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Sunday, November 30, 2008

pass me the vitamin c

i woke up this morning not feeling so well. cough cough cough. we took roys car back to him as we do on the sundays that i borrow the car for friday night/saturday. cough cough cough. and helped carol get some of the christmas stuff out. cough cough cough. went to target with her and found some ideas for our house. Yay! cough cough cough. then back to their house for some sausage gravy! yummmmmmmmmmy. then brought the girls home. maddie managed to throw up as soon as we got in the door. yucky! maybe that was why she didn't want to eat dinner. cough cough cough. and that is all i can muster tonight.

Friday, November 28, 2008

a challenge

I was reading a blog earlier and came away from the entry with a challenge. I will be working on this challenge over the next week or two. Here goes:

What are your Christmas Traditions?

Here is where I stand now: ummmmm I'm not sure. What do I mean, well, I have never really thought about our traditions. Yes, we put cookies and milk out, and santa comes, but I haven't really instilled any other traditions because sometimes we are home and sometimes we are not. Like this year, I have to work, so santa is comming, but the other gifts are waiting until the Sunday after christmas so that the girls get to have more when they open gifts with Grammy and Pappy (by the way, I have heard Kenzie converting a little, it sounds like "dammy" but it is getting there) Maddie does whatever, but anyway, last year we went to Derrick and Amanda's house, the year before, we did christmas at Mom's, but we haven't really ever developed traditions for our family, so I will have to take a look at things and see what I can come up with! Keep watching for some of that to take place.

Thankful for

I know technically, I am late, but humor me would you:

I am thankful for:
*Each and every family member and friend I have. All of you have a special place in my heart and no matter how bad off we might be at that time, know that I will always love you!

*Paula girl you kept me going tonight here at work! Thanks babe!

*my job. There are so many people out there who aren't blessed to have a job. I however am not one of them.

*the weather. I could be up in Indiana expecting snow, but I am not. I am in mild weather (and we think it is freezing)! LOL

*i am most thankful for a forgiving God who loves me!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

maddie is home

she got here just before bed on Tuesday night. Hopefully, I will be able to get amanda to blog the great times that they had together at some point in the future.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Help from Kenzie, Sarah, and Mandy

Yesterday, we put together the Rose Petal Cottage again. Let me give you some background on this event!

When Ryan bought it for the girls, he was going to put it together, but hadn't gotten to it, so I did it. With the help of the cable guy who was there working on our internet connection in Indiana. It was quite a job let me tell you! I vowed that I would never take it apart! LOL! Then we moved. So I had no choice but to take this thing that cost almost $100.00 apart because there was no way I was giving it away!

Fast Forward: We have been waiting to put it together, but I decided that since it was getting a little cooler and Riley and Shelby might like playing in it with the girls this week, that it was time to put it together again! (oh, and we don't have the instructions anymore) So, Kenzie and I bring in all of the metal pieces and plastic joints along with both of the cloth covers that make up the cottage. About that time I hear, "Kenzie where are you?" It was Mandy and Sarah. So, they came on in and we found an instruction video on www.hasbro.com for putting my beloved cottage together. The girls proceeded to seperate all of the metal tubes by color. One set is pink and the other is white. Then once again by number to make it easier to find all of the pieces that we needed. Then they continued by seperating the connectors by colors and shapes. Then we used the video to assist in putting the cottage together, it was much easier this time!

After we got it together, they all went in it and played until Tyler came over. (we don't play with Tyler because he isn't so nice to Maddie) So, I politely asked that Tyler play outside with the children. He stated, "I was mean to the little on because I just hate babies" then they all went outside, but not before he stated, "You have a nice christmas tree, and I like it" so, I know the kid has potential and I think he just needs some love!

Now, this morning, Kenzie is in the cottage with her magazine, pen, snack, pillow, etc declaring that "This is my house and you need to knock before comming in mom"

So, I am off to talk her into getting ready for school.

Have a great one!

