Tuesday, April 28, 2009

House Update.

New Carpet- installed.

Kitchen floor ordered -still waiting on arrival.

painting -finished.

Professional Deep Clean- scheduled.

House to be listed- the week of May 13th.

Now comes the hard part. Not letting Ella and the rebels declare war on our nice new things. So far, Ella has painted the finished walls with primer, used markers on the walls of her room, knocked off a light fixture in her bedroom whilst atop her bunk bed, the list goes on and on. Anyone need a good workout? I'll loan her out for a few hours.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I'm smilin'.

There are some days when you just can't help but keep a smile on your face. Today is one of those days.

That's all.

I'm meowt.

Worth a thousand

Monday, April 20, 2009

Gettin' it done.

House update..

Carpet installation- scheduled

Kitchen floor installation- floor ordered

Outside repair and paint- Happening right now!

We're so close I can taste it. No really, I think I got some dust in my mouth.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

He seems to be missing the point..

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Georgetown Says It Covered Over Name of Jesus to Comply With White House Request
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
By Edwin Mora

Photo of Gaston Hall stage that shows symbol "IHS" that was covered up during President Obama's speech to accommodate a White House request. (Wikimedia photo)(CNSNews.com) - Georgetown University says it covered over the monogram “IHS”--symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ—because it was inscribed on a pediment on the stage where President Obama spoke at the university on Tuesday and the White House had asked Georgetown to cover up all signs and symbols there.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the “IHS” monogram that had previously adorned the stage at Georgetown’s Gaston Hall was still covered up--when the pediment where it had appeared was photographed by CNSNews.com.

President Obama is greeted by Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia as he arrives to deliver remarks on the economy, April 14, 2009, at Georgetown University. Georgetown had covered the symbol "IHS" on the pediment above and behind the two men. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) “In coordinating the logistical arrangements for yesterday’s event, Georgetown honored the White House staff’s request to cover all of the Georgetown University signage and symbols behind Gaston Hall stage,” Julie Green Bataille, associate vice president for communications at Georgetown, told CNSNews.com.

“The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they’ve done for other policy speeches,” she added. “Frankly, the pipe and drape wasn’t high enough by itself to fully cover the IHS and cross above the GU seal and it seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context.”

Pediment in Gaston Hall with "IHS" covered as photographed by CNSNews.com, April 15, 2009. (Photo by Penny Starr,CNSNews.com)On Wednesday, CNSNews.com inspected the pediment embedded in the wall at the back of the stage in Gaston Hall, where Obama delivered his speech. The letters “IHS” were not to be found. They appeared to be shrouded with a triangle of black-painted plywood.

Pictures of the wooden pediment prior to Obama’s speech show the letters “IHS" in gold. Many photos posted on the Internet of other events at Gaston Hall show the letters clearly.

The White House did not respond to a request from CNSNews.com to comment on the covering up of Jesus’ name at Gaston Hall.

President Obama speaking at Gaston Hall at Georgetown on April 14 with the "IHS" covered up on the pediment behind him. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Georgetown, which is run by the Jesuit order, is one of the most prestigious Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States.

Roman Catholics traditionally use “IHS” as an abbreviation for Jesus’ name. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “St. Ignatius of Loyola adopted the monogram in his seal as general of the Society of Jesus (1541) and thus became the emblem of his institute.” The Society of Jesus is the formal name for the Jesuits.

Gaston Hall stage as it looked on the afternoon of April 15 with "IHS" still shrouded. (Photo by Penny Starr, CNSNews.com)Although the monogram was covered over on the wooden pediment at the back of the Gaston Hall stage where it would have been directly above and behind President Obama as he spoke, the letters “IHS” are posted elsewhere around the hall approximately 26 times on shields representing different parts of the United States and the world.

Obama did not mention the name of Jesus during his address. However, he did mention Christ’s Sermon on the Mount.

“There is a parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that tells a story of two men…‘the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house…it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock,’” Obama said.

“We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand,” he added. “We must build our house upon a rock.”

Does anyone else find this amusing? Can anyone else see what I'm talking about?
I won't give it away. If you get the irony in this, leave it in a comment. Maybe I'll give out a prize.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

You know I'd be there

If I didn't have church comittments tonight, I would certainly be one of the Americans standing up against the wasteful and distasteful spending going on in ALL parties of our government today.

Yell some for me...

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Ideas

It would be my nightmare, but we can all enjoy this together.

Egg heads

In order to keep my sanity, sometimes all the kids and I will do a "craft". Knowing my skill level and ability when it comes to crafts, I will just say that I suck. (If you really want to hear a description of just how bad I suck, ask Baxter what happens when I try to paint trim, corners, or anything that requires delicate skill...)Anyhoo... even knowing that it will turn out looking like something the dog threw up, I still try. Hey, it keeps us all entertained for about 30 to 45 minutes. Good times.
Preschoolers/toddler crafts are my skill level so here's what we did yesterday.

Egg Hats/Crowns.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

This is a joke, right?

WASHINGTON — The president's new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth's air.

John Holdren told The Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month that the idea of geoengineering the climate is being discussed.

One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun's rays. Holdren said such an experimental measure would only be used as a last resort.

