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  • Saturday, June 30, 2012

    One Week Down, Five More To Go...

    The first week of day camp for Jack and Liv was an absolute success!  Liv had a very hard time adjusting at first, but now she's fine with it.  Jack was a trooper all week long, on his best behavior.  His aide lucked out, getting the best kid in the whole group, really.  He probably doesn't even need an aide, but it's a safety net just in case he gets overwhelmed or overstimulated.  So far, he's been absolutely fine and everyone is impressed with him.  A lot of the credit goes to Jack for managing himself and self-regulating so well throughout the day; a lot of credit also goes to his teacher last school year for helping him gain those skills to self-regulate all day long.  Of all my children, he is the one I worry about the least and you wouldn't think that would be for the simple fact that he is on the autism spectrum.  Honestly, you can take Jack anywhere because he loves new challenges, places, and experiences, unlike many kids on the spectrum.  He surprises us all the time. 

    Both kids love the swimming time, the arts & crafts, the sports, and the games.  They come home exhausted and with a lot to talk about.  They both have made friends and all is well.  Six hours a day of fun away from doesn't get much better than that.  Their field trip to a carnival was cancelled yesterday due to the heat, but next Friday they'll go to the zoo and the beach.  They're going to have a blast!

    And...wait for it...the surprise we've all been waiting for...(drum roll)...

    He's actually eating the lunch he gets through the day camp.  AND drinking milk!  WTF?!  Who IS this kid?  Jack hasn't had dairy since he was two years old; I figured he was lactose sensitive because I believe his body tells him what it needs.  Now, all of a sudden, he's eating corned beef on rye sandwiches and drinking milk.  And sub sandwiches with salami, pastrami, ham, bologna, etc. and chicken salad with cranberries.  I think someone's going through a growth spurt and realizes that his body actually needs food.  But milk?!  He NEVER drinks milk, so I don't even know what to think. 

    This week went swimmingly well.  We're looking forward to five more weeks of the same. 

    Friday, June 29, 2012

    Two Peas In A Pod...

    Leia and Liesl...two peas in a pod

    So far, so good on the introduction of toddler beds.  Knock on wood.  Leia only tried to come down the stairs once the first night, shortly after she was put to bed.  After that, she went straight to sleep.  Both girls slept all night without so much as a peep.  I probably just jinxed it.  Heh.

    They truly love their new beds.  I'm still shocked that they never, ever tried to climb out of their cribs when they were in them.  I really think they were ready for the toddler beds, but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed.  With twins, you just never know who's going to do what.

    I love my life. :)

    Thursday, June 28, 2012


    Well, the twins' cribs were disassembled and their toddler beds were put together yesterday.  I can't believe they are in toddler beds now.  They won't be three until early October and we want them to get used to sleeping in actual beds since they'll be doing that when we go on vacation.  Liesl will probably be fine, but I think Leia is going to trash the room and play with everything.

    When Jack and Liv transitioned to toddler beds from cribs, they shared a room and there were no toys in it.  With Liv sharing the same room with the twins, all hell just might break loose; she has a lot of toys and stuff in that room and would freak out if Leia got into all of it.  Liesl is very neat Felix; Leia is a very messy Oscar.

    Fingers crossed.  Frankly, I'm nervous and sad at the same time.  It's bittersweet for me for all of their milestones because they are my last babies.

    Since this post is being written the night before and postdated, I cannot tell you how last night went.  More to come later...

    Wednesday, June 27, 2012

    Twin Love...

    Liesl and Leia...the best of friends!

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

    His Pure Heart...

    This describes my son Jack so well. 
    He's so much more sensitive and compassionate than most people think.  Next to my brother, Jack is the strongest male I know.

    My life was so bland and colorless before he came into it.  I'm the luckiest Mom in the world.  His autism doesn't define him; his pure heart does.

    Monday, June 25, 2012

    Summer Day Camp...

    Today is the first day of Summer Day Camp for Jack and Liv.  I'll meet Jack's aide today, too.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well on their first day.

    I have a feeling the house is going to be 75% less noisy while they're gone.  After all, Liv accounts for half the noise in the house at all times.

