Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
1. Go on a vacation with Matt and the kids- specifically to Florida. We've never taken the kids on a real vacation (aside from weekend trips) and we've never left Wisconsin or Minnesota. I would really love for all of my family in Florida to see my kids and for my kids to get to know them.
2. I would like to join a fitness class, any kind, just something in my price range! I really think I'd like a step class or pilates. But my problem is not having anyone to go with. We have an Anytime Fitness in town (by my work) and I think I can go after 7:30 p.m. I can't go on my lunch since in 2009 we're going down to a 30 minute lunch.. But I wanted to trim up my thighs and get the kangaroo pouch under control. LOL! (preferrably BEFORE my vacation!)
3. I would like to make a new friend. This sounds weird, but it really isn't. I have only 3 good friends I'd say, with those being Tammy, Lisa and Jen (no particular order here). I can call any of them up and say I need to talk and they would hear me out, and I'd do the same for them. But what I really want is a friend who would call me up to go do something fun. I do fun things with my friends, but my friends aren't the kind to just call me out of the blue and say they wanted to go do something with me this weekend. Know what I mean? So I'd like to make a friend to go out and do stuff with, and I'd ideally like to stay out of the bars. I need a non-drinking friend since I don't drink. :) Or a work-out buddy. That'd be nice, too.
4. I'd like to submit some of my scrapbook/card designs to a magazine or something. I've always thought about, I have lots that I think would be great in a magazine, but I've just never done it.
5. I'd like to have a date night with Matt. I'd like to go out on a nice dinner and get a hotel room with a hot tub! :) He did this for my 20th birthday and I loved it.... I'd like to do it again.
OK- I think that's it. It would be great to do all of these, but I'd be happy if one or two of them were actually accomplished.
I have more pictures to post on here soon, and I have a Xmas update.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Here's a great article about gay marriage: http://www.newsweek.com/id/172653?gt1=43002 and the great debate about it. Food for thought. :)
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Here's why I'm excited:
1. FINALLY someone understands the health care issue. We're lucky that we have health insurance, but God forbid Matt loses his job, because we'd have to get it through my work. That insurance is so over priced, and it's 80/20, which means I pay 80% of everything, which is insane. For example: to give birth to Jackson and our care in the hospital totaled $9541.86. Guess how much I have to pay? $8500. What's the point of insurance with that kind of care. And it is very wrong to deny someone coverage because they have a disease or debilitating condition that by providing treatment insurance companies don't make enough off them. It's wrong.
2. I have hope that women will still have the right to choose to abort. It's our body- not the government's. I believe in the theory that things happen for a reason, but I also have the opinion that you should be able to have a choice. Just because it's not a choice that you might personally make, it doesn't mean it should be banned for everybody. I know I might not make that choice, but I'd still like to have the choice. I say shame on you if you picket Planned Parenthood or abortion clinics, etc. I will tell you- I would rather see a woman voluntarily terminate an unwanted or unhealthy pregnancy than bring a child in this world that may be unloved, uncared for, or abused/neglected. That is no way to live. And don't tell me that people can adopt them- it's not always an option. You don't know how well the woman would care for herself during pregnancy- and it's difficult to adopt a child with problems.
3. I am hopeful that the new policies of our government are not made based on a religion. I believe that everyone has the right to believe in whatever they want- it's your choice. BUT, you cannot make a policy based on something you read out of religious text and expect everyone to follow it. That's like saying christianity is the only way to be and that's not true. I believe in God, but I don't believe in the Bible. I believe in the after life, but I don't believe in Hell. I believe in being a good person, but I don't believe in sin. I hope President Obama takes into account that everyone is differnt- and to put laws into motion based on one belief is wrong, and it's discrimination.
4. Which brings me to gay marriage. Why do people think this is horrible? If two people love each other, no matter race, ethnicity, creed, character, sex, sexual orientation, etc- you should be able to marry and have a family. To deny a person this right is the definition of discrimination. People are born gay- your environment does not make you gay. You are born that way, and God made you that way. I can't believe he would create someone so that other people could put them down and discriminate them and treat them like a second class citizen. The right to marry is just that, a right- it is not a privilege. We look back in the 50's and 60's and are appalled at segregation and the unspeakable treatment of African American's and think those were the stone ages. Unfortunately, it's not- and we face it again with peoples sexual orientation. I know some people will see a black person and cross the street, or not smile/say hello at the store, or clutch your purse a little tighter- you know what that is? Discrimination. Some of you might see a gay couple and cringe, tell your children that's gross, etc. Discrimination. It's not right, and my hope is that when my children grow up, they look at us like we were the stone ages. I hope that when they vote for the first time, this will have been legalized for decades.
