Friday, January 30, 2009

If I Were President, I Would...

On Inauguration Day, not only did Tucker get to watch the Inauguration at school, he got to think about what he would do if he were President. His says: "If I were president, I would make sure people get jobs"

Always looking out for his mom...gotta love that!

Contra Dance

Last night we had our Contra Dance at Tucker's school. Contra Dance is basically a combination of square dancing and line dancing. We went last year and this was year was a lot of fun, too!

Okay so maybe I didn't figure it out!

I tried one of the links in the last post and then all of them and no of them work!

So here are the blogs if you want to check them out:

1. Julie, Winchester Academy
2. Sandra, Diary of A Stay-at-home Mom
3. Dana, Old Red Barn Co.
4. Prudy, Prudence Pennywise
5. Tiffany, Hillside Hollow
6. Cris, Peter's Peapod
7. Ann Marie, Capicola
8. Jennwa, Ramblings of a Crazy woman
9. Dana, I'm a Mom in Real Life
10. Jennifer, Snapshot

Sorry about that!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

When Life Gives You Lemons...

I have been awarded this cute Lemonade stand by Ally Jo.

The rules for bestowing this on others are:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

I am nominating the following blogs:

1. Julie is one of my oldest and dearest friends and is the reason I began blogging in the first place. She's a great person and can pack more fun and learning into one day than anyone I know!
2. Sandra's blog is one I always look forward to reading. She's a military wife to two kids and I am always so inspired by everything she does! She also has a great sense of humor and I can always count on laughing out loud most days I read her posts!
3. Dana can be counted on to have great quilts to show us all and she's just a great lady!
4. Prudy has lots of yummy-looking recipes and though I'm not that great of a cook, I do love to dream! (She also has great music!)
5. Tiffany is a friend of Julie's who I have "met" through blogging and I always look forward to reading her blog.
6. Cris is another friend of Julie's that I have gotten to know through blogworld. I love her honest, simple way of living and I am thrilled that she shares her life with all of us!
7. Ann Marie is yet another friend of Julie's. She makes me laugh out loud at her honest way of looking at the world!
8. Jennwa's blog is full of great crafty ideas and resources. Tucker and I used to do a lot of crafting and I'm hoping to start again so I look to Jennwa for inspiration!
9. Dana can always be counted on to tell-it-like-it-is! If any one deserves an award for showing attitude, it's her!
10. Jennifer shares the fun that raising a family entails!

Ground Chuck

After reading to Tucker last night, he started to burrow under his pillow and I remarked that he was doing this. He responded "No I'm not, animals burrow, I'm not an animal!" So I started asking him what animals burrow and asked if a ground chuck burrows. There was a long pause and my husband piped up "probably not but I think there's some in the refrigerator!" Ha.Ha. Funny man.

I of course meant ground hog or wood chuck. I also will probably not ever live this down.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Not Just For Dog Lovers...

Tucker had a snow day which wasn't really because it turned over to sleet and freezing rain and then rain by 11 am. So it wasn't ANY fun to play in. we decided to have a fun day and go to the movies which we hardly ever do!

We ended up seeing "Hotel For Dogs" and it was very, very cute. It stars Julia Roberts' niece Emma. Basically she and her brother take over an abandoned hotel to take care of dogs but must do it without being caught! there's more to it of course by I don't want to spoil it for anyone!

Mommy Blogger Awards

You probably thought election season was over, but Scholastic Parent & Child is hosting their Mommy Blogger Awards, and asking you to “Vote for Moms.”

You can nominate your favorite blogs through February 13, and then the blogs with the most nominations will be voted on starting February 23. What a fun way to spread the word about your favorite blog reads. It’s always fun to find out who everyone else is reading as well!

You can nominate as many as you want, so go over and give a shout-out to your favorite blogs.

Here's the address:
(Sorry I still haven't figured how to "do" links!)

Anniversary of the Challenger Explosion

At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-member crew of the Challenger. She underwent months of shuttle training but then, beginning January 23, was forced to wait six long days as the Challenger's launch countdown was repeatedly delayed because of weather and technical problems. Finally, on January 28, the shuttle lifted off.

