Remembering Michael...

Friday, June 26, 2009

This is the way I want to remember him...
SUNRISE: August 29, 1958 til SUNSET: June 25, 2009

Father's Day 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

We didn't even get 1 group photo of all the kids together with Mark, so this post will kind of highlight this Father's Day as his 1st Father's Day as "PaPa" (grandpa)and Mark 2's 1st Father's Day. We went to church, and the kids just came in and out all throughout the day, never once having everybody together. We went to a movie later in the day and he got the new Blackberry Flip phone. His comment about the phone, "I'm going to have to go to school to learn how to use this." We'll get him up to date on how to use it.

New Posts to Sabriya's Page

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Please take a look at Sabriya's page there are new posts with videos for her piano recital, vacation bible school and summer basketball camp...

V acation Bible School

These are pictures & 1 video of our girls participating in Vacation Bible School during the week of June 8-12, 2009. Sabriya was part of the Praise & Worship team; Shanel & Shamesha were each crew leaders and had their own little groups; and Santana was in the nursery with all the little babies which she absolutely loves doing. We were so proud of them, dedicating a week of their time to something so awesome and I know God is smiling too.

Mesha & Nel @ the Lake

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Please take a look at Shamesha & Shanel's individual pages for more fun pictures of them spending the day with friends at the lake.

Vacation Bible School

Friday, June 12, 2009

Shamesha Crew Leader for Vacation Bible School week of June 8-12, 2009

Neighborhood Friends

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lead Paint on Toys

Monday, June 8, 2009

June 8, 2009
Toymaker Pays the Price
Posted: 10:12 AM ET
From Jen PiferMedical Producer

Toymaker Mattel Corp. agreed Friday to pay $2.3 million in civil penalties for violating a federal lead paint ban that resulted in the recall of millions of popular-branded toys in 2007. Surface paints on the toys could contain excessive levels of lead, which if ingested by young children can cause adverse health effects. There are usually no symptoms of lead poisoning until the level of lead in the blood is very high. Chronic exposure can lead to symptoms like stomachaches, cramping, constipation, nausea, unexplained fatigue and muscle weakness.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the fine was the highest ever for the agency’s regulated product violations and the third largest in its history.

See a list of the recalled items here.

How TV Affects Children

Friday, June 5, 2009

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming.

The first 2 years of life are considered a critical time for brain development. TV and other electronic media can get in the way of exploring, playing, and interacting with parents and others, which encourages learning and healthy physical and social development.

Research has shown that for every one hour of TV a child will speak 770 less words which is a direct result of not interacting with parents and others.

Happy 25th Birthday, Mark II

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Eyes of brown,
not blue or green
The brightest eyes I've ever seen
A smile that shows from ear to ear
Never hinting pain or fear
Stealing our hearts and bringing us love
He's a miracle sent from the Heavens above.

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1984 Prices
Bread:$0.54/loaf Milk:$1.94/gal Eggs:$1.16/doz Car:$11,450
Gas:$1.20/gal House:$97,600 Stamp:$0.20/ea Avg Income:$31,052/yr
Min Wage:$3.35/hr DOW Avg:1,212

On TV in 1984Family Ties St. Elsewhere Cheers Miami Vice Knight Rider
Night Court Cagney & Lacey The Cosby Show Hill Street Blues

Hot New Toys in 1984
Body Boggle Sweet Secrets Lockets Axis & Allies
WWF Action Figures Rollerblades GoBots

Mark 2 & Shanel's Birthday Dinner

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I've Been TAGGED...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I have been TAGGED by Neisha author of Confessions of a Blogaholic.

Mention the person who nominated you.
List 6 Unimportant things that make you happy.
Tag 6 blogs, state the rules, and notify them with a teeny comment on their blog.

Here is my list:

1. Green lights all the way home, especially after a long work day followed by an afternoon full of kids activities. It makes me feel as if God is watching out for me because He knows that I'm just too tired to stop for a red one.

2. The house being clean & tidy. This makes me happy because a clean & tidy environment is less stressful than the opposite of this.

3. SHOPPING. It doesn't really matter for what (clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry, something for the home) I'm not picky. It just feels good TO BUY things...

4. ME Time!!! With a life style as busy as mine any time I can find some quite time it is just a breath of fresh air or like a big EXHALE moment.

5. Going to a movie, having a bag of popcorn & some chocolate covered raisens...ALONE because then I don't have to share my popcorn (Me Time Moment).

6. Road Trips. What a relaxing time to be on the road heading somewhere with a captured audience, talk about some quality time.

Thanks Neisha, this was kinda fun so here it goes, (drum roll please) my 6 are:

My Everyday Life by Santana
the Smith Family by Shannon
My Random Thoughts by Colleen
4 Webbs by Bronson
the Young Family by Princess
the Tarr Family by John

Key to Diagnosing Autism

Early intervention can make all the difference in the world for children with autism, and it's good for new parents to know the red flags, the first year is critical...
  • you want to see that your infant is looking at you
  • is interested in the sound of your voice
  • demonstrates interest in engaging with other people
  • begins to understand later on that 1st year to respond to their own name
  • be wary of the good baby syndrome
  • be wary of the inconsoleable child, who does not look to people for comfort
  • lack of language skills, excessive hand flapping, a fixation on objects, lack of eye contact
Early intervention is the key, and parents can start watching for signs soon after birth
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