Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I guess it's better than the naked streak we were having a few months ago...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
MUCH HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP CONTAMINATED WITH MERCURY
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
It's strange how one injured finger can make it so hard to do things. Now, I'm supposed to ice it for 20 mins every hour until the pain goes away...ummm, how do I have time to do that? I'll do my best...
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Here was our plan for the day:
First, bowling with friends. Then, off to one of our favorite grocery stores located just near the bowling alley - Trader Joe's! Then, we were going to stop at a local Indian grocery store where they make Samosas fresh in the store and they are super yummy. Finally, we were going to stop into a furniture store because we need to find a dresser for Brendan's new bedroom (baby 3 is taking over his current furniture).
Here is what actually happened today:
First, we drove through a mini snow storm to get to the bowling alley. Then, it was so busy and crazy in there that the kids were a little overwhelmed. They couldn't understand why they couldn't go get a ball and play with it. It took some time for us to get a team organized, at which point the kids still didn't want to sit around and wait for their turn. Finally, it was Aidan's turn. Scotte helped him give the ball a big push down the lane, at which point Aidan started to run after the ball and chase it! Somehow, we didn't anticipate that, although in hindsight it seems very logical. He loves to chase balls. Scotte ran after him and ended up slipping and falling on his behind! Brendan had his turn and thought it was so awesome! Then, it was time to make the kids wait again. They definitely did not understand why they needed to wait! So, while we were waiting, Scotte was chasing Aidan and I was chasing Brendan. Brendan was looking at some bowling balls on a rack and telling me what color they were. He tried to pick one up a few times and I told him not to. I was kneeling beside him with my left hand on the floor for balance. I got distracted and turned my head for a second. At the same moment, Brendan succeeded in picking up a bowling ball. Unfortunately, he dropped it on my hand. Fortunately, it landed on my hand and not his foot. It hurt quite a bit, and the poor kids were fairly upset by the whole thing. Some friends helped us load up the car, and I went to the urgent care and Scotte took the kids home. We felt like the 4 stooges by the time we left the bowling alley!
I have a fractured pinky finger on my left hand, but it is fractured at the very tip of my finger. I'll be going to the doctor tomorrow to be sure that's all that's going on, but because of the location of the fracture there isn't much they will do to treat it. Over the next few days I will need to figure out how to do everything with 1-1/2 hands. It is still quite painful at the moment. It's pretty ugly and is throbbing non-stop.
Wow, I just typed all of that with one hand. All of that excitement today and not one photo to show for it!
We plan on taking the kids bowling again sometime, just as a family where we don't have to follow formal rules. They both really liked the few moments where they actually participated!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I saw this Superman image during the election, and I worry that many people think Obama will be able to work miracles overnight. I hope people give him time to do his thing. I think he has amazing potential to pull our country together.
Text from Obama's Inaugural Celebration Speech:
"...And yet, as I stand here today, what gives me the greatest hope of all is not the stone and marble that surrounds us today, but what fills the spaces in between. It is you -- Americans of every race and region and station who came here because you believe in what this country can be and because you want to help us get there.It is the same thing that gave me hope from the day we began this campaign for the presidency nearly two years ago; a belief that if we could just recognize ourselves in one another and bring everybody together -- Democrats, Republicans and Independents; Latino, Asian and Native American; black and white, gay and straight, disabled and not -- then not only would we restore hope and opportunity in places that yearned for both, but maybe, just maybe, we might perfect our union in the process.
This is what I believed, but you made this belief real. You proved once more that people who love this country can change it. And as I prepare to assume the presidency, yours are the voices I will take with me every day I walk into that Oval Office -- the voices of men and women who have different stories but hold common hopes; who ask only for what was promised us as Americans -- that we might make of our lives what we will and see our children climb higher than we did.It is this thread that binds us together in common effort; that runs through every memorial on this mall; that connects us to all those who struggled and sacrificed and stood here before.It is how this nation has overcome the greatest differences and the longest odds -- because there is no obstacle that can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change.That is the belief with which we began this campaign, and that is how we will overcome what ails us now.
