Saturday, June 4, 2011

Kung Fu 2

I swear my dentist as a kid was some sort of scammer. He was forever billing my parents and wanting to do all sorts of treatments we didn't need. I TRIED telling my parents several time, but I think they thought I was just avoiding the dentist. I wasn't. Now as an adult, they recently said I may have been right. He was sort of shady.

On the other hand, my kids love their dentist. Seriously. Alec actually said those words. I don't think I've ever heard another kid say that. It's just not natural for a kid to speak those words, no? His dentists (there's two that see him, it just depends on the day) are mommies and know exactly how to talk to kids. I can't describe how awesome they are because you'd have to see it, but here's an example of how cool they are . . .

They bought out a theater today and invited their patients to go see Kung Fu P@nda 2. Yes. They. Did. Do you know what my shyster dentist ever game me? Nothing. Not even a toothbrush, nothing. Yeah, and they invited all four of us. Isn't that just the best? Needless to say, we're not switching.

Everybody was Kung Fu fighting. Those cats were fast as lightning . . . .

Friday, June 3, 2011

what are little boys made of

I never told the kids that some items were for boys and others for girls. I didn't specify colors or toys. Yet, they liked what they liked. Brianna always wanted dolls and princess things while Alec has always liked cars and robots and such. Once he started school, he would no longer use pink or purple cups or princess plates. At his age, girls pretty much have cooties. So it was pretty funny that he came up to me and said that he had a confession to make. I asked him what it was (thinking he had broken something) and he said that he had to confess that he sort of liked the Littlest Pet Shop. I didn't laugh but instead told him that it was quite alright to like them. They're cute little toys about animals and there was nothing wrong with them. He went on to say that they were "for girls" and he shouldn't like them. I explained that they pets and both boys and girls can like pets.
Brianna had actually let him pick out three from her collection to keep as his own. I thought this was nice and that the Pet Shop collection she has would at least get some more use out of it.
A little while later, I see Alec playing with this . . .

It turns out that he picked a car for each of the pets he chose and they all travel around in that blue trailer behind them. Oy. Boys will be boys.

. . . frogs and snail and puppy-dogs tails.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

And speaking of day trips

This past weekend, we took the kids to Tombstone for Wyatt Earp days. I suppose that living in Arizona, we really have no good excuse for not having gone before. The town celebrates Wyatt Earp days on Memorial Day weekend, so off we went. They loved it. Alec couldn't open his eyes any wider when the gun fights started right in front of us. The kiddies got to have their picture taken with the Earp brothers and Doc Holiday.
It's quite a charming little town and a part of history, so I'm glad we went. We were able to see the OK Coral and walk the town. The kids were hanged in the town square and have their certificate to prove it. This is a definite must-see if you're out in this part of the country

"Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp, brave courageous and bold. Long live his fame and long live his glory and long may his story be told."

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New month/Summer Break

June already!!!! This year is flying by! So, it's the first of the month, so here are the things I do . . .

1. Go to Smashing Magazine to change my desktop background. This month I chose "Colorful Summer".

2. Fill out my calendar for upcoming activities this month. June is significantly less filled than May was. That's a good thing!

3. Commit to blogging every day for the next month and undoubtedly fail miserably.

4. Monthly house cleaning chores (vacuum the vents, clean switch plates, wash garbage cans, dust the ceiling fans, vacuum inside the couches).

Plus, the kiddies and I are on summer break, so we're doing things we normally only do at this time of year. . .

1. Clean out the drawers and closet to get rid of clothes that don't fit anymore. (I do this for sure in the summer, sometimes during winter break too)

2. Get the kiddies ready for their vacation (Grandma LOVES to travel. Now that we kids are grown up, she takes along the grandkids)

3. Attempt to clear out the garage. Ugh. I think I'd almost rather just leave it open someday and let the burglars help themselves.

4. Various check-ups and appointments.

It's Summer Break! This also means . . .

1. Soccer camp for Alec. Brianna opted out this year.

2. The kids eat and eat and eat, so we often prepare snacks: frozen grapes (their FAVE), fruit salads, raspberries stuffed with chocolate chips (for dessert), watermelon slices, etc.