Seventy-three seconds later, hundreds on the ground, including Christa's family, stared in disbelief as the shuttle exploded in a forking plume of smoke and fire. Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. There were no survivors.

In 1976, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unveiled the world's first reusable manned spacecraft, the Enterprise. Five years later, space flights of the shuttle began when Columbia traveled into space on a 54-hour mission. Launched by two solid-rocket boosters and an external tank, only the aircraft-like shuttle entered into orbit around Earth. When the mission was completed, the shuttle fired engines to reduce speed and, after descending through the atmosphere, landed like a glider. Early shuttles took satellite equipment into space and carried out various scientific experiments. The Challenger disaster was the first major shuttle accident.

In the aftermath of the explosion, President Ronald Reagan appointed a special commission to determine what went wrong with Challenger and to develop future corrective measures. The presidential commission was headed by former secretary of state William Rogers, and included former astronaut Neil Armstrong and former test pilot Chuck Yeager. The investigation determined that the explosion was caused by the failure of an "O-ring" seal in one of the two solid-fuel rockets. The elastic O-ring did not respond as expected because of the cold temperature at launch time, which began a chain of events that resulted in the massive explosion. As a result of the explosion, NASA did not send astronauts into space for more than two years as it redesigned a number of features of the space shuttle.

Belated Post of my Belated Birthday

I thought that was a fitting title since we celebrated my birthday with the family belatedly on Sunday and since it's now Wednesday...

We got together at my mom's as usual. This year my mom's brothers John and Joe joined us.
(John is on the left, Joe is on the right)

Everyone enjoyed LOTS of pizza!

Tucker had the honor of bringing the cake to me

And then brought a cake to Uncle John (he turns 65 tomorrow)

I got gift cards to Borders, Macys, and JC Penney!

Uncle Joe gave me a gift bag of scratch tickets (I ended up winning $25!!!)

My mom gave me a beautiful angel wind chime

National Kazoo Day-January 28th

People young and old love Kazoos. Kazoo Day celebrates the the joy of this musical instrument.

Alabama Vest of Macon Georgia made the first Kazoo in the 1840's. Actually, he conceived the Kazoo, and had Thaddeus Von Clegg, a German clockmaster make it to his specifications.

Commercial production of the Kazoo didn't occur until many years later in 1912. Manufacturing was first started by Emil Sorg in Western New York. Sorg joined up with Michael McIntyre, a Buffalo tool and die maker. Production moved to Eden, NY where the factory museum remains today.

Kazoos are easy to play. Simply hum a tune into the kazoo, and you're an expert. Kazoos can be played solo, or in groups. It plays a great tune both ways.

What do you do on National Kazoo day? Why, play the kazoo, of course.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

What is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays, and is a time of feasting with the family, celebration, fireworks, and gift-giving. It is a 15-day holiday, beginning on the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival.

The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, so the date of Chinese New Year changes every year. The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year pattern with each year named after an animal. There are various stories which explain this. The simplest is that Buddha (or the Jade Emperor) invited all of the animals to join him for a New Year celebration, but only 12 animals turned up. To reward the animals that did come, Buddha named a year after each of them in the order that they arrived, starting with the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. This year is the Year of the Ox.

Depending on the year you are born, you are believed to have the various character traits of that year's animal.


Simple Woman's Daybook

For today, Monday January 26, 2009

Outside my is sunny with clouds (partly sunny, I guess). Probably cold too.

I am thinking...I'm glad I finally figured out Google Reader, so much easier to follow every one's blogs! Which of course means, I keep adding more to follow!

I am thankful We finally celebrated my birthday yesterday at my mom's and 2 of my uncles joined us and we had a BLAST!

From the kitchen...we have leftover pizza from yesterday so I probably won't get too ambitious today. Planning on trying Sandra's meatballs for Spaghetti and Meatballs tomorrow. Tried a new recipe for Chicken Pot Pie with Bisquick that was YUMMY and a different recipe for Beef Stew with Potato Dumplings (also from Sandra) (Sandra from Diary of a stay-at-home mom fame).

I am creating...I've got nothing in this department. I really need to get more motivated.

I am red nightgown. I didn't want to not do this again so I haven't even showered yet.

