Monday, August 29, 2005

Origami Heart

Origami hearts are fun to make. Call me if you want me to tell you how to make one.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Daniel Smirks Too

Ha. I found a picture where Daniel is smirking also. It's not just me. This was also our cruise.

Cruises are strange. It's like a floating hotel. Not much room in the cabins, lots of good food, many tourist spots that want to take your money, and you don't get to know any of the towns very well.

Ours was 10 days, and that was too long for us.

Bring things for the kids to do, plan to spend as much time out of your cabin as possible, and arrange a babysitting rotation for the little ones. There are some interesting shows at night on the boat, but you will probably want to put the small ones to bed first.

We went to Alaska, which was cold. We had to bring lots of warm clothes.

I wish my hair looked like this when it was dry. It only looks like this when wet.

Denali had fun eating 1/2 avocado, 1 small bowl oatmeal cereal, and some banana. Aren't avocado and oatmeal supposed to be good for your skin? If so, he certainly got a good skin treatment yesterday.

Emlyn has her first gray hair. I tried to take a picture of it but was unsuccessful.

Friday, August 26, 2005

My Favorite Picture.

I came across this picture tonight and it is still my favorite picture of me with my siblings. It was a fun night on our Alaska cruise in 2003 and we all posed. Can you tell we're related???

From left to right with present-day ages in parentheses- Grace (24), Daniel (19), Sarah (26), Ruth (17).

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Is it just me?

Is it me, or have all the children gone crazy?
We have been visiting with a lot of different children lately, and it seems they are all cranky and tired and grouchy (VERY much including my own here). It's very strange! I'm wondering if it's my daughter who's driving them to it, or if any of you think it might just be end-of-summerness, hot-outsideness, stir-craziness.

Any ideas?

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Crawling Soon?

Wanted to show today's picture of Denali pushing up to his hands and knees.
It's a little weird for me to have a baby who's average instead of insane about milestones like Emmy was.

A Wholesome Show on FOX

"Renovate my Family": click on title to see website

This has got to be the best new show I've seen in a long while. And it shows on FOX, home of trashy everything. It's so weird.

It is NICE. The producers of the show find needy people and help them out. Nicely. They don't put the people down, they don't talk about sex or swear. There's a little bit of "gee your living situation isn't great, is it?" but way less than most shows that pretend to help people while being mean to them. I don't even like Dr. Phil because he's mean. I don't like extreme makeover or swan or any of those shows because they are really just being mean and helping people is a side-effect. Even my favorite nanny shows are kinda mean to the parents.

But this show really is nice. The episode I watched last night was about a community that started adopting kids that were hard-to-place. Then the parents realized they didn't have a place for the kids to hang out. So the show built them a high quality community center. You should see this place! 10,000 square feet of coolness and quality things for the kids to do. There's a community kitchen that will always be stocked with the basics by the local food bank. They got the hospital to forgive one of the mom's 17,000 dollar medical bills. It's awesome.

Turns out the host is Dr. Phil's son. Maybe that's why it's on FOX. Is Dr. Phil on FOX? I don't know. Anyway, check this show out. It made me cry, and that's really easy to do these days. :)

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Ulterior Motives?

Sometimes I really hope God has an ulterior motive for things that happen to me. For instance, today.

We usually go to second service at church, which is nice because we can let Joel sleep in but he still comes to church, and then we have a standing meeting after church at 12:30. This morning I remembered there was a reason that I HAD to be at first service. Absolutely, no way out of it. I had committed to doing something, and so I had to be there. I luckily had got up at a good time because my dear husband was on night duty with the kids all night, so I was able to make it there on time with slightly grouchy kids and I didn't get breakfast. But that's okay! I had a reason to be there!

