Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
After five years of "knashing of teeth, pulling of hair, ......well you get the picture), we are finally able to really enjoy the Zoric. It survived this hurricane season so we can breathe easy until next year and we hope the nickname of "Frankenstein" is buried forever. The girls are becoming quite the "huntresses" after several hunting trips!
Our new "logo" sign
The old girl looks good
Ellen has been working with Libby "her golden retriever" and she is now retrieveing ducks
for her. As Maisy has always gotten the attention for being such a "pretty" dog, Ellen is now enjoying the fact that her dog is a great retriever and in the hunting world that counts a lot more than a pretty face!
Sara is wondering just where she is going to fit! Gary's car stays like throughout hunting season!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Getting braces in our family is now "old hat"~ Ellen was pretty excited about it (as documented in previous blog) but I really didn't think to explain the process of how they would put them on her. She woke up and on her own, put on a cute dress and fixed her hair in preparation for the big day. If you look closely at the first picture, you can see her "fang" that is growing in......vampires are in "vogue" now! She was excitedly nervous and when she laid down in the chair, I was surprised to see that her legs logs were locked so tightly that they were straight as a board, her fist were clinched into little balls and her eyes were shut tight. I kept telling her to relax, that it would not hurt but she kept those eyes shut and fist clenched. I then realized that she was scared to death....so I suggested to the orthodontist that he start explaining what he would be doing, step by step, as he proceeded with the braces. It eased her concerns but she was obviously still very tense. This was odd for her and I was feeling rather guilty for taking such a casual attitude about getting braces About twenty minutes into the process, the orthodontist asked which dentist I would be using to have some of her teeth pulled.....we had known that she was going to have to have some teeth pulled due to the overcrowding in Ellen's mouth. Ellen popped up and said, "wait - you mean you are not going to pull them today"? She had been bracing herself the whole time for them to start pulling teeth. I asked her if she thought they were just going to reach over and yank the teeth out with no anesthesia...... she said all she saw was some tools on the tray that looked like they would be used to pull teeth and figured they were going to use them! I constantly have to remind myself that she is still just a ten year old! Once she realized that her teeth were not going to be pulled, she relaxed and we finished the process with all of her teeth intact!
Friday, November 27, 2009
As I was putting a few things away in Ellen's room, I happened to notice this piece of paper on her desk. Intrigued, I picked it up and could make little sense of it! When she got home from school, I asked her what it meant. She said that it was her notes on all the the good things happening in her life. She makes a list of fun things that are happening and when she wakes up every morning, she looks at the list and it helps her look forward to the day....Oprah would call it a "gratitude list"! What are fifth graders grateful for? On Thursday, it was Bquest (an enrichment class that she has two times a week with several of her good friends in which they do a lot of fun projects); telling everyone that she was getting braces the next day - (big excitement in her life); Mrs. Inman - her favorite teacher; Two more days till "brake" - that would be a week off of school for the Thanksgiving holidays (gotta work on that spelling); Mrs. Laureen - another teacher she likes; and two more days till her friend's birthday party that was going to be at her grandfather's farm. (Love the artwork!) When she was explaining all of this to me....she looked up at me and said with a very "Oprahesque" air....Mom, you should try this....it really works. You are happy all day when you remind yourself about all the good things you have to look forward to. Now, getting braces (subject of next blog) would not be on my "Happy list", but what a great lesson this little girl who is always smiling taught me!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Girls are XC!
Ready to Run!
Elizabeth and her coaches
Prayer before the race
Let's go win a race and boy do we look XC with our breathe right nose strips on! Complements of Coach Rosendo
Good luck hugs....the little dark headed girl on the right bottom corner of the pic is Malia Cali and she has won the Heisman trophy for Louisiana and is now in the top six finalist for the nation. They are flying her to New York and will announce the winner in several weeks. There were 56,000 applicants and she is in the top six! Awesome girl not only in sports but in every catagory of life!
They are off......only three miles to go.....Elizabeth looks determined
This is my favorite photo out of all the pics I took! The other two girls are Carmen and Jordyn; both Juniors with Elizabeth.....both great runners. Carmen placed second in state, behind Malia (who was first and cinched her four year streak of being first in state four years in a row); Jordyn came in 7th and Elizabeth was 19th.....ironic that they are in that order in the pic! You can see the concentration on their faces!
Elizabeth was at the end of the race here and the end of her rope! At this point her lungs are killing her but she found a bit of strength to kick it in. It is so painful to watch her and when I look at these pictures, I am sooo glad this season is over!