Friday, October 31, 2008

Uhmmm.....

Ok.


Now.....how do I make my blog private??

Just shoot me now

There are way too many idiots out there.

Several things have happened since my last post:

1. My readership has doubled
2. My son has requested I quit stalling on making my blog private and do it right now. Dang.
3. Drama. Drama SUCKS. My daughter has been experiencing it lately - more on that later - and we hate it.
4. A conversation between my daughter and I:
"Either that or something skanky. Or a liar. Because the nicest people can be liars."

I asked, "You know that for yourself? Who's nice and a liar?"

"Myself."

My good gravy, is there no end to the insanity?

Here's ANOTHER story. This is just ridiculous. It's an absolute epidemic of adults having lack of self-control.

What we're seeing here is the result of both parents working outside the home combined with the discard of moral values. The children raised in that environment are now adults and have no idea how to control themselves. They think only of themselves. Having never been taught to put others before themselves, they are utterly selfish and self-centered. They thus become predators on the young people of today.

What a sad, sad situation. It's all the sadder because it could have been avoided.


http://www.wsmv.com/news/17855999/detail.html?rss=nash&psp=news#-


Teacher Suspeded For Sending Sexual Messages
(I joke not, that's how suspended was spelled in the article.)
Jason Lancaster Teaches English At Blackman High School


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A veteran teacher was suspended from his position after being accused of having inappropriate communication with two students.

Jason Lancaster, who teaches English at Blackman High School, is accused of sending sexual texts and messages to two female students.

Rutherford County school administrators suspended Lancaster without pay.

He has been with the school system for 15 years and has a clean personnel record.

The sheriff's department is also investigating the case.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

More fun Tennessee public schooling!

*sigh* Are there ANY good teachers out there in TN? Surely there are???


http://www.wkrn.com/global/story.asp?s=9269511


Rutherford Co. teacher suspended

A Blackman High School teacher is under investigation for having inappropriate sexual conduct with at least two female students via text message and the Internet.

Jason Lancaster, 36, has been suspended without pay while police investigate the allegations.

Lancaster's personnel file has no prior reprimands or disciplinary actions.

He has been with the Rutherford County school system for 15 years

He currently teaches English at Blackman and has previously taught at Riverdale High School.

No other information is available at this time.

Winstead Hill Ward Halloween Party 2008

Winstead Hill Ward Halloween party! =)

It took place last Friday...and it was FUN! =)


My nephew, Jamie, had bought Andrew a knight's costume whilst we were in England, so I had planned that he would wear it for halloween and I'd get him a neat little sword ...or make him one from cardboard and tinfoil.
However, on the morning of the party Andrew BEGGED to be a Tree. He cried. So I dashed to the second hand store and bought him a green top for $2.50. Then I found leaves at Target for $1. I sewed them on in record time. Et Voila! One Tree. =)
The thing on his head is a leaf garland I use to decorate the Bach Head on the top of my piano for Autumn. At Christmas time he wears a santa hat, and during the summer he wears sunglasses.




The Griffin family dressed as characters from Madeline.



The Critchlows. There's the Bish himself, dressed as Robin. =)



Chris Grayson came in a Rasta hat and wig. =D =D With her is Kara Stolworthy.



Torbijar Anderson and Chase Stolworthy. Torby was a Q-tip. =D



Meredith Sherwood, Kelsey Cherry, Ben, Amy Grayson.



The Wadatz gentlemen, both as Holmes, I believe. Or maybe one was Watson? =)



The Sherwoods, royal parents of Meredith pictured above and Kenz, pictured below.



This is Kenz with Emily. Kenz was an AWESOME Heath Ledger Joker. I've never seen the film, but I can tell you that I didn't recognize Kenz until his back was to me and I saw the way he was standing. He was TOTALLY into character and looked awesome. I love Kenz. =) If he was a teenager that I'd given birth to and lived in my house, I'd probably be going insane....but because he's not, I think he's wonderful. =)



Even when he attempts to murder my daughter. =)

Simple Woman's Daybook 2

I was going to do this once a week, but wanted to do it again today just cos.




FOR TODAY...Thursday October 30th 2008

Outside My Window...it's beautifully sunny, with not a cloud in the sky. It's nearly 60f out there. I should have taken Andrew to the park today but we read a bunch of books instead. I'll take him out tomorrow - or this afternoon if I find the time haha. There's not many lovely days left in the year.

I am thinking...about Ben and what on earth to do with him. The Lord has quietly suggested that I quit complaining about homeschooling being hard "Because", he gently said, "it's actually a privilege and a blessing." And, furthermore, there are many things in life rather more difficult and painful than homeschooling so I don't have a leg to stand on in the complaints department there. So I'm NOT complaining about homeschooling. I just don't know what to do with my middle son. Teenagers and I don't mix. (I don't mix? Me don't mix? It's "I" in that sentence, right?) That is, teenagers that have issued from my own body and I don't mix. Other teenagers I'm fine with. Maybe because those teenagers aren't nasty little sassy pants having a tantrum in their room destroying stuff. (I don't know what's happening, but he was up there in a massive huff and there's a lot of banging. Whatever. I am rolling my eyes in an incredibly mature fashion. *sigh*)

Later edit: It turns out Ben was, in his own words "Just lying in my bed sulking". It was ANDREW that was creating havoc up there. =D Ben says "But I was being a sass-box." =D


I am thankful for...repentance and patience and a gentle Saviour and Father in Heaven who put up with my bad parenting.

From the learning rooms...I actually homeschooled Andrew this morning! I couldn't find the blue book so we used the yellow book again and he's WAY more advanced than he was 6 months or so ago when we tried it. The lesson was sweet and easy. Then we read "There's a carrot in my ear", "The boy who was raised by librarians" and a wonderful book, "The way we do it in Japan." I cried at the last two books and loved the last one so much I may buy it.
Ben pretty much took care of his elective homeschooling this morning. We're meant to be doing math and English right now. It ain't happening. Maybe later.

From the kitchen...As a treat I made cheese quesadillas with guacamole. They were absolutely delicious and not very healthy. YUM! =) For dinner we're having salisbury steak, fries and peas. I'm not doing well on the healthy front today.

