29 September 2008
25 September 2008
We took a trip to the apple farm last weekend, and the boys had a blast! This was a part of the tractor train. Michael wasn't too sure about it, but Peter was a great big brother and sat with him through it. Drew was their caboose! Today should be the day I get to make an apple pie! YUM!
Check out more fun photos at Candid Carrie!
24 September 2008
The reason I am talking about her again-besides the fact that I think her writing is FABULOUS, and I am crazy about her (even though she won't let me tell you who she is!)-is because she has started a second blog aimed at kids and teens, particularly girls. She is a mom to 7 kids, and 5 are girls! It is called "Hey Hope...What do you think?" You know how Dear Abby will answer questions that kids/teens write in about the issues they are facing-this blog is the same concept except that Hope's thoughtful responses will include, well, a Christian perspective. (Dear Abby's responses to teens usually leave me screaming at the lack of faith in them). So, if you know a kid or teen who is looking for a solution to a problem, you might want to point her there! Hope also invites parents to check in, so check it out-you won't be disappointed!
23 September 2008
The ad stated that John McCain doesn't support stem cell research. Once again, this is another example of the left twisting his position. The correct statement is that he does not support EMBRYONIC stem cell research and there is a HUGE difference! Stem cells can be harvested from many places-cord blood, amniotic fluid, adult fat and skin cells just to name a few! The best part of these types of stem cells is that they can be obtained without ending a life.
Of course, they had the mother of a child with type I diabetes saying how wrong it was to not support this research. This topic is one that really sets me off. My nephew also has type I diabetes. He will tell you that he does not want babies destroyed to cure his diabetes. There is promising research in the areas of amniotic fluid and adult stem cell research, and McCain supports these wholeheartedly!
I just wanted to set the record straight on this one!
Again, Evy, thank you!!!
22 September 2008
Let me be clear. I don't live in the district, nor would I send my kids there if we did. It is pretty bad. A majority of the schools are failing, many of the students come from impoverished, single parent households. I know that the teachers are frustrated. I know the district is asking for more money from the state (because $12,000 per student isn't enough). To say "let's dissolve the district," though, is tantamount to saying, "We give up. We're through. There isn't any reason to try." These kids hear they are failures from the get-go. They don't need to hear that the schools-the one place that some of these kids feel safe-are giving up on them as well.
So, what would happen? Some are calling for the mayor to take over, while some say the state should do it. I am not sure what I think should happen, but I will tell you that this has been the most unbelievable story coming from a school district in a while.
19 September 2008
Soccer was rained out last week, but we are in the middle of the season. This was from the first game. Peter has been playing for 4 years now, and loves when soccer season rolls around! He got to play goalie last week-his favorite position!
For more Friday photos, check out Candid Carrie!
18 September 2008
Onto my tomato task-roasting! I prefer to roast my tomatoes. It makes taking the skin off very easy, and the roasting brings out great flavor in the tomatoes. After washing them, I halve them, and place them on a cookie sheet. Then, I drizzle them with olive oil, and add dried oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. I roast them in a 300 degree oven for about 30 minutes. After they cool, I slide the skin off. Then I bag them up and freeze them for use over the winter. I throw them into stew and soups for some great added flavor! I love the opportunity to add this taste of summer into my cooking during the winter!
16 September 2008
Yes, that's right...it is my birthday! I have to say that for a day that had few expectations, it has been pretty fabulous so far!
Andy and the boys woke me this morning with a present, and I have to say that it was one awesome gift! They gave me the Amazon Kindle. For those of you who don't know, it is a device that wirelessly allows you to download books to read. It is small, lightweight and holds up to 200 books! Add a memory card, and it holds even more. The problem? I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DOWNLOAD! I have 346 books on my to-read list on goodreads, and I can't narrow it down! I am very excited to get started reading on it!
I was also treated to lunch by my sisters, Mary and Margaret. We went to Houlihans-I love their stuffed mushrooms! It was nice being out with my sisters, and I hope we can do it soon! (OOH, wait, Mary's birthday is in 2 weeks!).
I came home to find flowers waiting for me-I think they are from my mother-in-law-she never signs the card! The birthday will continue this week-I am going out for Mexican food with my mother-in-law and her sister tomorrow, and I get to see my book buddies on Thursday! It's going to be a GREAT week!
13 September 2008
I thought I would share some of our newest Michael-isms. He is finally attaching endings to his words-very deliberately! So, we've been getting "Yessssssss!" from him all week! This morning though, he had Andy in stitches as he proclaimed, "Daddy, your shirt is gay!" (grey) He also told him that he wanted his "piss puzzle" (fish puzzle). Thank goodness these occurred at home!
Stay dry everyone!
12 September 2008
Drew is taking a well-deserved break during his first soccer game! Soccer season is well underway! Four practices a week between the two boys and 2 games on Saturdays...Drew looks how I feel-TIRED!
For more great pictures, check out Candid Carrie!
