Sunday, December 28, 2008

Olivia's Holidazzle Recital

Olivia had her first baton recital about two weekends ago. We only had limited tickets, so not everyone could come, so that was a bummer. But it was so fun to watch her do her "moves". Here she is before the rehearsal with her friend Avery. How cute do they look?


I watched her dress rehearsal, and right before I told her to smile big just like Britney (she's in a Britney Spears infatuation phase). Well, she just stood in one spot- smiling from ear to ear the ENTIRE time. :) Here she is before the music started. I have nothing of her smiling because I was laughing so hard that everything came out blurry!!


So after that we went back stage to wait our turn, and I talked to her about actually doing her moves, etc. So finally- it was her turn on the big stage. She basically stood there again. But instead of smiling, she chewed on her baton. BUT, she did remember to skip in a circle at the appropriate time. :) Here she is leading the skip line..


and here she is after skipping- she's in her own line in the front, chewing on the baton. :)

We have the first big show under our belt. Her next recital is June 12th (which is also my anniversary- should be a fun night). She'll have her first real twirler costume and some more lessons under her belt.

Fudge Failure No More

Well, I have FINALLY done it. I have made fudge that not only looks like fudge (it got hard) AND you can eat it. It tastes great. :) I have tried making fudge every Christmas for the last 6 years, and never once did it come out. This year I found a three ingredient recipe with literally two steps- and voila- I've made fudge. I made peanut butter fudge- and it tastes great. The only problem- it looks nothing like peanut butter fudge- it looks like chocolate. Oh well- I'm focusing on the fact it came out....


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Recent Pages

Here are some recent scrap pages I've done. I've seriously been on a creative roll! For some reason, Blogger is turning all of my pages sideways... so you can either turn your head to see them or tell me how to fix it. :) LOL.




These are some of the cans I'm doing for my neighbors' gifts. I've got six cans I've made, but these were the first two I did. Sorry, no pics of the other ones!


Xmas Decorating

OK- I apologize right now, these pictures are crappy. My camera is being so ghetto lately. But we always decorate the day after Thanksgiving after dinner. Olivia was excited because she gets to put her decorations on the tree and it's a big deal. Jackson was THRILLED when Matt brought all of the boxes in and started trying to tear everything apart!

Jackson touching the one branch on the tree. This is the only one he touches, and he just rubs it. Too cute!

Olivia is protesting pants right now. She runs around in her panties and shirt and tells me she's cold. People tell me it's just a phase.. :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

2009 Resolutions

Well I know 2009 is a few weeks away, but I already have my resolutions! This is the first time I am really doing this- usually I forget about it and figure I won't do them anyways. But this year I am really determined to do these. Here they are (in no particular order)

1. Go on a vacation with Matt and the kids- specifically to Florida. We've never taken the kids on a real vacation (aside from weekend trips) and we've never left Wisconsin or Minnesota. I would really love for all of my family in Florida to see my kids and for my kids to get to know them.

2. I would like to join a fitness class, any kind, just something in my price range! I really think I'd like a step class or pilates. But my problem is not having anyone to go with. We have an Anytime Fitness in town (by my work) and I think I can go after 7:30 p.m. I can't go on my lunch since in 2009 we're going down to a 30 minute lunch.. But I wanted to trim up my thighs and get the kangaroo pouch under control. LOL! (preferrably BEFORE my vacation!)

3. I would like to make a new friend. This sounds weird, but it really isn't. I have only 3 good friends I'd say, with those being Tammy, Lisa and Jen (no particular order here). I can call any of them up and say I need to talk and they would hear me out, and I'd do the same for them. But what I really want is a friend who would call me up to go do something fun. I do fun things with my friends, but my friends aren't the kind to just call me out of the blue and say they wanted to go do something with me this weekend. Know what I mean? So I'd like to make a friend to go out and do stuff with, and I'd ideally like to stay out of the bars. I need a non-drinking friend since I don't drink. :) Or a work-out buddy. That'd be nice, too.

4. I'd like to submit some of my scrapbook/card designs to a magazine or something. I've always thought about, I have lots that I think would be great in a magazine, but I've just never done it.