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Shoppes at Wiregrass

We went to a new strip mall yesterday with Carol. What I got to see of it I loved. There was this big display of Christmas Trees, and Carol, Kenzie, and I got a picture taken in front of them. A lady was nice enough to offer to take a picture of all three of us so we could be in a picture together. (note to self, have Roy e mail it to me so it can be uploaded here). So before we went to the christmas trees, we kind of looked in a few shops. Here were my thought:

Lane Bryant: "Oh my goodness that is a lot of red and black" (I have a lot of red and black already, but I will keep looking back because I saw a white suit there that I would love to have, but I don't want to pay full price for it.. Kind of expensive)

Justice: "Now we can totally learn to love this store" (Kenzie fell in love immediately with this store. It (in the words of Amanda) is a lot like Limited Too, only a little less expensive. There were some really cute things in there)

Carol went in a store or two and we went to a toy store before returning to the car to head to target.

While at target, I think I found the new look for our christmas tree, I will have to hope the ornaments go on sale like you wouldn't believe after christmas so I can unveil the new christmas tree look next year and to help me with deciding Amanda is going to bring "pics" for me to try as a tree topper to see how I like it. My angel has kind of bit the dust... She is old and didn't want to stay on the tree, so I am going to work on making her into another part of our decor. We also saw the shoes that Megan liked so much on sale for $4.98 and I tried them on, they were cute, but not functional for me. We then looked all through toys with a 5 year old in tow! I know we are crazy for even attempting that one, but it is one way to see what she is interested in especially down the educational isle. It gave us an idea of "will she be able to play this or not" so we were handing her leap frog toys and seeing if she would be able to keep an interest while playing with them. Some she could, some she couldn't. We did notice that she isn't quite ready for TAG yet.

We then retreated to Carols house for dinner and putting the Thanksgiving tables together. I didn't get to take pics because I have donated my camera to work until we can get the charger for the cybershot that we have there at work.

Fastforward:

THIS IS HOW IT FEELS to have an empty house on my day off! I am loving it. Ryan took Kenzie to school and I made myself some chocolate chip pancakes topped with whip cream! so yummy! I am about to get ready for the day just wanted to blog before I get in trouble!

P.S. Maddie might come home on Tuesday! Will know more tomorrow though.

Dawnie

Saturday, November 22, 2008

sad but true

Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord's Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore Because the word "God" is mentioned...... A kid in Arizona wrote the attached

NEW School prayer:
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot;My soul please take!
Amen

Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father."

Friday, November 21, 2008

Pics and Decorating the Tree

I just loved those blue eyes, so I had to put them in here again!
Look at me I am a cheerleader!
Decorating the Christmas Tree!
"Look Ma, I'm a decorator!"
"Jingle Bells Jingle Bells Jingle All The WAAAAAAAAAAAY!"

"Freak of Nature"

Some might not like that. I got an e mail from my boss the other day at work after I had sent the girls an e mail saying that if they wanted to bring their christmas presents in to work, I would wrap them at night to keep me busy (not to mention, I LOVE TO WRAP PRESENTS). So when she e mails me back she says, "You are a freak of nature!"

So, tonight I called to further discuss my hours since Ryan is working 3p to 11 pm, I had to switch my hours around a little and we got to talking about having a christmas ornament exchange and I mentioned that I am making an ornament for it. She repled with "Making? YOU ARE A FREAK OF NATURE YOU KNOW!"

I love my boss! She is so cool! She is allowing me to basically come in when I can while staying extra to make up the hours that I had to give up due to Ryan's schedule. It is so cool to work with someone who is so flexible. She also added, "I know how hard it is to work night shift. I can't do it and if you are ever to the point of total exhaustion, please go home! I don't want to have you putting yourself or anyone else in danger as you drive home from work!" It was really sweet of her.

I spoke with Arne before leaving work this morning! It was great to get the chance to chat for a minute with him.

Lee came in before I left also and cleared up some confusion that we were having on one of the forms that we have now switched to! That was great.

Maria (my boss) is going to approve us a desk fan! YESSSSSSSSS! It gets so hot at the desk, so we will have one on the way soon!

