Saturday, April 26, 2008

I think we have a flea problem.

Yesterday, Marymae comes in the house from the backyard and proudly displays two fleas on the front of her shirt. I sent her back out and told her to dust them off of her that they were fleas and that we didn't like fleas. She said, "But, they're my friends, I love them" to which I replied, "Get out there and get them off!". Well, this morning, I sit her up on the bathroom counter to do her hair and lo and behold, I see a FLEA IN HER HAIR! I freaked and said, "Oh my goodness, Marymae you have a flea in your hair!". She said, "That's o.k., mom, I told you, they are my friends.". Ug! We have to spray the backyard. Marymae doesn't need anymore "friends".

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bad hair day

Benjamin has been my only child with lots of hair. This morning when he got up, it looked like this! I love it. We call it fuzzy ducky hair.
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Birthday boy


Benjamin's birthday went off without a hitch. He had a great party with family. The only thing he really didn't care for was--his birthday cake! Yep, that's right; he wanted nothing to do with it. He shuddered when he touched it and when I stuck some icing in his mouth so he could taste it. The little bit of cake on his face in this picture is all he got on it! Sweet boy. I guess he's a boob man for sure.:-)
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Isn't she beautiful?

I'm not conceited, really, I'm not because, biologically, she doesn't have our genes, so I can say she's a beautiful little girl without having contributed any DNA therefore making me somehow "disengaged" from the compliment. But, her eyes are so blue and her hair is so blonde. Her lips are perfectly shaped; she's just beautiful. More so, though, her little heart seeks the Lord. She's our little prayer warrior. Nothing is too big to thank God for or too little. She prays about the dog water and the sunshine all in one breath. And, pray we must, at every meal without missing a beat. And, sometimes, we all have to pray--that's four prayers at one sitting. God couldn't have chosen a better child for us. She's perfect in every way.
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My baby turns 1 tomorrow

Benjamin turns 1 tomorrow. Where did the year go? I tried my best to hold him and kiss him and hug him as much as humanly possible. I found myself ticked off to be interrupted by life's "to do" list--laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc. I suppose we could have gone around naked and filthy so that I could just sit and hold my baby.... Thank you, God, for the gift of life and for the precious time I have everyday, all day long with my children. Is it presumptuous to want just one more baby?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I've been walkin'




About two weeks ago I began walking with some homeschool friends of mine. We walk every morning at 8:00a.m. at Hilltop Community Center. I have really enjoyed it. I feel healthier and a little more energized. The kids all go with us and walk too. Allen has a couple of friends his age there. Marymae has a group of friends her age. Benjamin is the youngest so far, but he won't be for long. One of the walkers, Crystal, had her baby yesterday and she'll be bringing him in a few weeks. I started walking because it increases serotonin, so it's good for my psychological health.:-). But, I've kept walking because it is good for all of us to get up early and get out and move. Maybe it'll make Allen run faster. Maybe I'll lose some weight and maybe Marymae won't have so much pent up energy.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Sunburn


Bad ol' mommy. I let Benjamin get sunburned at Allen's game last week. I was in the shade most of the game, but it was not enough. He started peeling this week. I feel horrible. He was under a sunshade that is over the bleachers, but it is kind of a mesh covering and I guess sun can still get through. It made me cry everytime I looked at him with that red face and forehead. He didn't seem to care though.
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Sunday dress and goggles--who can ask for anything more?

Don't you just love their imaginations? Marymae decided she was a scuba diver in her Sunday dress and all. What do you suppose possessed her to put these on?
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Do you get it?

I don't wanna call him Ben, but Jerry and I couldn't pass up this opportunity for a fun picture. Hey, and I love ice cream. I think I'll get t-shirts and mugs with that logo too.
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1st place--that's my boy!


Allen won 1st place in Entomology this weekend. He was the top scoring individual and his team won first in their division. I was so excited. Funny thing is, Allen finished his test so fast that when he came out of the room both Jerry and I freaked out and asked him if he saw all the questions and if he checked over his test. I mean, he was out of there long before anyone else. Anyway, after it was announced that he had high score, he teased Jerry and I for worrying. Stinker. Notice he has on his ATM hat and crocs. We're training him right. Gig em.
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Sunday, April 20, 2008

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Cicada emerging from shell

Have you ever seen a cicada emerge from its' shell? We found this guy about to emerge so we took him into the schoolroom and watched the entire process. We've always been able to find the empty shells, but we've never gotten to actually watch them emerge. Look at his wings. They're green and all shriveled up. After he emerges, they begin to stretch out and dry. As he dried, he got darker colored. Isn't God good. Wow. What a set up! Had I not seen this cicada emerge from this shell and stretch out and dry, I would have never believed something so big could come out of something so small. Amazing.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sweet sleep



The peace that comes in the night with sleep


a hushed peace of perfectness and quiet


sings so sweetly in my room--stillness, vastness


ever honoring the presence of my God


Monday, April 14, 2008

They smell like mac and cheese

This morning on our way to Hilltop to walk, Allen and I had the following conversation:

Me: Allen, that bearded dragon stinks.

Allen: (holding a bearded dragon because they now go everywhere we go) No, mom, it doesn't. I think it smells like mac and cheese.

