Friday, August 29, 2008

Difference is an Artist's Game

The girl who wrote it is just in the 8th grade. It's about her little brother who was born different. (Thanks Mel for sharing this with our group). I love it!!  It's worth 4 minutes of your time.  Make sure you turn off my playlist so you can hear the commentary.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Martha and Mary

Yesterday was one of those days.  We were potty training (I'm embarrassed to admit that we are still not potty trained), we had two appointments scheduled for the day and Mack and Sophie were already fighting at 8:00 am.  Around 9:30 I called and canceled Mack's speech therapy and Grace's physical therapy.  The sitter showed up at 10:00 and I left the house and her with all three kids.  I had hit a wall.  I had nothing left.  I couldn't do another appointment, clean up any more pee pee or put anyone else in time-out.  Of course, with this came the guilt...guilt about canceling the appointments, guilt that my kids are still in diapers, guilt that my house is still a mess, guilt that I just can't do enough.

That afternoon when I was home, the doorbell rang and a package was left on our porch.  What could it be?  I hadn't ordered anything.  Maybe it was a late birthday gift for the kids.  Much to my surprise it was a book for me!!  Another mom, that I have never met, that has triplets the same age as my three, one of which has CP had sent me a book.   The book is called Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World  - Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life.  Had she read my mind?  Did she know I needed more time with God?  Maybe...but I think it was a God thing.  I think God wanted more time with me.  This morning I took my book and had some quiet time with God.  Thank you Jo.  Thank you God.   

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls"  Matthew 11:28-29

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Nimnastics is Fun!!

Grace started gymnastics with Denise at Special Needs Gymnastics last week.  Today was her second session.  She loves it and I love watching her do a tuck and then pike position and end with a big "TaDa".  You have never seen a bigger smile.  As we left as the first session last week, she confirmed it..."Nimnastics is fun!".  

Friday, August 22, 2008

Why You Should Never Detox

1.  This is your dinner.
2.  No pizza and red wine.
3.  No margaritas and black beans on the patio at Gloria's.
4.  You start hallucinating and you think you smell hamburgers cooking all the time.
5.  You become irritable.
6.  You are too weak to walk.
7.  You almost dismember yourself finger cutting open a spaghetti squash because she think it might be good as really spaghetti (WELL IT'S NOT)...there is a lot of blood everywhere...your children are screaming and crying because their mother is bleeding and in pain.  They are scarred for life.
8.  You tend to exaggerate a little bit

Popsicles and Play-Doh

This week has been awesome!  We can actually play outside without having a heat stroke.  The highs have been in the 80s.  Yeah, we love playing outside!! 

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Child Can Do All Things Golf Classic

Just another shameless plug for Grace's school, A Child Can Do All Things.  

- Register Today -

Monday, September 22, 2008
Brookhaven Country Club
3333 Golfing Green Dr
Dallas , TX 75234
(map it)

Shotgun Start: 11:30 AM

Family Luau: 4:30 PM
This year, we've added a family swim and luau featuring Brookhaven's newly renovated pool and fountain area.

For more details, visit our website.

Golf Registration

Single players and foursomes are welcome to register. For a detailed description and to register to play, visit the website.

Sponsorships Available

Support the work of ACCDAT by becoming one of our Golf Classic Sponsors.Sponsorship information online.

A Child Can Do All Things | 12870 Hillcrest Road , Suite H - 101, Dallas , Texas 75230 | 972.788.2856 |

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Nature vs. Nurture

Monday night, after the kids were in bed, I settled in with a salad and water (I'm detoxing again) and watched my 2nd favorite show, The Closer.  On Mondays Abe usually works late so I get some time to myself.  Oh, don't get me wrong, I do enjoy hanging out with my husband but on Mondays it's just me and Brenda Leigh Johnson solving Top Priority cases for the LAPD.  The episode this week was entitled Nature vs. Nurture and was essentially about an adopted 13 year old with an extremely violent temperament.  The question that arose in the episode was does heredity or environment determine who we become or how we behave.  This question has troubled me for many years and the show really disturbed me.  Does it matter where my kids go to school?  Will it make a difference how I raise them?  Are criminals born or made? Is homosexuality a preference or a predisposition? Do IQ tests measure innate abilities or acquired skills? What do you think?

