Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Silver Hanger Buttons

On The Silver Hanger blog- scroll down, on the right hand side, you will see "Buttons" (one for the website and one for the blog)- then just below that, you will see "Grab my Website Button" and "Grab my Blog Button".
Copy the button information. Go to the design-Add a gadget on your blog. Select the "HTML/JavaScript". Paste button information there.
Then you will have a link to either the website or the blog (or you can add both.) We are hoping to have these "Buttons" on Facebook soon, too. Pass them around!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Few Pics.

Here are just a few pictures from CA and Utah. These first two are my favorite ones. That may seem a bit odd- but it was so fun to see Papa showing S3 how to splash and have fun at the beach. You probably had to be there to appreciate these :)




These next two were at the zoo.
(I have a bad haircut right now- this first one was one of the only pictures where my hair didn't look too bad :) Maybe I should just wear a hat, too.
Three boys and a turtle.


S1
I think he will, for sure, be a California beach bum :)

S2
Is he looking for trouble or what? He said the funniest things- like,
"You and Nathan are driving me crazy" :)

S3
This one will melt your heart :)

Here is P2 and P1
What a cute fam :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Work

Last week when we went to church with Alex and the boys, the "sermon" was about teaching our kids to work. The gentleman that was speaking had some interesting stories to tell. One of which was- every Saturday morning there would be a note taped in his room, from his mom, with his list of chores for that day. Some times the list was longer than others, but there was always a list. His main point, that he discovered, was that his best option was just to get the list done as quickly as possible so he could do other things. As I have been thinking about the word "WORK" this week. Both as it relates to our own work and also in teaching our children to work. When we think of the word "WORK" do we only think of difficult, physical tasks, like yard work, cleaning the house, or the list of chores that we don't especially enjoy doing? Do our kids only see the "chore list" as unfun things that they are required to do- make the bed, clean up their room, take out the trash, etc? Or can work be fun? Is "WORK" something we do to earn money? Are the words "WORK" and "JOB" describing the same thing? Is our job still work, if we love what we are doing or have a passion for what we are doing? Or is it work, if we only go every day, because we have to- for the money? Do we have to have a job in order to learn how to work?

I had a couple of interesting days at my store this week. (During the summer, we never know what to expect there. Some days not even one customer comes in, other days, people are in there all day long. There is not a specific pattern as to what days will be busy, it's just random) Thursday was one of the days, when we had people in the store all day long. We didn't have huge sales, but customers shopping and trying things on. I told Ron it was a full day of "gab" for me. Lots of customer service and conversation. Does that count as "WORK"?

Of course to answer one of my previous questions- no we don't always get paid for work. We do alot of "WORK" for no compensation, so pay does not define "WORK". But most of us equate our job that we do to earn a living as "WORK". Ron always figures that when I am at my job, I'm not out spending the money that he is at his job working for. :) :)

To answer another of my previous questions-- our kids didn't exactly learn how to "WORK" by doing chores at home. Most of their work ethic was acquired through athletics. Because of their commitment to a particular sport or team they learned to "show up" whether they felt like it or not. They learned to practice hard things, whether they felt like it or not. They learned to be at "the game" even when it wasn't convenient. They learned to do whatever the coach (boss) told them and to do it to the best of their ability. They learned how to be part of a team and to do their part. Those kinds of learned traits apply to all types of work. Whether it be "work for free", "work for money", or "work for fun". I think those are the real attributes to be taught to our children. I was recently looking at a list of things that build trust and a list of things that hinder trust. I realized that many of those attributes are part of the benefits of teaching "WORK" to our children. While I don't want to give the entire lists, here are few of words describing "trust builders"- honesty, reliability, encouraging, fairness, patient, forgiving, leads by example, well organized, accountable, nonjudgmental. Versus, things that create "distrust"- inconsistent, unreliable, criticism, dishonesty, disloyalty, unorganized, unprepared.

So... I don't know if I have come up with just lots of questions and not much answers, maybe just rambling, but at least I'm thinking :) I guess one of my bottom lines is that teaching our kids "WORK" doesn't mean just that dreaded list of chores- work can be fun. Work can be service opportunities. Work can be sports activities. The characteristics we are hoping to teach and build are not found in the task it's self, but in the process.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Favorite Date

Yesterday morning, when I told Ron that I had a 5:30 appointment at the store and I would be home as soon as I could- he said, "That's okay, we will do something after you get here". When I got home about 6:30, he asked, "Do you want to go to the drive in?". So we did our favorite date. It starts with a (healthy?) meal at Whataburger- hamburger, french fries, and a drink big enough to last several hours. Then we head out to the drive in theater. Last night everyone, and their SUV, their kids, and their dog were there :) We stayed for both movies. One starts about 9:00, the other one starts about 11:00. Last night was "Despicable Me" (a cute movie) and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (action packed enough to keep two old people awake until 1 am). The weather was alittle warm, but not too bad, on a full moon night. Then we drive home at 1:00 am- nice 'low traffic' drive in the convertible. Again enjoying the evening temps. and the full moon. I was feeling alittle guilty about having our favorite date night and

thinking about Annie taking care of a 2 week old baby ...

don't worry Annie...just hang in there...











for about 25 years and then you can go on a date again :):)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Uncharted Territory

My disclaimer..."I'm not whining or complaining-- just sayin"-
we have entered a new (uncharted territory) phase of life. We spent last week, being Baba and Papa, taking care of three grandsons. No, we are not "new" grandparents, but we are new to being grandparents for more than a couple of days :) We did a really good "spoiling" job. The boys got treats every night- instead of just once or twice a week. (One time, even ice cream in the afternoon, because it was so hot.) We went to the beach (and splashed in the mud), to the zoo (and rode the train), and to the park (more sand in the shoes and socks). When we went to McDonald's they got the happy meal WITH the toy. (sorry Annie) We taught them how to play table hockey with the plastic milk bottle caps. We showed them where the slurpee machine is at 7-Eleven. They stayed up later than usual. They got to set up the play tent in the living room. They played bubbles and frisbee on the trampoline. For Ron and me, our low fat, low carb diet turned into hot dogs, bologna, mac n cheese, and pancakes. We slept on a full size bed. (not used to sleeping that close together :) And with the bathroom light on all night. The morning alarm clock was 6 little feet running down the hallway. We had to try to discipline without laughing!! (that was hard) I was smart enough to rent a mid size car, that three car seats would fit in. We tried out the GPS, but it spent so much time "recalculating" that Ron finally unplugged it and threw in glove box. We played a bunch of "Ben 10" and "Chutes and Ladders". I think we have alot to learn! Anybody else want us to come and spoil the grand kids???

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Grandson Number 6

Born this morning- weighed in a 9 pounds and 3 oz. His name (so far) is Weston. (No middle name yet). Looks alot like his mother.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Just a Few Pics...

from our trip to Utah last week. Today I did laundry, a little shopping, a hair appointment, and a few things at the store- then packed up the suitcase again. Tomorrow, we are off to CA, for grandson # 6. (scheduled birthday on Tuesday, July 13)










Friday, July 2, 2010