Monday, August 31, 2009

First day of school

It's already been a week, and I should have posted these last week, but it's been so busy!

Here is a pictures of my two school boys! (with Sam on the side...)



Matthew is now in 2nd grade and Zackary started Kindergarten!

I had a little pang in the heart when Zackary walked in the school happy as can be, blew me a kiss and waved goodbye... My little boy is all grown up!

Sunday night, the day before the first day of school, we had our back to school feast with Italian Fondue and our traditional back to school cake. (It's usually cupcakes, but it seems I forgot to buy a new cupcake tin when I got rid of the very old one...)

(I am NOT a great cake decorator...)



More updates to come on the rest of our lives soon!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Stonewalled in parenting...

I do not know about you, but sometimes I get stonewalled in my parenting.
My children will have a new "phase" and I just don't know what I should do about it or how I am suppose to handle it...

Over the last couple of weeks, Matthew has been testing my patience...

Make it terrible two's tantrums in a 7 1/2 year old that talks back and tells you all about your meanness toward him...

At first, I was really taken aback (thinking it was a one time thing) and really shaken.

It was a Monday night and Joseph was working late.
I had to make him come home because nothing I did was making it stop...

But then it happened again a few days later...
And on different scales of seriousness a few times since...

Time out isn't working out great.
He'll sit in his room, but the quiet part is lost on him...
Taking away video game privileges makes him realize he's really in trouble,
but he then tries to barter for it back by threatening he'll only behave if we give them back...
That hasn't worked but he still tries...

And then it just makes me wonder;
what happened to make a sweet child become so angry and ungrateful all at once?
What did I do or not do? Why is this happening?

He wrote me a few "angry letters" telling me to stay out of his stuff and that the big rule was to NEVER EVER GROUND HIM...

He speaks without even thinking saying things that aren't exactly nice, talks back,...

And I am at a loss.

Even the conversations with his dad seem to work for only a day or two...

But then in the midst of it all there will be the "moment de repit" this "hiatus" of sorts, where he is his own sweet self again...

I know I love him and he loves me;
I am just not sure I can take much more of the little temper flares...

I didn't think tantrums were coming back...

I hit a stonewall.

Just need to figure out how to get over it...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The best article so far about the health care debate!

Camille Paglia nailed it!

Even if I disagree with her on some points, at least she is honest and understands things as they stand.

There is something so very refreshing about intellectual honesty!

Read her article here.

An explanation on the nazi thing...

I am not trying to compare the current administration to the 3rd Reich.

More specifically, I would say that the administration is simply leaning toward fascism.

Why do I say that?

Here is the definition of Fascism:

Fascism
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Fascism, pronounced /ˈfæʃɪzəm/, comprises a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology[1][2][3][4] and a corporatist economic ideology. [5]

Fascists believe that nations and/or races are in perpetual conflict whereby only the strong can survive by being healthy, vital, and by asserting themselves in conflict against the weak.[6] Fascists advocate the creation of a single-party state.[7] Fascist governments forbid and suppress criticism and opposition to the government and the fascist movement.[8] Fascism opposes class conflict, blames capitalist liberal democracies for its creation and communists for exploiting the concept.[9] Fascism is much defined by what it opposes, what scholars call the fascist negations - its opposition to individualism,[10] rationalism, liberalism, conservatism and communism. [11] In the economic sphere, many fascist leaders have claimed to support a "Third Way" in economic policy, which they believed superior to both the rampant individualism of unrestrained capitalism and the severe control of state communism.[12][13] This was to be achieved by establishing significant government control over business and labour (Mussolini called his nation's system "the corporate state").[14][15] No common and concise definition exists for fascism and historians and political scientists disagree on what should be in any concise definition.[16]


President Obama said in his inaugural speech that "we are going to remake America". Notice he didn't say rebuild...

Now I guess I am a part of these crazies who believe this nation was founded by divine providence with the help of divinely inspired men. Therefore, "remaking" America troubles me. Rebuilding or restoring America to it's founding principles would be different.

Since he took the Oath of office in January, president Obama has continued the takeover of Banks, GM, Chrysler (which I believe was sold to Fiat) and then he also named "czars"...

Czars do not appear anywhere in the constitution, they do not need to be confirmed by congress. They only report to the president... These are not part of the usual presidential "cabinet" or advisers...

Then there is the Press. The press is supposed to be the 4th branch of government. But unfortunately, very few have even questioned the president on any of his policies and or assumptions. They are acting as a propaganda machine by selling the president's agenda instead of reporting fairly on the issues.

Finally, there is this setup of acquiring information on those who disagree... The request of emailing the white house was the first thing that really bothered me. Then there was the announcement by the Technology Czar of a shift of policy concerning electronic cookies...

