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  • Monday, October 31, 2011

    My Favorite Holiday...

    Happy Halloween!

    We're so jazzed up for it over here! Four kids = lots of candy to go through...and eat!

    Woohoo!

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

    The Eve Of All Hallows Eve...

    We're all excited about tomorrow! I don't expect the twins to make it very far trick-or-treating, maybe up and down our block. After all, they are only two years old! Jack and Liv, however, will be in it for the long haul. We never go very far or are out a really long time, but we still have a lot of fun.

    After I get home from work at around 3:30pm, we'll eat dinner, the kids will get their costumes on, and we'll all go trick-or-treating. Hubby will bring the twins home and I'll take Jack and Liv out for a little longer. Once we get home, Jack and Liv get the chance to pass out the candy we bought to other kids, while Hubby and I go through the stash they brought home, making sure it's all safe. We've taught them that if they want to go trick-or-treating, they also need to pass out candy to kids who come to our house.

    After the kids go to bed, Hubby and I raid their stash and remember how lucky we are to have FOUR children! Yum!

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

    Something Clicked...

    I cannot believe it. Liesl has so many words right now. She's a completely different toddler. Within the last week, she has spoken so many different words that she never said before. I don't know who this kid is. While Leia has many more words and speaks in 4-word sentences usually, she still requires an interpreter at times. Liesl, however, has crystal clear speech. It's as if she's been practicing while we haven't been looking and now she's got this voice she loves to use.

    I'll admit I was a bit worried about a possible speech delay with Liesl, but I don't think I have to worry about it anymore. The twins are two years old; they're both speaking; and they love communicating all the time. They finish nursery rhymes, know the alphabet, can sing songs, etc. I couldn't be happier about it.

    Like Liv, Leia seemed to catch on to language right out of the womb. Liesl took longer to grasp language, but I think she was just trying to get more confidence. With everyone doing the talking for Liesl, she didn't need to worry about her needs being met. Then she woke up. A light turned on and she feels her voice is just as important as everyone else's. And, wow, is she using it now!

    Liesl's voice is so beautiful. I feel so fortunate to be able to hear it. She sounds like an angel when she says, "please," and "thank you." I could just cry right now.

    Friday, October 28, 2011

    Dick In The Door...

    I can finally breathe again because my laptop has been restored to factory settings. It was a nasty virus and now all is well, I hope. I have to add a bunch of programs to my laptop now, but I'll do it little by little. There's no rush. I'm just glad it's back to normal now. Onto other things...

    Three things that happened to me yesterday:
    1. One of my students kept licking my classroom door.
    2. One of my students told me that the color of my eyes makes them look like flowers.
    3. All of my students seem to believe that if someone farts on your pillow, you'll get pink eye.

    One interesting thing that Jack said to me:
    "Dick in the door." We have no idea where that came from, nor do we want to know. We just hope he doesn't say that at school, or worse...that he learned it at school.

    Today, we have no students at work because it's a professional development day. This means that Hubby is watching all four kids all day long today. He'll be jonesing for me to come home today. Heh.

    It'll be another busy weekend and we all can't wait for Halloween! Eeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Aggravated...

    There's a nasty virus (or two) on my laptop and I was busy last night backing everything up onto a thumb drive. Today, Hubby will probably restore my laptop back to its factory settings. It's such a pain in the ass. Somehow, someway I picked up the Computer Clap and now my laptop is going nuts! I'm lucky I can even type this post right now.

    As long as my tens of thousands of pictures are safe on my external hard drive and I can blog, read my email, go on Facebook, and put my camera's photos on my external hard drive, I'll be fine. If I can't do any of those, I just might scream. Heh. Clearly, I'm a slave to technology.

    Oh, the horror!

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Mai Tais and Mahi Mahi...

    I'm exhausted. I'm up early everyday at the crack of ass. I go to work, teaching 6th and 7th grade kids reading and language arts, managing 120 different personalities and backgrounds throughout the day. I come home. I sit down with Liv to help her with her homework, after teaching all day (it's comparable to a bus driver taking a road trip with his family). All hell breaks loose just before dinner because everyone's hungry and crabby and/or tired already. There are baths, bedtimes, jammy time, poopy diapers, reading time, etc. By then, I'm running on fumes.

    And if anyone at home is having a bad day, all of the stress is just compounded.

    It's no wonder I'm tired all the time. The next day is lather, rinse, repeat. And with winter coming, cabin fever is really going to throw a wrench into the whole mix. Wanting a break from it all is not an option because there are no breaks in parenting and summer vacation is a long way off.

