Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The crazy hair is gone

I thought he would be a total terror, instead he was a total diva. He kept looking in the mirror, from left to right, making sure she was doing it right. He was really putting on the charm. He looks like a little boy.

Cookie anyone?

This week I have been possessed by the cookie demon. First I made some Halloween ghosts for friends and visiting teaching gifts.

Then I got this crazy idea to make over a 100 8's for all the peeps that wave signs with me. I brought some over to the call center as well last night for the 40 some odd people that were making cold calls for Prop 8 support. Bless them, I could never do it.

Ethan's Field Trip

This is a week overdue, but I was able to go on Ethan's first field trip. It was also his first time on a bus. He was loving it. He had a smile on his face the ENTIRE ride. I was kind of feeling guilty for being able to go because all of the other moms kept saying to me, oh, you're so lucky you get to go, I wish I could go. I guess this is one of the few benefits of having a son with diabetes.

Ethan and his friend LaMar on the bus.

Ethan's class

Planting a radish seed.

Ethan holding a baby chick. This was his face the entire time. He didn't know what to do with it. He was frozen. He gave it back after only a minute or two.

Monday, October 27, 2008


I voted today! I was so thrilled to stand in line for only 5 minutes. It is expected that lines will be at least 2-3 hours long next Tuesday and there was no way I would be dealing with that. If any of the people or issues I voted for lose/don't pass it will be much easier to take knowing I didn't stand in line with two kids for 3 hours.

On to Prop 8... I did some more sign waving tonight. I have to say that people are really passionate about this issue. I got some middle fingers, plenty of heads shaking at me, thumbs down, explitives, name calling, it was brutal out there. But don't worry, I will be back for more tomorrow night.

Eric, who you all know is obsessed with everything Apple, had this to say today...

I was upset with Apple this past week for coming out publicly against Prop 8. I am writing this on a mac and am a very loyal Apple customer. Their official press release is calling Proposition 8 a "Civil Rights Issue" and I strongly disagree with that. I already fired off an e-mail to their public relations office but I wanted to share what I think is the best Prop 8 video I have seen thus far.

Civil Rights Issue?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

If I had $125 to spend on Etsy....

....these things would be on their way to me!

This may be my only chance to do this

Keep it up UTES!

I realize I may be jinxing them considering they haven't played TCU, but one can hope.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can.

I know, I know... it's not homemade. Diane is in Omaha right now reading this and is either 1. relieved she doesn't have to come home and think about helping me create a costume or 2. disappointed she doesn't have to come home and think about helping me create a costume. This choice is actually a long time coming. You all know he loves Spiderman. Why? I have no idea. It's not like he's seen the movies or anything. He's wanted to buy this costume for years and I finally had a reason for him to do so... desperation. Tonight was trunk or treat at the church so it was either buy a costume or put him in Spongebob from two years ago, and he wasn't having that.

Funny thing is, Ethan is more excited about getting dressed up for Halloween than getting the candy. Thankfully.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Hold me back.

Christmas has already started at the mall, which is where we were tonight. It's a good thing I have no house to decorate because this list is just a few of the fun things for the holidays that I noticed tonight.

Restoration Hardware's Luxury Plush Throw Blanket

C&B Ornaments

C&B Stockings - Anne you need to get these.

Hunter Wellington Boots

Mrs. Meyer's Peppermint Hand Soap & Lotion

Pottery Barn's Glitter Santa Canvas

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I am expecting Cohen to ask for a tattoo for his 16th birthday.

Cohen has made a habit, as of late, of coming into our bed around 5am only to fall back asleep until about 7-7:30. It drives me nuts but at 5 in the morning I am not about to get out of bed to put him back in his because I will 1. get a fight from him, 2. probably never fall back asleep myself, and 3. see him back in our bed within 10 minutes anyway. So the routine is that he comes in, sleeps for another hour or so, and then when he is done sleeping he shoves the remote in my face because he knows Eric and I won't fully wake up until about 8. This morning, we went a little past 8, so Cohen was roaming the house for who knows how long. I guess I have learned my lesson in letting him do this....

... I have yet to find the marker. It's washable, which was a relief, and I haven't found any walls covered in black marker, but where the heck is the marker? Ethan would have never done this. He hates getting his hands messy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Irvine Park Railroad

Today is October 15th. Some would say, the middle of fall. So, last night, when we thought about what to do the following day - what came to mind was a traditional fall activity, visiting a pumpkin patch/farm. What we didn't realize was that it would be 88 degrees during our nice fall adventure. Brutality. Anne, Mike and my mom met us over at the Irvine Park Railroad after Ethan got out of school and despite the heat we still managed to have a great time.

The kids don't get the concept of just putting their faces in the holes.

