Monday, November 24, 2008
TJ's school, "Little Lambs" took Fall school pictures and they were sooooo cute but soooo expensive. Since we just had a butt-load (and yes that is a measurement) of pictures taken at Sears we opted not to buy them, but to scan them, so we could keep them. I hope you enjoy. See you all soon.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Daddy and the boys next to the sign.
Here are the boys with Claudia. She was their nurse a few times in the NICU and then she had Alex several times in the Special Care Nursery.This is Dr. Ohning, Alex, Ben, Mommy and Daddy. Dr. Ohning treated Alex when he had Sepsis. He remembered Alex and was so glad to see him doing so well.
For Clair's birthday she wanted a cooking party! So, we decorated cooks hats, did a kitchen tools scavenger hunt (here is the checklist I made for each girl...WalMart had this stuff for cheap so they each got one of each thing listed), made personal pizzas with mini rolling pins, designed fruit kabobs, and decorated cupcakes! (Clair got a mini cake to decorate!)Then the kids played and Clair opened gifts. It was a great party. I have to give major props to my very dear friend Dorothy! VERY last minute she jumped in and saved the day by making these darling aprons! They looked a million times better than what I was planning to do! (I am sorry I didn't get a pic of all the kids wearing the aprons...I have a hard time taking pics and running everything!)
The party was a HUGE hit and several people who had been to lots of my birthday parties said this was the BEST! I might agree, the kids were so entertained with not much effort on my part...just lots of organization and some helpful adults!(Bowen made his cupcake into a lollipop by sticking his finger in it to eat it!)(Kate, Clair, and Brynlee...Clair best buddy in our hood!)
(We missed Daddy, but hope he is having SOME fun in Europe! We were so happy to have GrandBetsy come with us!)
she played very melodically! (Is that a word?)
Kate and her sweet teacher, Emily Anderson!
Her friend from church, Grace, takes lessons too!
After Kate finished her first song, Bowen clapped and then shouted, "My turn! My turn! My turn!" I held him back but when it was all done, he made a beeline to the piano!
I took video of her playing her two songs with KT's recorder...she said she'd help me put the clips on the blog, so look for it later!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
SO.... we did it, thanks to mom. We finally had a professional Franklin Family picture made. Yeah us!!! I can't show them all to you, since mom is getting them for Christmas, but I did want to share some with you. We are so excited to be coming home soon, especially since gas prices are dropping. It might be a cheaper trip than we thought. Can't wait to see you guys. Love you all!
Friday, November 07, 2008
So, I thought I'd post some pictures from Physical Therapy since we talk about it all the time. Today was a great day at PT. Usually, when Alex has a great week (walking a lot) he just doesn't feel like performing for Kaci. Maybe it's because it's so early in the morning or maybe he's tired by Thursday. Who knows!?! But, this week we tried a new approach. We went into a smaller room and moved the mats (that are usually there for kids to "workout" on) out of the way and gave him the whole room to walk around in. He did so well! Today he set a record. He walked 28 INDEPENDENT steps. We hope to see him walking "full time" by Thanksgiving.
Ben was right there with Miss Kaci and Mommy yelling "YAAAAAAAAAAAY" when Alex would walk really well. He's so supportive of his big brother.
Here are a few pictures that I snapped today.
And here's Alex just trucking along toward the end of our hour with Kaci.
Here are some pics that I snapped today.
Ben wanted in on the action so he tried to do some activities, too.
Alex gave Miss Kathleen a HUGE smile.
The garbage truck comes during our time with Kathleen and Alex loves to yell "HEY!" to the garbage guys. Most of the guys are inmates on work release from the DOC. They always smile and wave back. I hope that it brightens their day.
Miss Kathleen read My Speedy Turtle to both of the boys.
Then she gave Alex a BIG hug.
Alex also played peek-a-boo with Miss Kathleen. He pulled her hair in front of her face and then pushed it back and said, "There she is!!!!!" Very, very, very cute!!!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Democrats stand for…
- the right of every woman to choose…they support right to choose even if mother cannot pay (which means using tax money)
- no federal gay marriage ban
Republicans stand for…
- opposing the use of public revenues to promote or perform abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it. At its core, abortion is a fundamental assault on the sanctity of innocent human life.
- a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, because our children’s future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement opposing gay marriage. (We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. – From The Family:A Proclamation to the World)
Also, the Church has said that elective abortion for personal or social convenience is contrary to the will and the commandments of God. Church members who submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions may lose their membership in the Church.
Look pass what the media says…look pass who will get you the best tax cuts or health coverage…look pass the person you think has the better personality or public speaking ability…look at the moral values of the party they represent and vote with your MORAL conscience!