Thursday, April 30, 2009

HB1603 IN Service Dog Bill is on the Gov's desk to become Law!!! :D

I wanted to give the final update that the House has concurred and approved the Senate Amendments on HB1603! This means it is officially on the Governor's desk to sign into law and is now an Enrolled act! :D

Here are the actions from the last few days!

04/27/2009 H House concurred in Senate amendments; Roll Call 523: Yeas 89, Nays 0
04/28/2009 H Signed by the Speaker
04/29/2009 S Signed by the President Pro Tempore

Here is the link to the enrolled act itself:

Thank you EVERYONE for your help, emails, phone calls, and just support in general on moving this bill through Indiana legislation! :D

Please share the good news and since we have requested a signing ceremony, will update when we know that is. :)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

New look...

I've been growing my hair out for a good while, nearly three years and while I love it being long, my hair just will not hold curls in it. So I'd been toying with the idea of getting a perm for a little while. Well then the opportunity presented itself in that the Moms to Moms group had a Moms night out at the E.M. Salon. Anything that we booked for future appointments on that night was 50% off, so I took the dive and scheduled myself for a perm, a full manicure, and pedicure.

I was really worried about the perm, as every perm I've ever gotten, I've seriously looked like Weird Al Yankovich for 3-4 weeks after getting the perm. I explained this and Kara, my stylist re-assured me that with the right haircut I would not look like Weird Al. So I turned over control and took the plunge. Not to say I didn't cringe as she cut and cut and as I watched the many clumps of hair fall to the floor as she used the thinning shears.

However, while it is a lot shorter than I was expecting, I will say I've been very happy with the perm and it's look. I've gotten lots of compliments on it and it's been pretty easy to take care of, just spraying it with water to wet it down and combing through it.

Here's a picture from the night of having the perm done, a really bad one at that though.

Kacie looking in the mirror and head shot only.

The manicure and pedicure were awesome as well and the pedicure much needed for the calluses I have. Hopefully this fall I'll be able to have the surgery needed for my feet, when I can fully commit t staying off of my feet for approximately 6 weeks at a time!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Easter- He is Risen! & Katie is growing up, she knows the scoop on the Easter Bunny, Santa, and the Tooth Fairy...

In years past I've done the full Easter baskets and such, however as our relationships with the church and God continues to grow, I continue to have this conflicting battle going on within me about doing the whole Easter Bunny thing with the kids, when Easter is about Jesus rising from the grave and saving all of us for eternity.

It's hard enough with Santa, however I can still reason that the concept behind Santa is the giving of love and heartfelt gifts to the children, just as Jesus gave his life to all of us, his children. But the whole Easter Bunny thing, isn't setting so well with me anymore. So instead of loading up baskets, I picked up a few things from Walmart to give to the kids, A Disney princess pillow & blanket combo for each of the girls and two Disney princess pop up hampers. For Alex I'd picked up a microfiber Incredible Hulk blanket and a white bunny rabbit that I had in my Easter box stash. I then had bottles of bubbles and a container of sidewalk chalk for each of them.

I wasn't really able to give a reason for all of this, but not wanting to leave the kids out when we've done the Easter Bunny in past years and they had been talking about it all week. However we did talk as a family for the morning about why Easter was so important to our family and the significance of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. I had also taken Alex's Angel he'd made at preschool the prior day and set it up in the midst of everything and we talked about the reason behind Easter and what the importance of it was, not the gifts that people receive.

As the kids were going over thier goodies, Katie flat out asks me, "Are you and Daddy the Easter Bunny?" I looked at her and since she has been sitting on the fence since before Christmas with the whole Santa concept, I wasn't going to flat out lie to her since she'd directly asked me. She hadn't directly asked before, but since she's been onto the concept for a while, I went ahead and simply said to her, "shh, not right now." She said ok, we can talk about it when Meaghan and Alex aren't around, as they had ran into the other room engrossed in what the Easter Bunny had brought them.

Alex and Meaghan take off to play with thier new chalk and I answer Katie truthfully, that we are indeed the Easter Bunny. She quickly asks if we were also Santa and the Tooth Fairy as well. I answer her truthfully on those as well and then follow up that while she understood who these people really were, that I asked that she didnt share this discovery with Meaghan and Alex yet, to let them enjoy a few more years of believing in these things for now. Katie happily agreed and all was good.

The goodies:

For the afternoon, we walked over to Dad and Sue's for a brunch, an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, and general fellowship.

Mike & the kids walking ahead of Rei and I down the sidewalk to Dad's house:

After we arrived, the kids and I made this really yummy Monkey bread that Sue had the recipe for. You cut up bisquits and roll the quarters into bals, and then roll them in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and place it in the bundt pan to pour a butter, sugar, cinnamon mixture over the top and bake it for a while.

AFter completeing this, the kids were ready to head outside, but we wanted to keep them clean in thier easter dresses, until at least until the rest of the family arrived.

