Thursday, February 26, 2009

Confessions of a tired mom






This is my lurid confession...Mackenzie had not been sledding since last year. I believe she only went once or twice last winter. My excuse is pretty lame. The only time we have gotten any good snow, it has been arctic cold. Subzero, I draw the line. The only other time I went out this season with Katryn and Lindsay was during Mackenzie's naptime. After all this, I only felt guilty because when I finally took her 'sledding' she had a wonderful time! On Tuesday it was 40 degrees outside and when I realized how 'nice' it was, I woke her from her nap to go play. The snow ws melting all around us. She kept saying 'FUN Mama!' 'FUN!!!' 'Snow Fun!' She had such a fantastic time. So did I. Her giggles were infectious. My other excuse is Nathan, it is not like I can take him out for a run down the hill. Next winter what can my excuse be? Hopefully there won't be a need for one. I will probably have to look at these pictures and remind my 'I will always be an Arizona Girl' self that playing in the snow is fun! Good Times!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Grampa's Visit







Grampa came to visit over the Valentine's weekend. We had so much fun spending time with him. A huge thank you for being our babysitter for Valentine's Day! This was also the first time Grampa met his newest grandson, Nate the Great! He was smitten (and vice versa) :-) The girls loved playing Hulabaloo & Rock Band with him! Come back soon, we miss you!

Counting the Minutes


Even the girls are tiring of winter. I have a tote I have been gathering items to pack for our trip to Hawaii. The last three nights have been spent 'snorkeling' in the family room. We are definitely ready to go!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Just For Fun. My smile stimulus package.

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How can you have a bad day when you have access to this? Homeopathic antidepressant. :-)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sad Day

I am so disappointed in our Congress right now. Regardless of your position on the TARP (stimulus package), we should all be disgusted at this bill being PUSHED through without even being read first. How can we spend that kind of money without reading the bill? Would you buy a car/house without reading the contract first? Do we mistrust our own guts and feelings so much that we are trusting those in Congress to do what they think is the right thing, without obviously 'thinking'? After all how can someone 'think' about anything they haven't studied or debated (very difficult task when you haven't read it). Perhaps Congress has superhuman osmosis abilities. I am nearly panicked at the direction we are moving as a country. I would LOVE to call or write my Senator and share my feelings, but I don't have one thanks to Minnesota's archaic election laws. We are letting a court decide who our Senator should be vs. having a runoff election. This is costing millions of dollars and will leave half the state frustrated with the results. Why can't we have a runoff election where the clear winner will be found. If you don't know, we had a third party who received enough votes to send the message that the people of Minnesota were fed up with the pathetic Franken/Coleman attack ads, and to end up with a virtual tie for the other two. Who would those have voted for...we can only guess since the government doesn't want to hear from 'WE THE PEOPLE'

We must be watchful, we must be heard, the time has come where the status quo will not do. Read the Constitution, stand up for this inspired document.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

1/3 year old!




Nathan is 4 months! He is 13 lbs 2 oz. In our home, with our scrawny babies, we call that chubby! :-) He is so cute and full of giggles. He blows lots of spit bubbles and loves to be talked to. He loves being tickled and is getting very quick with grabbing things and is getting adept at pulling hair. He is growing so fast! Love you Nate the Great!

Mack Attack


Mackenzie started putting on her 'Sansa' (Santa) Jammies when she saw Daddy was eating an orange. She hadn't put the shirt on yet and begged a slice from him. A juicy, make that a very juicy slice, dripped right down her tummy. I commented, "well at least she doesn't have her shirt on yet." She overhears, runs over to put it on. I say, "honey, no, no. Wait until you are done with your orange. Your tummy is too sticky." Mackenzie solves the problem by cleaning her tummy off with her jammy shirt. Observing our surprise and slight distress, she sneaks off to make things right. She reenters the room carrying her 'clean' shirt. Drip. Drip. Drip. The shirt was cleaned in the bathroom sink. Drip. Drip. Drip. Followed the trail to the bathroom. Drip. Drip. Drip. Two year olds love to help. :-) Such a shame that enthusiasm for helping doesn't continue to an age when the ability is there. :-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Devster


Happy 21st Birthday Dev! Devan is my not so baby 'baby brother,' we are 14 years apart. I know it must be frustrating sometimes to be the youngest, but he will admit there are a few perks. Most of my memories of Devan are from his early childhood and conversely he has few memories of me even living in the same house with him... ;o) I am pretty sure Eric still has scars from Devan's TMNT days, when he was about 4. That kid had skills, ninja stealth skills. Devan has truly always had serious gaming skills. All of his older brother's friends would call him for codes and help. He just has a natural ability. I have always been impressed with Dev always seeming so comfortable in his own skin. He feels confident in his decisions (something completely foreign to me). He is a talented artist and very creative. He also has more nicknames than anyone you know...

Happy Birthday Devan, we love you!