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My sister had her forth child and second son yesterday!

His name is Bode. Pronounced Bo-dey.

He's a beautiful little guy, but I forgot my camera, so you won't be subjected to any photos. Yet.

Her eldest son and Charlie are happy as they were hoping it would be a boy. Now it's even - 4 boys, 4 girls.
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My sister had her forth child and second son yesterday!

His name is Bode. Pronounced Bo-dey.

He's a beautiful little guy, but I forgot my camera, so you won't be subjected to any photos. Yet.

Her eldest son and Charlie are happy as they were hoping it would be a boy. Now it's even - 4 boys, 4 girls.
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On April 9th, 1974, I came home from school to find my mother gone, and a neighbor-mom waiting for me.

My mom, who was just 6 months pregnant with my youngest sister, had gone into premature labor, and had to be rushed to the hospital.

Susan was born at just 2 pounds, and 11 inches, and the doctors were certain she wouldn't make it through the week.

About a month later, I stood up in front of my 1st grade class, bursting with excitement. I'd been keeping the class abreast of my sister's progress, and on this day I had great news. "My sister is coming home, either today or tomorrow!" I told them. It was a Friday, and after school my best friend and I ran home, eager to see if the baby was there.

I burst in the front door to see all the neighborhood women sitting at the kitchen table - always a sign something of import is happening. "Is she here?" I asked.

For answer, my mother pointed toward the dining room, where the crib had been temporarily set up. My best friend and I rushed over, and peered into the crib.

There she was. My newest sister, sleeping peacefully, looking so small and cuddly. We gazed down at her for ages as she slept, delighting in every twitch, every yawn, our hands just resting on her, feeling her breathe. She was perfect.

Today she turns 34 years old, a healthy, happy, successful nurse, expecting a third child of her own.

Happy Birthday, Susan.

I love you!
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On April 9th, 1974, I came home from school to find my mother gone, and a neighbor-mom waiting for me.

My mom, who was just 6 months pregnant with my youngest sister, had gone into premature labor, and had to be rushed to the hospital.

Susan was born at just 2 pounds, and 11 inches, and the doctors were certain she wouldn't make it through the week.

About a month later, I stood up in front of my 1st grade class, bursting with excitement. I'd been keeping the class abreast of my sister's progress, and on this day I had great news. "My sister is coming home, either today or tomorrow!" I told them. It was a Friday, and after school my best friend and I ran home, eager to see if the baby was there.

I burst in the front door to see all the neighborhood women sitting at the kitchen table - always a sign something of import is happening. "Is she here?" I asked.

For answer, my mother pointed toward the dining room, where the crib had been temporarily set up. My best friend and I rushed over, and peered into the crib.

There she was. My newest sister, sleeping peacefully, looking so small and cuddly. We gazed down at her for ages as she slept, delighting in every twitch, every yawn, our hands just resting on her, feeling her breathe. She was perfect.

Today she turns 34 years old, a healthy, happy, successful nurse, expecting a third child of her own.

Happy Birthday, Susan.

I love you!

House...

May. 16th, 2007 01:03 pm
charliesmum: (House Hand (by sizzleg))
spoilers for the most recent episode )

So my 4 year old nephew is going to a Christian pre-school, not for any particular reason, my sister isn't that religious really, but the school is close to their new home, and he really liked it when they visited it.

The other day he was explaining to his daddy how great Peter Pan was, since they'd just gotten the Disney DVD, and he was talking about the scene at the end where Peter was fighting Hook and he says, "And Peter Pan was walking on water, just like Jesus!"

I thought it was funny.

House...

May. 16th, 2007 01:03 pm
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spoilers for the most recent episode )

So my 4 year old nephew is going to a Christian pre-school, not for any particular reason, my sister isn't that religious really, but the school is close to their new home, and he really liked it when they visited it.

The other day he was explaining to his daddy how great Peter Pan was, since they'd just gotten the Disney DVD, and he was talking about the scene at the end where Peter was fighting Hook and he says, "And Peter Pan was walking on water, just like Jesus!"

