logoMy Boys and Me


As you head to the polls to vote…..

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the October 31st, 2008

I usually tend to stay away from political topics mainly because I can not vote (since I am a Canadian citizen) and because I was not educated in “America” for a full 12 years in school (10th-12th grade only), and can’t justifiably argue something I don’t know much about, but this was sent to me in a forwarded e-mail and thought it was rather interesting.

“No matter what your political convictions are this is an eye opener….What a thankless people we are!!!”

David Letterman, on President Bush. (Surprising)

David Letterman wrote this; it’s the David we don’t often see….

‘As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark.’  ‘The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right? The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain’t happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, ‘What are we so unhappy about?’

A. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

C. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

D. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

E. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state.

F. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?

G. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.

H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

I. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.

J. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.

K. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.

L. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

M. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?

Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don’t have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?
Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn’t take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think about it……are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the ‘Media’ told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day. Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn’t have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ”general” discharge, an ‘other than honorable” discharge or, worst case scenario, a ”dishonorable’ discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?

Say what you want, but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by ‘justifying’ them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn’t kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it
this way……Insane!

Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.’ ‘With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, ‘Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?’
-David Letterman-

Please keep this in circulation. There are so many people who need to read this and grasp the truth of it all.

OctoberPhest! Phillies WIN World Series!!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the October 29th, 2008

MUCH better than ANY beer!

The last time the Phillies were in the World Series (1993)- Phillies loose to the Blue Jays

blue-jays.jpg

October 29, 2008- WonderPhil!

phillies.jpg

I screamed so loud when they won (Mike woke up both boys before the Phillies made the 3rd out so they could see them win) that my throat hurts now!  They are SO deserving of the win and the fans in Philly deserve to see them win AT HOME!  Just a little tid bit- they last won the World Series in 80- flip it- 08! :)

Who would have thought…..

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the October 27th, 2008

-that the same child who we never thought we’d get to sleep through the night, would actually squirm out of my arms during snuggle/milk time on the couch and actually walk me to his room, point to his bed, say night night and go straight to sleep for the night- AT 6:3o pm! As much as this sounds like a one-time occurrence, it’s not.  Mikey now sleeps from 6:30pm to 6:30 am (later on the weekends)! Its a bittersweet sort of thing.  I have to admit I do love the quiet time in the evening, especially when Mike has a meeting or is working off-duty, but on the days that I work and don’t get the boys from Mike’s Mom until after 4pm, the play and cuddle time is cut pretty short by the time dinner and baths are done. 

-the same child who we can’t get to each much of anything at all throughout the day (he survives on a lot of milk, peanut butter sandwiches, yogurt, nutrigrain bars and baby food (when we can shove it in) would take a step out of his eating comfort zone and eat a good portion of spaghetti! On a food note, we now have Mikey on a very regimented, Dr. recommended feeding schedule.  We have some strict rules which are being implemented at home and at Grandmas (Mike’s Mom promises to abide).  He is no longer allowed to graze and is no longer allowed anything sweet or viewed as a “treat” if he doesn’t at least eat a good amount of what is offered to him at meal time.  He is no longer allowed to throw fits at meal time (which he was doing on a regular basis because he knew it frustrated us enough to give into him and give him the type of food he REALLY wanted-shame on us for creating this bad habit).  If he throws a fit, he goes directly to time out, after time out, he is given one more chance and if he repeats the fit, meal time is over and he simply doesn’t eat until the next meal (no milk either).  THIS is HARD for me.  I know it’s all for the best and I know we will have a breakthrough (eventually), but putting my child to bed knowing he hasn’t eaten is not easy (hence the reason for me giving into his fits).  BUT, the Dr. insists he will survive and that his habits will quickly change.  In so many ways (more than just eating) Mikey wants to have control.  He is also VERY stubborn.  Not sure where he gets that from :) He will realize through the meal-time example that WE (Mama and Daddy) are in control and this will help us (and him) in other areas of his life. He DID find an interest in the communion plate at church-  Mike usually grabs him from the nursery (he has gone 3 weeks in a row now without us being paged to come get him) after the message so he can “dance” with me during worship time.  When worship is over, the pastor says the benediction and gives a blessing. It was during this time when the church was completely quiet (other than the pastor) that Mikey spotted the bread in the communion plate, pointed and loudly said, “Yummy! Yummy!” At least we know he’ll eat bread! :)