The text messages I have been getting:
(lets see if you can dicifer who they are from and who they are referring to)

#1. "We made it. She's doing great. She slept most of the way."
#2. "She did well. She has a pretty bad cough. We're going to a friends today around four so I'll try to remember to call Kenzie"
#3. "Having so much fun. She loves this little piggy went to market. Just wanted to give you an update"

So, now it is your job to comment me back and try to tell me who the messages are from and who they are referring to.

I am going to get ready for work, so I will blog more later!
Dawn

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A new take on my marriage and parenting.

I have had a very trying year. To the exent that I had all but given up on my marriage and children. I was at an all time low, and although things are not where they need to be, I have taken these last few days to do a lot of soul searching. Many people are able to just talk things out and don't understand when I need time to myself to just think. Upon thinking, today in the garage I found a book called, Loving Thoughts by Helen Steiner Rice. I flipped through the pages and found a poem and as I read it I decided at that moment that I wanted a change for our family. Here is the poem I found.

Each Day Brings a Chance to Do Better

How often we wish for another chance
to make a fresh beginning,
A chance to blot out our mistakes
and change failure into winning--
And it does not take a special time
to make a brand-new start,
It only takes the deep desire
to try with all our heart
To live a little better
and to always be forgiving
And to add a little "sunshine"
to the world in which we're living--
So never give up in despair
and think that you are through,
For there's always a tomorrow
and a chance to start anew.

So, as I read this poem, I saw my Monday flash before my eyes. I saw that there was need for a new beginning. We are working on things between us and for our children. I was so close to "giving up in despair" as the poem said, however I did not do that completely and I can't help but wonder what would have happened if I had. I would have been just like my father. He runs from his problems instead of facing them head on and I refuse to do that. I am going to continue working on my relationship with my husband and children, so if you find that you aren't seeing much of me, know that I just need some time and that in time I will be back to coming around and being with all of you who love me and my family and want things to work out for the best.

A big thank you to: Carol! After I talked to you today at the school, I knew that I didn't want to not grow old with you in my immediate family! You are such a joy to be around and I can't imagine life without you!

Derrick and Amanda: Thank you for comming and getting Maddie for a few days. It was so sweet of you and I appreciate it like you can't imagine. I think you knew that I needed some time and that is why you offered. I am forever greatful for you and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Kenzie and Maddie thank you for putting up with an unhappy mommy here lately! Things will get better!

Ryan, thank you for not kicking me to the curb! I know that on Monday we had a really big dynamite explosion in our relationship, but I pray that you will help me to sort things out and hopefully grow closer together in the process! Love you!

Angel: thanks for being there. You don't even realize how much of an impact on me you have. I see the struggles you and your child have had and I don't want those for my kids.

I need to nap before work.
Talk to y'all later!
Love,
Dawn

A trip with Aunt Amanda

Gotta get busy, Amanda will be here in like an hour to an hour and a half, but she is comming to get Maddie! She called and asked if she could come get her for a week and we agreed, pics to come i promise, but i will have to get my baby back before I put the pics on here!

edit: might be nice if i told you where she was going... THE TWO YEAR OLD IS GOING TO ORLANDO! (actually longwood, but it is the same diff really)

Individual Educational Plan (aka IEP)

I went yesterday for Kenzie's IEP. Here were the results:
It was for speech therapy.

She is being seen for communication needs, curriculum and learning environment, and communication. They added curriculum and learning environment due to seeing that she is becomming self consience of her speech and we want to keep her confident in herself while not comprimising her self esteem in other areas as well. In addition to this, she is also in a group with her guidance councelor to help with the self confidence and esteem.