5. I'd like to have a date night with Matt. I'd like to go out on a nice dinner and get a hotel room with a hot tub! :) He did this for my 20th birthday and I loved it.... I'd like to do it again.

OK- I think that's it. It would be great to do all of these, but I'd be happy if one or two of them were actually accomplished.

I have more pictures to post on here soon, and I have a Xmas update.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Thank You, Newsweek

Again, Newsweek has provided us with a terrific article. I don't subscribe to it, but I am often reading articles online and find myself nodding my head the entire time. I don't know how those writers do it, but they always write with common sense but can still talk about an issue practically.

Here's a great article about gay marriage: http://www.newsweek.com/id/172653?gt1=43002 and the great debate about it. Food for thought. :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Jack- Seven Months

Jackson at seven months finally got his first tooth (no pictures to prove it though). He can crawl without dragging himself on the floor, he can get to a sitting position by himself, will walk if holding a hand or furniture, pulls up on EVERYTHING, eats some table foods, squeals a lot, and attempts the stairs every chance he gets!
Sticking his tongue out at me..

Up the stairs he goes..

The Spaghetti Incident, Part 2

If you look in one of my earlier posts, I had a picture of Olivia named "the Spaghetti Incident". Well consider this part 2..




Halloween Night

OK- so I know I haven't posted in forever, so here are the pictures from Halloween night:

This is in our front yard...



this is in he living room after 2 hours of walking through the neighborhood. I took them around half way, and then Matt took them the rest of the way. It was a fun night despite missing our bedime- they were still in a good mood. :)

Friday, November 7, 2008

President Obama

Can I first say that I'm so excited that my candidate finally won! I am a big Democratic supporter and have been so disappointed and quite honestly- baffled than anyone would vote Republican. How could you possibly believe our Country is going to get any better with the same old discrimination, religious overtones, and bad policy? Or maybe you are so well off that you forget other people?

Here's why I'm excited:

1. FINALLY someone understands the health care issue. We're lucky that we have health insurance, but God forbid Matt loses his job, because we'd have to get it through my work. That insurance is so over priced, and it's 80/20, which means I pay 80% of everything, which is insane. For example: to give birth to Jackson and our care in the hospital totaled $9541.86. Guess how much I have to pay? $8500. What's the point of insurance with that kind of care. And it is very wrong to deny someone coverage because they have a disease or debilitating condition that by providing treatment insurance companies don't make enough off them. It's wrong.

2. I have hope that women will still have the right to choose to abort. It's our body- not the government's. I believe in the theory that things happen for a reason, but I also have the opinion that you should be able to have a choice. Just because it's not a choice that you might personally make, it doesn't mean it should be banned for everybody. I know I might not make that choice, but I'd still like to have the choice. I say shame on you if you picket Planned Parenthood or abortion clinics, etc. I will tell you- I would rather see a woman voluntarily terminate an unwanted or unhealthy pregnancy than bring a child in this world that may be unloved, uncared for, or abused/neglected. That is no way to live. And don't tell me that people can adopt them- it's not always an option. You don't know how well the woman would care for herself during pregnancy- and it's difficult to adopt a child with problems.

3. I am hopeful that the new policies of our government are not made based on a religion. I believe that everyone has the right to believe in whatever they want- it's your choice. BUT, you cannot make a policy based on something you read out of religious text and expect everyone to follow it. That's like saying christianity is the only way to be and that's not true. I believe in God, but I don't believe in the Bible. I believe in the after life, but I don't believe in Hell. I believe in being a good person, but I don't believe in sin. I hope President Obama takes into account that everyone is differnt- and to put laws into motion based on one belief is wrong, and it's discrimination.

