Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Posted by the Gentry family at 9:39 PM
Ok, so first of all, somehow I did a "system restore" on my computer right after adding more memory. This restored my PC back to the way it was when I first bought it! I had to re-add a lot of programs and re-delete the ones that I didn't want or use. Anyway, it could have been much worse! All of my pictures and documents are still there! :)
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Sunday, August 2, 2009
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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Monday, July 13, 2009
Today was art day at work. We have field trips 3 days a week, and since I am one of the drivers, we usually only have art twice a week. Since I had a few kids tell me that they weren't here for some of our crafts, I pulled out all of my leftovers from the previous weeks, and allowed each of them to use those and other craft materials to make whatever they wanted. We had some make caterpillars, purses, crosses, family trees and several other interesting things. They really enjoyed it I think.
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Saturday, July 11, 2009
Posted by the Gentry family at 9:13 PM
Tonight I worked on another project for school. :) I am so excited about some of the small things, like my duty badges. That sounds kinda funny, but I don't know what else to call them. Maybe it's just the word "duty". Duty. I don't know. Anyway, this summer at the daycare, I have probably heard a hundred times, "I want to be the line leader!" or "he/she was the line leader yesterday!". That one I have heard over the years, but "I wanted to turn the light off!" was one that surprised me. They actually argue over things like that...on a daily basis!!! I guess I shouldn't have been surprised since my two fight over such silly things all the time. So, the job poster that I bought had badges on the back that can be used for each child. I copied them, colored them, laminated them, made cute little badges hung on colorful ribbon out of them, and will have them each wear one every day. Of course they will be rotated. They include things like "line leader", "light monitor" :) , "door holder", etc. I went on and on about these, just like I am doing now, to Matthew earlier, and the second that I stopped talking, he started a new conversation on a whole different subject! Maybe the kids will be as excited about them as I am.
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Friday, July 10, 2009
Posted by the Gentry family at 12:22 AM
Ok, so it looks like the turtle thing is all over. I know, that didn't even last as long as the dog! The poor things just aren't getting what they need with this aquarium setup and the kids have agreed that they will be better off in a natural environment. We're hoping to find them a nice new home very close to here. So, tomorrow morning, we will head out in search of the perfect place!
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Noah and Ally got pet turtles this past weekend. ...I'm already wishing they hadn't. I am really hoping that these don't turn out like our pets in the past. The poor kids can't keep a pet! :) We have bought 3 dogs since Ally was born and they were either sold or given away because we realized that none of us gave them the attention that they needed. The kids promised to, in the beginning, and then the dogs either jumped on them and scratched them, which they couldn't handle, or they just lost interest. Anyway, I was talked into getting Noah some sort of pet because he keeps trying to make bugs and worms a part of our family. We started out thinking that we would get them each a tiny turtle, a little aquarium and setup for about $20 a piece. Wrong! We found out that it's illegal to sell turtles smaller than 4" in Alabama. The 4" ones were $20 each, just for the turtle, but no one had any left. We finally found one place that had 3, but they were $30 each! So, two 4-5" turtles, and an aquarium. Then we went to buy rocks and things for the aquarium, and found out that turtles must have complete water for swimming and complete dry land for basking. We finally found a way to slope the rocks to make both. After talking with a pet store employee, we also found out that they need a heat lamp andUVB lighting! Ugh! Oh, and the original aquarium that we bought did not have a pump, so we returned it and got one that does. I forgot to mentioned that after we bought them, we found out why it's illegal to sell them smaller than 4". Turtles can carry and transmit salmonella! Yay! :( ...and my biggest concern was somehow killing the turtle!!? Well, the aquarium has been set up, a swimming pool and tanning salon added, and we've found that the pump does not reach the water! By the way, "Charlie" and "Trixie Ann" were purchased by Ally and Noah with their own money and the help of their Grammi (who also bought the aquarium kit). So, it's a little harder to give up on these pets! I will keep you updated on their survival in the Gentry home. Just please pray with me that Charlie and Trixie Ann don't ever become parents!
I will post a picture of them later.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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Saturday, June 6, 2009
Some of you may know this. Some of you may not. I recently traded being a bank teller (which I have been on and off for about 7 years now) for being a teacher! I love it! I will be teaching pre-k 4-year-olds this fall at a christian school very close to my home. Noah will be attending the school there, and possibly even Ally. For now, I am teaching the arts/crafts for the summer daycare there. Love that too! :)
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Friday, May 29, 2009
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tomorrow is the big day! Ally graduates in the morning and I am still not ready for it! I guess I will just have to take lots of pictures and video.
