Monday, December 15, 2008

I'm so glad...

...that he's home.

I promise a longer report later.

Things to come, knock of Rolex's, pearls, other cool gifts, call girls, karaoke, and other weird things about China, dead mice and a broken refrigerator. There is a lot to laugh at.

Until then have a warmer day than I am.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Oh, you nieve, silly girl!

I was looking back at blog posts from 2005.

This one caught my attention.

Had I only known. In December I posted something talking about my 2 kids and ONE on the way. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Here was my announcement in January of 2006.

It all just seems so weird now. Potty training of the twins will occur in at least the next 6 month (Yes, I will use the book Toilet Training in Less Than a Day again). I'm able to remove the office baby gate now. For some insane reason we are discussing whether or not to have more.

It's official we are out of our minds...but you already knew that. The question is if we have one more, what's to stop us there and not make it 2 and heaven forbid we have another set of multiples? Granted the twins have been out easiest "kid". We always had agreed on 4 kids, but we don't feel ready to say were done...yet*. We must be crazy.

*I am at liberty to change my mind at a moments notice.

Dad-gum-it!

I am obsessed. Do you know what has kept me more company while Jonathan was way (Internet site wise, I have engaged my children too)?

The Pioneer Woman

I've found her site by chance (Tiffany had it linked and then a friend on Facebook became a fan, so I clicked) and after reading a little I laughed...hard. After reading her, about her and more of her blog, some things fell into place it my head. I guessed without names listed on her blog where her hometown is. I know some of MM's family. I know the area she lives in. I've even met her brother. I'm almost certain I know where she got married.

It's a small world and getting smaller.

I have read some of her archives and I've enjoyed it. I've spent (wasted) a lot of time doing that while Jonathan has been gone. Unfortunately it's been after the kids have gone to bed and I've been very tired (lazy) the next day.

Now I have go get some work done before we pick Jonathan up tonight (YEAH!). Darn computer. Darn funny Pioneer Woman. Okay, maybe reading one more post won't hurt. lol

Friday, December 12, 2008

I'm stalking Shanghai.

Can you actually stalk a city? I'm sitting here with my love (the laptop), and as I rome the Internet I am checking in on the current time in Shanghai.

It is now 1:13 PM (11:13 PM Central Standard Time).

My darling Jonathan's flight home will be so fast that he will leave Shanghai at 6PM Saturday night and he will arrive at Chicago O'Hare at 5:10 PM Saturday night. lol That's quick (if you don't understand just nod and smile awkwardly). He will arrive in Tulsa around 10:10PM. Can I get a "Hallelujah!"

I went to the grocery store to buy him lots of meat (real meat, not Sea Cucumbers, Octopus, or Chicken Feet). I'm greeting him with some type of cold meaty sandwich or wrap from a place at the mall that he likes.

It's now 1:19 PM in Shanghai.

Good Night!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Can I vomit...please?

There is a dead mouse in my kitchen. I'm not sure where (cabinet, vent, wall), I don't know. I caught a whiff yesterday while I was cooking. I noticed it by the side door, where I had the computer set up so I could watch movies while I baked.

Today the smell is a bit stronger, but it's ridiculous when the heat comes on. Could he be in my vent? I think maybe...I want to barf and I can't (won't) move my computer until the heat kicks off, so I came to the office to say that my kitchen stinks.

I hope he ate Decon so he stops stinking fast. The disadvantages of a 108 year old house.

Yuck!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

I'm having an affair...

...I'm sleeping with...the laptop.

No, not in a dirty way, seriously get your mind out of the gutter. It just sounded funny that I was sleeping with the computer.

The last 3 nights I've slept with the computer by me. I've been reading blogs, playing games (on *Webkinz World) and watching Netflix DVDs after everyone has gone to bed. At mom's I slept on the couch and I had it plugged in by it. Tonight it's just too cold to sit in the living room so I've brought the computer and a movie (TV show) to bed.

Here's to at least 30 minutes uninterrupted as the kids go to sleep.

*Yes, I do enjoy the children's games on Webkinz World. Some are very challenging.

Weathermen are liars...

...is all I'm saying.

We're home from my mom's. I'm tired. I miss Jonathan. I'm cold. My mom keeps her house at 70 degrees or more. Mine rarely sees higher then 65, it's currently 60. I'm looking forward to enjoying my bed, my chairs and the basic things that make home...well home.

I expected a slick icy drive. We said a prayer before we pulled out of mom's driveway. I never saw or felt a slick spot. Weathermen are liars...but I'm okay with that...today.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Answer

2 posts down is a question. Here are three answers.

This is the answer I cam up with…it’s correct.

5+5+5≠550

This is the answer Jonathan cam up with…also correct.

5+5+5≤550

Here is the answer given. I never would have come up with it.

5+545=550

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Boomer! Sooner!

I'm pretty much with my friend Jeremy on sports. The only team Jonathan and I follow at all is OU and even that is patchy, but they are the school we consistently support. We did by chance watch the OU vs. OSU game Saturday. We both went to OSU, but grew up fans of OU and never changed that. It was our 3rd game to watch all season (I told you we are patchy at following a team). We know when they win, but rarely do we find our time worth spending in front of the TV (a nod to another Jeremy post).


Saturday night before the game a plane had been flying around Stillwater.


Here's what it was about.


"Parks said his group has raised more than $7,000 to pay for the signs and to foot the bill for a private plane that will fly Saturday morning over Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., site of the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game. The plane will take to the sky during ESPN’s College GameDay program towing a banner reading “45-35, Settled on a Neutral Field."

Ironic that Texas fans seem to forget it was a 3 way tie for the Big 12 South. They must not be well educated to think that 3 means 2 south of the Red River.

My dad sent me this today and I laughed.

Can you solve this problem?

Can you make 1 straight line to make the answer of this equation true?

5+5+5=550

The answer will be posted tomorrow.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We normally decorate the day after Thanksgiving. This year we decorated the Sunday after. Here are a few pictures of our tree.



This is the most popular ornament. It's the Wright Brother's flier. Maybe we have little engineers on our hands.



I bought red, gold and silver icecicles and I think they're neat.

To prevent the babies from causing too much trouble the bottom of the tree is covered with stuffed ornaments from my mom's house and poinsettia heads. The tree is dotted with the poinsettias. It makes for a lot fewer things to put on the tree and makes decorating quick.


Black Friday

I don't do it. Not in a normal sense at least. I have only gotten up once in my life at 4 am to stand in line and that was at least 6-7 years ago to buy Jonathan a pocket gameboy (now at least the 5th gameboy back). Why? I'm not sure, he's not a huge videogamer, but it seemed like a good idea. I realized that morning that unless it seemed like a life or death situation, I was going to value my sleep more. People were rude and pushy. Needless to say I haven't gotten up since.

I have also never failed to procure what I want either. At least when we are in or go through Jonathan hometown. Cleveland has a small Wal-Mart. The kind you rarely see, just a plain old Wal-Mart of the style before they went 24 hour and huge. Cleveland is close enough to Tulsa and the suburbs that most people go to those places, so they can hit other stores that aren't in their small town. I go somewhere between 9 and 10 and haven't failed to buy what I planned, yet. People are much kinder and more patient at 9-10. They're still cranky, but they aren't trying to channel Satan (like some at 5 am).

This year I wasn't sold on buying anything, but with Jonathan having a 19 hours on a plane from Tulsa to Beijing I thought an mp3 player would be nice. He doesn't want to take the laptop, so he would be stuck with a book that might make him tired or the movie on the plane. He's been told to try and stay up until "normal" bedtime the day he lands to keep the jet lag down, by most everyone. I dropped several books on CD to the computer for this purpose.

Jonathan went with me and I assumed he would poo poo the idea, but once he started looking at the 2 deals I had intended to look at he warmed up to the idea. Not only did we buy one for him, he bought one for me too.

I picked this Phillips 2GB that was $29 and I bought the accessory pack for $10, so I have a case ans hook (or I will drop it).

