Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New pictures and news

Here is a quick update:

Little Dude is now swimming quite well and even going under water for brief periods of time. All in all, the swim class has been amazing and I recommend anyone with kids starting them early in the pool. We have learned all kinds of songs and activities in the water for making it fun and easy. Very Nice!

We went to a rodeo with some friends and it was great fun! One of the Bull riders had his shoulder dislocated too...ouch! They also had pony rides for all the kids too and our friend's little girl LOVE it! Our Little Dude was too little...maybe next year....

We are going to the Zoo on the 31st and I can't wait!

We are having a big BBQ at our house on the 24th around 3pm.

Little Dude is trying to get his knees under himself so he can crawl on all

We are going to a Seder dinner at church on the 26th

I am counting down the minutes until the Discovery Channel (one of my top 4 channels) has "Planet Earth" on. Also, the same night and time (8pm est) the Science Channel (another top 4)has "Mammals vs Dinos" on....its going to be a race of flipping between the two is the time I wish we had TiVo! haha! I am a dork, I know.

Since some asked, here are my (Michelle) top four channels, in no particular order:

1 Discovery Channel. I have been excited about "Planet Earth" for months
2 Science Channel. "Survivor Man" has me ready to face any natural disaster. "How it's Made" rocks and again, I have been excited for months about "Mammal vs. Dino". Also, I love all the shows about the old and new testaments from a scientific point of view...funny, but those shows make my faith seem even stronger and more clear...they are awesome.
3 Fox News. Of the news channels, they seem the least biased and I love Bill O'Reilly, he is great at making people look like idiots when they try to support some immoral thing they are doing. Also, it is the ONLY news channel that shows a right wing side as well as left is more right than left, but since all the others are waaaaaaay left, I like Fox News.
4 Food Network. Most awesome channel ever. I have dozens of recipes now and I am a faithful watchers of Rachael Ray, Giada DeLauentiis, Paula Dean and Sara Snow. I always check what they are cooking online and if it sounds good I turn the show on. It is great to watch while folding laundry and cooking dinner. Just ask Bill...he is loving my new cooking skills. He said he would've gotten me to stay home long ago if he'd know it would improve my cooking. :)

O.K., back to updates:

We have multiple friends adopting

We have filled out and submitted our part of the adoption process for two of our friends (reference, essay on character and ect) The process was a little stressful because we knew the adoption agency would carefully consider all we had to say in determining accepting our friends applications to adopt. After many re-writes and edits, I must say we sent in one kick-ass reference! Now they have a few papers to fill out and send off, then the waiting begins until they are matched. How exciting!!! Here is the agency our friends are adopting through. I am so happy for them and all couples who are adopting.

I am also esp. happy for the brave, smart women who loved their child and cherished life enough to give him/her to adoptive parents. There is no greater gift to the child or the adoptive parents or even to the birth parents than to support life and adoption. Simply because a "mistake" was made and you may not personally want to parent a child, it does not mean that you need to abort; there are so many loving people who long for nothing more than to raise and love a child. I feel like everyone should support adoption over abortion when at all possible. There is a new law in the works in South Carolina that will now have women seeking abortion look at their baby through ultra sound before aborting...what a wonderful thing they are doing. For those that want the choice, they still have it, but they get an INFORMED choice...they get to see the tiny fingers, toes and heartbeat. They get the chance to turn the idea of being pregnant into a real image and perhaps that will end in more babies being put up for adoption rather than murdered for mistakes they never made. You can find more info on this bill here. Also, any of my pro-choice friends out there are free to give me their point of view on this law. Since I am and always will be pro-life, I suppose I am biased; it would be fair to peacefully hear the other point of view.

Also on the topic of protecting our children, here is a great letter for senators and governor's voting on the National Sex Offender Registry that we should all send out. You can get the letter (or ideas for your own) from Oprah (yes, she rocks). You can also find your rep's mail addresses at: and your congress' addresses at:

On a different, happier topic, here are some new pics I have been promising! Also, one of my friend's from swim class had her husband drop by to take some pictures of all of us, so as soon as she sends them to me, I will post them! That solves my whole problem of how to get pictures in the pool without getting my camera wet! Yay!

This is a hat I knitted for Little Dude...he is all ready to cheer on the Wolfpack. The shirt he is wearing has a red crayon on it and says: "My favorite color: Wolfpack Red" Isn't that the most awesome? Yes, I thought you would agree.

This is his St. Patrick's day outfit. It says "Little Good Luck Charm". Isn't his wild, red hair great?I LOVE St. Patrick's day and I cooked a bunch of Irish food and made everything I could green! Yay! You can find more info about Ireland's Saint and his good charities (also the fact he was once a slave in Ireland!) here.

Here are my two wonderful guys after a hard day of playing.

More busy playing with Daddy!

This is after a bath. Isn't his robe the cutest? Or is it him that makes it so cute? Hard to tell, I know...haha!! He normally has his bath in the mornings to clean up whatever poop/pee/spit up/drool happened during the night. Usually a combo of them...However, this day he decided to explode out of his diaper. Yes, I said explode. It was EVERYWHERE...up his back, down his did so much come out of something so little? So at any rate, this all happened while Will was home, so he decided it was a good time to take a pic of me and Little Dude together, since I am always the one behind the camera! I think we look quite nice too!

