Monthly Archives: September 2005

 It is cold… really really cold.. What happened to Fall?? 


Soccer was different today.. emotional children.. At least 4 kids had a breakdown .. including Anna.. whew.. next time we will aim for a nap before going. 


BTW.. Anyone notice how a chocolate milkshake is no longer chocolate at McDonalds?? What is up with that?  I purchased one last week and I thought they made a mistake and gave me vanilla.. however.. there was a hint of chocolate scent coming from the cup.. I want my chocolate!


Ok.. I am tired and going to bed.. early.. Goodnight

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Friday – Anna got ready for soccer practice.

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I wanted Anna to pose for me.. but she was upset because she insisted this was not right.

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She believes that your foot has to be on the ball.. lol.. silly girl

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Before practice started.. this little boy (about 6) was showing Anna
how to play.  It was funny when his 4 yr old sister informed
Anna.. “you are not supposed to use your hands” .. Anna just gave her a
look.. lol

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The Coach was awesome.. She did a great job with all the 4/5 year olds.. Here they are doing jumpin jacks

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More exercising..

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Here they are learning to follow the ball.. to the net.. Daddy got to
be the coach’s helper.. He has been in pain for a few days now.
*a funny little story.. The coach decided that they should run around
the net.. so for an incentive.. she told them to chase Anna.. Well,
while Anna was running for her life.. the little boy in the red
shorts.. ran behind her, hugged her around the waist and tackled her to
the ground.. twice.. the look on Anna’s face was priceless.. The coach
did a great job of handling it and finally got the children to just
touch instead of tackling..

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After practice.. Anna wanted to relax on the playground..

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Anna definately loved the experience.  I am amazed at all the
homeschooling families that were there.. Definately a great turn-out..
and it was thrilling to watch all those little ones learning to play.


Annaleah went to the dentist last thursday morning.  To have her 3
cavities filled.  Yes I am ashamed to say she has 3
cavities.  When she had to have her palate repaired at 9
months.  She had to be off her special bottle.  We had to get
her drinking out of a regular cup.  After surgery she had to be on
a liquid diet for 6 weeks.. well.. that didn’t go well on a regular
cup.. talk about messy.. so after about a month.. we got permission to
use the sippy cup.. the big question.. would she be able to suck?
and she was.. it was amazing!!  Then when she was allowed solids..
she would not eat them.. it took over a year for her to get used to
certain textures.. So in the mean time she was drinking lots of
smoothies (to help her gain weight), milk and juice.. She was also
constipated.. as soon as I stopped pumping milk for her (at a year
old).. so it became more juice.  Not to mention she had gotten
into the habit of drinking her cup like a bottle..

Well, I guess we got lazy.. (or mostly I did).. the juice was watered
down.. like 1/4 juice and rest water.. but it still did the damage..

2 months ago.. (she has been going to this dentist since she was 2 years
old).. we were told she had cavities.. and that she could no longer
drink from her sippy cup.. So that day we came home and I explained to
her that the sippy cup and juice put holes in her teeth.. and she could
now only have water in her sippy cups.. It was difficult.. but she did
well.. she drinks her juice in straw cups now.. which prevent her from
fully laying down with a cup in her mouth..

So last week.. I had been reminding her for a few days that the dentist
was going to fix the holes in her mouth.. and we talked about being
brave and etc.  She did awesome in the beginning.. she sat in the
chair and laid back for the dentist.. He put some numbing gel in her
mouth.. and she listened while he showed her all the things he would be
using..

Then she laid back again.. and he put the needles in.. she cried
as  he gave her the shots.. she cried a bit.. (it was alot of
shots) .. hubby and I were on each side of her..holding her hands and
rubbing her leg.. She didn’t fight.. but cried..

It was very hard to watch my baby go through that.. I kept thinking how
she didn’t deserve it.. If only I had brushed her teeth more, gotten
her off that cup.. never put her on that cup… The thoughts just
wouldn’t stop..

When it was over.. she wouldn’t talk to the dentist.. she wouldn’t look
at him.. I held her close.. I had been teary through most of it and
Angel was on the verge of tears..

She did an awesome job.. I am very proud of her.. I really expected to
have to hold her down.. she is a fighter most times.. I think our talks
helped her.  She got a puppy in the mail later in the day.. It was
something she had been requesting.. and we felt she deserved it.

