Thursday, June 25, 2009

So much on the plate...

Have you noticed how much there is on the plate of National and International news lately?

Just to name a few; there is Iran, North Korea, the health care debate, the economy, the Sanford scandal,...

I mean there is just so much it is hard to know where to concentrate.

One thing that is trying to make its way unnoticed is the Cap and trade bill.

The house is scheduled to vote on it tomorrow.

Why aren't we hearing more about it?

I am not an environmentalist best friend. I do not believe that Global warming is a settled science. Now do not get me wrong, I do believe in being a good steward of God's creations, but I also believe that God gave us intelligence to improve our lot on this earth. Going back to the dark ages in order to "save" the planet is not what I agree with.

I believe climate is what it is: a variation of temperatures. As sure as the temperature change from day to day, there are also seasons or patterns in the weather. There is NO fixed temperature and there is NO WAY we can predict what the temperature will be in 5, 10, 20 years from now. Have you noticed how often the daily weather predictions are accurate?

Cap and trade as I understand it is a tax. Pure and simple. It's a tax that is veiled into a "feel good" "we are saving the planet" blanket.

The cost to each of us will be staggering. And since government predictions are also so often accurate when it comes to cost, it will be a LOT more than is expected.

You can read more about it here, here, here and here.

Please tell congress we do not need,
nor want,
nor can afford
Cap and Trade!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bonne St-Jean! Happy St. Jean Baptiste day!

Bonne St-Jean a tous!
Un petit clip de "mes Aieux" et un souper de poutine pour celebrer!

Today is Quebec's "day".
I thought I would give you all a taste of french Canadian music with this video...

And you can all be jealous of my dinner tonight because there is POUTINE on the menu!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Pajama time!

Tonight as usual, we sent the kids to get their pajamas on.

This is how Zackary came back out:

 
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To my refrained laugh and Joseph's look he replied:

" What? They match!"

The last few minutes before bed were therefore spent palying "Army" and avoiding bad guys, bombs and grenades while trying to save the innocent bystanders...

What is there to add?

Boys will be boys and Zack will be Zack!
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Friday, June 19, 2009

A little reminder...

The arrogance continues...

I cannot believe this video!






There was no disrespect in the way Brigadier General Walsh addressed the Senator.
In fact, as any military personnel, he addressed her with utmost respect!
Why would you stop and DEMAND to be called senator?
I understand you are,
but why does it matter whether you are called ma'am or Senator?

An open letter to our Nation's Leadership by Janet Contreras

Because sometimes, someone else just says it all and there is just nothing you can add to it...

THANK YOU
Mrs Contreras
for expressing so many of my own fears
and frustrations!

The Letter:

I'm a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you're willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would horribly feel so disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me?

Well, these are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation:

One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not a racist. This isn't to be confused with legal immigration.

Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.

Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution and honor it.

Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There is more to say.

Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night and then go on break. Slow down!

Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real obligations. Why don't you start there.

Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes. Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census over with our taxpayer money. I don't trust them with our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.

Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do you want me to hate my employers? Why ‑‑ what do you have against shareholders making a profit?

Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.

Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. Have you ever ripped off a Band‑Aid? We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.

Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please try ‑‑ please stop manipulating and trying to appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.

Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.

Take a breath. Listen to the people. Let's just slow down and get some input from some nonpoliticians on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law. I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I'm busy. I'm busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.

I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is such urgency and recklessness in all of the recent spending.

From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington. Our president often knows all the right buzzword is unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we're morons.

We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work , pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn't ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us when he will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.

Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don't care. Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you. If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming. We the people are coming.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Our turn...

You can go here to forward it.

Go here to add your name to this letter as a petition to our leaders in Washington.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bedside conversation...

Last night,
as we were laying in bed after having said our prayer,
and as I was trying to stay as still as I could
so the ceiling fan could attempt to cool me;
Joseph and I had the following conversation:


Joseph: " I hope you don't take it badly if
I don't cuddle with you too much
until you have the baby..."

Me (totally sarcastic): "What? Do you mean I am too hot?"

Joseph: " Yeah! I mean it's not a slow constant heat either!
I get close to you and 5 minutes later
it's like HOLY COW I'm being roasted!"

Me: " Haha! Imagine being ME!"


I must say this little bun in my oven
is definitely making me sweat : )

Friday, June 12, 2009

Girly hopes...

