Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Drug Problem

Editor's note:

The following letter has appeared on the internet and was viewed by many readers. Many felt it would be appropriate for the readers of Avoyelles Parish.

The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a Methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, "Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?"

I replied, I had a drug problem when I was young: I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals. I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.

I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn't put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.

I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity. I was drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad's fields. I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood, and, if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.

Those drugs are still in my veins today and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and if today's children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.

God bless the parents who drugged us. Especially you, mom and dad.

Monday, April 26, 2010

What's been going on?

Depending on when you ask me this, it could range from "way too much" to "not much".

Genevieve is doing great. She's been eating cereal for about a week, and seems to be enjoying it. We are going to start adding apple or pear sauce to it in a week or so to start getting her ready for more foods. She's rolling over so much now! No more leaving her alone on the bed or couch anymore. Before too long, she'll be crawling. She's been reaching up for me and playing good with Dianna. I'm hoping she's going to start sleeping longer during the night, because 2 hours at a time is just not cutting it.

Dianna is doing great too. She's adding new words every so often and really loving her coloring time. We did some finger painting before her birthday, and will probably do a couple more soon. She has her moments when she becomes Little Miss Grouchy Butt, but most of the time she is a happy 2 year old. We went to Grandma Shannon's lakehouse on Saturday night, and everyone had a blast! Dianna is going to love fishing when she gets older. She just would not leave the shad(bait) alone. She ending up reeking of fish and had to take a bath before bed.

Mike is doing OK. He was in an accident at work 2 weeks ago, and his back is still pretty sore. We went back to the doctor this morning, and he is waiting on hearing back if workman's comp is going to approve an MRI being done. Long story short, the driver was going the wrong way in the parking garage at work and tapped Mike with his car 4 times. The driver wouldn't share any information, so the cops got called. He left before the cops got there, but Mike is pressing charges. A warrant was issued, and the guy turned himself in. Something we'll be working on this summer is making sure he starts exercising again. Technically, he is obese, so we are going to try to get him down about 60lbs or so slowly but surely.

I'm doing OK too. I have my good days and my bad days. I've been a little overwhelmed, blue, and angry lately, and am working on getting an appointment to talk with someone as soon as I can. I'll probably vent some on here as my own form of therapy. School is going OK. Chemistry is ridiculously tough, and I would be happy if I get a D. I blame some of my grade on my inability to concentrate due to very rude classmates who come into class sporadically though out the class time. It's very nice to have my regular history teacher back, because the sub skipped so much stuff and taught oddly it's not funny. Government is going good too. I got an 84 on the last test, which made me very happy. English is hard, but we have been reading some interesting materials. I can actually relate to some of the people in the stories, and that is always nice.

My bad days suck, because I don't always have energy to do more than take care of the girls and myself when I get back from class. Due to that and being so busy with class, the apartment is in various stages of disaster. Unfortunately, the stages of mess embarrassed Mike at Dianna's birthday party. I'm slowly working on it and hope to have a good organizational system worked out for all of us before the end of the summer.

We found the perfect minivan for us, but the dealership/bank reneged on taking my car as a trade in and wanted $3K down. They wasted entirely too much of our time, so needless to say we won't be going back there. I think we'll start looking again a little closer to the end of the year, when there are better deals.

I'm going to try to take some semi-professional looking pictures of the girls soon, because the last time we had pictures taken was around Dianna's first birthday! Needless to say, the grandparents and great grandparents are getting onto us about some newer pictures.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Genevieve's 4 month Appointment and Some Other Stuff

I have to remember to set appointments for later in the afternoon. My chemistry lab took a little long today, because we burned part of the second experiment so my lab partner and I didn't leave class until noon. By the time I got home and fed Genevieve, it was time to get ready to go to her 1:30 p.m. appointment. I didn't have time to fix him lunch/dinner so poor Mike had to go to work with no lunch or dinner, so hopefully he was able to get something good on the way.

Genevieve is growing good. She was 26 inches long and 14 pounds 12.8 ounces. We are still EBFing with no formula whatsoever, although she does get a bottle at least 1 day a week while I am in class. Her pediatrician cleared her for cereal, which is good because she has had 1-2 Tbsp a day since Saturday. She loves cereal and eats more than she gets on her face, so we'll probably start adding some jarred and homemade fruits and veggies in a month or so if she keeps doing this good. She fussed when she got her shots, but was cooing before the nurse even left the room. Genevieve treated the oral vaccine like a bottle of milk.....she guzzled it right down. =)

Dianna is doing good too. She had her 2 year appointment not that long ago. She was 36.22 inches tall and weighed 27 pounds. I guess we have a little giant on our hands. Dianna took her 2 shots like a trooper and didn't cry or try to squirm away from the nurse. I was only holding her hand, because she was sitting on one of those little kid sized little tikes chair. Dianna did however freak out when the lab tech collected blood from her finger tip to check her blood levels. I guess she doesn't like the sight of blood. She had loads of fun at her Birthday party, but didn't seem to enjoy the cake as much as she did last year. We are going to start trying to potty train her soon, but I think the best time to start would be when school gets out so I can concentrate on training her more.

Mike is doing good. We got enough back with our tax refund to pay off the washer and dryer, the taxes he ended up owing from last year, and the retroactive child support for his 6 year old daughter Skyla. In doing that, we are saving almost $200 a month, so Mike was able to cut his hours at the part time job. This way, the weekends we have Hailyn he doesn't have to work Saturdays and gets to spend all day with us. =) He has been keeping an eye on the girls while I go to class in the mornings, and hasn't gone nuts yet.

I started going back to class last fall to start working on my BA in psychology. It was a tough yet easy semester, and I was able to take my history final on time after having Genevieve only a couple of days before. It has been tougher this semester with breast feeding Genevieve and only having one online class. 13 credit hours was probably a bit much, so I will probably only take 2 or 3 classes in the fall. Chemistry has been the hardest so far, most of that due to not being able to concentrate during class because of rude classmates coming in very late and talking alot during class. My history teacher missed almost the whole first 3 months of class due to some health issues, but the whole class is happy to have him back.

One thing I'll be posting is interesting articles from blogs I follow. I'll also be posting some recipes that we like. Links to our online pictures and videos will be added soon too.

Have a good night/day and check back later.