The Stream

Monday, January 26, 2009

I Heart

I Heart
1. My kids Gummy vitamins. Mmmm, they are so tasty.
2. When I take a group of kids to the park, they would rather haul logs out from under the trees to make a camp fire instead of play. I also love that pillow jumping can entertain them for half of a morning.

Behold our pile of sticks

Pillow jumping

3. I'm almost done spic spanning the house to get it ready for the market.
4. New recipes, so send me any that you have tried and loved.
5. Gretchen's spontaneous song and dance shows.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Chirstmas Snow....A tad late but...

We 'll take it! Snow is a rarity in North Carolina. Everything shuts down here so the little school children can build their snowmen and so the little old ladies don't kill themselves. Here's what we decided to do:

Starting at 6AM we did what Becket saw on every Christmas movie dealing with snow in a half hour (snow angels, snowmen, snowball fight, tracks in the snow, eating the snow etc)

Don't eat the yellow stuff

Micah didn't care for the cold so she watched from inside

Warm and cold

The mister and his cat

Snowman and snowcat

We ended it with a snowball's chance in hell

Gretchen enjoying her cocoa

Monday, January 19, 2009

Young at Heart

You're never too old to rock! Don't know if any of you have checked out this movie out, but we liked it. I found these seniors inspiring. Maybe something to do on your MLK.
Quick summary- the chorus averages 80yr old people. A musical director leads the group through a series of hilariously chaotic rehearsals, proving they can rock. They sing songs ranging from James Brown to Cold Play.

Celebrate the old and give them a glass of ...turn the rock up!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I Heart

I heart
1. When English accented people say words like extraordinaire, bother, have they gone MAD?
2. The fake rock thingies that cover up the electricity boxes in your yards. In the past, they were green metal boxes that stood with a fist out in your front yard. Now they are these dense, one-toned plastic rocks that shine on all the new corners of my development. I find them unusually unnatural looking, but better then the hulk of the past. Funny.
3. The way librarians are so particular in their process when they check people out. You seem to get in trouble for either doing too little or doing too much. It doesn't help that she's Italian snappy too, but I inner chuckle nonetheless.
4.Knowing that if Becket wants something like a toy, or a bow on a present, he'll draw it out and it will be just like having the real thing himself.
5. The way Micah has learned how to fold clothes. Wad, toss, smile at me, wad, toss, smile at me, repeat.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Meet Our New Pets

Very low maintenance, quiet, no cost for food, they come equipped with toys we created and we can leave them unattended when we go out of town... ba ba da Ruby our hamster and Bunny, well our bunny.


They're the wee little critters right in front of their cages.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Dippin' Nots!

We went to a Huricun' Hockey Game. "Go Canes!" It was delightful to watch how confused our kids were on what they were supposed to be watching. Of course, they paid more attention to the jumbo tron than the game. I was a tad disappointed in the few fights that were picked. I was only able to shout "FIGHT, FIGHT! from the stands twice. So, despite my lack of entertainment, I decided to look elsewhere. I took to the stands to observe the fans around me.

Did you know that one glass of beer costs $10 bucks? Who would? That's $40 sitting in that row and I'm only four people deep, mind you. I wonder if that money could help pay for unemployment?

Lots of expensive beer

What I found even more chilling were how many people were brain freezing on Dippin' Dots. You know, the ice cream that changed the way the world enjoys ice cream. The process of cryogenic encapsulation...a scientific way of saying super-cold freezing methods to make little beads of ice cream. Curious, how many are Dippin' Dot fans?

More random hockey game pics

Boyfriend and Girlfriend agreed that I could take their picture right after she fixed her hair to pose. "Say Dippin' Dots" Click. Cute! (sorta)

Some kids at the hockey game

Interesting hat lady

Interesting hat

Overall, hockey game was cool, kids were puckered out by the time we got home and it was time to glide into bed (no puns intended).

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Best of 2009

Best of 2009
1. This is the 100th post since blogging in April
2. Mat's road bike (two things at once: transportation and toning)
3. Revisiting Utah
4. Traveling to Minneapolis in the summer. Absolutely beautiful and I absolutely miss it (except not now cuz it would be like negative cold)
5. Mat getting accepted to a plastics fellowship
6. Celebrating 10 years of marital blissfulness.
7. Attempted skimboarding and I LIKED it!
8. My brother Casey getting married to a dandy of a lady.
9. Still amazed at Mr. Phelps swimming relay. Don't "BLEK!" me because it's over played, it was supernatural.
10. Going on the best Rhino ride of my entire life, well the only Rhino ride of my entire life, but I guarantee it will always be the best.
11. Honey crisp apples straight from the furm (southern Utah for farm)
12. My boob job and tummy tuck.

Worst of....
1. Gretchen cut her hair
2. Gas price went down (good) but people aren't as tolerant of road bikers on a narrow neck of land my husband rides on.
3. Chipped not one but two teeth this year. What's up with thirties? or my teeth?
4. We were robbed Man!...but props to Nationwide for being on our side.
5. Just a dream that I had a boob job and tummy tuck. Frown.

Best of Quotes

Mat: Gretchen, how come you didn't go to the bathroom? Gretchen: Um, because I peed in the bathtub."

Becket: Hey Dad, doctors help sick people feel better. Mat: Do you know any doctors? Becket: Uh, No.

Mat: " Becket, leave your coati gear at home" (band, tail, gloves) Becket: "You mean I just have to be myself?"

Mic walks out into the living room with her highlight foils strung through her hair. Gretchen: "Uh, hey Mom, you being a reindeer... for a second?"

Gretchen: "I WANT A PANCAKE!" Mic: "Did you forget to say the magic word?" Gretchen: " Hokus Pokus!"

Mic: "Becket, I found Ruffy (stuffed animal)!" Sniff, sniff, slurp. Mic: "Becket, are you crying?" Becket:"These are just happy tears, Mom."

Gretchen putting on her new tankini swimwear: "OH NO! MOM! My swimsuit is broken."

Becket:: " I'm so good, I scare myself!"

Becket:: " Mom, I already know about God, so I don't have to go to church."

Doctor: "Now Becket, I need to look under your underpants. What kind of underpants are you wearing?" Becket: "I'm not wearing any underpants." Mic: "Eek! You're not!?" Becket: "No! I'm wearing underWEAR."

Gretchen trying to coerce Becket into sharing his newly found birthday toys says: "Becket, it is a good choice to share. It is foolish not to share."

Gretchen slipped and fell down in the bathtub. "Whoops, I just got baptized!" she exclaimed.