Friday, June 27, 2008
Until next time...
A slightly 'psycho' moment of cake cutting!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Bright and early this morning I came in and told my mother in law "Would you like to go to dinner tomorrow night birthday girl?" (Because her birthday is tomorrow) To which she replied...since we weren't available last night to celebrate Kevin's birthday she would not be celebrating her birthday with us this year. Ummmm, pardon me? The odd thing about this is that I told her my schedule a week ago and told her maybe we could do something on Sunday. So, in light of the craziness, I replied..."Let me know when you're all done with this craziness and we'll celebrate your birthday."
One of my very best friends and I often joke about whose family is most dysfunctional and of late...she has been winning. But for today... I WIN!!!
Until next time...
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I'm a Talent!
You're a risk-taker, and you follow your passions. You're determined to take on the world and succeed on your own terms. Whether in the arts, science, engineering, business, or politics, you fearlessly express your own vision of the world. You're not afraid of a fight, and you're not afraid to bet your future on your own abilities. If you find a job boring or stifling, you're already preparing your resume. You believe in doing what you love, and you're not willing to settle for an ordinary life.
Talent: 51%Take the quiz at http://www.tomorrowland.us/tlm">Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.
Take the quiz...I'd like to know what you are too...it just takes a minute
Those of you reading that (especially Carlene) is saying...um, yes, clearly, not afraid to voice your opinion...ah yes...I'm working on that ;)
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Oh, and just one more thing...in honor of the big event...this here blog will only play Kenny music for the next...well...until concert fever wears off! No guarantees there!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Kristina had a game last night. They won. The coaches were not impressed. This is really a 'growth' year for Kristina's team and they are really pushing the girls to achieve more. They have so much to learn in this new league...stealing. sliding, and the importance of being a good catcher. (That is Kristina's gig you know) -- I, as 'the mama' have to sit back and let the coaches be a little tough on my baby. I know it helps her grow and become a better athlete. I also know it hurts my heart. Don't get me wrong...she has FABULOUS coaches, her 4th year on this team. I tell myself, only fine steel withstands the test of fire...and so it goes...a great catcher in the making :) The team is going to watch the Thunder play on Thursday (That's our very own professional girls softball league) for a bit of inspiration. Oughtta be a fun time.
Stephanie started her Art's apprenticeship yesterday complete with a casted hand. I told her her cast will likely look like a Jackson Pollack painting by the time she gets it off in two weeks. She got through yesterday with only a small bit of paint on it.
Kristina starts her summer trombone lessons today and then I think all lessons are in place for summer until tennis and horseback riding in August.
Hope to take in a few of these most beautiful summer days with a nap in the hammock this week. Sunny, 70 and breezy...this is the life!
Until next time...
Monday, June 16, 2008
The kids (the ones without broken hands that is) started swimming this weekend and that went very well. Kristina is excited about taking her life guarding class and she is the only one in it, so she's getting private lessons :) Brennan is doing well also, he's in level 5 one more year to work on some stroke refinement, and then he can do life guarding next year. Kristina really wants to try out for the swim team, and has invited Brennan to try out as well. I think the practices are at the crack of dawn everyday, so I don't think that'll work out for Brennan, but I can't wait for all that middle school has to offer Kristina!
We are winding down on my Mom's visit as she leaves tomorrow. We have all had such a nice time, just wandering through the lazy days of summer. (As lazy as they can be with my lifestyle anyway!)
Finally, I wanted to share a few updates....Baby Mark Moore has received his miracle. He is through surgery, off the heart lung machine, and is working hard to breathe on his own. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
Also, I wanted to share an excerpt from Sandi Johnson's speech at the Relay for Life Rally over the weekend. As this brave and wonderful soul continues her strong fight against Cancer...For those of us who think our lives may be a little bit much at times...she has the ability to put it all into perspective...You can follow Sandi's story here . As I have mentioned before, this woman is an amazing story of strength and courage in the face of overwhelming odds. Sandi is one of THE MOST extraordinary women I know. Please keep her on your prayer list too ;)
These are her thoughts on her adjusted attitude toward life, since living with cancer every day...
