June 22, 2009
June 10, 2009
Posted by Pamela at 3:02 PM
June 7, 2009
I have ZERO decorating skills and I am learning so much through these projects. We finished painting the dining room this evening so stayed tuned for the pics of that room. I would post them tonight but I would rather you see it in daylight.
June 5, 2009
So, Halle wants a lizard or an Iguana. Yes I know you're thinking...didn't you just get a 2nd dog? Yeah we did. But, she has already begun her campaign. She has her position and her talking points ready. She has studied each animal and the proper care for each one. Personally I like this one...but from what I've heard he has a contract with Geico so he won't be available to join the Bennett family any time soon, besides he may not make such a great pet anyway. I'm not looking forward to a new pet. Should we say no? She's so passionate about reptiles and dinosaurs. I'm willing to wait it out to see if she changes her mind. Tony and I went to PetSmart to price the reptiles. Prices range from $8.99 - $79.99. It's still up for discussion but no definite decisions yet. No one told me about this part when it comes to raising children. I know children do not come with instructions but I thin it's perfectly okay for someone to give out the directions for raising kids long after they are born. Heck if the instructions were included in the womb or attached to the placenta the paper would get all sticky and yucky.
On the serious side, we already have our hands so full we do not need another member of the family.
Posted by Pamela at 7:21 PM
June 4, 2009
New rule: From now on when someone calls me or talks to me about another person/sister/friend I will not participate. I will say "Why don't you call her and let her know how you feel" I don't participate in gossip anymore, even if it's just listening to it". I say this because amongst my sisters there is a lot of gossip. The funny thing is that it is disguised as "concern". Since there is very little interaction between us, using concern for the other sister is just a ploy. It is to me anyway. I know what you're thinking, Okay, I will admit that it will be pretty tough to go cold turkey so I will just limit my gossiping to gossiping with my favorite gossip partner. I would miss the hard belly laughs way too much to stop completely.
Proverbs about Gossip
- Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
- Spanish proverb
- Gossip needs no carriage.
- Russian proverb
- Gossip is unbecoming an elder.
- Yorba proverb
- If we all held our tongues, there wouldn't be much left to talk about.
- English working class saying.
Posted by Pamela at 12:14 PM
June 3, 2009
Almost every year we take a family vacation. Lately we've been going to the same place. Wrightsville Beach, NC, because of Tony's family reunion. It's beautiful there. We're not going this year and we did not attend last years' reunion. I have been wanting to plan a vacation where the whole family participates. Rent a big house and just chill out for a week. Many families do this. I was reading an article the other day about a family who vacations every year in Cape May, NJ. Here's a little bit of it.
Alma Parker and her husband, Charles, began spending summers in Cape May, NJ, back in 1946. After Charles died, in 1999, Alma chose to live in the family's Cape May house full-time. Every year, her daughter, grandchildren, and extended family reconvene in the seaside community.
Why Cape May:
Alma sought out the welcoming seaside city as an alternative to the racially segregated (and often racially hostile) shore towns of the 1940's Maryland, and she quickly recruited other African-American families from Baltimore and Philadelphia to explore the area, as well. "Cape May is our second home," says Nicole Cosby, Alma's granddaughter. "Our entire community of friends and family who we work and play with throughout the year in Baltimore all pick up with us and travel to Cape May every summer. Learning to ride a bike, learning to swim, learning to drive, first dates, first jobs - they all happened for me and most of my family and friends in Cape May."
The article further lists their favorite activities, where they stay, beloved local joints, and their favorite eats. What wonderful memories they have created. I want this for my family too, even if I have to start with my own children. I'll be seeking out a good spot for us. I will start with choosing a state. It may be North Carolina. If you have any suggestions let me know in your comments. If you have a spot where your family already vacations every year share that with me too.
Posted by Pamela at 7:25 PM