Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chapstick Addict (When I can find it...)

Do you lose chapstick like I lose chapstick?

Pretty much the entire day I'm either:
a: licking my lips because the Chapstick has worn off.
b: wondering where I left that last tube of goodness.
c: cussing at myself since I can't find one of the 5 or 6 I've stuck someplace I can't remember.
d: shouting a "hallelujah" when I finally find my Burt's Bees or Chapstick shimmer.
e: groaning when I take the laundry from the dryer and find a stray tube by the dryer vent.
f: explaining to Bill why his newest Chapstick contents are in the lid.
g: rummaging through each jacket and coat trying desperately to find my lip salvation.
Today I did letters a through g.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

President Obama!

Click here for America's song. I think you'll like it.

Didn't you just love the inauguration yesterday?

Loved it, myself.

I took all my fifth graders into my teaching partner's room and together all 45 of us witnessed history being made after it had already been made several months before. There was no talking, no whispering, just quiet watching as we stared at our next president. We talked about how history had been made on many levels. Some of the people in the vast audience experienced not being able to eat at the same lunch counter with others when they were younger, and now. Now, there has come a total change of thought, mind, and heart, and that same person who might not have been able to eat his lunch at the same place as another, has been sworn in as
Wow. What a cool thing for young people to see. Even if you didn't vote for Obama and don't like his politics, you still have to admit that this event was pretty awesome. From the millions of people on the mall to those cute daughters of his, to the accidental missed words from his mouth, to Michelle Obama's beautiful "lemongrass" colored (but probably freezing) outfit and awesome gloves.
This event was momentous and monumental. I'm glad I got to witness it.

And I'm hoping for the best in the next 4 years ahead. You, hear that, President Obama? My family and I are putting our trust in you. Please do your best to not let us down!

Friday, January 16, 2009

14 years as a Ball

Date: January 11, 1995
Time: 12:34 PM
Place: St. Luke's Hospital, Boise, ID

Occasion: The birth of the second Ball child

Weight: 9 lbs. 13 oz.

Name: Kourtni Rae Ball

Flash forward 14 years

heehee - what excellent taste in attire you have!
She'll be so mad at her mom for posting this pic here! heehee

Date: January 10, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Place: The Nike Outlet store, Old Navy, Hollister, Abercrombie, Champ's, Quizno's, Finish Line

Occasion: To find the perfect pair of jeans and basketball shoes for an-about-to-turn-fourteen-year-old-daughter

Weight: Now that wouldn't be polite and she'd be upset at her mother

Name: Kourtni Rae Ball

Sister to 3 siblings - yeah, they're pretty much like this all the time - NEVER serious when Mom gets the camera out...

Chocolate cake - per request

Presents this year:
jeans from Hollister - hated them once we got home...
basketball shoes from Finish Line - hated them once we got home...
i-pod case - didn't hate it, but realized she had 5 of them already. yep.5.
Ross gift cart - didn't hate it!!!

Presents from years past:
a loaf of white bread - Mom doesn't buy it usually
a big, long bath towel that was for her use only
toaster strudel - junk food junkies that we are
underwear for a potty-trained 2 year old!!!
Christmas clearance stuff... you gotta love January b-days!

Cakes from years past:
Dairy Queen ice cream cake
Chocolate shakes
Oreo cake
Homemade cakes with all the typical designs: bunnies, barns, m&m confections with enough sugar to make you go blind!

We love our Kourtni Rae!
She is a joy to have around and has blessed this home and family with her sweet, pleasing personality. She still calls her mom "mommy" or "mama" and she still calls her dad "daddy". She is obedient and knows that when she doesn't do her laundry like Mom says, she doesn't get to go to her friend's house...hehehe

Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

One Word Wednesday...


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Technically deficient...

OK, so I wanted to update in '09 (yeah, it doesn't rhyme) and I decided to change my background and colors and stuff, and I shouldn't have done it because I screwed up my layout and I can't figure out how to fix it and I'm obssessing over it and I have too many other things to do and so I'm getting it off my chest and hopefully when Alyssa comes home tomorrow,


(After a lecture from her about what am I going to do when she goes to college?)
I know, I know, I need to figure this stuff out on my own, but I have 7 1/2 more months until I ACTUALLY have to do it!!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Resolutions, smesolutions...

I've never been very good at New Year's Resolutions. I'm just not the "resolutiony" type. Oh, I set goals, alright, but I just don't think that because it's a new year I should resolve to do anything more than I'm already doing!


  • I'm already eating oatmeal, almonds, and beans in an attempt to lower that dreaded cholesterol. Hope it's working, guess I need another blood test to determine that.
  • I'm already getting up at the crack of the crack of dawn 5 days a week in hopes of staying sane throughout the day.
  • I'm already setting goals each day, like, for example, to get to 12:00 and refrain from crying about last year's Kindergarten bliss. (I've accomplished that goal each school day - well - almost each school day.)
  • I'm already trying out new recipes to give my family's eating a boost - or to at least make it interesting.
  • I'm already contributing to our family's well being by helping out financially, emotionally, chauffeuringly, nurturingly, etc. (can't think of anymore words that end in "ly")

I guess you could say that I have resolutions all through the year and don't feel I need to announce them at the beginning of a new year, but, just so you don't think I think I'm perfect in any way, shape, or form, (heehee) I'll do something that I read about in a magazine:

simply state one word that will help me remember what I should be doing.

Here goes:

1. patience - with my kids, my class, my friends, my neighbors, that stupid driver in front of me, etc.

2. communicate - with my mom, my sisters, my far away friends way more often.

3. read - books that aren't written by Stephanie Meyer, the scriptures, the stack I have by my bed that normally don't get looked at very much until summer.

4. learn - from others, from experiences (both good and bad), from classes that I should be

5. clean - my house, my car, the baseboards, the home office way more often.

6. blog - whenever I feel like it and not feel bad for sitting at the computer when I should be doing 2, 3, 4, and 5...

7. pictures - take more, take Becky Higgins' challenge of a photo a day for project 365 even though I don't scrapbook anymore - at least on paper...

8. enjoy - my husband, my kids, my home, my life, all the little things way more often.

9. cherish - what it's like to have all 4 of my children under one roof - 'cuz in August it's all gonna change when baby #1 goes away to college *sigh* - wasn't she just born?

10. dance - learn Beyonce's single ladies dance...Oh, yeah - my kids will totally dig it when their mother dances like Beyonce!!! well, maybe that will have to wait until 2010...

Happy 2009!

Here's to doing what we normally do each day in order to make ourselves better human beings!