Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thursday Thirteen - Thankful!




Thirteen Things about Melanie
    13 Things I am Thankful For



1. Our Home - Thankful to have a roof over our heads

2. Health - Happy that all of our family and friends are pretty healthy!

3. Extended Family - Thankful to have such a large family with such large hearts - siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, etc

4. Allison, Beth, Kerry - Happy to have three friends from my childhood still so close to me and in my life for all of these years now sharing our marriages and children with each other

5. Dozer Dog - Thankful that Dozer was found and given to our happy home

6. Adam's Job and wonderful Boss - Thankful my husband is able to provide for our family doing something he loves and that he has a boss that not only rewards hard work but puts family first

7. Friends - Thankful for all of the friends we are blessed to have - the old and the new, to share our lives with

8. My Mother in Law - Thankful that I have a MIL who is more like a second Mom and friend.

9. Sister - Thankful that I had her to grow up with and have her now to grow old with.

10 My Parents - Happy to have such wonderful parents who are caring and wise and although not together that they share their lives with someone who has equally been important in our lives

11. My Grandparents - Thankful they laid the foundation for family and set a great example of love for us all. Miss them both every single day

12. My Husband - For being the love of my life, my best friend, my other half and a wonderful father and role model for our boys

13. My Boys - Thankful for my children and what they teach me every single day about life and love


Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

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  • Happy Momma
  • LadyBug Crossing
  • Wendy's" Whimsies



  • Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!


    The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!





    Posted By Melanie @ 6:03 AM (0) comments |
    Tuesday, November 14, 2006

    OMG this Homework is ridiculous!!!


    I have complained before about the ridiculous homework sheets Jake brings home. This one today REALLY takes the cake! Now mind you, my child is 5 years old, has a dx of Autism and is mainly nonverbal. He can write his first and last name and most letters but not any words as of yet. He came home tonight with a Thanksgiving themed homework assignment which would be cute, right?

    Yeah, nope. You'd be wrong if you said yes.

    He has a worksheet paper entitled "How to Cook a Turkey". The instructions at the top of the page read: "Write the directions for cooking a turkey. Make a list of ingredients you would need and how much. Include oven temperature and time" After this is a group of six blank boxes for ingredients to be listed in and then about 10 lines for the directions.

    Am I the only one saying WHAT THE HELL here????


    Posted By Melanie @ 4:35 PM (0) comments |
    Thursday, November 09, 2006

    Thursday Thirteen



    13 of My Favorite Dinners to Make
    1. Lasagna with salad and Italian bread
    2. Peppersteak, with mashed potatoes, and corn
    3. Chili with cornbread
    4. Pasta fagioli with Italian bread
    5. Taco salads
    6. Steak and Chicken Fajitas
    7. Chicken Caesar salads
    8. Ginger Chicken and Sugar Snap Pea Stir Fry over brown rice
    9. Spanish Rice Gumbo with tomatoes, chiles, seasoned meat, and cheeses
    10. Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo served over fettuccine
    11. Loaded Nachos - meat, cheese, black beans, refried beans, lettuce, salsa, tomatoes, sour cream
    12. Baked Ziti
    13. White Spinach Pizza



    Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
    1. (leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)


    Happy Momma

  • LadyBug Crossing
  • Wendy's Whimsies




  • Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!


    The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!





    Posted By Melanie @ 10:01 AM (1) comments |
    Monday, November 06, 2006

    Jake's Autism Walk


    We had a great time! Our team raised $1125 which we were very happy with! Here are some photos of the walk for you to enjoy!


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    Posted By Melanie @ 11:27 AM (0) comments |
    Thursday, November 02, 2006

    Thursday Thirteen


    Thirteen Things about Melanie
    13 RANDOM Things

    1. Tonight is Nick's 3rd Grade School play. He has a two line speaking part and is very excited.

    2. His father and I are attending alone while the rest of the boys enjoy Baked Ziti with their Aunt Kiki at our house.

    3. We will be visiting Lowes tonight after the play to price garden pond kits.

    4. We will also be looking for something to remove a little furry thing I saw in the garage this morning. Hoping he left on his own since I left the door open a bit but if not he's taking his leave one way or another. I like Mickey Mouse....not a garage one.

    5. Tomorrow begins a weekend of house projects for me. Yippee! I hate doing it but the end result will be grand!

    6. I will start tomorrow by cleaning and organizing my closet. It seems to be the bottomless pit of storage for anything and everything in our house that does not have a proper home. I want to be able to get to my clothes again.

    7. The kids have a birthday party on Saturday afternoon for a friend's step-child. She wants Bratz dolls, Bratz clothing, Bratz make-up, Bratz anything. I would not buy those for my own kids but whatever - I have boys thank God.

    8. Sunday is the Autism Walk for Jake! I am so looking forward to going to a place where any of Jake's stims or outbursts do not draw one single stare since everyone there is so familiar with it all.

    9. Next week we have lots of appointments and meetings. The biggest one is Matthew's next cardiologist visit and full testing - EKG, Chest XRays, the whole nine. Can't wait for that to be over with!

    10. My mother goes in for surgery tomorrow morning to see if the cysts and abnormal cells in her uterus and on her ovaries are cancerous. They will be removed along with part of her uterus lining. And she is crazy enough to think she will be at the walk Sunday and in work on Monday. Looney lady....

    11. I am in Disney withdrawl. I am dying to go back even for a day. Trying to find the money and time to escape there.

    12. I am no longer working for my BIL's company which makes #11 very hard to do! Happy about having more time for house stuff and for the boys.

    13. I'm completely tired of these 85 degree days. I want to turn off my a/c and I want my electric bill to go down. Yes I know I should not complain since I live here I deal with the temps but I would love to see some fall temps! I would trade in a day at the beach to go apple picking any day!


    Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

    1. (leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)

  • Happy Momma
  • LadyBug Crossing
  • Wendy's Whimsies

  • Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

    The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!




    Posted By Melanie @ 1:46 PM (2) comments |
    Wednesday, November 01, 2006

    Our Halloween


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    Mom of 4 - Nick, Jake, Alex, and Matt, Married to my best friend and other half that makes me whole, Adam. Liberal. Jersey Girl always....

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    2. Nicholas, aka The Professor: tenured 9/97
    3. Jacob, aka Bam-Bam: debuted 5/01
    4. Alexander, aka Lil' Michaelangelo: creating since 8/03
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