Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Almost every morning "Fantastic" rolls by in his wheelchair on his way to the elementary school where he works. Of course, Fantastic is not really his name but Chance somehow concluded that that was his name, one day, while I was trying to teach him that when somebody says "How are you today? " that you respond by saying something like "Fantastic!"
So Yesterday morning "Fantastic" was late and we finished with the crossing guard job without seeing him. Chancee was quite disappointed as I put the cones away and turned off the flashing lights. The whole time he watched for "Fantastic and worried about him.
When I got back into the car our conversation went something like this.
Mom:(after noticing the sad look) Maybe Fantastic is sick Or maybe he drove his truck.(Unusual)
Chance: He's can't walk?
Mom: No, his legs don't work.
Chance: Are's his legs broken?
Mom: I guess you could say that.
Chance (a pause): He's needs a band aid?
Mom: No, that wouldn't help. His legs will get better when Jesus comes again. (seizing the opportunity, I try to use this conversation as a teaching moment)
Chance (Another thoughtful pause and then): Buzz light year can fix them.
Mom: Well, Buzz light year isn't real, Jesus is. Jesus is the only one that can fix them.
Chance (yet, another deep thinking pause): Then Woody can fix them!
Mom (realizing that point is being missed, but in no way discouraged, understanding that many, many more "teaching moments" will come and go through out this little guys life rolls eyes, and slightly amused says): forget it.
After all his little heart is in the right place. Maybe we'll just go get some band aids. Don't band aids solve every three year olds problem anyway? And "Fantastic," being fantastic, would be able to help Chancee understand a whole lot better then I could.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
"I really really, really want a pink alarm clock radio with princesses all over it, and I don't want it to play anything except princess songs."
umm O.K. so, I guess I can find that. I search the internet for day's. First looking for princess CD players. I figure I can get CD's of princess songs and she'll understand that radios play whatever they want. But, all the princess pink stuff I find has bad reviews and I really don't like the looks of them. so I think maybe just a pink boom box and a set of princess stickers will work but all the Pink Boom boxes are not available on line or in the store. But, they do have them. mm hmm. whatever. O.K. so I guess my next option is an MP3 player. It can be pink and it will only play princess songs. But is it just me or is that to much for a six year old.
K, here's the scary part. I'm starting to feel like my Mom.(sorry Mom) I am kinda struggling with all this high tech stuff and don't understand how it all works, just have a vague Idea. Worst of all I don't think I really want to know how it works. and how come things keep getting smaller but cost more. I have this image of Christmases in the future where kids come running excitely into the christmas tree to see what Santa brought and all there is is this tiny little pile consisting of cell phones that are the size of an earing cause thats how they work. just pin it in your ear and your good to go. same with the music contraptions. etc. O.K. focus here Pink princess Radio Pink princess radio.
Oaklee 3% more like Roger
Chance Equal 50% like Dad 50% like Mom.
Aubree looks 3% more like Roger
Caib Equal 50/50
Braden a whopping 20% more like his Mom.
So there you go. I'd have never guessed the results but it was fun.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Not only that I had Oaklee in July and My pregnancies are a little bit risky so I was told not to do things like, oh, say, mowing lawns.
Anyway. Roger was preg checking cows a couple weeks ago for a man that has a son that works at Hew Holland Equipment. This son happened to be helping with the cows and ended up selling Roger this ride on mower for half price. I ,grudgingly, (secretly relieved) agreed that it would be alright and that we could even have the boys run a yard business in the summers to pay it off. the boys agreed to that, so these two salesmen brought my new lawn mower to me. They proceeded to unload it off the truck and explained to me how to use it. Having done so they told me to go ahead and jump on and try it out. So, on I get. Now I could be lying here, but it wouldn't surprise me if they weren't just a little bit excited to have me try this mower out, and being so, smiled secretly at each other behind my back. So, as I said, on I get. I turn on the mower drive it around my drive way once pull it into the garage, and jump off as I say
"Well, that's pretty easy not much to it really."
