Sunday, November 30, 2008

Another Jellybean Funny...

This morning, we were at my parent's house scrounging for breakfast before our long drive home. My mom mentioned that she had some Cocoa Krispies in the pantry and offered them to Jellybean. He's had them before and liked them, so he said that he did want some for breakfast. After one bite, he looked at me and said "Mommy...I think I don't want this breakfast anymore." Ok...I told him to try one more bite to make sure he didn't like it. If he really didn't like it, we'd find something else for him to eat. He complied...and concluded that he did not like it.

"Mommy...I don't like this cereal because its oval. I only like circles and squares and rectangles."

Hmm...I wonder what it is about oval cereal that is so unappetizing...


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with my family in central Minnesota. The drive was long, but the boys did great. We spent 4 nights at my parent's farm and after 2 the boys declared they wanted to "sleep at Grandma and Grandpa's house every night". We had a great Thanksgiving mom makes the best dressing and cranberry bread (along with all the other standard Thanksgiving food). We shared in a family tradition of baking Christmas cookies on Friday. We went to the Christmas tree farm to pick out my parent's tree and go for a horse-drawn wagon ride.

All in all it was a great weekend. We're looking forward to our next visit up north.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Oh dear blog readers...I do apologize for my lack of posts recently. I promise to try to do better in the near future. We've had lots of things going on around here. There are lots of things I want to tell you all - like visits from friends from out of town - looking at houses and *maybe* finding our future home, *maybe* - and preparations for the holidays.

There are also other things going on that I'm not sure I want to talk about just yet.

And there are plenty of things ahead of us that I'm sure will provide lots of blog fodder in the future - like the upcoming holidays and visiting family. And, if we did find that house and we end up moving, I'm sure that will provide endless hours of blog compositions as I procrastinate packing that last box or vacuuming the ginormous dust bunnies that have accumulated under the beds in our current place. Oh, and I'm sure that finding the secret stash of matchbox cars under the couch will be pretty exciting for the two little boys in our house, too.

Basically, all this is to say that lately I just haven't been feeling very creative. I have lots to say (as always), but I just don't feel like its all that important at the moment. And to be honest, my free time lately has been spent with my nose in a book. Because sometimes getting lost in a good story is a great way to use your free time.

I'll be back.
With pictures.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

Saturday, November 15, 2008


I saw this on my friend Anita's blog and promptly decided to steal it and stick it here. Watch it. That's all I have to say.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My Friend Carolyn

Back in July and August, I posted a few times reminding people to pray for my friend Carolyn and her daughter in Ethiopia. If you've been keeping up on their story, you know they are home now and doing great.

Carolyn's family recently took part in producing a video to advocate for the adoption of HIV+ children. The video is amazing and you can see it HERE.

If you are considering adopting a child with HIV, you need to watch it. If you have friends or family members who are considering adopting a child with HIV, you need to watch it. If you are someone who could NEVER consider adopting a child with HIV, you need to watch it. Adopting a child with HIV is do-able...and the stigmas attached to HIV are based entirely on mis-information and prejudice.

Carolyn is one of my heroes. Someday when I grow up, I want to be like her.

Monday, November 10, 2008


For the last couple of weeks, we've had that nasty autumn cold raging through our home. The resident Daddy seems to be mostly immune (so far), but Jellybean, Peanut, and the Mommy all have had our share of runny noses and coughs.

Its disgusting.

But even more disgusting is the fact that Peanut has decided that its not enough to just have to blow snot out of his nose...he has to look at it and react.

So, after each nose blow, he holds open the kleenex and walks over to show me, saying:

Yeah, kiddo...that's gross.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


For the past couple of weeks the boys have been telling me that they miss the "slow" (snow). They want it to snow so they can build a snow man and go outside to play in it. They keep reminding me that it "take a long time" for the snow. And I keep trying to convince them that we will be just fine if the snow holds off for a while longer. After all, if the snow comes back, then the COLD comes back, too.

Well, its November now and the cold is coming. A cold front is moving through. Today's high is 50 degrees (with rain showers) and tomorrow the high is 38 degrees, with snow flurries in the forecast. And I'm sure it will head downhill from there.

Its that time of year again!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


This morning as we were driving around in the mini-van after we dropped Jellybean off at school, Peanut decided he needed to tell me something.

Peanut: "Mommy...I'm proud of Uncle Bama. Are you proud of Uncle Bama?"

Me: "Yes...I am proud of Barack Obama...and I'm proud of our country, too."

Peanut: "Is daddy proud of Uncle Bama?"

Me: "I'm sure he is...but you can ask him when you see him."

Peanut: "Ok. I want to ask him now."

Barack Obama is not a perfect man, he wasn't the perfect candidate, and he won't be the perfect president. But I can say, without reservation, that I am celebrating today. I cried when I watched Jesse Jackson cry, I cried as I listened to President Elect Obama speak last night, and I had tears in my eyes when my son said he was proud of "Uncle Bama".

I am thankful today. Thankful that I live in a country where a President Obama can be a reality. I am thankful that I live in a country where I can cast my vote without fear. I am thankful that I live in a country where I have faith in the fairness of the vote. I am thankful that I live in a country where people can disagree vehemently, but do so without violence. And I am thankful that I live in a country where the candidate who lost the election concedes with grace and dignity. The people of our country should be proud of both of our candidates.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


With hope and joy tonight.

Now on with the healing and the celebrating...change is coming!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween (the narrative)

For some reason, blogger isn't letting me see my pictures in the post editing I can't write narrative between the photos. Oh well.

Our Halloween celebrating started (for Jellybean) one week ago Friday, when Jellybean's kindergarten class held their "harvest party". That weekend my parents came to visit and we decided to go to Living History Farms Family Halloween on Saturday evening. We went with Z's sister and her family and we had a ton of fun. The boys dressed in their costumes, did a little round of trick-or-treating, roasted marshmallows, ate kettle corn, listened to "spooky" stories, walked through a pathway lit by jack-o-lanterns and generally had a good time. Plus, it was really fun for the grandparents to see the boys experience Halloween festivities for the first time. All weekend, Peanut referred to my parents as "Grandma and the Cowboy" because my dad wears a Stetson hat this time of the year. Everyone got a kick out of that!

Last night was officially Halloween, so it was trick-or-treat night. Because Z is gone this weekend for Army duties, I convinced my friend Karen to go with us to "keep me company" (really it was so that I could use her hands to help me keep track of both of my super-heroes). We all had a good time, even though during the last 10 minutes of it Peanut kept asking "are we done yet?" Apparently, he'd had his fill of the activity (but Jellybean wasn't ready to be done). We didn't go for very long, and we didn't even go to that many houses (at least it didn't feel that way), but they came home with a ton of candy!

At the end of the night, we changed into our jammies and sat down to watch "Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". All in all, it was a great night (we just wish Daddy would have been home to join us).