We haven't really been anywhere for a "summer vacation".  We did spend a weekend up the road a piece, in the "big city".  Enjoyed the hotel and pool, some shopping and eating out.  Woohoo, we are animals when it comes to traveling...just joshin'.  Boring is more like it.  But, birdie loves to stay in the hotel room.  She gets all set up and does "her thing".  "Her thing" consists of playing office with the room phone, the notepad (which she tends to use every page of) and pen, and now she has her own netbook/laptop (a "cheap" freebie I got-it doesn't even work-but she utilizes it in her own way).  Oh, let's not forget, the mirrors and the TV.  See, birdie has everything at her disposal, so why do we need to leave?  She gets bugged about going and doing, but, since she needs some down time, she is always happy to return to the room.  However, during our weekend get away, I got a terrible migraine.  So hubs took me and birdie back to the hotel so I could rest, while he went to the store to buy me some meds.  Even with such a nauseating, pounding headache, birdie was super quiet and played on the real laptop and her "other" office items with minimal light in the room, so mommy could rest.  Such a sweetheart.  Have I said enough what a good girl she is?  Well, its true!  I don't know if others recognize that about her, but she is so easy to care for, get along with and does not need much to entertain herself.  We are truely blessed to get to be her parents.  Thank you Lord!

We also made a special trip to get birdie's hair cut before jr. high starts.  You know, a teenager needs to look just right, so a new/easy 'do' was in order.  She was so giddy and excited.  Cute haircut...don't ya think?

Birdie also tried something out of the norm for her.  I had to really push and plead for her to try this, but she did it...fearfully.  She had such a great time, she wouldn't stop talking about it and wanted to do it again.  So, I said yes...I had to after pushing her to try it, and then she actually loved it.  Well, love to her was going at her speed.  We respect that as her parents, she tried it and we were proud of her...see!

makes mom and dad proud...she tried something she was afraid of.  But did it!
So, this is pretty much what we've been up to this summer, a whole lot of nothin'.  Oh well, that is what is great about summer.  The lazy days, aaahhhh!

Here is a verse to leave you with:

1)"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2)Honor your father and mother - which is the first commandment with a promise -3)that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."   Ephesains 6:1-3

Until next time,
Serving Him,

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Crazy Busy...Now Relax!

May ?:
Hello all you blogger friends,
We have been so busy with the last month of school, I am finally able to sit down and relax, and enjoy summer.  I only have one kiddo and can't imagine how crazy others get with several kids and several of their activities...all I know, is that ours is over...for a few (10) weeks.
Birdie had so many things going on this last month of school.  They were all fun and I'm glad to have those memories, just glad to have gotten through them.  There was the 6th grade class trip, where they went up to the mountains and camped at a YMCA camp.  BUT, no modern facilities here, (except the kitchen - where hubs did "his thing").  So, due to her "issues" and how easily freaked out she can get, we chose to stay in a little town right down the road from the camp.  Much better, plus it had real beds, real windows, electricity, plumbing and heat.  Does that tell you what the camp did not have?  Yeah, talk about roughin' it...not my cup of tea either.  It is a cool experience for the kids, because they do a lot of team building and activities that require team effort.  Also a high ropes course.  Birdie did least at her ability level. We were so proud of her as well as her teachers and classmates.  You go girl!

July 19:
Well, as you can see...I have totally let the ball drop on my blog since early May.  Just been enjoying summer with my bird!  We got through the end of year dance recital, 6th grade party and graduation.  Quite tearful, but good tears & good memories.  I will terribly miss her elementary school.  Such wonderful people there, but we must move forward...part of life...I guess!
Then she & I went to the great state of TX. to do some visitin'.  Good times, just hectic traveling with the bird in extreme heat...we are wimps, and it was only early June.  We are fortunate to live in the cool mountains, hardly any humidity.   Aaahhhhh!!
But, came home to smoke from nearby forest fires, and then we had our own.  Yikes!  So hubs stayed in our town to help/work...this is his thing, his type of work, while birdie and I headed north to the in-laws home.  It was crazy hectic there too, with 2 other families besides ours, so...thankfully they have a LARGE home, lots of room to spread out.  So, that was 13 people, 4 dogs, 2 cats and a hampster, and NO casualties.  Amazing!  Thanks R & C, it was a great time!

When we headed back home, birdie started her summer school program and a Pilates class.  She really enjoyed the summer school program alot, however, it was cut short a week due to the fire and mandatory evacuation.  Oh well, what are you gonna do?  She is still going to the Pilates class, so good for her, as well as swimming.  Boy, by the end of the day birdie is beat and sleeps so sound.  YAY!  There are 4 weeks left of summer vacation and it seems to go super can that be, the regular school year drags on and on, but summer zips along and then again.  Oh well, what can you do?  Its all part of life.

So below are some pictures of the bird in our crazy month of May...Enjoy!

Getting ready for field day, then off to 6th grd. Ropes

with dad, aka Camp cook

Climbing up, up ,up Shew!

In her beautiful "modern dance piece" pretty! 

and here's our graduate...TaDa

puppy sitting for Tex & Winnie...Aaawwww

So, this is what we've been up to.  Nothing earth shattering, just life.  A day in the life of birdie...actually a few months, but here it is.

Serving Him, Christina