Happy Birthday Jack!!
Happy Birthday Jack!!
This thanksgiving we are having neighbors and friends over to celebrate the holiday. Many people we know here in El Paso are not native to the area, or the State. We find many who are in the same situation we are having no family close to share the holiday. For the past few years we have gotten together with friends to celebrate the holiday. This year we are hosting. Ugh. I don't mind having people over, and I enjoy the company, the problem is I am not a good hostess. It is an awkward situation for me and I always feel incompetent. One thing is for certain we will have plenty of food! And our decorations are top notch. Emma has been busy cutting, pasting and coloring for days.
We have our festive napkin rings..
Our turkey cutouts.
And our Thankful leaves.
Every year since the kids knew what it meant to be Thankful we have had a Thankful book, tree or leaves. I enjoy the fact that this is a tradition that they initiate. It makes me proud to know that they are thankful. (Because often it is not to obvious.)
We wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and hope to see you all soon.
Every single evening
As I’m lying here in bed,
This tiny little Prayer
Keeps running through my head:
God bless all my family
Wherever they may be,
Keep them warm
and safe from harm
For they’re so close to me.
And God, there is one more thing
I wish that you could do;
Hope you don't mind me asking,
Please bless my computer too.
Now I know that it's unusual
To Bless a motherboard,
But listen just a second
While I explain it to you, Lord.
You see, that little metal box
Holds more than odds and ends;
Inside those small compartments
Rest so many of my friends.
I know so much about them
By the kindness that they give,
And this little scraps of metal
Takes me in to where they live.
By faith is how I know them
Much the same as you.
We share in what life brings us
And from that our friendships grew.
Please take an extra minute
From your duties up above,
To bless those in my address book
That's filled with so much love.
Wherever else this prayer may reach
To each and every friend,
Bless each e-mail inbox
And each person who hits ’send’.
When you update your Heavenly list
On your own Great CD-ROM,
Bless everyone who says this prayer
Sent up to God.com
Sunday mornings are great. Everyone is quite lazy, we make a big breakfast, read the paper and the kids hunker down with blankets and watch cartoons. This morning was no exception. The feature of the day was a Tom and Jerry marathon. The kids love Tom and Jerry, as did I as a child. When you become a parent you realize how much violence is portrayed. When you get down to it the whole cartoon is really just fighting. As a parent you begin to wonder if this is such a good thing to expose young minds to. We watched it and no one wondered if that violence contributed to the violence elsewhere. This morning I was surprised to wander back downstairs and be drawn into the debate between my two youngest.
The sights and the sounds of holiday season abound here in El Paso. It is somewhat difficult as an adult who grew up in the Midwest to get used to the thought that Thanksgiving is only 5 days away. With the weather mild and the trees, the few there are, starting to turn, it just doesn't feel like the holidays. Sure, I have gotten my Christmas lists made for each and everyone, made up the menu for Thanksgiving dinner and I have even purchased a present or two. Perhaps it is not the fact that I am in El Paso but just the fact that I am getting older. sigh. For the impending holiday has stirred up the kids just the same. Even Mark who is trying to look "cool" and play along with Jack and Emma as they tell stories of Santa, has been found making lists and looking online for games and such. Every morning starts out with Jack and Emma discussing, arguing, hell, lobbing for the best of the best for Christmas. They are like a small group of lawyers discussing the pros of having the newest this or the biggest that. Their logic while shaky at best, is still evidence of how important the holiday is to them. Jack even tried to put a spin on the walky-talkies he wanted saying, "it would keep the house quieter because they wouldn't have to yell for one another." They have decided together that they need a lap dog. heavy sigh. Dad told them Santa doesn't bring live animals. To which Jack responded, "I am just going to test that theory." Never fear, even if Santa does indeed hold firm on the live animal policy, they have a back-up plan. They plan to pool their money and purchase a dog. yippee. I wouldn't mind having another dog, IF I wasn't the one to have to do all of the work. Emma decided to play another angle saying, "if we got a rescue dog, we would be helping, and isn't that what Christmas is about?" such a big heart we have.
