Happy 4th of July

American Flag“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”  ~Erma Bombeck

When I came across this quote from the very funny writer, Erma Bombeck, I thought “Yes, that’s how our family celebrates the fourth each year.  It’s about family, friends, food, fun togetherness and fireworks.”  We certainly are thankful for our forefathers who fought to establish the USA and very thankful for those who serve in our military today.  We hang Old Glory by the front door and wear red, white and blue.  We count our blessings and remember our freedoms.  And then we pile another scoop of potato salad on a plate next to a watermelon slice and enjoy the fireworks.

I hope you celebrate July 4th as Erma would.  And I will too.  Happy 4th!

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Election Day Fun

With the election day quickly approaching, I’ve had been wondering how to make the election day a special event in the Rosey home.  I’ve been thinking about food (I know shocking) and what to make for dinner (again shocking).  Should I make Chicago dogs and New England clam chowder?  Or should I grill classic American hamburgers?  Hmmm…  I must have been thinking out loud, because then Little Miss C said “Momma, I think you should make heart-shaped blueberry and raspberry pancakes for dinner.  We love pancakes and they’re red, white and blue like the flag.”  Done!

So our election day started by putting up Old Glory this morning and she’s been waving in the November breeze.

Everyone got to vote in the Presidential election.  I voted a week ago and Mr. Rosey voted this morning.  The Girlies had a presidential election at school.  Each student cast a ballot for either President Obama or Governor Romney.  Both Girlies were very excited to vote!  As I was driving Big Sis M, Little Miss C and her friend to basketball, the three of them were chatting about the school’s election.  “I voted for Governor Romney, because President Obama will raise my taxes.”  Do seven-year olds pay taxes in our country now???  Yes, I’m smiling as I listen.  “I voted for President Obama, because Governor Romney will take away my grandma’s medicine.”   Oh no, I’m sure Granny will still get her meds.  Then they reported that another friend said “Did you know that Governor Romney is canceling all PBS Kids shows?”  No way!  Not the loss of PBS Kids shows.  Yep.  Now I’m giggling full-out.  So cute.  As I listened, it was a reminder how impressionable children are.  As parents, we need to encourage and remind them to listen thoughtfully and with logic, even at 6 3/4 and 9 years old.  With all the wackadoo election ads, it’s easy for kids to be influenced by a one liner.  Ok, back to the school election.  I know you’re dying to know who won their school (K-8) election.  It was Governor Romney.

While we were eating dinner, Big Sis M said “I will hate it if …. is elected president and our country will be a disaster”.  Now Mr. Rosey and I have never said that, but clearly she’s hearing it somewhere.  DING, DING, DING and behind curtain #3 is a teaching moment.So I said, “Girlies it’s important to remember both President Obama and Governor Romney are good men.  They both care very much about our country.  They have different ideas about what is best, but the differences are what make our country special.  Regardless of who is the next President of the United States, we have to pray for that man to be successful.  It doesn’t help to hope he does a terrible job.  Then we ALL lose in our country.”

“We have to pray even more the President and Congress learn to work together.  Just like when you and your sister fight over who gets to pick the movie.  You both eventually agree on a movie and we get to have popcorn / movie night.  We have to pray that our government has a lot of popcorn / movie nights.  The goal isn’t to win.  The goal is to be able to find common ground even with our differences.”  At this point, they were ready to chat about something else, so I just said “Pray for whomever is the next President.  Pray that they do a good job for everyone.”   And we ate our pancakes.

Valentine Love

I could read Pride and Prejudice a million more times and I probably will.  Some day I will read Pride and Prejudice with our girls and I hope they find a love for Jane Austen’s writings, as I have.  For me, this is one of the most memorable lines from the book.  It says it all…simply.  I love you.

I love you Mr. Rosey.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Art of a Thank You Note

We’ve opened our Christmas gifts. We’re using a new camera or playing a new board game or wearing a new sweater. We love our gifts. But do we slow down a bit and write a thank you note to the gift giver?

The written word is an art form.  The stationary is a piece of artwork too.   It’s so special to receive a handwritten note.  In fact, I received a personalized note from my niece,Sissy, in a robin’s egg blue, modern, chevron design created by Naomi Lynn (36 color choices).  It is a lovely piece of art besides being a thank you note.

And that got me thinking…what stationary would I choose for myself?  There are many beautiful stationary choices to suit your style too.

If you like a simple thank you card in a happy pink and yellow print, the design by Ink Print Letterpress might be for you.

Maybe a classic letterpress thank you notecard is your style. Ruby Press creates a simple card with your choice of envelope color.

A monogram is always a great choice.  Studio Elle creates a customized card set letting you choose the background color, font style and monogram color.  It’s all about you.

For my little ones, I particularly like the fill-in the blank notes and the girls just sign their name. In fact, I fill in the card as they open their gifts, so there’s no chance of confusion ~ who gave what to whom ~ and the thank you is almost done. The Speckled Duck has a Santa Christmas fill in style for the kids.  Festive.  Simple.

Sarah & Abraham Stationary create a personalized card with your child’s name and features – face, hair color and style, eye color, outfit color and more.

After you make your selections, you have a beautiful stationary set made only for your child.  How cool is that?

With pretty stationary in hand, this weekend we will be writing our thank you notes, I hope.

The 3 R Song

Jack Johnson wrote a cool song called the 3 R Song.  It’s a part of the 2006 Curious George Movie soundtrack.  Anyway it goes kinda like this “We got 3 R’s we’re gonna talk about today… Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”.  This is a common phrase heard around our home and said by mwah.  If a light is left on and no one is in the room, “reduce, reuse and recycle” means turn off the light please.

Here’s another way to reduce, reuse, recycle.  On Christmas Eve after Santa has left all the goodies, the tree looks like this… pretty!

2011 Christmas tree

After unwrapping presents, we this.  Not so pretty.

So instead, reuse the wrapping paper.  Into the paper shredder it goes and there is a pretty pile of this.  Woohoo!

Use the pretty paper shreds to pack the Christmas ornaments until next year.  

It can also be used as packing for a birthday gift in a shipping box instead of the styrofoam pellets.  My girls like to pretend it is snow, because we haven’t gotten any yet or at least not enough to have a snowball fight or go sledding.  Note to self – it does make a big mess, so have the paper snowball fight outside.

Here’s a little of Jack Johnson singing the 3 R Song.  Enjoy!