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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Blue and Gold

Harris is now a Weblos!
Skylar, Harris, and Corbin
Award Time!
February has been a busy month for us with all the boys activities, school (science project), and birthdays. We have worked hard this month to finish up all the required activities, and Harris was able to get his bear badge. Now he is a Weblos. Yahoo! When I say hard work, I mean hard work. Last Thursday, the boys in the pack gathered together for the Blue and Gold ceremony that we have each year. Everyone had a good time.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Redeemed

Around 10am this morning, I got a phone call from my son who was at school. The conversation went as follows.
Harris:Mom (in sad pathetic voice)

Mom:thinking in her head "oh no" he is calling me to tell me he is sick and wants to be picked up.

Harris: Are you bringing cupcakes at lunch for my birthday?

Mom: Well, I wasn't planning on it. I don't have a car today.

Harris: Can't you call nana and ask her to come home so that you can bring some?

Mom: Well, Harris nana is at work. I don't think she will be home on time, and on top of that I don't have any cupcakes.

Harris: Oh (even more sad in his expression followed by a pause) Well, then can you bring some on Monday?

Mom: Yes, I can do that.

Harris: OK , then bye!

He hung up the phone and I felt so terrible. Every year since kindergarten I have brought cupcakes to school to celebrate his birthday. Even worse is that he isn't getting a big birthday party this year since he had a big party last year. I called my mom to see what time she was getting home and she said shortly before noon. I had planned on running to the store real quick to pick up the cupcakes since I didn't have the ingredients. Then I remembered that I had seen a recipe on another blog for a cookie cake. I thought that would be perfect since I did have all the ingredients for that. Today a mom was redeemed because another blogger had shared her recipe. My son was happy.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Swimming!


Some families are soccer families and some are piano families, but ours chooses swimming. Now I don't think either of my children will be the next Michael Phelps, but if anything else it is a good skill to have. Maybe they will prove me wrong. This year lessons finally clicked for both boys. In the past we had tried some lessons, but both boys spent more time goofing off then really perfecting their strokes. I think the threat that I gave them that they would continue with lessons until they learned how to swim had some effect. It really isn't their favorite sport, but I am hoping they will learn to love it. I think every child needs to have some kind of sport because it will help them to develop a healthy lifestyle. Harris graduated this year from a polliwog to a minnow and has learned all 4 strokes, but still needs time to really perfect them. Winston is close to becoming a minnow. He just needs to build up a little endurance and be able to swim the full length of the pull without stopping before they will graduate him.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Opportunity Knocks

Thrashers
Harris and Ryan
Sandra, Ryan, and Harris
Let's Rumble
Go Thrashers!
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Yesterday afternoon I got a phone call from my friend Sandra. She starts off by saying I know it is really last minuted, but I was wondering if you and Harris would like to go to the Thrashers game. I won tickets to Club seating and I have two extra tickets. I said a big giant "Yes". I would be crazy to turn the opportunity down. The tickets sell for a $130 a piece. There was no way I was ever going to get a chance to have those seats. We usually sit in the nose bleeders which is still nicer than watching it on TV, but to be so close was a treat. Yahoo! Within the first 2 minutes of the game the Thrashers had scored their first goal. Then within the first 5 minutes the Thrashers scored their 2 goal. This was pretty amazing. Hockey is not a very high scoring game and usually you can sit through 2/3 of the game before anyone will score. The highlights are the fights. Before the end of the 1st period the Thrashers had scored another goal. The Colorado Avalanche scored 1 just seconds before the end of the 1st period. The second period Colorado scored another goal making it 3-2. The third period began and the Thrashers scored a 4 th goal. Then just minutes before the third period ended Colorado scored another; however, they were not able to tie it up and so the Thrashers won 4-3. The boys were so happy.

Friday, February 20, 2009

You Gotta Believe!

Roman the last 2 years with you in our lives has been the best. When the doctor told me that there was something wrong with your heart. I just had to believe that everything was going to be OK. When the doctor said, "You can still abort this baby." I couldn't! I had to believe. If I had only one minute, three months, two years, or a lifetime, I had to believe. We spent so many nights on our knees asking for everything to be ok. You have changed our lives forever and changed our heart too. Thank you for being apart of our family.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy 2nd Birthday!!!!


