My Husband "Subvet" says that when our first son "Sonshine" was born the sun rose on our world, when our second son "Gator" was born the sun laughed and when our daughter "Sugars" was born all the flowers bloomed. That says it all.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."
Anonymous

Your mind is the garden, your
thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds. — William
Wordsworth

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Carnival!!

Our church had a Carnival to benefit a Catholic school on the poor side of Dallas that our parish has adopted.

We had a great time! Fortunately I remembered the camera! Unfortunately I forgot the memory card!

So, here are the 8 pics that my camera held.










Sonshine's favorite parts I didn't get pics of,
4) the HOT tamales
3) the Tigger shaped bounce house
2) Officer McGruff (the Doggie Policeman!)
1) The Doggie Fireman!!! (a dalmation in a fireman's coat...don't know his name)

I actually had a pic of Sonshine on the fountain with the fireman-dog, but accidentally deleted it when I realized that I only had 8 pics and was trying to get another shot.

We had a really great time. Especially after a friend of Subvet's told us there were more fun things to do for the little ones INDOORS in the Preschool building!! :-)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mighty Mom Mondays



Go on over to Mighty Mom Monday and relive highlights from our attempt to potty train Sonshine.

By the way, he's getting BIG BOY UNDERWEAR for his birthday Nov 25th....we've come a long way!

Don't forget to leave a comment or I won't know you went over there!

A new way to make ends meet....


My blog is worth $14,113.50.
How much is your blog worth?



thanks Jungle Mom

He's got a new one!

And you're gonna love it!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday Hero

Folks, I've joined something new. Each Wednesday Indian Chris at Right-Wing & Right Minded puts up a post honoring one of our Military Heros. I have decided to add this feature so that we too can see the faces of our heros.

So this is yesterday's Wednesday Hero post.


Click Image For Full Size
Yeoman 3rd Class Margret Ueberlauer
U.S. Navy

Yeoman 3rd Class Margret Ueberlauer hands out toys to HIV infected children during a community relations project at the Camillian Center in Pattaya, Thailand. The USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.


These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.
Wednesday Hero Logo

Out of the mouth of babes



Thanks Edge

Thesaurus Thursday

For next week, work on these:
footcloth
fontina



Last Week's Definitions: (Sorry no Smarty Pants this week)
scall - dandruff

scandent - climbing, as a plant (such as climbing ivy)

(No Smarty Pants Winners again this week)

Silly Geese Winners this week are:
Verja-funnybunny said...
Scall:

Bad grammar for someone who is scared and has gall.
EX:
"You scall loser! What were you thinking!?!?"




Mrs4444 said...
Scandent-an expression found on the face of my husband when I come home from the grocery store with his truck.

Example: Mr.4444 scandentiously observed his new truck.







For any newcomers to Thesaurus Thursday, the "rules" can be found here.

For all winners, the Awards can be found just below the "rules" on the sidebar to pick up at your leisure.


Now don't forget to leave your comments for the new words!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Small Lesson in Medicine

Any Questions?

So, who's tired of politics?

Come on, raise your hands.

I mean really, it's even taken over MY blog...did ya notice??

What is it about this election that has us ALL yakking so darned much???

ick.

And we have like 40 days left to go till it's all over but the crying.

double ick.

In the meantime, I'm writing up a couple new posts for Mightymom Mondays that I hope you'll enjoy.

And I have some pics to upload so I can tell you all about my weekend which was biggest fun for the family. But right now I need to get to bed as I have to work (again) tonight.





Incredibly Interesting

OK, I'll admit just the guy's name makes my skin crawl....

BUT

I went ahead and took this test to see if Obama and I agree on ANYTHING.

Here's what I found so interesting.

First, it amazed me that someone could actually decipher what this candidate's positions are on the topics covered in the quiz.

Second, at the end it gives a tally of what percent of Americans choose which answer for each question. Not a single one was Obamturd in the majority. So why are all the talking heads saying he's ahead in this election?

Third, before you vacate the site, read up on the author of the quiz and his new book....looks like a VERY INTERSTING guy! I especially took note of what shows it states he produces....mmmmmmm.

