Thursday, January 31, 2008

Feeling Better

Little Man in on his way back to normal. I think his fever broke around 4 yesterday. We are still hanging out at home today so he can be all better before "The Big Game" Sunday.

Poor baby woke up with bright pink cheeks yesterday and was just kind of lethargic. He also had that cry that you just don't hear unless he feels horrible.
Today though he popped out of bed like his usual energetic self. Plus, you know he is feeling better when every five minutes he is saying "My eat now? I eat sumting now!" Cute boy!

I will get more pictures up here sometime in the near future. My Fireworks Photo Editor is not working on the home computer and the laptop is not talking to the computer so I can't access the pictures to edit them on the laptop. So, I have been stuck for a few days. But, I have some cute ones to share!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Where are you from?

I recently started using Google Analytics and I am really impressed with the different reports. One of the cool things is a map that shows what states or countries people have visited from and some of the cities. I have had hits in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Lithuania, and about 30 of the 50 United States.

I would love to hear from you in a comment where you live and a little bit about you and how you found my blog! Even my regular commenters can leave a comment too! :)
Even though the report shows the state and pinpoints some cities (hi mom!) it doesn't give me your name. So, let the commenting begin!

Pitiful

My poor little guy. He rarely gets sick. He tends to have frequent runny noses but that seems to be common with other ACC kids. Today he is just pitiful. We just finished a round of antibiotics for a sinus infection. He now has a 102.3 fever and keeps telling me his ear hurts. Back to the Doctor we go.

*Edit
Little Man has strep. This is the first time he has had it. Poor guy, he has just not been himself.

Monday, January 28, 2008

100

Today was Munchkins 100th day of Kindergarten. She was so excited to go to school today because there were so many activities relating to 100. The kids counted out 10 of 10 different kinds of snacks, made 100 hats, necklaces with 100 fruit loops, and even got paper eyeglasses made out of the number 100. Near the end of the day all of the kindergarten classes got their banners and had a parade through the halls. All of the older grades stood out in the halls and cheered for them.

I had no idea that the 100th day of Kindergarten was such a big deal until I read Joys post last year when her little girl was celebrating!

Today was truly a celebration. A few days ago when I was once again questioning our decision to put her in school I would not have thought we would be celebrating. But, Munchkin LOVES school, once she gets in the door. She talks about her teacher and how much she likes her. She talks about her friends and what fun they have together. She tells us all about the new things she is learning. I am glad she loves school because I loved it too.

Woo! 100 days! Where does the time go?

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Dat's tasty!

Tonight we had chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner. Little Man took a little bite and said "Dat's tasty!" Bobby and I both cracked up because neither of us say that...at least I don't think we do. He had the biggest smile on his face when he said it too! Silly boy!

On another tasty note, if you like Churros I have a new place for you to try. For those of you that have never had a churro go try one right now! My favorite ones are at Disneyland around Christmas. Those have strawberry sugar on them.
If you are familiar with the Rivergate area, go on Myatt Dr to Churro King #2. They have Venezuelan food and an entire selection of yummy churros. I suggest the mini churros because they have cinnamon sugar but the big churros with plain sugar are tasty too.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Music and Worship

When I started college at APU..um..way back when, one of my very favorite things was the impromptu worship times that would spring up around the campus. A guy would bring out his guitar on the steps of Smith Hall and a group of people would gather and sing worship songs. It just started off with a few people but grew to the point where there were worship nights started. Those sweet moments of being with a few people worshiping together are fond memories for me.
I love the music part of worship at church and there are so many ways to do it. You can go from one extreme to the other. Acappella only, pipe organ and hymns, a worship team backed up by a giant choir, a rock and roll band. All of these are valid, all are praising God in the way they feel is best.
One day we will be praising in heaven together. It won't matter what style we had here on earth we will be praising together.
Take time for some impromptu worship in your day today.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Rumors and Lemurs

