Side note: Some of you have asked me how I get my pictures to show up in a larger format here on blogger. I am terribly unsavvy when it comes to computers but I played around with this until I figured it out. First of all, you need to have a template that supports it. I think I have the lefty stretch. After you've uploaded your photos, select the "Edit Html" option next to "Compose" in the upper right hand corner of the posting box. Then it's just a matter of doubling the numbers you find there. There will be four numbers you'll need to work with. Change the 10px to 20, the 400 px to 800px, double the height, and finally s400 to s800. Hope that helps!
Listening to Bob Seger singing "Night Moves" on XM the other day, Lauren asked, "Why does he keep saying "Guy-Fu"?" I guess "night moves" sounded like "guy-fu" to her.
Anna heard me telling Doug that I was worried Jacob might be getting cradle cap. "What's cradle crap?", she asked.
The girls were reciting a nursery rhyme the other day. It went like this: "Jack be numble, Jack be quick!".
We were discussing buying a new bed (headboard, footboard and frame). Anna asked, "Can it please be mine? I'm the only one without a head."
On the way to Monterey, Anna kept asking, "Where are we going again? Canada?"
Once we arrived in Monterey, Lauren started singing a song about being so happy to finally be in "Mon-te-pay".
In the hotel early Saturday morning Doug and I were talking about what we were going to do that day. Anna sat up in bed and said, "Could you guys please keep it down? I haven't had a dream yet and I'm trying to dream about mangoes."
Driving from Target back to our house, Lauren saw some construction work.
L: What's that for?
Me: They're building a new road.
A: So people can get to the pool easier. (The construction is right by the neighborhood pool.)
Me: Actually, they're building a bypass. Lincoln is too busy and this new road will route people around Lincoln.
A: God made too many people, right?
A: Does God make people or do people make people?
Me: God plays a big role in it.
A: And I thought Daddy put the bones in there.
L: Is Nandy with God? (Nandy is their great-grandfather who passed away a year ago.)
Me: Yes, he is.
A: I miss Nandy. He was a good fellow.Anna kept interrupting Lauren when she was trying to talk. Lauren yelled at her, "Anna, stop that! It's so fus-tur-ating!!"
Anna's class had to draw a picture and write a sentence about what they would do if they were elected to be President of the United States. Anna wrote, "If I were President, I would wear a sparkly dress and pick flowers."
Notice the little spike on top of his head. He reminds me of a kewpie doll I had when I was little. Doug has done this same thing to each of our children. I'll have to go back and see if I can find the pictures of the girls with their pitot tubes as well.
A: "Mommy, this is not fun. You said we were going to have fun."
L: "I want to see the parade. Where's the parade?"
A: "We drove all this way and we're not doing anything I want to do. This isn't fun."
L: "Where's the paraaaaaaade?" (I have no idea where she got the idea there was going to be a parade.)
A: SIGH....(followed by the quivering lip.)
L: SIGH. I want to see the stupid parade.
Me: "Okay, enough. I give up. Let's go to the park."
Girls: "Hurray! We're going to the park!!!"
So, we left and drove the 3 minutes to the park. This is what I turned around to find once we arrived.
We waited for a few minutes. They didn't wake up so we turned around and drove back to Carmel. I took about another 5 minutes worth of photos and they woke up again. I didn't get a chance to find the perfect cottage but I had several others mapped out that I didn't get to see. Here are a few pictures of some of the places we did find:
We headed out to the park where the girls finally got to "do what they wanted to do". After a nice lunch down on the water, we took everyone to the Monterey Bay Aquarium which was a HUGE hit with the whole family.
Ladybug Babies ...
Then God said, "Let there be carnivores and there were carnivores.
Then God said, "Let there be milk-ivores and there were milk-ivores.
Or something like that.
Well, as of this past Thursday I am officially vegan...at least for the time being. I've been a vegetarian in the past and admittedly as a family even today we eat more vegetarian meals than anything else. However, last May I had a physical and learned that my cholesterol was quite high. I was very surprised but found out two days later that I was pregnant with Jacob. My doctor told me that pregnant women had unusual cholesterol levels and not to worry. She suggested I have my levels checked again after Jacob was a few months old. I waited until last week and had a cholesterol test done once again. I was blown away when the resulting number was "316". Doug found one of my old flight physicals and even a decade ago the number was around 260. My dad's cholesterol was up to 350 when he had to go on medication. I guess it could be genetic. I also found a study in an AMA journal that said pregnant and breastfeeding moms can have levels up to 325. So, anywhoooo it's a possibility that it's high because I'm breastfeeding. Either way I wanted to see if I could possibly bring it down by altering my diet significantly. I've been following recommendations from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's book on heart disease. I'm headed in to see a doc on base tomorrow and it will be interesting to hear what he has to say. I'm also anxious to find out if there's been a change in any of my numbers. As you know, the Peanut Gallery is always up-to-date with family affairs. As Anna was eating a bowl of cheerios today, she read on the box that it lowered cholesterol. She asked me, "Mommy, do you have high "cholester-yol"?" I told her I did. She responded, "Here, Mommy, have some of my cheerios to make your "cholester-yol" feel better". You gotta love those sweet mac'n cheese-ivores. :)
It's another stormy day here and what better way to chase away the rainy day blues than with a little run through the puddles. Believe me, this is not my normal modus operandi. I honestly believe there are days when the kids think their names are "No", "Stop that", and "Let him be". Doug is SO good at connecting with the little ones and he came up with the idea of a rain walk yesterday. They had such a great time splashing around followed by a super hot bubble bath. I'm trying to be more carefree and do a better job of just letting the kids be kids. So, when they asked today if it was okay to splash around for a minute or two...gulp....I said yes. The sky must be falling and perhaps Hades has even frozen over. Regardless, they had a blast and yes, I did too! As it is Dr. Seuss' day, I found what I think is a rather appropriate Dr. Seuss quote: "The storm starts when the drops start dropping. When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.” Say that three times fast. :) Happy Puddling!
Jacob's main contribution to the cuckoo's nest has been the word, "Agua". Maybe he's picking up his Daddy's Spanish skills. :)