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An Ode to my Mom

My Mom is funny. She's got a great sense of humor, and impeccable timing for things...wether you need a smile, a funny story,  a scolding, or reassurance. She's also very graceful. But not in a look-at-her-dance graceful, or a graceful-when-walking kind of way.....

We were at a Mother's Day luncheon one year at our church. Mom got her plate, set it on the table and went to sit down. And the chair collapsed out from under her. Everyone jumped up, "Donna!! Are you ok?" And there was my Mom, on the floor, obviously embarassed, but luckily unhurt. And from across the room, I said........

"MOTHER! Get up off the floor, you're going to dirty your dress!"

She burst out laughing. I helped her up, and we got on with our lunch, with grace.

Years before, in my sophmore year of high school, Mom was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. At the time of the luncheon, she was using a cane almost every time we went somewhere. Now, just a few weeks past the 19th anniversary of her diagnoses, she's paralyzed from the shoulders down, and confined to a wheelchair. She wears her "I do my own stunts" shirt places, runs her house like she did when we were little, and has so many stories for my kids. She rarely lets her failed body get her down. She's full of grace.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!!

Time Flies

Isabella turned 10 yesterday. TEN! How did that happen?
She's nearly 5ft tall, and 100 pounds, hair below her waist. Such a beauty, with those blue eyes of hers. Bossy as ever, but ever so sweet too. She's an awesome big sister, an amazing daughter, and all-around really neat kid :) 

School is "out" on the 16th, but we'll work a couple weeks or so into the summer, and Diego will be really focusing on his reading this summer. He's getting there :) Felx shaved his head last week, and I don't like it one bit. Diego loves it though, gets to look just like Daddy, and Aidan is so very miffed. He wants his head shaved too, but he has little white boy hair, not Felix's super thick need-the-sheep-shears hair. Poor kid. 

Aidan, Aidan...not sure what's up with him. He is being such a pill lately. Just being naughty, not listening, being mean to Diego. I think he needs a weekend home with Mama ;)  Just some alone time, him and I. I sneak it in here and there, but i think I need to ship the older 2 off somewhere for the day and just keep him (and Peach, of course)

My baby.....she's teething, I'm sure, sitting up unasisted, purposely falling down forward to get to her belly to roll over to see better, and pulling herself across the floor. not far, but she will go quite a few inches to get to something. She will be 6 months old tomorrow. :sigh:

Things with my family are same shit different day right now. Talking seems to get us nowhere, but I think my Mom sees now that  our cutting back on the visits correlates directly to Sam moving in with them. It took my brother saying it outright to her, and me telling her the same when she asked me.  She talks smack, and when confronted, denys it or feigns innocence. My parents defend her, "she wasn't raised right, we're working on it, doesn't know how to deal with people, has trust issues", yadda yadda yadda. She's 24, you can't raise her up again, make her put on big girl panties and deal with it. Trying to weed my way through it all. Guess I should hike up my BGP and deal with it too. :sigh: 

Feb. 28th, 2010

99 Things to Do before you Die...

Copy the list, bold the ones you've done (with explanations if needed), share with friends.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a thunder and lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning 
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse 
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulanc
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business 
58. Taken a martial arts class 
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching 
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square 
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job 
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car 
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life (
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone 
99. Been stung by a bee

39 Weeks!

39 weeks....wow. Time has flown by. We'll see how long she stays put ;) I'm HUGE!! LOL


We have a name.....

Aurora David (pronounced Dah-Veed) after both of Felix's Grandmothers. :)

Nov. 18th, 2009

for my reference:

1.5lbs ground beef

1 can tomato sauce (15oz)
1 can tomato paste (4oz)
6c water
4 carrots
3 potatoes
1 can corn (15oz)
5 cloves garlic
3 beef marrow cubes
3 onion cubes
3 garlic cubes
macaroni (7oz bag, mexican style)
Omg if i find that cat in the pram one more time ill scream


22 weeks, 6 days

32 weeks, 2 days

36 weeks, 6 days

I'm really beginning to wonder how much more this shirt will stretch........

Nov. 1st, 2009

Audrey Caroline
Audrey Cecelia
Audrey Grace
Audrey Madeline
Audrey Norah
Audrey Sophia
Audrey Violet

I really like Audrey.



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