Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Too Far

These reality TV shows have really gone too far. I just saw an ad for "He's a Lady" - a new show where 'normal' guys dress up like women and continue on with their lives. And people watch this stuff? I thought "The Littlest Groom" was going too far, but obviously I was wrong.

The First Loose Tooth

Sally has a loose tooth. She discovered it on Friday, but I have been skeptical - it didn't look very loose to me. But, sure enough, it is! I saw it wiggle today. She is so excited, of course. She said to me, "Mom, God sure is nice to me to give me a loose tooth to make me so happy. What a great day!" Then she skipped off to Brooke's house, her new best friend. Brooke is in her class at school and lives a few blocks from us. Close enough to walk. She's coming over here to play today, and Sally can't decide if they will play Barbies or Playdough. Such fun.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Student of the Week

I am the proud parent of the student of the week! Sally was chosen first in her class for this honor! (Now, I'm not quite sure why she was chosen - could be random - and all the kids will get a turn throughout the year, but she was first!) She brought several photos for the bulliten board, and her favorite book, "In The Ocean." Her teacher will read this book to the class this week. She also got to bring something that showed a part of her life, and she wanted it to be a craft (one of her "favorite activities"), so she made a bead necklace to hang on the wall, and on Friday she is going to give it to her teacher to keep. Hopefully I'll get to pop in the classroom and snap a photo of the wall. :) Kindergarten is so exciting!

A Girly Man???

Yesterday, I watched in amusement and horror as Samuel put my purse on his elbow and dragged the laundry basket around the house. Later that day, he held Sally's doll and kissed her face. Then he poked the doll in the eye and threw her on the ground. This is normal for a 15 month old, right???

Monday, September 27, 2004

The Clothing Rant

We went to Disneyland last night for a few hours, and everywhere I looked, girls were not dressed appropriately. Now, now, now - I'm all for free speech, freedom of expression, it's all good. But I have the freedom to criticize, so here goes: People of America, please wear clothes that fit properly!!! Those tight little tee shirts, in size four, are for people who are size four! They do not belong on people who should be wearing a ten. We walked for awhile behind this couple, and the woman was wearing a white tank top that was way too small for her, and she had four fat rolls. Four - they were easy to count, because you could see them straining to get out of her shirt. Now, I'm cringing because it sounds like I'm bashing on fat girls. No - in fact, I'm probably considered one by the size fours out there. But if you are a larger size, wear a larger size. Tight tees are not sexy if they are just emphasizing your fat. I bet even guys would agree with me here - after all, they like the tight tees to emphasize another feature. Back to the girl - she was also wearing low rise jeans. Very low. Again, this fashion trend is not for everyone. She couldn't be comfortable - the jeans were also too small for her. To top it all off, you could see the top of her butt tattoo peeking out of her jeans. Eeew. I don't know about you, but I certainly don't want to see anyone's butt tattoos at Disneyland. It's a family theme park! I also saw this very attractive girl, wearing properly sized clothes, too, but she chose to wear a strapless tank top and high heeled slip-on sandals to Disneyland! This is a pretty bad idea. Proper footwear is important - am I alone in thinking like this? I couldn't believe the number of people who were wearing cheap rubber flip flops at Disneyland. If you can afford Disneyland, you can afford some tennis shoes or walking shoes. You are going to be walking all day! It's also a safety thing! Ok, one last thing and then I'll be done. As we were leaving, I saw a girl with a light grey tank top, racerback style, with black bra straps hanging out. They make racerback bras, you know! They fit great under these tops. Strapless bras are also for sale in several stores. Again, I feel like I'm sending the wrong message - I'm not against wearing a bra, I'm not going to go crazy if a strap peeks out now and then. But when you leave the house and BOTH straps are clearly out of your top, and there is no chance that they will ever be covered by said top, then people - go and change your top! I don't know who is telling you that this is a good look, but they are wrong. It looks tacky, not sexy. Ok, I feel better. It's a free country, so if you folks out there want to look this way, you have that right. Just know that we are not looking on and thinking "oooh look at that fine thing" but instead we are thinking "eeew what was she thinking?" And, by the way, I didn't see ANY guys with impractical footwear or shirts that were too small. What does that say about our society?

