Friday, December 26, 2008

google search

Results 1 - 10 of about 2,310,000 for i hate itunes. (0.22 seconds)

At least I know I'm not alone.

I haven't been able to update my ipod or access the itunes store from my ipod even though we have an internet connection. Right now I really hate Apple.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

(from Luke chapter 2)

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.

Friday, December 19, 2008

the mom song

I've heard this before but it never gets old... and this version has the lyrics right on the screen.

Gingerbread Houses

Today I was at the school making gingerbread houses with Linus and the rest of the 1st grade. It was crazy but so much fun. The kids showed some real creativity with their houses... and enjoyed eating the leftovers!

Holiday Tea

I went to Greta's preschool on Wednesday for their annual Holiday Tea. I love listening to the songs that the kids have practiced. And the sugar cookies are to die for!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


No, I'm not talking about what happens when your undies get all bunched up. It is the latest product from an informercial that Linus and I want. Does it look dorky? Yes. Will it work better than a blanket? I'm not sure. Do we need it? Yes. Check it out here.

The Mother Letter Project

Calling all moms out there... if you haven't heard about The Mother Letter Project yet, check it out here and consider sending your own letter in. This husband is doing a great deed for his wife this year for Christmas.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Baby it's cold outside!

The title here refers not only to one of my favorite wintery songs (I suppose because Buddy and Jovie sing it in the movie Elf) but also to the gross weather we're experiencing. Cold temps and sleety-snow makes for a good day to hang out at home.... and what better way to pass the afternoon than making Christmas cookies?

...and what kind Christmas cookie making afternoon would it be if I didn't create a Patrick cookie from SpongeBob?

Christmas concert

Grades 1-3 had their annual Christmas concert last Thursday at school. I love going to these, especially because there is always at least one of "those kids"... you know the ones... wiggling around or staring at the ceiling or something. This year, one of the 2nd graders was pretending to slap himself in the face in a rhythmic fashion during their rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It was a classic funny-because-it's-not-my-kid moment!

Miles playing a xylophone

Linus is in the row second from the top, three in from the right.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Pillow Fight

Here's a video that Dustin and the kids made when I was at scrapcamp in October. Dustin finally finished the editing process.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

awesome product

My friend Shelley told me about Clorox Stain Fighter & Color Booster. She used it to get grass stains out of several pairs of jeans... and swore it worked. I was aprehensive, especially because it was almost $10 for a fairly small bottle, but I bought it and have not been disappointed! Linus spilled grape juice all over the front of his shirt a couple of weeks ago and I tried the Clorox... and it ALL came out! The best part is that you don't have to use it in the wash cycle; just put a little on the stain or soak clothes in a tub with a small amount and presto!... stains are gone. Using it just on the stains will make it last longer... and really, even if only took out a handful of stains per bottle it would still be cheaper than having to buy new clothes!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

gingerbread houses

While I was out Christmas shopping today, Dustin and the kids made these gingerbread houses. From scratch. I spend the money and Dustin makes timeless memories with our kids... We make a good team.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Genesis 3... retold by an 8 year old

The kids and I were in the van the other day when out of the blue Linus asked me about Adam and Eve: "Why did God make them leave that garden again, mom?" I started with the short answer only because I know that unless an answer involves Jedi knights or Pokemon, Linus' attention span usually won't last.

Miles jumped right in and gave Linus the whole story... "Linus, it was because Adam and Eve did something that God told them not to do. They had it easy in the Garden of Eden. God just told them they couldn't eat from ONE tree. Satan came as a snake or a giant worm or something and told Eve not to listen to God. He tricked her and she decided to eat fruit from that one tree and then she gave some to Adam too. After they ate it they got all embarrassed because they realized they weren't wearing anything and they had to make their own clothes. Then God punished them and made them leave... and it was WAY harder once they left. They had to, like, eat sheep eyeballs and drink their own pee, just like on Man vs. Wild."

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

open wide!

Miles was back at the dentist today, this time to have a tooth pulled and a "spacer" put in. He did really good; even when they put the novocaine in (and I had to look away from the big needle!) Dr. Dennis came through once again and did the work so quick that Miles asked "Did you pull out my tooth yet?" The spacer is giving him just a bit of trouble because it makes his mouth ache but that will pass soon. The pulled tooth hasn't given him any trouble yet.

I'm guessing that this is the first of many "fix-its" that Miles will have to have done. Although he is still losing baby teeth and it's hard to tell for sure, I'm thinking that he will end up with braces in his future. We better start saving for that right now.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

facebook is good for something

I've found that facebook can suck you in and time can pass faster than you think... but one thing that I've enjoyed a lot is reconnecting with people I haven't talked to in a long time. Enter an old friend who happens to have been a co-worker at Perkins years (and years!) ago. Better yet, he has his own blog. Now I'll be able to keep in touch by reading about his life and family.... and I'll start after Dustin and I watch 24 from the DVR (now that the kids are finally in bed!)

