Monday, December 29, 2008

Hurray For SabrinaT!!!!!

This is the beautiful Christmas Care Package that SabrinaT sent my family from Japan!


Isn't it awesome?


It has a 2009 calendar, lots of chopsticks, an assortment of Japanese candies, and a Japanese Obama T-shirt. Mom #2, Baby Boy and I were jumping up and down with giddiness while we were opening it!

Of course, I'm torn between trying every single thing in there and saving some as mementos of an awesome homeschooling-blogging buddy-friend who thought of our little family during the holidays.

Thanks, SabrinaT, so much! I know you're a busy woman and it almost makes me want to cry to know that you thought of us this way. I'm amazed at your generosity.




Until next time . . .


Friday, December 26, 2008

Hope You All Had A Fabulous Holiday . . .

. . . Filled with FAMILY, FRIENDS and lots of FUN!!!





Until next time . . .


Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Most AMAZING Christmas Gift EVER!!!

Over the past 6 or 7 months our family has been somewhat quietly enduring a crisis situation.


Baby Boy has several health conditions that affect his life daily; however, we do not dwell on the negative - we remain positive and encourage him and ourselves to live our lives to the fullest.

We've made several trips to the doctor's office, to various lab facilities and finally a couple of weeks ago, as you know, Baby Boy had to have a little bit of surgery. I guess I can tell you now, he had a series of three biopsies.


* * * I'll take this moment and just mention right here and now that I am the kind of parent who leaves . . . shall we say . . . an impression. For better or for worse, once medical staff has met me, I'm rarely forgotten. I'm not pushy or rude, just a tireless advocate for Baby Boy, if you know what I mean. I have an extremely strong Mama Bear complex. * * *


So . . . we've had to endure I don't know how many series of blood tests, another series of fairly invasive tests that Baby Boy won't let me tell you about, a probe test (don't ask), and finally the three biopsies. Every test was more stressful than the last AND we kept getting inconclusive results. It's been frustrating and somewhat paralyzing as we've just been sort of "marking time" in a daze waiting to hear some real results of all of this hard work.

Well . . . on Christmas Eve, while everyone else was at home with their families cooking and shopping and enjoying the hustle and bustle of the season, a very sweet nurse took time out of her day to give me a phone call.


These were her words:

"I was on my way home and we're going to be closed for a few days over the Christmas break, but I noticed that Baby Boy's results came back and I remembered how concerned you and Mom #2 were, so I thought I'd go ahead and call you. All of his biopsies came back crystal clear. He's fine. You don't need a follow up appointment. Come back in for a check-up in 6 months, and you don't have to put it on your calender, I'll give you a call. Have a Merry Christmas."


*SIGH*


It's finally over.


Merry Christmas!




Until next time . . .


Monday, December 22, 2008

Reality Bites!

IF

someone you love (the ever-generous Mom #2) is wonderful enough to give you an early Christmas gift

AND

that early Christmas gift is two tickets for yourself and your best friend/sister to see an actual professional performance of The Nutcracker

AND

that performance of The Nutcracker is so magical and beautiful that you come home with an eternal song in your heart and start wondering why you didn't become a prima ballerina yourself (after all you KNOW you have what it takes)

AND

the song in your heart is so big and bountiful that it spills right out into the open and you start singing and dancing instead of walking around the house

THEN

it is very important that while you do the above mentioned singing and dancing . . . you avoid all mirrors

BECAUSE

they will just remind you that you look absolutely nothing like that beautiful ballerina who does The Dance of the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker.


*SIGH*


If I'm too lazy busy to get back on before Christmas, then have a wonderful holiday!



Until next time . . .


Saturday, December 20, 2008

She Likes To Move It - Move It!

. . . But usually only if there's a doggie toy involved, LOL!


video


Until next time . . .


Monday, December 15, 2008

Woo Hoo!

