Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma
Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop
JOB DESCRIPTION :
Long term, team players needed, for challenging,
permanent work in an
often chaotic environment.
Candidates must possess excellent communication
and organizational skills and be willing to work
variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends
and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
Some overnight travel required, including trips to
primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities!
Travel expenses not reimbursed.
Extensive courier duties also required.
The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily,
until someone needs $50.00
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a
and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat
in case, this time, the screams from
the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges,
such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets
and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and
coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings
for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be a willing to be indispensable one minute,
an embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a
half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for
the quality of the end product.
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and
janitorial work throughout the facility.
POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION :
Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills,
so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE :
None required unfortunately.
On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
WAGES AND COMPENSATION :
Get this! You pay them!
Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because
of the assumption that college will help them
become "financially independent".
When you die, you give them whatever is left...
While no health or dental insurance, no pension,
no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and
no stock options are offered;
this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love,
and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.
AND A FOOTNOTE 'THERE IS NO RETIREMENT -- EVER!!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Love you guys!
Beautiful, perfect Isa...
Isa's boyfriend Solomon
Isadora cutting a rug
ready for pizza mama! in oven mitts!
always on the go...
playing in the hobbit house
Playing like ol buddies :)
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Today marks Donna's 11 month birthday, and she full on crawled for the first time :) She has a funny and cute way of doing it, with one foot on the ground and one knee on the ground. She doesn't have the full confidence yet that I know will come in the next few days of crawling as she looks very stressed as she does it, and often falls back into sitting position. I will take pictures of her doing it tomorrow.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Six years ago she saved him from a life of unimaginable hardship, as a child soldier in war-torn Rwanda.
And today Emma Thompson beamed with pride as she watched her African son graduate from university.
Wearing a cream suit and green satin jacket, the 50-year-old actress wrapped her arm around Tindyebwa Agaba as he clutched his ribbon-tied scroll.
Emma Thompson and husband Greg Wise with their son Tindyebwa Agaba, who graduated with a 2.1 degree from Exeter University in politics.
And along with Miss Thompson’s husband Greg Wise, the family proudly posed for the student’s official graduation photo.
Dressed in a traditional black cloak and mortarboard, 22-year-old Tindyebwa grinned with delight as Exeter University Chancellor Floella Benjamin presented him with his 2.1 honours degree in politics.
‘I admit I found my first year very difficult, the second year was less difficult and the third year was an absolute blast,’ he said after the ceremony.
‘So in a nutshell I’ve been from hell to heaven in three years.’
Miss Thompson and Mr Wise met Tindyebwa, known as Tindy for short, at a Refugee Council party in 2003, when he was 16 years old.
His father had died from AIDS when he was just nine and his mother and sister were listed as missing during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, having probably been abducted and raped by soldiers.
Tindy was forced to serve as a child soldier, but charity Care International eventually helped him flee to Britain, where he met his adoptive parents.
The 22-year-old was adopted by the actress in 2003 when he was aged 16. Also seen here are Thompson's mother Phyllida Law and daughter Gaia
‘He didn’t have much English, but we just got talking,’ Miss Thompson has previously said.
‘His experience had been awful and when he finally got to Britain after tremendous suffering, he told us the authorities didn’t believe him.
‘He spent two nights sleeping rough before they finally did. It was the only time he considered suicide.
‘He’s such a lovely, enchanting boy, so I said “Come and spend Christmas with us”. And he came for half the day. Slowly he became a permanent fixture, went on holidays with us and became part of the family.’
Adopting Tindy also helped the actress, who had tried and failed to have more children after undergoing IVF to conceive daughter Gaia, now eight years old.
Wise has described the process as ‘brutal’ and admitted it left him requiring therapy.
‘You try your hardest and, if it doesn’t work, it’s not your fault,’ he said.
After learning to speak English, Tindy studied GCSEs and A-levels before winning a place at Exeter University.
He said he chose Exeter because his surrogate family had told him of the ‘stunning beauty there, where they shot Sense And Sensibility’ - the 1995 film on which Miss Thompson met her 43-year-old husband.
From September, Tindy plans to attend London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where he will study for a Masters Degree in Human Rights Law.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Here are some pics of our family morning.
Gam and Zack
The teenagers arrive
Lil girl :)
Emily, Auntie Tara and Uncle John
Gam and Pa
checking out his make up in a butter knife