Thursday, May 17, 2012

NILMDTS webcast

NILMDTS is now doing webcasts.  Check it out.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Chase's Graduation Present from MOM!

I save favorite clothing.  I never knew why I was doing this, or what I would end up doing with them.  When the movie Stepmother came out (susan sarandon, julia roberts) and the mother made a quilt for her children, I thought that was by far the coolest idea ever.  This is what I was going to do with all the kids clothing that I had saved.  And this is what I did for Chase's graduation gift.  I don't expect him to take it to college or anything, (unless he really wants to) but this is something he will have forever.  And if you know me, I am all about creating memories and leaving a legacy!  Who knows, maybe this quilt will be passed down for thought huh?  I will post more photos later...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Little Vent

I am needing to get something off my chest, so please bear with me.  There has been a situation that has really been bothering me lately.  With my son getting ready to graduate high school and move onto college, this situation has clearly made me open my eyes.  In our society, we put so much emphasis on 'higher education.'  How many people do you know, that did go to college are are a success?  How many do you know DIDN'T go to college and are just as successful?  Now, lets look at the word success? 


  [suhk-ses] noun
the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts orendeavors.
the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
a successful  performance or achievement: The play was aninstant success.
a person or thing that is successfulShe was a great success onthe talk show.
Obsolete outcome.

Obtaining a college degree will not determine if you are successful or not.  The achievement of getting the degree can be determined as a success, but not at determining if you are successful.  For some small minded people, the paper is all that matters, or the large house, the nice cars, the handsome spouse, the big wedding ring, the well stocked closet, the social circle that you so wish to have.  You can look like a success on the outside, and be really ugly on the inside.  

College is NOT for everyone.  My child may go to college, while another child may not.  Maybe my child doesn't go to college and yours does.  Maybe one of our children drops out of college after their first semester.  Would that make them a failure?  In my eyes, no.  Would it make them a failure in your eyes?  I think it would.  And that my friend, I think, would make your child feel like crap.

So, to the graduating class of 2012.  Go find yourself in this world.  Make your own path, and don't follow in someone else's.  Be the change you wish to see in this world.  Don't let anyone tell you, that you are not good enough!  And if someone should tell you that, just remember that this person might not be so happy with themselves and they are looking for flaws in you to make them feel better. 

And just remember, we are all human.  You will make mistakes, and find success in your own way.
Good Luck! .   

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Chase's Graduation Gift...

I just received word that it is being shipped!  I can't tell you what it is just yet, because I want it to be a surprise.  I could post a link to it, but then again, I'm afraid he will find out about it...I don't know if I can wait to give it to him or not...this is KILLING ME!
I cannot hold my child's hand every step of the way, but I can start them out in the right direction.

Super Sweet 16!

It's hard to imagine that I now have another child that is of legal driving age now.  Only she can't get her license until late June, early July, because she has to have her permit for a year...oh well.  Just gives us some extra time and warning that she will be on the road, SOLO, soon....very soon.
Happy birthday, beautiful girl!
Love you

Senior Prom 2012

 Mr. GQ.
 Chase and his proud momma.

 Sheridan's beautiful hair...
 The beautiful corsage.

 Pinning on the boutineer.

Chase and his beautiful girlfriend, Sheridan getting ready to ride their chariot to prom.