Jack's back!

I've got the DVR ready to record the 2 hour special of 24 tonight. It's almost sad how excited I am about this.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

in memory...

"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."
- John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

If I ruled the world....

Christmas is hands-down my favorite time of the year. I love pretty lights and Christmas trees lit up in the dark, decorations and Christmas music. With that being said....

There should be a law against Christmas-themed stuff before Thanksgiving. Christmas season is from the day after Thanksgiving until New Year's Day. Not before, not after. I feel much better getting that off of my chest.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

please, no more surgeries or injuries....

My mom had her other knee replacement surgery today. I talked to my dad a little while ago and it sounds like everything went well. Now we're waiting to see if she tolerates the recovery better than last time. She had issues with nausea from the anesthesia and problems with her breathing but hopefully this time will be better.

So, if you're counting, within the last month or so my mom had this surgery, my brother Ben had knee surgery, my brother Bill had a heart attack and my brother Nate sustained a back injury under unusual circumstances (that story will have to wait for another time... just to long to explain!)

Monday, November 17, 2008

bringin' turkey back

For some reason this video won't let me post it here... but here's the link to Justin Timberlake's visit to SNL. I love this guy! I just wish I could get myself to like his music!

I took the plunge

I realize that I'm pretty much the last person on earth to do so.... but I joined facebook today!

super cool

Yesterday on the Discovery Channel we watched a show called Time Warp. (The show's name was misleading to me... I assumed it was some kind of space-age show or something!) Anyway, they do some really cool science stuff and then slow down the video so you can see it in slow motion. The part we liked most from yesterday's show was the segment on non-Newtonian liquids. They used a cornstarch/water blend to show some pretty sweet stuff. Dustin mixed some of this up and it totally worked. Check out the video!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


fail owned pwned pictures
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It looks like Pat Neshek is going to be out for the Twins '09 season. You can read more about it here.

probably TMI

I have a thing of deoderant that I bought that said the scent was powder fresh. I think it smells like cucumbers. I've been using it only because I feel too guilty about throwing it away but I'm at the place now where I'm thinking "How long can I stand to go around smelling like fresh produce?"

good advice...

... that came at the bottom of one of those overly cheesy forward emails that I usually delete before reading:

"Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

How true it is.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

a few reviews

The kids and I saw High School Musical 3 last weekend when we went to a birthday party at the theater for one of Miles' friends. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's certainly not going to win any Oscars but it's a great movie for the family. I love that there's no bad language and no sex. All 3 kids were singing the songs this week so I finally broke down and bought the soundtrack from itunes.

Dustin and I went to see Pride and Glory last night. We give it 2 thumbs up but if you see it, be prepared to hear the f-bomb numerous times. It is centered around New York cops so I guess I should've been ready for it. There were 2 scenes where I had to look away for a few seconds (because in my old age I can't tolerate violence like I used to.) But I love Edward Norton and there is a great supporting cast.

I finished reading The Shack this past week. I really liked this book. I know there are a lot of Christians with their panties in a bunch about this book because it is not entirely Biblically accurate, but I have to say it is definitely worth reading. Going into it knowing that it is a work of fiction, I really liked the story and found myself in the middle of a page-turner. The author did a wonderful job of walking the reader alongside the main character as he wrestles with the question "Where is God when tragedy strikes?"

this & that

We have had a few days of weather that I can only describe as gross. It's been wet and cold... but that didn't stop the kids and I from going outside and using the new bubble-blower that Linus won at Bingo Fun Night. We were only outside for about 15 minutes before we all had red cheeks and frozen hands.

Thanks to those of you that have commented on my brother Bill. He is out of the hospital now and feeling as good as can be expected. I found out that while he was in the ER on Wednesday night they had to shock his heart to get it started again. That kind of freaked me out. Small blood vessels and heart issues run in my dad's family so my other 3 brothers will be heading in for check-ups in the coming month.

I've been messing around with the settings on my blog and it's been kind of fun. This is new to me because I am a little 'computer-phobic'...a little funny because I'm married to a computer genius. I may even change up the template and colors in the near future.

I started my Christmas shopping tonight on Ebay... some stickers for Linus and Greta and a book for Miles. I can't believe that it's already that time of year! Dustin and I were talking tonight and we both agree that it seems like we just set up the Christmas tree... and that was a year ago!

Friday, November 07, 2008

is it that time again already?