My mom found these pumpkin face kits that are just like Mr Potato Head but for pumpkins. Ethan loved it. No knives needed! (Found at Target)

"Traditioooon, Tradition"

It's really stupid, but Halloween is kind of stressing me out right now. I should never have let Eric (and Diane) convince me that Halloween costumes are meant to be made instead of bought. This tradition of creating costumes every year has been fun up until now, but Ethan is giving me nothing to go on this year so who knows what will happen. This weekend is the trunk or treat at church and I have nothing prepared. I am thinking he will have to use one of his old costumes until I get something figured out. Do you think it would be appropriate for a five year old to be a can of diet coke? Cohen could be the lemon wedge...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cohen's Birthday, part 2

Saturday night we headed over to the beach to hang out with my fam. Anne and Mike came down from San Fran for a week which was good timing. Cohen had a great time. Grandma planned a Nemo party for him. Nemo has become his latest obsession which is weird because Ethan had the same love when he was his age. We had a great bbq, cupcake, and too many gifts. Thanks mom for a great party!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Cohen's birthday, part 1

I prefer to call myself green, instead of cheap.

Last night we celebrated C's birthday with Diane & Ed because Diane is heading to Omaha today to visit Julie. We decided to go to the Irvine Spectrum for some dinner and fun! Dinner was at Johnny Rocket's. Cohen didn't sit still for the entire meal. He was jumping on the padded bench, sliding under the table to go to the other side, throwing the Splenda packets, creating a total scene. C has really embraced this idea of being terrible at age 2, Ethan waited until he was 3.

Then we headed over the to carousel. C was not diggin it. He cried the first two times around and then finally warmed up to it on the third go round. Ethan was enthusiatic enough for the both of them. What E was a little nervous about was the ferris wheel. C was all for it and E had to be convinced. Notice the nervous look below. He kept asking, when is this over and how are we going to get out?

On the way home I was trying to remember even the slightest detail of Cohen's birth. I couldn't remember if I had arrived to the hospital the night before the induction or just showed up the morning of the 11th. I also couldn't remember the time he was born. It was really frustrating me. I could remember his weight, but the rest was gone. Erased for some reason. My memory has suffered greatly since having kids. Too bad I didn't have this blog when C was born or else everything would be there for me to reference. If anyone remembers - I would appreciate it.

Naughty birthday boy.


Chillin on the wheel

Not so chill

Friday, October 10, 2008

Yesterday's mail had this in it...

A refund check addressed to me that was sent to my old address in WI. It was put in this clear envelope from the USPS in order to be transferred to my new address in CA. Apparently, it was half eaten by a very hungry postal worker and then regurgitated. Mid-chewing the worker must have looked over at her stack of clear envelopes which reminded her that "she cares", thus feeling obligated to live up to her code of caring, she spit out my delicious check and sent it to me. Why she couldn't have eaten one of the twenty pre-approved credit applications I get on a daily basis is beyond me. I guess real money tastes better than make believe money - and I totally agree.

KC's Parable of the PB&J Sandwich

An excerpt from KC's parable of the pb&j sandwich (for the full post see here):

Behold a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was prepared to be made into a delicious morsel of satisfying grub for lunch...or maybe dinner...or maybe even breakfast. One piece of bread was laid upon the counter and in a few swift motions was smothered by delectable smooth peanut butter whilst the other slice of bread was smothered by mouth-watering raspberry jam. When the bread with the peanut butter and the bread with the jam were placed together as one it was approved of God and called a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Now behold there were some who were absolutely in love with peanut butter and had no interest in jam so both slices of bread were covered with Skippy. And then there were some who couldn't resist the mouth watering taste of the jam therefore both pieces of bread were soaked with Smuckers. WHO HATH EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR. And those reading this blog post said unto K.C., why speakest thou unto us in parables? And K.C. quoting Jesus said, "Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." And it came to pass that for some odd reason those who made peanut butter and peanut butter sandwiches along with those who made jelly and jelly sandwiches wished with all their heart that they could call their sandwiches "peanut butter and jelly sandwiches" and fought and fought and fought (I could go on forever) for the right to call their sandwiches "peanut butter and jelly sandwiches". I say unto you all ye ends of the earth, WO WO WO unto ye residents of CA...and all ye ends of the earth... who wish to call those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!!! For they are not so! If ye make a "like" spreaded sandwich ye are not permitted to call it a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. To you it may be delicious and you can enjoy the benefits of the sandwich thereof but IT IS NOT A PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH! "They seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they UNDERSTAND....For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I (the Savior...not K.C.) should heal them." (VOTE YES ON PROP 8)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


For the past few months the leaders of my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other Christian faith groups have joined forces to spread the word about the upcoming vote on Proposition 8. A vote YES on Proposition 8 would secure that in the state of California, marriage, would be defined as legal between a man and woman only. And I plan to vote YES.

I believe that marriage is a sacred commitment made between a man and woman. It is a deeply religious word that should remain as it is depicted and defined in the Bible. I also believe that all people are created equal and should be treated as such. California already performs civil unions that grant homosexuals the same rights as married couples and I feel this is sufficient based on my religious beliefs.

Eight years ago California voters passed Prop 22 (with 61% of the vote), which prevented California from recognizing same-sex marriages. In May of this year, the California Supreme Court overturned Prop 22, legalizing same-sex marriage. It is now up to the voters to determine one last time, that marriage be defined between a man and woman only.

Vote Yes on November 4th!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Thankfully Eric had a small amount of scruff happening which made these pictures even better.

Was 1998 just a bad year? Why did the model's body all of the sudden gain 100lbs?