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Alix 11-14-2006 01:24 PM

Celebrations!
 
OK, we have a Venting thread, and heaven knows we all need that from time to time.

This one is to share the fabulous moments in our lives, or the little triumphs and joys that we just can't keep in.

Mine is from yesterday. My Great Aunt turned 100 years old. That in itself is pretty amazing, but the coolest bit of it is that she is still as sharp mentally as you could want to be. She has a better memory than I do, she keeps up with current events and world affairs and is just the sweetest lady you'd want to meet. She got a great party yesterday too. She got certificates of congratulations from the leaders of all three levels of government, AND a certificate from the Queen too. She even got recognized in a little clip on the news.

In chatting with her yesterday she mentioned that shes gone from horse and buggy to today. Pretty neat. And still able to remember it all and tell us about it.

lulu 11-14-2006 01:32 PM

Congratulations Alix's Great Aunt! And what a brilliant idea Alix, the positive thread is much needed to cancel out all our moanings and groanings in the other one!

This might seem a small celebration, but I would like to celebrate the people in my life. Not for anything special, but just for being who they are and for being a souce of inspiration to strive to be better than I would otherwise be. :)

Alix 11-14-2006 01:35 PM

YAY lulu! I'm glad you have people in your life like that. Its a wonderful blessing.

And don't get me wrong, I started that Venting thread and I think it is an important one! I don't want anyone to NOT post in there, because Venting is important and we need to support each other in there.

I just really wanted a place where we can celebrate together too. So here we have it. Lets hear from you folks!

GB 11-14-2006 03:18 PM

We just found out that our daughter got into the daycare we were hoping she would get into. There were a number of schools we were looking at, but this one was by far the best. It is also, surprisingly, the least expensive. It is in our town which is a huge plus and the teachers there seem to do it out of love for the kids, not because it is just a job to them. We can't wait to see how much fun she has there.

mudbug 11-14-2006 04:45 PM

Great idea on this thread, as well as the Venting one, Alix. You know just what we all need sometimes, and you've prepared the proper places to park it.

OK, here's mine. Took daughter to the orthodontist today, for the zillionth time. She is getting her braces off next week and is estatically happy (it's the day before we leave for NYC). Seeing her pleasure in this has given me more happiness than I expected.

kadesma 11-14-2006 05:02 PM

It finally dawned on me today that after 44 years of marriage, 4 kids, starting and running our own business, my DH and I are taking our very first vacation..We've had a day here or there usually to get hours to keep up with what was happening in the pharmacy field and is required. But never have we gone any place since our honeymoon..I almost danced a jig in the middle of Cost Plus today when I realized next month we GO!!! We are taking a short cruise to Mexico, don't laugh now, but for us it's a biggie:lol:

kadesma

mudbug 11-14-2006 05:04 PM

It's about time you took sometime off away from the kitchen, kadesma (but we will need you back soonish)!

Not laughing here at all. Enjoy your cruise, and let someone else do the cooking for a change.

wasabi 11-14-2006 05:20 PM

In the words of the group Rare Earth ~

Well, I can't be bothered with sorrow
And I can't be bothered with hate, no, no
I'm using up my time by feeling fine, every day
That's why I'm telling you
I just want to celebrate another day of livin'
I just want to celebrate another day of life

Reanie525i 11-14-2006 09:37 PM

Wasabi - What beautifull thoughts - I think you might have helped alot more prople than you know!!!!

pdswife 11-15-2006 03:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kadesma
It finally dawned on me today that after 44 years of marriage, 4 kids, starting and running our own business, my DH and I are taking our very first vacation..We've had a day here or there usually to get hours to keep up with what was happening in the pharmacy field and is required. But never have we gone any place since our honeymoon..I almost danced a jig in the middle of Cost Plus today when I realized next month we GO!!! We are taking a short cruise to Mexico, don't laugh now, but for us it's a biggie:lol:

kadesma


No laughter here kadesma!
I think it's great!!! Have fun! What ports do you stop
in? Eat drink and be HAPPPPY!!!!! :smile:

kadesma 11-15-2006 03:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pdswife
No laughter here kadesma!
I think it's great!!! Have fun! What ports do you stop
in? Eat drink and be HAPPPPY!!!!! :smile:

Pds,
I have no clue where we stop, it started out with the kids going, then just built and built with me dragging my feet the whole time. While I'll jump on a plane or helicopter at a moments notice, a liner is not my idea of being safe!! Plus the minute I step foot on our boat or a friends yacht I become sea sick soooo. :lol: I am looking forward to getting away though,and someone else feeding me sounds darn good:lol:

kadesma

licia 11-15-2006 03:43 PM

I think you deserve every minute of it and have a wonerful wonerful time:rolleyes: . You may come back with a cajillion more ways to tease our tastebuds. Have fun!

Alix 11-15-2006 05:15 PM

kadesma, the danged ship is so big you won't even notice you are on the water most of the time I bet.

