Monday, December 29, 2008

Photos from Christmas

Not much time to really say anything, so I'll just leave some of the pictures we took.  They were at various places for Christmas, hence the change in outfits.  The kids pretty much loved everything they got.  I can't think of anything they dismissed, so while they were not spoiled with lavish gifts, they got great things they loved.  

Cole received a toolbox complete with some small tools, camoflauge pants, a PS2 game, remote control car, a nerf dart game to share with Chase and a couple of other small items.

Chase received a remote control car, the dart game to share with Cole, Boggle, a basketball, baseball bat, MP3 Fuze (which was really cool), some boots, a Leapster game and some other small items.

Kaelin received MORE Polly Pockets, her cherished Charcoal Cat Webkinz, a Leapster game, magnadoodle, a bike, bed lamp, bath robe, TinkerBell movie, a storage footrest, Trouble (for trouble) and some other items.

Chelsi received Polly Pockets (to which she has yet to show interest), her "very own" Leapster (in her words), a Leapster game, Cranium Hullaballoo (which all 4 love!), Hungry Hippos, her princess tent, a storage footrest, princess tea set and some other items.

Grandma and Grandpa received a laptop from us and the kids since they refuse to accept money for all the kid watching they do...summer breaks, Christmas breaks, afterschool, etc.  I think it caught grandma a little off guard and brought some tears, but we were happy to make that purchase!



And, no, this is not her dog...it's Aunt Meg's.



The tent from Tom and Nicole...one of the faves!



Megan, Kae and Chelsi with "cousin" Dash.  :)






Then and Now

I was loading all of the pictures from my camera from Christmas to the computer this weekend when I saw the Christmas picture and it reminded me of something else.  It reminded me of the picture we took of the kids the day Chelsi came home from Korea.  We're just shy of 3 years since Chelsi joined our family and I can't believe how much they've grown and changed since that picture in March 2006.  It's amazing how babyish the older 3 look.  It's amazing how much Chels really hasn't changed, but has all at the same time.




Friday, December 26, 2008

Life changes and rearranges

and you have to keep up.

I couldn't sleep anymore and didn't want to wake anyone, so I got out of bed.  I've been googling all morning for something to help Brian gain some more function/strength.  As I was doing this I was thinking about how much our lives have changed.  Not just since his accident, but ongoing changes.  I think outside of anyone's family/relationships people assume other people's lives are better than theirs or perfect.  I know I do sometimes.  It's, most times, impossible to know the complexities in someone else's life.  Never be too quick to judge that person's life.  I have realized, more and more, through our experiences that, like Brian told our son the other night, "if you think you have it bad someone else always has it worse".  VERY TRUE!

I know we have it good.  In the scheme of life and important needs and necessities we have it all.  I think others outside us would think we had a perfect life.  For the most part, a quick judgement would make our lives look extremely easy.  I know that others have had it much harder, but I also know the reality of our life and that it has NEVER been easy.  We've had to constantly adjust to our ever changing rules in life. 

When I thought we'd just get married, have kids and live happily ever after I was wrong.  I would never say life is bad; it's just constantly rearranging my thinking, goals and expectations.  The kid part came hard when our geneticist told us we would most probably not have mentally healthy children.  That was a blow that changed the way I planned to go about having or not having our children.  So, 15 years after she told us that we have 4 children.  They were never easy to have, but we have them just the same.  We just had to reroute our plans on how to have them.

When I thought we'd just have healthy children, I was wrong.  I thought mental health would be our own real obstacle.  When Cole was born with Tet, I was devastated.  My healthy boy wasn't healthy.  He never will be a perfectly healthy child.  To us he is, but when you can't even get him nonrated life insurance you know society doesn't consider him perfectly healthy. 

