Saturday, February 23, 2008

Do you Know What This Is? (#2)

I've been waiting a few days to post because I realized it this post would be my 100th post and thought that I'd better make it poignant.  Well, forget all expectations of a brilliant oratory (especially since I am writing and not speaking) and get a load of THIS!

It was on my desk when I got home from work on Friday and it really is one of the coolest things ever!  Macs of all kinds are the greatest kind of technology (except for maybe these kind of problems) and this little beauty does not disappoint.  It feels so great in my hand and it does everything.  I do have a fabulous husband most of the time.  I'd like to think I am not so shallow as to have gifts be one of my top "love languages" but apparently I am that shallow because I LOVE presents!

One Happy Girl!

Monday, February 18, 2008


So we already knew this kid was extra smart but don't these make him look like a little genius. Daddy is a little sad that we are passing on our horrible vision genes to the next generation but at least Boone is only (currently) farsighted and just needs glasses for close work like reading and lego building.  He is free to run wild and play with no risk of damaging being inhibited by the glasses. Let's cross our fingers that it stays this way (or improves).

Lethal Weapon

If you are the mom, that is. We went to the Bland's on Saturday and enjoyed a fun evening visiting with friends and keeping the kids up way too late. While we were there, Josh got a preview of Theo's (or maybe Mack's) giant nerf gun. 

Sneak Attack!

Mom's keeps flinching at him and can't get a good shot.

Later that night, he won the final round of Texas Hold'em. The first thing he said to me was "you know what I am spending this money on right?" The next morning, we were proud owners of the Nerf Dart Tag Magstrike. It will rapid fire 10 darts in succession. Not fun for mom, when you walk around any corner and get blasted by 10 darts at once. But the boys, they are having a blast (no pun intended).

Yum, Yum, Yum

I realize that this isn't the best food photo ever.  I have a lot of work to do there but this steak however was Phabulous, totally with the "Ph".  It was the seasoned sirloin that Josh and I really like from Fred Meyer.  I haven't been too happy with our last two attempts to grill it so I requested a new method.  For Josh to turn the steak over to me was a pretty big deal!  I used Alton Brown's pan seared rib-eye recipe (minus the seasoning) and it worked out perfectly.  I did the extra minute on each side for medium, since I don't like to chew my meat long enough to work through rare.  

Josh made garlic mashed red potatoes and the green beans were a la Sesame Street Del Monte (amazing what Elmo's picture on the can will do for getting them to eat green beans).  I also made some caramelized onions and mushrooms in another cast iron skillet.  We pretty much just left them to cook on Medium Low with out moving them around a lot and the texture stayed great, not slimy!

So the best complement was Josh saying it was "as good as, or better than Outback"! Wow!


When Boone was little (and still today) be could recognize a Jack Johnson song within the first few notes.  If you asked what he wanted to listen to, he always said "Jack Johnson" (you have to pretend he squished the name all together in an 18 month old kind of voice).  

So, the music of choice for our current almost two year old is "Beety Boys".  What, didn't quite catch that?  Yes, you were correct, that would be "The Beastie Boys".  "Kick It!"  is his favorite new phrase.  

That pretty much just sums up what our life is going to be like with these two!

Since I've Been Such a Bad Blogger...

I have a meme for you just so I have something to post about.  It will be much shorter than the get to know you email lists.  Here it is:

  • Look up page 123 in the nearest book
  • Look for the fifth sentence
  • Then post the three sentences that follow that fifth sentence on page 123
Here is mine:

This is an extract from it, remembering those who gave their lives for their country.  The second verse is particularly poignant.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.

This one takes a bit of explanation.  I am sitting in the living room and the nearest book is The Iggulden brothers' "The Dangerous Book for Boys".
That excerpt is from a chapter on Famous Battles and it is describing a poem called "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon that was written about the WWI battle at The Somme. 

Wow,  I couldn't have just been sitting next to a Nora Roberts novel and quoted a passionate love scene that needed no explanation?  To be fair, the closest book to me was actually  "How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight"? but it doesn't have a page 123.   

So now I am going to tag:

Friday, February 8, 2008

Just testing out the...

Just testing out the Blogger with you on listen

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ETA: "With you" was actually supposed to be "widget" so I probably wouldn't use this function unless it was critical that something got blogged immediately and I really can't ever imagine that happening to me :)

Mama's Little Helpers

Just found this cool new website,, that allows you to call yourself (its toll free number) from your cell phone and leave a message.  It will transcribe this message and email it to you or put an appt on your google calendar or even a blogger or typepad post.  I'll have to try out the blogger widget in a bit but I have to laugh at the voicemail I tested out today.  

It does admit to only being fairly confident in the transcription but it should actually say "suckers". The "sacks" part is correct though. It was accurate enough for me to recall what I meant though. The calendar function worked great for those of you that use Google Calendar. I use it because I can access it at home and work which is helpful since I don't carry a palm pilot anymore. I can also use separate labels for Josh and the boys and then share them with Josh so we all know what is going on. Then I use Spanning Sync to sync my google calendar to iCal because I like using it a little better on my mac. Spanning sync works really well also.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Quite Possibly

The Best Ever...
We love Jack Johnson at our house and as soon as we started the first song, Boone said "Is that Jack Johnson?"
I love this album!  There are so many great songs and I've already picked at least four new favorites.  I told Josh that I am dancing with Boone to "Go On" at his wedding.  Go on... if you are a parent, I dare you to read the lyrics to that song without crying.  The title song "Sleep Through the Static" is not just fantastic musically but lyrically was well. So perfect for this time and this nightmare of a war.  Anyway, the whole album is amazing and may quite possibly be his best album to date.  Do yourself a favor, download it now (or you could just go buy the CD:)!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

These are Better than Blogthings


This is Sooo Cool!

Overheard Boone

B:  "Mom, what does minors mean?"
M:  "Minors?, I guess it means people under 18"
B:   "No, Mom.  I mean, like 10 minors 4 is 6"
M:  "Oh, Minus..."

B:  "Brody, if you don't eat you're gonna...just die."

Also, I guess I am not so cool after all.  I've been posting under the Edit tab so I realized all the bullet options etc. are right there under the compose tab.  That would have been the easy way to do it :)