I love this comic and read it everyday. This particular post today seemed particularly apropos. As a mom, I try to stay on top of the homework assignments of my three darlings. However, if it is not written down or if they don't tell me about it, I can't know about it (am I right?) I mean my mind reading skills are far from or ordinary but come on! This year, hell every year, is a struggle with my oldest. He is a true procrastinator. He doesn't truly realize this is his destiny, Oh but he is a procrastinator of the highest caliber. I was, and occasionally still am a very good procrastinator. My husband seems to find it quite humorous that I am dealing with issues I my self placed on my parents. As you can imagine I myself do not find it the least bit funny.
Somehow, this weeks assignment all had the same due date, TODAY. Mark had a book report, a math test and his science project report due today. Jack had to rewrite a music composition he wrote for piano. I knew this an badgered and nagged all weekend and well into last night trying to get everything finished. If there is one thing I hate, it is being kept up late "helping" with work that should, and could have been done. Despite my best efforts, uncontrollable things happen and we were still up until 10 pm completing homework.
Yesterday, the kids had Thanksgiving at School. This is where the kids get to invite parents/grandparents to school to celebrate the holiday. After lunch, which I had to sit thru 3 times and took nearly 4 hours, we were able to take the kids home early. We arrived home at 1:30 and mom had a killer migraine. I took my meds and crashed. All I needed was an hour peace and quite so could decrease the severity of my headache. Somehow, that was to much to ask, so I made due with 25 minutes. Needless to say I wasn't at my best. When I woke everyone said, "No, we don't have any homework." or the equivalent "I finished it all." Silly me, I fell for it. Last night as John and I are taking a walk, clarity came, everything that was due today hit me and I realized I had been fooled. Thus when we got home, the @#$! hit the fan. Kids were crying, I was calling them out on everything. They were truly in awe of my mom memory, they thought they had gotten away with it! Silly, silly children. What I don't understand is WHY? Why would you not want to do your homework, isn't it only going to get you into more trouble the next day when mom finds out. Or are they just hoping I won't. Threats were made, punishments dished out and everyone at one time or another ended up in tears, it was a joyous time. (the things they don't tell you about having kids)
So why am I still stewing about it hours later. Well, the fact remains, that while I thought I was finished when everyone went to bed I was sadly mistaken. This morning 15 minutes before their ride is to arrive Emma says, "Mom, I have homework I forgot about!." (really, how odd. ) She did her best to finish what she had, but it wasn't finished when their ride arrived. I picked up a clipboard, put her homework on it, handed her a pencil and told her she would have to finish on the way to school or explain to her teacher why she didn't have it done. I am so mean. I know she is only in first grade, these things happen. When I came inside and finally sat down with my cup of coffee and the paper this comic was right there consoling me. I was not alone.
This year Mark has an English teacher whom I am growing to Love! She is doing a fantastic job of drawing the kids into the subject, rather than just studying it. His last assignment was to write a folk tale. As you will soon see my attempts to lure him away from death and destruction were a complete failure (ah the mind of an 11 year old). He had to use illustrations as part of the assignment. Mark hates to color and draw, so this part was dreaded and put off until the absolute last minute. When I suggested he stage the folk tale using items we had around the house and take pictures to illustrate he was much more motivated. I was impressed with the final out come. Hope you enjoy.
Recently I have taking a liking to knitting hats. I am not sure why but, other than scarves they are a quick knit. Here are two hats I knit recently that I really think are super cute. It could be that I am a bit biased by the model. Here are the links if anyone would like to knit them up.