We agreed he needed a bigger one for his trip, so he picked this 8GB RCA for $49. We didn't buy the accessory pack for $10, but I'm going to go back and get it (it comes with an a/c charging adaptor)




We aren't picky enough to need ipods, we won't use them that often, so the price isn't worth it. I've been transferring books to mine and just loaded itunes to pull podcasts of Rush after the show is over. I can listen later if I miss it and I don't have to stay at the computer or blast it's speakers.
These we agreed will be our 10 year anniversary presents. It seems funny having them. For as tech savvy as we can be, when it comes to mp3 players and cell phones we just don't care (we've gone so far as to cancel our contract and go to pay as you go cells). Trying to get used to the players is a little weird and at time frustrating, but they are nice.

Monday, December 01, 2008

So close

This Christmas season is going to be weird. Not the important part of celebrating the birth of Christ, but the activities and the way things are done will be.

We weren't home the day after Thanksgiving so the tree wasn't put up, but we did put it up yesterday afternoon.

Most of my shopping is done. Last night I wrapped and put stuff under the tree (usually a late December event). Jackson asked since there were flurries if we could open gifts tonight. I've been picking up a gift or 2 a week for 5 weeks after the kids go to bed on my weekly Wal-Mart trip.


The (very little) shopping I have left is for Christmas in Norman so I will finish that while I'm down there at the end of the week, so I can leave it there.


I will spend 8 days this month without my husband. He leaves Friday. We will leave for Norman right after and stay until Tuesday, when we will resume life as usual here.


While in Norman we will miss the Poinsettia tree service at church (Jackson tucks the poinsettias under his arm and runs up the aisle like a football player...lots of laughs).

While Jonathan is gone he will miss the homeschool field trip to Woolaroc's Festival of Lights and Bethlehem in Bartelsville. I'm not too keen to go alone with the kids, because we are able to attend both the day before he comes home. All I can imagine is this equation ME+4KIDS+NONAPS+ENDOFMYROPE=EXPLOSION. It may not be that bad, but I'm not sure.

When Jonathan returns it will be 12 days until Christmas. This just seems weird to not have him here for a chunk of the month.

Jonathan's will be home from work (between paid days off for holiday's and vacation) 12 days from Christmas eve until January 4th. That will be during our anniversary (10 years Dec 27th) which is nice.

I know it will all work out, but it just seems so foreign. It's almost like we are in another world.

I think I'm going to go turn on the tree, listen to some Bing Crosby Christmas music, make a cup of coffee or hot cocoa and light a candle that smells like I've been cooking (while I clean my kitchen). That will be normal. Familiarity can be so nice.


***DISCLAIMER***
In 30 minutes I'll probably be begging for change with my ADHD tendencies...lol

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Currently

I am reading Tesla Man Out of Time, listening to Harry Potter 7 on the computer, and trying to teach myself to knit...but not at the same time.

I decided to take a hand at knitting after reading my old 4-H buddy, Jeremy's wife's blog.

It is putting a dent in my computer addiction when I have something else to do. I haven't been reading much lately and I decided I just needed to carry my book with me so I can finish the stack I have from the library and the stack I own on my desk. Next in line Ronald Reagan's autobio (again) or Bruce Campbell's.

The book on CD seems to keep the TV off. The kids aren't really listening, but having the noise on is keeping them from asking and adding to the sound. Next in line, Little Woman.

I hope you all have safe travel and a great Thanksgiving (and just to be ornery) an OU win.

Hey, I went to Oklahoma State and I still can't root for them over OU after living in Norman for 19 years (whether I watch the game or not).

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

V & C

Either my typing is getting worse or my V & C aren't working well. I try to proof read, but I often miss things. When I find an error (sometimes a week or more later) I've missed one of those letters in a word. This keyboard is only a little over a year old. I would rather blame it then my own imperfections (like being a lousy typist).

Isn't that just the way, to wish we could pawn our own issues off on someone or something else. I'm having some real frustration (anger) issues lately. I'd like to blame my kids, Jonathan, traffic, etc. and unfortunately I've taken some of it out on Jonathan and the kids. God is in control, but I'm struggling to really hand this over and let him guide my attitude, because I don't want this to be my fault or about me. Tha fact is that it is, now I just have to do my part to make things more about Him.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Super Hero or Villain? (UPDATED)

Snot is on the is on the rise, noses are turning raw, it is that season...(cue theme music)...who will save the day?

It's Captain Kleenex. Able to wipe a snotty nose with a single tissue (or her 2 ply cape).

You would think the children of of this metropolis (okay, just this house) would love their super hero, but alas the snotty, red striped children see Captain Kleenex in a different light.

They see her as...Dun, Dun, Dun...the Booger Baron...out to use their boogers for her own diabolical ends.

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Ya, I know Baron is a male term, but Baroness didn't sound right. V is working on a nice red Hitler mustache from (her) rubbing under her nose and the twins run every time I come near with a tissue. My shirts also have perpetual shoulder glaze. Just another reason I don't care for the cold (except for the occasional snow day and sledding).

It's not winter...welcome to snotty nose season.

****UPDATE****

Jonathan thinks I need to make the kids the villains. Right now I would make Xander the Booger Baron, Victoria Super Snot-Nose (Jonathan made that up, she doesn't like it), but I'm lacking names for Jackson and Owen. I could just make them The Finger or The Tongue (Owen's preferred removal methods) and The Sniffer or Corporal Coughs-A-Lot (Jackson sniffs all the time or coughs all night long in his sleep).

Maybe I could create a comic book to fit into the comic book craze, just for mom's. The only things holding me back are an ability to draw and write a decent story. Darn.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Classic.

I had one of those moments this morning. It was that moment where you feel like you kind of have it together, but then you discover you are very wrong.

Last night I planned slightly ahead, I had my Bible and Jonathan's together with my CD for special music, my wedding band, wallet, water, lip gloss and 1 earring in a stack by the kitchen door. I thought dropping our Bibles off during first service in our Sunday School classroom would give us a free hand. I thought I had it together.

Enter this morning. I grab my stack. I'm about to drop everything and I grab a handful of Corn Chex. As I shove them in my mouth I bite into something. It seems like a rock and it won't go away. I'm in the street spitting stuff out. I look down and see what looks like glass. Great I probably swallowed something I shouldn't. I got to church early and dropped of our Bibles and ran to the sanctuary. I did Praise Team and I had finished praying and was headed up to sing my special. The music played and it wasn't right. Rob looks at me from the booth and tells me there is no CD in the case. I'm about to walk off and our music minister jumps up and goes to the piano and I did and I do an impromptu gospel version of "I'll Fly Away". I drive home to get the crew during the sermon (for Sunday School and 2nd service) wondering where my CD is, because I know it isn't in the player. It was on the cabinet. I had to laugh. Well, I got to sing one of my favorite hymns first service, so that was great.

On the way home as I'm questioning if I'm going to get an ulcer form eating glass I realize I didn't put my earring in. I look on the ground at the piece of glass (by the Corn Chex chunk) in the street and it's a big CZ chunk from my earring. I hope the rest is in t0eh street too.

Please feel free to laugh.

Only me, I have to be the only person I know who could try to eat their earring.

Just another reminder from God that I don't always have it together. lol

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tagged..7 Random Things About Me

I have been tagged by Kipplyn. Here are 7 random things about me.

1. I do a killer Julie Andrews vocal impersonation and I love karaoke.

2. I listen to Rush Limbaugh 3 hours a day, almost everyday. One of last years highlights was actually getting through to talk to him.

3. I love old movies and sci fi movies.

4. I was married at the age of 20. Jonathan and I met at Bible study the first week of my freshman year of college (1997). We started dating in October and were engaged by December and married the next December (1998).

5. Jonathan or I would have run for our House of Representatives seat if we still lived in OKC.

6. You will never see me wear anything that will show it, but I have my navel pierced (and have off and on for 11 years). The only other piercings I have are in my ears. It was my college rebellion...I didn't party, but I got stuck with a HUGE needle (it didn't hurt).

7. I've never been out of the United States, I don't even have my Passport. This is something I would like to remedy in the next year.