I am reading...started and finished Multiple Blessings by Jon and Kate Gosselin in two days. I finished Last Kiss by Luanne Rice. I'm reading The Other Boelyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory and can't put it down! I'm going to pick up the movie at the library. Michael and Tucker finally finished Polar Bears Past Bedtime. This week we read books about the Arctic, snow, Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am hoping...I know I keep saying this but I'm really hoping for a job.

I am hearing...the fishtanks gurgling, Curious George on PBS. (Tucker is home sick).

Around the house...laundry to be folded...vacuuming to be done...not too messy, relatively speaking...the snowman will be put away this week and I will put out the Valentine's Day things.

One of my favorite Tucker skips most places. We had to tell him not to skip in soccer and are wondering if he'll skip in between the bases in tee-ball in the spring!

A few plans for the rest of the week...laundry, vacuuming...Tucker has a half-day Wed so we're going to the Providence Children's Museum...ContraDance Thursday night at Tucker's school (a combination of square dancing and line dancing; we did it last year and it was a LOT of fun!)...working on PTO fundraiser...visiting the firehouse on Sunday with Cub Scouts.

A picture thought...
For some reason I didn't do the Daybook last week so this is a picture of what his teeth looked like after the incident with the Target carriage handle. The tooth on the side of the front tooth fell out this week.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pinewood Derby

I had to wait to post this because Tucker wanted to surprise our family with his award! (We got togther this afternoon for my birthday!)

Yesterday was the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. Tucker and Michael worked really hard on their car. Michael did a lot of the physical work and Tucker added the stickers. They came up with the camo/army theme and added an army man and rifle! Very cool!

Kyle, Tucker, and Chase (L-R) wait in line to weigh their cars

The all-important weigh-in. The cars can weigh up to 5.04 ounces. Tucker's weighed 4.95 so we added a dime to make it a little heavier.

Waiting to get started. Tucker, Michael, William, and his step-dad Peter. Tucker made a face but it's a nice picture of everyone else!

Tucker's car on the table...his is in the middle row, second one in, the army/camo one #49

One of Tucker's races

Tucker won the award for Best Design (tieing with his friend Sean)

Sean also won over-all for the Tigers.

It was a fun day and Tucker and Michael are already planning their car for NEXT year!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fun at Imagine Nation Children's Museum

Having reconnected with old friends and made new ones on Facebook, I spent time on Monday with my friend Jenn, who I have known since 4th grade, and Jim who is somewhat of a legend in the music dept world in which I was immersed in high school. We got together to plan a reunion show of all former high school talent in November. Jenn has two boys, Michael and Andrew, ages 9 and 7, respectively and Jim has one boy. Avery who is 6. Tucker had a wonderful time playing with them at Jenn's house. We then had lunch at TGIFriday's and headed to Imagine Nation in Bristol.

Here are some pictures of Tucker enjoying himself

The boys all enjoyed the playing with the hair dryers and ping pong balls

The water table is always one of Tucker's favorites (and clearly the other boys' too!)

(The little cutie with the blond curls is Jim's son Avery.)

Tucker and Andrew enjoyed the playscape and the little capsule that overlooked the museum

We finished the day by having ice cream at the ice cream parlor at the museum. As we pulled out of the parking lot, Tucker asked "when can we get together with them again?"!!! So I'm guessing he had a good time!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Our New President

Some pictures I liked from the Inaugural Swearing-in and Address

Inaugural Day Trivia

George Washington
-Set the precedent of kissing the Bible after the oath.
-Because of pressing public business, the inaugural ball was held on May 7. The president's wife, Martha, did not make the trip to New York.
-Gave the shortest inaugural address (135 words).

John Adams
-First president to receive the oath from the Chief Justice of the United States (Oliver Ellsworth).

Thomas Jefferson
-Began the custom of writing to Congress to accept the inauguration and arrange the time for the ceremonies.
-The first and probably only president to walk to and from his inaugural.
-First president to be inaugurated at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
-First newspaper extra of an inaugural address, printed by the National Intelligencer.

James Madison
-First inaugural held in the Hall of the House.
-First inaugural ball to be held on the day of the inauguration.
-The United States Marine Band set a precedent by playing for the inaugural ball.