The one salesman turns to the other and says. something like "That's not fair it took me a week to figure out how to run this thing."
The other one says, "I know I drove it in circles for half an hour before I figured it out."
The first salesman then says, "Why are women so much better at things like this? My first ride I shoved it into gear popped a wheely and sped down the driveway so fast I was scared to death."
I just shrugged a bit sealed the deal and went on in the house, breathing a huge sigh of relief that I hadn't done something that stupid.
I Can't wait till summer gets here. I love mowing. Just ask Caib.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
This is one of the poems Caib did
Cowboy in Rollerblades
I’m sure enough a cowboy
With my wrangler jeans and all.
I’ve been ridin’ in the saddle
Since I was pretty small.
I’d snicker at them city dudes
In their great big baggy britches
And watchin’ them with roller blades
Would have me near in stitches.
A rollin down the sidewalks
With their underwear’s in view
Come on now admit it
It’s had you a laughin, too.
Then one day I decided
Before I laugh and joke
About them silly foot wheels
That I’ve seen on city folk.
I’d have a little go at it
I’d try them wheels out
Heck! it couldn’t be that hard,
And I think I’m pretty stout.
I put the wheels on my feet
I stand and for I know it
My right foots headed skyward
And my left foots back below it.
I never knowed my body
Would stretch out in quite that way
I never could get up again
Until I put them wheels away.
Now thinkin’ back upon it
I sure am really glad
I was born a country boy
To a country lovin’ dad.
And climbin back upon my horse
Is sure a mighty treat
Cause I know that I’m plumb lucky
He aint got wheels on his feet!
Friday, November 7, 2008
"Mom, what are these letters?"
a pause and then
"this ones an I this ones a T and here's an L"
I, of course, shake my head and grab the camera.
And finally here is his, self thought of, snack time activity. Making pretzel words. He informed me that he was writing his name. After using up all the pretzels he announces:
"There, see Mom, That says me."(proof that he's not a genius, just smart like most kids.) I had to help him make the R's but he insisted he needed R's in his name.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
AGELESS WIT AND OBSERVATIONS
'If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.' Mark Twain
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.... But then I repeat myself. -Mark Twain
I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. -Winston Churchill
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw (So what we find,sadly, is that paul is the majority now.)
A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. -G Gordon Liddy
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. -James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. -Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. -P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. -Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)
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. -Ronald Reagan (1986)
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. -Will Rogers
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -P.J. O'Rourke
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. -Voltaire (1764)
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you! -Pericles (430 B.C.)
No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. -Mark Twain (1866 )
Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it. -Unknown
The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. -Ronald Reagan
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. -Winston Churchill
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. -Mark Twain
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.-Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress. -Mark Twain
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. -Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. -Thomas Jefferson
Are people, really, so uneducated that they no longer study things out for themselves? I have to tell you. I'm kind of scared about this election. And, yet we probably deserve what ever the results may be.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Chance that this picture had a ghost in it. O.K. O.K. I shouldn't have said anything I admit, but doesn't that look like a ghost to you? Chance thought so, too. sigh..... Now he's scared of the picture. Then I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I have enough pumpkin left to make some pumpkin bread. and maybe even a pie. This could be a new tradition.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
You may think the pictures a little goofy but it is all Chance. This is what I see in this picture:
Innocense, Love, excitement, mischief, curiosity, eagerness, tolerance, trust, humor, desire, stubborness and a little fear. It's all in there.