I am wearing...my favourite maternity pants. I joke not. I love these things, and they don't look like maternity pants. No, I'm unfortunately not pregnant. I'm also wearing my halloween top that I found in the after-halloween sales last year. =) I'm also wearing black socks and the purple slippers my parents gave me.

I am creating...a mess? Sometimes I think I'm such a crappy parent. Dang it. And I must be feeling really bad if I use a word like "Cr....". I don't normally swear like that.

I am going...to cry? Out of my mind? Let's be positive. I'm going to do better this afternoon.

I am reading...pretty much the same books as yesterday. I read Persuasion WAY too late last night though so I'm exhausted today.

I am hoping...that homeschooling will go well for the rest of the day.

I am hearing...Ben saying "I'm sorry". It's a beautiful sound. So I say it too. And peace is restored.

Around the house...it's actually looking better than yesterday! HOORAY! =) I spent an hour this morning picking up the living room and kitchen. It's not perfect, but it's better'n'nowt and it gives me hope that all the tomorrows will be progressively better. =)

One of my favorite things...is my Saviour. How could I possibly get through this life without Him?

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:see yesterday. Nothing has changed. =)

Here is picture thought I am sharing...


It's waaaay comfortable. =)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Palin

Question: What is America 's first line of missile interceptor defense
that protects the entire United States ?
Answer: 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard.

Question: What is the ONLY National Guard unit on permanent active duty?

Answer: 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard

Question: Who is the Commander in Chief of the 49th Missile Defense
Battalion of Alaska National Guard?
Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska

Question: What U.S. governor is routinely briefed on highly classified
military issues, homeland security, and counter terrorism?
Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska

Question: What U.S. governor has a higher classified security rating than
either candidate of the Democrat Party?
Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska

According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February,
but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets. She
can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.

Now you DO know!

"How fortunate for leaders that men do not think."
- Adolf Hitler

The Simple Woman's Daybook

I discovered this two minutes ago. As I am a very simple woman, I thought it would be wonderful to do. Also, I'm hoping that as I take time to answer the questions it will help to calm the turmoil and fretting in me, and help me live more in the NOW. Here's hoping.


Here are the general guidelines for the Simple Woman's Daybook.




FOR TODAY Wednesday October 29th, 2008

Outside My Window...
...the sun is shining and there isn't a cloud in the cerulean sky. There is hardly any breeze rustling the leaves. Although it's chilly here, fall comes fairly late to Tennessee and the leaves are mostly green, though I can see a few brown or red leaves scattered here and there.

I am thinking...
...that I should get off the computer. I'm tired and overwhelmed and I've been hiding in this electronic monstrosity all afternoon. I need to help Ben with his math, I need to make dinner, I need to clean up the house, I need to have a good cry.

I am thankful for...
...my life, home, children, husband, extended family, health, food, clean water......

From the learning rooms...
....there is rampant, unrelieved, quietly screaming burnout from both Ben and myself.

From the kitchen...
...there is mess, chaos and disorder. And this evening, egg and bacon butties.

I am wearing...
...a white shirt my Mum gave me, an embroidered blue skirt I made, and the purple slippers my parents bought me.

I am creating...
...disorder? Chaos? Bad attitudes?
Love. =)

I am going...
...quietly insane.

I am reading...
...several books, of course.
The book of Mormon
The Joseph Smith book for Sunday School
Persuasion by Jane Austen for book group
Making your children mind without losing yours by Kevin Leman
Something else that I can't remember right now.

I am hoping...
...that this feeling of being out of my depth doesn't last much longer.

I am hearing...
...Andrew's music CD. It's a Twin Sisters production and is therefore really irritating, but he likes it. =) I had it playing for Joy School. It has been on repeat pretty much ever since. =D

Around the house...
...there is chaos and disorder.

One of my favorite things...
...is a feeling of accomplishment.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
Tomorrow Andrew has swimming. I also need to work hard on the house because it's a stinkin' mess.
Friday is gym for Andrew. I need to take Ben to Target to get a birthday gift for his friend, Matthew, whose birthday get-together is on Friday evening. Bert and I will take Andrew trick-or-treating. Right after gym there is a thing over at the pool where the children get get glow sticks and face painting and nifty things like that courtesy of the subdivision HOORAY! =) There will also be beaucoup de laundry and cleaning.
Saturday is Andrew's last soccer game of the season. We'll also need to clean house and suchlike stuff. There's also much going on that day that I can't remember right now.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Cute brothers snuggled up together. How can you not feel peaceful when you look at that? =)

Survey

The Hocklander's list


You just post this to your blog and highlight the items on the list you have done...

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning TWICE! Both times in Germany.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing (on a rockwall ;) )
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt (quite a few actually)
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job More sort of they never called to tell me my working hours...they just didn't give me anymore.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee



Your turn!!! Tag tag tag! If you're reading this you're tagged.

Survey

Survey from Manse Life.

1. Where is your cell phone?
I think it's in my handbag.

2. Weather Outside?
Sunny but chilly.

3. Your hair color?
Brown

4. Your mother?
In England, recovering from having an apple drop from a tree onto her mouth bruising her more than you'd imagine.

5. Your father?
Practising his guitar in the UK.

6. Your favorite thing?
Right now? Peace and quiet. Ask me again tomorrow though and I'll say something different.

7. Your dream last night?
I can't remember now. I remembered this morning though and thought it was a somewhat freaky dream. I have freaky dreams all the time though so I wasn't disturbed enough by it to remember it.

8. Your dream/goal?
1. Children well raised, happy, and close to the lawn.
2. Children well taught so I don't feel like an utter failure
3. Travel the world
4. Be totally debt free
5. Peace and quiet
6. A desire and willingness to Pray Earnestly, Study Diligently, Serve Willingly.

9.The room you're in?
Living room.

10. Your hobby?
HA! I wish! I suppose it's homeschooling, though I believe I am suffering intensely from what is known as homeschool burnout.

11. Your fear?
Pain
Rejection
Unhappy, uneducated, maladjusted children.

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Debt free, perhaps with another child. We'll probably be in the same house which would be completely depressing. I wish I could have a degree by that time, but there's just no money and in a few months all our money will be going to Emily's degree. *sigh*.