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Thanks to you all for the well wishes, prayers, positive vibes and such . . . we don't have the complete definite results yet, but all preliminary information leads us to believe that everything is fine with Baby Boy.


Hurray!!!


Mom #2 and I were sitting in the waiting room waiting for the surgeon to come out and when he delivered the great news to us, we burst into great big happy tears. I think he may have thought we were insane, but since we're a crazy looking couple pretty much everywhere we go . . . we're used to it, LOL.


I hope everyone had a great weekend and will have a fantastic week ahead.



Until next time . . .


Friday, December 12, 2008

Well Wishes Needed!

I'm extremely emotional today, because Baby Boy has to have surgery , so I'm going to keep it short and sweet.


This is how we got to this point:

  • Routine blood work
  • Interesting results
  • More detailed and specific blood work
  • Even more interesting results
  • Extremely invasive and no-fun-at-all test
  • The most interesting (and not in a good way) results to date
  • Surgeon says "Well, Let's go in and take a look."
  • This is where y'all start praying . . . . . . HARD!

It's supposed to be outpatient, and hopefully there will be no overly interesting results. I'll try to get back to update later - but no promises.


Thanks in advance!


Until next time . . .


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Doo - Doo - Doo - Doo - - The Twilight Zone ;-)

I'll start from the beginning . . . I recently commented to my sister how I wish we could have a little snow around here because Baby Boy and my Baby Niece have never seen any.


In fact I even commented on both Michelle's and :)De's blogs that I was extra jealous of the beautiful pictures of their children playing in the snow.


So . . . I get up yesterday morning with errands to run and because it was already 85 degrees at 8:30 in the morning, I left the house wearing these shoes, a wardrobe staple here in the South.



Baby Boy and I ran errands, went to tae kwon do, had lunch, did some school work and picked up Mom #2 from work. We had dinner and settled in for a night of family fun. A regular old day in the neighborhood . . .


. . . or was it?


Suddenly in the middle of the night, the phone rings. Mom #2's brother calls us up and screams into the phone, "Wake up Baby Boy and go outside . . . IT'S SNOWING!"


What? Snow? In Central Texas?


But sure enough . . . we went outside and this is what we saw . . .


I know it isn't much to some of you . . . but it's the most I've seen in years.


So, in celebration, Mom #2 made us some of these . . .



. . . And we all sat up and watched The Weather Channel so that we could see what the heck was going on. Sure enough, the last time we had this much snow in December in Central Texas was in 1996 . . . over 10 years ago!


Sadly, when we got up this morning . . .it was all gone.


But we sure had fun last night . . . you know . . . looking out the window . . . because I forgot that when it snows outside . . . it gets COLD.


Brrrrr! How do y'all do it?


Until next time . . .


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Hiding Behind A Long Stream of Storm Clouds . . . Oh Look . . . A Rainbow!

I know I've been whining and bellyaching a lot lately . . . so here's a great big batch of positivity!


Today we found out for absolute certain that we GOT THE HOUSE!


I know, what house? I don't do well with stress or anxiety and once I start obsessing, it can be very hard for me to stop, so I haven't mentioned it. Believe me, this is the best strategy for all involved. We'll have 3 times the space for a bunch less money. A bunch less money!


On a side note . . . this weekend my Mother announced that she is going out of town for Christmas . . . so it will be very quiet around here. I haven't decided how I feel about that. I don't know why anyone would want to be away from their children and grandchildren for the holidays, but que sera sera. I'm not even remotely in the mood to argue with her about her own life. I'm taking a deep breath and I'm going to let her live it.


I'm just in too good a mood! Thanks for letting me share.


Until next time . . .


Friday, December 5, 2008

Well, Well, Well . . . Will You Look Who's Almost Legal

As one final attempt to win Baby Boy into my favor, as I will be needing him to take good care of me when I have my tooth pulled later today, I made the executive decision that he was finally ready to take the driver's test to get his learner's permit today.


