Friday, November 30, 2007
Bad defense... bad shooting... bad bad bad...
They were able to eek out a victory against the T-wolves Wednesday night (only after giving up a 20 point lead, ouch)... so losing streak over, right MAVS????
Tonight, we (as if I am on the court helping) play the Portland Trailblazers... um that wasn't so pretty the last time we met up with them, but we were down Devin Harris. So maybe, just maybe with him back on the court for this match up (and I hear another new starting line-up... what would this be 9 in 16 games?) we will have a better outcome!
I will say... I cracked up when The General got thrown out of the game a few nights ago! Classic!!!!!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
"Mommy, what are those animals called on Star Wars (IV)?" - Snookie
"Which animals?" -me
"Bobcat, they are are called WitchAnimals!" - Snookie
"Oh, no Snookie, I mean what animals are you referring too?"
"I don't think 5 year old boys can do a very good job drawing a race car on my magadoodle."
(As he sits frustrated that Lightening McQueen isn't appearing on the Magnadoodle as he draws.)
These moments have been brought to you by the letter S!
Take for instance music. Pretty much since they've been home with us, when we are just kickin' around the house I have music on... because I like to listen to music. Country, classic cowboy, Classical, Big Band, Jazz, Oldies... I enjoy an interesting array of sounds, and as time goes on the boys have appeared to pick up the same enjoyment of music that I have. The only time I don't have music on is during schooling in the morning.
Except this morning... after instructed work was completed, Bobcat and Bubba moved onto their independent work and Bobcat made an interesting request.
"Mommy, can we listen to some music while we work? You know, something with no words, just instruments... I think it would be nice to hear something while we work."
"Um, sure, let's see what I can find that would be nice to listen to."
So off to the 200 disc changer I went to find some homeschooling music. As I sat there scrolling through my choices I was somewhat in shock and awe... First that he is comfortable enough to manage his work while listening to music, and second that he asked for MUSIC... how awesome is that. Okay, I know you are thinking I'm dorky... but I want my kids to appreciate and enjoy music, and it seems to be rubbing off on them!!!!
Right now the distinct sounds of Spanish Guitar fill the house, while the boys complete their studies...
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
This picture is from Bobcat's first day at home with us. (We didn't have bathing suits for the slip 'n slide, so we used underpants.)
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Our lesson started with some frustration, and maybe a tear or two. I told him he could put them back in the box and I'd take them back to the store, or he could calm down and try again. Three deep breaths, and ten minutes later... Voila'!
I'm proud of him!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Some of you might be interested to know how we're holding up without our Mommy this weekend. As we were driving to the airport yesterday, Bubba asked from the backseat, "Who's going to take care of us when Mommy's gone?" Gee, thanks for the vote of confidence, son! Actually, I think he assumed I would also be going on the airplane. But it was funny the way he said it.
So we dropped the Llama off and came home to begin our innaugural Dudes' Weekend. I put the boys down for nap and went to do the yard work. I'm hoping this is the last time for the season, as I cut it fairly short and ran the mower dry and emptied the gas can into the car. So, Jack Frost, show yourself already, it's November and I don't want my grass to grow any more. Then, I attempted to rearrange the garage so that my new car could fit in there along with mommy's tank. It was pretty tough, but I think it will work. Gonna need some rubber door edge things just to be safe.
Leftover pizza for dinner and then off to our Blue Knights meeting to learn about the Fear of God and make spears with which to destroy evil. It went well. Nobody poked any eyes out, I call it a success.
Slept a little late this morning and had some toast and bread sticks (their request). Ran to Wal-Mart to get new shoes (Bubba tore his, and Bobcat has outgrown his) and new sunglasses for me ($5). Then to the driving range, as noted above. The place near our house is great because it's cheap and there's plenty of room for the boys to play safely away from the golfers.
Then home for lunch - PB&J. Daddy food is pretty simple fare. Bubba and Bobcat thought it was cool that their sandwiches were big (not cut in half) like big boys, and Snookie cried because it wasn't cut the way mommy makes it. Easily solved. Then a LOOONG nap, for all of us, with the windows open because dang, this weather is amazing.
This evening we grabbed some Wendy's burgers (noticing a pattern here? If you don't use any dishes, you don't have to wash any...) and went to the airport observation area to watch planes take off and land until dark. Bobcat brought his new camera, I'll post some photos later. Home for showers and into bed, now watching the Mavs. We'll see if we're able to get up for church by ourselves in the morning...