I thought it was funny.
charliesmum: (Anglophile (by katiethewriter))
To my friends on the other side of the pond:

I've been thinking about what to get my mother and father in-law for Christmas. Every year they say 'don't get us anything, we have enough,' so recently I've been donating money in their name, and have tried to pick charities that mean something to the family (Autism, Cancer, and so on).

Well, I had this idea that maybe I can donate to a British charity this year, as they are both Anglophiles as well. They've travelled to the UK at least once a year, but unfortunately my MIL's health makes it impossible for them go go this year.

What charity would you recommend I donate to? I was thinking maybe that "Children in Need" thing, but that seems strictly BBC-related.

Is this a totally lame idea?

Thanks.
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To my friends on the other side of the pond:

I've been thinking about what to get my mother and father in-law for Christmas. Every year they say 'don't get us anything, we have enough,' so recently I've been donating money in their name, and have tried to pick charities that mean something to the family (Autism, Cancer, and so on).

Well, I had this idea that maybe I can donate to a British charity this year, as they are both Anglophiles as well. They've travelled to the UK at least once a year, but unfortunately my MIL's health makes it impossible for them go go this year.

What charity would you recommend I donate to? I was thinking maybe that "Children in Need" thing, but that seems strictly BBC-related.

Is this a totally lame idea?

Thanks.
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Because it is that kind of day, I was looking up "Lena Blackburne" who was my grandmother's biological uncle, and was a professional baseball player, famous for coming up with this mud they rub on the balls* before the games.

I found this apparently rare photograph of him:



Kind of handsome in this photo. I've seen others that weren't as flattering. I'm trying to see if I can find family resemblances. I think he looks a bit like my sister, but that could just be my imagination.

We didn't know him - my great-grandmother divorced his brother when my grandmother was still very young, and as far as I know my grandmother didn't have any contact with that side of her family. My grandmother had a very sad life, actually.

Still, the genes are in there somewhere, so I suppose it's possible Charlie could be genetically disposed to baseball.




*The baseballs. Get your mind out of the gutter
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Because it is that kind of day, I was looking up "Lena Blackburne" who was my grandmother's biological uncle, and was a professional baseball player, famous for coming up with this mud they rub on the balls* before the games.

I found this apparently rare photograph of him:



Kind of handsome in this photo. I've seen others that weren't as flattering. I'm trying to see if I can find family resemblances. I think he looks a bit like my sister, but that could just be my imagination.

We didn't know him - my great-grandmother divorced his brother when my grandmother was still very young, and as far as I know my grandmother didn't have any contact with that side of her family. My grandmother had a very sad life, actually.

Still, the genes are in there somewhere, so I suppose it's possible Charlie could be genetically disposed to baseball.




*The baseballs. Get your mind out of the gutter
charliesmum: (Miss Piggy (by brinshannara))
It was my youngest sister's birthday today, so I got to spend some quality time with my newest neice, since my other sister is visiting this week. Thought I'd share the photos.




My hair looks a bit dorky, but whatever, the baby is cute.

And here's Charlie with Maya in my car.



And here's all the cousins. Two of the boys are my youngest sister's nephews on her husband's side.


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It was my youngest sister's birthday today, so I got to spend some quality time with my newest neice, since my other sister is visiting this week. Thought I'd share the photos.




My hair looks a bit dorky, but whatever, the baby is cute.

And here's Charlie with Maya in my car.



And here's all the cousins. Two of the boys are my youngest sister's nephews on her husband's side.


charliesmum: (P&P blah blah (by mrbnatural))
Because I'm sure you are all dying to know.

We went to Pottstown PA to see my nephew play Albert in the Middle School's production of Bye, Bye Birdie. It was a big undertaking because there is no 'junior' version of this play. My nephew has an amazing singing voice; my mother-in-law laughed at me because I started to cry when he was singing "Put on a Happy Face". But I couldn't help it, he was so good.

Actually, there was an amazing amount of talent on that stage - it was easy to forget these were 11, 12 and 13 year old kids. The girl who played Kim had a beautiful soprano voice and the girl who played Rose, well, I won't be at all surprised if this girl, Courtney Daniels, is famous before she's 16. She has an phenomenal voice. She's already been on television a few times, Regis and whatshernose, and some local things, and was a semi-finalist on Star Search. Why she didn't win, I don't know. Apparently Simon Cowell phoned her recently and everything.