And guess what . . .

HE PASSED!!!!!!!

This is his excited face after the big event.


Ha! Fooled ya!

Didn't you know teen boys don't get excited unless there's massive amounts of food involved.

I guess you can also see that we don't like cold weather down here in the Big Tex. Once it gets below 60 degrees . . . the natives run for cover.


That's all. I'm so happy for him.


I don't know who's supposed to teach him how to drive. I used up all my patience teaching him the rules of the road, LOL.



Until next time . . .


Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's All About ME ME ME ME ME!

I know I've been MIA for a few days . . . but I'm trying to get a lot of things squared away because tomorrow is THE day that I am finally having my tooth extracted. I've put it off as long as I possibly could, so now I just have to do it. At least waiting a couple of weeks has really let me get used to the idea so now I'm a little less terrified. Y'all may want to come by and check on Baby Boy and Mom #2 next week to see how life is REALLY going around here. I'll try to post a little bit, but frankly, no promises. I'm lucky if I get in a post every week when I'm feeling just fine.


Anyway . . . I thought I'd put up this little holiday meme, courtesy of Ami, to keep you busy while I'm letting some grizzly bear of a dentist put his big hairy hands in my mouth and cut out my wisdom tooth with a switchblade . . . breathe in . . . breathe out . . . everything will be all right . . . sorry I'm working on my positive thinking. It's not really working, but I am working at it.


*SIGH*


Luckily for all of you, I'm not tagging anyone for this meme; so If you've already done it . . . HURRAY; if not, feel free, but don't feel obligated.


So without further ado . . .


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper, hundreds and hundreds of rolls of wrapping paper.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial, pre-lit, and only two pieces. Easy like Sunday Morning.

3. When do you put up the tree? On Black Friday, while all the psychos are shopping.

4. When do you take the tree down? January 2nd.

5. Do you like eggnog? Naturally, but Mom #2 makes a homemade Mexican hot cocoa to DIE FOR. That's what we usually drink around here, with plenty of whipped cream and a candy cane to stir it with. I'm drooling just thinking about it.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? My pink strawberry bicycle. It was to DIE for! (Yes, I was THAT girl.)

7. Hardest person to buy for? Mom #2, all she wants is Best Buy gift cards, tools from Home Depot, and Dallas Cowboys paraphernalia. I mean really, how unoriginally lesbo-ie can she be?

8. Easiest person to buy for? Myself. I KNOW what I like ;-)

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Nope.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Neither . . . did I forget to mention . . . Happy Holidays to you and yours. There. Christmas cards . . . done.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A very scary Santa Clause trinket from my poor grandmother. It looked like the Devil himself had made it in ceramics class. Tragic.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Diva's Christmas Carol . . . I know . . . typical; but it's really good and Vanessa Williams looks delicious.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I gather things all year long so when December comes I just have to start wrapping.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Oh, yes. 'Nuff said.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? My Mom's dressing. She may be crazy, but that woman can cook!

16. What decorations are on your tree? Every year since the three of us (Mom #2, Baby Boy, and myself) have been a family, we get a new original personalized Christmas ornament and add it to our tree. They're beautiful! If I feel like getting off my butt later, I'll post photos.

17. Favorite Christmas song? I can't pick, I like them all. I am one of those sickos who can listen to Christmas music all year round.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home? STAY HOME! Did you hear that, Mom? I LIKE TO STAY HOME!

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yes . . . but you can google them for yourself. ;-)

20. Angel on top of tree or star? An African American Angel, of course, she's wearing a white dress to honor Mom #2. He he he . . . I mean ho ho ho.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? Christmas morning, have patience, good things come to those who wait.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? TRAFFIC!

23 What theme or color are you using when you decorate? Blue and silver . . . not traditional . . . but beautiful (you know, if I do say so myself . . . and I do)

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? The one where I just show up and eat.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? A new house . . . everyone start praying RIGHT NOW!