John Q. Adams
-First president sworn in wearing long trousers. (Washington Post, 3/4/1933)

Martin Van Buren
-First time that outgoing and incoming presidents (Jackson and Van Buren) rode together in a carriage to the Capitol for the inaugural. (Jeffries, In and Out of the White House, p. 103; Washington Post, 1/20/1949)
-First use of inaugural programs. (Washington Star, 3/4/1905)
-First use of floats in an inaugural parade. (Fox, Washington, D.C.: The Nation's Capitol)
-First time two inaugural balls were held. (Washington Post, 12/26/1948)

William H. Harrison
-First president to arrive in Washington by railroad for his inaugural.
-Longest inaugural address (10,000 words).
-Broke precedent by beginning address, taking oath, and then resuming address.
-First official planning of a parade to follow the inaugural at the Capitol. The parade or inaugural planning committee was appointed by the local political organization of the party victorious in the national election

John Tyler
-First vice president to assume the presidency due to the death of the president.

James Polk
-First inaugural to be covered by telegraph.
-First known newspaper illustration of a presidential inauguration. (The Illustrated London News)

Franklin Pierce
-Drove to and from the Capitol standing up in his carriage.
-Affirmed (rather than swore) the oath of office.
-Broke precedent by not kissing the Bible, but merely placing his left hand on it.
-First president to deliver inaugural address without referring to notes.

James Buchanan
-First inaugural known to have been photographed.

Abraham Lincoln
-First time that African-Americans participated in the inaugural parade.

Andrew Johnson
-First instance of the Chief Justice administering the oath of office to the vice president upon the death of the president.

Rutherford B. Hayes
-First president to take the oath of office in the White House.
-Was sworn in prior to Inauguration Day, because it fell on Sunday. Took oath privately on Saturday, March 3, and publicly on Monday, March 5, 1877. (The Presidents and Their Wives, p. 3)

James Garfield
-The first time that a mother of the president attended the inaugural ceremonies.

William McKinley
-First inaugural recorded by movie camera.
-Had glass-enclosed reviewing stand in front of the White House.

Theodore Roosevelt
-The only President not sworn in on a Bible. Mr. Ansley Wilcox, at whose home Roosevelt took the oath of office, wrote in 1903, "According to my best recollection no Bible was used, but President Roosevelt was sworn in with uplifted hand."

William H. Taft
-First time that a president's wife rode with her husband in the procession from the Capitol to the White House.

Woodrow Wilson
-Broke the precedent by taking the oath on a Sunday.
-First time that the oath has been taken privately in the President's Room at the Capitol.
-First time that women participated in the inaugural parade.

Warren G. Harding
-First president to ride to and from his inaugural in an automobile.
-First use of loudspeakers at an inaugural.

Calvin Coolidge
-Oath of office given by the president's father, a Vermont Justice of the Peace.
-First time an ex-president (William Taft) administered the oath of office as Chief Justice.
-First inaugural to be broadcast nationally by radio.

Herbert Hoover
-First inaugural to be recorded by a talking newsreel.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
-First president to be inaugurated on the January 20th date, a change made by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.
-First time the vice president--elect was inaugurated out-of-doors on the same platform with the president-elect. No vice presidential address was given.
-First president to take the oath of office for a third term.
-First and only time a president was inaugurated for a fourth term. (The 22d Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1951, restricts the presidency to two terms.)

Harry S. Truman
-First inauguration to be televised.

Dwight D. Eisenhower
-Broke with custom by reciting his own improvised prayer instead of kissing the Bible.
-First time that a president was inaugurated for a term limited by the Constitution (22d Amendment).

John F. Kennedy
-First president to be inaugurated on the extended East Front.
-First time that a Speaker of the House administered the oath of office to the vice president. (Previously the oath had been given by either the President pro tempore of the Senate, the ex--Vice President, or a United States Senator.)
-First time a poet, Robert Frost, participated in the official ceremonies at the Capitol.
-First time that both parents of the president-elect attended their son's inauguration.
-As the first Catholic elected president, Kennedy was the first to use a Catholic (Douay) version of the Bible for his oath.
-First appearance of the Air Force Academy Band in the parade.
-First time that the parade was televised in color
-Last president to wear traditional stovepipe hat to the inauguration.

Lyndon B. Johnson
-First time that the oath was administered in an airplane (Air Force One, a Boeing 707, at Love Field in Dallas, Texas).
-First time that the oath was administered by a woman, Sarah T. Hughes, U. S. District Judge of the Northern District of Texas.
-First use of a bullet-proofed, closed limousine.

Richard M. Nixon
-Two Bibles were used in the inauguration; they were family heirlooms, dated 1928 and 1873.

Gerald R. Ford
-First unelected vice president to assume the presidency.
-First vice president to assume the presidency under the provisions of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which specifies that, upon the resignation of the president, the vice president shall become president.

Jimmy Carter
-Folding chairs instead of wooden benches were used on the East Plaza.
-Used an old family Bible; second Bible on lectern had been used at inauguration of George Washington.
-At Carter's request, the traditional inaugural luncheon was not held.
-First president to walk all the way from the Capitol to the White House with his family after ceremony.
-First time that an outgoing President left from the Capitol Grounds aboard a helicopter.
-Provisions were made for the handicapped to watch the parade.

Ronald Reagan
-First closed-captioning of television broadcast for the hearing impaired.
-First time that the oath was taken in the Rotunda.
-First inaugural that fell on a Super Bowl Sunday.
-The Bible was placed on a marble-topped table that was built for the second inaugural of Abraham Lincoln. The table was constructed with an iron baluster cast for the Capitol dome in the 1860's.
4.First time a television camera was placed inside the president's limousine from the Capitol to the White House. (Washington Post, Jan. 18, 1985)

William J. Clinton
-First time that the ceremony was broadcast live on the Internet.
-First inaugural that fell on the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday.
Inaugurations Home Page

I Love Your Blog Awards

Julie (of winchester academy bestowed upon me the cute little "I Love Your Blog" award. Thank you!

Now I have to choose three other bloggers to bestow this esteemed award to....very difficult to do but I'm going with:

Tia at clever girl goes blog. I found her through Blogs of Note and look forward to her witty, honest and thought-provoking commentary on every subject you can imagine!

Mari at My Little Corner of The World. She just seems like such a nice lady, I look forward to reading her blog!

Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mother. She is everything I aspire to be when I grow up.

If you aren't familiar with these ladies, please visit their blogs; you won't be disappointed!

What Generation Do You Belong To?

You Belong in the Baby Boomer Generation

You fit in best with people born between 1943 and 1960.

You are optimistic, rebellious, and even a little self centered.

You still believe that you will change the world.

You detest authority and rules. Deep down, you're a non conformist.

Inauguration Day 2009

Inauguration Day
I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

The presidential inauguration is the official day that the President of the United States is sworn into office. The purpose of this inauguration is to honor the incoming president with formal ceremonies, including: a Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, an Inaugural Address, and an Inaugural Parade.

Today Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States, Joe Biden the Vice-President.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Fun at Gra's

For those of you who may not know- Tucker calls his grandmothers 'Gra'. Last night I took him to 'Gra with the kitties' (my mom's) because I spent the day with a friend (more on that later). He was supposed to stay until tomorrow but due to pending snow, we have postponed my family birthday party until next Sunday so I picked him up tonight.

So anyway...he always has a lot of fun at Gra's and even had a Christmas present from one of her friends to open. He got a really cool art set with everything you can imagine!
He got right to work with his new supplies

My mom's cats love to hang out with Tucker and Wally especially enjoyed sharing his potato chips

He always has a good time with Gra-lots of pizza, drawing, playing Uno Attack, and an exciting trip to the dump....does it get any better than that?!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Birthday Presents and Snow

I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday...For my birthday, Michael got me the Jon and Kate book and Tucker got me the DVD (we had debated about getting it for him for Christmas because we were afraid we'd be watching constantly and we have been! You may ask who the gift is really for!) I'm 3/4 ways through the book and really liking it!
So any way, here I am, happy with my gifts

And of course, my birthday would never complete without some snow! It is an ongoing family joke (and unfortunately reality) that I always get snow on and/or around my birthday. (I can't even begin to tell you how many people have been stranded at my parent's house after birthday parties or my dad brought home in his 4 wheel drive truck!) In fact, we are considering postponing my family party on Sunday due to the possibility of some MORE snow!

Here are some pictures of this year's birthday snow