Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Daniel's Baptism

Here are the pictures of Daniel's baptism that I promised last week. I wish that you could see all the fancy stitching on the baptismal gown because it is lovely. My mother made it for Sarah Beth, but we will use it for all of our children's baptisms. Sarah Beth will get to keep it for her children when she is grown up.

This is John's mother.


This picture has my parents in it.


We had to take a few with Sarah Beth, but she wasn't happy because we took her out of the nursery. She loves playing in the nursery and often cries when we get her to take her home. Look at that lower lip; you really can ride to town on it!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Second Birthday, Sarah Beth!




I couldn't neglect to put a picture of Daniel, also, since I haven't posted one of him in a while. He has really changed, hasn't he?

Friday, May 23, 2008

My Week

Did you ever have a week where you get almost nothing done, to the point that you finally give up and decide to try again next week? That is how my week went. I did not have a single day that went according to schedule or even close to it.

First of all, my computer is not showing the picture of the fire rainbow, and yours may not be, either. If you would like to see it (and I think you should because it's really neat!), here is a link.

Monday, John went out of town. Also, his mother and her husband left that morning around 10:00 which was late enough to disrupt my morning routine. You know how you just cannot get things done when you have company. Especially, when you're waiting for them to leave! I was hoping to get some things done after the children's naps, but my parents invited us over for supper. I really appreciated that, but it meant that I did not get anything else done that day.

Tuesday, our Mommies's Group met. There were only two of us who showed up, but we and our children had a good time at the park.

Wednesday, I was hoping to be home all day and to get back into our routine. Nope. There was a hailstorm in town on Tuesday near the airport where John parked the truck. I had to drive to the airport to make sure that the windshield on the truck wasn't busted (is that a word?). It was fine.

Thursday, Daniel and Sarah Beth had a doctor's appointment. Both of them got shots which was awful. I hate it when my children get shots. Thankfully, my mother went with us. I don't know how I would have comforted both children without her. And Daniel was fussy all afternoon. Poor fella.

Friday, I gave up. John got home late last night, actually this morning, at 2:00 a.m.. He was here this morning, and Sarah Beth and I enjoyed spending some time with him. At this point, I decided that my weekly chores would just have to wait until next week. I think the floor can wait to be mopped, the bathroom can wait to be cleaned, etc.. I did, however, change the sheets on our bed. Of course, right after I did that, the new ones I ordered came in. The question now is whether it is worth it to un-make the bed I already made just so I can use our new sheets. I don't know.

The worst thing about this week is that I was supposed to be working on the nursery schedule for this summer because it starts next week. I have not had the time. As soon as I sit down to start calling people, one of the children needs me. With John home, hopefully I can make some calls tonight. But it's Friday, and people may not be home.

I hope next week is better.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fire Rainbow

Have you seen this? I know that it is floating around the internet via e-mail, but I wanted to post it just in case you haven't seen it yet. Isn't it pretty?


THIS IS A FIRE RAINBOW - THE RAREST OF ALL NATURALLY OCCURRING ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA. THE PICTURE WAS CAPTURED THIS WEEK ON THE IDAHO/WASHINGTON BORDER.
THE EVENT LASTED ABOUT 1 HOUR. CLOUDS HAVE TO BE CIRRUS, AT LEAST 20K FEET IN THE AIR, WITH JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF ICE CRYSTALS AND THE SUN HAS TO HIT THE CLOUDS AT PRECISELY 58 DEGREES.








New Baby!

Please head over to my friend Ivy's blog to say "Congratulations." She just had her baby in Poland which is a big deal since she is American and Polish is her second language. I cannot imagine!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sixty States?

Did you know that there are sixty states in our country? Obama thinks there are. Check this video out. (I would post it here, but I don't know how.)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fired for Being a Hero?

Would you believe that someone could be fired for being a hero? Here is a story about one. Mark Beverly was a third-shift worker at a convenience store which was robbed. He thought his female co-worker was being attacked, so he jumped on her attacker. The thief ran off. The next day Beverly was fired. The company he worked for has a policy that says "cooperate: don't argue, resist or attack the robber." Does anyone else think this is nuts?

Monday, May 19, 2008

Birthday Party

Saturday, we celebrated Sarah Beth's birthday even though her birthday is not really until Memorial Day. Her Granny was in town from Louisiana for Daniel's baptism (I'll have pictures hopefully tomorrow), so we celebrated while she was here. Our subdivision has a pool that you can use for pool parties. It has a nice set-up, and it's not very expensive, so we did that since we just moved into our house. We had most of my family and a few close friends. It was a nice afternoon. There is a little wading pool that was perfect for Sarah Beth and the other little ones. Sarah Beth loves the pool, the beach, the bathtub, whatever, so we knew this would be a hit!
Here I am with my good friend Laura and her baby Hannah.
Do you think Sarah Beth enjoyed her cake?



Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sick

There is a stomach flu going around our area right now, and I had it yesterday. It's the first time I've been really sick since I was pregnant with Sarah Beth. I was laid up most of the day. I don't know how we would have coped if John had not stayed home with us. I am so blessed to have a husband with a job that he can call in (most of the time) and take the day off. I was only sick twice, but I was light-headed all day. Yes, I am a fainter, and the stomach flu makes me faint-y. I am feeling much better today, but my stomach is still a little weak, and I'm still a little light-headed.

I had big plans, too, that are now ruined. Well, okay, they're not ruined, and I guess it's not that big of a deal, but I'm disappointed. We have a busy weekend coming up. We are celebrating Sarah Beth's birthday on Saturday (her actual birthday is the 26th), and Daniel is getting baptized on Sunday. We planned these together so John's mother could be here for both, only having to make one trip since she lives in Louisiana.

I was going to make two batches of cupcakes for the party, strawberry ones and chocolate chip cookie dough ones. I was going to make one batch yesterday and one today, and then I was going to freeze them. That way I wouldn't be super-busy on Saturday. I get my cupcake recipes from Cupcakes from the Cake Doctor by Anne Byrn. They are sooooo good. The strawberry ones have real strawberries in the mix and in the icing. I haven't made them before, but they sound very good. The cookie dough ones have a piece of chocolate chip cookie dough in the middle of them. They are good. Byrn starts with a cake mix, but she adds simple things to it like instant vanilla pudding to doctor them up, and they are so very good. I know I already said that, but it was worth repeating. The chocolate buttercream icing is so good that I could make a batch and just eat it. Of course, I won't do that because it would make me sick!

Anyway, I won't be making cupcakes. I still don't feel up to it today, and I think I'm going to take a nap while the children nap. I'm trying to take it kind of easy today, but I have a lot to do getting the house ready for my mother-in-law. At least, she is not a neat-freak; actually, she is far from it. (I won't say anymore about that because I might get myself in trouble.) The other thing is that we don't know when she and her husband will show up: today, tomorrow, or Saturday. Yes, we will get a phone call at some point; meanwhile, I need to have things pretty clean today. I'm just going to do what I can do.

The question remains, though: who will be the next in my family to succumb to the stomach flu? And when?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Einstein

Have you heard about this? There is a letter by Albert Einstein that is being auctioned off soon. In it he says,

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human
weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish....For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.


I guess he knows the truth now.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I would like to wish all of the mothers who read my blog a "Happy Mother's Day!!"

My sweet children and husband gave me some cards and a pretty flower. Then we went out for lunch. I have to admit that Daniel gave me the best gifts: he slept through the night and was sweet and happy during lunch. (We have almost quit going out to eat because he usually cries the whole time.)

What about you? How did your family celebrate you as a mother today?

Thursday, May 8, 2008

New Job

Well, I have a new job. Actually, I guess it's the same, old job, but it's in a new place. I used to work at the Wal-Mart in a small town near our old house. I went into the Wal-Mart near our new house yesterday, and they are willing to rearrange their schedules in order for me to work there now. I was planning to start in June, but they cannot use me until July. How much do I work? Every fourth weekend. That's not much.

I do not like working. I have always used pharmacy as a means to an end. First, I used it to support my horse habit; this was before I was married. Then we used it to buy the property where we used to live and to build the barn. Thankfully, I married a man who realized how important it is for children to be raised by their parents not daycare workers. I quit work full-time when I was pregnant with Sarah Beth. Honestly, I would rather not work at all. It is such a hassle.

However, my working is the wise thing for us right now. It keeps me trained and my foot in the door just in case something happens to John's job. The best part is that John has a weekend to see what my weeks are like when he is at work and I am home alone with the children. Since I started working again after Sarah Beth was born, he has never asked me why I didn't get something done. The extra money I make is nice, too. We try to use it for something special.

I am not looking forward to going back to work, but it must be done. At least, it's not until the end of July!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Astigmatism

It seems that being pregnant gives me a slight astigmatism. When I went to the opthamologist three weeks after Sarah Beth was born, they discovered it. However, when I went back for a check-up when Sarah Beth was weaned, it was gone. I was curious as to whether it had come back with Daniel. Yes, it did. I had an appointment a couple of weeks ago when he was ten weeks old, and they found it again. I know that the hormones of pregnancy can cause changes to the eye, but I didn't think it would happen to me. That explains why it is harder for me to read things both up close and far away. Have you heard of anything like this?