Now you all know way too much about my Holiday Habits. Hope you had fun!



Until next time . . .


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Someone Please Tell . . .

. . . My Mom (who has this history as well as this history) that I was trying to be nice by letting Baby Boy spend the day with her, against my better judgment.

When I explicitly say that Baby Boy is to have NO bread, dairy, or eggs for one hour before and two hours after his medication . . . that is exactly what I mean.

Otherwise, Baby Boy will have an extremely violent reaction to the medication, be up writhing in pain all night, and then Mom #2, Baby Boy and I will have to spend 7 hours in the emergency room letting the doctors, medical students, and nurses practice all different sorts of sadistic treatments on him before sending us home with the following technical medical analysis:


You may want to hold off on taking that medication until you can talk to your primary care physician on Monday.


*SIGH* Where have all the grown-ups gone?


I hope you're having a better weekend than we are.


Until next time . . .


I Heart Kitten

Kitten, who is one of the nicest bloggers on the planet, thought I deserved this award.


Isn't she sweet? Be sure to drop by and pay her a visit. Also she's having a very difficult time as she is doing all the normal Mom stuff, homeschooling, and is the primary care provider for her very ill Momma. She could use a few prayers and well wishes, as can we all.


Have a great weekend!


Until next time . . .


Thursday, November 27, 2008

THANKS!!!!

This is the day we set aside each year to publicly announce the things we are thankful for in our lives.


I'd like to take a moment to share what I'm thankful for:

  • I'm thankful for my wonderful family. I have been blessed beyond my wildest dreams to have such an incredible son and spectacular spouse who support me and love me and accept me wholeheartedly even with all of my numerous flaws.
  • I'm thankful that we decided to homeschool Baby Boy. It was such a pivotal decision in my life and I don't know who or where I'd be if we hadn't made that choice.
  • I'm thankful for my new granddaughter. Although there have been times when I thought she just may be the death of me, she has already in six short months, taught me so much about unconditional love, total trust and devotion, and patience . . . patience . . . patience.
  • Despite lots of turmoil, economic uncertainty, unnecessary wars, unequal rights and other general unpleasantness, I am thankful to live in the United States where I am free to bitch, moan, and complain about whatever and whomever I see fit. I don't rant often on this blog, but in real life, I usually have A LOT to say.
  • I'm thankful that Mom #2 is a talented and enthusiastic cook. I have mentioned it often here and on other blogs as well that I provide the kind of cooking that keeps my family from dying from malnutrition. It's usually done within 30 minutes or less; sometimes it may take an hour if I'm trying to "make it fancy," but not often. This Thanksgiving the delicious, decadent, laborious holiday cooking will all be done by Mom #2 - AND - she's been trained to clean up after herself. Hallelujah!
  • Last, but certainly not least, I'm thankful for anyone and everyone who is reading this. I know there are lots of other more interesting, motivating, and inspirational blogs out there. Thank you so much for dropping by from time to time and taking a tiny peak into my little corner of the blogosphere. You make me feel special, and no one can live without that feeling. You're the best.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday . . . be sure to spend it with those you love!



Until next time . . .


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Weekly Report . . .

I'm going to try to keep it short and sweet this week:

  • In Algebra 2, we completed the chapter on Roots and Irrational Numbers. We're going to review a little more next week, because Baby Boy found himself a little confused on some of the methods.
  • In Literature, we read and analyzed the short story Unlighted Lamps, by Sherwood Anderson. I've read better stories, I'll leave it at that, but we got through it. Thankfully it's a short story, LOL.
  • In Human Anatomy, we're getting started on a chapter completely about the skin and bones, specifically the integumentary and skeletal systems. Right now we're on the skin part . . . next week we'll get to the bones part. We Looked at some skin samples under the microscope (I took your advice, Holly, and had Baby Boy to more clearly label the slide sketches - very nice):
Skin Cells Without Hair Follicles
Body Hair Shaft
Body Hair Follicle Bulb

  • In American History, we've finished up discussing the American Revolution and closely examined both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Baby Boy is working on memorizing the Preamble to the Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights. I had to do it when I was in high school, it won't hurt him. We also completed our additional reading from Black Heroes of the American Revolution to get a little more insight on African Americans who's stories are often left out of our regular history texts. Very enlightening.