One more boy with a birth defect, subsequent surgery, and two adoptions later Brian's accident takes the largest toll on our lives.  Our lives have been changed and rearranged for 15 years.  We should be used to it by now, but you never get used to it since it's, obviously, never anything you could plan for.  Not the stuff we've had.  I mean, I can handle sick kids, multiple UTIs on one, annual heart care of another, the 4 surgeries between 2, the birth related issues of another and yes even the seizure, but Brian was hard.  I don't know what it was about the accident; the threat of life, life as we knew it, being separated involuntarily?  I don't know.  I just know we've always been able to work our way through the other stuff with, relatively no issues.  Maybe it's just because those other issues, though large to a lot, they weren't.  We adjusted, we grew stronger.  And while, "we're" fine, it's been a long road and we've still got some road to go.  It changes the way you look at each other.  Your dreams in life become different.  How can they not?  You see your spouse go through something at a, young age, that is hard to watch.  Very few know the residual effects left from the accident.  Most people assume he's 100% again because outwardly he looks that way.  No one knows the hurt he has for himself or I have for him because he doesn't think he'll ever run again or have a comparatively normal muscle strength in areas he's lost.  It's changed what we worry about, think about, dream about. 

He's still new to SCI world.  One year post-injury isn't that long, but when you're in construction and strength and movement is your livelihood, it's a tough one to deal with.  You just want it to be a little more normal everyday and when it stops improving or is improving so slowly you can't really see it, it's harder to take.  We work so hard at our marriage and kids.  Part of all this makes us stronger, but I can't help but think part of it makes me weaker.  I'm a worrier by Type A trade, so this gives me more to worry about through life.  It does make us parent differently, which can be better.  I just hope God gives us the grace in life to continue to deal with life-long changes such as the ones we've had.  I pray He shows us what to do and others continue to give us the chances we need to make it and continue with lives as we knew them. 

And I pray God gives others the chance to see past the outward appearance of someone's life and realize that no one's life is perfect and they are more blessed than what they think.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sad AND Pathetic

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081221/ap_on_bi_ge/executive_bailouts

What the hey!  They really should have to own up to their plan and go through an inquisition the way the auto makers had to.  This is in sane.  They make millions during a recession where most are losing their jobs, homes, etc. and only dream of making $100,000 a year, let alone millions.

And our government's big push to pass this stupid bank bailout was that taxpayers will make their money back and then some?  Please!  What a load of bologne.  They guys had no scrupples to begin with.  This is how we got in this situation.  And they're not going to stop because the US government bailed them out.  They going to take advantage and it looks like they wasted no time in doing that.


Noises from downstairs

Sounds a little like the title to a horror flick.  :)  It's really just noises from the rec room where the kids spend the majority of their time with toys, books and tv.

I consider quiet time as no noice.  The absence and pure void of anything from downstairs.  And usually when the downstairs is quiet, yet all four kids are awake, this means trouble.  It seldom means they're all just playing nicely, though it has happened on occasion.

Then you have medium noise.  It's not a constant clammering of children's voices.  It's just talking here and there as they play and converse.

Then you have LOUD!  It's a tad more of a constant  echo in the house.  It usually consists of at least one child yelling at the other or someone ends up crying.  Most times it begins with laughter and turns into someone crying.  Hard to punish when someone ends up crying after they all thought it was a fun activity in the beginning, so we don't.  :)

The quietness only occurs about 10-15% of the time they're all together.  The medium and LOUD is the remaining of the 100%.  They're fairly split with LOUD having a slight lead on medium.

I will have to record them when they're LOUD sometime.  It's hard to catch them doing that because generally they're watching for us to come down the stairs and they can even see us at the top and catch us and quickly go quiet or start blaming each other.  :) 

I taped the medium today on Cole's MP3 from the top of the stairs.  I was able to get to the bottom without being caught and record them from behind a wall.  Here are the sounds you hear in our house.  Just click on the link below, open the file and click on the arrow button to page through.  The LOUD page is incomplete at this time.

ppt-kid-sounds4


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Oh joy...the first ice of the season.

Just sitting here and suddenly I hear the pings of ice on the screen, siding and deck.  Tomorrow morning ought to be fun trying to get kids to daycare, possibly school and myself to work.  I can handle some snow, but I HATE ice!

Wonder what tomorrow morning will bring?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's only starting....

Our K and 3rd grader had their Christmas program tonight.  After the program was over I went to get the 3rd grader and then we made our way to get our kindergartner.  Right when we got over to her class there was a little girl, held by her dad, saying "hhhiiii Chasie".   He was polite enough to say high back, but was practically shrinking down like it was painful.  :)  Turns out this little girl is a friend of Kaelin's.  Apparently, Kaelin tries REALLY hard at recess to bug her brothers, as do her friends with her, if she can.  For now, it's driving the boys nuts!  But, after next year even Chase will be in separate school from her and as they get older he may very well appreciate her friends hangin' around.

