Monday, April 30, 2007



Joshua had to make an invention for school. He had to interview people to decide what he could design for them to make their lives easier.

I wanted something to keep crumbs off the floor, Nana wanted a flower pot that her dog couldn't tip over. Paul wanted either something to keep the bathroom floor from getting flooded during baths or a light reflector that won't get crushed.

We have a long curving driveway and we use light reflectors to help guide people. We have to replace one of them at least once a month due to them being ran over.

Joshua decided to come up with something to solve the problem. He came up with his invention, The Light Reflector Protector. It has a spring on it so it pops back up if someone runs over it. Not to bad for a 2nd grader. Daddy helped Joshua build it and it will be presented to his school in one week.

Quote of the Week

Don't send me flowers when I die- give them to me now so we can appreciate their beauty together!
-C. Leslie Charles

Friday, April 27, 2007

Photo for Friday

Waitress Girl

Every year at DLC pre-school, the 4 year olds open a restaurant for a day. Paul went this year for Delaney. She served a delicious Hot Dog with mustard, chips and a drink. She received a pay check and was able to buy some candy with her money. She said that Daddy even left her a tip.

Field Day

Joshua had a field trip yesterday so I spent my day with 2nd and 3rd graders. We went to the Tulsa Library, Tulsa World (newspaper plant) and Woodward Park.

I had never been in a newspaper plant before. It was quite interesting. The kids had a lot of fun.

I did discover that Bus seats have gotten smaller and the bumps on the road are much harder now that I am older ;)

Friday, April 20, 2007

Look Momma, no training wheels!

Photo For Friday

Quote of the week


Parenthood has two stages: when your children ask all the questions, and when they think they know all the answers.

StageI: Delaney
Stage II: Joshua

Birthday Party

Joshua had his birthday party last Saturday. It went real well. It was probably the easiest and cheapest B-day party we have had.

We rented the Boys and Girls club for 2 hours. We had the swimming pool with a lifeguard and the game room all to ourselves. The kids (20 of them) all seemed to enjoy themselves.

I asked Joshua if it was his best party yet and he said, "It was great but we will have to see if it is the best yet because I have more in the future." LOL

Friday, April 13, 2007

Spring Picture

The serious and studious Joshua pose.

Quote of the week

It's not our disadvantages or shortcomings that are ridiculous, but rather the studious way we try to hide them, and our desire to act as if they do not exist.- Giacomo Leopardi (1798- 1837)

Even back in the 1800s people wore "masks". Be free and be who you really are.

Photo For Friday

Meet the Robinsons

After our guests left on Easter, we took the kids to see Meet the Robinsons.

The adoption community has not given it good reviews. To me they tend to be a little over emotional and P.C. about things. They protest quite often.

I did not have a problem with the movie. Paul thought it was good and the kids enjoyed it. Joshua didn't have much to say about the adoption theme in the movie. He said,
"It was good." Delaney doesn't quite get the adoption aspect of things at her age.

People were upset about the child being turned down by adoptive families while he was in the orphanage. Well, sad but true, it happens. Older children are harder to place.

The movie left me with the message that if the boy had been with his brithmother that he would have missed out on knowing and loving the people he currently had in his life.

I will say that Joshua has again expressed interest in trying to get in touch with his birth mother. I am all for it! I hope his wish comes true. I would love to one day thank his birth mother in person for the awesome gift of motherhood she gave to me.


After working the last 6 years on Easter, I decided to take the day off from work.

The kids and I went to church that morning. After church, our family met my brother's family and my dad at Johnny Carino's- YUMMY. Mom missed out as she was working.

Then we all came to our house for an Easter egg hunt. The kids had a blast.

The adults enjoyed visiting each other while the kids played.

I can't wait until I am off the weekend shift. It makes it much easier to have family get togethers.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Where did Spring go?

Oklahoma weather is notorious for changing frequently. The changes are the main reason we are called Tornado alley!

Earlier this week, we were in the 80s, the kids loved being in their shorts. Now we are at 37 degrees! Back to wearing coats!

I took a risk and planted some summer flowers (I needed some color in my flower garden) a couple of weeks ago, I pray they make it through this cold snap.


Delaney has returned to gymnastics and loves it! Dancing was not her cup of tea. She has improved dramatically since last year. She is much more daring to do things. She is pretty good at doing cartwheels. She amazed me when she first tried it by herself. She is also getting better at casting.

She also loves getting to see her friend Gracee every week at gymnastics. Now, if we could just get Lauren to join and she would be in heaven.

Lil' Golfer

My dad is an avid golfer. He is now retired and plays several times a week. He would love one of his granchildren to be a golf lover as well.

For Joshua's birthday, he surprised him with a set of golf clubs. Joshua was a little taken back by it as he never expected them.

Yesterday morning, I found him looking at them in the living room. Last night, the first thing he did was take them outside and practice with plastic golf balls. A couple of times, I heard him yell, "Awesome!". Dad, you might get your dream of a lil' golfer.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Quote of the week

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation- C. Everett Koop


My baby boy is 8 today! Wow, how time flies!