Chance just turned three. What a character. Common phrases we hear about this little guy are:
" Boy I wish I had his energy", "He sure loves life dosen't he?", "Life isn't going to be dull for you is it?" We sure love having Chance. Life would be boring with out a little chance in it.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Yesterday I cleaned up the cushions that were off the couch yet, again I swear, on my honor, that none of my other children have pulled the couch cushions off like Chance does. ARGHH!!! With him it seems constant. Today I realized that they were tires on a car. I really hope this couch cushion thing pays off eventually. By the way Woody is a great driver.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
So I head into the Laundry room where the freezer is to look and see what might be good for dinner. As I pass the washer I notice that it's empty, heaven forbid, So I stop at the dirty clothes barrel and sort out a dark colors batch throw it in to wash and then notice that the clothes in the dryer aren't running so I open the dryer and feel to see if they are dry.( my dryer takes about three hours to dry a batch of laundry) They aren't dry so I start the dryer again ,empty the lint trap, and notice that I haven't taken the few shirts that I happened to hang up so I wouldn't have to iron them into there closet.They are still hanging there above the dryer. So I grab them while thinking, "I guess I'll take these that I have to iron into the other room, too." Maybe I'll iron them quicker if they're somewhere I can see them.
I head into my bedroom where three more shirts are lying there taunting me with there horrendous wrinkles. so I hang up the shirts that I don't have to iron and as I throw the wrinkly shirts on top of the others I think: "Oh what the heck, I'll just hurry and Iron these."
So I grab the iron and ironing board and shirts,of course, and head into the family room where I can put on a disney movie for Chancee so that I can watch him while I sit there and do the ironing.
Hmmmm.......What to watch? what to watch? How about Pooh Bear for the second time today? No.....Oh I know Cars, Umm........No he has that one memerized. O.K. Ice Age it is I start the movie and the Baby wakes up and is hungry. O.K. feed the baby while watching Ice age It takes me a little longer than normal to feed the baby because, Well ,I get a kick out of the stupid show even though I've probably seen it a hundred times(not Exagerating) and my kids like it.
Laughing at the part where the nearly extinct Dodo's become extinct ,I get up off the couch put the baby down on a blanket on the floor warning Chancee with a bunch of empty threats that were intended to be empty.
"Do not touch or hurt the baby!!!"
I go into the kitchen to grab a drink of water. I finish my drink.
"man, How do the counter tops get so dirty so quick?"
I grab a Wash rag and My beloved Clorox clean up and once again spray them down and wash them off. I notice that the dish rag really needs washed, too. So I throw it into the dirty clothes barrel and seeing the vaccuum, chastise myself for not having gotten the vaccuuming done yesterday when I had planned to do it.
Yes, I grab the vaccuum and pull it out and start to vaccuum. half way through the vaccuuming I notice that it's time for me to go get the kids from school. I flip off the vaccuum grab the two youngest and head for the door so I won't be late setting up the cones and turning on the lights so that I can fulfill my responsibility as the crossing guard.
Upon arriving home from that daily chore, I am bombarded with I am hungries and can I play with so and so's. I get three after school snacks and one after Ice Age snack out of the way and tackle the can I play with so and so's with
"Sure if and when you get your home work done. "And then you've got to do the chores. Maybe you can play on Friday."
So while the kids are working on their homework, which usually takes an hour a problem(sheesh) I get tired of tripping over the vaccuum so I quickly finish with the vaccuuming, I glance at the clock. Holy Cow!! It's 5:30...........So this is my question.
"WHAT THE HECK"S FOR DINNER?"
"Maybe I'll iron the shirts tomorrow.......sigh"
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
We're planning a trip across Parker mountain while we listen to conference. The colors this year are amazing. So......... Mom, Your gonna wish you were here.
I love fall time. Apple pies, pumpkins. corn stalks and scarecrows, . But, most of all, I love the light. It glows.
I just received this video which I thought was, quite, good
Friday, September 26, 2008
There is a long history of dogs behind this boy. He's had a lot of dogs but he lost each one and then we'd have to console his tender heart as he'd cry every time he'd think about his most recently lost dog. The catch was that his past dogs were all supposed to be working cow dogs and if they wouldn't work, well, they had to go. So this dog is to be just simply a companion dog . Oh, he named it Angie after a girl in a Louis La'mour.I believe the book is Hondo.
