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A Police Display

today the local police department held its annual Court Avenue bridge display from 8 a.m. to noon. It included police vehicles, the mounted patrol, police canines, the bomb squad, Metro STAR equipment and hospital helicopters. Officers, reserve officers, civilian employees and members of the Community Ambassadors Program were also on hand, as was Mr McGruff the Crime Dog himself.

Daddy tool the boys and they had a great time, and they really seems to paying attention too.   Little Brother wants to be a police officer when he grows up, so he was super excited.

Little Bother drives the SWAT truck.

Check out the crowd behind them for farmers’  marker downtown.  a huge deal locally.

I love this picture.  I made it my desk top.

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haveing fun but not getting too hot

Staying cool in the heat of summer, AND keeping children occupied and happy is not really easy.  The boys and I traveled to see my folks and other beloved family members on maybe the hottest week of the summer.  Daddy inFlorida had more temperate and enjoyable weather than we did.

We took the kids out EARLY (hitting the park at 8 am) and utilized a lot of water to try to keep body temps and moods in a functional range.  Little Brother especially simply looses all energy in the heat, like a flower that falls to the side limp.  In 100+ temps exhaustion hit all the kids, hard and early.

We managed to have a great time with family but missed many of the activities we had planning on (ZOO to see elephants for one) and did a lot less hiking and going than intended.

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Zoo trip 7.6.11

I love going to our zoo.  It is small, no elephants or hippos.  But it is nice, it is shady, and it is small enough to do in one-day.  We do not really do the entire zoo in one day, I love having a family membership.  We do our best to get there each week, and we generally do about half of the zoo in 2 or 3 hours and take time at the play area / “contact” area (we used to call them petting zoos).  No rushing, no pressure.

Our zoo, each day, has zoo staff out holding reptiles and other small animals for the kids to interact with.  So both boys have gotten to pet an American alligator (baby), many snakes, a salamander and I think, I newt.  As well as see very close up a spider as big as Little’s hand, a baby owl and a BIG Parrot. 

The wagon this time was a trial and it was a fail.  Not horrible, but the two of them weigh 75+ pounds so hauling that around is a pain, and I did not like having them behind me.  I could not hear Big Brother without stopping, I could not see anything Little pointed out; and the wagon was hard to maneuver in some area; they did ride in it really well and were able to get in and out on their own which is nice.  Back to the stroller and they can take turns.

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the pool and a couple of thought on bathing suits

First I’ll address the issue that’s obvious given all my previous posts on modesty.  BATHING SUITS.  I feel beyond the merits of modestly as a life choice, a more modest suit allows for more movement, more freedom, more enjoyment; especially for an active mom playing with and chasing kids, not sunning for the guys on the pool side.   The pool and other bathing occasions also gives a person a very unmistakable opportunity to make a visual statement about their “stance on modesty”  It is easy to talk about modest suits, but then what do you choose to buy or wear?  Summer is a real chance to make a testimony with our choices; do we stick to the guns that are so easy in winter, or do we get lazy?

 

 

 

Ok, MY suit:  I freely admit that I am not really happy with it.  I got it in 2004 and have worn it though 2 pregnancies and nursed 2 boys in it.  I’d love a swim-dress more like this – but they are expensive and I try not to spend a lot of money of clothing and so on for me; also they’d be special order (that is bought on-line or something) and I hate to buy clothing that way especially something that needs to fit like a bathing suit.  In general I do not like buying clothing I can’t try one, and since I am tall and have a long torso getting bathing suits is particularly challenging.  Not something as elaborate as this but something more like a skirt like this http://www.hydrochic.com/rubadowask.html but INCLUDING shorts.  Maybe the JULEIT option here: http://www.becomingswimdress.com/??  I really LIKE these suits: http://www.swimmodest.com/modestswimsuits.lasso.  BUT I do not like the fabric; I’d choose a solid color myself.  So, anyhow I have not made that investment.  Also considering “UV Clothing” a nice ¾ “rash guard” shirt  would be perfect if I could find a nice skirted bottom for it.

