Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Jesse just rocks! Why? BECAUSE I SAY SO
this was actually published about 5 pm eastern standard time on November 4. Blogger's time is all wonky for some reason. It also took me several tries to publish. I guess everyone has something to be said right now
(What a horrific, grammar bludgeoning, run-on sentence that was)
But he's gonna win anyway. So I am posting a video instead since I am on a lovefest with Coldplay
If I could have easily found a video that had a different visual display, I would have, since, as anyone can plainly see, even Barack Obama can dance better than Chris Martin. Barring that, it is an awesome song I currently cannot get enough of.
*edit - there are only 5 pictures that cycle through this video and for some reason this guy seems to like one of them much more than the others, but at least you can hear the song again - it was the only one I found in my limited search that was the complete song and where the embedding was not disabled *
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
It was taken on June 12th 2005 and it is Gabrielle with her Aunt Dorothy at my in-law's
Isn't she the very cutest?!!!
Even Gabrielle got in on the fun once the baby had found his way to the trampoline
Peter, however, could not be bothered with that kid's stuff. He was way too busy helping Dad clean up the brush. BUT, he was OUTSIDE
The boys and their love for burning brush:
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This little lovely seat that my wonderful friend Carrie procured at giant consignment sale for me has done its job
Benjamin just last Thursday completely amazed me when I set him in his baby papsan (also courtesy of Carrie, or Donelle, I can't remember which, but they are almost one in the same) and instead of reclining, he sat straight up. I was not expecting this for another few weeks. But as we all know, my memory is hazy and he could have been developmentally expected to sit upright weeks ago. But hey, I give credit to the bumbo seat anyway
Of course, we must remember that in sweet, sweet babyland, ANY piece of equipment, regardless of intended use is the perfect place to sleep
If only I could sleep like that
Friday, October 3, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
So earlier tonight I was looking for a particular song on the internet (which shall remain unnamed for reasons I am slightly too embarrassed to admit) and I eventually found this. Several years ago, I was watching Classic Arts Showcase (which I no longer get - quite upset about that and I plan to do something about it - later) and I saw a song performed very much like this. I never thought I would see anything like it again (you know, with the loss of my channel and all). But I sat here with Benjamin and watched it, he became mesmerized. When he would lose interest, the chords would grab it back again.
Yes, better than Baby Einstein
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
He titled it: "Family Tree" - because he is AWESOME
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I got it 4 years ago and it is still stashed away in my old yahoo folders.
Take a moment
My children came home talking about the twin towers. I know it has been 7 years, but it just really hit home when my 8 year old said 'It happened 7 years ago'
Gotta go pick up the other child
God Bless America
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
why allowing my eight year old to use his father's power tools doesn't phase me at all, I will never know. But dang, isn't he so cute in that mask? Larry made him wear it. I was quite surprised since the man never wears them himself
This is a close up before I painted her hair and eyebrows on. You can barely make out the little cheeks and lips. It looked better with the food coloring on, but I didn't get a close up of the baby once I finished her. And yes, my flowers are silk, but with feeding my baby and all, I just didn't have time to make sweet pea flowers made from fondant. The gum paste I had was just not drying and it wasn't working out for me. I wish my pink would have been slightly less shocking, but IDONTCARE! I did it! Yes, I am still reeling in disbelief
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
So the boys just didn't want to go to bed, surprise, surprise and they somehow managed to be upstairs twirling this twirly thing (courtesy of my mom) in front of Benjamin. He was just squealing with laughter. And OF COURSE the camera was all the way downstairs on the other side. By the time I got back up the newness had already worn off and he wasn't laughing quite as much. I am not even sure the video is even visible. I guess I will have to post to see if you can hear anything. Okay, so you can't see a THING but the audio is still pretty cute. So here are some pics you CAN see taken earlier in the afternoon
And one of them (it is hard to say which because they are both pretty snap-happy) took the above two pics of Benjamin - you know, when Mom wasn't looking
Friday, August 15, 2008
Buddy, the neighborhood dog,ever faithful was estatic when the kids came out that morning
Everyone is all smiles ready to go back to school
