Thursday, September 30, 2010

Its a beautiful day in the Neighborhood

What do all these have in common?

Tell me what you think!

~KY Jelly under car door handle
~Golf Balls in the Grill
~Newspaper covered windshield
~Zip tied steering wheel to door
~ 3 foot dinosaur on a porch multiple times
~Zip tied trash can to the fence
~Rubber banded sink sprayer
~Trash bags thrown over fences at midnight
~Golf balls in truck beds
~Golf balls on windshields
~Golf balls in planters
~Scarecrows in front windows

Did you figure it out?

If you guessed practical jokes then you guessed correctly. But all these practical jokes have happened on our street over the past few months. My husband is normally the instigator and often the perpetrator as well. But when he pulls something we are always expecting someone to "get us back". Thankfully, the neighbors have not figured out what I'm afraid of or How to catch me off guard. So, I'll just let em keep getting Zeus. It is always fun to see what happened overnight. What a fun way to show your love and care for someone. It just lets you know you are thought of and remembered!

What a fun neighborhood to live in! Today is a beautiful day to live in Bay Ridge Housing.

Blessings,
Haskins House

Monday, September 20, 2010

Disgusting

Ok, so today has really got me flustered with people, in general.

What in the world makes one think it is ok to just shoot someone?

I mean really. Did we lose the critical thinking in our education along the way?

Did we become so self absorbed that it doesn't matter what the consequences are for us or anyone else?

Come on Now!!!!! I am completely infuriated with those out there that think that is their right. Have they lost their minds? What is going on with Americans today? Did we lose an entire generation when "spankings" were banned and duel working parents became the norm? I'm not really sure what the real answer is here but I am sure tired of knowing that in the past year there has been 2 military base shootings with multiple injuries and deaths, dozens of workplace shootings and too many school gun run-ins. I am sure open for ideas here.

We as parents have got to start teaching our children how to deal with anger. We need to help them understand we are not always going to win and when we lose it is ok to hurt someone else. Teaching our children patience is a good first step. Humility is another thing we need. Heck why stop there, teach those babies that there are more important things in life than winning. They need to learn to love each other and help each other. Parents, to me is a good starting point. From there I am not sure what to do.

But I know I feel like those people that feel like owning a gun is a God given right, better think of the consequences. Make sure you lock that sucker up so that it is only used for your self DEFENSIVE. I am beginning to wonder if we have lost the real meaning of self-defense, in the first place. SO WHAT, you own a gun or bought a gun, that does not make you any more special than the person next to you. UGGGGGGG, I am beyond frustrated and can not believe that the Fort Bliss shooting today was on the back burner and hardly anyone I talked to had heard about it. But we all knew Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton were due in court.

Pray for America. Pray for our troops who are required to use the gun in battle. Pray for those lost along the way that patience and tolerance will get them before it is too late. Pray that more and more parents will make an impression in their children's minds to talk things out without physical violence. Pray for those family members of all those innocent lives lost. Pray for the soldiers of Fort Hood and Fort Bliss. Pray that America will stand together and help each other through life.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Friday, September 17, 2010

Its nice to help

Lately things have been a little Chaotic at the Haskins House. Well, really when is it not hectic.

1. Zeus going through Technical School in which he is the first class and is dealing with misinformation, flaws and many setbacks and ridiculously confusing schedule
2. Twinkle in 2 college courses which are kicking her butt, Writing course and a Thinking course, can we say yuck. The homework here is absurd.
3. All three big kids in school with loads of homework daily.
4. Ziggy in school half a day requiring Twinkle to keep a tight schedule.
5. Stressing about and trying to make sure we turn in our "dream sheet" so that we set our selves up for a good move in less than 90 days.
6. Trying to maintain relationships while being hundreds and sometimes 1000's of miles away is unbelievably hard
7. Potty training new Puddin pup is not the funnest new job of our lives
8. Stressing over housework and meal planning and trying to get us healthy while quick at the same time
9. Health issue that does not want to go away and struggling to keep appts

10...... We have decided to put ourselves out there yet again and step up and help a very needy family while they go through a terribly traumatic situation. We have done this before and been burned ever so badly. This time we are taking a different approach. We have a sweet, beautiful 5th grade girl staying with us until her family gets to a place where she can return home. We love it. I think she loves it. I know my kids love it. But it can be a little scary making sure we make the right decisions for her and us and that me make her feel as if she was one of the kids. I think we have done that but it is tough to say. Anyways, she is wonderful to have around and I could not have asked for a better person to come stay with us. It will be hard to let her go.

So in the end we are thankful that God has put us in her life and hers in ours. We are grateful to help and honestly Zeus and I love to help others as best we know how, however minor they might be.So this was just second nature and did not require a second thought. This is what makes us a military community. Helping others is something we hope others would and will do in the future.

Another day, another night here in the Haskins House.
Blessings