4. Which brings me to gay marriage. Why do people think this is horrible? If two people love each other, no matter race, ethnicity, creed, character, sex, sexual orientation, etc- you should be able to marry and have a family. To deny a person this right is the definition of discrimination. People are born gay- your environment does not make you gay. You are born that way, and God made you that way. I can't believe he would create someone so that other people could put them down and discriminate them and treat them like a second class citizen. The right to marry is just that, a right- it is not a privilege. We look back in the 50's and 60's and are appalled at segregation and the unspeakable treatment of African American's and think those were the stone ages. Unfortunately, it's not- and we face it again with peoples sexual orientation. I know some people will see a black person and cross the street, or not smile/say hello at the store, or clutch your purse a little tighter- you know what that is? Discrimination. Some of you might see a gay couple and cringe, tell your children that's gross, etc. Discrimination. It's not right, and my hope is that when my children grow up, they look at us like we were the stone ages. I hope that when they vote for the first time, this will have been legalized for decades.

I just have so much hope for this Country and I think that we can do better and be better. These last 8 years have been so atrocious and we've turned into an embarrassment. Retirement funds are gone, stock market crashes, we're in recession, people can't afford their homes, public assistance is a joke, people can't get loans to buy a home, we have homeless veterans which is a shame, we have other homeless people who are largely ignored (forget helping other countries, we have enough problems of our own), health care is in trouble and education is hurting, let's not mention a meaningless war- does anybody really remember why we're over there? I didn't think so. We need someone who is in touch with what it's really like to raise a family here, who knows middle class needs help, etc. And no, it won't get done in a year, or maybe a term as Obama said- it takes time. It took 8 years to get us this messed up, it might take 8 to fix it.

So what does this mean? It means I urge you to all volunteer some where, even an hour a year. Ring bells for Salvation Army, listen to homeless tell you how they got that way, read books at a school to disadvantaged kids, donate food and clothing to shelters and other community agencies. There are so many things you can do without taking time out of your life. And I encourage you to bring your children to teach them to help others and to be selfless. And for the sake of it all, do it without bringing religion into it. I know many people volunteer through churches which is wonderful, but some people down and out just want help, not a condensed sermon with it. It takes away from the good deed you are doing.

It's time to come together for change. :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Boo At The Zoo

This weekend we took the kids to Boo at the Zoo, which we look forward to every year. This year it was windy, but nice overall since past years it's been freezing and really windy. Olivia is a kitty this year, and Jackson is a puppy. :) Jackson wasn't going to be anything, but then a friend of mine borrowed me this great costume (thanks, Shannon!).

I always love seeing all of the costumes on little kids, and this year there was some really cute ones. We saw more home-made ones, but my favorite was the baby as a peacock- loved it!

Here's our kitty (with her Miss Kitty trick or treat bag, too!) She really gets the concept of Trick or Treating this year, so that's fun. AND, she uses her manners!

and this is the best picture I could get of Jackson in his costume. He REALLY wanted to be on the ground!


Jack- Six Months

OK, so MAJOR news in our house is that Jackson is CRAWLING!!! OK, so it's more like dragging himself across the floor, but hte point is that he's mobile and loving it. Olivia was 10 months before she crawled, so my last baby is betting records, averages, etc and as fun as it is to watch him, it's so sad. I'm depressed about it. I want him to stay a baby for awhile!

But since I have no "in motion" pictures of the crawling, I'm going to post a cute one from the park the other day. I just love his adorable happy face. He's always happy, always smiling- and it always brightens my day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pre-School Baton

So Olivia started baton a few weeks ago. Some of you know that I was really into baton for many years, did lots of competitions, parades, performances, etc. Most of my costumes and trophies are still in my mom's basement- but my beloved baton is at my house. (Olivia and I practice every weekend). She really wanted to do it after she saw the 4th of July parade and I thought it'd be good to get her into some kind of activity with other kids her age, etc. She likes it so far, but she's 3 and doesn't really "get it" yet. Here are some pictures from her first lesson:

Standing in front of the trophies. She kept telling me she "thinks she wants one now". :) Cute!
Showing me her "moves":
This is her with Avery:



Friday, October 3, 2008

Ever been to Superior?

Well if you haven't, you aren't missing a lot. It's not a "must see" in the country! But this post is for my friend who is in Texas, but used to live here. Most of these pictures won't mean anything to any of you, but Allena will know what they are!



It's your old house, pal! The old garage is gone, and they built another one that's like 3x the size, sorry no picture of it!