When I got home I realized that I didn't get any pics of the bus. So I went out when they got home and I even went back into to the house to get the camera and when I got to the stop, the stinking batteries were dead in the camera! AKK! But I did get the three, so that is more than usual
Friday, July 18, 2008
Anyway, I thought I would post some pics of when the kids and I went to Seattle. There are LOTS. So I am sure this won't be the last post about them
Most of these will be of the mountains on the Olympic Pennisula, as is this one
And last but certainly not least, this is my favorite picture in the mountains. I have it as the background on my laptop. If I knew my way around html, I would have it as the background on my blog, but I am nowhere near that elevated level of intelligence. Do not be surprised if it shows up again
Well, that's it for this week's edition of Flashback Friday. I must do something productive now, like make dinner
Thursday, July 17, 2008
And then she said: "You do not do hip hop for a BABY show, it is just WRONG." And she said she would get mad at me if I put it in my blog, but I told her I just had to. Sorry, Gabrielle, some things are just too funny to be left alone
PS, I would be wary about clicking any of the videos listed at the end of the clip, for some youtube members thought it would be funny to use hip hop harry clips with some rather innapropriate music
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Gabrielle made the card next to Benjamin and Peter decided that it and "pengi" would be good props. Yes, those are his toes in the bottom of the picture, so my other kids ARE being visually represented.
The kids have decided that Benjamin looks 'mad' in this picture. Well, I just can't stop laughing.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Above is the view from the boys' room. Yes, they have a door that leads straight to the deck. I was a little apprehensive about putting them in a room with direct access to the outside, but it hasn't been a problem yet.
Even though we own only up to the driveway you see in the bottom of the photo, it is wonderful to sit on the deck, talk on the phone, and look at the trees.
(This one is for you, Becky!!! ;-)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Not that I will ever be one of the moms to "get myself back" but I love it anyway. And now that I have figured out how to embed youtube videos into my blogs: WATCH OUT!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
This of course, is my favorite. Of all my kids, Tre is usually the most likely one to be compared to an animal. Yes, he DOES look like a human trapped in a hamster maze. That's my Tre
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
He was running out of projects with the old house, so we needed to find new opportunties for him and his passion for renovation. Boy, it will be a LONG time before he runs out of projects now. By the way, notice his tool of choice in hand: the crowbar and hammer.
Monday, June 9, 2008
That is my baby sister-in-law, Danielle, (that you can now see, thank you Kris!)who just graduated from high school. She was co-saludatorian of her class and because of this she was asked to address the audience.
In her speech, she chose to use pieces of art to illustrate her point. (Ha Ha illustrate - art; oh well, the joke is lost in translation, or something like that).
I totally can't do her speech justice because I don't have a copy of it, but she first used a picture of DaVinci's Last Supper that we all know and love:And then she showed us a picture of Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" which is:
a urinal that he signed and submitted to the Society of Independent Artists for their 1917 exhibition, which, it had been proclaimed, would exhibit all work submitted. Duchamp was a board member of the Society of Independent Artists and submitted the piece under the name R. Mutt, presumably to hide his involvement with the piece. After much debate by the board members (most of whom did not know Duchamp had submitted it) about whether the piece was or was not art, Fountain was hidden from view during the show.
Basically, Danielle's point was that we should, as Duchamp did, think out of the box and not find beauty or artistic expression only in areas deemed by worldly values as beautiful or artistic. Or, as The Art of Noise said "a work of art, or an effort to create beauty, was always regarded by some people as a personal attack."
Again, no justice is served by my meager and disjointed explanation, but I was really proud of her. For someone who is not going to major in arts, I was really surprised how much she used it in her speech. I just guess she's really well rounded.
Danielle was assigned, as all recent seniors of her high school (for my brother-in-law Andrew who is two years her senior completed one, too) are required to make a scrapbook including family, friends, early years and school life. And of course, this was on display during her graduation party. I didn't expect to have a large part dedicated to me in her scrapbook and I didn't, but she wrote some great things about me. I almost cried. She wrote about how she introduced me to manga and how she really liked to spend time with me. And I really like to spend time with her, also. She just really loves life and is very sure of herself and knows where she is going. She is so smart! I am so glad my husband has a great family I can be a part of.