How to Include Step Parents Into a Family Tree

September 16 is National Step Family Day. After celebrating the day with your step family, you might be wondering how to include your step parents into your family tree. There are plenty of free family tree templates that you can use to help you do that. National Step Family Day was founded by Christy Borgeld in 1997. From my perspective, this is a fairly new holiday. I graduated from college in 1997, so it is clear that National Step Family Day didn’t exist when I was a kid. I don’t actually have step parents. However, one of my siblings has, … Continue reading

Math Class and The Importance of Numbers

Do you hate math class? Do you loathe numbers, fractions, division and multiplication, and/or the elusive “imaginary” number? I’d like to suggest that you learn to love them, or at least get along. One of the most useful skills to have, even in day to day situations, is the ability to think in and utilize numbers to your advantage. If the constant progression of humanity has left us anything at all (and it has) math is one of the most valuable of those skills. You see, numbers are important. I’ve recently been teaching my son to count (kind of) and … Continue reading

Court is Adjourned–for Now–in Madonna’s Adoption Appeal

Madonna’s efforts to adopt Malawian child Chifundo (Mercy) James are at a pause. The court heard arguments in her appeal this past Monday but did not immediately set a date for the second hearing, at which a decision is expected to be made. The situation keeps generating more information, some of it conflicting. (I wonder whether some of the information is being supplied to the media by Madonna’s PR people or by the various human rights groups who have filed court documents in the case.) There are reports of threats from the child’s maternal grandparents to the birthfather, the preschooler … Continue reading

When a Mother Dies

“I had my boys 18 months apart,” Natasha Richardson once said to a reporter inquiring about the age difference between her two young sons. “Of course, we didn’t plan on having back-to-back babies. But life almost never goes according to plan.” The world-famous actress uttered those words more than a decade ago. Sadly, none of us could have ever predicted how prophetic her statement would become. “But life almost never goes according to plan.” If you have ever lost a loved one or suffered another type of horrific tragedy, then you know all too well how true that line is. … Continue reading

Baby Blog Month in Review: August 2008

Isn’t it crazy the way babies grow so quickly? It seems that you just get used to one stage and boom they are already into another. Tonight, were busy getting the household all set for my eldest child’s first day of second grade. My two younger ones are excited and want to start school, too. It will be a busy month. Don’t worry about the missing last week of blogs. I’ve gotten quite a few questions about where I have been. The Baby Blog tends to go on hiatus the last week of the month. That may change in the … Continue reading

10 More Disney Trivia Questions

Yesterday, I told you about the trivia contest that my daughter and I challenged each other to. I shared with you the trivia questions she came up with and now I’ll share with you the ones I wrote. These are a little more difficult unless you know some of the older films. 1. I’m not a teapot, but my master used me in the kitchen all the time. I had to go on an adventure to find him again. Who am I? Herbie Buddy Lumiere Toaster 2. I took the most beautiful dog I’ve ever seen out for dinner. We … Continue reading

Amy Winehouse…Britain’s Britney?

Amy Winehouse is a very talented songstress, but lately, just like Britney Spears, her private life has begun to overshadow her talent. Her first album was nominated for the Mercury Prize, the music award for Best Album in the United Kingdom. Her second album Back to Black has sold almost a million and a half copies. Yet, with all that success, her personal life seems to be a mess. It has long been suspected that she and husband Blake Fielder-Civil have a problem with drugs. Winehouse herself sang a song that contained the lyrics “They’re tryin to make me go … Continue reading

Scripture Study: 1 Nephi 2:8-14

Our scripture segment today is going to be a little longer than usual because I want to discuss a whole portion of story. The antagonists, if you will, are Nephi’s older brothers Laman and Lemuel, but they have only been mentioned once so far. This next portion of reading will go to illustrate a bit about them and to show us some of their character, and help us to understand some of the opposition Lehi and Nephi were up against in trying to preach the word of God and lead their family to the Promised Land. As we concluded our … Continue reading

California Chances – Bateman, Hake, and Hake

“California Chances” is actually three novellas put together into one volume. In the first novella, entitled “One Chance in a Million” written by Cathy Marie Hake, we meet the Chance brothers. They live on a ranch an hour outside of the small town of Reliable, back in the 1870’s. Both their parents have passed away and now it’s up to them to improve the land and make a living. They’re all in their adult years, with the two youngest brothers having just left their teens. Hannah was married to Daniel, the second oldest of the Chance men. She died shortly … Continue reading

Transformers (2007)

In the early 1980s, a line of toys became very popular from Hasbro – they were called Transformers. The toys also spawned their own animated series. The toys were famous for the catchphrase that they were more than meets the eye. This catchphrase sprinkled judiciously throughout the script of live action Transformers movie is very apropos. What is arguably the hottest popcorn movie of the summer has arrived and it features a character that is beloved by adults and will likely become loved by children as well: Optimus Prime. Who is Optimus Prime? According to the film, there was a … Continue reading