Hope you're having fun, mommy, we miss you!
Update: Sunday went well. We did get up for church on time. I made waffles and they were actually good. Played outside, and had another long nap. Then we learned that Mommy's flight would be delayed five hours... I'm sure she'll post about that later. We watched the Cowboys game (too close for comfort, but a win is a win), beans and weenies for supper, and off to bed. Up again at 11:45 to go pick up Mommy from the airport. I'll have you know that the kitchen was clean and the carpet vacuumed when she got home.
The dogs are mad at me because I made them stay outside pretty much the whole time. Like, well, dogs. Daisy gets indignant when she's treated like a mere animal. But I wanted the front door open for maximum fresh air flow.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Today was a follow up appointment with our pedi for Bubba, and come up with a game plan to keep the asthma in check. Let's just say that I'm less than satisfied. We were also there for Bobcat's 7 year well check.
First off they measured and did everything on Bubba that they were supposed to do to Bobcat, even though I told the nurse that he was not here for his yearly check up (that was 1 1/2 months ago)... that he was here for a follow up asthma check. She claimed she knew that, but continued anyway... then looked at her chart and marked out the stuff she had written and did the same exam on Bobcat. After a long while the pedi finally came in, and did Bobcat's check up. After all was done with him, the doctor showed me the growth chart and said, "so are we still holding off on seeing the endocrinologist, or are you ready to talk further about this?"
"Haven't we discussed the fact that he is too small?" - dr.
"Um, well his bio's were small people, but last time we were in you said that you weren't concerned because he is getting bigger and he is in proportion and is quite healthy." - me
"Oh, no he's supposed to be tracking better than this. Right now we project him to hit 5'3" and that's being optomistic, he isn't even any where near the arc." - dr.
"His birthparents were very short... 5'1" and 5'6"ish, and we've talked about that every time we've come in and this is the first time you've told me this is a problem." - me
"Well, the way we look at it for boys is an average of both parents and then +2 inches, and he's not headed that direction. I really think that this is a case that an endo. needs to look at and start thinking about growth hormones and what that will do for him." -dr.
So now we have an appointment in January to see a specialist about that little problem.
Moving on to Bubba... his lungs sounded much better. He still has a lot of crud from the infection, but that is to be expected. Next the dr. said that he wanted to have Bubba on Singulair full time... ummmm, we've been into see you now 3 times in 5 business days and every time we've been here you've said this, but haven't looked in your chart to see that Bubba has been on that full time for 3 years now... and now 3 times I've told you that he is already taking it. WHY DO YOU LOOK SURPRISED? Why are down playing the situation, oh... suddenly, by the quizical look on your face, it is a little more serious now that you know that he has been on a medication that you regularly give to little children when they present asthma symptoms. What now?! His answer was more drugs, and call him in a week. I mentioned his history again (because clearly no one reads the charts anymore), and was pretty clear that I was more than just slightly concerned. I told him that I had researched the next specialist that would handle this, but he assured me that this wouldn't go that far... that he feels like these extra meds will manage things better.
Calgon, take me away..................................................................................
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Thank you Daddio...
Littlebit, I'm a comin' to see ya!
Today our oldest turns 7!
Last night we did our little family birthday celebration (a day early due to business travel for Daddio), and Bobcat got to open his gifts from us. The highlight gift would be a new little digital camera for him. He really enjoys pretending to take pictures (even using rocks for his camera), so we decided to get him a camera of his own. He spent an hour or so this morning taking pictures... 100 to be exact. We got them on the computer and 26 seemed good enough to keep for his first day shooting! If you would like to see what Bobcat found interesting enough to take pictures of check it out!
Friday, November 9, 2007
2007 President's Proclamation
National Adoption Month, 2007
During National Adoption Month, we recognize the adoptive and foster families who have shared their homes and hearts with children in need, and we encourage more Americans to consider adopting young people of all ages.
Families who adopt show the generous spirit of our Nation. Every child desires a permanent home, and when parents adopt a child to love as their own, lives are forever changed. For parents, the decision to adopt a child is among life's greatest and happiest turning points. On November 17, families across the country will celebrate National Adoption Day by finalizing their adoptions, and each one of these homes will be richer for the addition of new family members.
My Administration is committed to promoting adoption of children of all ages. We are working to bring together more children with loving, adoptive parents through the Collaboration to AdoptUsKids at adoptuskids.org and by providing States with financial assistance through the Adoption Incentives Program. The Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program helps improve care and services to children and families and ensure more young people in America have a caring, secure, and permanent home. Together, these efforts are building a brighter future for our youth.