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6

Monday, August 18, 2008


Yes I KNOW I'm supposed to be cleaning my house!  I promised Abe there would be nothing on the floor when he got home and so far I've only succeeded in putting more stuff on the floor as I clean out drawers.  There are so many other things I'd rather be doing. Like...watching it rain, reading all the back issues of Time magazine and showing off my cute kids.  

We went to the park this morning.  Rain was in the forecast and it looked as if it would start any minute but I was up for anything to get out of the house.  We got home just before the down pour. Look how great Grace is sitting up!

Ms. Disorganized...

that's me! I just cannot seem to get organized!!! Today I am tackling the kids' room. I WILL organize their toys and clothes...even if it kills me...and it just might. I have 3 little helpers so it should be breeze.  RIGHT!!!  Mack likes to roll in the folded clothes and Sophie likes to "reorganize" the toys as we are cleaning up.  

This is what I have to deal with.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

August 9, 2008

My 3 turned 3 yesterday. I can believe it!! We had a wonderful day with lots of family in town to celebrate. They celebrated with their cousins, Aubrey and Beck, who are 3 and 1 this month too. This was the only decent photo I got, but my sister took hundreds (she really did) and I'll share some of those later.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

So You Think YOU Can Dance...

well, check out Sophie. Elaine Benes has nothing on her!

Friday, August 8, 2008

August 9, 2007

Tomorrow my babies will be 3! How can it be? Here are some photos from last year.

Cousin Aubrey is only 10 days younger.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

August 9, 2006

Just reminiscing...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Olympics 2020 Here We Come!

Today Mack and Sophie finished 20 days of swimming lessons! As you can tell in the video, Sophie had a blast. She is fearless (sometimes a little too fearless)! She is so excited to swim and wants to take everyone's turn (we are learning about sharing). Mack is still a little timid but very proud that he can put his face in the water now. He will tell you all about it. So, when you see my kids at the Olympics in 2020, Sophie will be swimming, Grace will be horseback riding, and Mack...well, Mack will most likely be's currently his favorite sport.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

A Wiggly Party

All week Grace and Sophie have been saying "I want to see Wiggles live". Well, today we did. It was very exciting...not only did we see their concert but we got to meet them in person!!

In typical "Jacolyn fashion" we got to the Nokia Theater really early (I'm afraid to miss anything) and had to wait outside in the heat. Luckily we brought food and drinks. It was hot but it was worth the wait. We were second in line for the Wiggles Meet and Greet. We were put in a room with sofas and chairs where we waited and talked with Benny (a dancer I feel like I know :) and took a photo with him. As Murray, Jeff, Anthony and Sam entered the room, Grace went into a trance. I think it just didn't register that her much beloved Wiggles were right there..."live". At first she just stared in shock but as they came over to speak with us she started crying and then Mack and Sophie started crying. It was a little embarrassing but the Wiggles were all so nice. They asked about the kids and Murray even spent a few minutes trying to console Grace.

We had so much fun at the concert afterward. Well...Grace, Mack and I did. We sang, danced and clapped along. Sophie cried through most of it. I have no idea why. We had great seats and The Wiggles put on a great show!

Sophie before the show in the heat showing her new pouty look. She uses it way too often.
Grace before the show.
Our new friend Benny.
Mack and Sophie tackling Dad and Mom talks with Anthony.
My crying children and the Wiggles.
Waiting for the show to start. Mack with his new light stick.
The Wiggles arrive in the Big Red Car!! The crowd goes crazy!!