I tag Babystepper, Jeremy and anyone else who wants to play.

Babystepper you are exempt until you find time since you are doing National Novel Writing Month.

Have a great weekend and stay warm.

Here's a bonus 8th...I don't like the cold.

Jonathan is going to China.

He leaves December 5th and comes home December 13th. He flies from Tulsa to Chicago and then straight to Shanghai, China. He will spend most of his time between Beijing and Xiangfan.

Here are the hotels he will stay in (1, 2, 3). Check out #2 most of the site is in Chinese.

He was told that he will be the primary contact with the company in China so we are debating foreign language again. We have debated between Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese for well over a year. We were selecting between those 3 languages, because they are of the most use potentially for work. Since his company has a Singapore office and he will be the China contact I think Chinese is our choice. Fortunalty they primarily speak English in Singapore, so it isn't necessary. It looks like we'll start Chinese next year.

Yes, I'm jealous, there are tons of places I want to go and I wish he could bring back leftovers.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I've been shot!

Flu shot that is.






I'm glad I had them give it to me in the left arm. It's a little sore. It did give me a chance to set and example for the kids who are getting their tomorrow.

When I was a kid we never took flu shots. I started taking them 5 years ago when I was pregnant with Jackson and it was recommended with the twins at 6 months old. So we've continued on since then. The twins (like Jackson and V were) are behind on their vaccinations, This is the only shot they get on time. It's not because I delay them on a schedule, my kids are just always behind 6 months to a year on shots and are usually caught up between 4 and 5 years old. Knowing that some of my friends delay on purpose makes me feel pretty good about just being behind.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Success will come tonight!

Okay, so the laundry is still winning, but we have made a great improvement. I am down to less than 1/2 of the hang up stuff (not quite 1 basket full) and towels and sheets. Everything else it put away.

I still don't know how my mother did/does it. She always has her stuff put away and she actually takes the time and irons EVERYTHING that needs ironed. I haven't ironed in a long time. I live in the world of tossing it in the dryer with a damp washcloth if it's too bad and I only give in to ironing when I have to. Well at least I can find the clothes I need now.

Monday, November 10, 2008

MIA

No, I haven't been hiding or sulking over the election. Life here just keeps running and I've been getting behind. Here are some highlights of the last week:

  • Election results coming in at our house is like football for others. We had beer, pizza and one of us on the computer checking for ALL analysis and results.
  • Homeschool swimming and AWANA Wednesday after being sleep deprived.
  • Laundry overload.
  • Date night for Jonathan and Victoria (glow in the dark mini golf).
  • A day working on the farm.
  • Prepping a presentation on Mid-India Christian Mission and Sunset Bible Camp for mission emphasis month at church.
  • A birthday party.
  • Usual church activities.
  • Kids up all night coughing with no other symptoms.
  • starting a 4 gallon batch of persimmon wine.
  • Jonathan found out he's going to China in December for work.

No, it wasn't too much for my sanity, but blogging went to the back burner. By the way the laundry is still winning the fight. We should have it beaten back into submission by tomorrow. It's just cold upstairs so we don't go up and forget about it. Our house is 108 years old and we have central heat and air down stairs and even though heat rises, it doesn't seem like it does, even with 2 sets of stairs.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Amazing

A SLATE article I can agree with completely. This is rare. This is worth the read for the truth, regardless of who wins, of the misconceptions people have of what will happen post election.

This is an relatively straight forward and unslanted piece. I see very few of these anywhere anymore (from either side).

We are off to the polls in the next 30 minutes. We'll walk. Our polling place in less then 2 blocks away. Since we're going at 9:30 most of the before work rush will be over. They are always quick in our precinct and they have tons of "booths" so they can take care of quite a few. This isn't our first vote here, but it is our first Presidential election since we moved here. I checked with one of my neighbors to see if it takes much longer for Presidential elections and she said it didn't (she had opted to vote early, so I was checking).

HAPPY VOTING!

Monday, November 03, 2008

What happened?

Friday night was a wonderful night. The weather was perfect. We set up a portable projector screen and the projector and watched Scooby Doo on the front porch while kids Trick or Treated.

The funny thing was we had cartoons and sound, but no porch light (except for the HUGE video), so some people just walked past. After some of the neighbor kids finished their rounds they converged on our yard and watched and ate candy until about 9pm.


One of my sisters and my mom came to town Friday with some costume stuff, which made for fun times in the afternoon.

Owen wanted everything.

Jackson as a white haired Indian fairy, with Xander the one who screamed when you put things on him, watching from behind.

Owen feeling pretty with Ann Dee.


Jackson was Indian Jones, he's only seen 1 I.J. movie and I don't intend to show him others until he is much older (he is easily freaked). Victoria was going to resurrect her punk rocker from 2 years ago while the skort still fit, but my sister brought white wings and I have a white wig and she became some kind of goth looking fairy (and she looked about 16 which really bothers me, she shouldn't be able to look that old). The twins just hung out. I have no intention dressing them up until they care and aren't going to cry about it. They get to eat the candy...so what else matters.




After the kids were done and watching the movie, V removed her jacket and wings and climbed our Rain Tree, which rattles and was shaking it from over kids heads to freak them out as they walked under. Yep, she was dressed like that climbing a tree, that's my kid.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Doctor


David Tennent is leaving the BBC's Doctor Who. I really like him. Bummer.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Making hooch.

I don't know that I've mentioned, but after a summer of picking, eating and selling blackberries, we are using the over ripes and culls to make wine.

We have bottled 55-60 bottles so far and we have a couple of others to be bottled in November (about 5-6 bottles per batch). We also just started a big batch of blackberry champagne.

We have the weirdest experiments at our house.

I never said Obama wasn't a Christian.

This is in reference to a comment on the Reagan post.

I didn't say he wasn't a Christian, just that he isn't like Reagan.

His politics do not line up with many tenants of the Christian faith and principles America was founded on.

The beliefs that Reagan and Obama hold/held and how they applied them to government are different. You can't deny that. Being a Christian in no way makes them the same or even similar.

Allow me to give one basic assessment. People believe abortion is about women's right. This isn't correct. It is about Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness which can not be had if you are not given a chance at the first...LIFE. This is a guaranteed right of Americans, but we deny it to many. This is just one issue that Reagan and Obama are polar opposites. I see the unborn as the least of these and for them having no voice, I see abortion as a trump (as babystepper put it).

I've read Reagan autobiography and I've read parts of Obama's...using the word Christian as a comparison point would be like saying Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are alike, because they are women.

I've known too many people who call themselves Christian's, but it means nothing. I'm not saying his faith means nothing, but his application is vastly different from Reagan's.

WWRD? WHAT WOULD REAGAN DO?

This is a repost from February 2006.



Whether you love him or not, I love Ronald Reagan (heck that’s why Jackson’s middle name is Reagan). Thanks Pam for sending me these great quotes in an e-mail. I thought I’d share them with the rest of you. The man had a way with words that I really enjoy, and that is hard to say in regard to politicians. His autobiography is a great read that I highly recommend it.




"Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose."



"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."



"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: It's just that they know so much that isn't so."



"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong."



"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."



"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."



"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."



"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."



"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program."



"I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens: no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting."



"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."



"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."



"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."



"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. - Ronald Reagan

ADDITION-ON ANOTHER NOTE, NO ONE CAN HONSTLY TELL ME THAT OBAMA AND REAGAN ARE ANYTHING ALIKE. THE COMPARISSON IS IGNORANT.

THIS MAN WAS AN EXAMPLE OF THE 3 C'S: CHRISTIAN, CAPITOLIST, CONSERVATIVE.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Pardon me... (UPDATED)

...but WHAT THE HELL! Oh, yes I'm mad. (UPDATE) I didn't explain, the link is about the government eyeing taking our 401K's.

Also, Allen Greenspan expressing shock and disbelief, because capitalist system failed us? WRONG! Too, damn much government intervention into the capitalist system is the problem. You trace it back and that is the problem. If you say it isn't you're in denial or stupid. Don't even try to argue it with me, you will lose.