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Thursday Night I discovered a local homeschooling sports group.
They are just starting up and right now Soccer is free.  It starts
on Friday.. so we got the paperwork filled out and faxed it.  Anna
was so excited.  Unfortunately they cancelled the first game due
to alot of rain.  She tried so hard to fight those tears.. (rubbed
her eyes constantly) and insisted that she was NOT crying!)  So we
went to Walmart and bought her shin guards and a soccer ball.
Then we went to The Pet store and picked up this little guy..

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Anna was so incredibly excited to finally get a pet of her own.. Of
course it has been very difficult to get her to understand that these
little critters need to sleep during the day.

On Saturday there were two events going on.. that we just had to check out..


Ledyard Children’s Day
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This pumpkin is now completely pink and yellow.. lol
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Ok, I am on.. now what?

Next Event
Giraffe Family Event

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Dancing to a country band while eating my watermelon

Sunday

Saturday night we had a thunderstorm.. and it blew the hub for our
internet.. So of course.. first thing we did Sunday was buy a new one..
Can’t go without internet now.. can we?

Sunday night, after church, we went to pick up David from work.. He got
in the car and said something about Anna getting a pet and not him.. so
he bought himself this little guy..

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This mouse is sooo sweet.. He just says in your hand.. not like the hamster.. this guy is so calm..

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David says he got the mouse because he felt he should have a pet of his
own.. Hmm .. then why do we have Danny?? (the dog)  He seems to
have forgotten that I had promised him a dog when he was 5 and then we
got Danny.. short term memory?? lol.
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So now we have, a dog, cat, 12 chickens, a hamster and a mouse..

Anna informed me that all she needs now is a turtle..
I don’t think so!



Our Trip to Mystic Village
This Village has lots of little stores.. plenty of places to buy
things you don’t see anywhere else.. You can check out the link.


Mom, Annaleah and I spend a day last week .. just wandering around this beautiful place.

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Anna insisted on making a wish.

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My mom

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Anna at the duck pond

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She loved watching the geese and we had to come back several times.

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This pump was in the middle of the village.. We gave Anna a quick lesson about history

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The Taste of Italy Festival

Angel loves going to this.. it is our 2nd year.  There are lots of
different foods to try out.  We spent way too much money..but got
some nice pics.

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we found a huge school of fish .. I didn’t manage to get any good pics of them

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Annaleah and Daddy got to ride a boat

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They went all the way to the end up there.. and back.. that is them coming back now


A Cute Story

 

We were walking out of the Grey Goose Cookery Store.. when Anna
said something about a bunny being in the water.. I searched and
searched and was about to give up.. but she kept insisting that it was
there.. She saw it run.. and she was pointing but I couldn’t find
anything.

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Then I noticed something.. in between the rocks.. hiding (or trying to)
.. it was not moving at all.. So we stopped one of the employees of the
store and she climbed the fence to check it out..

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Sure enough.. it was a little bunny, the size of my fist.. So tiny and
very scared.  They were going to call the maintance man.. There
was concerned that it would be killed if left there.  Anna was sad
and we went back in the store.  I asked if she could get a better
look at the bunny and she did.  The bunny was so adorable.. but
they did not want Anna touching it.. just in case.

Later, when we went back to the store.. Anna wanted me to ask about the
bunny.  The Lady who picked her up from the rocks decided to keep
the bunny and took her home..

We told Anna that she was a hero.  She had saved that bunny from being hurt.. and she cried and said,
“I am not a hero.. cause I am not a boy!”

 



$2 Bill

   I am STILL laughing!!  Many of today`s youth are
terribly challenged without a computer to tell them what to do!!

   The story is funny .  Lack of education is not funny!!

  
On my way home from work, I stopped at Taco Bell for a quick bite to
eat.  In my billfold are a $50 bill and a $2 bill. I figure that with a
$2 bill, I can get something to eat and not have to worry about anyone
getting irritated at me for trying to break a $50 bill.

   Me: “Hi, I’d like one seven-layer burrito please, to
go.”

   Server: “That’ll be $1.04.  Eat in?”

   Me: “No, it’s to go.”   At this point, I open my
billfold and hand him the $2 bill. He looks at it kind of funny.

