Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.
Happy Monday!! We had a nice Fourth of July weekend. It’s a big deal for us, since my youngest son was born on the 4th, this year he turned 10!! We started our festivities with our town’s firework show on Friday night. We just walk over to the next block and we can see them perfectly. We used to be able to just sit in front of the garage, but then all the big new houses went up, obstructing our view. Saturday was the parade, which is always fun. This is a small town, and the Fourth of July is pretty serious around here. My sister actually put out our lawn chairs the night before to claim our spot for the parade on the main street. #mayberry. The parade begins with 3 planes flying over, (which I just love), and our local American Legion Veteran’s Color Guard carrying the flags and rifles, followed by the mayor. My dad was part of that Color Guard for several years, this is the 3rd Fourth of July without him, and it’s still a little difficult not seeing him at the start of the parade, but we have great memories of his involvement with the Veterans and this town. We ate a lot of food, and of course birthday cake, and fireworks again at night. From 9 p.m. until midnight, it sounded like a battle zone out here, literally non-stop firework blasts the whole time. A lot of people out here buy the professional fireworks, so we didn’t have to leave our backyard, to enjoy another fantastic fireworks display.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
CURRENTLY READING/HAVE READ:
I haven’t completed anything lately, I’ve only read 1 book for the Summer reading program. 😦
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
I need to do some more shopping, but have these few things planned:
Cheesy Chicken Pasta, salad and garlic bread
NEW RECIPE I TRIED OR WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
My mom actually found this recipe in a magazine, and knew I had to do it for the Fourth of July. I thought these would be pretty loud with the Pop Rocks candy and carbonated pop. It wasn’t too bad, and it actually was good…once you got past the effects of the Pop Rocks. 🙂
Vanilla Ice Cream
Pop Rocks Candy
Strawberry Crush (original recipe called for Lemon Lime pop, but I wanted mine to look more festive, and the Strawberry pop with vanilla ice cream was delicious.
Scoop ice cream in a tall glass, sprinkle 1/3 package of Pop Rocks over ice cream. Repeat twice ending with Pop Rocks. Top with Soda
MY FAVORITE BLOG POST/VIDEO THIS WEEK:
Showed this to my boys and they were like, “you have to make these mom.” It’s nice that they have such confidence in my cooking abilities, but I think these are a little out of my league. Besides I don’t think I’d want to eat them, they look way too cool!!
A FUN EXPERIENCE:
I did attend the Handwriting Analysis Program at the library recently. It was so interesting. The speaker was Dale Roberts and first he had us write our signature a few times, then he had us write it with our eyes closed, then with our opposite hand, and then with our opposite hand with our eyes closed. He asked how we felt when writing with our opposite hand and our eyes closed, most people felt the loss of control, and it was more difficult. I actually felt it was easier, because I was trying to picture it in my mind, so I felt like I had more control, and there were a few other people who felt the same way. He said that usually when he does these programs, 10% of the group is left handed, so he was surprised that our group was all right handed, and there was about 20 of us.
He explained how handwriting analysis or Graphology is used in corporate America when hiring employees. Employers will have the employee answer two questions and hand write their answers, as well as include their signature. This sample gives insight into the employees personality and determines if they would be a good fit for the job, because it can disclose up to 250 different personality traits, including, energy and perseverance, integrity, dependability and how well they follow directions.
There was a lot to it, and it takes quite a bit of knowledge and practice to analyze a handwriting sample. One thing Mr. Roberts said is that sadly, 10 years from now, there might not be a use for it. This really showed how important handwriting is, that it’s not just an art form, or something that our kids don’t need to learn with the use of technology. Here is an excerpt from his book:
A person’s handwriting is an individual’s personal and legal identification for life. It reflects a personal conditioning since birth and is just as individual as one’s fingerprint. It has been said that a fingerprint is the oldest and truest personal signature.
Dale Roberts has a website you can check out here: Write Insights
FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA:
This was the float that our Library had in the parade.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES (PRAYERS OR DEVOTIONALS):