Monthly Archives: July 2009

Better late than never….

Happy Birthday Chickie!  I’m only 10 days late – and you turned 10 so that’s okay, right?  I know, I know.  I’m stretching it.  Your birthday was at the tail end of our vacation in Phoenix.  You started planning it from the first week we arrived there.  You couldn’t decide if you wanted a tea party or a pool party.  Since you’d had a tea party before you went in favor of the pool party.  Lot’s of your Phx buddies were able to come; K-, S-, M-, M&M&m.

Several of our Phx friends now have babies or toddlers.  It was so much fun to watch you interact with them.  You love helping to take care of them and when in a group you tend to keep your eye on the littlest ones.  With a little more coaching and a little more time you are going to be an excellent babysitter.  In fact, I think many of our friends have you slated to start babysitting for them in a couple of years!!

You’re in the double digits now – a twinkie.  I’m not quite ready for that.  You are on the verge of so many things; shaving – something you desperately want to do but your fear of razors is holding you back, a real bra, preparing for youth group, acne, even your period.  Sigh.  My little red-headed, chubby baby girl is slipping away…  Oh I know that the baby in you has been gone for a long time but this year it seems more profound.  I see how tall you’re getting and I laugh at the fact that you can wear your cousin, Nikki’s, shoes (much to her chargrin).  I wonder how long I have until you’re taller than I am.  How much longer do I have before my phone is glued to your hand?  Or you spend hours in the bathroom getting ready?  Or you finally notice boys? 

You enjoyed 4th grade but it wasn’t really a stand-out year.  Nothing too remarkable happened.  You maintained your A/B honor roll – usually just one B away from straight A’s.  You started taking Spanish this year and have shown a great aptitude for picking up language.  It’s great listening to you practice.  The biggest surprise came at the end of the year… you won the 4th grade girls’ bike raffle!  You were thrilled to have the new purple bike waiting in your bedroom when we returned from Phx. 

You have many strengths – including the ability to easily memorize Scripture, but you also have some weaknesses.  Like many your age you struggle with keeping your room clean.  And asking you to complete any chore is, well, a chore in itself.  The hardest struggle has been with honesty.  Your default setting is “Lie” but you’re working to overcome that with “Truth”. 

I am proud of who you are and who you are becoming.  I know it sounds cheesy but you are like a flower that’s slowly unfolding.  Everyday we get glimpses of the lady inside.  My prayer this year is that you continue to guard your heart, grow in your faith and recognize your daily need for Him.

I love you Chickie, Happy Birthday!!



Let’s pretend that you’re driving on the freeway – long distance, none of this in town driving.  You’re cruising along when a fellow driver catches up to you and pulls right up behind you.  Do you:
a) pretend you can’t see him and continue driving 1/2 mph over the speed limit
b) slow down
c) wait an appropriate amount of time and then start to change lanes – only then noticing that he is also starting to change lanes and now you have to do the funny dance of “do I change lanes or is he”….
d) speed up and match the speed of the semi-truck in the lane next to you
e) do nothing because you’re already in the slow lane and he is free to pass you on the left


It took us over 30 minutes to pass a camper on the road.  He was in the fast lane and just *had* to pass just *one* more semi (while driving .2 mph faster than the semi).   There was a huge backup of cars waiting to pass by the time the camper passed the last semi.  And did he pull into the slower lane?  Heck no.  He let all of us pass him on the right. 

And now my laser is broken.  I think it needs a new flex capacitor.


During the last 5 weeks I have been staying at my mother’s house.  It was only last week that she remembered that she had an extra internet cable that I could use.  Unfortunately it was located in the office that’s connected to her bedroom.  Which meant that it was only available during daylight hours.  Not my prime internet operating time… I prefer night surfing.  Even when I was able to get online things were just wonky…. I couldn’t access certain websites – like my own blog! 

I was starting think that somehow my account had gotten hijacked.  Although it beats me as to why anyone would want to steal a kungfuchicken blog… Now I am staying at my sister’s place and using her lovely wifi and I can once again access my blog.  Yay!  How do I cram 5 weeks of vacation into a blog now??   How can I remember everything we’ve done for the last 5 weeks??  I can’t.  What I can do is pine away for my hubby…