Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sarah is ................................

I love the way she writes! This delightful book came home in a purple backpack this week. I can only hope that in 20 years, she still fills in the blank the exact same way.

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Happy Girl!

This came home the first week of Kindergarten, but I just got around to scanning it! It is really nice to "see" a happy child.

Ms. Bean in her Halloween Costume - 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Always a Silver Lining

Well, its official, I needed to drop my DOD class due to a severe respiratory infection which I allowed to get out of hand. So, I have been put to bed for a week, with nothing but the TV and Internet to keep me company. I wasted 3 weeks of my life (and missed little Bee's first day of pre-school) for what amounts to being ............... nothing.

But, with the bad, comes the good. This delightful picture was delivered to my inbox from my dad yesterday. Ms. Bean drew it of herself, her sister, and her Mommy. The girls also spent the afternoon making "snow flake" get well presents out of paper. Knowing that you have a well adjusted family makes everything better!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Little Bee Starts Pre-School

Today was Little Bee's first day at her new Pre-School. She got up early, and was very excited to start her "new life" all the while complaining that her "tummy hurt". I remember my first day at pre-school like it was yesterday. I was excited and had butterflies all at the same time. Little Bee must have gotten her Mommys stomach.

The good news is, that 2 very special people got to take her to school with me. The same two people who dropped me off at the Michigan State Daycare Co-op 36-years ago. I wonder if the scene looked anything like this?

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Answering the mail

Hey! Sorry, I have heard from a few people who have missed my blogging, so I will try and catch you up on my life. If you are one of those people, it is probably because you aren't one of my 53 Facebook Friends. Come on over but I worn you, it is a slippery slope!


Part of the reason that I have not been blogging is that I am 10-days into a 5 week "resident" course at Defense Acquisition University. My first set of exams is this Friday, and I have averaged about 20/100 pages of nightly technical reading due to a HORRIBLE case of bronchitis and the fact that the girls are just a lot more fun then trying to fully understand all of the intricacies of this.

The awful truth is that of all the people I love, this class is effecting me the least. Tom is doing double time with the girls in the evenings. The girls are having to put up with a very nervous and short tempered mommy (which is REALLY unfair), and Jeff/Susie have been having to do more then any grandparent should have to. In addition to continuing to pick Ms. Bean up at the bus everyday and spend the afternoon doing homework/driving to swim lessons/NOT RELAXING, my Dad now takes Leah downtown and picks her up 5 days a week. The worst part is that in the evening when I get back from class, I am often too cranky/tired to even say "thanks". So, if you see them, can you please tell them that their daughter/son-in-law love them very much, and could NEVER do this parenting thing without them? It really does take a village.


About 2 1/2 weeks ago, I got on the scale and got confirmed for myself what I already know, I had become FAT again. In fact, I gained back all of the weight that I lost with Leah, plus 1. So, I made an immediate visit to and registered for 3-months. To date, I am down 9 pounds. I was feeling pretty good about it until this mornings visit to the Doctor:

Nurse: I see that you have gained a few pounds
Me: Actually, I have lost weight, are you sure that your chart is right?
Nurse: Yes, you were here in May, and you've gained 5 pounds
Me: Hmmmm, maybe I lost weight before my visit in May because I was sick
Nurse: No, you were here in January (2008) and you have gained 12 pounds since then. I hear weight watchers is a good program, you should ask Dr. Mitchell for some information.



The girls are wonderful.

Ms. Bean LOVES Kindergarten and has become a little adult. Every morning she gets up without an argument and puts on her uniform. Every afternoon she has a huge smile.

"My teachers name is Ms. Dwyer and I like to play with my friends, make block towers, P.E., and I just LOVE art class. Today I made a pumpkin and tomorrow we are going to put the Jack-o-lanterns face on. I love to learn science with Ms. Ritchauskis and I love to learn respect with Ms. Price. I love to draw pictures for my mom and dad. My friends are nice to me and we are so helpful to each other like Ms. Price taught us. Everybody can be respectful. Ms. Jackson is very proud of us. We had a tornado drill today and we ducked our heads and stood on our knees for a minute, and then we went into the classroom to learn some more."

Little Bee starts a new pre-school next week and is really looking forward to the change. She will be very close to home and gets to wear a uniform like her sister! We are desperately attacking potty training to get her into an age appropriate classroom, and I suspect that it will all come together once she is there a few days. I am feeling pretty sad about pulling her out of the CDC, as it has been such a huge part of our family base. But, if there is one thing that this year has taught me, its that all change is good. Little Bee will be fine!


We went to market Square last weekend and voted absentee. The girls came with us, and we each took one into the booth with us and we let them push the button to cast our votes. Ms. Bean proudly cheered and announced that she "just voted for Barak Obama". Then we were "shushed" by the surly man who was enforcing the "don't talk about candidates is the polling place rule. Please, I am a middle class 40 year old woman in Old Town with 2 kids and I was wearing an Obama Button. Was there any doubt?


Don't want to address. I hate working and now have to forever. Tom and Jeff are sad.


I registered for Walk Now for Autism again this year. As most of my readers know, I do a lot of walks/runs (of greater distances) annually, and this is the only one that I even suggest sponsorship for. It is my way of acknowledging how lucky Tom and I are. I have four close friends whose children are on the autism spectrum, and it is both heartbreaking and physically/emotionally/financially exhausting for their entire family unit. below is my pledge page if you are interested in sponsoring me. After all, if each of my readers contributes $5, I will only be $490 away from my $500 goal!

Peace for now! off to bed! XOXO D

Thursday, October 2, 2008