Sunday, September 26, 2004

The Secret Life of Bees Discussion

I just finished The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I loved it. I'm still a bit teary eyed from having a good cry when I read about Lily holding the photo of her mother feeding her as a baby, at how the little bow in her hair spoke volumes about her mother loving her. (sniff) The rest of this post is mostly for Sherry and Amanda, and anyone else who has read the book and wants to chat it up. If you want to read the book, you may want to stop reading this post, because I'm sure it will contain spoilers. As always, though, anyone can join in the discussion. So, why did I like this book so much? Well, for one thing, the pink house with the calendar sisters. I just loved that. It felt so safe to me. I loved this part: "The first week at August's was a consolation: a pure relief. The world will give you that once in a while, a brief time-out; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life." Another thing was all the food they ate. Didn't it just make you want to drink a glass of sweet tea - with honey - out on the porch? Those little touches make the book seem so real to me. And, of course, Lily is a great character - very tragic, living much of her life out in her head, making up things to help her cope. I also loved the bee quotes that started each chapter. I always like authors who do that - it's like a hint at what is to come.

Friday, September 24, 2004

"Did you eat paint chips when you were a kid?"

Teething is hard work.

Fun with the Folks

I finally have a few moments to myself. It has been awhile! My parents were here for two weeks, and we had a blast together. We went to the beach (as you already know from the pics) and shopping and out to eat. We played some cards and watched some movies (and some episodes of Monk - my dad and I really like this show, and they don't get USA cable channel, so we Tivo-ed the whole season for him :) ) and did some house projects (baseboards and installing my new stove - have you forgotten about my lack of a stove? Yes, it's been several months!) Sally and Samuel especially loved their "sleepover" with Grandma and Grandpa in the motor home - my parents were traveling all summer in Alaska, and stayed in their motor home parked in our RV parking while they were here. Sally actually slept all night out there two nights in a row - Friday and Saturday. Samuel went out for the videos and popcorn, then to his room to sleep. Good times. My mom taught Samuel how to blow kisses, and to say "eye" and poke himself in the eye. He tries to poke other people in the eyes, too. Sally is just loving school. We went to Back To School night last night, and we are very impressed with her teacher and the school. It is very academic. She is already learning to write letters and numbers, and her teacher says they will be able to read by January - that is reading short words like "sun" and "red". Still, it's impressive. She has homework Monday through Thursday, and she enjoys doing it. She's still having trouble with writing her S's, and I've had to erase some and have her do them over. All in all, we are very proud of her and happy with her school. She has met some great friends. One little girl is very sweet, and her mom seems to be a kindred spirit, and I hope we can become friends. They live on the street between our house and the school. Anyways, we've been busy but happy. My favorite story from when my parents were here has to be when Sally wanted to help Grandpa with the baseboards. He says to her, "Come here and sit down, and watch this glue dry." "OK!", Sally says. A few minutes later, the phone rings. "Grandpa! I have to get the phone, so can you watch the glue for me? Thanks!" And she runs to answer the phone. What a kid!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Great Ad Campaign

Kaiser Permanente has a great new ad campaign. I finally found the words to the radio commercial I love:

"We stand for broccoli. For Pilates. And dental floss. We believe in the treadmill and its siblings StairMaster and ellipital. In SPF 30 we trust. We stand for seat belts and stopping HIV. And we believe fruit makes a wonderful dessert. We have faith in optimism. In laughter as medicine as well as penicillin. And we pledge allegiance to one nation, indivisible with resistance and cardio for all. We believe in physical therapy, psychotherapy, even music as therapy. All hail cold turkey, the gum, and the patch. We're anti-addiction. Pro-antioxidant. And have never met a vegetable we didn't like. We believe there is art to medicine as well as science. And we believe health isn't an industry, it's a cause. We are Kaiser Permanente and we stand for health. May you live long and thrive."

I'm not even a Kaiser member anymore, but this kinda makes me want to be again.

Quote for the Day

"There are four ways God answers prayer: No, not yet; No, I love you too much; Yes, I thought you'd never ask; Yes, and here's more."
Anne Lewis

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Grandpa shows Samuel how to build sand castles. Samuel shows Grandpa how to knock them down.

Samuel at the beach. He had a blast. Sand was everywhere. Everywhere!

Grandpa shows Samuel how the pros do it.

Samuel hard at work.

Story time with Grandma Linda and Grandpa Dave! Sept, 2004.

Friday, September 10, 2004


Sally made it through her first week of school with flying colors. She ends each day at school by running back to give her teacher, Mrs. Griffin, a hug and sometimes a kiss. It's very cute. (Well, I think so, anyway.) I've enjoyed meeting the other families, and I'm looking forward to relationships developing between me and some of the other moms. It's very fun. My parents are visiting us now, so the blogs may be on the light side, since we have lots to do. We have a few home projects (baseboards being the biggie) and shopping to do. We're also going to go to the beach one day, and Krispy Kreme another. (They don't have a Krispy Kreme near their home - horrors, huh?) Samuel has started a few fun new things. When he's embarrassed or doesn't know what to do, he lifts up his shirt and shows everyone his belly. (Is this a guy thing?) When I ask him to do something that he doesn't want to do, he fake cries and sits down. "Samuel, get out of the bathroom." "Waah" (plop). "Samuel, come out of the bathroom NOW." "Waah" (plop). "Samuel, bring me your cup." "Waah" (plop). Fun times. He's gonna be a ball when he turns two, huh?