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Eight Belles

I know there is a lot of confusion these days about the Kentucky Derby and Eight Belles, specifically why she was put down on the track. A lady in the nursery asked me about it Sunday, and I heard some mis-information from Michael Savage last night when I was in the car. (I don't usually listen to him, and I don't much care for him, but I listen to talk radio in the car, and he was on.) Since I know a little about horses, I thought I would tackle this subject in case any of my readers don't quite understand the situation.

First of all, let me say that I did not watch the Kentucky Derby, so I did not see Eight Belles euthanized. But I have two good friends whose horses broke their legs, and I was there when one of them was found. Both of those horses were put down because it is not usually feasible to try to repair a broken leg.

Horses need to stand up. That is the way that God created them. They do sleep lying down but only for a few hours at night. Sometimes you will see them lying down sun-bathing on a cool day, but usually they nap while standing up. Yes, God also created them with a mechanism in their back legs that keeps them upright when they nap. Horses will die if they lie down too long because their lungs cannot function very well in a prone position. So, horses cannot be rehabilitated from a broken leg in any other position than an upright one.

What if the horse needs surgery to repair the broken leg before it can be casted? Horses do not undergo anesthesia very well. Honestly, I am not sure if there is a problem with the anesthesia itself, although I think there is. I do know that horses do not wake up well. They struggle and thrash, putting them in jeopardy of splitting open their stitches (a relatively minor concern) or breaking a leg. Places that perform surgery on horses have big padded rooms for horses to wake up in. Some horses hurt themselves badly enough waking up from surgery that they have to be put down.

Okay, let's say that we have a fictional horse who broke his leg, has undergone surgery sucessfully, and woken up without causing any more complications. Now what? As we have said before, the horse needs to stand for his rehabilitation. But he cannot stand forever on three legs. Why not? Aside from the obvious reasons, there is a good chance he will cause some major damage to the opposite leg from the hurt one. Let's say our horse weighs a thousand pounds which is about average weight. When he is healthy, that is 250 pounds per leg when he is standing still. If he is three-legged that is 500 pounds per leg. That's a lot! There are several problems that can develop in the opposite leg, many of which end up with euthanasia.

Do you remember Barbaro from a few years ago? They tried to repair his broken leg (he only had one) because they were hoping for some big money from stud fees. I want to say a million dollars per breeding, but that may be a little high. He came through the sugery sucessfully, but he developed problems in the opposite leg. His owner ended up having to put him down because he just had too many problems going on, and they could not all be fixed.

Eight Belles broke two legs. Like I said, I did not see it, but I imagine she could not even walk. As a filly, there is no hope for stud fees. The rehabilitation, if possible would be horrendous, and for what purpose? Maybe she could be used for breeding, but a mare can only have so many foals in a lifetime compared to a stallion. And two broken legs? I doubt anyone has even tried to fix two broken legs.

Why did they euthanize her on the track? Maybe she couldn't walk well enough even to get on a horse trailer to be carted somewhere else. Probably they were trying to reduce her time of suffering.

Do I think someone did something wrong? No, I do not. But again, I did not see it, and I am not familiar with horse racing. What I know, I gleaned from The Black Stallion series.

I hope that you found this helpful. If you have any more questions, I will try to answer them as best I can.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Tag Four

My cousin Angela tagged me for this "Tag Four." So here goes.

Four Jobs I've had:
  1. I broke and trained horses. I didn't make much money, but I really enjoyed it.
  2. Most of my other jobs have been in pharmacies, but my most memorable was the night shift at Walgreens. Yes, I worked the night shift. I worked seven days (er, nights) and had seven days off. Honestly, I rather enjoyed working nights. John and I had the evenings together when I woke up and he got off work. I have some interesting stories from those few months. I should share some sometime.
  3. I was the Director of Pharmacy at a small hospital once. Don't get too impressed; I was the only full-time pharmacist. That's when I discovered that I do not like being in charge.
  4. I worked for a long time at University Hospital. I trained there as a pharmacy intern and worked there off and on for almost ten years. Whenever I would go back, it felt like home. There's a long story about why I'm not working there now on my one weekend a month.

Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over

  1. An Affair to Remember. But really, I can watch almost anything with Cary Grant.
  2. The Princess Bride. Does that age me?
  3. Willow. I know that ages me.
  4. A Christmas Story. If you haven't seen that, well, all I can say is that you are missing out.

Four TV Shows I Love to Watch

  1. Home Improvement. Of course, they are all re-runs.
  2. Anything Star Trek: the original series, Enterprise, Voyager, the Next Generation, but not Deep Space Nine. I just couldn't get into that one. These, again, are all re-runs.
  3. Kids by the Dozen. I find big families fascinating.
  4. What not to Wear. I'm not a big fashion guru, but I enjoy how Stacy and Clinton re-make women just by showing them what clothes they should wear.

