Saturday, August 30, 2008
The fourth attempt was a morning appt. in hopes she would be more cooperative. I started praying about it and though I thought it might seem silly to pray about it I thought there was NO way it was going to happen unless God just worked a miracle. I guess in my lack of faith I felt like God probably needed to save miracles for more important situations but I didn't know what else to do. When I was getting Kaelyn around this morning she was grumpy and I thought, "Great, that's just what I need - her to be tired and cranky this morning!" She fell asleep in the car on the way to the appt. and I wasn't sure if that was a good or bad thing. I could go on with each detail but I will spare you this time. I'll just say that from the time we pulled into the parking lot to the time we were going back out to the car, only 15 minutes had passed. We went back almost as soon as we got there and Kay just sat on my lap with her head against me as they did the test. She was awake but she whispered most of the time and only flinched a couple of times. I was honestly in shock. As we were walking out, she said, "It was fun ears?" I was just like, "Yeah, yeah it's fun ears!" I was so relieved after everything we had gone through (including getting charged $100 by mistake one of the times they didn't get the screening - we did get the money back after Kevin called them). The point is though, I know it had to be God answering my prayer even though I didn't really even have enough faith to believe I would receive what I asked for. I don't think I have to point out the fact of how often we do this. I think we ALL forget that God DELIGHTS in blessing us, meeting our needs, and even going beyond what we ask for. I think we also forget what a "personal" God He is. It's so much easier to pray for the "big stuff" that we feel like He wants/needs to hear about but I was reminded once again that he cares about my feelings too - if I'm frustrated, hurt, nervous, etc. I wish this would make me learn the lesson once and for all but I am sure the next time a situation comes up like this, I will be tempted to try to fix it myself and then get frustrated when I keep hitting my head against the wall. But for now, I just wanted to share my thankfulness to God for doing something that I thought was not possible.
(This is going to be one of those blogs that will be lucky if it survives my delete button.)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
These are my exaggerations of course but here was my take:
Mr. Joe Low that no one knows would start talking about meeting or working with Obama somewhere (which of course proves that he is just like you and me and not another rich politician) and it would go something like this. "So we were working away and I saw Obama wipe sweat from his face and I realized that Obama is JUST like the rest of us - he sweats just like we do. And that's why he will be the next president - anyone who can sweat like a normal, lowly person should be our president." Then Sue Simpleton would talk about how she had her house, car, and pets taken from her because she couldn't pay for them when George Bush was president but Obama is going to make sure that MILLIONS of people have jobs and all those darn rich people are going to pay for working so hard and being so smart with their money. Obama will see to it that things are more fair and those who have lots of money will be taxed to death so that those who "can't work" will also have money. (I guess his mom never taught him that life is not fair when she taught him all those other important life lessons like patriotism.) And on and on it went - teachers (I'm ashamed to say), a trucker, moms etc.
Then, they have had question and answer sessions where people just like you and me were videoed asking questions that the "average" person is concerned about. A panel of people then supposedly answered the questions "off the cuff" with very rehearsed, researched answers.
And Obama's family - OH MY GOODNESS! to hear everyone talk, you would think that every other presidential candidate has beaten and abused their kids and were horrible parents because they are making such a big deal of what great parents Barrack and Michelle are. I mean no other parents in America teach their kids values and sacrifice for their children like that. And they are so in love (they played a video clip interviewing them talking about how they met) which, I guess given the current relationship status of another former democratic presidential candidate in this race, you do have to give Barrack a little credit for that. And then they played up the thing of Michelle Obama's dad dying when she was young and how he is looking down now so proud of her (she was the keynote speaker Tuesday night). That was mentioned several times. It just went on and on and I couldn't believe how they portrayed him as the perfect person - now mind you, a lot of things they said about him really didn't have much to do with being a good leader. I said to Kevin, "So basically, because he loves his wife and kids, plays basketball, isn't as rich as John McCain, and is so down to earth he will make a great president."