So, go and play, tell me how you did (as if I need to guess)

I WON I WON!!



Thank you Heidi for giving this to me!

A meme and award all in one!

As a recipient of this award, there are rules to follow. I have to answer the following questions with one word answers and one word only! Then I must pass it on to seven others! The questions are as follows:


1. Where is your cell phone? counter
2. Where is your significant other? Sleeping
3. Your hair color? dark
4. Your mother? Grannie
5. Your father? Grandaddy
6. Your favorite thing? snuggles
7. Your dream last night? night?
8. Your dream/goal? SEW
9. The room you're in? big
10. Your hobby? numerous
11. Your fear? accidentwearingdirtyunderwear
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? acreage
13. Where were you last night? work
14. What you're not? bored
15. One of your wish-list items? money
16. Where you grew up? Dallas-ish
17. The last thing you did? RCIA
18. What are you wearing? jeans!!
19. Your TV? old
20. Your pet? asleep
21. Your computer? neato
22. Your mood? Happy
23. Missing someone? uh-huh
24. Your car? Mommavan
25. Something you're not wearing? balaclava
26. Favorite store? not!
27. Your summer? hot
28. Love someone? many
29. Your favorite color? PURPLE
30. When is the last time you laughed? seconds
31. Last time you cried? yesterday


I nominate the following bloggers: Jacquie, Diana, Birdie, Pinky, Jen, Pam

Now, for the recipients of this award, here's the deal:
* Display your award.
* Link back to the person who gave you the award.
* Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
* Put links to those blogs on yours.
* Leave a message on the blogs of the people you've nominated.
* Enjoy your award!

I can't pass this one up!

WASHINGTON - Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says today's leaders should take a lesson from the history books and follow fellow Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt's response to a financial crisis.


"When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened,'" Barack Obama's running mate recently told the "CBS Evening News."

Except, Republican Herbert Hoover was in office when the stock market crashed in October 1929.

Here's the whole story


(Oh, and they didn't have television then either!)

Yikes and Yowzers.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Cast your Vote!

Well, it's time for a new header picture.

But I can't decide what pic to use.
So you get to vote.


Picture A




Picture B




Picture C



Picture D



I'll tell you more about where these were taken in a couple of days.....right now I'm too close to the yoyo finish line to stop and chat!

See you soon.
Sarah

PS, Don't foget to go and read the latest MightyMom Monday entry at Extraordinary Mom's Network...while you're there check out Airborne Poppa's entry as well

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Trend Customer Support Feedback

Here's what I put in the comments section:
because of the "update" to your product, I needed to do a complete system restore to my computer....because your "update" wiped out all the points previously stored on my computer I was unable to simply restore to a point before your "update" as your support tech's email instructed. Instead I called the HP support line...which is available 24/7, not just "business hours" like your support.... and had to go all the way back to factory settings and completely reload everything that was on my computer.

I am not a happy customer.

As soon as I had my computer back to factory settings and running well again. I went out and bought an antivirus program from your biggest competitor and will be using it for as long as I have a computer.

I would suggest you A) increase the availability of your support desk and B) work the "bugs" out of your updates BEFORE you send the update out to be automatically downloaded onto your customers' computers.



See, I even stayed away from those symbols at the top of the number keys! It was difficult though.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Subvet's Famous!!



Can you guess which comment is his???

Here's a Great Read for you.

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a military family? Ever wondered what you can do to help them?

Airborne Poppa wrote a guest post for EMN that give us an insider's view into military life.


Read all about it here.


bwahahahah




What Sarah Means



You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.

You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.

You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.



You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.



You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.



You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.



NOT ANYWHERE CLOSE!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

To Birdie and Stephanie

Birdie,

My problem is that I have a hyperactive muse. When she goes on vacation I tend to finish a couple of things...then she comes back and her ADHD turns my 5 or so projects in planning to 35 or so. Wonder if they have Ritalin in muse-land??