Actually, I'm willing to bet this will happen in several more years.

Lisa


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Pre-Christmas

We're going through the motions of all the Christmas hullaballoo...the Christmas programs, decorating, the Christmas card pic.

They love the decorating and watching movies together.  Yes, we usually, actually, watch a few Christmas movies together as a family.  Christmas movies are my favorites, so I'm inflicting that habit on my children and so far they seem to enjoy it.  :)  First, I have a picture of the kids in front of the tree in their pj's.  This is a tradition, but the tradition is usually to use the picture on our Christmas card.  However, I was proactive this year and took a picture in early November so I would have plenty of time to get the card printed and glad I did with all of the flus going through the house.  Chase was sad we didn't take a picture in front of the tree in their pj's so they asked that I do that even though we would not use on a card.  I asked them to make a goofy face and this is what I instantly got:



Here are the kids decorating the upstairs and downstairs trees.





My little Christmas reindeer being the ham she is.




Saturday, December 6, 2008

Reflections of Thankfulness

A little gushy, but year end, you're supposed to be, right? 

I wrapped the kids' presents today, so they can stare at them for 3 weeks and try to guess what they're getting from mom, dad and Great Grandparents. :) :)  My daughter is going to her very first birthday party and for a Chinese adoptee friend in her class.  I'm so excited for her to be going to her first party.  For a girl it's a big thing!

I think today how fortunate we are.  Fortunate for 4 wonderful (fighting sometimes, but wonderful) kids and a wonderful (annoying sometimes, but wonderful) husband who survived what could have been a horrible accident this year.  We all survived a very sickly year of appendectomies, febrile seizures, house remodel/addition, over six weeks without our husband/father and plenty of unknowns with it all. 

Kaelin is 6 and began kindergarten this year.  Something that's hard to believe she's already there.  In a town of less than 1,000 and a school of 400 (K-6) she has 18 children in her immediate classroom (almost 60 in K) and she has 3 adopted Asian children (Korea, China and Vietnam) in this small communities' classroom. I'm glad for this.   My daughter is a very popular girl in her class.  I've never seen so many kids run to be around her when we go to a school function.   She's a very sweet girl and that's why she has so many friends.

Chelsi is 3 and has begun reading sight words, since Grandma has run out of things to teach her at daycare and she loves it.  She's a cuddle bug like no other and momma's little baby.  Not potty trained yet, but she's my baby, so oh well. 

Cole and Chase are 11 and 8 are working harder than ever to get good grades and retain the ability to play sports.  Cole can be so grown up sometimes.  He has been there when mom needed a man in the house and he's beginning to show a lot of maturity.  Chase is transitioning through maturity and it's been a little hard on him, but he still let's mom kiss him and hug him and that's the best.  He's a BIG boy and I forget sometimes he's only 8. 

My children show their love and affection for each other and us.  I know they're not perfect and neither are we, but we must be doing something right.  When I hear that Chase was sick at Grandma's after school and everyone went outside except Kaelin.  She stayed to eat and talk and keep my 8 year old company.  I know my kids are wonderful, caring human beings who I'm very privileged to raise.

Lisa


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Let's Be One Nation Under God

I've heard so many people who are truly and utterly upset that McCain lost the election.  I don't mean disappointed, but I mean in anger and thoughts of fear that this country is going to hell in a handbag.  I can't imagine being that extreme.  I guess some might say it's passionate, I still say extreme.  I would have been a little let down if Obama had lost, but far from angry.  I figured whomever won, it was part of God's plan for us all....this world, this country.  I realize we all have free will, but do you think anyone other than God could compell us all to vote a certain way for any other reason.  I hope this election taught everyone something.  1.  Don't sit by idly and let things happen.  Get involved.  Know your reps and voice your opinion to them.  2.  Our votes count...all of them. 

I hope that we see some real changes.  Not just for today, but for tomorrow.  It would be nice to see some actual changes in the way politics are run and Washington functions.  That's a tall order though.

