Thursday, May 22, 2008

season finales

I would say the theme of this year's season finales is to blow things up.  Wait until the fall to see who dies.   I wasn't that surprised on CSI because I know the one guy was leaving the show.  I don't want to know who isn't coming back on the other shows because it will kind of ruin it for me.

I still have a few finales left.  I wonder how many more explosions there will be.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I hope you have a child that is just like you.

I have heard many people say, "Oh, I know.  He is a handful.  My mom said she cursed me to have a baby that is just like me."   I had a client say it tonight.   I have even my own mother say something like that about me.  These are never said in positive ways, even if they are said in a joking manner.  Do you ever hear someone say, "Yes, isn't s/he so sweet and calm?  My mom hoped that I would have a baby just like me and I did!"  It is always said about something that can be seen as a flaw or a hardship.  Something that should, in theory, be trying to a parent.  Even before it was said to me, I have always been irked by it.  It is like watching a man who talks about his wife but can't stop rolling his eyes and pulling a face.  Who wants to be talked about like that?  Who wants to be so disrespected?  To tell someone that you hope they have a baby that is just like them is like saying, you weren't fun, you were hard and I hope you suffer the way you made me suffer.  I hope you are in labor for 4 days after what you put me through!!!  Is that how you show your children that you love them and always have?  Is that how you bond?  Should your now adult child read through the lines and see, "See how difficult your child is?  You were this way too, but do you still see how much you love that baby?  That is how much I loved you."   Isn't there any easier way to say it?   

I have met the parents who have had REAL problems with their kids.  They have kids who are addicted to heroin, who have stolen from them, who have beaten them, who have shot at other kids.  I have heard them say to their kids, "You will never understand or know the pain you have caused me or what you have put me through until you go through it with your own child, but I would NEVER wish that upon you.  I would NEVER wish this upon anyone."

I have been blessed with a daughter who is very much like me.  Her personality has been clear from day one.  She has always been so sure of herself and what she wanted but at the same time very relaxed and content. It has been so amazing to watch her and just get to know and understand her.  I can see why she is getting frustrated at something, because it is something that I would also get frustrated with.  By watching her and getting to know her, I have also gotten to know myself better.  It is hard to explain, but it is like knowing that she is who she is and has been from day one kind of makes me embrace certain qualities about myself that I see in her.  I am proud of who she is, shouldn't I be of myself?   

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Tonight I went to my first meeting for the planning stages of MOPS.  We are hoping to get it off and running in the fall.  At this point, pending disaster, I don't know why it wouldn't.  My church is supposed to be partnering with another local church to launch this charter.  There has been a lot of changes going on in my church lately, so I think it has been difficult to get the ball rolling on our side of things.  There are still some positions that haven't been filled and needs that definitely haven't been met.  Hopefully those will get cleared up this summer. If you are reading this and are interested...let me know!  I am definitely looking forward to the fall kick off.  I think it will be a fun thing to be involved with and I see it as a good thing.   I did leave quite a few windows open upstairs during the meeting.  Turns out I left right before all the thunderstorms hit.  Amazingly enough, it didn't rain into any of the windows.  That must have been some straight down rain.  After the storms last weekend our patio set, including the glass table top were tossed all over the place.   Is tomorrow seriously only Wednesday?  It has seemed like a very long week already. 

Monday, May 12, 2008

post-Mother's Day

Elmo was a success.  I will post some pictures and a video when I get them off my camera. 

The whole day was good.  Justin did awesome.  Every little detail was thought of and I so appreciate it.  In return, here is a modern day mix tape...though not a mix or a tape.  It is just a song that he will get the meaning of and the relavence to us.  I will be downloading it with my new itunes gift card!  In the mean time, enjoy the song.  Ignore the "i'm lonely" at the beginning.  That is someone else's artist liberties at work.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Mother's Day

Guess what we will be doing on Mother's Day.... Go ahead, guess.  Brace yourselves.

We are going to go see Sesame Street Live: Elmo Sings.  Ava is going to flip out.  It is going to be awesome.  It will be so fun to just watch her get so excited.  We will take pictures.

Thursday, May 8, 2008


Only where I work will I hear this line of comments from multiple clients.  "Are you pregnant or something?  You are?  Really?  I just thought you were fat."  I work with some special people.

So Terra sometimes has Track Tuesdays.  I am in this crazy giddy mood (because nothing being told you look fat to put you in a happy mood) and on my way home from work every song I heard I was putting into a catagory list.  I came up with this one.

Best songs to dance crazy to in your dorm room to entertain yourself and your roommate, in no particular order.

1. Funky Cold Medina

2. Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

3. Can't Touch This by M.C. Hammer

4. Ice Ice Baby (do I really need to say who its by?)

5. Blister in the Sun

6. Particle Man by They Might Be Giants

7. Discovery Channel by Cake?

8. I Want You to Want Me by the girl band that I can't think of from the 10 Things I Hate About You Soundtrack, it is just a little faster and more fun.

9. Fight the Power by Public Enemy

Now that you got a glimpse into what I did during college, I know that you are all sad and a little jealous that you weren't my roommate. 

Sunday, May 4, 2008

new songs

Ava has a new favorite song.  It is No One by Alicia Keyes.  She walks around singing, "No one, no one, no one babble babble (that sounds like "can pick my nails")."  She hears the song start on the radio and she just gets excited and yells, "No one!"  I will have to try to get her on video singing it. 

When we went to the doctor's office on Friday, the song Feelz Good by the Gorrillaz came on the radio in the waiting room. She had to stop everything to dance.  In front of the entire waiting room.  She actually has pretty close to accurate rhythem. 

Ava is having major sleep issues lately.  Well mostly just going to sleep.  I think she knows that Justin and I have very different styles for putting her to bed, even though we say we do the same things.  She throws huge fits about sleeping when he is here.  If he is gone, I can get her to go to sleep without a problem.  It is very annoying.

Now that the cold weather is apparently over, I am planning to try to transplant some of my seedlings into outdoor pots this weekend.  My herb garden is dying.  I fed them some plant food today,so we will see if it helps.  I want to get all my flower seedlings outside before I kill them inside.  I figure even if I forget to water sometimes outside, the rain will take care of it a bit. 

So far I am loving Giants in the Earth by O.E. Rolvaag.  Just FYI.

A saw a movie this week that I also really enjoyed.  The Painted Veil.  It is supposed to be based on a book.  I am going to have to look it up to see if I would be into reading the book as well.  Visually, it was really good.  You would definitely have to classify this movie as a drama.  Either way, I recommend it.