Once a week I go have lunch with Munchkin. Today I was listening to some of the conversations these sweet Kindergarteners were having. One little boy told me he saw a little girl and a little boy kissing on the playground. The little girl was only a few seats away from him and told me that another little boy and another little girl were kissing on the playground. When I said "but someone just said you were kissing on the playground" she said "No I wasn't!" So I told both of them it was not OK to tell stories about people, that was called spreading rumors. The little girl turned to her friend next to her and said "You shouldn't tell stories about people that aren't true, that is called spreading lemurs."
Munchkin said she hasn't seen anyone kissing on the playground or inside either. Phew! They are only in Kindergarten for Pete's sake!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I Am Unwritten

I know this song by Natasha Bedingfield came out back in 2005 but I love it! Every time I hear it I sing along and can't help but smile. I know that the end of my story is written but in between now and the end of my story here on earth I make choices, I am the only one who can feel the rain on my own skin. I am the only one who can speak the words on my own lips. I am the only one who can live my own life with arms wide open. I LOVE a well written song and this is one of my very favorite!





I am unwritten, can't read my mind, I'm undefined
I'm just beginning, the pen's in my hand, ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Oh, oh, oh
I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines
We've been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can't live that way

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
[ Unwritten lyrics found on http://www.completealbumlyrics.com ]
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten

Oh, yeah, yeah


This song is on the same CD as Unwritten. Munchkin keeps requesting the Chihuahua song and I gladly oblige. This is one of those songs I can listen to over and over again because it makes me feel like I can do anything I put my mind to. If you are going to do something do it well!

If you're Gonna

I got a short attention plan
Can't sit around couch potato land
I wanna do all kinds of stuff
Talking about it's not enough
I wanna go to the extreme
I wanna stretch my limousine
I wanna take it way off road
Go where I'm not supposed to go

Life is music, play it louder
If you're gonna jump, then jump far, fly like a sky diver
If you're gonna be a singer, then u better be a rockstar
If you're gonna be a driver, then u better drive a race car
Cause I'm looking for a guard dog, not buying a chihuahua

I like my food with chili in
I like to laugh til its hurtin'
I wanna stare fear in the face
I wanna take it all the way

Life is music play it louder
If you're gonna jump, then jump far, fly like a sky diver
If you're gonna be a singer, then u better be a rockstar
If you're gonna be a driver, then u better drive a race car
Cause I'm looking for a guard dog, not buying a chihuahua

[ If You're Gonna lyrics found on http://www.completealbumlyrics.com ]
If you're gonna jump, then jump far,
If you're gonna
If you're gonna hit the high notes, you gotta be a diva
If you're gonna play a guitar, you gotta play til you blister
Cause I'm looking for a guard dog not buying a chihuahua

No happy apples for my tea
It's hot or cold no in between

If your gonna jump
If your gonna jump
If your gonna jump

If you're gonna jump, then jump far, fly like a sky diver
If you're gonna be a singer, then u better be a rockstar
If you're gonna be a driver, then u better drive a race car
Cause I'm looking for a guard dog, not buying a chihuahua

If you're gonna jump, then jump far,
If your gonna
If your wanna hit the high notes, you gotta be a diva
If your gonna play a guitar, you gotta play til you blister
Cause I'm looking for a guard dog not buying a chihuahua

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

8 Things about my kiddos

I was tagged by both Carrie and Ashley to post 8 things about my kids so I guess I need to do each of my kids:

Munchkin
1. Used to say Shivies for kitties and shree for tree but was pointing out to our neighbor how to say three today in the car. She informed us awhile back that she is a "sound expert" at school now.
2. Loves to have her back rubbed every night before going to sleep.
3. Gets really annoyed with Little Man but you can see how much she loves him too. She always makes sure to kiss and hug him before getting out of the car and holds his hand on the way to the cafeteria when we go for lunch.
4. Is a packrat. She is very sentimental over her stuff but is starting to understand she can't keep everything.
5. Has a gum wrapper collection.
6. Loves to read, play checkers, and anything having to do with Hannah Montana.
7. Really wants to learn to play the guitar and loves to sing.
8. Sang Jesus loves me in front of over 100 people when she was 4.