Anyways, here's a great link I found and enjoyed.  It's from people who voted on both sides and just want us to be one.

http://www.zefrank.com/from52to48withlove/index.html


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I guess this is it....a new President?

I guess, they've pretty much, officially, called it since McCain gave his concession speech.  I didn't expect it to be this early.  I expected an unexpected tight race.  Tighter than what they were thinking with the unofficial polls.  Judging by the people around us, I figured we'd be a minority voting the way we did, but that's okay.  I'm okay with my vote.  I read and educated myself.  I made the best decision I could and he is now our President-elect.  I know some family are probably not happy with me, but I am an adult and as long as I have tried to educate myself you can't fault someone for an opinion they've made based on their best educated judgement. 

I pray that those that did not vote for Senator Obama and were vehemently against him find their fears unfounded.  There is nothing wrong voting either way.  I never vote Republican OR Democrat.  But, now that we have a new President, he needs to be supported.   And I pray he truly earns that support as I hoped he would as I voted for him.  I pray that some barriers of racism fade some.  I pray my children do not have to deal with racism and that this important event in history changes that.  We're all scared of change, but sometimes that change can be some of the best unexpected things to occur  in our lives. 

I have to say that I'm happy to see our country slowly changing.  We are seeing interacial families, couples and now a biracial President.  I try my hardest to make sure my children never believe any person, trying to be a good person, is any less than anyone else.  They have too many times brought home questions about something said at school that I would have never anticipated coming.  You have to know some of these comments are not thought of by these children, but brought on by the people around them.  My children are not caucasian in the sense some people assume.  They are a great example of this country and the melting pot it was meant to be.  My children are Korean-American, and a mixture of German, Irish, Native-American, English and Spanish.  I love that about my children.  They are perfectly beautiful...all four.  And I would not have these perfectly beautiful children without this country being exactly as it is and going through the times it has encountered.  I love going somewhere and people are all so different.  I can't remember the teacher now, but when I was in elementary school, I remember a teacher telling us that it would be such a boring place if we all acted alike and looked alike.  And she was right.  You can see so many beautiful people walking down the street in just about any city in America.  They're not one race.  They're many.

I think a lot of great things can come out of this.  Either way that was possible.  I think people are very disenchanted with Washington as a whole and pray that the recent events and turns of the economy are enough for all in Washington to take the people supporting them serious and make things fair on all sides.  Make folks skirting the laws and policies (rich or poor) accountable for what they do.  And not reward people for bad decisions made without due diligence.  I pray God is watching out for our new President-elect and all of the folks in Washington.  I would have that prayer regardless of who got in.  Things need to change and I pray God guides them appropriately and they listen.

It's a new world now.  I hope it's a great one!


Monday, November 3, 2008

Must be doing something right

Yesterday, after nap, I asked Chelsi if she folded her blankie back up since she got out of bed on her own.  She said yes.  I asked her again and she said yes again.  I then said "Chelsi are you lying to me"...to which she said "yes".  :)  So I went in her room and asked her to fold it.  Not a big deal, we just want them to get used to doing little things the best they can.  They all have little chores after they turn 3.  This is hers. 

I left her room and went to my room to get ready to go somewhere.  She comes in and says "mommy, I'm sorry.  I lied to you in the living room and I folded my blanket now."  A couple of seconds later she was still apologizing for lying.  She was serious.  I thought for sure her dad had sent her in to do that, but he hadn't.  She knew she was wrong to lie.  At age 3...she knew she was wrong to lie.  What a great girl!


Friday, October 31, 2008

BOOOO!!!

Happy Halloween!!

The kids got ready by carving pumpkins.  They didn't turn out quite like we'd hoped.  They were hard as a rock.  I guess all the rain this year made them nice and strong.  I had to hammer the knife into them to cut the tops off, so they didn't have great designs like the kids wanted...just plain old faces and one puking pumpkin.  Imagine that, it was Cole's.

For Halloween, Cole hung out with his friend Layne.  The girls were rockstars and Chase was their bodyguard.  They had a great time.  Got tons of candy.













 

 

 





And glowstick fun.




Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Alright, here's a brag

Mom's try not to do it often, but I have to say, my baby girl is SO smart!  We've always thought each one was special in their own way for one thing or another.  Cole studied everything and, despite heart surgery at 8 1/2 months, still fully walked by 10.  Chase was a laid back, go with the flow, lover baby.  He was always smarter than he let on.  Kaelin was little miss independence...still is.  She walked at 10 months and has been going non-stop ever since.  She's the one who laughs a lot, but is pretty sensitive.

Chelsi seems to have pieces of all 3 of her siblings rolled into one.  She's got a sweet, loving personality.  She's funny and laughs a lot.  She is incredibly bright!  This baby born 10 weeks early at 3 lbs is doing so much!  She is terribly coordinated, dances and sings.  She has a memory like a recorder.  If she hears it a couple of times, she remembers it.  She just turned 3 a month ago and knows more than any of the other 3, maybe even combined, at this age.  This weekend she started saying our phone number as loud as she could in the middle of Target.  I had no idea she knew it.  Apparently, Brian's been quizzing Kaelin occassionally on the way home so she knows it for school and now Chelsi knows it too.  She knows all of her letter and number...I can't remember how far she can count anymore because she goes on and on.  She recognizes all of her number to 10 and 90% of her letters and can tell you what word is associated with the letter.  She knows her shapes and colors and can speak extremely clear and articulated.  She knows exactly, in perfect English, how to get across what she wants to say to anyone and she very clearly does that.  She tells you exactly what she's thinking and you don't have to guess at what she's saying.  She uses proper English better than most school-aged kids.  She can sing so many songs.  I've lost count of everything she knows.  Then, a couple of weeks ago, we were sitting on the floor and she started reciting the Hail Mary.  Apparently, they pray that at daycare, but mil didn't think she could do it on her own.  I recorded it, so I'll put it below.  The light is aweful and she wasn't really in the mood to do it, so it's not as clear as she usually is.  She's such a big girl is such a teensy, young body.  My baby girl!





Saturday, October 18, 2008

Score card for parenting?

Don't you wish there was one?  I mean something just to let you know you're on the right path with each child.  One to let you know you did the right thing in this situation and that.  As they get older, you seem to get thrown into more and more situations and it feels aweful to punish them so often.  I feel like we have done nothing but punish Cole lately.  I finally told him tonight that, though he might think we enjoy it, it would be so much easier to not do a thing and he could watch tv or listen to his MP3, not be bored, etc.  But, instead, we have to do what we feel he might learn a lesson from which causes us to have to stay on top of him to make sure he's adhering to the discipline. 

So for like the 3rd time in 2 weeks he has no screen privileges (tv, gameboy, MP3, etc.).  We also made him stay home from a Halloween party he was supposed to go to.  I was actually looking forward to getting to know the kids he hangs out with and some of their parents, but I didn't want him to think his actions were okay.  We couldn't figure out why he was already getting a D- in a class and he didn't know why either.  Uh huh.  He tells us this morning that he needs to write a paper after soccer.  It finally hits me that this paper is in the class he's getting a D in and he NEVER has weekend homework.  So I asked him and sure enough this paper was due FRIDAY.  Well, A....he lied...didn't know why he was getting a D.  And B....he procastinated and didn't complete homework that he had 4 days to work on.

We worked on it all day today.  I asked him if all of his Saturday was worth working on something he could have done in a couple of nights.  The answers was a big "this sucks, no way".  How else did you expect an 11 year old to answer you.  :)

Hopefully this is a score for the parentals.

Lisa


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wish you could pick your child's friends sometimes?

I do.  But, I know that will not work.  I try hard to sway our child and give them things to think about, but watching things happen is hard.  I'm sure as the girls get older it will be worse, 'cause girls are so catty, but boys have their own set of issues.

Cole had his MP3 player at school for a project on Monday.  He left it in the classroom (hidden from plain view) so he could use it again Tuesday.  Tuesday he found it to be gone.   He told his teacher and they looked everywhere for it.  He was mostly upset because the data cable that he had brought to hook it up to her computer was his dad's.  We'd told him very explicitly not to lose it since Cole couldn't find his own.  Finally, another student told the teacher they'd seen someone with an MP3 player on the bus that morning.  That child "found it" on Monday.  The teacher called to explain to me what had happened because Cole was so upset.  The cable was not found.  Last night Cole realized there was additional music downloaded on it an some of his songs were corrupted.  Funny, 'cause you can't download songs without that cable.  Well, the same kid "happened" to find the cable today in another area of the school.  ;0)  Uh huh.