Katie in a spring dress blowing a bubble.

Alex dressed in his vest, shirt, and dress slacks and dipping the wand to blow some bubbles.

A close up of Meaghan looking over her bubble wand

After everyne got there, we changed the kids into thier play clothes while the adults hid the easter eggs for the kids. Each had a separate area to hunt for eggs in.

Katie kneeling down under the bench to pick up egs and put in her grocery bag.

Alex bent over picking up a hidden egg n the stones.

Meaghan bent over picking up an egg out of a flower pot.

Katie and Great Grandmother looking for eggs in the ground cover together.

Rei relaxing in the grass with the sunshine glowing off her coat.

Once all of the eggs were found, the kids gathered at the bench and were comparing and sharing each other's bags checking out what they got!

All three kids hovering together in a circle aroudn the end of the bench, bent over thier bags and peering in to see what they got.

Once all the eggs were found, everyone went inside for the kids to sit at thier kiddy card table and open up thier eggs for what they got. Grandpa helped Alex with his eggs as Daddy collected the plastic eggs to be recycled for next year. :)

After all the fun, egg hunt, and just spending time together, it was time to say our goodbyes and head home.

Meaghan starts Gymnastics!

Meaghan has made it real clear that she didn't want to play soccer anymore, but that she wanted to try gymnastics. So we agreed to find her a place to go and with talking to a good handful of parents, we were pointed to the same place by most.

Meaghan started on spring break week while Katie was in Washington DC with Grandma and Grandpa. We were curious to see how she did since they had all of the equipment you see in gymnastics and given Meaghan's fear of heights that has been subsiding, but still present.

The first night, they did a lot of stretching on the floor and some skips and such, and then they did some stuff on the uneven bars. I just know that Meaghan came out of there grinning from ear to ear, having had a BLAST!

Here is a video of Meaghan starting out on the parallel bars working to do a spin around the bar, then moving to the other bar and kicking her feet up to the bar, then moving to the uneven bars and trying to kick both feet up to the bar and back down.

Then here is a video of Meaghan doing a complete round of exercieses, starting off with a head stand against the wall, a backwards somersault, a frontwards somersault, and then a cartwheel.

Here is a short video of Meaghan hopping around in excitement and happiness, babbling of how she had such a good time. :)

We came on home and there was an awesome sunset that night which I was able to get some really cool pictures of over the houses and treeline across from us to the west.

The colorful hues of orange and yellow against the shadows of night were astonishingly amazing and I stood there in awe and God's wonderous pictures across the sky.

Then the next week, Meaghan's gymnastics class did work on the beams, working on a very low beam and on the tall beam as well. For us, this was going to be a true test of how well the instructor worked with kids, because were it Mike or I, we would not be able to get her to walk across a high beam.

Here is a picture with her arms out for balance and walking across the low beam.

And guess what she does on the High Beam! She walks half way across it, turns around and walks the rest of the way backwards! I am soooo proud of her!

The following week they get to play on the trampoline! Man I wonder if she had a sore butt after all that bouncing on her behind!

Then this week they worked on floor activties. They started with a head stand against the wall, a somersault down a wedge, then a cartwheel, then running and jumping on a vault pad to the floor, hopping over a set of small hurdles, and then running and jumping on a vault pad to a large pad that is higher than the vault pad. Goodness, no wonder Meaghan is sleeping so good on Monday nights now! LOL!

So keep in tune and we'll update with the fun next Monday from Meaghan's Gymnastics class!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Support Rhonda Story and the "Story of Hope" MS walk team!!!

Rhonda is an awesome friend of mine that also went through the Great Banquet with me. She's an AMAZING woman and a sister in Christ too. I hope you will read on and if you are in the area, please stop and support ths good cause! If you are unable to support it in person, please show your support in a donation to the team through the link below. :)

On Friday, April 17, the Avon Chick-Fil-A is donating 20% of purchases to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society MS Walk Team "Story of Hope". Enjoy some waffle fries while supporting the National MS Walk!

Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser
for the National MS Society
Friday, April 17
10791 E. US Highway 36
Avon, IN317-271-7770

Note: In order for your purchase to count towards the MS Society, you must print out the event flyer and present it to the cashier. Download the flyer here:

If clicking the link does not work, copy and paste the link into your browser's address bar.

For more information about the National MS Society, visit

For more information about Team Story of Hope, and to track their fundraising efforts, visit

Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The IN Service Dog bill, HB1603 has passed the Senate 48-0 and as it sounds, it is good to go!

Here is the current reading of the bill and we are estatic!!!!

At this point it has been returned to the House of Representatives floor for a final vote to approve the changes the Senate made, but should not be a problem whatsoever.

Once through that it will go to the Governor to sign into Law!!!! We've requested a signing ceremony, so I can't wait! :D

Kacie Weldy & Rei