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Congratulations to the Warner Robins American Little league team. They won the Little League Baseball World Championship game and beat Tokyo, Japan 3 -2. They are amazing.

In 1977, we moved to the small town of Warner Robins, Georgia when my father was put in charge of Air Force Reserve Recruiting for Robins AFB. I graduated from Warner Robins High School, the home of the Warner Robins Demons.

Yes, our mascot was:
Our main rival was north side high school and their mascot was an eagle. The demons won the city, state, region and national championship in 1981. And even now, they are the Region a AAAAA All Sports Champion for 2006-2007.

I remember one evening, when I went with a couple girlfriends to infiltrate, ahem....check out Northside High school's senior hall during homecoming week. We wanted to to see what kind of posters they were putting up, etc. We walked slowly through the hall, until some of the students realized we were from the "other" schoo…

Lunar eclipse

James and I asked Father to wake us up last night when the lunar eclipse started. He thought we were both crazy and didn't think we were serious. James sleeps very heavy and doesn't even wake up when the smoke alarm is blaring.

Father tried to stay up, but ended up coming to bed around 1:00. I told myself before going to bed, that I wanted to get up at 3:00. So, around 3:00 I woke up to go to the bathroom. My getting out of bed woke up Father. He asked if I was going out to look at the eclipse. Oh yeah! So, he went in to wake up James; who actually woke up, looked at us for a couple minutes blearily, then it registered. Lunar Eclipse. He hopped up and we all went outside. It was a beautiful night. I took a few pictures, but wasn't sure they were going to come out. I blearily looked through the viewfinder, tried to turn off the flash and set it to timer instead. Ended up taking a few pictures of the ground. I figured it out and aimed. My camera isn't the most powerful…

James Schedule for this Week

Friday's are saved for catching up, field trips, errands and general free time.

Alien or Ghost - What do you think?

We celebrated father’s 48th birthday yesterday, plus went to the Audio Engineering Society’s first official meeting for the new Sacramento Section. For his major present, Father was excited to receive a Milwaukee Super Sawzall Reciprocating Saw with Rotating Handle. Do you think I have a few "honey do" projects for him to do in the foreseeable future? James gave him a couple books about space and German planes, plus a neat musical card that played the chicken dance song. That song was stuck in father's head for the rest of the day and I heard him humming it quite a few times!

Father is the Vice Chair for the group, so we arranged for James to stay with J and J so I could go. James was all excited about being “kid sitted” by J and doing work for him.Just as we were about to leave, he climbed onto the tractor ready to work.

While we were at the meeting, he helped J plow the garden area and move some dirt. J said within a couple minutes of sitting down on the trac…

The benefits of age and wisdom

The benefits of being 40 something is that aging adds richness to your life, shallowness has been replaced with depth, the naivety of youth has been replaced with maturity.
In other words, experience begets wisdom, wisdom begets...well I won't get all philosophical on ya. As I grow older, I appreciate life more and get more out of life.

And what led up to this moment.... I got an "A", I got an "A". Happy Dance!!!!!!!!
I just finished taking Essentials of Oceanography which was actually quite interesting. It gave me a new appreciation for the ocean and how our world works.
Well, Herbie, one of our frogs died Wednesday.Both the frogs generally hide out in the little cave of their habitat whenever we are about.I hardly ever see them out in the daytime.Well, Wednesday, Herbie was out and about.I put in some crickets and noticed a couple of them were way too big for the frogs to eat.We buy small size crickets and they triple in size within a week.Doesn’t matter if you forget to feed them, they just keep on growing.So, I pulled out the large cricket (easier said than done) and Herbie went into her fake death mode.I don’t know if you have ever seen a frog fake that they are dead, but it is amazing.The frog flips over on its back; starts jerking like having death spasms, then goes still, with her legs stretched out.Anyway, she does this, but I can see she is still breathing.Generally this lasts a few minutes, and then when you aren’t looking, they go back to hiding.So, a little while later, I came back into the kitchen and she is in the same position, but I ca…
I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine!

Ten years ago in a little brick church, we said “I do” to a lifetime with each have and to hold, for better, for worse,for richer, for poorer,in sickness and in health,to honor and cherishuntil death do us part!What God has joined together,let no man put asunder*******************************
I never thought I would find my soul mate .... through a want-ad. That's right, a want-ad. Whatever the reason was at the time: silly, dare, bored, curious or what, in 1992 I placed an ad in the Sacramento Singles News Magazine. It said

Ward Cleaver, Where are You?

SWF, 32 seeking a 1950's type of guy. A gentleman with sense of humor and the gift of gab, affectionate (i'm addicted to hugs and backrubs), physically fit, intelligent, catholic. I am 5'2", 115 lb., multifaceted southern lady who is educated, intelligent, stubborn, conservative, honest, passionate, catholic, with sense of humor who still believes in old fa…
We had J and J over for dinner last night for rack of lamb, salad with some of their garden fresh veggies and french bread. Father opened a bottle of 2004 Chateau Pichon Longueville Bordeaux, but unfortunately it was still a little young and rough tasting. He has really spoiled me with the good aged wines. We celebrated their engagement....he surprised her by proposing at their high school reunion.
After dinner, James turned off all the lights in the house. We took pictures in the dark and they actually came out remarkably well.

