Thursday, September 18, 2008

Being Observant

I feel like I'm always running around in chaos. Today I decided to do my grocery shopping in the morning. I put the kids on the bus and started the mad dash to get it done so I could get back to work. I usually zoom around tuning everything out around me which I know isn't good.

Today I decided to be more observant. While I'm checking out I notice an elderly man starting to bag my groceries. It makes me feel terrible that someone that age is doing that for me. I'm young, I'm strong, I can do that! I start to notice that all the baggers are elderly and it makes me really sad. Is this what America has to look forward to? Elderly people continuing to work, not always because they are bored, but because they are losing their pension, investments and social security.

The elderly man finished bagging my groceries and asked me if I wanted the Load N' Go option. I certainly had to say no to that. At least they didn't put him the child care area of the store, that would have been a real punishment :), just kidding of course.

If you have elderly neighbors and relatives please continue to love them and look out for them. As tough as things are for us right now, they may be even tougher for them.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Wind Storm

I often think about things that I miss from places that I've lived in the past. On Sunday night I found something that is great about living in our current city. We received an automated phone call telling us that we had a Code Red for Wind and we were not supposed to leave the house or drive if possible. The school district also has the phone set up this way to let us know if there will be a school closing or early dismissal. I love this! I love how they can contact the entire community instantly.

Our wind storm was really something to watch. This definitely goes down as a first for me. The grill went rolling across our deck, our outdoor toy box was picked up and thrown across the yard and the top of our Rubbermaid mailbox was ripped off. Our neighbor next door just had a fence put in last week and part of that was taken down. I am thrilled that we still have the solar cover on the pool. We lost power for about 3 hours and we were the lucky ones.

There were parts of OH where trees fell on homes and cars. I have to tell you with the wind we saw last night I can't imagine what everyone has been going through down south with the Hurricanes. Please keep them in prayer.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Football/Cheerleading Begins!

Cheerleading and football have begun in our household. We are at cheerleading and football practices 3 nights a week and they each have a game on Saturday. Robyn and Garrett's games have been at the same time at different locations so I haven't seen one of Garrett's games yet but I will the next few Saturdays.

Doug is the coach for Garrett's flag football team and that has been really fun to watch. He has far more patience than I. I think he is just giddy because he truly loves football and its favorite time of year.

Here are some pictures of Robyn. I hope to get some of Garrett this week.