Our High School! The building itself is still the same, but the grassy field to the left of this picture (can't see it) was where we used to go for outside gym classes, but now it's a parking lot for students. Remember getting ready for Spartan Camp a week before we started our freshman year?? LOL.



OK, so my deep dark secret is that I'm a vandal. :) LOL. Remember vandalizing the tube slide at the park by my mom's house? It's still there!!! LOL! OK, so the glow in the dark glitter paint is gone, but it stained the slide. And as you can see- kids tried to burn the inside of the slide, but our initials survived! S.K (those are my initials) <3's>

Let's see what else reminds me of my first best friend?
1. The song playing on my blog- everytime I hear it I remember walking from Allena's house past the ghetto mall, past the oil refinery to my house which is clear across town. Not to mention, we walked when it was like over 80 degrees wearing big sweatshirts (it was cold when we started) and somewhere along the way, we picked up a hub cap, a 2x4 chunk, some cat tails, and started singing this song. I'm sure cars driving by thought we were nuts, and we probably were!

2. Alternative Nation on MTV. Man, I miss that show! Remember taping the show and transferring songs onto a tape for us?

3. Halloween- We went trick or treating once (was that 9th grade?!) and she went as a witch, I wore my Poms outfit, and I forgot what her brother dressed up as- but it was fun. And freaking cold!!

4. A&W- Her mom would take us out to A&W after her brother's baseball games.

5. Enger Tower- We spent an entire afternoon flying paper airplanes off of Enger Tower once.

6. Canal Park - We picked "agates" from Canal Park and used clear nail polish to make them shinier. I think we went through two bottles of polish before we realized the rocks just soak it up. But at your dad's or Grandma's (can't remember which) we'd JAM OUT to Smashing Pumpkins' "Zero".

7. Smashing Pumpkins/Billy Corgan- Remember we had HUGE crushes on Billy? God, everytime I hear Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness I remember you.

Oh pal. I wish you were still here, but I'm glad that you are happy where you are. I'm bummed we didn't get to spend more time together (which maybe is a good thing... god knows what we would've gotten into!) but maybe one day we can visit each other! You were such a wonderful friend, and you still give me great advice. I'm glad we connected by email after all these years!

Sara the Super Beetle
(Do you remember YOUR nickname?) :) LOL!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Family Update

Well we don't have much to update yall on, but there are a few things for those who are interested! :)

1. Olivia started her dance/twirl class last Saturday. For being the first day in a new environment with no people (and no mom visible) she did really good. Of course, I hid most of the time but could see her through the mirrors on the wall. :) She's excited about it, and if she continues to like it, we'll keep going. I hope she likes it, not only because I was big into baton for years, but because it's a good outlet to increase self esteem, etc.

2. Jackson is getting SO chubby! He's almost six months and I have to schedule pictures soon (and for Olivia's 3 year). He is starting to babble, mostly "nanana" and some "yayaya". He's also teething but being GREAT about it. He doesn't get fussy too often and just sucks on things and drools a lot. I can handle that- I feel bad when he does cry, I can only imagine how much it hurts!

3. Matt is super close to finishing the siding on the house. He only has a few lines to do. Then we'll deal with the sagging back porch issue. We are undecided what to do, and nothing will officially be done until 2009 sometime, (probably next summer) because the home improvement fund is at $0 for this year! :)

4. I am starting my Christmas cards soon. I know it's early- but it takes me awhile to get my ideas finalized and then to actually make them is another process! If you are interested in homemade Xmas cards (or card sets, photo frames, books, etc) for yourself or for a gift, email me at: slinkies_r_us@hotmail.com! I've been selling these for a few years now and it helps my Xmas fund for the kids' gifts. :)

5. Are you excited for Halloween? Olivia is going to be a white kitty this year, and Jackson is going to wear a Halloween outfit. I can't justify spending $20 on a costume he won't even wear. We're taking the kids to Boo at the Zoo, a Halloween dance/carnival party for the baton studio and Olivia gets to go Trick or Treating. Jackson will stay home with me and hand out candy.