I have actually been every size as an adult from 2 to XXL and I can honestly say that the best size for finding clothes is a 10/12 or 12/14. If you're smaller than a 6/8 FORGET IT!! I hated that about being a 2/4, I was forever wearing clothes that were too big and taking in the waist so it wouldn't fall off. And my current size I've already discussed ;-) I don't know why the people in charge don't realize that women come in every size and all of us at each stage should be accomodated.

Stephanie,

No, darling. I am fundamentally opposed to Trick or Treating. For those of you who weren't around last year, I believe it does nothing but celebrate greed and gluttony. However, in order to allow my kids to dress up and put a more positive spin on the non-holiday I will do what we've done the last two years. I will make them costumes, they will dress up and we will all sit on my porch "handing out" candy. This way they get to see all the costumes, they get oooo'd and aaaahhh'd over in their costumes and we learn a little about focusing on GIVING rather than ACCUMULATING/HOARDING and my house doesn't end up with 50lbs of candy that none of us needs. If we were able, I would, however, come to YOUR house and take their pictures in your mad scientist's laboratory! It's gonna be soooo cool!!

Thesaurus Thursday

For next week, work on these:
scall
scandent



Last Week's Definitions: (Sorry no Smarty Pants this week)

peasecod - the pod of the pea.

pectinate - having closely parallel, toothlike projections; comblike.


Silly Geese Winners this week are:
Stephanie D. said...
maybe,to use an antidiarrheal medication, as in the pectin found in apples and kaopectate.

"Here honey, take this pill and you'll be pectinated in no time."

(reminds me of a little problem we had at work...)


Verja-funnybunny said...
Peascod!
the god of peace:
The guy dressed in flower clothes and he wears big earrings and says outta sight and groovy.
The hippies believe in him.
Love all around, maaaan!

AND (it's a tie on peasecod)

JenLive! said...
peascod - fishy smelling urine caused by taking too many Omega-3 vitamins





For any newcomers to Thesaurus Thursday, the "rules" can be found here.

For all winners, the Awards can be found just below the "rules" on the sidebar to pick up at your leisure.


Now don't forget to leave your comments for the new words!

Everybody say Cheeseburger!!







......................................

Sheep, Wolf, or Sheepdog

I just read something that brought this letter to mind. It went around the blogs and email circuit about a year ago. It's time to recirculate it again.
Mightymom



Sheep, Wolf or Sheepdog.....

This letter was written by Charles Grennel and his comrades who are veterans of the Global War on Terror. Grennel is an Army Reservist who spent two years in Iraq and was a principal in putting together the first Iraq elections, January of 2005.

It was written to Jill Edwards, a student at the University of Washington who did not want to honor Medal of Honor winner Colonel Greg Boyington with a plaque. Greg Boyington was a graduate of UW, and a USMC pilot during WW-II. Miss Edwards objection was because he had killed people.

Ms. Edwards and other students (and faculty) do not think those who serve in the U.S. armed services are good role models. _________

To: Edwards, Jill (student, UW) Subject: Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

Miss Edwards, I read of your student activity regarding the proposed memorial to Col. Greg Boyington, USMC and a Medal of Honor winner. I suspect you will receive a bellyful of angry e-mails from other military men like me.

You may be too young to appreciate fully the sacrifices of generations of servicemen and servicewomen on whose shoulders you and your fellow students stand. I forgive you for the untutored ways of youth and your naivete.

It may be that you are, simply, a sheep. There's no dishonor in being a sheep as long as you know and accept what you are.

William J. Bennett, in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997 said:

"Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident. We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. They are sheep.

Then there are the wolves and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy. Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

Then there are sheepdogs. I'm a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf. If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf.

But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the uncharted path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed."

We know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids schools. But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid's school. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep's only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial.

The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, can not and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheep dog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed.

The world can not work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours. Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn't tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports, in camouflage fatigues, holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, Baa. Until the wolf shows up; then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.

The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had the time of day for a police officer. They were not bad kids; they just had nothing to say to a cop. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door.

