Wednesday, December 30, 2009

365 days

One month to go. One month before this experiment of a blog is one year old.

Today I do not think I will continue. Mid January will bring reconsideration.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hundreds protest global warming

I snagged this photo from the hilarious Maria Ashley,  who blogs here:

Monday, December 21, 2009

Oven Update, or we paid HOW MUCH for this appliance?

The oven is still not working, she wrote with a deeply furrowed brow.   Guess what?   (Loosely paraphrased from serviceman's explanation)  If the thingy sends the wrong message to "the board" the whole system implodes, and even though we have a replacement thingy, we really need the replacement board.  There was no way to know this until the appliance was nearly dissembled and the thingy was tried out.   The replacement board has to be sent in from out of state.   Because why would they have it here in Portland, where we bought the oven?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Read much?

Ok, it is just pathetic my favorite book list is from 2008.   Geez.   What have I read in 2009?  Hmm...

Clifford's Animal Sounds
Little Racoon, Here's Your Spoon!
happy baby 123
Colors Foil Fun
Chickie Stop and Go
Where is Baby's Belly Button?
and one cannot forget Goodnight Moon

What are the kids reading?

Greener Grass -- it's SO good!
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The True Meaning of Smekday
Storm: the Black Sphere
Jurassic Park

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Best Christmas Card Ever

I cracked up when this came.   Get it?  Two snowflakes are never supposed to be alike.   Suzanna made this card online for her dad through Gmail, and they sent it through snail mail.   I should have known it was her!

Friday, December 18, 2009

If only every day could be so perfect

Today was a great day.

First of all, darling husband who had been in a jury trial all week returned home.  That alone is awesome.  Then, after the varsity and jv (high school daughter and middle schoolers) (and Nolan) kids went to school we took Emmeline & the three of us went Christmas shopping.   Hunky husband and I shared coffee, talked about our kids, hugely enjoyed our blossoming toddler, and stirred up love.   Have I mentioned lately how incredible he is?   I love my man, peeps!

Later in the day I picked up jvs, and they were giddy with excitement to be out of school.  Everyone was in a fabulous mood; Dad got home early, driven by Chloe who just got her driver's permit; and we went out to eat (almost never do this but my oven is still broken).

Got home, bathed baby, watched Frosty, and kids fell into bed, bellies full & bodies exhausted from giggling so much.  

I don't need gifts for Christmas; what more is there to have?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Post that Wasn't

Every year for Christmas I make a particular Christmas bundt cake, heavy and dense with cream cheese, maraschino cherries, and more cream cheese.   It is my thing, and readers I don't have many things.   But not this year.  Nor are we having gingerbread, sugar cookies or peppermint squares decorated like cute presents (or smeared boxes). 

Our oven is broken, and has been for over two weeks.   Thaaaaaat's right, six kids and no oven.   The top works fine, and thus we have eaten our way through every stove top dinner recipe known to recipezar.  Before this I wasn't even sure what salsibury steak was. 
The repair man has cometh (after long bouts with waiting, calling, waiting, rescheduling, and his superb rendition of the characteristics of his SEVENTEEN DOGS) (I am NOT making that up) he said it would be a few weeks for the part to come in.  

From here I am supposed to ease into a charming description of the really important things about the holidays, and traditions which make our home glow with Christmas cheer.   And then I was going to post three cute pictures from our tree -- a popsicle stick baby Jesus with only one googly eye, and nostalgic handmade ornaments from preschool.   I was even going to present a little ode to preschool teachers and thank them for these hilarious charming heirlooms.

But, alas.   Somehow my brand new memory card (which I splurged on for my own self as an early Christmas present because you know it's for families memories, blah blah blah) popped out of my camera last Sunday.   Just decided to bail ship and jumped, apparently.   It was probably the taping of the baby running around -- it's quite dizzying.  And I haven't found it yet.

No pictures and no special food.  

Christmas will still come.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Work Ethic Supreme

This post has two facts you must know first:  It was trash collection day today, and my kids leave for school through the garage.  

After the last of my 'early kids' left, I meandered on, yes I did, into the garage to make sure the lights were off and to lower the garage door.  Imagine my shock to see a MAN IN THE GARAGE.   Readers, it was the trash collector who saw we had neglected to roll out our trash can.   He spied it in the garage, and was getting my trash can instead of skipping us!  

Can you believe what a nice thing that is to do?   If our trash doesn't get picked up, well, it's pretty snarky with the dirty diapers and all.   This man saved me!   

Ok readers, let's pay it forward.   Do something unexpectedly nice for someone, and let me know what it was!!!  (or don't let me know, since no one seems to like to comment, boo hoo.  Are you even there?)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Eve Merriam?

There is a childrens poem I used to know by heart, read over and over to so many wee ones.   It astounds me I cannot remember but the last two lines:

Perhaps you have not heard the news?
Mother has bought me fine new shoes.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Be a Jingle Bell Genius!

Due to excessive amounts of free time  After hearing the three verses of Jingle Bells on the radio I did some research.  Do you know the third or fouth verse?

(Verse 2)
A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We ran into a drifted bank
And there we got upsot

(Verse 3)
A day or two ago
The story I must tell
I went out on the snow
And on my back I fell
A gent was riding by
In a one-horse open sleigh
He laughed at me as I there lay

But quickly drove away

(Verse 4)
Now the ground is white
Go it while you're young
Take the girls along
and sing this sleighing song
Just bet a bobtailed bay
Two forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh and crack!
You'll take the lead

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Baby it's Cold Outside

Brrr, it's a high of 32 here tomorrow!   That's ok, though, I'm still ready to go!