Four Places I've Been on Vacation (There's no where very exotic on my list.)

  1. Gatlinburg for our honeymoon. We stayed in a wonderful bed and breakfast. We even went back to celebrate our fifth anniversary.
  2. Niagra Falls. I was very young, so I don't really remember.
  3. San Diego. My parents took my younger brother and me one summer when I was in junior high. It was my first time to fly.
  4. Key West. Again, that trip was with my family, and I was pretty young, but I remember the looong bridges through the keys.

Four Favorite Dishes

  1. Mashed potatoes. Yummy!!
  2. Chicken pot pie. John doesn't like it, so I don't get to make it very often.
  3. Beef and spinach lasagna.
  4. Steak.

Four Websites I Visit Daily

  1. My e-mail account.
  2. My blog.
  3. My friends' blogs.
  4. I don't go anywhere else very often.

Four Places I'd Rather Be

  1. No where. I'm at home, and I'm a homebody. It would be nice, however, if John were home so we could spend some time together while the children nap.
  2. I do enjoy going to my mother's house.
  3. I enjoy going to church, even though Daniel doesn't let me sit through the whole service.
  4. I enjoy going to bookstores!

Four Others I'd Like to Tag

  1. My friend Laura.
  2. Another friend Ivy.
  3. My blogging buddy Mykidsmom.
  4. Another blogging buddy Babychaser.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Big Sister!

I would like to paint a picture for you, if I can. This afternoon I was reading in the library with Daniel and Sarah Beth. Daniel was lying on a quilt my mom made for him; it is white squares alternated with blue ones that also have the moon and stars on them. I really like this blanket. Sarah Beth was kneeling beside him wearing her pink jacket that she had found among her toys. She insisted that I put it on her this morning despite the 80 degree weather, and she has worn it all day. She also had on a pair of blue shorts with many pockets which looks so cute on her.

Anyway, Sarah Beth was kneeling beside Daniel with a few diaper wipes in her hand. She wiped his mouth a couple of times, then his leg, and finally his hands. I enjoyed watching her try to take care of Daniel that way I take care of him and the way I take care of her. It's nice knowing that she has maternal instincts already at the age of not-quite-two, and all I need to do is encourage her. Mommy's little helper.

I also discovered today that I underestimate Sarah Beth. She brought me something she had gotten out of a cabinet, and I asked her to put it back. I really did not think she would, but she did. I have got to do better!

Six Word Memoir

Mykidsmom tagged me for a six word memoir last week. I am finally getting to it.

Wife and mommy and loving it.

I used to be a full-time pharmacist and part-time wife. Now I am a full-time wife and mommy and a part-time pharmacist (one weekend a month, but I'm still on maternity leave right now!). Life is so much better now. John and I both enjoy my being home and taking care of the house and children; we wish we had done it sooner. Oh, well. As they say, "Hindsight is 20/20."

Now I would like to tag Laura, Ivy, and my cousins Dayna and Angela.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Books

C.S. Lewis once said (and I paraphrase) that you should read one old book (100 years or more) for every two contemporary ones because the old ones give you a different perspective. That made me think about the books I read. There are a lot of old books that I love like the ones by Jane Austen (especially Pride and Prejudice), and I enjoy Jules Verne, Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, etc.. I realize that I read a lot of novels, also, and so I have modified Lewis' advice: for every two novels I read, I try to read one that is non-fiction. Sometimes I read a biography, and sometimes a self-help book, like how to be a better wife, time-manager, whatever. Out of every three books I read, I do try to read one that is old.

I heard on the radio that the average person reads 472 books in his lifetime. I think I own that many. Do you realize that is less than seven books a year if the average person lives to be 70? So far this year I have read at least six, and it's only May and it's been a very busy year so far.

One book I have read is All Things for Good: The Steadfast Fidelity of Stonewall Jackson by J. Steven Wilkins. It was very, very good. I have read several biographies that were about Christians but written by non-Christians, and they have downplayed the faith of the people about which they wrote. This book was not like that. Wilkins quotes Jackson quoting Scripture and how Jackson applied that Scripture to his life. I highly recommend this book, especially for those of you looking for well-written biographies of godly men. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I am looking forward to Daniel reading it one day. I hope that John reads it, too, when things slow down a little in our lives.

I have also been reading the Anne of Green Gables series. If you have not read those, you should. I have the feeling, however, that most of my readers have read these books. Since they were written in the early 1900's, I am counting them as my "old" books. I feel like I'm cheating, though, since I enjoy them so much.

So, what have you been reading? Do you get to read enough that you have a system by which you select the next book you read? Please leave me a comment. I love to read, and I enjoy hearing what others are reading as well.