AAAARRRGGGHHH!

The stupidity of it all is enough to make me nuts. Why have so many people become so easily led and stupid...this is one reason I home educate my child...so she can read between the lines of the ignorant drivel, that so many people are buying.

Christian Bale

I rarely mention where I live, but since I haven't gotten a stalker yet I will disclose an interesting fact.

Christian Bale (star of the Dark Knight), stayed 7 blocks from my house at the Price Tower this week. You can see it from our front porch and we walk by it frequently.

No, I didn't stake out the Tower, I don't care that much, but it's still neat.

If you could be President

Thanks Jeremy for posting this and allowing me to share! This is too funny and a glimmer of the difference between Republicans and Democrats.- - - - -

If You Could be President What Would You Do?

It's so easy even a child can understand!

I was talking to a friend's little girl, and she said she wanted to be President some day.

Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her,

'If you were to be the President, what's the first thing you would do?'

She replied, 'I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people.

''Wow - what a worthy goal.' I told her, 'You don't have to wait until you're President to do that.

You can come over to my house and mow the grass, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I'll pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food or a new house.'

She thought that over for a few seconds, 'cause she's only 6.

And while her Mom glared at me, the little girl looked me straight in the eye and asked, 'Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?'

And I said, 'Welcome to the Republican Party.'

Her folks still aren't talking to me.

Some food for thought.- - - - -

Monday, October 20, 2008

What if this is true?

I've checked it on snopes, and it is classified as false, but I am uncertain if their information is accurate from a legal perspective. I'm not a lawyer and an I don't intend to research this far enough, I'll leave it to the court system. Interesting though.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

It's amazing...

...how much someone can talk, without saying a thing.

OBAMA THAT MEANS YOU!

Can you tell I'm tired of the election season?

I wore this shirt today.


I wish I lived in a swing state so I felt I could make a bigger impact. 20 Days until this is over. Thankfully.

Friday, October 03, 2008

To homechool or not to homeschool...

...that is the question. It's up to each parent to answer that question. Most choose not to.



I don't know that I've ever given a lot of information about homeschooling. I've loaned, books and I've carried on conversations, but I've never really written anything down. My dad e-mailed me asking what we use and for some information for someone interested in homeschooling. It wasn't as in depth as if I was having a conversation, but it was full of information. I thought I'd share excerpts here.

WARNING-this has been modified from a perosnal e-mail. There are tons of grammer mistakes as I made changes and didn't proof read and I'm not going to fix them.

Here is a brief over view if you have ever concidered how we started out and where we are now.





Find you states homeschool organization. For Oklahoma it's OCHEC. Each May OCHEC has a convention and curriculum sale. We didn't attend before we started, but now we attend every year. Through OCHEC you can find a starting off points and support groups.



You may want to consider joining HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association). They are an organization dedicated to protecting the right to homeschool across the country.



These are the books I used to make determinations before we started (in order of personal preference):
Homeschooling Your Child Step-By-Step
This discusses state by state pros and cons, grades the legal ease, and gives you information on doing it.
Cathy Duffy's 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
This offers learning and teaching style information, curriculum reviews and information on curriculum's that you can use for multiple ages ranges. Most are Christian based curriculum's.
Homeschooling for Dummies
A basic dummies book with decent starting info.



For Oklahoma I use a scope and sequence for Oklahoma, so I know I've covered (more then) all of the bases the school system covers. We currently use:
My Father's Word for Bible, history, geography, science, music and art (it's all included with great lesson plans already ready) and in the past we have used there Language Art with Spelling Power and other books. I skip some of the Bible stuff, b/c she is attending AWANA at church and I don't think she needs as much, b/c of that.
Singapore Math (in the US called Primary Mathematics) this is used in several school systems. Taking their placement test is recommended, b/c those using other curriculum's usually test a grade below Singapore.
Sing, Spell, Read, Write for Language Arts. We had previously used the items used by My Father's World, but our daughter is battling dyslexia, so we are taking a different approach.



We usually try to keep our curriculum spending below $400 (since we'll use it for all 4 kids at some point we think its reasonable), this year by adding S,S,R,W we ended up closer to $600 or $650. You can do it for much cheaper (lots of library and Internet resources and your own lesson plans) or you can spend thousands (DVD's usually).



For High school (6 years down the line for us) we might do the University of Oklahoma Online High School and concurrent enrollment.



If you choose not to use an accredited program for high school you have the option to have your child take the GED and you supply a transcript to the colleges. They scramble to take homeshooled kids, b/c the one on one teaching process produces exceptional results most of the time.



There is a lot of information to digest, but it's not as difficult as it first seems if you choose systems with lessen plans already ready. We eased some of the burden of organization and planning by buying a copy machine at an OSU surplus auction for $65 (it's a $450) copy machine that the staple light won't go off on. It works fine and eases up my preparation and works much faster the a bubble jet desktop copier.

Basically your possibilities are endless, do whatever works best for your family. No two function the same, even using the same curricula. The number of curriculum's available is astounding. Let me know what other information I might be able to offer.

TAG-Your it!

If you read this and have a blog, feel free to join in. If you don't feel free to post in the comment section. I was tagged by the one and only Babystepper.

Here are the instructions -
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next two to five sentences in your journal/blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
6. Tag five other people to do the same.

Mine is going to be wierd. You've been warned. I'm doing a math reiew with V right now, so page 56 is a practice problem page on writing fractions from a Primary Mathematics (aka Singapore textbook).

4. What fraction of each shape is colored?
(a) *drawing of a triangle divided into 8ths with 4/8 or 1/2 colored
(b) *drawing of a 6 pointed star divided into 6ths with 4/6 or 2/3 colored
(c) *drawing of a square divided into 8ths with 3/8 colored
(d) *drawing of a stair shape divided into 10th with 7/10 colored

Wasn't that nice and weird...

If you want to, you're it!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Dislikes

I don't like to write large quantities...it makes my hand hurt.

I don't like to type...I'm not very fast.

I don't like mice...they are gross, disease ridden, vermin.

What do these 3 things have in common?

There was a mouse in my recipe drawer, leaving treats and chewing holes in recipes I've written or printed. I have to touch those to use them. Say it with me now...GROSS!

I have emptied my drawer of everything but my cookbooks (and cleaned it) and I am currently moving all of my recipe cards to 8 1/2" x 11" pages. Since I don't like to write I am typing 2-3 recipes per page and I have filled 5 pages. At this rate I may finish before Halloween.

My plan to foil any new rodents (as I'm out to get any who may enter my domain), is to put each page in a page protector in a 3 ring binder. I can simply Clorox wipe or take soap on a rag to a page before I use it, just in case. I'm a little grossed out can you tell.

The page protectors should also help with those nasty spills and smudges I get on my recipes. I've needed to do the type ups for a while some of my newer, written recipes ended up on the backs of envelopes and on post it notes.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ax Murderer

I was looking down at the picture of Owen and the marinara sauce and I was thinking, my son looks like a cannibal/ax murderer covered in blood and licking it off his hands. The appearance is disturbing.

Engineer of the Year

Monday was Engineering Day for Jonathan's company, followed by a dinner with guest that evening. I am pleased to announce that my darling husband was named Engineer of the Year for the INS division. The award is exciting, but I think it's even cooler since this is only the 3rd year that they've done this awards and Jonathan has only been there 3 years. The past gentlemen who've won have been there a long time and their are a lot of guys who have been there longer then him. I had a feeling that he would win, so I made him put my camera in his suit pocket. Here is a picture of Jonathan and his boss with is award.


The dinner was at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and we couldn't resist taking picture in the jet.

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you, my hair is very short and it's white blond.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Little Rock (UPDATED)

Jonathan is on his longest business trip ever...4 days...ya, he'll be back soon. As he got ready to leave and we woke the kids this morning Jackson threw up. Later this morning Owen pulled last night pizza box down and covered his white onesie, himself and the couch in red sauce. I took pictures. I called Jonathan to laugh and warn him I could be in a straight jacket by Friday. I'll dump my camera and post the pictures later.