I just have so much hope for this Country and I think that we can do better and be better. These last 8 years have been so atrocious and we've turned into an embarrassment. Retirement funds are gone, stock market crashes, we're in recession, people can't afford their homes, public assistance is a joke, people can't get loans to buy a home, we have homeless veterans which is a shame, we have other homeless people who are largely ignored (forget helping other countries, we have enough problems of our own), health care is in trouble and education is hurting, let's not mention a meaningless war- does anybody really remember why we're over there? I didn't think so. We need someone who is in touch with what it's really like to raise a family here, who knows middle class needs help, etc. And no, it won't get done in a year, or maybe a term as Obama said- it takes time. It took 8 years to get us this messed up, it might take 8 to fix it.
So what does this mean? It means I urge you to all volunteer some where, even an hour a year. Ring bells for Salvation Army, listen to homeless tell you how they got that way, read books at a school to disadvantaged kids, donate food and clothing to shelters and other community agencies. There are so many things you can do without taking time out of your life. And I encourage you to bring your children to teach them to help others and to be selfless. And for the sake of it all, do it without bringing religion into it. I know many people volunteer through churches which is wonderful, but some people down and out just want help, not a condensed sermon with it. It takes away from the good deed you are doing.
It's time to come together for change. :)
Monday, October 20, 2008
and this is the best picture I could get of Jackson in his costume. He REALLY wanted to be on the ground!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
It's your old house, pal! The old garage is gone, and they built another one that's like 3x the size, sorry no picture of it!
Our High School! The building itself is still the same, but the grassy field to the left of this picture (can't see it) was where we used to go for outside gym classes, but now it's a parking lot for students. Remember getting ready for Spartan Camp a week before we started our freshman year?? LOL.
OK, so my deep dark secret is that I'm a vandal. :) LOL. Remember vandalizing the tube slide at the park by my mom's house? It's still there!!! LOL! OK, so the glow in the dark glitter paint is gone, but it stained the slide. And as you can see- kids tried to burn the inside of the slide, but our initials survived! S.K (those are my initials) <3's>
Let's see what else reminds me of my first best friend?
1. The song playing on my blog- everytime I hear it I remember walking from Allena's house past the ghetto mall, past the oil refinery to my house which is clear across town. Not to mention, we walked when it was like over 80 degrees wearing big sweatshirts (it was cold when we started) and somewhere along the way, we picked up a hub cap, a 2x4 chunk, some cat tails, and started singing this song. I'm sure cars driving by thought we were nuts, and we probably were!
2. Alternative Nation on MTV. Man, I miss that show! Remember taping the show and transferring songs onto a tape for us?
3. Halloween- We went trick or treating once (was that 9th grade?!) and she went as a witch, I wore my Poms outfit, and I forgot what her brother dressed up as- but it was fun. And freaking cold!!
4. A&W- Her mom would take us out to A&W after her brother's baseball games.
5. Enger Tower- We spent an entire afternoon flying paper airplanes off of Enger Tower once.
6. Canal Park - We picked "agates" from Canal Park and used clear nail polish to make them shinier. I think we went through two bottles of polish before we realized the rocks just soak it up. But at your dad's or Grandma's (can't remember which) we'd JAM OUT to Smashing Pumpkins' "Zero".
7. Smashing Pumpkins/Billy Corgan- Remember we had HUGE crushes on Billy? God, everytime I hear Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness I remember you.
Oh pal. I wish you were still here, but I'm glad that you are happy where you are. I'm bummed we didn't get to spend more time together (which maybe is a good thing... god knows what we would've gotten into!) but maybe one day we can visit each other! You were such a wonderful friend, and you still give me great advice. I'm glad we connected by email after all these years!
Sara the Super Beetle
(Do you remember YOUR nickname?) :) LOL!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
1. Olivia started her dance/twirl class last Saturday. For being the first day in a new environment with no people (and no mom visible) she did really good. Of course, I hid most of the time but could see her through the mirrors on the wall. :) She's excited about it, and if she continues to like it, we'll keep going. I hope she likes it, not only because I was big into baton for years, but because it's a good outlet to increase self esteem, etc.
2. Jackson is getting SO chubby! He's almost six months and I have to schedule pictures soon (and for Olivia's 3 year). He is starting to babble, mostly "nanana" and some "yayaya". He's also teething but being GREAT about it. He doesn't get fussy too often and just sucks on things and drools a lot. I can handle that- I feel bad when he does cry, I can only imagine how much it hurts!
3. Matt is super close to finishing the siding on the house. He only has a few lines to do. Then we'll deal with the sagging back porch issue. We are undecided what to do, and nothing will officially be done until 2009 sometime, (probably next summer) because the home improvement fund is at $0 for this year! :)
4. I am starting my Christmas cards soon. I know it's early- but it takes me awhile to get my ideas finalized and then to actually make them is another process! If you are interested in homemade Xmas cards (or card sets, photo frames, books, etc) for yourself or for a gift, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org! I've been selling these for a few years now and it helps my Xmas fund for the kids' gifts. :)
5. Are you excited for Halloween? Olivia is going to be a white kitty this year, and Jackson is going to wear a Halloween outfit. I can't justify spending $20 on a costume he won't even wear. We're taking the kids to Boo at the Zoo, a Halloween dance/carnival party for the baton studio and Olivia gets to go Trick or Treating. Jackson will stay home with me and hand out candy.