3. Summer reading.

4. Day trips.

5. Pajama days of doing nothing and just hanging out. My fave.

"School's out for summer. School's out forever" (or in our case at least for the next month and a half.)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

wimpy yvett

Did you notice the books I'm reading? Yes, I'm reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Alec had been trying to get me to read them for a while. I already read the some of the same books that Brianna reads. After my last book, I wanted something light and entertaining, so I decided to try them. Alec was VERY happy that I was reading "his" books. These are some of his favorites. He's always talking about them and I can hear him laughing when he's reading.
He was right. They're pretty hilarious! I've had a few laugh-out-loud moments already and I'm barely on the second book. I completely recommend them when you're in the mood for a quick read and something not so heavy.

Never judge a book by its movie. ~J.W. Eagan

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

tire changing humor

Rodrigo got a flat tire today. OK, not such a bad thing, right? Sucks, but nothing major. He called to let me know that although he did have a spare, he had no tools. ARGH!
So I went to take him the tools that were in the garage. I get there and he tells me about a mouse that was in the tire. Now, I guess I wasn't paying attention but I swore he said that a mouse had been living in the tire. He said the mouse looked scared and was sort of panting then he dashed and hid in another tire before finally running out into the desert.
I was pretty grossed out and went to wait in the car. I kept thinking about the stupid mouse, though. I was wondering how Rodrigo knew he had been living in the tire and imagined the mouse had a sort of little nest or something. I don't know. Then I thought it was a good thing that the truck hadn't been in our garage because the mouse might have gotten out and hung out in there. Eww. Then I started wondering how the mouse had made it all the way from our house to Rodrigo's work in that tire. I imagined he'd been asleep when all of a sudden, his new house started spinning and he was just spinning along with it. Then I imagined the mouse running quickly hamster wheel style and it just didn't make sense. I asked Rodrigo how the mouse could have been living in the tire and that's when he told me he hadn't said that. That the mouse had just been standing next to the tire when he got there. So right there in the parking lot, I started cracking up like some sort of idiot. I stayed in the car while Rodrigo finished up with the tire laughing the whole time. I suppose he regretted not having had the tools just that I wouldn't have had to go and sit there laughing.
I'm not mature. What's more is that I posted it on FB (I was bored in the car) and people had imagined the same thing. Hilarious!

One little mouse came out to play gathering crumbs along the way . . .

Monday, May 2, 2011


I love technology. Love it. Unlike some people that see new things as hassles or see the potential dangers of everything, I embrace technology. I'm not going to talk about THE BIG NEWS that happened yesterday, but rather of what happened afterwards. It's strange to think that just a few years ago, we had no idea what things like F@cebook and Tw1tter were. Now, I hear big news and immediately go check out these sites if I'm not already on there. In fact, I heard lots of news on there first.
Last night when I heard the news, I immediately went onto FB, and people were starting to post about it. I grabbed my iPad and went downstairs to the TV. I was watching the news and reading Tw1tter at the same time. I find it amazing to be connected to people all around the world all watching and talking about the same thing.
The first time I really felt this was during last year's World Cup. I was (as I am every four years) HOOKED. The difference this time around was that I could watch "with" my friends from around the world. It was sooooo much fun to know I was watching the same match as friends in other countries, in other time zones, in other continents at the same time! Wow, it blows my mind.
I was blown away again last night on Tw1tter. If you weren't on, you missed out. The posts kept coming and coming from poignant to sad to downright hilarious!
Am I geeking out? Yeah, it happens.

Vorsprung durch technik

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Music Challenge

A friend of mine had challenged me to do a 30 day music challenge on FB. As excited as I was and as much as I wanted to do it, I didn't. Seriously, anything that I HAVE to come up and do on my computer, hardly gets done anymore (i.e. blogging). I wasn't able to post some of the links I wanted using my iPad, so I never finished. Now I think it's just annoying to post a million FB status updates or links at once, so I'l going to finish it here. Because it's my blog and because I can. There.

day 01 - your favorite song
I can't decide on what my all-time favorite song is, so I'll go for a song I really, really, really like right now.
The Cave

day 02 - your least favorite song
Ugh, I'm lucky enough to have never heard this entire song. I googled GE Line Dance Commercial to find out who it was. This song combines two of my least favorite things: line dancing and country music. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.
Good Time

day 03 - a song that makes you happy
This song is so adorable and Harriett's voice is lovely, how can someone not be happy listening to it?

day 04 - a song that makes you sad
I was indifferent to this song but then it was used for the coverage of JFK Jr's funeral. I always think of that when I hear it now.