OK- I think that's it. :) I will have some more pictures to post in another day or two- so stay tuned!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Olivia's 3rd Birthday Party

With Olivia turning 3, I asked her a few months ago what kind of party she wanted. Honestly, I was expecting princess or Miss Kitty (Hello Kitty) party, but she totally surprised me. Her new favorite book (and my favorite to read to her now) is Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise- and because it's her favorite that's how she came up with her party idea. So for her birthday Olivia wanted a "boat party"- so I found a great deal for a birthday/cruise package on the Vista Fleet in Duluth. We got pizza, cake, decorations, prizes, etc for dirt cheap- so I booked it and people came. :) We had a wonderful time with her friends, our friends, family, etc. but NOBODY had as good of a time as Olivia!! I made the kids sailor hats with their names on it, so that was cute.
Olivia and Uncle Travis (Thanks for making it, Travis!!)
Daddy and Jackson (Jackson did SO great on the boat!!)
Gavin and Olivia (Gavin & his parents and baby sister Nori are our neighbors. Gavin and Olivia love playing together!


Mommy & Olivia (LOVING my new haircut!!)


All of the kids (L-R) Gavin, Avery, Olivia, and Kennedy

PHEW!!! Another year and party has come and gone! It was a GREAT party, and thank you to everyone who came, everyone who brought Olivia a gift (your presence is always more than enough!), etc. We love and treasure all of our friends and family and we enjoy watching all of the other kids grow up with Olivia- it's so much fun. :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Barbies!

OK, so Olivia is really loving Barbies right now. I can relate, I had a ton when I was little. I had three cars, a house, tons of accessories, the whole bit- so I am totally splurging on her Barbie cravings because I know how much fun they were. Some of my best memories of childhood are the times I played Barbie.

So for her birthday, my friend Lisa, (who I adore and just love to pieces) gave Olivia her FIRST Ken doll. Not just any Ken doll, the wedding day one. She had gotten the wedding Barbie the week before so of course- Barbie can't get married alone! So Olivia was SO stinking excited about it. She now refers to him as her boyfriend, and Barbie can't play with him. :) LOL. (Here she is when Ken- you'll notice Barbie is laying face down on the floor...)



And when she got her Ken doll, she decided to haul all of her dolls out. I came across this scene in the living room:


Because I'm curious of how her brain works, I ask, "Olivia, what are your Barbies doing?" So Olivia looks at me, deadpan, and says, "being ants mama!". Too funny!!!

Three Years Old

Wow, my baby girl is three years old already! For those of you who don't know, Olivia's 3rd birthday was Saturday 9/6. I really reflected on what a crazy three years it's been. Depending on the day- the time has either flown by too quick, or I think "it's only 3 years?!". :) LOL! I was so excited to have a baby when I found out I was pregnant. I planned meticulously, I bought baby things every pay day, I had everything totally ready 4 months before she came- I was READY. I had a wonderful pregnancy, super easy, everything exactly by the book. I went into the labor the evening of Labor Day in 2005 (nice huh?) at around 9 p.m. My water broke at 11:30 p.m at home. And the funny thing there- I was laying on the couch, and I wouldn't let Matt fall asleep because I thought FOR SURE I'd get there too late for an epidural. So we're exhausted, trying to stay up. Well I thought I had to pee, so as soon as I hoisted myself off the couch- SPLASH. Matt thought I peed on the floor. THEN, as I waddle and drip to the bathroom, I ask Matt to get me a pad or something. He brings me a LIGHT DAYS pad. Seriously- can you believe that? LOL. :) I was at the hospital by midnight- had my epidural by 3 a.m. I fell asleep because I was as numb and comfortable as I would be had I not be in labor. I woke up at 8:30, complaining that I again had to pee. Matt and my mom (my two coaches) left for coffee and food. The nurse came in, and when she lifted my gown she says, "Oh my god- don't push, don't do anything"- so I freak out thinking WTF?!?! So they start wheeling carts and all the do-da's of a delivery room, and here comes my mom. She's like, "I'm not ready yet!" and I laughed because as we all know, it's not really up to anyone! So finally, Matt gets there and at 8:45 a.m. I start pushing. Olivia was born at 8:58, yes, 13 minutes of pushing. Actually- it was like 5 pushes, if that. Because she was so fast, I literally tore from front to back- so that was really awful. I became a demo project for nurses, because every staff change had a new batch of nurses who wanted to see my tear and stitches because it's not common that someone tears like that I guess. But I'd take that over hours of pushing any day! :)

