A List Maker's Life: January 2008

Thursday, January 31, 2008

How Are You Smart?

This semester I am learning some great information about teaching strategies that address all different types of learners. In my undergraduate study I learned a lot about Multiple Intelligence Theories. This week for my Differentiated Instruction class I was reminded of good ole' Gardner as we were required to take an online survey to identify our strongest intelligences. It was fun for me to do this survey and see how my personality contributes to how I like to learn.

My Top 3 Intelligences
1) Intrapersonal
2) Visual/Spatial
3) Language
For those of you who know me well, does that sound about right?

Now for your challenge, follow the link and figure out your strengths!

Don’t be intimidated to give it a try. I would love to read some comments on your top 3 intelligences? Remember…it is not about how smart you are, rather how you are smart!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Kitchen Makeover

Kevin thinks he is ready to wrap up "Project Kitchen," so I think it's time to spotlight the changes!

1) green walls
2) off white cabinets and paneling
3) cracks and holes in the plaster
4) greasy, grimy gray ceiling (Aren't I painting a lovely picture?)
5) bumped up, banged up, chipped up cupboards and baseboards
6) continual cleaning without the personal satisfaction of making a notable difference

1) shades of brown around the room
2) waynes coating to replace the panel
3) new electrical outlets, switches, and covers
4) fresh white ceiling
5) unchipped cupboard fronts & shoe molding
6) Happy Momma!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Snow Day

I wonder what the magic age is for kids when "No School" becomes an exciting surprise instead of a major disappointment...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

To Brighten My Day

So, I really haven't been looking forward to January 22 this year. I don't know why this is such an issue to me...but it has been! Although I feel badly that Kevin has to be out plowing all through the night and all day today, I was almost relieved to just have today go on as normal.

However, normal it is not. I have been reminded repeatedly of how I am "surrounded by love!"

1) This morning I woke to birthday phone calls and shouts of "thanks" for once again delivering on my birthday blizzard promise.
2) Fun email greetings from many friends and family members
3) A virtual floral arrangement (did you know you could do such a thing)
4) Hugs and kisses from 2 babes who have NO clue how old 30! is and don't even know how to count that high
5) A pile of mail (and not one bill included)
6) Left over goodies from a family celebration on Sunday
7)And just in the last 5 minutes a beautiful arrangement of my favorite flowers from a very special sister-in-law and her family (Delivered to my door by a smiling gentleman even though he had to wade through 11 inches of snow in our driveway).

Thank you all for celebrating for me! (I am almost ready to celebrate too - smiles!)

Sunday, January 20, 2008


From Friday night into Saturday morning Kevin was out plowing. As would be expected,he came home tired and in need of daytime sleep on Saturday. With two toddlers it can be a trick to keep the volume down while he tries to rest. So, the kids and I headed to the basement to set up Gavin's trains.
By the time Kevin woke up we had:
1) a Geo Trax world that took up most of the basement
2) 3 remote control trains that traveled simultaneously
3) a happy radio control operator (who didn't want to leave his tower to be in the picture)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Why Do We Crop?

Last night we had a scrapbooking "crop" at our house. Jenn, "my list making soul sister"and loyal cropping buddy, sent me a message this morning with her top 10 reasons for cropping at Katie's. I thought it was a fun recap for those of us who love to gather for our 3rd Friday scrapbooking ritual (smiles)!

~The following list is used with permission (& w/o revisions) ~

Top 10 Reasons to Attend a Crop at Katie's
10. A free Diet Pepsi upon arrival
9. The desserts are delicious (loved the chocolate chip cheesecake!)
8. It's an opportunity to watch Kevin frantically search the house for a pacifier and "Bunny"
7. To see if Annie will actually scrapbook (hee, hee)
6. For some needed help with page layouts when my brain has fried
5. Having a night out with other adult females
4. An excuse to talk about other people behind their backs (oops, that's gossiping!)
3. To be inspired by awesome digital creations (Your family tree is incredible!!)
2. A chance to complete pages that haven't been done for months
1. To catch up on life with Katie

A Few Family Favorites

Do you know the answers to these "favorite" questions?

1) What is Melissa’s favorite type of music?
2) What is Aunt Bonnie’s favorite food?
3) What is Kennedy’s favorite food? curly fries, corn dogs, or elephant ears

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Girl Can Eat...

This morning during breakfast we were once again reminded of Anne Hope's hardy appetite. After singing "Momma! Momma!" when she wants to get up, it is not uncommon for her cheerful greeting to be "Breakfast?"

Breakfast typically includes:
1) Cherrios - she is sure to include in her order that she wants brown sugar (where did she learn that???) and milk on her cereal
2) Milk (to drink)
3) Toast (with peanut butter)
4) "Juice?"
5) More Cherrios
6) Another piece of toast (butter this time)
7) "More milk please"
8) Oh! Gavin is done with his Cinnamon Toast Crunch...I think I will finish that also

It is no wonder that she is rarely hungry at lunch time!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A "Pretend" Birthday

Tomorrow is an out of the ordinary day for Gavin. He will be celebrating his birthday at preschool. This is a bit strange since his actual birthday is June 7th. However, his teacher missed his 1/2 birthday back in December and still wants him to have a celebration with his friends. So... January 17th was randomly chosen as the date for Gavin's "pretend birthday" (as he calls it)! Tomorrow is also teddy bear day at preschool, so you will see a common theme in the list below.