Her goals are:

to correctly produce /k/, /g/ in all positions of words for 5 minutes of conversation with >90% accuracy for 3 sessions without correction by the SLP (speech and language pathologist)

When the slp presents age-appropriate vocabulary/basic concepts, she will demonstrate her knowledge and use of the vocabulary words/basic concepts by correctly identifying a word/concept presented by the slp.

when given a 2 step direction, she will follow both steps w/o verbal/visual prompting.

she will correctly produce /l/ in all positions (just as with /k/, /g/)
as will she for /f/ and /v/

when the slp presents a one syllable word, and asks her to tell her the sounds in the word she will produce each phoneme in the word without any modeling from the slp.

in all of these areas, there are several bench marks that i did not list here, but after talking with Ms. Betty, I was highly satisfied with the progress Kenzie is making. She asked Kenzie to "show mommy how you say /k/" Kenzie put her finger on her tip of the tongue and proceeded to say /k/ key! I was so amazed because in Indiana the speech therapist was working on /k/ for one full year with little or no progress! Soon Kenzie will be able to produce her /k/ in all positions with NO MODEL! It was quite awesome. She refered to Kenzie using her finger to hold her tongue down as a model. I will keep you updated on her progress!

Lots of Love and Kisses
Dawn

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Every Year

I think back to "What Chritsmas Music Do I Want To Listen To This Year" and every year, my sister and I cry to the song "Christmas Shoes" so I started putting it on my christmas playlist here on the blog. So here is the background behind what that song means to us.

First, to see the lyrics and hear the song, go to this site:



http://http://peachpatch.com/shoes.html

Now, some of you don't know the following:

On Thanksgiving 18 years ago, our mother passed away. It took years for us to be able to celebrate thanksgiving. We were not ready. We wanted our Mom back and didn't understand why God had taken her and left children ages 9, 7, 5, and 4 to live without a Mom. It wasn't until after I moved to Florida the first time that I was able to start celebrating the things I was thankful for having and I can say now that I AM THANKFUL FOR GOD TAKING MOM OUT OF HER MISERABLE EXISTENCE CAUSED BY THE CANCER!

The song just reminds me a lot of my little brother and love he had for his mommy and the boy in the movie (if you got to see it) just looked like my brother when he was a kid.

On Thanksgiving 1990, Momma met Jesus and so when I hear the song, I think of her! I can't wait to meet him too and see the beautiful angel that is sitting on a cloud watching my girls grow up. I always think back to when Maddie was born. She was a sick little one, and I can't help but think that an angel was with her through it all!

This song is hope for all of the little kids like me who have lost their parents to cancer. Jesus is watching over you just as He has watched over me!

feeling somewhat better

i feel a little better today! more details later.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Ferry Ride/Caladesi Island

So this is what happens when I throw sand!
Oh my goodness! Shelby sure did love making this sand angel I bet!

Riley and her sand castle. such a great job!

Awww The wet girls!

They could be getting into something. LOL!

Proud Grammy (Yaya)

Wonder if she is scared? Her first ride on the water!

So, it's time to make a phone call!

I'm not so happy about this!

Halloween Pictures

Riley and Shelby ready to go trick or treating. They were China Girls! Too Cute!
Goofy, yet scary Yaya! LOL!

Check your cubbards for dead cereal! He's the Cereal Killer!



Silly lil Kenzie. she didn't want to wear her wig after we bought it, but here was her version of Hannah Montanna With short hair!


And my beauts! A rockstar and a harley girl! They had a blast!




Finally, the cake I made for halloween.





Saturday, November 15, 2008

so nice

tonight while i was at work, i had ordered a dinner tray (payroll deduction) and while eating, ryan called. they didn't give me the message, but anyway, when i got back from eating, he called again to say he was bringing me dinner! such a nice gesture! so now, i am home alone! quiet house! loving it. ryan is at roy and carol's watching riley, shelby, kenzie and maddie (oh and maggie too), so i am just gonna go on to bed.

