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It's amazing when my 5-year-old comes home talking about the history behind MLK day. When I was in Kindergarten, we learned our color...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

20 years seriously?

So on top of everything I've been up to, I'm also coordinating my 20 year high school reunion. I can't believe it's been that long!! I went to two high schools...the first in Woodbridge, Virginia and the second in Okinawa, Japan; Kubasaki High School...the dragons..

Forever Young was our class song and we thought we'd never get old. I look back to all that some of my alumni have done in lfe and I'm proud of each and every one! To list a few success stories, we have an:

*Olympic Gold Medalist in the 2008 Olympics
*Actor/Producer in London
*Mentor and Public Speaker with Rich Dad Poor Dad
*Many amazing officers serving our country
*Executives in the travel/hotel industry
*DJ's in foreign countries

Those are off the top of my head...the others who are just as important and are just as successful in their fields hold positions in the media, film, education, government, motherhood, fatherhood, the oil industry...the list goes on. These although more quiet successes, are equally impressive. I'm very proud of my classmates and friends, and can't wait to see them next summer.

Here's the thing..

When we get together it's never about what we've done, or how successful some of them are. It's always about our bond and amazing friendships. At a military school overseas, we were thrown together - all classes, races, religions, and creeds - and expected to get along.

There were no cliques...well there were those who had their friendships...but no one was left out from any friendship circle.

We all were in the same boat, in a far away land, learning to survive. No one can understand what it was like to be us, in that time or place. So this is why we love each other like brother and sister, still to this day, and because we were banded together then ... we only now can truly appreciate just how special and unique it was.

I can't believe it's been 20 years!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Real Life

I wanted to apologize if it's seemed my posts have been slim lately, but I've had so many things going on in my real life that it's left me with little to no time.

Lately life hasn't been spent enough with my friends and family as much as I'd like, as I think we all tend to hibernate in the winter. Once Spring hits, we'll all be out & about again like this picture above. BUT life has definitely kept me on my toes.

I've been contacted by a production company in London to work with them on some projects, so my mind and time has been very full. The sequel for Finding Kylie is still on, but I'm splitting my time between the two projects. This week I'm speaking at my old University as an 'author' and am not sure I'll have anything interesting to say, but when asked to do these things...you do so whole heartedly. Next week, I'm driving to Tulsa for the FOX morning show for an interview. They contacted me last week, and it's an honor to be asked to do this as well.

So please don't think I'm ignoring my blogging...just know I'm doing what I can - when I can without sacrificing time for my son and family. Thank you so much for your support and continued interest in my book and this blog. I appreciate each and every one of you!


Also if you're a member of good reads, there's a contest there. Could you vote for Finding Kylie at this link?
Thank you!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Cozy and Comfy

So since I've been partially unemployed/self employed I've taken to all my husband's sweatshirts. In fact, some of my favorites are his newest ones that were either birthday or Christmas gifts from this past year. He's not even had a chance to wear them as I've monopolized them all!

Yesterday, he walked in as I was playing with my son. I let my boy play sports in the house like basketball or hockey. We've got indoor goals, plastic pucks, nerf basketballs...so I have safe zones away from all my breakables, where we play. We happened to be playing hockey yesterday when my husband walked in the room, as it was his turn to play and mine to take a break.

I had on yet another one of his sweatshirts. I think it's been bothering him a bit because he gave me that look & asked, "You've got on another one? "

I nodded and smiled.

"Why are you wearing all my sweatshirts?"
"Because they're cozy and comfy...they make me feel close to you."

He gave me yet another one of his looks and replied, "Yah, that's why I wear your underwear."

Side note, he doesn't really wear my undies...he's just a smart ass!

Just another day in my home, with both of my comedians to keep me busy.

The good news is...that it's almost spring so I won't have his sweatshirts to wear much longer. I'd soon graduate to his T-shirts! :)

Friday, February 06, 2009

My son, the miser

My son has and will always have a very big heart. In years past, on his birthdays, he's taken the initiative to give to various charities of his choice. You can click here to read about last year's birthday giving...it was pretty amazing.

Well - one year older and little wiser to the world, he's gaining more knowledge of money and it's power. I think the fact that I've been somewhat unemployed/self-employed since July, has had a larger effect than I thought. Obviously it benefits him, because I get to spend most all my time with him ... BUT he notices that we're restricted as a family to do certain things, from big to small on a financial level.

Last Wednesday night, at church, we were helping the kids decorate little plastic piggy banks. We told the kids, once they filled this itty bitty bank up...they could feel free to donate it to the charity of their choice. We're trying to teach these little hearts and minds about other places of the world, and here at home...and how we can help others in need. After all, this is what Jesus asks of us. Luke 3:11. And [John the Baptist] would answer and say to them, "Let the man with two tunics share with him who has none, and let him who has food do likewise." This is something small to teach that can have a big impact on the world for ours and the next generation.

So as we've finished, I went around the room to ask each child what charity they may have in mind. Not to put any pressure on them at all, but just to get them thinking how they personally could help - and how they'd want to. Well I heard various answers:
Jesus House
Homeless Shelters
The Hungry

I get to my son, who I know is going to have a great answer, as he's always cared for others in need and he responds with?

"Myself. I think I'll donate to my savings account at the bank, Mom!"

I couldn't keep a straight face. I had to turn around to keep the class from seeing me bust out in laughter, and caught the second teacher doing the same. After a few seconds, I turned back around and said, "okay well we'll talk about that one later...anyone else?"

I swear sometimes he cracks me up!!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Super is the New Awesome

How cool was the game tonight? How many of you writhed in agony at the many near missed touch downs by the Steelers? How many of you were jumping up screaming, "Go Go Go!!!" at the amazing 100 yard touchdown by James Harrison? The crazy attempt by the Steelers to get that last score in? Not once but, twice, and three times finally score...CRAZY!!

My husband is such a freak of nature with his sports addiction in general, let alone when one of his favorite teams are playing. He'll root for little league...all the way up to the pro's. So imagine his anxiety level at tonight's game.

I think hands down - this was the BEST Superbowl ever played. I feel incredibly sad for Kurt Warner, as he's an amazing QB and person, but I'm rejoicing right now for me and my family. Our team won an AWESOME game. The Card's should feel proud, not just because they were a part of a game that will go down in history, but because they played really well. Both teams played hard and with heart.

My son before going to bed tonight told me, "I just watched the best game of my life."

I have to agree!