Friday, August 29, 2008

Random Pics from the Last Month

Haven Swap Show & Tell

carrie of with all that i've been given and monica of the homespun heart have been having shoebox swaps since i've been reading their blogs. for whatever reason, i was unable to participate til now! and it has been so fun.

my swap sister was mary ann and she was so generous and creative. i don't know if you can see all the tags but she put a tag that she wrote words of encouragement and scriptures on each of the wonderful gifts she sent. included in the box she sent were: a jar of m&m's (mmm!) an apron in bright colors (fits perfect even over my curves) a Mary Engelbreit magnetic notepad (love, love, love ME) a homemade mix of chocolate peanut butter cookies (my boys are going to be in heaven!) a jar of walnut whip handsoap (mmm!) a ME magnet that says CELEBRATE! It's a good life (great sentiment) a special CD of music from her fav stash including my #1 fav song that i don't have in my collection "Bring the Rain" by Mercy Me. thank you Mary Ann!!! and a bunch of fall accorns all wrapped up in a cute black photo box with a black and white ribbon.

i am overwhelmed by her generosity and her creativity. mary ann has been fun to get to know over the last few weeks and a great gal. go visit her blog and get to know her yourself.

ps: i'll let mary ann share what i sent her.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

What I'm Thankful For

for todays thankful thursday, i have a million thots going thru my brain. this may be kind of random, but here goes!

** thank you Lord for my boys new school year. how energized michael is going back to class and studying. for joe's new teacher and aide and their willingness to do their best with him.

** thank you Lord, that there are so many good churches in boise and that you know just the right one for us to attend.

** thank you Lord for our YMCA and being able to use our bodies as you designed them. for machines, and pools and people to help us get fit, stay fit and treat our temples wisely.

** thank you for the beautiful park right down the road from us where we can take family walks in the cool of the evening.

** thank you Lord for the internet to stay connected with family far away and friends we've left behind. thank you for telephones and longdistance plans. for snail mail and for prayers that know no distance.

** thank you Lord for the great sofa we found on craigs list and for the dirt cheap price that fit into our student budget. thank you for the way it fits into our living room, how comfy it is, and the neutral yellowish-beige color that goes with everything.

** thank you Lord for taking care of us. taking care of our physical needs, and caring for us as people, children of You! and blessing our lives here on earth and giving us a hope for an eternal future with You! what a wonderful gift You are and You give. words fail to express my gratitude to you for all that You are, and all that You do.

for more thankful thursday blogs, check out Sting My Heart. what are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Special Memories

today over at 5 minutes for special needs our theme is special memories. here are a few pics of our time at cannon beach oregon a couple summmers ago. love that place, and love to see my boy play in the sand. enjoy!

there are more photos of special kiddos and special memories over at 5 minutes for special needs. go check it out!

Monday, August 25, 2008

First Day of School

Both my husband and my son started back to school today. Hurray, hurrah!

I set the alarm for 7:05, and boy was i tempted to go back to sleep when it blared in my ear. but hubby came in to see how we were doing. so i got up and went to make my mocha.

the hubster left early to go get our yearly parking pass and then go on to class, and i got the #1 son ready for school and drove him over. we don't have bus service figured out yet, but i'm hoping by wed he'll be ready to ride and i won't have to be his taxi driver.

we are in a new town, and this is a new school, teacher and classmates for the boy. for the first time ever, he seemed a little unsettled about going to school. being non-verbal i can't be quite sure, but i tried to reassure him that he would have friends, and have fun at school.

saw the hubster at lunch and he was jacked. he is so pumped up to be in school again. he had already read one chapter for one of his classes and after lunch laid on the couch and read from another text book. he is currently at his late afternoon class and will be home later. he was ready for summer to be over and to get into the learning mode again.

and i had the house to myself for most of the day. i got lots done, and i had time to think! funny, how when my boys are home, i don't feel like i can think much. guess i'm trying to keep them happy and am interacting with them.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Weekend Meme

i found this meme on the internet. thot it looked fun, so i'm playing along.