So you see I don't believe President Obama is Hitler or even a dictator. I only believe that he is laying the foundations that are taking us toward Fascism.

You also have to remember that not all Fascists were crazy... Mussolini was loved by his people...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

About the Health care debate...

My friend Jean-Michel commented on my last post. He referred me to 3 different links to show me what kind of information he is getting. He made sure to point out that the author leans to the left and that he enjoys the other perspective given on my Blog...

Unless you read french, you won't be able to understand the articles, but the videos are in English.

Here are the links:

"Santé, démocratie et «voyoucratie»"

"Petit manuel du parfait teabagger"

"La vidéo du jour"

What I found most interesting in all three blog posts is that the perspective is clearly one sided.

No where was there ever a mention of registered democrats attending these town hall meetings and expressing their concerns about the reform.

I would like to offer this link to counter balance the argument.

Here is the video attached to the article I just linked:




As a clarification to my friend, I would like to point out that this is not a Republican blog. I take pride in the title of being an independent conservative. And if you are wondering; there is a difference!

I do not claim to understand the bill perfectly. In fact, there isn't actually a final bill yet.

Here is what I do know:

The grassroots movement IS real. Although the Republican party would like to believe it has some pull, it really doesn't anymore. There are some groups that are organizing. They are concerned citizens groups. They started organizing when the bailout fiasco started. President Obama himself is proud of his Community organising background... Is it only the groups that agree with his policies that should be allowed to assemble and be heard? And if you think that people are losing it at those meetings, you have to understand the level of frustration currently existing among the American people. Most of them have called and/or written to their representatives on many occasions over the last year; begging them not to pass the bailout number 1, bailout number 2, cap and trade,... And even after overwhelming opposition, the representatives voted for those measures anyways...


The health care system is not perfect. There is problems, and rising costs are an issue. But government is NOT the solution.

The power grabbing happening in Washington over last few years is simply unconstitutional.

Politicians would have us believe we are to stupid to know what is good for us. That without them telling us what we should and should not do, eat, think,... we wouldn't have a clue.

The fall of Adam and Eve provided the knowledge of good and evil, and the ability to judge for ourselves. God believes in the individual as we are the only ones who can make choices for ourselves...

I believe that some of the problem come from government taking over parts of the system. When charity is left to the individual, the American people has proven over and over again that they are generous and that they will help their neighbors in need. Individualism is the base of the American system. The founding fathers believed that nothing was to trump the individual. The moral individual. Most Americans still have strong values. Most still believe in the existence of a God. By giving the people their freedom back we could solve all kinds of societal problems...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

This sounds like Gestapo controlled Germany...

Here is a video of President Obama dating from 2003:



Here is the response from the White House when the video emerged on Drudge Report:



Now if you go to the official website you can read the following:

" There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov."

Does that sound good to you?

It definitely has a feel of "gestapoishness" to me...

Why is this administration so afraid of debate?

Why do I feel like this absolutely threatens my 1st amendment right?

Why are they trying to ridicule anyone who brings up a valid question?


I know socialized medicine...
Remember; I'm from Canada!
Ask me about my grandma's latest adventure in the hospital...
Let's just say that an American hospital would get sued big time if they treated anyone the way she was treated...


What do you think?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The road home...

We left Utah Wednesday morning at 6:30 am.

We stopped to sleep somewhere after Amarillo, TX around 12:30 am...

We got up at 5:30 am

and finally made it home at 2:00 pm!

The only casualty: my ankles and feet...



It took 2 days for the swelling to go away completely...

Vacation - Back to Utah for one more day...

We left Coeur d'Alene monday morning
and were back at the Gearheart's that night.

The trip back to Utah went well even if it seemed to take forever!

Donelle was sweet and even drove my car for a bit!
The boys enjoyed riding in Uncle Jerry's car
and
watching none other than StarWars...
(Have I mentioned they are all Jedi obsessed lately?)

Our last day in Utah was spent relaxing in the pool,
preparing things for the trip back
and
having a great lunch in the Uintah National park!

Jerry and Donelle took us there for the perfect summer lunch of:
Roasted hot-dogs and smores!

It was so much fun and might I add
SO DELICIOUS!!!



The boys got in the dirt and enjoyed following Brittany around!

We went to bed ready to make our way back home...

Thank you to Jerry, Donelle and Brittany!
The boys had a blast and so did I!


Vacation review - northern Idaho

We arrived at Joseph's grandma's on Thursday the 23rd.
We made great time getting there
and had time to enjoy dinner and a few hours of chatting (for me!)
and running outside (for the boys) before bed.

We went to the Coeur d'Alene Lake on Friday with Jerry, Donelle and Brittany.
We had fun even if the water was a refreshing 73 degrees.
Sometime Friday night or very early Saturday morning,
my in-laws made it to town...
I tried staying up with Grandma,
but around 11 I just wasn't going to make it.
Grandma sent me to bed...
And the 86 year old woman waited until they got there by herself...

