Friday, December 28, 2007

Feast of the Holy Innocents


Today in the Church we remember the innocent children killed by Harod. According to the Gospel of Matthew 2:13-18
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you: for Herod is about to search for the Child, to destroy Him." And he rose and took the Child and His mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, "Out of Egypt have I called My Son."

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

"A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation: Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled because they were no more."

Note: Scripture readings are from the Revised Standard Version - Catholic Edition

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Date Nights

Well, we're dating...sort of.

Thursday night was date night with the kids. Steve took Abbey (and Andrew) to a Parent and Child (PAC) activity night at school. As you can see from the pictures below they made gingerbread houses. She did a great job and they had a really fun time. That same night I took Alex to the UW-Marinette Children's Theater production of Seussical the Musical (which was the story of "Horton Hears a Who"). Alex loved it. He sat on the edge of the seat (mostly because he wasn't heavy enough to keep the seat from flipping up if he sat back) and bounced to the music and swung his arms. He was so into it. He followed the story line and asked good questions about it. He especially loved intermission where he got to eat a cookie and drink some juice. The play was very good but what I enjoyed most about it was watching Alex have such a good time.

Then last night we actually got a babysitter to watch Abbey and Alex and we went to my work Christmas party at a local restaurant. Even though we had Andrew with us it was great to get out and enjoy adult company, have a glass of wine and eat good food.

Next step in the dating process...just the two of us...stay tuned.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Gingerbread House






Tonight at Abbey's school they were making Gingerbread Houses. We had a great time!

I LOVE MY GADGETS!

Kim is always telling me I love my gadgets and roles her eyes every time I ask her about buying a new one. Before I go on I just want to say that I have very good reasons for buying gadgets and have cut back since we had Abbey. With that being said, my latest purchase was a new digital camera. We have a smaller digital camera and it takes good pictures. It is small and easy to take with you when you go somewhere but has a slow response time. This becomes problematic when you are taking pictures of kids, especially Abbey. My new purchase is much faster. The disadvantage is that it is big.
I have posted (on the sidebar)some picture I took with the new camera. I'm still trying to understand the settings. I was into photography when I was in High School and College. I loved it but it was expensive and time consuming.
Sorry Kim, but it is like I have found a new love. I have spent hours on the Internet refreshing my memory about aperture and shutter speeds. Enjoy and I'm sure I will have more pictures soon.
Finally, this is a long term investment and something that the kids will enjoy (the pictures) when they get older. I told you I have good reasons for my gadgets!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

IEP Update

As discussed at our IEP meeting last week Abbey was going to start her new schedule this week. It was going to be:
Monday: 12:00-3:10
Tuesday: 10:00-3:10
Wednesday: 10:45-3:10
Thursday: 10:00-3:10
Friday: 12:00-3:10
Something happened and the schedule sent home to us did not have her going to school early on Wednesdays. It was clear to us at the IEP that she would be going early on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to receive her OT, PT, Speech, and work with a teacher of the the hearing impaired. The mix up doesn't seem like a big deal and probably something easy to fix but it seems like it is always something. It could be medical issues(see Narrow Ridge)or school related services, but always something.
This one of the reason why we decided I stay at home with the kids. It is unfortunate, but someone needs to continuously follow up on matters. We have been very fortunate that I am able to do this. I'm not sure I am cut out to take on this role and at times it is a little overwhelming. Sometimes I am a slow learner but God gives me the grace to handle it and often reminds me I can do nothing without Him.
I'm sure I will have more later.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

We are still here!

The last several weeks have been full of fun but busy. We made a late decision to go to Kentucky for Thanksgiving. We had a great time and I'm glad the my family was able to see Andrew for the first time. The kids were great on our trip down and the way home. It sure makes things much more enjoyable.
The last several weeks I have been busy. Andrew is not on a great schedule at this time which makes things a little more difficult to find time during the day to do things beside take are of things around the house. Also, we have had two IEP meeting for Abbey. We have not been completely satisfied with the the amount of services she is getting. She was getting 25 hours of services a week in CT and when we moved that was reduced to 15. We made some improvements last night but we are still not convinced it will be enough.
I have posted some new pictures of the kids. Enjoy!