During National Adoption Month, we honor adoptive and foster parents as they raise children of conviction and character. By accepting the gift of these children, parents are helping shape lives and contributing to the strength of our great Nation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2007 as National Adoption Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to honor adoptive families and to participate in efforts to find permanent homes for waiting children.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Oh, and there's more....
NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY 2007 – NOVEMBER 17
ABOUT NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY
National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the 114,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. For the last eight years, National Adoption Day has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with courts, judges, attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies and advocates to finalize adoptions and find permanent, loving homes for children in foster care.
National Adoption Day is celebrated every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. For the first time in 2006, National Adoption Day was celebrated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In total, more than 250 events were held throughout the country to finalize the adoptions of more than 3,300 children in foster care, and to celebrate all families who adopt.
Final thoughts: GO MAVS! And the refs sucked!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
If you have seen, The Apronista is at it again with another apron giveaway! Go check it out!
Once Daddio arrived home from work, we decided that this was beyond our ability to treat and that he needed to go to an Urgent Care place with Bubba. Turns out that the little man was having an asthma attack (I'm sure most of you guessed that, but we don't have any experience with asthmas and we weren't sure if this was that!). What apparently happened in this case was that an upper resp. infection exacerbated the situation bringing on the attack. Several things were done to help him out including breath treatments, steroids, and antiobiotics... the result was Bubba being HIGH AS A KITE. When they got home around 9:00pm he was bouncing off the walls. Actually it was really funny. He is a high energy kid, but this was a totally different kind of behavior from him.
First, we didn't know that he had asthma. It is something that has been sitting in the back of my brain for about 6 months... not sure why, but I thought there was a chance. Not because he was showing signs, but because his biogolical mother was a smoker both in preg. and after (among many other bad or illegal habits during pregnancy) plus the non-existant prenatal and birth care she and he received.
Sitting at home worried about my son and waiting to hear from Daddio, I was also struggling with another emotion... sheer ANGER. Why? Because I (we) work so hard to provide a very loving and healthy environment for the boys... making sure their nutrition and sleep habits are met in the best way possible, everything they need and want is provided. But no matter how hard we work, there are things that were done to them by their birth parents that I simply can't undo! You look at those faces, and while I don't have infant pictures of them... I can imagine... but I can't imagine how someone... a mother could do the things she/they did. My anger is at the birth parents... the sperm and egg donor who didn't care (I certainly don't not consider them to be the mother and father, that would be way too generous based on their behavior), who were too selfish, they couldn't take care of the boys, but they were able to evade the law for more than 2 years, running from CPS...
Today... today I have had to call our insurance provider, I've had to deal with our prescription provider, I have to take the boys to their regular Pedi, I have to drive half and hour to get a nebulizer that our insurance won't let us pick up at the pharmacy, administer breathing treatments, go back to the pharmacy to pick up more meds for the boys, give tons of meds for the infection that both Snookie and Bubba have, had to cancel Bobcat's birthday party this weekend because they (dr.) said that they boys won't be healthy enough for that... the list goes on and on... which now include Bubba having asthma and all that goes along with that.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
As for myself, I think it's the concept of No Mans Land as far as as where we are at in our school year. Meaning, we aren't close enough to the Christmas break to feel like there is an end in sight, and we are too far from summer to enjoy the glow of free for all fun. And while it was super nice to go camping, we still pushed a head a little before we left and then made up a little when we got back. My brain is worn down, and when we finish up with book work in the morning the last thing I want to do is think... or even try and formulate a thought. Plus the fog of allergy medicine doesn't help the situation either.
Hopefully in the coming days I will be able to type out some posts covering:
Tapestry Adoption Conference (which we attend this past weekend)
Adoption groups (and getting one started for our parish/diocese)
---The Connected Child (For parents who have welcomed children: from other countries, from troubled backgrounds, with special behavioral or emotional needs) by Karyn Purvis (she was the keynote speaker for the conference)
---God Help Me! These people are driving me crazy: Making Peace with Difficult People
---God Help Me! This stress is driving me crazy: Finding balance through God's Grace (both of these are by Dr. Gregory Popcak)
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Red has it right... here's her recent post on the issue: ...Holiday
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thoughts on the whole:
I'm sorry to hear that Mbenga is gone. Due to an injury last season which lead to surgery we didn't see much of him, but what we saw looked promising. With three years here, he racked up some where in the 75 games range on the floor... which really isn't enough to know for sure what he's got (or so they say). He's headed off to Europe to get some floor time which will be good for him! And I'm not sure what happened to Crosiere (sp?), but he was a good guy as well, and I'm sad to see him go.
