Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
5 Things I love (and look forward to) about Spring:
1. Daffodils. They are the first flowers to blossom in my yard and their sunshine yellow colour makes me happy.
2. All the green! I love it when the grass gets green and all the leaves come out on the trees. Ever look up at the trees and see how beautiful the leaves are against the blue sky? I just love love love it!
3. I mentioned the blue sky in the last one. I love the colour of the sky when it is that amazing, brilliant blue on a nice sunny day. That is my very favourite colour. Even on a cold day, that blue sky does wonders to this winter-weary girl!
4. Kids playing outside! Can I get an Amen? We are all tired of being cooped up, time for fresh air, running, swinging and sliding!
5. The thing my and my family love most and are looking forward to is going to the beach! No swimming in spring but lots of shell collecting! My boys love to collect shells and skip rocks in the water and I plan to spend a lot of my summer at the beach!
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Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Anyone else got spring fever yet?
I'm so tired of being housebound, it is driving me and the kids crazy! We had a beautiful, sunny Saturday. The snow and ice was melting, and then we got a few inches of snow on Sunday...sigh!
Signs of Spring will eventually show themselves, until then, God keeps reminding me. Winter is not forever. Spring will come and with it the bright colours and the beauty created by His hand. It is the same in our lives. It may feel like you are stuck in a long winter but that is just for a season, Spring is right around the corner, you know it, because it has happened time and again! I'm so thankful that we have a God to turn to in these tough "winters" of our lives and that he will guide us through to Spring, to renewal.
Thank you God for the promise of Spring and thanks for the beauty in the world that you have provided. I know all our needs are met in this world but thank you for the details, the pretty things in nature for us to enjoy. I know this winter won't last. You are amazing!
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I'm doing something a little different this week. Instead of posting five things I love, I am posting 5 things that recap our recent adventure at the regional spelling bee.
5 Things to recap the spelling bee
1. Nathanael was getting nervous during the 2 hour (yikes) drive to the regional spelling bee so we practiced some words, including the word Metaphor, which he spelled right. (You'll see the importance of that later)
2. We arrived at the spelling bee location and found a friend from down the street had a daughter in the spelling bee too. Nathanael registered and received a bag of swag (Clipping of his picture in the newspaper, two microwave egg cookers from The Egg Farmers of Canada, a cool Canada Post Yo-yo that lights up, a lunch bag, and a water bottle, all in a university bag)
3. After orientation, practice and introductions, the spelling bee begins (there are 53 kids). Every time he goes up there, I get nervous for him and can barely watch. The age group ranges from 9 to 14yrs. olds. He is 10 and looks so small up there!
4. In the second round he is asked to spell "credible" and does but they ding him out, saying he misspelled it. Most of the audience is murmuring that they thought he said it right. So, we appeal (for only the second time ever in the competition). Lots of crowd support during the break, nice bunch, not too competitive. Nathanael struggles with pronouncing R's and the judges all thought he said an O instead of an R. They decide to reinstate him.
5. Lunch break is over and they announce his reinstatement, everyone gives a thunderous applause! He has made it to the third round. This round is tough and the numbers go from 24 to 6! Nathanael goes out this round by spelling... wait for it...Metaphor! Go figure! It was exciting and the girl from down the street won, we were so happy for her. Nathanael placed 21 out of our region (about 4000) and really is not bad when you consider that he barely studied! He didn't study at all to get there from his school spelling bee and then studied once or twice and home and of course in the car on the way. He actually quite enjoyed the experience and really seems interested in putting in his best effort for next year.
That was our exciting spelling bee experience. For more 5 Things Thursdays, hop on over to Peanut, Peanut-Lover and the Weenuts to see more or to link up yourself!