Friday, April 28, 2006

Happy Birthday Malik

It was 11 years ago exactly today that Malik was born at 4:?? in the am. It was even a Friday.

Here are some pics:

And here is more recently:

Happy birthday baby boy. I love you.

Thursday, April 20, 2006


Ok, first of all, I need some Blogger advise. I really would like the archive links on the side to be different. That list of months is getting a might long. I would like people to be able to use them if they like, but can I set it up to have older ones all one link or something? Anyone know how to fix this?

Now, back to the homework link from below. So, as I said, I had to teach my son how to add mixed numbers with different denometers. Well, he reported to me that she told him that he is confused because I taught him wrong. WHAT!?!?! Maybe if you had done your job in the first place, I wouldn't have had to do it wrong. How dare you tell my child that I was wrong!!!!!

WTF!!! Of course if there was a text, I wouldn't have done it wrong!!

I wanna slug her square in the jaw!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


I don't know about this girl. She isn't growing "right." This is not to say she is small, she is, but that doesn't worry me. Even if she was the tiniest 4 month old, ever, that would be alright, if she was also the tiniest 2 week old ever. Instead, she is getting tinier. I hope this makes sense. I need some support.

At her 2 week appointment, her stats were:
weight - 7 lbs. 6 ozs. 60th percentile
height - 20” 75th percentile
head circumference - 36 ½ cm 100th percentile.

At her 2 month appointment, her stats were:
weight - 8 lbs. 11 ozs. 15th percentile
height - 22 ½” 50th percentile
head circumference - 39 cm 75th percentile.

Then, yesterday at her 4 month appointment, her stats were:
weight - 9 lbs. 7 ozs. <5th> my sock WIP. I can't find it. The last time I saw it was Saturday when we came home from soccer.

Updated to add: Isn't being a mommy so much fun! I just talked to the doctor (she called me herself). I had called the nurse and she told me it was all okay. If the doctor had been really worried, she would have admitted her to the hospital. Then the doc called me to apologize for scaring me. Part of my problem was that ever since she was born people have been constantly telling me how tiny she is. Every stranger that sees her, practically! So, I had that in the back of my mind.

Thanks for the good thoughts!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Homework SUCKS!

I thought I felt that way when I was in school, especially since I NEVER did my homework and almost didn't graduate from high school myself.

Now, however, homework REALLY sucks! Especially when I am up until 10:00 on a Thursday night teaching my son his homework. Those of you who don't much care for math, please skip the next paragraph.

Please note that I said teaching, not helping. My son's teacher (from her words, not his) has not, yet discussed adding fractions with different denominators. This is fine because based on my small amount of research, I think that this is sixth grade work, and my son is in fifth grade. However, she sends home work where they have to add and subtract mixed numbers with different denominators. For those of you who forget, mixed numbers are like 1 1/2 (One and one-half) and when the denominators (the bottom number of a fraction) are different, you have to do a lot of conversion to get them to match, so you can add or subtract. So, I had to teach him to do this last night, since my son's teacher decided to give out homework she hadn't yet covered in class.

Come back, now.

I need any and all FREE Homeschooling resources any of you know of. Any lead will help! I will follow-up on all of it! We cannot afford for me to stay home and actually homeschool our children, but I will be practically homeschooling my children from now on! My son's teacher just isn't cutting it! Any advise, please contact me at jenknitter AT gmail DOT com. Thank you in advance.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Knitting updates

I have progress on a sock. I may even be finished with the leg by tonight. Mind you, this is a man's size 13 sock. Therefore, cut me some slack when it takes me forever to finish it! I'd show you, but it is 8 inches of 80 stitches around dark grey 2x2 ribbing - not very exciting!I like Knitty this time. I have four balls of LionBrand Wool-Ease in Dark Rose Heather that will go very well into the t-twist. I have practically already cast on for it!

I finished another pattern repeat for Voss!

I have made only a little progress on Malik's vest. He probably wishes it was done already, but I have some Knitter's ADD (and, maybe, even regular ADD), so he will have to wait.

We have a new schedule. The family is now carpooling to work. This is good news and bad news. 1. I have to get up earlier - WAY BAD NEWS!!!! 2. I get to knit on the way to DH work - good news. 3. I get done dropping others off a little bit earlier. 4. Save gas and wear and tear on the van - GREAT NEWS!!!

Friday, April 07, 2006


I'm a joiner, so I joined sock-month-knitalong. I have two socks that I need to finish. Notice I said two socks, not one pair. They will be two pairs when finished, but first I have to finish them. Maybe if i hope for one per month, I can get them done.

I have been getting some slow progress on Voss, and the Vest. They are both about 300 stitches around, 2-color fair isle, so it is slow going. I don't have a lot of time to sit and knit, but when I sit, I do try to knit.

We just got word this week that Malik will continue on at his current school through 8th grade. This is the best news! Without dragging out the long, involved story, suffice it to say that the last couple of months have been a lot of drama and worry, and now it is all over. I wish they had made the decision about six months ago, so I wouldn't have to have gone through the drama and worry. But, at least it is over. It also means that DeAndre' won't have to go through the same drama in 3 years when it is his turn.

Well, I guess that is all for now. Work has been crazy, so I haven't had much time to post. I have internet at home, but don't much enjoy going into the back room to do something. I'd rather be in the front room. I usually am in the kitchen, though.

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


So, my DH is not the boys father. I refer to thier fathers (each has thier own) as "sperm donors" because that is all they have done.

Anyway, my DH is going to adopt them. I found out that my DH's job has an Adoption Reimbursement program. YEAH! Now we can do it and not have to find the money for it!

HOWEVER, I just found out, this is not reimbursable if the children are in the parent's care before the date of employment - hello, even in the case of a step-parent adoption (which they specifically have included in the program) "No, ma'am, it is not reimbursable." WTF!!! What is the point of allowing step-parent adoptions if the children can't live in the home before the adoption is finalized!!!