Anyway, it was a very nice show, and we were all very proud. Charlie really enjoyed it, too. He laughed whenever the girls screamed, and sat forward in his seat with rapt attention the entire time. He also managed to freak out the family by playing "We Love You Conrad" on his little roll up piano. Very musical family we have.

We didn't get home from the in-laws until close to midnight, and then, at 4:30 in the morning, though 'really' it was 5:30 because of the time change, we were awakened by a series of loud bangs. It was like six gunshots in quick succession. The Husband ran downstairs to see what was the matter, and discovered some poor sod had fallen asleep* at the wheel and crashed into (and knocked down) two telephone poles and two trees along the side of our road. There weren't even any skid marks. So then we had the sound of the police and rescue people cutting him out of the car, then the sound of the broken trees being cut down, then the sound of the telephone people cutting down the old poles and putting up new ones, so sleep was just not happening. Husband did say the man was walking and aware when he was rescued from the smashed car**, so I am glad to know he wasn't dead.

I also met with the director for the Shakespeare, and yesterday we went to a park, but I've already bored you enough this post, so I'll shut up now.

*As my husband was watching, he heard one of the cops shout to the driver, "Sir! Do not light that cigarette!" so we gather he a)will live and b)was very drunk

**which was a PT Cruiser, by the way. Charlie has a game where he shouts 'Cruiser Crunch' when he sees one, so this lends a whole new meaning to that term
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Because I'm sure you are all dying to know.

We went to Pottstown PA to see my nephew play Albert in the Middle School's production of Bye, Bye Birdie. It was a big undertaking because there is no 'junior' version of this play. My nephew has an amazing singing voice; my mother-in-law laughed at me because I started to cry when he was singing "Put on a Happy Face". But I couldn't help it, he was so good.

Actually, there was an amazing amount of talent on that stage - it was easy to forget these were 11, 12 and 13 year old kids. The girl who played Kim had a beautiful soprano voice and the girl who played Rose, well, I won't be at all surprised if this girl, Courtney Daniels, is famous before she's 16. She has an phenomenal voice. She's already been on television a few times, Regis and whatshernose, and some local things, and was a semi-finalist on Star Search. Why she didn't win, I don't know. Apparently Simon Cowell phoned her recently and everything.

Anyway, it was a very nice show, and we were all very proud. Charlie really enjoyed it, too. He laughed whenever the girls screamed, and sat forward in his seat with rapt attention the entire time. He also managed to freak out the family by playing "We Love You Conrad" on his little roll up piano. Very musical family we have.

We didn't get home from the in-laws until close to midnight, and then, at 4:30 in the morning, though 'really' it was 5:30 because of the time change, we were awakened by a series of loud bangs. It was like six gunshots in quick succession. The Husband ran downstairs to see what was the matter, and discovered some poor sod had fallen asleep* at the wheel and crashed into (and knocked down) two telephone poles and two trees along the side of our road. There weren't even any skid marks. So then we had the sound of the police and rescue people cutting him out of the car, then the sound of the broken trees being cut down, then the sound of the telephone people cutting down the old poles and putting up new ones, so sleep was just not happening. Husband did say the man was walking and aware when he was rescued from the smashed car**, so I am glad to know he wasn't dead.

I also met with the director for the Shakespeare, and yesterday we went to a park, but I've already bored you enough this post, so I'll shut up now.

*As my husband was watching, he heard one of the cops shout to the driver, "Sir! Do not light that cigarette!" so we gather he a)will live and b)was very drunk

**which was a PT Cruiser, by the way. Charlie has a game where he shouts 'Cruiser Crunch' when he sees one, so this lends a whole new meaning to that term
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I was just at my aunt and uncle's house for the 'Schwab Family Christmas'* and I was having a lovely chat with my cousin Nathan's girlfriend, and get this...her cousin had a tiny part on Lost! cut for spoilers just to be on the safe side even though it was last season )

Had a nice time at my aunt and uncle's. They live in this farm house that was built in the 1600s in a place called Fallowsfield, which is pretty much as rural as it sounds. I like my cousins on that side of the family, and always regret we don't see each other as much as we should.