11 September 2008
Andy got ready and left for work. I remember hugging him a little longer that day, and telling him to be careful. For Peter and I, I decided we would go to my Mom's for the day. I just needed my Mama-my sister, Mary had the same idea. The three of us sat there that day in disbelief. We would see the Pentagon get hit, hear of the plane crash in Pennsylvania, and watch the towers fall. Mary and I held our babies-Tim was 16 months as well. The world as we knew it was about to change.
I remember being fearful for my father. He was a salesman, and had many clients who were from the middle-East. He went to work that day, even though my Mom asked him not to. There were some clients who had known my Dad for years who said that America was getting what it deserved. What a sad day. I am thankful he was safe.
So, seven years later, we remember. We pray for the families who lost loved ones, for the babies yet to be born that day who never knew their fathers, for the children who live with out a parent. I still am fearful as every anniversary approaches, and thankful when the day passes. My mama and my daddy may be gone as well, but I am so thankful that I had them to cling to that day and in the days and weeks to come. We will never forget.
10 September 2008
08 September 2008
Then Drew's teacher called at 9:40...He had shut the door on his little finger, and had a cut. He wanted his Mama to put the band-aid on! So, I traipsed back up to school, put the band-aid on, gave him a hug, and told him that a.) he would be able to do his work despite the injury, and b.) if the band-aid came off, Mrs. K would be able to put on another. He is so tired from the full-day kindergarten, soccer, and has horrible allergies right now. It makes me feel bad for my little guy!
So, I picked up after school, thankful that soccer practice was cancelled due to rain. Peter is doing his homework, and we are definitely back in the swing of things!
In the meantime, check out this new blogger: Reflections of Hope. I have to admit that I know the writer, but I am not at liberty to say who she is...Enjoy! And if any of you figure out who she is, please keep it to yourself-she wants to remain ANONYMOUS!
07 September 2008
05 September 2008
04 September 2008
Michael had his first gymnastics class, and let's just say it didn't go so well. He followed his teacher up the stairs to the pre-school gym, and went in. He picked his "squishy square" (green), and went to sit down. Then the reality hit. Mama wasn't staying with him. He flipped out. There is a little half door at the entrance to the area. It has no lock. He walked right out. I walked him back and then proceeded to try to get him to stay. No go. He screamed, "Don't want to. I want to hold you Mama." Broke my heart. I tried to get him to stay for about 25 minutes, and then I kissed my 45 minutes of free time good-bye.
When we got to the van I mentioned my disappointment. He sobbed. I started to cry myself. I felt like the worst mother in the world. His brothers took this class at 3 1/2. He just turned 3. At this age, 6 months can make a huge difference. My baby boy is just not ready. And, lest you think I am just trying to hang on a bit more, I'm not. I just think that as a mother, I need to make sure he's ready. He's not, and that's OK.
I had another realization in the midst of this. He's not going to 4 year old kindergarten next year. I know a lot can happen between now and then, but I prayed for a sign, and it came to me pretty clearly. When I was in school the cut-off was November 30, now it is September 1. I know now that I need to honor that and not push him ahead just because he misses the cut off by one day. I feel at peace with this decision because I know it's what is best for Michael.
We had one other great moment today besides Drew's first full day. He had his annual eye exam which is a big deal. He has endothelial dystrophy. This means that he has tiny blisters on his corneas which may or may not remain stable. As long as they remain outside of his line of vision, we have nothing to worry about. If they develop in the center of his corneas, he would need a cornea transplant. We have to take him in every year for an eye exam for his glasses (separate, normal vision issue), and to have his corneas checked. I always get nervous when the appointment approaches. Fortunately, the news today was good. He is still stable, as is his vision. Definitely a day of highs and lows. Glad tomorrow is Friday!
03 September 2008
The three mommy blogs I am sending this to are:
Sydney at Diapers and Deadlines
Jennie at Far Beyond Pearls
Evy at Yes they are All Mine
These are also blogs you should check out. These women inspire me to want to be a better mother!
02 September 2008
01 September 2008
Now, the meme. And when you're done, go post a Mr. Linky over at Rocks in My Dryer, who apparently started the whole thing. :-)
1. How long were your labors?
With Peter and Drew, I was induced, so I have no idea how long an actual labor would have been.
2. How did you know you were in labor?
Again, with Peter and Drew, I was induced. With Michael, I was nervous because I had not gone into labor on my own. All I wanted was to get my oldest through his first 2 days of Kindergarten. About 30 minutes after picking Peter up on that second day (the Friday before labor day), my water broke.
3. Where did you deliver?
YES! YES! AND YES! Although, I almost didn't get my epidural with Michael because he came so quickly.
No, although I was about 30 seconds away from one with Drew. He was big, and his arm was stuck.
Michael was breech until about 3 days before he was born. Thankfully, he turned.
6. Who delivered you?
My OB, Michael Lasser. He is a fabulous doctor, and even came in on his day off to deliver Michael. I hope that he delivers any other children we are blessed with.
That's the whole meme. If you play along, please tell me. I would love to read it.