Oh, one more thing from Tuesday night - somebody asked (in a videoed question) what Barack would do to help the economy since Bush has messed it all up so badly (I'm not arguing that the economy stinks right now but I'm not sure that any president can fix it). The lady answering the question said, "Well, the first thing he will do is give everyone a tax rebate incentive to jump start the economy." I couldn't believe it. I thought maybe I was just really ignorant so I said to Kevin, "Isn't that what the government just did when we all got those checks back a few months ago?" Kevin said, "Yeah, and what's more the democrats said that it was a dumb idea." hmmm And the whole Ted Kennedy tribute with Caroline Kennedy speaking was something else too. I was just waiting for Caroline to compare Barrack with her dad which she did. Then when Ted Kennedy spoke he said that "the torch had been passed to a new generation". Again I say, "Hmmm. Where have we heard that before?" Is that plagiarizing if he "requotes" his brother's famous quote? (For those of you who may not know, that's what JFK said at his inauguration) No, I know that he wasn't trying to make it sound like his own quote but it is just another perfect example of how everyone is just going so "gaga" over the whole thing. (Nobody mentioned how JFK's presidency ended when they were comparing the two strangely enough.) Well, I could go on and on on this tirade but I am sure none of you really care to hear any more of my rantings if you made it this far so I'll stop. One more closing thought though - I know this is a very strong and maybe highly offensive statement but when you hear Obama speak in his persuasive manner and hear the crowds chanting his name does it ever make you think of what you have heard about Hitler in his early days? Ironically, I had just started typing this sentence when Obama came on stage to speak (Kevin's watching the last night of the convention). The crowds clapped for 3 or 4 minutes the second he appeared.
I pray that God blesses America but if we conservative/Christian people still have a lesson to learn (which I feel is at least partly why we lost both houses in Congress two years ago), I pray that we will rally around, hit our knees, and become better Christian citizens.
GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. !
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tonight I went to the "school service" at church. Whenever school starts back, they always have a service where the music groups sing. I am very out of touch with the college anymore but I have to say that they made me feel proud tonight. All 3 of the groups did really, really well, and the guy's quartet was just plain awesome. I don't know that I have ever heard a group from here as good as they were. Besides enjoying the music though, it was really encouraging in other ways. The summer travel has never been about making money and it often costs the school more than is brought in from offerings and stuff. They said they even debated it when they were talking about having a third group because of the cost of fuel and stuff but amazingly for possibly the first time ever, they broke even with the offerings they received even with all the travel expenses. They got numerous positive e-mails, letters, comments about the groups. Paul Stetler was talking about how encouraged he felt and how he felt like God reminded him that it was all of God's doing. He said that he felt like God knew that the school had had difficulties and knew exactly what they needed as far as money, positive responses about the school, and everything and had just poured out His blessings and let them know that God is still indeed interested in HSBC. I think alumni or not, that is just encouraging to hear!
Well, I have thought about posting some thoughts about the Democratic National Convention - yeah seriously - but I'm not sure if I will or not. If I had the nerve, I would do a "spoof" video clip. We'll see...
Friday, August 22, 2008
It took me quite awhile to do this because first I had to pull pictures out of various albums and labeled envelopes. I scanned ALL of the pictures that I used to my camera card, then I had to re-orient them as I had scanned them every which way. Because they are not original electronic copies, their quality is not as good. All of the pics. are within the last 10 years except for one so they are not old, old - just kind of old. :) To my siblings: my intention was not to embarrass any of you or pick horrible pictures of anyone - as a matter of fact, you will see that I used plenty of pictures that were less than stunning of me (which is pretty much all of them that have me in them!) Forgive my choice of Broadway music if that is not your thing but I just like the song. If it goes too fast, you can always pause it, and manually "flip" pages. I think maybe I should have left the captions off because it kind of looks neater if you just watch it without having to try to read the captions.
Well, having given that long disclaimer/explanation, here it is:
Kay decided THIS Minnie Mouse needed to be potty
trained today so she kept putting her on the potty.
I'm not sure what they were playing but they would both
run through the house to the kitchen with Kaelyn leading
and squealing. They would both start giggling and giggling
then they would run back into the bathroom, put Minnie
on the potty, Kay would get her and then they would take
off running and giggling again.
