The Statue of Liberty Isn’t That Big

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I didn’t do this last week, so you get a full two weeks’ worth today! John went on his band’s trip to New York (thanks to all those who helped financially – he’s still working on his notes and calls) and had a great time. But I have no pictures. Why? Because, as he put it, “Everything we saw you can look up on Google.” I admitted that yes, that was the case, but I wanted pictures of him and his friends at those places. “Then Photoshop us in,” he replied. He’s still alive . . . for now.

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 I did get to FaceTime with him once, from the base of the Statue of Liberty, which he said really wasn’t that big. Why both of my sons insist on Facetiming with me when I look like the wrath of God I don’t understand. A man invented FaceTime, I guarantee it.

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The buses they took there and back had wifi, so all the teens wouldn’t get twitchy. One parent was complaining rather extravagantly about how bad it was to be on the “drumline bus”, how he was going to “add to his stick collection”, and so on. I let it go for a while, then I posted.

Angie Ballard I married a Waggener HS snare drummer; gave birth to a Ballard HS bass, snare, quad drummer and Morehead quad drummer, and my youngest is on that bus, tapping on something. Every surface in our house is tapped on regularly, including the dogs (they like tummy triplets). Drumming sounds like home to me, and I love it when the drumline comes over! If my spinal column could take the trip I would be THRILLED to take your place on the “drumline bus” Jim Daniel.

I got three Likes and he didn’t post any more complaints.

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It’s been raining here for two weeks straight. Roads are washed out, homes and businesses are flooded. But my neighbor is still mowing his grass every other day. He mowed one day through a downpour. He did go inside when it started to hail, though. It’s gonna be a long summer.

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I went out to dinner with friends the other day at KT’s. In case anyone else in Louisville didn’t know, they have been bought out and will be shutting down and turning into a steak place in early May. The menu has already changed, but it’s still good. Go while you can.

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I want to draw attention to my friend Kerri’s recent posts on Obstinate Hope. We’re supposed to be sharing blogging duties, but she’s obviously carrying me. Her Easter post is wonderful, but her Velveteen Rabbit post put into words things I’ve felt for a long time, but couldn’t pin down. She’s a marvelous writer – truly blessed!

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Gotta go now – I get to go babysit!! I hate that it takes a friend of mine getting sick for me to get some baby snuggles, but I’ll take them whenever I can get them!!

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If you haven’t seen anything about EHT, the soon-to-be-released brain health supplement available exclusively through Nerium International you will soon. *Even if this supplement is not something you personally need, please take a quick look at the link to make sure you don’t have a friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor that needs to have this forwarded to them before you delete it. My husband and I will be the first people I sign up because he has a family history of Frontal Lobe Dementia and I have a family history of Parkinson’s Disease. My sixteen-year-old will be taking it because of problems staying on task in school.* There will be a pre-launch May 15-June 15 (or until supplies run out) and a scheduled full launch on August 1. As a Nerium Brand Partner the ONLY fair way for me to place orders is to put everyone on my wait list. If you are interested in this product contact me ASAP with your name and the best way to reach you on May 15. Please have your credit/debit card handy that day. If you will not be available on the 15th you CAN call me with your credit card and shipping info no earlier than May 10th. This will NOT guarantee your order will be placed – just that if I reach your spot on the wait list before supplies run out I will be able to place your order.
I do not have details yet about order maximums. I do know that the cost per person is $50/month and I would recommend purchasing a 3-month supply in May to ensure consistent dosing up until the official August 1st launch.
EHT info: http://www.neriumblog.net/announcements/check-newest-addition-neriums-product-line-eht/ Please feel free to check with your physician before ordering. Putting your name on the waiting list does NOT obligate you to order – it just saves you a spot if you want to order. I will notify those on the wait list as I receive further information on any order limitations.
I’m excited about all the benefits that will be reaped from this protein-activating molecule! It is safe to be taken by any child old enough to swallow a pill (usually age 4). Feel free to call me any time with questions!
Angie Ballard, BSN, RN
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(502) 338-9265 (cell)
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Time to Make Summer Plans!

This weekend was beautiful around here. Everyone was out doing yard work (which made me grumpy since I can tolerate about five minutes of yard work and then I’m laid up in bed the rest of the day). My neighbor mowed his lawn twice.  He needs to get a hobby or I need a taller fence, because it’s only mid-April and he’s really getting on my nerves with the lawn perfection thing. Sometimes I step on his grass even when I don’t need to. Then I hide when he comes out to fluff up the footprint.

I’m seeing pictures of everyone’s landscaping projects on Facebook. My goal is to get the huge, mutant poison ivy off the side of the house. It has already reached the gutter, and I know it’s going to climb in my bedroom window and attack me one night.

It seems like it was only a few years ago that this time of year I was frantically searching for summer camps for the kids. We’ve done the YMCA summer camps with both the kids, but I never felt they were 100% safe or entertained. The year they called (on a day over 100 degrees) to tell me my son, who’d been at the pool several hours, was feverish, listless, and glassy-eyed I rushed right over. When I asked them how much water they’d had the kids drink they looked at me blankly. No more YMCA, thanks. I prefer my kids alive.

Zoo camps are great, Scout camps are freakin’ awesome. Just a reminder, though. Scout camps are staffed by volunteers. Yes, every single person there is a volunteer.  Most of them work full-time and are using their vacation time to watch your kid. So if you are signing your kiddo up please sign up to volunteer one day during the week if at all possible.

Drama camps are super-awesome, as are art camps and music camps. There’s just not enough time for the fun stuff during the school day. If you’re lucky your community will have something like Louisville’s Camp Shakespeare. If John didn’t have marching band he’d still be doing that every summer.  How much better do you think students do when it comes time to read Shakespeare in school if they’ve actually performed Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Tempest? They rock it. And if you have boys? Swordplay. Wooden swords, but seriously choreographed swordplay.

Summer seems to get shorter every year. So make sure you and your kids aren’t bored out of your minds by mid-July. If there’s no money for vacation (we haven’t been on vacation in eight years) find something fun to do locally. Camp in your backyard. Hit Farmer’s Markets and cook together.  Trade off kids with friends so you each get some alone-time with your spouse. Hottest day of the year? Have a movie marathon. Classic, cool stuff your kids have never seen. Think 80’s movies.

Do you have a whiner? An apathetic teen? Someone who just needs to get away from the group they’re running with for a while? Find a friend or family member to ship them off to for a couple of weeks. You’d be surprised how many aunts and uncles and long-distance friends would love to have them! My best friend lives in Atlanta, and they do lots of fun stuff. Our youngest sons are about nine months apart, and she’s asked John to come visit several times. I really wish I’d made that work out. Kids need to see how other people’s families work.

I used to visit my cousins in Lynch, Kentucky. We could walk everywhere. I thought that was super-cool, since I lived in the country and it was a ten-mile drive to town. My older cousins came in to help work on the farm. I loved having them around, because normally I only had my pesky younger brother. Line some things up to make sure the whole family enjoys this summer. If you work full-time and come home exhausted have a plan in place for, “I’m bored.” For the entire family’s mental health make sure you’re all reading or being read to, that everyone’s getting outside and getting some exercise, and that summer break feel different from the rest of the year in more ways than just the temperature!

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