day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone
This song reminds me of Brianna as a baby. She used to sing the chorus and even had a little dance to it. It was really cute for such a girly toddler to go around singing Johnny Cash.
Ring of Fire

day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere
I was 13 or 14 and we'd gone to Hermosillo to visit my grandfather's relatives. I spent that whole trip with my Walkman listening to The Stone Roses.
Made of Stone

day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event
2004, I think. We'd bought a house and were moving. The lovely Giao had sent me a gift package for my birthday which included a CD with this song. As I was back and forth from house to house, I kept listening to this song as well as Sing from Travis.
City of Love

Here's where I had stopped. Now for the rest . . .

day 08 - a song that you know all the words to
I know the words to countless songs. Here's just the lastest song I was singing along to and know all the words to.
Hang Me Up To Dry

day 09 - a song that you can dance to
Wow. I actually found footage of my old dance group. I was in it 75 years ago, pre internet video days. I'm surprised to recognize people in the group. In case you're wondering, the guys are a snake in this dance. Hence the odd movements and the shrieking girls.
La Culebra

day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep
Without a doubt.

day 11 - a song from your favorite band
Although Incubus and Pixies are close, my all-time fave has to be U2. I'm posting a song I always get a "I've never heard this song" about.
Three Sunrises

day 12 - a song from a band you hate
Ugh. Let me wash out my ears.
How You Remind Me

day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure
Come on, you can't blame me, can you.

day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love
Most people know I love Alt Rock but I like some hard rock songs as well. I loved this one.
Bat Country

day 15 - a song that describes you
Hmm, this has pretentious potential. I'll stick with this one. . .
Where is My Mind

day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate
I loved it for a little while now can't stand to hear it.
The Impression That I Get

day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio
ALL the time when we listen to the kids' station. Ugh.
Whip My Hair

day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio
I hardly hear this on the radio. I wish it was on more.

day 19 - a song from your favorite album
I used to have this on cassette and wore it out more than once. I loved, loved, loved this album.

day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry
It's nice to be a bit angry sometimes, no?
Chop Suey

day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy
Isn't this song just perfect?!

day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad
Uh, this is such a good, depressing song. A perfect song to listen to when you want to wallow for a while.

day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding
Well I'm already married. I think this is an ideal wedding song, though.

day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral
That's kind of grim to think about. Still, I always thought this would make a good funeral song. Then I knew a kid who sang it to his mom at her funeral. Heartbreaking.
Mother's of the Disappeared

day 25 - a song that makes you laugh
It still does.

day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument
It was one of the first songs I learned. I still remember it.
Lightly Row

day 27 - a song that you wish you could play
Growing up I wanted to be Kim Deal of the Pixies. I wish I could play bass like her.

day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty
Not a huge story, just a college-age break-up. : S It just reminds me of then.
The Freshman

day 29 - a song from your childhood
Heck yeah, I loved them AND knew this dance.

day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year
I heard this song SOOOO much last year. I got myself tired of it.
The High Road

There! I finally finished! As much as I love music, this meme was a chore!

And how much did you pay for your rock n roll t-shirt that proves you were there that you heard of them first . . .

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Brunch

Today I'm going to write about breakfast/brunch. Every weekday, breakfast is sort of a hurried thing. Sure, we sit down and have it, but it's mostly something like cereal and toast.
Sundays, though, are a different story. We like to sleep in then have a nice brunch. Here are a few of my favorite things to cook on those lazy days . . .

Breakfast Bake? <-- I guess that's a good name

This is pretty much a variation of this recipe. Instead of one egg, I use three. Instead of 2 tbs. of milk, I use 5. I use 6 slices of bacon instead of the whole package. I don't use green onions at all, and I pour a little bit of maple syrup right before serving. I love this recipe! It's quick and tasty!

Quinoa Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce
I cook 1/2 cup of quinoa in 1 cup of water. When it's done, I add the quinoa to pancake batter (whatever pancake batter you already use, from scratch or not, I'm not judging) then make pancakes like usual.
In a saucepan, I simmer 1 cup of maple syrup and 1 pint of blueberries. Let them simmer and the blueberries start bursting. Pout the syrup over the pancakes. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and yum, yum, yum.

Banana Eggs
I thought this one was gross, but the kids love it! Take 3 eggs and one banana and mix it in a blender until smooth. Then just cook the eggs in a skillet like you would cook scrambled eggs. The kids like this with toast. SUPER easy and honestly, it's not as weird as it sounds.

