Another Drive By

Oy! I have so many things rolling around in my head and parts of a lot of those thoughts have actually made it to the computer, but nothing is complete. I’ve been overwhelmed with so many little things I think I should do that I haven’t managed the time to write or to read. Bad Jen.

I’m not the most organized person in the world which means I must have structure to get anything accomplished. Structure is something I’ve had very little of lately. I have a good friend who’s son is Autistic and he melts down if his routine is interrupted. I can totally relate.

That said, here are some random happenings around here.

I love my preschool kids. They are precious beyond words. I also thoroughly enjoy working with the teacher, Beth. She has a great sense of humor and her creativity never ceases to amaze me. I’m reminded every time I work why she’s the teacher and I’m not. And I like it that way! Today one of the little boys who is speech delayed
was counting to six as clear as you please. And our little Autistic boy was laughing and playing and doing everything the other kids were doing. My heart was filled to overflowing today and I could cry with joy right now just thinking about it! But I won’t because it doesn’t fit into my schedule and you know how I am.

We are enjoying having Ben live with us, even though we don’t see a lot of him. Katie’s (his fiance) roommate has been out of town and she hates to stay alone, so she’s been staying here as well. She sleeps in the guest room and Ben sleeps on the futon in the basement. I’m so happy we have the room to do this. Her roommate will be back in another week or so, though, and I’m going to miss having her around.

Yesterday Katie (my Katie) was playing on my laptop. Ben wanted to do laundry and I asked if he would take the towels out of the dryer and Katie would fold them. So he took the big armload of towels out and threw them on Katie. It was hysterical!

Okay. So I suppose you had to be there.

Taylor is quite a bit bigger than Katie (my Katie) and he has no problems throwing her over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes. Which is really kind of funny when you consider he tried that when he was about 5 and she was 3, but he wasn’t strong enough and they toppled over. She broke her arm when she tried to catch herself. Poor baby in her pretty little Easter dress and an arm cast. I’ll have to scan that picture and show you. It’s one of my favorite pictures of the two of us. But I digress.

Anyway, when Katie is annoying Taylor (and really, when is she not?) he picks her up and puts her on the banister where she can’t get off. In my defense, I had no idea he was doing that. AND it’s at the bottom of the stairs. But anyway, yesterday he threw her over his shoulder and started towards the stairs, when she reached down and grabbed his boxers. She gave him the wedgie of the year! That’s my girl!!

Last night a college friend of mine (a friend IN college, not FROM college) and I started a “home team” for a few of the 7th grade girls at church. There will only be four girls to start with along with Krista and me. Next week we’ll start a study of James geared for teen girls and it looks like it will be perfect for them. It talks about things junior high and high school girls deal with like gossip, jealousy, peer pressure. We had a great time last night playing ice breakers, eating brownies and planning some “field trips”.

The TV in our family room has surround sound with an mp3 player port. I would rather listen to music than watch TV so I’ve been playing my iPod a lot lately. My song list is rather eclectic. Contemporary Christian, alternative, classic rock, country, jazz, R&B, even a little Frank Sinatra. The menu shows up on the screen and a few minutes ago I saw a song coming up called Read First. Anyone hear of it?? Didn’t think so. That’s because it downloaded to my iPod wrong.

It’s Head First by the Baby’s. Love that song! Not sure what’s up with the Japanese letters scrolling the bottom. And I didn’t realize there was another, older song on the same video. I was never so happy as I was when John Waite cut his hair and stopped wearing tons of makeup and dangly earrings. That was NOT a good era for him.

Alright. I think that’s enough random for the day. Until tomorrow…


  1. Becky on November 8, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Loved your drive by, Jenster. It’s fun, because it gives a little glimpse into your life and your personality, and I can totally picture these things you write about and enjoy them too. God knew just where he wanted you when he put you in that preschool, didn’t he? Blessings both ways, sounds like to me. What, no “Band of Gold” on the iPod, lol? (I just had to bring up that one…now I’ll probably be singing it for weeks. Again.);0)

  2. Jan Jaffe on November 8, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Hi Jen!!Reading your drive by was so much fun.You sound so great and it makes me smile.Actually, I have a nephew who is autistic and lives in PA. in Doylestown.Is that anywhere near you?Never underestimate the impact you and the teacher are having on those kids. Thanks and keep up the good work. Jan

  3. Mama P on November 8, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    Re: Your autism comment: He melts down if his routine is interrupted.” Sounds an awful lot like my husband also! Hey, good for you for loving work. Love your humor.I’d love to see your message from your church talk one day. I promise I won’t put it in Good Housekeeping. (But I can’t promise I won’t let it spark some ideas that are rattling around in my head.)I so enjoy your blog. Thank you for your gift.

  4. Mama P on November 8, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    I just read your bio. “wannabe writer”. You ARE a writer. I think you should change that IMHO…YKIARYJNTDISTM. Translation: In my humble opinion you know i am right you’re just nervous to do it so trust me.

  5. Jenster on November 8, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    Becky – NOOOOO Band of Gold! LOL My iPod froze a few weeks ago and we had to reset it. Everything was deleted so I’ve been having to add all my songs again. I haven’t added that one yet. :o)Jan – Doylestown isn’t too far from us – maybe 30 minutes or so.MamaP – I will go and change my bio directly since I know you are right and I’m just nervous to do it so I’ll trust you. :o) Thanks for the encouragement!

  6. Swishy on November 9, 2007 at 1:05 am

    I like the random thoughts in your head!

  7. Lisa on November 9, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Rosie has autistic tendencies, so I can appreciate your joy! :o)Your Kate has found her own secret weapon – Super Wedgie! LOLJohn Waite sings one of my all time favorite songs. I Ain’t Missing You. The old version pre-Alison Krauss.

  8. Lynilu on November 9, 2007 at 11:59 am

    That was a fun ride! Girl, you were all over da place! I’m never like that. Huh-uh. Nope.

  9. Sherry on November 9, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    That’s a lotta random thoughts for one sweet little head!! 🙂

  10. Jenster on November 9, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Swishy – Thanks! LOLLisa – I like “I Ain’t Missing You”, too. That was his post-glam days as well.Lynilu – I’m just not going to say anything. m’kay!?Sherry – Sweet? hahahaha

  11. Jodi_Lee on November 10, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Your drive-by posts are bigger than all of my posts in any given week…or month, sometimes! What’s up with that? heehee

  12. Lisa on November 12, 2007 at 8:22 am

    I think we just might have the same taste in music. :o)

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