I have yet to make that investment; but I will, I think, next time I get a suit.  I am pretty happy with the skirt I have on my green suit, it is longer than any of the other suits a with skirts I have tried on, so that is nice and the bottoms come up to my waist, they do not just hang on my hips.  The top is a problem.  It just doesn’t fit like it did when I bought it, it doesn’t cover my tummy as well as I’d like as I play with the boys and I’d like the neck line to be higher.  Now that Little Brother rarely nurses out and about, and I do not need to worry as much about access as much (I miss that, to be honest).  I think I am going to try something new.  I have a one piece bathing suit with a much higher neck, better coverage at the arms and on the back, it is black; it did not fit when I was pregnant and did not offer the necessary access for nursing; so I have not been wearing it.  I am thinking of wearing it and the green swim skirt over it for this year.  I need the skirt; I feel the bottom really needs to be covered.  Nevertheless I’d like better coverage up top.  So that is my plan, then maybe for Christmas or next Birthday I’ll ask Hubby for a new bathing suit (after all it has been since 2004, I did get one at target in 2007 but it doesn’t fit well and is in practice less modest than the green one). 

Last year was the first year for the remodeled aqua center here in our local little town.  I did not brave the pool alone with both boys last year, but we’ve been twice this year.  I decided to get a family membership after our first visit.  The children’s shallow area is really big; there is a zero entry area and a AMAZING water slide for the littles’ (that parents can go on with them too).  The slide falls into one foot of water and has a pad under it.  Both boys can do the slide and keep their head out of the water, if they choose, but both feel comfortable enough to ‘go under’ at the bottom and pop right up without fear.  Little has to go for the first time on my lap, but after that he is off like a shot.  Both boys love the slide, but especially Little Brother.  Little Brother is the Energizer Bunny down the slide, over, up the steps, down the slide, repeat, repeat, repeat, practically non-stop. 

 

 

 

Yes my boys wear swim shirts and the longest trunks I can find them.  Not just for sun protections either, the boy’s bodies are no more for public display than mine or any girls’ is.  I desire for my boys to take care of, respect and protect their body just as I would want a daughter to.  They are there to play and have fun, not to have to worry about their bodies or their clothing. 

I plan to get to the pool at least once a week and would be happy to make it 2 or three times.  Big Brother has gotten to play with kids he knew from classroom and Little Brother has gotten to interact and play too.  Both really enjoy it, and the set of the pool allows for me to play and enjoy too, not just chase kids and battle wills all the visit.

Photos all thanks to Auntie Roo.  THANKS

 

 

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A Story of Sisterhood and a trip to the zoo

A tale of sisterhood: 

I am, by birth, an only child.  God in His love had gifted me with two friends (BFF) that have filled the roll of sister better than a random biological connection could. 

One is names Kay (remember the names in this Blog, for protection, are not necessarly real unless they are of a professional in our lives) and the other is Michelle. 

I have known Kay since I was 3 and she 4, and neither of us care to tell how long THAT has been.  At this point we’ve been friends longer than we admit to being alive.  🙂  Kay has two children a boy born in 2003 and a girl born in 2007 (and the girl looks JUST LIKE HER).  Kay and I have never lived in the same state; we met because her Grandmother lived across the street from my parents.  We are currently 9,870 miles apart.

I have known Michelle since High School, which sadly is also longer ago than I care to think about.  Michelle has three children, my first Godson born in 1999, her 2nd son born in 2002 and a little girl born 2 day after Little Brother (2007). 

We were blessed to play host to Michelle and her three children this past week; we all parted counting the days until our family visit to their home in July and their return to our place in August. 

 A trip to the zoo:

Michelle and I enjoyed taking all five of the kids to the zoo.  Kind of cloudy, but no rain, little wind.  In the mid-70’s it vas an ideal late spring day; concerns about the sun, and heat, and related grumpies did not play a part in our day.  The day was excellent. At the zoo we gave each child a notebook and a colored pencil and had them keep a ‘journal’ of the animals we saw.  The other two boys had to write the name of each animal, Big Brother had the first letter and the twins had to put a sticker (animal stickers are so fun).  The older boys were not so impressed but the ‘three little kids’ loved the sticker hunt; we saw a baby camel nursing on it’s momma and all five kids stood for a time to view that.  The zoo animals sat still more, and were easier to take pictures of than our 5 rug-rats but no one got lost, or hurt or had their feeling too crushed.  Big Brother got to practice basic map reading and the kids got to pet a snake and a baby American Alligator.  A good day. 

