Friday, May 28, 2010

First Day at the Beach

Dave got off work early today for Memorial Day weekend and it was a gorgeous day, so we packed up the beach towels and chairs and headed to Onslow Beach for the afternoon.  The kids had so much fun playing in the sand and surf while Dave and I relaxed in our chairs and talked and read.  We also took a nice long walk along the beach where we found two sharks teeth and some beautiful shells.  It was a great afternoon!

Spirit Week at JPS

This week was Spirit Week at JPS.  Monday was Pajama Day which Grace was not able to participate in because of her field trip but Zachary did get to wear his PJs to school.  Tuesday was Crazy Hair/Hat Day and they both wore these fun hats although I doubt they kept them on for very long.  Wednesday was Sports Day and they both wore soccer jerseys.  Thursday was inside out and backwards day.  The night before, they were both so excited to be able to wear their clothes inside out and backwards.  So, the next morning, I layed out their clothes and Zachary decided he didn't want to wear his shorts inside out and backwards after all; only his shirt.  Grace still wanted to do it all.  They get dressed and then Zachary changes his mind about his shirt and decides that he won't wear it inside out but will still wear it backwards.  About that time, Grace comes in the bathroom and doesn't like the way her shorts look and feel so she changes her shorts and wears them the correct way but keeps her shirt inside out and backwards.  Needless to say, by the time we left the house for school, they were both wearing their clothes the good ole fashioned way and didn't participate in Spirit Week on Thursday.  Today was Red, White and Blue Day and they both wore their JPS tie dye t-shirts but I forgot to get a picture.  Oh well.....

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My Thirty-One Gifts Open House!

Last month when Stacy and I were at a Thirty-One Gifts Party and I was asking questions and considering becoming a consultant, Stacy immediately volunteered to host my Open House for me if I decided to do it.  And she stayed true to her word!  We invited everyone ~ friends, acquaintances, neighbors, people from our Gourmet Club and Book Club, you name it, we invited them and this morning, Stacy opened up and welcomed us all into her beautiful home for my Open House.  She is definitely the "hostess with the mostest" and as always went above and beyond with her yummy food and drinks.  

We had a great turnout and even though I was very nervous, it was all good because I was with good friends.  We laughed and talked and ate and everyone shopped.  A couple of people had never heard of or been to a Thirty-One Gifts Party and they LOVED what they saw.  When everything was said and done we ended up having a $1200 show and a great Open House!  

I owe a HUGE "Thank You" to Stacy for hosting my Open House.  You are a great friend!  And thank you to all of my friends (and Stacy's) who came out to support me and my new business.  You all are the best!  
Stacy "in her element" and doing what she does best ~ Entertaining!

My display

I gave everyone a "$5 bill" for them to give to Stacy if they booked a show.  This is where Karen put hers right away and I thought it was too funny!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Grace's Field Trip to the Aquarium

Today was Grace's class field trip to the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium with the rest of the Turtle Team.  We loaded up on two buses and made the 45 minute drive there.  When we first got there, we were treated to a great presentation about alligators and the kids got to see and touch a real live alligator!  As soon as that was over, we all went to the Big tank and sat there for what seemed like forever just watching the fish and sharks and of course the sea turtle!  After a few minutes in the souvenir shop, we had our picnic lunch then went back to the aquarium to explore and see all the different marine life.  Everyone had a great time except by the time we got back on the bus to come home, I had a splitting headache.  The bus ride home didn't help any but we finally made it and I came straight home and went to bed.  Dave called at some point and when I told him, he volunteered to leave work early and pick up the kids from school.  And thank goodness for him!  He was a lifesaver.  He picked them up, kept them quiet and out of my way and let me sleep.  When I did get up, I didn't have the terrible shooting pain anymore, just what I call the "migraine hangover".  

Mrs. Snyder and Mrs. Cramer

Amelia, Aiden, Grace, Maria and Emily

Maria, Grace and Emily

Peter, Aiden, McKinnley and Ziedler

Maria, Mrs. Snyder, Grace and Emily

They asked for an adult volunteer to embarrass so we all shouted out Mrs. Snyder's name.  She "became" an alligator and was a great sport!

The real live alligator that the kids got to touch

Emily, Bode, Jade and Grace

This was my group of girls that I was responsible for - Emily, Maria and Grace at the stingray tank