I promise, I'm not worried or complaining, it's just funny how weird things get when I'm on my own.



UPDATE

Jackson at his peak was running 104.2 last night. He's normal this morning...correction his temperature is normal. He's my kid, normal is not normal to us.



Without further ado here is "Little Red."



Yes, he's sucking on his fingers while I hold his wrists.

Friday, September 12, 2008

53

Days until the election is over.

Are they honestly implying...

...the Sarah Palin is going to crucify Obama or that Obama is like Jesus? This is just taking the stupidity of this election too far.

Here is the quote, "Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate was a governor. "

Last time I checked that wasn't Christ's job title. I thought it was son of God, King of kings, Lord of lords, Savior, Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. That isn't my description of Obama or community organizer.

More then one democrat has said that. What in the world does this have to do with the election. This isn't intelligent discussion or debate. This is just ignorant.

If you don't believe that quote can be found here and here and even though I heard the quote from Donna Brazile on Wolf Blitzer's Late Edition I can't find a transcript of it.

For a party that bashes people for "clinging to their guns and religion" I don't they they should start spouting about things they obviously don't understand and make it a talking point.

When will this election end...crap not until Novemeber4th.

Always proof read.

I don't like reading a post I made day before. I promise I proof read. Sometimes I don't notice my redundancy and stupid (unnecessary) grammar and spelling mistakes.

I promise I does talk gooder then I right blogs...sorry I couldn't help it.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lincoln Chafee

It's no wonder he wasn't re-elected. If all he can really say about Sarah Palin is that she's a "cocky wacko" I'm not surprised. I wouldn't call Chafee relative in the current political climate.

Of course I love politics. I have a sick fascination, heck I nearly ran for office when we lived in OKC (we lived there 1 month to short of being able to file). Right now November 4th can't come soon enough. I'm ready for it to be over. Maybe it's because it seems like the race started 10 years ago. Okay, so maybe not that long, but it feels like it. Let the count down begin.

I made her cry.

Today during V's homeschool Bible lessons we were discussing other religions. Since we are doing world geography and cultures as our emphasis this year it's part of the conversation. We did 3 days worth of work. We discussed Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. After discussing Islam I thought of how the book didn't mention jihad. So we touched briefly on the topic. Then I realized it was 9/11. I decided it was an appropriate time to show her the video of what she saw at the age of 1. We watch the 2nd plane hit. We watch the towers fall. We cried. We cried for the many innocent who died and those brave firefighters and police officers who risked and gave up their lives. The lesson about jihad turned to a lesson of sacrifice. I've only seen the towers fall once in the last 7 years (not counting the first few days after it happened). It was as emotionally wrenching today as it was then. It broke her little heart and we called it a day for school. Most of the most impacting lessons aren't found in a text book, they are found in the lives, examples and experiences we see. I hope my life, Christian faith, and example will have a great impact on my children's life and education like the sacrifices they see in history.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Cold Turkey

These are my friends.




I've never been what I would call a caffeine addict. The things that ramp people up, don't affect me much (B Vitamins, caffeine, energy drinks). I still consume them on occasion, but not for a "high". I've been known to go months without any. As of late I have noticed a large spike in my caffeine consumption and an over all increase in fatigue. I have 3 ideas as to what is wrong. Either I'm drinking way too much caffeine (yesterday 3 DP's, 2 cups of coffee and 2 rounds of an energy spray), or my thyroid is jacked again, or both. I've never been more then a 1-2 caffeinated beverages a day type person (when I have it at all). I'm not sure what's up. While I was pregnant with Jackson I had hyperthyroidism and was diagnosed with Graves Disease. It's been in remission since he was born. I'm off for my physical an yearly blood work up Friday. Hopefully if the problem is larger like my thyroid we'll find out. Regardless, I'm giving up the caffeine cold turkey for at least a month.

It's a shame, I have a new container of coffee and almost a full 24 pack of Dr. Pepper. *Sigh* It will be torment.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Okay, my over emotional rantings are over.

Back to your regularly scheduled program.



Okay, here's the current run down. We went to the optometrist yesterday. Her first 3 issues are that she is far sighted, has tracking issues on top of the spacial issues. Glasses are on order. Friday we begin a 10 week therapy with Debbie, Jackson's speech therapist, who had a severely dyslexic son. I also ordered a new curriculum for 1st grade for my 3rd grader for Language Arts only. Things aren't moving as fast as I would like, but the answers are coming.



This book has been great and I like this method of treatment.





Thursday, August 07, 2008

Feelings of Failure (UPDATED)

I love my kids, they are bright, energetic and funny. Right now I'm feeling like I've failed V. I have suspected for a little over a year that she might be dyslexic. I thought I would give it one more year (2nd grade) and I would see what I could do. The results were nothing. I had a friend who teaches come over and run a reading assessment with her yesterday and it really looks like she may be. It wasn't complete enough to be conclusive for that, but it was for her reading level (early 1st grade). This girl is a math wiz and she can't read. I have to help her read her word problems and then read them aloud for her to comprehend.



Why did I wait another year? So I could drill Sargent the right skills into her? So I could prove it was just inattentiveness?



I need to start a new school year and I'm not even sure what to do for her. I'm waiting on a call from the pediatrician for where to take her for a full evaluation. I just hope I don't screw this up too. I'm scared.

(UPDATE)

I was very emotional when I first wrote this. I'm still feeling emotional, those feelings are very real and clear. I just don't like being emotional. I must admit that I envy some of the genetic make-up of men. For the most part (there are always exceptions) men are logical as opposed to the emotional female (also exceptions are found). These are generalizations some people don't like, but it's life.

Right now I just don't have enough information. The calls I've made aren't producing fast enough solutions or information. Basically I'm in limbo and I'm wanting to act on the problem and I have no idea how. I don't know the severity of the problem. It's just enough to make me a basket case when I mix it with the mess that the house is in and the things I have to do.

I'll be back to my perky obnoxious self soon, right now I just need clarity.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

I'm home.

It's like we just moved again. There is much to unpack and be done. Our A/C was out so it was 90 degrees in the house when we got home. It was better the the 106 in the field. It was fixed yesterday (Thanks Pam!). I have much to say and not nearly enough pictures.

Alas, I have work to do so a bigger post must wait.

Friday, July 04, 2008

I Life on the farm.

We've moved (temporarily-4 to 5 weeks) to the blackberry farm 1 1/2 hours away. I will be home on the weekends to do laundry, mow and be the farmers market wench (that's my title-sad yes). I'll be back with tales from the farm (and maybe a bit of a tan).

Fair warning, there may be much discussion of sweat, blackberry kisses on my shorts from the twins, along with the fun of family dysfunction.

Stay tuned.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Bundles of joy!

I may slap whoever called children a bundle of joy. I think I'll come up with my own.
  • Bundle of destruction.
  • Bundle of back talk.
  • Bundle of messiness.
  • Bundle of superiority
  • Bundle of deafness.
  • Bundle on inattentiveness.
  • Bundle of...well you get the picture.

God made them precious when they sleep so we forget the issues of the day and honestly think they are sweet angels, otherwise we might kill them.

Friday, June 27, 2008

DANCE!

I stumbled across this video and I was amazed.



Here is Matt's site.

I also enjoyed this one. I will have to try this the next time I am in a 2 story mall.



I want to make one of these!




Find more weird videos here.

Have a great day!

BTW Owen and Alex are 2 today. Pictures to come, I'll be honest I have no real party plans.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

If this blog were my child...

...DHS would have taken it away for neglect.



Life around here is wild. I honestly know that I need to get back on the FLY Wagon. I need to prioritize how I accomplish things. I'm amazed at how far behind I have become. I'm frustrated and seeking peace, but calm is no where in sight. Life isn't bad, just full.



June began with V having tennis lessons at the Country Club. She followed that up with a week at Grandma's, her 8th birthday (yes you read that right, my baby is 8), her 8th birthday party and now church camp. Her mini golf party was changed to a bowling party, b/c of rain (that didn't come). She got a Wii, and is kicking my butt at bowling. She's been spoiled by my mom and my sisters and is driving me crazy (that's not new). She's flown the nest twice this month.



