Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
From their website:
In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.
We have a family history with scouting. My paternal grandfather was very active in scouting, he firmly believed in giving back to your community and helping boys. He was awarded the silver beaver award which I believe is one of the highest you can earn. I was a girl scout for about 4 years myself. I think it will be a good experience for her. And I'm sure just about everyone reading this blog is going to want some girl scout cookies!!
Then he was charming her by repeating all the animals she identified. He's been going through Justin's school of charm(Justin is an expert!)
He is really growing up. His second birthday is right around the corner!
That said, I was really fascinated by the comments. The person who comments under the name LS is really misguided, in my opinion.
1. I don't think we have first rate healthcare in the US
2. He says, "E.R.'s are required by law to treat anyone who comes in, regardless of ability to pay, and there are free clinics in every major city and many minor cities in this country. "
and: "And, as for access, people without insurance are less likely to seek medical treatment, routine or otherwise, when they cannot afford it."If they don't seek medical care now, what makes you think they'll seek medical care when the Feds are paying for it? I know plenty of people who currently HAVE insurance coverage and they don't go to the doctor, or even seek care unless they're sitting on their death bed. And even then, it's at the behest of a family member who drags them in, kicking and screaming."
Umm......when you don't have medical insurance you avoid going to the doctor or hospital unless it's an emergency because even though they have to treat you YOU STILL GET BILLED! And your credit still gets ruined when you can't pay them for the treatment! So naturally you don't go unless it's serious. That can cause more health problems!
Also, apparently many people do not realize that YOU DO NOT GET THE SAME CARE WHEN YOU HAVE A. NO INSURANCE B. MEDICAID OR C. SUCKY INSURANCE. Emergency workers must stablize you and then you are sent home, they don't have to make you well, just stable. And doctors will often not suggest expensive treatments even if they know it will help you because they know you or your insurance will not be able to pay for them! I can testify from experience that doctors/dentists/vision centers that cater to low income people are overcrowded and they don't have the time or desire to give true individual treatment. You wait a long time to get in-which probably contributes to people not going to the doctor-and then are rushed through the actual appointment. The staff are often rude(I imagine because they're overworked and deal with people cranky from waiting) and doctors often aren't up to date on their medical knowledge. I can give examples of this if you are curious. You aren't given options, and you are given drugs for just about every problem. It is definitely not the same care you get from a private practice!!
So arguing that people don't deserve healthcare because they don't go to the doctor very often is kind of rediculous. If they were treated better and didn't have to worry about how they were going to pay, I'm pretty sure most of them would go to the doctor's office more frequently!
I agree with the person that says that we oversue in this country.
I also thought it was scary that someone mentioned having mandatory treatment. I do not want the government to tell me when I have to go to the doctor or what treatment I must get. That is my decision, not theirs!
Jacob had his 2 month old checkup today. He's 23 1/2 inches long, which is a little taller than the average height. And he's 14 pounds, 5.8 oz, which is in the 95th percentile!
He got 5 shots today and one rotavirus "shot" which isn't a shot they give a dose orally. This is new, he's the first one who has had this. They told me to make sure to wash my hands after I change his diaper tonight because they give him a live virus. Wow. I can tell he's not himself tonight. I hate shots.
I think it will be interesting to see when Jacob starts solids, if it's sooner than his siblings since he's so much bigger. (I don't start them on food at a specific time like 4 or 6 months which is what they recommend. I wait until I see definite signs that they are physically ready and interested) The other three all started sometime during their 7th month, although with Leanna I felt pressured, I actually think she would have been fine with breastmilk alone until closer to a year. Leanna was my second biggest baby(smallest at birth, but she gained weight quickly), so size may not be the only factor for when they start solids.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
“There’s reason to think that gay people can’t conceal their homosexuality,” says Michael Bailey, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University. “I don’t think it’s a performance that gay people enact. I think it’s something that either is inborn, or it’s acquired very early, perhaps by watching members of the other sex.”
Monday, September 24, 2007
In August, employees at the bar Changes, in Seattle, had to break up a karaoke-night attack by a woman on a man who was singing the Coldplay song "Yellow." The woman had shouted, "Oh, no, not that song. I can't stand that song." She charged the stage, screamed at the man and shoved him (and it eventually took four men to hold her for police). [Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 8-9-07]
(and how cool is that-it took FOUR MEN to hold her!)
George Zokos is a professional shepherd in Tyrnavos, Greece, but due to health problems three years ago (according to an August Agence France-Presse dispatch), he now herds the sheep from his car. [Agence France-Presse, 8-12-07]
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Here's a picture of a Willow tree statue I got yard-saleing last weekend. It's called New Life. It's funny I was just looking at these statues online (they make several collections-angels, figurines, memory boxes, etc.). I won one on ebay for my sister, a late birthday present, symbolizing education. This is appropriate as she is working on getting her degree. And I like many of them myself. So it was kind of strange that I found this right afterwards. For $5.oo, brand new still in the box. You can buy it for around $25.oo online or in a store.
