Saturday, December 29, 2007
Pop Eyed Recipe:
A piece of bread
One stray advil cap
So take the advil cap and smoosh it in the middle of the piece of bread to make a hole in the middle of it. You might want to spread some butter on the little hole because for some reason they (kids) always want this and if you accidently threw it away you are screwed.
Butter both sides of the remaining piece of bread.
Now you want to put this in a pan that you have heating on the stove on medium. Let's hope you didn't forget this part.
So brown the bread a little on one side, now timing is crucial here, don't let the little amount of ingredients fool you. At the exact right time flip it over. Then it's time to crack that egg in there. Here you might want to check if your kid wants to do it because this is really fun for them for some reason that goes beyond me, but whatever. Inevitably some of the egg will run down the side of the pan on the stove, but just ignore it.
So the eggs in there. Make it so it will stay together when you flip the bread but you don't want the middle to get hard cause that's just gross.
Okay, flip it already. Let it cook for a bit. Then your done. Voila.
Friday, December 28, 2007
So yesterday, on Christmas break, Marc had left for work. I had gotten up at 5:30 and gone to the gym but got back in bed when I got home. I was tired. Chase came in my room and snuggled. Just like the before. This time we talked though because I was awake. He also loves to have long quiet talks about things that are important to him but he is very busy during the day so this was special. He told me about his friend in school, a friend who has some behavioral issues. "It's not his fault though, Mom," Chase said, "he has a lot going on at home." "His dad has cancer you know. So does his grandma. He says that he has a 90% chance of dying from cancer himself." This is what this little boy thinks, it was breaking me heart. Chase said, "I let him tell me all his secrets so he doesn't have to keep them inside his own head. " Then he asked me to turn on some music and we could just lie there. So we did, we lied there listening to Paul Simon, quietly. Just as tears were about to well up in my closed eyes because of the incredible gift of this child he said, "Okay Mom, time to get up." Like he knew. He didn't want me to be sad, or happy sad or anything along those lines, so he ended it. My sweetheart.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Happy Birthday Sweetheart.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Anyway, tonight Saige is at Amanda's for dinner. Marc and Chase had a lovely dinner of monk fish, rice and veggies. Chase didn't finish all his dinner. I told him, "No dessert without cleaning your plate." "I don't care," he said. I said, "I don't want to see you down here asking for ice cream later." "I don't care," he said again. He went upstairs to watch the rest of a movie, he had trouble getting it to start. He came down to ask for help, at which point he saw Marc making a milk shake. He went running back up the stairs. I went to ask him what was wrong. With actual WET somewhat teary eyes he said, "I would have finished my plate if I knew you got ice cream." Boys......
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
For the last week I have been in Mexico. I went with my friend Linda for a yoga retreat. We stayed at a place about 45 minutes north of Puerta Vallerta. It is called HaraMara Retreat. It was absolutely beautiful, set in the middle of the jungle, right on the ocean. We saw whales out in the ocean and had a big lizard living in our room. We named her Tita. She lived in the wall between the bedroom and the bathroom. She was quite big. But just as sweet as the day is long.
Our room was completely open to the outside world. The whole front was just air. It looked over the ocean. Also the shower had the same open view. There was no electricity, phones, internet, etc.... A bit shocking the first night when we got in at about 11:30 and had to use oil lamps, but it was actually really cool. I read The Poisonwood Bible, which I had been wanting to read for a long time but just never got the chance. It interesting to see, in the right climate, how little you need. I had this huge bag full of clothes, my hairdryer, shoes, etc... I used about 1/4 of the stuff I brought. I would say live and learn but I am a pathological overpacker. Maybe next time I will do better.
We met some amazingly interesting people from all over the world, Japan, China, Austraila, Mexico, a few Americans, and a Master Ashtanga teacher from the Mexican jungle. He was our teachers guest and extremely knowledgable, we learned a lot from him. In our group was a tarot card reader who told me some really interesting things about my kids. It was a great mix of people.
I am glad to be home once again. I feel like I am constantly unpacking. Usually we go away for Thanksgiving so I would be getting ready to pack again, but not this year. We decided to stay home this year because both Marc and I have our 20 year high school reunion over Thanksgiving weekend. Oh my God is all I can think, 20 years, time flys......