Josh Howard didn't play in the opener and is out the next game as well, due to a two game suspension for a fight in a preseason game. Now, I saw the clip and it is pretty funny... I had to watch that clip 4-5 times because I was laughing so hard. If you haven't seen it, it is worth checking out... and who ever came up with J. Ho. as his nickname... people, come on, something better - PLEASE!
Dampier is out till December because of shoulder surgery, and George is out with a knee injury from preseason (um, did anyone see him sporting the mohawk... and WHY?).
Jason Terry (The Jet)... he's so cute (and you know all 4 of his kids are cute)! Apparently he's everyone's favorite Sixth Man... we'll see how long they have him coming off the bench, he played great in the opener! And we all know that Coach A changes up his line-up regularly!
Stackhouse lookin' good as well... what a pretty jumper! (I like to make up my own nicknames for some of my favorites - I call him StickyStack)
Dirk looked way more aggressive in the paint! Which is a good thing... no gentle giants! And Diop was handling himself quite nicely with what 4-5 blocks and I think a total of 3 fouls... tough to do when you're a center. It will be interesting to watch this slot (the 5 spot/center) as the season progresses, especially when Damp is back in playing form.
Devin Harris, starting Point Guard for your Dallas Mavericks... you go little buddy! He cracks me up, and is one young player that is going to be fun to follow. He can draw a charge with the best 'em, and is quick on his feet... and isn't afraid of the bigger players (did you seem him guarding Kobe last year... hysterical).
Bass & Hassell, both new guys... looked pretty good, it will take a while getting used to seeing them out there.
Because I came in late to the game, I missed JJ B. (Jose Barea), but I hear he did well (oh, his nickname... Little Chili Pepper :-). And I have no idea of Mo Ager played... but both of this guys are definitely young athletes that will be interesting to watch as thier careers progress.
So there you have it people... my first Mavs post for this season... more to come!
When he finally got home, he brought something over to me... a glove! A golf glove. I knew he was going to be getting a set of new golf clubs for himself yesterday, so the glove through me a little, but I assumed he was going to let me play around with the set that he had been borrowing from a friend. Then he took me out into the garage to show me the set that he had gotten for himself... and low and behold... he got ME A SET OF CLUBS TOO!!!! And after dinner he took me out the driving range so that we could
Turns out I'm not half bad (Daddio's words). I hit the ball 90% of the times I swung, and I would say that some where in the 93%-95% range of those went further than 3 feet. I'm overwhelmingly pleased with how I did, and can't wait to go and hit more!!!
My favorite priest said morning Mass today, and gave a great homily about today's feast and the beautiful BLACK vestments he was wearing. Here is his explanation paraphrased:
Black vestments were not done away with contrary to what people say about VII. They are still listed as the first color of use for furneral Masses, and this Feast in particular (check out the GIRM, if you don't believe me). The vestment cannot be solid black, but instead must be trimed in a hopeful color (today he was wearing one that was lined with a beautiful royal purple). Why black and not more commonly seen white? (He said that it is as if we are already signifying sainthood, and then he joked that if any of us are around at the end of his life, that he wants to be dressed in black and that the priest be in black vestments... because he knows there is little chance that he would have a perfected soul at the moment of his death.) The black was actually meant to signify our earthly mourning, and the trim/lined color was for the joy that was to follow.
I should say that I'm really not doing his homely justice because if you know Fr. D, you know he is an amazing homilist and this was just a bare bones paragraph.
He went on to talk about how we are to spend (most especially) the month of November praying for those who have gone before us in the love and friendship of Christ... and that for those souls which are helped by our prayers & sufferings (soul which are still in a state of purgation), in return we have a special Saint in heaven praying for us!
Remember family and friends who have gone before us in the love and friendship of Christ, and the millions of souls who have been forgotten... and spend this month offering up your day for their benefit.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
With a few sweeps, bundled sleep bags, and several trips back and forth to the SUV we were soon on our way. We stopped for one last small hike and look at the view.
The drive home was filled with fun stops for photo opps! We saw fields of amazing cotton, fun street signs, prisoners cleaning a monument (stripes and all) and even camels!
Here is one of my favorite photos that I took on the way back...