Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

CHAGO




He was born only 2 minutes after his sister, at 6:20pm on St. Patty's Day.  But not by choice.  He had so lodged himself beneath my right ribcage that he'd already fractured one of my ribs and had two O.B.s up on their knees on the operating table pulling and tugging to get him out of there.  We didn't think he was ever going to come out.  And I remember wondering how much longer he could realistically live in there if they couldn't dislodge him.  I mean, his sister had already punched out enough room for him to double in size, so I guess, theoretically, he could've stayed until he was 15 pounds at least -- what is that typically, 3 months old?

And here he is at 5, still and always prefering to stay home in his jammies all day with a warm cup of leche and a good book.

Monday, December 22, 2008

SAIA


She was 7 lbs 1 oz when she was born. Our first-born, at 6:18pm on St. Patrick's Day, at 40 weeks. I could only have imagined then the beauty she was going to become. I'm awed every day by her strength. Genuinely floored by her natural maternal instincts. And inspired daily by her insightful introspectiveness...at 5! She's more than I could have ever hoped for in a daughter and is everything I never knew I needed as a mother.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

OH, CHRISTMAS TREE (TIMES TWO, OF COURSE)

I'm ashamed to admit that the kids have made waaaaay more progress on their own little trees than I have.



Nothing like a little friendly competition to get the juices flowing, though. My pics coming soon!

Monday, December 15, 2008

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH (or is it?)

"Will there be anything else, Ma'm?" the cheery checker at Michael's says as I stack another 4 strands of prelit garland on the counter.

"No, thanks," I mutter, "that should do it for now."

And then Saia (aka, the voice of Amy when Amy's not around) chimes in with "MAMA!"

"What, baby?" I say a little startled by her tone.

"What are you doing? You already have a lot of garland at home."

"Oh, I know, honey, but really, you can never have too much prelit garland," I chuckle as the cashier prints out my 4-foot-long receipt.

"But where are you going to put it, Mom?" she prods.

"Oh...I'm not sure yet, baby," I stammer.

"Well, then, you don't need it."

Sunday, December 14, 2008

THE OH-SO-VERY-UNGREEN CHRISTMAS TREE HUNT!

I know, I know, we should buy an artificial tree. Like Jessica Alba, we should be, with her fake grass and refurbished vintage furniture. But we lovelovelove to go out to the Christmas tree farms. What with the Santa train and the elves' workshop and the free hot apple cider and the fake snow blasting out of the vent from the top of the barn. How could you NOT like this tradition?

So, off we went yesterday, with Mommy doing a pretty great job of only being semi-Nazi-ish with her insatiable need to beat our time from last year -- find, cut, and haul home the perfect tree all before noon. And while we didn't break the record, we did a fairly decent job, found us a chubby little tree (only a foot or so taller than Mommy), and left the lot before the rain came down.

Here are a couple of shots. You can see all the rest of the tree-hunting adventure in all it's glory here: Christmas Tree Hunt 2008 Pics.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

NOTHING MUCH


Starbucks' tall-strawberry-and-cream-no-whip. From the gods, I tell ya. Mmmm....

Friday, December 12, 2008

TOTALLY OBLIGATORY

Don't like the mall.  Don't like the lines.  Don't ever like the cheesy Santas they pick.  And hatehatehate the customer service this time of year.  But we did it.  And here it is.

Of particular note...the big red guy's blinging buckle!!! Saia's totally scuffed maryjanes (she's such a little tomboy). And Chago's scarecrowish little body all contorted and squeezed together like a Twizzler. But at least in this shot he wasn't scratching his jalapeno.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

NOT QUITE 100%

"Mama," says Saia afterschool one day. "Why don't we have a menorah in our house?"

"Well, babe, we're not Jewish," I begin, expecting to have to navigate through a very long and detailed explanation about religion.

"Oh, yeah," she says.  "Jenna is Jewish."

"Is she?" I ask.

"Yeah, and Charlotte is only half Jewish," she continues. "And half French."

"Oh?"

"But Riley, you remember Riley, Mama?" she asks.

"Mm-hm," I say.

