That's right-those wonderful toys from my childhood, given away in McDonald's Happy Meals!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Read, Read, Read: I have read several books this past month, which included quite a variety of genre too. I'm currently reading Dead Man's Walk by Larry McMurtry-it is one of Scott's books & I am about 1/2 way through it. It is a good story, but I could do without the graphic descriptions of the torture done by the Comanche Indians (Yuck! He is either a very good writer or I just have a very good imagination for visualizing it) I also read Once in a Lifetime by Danielle Steel-it was my first one ever of hers & a classic romance novel-it was a pretty easy read & didn't require much thinking on my part (predictable in other words)-it was nice for a change of pace. I also read Alicia by Alicia Appleman-Jurman, which was an autobiography of her experiences as a Jew during the Holocaust. I am always fascinated with books about people from this era-it is amazing the prejudices & suffering they had to survive during their lifetime. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards was another book I read-I liked the concept of this story, but thought the writing was a bit slow paced. I also read Domina by Barbara Wood, which was a romance too, but had a lot more substance to it because the main character was a lady doctor in the 1800's so there was quite a bit of medical history involved in the story as well. It was interesting to read about the advancements made during the years covered by the book & it made me very glad that I didn't live back then! So 4 1/2 books-that's fairly close to my goal!
Exercise: I did not do so well with this one, but have managed to start walking a few days this past week. Plus, with starting to get my house in order (see below) I am getting quite a bit of activity from all of the housecleaning!
Get my photos organized: I have worked & worked on this one. In fact, I have managed to get all of Luke's pictures (on my computer) edited & organized up to the present, which I feel is quite the accomplishment. I've even gotten myself organized enough to be able to start digital scrapbooking & have completed several pages-Yeah me!
Get my house in order: I admit-I procrastinated on this all month until about 4-5 days ago. I finally decided that I would just take it one room at a time (& do that one room really well before moving on to the next one). I have finished my Dining Room & must say that it looks fabulous compared to the rest of the house (which means this will be the only room anyone is allowed into if they come by for a visit too!) :) My next task is the Master Bath-there isn't really any rhyme or reason to the order I'm doing the rooms in either, just whichever one feels right at the time!
Pretty good for June-here's to hoping July is much better! :)
"How Bad Do You Want It" -A song with a great beat about putting yourself out there to get what you want in life, plus it's a great one to sing along out loud with (good thing Luke doesn't seem to mind my singing yet!)
"My Old Friend" -A song about friendship & the memories we make with them & how we each go down our paths, yet time moves on & sometimes it is years before we see them/remember our times with each other-in the case of this song the friend had died & the song is the singer's way remembering his friend even though time had distanced them-it always touches me how Tim sings this song
"Can't Tell Me Nothing" -What can I say, except that it definitely reminds me of some of my students at school &/or teenagers
"Live Like You Were Dying" -Obviously a super hit & spectacular song for Tim, but I especially like the lines 'And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter, And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying' shouldn't everyone be living by this motto-not waiting until we're dying to do it
"Drugs or Jesus" -Definitely one of my favorites on this album 'Everybody just wants to get high, Sit and watch a perfect world go by' what a fabulous line-some people use Jesus & some people try to use drugs to get this-clever, clever, clever! It makes me think, which I always like!
"Back When" -Catchy tune-fun to sing, plus I think the play on words in the chorus is superb
"Everybody Hates Me" -I LOVE this song because it is so true! It's all about the guy who got the promotion & how everyone talks about him behind his back & loves cutting him down, but when he gets demoted he's their buddy again. 'Everybody wants to be the big dog, Want to wag that big dog tail, But till they are, They want to see the big dog fail'...'Everybody smiles to your face and hide their jealousy, That's the way it goes and I can't wait till...Everybody hates me' I think this is probably the case in many, many workplaces!
"Blank Sheet of Paper" -Written from the paper's point of view about a guy trying to write a letter of apology & not being able to write anything-very clever!