    I'm going to miss them and worry about them, but I'm also hoping to get a lot done while I have half as many children to watch. 

    Still...I'm going to miss them.  They'll be at camp Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm.  Sigh...

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

    How Blind Was His Wife Really?...

    Einstein must have been prognosticating about all those assholes at Penn State who knew what that malefactor Jerry Sandusky was doing and did nothing about it.

    I wish them all ill.  Don't even get me started on him, his wife, and his colleagues.  I could go on forever about this.

    Saturday, June 23, 2012


    With all the despicable misspellings I see each day on Facebook, I just want to put it out there that it really isn't that hard to learn how to spell properly before you post a status update.

    This kind of molestation of the English language ranks high up there with all the profile pictures I see of people in their bathrooms.  Absolutely ridiculous.  WTF?!  Get a mirror at a thrift store, hang it up, and take a photo of yourself somewhere other than your bathroom because I really don't need to see the mildew on your shower curtain or the toothpaste on your mirror.  Thankyouverymuch.

    I'm just sayin'.

    Friday, June 22, 2012

    Quit Lookin' At My Eye...

    I think I have pink eye in my right eye.  Bleh.  I used some homeopathic drops for it earlier, but I doubt they'll work this time and it's only a matter of time before the left eye gets it, too.  I have to go to the doctor anyway, so what's one more thing to check out?  Whatever.  The picture above depicts exactly how it feels.
    Just what I needed...
    *insert a painful sarcastic rolling of the eyes here*

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

    One Of My Many Vices...

    You can never have too many books.  I wish my husband understood that.

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Summer Bucket List...

    I wonder what the odds are that I can get two-thirds of this list done this summer, if not more.
    It would certainly make for an exciting (and exhausting) summer!  Heh.

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012


    I’ve been aware of a number of these solutions, but some are new ideas…and it’s always great to be reminded.

    The U.S. Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away.
    Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I am working outside. It really works. The insects just veer around you.
    All this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer!
    1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice.
    2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.
    3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.
    4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.
    5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.
    6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling..
    7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.
    8. To freshen the air in your home - Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.
    9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.
    10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

    11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.
    12. To freshen the air in your car - Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.
    13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan..
    14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.
    15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.
    16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds.. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.
    17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like atack cloth.
    18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.
    19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.
    20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.
    21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.
    22. Wet a Bounce sheet, hose down your car, and wipe love bugs off easily with the wet Bounce.
    23. Put a sheet of Bounce in your suitcase when traveling, it will help keep mites or any other critters out of it. While you are at it, travel with several Bounce sheets and run them up and down your bed linen before getting into bed, it will cause all the critters already in your bed to run. Keep a sheet in your suitcase even after you have unpacked to protect your suitcases from bugs nesting in it.

    Monday, June 18, 2012

    Chilling Out...

    It's my first week of summer vacation.  Jack and Liv don't go to Day Camp until next Monday, so I've decided to chill out this week and enjoy my time with all of my kids.  Potty training is still on the agenda, but everything else is shelved for the time being.  I figure I have to potty train the twins this summer and every single day counts, so I don't want to lose any time with that.  Other stuff can wait, though.  It's just pool time, sunshine, and snacks all day long.  Life doesn't get any better than this.

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

    Not Just Another Day...

    Love and more love!

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

    Where's My Pool Boy?...

    Pool time today.  Pool time tomorrow.  Unlimited pool time for the entire next week.  The heat is intense.  The pool is up, thanks to Hubby. 

    Excuse me.  I must go swimming with my children now because I AM OFF FROM WORK FOR THE ENTIRE SUMMER!

    Did you hear that sound?  Um, yeah.  That's the sound of me rubbing it in.  Heh.

    Friday, June 15, 2012

    School's Out For Summer...

    I am looking forward to another great summer...The Summer Of Me!  Yay!

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

    Always Carry A Penny...

    Who knew about this?  Here is some very useful information from my mother-in-law:

    This information may be something to remember, as this season will soon be here again...

    It might be wise to carry a penny in your pocket while working in the yard........... BEE STINGS !

    A couple of weeks ago, I was stung by both a bee and hornet while working in the garden.
    My arm swelled up, so I went to the doctor. The clinic gave me cream and an antihistamine.