"I urge all of you, each and every one of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some deep thought. To spend time every day with people you love. If you’ve been online to read my journal, the journal from Jodi, then you know what I’ve just said comes straight from my heart. Every single time I write, I close with this phrase… LET THE LITTLE THINGS GO AND TELL THEM THAT YOU LOVE THEM. DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH!
Do I have down moments? You bet I do. Fear is a powerful thing. But then I realize I made it another day…I beat it and there are those that didn’t. Please, may we have just a moment of silence for those who didn’t make it today?
I would like to be able to spend whatever time I have left to give some hope to others. I would like to make a difference, even if it’s a small one. 1 and 1/2 million people will be diagnosed with cancer just this year alone. Also this year, 550,000 people will die of cancer. More money is needed for research. It may not save my life. But it may save my children's lives. It may save someone you love. I will thank God for today and the moment I have. And if you see me, smile and give me a hug. Cancer can do a lot of destructive things. But it can’t touch my heart; it can’t touch my mind; and it can’t touch my soul. "
As spoken by Sandi Johnson at the Relay for Life
Until next time...
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Once again...I must climg on my soap box...if you haven't registered online to be an organ donor please do so today. Do not sign your license do not tell your family...those things do not matter according to Illinois Law...you MUST register on line. Actually you can sign your license, but unless you're registered online, your family can still over ride your decision. Please make the decision while you're healthy and your family isn't under the stress of losing a loved one. REGISTER TODAY!! And, if you feel so moved, register to become a live donor...it was a piece of cake surgery and we can all live just fine with one kidney. Thousands of people each year die waiting for organs. Please don't take your organs to Heaven, Heaven knows we need them on Earth!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Well, not really today, but yesterday. I usually post a day behind you know! 19 years ago yesterday I met the love of my life, the father of my children, my 'honey' (More on that later) Aaaaah yes, I remember it well...as if it was yesterday. I was at a friend's son's birthday party. He was turning 1. A few of my other friends were talking about going to a dance that night, so my ears perked up. Is it a good dance? A DJ or a band? How many people? Where is it at? You know....all those things. I had mostly quit drinking at that time except for an occasional night out, so a good dance spot was hard to come by. I decided to go. We had a great time and were getting ready to leave and go out to breakfast when a few guys went by. My friend piped up, "Hey, Dave and Kevin....going to A. Mary's?" Sure they said. Being fresh out of a break up, I didn't even look...or consider...or ponder a new relationship. There were about 15 of us at breakfast that morning (You know the 2AM kind?) The guys were talking about going water skiing the next day, (At the time my ALL TIME favorite thing to do!) and somehow I was lucky enough to be invited. We skied the next day, and the next day, and the next day. We went for ice cream, went to meetings, went out to eat, went to the health club, and generally hung out all the time. There were 4 of us. Dave B., Lisa D., Kevin R, and Jacque H. Kevin R had a new truck and the four of us would ride around all crammed in the front seat just hangin out. It was a wonderful carefree summer! A feeling I had not felt for a long long time. It wasn't long before we were 'dating' :) In August we went to the NA world convention in Orlando. In November I gave up my apartment and in September of 1990 I became 'Jacque R. used to be H.' That phrase is dedicated to Dave B. He was Kevin's very best friend, our best man in our wedding and he is the one that coined the phrase Jacque R used to be H. Dave B passed away from AIDS. Sometimes, it seems like a few life times ago that we met and at others, the memories rush back like it was yesterday. Nineteen years later...you're the only one I can see :)
Onto the honey story. On Sunday morning I was up making breakfast for Aubrey when Kevin walked down the stairs. I said, "Hi Honey" and then Aubrey said "Hi Honey! Hi Honey! Hi Honey!" This continued throughout the day and just cracked me up...what a sweet girl!
Until next time
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Oh...AND...the newest thing to learn...dictation. At my new internship I dictate my patient notes. I never thought I'd have a hard time making a coherent thought for someone else to type. aka talking. For those of you that know me personally, clearly talking is not an obstacle for me! But when the recorder is on...well, let's just say it's not so smooth! Here's the deal...I should really type my own case notes , since I have to type them before I dictate them to avoid sounding like a total idiot with lots of ummms, what was I going to say, did you get that, hello, is anyone in there, is this live or memorex? Yes the whole dictation thing will take a bit of getting used to.