– Name: gail
– Birth date: 12/19
– Birthplace: WA
– Current Location: Boise, ID
– Eye Color:Brown
– Hair Color: Brown
– Righty or Lefty: Righty

– Your heritage: American (dutch, scottish, german)
– The shoes you wore today: none yet
– Your weakness: indecisive
– Your fears: insignificance
– Your perfect pizza: haven't found it yet
– Goal you’d like to achieve in life: glorify God in all that i do

– Your most overused phrase on AIM: don't do AIM
– Your first waking thoughts: more sleep, need more sleep!
– Your best physical feature: eyes
– Your most missed memory: childhood summers

– Pepsi or Coke: COKE!
– McDonald’s or Burger King: MickyD's
– Single or group dates: married!
– Adidas or Nike: neither
– Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: yuk!
– Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate
– Cappuccino or coffee: mocha's


– A famous person, dead or alive, would you interview: pres bush
– Movie can you watch and say the lines along with the actors: the princess bride
– Name two of your passions in life : travel & crafting
– Least favorite time of day: Morning


– Use hairspray or gel: rarely
– Your favorite meal: mexican
– Color is the inside of your head when you close your eyes: dark
– Listen to classical music: rarely
– Ever said LOL in real life without thinking about it: Nope.


if you want to play along, consider yourself tagged. and let me know so i can see your answers.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

What I'm Thankful For Today

i'm back again with my thankful thursday post. the last few thursdays have been crazy with the move. but i was determined to post my thankful thursday this week.

so without further ado, here's what i'm thankful for.

** i'm thankful that the move is over and we are somewhat settled in our new dwelling, that it went somewhat smoothly, that we had friends who helped on either end, that we have found what we have needed immedietly and besides not finding our hammer we have pretty much all we need.

** i'm thankful that our son has been able to go to his program a few times, giving us, his parents, a much needed rest and time to get things done without having to watch him.

** i'm thankful that we have joined the Y and have already had hours of fun in the pool, and hubby and i have worked out together producing sore muscles.

** i'm thankful that my son and hubby are both starting school on monday!! woohoo!!! and i will have some time alone to get my cozy apt organized.

if you want to see what others are thankful for, go visit iris over at sting my heart. and join in the fun by adding your list of thankful things

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Special Exposure Wednesday

this week is SOOC: straight out of the camera. no editing. just life as it is. here's joe goofing off, messy shirt and all. our daily life includes messy shirts everyday. he uses them as his napkin, he drools over them, he dribbles food on them. that's life. but he's also happy and laughs and we embrace that too. take the rain with the sunshine ...

there's lots more pics over at at 5minutes for special needs. go check it out!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Try This Tuesday

our son is 10 but with this disability he still is not toilet trained overnight. during the day he is 95% dry when taken on a regular time schedule. yahoo! but at night we use pullups. being 10 yrs old, you can imagine his bladder can hold alot! so when he has an accident at night (ie overflow) it is a big deal.

my hubby came up with the idea of waking joe up early when my hubby gets up, usually 5am. taking him to potty and then putting him back to bed. so far the mornings we've remember to do it it has worked out great. no more accidents! we are still hoping he will one day be dry all night long, but until then this works for us.

for more try it tuesday suggestions, go over to 5 minutes for special needs. you'll find great ideas from all the moms and dads.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

8 Fav TV Shows

with the olympics starting on 8-8-08 there is alot of talk about 8's. and with michael phelps just winning his 8th gold medal i thot it was time for a cre*8*ive take on the number 8. interesting that it is such a great number in the chinese community, huh? i saw this meme on a couple other blogs and since i have nothing else for you,i thot i'd play along

my 8 fav shows:
(in no particular order)

1) burn notice
2) chuck
3) american idol -- new for me this year, i know, i'm late to the party.
4) special report with brit hume
5) psyche
6) star trek voyager
7) our local nightly news on channel 7
8) serenity

Thursday, August 14, 2008

this n that

we joined the Y here in boise--did i already mention that? i'm so excited to get back to exercising. i went there by myself this morning and walked on the treadmill and then hopped on the eliptical. boy, is that machine a bruiser! but after i was done i felt good.

tomorrow we have a day trip planned up north and this time i will bring my camera and i will be sharing photos with you all.

the tips of my fingers have been tingling the last few days. anyone else have that? yes, i do some typing and i do some clicking around with the mouse, but is that all it is? is it the start of carpal tunnel?

i finally was able to sneak away and go visit our library. i think it will be a great place to explore. and do some serious reading.

more later ...