    My body might be here, but my mind is somewhere on Maui, sipping on mai tais and eating mahi mahi.

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    Thank You...

    Liesl has been adding more and more words to her vocabulary in the last two weeks. Every time I come home from work, she has new words to use and show off to me. In the last two days, she keeps saying, "Thank you," every time we give her something. It's clear as a bell and she always uses it in the correct context. Whatever switch is responsible for language has finally clicked with her and rather than let all the other kids continue to talk for her, she's discovered her own voice. And she loves it.

    I couldn't be more relieved.

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    One Half Hour...

    Yesterday, I enjoyed a half hour all to myself. No kids. No husband. No demands for one half hour. It was glorious.

    I went and got my eyebrows done. Then, I stopped off at the beauty store to get a few things I'd been putting off getting.

    After I got home, I became Mama again, painted Liv's nails and my own, and continued my motherly duties. It was nice to get out, even if it wasn't for very long.

    It was only a half hour, but I recharged and it was exactly what I'd needed.

    Sunday, October 23, 2011

    In Need Of A Disguise...

    Liv has a school project. She has a letter, "L," that she needs to disguise in a scary way to make the other kids guess what letter it is. The instructions are a bit cryptic. Her project will go on their classroom's "Trick or Treat" bulletin board. It's due tomorrow.

    First, she wanted to do her letter as a ghost. Now, she wants to do it as a vampire. Hubby had a great idea to do it as a scary picket fence of a haunted house, disguising the letter among the pickets. Liv poo-pooed that idea right away. I suggested disguising her letter underneath leaves, which wasn't really spooky, but it embraced the fall season. Hubby's idea was better, but the girl shot it down immediately.

    What's weird is that her letter, "L," is orange and it came with a very small sheet of black construction paper (maybe 4X8). I don't know how to use it because the instructions are so vague. Liv says the bulletin board in class is black with "Trick or Treat" in orange letters. I wish the instructions were better.

    Any ideas? It's so frustrating right now. I've just suggested to her that we disguise her letter as a mummy sitting on the floor, wrapping it in gauze and giving it a face. So far, she likes that idea. After searching on the Internet for various phrases in the confusing directions she was given, I've narrowed the terms down to meaning "dressing up a letter of the alphabet for Halloween." I hope this turns out the way it should. Fingers crossed.

    Saturday, October 22, 2011

    Artsy Fartsy...

    Liv started making puppets a few weeks ago. She would draw and color body parts and glue them all together. After that, she would glue them onto popsicle sticks and put on puppet shows with them. This week, she discovered she could just cut people out of magazines and do the same thing with them. She found a Halloween catalog and started cutting out the kids with costumes. Then she would glue them onto popsicle sticks and put on a puppet show with them.

    She must've made two or three dozen in the last two days. And she's named them all. How she remembers all of their names is beyond me. She's so creative and devises intricate plans to bring her visions to fruition. It seems like everything she sees is through an artistic lens.

    I have a feeling she's going to go into the arts when she's older. She's got it in her. I don't remember a day in her life when she wasn't incredibly creative.

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    The Petri Dish I Live In...

    It never fails. As soon as I start feeling better again and all is well, I get smacked in the head with another cold. I swear, it never ends. Is this what living with four kids between 2yo-6yo is like? If so, I want a do-over. This is bullshit.

    One of us gets sick and then, little by little, the rest of us catch it. Since it's always at different times, it tends to feel as if someone or a couple of us are always sick and then we reinfect each other. I have been catching colds on and off since last June. This is nuts! Like I said, one of us gets a bug and then the rest of us catch it at different times, which means someone is always sick in this house. Now that it's getting cold out, we can't exactly air the house out, either. This only means that we're going to be in for a very rough fall, winter, and spring. Bleh.

    Right now, I'm congested and feel yucky. Hubby feels the same way and Leia is running a low-grade fever now. It's only a matter of time before it spreads to the rest of the kids and the whole house is miserable again. I have a feeling we'll be keeping our doctors very busy for a long time.

    I'm glad it's Friday. Maybe I can get SOME rest this weekend, although it's highly unlikely. I'm crabby, congested as hell, and ovulating; it's a horrible mixture for anyone who gets in my way right now. Grrrrrrrrr.

    Thursday, October 20, 2011

    Bits & Pieces...

    *Liv keeps singing the "Star Spangled Banner" every chance she gets. They play it every morning at her school, so she's gradually learning the words. I'll be so glad when she doesn't sing, "What so proudly we have failed..."

