Saturday, August 30, 2008

bummed

found out today that we will no longer be able to afford maeven's art classes. :(

i'm SOOO bummed! the place we've been going for about 4 years now is truly awesome, but very pricey...i had a deal with the original owner for free classes in exchange for advertising her biz on my local family website. then she sold it and the new owner offered me a deal where i could get every other session free... after doing this where we skipped one session (the one we didn't get free), i came up with the idea to do half price all the time and she agreed. i just couldn't see maeven having to have gaps in her art education like that. sessions were typically 8-10wks. so that went on for about 3yrs i think. half price. it was wonderful! and maeven adored her teacher, who also is the owner. and i loved it because for a change i found a place that really was in sync with my very opinionated views on art experiences for children! LOL! (i've been to art experiences around town and most all have been just crap.)

well i found out today that she can no longer do the half price deal and now we'd have to pay full price. i calculated it out and the full price for one art class next session is $25.83!!! ay yi yi!!! WAY out of our budget! even at half price we were scraping to come up with the money for it. i don't even have health insurance, but i was finding money for my daughter's art classes. well, sadly, we cannot do it anymore. not for that price. :(

i'm really bummed!

looking into other options but i don't have a lot of faith that i'll find any other program that will fit my philosophy so well. hoping i can find something that is "good enough" though. looking into it.

i'm just in shock over here over those prices though....guess the program is aimed at those with higher income. i had no idea we were so lucky getting the classes for what we were! that explains why none of our friends ever went. they're all pretty poor like us! *sigh* it sucks. ok we're not REALLY poor, but lower middle income, i'd say. i guess that's the price we're paying for me to be able to be home and give our children a quality education. minus the fabulous art program now, unfortunately. now i have to add art experiences to my FULL schedule of things to do for maeven. *sigh* like i don't have enough to do. i was really glad to have that one subject pretty well covered and just providing her supplies to do free art at home whenever she wanted. that class gave her the diversity of new experiences and supplies we didn't always have here. ah well. maybe i'll find an alternative we can actually afford. we'll see.

mommy where's your penis?

another tyrenism, ROFL!

in the shower together:
tyren: (kinda shocked sounding) mommy! where's your penis??
mommy: i don't have a penis, i have a vagina
tyren: then how do you go pee?


ROFLMAO!!! where does he come up with this stuff?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

mad dash for preschool

recently i got word from someone joining our local homeschooling group that they weren't actually going to be homeschooling but were looking for help with doing preschool for their 3yr old. that's fine, some people do consider themselves "homeschooling" preschool. i've heard it said.

but she seemed pretty frantic to get some "schooling" for said 3yr old. this i find sad.

i'm of the mindset (for our family, i don't claim to know what's best for other families...but that isn't going to change the sadness i feel for other kids when things are, in my view, sad for them...much as christians feel sad for nonchristians. we're all entitled to our feelings.) of very little (or no) academics for the little ones. so rushing to get academic learning set up for a 3yr old, who is still little more than a baby, is just sad to me. although...there is an exception to this in my mind...because i may be in this position real soon...a younger sib that wants to "do school" like older sib...i can understand a mom following his/her interests in that...especially if it ends up helping the parent to focus on the one-on-one teaching that they need to be doing with the older. i may very well do some academics earlier with tyren because of this sort of situation. he always wants to do whatever maeven is doing. we'll see how it goes.

but anyway, while discussing the mad dash for preschool with a friend, i was reminded that if this mom was sending him to public school eventually, that she DOES need to cram as much in during these young ages as possible...to "prepare" him for school. that's sadly true.

i've always said that we don't do preschool in our family because we are going on to homeschool so we have no need to "get them ready" for school. it just happens naturally here. but i have also always said that i totally understand how families that plan to put their children into the system do absolutely need to prepare them for what is to come. give them a foundation to build upon. i totally agree that in that situation it IS important...because the public school system is so friggin INSANE with how much they are attempting to cram into the little ones at earlier and earlier ages.

just sad, that's all.

one of the gazillion reasons we homeschool...nice to not have the stress of it all. tyren's 3 so i cannot even imagine having to frantically figure out how to get help to begin the cramming.

i actually purposefully delay academics. although less so with tyr then maeve...sib issue, of course. kinda like they do with waldorf, but not to the extreme that they take it (actually distracting them from learning their alphabet and such) ...i'm ok with him picking up whatever he picks up naturally. he already knows his alphabet for the most part and can count pretty dang well. and i don't recall ever "teaching" him any of this. course, pbs is always cramming all sorts of info at the kids...and there are lots of computer games he plays that enforce this sort of thing, so i'm sure that and big sister is where he got it all.

