Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy Holidays

The happy family

65. Update 401K and IRA investments yearly (2/3)

Humpf. Well the market sucks so bad it doesn't really matter what I do. I spent some time going through all my current investments, but didn't really change much for the coming year. I will be sad to get all my yearly prospecti for taxes and see how much money is gone.

67. Return things that don't work ou

I have bought 2 pairs of knee high boots and sadly returned them. I just can't find a low heel that fits my legs. I'm sad.

20. Have date nights with John


this is cool

These photographers took a photo at the same time each day for 1 year.

Friday, December 26, 2008


Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain. —von Schlegel

Jennifer's survey

1. Started your own blog – yes, thanks to Monica
2. Slept under the stars - camping counts
3. Played in a band - no
4. Visited Hawaii – no
5. Watched a meteor shower – I don't think so
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world - 3 times
8. Climbed a mountain - does mount bonnell count? no
9. Held a praying mantis - maybe
10. Sang a solo - Baby Got Back
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris -yes
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning - McDonalds with JOhn
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France -yes, over rated
20. Slept on an overnight train - yes, paris to rome
21. Had a pillow fight – sure
22. Hitch hiked - I don't want to be in a horror movie
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill - maybe
24. Built a snow fort - many
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping - all the time when I was a kid
27. Run a Marathon - hell yeah
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse – even made those little boxes to look at them
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset – yes
31. Hit a home run - no way
32. Been on a cruise - not yet
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person - yes
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors - Germany, yes, Poland No
35. Seen an Amish community - yes
36. Taught yourself a new language - que?
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied - yes
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person - not yet
39. Gone rock climbing - indoors?
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David - I think so
41. Sung karaoke – Hell yeah…
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt - no
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa - no
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight - yes
46. Been transported in an ambulance - no!
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person - yes
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris -yes
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling – no
52. Kissed in the rain - myabe
53. Played in the mud - fun, fun!
54. Gone to a drive-in theater - no
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class – karate in HS
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies - oh yeah
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason – yes!
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma - blood
65. Gone sky diving - no way
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check – yes
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy – yes
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial – yes
71. Eaten Caviar - yes, gross
72. Pieced a quilt - no
73. Stood in Times Square - yes
74. Toured the Everglades - driven through them, so not really
75. Been fired from a job - no
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London - yes
77. Broken a bone - no
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle – yes
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican - yes
82. Bought a brand new car – Rav4 and Pacifica
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper – yes
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House - yes, and sat at VP Dan Quale's desk
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox - yes
89. Saved someone’s life - no, but JOhn has
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous – if you use "met" loosely
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one - yes
94. Had a baby - no, oh yeah those 3 kids
95. Seen the Alamo in person - of course!
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake - what?
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone - yes
99. Been stung by a bee - nope

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I've been tagged by Christy!

Here are the rules: Copy and paste the rule instructions in your post. When posting on receiving the award, make sure you include who gave you the award and link it back to them. Post five winners and link it back to them as well. Post five of your addictions. Add the award image. Let the winners know you gave them an award by leaving them a comment on their blog.

1. Coffee - how do I love thee? Oh so many ways.

2. Sleep - it's what I should be doing right now

3. Pod Casts - right now I"m enjoying "Doug Loves Movies" and "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me"

4. Saying positive mantras over and over and over again in my head. "This won't last forever", "They will eventually move out", "I need them to take care of me in my old age", "Snot isn't that gross, really"

5. Chocolate - I must have an afternoon piece of chocolate, I absolutely must

Who else? Jennifer (who hasn't updated in over a month!), Sandy (who doesn't read my blog), Jenna my adorable sister, Freund Face, and Amy (who has a hilarious blog)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

85. Start holiday traditions

Sledding? In Texas? Much better than in Michigan!

54. Get new baby on a schedule

Make that "Get new babIES on a schedule". Well, after a few weeks of misery trying to force the little ones into what I thought was the perfect schedule, we decided put up the white flag and surrender to the children. The first of many battles we will lose. We had a great schedule for Gwendolyn and I just thought that was what all babies needed to do. It turns out, babies can be very different and they will tell you how pissed of they are when they want to nap at different times and eat 8 times a day. It doesn't matter that they just ate 2 hours ago or that they haven't slept in a millenia - let them do what they want!

After our surrender, things have gone much better. On the weekends we can actually get out of the house with everybody from 10am-12:30pm to run errands and go to lunch while the twins sleep in their car seats. They still eat 7 times a day, but we are thinking they could make it through the night if we really pushed them. But, it is working out ok when Maddy wakes up at 4am to eat, then I just stay up after feeding her and start my day.

As a side night, it is raining like a M-Fer outside and just sounds COLD and nasty. Brrr....

I won't mark this as complete until they are sleeping through the night (10pm - 6am), but we are making good progress at least.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

13. Be thankful for 3 things every day

I have a separate journal, but I will post todays:

1. Snow Day! Our HOA had a snow machine and we got to take Gwen sledding this afternoon. It was a pretty small hill, so she was brave enough to go by herself and she loved making snow balls. It was so cute to watch her see snow for the first time, even if it was man made.

2. Home made meals that I don't have to make myself.

3. Getting out of the house with the whole family with no major meltdowns from anyone (myself and John included)