Monday, September 29, 2008


Today the kids and I ran down to costco to pick up dog food. We decided to be leisurely about it and wander the aisles when we saw this...

I think I may recall hearing something about this but I never expected to see it in the store. Tucked right on the other side of the cell phone kiosk between printer supplies and cordless telephones sat a casket display. Trevor and Elise had no idea why anyone would want one of them. Megan knew what they were for but was surprised that costco was selling them. I am not sure how that works...

gee I wonder if you get a 2% cash rebate on that purchase?

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Well last week Elise ended up catching some big kid version of croup... or crap which seems a far more appropriate name. She recovered pretty quickly. She was kind enough to share it with her big sister who woke up Saturday morning with no voice. She sounds like a dog that has been debarked. Funny how taking to noise out of one kid seems to lower the volume on all of them. They are right now quietly playing Monopoly on the floor and all is pretty quiet. I feel bad for her but maybe another day or two without a voice would be fine. Is that mean of me to say?

We have a long weekend from school so I am sure she will be back to her authoritative self by Tuesday.

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
~Irish Proverb

Monday, September 22, 2008

Summer 2008

Here are some misc. pictures from our summer-- click the link and enjoy!

I was told it is not clear what to click to see the pictures... right below the picture of the 3 helmet heads where it says "SUMMER 2008". The actual words are the magic port hole...

From SUMMER 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Darn that TIVO!

I was aimlessly folding laundry and had the TV on to keep me company when a commercial came on for the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy. It looked so good. I could not wait. I suddenly feel like a junkie off "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" willing to do anything for just a little sneak peak. I will not spoil it for you-- I saw something. It all happened too fast to see what it was and who was involved. In the old days I would have just been a little more curious to see the actual show. Now in this day and age I start tossing laundry everywhere to find the remote control...back it up a minute and then put it in sloooooow motion. That's when it happened... I had that instant "oh darn" feeling. Like a kid that opened their Christmas presents and rewrapped them. Knowing come Christmas morning there will be noooo surprises for you. Feigning surprise and "Oh My" when the real moment actually arrives.

Oh well, I know something you don't know!

Shhh... don't tell the kids

I cheated on my children. Please do not tell them. I know there will be hell to pay later! the price will be high but I am prepared to pay it.

For birthdays my Mom, Sister and I do things rather then buy things...although our doing things usually results in us buying things. Go figure, total woman logic there. Mom bought us tickets to Shrek the Musical for our birthdays this year. Yes, I know the kids would have loved it but they also may have gotten wiggly and bored and tickets are spendy. So us big girls had an afternoon out at a great show. They are headed to New York this fall. If you have a chance see the show! Really it is not just for kids!

He must have had knee pads on because Lord Farquaad walked on his knees the entire performance.

Hey I got an idea! I could stay with you! We could stay up late, swap manly stories, and in the morning, I'm making waffles!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Do pigs have lips?

Election, Election when will this end... I suspect it will get more ridiculous before it is all over and then when it does end one group will probably cry foul. I have no idea what group that will be... It seems to be a daily thing where it goes one way then the other. We still have 6 weeks left of this bickering, finger pointing and accusations. Gee what is a mom to do? I just want to send them both to their rooms to take a time out for about 5 weeks! 
Either way they need to leave Olivia the pig out of it! 
Check out this link to see what Huckabee had to say. Caution though -- he defended Obama 

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? 
 ~Robert Orben

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

For my birthday...

Today Megan advised us that for her 10th birthday she wants a popcorn popper... Her birthday is 7 months away but she says she is certain she will still want a popcorn popper. It was quite cute because she started out by saying "guess what I want for my 10th birthday?" Before she could tell me I started coming up with all sorts of silly things

  • 10 one dollar bills
  • 10 socks
  • 10 nickles
  • 10 pennies
  • 10 puppies
  • 10 rocks
  • 10 crackers
"No mom I want a popcorn popper! "

We'll have to check back on that one. Although I think she was thinking about her Opa having the same popcorn popper that he got for his 10th birthday even still today...not to tell his age but many, many years later. Surprisingly it is still in working order, I do not think I have as much faith in the popcorn poppers of today but who knows. It will be a story for her children if it survives.

