Pieces of Me

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

And she needs glasses

Shouldn't be a big deal, right?  But for some reason, I am very, very sad about this.  I got glasses in 2nd grade.  I remember getting them.  I remember wanting them and getting them.  And then, I remember hating them, forgetting to wear them, begging for contacts, etc.  To this day, I don't wear my glasses.  Of course, a few years ago, I was told to wear them when I needed them.  As a child, I had to wear them to see the board in school.  I still don't remember wearing them all the time.  I do not have a single school photo of me in my classes expect for the 2nd grade class picture. 

At any rate, she did not pass the vision screening at school so we made an appointment to get her eyes checked.  Turns out, she has an astigmatism in both eyes and will need to wear her glasses all the time.  But she's really excited about them, so I'm attempting to save face and be excited, too. 

I just feel like  little bit of a failure.  How did I not know she was having a hard time seeing things?  Why didn't she come to me?? 

I do have an adorable photo of her in the dialation glasses they gave her, but the camera is in the other room.  She won't get her glasses until next week, but I will have her model them for her once we get them.

She's taking it better than me.  Let's just hope I can get used to the idea that she needs them and start to get excited about how excited she is. 

Monday, September 15, 2008

It's Cayden's Turn

So I've spent a lot of time talking about Hannah and her adventures in Kindergarten.  I *think* I have mentioned that Cayden is now attending a Mother's Day Out Program at Noah's Art Preschool where I work.  Thankfully, he is not in my class.  He is in Ms. Tori and Mrs. Park's class.  And he is loving nearly every minute of it.  Here are a few photos from his first day -

Very Proud of his Lunch Box. 


Leaving me behind.


Making sure I'm coming.


With Ms. Tori


And that was it.  There were no tears from him or Mommy.  He just went to school.  It's been like that every time except this last Thursday where he whined all day long.


Here's a great photo of Cayden fully clothed in the tub.  Daddy was turning the water on in tub, and he turned around to find that Cayden had climbed in.  Silly boy.DSCN0717

Cayden and his "spiky" hair (and big blue eyes)


Petra came for a visit.  This was as good as I could get of the two of them.


My little prince - forced to play tea party w/ sister.

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Put two 2 year olds together in a kitchen center and you get Drums and . . .


Self-Mutalation (he's performing "surgery" on himself).


And last of all, one of our favorite pastimes - GUITAR HERO

Cayden playing alongside Daddy!

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and of course, the backup dancers


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Where Were You?

Where were you seven years ago today at 8:00 EST??  On the way to work/preschool today, the song by Alan Jack, Where were you when the world stopped turning?, came on the radio.  I usually am able to get a grip on my emotions and just reflect on what happened to our country on that day in 2001.  But this year, tears welled up in my eyes as I listened to the words of the song, particularly the 2nd verse when he sings, "Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Teaching a class full of innocent children Driving down some cold interstate."

My eyes welled up with tears because 7 years ago, I was teaching my 1st class of 5th graders.  The class that was deemed, "The class from h---." by the other teacher with whom I worked.  And here I was, fresh out of college, trying to get a grip on teaching as well as make long lasting connections with my students.  I learned so much from those 10 year olds (who are now graduating from high school).  I learned that forgiveness really is key to moving on with our lives.  I remember Kacie Friedrich praying for the people who did this to our country, "Lord, please forgive the men who did this terrible thing.  Please show them your love."   I remember standing there in awe, thinking. . . wow. . . .can I forgive them?  And of course, I still have not.  I still feel like my life has been violated - that my children's lives have been violated because now they have to learn in history class about something that happened in my lifetime.  I suppose this is what my parents felt during Vietnam, or my grandparents during WWII and Korea.  I don't know, now I think that I really did take living in America for granted.  I, never in my life, ever thought that someone from behind enemy lines would come here to act out against us.  Just for being American. 

But I am proud to be an American.  I'm proud of our public servicemen and women.  Anytime I see a firefighter I just want to hug him/her.  And I know that before 9/11, I did not have those feelings.  Now, I want to bring them cookies and tell them Thank You.  Same goes to any police officer, ENT, and soldier/sailor/etc.

So I ask you, where were you?  Do you remember?  Have you forgotten?  If you have, please revisit what happened to our country and remember to say thank you.  Tell your neighbor hello and invite your folks over for dinner one evening. 


Sunday, September 7, 2008

Back from Paradise

Stephen and I took a long weekend away from the kids for our anniversary.  We stayed at the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch Vacation Club  in San Antonio Texas for 3 nights and 3 days.  We had a lot of fun together just being a couple.  We also were able to attempt to catch up on 5 years of sleep.  I think I may have been successful, especially after catching another hour and a half nap after getting home. 

Of course, this place is gorgeous and away from all city noise.  It's actually pretty quiet except for the squeals of excitement you can hear from all the children visiting with their parents.  This was the only part of our vacation that made me a little homesick (okay a lot homesick) for the kids.