I won't post about other things like omelets since those are never the same twice. Please share some of your favorite breakfast recipes with me.

"Could we have kippers for breakfast, mummy dear, mummy dear. They gotta have 'em in Texas cause everyone's a millionaire".

Sunday, January 23, 2011

one Saturday in Tucson

One Thursday in Tucson: I posted about my daughter's messy room

One Friday in Tucson: I wrote a draft about ordinary stuff. Book. Recommendations. I didn't finish, but figured I'd finish up the next morning.

One Saturday in Tucson:

since then: posting that draft seemed futile and silly. I wanted to write something, anything, but it seemed like I was making the events about me when they weren't. At all. I know I haven't posted because I feel like I should mention something, but there isn't much I can say. I felt terrible. I was shocked. I felt violated, like it could have been anyone. Now I just feel lucky. We're all wishing Gabby the best.

That's all I'm saying about that. Tomorrow I'll go back to posting about ordinary, silly things. That's my life, and I'm tremendously grateful to be lucky enough to live an ordinary, silly life.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I warned her . . .

Brianna's closet could no longer be opened. I'd told her countless times to please clean it out. As always, I suppose she assumed I'd get tired and just go in there and do it myself. I get a lot of "but you don't leave things where I can find them" and "but you throw away everything" but ultimately, she ends up not having to clean it herself. This time, as much as it's bothering me, I'm not going to clean it. Once again, I. Am. Not. Going. To. Clean. It.
She had plenty of time over break to do it. She didn't. I warned her that next up, I'd be taking pictures and showing her friends. (insert evil laugh here) I walked into her room a little while ago and saw her upside-down on her bed on the phone.
Notice the unmade bed, and the clothes and backpack on the bed. Eww.

But I guess you're telling yourself that I'm making a big deal and am probably exaggerating. Oh yeah? Bam!

Yes. That's her room right now. All that was stuffed into her closet. Notice the JCPenney bag full of old papers she's "going to throw out". Yuck. I think she's auditioning for an episode of tween hoarders. I'm {{this close}} to just going in there and throwing things out/cleaning things up myself, but I know that's what she's waiting for. It's an old fashioned stand-off and I'm not backing down. My next move, I'll post these pics onto her FB account. If that doesn't work, I'll tag all her friends (insert full-out cackle here).
I'd like to take this time to thank the technology world for not having invented blogs and/or FB when I was a kid. Whew!

"Put to bed the son and sister moon. I'll be hiding in your dirty room".

It's clean! It's super clean and the closet is sooooo organized. I LOVE it!

my sometimes funny kids

My kids crack me up. Not right this minute but sometimes they do. At this minute, I'm trying to get Alec to please, please, please finish up his homework before we go off to soccer. Brianna has an after school meeting today, but when I go get her she will undoubtedly scoff at something or roll her eyes or do some other sort of annoying thing that only 12 year-old girls manage to perfect.
I was looking through the old blog, though and came across some old posts from 2007 about silly things the kids said. I'll share them here for you just as they were written then . . .
(Sorry if you've already read them. Pretend you haven't).

Post about Brianna titled: Oh My God Cholesterol

Brianna: what's "Oh My God cholesterol"
me: huh?
Brianna: Oh My God Cholesterol. What does that mean?
me: where did you hear that?
Brianna: I read it on the dressing label
me: let me see that
I looked at our bottle of Ranch dressing to see what she was talking about. The label reads 0mg Cholesterol.
me: oh! This isn't "Oh My God Cholesterol", Birdie, it's "Zero Milligrams".
Brianna: Oh!

Yeah, I tried not to laugh, but I had to. Now I'm here thinking how the heck does she know "OMG" anyway?

Post about Alec titled: Boy Cheese

A few weeks ago, my son asked me if he could have some "boy cheese". At first I thought I wasn't understanding what he was saying. I pretty much ignored it thinking he was asking for something else.
Yesterday right after school, Brianna asked me for a grilled cheese sandwich. Right after, Alec said, "Yeah, and I want a boy cheese sandwich".
Oh!!!!!!!!!!!!! He thinks Brianna is saying "girl cheese" and that's why he asks for "boy cheese". Cute but uh, ewww. I explained and I hope he hasn't told his teacher that he likes boy cheese sandwiches.

