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My superhero powers include making adorable, little people and savings lots of money at the grocery store. ♥ Mommy to Lily (03.30.2007) ♥ Mommy to Navy (02.05.2011) ♥

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

We didn't do a lot to celebrate. Wanted to make it to the Memorial Day parade, but it was noon before we knew it and the parade was over. Commented on the walls of several FB friends who are in, or where in, the military. So grateful for you all, and the service men and women that proceeded you.

Lily and I made a Foofa Flower Sun Visor, but the day didn't end as sunny as it started out. So humid, too. So, we stayed inside.

We also baked Pillsbury German Chocolate cupcakes. When we were at Michael's getting some crafting supplies, we also picked up the Wilton Patriotic Cupcake Party Pack.

We also worked in our little Victory garden. Our sweet bell papers and "Juliet" tomatoes already have little bits of yumminess starting to grow on them. While working on our garden, we also looked for bugs for our "Bug Journal". We did find a slug bug, who we took a picture of and let him crawl in the garden.

Happy World No Tobacco Day!

To celebrate, we congratulated our friends and family who have kicked the tobacco habit. Lily and I are so incredibly proud of you all!!

Tomorrow is Stand for Children Day. It is also June 1st, which starts a new month for National Health Observances.

Support World No Tobacco Day

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Indy 500 Day!

Happy Indianapolis 500 Day! And, congratulations to Dario Franchitti on his 2nd Indy 500 WIN!!!

We went to the Krauss Haus for their annual Memorial Day bash, so we missed the race. However, I kept up with some of the major developments via Twitter. I had been following Danica Patrick on Twitter, but she just started to annoy me. If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch little girl!

Anyway, yes, Haus de Krauss. Lily wanted to go the Jake's party. She was thinking there would be cake, like his birthday. When we got there, she forgot. Lorie got Jake a sweet swing set and that had her attention most of the afternoon, as did the sand box.

Brats, burgers, dogs. Yum! Every time someone grills brats, I think that I have to have one. I don't like brats, but I always think that this time will be different. This time, I will like bratwurst. Each time, I'm disappointed. I still don't like them. It makes me sad because I want to like them so much. They're like a sophisticated, though still unhealthy, hot dog.

Five minutes after we left, Lily was starting to doze. Made a quick stop...that cost me $18 because I found preschool workbooks...to get XS white t-shirts for her Dora the Explorer iron-on to make a "Lily the Explorer" shirt.

Tomorrow is Memorial Day, so I have the day off. YAY!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy Victoria Day!

Happy Victoria Day!!

One of the websites I came across said that one of the ways people in Canada celebrate is by lighting fireworks. I don't have any. Neither did Dad, which is weird because he always has some fireworks at the house.

The only thing that I could really think of that was "Canadian" were maple leaves, which we happen to have in our backyard. So, we made a little Canadian flag with a maple leaf rubbing.

May 24.

Other Holidays
Morse Code Day
Brothers Day

Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope

Title: Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope
Author: Don & Susie Van Ryn; Newell, Colleen & Whitney Cerak
Pages: 288
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 1439153558

Having "lived through this" via news and reading the blogs, I had wanted to read this book when it first came out, then somehow forgot about it. When I was in Barnes & Noble a couple weeks ago, I saw it when Becky and I were looking though several shelves of books. On one side was Glenn Beck's latest book, on the opposite side of the aisle was "Mistaken Identity".

The first several chapters were impossible to put down. I read through them somewhat quickly. There were several parts where I was forced to take a break because it was just so heartbreaking.

After Whitney's funeral, the pace was much slower, and my interest in the book faded a bit. I kept waiting for them to discover that it wasn't really Laura in the hospital bed. So many signs pointed to it not being Laura. I'm sure that it's much easier to look back or be the "outsider looking in."

The plot starts to quicken again after "Laura" is moved to a rehab facility in Michigan. I could feel my heart start to sink, knowing what's coming, but wondering how it would all unfold.

Heavy with Christian themes. If you wouldn't normally get a book out of the "Christian" section or don't particularly like Christian reading material, this probably isn't the book for you. You can't just skim through a Bible verse at the beginning of the chapter. According to the notes from the authors, the whole point of this book wasn't to clear up the how the girls got mixed and stayed that way for 5 weeks, but to share their love of God and how, even in tragedy, He was faithful.

I have since passed the book off to Scoopie, who will pass it off to Lorie. Then, it gets mailed to Michelle.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Happy World Turtle Day

Happy World Turtle Day!!

Lily and I started off our celebration by playing Diego's Tuga the Sea Turtle game on the computer. This was Lily's first time playing a computer game (which was streamed through the TV...love the HDMI connection).

**insert grocery shopping followed by naptime here**

For a fun activity, we printed off the Wonder Pets! Puzzle of Tuck the Turtle.

Turtle also starts with the letter T, so we practiced writing uppercase T's (Momma T's, as Lily calls them) and lowercase T's (baby T's, according to Lily). We used page 3 of A to Z with Moose and Zee: Letter T, and a sheet from her Crayola Writing Tablet. (A similar part, minus the pictures can be printed from HERE.)