I just enjoyed myself this morning watching Chance play with them. He's the type of kid that makes every parent think that boys and dogs go together. He plays outside forever talking away to these puppies as if they know exactly what he's talking about. He spent this morning playing in his Tee pee building fires with little sticks laying around(no flames involved). I could here him saying
"O.K. Boy lets go get wood" The puppies not cooperating So then I hear
"O.K. Boy I'll just go get the wood." A few minutes Later
"Here I am boy, lets build our fire"
and on and on and on as he's lost in his little world and loving life.
I love this time of the year! But the thought of a long cold winter makes me send the kids out as often as I can.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
What does Mom always tell you? Braden: NO!
Caib: do your homework:
Aubree: My name.
Chance: Chancee boy
Dad: I don't know what you always tell me.(Deep Thinker)
What makes mom happy? Braden: When I'm happy
Caid: Wden I get up and take care of the cow without complaining.
Chance: You (Wise for an almost 3 year old)
Dad; Being out doing stuff with family
What makes mom sad? Braden: The ending of the book Summer of the Monkeys
Caib: That Book(Summer of the Monkeys): (We"ve been reading for about an hour every Night,more if they can talk me into it)
Aubree: When I'm late getting home
Chance: You ( More wisdom)
Dad: Many things, family problems.
How does mom make you laugh? Braden:When you stare at me.
Caib: When you tell me funny things.\
Dad: burning meat (He thinks I burn meat every time I cook it. But it's his fault he calls me on the phone and distracts me every time I try to cook. Oh and I'm a well done while he's a medium rare)
How old is mom? Braden:39 (He's right, sigh)
Caib: 37(I asked my Mom how old she was when she was 42 years old and for the next 10 years, or maybe 20, when ever any one asked me how old my mom was I told them 42. and I was serious. That's what I thought)
Aubree: 23( I love Her perception)
Chance you big(His, too)
Dad: 38, Oh I mean 39
How tall is mom Braden: Uh, I don't know, like 5'6"( and a half)
Caib: I don't know......5'
Aubree: ummm Bigger than me.
Chance: (He's given up)
What does Mom like to do? Braden: Go on dates with Dad
Caib: Mow the lawn
Aubree: Snuggle with Oaklee and be near us
Chance: (still won't answer)
Dad: Walks, yard work
What is Mom's Job? Braden:Crossing guard and being Mom
Caib:Crossing guard Make dinner and feed us.
Aubree: The crosswalk
Chance:(He's Back) take care of me
What is moms favorite food? Braden: It's not mutton I know that. OH! pork chops.
Chance: On the Table?( see, Still 3 year old wisdom. I love any food that is prepared and on the table)
Dad: Fruits and Vegetables(He said he was trying to think of stuff I buy at the store that he never would buy. MEN!!)
How do you know mom loves you? Braden: Cause your my mom.
Caib: You do my laundry
Aubree: because your my mommy.
Chance (laughs) You love me!
Dad: Because you tell me.(DUH!!! If I didn't tell him would he still know that I love him? actually He was in a hurry to get up to the church..It's Tuesday night.)
Friday, September 19, 2008
view, very welcome guests at my house. The bugs this year have been terrible so when my neighbors chickens showed up I haven't minded at all. But, Roger did make a comment about the birds.
He said: "You'd think if we wanted chickens wandering in our yard we would turn our own out." That's right we have our own chickens and they have just started laying so I haven't let them wander. I want to get them used to laying eggs in their boxes.
After Rogers comment I assured him that as many bugs as we've had this year I really didn't mind having the chickens around. but the funny thing was Bradens comment. He Pointed out that the neighbors chinkens aren't bad to have around after all they have to put up with our flies.
Apparently, Braden sees the fly eppidemic as a direct result of our livestock.
Rogers only comment after that was "Good Point"
And we went about our activities enjoying the chickens as they wandered the yard pecking at all manner of creepy crawlies.