She also told me she would like the exact dinner we had tonight on her birthday. Not sure why she is ruminating on her birthday so much right now. I did tell her that would be just peachy but she might change her mind between now and then! What a compliment though that a boring Monday night dinner was actually Birthday quality. Wowza, I had no idea!

In case your curious what is apparently her new favorite meal it was BBQ Flank steak, homemade scalloped potatoes and sautéed summer veggies.

"The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves."
~W.C Fields

Summer Memories 2008

  • Disneyland and all it entails with Dan, M'Lisa, Tasha, Jason and Cuz' Linda
  • Universal Studios
  • Trevor and Elise's first airplane ride
  • Seeing/meeting Cousin Linda a first for the kids
  • Jason and Megan on the "tower of terror"
  • pink huh?
  • a week of camping at boyscout camp
  • Trevor and his crazy scooter tricks
  • Hannah and Ben's Wedding...lovely
  • Michael's journey to the "deep south" for a car race
  • Lyle Lovett at the and music what a lovely combination
  • Oma and Opa camp at the beach house with cousin Ava
  • Megan's first Mariner game, a 9 year old special outing all the grand kids get with Papa-lunch in the "Hit it Here Cafe" and getting to run the bases after the game. Maybe some Mariner players should run the bases as practice with the kids...seems they forgot how to! At least they won this little girls first game.
  • a week of jump start summer school but in our house referred to as "Camp Adventure" they still figured out it was school though
  • Megan's first concert-- Willie Nelson at Marymoor Park with her Mom and her Auntie
  • RAIN, more then usual
  • walks to the lake for Remo swims
  • a new puppy
  • no alarm clocks
  • late nights
  • at least 30 episodes of Sponge Bob, Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place
  • S'mores at Grandma and Papa's
There is more I am sure... I just wanted to jot it all down while I was thinking about it.

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."
~James Dent

Today Show

Here is the video of the Today show coverage about the blogger I mentioned. This renews my faith in the inner good of so many people.

Monday, September 8, 2008


Lately I have fallen into reading other peoples blogs mainly because only 1 member of our family has undertaken the daunting ask of sharing the little things in their life with a mass group.

I recently came upon a wonderful blog of a young mom with 4 little kids. She blogs about life, motherhood and being a wife in a very positive light. She was just in a horrific small plane crash last month with her husband and another pilot. She sustained burns to 80% of her body and is in a medically induced coma for probably months. Her husband suffered burns over 1/3 of his body. The outcome is not pretty any way you slice it. The part that I am so amazed about is that this entire "blogging" community made up of people that have never even met her have raised over $100,000 to help offset the huge expenses. It shows that even though the internet as a whole is so anonymous people still feel that connect with each other. People are still kind and compassionate. Even in the middle of this media circus of an election and economy and housing problems people can still be compassionate about someone else in their time of need.

You should peak at her blog. It makes me want to be a better person. Be more tolerant and less impatient, more concerned with the needs of others and just plain kind. There is no guarantee when this journey will end. Make the most and leave people with something to smile about when you are gone. It would be such a waste to live, the one life we have, and not enjoy the moments that make it what it was in the end. Today is the only day in my whole life that is today, September 8, 2008. Tomorrow we are all one day older and wiser...this day is nearly done. Did I do all I could to make it good and right? Did I respect and love my kids as much as they love and respect me?

Click the below link to her blog if you are interested. It is genuine,inspiring and heartfelt. It is a happy place like Disneyland! Say a little prayer for this family. Their life's path has so drastically changed in one afternoon. It will be a tough journey. One I cannot imagine. I will go snuggle my little ones and sneak a snooze before the alarm starts hollerin' at us!

I hope this rambling finds you happy and healthy. I am not sure if I even have any intent other then clearing out the jumble in my head.

"Some of the shells that wash up on the beach were once very beautiful. We don't know what kind of journey they had to take to get them in their fragile condition. The same is true for people. Be kind."

- Linda Gifford

"One life on this earth is all we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can."

- Frederick Buechner