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  • Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    So Far, So Good...

    Spring Break, Day Two was a good one, again. Although, I don't want to jinx it. We've been getting so much done while having fun with the kids, too.

    We set up an outdoor trampoline (with the side netting) for the kids. It's not huge; it can only fit the two of them in it, but it'll do just fine for their jumping needs. I made homemade guacamole, homemade pico de gallo, and vegan brownies...all of which are soooooo yummy. Hubby went out and got Livie's birthday presents, made brats on the grill, and hemmed his own pants!

    Later today we'll all go to the park and let the kids go crazy. The weather is supposed to be fabulous, so I couldn't ask for a better spring break, really. It'll be a shame when I have to go back to work on Monday.

    I believe I have about ten more weeks until I'm off for the entire summer. Then again, who's counting? Oh, yeah. That's right. I AM!

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    Spring Break, Day One...

    Well, yesterday was the first day of my spring break (and the kids' break, too). All in all, it was a very good day. Hubby and I got a lot of cleaning done and even used the grill for dinner! He made the best burgers I've ever tasted, better than a restaurant. Seriously.

    His secret ingredient? Herbe de provence. You. Must. Try. This.

    The rest of the week is supposed to bring wonderful weather, so we get to enjoy it. We'll be able to open up the windows for some much-needed fresh air. And we'll probably grill all week long. Yay!

    All the kids were great yesterday. The babies were asleep more than they were awake, it seems. Jack and Liv had a lot of outdoor playtime, even though it was quite cool out. The rest of the week will be much better, weather-wise, so they'll spend the entire week outdoors, I'm sure. And even though the babies' schedules were a little off from the norm, they didn't seem to be bothered too much by it. And Jack didn't cry at all or complain about not being able to go to school. That's a milestone, right there, considering the kid would rather be at school than at home on any given day. It's fun there, after all.

    I can't ask for a better start to my spring break. Let's see how the rest of the week goes. Heh. Keep your fingers crossed.

    Monday, March 29, 2010

    Clorox vs. Peroxide...

    Clorox vs Peroxide VERY interesting and inexpensive. This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana (a doctor's Wife), and I want to share it with you. She went to a friend's house recently for coffee and smelled the bleach she was using to clean her toilet and counter tops. This is what she told her friend. "I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost?

    My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, And most doctors don't tell you about peroxide. Have you Ever smelled bleach in a doctor's office? NO!!!

    Why? because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor's offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!

    Did you also know bleach was invented in the late 40's? It's chlorine, folks! And it was used to kill our Troops. Peroxide was invented during WWI in the 20's. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals.

    Please think about this:


    1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

    2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

    3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

    4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

    5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

    6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

    7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and Water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without Harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.

    8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

    9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

    10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change.

    11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help get rid of boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

    12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

    13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.

    14. Another place it's great is in the bathroom, if someone has been careless & has peed on the floor around the toilet & it's begun to smell of urine. Just put some peroxide in a spray bottle & spray. In the blink of any eye all the smell will be gone & the bacteria eliminated!

    I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner!
    "

    This information really woke me up. I hope you gain something from it, too. Thank you, Betsy!

    Sunday, March 28, 2010

    Just Sign It...

    Our governor here in Illinois, Pat Quinn, is proposing astronomical budget cuts to all the Chicago Public Schools. This means that there is a chance that Jack's kindergarten program will only go for half-days instead of full-days and Livie's preschool program could be cut out completely. This would leave her and 119 other kids without any schooling at all next year. He's also trying to make kids go to school for nearly ten hours a day, but only four days a week to save money. It makes no sense at all.

    We simply cannot have this, as it affects so many children's lives. Therefore, I have signed a petition being circulated at all the schools in the city, urging Governor Quinn NOT to do that.

    I need your help and your voice. Please sign this and know that you are helping many, many children and their families who are trying to keep the early childhood programs open.

    Saturday, March 27, 2010

    Why I Love My Life...

    Jack, Liv, Leia, and Liesl...all together in one frame and looking at the camera! Amazing!


    Leia and Liesl...best friends forever.

