Thursday, October 25, 2007
Nine is Mighty Fine!
Last year on Perry's 8th Birthday, I conducted a short interview with him. You can read it here.

Yesterday, on his ninth birthday, I conducted a random interview to see what answers my birthday guy can give to some general questions.

So let's begin...

1. What is your favorite TV show at the moment ? ESPN NFL Countdown

2. What is your favorite food ? Cheeseburgers

3. Who do you think will make the next best President of the US ? Priest Holmes

4. What does Dad do best ? Coaching me

5. What does Mom do best ? Asking me about my feelings like when I'm quiet she always asks me "what are you thinking about."

6. Where is your favorite place to go on vacation ? Orlando, FL

7. What do you love most about your teacher Ms. Stice ? That's she is very nice and caring and loving.

8. What is your favorite movie that you never get tired of watching ? The Sandlot

9. What do you do best with in baseball ? Catching

10. What do you worry about with the Earth ? That someday we'll be blown up when the sun turns into a red giant. (They have been talking about this in science this year!)

11. What do you think you will be when you grow up ? A football player

12. What is your favorite stuffed animal right now? Of course, Benji

Dude... you're the best!

Happy 9th Birthday! Our love for you is ever-lasting.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Perry and His Brush With Fame!
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Tonight, Phil walked into the house from the garage and exclaimed "an all-pro running back is talking to Coach B in his driveway down the street."

The next thing I knew, Perry was racing to grab anything he could find so he could run down to meet him. He speaks the football language of his father, and he needed no prompting as to who his father might be talking about.

He came upstairs after grabbing his father's prized authentic football helmet, rummaged around in the junk drawer for a sharpie and took off down the street to meet the one and only Priest Holmes, the Chiefs running back who just this week "suited up" against those nasty Raiders.

So anyway, Perry runs down the street to Coach B's house and after just a few minutes comes running back down the street, signed helmet in hand. "So, what did you say to him?" we excitedly asked. "Would you sign this please" followed by a "Nice to meet you" was his simple response. Seems Perry was more than just a bit "star-struck" meeting one of the greatest - if not the greatest - running backs in KC Chiefs history. He simply did not know what to say. "Well, I thought about saying 'Hook-em Horns, but I couldn't remember where he went to college at that moment." (Hook'em Horns being what fans of the University of Texas' say).

Perry's quote: "It felt like my heart was beating so fast because I was meeting the great Priest Holmes!!"

What a small moment of excitement that Perry will likely remember forever. That's the best part of the whole thing - the memory for Perry.


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Sunday, October 07, 2007
Love + Fun = You

Every year they hold Grandparent's Day at Perry's school... the first Friday in October. Grandparents from all around join their grandchildren in class while they work on activities together.

Before the grandparents arrive, the 3rd graders in Perry's class were asked to write a special letter to their visiting grandparent or special friend.

Here is what Perry wrote:

Dear Grandma and Granddad:

Welcome to the room of learning. I am excited to see you. Hey Grandma, I have a math problem for you. Love + Fun = You. Hey Granddad, we are going to do fun projects. Thank you for coming. Love, Perry
I loved how he created a math problem for his grandma... knowing that she was a math teacher in the 5th grade for 30 years. He is always talking math with his grandma.

Hey Perry,

I have my own math problem for you!

Grandma + Granddad + You = JOY!


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Thursday, October 04, 2007
"Pitcher Perfect"

Perry started off this past Saturday's fall baseball game pitching for his very first time.

I was a "nervous nellie" watching him. He was so methodical... taking his time to concentrate on the batter, surveying around all the bases, trying to make the perfect pitch. In his inning, he walked six batters, struck out three and gave away no base hits. Pretty good for his very first time.

I either spent the inning closing my eyes so that I didn't watch the pitches, or closing my eyes to send up silent prayers to God for srikes. "Please God - let him throw more strikes. Please God - give him confidence in his pitches."

This is the hard part about being a mom.

Forget the feeding schedules and the no naps in the afternoon. This age is getting even tougher. You want so much for them. You pray for confidence, selflessness, teamwork, patience... stuff that is so hard to comprehend at the tender of age of "almost nine."

And the silent prayer that I really need to offer up is "Please God - help me parent this young boy into the gentleman that You would want him to be."

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. — Proverbs, 22:6


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Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I'm Havin' A Good Hair Day!

I got a new color and style today... what'dya think?! A little more warm tones in there to mix up the blonde (and cover the gray).

I love the style, but I'm sure I won't be able to get it to look as cute as she did with all the criss-crossed parts and the flip in the back.

Too bad we can't take our head off our body to dry and style it, and then put it back on for the day. That would really help me with the round blow-drying brush.

Have any suggestions to get my hair to look this good every day, please feel free to leave me a comment... I'm open to all types of helpful hair tips.


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Monday, October 01, 2007
Fall 2007 Reading Challenge

My good friend Katrina has been hosting reading challenges for the past year and I have participated here and here.

I'm never one to actually fulfill my reading challenges, but it's always good to strive for goals.

So as not to disappoint my reader friends, I give you my Fall Into Reading List...


74 Seaside Avenue by Debbie Macomber. I've read all of her Cedar Cove series and I know that this one will not disappoint. This is a book that I will snuggle up with on the couch, afghan on my legs, with a hot cup of green tea or a mocha.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. A friend of mine recommended this book to me. It looks like it could be an enjoyable book club book... too bad the book club that I belonged to decided to take a break.

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham. Football and pizza all in one book... I'm there. I'm really looking forward to reading this book... I'm usually a fan of John Grisham books.

Non-Fiction/Bible Study:
This is tough as I don't really read a lot of non-fiction, but I do have a book that I really want to dive into at some point during the fall.

Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore. I've read so many great reviews about this book. And though I'm not in that deep of a pit, the fall and winter do seem to drag me down just a bit, and I don't want to get stuck down there.

Reading with Perry:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. We just started this book together... only reading it every other night or so. I've always wanted to read the Potter series and this is a fun way to share it.

This is not a long list, but I do hope to actually finish this challenge this time around.

I'll keep you posted!


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