Jenny Hintze

"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams." – Willy Wonka

As ready as I’m gonna get August 30, 2009

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Man, it’s like 1:30. Earlier today my office/homeschool room was getting way too messy. So I’ve spent the last several hours organizing and trying to get ready for next week. I finally took some time really look through this curriculum stuff. I think I *pretty much* know what’s going on now. We’re still missing Jackson’s Science worksheets but it’s not a big deal. I think worksheets are pretty much overrated anyway.

So, here are some pictures of Jackson’s workspace and his books and stuff. I’ve got the books in order of when we will be reading them, which is so “Type A” that I think I’m going to puke. I’ve even got labeled tabs. Jack was very excited to see that this little shelf thing came with tabs. I’m telling myself that this is more for Jack but I’m afraid that I prefer it this way too. And I’m getting this done a full day earlier than I actually have to!! And of course I now have a pictures folder named “homeschool 2009-2010.” What’s happening to me?

On the picture below, just in case you can’t quite figure out what Jackson wrote….”I am Jedi Master Jack and I am on a special mission…I am trying to distroy a big robot!!!! 100 feet tall and 99 cent!!!”

Needless to say, I think we need to work on learning about measurements.



Paperless world August 29, 2009

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Okay, so I’m trying to get our stuff in order for the big first day of homeschooling in the Hintze house. I’ve been trying to decide for the last hour or so how best to communicate Jackson’s assignments to him. As I go through this stuff, I’m just realizing that he needs to have access to his assignments rather than me having to fish through my giant three ring binder every 5 minutes to tell him what he’s supposed to do next. First I thought I would write stuff on a dry erase board every week or just print something out and staple it to the wall. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I will just e-mail it to him. He has his own imac and he knows how to check his mail. I’ll put his weekly spelling words, his grammar “rule”, and some of his other assignments in an e-mail on Sunday nights and he can refer to it throughout the week. It’s a paperless world. Or at least it’s getting there. He might as well learn now.

Addition to original post –
So this is what I e-mailed to Jackson for the first week just so you can see what I’m talking about. There are some things that he will work on Monday through Thursday and those are things I will e-mail to him. I’m not e-mailing him every daily assignment. We’ll go through that stuff together with my giant binder.

Grammar rule of the week:
Compound words: two smaller words joined together to make one larger word.

Spelling words:
– checkout
– daytime
– airplane
– backpack
– campfire
– flagpole
– outside
– within

Reading Activity Sheets, page 1 and 2 must be finished by Thursday.

You need to read over the following Bible verse every day and by the end of the week, you should have it memorized.

Psalm 24:1
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;

So anyway, that’s the plan at the moment. We’ll see how this works out.


Friday Foto Fix August 28, 2009

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Yes, I know this is kind of late in the day on Friday but it is still Friday. My friend, Lindsey sent me this picture of a waterfall from one of their camping/hiking trips to…?? somewhere. Anyway, here is the original.

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As you can tell, it’s too dark and really doesn’t do justice to the beautiful scene.

So first I sharpened up the image a little bit. Then I did some tricks to brighten the picture while still keeping the sky in the background blue and not overexposed. I also brightened up the foliage some by adding a new layer in photoshop and painting some light green over the areas I wanted to be brighter. Then I used that layer as an overlay to the original picture. There were a few spots that were kind of noisy once the picture was brightened up. I used noiseware to take care of that. I also whitened and brightened the water. So here’s the picture after those things were done.

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Then I decided that I really didn’t like the waterfall in the middle of the picture. Following the whole “rule of thirds” thing I decided to crop it so the waterfall is off center.

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And then I also did a black and white conversion.

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So thanks for playing along, Lindsey!! I’ll e-mail these back to you and you’ll have a pretty new picture to add to your scrapbook.

If you want me to try my hand at fixing one of your photos, send it to and I’ll see what I can do. Happy Friday!


One of those days August 27, 2009

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There are days that I worry about Mikey. Well, not even days really, just bits during days. Today was one of those days. I took him to meet his preschool teacher this morning. And he basically had a major meltdown from the moment we walked in until I finally got him the heck out of Dodge. He kind of caught me off guard. I wasn’t anticipating him acting like that. There was another family there at the same time. Thankfully, they go to our church and know our kids so I wasn’t completely humiliated. Once we got in the truck to leave, Mikey screamed the whole way home. He continued to scream once we got home for another 15 minutes or so. I ended up gating him in his room until he was ready to settle down. Once he finally stopped, he was a bit hoarse for a while. His Occupational Therapist came this afternoon and we talked about all this stuff. She thinks that perhaps he can’t control these meltdown. I think that he’s manipulating me with them and has complete control of himself and the situation by melting down. Only time will tell.

