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Life is Too Short!

I just found out that a friend passed away this afternoon. We weren’t incredibly close… but he was incredibly close to someone I am incredibly close to, so that is plenty enough to shake me.

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Lovin’ “House of Gold” by Twenty One Pilots!

This is a song that my husband first got me to listen to. I have decided that I adore it, and every time I hear it, I get all teary-eyed thinking about how much I can relate to it in relation to my son, especially now that we are about to uproot and move to a completely different area, different type of home, different EVERYTHING. Take a listen and read the lyrics below…

 

She asked me, “Son, when I grow old,
Will you buy me a house of gold?
And when your father turns to stone,
Will you take care of me?”

She asked me, “Son, when I grow old,
Will you buy me a house of gold?
And when your father turns to stone,
Will you take care of me?”

I will make you queen of everything you see,
I’ll put you on the map,
I’ll cure you of disease.

Let’s say we up and left this town,
And turned our future upside down.
We’ll make pretend that you and me,
Lived ever after happily.

She asked me, “Son, when I grow old,
Will you buy me a house of gold?
And when your father turns to stone,
Will you take care of me?”

I will make you queen of everything you see,
I’ll put you on the map,
I’ll cure you of disease.

And since we know that dreams are dead,
And life turns plans up on their head,
I will plan to be a bum,
So I just might become someone.

She asked me, “Son, when I grow old,
Will you buy me a house of gold?
And when your father turns to stone,
Will you take care of me?”

I will make you queen of everything you see,
I’ll put you on the map,
I’ll cure you of disease.

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Building the Machine: Common Core Education

Building the Machine: Common Core Education

What do you know about the Common Core Initiative? Do you really know what your kids are being taught in school? I’ll give you a hint: the new Common Core standards are NOTHING like it was when we were in school, folks! And, while Common Core is being taught in schools, my child will never attend a public school. I do not agree with it, with it’s corporate sponsorship and corporate interest in our CHILDREN, nor with it’s age inappropriate agendas. Please, people, watch this short movie and spread the word far and wide: FIGHT THE COMMON CORE! Just because we choose to home school our children, that does not mean they are not affected by Common Core. We still must test our kids and keep/submit their scores to the state in many states (mine included), and those tests are Common Core Aligned. Do you want your home schooled child to be able and eligible to go to college? Entrance exams are Common Core Aligned as well. Learn the facts and how to fight this initiative in your home!

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Videos of Matoskah

Videos of Matoskah

Annual DVD style home videos of Matoskah, one for each year of his life, containing highlights of videos of that year, ending in a photo slideshow set to music that he enjoys.

All on YouTube!

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Photo Album

Here is a quick little photo album! The photos are in no particular order, but all are captioned so you can read what the pic is about! I hope you enjoy!

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And here are the individual pictures, in case the slideshow above isn’t working out right for you…

A very tired Daddy!!
Thor trying to figure out what this new creature is… smells funny!
Matoskah, 1 day old showing us all what he is thinking of this whole “being born” thing!
My baby shower. Three in center back, left to right: Me (Kristen), my Mom (Elaine), my older sister (Kelli). The rest, left to right (all my nieces, Kelli’s daughters): Jamie, Wreesie, Brittany, Jasmine, April.
Thor, 1 year old, in the morning sunshine!
Thor, about 6 months old, playing and jumping on the bed!
Me (Kristen), snuggling with Thor at 6 months old.
Thor, 4 months old, drinking from my water bottle in the cab of our moving truck, moving from Illinois back to North Carolina.
Me and Thor, snuggling. He is about 2 – 2 1/2 months old
Thor playing with Daddy, John, at 2 months old.
Thor, 2 months old, playing with our neighbor’s dogs, Odin and Loki.
Thor, 6 weeks old, with John. Thor’s first trip out of our back door when we brought him home from the breeder.
Thor, 6 weeks old, tuckered out after a long, crazy day!
Mommy (Kristen) and baby boy (Matoskah), he is about 9 months old.
04 April 2009, Matoskah just born, Mommy (Kristen) and Daddy (John) as happy as can be!
Daddy John holding baby Matoskah for the first time.
Kristen, Matoskah and Thor snuggling in the new place in Maryland, Feb 2012
Kristen and the biggest lap dog ever, Thor! 🙂
22 Jan 2012, Daddy (John), Baby (Matoskah) and Puppy (Thor) sleeping in after a long drive from North Carolina to Maryland that ended at 11pm the previous night!
25 Dec 2011. Matoskah is shown with Daddy (John) and Great-Grandfather (his father’s mother’s father), Paul.
25 Dec 2011, Matoskah plays with his new train while Mommy and Thor watch.
Thor’s cute little puppy face! He was 3 at the time.
April 2012, Matoskah (3) and Thor (4) chillin out together.
04 April 2012, Matoskah opening birthday presents with Mommy, Thor patiently waiting for the wrapping paper to play with!
June 2009, Baby Matoskah with Daddy (John) and Grandfather (Daddy’s daddy), Ronald. Yes, they are American Indians from the Lumbee Tribe in North Carolina.
BUSTED!!
Matoskah feeding his lunch to Thor!
25 Dec 2009, Matoskah with Mommy (Kristen) and Great-Grandmother (his Father’s Father’s Mother, Ida Jane)
25 Dec 2009, Matoskah with his Daddy (John) and Great-Grandfather (His Father’s Mother’s Father, Paul)
A very tired Mommy (that’s me, Kristen), napping with Baby Matoskah and Thor.
A very happy Daddy (John), snuggling with Baby Matoskah and Thor.
Baby Matoskah snuggling with Thor and Daddy (John).
Baby Matoskah and Thor
Baby Matoskah (1 month old), snuggling with his Grandmother (His Mother’s Mother, Elaine)
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Blue’s Clues Birthday Cake

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This is the cake that I made for my son’s third birthday on 04 April 2012. He has gotten a thing for Blue’s Clues lately so I decorated it by hand with Blue 🙂 He had the candles blown out before it made it all the way to the table and was nibbling icing the entire time!! It was a boxed cake (Betty Crocker’s Chocolate Fudge cake) and icing this behemoth took three tubs of buttercream frosting! When he gets a little older, I will make his cakes from scratch but for now, he enjoys picking out the cake by the picture on the box.

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Weather the Weather

Whether the weather be cold
or whether the weather be hot
we will weather the weather
no matter the weather
whether we like it or not!

it’s a little rhyme from Little Bear that we all like 🙂

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I Am Ordained!

The first step in a long road…

I became ordained today. Not a Christian minister or anything like that. I am Celtic and will continue to follow that path, but official ordination through the Universal Life Church allows me to be federally recognized as clergy, and is the first step to state recognition as well. See…

Ordination