Friday, November 18, 2005

Mexico

We are traveling to Mexico tomorrow and will be there for 9 days.
I'm a bit apprehensive. I've never been and all the movies have kidnapping and drugs.
Joel assures me that since we will be just outside of Monterrey, we won't have those problems. Anyway though we are taking the kids and Joel's dad. I'll hopefully post pictures and let you know how it turned out when we get back.

Monday, November 14, 2005

cleaning

as I was cleaning inside, vacuuming the couch even, Emmy was on the back porch "cleaning." She used a container of mud to "clean" her slide and toys. I'm so glad I don't care!

BARF

Looks like my barf luck has run out.
Seems like everywhere we go someone throws up in front of us or the next day. So far we had avoided barfing ourselves but it looks like we've caught it now too.
Emmy in the bathroom.
Luckily Denali has had a flu shot this year so if it's the flu hopefully he won't get it.
Maybe it was a fluke.
So much for the gym and the library. I needed to clean my house anyway...

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Maps

Why do online interactive direction-giving websites always assume that you want to use the most crowded interstate in TX instead of taking back roads?

Today's Trip

Today the kids and my sister and I are off to North Texas to visit my mom's family. There are a whole passel of them up there and we are having a birthday party for one of them. I hope to see a lot of cousins and aunts and uncles and everyone. Even though we all live in Texas, it seems like I am not able to visit with them enough. It's just tough to haul kids around in a car, and Texas is a pretty big state.

At any rate we are going today, and then next weekend our immediate family is driving down to Monterrey Mexico for some good rock climbing fun. We will be gone the entire week of Thanksgiving- Saturday to Sunday. We will miss another get-together with my mom's family but we will hopefully have a great time.

The weather this morning and the past few mornings has been similar to the weather in the city where I grew up, but instead of being cloudy and humid and cool (60's) all day it burns off and becomes 80. That's right folks. 80 in November. We have not turned our a/c off for the "winter" yet.

And last night there was a sustained buzzing alarm thing going off at the school behind us for multiple hours in the middle of the night. I called the non-emergency line at the police station to tell them about it but it didn't seem to make a difference. So yes, up again in the middle of the night, and here I get to drive all day. Oh well. That's what Dr. Peppers are for, right?

Well, I need to get moving. Got a meeting at church.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Our Family Portrait


Our church is making a directory and they sold us some pictures- actually they sold us the copyright to the pics so we can use them for Christmas. We got a whole CD of them.

A Lovely Weekend

-My weekend was just lovely.
On Saturday Joel took Emmy rock climbing and left me with Denali (the easiest baby in the world). He was gone from 9:30 until 5:00. That gave me 5 1/2 hours when D was asleep and all I had to do was sit around and sleep, or read, or clean (yeah right!). I also got to go to Target and do grocery shopping with only one kid.
At 5:00 I met Joel at Grace's house and we left BOTH kids there overnight. Joel and I went out to eat and then we came home and sat in the hot tub for a while and just talked. It was so nice!
I slept in until 7:30 on Sunday morning and then went to pick up the kids and take them to church. At church I taught 4th and 5th graders while my kids were watched by other people. Then after church I had a meeting and Joel took the kids home for a nap. That's right people. I was virtually 3-year-old-free from 9:30 on Sat. to 2:00 on Sunday. It was heaven. There was so much silence, and empty time, and just all-around peace.
-Denali has started clapping his hands (a good thing because I told the nurse he was clapping a month ago at his 9 month checkup), pulling up on everything, and he's got a new pair of Robeez, his first.
-Tonight I have a Pampered Chef party where between 1 and 3 people are coming. Do you ever feel like a failure where multi-level-marketing parties are concerned? Sometimes I think I can have a successful party and then this happens. The most I've ever had has been 7. Oh well.
-We rented Fraggle Rock off of Netflix. It's a fun show. The only problem is I want to watch it too and so it's not a good babysitter.
-It's really amazing how many links you can put into one post.
-Emmy and I have been learning letters. Each day we focus on one letter and do all sorts of things to learn it. Her favorite part is starfall.com, a great place online where kiddos learn about reading.
-I walked to Walgreens with the kids in the heat (85) to get a Dr. Pepper. They were OUT. What? A convenience store out of Dr. P? That was the whole purpose of my walk. So after putting up a fuss I walked across the street to KFC and bought one there. I couldn't believe it. The employees probably thought I was loony, but really, maybe they ought to stock more. None of the other sodas were out.
-Anyway I still have a house to clean for my grand party of 3, laundry to shuffle, and a daughter to entertain. You all have a great day.

Monday, November 07, 2005

My Faults

All right. I know there are some blind spots I have as regards to my personality. Please read this article, and then if you know of anything in my attitude that needs improvement, please tell me. I promise I won't be mad at you. :)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Ramblings on Race and Culture

I wanted to share what I wrote in response to a friend's live journal entry. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but maybe you can get an idea of what I'm talking about.

Back in high school I was annoyed at the whole race question. My view was: we are all in America now; why do we have to worry about it? Why do non-whites get special treatment because of it? I don't know anything about my heritage (not much anyway), so why should others care? Since then I've come to realize that some of it is jealousy; I would love to be able to say "I'm 1/5 Irish, 2/5 English, 1/5 Norweigian, and 1/5 Spanish" or whatever. But I can't. I just know that I'm a white mongrel.

I usually just say white, and then that I don't know which countries. I am a few generations removed from immigrating anyway. But sometimes I think I'm missing something. I see some families with a very rich heritage from their ethnicities and I think that's neat. On the other hand, our family has heritage from other things (Christianity being one of them), and I think heritage of some kind, rituals, etc, are important even if they are not tied up with the color of your skin.

Something a little off-topic-
My daughter currently hangs out with kids of some varying ethnicities, but mostly white. The common tie is that all the parents are white collar, middle to upper class Texans, and educated. Most of the moms stay at home or have jobs that mean the kids are in day care because they want them to be not because they have to be. They are concerned with which preschool to send their children to, whether they are getting enriching field trips, and whether their posture is healthy (I'm not kidding here, and these are parents of 3 year old and younger). But when she goes to public school in 2 years, her primary classmates will be those from our neighborhood- mostly blue collar, definitely mixed ethnicities, usually both parents work, and maybe more TV watching rather than field trips to the ice cream factory. Their primary concern is whether the bills will be paid.

I want Emmy to fit in in both places, and to not judge those she hangs out with. I hope that will be the case. I want to foster relationships with her future classmates before she starts school, but it's hard when the parents who speak English are often at work and the grandparents don't speak English.

So that's a little bit of my world. Don't know how much sense it made.