Friday, November 14, 2008

for amanda

my biggest fan

love ya gal!

i promise, i will try to be better on the blog...

off to nap now...

third shift kills the sleep schedule

kenzie is at school

maddie is with your kids on a ferry boat with grammy (aka yaya)

ryan is around here somewhere stressing about his pending surgery...

and i am just thinking about how much trouble i am in for not blogging like i should...

i will get better.... i just have to figure out the schedule a little more...

maybe i can do that while i am lifing weights at work tonight...

yes, lifting weights... yes, i work out... yes at work...

you see, while i am at work, i work out in the pt gym which is accross from my desk while awaiting the phone to ring... it is close enough that i can get at it if it ever rings... (very rare at 3 am)

trying to get in shape to kick some "honey homicide" butt when you get in the roller derby kiddo! LOL...

talk more later

lottsa love to my devoted blog readers!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

ABBY CADABBY CRAZY!!!

abby cadabby Pictures, Images and Photos
So, This is what Maddie is just absolutely crazy about! She is screaming as I blog about this character! It is a sesame street new character, and once she saw it, she just squealed with delight! So, I know what my task is now.... De Dorafy the house and bring in Abby Cadabby! If anyone knows where I can find some cool abby stuff, Please let me know!

I.E.P

This afternoon, Kenzie's speech therapist (Betty) called me and when I finally got enough charge on my cell phone to all her back (I am horrible about keeping it charged), she stated that she would like to set up an appointment (next wednesday) for me to come in and go over "Little Miss Mackenzie's" iep. this totally shocked me because I was told they probably wouldn't be able to change her I.E.P until next year! So, Kenzie will be bringing home a parent invitation that I have to send back with her to the school, and a parent's questionairre to ask if we have any concerns and what they are. there is the update and i wanted to put it on here before i totally forgot it!

how stupid have we become in the last 50 years?

HIGH SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2007
Scenario 1:

Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.

1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2007 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:

Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2007 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged them with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:

Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

1957 - Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2007 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:

Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2007 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair wi th the psychologist.

Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 - Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.

2007 - The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:

Pedro fails high school English.

1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1957 - Ants die.

2007- ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents -- and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:

Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

This should hit every email inbox to show how stupid we have become!

I got this in my e mail from me and my sis's friend liz! thanks for this. although you want to laugh at some of the scenarios, they are true. it is sad the state of our country these days!

goings on

so, we are 2 weeks from thanksgiving... what is goings ons in this house?

kenzie is constantly asking how much longer for santa! she knows after halloween comes "turkey day" and then daddy's birthday, then shell bell's birthday and then christmas... she is counting it down this year!

maddie is starting to finally figure out that when she is wet it isn't comfy, so off comes the patty potty pants!

i am status quo just working and the other day, i got called in for a four hour field trip! it was insane. because i haven't been in the state of florida for five years, i had to be fingerprinted. (keep in mind we just got prints done for the board of nursing to renew our certificates), so eight of us headed out in the company van with one following in her vehicle with her children. we get to tampa and they don't have fingerprint cards (not to mention the attitude we got because we didn't have them) so charlie calls back to work and after a little while we get back in the van and head to cleawater. they had the cards, we waited probably another twenty minutes before the lady came down to do our prints and when she saw the amount of us, she went crazy. she acted like she had more important things to be doing than fingerprints! in my opinion, if it is your job, it is your job, like it or get a new one lady! we finally get done, and charlie is running late for his second job, so he calls and has arne drop his car by the second job while arne picks up the van that had all of us in it. the rest of the ride home was interesting to say the least! a great big van pulling a u turn in front of an suv that was too close! we were all praying and screaming at the same time! so we get back to work and i called ryan to come pick me up! it was crazy! so now i get to go to work tonight!

ryan has had a few interviews this week. we are just praying that the right job will surface for him.

mom and pop are doing well from what i understand. i talked to pop on saturday. he was supposed to call on sunday to talk to the girls, but forgot to i guess, so i will be trying to get a hold of him this weekend.

and that is that!