More importantly- the thing I remember most about Olivia's birth and the first year is how disconnected I was. Nobody really talks about post partum depression because it makes you feel like a bad mom and quite honestly- you wonder what people will think. I had it bad, and I didn't realize it until Olivia was almost one, unfortunately. I really don't remember her first 6 months- it's pretty much a blur for me. I remember being home with her during the first 3 months, crying when I was alone with her because I felt awful that I didn't feel happy and overjoyed about my baby girl, the one I wanted so badly. I remember taking her for walks (which is why I love fall so much- we saw the fall colors everyday- and now I think of her when the weather is cooler and I see fall colors). Things got worse when Olivia began having a preference of Matt over me, and then I always thought that was confirmation I was a bad mom. Fortunately, when she turned one, I gained more confidence as a parent and now I feel really good, like I know what I'm doing and can handle it alone. Now that I have Jackson, I'm sad that I missed out on so much with Olivia, but on the other hand- I still feel the same way with him. Thankfully, I have been on medicine that has really helped me calm down and just enjoy it all with him. I know he's my last baby and I want to treasure it all this time around.

Here's a retrospect of some of my favorite memories of these first three years:

This is the day before I gave birth. If you squint and look REALLY hard, you can see the hospital in the background!


Olivia is two days old here- I looked and felt exhausted.


Olivia's first Christmas, three months old


First solids (other than cereal)- six months old. These were either peas or green beans. She hated them then, and still won't eat them. :)


Her first mini vacation, she was 9 months old and she has the remains of her first lick of ice cream on her lips. :)
This is always referred to as "the Spaghetti Incident"- forever engrained in my head!

And here she is: 3 years old. (More pics of the party to come later)









Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Olympic Burn Out

OK- all last week Matt and I stayed up to watch Michael Phelps race. We aren't swimmers, but we're addicted to dramatic TV. And let me tell you- we were ECSTATIC when the US won the men's 4x100 meter relay. I literally- was jumping up and down in the living room. Great TV. So when I was googling Michael Phelps the other night, someone asked him what he's listening to in his IPod- and it was "Go Getta" by Young Jeezy. So obviously, it's on my play list and I love it. :) I have a crush on M.P now. He's not that great looking, but any guy who can rock a speedo is good in my book. :D

In last week's Duluth News Tribune there was a cute article by Sam Cook about those of us watching the Olympics. I laughed so hard at work when I read this, and I sincerely asked my boss if we could just open the office an hour later. That would make it more manageable to stay awake during the day and still be able to get my MP fix at night. Sadly, he is all done at these Olympics- so I have to settle looking at him through blog sites for at least the next week or two and then he'll settle into obscurity until 2012 London. :) So here's that Sam Cook article, it's great:
I am going to have to have a frank conversation with my bosses soon. I’m going to have to ask them a very basic question: How can you expect me to get to work on time when I spend half the night making sure Michael Phelps gets another gold medal? Am I the only one in this pool? Here’s how it happens: You flop down on the couch just to “see what’s on” at the Olympics any given night. You’re just going to watch for a few minutes. Next thing you know, you’ve developed a deep bond with the men’s gymnastics team, or perhaps a women’s beach volleyball duo. You can’t just leave them in mid-competition. It’s like eating potato chips. You want to quit, but you can’t.

