Friday, October 30
In a moment of terrible clarity, Kerrie Ann took in the squalid scene through the cops’ eyes. She saw her daughter—really saw her—for the first time in weeks: how dirty and unkempt she was and how thin she’d gotten, her ribs sticking out of her narrow brown chest like rungs on a ladder. She saw the stain on the seat of her underpants that had come from not wiping herself properly and have no one to do it for her, the crust of dried food around her mouth. When had she last fed Bella?
Kerrie Ann saw the Children’s Services logo on the card and felt herself hurtling back in time. The old nightmare playing itself over, this time with her child. Her thoughts returned to Lindsay. She still couldn't get over the fact that she had a sister. Even weirder was that she had no memory of her. How was it possible for those years to be a blank slate?
Her counselor at the clinic, Mary Josephson, a recovering heroin addict with twenty years of sobriety, suggested she call Legal Aid. Days later she had a court date. But that was only the first step.
Kerrie Anne soon discovered that good intentions weren't enough. Her resume, which listed only a string of short-term jobs, was hardly an incentive for anyone to hire her. The part-time job at Toys “R” Us was the best she could do until she got her GED and some kind of occupational training. And without full-time work, how could she afford an “appropriate” place to live? Life was a series of dominoes: Knock one down, and the rest followed suit. If she could just get her legs under her . . .
Which was where her sister came in. Lindsay was the only card she had left.
facilitate this review, I was not compensated for this review besides receiving a copy of the book.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Listerine and Reach and received Listerine and Reach products for the Oral Care Challenge and a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.
Thursday, October 29
Continue wrapping the the pipe cleaner completely around the barrette.
Monday, October 26
Sunday, October 25
I have a Goofy Pirates of the Caribbean Ears Hat to giveaway. This is very cute hat that has a great stretch so it can fit kids and adults. My girls and I each have one that fits very comfortably.
To enter you must leave a comment below wishing me a Happy Birthday (Monday the 26 is my birthday!)
Ends 11/14/09 (Saturday) at midnight PST.
Two Extra Entries: Follow my blog (leave two extra comments)
Please email in comment is not listed in your profile.
This is part of the Fall Bloggy Giveaway Carnival so head on over and enter to win more great prizes!!
Saturday, October 24
After everyone arrived her Pre-K class took a tour. They learned all about pumpkins and that these were Jumping Jack pumpkins. We also learned about life before electricity and got to see many farm animals.
Friday, October 23
Thursday, October 22
Princess A was so excited to battle and defeat Darth Vader. The year before when she had just turned five she was also picked but got scared. She thought that Darth Vader would hurt her with his light saber. I explained to her that they were only using training light sabers but she thought Darth Vader might still try and sneak in a real one. I then told her that it was against earth law to bring a real light saber on earth, only training ones were allowed. She was still a little unsure but said she would battle him when she was six. When we went to Disneyland in May she remembered the earth law and was ready to battle Darth Vader!
Wednesday, October 21
Tuesday, October 20
Monday, October 19
Chovendo Na Roseira featuring Dave Grusin, piano
Sunday, October 18
I talked to her about playing fair and that everyone needs to take turns. After our talk she went to school the next day and things did not go well. As usual the little girl told them what to play. Princess A wanted to play something else and told the girl so. The little girl then told Princess A she was 'out of the club' and got upset. Princess A felt bad that she had upset the girl and tried to make it better. Princess A and the rest of the girls in the club spent the rest of recess taking turns to try and apologize to the little girl. She just kept running away until recess was over. Princess A came home and told me all about it. I was glad Princess A was out of the club and hoped that it was over. School was out for a few days and I spent that time casually talking about being a good friend and making decisions for yourself.
When school started again the little girl went on as if nothing had changed. Princess A said she did not understand why the little girl did not remember but that the club was back on. At this point my husband and I told her no clubs at school! Princess A was all ready to tell the girl that she could not be in the club but that she still wanted to be friends. Princess A was the one who wanted to still be friends though I did encourage her to think about how true friends should act. I also emailed her teacher and asked for help with the situation. Princess A's teacher is no longer the other little girl's teacher but she was able to talk to her at lunch. After school Princess A told me her teacher talked to the little girl and told her no more club at school. Princess A never had her talk with the little girl and the funny thing is she gave Princess A an invitation to her birthday party. Princess A's teacher called me after school to tell me that she talked to the little girl, who did not admit to everything, and that the school would keep and eye on the situation. Princess A does not really play with that little girl much during recess but I am going to continue to keep a close eye on her interaction with this little girl. We did not go to the birthday party.
Was it bullying? I hesitate to use the word but in many ways it was. One person telling everyone else what to do and when they don't want to they are manipulated emotional into doing it. That to me is a form of bullying. I can not believe that we are dealing with already in first grade! It has been a few days and everything seems to being going well I just hope it continues to be so.
Saturday, October 17
Princess G drew the eyes and mouth on and asked Daddy to draw the mouth. Princess G kept Daddy entertained with fancy poses while Daddy carved.
I just hope they last until Halloween since we did carve them last Sunday.
Friday, October 16
Here are my pretty apples, I used Fuji apples this year.
Princess A was my official caramel opener. Princess G just wanted to eat them, which she did.Princess G did want to help melt the caramels. I completely forgot the recipe I used last year. I found one but it was for six apples. Since I only had four I re-calculated the amounts for four apples. Here is the recipe I used
Thursday, October 15
Princess A loves racing her two ZhuZhu Pets. She also likes to turn them on while siting on the couch and seeing if she can grab them before they fall off.