Except when I got there, the reason had already been taken care of by someone else. I of course burst into tears because that's the way I am right now, and a couple friends helped me get arranged at church. To make a long story shorter, there was no reason for me to be at either service today that I can see. I REALLY hope God had a reason, like talking to a certain visitor, or encouraging someone else, or the sermon, or something, because looking back I cannot see why I was there for 4 hours with tired kids. So please God, make some good out of this morning. Help me to trust that good things were done.

I'm going to go take a nap.

Friday, August 19, 2005


I just spent 2 hours reading about a little baby named Ira who has been in NICU for 4 months, ever since he was born.

I am so thankful to God that my children have had uneventful lives. And that I am able to site here and read about other's lives because mine is so mundane.

I am so thankful for my friends and family.

Thursday, August 18, 2005


Too bad I like Dr. Pepper so much.
It keeps me awake when I drink it.
That's why I'm up at 12:10.
I tried to go to bed on time!

The Story of a Toad

Well, about 2 or 3 years ago we found this toad (I'll call him Tom) in our garden and we were so excited about it! It's so nice to know that your garden is happy for animals and bugs.

Tonight as I was working out there, I saw a funny lump on the driveway. I went closer and realized it was our friend Tom. Anyway, he is a good 3 or 4 inches wide. It was so cool. I went and got a couple neighbors because Joel wasn't home yet and showed it to them. I'm pretty sure they think I'm kooky, but it was worth it to share the experience with someone.

I then proceeded to watch it carefully to make sure Tom got back into some cover and warned the man walking his dogs to go out in the road so the dogs wouldn't try to get him.

This reminds me of some camp song lyrics.

Oh Tom the Toad, oh Tom the toad,
Why did you hop out in the road?

You used to be so green and fat,
And now you are so red and flat

Oh Tom the toad, oh Tom the toad,
Why did you hop out in the road?

You had your plans made for the day,
I'll cancel them, for there you lay

Oh Tom the toad, oh Tom the toad,

Why did you hop out in the road?

You did not see the coming car,

And now you are part of the tar

Oh Tom the toad, oh Tom the toad,

Why did you hop out in the road?

Just thought I'd share...

Bargaining with a 3 year old

I asked Emlyn to bring me the telephone. I said I thought it was in the office. She went to look for it and came back and said "I've found the phone; now give me a brownie."

I laughed out loud it was so ludicrous.

Denali loves to laugh at her jumping from the arm of the couch to the seating area.

Denali sat up for like an hour today and the only time he fell was when Joel kissed him.

My brain is numb, but I got a nice nap.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

My Cuties

I can't believe he's already big enough to sit in a chair.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

MMM. Garden

After putting the kids to bed tonight I decided it was the perfect time to do a little gardening, as we got upwards of two inches of rain today and I knew the weeds would just float out of the dirt. I armed myself with exceeding amounts of mosquito repellant, a pair of scissors and a broom and started on the porch. I told the ivy that it had to stay off the porch, with the scissors for emphasis, and swept the porch off. Then I told the random plants in our small flowerbed that they really needed to stay inside their boundaries also. The honeysuckle was hard to convince, but I think it finally believes me. I swept a little more, and then decided to wander over to the long flowerbed between the street and the sidewalk. It has been neglected lately, maybe because my son was born 7 months ago...

I started at the northeast end, excavating the smallest rosebush from its prison. You see when we dug the bed we planned to take out the length of the grass, even the neighbor's 5 feet, and we bought enough rosebushes to do so. But at the last minute our neighbors changed their mind, and so we jammed three rosebushes into a space for two. That littlest one tries its best, but it has a thriving rosebush on one side, and not 9 inches away, a nice patch of St. Augustine and Bermuda grass just jumping at the idea of some empty dirt. So I started pulling out the grass, yanking and gritting my teeth (it was easier to pull from the rain), and about halfway through I noticed that the poor bush had actually been rotting underneath the grass. Fully half of the 2 foot bush had been taken over by grass. It was so sad!

Anyway I took as much foliage away from around that bush as I could. The sweet thing is actually blooming on the good side. Hopefully I have saved it once again from the grass.

