Thursday, January 31, 2008

Our Love is Electric

I was kissing Jared goodnight before he crawled in bed last night, when suddenly a bright light flashed between us, and a shooting pain zapped through my nose. It was a spark! And it traveled through my nose ring. Not cool.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Great Minds

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Soup of the Day

Waitress: "Soup or salad?"
Naomi: "What is the soup of the day?"
W: "Tomato basil, chicken fajita, and chicken noodle."
N: "Okay, I'll take the salad if there is no cheddi broccler. "

Man, I need some sleep.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Bag or Baby?

As a new mom, and nanny, I have been struggling with an important problem. This problem arises every time I pack up the girls to go anywhere. It is a question that I am sure every parent had to ask themselves at some point... Which do I load into the car first-- all my bags, or the babies? Now, hold it! Before you go shouting out some answer, and thinking you are so smart, you must stop and realize that you must consider the circumstance. Let's play out some scenarios...

(Important information: Emma is 2, Sophie is 4 months)
Scenario #1:
I am at home with Emma and Sophie. It is time to bring Emma home. I have two girls to put in car seats, and two diaper bags to tote along, thus making it impossible to do all in one trip. Do I (a) bring the diaper bags out to the car first and go back in to get the girls, thus leaving the children unattended in the house, or (b) bring the girls out to the car first, and go back in for the diaper bags, leaving the children unattended in the car? Now it being winter throws an extra kink in things. My car takes a long time to heat up, and so I need to go start the car ahead of time. This means that the car is already running, and makes it more of a danger to put the girls in the car first, because some evildoer could drive away with my babies while I am in the house getting the diaper bags. For this reason, I usually choose option (a). Am I correct in doing so?

Scenario #2
I am at the grocery store, getting the girls out of the car. Do I (a) get Emma out first and have her stand next to me while I detach Sophie's car seat, risking the chance that she may dart away from me into the parking lot, or (b) get Sophie out first and set her next to me on the ground while I untangle Emma from her seat (something just seems wrong with setting the car seat on the ground in a busy parking lot), or (c) go get a cart right away (leaving girls unattended in the car), get Emma out and put her in the cart, get Sophie's seat out and put her in the cart???

I need some serious wisdom here from mothers who have been there. Please share!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

F in Driver's Ed

Saw this on the road the other day. Just a tow truck towing a couple of cars...

Upon closer look...

(Note yellow bumper sticker)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Make Over

I love makeovers. Pretty much any kind- on people, houses, whatever. I love watching something plain transform into something beautiful. I love watching shows like "Flip That House," "What Not to Wear," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," and especially "America's Next Top Model." I hate all the drama included in the model show, but I love watching girls who are not much prettier than me (sometimes less pretty), transform before my eyes. My favorite part is at the end of the show, after the models have done a photo shoot and they display the before and after pictures. Wow. I am amazed every time.

Yesterday I was pondering why I love these makeovers so much. After a lot of thought, I realized that these makeovers are a reflection of the spiritual makeover every Christian has undergone! God took my dirty, sin-stained heart, and made it beautiful in his sight. He cleaned me up and now I am beautiful to Him. That just might be why.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Happy Birthday

Today is my twin brothers' birthday! I wanted to take a moment to honor them on this day. I love my brothers so deeply, and miss them both to the extreme since they moved away last year. We were all very close growing up, and I remember a time when I called my brothers my "best friends." Here's to you, Andy and Ben, on your 26th birthday!


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Five Minutes Peace

I have just enjoyed a small miracle... both of the girls were sleeping at the same time! I put Emma down for a nap, and then commenced to nurse Sophie. Sophia fell asleep while eating and I ever-so-carefully laid her in her swing. She stayed asleep... for five whole minutes. During those precious minutes, the house as silent. I was free to do anything I wanted. I could go to the bathroom now! Or quick finish sewing the mitten I had been working on for days. I could even enjoy a little bowl of ice cream. I did all three. Then midway through the third bite of creamy goodness, I heard a whimper, which quickly gave way to all out wailing. Those five minutes to myself are now the wonderful memory that will get me through the rest of the day.


Sometimes I forget that God has such a great sense of humor. At times, I mistakenly view Him as a solemn, loving and tender God, but not one with any kind of humorous side. Today I was visiting my recent memories of pregnancy and childbirth and realized that God sprinkled a good helping of humor into this process. To begin with, ALL of the "private parts" are really funny looking! Then, once a woman is pregnant, her belly gets REALLY REALLY big. When the time is up, she pushes really hard and another human being pops out of one of the holes in her body. It's really is funny if you ponder the whole idea. You've got to sit and think about it for awhile, and suddenly you will see the humor mixed in with the miracle.

What things have you found best display God's humor?

Monday, January 07, 2008

My Baby Robbed Me...

...of precious brain cells.

Apparently, the forgetfulness and clumsiness of pregnancy does not disappear when the tummy does.

Things That Have Slipped My Mind Lately...

1. Forgetting I let Bumper out... a half an hour ago. (So not allowed in our association!)
2. Misplacing all of the expensive hair cutting tools Jared just bought me for my birthday. (Still gone)
3. Loosing my Visa card at Wal-Mart. I set it down after swiping it, and apparently never picked it up again. (Glad I at least remembered where I used it last)
4. Load after load of laundry, souring in the washing machine.
5. Leaving a soaking wet rug on the bathroom floor, which created a huge puddle.
6. Ordering cocoa for my sister-in-law... a full week after she asked me to do it.
7. Not realizing I left the diaper bag at my friend's house until 25 minutes later when I got home.
8. Forgetting to bring Sophia's blanket, at least 50% of the times we leave home. (NOT a good thing. Babies need their blankets.)

General Clumsiness...
1. Shoving coffee mug onto top shelf next to stemware only to see two wine glasses falling to their death out of the corner of my eye. They SHATTERED. I cried.
2. Tripping over any and every thing in my path, at least 10 times a day.

These lists could go on and on, but frankly, I can't remember everything I was going to put on them.

Bottom Line: Having Sophia is so worth it.