    Speaking of best friends...Liv and Jack.

    Liv, in her usual Princess attire, being exactly who she was meant to be.

    My only son, Jack...the reason I was born.

    Another shot of my twins, Leia and Liesl...they couldn't be more different and are both beautiful in so many different ways.
    These are all very good reasons for me to love the life that I have. Sigh...

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    It's Not Over Until The Bell Rings At 2:45pm...

    At 2:45pm today, I will officially be on Spring Break. Woohoo!

    I don't know what I'm going to do all week. It's not like I have anything to do, right? (Insert sarcasm here.)

    I have a list of things we need to get done, but I don't know if they'll all get done. Today, I'm feeling lazy and I just want to spend lots of quality time with my kids next week. I miss them while I'm at work. I know the week will go by quickly, too. It always does. Something inside me keeps telling me that every day next week should be a jammie day with the kids.

    After next week, there's only about ten weeks left of work until I'm off for the summer. It's not like I'm counting, though. Heh. (You bet your ass I am!)

    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    Puns For Educated Minds...

    1. The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

    2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

    3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

    4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

    5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

    6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

    7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

    8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

    9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

    11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

    12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

    13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

    14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

    15. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

    16. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

    17. A backward poet writes inverse.

    18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.

    19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    And So Corrosive, It Can Dissolve A Nail In Just A Few Days...

    Don’t drink cola if you want to be healthy. Consuming soft drinks is bad for so many reasons that science cannot even state all the consequences. But one thing we know for sure is that drinking Coke, as a representative of soft drinks, wreaks havoc on the human organism. What happens?

    The main problem is sugar. It’s an evil that the processed food industry and sugar growers don’t want people to know about. Even dietitians, financially supported by sugar growers and sugary product manufacturers, aren't truthful with us.

    When somebody drinks a Coke watch what happens…

    ■In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.

    ■20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)

    ■40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.

    ■45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

    ■>60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

    ■>60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.

    ■>60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

    So there you have it, an avalanche of destruction in a single can. Imagine drinking this day after day, week after week. Stick to water, real juice from fresh squeezed fruit, and tea without sweetener.

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    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    Unchartered Territory...

    Drum roll, please.

    We're going to go into unchartered territory and actually make our own baby food with the twins. If we'd only had one baby, we probably would've gone the jarred baby food route. However, there are TWO of them and it just might be more economical to buy a baby food maker (that cooks and purees the foods for us) and make our own. Why not? What do we have to lose?

    And it just might make everyone in the house eat healthier since there will always be fresh, healthy foods in the house.

    I never would've thought we'd do this, but we've decided on it and think it's better this way. Even though the twins haven't even started on rice cereal yet, we're thinking ahead because it won't be long.

    This is going to be very, very interesting. Heh.

    Monday, March 22, 2010

    Please Stand By...

    I think I'm going to scream right now. It's the last week before spring break, which means it's going to be a very, very long week. I might as well start screaming on the inside right now. Ugh.

    Sunday, March 21, 2010

    Complete & Utter Sadness...

    I'm wondering if it's possible for a 5-year-old to be diagnosed with depression. My son Jack gets so incredibly, inconsolably sad on the weekends. When I ask him why he is sad, he tells me he wants to go to school. Could the absence from his friends and the whole school environment make him so sad that he cries almost nonstop for days?

    He doesn't have school on Fridays, which means his weekends are very long to him. And on Mondays, he can't wait to go there, climbing over his sister in the car just to get to the door.

    I don't know what I'm going to do during his spring break or the summer. If I pack too much to do during the weekends, his sensory processing disorder comes into play and his normal anxiety is escalated even higher, making him very easily overwhelmed. And then the he is all out of sorts, almost having a nervous breakdown.

    Damned if I do; damned if I don't. Any ideas?

    I remember how unbelievably sad he got when we took away his pacifier. He was despondent for months. And then one day, it clicked; he was fine. Today, when he sees the babies' pacifiers (which they don't even use - yay!), he could care less about them. Could he just need to get used to not being in school on the weekends? Could it be that simple?