The kids had their 6 month check up at the dentist this week. All 3 were cavity free! The kids get excited to go... I know for the boys part of it is that they get out of school for awhile... but they all love to give Dr. Dennis their two cents in our ongoing Twins vs. Yankees feud. Miles will be going back in a few weeks to get spacers put in. He's not crazy about that idea but he's happy to go back and see the people at Dentistry for Children. They are a lot of fun! I know I do this after every visit (it always reminds me of how lucky we are!) but if you're in the market for a dentist for kids, this is definitely the place to go!

reality sets in

Today my boys wore their winter boots to school. There's only a small amount of snow on the ground but it's still coming down. The unseasonably warm weather had to come to an end, didn't it?


Last night Linus and I had a "date" at Bingo Fun Night at the school. The whole family went last year and we didn't get 1 bingo between all 5 of us. This year, Linus and I each got a bingo... he was so excited! I let him choose the prize when I won. I wish that I had a picture of his face as we walked up to show the caller our card... he was grinning from ear to ear! Later when he got his own bingo he was equally excited. It was so much fun!

Thursday, November 06, 2008


This is my oldest brother, Bill. If he knew this picture was up here, he would probably beat me up (or at least tickle me until I wet myself like he did when I was little.) Last night he had a heart attack. They did an angioplasty and put a stent in and he seems to be feeling much better. I am a worrier by nature... so this, along with the fact that he is only 42 years old, is not an easy thing for me to take in stride. It sounds like he is going to be o.k. but he will need to make some major lifestyle changes (mostly in his diet and exercise) and I can only imagine the struggles there. So, praise God he's o.k. and prayers that these transitions will not be too difficult.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

pictures from Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium was probably the coolest part of our trip. We took a tour and got to see a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff. We also got to go down on the field and into the dugout. I think I took more pictures at the stadium than everywhere else on our trip combined!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

pics from California

The view from the patio at our hotel.

After he scared my pants off, I posed for the picture (Universal Studios.)

This is the tarantula that I touched!!

Dustin and I by the Santa Monica Pier.

Late October in California.... they have it pretty rough, huh?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

scared silly

We're here in LA because Dustin's company sent him and one of his co-workers, Jesse, to the Microsoft convention. Jesse brought his girlfriend Kari along and yesterday she and I headed to The Museum of Natural History while the guys were at the conference. We decided, against our better judgement, to pay an extra $3.00 to vivit the Spider Pavillion. We assumed that the spiders were going to be in boxes (or something) so you can imagine our faces when we entered the exhibit and we were in a large, open screened room where we were with the spiders in their "natural" habitat. I'm sure we were the joke of the day when we stopped dead in our tracks and our faces drained of all color. When the initial shock wore off we started walking through... slowly and staying in the middle of the path. Right after the girl running the exhibit finished assuring us that the spiders NEVER drop down from their webs, one of the BIG spiders came down from a tree right above our heads and I almost had a heart attack. She said "I've never seen any of them do that before!" I laughed and said it was because I had never been there.

After we made it out alive, we toured the rest of the museum and ate lunch. As we were heading out, we noticed that we had missed one section on insects, etc. and decided to go. The spider-lady from the exhibit happened to be down there and was telling us all about the (disgusting) millipedes and beetles and tarantulas there. She then went in the back room and brought out two little boxes. In one was a tarantula, the other a large scorpion. She held both. I did not. But I will say that bravery overtook me for a second and I touched the underside of the tarantula's belly and it's fangs. Kari took a picture to prove it.

Then last night we had the Universal Studios tour... Microsoft rented the park for the conference so only atendees and their guests were allowed in. It was a really fun night. Free food from any and all of the vendors there and free carnival games. And I should add that the park was transformed into Halloween Horror Nights with scare zones where people wearing masks would jump out and scare your pants off, and there were several "mazes" from movies like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Definitely not for the faint of heart. I almost wet my pants several times but I managed to get a few pictures with some of the masked workers that my brother Ben will appreciate. Unfortunately I forgot the cord for our camera so pictures will have to wait until we get home.

As for today, I'm just chillin' at the hotel until Dustin gets back. I think we might try to visit Dodger Stadium tonight. Tomorrow he has just 1 session and then we get to do a few more touristy things before our plane leaves. I am really going to miss the weather here!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hello from LA!

So far our trip has been great! The weather is unbeatable... sunny and in the low to mid 80's with no humidity! We spent the better part of the day yesterday in Santa Monica at the ocean. Dustin's conference started today so right now I'm just relaxing at the hotel... enjoying the peace and quiet. I think I'm going to head to the pool in just a bit to catch some sun and read a little. Our hotel is about 2 blocks from the Staples Center so we're right downtown... I think that tomorrow I'm going to be adventurous and wander the streets for awhile!

