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I love summer.  I love the heat, the food, going to a lake house, sitting on the patio, and feeling the sand between my toes and the sun on my skin.


I know it’s bad and I use sun block but I love being outside and seeing my skin turn a bit brown.  I love sleeping in and I’m so grateful that I can.  But believe it or not, I love getting up to meet my friends for early morning tennis on our neighborhood courts. It’s been a great summer.

So we are winding down; school has started and little signs of Fall are starting to show themselves.


The kids have gone back to school and it’s time for me to go back to work too. I’ll admit, I didn’t get much done this summer.  My project list is still long.  I was going to devote my summer to “my art.”  Somehow, laundry, dinner, the dishwasher, driving kids around…and yes, tennis, got in the way of “my list.”  But boy was it a fun summer. I did do one painting, a tiny portrait of Maverick, a golden retriever, who passed away.  His family wanted to enjoy his image in art.


I also haven’t done any blogging in awhile but thought I’d post a couple of drafts I had written before.  I’m not sure how those bloggers make careers out of it, although I’m sure it does involve a lot of time invested. It’s fun for me but probably not going to be a career.  Keep me in your prayers as I look for a job.  I’ll keep doing my art but am looking for something fun and fulfilling.  Of course time will be an issue. Any new endeavor picks time from another pocket. There is always too little. Those summers that used to seem to go on and on are blips on our personal timelines.  As stores set up Halloween decorations, I hold onto the hope of more golf, more outdoor tennis and more sun on my skin.


Disclaimer:  Thanks to my better half, for letting me sleep in, understanding my tennis bug and letting me have a great summer! You are the best!



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“I’m what us humans like to call…a perfect student.”

 On test taking strategies for oral tests.  “I can always tell the right answers by the teacher’s voice, so I always get them right.”

On organizational skills.  “No, I don’t like checking off the homework in my assignment notebook.”



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After getting a “N” (needs improvement) in handwriting on the mid term report card.  “I have the worst handwriting ever.  There are 74 other kids in second grade who have better handwriting than I do.”



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While discussing a fun party.  His girl friend says, “Maybe we’ll drink some Russian Vodkas” and my little guy says, “and then we can smoke some wheat.”  Please note, that:

  1. We do not, nor have we ever had or said the words, “Russian Vodka”
  2. We do not, nor have we ever spoken of smoking anything sounding like “wheat.” 
  3. Supposedly, he heard that one from his older cousin.  Hmm, yes, on the Rhoades side of the family. Not to name anyone in particular but the initials are Scott S.  


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He took his duct tape wallet that his brother made him and put his name and phone number in it.  He then took a school photo and added it on top.  He showed it to me and said,  “Look at this picture, mom.  Isn’t he handsome?”

I said with a wink, “You sure are good looking.  After all,  you’re 50% me.” 

He said emphatically, “I’m not 50% you, I’m 90% Dad.   I’m a dude.  I’m only 10% you and that’s the part of me that gets me in trouble at school.”

I hope you enjoy my little guy.  I am constantly supplied with Liamisms.  People have said to keep a journal of them all, so this is a start.  Have a great day!

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