Monday, March 31, 2008
On Friday, Bennett's 5th grade class went to Junior Achievement. This is such a great program. There is a small city set up inside the building...and before the kids attend they are given a job at one of the businesses, they are given a checkbook and basic information on how their day will progress. The kids are paid a salary twice during the day, and on their break and lunch they are to go to the bank, deposit their paycheck, open a savings account, and withdraw cash to purchase snacks and lunch at the restaurant. They are encouraged to go out into the retail stores and purchase items by writing checks (many corporations sponsor this program so for instance the Mariners Team store has items donated by the Mariners).
Bennett's job was, Chief Financial Officer of the Water Company. His job was to input his company's loan amount into their computer, do payroll for all of their employees (5), pay bills to the other businesses for their services (ie:newspaper advertising, electricity, IRS, Recycling, insurance, rent, etc...), and input payments other business made to the Water Company, and at the end of the day did all the bank deposits, and then printed out a balance sheet to make sure their company acquired enough assets to pay off their loan amount.
It was such a full day, but it is so amazing to watch these kids. There is another program 8th grade students participate in, and at the high school level, 9th graders attend "mock" job interviews in the field of their choice. Powell did his interview this year...had to wear a shirt and tie, go through the interview process, and then was notified if he got the job or not. He did
Friday, March 28, 2008
My husband started buying these light bulbs because they were 99 cents @ Walgreen's...I still do not like the light they give for indoor lighting...however, I have started using them in the boys' bedrooms...they can't tell the difference, and I use them in all of our porch lights. They definitely last longer than any other light bulb.
I would love to know any other "green" products that you use and love!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
AAAHHH...I love coffee...and have had my share of espresso makers, but this is the absolute best. It is worth every penny ($$). It is from here. (Yes, I did get the orange one...it looks great in my kitchen!)
One of my new favorite blogs is Tracy Porter's. I have received her catalog for years, and have read her books. Her blog is so much fun...there are video posts where Tracy shows you around their studio, a quick bookshelf idea, fashion...and so much more. It is as if you are sitting there having tea with her and chatting...PLUS...she responds to comments and answers questions. If you love Tracy's style...like I do...you will enjoy her blog!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
It has been 3 weeks waiting for our dossier to be finished. My goal had been to be DTC by the end of February, and here we are through the first week of March, with no word. I know that in the scheme of things this is such a short time, compared to all the waiting still to do. The most frustrating of all...is not being able to do anything to hurry it along...my part is done.
Our sweet girl will be 3 1/2 on Monday, and when we first saw her face she had only turned 3 one month prior... Now it seems by the time she's home she will quickly turn 4...we have already missed out on so much of her life, and everyday we wait seems like we are missing that much more. I can't seem to focus on much of anything...her room sits empty waiting for paint...I have waited my whole life to decorate a little girl's room, but never allowed myself to imagine how it would look...so I struggle with trying to decide bedding, paint, etc~ I know all that matters is the love I put into it.
In light of these things...here are my reflections~
~I need to start focusing on all the things that I would like to have done before Lucy comes home...because once she is home, she will be my focus
~Knowing that we will not bring Lucy home until summer...I can focus all my attention on the boys and their activities as school winds down for the year
~Our next few months are full of birthdays, Easter, a wedding, and showers...so many wonderful things to celebrate