This is one of his friends.  Can I insert the devil face here?  He doesn't see the problem because he doesn't know for sure this friend did it.  How to explain that one to an 11 year old??

Lisa


Sunday, October 5, 2008

She's going Pro!

This is Kaelin's 3rd year playing soccer and she's now the senior on her team.  She's doing quite well and has improved a lot!  It's fun to watch her really get in there and fight for that ball.




Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Great speech by Republican McCotter of the House

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=eb9_1222400775


Monday, September 29, 2008

Finally an unbiased political fact checker

at least that's the way it appears from what I've read so far.

EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE YOU VOTE!

http://www.factcheck.org/

Lisa


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Where does "your" candidate stand

I found this pretty interesting. I can actually see what they've said.

http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm


Vote Educated or Vote Party Lines

This is my question.  How many people vote strictly because it's "their" party?  How many vote because this person is of the party that typically carries their views?  How many just educate/research and then vote for the better candidate or what seems to be at the time?  I say what seems to be at the time because they can all lead us to believe what they want.  That latter question is what is our moral obligation....in my opinion.

I'm STILL undecided.  I'm leaning, but I'm not there and won't be completely until November.  I'm latching onto everything I can read to compare the two sets and hopefully make a good decision.  I found this site http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/vote_menu_110_2.htm where I can read about their voting.  It seems they're both reaming each other about this, but with what I've read I've found they're both showing "not voting" about the same amount, so you can't go with that.  And when they do they "both" vote with their party.  So that's no a very good indication, now is it.

Ugghh....can't someone in power be their own person?

Lisa


Monday, September 22, 2008

Another day, another tooth

Well, Cole's molar makes tooth number 3 extracted this year.  Chase had two teeth, his fangs :), pulled last month to make room for two others that he lost in May and wouldn't come in due to room.  I'm still not clear how pulling those two and allowing the other two to come in will help.  Will the two that we pulled eventually come in if there's no room for them???

Anyways, Cole and his awesome brushing habits :( have worked him into a pretty bad cavity.  We've known about it since May, but the doc insisted we wait until that molar comes out at about age 12.  I kept telling him my kids are late at that and it wouldn't happen until at least 13.  :)  So anyways, it got bad enough this weekend to warrant getting it out.  I mean, not to be gross, but it was so big I stuck a toothpick through the rotten part.  EWE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And when doc pulled it he said those roots were in tact and had no plans of coming out anytime soon.  I could have told him that....oh wait I did.

Now the tooth is gone and so is the cavity!  Now the question is.  What does the tooth fairy pay for a rotten tooth.  Hmmm....maybe he should pay the tooth fairy.  I mean I wouldn't buy any rotten produce.  :)

Lisa


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby!!!

I CANNOT believe our youngest is 3!  It's just amazing really.  I don't remember any of the other 3 hitting me quite like my Chelsi. 

She didn't really get to celebrate yet 'cause everyone wanted to go to the football game last night.  She opened her gift from mom and dad at the game to keep her busy.  She got cell phone walkie talkies.  Tonight we'll have cake and ice cream and will post photos of that later.

Onto the sweet stuff.  Hmmm....what can I say.  This girl has all our love.  She is the one kid out of the 4 that took so much thought as to whether we wanted another child or not.  But, OH MY, could we never imagine any of our lives without her.  Her smile, her laughter, her sense of humor and cuddly sweetness.  She's always the one afraid of hurting someone else's feelings.  She won't say I love you if mom and dad are both there.  She says "I love mommy and daddy."  She would never leave the other one out.  Her heart's a good one.  She's terribly smart!  She knows her colors and numbers and is working on recognizing letters.  She can count to ten in English and Spanish...thanks to Dora the Explorer.  :)  She's just a great and amazing child and we're so thankful to God for getting the chance to be HER parents.  We are BLESSED!

Here are the photos I took this morning for her 3 year old portrait.






Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Does anyone else get tired of politics??

It's always, always, always the lesser or evils.  They all lie.  Some intentional, knowing they will not do what they say.  Some unintentional, after experience changes them...sometimes for the better sometimes for the worse.  The 2008 presidential elections is going to show true to be no different. 

I have watched bits and pieces of both conventions now.  I don't normally do that, but our world is a mess right now and I pray everyday things change and get better.  I want to try to know what I can and make an educated decision when I vote.    Here is some of my own observations and opinions taken away from these speeches and articles, etc.

Obama, I like.  I like that he talks to those of us that are "regular folk".  I like that he talks about how to change our economy and seems pretty focused on that.  It feels, at this point, it's time to focus on the middle-class that are being pushed further and further into poverty.  I don't like that he doesn't quite have the experience he probably needs.  Sometimes, that can be good.  I try to believe that.    Biden, has experience and lots of it, so that makes me feel good about it.  However, I'm a woman and I'm all for some "woman power", but Hillary ruined it.  Her speech was a bash more than a speech about why you should really vote for the candidates.  That always turns me.

Then there's McCain.  It's SOOOOOOOO hard to like someone that is so stinkin' rich that he actually doesn't think the economy is in trouble.  WHAT?!  And well, I shouldn't judge a book by their cover, but his wife just looks like the typical rich girl with everything she ever wanted...forget needed.  They don't know what need is.  Heck, I don't pretend that I truly know what need is, but there are so many in the United States that do, truly know need!  We make quite a bit under $100,000 annually (combined), raise a family of 6 and I'm saying we don't truly know what need is.  What about the people who are raising four kids, like us, and make far less?  Palin....I actually like.  She actually seems pretty well spoken and seems to have a decent head on her shoulders....which I think is why he chose her.  He NEEDS her to get the votes if he has a chance in you know where of winning.  I hope that her husband's job in the oil industry doesn't hurt her ability to make real decisions in Washington, should she go.  But, gosh, McCain just bugs me so much, he almost ruins it for her.  Then you have Giuliani.  Well, his speech SUCKED!  He wouldn't know how to talk to real families if he tried.  He's just the Hillary for the Republican party.  Let's bash the other party instead of talking about real issues.

What to do, what to do??  Does it matter?  I'm not one of those pushy people who insist that whomever I vote for is the ONLY way to go.  I'm neither Republican nor Democrat.  I just vote as I feel in my heart and gut.  I just pray that in the end, whomever that is that gets seated in that big white house in Washington, God leads them to make the right decisions.  The right decisions to help all of us.  To keep us all safe, alive and economically sound.  Economically sound for our governments and ourselves.  We still have families to take care of.  And I want to be able to do that.  Honestly, the one thing of Obama's, regardless of who gets in office, I'd like to see done, is to raise taxes on high, high incomes.  That's where the money is to be had.  Not those of us scraping by and keeping it honest.

Lisa


Monday, September 1, 2008

Here's my Cinderella




Thursday, August 28, 2008

My smart girl

Okay, they’re both smart.  I mean, how many two year olds count in Spanish and English, knows all her colors and is recognizing letters.  She hears something once and gets it.  That’s Chelsi.

Kaelin has drive.  I always knew she was smart, but she wants it.  I knew she’d do well when she started school this year because she wanted it.  I asked her tonight if the teacher makes them work hard and she said “yes”.  I asked her if she liked that and she promptly said “I want to learn so I can know everything when I grow up”.  How awesome is that!

 Lisa


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My baby got her hair CHOPPED!!!

for Locks of Love.

Kaelin’s been growing her hair for Locks of Love for the past year.  It started getting so long we’d thought about getting it cut, so I told her about this.  She grew it out for the donation.  I took her in tonight to get the ponytail cut and my it looks cute!  She looks so grown up.  Someone is now going to have her beautiful hair and she can always grow more if she wants.

Should I?







Here’s the ponytail.



Never really had a professional cut before, so enjoying the perks.  This is my favorite picture.  Why you ask?  Because her face, in this picture, looks so much like the face of the little girl we met in airport 6 1/2 years ago.  My, has it been that long?



Here’s the final do.  What a beautiful cut for her beautiful face.