Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Mayonnasie Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 Hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if t he jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes." The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table And poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the Empty space between the sand. The students laughed. "Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, family, children, health, friends, and Favorite passions -- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. So... Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play With your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. "Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coff ee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked". It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend"

Monday, May 28, 2007

A Great Trip

Our trip to Hawaii was wonderful in every way. Maui is a great place to visit, we saw the sunrise at Halaleckela, toured the Hana Highway, visited the Ocean Center, watched the sun set at Willea Beach. On Kaua'i, we rode a helicopter, took a supper cruise to NaPalii Coast, visited Momma Fish House,Gaylords, and Portofinos. We drove to Hanalei Coast and Princeville Hotel and Resort. Saw the dry and wet caves, watched kite surfers for the first time, got to see some dolphins at sea. We learned a lot about our fiftith state, and enjoy the resorts at which we stayed. The Marriott Willea and the Kaua'i Marriott are great places with good locations. The plane ride was excessively looooong. We love you all and we are glad to be home, looking forward to seeing everyone in August.

Happy Memorial Day

What a beautiful day to celebrate our military heros. We celebrated here in Butler with some attending the annual parade, Maria and I had to shoe shop, and then enjoying a picnic lunch here in Meadowood. The weather was beautiful and we moved the party on down to Penn Street to enjoy the pool. Hope you all had a great weekend also. Can't wait to get together in August.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Savannah Update

It's been a busy time in the Savannah household. We finally had our new cooktop and ovens installed and we decided it was a good time to paint the kitchen too. While that was happening, Natalie played in Mom's piano recital, Maria is preparing for her band concert tonight, Jessica and I played an all day gig for the local High School Musical Showcase and we're gearing up for the horse show on Saturday. The girls are looking forward to summer which will consist of as many summer activities as Natalie can think of, horse camp, dance camp, nature camp . . . We are planning a trip to Hershey in June and we'll stop in State College for a quick visit on the way. We'll top the summer off with the big anniversary bash in August. We can't to see everyone then! Hope everyone is well and Mom and Dad are enjoying Hawaii!
Go Hayley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!