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I have done some year end evaluations of myself and have compiled a list of resolutions for 2009.  In no particular order:

1. Stop spanking my kids.  Yup, we’ve thrown away the spanking spoon.  It doesn’t really work anyway.  Taking away Hannah Montana toys or writing sentences for an hour is much more effective.

2. Have more patience with my kids, especially Kalliope.  She’s my little mama and I depend on her for a lot of help.  That’s a huge responsibility for an 8 (almost 9!) year old.  It’s easy for her to really get the brunt of my frustration from her brothers.

3. Lose 30 lbs.

4. Keep my house clean 75% of the time (a big number here considering it’s usually around 10%) and fold laundry straight out of the dryer.

5. Be a better friend.  I don’t call my friends and don’t tell them how great they are nearly enough.

6. Get and STAY on a budget!

7. Read through my entire Bible!  I tend to read passages here and there, but there are books that I’ve never even cracked.

8. Learn to let things go.  I’ve gotten better, but still have a long way to go!

9. Get my kids out of the house more.  Right now Zane goes to school, church, and Awana, and that’s pretty much it.  It’s hard to go to the store or playground with all 3, but I just need to suck it up and do it.  How else will he get better?

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I’m sure I’ll think of more, but that’s what I have for now.  How about you?

I pray that you all have a prosperous and blessing filled 2009! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

And one more thing, we have a sitter for the kids tonight for the first New Year’s Eve in 6 years!  Woo hoo!!!  We have no idea what to do with ourselves!

Just because I know you can’t get enough of Ron Burgundy. Stay classy, San Diego!

I think the top of my list has been taken over by this:

Thanks Jen!

Last week our amazing sitter came over and kept the boys while Jason and I took kalliope out on a little date.  We first went to a cheap pizza buffet and then onto the Billy Graham library.  They have an amazing light display, carriage rides, live nativity, tour, bookstore, and cafe and it’s all free (except the bookstore and cafe).  It was freezing so we skipped the carriage ride and we got there too late for the 1 1/2 tour, but we got to see the lights, live nativity, tour the Graham family home, and get ice cream at the cafe.  We all had a great time!

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Live nativity.  The donkey and camel are real!

Yup, yesterday Miles got his first pair of Chuck Taylor’s.  I finally got fed up with him kicking of his shoes and socks the second we get into the car and wanting to walk everywhere that I got them for him.  Since they were buy one get one half price, we got him another pair the next size up.  Now he can dress just like his big brother!

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And in case you couldn’t get enough of my little baby walking, here you go!  I will be so sad when outgrows that little outfit!

At least it finally is here!  We got our Christmas decorations up; better late than never.  It took me a little extra time to get into the Christmas spirit this year, but I’m getting more excited each day! 

 

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I read this today and thought that this was such an amazing story!  I’ll never look at my dog, Lucy, the same again!

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Dog saves abandoned baby from forest

The dog was looking for food for her newborn puppies when she reportedly saved a 2-week-old baby girl from a forest in Kenya.

Kenya, Africa

The dog found the baby in a forest south of the capital Nairobi. She then took the infant, wrapped in a dirty, black cloth, and carried it across a busy road and through a barbed-wire fence and placed it close to her own puppies.

A witness, Stephen Thoya says: “I heard the sound of a baby crying, (when) I looked closely, I saw a dog carrying a baby as it crossed the road.”

The owner of the heroic dog, Mary Adhiambo says her dog lay next to the baby and cared for it until it was spotted by human rescuers. Ms Adhiambo washed the baby who’s umbilical chord was covered with maggots. After cleaning the baby Mary Adhiambo rushed it to hospital.

The newborn baby girl, who was resqued by a dog

At the hospital, the 3.3 kilogram child was christened Angel. Doctors confirmed the newborn baby girl had been out in the open for at least two days after being abandoned.

Dr Jonathan Micheni said: “An infant of such a tender age, having spent two nights in the cold, is likely to develop respiratory infections and we have put her on a treatment to prevent any bacterial or fungal infections.”

These kinds of incidents in which babies are abandoned are very common in East African countries like Kenya, where over 56% of the population lives on less than US $1 a day.

This is ultimate proof that dogs realy are a man’s best friend!

The other day Kalliope and I we’re getting a few things at Wal Mart and we’re goofing around together: karate kicks, hammer fists, etc. Well, she smacks my butt and says, “That’s what you get for trying to kick me in the a**!” I know it’s terrible and I kept it together pretty well, but I was trying so hard not to laugh. We talked about it with Daddy when we got home and said that she’d get off with a warning on her first offense, but next time the punishment would be severe. We wondered where she picked it up since we really try not to swear, especially in front of the kids. It’s hard for me since swearing was part of my daily vocabulary for 20+ years up until 2 years ago.  Anyway, we sat down to watch a few sitcoms last night and they said “a**” just about every 5 minutes! Guess no more sitcoms in the evenings before bedtime. Thanks King of Queens!

Every Friday morning, I meet a group of moms for breakfast.  All of our boys have autism and it’s an unofficial support group.  I can only imagine what the people at nearby tables must think of us.  Sometimes we reinact our boys’ stims or talk about poop…in great detail.  Many of our boys have digestive issues which leads to some very interesting #2 conversation.  The idea has been brought up by Jennifer that we should write a book with some of the crazy stories we have.  I wouldn’t even know where to start.  I think that this and this would have to make it in there somewhere.  You know, with the recession, we really could use the extra money.

Also, I want to give a shout out to all my FB girls.  I love you all!

I just had to use the term “shout out” because in the past couple of days I’ve heard a number of people that were over 50 using that term and it sounded ridiculously funny to me.

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Unfortunately the 80’s party is the only picture that I could find most of us in.  Hey girls, how bout next time we’re all together, we take a normal picture?  Mmmkay?  Thanks.

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Not too much interesting stuff going on, just the daily routine.  Thought I’d post a few videos and pics of the kids to keep you all updated on their cuteness!

Zane is so good and patient with Miles even though he climbs all over him!

We downloaded a free demo of Guitar Hero and Miles loves jammin’ to it!  He loves all music!  Sorry it’s so dark!

The world's cutest baby!

The world's cutest baby!

My beautiful daughter!

My beautiful daughter!

Zane and Miles (Zane just woke from a cat nap!)

Zane and Miles watching Sesame Street(Zane just woke from a cat nap!)