But thankfully, their sister property, the Hyatt Hill Country is just a mile away and offers an adult only pool.  This was where we were able to slip away into a gorgeous pool and enjoy one another without the background noise of children playing. 

We had a wonderful, relaxing time with no responsibilities or obligations.  And this was the first time we have ever been away from the kids.  We are looking forward to making a trip back in the near future with the kids so they can enjoy the 800 ft River Pool and water slides. 

Photos of our room -






This is the amazing bed that Stephen and I shared.  It took a little getting used to the first night - very different from our bed.  Very firm (I call it hard).  But after our first day, this bed was a wonderful place to relax and recharge.






This is the TV that was in our room.  Not really a highlight of the room, but it was nice to have access to it last night as Stephen enjoyed the UT game on the 42" flat screen just like this in the living room.  Needless to say, Saturday evening, after dinner, the romance stopped.  LOL - I love you, honey!


Here are some photos of the rest of the condo, including the 42" flat screen that we were able to watch 2 movies (27 Dresses and What Happens in Vegas) and on what Stephen got to view the UT Game.

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And of course, a few photos of Stephen and I together at the pool.


Celebrating 9 Years!!

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September 4, 1999                                                 September 6, 2008            


We cannot wait to return to paradise with the children for a fun-filled family vacation.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Good Dose of Un-Reality

So I am not one of the norm when it comes to TV Shows.  Yes, I do love my American Idol and every now and then do get caught up in a Reality TV Show, although my favorite of those is the original, REAL WORLD.  But other than that, I need my dose of un-Reality.  I'm talking those crazy unrealistic dramas. . . Stephen calls them the Teeny Bopper Shows.  I like to think of them as a quick way to escape from life without having to think.  In other words, it's easier on the mind than sitting down and reading a good book - which I do.  I'm reading Atonement right now.

Now that summer is over, my favorite show at the moment, Greek, is back. Yay!!  I'm so happy it's back after it's summer hiatus.  Not that I haven't been completely sucked into The Secret Life of an American Teenager.  Because well, I have.  And I am able to watch it after Hannah is in bed thanks to DVR. . . whatever did we do before it?

But the show I am most excited about (after of course, ER, as it completes is FINAL SEASON this year - whatever am I going to do??) is the new 90210.  Yes, I'm a loyal Beverly Hills 90210 fan.  I missed the 1st season, but got sucked into the crazy the 1st summer they were on w/ new episodes and watched until the wonderful wedding between David and Donna.  I found this fun site if you ever want to know anything about the original 90210 series.  But I digress. . . there is a NEW 90210 that I am so excited about I could just come out of my skin.  Not only are some of the original characters back on the show (Kelly and Brenda), but they have made some awesome connections and references to the lives of the original storyline - Hannah Zuckermann-Vasquez is one of the school's anchorpeople.  Erin Silver is on the show.   Should play out to be a very interesting show.  . and I'm looking forward to more.

I'm looking forward to my regular doses of un-reality. . . no matter how crazy I may look because I'm not busy watching Amazing Race or Survivor.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hurricane Gustav

Hannah spent the night with Grandma last night.  Cayden was put to bed at regular time, and because it's a holiday weekend, I had the opportunity to watch the evening news instead of going to bed at 9:30 p.m.  Having a Kindergartener is a HUGE change in schedule for us.  But I digress. . . .back to news watching.

Fox 7 News at 9 (usually I watch KXAN) had a story on the Hurricane Evacuees coming from Lousisiana.  Now, I'm all for helping out people who have had to leave their homes for their safety.  It's great that Austin is able to provide a place for them to stay while they wait out the storm.  The Austin Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and essentials to these people who have come all that way to be safe.

What I am NOT okay with is watching a news story where a woman is complaing because beds are not being provided for her.  The city of Austin has opened up a place of business (the DELCO center) to hold 300 people.  Initially cots were not going to be provided because the Red Cross has had to stretch their resources statewide as well as stay prepared for whatever TS Hanna may decide to do.  This woman just kept going on and on about how she wasn't sleeping on "no floor."  How is was ridiculous for them to be expected to sleep with a blanket (provided for them) on the floor.  But the representative from the Red Cross said that during the announcement regarding the evacuations in LA the people were told to bring everything they could think of so they could be self-sufficient in the shelters. 

Apparently this wasn't the only angry woman who did not listen.  Now I must give her credit because she was evacuating from her home in the midst of a very scary moment, but she wasn't even thankful for the place she was given.  And the City of Austin stepped up and provided cots for the evacuees, but that made them have to move many people to a 2nd shelter that was not originally part of this Gustav plan because setting up cots means less people will fit in the 1st shelter.  So now we have evacuess at the DELCO center and a local high school.  And there is no information on how the two are going to effect one another tomorrow when school is in session.

I don't know about y'all, but my parent taught me that if something is provided for me free of charge and I'm unhappy with it, I need to get over it or take care of that myself.

Okay I'm over it. . . just had to rant a bit.  I wish I could find the full story online, but here's a link to the story where the City decided to help even more.