Saturday, March 28, 2009

a bit o' bragging

We just got the results from Cody's standarized testing that he did on monday and......

He scored higher than 59% of all 8th graders in the nation in reading, higher than 81% in Language, and higher than 80% in math! His total score was higher than 75% of the nations students! Is that awesome or what? I had him give me a high 5 on that one!


Today was Tom's first day on his new route. I went to pick him up because we are still down to one car and he was sitting on the back dock with his thermos, and coffee cup, and these........... It was very cute! I asked him a couple of weeks ago that if he saw any Amer. cancer society tables out selling daffodils for daffodil days to pick some up. Well, he was on his route today and he now has florist on it and he actually remembered that I love daffodils and he went back at the end of the day and picked these up for me. He is so sweet. I think I'll keep him!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

test day

We drove up to Indiana, Pa today for Cody's standarized tests. They are required for homeschoolers in grades 3,5,8, and 11. WHile he was taking his tests Tom, Jordan and I did a little sight seeing. I found a farm market on the internet that was nearby. On the way we had to cross a covered bridge. They must have known we were coming because it had Tom's name on it..... Don't Mom's always tell their kids not to play in the middle of the street? My Dad always told us to go play in traffic but I don't think this is what he had in mind. "Jordan, out of the way!"
A nice relaxing morning on the porch playing checkers?

This place was pretty neat. Not a bad drive up there. We may come back in August for the corn festival. There is music, games, and of course corn. They have these big jars of melted butter and they just dip the whole ear in. I can hear my arteries hardening as we speak!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Today we drove up to Zelienople ( say that fast 3 times!) for the big AWANA games. Jordan got to participate in 3 events. They have to earn their way there by finishing 3/4 of their bible memorization book. We are the yellow. I won't tell you what place they took. You'll have to check out Jordan's blog for that. But here is their score.

After a hard morning at play it was time to drive the hour home and a stop for lunch at Eat n Park. Driving through downtown Pittsburgh isn't so bad on a saturday. Got a call from the baseball coach, Coach Jeff, He has "drafted" Jordan onto his team (wonder what kind of deal his agent got him this year? Hope it's sweet!) so saturday's are going to start filling up. One last note GO PITT!!!!!!!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

new mailman

Sort of a sad day in post office land.......Tom has bid another route and will no longer be delivering our mail. He found out today that he got the route he bid on in Penn Hills and will oly be our mailman another week. I try not to let him know but it makes me sad. He would stop here everyday for lunch. We got to see him during the day. But he really wanted out of there due to poor managment, so it's really good for him. Plus part of the route is mounted (you deliver from the truck) so that's good for him too. Change is always hard. Boo hoo.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Yesterday was a nice day. It was our turn to deliver meals on wheels. We do it about twice a month. Then we did our weekly trip to the library. From there we ate lunch at Wendy's and went on to hit a bucket of balls at the driving range. (Okay we didn't actually hit the bucket, well maybe just a couple of times, but we did hit the balls.)
When we pulled in the driveway, look what I found in the yard!
We made it through another winter.....YEA

Monday, March 16, 2009

b day

This weekend we had an impromptu dinner with my brother Len. It was his birthday this past week and he hadn't sent Jordan a card or anything for his birthday so off we went to Cici's pizza in Monroeville.
After "stuffing" ourselves with Pizza the "kids" went into the game room for some "let's beat Uncle Lenny" time. Cody played Lori in air hockey Then it was the big match up of Len vs Jordan.......while Cody tried his hand at driving in the backround.
We were all wiped out of quarters but it was a fun night. My first chance to get out of the house since I got sick.

Friday, March 13, 2009

turning the corner

I am starting to feel like myself again. I am still not 100 % but I am able to be, as Tom would say, "upright and bipeddle"! Thanks for the well wishes Deb!
Hope some are able to get out and enjoy the sunshine!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


All I have done is sleep for the past 3 days. They have me on meds and I have no energy at all. My poor kids. All I can do is sleep. They were supposed to go to a homeschool fair (like a science fair) tomorrow. It's an hour away. I don't think that I can drive that far. When is life going to get back to normal? UGH

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Last night around 12:15 am I was taken by ambulance to the ER at Forbes. I got extremely dizzy here at home. The room was continually spinning and wouldn't stop! I was so scared. I also felt nauseated. Finally, after about 45minutes I told Tom to call 911. I thought it might be my blood sugar. Turns out it was not bad, but my blood pressure was extremely high. They took me to the ER (in my night gown, no less). My first ambulance ride. The doctor said that I had an extreme case of vertigo. They gave me Valium and something for nausea by IV. After a few hours I was back home. They say it may have something to do with an inner ear infection or something so I need to follow up with their ear, nose and , throat guy, who, coincidentally, I am scheduled for surgery with in April to have my thyroid removed because of nodules. So today has been pretty much a blur. All I have done is sleep. My head still feels heavy and woozy. I will be headed back to bed soon. My drama for the day.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Last week blueberries were on sale for $1 so I bought some. I found this new recipe and tried it out tonight. Blueberry Crumb bars. They are very yummy. Could have used a few more blueberries but the kids kind of snacked on them over the weekend!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

newest birthday present

Jordan decided today what he wanted to spend his birthday money on. Click here to see.........

YES you are seeing's mice! I was taken over by aliens at the pet store and actually agreed to let him have mice. He used his birthday money. WHAT WAS I THINKING?