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Monday, November 01, 2004

So much to share

The last five days have been a whirlwind of activity. I couldn't count the number of "play dates" we've had ... both formal and informal. And mixed in with that came:

1. A parent-teacher conference with no surprises. Max is doing what she's supposed to be doing in school. And she's "a pleasure to have in class" and I thought, "She's a pleasure to have at home too."

2. The season-ending soccer game. Eight weeks, almost 16 practices and 8 games. It was a bunch of fun. Following the game came the season-ending party with pizza and eight very excited little girls. Max was named Most Improved Player, and for that I'm proud. She certainly had fun, and since the season ended 4-4, what more could I ask for? She had her first team experience, fell in love with all her new friends, had one killer shot on goal (that the goalie grabbed), she won some, she lost some. A total success.

3. Oh, did I mention the pizza party ended in a slumber party? Max's first. She survived that too. Madi went to spend the night at grandma and grandpa's but she didn't survive that. She was dropped back at home at 9:55 p.m., crawled into bed with me, grabbed my hand and must have been asleep before grandma and grandpa were at the end of our block.

4. Halloween! The best we've had since we moved into this house 6 years ago (Max had her very first H'ween in our old home). It was a tiny bit breezy and slightly cool. But since they called for a big ol' winter storm moving in during the afternoon, Brent and the Gs got around the two culdesacs and our long street without jackets. We had a diva-star cat and a princess on her day off (mom's ploy to make them wear sweatsuits for their costumes ... I pulled it off for another year, we'll see how long they actually fall for this one!).

Interesting thing about our 'hood. In hitting what must have been about 30 houses (I've never counted) the girls filled their pumpkins and ended up with a fascinating assortment of goodies. They got a votive candle holder and a tealight shaped like a pumpkin. They got full-size candy bars. They got a Halloween baggie that was stuffed with a piece of literature from a church that I didn't recognize (seriously people, if that's the only treat just leave the light off). And they got a few little baggies stuffed with candy, one of which did also have some scripture in it. May I just share with my neighborhood that I am not raising demon-worshiping children? Candy-worshiping, yes. Satan, no. But thanks for your concern.

5. A day that started off with a two-hour delay and ended up being cancelled. Since I didn't have class today, we managed to just stay home. But it wasn't without our share of drama. The raccoon that took up residence in our backyard got a little grumpy when the girls decided to see if it's still in the toy chest where it's been hiding. As Max tells it, "I opened the toy box with my bare hands and it growled at me like a mountain lion would grow, except that I've never heard a mountain lion growl. But it was scarier than when Belle growls. Then we ran." The startled raccoon ran to the stairs, which would have been the girls escape route. We have a 6-foot privacy fence that they can't open -- by design -- so they were stuck in the corner screaming for me while the raccoon stayed on the steps. I ran around the front of the house and rescued the girls from the back yard in the howling winds and the blowing snows. And all this happened before 9:30 a.m.
The rest of the day was blessedly quieter.

So tomorrow will be back to school and back to work. But I did love just having a cozy day at home with my babies.

posted by Laura at 7:24 PM |


Commented by Anonymous Anonymous:


Here's something to think about. Although Bush's got the better tongue and has avoided being called to the carpet on it, Bush's a big flip flopper on military issues, which likely means a draft if he gets reelected and says on his current belligerent course. Seems like the harder Bush asserts something, whether it's about bin Laden or WMD in Iraq, the more likely it is not to come true. This is just reality.

Bush Flip Flop 1. After 9/11 Bush said he wanted bin Laden dead or alive. Then he said he wasn't "that concerned" about bin Laden in March 2002, as recorded by a White House Transcript. Apparently because he wasn't concerned about bin Laden, Bush marched into Iraq before finishing the job of catching bin Laden. Recently, Bush said he never said he wasn't that concerned bin Laden and that he wants bin Laden dead or alive. Bush flip flopped and took his eye off the ball of catching bin Laden, and now even Bush admits it's not a matter of if we will suffer another terrorist attack, but when.

Big Bush Flip Flop 2. Bush promised Congress he would exhaust all available means before going to war with Iraq. Then Bush flip flopped and rushed us into war with Iraq because he said he knew Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Ooopps. Wrong country. No WMD in Iraq. That would be North Korea and Iran. Did Bush ever take responsibility for his flip flop mess that resulted in over 1000 US soldiers lost to date? Of course not. Instead he fired someone else, the head of the CIA. Time to hold the man who admits no mistake accountable for once. Fire Bush.

Big Bush Flip Flop 3 (to come): Hello draft. Just because Bush denies that doesn't mean it's not going to happen. Just like Bush said he wasn't that concerned about bin Laden or Sadam has WMD. Right. What do you believe? The tongue of someone with a history of telling lies like Bush or the reality of our forces being stretched to the bone. If Bush were in the National Guard today he would not be able to run away and waste all the taxpayer's dollars so he could play fighter pilot. He would actually have to serve. As will many others in a draft if Bush gets elected and then flip flops like he has on key military issues before. Will you bet your life or those of your loved ones on Bush or on reality? Are you Red enough to risk your life? Vote responsibly. Vote Kerry.

8:34 PM 

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