Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Going to see the Muffeps!!!

Tonight, the free movie in the park in San Marcos is The Muppets.  Jonathan and I both love the Muppets, and we saw the movie last Thanksgiving.  Jon asks to listen to the soundtrack about three times a day, and he sings along to all of the songs.  We have been planning to go to the movie in the park since the schedule came out in May, but about three days ago, we decided to tell Jon that we were going.  He has been gleefully saying non-stop "We're going to see the Muffeps!  Outside on the BIG tv! Kermit will be there?"  This will be the first live-action movie he has ever seen - the only two other full-length movies he has seen are the original Winnie the Pooh and the newer version.  So we're hoping he enjoys it and is able to stay engaged. 

I'll be sure to take some pictures to share : )

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives :: Texas Monthly

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives :: Texas Monthly

I wanted to pass along an article about the craziness that has been happening in women's healthcare over the past two years in Texas.  Access to general, preventative health care for poor women in Texas has almost all but been wiped out by our current legislature, senate, and governor.  Since I spend more on my health care premium than I do on rent each month, I am very concerned about affordable access to health care.  All of these decisions were made in the name of reducing abortions in the state.  I think most people reading this know my personal feelings, but here they are just in case: I am morally opposed to abortion, because I do believe that life begins at conception.  I am also morally opposed to a lot of other things that are perfectly legal.  While I wish we didn't have abortions, I understand that providing safe access to abortions is important for those women who choose to have them.  I also think that spending time trying to outlaw abortion is a complete and utter waste of time, energy, and resources.  More time, energy, and resources should be spent on preventing the need for abortions, e.g. increased real availability of contraception, increased education (not just about sex, but about everything), increased support for women who choose to have their babies, and automatic, mandatory child support for men/boys who impregnate women.  I'll stop writing, because the article is long enough.  : )  It's long, but it is worth the read.  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Getting big!

August 2010 - 7 months

July 2012 - 2.5

Such a cliche, but so true - he is just growing up right before my eyes! 

He is not happy in the second picture, because it was really hot outside, but this wave of nostalgia came across me, and I HAD to take a picture to do a comparison ; ) 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I really need to take some pictures!

I thought it was about time to add something to the old blog, and when I looked at my iPhone for pictures, I realized I haven't taken any in about a month.  That's what happens when Jonathan is home for the summer and I don't feel the need to document every little thing Jon does. 

So far the summer has been really great!  Our forced car buying experience in the spring canceled our vacation plans, but we have enjoyed our time at home.  I am especially enjoying having Jonathan home, and I am thankful that even though he doesn't make much money as a teacher, we have him home in the summer.  Despite having his extra help with Jon and projects, it's just so nice to have him around!  We have enjoyed a lot of deeper conversations since we have more down time together, and it has reminded me of how much I love him and how he really is my best friend.

Enough of that mushy stuff!

So what have we done at home?  I have organized my home office (not quite finished...but that involves an IKEA trip and convincing my husband that spray painting my file cabinet is a good idea), organized our bedroom closet, participated in an advocate training at our local domestic abuse victim shelter/child advocacy center, and lost 12 pounds.  Still on my to-do list for the summer is organize the rest of the closets in the apartment and sew washable slip covers for my living room storage ottomans. 

We have also had a lot of fun: swim lessons for Jon, going to the river to play, library story time, saw a movie in the park, sidewalk chalk on our patio, lots of rough housing and several bouts of giggle fits.  Jon is pretty much text book boy (yes, I did pull a social work text book off the shelf the other day to check to see if some of his behavior is developmentally appropriate...it is).

Oh, and I bought real clippers, and we gave Jon another hair cut.  Ugghhh....  Not a pleasant experience.  Jonathan taught Jon the word 'brave,' and explained that it means doing something even when you are scared.  Although Jon seemed to understand the concept in theory, he did not exercise it during the hair cut. 

Can't wait to see what the second half of summer brings!  Happy 4th of July!