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Yep, Abbey is signed up for Sports camp in our town.  Its just a one hour a day, one day a week thing for the next month but it will be fun.  Abbey and her cousin Matt are signed up and it started today.  From what her Nana told me, this week was Soccer week and she quite enjoyed kicking the ball into the net.  She did not, however, totally get the concept of kicking the soccer ball around the cones…instead, she was trying to knock the cones down…LoL, I wish I’d been there to see that.  I will be off from work next Wednesday so my SIL and I will be taking the kids to Lacrosse day next week.  That should be fun, although I have to admit, I was sort of hoping that the one Sports camp day I had off would be on Football day…how funny would it be to see my three year old daughter playing football :)…tee hee!  Even better, she is also signed up for weekly Nature Workshops for pre-schoolers and tomorrow is Earthworm Day.  As it turns out, Abbey is quite a friend to the earthworms so I’m thinking she will enjoy tomorrow’s workshop quite a bit.  Look for some pictures next week of Abbey’s warm weather activities!

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Tomorrow starts the big camping trip.  We’ll be going with all of Scottie’s siblings and their families and SIL Karen’s brother and his family.  All together that’s two 1 year olds, one 2 year old, a 3 year old, a 5 year old, a 6 year old, a 7 year old and a 9 year old!  That’s 8 kids all together…all in tents on campsite spots with no electricity or running water.  You would think we were going for a month considering how packed to the gills our mini-van already is…and we still have to get our pillows and the cooler in there.  I’ve got some pointers already from my camping expert friends…would anyone else like to offer some last minute advice for a camping novice LoL?  Oh, and PLEASE pray for no rain!

 We shall return on Sunday and I’m sure I’ll have a story or two to tell :D!

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To the right there, under Favorite Links, I have a link to a website that has blog prompts on it.  It shows one at a time and if you don’t like the one you see you click the button and it gives you another one.  I haven’t used any of them yet but once or twice a week I go in and see what prompts are there and click the button a dozen or so times before giving up or getting distracted.  That’s what I was doing today when I came upon a promt that read, ” Today’s prompt: Use the next Blog Prompt…No matter what it is”.  Doh!  Caught red handed cheating LoL.  So I closed my eyes and clicked the button knowing that now I HAD to use it and lucky for me, this is what came up so, without any further ado, here’s my list…

My 10 Greatest Joys…

1. My Daughter- Hands down…no matter how bad my day is when I come home and hear her yell “MAMA!!!”  I can’t help but have a smile on my face!

2. My Hubby- Ok, sometimes I might need to be remided that he’s on the list ;), but really, how lucky  can you be to have your best friend around all the time?

3. My Family- The rest of it that is…not sure what I would do without them!

4.  Food-  Mmmmm!

5. Photography- I love taking picutes…from cute photos of my little one to beautiful landscapes.  

 6. Digital Scrapbooking- It lets me get very creative without taking up lots of time to set up and clean up.  Its also my favorite winding down activity.

7. A bubble bath and my favorite magazine- Bonus points if I’m home alone and don’t have to hear my name through the door 10 times before I’m done :)!

8. A Crisp Autumn Day- My favorite season…so many great things to do outside without the stifling heat to deal with.

9. Watching the snow fall from inside- Winter…my least favorite season…but if I’m inside and I don’t have to go anywhere, watching the snow fall while I sip a hot chocolate is so soothing.

10. Christmas- My absolute favorite time of year…I love the songs, the atmoshpere, the food, the planning, the wrapping….even the frenzy. 

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Ok, so the pulled pork was delicious!  I was a bit worried when it started cooking and it smelled SO spicy, but it had just a bit of a kick…perfect!  After having it for dinner both Friday and Saturday nights, Scottie and I ate the last of it as a midnight snack on Ritz Crackers Saturday night LoL.  I will definately be making that again. 

The stairs:  They are going amazingly well (I keep waiting for some disaster to strike).  The bottom set of stairs are done now and the carpet is ripped up on four of the stairs on the upper set.  My next project will be somewhat smaller I think…I’m looking at knobs and handles and trying to pick one for the kitchen cabinets…here’s the one’s I really like…

They actually sort of match my silverware too LoL! 

Let’s see, what else…I havent’ talked about my little one too much lately.  I finally got to see her ‘swim’ on Friday.  My MIL has been telling me how amazing she does in the pool with her tube on (she wears one of those tubes that has an attached tank top type thing so she can’t slip through).  Now, I consider myself a fairly laid back mom.  I’m not too much of a worry wart…except when it comes to the pool.  Nana has a deck that comes right up to the edge of the above ground pool and there’s no fence around it, so for the last three Summers, at every bbq I’ve spent the whole time blocking the entire edge of the pool that comes up to the edge of the deck, which is a considerable length…I just never sit down LoL.  So I’ve been hearing how well Abbey is doing in the pool and I finally got to see her in action.  She really does look like she knows how to swim in that thing.  She actually moves her arms and kicks like she’s swimming and will venture out to the middle of the pool to rescue a toy and drag it back to the edge.  And of course, I’m not the tiniest bit biased LoL.  I really have to get some pictures of her in action.

Ok, I think that’s it.  Oh, I mentioned last week that I should plan meals week by week.  I’m forming a list in my head for this week so I’ll try to get that up tomorrow. 

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