Overall, finally after 41 years of relative insecurity...I finally feel confident enough to feel comfy in my own skin, and that's a nice place to be. I have a friend that writes about the newness, the first impressions, the concern about other's feelings, etc. etc. and really friend...it'll all be ok. Be yourself. People have choices and everyone's not gonna like you, but some people will and they'll become fast friends. So be it. Be yourself and hope for the best. People will see the true you and they'll love you for it. They might not see it the first day...but they'll see it. I think it is hard for us as women and I think Hillary's campaign is a stark example of the obstacles we face. If we are tough...then the b**** word naturally follows. If we are soft, then we have no backbone. If we aren't tough, then we don't have balls enough to get the job done. So where's the happy medium? I believe that comes from being ok with yourself. Be as tough as you have to be to feel safe and as soft as you have to be, to love the important people in your life and to receive love back from them. It is a difficult balancing act as best. I think it's a challenge women of 2008 face daily and I'd like to hear from you. What's your preference as a woman? Tough or soft? or a happy medium? And if you're a man....really we won't beat you down! What's your preference? Because as our husbands, fathers, and fathers of our children what you think matters. We might not change our ways ;) but we still like to know what you think! Post a comment and share with me what tricks you have to feel confident in new situations...and how to balance toughness with a touch of lovely.
Until next time...
Monday, June 9, 2008
Aaaahhhhh summer! (Despite all the rain!) Anyway...photo review it is...Baby Aubrey enjoyed some time with her nana & papa. Whenever they walk in the room she screams at the top of her lungs "HI PAPA!!!" She also got to spend lots of time with Grammie :) I commented on how 'unloved' this child is ;) It seems every time you turn around someone is hugging her, kissing her, or holding her. And she is such a joy! She is so well adjusted and so well behaved. She has great parents :) There is definitely no shortage of love for baby girl! We celebrated Brennan's birthday with my side of the family and they put him up on a saddle to sing a wild Yeehaw! to celebrate. After a bit, my sil showed my how sick she was of my brother's crazy antics...she had had it up to here! (All in good fun of course!) Speaking of rain... I loved this picture of all the umbrellas stacked in the entry way at church. Kristina and I both adopted a flower garden to care for at church yesterday so that should be fun. She is very excited of course and can't wait to get hers planted! Mine looks quite good already (no thanks to me) and is pretty full so shouldn't need much care. (My kind of job :) Yesterday, for the few hours in which we had no rain...we all made it out to the airshow to see the USAF Thunderbirds. TOOOOOO COOOOOOL! They were challenging to photograph since they move so fast, but incredibly fun to watch! Awesome! We walked out from under an old B52 bomber to this view... I was standing in the cargo hold at the time looking out. They had FREE (yes you heard me right) FREE rock climbing there. Kristina was a dither! She made it all the way to the top, but not without the most severe wedgie of all time! After a few hours there, we headed home for another family dinner. Kristina was busy making an end of the year scrapbook for her teacher. It was too cute, and gee why didn't I take a picture? Your guess is as good as mine. We did get these end of the year gifts for her teachers...(stole this idea from Sarah) -- Beach towels, sun screen and a magazine to kick off summer! It's my last year to buy teacher gifts, since my baby will be in middle school this fall. I am certain she will still want to take treats etc, (and probably gifts too) -- but usually this tradition ends at grade school which will be much nicer on my budget ;) Whew! Glad to be caught up with y'all!
It's my kid's last day of school today, back to work for me, internship and then a softball game tonight (aka homework session). Aaaahhhhh....summer!
Until next time...
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
After we got home it was time for surprises. My mom brought us each THE coolest zipper purses. I cant really describe them, but after I take pictures you'll get the gist. The purse is made out of one l-o-n-g zipper and after you zip it together it's a purse. Very cool. Very different! My girls thought they were the best!
Brennan had a great time playing laser tag with his friend Aubrey last night. It is so nice to see him breaking through the friendship barriers of autism and learning to become a good friend. When I treat clients at my internship it becomes very obvious how far he's come and what a fantastic child I have :) After quite an eventful day... I crashed into bed and prayed for baby Mark. He needs lots of prayers so please please....keep praying. It seems he is on the upward swing but it is very touch and go. Please pray for his family Matt, Jen, Payton, and Savannah too.
Until next time...