Monday, October 30, 2006


That is what my sister called halloween pumpkins back when she was about 1 and half years old. It is a fond family memory. My dad would undoubtedly come in from hunting on an October evening and the three of us were ready and waiting to carve our pumpkins. We could sketch the face and Dad or Mom would carve it out. last weekend, my Mom and Dad carved pumpkins with Dewey and Joy, weirdly enough those pumpkins looked exactly like the ones we had as kids. Some things never change. Enjoy sneaking a piece or two of your kids' halloween candy tonight, I'll bet that was another thing my parents did. :)

new triplet update with pix.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

How to Become an Early Riser??

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
- Aristotle

Do you ever start blogging and clicking and blogging and clicking some more and end up at something really interesting? I don't know how I got to this site, but it was a sort of self help article about becoming a so-called morning person. If you know me at all, a morning person I ain't. It's not that I'm ornery in the morning, I just cannot pop out of bed, no matter how much sleep I've just had. I would more accurately be labeled a night owl. No matter how late, if I am watching TV I will not fall asleep. I have been known to vacuum at 11pm, or get groceries at 9pm. I have quickly learned that being a mother of a school kid, I am forced to be in the morning person club. The problem is I have not left my night owl ways behind me, it pains me to goto bed before 11pm. My result has been migraines, cold sores, dark circles under my eyes and a fondness for caffeinated products. Something's gotta give.

Back to the article. Here are the main pointers in becoming an Early Riser.

There are two approaches to the task. One is go to bed and wake up at the same time every day and night. The other is to listen to your body, go to bed when you feel sleepy, but wake up at the same time 7 days a week. The author says that you won't waste time in bed awake if you wait to goto bed when you are truly sleepy therefore you will spend all of the time in bed getting quality sleep. Some nights bedtime will be sooner, some later. Your body will adjust daily to your sleep needs.

Sounds too easy, so I am fairly skeptical. I'm giving it a try this week. My plan: 6am sharp wake up time, and not keeping myself so busy with late night tasks that I don't realize my sleepiness.

We shall see.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Back to Life, Back to Reality.

What a fabulous trip to Washington D.C it was! Chase thoroughly enjoyed the various modes if transportation that we took. He didn't miss a beat on the plane or the Metro. Now I must go on a little tangent about Washington D.C.'s public transportation system called the Metro. I am in love with it so much! I do NOT like to drive, so just walking a tad and hopping on the train is just so darn handy, the map is so easy to figure out and in no time you are at your destination! I suppose I love it so much because I am not forced to use it on a daily basis, but still--it rules!

So that wasn't exactly to highlight of the trip, but I'll tell you what was. Spending time with our family, talking and getting to see what life is like outside of the midwest and in particular our too cozy corner of it. I can see why T & A live there, there is something different to see and do on almost every corner, so much culture and diversity to be experienced. We spent a good amount of time outside the Washington Mall area (where all the monuments and such are located) T & A took us through different areas of great wealth and prestige, and the even greater poor and disadvantaged locations. It is a part of the U.S that I could continue to visit yearly and hopefully will :)

Here is a collage of photos from the trip. (click to see)

I even found my favorite souvenier:

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Whisked away to the magical land of Washington D.C.

or better yet, Maryland! Tomorrow night Dan, Chase, and I are leaving for a much anticipated trip to visit Tristan , Amy (Dan's sister), and Stella--our adorable and one-of-a-kind niece! For so long we have said we should go and visit, but finally we have made it work! It will be a time of many firsts for Chase--hotel, airplane, public transportation, musuems, etc. I can't wait to see his face as he takes it all in.

I ask for your prayers for a safe and meaningful trip. A rather large thanks to Dad & Mom H. who have willingly agreed to stay with Dewey and Joy. It will be a welcome break for me from listening to those two fight over who's mommy I am. GEEESH! I just want to tell them to get used to it! I am Mommy to both of you, now stick a sock in it!!!

I hope to find some sweet souveniers like this one:

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Warm Fuzzies and Cold Pricklies

Remember those? Recently this was the discussion at Drew's pre-school. I assume the teacher was trying to explain in a way appropriate for 4 year olds how our actions and behaviors effect those around us. I've been bouncing the idea around in my head for a few days, and realized how I've been handing out some cold pricklies too much lately. I've been whining about the commencement of fall for weeks, unloading on my husband every grievance that comes to mind. He must be thinking, "Would you just get in a good mood?" I suppose we all get in these funks once in awhile, but it is time for more warm fuzzies in the world especially my little corner of it.

This Friday and Saturday I had a great opportunity to attend a short Women's Retreat with my mom and and old friend, Dawn, from Hopkins. The speaker taught on Colossians 3:12, taking off the old garb and clothing ourselves anew.

Therefore as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:12-24

I don't want my blog to be a soapbox for cold pricklies. Ok, just maybe an occasional complaint or two. What I was reminded of this weekend is that we are all to live as Christ's representative in person, behind other's backs, and even in the blogosphere.

I appreciate all that read my silly little blog. May I be to you a warm fuzzy.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

One Word. Hideous.

This will be you someday soon.

This snow blows. Literally and figuratively.

Friday, October 06, 2006

oh, the humanity!

I had to spend 3 whole days without my trusty Mac! The big storm Monday sent a surge through my cable internet and fried something nerdy and technical like my logic board, well, not my personal logic board, my computer's logic board. Anywho, I will be bringing my computer back in because now I have a terrible screechy, static, squealing sound that will not stop while my computer is on. Imagine 10,000 fingernails on 10,ooo chalkboards---it is that bad.

Happy Blogging to those of you who can!