Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Great Day!

Well, the Merrill family had a beautiful beginning to our day. We were invited by our dear friends, the Wierenga's, to watch their daughter be baptized...Funny Story Tangent: So we get to the little beach where Grace was to be baptized and I'm telling you the "beachfront" was maybe 30 feet long and 10 feet deep. Basically, if you sneezed while driving past you would completely miss it. It was really the most lovely spot for such a sweet girl's baptism. So, we all get there, 2 sets of grandparents next door neighbors, us...all in all about 17 people. We barely fit on the beach. But, and here's the funny part...there was a lady with her dog and they were both sitting in the water in the only logical spot for this baptism (there weren't a lot of options). And they were just enjoying themselves. Just a-sittin. and a-splashin. and a-sittin. So, we're all standing there politely waiting and wondering about the proper protocol for such an event. Hee hee, it was sure funny. In the end we just waited and she and Rusty eventually got out.

Anyway, after the LOVELY ceremony, we enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Wierenga home. And then! Dear Anne, offered to keep OUR girls over night! And do you know, Mark and I let them stay! That poor woman has 7 children in her house right now! From 14 months to 13 years old! And 5 are GIRLS!!! Oh, my dear sweet INSANE friend.

So, Mark and I went to order our new mattress during our free time today. I think I had previously told Merkle that the new king sized mattress we were indulging in shouldn't cost more than about $1000. Now remember, we have had the same bed for more than 14 years! And it was bought off the back of a semi, for $300!So, we were "in the market."

(SIDEBAR!!! AND PLEASE NO "SHE GONNA BE MY BABY DADDY BABY'S TEACHA???" COMMENTS AFTER I POSE THIS QUESTION TO YOU.....Does punctuation go inside or outside quotation marks? Email me...)

Anyway so we went to get our new mattress. Anyone want to guess how much?? Too much to put in print.

Then, as if we hadn't just blown all our cash, we decide to go out for dinner and a movie because that's what you do when you don't have kids, right? Yeah, so we saw...dun duh da dun! Captain America!!! Yeah!! It was great! Awesome flicka! Two thumbs up. I cried. And sang the national anthem. In my head, people! I was with Merkle, not my mom.

Ahhh, what a lovely day! BUT WAIT till I tell you what I'm gonna do tomorrow!!!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Well, I just finished my Summer II class. Using Computers In Education. Before going into this class I was sure it was going to be another fluff education course. This class was anything but fluff.
My Professor, Dr. Mooney, made Excel more relevant to being a teacher in 30 minutes than the 16 week class I took last semester.

Dr. Matthew E. Mooney was probably one of the best teachers I have ever had. We did projects on the BIG MAC that I had no idea was even possible. Taking this class had me ITCHIN!!! to get into a classroom of my own! I should say though that at least 3 times during the 3 week class I stated that if I were 15 years younger I would change my major. First it was Copyright Law-totally exciting! Then it was Professional Power Point Presenter-did I make that one up? Then it was movie editing. Man, what a blast! an A+!! Hee hee...

Friday, July 15, 2011


So the other day I took the girls to McDonalds for lunch. Not our usual one, nooo, we ventured out this time. So, we pull into the parking lot and the drive through line is all the way to the end of the building! Yikes! So, we decide to go in. There is no one, I repeat, no one in line at the counter. Turns out all the people in the drive through must have been regulars who go there often enough to know NOT to go inside.
So, I walk up to the counter very excited to know that since I am the only one there, we'll be in and out in no time. Wrong! It took 12 minutes to get our food. As I stood at the counter, mystified at the lack of, well, anything, I glanced at my receipt which showed what time we placed our order. There happened to be another sucker who had placed an order standing next to me and the time on our receipts was 12 minutes apart!!! When we finally did get our food, two of our drinks were wrong and we were missing an item. When will I learn to cook?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Go ShARkS!!

So my Grace joined the swim team! How awesome is that?? Check her out at her first meet! Isn't that team suit the best!? And can I say...she's pretty awesome! She did the freestyle and the backstroke and placed 3rd and 4th out of 5! I was so proud of her!