    I guess yesterday was just pretty bad for him. Don't we all have bad days, sometimes more than one in a row?

    I'm just trying to figure all this out. It's not easy getting into the mind of a brilliant SPD kid sometimes.

    Saturday, March 20, 2010

    Not Just For Coffee...

    Coffee filters .... Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing even the large ones.

    1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

    2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

    3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

    4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

    5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

    6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

    7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

    8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

    9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

    10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

    11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

    12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..

    13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.

    14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."

    15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

    16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

    17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

    18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

    19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

    20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

    21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

    22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

    23. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

    24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book...

    25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    I Have A Hed Code...

    I have a hed code. Plus, we've been having some lovely, warm spring weather, which is triggering my allergies. My sinuses are a mess. And my head is pounding.

    I'm taking a concoction of cinnamon and honey several times a day. I'm also going to drink nothing but black tea with honey and black pepper, so I can sweat it out. I just hope the babies don't mind if their Mama milk tastes a little spicy. Heh. I think I'm going to do the whole peroxide in the ears thing, too. I hear it works wonders.

    Let's see if all of this works. Something's gotta give. I feel like shit.

    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    Cinnamon & Honey...

    Cinnamon and Honey
    Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call "crystallizing". When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water,turn off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.

    Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.

    Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada , in its issue dated January 17, 1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:

    HEART DISEASES:
    Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack.. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.

    ARTHRITIS:
    Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

    BLADDER INFECTIONS:
    Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

    CHOLESTEROL:
    Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

    COLDS:
    Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

    UPSET STOMACH:
    Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

    GAS:
    According to the studies done in India and Japan , it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

    IMMUNE SYSTEM:
    Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

    INDIGESTION:
    Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

    INFLUENZA:
    A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ' Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

    LONGEVITY:
    Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old..

    PIMPLES:
    Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

    SKIN INFECTIONS:
    Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

    WEIGHT LOSS:
    Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

    CANCER:
    Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.

    FATIGUE:
    Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

    BAD BREATH:
    People of South America , first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

    HEARING LOSS:
    Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    "Care Notes" On Child Development & Learning...

    My son's teacher also works in a pediatric neuropsychology center. I found this list on their website. It's very interesting to me. And I am so glad that she's his teacher. If anyone knows what they're doing with him, it would most definitely be her. In addition to being an amazing teacher and the right fit for Jack, she's also one of the winners of this prestigious award this year. There's a very good reason she came into our lives. I truly believe that.

