Friday, September 18, 2009

Worth it?

The heartburn....swollen appointments.....
...sleepless nights.....nothing to wear because of the 'baby weight'.....
...craziness and noise of having four children....and a hundred other inconveniences in the world's eyes...
Yep, it's all worth it!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Swinging...Three Girl Circus Style

Crazy style...

Princess style...

Lightning fast style...

Ummm, not even sure what to call this style...

Oh, and those of you who keep asking about my blog name....yes, I do plan on including Sam in the title very soon! I just have to get my cute hubby to get a good picture of all four of them and then photoshop it for my header. So I guess I can blame it on him that Sam is being neglected here. He is cute hubby that is...well, Sam too!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

So busy and So stylish!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Seems like a perfectly good day to go skating.

After reading the President's address to school children yesterday and asking a couple of questions to Mara's teacher, we decided that Mara would indeed watch the speech live at school. I talked to her this morning and told her that she was going to get to hear the President of the United States talk to her today. I reminded her that his name is President Obama. Her response?....."Momma, that's kind of like Joe Mama!" Ok, that teaching moment was over so I just told her that I was excited that she would get to see the President today.

When she got home I asked her if she saw the president today. She said yes, so I asked her what he said to her.

Mara: He said that you never know if you can do something unless you try.

Me: Wow, that's awesome Mara. So we should always try our best, right?

Mara: Yes, I think I want to try skating.

Me: So what else did the president say?

Mara: Mom, when can we go skating?

Me: Mara, what else did the president talk about?

Mara: I really want to try skating.

Me: Do you remember what the president looked like?

Mara: Ummm....

Me: Do you remember his name?

Mara: Ummmm.... I don't know Mom, can we go skating now?

So evidently the President talked about skating today...or so my five year old thinks! Aren't you glad that there was so much controversy over a speech about skating.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

To opt-out or not to opt-out

I'm sure you all have heard about President Obama speaking to school aged children this coming Tuesday. Our school district is showing the speech in the classrooms but giving parents the option whether or not to have their children view it.

Evidently this is nothing new...Carter, Reagan, and George Bush all gave a speech to school children. Their addresses were on video tapes that were distributed to the schools. When I was in school (I sound like my dad now!), we didn't have a tv in every class room and the internet did not exist SO not every child in school was able to view those addresses.

With our current technology, all of the school children will be able to watch President Obama's speech live. That is an awesome opportunity for our children. About seven years ago I was able to see George W. speak in person at an NRB conference. Regardless of what I thought about him as a president, it was a really neat experience to see the President of the United States speak in person.

I would love for my child to experience a live speech from our president, but I do have a couple of problems with the situation.

First of all, Mara Lin's teacher has replaced me as the smartest woman in the world. I hear at least five or six times a day, "Ms. Cockrell says..." Mara really looks up to her and is very influenced by everything she says. (That's a good thing when she's trying to teach Mara to read or write or count.) A couple of questions on the government's list of suggested discussion questions both before and after the speech can be turned political very easily. I don't know Mara's teacher's political views but even if they were the same as mine, I would not want her to be influencing my child whether it be conservative or liberal....that's my job.

And finally, I do not trust President Obama to not have some hidden agenda with his speech. He seems to have a hidden agenda with everything else he example being his healthcare plan to federally fund abortion....but I digress. I really don't want to get into a political debate here, I am just simply trying to figure out what is best for my child.

The government is releasing the entire content of the speech on Monday. I am waiting to read that and to talk to Mara's teacher about whether there will be any discussion in the classroom before I decide whether or not Mara will be viewing it at school. I'd love for Mara to see this speech and to see it live, but I am leaning towards opting out. If I do opt-out then we will watch the speech together Tuesday night as a family.

So that's my two cents. I would not advise any parent to opt their child out of watching the speech or advise any parent to allow their children to watch the president's speech. I would only advise every parent to be informed and choose what's best for their own family.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I'll share!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

His first Wollmeise

I was 32 before I got my first pair of Wollmeise socks. Sam's way ahead of me!