I'm not sure where the time has gone, but I'd like to know. How can this child that evokes such a broad range of strong emotions in me be so much the same and so different from the day she was born? When J was in college he would sit cross legged on the floor and she would sleep in his lap while he leaned over her doing his school work. She lived a college students life under the age of 2. Wal-Mart trips in the middle of the night, sleeping in university buildings while dad worked on projects, and sleeping the weird schedule of somewhere in the middle of the night until noon. Now she's tall (to me short to a lot her age), skinny, beautiful (that she has always been) and very emotional. I fear for the encroaching teenage years. Where has my baby gone and how did she get replaced by this young lady?


This picture was taken in March, she looks totally different now.

Jackson may be the death of me. I've called poison control twice in the last week. Once for drinking Benedryl, the other for eating chewable Tylenol. I left the Benedryl in the cabinet. That is my fault. The Tylenol, he climbed for. He cut a power supply this week (while it was plugged in). I received the technical description of, "It sparked and went boom." I've busted him lighting matches (thankfully it was just to blow them out). I've had to go as far as keep him strapped to me and I've had to confine him to his room for a few hours.

The babies turn 2 Friday. Ya, you don't have to tell me, they can't be that old. That's been my thought, but I'm wrong, they can be. We moved them to a bed this week. The transition has been good. This is really late for us to change from a crib to a twin bed (the others were moved to twin beds at 18 months). They are more like little men every day. They speak more, but usually to each other in twin talk (their own language) every once in a while I pick up a work or two, but that's it.

I know long in the past I mentioned the blackberries. Well, the crop is ripe and I start working at the Farmer's market Saturday morning. Last night was the 1st market where we have sold and they sold 55 quarts. Every single bit of blackberry ripe in the field.

I hope this finds you all well, have a great week.


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Why can't I find what I want at my price?

Why?

It's not life or death, but I'm picky and that is causing a problem. I haven't played much tennis since I quit the team in high school. My dad bought my racquet for me and it wasn't what I was comfortable playing with (110" over-sized, 4 1/4" grip, titanium, by Wilson). At practice the coach and I both discussed the racquet and she had an extra I used when I could (95-100", 4 5/8" grip). That racquet was heavier, but more comfortable. I still have my old 110 and I don't play, because the grip is small and makes for sloppiness and I have an accurate hit so the over-sized head just seems clumsy.

V is taking tennis lessons at a friends invitation at the Country Club (I've never been to a Country Club in my life). She's excited. I'm excited. The bad thing is I got my racquet down and dusted it off and now I really want to replace it. I received it for my 15th birthday almost 15 years ago. I feel like it's time to get what I'm comfortable with, but here is the delima. I'm just not comfortable with the prices. If I was going to play weekly or was on a tennis team the expense would be no big deal. I just want the size I am comfortable with at the "Wal-Mart - Target" price. Do they have what I want? No, I can't even find above a 4 1/2" grip even in men's racquets. All racquets are over-sized or are lacking in details of length, weight and size.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I did think to look at used racquets on ebay. I picked one that had no bids and started at $.99. It was a used 95 and it went for $124. Ouch! My birthday is in August, but I was really wanting to buy the start up kit to do stained glass and that's a chunk of change.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Who says bribery is all bad?

Okay, as I posted last week nothing was broken. He didn't really walk until yesterday (if a Tiny Tim hobble can be called a walk). His range of motion is fine with his leg, it's just putting weight on it that is a problem. Since his range of motion is fine it's not a soft tissue injury (or at least not a major one). If he didn't walk they probably would have called for an MRI, so I used bribery yesterday and offered him a toy if he would try walking without holding onto anything. He did and he got a water gun. Ya, it's a bad example to set, but I didn't want to pay for an MRI that wasn't needed.

We went back to the doctor yesterday. He watched him walk and checked everything, there has been no swelling. His diagnosis was that we probably have a bone bruise. This can be found on an MRI, but nothing can be done for it, except to wait for it to heal. He said to let him crawl, scoot or hobble however he wants, but if he isn't better in 2 weeks (3 weeks from the injury) to come back in.

We are very thankful and we appreciate your prayers.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The first casualty

We had the first major injury on the trampoline Monday night. Jackson got bounced very high and landed bad. He hasn't walked since. We've been to the ER and the pediatrician, there have been 4 x-rays, and a lot of ice cream involved. If he doesn't try to bear weight by Thursday and Friday I have to take him back. He either pulled something really bad or tweaked his knee. I'll keep you posted. My guess will be that our next option is an MRI. I hope he walks soon. His attempt last night involved him crumbled on the floor of the bathroom crying. He is carried, pushed in the stroller or he scoots on his rear end. He is going to attempt swimming today at the Y.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Shock to the system

My recent post on change came to mind again Friday.

Our family was headed to Norman. J and I were dropping the kids off at mom's to go to the OCHEC Convention in OKC to buy next years homeschooling curriculum. Traffic was backed up on I-35, so we decided to go west just north of the zoo and to make a detour by our old house , which we hadn't done in over a year. As we approached our house on NW 15th St. we saw a blue port-a-potty in the yard.

As we rolled past we saw that the house was gutted to the studs. We looped back and pulled into the drive. We asked the men working on it if we could step in and that we had lived there. The only thing left was the stair banister and stud walls. Our gorgeous burled oak floors were gone.

There had been an electrical fire in the kitchen this winter. My mom had said there was a fire on our old street, but she said it was the house on the corner that resembled ours. She was wrong it was ours. It was hard to see. We didn't let V in, we knew she would cry. We opted not to take pictures, the images are etched in our brains.

It was sad to see our work gone, but we know they will have a house that is just what they want.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I don't watch TV much...

... I haven't watched AI more then twice since season 1, but last night...

...NEIL DIAMOND...

...was on the show.

Yep, I've been warped by my mother, I really do like his music. He may not have the greatest voice, but his music is infectious and his band is great.

I wish I'd watched last night. When I called to tell Jonathan what we missed (he's a closet fan), he told me that ND would be in concert in Tulsa in October. Sadly I won't be going at $100-$600 a ticket my frugleness takes over. Bummer.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Why is change so hard?

I know we live in an instant gratification society. We all want it like Burger King (our way) and we all want it now. I'll be honest there are many things I would like to change about myself, unfortunately I'm a little too Scarlet O'Hara (Gone With the Wind), and I'll think about it tomorrow.

Change comes in many forms and for many reasons. There is the sudden change. Often it comes unexpectedly. There is no preparation, just BAM! There you have it. We have to adjust and attempt to reconcile what has happened and move on immediately.

There is uncertain change. You have several avenues with which your life can travel. There is time and thought and a process. The outcome still has the unexpected, but it's the process of getting to the outcome that seems to be the hardest.

Long term change requires perseverance and time. The outcome is kind of known, but whether we stay the course is the uncertain part.

This has been on my mind for a little while. I've been thinking of the many faces of change. Changes I've wanted that have never come. Changes I question.

Reading Tiffany's blog and then thinking of the fire scares in my own neighborhood this week really brought sudden change to my mind. As I sat in my house without power I thought of things, like what do I take if there is a fire? My mind came up with nothing, except my kids, my camera, my car keys and the dog. Then what? I don't know, I hope I never do.

These past couple of months have been weird at J's office. Changes people "knew" would happen did and didn't happen. More changes will happen. Then what? I'm not sure and I'm not going into anymore detail until that time. Right now I just wish I knew. If life is going to take a different direction I just would like to know what it is, so we can get on with it. I'm sooo impatient.

My thought on long term change are simple. Why am I so lazy that I never change? I've been blessed in many ways. I've broken habits, but I've held on to many. I fortunately don't have to try to have the figure I have, but I feel unhealthy (sluggish, cranky, tired). My attitude stinks, my prayer time is unfocused, I have an Internet addiction (ya, so why am I on here). I lack consistency. I'm afraid to fail. If I don't see that I will succeed I just roll over before I begin.

