Friday, October 30, 2009

ERGO Baby Carrier Giveaway

I have to say the Ergo carrier is one of my favorites.  You can honestly carry a baby or toddler on your back for hours with this carrier and not feel it.  If you've never tried one, here's your chance to enter a giveaway for free carrier and a few hands free accessories.  Every baby deserves to be carried around in the perfect baby carrier so they can get even more cuddle time with mom.

So Why is This Recommended by the CDC for our Daughters?

Gardasil researcher admits vaccine may be more dangerous than the disease.  Let's just chalk this up to yet another reason why I refuse to follow the CDC schedule for vaccines for our children.  No way, no how.  The more research you honestly do into vaccines, the more you realize how motivated by money the schedule is and how vaccines are often used in ways they were never intended.  Like the chicken pox shot that was developed to be given to children suffering from cancer who would be in danger is they caught chicken pox while undergoing chemo.  It was then added to the pediatric schedule to reduce the number of sick days parents take to care for their children.  And now we are experiencing a huge outbreak in shingles that is directly linked to the chicken pox vaccine. My favorite was my uncle who developed shingles right after being exposed to his granddaughter after she received her chicken pox shot.  Hm, wonder why.  And let's not even go into the morality behind the manufacture of many of these vaccines.  Seriously, research folks.  It's getting scary out there.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pumpkin Carving

May I admit I have said we aren't doing pumpkins this year?  I'm just not feeling up to the mess on my own and I refuse to do them just for carving because that is so darn wasteful in my eyes.  We still have a ton of pumpkin in the freezer so there is no way to justify it.  Instead the kids are carving pumpkins on-line. It's fun and mess free. Give it a try.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

This is What Happens When You Have Boys

This is why I am so hoping the next babe is a girl.  A few days ago the boys dug a big hole in the yard. They were looking for buried treasure they said.  I said fill the hole back in but no one knows where the dirt has gone to.  So the hole became the place to play with monster trucks.  Last night it rained. This morning it rained. The hole became a gigantic mud puddle. When I shoved the kids out the door this afternoon with orders to go play, they decided to go retrieve the trucks from the mud.  That boot you see on the left side is supposed to be on Abby's foot. She fell into the puddle and lost her boot since she ran outside wearing Katie's boots and they are about 3 sizes too big.

A Sign of the Times

I found this warning on the bottom of a cooking website today. I swear it is a testament to the American mindset: I refuse to think for myself and will blame you if I do something stupid.

"Remember to follow baking directions before consuming."

Have we seriously sunk so low that we have to be reminded to follow the baking directions before eating something?  Unless you are talking chocolate chip cookie dough. Then all bets are off.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Quote for the Day

"To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others." - Pope John Paul II

I came upon this quote this morning and it really makes me think.  I'm pretty sure that every parent hopes to have a joyful, close, loving family.  I am equally sure that very few folks actually manage to achieve this goal on a regular basis.  The family is where little hearts are supposed to be nurtured and loved and yet it is where they are most often bruised and broken.  To become a loving family requires much from each person.  Parents must give to their children when they have nothing left to give because that is the only way to truly teach the children how to give back.  I can tell that if I keep going, I will end up rambling and sounding totally off.  All I will say is that it is my daily prayer that I won't screw up this parenting thing and that whatever damage may have already been done through my mistakes can still be undone.  That when my children point out my failings, I will be able to truly listen and hear what they are saying.  I guess I am hoping that I will succeed in showing them enough forgiveness and not be afraid to admit where I've screwed up so that they will be able to forgive me when I need it.  Yup, rambling again.  I guess this quote just makes me stop to consider what it is I want or expect from my own family.  Nope, I don't think my kids owe me anything for the care they have received in our home.  I don't plan to come back to them later in life and say that they owe me because I took care of them as children.  It just doesn't work that way.  Ideally each person wants to give back in love what was received that way.  I guess we just need to make sure that our children always feel our love for them rather than feel as if we are doing something out of obligation or some screwed up sense of what is owed to us later.  Anyway, Robert is in need of a new diaper so I guess that is my sign to quit trying to make sense.