There is no doubt that our road will be long. That our climb will be steep. But never forget that the true character of our nation is revealed not during times of comfort and ease, but by the right we do when the moment is hard. I ask you to help reveal that character once more, and together, we can carry forward as one nation, and one people, the legacy of our forefathers that we celebrate today.
Thank you, America. God bless you."
Monday, January 19, 2009
If you visit the Steelers Fever website you can download all the fun songs (scroll to the bottom).
Saturday, January 17, 2009
25 or so Things About MeRules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 2 people to be tagged. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.
1. I'm a chocoholic. I especially adore dark chocolate covered almonds and if they are in the house, well, they won't be for long.
2. I've been a vegetarian since I was 11 years old (so, for 20 years now). However, before that, my parents used to bribe me with steak. I loved it.
3. I love to read, and, with a few exceptions, I love almost every book I read. I would be a horrible book critic. I'm easy to please. Right now I'm reading "The Birth House" by Amy McKay.
4. I love the rain. I don't mind being out in the rain at all; I think there is nothing more beautiful than a rainy day. However, I've discovered that I don't like picking Aidan up from school when it's raining. How do you manage 2 kids in a parking lot with an umbrella? I need to hold both kids hands still, they're so little. I always end up with two wet kids and one wet mommy.
5. Most of my current friends met me after Aidan was born, and they would probably be surprised to know that I have a Ph.D. They probably all think I am just a mom. Someday, I might actually use my degree:)
6. I love to travel with my husband, and I think it will be fun when the kids are old enough that we can take them to fun places.
7. Just like Jen Kearns explained, my oldest son has Down syndrome, and I have learned much more from him in the last 3 1/2 years than he has learned from me. I wish everyone could be so lucky.
8. I gave up coffee when I became pregnant with Aidan, and I still drink decaf. I actually feel way better than I did when I was a caffeine addict, so I'll probably never go back. I love the taste of coffee, but if I drink caffeine I get very jittery.
9. I love being outside, but in the summer I always seek out the shade so I don't get sunburned. I can burn in about 5 minutes.
10. I can identify most of the birds that come through central Ohio just by listening for them. Brendan is picking up some of it, too!
11. Someday, I would love to adopt a child with Down syndrome from overseas.
12. I never wear makeup (well, maybe twice a year) and when I do I worry about all the chemicals I just smeared on my face.
13. Speaking of chemicals, I am very paranoid in the chemical department. Check out this website Cosmetics Safety Database. I worry about chemicals in food, cleaning products, beauty products, etc. and do my best to avoid them. Maybe I'm crazy?
14. Speaking of chemicals in food, I like to buy products with just a couple of ingredients. Did you know they make lite orange juice? It has about 20 ingredients, most of which I have never heard of. My OJ just has oranges and vitamin C. Simple.
15. Enough about chemicals. I love using cloth diapers on my kids.
16. I love to watch Days of our Lives, even though it's silly.
17. Before kids, I used to exercise every single day for 1-2 hours. I love to exercise. I look forward to being able to do it consistently someday again. It makes me happy and keeps me stress-free. If I could only figure out how to do it with kids...or figure out how to get up earlier...or stay up later...
18. I love the color gray. Is that considered a color?
19. I love taking photos of my kids.
20. I love cuddling with a cat.
21. I love drinking wine (but not while pregnant).
22. I am very shy about meeting new people or being in big crowds. Once I know people I'm okay.
23. I still call my dad when I have questions about things, just like I've been doing my whole life (sorry Scotte). I call Scotte second, or if I can't get in touch with my dad. My dad knows everything.
24. I like Sesame Street and Laurie Berkner as much as my kids do.
25. I used to clean my house every single day when I was single. I can't say that now...
I would love to hear more about anyone who wants to participate! Leave me a comment if you do!