Also strange was that I found a new hat for Justin at the same sale, and I had just been thinking about how he needed one since he outgrew his from last summer. Pretty neat how sometimes things that you need (or sometimes just want) appear. It doesn't happen often for me. I figure I ought to pay attention more to the good things that do happen to me since I so often only focus on the negative!
I'm just re posting Cindy's comment, since it's not likely anyone will go back to read it now. So there is proof that I am not crazy!
Steph,He does look like you, a lot like you. Posted by Cindy to Mommy Needs Coffee!!!!!!! (And some chocolate wouldn't hurt) at 9/22/2007 8:21 PM
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Combine the first five ingredients, and pat half into an 8x8 inch pan. Layer apples and sugar. Crumble remaining mixture on top. Bake 35 minutes at 350°
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
He is so fun to play with. Even though he is seriously wearing out my arms, I love holding him. He makes the cutest little noises. People comment on how cute he is everyday while we're out.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
An excerpt that makes a good point:
In our society parents do a wonderful job of portraying the difficulties of having children: the financial burdens, the time drain, the guilt, the exhaustion. But we do a lousy job of getting across something else about parenthood: It's fun! When you are experiencing parenthood from the inside, there is an overwhelming pleasure in the funny, fascinating things your children do. When my daughter was 2, she put her arms around me as I was kissing her goodnight and said to me, "Mommy, you're a wonderful husband." That was better than any of the movies I hadn't been to since she was born.
I've read before the statistics that claim childfree couples have better marriages and are happier people. I think that there are things that are difficult to be measured in a study-and the joy children bring you is one of those things. It's very hard to quantify.
She also makes a good point about the nonparent's ideas about the passage of time. (I would note that this applies to discussions about large families as well. People seem to assume that all the children are babies or childish and their comments reflect this. When you have 17 kids, they aren't all in elementary school!!) I like her ending sentence, it reflects how I feel.
Have more kids: http://www.slate.com/id/2037/
Don't have more kids: http://www.slate.com/id/2173458/pagenum/2/
With declining birthrates undermining what some see as Russia's return to great-power status, the government of Ulyanovsk Oblast has, for the third year in a row, encouraged employers to give people the day off, in order to have sex. As part of a larger Kremlin campaign to increase births, participants in the 'sex day' can look forward to prizes - this year one couple won a jeep for their fourth child. Additionally, at the local post office people can send love letters, postage pre-paid, to anywhere in the country. Though Russia's population has been contracting by over 700,000 people a year, the new campaign has shown some success, at least in Ulyanovsk. In order to meet the Russian government's goals for population, it is hoped the population will stabilize at 142 million by 2015 and climb to 145 million by 2025. Among the several reasons hampering Russia's population figures, abortion stands out saliently. In recent years Russia has seen, at times, 13 abortions for every 10 live births.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I'm really surprised by the lack of info coming from the school. I would have thought there would be some sort of introductory note from the teacher but there wasn't. Nothing telling me when gym is so that I can make sure she wears sneakers that day. Or that she'll have some homework every night so I can make sure she remembers to do it. They're trusting the first graders to tell their parents all the info? I had to ask about a form to fill out for lunches. I still haven't been given a paper to update contact info (although they mentioned it must be done). They sent home a page welcoming the kids back to school and it has school events for Sept-Oct. on it, but no explanation of what these events are. I assume by next year we'll know, but for the first child and new to the school it'd be nice to know what's going on. Like last year when Leanna's weekly newsletter from her teacher would mention the Beary Best Bear program. It never told what that was and I wondered the first few times if I was supposed to attend and Leanna had just not been give a paper about it or lost it. Turns out you only find out what it is if your child is getting an award-then they sent a letter home asking you to attend.
Is this normal? Or is our school district just weird?
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Leanna looked so tiny as she walked into that building today, one sock up, one sock down.....those impossibly cute skinny little girl legs! She's still fascinated with who gets bad marks or has to go to the office. The principal's office is right below her class so he can hear if they make too much noise(actually she keeps accidentally calling him the president instead of principal) I can't believe I'm the mother of a first grader! Sometimes I look at her and I can't believe that she came out of me-I created this child. It's mind-blowing when you think about it.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Back in the early nineties, I was at a point in my life where I should have been happy. I had a great job as an IT Manager with great pay. I owned a nice car. I was in great shape taking martial arts. I was single and doing the bar scene regularly. And on the outside, I had the perfect bachelor life.Then why was I so miserable on the inside? I felt like something was missing, but I couldn’t peg it.Shortly after my cousin introduced me to the angel board (thats another blog). It was short of like the Ouija board, but the purpose was to specifically contact your guardian angel. I had a bad experience with the Ouija previously (again, another blog), and was extremely wary. But, I tried it anyway.