i HAVE, however, thought of preschool for tyr (although nixed the idea cuz we just don't have the money) simply so that i would have more time to work with maeven on the stuff i feel she should be learning...i have heard of homeschooling families that do that and it seemed like a good idea. but i have nana. :) my mom isn't working anymore, so i'll be using her to take the little bugger off my hands regularly so i have time to work with maeve.

which reminds me...i need to get working on the rest of my plan for next week! i am trying to be ready to start full speed ahead on monday (or tuesday, if daddy's home on monday...still haven't gotten word on that yet).

time to get back to work!!

surprisingly accurate

i just read this article here.

now, i know that this is a spoof newspaper. but i find it amusing that the info in this article is surprisingly accurate to my view on compulsory education! LOL!!

interesting.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

my little girl is growing up!! *sniff*

maeven is now officially reading chapter books!! WOOOHOOO!!!

i've been waiting and waiting and waiting for her to develop an interest in reading to herself. but while she is quite good at reading, she's just not shown interest in reading to herself for fun. i have been dreaming of the day that she would bury her nose in a book just like her bookworm mom did around the same age (or maybe i was older, i don't remember)...but worked really hard at not pressuring her.

i want her to develop the love of reading naturally...its not going to happen if i'm pushing her into it. especially MY daughter. she doesn't work that way. LOL!

so, on to the news...yesterday we were at borders and i stumbled upon an early chapter book series about
a magic kitten:SCORE!!
then one about a magic pony carousel...DOUBLE SCORE!

she immediately took to the pony book. i texted my friend tiffiny who was at work at the library at the time (conveniently) and asked her to check if the library carries these books...since i don't like buying books if i could get them for free from the library!

well, turned out they had 3 of the pony series but NOT the only copy that borders had...and none of the kitten series. so i bought all 3 of the books (there were 2 of the kitten books). because by this point maeven had had her nose stuck in that pony book and was following me following her brother around the store...while reading...walking and reading...my dream come true!!! and shooshing me when i tried to talk to her! LOL!! *sniff sniff* so proud mama here!!! i was just tickled pink and knew i HAD to buy that book! any book that grabs her attention enough to get her to read like that...gotta get it!!

so she took that book home and finished it later that day!! she says she had to skip a lot of words but got the gist of the book. then today she started the kitten series...and tells me that this book is WAY better and that it is easier for her to read and better story. so DOUBLE SCORE!! she's still reading it! she made bookmarks for all her new books and took the book with her to daddy/daughter day to read in the car! LOL!!

i couldn't be prouder!!! my little bookworm has finally discovered the joy of reading to herself!! HALLELUJAH!!!!

poop-scepades

tyren walked up to maeven today and said "yook, maeven, poopyhands!!"
apparently he had his hands down his diaper and was quite impressed...as i was running to get wipes, i hear him comment, on my way out of the room "yooks yike chwatit" (looks like chocolate.

ROFLMAO!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

i seriously need to work on my template

i was just reminded that i hadn't yet updated the rest of my template...the sidebar only had 1 friend in it, and i didn't yet add all my blinkies...i haven't updated my links, and all that...

i just keep forgetting. i did finally add ya though tiff! :) i just don't feel like updating the rest right now. no energy. it'll take awhile to get it back to the way it was...i hope i saved the code from the other blog...but i don't remember. have to dig.

anyway, so that's why its so sparce over there on the right. i just keep forgetting it and then when i think of it, i don't feel like working on it.

ok so there ya have it. it'll happen eventually. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

houston, we have a libido!!!

NOTE TO MOTHER-IN-LAW (she sometimes reads my blog)...sex content below...ya may not wanna read further. LOL!! ok, you've been warned!!
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it's true!!! weaning does bring back that libido, woohoo! well at least that seems to be the case with me.

i've been working with tyren for months now to wean him. he's not completely weaned yet but we are down to 5-10min a day, only to get him to sleep at night. he's no longer napping either...he dropped that months ago, with my encouragement when it got harder and harder to get him to sleep at nite if he napped.

now he goes to sleep around 9ish...in 5-10min flat! (this is a kid that regularly was up til midnite-ish, often later, before. no muss no fuss! and my libido is BACK!!!!