How did I Celebrate?
On the way home from Dad's house, I thought there was some roadkill in the middle of the road. Normally, I would pass over it without incident. It wasn't until I was up on it that I realized it was a turtle! Yes, TURTLE!!! What are the odds?! So, on World Turtle Day, I hit a turtle. That's got bad karma written all over it. I turned around to see if it was okay. Slowed down when I saw it. It was moving. Turned around again and pulled over. I had nothing in my car to move him, but he was just chillin' on the warm pavement.

Other Holidays & Observances
World IBD Day
National Taffy Day
Declaration of the Bab

Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy World Telecommunications & Information Society Day

Happy World Telecommunications & Information Society Day!

The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

The theme for WTISD 2010 is "Better Cities, Better Life". This theme focuses on greener living and better standards of living.

Since "World Telecommunications Day" didn't reveal any coloring pages for Lily to work on, I found a coloring page about the telegraph (which she didn't get to do and will have for tomorrow).

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy ... Mother's Day (Mexico), Universal Family Week & National Family Month

Happy Mother's Day (Mexico), Universal Family Week, and National Family Month!

With all of the temper tantrum problems that we've been having, we decided to do an activity that discussed feelings. This would help with the chaos in our household from Lily's epic tantrums. We used the "Express Yourself With Rintoo" Face Pillow and Rintoo's Emotions Flash Cards. I got Rintoo all glued and put together so we can work on that. We didn't make a pillow because I didn't get any stuffing, but the face still works.

Lily lost the privelege of getting new books at the library today. She wouldn't be quiet and when she was put in a time-out, she threw a tantrum, so she had to leave. When we got home, she got some time in the naughty corner and we talked about how she felt. She is sad. We cuddled on the sofa and she fell asleep. (Her regular nap was disturbed by an accident.)

Other Holiday
World Lupus Day
Windmill Day (though I couldn't find any info)
Armed Forces Day Military-Amateur Crossband Communications (no info about a "holiday", but a test)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Social Networking Monster

While reading the New York Times Twitter feed, they had a story about young professionals and social networking. (The Tell-All Generation Learns When Not To, at Least Online)

This really got me thinking about the kinds of things that I've posted online, both the past and the present. I think, that for the most part, my life is pretty sedate, which is reflected in my pictures and bloggings.

My Mom is on my Facebook, so I figure that if I don't want my own Mother to see or read it, it probably isn't something I should be posting. Though, my life isn't that exciting in regards to partying.

When I went to Chad's Facebook to wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I read something in his status about some privacy breaching website. I know that there are lots of messages like these going around as social networking websites are changing their privacy policies to protect the bottom line.

Giving it a whirl, I embarked on Spokeo.com. After all, it's "not your grandma's phonebook."

I typed in my own name, and much to my surprise, a picture of me came up with my former address. Age, relationship status, hobbies, residence type, estimated home value, gender, zodiac, children, education, homeownership, length of time at that residence, and neighborhood.

How can the estimated value of my home be $1M+, but the neighborhood be considered below average? Not all of the information was correct, obviously, but kind of interesting to note.

For a modest fee, I would be able to view what they had as my religion, politics, birthday and languages. Not to mention links to my profiles, wealth and credit.

Among the other free information were details about the zip code in which I used to live, with is mostly white people in sales and management jobs.

It's seems to me like the line between "social networking" and "social stalking" is getting thinner. I don't wish to be Orwellian or anything, but it's almost like privacy is being eroded in a way and "Big Brother" is watching.

I'm so glad I don't have a landline at the new house...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Temper Tantrums

I'm desperate for some temper tantrum relief.

When I started googling for parenting tips, specifically for temper tantrums, I was annoyed to find that "programs" wanted up to $200 to teach me techniques to quell my preschoolers tantrums.

What. The. Hell.

I would say that I'm surprised. After all, these are things that other parents and so-called "experts" know that I don't. However, I can bake cupcakes, but Walmart still packages them up and jacks up the price. Same concept, really.


My first stopped brought me to Web MD : Dealing with Temper Tantrums in Toddlers and Children
Children from 1-4 is the most common time to have tantrums. SHOCKING!!! One of the suggestions was time-out. I'm sure this isn't a great shock to anyone. Heck, we have the naughty corner. However, after further reading, I think that it's my reaction to putting her in the naughty corner. I usually try to talk to her, and getting no response, I yell, "GET IN THE NAUGHTY CORNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" That can't help. So, we are going to try a calmer approach.

Mayo Clinic : How to Keep the Peace
This site was much of the same, but it helped outline some of the "time-out" rules. Some places quiet and boring, like a step. So, 3 minutes in the naughty corner when she had a terrible tantrum. Another point they brought up is consistency. Not just with me, but with Bud, Papa, and Tom (the people that care for her the most).

Here's to a calmer tomorrow...

National Associate of Letter Carriers Food Drive

Happy National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive Day!

Today is also No Socks Day, but it's entirely too cold here in northeast Indiana to go without socks.

This morning, when we went to pick up our mail, we took a sack with non-perishable food items (that we actually like!!) to the post office since we don't have home mail delivery.

The orange ribbon is used for hunger awareness. The orange ribbon is also associated with many other causes.

If you missed the NALC "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive, you can take your items to your local food bank, such as the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana or these churches. Also, but searching for "food bank" and your city.

Other Holidays
National Train Day
Birthmothers' Day
World Fair Trade Day

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