    *Jack is loving school. He's also learning to read and loves doing it. *Gush*

    *Liesl and Leia are loving having their Papa all to themselves during the day. They go everywhere together. Those babies are getting used to Target. I'm guessing they'll be able to find the toy aisles all by themselves soon. Heh.

    *There are only 31 more weeks left until summer vacation, but who's counting? Heh.

    *Liesl is speaking lots of words now and frequently yells all of our names when she wants to get our attention. She's also starting to string together two-word sentences. Thank goodness. Leia might have a bit of a yeast infection going on. We're giving her yogurt in the hopes that it will help restore the good bacteria in her body. If it gets any worse, she'll be seeing the doctor. She doesn't seem like she's in any pain, but that doesn't mean she's not uncomfortable.

    *So far, so good. The girls got their MMR last Monday and they seem okay, so far. With Jack, his horrific reaction was immediate, so that's what I've been looking out for with the girls. I haven't seen any signs of a reaction to the shot, so I'm hopeful that it doesn't affect them the way it did their brother. I hope I didn't just jinx it by writing about it here.

    *And that is all around here. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that what I feel is not another cold coming on. Sigh.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Say Cheese?...

    I'm wondering just how tough it's going to be to get a decent Christmas picture this year of all four of my kids looking at the camera and smiling at the same time. I have a feeling it's going to look something like the one above. Heh.

    Maybe I should have them shout "PEE!" instead of "cheese." I think that might work.

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    28 Candles...

    My niece, Stefanie, is 28 years old today! I can't believe I have a niece that old. Heh. I was only 11 when she was born and we're very close, kind of like sisters. I'm so happy for her and the life she's chosen for herself. She's come a long way since she lived here with us.


    Happy Birthday, Stefi! We love you so much!

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    Useful Cell Phone Info...

    4 Things you might not have known about your Cell Phone:

    For all the folks with cell phones...this should be printed and kept in your car, purse, and wallet. It's good information to have with you. There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival.

    Check out the things that you can do with it:

    FIRST (Emergency)

    The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

    SECOND (Hidden Battery Power)

    Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time.

    THIRD (How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone? )

    To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following Digits on your phone:

    *#06# .

    A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.

    If your phone is stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

    And Finally....

    FOURTH (Free Directory Service for Cells)

    Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don't have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial:

    (800) FREE411 or (800) 373-3411

    without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now. This is the kind of information people don't mind receiving, so pass it on to your family and friends.

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

    Another Milestone...

    Yesterday morning, I went to Jack's room to get him up for breakfast. He saw me walk in and promptly informed me that he'd lost his first tooth. When I'd asked him where it was, he told me he put it on the table in his room. I looked and it was there...his beautiful, very first lost tooth. He never freaked out; he didn't swallow it; and he didn't cry. He was so proud of it!

    The Tooth Fairy came last night and gave him five dollars for it.


    I knew it would happen; I was prepared for it and so was he. It still makes me a little teary, though. My oldest child just lost his first tooth. He's a big boy now.

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    Teacher Phobias...

    I know it shows up kind of small on here, but it's worth clicking on it to make it large enough to see. All teachers out there can understand many of these and will get a kick out of this list. I found it to be quite funny.


    Have a great Saturday!

    Friday, October 14, 2011

    Only 32 More Weeks To Go...

    Another Friday...only 32 more weeks of school/work now. Heh. I bet you thought I was going to tell you I'm pregnant. Uh, no way, friends.

    It's such a busy month in the House of Eatmisery. It feels like October is a nonstop month for us. There's always something to do, somewhere to be, etc. I promise myself every night that I'm going to go to bed early and I never do because I'm just too jazzed up. Lots on my mind.

    I'm glad it's Friday, though. And I'm glad I see the faint glimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Distraction...

    I sometimes like the distraction of mindless cartoons.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Life's Little Instructions...

    I guess we all could use these reminders every now and then. Right now, I'm counting my blessings.

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    And Now We Wait...

    I took Liesl and Leia for their 2-year check-up yesterday. Neither one of them would do any of their "tricks," such as TALKING or being charming. Grrrrrrr. And Leia most definitely didn't want to be there, especially after the doctor pulled out a glob of ear wax from her left ear that was the size of a small baby. Heh.

    In April, these were their stats:
    Liesl = 32" and 24lbs., 8oz.
    Leia = 30.5" and 23lbs., 10oz.