    The next day the swelling was getting progressively worse, so I went to my regular doctor.

    The arm was infected and needed an antibiotic.

    The doctor told me. "The next time you get stung, put a penny on the bite for 15 minutes".

    That night, my niece was stung by two bees. I looked at the bite and it had already started to swell.

    So, I taped a penny to her arm for 15 minutes. The next morning, there was no sign of a bite.

    We decided that she just wasn't allergic to the sting.

    Soon, I was gardening outside. I got stung again, twice by a hornet on my left hand.

    I thought, here I go again to the doctor for another antibiotic.

    I promptly got my money out and taped two pennies to my bites, then sat and sulked for 15 minutes.

    The penny took the string out of the bite immediately.

    In the meantime the hornets were attacking, and my friend was stung on the thumb. Again the penny.

    The next morning I could only see the spot where the hornet had stung me.

    No redness, no swelling.. My friend's sting was the same; couldn't even tell where she had been stung.

    She got stung again a few days later upon her back---cutting the grass! And the penny worked once again.

    Wanted to share this marvelous information in case you experience the same problem.

    We need to keep a stock of pennies on hand.

    The doctor said that the copper in the penny counteracts the bite.

    It definitely works! Please remember and pass this information on to your friends, children, grandchildren, etc.

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    I Cried...

     Yesterday was Liv's Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony.  I cried just like I knew I would, but not as much as I did at Jack's last year; lucky for her, he broke me in.  Leave it to her, though, to ham it up for the camera and shine, making me swell with pride.

    This is Liv with two of her good friends.  They all look so pretty!

    My second baby is officially in first grade.  It's as if she was born last week, I turned my back, and she's a first-grader now.  Where did all that time go?  Seriously.  Sigh...

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    My Baby's Growing Up...

    Today is Liv's Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony.
    I will be bringing plenty of Kleenex with me because I'm going to bawl my eyes out.
    Sniff, sniff, sigh...

    Monday, June 11, 2012

    The Summer Of Me...

    Today is my last Monday at work until the last week of August; we're taking a field trip to the zoo with our students.  I'm so excited it's the last week!  I love having the whole summer to spend with my kids.  There's nothing better than that.

    I will be taking tomorrow off from work to attend Liv's Kindergarten Graduation ceremony.  I'm going to bawl my eyes out, I just know it.  I still can't believe she's going to be in first grade in the fall.  Sigh...

    Wednesday will be a regular day with my students, except for an awards assembly.  Liv will have the day off, but Jack will still be in school.

    Thursday is a Teacher Institute Day, so we have no students.  That also means that Hubby will be home with all four kids.  It'll be a character-building day for everyone.  Heh.

    On Friday, students only come for one hour and I get to leave at the half-day mark.  Jack and Liv may even get home before the twins wake up!  It's highly unlikely, but it could happen. 

    Anyway...this is my last week of work until the end of August.  I'm excited about getting started on my basement, creating an art studio for Liv and play area for all the kids.  I've got my work cut out for me, but at least I'm not taking two graduate classes during the summer like I did last year.  That was rough!

    This is the Summer of Me.  I'm going to enjoy the hell out of it.  Jack and Liv will be in Day Camp from 9am to 3pm every day.  Liesl and Leia will be in gymnastics classes once a week in the morning on Tuesdays all summer long.  I'll be keeping busy, but at my own pace. 

    I absolutely can't wait!  I've sooooo earned it this year.

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

    The Power Is Mine, Not Yours...

    Enough said.

    Saturday, June 09, 2012


    An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots,
    each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.
    One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect
    and always delivered a full portion of water.
    At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house,
     the cracked pot arrived only half full.
    For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home
    only one and a half pots of water.
    Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
    But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection,
    and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
    After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure,
    it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
    "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water
    to leak out all the way back to your house."

    The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path,
    but not on the other pot's side?"
    "That's because I have always known about your flaw,
    so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path,
    and every day while we walk back, you water them."
    "For two years I have been able to pick these
    beautiful flowers to decorate the table."
    "Without you being just the way you are,
    there would not be this beauty to grace the house."
    Each of us has our own unique flaw,
    but it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make
    our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
    You've just got to take each person
    for what they are and look for the good in them.
    So, to all of my cracked pot friends,
    have a great day and remember to smell the flowers
    on your side of the path!