"It's got to be looked at," he said. "We don't have the luxury of taking any approach off the table."

Holdren outlined several "tipping points" involving global warming that could be fast approaching.

Once such milestones are reached, such as complete loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic, it increases chances of "really intolerable consequences," he said.

Twice in a half-hour interview, Holdren compared global warming to being "in a car with bad brakes driving toward a cliff in the fog."

At first, Holdren characterized the potential need to technologically tinker with the climate as just his personal view. However, he went on to say he has raised it in administration discussions.

Holdren, a 65-year-old physicist, is far from alone in taking geoengineering more seriously.

The National Academy of Science is making climate tinkering the subject of its first workshop in its new multidiscipline climate challenges program.

The British parliament has also discussed the idea.

The American Meteorological Society is crafting a policy statement on geoengineering that says "it is prudent to consider geoengineering's potential, to understand its limits and to avoid rash deployment."

Last week, Princeton scientist Robert Socolow told the National Academy that geoengineering should be an available option in case climate worsens dramatically.

But Holdren noted that shooting particles into the air — making an artificial volcano as one Nobel laureate has suggested — could have grave side effects and would not completely solve all the problems from soaring greenhouse gas emissions.

So such actions could not be taken lightly, he said.

Still, "we might get desperate enough to want to use it," he added.

Another geoengineering option he mentioned was the use of so-called artificial trees to suck carbon dioxide — the chief human-caused greenhouse gas — out of the air and store it.

At first that seemed prohibitively expensive, but a re-examination of the approach shows it might be less costly, he said.

Source: Foxnews.com

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

step by agonizing step.

I'm spending the day fighting with the urge to look up houses in my area that are on the market. We are REALLY close to being market-ready and I am getting more and more impatient as the days go by. The sad fact is, though, that if I look, I will find one I have to have and then all hell will break loose. I'll whine about it, try to speed things up unnecessarily, and then throw myself into an adult temper tantrum that would make even Taylor uncomfortable. So, here I sit, weak, impatient, angsty, and excited at the thought of searching for a new home to place my family in. I should be doing laundry, cleaning toilets, spraying the weeds in the backyard, anything but just sitting here thinking about all the houses out there just waiting to be bought. I have to hold out, not only until we put our house on the market, but until we get a contract on it. It's going to be a long few months.

On the plus side, it is so beautiful outside today, that I will be able to send the children OUTSIDE of the house when they get home from school/preschool and they will not be terrorizing me, or each other as much as usual. I love weather like today, but then again, who doesn't. I've never heard anyone say that they don't like warm, breezy, sun filled days. I digress. It's lovely weather.

Monday, April 6, 2009


It's Monday. and I'm thankful. Did you hear that, people? I'm thankful it's a Monday. After my Friday morning near meltdown, I soon realized that Kayleigh was not the only one feeling sick. I willed myself that I would make it to the end of the day, and somehow, I did. As soon as the babes from next door left, my body said, "okay, it's party time ", and Kayleigh and I spent Friday evening in my bed whining to each other and watching whatever mediocre programming that happened to be on Nickelodeon/Disney. This weekend was also when our youth group participated in the annual 30 hour famine, so Baxter and the other two girls were out of the house. Thankfully some good friends from church agreed to watch them for us. (the girls, not Baxter.)

The next morning Kay and I were both feeling much better, so I sent her on with her sisters and I went to the church to help with the youth event. This year, in lieu of not eating, we did things a little differently. How does 30 hours of not speaking sound? Well, for an adult, dealing with jr. High kids, it sounded heavenly. Ahh, well. The purpose of not speaking was to focus on God, and hear Him in the silence. The peace and quiet was just a big honkin' bonus for me. :)
The event ended at 10 p.m. and from there I went to drop some of the teens home, and go pick up my E. (she and her sisters were split up, as there aren't many people who can handle all three of them together for very long). You should have seen how tired she was. I can only imagine how much fun she had this weekend. We are so lucky to have people in our lives who love our kids almost as much as we do.

Sunday, Taylor and I missed church due to a disagreeable attitude. (Hers not mine, although I wasn't Mrs. Mommy Sunshine at the time, and when I say disagreeable, I mean melt your face off tirade). After Bax and the girls got home, guess who got sick? Yep, my favorite "workaholic" and yours, Baxter. So it was me and the too tired trio for the rest of the afternoon. It was a long weekend. My expectations are HIGH for this weekend that we'll be able to be relaxed and get some work done on the house. I shall will it into reality. That can happen, right?

Thank Goodness For... Mondays?

Friday, April 3, 2009

If I look distressed today

It's because I was woken up by a 2 year old with explosive diarrhea, a 5 year old who wet the bed, and a 7 year old who is throwing up today. I also had to frost and decorate 12 cupcakes for Taylor's snack time at school, and fill 12 plastic eggs with candy for her Easter egg hunt. All the while picking up the house and getting myself ready for the 2 little sweeties that I watch to come over. That's a lot to handle before 8:00 a.m.

I know hindsight is 20/20, but maybe I should have been more productive last night instead of watching the 2 hour finale of ER...

This is my punishment, I guess.

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