The one thing that I know is constant in the face of all change is God. I've got to step up to the plate and make the change to hand my uncertainties over to him. Will I do it? In this situation I can honestly say, "God only knows." Yep, he's the only one who knows what changes abound in my life.

I just wish change was easier.

Alone

It is 8:20PM (ish) and I am alone downstairs. I have had a day, not good or bad, just a day. Mildly frustrating and mildly joyful until the last 30 minutes. I finally snapped and sent the older 2 kids to bed, at the same time as the twins, for just not following directions and arguing with me. J is on his way home from the blackberries. I decide I needed a break and bedtime was it.

I am now relishing the peace and quiet. I'm having a late dinner alone and a small glass of wine.

Watch out there may be more thoughts to come in the silence.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500

This will be Jonathan's car for driving to work and to the acre of blackberries we have 1 1/2 hours away. He made 2 trip to his parents land, to the berries, and I made one trip to Norman and our auto gas budget increased waaaay too much. This vehicle gets about 30 mpg.

We bought it off of ebay from a guy in T-town. He was working on it and has all of the parts (several newly machined) it just requires final assembly, it also has a hardtop that needs new seals. J's mom has a Spitfire also, so he's used to working on them. It's definitely easier then the Lincoln. This car will also retain some value (unlike most other cars we've had) and it's cheap to fix.

Jonathan feels like he's starting a classic car collection, because he already has a 1954 Pontiac Chieftain.

The auction was exciting, we had power issues on our street yesterday (blown transformers, 3 fire tucks, neighbors trees being cut down by PSO, calling neighbors at work to give messages from firefighters). I had power in spite of the issues in the alley, until 10 minutes before the auction ended. The power company cut it all off and I had to call Jonathan at work to finish the auction. My heart was pounding.

After the auction ended I was shutting breakers off at neighbors houses. The Art Gallery across the street had all of it's wiring fried and had smoke, but no fire damage. The firefighters were afraid when the power company turned the power back on that we may have more of that happen. I was supplying what I could when the power came back up to help them cover the gallery door. They had to bust out the glass, so I was running my extension cord and drill over to help them get the plywood on to cover it.

About 3:15pm I was walking out of my neighbors house when their 12 year old walked up. His dad told me where the spare key was and I unplugged their TV and computer and I turned their power off. I had just finished slowly turning their power back on (and going over and doing a smell and fire detector check). The funny thing was his lack of concern of me coming out of the house. He was totally disappointment he missed the fire trucks. I guess even 6th grade boys like fire trucks and excitement.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Check out Jonathan's new (used) car.


We get it this weekend. Awwww, YEAH!

Friday, April 11, 2008

BTW

I cut off my hair. I know what you're thinking..."What hair?" Well, chin length is long for me and I've been good and It's been longer then that for over 4 years. Tuesday it left. I forgot how much I missed short (really short) hair. Since just before Easter weekend I have cut Jackson, V's and the twins (for the first time).

Jennifer you're right I need more pictures. I will try to remedy that soon. Unfortunately I'm too busy (or lazy) to right now. Actually right now it is busy, most days it's lazy though.

I did the great meat buy yesterday, so I have to prep and freeze it all and make a birthday cake for a friend. The cake will be eaten here after a trip into T-town to the Olive Garden, so we have to clean (I'm in big trouble). I also am putting the final coat of varnish on V's floor today (so J can finish her walls and I can paint). I'm the lighting designer for an event called The Show of Hands (sign language to Broadway songs). Dress rehearsal is tonight with a show Saturday night (after Olive Garden) and Sunday afternoon.

No, I'm not normally this busy, I'm just in that moment that hits every so often right now.

I must renew my library books now and get back to work.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Auditions

Okay, so V's music showed up Monday...late. She spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday learning her song. She sang "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" from ANNIE. She could sing and act and smile as long as she didn't have the music on. Once she had the music her timing was good if she didn't smile or move. If I told her to smile it looked like she was smelling socks or she sang too fast.

Some how in spite of that she got a call back Saturday. She must have gotten into her groove under pressure. I wasn't in her audition, I don't know.

V, the twins and I missed the auction and she was at call backs for over 3 hours Saturday afternoon. After, we went to Yale to pick up Jonathan and Jackson (they went to the auction and took his parents Tahoe back).

We waited until Monday for the cast list to post and....she didn't make the show.

I was more nervous then she was. She was not at all bummed. She had fun auditioning and doing call backs and that was enough (she's a bigger person then I am). Jonathan didn't want her to get into the show and then he was bummed she didn't make it.

I'm just really proud of her hard work and good attitude.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

So, I've been in hidding.

Not really, but I'm a bit behind on my posts.

Jonathan turned the big 3-1 today. I made steak, scalloped potatoes and New York Style cheesecake to soften the blow.

We went to Norman (Friday through Sunday) to visit family and we went to Bristow Wednesday to visit friends.

V is auditioning for High School Musical tomorrow.

I got new glasses (red horn rimmed, so groovy) last Monday.

V's floor is almost done. I bought bedding, now I need to make or buy curtains. Then we are down to paint and trim. YIPEE!!

Both babies are fussy (I blame more teeth or allergies).

We are going to the OSU surplus auction Saturday morning.

I've also tired to figure out how to start making stained glass "art". I'm not artistic, but I have a need for a few pieces and I think I can do it (there are tons of books with patterns). We'll see.

I also messed up or pulled something in my back. I'm a little sore during the day (no big deal), but it hurts beyond belief at night and it's making sleep hard (I pulled off the bottom sheet I tossed so much last night). Feeling like I can function during the day has made me think I don't need to go to the doctor. It's been about a week, I hope it goes away on its own soon.

So, how are you?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The New England Primer and Teachers Unions

Terry in response to what you said about teachers unions, I totally understand and agree. That is the reason my father-in-law "retired" from teaching. He wouldn't join the union and his contract wasn't renewed, I think about 11 years ago. He's the kind of teacher you would love to have, full of knowledgeable, fun, funny, and interesting. My husband has been blessed with some of his gifts and can explain anything, so anyone can understand it. That helps when I can't.

As for curriculum it may not be the New England Primer and it's just for English, but Victoria's current English book is from around 1900. It's called Primary Language Lessons. I've been more impressed with the selections that come from my curriculum provider, then any others I've looked at. It uses a lot of real books and some of them are pretty old. It's good stuff.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Reunions

This past June was my 10 year high school reunion. Did I go? No. Did I care? No. Since that time I've done a lot of thinking about my 4-H friends. These are the people who mattered to me and had a greater impact in shaping me. I've made attempts at finding and contacting old friends, but when you want to reunite from an orginazation and not a school it's harder to find those people.

I posted a letter to my 4-H friends on facebook and I plan to do the same on myspace later today or tomorrow.

Any suggestions as I begin a greater search?

Friday, March 07, 2008

HEY BUDDY!

My little buddy Xander (that's what we call Alex now) says that all the time now and Owen mimics the Empirors March from Star Wars. I'm so proud of my little geeks!

The tall and SHORT of it. (UPDATED)

Short women may live longer.

Yeah, for me I'm only 5'2".

(UPDATED)
I can verify we are meaner.

This could spell trouble.

You can read it here, or you can get the RD (Readers Digest) version from me. In the 2nd Appellate Court in Los Angeles it has been ruled that you can't home educate your children without teaching credentials.

As most of you know we homeschool in Oklahoma. Whether you agree with that or not doesn't matter to me. I have my reasons, just as others have their reason for sending their kids to public or private school. I don't have credentials (I was working toward my BS in Aerospace Engineering), but I do have the help and support of both of my in-laws who are credentialed and a friend who is a retired school teacher for support. My curriculum is sound and and developed by credentialed individuals. My children are also VERY socialized (I honestly think I run around more homeschooling then if I didn't).