13. Where were you last night?
Panera for the Homeschool Mom's Night Out, JoAnn's buying the pots for Joy School this morning, Lifeway bookstore for a homeschool book on writing, Walmart for some paintbrushes for the little munchkins to paint their little clay pots in Joy School.

14. What you're not?
perfect, rested.

15. One of your wish-list items?
Laptop, ipod, a selection of yer basic essential oils, a basic budget and a commitment from my husband to follow the Crown Money Map

16. Where you grew up?
Winchester, England
Famagusta, Cyprus
Manchester, England
Dortmund, Germany
Aiyos Nikolaos, Cyprus
Haunton, Nr. Tamworth, England
Loughborough, England
Market Deeping, England.

We moved a lot.

17. The last thing you ate?
A cookie my AMAZING visiting teacher gave me. I think my VTs were too busy to see me so Sis. Ute brought me cookies. I LOVE MY VISITING TEACHERS!!! =)

18. What are you wearing?
White shirt my Mum gave me, blue skirt I made.

19. Your TV? A small RCA. I think it's 17" or something. I'm pretty sure it's not 13" because that was the size of the one we replaced because the picture was always green and I remember when we first bought this one it seemed HUGE to me. Though by today's standards it's tiny.

Good. I like tiny. Non-existent would be better.

20. Your pets?
Maus (pronounced "Mouse" - it means mouse in German), our Japanese Chin dog.

21. Your computer?
Dell desktop

22. Your mood?
Overwhelmed. Worried.

23. Missing someone?
Myself?
God.

24. Your car?
Nissan Versa

25.. Something you're not wearing?
A smile.

26. Favorite store?
Gag me. I hate shopping. I suppose if I had to I'd choose Kroger or Target because that's where most of Bert's paycheck goes.

27. Your loves?
Bert, children, chocolate, life, etc

28. Your favorite color?
purple.

29. When is the last time you laughed?
Sometime today.

30. Last time you cried?
Sunday. It was a beautiful sacrament meeting.


Your turn! If you're reading this I tag you! Tag!!!!

Awesome posts

Stop the ride has an absolutely fantastic post on not keeping up. Oh, how I can relate. Not laundry-wise because I'm pretty much caught up on that right now (can you believe it?) but the rest of my house is a pigsty.

Ritsumei posted about the magic of Mommy kisses. It's sooo cute. =) She also posted about Ennui which is not only an awesome word, but is included in a fascinating passage from Ivanhoe.

Mama Duk of Camian Academy wrote about her placenta trees. How awesome is that?

Kudos 2 U posted about bullying, including cyber bullying which is quite the issue in our family at the moment.

Mom is Teaching has the most awesome ghost craft, and also an excellent article on halloween candy.

Candace Salima has NUMEROUS extremely well written and insightful posts concerning issues surrounding this election. This one here is succinct and to-the-point. How can you argue with the facts?

Well....Barney Frank can....and Joe Biden....and Barack Obama.....but, you know, when their words are recorded and replayed it's a DISTORTION, not factual. As one very smart woman said, Barack is the amazing Wizard of Oz who stands there saying "I didn't really say what I said" despite the fact that there is the recording of him actually saying it!

I think Obama's the amazing Teflon man. No matter what dirt he swims in, he comes out looking and smelling clean. Nothing sticks. And because he's the shining liberal messiah no-one could BELIEVE he could have waded through that muck. He looks too good! He talks so well! How could he possibly believe and do all that awful stuff....

Except there's that dang annoying visual and audio evidence....the annoying facts....


Fish in my Hair has a smart daughter with a riotous sense of humour (like her mother's?) and the funniest carts I've ever read.

Ship full O'Pirates has a rather talented young man in her house.

Christina at Juggling Paynes has not only wisely declared her blog a no-electioneering blog, but also excellent cartoons here, where she says her husband is a great shoulder to cry on. Hey! Guess what? My husband has been doing that for me recently too! =) Another great strip is here. =)

Homemaking Homesteader has an organizational binder that is so beautiful it makes me want to weep.

Carrie in the Badlands has a post on relationships that includes just about THE most awesome picture of her children ever.

Manse Life poasted a great survey which I believe I will steal.

Macho Molly has some insightful words concerning the mote in one's eye.

Pezlady has a really cute Daddy's helper. =)

Jimmie has some insight into raising children overseas (specifically China). One thing that struck me was the phrase, "Chinese people will laugh and touch anyway. They do not have the concept of a child having authority over his own body." Woah!

Sierra Hocklander has another fun survey which I believe I will pinch if I can figure out how to highlight. Maybe I'll just bold 'em. =D

Ree asks What are your five adjectives?

Here are mine:

lds mother
wife
homeschooler
overwhelmed
content

What're yours?


Tristi not only has a shocking picture of Obama and Palin but also has deep thoughts on Tuesday mornings.

I could cry but I don't have time has not only an absolutely BRILLIANT name for her blog, also has opinions about halloween costumes.


Meanwhile, I need this t-shirt here for when my teenagers are being teenagery.

Also, I am in desperate need of this shirt here, but in a style similar to the one listed above. I can't believe someone made this shirt! I thought of this phrase all by myself a couple of weeks ago and thought I'd have to make it myself, but someone beat me to it. Amazing.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

just breathe

Ridiculously busy - up at 5.30am and it seems I don't stop all day.

Anyone want to come over and clean my house while I take a nap?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jokes

New Stock Market Terms

Due to today's rapidly changing stock market, the following terms have had to be revised for investors in order to more clearly reflect today's economic condition:

CEO -- Chief Embezzlement Officer.

CFO -- Corporate Fraud Officer.

BULL MARKET -- A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.

BEAR MARKET -- A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance the wife gets no jewelry, and the husband gets no sex.

VALUE INVESTING -- The art of buying low and selling lower.

P/E RATIO -- The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing.

BROKER -- What my broker has made me.

STANDARD & POOR -- Your life in a nutshell.

STOCK ANALYST -- Idiot who just downgraded your stock.

STOCK SPLIT -- When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets equally between themselves.