"She's the best...because she's half Jewish AND half Christmas."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

DID YOU CALL IN GAY (OR GAY FRIENDLY) TODAY?


The Day Without a Gay mission statement reads:
"Gays, lesbians, and straight allies plan to call in “gay” to volunteer within their local LGBT communities on December 10, 2008 to protest passage of anti-gay constitutional amendments in Arizona, Florida, and California. Wherever possible, gay Americans and allies plan to volunteer for local gay and civil rights organizations across the country through a brand new national database at www.daywithoutagay.wetpaint.org.
Every day since Election Day, thousands have protested up and down streets in cities across California, including in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento. A national, grassroots coalition of LGBT activists have followed in their footsteps. Now gay citizens and their allies are teaming up to show America and the world the compassion, the love, and the posititve spirit of the gay community through service.
On December 10, 2008 the gay community will take a historic stance against hatred by donating their time to a variety of different causes in order to raise public awareness of the need for LGBT equality in marriage and in other civil rights."
Personally, I'm still working through where I stand on the use and abuse of marriage as a general societal institution, but the fact that we're being discriminated against from a legal standpoint based on personal biases is just wrong, and for that I will stand up.

I really don't know what kind of impact this is actually going to have -- or how anybody could possibly even measure it. I don't particularly like the idea of protesting for the sake of protesting, and personally feel that this effort wasn't thought through all that well nor organized very effectively, which is likely how Prop 8 got passed in the first place.

But here it is just the same.

Stay home today if you can and try not to circulate any money.

We do deserve the same basic rights as everyone else. And that alone is worth joining the effort.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Yes, We All Think We're Rockstars!

Okay, think I've finally figured out a way to post this so that you can view it without it completely crashing your system.


September 2008

Thanks for the footage, Tia Sonia!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

"Morning, papa," I said this morning when he crawled into bed. 

"How'd you sleep? Did you have any dreams?"

"Nah," he says. "I only had previews."

Saturday, December 06, 2008

The Gift That Keeps on Clucking

Out braving the mall today to get pics with Santa and pick up a few gifts when we asked the kids what they wanted to get their Mema since she's going to be able to spend the holidays with us again this year (yay!). Saia, of course, knew right away. She's very observant, that one. She's gonna be one of those great gift givers. It was just a matter of finding the right one (and no, can't tell you since Mema frequents the blog, too, but, yes, she found exactly what she was looking for).

Chago took a little longer to think about it. "Let me try to picture Mema in my head," he said. And he closed his eyes, trying to remember what Mema liked. What she wore. What she ate. Which inevitably led him to decide that he wanted to get her a rottisiere chicken from Safeway.

Friday, December 05, 2008

NO, NO, NOT YET!

Big day today all the way around.

SAIA
Saia's FINALLY got a loose front tooth.  She's been asking for a year, for crissakes!  Even her little friends at preschool were losing teeth left and right.  And now her kindergarten friends are practically all gummy bears.  But knowing this girl's stubborn streak, it'll probably take her just as long for it to finally come out.  Probably just as well anyway because with inflation being what it is, I'll definitely need a job to support this next milestone.

CHAGO
Chago FINALLY agreed to try the drop-off at school.  It's essentially a safety service provided by volunteer parents who stand out front and help get your kids out of the vehicle and escort them onto the playground to help reduce the parking lot congestion and the consequential near accidents with parents and kids running across the parking lot to beat the morning bell.  It's particularly useful on rainy days or on days we're running especially late.

Anyway...Saia's been wanting to try it out since Day 1.  And she works on him every single day on the way to school.  "Come on, Bubba, you can do it," she'll say.  And he'll toss it around for 20 minutes or so and then back out at the last minute, and she's just crushed every time.  For her, it's a symbol of growing up.  All the big kids go through the drop-off.  Only the little little kids have their parents walking them onto the playground.  For him, it's his worst nightmare: A total stranger reaching into the vehicle and taking him from his mother.