    1. THE BRAIN IS THE ONLY ORGAN IN THE HUMAN SYSTEM THAT LEARNS.
    2. LEARNING IS A MAJOR HEALTH ISSUE.
    3. SENSATIONS BEGIN DEVELOPMENT IN UTERO.
    4. INCREASED KNOWLEDGE OF BRAIN DEVELOPMENT DRAMATICALLY INFLUENCES FAMILY LIFE, EDUCATION AND PUBLIC POLICY.
    5. DEVELOPMENT INVOLVES INFLUENCES OF BOTH NATURE AND NURTURE.
    6. THE BRAIN GROWS AT AN AMAZING RATE DURING EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT.
    7. “EXERCISING” THE BRAIN DAILY MAKES NEW CONNECTIONS AND INCREASES INTELLIGENCE.
    8. LEARNING AND RELEARNING CAN TAKE PLACE AT ANY AGE.
    9. EARLY AGE DEVELOPMENT, A TIME OF SURPLUS OF BRAIN CONNECTIONS, DRAMATICALLY INFLUENCES THE REST OF OUR LIVES.
    10. LEARNING NECESSITATES THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP OF MULTIPLE BRAIN AREAS.
    11. LEARNING INVOLVES FUNCTIONS OF ATTENTION, SPEECH, LANGUAGE, MEMORY, EXECUTIVE FUNCTION, SENSORY, MOTOR AND MOOD.
    12. REGARDLESS OF CULTURE, RELATING TO ONE’S ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPING LANGUAGE EMERGE IN BASICALLY THE SAME FASHION.
    13. EARLY INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION REFLECTS WISDOM.
    14. FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN LEARNING AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT.
    15. TEACHING MUST EMBRACE BOTH MIND AND HEART.
    16. IT IS IMPORTANT TO TEACH EMPATHY, CARING AND RESPECT OF OTHERS, AS WELL AS READING, WRITING AND ARITHMETIC.
    17. MIND AND HEART, LEARNING AND LOVING, TOGETHER – A CHILD’S SPIRIT GROWS. SENSATIONS BEGIN DEVELOPMENT IN UTERO.
    18. STRESS AFFECTS BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING.
    19. OPTIMAL LEARNING REQUIRES RELAXED ALERTNESS.
    20. POSITIVE SELF-ESTEEM INCREASES DEVELOPMENT OF SELF.
    21. RELATE TO YOUR CHILD IN A MULTISENSORY FASHION. EVERY SOUND, TOUCH, SIGHT, TASTE, SMELL MAKES A BRAIN BEHAVIOR CONNECTION.
    22. POSITIVE MULTISENSORY INFLUENCES INCREASE INTELLIGENCE.
    23. THE BRAIN HAS HAD HUNDRED MILLIONS OF YEARS TO FORM INTO WHAT IT IS TODAY.
    24. WE CAN SEE THE BRAIN DEVELOP IN UTERO AT 3 WEEKS AFTER CONCEPTION WHEN THE EMBRYO IS ONLY APPROXIMATELY 3 MM LONG.
    25. THE AVERAGE BRAIN WEIGHS APPROXIMATELY 3 POUNDS.
    26. THE BRAIN CONSISTS OF MILLION OF CELLS EACH CONNECTING WITH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF OTHERS THROUGH ELECTRICAL- CHEMICAL IMPULSES RESULTING IN TRILLIONS OF CONNECTIONS.
    27. BRAIN CONNECTIONS ALLOW US TO LEARN, ADAPT TO THE ENVIRONMENT, AND CONTROL THE WORKINGS OF OUR BODIES.
    28. BRAIN CONNECTIONS DECREASE AFTER THE FIRST FEW YEARS OF LIFE, ALTHOUGH THE BRAIN CONTINUES TO RESPOND TO EXPERIENCE AND DEVELOPS CONNECTIONS THROUGHOUT LIFE.
    29. CHERISH WHAT YOU’VE LEARNED; EMBRACE WHAT YOU ARE LEARNING; CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE.
    30. ACQUIRED ILLNESS, TRAUMA, NEGLECT, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS, POVERTY… CAN ALL IMPEDE BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING.
    31. AS CHILDREN WE LEARN BY REPETITION AND RECOLLECTION. AS WE GROW, WE LEARN BY REFLECTION-ACTIVE THINKING.
    32. EXTERNAL SPEECH BECOMES INTERNAL SPEECH, WHICH GUIDES OUR BEHAVIORS AND LEARNING.
    33. LEARNING OF MIND AND HEART DEVELOPS HEALTHY PEOPLE.
    34. THERE ARE MULTIPLE KINDS OF MINDS AND MULTIPLE LEARNING STYLES.
    35. HEALTHY NUTRITION IS NECESSARY FOR HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT. FOOD SENSITIVITIES CAN AFFECT LEARNING.
    36. WE ARE ALL BORN TO WIN.
    37. MOVEMENT IS OUR FIRST LANGUAGE.
    38. IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SENSORY SYSTEMS INTEGRATE SO AS TO INFLUENCE FURTHER LEARNING.
    39. EMOTIONAL WELL BEING AFFECTS GLOBAL WELL BEING AND HEALTH.
    40. CHILDREN ARE NOT LAZY: IF A CHILD HAS DIFFICULTY WITH A TASK, ASK IF THE CHILD HAS THE NECESSARY ABILITY TO DO THE TASK.

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    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    Now THAT'S Love...

    Hubby and I were talking about death the other day. He's aware that I want to be cremated. No one comes to see people in the ground, anyway, so why should I take up space? I want to stick around in an urn for all the days, being passed down until no one knows what or who was in that urn. Hubby, however, wants to be buried.