OK- I think that's it. :) I will have some more pictures to post in another day or two- so stay tuned!!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
More importantly- the thing I remember most about Olivia's birth and the first year is how disconnected I was. Nobody really talks about post partum depression because it makes you feel like a bad mom and quite honestly- you wonder what people will think. I had it bad, and I didn't realize it until Olivia was almost one, unfortunately. I really don't remember her first 6 months- it's pretty much a blur for me. I remember being home with her during the first 3 months, crying when I was alone with her because I felt awful that I didn't feel happy and overjoyed about my baby girl, the one I wanted so badly. I remember taking her for walks (which is why I love fall so much- we saw the fall colors everyday- and now I think of her when the weather is cooler and I see fall colors). Things got worse when Olivia began having a preference of Matt over me, and then I always thought that was confirmation I was a bad mom. Fortunately, when she turned one, I gained more confidence as a parent and now I feel really good, like I know what I'm doing and can handle it alone. Now that I have Jackson, I'm sad that I missed out on so much with Olivia, but on the other hand- I still feel the same way with him. Thankfully, I have been on medicine that has really helped me calm down and just enjoy it all with him. I know he's my last baby and I want to treasure it all this time around.
Here's a retrospect of some of my favorite memories of these first three years:
This is the day before I gave birth. If you squint and look REALLY hard, you can see the hospital in the background!
Olivia is two days old here- I looked and felt exhausted.
Olivia's first Christmas, three months old
First solids (other than cereal)- six months old. These were either peas or green beans. She hated them then, and still won't eat them. :)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
In last week's Duluth News Tribune there was a cute article by Sam Cook about those of us watching the Olympics. I laughed so hard at work when I read this, and I sincerely asked my boss if we could just open the office an hour later. That would make it more manageable to stay awake during the day and still be able to get my MP fix at night. Sadly, he is all done at these Olympics- so I have to settle looking at him through blog sites for at least the next week or two and then he'll settle into obscurity until 2012 London. :) So here's that Sam Cook article, it's great:
I am going to have to have a frank conversation with my bosses soon. I’m going to have to ask them a very basic question: How can you expect me to get to work on time when I spend half the night making sure Michael Phelps gets another gold medal? Am I the only one in this pool? Here’s how it happens: You flop down on the couch just to “see what’s on” at the Olympics any given night. You’re just going to watch for a few minutes. Next thing you know, you’ve developed a deep bond with the men’s gymnastics team, or perhaps a women’s beach volleyball duo. You can’t just leave them in mid-competition. It’s like eating potato chips. You want to quit, but you can’t.
Four hours later, you stumble off to bed muttering about those Chinese women gymnasts. Women? They can’t be old enough to drive. Some of them look hardly old enough to ride a bike. You drag yourself into work the next morning, and someone comments on the huge bags under your eyes. Bags? Those aren’t bags. Those are the Olympic rings in flesh, baby.
OK. I know the Chinese duped us with the electronic fireworks in the opening ceremonies. (What gives? Aren’t fireworks a mainstay of the Chinese economy? And they give us digital Roman candles?) And, yes, there was the matter of the lip-synching at the same ceremonies. Fine. Whatever. Just bring on Kara Goucher and Phelps and those cool underwater cameras at the swimming venue, and I’m welded to the couch for another night. Here’s what I like about the Olympics: Biceps. Quads. Lats. Traps. Abs. Glutes. You look at those athletes and you realize — oh, that’s how we’d all look if we spent a little more time in the gym. I’m not specifying genders here. I just think the human form, sculpted to perfection by years of training, is cool. However. I have identified some Olympic issues. The balance beam, for one. Abolish it. Ban it. I find it much too scary to watch those young women doing flips and twists and mid-air splits, then trying to land on a piece of split-rail fence 4 feet off the ground. I can hardly watch it. And, Phelps, dude, hike that Speedo up a little bit. It’s riding a little low on the glutes, if you know what I mean. I’m afraid something’s going to snap and it’s going to unravel right down to your ankles. And some of my women friends have raised an equity issue relating to beach volleyball. Specifically, how come the women wear bikinis, but the guys wear shorts and shirts? Frankly, this lack of equality hadn’t occurred to me, but I sympathize with my friends’ concern. One more thing. Synchronized diving. Why?
OK. Kara runs the 10,000 meters at 9:45 a.m. today. I’ll talk to the bosses about that, too. We’re going to need about a half-hour break.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Jack loved the monkeys..