Friday, July 31, 2009

Ravel Virtual Studios

Music departments seem to be suffering with the cutbacks some schools are taking, but not anymore!! With Ravel Virtual Studios, high school, university and conservatory music departments can take advantage of their new music education resources for their classes!! So why is this so special you ask?! Well, because now study becomes more than music on a becomes real with the realistic sounding performances! Many students will enjoy actually hearing a performance of their work. Pretty impressive if you ask me!

In my opinion this is a great way to inspire students and encourage them to work even harder. Interactive learning is always better in my opinion. If you'd like to learn more, you can check out the Music Education Resources on their website today. Not only will you find a wealth of information there, but also very affordable prices that you won't find anywhere else!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Back in the 80's my family and I took a trip to Florida. While there we rented a camcorder. It was large and heavy. When returning home we purchased one similar that cost us around $1200. Thank goodness camcorders have come a long way. We have since purchased them as gifts for our children. They are smaller and very convenient.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Josh, Di and Emry were chillin after a dip in the pool. It finally warmed up enough to have the kids outside some. It actually felt warm in the sun. The girls are about 21 weeks along now and both enjoyed sitting on the swing with their feet in the water. Isn't family wonderful? We feel very blessed!


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While the kids were all home this past weekend, our town had fireworks on Sat. evening. For a small community we all agreed that it was a pretty nice fireworks display. The grand finale was very impressive. The grand kids really enjoyed it, but were growing tired.


For those that haven't heard, there is a concert coming to the north Iowa area in August. It will be pretty much a hard rock concert and I for one am not really interested in that kind of music. Wait, I am not at all interested! But for those who are, you can find more information on this concert by checking out the website at

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Uncle Jake

My youngest son Jake, loves being an uncle. He gives of his time to be with his niece and nephew. If they need anything, he is there. It's so sweet. It was getting to be nap time here. They both ended up sleeping for a while.

Bike Trails

Bill has a friend that goes running and biking on a trail in his town. It is a well groomed trail that many in the community use. Lights are in place to make people feel more secure while on the trail. More towns are designing running/biking trails and I think it is a great idea.

Online College Courses

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Bill got me golfing two years ago and although I don't go often, I really enjoy the game. Honestly, I figured it would be totally boring and no fun at all. I was wrong. At first I struggled with most parts of the game and I still have a tough time with certain aspects, but I am getting better. I can now see why Bill and the kids have liked to golf all of these past years. The guys like to go out as much as possible.


Since we only have a single garage we have to make sure that we use the space wisely. When not in use we store our bicycles on hooks from the ceiling. It is sort of a pain to get them down each time we go on a bike ride but it is the only thing we can do until we build a new garage. Our bikes seem to stay in better shape because they aren't getting banged in to all of the time.

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Our family got together for the weekend and celebrated Bill's birthday. There was also a city celebration which occurs each year. We went to the parade Saturday morning and also watched fireworks that night. Bill grilled burgers and hot dogs and we enjoyed all the salads and desserts too. We had such a great time! The grandkids played in the pool as we adults enjoyed the sunshine. It's wonderful to be with family.

Air Conditioner

Sunday we noticed that our AC in the house wasn't doing its job. Not much air was coming from the vents and Bill found that there was ice on the air conditioner line outside. He called our plumbing and heating business in town and they were quick to respond to help. We had lost a little freon from the unit, but hopefully it is fixed now. It's great to live in small town America!

Family Vacation

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Monday, July 20, 2009

High Winds

My son's live in a city about two hours from us. Last week they experienced a storm that brought wind gusts of 60 to 100 mph. It was sad to see what such winds could do. There were trees over a hundred years old that snapped and were destroyed. The one large tree or maybe I should say trees that is well-known in the area was also damaged. It is four trees that have grown together as one. It is truly sad to see.

Best Acne Treatment

I'm a mother of three and through out the years we have dealt with many issues. They are all grown now, but I can recall the adolescent years. The kids started with the problem of acne. Most teens deal with this to some degree. You wonder what is the best acne treatment out there. Some are risky and others are amazing. It took educating ourselves and input from doctors to guide us in the right direction. Our children came through it all with flying colors.

Weight Loss Supplements

Many today are looking at a variety of ways in which they might lose some unwanted weight. It is becoming a growing concern in our society. I have seen with age that it can become harder then ever to lose the extra pounds. The diet market today offers many weight loss supplements and ideas. What is right for you may not be right for another. Be sure to do what is healthiest for your well being.

Caribbean Cruise

Through out the years a highlight in my family’s lives has been to take a vacation, get away and make awesome memories. We have been pretty good about doing just that. I would say the type of trip that stands out above the rest for me and my husband would have to be taking a Caribbean cruise! Caribbean Cruises are the ideal vacation in our eyes! You can pack your bags, fly to your boarding port and begin your trip without having to pack and unpack again until you arrive back home. You are able to travel to many fabulous locations all in one trip. The experience on the ship is awesome also! There is so much food, it is sure to please everyone. There are activities and entertainment so that you find yourself never growing bored with the adventure. A cruise vacation is like no other trip you will ever take. It stands above the rest!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Good Bye Texas!

Our son and his family lived in Texas for the past four years. They have recently relocated back to the Midwest and we are so excited! They enjoyed their time there, but are very pleased to be back around family, especially now that they have Emry and a second child on the way. Isn't family great?!!

Classroom Desks

I love shopping for furniture. We recently purchased a new bedroom set. It's cherry wood and has a sleigh type of bed frame. What a difference it has made. My sister home schooled for years and was interested in classroom desks
. Now she can go on line and pick out what ever style she is looking for. There is a variety to choose from. Isn't internet shopping wonderful?!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Gazebo Kits

We are continuing to work on improving our yard. It has come a long ways, but we still have things we may want to look into doing. I was shopping on line and saw where a person can purchase gazebo kits. They can be a beautiful touch in a yard. We may have to look into that further. We are still working on planting more bushes this summer. Always something to do.