Wednesday, December 31, 2008

How about them lemons!

Yes, this is the time of year when we really enjoy living in Arizona. While many of my friends and family are battling the ice and snow, I'm enjoying the warm, sunny weather.

I even have lemons ripening on my tree:

Earlier this week, I enjoyed a tall glass of Diet Coke with freshly squeezed lemon plucked right from my tree! How cool is that?

Here are a few lemons that are hanging low to the ground. They're HUGE!

Why did we plant a lemon tree in our backyard? Well, mainly just because WE CAN! I'm glad there are only a few lemons this year, because I can't imagine what we'd do with a whole bunch of them, other than start up our own lemonade stand.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A discussion with Zachary

For the past few days my kids have spent a ridiculous amount of time playing video games, and I'm okay with that. School starts up again on Monday, so I'm not really that concerned if they've managed to set a new video game playing record or anything.

But this afternoon while taking a little break, Zachary went out to the garage and saw my stash of cardboard that I'm collecting to take to the recycling drop off. He brought in a few pieces and asked me if he could use it to build a ramp to ride his scooter on. I told him that wouldn't work, he's going to need something sturdier. He went back out and brought in a few more larger pieces and persistently asked again. I explained that once again, it wouldn't work. When he started to defend his idea, I told him:

"Sorry, Honey, that's just not gonna fly."

And he replied in a very exasperated voice,

"Mom, I'm not trying to get it to FLY. I just want to ride my scooter on it!"

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas from the Kennedys!

We're trying to start a new tradition of taking a family picture on Christmas Eve in front of the tree each year wearing our new pajamas. This was the best shot we could get, but here's a few more just for fun, so you can see just how hard this was:

Here, Nate and I are in focus, but the kids and Thelma were moving around too much.

This would have been a cute picture, but Noah decided to stick his tongue out.

I promised the kids that if we got one good picture, I'd take some pictures of them being silly.

And this, well, I'm not quite sure what this is, but both kids were dancing around. Christmas Eve is very exciting, you know.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Aww...I love this stuff!

Yesterday I was going grocery shopping and Zachary tucked this little 'shopping list' he'd written into my purse and told me not to look at it until I got to the store. I found it entertaining.

And tonight, the kids and I made cinnamon rolls. They were excited about eating them until I pointed out the fact that they were going to have to rise for an hour, and then bake for another half hour after that. Zachary kept coming into the kitchen and asking if they were done yet.

And then, because it was taking so long, he presented me with this note:

When I see stuff like this, I can't help but love that cute kid a little more.

Although he could have at least said "pleez"...

Sunday, December 14, 2008


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Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Do I have the word idiot stamped on my forehead?

No? Are you sure?

Look closer, because I should.

My youngest son, Noah, who is 5, is obsessed with these new toys called Bakugan. They're kind of like a cross between Pokemon and Transformers. They start out like a ball, and when you put them on a magnetic game card, they flip open.

Even the adults we've shown Noah's collection to are a little fascinated by how they work.

Noah is always wanting to play on the Bakugan website and likes to see the new Bakugans available on the Toys R Us website.

But the place with the biggest collection of Bakugan to check out is eBay.

It started out innocently enough. We looked up Bakugan on eBay and let Noah browse through all the different varieties available. No big deal, right?


Because one day last week, after Noah and his friend had been playing on the computer together, I managed to squeeze in some time of my own to check my email and saw a message from eBay stating:

"Your eBay bid is confirmed: Bakugan Bakupearl B2 HAOS GREY PREYAS 350g Rare"

Still, I didn't panic because Nate and I had talked about doing most of our Christmas shopping online this year, and we are frequent eBay users. I assumed Nate was doing a little Christmas shopping at work.

The hysteria didn't hit me until I saw the words:

"Your maximum bid: $484.00."


And then I noticed the next email in my inbox said, "You won this item on eBay..."

I instantly opened the email and found that I was indeed the highest bidder. Lucky me.

Fortunately, the auction ended at $6 with free shipping, which isn't too bad, particularly because there are collections of Bakugan and individual rare Bakugans going for HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. Had Noah been bidding on one of those items and we had won, I would have completely lost it!

Later, Noah told me there was a cool Bakugan on eBay he'd seen and wanted to know if maybe we could buy it? I didn't bother telling him we already did, thanks to him. I did however, tell him that he's no longer allowed to look at things on eBay because "they charge us money". He kind of gets it, I think.

And we get to check another Christmas gift off our list, right?

Merry Christmas, kiddo.