My little gal pal is home for the summer and I couldn't be happier! Blogging will continue for the summer and the posts will be filled with pictures of picnics, arts & craft projects and garden produce. =)
Here is a gigantic THANK YOU to a few very special women who encouraged and prayed for me as I muddled my way through this first school year ... Sue (love you girl!), Joy & Virginia (you have no idea what examples you two are to me), Sarah (dearest of sisters), and Karen (my true and steadfast friend)
Something is WRONG with our nation's Welfare System!!!!!!! Abigail and I are standing in line at the Dollar Tree yesterday. The young couple in front of us have their cart filled to the top with packaged junk food, absolute garbage -- brownies, cookies, fruit punch juice boxes, candy, jerky, and lots more. Nothing nutritious; nothing healthy. Their appearance leaves something to be desired -- baggy sweats, unwashed hair, and flip flops. The total is over $130 and they pay for it with a Food Stamp debit card. Seriously. Seriously? Seriously! In sharp contrast is the young man in line behind me who is in a wheelchair and pays for his items with CASH. He is neatly dressed, wearing a polo shirt with a corporate logo on it, so I assumed he was employed. He comments on Abigail's good behavior and wishes me a "Good Day!"
Tuesday night we eat the first beans from our garden. I hope there will be lots more when we come back from vacation. =) Maybe some tomatoes, too.
Leaving for a family vacation early, early Saturday morning. We are going to ALASKA! The laptop is coming with us but I'm not going to do any blogging. I'll be back the last week of June.
In honor of graduating from Kindergarten, I've asked Abigail for an exclusive interview.
The Official Picture with Diploma and Flowers
Me: You did a great job this morning, love bug! Are you glad to be done with school? Abigail: Yeah! I will miss Mrs. Veenema but I like to hang out with my parents, too.
Receiving Diploma from Mrs. Veenema and Headmaster Stevens
Me: I know, she was a great teacher. What was the best part of kindergarten? Abigail: RECESS ... It's everybody's favorite! I liked getting Silly Bands from everybody.
Singing Songs for the Parents
Me: Yes you did, until Mrs. Veenema band you from trading them during school. What was your favorite subject? Abigail: I have two favorites -- my first favorite is art. My second favorite is chapel because we get to sing. I liked riding home with Ellie.
Art Gallery and Snacks set up in the Foyer
Me: Do you have plans for the summer time? Abigail: Going to Alaska and, maybe, I can go swimming with my friends Nora and Julia ... arts and crafts with Mommy. In July, I plan on going to Jesse and James house.
I'm baking for tomorrow's Kindergarten Celebration and upon Abigail's request, I made these cookies. Jot it down and add it to your recipe collection ... you won't regret it. =) I'm off to sample a couple with a cold glass of milk ... yum!
GO-TO CHOCO-CHIP COOKIES
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup raw sugar (white will do)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/8 cup toasted wheat germ (optional)
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Cream wet ingredients together ... mix dry ingredients together ... combine until thoroughly mixed
Form into 1 inch balls ... place 2 inches apart on baking sheet
350 degree oven for 10 minutes
Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to cooling rack