Saturday, August 30, 2008

Congratulations Nicci!

You were visitor number 15000 on my counter. Don't you feel special? :p

Look!



Friday, August 29, 2008

Random Poll Friday

Monk! Do you watch it? I got hooked a couple of years ago. I was very sad when we moved here and had to start paying for cable. We decided we just don't watch TV enough to justify the expense, so all we have is the basic version, which is pretty much only local channels (and food network, lol). Then, to my great excitement, I discovered that USANetwork puts the new season episodes online after they air them! Whee!!!! I still get to watch the all-new Monk! Of course, I'll be getting the season on DVD next year, anyway, to add to my collection, but it's fun to be able to still see the new episodes when they come out. :o)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Big girl

Elly is getting to be so big. At just over 5 months, she is starting to sit by herself. If I plop her on the floor, she'll actually stay upright for a while, instead of immediately folding in half or tipping over to one side. It's opening up a whole new world for her, which she seems to thoroughly enjoy. Don't get me wrong, I still have to stay right by her side, since she still loses her balance after a minute or two. But it's a start. :o) We've also started experimenting with solid foods a bit. Just a couple of times, really. I mashed up some banana for her and mixed it with water, and her face when she tasted it was priceless. We also tried cereal a couple of days ago, and she wasn't too impressed. I swear the kid has an overactive gag reflex. She always gagged when I tried giving her a pacifier (and I ended up giving up on that one), and she gagged with the solids (which, really, were liquids...). She moved the stuff around in her mouth and didn't spit it out or anything, but when it came to swallowing, she started gagging. Maybe she liked the paper she was chewing on yesterday better. :p

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Stop screaming, Mama!

Um, I was singing in the shower. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Kaylee. I guess Pie Jesu sounds better performed in front of an audience than it does in the shower. Or maybe it was my friend Asuka who made me sound good. Or maybe I've been screaming all along. Sorry to those of you who've had the pleasure of hearing me. Especially my friend Karin. Will you please move in the house that's for sale right next to me? I think I need more voice lessons. :p

Wordless Wednesday







Monday, August 25, 2008

Baby Bela

I haven't written about baby Bela before, but I would like all of my friends and blog readers to please keep her in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow (Tuesday). Bela is Dave's cousin's little girl, and she's only a couple of weeks older than Elly. She has both Turner's and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. She's already undergone surgery, and is going to have another big heart surgery tomorrow. It's going to be an all-day event, and if all goes well, should help her little heart function better. I encourage you to go read Bela's blog, her parents are amazing people with an amazing amount of faith and strength. Please pray for their family this week.

ETA: The actual surgery is Wednesday. Tuesday they go in for all the pre-op stuff, so they can be ready first thing in the morning.

For my German speaking friends

Here's a sign posted at the Johnson Space Center. Wonder if they used an online translator tool? Or just a dictionary? Or what? Either way, I thought it was hilarious. :p

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lesson learned

When you go out to mow the lawn after several days of rain, do NOT forget to completely cover yourself in bug repellent. If, by chance, you neglect to do this, you will pay for it dearly. Trust me. I know.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Bubbles, watermelons, and back-to-school

A little recap of our week. First, here's Elly, performing her new favorite pastime.



Second, the crazy watermelon plants. They've been getting little flowers for a while. I'm finally beginning to discover female ones. We'll see what happens. You'll notice the tomatoes aren't looking so great. They don't like getting rained on, and you can definitely tell.



Last but not least, this last week has been all about back-to-school. We went to meet Tyler's and Bryan's teachers yesterday. I love the small class sizes here! The boys' teachers seem really nice, and I think both boys are looking forward to school starting. The plan right now is for either Dave or I to drop them off in the mornings, and then they'll be taking the bus home. We'll see how that works out. Being that our household is 50% German, we also had a little party to mark the beginning of Bryan's school years. Complete with a Zuckertüte! My brother and his wife, who happen to be in town visiting, joined us for our celebration. :o)



Friday, August 22, 2008

Random Poll Friday!

Are watermelons a fruit or a vegetable? Yes, that question has come up recently. When we had someone over for dinner. What's the vote?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

It's still raining

I think we've gotten more rain over the last few days than from Dolly and Edouard combined. Which, you know, were all over the media and everything. Well, forget the flooding from Edouard. These past few days have been worse. My entire backyard is one giant puddle, pretty much. The grass in the front has gotten some kind of fungus on it from being so wet for so long, and is not looking too great. My garden is slowly drowning (despite the raised bed with lots of compost/humus in it and excellent drainage). The watermelon plants also look like they've caught some kind of bug (ha!), and I doubt any of the pretty little yellow flowers are going to turn into watermelons... The tomatoes look sad, too. Meh. So here's a question, if my garden is a giant puddle, that means the soil is completely saturated, right? Does that also mean the fire ants are drowning? Could there at least be one positive aspect to all of this? Probably not. More likely, we're going to find nice little ant hills once it starts to dry up a bit. I guess at least the mushrooms are liking this weather, they're popping up all over the place. :p

Monday, August 18, 2008

Rainy Summer Days

Usually I'm not fond of rainy days. But living here, it's actually a really nice break from the heat. And it's still warm enough that the kids can go out and play in the rain. Fun! :o)



Sunday, August 17, 2008

Google Reader

Has been a life saver! Okay, maybe not life, but definitely time! Between real life friends, family, and online friends, my subscriptions are up to 55. Can you imagine how much time I would be spending each day checking all of those blogs individually??? Craziness, I tell you. Now I only have to check those that have gone private. So, 55 people whose blogs are on my reader, do me a favor and don't go private, please. :p For those of you who don't know about Google Reader yet, go check it out. It may save you lots of time! And if you want to sign up, I have a button on the bottom of my blog roll for you to click on. :D

Friday, August 15, 2008

New nephew!