FINANCIAL PLANNER -- A guy whose phone has been disconnected.

MARKET CORRECTION -- The day after you buy stocks.

CASH FLOW -- The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

YAHOO -- What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for $240 per share.

WINDOWS 2000 -- What you jump out of when you're the sucker who bought Yahoo @ $240 per share.

INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR -- Last year investor who's now locked up in a nuthouse.

PROFIT -- An archaic word no longer in use.



And here's an inside joke between me, Emily, and her friend Victoria:

Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily
Emily


That ought to even the odds somewhat. Ha!! =D

Victoria, if you're keeping count, you have to count those!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

President Packer's Testimony

Well, I've thought about it a lot and I decided to take down President Packer's testimony.

How did I come to this decision? Reading this was the clincher:

"We encourage members of the Church to never teach or pass on such statements without verifying that they are from approved Church sources, such as official statements, communications, and publications. Any notes made when General Authorities, Area Authority Seventies, or other general Church officers speak at regional and stake conferences or other meetings should not be distributed without the consent of the speaker. Personal notes are for individual use only."

I actually think RB Scott is correct, that this was pretty much what Elder Packer said. I really believe he said most of these things. There are a couple of inaccuracies, but I'm sure the tone of the testimony was pretty much as we see here.

HOWEVER!

1. "a couple of inaccuracies" is a very dangerous thing. How inaccurate? What else in the testimony was almost-but-not-quite what he said? It gets pretty dang dangerous when you go off the rails a tiny bit, as demonstrated in the one conference talk by President Hinckley that I can't at this moment locate. If I find it in the future, I'll put the link in here.

2. The above direction from the Presidency of the church states "Any notes made when General Authorities, Area Authority Seventies, or other general Church officers speak at regional and stake conferences or other meetings should not be distributed without the consent of the speaker. Personal notes are for individual use only."

There's just no getting around that counsel there.

I will be saving Elder Packer's testimony for my own individual use.


I really appreciated everyone's comments, and I very much enjoyed the discussion in the comment section on that particular post. It was very interesting and insightful. Thank you so much to everyone who participated.

This particular comment from anonymous (For goodness' sakes! Use your name!) was brilliant:

"So if a statement from 4 years ago is non-sequitur, than I guess the scriptures are just pick and choose as well?"

Yeow! That was good. =D

A quickie

Huh. Interesting.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

In other news...

...it occurred to me that my son cannot put together a paper if I paid him. Something someone said on Thursday sent me into a panicked spiral of "AGGGHHHHHH!!! I'm not doing enough! I've failed him!" and so on and so forth. The spiral went so deep so fast that Friday afternoon we drove down to the Middle School he's zoned for to take a look around.

It turned out they're all on fall break so it was locked up. Oh well. It's about TWENTY-FIVE minutes away. Yikes. By car. Which means the bus ride is even worse. I so want my son on a school bus in Tennessee, and I so want to spend two hours out of each day dropping him off and picking him up? GAH!

OTOH, I'm totally panicked about his inability to write. There are no tutorials open that I can find. I think tutors may be too expensive, though we're looking into it.

It's not been good in that regard. I'm feeling like a total failure. =(

It doesn't help that Ben is definitely a teenager and thus it's difficult enough to get him to do the work he WANTS to do. Maybe he needs someone else teaching him now that his hormones are going nuts. Maybe with peer pressure and outside teacher pressure he'd actually do some work.

*sigh*. =( It's all very depressing.

The Insanity Begins

In other news, it's been rather a good day today.

I went to bed way too late last night - about 1.30am. What a twit. This morning Andrew climbed in bed with us and we snuggled him and tickled him and it was basically beautifully idyllic. Ben joined us and it got even cuter.

I heard Emily crashing around getting ready to go to Six Flags in Kentucky with David and another couple, so I crawled out of bed and made myself presentable as I knew they'd all be turning up here. Pity the house was a wreck really. Oh well, at least I'd be dressed.

I came downstairs and lo and behold David turned up not much later. He's such a nice young man. But if he reads this blog and was driving too fast to get to Kentucky I'm going to scalp him, so you better have driven within the speed limit, k, David? =)

I asked Emily if she wanted snacks and stuff and she did, then later she and David shared a little smile about the pack-up I'd made them. WHAT? You asked for it! And can I help it if I'm English and MUST pack at least granola bars and water if someone's going on a 3-hour trip?

Anyway, the other couple turned up and it turns out it was a couple of girls, not a "couple" couple. I looked at David and said "You're going to Six Flags with three girls?" He said, with resigned displeasure, "Yeah. I only found out about this last night." ROFL! =D I suggested he learn how to say "Oh my goooosh!!! And "Your hair is SO cute!" He replied that he had three sisters and thus he'll be ok. =D

Actually he is the youngest of fifteen or twenty children. Oh ok! Maybe not that many! But five or something. And he's the youngest by several years so they all parented him and it drove him bananas. HA! =D

ANYWAY, so off they went, then the rest of the family got ready and headed off to Gentry Farms to pick our own pumpkins. YAY! It was fun. =)

THEN!!!!! This afternoon we cleaned out the garage a little, got rid of a carload of stuff to Goodwill, swept the part of the garage we cleaned and washed down the walls. It looks really good.

THEN the insanity began.....

Bert's engine arrived. =D

He bought a bike for himself for his birthday, and just recently ordered a little engine to put on the bike. Yes indeed, he's going to have one of those awesomely geeky motorized bicycle. =D Ben is SOOO excited about this as it will go 30-40mph and he'll be able to ride around on it once he's 14. HA! How cool is that? =D

Bert is changing the oil in Emily's car - it was 4000 miles overdue. Whoops! Then I will have to move my car out of the garage and Bert, Ben and Andrew will wet themselves putting the engine onto the bike. =D It's going to be a fun evening. Emily will be gone, the boys will be doing their thing in the garage, and I believe I will have fun in the house enjoying the quiet and playing Age of Empires. =) Whoo hoo! =D

I took a bunch of pictures but I haven't uploaded them yet. I'll stick 'em on in the future.


