Sunday, August 24, 2008

we know drama

Jeff was watching TV yesterday.
Some movie was on the TNT channel.
I noticed at the bottom of the screen,
there was a logo.
It said TNT we know drama.
Boy, I could adopt that around here.
There has been so much going on this week.
Little girl drama,
Big girl drama,
Sports drama,
I could go on.
I could be specific.
Don't worry, I'll spare you.
The point is.....
Herrings, WE know drama!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008


Okay, so I've decided to force myself to sit down and blog.
I've set the timer for 10 minutes and we'll see what I come up with.
Jacklyn is awfully cute these days!
She walks like a little drunken sailor and tries to carry things that are far too big for her.
She talks all the time.
Today she wanted to wear a little silver ID bracelet that has her name on it. (Gerry bought it for her at the fair and we planned to save it for when she gets older.) She carried it to me and said, "Don. Wah, bee." Which, of course, translates to, "Down,(meaning, 'down','up' or 'put it on' depending on the moment.) watch, please." So....clearly, she wanted me to put her watch on her please. She's so funny and communicates like crazy.

Kourtney and Maggie started school yesterday. We just did some Missionettes (Stars) work for Bible.....they made sock puppets, wrote a script, including "Kid Talk" song from Bullfrogs and Butterflies, made a stage and performed the puppet show for Jacklyn and I today. We video taped it, so maybe it'll appear on our YouTube account later. I'll let you know. We enjoyed our summer so much. I thought starting school easy would be a great idea. Yesterday took longer than expected, but everyone had a good time in the know, after the tears, headaches and frustrations of just trying to get back in the swing of things.

Jeff is at school today. He's continuing to set up his classroom and do some lesson planning with the other 4th grade teacher. Man, those kids are so lucky to get him as their teacher. He will be so fun and they're bound to learn a ton. Too bad Kourtney and Maggie can't be in his class. I'm not willing to give them up, don't get me wrong, but what a neat opportunity it would be for them!! I'm so proud of Jeff and am happy that he is getting to do what he's been training for over the last 7 years. As far as college goes, we've had one frustration after another. CSUMB is pretty lame in the credentialing department....but, alas, we are in it for the long haul. And I do mean long. Good thing we love it here so much because it could be a while before he is finished. Then....he'll work on getting his Masters. Wow. Can't even think about that one at this point.

I am happy to have some structure to our days....yet have the sad realization that the fun, lazy days of summer are behind us. Living on the Central Coast requires that I have some flexibility, though. If the sun is shining....we've gotta jump on it. Lots of 50-something degree temps this summer. So, if it's 68 or above...we're taking our books (or not) to the beach!!

Wow....the timer beeped and that was easier than I thought. Guess I'll have to do that more often. My goal is to blog at least once a week. Gotta love how I make rules/goals for myself all the time.

Over and out.

Monday, August 18, 2008


We have had lots of company this summer.
It has been SO good!
We spent lots of time with my sister Jenny and her
family before they moved away to MN. (SO SAD!!)
We had a neighbor or two over for dinner and play dates.
We had a few of the girls' other friends come sleep over.
We most recently entertained Jeff's sister, Jodee, and
her two amazing kids for about 10 days.
What a joy that time with them was!
After that, we had a blast with my sister Michelle,
her husband, Mark, and their 3 kids.
They didn't stay here, but we had fun with them
in Carmel, hanging out at our house and then at the fair.
Gerry came down and went to the fair with us, too.
She stayed the night and we had lots of fun catching up.
Then, Esther stopped by for a little while.
I've gotta house is feeling sort of empty now.
We have loved the company so much.
Whenever Jacklyn wakes up now, she says, "Emy?"
I think she's looking for Emilee McDonald
(though she calls her Emy-Na)
or Emily Colombini.
Reality is now hitting me in the face.
Jenny and her family really did MOVE to Minnesota.
I don't like it. Not one little bit!
I think a full house helped keep my mind from
getting too terribly sad about it.
Thank the Lord for email, for Facebook, for Flickr,
for blogs and definitely for Skype!!
It brings us closer and makes this somewhat bearable.
We love you, Swansons and miss you terribly!
Anyone wanna come crash at the Herrings House?
You are more than welcome.
What a good summer it has been.