We had loads of fun visiting together!

It was nice to visit and chat with my mother and father-in-law,
my sister-in-law,
meeting Evyn for the first time,
my brother-in-law and his new wife!

The cousins had a brilliant time!
It was like they had never been apart...

Kari (Joseph's cousin) got married Saturday evening and it was a happy moment!
(but boy was it hot in there!)



Sunday, we went to church and enjoyed a wonderful dinner of Moose Roast...
It was quite delicious!

Overall, the weather was PERFECT!
(especially for an always hot, pregnant woman like me!)

I must say that my favorite thing about Grandma's house
is the swing on the porch.
It is just the perfect place to chat and catch up.
I {LOVE} Joseph's grandma!
She is a no-nonsense person who will do anything for you.
She and Leo worked so hard to accommodate all of us!
And they really are cute together!

We left Monday morning to go back to Jerry's and Donelle's...

Big thanks to Grandma and Leo!
We had a great time!
The kids enjoyed it,
even if Sam wouldn't ever say goodnight...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Sunday in Utah: our beloved 2nd ward!

We were so happy to attend our Sunday meetings in the 2nd ward.

It was just like coming home.

It was nice to see everyone!

All the smiles and the hugs, the how do you do!

The many questions as to whether we were back or just visiting.

The kids were glad to be back with their old friends and so was I.

I was fortunate enough to be there the Sunday right after camp and hear a few Young Women talk about their experience.

After Church,
we were expected at the Swanson's for dinner.
Joni and Bishop also invited the Reeds.
It was like old times (minus Joseph...)!





"Talking the Blues without Brother Joseph" exact quote...



It was really nice to catch up with them all.
And later on with just Joni and Rich.

It provided something I had not anticipated getting:

{ closure }

But not in an ending manner...

For the first time ever, when returning to a previous ward,
I didn't feel like it wasn't where I belonged anymore.

It felt like coming home...

But at the same time,

{ the tender mercies
of the lord }

(1 Nephi 1:20)

an understanding that it was okay,
that this is where I am at this point and time,
that this is where I need to be at this time,
that the story has not ended.

Somehow,
this is an Hiatus...

My heart and my soul need not be torn anymore.


Understanding,

Acceptance,

Peace...




Vacation Review - Utah time minus sunday...

We had a grand time visiting friends and family!

Our first full day in Utah was spent visiting with Ness and the kids!
We used to be neighbors and it's been different not being next door to each other!
We had a great time catching up and the kids acted like they had never been apart!

Monday morning, Emily was sweet enough to let us come over and hang out!
I don't know why I didn't get any pictures...
Zack was so happy to see Isaac!
The kids had a really good time and it was nice to chat with Emily!
She has got to be one of the sweetest women on the face of the earth!

She also came with us to school Lunch where we met Nancy and Ness.

We spent Monday night with the Walls!
They were so gracious as to have us over for dinner.
The Walls were our fisrt neighbors when we moved to Utah
and were just down the street when we moved to a bigger place.
Kaylie was almost always the first designated babysitter...
The Twins are in Argentina serving their mission until next february.
We {LOVE} the Walls.
They became even more dear to us when Kelly unexpectedly passed away last October.
Joseph became their home teacher.
They are just one of those family that will remain dear in our hearts forever!
We experienced Wii Fit for the first time!
It was a lot of fun!

Tuesday,
we went to playgroup to catch up with our old friends from the ward!
I forgot to take the camera out...

Later,
we met the Apolonio's at a Splash pad in south Ogden.
We had such a great time catching up and the kids were having such a nice time that I forgot all about taking pictures...

We then had dinner at the Schriever's Tuesday night.
I had the chance to see her beautiful little Lincoln up close!
Unfortunately, the camera somehow stayed in the car...

Bradi then took me with her to Mutual as Ben graciously offered to keep the kids.
It was a fun time with the young women.
I got a masterfully done pedicure by Ivonne!
Catching up was a lot of fun!
I miss those girls!
(So sad I missed you too Jennie!)

Wednesday morning, we said goodbye to Nancy, Luke, Phillip and Olivier.
They were so sweet as to let us stay with them for 5 days.

(We were having so much fun, this is the only picture we took the entire time we were together...)

It was nice to spend time with them and catch up!
Nancy and I spent Saturday together and most mornings!
Thank you guys!

Then we headed over to the Oquirrh Mountain temple open house.
We had a great time and the kids loved being able to see the inside of the Temple.
Once again, sorry no pics...

We then went to the Gearhearts (Joseph's Uncle),
in Highland,
and prepared to take the trip up to Northern Idaho the next day...