Saturday, September 30, 2006
Here is a sneak peak of a photo of each of them. I'm experimenting with an online viewing gallery for when I do sessions....so to see the rest of their photos, click here. (You can click on "view album" and then "view slideshow" to see each individual photo.) And if you visit the photo album, let me know what you think. I'm trying to get some feedback for future use. THANKS!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
TOPT TO BOTTOM:
Jenna playing in the corn bin (I guess it's the corn maze's version of a sandbox)
Jenna and Dane
Jacob and Cade
Jacob and Jenna
Children of the corn
Sunday, September 24, 2006
PS Mom...has Dad had time to play with his iPod yet?
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
-When he heard Chris and I talking about Italian names for Jill's baby, he suggested "Pompeii" and asked me to leave a comment on her blog telling her. He stood watching me as I typed and proceeded to correct my spelling, telling me that "Pompeii" had 2 i's. Who knew??
-Random comment in the car the other day: "Mom, did you know that Timbuktu (I'm probably not spelling that right either) is a real place?" "No Jacob, I didn't." "Yep, it's in Mali and that's in Africa." So...I "googled" Timbuktu...and he's right. Again, who knew??
-He has the highest reading range in third grade at our school ...4.6-6.6 grade level (one of the perks of being a teacher is that I can check these things out...I never let him know, but it's kind of fun knowing for myself!)
-The other day we found a HUGE bee-like insect in our backyard crawling on the pears that had fallen off the tree. We killed it with wasp spray and put it in a container. He searched his bug dictionary and Yahooligans until he found out what it was....a baldfaced hornet (in case you were wondering!).
-Another random comment in the car coming home from school "Mom, do we have any stuff to do science experiments at home?" "I don't know Jacob...why?" "We've been learning about the scientific method and I just want to practice the steps at home."
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
And so....I present.....the many faces of Jenna.... (I won't be able to put them all in one entry...so I'll have to add more later!)
Monday, September 11, 2006
I never really understood the fact that people always so vividly remembered where they were when John F Kennedy was shot. Yes, it was a pretty important event in history, but why were people so fascinated with remembering where they were when it happened? I never fully understood that question until 9/11....then I completely understood. It seems like there has been a lot of coverage for September 11th this year - I guess because it's the 5th anniversary. So...where were you on 9/11? (Have you heard the song, "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?" It still gives me chills!)
I was home on maternity leave with Jenna. She was 2 months old. I had just taken Jacob to preschool and then came home to sit down and feed Jenna while I watched the Today show and as I watched they interrupted the Today show with the breaking news that something had happened to the first tower. And as I was watching the Today show, I saw the second plane fly into the World Trade Center live....and from that moment on I was glued to the TV. I just couldn't stop watching - I think it's because I had watched it happen and just had to know the stories behind the people involved - the families whose lives would never, ever be the same. I can rememer picking Jacob up at preschool at 11:00 and having his teacher ask me what had happened - they hadn't seen any of it yet. I can remember emailing Chris and telling him to call me just because I wanted to be sure he knew what had happened, and I wanted to hear his voice. I can remember wanting to call and see everyone I loved, just because everything suddenly seemed so scary. I can remember still watching the coverage in the afternoon while Jacob played with legos in the other room. I didn't think he had really watched much of it and didn't think he understood. But, then he called me into the dining room and said "Watch this mommy" while he took a toy airplane and flew it into a tower of legos he had built, knocking it to the ground. Then he said "It's just like on TV". I can remember holding Jenna and Jacob all day and not wanting to put them down. I can remember seeing all the people who had missing family members standing there holding a photo of the missing person, begging for people to contact them if they had seen that person. I remember thinking that maybe, just maybe, they would find some of those people alive. I can remember holding Jenna almost all day and thinking how different the world she would grow up in was going to be. I can remember exactly where I was and exactly what I was doing - and I don't think I will ever forget it.
I've been lucky enough to visit NYC three times since 9/11. I never saw NYC with the World Trade Center towers in the skyline. When I visited Ground Zero, I felt sick...even though there was nothing there but a big hole. Having been to NYC, it's hard to picture what it looked like before the attacks ....or what it must have been like on that day. I do know that I will never be able to look at the calendar and view September 11th as just another day.