    At yesterday's check-up, these are the girls' current stats:
    Liesl = 33.75" and 25lbs., 4oz.
    Leia = 33.5" and 27lbs.

    Leia has finally surpassed her twin sister in weight. It's only taken two years! She's still shorter than Liesl, though, but not by much anymore. It also looks like Liesl's weight is hitting a plateau for right now. She didn't gain much weight, but she did grow an inch and three-quarters and she eats just as much as Leia most of the time. Liesl is my tall and lanky one; she resembles a ballerina. Leia is my strong-as-an-ox compact one; she resembles a Russian gymnast. I still can't believe that Leia gained 3lbs., 6oz. and Liesl only gained .75lbs. Then again, their birth weights were so different (Liesl being 5lbs., 8oz which was great for a preemie twin and Leia being 4lbs., 15oz.).

    Aside from their measurements, I opted out of the flu shot for them right now. I'll get it for them, maybe later in the week. It depends how well they can handle their MMR right now.

    Yes, I allowed them to give the girls their MMR shots. I'd postponed it for as long as I felt comfortable, hoping that they've gotten strong enough and aren't developmentally at-risk. Being the mother of a vaccine-injured son, I had every right to postpone this vaccine for the girls. I wanted to make sure that the autism wasn't present because of the vaccine. If the girls were to have been autistic, it would've most certainly shown up by now. If, however, they "become" autistic after this shot, I will know for sure that they have a vaccine injury. Very few believed me that Jack "became" autistic after his MMR. The doctor thought I was nuts. He also thought I was crazy to postpone the MMR for the twins, even though Liv had done fine with her MMR.

    As they poked the needle into each girl's thigh, I watched it go in and cringed in disbelief that I was actually daring to put them through this. I cried and cursed the shot using my inside voice. I damned it to hell. I didn't want to do it, but I did it anyway. The CDC puts fear into us, telling us that our kids will die of measles if they don't get this shot. Yet, not enough "real" people (non-celebrities who have actually witnessed it happen to their own kids) dare to fight the government about how the correlation between autism symptoms and the MMR is real. Celebrities get into it for the publicity, to show they "care"; Jenny McCarthy comes to mind, whose son was never really autistic to begin with, yet she's made autism her "cause." Whatever. You just hear the same old banter from sellout MD's about how correlation does not equal causation bullshit. The doctors are told to tell their patients to get this shot now and they pass it on to their patients (80% of pediatric revenue is derived from well-baby vaccine visits); everyone gets kickbacks from the pharmaceutical companies, except the people with vaccine-injured kids. If you dare to even ask to get the MMR separated into three shots, they have the nerve to send you to a Department of Public Health clinic in a neighborhood you'd never feel safe in, waiting in line with people who can't even buy a can of beans for dinner, with several children by different fathers that they can't even support. I am not one of them, but the whole situation is discouraging enough to not want to separate the vaccine. They make sure of it. There's a real fear of your kid catching something deadly from those kids in the waiting room who are eating junk food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner because it's cheap. But I digress.

    Having lived with a vaccine-injured child and its effects, I know for a fact that there is a direct relationship between autism and the MMR. No one can convince me otherwise. You couldn't walk in my shoes if you tried.

    I had to, for my own certainty, postpone this killer shot until I was comfortable knowing that my twins were neurotypical prior to the MMR. Since signs and symptoms just happen to show up at the same time as the MMR is administered at 15 months (which I don't think is a coincidence at all), then the girls would most likely "appear" to have autistic traits by now. They don't currently display any autistic traits, so I'm going to assume they'll be fine with their shot. If they aren't, there will be hell to pay, especially since I've been living with the after-effects of an MMR gone wrong in a child that was perfectly normal until he received it.

    Vaccine injuries ARE real, even if the media and the government lead the public to believe otherwise. Do you really think the guy who initially reported the correlation between autism and the MMR (and subsequently denied it) was not bullied into retorting his initial argument and proof? I believe his proof was real and not made up, but he was forced into saying he made it all up. I think the CDC got to him, but that's just my opinion. My guess is he'll wind up dead somewhere in the near future. The government has a way of covering up their own mistakes and they'll do anything to make sure the link between the MMR and autism stays hush-hush. What other country schedules 36 vaccines for 14 diseases by 1st grade? None. There's no coincidence between the poisons in these vaccines and the higher rates of developmental delays, autism, ADD, ADHD, allergies, and learning disabilities in children. Mark my words.

    For now, we wait and watch for signs that tell us the MMR poisoned one or both of them. It's not a pretty place to be, especially if you've been there before.

