Thursday, June 29, 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006
I'll be he felt foolish. Here's the story:
BERLIN (Reuters) - German police rescued an American soccer fan lost in Hanover and unable to find his hotel again after helplessly wandering around the city for more than six hours after a match, federal police said Friday.
The 25-year-old Boston man had checked into his hotel in the afternoon before going to see a match between Poland and Costa Rica but could not remember his hotel's name, its address or anything else about it, police spokesman Holger Jureczko said.
"He came into the police station at 3 a.m. and asked for help," Jureczko said.
"The only thing he could remember was paying 10 euros for a taxi ride to the city center and that he went past a park and a Mercedes dealer. There are a lot of Mercedes dealers in Hanover but we were able to find the one in the vicinity of a park."
Police took the American to the area that matched his vague description in the city of 500,000 and spent an hour driving up and down streets in that quarter until he recognized his hotel just before dawn Wednesday.
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Friday, June 16, 2006
Feeling a bit silly this morning. This will be a quickie, as I have tons to do today. Now, if I can even remember this week...
Have a marvelous weekend!
Created by Heather around 9:04 AM
Thursday, June 15, 2006
1. They make me laugh. A LOT. Kaitybean has even begun to develop some wit. Not just random funniness, but a real sense of humor.
3. They love me. A LOT. I am absolutely smothered with hugs and kisses and cuddles every single day.
4. They are friendly and fun. Kaitybean and Mashuga are especially willing to talk to ANYONE. Scud is a little more shy, but he always seems to make friends wherever we go.
5. They are busy. All. the. time. There are days that it exhausts me, but I just love to watch them go.
6. They are incredibly curious and love to learn. We've learned so much about so many things -- ancient Egypt, sharks, dinosaurs, planets, the human body -- simply because they were curious about something.
7. They are so patient with their parents. We do our best, but trust me, living with JDub and I takes serious patience sometimes.
8. They are compassionate and accepting of others. They're just so good to people.
9. They are incredibly spirited. They are intense, perceptive, sensitive, persistent. They have their own ideas about things and their own agendas. Now don't get me wrong, this is definitely a double-edged sword. I could easily put this on a a list of things that drive me nuts. But, I am in constant awe of these amazing miniature adults in my home. It makes life very rich.
10. They seem to have an innate sense of what is right and incredible testimonies of their Savior. They are faithful and prayerful. Many might think that this is a product of their upbringing and sure, we've tried. But we haven't done anything exceptional. They teach us much more than we teach them.
11. They teach me daily about joy. Life is so joyful for children and it rubs off when you're around them all day.
12. They're just cute. I love those little faces.
13. They make me a better person.
Created by Heather around 9:04 AM
Monday, June 12, 2006
It's funny how Mashuga got his nickname. He was a tiny baby and I just started calling him Mashuga Man. And it stuck. Sometimes when I say it, it almost sounds like a sneeze.
"Ah, ah, ah Mashuga!!"
So, do I have a point to this post. Maybe. Maybe not.
So, yesterday at the park Mashuga informed me of something very fascinating.
"Mashuga, time to go," I told him.
"Okay, Mom. Let's go," he replied. And then the kicker. "And when you get in and put the key in the car, I'll make it start. I'm in charge of this world."
Yep. The whole world. Everything. That air you're breathing? Your car starting? Thunderstorms? That's Mashuga.
I asked him whether or not he's really in charge of the WHOLE WORLD.
"Like, are you the one who makes it rain."
"Yes," he looks at me like I'm a bit dotty. "I'm in charge of this world."
I'm not sure how everything functioned before 2003 when he came along.
I asked him a little later what else he was in charge of.
"Cleaning my room," he said.
Now I'm a little worried. If he's as dilligent at being in charge of the world as he is at cleaning his room, we're all in trouble.
Or maybe the reason he has a hard time keeping his room clean is that he's so busy being in charge of the whole world. That's a lot of work for such a little guy.
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Saturday, June 10, 2006
So, it's been a crazy week, really. Busy. I'm not sure there's any way I can get it in order, so I'll just toss things out as I remember them.
So, that's all, folks. See you on Monday!
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Friday, June 09, 2006
To a birth today. I feel so honored to be able to help this woman as she gives birth to her second child.
If I get back before it's too late I'll probably post a Friday Wrap. If not, well, you know. I'll do something. Or not.
I've sure been a slacker blogger lately. And really flattering myself to think that anyone is waiting on the edge of their seats for me to post something.
