Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sixth Grade: Mommy's Piggy TALES

So I've joined yet another online group...It's called Mommy's Piggy Tales. I, along with a group of other bloggers are going to be telling little tales from our youth every Thursday for awhile. Does it sound like fun to you? You should join us!

Here is the link, just click on the pic:

I've jumped in a little late and am going to be starting at sixth grade and will be coming back around to the younger years later.


I was eleven in sixth grade. I was one of the biggest girls in my class. And I went to a private Christian school and there were only probably 15(?) of us. I can't remember now. I'm sure I could ask my friend Emma, she would remember. She went to school with me through every year there. She has a way better memory than I do. Anyway, being one of the biggest girls in the class in sixth grade meant that you were bigger than all the boys too. I can remember starting to get that fat complex back then, even though I was no where near fat. There was a lot of self consciousness going on for most of that year. But for some weird reason, I had a crush on Richie, the smallest boy in the class.

I probably grew the most that year. Our school had a dress code. We had to wear skirts and they had to come to the middle of your knee. The skirts that fit at the beginning of the year became way too short by Thanksgiving. I was continually pulling my skirt down, but I would always forget and our teacher would always have to say something. Did I mention that my teacher was a man, and he was the principal? I remember one time one of the teachers aids was giving a lesson and I don't remember about what. But she said something dumb like "we show how much we honor God by how long our skirts are." Well, I'm sure she didn't actually say that, but she might as well have. Then everyone in my class turned in their desks and looked at me. More self consciousness followed.

I played the piano and took lessons from my principle/teacher's wife. While I didn't really hate the lessons, there was still practice. After hearing my aunt play the piano this last weekend, I really wish that I would have kept up with it. I am pretty sure that I played The Spinning Song for recital that year. Worst recital ever. You should never pick a song that everyone recognizes because if they don't know the song, they don't know if you screwed up.

My mom and dad also put our house up for sale that year. I don't remember a lot of details around it, just that it took a really long time to sell. That story will have to be saved for next week;)

I am going to have to dig out some old pictures so you guys can see them.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Everything's amazing...

and nobody's happy. -Louis CK
(That's a pretty funny clip if you want to watch it on utube.)

My cell is on the fritz. It's junk. But not junk enough to just throw it out. And verizon's "new every two plan" doesn't kick in for me until March. So I decided there's got to be a cheap alternative until then. I checked out Amazon and here's what I found...

LG GD910 Unlocked Cell Phone with VGA Camera, Bluetooth with A2DP, GSM, MP3/WMA/AAC Player--International Version with Warranty (Black)

Wow! Right? A phone in your watch. A watch in your phone. Actually, the description doesn't say there's a clock on it so you might be s.o.l. You would think there would be a clock on it though since it's $947.65! That's right.

But this one guy that left a review still wasn't happy. It only stores about 10 songs on it, so "it's not very much use to me at all". Cracks me up:)

Well, back to the cell phone hunt! Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Matt's 30th

That's right! Matt turned thirty this month:) I decided to throw him a surprise party the following Saturday. He was totally surprised. So surprised in fact, that it rendered him pretty speechless. And that's saying something since his last cell bill he talked 5598 minutes total! That's not totally fair since it is for business, but still!


Here he his checking out the cake. Love the expression:)


And Lexi helping him blow out the candles.


And some presents. I love this smile the most.


Happy Birthday, Mattie!

Friday, July 23, 2010

summer cukes

This summer there is nothing that I have loved more than cucumbers and onions. The only thing that's a little dissappointing is that the cucumbers are not from my garden. I planted some but a late frost killed them off.

But I'm sure that I could not even tell the difference.

summer cukes & onions

First you need to chop them all up. I like thin slices like these. And I cut the onion into rings. Then you need to soak both onions and cucumbers in some salt water.


The dressing is one part oil (I used vegetable), one part cider vinegar, and two parts sugar. My "parts" were cups. But I had 4 cucumbers and 3 small onions. You can make it in any size batch. Heat all parts on the stove until sugar is dissolved.

finished salad

I got this pickle bin from tupperware. I think you get two but I gave one to mom. Turns out to be the best thing to keep the cucumbers in. My mom always used to use an ancient Miracle Whip glass jar...I bet she still uses it:)

cuke bin

They are the best when they've been in the fridge for a day.

Happy summer!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I don't feel like it...

blogging that is. But I thought I had better come back and see if anyone is still here. We just really been enjoying summer time. The last thing I want to do is be inside trying to load photos:) But here are some tball pics that I haven't shown you yet.

slone's team

gpa gma and slone


Monday, July 12, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Family is a good thing. comfortable. happy. secure.


mom, dad, aunt ruthie, uncle gordy, aunt joanie, uncle enoch, ruth
slone, bo, me, liz, lyn, laura, loren, michelle
jonah, maggie, noah, sam, annika, anders

We had a surprise birthday party for Uncle Enoch this past weekend in Michigan. They live in a lovely home on a lake near Lake Michigan. We had a great visit with them. We got to see some cousins that we hadn't seen in awhile, and one little cousin that I had never met (Anders)!

It was a nice little break. We also went to the Sand Dunes at Silver Lake. Those pics are on facebook if you want to see them.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

summer time garden


I cannot wait to eat these. Of course, I will wait. I want em to be red. I've also planted yellow tomatoes! I'm so excited!


Happy Thursday!
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