Monthly Archive for January, 2009

Learning to draw

This evening while getting a bath Annabel showed off her hand writing skills. We bought bath crayons (not much of a selection out there by the way) a month or so ago to convince her to enjoy baths and now just asking if she wants to draw in the tub evokes a smile and rush to bathe. So she is holding a yellow crayon this evening and scribbling in the soap dish on the wall while being scrubbed down. This is accomplished while standing with a parent using the handheld showerhead to rinse her down. Scrubs are quick and then followed by play in the soon to be filled tub. This evening she leaned towards the inside side of the tub (below the wall above the water line) and started to draw. Really draw though (with a modern art style). She adjusted the crayon from the usual fist grip to a handing writer’s righthanded grip and scribbled with intention. Obviously this required a cheer from daddy which evoked a smile. Then I asked her to show me how she can draw and she readjusted the crayon in her grip and went back to it. Since she was bathing I didn’t have a camera so you will just have to believe me, or trust the independent confirmation of the wife who was promptly called in to see how her daughter can draw. Now to get her to draw for mama and daddy on the freshly hung 16×24 drawing paper found on our walls for scribbling. Pictures as they become available, of course.

at 15 months, she is a normal height…

…for a 19 month old, but a little slender for a 19 month old, though she is a 15 month old (or will be this weekend)

Wow, we got a big kid.

Other updates, looks like we are going to get that bump/horn on her head scanned. The shaped changed a month or so ago and the doc wants some more info on it. We’re aren’t worried and are sure it can be taken care of…

and finally…

Phone call from the wife on this subject ended with the following:

“ha ha ha… She grabbed the laundry basket filled with clean clothes and threw the clothes onto the floor. Then she dragged the basket over to me and got in it. Next she scream/pointed to ask me to drag the basket back to the pile of clothes with her in it. Now she is putting the clothes back into the basket with her… hee hee ha ha”

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  • last night Sen David Vitter said he will try to challenge Sen Clinton on her qualifications to be Secretary of State… #
  • while Sen Vitter is speaking to Sen Clinton she will be thinking: “At least my husband didn’t have to pay to cheat on me.” #
  • GoogleRead=> dog walker in snow http://tinyurl.com/7b7eq7 #
  • GoogleRead=> Editorial: New Orleanians, and the nation, know what happened after Katrina http://tinyurl.com/8yofea #
  • wonder if any of these dog recommendations for the obamas even take a second to consider the allergy factor (no log hair dog suggs pls) #
  • more Bush Katrina quotes p1: I’ve thought long and hard about Katrina — you know, could I have done something differently, like land… #
  • more Bush Katrina quotes p2: Air Force One either in New Orleans or Baton Rouge. The problem with that and — is that law enforcement… #
  • more Bush Katrina quotes p3: would have been pulled away from the mission. And then your questions, I suspect, would have been, how could… #
  • more Bush Katrina quotes p4: you possibly have flown Air Force One into Baton Rouge, and police officers that were needed to expedite… #
  • more Bush Katrina quotes p5: traffic out of New Orleans were taken off the task to look after you? #
  • more Bush Katrina quotes: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2009/01/20090112.html #
  • Schleifstein.net=> Final Bush Press Conference Katrina quotes http://tinyurl.com/8bf7he #
  • the wife says i should blog more, my mind agrees but has writer’s block, may start sketch-blogging like my buddy http://Troy-G.com/news/ #

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Just Drawing



Just Drawing

Originally uploaded by schleifnet


Flickr art for fun. Mandy and the baby have me drawing again, just a little and mostly in places the girl can add too, but drawing again. I’ll post art pics as I can here and on flickr. If you want to see all the family’s pics join flickr (free to join and easy if you’re already a yahoo member) and make me a friend. Email me or mandy with your username and we’ll give you access to the other 90% of our photostream that is always friends and family only.

Final Bush Press Conference Katrina quotes

No commentary, just the question and answers related to Katrina, draw your own conclusions in the comments and I’ll respond.

Quotes from Press Conference of the President

Q And I’m not trying to play “gotcha,” but I wonder, when you look back over the long arc of your presidency, do you think, in retrospect, that you have made any mistakes? And if so, what is the single biggest mistake that you may have made?

THE PRESIDENT: …I’ve thought long and hard about Katrina — you know, could I have done something differently, like land Air Force One either in New Orleans or Baton Rouge. The problem with that and — is that law enforcement would have been pulled away from the mission. And then your questions, I suspect, would have been, how could you possibly have flown Air Force One into Baton Rouge, and police officers that were needed to expedite traffic out of New Orleans were taken off the task to look after you? …

Q …Mr. President, on New Orleans, you basically talked about a moment ago about the photo opportunity. But let’s talk about what you could have done to change the situation for the city of New Orleans to be further along in reconstruction than where it is now. And also, when you came — or began to run for the Oval Office about nine years ago or so, the James Byrd dragging death was residue on your campaign. And now at this time, 2009, we have the first black President. Could you tell us what you have seen on the issues of race, as you see it from the Oval Office?

THE PRESIDENT: Sure, thanks. First of all, we did get the $121 billion, more or less, passed, and it’s now being spent. Secondly, the school system is improving dramatically. Thirdly, people are beginning to move back into homes. This storm was a devastating storm, April, that required a lot of energy, a lot of focus and a lot of resources to get New Orleans up and running.

And has the reconstruction been perfect? No. Have things happened fairly quickly? Absolutely. And is there more to be done? You bet there is.

Q What more needs to be done?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, more people need to get in their houses. More people need to have their own home there. But the systems are in place to continue the reconstruction of New Orleans.

People said, well, the federal response was slow. Don’t tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs right after the storm passed. I remember going to see those helicopter drivers, Coast Guard drivers, to thank them for their courageous efforts to rescue people off roofs. Thirty thousand people were pulled off roofs right after the storm moved through. It’s a pretty quick response.

Could things have been done better? Absolutely. Absolutely. But when I hear people say, the federal response was slow, then what are they going to say to those chopper drivers, or the 30,000 that got pulled off the roofs?

The other part of the — look, I was affected by the TV after the elections — when I saw people saying, I never thought I would see the day that a black person would be elected President, and a lot of the people had tears streaming down their cheeks when they said it. And so I am — I am — consider myself fortunate to have a front-row seat on what is going to be an historic moment for the country. President-Elect Obama’s election does speak volumes about how far this country has come when it comes to racial relations. But there’s still work to do. There’s always going to be work to do to deal with people’s hearts.

And so I’m looking forward to it, really am. I think it’s going to be — it’s going to be an amazing — amazing moment.