Amundsen House of Chaos

Let's face it, when you have a kid who survived a stroke, life is always going to be a little chaotic.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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Jahnna has decided that she needs a nightcap to wear to bed. Her words not mine. She is such a goofball. So she wrapped a towel around her head and embelished it with toilet paper. She is such a funny girl she is really into telling us knock knock jokes right now. I swear her favorite word is "actually" She tells me "Mom, actually it happened this way" Her other favorite thing to say is "something called a ...." So she will say "Mom can you get me something called a cup" or things like that. What five year old says things like that. Oh mine does! So the pictures are of the princess Jahnna in her night cap Riley looking at a garter snake that dad and jahnna brought home from fishing this weekend. It left the next day after biting john on the knuckle while helping Riley hold it. One of the pictures has a hysterical look from Riley. Not really sure what she was saying or doing but I thought it was pretty funny. The last one I think is Jahnna being brave holding the snake while dad took her picture. What other child goes fishing in a dress. She is so opposite of me I just ahve to shake my head!

Monday, September 29, 2008

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Political food for thought.

Here are two emails I've recieved recently. I hate politics but some of this really really bugged me. So I just thought I'd post them and you can decide for yourself on the stuff.

Everyone of voting age should read these two books. Dreams of My Father and Audacity of Hope. Don't buy them, get them from the library
before they are removed from the shelves.

From Dreams of My Father:'I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.'

From Dreams of My Father : 'I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.'

From Dreams of My Father:'There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.'

From Dreams of My Father: 'It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.'

From Dreams of My Father:'I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself , the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.'

And FINALLY the Most Damning one of ALL of them!!!
From Audacity of Hope:'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction

John Glenn (DEMOCRAT) said this ----- It should make us all think a little:

Here is the second one.

There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq in January. In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of January. That's just one American cit y, about as deadly as the entire war-torn country of Iraq

When some claim that President Bush shouldn't have started this war, tell them the following:

FDR (DEMOCRAT) led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us; Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost ... an average of 112,500 per year.

Truman (DEMOCRAT) finished that war and started one in Korea . North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost .. an average of 18,334 per year.

John F. Kennedy (DEMOCRAT) started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us.

Johnson (DEMOCRAT) turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost .. an average of 5,800 per year.

Clinton (DEMOCRAT) went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent. Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.

This one is a fact that makes me mad as hell.

In the years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran, and, North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. And the Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking.

But Wait, There's more.

It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno (DEMOCRAT) to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation.

We've been looking for evidence for chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton (DEMOCRAT) to find the Rose law firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick.

It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida !!!

Our Commander-In-Chief is doing a GREAT JOB! The Military morale is high!

The biased media hopes we are too ignorant to realize the facts.

But Wait ...There's more!

JOHN GLENN (on the Senate floor - January 26, 2004)

Some people still don't understand why military personnel do what they do for a living. This exchange between Senators John Glenn and Senator Howard Metzenbaum is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one man's explanation of why men and women in the armed services do what they do for a living.

This IS a typical, though sad, example of what some who have never served think of the military.

Senator Metzenbaum (speaking to Senator Glenn):

'How can you run for Senate when you've never held a real job?'

Senator Glenn (D-Ohio): 'I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on 12 different occasions. I was in the space program. It wasn't mycheckbook, Howard; it was my life on the line. It was not a nine-to-five job, where I took time off to take the daily cash receipts to the bank. I ask you to go with me, as I went the other day... to a veteran's hospital and look those men .. with their mangled bodies ... in the eye, and tell THEM they didn't hold a job!

You go with me to the Space Program at NASA and go, as I have gone, to the widows and orphans of Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee ... and you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their DAD'S didn't hold a job.

You go with me on Memorial Day and you stand in Arlington National Cemetery , where I have more friends buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch those waving flags. You stand there, and you think about this nation, and you have the gall to tell ME that those people didn't have a job?

What about Metzenbaum? For those who don't remember During W.W.II, Howard Metzenbaum was an attorney representing the Communist Party in the USA .

Now he's a Senator!

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

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Rotten Riley or I'm thankful for #3

I figure since Riley is baby #3 and she had such a funny week I am grateful for her this week. Riley is so different from Jahnna and Colby but so much the same. Funny funny little girl. The last month or so she has been speaking gobbledygook. We keep saying we wish we could understand her better. She signs a few signs and says a few words like Thank you and grandpa mom and dad but really not much more. So we went down to Salt Lake on Friday and we were coming home eating some hamburgers in the car. She kept saying bite, bite and then a whole bunch of gibberish. I'd give her a french fry she would take one bite and throw it on the floor. So I told her she was all done. She gives this very determined look and say bite give it to me bite. very clear very sincere and no joking about it. So Jahnna's first sentence was My bear please. Colby's was die baby die. (There's a very funny story behind it he's really not sadistic!)and Riley's is bite, give it to me, bite! I think it's hysterical especially because alot of people I know with special needs kids have been saying that if they have an older non verbal child than usually the one following them is also a delayed talker. So I figured maybe this was why Riley doesn't talk as much as Jahnna did at her age. I guess she just hasn't decided to let us in on her little secret. She really does not how to talk she just doesn't want too! Riley has also decided that it's funny to sit up on our shoulders and eat our heads. She makes an eating noise and pretends to eat us. She was also saying bonk and she was pounding on her dad. She can be quite stingy with her kisses but when she wants to love you look out! Your in for a bunch of them! I wish I could say I was grateful she is a wonderful sleeper but the truth is her and Colby alternate which hour each is up so I can't really say I'm grateful for that. I am grateful for her smiles which is why we call her smiley Riley although she is cutting molars right now which is why she is rotten riley! So this week I'm am thankful for my #3!

Friday, September 5, 2008

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Updated pics

Here are some of the pictures that I've been meaning to post.

John reading bed time stories to Jahnna and Colby.

Camping with Jahnna in the bed of the truck! She kept waking up thinking the trees were bears coming to get her. They were attacked by yellow jackets the next morning and came home early!

Not such a great picture but it's us and Robert (johns brother) and his wife and kids on top of the conference center in Salt Lake city. The Salt Lake Temple is behind us.

Mom, Colby and Safari Jahnna at the Salt Lake City Zoo. I think Colby was pretending to be a monkey. He kept puffing out his cheecks and then laughing.

Riley fell asleep two seconds before we went to Rodizios for lunch. Brazilian BBQ Rocks!

Not such a great shot but it's me and Colby in the hyperbaric chamber. We call it the fish tank because I'm sure that it's what fish must feel like not being able to hear what's going on and people looking at you all the time. We are in there for an hour for each session. We do 40 sessions in each set. We are on session 36 today only 4 more to go!!!!!

Jahnna's first day of school!

Colby's first day of school! I couldn't quite get his smile but it was HUGE!

He was so excited to go on the bus! He fell asleep and I was worried he would scream the whole half hour to school!