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    >> Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    I am devoting all my blogs to angry rants in response to yet another child being killed by yet another gun in yet another school.

    I love my kids. I want to keep them safe. I know that in a perfect world I could, but it's not a perfect world. I know that even in ideal situations there are not guarantees that my kids will be safe. But in the last 18 months there have been no less than 74 shootings in schools or on college campuses in the united states. 74 since 26 children were gunned down at a grade school in New Jersey.

    And yet we go on and on and on in protecting the rights of gun owners over the lives of our own children.

    This has to stop.

    I do not want my kids and grand kids to live in a world where they see that the Second Amendment is more important than them. This has become so far out of hand that it literally sickens me.

    If I had my way all guns would be piled up and burned. Send out the national guard with tanks, go door to door, and just take them.

    But it's not up to me.

    This is the real world, and like Pandora's box, the demons have been let out. We can't put them back.

    But we can make them cause less heartache.

    The second amendment has been used and abused. It's out of date and honestly doesn't apply anymore. There are other rights in the Bill of Rights that are far more regulated than the second. Freedom of speech for example, no one balks that there are times and places you can't say certain things, and even when you can you need a permit or a license. But background checks to buy a gun? Blasphemy!

    How stupid is that?

    No more dead kids. #NotOneMore

    I encourage you to write every legislator you can, local, state, and federal, and demand to know what they are doing to put an end to gun violence in schools. And don't take any political rant as an answer. More guns aren't the answer. Armed teachers aren't the answer. Education is not the answer. Only real painful consequences to gun owners whose guns are used to kill. And real, painful effort into making sure only the 'right' people get guns (background checks, registration, licensing, taxing, testing - all the same things we do to own a car).

    I am. Starting with the school board.

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    Too long

    >> Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    It's been too long since I've posted. That's mostly because so much of my time has been devoted to chasing around a toddler.

    Well, now that toddler has gone to live with her mother, which is a great thing, but now I've found myself with much time on my hands and I'm rediscovering my old hobbies. Not the least of which is my blogs.

    So now here's my latest input on my 'kids and family' blog.

    ...Uh... and now that I'm here I don't know what to write! Well, kids are doing well in school, that's good. Anna is doing well in her career, that's good, the swallows flew back to Capistrano, that's good....

    We're pretty boring people. Never go much of anywhere, never do much of anything... I wish spring would really be spring instead of this cold windy stuff we're dealing with. I want to use our deck!

    But, alas.

    So anyway, we're in the home stretch of the school year, about a month left. Of course there's all the field trips and so on. Exhausting. And I don't go on any of them! But it's what they do, so every day there is another permission slip or some such thing and every day someone needs to be at school early for the bus or something or other.

    I'd say I'm looking forward to summer, but I'm not really. It gets too hot here. But at least we could use the deck! But it's too hot! But I wanna use the deck! Waa!

    We've got praise team practice in a little while. Mr. I has filled his brother's shoes and is now playing the drums. He's doing really well!

    Um... I'm really rusty at this. Don't know what else to say. So I'm signing of for now. Maybe I'll find some pictures or something.




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    Hiya!

    >> Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    New year! Yay!

    2014 is here! I'm living in the freaking future! Who would have thought the world would still be here? Well it is. And so are the Andersens.

    This year could be a great year for us. Mom has completed her school and is now working in her life-long dream career as a teacher. Not only is this an amazing accomplishment, but it's  a huge benefit to the family. We can catch up on our debts, fix up the house, get the kids shoes and pants.... awesome stuff like that.

    In a few weeks I'll get my third Botox treatment, which my neurologist is the "magic" time that we'll know whether these treatments have been working or not. So far I haven't seen much of a change, but we'll see. I'm hoping I just feel a little better.

    The kids are doing great. Miss D turns 16 this year. We really need to teach her to drive. Not because we want her to drive, if I had my way we'd wait until she was 18, but we need another driver in the house. So 2014, apparently, will be the year.

    Other than that, everyone else is putting their way through school. Well, putting isn't a good word because they are all pretty much straight A students. All my kids are way smarter than me.

    What else do we have to look forward to this year? I'm not sure. There is much adventure ahead.

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    Christmas 2013

    >> Tuesday, January 07, 2014

    Greetings all! I know it's been a while since I've posted. I'm sorry. But I'll try to do better.

