Blond moment.

November 16, 2008

Oops.  Another one.  I think this makes about 10 this week.

We spent the whole afternoon/evening with John’s bro’s family.  It’s been so long since we’ve done that, their three year old was noticably taller than when last we saw him.  Sheesh.  AND — they’re moving to CA this upcoming week, which is quite a big deal for them and all those who will love & miss ’em.   (Allow me to mention here that I am beyond-thankful for their generosity in parting with lots and lots of amazing kids’ clothes they don’t need any more.  And other stuff, too.  You guys rock!!!!!)  Our kids all had a blast playing together today – and they did great about not picking fights with each other this time.  Yay! Dress ups, play food, running around outside, etc…

And did I bring my camera to capture the last play session in their lovely home here in UT that has been the place for so many great family gatherings?

NO!  ACKK!!!!!!!!!!  REPLAY!  REPLAY!!!!

Fortunately we’ll be seeing them again tomorrow (at a different sibling’s home), so I shall attempt to rectify the situation.  Don’t you hate it later when you don’t have any tangible, look-back-on-it pictures to help you document something important?  It’s often those things which don’t seem like such a big deal at the time, that are the biggest deal when they’re gone.  Sigh.

Like I said.  Get-together tomorrow.  Will take pictures, even if I feel stupid about it because no one on that side takes pictures unless there’s a birthday cake involved.  And even if my brother in law who HATES cameras and photos in general is there.  (Found that one out the hard way.  I still remember the death-glare I got when I, as a newly-married in-law, snapped a super-cute picture of him and his wife hugging and laughing together at a Christmas get-together.  OOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!)  (Fortunately, he forgave me, and he’s actually one of my favorite people.)  (But no wonder I’m a little slow to (a) remember to bring a camera if he’s going to be there, (b) take said camera out of its bag, and (c) get brave enough to use it.  LOL!)

And then I will (a) download and (b) post said pictures.

Hm…. Not like anyone other than family reading this is even going to care.  Good point, Anita. 

Yes!  Eagle is finally asleep!  Good grief, that kid has major sleep issues.  (groan.)  Most kids don’t sleep through the night until they’re the age at which he *stopped* doing the 7-8hr stretch.  I don’t mean to be ungrateful.  It was awesome to sleep through the night with a newborn to 3 or 4 month old baby.  Still.  I would appreciate if he’d remember those sleeping skills and let me sleep more than an hour or two straight.  It’s all about the consecutive hours for me.  I’d rather have 5 straight than 10 interrupted….

Whew!  Look at me ramble.  As noted, he is asleep, and I shall stop jabbering into my fingers.



Date Night!

November 15, 2008


We love date night.  Tonight we did something unusually adventurous… by our standards anyway.  Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long, long time.  ICE SKATING!  Yay!!!!!!!!!  We haven’t ever gone together, and John hasn’t gone since he was 18.  Aaaaaaaand…

We royally stunk.  (Hey, I never said I couldn’t insult us on my blog.) You won’t be seeing us in the next winter olympics, that’s for sure.  We did vastly improve (I like to think) as we continued to skate over that first hour, and it was lots of fun.  Not as easy as I remember it being when I was younger, but hey.  That’s growing up for you.  😛  Timid me, I even got to where I would spin around, skate backwards, and was (trying to) skate fast.  (Not all at once.)

Then, attempting my fastest run around the rink ever, I fell. 

“Wight on my pumkin head,” as Doodle would say.

I’m still not sure how it happened.  One moment I’m thinking, “Ooooh!  Look at me go!!!” and the next minute I’m slip-smack-CRACK, flat on my back.

It hurt.


Way to end our date prematurely, and with such a bang.

Next time -and there will be a next time- I’m wearing one of those dorky helmets they have for the kids.  Ice is hard.

A new policy, fwiw.

November 15, 2008

Just want to make a note here for the benefit of a few recent would-be commentators.

Those who immediately jump into name-calling and (what I percieve as) personal attacks on myself or family, do not get those comments published here.  I respect your right to your opinion, and I will defend your right to express it — but I feel no inclination to let you do so on *my* blog. 

Again, let me be clear that I am happy to hear your opposing ideas/ideals/beliefs/opinions, and will gladly publish your RESPECTFUL comments.  If you insist on insulting us you can do it freely on your own blog, as has happened and will probably continue to happen so long as we’re vocal about religion & politics.

I love you anyway, but don’t expect me to be unreasonable.

IFTI – a new category

November 14, 2008

Yes, I’m making a new category.  Why?  Because although it might get frustrating that I don’t have all the time in the world to devote to thinking all issues through as well as they deserve, nor enough time to comment thoroughly on others’ comments, I have greatly enjoyed the mind-stretching aspect of politics in my life recently.  Even including those with vastly different opinions, and even when such opinions include name-calling.  (A post still unwritten is titled, “I love you anyway” and is dedicated to my anti-8 commenters.)

SO.  This is post #1 in the “I Found This Interesting” category.  Written by Earl Taylor, Jr, of the National Center for Constitutional Studies.