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    Happy & Tired...

    Liesl and Leia had a WONDERFUL birthday party yesterday! It was great seeing family, friends, and watching the girls turn blue from the cake frosting. Today, the girls go to the doctor for shots and a check-up. Thank goodness there are cookies leftover for them to munch on as they get over the trauma of the needle.

    After we get done with their doctor visit, I am going to R-E-L-A-X because I soooooo deserve it. It's been a great weekend, filled with family, friends, and fun. Right now, though, I need a break. It's great to have a day off to do so.

    Happy Monday, bitches!

    Sunday, October 09, 2011

    Party Time...

    My Sister came for a visit this weekend and we had a great time! It is always so wonderful to spend time with her. I miss her already. It was a short visit, but much needed.


    Today, our home will be full of lots of people helping us celebrate Liesl and Leia's 2nd birthday.
    It's still crazy that they're already two years old. I guess I was hoping they'd always stay babies, yet I always knew they'd grow up. They're still babies to me and always will be. ALL of my kids will always be my babies, even when they're 30 years old.

    Right now, though, I've got a house to get ready for the festivities. Have a great Sunday!

    Saturday, October 08, 2011

    Busy Bee...

    We've got a three-day weekend here. Today, we go to my Mom's house where I'll see my Sister and her family. A surprise 10th birthday party for her son/my nephew is on the agenda. The kids can't wait to see his face when he gets his presents! And Liv and Jack can't wait to decorate! Eeeeeeee! It also happens to be Java's 8th birthday, as well.

    On Sunday, we're having a lot of people over to celebrate Liesl and Leia's 2nd birthday. It's going to be a very busy day full of lots of laughter, fun, and family. And the weather is going to be fabulous!

    On Monday, I take Liesl and Leia to the doctor for their 2-year check-up and some shots. Fun. I'm looking forward to seeing how much they've grown since their last doctor visit.

    And then I get to relax on the rest of my day off. It'll be a short work week, which usually means it'll last forever. So, I'm going to enjoy the hell out of my three-day weekend because it's going to be so full and fun and I'll get to be with the people I love.

    Winning!

    Friday, October 07, 2011

    Cooler Corn...

    Am I the only person who hasn't heard of "cooler corn?" It's apparently an easier way to cook large amounts of corn on the cob perfectly.

    A Coleman cooler is wiped clean, then filled with the shucked ears. Next, two kettles-full of boiling water are poured over the corn and the top closed.

    Then nothing.

    Thirty minutes later, the corn is perfectly cooked. Supposedly, the corn will remain at the perfect level of doneness for a couple of hours.

    Turns out, Cooler Corn is pretty well known among the outdoorsy set, but for those of us who avoid tents as much as possible, it's perfect for large barbecues and is much less messier than grilling. In fact, I may even buy another cooler just so I'm ready for next summer now that I'm in the know.

    Have YOU ever heard of cooler corn?

    Thursday, October 06, 2011

    Always Exciting Here...

    The other night, I was giving Livie a shower. Jack, Liesl, and Leia were playing and Hubby was at the doctor. All of a sudden, Jack runs into the bathroom and tells me, "Mom! Leia is going poo!" I told him that I'd be with her in a minute; I just had to finish up with Liv.

    He looked at me and said, "Um, Mom. On the floor."

    I looked at Liv, looked at Jack, and asked him to repeat what he'd just said. Again, he told me Leia was going poo, but also added that she was doing it on the floor. Mortified, I opened the bathroom door to witness Leia standing there with her diaper in her hand and poop nuggets all over the floor. Meanwhile, Jack, Liesl, Leia, and our dog Java were all staring at the poop on the floor. Leia, of course, was still jumping up and down yelling, "I goed poo!" I don't think Leia pooped on the floor, but I DO think she did it in her diaper, took it off, and rejoiced about it.

    Liv was laughing her head off in the shower as all of this went down.

    Quickly, I wiped Leia's butt (thank goodness it was a solid poo!) and put a diaper on her. By the time I'd gotten back to Liv in the shower, Leia had already taken her pants and diaper off again. Sigh.

    All of this happened within the span of five minutes at the most. And if you were ever curious about what it's like to have four children between 2yo and 6yo, now you know. There's never a dull moment. Heh.

    Wednesday, October 05, 2011

    Traumatized At Birth...

    Yesterday was the twins' 2nd birthday. Ironically, Liesl woke up yesterday morning at 5:13am...the EXACT time she was born two years earlier. When I told my niece that, she reminded me that Liesl had done that the year before, as well. Somehow, it had slipped my mind, probably because the mere thought of it is spine-tingling.