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Whenever I see these faces it reminds me of the Paul Simon song, "Loves Me like a Rock" It plays through my head, "Oh my Momma loves me, she loves me, she get's down on her knees and hugs me. Oh she loves me like a rock." I don't know why, I guess cause I love them. These pictures are from Linvilla Orchirds where we went yesterday. I have been going to Linvilla since I was a kid. I have vivid memories of my Mom taking my brother and I there after school. We would play in the hayloft (which I don't think is there anymore). We would play on the big rusty tractors (which are also not there) and look at the animals and pick pumpkins. I like to try and uphold this tradition so yesterday I picked them up after school with some friends and my friend Amy and we all went. They had a great time and Rachel and Hannah and Rachel's sister Erin and her two boys. A big crew. They went on the Witch Hayride and had marshmellows on the fire. It was fun.
When we got home, with the devil still half smeared on his face, Chase asked me if he could get another earring, up further on his ear, maybe a hoop. I said, "Chay, come on, I am trying to let you be you, but you are eight. I have to draw the line somewhere." He kept saying, "But it would look so cool." I didn't cave though, I was proud of myself. He was really trying to wear me down. I ended with, "Ask Daddy." Then made a mental note to make sure Marc tells him no.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Saige and Chase are both very happy with their teachers. Chase love's his because she doesn't give any homework. I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing. We have back to school night tonight so we will see how it goes.
Chase is busy with soccer. He loves his team. They are doing so well, they haven't lost a game yet. They are fun to go out and watch. For his last game we stuck his mohawk straight up and colored it green. That's the color of his team. I will post a picture of it.
Saige is still getting over her ankle injury. Today we have the last check up and if they say she is fine I will sign her up for whatever activities she wants to do. We had to pull her off the soccer team because of it, I don't really think she cared to much.
We had one more last road trip last week. The kids had the day off from school and we went down to the shore. My brother Chris had a house down there and we spent the day on the beach. It was gorgeous out. It has been so beautiful out since we got home. I feel so lucky like we missed all the bad weather.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Okay, now I can say we are really home. When we got home the first time on Wednesday night at two a.m. I was happy, but I don't think I let myself completely relax because I knew we were leaving again. Thursday and Friday went by really quickly. The kids didn't miss a beat with their friends. As soon as Chase woke up Thursday morning he was out trolling the neighborhood for his buddies. Saige went to her doctors appt. and then immediately went to Amanda's house for the night.
We spent Thursday and Friday catching up, doing errands, running around. I could barely bring myself to unpack, there was just so much stuff, so actually packing again was hard. I kind of left it to the last minute. I have never packed and unpacked so much in my life. This time for two days, we had three suitcases, a hanging bag and two tux's in there bags. I mean come on, have I learned nothing? We finally got going on Saturday around three (we mean't to leave at one). As we were piled in the car, trunk stuffed to capacity, my camera bag and car bag around my feet, the kids in the back bickering about something. I thought to myself, "Seriously? No, Really? Weren't we just here?" But we did it. Only four hours this time and such a beautiful drive. Up through Pennsylvania in into upstate New York was gorgeous, the only thing that could compare to it from before was Colorado, but I actually enjoyed New York more. I mean, there weren't any kangaroos, but it was pretty.
We had a fabulous weekend with Marc's family. His gorgeous cousin Bryna got married to her wonderful finace Eric on probably the most beautiful weather weekend the whole summer. It was lovely. The kids had a blast. They love their cousins and aunt's and uncle's. It was a great finish to a busy summer.
When I woke up this morning I was so happy. I couldn't wait to go home for real. Chase wanted to hang around and finish watching The Illusionist, he had fallen asleep halfway through the night before. I promised we would watch it at home as I rushed everyone out. I just wanted to come home. We hit no traffic, the little bit there was Marc detoured off and we completely bypassed it. The kids watched a movie and before we knew it we were home. I even called Comcast on the way and had Showtime added so we could catch up on Weeds when we got home. It was a good car ride.
Tomorrow school starts. I kind of wish the kids had one day to chill but what are you going to do? I am going to continue to write on this blog, it's fun.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
We spent our last couple days in San Diego. Yesterday Marc and Chase went fishing. They ended up making a seal friend who followed them around and they fed all their bait to him. Not much fishing done. Saige and I went to La Jolla. We walked around a bit. She has a big boot on now in additon to her crutches so it was kind of hard for her. We had fun though. Last night we went to our friend Chris's friends house for dinner in Coronado. They had a really cute little girl that the kids played with.