Ah, my kids. Whether they're making me laugh or getting on my last nerve, there's never a dull moment.

".. come with us we'll sail the seas of cheese"

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Eat In Challenge

People have been stopping me on the street, knocking at my door and calling me wanting to find out about this challenge we're doing for January. Too much? OK, a few friends have asked me about this Eat In Challenge I posted about on FB. So, I got the idea from here and it's just what it says, no eating outside food for the entire month of January. At all. None. All meals or snacks must be cooked or prepared at home.
It really interested me, in all honesty, to save money. Plus, I was feeling a little yucky after all the holiday feasting.
So far, it's been going well. If you notice, I've been posting our dinners on the right side -->
I only post dinners because we pretty much always have breakfast here as it is. It is very rare that we'd go out for that. Also, I really don't "cook" breakfast other than on weekends anymore. We have the usuals: cereal, toast, oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, juice and coffee (of course not all on the same day, calm down). For lunch we'll have leftovers or some quick little meal and in the evening I cook dinner.
I was soooooo tempted tonight, though. I was tired and all the recipes I'd planned out for the week seemed like they'd take about 75 million hours of prep. I almost caved. Almost. After a while I reevaluated what I had, changed it up and make some little mini burgers. The kiddies loved them which is always a good thing.
I think it'll be harder on weekends or when we pass right by a Starbucks, but for now, we're hanging in there. Wish us luck!

"Have a banana, Hannah. Try the salami, Tommy. Give with the gravy, Davy. Everyone eats when they come to my house!"

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2010 Music Faves

Music is very important to me. I used to like to think that I had a pretty open mind, but when it come to music, I like a very specific type and hardly deviate from there. Sorry, there will be no country music played in this house or my car. Ever.
I never got over making "mixes". Now instead of recording mix tapes, I make playlists. I make several per year then at the end of the year a "My Faves" playlist. Here's this past year's list . . .

- Animal: Neon Trees <-- I know, I know. I'm over it, but heard it A LOT this past year.
- Crystalized: The xx <-- This song was on my list last year (as those of you lucky enough to get a copy know) but I only started loving it at the end of 2009, so I had to include it in my 2010 list as well.
- Die By The Drop: The Dead Weather
- Futile Devices: Sufjan Stevens
- The High Road: Broken Bells <-- I played this song over and over ALL summer
- Holiday: Vampire Weekend
- How You Like Me Now: The Heavy
- Howlin' For You: The Black Keys
- Islands: The xx
- I Want You To: Weezer
- Light of the Morning: Band Of Skulls
- Lisztomania: Phoenix
- New Fang: Them Crooked Vultures
- Pumped Up Kicks: Foster The People
- Radioactive: Kings Of Leon
- Ready To Start: Arcade Fire
- Sweet Disposition: Temper Trap <-- Yes, I know it isn't from this past year, but I only heard it this year so it counts for me
- Tighten Up: The Black Keys
- Write About Love: Belle & Sebastian
- You Will Leave A Mark: A Silent Film

Do you make one? Care to share your list with me? Any songs you loved this past year?

"Patrick actually used to be popular before Sam bought him some good music." - The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Monday, January 3, 2011

mellow yvett

I had a massage today and I really can't post right now. Let me clarify, I had my first ever professional massage and facial which was my Christmas gift from my amazing husband. I can't even begin to describe the awesomeness. I went here and if you live here, run, don't walk. You want to go to there. So, I'll maybe post details at another time. For now, don't bother me, my Chakras are all balanced. Om.

Of course, I snapped some quick pictures. How could I not? When the therapist left the room so I could a-hem "disrobe", I took a few. Here are the left-over Chakra cards I didn't pick. I chose the first three (missing here) by the card then got to smell each of them without knowing what they were until I picked my favorite. The one I ended up choosing was "Wisdom".

"I haven't felt the way I feel today in so long it's hard for me to specify . . . . "

Sunday, January 2, 2011

December 2010 Recap

My family, just like yours, had a pretty busy month. It seems like we all pack so much into the end of the year. We had fantastic highs and suffered a terrible loss of a friend. I think that this loss was a big part of my blog overhaul. With her passing, those of us that knew her were suddenly aware of just how precious life is and how we want to share moments and happy memories with loved ones. Here I'll share some of our December 2010 moments.