-that our 17 month old would be the first of our children to be rushed to the Emergency Room due to injury and not our 6 year old.  Mikey tripped over his foot (next hurdle to tackle is getting his feet looked at by an orthopedic specialist because they both turn in) as he took off down Grandma’s driveway and he face planted.  Mike’s Mom frantically called Mike when she was unable to console him, fearing he had badly hurt his head, (he has fallen many times and usually gets up, brushes it off and carries on).  During the 30 minutes it took from when I left Holly’s house after Mike called, until I met him at the hospital, everything in my world stopped.  Not being able to see for myself that he was OK and be able to hold him in my arms was torture.  I truly believe in my heart that God gives us these moments of non-serious injuries to remind us to SLOW down and enjoy everything and everyone wonderful in our lives because in a moment any of them can be taken away.  Turns out Mikey’s head was fine.  We actually learned something though- apparently there are new studies out  that indicate a child is 25% more likely to develop a brain tumor or brain cancer if they are subjected to radiation at a young age.  The ER Dr.  told us that unless they see 100% evidence of an injury to the brain, they do not run a CT-scan on young children.  Interesting!  So, we were able to breath a sigh of relief that his injuries didn’t warrant a scan.  However, he was bleeding from his mouth quite extensively and was in so much pain (and unable to be consoled) because he almost knocked out both front teeth.  SO, this week we have to take him to a pediatric dentist to be sure he didn’t damage the nerve or root (which can cause the tooth to rot and turn black).  I realize he will loose these teeth eventually, but Braeden didn’t loose his first tooth until he was 6 and I surely don’t want my gorgeous little boy to have a black tooth for the next 4-5 years.  Stay tuned, THIS should be a very interesting visit.  Mikey is very much in tune with what a Dr.’s office looks like and he will protest before we’ve even left the waiting room.  I am not exactly sure how we are going to pull off getting a x-ray of his mouth! Here’s a picture of the wound on his chin.  Neosporin is the BEST.  The fall happened Thursday and he is already almost all healed.

wound.jpg

-that the same little boy who plays video games during the majority of his spare time inside (keep reading before you yell at me) would be advanced and at a higher level in every aspect of 1st grade.  We’ve always taken a very laid back approach to parenting (with Braeden) and he has THRIVED on this.  He truly gives us no trouble and there are too many good things to say about him and his behavior to write about. The day I was scheduled to meet Braeden’s teacher for a quick chat and update on how he is progressing, I was a little concerned because we just don’t feel like he needs to be bombarded with “lessons” and “structured afternoons” after spending almost 8 hours a day in that sort of environment at school.  I knew however, that if he wasn’t where he needed to be academically or was having issues in school, that we would need to change things.  I walked away so happy when the teacher told us to continue doing whatever we are doing (which is really not much other than support, love and nurture him).  He has ALWAYS required so little and continues to prove to us that there is no manual that is accurate when it comes to parenting and each child is different.  He is very much a self-motivator and does what he knows he needs to do, without much enforcement.  He is honest and kind! What a breath of fresh air that little guy is.  We know that much of what we DON’T have to worry about with Braeden, we WILL have to worry about with Mikey, so we are enjoying watching Braeden excel at all he does so independently.

-that the SAME team (get a load of this my Canadian family and friends) I cheered AGAINST 15 years ago watching the Blue Jays win their first World Series and the first World Series for a Canadian team, would be the same team I scream at in delight at 1am asthey play THIS World Series.  I didn’t even realize until a week or so ago that the last time the Phillies were in the World Series was in 93 when they lost to the Blue Jays. It was a HUGE deal for our family when the Blue Jays won and watching it all unfold was incredible,BUT, since Mike turned me on to the Phillies a few years ago when we met, watching them play in this World Series is equally exciting, especially since we are one win away from earning the title we lost to the Blue Jays 15 years ago.  Watch tonight- 8:00- they are in Philly and it would be AMAZING to see them win at home.  The fans in Philadelphia are so great and both Mike and Roy are from there. :)

-that I would EVER fit into a size 2 again, WHAT?! That’s right, the size 6 clothes that I was happily able to just fit into this time last year, are now falling off and some of the size 4’s I’ve replaced them with are loose.  It has taken about 6 months of re-training my body and metabolism as well as a high protein diet (South Beach Diet) to get where I am now.  I am still 5-7 (depending on what time of day I weighmyself) pounds away from my goal weight which would also be a weight that I have not been at since before my pregnancy with Braeden.  Hearing my husband (who is not one to compliment if not warranted, but also not one to insult, even if warranted) said the other day, “how much weight have you lost, you look so skinny!” Now I wouldn’t go as far to say that I am skinny, but I am certainly satisfied with the progress.  It makes eating 2 cookies instead of 5 or a tiny piece of cake instead of 2 pieces or a meal bar instead of the pizza I always crave, SO worth it. 