Friday, October 23, 2009

This Made Me Chuckle

I wish I'd thought of this one.  But I just found a wonderful reply to the ever constant question.  And since I wasn't this original, I have to point you to the real source.  Check out the Cukierski family at their wonderful website. 

Q. Why do you have so many kids?!
A. I was bored of looking so wonderful in my bikini.

Time Soldiers

I'm not sure why, but the kids have all fallen in love with these books.  The series somewhat reminds me of the Star Gate tv show but in book form for kids.  Yup, there is a time portal.  Yup, the kids dress in camo and fatigues.  Lot's of boy oriented action and I had a group of kids hanging over my shoulders trying to make sure not to miss a single thing while reading the books.  Since I brought the first book out, I've had at least one child reading it constantly.  If you have a boy who hates to read or who just is desperate for something new to read, check out the Time Soldiers series.  I promise you'll love them.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Middle Kids


This has become a normal part of fall in this house.  The darn creatures swarm the house.  They don't really seem to cause any damage but I hate having the critters in the house. 

This is just a small corner of the front door after about half of them either found a way to bury into the house (they are trying to find a place to hibernate) or flew off.  They are crawling on all of the windows and doors and every time the kids go outside, they let more in.  This should only last a week or so but I really can't wait for the swarm to move on.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

It's Cheerios Time

And someone is very happy to finally be getting a taste of food.   No, we long ago decided not to mess with baby food around here.  It seems to only make a mess and take lots of time to deal with.  There are plenty of options out there for baby friendly finger food.  It means you have to wait just a bit longer to introduce solid food but it's what works best around here.  And look at the clean-up.  Almost none which is not bad for the first foray into solid food.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bath Time

Just wanted to say that Robert hates taking a bath. Good thing he is still not into playing in the mud puddles like all the other kids.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Updated Group Shot

Just a quick updated group shot of the kids.

We got them all gussied up so we could head to North Tonawanda to celebrate a 60th Anniversary.

Congratulations, Grandma and Grandpa!  


Bryan and Katie made the cupcakes for Katie's party together.  Since this was the first time either of them had made cupcakes totally on their own, they ran out of batter before filling all of the cups.  Seems the first few cupcakes were made rather on the large side. 

The cupcakes were dyed pink because, well, it's Katie's birthday. But to offset the total sugar and artificial color overload we used vegan sprinkles.  Seriously, I had no clue that you could find such a thing. Who knew that vegans were so picky about their sprinkles. 

Happy Birthday Katie

We decided to do something a little different for Katie's birthday this year.  Yes, we long ago gave up on the big formal full of other kids birthday bashes.  They just got to be a huge pain in the rear and frankly, none of us really enjoyed them.  So birthday's are usually fairly low key around here. Yes, the child is made to feel special and gets to pick all meals and a fun activity on their birthday but we pretty much keep it just to family.  This year we went to Chuck E Cheese instead.

The kids had a blast and we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  That is one benefit of being able to go in the middle of the day in the middle of the week while school is in session.

I have a feeling that we will be going back sometime this winter to burn off some of that stuck inside all the time energy.

Funny thing is Katie is still asking when we are having her real cake and birthday.  I guess to her it's only a real birthday celebration if it's at home with family.

Happy Birthday Katie. I hope you had a great time.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tugboat Urger

We took a field trip to tour the tug boat Urger last week.  This boat is touring the Erie Canal right now and making several stops along the way.  First we stopped at a canal museum in Spencerport to hear a bit more about the history of the Canal. The kids also got a chance to learn that wonderfully famous Erie Canal song.  After touring the tugboat, they also learned a bit more about taking care of the Canal.  Even though the day was wet and cold, the kids had a great time.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ultimate Frisbee

Sean took a frisbee to the head this afternoon.  He has a nice big bump on his head.  Who knew a bunch of 10 to 12 year-olds playing ultimate frisbee would be dangerous.  But apparently Sean handled the injury well.  Now to explain to the student teacher that it is best to inform the parent of an injury if you are telling the child they need to go home and put ice on it.