They both headed for the door about the instant I
mentioned going for a ride in the wagon. Meagan
brought me Kay's shoes and her own shoes and they
were ready to go!
Kay-Kay was trying to "show me" that Meagan was
in the wagon with her.
Eating their hot dogs.
Meagan sat there very intently coloring while MY
"special" child twisted the marker round and round
while singing "Oh Where is My Hairbrush". Every
other kid I know likes to color but she would rather
"drum" the markers on the table, put the lids on and
off them, or sit there and twist them on the paper. :(
When we got back from our outing, I had them go
inside while I put the wagon away. I showed them
how to stick their heads through the bars because
I wanted to get a picture of them. They had a bit of
trouble with it as you can see but it was still funny! :)
Ready for a nap.
We kind of unintentionally did an under the sea theme.
Heather had bought desk name tags and some border that
were that theme and so we just kind of started coming up
with different ideas along that line. Besides the under the
sea bulletin board and name tags, we also have a border of
waves all along the front wall, various sea creatures hanging
from the ceiling, sea creature window clings, and the eight
parts of speech that have different ocean creatures on them.
One of our three bulletin boards.
Our birthday/calendar board.
The front of the classroom (taken from the back
of the room).
The teacher's desk and computer desk.
We have the desks in a U shape. (You will notice by
these pics. how small of a class we have this year. In
the past I've had 20, 27, 22, and 16 students in fourth
grade. This year because of the economy and so many
people struggling financially, our numbers our down in
all the classes and we only have 10. It's a bit hard to
get used to when you're used to twice as many.)
Our "hanging fish"
Two of my favorite posters.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Kaelyn was singing when she was eating her lunch today. The song was "Praise Him, Praise Him" in case you can't tell - her tune isn't exactly on. I videoed two different times. I decided to post them both so you can watch whichever one you want. They are exactly the same except on the "flappy arm version" as I call it, she literally waved her arms up and down the whole time and she was louder.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
So there's no school/work for us today due to Tropical storm Fay. It is actually on the west coast of Florida right now across the state from us but it is on a path headed up the middle of the state cutting north of Lake Okeechobee (which is out near where Rach and John live). The crazy thing is, even though it is not even Hurricane force yet and it is still all the way across the state, we are still having VERY strong wind and LOTS of rain. There have also been tornado warnings over much of South Florida because with winds like this, a tornado can spin up quickly and disappear as quickly as it formed. I guess some (or one) have been spotted up in the air near here but none have touched down so far. So far the power is still on so that's good. Some of the wind gusts may be up to 50 mph even over here on the east coast.
We wanted to get a small video clip but it is hard to actually catch the rain blowing like crazy all over the place. Some of you might not get this video clip we did but we always get amused how in hurricanes, the tv reporters go out in the worst part of the storm to report live. I remember when we had evacuated to Orlando for one of the hurricanes a few years ago and we were watching it on tv from the place we were staying. We watched one of the reporters actually go falling over because the wind was so strong. Of course they always go to the places where it looks the worst. So Kevin and I decided that I would do a "live weather report" from our back porch. It was actually blowing a lot more than it looks like on the video. The wind was blowing the rain so hard into my eyes that I could hardly keep my eyes open. We had our back door open for just a few seconds and the kitchen was getting soaked. It's not scary (other than the tornado watches) but it is not an ordinary storm either. If I would have been thinking, I would have put on a rain poncho to do my "weather report" like they do on tv because then it looks even worse to see the poncho flapping like crazy in the wind. :)
Monday, August 18, 2008
Kaelyn thought she was smart climbing over
the end of the bed until she started slipping
down and got stuck.
Like any good parents would do, we ran and
got the camera while she hollered. It was just
too good to pass up!
The amazing thing was that as soon as we
helped her out, she was climbing up on the
edge of the bed again!