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Library visit 5.25.11

Library visit today.  My boys are so blessed to have a great library to visit and so much more blessed to have a great and amazing Library Director that loves them and understand them.  Their maturity on library visits has skyrocketed and I am so proud of them.  They both know Miss Annette is approachable and genuinely cares about them and tries to help them, and to listen to them.  I am grateful that this is the foundation of ‘library’ they will have to build on; a feeling of acceptance and enjoyment and an understanding the staff is approachable and is there to help you.

We brought home a couple of old friends

we chose many new books:

(I’ll let you guess the ‘chooser’ of the different books SMILE)

We really love Tiger Can’t Sleep and I’d love to find: Read to Tiger

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A glimpse of travels 2: OUT AND ABOUT

One nice afternoon we struck out for a picnic.  We chose Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park  we skipped theBotanicalCenter and all that for the great new playground! 

Bass Pro has a number of live exhibits, and the TURTLES are an overwhelming favorite with both boys (and MOMMA) but especially Little.  The first day in town I drove us past Bass Pro and Little flipped!!  Pointing and yelling “urtlesssss urtlessss”.  I was a bit surprised he recognized the place, just driving by and remembered.  The next day week took the three little kids to see the turtles (and the alligator, ducks, snakes and fish).

These 2 are only 3 days apart, Little Brother being older; that makes my little Goddaughter the youngest of all.

Big Brother calls her “Princess” and needs to save her or protect her a great deal of the time

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A glimpse of travels 1: ZOO

While in Missouriwith family and friends, we took an afternoon to visit the zoo.  The little girl is my Goddaughter; she is 3 days younger than Little Brother.  I am wearing Little Brother in a Wallypop Mei Tai,  I love it.  It was custom made for me in 2007, and I have no trouble wearing either of the boys even now.  Little Brother at 32 pounds rode most of the zoo.

The sign remains the same from my childhood, but that is about all.  The lions no long pace in small cages; the kids could not believe that one of the storage building we pointed out to them was the home of the big cats when we were little.

The petting zoo is now the ‘contact area’.  🙂 and there is now a low fence the children can reach over but you no longer get to get right in there with the animals. 

Now there is a platform where you can be face to face with this tall guy, and feed him too.

Family membership to the  zoo are the best; we were thre about 2 hours and saw less than a third of the zoo.  Next time we’ll see something else, no rush and no feeling of ‘must do it all’.

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Preschool Concert

The boys’ first concert.  Have some good film of Big Brother, but the still are not so hot.  Little Brother poked each and every adult and pointed out myself and Daddy in the stands.  Little Brother then stood there, carefully, by the Little Girls and his teacher like a pro, but he covered his ear tightly.  After the first couple of songs, the teacher asked him if he’d rather sit with me, and he came up and sat the rest of the time with me and Daddy. 

I love this — This is how Little stood for most of the time he participated.  So cute — he faced forward like that too, chewing on his elephant. 

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Trick or Treating 2010

I grew up in the dark ages, I am old.  I also grew up in a place Far Far Far Away.

I grew up in the South; I now live 7 hours north of my hometown.  I used to say “only 7 hours” but the longer I live here the bigger distance those 7 hours are.  I daily face reminders of the differences in HERE and THERE; and while I love some very dear people here, I don’t like a lot of the differences.

 When I grew up, where I grew up Halloween night was on – are you ready – Halloween night.  Sunday night, Tuesday night, whatever night it said on the calendar that was Halloween.  This is still the case, talked to my mom for a long time about this topic, just last night.  Halloween night.  Also when I grew up, where I grew up it was (and is) called Halloween, not Beggars Night. 

 Here the “schedule” “Beggars Night” around their own issues, I supposed.  Yes, they call it “Beggar’s Night”; like we want to encourage our children in the concept it is ok to beg door to door.  This year for example “Beggar’s Night” was on Saturday the 30th.  Strange.  The first I encountered this was in like 2003 when a dear friend I grew up with moved to Virginia, and they did it.  She and I marveled at MOVING A HOLIDAY.  When we were kids our families did not have Church obligation on Wednesday or Sunday night; so I can’t tell you what the kids of families’ that DID have though obligations did; that was for the parents to decide.  Up here the government decides and Halloween is never celebrated on a Wednesday or Sunday night.  As a parent I’d rather choose for myself if I wanted to skip Church one night, or Trick or Treat before going, or tell my children NO.  My call as a parent; it really bothers me that the town wants to take that responsibility for me. 