Hope your Saturday's been as much fun. =)

Ben Quotes

We're driving along in the car listening to "Muse". I believe it was "Starlight", though it could have been "Map of the Problematique". Anyway, at one point the chap warbles something like this:

"Don't waste time or time won't waste you."

And I thought, "What the....???" and said,

"That makes no sense. Surely it should be "Don't waste time AND time won't waste you? If he truly meant OR that would mean that he WANTED time to waste him."

There was a slight pause as my teenage son assimilated the weirdness of his mother's ability to ponder and analyze song lyrics. Then he replied, in a gentle fashion, as if speaking to someone mentally challenged,

"It's just a song.

They're probably all on drugs anyway.

It doesn't have to make sense."


Now that I've written it it doesn't seem that funny. I think it must have been the way he said it. It was hysterical at the time.


I think you needed to be there.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Testimony

Dennis had some wonderful comments on Neffajawea's blog

Sorry about that

Sorry I haven't posted for a while. I've been so bummed about the possibility of not having a blog, or making it private that I've been avoiding even looking at it the past couple of days.

Not sulking...just avoiding the issue and the pain. =D

Sunday, October 12, 2008

*sigh* =( =(

So, there is pressure in the house for me to get rid of my blog. *sigh* =( =(

I'm so sad I can't stand it.

So I'm thinking instead of deleting it, maybe I'll make it private. I think that'll work, right? Does anyone know if information about the blog still appears on search engines if it's private?

If I'm correct, I think I need your email address if you want to be able to see the blog when I make it private. Never having done it before, I'm not really sure... =D

If you come to my blog and would like to continue following the nutty things that are happening in the Brooks family, could you please send me your email address?

This is mine:

ldssahm at yahoo dot com.

That's LatterDaySaintStayAtHomeMom at yahoo dot com.

I hope putting my address on the blog wasn't a bad idea. =D Oh well, if it is I'll just delete it after I've privatized this blog.


I must admit one of the fun things was seeing who had surfed into my blog. I loved seeing strange and unusual place names that I had to look up because I had NO idea where they were. =D I loved that people could search and find the information they needed on my blog.

Oh well. *sigh*. =(

Feel free to email if you want to be able to see the blog.

It's SNOWING in Kaiser family land!

SNOWING, I tell you!

Oh thank you that we live in Tennessee.
Thank you thank you thank you thank you.

I really hope the Kaiser's like snow. If not, my heart goes out to them.

Open letter to a man

Open Letter to Man.

I am a woman.
I am your wife, your sweetheart, your mother, your daughter, your sister—your friend.

I need your help!

I was created to give the world Gentleness, Understanding, Serenity, Beauty, and Love.

I am finding it increasingly difficult to fulfill my purpose.

Many people in advertising, motion pictures, television, and radio have ignored my inward qualities and have repeatedly used me only as a symbol of sex.

This humiliates me; it destroys my dignity; it prevents me from being what you want me to be—an example of Beauty, Inspiration, and Love: love for my children, love for my husband, love of my God and country.

I need your help to restore me to my true position—and to allow me to fulfill the Purpose for which I was Created.

Oh, man, I know that you will find the way.

Jill Jackson Miller
Beverly Hills.

Sunday Scripture

Ephesians 2:19

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;


Fleur's Translation:
When you join the church, you join a family; God's family. You are welcomed, loved, and taken care of.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Grease Monkey

If there's one thing that Andrew loves more than anything, it's hanging out in the garage while his Dad's working. Andrew faffs about getting absolutely filthy dirty, while his Dad works on the cars and this is "fixing cars together". =D

After a while all the excitement of the garage gets to Andrew and when they go for a ride to test out the cars to make sure the problem has been fixed, he usually passes out.

So here he is. Passed out. I put him on the couch and took a video of his dirtiness. =D You can't see it on his hands, unfortunately, but they're absolutely FILTHY. =D

video

Friday, October 10, 2008

Ahhh, You Tube, I love you.

Nothing like watching nifty videos ridiculously late at night.


Stuff that's happenin'

Ben went on a camping scouting trip this afternoon and will be back at some point tomorrow. I don't know when.

Bert and Emily went on the ward Daddy-Daughter camping trip. Bert, who has only ever been on scout camping trips, was overwhelmed by how quiet it was. =D He said everyone was so well behaved. Emily helped him put up the tent, rather than running off to be with her friends and leaving Bert to do it all himself. By 9pm she was cuddled up in bed reading a book. =D

So it was just me and the kid this evening. We had Satay Kai and Kheng Phed at Royal Thai in Cool Springs. Well...Ok, *I* had that. Andrew had a spoonful of rice with soy sauce. ROFL! =D

Afterwards we went to Borders - I LOVE Borders in Cool Springs. =) Anyway, we went there and read TONS of books together. Eventually Andrew chose a book about Jonah and an awesome book with wheels that depicts different cars and names their manufacturer. Andrew LOVES it. It has Porches, Lamboughinis, Mustangs, Formula one racing cars etc etc. It's his idea of the perfect book. You look at cars, you drive the book. =D

Then we came home and walked the dog. I put the dude in bed and since then have been watching awesome homeschool videos.

I discovered this fantastic one about the Prince Rupert Drop. Enjoy. =)






Thursday, October 09, 2008

Yeah. What he said

Another awesome Tennessee school bus story

I'm just thrilled my children aren't abused like this.


Child Left At Wrong Bus Stop
Fourth Bus Mix-Up In 2 Months
Reported by Sara Dorsey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Joelton mother is still mad after she said her daughter was dropped off at the wrong bus stop in the wrong neighborhood this week, and it isn’t the first time it's happened with Metro drivers this year.

“I think it was a mistake.”

Tonya Taylor said she knows no one intentionally put her 11-year-old daughter on the wrong bus Monday, her first day of school at Joelton Middle. But she's still shaking her head that the bus driver left after making her daughter get off at the wrong stop.

“I said, ‘Did you not tell them it was not your stop?’” said Taylor. “She said, ‘Yes, I told them. But the bus driver pointed to a couple sitting on their porch and said, ‘They look like nice people. Go ask if you can use their phone.’”

Taylor said her daughter was able to use a residence phone to call for help, but she found herself on Bernard Road, nearly three miles away from home.

