Thursday, March 30, 2006

My cub scout

Austin carried the American flag in his first pack meeting this week. I am so proud of him! He did a fantastic job with it and has great respect for the flag.
He has only been a cub scout since the second week of February but he earned his bobcat badge the first week and received it at this pack meeting.
During the coming month he and Mike will be building his Pinewood derby car. As Mike didn't have a lot of chances to build Pinewood derby cars as a kid he is very excited the two of them have worked out at least 3 different blue prints. Austin doesn't so much care what the shape is as long as in his words it has "weaponry"! I know they are both going to have a blast with this and I am thrilled they have the chance to work together on stuff like this to "bond".
In addition Tuesday was my last day at work so I will be able to go to all of his scout stuff from Pinewood derbies to blue and gold dinners. I am thankful I have been blessed with the opportunity to stay at home with my kids now so I guess I better stop wasting time and get some laundry done ;0)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

It's almost time

It's almost here! One week from today is my last day at work! Just to make sure I am committed to this path the kids have been extra crazy the last few days.
I am really very excited to be a stay at home mom, it will be nice to not have to feel like I have to get everything done before I go to work.
I will really enjoy getting to have family prayer with my family not just with my cell phone.
I will enjoy tucking my kids into bed.
I am going to love being able to snuggle up with my sweetie every night at bedtime not climbing into bed when he is sound asleep.
So the count down is on and I couldn't be more thrilled.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Next time do your homework...

Did some more research and found this:

Though rugged actor Lee Marvin was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," it's unclear whether the exchange cited in this letter ever took place. What we do know is that the story can't be true, regardless of whether it was actually ever told. Here are the facts:
Keeshan turned 75 on June 27, 2002. The current version of the rumor above had been circulating long before that. This comment has been added by an anonymous forwarder
Bob Keeshan and Lee Marvin both served in the Marines, but never together.
Marvin was wounded at the battle of Saipan, two months prior to Iwo Jima. He received the Purple Heart, not the Navy Cross, for his injuries. There is no record of him serving at Iwo Jima.
Keeshan enlisted in the Marines in June, 1945 - four months after Iwo Jima. He never saw action during the war and never received the Navy Cross.
Entertainment legends are expected to tell legendary tales. It's possible that Marvin did relate this story, but its also just as likely that it's an urban legend that got attributed to Marvin to make it sound better. Not surprisingly, this chain picked up some steam in response to Keeshan's death on January 23, 2004, at age 76.
Urban legends that portray childrens' television stars in a situation or profession that is in stark contrast to their on-screen personas are common. Can you imagine dear Captain Kangaroo lying in the sand, clad in fatigues, dragging on a cigarette? Me neither, that's why legends like this endure - shock value.
Newer versions of the Marvin/Keeshan chain above now carry an interesting prologue that suggests another beloved Childrens' TV personality has a dark and deadly secret.
This one is completely the stuff of Urban Legend - The facts do not bear it out. (The same rumor has also been falsely applied to folk singer, John Denver." Rogers was never in the military - let alone a Navy Seal. And, he was born in 1928, so he would've been the oldest sniper in Viet Nam. It's no surprise that this bit of folklore resurfaced in the days following Fred Rogers' death in 2003 - and the Marvin/Keeshan chain seems a logical vehicle to tack it on to.

You might not ever guess...

I got this from a friend of mine at work, I have no idea where she got it I know parts off it are true I hope the whole thing is.

Captain Kangaroo passes away on January 23,2004 at the age of 76, which is odd because he always looked to be 76.(DOB:06/27/27) His death reminded me of the following story.

Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee Marvin, is buried in a grave alongside 3 and 4 star generals at Arlington National Cemetery. His marker gives his name, rank(PVT), and service(USMC). Nothing else. Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why the heck does he rate burial with these guys? Well following is the amazing answer.

I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of his Corps experiences. In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces often in rear-echelon posts where they were carefully protected, only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions, Lee Marvin was a genuine hero. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima. There is only one higher naval award...The medal of honor.

If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.

Dialog from "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson": His guest was Lee Marvin. Johnny said, "Lee I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo-Jima...And that during the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded." "Yeah Yeah...I got shot dquare in the bottom and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about half way up Suribachi. Bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys getting shot hauling you down. But Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew...We both got the Cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison. That dumb guy actually stiid up on Red beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach, Bullets flying by, with mortar rounds landing everywhere and he stood there as the main target of gunfire so that he could get his men to safety. He did this on more than one occasion because his men's safety was more important than his own life. That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me, lying on my belly on the litter and said, where'd they get you Lee? Well bob...If you make it home before me, tell Mom I said to sell the outhouse! Johnny, I'm not lying, Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew.