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an annual American holiday honoring military veterans. Both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states, it is usually observed on November 11. However, if it occurs on a Sunday then the following Monday is designated for holiday leave, and if it occurs Saturday then either Saturday or Friday may be so designated.[1] It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)
The holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements. While these spellings are grammatically acceptable, the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.[2]

History
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 12, 1919. The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting the President issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."
In 1953, an Emporia, Kansas, shoe store owner named Al King had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. King had been actively involved with the American War Dads during World War II. He began a campaign to turn Armistice Day into "All" Veterans Day. The Emporia Chamber of Commerce took up the cause after determining that 90% of Emporia merchants as well as the Board of Education supported closing their doors on November 11, 1953, to honor veterans. With the help of then-U.S. Rep. Ed Rees, also from Emporia, a bill for the holiday was pushed through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954.[3]
Congress amended this act on November 8, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with Veterans, and it has been known as Veterans Day since.[4][5]

The above information was found on wikipedia

Monday, November 10, 2008

city walk




What Your City Walk Means



You are thoughtful and contemplative. You enjoy spending time alone with your thoughts.



You are generally confident and friendly with strangers. You are well mannered and sociable.



Money is very important to you. You like to have lots of nice things... and you don't care if you're being greedy.



You are curious about ideas. If you had the means, you'd like to explore the whole world.

what part of thanksgiving are you?




You Are The Stuffing



You're complicated and complex, yet all your pieces fit together.

People miss you if you're gone - but they're not sure why.

what board game are you?




You Are Checkers



You are very logical and rational. You are able to understand what is and isn't a factor.

You're able to compartmentalize and focus on the essentials.

You appreciate simplicity. You can see the layers of complexity and beauty in anything.

You are also playful and good natured. You don't take life too seriously!

ryan's laptop is

doing ok. kenzie accidentally spilled water on it. we called acer. they suggested that we disconnect and let it dry out then try again! i tried it this morning. (hasn't even been a week) and it is workin perfect! i will keep you posted if we have issues with it again. (for acer to fix it, it would have been $400).

Sunday, November 9, 2008

just the norm

we have had just the norm going on here lately. maddie is batteling a cough, but other than that status quo. ryan is having an interview at mease dunedin on monday with the recruiter for mease. if he gets the job he can work at any one of several local hospitals. kenzie is doing well in school. and i am working night shift,so i sleep during the day.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

any info

on my quest to be a safer house and to improve the environment, i am questing to gain as much info as possible about our normal household chemicals such as clorox, pinesol, colgate, etc. if anyone knows of any websites that will help me, please don't hesitate to include that info in an e mail or comment for me. i am using the stuff right out of wikipedia and the national safety council right about now. (i typically research these things when i can't sleep). i am finding it amazing the amount of poison used in our household chemicals that are supposed to be safe for our families, but are not! we are converting all of our chemicals to safe ones for our family and the environment. it is so crazy the amount of children who have died due to accidents with just normal things like cascade.. or burned because of bleach... how about the child who swallowed conditioner and died due to the ammonia used in it? just makes me so mad at these companies who are bringing in the dough hand over foot because many of us don't realize that there are safer products on the market which do a better job and don't cost as much as the ones that we are currently using!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

christmas suspended

fyi: to anyone who is planning on buying for our kids. christmas in our house is suspended. with the market the way it is, i am struggling to make our bills let alone buy for the kids or anyone else. sorry for not being able to be jolly this year.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Twas the night before the election

*'Twas the night before elections*
*And all through the town*
*Tempers were flaring*
*Emotions all up and down!*
**
*I, in my bathrobe*
*With a cat in my lap*
*Had cut off the TV*
*Tired of political crap.*
**
*When all of a sudden*
*There arose such a noise*
*I peered out of my window*
*Saw Obama and his boys*
**
*They had come for my wallet*
*They wanted my pay*
*To give to the others*
*Who had not worked a day!*
**
*He snatched up my money*
*And quick as a wink*
*Jumped back on his bandwagon*
*As I gagged from the stink*
**
*He then rallied his henchmen*
*Who were pulling his cart*
*I could tell they were out*
*To tear my country apart!*
**
*' On Fannie, on Freddie, *
*On Biden and Ayers!*
*On Acorn, On Pelosi'*
*He screamed at the pairs!*
**
*They took off for his cause*
*And as he flew out of sight*
*I heard him laugh at the nation*
*Who wouldn't stand up and fight!*
**
*So I leave you to think*
*On this one final note-*
*IF YOU DONT WANT SOCIALISM*
*GET OUT AND VOTE*