“They could have been rapists, kidnappers,” Taylor said. “They could have been anything, and she would have been gone. There was no way we would have known what had happened, had she not called.”

On the very same day, 10-year Josh Brockway was thrown off his bus for throwing paper balls. His bus driver was put on leave as the district investigates.

Two weeks ago, 10-year-old Joshua Touchette and his sister were forced off at the wrong stop. Their driver was fired.

And three weeks ago, Tressa Merlin's 5-year-old granddaughter sat alone at the wrong house for a half hour after that bus driver apparently misread the address on the note Merlin sent.

All are examples of a bigger problem, Taylor said.

“Leads me to believe that there's a training issue,” she said.

Metro schools said all drivers are trained and told to radio their supervisors for more instruction or return the child back to the school.

You know you're Mormon if.....

I totally ripped this off someone's facebook.


You Know You're Mormon If...

-its not "the early bird catches the worm" its, "the seminary student gets into college"

-you say "provo", "salt lake", or "palmyra" without the state and automatically assume that the whole world knows where those places are

-there is a son on a mission and mom is pregnant with another.

-you know what a "fireside" is

-You go to a church potluck and there is every type of jello imaginable

-8 kids in a family is "average"

-your 14th and 16th birthdays are the best birthdays of your life

-you think "heck" is the place for people who do not believe in "gosh"

-you know how to pronounce and spell Mahonri Moriancumer

-you know what ZL, DL, AP, PPI, BYC, SYC, YSA, GA, EQP, EFY, YC, CTR, and BYU all stand for (I know all these except GA. What the heck is GA?)

-Modest is Hottest

-Youth Conference, EFY, and Girls Camp are the best 3 weeks of the year!

-mormon movies are amazing and Kirby Heyborne is your hero

-you drive into the church parking lot and at least half the lot is filled with 12 passenger vans

-you "Bless this food to nourish and strengthen" your body before eating doughnuts

-going 24 hours without eating is no longer a challenging thing

-a "Caffeine High" is eating a king size chocolate bar

-pick-up lines are the greatest things ever!

-"How many wives does your dad have?" is often the first question asked when someone finds out that you're mormon

-parents are disappointed if their kid "only" got into Harvard

-buying a prom dress is the most difficult thing of your life

-"Mormon, mormon, mormon, mormon,
Mormon, mormon, mormon, mormon.
I know a mormon boy,
He is my pride and joy.
He knows most everything from Alma on down
WOO!
Someday I'll be his wife,
We'll share eternal life.
Oh how I Love that mormon boy!
WOO!

We are the mormon girls,
We wear our hair in curls.
We love to laugh and sing and have a lot of fun
WOO!
We are the biggest flirts,
We don't wear mini-skirts.
Oh how we love our mormon boys!
WOO!"

-you have more than one aunt/uncle that is younger than you

-the "EFY Medley" is your favorite song

-"Is the spirit telling you what its telling me?"

-writing in your journal is a daily event

-"I can't...I'm Mormon" has been an excuse on more than one occasion

-piano was your first instrument

-your mom is pregnant at the same time you are

-you have 3 or more BYU sweatshirts/shirts

-John Bytheway is your favorite comedian

-you refer to the Cougars as "we"

-you're the fastest one on the road

-a keg party consists of rootbeer

-BYU has been you're dream school since you were 5

-you either live in, have many friends from, or are from Utah

-"So, what color is your toothbrush?"

-being a "rebel" is drinking Mountain Dew more than twice in one week

-lumberjack, the newspaper game, and ride that pony are your 3 favorite games

-there are more women pregnant in your ward than not

-you consider a great date watching The Princess Bride!

- The laying on of hands has nothing to do with physical violence.

- Your hobby is work for the dead.

-you've ever pushed 120mph in a 55mph zone on the way to a church dance

- You've ever had your alarm set for 4:45 am

- Your first date was when you were 16 to a Church Dance and your parent was a chaperone.

-all your dishes have your name written on them with masking tape

-you think Jell-O is one of the basic food groups

-at least one of your salad bowls is at a neighbor's house

-you have never arrived at a meeting on time

-you have more wheat stored in your basement than most third world countries

-you've already got your order in for volume 50 of "The Work and The Glory"

-you think it's all right to watch football on Sundays as long as a direct descendant of Brigham Young is playing

-you have to guess more than five times the name of the child you're disciplining

-you automatically assume that BYOB means, Bring Your Own Burgers

-you go to a party and someone spikes the punch with Pepsi

-you arrive to an activity an hour late and are the first person there

-"Oh my Heck!" is your idea of swearing

-before "The Discussion" in fifth grade you think people get pregnant by praying for babies

-You say "the scriptures" instead of "the bible" and people are confused

-You knew how to iron your own white shirts/dresses before you were ten

-Quadruple combinations are passed down through generations

-The best present on your eighth birthday is a set of scriptures with your name EMBOSSED on the front cover

-You are the only person in your high school's theatre department who knows how to tie a necktie . . . and have to do so for every guy wearing one on stage . . . and you're a girl

-An evening's hi-jinks involve "heart attacks" or "forking"

-You go to college and only know how to cook dishes in amounts of seven portions or more

-You think that spending more than three hours at church on Sunday is normal

-You think that the deacons, teachers, and priests in your church are either cute or really obnoxious

-You know exactly what Beehives, Mia Maids, and Laurels are, and have to explain what those are to your friends

-Your family owns a wheat grinder, bread machine, and vacuum packer

-you think the only sensible way to buy groceries is in bulk

-You know how to make brownies/cookies/frosting/muffins/pancakes/waffles from scratch

-You know what "from scratch" means

-Your family's satellite subscription package includes BYU Radio and BYU-TV

-You have more than one religious picture/statue in your home including in your bathroom and the rooms of you and your siblings

-You have never had your own room and will never have your own room because you go from home to college and college to marriage

-You think that sharing your dorm room with only ONE roommate is a luxurious arrangement

-You carry a military size Book of Mormon in your purse so that you have something to read if you get stuck waiting somewhere

-You think it's rude to call or come to someone's home unannounced on Monday night