But whether she just finally wore him down (an inherited trait, Amy says), or he was in a particularly good mood because he got to wear his Santa hat to school today, he agreed.  And when the volunteer parent opened his door (because he's closest to the curb), and I thought for certain that he was gonna back out again, and then he unbuckled himself and stood up and kissed me on the cheek and said "Bye, Mom!", I think my heart just about broke.

I don't really think I'm ready for this.  I want my babies back.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Reading in IMAX

Listening to Chago read his word list at the end of his school book last night:

"past...pond...distress...raft..."

When he gets to the exact middle of the page (the words are laid out like a 10 x 10 table ), he gets to the word "if" and stops.

"What's wrong, Bubba? You know that word," I prompt.

He stares and stares, tilting his head a little to the left, and then turns to me and says, "but this word looks strange."

"Strange how?" I ask.

"It looks like it's popping right off of the page," he says.

And when I look closer, and squat down a little, and tilt my head a little to the left, I can kind of see what he's saying.  It's the smallest word in the list, so it's got the most white space surrounding it, which makes it almost appear 3D.  It was actually kind of cool.

And I just envy his ability to see the world like that all the time.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

YES, WE DO BLEED RED & GREEN

Under the guise of a reward for a good day at school on Monday, we pulled all of the Christmas boxes out of storage and tore into them like a pack of hungry wolves.  The cinnamon and cloves and anise immediately filled the air.  And glitter, somehow, was magically everywhere.  It was like we were suddenly living in a snowglobe.  And as we pulled out our traditional decorations and giggled over some of the homemade trinkets from years past, the kids started stacking up the Christmas books and movies and CDs in the order they intended to pour through them.  Oh, did I forget to mention that part?  Yes, well, you see, we...well...we hold them hostage -- the stories and songs, not the kids.  

They get boxed back up every year along with any Christmas-themed stuffed animals and don't see the light of day again until the weekend after Thanksgiving (again, just to be clear, not the kids).  We don't tell any of the Christmas stories or even hum a single Christmas song note until the next December either, so it's like opening a giant nitrogen filled santa-in-the-box when the season finally rolls around again.  Christmas literally explodes into our home, erupting from the green and red plastic tubs and filling every nook and cranny of our lives until the tree finally (and much to our dismay) comes down after el Dia de Los Reyes Magos on January 6th. 

The kids, you see, are cursed -- having inherited from me (and I come by it honestly, too) a vigorous (some -- Amy -- might say fanatical) love of all things Christmas.  

The very thought of December peeking right around the corner made what should've been a very long relaxing weekend just drag on and on and on for me.  And at the very moment we changed the calendars on Monday morning, down came the fall leaves and berries wreath, away went the colorful gourds and Indian corn, and gone is all evidence that we actually do NOT live directly on the North Pole.  

I immediately reset my radio stations to the all-Christmas-music-all-the-time ones that drive Amy absolutely loopy.  We sing Rudolph and Santa Clause is Coming to Town to and from school.  We watch every black-and-white movie we can find and are totally sold by the ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas marketing campaign.  We tape any and all Christmas movie program guides to the fridge, have written our Christmas lists in triplicate, and wear Santa hats, elf hats, and reindeer antlers as part of our everyday attire.

So, you see, you'll understand now why it came as such an utter, and I don't believe it's an overexaggeration to say, terrifying shock to hear our beautiful little girl reach into the DVD pile for a movie last night and holler excitedly at the top of her lungs, "MAMA, PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE CAN WE WATCH THE CORPORATE EXPRESS NOW?!?!?!?"

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Well, we always knew he was hard-headed

So, I'm making dinner last night. Amy's watching football. Saia and Chago are wrestling (again!) in the hallway when we hear a huge THUD!  Followed immediately by a piercing screech.  And then a very calm Saia saying, "Mom, Chago's hurt."  (Just amazing when they decide it's time to exaggerate and when to understate.)

But yes, he was hurt. Slammed his head into the corner of the bannister -- just like she did this past summer.  And he ended up with a cut that looked almost exactly like hers, just north by about 3 inches.  I mean, I know they're twins, but come on!

