Thursday, September 29, 2005

Home can be a heaven on earth

especially when you put the brushed cotton organic blankets on your bed. Oh, sooooooooooooo sweet, warm and soft. Talk about feeling spoiled.
To get your own
If my kids were better at keeping thier beds made, they'd have one too. My baby does though :)
Also go for organic sheets. Talk about a good night's combonation. We just brought on King Sheets, although I have yet to put them on the site. They should be up next week.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Baby weighs 17 pounds adn is 26 inches long. He also recieved 5 shoots, but only needed one dose of Tylonal before he was smilling and cooing again. He hasn't needed any tylonal since.

And ever notice that as a women, I am always the last one to bed, and the first one up?

Monday, September 26, 2005

Smart Test

the following is copied from an email I recieve. After reading that I will subject you to my comments.

"Test for Smart People....I have determined that you qualify.The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and will tell you whether you are qualified to be a professional. Scroll down for each answer. The questions are NOT that difficult. But don't scroll down UNTIL you have answered the question! 1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?Wrong Answer.Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend... except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?

Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four-year-old."

My commments: a real smart person would in reply in questions to get the feel for the true nature of the problems.

For example the questions to ask in response to #1 are:
1.What state is the Giraffe in?
2. So you mind if I chnage his state? (like turn him into steak?)
3. What size is the refrigarator?

Questions to ask in response to #2
1. Is this concidered poaching?
2. Are you going to eat him?
3. Does he want to be in the refrigorator?
4. And if the giraff fits into the refrigorator wouldn't be logical to think it would be big e nough for the elephant at the same time?

Questions to ask in response to #3
1. When is the confrence?
2. What is the confrence for?
3. Does any animal have a good reason not to attend:
yes- the giraff he is made into steak

Questions to ask in response to #4
1. What's on the other side?
2. Does somebody else have a boat?
3. How deep is the river?
4. Are there alligators there now?

What was your initial thoughts to these questions?

Friday, September 23, 2005

storm aftermass

The aftermass of wensday nights storm was Hurricane Galen. And what happens when a class 5 hurricane bumps into a tropical storm Ewan. Thier unbridaled furrious forces combined, and the house most deffinetly recieved more damage from them then the storms Wensday night.

Alot of it was actually due to the lack of sleep. I was tired and didn't want to deal with anything and then whenever Galen gets a lack of sleep the autism emerges with vengance- combine that with a lack of structed activites and it is the perfect condition for a Galen hurricane. Poor Galen is still suffering from it this morning- but I helped him on the bus in hopes of the school routine kicking him out of it. (or back into it, which ever way you want to say it).

I also make a point not to tell the teachers because often just going to school Galen's outlook will change and sun will come out.

Speaking of the sun comming out ... It is beautiful weather here! BEAUTIFUL! 65 and sunny with a pleasent breeze. :) I might have to make a point of enjoying it.

Thursday, September 22, 2005


LAst Night the twin cities experienced a series of major storms. The first one that ripped through brought down power lines, houses, trees and of electricty. This was right after dinner. I stuck me head outside and Mike and I both called a "Tornado warning" on the kids
Right before the alarms started going off. Then the power blinked several times and about 4 minutes after being in the basment the power went out. So I causouly went upstairs to grab our battery powered radio and light.

A little later we heard a crash in our kitchen. Our kitchen screen had blown in. And every open window to the north or west was letting in lots of rain water. Before the second line of storms we closed some windows. And before the third line of storms went we were upstairs in bed. With the kids crawling in and out of our bed all night. We had the radio on until about 2 am (the last storm cleared out) and then woke up at 5:30 when the power came back on and went around turing off lights and securing things. Galen's school was canceled- just about everything north of country road D was canceled.

So last night we got to listen to lots of people call into the radio with reports of what they were seeing- real funnel clouds were reported - and even we saw circulation in the clouds. Then I got to change diapers in the dark (on Ian) and try to get everyone to bed in the dark. There was lots of amazing lightening and the clous movements were unlike anything I had witnessed before. It seems that there was straightline winds hitting north of us and micoburst and small tornados actually touching down here adn there.

Damage: one good nights sleep, one clean kitchen (we didn't even have time to clear the table after dinner before the storm hit), branches down and one landed on my garden- but it looks like the plants will survive- I already went out and straightened them up. We also had spome water leaking through the window in the basment well- luckily this was right over a drain in the basment floor.

