Friday, April 30, 2004

NEW WORDS FOR 2004 - Essential additions for the workplace vocabulary:

I didn't put in the comments but I left them because some are on point, some aren't and some are just funny.

  • BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.
  • SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves. (Hmmm sounds familiar)
  • ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.
  • SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end....(LOSER)
  • CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles. (thats everywhere here)
  • PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on. (now thats funny but true)
  • MOUSE POTATO: The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.(I am not wired thank you very much)
  • SITCOMs: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids. (Who can do this ???)
  • STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiney. (thats what I am saying!!!)
  • SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because the magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use. (ummm thats happened to me)
  • XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.( whatever)
  • IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The O.J. trials were a prime example. (ok)
  • PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again. (that would never happen here)
  • ADMINISPHERE: The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve. (AMEN)
  • 404: Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested document could not be located. (You people know who you are!!)
  • GENERICA: Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, subdivisions... (Once again AMEN to that)
  • OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake. (I know we have all been there)
  • WOOFYS: Well Off Older Folks.
  • CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously farting while passing thru a cube farm, then enjoying the sounds of dismay and disgust. (I love to do this)

Thursday, April 29, 2004

What Kind of Sense Does This Make?

This session just reeks of shadiness. Shadiness always bears watching and considering I already thought the President was shady with Iraq this just puts it higher up on the list to keep watch. What is the point of not having a session if:

There will be no recording of the session, and there will not be a stenographer in the room.

It feels tainted. Like there is something to hide. Last I checked the President worked for the people. Therefore the people should know what is going on or at least have access to find out what is going on. I don't want to read someone's chicken scratch notes or someone else's interpretation of said chicken scratch notes.

Bush, Cheney Face 9/11 Panel, Thursday

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are scheduled to sit down with the 9/11 commission in the Oval Office Thursday morning, answering questions about a terrorist attack that has defined the Bush presidency.

White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and two members of his staff plan to join Bush and Cheney for a session that has no firm timetable, but that senior White House officials expect to run about two hours.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Wednesday Wackiness

These made me smile. Enjoy!

The following came from an anonymous Mother in Austin, Texas:

Things I've learned from my Children (honest & no kidding):
  1. A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq. ft. house 4 inches deep.
  2. If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.
  3. A 3 year old's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.
  4. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20x20 ft. room.
  5. You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times beforeyou get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.
  6. The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn't stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.
  7. When you hear the toilet flush and the words "uh oh," it's already too late.
  8. Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.
  9. A 6 year old can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36 year old man says they can only do it in the movies.
  10. Certain Lego's will pass through the digestive tract of a 4-year old.
  11. Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.
  12. Super glue is forever.
  13. No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.
  14. Pool filters do not like Jell-O.
  15. VCR's do not eject PB&J sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.
  16. Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.
  17. Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.
  18. You probably do not want to know what that odor is.
  19. Always look in the oven before you turn it on. Plastic toys do not like ovens.
  20. The fire department in Austin, TX has a 5-minute response time.
  21. The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.
  22. It will, however, make cats dizzy.
  23. Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.
  24. The mind of a 6 year old is ! wonderful.
  25. 60% of men who read this will try mixing the Clorox and brake fluid.

First grade...true story: One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs to her class. She came to the part of the story where the first pig was trying to accumulate the building materials for his home. She read," ...And so the pig went up to the man with the wheelbarrow full of straw and said, "Pardon me sir, but may! I have some of that straw to build my house?'" The teacher paused then asked the class, "And what do you think that man said?" One little boy raised his hand and said, "I think he said...'Holy shit! A talking pig!" The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Getting Older

Munchkin has requested that MD and I not get older. She was very upset by the prospect that us getting older means that we will die. While none of us knows when our time will come, she has attended enough funerals in her time (3 at last count) to know that when you get old enough you will die. We aren't quite sure how to comfort her with this subject. Death is inevitable and final.

