Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Two of the kiddos floating around in the "beach" end of the pool.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Of the typographical errors in the Constitution, the misspelling of the word “Pensylvania” above the signers’ names is probably the most glaring.
Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution. He was in France during the Convention, where he served as the U.S. minister. John Adams was serving as the U.S. minister to Great Britain during the Constitutional Convention and did not attend either.
The oldest person to sign the Constitution was Benjamin Franklin (81). The youngest was Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey (26).
The Constitution does not set forth requirements for the right to vote. As a result, at the outset of the Union, only male property-owners could vote. African Americans were not considered citizens, and women were excluded from the electoral process. Native Americans were not given the right to vote until 1924.
The word “democracy” does not appear once in the Constitution.
James Madison, “the father of the Constitution,” was the first to arrive in Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention. He arrived in February, three months before the convention began, bearing the blueprint for the new Constitution.
When the Constitution was signed, the United States’ population was 4 million. It is now more than 300 million. Philadelphia was the nation’s largest city, with 40,000 inhabitants.
It took one hundred days to actually “frame” the Constitution.
There was initially a question as to how to address the President. The Senate proposed that he be addressed as “His Highness the President of the United States of America and Protector of their Liberties.” Both the House of Representatives and the Senate compromised on the use of “President of the United States.”
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The Orange team played the Gray team last night. I didn't get to watch the game, I had Cub Scout duty, so I don't really have any highlights to report except for this one.....
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Last Thursday was my birthday and blogoversary. The day started with a trip to one of my favorite stores (Kohl's) to do some birthday shopping. There were so many great clearance racks that it was almost overwhelming. I found a dress, a top, and two pairs of shorts. I was looking for a few new things to take on the cruise that we will be going on at the end of the month.
Before we headed home to pick the kids up from school, Chris took me to my favorite furniture store for another birthday present. I now have a new kitchen table... and a project to finish. The table came from a store that sells solid-wood unfinished furniture. I have been working on the table all weekend, it is almost finished.
After the kids came home, we went out for dinner. We decided to go someplace that we had not been. We went to a restaurant in Kissimmee called J.R.'s Brew house. It was a bit of a drive to get there, but it was worth it. The food was good, they had a huge selection, and the atmosphere was comfortable and family friendly. Yes, it is called "brew house," but that is because they brew their own beers and root beer. We had the root beer and it was really good.
Friday was a school day for the kids. This was the end of their second week of school. By the time we walked home on Friday, we were ready to unwind and have some fun.
After dinner the kids went out to play with the neighborhood kids. The next thing I know there is a knock at my back door. It was my neighbor asking if it was OK for the girls to take a ride on one of their four-wheelers? This I had to see.
When I got outside Caitlyn was already taking her first ride down the sidewalk. My neighbor kindly let me know that the control was set on the four-wheeler so that it could not be driven very fast. Thank goodness! The driver is only NINE! Caitlyn had a great time, and I'm sure would love to go again.
Next it was Caley's turn. I love that she was riding the four-wheeler in a sundress and flip~flops. She is such a Florida girl.
Saturday we hung around the house until it was time to go to CJ's first baseball practice. It is going to be a very interesting fall Little League season. CJ is one of the most experienced players on the team. To make things even more interesting, it looks like he is going to get his dream come true. He is going to get to pitch this season. He has wanted to pitch since last fall. He has practiced all spring and summer, and now he will get his chance. I am not sure I will be able to watch. I will not have any fingernails left, that is for sure!!!
On Sunday we hung around the house again. I had a table to sand, stain, and finish, after all. It was a really hot day, so the girls were looking for a way to cool off. After much begging, I finally gave in and told them they could get some buckets and bins out in the backyard and play in the hose. After a few minutes, I looked outside and saw this...
At least they were having fun! They played out there together for about two hours. The hose really did the trick
Now it is time to start another busy week. It was nice to have the kids home for a long weekend. I am so glad that we took the whole weekend to just hang out at home and get a few projects done. I will miss them while they are at school this week, but it will be nice to have a quiet house tomorrow too.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
As the mom of twins, I am always intrigued by the stories and experiences of other MOM's (Mother's of Multiples). Each and everyone of us have stories that will make your head spin.
This week the featured blogger over at Multiples and More is Heather. She is the mom of six kids, under the age of 6. Yes, that is right, her first two were individual births and her last four are two sets of identical twins. Wow! She has an incredible story and a great blog. To learn more about her and read her story go to It's Twinsanity! or Multiples and More.