Little Man:
1. Idolizes his big sister. He wants to do and say anything she does.
2. Plays the guitar left handed and sings his heart out. It is one of his favorite things to do. Bobby has always said he would force our children to play right handed but it is not looking possible.
3. Has ACC (Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum). He is missing the part of the brain that connects the two hemispheres. He was pretty delayed in gross motor skills but is doing really well right now. He learns through constant repetition.
4. From the time we moved him out of his crib he has liked to sleep on the floor. Because we used a gate on his doorway he would sleep next to the gate. We have gotten him to sleep in his race car bed but more often than not he sleeps on his little Wiggle Couch on the floor.
5. Loves to cuddle and be held.
6. Is prone to sinus infections and bloody noses and is fascinated by his "big boogers"
7. Loves the Little Einsteins, Word World and SuperWhy
8. Is really good at entertaining himself. He loves to lay on the floor with a couple of cars
and play for hours at a time all by himself.

OK, now I tag Kacey, Angela, Rachel, Kim, Sherri, Suzanne, Amy and Jenn and Laura

Friday, January 18, 2008

Help!!

I am being buried alive in an avalanche of paper! Munchkin brings home 2-3 sheets of paper ever day in her folder. The 100th day of school is coming up soon so that means I have close to 300 pieces of paper floating around from just one little girl. Not to mention the copy paper she draws little pictures on and the teeny little pieces of journal paper she tears out after writing sweet letters on them.

I just went through all of her school work from August - December and weeded out a bunch of stuff. I salvaged some of her art work to put in a scrapbook and a few of her in-class papers so she can see what her writing was like and the kinds of things she was doing in Kindergarten. I also obviously kept her certificates for the scrapbook. That all fits in one little Lisa Frank folder.
I also kept about half a shoebox full of other assignments but threw out a stack about 12 inches tall.

What do you do with your kids schoolwork? Do you just throw it out when they are not looking? Do you hold onto it and wait until the end of the school year to toss it? It is just a little overwhelming and if you remember Munchkin is kind of a packrat. She wants to keep every scrap of paper.
Help!!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

What's on your Nightstand?

I have been reading like crazy lately and thought I would see what is on your nightstand/toilet/car/end table.....
I just finished The Prada Paradox. It was basically chick fluff, but it kept me entertained and I finished it in about 4 hours.
I read Wicked over Thanksgiving and read Son of a Witch a couple of weeks ago.
I read Velvet Elvis right before Christmas break, which was great.
I am now reading Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by the same author as Wicked, Readers Digest, Shape and Cookie magazines. We had to use some of our miles that were going to expire so we got a few subscriptions.
I am also of course reading Curious George, Dr. Seuss, Potty Time for boys, and whatever else my kiddos pick off the shelf before bedtime.

How about you? What are you reading and what would you suggest I read next?

Monday, January 14, 2008

So Proud!

Last February Munchkin saw a commercial for Hooked on Phonics. She was convinced she would learn to read if we had it. Sarah graciously let us borrow her (which we still have, let me know when you need it back OK?) HOP set and Munchkin jumped right in. She loves getting all of the little books out and trying to read them. She caught on pretty quickly and at the beginning of the school year she was at level 1 for reading.
Today Munchkin got her report card. By the end of Kindergarten the kids should be reading at level 4. Guess what level she is on now.........6!!!!!! I called Bobby right away to tell him. I am so glad she likes to read! Both Bobby and I love it. Little Man loves it too and I hope that he will like it just as much!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Discrimination

