Monthly Archives: August 2008

Way to Go Grandaddy Mike!!

Today my father ran his first half-marathon. And he finished it. Now, I will freely admit that I think this is totally nuts. The only way you could get me to run that far is if you were chasing me – probably with a pretty big knife! But Grandaddy Mike did it – close to 13 miles in just under 2 hours and 15 minutes. We are so proud of you Grandaddy!!

http://www.rnrvb.com/home.html

Next Sunday


Fletcher and Lola Gray will be baptised next Sunday. They were really excited to see their names on the sign today, though I did not succeed at getting a single good photograph of the 2 of them with the sign. I’ll try again next Sunday I guess.

I’m a little nervous about how things will go. Lola Gray came into the sanctuary with Fletcher and I today, and sat through the first part of the service like a little angel. She colored and listened to the music, and when it was time for the children’s sermon she walked right up front and sat attentively through the whole story. Fletcher, on the other hand, was a wild man. He made faces at his friends and jumped around and at one point during the children’s sermon (after the minister had already stopped to ask Fletcher and Aidan to be quiet and listen) Fletcher put his head on the ground and his bottom in the air and started trying to do a headstand. That was when I decided I had no choice but to walk up front, claim him, and take him back to the pew with me. So embarassing. I hope he will be on better behavior next week!

School Fundraising

Ugh. We haven’t even had the first day of school, but the fundraising efforts have already begun. The company the school is using actually has some cute wrapping papers, so if anyone wants to place an order you can follow the link below. I promise not to pester anyone any more than this (oh, and the email that was just sent out to the whole family – but nothing beyond that I promise!)

Dear Friends & Family

My school is conducting a Fund Raiser. I am e-mailing you to ask if you will help in this very important effort. Just click on the link below and it will take you to our on-line store. You can browse and order directly on-line and your order will be shipped directly to you. Oh yeah, when you order, they will ask for my STUDENT CODE (568770). Please enter it in correctly after you check out of the store so that I will earn credit for your on-line purchases.

Thanks For Helping My School!

Fletcher Gaddy

STUDENT CODE: 568770
SCHOOL: First Christian Per-School
Student Email: ashleygaddy@comcast.net

Click on the link below to begin shopping…or cut and paste the following into your browser’s address bar if you can’t click on it.

http://www.4jaxco.com/store/cart.php?m=product_list&c=7

When you purchase items, you will be allowed to assign 1 point per item purchased to me after you check out.

Thanks again for helping my school and me on our fundraising campaign.

Love, Fletcher

Happy Birthday Polly!

This morning we attended Polly’s 4th birthday party at the Flying Frog. Soooo much fun! The kids both had a great time, though Lola Gray did not enjoy the train ride. As the train picked up speed, Lola started to cry and Fletcher started yelling to the man at the controls “Stop the train! My sister doesn’t like this! Stop the train!” He is such a good and protective big brother!

After pizza for lunch, there was of course cake. It was a really cool cake – apparently a new thing that I haven’t seen before called a cupcake cake. It was a bunch of cupcakes pushed up next to each other and then frosted over the top like a sheet cake! When Polly blew out her candles she said her wish was that she should love everybody, and Fletcher shouted “Hey! Polly’s wish came true!”

Super Fletcher saves the day

This morning we visited Fletcher’s new pre-K class and met his teachers. Mrs. Hale’s first comment about him was “Well, he isn’t shy!” So true. He jumped right into playing and seemed perfectly at home.

This afternoon he wanted to draw a picture for Mrs. Hale. It is of a bad guy with really big feet (so he can run really fast) and a mask. Flying in to save the day is, of course, our very own Super Fletcher! He can’t wait to share the picture with his teacher on Tuesday.

Flickr

I have been quite unhappy lately with how cumbersome Shutterfly has become – the new version is so frustrating I don’t even want to attempt to upload photos and email them out! So I am trying something new. As I take photos, I am going to upload them to Flickr, and they will show up in the column on the right of my blog. If you click on a photo, it will take you to Flickr and the photostream. I don’t really expect this to replace Shutterfly for me entirely – Flickr has a monthly upload limit, and I take a LOT of photos, so I am uploading them as pretty small files. Not sure how they will print, or what Flickr’s print quality is like. This is all pretty new, but I figured it was worth a try. Let me know what you think!

The newest photos were taken this afternoon on the front porch while enjoying homemade watermelon popsicles. The mosquitos were fierce, and both Fletcher and Lola Gray got eaten alive before I realized it. I am soooooo ready for cool weather to come along and send these bugs packing!

How do I explain?

It seems the children and I have been having a lot of conversations lately on topics a little bigger than I expected to be covering with a 2 year old and a 4 year old. And they always leave me at a little bit of a loss – it is a pretty confusing world we live in!

Yesterday the children were playing “family” with the baby dolls, Fletcher’s new favorite game. (Lola Gray would rather play Dora & Diego.) I was listening from the other room when an argument broke out and Fletcher came running into the room crying because Lola Gray wouldn’t play right. Apparently, she wanted to be married to Aunt Boo instead of to Fletcher. He was VERY upset because girls have to marry boys so Lola could NOT marry Aunt Boo. “Tell her Mommy, girls have to marry boys!!”

Hmmm . . . how do I handle this without giving them more information than they really need at this stage? I mean, girls don’t always marry boys any more, do they? And Lola Gray absolutely can NOT marry her brother. I told him that Lola can marry anyone she wants (other than her brother or her aunt) and that he should probably marry someone from outside our family. He said ok, he will marry Grace instead. Whew. Crisis averted.

Today in the grocery store I had to explain to Fletcher that nothing was WRONG with Grandaddy for supporting McCain for president instead of Obama, and that yes indeed Grandaddy is still an American even though he doesn’t like Obama. And, by the way, Grace’s Daddy doesn’t like Obama either but we can still like him too. (And no, we can not pull the McCain sticker off his car and put on an Obama one – though it might be fun!) So, I started trying to explain to Fletcher that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and everyone gets to decide who they think will be the best president, and here are the reasons Daddy and I think Barack Obama should be president. I was trying to put everything in a context that a 4 year old can understand, so I told him that we think Obama will take good care of our country and our planet so that this will be a wonderful place for him to live. I didn’t say it quite that concisely, in fact I was probably rambling. I started talking about becoming energy independent and using solar power and wind power, at which point Fletcher interrupted me and said, in an adorable stage whisper, “He can do it because he has OBAMA POWER!”

OK. Presidential candidate as super hero. I’ll buy that.