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Friday, October 22, 2010

The ears have it

My sweet little Anna had to get tubes in her ears today. I got up at about 4:30 a.m. to make it to the hospital by 6:15 a.m. for an 8:15 surgery. I was able to go into the operating room with her and stay until she went under the anesthesia. She was good until they put the mask on her face – she didn’t like that part at all. Other than that she was so good/the perfect little patient.

Now she’s having a little pain and drowsiness, but she’s her normal 3-year-old self in between naps, pain and drowsiness. I wish I could get the picture off of my phone to show you how cute and peaceful she looked playing in her hospital bed (before being wheeled into the OR).

Needless to say, when we returned home, we took a nap. Thankfully the middle children had spent the night with their father and were at school.

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Here’s my little sweetie (circa May 2010), isn’t she a cutie? It’s amazing how experiencing these moments makes you realizing how even more precious they are.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

My son is 7 years old

It’s been seven years and one day since I gave birth to my only son. It seems like the time has passed slowly and quickly all at the same time. Wasn’t he an adorable baby?Another copy of Andre dedication Can you see him? It’s the only photo I have of him at that age on my computer. Andre was born six weeks early at 4 pounds 16 ounces. A healthy and impatient little boy. That description still fits him to this day.

I’ve found it such a sweet moment to truly realize that he’s my son. My only son and that holds a special place. My daughters are my heart and special as well, but there’s something different about having just one son (no, I won’t have anymore children!).

He really enjoyed his birthday celebration and was thrilled when he found out RP got him a fish. Introducing Basket. Yup, he named him Basket. Basket the Beta.

DSCF5308DSCF5310Look at his expression when he finally realized what it was. He and RP set up the tank. It was a beautiful and fun moment. Made even more fun in the fact that I didn’t have to participate. 

 

 

DSCF5316Each time I turned around or looked for Andre, he was looking at Basket. Asking questions about Basket. Talking about Basket. He definitely loves Basket! I really like the silhouette of this picture with him looking at the Beta tank, I just wish I had a better camera to make the photo even better.

DSCF5320Here he is telling his daddy all about his birthday – what he got from school, about his fish and that he still had another gift to open along with cake and ice cream to enjoy. 

He loved the Transformers cake (even though they could have written the words on their better, I said that, not him!) and his very cool Batman balloon. Nope, we didn’t do a theme this year. Just a few things he would definitely like.

 

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Happy Birthday Son!

I hope you had a wonderful day. May each day bring a new appreciation for the little things and a realization for how much you’re loved.

**The two books I gave Andre for his birthday are fabulous. I received them to review and hadn’t showed them to the children yet. They were perfect choices for him: “The Day Leo Said I Hate You” and “The Boy Who Changed the World.” Keep your eyes open for those reviews in the near future.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I’m stuck & sleepy

I made it into bed my 9:30 last night. Relaxed, talked… fell asleep around 11 p.m. My phone vibrated around 11:30. My son woke me up around 11:50. My youngest daughter woke me up around 12:30. My BF woke me up around 2:00 a.m. My youngest daughter woke me up around 4 a.m. … So, what was the point of going to be early? I think I was more tired today than any other day when I go to bed between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Really. Seriously. The only thing I wanna do is sleep.

I’m so tired that I can’t recall why I typed “I’m stuck.” Sleepy, I get. Stuck, not so much.

So, you’ll be happy to know I was in the bed by 10 p.m. (first part of experiment a success), but I didn’t get anymore sleep than normal (second part of experiment a bust!).

Right now it’s 9:12 p.m. and I’m laying in my bed pouting because the old television in the living room won’t show a picture. Luckily I already set the DVR to record Criminal Minds so maybe the picture will show tomorrow.

Tonight I’ll try again. I’m not feeling too hopeful, but wish me luck anyway!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wrap it up by 10 p.m.

As a mom of four (three at home during non-school hours) and a freelance writer who works from home, I normally have a lot going on. My days are full with carpooling, homework, play dates, meals, housework, doctor’s appointments, assignments, responsibilities and about 100 other things that I can’t think of right now. Although I try to get as much accomplished as I can each day there are times when I just don’t feel up to it. During the week I’m exhausted and petering out around 3 p.m. By the time I get the children in bed by 8, clean up the kitchen and do any quick housework, I normally go back to the computer to work a little longer. But I think I’m going to try something different for at least a week: I’m going to go to bed by 10 p.m. during the week and see if that gives me a little more energy during the day.image

You know what I mean, right, moms? I am supposed to get up around 5:30 a.m. to start my day and get the kids to school. Two have to be to school no later than 7:45 and one has to be there by 8. So I have to get everyone up, dressed and fed by 7:15. I wake up exhausted, end up hitting snooze (on two different alarms) for more than 30 minutes or so and still have to rush. Or not get myself completely ready for the day… SIGH.

Tonight starts my quest for more rest (ha, I like that rhyme) and we’ll see how and if that makes a difference in my energy level during the day. Oh, by the way, if anyone says for me to exercise also I’m liable to track you down and make you eat a raw stalk of broccoli. … I’ll get to it eventually, especially since the scale this week didn’t show any loss. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure I gained 1/2 a pound, but who’s counting?

image Well, it’s 8:43 p.m. and if I don’t start shutting down now it’ll be after 10 by the time I even get to my bedroom then I have to do that entire ritual. I hope you’re getting a good night’s sleep. Let me know if you have any ideas of how I can get in the bed earlier and get everything done! :-)

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Watch ‘Almighty Debt’ on CNN – 10/21 @ 9 p.m.

On Thursday, October 21st at 9 p.m. CNN will air the Black in America Special: Almighty Debt, and I recommend that everyone tune in to catch this extremely interesting, enlightening and thought-provoking special. I had the opportunity to view an advance screening of some of the 90-minute documentary with a couple of friends and it fueled a conversation full of losing homes, increasing income and downsizing. And, it left us with the question: So what’s the solution?

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The special, hosted by Soledad O’Brien, follows three individuals/families who have markedly different circumstances. A young man with a C average that wants to go to college and believes the debt of education is something he’s willing to take on. That’s why across the blogosphere, Twitter and other social networks, the question has been posed, “Is it worth going into debt for education?”

Almighty Debt also explores the crises of the last efforts of a couple to hold onto their home. A home that they haven’t paid mortgage on in two years. Then there’s the gentleman who was laid off from his job of 28 years and still hasn’t found employment. His stack of applications piled as high as a small toddler.

Soledad mainly explored the connection between faith and debt in the black church. She interviewed Bishop Soaries, a New Jersey minister heading First Baptist Community Development Center, who says that people have to begin dealing with things that are within their control – one of those things is debt.

The statistics and facts do not make for a good bedtime story: 81 percent of those graduating college will have debt and those of us who are middle class by income (as opposed to middle class by wealth) are a mere paycheck from being low income. One out of three will fall out of middle class.

All of the particulars – and there are a lot more – you’ll have to catch for yourself when you view Almighty Debt this Thursday on CNN. The consensus of my small group who viewed it? Interesting, sad and somewhat overwhelming. Is there hope? For some, definitely. For those in the special? Well, you’ll just have to watch it for yourself.

Disclosure: I received a preview of Almighty Debt to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. Any opinions expressed here are my own. For more information review my complete policy.

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