Friday, January 20, 2012

cousins and instagram

just a little outing with our cousins and some fun with instagram.  ruby and finn were having a lot of fun "doing the trees" on instagram to change all the different filters on the pictures.  finn declared he always liked the black and white (he's old school, like that) and ruby just insisted on seeing every single filter before choosing one at random when she was done.  my, it is fun to have cousins to grow up with.  and bagels.  it is good to have bagels in your life also.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

old sweatshirts and embarrassing your kids

last week i went on a field trip with jack's class to the science center.
the morning of, i was getting lunches together and breakfast made while sporting my always stylish morning attire of pajama pants and one of pete's old baggy sweatshirts.
as i was finishing things up, jack walked up next to me and asked, "you are coming on our field trip today, right?"  "of course," i responded, not seeing where this was going.  he gently tugged at the elbow of my sweatshirt and in a very concerned, but sweet voice, asked, "you're not wearing this are you?"
oh, my.  
and so it has happened.  i have entered the days of my appearance mattering to my kids.  
part of me wanted to show up for the field trip still wearing at least the baggy sweatshirt...

*pictures are totally unrelated to the field trip.  just a few random snapshots from a family walk one weekend.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

wednesdays at PAM

this afternoon we met up with our friends, the crosses, for some free museum action at the phoenix art museum.  my kids love going to this museum and i love that it is free on wednesday afternoons.  i really do love this museum, actually, not just when it is free.  they have an amazing frank lloyd wright exhibit there right now that we barely got to peek at since there is a lot my kids insist on seeing.  a nice quiet date night at the museum might be in order next time...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

dissecting nursery rhymes

my kids (as all kids do) often bring up the most random topics of conversation.  they seem to be out of nowhere, but i am sure they follow some little train of thought in their own heads that i would love to be privy to.  yesterday morning finn and i went on a walk down to "the big trees" because he was hoping the mini canal that runs by it would be empty and maybe i would let him climb down in it (it was and i did).  on our way there we were talking about going to the grocery store when suddenly he started telling me about how two nights before he had a dream that he was in a boxing class with george and they had a boxing uniform that was blue shorts and a red shirt and they had boxing gloves and were practicing punching...  the story went on for a few minutes, then jumped right into the question, "in that one song, what does it mean when they say, 'pop goes the weasel'?"  uh?  weren't we just talking about boxing?  "you mean the song 'all around the mulberry bush?" i asked.  "ya.  does it mean that the weasel caught the monkey or, like, ate him or something?"  what?!  "i think it just means that he hid from the monkey who was chasing him and then popped out of the bush to scare the monkey as a joke."  are we seriously talking about this?  "no, mom.  it says, 'the monkey thought it was all in good fun,' so then when they say pop goes the weasel that means its something that's not fun."  are we really trying to dig to the deeper meaning of this?  i tried my last time.  "i think it just means that maybe the weasel wasn't having fun being chased, which the monkey thought was fun, so the weasel decided to have fun too by hiding from the monkey and then popping out and saying boo and i bet they both laughed and then they both had fun."  *sigh*  "no, mom."  clearly, i just wasn't getting it.  
i don't know if i was a stupid kid, but i certainly don't remember taking things for more than face value as a kid.  especially at 4.  or even 10.  a song was just a series of words strung together to a catchy tune that you can sing along to.  who cares what the words mean.  or in the movie seven brides for seven brothers you are just supposed to accept that it is ok for seven brothers from the back woods to sneak into town and kidnap women from their homes at night to take back to their secluded cabin and marry.  you are not supposed to question this as strange or bad.  apparently my kids didn't get that memo either...

Monday, January 16, 2012

rock-n-roll marathon

this weekend was the rock'n'roll marathon in phoenix, so we got up yesterday and headed down the street to watch some of the runners go by.  our neighbor dina was in the marathon, so lucy and finn wanted to make her signs to hold up as she ran by us.  lucy got a little impatient waiting for her to come by, but the boys seemed to enjoy the ordeal of it all.  jack decided to see how many people he could get to high five him as they ran by and finn enjoyed anyone who was dressed funny or doing something out of the ordinary, like dribbling a basketball while running.  i just love being out early this time of year with my family, going on a walk and sipping our coffee.  might fine, indeed.

and, yes, all my boys are in desperate need of haircuts...

Monday, January 9, 2012

mindy kaling

for christmas this year i was the very lucky recipient of two fantastic gifts (ok, i also got a milk frother and a new blender and some other goodies, but these two seem to be at the top of my list at the moment...  ok, really the milk frother is amazing).  anyway, i received an i-phone and mindy kaling's new book.  the phone is rad, obviously.  no need to elaborate on that one.  but, this book is fantastic.  i laughed out loud excessively and finally had to walk out of the room so as to not continue to read excerpts aloud to pete.  like when she goes on a mini-rant about how, for some reason, everyone seems to know all the words to the song "jack and diane" without ever having chosen to learn them.  and she can't help but wonder why these kids aren't at home doing homework, or helping with chores around their house.  she suggests a new song, a little ditty about "nguyen and ari," as a new song to inspire the youth of america.  i love it.  i loved this whole book.  let me know if you want to borrow it.  or you can just come over for coffee and i will be one of those annoying people who tells you so many different parts of the book (and in not nearly a funny enough re-telling) that you will finally get frustrated and say, "looks like i don't have to read that book myself now."  but seriously, pick up a copy and enjoy yourself.

Friday, January 6, 2012


for christmas, i was the lucky recipient of an i-phone.  it is extremely wonderful in general, but really what i love the very most of all is the app, instagram.  if you have an i-phone get this app.  then tell me you are on instagram so i can follow your photos and know where you are at all minutes of the day like a good stalker...
and, yes, i went to california right after receiving my new phone, hence the excessive balboa pictures.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

ten years

pete and i have been married for ten years today.
crazy to think everyone was ok with letting these two little kids get married.
or at least nice enough to keep their mouths shut or whisper about it behind our backs...
life is good.  very, very good, indeed.
i love you, pete.

i also came across this picture of pete and i in high school.
i think we were 16.
since we met when we were 15, 
i now have known pete longer than i have not known him.
if that makes sense. 
anyway, yes, i had braces. 
and, yes, i have lots of "i am very self-concious about my braces and
 therefore, smile awkwardly with my mouth closed" photos from high school.
i also noticed how very pale i look in this picture.  
apparently, i knew being paste-y white and sickly looking was cool long before twilight...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

we're back... kind of.

we're going to try and make a comeback.  
no catching up on the 6 months we missed, just planning to jump in from here.  
this is for those 7 people who have been harassing me about the lack of posts.  
(erin, kim... you all know who you are...).
its a new year, so we'll see if i can stick with it...