Easter #1 Ziegenhorn Hangtime
Cold morning and then afternoon would be chilly in the shade but warm in the sun.......
So, yes, sweater, t-shirt, flip flops, and jeans rolled up to mid calf DOES make sense.
My mom-in-law's cute creation and yummy too!
The weather was fantastic, the family time was relaxing and enjoyable and the lake was like glass! Beautiful! I had been looking forward to this all week and was not disappointed! #lovetheziegs
the gang starting to hang...
i walked through a mud bog and had to go out on the dock to wash my feet and flip flops, so I got this great pic
jack's spot for this family day
Jeff bothering Jack
the college crew....and Max
stinkin annoying geese
i caught it sneakin---they are so gross
yes...of course I ate all day. How else can I keep that hot figure in pic #1
thanks to the stinkin geese, the fish weren't biting.......but it truly was a beautiful and relaxing day!
Now, for Easter, I probably will be wearing a reddish glow in the shape of a V on my chest and then a wide white red raccoon look on my face (thx to sunglasses)
I help facilitate a program on Sunday mornings, allowing children with special needs to attend their age appropriate classes with their peers. I enjoy watching adult volunteers, called "Shadows", try different ideas to interact with their special friends, as well as encourage the peers to interact with the shadowed child. We have recruited a few peers of the special friends to help involve our buddies in social interaction. I have even greater joy as I watch 3rd and 4th graders shake off any pre-teen social norms, like "cool crowd" or "being laughed at", and befriending a child their age that might be behaviorally, academically, developmentally or socially delayed.
On some "distracted" Sundays, we provide more developmental level appropriate activities for the Shadows with the special friends, and their peers will break away from their classes to join their special friend, discussing God's word, how to pray, and memory verses. There are several benefits that I am observing and it excites me!
1. The special friend is able to be mainstreamed but their individual needs are still met.
2. The special friend is learning to adjust to different situations, attention spans, and adult authority, that is different from the structured academic teacher or disciplining parent.
3. The special friend is allowed the much needed social time and situations where they can observe and be included in normal pre-teen shenanigans!
These two 4th grade, Peer Volunteers are always giggling, daring each other, cutting up, as well as actively participating in anything I ask the kids to do. AND they have their special friend (not pictured) right in the middle of it all!! Sometimes "W" is smiling with them, sometimes he wears a look "what is wrong with these two?" So many times, Structure and Multiple Activities are thought to be the best to "include" a special need child and then normal actions are never allowed. It is important, even for a child with behavior disorders, for the child to observe age appropriate play, decisions, and social interactions that are not necessarily monitored by an adult. (As long as the adult is secretly watching and taking pictures....wink wink...)
yes- this is a picture of love and service!
I have been exercising my right to vote for 24 years. I have been the only one at the poll and I have been in long lines, but they all were quiet with maybe an occasional question or three sentence conversation. There definitely was never any talk about politics. In fact, most people whispered which party they were claiming in order to cast a vote.
Tonight, I had a very different experience. The line was out the door and after 5 minutes it turned into a line at Disney World. I had the guy in front of me on a cell phone discussing his criminal history with someone that had the same hemroid surgery as he, as well as taking the same amount of Xanax, just in a different dosage. The lady behind me set a world record for clearing her throat over 15 times in a three minute period, and the 5 year old with the lady 2 people behind me obviously ate a school lunch that did not agree with his intestinal system. You know, that "somebody needs a sit on the toilet" poo smell?
Within 10 minutes, I felt like I had been transported to a tailgate party. The kind where the 45 year olds have had one too many beers and they start feeling like they are 20 year old frat boys. Saying nonsensical facts or statements they think are funny and obviously trying to get attention. One guy 12 people behind me yells to the guy right in front of me, "Jim, I'm grateful you took your beano!". To which I softly uttered, "me too, Jim, me too".
And then 15 minutes in, a loud big haired "honey darlin, I Luv Yew" lady in a tiny dress threw out a dumb blond joke to all us strangers, but inserted Trump instead of a blond. That prompted a grandma to report she votes early and often and so does her deceased husband. Before I knew it, everyone was voicing who they were voting for, why, and the horrendous flaws of the opposing party. Then a lady left the line to use the bathroom and when she came back, the guy behind her laughs, "I'm sorry, you need to go to end of line." Many people laugh and so does she as she loudly says, "I'm gonna shootchye!"
Oh my word! There is nobody to vote for and a bunch of coo coos voting for them!