High School in the USA – Part 2 – Prom

Ahhhh, to be young again…just thinking about what to write about high school puts me back so many years! I feel like a kid again just thinking about the fun times I had in high school. Some of the most memorial times I had were at prom! Prom is a big dance that usually occurs in the early spring. Every school does it a little differently, so let me explain how prom was at my school.

At my school the 11th graders (juniors) were the ones who raised the money to put on the prom for themselves and for the 12th graders (the graduating seniors). The juniors, not only raised the money for the event, but they decorated, chose the theme, and put it all together. Our proms consisted of a really nice sit-down meal with a dance afterwards. However, lots of proms in the United States only have a dance and the couples go out to eat before the actual proms.

The best part of prom for me was wearing a fancy gown. I remember when I was a senior in high school. I had a beautiful black and gold dress that was short and sassy. Oh and I was Prom Queen when I was a senior. During every prom, a King and a Queen are elected by all of the people who are at the prom. I was lucky enough to be chosen! I was so excited and kind of confused because I didn’t expect it at all.

The picture shown here was at my senior prom.  I

Did you have a really fancy dance like prom when you went to school? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Mother’s Day

In United States in Canada Mother’s Day falls on the 2nd Sunday of the month of May.  I actually was born on Mother’s Day many years ago, so it was always a special day for me and mother when I was growing up.  Very rarely my birthday falls on Mother’s Day and then it is just that much more special for me!

Other countries celebrate Mother’s Day on a different day.  For example, in France they celebrate it usually on the last Sunday of May, but this year it is on the first Sunday of June.

In the United States, the usual way to celebrate Mother’s Day is for the husband and children to make a special gift for mom or if she’s really lucky maybe she’ll get some nice jewelry.  Sometimes children like to make a special Mother’s Day breakfast and serve their mom in bed.  I hope I get “breakfast in bed” this year!! There is nothing like waking up to the smell of freshly cooked bacon! YUM!

Mother’s Day is a day to honor your mother, give her extra love and spend time with her.  I hope every mother out there has a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Life Growing Up in Texas

Many people think that if you live in Texas then you must be able to ride a horse! Well in my case it is true! Although it’s not true for every Texan. Funny though, I do fit most of the stereotypes about Texas. My family owed a ranch when I was growing up. We had some horses and cows.  Yes, I wore cowboy boots on occasion to school and around town.  I didn’t; however, own a cowboy hat.   But, people note that many people in Texas live in a big city and have no access to farms or ranches.

Life in Texas is big. I hate to say this because people from other states get annoyed, but “Everything is bigger in Texas”  The state is huge.  Driving from one city to another is a long way.  The margaritas a bigger (and better).  Everything is just bigger!

Another thing about Texas is that the people are extremely friendly.  For example, if you are driving on the road and you come up behind someone who is driving extremely slow, that person will move to the shoulder of the road and let you pass if you are only on a two lane road.  This doesn’t happen much (if ever) in other states that I’ve lived in.

Oh how I miss Texas!!!  There is one negative thing about Texas, in my opinion.  The heat. It is so blooming hot in the summer!  Though after living in the cold for the last 2 years, I’d gladly trade in my winter coat for a tall glass of lemonade sitting in the summer sun in Texas!

Five Random Things About Me!

Here are five random things about me that you might never have guessed:

1.  I like to crochet and make teddy bears. – I find it really relaxing to just sit back and do crafts with my hands.  I like to crochet while I’ll watching TV or just having a conversation with someone.  It’s very relaxing.

2.  I like to read sci-fi and horror books. – I love reading science fiction the best, but I sometimes like to read horror as well.  I love anything to do with zombies!  I don’t love zombies per se, but I love stories about them taking over the world.

3.  I love archery. – When I was younger I won many different awards in archery.  I had so much fun learning this sport.  This will come in handy in a zombie apocalypse.

4.  My favorite type of animals are horses. – I loved going horseback riding when I was younger.  If I had more time, I would go again, but alas when you are grown up there is not as much time to do fun things like this!

5.  I hate cooking.  – I’m not sure why, but I have never liked to cook – ever!  I’m okay with baking, but I really don’t enjoy cooking at all.

Please leave a comment about five random things about you!  I’d love to read them.

Easter in Pictures

Here are some pictures that I wanted to share with you all from past Easters.

My daughter took her picture with Mrs. Easter Bunny.

A professional picture of 2 of my 3 children for Easter 3 years ago.

We dyed Easter eggs and put beautiful butterflies on them. These were the prettiest eggs we’ve ever made.

My son shelling Easter eggs.

My son and daughter hard at work shelling the Easter eggs we painted so they could eat some.

These were the pretty Easter eggs we made last year. I can’t wait to see what we make this year.

Easter Traditions

Easter is very late this year.  This year it is on April 24th.  The stores are filled with chocolate bunnies and eggs, as well as little toys.  So many places have different Easter traditions, so I thought I’d write about my family’s Easter traditions.  During the week or two before Easter, I try to find some Easter egg hunts for my children.  Churches, schools, communities and other places organize Easter egg hunts for children.  It’s chaos, but fun.  The children all start at the same time and run, run, run gathering up as many eggs that will fit in their Easter baskets.  Some Easter eggs hunts have colorful plastic eggs filled with candy, some have real hard boiled eggs and other Easter egg hunts have chocolate eggs.  Since I’m from the South in the USA, most of the egg hunts I go to have plastic eggs filled with goodies.  One Easter egg hunt we went to last year had money in the eggs!!!  Last year I took my kids to four different huge Easter egg hunts.