Our good friend Cathy sent this to us! She is Maxx's wife(Ryan's best friend)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Calling all Momma's and Daddy's

DID YOU KNOW:

Nearly 2.5 million people reported an unintentional exposure to poison in 2006. And while more than half of those involved children under 6, it is a testament to poison prevention campaigns, child resistant caps and other measures instituted over the past decade that children accounted for just over 2 percent of 1,229 total unintentional poisoning fatalities (51 percent of 2,403,539 reported exposures).
Children’s exposure to poison most often involves common at-home substances, like drugs, pesticides and cleaning products. Of the exposures reported in 2006, 93 percent took place in a home.
Generally, there are four forms of poisons:
Solids (medicine pills, powders, granular pesticides, etc.)
Liquids (soap, furniture polish, lighter fluid, syrup medicines, lotions, etc.)
Sprays (spray paint, insecticides, cleaning products, etc.)
Gas (carbon monoxide, air pollution, gas fumes, etc.)
While some sources of poisonings have obvious risks, others are less recognized. Some less obvious poisons include adhesives and glues; arts, crafts, and office supplies; batteries; cosmetics and personal care; deodorizers; paints and stripping agents; pharmaceuticals and vitamins; plants; and tobacco products.
Pesticides are found in about 80 percent of American households. Pesticides include any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying or mitigating pests. Misuse, especially when pesticides are inappropriately applied or in the wrong quantity, can cause illness, injury and even death.
Many people assume that household-use pesticides and other poisonous products are safe to use because they are readily available at retail stores. This is not necessarily the case. Most unintentional poisonings are preventable, however. It is critical to follow label directions for all products, including medication dosages and proper storage of potentially toxic products.
Following are tips for keeping children safe:
Keep the nationwide poison control center's number (1-800-222-1222) and your doctor's phone number handy.
If a household chemical has been ingested, call the poison control center (1-800-222-1222) immediately. Have the label ready when you call. Induce vomiting only if a physician or a poison control center instructs you to do so.
Keep products in original containers with labels and out of children’s reach. (Even if you don't have small children, this can be important; many poisonings occur in homes that children visit.)
Get down to a child’s height and evaluate potential hazards from that perspective.
Make sure children wash hands after using the bathroom and before eating.
If your children are in day care, check where the day care provider keeps cleaning products, medicines and other potentially hazardous products. Make sure these products are locked up and out of children's reach.
Use hazardous products away from children, toys, food, and pets, as directed.
Properly dispose of unused or unnecessary household products and unused or expired medicines.
Check playground equipment where your children play to be sure that none of the wood has been treated with potentially hazardous chemicals.

I found all of that information on the National Safety Council website! It is amazing. What is even more amazing to me is that in many of our household chemicals, they use formaldehyde! You heard it! The stuff that they use to preserve dead bodies! What in the world are they thinking? It even used to be used to make draft beer! Now they use other chemicals! I also was looking on my toothpaste ingredients the other day when talking to my friend LaWanda. She was telling me a story about when Alexis was a baby, so as I look I see Sorbitol listed as an ingredient. It is sugar alcohol! wikapedia says this about sugar alcohol:

Sorbitol, also known as glucitol, is a sugar alcohol that the body metabolises slowly. It is obtained by reduction of glucose changing the aldehyde group to an additional hydroxyl group hence the name sugar alcohol.

Uses

[edit] Sweetener
Sorbitol is used in "sugar-free" mints and various cough syrups and is usually listed under the inactive ingredients.
Sorbitol is a sugar substitute often used in diet foods (including diet drinks and ice cream) and sugar-free chewing gum. It also occurs naturally in many stone fruits and berries from trees of the genus Sorbus[1]. Sorbitol is also referred to as a nutritive sweetener because it provides dietary energy: 2.6 kilocalories (11 kilojoules) per gram versus the average 4 kilocalories (17 kilojoules).