-You look forward to yearly temple trips with Christmas-like anticipation (and then when a temple is built ten minutes from your house you drive by at every opportunity)

-You know that the "golden dude" on top of the temple is NOT doing a karate kick, but is holding a trumpet

-Your family spends more than 500 dollars on groceries each month at Costco

- Boys in your family are not allowed to drive until they reach Eagle Scout rank

-You think foreign language class in high school is good practice for your mission

-Your home room class (which was Seminary) raises more money during the Penny Drive than the rest of the school . . . combined

-You feel like you've really missed out if you get sick on Sunday, especially if it's BYD Sunday

-You plan on spending your retirement years on missions

-Your favorite lunch hang-out is the Seminary building

-Your life is not complete without 1) passing off all six years of Girl's Camp 2)Earning your Young Womanhood Recognition award 3) Graduating Seminary 4)Graduating Institute and 5) Getting married in your favorite temple

-The only experience you've had with a Margarita is getting baptized for ten of them on your first temple trip

-you get these jokes and you'll invite all your mormon friends to join

*Thanks to Jeff Foxworthy for coming up with most of these!*

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Well, I guess I'm a bad parent...

...because I've been helping my child feel better with cold medicine for the past few days.

No cold medicines for children under 4. (I'll put the text in below also)

Come on, people! You mean I'm not meant to give my child something to encourage drainage and thus he remains blocked and thus he gets an ear infection and thus he needs anti-biotics which you don't want him to have either?

Whatever.

Ben read this and is absolutely furious.

So, you're an adult and you're fine to take meds and feel better, but you'll let your child suffer? How caring.

The feds are absolutely right. If they removed children's medicine from the shelves so it wasn't available, and my child was ill and suffering, I would most certainly give him a lesser portion of the adult medicine to help him.

Hello??? Parents have brains!!! If their child has an adverse reaction they won't give it to their child. If it significantly helps their child they will give it to him. This call for tighter regulation assumes that parents are stupid and can't make their own decisions.

Grrrrrrr.

I'd love to hear your opinions whether they agree or disagree. Frankly, I'd like to hear a different POV. That would be interesting. =)




Drug companies: No cold medicines for kids under 4
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Children under 4 should not be given over-the-counter cough and cold remedies, drug companies said Tuesday in a concession to pediatricians who doubt the drugs do much good and worry about risks.

The voluntary change in advice to parents comes less than a week after federal health officials said they also saw little evidence that the drugs work. But government officials were afraid that taking the medicines off store shelves might prompt parents to give their children adult medicines.

The drug makers said they will also add a warning that parents should not give antihistamines to children to make them sleepy. These are allergy-relief medications often found in medicines that combine several ingredients to treat a variety of symptoms.

The new measures "reflect industry's overall commitment to the continued safe and appropriate use of children's oral OTC cough and cold medicines," Linda Suydam, president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, said in announcing the changes on behalf of the companies.

"We are doing this voluntarily out of an abundance of caution," she added. The new instructions will appear on products distributed for the coming cold season. Last year, the companies pulled medicines for babies and tots under 2 from the market.

Pediatricians, who have been calling for a ban on OTC cough and cold remedies for children under 6, welcomed the industry's latest shift.

"It's a huge step forward," said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore's health commissioner. "There is no evidence that these products work in kids, and there is definitely evidence of serious side effects."

Problems with OTC cough and cold medicines send some 7,000 children to hospital emergency rooms each year, with symptoms including hives, drowsiness and unsteady walking. Many kids overdose by taking medicines when their parents aren't looking.

Since a majority of the problems involve 2- to 3-year-olds, the industry's new instructions, if followed by parents, should help.

"The 2- and 3-year-olds are definitely the highest risk," said Sharfstein. "More than 50 percent of the problem is with these kids. "If they don't have this stuff around the home, they're less likely to grab it and ingest it."

Pediatricians still support recalling the medicines for children under 6, and the Food and Drug Administration is studying their effectiveness for children under 12. But federal health officials said at a public hearing last week that it could take them a year or more to make a final decision and order changes.

Leading cough and cold brands include Dimetapp, Pediacare, Robitussin, Triaminic, Little Colds and versions of Tylenol that have ingredients to treat cold symptoms. U.S. families spend at least $287 million a year on cold remedies for kids, according to Nielsen Co. statistics that do not include Wal-Mart sales.

The industry also said it is expanding an educational campaign aimed at getting parents to be more careful about giving their kids cough and cold medicines.

Parents should never:

_Give adult medicines to a child.

_Give two or more medicines with the same ingredients at the same time.

_Give antihistamines to make a child sleepy.

Parents should:

_Give the exact recommended dose, using the measuring device that comes with the medicine.

_Keep OTC medicines out of sight and out of reach.

_Consult their doctor if they have any questions.

Colds usually clear up by themselves after a few days, and many doctors say rest and drinking plenty of fluids are all that's needed.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Homecoming and Conference

Homecoming pictures! =)





Aren't they just so dang cute? =)



Here are some pictures from Conference:





Awwwww! =)

This is one of the very few times that Ben is being nice to his brother. I can't believe there's sibling rivalry between boys ten years apart.



And here's something special:




Bert and Ben went to Priesthood session last night. They learned to respect their wives and mothers. On the way home they went to buy some bread at Kroger. Ben saw these flowers and suggested Bert get them for me to show love and respect. =) Isn't that just dang cute? =)



Meanwhile, Andrew enjoyed playing drums to Weezer's "Pork and Beans". =)


video


Happy Sunday everyone!!! =)

Sunday Scripture

Joseph Smith History 1:15-20

15 After I had retired to the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me, and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction.

16 But, exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me, and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destruction—not to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any being—just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.

17 It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!

18 My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join.

19 I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.”

20 He again forbade me to join with any of them; and many other things did he say unto me, which I cannot write at this time. When I came to myself again, I found myself lying on my back, looking up into heaven. When the light had departed, I had no strength; but soon recovering in some degree, I went home. And as I leaned up to the fireplace, mother inquired what the matter was. I replied, “Never mind, all is well—I am well enough off.” I then said to my mother, “I have learned for myself that Presbyterianism is not true.” It seems as though the adversary was aware, at a very early period of my life, that I was destined to prove a disturber and an annoyer of his kingdom; else why should the powers of darkness combine against me? Why the opposition and persecution that arose against me, almost in my infancy?




