Thursday, August 17, 2006

Back to school

After being gone for two weeks, I’m now in back-to-school mode. We had a funeral to go to two weeks ago for Brian’s grandmother. Then I stayed an extra week to go camping with my mom, which was nice. The boys and I hadn’t been since last June and it was a nice get-away before school starts.

I can’t believe school starts in a week and a half! We have their orientation next week, and then the boys get to meet their teachers next Friday. I am getting very excited, and I think they are, too. We just need to get their uniforms and we’re all set I am not looking forward to that expense, lol, but at least we don’t have to get school supplies on top of it!

Monday, August 14, 2006


Ok, though it seems I haven't posted here in forever, it's simply because I switched my blog over to wordpress. BUT, I'm having problmes with the RSS feed. So, for now, I'm back on blogger.

Friday, July 28, 2006

More oddities

Well, I got the font thing figured out. However, I can't get the archives to post without screwing everything up, so I took them out for now. I don't suppose anyone will mind, huh? If I can figure out how to get them back on, I will.

Hmmmm, oddities

My blog is being weird. The font, when it posts, is completely different than what I see in the preview when I made some template changes. I can't figure it out. I didn't change any of the font. It must be possessed.

On another note, the boys were absolutely tickled pink to hear 2 of their favorite songs on my playlist. They are are just in love with Rascal Flatts and their song "Me and my gang." And, OF COURSE, we can't forget "Life is a highway." I added them on there just for them, really, but it was completely worth it to see them dancing, singing and otherwise jamming to the songs a minute ago after Ryan ran upstairs squealing to his brothers that the "Cars" song was on. LOL. That is how they refer to "Life is a highway." Although, I think they were a bit disappointed that they couldn't see more of the movie in the video.

Well, hopefully I'll get this font thing figured out. I went through all of my old code and compared it to what I have now and everything is the same. So, either it's my computer, or it's Blogger. At any rate, there isn't much I can do about it.

I'm hoping we can stop out at Discover Presque Isle tomorrow morning. We've never been, so i think it's high time we venture out to see all that Erie has to offer. Have a great weekend everyone!

Pittsburgh #2 most beautiful place in US?

How's come you Pittsburghers didn't mention this before? We've lived here for 3 1/2 yrs and I never knew that Pittsburgh was/is #2 on USA weekly's 10 most beautiful places in America! I have just come acroos that picture, or view, from atop Mount Washington, or the Duquesne Heights incline (thanks Tanya). That view is absolutely stunning! Now, I really want to visit there. My camera is calling out for a view as beautiful as that!

Here's what the Mag's article said about Pittsburgh (though I'm sure you all know this already!):

2. Nighttime view from Mount Washington in Pittsburgh
In a nation with a wealth of stunning cities full of compelling stories, ranking Pittsburgh as the No. 2 beauty spot is perhaps our most surprising choice. But the Steel City's aesthetic appeal is undeniable, as is its very American capacity for renewal. Standing atop Mount Washington, the steep hill that rises giddily on the city's south side, sightseers enjoy the unforgettable panorama of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers flowing together to create the mighty Ohio, that waterway so essential in the nation's settlement. The rivers cup downtown's lustrous Golden Triangle, where landmark skyscrapers thrust upward like rockets. At night, lights twinkle on no fewer than 15 bridges. Almost as breathtaking as the vista itself is the urban renewal that made it possible. A century ago, a pall of smoke lay so thick over town that streetlights burned all day. As Pittsburgh continues an evolutionary course that has taken it from trading post to transportation hub to industrial goliath, we salute its reinvention into one of America's most scenic and livable communities. In the life of a city, there's nothing more beautiful, or inspiring, than a renaissance. For more, go to

Sounds like a fantastic day trip! And, since the boys love trains so much, I am positive they would love that cable car! Ok, now I'm off to plan a day trip for us to see this beautiful city!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Where did it go?

It's already the last weekend of July! I can not believe that! That means school starts in 3 weeks. Boy, I don't know where the summer went but I feel like I missed it! Is this how all of the summers go once you have kids in school? I remember when I was little summers used to last forever. Well, in my eyes, anyway.

