Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mommy Moments

Somehow I missed the Linky-thing to Mommy Moments last week and since I had done it ahead, I still want to post it! So here you go...the theme was Grandparent Bonding.

My parents with Tucker the day he was born-2002

(Keep in mind that they were at the hospital with us from 1:30 AM until I had him at 4 PM!)

My mother-in-law with Tucker-2002 (Still in the hospital)

Tucker with my mom and a new dump truck-2004

Celebrating my mother-in-law's birthday-2006 (this picture has always been a favorite of mine)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a patriotic holiday in the United States of America, usually celebrated on the last Monday in May.

It is a celebration of remembrance for the brave service of men and women who gave their lives for their country. Originally, Memorial Day honored those who had died in the Civil War. Now, it honors those who died in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and Desert Storm.

Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971. We now designate this day to remember loved ones who have passed on, as well as remembering our service men and women. Flowers and flags are placed on graves in remembrance of them. Parades and dedications of memorials usually are part of the day's activities. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, local marching bands, members of the armed service, fire departments, police departments, and fraternal orders often march in parades and attend ceremonies to commemorate the day.

Waterloo, N.Y. is considered the birthplace of this holiday because the people of Waterloo were the first people to proclaim a day on May 5, 1866 to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War. They closed their businesses and placed flowers and flags on the graves of their soldiers. Flags were flown at half-mast.

Major General John A. Logan declared May 30, 1868 as a special day for honoring Union soldiers killed in battle. He was Commander in Chief of an organization of Union Civil War Veterans called the Grand Army of the Republic. They took charge of Memorial Day celebrations in the Northern States. The American Legion took over these duties after World War I.


Simple Woman's Daybook

For today Monday, May 25, 2009 Memorial Day

Outside my window...the clouds may actually go away-it looks like the sun is trying to come out! It's supposed to be a nice day.

I am thinking...that I am tired even though I haven't been up long!

I am thankful for...friends and family

From the kitchen...hamburgers on the grill tonight (our little Memorial Day picnic!)
I haven't really thought about the rest of the week.

I am creating...a clean home and piles of clean laundry

I am wearing...jean capris and a CT Sun tshirt

I am reading...Finished Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah and now reading Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock. Finished listening to Made in the U.S.A and desperately need to get to the library for another audio CD. I was wrong when I said we finished Dinosaurs before Dark with Tucker; we should be finishing it this week. With Tucker we read Freckle Juice. It was a busy, busy week and it was all we could do to fit in time for him to read to us before he fell asleep! I'm hoping we can get back to reading to him this week.

I am hoping...that my headache goes away, it's leftover from yesterday's migraine which I get when there's a thunderstorm.

I am hearing...Tucker playing with his Legos, some lady making chicken on the Today show.

Around the definitely needs some attention...laundry to be folded and of course, more to wash...Michael's in the yard getting it ready to plant pumpkin seeds.

One of my favorite things...I know I've used it before but I am still excited about how much Tucker is reading now!

A few plans for the rest of the week...Memorial Day parade this afternoon...tball practice on Sat...birthday party for Tucker's friend Lauren on Sat...Scout Night at the Speedbowl Sat...(a local stock car racing place-Tucker gets in free with his scout uniform)...maybe a home visit.

A picture thought...
Tucker got his summer hair cut Friday when he was at my mom's. We usually wait another month but his hair was so long that we couldn't wait any longer!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Cub Scout Cross-Over

Last night was Cub Scout cross-over night. What this means is that Tucker and his Tiger den moved up to the next rank which is Wolves!

Here Tucker receives his last awards as a Tiger, including his Tiger Cub patch.

They had all the parents come up with the boys; here is Tucker waiting for his turn.

When it was Tucker's turn he went to the middle of the bridge, Michael took off the orange kerchief and tied on his new gold kerchief.

A nice family picture
(A special thanks to Mrs. Driscoll for taking these two pictures for us-or as Tucker knows her: "the milk lady")

Then Tucker crossed over to the other side of the bridge. At the end, all the boys were on one side and the parents were on the other, "symbolizing that they are growing up", per The Pack Master, and most importantly that we no longer have to stay at their meetings-we can now perform the "drop and run"! (and if you guessed that I teared up a little bit, you know me very well!)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Mari had this on her blog and I thought it was so cute I just had to share it!