All of our extra curricular activities are going smoothly.



In response to the emails regarding my yucky wisdom tooth situation, thank you so much for your well wishes, prayers and other general words of support. I'm not having it out until next Friday, but my antibiotics have really taken the pressure off my tooth and sinus cavity, the darvocet is working hard on controlling the pain, and the ibuprofen is taking most of the pounding out of that throbbing feeling in my ear that was driving me so insane. It's a complicated cocktail, but we do what we have to do.

Right now I'm practicing saying nice things and not thinking about that date rape drug they give you under the pretense of calming you down. Hopefully that will keep me from offending the staff at the dentist's office while I'm under the influence. I don't really care, but this is for Mom #2's sake as she has to answer for all of my weirdness. They are actually very nice people, I just have an acute fear and anxiety of dentists. The proof is in my dental records, I assure you.


That's all! I guess I couldn't keep it short, but I hope it's somewhat sweet, LOL.


Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!




Until next time . . .


Friday, November 21, 2008

Temporary Reprieve

My surgery has been postponed.

Perhaps this is good; perhaps not. It depends on how I react to it. I'm thinking this may just be more days for me to get over anxious regarding this little procedure although I'm trying not to think about it at all. I guess we'll just have to stay tuned to see how gracefully I handle it, ;-).

Ordinarily this is where you'd find our weekly report, but I've been so busy taking lots of pain relieving drugs and antibiotics . . . that I can't think clearly enough to put one together today.

But in case you're wondering, by fantabulously wonderful son did manage to be available for every beck and call as well as get all of his assigned work done this week. I'm just too lazy to type up what all of that work entailed.


I'm taking a few days off . . . all this anxiety ridden waiting has really gotten the best of me.


Have a great weekend!


Until next time . . .


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

OK - Let Me Just Talk This Anxiety Out, Please.

I'm feeling better today.

Not perfect, but better than I have all week.

I think my antibiotics are finally starting to work on my abscess. It's a great big, pussy, disgusting abscess that is in my upper right wisdom tooth and pressing up against my sinus cavity. I have a fairly severe pain directly in my tooth as well as in my jawbone and in the front of my face above the sinus cavity. I'm also alternating darvocet and ibuprofen, with minimal results.

It's so funny because one day I was fine, then all of a sudden I wake up hurting so badly I couldn't talk or eat or sit or stand-up or lay down or be alive without hurting.

Why is it always so extreme? I have always had extreme health. I'm either totally healthy or I totally feel like I'm going to die. Why?

Mom #2 and Baby Boy have been taking very good care of me. It's great to have such a wonderful family. Mom #2 is making me her fabulous passed down from grandma homemade Mexican chicken soup. It's a rarity but has true-blue healing powers, which is good because I can use some true-blue healing right about now.

I have had to ditch my low-carb diet. I have the kind of stomach that likes to expel medications . . . so I have to eat very heavy foods like chili with cheese and peanut butter toast in order to keep my medications down. It's a weird thing. I don't know how to explain it. I'll probably try to get back on after Thanksgiving. I'm still 13 pounds down, though . . . many many more to go. *SIGH*

I'm starting to get a very nervous about Friday.

I've had one wisdom tooth removed surgically before. They used that "conscious sedation" method on me, which is basically when they give you a bunch of sleeping pills and then operate on you real fast before you wake up.