For his party day, the birthday boy will...
1) Be accompanied by mom for the morning at preschool
2) Wear the birthday crown and teddy bear slippers
3) Pass out teddy bear cookies and gummy bears to his classmates (served on carefully selected Cars movie napkins)
4) Bring a favorite teddy bear for show and tell. Gavin's favorite bear proudly wears the GreenCo logo and says, "Looks like snow, I think we're going to have to plow tonight."
5) Pretend for the day that he is already 4!

I am glad that Gavin is so excited about his special day.
I think I could get excited about my birthday too if it was pretend!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Another Week's Worth of Work

It is Saturday evening and I am really excited to report the latest improvements in our home, which Kevin is just wrapping up. He is vacuuming the sawdust and mess as I type.

This week's project included:
1) Finishing the paneling on the laundry room walls
2) Cutting and hanging trim for the ceilings and baseboards
3) Painting the laundry room floor
4) Installing carbon monoxide and fire detectors
5) Completing a wonderful shoe shelf
6) Hanging a cupboard for our laundry supplies
7) Re-routing the cable lines to a different part of our basement
8) Installing 3 new light fixtures and an updated switch plate
9) Finishing the installation and plumbing for our utility sink
10)Adding coat hooks for the kids' snowsuits

I only wish I had a "before picture" to show!
Kevin thinks he will take the night off to watch a movie before beginning the kitchen renovations tomorrow!

Week 1 Done - 14 to Go!

As many of you already know, this semester I have joined the ranks of full time graduate students at Grand Valley. I am in a rush to finish my M.A. in Reading Education by the end of the summer. I was on a roll, tackling several classes each semester, until we decided to add little people to our family. I find myself now in a situation where I must finish or I will lose all the credits I worked hard to earn several years ago. So, this semester I find myself in school 3 days a week.
1) Monday – EDR 631: Teaching Writing
2) Tuesday – EDR 622: Developmental Literacy
3) Thursday – EDG 641: Talent Development
Although it is already a challenge trying to find time to complete many out of class assignments, I am quickly remembering how much I enjoy being a student!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

By Invitation Only

Last night as Kevin and I spent most of our energy helping Gavin build a Lego garbage truck, trailor, and forklift to his liking; Anne Hope quietly played with her babies. Much to our surprise she had set up an entire tea party for all of her favorite dolls.

Anne Hope's tea party included:

1) CAKE! (This is one of her favorite words) - Only a very special pink cake with strawberries and frosting for these little guests.

2) POP! (Another favorite word) - What happened to tea at a tea party?

3) TOOKIES! - (That is cookies for those of you who don't speak 1 year old) - Watch out Anne Hope I see Cookie Monster there in the background of your tea party.

This was "too sweet" not to share!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

What do you think?

Okay family trivia contestants...you were pretty good on last week's questions. I don't know if I can completely stump you, but I am ready to throw some new questions out there for you to ponder.

1)Whose dream job is to be a pilot? (Hint: there is more than 1 correct answer)

2)Would Dana prefer a Friday night In or Out?

3)Our favorite ice cream flavor was a 3 way tie.
Which of these doesn't belong in the list:
Vanilla, Mint Chocolate Chip, Moose Tracks, or Chocolate?

4) "An intersting fact about me is that I enjoy long walks on the beach and Danielle Steele novels." Who wrote this?

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Between Saturdays

Since last Saturday Kevin has been very busy with home improvements!

He has...
1) sanded down our living room walls and all the trim
2) repaired the windowsills
3) painted all the walls in the living room, entryway, and hallway
4) painted the entryway ceiling
5) replaced all the outlets and light switches in these 3 areas
6) painted the inside of the coat closet
7) replaced the light fixture in the entryway
8) CAREFULLY painted all the trim
9) added matching shoe molding trim in all 3 areas
10) replaced all the hardware on our built in cabinets
11) washed, ironed, and re-hung the curtains
12) rearranged the furniture in the completed room

All this while I did my best to keep the kids entertained and out of his way.

This much needed project was a long time in the planning. We first painted the living room on THE DAY we moved into our home (6 years ago). Needless to say, we rushed the job and it never really looked great. I am sure Kevin didn't expect the project to take a whole week this time, but we are both very pleased with the final product!!! You'll have to visit and see it sometime.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Happy 2008!
Once a month I meet with a few of my good friends to share ideas about activities for family fun. Last night while sharing ideas about New Year traditions, someone mentioned a great idea that I was excited to try right away.

At the beginning of every year the family starts an ongoing email foward where each family member adds their predictions for things that will happen during the new year. When the list has made it's rounds to each person in the family it is printed and saved - to be reviewed the next year at Christmas. They try to add predictions about world events, as well as each family member. They have since found that throughout the year they listen more carefully to each other's comments to get ideas for their predictions. Kevin and I thought we would get it started.

1) A Democrat will win the White House
2) Peyton will be crawling by July
3) Tigers will be in the World Series
4) One engagement in the family (hmmm...I wonder which family?)
5) Anne Hope will "insist" on an all PINK wardrobe
6) Todd will create his own "Elf Yourself" YouTube video called, "Just Keep Smiling!" (It is no wonder Kevin enjoys working with him. They both know how to have a good time!)

Now...we are enLISTing your help!
In the comments section please add a prediction or two you have for 2008. They can be silly or serious. It will be fun for all of us to read and review them throughout this new year.