i had been told this might help with the lack of sex drive. hormone issues and all...don't know the details...but i did notice as the nursing sessions were slowly dropped that my interest in sex seemed to increase! i think adam has been a happier camper lately because *I* am actually approaching HIM from time to time now! that and i don't give him an excuse why he needs to go away most every time he attempts to solicit me.

seriously, i'm not kidding how different i feel! it was really bad for awhile there. i really honestly was NOT interested in sex. period. and i think the more i wanted to avoid it the more he wanted it! i did try to concede regular enough to keep him happy...and hell, once you get started, how can you really not enjoy it, right? but it kinda was like trying to get yourself to go exercise...you really don't want to do it but once you do, it feels good! LOL! well, now i seem to be past that phase, thank god!! its not fun having no libido. really NOT! i always had a very healthy sex drive, as i recall (its been awhile)...suffice it to say...the lack of interest really wasn't me.

now i'm not saying that i'm not going to continue to be tired from kids and life and such. hell...i'm not a sprightly 20something anymore! LOL! (not old yet either...i'm only turning 38 this year!) so things change as time goes on, of course...

but i just had to share my joy over getting my libido back. so there. :) now you're like "oh joy, thanks for sharing". i know, TMI (too much info)...but what the hell. its my blog. i can say whatever i want, nyah!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Homeschoolers Threaten Our Cultural Comfort

that's the title of this article.

really fascinating read. i don't really like the stereotyping of homeschoolers in the article, but i find it really insightful some of the other stuff he has to say. VERY. it is a big generalization, of course...but very interesting.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

okinawa

i recently read this article about okinawan mothering, and it got me thinking about my time in okinawa. my dad was in the navy when i was growing up and was stationed on okinawa when i was in 7th-9th grade. we spent 3 wonderful years there and i can't say enough about how friggin awesome the experience was!

i just found this series of videos about the island. i especially like the video below because i have STRONG memories of the many times we got to go to the tug-o-war! it was really amazing!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

so sick of being a single mom--warning: vent

adam has had one thing after another lately that has kept him away from us...free-lance shoots, social things and family obligations. it just has really felt lately like we've not seen much of him.

now i will preface all this with the fact that i KNOW that he's doing good things...he's a really GREAT GUY doing GOOD THINGS, and he's not going out and just leaving us at home for a whim. he's helping his extended family with a lot of things and he's helping us, his immediate family, by making us much needed extra money...and he's got to have time to be able to go out with friends/family to enjoy a social life. i KNOW THIS, and i agree with this. it just piles up on me sometimes for extended periods and i gotta whine. i hate when it seems to happen for weeks and weeks on end (often there's just no way to do it differently, but i still hate it after it keeps happening). which is how lately has been, for the most part. at least it feels that way right now.

now i can hear all the single moms saying "oh wah, boo hoo, welcome to my life." well i KNOW that there are plenty of people out there doing this all the time, without any help. but the difference here is that i'm NOT SUPPOSED TO BE a single mom! i've GOT A HUSBAND! and he LIVES WITH US! and he doesn't normally have a job that takes him away for days at a time!! this is why i hate this. if i had a lifestyle where there was no choice and it was regular, then sure, i'd adapt. but i don't. i have a great husband who i'm used to having home with us after work (for the most part), my children have a FANTASTIC father, and he is supposed to be here, at least a lot of the time. we just go through spurts of time where things happen one after the other where it gets extremely tiresome for me to have to be the only one caring for the children for days on end. because i'm not supposed to be having to do it this way! UGH!

of course, i'm coping and i know there's a light at the end of the tunnel and things will go back to normal again.

but an example of the last 2 days (just a taste of recent weeks...there's been a lot of other stuff going on)...

yesterday maeven did briefly see daddy when he was leaving the house for his regular job and she was just waking up (not sure how much she remembers that though), and tyren did not (i saw him briefly but i don't think he realized i was awake when he left.) then the day progressed and when he got off of work we didn't get to see him because we were on our way out of yoga and heading straight to a birthday party. (kid yoga ends at 5pm and the party started at 5p so we were late to the party)...adam didn't come with us because first of all he rarely attends these things since he tends to hate them...and second because he had plans to go to a fight with his siblings. so shortly after we got to the party, adam was on his way to the fights...which went til late. we got done with our party around 8:30pm and headed home and got ready for bed. kids went to bed/sleep and adam came back after they were already sleeping. *I* got to see him when he came home, but didn't have the energy (after the heat of today and all the excitement of the party) to do more than talk briefly and go to bed fairly early (for me).