Last month she asked MD when her GG (great-grandmother) was coming back. MD had to remind her that GG died and was never coming back. Munchkin cried buckets of tears. My heart hurts because the one thing I want to protect her from I don't have the power to.

Just a Reminder

This should be a national holiday. Ben & Jerry's will be sponsoring Free Cone Day on April 27. If you go at lunchtime and on the way home you get ice cream for FREE twice in one day. cream....

Monday, April 26, 2004

Unconscious Mutterings
  1. Elastic:: Waistband
  2. Intervention:: Helping your Friends
  3. Risk:: Strategy Game
  4. Junk food:: Pork Rinds
  5. Arrogance:: Cocky
  6. Responsibility:: Adulthood
  7. X:: Malcolm
  8. Marshall:: Fields
  9. Kill:: Bill
  10. Brother::I am his keeper

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Answers to cee's questions...
(Please note that you were only supposed to ask me 3 questions but since you asked first I'll answer all 5).

  1. Have you ever been in love?
    Yes. As a matter of fact I am in love right at this very instant.
  2. Do you think it's possible to be in love with more than one the same time?
    I think it's possible to love more than one person at a time but I think that being "in love" is a commitment of the heart and if you are committing your heart to more than one person that leads to confusion so - no, it's not possible to be "in love" with more than one person at once.
  3. If you could redo one thing in your life, what would it be?
    I think I would have traveled more once I finished college.
  4. What's your favorite food?
    Cheese and macaroni. In that order. I love cheese and I love cheese and macaroni. OK I want some right now.
  5. Who's your favorite musician?
    Back in the day the question was who did you love more Prince or Michael Jackson. I loved Prince. I still do but I think Minnie Ripperton is really my favorite. She's the original songbird.

Friday, April 23, 2004

How Cool Is This?

I saw this at Shasta's place and decided to give it a whirl. It's a nice twist on the getting to know you thing.

  1. You can ask me three questions (only three!). Anything goes.

  2. I'll answer the questions as best I can and as honestly as I can.

  3. Be careful what you ask for.

  4. After you've asked your questions, go back to your blog and have people ask you questions. ("Officially, I'm only supposed to answer five sets of questions, if no one asks anything, I'll be a little embarrased.)

  5. Don't forget to trackback. (Frankly I don't know how to do this so if you don't either, don't worry about it.) :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Heaven on Earth

Twice in one week...more free ice cream. Baskin Robbins is also offering a free scoop of ice cream next week. On April 28, venture down to your local store to get you some FREE ice cream. cream...pralines and cream....


This should be a national holiday. Ben & Jerry's will be sponsoring Free Cone Day on April 27. If you go at lunchtime and on the way home you get ice cream for FREE twice in one day. cream....

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

I Couldn't Resist...

/edit/I'm disappointed that you can't see the picture with this quiz because that's the main reason I posted the results./edit/

I saw the following quiz and couldn't resist taking it. Look at these results!

Barbie Got Back
Barbie Got Back! Go you! You're the closest thing
ever to a true black Barbie. Shake that fat
ass of yours.

If You Were A Barbie, Which Messed Up Version Would You Be?
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The Weather Outside is Frightful!

Today was a delightful day in Chicagoland. Being a native Illinoisian (is that spelled correctly?), I am not surprised in the least by the weather. As a matter of fact I was wondering when it would get here. What is April without a tornado or two, let alone thunderstorms and rain? My only concern in the morning is getting Munchkin and Squirm from the buidling to the car and the car to their respective schools. I just hope anyone who gets caught out in the storm makes it home safely.

Monday, April 19, 2004

Weekend Wrap-Up

I haven't done a weekend wrap-up in so long because I haven't been doing much on the weekends to blog about. This weekend, however, was different. I actually had a life and I didn't know what to do with myself.

I had a happy hour to attend with my team. Our bosses rented a room at P.J. Clarke's and it was nice. Sometimes you really don't appreciate the need to get away and see your team members as people with lives until you socialize outside the office. I was only able to stay about an hour because I promised Munchkin that I would take her to church for family night. We were late but got to see a good portion of "Brother Bear". We went home and crashed.

