Saturday, December 1, 2007
[Collected via e-mail, October 2007]
There will be a new Children's movie out in December called THE GOLDEN COMPASS. It is written by Phillip Pullman, a proud athiest who belongs to secular humanist societies. He hates
[Collected via e-mail, October 2007]
I don't just generally dismiss a movie or book just because someone 'says' it's meant to be something else...but this is worth knowing if you plan to see it (or plan to take your kids).
"Hi! I just wanted to inform you what I just learned about a movie that is coming out
He's an atheist and his objective is to bash Christianity and promote atheism. I heard that he has made remarks that he wants to kill God in the minds of children, and that's what his books are all about. He despises
They are hoping that unsuspecting parents will take their children to See the movie, that they will enjoy the movie and then the children will want the books for Christmas. That's the hook. Pullman says he wants the children to read the books and decide against God and the kingdom of heaven.
If you decide that you do not want to support something like this, I suggest that you boycott the movie and the books. I googled a synopsis of THE GOLDEN COMPASS. As I skimmed it, I couldn't believe that in a children's book part of the story is about castration and female circumcision.
Origins: The Golden Compass, a fantasy film starring Nicole Kidman that is scheduled to be released into theaters on
Books of the trilogy have sold more than
The series' author, Philip Pullman (who has described himself as both an agnostic and an atheist), has averred that "I don't profess any religion; I don't think it's possible that there is a God; I have the greatest difficulty in understanding what is meant by the words 'spiritual' or 'spirituality.'" Critics of Pullman's books point to the strong anti-religion and anti-God themes they incorporate, and although literary works are subject to a variety of interpretations, Pullman left little doubt about his books' intended meanings when he said in a 2003 interview that "My books are about killing God" and in a 2001 interview that he was "trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief." (In 2002 conservative British columnist Peter Hitchens labeled Pullman "The Most Dangerous Author in Britain" and described him as the writer "the atheists would have been praying for, if atheists prayed.")
Bill Donohue, president of The Catholic League, has condemned The Golden Compass as a "pernicious" effort to indoctrinate children into anti-Christian beliefs and has produced a
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
So I did a look alike meter on the kids and Joel and myself... here are the results. If I used different Pictures they were a bit different each time and the median I actually came up with the most often is that they are equally like both of us...
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I got this from a Blog written by a woman named Dawn: http://mom2my6pack.blogspot.com Just had to share
I recently read an article which stated that toddlers are smarter than chimpanzees. The article went on to cite studies that claim the social learning skills of a two year old child are superior to those of an ape. The person who conducted these studies has obviously never met my children.
Let's talk a little about these five social skills that a toddler could be expected to demonstrate.
1. Saying "Please" and "Thank you" - Your toddler should always remember the magic words - please and thank you. My children are actually pretty good with their Ps and Qs. "Please, please, please can I have a piece of candy?" "Pleeeeease can I just have one more glass of water, goodnight kiss, or story?" "Thank you for letting me bring twenty-two worms in the house." And finally, "Thank you for letting me wear my Batman mask to the grocery store."
Yes, they've covered the ground on please and thank you.
2. Introductions - When introduced to an adult, your toddler should be able to say, "Nice to meet you." My toddler hasn't quite gotten to that point yet. I usually hear something more like "Hello. You look like Santa Claus", or "Hello. Why is there hair coming out of your nose?", or my personal favorite, "Hi. Are you going to have a baby soon?" Yep, that's social finesse at its finest. Shaking hands during introductions or greetings is another opportunity to teach toddlers good manners. Greeters stand at the door as we walk into church, waiting to shake our hands. My toddler usually looks at his feet and tries to hide behind me. Sometimes he'll be in an outgoing mood and perfectly willing to shake the other adult's hand, but having seen him lick his palm, wipe at his nose and cough into his hand on the way into the building, I quickly usher him along before he can pass the grossness on to some unsuspecting person.
I think that covers introductions for toddlers.
3. Sharing - It's important to teach your toddler to share. My children do an exceptional job when it comes to sharing. They are happy to share blame. To the question, "Who broke the picture frame?" all six will reply, "They did it!" while simultaneously pointing to the sibling on their left. They're also wonderful at sharing germs, bacteria and viruses. If one gets sick, they make sure they share until all six of them get sick.
More generous, giving children, you'll never meet.
4. Table Manners - Right from the start, you must show your toddler how to behave at the dinner table. I never have to worry about my children's table manners in public. Honestly. We simply never go out to eat. At home, well, let's just say that not a meal goes by where we aren't graced by some charming bodily function followed by hilarious laughter. Generally, enough food to feed a small village winds up on the floor and the phrase, "This is yucky" is uttered at least twice a week.
Perhaps they could use a little work in this department.
5. Saying you're sorry - Teaching your toddler to own up to their mistakes and offer an apology when they've wronged someone is essential.
"I'm sorry I put my sister in the clothes dryer, I'm sorry I squished Play Doh in the couch cushions, and I'm sorry for using your expensive lipstick to color on the wall," are all good examples of this lesson.
Yep, I've heard them all.
The researchers of this study go on to state that children could understand nonverbal communication, understand the intentions of others, and imitate other's solutions to problems better than chimpanzees and orangutans. I'm inclined to agree with them.
1. …could understand nonverbal communication - They understand what that look means. You know, the'Wait Until we get Home Mister' look that we give our children when they're misbehaving.
2. …could understand the intentions of others - They understand perfectly what their older brother's intentions are. "Mom, I messed up Austin's room and now he's going to kill me!"
3. …could imitate other's solutions to problem solving - "Well, he hit me first, so I hit him back."
Actually I think it's a toss up on who has better social skills, a chimpanzee or a two year old. But I'm pretty sure a chimp has never flushed a Barbie doll down the toilet, painted a television with chocolate pudding, or given their little sister a haircut with a pair of kitchen shears. Of course, I don't know too many adults who walk around doing those things either, so I guess eventually, they can be taught the finer art of social graces and in the meantime, they sure provide us with plenty of fun.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
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Monday, August 6, 2007
My BP jumped from 106/68 last Thursday to 140/82 today. I also have been having near fainting spells too. The doc almost sent me to OB triage because she is rather concerned about this lovely history I have. But instead we set up a plan of attack.
I have to go in for Bi weekly NST's (Non stress test) and weekly AFI's (Amniotic Fluid index checks) I also have to take my BP 2-3 times a day to make sure we don't see even more of a rise. This is all nothing new for me since I had to do this for almost 5 weeks with Allie. I am also on restricted bedrest. Which means I can stll do a few things but for the most part belong in bed or on the couch. She did make it sound like there is a very good chance I could be having him next week though!!!
The Pluses: I lost one pound since Thursday, and I get to see little man on ultrasound tomorrow (double check those parts is a hope and a good face 3D as well)
So Please send some my way that all stays as is till Sat morning from there we are all set I just really want to see my brother get married and the girls be his flower girls... I also want little guy to be safe and healthy!!!
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The only prayer I have is that I have no signs of labor from August 6-10... any other times would be fine as we are 100% ready to meet this little man. Plus being at 36 weeks along I am at a great point.
I can not wait to post a picture of this little guy!!!
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
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Thursday, April 5, 2007
I can say I really have no extreme preference at this moment. I go back and forth so I'll be happy either way I do believe :)
Can not wait to share the big news and pics. I will post all of the pics on our homepage tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
As things happen with the baby and me I will update our family website... I probably won't post much here. So check out the family web page at : The Ross Family Website!!!!! (http://www.the-ross-family.com/)
Due date at this point is August 29th, 2007 but I will have a c-section sometime mid August!!!