Fleur's Translation:
Joseph Smith wanted to know which church was true so he went into the woods to pray. When he did so he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He was pretty dang surprised when they said "NONE of the churches on Earth are the true church, so don't join any of them."

Here are just five of the things we can learn from those five verses:
1. Joseph thought God's church was on the Earth and was surprised when it wasn't.
2. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are two separate, distinct beings
3. They have bodies just like we do
4. Heavenly Father knows us individually, by name
5. Heavenly Father answers prayers.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

WOAH! Dick Morris!!!!

Holy toledo!

We're watching Hannity and Colmes and we've just watch the TOTAL smackdown of Colmes by Dick Morris. What the heck??? What was behind that? Morris was just dang MEAN to Colmes - and he wouldn't let it go! He was totally personally insulting. What the heck was that all about?

I'm presuming there must be some kind of stuff going on behind the scenes here. I can't imagine that this was an unprovoked attack; it was so vicious.

Makes me wonder if we're not seeing an interesting side of Morris here. Maybe this was the side that made Clinton chase him down and start throttling him....until Hilary pulled Bill off. =D We all know Morris holds a grudge; he HATES the Clintons...I hope poor Colmes isn't the next one.

Dick Morris - you owe Alan an apology. He was just doing the same thing that Hannity had been doing to the Obama chick in the previous segment. They were being fair and balanced....

Bert had a good point. He said what comes clear through this Morris tantrum is his arrogance. "If you're going to spout talking points at me why do you have me on? I'm the celebrity, I'm the one people are tuning in to listen to, and if you're not going to listen to me then I can leave and you can have another guest on." Morris feels like he's the heavyweight in that conversation.

Fascinating.

As Michael Savage says "I don't need Dick Morris to tell me what to think." Hahahaha! =D Every night Bert comes home and says "Hey, let's see if Dick Morris is on tonight to tell us what to think." or "Turn on the TV! I need Dick Morris to tell me what to think." and everytime Morris is on when we see him we're all like "YAAAAYYYYYYY! Now we'll know what to think!" We slo-mo the tv so we can watch his mouth move.

Ahhh Dick, we hold you in great affection in this household, even when you do throw a hissy fit and are mean to poor Colmes.

Ben, not Ben

Today, Andrew passed another milestone.


Today, he created his first imaginary friend. =) His friend's name is "Ben"...which can get a little confusing as Ben will think that Andrew's talking to him when he's not.

Obviously Andrew likes his brother enough to name his imaginary friend after him. =)


Meanwhile, Ben serenaded his Momma with the guitar Andrew was given by the lady at the foster care agency we were checking out. =)

video

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Tests

Obama Test

and

McCain Test


Last one

Enjoy. =)

Man, TN schools just keep getting better and better

Interestingly enough, after I posted about the drunk bus driver, I came across this wonderful story.

Fantastic. I'm sure all the families who send their children to school in TN feel so safe now. No child should be exposed to such predatory behavior.

Busted

Ship Full O' Pirates had an awesome video on her blog.



So did Candace

I'm so annoyed that somehow that video was magically pulled. I certainly found it absolutely amazingly damning. The video took you step by step from the beginning of this whole mess; it was certainly an eye-opener.

One statistic I found interesting was that in 20 years John McCain received about $876 from Fannie and Freddie, whereas in FOUR years Obama recieved FOUR TIMES as much as all the other payoffs combined. WOW! That's just mind-boggling. And who is Obama's FINANCIAL advisor? Yeah, Raines. Wow, doesn't that make the country feel economically safe?

I asked Bert the other day how much we'd lost in this debacle. I about passed out when I heard. Oh my good gravy goodness gracious. Holy cow. It makes me want to PUKE that Obama got thousands and thousands (millions?) and the American public are hemorrhaging money to pay for that. GAH!!!!!

More bus driver hijinks

You know, I think it's rather disturbing that a lot of these crazy stories come from Tennessee. I think TN is an awesome place to live! I'm rather thankful we homeschool here though. =)

Drunk school bus driver passes out with 30 children on board.

Pork and Beans

So, here's the Weezer video, Pork and Beans. It's AWESOME!!!! I can't embed it because it's disabled dang it all to heck, but go here


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muP9eH2p2PI

and watch it.



How many fun references did you catch? Here's my list. The ones in italics I need help with:


Dude!!!! That's totally Elvis Costello in the beginning! How awesome is that?
1. Weezer =)
2. What's with the Rogaine reference?
3. Numa Numa guy
3. funny exercise guy Afro Ninja
4. COKE AND MENTOS! =)
5. Hysterical GI Joe dubs
6 What's with the t-shirts?T-Shirts Here!
7. Britney Spears freak-out guy
8. All your base are belong to us!!
9. Miss South Carolina, poor girl
10. Napoleon Dynamite FAIL! Ben pointed out it was actually The Evolution of Dance guy.
11. Who's the kid?Ben told me what Number 11 was - Chocolate Rain
12. K-fed, make me puke
13. What's with the hands? I missed that one HANDS! and BODIES!
14. Who's the chap/girl with the shoes?
15. What's with the pixelated banana?
16. What's with the gerbil? Dramatic Look!
17. It's Peanut butter Jelly time! Peanut butter Jelly Peanut butter jelly peanut butter jelly and a baseball bat.
18. In the background, the unicorns that drive Charlie insane. "Charlie, Chhaaarrrrlie, we're on a bridge Charlie!" "Shun the non-believer. Shuuuuuuuuuuun!"

Sooooo, how many did you get, and do you know which ones I missed?


Update!!!!

Ben said number 14 is a very rude video where they say the F word lots of times. So, I'm wondering, how in the world did he know that? Good thing he got himself banned from the Computer for the rest of his life last night, eh? He said it's by the same person that did the "muffins" video. That video is way freaky.

"You'll eat the muffin. You'll eat it and like it!"

Oh DUH!!! Number 15, the pixelated banana is the Peanut butter jelly banana!