Wednesday, May 31, 2006


I have been thinking quite a bit about independence lately. Each day I watch Laura grow in independence and the elderly people in my office deal with their shrinking independence. I am starting to understand the importance of independence in one's self worth. I am so grateful that I have family and friends to support me through my times of low independence.

Laura's current independent activity is making a cheese quesadilla 100% by herself. She adores being able to get everything out of the fridge, make the quesadilla and work the microwave. A darling note: she always remembers to count down the 9 seconds that it takes to heat up the quesadilla.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

X-Men 3

Thanks to Melinda's connections, we got to go see X-Men 3 in a private theater at Thanksgiving Point. The other X-Men movies did a great job at delivering good mindless fun, and the third installment is no exception.

The movie was a little on the short side (only 1 hr. 44 min.), but any longer would have been unnecessary and would have detracted from the quick pace and special effects that made the movie so fun to watch. As with any comic book turned movie, the writers and directors took liberties with the storyline and some of the mutant's powers but created a very enjoyable story that was fun to watch.

Melinda heard on the radio that this was going to be the last X-Men movie, but I hope not. I think the X-Men franchise could be just a like the Bond franchise and they could make movie after movie if they wanted to.

I'd give it a B+ and recommend you go see it if you're looking for some good mindless entertainment.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Laura Trends

Naturally, we think Laura is the coolest kid ever. She has recently taken to staying in the car once we have pulled in the garage. She gets unbuckled and the door opened and watches TV or rearranges all the vents and mirrors. It's always an adventure to get in to drive once Laura has spent some time rearranging.

We also have been doing a lot of preparation for our trip to Disney World. Laura has been preparing by hosting regular tea parties for us. We dine on chocolate or root beer tea and miscellaneous treats ranging from combs to pliers and even trucks. The table is always perfectly arranged for us when we arrive for our "SURPRISE". She will tell us when we spill and clean us up afterwards. She also makes sure we say "cheers" before each sip we take. She is an exceptional hostess.

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