For anyone that knows me knows I despise people that judge others based on skin color or race. It makes me crazy. We are all people, everyone has a story and there is no reason to treat others without respect and love. Moving to the south from California was an eye opening experience for me. In California we were surrounded by all kinds of cultures. It was not unusual to walk into In-N-Out in Azusa and here 2 or 3 languages being spoken. When we moved here I had quite a culture shock due to the lack of diversity.
All that to say tonight I witnessed a major act of discrimination. Bobby has been travelling this weekend and the kids wanted to go to Cracker Barrel for dinner. It was really busy but we finally were seated back in a corner. A black couple was seated right behind me just about the time we ordered our drinks.
When our server came back the couple behind me asked if she was there server because they wanted to order coffee. She looked at them and said "I'll go find him." Now, the guy that came to take their order may have been a brand new server but he didn't know anything about the specials and sounded very unsure of what he was doing. I am pretty sure they pulled him out of the back to take the order.
By the time we left (remember they had been there almost as long as we had) the couple was sitting there sipping their coffee and had still not gotten their food. I heard the guy behind me saying they would not be giving them anymore business...with good reason. Every other table around us had their food and were at least half way through their meals. I like Cracker Barrel but I don't think I will be frequenting that location anymore and I am writing a letter to the company.
What is wrong with people in this day and time that they can't show respect to any and all people.
I'll get off my soapbox now. Just remember if you are around me and you are talking negatively about someone (well, you shouldn't be talking about people for any reason) because of the color of their skin please remember not to do it. I will not agree with you and probably be really angry.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Life Group

It is about time but it looks like we may have found a new church home. We have been going to Lifechurch in Hendersonville. You can check it out here. It is definitely different but different in a really good way.
The music is rock and roll which fits Bobby to a T. But, even though it is rocking there are still hymns in there too. The sermons are on video but we were watching the screen anyway. They do not program, program, program. Some of it I know I will miss...for instance there are not big productions like big cantatas. That is something that I love but haven't been involved in in a long time.
There is a program on Wednesday nights for kids that are 6 and up and Munchkin is so excited about that.

We went to Lifegroup tonight at our friends house. It was such a great time of prayer and fellowship and talking about God. I haven't been in a small group like that in a long time where every ones voice was heard. It was wonderful. Munchkin and Little Man had a fantastic time playing with all the other kids while I got to spend time with other adults talking about God. What fun! So, it is looking like this is where we might land.

On another note, if you want to know what it feels like to bust a light bulb in your hand let me know. I sliced my thumb tonight. Munchkin asked if she could get me a bandaid so I now have Backyardigans decorating my thumb.
If you are looking for a good place to get connected come check out Lifechurch!
(Longhollow is still great too!)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

So far behind

One of these days I will get more pictures up here. They are stuck in limbo on my camera. Soon...very soon.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Bobby insisted......

that I look this up tonight after hearing Flashdance on a friends myspace page. Make sure to listen for the awesome guitar solo!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Booze it and lose it

So, the state of Tennessee came up with the catchy slogan "clickit or ticket" for fastening seat belts a few years ago. The newest slogan...which I guess is at least a year old is "Booze it and lose it". Every time I see it I immediately think "Booze it OR Lose it". Yeah, would have been good for the booze one to come out first.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

We're Fabulous!

video

I Love Saturdays

Munchkin has been home for Christmas break the last 2 weeks. She goes back to school on Tuesday and I am so sad. I know she is excited though. She saw one of her buddies from school at walmart and just couldn't stop talking about it!
So, this is our last Saturday before school starts again full force.
Bobby started his new job on Tuesday and has been training the last few days. It is kind of funny since he has been working at this place as a contractor for the last 5 years.
Last night we let Munchkin and Little Man stay up to watch Around the World in 80 Days on the Disney Channel, partly hoping they would sleep in this morning.
We got a few minutes of extra sleep. Little Man has been sleeping in Munchkins room and the two of them play really nicely together when they wake up in the morning.
After the two of them came in to cuddle with us (this happens less and less now that Munchkin is in school) we realized it was 9:45. Yeah for sleeping in!
I came down and made pancakes...that is kind of a treat because we are usually running out the door with a frozen waffle in hand....shaped like Mickey Mouse and decorated with mini M&Ms.
Now we are hanging out in our PJs playing the Wii. I really need to do a load of laundry but I am enjoying just hanging out with my sweet family. I love Saturday!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Be Joyful Always....

