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Jun 29, 2007

Great American Backyard Campout

Bet you didn't even know there was such a thing, did ya?

NWF sponsors the event and we joined in the fun. I use the term 'we' loosely here- someone had to sleep in the house with the babies and the one misbehaving four year old!

We invited a few friends to join the festivities. There was hot dogs and s'mores to be eaten. All the kids decorated their own cups went swimming and frolicked about. It was very fun for all- well, except Abe who ended up sleeping in the house- oops, maybe next time!

Leo tries to figure out which way is up.

If you wrestle it to the ground it's 10 points!


The big boys who braved the big outdoors in their very own tent!

Goofy boys!

Some swimming before sleeping!

And some more wrestling, of a different type!

And the little boys getting settled, yeah right!

Roasting Away!

Endless S'mores! Mmmmmm...

Jun 28, 2007


The First

Number Two

And Finally

He asked to be Bald- I just couldn't (wouldn't) put a razor to his head.

Jun 27, 2007

For Now, Anyway

Allrighty- As good as it gets, for a novice...

edited to add: oops have a few more things I forgot...later

edited a second time: flickr badge and impeach Bush added. All done- for now!

Jun 26, 2007


I am trying to update the look- I've added and taken off photo after photo to the header- they are always too big! Argh!

So, I'm stuck halfway through...I've finally added some of the blogs I visit- more to come tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow- when I can see!

My eyes are bleary and the house is quiet...so off I go.

Jun 24, 2007

Who Needs A Pool?

Jun 22, 2007

Home IS Where the Heart Is

So nice to come home. I was so eager to see everyone. I left on Sunday morning and returned Wednesday afternoon. All alone with no major plans. What's a girl to do?

I went to my cousins baby shower on Sunday where I got to hold a three week old little guy -first cousin once removed or is that a second cousin, I can never remember. Sweet boy, just sleeping away. I could hold babies all day, but I have to admit it was kinda nice to know that I wasn't going to have to get up every two hours all night long.

On Monday, I got out of bed at 9:00, having slept all night long! I wandered around Stanford Shopping Center for most of the afternoon. My mother insisted my, uh, man shorts were terribly unattractive and insisted she buy me a decent pair of shorts- preferably woman's. Well, first thing is my 'man shorts' were a third of the cost, they have tons of pockets to hold all my stuff, plus all the miscellaneous things I gather from my children throughout the day (matchbox cars, k'nex pieces, push pins, scraps of paper, paper clips, coins...it's really amazing what comes out at the end of the day). And they are comfortable, cuz they are too big. My ample hips hold them up just fine, though my mother did suggest a belt might help a bit... They do look like crap, but I never look in a mirror and I just don't really care. So in the end, mom bought me some new shorts(that I am saving for a nice occasion since I don't want them to get slimed and stained), a couple of shirts and a dressy outfit- I'm not sure when I'll even wear that- I told my mother I'd save it for her funeral- not that she's dying or anything, but sometimes I can just be morbid like that.

I felt like I had been living under a rock for the last many years as I looked at the merchandise in the swanky shops and and watched other shoppers mill about. And what's with this new trend of bringing your dog shopping with you? Many shoppers were carrying or even walking with their dog. A full sized golden retriever down to chihuahua types. There were water dishes in the stores. Has this been going on for years? I thought it was a little weird.

I proceeded to spend two nights with my sister and her partner in the hills of Oakland. We went out to lunch and I read a book, sitting in the quiet. Unfortunately, they were dealing with the sudden sickness of their thirteen year old cat and before I left they had to put her down. Many tests and three vets later... It was very sad to watch them have to make that decision.

It was all very relaxing. Except for the guilt of being gone. Obviously, not guilty enough to return home...

AND I was so excited to come home. To sleep in my own bed, to see the kids, to see Käri. It even took a few days for it to wear off...

Jun 12, 2007

In Which I Sit, Guilty

A few days, no kids. Vacation. Alone time. Sitting down. My feet don't hurt at the end of the day. The first night I slept 12 hours. Amazed by the amount of coherent thoughts that run all the way through my head. Conversations not interupted. Quiet. Taking a few days as ordered from my wife.



Julia is sick. Up all night. Käri is exhausted. I should go home. I am pulled- yet not going, yet. Anxious, but okay.

Let go of the guilt, Let go of the guilt, Let go of the guilt, Let go of the guilt...

Jun 9, 2007

In my head

The other day I heard a snippet on the radio about Angelina Jolie working on a movie in another country. Prague, Czech Republic, maybe? And that she was visiting an orphanage there and appeared to be forming a relationship with a particular child. In my head, I'm thinking "another one, already, won't they be so close in age? Wow, I don't know if that's such a good idea...how many do they have already...?

And then,

I laughed,