Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Destiny

Going old skool. Circa 2004.



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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Through the eyes of my child

So...we're obviously not sane here.

Why?

Well, you see...we decided not to do things in the regular order. We found a great house before we even seriously put ours on the market.

Before we even seriously did any painting.

My mom graciously answered my call for help and has been painting non-stop since last Thursday.

Did I mention that Trav worked on Saturday?

Well, I wanted to keep the kids out of her hair. The best place for that? Deana Rose Farmstead.

Deana Rose is a "free" farm with a load of activities ranging from the free (tractor riding) to those costing a few bucks (horse riding). It's more than a petting zoo. It's like a petting zoo...on steroids. We went on a Saturday and paid $2 per person to get in, but normally (Monday thru Thursday at least) it's free.

ANYWAY! The point? I gave Jack his camera and here is what he saw:
















For the record, his camera is one from a while back, so if he were to break it, we won't be heartbroken. Jack would be, but we at least wouldn't be at a huge loss.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

I said, Shake...Rattle...Roll

Here's your no fuss. No mess. Straight-forward look at Zoey's ballet recital:



But wait! That's not all!!

Oh no. Why would you think that was it?

This time around we also had a hand jive! If you look closely, you'll note that she's about 5-seconds off from the group. Oh well. At least she's doing it.



(Pardon any camera work. Just blame it on Trav!)

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

A List of Excuses

Here are 10 reasons why you may not be seeing any new photos from me anytime soon:

10) I have a bazillion photos to edit dating as far back as Christmas.
9) It's 70 degrees outside and not raining. Do I really need to go on?
8) One word: Toddlers (Does Jack really qualify as a toddler?)
7) The commodity markets are going crazy right now (hint: my job depends on those markets)
6) Speaking of work, it seems 40 hours a week just isn't enough anymore to get the job done.
5) The automatic maid is broken. Unfortunately.
4)  College basketball season is over. Translation: I get my husband back from his winter-long affair
3) We're trying to "edit" our storage items. Translation: It's time for purging
2) We have a LOT going on in the next few months, including our semi-annual trip to the farm, Easter, Iris farm revisited (maybe?) and a violet farm visit (maybe?)

AND FINALLY

1) We found a house to buy and now are in a mad-dash to get our house ready to sell. Right now it's a game of patience to see if all the issues come together first. However, until we get word, we're trying to get as much ready as possible


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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Toddlers. O Toddlers.

Over the weekend, we made


Don't know what it is? It's called Puppy Chow.

It's like the world's simplest dessert.

Are you ready?

Chex (or Crispex) cereal + melted chocolate/PB + powdered sugar

That's it.

Anyway, Zoey's been walking around the house saying it like this:



Puppy childs?
Puppy .... huh?

Yup.

That's it.

It's puppy chow. She's saying, "puppy chow."

Now, I understand we live in Kansas, but it's not like we have a strong accent. If you heard me speak, you wouldn't think I was from Kansas. The Midwest - sure. But it's no exactly a dialect known to most.

(Side note: My "hick" accent only really comes out when I have to say, "Sale" or "Sell." It all just turns into "Sail." I'm going to the "Sail!")

Oh yeah - Everyone else in our family says it normally. But Zoey?

She just had to put her own spin on it!

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Why the corporate world needs a binky

Listen up corporations - I'm talking to you. I'm talking to all of the business men and women who trudge to work each day to sit in their cubical and work on the computer for 8 hours a day under harsh fluorescent lighting.

It's time you take note and listen...to my kids.

Amazingly, you may just learn a lot from them:

1) Always say "please" and "thank you." Believe it or not, this isn't a general practice. In fact, it's rare to even hear a meaningful "thanks" anywhere. It actually would make the corporate world better to actually acknowledge work that someone does for you.

2) Cover your mouth when you cough. Why is hygiene so awful at the office? All it takes is one hand or one elbow over the mouth. That's it. Turning your head to cough away from the majority of people really does little good.

3) Clean up after yourself. That includes the break room. And the fridge in the break room. Yeah, you know who you are. I'm not your Momma, so clean up your own stuff!!

4) Clean up your toys before you move on to something else. I read a study a few months ago that multi-tasking isn't always efficient and that you should instead put all your focus on one item before moving on. Besides, I hate mental clutter.

5) Don't be mean to other people. Do I really need to go on?  There's a difference between venting and just being spiteful.

6) Don't be mean to other people behind their backs. Some people in the business world call this venting. Those in the parenting world call it WRONG.

7) Always eat breakfast. And lunch. Skipped meals is bound to make everyone cranky. Since there are nap rooms in most corporations, just eat your meals.

8) Throwing tantrums just makes everyone stressed. Ask Jack, my resident tantrum-thrower. The more tantrums he throws, the louder my volume gets. The same goes in a business setting. Just because you yell the loudest doesn't mean you're making any progress.

9) Play nice with others. It kind of goes back to that whole "don't be mean" factor. It takes more energy to be crabby and bossy anyway, so why not take a few extra seconds to help someone out? Added bonus: it makes you feel good.

10) Tattle only when necessary but not all the time. Throwing people under the bus really isn't the way to sucess. 

11) Go to bed earlier. Okay, so early is a subjective term. The point? Get some sleep. I need at least 7 hours of sleep to thrive. Do I get 7 hours of sleep a night? No, and most of the time it's interrupted by someone (or something, thanks to a hidden stop watch that goes off at 5 AM every day). However, I don't like to be cranky. Do you?

12) Play the quiet game. Your coworkers will thank you. Believe it or not, you're most likely not as funny as you may think.

And one of the more important ones...

13) Always tell the truth. Earn respect while doing what SHOULD come naturally.


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Saturday, April 2, 2011

You weren't meant to see these

The point of blogging is to show off your very best photos.

Right?
Right.

You see pictures like...




I'm dedicating this blog post to photos you weren't meant to see.

You see, I have a camera phone that likes to go off without my knowing it. It has a REALLY sensitive touch screen, so I often end up with photos I don't remember taking.

Now, I could have just deleted them. After all, they weren't supposed to be taken in the first place.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized just how often these photos are quickly deleted. So no - I'm not going to delete them (now). Instead, I'm celebrating them!

So...laugh. Enjoy. And then prepare for me to erase your memory.











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Friday, April 1, 2011

A Year Older

2010:


And now, a year later (almost to the day):




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