I also drank a bit too much, so I'm having a bit of trouble typing this entry. If I left in all the mistakes I'm making, you probably wouldn't be able to read this entry. So I'm going to stop now. More tomorrow.

*Schwab is my maiden name"
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I was just at my aunt and uncle's house for the 'Schwab Family Christmas'* and I was having a lovely chat with my cousin Nathan's girlfriend, and get this...her cousin had a tiny part on Lost! cut for spoilers just to be on the safe side even though it was last season )

Had a nice time at my aunt and uncle's. They live in this farm house that was built in the 1600s in a place called Fallowsfield, which is pretty much as rural as it sounds. I like my cousins on that side of the family, and always regret we don't see each other as much as we should.

I also drank a bit too much, so I'm having a bit of trouble typing this entry. If I left in all the mistakes I'm making, you probably wouldn't be able to read this entry. So I'm going to stop now. More tomorrow.

*Schwab is my maiden name"
charliesmum: (Yay Kermie (by wolfpupserenade))
They got me an iPod shuffle.

And they had it engraved. It says 'Merry Christmas to our sister and friend'

Best. Sisters. Ever.

I've got an iPod. I'm cool now.
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They got me an iPod shuffle.

And they had it engraved. It says 'Merry Christmas to our sister and friend'

Best. Sisters. Ever.

I've got an iPod. I'm cool now.
charliesmum: (Giles - hee (by wolfpupserenade))
Today are all the big scary sales. I am not participating, because a) I have no one to watch Charlie, so what's the point and b)aaah! Crowds!

Just sometimes I feel I may be missing something. The adrenaline! the excitement! The half off! meh, whatever.

Thanksgiving went very well. I'm sure I've mentioned how my parents and my husband don't get along, and by 'don't get along' I mean 'hate each other'. Over the years I basically stopped having my husband and family in the same place, because I personally couldn't stand the tension. This meant that the majority of Thanksgivings we spent with my in-laws, and I would do Christmas Eve with my family, sans husband, and we would do Christmas day with his family because I get along wonderfully with my in laws. Even though they are serious Bush supporters

But yesterday we spent Thanksgiving at my sister's house, not relevant why. She lives just a few minutes away, so I have to admit the not travelling thing was nice. My parents and my sister's parents in-law were there. I was very worried that it was going to be another tension filled day for me, butto my emmense relief, it wasn't.

I did have to snap at my husband and make him stop sitting in the dark living room and go down to the family room where the other people were, (act like a grown-up, I told him) but after that, he did okay. Talked football and sports with my dad and the other people and then, much to my amazement, he and my mother had a very long civilized conversation about his work.

So, phew.

Not that I think they are all going to be new best friends or anything, but it is nice to know they can manage a few hours in the same room without making me want to drink myself into oblivion.

couple of photos )
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Today are all the big scary sales. I am not participating, because a) I have no one to watch Charlie, so what's the point and b)aaah! Crowds!

Just sometimes I feel I may be missing something. The adrenaline! the excitement! The half off! meh, whatever.

Thanksgiving went very well. I'm sure I've mentioned how my parents and my husband don't get along, and by 'don't get along' I mean 'hate each other'. Over the years I basically stopped having my husband and family in the same place, because I personally couldn't stand the tension. This meant that the majority of Thanksgivings we spent with my in-laws, and I would do Christmas Eve with my family, sans husband, and we would do Christmas day with his family because I get along wonderfully with my in laws. Even though they are serious Bush supporters

But yesterday we spent Thanksgiving at my sister's house, not relevant why. She lives just a few minutes away, so I have to admit the not travelling thing was nice. My parents and my sister's parents in-law were there. I was very worried that it was going to be another tension filled day for me, butto my emmense relief, it wasn't.

I did have to snap at my husband and make him stop sitting in the dark living room and go down to the family room where the other people were, (act like a grown-up, I told him) but after that, he did okay. Talked football and sports with my dad and the other people and then, much to my amazement, he and my mother had a very long civilized conversation about his work.

So, phew.

Not that I think they are all going to be new best friends or anything, but it is nice to know they can manage a few hours in the same room without making me want to drink myself into oblivion.

couple of photos )

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