Thursday, February 25, 2010

I took these pictures yesterday afternoon. Sometimes the best prescription for exhaustion is hanging out in bed playing with mom's glasses, laughing, and watching PBS kids. I know I needed the resting time. Unfortunately, the laundry is now a mountain. A clean, wrinkly mountain.

NIT (Nerd In Training)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dear Sears,

It is not nice to dangle a super awesome deal on a great treadmill in front of someone's nose, and then charge $209 for shipping. The dream of an awesome new Proform 9.0 Competitor treadmill for $499 died a painful death in my shopping cart during checkout. Maybe you haven't heard that my cholesterol is slightly high and I need to get more exercise. Would this sway you to give me a discount on that psychotically high shipping price? Yeah...I didn't think so. Your loss. I'll continue my Craigslist negotiations for a cheap used one. Good luck pulling the rug out from other shoppers during the checkout process.

Disappointed shopper

Monday, February 22, 2010

School Mail

The girls sometimes send each other letters through the school mail system. I found this one in Juli's stuff today.

February 12, 2010

Dear Juli,

How are you? I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day. I love you. I am really glad you get to come to school with me. I hope you can write back soon. I really love you. Happy Valentine's Day.



*I was pleased to hear from another mom at the DI tournament on Saturday that she has seen my girls holding hands at school and noticed how loving and caring Bella is toward Juli just casually observing them. (she has 2 girls also of the same ages). It's always nice to know that they still love each other when no one else is watching and monitoring their behavior. They're the best.
I'm trying to make a grocery list. Xander is wearing my glasses. Leia is singing, "Every dinosaur poops." My life is so glamorous.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Destination Imagination

***Update: Results are in. They won 3rd place! Yay!
Bella competed in the Gulf Coast Region (of TX) Destination Imagination Tournament today. Her team worked hard for 12 weeks to prepare for their presentation, and instant challenge. (Results not yet in, not that we are expecting to win anything, lol). My video camera died 2 minutes into their presentation, so I'll have to wait until I can get the video footage from another parent...but here are a few pictures...

Putting weights on the tower that they had to build as part of the presentation. It held 265 pounds, and would have probably held much more, but we ran out of space on the stick to add more weights. They should have used the heaviest 45 pound weights, but didn't anticipate it holding this much.
The judges asking questions afterward and marking up their raw scores.
Team photo.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Is it summer yet? The busy level around here is making me want to crawl in bed and not come out. I think if I have to add one more thing to what I've already got going on here, I'm going to need a therapist. Maybe I should stop answering the phone, the door, and the email. That might help.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

We are suffering from varying degrees of being "under the weather" today. My affliction is primarily a 3 day headache which was inducing nausea this morning. Daniel had a sore throat, and Xander had some kind of digestive issue. We are glad that we took the opportunity to go out to dinner with the kids and Daniel's mother on Friday to celebrate Valentine's Day. Despite our questionable health, we still brought our possible germs over to Grammy and Grampy's house today for our usual Sunday visit. The kids missed them terribly while they were on their cruise.

Speaking of their cruise, you would love to see the pictures of them flying down zip lines in the Jamaican jungle, but I have been forbidden to post them on the blog by my camera shy mother. LAME.
Here is a photo of the kids with their Valentine buckets this morning. Don't ask why my daughter looks like someone's grandmother. If someone's grandmother is actually fond of wearing purple pirate printed fabric headscarfs. I'm not sure I've seen that particular fabric choice on any grandmothers recently.
Daniel got me something shiny and red for Valentine's Day. Isn't it romantic? Seriously though, how much more perfect could it be? I love that my husband isn't afraid to embrace the things that we actually care about for romantic gifts...instead of buying into the whole flowers/jewelry routine. It's like how he got me a steam mop for Christmas...because that is genuinely what I wanted. Unfortunately, he didn't consult my mother, because she also got me a steam mop for Christmas...which was hilarious. I guess they both listen when I talk. So anyway, I really resisted getting a new laptop, but my old one was literally disintegrating before my eyes at this point. We're hard on computers, and it was coming up on almost 4 years old. I'm in the process of bonding with my new friend. Daniel was able to do some kind of transfer of all my stuff on my old laptop, so it hasn't been too bad of an adjustment so far. I get attached to things and don't like how computer changes slow me down when I'm working on stuff...but I'm sure my brain will accept the minor differences soon enough.