So, we frozen-corned him for 30 minutes on and off.  He stopped crying almost immediately, which surprised us all, but then the second he happened to swipe his hand across his hair and saw the blood on his fingers he burst into fresh squeals and screams.  But we got him all cleaned up and he hardly even had a bump.  The cut was more of a slice than a deep wound.  So, we liquid bandaged him and monitored him for the next 2 hours.  No headaches.  No throbbing.  And he seemed to sleep well, except for a really dreadful dream about his sister -- which, I guess, is to be expected.

And today, he's all back to normal.  His biggest fear, it seems, was whether I was going to have to cut his hair.  (Which I didn't.)

Monday, December 01, 2008

His Story

I know I've posted about this before, and will have to check the archives to confirm, but...

Was singing Rudolph to Chago last night (yes, I know, it was technically still November, but I guess I'm just as excited as they are for the season to begin so I'm just a big softie about these things) and we got to the end of the song - "you'll go down in hiiiisssttttoooory" when Chago says, "Who's story, Mom? Rudolph's?"

"What story, Bubba?"

"HIS!" he says. "Do they mean Rudolph?"

"Oh, no, Papa," I explain. "It's history not HIS story."

"Well then, what's history?" he asks, "because all my life I thought it was HIS story."

"Well, it's all the things that have happened in the past," I begin.

"So," he glances sideways at me with that now familiar look of condescension on his face, "how is that different?"

Friday, November 28, 2008

WHAT BLACK FRIDAY MEANS TO ME

This is actually the first Black Friday we've been around for in years.  Last year, we were in Austria.  The year before that, it was Cancun!  In 2005, we made our first trip to the UK.  The year before that we had just moved to California.  And 2003 was our first year with the babies and, of course, with Mema.  :)  But it's the 2002 Black Friday that I remember most fondly.

I was 6 months pregnant then, still working, and nearing my max weight of 209 lbs pretty rapidly.
I'd somehow gotten it into my head that I really wanted to go shopping the day after
 Thanksgiving, and Amy, rarely saying no to me at that point, reluctantly agreed.  So, off we go to the mall where we spent the entire day fending off questions about just how past due I was, whether I was carrying quadruplets, etc, etc, etc.  And despite my actually wearing slip-on sneakers that day (for those of you who can even believe that I owned a pair), and despite the fact that we stopped every other store for a...um...light snack, and despite the fact that Amy was carrying all 10 bags herself, the contractions began setting in around 3pm.

Amy quickly ushered me past the hordes of other shopaholics, struggled to get me into the truck, and got me on the phone with my OB.  And so began the first day of mandatory bedrest, which lasted through the holidays, through a move to another house, into the new year, into their 40th week, and up to their due date.

So, rather than do my part to help stimulate the economy today, I think I'm gonna wrap myself up in the monsters and remember everything it took to get them here.

Anyway...there's always Cyber Monday to shop.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

HE'S ADDICTED

Okay, folks, so here's my big recommendation for a great Christmas gifts for the under 9 crowd.  The kids are in love with, like head over heels for, the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osbourne.  The stories are part mystery/part adventure and all centered around a brother (Jack, 8) and sister (Annie, 7) who time-travel via a magic treehouse in their backyard (ala Quantum Leap, for you 80s babies like me!).  

So, yes, very educational -- lots of history, lots of science, lots of literary references, lots of moments of having to use good judgment, lots of sibling behavior lessons, etc.

I'd downloaded #1-#6 from iTunes onto my iPod a while back for our last vacation and they've listened to them religiously ever since.  Mommy, though, finds the audiobook voice of Annie very creepy (I know, sounds like a potentially juicy therapy session to me, too), but we may have to take a step back from technology on this one and go with the real live paper and ink versions to maintain familial harmony.

So then as luck would have it, while visiting Tia Sonia last week, I came upon books 7 and 8 and quickly snatched them up.  The kids happily devoured them within minutes and are now ready to move on.  Logging onto the website, I was excited to discover that there are at least 37 more that we have to catch up on.  They're pretty easy reading for the kids, and, apparently, there's even a musical (although sadly mostly touring the midwest).  :(

So here are links to the first 8 in the series that we can personally recommend:


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS

I love flying.  


