Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
He wasn't married. They weren't planning on getting married. But they were having a baby.
At the time, I was amazed. That lasted about two hours, at most. Then it was all about me again.
Had you told me that the following five years I would've learned to love that kid like he was my own, I wouldn't have believed you.
I didn't want kids.
I couldn't imagine That Kind of Love.
But, it came to me -- The Love and The Kid.
As he embarks on his 18th birthday, I feel still even MORE love for him. I can feel this push inside my chest. The love just shoves out. My physical body cannot bound it.
I cannot believe that he's 18.
Happy birthday, Lil A.
I love you.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Mix & bring just to a boil in a large saucepan:
½ cup butter
3 tbs. cocoa
1 c. coca-cola
2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
Remove from heat and add:
½ c. buttermilk that has been mixed with 1 tsp. of baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ c. mini marshmallows
2 eggs, beaten
Pour batter into oiled & floured 2x9x13 glass baking dish.
Bake 35-40 minutes @ 325 degrees
While cake is still warm, pour icing over the top
6 tbs. coca-cola
3 tbs. cocoa
1 box of powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped pecans
Cool cake, serve and enjoy! Just don't hate me later. :)
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The treehouse is nestled in a cool, dim, still area of our living room so we can all enjoy watching the Painted Ladies develop. If, God willing, they blossom as butterflies, The Girls set them free in the backyard and let them each go lay her 500 eggs and fly around the world ushered by her 10,000 eyes.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
My kids love butterflies. Since we speak Spanglish in my house, it's not uncommon for us to say "mariposa". Something about "mariposa" that rolls more melodically off the tongue than "butterflies", which is filled with such hard consonants.
A gift that My Eldest received for her post-surgery recovery was a Butterfly Habitat. I've always been jealous of her because each year of school so far, her teachers have had this in the classroom. Each year, My Eldest raves about how cool it is to watch, and she would give me daily updates.
Now, it's our turn to have one in OUR house! I might be more excited about it that My Eldest is! Shhhh.
So, with that being said, I thought you might like to follow along with us as the caterpillars pig out, wrap up, and eventually blossom.
This morning, Day 4
The silk is webbing the inside of the container. It's hard to tell by this picture, but they're eating and pooping a lot (the sand-like specks are poo)! They are also longer, fatter and fuzzier!
I'll post pictures over the next two to three weeks as the Painted Lady butterflies develop.
(I'm going to photograph the next few at the window where Day 1's is taken. Day 4's has a screen on the window and doesn't allow for as much highlighting inside their home. )
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
I've started downsizing my online life to some degree. I killed my MySpace account, unregistered myself from several websites such as reunion.com and the like. I've felt free, both time-wise, and of "chains". Admittedly, the habits of going to certain websites are harder to break than I anticipated.
Another step I took was to delete and uninstall many software programs from my laptop. Computers come pre-loaded with so much CRAP that I never use. This weekend, I tore into my laptop and started hammering away. No more Windows Media Player since I use iTunes, got rid of some kid software games that will go on the new computer my children are about to inherit from my mother (thanks Mom!). You know -- THAT kind of stuff.
In doing my cleanup, I must've deleted something I really DO need because my laptop doesn't like me right now. I spent the better part of the weekend, at times when my family didn't need or want me, trying to fix the darn thing. Wish me luck.
Thank goodness work is pretty liberal and I have the ability to tap in online from the office. I'm grateful for that employee perk.