Thursday, January 31, 2008

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Rob turned 28 today, and to honor the birthday of my favorite person in the world - we've had a week of celebrating. I'd love to post some of the awesome pictures from last night, but alas - computer drama stops me from doing so. I'll see what I can pull off in the near future, but for now - know that it's Rob's birthday today, and that I LOVE him more than anything. I decided to do one of those, "age progression photos" to show you all what Rob will look like in forty years.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Drama, Drama, Drama

We are experiencing some odd issues with our FABULOUS computer. When I go to plug in my camera, it says that it doesn't recognize the USB, so I can't upload any pictures. Rob and I were originally planing on getting a NEW COMPUTER with my Grandpa's Christmas present, but ended up putting it into our savings instead. I'm SERIOUSLY regretting that choice, because I DON'T need a new car right now (which is what we're saving for) and I DO want a new computer.

I have always struggled with impulse buying. Let me rephrase that, I have always loved impulse buying, and despite my father's relentless "importance of money/savings" talks, I still turned out like this. I remember sitting on the couch when I was no more than sixteen years old with my mom and my dad. For some reason I owed my dad $80 - and when you're sixteen, only get $30/week for allowance, don't pay for rent, food, gas or insurance, $80 seems like a lot. (Doing the math now, I realize I could have had him paid off in less than three weeks.) Back to the story - I remember my dad very seriously talking to me about how he had tried to teach me not to borrow money I couldn't afford to pay back. I looked at him (with the same lowered eyebrows he was giving me) and said, "Well, you also taught us not to loan out money you could't afford to lose." That was the first time I had seen my father speechless. My dad gave me a good, "touche'" and the debt was off. I remember laughing so hard that I fell off the couch.

So, morals of the story - my computer is broken and my father is a sucker. Either way, I still don't have a new computer, but somewhow my dad's teachings have made me better? I mean, made me better.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Jude's REAL Earth-Day

After many birthday-rehersals, Jude was finally able to celebrate a real birthday. Lucky for him, he gets to share parties with his rock star uncle, Derek. Jude turned one, and Derek turned thirty one years older than that. (No need to get fancy with the numbers if you ask me). My mom flew out to join in the festivities, and enjoy some quality grandkid time. Happy, Happy Birthday Jude and Derek!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

We made our first family snowman on Saturday - and like ALL snowmen, Madelyn named him Santa. So, I present to you - Santa Snowman.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

My Idol

As a teenage girl I had many an excuse to get out of school. I continually poked my eye so it would look like pink eye, I pinched my cheeks to look like I had a fever, I over-scratched to get hives..the list goes on and on. My brother, Greg, had to use more creative methods. He would crumble up Chips Ahoy and drop them in the toilet to resemble vomit. For many years I have considered Greg and I the world's-best-avoiders-of-school, but today we have been replaced. This child is a genius:

MONTERREY, Mexico (AFP) - A 10-year-old Mexican boy glued his hand to his bed to avoid going back to school after the Christmas break, authorities said Monday.

"I thought if I was glued to the bed, they couldn't make me go to school," the boy, Diego, told AFP. "I didn't want to go, the holidays were so much fun."

"I remembered my mom had bought a very strong glue," he said of the industrial strength shoe glue he used to stick his hand to the bed's metal headboard, where he stayed stuck for two hours.

His mother Sandra Palacios was unable to free him and called paramedics and police to help. Diego watched cartoons while they worked to unglue him, eventually using a spray to dissolve the chemical adhesive.

"I don't know why this happened. He is a very good boy," said his mother.

Diego eventually made it school a few hours late.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

I Love Me, I Love Me Not...

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with myself. It usually changes with "activities" that can be categorized as "it seemed like a good idea at the time.." Yesterday while folding laundry, I got sucked into a TV show called, "A Haunting" on the Discovery Channel. And seeing how everything on TV is real - I was once again sure that my houseWAS haunted.

Here's why I hate myself: I decided that it was probably a good idea to get out my camera and take pictures of my house to see if ghosts showed up in them. Here's what I find -

Yep, that's right - absolutely nothing. So, this morning, while downloading pictures from my camera, I see yesterday's pictures, and fall in love with myself all over again. Because, come on - who REALLY does that? I think I'll laugh at myself all day for that little gem.