June 2, 2011

Notes in the Margins

My son was SO upset.  His Sunday School teacher has said something to him that he just could not believe and he didn't know whether to be angry or cry.

Seriously, it was that bad.

What did his Sunday School teacher say to him that could upset him so badly?

She told him to (*gasp*) ...write in his bible.

Yes, you read that correctly.  It was the week of Easter and they were talking about a very important part of scripture regarding the resurrection.  His teacher encouraged him to underline the verse of scripture in his bible so that he could find it easily next time he was looking for it.  But Colin wasn't buying it.  "Mom, can you believe she told me to do that?", he said with his big blue wide open in disbelief.

A thousand dollars for a picture of his face when I told him that I write in my bible all. the. time.  He was aghast.  First his Sunday School teacher and then his mother?!?  What was this world coming to?

June 1, 2011

Blue Plate Special

I have hardly posted at all this last week and I know how badly you have missed me (*snort*). Why have I been so conspicuously absent? Simply because I was exhausted and ran. out. of. time.

Why is the last month of school always so full of foolishness and mayhem? Seriously, it has been cra-zy.

Some of it has just seemed like busy-work but a lot of it has been FUN and full of lots of proud moments; concerts, banquets, track meets, new milestones and activities.

At the Samuels' house, we like to celebrate as many of those accomplishments as we can.  One of the ways we celebrate is by giving the honoree the 'blue plate' at an evening meal (hopefully the day of the event but that doesn't always happen - so we just get as close as we can.) Getting the blue plate at supper means "Woo-hoo, for you!" - you've done something that deserves a little bragging and maybe even a little applause.  It could be for good grades - or just passing a difficult test, passing swimming lessons, losing that first tooth, meeting a goal or just doing something extra kind or special.  And of course, you always get the blue plate on your birthday!

Needless to say, there have been lots of reasons to get out the blue plate this last month.  So, whether you're up to it or not, a little bragging is about to commence.