We received a package from my in-laws today.

It contained Samuel's birthday gift,
a book for Matthew
and
a monster truck for Zack.

It also contained this beautiful hand-crocheted baby dress.



It was crocheted by Joseph's paternal Grandmother years ago.
My mother-in-law had asked her to crochet 4 of them;
1 for each of her children.

They've been in my mother-in-law possession since.

Obviously, my mother-in-law is thinking that maybe this time it's a girl...

After all,
the boy/girl ratio of grandchildren
in the Beckman family is 6 boys/1 girl...

It sure could use a little balance!

As for me,
I'll believe it when I see it...
(Notwithstanding ladies feeling spirits and all)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Conservative foreign policy explained...

This article by John R. Bolton (former US ambassador to the UN) is one of the most well written and well explained argument for conservative foreign policy ever!

So well said!

Read it!

Walmart and feeling spirits...

A couple of days ago I made a run to Walmart with the kids.
It's a shocker, I know, but I forgot to buy more salt and nail polish remover...
(They are such a common occurrence on my list as I am sure they are on yours!)

So I picked up the salt in the spice isle
and attempted to remember through the jumble
where the nail polish remover should be now...

{Our Walmart is undergoing renovations
and they are revamping the whole floor plan.
Products are moved from day to day
so it can be quite a pain to try to locate something.
Thankfully it had not yet been moved. }

There was a little black lady employee in the nail product isle.

As I was trying to decide between
the "strengthening" or "nourishing" nail polish remover,
she approached me.


She looked at my 3 kids and said: "3 boys!"

She then pointed at my belly and asked: "and this one?"

To which I replied: "We don't know it's a surprise..."

She then proceeded to tell me the following: "Oh it's a girl honey!
I can feel her spirit.
It's real strong!
She's gonna have such good protectors!
It's a girl.
Her spirit is real strong..."



I thanked her,
wished her a good afternoon
and walked away with my nourishing nail polish remover...

She was really nice and really sweet,
but what a bizarre thing!

I need to learn a few things...

My friend Jennie started adding electronic marks on her pictures a little while ago. She said it was to prevent her pictures from being used by someone else. Now, she is a very good photographer and her pictures are amazing so I could understand, but I didn't think I had to worry about it since I am a middle of the road home photographer and don't have a fancy camera...

But maybe it's time I learn a few things...

Especially after reading this story this morning...

DOES ANYONE HAVE A CLUE HOW TO PUT A MARK ON YOUR PICTURE OR LOWER THE RES?
(I know I am such a clueless blogger!)

Monday, June 8, 2009

A lowkey birthday party for a little boy of three...

Samuel had a birthday yesterday!

I can't believe this little boy is already 3!

He took cupcakes to nursery (at church) and shared with his little friends.

Sam fell asleep on the way home from church and was hard to wake when dinner was ready.


But once he was awake, we had a perfect birthday dinner of homemade pizza, soda pop and cupcakes! (All of his wishes of course!)




And he was thrilled with his new firefighter truck!



Sam's favorite things to play: Ben 10 Alien force (he pretends he is turning into Humogosaur all the time!), Ninja turtles, and any other super hero that exists under the sun!

His favorite snacks are fruit snack and cheese-it.

His favorite foods are most certainly hot-dogs, Mac and Cheese and Pizza!

He is a somewhat picky eater, but don't think you have him figured out! One day he will love something and the other he won't touch it!

He is a cute little guy that has to make sure he gives his daddy a kiss and a hug and another kiss before he can go to work. He is always impatient for his daddy to come home! In fact, if it is taking too long, he will bring me my cell phone and start begging to call him.

He loves playing outside and loves the pool! He is a little talker and loves to retell stories.

He can dress himself (for the most part) and drives me crazy by changing his mind about what to wear 20 times a day!

How I love this little boy who is so dang cute and most of all knows it!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sweet treat!

Joseph brought home a box of these earlier this week...



It' s pure deliciousness!

After all, it is chocolate, strawberry and an Oreo cookie!

What more could you ask for (other than a cold glass of milk)?

Glenn Beck's Common Sense tour

Yesterday as we were getting dinner ready,
Joseph and I were talking about what we wanted to do for our date night tonight.
The Young Women in our ward are doing a fund raiser for camp and 2 of them will be babysitting our kids here at home at a price of $30 for 4 hours
(a little pricier than what we usually spend, but it's for a good cause!).