We went to a rodeo with some friends and their children as part of our St. Patrick celebration! (I know, not very Irish, but totally fun and American) This was Little Dude's first rodeo! He seems to like it!

Will, Little Dude, Jade and Cindy waiting for the rodeo to start. We got seats behind where the cows waited; it was so fun watching them play! As you can see, Jade loved the cows! Cindy is also expecting her second child soon! Cindy, her husband, Jim, and their daughter Jade are great friends and super fun to hang out with!

Well, that is about all we have been up to so far this month. We are getting ready for some weddings that are coming up; my cousin in Texas is getting married soon and we are super excited to fly down and see everyone! Then we have some friends getting married in Aug and another pair getting married in October! What a fun, busy year we are getting ready to have! I guess I better start looking at Travelocity soon! (I just want to add I LOVE the gnome in the commercials, I want one for my garden!) Bye!


Alexandrialeigh said...

I disagree with you completely about the new bill in South Carolina. Abortion may not be the best choice, but it should be a choice just the same. Forcing women to watch an ultrasound is a scare tactic to try and manipulate women to change their minds, and a back-door attempt to reverse Roe v. Wade.

It's a hard enough decision for a woman to have an abortion--why force her to go through even more pain or anguish by forcing her to watch an ultrasound for an unwanted baby?

AG said...

"and I love Bill O'Reilly, he is great at making people look like idiots when they try to support some immoral thing they are doing."


Are you kidding me? I'll just pretend for our friendship that you Never said that. The only Idiot is Bill O'Reilly. :)

Zeren said...

AG: haha, cool beans about Bill O'Reilly, he is not for everyone. Thanks for the comment though! :) :) On a different note, doesn't he have a nice Irish name? LOL! See you this weekend! :)

Aleigh: Hmm, you make a good point about how the choice of an abortion is hard; it should be hard...but really, I dont understand what is wrong with giving the child up for adoption? The bill may be viewed as a scare tactic, yes, but on the other hand,does a woman getting an abortion view it as a child or just a mass of cells? Could perhaps seeing it give her the bond with her child to maybe give it away? Being pregnant doesn't mean she has to parent it;In fact, there are many people that should never be parents. I dont see the problem with giving birth and giving it away. What is your view on that whole senerio? What is the problem with trying to create an emotional bond, so that the child might be born? No one is forcing her to keep it and become a parent. She still has the right to abort, but she also can view the pregnancy as more than some cells. See, I really don't know how someone in that situation would think of the fetus; I always see it as a child, even when it is just one cell....but for those who feel otherwise, that are on the fence about what to do, it could save a life. Now don't get me wrong, as much as I hate to say it, there must be legalized abortion. I hate it, but I do realize that if it were illegal, if Roe vs. Wade were reversed, then women would go underground, endure risky, life threating procedures that could kill them, their child and all chance of furture children. So, by all means, it must stay legal, but at the same time, I again 100% support giving to adoption.

Alright, I am having trouble getting this response to it might be posted more than once or not at all...can you see my mad computer skills coming through? LOL!!!


Alexandrialeigh said...

I just responded to your comment on my blog, but also, one thing I didn't mention: imagine that you are pregnant, but you did everything "right" -- you're on the pill, which you take religiously, you use condoms to protect against STDs, etc., and yet, through some mysterious circumstances, you still end up unhappily pregnant.

Imagine if you are that woman, and a professional. Imagine if you have to tell your boss, your coworkers (who see you every day and will find out soon enough) that yes, you are pregnant, and no, you're not keeping the baby. Because they'll want to know about your maternity leave. And they'll have a right to know about that. So it becomes a very non-private matter, and I can imagine a woman who carries a baby to full term for adoption would have some very difficult, possibly even discriminatory experiences because of her choice. Why should she not have the ability to terminate that pregnancy, possibly save her job, and not have to go through the pain and discomfort of pregnancy if she chooses not to? Why force her to feel even more guilty about such a decision? I'm not sure if you noticed, but that legislation also requires the woman to "think about" her decision for an hour before she's allowed to continue with the procedure. What kind of a message does that send a woman who chooses to have an abortion--a right that is protected by the law? Shaming someone into carrying a baby to full term does not mean that the child will be adopted or even given a real chance at life.

Miche said...

Wow, I can't beleive you just wrote that " shaming someone into carrying a baby to full term does not mean that the child will be adopted or even given a real chance at life" Are you kidding me? So if it's not going to have the perfect life from the get go, just kill it? Wow. Also, if you are a professional, and get pregnant from a one night stand and are embarassed about it, then good. You should be embarassed, but that doesnt mean you should take the easy way out and kill your child just to save face and pretend like you didnt make a mistake. Birth Control is not 100% and everyone knows if you end up being the unlucky .01% that gets pregnant, you knew the odds before having sex, so you should own up to the consequeses of your actions. Also, any boss that would harrass an employee (man or woman) for getting pregnant outside of a family and needing maternity leave time is BREAKING THE LAW. It is called the FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT and it is a right by LAW for a woman or man to take up to 13 weeks of manternity leave (with or without pay, but you have nine months to save up time off and sick days) and have NO CONSEQUENCE to his/her job and position/pay. So again, I say it is great to make women think a little harder about having an abortion, to see how at event he size of a penny there are fingers and toes and a heartbeat and a brain, instead of making it an easy way out of and cover up of a "mistake/accident".