I hate -- HATE, HATE, HATE!!!! -- the night before a flight: the stress of leaving my family, writing little notes and sewing sock puppets at 2am (yes, I'll post pics when I get back),sorting through piles of clothes, packing your life into little baggies and too-small compartments, having to actually CHOOSE outfits in advance, which always makes me feel claustrophobic in some way - constraints on my freedom - loss of free choice...


what if I change my mind? 


what if I'm not in that mood? 


and how, in God's name, can I leave any shoes behind?


But then I'm at the airport, and I invariably find it all to be surprisingly calming when I have to travel somewhere by myself (emphasis here).  Something about being alone, though, amongst a sea of strangers, the anonymity of it all, the disconnectedness, feeling free of any social or familial obligations.  I don't know exactly.  


And I tend to feel really confident when I travel -- despite whatever shit I happen to be going through at home because, well, because these people don't know me.  They don't know any of my faults, can't catalogue my insecurities -- hell, I can be whomever I choose to be.  So, I walk around feeling really self-assured and can see in the faces of others that I'm obviously projecting.  But not that bitchiness that I know you're thinking I'm referring to (Elise!).  It's something else, I think.  Because, evidently, I'm very approachable.  


Men and women.  Old and young.   Speaking varying degrees of English and needing assistance.  Everyone seems to think it's okay to talk to me -- that my personal space forcefield has been temporarily disabled -- that I'm at their personal disposal.  And the most surprising part is that I'm uncharacteristically not so annoyed.  


People are always so kind and really helpful to me.  With the lifting of my fashion-sans-function bags into the overhead, and with the changing of seats if I'd prefer the window or aisle that day, and with my always taking up way too much space with all my accoutrements overflowing onto the seat next to me.  


I never end up sitting next to the woman who's coughing up a lung, or just won't shut up about her aching corn-adorned feet, which of course she must reveal during the course of conversation , or the man who drools while his head falls on your shoulder as he naps, or the obsessive networker with no impulse control or ability to self-censor.  I almost never get the annoying child kicking my seat  - and the few times that I have, I've had no problem standing up and turning around to ask him directly to stop when his mother chooses to ignore it (which works like a charm, by the way).


But, for whatever reason, I seem to have pretty good travel karma.  And my faith in humanity, trite as that sounds, is temporarily restored.  Or else it's just that the flight attendants have been especially generous with my vodka tonics these days.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

WINGED THINGS

"Mama, I wish I was a bird."

"Why, papa? So you can fly?"

"So I could follow your plane all the way to Massachusetts so you wouldn't be lonely."

Monday, November 17, 2008

SMALL PLEASURES

I know where every single clean restroom is with a purse hanger and/or bag table in the stall within a 5-mile radius of the kids' school.

No, it is not sad! Shut up!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

SAIA LIEBOVITZ

Saia's finally found something she seems to be a little excited about!  Gave her my digital one afternoon when she was pouting boredom and instructed her to walk around the backyard and shoot things that she thought were interesting. Here's her first attempt at a "show":  

DAUGHTER DEAREST

"Mama," she says, pointing to the microwave as it begins to beep. "The corn is done."

"Yes, babe, I know," I reassure her. "I've got it."

"Mama," she cries, "the cobbler is going to burn," as she sniffs the air when the peaches begin to drip on the oven element.

"Don't worry, honey," I say. "I'll take care of it."

"Mama," she calls out again, "the pasta is boiling over."

"No, sweetheart," I say through gritted teeth. "It really is just fine. I've got it all under control. Trust me."

And that's when I realize that she doesn't. It why she's always mothering her brother, and contradictory with her Mommy, and all up in my kool-aid (a favorite Amyism). She doesn't trust that any of us can do a better job than she can.

And where most people would say, "Oh, poor baby, what have I done?" I can't help but beam a little on the inside - because on the outside, of course, she's on the verge of her third freaking timeout for smarting off again!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

THE TARGET VORTEX

So, it's been two weeks since I resigned.

