"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Saturday, April 24, 2010

acquiring 6.

in 6 years we have acquired
2 bachelor's degrees
one doctorate degree (t-minus 2 weeks!!! hurray!!!)
2 children
7 jobs
far too many student loans
two states of residence
two cars
20 boxes of teaching stuff
a garage & several closets full of more "stuff."
and a partridge and a pear tree.
i think we'll shoot for more.
or forever.
click below:-)
"all i wanna do-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo is love you!"

Friday, April 23, 2010

the Buddha's belly

i took the kids out.
like REALLY out.
for the first time.
to the aquarium.
it was overwhelming.
we've been a thousand times in our "pre-max" days.
we walked in today with the double wide and looked at each like we'd never been there in our lives.
brennan stayed by the stroller, didn't run off, and held my hand in the crowds.
shocking, i know.
and CROWDS there were plenty.
it was a mad house.
rainy friday.
i should have known.
we hung back for clearings and would have 5 minutes to ourselves every so often.
it was chaotically peaceful.
he squealed at the sting rays and said over and over,
"hi ray, hi ray, hi ray!!!"
then he covered his eyes when they came up close and squealed again.
big lake fish.
mini-alligators that aren't called alligators, but i can't remember their fancy name.
the aquarium lady always tells me i have it wrong when i tell brennan to look at the "alligators."
really, does it matter?
they look like alligators.
then the grand finale.
the penguins.
i put brennan up on my shoulders so he could see them above and below the water.
max slept through the entire thing.
he sat up there and rubbed my head for 10 whole minutes.
staring in silence.
just us.
the kids and me in front of the penguins.
with my hair all astrew.
is that a word?
and in the weirdest way,
it became one of my top favorite mom moments.
with him up there rubbing my head like the buddha's belly.
and max purring like a cat in the stroller next to us.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Joy in my kitchen tonight.
The sound of max in the bouncer.
Bath water running.
Sean and brennan’s voices down the hall.
Water boiling to my right.
And an empty cupcake tin in my sink.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


11pm-pork loin puked.
in his crib.
11:15pm-1st load of laundry.
sheets changed.
12:15am-pork loin puked.
in his crib.
12:30am-2nd load of laundry.
sheets changed.
2:30am-pork loin puked.
in his crib.
2:37am-3rd load of laundry.
sheets changed.
4:15am-max eats.
5:45am-the almost DOC wakes up for work.
poor thing.
he was on puke duty all night.
and 2 of the laundry loads.
7:15am-pork loin wakes.
drinks apple juice.
has not puked.
"buzz" he wants.
"buzz" he gets.
8:17am-freshly smelling stuffed animals, towels, and jammies.
and a pork loin that wreaks of puke.
i'm thinking he's gonna need a bath...again.

Monday, April 19, 2010

another one bites the dust

i wake up.
i open my front door.
i see:

it's like i should leave a sign.

"come on in! we'll even leave the key in the door for you!"




over the weekend,

another one bites the dust.

dang it UNGA!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

for that matter

chef gibson made whole wheat waffles this morning. i'm thinking they're not so healthy after i slather butter, syrup, and whipped cream on them. but who wants to eat whole wheat waffles without butter, syrup, and whipped cream on them?

or any kind of waffles, for that matter.

the pork loin could not figure out why grandpa gibson was on the tv last night.
it was very confusing to him.
he's the sideline reporter for the AFL Blaze games.
the name dropping has gone to an entirely new level.
so cool:-)