Hope you had a happy Valentine's Day too! :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Remember last week (if you read the actual site and not through a reader) when I posted the Rufus Wainwright version of Hallelujah in the sidebar...And I talked about how I think it's clearly the best version done of this Leonard Cohen song. It's still up there in case you want to hear it. Well anyway, Daniel and I were watching the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics last night and you may have noticed that lo and behold KD Lang sang a version as the final song. I tried to convince Daniel that I am clearly clairvoyant or something because I was just thinking about this song last week...he didn't buy it. So did you watch the opening ceremonies? What did you think? Did you like the KD Lang version of one of my all time favorite songs? I was not a big fan. But, I'm not a big fan of the original Leonard Cohen song version my opinion is skewed.

Monday, February 8, 2010


*Update: Found a sub for preschool! Disregard the previous whine festival.

So, I was about to FINALLY book our anniversary cruise. It was practically impossible finding a week that we could even go, and now J has a school play the week that I had chosen. Argh! You have no idea how difficult it was to find a week in the first place. X's birthday was the week before. B's birthday is in May. We have a million different events every month to coordinate around. I have to teach preschool the week after. I just don't know when I'm going to be able to find a different opening. I'm so frustrated with trying to find a time to go that I'm ready to forget the whole darn thing! Did I also mention that we are going to have to go on Carnival now anyway because that week was the very last week that Royal Caribbean goes out of TX?

My parents got back from their cruise yesterday and were underwhelmed by most things about this Royal Caribbean experience. The food and shows were not as good as they had been on their former RC trips. So, I guess that kind of made me stop caring about whether we go RC or Carnival anyway. I'm still completely frustrated though. Maybe I can find someone to swap preschool slots with me. Otherwise I'm going to be pushing into end of school year stuff and more birthdays.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

These made me smile.
We had the honor of attending our nephew's baptism today. It was a wonderful day with perfect weather. As always the girls enjoyed some quality time with their cousins. Who would think that a group of boys and a group of girls would get along as well as they do. I'm always amazed at how much they enjoy each others' company. Congratulations H! Thanks for letting us share your special day.

Friday, February 5, 2010


I had a major love affair going on with the Train album My Private Nation about 6 years ago. I listened to it like crazy until I lost the CD somewhere. For whatever reason I never bought it again, or downloaded it either...and basically completely forgot about my entire Train phase. Then I recently heard the newish song Hey Soul Sister on the radio a few weeks ago...and loved it...and then realized that I was not just imagining the fact that it sounded like Train...because it was. So, I fear I may have to download the new album...and the one that I loved so very much that I actually lost the disc.

P.S. I put Xander in his crib for nap a few minutes ago, then answered the phone that was ringing, then walked back into his room and he was gone. I was perplexed, and thought perhaps I was losing my mind. Then I found him snuggled in my bed. He escaped. It's the first time he's ever gotten it in his mind to try climbing out of the crib. He could have done it long ago...if it had occurred to him. I guess there is not much point in holding onto the crib anymore. If he's going to climb out...he might as well be in a normal bed.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Julianne's 7th Birthday part 2

We celebrated Julianne's birthday with a trip to Great Wolf Lodge (in Grapevine TX). We enjoyed the water park, just hanging out, and playing the MagiQuest game that is a part of the resort. On Tuesday, we checked out of the hotel, dropped Daniel off at the Dallas campus of his company for a day of meetings, and headed to the Science and Nature museum. We entertained ourselves there for the better part of the day then picked him up and headed home. Overall, it was a fun trip...but I am still recovering from massive exhaustion. It is a whole lot of work orchestrating that type of thing for 6 people. I'm still too tired to edit and pick out here are a bunch thrown into a slideshow. :)
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Julianne's 7th Birthday part 1

To kick off Julianne's birthday celebration this year, we just had a little family dinner at home with presents and cake. Grammy and Grampy came by to join us. Juli requested her usual birthday dinner, homemade chicken strips, fries, and fruit salad. She told me to pick what kind of cake to I decided to try a Texas Sheet Cake. It was pretty good. No one complained. I used PW's recipe. As you can see in the comments, it is generally referred to as Texas Sheet Cake here in TX, though this recipe doesn't have TX in the title. :) So, we had our sheet cake with some Blue Bell ice cream, and we all probably gained 5 lbs from the sheer volume of butter in the thing...but it was good.
Juli opened her presents from us (Grammy takes them on a solo birthday shopping date where they get her undivided attention and pick out whatever they want for their presents). I had a hard time with her gifts as usual, because the child almost never asks for anything so I have to guess at what she would like every holiday. I went with clothes, shoes, a couple of books, a cool game that is sort of like a more strategic version of connect 4 called Exago, and one of those things with all the little pins in it that you put on your face or hand or whatever and it makes the know the ones...they used to be made of metal pins back in the 80's.

Well, that was part 1 of Julianne's birthday. I'll blog up some pictures of our trip to Great Wolf after I dig out of the sea of laundry and various travel related messes that are currently spread all over the house. Wish me luck...