Monday, April 18, 2011


I've added more books to my list of 100 picture books everyone should read. The list is HERE. I tried not to do more than 2 or 3 books for any one author or it would be easy to fill the list up with Seuss, Berenstain, Asch, Richard Scarry and McCluskey and be done with it. Which of the books have you read to your children? Which do you own?

The weekend was full. We colored some eggs. Jessica helped Jasmine, Kayla and Kaleb. Adam made one later, but I don't have a picture.

It seemed like everyone was in a pretty serious mood while we colored eggs. Maybe because they haven't done it before. Jasmine has, but it's been a few years.

Jeff was still here, but he ignored us and stayed in his room. But that's pretty much how it has been the past few weeks. There was a lot of tension knowing that he was leaving.

Saturday morning I took Jasmine to Sear's Portrait Studio to get her picture taken. She looks so good. There are stitches up the back of her neck but we did her hair straight, not in braids, so you can't even tell. She did great and I'll post those once I have them. They'll be done the 29th.

After seeing Tangled, I told Jasmine I knew a horse like Maximus. The kids didn't know that Jessica and I have taken a few riding lessons. We go Friday mornings while they are in school, and haven't really talked about it because we weren't sure if we were going to continue or not. It's pretty expensive. We've gone six times since Thanksgiving when we started.

Adam was not sure about the horses. He never did let one eat out of his hand, but he did help feed them from the buckets.

I only had Adam and Jasmine with me. Tyler and Jessica were at work, and the twins were not being obedient at home so no outing for them. That's kind of my rule--if you won't listen to me at home, how can I trust you to listen to me when we're somewhere else? Running around crazy, screaming would have spooked the horses and I'd be in trouble with the owner.

Doesn't he remind you of Maximus from Tangled? He's been boarding at the farm where we ride, but his owner is back from an overseas tour, so he'll be leaving. He's the one I ride, and he's easy.

This is the horse Jessica rides now. Since Runner is leaving, I moved to the horse she'd been riding, and she moved to this one. She's happy because her original one can be temperamental, and now I'm riding him.

This was Adam's favorite. He's only one and not gelded yet.

The man from Jacksonville showed up for Jeff around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. A lady from the camp was with him too. I'm kind of disappointed because I gave them a bag of gifts for Jeff for his birthday next week and asked them to put them away until then. Then I found out they watched one of the movies we'd given him for his birthday on the trip from our house to Jax. I would have thought they'd honor my request about his presents. Oh well. He just won't have any to open on his birthday. I sent an Easter basket full of goodies too, and they probably ate those on the way.

We went to the bay after morning church Sunday. It was a little cool (74F) but I wanted to take the jet ski out and make sure it was running okay after sitting all winter.

Jessica and Anthony hadn't changed yet because Anthony had a job interview. He hasn't been able to find a job (maybe not looking too hard because both Jeff and Adam were able to get jobs within two weeks of starting to look)so I suggested he go to Burger King and apply Saturday morning since Jeff's last day was Friday. Obviously there would be an opening. Sometimes timing is everything so we told Anthony to go to BK and apply and be really friendly. Both my boys got their jobs because they were told they seemed friendly and had nice smiles.

So Anthony went to the interview and was told to call today before 3:00. I'm hoping that since they told him to call, he has a good chance of getting the job.

Everyone was at the beach except Tyler who had to work, but the twins didn't make it into the pictures. I didn't really take very many pictures this time.

It was a beautiful day, but the spray in my face was cold! It's supposed to be in the 80s this week so the water should warm up some.

Jessica, Adam and maybe Jasmine are doing a 1.5 mile beach run at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow. Early, but that's about the time everyone is leaving for school anyway.

Friday I am taking Tyler, Jessica and probably Adam to UWF to look it over, and then Saturday is the Bunny Hop 5K and 1/2 mile run.


One Crowded House said...

looks like a great weekend!

Renee said...

What a great weekend. I am sorry the couple did not honor your wishes. You are such a thoughtful Mom.

Felicia said...

Looks like you have been busy. I am glad for everyone involved that Jeff has a place to go to until he ships out.

Sounds like Jasmines' surgery was a success. I am happy for her.

Kathy C. said...

Thank you Renee. I am disappointed, especially since they know Jeff is having defiance issues and this seems like it showed him it was okay to not obey wishes in the little things.

Thanks Felicia. We are hoping the skin holds in place permanently this time.