Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Michigan Association of School Boards 2007 Education Excellence Award Winner

This is something I stumbled on and had forgot about. Back in...May, I think, our PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) (I'm the Mason County Central rep, by the way. There are parents on the committee from each school district (or at least there is suppose to be in theory!)) won an award for our DVD project! How cool is that? For the majority of the project, there were only 3 parents involved. Me, Lora (who went to Tampa with me) and Laura (who has since moved) spent quite a few nights working on this with Dick (who is an AMAZING producer among other things!!). I am really proud of this DVD. It's a tool to help parents that are new to the special education process. Anyways, just another shameless plug for one of my projects. ;-)


Yes....she's cute AND knows it.

This is as close as Cam wanted Anna to be to him that night. ;-)

Samantha and Julia working on puzzles.

Wayne using Poppa's dinosaur dial-up

Me and JuJu Chang (yes, there is a real JuJu Chang, but she's Korean)

Anna and me hanging out, waiting to do presents
Cam and Wayne
Julia and Grandma Darlene
Ok...here's the scoop. This is a bread bowl. A HUGE ONE! My mom bought it for dinner, it's full of Christmas colored rolls. I thought it was pretty cool. Kids liked eating red and green rolls.

Julia took this picture of the salsa. No idea why, other than it was sitting right in front of her.

Here is Poppa, me and Anna.

My superstar Showgirls!!

The girls acting all silly


Cam, Julia and me
Wayne in the U of M Wolverines hat that Cam got. Too funny!

Cam finally wearing the hat
Little brother (aka nephew) and Big sister (aka Aunt)...acting all of their age

Another famous Samantha and Melissa photo...tired of them yet?

Theresa and JuJu!

Another goofy pic
Anna trying to get me to act like a Vegas showgirl!

Julia peeking in on a great photo of Poppa and Tyler
Julia took this one of me after I put her in the her carseat last night.

Christmas morning 2007

Merry Christmas and Red High Heels

First, let me start by saying Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays or Happy Whatever-Else-You-People-Celebrate. ;-) (Remember this is my PC blog...haha!) I hope that everyone is having a great time with their friends and family. After the snow storm we had Sunday night, I was deciding that I'd sooner be somewhere warm and south...New Zealand perhaps? They are having their summer time right now. Although, what is Christmas without snow? It's nice I tell you!!!

So Saturday morning was spent with my dad's family at the Stewart house in Pentwater. It's still weird to be there with no Grandma and Grandpa around. I have fond memories of eating M&M's, getting new jammies and slippers as presents and sitting in the "backroom" playing cards and hanging out with my cousins. Now's it different that I have a family of my own. But, we still manage a good time. Sorry, there are no pictures of this event as I forgot my camera at home. Imagine that heartache. Any fellow family blogger knows that you can't leave the house without a camera in hand. Ugh.

Moving on to Sunday. We spent the afternoon at my mom's parents house in Hart. We're there like every weekend, so it's no biggie to be there. :-) Too much food as usual. My Aunt Pam makes the best shrimp dip. MMMmmm....didn't help my diet, but it was good. The kids had a great time and I did remember my camera, so there will be pictures to follow.

Last night we went to my parents house for dinner and presents. Theresa surprised us with a HUGE gift certificate to Great Wolf Lodge for our family. My parents also got us one. The kids can't wait to go. You've seen pictures of us there before, it's a giant indoor water park in Traverse City. We have a great time (and now I can walk around in a bathing suit not worrying what I look like!! Wohooo!) and the kids love having dinner there. Samantha got me 2 really cute porcelain dolls that are dressed in Chinese Christmas outfits. I couldn't figure out what they were at first, but...they are really neat and will match my collections of Chinese things. Again, I remembered my camera and will be posting pictures.

This leads up to this morning. The kids are heaven unwrapping gifts and showing us everything that they got. Anna loved the white stud belt we got at Hot Topic and Julia really liked her puzzles and Aquadoodle. Cam got a new bike and some really cool new Ps2 games. It feels great to be able to give your kids the things they wanted for Christmas...except.....


Yeah...we had one small meltdown over red high heel shoes. Apparently Anna has been listening to Kellie Pickler a little too much on the iPod. LOL! She had wrote Santa to ask for a pair of red high heel shoes and mom wasn't going for it. So hence no shoes to open this morning. She cried, I explained that Santa thought the shoes were a bit too grown up for her and that maybe when she was 8 years old that she could get some. She liked that reasoning, but was still a bit ticked over not getting the shoes. This kid got her OWN iPOD for Christmas! What has this world come to?? HAHAHA! She's a good kiddo, just has some very interesting taste. You'd think that she had a dominatrix as mother. ;-)
Well, here are the family photos that you all have been dying for. Have a great Christmas and I will thinking of all my regular readers today. Take care!!
(FYI...Pictures will come later. Blogger is giving me grief and I can't get to the photos! WEIRDNESS!)