Yesterday I had errands to run in the morning. While out and about I got seriously hungry! It was then I realized I had not had breakfast. Thinking I was going to be out a few more hours, I ran through the drive through window and grabbed a burger. As I was driving to the post office I noticed a little dog standing in the middle of the intersection FROZEN. She was so scared. All of the cars were honking and driving around her she didn't know what to do. Fortunately for her I had a hamburger, and after about 5 minutes I was able to lure her to the sidewalk with the promise of Burger King. She had a collar but no tags. I took all 6 lbs of her to the Vet's office. Here in El Paso the law is that all dogs must be micro chipped. She however, was not. The Vet was able to give me a list of people to call to help find her owner. She was very sweet and gentle with the kids. Even Ginger was happy that I brought her a squeaky toy. Ginger tried to play with the little dog but Ginger being at least 8 times bigger than her TOTALLY freaked her out! For the most part we kept them separated. This morning I printed out fliers to post near the area where I found her. After posting just 2 fliers I ran across a "lost dog" flier. And there was a picture of her. I called immediately and the owner was so Happy. It seems her son was absolutely devastated by the lost of his dog. I was happy to return her to her home, Ginger however is extremely put out that I took her plaything away.
2. What does Luna say floated into Harry's ear when he was in the train car that supposedly caused him to lose focus?
3. How much do the primary Apparition lessons cost?
a. 10 galleons
b. 8 galleons
c. 15 galleons
d. 12 galleons
4. What is Professor Merrythought's first name?
5. What Hogwarts club was Eileen Prince captain of?
a. Charms Club
b. Gobstones Club
c. The Slug Club
d. Occlumency Club
6. Who is head of the Goblin Liaison office?
a. Ambrosius Flume
b. Dirk Cresswell
c. Ciceron Harkiss
d. Barnabas Cuffe
7. Mrs. Weasley offers Fleur a goblin-made tiara for the wedding with Bill. What family member is currently in possession of the tiara?
a. Aunt Muriel
b. Aunt Ethel
c. Aunt Edna
d. Aunt Thelma
8. How many points does Snape take from Gryffindor for Harry's late arrival and muggle attire?
9. When Profressory Slughorn first meets Hermione, he asks her whether she is related to Hector Dagworth-Granger. What society did Dgworth-Granger found?
a. The Most Extraordinary Society of Charms
d. The Most Extraordinary Society of Herbology
c. The Most Extraordinary Society of the Defense Against the Dark Arts
d. The Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers
10. Which of these describes Golpalott's Third Law?
a. The antidote for blended poison will be equal to less than the sum of the antidotes for each of the separate components
b. The antidote for a blended poison will be equal to less than the product of the antidotes for each of the separate compenents
c. The antidote for a blended poison will be equal to more than the product of the antidotes for each of the separate compenents
d. The antidote for a blended poison will be equal to more than the sum of the antidotes for each of the separtea components
I have been participating in a Harry Potter Swap for the past 6 weeks. It is now down to the final week in which we get to swap all of the goodies we have been working on for our swap partner. My package went out on Tuesday of last week. I haven't heard anything from the person I sent it to so I am assuming it is not there yet. It did have to go to Rochester, NY so if it isn't there yet, it is to be expected. After a horrid week I was most pleasantly surprised to find a box FULL of goodies waiting for me on my porch. I am soooooo SPOILED! All I can say is my spoiler totally gets me, right down to the fat quarters and the package of tissues!
The weather here in El Paso has gotten cooler, the tumbleweed has bloomed and the wind has picked up. All signaling the start of Autumn here in El Paso. Another little known season here, at least for us, Croup season. Unfortunately for me and the little ones, allergies signal sinus problems, which trigger sore throats, which in turn lead to Croup. The past few weeks have been a flurry of doctor appointments, late night stints on the porch and waking to find myself crammed between John and one, if not two children. This morning being no different started with the barking cough of yet another child "Emma." I had been expecting this, since the last 2 weeks have been devoted to Jack's cough. By the time I had everyone up for school I felt like it should be time for lunch. I wasn't the only one who was cranky. Emma and Jack both were complaining and jockeying for position to be first in line to use the thermometer. It started innocently enough with a cough-cough here, and a cough-cough, there. Pretty soon, yep, a cough-cough everywhere. Before I knew it there was a coughing competition at the kitchen table. Jack and Emma were actually forcefully coughing louder and louder to see who was the sickest. I could not believe it! What more could they possibly find to compete over? Just then I heard John coughing. Oh Brother, time to go back to bed.