Apparently all of my deep dark dental fears came careening out of my mouth when I was under the influence of these drugs. I honestly don't remember any of this, but according to Mom #2, I told her right in front of the nurse that she had to "watch out for those people because they just want to rip us off" and I kept telling her to "cover up my legs so that perverted dentist doesn't look up my dress" and of course, to top it all off, I looked at the dentist right in the eyes and told him "Please don't rape me."

What the . . . ?

I guess you can say, I have an acute fear of dentists. Why would anyone want to be a dentist? I can't think of a worse job to have. I know they are necessary. Why is dental health care so expensive? I better let that question drop right here. I have much pent up aggression regarding the cost of dental care. This would not be the time to go into it. Perhaps after I pay the bill for having my tooth pulled; I'm sure that will give me the strength to get it all out.

OK. I'm officially rambling. That must mean I'm at the end.

Thanks for letting me talk this out with y'all. If you're of the praying persuasion, please do so . . . I'll also take all well-wishes, good vibes, ritualistic chants . . . whatever method your positive energy comes in - I'll take it.


I'm not picky.


Until next time . . .


Monday, November 17, 2008

On Friday . . .

. . . I'm having a terribly decayed, abscessed, infected, inflamed, battered and broken wisdom tooth surgically removed.

Until then . . . I'll be sitting in a dark corner crying my eyes out, popping Amoxicilin and Darvocet while trying to maintain my low carb diet and without ticking off Mom #2.

If you've ever seen or perhaps read in the newspapers about what happens to this family when I'm sick . . . you'll start praying now.


*SIGH*


Until next time . . .


Friday, November 14, 2008

This week . . .

. . . was great! Fun, busy, and productive . . . everything life should be for a homeschooling family.

I'm so glad to have made up for our lack of getting anything done last week. So without further ado . . . let's get on down to the weekly report:

  • In Literature, Baby Boy and I read and analyzed the short story, The Open Boat, by Stephen Crane. I'd actually never read it before, so this made for interesting discussion between Baby Boy and myself. An interesting tidbit is that this story is actually a fictionalized account of a shipwreck that Stephen Crane himself actually lived though. Of course we're still doing our SAT prep vocabulary, and Baby Boy is doing excellent in that regard.
  • In Algebra 2, we finished up a chapter on Powers and Exponents. Luckily Baby Boy is pretty good in math, so we haven't had any major problems yet, but I'll reserve judgment until further notice. The problem is the instructor when it comes to anything mathematical. All I can say is that I studied Sociology in college. 'Nuff said. I do words . . . not calculations.
  • In Human Anatomy, which Baby Boy is loving, by the way, we studied Epithelium Tissues which makes up the linings of our organs and glands. Our Human Anatomy kit came with some very interesting slides that Baby Boy more than enjoyed looking at under the microscope. He made some drawings of what he saw so that I could share them with you today:
Human Stomach Lining

Human Skin

Human Lung

And

Human Salivary Gland

  • In American History, we are discussing the time in America's past when the new locals are experiencing extreme dissatisfaction over the British controlling them from afar. They are beginning to support a movement to succeed as British colonies and become their own independent nation. This was the beginning of the American Revolution.
  • In Logic and Critical Thinking, we learned how to spot a genetic fallacy, which is a false argument attacking the speaker's origination of thought rather than the actual validity of the argument.
  • And finally, we did have a little time to get some art in this week. If you can remember, last year we worked with charcoals and pastels imitating some of the great artists of our past. This year, I hope to work mostly with watercolors and put our own personal spin on whatever projects we decide to take on. Because my niece's school was out for some reason today, she spent the day with us and was able to participate in our art lesson. We decided to do a Fall Leaf Sampler, in honor of the beautiful autumn weather we're having. Of course, we don't really do autumn in Texas, so we looked at some photos online to see what real fall leaves look like . . . but don't be fooled . . . not everyone in my class is all too concerned with realism in their art. I'll just say . . . some of us have a flair for the abstract, LOL.
Fall Leaf Samplers

By Baby Boy

By Baby Niece

And

By Mom #1


I guess I'm going to have to learn to let go and get a little more creative like the kids, LOL.


Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope all you other homeschooling families and friends in general had a productive week.



Until next time . . .


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

La - la - la - la . . . La - la - la - la . . . Mom #2 is home . . .

Due to some remodeling at the office, Mom #2 ended up being off of work most of the day. That means while Baby Boy and I did schoolwork, we had to try to pretend this Motley Crew wasn't right across the room from us.



And to add insult to injury, we had to pretend that we didn't hear this all day long. It is one of my favorite songs . . . but now it's totally stuck in my head.







*SIGH*


Maybe we'll get more done tomorrow, LOL.



Until next time . . .


Friday, November 7, 2008

The Weekly Un-Report

I guess you can say this week was a week of "life-skills training."


We didn't get much classwork done, however we were very busy:

  • On Monday, we did a little work, but mostly put a lot of energy into prepping for election day.
  • On Tuesday, we did even less schoolwork, tae kwon do, and went to see my niece play a volleyball game. They play the best two out of three, and her team won the first two games. GO GIRLS! No photos. They were too wiggly for me to get a good shot.
  • On Tuesday evening, after the volleyball games, we actually did stay up all night long watching election coverage and acceptance and concession speeches. Had a wonderful time.
  • On Wednesday, Mom #2 needed help at work, so Baby Boy went to real work instead of doing schoolwork. He made a nice little paycheck too, so send all your loan requests to him . . . as in NOT TO ME . . . STRAIGHT TO HIM.
  • Thursday, I drove my Grand Baby Girl back and forth all over town as my intended daily arrangement for her did not work out. I was trying to do a little shopping and Baby Boy had homeschool bowling (thankfully this time other teenage boys showed up so I didn't have to wear those awful used shoes and bowl). After bowling, I took Baby Boy for a little more tae kwon do practice. Schoolwork was already shot for the week, so why not a little extra physical conditioning. What the heck?
  • Thursday night, even though both Mom #2 and Baby Boy refused to give me the time of day or even a sympathy date, my niece and I did get all dressed up and go see the opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella) and had a simply fabulous time. Don't we look lovely? I know, I have very big hair. I'm a Texan, what can I say?
  • I also got to meet my niece's new pet, Hammy, the hamster. I know the name isn't that creative, but she's brilliant in other ways, LOL.
  • Nothing at all going on today. I'm still recovering from Grand Baby Girl's recent three day bout with explosive diarrhea. 'Nuff said. But today she's at home with her own Mommy, and I am taking the day off. UNTIL TONIGHT . . . when I have to take Baby Boy to play Ultimate Frisbee.

Whew, I'm tired just looking back on it!


I certainly hope every one's week was a blast. Have a great weekend!


Until next time . . .


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen . . . I Give You . . .

The Audacity of Hope.

It's Amazing.



And now I'm off to give an impromptu lesson to my son on how you can truly accomplish anything your heart desires. No matter who you are, or where you come from, or what color your skin is.

It. really. can. happen. to. you. Baby. Boy.


I'm sorry . . . I'm gushing and rambling . . . but . . . it's truly a feeling of nirvana at the Two Moms' Homeschool today.


And I'm even more grateful for the next generation who will never have to be taught this lesson, because it's a given.



Until next time . . .


Today's THE Day . . .

. . . To let your voice be heard!!!!



It's Election Day all day long today (Well . . . from 7 AM to 7 PM), so get away from the computer and bop on down to your local polling place and get on with your civic duties.

Choose a person, party, special interest (or a mix thereof) and

GET YOUR VOTE ON!!!!


If you've already voted (like everyone in my household HAHAHA), then go volunteer at your local polling place. Make your presence known. This is going to be a big one, and don't you want to do your part? Of course you do!


See you after the results are in.


Until next time . . .


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