Wednesday, June 25, 2008

June Recap

A few weeks ago, we attended the Ripple Awards. This is our church’s way of showing appreciating for their volunteers. They have a delicious banquet with dancing and entertainment and everybody dresses up, some even in gowns. It is a lot of fun. Alyssa has wanted to help out in the nursery since she was probably in about 2nd grade, but our church rules say they must wait until sixth grade. So this last year, Alyssa was finally able to help in the tikes room. She really enjoys it. So she was blessed when she was included in the banquet. She wore a gown and borrowed some of my jewelry. She even got a haircut. She looked beautiful and Dean and I really enjoyed being able to include her this time. YAY for the last day of school!

A few days after school ended, Grandma and Aunt Edie came for a visit. We did all kinds of things while they were here. We went to the Riverbanks Zoo, Edventure, and the State Museum. We ate out a lot and even went to Yamato’s (Japanese Steak House) YUM! One night we got a babysitter and went out (just us old folk!) and saw ‘Indiana Jones – Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’. We also watched a few movies at home. We tried to stay indoors most of the time, because this whole week was a heat wave crossing over into the 100’s. Yikes! We’ll be going to Connecticut for Christmas this year. Hopefully we’ll see some snow!

A few months ago, I entered a magazine photo contest. I did not win but I did get runner’s up, so my pic is in the magazine. Yay!

This week Kai is away at camp. Also, Roan is attending all day camp this week at the YMCA. This leaves Alyssa and me to ourselves, so we’ve been having a high time of it. Tomorrow is also her birthday (she’s 12!). Monday we went to the zoo together to take pictures. We had a lot of fun together. Here are some of the pics I took:
There are a couple more on my photo blog, too. Alyssa took some great photos, too, and I downloaded picassa for her so she could learn to edit them herself. Here is what she did: Isn't she awesome? Yesterday, we got a mani/pedi. Today we’ll be going shopping for clothes. Tomorrow (her birthday) she will be going to work with dad and having a special lunch with him. Tomorrow night she and I will have a special birthday dinner at The Melting Pot. Then Friday we’ll go see the new movie ‘WallE’. Fun! Next week she goes off to camp and it will be just me and the boys. Now I have to think of some fun ‘boy’ things to do!

Happy Birthday, Alyssa!

CULTURE QUOTES:

"Games are cool again, and it's not just violence. I think there's something really great about that." —2K Games senior vice president of marketing Sarah Anderson, discussing how the Nintendo Wii and DS systems (as well as games such as Brain Age, Guitar Hero and Rock Band) have increased the demand for family-friendly casual gaming. Anderson also cited a recent consumer survey she conducted. When gamers were asked what they wanted most in a game, their top answer was "Fun." "I've never seen that before," Anderson says. Previously, the top answers were "graphics" and "realism." [gamedaily.com, 4/9/08]

A school board in Bisbee, Ariz., has decided that prophylactics should be among the items handed out to students in a "prom bag" that has traditionally included items such as picture frames, balloons and candy. The board voted four to one in favor of adding two condoms to every bag given to teens attending this year's high school dance. [worldnetdaily.com, 4/9/08]

"In today's world, we look at our presidents, our prime ministers, our princes and our potentates, and we describe them as our leaders. But they're not. They're merely our rulers. The leaders are the people who change the minds and stimulate the imaginations of the public, whether children or adults. That means the moviemakers, the people who make TV shows, the entertainment people in the business. And that means that if you're going to lead the world as the movie people and the TV people do, you'd better choose very carefully in what direction you're going to lead." —Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis [Focus on the Family daily broadcast, 5/7/08]

Turns out that bigchurch.com, a Christian dating Web site bearing the motto "Bringing people together in love and faith," is actually a creation of Penthouse Media Group. [Newsweek, 5/10/08]