Saturday, September 27, 2008
Posted by Vicki at 3:08 PM
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sounds harmless enough right???
Not if you live in a house with 3 kids who have PWS and one who has "Hollister Syndrome"!
This morning started when I went into David's room to wake him up. I found him awake, dressed in one of Aric's wrinkled dress shirts with a ratty t-shirt under it, buttoned wrong, He was wearing a pair of Aric's dress pants which were not only about 6 inches too long.... I don't know how he stuffed his butt into them!!! The side pockets were bulging out and looking like the seems were ready to give way and David was frantically trying to button the shirt.
After a few minutes of arguing and me telling him I would not write a check for his pictures if he was wearing that outfit, I got him to put something appropriate on. One down.... 3 to go.
On to my child with "Hollister Syndrome" Jake. Let me explain the symptoms of " Hollister Syndrome" to you. "Hollister Syndrome" is an affliction that causes extreme anxiety and stress when the victim is not dressed head to toe in the latest fashions from Hollister. It causes extreme panic, profuse sweating, and the sudden urge to bolt across the hall to your older brothers room to rummage through his closet for an article of Hollister clothing that your friends haven't ever seen you in before! This action usually results in getting your butt kicked by your older bother for wearing his clothes... the problem is there is no known cure for "Hollister Syndrome" it can only be managed by frequent trips to the mall to visit the Hollister store!
So... that being explained... I got Jake (AKA: Jake-can-we-go-to-the-mall-Knopf) to take off the new Hollister dress shirt that belonged to Aric and put one of his on.... to which he proclaimed loudly that I was being sooooo mean.... everyone has seen him in this shirt... he has had his picture taken in this shirt before etc...
To add to the morning... it is pouring outside... so I drive Aric to the end of the driveway at 6:15, head back to the house to deal with Davids fashion issues and Jakes Hollister dilema, get them in the car at 6:45 and drive them to the bus in the pouring rain and head back to the house to get Ben and Caroline ready.
Ben was easy enough... he would wear the same dirty clothes for a week if I would let him... I found him an acceptable shirt and pointed him in the direction of the shower... had to hear the complaining... he hates to shower.
I couldn't find anything for Caroline to wear though... I don't' know where all her clothes have gone... well.. I do know... I am drowning in dirty laundry and she had nothing clean. After 10 minutes of searching I found her an outfit.
On to the next crisis of the morning... Bookfair! Ben and Caroline's classes are both scheduled to visit the bookfair at school today! They are both stuck on that and are obsessing about money for the bookfair.
I can't find where I have put the envelopes for the picture orders and spend 5 minutes looking for them! I found one and was able to make an envelope for Caroline.
With all the chaos of this morning, I had no time to make lunches for anyone... so I had to scramble for one dollar bills and make envelopes for all of them! It's a conspiracy I swear!
I figure this morning cost me $88 for pictures (4 $22 packages, one of the least expensive packages) $20 for bookfair ( $10 each for Ben and Caroline) and $29 for school lunches ( $10 each for Alex and Aric, $3 for Jake, and $2 each for David, Ben and Caroline) That is $139 this morning!!! Are you kidding me!??????!
Oh and did I mention that it is pouring outside? 3 trips to the car to drive the kids to the bus, 3 trips outside with the dog who won't go to the bathroom because it is raining... I'm done.
I have the next few hours to myself to try to put my house back together, do a batch of laundry and take a shower before I have to go pick David up at noon to take him to the orthodontist.
Posted by Vicki at 9:43 AM
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Last night was the first Varsity game. It was away in East Haven which is about a 45 minute drive from home. This year, I have 2 on the team... Aric #67 who plays center, and Alex #63 who plays D-end and is on Special teams both kick off and punt return.
Posted by Vicki at 10:14 AM
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Many of you have heard of the tragedy that Christain musician Steven Crutis Chapman and the whole Chapman family has endured. This morning, their story was on The Early Show.
I sat glued to the TV with tears streaming down my face while watching it. What a wonderful Testament to "Family" they are... they have rallied around each other, supported each other, and are facing this head on together as a family.
As a mother, fear grips my heart just trying to wrap my brain around what they have gone through. Having teenage drivers myself, I can't imagine the horror this poor young man felt.
Having adopted 2 of my children, I can't begin to fathom what it would be like to lose one of them....
This family has hope for the future... they are learning a " New Normal". Life goes on... they move on with broken hearts, but with the faith that one day... they will all be together again.
Please take a second to watch the video... and grab some tissues before you do.
Parents... hold you little ones a little tighter tonight when you put them to bed and thank God for another day with them.... you just never know what tomorrow will bring.
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Posted by Vicki at 12:24 PM
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
My pretty little girl getting ready for her 1st day of 2nd grade!
This time of the year, its ALL about FOOTBALL here! Here is Dave with Jakes Team, He is the head coach this year.
Jakey... hangin' out, watiting for his game to start.
I LOVE this one.. Ben is the team manager.. this is Ben with the team running out to the 50 yardline at the beginning of the game... he is so intense about the game!
The Star Spangled Banner...
Ben having a pregame chat with the Ref's.
Jake #56 center (with his hand on the ball)
Posted by Vicki at 6:13 AM
Friday, September 5, 2008
I am in no way trying to start a Political debate here... politics are one of those things that I Rarely discuss with anyone in real life... but for the first time probably ever.... I feel some hope for the Political future of our country.
Quoted from Sarah Palin's speech, September 3, 2008, accepting the republican vice presidential nomination.
"And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.
That's how it is with us.
Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys.
Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.
And children with special needs inspire a special love.
To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.
I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House."
She is real people... Is that baby beautiful or what???
Posted by Vicki at 6:16 AM