Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We carved pumpkins today. Which basically means Noah stuck his hands in his a few times to pull out some seeds, and I spent the next two hours cutting and scooping.
This is Noah's pumpkin. He wanted a "bloody face." I think he got it. The picture didn't turn out when I tried without the flash. I think I need to put a brighter candle in it. Looks good in person though.
I decided to do an election theme with my pumpkins this year.
I still have our really big pumpkin to do, which will have Obama's face on it. I also need to finish up Kiel's pumpkin which has a happy face.
I got the patterns for the campaign-o-lanterns here.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Please tell me that thinking Zac Efron is cute doesn't make me a sad middle aged woman with inappropriate thoughts.
So we stocked up on candy, got some popcorn and coke and actually sat still for two hours while we watched the previews and the movie. It was Noah's first big kid movie. I was pretty impressed that he sat through it.
I have to admit I'm pretty excited that he might be able to go see more movies (besides animated ones) with me in the future.
The best part though was he chose me to take him.
He and Rich have become such a team since I was pregnant with Kiel. Rich really does the majority of Noah's care while I take care of Kiel. And I let him, because he has so much more patience for Noah and his behavior. I lose it with him way too easy.
But today it was just Noah and me, and that was how he wanted it. It's nice to know I'm still wanted.
He even sat on my lap for some of it!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Oh yeah, well fuck me and all that work I did.
The damn dryer isn't working now. It's lacking some serious heat, which apparently is needed if you want to actually dry clothes with it.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
But first I needed to get rid of all that freaking dust. I even pulled out the dryer to clean the dryer vent. Wasn't I happy to find the duct was broken. I spent close to an hour trying to fix it before I gave up and went and bought new venting. Then that took another hour to install because I couldn't get one end on over the piping. A little jerry rigging and some duct tape fixed that problem. Forgot to get a picture of that though.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Turns out we have some very different views on those topics. At first I thought she had changed, but then I realized it's really me that has changed.
I grew up in a very Republican family and so I considered myself a Republican too. I believed what my Dad believed. I think some of it had to do with how much I wanted him to approve of me. Some of it was my lack of interest in politics, so instead of figuring it out for myself, as the major male figure in my life, I took on his views.
And then I grew up. I had a career, my own house, my own life. And slowly, I started to see the world with open eyes. And I realized I didn't see things as black and white anymore, but as shades of grey. And I realized that I'm a damn liberal! And I like it!
So yeah, I guess I'm the one that has changed. And I'm proud of it. I'm proud that I grew, and that my life experiences have led me to make my own decisions on what I believe. Now don't get me wrong, I'm in no way criticizing someone whose views haven't changed over the years! I'm just saying I no longer let someone else tell me what to think because I didn't bother checking out the facts on my own.
So, in the interest of full disclosure, I'm a damn liberal.
I try very hard to respect other peoples political and religious views, but I do have a few hot buttons, such as a woman's right to chose what happens to her body. It's hard for me not to react emotionally when it comes to those hot button topics. So I'm going to keep working on being respectful and tolerant.
I think I may have offended my friend with some of my comments to her, and I feel bad about that. We don't see eye to eye any more, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't be respectful of her views, even if I
Sunday, October 19, 2008
We saw corn, and gourds, and lots and lots of pumpkins.
What we didn't want to see though was the camera. Please boys, look at me!
Noah had a lot to teach Kiel about picking the perfect pumpkin.
It is very important to be able to lift it over your head!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Kiel got down to business.
And picked his very first apple.
And then he ate his very first apple.
Very, very good.
Noah is an old apple picking pro.
Even when the apples are almost as big as his head.
Sometimes the best ones are way up high.
And sometimes you don't even have to get your butt off the ground.
And then Kiel checked out his first pumpkin.
No one told him about the pointy part.
Or that you could ride it like a horse.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I have not heard from my parents since the end of August. The last time I spoke with them was to let them know we arrived home OK.
Last week I sent them the link to the pictures we had taken of the boys. I figured that was a non confrontational way to make first contact.
It's been a week. And nothing! Nada!
I'm not sure if I'm more hurt or more angry.
It will be very interesting to see if they come for Kiels birthday, which is in just over a month. Shit, at this point it will be interesting to see if I even hear from them.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
And I sat there and said out loud "no. you. didn't!"
And then I sat there some more and debated whether or not I should get out of the car and pick it up and give it back to him. "I think you dropped this."
Then the light turned green and he drove off, and the opportunity was gone.
I'm still thinking about it, and wondering why I didn't have the guts to do it.
Would it have been stupid of me? Risky? Or just really ballsy?
What would YOU have done?