Born last night! It was a rough birth. Pre-e, induction, c-section. Baby is healthy, though, and mom is getting some much needed rest. Congratulations, Baby Oven and The Man! Here's hoping for a quick recovery. :o)

Olympics

Are you watching?


Olympic Medal winners at NBC Olympics.com!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Elective Induction

Something I have very mixed feelings about. On one hand, women should, of course, have a right to choose how to give birth. At the same time, what about the right of the baby? Is it ethical for doctors to perform elective inductions, especially when they're done well ahead of the due date? I personally don't believe so. Medical necessity is a different story, of course. But being tired of being pregnant? Not so much. As I was surfing the net a while ago, I ran across this article. I thought it was quite interesting.

Expectant Moms Should Wait Out Due Date For Deliveries, Experts Urge

I tend to think that with a normal pregnancy, babies come when they're ready to be born. It seems only logical that messing with that process could cause problems. It always surprises me that women go to such great lengths to have healthy pregnancies, and then they choose induction just because. They're done being pregnant, their mother father sister brother aunt and uncle are coming to town, or whatever the case may be. I'm sure there are some valid reasons for elective induction (deployment, maybe, or a move), but for the most part, I don't believe it to be a great idea.

School registration

Is done! Woohoo. I hate paperwork, but hey, at least now the boys can start school on the 25th. After we go get school supplies. We didn't have to do that in UT, everything was provided. Here, we got a list of stuff we need to get. Kinda exciting, kinda not. I liked not having to worry about pencils and erasers and notebooks. The teacher just handed out a donation list the beginning of the school year, and we sent a few boxes of tissues or hand sanitizer from time to time. Of course, I also remember getting a cool pencil box when I was little. And admiring other kids' cool pencil boxes. And being jealous when someone had one that was cooler than mine. You win some, you lose some, right? :p

Monday, August 11, 2008

Garden mid-August

It's been about a month since my watermelon seedlings came up. Here they are now. Note it's been less than three weeks since the last pictures! There are now three plants in the middle (instead of five), and one more came up in the corner that I just left there. The tomato plants are growing, too. As are the weeds around the edges. They have pretty little yellow flowers, so as long as they're not interfering with my garden plants, I'm letting them grow. :p









Last but not least, anyone know what this might be?

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Happenings

We have a new car! Well, it's a new used car, really. A 2006 Hyundai Accent. Hopefully will serve Dave well as a commuter car. It's quite small, but commuting to work is all we need it for, so it should be perfect. And we got a good deal on it (we think, haha). To make things exciting, Dave got rear-ended while driving it home. Fortunately, it was stop-and-go, so it's just a teeny ding, and he let it go. Exciting times! For added fun, I learned today that when you mow the lawn, you should stay REALLY far away from any pipes coming out of the ground. I bumped one, and it cracked, and water went everywhere. A call to the plumber and a bunch of money later, we now have a really nice and new looking pipe out there. In my defense, I think the pipe had already had a weak point. I swear I barely touched it! :p Now I'm watching the Olympics while Dave is finishing the edging and trimming out there, and then we'll hopefully go to the pool to cool off. :o)

Friday, August 08, 2008

Wow, this is so disappointing

I was kinda hoping Obama would pick him for V.P., now I don't think that would be a smart move. At all. I don't know what's worse, committing adultery, while your wife is fighting for her life, or lying about it? I just don't understand why anyone would do that kind of thing. Especially if they're a public figure, and it's bound to be found out by someone. Way to ruin your reputation.

What's in your detergent?

Interesting article, you all should read it.

Toxins linger even in clean laundry

Which leads me to this week's Random Poll Friday. Do you use "green" detergent? If not, do you think you may switch?

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

World Breastfeeding Week

Is this week. Go for the Gold! :o) And give yourself a pat on the back if you've breastfed your babies (or pumped for them), no matter for how long (or short). You rock! Please feel free to share your favorite memories of breastfeeding, too, I'd love to hear your stories. :D

Monday, August 04, 2008

It's a tropical storm!

Wheee! This time, we're in the direct path. Fun times. I'm not too terribly worried at this point. Mostly, I'm worried about my little garden. I figure the house will be okay. But the tomatoes and watermelons, I don't know. Poor things might blow away. And they're doing so well, too. We are, of course, keeping a close eye on Edouard. Weather nerd that I am, I check the forecast every couple hours now, instead of just 3 or 4 times a day. :p Wish us luck, and, you know, hope that we don't drown or get blown away. :o)

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Fun times!

The noise in the background is food network, for those who were wondering. I don't think Elly found their cakes very appetizing. :p