Have a marvelous day. I'm off to witness a miracle.
Created by Heather around 8:02 AM
Monday, June 05, 2006
So, Mashuga says we're having a boy. He says he won't know what his name is until he comes out of my tummy.
But JDub. JDub knows. We were discussing it at dinner tonight.
JDub: "It's Tony!"
Me: "Tony? Um... We're not Italian."
JDub: "Tony's not an Italian name. It's a biblical name."
Me: "Oh really. Where's Tony in the bible?"
JDub: "Peter's nickname was Tony."
At this point I just about blew orange juice out my nose, I was caught so off guard. I laughed for a while longer and then we began some slightly sacreligious interchanges.
(Jesus with a thick Italian accent) Hey, Tony. How's it goin'. How about droppin' those nets and following me. I've got a job for you.
So, I'm not at all persuaded to consider Tony as a name for our future offspring, my love for Tony Danza not withstanding. But Peter might be in the running.
Created by Heather around 9:47 PM
Saturday, June 03, 2006
So, I'd call it a Friday Wrap, but it's not a Friday. But, it's been a somewhat interesting week, so......
-On Monday our family hiked to the "Y" (The giant Y plastered on a mountain near BYU). It was a blast. We took many breaks for the kids, but Kaitybean and Scud made it all the way to the top on their own steam. Mashuga walked about a quarter of the way and rode on Daddy or Uncle D's shoulders the rest of the way. Really, we had a marvelous time. Perfect, cool temperatures, family togetherness, lots of love and laughs.
-After that, I've spent most of the week in a haze. Honestly, I don't know where I've been lately. But I've been getting close to NOTHING done, either at my house or away from it. And I'm starting to wonder if I'm not doing much or going anywhere because I feel so tired or if I feel so tired because I'm not doing much or going anywhere. Or maybe it's the big, fat D word emerging again. Yuck!
-But really, I did some things. I watered our front lawn. And I accidentally left the sprinkler on all night in one spot. Woke up in the morning to find some major puddles. Guess that patch of lawn ought to be good for a while. And I dug the wooden squares out of our garden (read: horrendous weed patch) so that we can mow and till it.
-Kaitybean finished her last day of school for the year. I am THRILLED. I've missed my girl and I'm just not sure how I'll feel aobut sending Scud to school next year, too. I just thoroughly enjoy my kiddos.
-I had a couple of wonderful talks on the phone with my dear, thoughtful friend Edge this week. Yes, one of my internet friends is actually my REAL friend, too. Thank you my sweet friend for listening, for loving me and for your faith in me. You always bring me both hope and clarity and I'm grateful.
-I've been having dreams of twins. It would be fun to have twins and really, this would be an ideal time in our family for it. Mashuga will be close to four years old when this next baby/babies come. So, we'll see if they're visions or just random dreams. I certainly have plenty of those -- crazy dreams -- when I'm pregnant.
-And speaking of being pregnant, I've had a H*%^ of a time choosing a care provider this time around. I'm just not sure what I want. In some ways it's not necessarily a GOOD thing to work in the childbirth field. I know too much about all of the doctors and midwives in the area and it's hard to separate what I know as a birth professional from what I need as a pregnant mama. I'll get it figured out.
-And I had a major breakthrough with this pregnancy last night. While visualizing my path to motherhood, I realized that there are many walls in my way. The first: FEAR. I imagined this word first, in bold, scary letters. Then, before I consciously thought about it, I imagined myself painting beautiful calligraphy over it. One word: Faith. The other two ideas that came so clearly to my head were those of Surrender instead of Control and Joy instead of worry. I can't control this journey. I'm not in charge here, so I'm beginning to feel myself melting away and surrendering myself to the changes that are coming, to whatever may be on this path. And I've realized that I need to forget worrying about what might happen, what might be wrong and simply experience joy for exactly where I am right now. I may or may not lose my baby. I may or may not have an ideal birth experience. I may or may not be ready for a fourth child. But what a gift it is to be exactly where I am right now. I love my baby. I'm 9 1/2 weeks pregnant. My stomach is expanding and starting to look like a baby bump instead of just my usual little buddha belly. What a delicious time. What a wonderful place to be. Tomorrow can take care of itself. I don't need to worry about it. I just am where I am and when I forget the past and forget the future and just love what IS, all I feel is joy and love and blessedness.
I'll be adding pictures to this post soon, but I have kids who need me.
Created by Heather around 12:06 PM