My mom's birthday is Tuesday. I will miss it this year (possibly), like I missed my dad's 50th earlier this year. But, I promised not to miss her 50th next year. I might even have to conspire with my step-dad and sister to plan something for her (no, she doesn't read my blog, so no fear of spoiling it for her, lol). Hmmmm, I only have a year, so I'd better get conspiring.....I mean working on it, lol.

Ok, I need to go finish a paper or two and head off to bed. Tomorrow, it's off to the beach!

Fun in the sun.... Click here for credits.  Posted by Picasa

My newest layout for Sonya's Simple Style Scrap. Click here for credits.  Posted by Picasa

My new "toy"

I have discovered a new chat program called Hello (from Picasa). Lots of the girls that I "scrap" with use it, so I decided to give it a try. I LOVE it! I can click and drop pictures into it and post them here, or send them instantly to anyone on my friends list. None of this file transfer stuff. I can take screen shots of my computer and send those, and I can send files or entire folders. I really want to get my parents and inlaws in on this. It will be lots easier to share photos of the kids that way! The only thing I don't like is that I can only post 1 photo at a time. SO, by doing it through Hello, it will look like 4 or 5 posts a day. But, that's ok. It's much easier (and faster) than doing it through blogger itself.

Ok, for now I'm off to clean and do laundry. Later...

I'm not sure if I shared this one of Ryan or not, so if I did, I appologize. He's just so stinking cute in this photo, lol. For credits, click here.  Posted by Picasa

This is one of my favorite layouts. I love the b&w photo. For credits, click herePosted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Some of the flowers outside of our house. Beautiful, huh? More layouts to come..... Posted by Picasa To see the credits for the layout, click here.


Ah, the smell of success is sweet! I have successfully figured out how to link my banner to my main page, fixed the font size of my posts, AND, I did it all on my own! That's what's the best....the feeling of accomplishment that I figured it out all on my own! I can't tell you how long I've been trying to figure out the whole banner thing. I'm HTML illiterate, so the fact that I can teach myself something I know absolutely nothing about through simple trial and error, and what little I can find on the net says a lot about what a person is capable of! GO ME!

Ok, so I'm done tooting my own horn. I'm gonna post some of my scrapping layouts. I realize I haven't done that in forever. I think I'm getting better. I'm gonna try my hand at a few freebies, since I haven't done that in forever, either. Probably not for a few weeks, though, since we're going to Connecticut next week to visit the other inlaws. It should be a fun week! Ok, so be on the lookout for my new layouts :)

Changes in the works...bear with me

As you can see, I've changed my template......again, lol. I found a 3 column template, which is what I've been looking for. And, I finally figured out how to put my own banner on! Now I'm not stuck with a banner I don't like :)

Ok, so I'm still working on it. If you find a link that doesn't work, or something else wrong, leave me a comment and let me know. THe banner is not linked to my main page, but under my profile pic on the right is a link to the main page, if you want to go there. I'll figure out how to make the banner go to my main page instead of photobucket, lol.

I'm off to Vacation Bible School now, but I'll come back and work on it more this evening. Lots of links to add in. TTFN.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Hell hath no fury....

like a woman scorned. And, BOY, do they mean it!

billboard Posted by Picasa

And, I've read her blog. She is one angry woman!

She placed the billboard near his place of work, too, and sprang for lights, so everyone could see. Guess that'll teach him to be a cheating you-know-what again!

Is this your final answer?

For those that have been following our story about the twins and school, we have decided not to fight the school and to separate them. This really has nothing to do with the fight to keep them in the same class. I know that I would have won the fight, and I will continue to push for legislation to give parents of multiples a voice. But, for us, we've decided that it's better for both of them, but especially Zach, to have them in separate classes. Ryan has been going through a really rough time lately. I was attributing it to a growth spurt, but as I studied him more, and looked for the indicators to help prevent his tantrums and other behavioral issues (ok, so that's the special ed teacher in me. Especially when I use words like "indicators", lol), I saw it stemming from Zachary.

