Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Bananas about Bananas!!

The D man has been eating rice cereal and oatmeal for a little while now. I decided that it was time for him to get started on some “real” food. Well, maybe it’s not COMPLETELY real, but in the baby world there is nothing better than “real” mashed up food.

For his first try of what food is going to taste like for the rest of his life, I started him out on bananas. Now I know that some experts say that you need to start kids on veggies first, and then move on toward the fruits because they’re sweeter and “your baby will take vegetables better if the introduction of fruits are delayed..”...blah blah blah…..


I don’t buy that at all.

Little A started on fruits and he is fine.

I think that D liked his bananas. Slowly, but surely he is getting the hang of eating food. Here’s a clip of him eating bananas for the first time.

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My computer sucks!

It's been 4 days with absolutely no computer and it has been driving me insane. For a while, our internet connection kept turning off and while I was seconds away from calling Cox Communications to complain that I wasn't getting any service, I realized that it was our problem, not theirs.

I thought I had fixed it. I unplugged everything, pulled some cords out and re-situated the set-up that we have in our room. I thought it was fine. I was able to get on the internet for a bit before it konked out on me. Then came the weekend where I was literally on the computer for 2 minutes before I was completely disconnected and unable to get online again until the next day. It was frustrating. Especially since we missed the NCAA games this weekend and wanted to see the results.


We came to realize that it was the cord from the router to the computer. You know, the one that kind of resembles a phone cord? Well anyways, the cord was completely broken, so we bought a new one immediately. Now I am able to write this blog.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Back in the day

My brother emailed me a couple photos from my ASU days. Actually, they were taken a couple days after I graduated from ASU. One of the pics in particular is of Big A and I when we were dating. I looked at the timestamp on the picture and we were only 6 months into our relationship. My, how time has flown by. 8 years and 2 kids later we look like the photos posted above in our blog header. I think we pretty much look the same. The only difference is that Big A lost weight and he gave it to me. :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A girl....really?

I brought a few pics of the boys into work today. I posted some new ones up at my desk and also added some to the back of my badge so I could show others (who don't normally visit the office) what my kids look like. When I showed some people what D now looks like (see picture below), I was told not once, not twice, but 3 times that "SHE" is adorable.

Excuse me? What did you say........... "she"?

I sadly had to inform them that HE is a boy and not a girl. To which they all replied with nearly the same comment of:

"Ohhhh.....sorry. He just has really long hair and eyelashes....."

This poor little dude. He DOES have some crazy long hair, but I cannot cut it now. I want it to grow a little more. But come on..... the kid has a freakin' baseball shirt on in this pic and he has a VERY masculine name. How can he be mistaken for a girl???

This all reminds me of a story my mother told me about how people thought my brother was a girl and would always comment to my mother that she had 2 very cute girls. Now I know EXACTLY what my mom had to go through. She ended up cutting my brothers hair VERY soon after that.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pig is a star

Big A and I were watching what could possibly be the worst movie we have EVER seen.

No joke.

We were bored one evening and decided to rent some funny movies. Since we have an unlimited monthly rental agreement with Blockbuster, we don't feel too bad about renting a crappy movie every now and then. Big A picked out "You Don't Mess with the Zohan."
I love Adam Sandler. I think he's funny. He plays the same type of goofy character in all of his films, and I liked him back in his SNL (Saturday Night Live) days. This movie, however, changed my view of him completely. It also made me wonder why, and who, would have financially supported this movie. It was horrible. It wasn't even funny. Big A and I lasted about 15 minutes into the movie before calling it quits and returning it to Blockbuster.

The ONLY great thing about this film was that our dog, Pig, played a cameo role. She didn't like the film either. Here is a pic of her in her scene.

Here is what she normally looks like without her stage make-up.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lazy Sunday

I went to bed late, got up late and for the most part, this is how I spent my Sunday......



I deserve it! :)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Osborn School District Reunion

Today I attended a reunion which combined my primary, elementary and middle school campuses along with other schools in the Osborn School District.

I was nervous about going.

I didn't know what to expect, didn't know who was going to be there, and didn't know if anyone would recognize me. I was excited to see my old teachers and hoped and prayed that they would be in attendance. I decided to bring my old class photos because, let's be honest....the last time any of these teachers saw me, I was either missing teeth, sporting pimples, or wearing my hair up in some unsightly hairdo.

I met up with my friend Xandi. She went to school with me all the way through High School and was actually a year older than me. The odd thing about us, is that we were never friends.

Ever.

I knew who she was, she knew who I was but we never hung out with one another. The cool thing about us (as we have come to find out), is we are VERY much alike. Especially when it comes to getting in touch with old friends, classmates and teachers. It was nice to share the same enthusiasm at this event.


I also ran into my good friend Noah from middle school. We used to have the same homeroom class in 8th grade and we had a blast. I can't believe how tall he is! He was one of those boys that was extremely short in school.


We searched all over the place for some of our favorite teachers and were very happy that most of them showed up. Some looked exactly the same, some passed away and some, well....we were kind of surprised they were still alive.

Here I am eating some "Ooey-Gooey Ice Cream" with the "Comanche Lady." Back in the day, she would announce winners once a month over the intercom. These winners were students who dropped their Comanche dollars (which you earned for doing something good) in a box with their names on it for a chance to completely make a pig out of yourself and eat ice cream in the cafeteria with ALL kinds of toppings.

I was just talking to Xandi about how I hadn't seen Mr. Merrill (the Clarendon principal) at this event. A few minutes later, I turned around and noticed that he was standing right behind me.

Mrs. Fritsch was the foundation for my education. She was my kindergarten teacher. She looks exactly the same. Just as beautiful as ever.