    Hubby doesn't want me to be passed down to our future generations. When I asked him what the hell he plans on doing with me once I'm dust, he lovingly said, "You're coming in the box with me! That way, we both get what we want and I never have to be without you." Aw, shucks!

    And if I go before him, he'll scatter some of me along the Ka'anapali coast in Maui, where we got married. I'd like a little bit of me to be scattered in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, too. Then, I'll happily go into the box with him because I never want to be separated from him, either.

    Even though we'd like to be around forever, we know we won't and it's important to know what each other's wishes are. And I don't want to talk about it anymore or it'll get me sad.

    Isn't he romantic, though? Sigh...

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    Jammin' In The Name Of The Lord...

    Livie knows all the words to the song "Buffalo Soldier," by Bob Marley. It's her favorite song lately.

    Jack knows all the words to "Three Little Birds," another song by Bob Marley. He lights up when he hears it.

    It is kind of strange when they start singing those songs out in public. People either smile about it or they think we're a bunch of pot-smoking hippies. My kids love reggae. What can I say? I wonder if their teachers know this. Heh.

    All I know is that you can never expose your children to enough styles of music.

    Sunday, March 14, 2010

    Great Truths That Little Children Have Learned...

    1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.

    2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.

    3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.

    4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.

    5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.

    6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.

    7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.

    8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.

    9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.

    10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.

    Saturday, March 13, 2010

    Opinions Are Like Assholes...

    ...everyone has them.

    I don't always agree with what everyone says or thinks. I have a mind of my own. While I like remaining neutral in some cases, I know when to speak what I feel. There was a time when I was young, stupid, and childless and I would throw my opinions out there without any regard for anyone else's feelings. While I may still do that from time to time, it's usually because my convictions are so strong on the issue. I do not, however, blatantly spew verbal diarrhea into anyone's ears. I'm too old to use my youth as an excuse. And, honestly, I care about the people around me, in general. I'm not the badass I used to be, but she still comes out of hiding every now and then.

    It's amazing what a little maturity and motherhood will do for you. There are days when I wish I was young and stupid again. Mostly, though, I'm glad I'm not. And I'm guessing that the people around me are glad, too. Heh.

    I'm still bold, but I am not crass. I'm just a little wiser now and I know when to shut up. Imagine that!

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    Not Quite Bikini Weather, But Close...

    Spring is coming. It's been unseasonably warm here the past couple of days. It was almost 70 degrees here on Wednesday. Granted, it's been raining like hell, but I'll take that over snow right now. I think I'm done with the snow now. I'm all wintered out.



    I just want to air out the house. So many winter germs are lingering in the house because we haven't been able to open up our windows. Now that it's getting warmer, I'm really looking forward to letting a beautiful breeze in to chase out all these germs. We're all so sick of being sick. Ugh.



    I'm looking forward to doing some spring cleaning while I'm on Spring Break at the end of the month. It's therapeutic for me. I need it. And all this fresh air will do my soul some good.

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Trying To Sort Out My Thoughts...

    It's on my mind, but I just can't write about it here yet. I just don't have it in me. I'm exhausted from thinking about it and all that will come from it.

    It's not that I want to keep anyone guessing. It's just that I need to process all of it in my own head before I unleash it here. I need time to sort it out. As necessary as it is, I just didn't think I'd feel like this because of it. The tables have been turned.

    Nonetheless, it weighs heavily on me right now. And no matter how much I prepared for it, I still feel lost in a sea of paperwork and jargon.

    I'm a mess.

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    Lighten Up...

    After all, laughter IS the best medicine, right? Always remember to laugh every day. It's too exhausting being anything other than happy.

    Tuesday, March 09, 2010

    The Politics Of Dancing...

    There's a lot of tension at work. I never write about work on here, but it's mess right now. I don't know what has precipitated most of the tension because, lucky for me, I was on maternity leave for the first half of the school year. I just know that there are people at work who are ready to kill each other. Me...I just want to do my job and go home. My priorities have definitely changed since becoming a parent. In the old days, I would fight the good ole' fight. Nowadays, I just want to survive work long enough to make it home and kiss all my children until they are slobbery messes.