    For now, I'll post these:

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    Christmas past

    >> Monday, December 02, 2013

    The holiday season is upon us! Here's some pictures of last year's Christmas! Enjoy! #exclaimationmarksrule!!!

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    Thanksgiving thoughts 2013

    >> Saturday, November 30, 2013

    Here we are, Thanksgiving weekend. The year has been rushing by and now here we are, one of our traditional family holidays with the food and the parade and maybe some movies and video games and napping and over eating and just being together (and not liking every minute of it, but overall being thankful for being together).

    It's been an adventurous year. It's like we've just been on this crazy rocket-sled of stress and chaos and doctors and school and struggling and broken things scrounging to pay bills and get groceries and get by until we can get to the other side and possibly have a life where we don't struggle so much.

    I'm not complaining, not really. We don't really do without. We have many nice things. We have enough food, even if we sometimes have to stretch the leftovers a little too far. We all have enough clothes to wear, even if some have too many holes. We're doing ok.

    It's a time to be thankful, not whine. I am generally a negative person. People say "just be positive" or "think positive and positive things will happen". I don't know how to do that. I really don't. Why? I don't know. It's just how I'm wired. And I wouldn't say I'm a 'glass half empty' kind of guy, I'm more of a "well, it is what it is" kind of guy and the world is just a negative kind of place.

    But I am thankful. I'm thankful that in spite of our struggles that my kids don't share my negativity. I am thankful that the hardest part is mostly over and there are better financial times just ahead. I am thankful that even though the kids might have to wait for the 'nice' presents from mom and dad this year that we will be able to give them nice presents in January or February.

    I am thankful that we were together this week. In spite of the frayed tempers and the moments of disrespect and lots of slop and mess and burned pie crust and so forth, we are enjoying our time together. We're watching the parade, talking about what we're going to do the rest of the day, and waiting for the turkey to get done.

    I am thankful that in spite of my ongoing health issues, this week has been very good. And that in spite of it taking a downturn today, I've been able to participate in most of the family fun this week.

    And finally, I am thankful that the kids go back to school on Monday. Because dang.

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    Da Bunny

    >> Monday, August 26, 2013


     Google+, when you upload photos, does some interesting things with them sometimes. Photos that are similar it groups together. Sometimes it will even turn them into animated gif files.

    I uploaded a lot of pictures of Da Bunny and it returned these groups. So I put them here to share.

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    Thoughts on the first day of school 2013

    >> Monday, August 19, 2013

    Today was the first day of school for all my kiddos. Some of them started last week, but today was the first day that all of them were gone and out the door. My youngest started kindergarten today. So in many ways it is the first time all of them have been out the door without one of their parents or older siblings.

    Yet I am not home alone. While all MY kids are out the door, I have a grandkid that lives here. And I get to baby sit.

    And that just makes me tired. I've raised all my kids, yet the process goes on. Don't get me wrong, I love my granddaughter very much, but at this time in my life I just feel old. Really really stinking old.

    Actually, to clarify, her mom is home today too, so I have a chance to relax and do some of the things I want, like blog and watch all those grown-up shows on Netflix.

    The pain isn't so bad today. My headache is kind of throbbing a bit, but not screaming yet.

    Speaking of which, we're working with a new doctor for me. I think I mentioned that a while back, but we're onto a new treatment plan.

    There are 3 things we're trying, botox, which is supposed to relax the nerves that spawn headaches, medical manipulation - which is like chiropractic treatments, but also like massage and kind of nothing like either, and a herbal thing my neurologist recommended called "butterbur", that's supposed to open up the bloodflow.

    None of which has really begun yet so I'm still just kind of spinning here.

    Anna is back to school too. She's finishing up her apprenticeship or residency or whatever they call it for teachers. It's hard, financially, but we just need to get to the other side of this and move forward.  It will be a good future if we just deal with it now.

    What other news can I share? Well, Da Bunny (granddaughter) will be one in a couple weeks. That's exciting. Derek is off at college, a junior. It's his first time being away from home for more than a night or so. I hope he's behaving.  And... well, I don't know what else.

    Here's a picture of a tiny bunny.

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    Dug this up.... from about 5 years ago or so.

    >> Thursday, May 30, 2013

    I caught my youngest son playing the other day....


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    5 months already? wow.

    >> Saturday, May 18, 2013












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