I started writing a lengthy post about my oldest child. I was going to tell you what a handsome young man he is. But I decided to simply let you see for yourself.
Archives for March 2009
Today is #1Son’s 22nd birthday, so this Edition of the Carnival is presented in his honor!
Each year, we ask him to pick the restaurant where he would like to have a quiet birthday dinner with his family. And each year, his response is the same: Larry Arroyo’s Mexican Cafe. So once again, we enjoyed a delicious meal with Larry and Mary, the proprietors, along with the boys’ godparents and their youngest daughter.
Family Cooking & Recipes
Today is a special day in Lodi. The famed Lodi Arch, a renowned historical landmark, has been renamed in honor of a little boy named Stellan who, along with his family, needs your prayers and support.
Stellan is just five months old, the youngest of the Many Small Children (MSC) of MckMama and her husband, Prince Charming, to which she refers as My Charming Kids. Stellan is battling a heart condition which causes him to suffer Supra Ventricular Tachycardia (SVT). Despite the physicians’ best efforts, his heart has resisted converting to a normal sinus rhythm and he has been hospitalized since Monday, March 23, 2009.
Stellan has his very own name page where photos submitted by supporters around the world are proudly displayed.
So in support of Stellan and his family, this tribute comes from Livable, Lovable Lodi, California, from a mom of two charming boys who is praying for his swift and complete recovery so that he can go home and resume his happy life with his parents and their other MSC.
Join me in offering prayers and support for Stellan!
Spring has arrived! And not a moment too soon. The skies are clear, the sun is shining brightly, even though it is rather chilly, and there are blossoms everywhere you look. Are April showers on the way? That remains to be seen, although more rain would certainly be welcome here in Northern California.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the many varied articles included in this special edition of the Carnival!
Family Cooking & Recipes
Growing up in Lodi, it was a rite of passage to which we aspired. Even today, 35 years after the dark morning that changed forever the landscape and future of our “little village,” there is a line of demarcation between us: There are those of us who attended “the old campus,” as it was lovingly known. And those who didn’t. Those of us who were fortunate enough to spend our high school years there have a kinship, a bond with which those who never had the opportunity cannot relate.
And even now, it is difficult to look at the images of our once-beautiful, stately campus in the process of being ravaged by a fire cruelly set by our own classmates. Judases they were, who knew that they would not graduate in the Lodi Grape Bowl — another tradition that today stands threatened as the structure ages badly and repair cost estimates create strife and dissension among residents. They would not march from the east onto the football field to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” played by the school band, led by a gaggle of “flower girls,” members of the junior class whose hoop skirts swayed from side to side as they carried six or eight floral bouquets to be delivered to the senior girls. They knew that their names would not be called to come forward and collect diplomas, so they would not hear the screams from the stands of their proud families and friends. They were painfully aware that, unlike the rest of us, they would not be attending the traditional “All Night Party” in the American Legion building just down the street.
Top o’ the mornin’ to you! Welcome to the very special St. Patrick’s Day Edition of the Carnival of Family Life! The luck o’ the Irish is with us this week, as evidenced by the collection of excellent articles amassed here for your reading pleasure! No blarney — just fact! Enjoy sitting back with a nice cup of tea or glass of green beer and read a few!
Family Cooking & Recipes
Family Crafts & Activities
Super Saver presents Keeping Busy During the Summer Used to be Almost Free posted at My Wealth Builder. “It shouldn’t cost thousands of dollars to keep our kids occupied for the summer,” and readers may want to start planning activities now.
This week’s meme comes from Mad Libs.
A High School Meme
1. Did you date someone from your school?
Several years after high school, the boy I was crazy about throughout those years finally returned my affection. But I had moved on — geographically, as well as emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, professionally, socially . . . he was too late. For so many reasons, I couldn’t allow myself to go back.
2. Did you marry someone from your high school?
3. Did you car pool to school?
No, we walked.
4. What kind of car did you have?
Initially, I drove my parents’ 1963 Chevrolet Impala, but my father later bought a 1968 Mercury Cougar. We named our cars, so the Chevy was “Betty Lou” and I drove “Xavier Cougar” in homage to Xavier Cougat.
5. What kind of car do you have now?
Toyota Camry XLE.
1. Do you have children in school?
2. Did you go to public school? If you have children, did/do they?
Prior to my graduate-level studies, I attended public schools. I am a proud graduate of Tokay High School.
Both of my children have attended public and private schools. #1Son spent the first three years in private school and only transferred to public school because a full-time gifted and talented program was established at the neighborhood elementary school. He remained in that program through eighth grade and then attended Middle College High School. High school classes are held on the community college campus and the students take college courses along with their core high school curriculum. No tuition is charged and the books are provided free of charge.
MattieBoo attended the same neighborhood elementary school through sixth grade before transferring to a private junior high school. He is a junior in high school now, attending a private, nondenominational Christian school.
Family Relationships & Self-Improvement
Dana presents A letter to my newborn son posted at Simple Pleasures.
Toni presents I can hear your heartbeat posted at Wifely Steps. A new member of the family is on the way and they “heard his/her heartbeat for the first time! It was an amazing moment.”
1. What one day of your life do you think was your best day?
At my age, it is impossible to narrow down one specific day and deem it the “best” of all my days. There are many highlights, including the days my boys were born, the days I graduated, the day I was sworn into membership in the California State Bar, the day I argued before the California Supreme Court and the morning nearly three months later when I learned that I had won a 6-0 decision in my clients’ favor. The two days upon which I married BigBob were pretty awesome, and we’ve enjoyed some spectacular times over the course of the past 24 years. I also remember fondly the moments when I was introduced to folks who would later become my good friends.
Today is BigBob’s birthday! In honor of the occasion, I decided to participate in an exercise that originated at GoodFatherBlog.com.
1. He’s sitting in front of the TV. What is on the screen?
If he is by himself, he’s watching anything having to do with Nascar or The History Channel. If he’s watching television with the boys, they’re engrossed in a Comedy Central program or Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network. They love “Family Guy.”
2. You’re eating in a restaurant. What kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
3. You’re in a restaurant and he orders a drink. What does he order?
Budweiser or brandy and water unless we’re in a Mexican restaurant, in which case it’s either a margarita or Corona.
4. Where did he go to high school?
Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Stockton, California, class of 1969.