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Quote for the Day

"Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that really doesn't matter."


Sally's ready for school, but couldn't take a picture without Samuel. He's gonna miss her!

Ready to go!

The First Day Of School

Well, today is the big day. Sally's first day of school. I have to admit, though, it was a bit of a let-down. Maybe because she's been to preschool, and this is just the next step. Maybe because Samuel is such work these days that I couldn't slow down enough to let the gravity of the situation hit me. Maybe because Sally ran ahead to be the first in the door, and I had to go in and find her - already on the carpet, in the front, with her nametag on - to say goodbye and get a hug. Oh well. I love school. Samuel and Mia are now both napping (Mia is the little girl I watch on Tuesdays and Thursdays - she's a love!) and here I am, blogging at 11:22 in the morning, and my house is quiet. Still. I feel like I am alone. ALONE!!! Yippee! Back to School - "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" A quick B.P.S. (blog post script) - How old am I? One of the other moms - her son is in Sally's class - recognized me. Yep, I was her math teacher. Now we have kids the same age. We're peers. We may end up in the same PTA committee. I need another cup of coffee.

Labor and Delivery - thousands of dollars.
Diapers and Formula - thousands of dollars.
A baby's foot sticking out of the crib - priceless.

Samuel napping. His little toes were sticking out of the crib slats - I had to have a picture of it. So sweet.

Samuel's toes.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

The Sunday Paper

Here are the non-fiction books that were best sellers this past week:
(1) Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry
(4) Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk
(5) My Life, by Bill Clinton.
Huh. There's more:
(9) How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale.

Here's some of the sayings on girls t-shirts in the ads this week:
i love boys, they're stupid.
I know how you feel, I just don't care.
and the best of the worst. . . .

Not quite the culture and education I was looking for on a Sunday morning.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

New Feature!

Here's a cool new feature on this blog, thanks to Blogger! There is a little envelope icon next to the comments link - you can email one of my posts to any of your friends that you think would enjoy reading it. Spread the love! Spread the rants! :) Have a great day, friends! Hug your kids!

Quote for the Day

"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter."
Rachel Carson

Thursday, September 02, 2004


Sally's latest and most favorite phrase is: "For realist, I'm not kidding." She's also developed the habit of sprinkling the word "like" in her stories. She has also decided that she should be the first person to answer the phone, so callers, beware! She has been taught to not give out her name to people she doesn't know, so she often feels that people are trying to trick her to break this rule. She'll forget to say "hello" and launch right in with "What's your name?" She'll also frequently explain why mommy isn't first on the line, much to my great embarrassment. Hey, she's only five! (I just reread this, and I used the word 'also' too many times, but I was taught to limit the blog editing, so sorry about the 'also's!)

The Rules

Stuart and I believe there are social rules in life. Everyone should know these rules. We are saddened that everyone does not. Therefore, we are committed to teaching our kids, and any friends they bring over, The Rules.

(1) Respond verbally to someone when they talk to you. (This one is currently driving me nuts - "Say 'yes mom' or 'no mom' or at LEAST 'I hear you, mom'") Say "please" and "thank you".

(2) Do not date the person your friend liked first. (Same applies to your friend's ex.)

(3) When your friends help you move, you feed them a large meal (usually pizza).

Basically, that's about it. Everything can be referred back to these three rules. Stuart says they reflect our core value, which is respect: respect your family and friends, and show your respect with your actions. Just recently, we had a discussion with our friend about food - his friend ordered him a small sandwich when he wanted, and asked for, a medium. This violates rule #2 - feed your friends, and feed them well. We totally understood his disappointment with his friend. Unfortunately, his friend was not taught the rules. I am sure every family has their rules. When I was growing up, one of our cardinal rules was: "No dessert until you clean your plate." And the more popular one, "When on vacation, you can eat what you want when you want." We loved vacation. Another big rule in my family was this: When you turn 18, you will either be in school full-time, or you will be working and paying rent. There were to be no exceptions to this rule, and we learned it well before we started high school. I think I may have to add that one to my list, but right now I'm sticking to my three rules.