 I have lived in this foreign land for 7 years now (since 2/2004); and it still strikes me as so strange to see signs posted in the post office and library telling people what night Halloween, I am sorry, Beggars Night, is to be celebrated. 

 Also, here, Up North, they set a time for it!!!  Again in the Dark Ages when I was a child going Trick or Treat (not ‘begging’) the time was whatever your mom and dad would allow.  Usually when the sun started to go down till it was so dark they made you come home.  Whenever the neighbors put on their porch lights; that is after all how you know where to go, also late enough that parents were home from work, and more people were home to hand out candy!!   

Another difference, at home, in the Dark Ages (and according to my mother, still to this year, 2010) kids Trick or Treat DOOR TO DOOR, oh the amazement.  Up here, in the North where I live now, they “assign” Trick or Treat locations (the park or downtown) and while the ‘hoods still have some traditionalists that light the porch light and hand out candy, that is also limited in the hours it is “acceptable”.   We live between two small towns, both set the hours for Trick or Treating (park or downtown and neighborhoods too) and they all ended well before sundown. 

Alright anyone that knows me even slightly knows I am one of the most obsessive and over protective moms out there.  I LOVE that some communities forbid registered sex offenders from decorating and even make them post NO CANDY signs.  I am all for that and more.  Nevertheless, as obsessed and paranoid as I as a mom, even I think things are just plain silly.  “Beggars night, at the park, 4 to 6???? “   Even I am more relaxed that THAT, and THAT is saying a lot, a lot.  Again, I am the mom, I can make choices for my own family if I think they are old enough to Trick or Treat door to door (I said not this year, not alone, I can’t chase them both) and when I want to do it (time).  As I said above, the town doesn’t need to make choices for me as a parent. 

 I just have to shake my head, ah living in the North is such a culture shock to me, and continues to be.  I also, in the greater scheme of things, worry more and more about the Big Nanny (or a smaller one) try to raise my children for me. 

 Here are the photos of the boys at “Beggar’s Night” – one small town at the park (lame, lame); other small town on the main streets of downtown (better at least people dress up, and put up cool decorations).  Auntie Pam sent the costumes from China.  I told Big Brother that they were “Green Archer” since he is all in to superheroes; as soon as he put it one he said “I look like Peter Pan” one person asked if they were the Keebler elves.  We did decide that for Christmas we’d dress the boys in these costumes, with red shirts under the green ones, for Elf photos.  Both boys loved them.

 I dressed Big Brother first and Little Brother ran back into the bedroom, got his off the floor and came and shoved it at me and laid down on the floor in front of me.  🙂  He was excited to get his on.  So adorable. 

 Little Brother did a couple of cute things.  He found a little girl (maybe 2, maybe not yet) in a ladybug costume.  A great costume, really.  He followed her and tried to get in front of her to look at her; he had to look down, oh my.  I think all the rest of the kids looked like kids to him, dressed up kids; the boys love dress up and play that a lot.  This little girl, I am thinking he was less sure about.  He was nice to her, but it was really cute how he kept tilting his head and trying to get in front of her to look right at her.  Also many people had their dressed up dogs out for the evening.  I am not really into that – there is enough chaos with a ton of kids and sugar and customs, do we need to add dogs?  Really, dogs that can die from eating most of the treats being handed out to sugar crazed hyper silly children?  Great idea.  Anyhow there were several dogs out and each one Little Brother saw he’d make an effort to go to and meeeooooow at.  I don’t know if he thought he was communication (he can MOOOO or Meow, so I guess the Meow was closer) or if he meant to taunt them.  Cute though.

 Big Brother counted the number of Ninjas we saw; and pointed out to me (several times) that Dar Vader had the wrong colored light saber.  Big Brother was so excited to see an adult dressed as a Ghost Buster.  He loves that movie and was delighted to see that adult.  I think he had a good time; I think he was expected to get to play more he kept telling me “I didn’t get to make friends”.   I love the photos of Big Brother helping Litte . 

Both came home tired and happy and we were blessed with just awesome weather.  Remembering more than one Tricker Treating in a coat, I could not have been happier for the boys (and momma).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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