Today we celebrated Roman's 2nd birthday. He has been nothing but pure joy for the last 2 years. He is the sweetest boy! I love how he says mama and is always smiling. He loves to cuddle. The way he dances when he hears music and how he loves to sit and color all morning. His love for balls and for his big brothers. He still isn't much of an eater, but he sure loves eggs and sausage for breakfast. He is smart. He isn't much of a talker, and still only says about 20 words. He will talk when he is ready. Happy Birthday Roman! We love you so much! You have taught us so much and changed our hearts.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I Heart Snickerdoodles!

I think Snickerdoodles are way over shadowed by the beloved Chocolate Chip Cookie. Don't get me wrong, I love Chocolate Chip cookies too and there is nothing like that buttery brown sugar taste with yummy bits of chocolate, but Snickerdoodles have cinnamon and sugar. They remind me of my childhood when mornings started by eating buttered cinnamon toast for breakfast.

Snickerdoodles
1 1/3 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of cream of tarter
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of butter
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 egg

Cinnamon Sugar
1/4 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
Combine in a bowl: butter, sugar, and egg then add dry ingredients. Roll dough in a ball or use a very small ice cream scoup then roll in cinnamon sugar and place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until light golden brown.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Harrisisms

Usually, I forget the funny things that my kids do or say. So, I wanted to write this one down before I forget what Harris said tonight. Anyways, Roman had gotten into my wallet and pulled out some of my cards. Harris took them away and was looking at my drivers licence and says, "Mom you got and "F" in sex." I said, "What are you talking about?' He says well on your license it say you got an "F" -How do you get an "F"? Well, it was all I could do from laugh my head off. First, I asked him if he knew what sex was and he told me he couldn't tell me because Winston was standing next to us. Then he pulls me aside and says it is when you kiss with your tongues. I explained to him that on the drivers licence it was talking about gender meaning female or male. He was like "oh." I guess it is time we have the talk with him before he Googles it which he was about to do before I was able to distract him.

The funny thing is I was about the same age when I found some fishing licence forms of my grandpas. I thought it would be fun to fill one out. I got to the section where it asked sex and then gave an F box or an M box, but I didn't understand what that meant. I then wrote a big fat "No" . Everyone in my family got a big kick out of that.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

My Hero


The child in the middle is mine. You are most likely wondering why he has no hair. Well, these are lost photos before we left for Switzerland last spring. He shaved his head to support his best friend Mason who has been battling cancer for the past year. Mason is currently in the hospital getting a bone marrow transplant and could use a prayer. One day he was a normal 9 year old boy and the next he complained he had a stomach ache. Parents didn't think anything of it until two days later when he still didn't want to eat and stayed in bed sleeping. The took him to the doctor and thankfully she was smart enough to have him go get an x-ray of his stomach. Sure enough it was cancer. Every parents nightmare. Anyway, Harris and his friends wanted to show Mason how much they loved him and so they shaved their heads. Harris was so brave and was the first to go. Like any 9 year old boy he gets on my nerves at times, but really I love him so much and I am so proud of him. In the end he always does the right thing. This makes him my hero.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Congenital Heart Disease






On Saturday begins Congenital Heart Disease week, our family will begin the celebrations by attending a party for the children who were born with CHD. As many of you know our son Roman was born with a heart condition called Tetrology of Fallot. Then on the 10th, Roman and I will go to the capital to watch our Governor sign into law an official Congenital Heart Disease Week! Yahoo! Maybe one would wonder why we would celebrate such a cause when it should be such a sad thing; however, by celebrating it we are saying that we are grateful for medical advances that allow these children to even survive. It wasn't even until the late 1940's before anyone was even willing to work on the heart.
A couple of weeks ago children ages 8-11 gathered to make blankets for the cardiac babies at Sibley Heart center. The children had a blast and felt rewarded in knowing they were doing something good for someone else. These blankets are just a start in a much larger project called Roman's Blanket Project. This project will not only provide baby blankets, but will also make burp clothes, pillowcases, crayons and coloring books, and hopefully a list of needed items. Today we delivered snacks for the parents lounge, cookies for the ICU waiting area, and 40 of the 160 blankets that were made. We also delivered 50 coloring books and 50 crayons and 30 burp clothes. Our goal is to make about 300 blankets this year.
This project has been made possible by bake sales and donations given from the faculty members of the Georgia Tech Business School, the Homework Center, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.