Monday, March 31, 2008

Ever wonder what a Joshua tree feels like?

After spending the weekend in Mesquite, NV visiting Nate's family for his brother's wedding, we drove the 8 hours home. We talked a little bit about the Joshua trees we saw.

Zachary said he wondered what it would be like to touch one of the trees. We thought about it, and then pulled over to the side of the highway to give him the opportunity. He said they were "kind of fuzzy, and not very pokey."

Here's a little information about the Joshua tree:

Consequently, one of my absolute favorite albums is U2's The Joshua Tree, which won the Album of the Year Award at the 1988 Grammys and was ranked number 26 of the top 500 albums of all time, according to Rolling Stone.

Just a little Joshua tree trivia, in case you were interested...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A new little addition to our family...

It's been a tough decision for us to upset the delicate balance of our family. We've been who we are for several years now, and the idea of adding another member to the dynamic was difficult. Nate and I have been content with how things are, we love having two little boys in our lives, and wouldn't change a thing.

It was Noah who kept bringing up the fact that he wanted a little sister. Noah adores babies and kept begging for us to have one. We'd already resolved ourselves to the fact that we wouldn't be having a daughter. Plus, we weren't sure we could handle any additional responsibility at our house. Once the kids are out of diapers and bottles, it's difficult to think about going back to that stage again.

If Noah hadn't been so persistent, we're sure it would never have happened, but it did. We now have a new little girl to love at our house. And Noah has been so helpful. He feeds her and changes her and shows her so much love.

Isn't she just beautiful?

We've never seen Noah so happy and proud!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I guess I'm not any fun...

This morning, Noah crawled into my bed, kissed my face, and told me he loved me. Then he said,

"When I'm done snuggling with you, Mommy, can I go do something fun?"

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sometimes I forget how literally kids take everything...

Today, after a trip to the pool, Noah and I were driving to Target. I looked at him in the rear view mirror and his bloodshot eyes looked like they just might close.

"You're not going to fall asleep on me, are you?"
I asked him.

Noah replied with:

"No, I can't. I'm sitting back here, remember?"

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Color Quiz


BTW, this is after a few tries. Check it out, it's fun! Let me know how many you can do! I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed that many of the colors I guessed didn't count. I mean, when I say "cherry red" and "raspberry", you know what colors I'm talking about, right? I've never even heard of some of their answers!

A million miles a minute...

Here's a sampling from today's carpool commute. Zachary brought up the fact that they were having hamburgers and tater tots for hot lunch today, and then the boys started talking about the tater tots, including how good they were, and how they are served in a little bag.

There's a moment's pause, and Zachary blurts out:

"Birds have weird feet."

Another second goes by, and Wesley starts with:

"I had this dream last night about a giant squid..."

He continues with an elaborately detailed story about the squid fighting a police officer, and though I can't quite remember who won the battle, it was highly entertaining.

Come to think of it, the majority of Wesley's stories begin with, "I had this dream last night about..." and they usually involve some type of super hero, monster, sea creature, or the ability to fly.

He's a very imaginative child, and I suspect someday will make a very good children's author. I told him this today, and he told me his mother often tells him the same thing.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Signs of Spring...

"I looked out the window and what did I see?
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree!
Spring has brought me such a nice surprise,
Blossoms popping right before my eyes!

I could take an armful and make a treat,
A popcorn ball that would smell so sweat,
It wasn't really so,
But it seemed to be,
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree."

-Georgia W. Bello, 1957

I told Noah we should go outside and look at the "popcorn" on our apricot tree and he got really excited. He suggested we even turn on a movie to watch with our popcorn. I had to explain to him that it wasn't really popcorn, it just looked like it. A few days later, he asked again when the popcorn on the tree would be ready to eat.

This is a tiny little nest Zachary spotted in a tree in our front yard. It's so small, I can't imagine anything bigger than a hummingbird using it.
Every winter, the Lantana plants get hit by the cold and turn into a pile of broken sticks, but they usually come back every Spring and by midsummer they will take over the yard.

These are some Vincas I planted in a pot on my porch. I had some other flowers mixed in with them, but they died already, so I planted a few Vinca seeds in between and am waiting for them to come up.

A close up of the Dianthus I have growing in another pot. I love the tropical look of these flower, it's such a contrast to the rest of the desert landscaping we have.

Spring Round Up

Today was the Spring Round Up at Zachary's school. It's basically a big fund raising carnival they do every year. Zachary's been excited about it for weeks.

Zachary with his cotton candy. (Yes, apparently we eat a lot of that stuff around here...)

Noah eating his cotton candy.

Zachary getting geared up to climb the giant "inflatable wall".

We were a little worried he might get freaked out doing this. Nate is not a big fan of heights himself, and this thing is really high!

Zachary made it all the way to the top with no hesitation! He's also proud of the fact that he "beat" the other kid shown in this photo. We may have a future rock climber on our hands!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


We've all seen those "motivational posters" with a photograph of a lush golf course or waves crashing on a beach and some definition of a word that's supposed to somehow inspire us to be better people.

I hate those. They're so trite and self righteous. Every middle-aged executive who drives a flashy car with payments higher than my mortgage has one of those hanging prominently in his office.

That's why I love the samples at Check 'em out. They make me laugh out loud.

Here are some of my favorites:

Tradition - Just because you've always done it that way doesn't mean it isn't incredibly stupid.

Failure - When your best just isn't good enough.

Procrastination - Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness pays always pays off now.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Our Day at the Zoo

Yesterday, while Zachary was at school, Noah and I went to the zoo with some friends of ours.

Noah inside a tree stump.

Noah sliding face first down the slide. This kid has no fear and spent several minutes afterwards spitting out dirt and rubbing his eyes, and yet he kept on doing it.

Here Noah is checking out the ducks. He fed them the bun from his $5 hot dog and I ended up fishing him out of the lake a few minutes after this photo was taken.

Noah clutching the mother of all bags of cotton candy. He begged and begged for it, and since I'm a big fan of cotton candy myself...

Noah brushing the goats. It makes me wonder - do the goats really need or even enjoy being brushed? All the other animals are behind fences for their own protection and the safety of humans, but somebody out there says it's okay to put a bunch of little defenseless goats in a corral and let them be chased and tormented by a pack of children wielding wooden brushes. It hardly seems fair, does it?

Noah picking flowers that he probably shouldn't be picking. He does this a lot whenever we're out. It's very sweet, because he's picking them for me.