He suggested we go watch the Glenn Beck show in a theater
(because he knows I really like him).
I replied that the theater thing was only on that day with an encore next week,
that Glenn will be in Houston Live tonight,
but that the price of 2 tickets was definitely over our budget...
(I had already priced them out and for both of us it would have been $100.
After all, we are not the federal government,
we actually can't spend more than we have...).

So then he he told me I should go watch it.
After all the Playoffs were on and that's what he wanted to watch...

So I went.

It was FABULOUS!!!



Glenn was really hilarious!

The theater was almost full and I had a really good time!

The show was all about common sense.

It was thought provoking without being overwhelming or nagging.

One of my favorite lines;
Glenn reading from a Dog shampoo label:
"Caution: do not feed to fish"!?!
How stupid have we become?

So here is my humble review:

It was a lot of laughs, a lot of blunt truths, without all the mess of political correctness.

I think that's mostly why I like Glenn Beck; because he simply calls it the way he sees it.

{Honesty}
is
Truly refreshing!

He also is so very funny !

If you are lucky enough to be able to go see him live tonight in Houston,
ENJOY!
(I think there are still a few seats available!)

If not,
you can always catch the Encore in a theater near you on June 11th!
Click here to check it out!

Worth every penny!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Viruses are such an annoyance...

Samuel and I spent last weekend battling a virus that caused headache, scratchy throat and in Sam's case; fever and upset stomach.

It was a fast moving bug.

It started Friday night and was completely gone by Monday morning.

Monday afternoon, I got a call from the school nurse informing me Matthew had a fever of 101.8...
He was also sick for 2 days, hence missing the last 2 days of school...

Tuesday morning, Zack became ill also. In his case, it only lasted 24 hours, but it was a little more brutal...

Joseph came home from work early Wednesday and had a rough night last night, but I dare say we are finally out of the woods!

My house is now also sanitized...

Did I ever mention how much I LOVE my shark steam mop?
It does wonders when your son throws up at 2 am...
Cleaned the whole bathroom mess up within 5 minutes!
It's almost like magic!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Clean sheets...

Happiness is:

Sleeping in a bed made of freshly washed sheets...

Not sure why!

It could be the smell of fresh laundry
or
simply the feeling of crispness...

It just makes me Happy!

Monday, June 1, 2009

WoW Friends and a purple heart...

Joseph loves to play WoW (World of Warcraft).
It's an online game.
He plays mostly on Fridays and Saturdays nights,
and mostly when I am asleep.
It's his thing to unwind.

A few months ago, Joseph became friends with "Elcuban".

Elcuban is a military man.
I think he is Air Force because he flies planes.
About 2 months ago,
he told Joseph he wouldn't be on for a while,
because he was being deployed to Iraq for 3 or 4 months.

Then, last Friday, he was back on.
He told Joseph he was being awarded the purple heart...

I said: "Well that can't be good! Did he get hurt?"

But he was already offline...

Joseph found out Saturday that he was wounded in combat and took 3 bullets from AK-47s. He didn't expand much on the details, just said that it was pretty painful and that he is on pretty heavy pain meds right now. He will be retired unless he can get back in shape in the next couple of months...

I am not sure Elcuban will even ever read this, but I would just like to say;
we are grateful for your service and sacrifice!

We hope you get better quickly!

Pregnancy updates

I had my 22 weeks check up last Tuesday.

I gained 6 pounds in the last month... Terrifying! (In my defense; never get weighed the day after memorial day, especially if the menu included home BBQ beef brisket, corn on the cob, baked potatoes and a homemade ice cream cake by Allison! I've lost 2 pounds since the appointment...) But overall, I've only gained 7 pounds. So even though I need to watch it, I am not going to freak out about it!

The Baby's heartbeat is strong and still at about the mark of 150 beats/minute.

The roundness of my stomach is astonishing, mostly because it all came out at once, or so it seems like!

The baby is definitely moving lots now! Joseph even felt the exercising little one kicks last night!

Speaking of Joseph, is your husband a belly rubber when you are pregnant?

Joseph wasn't that much before but this time around he loves to rub my baby belly and I LOVE IT!