[edit] Laxative
Sorbitol can be used as a non-stimulant laxative as either an oral suspension or suppository. The drug works by drawing water into the large intestine, thereby stimulating bowel movements.[2] Sorbitol has been determined safe to use in the elderly although it is by no means recommended. [3]

[edit] Miscellanea
Sorbitol is often used in modern cosmetics as a humectant and thickener. Some transparent gels can only be made with sorbitol as it has a refractive index sufficiently high for transparent formulations. It is also used as a humectant in some cigarettes.[4]
Sorbitol is used as a cryoprotectant additive (mixed with sucrose and sodium polyphosphates) in the manufacture of surimi, a highly refined, uncooked fish paste most commonly produced from Alaska (or walleye) pollock (Theragra chalcogramma).[citation needed]
Sorbitol, combined with kayexalate, helps the body rid itself of excess potassium ions in a hyperkalaemic state. The kayexalate exchanges sodium ions for potassium ions in the bowel, while sorbitol helps to eliminate it.[citation needed]
Sorbitol when combined with potassium nitrate has found some success as an amateur solid rocket fuel.[5]
Sorbitol is often used in mouthwash, as it said that when mixed with other certain ingredients it can help fight plaque.
Sorbitol is identified as a potential key chemical intermediate [6] from biomass resources. Complete reduction of sorbitol opens the way to alkanes such as hexane which can be used as a biofuel. Sorbitol itself provides much of the hydrogen required for the transformation.
19 C6O6H14 → 13 C6H14 + 36 CO2 + 42 H2O
The above chemical reaction is exothermic and 1.5 mole of sorbitol generates 1 mole of hexane. When hydrogen is co-fed, no carbon dioxide production takes place.

[edit] Overdose effects
Ingesting large amounts of sorbitol can lead to some abdominal pain, gas, and mild to severe diarrhea. Sorbitol ingestion of 20 grams/day (g/d) as sugar-free gum has led to severe diarrhea leading to unintended weight loss of 24 lbs in a 114 lb woman; another patient required hospitalization after habitually consuming 30g/d.[7] Sorbitol can also aggravate irritable bowel syndrome and fructose malabsorption. [8]
Even in the absence of dietary sorbitol, cells produce sorbitol naturally. When too much sorbitol is produced inside cells, it can cause damage.[9] Diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy may be related to excess sorbitol in the cells of the eyes and nerves. The source of this sorbitol in diabetics is excess glucose, which goes through the polyol pathway [10].[citation needed]

[edit] Safety
Sorbitol’s safety is supported by numerous studies reported in the scientific literature. In developing the current U.S. food and drug regulation which affirms sorbitol as GRAS, the safety data were carefully evaluated by qualified scientists of the Select Committee on GRAS Substances selected by the Life Sciences Office of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). In the opinion of the Select Committee, there was no evidence demonstrating a hazard where sorbitol was used at current levels or at levels that might be expected in the future. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulation for sorbitol requires the following label statement for foods whose reasonably foreseeable consumption may result in the daily ingestion of 50 grams of sorbitol: “Excess consumption may have a laxative effect.”
The Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) has reviewed the safety data and concluded that sorbitol is safe. JECFA has established an acceptable daily intake (ADI) for sorbitol of “not specified,” meaning no limits are placed on its use. An ADI “not specified” is the safest category in which JECFA can place a food ingredient. JECFA’s decisions are often adopted by many small countries which do not have their own agencies to review food additive safety.
The Scientific Committee for Food of the European Union (EU) published a comprehensive assessment of sweeteners in 1985, concluding that sorbitol is acceptable for use, also without setting a limit on its use.

As I research some of these things I sit in awe of what could be happening to each of us ingesting via the air, absorbtion through skin, etc. This can be so dangerous! Be careful of what you have around for your children. I even got an e mail stating that the chemicals used to make swiffer wet jet liquid can cause the liver to shut down. Children and pets have been killed because of this!