It turned out to be one of the most enlightening events of my life. Really inspiring. One of the questions I asked, amoung other things, was why I wasn't happy. The reponse I received was that happiness wasn't a destination, it was a state of being. It was a choice. And once you choose to be happy, it becomes a belief. And that belief powers the events around you.
The problem is I thought it was a destination. Once I have this, this, and that, then I'll be happy. The problem is that we can't always control what happens in our life and if one of those items aren't acheived we feel like we've somehow failed and fallen farther from happiness. Even if we acheive all the things on the imaginary slate in our head, it's human nature to always want more. So a new list is created. And the reality is we could never complete the list.
It sounded a bit too simple to me. So, then I asked once the choice to be happy is made, how do we know we're happy? The response was that once the decision was made, we need to focus on the five areas in our life that create balance. We feel happy when we feel equally content with ourselves in each of the five areas:
Physical: How we feel about our physic being in relation to our diet, weight, cardio, etc.
Mental: How we feel in relation to our mental state. Do we feel challenged mentally in relation to our work, education, finance, etc.
Emotional: How we feel about our personal one on one loving relationships. Those relationships could be our mate, parent, child, close friend, family, etc. The key is do we feel content that those loving one on one relationships with the key people in our lives is healthy. That list of people to focus on will be different for each of us.
Social: We are social animals by nature and we need to make sure we don't ignore the social aspect of ourselves. Do we feel content that we're seeing enough of our friends and family from a social aspect. Simply to let loose and have fun with our family and friends.
Spiritual: Do we feel content about ourselves spiritually. And that means something different for each of us. Whatever you label and envision God as, the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, Mother Earth, the Higher Spirit, the great universal energy that binds the universe, the One, or the infinite other aliases. Do you feel content that you are in touch with your inner spirit self that binds you to the higher spirit.
The five areas can be thought of as five equally spaced spokes of a wheel balanced in the center by a pole. Focusing too much or too little on one area throws the wheel of happiness out of balance and we start to feel something is off or even missing in our life.This analogy made perfect sense to me. How many people did I know in school that focused almost exclusively on one or two areas at the expense of the others. My computer hacker friends that focused heavily on the mental and social aspects of their tight inner circle of friends at the expense of their physical, emotional, and spitual states. Or my high school jock friend that focused heavily on his physical, social, and emotional states (at least he seemed like they always had a cheerleader girlfriend) at the expense of his mental and spiritual states.
The test is to say to yourself, "I am happy physically" (or mentally, emotionally, etc). You will immediately feel good about that statement, or feel like somethings off. If it doesn't feel right, it means you need to focus on that area of your life.
posted by Gizmo @ 2:38 PM
Friday, September 07, 2007
I read A Wrinkle In Time in fourth grade and was hooked. A great book and I love series books, I like to get to know what happens to characters beyond one story or book. I remember doing book reports on some of her books in middle school. I bought some of them for Claire when she was little because I thought they were books every child should read. This makes me sad, she was one of my favorite child authors.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
1. Many of them just look cheap
2. NONE come with a thermos
3. They're pretty frikkin expensive for a little box that doesn't come with a thermos or containers or anything.
When I was a kid I remember all the stores having lunchboxes on display and they usually came with a matching thermos. Maybe I was just looking too late and they sold out of most of them? Or maybe they don't sell as many because most people buy lunch? I don't know. Now you have to buy the thermos separate and they all seem to run around $15 for just a thermos! Lunchboxes themselves are usually $10, often $15. I was looking online last night and having trouble finding a thermos that was designed for a kid and to handle both hot and cold drink/food. Some were only made for drinks. I want one designed for a kid because they're usually smaller so they fit in the lunchbox or at least in her bookbag.
I'm really feeling nostalgic for my old Holly Hobbie thermos with it's cute little cup lid and spout. They don't make them like they used to!
He's been listening in on my conversations with his sister about money. Though I did not tell them Daddy works for chocolate pudding-that's his own application!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Leanna taught herself how to climb trees. She really had fun, there were two boys there(ages 4 and 7 or 8 I think) and she and Justin had fun running back and forth with them and digging in the dirt together.
Tom had to be photographed in the outhouse...............and a picture of Justin walking the road to the site where the food and supplies and pond were. We went up to a place where they leave food for the deer but they ran away when we got there. It took the kids a bit to warm up, they're always shy at first but they really had a lot of fun. Justin really likes smores. The other Mom said "Your kids are so well behaved" and Tom said,"No, they're usually doing nothing but fighting!" But I have noticed that they do great when they're outside running and playing. I think they have a lot of extra energy and when it doesn't get expended in good ways, they get in trouble. It was really good for them to be outside, running and playing and getting dirty.
Oh yeah, and Justin learned how to pee in the woods. He got a kick out of that. I don't have a picture of that one though!
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
(I think she actually meant wrinkly, though her way was much more descriptive).