- The owners of my favorite restaurant hosted a get-together for 75 of us at their new restaurant. It was a blast! We had to wear ugly Christmas clothes and got the chance to taste their yummy food and cocktails for f-r-e-e! Here's Brian, the owner, giving a speech thanking us for supporting them. They are amazing! If you live in town, you really should go!

Here is our good friend Mike and my husband in their terrible Christmas shirts.

But I was the winner of the best, er, worst dressed by donning this little gem. Jealous?

- We attended Alec's class performance of A Christmas Carol in which Alec played Jacob Marley. Let me add that he took his role very seriously.

- I hosted our 2nd Annual Cookies & Cocktails party where we had yet another sugar overload.

- Alec's soccer team played their last game of the year and wound down for a three week break.

- We attended the lovely Celebration of Life for our dear friend Kim. I cried and cried and cried some more. Then I saw her amazing husband. He's been holding it together and sharing with us. He's been quite gracious. After the service, there was a reception. This was one of the rare moments in which I considered not taking a picture. But I did, in celebration of Kim. She would have loved the service and I would have told her that the food was delicious. Look at Alec enjoying it!

- The night of the Winter Solstice eclipse, we packed the bed of our truck with blankets and pillows and laid out there watching the moon. Alec, half asleep, right at the point when the moon was all red, glanced and said, "Oh yeah, I've seen that before".

- We spent Christmas Eve . . .

. . . and Christmas Day

at home eating, playing and napping.

- We went to Texas to visit our families. Here's Brianna with Great-Grandma (my "Ata")

- Badger must've been a good boy this year. Santa even left presents for him at Grandma's house!

- We had Monopoly games that went well past midnight only to be continued the next day.

- Brianna turned 12! I can't believe it. Can someone please explain to me how I am the mother of a 12 year-old?

-We went out for a hilarious evening of bowling. We were quite terrible but had a great time.

- New Year's Eve was spent at my boss's house. They hosted their 5th Annual Kid Friendly New Year's Eve Party. Here's Brianna with her "fancy drink" (Sprite & grenadine)

- The kids painted their faces and we all played Just Dance 2 on the Wii. It was a night of laughing and snacking and great company. Oh, and yes, you're not truly proud of your child until you see that she painted a martini glass on her forehead.

- Overall, I have to say that December with my family was pretty great. We laughed a lot, were very silly, ate a lot, ate a lot, ate a lot, and hung out. I don't know how it will be tomorrow when we go back to "normal". We've been on break, so we got to the point where we didn't even know what day it was. We haven't woken up at 5:00 AM or had the kids go to bed at 8:00 for over two weeks. Ugh, good luck tomorrow, all!

"And it's been a long December and there's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last. I can't remember all the times I try to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass".

Saturday, January 1, 2011

1/1/11: New Year, New Blog!

In December of 2003, I started a blog. At that time, my little kiddies looked like this. . .

At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man, at that time, it wasn't as easy as it is now to blog. I needed to learn about HTML code to just change a color or add a picture. If you wanted comments, you had to have an outside source to host them.
Blogging is super user friendly now and MANY more people are doing it. I love it! When I first started my old blog, it was strange to send out my words into cyberspace. I had intended to use it to keep in touch with friends and family, so what ended up happening was a complete surprise. I made an amazing group of friends. You guys know who you are. Throughout the last seven years, we have followed each other through marriages, kids, moves, fertility issues, deaths, babies, food, travels and everyday life. I have a group of friends that I've never actually met, yet I'm closer to them than I am with relatives.
I've loved my blog. I've grown it, I spent countless hours on it but I sort of felt bloggy ennui as of late. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I think it's just that I'm not the same anymore. I'm grateful to have it and it's awesome to have an online journal of the past years, I'm just not "on the same wavelength" anymore. I'm no longer on diaper duty and no longer feel like a new mom. I don't like the old name (which was chosen as an email address when I was college age and far from being a mom). You are still welcome to see it and read it. I'll share the link with anyone who wants it. Many of you still have it. It just felt like time for a new start.
Now my kids look like this . . .

We live in a different state, have made more great friends, have added a furry baby to the family and are overall more grown up. What better time to start a new page than on 1/1/11? It's time. I don't know if I'll post to the old page too often, but for now, we'll share with you our life on Lot 65. Welcome. Here's wishing you a great New Year!

"Well I've been afraid of changing 'cause I've built my life around you. But time makes you bolder, children get older, I'm getting older too".