then this morning...he had to be down at his mom's house by 7am to help with their massive moving yard sale. so none of us were yet awake when he left. now it is lunch time and adam should hopefully be coming home pretty soon...but i just was realizing that the kids basically haven't seen their dad since thursday night (and today is saturday). i'm not really counting that brief "goodbye" that maeven said to him on his way to work friday morning.

anyway, that's maybe normal for some families...but its so NOT for ours. and its completely unacceptable to me. (doesn't mean it was something that could have or should have been changed, but still i don't like it and never will. neither does adam) i do manage when i have to. obviously this was something that just happened and we're dealing with it. but we do all we can to avoid this sort of thing. it makes adam sad and me grumpy. the kids have me all day, every day. especially since maeven homeschools, so they don't get away from me a lot. (although i do arrange different things for her...she's still with me a lot more than a public schooled kid would be with their mom)...so its time with daddy that they look forward to. he's the one that plays with them. i'm too caught up in all the work of running a home. not that i've done all that great of a job of it. but i hate to play, and i am always stressed about what's not getting done around here so i really just am not the playful parent. i DO provide other things for them that they equally need...stability, obviously, and emotional security and love, and i do work hard at getting them some interesting and educational things regularly thrown into their lives to keep their childhoods enriching.

right now i'm at an all-time low with this, though (sadly) because its FRIGGIN HOT!! (and i just DON'T cope well with heat), and because i'm SICK OF BEING A SINGLE MOM (which i don't obviously cope well with)...and so my cup hasn't been filled lately and i'm running on empty.

i'm not at the END of my rope, mind you. i've had much worse before and i'm sure i will again. i'm just in a slump and i'm working on trying to figure out a way out of it...which is hard without adam around to lend a hand. it just puts me in survival mode, and not quality mode.

oh and it is INEVITABLE that during a time when i could really use them...my parents go out of town. it never fails. every time adam has stuff to do and it would sure be nice to just go hang with my parents so that i can get a little adult interaction and help entertaining squabbling and whiney children...that always seems to be when they are gone. ARGH.

i know, i know, again... "wah! i don't have family living near me...i NEVER get any help." well, that's not MY life. i DO have parents here and they DO help me (when they can) and its wonderful and i know that's wonderful for us but its not luck. we planned it this way. we stay in this shit hole of a town BECAUSE of the relationships we have with family here and BECAUSE i will not deprive my children of these people who are really important to them (and because i never had these relationships when i was a child with my extended family, i want it for my children). if you chose to live elsewhere from yours or them from you, for whatever reasons (very valid reasons, i'm sure...everyone has their own reality) that's your life and your reality and i'm sure you are dealing with it the best you can. but that's not MY reality. so it irks me when i could sure use them and they are gone. its just an inconvenience, not a huge gigantic deal. just annoys me because it seriously has been a pattern that has repeated a lot lately. UGH. especially since they took on this church in another town that is an hour and half away so they are away EVERY weekend (they leave saturday afternoon and don't come back til sunday evening)...and weekends are when adam does his extra shoots, of course (usually saturday afternoon/evenings, which is when my folks are gone). so there's no one to hang with on weekends when i'm at whit's end. (i don't impose on friends on weekends cuz they are having their own quality family time). i just have to deal. which i do, of course. i just hate it.

and just when i start to get a social life of sorts. 2 weeks in a row i got to go to the movies (both to see "mama mia". and it was really nice. but anyway i'm just whining. it has to be done sometimes and this is my blog and this is what i am allowed to do here. :)

ok i feel better now and adam should be home pretty soon and my kids seem to be entertaining themselves ok right now so i better go get myself something to eat before i get REALLY grouchy. :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

the "next generation" of trekkies


i'm SO proud! a couple weeks ago i got the idea to rent the first season of star trek the next generation. adam and i are trekkies (although not in the extreme sense...we don't own any star trek paraphernalia, nor do we care to attend conventions...we just love the shows)...and i wondered if my children would enjoy the show.

guess what? they do! i have to forward any violent or scary scenes, of course...luckily there's not a ton of those usually.

anyway, i'm raising the next generation of trekkies! LOL!!! so proud!! LOL!!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

wow, cats!



wow, all i can say is wow! that's just so cool! and this is local to me. i have actually heard about it before, but didn't really know much about it. in fact i think i met the cat lady at the chocolate festival in oakhurst a few years ago.

amen

the tyrenisms just keep coming...

tyren seems to be a bit occupied lately with saying prayer. my parents take him once a week for lunch or dinner (depending on when they are available), and being religious, they always say grace.

well lately tyren has been insisting on us (adam, maeven and i) holding hands and bowing heads and he says his version of grace...whatever comes to mind usually, followed by "amen." very funny...but today just really topped it all.

today we all had to hold hands and bow heads at the dinner table like a half a dozen times...the first time he said "round and round the garden, one step, 2 step, tickle you under there! amen." ROFLMAO!!!

for those of you that are not familiar with the fingerplay...it goes like this: round and round the garden, like a teddy bear, one step, two step, tickle you under there!

i learned it from a friend of mine years ago and relearned it when i came across it in a fingerplay book when maeven was a toddler and have taught it to both my children. its really cute, actually...but who knew it could be used to bless the food? ROFL!

amen.

Monday, August 04, 2008

book meme

stolen from beckie, but changed a tiny bit:

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize the books you LOVE.
3) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading
4) Underline the books you read and didn't care for.
5) Make blue the books you haven't yet read, but want to!

1 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
6 The Bible (parts, not all)
7 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations Charles Dickens
11 Little Women Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the d’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
13 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare William Shakespeare
15 Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier (never even heard of this one!)
16 The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger (high school, bleh)
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch George Elio
t21 Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald (again high school)
23 Bleak House Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace Leo Tolstoy (FAR too long! and sounds boring!)
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh (never heard of it!)
27 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll (i think i read this as a kid...it was ok as i recall)
30 The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis
34 Emma Jane Austen
35 Persuasion Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis (uh, hello! this is PART of the chronicles, doh!)
37 The Kite Runner Khaled Hossein
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernières
39 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh AA Milne (parts)
41 Animal Farm George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney, John Irving
45 The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies William Golding
50 Atonement Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi Yann Martel
52 Dune Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
62 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
72 Dracula Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
94 Watership Down Richard Adams (the movie was TOO CREEPY!)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
100 Les Misérables Victor Hugo (one of my ALLTIME FAVORITES!)

man, i really thought, being the bookworm that i am, that i'd read a lot more classics...apparently i have not. i may have to start looking up more of these. awhile back i did start seeking out classics...books i'd always wanted to read....like call of the wild and gulliver's travels (didn't make it through gulliver...BORING!) and a bunch more i cannot remember right now...oh and hunchback of notre dame (GOOD GOOD GOOD!!) when tim and i traveled through europe years ago, the classics were the easiest english reading material to find in any country...which was perfect for me, since that's what i wanted...i should have a list of what i read somewhere, hm. have to look in my old journals.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

my son's new favorite video

we put youtube on with little short videos to get him distracted enough to brush his teeth each nite. well sometimes we do other things, but lately youtube has been used a lot. anyway, this is one of his favorite videos to watch while being brushed:

Friday, August 01, 2008

MAMA MIA!!!

OMG!!! this is the best movie EVER!!! i can't say enough how much i absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVED this movie!!!! saw it last nite with my mom. went on my way home to target and picked up the cd. now my kids and i totally bebop to the soundtrack every day.

i am so wanting to see it again! i want to get to know the songs a little more first...then maybe go again with a group of friends or something...or maybe i'll just wait til its out on dvd and watch it over and over at home, LOL!

here's my favorite scene:



especially the choreographed dance at the end...meryl streep is AMAZING in this film!!! i just LOVE how she portrays donna as such a fun and free spirited person! SOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD!!!! she damn well better win an oscar!

i laughed so hard i cried

seriously, tears in my eyes while i was driving...couldn't breathe!!

today in the car-- tyren, just out of the blue, was asking my mom a question that we couldn't figure out what it was he was saying...i had to turn off the air and the music to listen hard. he speaks pretty clearly (hell, he says "acshoowayee"/"actually", on a regular basis!! and correctly!!) for the most part, but occasionally says something we can't decipher. i finally figured out the first part of what he was saying was "penis"...but i kept hearing "vomit" for the second part....could NOT figure out what he meant!!! what the hell do those 2 words have to do with each other, was what i kept thinking...then he finally said something like..."nana doesn't have a penis, she has a vomit." ROFLAO!!!

well, in his defense, he's not heard the word very frequently...so i suspect he forgot exactly how to say it, LOL!! don't worry, i straightened things out. :)