-that Mikey would so quickly loose his fear of balloons and actually obsess over them!  We took the boys to the annual Children’s Day Festival.  Mikey quickly eyed a balloon that a little 10-year old had in his hand.  He walkedup to the boy and tugged at his balloon.  The child’s dad thought it was adorable and made the boy give “the sweet baby” his balloon.  Mikey was ecstatic and enjoyed that balloon more and longer than I’ve seen him (or his limited attention span) enjoy anything. When the balloon popped, (after about 20 minutes of pinching, squeezing and hugging it) Mikey was appalled and in shock.  He got over his disgust when he noticed another (much younger) little girl with a balloon.  The little thief walked up to her and tried to get her balloon.  Her Mom (rightfully so) was not as compliant.  I tried to take Mikey to get a balloon animal made by the clown, but he wouldn’t stand in line.  All the balloons that were attached to other event booths were much more appealing than the clown.  He walked up to booth after booth tugging at the balloons.  Thankfully we stumbled upon an empty booth that still had their balloons attached.  I untied all of them and tied them on Mikey’s pants.  He was completely satisfied and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon.

Here’s a couple pictures of the boys enjoying the cool weather

ragamuffin.jpgcold.jpg

What a great weekend!

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the October 13th, 2008

Despite the rain, and a bad loss for the Phillies last night (they are still up 2 games to 1 in the series), we had an awesome weekend.  My Dad came in early Friday morning and we spent most of the day doing yard work.  The yard looks great  (as it always does after my Dad has been here to help.  Yard work is his field of expertise!)  Friday night, Harley, Braeden, my Dad, Mike and I went to Wild Wing to watch the Phillies game.  Wings and baseball (and beer for the older boys)- can’t get much better than that. It was a GOOD game and the Phillies won.  One of our waiters was from right outside of Philly and was really getting into the game with us. Saturday we went and bought Braeden a new bike.  It was an early Christmas present from my parents and Mike’s parents. Thank you SO MUCH!  He was ready for a bigger bike and we figured he would get more use out of it the next couple months than he would the few months after Christmas (when it tends to be cooler).  We enjoy having my Dad visit so much.  He is always such a wonderful help and so much fun.  Thanks for coming we love you, appreciate all you do so so much and we miss you already! My Mom has a hard time traveling because of her back, but we were thinking of you Mom, we missed you, love you and look forward to seeing you at Thanksgiving.  papa-and-mikey.jpg

Mikey LOVES his “Papa” (and of course Papa loves Mikey- Papa just NEVER smiles for pictures) and can say his name perfectly.  When I went in to get him from bed Sunday morning, he looked around and said, “Papa?” My Dad had already left. :(

chips.jpg

He also takes after his Papa!  The finicky little eater LOVES ruffles potato chips!

My Dad left early Sunday morning and around lunch time, Braeden’s aunt, uncle and cousins came in for the day.  They live in Panama City, but were in Columbia all weekend for a wedding and were so sweet to drive a bit out of their way to spend the day with us.  It was Mike’s first time meeting them and we all had such a great time visiting.  They treated us to our favorite Japanese restaurant which the kids really enjoyed.  Thanks SO much Nicole and Chuck.  We love you.

cousins.jpg

Charlie is 7 and Allie is almost 5.  They are both such sweethearts.

Here are a few more pictures from the weekend.  Braeden doesn’t care to be outside when its raining (even a little bit).  Mikey on the other hand……

water-spout.jpg

Discovering the water spout during the rain

taking-a-sip.jpg

“Where exactly IS that water coming from?!” Nothing keeps his attention longer than a minute or so, but he was SO fascinated with the drain.  We didn’t want to ruin his fun, but were so worried he was going to cut his fingers on the metal.

slide1.jpg

Told ya he was a climber!

I promise I will take more pictures of Braeden soon.  Its so hard to capture him because he always off doing his own thing most of the time and Mikey, well, we ALWAYS have our eye out for him, and some of the things he does just can NOT avoid being caught on camera.  I really DO love those 2 equally! :)

Have a great Monday!  The Phillies play again tonight.  Cheer em’ on!

Next Page »