We also played around with shining the flashlight in our faces, pretending to be ghosts. James request, of course...and which he wants to repeat tonight!!!!!

I just finished writing my 5 question essay final for my oceanography class and have submitted it. So far, I am getting an A in the class and will be happy with whatever I get on the final. It was an interesting class, but am I glad it is over.

Put this on your to do list - Sept 12 Day of Conception

When I jokingly mentioned this to Father last night, he said "when is it, I'll join in!" He was rather enthusiastic about it. LOL!!!!!!

Russian Governor Sponsors Conception Day

Tuesday August 14, 2007 7:31 PM

MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian region best known as the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin has found a novel way to fight the nation's birthrate crisis: It has declared Sept. 12 the Day of Conception and for the third year running is giving couples time off from work to procreate. The hope is for a brood of babies exactly nine months later on Russia's national day. Couples who ``give birth to a patriot'' during the June 12 festivities win money, cars, refrigerators and other prizes. Ulyanovsk, a region on the Volga River about 550 miles east of Moscow, has held similar contests since 2005. Since then, the number of competitors, and the number of babies born to them, has been on the rise. Alexei Bezrukov and his wife, Yulia, won a 250,000 ruble prize - equivalent…
Happy Kid

Happy instructor !!!

James told D yesterday during his swimming lesson "When I grow up, I am going to marry you!" Of course, a couple weeks ago he was saying "When I grow up, I am going to marry Paris Hilton!" Hah!

This is going to be a fun week. Our 10th anniverary is Thursday the 23rd and Father's Birthday is Saturday the 25th. We have arranged to take off from work for those days. Usually, we take the whole week off...but since we may be going to New York in October (keep your fingers and legs crossed)...decided not to.

While I was trying to figure out what to give Father for our anniversary, looked up what the traditional gift is for the 10th. Tin and aluminum! Who made up these lists ...must have been a man! hee hee. Well, I am considering buying a new barbecue for Father...certainly some part of it must be made of tin or aluminum.

I will be going out Sunday before food shopping to check out various grills....already have a…

Okay, I’ll admit it… I have one of “those” kids.

Okay, I’ll admit it… I have one of “those” kids.
What I mean by “those” kids is a child who is normal, but is more….loud, intense, dramatic, sensitive, perceptive, energetic, analytical. On the advice of a friend, I just read (twice) “Setting Limits with your strong willed child” by Robert J MacKenzie Ed.D. This is an excellent book written by an educational psychologist.

James and I have been at logger heads lately…which means lot of yelling, slamming of doors, talking back, attitude, taking away of privileges, things, swearing (on my part) and just general mayhem. Every six months, like clockwork, around his birthday and halfway point to his birthday, he goes through changes. Some good, some bad… but always accompanied by attitude changes, testing, and lots of yelling. If you don’t know about the ‘spirals’ check out Louise Bates Ames of the Gesell Institute and the series of books they put out about what to expect as your child ages.

So, someone suggested I reread Spiri…

life in motion

James birthday was fun.He received Project Gemini DVD, Moon Race: History of the Apollo DVD, Herbie the Love Bug DVD, Trouble Game, Ravenstock Space Puzzle and $170 combined from his grandparents and other relatives.Most of the money went into his savings account.The rest, he bought a new buzz lightyear, Go Diego Go DVD, and a cat tower for Luna.We are waiting to see what Father gets for his birthday, before he buys anymore Space DVDs.His swimming lessons are going great!!He just finished level 3 and got a red ribbon for his accomplishments.He is actually swimming somewhat under his own power, but still has to learn how to coordinate his arms and legs together.He does a mean underwater dog paddle.He has two more weeks of lessons and hopefully I will be able to talk him into continuing.At this point, he is looking forward to being done…despite the fact that he is progressing.He wants to do the fit explorer missions put out by NASA which involve coordinated strength training, endurance …

Happy 8th Birthday -- James

August 5, 1999

6 months









James came into this world rather dramatically at 4:00 a.m. in the morning August 5th, 1999. He arrived via a c-section after a rather tiring 36 hour complication filled labor. He was fiesty and as all the nicu nurses said

"He goes from 0 to 60 in 2 seconds"

Our life has been filled with 0 to 60 moments -- happiness, sadness, talking, crying, laughter, fighting, discovery and play.

He is a combination of Father and I with all our best traits and yes, even our worst. We have learned much about ourselves and life as seen through the eyes of a child.

As our adventure continues, taking us God knows where, all I can say is

Happy Birthday James! I love you, my wonderful child

What a week!

Monday, after James finished his swimming lesson, his aunts KH and KL, along with my darling nephew L were here for a visit. KH and L were in town from Texas to go camping with KL and her family. They were able to come up for the afternoon and spend some time with us. L just turned 12 in June and I gave him Dragonopoly Game for his Birthday. (I can never forget his birthday, because I was his mom’s birth coach. What an experience that was!!!!!) Sometime I may be late with gifts, however, and I was forgiven.

We had fun talking, while playing with the GeoSafari xcavations, building lego houses, and whatnot. James received an early birthday present from Aunt KL – Dora the Explorer – summer explorer. He enjoyed watching it!

Wednesday, I took James to Bounce Town after swimming lessons and lunch. Bounce town has indoor inflatable bounce houses for kids to play in and on. They have "the Big Slide, Ironman Challenge, Ten in one playground and the Three in one Jumper&q…