Be Joyful Always, Be Joyful Always, Be Joyful Always.........
I have not started 2008 off on the right foot. I think maybe tomorrow will be the true start to the new year. As you know Bobby is in a band. Bands play on New Years Eve. Last New years the band played before midnight and we were able to make it home to ring in the new year together. We didn't find out until late yesterday that they would not be playing until a couple of minutes after midnight and the other band kids were not going to be there. Before finding that out I was kind of twitchy about the whole evening anyway which made me not very nice to be around . I LOVE going to see Bobby play and if I had been thinking I would have hired a babysitter for last night so I could go and enjoy myself. It doesn't matter how many activities we take with us eventually I am chasing kids at events like this and we might get to listen to 5 minutes of the concert before little hands are over little ears saying that it is too loud and they want to find a different room to be in.
So, I decided to stay home with the kids. The three of us had a little party with strawberries, popcorn, fresh baked cookies and sparkling grape juice (I am a fan of Martinellis Sparkling Apple Cider but of course The Pig does not carry that!).
(Be joyful, the kids liked the grape juice even if I wasn't much of a fan)
Bobby did call me just a couple of minutes before midnight to wish me a happy new year. Am I that old that there are no parties to go to? I didn't know about anyone getting together or anything. Are all of us in our age group just tired and hanging out at home with the kids?
(Be joyful, I got to spend the early part of the evening with my kiddos. Be joyful, my hubby called me to wish me a happy new year even though we were not together. Be joyful, he made it home without incident from drunk drivers)
I had picked up the book Son of a Witch and started it yesterday. I didn't want to put it down and finished it about 3 am. That is about when Bobby called me to tell me he was on his way home.
I woke up in a pretty good mood and knew that I was going to let Bobby sleep in due to his concert last night.
We decided to go to the Chili Fly in at a local radio control airfield around lunch. At this point I was pretty tired. I don't particularly like being freezing cold, I don't like chili (it hurts my stomach), and I didn't know anyone, and I was going to have to chase my kids around in the freezing cold.
It was pretty windy so Bobby led us into the clubhouse where there were 5 pots of chili, 1 bag of Frito's, 1 bag of cheese and 1 cake sitting on a filthy table. There was 1 pot that didn't have chili powder in it so Munchkin and I had some of that. Little Man had a small bowl of Frito's with cheese on top and Bobby ate a bunch of Chili. He went to fly while we finished up. Little Man chose that moment to really want to be with daddy. This was the same time that almost everyone else that was there decided to come inside. My initial thought was leave it to men to bring 5 pots of chili and not think about any other side dish or ask people to bring something with them when they come. Next year we will definitely take something with us. Munchkin was so excited that we didn't have to buy the chili, that we could just have it.
(Be joyful, there was food and shelter provided. Be joyful, the people were friendly. Be joyful Munchkin made a friend and talked about The Bridge to Teribitha for awhile)
All of a sudden Bobby came in and looked really angry. He lost one of his planes over a stand of trees and in a passive aggressive moment threw his radio on the ground breaking the antenna off. We got some direction from one of the old guys at the field (at this point the kids are crying because it is so cold outside) and Bobby went to walk into the stand of trees while I went to get some gas in our gas guzzling SUV.
(Be Joyful, there are people who know the area better than us. Be joyful, we have transportation)
Instead of heading back to the field I drove around to where there is a trailhead. Bobby called me to tell me he was on the trail and then said he saw me but couldn't hear me when I honked the horn. He walked a very long way and still couldn't find the plane.
After we got home he went back out to look again after looking at Google Maps and where the trail is. I suggested he take his bike so it would be a little faster.
He called me not to much later to tell me he found the plane!!!
(Be joyful, for strong bodies that can ride bikes. Be Joyful, for persistence and not giving up the search)
We turned on the Rose Bowl and I went to take a nap (I needed one in a bad way)
Now that USC has won, I have had a nap and a little dinner I am feeling much better.
(Be joyful, naps are a good thing! Be Joyful, I have a wonderful husband. Be Joyful, I have creative sweet kids that let me sleep. Be Joyful, the kids got to see it snow for a little while this afternoon)
There are so many things that could make me be so grumpy this afternoon and I have to admit I have had a bad attitude the last 2 days. There is so much to be thankful and joyful for in the midst of struggle. Be Joyful Always. Something I need to work on for the new year.