I slept until I woke up and it was about 2 in the afternoon!!! I certainly wasn't aware that I was as sleep deprived as I was. Luckily MD got up with the girls and made them breakfast and pretty much let me sleep. I'm lucky he's so good with them. He is the best hands-on dad. Especially since he had never changed a diaper until we had Munchkin and then he got a crash course in baby care.

I took a long shower - by myself. This is a treat because usually on Saturdays, Squirm is in the shower with me. She loves it. She's a water monkey just like her sister. I even got to wash my hair. The best part was that it was uninterrupted because MD, Munchkin and Squirm were all taking a nap. The cat didn't even peak in.

I got us ready for church the next day because I had a dinner party to attend that night. Munchkin got her hair combed and her dress laid out and Squirm got a bath. She got to take a shower by herself too. Then I was off to a dinner party hosted by Ursula. It was wonderful. I got to meet new people. Specifically, Lauriean, Aaron, Keidra, Bink and Carlos. Actually I already knew Carlos so it wasn't a new encounter but I hadn't seen him in ages so I did miss him a bit. The food was good, the company was good and it was nice to meet new people. I'm sure we'll have another gathering soon and I'm looking forward to it.

Sunday is church day and this one was no different. I hadn't made it to church on Saturday to set up for communion so I made sure I got there early enough to do it. After service I participated in fellowship and then got ready for the choir concert that afternoon. I made sure to get out and take a walk to the neighborhood store so I could say that I was able to enjoy the weather.

The choir concert rocked! (literally and figuratively) We were awesome. I can say this honestly because I asked various people their opinions and was told on numerous occasions that we sounded good. It felt good coming out too.

After church my grandmother fell. Mind you this woman is 82 years old and walks with a cane. She doesn't need to fall down anywhere. She had the misfortune to fall on the ground and hit her head. She blacked out for about 10 seconds. Emergency services were called and she was taken to the hospital where I spent then next few hours with my family waiting for her to be admitted. Needless to say I didn't make it home until very late. Luckily she is doing well - although bruised - and she should be going home soon.

I'm exhausted. Nuff said.
Unconscious Mutterings
  1. Virginia:: Wolff
  2. Soft:: and Wet
  3. Carol:: Channing
  4. Vanity:: Fair
  5. Feminist:: Steinam
  6. Alias:: Nickname
  7. Coward:: Lion
  8. Beer:: Goggles
  9. Chance:: Dollar
  10. Honest::Abe

Thursday, April 15, 2004

A Little Tax Time Laugh

An old Pastor was dying. He sent a message for his IRS agent and his Lawyer to come to his home. When they arrived, they were ushered up to his bedroom. As they entered the room, the Pastor held out his hands and motioned for them to sit on each side of the bed. The Pastor grasped their hands, sighed contentedly, smiled and stared at the ceiling. For a time, no one said anything. Both the IRS agent and Lawyer were touched and flattered that the old Pastor would ask them to be with him during his final moment. They were also puzzled because he had never given any indication that he particularly liked either one of them.

Finally, the Lawyer asked, "Pastor, why did you ask the two of us to come?" The old Minister mustered up some strength, then said weakly, "Jesus died between two thieves, and that's how I want to go, too."

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

How Is This Right?

I finally renewed my license plate sticker. It expired in December and it was out of sight, out of mind since I was on maternity leave and didn't drive regularly for the next 3 months. So anyway, I finally got it done and it was stolen 2 days later. Before you ask, yes I cut the sticker. The fool who did it scraped the new sticker and the two old ones under it right off. I mean they scraped it to the license plate. But that isn't the best part of the story. Oh no! I called the Secretary of State's office to see about replacing it and it costs me $6 to do it. Some fool robs me and I have to pay for it. I feel like Florida Evans "Damn! Damn! Damn!"