Look at what happened after September 11, 2001 when the wolf pounded hard on the door. Remember how America, more than ever before, felt differently about their law enforcement officers and military personnel? Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle.

That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed, right along with the young ones.

Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, Thank God I wasn't on one of those planes. The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference. You want to be able to make a difference.

There is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the warrior, but he does have one real advantage. Only one. And that is that he is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population.

There was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of violent crimes. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd that is least able to protect itself.

Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose which one they want to be, and I'm proud to say that more and more Americans are choosing to become sheepdogs.

Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was honored in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an operator from United Airlines about the hijacking. When they learned of the other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd and the other passengers confronted the terrorist hijackers. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the passengers, athletes, business people and parents from sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving an unknown number of lives on the ground.

"There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men."... Edmund Burke.

"Only the dead have seen the end of war."... Plato

Here is the point I like to emphasize, especially to the thousands of police officers and soldiers I speak to each year. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. They didn't have a choice.

But you are not a critter. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. It is a conscious, moral decision. If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you.

If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love.

But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior's path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door.

This business of being a sheep or a sheep dog is not a yes-no dichotomy. It is not an all-or-nothing, either-or choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of us live somewhere in between.

Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial. The sheep took a few steps toward accepting and appreciating their warriors and the warriors started taking their job more seriously. It's ok to be a sheep, but do not kick the sheep dog.

Indeed, the sheep dog may just run a little harder, strive to protect a little better and be fully prepared to pay an ultimate price in battle and spirit with the sheep moving from baa to thanks.

We do not call for gifts or freedoms beyond our lot. We just need a small pat on the head, a smile and a thank you to fill the emotional tank which is drained protecting the sheep. And when our number is called by The Almighty, and day retreats into night, a small prayer before the heavens just may be in order to say thanks for letting you continue to be a sheep. And be grateful for the thousands, millions of American sheepdogs who permit you the freedom to express even bad ideas.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A new name to the list

Airborne Dad has asked that we add his friend's son to our military prayer lists.

John Heald, a Marine

thanks, Sarah

Catching up with comments left in the comments.

To all who commented on the weighted backpack. Thanks. I just wish Gator-boy liked it as much as you do! According to the teacher he doesn't want to wear it, but does seem calmer once they try it and then take it off. Using weights is an idea I got from his Occupational Therapist a year or so ago.

On the Trend Micro Antivirus issue, I will be following Diana's advice and giving them honest, constructive feedback...once I can type about it without using those symbols at the top of the number keys ;-)

And yes, there are warmers (they look like ovens) that keep a stack of blankets warm and at the ready on the hospital floor. Next time you're there be sure and ask for a "warm blanket"....you'll be glad you did!

In the chit chat department............

My job is going very well. I'm working with a great group of nurses and techs.

I started the classes to learn more about/convert to Catholicism tonight. Met a great group of people and am excited about moving forward into this next adventure for my life. I ask that you keep me and our family in your prayers as we discern what is best for us.

I finally lost enough weight to make a difference. Guys won't understand this, but for women there are two departments that you can buy clothes from. "women's" and "plus sizes"; size 16 is the bordertown of the department store. If you wear a 14 or smaller you go to Women's, 18 or bigger is plus size. 16 can be found in either. Well I was wearing a 16W jeans (the W means it came from the plus size department) It broke my heart to have to go to the 16W last year....now I can say I'm back in a plain 16!! Now my sights are set on that pair of pre-Sugars' size 14 jeans in my closet. Will keep you posted!


EEK, my planning has taken a drastic turn. When planning Christmas gift making...I forgot that I wanted to make Halloween costumes too! EE Gads! Fortunately, as some of you have commented, the yoyos are going quickly. So now I've moved the due date up to Sept 30th in order to allow time to make my 3 peas and their pod. Of course, this means that I need to get off this computer and start sewing, huh??!!

I've just now discovered Google Reader. oooooo aaaaaahhhhh ooooooo aaaaaaaahhhhh, now I can save time and only click on your blogs when you have a new post to read. But I have one question. How do I get it to delete all the read ones from the reader?? Delete, not mark as read....I don't like having all those posts cluttering up the inbox, I mean it has every post you've ever posted on there!!

