Thursday, April 30, 2009

I Love Launa's Imagination!

Today she told Jeremy that she was Launa's daughter Aclearia, but then she changed her name to Ahondra Aclearia. And she was calling me Gramma, and told me that her mom was on a date with the most handsome man. She's so much fun! I'm going to miss her when she gets older and less fun.

Something I Forgot To Mention

About a month ago, Launa tied her shoes all by herself. She turned 4 in March, and tied her shoes by herself when I wasn't fast enough in getting to it. She must have been paying attention when we were teaching her brother how to ties his shoes. Anyway, she tied both shoes that day, but has been unable to do it since then. (I know she actually did it because I watched her tie her second shoe.) Still, I was impressed.

UPDATE: Today Launa told me that she wants to be Daniel because "he has skills, more speed, and talent." I think Daniel put her up to it, though.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Something You May Not Know About Me

I was born with 2 "stork bites" or raspberry birthmarks. One on my lower back (it used to cover my back when I was very small) and one on the back of my head that can still be seen when I part my hair. When my sister had her second daughter, they knew there was something the matter with her, but it took them several months to figure it out. She has a chromosomal deletion. But she also has a stork bite on her back and on her head similar to mine. The doctors told her that that pattern of birthmarks sometimes indicates genetic anomalies. Anyway, I thought it was an interesting fact, and who knows? Maybe you'll end up using this information some day.

Monday, April 27, 2009


What would possess a little boy to tie his shoelaces together in the middle of school so tightly that his teacher is unable to get them untied? *sigh* This could only happen to my kid.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

For Those Of You In The Know

Launa still has glitter stuck to her scalp. How many baths have I given her now?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Why Don't I Have One Of These Yet?!

It's so irreverent and racist, I can't believe I don't own one yet! It is the Chia Obama!! You can get yours here, and as soon as I can scrounge $20, I'll be getting my own! Best kitsch item ever!!

Update! ACK!!! I just remembered Mother's Day is coming up! I was trying to figure out how I was going to convince Jeremy to get it for me, and I NEVER know what to ask for for birthdays and holidays, but this year, I KNOW. I want a Chia Obama! The determined style, please. Happy Obama gives me the willies.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Good Idea!

Launa likes to come into the bathroom and chat with me once I get in the shower. It's always interesting to hear what she's thinking about. Yesterday I asked Launa if she could think of a way to make a million dollars. Her first idea was to make a money machine. I told her that was a great idea, but that I wanted to invent something original. So she came up with the idea of a breakfast machine. I asked her what it would look like, and she told me there would be a girl one and a boy one. The girl one would have unicorns all over it, and the boy one would have horses all over it. Talking about a breakfast machine reminded me of the opening sequence in PeeWee's Big Adventure. So I took Launa downstairs to see if they had it on YouTube. Of course they did! In fact, they had the whole movie broken up into 10 minute segments on YouTube! So we watched it together. Good times.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sweet Daniel

I send notes to school every day one Daniel's napkin in his lunch bag. Recently I have started finding these notes in the washer after they've gone through in his pockets. I suppose that means I need to start checking his pockets before I toss his jeans in the wash, but I'm afraid of what I might find. I'd rather find it AFTER it's been washed, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I think it's incredibly sweet that he's saving the notes I send to school with him. :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Probably The Coolest Music Video I've Ever Seen

Happy Tax Filing Day!

Here's a song in honor of tax day.  It makes me laugh.  Actually, the first time I remember hearing this song, I started rolling, because I have that shower paranoia the guy talks about in this song!  I thought I was the only freak who felt that way in the tub.  I still get nervous when I have to close my eyes in the shower.  Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but for a very long time I refused to shut my eyes when I washed my hair.  I was just really careful not to get soap in my eyes. *sigh* I suppose that's way too much information on my paranoia for all of you guys. The good news is that I KNOW it's a little crazy, so I can guard against my paranoid fantasies.

Oh, this just happened while I was typing my message - I just got off the phone with a bill collector.  I was explaining our financial situation, and she told me they were hiring and said that if I applied I'd have as good a chance as anyone to get the job.  I have to admit - I'm very interested...


Got my assignment in with 30 seconds to spare! Now for the perennial question: WHY DO I PUT IT OFF UNTIL THE LAST POSSIBLE SECOND?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

However, I got my grade back from my first assignment which I was sure would land me a solid C, and I got 55 out of a possible 60. Huh.

Sometimes, I'm so good, I don't even know how good I am.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Today is the day we remember Jesus' resurrection. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice so that I may be forgiven of all the sin and ugliness that is inside me.

As we were driving home from church today, the children were in the backseat jabbering back and forth, and suddenly I hear: "God, forgive Daniel." I don't know what Daniel did or said, but it sure was funny to hear Launa ask God to forgive him, like she was some long-suffering saint.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Revelation

Launa, it turns out, is a fan of R & B. Who knew? Every time we are out, if she hears something (especially by a woman) that is in the R & B style, she always says to me, "That's really pretty music, Mommy." She is especially fond of Alicia Keyes and Beyonce Knowles. Sometimes she asks me to get songs I've never heard before for her playlist. I don't know how to get them if I don't know what they are, though. Anyway, I thought it was interesting that her style is completely different than mine. She's only 4 and she knows what kind of music she likes.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


Jeremy was just invited to join the AARP!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

When Did This Family Become Union?

I made a checklist for Daniel to help him with cleaning his room. Apparently he made a couple of adjustments to the list. The last one, in case you can't read 1st grader, is supposed to be "break."

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Prayers Please

Hey, I should have posted about this earlier, but I just spoke to my mom a few minutes ago, and got an update. The night before last night a boy that I grew up with (he was my dad's co-host's step-son) was in a terrible motorcycle accident and they didn't know if he would live through the night. I sent the prayer chain around my church for him, but didn't know much more than that he might die or lose his arm. This is the middle of day two for him, and the doctors have told him that he may not live through the first 3 days, and they are doing surgery right now to remove his left arm. They couldn't save it, it was too damaged and was starting to poison him. He is getting constant blood transfusions. He is still in ICU, and probably will be for a little while longer. He has two children. Please just pray that he will come safely through this ordeal, that the blood he is receiving is safe, that he will adjust well to the loss of his arm.