Saturday, August 3, 2013

Rock Wall, School Supplies, Smile Awards

THIS is what I saw when I walked out of my Zumba studio on Wednesday:

My girl ringing the bell at the top!!! (My studio is on the 3rd floor of my gym; the 3-story rock wall is open to the stairwell, so I walked out, and this was the scene!) Two ladies from my class were watching her, totally floored! :-D [Excuse my embarrassing squeals...they're my right as a mother. ;-) Also weird to hear: I tend to really neutralize my Southern accent when I'm not talking to fellow Southerners. It's completely involuntary - it just happens. (I actually hate that I do it, but I can't stop myself - esp. when I'm talking to people for whom English is a 2nd language; both of my Zumba ladies you hear beside me are South American.) I blame it on my growing up in theatre and always needing to be clearly understood onstage.]

On Thursday, we bought the kids' annual school supplies. (We got everything except for the 12"x18" construction paper.) I looove doing this shopping trip!!!! It's such a fun scavenger hunt!!! (I know some people hate it & think I'm nuts; it's ok - I hate cleaning my house & think people who obsess about that are nuts. :-D ;-)) Every grade at every school here has a different list, so some years are cheaper than others. 2nd is cheaper than 4th this year. You can order school supply packages through the school that are completely pre-made for you...but I would never, b/c 1) they're more $$$, 2) I looove school supply shopping, and 3) I do actually have the time to do it w/ the kids. Pre-order this year for 2nd was $53.86, 4th was $66.58. I got both kids' supplies for about $80 total, instead.

We split it all up and packed it away in the closet (b/c school doesn't start here for over 3 weeks! ;-)) on Friday:

Annelise CANNOT WAIT!!!!! Will...is not ready for summer to end...ever. ;-)

The kids also had their 6-month dental cleanings on Friday...and they were both SOOOO EXCITED!!! BLESS THEM!!!!!! They looove the dentist! Oh, how I pray that lasts. They surely don't get it from me. :-/ I was also STUNNED when they both got "Smile Awards" = no cavities!!! (Even no-enamel-like-her-mommy Annelise!!!!!!) Thank you, Lord. This has always been such a dismal point of woe for me, so I will seriously revel in every clear visit my kids get!

3 comments:

  1. The kids look so cute with their Smile Awards! Even though we homeschool, my girls are excited about starting, too!

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  2. I'm cracking up at the idea of "neutralizing your Southern accent"...really? It must be an inherent theater trait, but I do it to (and I never did theater!). When I'm around my family in southern Indiana, I immediately switch to that accent. When I go out to California (I lived in Redondo Beach for eight months in college), I start using the local slang there. When Steve and I return from Europe, yep, we're still using Spanglish or whatever language we had been attempting to speak that trip. ;)

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  3. Thanks, Tracey!

    Heather - it is SUCH a real "issue" for me! An old high school friend called me out on FB: "Is that really your voice? What happened to your twang?" :-( I *HATE* that I do it. I LOOOVE my real Southern speak.
    On the flipside, when I hear "Southern", my accent gets thick as molasses!!! You should hear me with my GA people or even when I just watch "Friday Night Lights" or "Steel Magnolias"!!! :-D

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