Time to go and sew some yoyos!

Y'all take care now.....

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I'm a professional!

Honest, I am!!

Really!!

Funny thing about hospitals: they get cold at night. cold enough to_______. (fill in the blank).

So we nurses will frequently go and grab a blanket out of the oven (or warmer) to wrap up in while we're charting.
I actually forgot I was so wrapped and walked into a patient's room mummied up in my blankie.....didn't realize it till I went to help her get repositioned and it got in my way.

Sigh....once it was in the patient's room it was "dirty" and had to be left in her dirty linen.

That just broke my heart,

As it meant I had to go get a fresh, piping hot one out of the oven.........

;-)

So, what would YOU say?

Remember this recent debacle?

Well, Trend Micro sent me the following email:



Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for trusting Trend Micro Technical Support.

Tell us about your support experience by answering our Customer Feedback Form. Your feedback and suggestions are important to us, and will be used to continually improve the quality of our service.


So? What would you say??

?????




You Are Oregano



You are charming, funny, witty, and smart.

You love to party - and people love to party with you.

You are always friendly and warm. You are able to help people get along.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Relaxing Repost.



that helped me get through a rough work week, so I thought I'd share it with you again.

What helps you relax when you're stressed and overwhelmed?

Don't forget to go and see MightyMom Monday (see post below for link)

Remember This Guy???



I have found out his name is Zo and his blog is The ZoNation (thanks detective Airborne Poppa)

Zo, Thank you for posting these videos! You Rock! Keep them coming!

It's MightyMom Monday again




I've had so much fun putting things together for Heidi to post over there.
Please click on the picture of the hands and check out this week's installment.

Don't forget to leave a comment :-)

Friday, September 12, 2008

September 11, 2001

My (late) tribute.

Thesaurus Thursday

I apologize for this being a day late. After much whining, crying and discussion (you can guess who was doing which) Subvet and I have decided that I need to work extra shifts for awhile.....this means my work schedule this week and next week is. Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri. Which is to say I was sleeping yesterday and working last night and didn't get this up.

For next week, work on these:


peasecod
pectinate



Last Week's Definitions:
farrago - a confused mixture; hodge-podge; medley

fanfaronade - bragging; bravado; bluster


Silly Geese Winners this week are:
Jungle Mom: fanfaronade, The beverage served at Obama events.

Cookie: "Fanfaronade". That lemonade that you spill on yurself when you are clapping during the fanfare for an Obama rally...


and

Mam: Farrago is a movie by the Coen Brothers. "Ya think?"





For any newcomers to Thesaurus Thursday, the "rules" can be found here.

For all winners, the Awards can be found just below the "rules" on the sidebar to pick up at your leisure.

Yippppeeee!!

Show and Tell

Another Finished Project!

This is actually one I'd marked off my list thinking I'd never get it done and we didn't REALLY need it anymore....I was wrong.

I dropped the boys off at school last Fri. Gator-boy's teacher stopped and talked to me for about 15min.

Apparently his sensory integration problems are manifesting again and he's having a hard time being still for Circle Time.

Circle Time is a new task for him as his class last year was a good deal less structured.

So, I racked my brain to remember the things I used last year when we had trouble with him in church; one was WEIGHT.

Weighing him down gives him the physical input he needs so he can be more still and pay attention better. What we found is that after awhile he learned when he needed to be still and no longer needed the weights, so my hubby tossed them.

What to do now??







I pulled out the remnants of the denim I used for our aprons (remember those?) and double layered a square bag with shoulder straps. I then filled the bag with aquarium gravel. This will work better than rice, beans, or sand as it can get wet then dry without any changes. ie, it's WASHABLE. (I have a motto, if it isn't washable, it shouldn't be used for/on/with/by kids) I divided the rocks into 3 sections so they won't all clump at the bottom. It weighs 3.5lbs. I used almost all of a "5lb bag" of gravel....go figure.

I hope that they can put it on him for Circle Time then take it off and it helps him sit still.

