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    changes coming

    Posted by K on March 23, 2009

    I think there may be some big changes coming up.  In the interest of building tension I won’t mention them quite yet 😉  I’ve been away from my little blog for a while now and have some catching up to do.

    In reading the news today, it’s all very depressing.  Too many young (and old) people are dying.  It makes you realize how short life is and how important it is to enjoy every moment.

    We haven’t decided whether or not we’re getting a student this year.  We’re still considering it, but we would very much like one from Spain, and that seems to be hard to find.  Today I was sent an email from our LC about getting a grant student that would be from the YES program.  I really like the sound of that, but need to discuss with hubby.  One of our reasons for hosting exchange students is to let American students meet someone from somewhere else and getting rid of the misconceptions and stereotypes.

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    OMG we are actually going on vacation!

    Posted by K on October 27, 2008

    I just booked a hotel and made reservations for a ghost tour for Halloween night! 😀  We are going to a very old, very haunted lovely city.  I honestly can’t remember the last time I took a vacation.  It has been a long time!  The good news is, gas is cheap(er) we filled up yesterday for $2.13 a gallon.  My hubby and I had made a deal that once gas got to $2.50 we would take a vacation.  We’ve saved up money just for the occassion.  It’s only a couple of days away, but we’re getting out of town (finally!)

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    Kimberly Williams – one of 100 Extraordinary Women

    Posted by K on October 6, 2008

    I’m very proud of Kim, who just happens to be my cousin, and especially proud of her for all her efforts.  Her story isn’t up yet on Nabisco’s 100 Extraordinary Women’s website yet, but it should be soon.  Congratulations!

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    Help others find their family and maybe find yours too!

    Posted by K on October 2, 2008

    I have worked on my family history/family tree since I was young(er).  I’ve been able to trace it back pretty far, even to the 1700s.  I’m kinda at a stuck point at the moment so in my time that I would normally be looking for more info, I’m transcribing records in hopes of coming across my family, and at the same time helping others find theirs.  I know how awful it is when you hit a roadblock and can’t find more information.  I’ve been running into this the most with my husband’s family who are from Cuba and Spain.  There just isn’t the resources out there.  So in the meantime, I help others.  You can too, go to the World Archives Project.  It is through Ancestry.com and while some may not like them because of how expensive they are, they really do have great resources and you can use them free at librarys or Family History centers, or at the Archives.  Here’s some of the highlights:

    As part of the Ancestry.com World Archives Project:

    • All indexes will remain free to the public on Ancestry.com.
    • Ancestry.com will donate copies of record indexes and images from the project to partnering government archives and genealogy societies.
    • Images and indexes from the project will be available for free to patrons at thousands of subscribing libraries across the U.S.
    • Ancestry.com will provide free advertising to partnering genealogy societies.

    And coming soon:

    • Active contributors will be able to vote on which records the project indexes next.
    • Active contributors will receive free access to original images in the project’s databases. Those who already subscribe to Ancestry.com will be eligible for a discount on renewal.)

    I like free stuff, and if you’re transcribing you get to see the original records, for free 🙂  Plus I like to think I may help someone find that long lost relative.

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    myspace

    Posted by K on September 10, 2008

    I thought myspace was dying, being taking over by others, like facebook etc.  One of my exchange student daughters loves facebook and it’s basically the only way I can find out what she’s getting into.  Email is so outdated you know.  Lately it seems myspace is getting busy.  My little inbox welcomes me with comments and messages alot more than it used to.  Granted, I don’t encourage it’s use, I only log onto it when I have an email saying someone sent me a message or comment.  I did decide to add a new photo today and actually put a background on it.  I don’t want to look html illeterate.  I actually know quite a bit, and have designed more websites than I can remember.  Plus the photo I had on there was from a couple years back when my hair was red and short.  So myspace is up to date, and I need to keep my blog up to date as well.  I am such the slacker sometimes, but when all I really do is work and sleep, there is nothing exciting to report.

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    Happy Birthday!

    Posted by K on August 15, 2008

    My husband and my littlest girl share the same birthday.  He says she is the best birthday present I’ve ever given him.  I love them both so much, they both bring me such happiness.  Happy Birthday!

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    First day of school!

    Posted by K on August 4, 2008

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    Our newest girl

    Posted by K on August 4, 2008

    It took us a little while to find her Saturday, she was held up at customs then had to make her way through our confusing airport!  She’s settling in well and getting used to our crazy family.  We went school shopping this weekend and hit up some famous spots around town.  I never realized how hard it was to find Vans shoes! (Her preferred brand)  We must’ve went to 20 stores!

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    not a weekend to look forward to

    Posted by K on July 25, 2008

    we will be cleaning this weekend.  It’s a major last effort before our 2 exchange students get here (one on the 2nd and one on the 6th).  Needless to say, I picked a bad time to get sick.  I feel tired, achey and generally like crap.  Coffee didn’t even help and it usually has me bouncing.  The house will be gorgeous though dammit!

    Oh and the damn cute fluffy bunny chewed through the wii power cord when she was out exploring.  John is threatening to make bunny soup.  Anyone know where I can get another one?

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    we now have children’s hospital in our gps

    Posted by K on July 14, 2008

    Well, we did get to test out the gps this weekend, but not in any way I would have wanted to.  First we used it to find a new quick way to our movie theater to watch Wall-E.  It was a really cute movie and both girls behaved great and watched the whole thing.  I’m always worried about taking them to the movie because they are both so young (5 and almost 2) so we went to a matinee, which usually doesn’t have many people.  Suprisingly there were quite a lot of people there, and also a lot without kids.  Last night at 9 pm our littlest (who will turn 2 next month, she’s growing so fast!) climbed up on the arm of the sofa and proceeded to fall off backwards head first onto the hardwood floor.  We called Children’s Healthcare who advised us to take her immediatly to the emergency room.  I would not even consider taking her to our local hospital so we jumped in the car and called my m.i.l. to get the address for Children’s Healthcare.  We plugged it into the gps and were there 25 minutes later.  It totally paid for itself with that trip. Oh and about our local hospital, even though it’s closer I could GUARENTEE we would have had to wait at least an hour to even be seen.  It is a horrible institution.  They made my little cousin (she’s 2) sit there for over two hours when her blood sugar was over 400.  She has since been diagnosed (at Children’s) with type 3 diabetees.  By the time she was taken by ambulance to Children’s her blood sugar was 790 and she was slipping into a coma.

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