Across the steet our neighbors lost one of thier weeping willows. Lots of branches down but it looks like our block excaped the trials that others all around us got.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

talked to an old freind today

not like old as in ancient, but old as in college. She just turned 30 (gee, are you sure that's not old?) Anyways it turnsout she's engaged. That's a lucky man- one who sees beyond the skin

Anyways, I also talked to my parents who are enjoying thier vactation to Hawaii. Monday they went on a 12 hours bus tour, Tuesday they went on a 12 hour air tour, Today were going parasalling and tomarrow they are planning to go snorkeling.- sounds more like work then vacatioing :) But I would join them for the parasailing and snorkeling if I could :)

Sunday, September 18, 2005

made an interesting observation today

1. That your kid is always the cutest.
2. That your kid is always the loudest in church.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Galen's Fund Raiser

My school's Annual Fundraiser with Innisbrook has begun! Innisbrook Wraps has great gift wrap, fun gift wrap accessories, delicious gourmet foods, fine Helen Grace Chocolates, Time Inc. magazine subscriptions, unique gift items and more.For every item that is purchased, Innisbrook will donate a percentage of the purchase price to my school. I also earn prize credits for every item sold except school supplies. The more prize credits I earn, the more prizes I win! Attached is a link to the Innisbrook website. Please visit the site and consider making a purchase on my behalf.
Our sale will be over soon, so hurry and place your order.Thanks for your help!
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Thursday, September 15, 2005

slept in today

Ok, I didn't sleep in, I got up, did breakfast and got the kid on the bus, then I went to sleep. I have a tendance to sleep if I got to bed too late the night before. And late just happens to be anytime after midnight.

Last night I cleaned the living room and the kitchen. They both needed it. We also hauled half the books from the floors and hid them in the excerise room. If the kids can't take care of them they do not need them about.

I cleaned part of the fridge tuesday along with the microwave (and the rest of the kitchen).

Clayton loves it when I sleep in. Then he get extra cuddling and sleeping and eating. What baby doesn't want that?

That reminds me I have a few cuts pictures of that doll. He was so perfect looking he could have been a life like manican (sp?) They are in they new organic wool sweaters from Germany we have them in stock for christmas season.

Almond Joy Brownies

2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 Tbs baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
1/3-1/2 cup honey
2 Tbs Olive oil
3 cups water -add enough water for pudding like consitincy
1/2 c coconut
1/2 c mini chocolate chips
1/2 c almonds
Bake 350- until done but not dry ~30 minutes
makes 9x13" pan

now I can tell you if this is good or not in about 30 minutes :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Why does only one of my kids not give us trash at bedtime? Why does it take the other boys hours to fall asleep? Why can't they just lay down and let sleep take them?

Someday- if I ever truely feel like it- I am going to count the number of times someone is crying in our house in a day. Right now we have 2. Both claim to want me. One has a claim I may listen to.

Monday, September 12, 2005

A few spare minutes

hi All,
I actually am waiting to take Ewan to school, but have 10 minutes between getting Galen on his bus and driving ewan. Then I'm off to excersize. I have plans to flatten that stomach (or at least flatten it enough that i don't look 25 weeks pregnant).

So let's see. Mike gave a talk yesterday in church, about how to turn our home into heaven, also how to turn it into a haven.

Galen had his first week of school. It seemed to go well from what I could tell. His teacher seems really excited and into poetry. She also has a lot of experience. I am thrilled to see her excitment about conintuing to teach first grade and hear all hger little tricks with the kids.

Ewan is going to his first day of school today. He also has a new teacher. And she has the usuall charaterisics of a preschool teacher. Always talks in a high and sweet voice and is into hugs and cuddles and all sorts of positive stuff some people get tired of (that's why general people hate Barney).

However It is the kind of thing you is really good for kids and I do have to admit I way prefer Barney over Pokeman. And that saturday night we actually sang and grouped hugged together. It is nice to have a large enough family to play group games. It is also nice to get some of them old enough to particiapte.

Have fun! My time is up.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

chuck that

cuddily twerp is now 26" long adn is wearing size 18 months- he grew out of the sleeper he was wearing last night. This morning it wouldn't even stretch to his shoulders.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

you asked

The cuddily twerp is about 25" long and is wearing 12month size sleepers.

I'll blog more later if I every sit down long enough to do so.