Most people who are against homeschooling have little understanding of it. My usual gripe that I get deals with them being involved with other kids. We belong to a group called BCHEF (B'ville Christian Home Educators Fellowship-you don't even have to be Christian to join-one family was Hindi). My children have church, 4-H, P.E., swimming lessons, holiday parties, field trips, sports and V even attends an enrichment program one day a week with other kids (for music, P.E, science, art-things that are more fun in a group). We also have the only trampoline in the neighborhood and we have a handful of kids in our backyard whenever the weather is good.

If testing is the issue people have, a private school here in town will allow us to let our children sit for standardized testing for $20. Some think hoemschooling isn't regulated enough, but why is that an issue when in Oklahoma homeschooled children are winning the robots competitions, spelling bees, geography bees and they are begin heavily courted by universities.

Credentials mean very little to me in the realm of education. I've had my fair share of credentialed "teachers" who were narrow minded, poor educators who had a pitiful grasp of the subject matter, and should never be allowed to be around children or teens.

My husband and I are both smart people who were never challenged in school. We received good grades for minimal effort. We want our children to have a challenge. Educators will tell you that 1 on 1 education is the most effective. I love that she can accelerate at what she is good at and that we can pull back and work longer on the things she struggles with. My daughter is like me, independent and she is just as content to be alone as she is in a group. I want her to remain her own person, not turn in to societies Lindsey Lohan/Paris Hilton knock offs (I'm giving Brit a break here).

I can site friends who were homeschool, that are well rounded, "normal" individuals. The best example I can site here is my friend Jeremy, who's blog is listed in my links. I understand the reasons people don't homeschool, I respect their decisions. I just wish more people would respect ours.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Getting back to normal.

If you read this post, things are getting better. I'm on a roll, I've been up before 8am (before 7 Sunday and Monday) for 4 whole days now. Ya, it's not much, but it's all I've got.

The caffeine consumption is still way too high, but I'll work my way back down.

I think everyone is better finally. We did have some puke Sunday and yesterday, but it was minimal and short lived (and Sunday I was singing in the first service when it hit) and I haven't had to clean much up.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

How inconvenient.

Well, changes have happened in J's office. We were blessed for a period with him working 4-10 hour days and having 3 days off most weekends (he did have to work a few Friday's). Well, changes have occurred in his division and they now have a new GM and have been moved back to 5-8's.

I'll be honest I'm not to happy. Our spring weekend plans will have to be reevaluated, b/c they will require vacation time. Maybe they will change it back someday. Right now I can only hope.

Both Grandpa's are at the hospital (UPDATED)

Okay, the Grandpa from yesterday has a little blockage behind a stint, but they will probably let him go around 5 and they will schedule a stress test to see if they need to do more to fix it.


I just got a call that my other grandfather passed out and was in the ER at Norman. The guess is that his blood pressure meds made his blood pressure to low and he passed out. I'm not sure.

UPDATE

Grandpa T (the one who passed out) was almost kept, his sodium was a little low. When his doctor was contacted he said to release him and that he'd take care of it. Grandpa T went home, changed clothes and went to El Chico. Mexican food-a good source of sodium. I wish we had an El Chico here.

Grandpa O should be out of the hospital in the next hour and a half.

R.I.P. Bill Buckley Jr.

I was first exposed to Bill Buckley in college. He was mediating a debate that was telecast to the Oklahoma State campus. Even as a mediator he was more interesting and intelligent then either of the debaters.

He was a man of the type intellect that you honestly don't see very often. Whether you agree or disagree with his politics (even I don't always), if you ever have the opportunity to see any talk he has given it is worth the time just to hear is gift of the English language.

He will be missed.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Prayer Request

My grandfather was taken to Norman Regional Hospital. I'm not sure what is wrong. They thought it was a heart attack, but the EKG wasn't showing anything (I think). This is all I know from my dad, so if you can throw a prayer up for my Grandpa O.

For love of Scrabble.

Okay, so I'm a geek. I love me some Scrabble. I play on Facebook, so I play a game virtually for about a week before it ends, but I never play my husband. We have good reason, he won't play me online and we have 4 kids and 2 under the age of 2. Imagine the mess of tiles from a well played game. I know it couldn't be left for a moment, or all would be lost. I needed a solution.

I found a bought the solution.



We went to bed the other night and played on the bed laughing. We come up with some pretty stupid stuff. We can close the game and save it for later. It's just SCRABBULOUS!

I love politics,...

...but this election season is getting on my nerves. I usually love the election season (maybe it's just been going on too long). I guess this goes to remind me that it is the politics and issues I love not the people. Maybe I'm not into it, because there is no one who really stirs a fire in me. I'll be glad when November is here and we can have the election behind us and get back into policy. I'm just tired of listening to them slam each other, as they don't really say much about their plans and policy ideas. I need more then catch phrases, rhetoric, vagueness and dirt. I'm just needing some depth and more substance.

Blogger Spell Check

Did anyone else have issues with blogger's spell check not working lately?

It's up and running again.

Ya, I'm glad.

I lucked out.

Jonathan was supposed to be gone overnight last night. He went to Wichita to meet with Cessna. He finished up about 4 o'clock , so he drove a little over 2 hours to come home last night and drove out again this morning.

I can handle the kids when he's away, but it is just so nice to have back up at night. I'm so thankful he came home.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Ha! Ha! Ha! (UPDATED)

Babystepper just posted this comment under my Um ya... post:

"No wonder you've been a away for a bit! You have always had amazing amounts of energy."

I'm sorry Babystepper I laughed. The only reason I'm functioning lately is the kids are sleeping until 9 and I'm being lazy and sleeping until then too. Yes, I am sleeping 9-11 hours a night, because I am absolutely wiped out. I also went from drinking very little caffeine to consuming 2-5 Dr. Pepper's or cups of coffee a day. I've hit the wall.

UPDATE

For the record this sleep pattern has only been going on since everyone has been sick. I honestly think it's what has kept me from catching the crud.

When I grow up I want to be...

... a carbon copy of what I see in women's magazines.

Scratch that I want to be me and comfortable in my own skin.

My friend/family over in the Babystepper household had a great post today. Go ahead...read it...I'll be waiting here when your done.

She's an excellent writer and makes great points, but this one is one that has struck home with me around Christmas and it's nice to know I'm not the only one.

I rarely buy a magazine outside of Family Fun (for some random craft or an easy pirate ship cake) or recipes from Rachel Ray. I found I don't have time to read them and I’m not going to execute most of the ideas and suggestions they had. They aren't me, they don't fit my budget and I have better things to do.

Reading about the article that frustrated Babystepper reminded me of a conversation Jonathan and I had about V before Christmas. Jonathan had taken V to Toys R Us to look and give ideas of what she would like. Every "girly" thing she looked at she expressed interest in and then thought about it and said, "That's neat, but I really don't think I'd play with it." V did not request a Barbie, a baby doll, kitchen stuff, or dress up clothes. The one thing she really wanted was a lightsaber. Needless to say Jonathan got bummed. He thought he was losing his little girl.

I had to explain a few things to him. I asked these questions and I answered them for him:

"What are girls expected to play? House, dress up/princess, dolls/mommy"

"What do I do everyday? Clean house, cook, and take care of babies/kids, married (to my prince)"

"Those imagination play things are the daily activity in our house and she's bored with it. She knows it's not all fun and games. Let her go beyond and be an astronaut, a pirate, or buy her some K'nex to build what she imagines. Let her not be conventional, because she's not. Neither was I at her age. At 7 all I wanted were Transformers and G.I. Joes (I only got 1)."

This brings me to what Babystepper was talking about. I am a person who is content to be alone. I have few female friends, but we are all unconventional in what we find fun and funny. Going to the garden center with goody bags would just be weird. Normal for us would be karaoke, working on a musical or play, inflicting pain on each other at the YMCA, or being messy and helping paint a room. Spontaneity reins supreme and it's just doing what we like and acting like big kids (who can have an intelligent conversation) together.

I want my daughter to know that different is good, life can have its conventional (wife, mother, student), but you still get to be whoever and whatever God made you to be.

I like to embrace my weirdness and I hope V will too.