The Sergeant's name is Bob Keeshan. You and the world know him as Captian Kangaroo.

On another note, there was this wimpy little man(who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr Rogers is another of these you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat-proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore long sleeved sweaters on TV, to cover the many tattoos on his forearm and biceps. He was a master in small arms and hand-to-hand combat, able to disarm or kill in a heartbeat. After the war Mr Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister and therefore a pacifist. Vowing to never harm another human and also dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on the right path in life. He hid away the tattoos and his past life and won or hearts with his quiet wit and charm.

America's real heroes don't flaunt what they did they quietly go about their day to day lives, doing what they do best. They earned our respect and the freedoms that we all enjoy. Look around and see if you can find one of those heroes in your midst. Often they are the ones you'd least suspect, but would most like to have on your side if anything ever happened.

Take the time to thank anyone that has fought for our freedom. With encouragement they could be the next Captian Kangaroo or Mr. Rogers.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Disney baby crack...

This is the Little Einsteins" or as we refer to it at our house "baby crack"
I have never seen anything like it in my life Wade sill sit down and become intranced in this show for 25 minutes at a time. When it's time for a breathing treatment we hit the Einsteins on the TIVO so he gives us no trouble, I need to take a quick shower Einsteins to the rescue. He will watch every episode we have on the TIVO at least once a day and it would be the only thing on the TV if Wade had his way.
He is very cute when he is watching it he slaps his legs with the character's on the show to help rocket take off and even throws his arms up in the air and says blast off at the right time. I like that is is exposing him to classical music and art from all over the place I sure like him watching this better that some of the other crap that is on TV but I have to wonder if I am doing the right thing when he stands in front of the TV or brings me the remote and jumps up and down saying "steins, steins!!"
Good thing I have that mother of the year award all wrapped up already.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

How man colors of tan can there be...

So tomorrow I have a guy coming to give me a bid on painting our living room, stairwell and hall.
Why might you ask would I pay someone to paint such a small area!?! Well for starters its really not that small while the floor space isn't huge our living room has something close to 30 foot ceilings and I have no desire to climb up scaffolding and paint all the ay up there. Might and I get cross when we paint I choose to blame it on the chemicals in the paint and not on Mike being a butt ;O)
I think I want something neutral but not white or off white something more up to date so I have been thinking a nice tan or beige I was looking at paintchips at the Home Depot and can you believe that there is something like 50 colors of tan? Good grief!
I don't want it to be to dark and I don't want it to look brown at all (especially when our kitchen is green that would be a 70's flashback color scheme for sure ewwwww!)
I am hoping the painter will have some suggestions and maybe some paint swatches to check them out. Wish me luck.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Comments anyone...

I startd to get spam so I turned on the word verification but I must have messed up something else. I believe it is all fixed now :0)

Friday, March 03, 2006

I'm going to Disneyland!

The dates are set I have asked for the time off work, We are going to go to Disneyland just Mike and I in April!!!! Woooo Hooo!
I have always wanted to go just the two of us so we can go on any ride we want, we can shop on main street with out having to say" stop that don't touch that", we can eat dinner at one of the cute little restaurants and not have spend our whole meal saying "eat that I just paid 12 dollars for that hotdog you will eat it"
I am so excited I could just burst.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Sleep study?!?

Doesn't the term "sleep study" imply that sleep will be involved? I went in last night for my sleep study and did very little sleeping. I thought maybe I would get a sleeping pill or something to help facilitate said sleep but alas that is not the case.
After almost an hour worth of hooking up wires to everywhere the technician says to me as he is walking out the door " Okay now hurry up and sleep, I will be watching from out here." Oh yeah that is going to help me sleep so much faster the thought of some strange guy sitting out at a desk watching me toss and turn.
The fact that there was a big window from the hall into the room and every blessed light in the building was on didn't help much either, add to that humming computer equipment, sleeping in a strange bed and no Mike to cuddle up to and you have the makings of one of the longest nights of my life.
I hope that this study will help find some answers but I am not holding my breath. ;O)