And I've been to the grocery store at least 5 times, Costco an easy 3, Starbucks EVERY single day since, and Target a cool 8 times. And not just to the one closest to me. PUH-lease! The shame. The horror. No, no, I patronized 3, yes 3, different Targets in 3, yes 3, different cities in less than 14, yes just 14, little days.

And do you know what the first thing I noticed each and every Target has in common? Just how many things there are out there that I just never realized I needed! No, seriously, people -- neeeeeeeded!

How did they know? These brilliant minds, these geniuses of branding and demographics research, these Einsteins behind Target marketing. My god, it's like they're reading my mind! Around every corner was something I just had to have more than the last. How had I so clumsily missed these treasures on previous visits? How had they escaped my grasp? To think I could so brazenly call myself a decent cook without that 12" teflon aerated pizza pan all these years?! How I had made my family suffer through an infinite number of soggy crusts! And here it was on sale. What an utter fool I'd be to walk on by. And oh, how considerate of them, the gods of the bullseye, to place this teeny-tiny muffins pan right here on the next shelf. Why, I don't even have to move to get my hands on that one. So now I'm not only feeling like a better person, but dammit if I'm not just the freaking pillar of efficiency!

And trust me when I say that I am really good. I'm just zooming along, boy, knocking out my actual legitimate list in less than 20 minutes. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.  It was only 9:30, afterall, and I didn't have to pick up the kids from school until 1.  

Have you any idea how many things there are for a $1 there? 

My cart was quickly overflowing with individual tissue packs that rub your nose raw, travel-size wipies that dry out in 2 days, Q-tip packets of 10 that barely have enough cotton and almost always make your ear bleed (but just a little), and, let's face it, people, you really can't ever have too many little bottles of hand sanitizer on a rubber string, can you?

And then it happened.  After 3 1/2 hours of hunting and pecking, I finally came up for stale, filtered retail air to the most unbelievable sight.  There I was in the middle of Home Improvement picking out yet another price-cut washcloth, the color of nothing that exists in nature, when I found myself surrounded by a sea of zombies. Tens of what used to be women, all shells now, husks with giant red carts for their fifth appendage, shuffling up and down the aisles scanning anything with a Price Cut, Sale or Clearance tag.  All of them dressed from head to toe in workout wear they no doubt purchased at Target...on clearance, of course, with coffee stains down their chest, bags under their eyes, pale skin with the tint of flourescence, and no intention of extending their cardio efforts beyond racing between Home Decor and Seasonal to ensure they picked up the very last holiday wreath for $23.99.  Every last one of them with a vacant faraway look on their face, like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, forever lost in the worm hole of Issac Mizrahi and Mossimo.

Was this my destiny?  Is this my path?  It couldn't be.  That's not me.  I had a list.  I was still dressing in my business casual clothes, doing my makeup and hair, wearing heels, for crissakes  -- high ones!!!  

But I find myself adding new necessary little things to my list daily - seal-a-meal bags, dog treats, the 145th mini sprial bound notebook for Santiago this year. And I'm trapped once again in the vortex. "At Tarjay," I'll text Amy, "Need anything?" And she's just no help -- in fact, she's little more than an enabler, she is, fostering my addiction with coupons and a Target credit card. Watching silently as I dust off my hot pink Nike outfit. Contributing not only willingly but eagerly to my Targetarrhea...so long as, of course, they continue to advertise the best price for Red Bull and Tom's Toothpaste.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Black and White

No, this is not another political perspective. You'll have to visit my other blog for that (when I get around to updating it, of course).

This is about watching Chago draw the other day - his current obsession is with little spiral bound notebooks - one picture per page. No, it's more like one scene per page -- like a comic book, you know? And after going through several notebooks in just two weeks, I finally ask him why he only draws in black ink, thinking it must have something to do with the fact that he's just always in a hurry, no time to go back and color things in, always on to the next picture in his head, right?

No, he tells me. "They're stories from long long ago, Mom," he explains with just a hint of condescension in his 5-going-on-15 voice. "That's why they're in black and white."

Monday, November 03, 2008

I DID IT!!!!

I quit my job.

After 4 years (and of that, at least 3 1/2 years too many), I finally gave my notice and walked out the door.

