Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Ella's class had a sock hop. She got to hula hoop.
And, she got to make an ice cream sundae. She also had to pause to give me the "love bug hands."
Layton was a typical four year old. He would barely hold still for a photo op. He bounced and played and wrestled with his friends.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
This is the day she took her camera to show and tell at school. You can see the classroom in the background.
Here she is in her bedroom.
Who stages a fake sleep photo? Ella. And she takes her own picture doing it.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Oregon, Washington, and Montana have all decided that assisted suicide is legal. It is illegal in the other 47 states to have another individual assist with suicide. Even in the states where it is legal, criminal liability can only be avoided by taking certain steps. Terminal illness, more than one oral request, and a doctor's prescription are just a few of the many requirements in Oregon.
Jack Kevorkian famously stated that, "dying is not a crime." He also served eight years in prison for assisting a terminal patient with suicide. He was convicted of second degree murder for the death of Thomas Youk who was in the final stages of ALS.
I am in favor of making assisted suicide legal. In light of my other extremely conservative views, this probably comes as a shock to some of you. For others who know me in real life, this is not a shock. I think that life experiences change the way we all view controversial subjects, and my life experiences have lead to a belief that palliative care should include a suicide clause.
Am I saying that I think all terminal patients should be euthanized? No. I am saying that if a lucid patient knows a horrible death is looming, the choice should be theirs. And, if that patient is unable to carry out their wishes alone, I don't think whoever helps them commit suicide should be convicted of murder.
Now I want to hear your feelings. Are any of you in favor of legal assisted suicide?
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
This is what Hadley did while the other two played in the snow.
Layton was a little upset at first because Ella wouldn't play with him.
Ella was eager to run off and have some fun.
This is the most snow we've had in years!! Seriously, it just doesn't snow here!
Friday, February 19, 2010
The hubs loves chicken stew. He loves it in a way that is not describable. He could eat it everyday. Last week, I baked a whole chicken. Ok, I didn't actually bake it. I put it in the crock pot. After that sucker was done and we had eaten it, there was still a lot left over. So, I pulled all the meat off the bones and threw it in a pot with some stew fix-ns. I was able to put three moderately sized containers of stew in the freezer.
I love to have quick and easy things in the freezer. I especially love to have stew in the freezer. It is so easy to heat up, and on days when I don't feel like cooking, I can pull out a quart of stew, dump it in a stock pot, and feed the whole family with ease.
What are some of your favorite foods to cook and freeze for later? I would love to add to my list of "freezes beautifully."
Ella couldn't wait to hold the new baby, Ally.
I couldn't wait to hold the baby either. The thing about babies is that they all have this dumbing effect on me.
You can almost see it on my face in the picture of me holding her. Whenever I hold a baby, my IQ drops by 20 points. I think, for just a moment, that I want to have another baby. The sweet smell of new person. The softness of new skin. It's all so intoxicating.
Then, without fail one of my children will make noise. Layton will fake a burp. Hadley will ask for a puppy. Ella will ask me to hold her instead of the baby. And someone will start to cry.
I will start to feel my brain go back to normal and hand the baby back to its mother. I remember those sleepless nights, strange smears on my shirt, the constant changing of diapers, the hostage like feeling of breastfeeding........and I know that I am done having babies. Having older children is like rehab for women of childbearing age.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
This is the iron I have been using for quite some time now.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I have thought about this man a lot the last few days. His presence in the lobby definitely got me thinking. Jay is a good man. A very good man. He would gladly take all three of the children to the dentist if I asked him too. He has taken them to birthday parties before. Most recently, he took all three to the skating rink for a birthday party while I was on a church retreat. But. If he had his choice between going to work or taking the children to the dentist, I am fairly confident that he would choose work. I can say that he will definitely tell me what his choice would be after he reads this blog post. :)
What would your husband choose if the appointment was on a day when either one of you could go? Would he prefer to take sick children to the doctor or go to a meeting at work? Or, would you prefer to be the one sitting in a lobby catching diphtheria?
We live in a society where women and men are supposedly equals. Women are pushed to have a career, raise polite children, and in the South, do it all with your pearls on. My question is this...both of my parents worked...did that actually improve the quality of my life? Did eating chicken instead of ramen noodles actually improve the outcome of my childhood?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
This is what happens when he eats spaghetti at home. The shirt had to come off because he had dripped so much sauce on it that it was starting to stick to his chest.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Last week, the girls were both sick. Hadley was feeling the effects of a nasty cold, and Ella had a nasty case of bronchitis. We didn't leave the house much last week. :)
One day, we had to make a run to the pharmacy. Thank goodness my pharmacy has a drive thru!! At one point, I turned around and saw this sight.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 08, 2010
The birthday girl was precious though!!
And Layton had a little fun with one of the dads at the party.
The girls disappeared to play. When Charsy, Ella, and Hadley get together, the rest of the world doesn't exist to them. They go off on little adventures and make believe games. It is so cute!!
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Friday, February 05, 2010
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Last night, I went to the gym with out my brood of sicklings.
Today, I drove to the post office to buy stamps. I also took Layton to and from preschool.
Wow. I am so productive. HA!!!
I am feeling especially lazy because I haven't written an actual post in quite some time. I am the queen of scheduling quicky posts for the future. I would consider giving up the whole autopublish thing for Lent, but I am afraid that a sacrifice of that magnitude would even cause God some concern for my mental health. I have several other contenders for my Lent sacrifice. How about you? Do any of you make a sacrifice during Lent? I did not grow up in a church that pushed self denial. It was always something I chose to do and enjoyed doing. Once while I was in high school, I gave up Spaghettios. This may seem frivolous, but I was a hardcore consumer.
Let's take a vote. What should I give up for Lent this year?
Diet Mountain Dew
Ironing (ok, so maybe this one is actually a wish)
Wal-Mart (wait a minute, I gave up Wal-Mart a while back...after I decided that the Waltons made a deal with the devil.)
Booze (this might not be much of a sacrifice. I don't drink much. In fact, I haven't had a drink in the year 2010.)
Let's hear it! What do you think I should let go of for 40 days? Suggestions? Comments?
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Clearly, they are both LOTS more creative than I am. Maybe I should ask them to decorate my house! :)
Monday, February 01, 2010
A while back, I had to take my little niece to the hospital for a few things. It's a long story, but she is WILD!! The whole time she was obsessed with my cell phone and kept asking me to take pictures with it. This is one of the few that is tolerable. Mostly because I am in all of the pictures with her, and I am the least photogenic person alive.
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