My hands are dirty, my legs are bitten, there are piles of weeds in the gutter, and I feel GREAT!

Cross-posted in various places.

I much enjoy to be doing the laundry all the day long.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Now I've Done it.

All right. I am officially without a brain.
It seems, to my chagrin, that in my postpartum induced haze, that I have promised baby things to person A that I then gave to person B (and C, and D). I am not entirely sure that's the case, but at this point I really don't have a whole lot that I'm not using as far as baby stuff is concerned, and yet I remember saying things to person A like "we are just swimming in baby clothes! I am sure I will have some for you."

The problem is I only talked about this once to person A about 3 months ago or more and she just brought it up last night. So now I have to bluff my way through this ("what exactly did I say I had?" "How about some hangers and a baby monitor?")

I guess I will just pray that it works out and that I don't look like a total fool. Hopefully she will understand that I am crazy...

Monday, August 08, 2005

A Haircut (sniff, sniff)

So my husband has been informing me that it's time for Denali to have a haircut. Tonight we bit the proverbial bullet and gave him one. I know Amy said she would do it, but I give her permission to touch up the haircut, as it is a little uneven. I will post some pictures here for your enjoyment.

These are a couple pre-haircut, showing the "extreme" length my husband had been complaining about.

Here are a few of the haircut itself. Emmy took some of them, so they may be blurry.

Here are a couple pictures of the finished product. It makes me a little sad.

Oh, how bittersweet.

Car Fun

So about 6 weeks ago while I was in CA "Jane" borrowed our car and rearended someone. Luckily Jane didn't have to make an insurance claim, but there was about $1500 worth of damage to our car, and Jane didn't get a chance to fix it before Joel needed our Accord back so he could fix the Miata. Then Jane suggested that rather than fixing the car, she would buy the car off of us at the end of the year with her bonus money. We have not decided on that yet, and so our car has been driving around with the front end slightly bent.

Fast forward to today, when I discovered that there was a nail in one of our tires and it was losing air. So I decided to take it in to Sears, where we purchased our tires. I hauled the kids into the car and drove off. Unfortunately we had not purchased the insurance plan so they were going to charge us $18 to fix the flat.

I wait about 15 minutes, and the dude comes back. "Your front two tires have significant wear on the inside. This suggests that you have alignment issues. Do you want to get your wheels aligned and two replacement tires?"

4 phone calls to Joel at work. Yes, align the tires, rotate the tires, but do not replace them.

25 minutes pass. "One of them can't be reused. There's wire showing."

An aside here-- I don't know much about cars. But I have inherent trust in everyone, and if they tell me something like that, I automatically believe them, even if I don't know why there would be wires showing in the tire. Are there wires in tires? I have never thought about it before.

3 more calls to Joel at work. Yes, replace the tires. But they should be the same as the old ones.

"Those tires have been discontinued. Here are the 5 choices we have for you. These three are "performance" tires, and this one is the closest to what you had before."

Now when we got new tires a year and ahalf ago, or whenever, it was a big chore to get them because Joel researched tires and gave me a shortlist and sent me off (with Emmy in tow) to get new tires. So I knew that Joel would want to know the full name of all the tire choices. So I asked the guy for the brands and the full name of each tire. Remember I still have two kids with me.

2 calls later, and 45 minutes later, Joel gives me the name of the tire he wants and we go eat lunch. We come back, and wait. And wait. I have decided to buy the insurance plan this time, which is 10% of the price of the tire.

So, three hours and a cool $250 later, we have two new tires and two older but still okay tires. And they have been rotated, balanced, and aligned. And I just hope they were telling the truth.

This is so confusing to me because I really don't know much about the topic. So even a discussion about whether to rotate the old tires to the front and put the new tires on the back is a 5 minute discussion, which I did not bother Joel about.

My kids are having rest time, and I think I need to watch some female show on the Lifetime channel to get the smell of tires out of my hair.