Saturday, July 28, 2007

Yosemite

There was a point in my life prekids that I was in shape. I did wear shorts way back then and actually had a tan. Maybe someday I will be that way again. That time was when I lived in Yosemite for the summer. I was a maid during the week and did church services in the campgrounds on the weekends. I always had Sunday and Monday off. My friends and I took advantage of that by hiking as much as we could. Our biggest hike was Half Dome at the end of the summer.



Rob, Corrine and me in front of half dome. I think we were just doing a little scramble up the rocks this day.


This is our group on the diving board on top of Half Dome.

This is on top of Mount Dana overlooking Mono Lake.


This is Mount Dana from the trail to Cathedral Peak.

It was an amazing summer.

Mystery Rash

Last night we discovered Munchkin had some weird rash like marks on her feet and a couple on her back. This morning they were all over her legs, tummy, back and shoulders with a couple little ones on her face. So, to the Doctor we went. She has been on the antibiotic Amoxil for 10 days for the treatment of STARI. Apparently she is now allergic to Amoxil. I am so glad she has only had 2 ear infections. I think this is the 4th time she has been on this in 5 years. So, now we are stopping the antibiotic and letting her have some benadryl to help with the rash. Poor baby.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Uniforms

So, Munchkin has to wear school uniforms. It is really called Standard School Attire and seems a tiny bit more relaxed than a uniform. I am having the darndest time finding shirts for her. So far she has 2 jumpers (1 navy, one khaki), 1 scooter (navy), 2 white shirts with pan collars, 1 pink polo, one navy polo, 4 pairs of pants (1 black, 1 navy, 2 khaki). Well, now that it is written out maybe she has enough clothes.... I still need to get a couple of cardigans, and a couple of long sleeved shirts and maybe one more skirt. I just want her to be able to wear the other color polos. She can have red, light blue and yellow along with the pink, navy and white. Any suggestions on where to get these things? We have already been to walmart, target,Old Navy, The Children's Place and The Disney Store.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Special Moms

If you have a child with Special Needs and feel like no one understands you are not alone. If you live in Middle Tennessee check out this website for Moms of Special Needs kids. I have gone to a few events and have met amazing, strong women. It is a good break to get away with people that understand exactly what you are going through. They are going through therapy, IEPs, IFSPs, dealing with all the same things you are. Come and get some support!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Looky, looky, looky

Who's got Cookie. Please tell me you will be singing that the rest of the day! :)
As many of you know we have a fairly serious spider problem in and under our house. The scariest of which is the Brown Recluse Spider. After finding 3 in my kitchen in the last month I called a pest control guy to come out from Cooks on the recommendation of my neighbor.

The initial inspector told me about a couple of different options. There is a specific thing they can do to force the recluses out of the walls but that means I have to declutter my house, move everything away from the walls, and move out with dog, cat, kids and husband in tow. If you have been to our house you know what kind of feat that will be. So, we decided to go with the less expensive option until we can get decluttered and save the money to do the other treatment. After crawling around under the house he came out to tell us that not only do we have brown recluses, an abundance of camelback crickets (sprickets as we like to call them), wolf spiders, and various garden spiders, we also have agressive house spiders also known as hobo spiders. At least all of these are under the house...not in the house. He told me that another guy would come out today and spray outside and spray and place traps inside.

Our new friend from Cooks came this morning amidst out pajama morning. The kiddos asked if they could stay in PJs all day and I agreed because we really don't have plans to go anywhere.
After climbing around under the house the exterminator came us to tell me that he had sprayed about 6 gallons of stuff under the house. Yep, you read that right 6 gallons. Apparently everywhere he looked he was killing something that was moving. Our crawl space is really not that big..... Most crawl spaces get about a quart.
He left me a stack of traps to place around the house. Since we have a dog, cat and kids he figured I could place them where the cat won't get stuck to them and the kids won't knock them down.
So far I am please with how it went. As long as we see fewer spiders and as long as they are under the house and not in the house we are good to go. Now, anyone want to help me declutter the house?

Entertain me!

These are a few of the things I am loving right now. Free or not so free.

The Office: Bobby and I just finished watching Seasons 1 &2 over again. Season 3 comes out on my birthday and I can hardly wait. It is so fun to rewatch and see all of the little detail stuff I missed the first time around.

Pirates 3: We got to go on a date last night and went to see this movie. I think it was the best of the 3 so far. Plus, if you have not seen it yet make sure you stay until the very last credits roll. We also checked out Larrivieres on the Square. It was pretty good. We thought by the name it would be a little more fancy schmancy than it is. The food was good though and that is all that mattered for us.

Regal Family Movies: My kids both love the movies. It does not matter to me that we have seen many of the ones showing on DVD. There is just something about seeing a movie on the big screen that is so fun.

The Library: We just finished reading all of our books for the library summer reading program.The kids will get a collectors pin at the end of the program.

Avril Lavignes newest CD
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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I am kind of having a hard time with this book. I had heard fantastic things about it so I picked it up. I am not done with it yet...it is interesting.

A New Kind of Christian by Brian Mclaren. I am not done with this one either but it makes you think!