Posted by the Gentry family at 9:33 AM
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Well, Ally had her last soccer game yesterday. It rained for just about all of it, and the poor little thing isn't used to playing in the rain. :) Most of the parents were heading to the pavilion for shelter while the kids started their game on the field. But when Matthew and I turned around to see Ally following us, he told her that she should be with her team. She looked back at them on the field and said "should I?". She did join them, but it took several minutes for her to realize that she was already wet, and to just play! We are still not sure if there will be a second season of soccer for our Ally Grace.
Posted by the Gentry family at 1:41 PM
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I can't believe that Ally is just about finished with her kindergarten year! I knew that I would have a hard time with her starting school, but I thought once she was past her first year, that it would be easier. For some reason, knowing that she will be promoting to the 1st grade class at church this Sunday was harder for me to take than I realized it would be. Does it ever get easier? First grade sounds so much bigger than kindergarten. Why? I guess maybe because she is now in children's church with the kids up to the 5th grade!! I'm hoping that making this change at church now, will help prepare me for when she actually starts school this fall.
Posted by the Gentry family at 3:41 PM
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I had such a wonderful Mother's Day!! As we were getting ready for church, Ally admitted that she had planned breakfast in bed for me and was a little disappointed that I was already up and half-ready for church when she woke up. Since we were running a little behind this morning, we decided to wait until after church to open my gift. When we got to church, they had a 3 minute video of the kids for all of the mother's to watch as we fixed ourselves a plate of breakfast! Since we had been running late, I waited until after Sunday school to participate in that. It worked out well, since the first service seemed to run a little longer than usual, and we had to wait for them to finish. We had a great service, like always, and then Matthew and the kids took me out to lunch. On our way, the kids each gave me a craft that they had made for me at church. After eating more than I had room for, we came home and the kids gave me a very special gift. First of all, Ally had made me not one, but two cards!! One had a short poem in it that she had written. I opened my gift...2 Willow Tree figurines! I love those and have a couple that Matthew has given me over the past few years. Today, I was given one of a little girl and one of a little boy. I found out that Ally had planned several days ago to go and get these for me. She picked them out and had wrapped them. Also, in the bottom of my gift bag, was a picture album, a bracelet and money! :) Ally was worried that her daddy wouldn't get her to the store in time for Mother's Day, and she wanted me to have something special for today. So, she put some of her special things in there for me and also money from her piggy bank. She is such a sweet, giving little girl!! I don't deserve such a special daughter!! For so long, all I cared to be "when I grew up", was a wife and a mom! I just never dreamed that I would be so blessed!!!
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Thursday, April 30, 2009
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Well, Ally is half-way through her soccer season. She has begged since last year to play soccer (something that Matthew and I knew very little about). Matthew was involved with baseball, football, karate and more growing up, but never soccer. We finally signed her up, excited that she, as a kindergartener, would only practice/play on Saturday mornings. We felt that this was a good start for her. Not too busy of a schedule, and only for 7 weeks. They focus more on having fun and working together as a team. The first game was ...interesting! :) I'm not sure if she just didn't know what she was supposed to do, or was a little scared of kicking the ball (or other players!). :) Her second game was much better. COLD...but better! She actually ran around a little bit and even kicked the ball. These last two games have been fun to watch. Although, last week was quite warm, and I had forgotten that Ally doesn't care too much for the heat!! :) I asked her the other day if she thought she would play again next year. She's not sure. We'll see!
Posted by the Gentry family at 12:44 PM
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Well, we are halfway through our spring break. We didn't plan anything big for this week, but Matthew did decide at the last minute to take a couple of days off. Since I work on Mondays and Fridays, he took off yesterday and today. Yesterday morning, we went fishing. He and the kids have been waiting for it to get warm enough to go. I didn't do much fishing, but did take quite a bit of pictures. No fish, but we all had fun anyway.
Matthew wasn't very into taking pictures. :) He was concentrating on his fishing!
After we left the lake, we went to a park where Matthew continued fishing and Ally and I took some fun pictures.
Today we planned to get out and take some family pictures. That didn't happen. Instead, we slept in, then made omelets for brunch and ended up renting a movie and just spent time as a family. It's been beautiful the past couple of days, so just being off from school and work, and enjoying the weather together has been great!
Noah found a ladybug and made it his pet. He named it "Marley". He really loved Marley. He panicked when he thought he had lost "her" (Ally says that she thinks it is a male because of it's color). Anyway, they both searched for Marley for several minutes before Ally Grace found her on Noah's shirt. Whew!!! Noah was very happy....but not for long. We found Marley on the kitchen floor and Noah confessed that he had "mooshed" her. Bye bye, Marley. I'm sure it won't take him long to find another pet. :)
Ally opened her own store. "Stan (stain) And Fix". Her bedroom door is covered in homemade signs. Matthew and I both attended her grand opening and received several discounts, freebies and a $100 coupon for our next visit. :) That's a lot of stains!! I mean "stans"! She loves playing store and office.
(if you click on the photos above, you might be able to read her signs)
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