We'll see.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Your assistance is required.

So, anybody out there using Trend Micro Antivirus?

Their latest automatic update crashed my computer! YIIPPPPEEEEEE!!

This has given me the wonderful opportunity to do a system recovery and start completely over from scratch!

Doesn't that idea just fill you with excitement?? Actually it's nice to be able to review everything that's on the computer and decide what you really use and what you don't....

and there isn't much I care to change thank you!!

There is only one problem. I have lost all my bookmarks and my blogroll is nowhere near recent.

SO, if you would like me to continue to visit your blog, please leave me a comment! Otherwise, I will not know how to find you anymore. I will leave comments this week as I rediscover all my friends.

Thanks


Monday, September 8, 2008

Wearing Out New Shoes

So, Question:

How long does it take for a toddler to break in a pair of new shoes?

Answer:

One trip to Mimi's house!!


While Subvet and I enjoyed a night on the town (aka dinner at Red Lobster courtesy of my company --YUMM-OOOOOOYYY--) the hooligans and hooliganette stayed with Mimi and Grandad.

Subvet and I are not sure we picked up the right set of kids.

Mimi said this about them, "They were a delight!! An absolute DELIGHT! No tears, no fussing, we all had a good time, they all talked and talked and played and minded and ate well and just did great!"

I'm not usually at such a loss for words...especially not with my stepmom...we've literally spent 3-4 hours at a time on the phone yakking...today, I just couldn't respond. I mean the only thing I could think of was "Are you SURE??"

Backing up to their yard is a small ranch with a donkey, horse, longhorn mama and baby, and several goats. Apparently my kids had great fun wearing a rut in the fence line, interspersed with wheelbarrow rides from Grandad, playing in the birdbath (Grandad made a point of telling me they put clean water in it!), throwing a ball, Picking Mimi's flowers and putting them in the birdbath, hiding in the "jungle" of Mimi's 10' tall elephant ears, and just running around.

Mimi was a little upset about the shape of Sugars' shoes though...she said "Well you would have liked them to look nice for TWO days at least."







Her expectations were higher than mine.......

I just consider it proof of a good time had by all.......I'm hoping to do it again soon.

Maybe I should see what Mimi and Grandad are doing tomorrow!!??!!

This is for Linda



thanks Cookie

Sunday, September 7, 2008

button

that pic to the right of Gov Palin, Piper (ain't she CUTE!) and Sen McCain is a button...it will take you to McCain's campaign website. Check it out! There's a ton of information there. This is a great place to learn more about these candidates and their platform.

Sugars' New Shoes

Sugars is now 18 months old. She has started pulling up and "cruising" pretty regularly so I figured it was about time we bought her a pair of shoes. (I have a barefoot till walking rule)


Now, I have bought a handful of shoes and been given many more. But have not been able to find any that would fit her foot.

She just couldn't get more than the tips of her toes in any pair I got, no matter what I tried.

Finally, today I took her to a Stride Rite outlet store and had her measured.

The clerk tells me, "She takes a 6 Extra Wide!!"

Me, "What?? I didn't know they made Extra Wide shoes! Especially not in toddler sizes!"

Clerk, "Well, your options of where to buy them are pretty limited."

Me, "ya think?"

I'm in the checkout line when I notice they have adult shoes too....well since getting shoes for me was on the list for the day I ankle on over there. I try on a 9 womens running shoe....nope. too tight....searched for a 9 1/2...then I remembered that I usually like men's shoes better anyway as they tend to be better built and last longer. (I'm a nurse, remember) The smallest men's size they have is 9 1/2, I'm thinking it's got to be waaaaaay too big but try it on anyway.