I'm going to tag Deborah at Sunflower Stories and Sarah and Joyce at Class of 2008.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Such a great book! I highly recommend it to anyone with little kids. I've heard so much about vaccines lately, and I really wanted to find out what all the hullabaloo was about. This book is an amazing, completely unbiased reference, which made me think about things REALLY HARD. I'm still not entirely sure where I stand on the issue. On one hand, Aidan gets SO Sick whenever he gets anything that I am so thankful vaccines exist. I'm pretty sure he could have serious complications if he got the bad stuff. On the other hand, I read a few things that really concerned me. One was regarding the aluminum content of vaccines, and another was regarding the timing of some vaccines. For instance, there are some pretty high aluminum levels in some vaccines. Combine 4 vaccines together and they're REALLY high. Much higher than the levels known to be safe. Scary. Also, I think it's crazy that they give 1-day old babies the hepatitis B vaccine. The vaccine makes kiddos cranky and groggy - just what everyone wants when they're trying to figure out how to breastfeed a newborn. Plus, kids aren't at great risk of hepatitis B until they are older.
Monday, January 12, 2009
We had our first appointment of the day cancelled today, but we added one at the end of the day. Mondays are so crazy...
Saturday, January 10, 2009
This is our first experience with toys from strange sources. We are vegetarians, so we never go to McDonald's. The kids have no idea what a happy meal is. Why do they put toys in cereal boxes to begin with? It actually makes me not want to purchase the box, just to avoid the drama...
Friday, January 9, 2009
We took roughly 15,000 pictures this past year (the beauty of a digital camera), which is why it takes us so long to send photo books. We had to pick out our 150 favorite photos from 15,000. It takes time!
Here are my favorite photos of the year...
Perhaps they seem like odd choices, but I really see the personality of each of my kiddos in these two photos. If I can figure out how to do it, I'll post a link to the photobook on here soon...
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Mater the Greater
Rescue Squad Mater
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Aidan went back to school today and he was SO EXCITED! He came home giggling and smiling. I'm so glad he is happy in school.
The next part may be gross, so stop reading if you're not interested...
Aidan is fascinated by bodily noises lately. Every time someone burps, he kindly points it out. He'll say, "Momma burp. Excuse me." If he burps, he also lets us know right away and says "Excuse me." If someone is coughing, as we all did for several weeks, he can hear it a mile away and he'll tell everyone who is coughing (i.e. "cough Daddy"). Well, since he has had this stomach virus going on he has had some really bad gas. It's really funny though, I think he actually farted (we call it a "toot" instead of a fart) at least 50 times yesterday, and he told me every time. He seeks me out and says, "toot." I'm wondering if he did this at school at all today. I hope they didn't understand what he was talking about:) He is feeling better though, just a little gas!!
Monday, January 5, 2009
For all the grandparents wondering on the status of the kids, Aidan appears to have recovered almost entirely, but he is still not eating the best. Brendan, on the other hand, came down with it last night. He is handling it much better than Aidan did. He's only been sick twice in 12 hours, whereas Aidan was sick every 20 mins for 8 hours straight. I hope this is as bad as it gets for Brenny!!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I'm sure Aidan's PT's at both home and school mean well right now as they are trying to teach Aidan to throw and hit a target. It seems like a useful skill, doesn't it? He gets lots of cheers every time!! But, can someone tell me now how to convince him that every object in the house is not a projectile?
With Aidan, people cheer him on so much for accomplishing their goals, then I have to somehow teach him what is appropriate and what is not. It's hard after so much positive reinforcement. The therapists always tell me that it is no different than teaching other children what their boundaries are. But I am here to tell you that it is very different!! Brendan doesn't receive encouragement and applause for tearing paper, and when he started to do it it was quite easy to redirect. Aidan, on the other hand, had someone come into our home and work on these skills and applaud him, only then to have me squash his joy. It's very difficult sometimes!! Any advice???
Overall, I think therapy is worth it. But, I find myself dealing with these sorts of situations frequently...
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Happy New year, everyone. May 2009 be filled with all good things.