Monday, April 12, 2004


This was sent to me by my cousin. It made my Monday that much nicer, definitely funnier.

Classes Tonight - Please Sign Up

Classes for men at our local Learning Center for Adults - Sign-up by April 30th
NOTE: Due to the complexity and difficulty level of their content, each course will accept a maximum of 8 participants.

HOW TO FILL UP THE ICE CUBE TRAYS. Step by step, with slide presentation.











HOW TO BE THE IDEAL SHOPPING COMPANION. Relaxation, exercises, meditation and breathing techniques.


CAR KEYS AND OTHER ITEMS: Practice on developing skills of putting things back where they belong so that they can be easily found.

Upon completion of the course, diplomas will be issued to any survivors.
Unconscious Mutterings
  1. Boxing:: Violent
  2. Lewis:: Rae
  3. Bodyguard::Whitney Houston
  4. Burnout:: Teen Clique
  5. Cruising:: Parking
  6. Easter:: Finery
  7. AA:: 12 Steps
  8. Research:: Paper
  9. Redemption:: Forgiveness
  10. Snickers:: Peanuts

Thursday, April 08, 2004

3 months and 7 days but who's counting

Babycenter update on Squirm for 3 months, 2 weeks. We are always in her face so I wonder if she could talk would she say "get the funk out of my face". But it's so cute to hear her talk and gurgle and LAUGH that I can't resist.

Who's the cutest baby in the world? If you put a mirror in front of your little one this week, you'll know she thinks she's number one by her big smile and happy gurgling. Most 3-month-olds love to look at themselves — and their parents and siblings. Babies are drawn to faces more than any other image until 6 months.

I am what I am...

Thanks to Noded, I found out that:


If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!

How grammatically sound are you?
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Who knew?

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Fannie May brand revived by Alpine purchase

One word...WOOHOO!!!

Alpine will add Fannie May to its brand lineup after the company submitted the winning bid for it in a bankruptcy court auction for Archibald Candy's Fannie Mae brand. Alpine, which already makes candy under the brand names Mrs. Field's, Botticelli, Dolce D'Or and Hallmark, plans to restart the defunct Fannie May factory in Chicago and reopen between 30 and 40 Fannie May retail stories in the Chicago area. For more details, click here.

Monday, April 05, 2004

My Love Personality

Thanks to Khandi, I found out that my relationship type is The Peach. What's yours?
Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Condemn:: Forgive
  2. Promiscuous:: Easy
  3. Pro-life:: Pro-choice
  4. Mona Lisa:: Smiles
  5. Crown:: Thomas
  6. Mumble:: What?
  7. Hack:: CBS
  8. Diet:: Cheat
  9. Introduction::Hello
  10. Latin America:: Hot

Mother Reclassification

I got this and thought it was great. Enjoy!
A woman named Emily renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk's office was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself. "What I mean is," explained the recorder, "do you have a job, or are you just a .?"

"Of course I have a job," snapped Emily. "I'm a mother."

"We don't list 'mother' as an occupation... 'housewife' covers it, "said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like, "Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar."

"What is your occupation?" she probed. What made me say it, I do not know... The words simply popped out. "I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations."

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair, and looked up as though she had not heard right. I repeated the title slowly, emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

"Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest, "just what you do in your field?"

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, "I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn't), in the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out). I'm working for my Masters, (the whole darned family), and already have four credits, (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it)." There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door. As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career,I was greeted by my lab assistants, ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby), in the child-development program, testing out a new vocal pattern. I felt triumphant! I had scored a beat on bureaucracy! And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another mother."

Motherhood.....What a glorious career! Especially when there's a title on the door. Does this make grandmothers "Senior Research Associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations" and great grandmothers "Executive Senior Research Associates?" I think so!!! I also think it makes Aunts "Associate Research Assistants".