My Cricut: I only have 2 fonts so far but that doesn't matter. It is the best thing for cutting titles I have ever used (well in my price range anyway).

That is all I can think of off the top of my head. What are you loving these days?

Soup for Breakfast?

Yep, that is what my 5 year old daughter is eating for breakfast this morning. Chicken noodle of the Batman variety. It could only be better if it was Spiderman!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Apparently...

I need a new kitchen timer.



Munchkin and I whipped up a batch of double peanut butter cookies today. We set the timer and went in the living room to play. A little while later I thought to myself "It seems like more than 10 minutes has passed. Sure enough the cookies had passed the pleasantly brown phase to the lumps that no one will eat phase. I think the timer must have been dropped one too many times. It still said 10 minutes on it so I set it it just didn't move. We tried a second batch that turned out much nicer since we knew we needed to watch the time instead of being lazy and waiting for a bell to tell us when the cookies would be ready! :)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Apocalypto

Last night Bobby and I watched the movie Apocalypto. It was a tragic, beautiful, terrifying, disturbing, amazing, moving movie. I spent over half the movie with my hands over my mouth and at least a quarter in tears.
I don't care what people have to say about Mel Gibson this movie was really well done. The characters were real, you felt for them whether it be compassion or disgust. One thing Bobby said last night was that you watch old cowboy and indian movies and the "bad guys" are faceless, nameless savages. This movie put a face with the Mayans.
It made me think about how we view our world today. I know there are still people on the west coast that think we don't wear shoes here in Tennessee and people here that think California is just like the OC. People are alike all over our country. How do we view people in other countries? They are people with families, jobs, memories, quirks, habits, values, emotions, and customs. We have it good here in the US where we don't really have to be afraid a particular people group is going to come wipe us out. We can worship as we choose, shop where we choose with little thought about where our next meal will come from, dote on our children, pursue careers. There are so many freedoms we have that are taken for granted so often. I guess I just want to remember when I am watching the news that the soldiers in Iraq, the people in wars and conflicts are not just a faceless mass. They are individuals just like me.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Guess what Munchkin is getting....

for her 5th birthday tomorrow! Bobby put this sweet little ride together tonight. Just an FYI, the box says 5 easy steps....each step has at least up to letter e as a sub category. I can't wait to see her reaction in the morning!

At the Drive-In

That title just makes me think of the song "At the Car Wash". Are you singing it in your head now? Good! It's not just me!
A couple of weeks ago Bobby and I took the kids up to the drive in. We met Ron and Angela over at Kentucky Downs and piled into their van to head in. It is only $9 a carload and you can bring your own food in. We were pretty comfy driving in. Driving out was another story though. 3 of the 4 kiddos were crashed out in the back so I had to ride on Bobby's lap back to our car.
We got to the drive in early and ate our dinner that we brought in. I had to go to the concession stand and buy a diet coke though because my soda from McDonald's met an early unfortunate end when it crashed to the ground from the top of my car. All I am saying is it wasn't my fault!
The first feature was Ratatouille. The kiddos were intrigued. Little Man sat quietly through most of it. Munchkin and the Ballerina got to sit in the back of the van on a blanket pallet with popcorn, cotton candy and bottled water.
The second feature was Oceans 13. I missed the first bit because I had to take Munchkin potty. Once we got back to the van though she crashed. Both Ang and I had brought DVD players thinking the kids would watch another kid movie. We were wrong but we were not complaining. All of the kids went to sleep and we got to watch the second movie in peace.
This was such a fun, fairly inexpensive activity to do with friends and the kids. Next time we will bring a soccer ball or bubbles to do on the front lawn before the movie starts. It was a great night for the Drive in!

Friday, July 06, 2007

It has been 6 months

So it is time for another roll call. I don't care of you are a lurker, can't remember your password, first time visitor. Leave me a comment and tell me who you are. I love knowing people are reading even though it is really mostly therapeutic for me! I think there were 6 comments on the last roll call I know there are more of you out there than that!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Time

"Our sons and daughters will be grown so quickly and these days at home together will be nothing but a distant memory. Let's make the most of every moment." Parenting Isn't for Cowards. Pg 17

Look carefully then how you walk...making the most of the time. Ephesians 5:15-16 RSV

This little lesson came out of one of those little daily calendars that my sweet mother in law got me a couple of years ago. It sits in our bathroom and gets perused frequently. This really struck me tonight after a full day of hanging out with my kiddos. There are days when they watch too much tv and I spend way too much time online. Those are the days when the lesson above really hits me square in the heart. At the end of the day I think about what I have not accomplished, what precious time with my babies has slipped away. They are only little once and then it is gone.

Days like today are ones to be cherished though. Outside of Munchkin throwing her brother to the floor to get to the tv we had a fantastic day. We played outside throwing little monster snaps leftover from last night, played make believe with the little kitchen, went out to dinner together as a family and shared a big ice cream sundae, played tennis together as a family in the rain, and then came home and played the Wii together. The kids are both now in bed and are quiet and happy. I pray their dreams are filled with the fun things we did today. I pray their memories are of the happy family we are most of the time.
I just don't want this time to slip away.