Me: No way, Allen. That bearded dragon stinks.

Allen: No mom, he smells like really done mac and cheese.

Me: Gross.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Rock, paper, shoe?

Today on the way home from church, I was riding in the back seat with Allen and we were throwing a baseball. I told him that we shouldn't be playing baseball in the car--that we should play something else. Marymae pipes up and says, "I know, let's play rock, paper, shoe" as she pounds her fist on her hand and ends with the scissor sign. We cracked up and ended up playing "rock, paper, shoe" with Marymae.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Gimme a big kiss

Marymae thinks it is great fun to give the beardies a kiss. How 'bout you?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

New family members




I would like to introduce you to our newest family members. Say hello to our little friends, Sunny and Scorpio. They are bearded dragons who like long walks and sun bathing. They gorge on yummy crickets and cuddle up close in their aquarium--sweet girls.

Blooming



These flowers in my yard are so pretty. Thank you, God, for true beauty.

That's so funny!

Benjamin has the greatest laugh. Jerry tickles him and gets him going. It's so cute.
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Some days are just better than others

It has nothing to do with my faith. It has nothing to do with just telling my head to shut-up. It has everything to do with being irrational and having no control of it. Have you ever been there? Man, it began Sunday. I was overwhelmed with fear, guilt and sorrow. For no apparent reason I could see, I crossed over into despair and horror. I begged and pleaded with God to help me. It didn't get better. Monday was just as bad. I called my doctor. He gave me a rational explanation for my irrational behavior (and some good meds). He helped. Tuesday started off bad also. I cried and pleaded with God to take all the emotional garbage away. I perservered and continued through the day. Tuesday afternoon, the fog lifted and I began to feel like maybe I would be alright. Wednesday was even better although glitches of darkness would come over me for periods of time especially after dark. I continued to pray and try to keep myself from going over the edge. Today is Thursday; Sunday seems like an eternity ago. I pray God lets me stay stable. I don't want to go back there. So what happened, well, I had the rippity-get-whiz (or diarrhea) and squirted out all of my Zoloft for a couple of days.:-) Man, I thank God for medications like Zoloft that keep me out of the pit. I got a taste of it this week and my heart goes out to people who have to see a glimpse of hell daily. So, what's the lesson in this? I need people. I need people like my sister who called me everyday to see how she could help. I need people like my other sister (Holley) who convinced me that taking medication is smart. I need people like Ronda who will just let me come over and hang out because I couldn't be alone. I need people like my kids who just hugged me and let me cry. I need people like my parents who cared for me all the way from Mexico. Mostly, I need people like Jerry who stands by me always to love me and care for me without complaining or saying, "not again psycho woman"! Now, if you're reading this and think I'm in some kind of emotional danger of hurting myself or others, I'm not. That's why I went to the doctor --to make sure I wouldn't go there. Although I'm psycho, I'm a smart psychotic.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Isn't this moth cool?

We have yet to identify this moth. We know it is a moth because of her feather like antennae, but we cannot find her in any of our field guides. We have an entomologist at church named Roy Parker and we may have to take this moth to him for identification. Isn't she gorgeous? We found her up at my parent's lakehouse on Lake Corpus Christi. She was slowly dying on the screen of one of their windows. We got her and froze her and brought her home to pin. Check out those eye spots at the bottoms of her wings.
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Leopard moth


We found this leopard moth. Isn't she cool? She and her husband were mating outside by our trash can. We found them and put them in the freezer (where all bugs go) and pinned her and her husband this week. (They quit mating in the freezer--we wondered if they were going to freeze that way) HeeHee
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Thursday, April 3, 2008

LSU Tiger

Allen's team this year for baseball is the LSU Tigers. I had never heard of them until we started ball. Their colors are purple and gold. He's playing third base mostly and is having fun despite this being his first year of majors. Things move really quickly in majors--it scares me to death. The pitchers are faster, the runners are faster, the batters swing harder--it's a dangerous world out there for my baby boy. (He'd die if he read this--he is 11, ya know)
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I put breast milk on it.


Have you ever seen the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"? Well, there's this guy in the movie that thinks Windex is a cure for everything. I think breast milk is the cure for everything. So, yesterday, Allen gets this nasty owie on his hand and I decided tonight that breast milk should really help it. Of course, we didn't tell Allen we were going to put breast milk on it. After his bath, Jerry went to doctor it up and I had given him some breast milk to put on it. Jerry called Allen into the bathroom and put that milk on it. Allen was totally grossed out. He told me he would have preferred alcohol. I told him that God makes breast milk and that it's better than anything man could make. It didn't fly.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Benjamin and bluebonnets




I had to take pictures of Benjamin in the few bluebonnets we found at the Botanical gardens.

Botanical gardens field trip

We visited the Botanical gardens today for a field trip. Oh my goodness! What a beautiful place. We were so impressed we got a family membership so that we could go back anytime we wanted. We saw lots of cool plants and things but we also got to see lots of insects, lizards, birds and even a turtle. I loved the tranquility of it all, too. Below are pictures of some of the things we got to see. I snapped them as we went along hoping to capture how beautiful things were.





Pile of dirt


We got this pile of dirt out from under our carpet near our back door. I'm so glad we're pulling the carpet out of our house. I always thought my house was clean....