Four hours later, you stumble off to bed muttering about those Chinese women gymnasts. Women? They can’t be old enough to drive. Some of them look hardly old enough to ride a bike. You drag yourself into work the next morning, and someone comments on the huge bags under your eyes. Bags? Those aren’t bags. Those are the Olympic rings in flesh, baby.
OK. I know the Chinese duped us with the electronic fireworks in the opening ceremonies. (What gives? Aren’t fireworks a mainstay of the Chinese economy? And they give us digital Roman candles?) And, yes, there was the matter of the lip-synching at the same ceremonies. Fine. Whatever. Just bring on Kara Goucher and Phelps and those cool underwater cameras at the swimming venue, and I’m welded to the couch for another night. Here’s what I like about the Olympics: Biceps. Quads. Lats. Traps. Abs. Glutes. You look at those athletes and you realize — oh, that’s how we’d all look if we spent a little more time in the gym. I’m not specifying genders here. I just think the human form, sculpted to perfection by years of training, is cool. However. I have identified some Olympic issues. The balance beam, for one. Abolish it. Ban it. I find it much too scary to watch those young women doing flips and twists and mid-air splits, then trying to land on a piece of split-rail fence 4 feet off the ground. I can hardly watch it. And, Phelps, dude, hike that Speedo up a little bit. It’s riding a little low on the glutes, if you know what I mean. I’m afraid something’s going to snap and it’s going to unravel right down to your ankles. And some of my women friends have raised an equity issue relating to beach volleyball. Specifically, how come the women wear bikinis, but the guys wear shorts and shirts? Frankly, this lack of equality hadn’t occurred to me, but I sympathize with my friends’ concern. One more thing. Synchronized diving. Why?


OK. Kara runs the 10,000 meters at 9:45 a.m. today. I’ll talk to the bosses about that, too. We’re going to need about a half-hour break.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Jack- 4 months!



Yay! Jack is 4 months old this month! What a big boy.. he's getting some fuzz on his head which you can kind of see. :) Let's see... what can he do now? Well- he squeals and laughs a lot! He is so incredibly loud, he could definitely blow an ear drum! He can almost sit unsupported (he's really close), he can almost roll over without help, he stands all of the time and loves the jumperoo. He holds himself up when on belly (see above), he grabs with one or two hands, shakes and pulls on things. He's incredibly strong, he can tear stuff up. :) He's also teething right now- but he's really good about it. He is a very sweet little boy- just a cutie pie.
There's been some speculation on who he looks like- most definitely me and my family! Which is cool because Olivia really favored Matt but is now gaining more of my facial features. :) Jack really looks like my Uncle David who passed away 6 years ago. As an interesting side note- Jack was going to be named David, but I wanted the boy to have two middle names like Olivia does. So half way through my pregnancy I decided that instead of honoring only one uncle, I would honor all of my uncles AND my Grandpa by giving him Bryer as a second middle name. Bryer is my mom's maiden name, and since the name hasn't been carried down yet, I figured this would be my way of carrying it on. :) Olivia's middle names are Ann Kent- Ann is after me and my mom and Kent is my grandmother's middle name. I always wanted my children's names to have some meaning that I could pass on as a neat story and I think I accomplished that. :)

Duluth Zoo with Great Grandma Linda & Great Grandpa Dennis



This weekend we went to the Duluth Zoo with one set of my grandparents- Dennis & Linda. What a great afternoon! Olivia had a wonderful time, Jackson just liked being outside, and it was so great to see my grandparents and Olivia interact. Since then, she calls Linda "nanny great" and Dennis is just "pa"- which is what she calls her Grandpas. So here are my favorite pictures:


Jack loved the monkeys..


Olivia "resting"

WIGGLES!!!

OK folks- everyone wants the Wiggles pictures- and what a day it was. Let me just say, we were EXHAUSTED afterwards! It took us 4 1/2 hours to come home (should only have been 2 hours) because of rush hour traffic, construction, potty breaks, and of course- senior citizen MN drivers were out in full force. Yikes. So here they are!

The Big Red Car: (Olivia was SO excited once she saw the car and realized that we were really going to see the Wiggles- she was on the brink of tears, waving, jumping up and down, etc. It was SO worth it!)


This is her waving and dancing to "Big Red Car"

Then the yellow Wiggle (Sam) came up the stairs, 2 feet from where we were! She almost LOST it and was waving like crazy.

This is the whole gang, (Dancers, characters, and Wiggles)


Olivia got a new Wiggles shirt (which is huge on her right now), and a Wags the Dog doll (her favorite). We also got a Henry the Octopus for Jackson because he couldn't come with us: