Monthly Archives: September 2008

christmas gifts for nephews and j? check.

after checking out the newest issue of cookie magazine, i thought i’d do some early christmas shopping. i got these for j and my nephews, carson and frankie. shhhhhh. don’t tell please. they have the cutest superhero capes you ever did see.

you can get one too at . just enter cookiehero for the 25 percent discount.

i also couldn’t resist buying this chalkboard wall decal for myself from . enter cookie for 25 percent off the whole site. i’ve been wanting to make a chalkboard using chalkboard paint. now i don’t have to do the dirty work!




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our first week of autumn

this is what we did our first week of autumn:


went to the lobsterfest

trip to disneyland

went to the park nearly every. single. day.


decorated the house for halloween

destroyed parts of the backyard

and put other parts of it back together by planting broccoli, chard, cabbage, spinach, and brussels sprouts (after putting down home-made compost)

our “to do” this season:

stock up on butter, chocolate chips, and other baking items

go apple picking here

visit the pumpkin patch

take out the sweaters and blankets from storage (wishful thinking… it’s still 80 degrees outside. we are ready for cooler temps please!)

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want it?

i like to think i am very organized. too organized in fact. i am constantly filing and putting things away, and then forget where i put them. i thought i lost my favorite kids cookbook (the one with the muffins that i’ve previously mentioned), so i ordered another.

guess what? it turned up today. i’ve heard that when a woman becomes pregnant she has some memory loss. does that just happen to all parents in general?

if you’d like this cookbook, i’d love for you to have it. even if you don’t have kids yet, it’s something you can use in the future. just leave a comment and next wednesday night i’ll choose a winner!

on another note, j’s visit with the agency went well today. they just had me fill out questionnaires about his development, asked me some questions, and watched him play. so far so good. he looks to be on target!

tonight is his first football game for the school where andrew and i teach…the big homecoming game. i am preparing for him to be bombarded!


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a visit.

j’s social worker paid a visit last friday, and it went quite well. she told us about how we made her day when she dropped him off. she said that she makes decisions all the time about children that she’s not 100% sure about, but that she knew that he would be in good hands with us. then she said she called her husband on the way home from our house to tell him the story and that he cried, and that she’s not a religious person but that she will pray that we keep him. with the economy being so terrible her days are long. when things are bad, kids are the first victims. parents are stressed beyond belief and take it out on the little ones. i can’t imagine having her job. i don’t know if i could handle seeing such terrible bits of humanity on a daily basis.

i haven’t had the time to read through it yet, but this is a bill (H.R. 6893: Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008) related to foster care and adoption that was approved by the house and the senate.


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marriage advice.

Not from me! Lord, no! But I did see this in Parade Magazine this weekend and thought it was simple and common sense, and something many of us forget to do.


{our wedding}

It’s easy to complain when you’re unhappy; it takes work to sort out what you really need in your marriage. So write it down. And not just, “Be happy.” Spell out your short- and long-term goals-. Then share them with your spouse. Be prepared to listen to what he or she wants for the two of you, too. 

Loving someone is a gift. Liking someone is more pragmatic. Tell your spouse something that you like about him or her every day. Be specific: “I like how kind you are to the neighbor’s dog” is far better than “I like that you’re nice.”
Keep a picture of the two of you at your happiest and look at it whenever you’re annoyed with one another. Going through an old photo album together also can help to remind you why you’re a couple. 
Every couple disagrees sometimes. But pitched battles don’t solve anything. Come to the negotiating table. Compromise. But don’t try to solve problems when you’re angry with each other. Cool down and remember why you married this person. Choosing the same day each week to sit down and talk can take the tension out of disagreements and cut down on day-to-day sniping. And be thoughtful. Before you speak, ask yourself, “If I were to hear what I’m about to say, how would I respond?”
Real dates. A slice of pizza and a movie is not an evening on the town. Also, no discussing kids or mortgages. Take turns being the planner. When in doubt about what to do, try to imagine what your partner would enjoy. A date should make the other person feel like you’re making an effort. 




(p.s. “I like how you are kind to the neighbor’s dog”? This must’ve been a bad day if that’s all you can think of!) : )






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la vita è bella…a question for you.

as i was perusing beautiful pictures like this-




{images via jsuominen}

i was reminded of my favorite movie, life is beautiful, a movie one of my best friends, kristi s. from seattle, introduced me to (someone who reads but NEVER comments…hint, hint). if you’ve never seen this movie, please rent it immediately. you will not be sorry.

i guess i am quite proud of myself that my favorite movie is a foreign flick (so cosmopolitan, oui?), i do have to admit that some of my other faves are those good ol’ classics animal house and porky’s.

what can i say? i am easily entertained and not too much of a critic.

if you’re reading this, comment on what your favorite movie s’il vous plaît…i would love to know!

happy weekend everyone! this is summer’s last one so make it wonderful!



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the {not so} perfect day

today i feel somewhat “normal”, although i still have some shots of pain here and there.

i am dog-sitting for my mother so yes…we have 6 dogs and 2 cats and i have to remind myself to constantly remain patient while i attend to their needs as well as to j’s. oh today was definitely a test of patience.


our coffee machine broke. this was a major catastrophe for hubby, and he woke me up at 6:00 a.m. to tell me so. once we got up and running i purchased the one i’ve been wanting for some time. crisis averted.


while i mowed the lawn j locked me out of the house. i had no idea this little rascal even knew how to work the locks. i ran around frantically trying to figure out how to get into the house while he smiled at me from inside. thank goodness i opened a room window so yes, i climbed through to get in.


i thought it would be fun to take j to the park to feed the ducks. he thought it would be more fun to break away from me and try to dive into the pond. as i pulled him closer to me he screamed bloody murder as everyone there stared.


i tried to cook dinner while j had a meltdown and screamed for close to 45 minutes. this kid is going to be an actor! oh, the dramatics! the lamentation, the piercing cries, the staming of the feet. the academy award goes to….j!

cupcake anyone? i’m throwing myself a pity party. : )

{images via amy atlas events}

just kidding. i love this little guy, and he rarely has a tantrum compared to other children. i will look upon this post fondly when he someday mentions me in his acceptance speech for his outstanding performance in a lead male role. oh yeah… and we will throw a big party with a tables of cupcakes and candy.

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