    I know that tension is bad for you. It can mess with you mentally, emotionally, and physically. And I'm staying out of it. I've got bigger fish to fry and can't be bothered with hearsay. It's just not on my list of things I need to do. Right now, I'm still cleaning up the mess my sub left me and I'm busting my ass trying to get these kids to learn what they didn't while I was on leave.

    The tension between some colleagues is unbearable. Then again, this time of year is always like this. Spring break gives everyone a bit of a respite, but not enough. By June, we're all ready to go home for the summer and in the fall, everyone starts fresh all over again. That is, until March when everyone wants to kill each other all over again. It's like a dance that's done every year.

    I realize there are office politics no matter where you go. It's just a shame that in a business that involves children, it can't be made illegal. Office politics have a way of trickling down to our most important clients...the kids. Why does it have to be like that in a school, of all places?

    It makes me glad that I wasn't there the first half of the year. Thirteen more school days until spring break, folks. I'm jonesing!

    Monday, March 08, 2010

    The Fine Art Of Hovering...

    Livie made me so proud yesterday. She and I had a Mommy and Me Day and went shopping together. She needed some one-on-one attention, so I figured she'd love a trip out, just the two of us. She's my middle child, so I'm trying extra hard to make sure she and I always have our own time together. It's very important to me...and to her.

    Halfway through the mall, Livie had to go potty. I asked her if she could make it to Target because I didn't want to take her to the filthy mall bathrooms next to the food court. She said she could, but she kept stopping while we walked, so I knew we had to get there fast.

    We got to the bathroom at Target and we went into a handicapped stall. I hung up our bags and instructed her very carefully about the fine art of hovering. There was no way I was going to let my little girl sit on a toilet at Target. I knew she had to go really bad, so it couldn't wait until we got home, even if we ran to the car and raced home that very minute.

    She's too short to stand and squat, so I had to think fast about how she was going to be able to pee into the toilet without having to touch a single thing. Very carefully, I had her stand on the toilet seat, holding onto me as she squatted. She peed like a racehorse, very neatly, and quickly. When it was all said and done, I gave her some hand sanitizer and we walked out. That girl never had to touch a single thing with her hands while she was in there! I was so proud of her and she was proud of herself!

    On the way home in the car, she asked if she could hover at home. I told her that we don't hover at home or at Grandma's, but we DO hover when we're out at stores. She totally understood the concept and why. Her only concern was that the bottoms of her shoes got dirty while she stood on the toilet.

    She's not even four years old yet, people. However, she can hover better than most adults. After all, she's learning from the best. I've hovered for decades. Heh.

    Sunday, March 07, 2010

    Bribery Is Our Weapon Of Choice...

    Jack is in love with his class turtle. It sits in the tank and he and Liv get to feed it every morning because they're always the first kids to arrive at school. He talks about the turtle all the time and tells me how he'll take good care of it.

    And that got me to thinking...bribery can be a powerful tool. So, I talked it over with Hubby and he presented our idea to Jack.

    "If you go poo-poo in the potty, we'll get you your very own turtle that you can take care of here at home."

    Jack said no...to going poo-poo in the potty, but not no to the turtle. At the very least, we've planted an important seed in his head. Maybe this is just the thing he needs to overcome his fear of letting go. Sensory processing disorder can be a real bitch, but maybe we can help put this particular aspect of the demon to rest.

    If he wants that turtle bad enough, maybe...just maybe... You never know.

    Saturday, March 06, 2010

    About A Week Back, Pun Intended...

    Well, Hubby's back problems have surfaced again in the last week or so. We knew it was only a matter of time. He saw the doctor on Thursday. Let me just say that for him to call the doctor, it's got to be pretty bad. They gave him an Rx for enough anti-inflammatories for the next five days. Big whoop. He goes back in a week and they'll probably refer him for physical therapy, which does no good on diseased vertebrae, a condition he inherited. Duh. Almost four years ago, he had a laminectomy on two lumbar vertebrae. This is not a road we wanted to go down again anytime soon.

