Friday, April 24, 2009

Little League and Friends

We are still enjoying the Little League season. I have been there rain or shine to watch my baby boy play. It is so exciting to see the way he gets so into the game. The sun was out for his last game so I invited my sweet friend and neighbor, Lindsey and her little guy, Jacob to come watch the game with me. Jacob sat in his carseat ready to go with his baseball cap on, saying, "Go bay-ball, see Dabid!"
Thanks for joining me as I cheered for my little star. I loved having you there and I know David likes to show off his skills. haha

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Baby Instruction Manual For Dummies

Red Envelopes

White House Confirms — Over 2 Million Red Envelopes

The White House mail office has confirmed that as many as 2.25 million red envelopes have been received. The red envelope project was an idea conceived by a Massachusetts man, Christ Otto, who envisioned filling the White House with thousands of red envelopes as a visual expression of moral outrage over the president's abortion policies. Each envelope was meant to symbolize a life that was taken because of abortion. One White House mail worker said, "I've been here 35 years, so I've seen presidents come and go. This campaign ranks up there with the big ones."

Thursday, April 16, 2009

David and His Guitar

David started asking us for an electric guitar sometime last year. As a mother of 3, in a small house...I had to try to convince him to try a different instrument. For those of you who know David personally, you know that once he sets his mind on something that is all he thinks about. When I finally realized that he wasn't going to stop asking...I told him that if saved enough money he could buy one. I said this thinking that he would never save enough for such a spendy item. He's only ten for crying out loud, and $130 wasn't going to just fall into his lap. Well, obviously he proved me wrong when after only a few months he had enough. With his birthday money and odd jobs he did for his dad, he approached me with a big wad of money and grin on his face. I kept to my word and let him pick one off of Ebay with a really nice amp (should have got the smaller..quieter one, live and learn). To our surprise, after only playing with it for half an hour he could play a song. We watched in amazement as his fingers gripped the correct strings for whatever note he wanted to play. Let me add here, that he has had no lessons or training with a guitar. He has had his guitar for over a month now and will still rush home from school, run into his room, and start making music on his fancy red electric guitar. Next on my list is to get him some well as a smaller amp. ;)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Marley & Me

I just finished watching Marley & Me with the family. I enjoyed it up to the last half hour. I have been sobbing for like 10 minutes. Cute puppy movie...but I won't ever watch it again. If a movie doesn't have a happy ending...I just can't handle it.

Anyway, don't watch it unless you want to cry like a baby.

Puppy Love is Powerful

Many studies have found that pets can lower blood pressure and ease loneliness. Now, new research from the University of Missouri-Columbia suggests the hormonal changes that occur when people and dogs interact could counteract depression and stress disorders, too. Just a few minutes of petting Fido causes a release of happy hormones like serotonin and oxytocin, while reducing stress hormone levels.

Pretty neat, huh?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom!!!

I can't say enough about my mom. She is the glue that holds this big ol' family together. As a mom, she is always there to lend a listening ear or a helping hand. There have been so many times in my struggles through life's rough highways, that she has been by my side. I remember as a little girl coming down with an infection that caused so much pain I could barely breathe. She drove me to the fast as she could, telling me that she know's God wouldn't care if she broke the law and sped just this time. She knew how to make a frightened little girl giggle in the seat beside her. She held my hand through the whole thing, and when they admitted me to the hospital, I wasn't scared because I knew she was going to be there with me, praying for me. That was such a long time ago, and there have been so many similar stories I could share, of how she has always been there for me and I know that my sisters can say the same thing. She gives everything she has and more to make our lives a little easier. I can never repay her for all the countless hours she has spent taking care of my kids and loving on them every chance she gets.

Isn't she beautiful?? She is expecting me in the photo. I adore it.

Grandma of 19!!!

This is absolutely my favorite picture of her with my David when he was little.

She is more than my mom...she's one of my best friends.

I love you, Mom.

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Clothesline

A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.
It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.
For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"
And towels upon the line
You'd see the "company table cloths
"With intricate designs.
The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside -
As brand new infant clothes were hung
So carefully with pride!
The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed
You'd know how much they'd grown!
It also told when illness struck
As extra sheets were hung
Then nightclothes and a bathrobe too
Haphazardly were strung.
It also said"Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told"We're back!" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare!
New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray
As neighbors carefully raised their brows
And looked the other way . . .
But clotheslines now are of the past
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess!
I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line!