I Missed It ... Nat'l Lazy Day

here is an excerpt from the GGIP blog

Today, Aug. 10, is National Lazy Day!

From the Holiday Insights Website:

"Lazy Day is your chance to goof off, and definitely not work. And, it definitely comes at a good time. Hot, muggy weather makes it easy to kick back and be lazy for a day. If summer chores are not done by now, they can just wait one more day. It is best spent on a hammock, long with your favorite summer beverage.

Whoever said "There's no lazy days...just lazy people." Well, we respectfully disagree. Today is proof positive. It is indeed a Lazy Day. And, we consider that a good thing."

so how did i miss it? i am most definitely up for a lazy day. aaaahhhh! does that mean i need to wait til next year? oh i hope not.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Our Move

where do i begin? we did our actual move 10 days ago or so. the loading went well, the unloading as well, the drive not bad. but things were left behind, boxes went into rooms where they didn't belong, with joe being home and not in his new therapeutic program progress was slow. going from a 2000 sq foot home to a cracker jack box student apt was a lesson in downsizing.

unfortunately, stuff is sentimental to me and i have a hard time letting go. but it is done. the stuff left behind is getting sold or being donated to the thrift store. in the near future we will be buying a small sofa for our living space. right now we're making do with a few chairs as we watch the olympics.

but we are loving being in boise. in a more urban area with lots of things to do, family and friends in the area. we've already walked around the campus a few times in the evenings. we've driven north and found a rustic campsite on the river. it had a sandy beach and rocks and joe had a blast playing in the sand and water. michael and i had a relaxing time talking and watching joe have fun. we've found the n'borhood public pool (that i wrote about last week). and there will be more to discover in the days and weeks ahead.

we've found a couple coffee shops, found our nearest grocery store, are finding our way around the city and how to avoid traffic. its a good move for us and even with all the headaches of moving we are glad for the direction that the Lord has given us.

Special Exposure Wednesday

happiness .... joy .... laughter .... loving life ....

joe's special gift that he spreads everyday without a word spoken

head over to 5 minutes for special needs to see who else is participating. you'll be blessed by these kiddo's and their families.

Saturday, August 09, 2008


it was another hot day in boise yesterday so we took a break from unpacking and took our son swimming. one nice thing about boise is it has alot of outdoor pools. public pools that are in different areas of the city. ivywild park and pool is close to the university and one of the newest city pools. it was wonderful! we took to the cool, almost cold water immedietly. it is definitely a kids pool. not too deep, with slides and mushrooms?? that drizzle water onto you. our son didn't want to go near that dripping water but we finally coerced him into it. we spent a couple of fun filled hours there and were pleasantly tired when we got home.

now today its back to unpacking and spiffing up our new home.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

We Made It ... I think ...

last friday we traveled up to boise and picked up our keys to our small 2 bedroom apt and signed our lease. there was actually more stuff we had to do at the university than we realized so we didn't get home as early as i had hoped. we did some last minute packing, but still had lots of stuff that didn't get into boxes.

sat was a mildly hot day, but we had lots of help and the loading went pretty smooth. we got up to boise that afternoon and after some rest and sustenance we started in on the unpacking with our friends who live in town. wow, what a lot of boxes! the next few days were spent unpacking boxes and trying to find places to store in a small apt. we went from a 2000 sq foot house to a tiny cracker jack box, so you can imagine what we are dealing with. even tho we had 2 yard sales, didn't bring everything with us and gave alot away we still have too much STUFF! why do we accumulate STUFF? i guess after being married for almost 25 years and having a son with his special needs we are bound to have STUFF. and since i'm a crafter i have STUFF of my own, and we're both readers so we have lots of books.

yesterday we went back to our house and picked up some bookcases that inadverdently got left behind, a dresser, some shelves, a cd rack and other STUFF. we are still up to our eyeballs in boxes both opened and taped up that need to be gone thru and put away. but i'm ok with that. it'll come, it'll happen.

we are still working on getting our computers connected at our apt, so it may be a few more days before i'm back to blogging regularly. but i will return. thanks for those of you who have been thinking of us during this move and sending your prayers and good thots our way. (well, the prayers go up to heaven!)