I bet some of you are wondering about the Easter bunny and who he is… Well, on the night before Easter, my children put out their Easter baskets and in the morning they wake up to find many treats and small gifts that the Easter bunny left for them.  In a lot of ways he’s like Santa Claus, but he doesn’t bring as many presents as Santa.

Easter Sunday is a time spent with family, at church, or outside at a park. It’s a great time to relax as many schools have Spring break during Easter time.

Happy Easter to everyone!!  Now, let’s go find some eggs!!!

Daylight Savings Time

It’s my favorite time of the year. It’s Daylight Savings Time (DST) when we “Spring forward.” It means we’ll get an extra hour of sunlight every day. This year it will take begin on March 13th. It takes place on the 2nd Sunday of March and begins at 2am. It’s observed in the USA, Canada, lot of European countries and other countries as well.

It ends every year on the first Sunday in November at 2am, which it reverts to standard time. When we change in November, we say we: “Fall back.”

There are 2 states that don’t observe Daylight Savings Time in the US and one province in Canada. The states are: Hawaii and Arizona. Also, these US territories don’t observe it: American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands. The Canadian province is Saskatchewan – most of the province does not follow Daylight Savings Time.

Why do we have Daylight Savings Time? Why do we change our clocks 2 times a year? Because it saves electricity. It gives us an extra hour of sunlight. This means we don’t need to use lights in our house, as much during this extra hour. Also, the government says that it prevents car accidents. There are fewer accidents in the daylight according to statistics.

In 2007 they increased Daylight Savings Time by 1 month, this way we can save even more electricity.

6 Great Texan Sayings

Yeehaw! As many of you know, I was born and raised in Texas. I thought it would be interesting for you to read about some Texan sayings. Some of these can be heard throughout the Southern states of the USA as well. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it!

nu-uh – This simply means no.
Nu-uh, I’m not going there today!

shoot – We use this word where you might use the word ‘darn’.
Shoot, I really wanted to watch the football game tonight and I missed it!

wore-out – This comes from ‘worn out’. It means to be tired.
The cowboy is all wore out from his trip across the valley.

y’all – The contraction used for ‘you all’ down in the South.
When are y’all going to come over for dinner?

fixing to – This means you are about to do something. I use this a lot and my mother-in-law always points it out.
I’m fixing to go out to the store and buy some milk.

hissy fit – This is when someone gets really mad.
Wow, did you see her throw that hissy fit last night when her husband showed up with lipstick on his collar. Yikes!

At the Post Office

It’s easy enough to just ask for a stamp at the post office, “I would like to buy 1 stamp, please.” But, what if you have bigger needs for your post office visit? Here are some things you might say at the post office.

Can I have a book (roll) of stamps? In the past if you wanted to buy a lot of stamps, you could buy a roll. These are more outdated now that most stamps in the United States are stickers. Nowdays, if you want to buy a large amount of stamps you can buy a book of stamps.

Can I buy some ‘forever’ stamps? During the last few years the cost of a stamp has gone up every May, by a penny. The United States Post Office made some stamps that are forever the correct price of mailing an envelope in the United States. These are the types of stamps I would buy unless I wanted special stamps, like Christmas stamps or some with pretty flowers.

How much does it cost to mail this package? There are several different methods of shipping at the post office. You have Media Mail for mailing books. Then, there is parcel post, which is cheap, but slow. There are other options too, but the fastest is next-day which costs an arm and a leg (saying something costs an arm and a leg means it costs a lot).

Do you have prepaid boxes? Prepaid boxes – boxes you can buy that cost the same amount to ship no matter how much you pack into them – are quite handy. If you can fit it in, you can ship it for a set price. I often come out ahead when using these boxes.

Can I buy insurance for that? You can insure anything you mail as long as you pay for the insurance. It’s not really too expensive, and often worth the extra money.

My Family’s Christmas Traditions

Someone on Twitter asked me to write about my family’s Christmas traditions.  I think some things vary from family to family and from region to region, so I’m going to focus on which traditions we do as a family.

Christmas season usually starts right after Thanksgiving is over.  Thanksgiving is the 4th Thursday of November.  The weekend right after that, I usually put up lights outside of the house.  I like blinking, multicolored lights the best, although most people in our neighborhood put up white lights.

We also go to big festival of lights events.  Disney World has an amazing one, but also local communities like my own have some smaller festival of lights.  Here at a local county park, you can drive around and look at the huge displays of lights.  There are themes to the lights like underwater animals and toys.  Also, they have a huge fire where you can roast marshmallows.  Additionally, you can visit Santa, ride a small train, ride a carousel or buy some treats to eat.  I always make sure we visit Santa there, at a party, or at a shopping mall. The kids like to tell Santa what they want for Christmas.  And we make sure we take a picture of them with Santa as well.

Another one of my family’s traditions is to send out Christmas cards.  I usually send them to family and close friends.  Sometimes I enclose a picture of our family as well.  I usually send these out early in December because people like to display their Christmas cards on a door or on their fireplace mantel.

Listening to Christmas carols in the car and watching Christmas shows on TV is another family tradition. I like watching old Christmas movies like ‘Holiday Inn’.  My kids like to watch old classic Christmas cartoons like ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.’

Going Christmas caroling is a tradition we don’t do every year.  But we have done it in the past.  We get a group of the neighborhood kids and we walk around the neighborhood and sing Christmas carols.  Sometimes the neighbors give us cookies or candy as a way to say thanks.

Those are our family traditions for the time up until Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I’ll write about those next week.  Post a comment about how you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other holiday you celebrate around December or January.