Kay fell asleep in the morning at the babysitter's today
instead of the afternoon so by early evening she was
acting very tired. She ate a few bites of supper then
pushed it away and said,"Lay down for Mommy" which
translated to, "Will you put your arm out for me to lay
on?" (Yeah it took us a minute to figure that one out
I was still trying to finish my supper so we asked her
if she wanted to "lay down for Daddy". The second
she heard the camera, her head popped up and she
said, "Look at pictures?" She would lay her head down
and peek up waiting for me to take a picture and then
she would want to see it. Kids today have no concept
of having to wait for a week (or MUCH) longer to see
pictures. I know, I know... and we had to walk to school
uphill both ways in our day too. :)
I liked these ones because he got the moon
and its reflection in the water.
He did several things just to experiment. I thought
the color difference in this one was interesting.
This picture was taken from across the canal. This is
what the back of our house looks like if you walk down
one of the other streets on campus across the water
She is pointing to them here.
And again she is pointing to them.
It's not that I wanted a hundred pictures of
her pointing but I was trying to get a good shot
of the nightgown so I would say,"Let me see
your nightgown" which to her means that she
needs to point to the princesses - I really just
wanted her to stand still for a second.
This set is cute but it is a bit confusing to her
because all 3 of the princesses on here are
wearing golden dresses. How are you supposed
to know which one is Cinderella, Aurora, or Snow
White when their clothes are all wrong! :)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, I changed some things in Kaelyn's room. She still had her crib set on her bed and matching stuff in her bedroom. I got her a new princess bed set and a few other matching things to go along with the bedspread. Saturday evening I put the new stuff out and changed the bedding on her bed. (I still have other stuff I need to [gradually] do.) I didn't say anything to her about it. I thought I would just wait till she went in for bed. Well, she went into her room a little later to get a toy or something and she noticed the stuff. All the sudden we heard her gasp a little bit and she said, "Yook, it's princess!" She went running all around her room pointing at the various princess things. Then she just kept jumping up and down on the bed singing one of the songs that one of the princesses sings on a movie that she has. I was out doing laundry and she kept saying, "Mommy, Mommy come in here!" When I would follow her into the bedroom she would point to all of the princesses and say, "Is that Belle?, is that Snow White?, etc." and then she would run around pointing at everything. She was SO excited and of course that made me happy - especially since I wasn't sure how she would do with things being changed (she is funny that way). She was a little bothered when she actually got into bed that night because she is used to just the fitted sheet and bedspread and this set has a top sheet so that was almost an issue but we "worked through" that. :) The last thing she said that night before I walked out was, "Good night princess. See you in the morning princess." She is still loving it and of course that makes a mommy happy.
Then, today I had to go back to school. I have been quite teary about it not to mention nervous and stressed out about sending Kaelyn back to a babysitter after she's been with me all summer. We were all up together this morning (rather than having Kay get up and I'm just not there.) She and I had breakfast together and then I got her all ready to go before I had to leave. Kevin said she did really well when he dropped her off; she was a bit hesitant but didn't cry and scream or cling to him. She carried her little Veggie Tales lunchbox(bag) all by herself which Kevin said was quite cute given the fact it about dragged the ground with her carrying it. The thing I was most worried about was the whole potty thing though because she does great at home and as long as I'm around when we're out somewhere but the only time we had someone else watch her where we tried leaving panties on her, she almost immediately had an accident. I was very pleasantly surprised when I went to pick her up this afternoon, and I noticed she had the same clothes on. The babysitter said that Kaelyn didn't tell her at first but she would go when the babysitter took her in to the bathroom and then toward the end of the day the last time that she went she actually told her so I was very, very relieved and happy that that went that well. Kaelyn typically doesn't do well when ANYTHING changes around her. She seemed to have a good day and of course that is 95% of my struggle with going back to school so that was a huge relief to me! So all in all, though I still feel sad about leaving her again during the days, I know that it will be better since I am only teaching Mon., Tues., and every other Wed. and I am a pretty happy mommy and proud of Kay-Kay's progress.
These things on the wall are foam decorations. They
are stuck on with the little sticky squares so they can
be moved and won't damage the walls. They didn't
cost that much and she LOVES them.
Looking at the princess wall decorations.
She will point at them over and over again naming each one.
Jumping on the bed while singing "I've got the keys
to the kingdom".
(Hopefully I can talk Kevin into getting a picture of her sometime when he takes her to the babysitter.)