    Does that give you the chills or what?

    When I told my husband what time Liesl had woken up and the significance of it being her exact birth time, he told me that she had wanted to stay in the womb longer anyway. It was Leia who pushed her way out ahead of her sister, even though Liesl was in position to be first. Hubby said Liesl is forever traumatized by that. And that's what I thought about all day at work yesterday. Yeesh.

    Tuesday, October 04, 2011

    Two Years Old Already...

    This is Liesl and Leia. They're two years old today. I can't believe they're two already. I remember the day like it was yesterday. It's hard for me to go back and read what I wrote in the first half of October 2009. The girls were born at exactly 36 weeks gestation and remained in the NICU for two weeks; it nearly broke me for many reasons. However, the joy that they have brought into our home since they came into our lives is exactly what our home needs...more joy! You can never have too much of that.


    My little angels are amazing people. They couldn't be more different from each other; even their blood types are different. They love each other and everyone in the family. They completed our family, making an average-sized family into a large one overnight. Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I'd have twins. I'm so glad they're here, though. Two years doesn't seem like a long time, does it? It feels like they were always here and it's hard to remember what our home was like before they arrived.


    Watching their eyes light up when I come home from work each day makes me warm inside. The hugs, the kisses, the laughter is all doubled. I have four beautiful children and they all help take care of each other. Isn't that what it's all about?


    Family is everything to me. Liesl and Leia completed us and we love them all the way to the moon and back. Happy Birthday, Liesl and Leia! Mama loves you more than you'll ever know.

    Monday, October 03, 2011

    I Love You...

    I saw this and found it to be a very sweet poem worth sharing on here. For anyone who is a parent, this should speak volumes. I'm feeling a bit teary because Liesl and Leia will be TWO years old tomorrow, so this poem really sums up for me just how wonderful it is to be a Mother.

    Sunday, October 02, 2011

    Clean Windows, Cool Weather, & Festive Decorations...

    We are decorating the house for Halloween today. It's my favorite holiday and I think my kids put it at the top of their lists, too. For some reason, Halloween is a happy time around here. So, we'll be busy washing windows and putting festive decals on them, in the hopes that the two little ones don't take all of them down. Wishful thinking.

    Liesl and Leia will be turning two years old (yes, TWO) on Tuesday, so we'll be preparing all week for their party next Sunday. I still can't believe they'll be two years old. It just doesn't seem like that much time has passed.

    On Friday, Jack decided he was going to eat again. After four weeks of eating next to nothing each day, but somehow existing, he ate EIGHT pieces of pizza for dinner (without the cheese, of course) and four mini-cupcakes. We were ecstatic that he'd finally found food useful again and are hoping this trend continues. The loose tooth in the front is still ridiculously loose and his permanent molars are still coming in (haven't even popped through the gum yet), but I'm hoping he'll continue to eat. There's nothing worse than a child who doesn't eat a thing. You learn to get excited when he eats three or four fruit snacks. I don't need that kind of excitement in my life.

    I took a look at my October calendar and realized just how much is going on this month. It's unreal. And this is just the beginning of a hectic four months. Seriously.

    I'm excited about decorating today, though. There's something about clean windows, cool weather, and festive decorations that makes all the chaos manageable. Maybe I'll even venture out to grab some more decorations. You can never have enough.

    Saturday, October 01, 2011

    One Flaw In Women...

    I know I've probably posted this before, but it just never gets old.


    Women have strengths that amaze men....
    They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
    but they hold happiness, love and joy.
    They smile when they want to scream.
    They sing when they want to cry.
    They cry when they are happy
    and laugh when they are nervous.
    They fight for what they believe in..
    They stand up to injustice.
    They don't take "no" for an answer
    when they believe there is a better solution.
    They go without so their family can have.
    They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
    They love unconditionally.
    They cry when their children excel
    and cheer when their friends get awards.
    They are happy when they hear about
    a birth or a wedding.
    Their hearts break when a friend dies.
    They grieve at the loss of a family member,
    yet they are strong when they
    think there is no strength left.
    They know that a hug and a kiss
    can heal a broken heart.
    Women come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
    They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
    to show how much they care about you.
    The heart of a woman is what
    makes the world keep turning.
    They bring joy, hope and love.
    They have compassion and ideas.
    They give moral support to their
    family and friends.
    Women have vital things to say
    and everything to give.
    HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,
    IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.