Ever the worry wart, however, I'm of course plagued with the gnawing "what the hell am I gonna do now?" question pounding in my ears. What kind of a person walks away from a perfectly good job with the economy in such a state, with poverty at such a high, with unemployment rates skyrocketing, for f*ck's sake?! WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING!!????!!!

Why, I'll just start a new blog, replies one of my more optimistic personalities. I'll chronicle my new life (temporary though it may be -- or not, depending on my mood that day), note my every new adventure, make this a grand social experiment, chart my new journey, gory details and all...YAY! a new project!

Hey, it's either that or another baby.

Friday, October 31, 2008

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Amy as V for Vendetta. Chago as a Blue Ninja. Saia as a Night Fairy. And me as Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin (you'll have to click the link on the bottom to see close ups of all the buttons I'm wearing). :)

Enjoy!

Here's just a taste:

Rest of the pics are available at: http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=9YYsmzVoyNw

Friday, September 26, 2008

TWENNNNTTTY-THREEEE YEEEAAARRSS!!

Can hardly believe we've been friends for that long!  Probably helps that we live on opposite coasts. :)

Sonia loves how Chago is caught on the move here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

RUN, MEMA, RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There she goes again!
The Mema pushed through a 5k a few weeks ago without breaking a sweat!
(Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration of the truth.)
But still so proud of her. Keep pumping, Mom!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

OH, MOMMY, IT'S ALRIGHT, WE STILL LOVE YOU

"Mommy," he soooo unsuccessfully whispers at something that does not EVEN resemble from a distance the crack of dawn.

"Mm?" she groans as she rolls over to where he's hovering by her side of the bed.

"Mohhhhmy!" he whisper-yells again.

"Shhhh, it's too early, Bubba," I say as I pull the covers over my head.

"But Mommy, can I ask you a question?" he leans closer to her sleepy ear. [She always falls for this one.]

"Of course, Boy. You can ask me anything," she mumbles as she opens her eyes.

"Can I tell you about my dream?" [And there's no going back after that 'cause he's off like a shot.]

"I was dreaming about this little animal that swims in the ocean."

"And he has big giant pinchers, but no shell."

"And he lives at the bottom of the ocean."

"Oh, so he must live at the bottom of the ocean in order to protect himself," Mommy conjectures.

"No. But that's a good guess, Mommy." [Such a little snot.]

"He just borrows shells from the ones that other hermit crabs leave behind." [As in, "Duh!"]

Friday, July 04, 2008

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

My brother, sister-in-law, nephews, and my niece all came up to see us out here for the first time since the kiddos were born.
We had such an amazing time and it was so sad to see them go, but click on the link below (or copy and paste it into a new browser window) to see the pics of the visit. It's enough to make a girl wanna pack it in and move back to Texas, I tell ya.

Friday, June 20, 2008

DEAR GOD, HE'S ONLY 5!!

As most of you probably already know, Santiago is the master manipulator. On more than one occasion I've harped on and on about his supernatural ability to twist virtually any situation to suit his needs, and can talk himself out of just about any web, particularly if he was the original spinner.

Apparently, not all his teachers were fully aware of this...er...talent, and when I picked them up today, Teacher Rose says, laughing a little nervously, "Boy, that Santiago, he's a smart one."

"What did he do now?" I think, but say instead, "Oh, is he?"

"Yes, he's quite the negotiator," she continues. "He went over to a group of 4 kids today who were all completely engrossed in a game they were playing, and I overheard him ask if he could play."

At this point, Chago suddenly has to pee as disappears from the room.

"And when they said 'yes' he then said something like 'Okay, but let's do it this way', which none of them wanted to do."

"But instead of arguing with them or getting mad he just said 'okay, well you don't have to, but I'm going to do this and this and that and that and it's going to be a whole lot of fun."

"And before I even knew it, he had all 4 kids following him around doing exactly as he said...to...the...letter."

[This is one of those moments when Mommy tends to say 'That's my boy!' and I usually mutter something under my breath about how the world has enough trouble without another little Amy running around.]