Thursday Thirteen-Famous CT People

After particpating in Weekly Geeks' literary tour, I thought I'd do my Thursday Thirteen this week on Thirteen Famous People who were either born or lived in CT and contributed greatly to our state.

1. Ethan Allen(1738 - 1789) American Revolutionary soldier. Most widely known for his participation in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. Born in Litchfield, CT

2. Benedict Arnold (1741 - 1801) A captain of the Colonial Army turned British spy. He is famous for burning down the town of New London; since then, his name has meant "traitor;". Born in Norwich, CT

3. Phineas T. Barnum (1810 - 1891) A founder of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Born in Bethel, CT

4. John Brown (1800 - 1859) Infamous abolitionist during the Civil War. Born in Torrington, CT

5. Samuel Colt(1814 - 1862) Inventor and founder of the Colt firearm company. Born in Hartford, CT

6. William Gillette (1853-1937) Actor/Playwirght, famous for portraying Sherlock Holmes.

7. Charles Goodyear (1800 - 1860) Inventor of vulcanized rubber. Born in New Haven, CT

8. Ella T. Grasso (1919-1981)
First woman elected Governor in CT

9. Nathan Hale (1755 - 1776) A martyr soldier of the American Revolution. Famous for saying I only regreat that I have but one life to lose for my country. Born in Coventry, CT.

10. Katherine Hepburn (1907 - 2003) Famous actress who won four Academy Awards for best actress. Born in Hartford, CT.

11. Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 - 1896) Abolitionist and humanitarian; author of Uncle Tom's Cabin; lived in Brunswick. Born in Litchfield, CT.

12. Noah Webster (1758 - 1843) Author of the first dictionary published in 1807; from West Hartford. Born in Hartford, CT.

13. Eli Whitney (1765-1825) Inventor of the cotton gin.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I'm not not sure if it was a long night or a short night...

We are seriously needing some sleep here at the Doyle household...

Tucker woke up last night around 11:30 and came into our bed complaining of a stomach ache. He said it hurt around his belly button area and was constant (in answer to my questions). His stomach and abdomen were really hard. He didn't have to poop or throw up but he started crying. At that point, I wasn't sure if he was dreaming because he does have a history of night terrors. Nope this was the real thing and he cried hysterically for an hour. We tried ginger ale; it didn't help. Nothing would calm him down. We were both plenty scared by this point because he was so upset and in obvious pain.

We decided to bring him to the ER figuring the pediatrician's answering service would just tell us to to do that anyway. At 12:30, we headed to the hospital.
We were there a good hour and a half before we even went into to a room and only saw the nurse. Tucker was still crying and very uncomfortable. At 2, the nurse came in to tell us we were next to be seen. At 2:30, Tucker fell asleep, from exhaustion, I'm sure. At 3, I told Michael to go tell the desk we were leaving and I was going to the pediatrician in the morning (I may have said tomorrow) which in both cases, it already was. A doctor came back in with Michael and "examined" Tucker, if you can even call it that. She barely touched his belly, said it didn't seem to be appendicitis, said to follow up with the pediatrician, and left, saying the nurse would be in with the discharge instructions. For what? I wondered since they hadn't done anything but I was too exhausted to say anything. We were home and in bed by 3:30.

When the alarm went off at 7, I called the pediatrician's office and got their answering service. They called back at 8 and we went in at 10:30. We didn't see Tucker's actual doctor but another one in the practice. She was somewhat angry that they didn't even take an x-ray to see if there was a blockage or anything. She was pretty sure it was constipation and sent us for an x-ray just to be sure. That way she can tell us what we should do if it happens again.

Tucker was really good about the whole thing, other than the initial "I'm not going to school?" fit. I explained he would be going in late which just made him more upset...I guess it's good that he likes school! He also doesn't like to stand out, so walking in by himself would be a big deal. I walked him down to his class and spoke to his teacher for a few minutes to update her. He was just in time for recess and then lunch follows that. He also did really good with the x-ray and I was very impressed that we were literally in and out of there in maybe 10 minutes! He had a lot of questions and the lady was really patient and even showed him his x-ray afterwards.

He's feeling fine now and I'm waiting to hear from the doctor to make sure everything was okay with the x-ray, which I'm pretty sure it was.

I'm sorry if this seems all over the place but having only 3.5 hours of sleep will do that to a person, I guess! Also keep in mind that I still don't feel well and had considered calling in sick myself today!

Kids' Picks - May

Pecorino Plays Ball by Alan Madison
This is the story of Pecorino Sasquatch who is about to play his first baseball game. After some humorous moments with his extra-extra-large shirt, he is placed in the outfield. The storyline of a little boy's nervousness in playing his first reall baseball game is right-on!! Tucker enjoyed the story and the illustrations made him laugh out loud!

Turtle's Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev
Because Tucker likes both Turtles and penguins, I thought he would enjoy this story of Little Turtle who decides to become a penguin after his father reads him a bedtime story about them. The next day, he dresses up as a penguin and shuffles off where he spends the day doing penguin-themed activities with his classmates. Tucker got a real kick out of all the turtle dresses as penguins and especially liked when they dove off the slide! He also enjoyed the penguin facts at the back of the book!

Money Madness! by David A. Adler
I was not at all surprised that Tucker came home from school with this library book! After all, one of his most coveted possessions is a place mat that my mother gave him that is about money. This book introduces the concept of money from its early days as an alternative to bartering. He was all eyes and ears and asked a lot of questions!

Teaser Tuesday

Every Tuesday, Should Be Reading holds a weekly event called 'Tuesday Teasers'. For this event, you do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Let the book fall open to a random page
3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

*** Do NOT post anything that could spoil the plot of the book!!! ***

If your sentences that fall between lines 7 and 12 on the page you turn to give too much away, choose a different page, or a different spot on the page… we don’t want to ruin any surprises for anyone!

My teaser this week:

"At some point Julia came out and joined them. The three of them sat in the grass, beneath a graying November sky, while the Thanksgiving turkey browned inside the house, and sang the songs of their youth".
Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah, p. 288

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

For today, Sunday, May 17, 2009

Outside my is still light out. It finally stopped raining!

I am thinking...about Jon and Kate. Hoping that they can work out whatever is the best solution for them. Though in my humble opinion, if Jon has issues with the media coverage of their lives then Kate should not be the cover story on People magazine!

I am thankful for...feeling a little better today.

From the kitchen...made a yummy chicken stroganoff tonight. Probably chicken pot pie and spaghetti and meatballs this week.

I am creating...not much here

I am wearing...gray sweats and a purple shirt

I'm reading...Finished The Saving Graces. I am now reading The Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah (an interesting side note, she dedicates her books to her son Tucker!) Finished listening to The Letters and am now listening to Made in the U.S.A by Billie Letts. With Tucker, we are still reading Dinosaurs Before Dark. Tonight we started Freckle Juice by Judy Blume. We also read Let's Go! by Lizann Flatt; and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.

I am feel better

I am hearing...believe it or not, WKRP in Cincinnati and the dryer

Around the's not too bad considering I haven't felt good since Wed...Laundry to be folded, laundry in the dryer, and more laundry to be washed but probably won't get to it today...dishes in the dishwasher.

One of my favorite things...Boston cream pie

A few plans for the rest of the week...Family Math Night on Wed night...Tball practice Thurs...Tucker is crossing-over to Wolves in Cub Scouts on Thurs...
Tucker's missing school Fri (it's a half day) because my daycare is closed and he's going to my mom's and staying over...he's getting his 'summer haircut" that day...spending the day with my friend Joan on Sat...going to see Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian on Sun.

A picture thought...
I took some pictures in my yard last week...this is one of our little flower beds with a red flowering bush and a deer statue of my dad's.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Weekly Geeks-Literary Tour

This week, I'm participating in the literary tour sponsored by Weekly Geeks. The idea is show off a literary figure that is from your area.

Probably the most well-known in this area of my state would have to be Eugene O'Neill.

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (16 October 1888 – 27 November 1953) was an American playwright, and Nobel laureate in Literature. His plays are among the first to introduce into American drama the techniques of realism, associated with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg. His plays were among the first to include speeches in American vernacular and involve characters on the fringes of society, engaging in depraved behavior, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations, but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair. O'Neill wrote only one well-known comedy (Ah, Wilderness!). Nearly all of his other plays involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism.

O'Neill was born in a Broadway hotel room in Times Square. The site is now a Starbucks (1500 Broadway, Northeast corner of 43rd & Broadway); a commemorative plaque is posted on the outside wall with the inscription: "Eugene O'Neill, October 16, 1888 ~ November 27, 1953 America's greatest playwright was born on this site then called Barrett Hotel, Presented by Circle in the Square."

Eugene O'Neil spent his childhood summers in Connecticut, as well, in a New London cottage which was his only permanent home. His plays "A Long Day's Journey into Night" and "Ah, Wilderness" are set there. To honor his greatness and encourage the growth of new generations of American playwrights, the O'Neill Theatre Center of Waterford, Connecticut hosts an annual festival of new plays.

Here are some images of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thursday Thirteen-Walmart

I'm feeling really crappy tonight with a sinus infection but wanted to get this posted...the best I can do is Thirteen Items I Bought at Walmart Tonight:

1. Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
2. Macaroni & Cheese
3. Pizza Sauce
4. Bagels
5. Cheerios
6. Flour
7. Milk
8. Ginger Ale
9. Paper Plates
10. Juice Boxes
11. Cough Drops
12. Yogurt
13. Cat food

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Celebrating Mother's Day and Doreen's' Birthday

We celebrated Mother's Day and my sister-in-law Doreen's birthday on Sunday. It has been a busy week and now I think I have a sinus infection but I want to finally get this posted! (note to no-family readers-this is how we share pictures in our family so there are a few of my sister-in-law's b-day!)

Cassandra surprised her mom with a special sketch by the cousin of a friend of hers. It's Cassandra at age 1 and then recently. I should have taken a closer picture-it's really amazing; especially when you know the artist is 13!!

You may have noticed our new pictures in the sidebar, We had new family pictures done for our moms' gifts. (The last time we had a family picture done was when Tucker was a little over a year old!) They really liked them! Hmmm...This seems to be the only picture I have of opening the mother's day gifts; must have been busy!

Now onto Doreen's birthday: Doreen cutting her cake

A new pocketbook from my mother-in-law (her mother)

Twilight DVD from her daughter

A gift card from us

Tucker helps her read the card

A new shirt that for some reason Tucker insisted on smelling!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

For today, Monday May 11, 2009

Outside my is dark and cool

I am thinking...about joining Weight Watchers. With our new insurance, we can waive the registration fee. I desperately need to do something to get myself motivated.

I am thankful...for a good family and also that my job is going so well!

From the kitchen...not sure yet; haven't really thought about it.

I am creating...I got nothing.

I am wearing...jean capris and a black and white striped shirt.

I am reading...still reading The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney. I finished listening to Snowflower and the Secret Fan and while I enjoyed it overall, there were parts that were a little disturbing. I'm listening to The Letters by Luanne Rice. With Tucker, we finished Sunset On the Saber Tooth. He's reading a Magic Tree House book, Dinosaurs Before Dark, for school. I haven't decided what we're going to read next, maybe Freckle Juice by Judy Blume. We also read Cinco De Mayo, The Fire Department,and Zelda and Ivy, and Money Madness. Reading the chapter books goes a little slower than picture books so we're not reading as many which is fine-he seems to be enjoying the chapter books!

I am have more patience with Tucker.

I am hearing...DWTS and the fishtanks gurgling.

Around the house...somewhat cluttered, laundry needs to be folded, put in the dryer, and more needs to be washed.