OK, little celebration here. I took my Mom out shopping today and she picked up some cute things for my kids (can't say what as Bugs will be checking threads here!) and while we were there, she fell in love with this HUGE plush puppy dog that reminded her of a toy she had as a little girl. I bought it on the pretext that it was for one of my kids and can't wait to see her face when she opens it Christmas morning! Heeheehee!!!

kitchenelf 11-15-2006 05:22 PM

I don't know if you'd call it happy or just sheer contentment sitting here with a chill in the air and a nice steaming cup of hot milk. :chef: Dinner is already made (left-overs) and I've talked to everyone today who "completes me", if that makes any sense at all :lol: Now, about all this typing I have to do - let me venture to the Venting thread! :rolleyes:

kitchenelf 11-15-2006 05:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alix
kadesma, the danged ship is so big you won't even notice you are on the water most of the time I bet.

OK, little celebration here. I took my Mom out shopping today and she picked up some cute things for my kids (can't say what as Bugs will be checking threads here!) and while we were there, she fell in love with this HUGE plush puppy dog that reminded her of a toy she had as a little girl. I bought it on the pretext that it was for one of my kids and can't wait to see her face when she opens it Christmas morning! Heeheehee!!!

What a wonderful surprise Alix!!!!!

pdswife 11-15-2006 05:42 PM

It's windy! I love watching the trees sway and bend.
A good storm always excites me.

Alix 11-15-2006 06:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pdswife
A good storm always excites me.

Me too pdswife, I especially like a good thunderstorm.

JoAnn L. 11-15-2006 06:50 PM

I am so grateful that I am retired . I thank God everyday.

bjcotton 11-15-2006 07:26 PM

Me too JoAnn! I can pretty much do what I want, when I want.

I've posted that I'm going to New Zealand for 6 weeks. I leave on December 5th and return January 17th. Being retired I was worrying about having some $ to spend, well, I paid my truck off, there was $285, paid my life insurance off, there was another $26, a friend sent me $200 NZ for Christmas and I got a letter in the mail from the bank that financed my truck with a check for $283 saying I'd over paid, my sister gave me $100 and I am grateful for it all. Plus, all my friends and family are in good health. I am truly blessed!

The Z 11-15-2006 07:43 PM

My Internet has been down for a couple of days and was pretty shaky for a few days before that...

I know it's a small celebration, but I'm glad to have it back (work bought a new router today) https://www.photohost.org/gallery/data/500/228woot.gif

Also... we're getting 2 for 1 tickets to a show here in Vegas that looks pretty cool. Cavalia.

Z

ella/TO 11-15-2006 08:49 PM

Our celebration. We, our two daughters, 2 sons in law and 2 grandsons had a wonderful party, along with other friends and family for my dear hubby's 80th birthday. It was a most wonderful evening. Took place Oct. 14th.

wasabi 11-15-2006 09:12 PM

Happy, Happy, Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ella/TO 11-15-2006 09:15 PM

Thank you dear Wasabi

mudbug 11-16-2006 05:29 PM

This may sound minor, but to me it's major.

Daughter is reading to fulfill a reading log assignment in English, a subject she hates. Also hates reading in general.

For the past 60 minutes she has been immersed in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", which I suggested, with nary a complaint.

Can I tell you how much this former English major is smiling right now?

CharlieD 11-16-2006 05:36 PM

I'm just happy all kids are healthy and doing well. Thank G-d for that.

Alix 11-16-2006 05:44 PM

Oh Mudbug, I hear you! There is nothing more wonderful to a reader than to see their kid reading (and enjoying!) books. Hallelujah!

crewsk 11-16-2006 05:55 PM

I was told yesterday by 3 teachers what a wonderful job I've been doing as a sub & how much they appriciate my entusiasim to work. My next celebration will come wen TC decides what he wants to do for his science fair project! :rolleyes:

Alix 11-16-2006 06:05 PM

You deserve all of that praise and then some crewsk. You are a sweet and wonderful person here, and I can only assume you are wonderful to the kids too. Way to go!

crewsk 11-16-2006 06:39 PM

Thanks Alix! I love the kids & have gotten attached to a lot of them.

Dina 11-17-2006 07:37 PM

Today, was such a fun day at our school. Teachers and students got to dress up as their favorite book character and march on the school parade! Four of my students dressed up: one was an angel, a US President in a suit (heehee), Mickey Mouse and Esmeraldo from Hunchback of Notre Dame. I was Esmeralda as well. I'll post some pictures soon. That started the day off right and the kids had fun for the rest of their half day.

Later, we had our Thanksgiving celebration with all the teachers and administrators. Everything was so delicious and we got to relax a bit.

pdswife 11-17-2006 08:07 PM

Starting tonight at 7:30 Paul has the next NINE days off!!! 2 weekends and one paid week!! He was supposed to have Thursday and Friday off but they finished a HUGE project so BILL gave his group and a few others the whole week off with pay!!!! 9 days to play. We leave for Oregon Tuesday!