IT FIT!!

~~~~~~~deeeeeeeeppp breaaaaaths~~~~~~~~~



Well, If we ever decide to move to a colder climate....we WON'T need to buy snow shoes!!

May I introduce The Big Foot Family




Subvet 13 mens
Mightymom 9 1/2 mens
Sonshine -age 4- 1 boys
Alligator -age 3- 11 childrens
Sugars -age 18 months- 6XW toddlers


My Grandpa would say "All Hell couldn't trip them up!!"

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Rediscovering my blog-self




Well, Heidi thought the Hooligan Mass post went over so well she's making me a regular. So don't forget to go over there for Mighty Mom Mondays from now on!

In working on putting together truly funny posts for EMN I've been reviewing my archive here. Looking back over all 553 of my posts and rereading where our family's been.

It's fun to look back and relive those memories...and the silly posts they inspired.

I'll be writing new stuff for EMN too, but to get the ball rolling and so I don't wind up under pressure I'm sending a backlog...then I can write at my leisure...which is what I usually do!

I've always known that I crack myself up, but I've found reading all those old posts that I also inspire myself. Inspire myself to get back to writing and viewing life from that skewed perspective that sees humor in everything. Inspire myself to become a better writer. Inspire myself to write more.

It's funny, I never dreamed of being a writer. Never thought that writing was a talent I possessed. And I certainly never saw myself as entertaining (well at least not entertaining to anyone other than me). But rereading some of my almost forgotten moments here...well, I mean, some of it is really good, funny writing.

So, I'm working on re-obtaining that perspective that lets me see unexpected events as humorous and working on improving how I write those up. What a fun adventure is spread out before me!

Thanks for this opportunity Heidi!

Politickin Again

I've come across a couple of videos that I thought were noteworthy. So for your enjoyment I've brought them here.

Here's a scary thought....and I think he's quite right.

Thanks to Bob Parks at Black and Right an awesome new find of Subvet's if you haven't been there, you should go!










Thanks Cookie!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Politickin

Well, I usually stay away from Politics here...as my hubby does a much better job covering that than I do.

But, I have finally gotten a chance to watch Gov Sarah Palin's speech.

If you have not seen it. Please watch it in it's entirety, her delivery is something to behold.

So, here's some of my favorite quotes: (the emphasis is mine)

And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig....Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge. And children with special needs inspire a special love. To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.


Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee. He said, quote, "I can't stand John McCain." Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we've chosen the right man.

And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, "fighting for you," let us face the matter squarely. There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain.

(about her husband) We met in high school, and two decades and five children later he's still my guy.

No one expects us to agree on everything. But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and ... a servant's heart.



I will say that I have come across one thing I don't care for about Gov Palin.

She has chosen some rather different names for her children! Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig..... And that's the worst I can say about her.


Watch the video, decide for yourself.,


Here's my fav clip

Thursday, September 4, 2008

About Thesaurus Thursday...............

Well, now, I currently have 2 (count them TWO) entries for each word this week.

SO,

I am going to leave the same words up another week.

Y'all go and give em a try. As more posts are posted the link at the top under the bear ticker will stay and it will take you directly to The Game.

So come on now....put on your silly/smarty hats and

Give it a try!!!


For more information, rules are posted at the link in the sidebar.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

What's a Heffalump??




It comes originally from Pooh bear's dream, Heffalumps and Woozles. (which are Elephants and Weasels) Then Pooh added a character that's an elephant (which Tigger--and therefore everyone else-- called a Heffalump) named Lumpy.
So, look again at that pic and see if you see the elephant...Heffalump. okay?

Spilled Coffee??




Subvet says to me.

"I can tell I've been a stay at home Dad for awhile now."

"really? how??"

"You know that stain where I left my coffee cup on the floor and Gator-boy knocked it over?"

"Yeah"

"Well, I was looking at it thinking.....it looks just like a Heffalump!"


I went and looked. Looks like a Heffalump to me too!

what do you think???

Monday, September 1, 2008

I'm a Carnival!!




Heidi at The Extraordinary Moms Network asked me to write up a post about taking my hooligans and hooliganette to Mass. So I did, and she liked it enough to post it in lieu of her monthly Carnival.

Thanks Heidi!

So, y'all go and leave lots of comments so she won't regret her decision okay? :-).

Clearing up some misunderstandings.....



thanks Cookie!


yup, brisket for me...and keep your white and yellow sauces to yourself!