“I’ve never heard of those eleven kinds of cases”

One of our favorite places to visit is the Supreme Court. If the Court is not in session, we take our scholars right into the chamber of the Court itself. Here, along with others who have waited for the tour, we enter the inner chamber and immediately begin to appreciate the beauty and symbolism of this building. The docent welcomed us and proceeded to give about a 20-minute lecture about what happens in this room. She explained the seating arrangements, the procedures of the court, and some of the symbols in the room, including the freezes on the walls high above. Especially impressive are the rays of “streaming inspiration” which, she explains, are representative of the divine wisdom necessary for good law. She also points out, among other lawgivers of history, the figure of Moses holding the tablets upon which are written the Ten Commandments.

It was interesting to hear that nearly 10,000 cases are appealed to this high court every year from lower federal courts and that one of the tasks of the justices is to decide which of the cases they will hear that year. The docent explained that it take four justices to decide to hear a case and that they can only hear approximately 200 out of the 10,000 submitted in any given year. At this point the lecturer asked if there were any questions. A few procedural questions were asked and then one of our scholars raised her hand and asked:

“The Constitution clearly outlines the eleven kinds of cases the federal courts are authorized to hear. Do the justices use these eleven kinds of cases as guidelines when they are deciding which few of the thousands of cases they will consider?”

I sat there in amazement that one of our scholars, without being coached beforehand, could formulate such a question, taking what was learned in the classroom and making a sincere inquiry as it applies in real life in that courtroom. I sat anxiously awaiting the presenter’s answer.

The docent indicated she didn’t quite understand the question and asked our scholar to repeat it, which she did. The presenter then said:

“I really don’t know of those guidelines in the Constitution and I don’t think anything like that is considered here when deciding which cases are to be taken.”

She further said, “I don’t think anyone here even talks about that.”

She then added, “You know, I don’t remember even studying about that when I took civics in school.”

This was one of those moments which drives a teaching point home with such force that it needed no further comment from me. One scholar was over heard saying as he left the court chamber, “They don’t even use the Constitution in this room?”

Anita here: SIgh.  I’m hoping that the ignorance clearly illustrated was actually on the part of the docent, and not our Supreme Court Justices.

Funny Moments

November 13, 2008

So on a day when I was supposed to be at a studio 20 minutes away, at 9am, with at least one of the three kids looking presentable…

I got out of bed at 8am (what? so late? what in the world have C & D been up to, playing so nicely and quietly together?)…

And found Doodle with Sharpie all over his face & hands.

Nice.  And yes, it was his pictures being taken today.  That’ll look great on our wall for the next year, eh?

SOL-U-MEL to the RESCUE!!!!!!!!!!!

Yep, it took the bright blue permanent ink right off his skin.  And Mr. Sensitive Skin didn’t react *at all* to that heavy-duty cleaner on his face, though of course I had reservations about it when I did it.  (This takes off nail polish and permanent marker, and I’m rubbing it undiluted on his face???)  This is the kid that gets rashes from every brand of “sensitive skin” baby wipes I’ve ever tried on him.  When we have a need for a wet wipe with Doodle, we use wet paper towels (w/o any kind of soap on it, because that’ll cause a rash, too).  Amazing stuff, Sol-U-Mel.  I highly recommend it.

So his photo shoot today was saved, though we were a little late.  The pictures turned out SUPER duper, oober cute.  Quite possibly the cutest pictures ever taken of him.  I can’t wait to see them in print!!!!!!

PS: I was so surprised by Mr.MarkerFace this morning, and so determined to get it off, I didn’t even think about what a Kodak moment it was.  Bummer!  Sorry, no pictures of this morning’s artwork.  😦


November 10, 2008

Hi folks –

Unfortunately, I had technical difficulties importing my bloglist from blogger.  Would those of you friends and family who don’t see your blog there to the right, kindly leave a comment so I can track you down again & haunt your blog in my free time? 


As a side note, I really like wordpress – missing bloglist notwithstanding.  🙂  I LOVE how I can track & sort messages more easily, see interesting blog stats (up to 200+ hits Nov.3 – wow!), and add a million pictures at once.  Just thought I’d let you know how that panned out.  Maybe I should write Google a thank-you for giving me motivation to abandon ship.


November 9, 2008

Shucks.  I missed making a special deal out of my 100th post.  Bummer.  Guess we’ll have to wait for 150 for special sesquecentenni-postl celebration.  😉

In honor of post #106, however, this is the family experiment we’re doing together today… We’ll have to 1/2-it since scrambled fresh-egg breakfast (YUM!) cut down on our egg stash, and we already fetched today’s chicken “rent.”

Update: Woohoo!  We must have another chicken laying now, because one left us a pleasant surprise.  Two eggs in one day!  YAY!  We won’t have to half it after all!

Update: It’s in the oven.  For the crust I used my leftover graham-cracker-dough that I found still hiding in the fridge.  I knew there was a reason I held on to that when I did last Monday’s science-experiment-dump.  Hopefully it doesn’t kill us. (That dough’s been there for… mmm… I don’t think I’ll tell you.)  And hopefully it’ll work well as a pie crust, though it’ll be quite a lot thicker than most. 

At any rate, it looks like pie, smells like pie — with any luck it’ll taste like pie, too!  30 minutes left to go…