   Server: “Uh, hang on a sec, I’ll be right back.”

  
He goes to talk to his manager, who is still within my earshot. The following conversation occurs between the two of them:

   Server: “Hey, you ever see a $2 bill?”

   Manager: “No. A what?”

   Server: “A $2 bill. This guy just gave it to me.”

   Manager: “Ask for something else. There’s no such thing as a $2 bill.”

   Server: “Yeah, thought so.”

   He comes back to me and says, “We don’t take
these. Do you have anything else?”

   Me: “Just this fifty.  You don’t take $2 bills?  Why?”

   Server: “I don’t know.”

   Me: “See here where it says legal tender?”

   Server: “Yeah.”

   Me: “So, why won’t you take it?”

   Server: “Well, hang on a sec.”

   He goes back to his manager, who has been watching me like
I’m a  shoplifter, and says to him, “He says I have to take it.”

   Manager: “Doesn’t he have anything else?”

   Server: “Yeah, a fifty. I’ll get it and you can open the safe and get change.”

   Manager: “I’m not opening the safe with him in here.”

   ! Server:
“What should I do?”

   Manager: “Tell him to come back later when he has real money.”

   Server: “I can’t tell him that! You tell him.”

   Manager: “Just tell him.”

   Server: “No way! This is weird. I’m going in back.”

   The manager approaches me and says, “I’m sorry, but we don’t take big bills this time of night.”

   Me: “It’s only seven o’clock! Well then, here’s a two dollar bill.”

   Manager: “We don’t take those, either.”

   Me: “Why not?”

   Manager: “I think you know why.”

   Me: “No really … tell me why.”

   Manager: “Please leave before I call mall security.”

   Me: “Excuse
me?”

   Manager: “Please leave before I call mall security.”

   Me: “What on earth for?”

   Manager: “Please, sir.”

   Me: “Uh, go ahead, call them.”

   Manager: “Would you please just leave?”

   Me: “No.”

   Manager: “Fine — have it your way then.”

   Me: “Hey, that’s Burger King, isn’t it?”

  
At this poi! nt, he backs away from me and calls mall security on the
phone around the corner.  I have two people staring at me from the
dining area, and I begin laughing out loud, just for effect. A few
minutes later this 45-year-oldish guy comes in.

   Guard: “Yeah, Mike, what’s up?”

   Manager (whispering): “This
guy is trying to give me some (pause) funny money.”

   Guard: “No kidding! What?”

   Manager: “Get this … a two dollar bill.”

   Guard (incredulous): “Why would a guy fake a two dollar bill?”

   Manager: “I don’t know. He’s kinda weird. He says the only other thing he has is a fifty.”

   Guard: “Oh, so the fifty’s fake!”

   Manager: “No, the two dollar bill is.”

   Guard: “Why would he fake a two dollar bill?”

   Manager: “I don’t know! Can you talk to him, and get him out of here?”

   Guard: “Yeah.”

   Security Guard walks over to me and……

   Guard: “Mike here tells me you have some fake
bills you’re trying to use.”

   Me: “Uh, no.”

   Guard: “Lemme see ’em.”

   Me: “Why?”

   Guard: “Do you want me to get the cops in here?”

  
At this point I am ready to say, “Sure, please!” but I want to eat, so
I say, “I’m just trying to buy a burrito and pay for it with this two
dollar bill.”

   I put the bill up near his face, and he
flinches like I’m taking a swing at him. He takes the bill, turns it
over a few times in his hands, and says, “Hey, Mike, what’s wrong with
this bill?”

   Manager: “It’s fake.”

   Guard: “It doesn’t look fake to me.”

   Manager: “But it’s a two dollar bill.”

   Guard: “Yeah … ?”

  
Manager: “Well, there’s no such thing, is there?”

   The security guard and I both look at him like he’s an idiot, and it dawns on the guy that he has no clue.

   So, it turns out that my burrito was free, and he threw in a small drink and some of those cinnamon thingies, too.

  
Made me want to get a whole stack of two dollar bills just to see what
happens when I try to buy stuff.  If I got the right group of people, I
could probably end up in jail. You get free food there, too!



I have no words for this.. I am just speechless and in shock!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9319446/




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