"Do You Want Fries With That" -What a spectacular down on your luck song-having to work at at Drive-up window & having to serve the guy who stole your life-I'd probably hope he would choke on a pickle too! Classic country! :)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The answer is/will be/has been for a long time...NO. If I sound a bit frustrated, well I am. I don't really mind people inquiring about Luke, but this question is starting to get to me only because the child is almost 10 months old & I am still giving the same answer. Has he been interested in moving? You betcha! He'll walk everywhere as long as he's holding your hands or in his walker. There is no stopping him in those cases, but will he attempt to roll/army crawl/real crawling at all on his own? No Way! Does he seem to be too bothered by it? Not really, but Mommy is beginning to feel somewhat frustrated by it. He is not the one always having to answer the questions & then look at people's surprised faces or then hear "Well does he have any older siblings?- Oh, no-well that explains it." Does it? Does it really? I just don't know. The key word here is INADEQUATE - that is how all of this makes me feel. Of course, I know that all mothers are very prone to this, but this feeling & I have become quite good friends (although I don't like her very much). What can make a person feel more inadequate about herself & her body then infertility? Follow that up with going through the adoption process, where every aspect of your life is put out there for other people to decide if you will make good parents & then wondering if you will be "good enough" to get picked. Of course, it doesn't quite stop there because once you are picked, you're constantly worrying that you may do something wrong & the birthmom will change her mind or God forbid, she does, then you analyze yourself even more. I've also read that adoptive parents do tend to judge themselves even more critically than bio parents because they feel like they have had to put themselves on some kind of pedestal to prove to the world that they are "good" parents & know how to care for a child. (Check! Got that one covered) Does it make me doubt my abilities when Luke isn't maybe progressing as he should? Yep, bringing along with it loads of Mommy Guilt. In the end, though, I just remind myself that I am his mother & am trying to do the best that I can & am trying to give him anything that he needs to thrive in this world. Will I make mistakes? Yes, no doubt about it, but I will just try to keep from beating myself up (too much) about them. Would it help if he would just crawl a little? YES!!! (Don't worry, there will definitely be a post when that day finally arrives! Until then, just keep in mind-don't ask me about it!) :)
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
*We were going to start a family right away and hopefully have at least 2 kids before our 5th anniversary (definitely did NOT go as expected, but we were finally blessed with Luke this past year)
*We would build a new house on the Scott's family's original homestead (check)
*I would finish student teaching, graduate & have my own classroom (sort of check-first 2 done, as far as my own classroom-not quite yet, but at least I've always been happy with whatever I'm doing-subbing, teacher assistant, etc.)
*We would still maintain a fairly active social life once we had kids (slowed down a little, but check)!!
*We would continue to communicate well each and every day (check)
*We would love each other even more 5 years from now then we did that day (check!!!)
Go out enjoy and celebrate this very special holiday today-I know we will! :)
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I believe I said, "Wow, I think this is the highest I've ever seen the water out before!" But Scott "knowing all" corrected me quickly, "Oh no, I don't think it is the highest it's ever been, but maybe close."
Later (7:20ish a.m.), my MIL calls & tells her son "The water is at record levels everywhere." (Me): [clearing my throat & speaking sarcastically] "Oh no, I don't think the water is the highest it's ever been! Hmmmm...was I right earlier or what?!" Scott: "Yes, you were right." (I take such great pride in it when this happens!) (hehe)
By 10:30a.m. the road was covered! (First time in 60 years, since the road was first built up & probably the first time since Scott & I got married that I was glad that we have an early Mass time [8 a.m.] because we were home before the water was over the road!)
What a fascinating & historical day! Watching the water rise so quickly during those morning hours & then getting to watch it start to slowly recede as levees in the area started breaking-I hope I NEVER see it again in my lifetime! :)
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Floors- "Don't worry about cleaning us-dirt helps keep us nice and insulated, especially during all of this wonderful humidity."
Dishes- "We don't mind the dirt, since the view is so much better out here on the countertop. Plus, it's a little cramped stuck inside the cabinets."
Laundry- "Forget about cleaning us for now-the stench gives us personality-same goes for the wrinkles we get from not being folded when we are clean!"
Toys- "Please just let us be. It's so much more fun to be out here free on the open range of the living room floor. As for the other suckers still stuck in the basket...don't worry...they'll be free soon enough too."
Books- "We're just dying to be opened and read, please join us. Don't worry about all of those other things...they're just fine!"
I'd hate to disappoint everything by cleaning-NOT! I need to get motivated!!! I hope none of these items put up too much of a fight! :) Wish me luck!