Friday, April 02, 2004

First Day of School

This is my first week back at work. So far, so good. I was a little anxious because I'm part a new team than I was on before so I'll be working on the same account but doing a little bit different work. Also my supervisor moved to a new account before I left on maternity leave and now I have a new one. New, new, new all around which leads to a little apprehension when you don't know what to expect. I worried for nothing.

With the advent of me going back to work, that means Munchkin returns to school and Squirm starts daycare. The cost alone is staggering, and MD and I are wondering what to do to save money. MD actually considering selling his car (which he loves) to save money. I don't say it often but I love that man. I suggested that refinancing might be a better option so he is looking into it. The best option would be to get cheaper daycare for Squirm but she is being watched by the same people that watched Munchkin when she was a toddler and the peace of mind doesn't seem to have a price tag.

Munchkin loves her new school. She already has homework. It's due next week. Her school also offers Spanish and dance classes so she will be joining those as well. I'm much happier already. We'll see how it pans out. The ladies at Squirm's daycare love her. She gets spoiled on a daily basis and couldn't be happier. I'm not really pumping now so she is on formula when she is away from me and let me tell you that the poop in her diapers looks like it comes from another planet. Overall we are all pretty happy - broke - but happy.

Babycenter gives the following update on Squirm for 3 months, First Week. She has been able to lift her head when placed on her stomach since birth. I'm curious if she'll do push ups. She had old lady arms so they could use a little toning. Actually she's pretty plump all over. Momma's milk is doing it's job. Hooray for thunder thighs on baby legs!

Your baby may be strong enough now to do mini-pushups, lifting his head and chest off the ground for a better view. To encourage him, try placing him on his stomach on a play mat for short periods of time every day. You'll be surprised at how quickly he learns to raise his upper body to see what's going on around him.

Only In America...

I received the following email from a friend. While I don't agree with every single thing said, I do understand the sentiment. Please visit Urban Legends Reference Pages to get the full story on this story.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma School officials remove "God Bless America" signs from schools in fear that someone might be offended.

Channel 12 News in Long Island, New York, orders flags removed from the newsroom and red, white, and blue ribbons removed from the lapels of reporters. Why? Management did not want to appear biased and felt that our nations flag might give the appearance that "they lean one way or another"

Berkeley, California bans US Flags from being displayed on city fire trucks because they didn't want to offend anyone in the community.

In an "act of tolerance," the head of the public library at Florida Gulf Coast University ordered all "Proud to be an American" signs removed so as to not offend international students.

I, for one, am quite disturbed by these actions of so-called American citizens; and I am tired of this nation worrying about whether or not we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled in New York and Washington D.C. when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.

I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. In fact, our country's population is almost entirely composed of descendants of immigrants; however, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some native Americans, need to understand.

First of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try not to offend you in any way. This idea of America being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This culture, called the "American Way" has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as Bunker Hill, Antietam, San Juan, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, for our way of life.

We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society ? learn our language!

"In God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some off-the-wall, Christian, Right Wing, political slogan ? it is our national motto. It is engraved in stone in the House of Representatives in our Capitol and it is printed on our currency. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation; and this is clearly documented throughout our history. If it is appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the halls of our highest level of Government, then it is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools.

God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every patriotic song, and in our founding documents. We honor His birth, death, and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to Him in prayer in times of crisis. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture and we are proud to have Him.

We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably defended our freedoms. We celebrate Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. We have parades, picnics, and barbecues where we proudly wave our flag. As an American, I have the right to wave my flag, sing my national anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge whenever and wherever I choose. If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet.

The American culture is our way of life, our heritage, and we are proud of it. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. We are Americans, like it or not, this is our country, our land, and our lifestyle.

Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion about our government, culture, or society, and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great American freedom, the right to leave.

If you agree, pass this onto other Americans!!

It is time to take a stand!!


Thursday, April 01, 2004

I Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself

"Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart."
--Martin Luther King Jr.

This is what having children is all about. Sometimes it's hard and filled with challenges but nothing beats 5 year old arms wrapping themselves around your neck and telling you that they love you in their heart.