    This does not make me happy. The last thing he needs is more back problems and more surgery. We have four children under five that he stays home to care for now. This whole back thing is just really bad timing.

    Yet there really isn't anything we can do about it because we can't control it. It is what it is. And I hope it doesn't get worse. Man, this just sucks.

    Friday, March 05, 2010

    U-G-L-Y, You Ain't Got No Alibi...

    If my girls EVER look like this, I will shoot them.
    Wait...scratch that. Let me rephrase that.
    My girls will NEVER look like this; it's not possible with ME as their mother.
    Carry on as you were and try not to puke from seeing this disgusting photo. Sorry.

    Thursday, March 04, 2010

    What Did You Say?...

    Man, I need new glasses. My frames are a bit cockeyed and I'd like to see if my vision changed since having the twins. I like my frames, though. If I get different ones, the change won't be very dramatic.

    I can't go until this month some time, but I'm not sure when. My insurance allows me one eye exam every two years and I should be able to go soon. Hubby went last week and ordered new glasses. I have to wait, though. That sucks.

    I wonder if they do eye exams for kids. I'll have to call and find that out. Jack and Liv need their eyes checked anyway. According to their school, they need eye exams. Livie desperately wants to wear glasses. I don't know why, but she wants them. I wonder how they conduct those eye exams on little kids. How do they know? Knowing Livie, she'd lie and say she can't see just to get glasses. She's smart like that. Yeesh.

    I'll probably go at the end of the month, just to make sure I'm covered under my insurance plan. You know, I'm very glad we have great insurance coverage, but I hate that we sometimes have to wait just to be covered for certain things. It beats not having insurance, though. I don't know what we'd do without all the health insurance we have. And I don't know how some families do without it.

    It makes me grateful for it, especially when we racked up a six-figure bill for the twins' births and NICU stays. Our payment for that was less than what we spend on groceries! Think about that!

    Wednesday, March 03, 2010

    Such A Touching Story...

    Little Melissa comes home from 1st grade and tells her father that they
    learned about the history of Valentine's Day.

    "Since Valentine's Day is for a Christian saint, and we're Jewish," she
    asks, "will God get mad at me for giving someone a valentine?"

    Melissa's father thinks a bit, then says: "No, I don't think God would get
    mad. Whom do you want to give a Valentine to?"

    "Osama Bin Laden," she says.

    "Why Osama Bin Laden?" her father asks in shock.

    "Well," she says, "I thought that if a little American Jewish girl could
    have enough love to give Osama a Valentine, he might start to think that
    maybe we're not all bad, and maybe start loving people a little bit. And if
    other kids saw what I did and sent Valentines to Osama, he'd love everyone a
    lot. And then he'd start going all over the place to tell everyone how much
    he loved them, and how he didn't hate anyone anymore."

    Her father's heart swells and he looks at his daughter with new found pride.
    "Melissa, that's the most wonderful thing I have ever heard."

    "I know," Melissa says, "and once that gets him out in the open, the Marines
    could shoot the fucker."

    Tuesday, March 02, 2010

    A To-Do List For My Hubby...

    1. Get a vasectomy.

    That is all. Heh.

    Monday, March 01, 2010

    In List Form...

    1. I'd like to thank Casimir Pulaski for giving me the day off today. It gave me time to schedule my yearly OB/GYN appointment for this afternoon. Fun times, I tell ya.

    2. My dog had a bath this weekend and she smells extra good, is fluffy (as fluffy as a chocolate Lab can get), and as shiny as ever!

    3. I have a mound of papers to grade and I'm procrastinating.

    4. I need to set up some doctor appointments for the kids. Liv will need her 4yo physical next month. The twins will need their 6mo check-up and shots next month. And Jack will need his second H1N1 shot, plus a Hep A this month. Liv will also need the second H1N1 shot this month, too. I like their doctor, though. His 5yo son has poo issues like Jack, too. I don't feel so bad. Heh.

    5. I am relieved that we finally got our tax refund. It's nice to have a cushion.

    That is all. Back to your regularly scheduled program.