Friday, October 24, 2008

panic attack

Dustin and I leave for California tomorrow morning. He is going to a conference for work and I'm tagging along because the only thing we'll have to pay for is my plane ticket. I am really excited to go... lots of quiet time and time alone with my one-and-only.... but I have been super stressed out the last couple of days trying to get everything in order before we leave. The kids are staying with my brother and sister-in-law Saturday and Sunday, Grandma Judie will be at our house with them on Monday and Tuesday, then the Freiwalds are going to stay here Wednesday and Thursday. With the boys in school and Greta in preschool, there are a lot of routines that I've written out. I can't believe how much stuff I wrote out.... obsess much?? I know that everything will be fine and, really, will the world stop turning if I've forgotten something? I just can't shake this overwhelming feeling that I'm forgetting some instruction, some clothes, something. I need to take a deep breath and just chill.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Octoberfest 2008

Yesterday we gathered with Dustin's family to have our annual Octoberfest. It basically means that the kids enjoy carving pumpkins while the adults enjoy a few beers. (Or more like the kids pick out pumpkin patterns and the adults carve them!) Dustin's sisters come so it's 7 adults and 7 kids... a full house!! We also eat German food, bob for apples and have a bonfire. Good times!

.....drum roll please.....

Here are the finished pumpkins. Our family did the 2 Twins pumpkins, the Frankenstien and the face.

Friday, October 03, 2008

don't ix-nay the family planning method just yet

I read this... one of those things that makes you say hmmmmm...

Anderson, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University's School of Medicine, and her colleagues found that not only was Coca-Cola a spermicide, but that Diet Coke for some reason worked best.

They won an Ig Nobel Prize for this. Now, I'm all for science and everything, but this information is useful how?? I can't imagine it will be used literally. ("Honey, I'm ovulating and we decided not to have another baby until next year." "It's o.k.! Get the 2 liter of Diet Coke from the fridge!")

I'll never look at one of those little silver cans the same again.

Monday, September 29, 2008


I started this post a few days ago but I was overcome with the flu. It was violent and I will stop there as to not make anyone else sick by reading details. Anyway, back to the original post...

I am a pretty open person (read: most people know more about me than they want to) but Steph tagged me, so here goes....

Here are the rules:

1.Post the rules on your blog
2.Write 6 random things about yourself
3.Tag 6 people at the end of your post
4.If you are tagged, just do it, and pass the tag along!

1. When I was a kid I wanted to be Laura Ingalls, marry Bo Duke and become a Solid Gold dancer. It only proves that I was nothing if not a big dreamer (with limited television channels.)

2. I love to organize but you'd never guess it by walking into my house. If I had an unlimited budget for organizational supplies and unlimited time, I would be in heaven!

3. I dislike ice cream, and I NEVER eat ketchup, mayo, cheesecake, steak or sour cream (Top the Tater is the only exception.) And I can't remember ever in my life eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Most people think I'm nuts because of this!

4. I have a bizarre memory. I can recite all 50 states in alphabetical order in a matter of seconds but I cannot tell my right hand from my left hand. During my driver's test I had my hands at the "10 and 2" positions and made an L with my left pointer and finger and thumb so I knew which way to turn.

5. I want to meet Angie Smith. This woman is absolutely amazing.

6. I've never enjoyed the typical movies like The Sound of Music. I love scary movies... and I usually get really creeped out by them. Dustin thinks it's funny and tries to scare me with different tactics. I also love documentaries. And pretty much any movie with Morgan Freeman in it.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Twins sweep the Sox

It was an awesome game... and Dustin and I were there!

Last night was the last of our 20 season tickets and what a way to go. It had the feeling of a play-off game with the fans on their feet and cheering for the better part of the game.

In an un-christian way (that I'm not necessarily proud of) it was fun to be a part of watching A.J. Pierzynski and Ozzie Guillen sulk off the field. They are 2 of the cockiest guys in baseball and there's something very satisfying in them eating their words.


Monday, September 22, 2008

only Linus

This evening when Linus realized that the doctor had to cut my wedding band off, his face turned very serious and he asked "Does this mean that dad broke up with you?" After I assured him that the wedding ring was only a symbol of marriage he then lit up and said "Mom, make sure you save your ring. Maybe we could send it into that Cash 4 Gold thing we saw on TV!!"

I'm an idiot

The good news is nothing's broken.

Today I accidentally closed the van door on my hand. Although it's not easy to see in the photo, I've got some pretty sweet bruising at the base of my fingers. What you can see is where my ring finger swelled so bad that they had to cut my wedding band off.

Does anyone out there know if my wedding band can be fixed? I don't know if it's something they can melt down or patch or whatever. I'm going to stop typing now because I'm starting to sound like more of an idiot. :)