On a more positive note however, Mikey’s preschool teacher is really going to extra mile to make him feel comfortable with school. We met back up at the school later today so he could have sort of another chance. And I think his second chance went great! And she goes to our church and will be subbing in his class this Sunday. She actually requested to sub in his class so she could spend some more time getting to know him. I’m in tears as I type this because I’m just so thankful that she didn’t just write him off. And based on his behavior this morning, I can’t say that I would have blamed her. More than anything else, I just want him to be loved. I think she will love him. I’ll update about that after his first day or two of school.

Most of the time, I think that all in all, Mikey is fine…..”normal”. But sometimes, besides the obvious speech issues, there are moments when I worry that there might be something more serious going on. And for about 2 hours today, that’s how I felt. I felt completely hopeless, alone, and like an utter failure. And the thing about feelings is that sometimes they’re accurate and sometimes they’re not. But when you’re feeling them, that’s your truth at that time.

But the real truth, no matter how I’m feeling, is that God gave him to us. He is meant to be ours. Exactly as he is. He is perfect for us. We are perfect for him. No matter what may or may not be going on with him. No matter what “diagnosis” he may or may not have down the road. No matter how well he adjusts to preschool. He is our son. And in my lowest of lows with him, which can get pretty dang low at times, I feel such a fierce love and devotion for him. I think too often I consider Jackson’s personality the norm and that makes Mikey seem all the more “abnormal.” But the truth is that Jackson’s not “normal” either.

So anyway, here are some recent pictures of the little worm.

Playing Connect Four. He learned very quickly to slide the thing on the bottom to either make the checkers stay or fall through the bottom.

We met some friends at the beach last week. Mikey piled lots of sand in this bucket. That kept him busy and out of the street for a while. In the second picture it kind of looks like he has a sand soul patch. I could have photoshopped it out. Oh well.


Mikey decided to play dress up on Monday. First he was Super Clown. He thought he was pretty cute if he does say so himself, which he didn’t btw.


See those pencil marks on the wall behind him? Bet you can’t guess how those got there. Isn’t that one of the biggest smiles you’ve ever seen? That’s because he was just about to climb onto the dresser and jump off, which he’s not allowed to do. And doing things he’s not allowed to do is the highlight of his day.


Then he was Batman. This Batman suit is for an 8 year old. He wore this suit the entire time his Speech Therapist was here on Monday. He could barely even use his hands or walk. Which actually made for a fairly productive session because he couldn’t run away.


And then later that day we tore up paper and glued it on another piece of paper. He made four pieces of “art” that I….. (gulp) threw away (gasp). Notice that he has only one sock on. He only wanted one sock on. This glue stick is no longer with us because later that day Mikey dug all of the glue out of it with his finger. He made sure to rub some of it in his hair before he got caught.


He is so precious. He really is.


Bayou Wildlife Park Part 2: The Goats August 26, 2009

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The boy saw some goats. He wanted to take one home. He asked the goat’s mommy. She said no. He asked him mommy. She said no. So instead the boy let the goats chew on his clothes. (How do you like this writing style?? Yeah, I know. I’m getting tired of it too.) Here are some pictures of some goats.



Bayou Wildlife Park Part 1: The Ostrich

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A boy saw an ostrich.


An ostrich saw a boy.


The ostrich scared and delighted the boy.



More tales to come:
– The Goats
– The Camel
– The Pig


Whole August 24, 2009

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I’m up late tonight trying to finish up some editing on a NILMDTS session I had a couple of weeks ago. I have probably delayed finishing up these pictures longer than I could have, maybe longer than I should have. I’m still within the time frame I gave the mom but still I need to buckle down and get this done. But this is the hardest part of it. Being there with the baby was hard but I was behind my camera a good bit of the time. And I was in photographer mode most of the time. Getting the lighting right, positioning right, camera settings right.

But now I’m up working in photoshop of pictures of a baby girl who never drew breath. And it’s just not right. These photos aren’t right. They shouldn’t have to be. And as I work on making her little body look “right” as best I can, I know that she is already whole and perfect in her Father’s arms. What is taking me hours to try to fix is already fixed. She’s perfect. We don’t do this work for the babies. We do this work for ourselves and for the parents of these little ones. We do this work to try to mend as best we can our own broken hearts and hopefully the parent’s broken hearts too. And someday when we meet up with them again, we’ll all be whole together.

As I was packing up my equipment to leave this session, the baby’s sweet mommy let her guard for a moment. She talked to her daughter as a mother should talk to a new baby and she showed her a teddy bear. She danced the bear briefly in front of her baby’s face. I can’t get that moment out of my mind. As difficult as it was to photograph the baby and now edit the pictures, that moment just breaks my heart.

This world is very broken. And sometimes I just long for Heaven. I really do.