    Friday, June 08, 2012

    The End...

    The end is near.  Next week is the last week of school before summer break and I happen to be taking Tuesday off to go to Liv's Kindergarten graduation ceremony.  So, I really only have four days of work left.  Woohoo!

    It's been a long year.  I've got a lot planned this summer, so I'm anxious to get started as soon as the kids go to Day Camp.  I plan on taking a week off to just putz around, stay in my jammies, and fuck around.  Maybe we'll put up the pool.  I don't know.  I just want one week of doing absolutely nothing.  I've earned it. 

    I am ready for one less responsibility right now.  I need the summer to recharge my mental, physical, and emotional batteries.  Yeesh.

    Thursday, June 07, 2012

    My Boy, Fred...

    I knew there was a reason why I always liked Mr. Rogers.  Just so you know, this is not photoshopped at all.  He was singing the "Where is Thumbkin?" song and he just happened to break out into laughter during the Middle Man part.

    There's something about this photo that makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside.  And to think that he was a lethal weapon, a trained Navy Seal who could kill you before you even knew it with arms covered in tattoos...  Okay, that's an urban legend and not true at all, but it sounds so cool, but I kind of like to think of him that way.

    Mr. Rogers, trained killer or not, was a beast!  I wish today's children's programs were as clean as his was.  As a kid, I honestly thought he was speaking to me when I'd watch his show.  Sigh...the good old days.

    Wednesday, June 06, 2012

    Best Thing Ever...

    Jack had some fun with Liv this weekend, as you can see from the video above.  The kids just LOVE that playset in my parents' yard.  Best thing ever!

    Tuesday, June 05, 2012

    Liv's New Trick...

    This was Liv's cool new trick this past weekend.  She's pretty strong!

    Monday, June 04, 2012


    Does anyone other than me see the problem in this picture?  Our neighbor to the north gives their mothers 50 weeks of PAID maternity leave, while the U.S. gives their mothers zilch.  I think that's a huge problem.

    Sunday, June 03, 2012


    I have been very fortunate lately and I do not take it for granted.  There was a time when I was confused and uncertain, but the pieces fell where they should for a reason.  It's all good for me and I'm grateful. I dare not ask why. 

    Saturday, June 02, 2012

    The Healing Power Of Eggs...

    A young man sprinkling his lawn and bushes with pesticides wanted to check the contents of the barrel to see how much pesticide remained in it. He raised the cover and lit his lighter; the vapors ignited and engulfed him. He jumped from his truck, screaming..

    His neighbor came out of her house with a dozen eggs and a bowl yelling: "bring me some more eggs!"

    She broke them, separating the whites from the yolks.

    The neighbor woman helped her to apply the whites onto the young man's face.

    When the ambulance arrived and the EMTs saw the young man, they asked who had done this. Everyone pointed to the lady in charge. They congratulated her and said: "You have saved his face." By the end of the summer, the young man brought the lady a bouquet of roses to thank her. His face was like a baby's skin.

    Keep in mind this treatment of burns is being included in teaching beginner firemen.

    First Aid consists of first spraying cold water on the affected area until the heat is reduced which stops the continued burning of all layers of the skin.

    Then, spread the egg whites onto the affected area.

    One woman burned a large part of her hand with boiling water. In spite of the pain, she ran cold faucet water on her hand, separated 2 egg whites from the yolks, beat them slightly and dipped her hand in the solution. The whites then dried and formed a protective layer.

    She later learned that the egg white is a natural collagen and continued during at least one hour to apply layer upon layer of beaten egg white. By afternoon she no longer felt any pain and the next day there was hardly a trace of the burn.

    10 days later, no trace was left at all and her skin had regained its normal color. The burned area was totally regenerated thanks to the collagen in the egg whites, a placenta full of vitamins.

    Pass this on.  This information could be helpful to everyone

    Friday, June 01, 2012


    I now know where my daughters get it from.
    Apples don't fall far from their tree.  Heh.