Zach has always been the quiet one, complete opposite personality of Ryan. Ryan's a Type "A" personality (and so is daddy, and so is Alex. Boy am I in for it!). He's a natural born leader. Zach has always been content to follow in Ryan's footsteps. But, in the last few months, Zach has really "come into his own," so to speak. He's stepped out of Ryan's shadow. Things that before only Ryan could do, Zach is starting to do. And, Zach is starting to do some of those things better than Ryan.

Ryan has put all of this together (though he can't really verbalize it, since he doesn't know how to express that type of feeling in words). He has reverted to the "I can't do it" syndrome and has become very needy, which is so unlike him. He's typically Mr. Independent.

So, to avoid behavioral problems in school, and to give Zach a chance to thrive, on his own, and to help the teacher (so that Ryan won't be demanding all of her attention, like Ryan does with us), we've decided to separate them. And, we'll see how it goes. If it turns out that them being apart from each other is having a worse effect than the separation, then we will put them together. However, if this works, my original plan still stands; that we'll continue with this until they are old enough to make the decision themselves.

I am both saddend and happy by this decision. Saddened because I know how close they are, and because, well, I suppose because I wanted them to be together. But, I am more happy and confident that we have made the right decision for them. I am glad that we caught this in time. I don't want any of our kids to be labeled as a problem child, or as having behavioral issues. I want them to flourish in school and to love school like I did. I think this is the best scenario for both of those things to happen. So, if you are the praying type, keep us in yours. Not only in kindergarten a whole new journey for all of us, but I suspect it will be a bit harder on the twins without having the other there to help them.

This has gone too far

What in the world have we come to??? I heard a story (click here to read it) on talk radio, during their news break, about a 16 year old boy who is being forced to undergo chemotherapy for his Hodgkin's cancer. Um, excuse me! When did it become a court's decision what someone does with their body? It's ok to allow a teenage girl or woman to chose to kill her unborn child, but if a teenager, with the support of his/her parents, wants to chose alternative treatments to chemotherapy, suddenly he/she does not have that right? What the heck?

What burns me even more is that a social worker is the one who requested that he be ordered to undergoe another round of chemotherapy. HELLO! Does this social worker not have more important things to worry about, like, oh, the thousands of children being abused??

This is unbelievable to me! This is no different than a neighbor telling us that they don't like the way we raise our kids and going to the court to have them order us to raise them a certain way. If we aren't abusing them, and they are happy and healthy (and they are), then who's business is it how we raise our kids?? (This is my biggest peeve, btw....someone telling someone else how to raise their kids and what they should/shouldn't do).

3 of my grandparents dies from cancer and I saw 2 of them go through chemo at some point in their battle (one of my grandfathers was around 82, and therefore not willing to fight it....can't say I blame him. He wasn't in the greatest health before the onset of cancer). It is horrendous what it can do to you. I am watching my pastor go through chemo right now. I don't blame this kid for seeking other alternatives. It's nobody's business but he and his parent's how he treats his cancer.

Unbelievable.... if this holds up, it is scary to think about what else the courts can order us to do. Where is the good in this? When will it end? I would ask when has it gone too far, but I think it already has...... I know the courts in this country have too much power, imo, when I see things like this happening.


This story has been updated. Click here to see updated story.

The judge lifted the order and ended the joint custody between the parents and state social services officials. Thank goodness there is one sane judge out there!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Speaking of cars

DaimlerChrysler turns to the boxfish as the model to create an aerodynamic and fuel-efficient car.

Have you ever seen an uglier car??? As a general rule, I'd suggest staying away from fish as inspiration for a car design from now on!

Dubbya is good for something after all

Whether you agree with me politically, or not, there's one thing we can all agree on. W has been good for bumper sticker sales, lol. Check out my neighbor's car. They added a few new ones recently and it was so "cluttered" it caught my attention. I had to get a picture. I've seen some that were worse in terms of having more bumper stickers on them, but my neighbor's comes close. Me? I have 1. My Swann/Matthews bumper sticker :)