Saturday, May 29, 2010

'Burb no more

Today we 'down sized' and traded in the Suburban for a Chevy Silverado Crew Cab 4x4

I must say, it drives pretty sweet.


Thursday, April 08, 2010

Kaitlens ortho appt

You can click the pic to see it larger. Pretty cool huh? The verdict is... thumb sucking has not done its damage! but to work on getting her to stop. He did explain she needs to stop now because it will be very hard to stop at 13, 16, 18 yrs old. and by then she will have severe damage requiring oral surgery and breaking her upper jaw/mouth/pallet... i don't remember what he called it. So she knows what will happen if she doesn't stop. The nice thing was the DR sucked his finger till he was 8, so he knows how it goes.

So thumb sucking is really the non-issue here. What we did find out is she does not and will never have 10 of her teeth.... that is a lot to be missing. Thankfully, 4 of them are the wisdom teeth but that still leaves her with less teeth than she needs. Below the green spots are the 6 missing teeth and the red spots, those teeth, he believes are her 12 y/o molars, not her 6 y/o molars. So those have already moved one tooth space closer to making up for her 6y/o molars not being there. He does not believe that those 2 molars can move one whole other tooth over further closing in the gap and where those two black spaces are with the green dots on top, that's where she will have implants put in when shes done growing.. at 16?

around about the age of 12 she will needs braces to close up gaps, line everything up and depending on what those two top empty spaces are doing then a retainer until she gets the implants.... so for now we see the Dr in a yr. We work on the thumb sucking in the mean time.

OH, and if her primary teeth where the 2 empty spaces are... if they don't fall out then she wont need the implants... here's for hoping eh?


Thursday, April 01, 2010

Say hello to

This little guy. He doesn't have a name yet. He was Born 03/30/2010 to Marie (marie is also a March bday, she just turned 1). He is doing great. Very active and nursing right along. I missed his birth by about 20 minutes, one day I'll make it for the big event. (at first i though he was a she and named him Annie which is why some of the pics are saved as Annie)

His Daddy is Chivas, my black nigerian dwarf. That is why he is so tiny. That is a 12" ruler Cody is holding.

At just one day old he was climbing...

and falling.
ok, Those wondering about Eljin. He died the day after he was born and I was to upset to announce it. Poor Ben probably though I was crazy crying after little E when we only had him a day. Ben even promised to 'get me another Eljin' to make me happy. We didn't get a replacement buckling and I know those things happen, but not my little guys! and my very first baby goat. Now that this new guy is here there are HUGE differences between him and E.


Thursday, March 04, 2010

Cody's Question has been answered

For those of you who don't know the question it was~~ If water is moving inside water how fast does the moving water have to be going to see the current?

I put the question out there on facebook, twitter and on our 40/29 weather blog. Everyone agreed it was a good question but no one knew the answer. The weather people at 40/29 told me I would need to ask a Hydrologist. So I search online for a hydrologist here in Arkansas and came up with a name in LR with the National Weather Service, but no email for him. So I emailed the head person and if they could forward it on... and they did. I received a reply email from Tabitha Clarke, The "Senior Service Hydrologist here at the National Weather Service in Little Rock" How cool is that??

and here is what she had to say about Cody's question.
(you can click on the pic)
Mrs. Velasco,

My name is Tabitha Clarke. I am the new Senior Service Hydrologist here at the National Weather Service in Little Rock and would be glad to help you.

First of all, I think it's great that your son is asking questions at his age and very technical questions at that! Water is such an interesting thing. It is so vital for life and in the same can harm life. This is why we take such a great interest in it. We do look at stream flow, which is where I think his question stems. Streamflow is generated by all sorts of complicated equations, but it basically takes into consideration things like gravity and stream gradient.

Now, I took this question to mean 2 different things. I'm thinking there's a chance he may be referring to movement while he's in the water compared to watching it from the bank? The best way I could think to describe this is if he's in an airplane looking at another airplane traveling at the same speed it would not look like it was moving. Just like if you're floating in the water...the water does not seem to be moving if you turn and look directly at it, because it's moving with you. But, if your standing still on the bank you can plainly see the water moving. It's all relative to your perspective.

But as far as water movement, water is moving at differing speeds all through the column. Generally, it is slower near the banks and along the bottom due to friction and fastest somewhere between mid depth and the surface. Then, there are swirls, eddies, ect. These are generated partly by whatever object is underneath the water. All-in-all, it's a simple question without a real simple answer.

On another interesting note...and something that might interest a boy, is that dirt is a key factor in all of this! If there were no particles in the rivers/streams (such as sand, silt, pollutants), we would not be able to see the current.

Well, I hope I've been of 'some' help. I am a new parent and am excited for my son to get to the questioning stage. I think it's wonderful that you take such an interest in following up his questions. Best of luck to Cody!

Tabitha Clarke

-Senior Service Hydrologist-

PS If he continues to show an interest in rivers, you can direct him to our rivers/lakes page. From our website, click on rivers/lakes on the left hand side. You can then click on any of those points along the rivers to see a hydrograph. Lots of fun information there!


Friday, February 26, 2010

Halloween 2010

Kaitlen will be Alice in Wonderland and I'll make her a dress that looks like this... hopefully lol.
Abigail will be the Cheshire Cat~ with this cute headband and tail. Then I'll make a stripped tutu to go with it and some light pink tights underneath. I'll either make her some legwarmers out of pink stripped socks or just buy the stripped legwarmers (see below) Im not sure about her top, maybe a leotard... then top it off with a pair of converse high tops.
Matthew is going to be the White Rabbit~ I'm going to get this hat and maybe the clock.. he can probably make the clock himself. we'll see. Then make him a funky vest, bow tie and pick up a jacket from the thrift store and add to it, then make some pants.

Cody will be the Mad Hatter~ we are buying the hat. I will make the vest, bow tie and the pants. Pick up jacket from thrift store and mad hatter it out.
This is why I start now... cause it'll be here before I know it.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Win 2 sets of ficklets!!

If your child wears glasses he or she will love Ficklets! They are so adorable. I have loved them since the day I saw them. You can enter to win 2 sets of ficklets over at Health, Beauty, and Family. Contest runs until 2-6-10

They are a large selection for either boys or girls.

Seasonal Ficklets

Even sports.

You may have to keep your same frame for a year or two, but you can always change out your ficklets.