Alix 11-18-2006 10:59 AM

Dina, my girls have done a Storybook Character fashion show for years, its one of the most treasured activities at the school. How neat to know you guys did it too. I know the kids LOVE it.

pdswife, WHOOEE! Have fun! That sounds fabulous!

My rather minor celebration is that I got my hair cut!! I finally found someone who does it well (not so easy as we all know) and doesn't charge me $65 to do it. Just to top off my celebration, she is within walking distance too! YAY!

lulu 11-18-2006 02:06 PM

This will sound silly to anyone who has never lived apart from there OH, but Dh found some really good phone cards today and we got 108 minutes on the phone, actually talking, rather than a snatched few minutes and lots of emails!

I am celebrating phone cards!

Katie H 11-18-2006 02:49 PM

I'm so glad Alix thought of this thread.

Earlier this week, I was in our shop when a group of people came in to browse. Most of them were locals, but one couple was visiting from Arizona. Even though I'm married, everyone here still refers to me as Katie O'Neill or Dr. O'Neill's daughter. My daddy was a country doctor here from 1954 until his death in 1973. He treated everyone from people to pets and was more of a Marcus Welby than a Dr. Kildare. He made housecalls and even delivered a baby on our kitchen table once.

At any rate, one of the locals introduced me to the Arizona folks and then they all started going on and on and on about Dr. O'Neill this and Dr. O'Neill that. They must've gone on for 15 or 20 minutes. Daddy truly was loved and, 33 years later as of this November 5th, he's certainly not forgotten. I felt as though he was standing beside me. It was a glorious feeling. He was the best...to everyone.

Alix 11-18-2006 02:58 PM

lulu, I admire the fact that you aren't complaining about being separated from your DH. Lord knows you would hear the whining all the way to the UK if I weren't with Ken. YAY PHONE CARDS!!

Katie, what a lovely story. Isn't it nice to know your Dad had such a huge impact on so many folks? Gave me the warm fuzzies just to read it.

Dina 11-20-2006 08:09 PM

I love reading about you all's great moments! Thanks for this thread Alix. We took the kids to a corn maze on Saturday and got lost for over a hour. That was an experience. I played tetherball with the kids, they played on a potato sack slide, played in a corn box (instead of a sand box) and burried my two sons under the corn, roasted marshmallows by the fireplace sitting on some hay stacks, and ate some buttered corn in a cup...yummy. What a FUN afternoon! DH and I got to relieve some stress and had some good, quality time with our kids. Being out in the country was so much fun and relaxing. For those of you who live out in the country, YOU are one lucky fellow. Enjoy every bit of it.

Michelemarie 11-20-2006 10:29 PM

What a great thread, Alix! Thanks! I had a great day. Today I met with most of my 14-year old daughter's teachers at the Jr. High. My DD is a bit social (to say the least) and very very dramatic. Last year DH and I spent alot of time (an hour or more) with her almost every night doing homework. Towards the end of the year we speculated she was not paying attention at school because she knew she had us to lean on. This year we took the sink or swim approach - do it on your own (of course we would help if she didn't understand). She brought home all As and one B - on her own! Every teacher said she was a wonderful addition to their classroom (which was great news because anyone who has a teenage girl knows how hormonal, moody and bratty than can be), very bubbly, always happy and doing great! Her history teacher suggested she be placed in the accelerated class in HS next year and we found out that the math class she is in now will be an accelerated class next year and that she is actually learning out of the HS book right now. I am so proud of her! She has done it and she has done most of it on her own! It is so great to see your kids succeed and to have our evenings back! Yahoo!

crewsk 11-21-2006 03:36 PM

I'm celebrating that school is out the rest of the week for Thanksgivng! Today was the last day & the kids were wired!!

kadesma 11-21-2006 05:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Michelemarie
What a great thread, Alix! Thanks! I had a great day. Today I met with most of my 14-year old daughter's teachers at the Jr. High. My DD is a bit social (to say the least) and very very dramatic. Last year DH and I spent alot of time (an hour or more) with her almost every night doing homework. Towards the end of the year we speculated she was not paying attention at school because she knew she had us to lean on. This year we took the sink or swim approach - do it on your own (of course we would help if she didn't understand). She brought home all As and one B - on her own! Every teacher said she was a wonderful addition to their classroom (which was great news because anyone who has a teenage girl knows how hormonal, moody and bratty than can be), very bubbly, always happy and doing great! Her history teacher suggested she be placed in the accelerated class in HS next year and we found out that the math class she is in now will be an accelerated class next year and that she is actually learning out of the HS book right now. I am so proud of her! She has done it and she has done most of it on her own! It is so great to see your kids succeed and to have our evenings back! Yahoo!

Brava to your fine young lady and BRAVA to you, what a spectacular mom you are...You should be so very proud.

kadesma:smile:

mudbug 11-21-2006 05:34 PM

That's great news, MM. Please forward some of that mojo to my kid.


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