One of my favorite things...taking a walk on a really nice day. (stay tuned for pictures another day from the great walk we took yesterday!)

A few plans for rest of the week...last PTO meeting tomorrow night (I will not be continuing as VP)...t-ball practice Thurs...two home on Sat...Touch-A-Truck on Sat...pseudo-camping on Sat (Tucker doesn't want to sleep over so we we're going for the activities and bonfire and then coming home)

A picture thought...
We went for a great walk yesterday and came across this river. Of course, Tucker and Michael had to get right in there!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The History of Mother's Day

Celebrating motherhood is a historical tradition dating back almost as far as mothers themselves. A number of ancient cultures paid tribute to mothers as goddesses, including the ancient Greeks, who celebrated Rhea, the mother of all gods. The ancient Romans also honored their mother goddess, Cybele, in a notoriously rowdy springtime celebration and the Celtic Pagans marked the coming of spring with a fertility celebration linking their goddess Brigid together with the first milk of the ewes.

During the 17th century, those living on the British isles initiated a religious celebration of motherhood, called Mothering Sunday, which was held on the forth Sunday during the Lenten season. This holiday featured the reunification of mothers and their children, separated when working class families had to send off their young children to be employed as house servants. On Mothering Sunday, the child servants were allowed to return home for the day to visit with their parents. The holiday's popularity faded in the 19th century, only to be reincarnated during World War II when U.S. servicemen reintroduced the sentimental (and commercial) aspects of the celebration American counterpart.

In the United States, Mother's Day experienced a series of false starts before eventually transitioning into the "Hallmark" holiday that we celebrate today. In 1858, Anna Reeves Jarvis was the first woman to hold an official celebration of mothers, when in her home state of West Virginia, she instituted Mothers' Work Day to raise awareness about local sanitation issues. During the Civil War, she expanded the scope of Mothers' Work Day to include sanitary conditions on both sides of the battlefield.

Meanwhile Julia Ward Howe, author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," attempted to institute a national celebration of mothers that honored women's inclinations toward peace (rather than cleanliness). In 1872, she initiated and promoted a Mother's Day for Peace, to be held on June 2, which was celebrated the following year by women in 18 cities across America. The holiday continued to be honored by Bostonian women for another decade, but eventually phased out after Howe stopped underwriting the cost of the celebrations.

Then in 1905, Anna Reeves Jarvis passed away and her daughter, Anna Jarvis, took up her mother's torch. Anna swore on her mother's gravesite that she would realize her lifelong dream of creating a national day to honor mothers. In 1907, Anna launched her campaign by handing out white carnations to congregants at her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, her mother's church acquiesced to Anna's request to hold a special Sunday service in honor of mothers - a tradition that spread the very next year to churches in 46 states. In 1909, Anna left her job and dedicated herself to a full-time letter-writing campaign, imploring politicians, clergymen and civic leaders to institute a national day for mothers.

In 1912, Jarvis' efforts met with success: Her home state of West Virginia adopted an official Mother's Day; two years later, the U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution, signed by President Wilson, establishing a national Mother's Day emphasizing the role of women in their families - and not, like Julia Ward Howe's campaign, in the public arena. Ever since, Mother's Day has been celebrated by Americans on the second Sunday in May.

Perhaps the country's greatest proponent of motherhood, Anna Jarvis ironically never had children of her own. Yet that didn't stop her from making the celebration of Mother's Day her lifelong mission. In fact, as the holiday took on a life of its own, Jarvis expressed frequent dismay over its growing commercialization. "I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit," she is quoted as saying.


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Before I was a Mom...

I received this as an email but thought it would be wonderful to share with everyone! Happy Mother's Day!

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom ,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom ,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom ,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom .

Before I was a Mom ,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom ,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom .
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mommy Moments

In honor of Mother's Day, the theme this week is Happy Mommy Moments.
I found some from Tucker's "younger" days:

Finally home--April 2002

On a boat ride (Essex)--October 2002

Look closely, you can see the reindeer antlers---December 2002

Ready to take his 2 year old pictures--May 2004

At the Roger Williams Zoo--September 2005

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