Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day #264 Ellie is identifying with her captor

Ellie and Charis were doing yoga the other day.  Not for reals.  Charis was dancing and Ellie dances with her.  When Charis bent down Ellie struck a pose, too.  It just made me laugh because it looks like they are both doing the "downward facing dog" pose.

The other night I was enjoying a QUIET moment after the kids went to sleep and I guess I was boring Ellie because she jumped up on Drew's bed and started licking him.  I almost hurt her for that.  I mean I love Drew, he is my son, but I don't EVER wake him.  So when I saw Ellie trying to get him up I was suddenly hit with the truth.  My dog has Stockholm Syndrome.  You know, what Patty Hearst had.  The definition is:
             Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with them.
Ellie has started identifying with her captor.  Drew can be rough and tends to "trap" her in places.  I don't know why she likes him but, she does.  She has never even growled at his antics.  All I can figure is that she has Stockholm Syndrome.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ford tough

 My Dad recently came across these pictures and I love them.  When I was little we had a neighbor that was a writer for the Star Telegram.  She asked my Dad to be in an article about men and their pick-up trucks.  My Dad loved his FORD truck.  These are the pictures that she featured in her article.  I was 2 and a half and my Dad was slightly older than that. 

Let's Go Lugnuts

The Lugnuts had their first game on Saturday.  We played the Pirates.  It was adorable all around.  Aunt Lauren and Wes came to cheer Drew on. Our coach is great and the kids had fun! 
 He bats!
 He runs to FIRST base!

 He is on first!
 AND... He's out!  They got the ball to first in time. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

I hope no one saw that

This afternoon I was getting a pedicure.  I was very tired and just enjoying the relaxing moment,  as I sat there I heard a Vietnamese man having a conversation with another worker nearby and then he started laughing.  I suddenly became aware that I too was laughing like I was in their conversation!  I was so relaxed that when he laughed I joined in!  I don't even speak Vietnamese.  I quickly looked around and thankfully I don't think anyone noticed.

Monday, July 28, 2014

I'm All Growed Up

I am officially an adult.  LEGIT.  I travelled by myself, complete with connecting flights and riding a shuttle.  I confess that my personal assistant, Stephen, booked the shuttle and put all the info in my phone for me.  He is sweet like that.   I still feel very successful though.  I am also way out of my comfort zone.  I came to Orlando for a 7 day conference and don't know a soul.  I feel like I am constantly having a "first day of high school experience".  I also have to bum rides to go to restaurants.  That seems like too much commitment right now.  What if they are weirdos or don't like One Direction?  I can't commit to a whole evening with strangers at this point.  The past two nights I have walked 1.5 miles to grab some quick food and walked the 1.5 miles back.

The conference has been great.  I am learning lots, having some great refreshers of previous learned material, and hearing great ideas.  I don't have many pictures but here is real doozy.  I call it The Cafeteria Lady.  I miss my family and can't wait to see them.  I always thought a week alone sounded great but, it gets boring and lonely.  I have enjoyed being alone in the bathroom though.

This is a great video that they shared today.  We hear about bullying a lot in the news.  I have been very annoyed by that term because it is way overused.  Today Dr. Bailey said that even Barrack Obama has said he was bullied for his big ears and that was being made fun of, not bullying.  There is a difference between normal aggression in children and bullying.  I had no clue that you can spot a bully as a baby.  I know.  Watch the video and learn more.  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Great Outdoors

Friday night we went to Cedar Hill State Park.  It was a blast!  Stephen and I are also learning how to be more efficient campers.  I didn't even bring make-up!  We set up camp while the kids played around the site.  Then we went swimming.   By we, I mean the kids.  The swim area was perfect and only about 2 feet deep.
Catching butterflies
 That evening we made fajitas and had a family from Stephen's work meet us out there for smores.  They have a 6 yr old boy and 3 yr girl.  Our kids all play together so well.  They were so entertained that we were able to hang out with Jeff and Beth by the fire.  Somehow between the 8 of us only Beth and I got chigger bites.  I have over 80 bites!  I don't know how those little buggers made it through my clothes, but they did.  I sprayed my exposed skin but know I now to spray it all!
Stephen working by the fire

We caught lots of roly pollies.


Saturday morning we took what was supposed to be a 2 mile hike.  We somehow missed our way out and hiked about a half a mile back in.  I started noticing that some things were on the same side as before so we turned back.  By this time the kids were tired and we had to carry, piggy back, and give shoulder rides all the way back.
 It was beautiful and peaceful.  The kids slept great and had a blast!  Camping has been so fun for our family. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Back fire

Have you seen those ecards with Christian pick-up lines?  Here are a few below...

Christian pick up lines
After listening to my children and hearing tales from a few friends I thought we needed some for kids who misuse their Biblical knowledge.   My kids and others have used the good we TRY to impart for bad.  Here are a few examples...

1.  I will take your birth right away!
After hearing about Jacob and Esau that was overheard in my house when they were fighting over a toy.

2.  I will put chains on your heart!
Once again same child... After listening to Chris Tomlin they had questions about what "chains on your heart" meant and the next day this was an insult.

3.  I will sell you into slavery!
This was not my child but, a dear friends'.  His only prior knowledge of slavery was Joseph and his brothers selling him into slavery.

What do you have to add to the list?