I was on a quest to find other teachers when Mrs. Fritsch grabbed me to tell me that Mrs. Pogue (my 1st grade teacher pictured on right) was here. I had a lovely chat with her as well as Mrs. Ingles (6th grade teacher pictured on left).

Mrs. Sheets was there and I really liked talking to her. Her and my folks were very close growing up. She has 3 kids and none of them were the same age as me. Her youngest was friends with my brother. Her second daughter was a year older than me, and her oldest daughter was a couple years older than her.

The only teacher from my middle school that was there, was Mrs. Bafaloukos (8th grade Reading Teacher). She stated she remembered me, but I showed her a picture of me with my "bitch flip" hairdo back in the day and then she REALLY remembered who I was.

Of all the people in attendance at this event, the one person who I was completely stoked in seeing was my old Elementary School Principal, Mrs. Murphy.

I had such a fabulous time catching up with the teachers from back in the day who taught me soooo much and played such a huge impact on who I am today.

After the event, Xandi, Noah and I headed over to the Clarendon field and took a re-enactment of a photo that was taken of us long ago. Please note that the girl in the middle did not in any way shape, or form transform into Noah. We actually do not know what happened to Jessica so Noah played her role in this repeat photo.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The cleaning ladies

Ever since I had kids, it has been extremely difficult to keep up with daily household cleaning. I get one room finished, move onto the next one and by the time I finish it, the first room is back to a crazy clutter. I can't win. I'm not a stay-at-home-mom, so I really don't have all the time in the world to be dealing with it.

My mother-in-law (MIL) offered some great advice and help. She suggested that I have some cleaning ladies come in every now and then to help out. I was hesitant to do it. I felt like having cleaning ladies was something that older people would do since they aren't capable of cleaning an entire house themselves. It took me a while (and some reasoning from my MIL) to realize that cleaning ladies can take care of the work for me so I can spend more time with my family.

So far, I have had these cleaning ladies for 2 months and I love it! The amount of stress I had, has been reduced. Plus, I have so much more time on the weekends to be able to spend with my family instead of having to clean rooms, vaccum and dust. What would normally take me 2-3 days to do, is now complete in about an hour and a half. I love it!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Future MSU Football Player??

D's grandparents went to Michigan State University back in the day. As a result, we have a severe fan base here in Arizona including Big A, Little A and even myself. When Little A was younger he received this MSU onesie and we had several pics of him taken in it. Now D has inherited the onesie, and here he is sporting his favorite team and handling a football for the 1st time.
The football was almost the size of him.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday



Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Rake me up, before you go go......

Little A was getting tired of his outside toys today and found something else that was just soooo much cooler than any other toy he has ever owned.


Do you know what that could be???


A rake!!



Yup, that's right! Little A thought that it was fun to play with a rake today. Here he is spinning it around and then posing with it like he's "Sparky" (the ASU mascot) with his pitchfork.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Trip to Kiwanis

Little A is off of school this week. He's on Spring Break. We decided to take a trip to Kiwanis park and have a picnic. We got to feed the ducks with the infinite amounts of bread-ends and buns that we had in our fridge. It was pretty warm, but we had a great time. After we fed the ducks, we walked around the park, ate our lunch and headed over to the playground. Luckily, the ENTIRE play area was shaded. D was completely knocked out by the end of our trip.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Obamama (all one word)

While driving back to our house the other day, Big A saw this plate on the car in front of us. It was very difficult to get because my camera takes horrible night shots, plus this lady was switching lanes like crazy.....probably because she saw me trying to take a picture of her.




Anyways, we loved the plate because we are such STRONG supporters of Obama, and me (as a mom) thought it was a clever idea!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Why Leno Needs a Bodyguard!

Check out this video when you have a spare moment. Jay Leno is up to his wise-ass edited scripts again.....

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Friday, March 13, 2009

To be 6 again.....

I received an email from my friend, Danielle, the other day. Normally, when I get a random email from friends about a joke, or some chain mail message about forwarding for "good luck," I usually delete it. This one was pretty good and I thought I would share it with everyone.
A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like to have for her Birthday.

'I'd like to be six again', she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day!

He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide,the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster RollerCoaster, everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.

He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's. What a fabulous adventure!

Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, 'Well Dear, what was it like being six again?'

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. 'I meant my dress size, you idiot!!!!'

**The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Yum!

I was watching TV with Little A the other day. When I glanced over at him I caught him doing this.....

I did a double-take and even pulled his left hand away to make sure that what I saw was true. He was sucking his big toe!!

After I caught him, he stopped sucking his toe. To be honest, I haven't seen him do it again. I probably wouldn't mind it too much, but he's a boy. Boy's are dirty, and he'd been walking around outside, playing in the dirt and running in the grass before this pic was taken. Yuck!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday





Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bad boy

Little A can be such a terror at school sometimes. Today he told one of his classmates to go throw sand into another kid's eyes.

So what did the kid do?

He listened to Little A and did the deed. Then, he told the kid with sand in his eyes to go and punch the sand thrower.

And what did that kid do?

He went over and punched the kid that threw sand at him. Ugh.....sometimes I just don't know what to do with Little A. He can be sooooo good at school and at home, and then other times he does such awful things.

This is the 2nd complaint we have had about Little A in the past week. The first time was just last Friday when another teacher informed me that he is becoming a little too aggressive at school and wants to fight, kick and punch other kids. I was a little shocked by this to say the least. I know that Little A has his moments at home, but he certainly was not the terror that she was making him out to be. Nevertheless, both teachers are going to work on his aggression and attitude. We all think he still may be having difficulty with things since D is around.

Hopefully things will get better.
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