Today Marc took both kids out seal watching. They all caught fish and had a lovely day on the boat. I hung out here and got our stuff packed and that kind of stuff.
Tonight we ended our trip in the same restaurant we started in (just in a different state). We ate at P.F. Chang's and talked about our trip. Everyone had different funniest parts and different favorite places. Chase really loved the baby bear in the Grand Tetons, Marc and I loved Santa Monica and Saige had a great time at Universal. There were so many funny things that happened on our trip and we laughed about them, Marc thinking a the song "The Stars Go Blue" was called "The Stars Go Boo." was one of my favorites.
We are all looking forward to going home too. Chase can't wait because he has two of his best buddies in his homeroom this year, Jake and Matthew. Saige can't wait to see her friends. We all miss our doggies. Mostly I think we all want to sleep in our very own comfy beds.
We have another little trip still ahead. Two days after we get home we go to New York for the weekend for a wedding. As soon as we get back, the very next day school starts. Summer is over, but our adventures are not.........
Monday, August 27, 2007
Around 6 they had to go back to their mom's house. Marc, David, Saige, Chase and I went to La Jolla to meet some friends of David's for dinner. We had the best time. It was interesting because we have been together as a family so much this month. We have had an awesome time and it has been amazing, but something really nice was to hang out with friends too. It was so nice to just talk and laugh. I read this quote today by Gerlett Burgess and he said, "Love is only chatter, friends are all that matter." Now, I don't believe that love is only chatter but I do love my friends. All of you. See you soon.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Chase got a haircut. I forget to mention that it is a little bit of a mohawk. Marc took him into the place, while I waited in the car because we were parked illegally. When they came out Chase had his t-shirt over his head so I couldn't see. Then he showed me. Marc said he was very particular about how it was done. I think it looks adorable but I said to him, "Chase, you know you might have to get that cut off before school starts." He looked at me and said, "No I don't. Everyone has different haircuts. This is just a haircut.." I do love how his mind works. My sweet little punk, first the earring, now the mohawk. When he went to camp this morning no one even really said anything. A couple of the counselors said it looked cool but other than that not an eyelash was blinked. I do love California.
They are out on the roof terrance now making a rock video. They just came in and informed us that it will be about vampires and not to be scared if it looks scary because it is just pretend. It is really nice for Saige, her and Chase have done great together but a friend always makes things much more interesting.
Tomorrow is our last full day here. We will be so sad to leave. We have loved every minute of it.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Marc and the kids built a sand car. We watched big huge pelicans fishing and got some sun.
After all that Marc dropped me at yoga again, for my second class of the day then he took the kids to El Pollo Loco, "The Crazy Chicken" a high class place that doled out tokens if you wanted to use the facilities. I am sorry I missed that one. He also took them to the Pier and they had time for one ride. They went on the roller coaster.
Monday, August 20, 2007
We went and met them at the beach at around2:30. We all sat in the sun, the kids swam more. There were a ton of dolphin really close to the shore playing. It was about 80 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. Saige and Chase caught sand crabs and played really nicely.
We are home now. Everyone is cleaned up and tired. We were going to go to the Santa Monica Pier but I think we might save that for a night when they are not quite so sleepy.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Okay, it is dark here now so it is hard to see but we took a little walk up between the houses. It is a street where there is not street. There are alleys behind the houses on both sides. Between the houses that face each other there is a sidewalk. In the dark it looks adorable. Julia Roberts has a house on this street. There was filming going on in one of the houses. There was a film crew at the front door, we could hear them talking (the kids were spying! Not us, of course.) They were filming whoever it was going in their front door. So they call me out to see what is going on. When we get back, guess what? We had locked ourselves out of the house! The door locked automatically. Behind the house in the alley there is this huge gate that has a remote to get your car in and out of. We had closed the gate and the remote was inside. This sucks. Really. The kids want to try and climb the fence, which has pointy tops. I can just imagine this, Saige goes up, gets caught, falls, and then on top of being locked out we have to deal with the emergency room. Been there, done that. No thank you. While we (the kids and I) are walking around like chickens with our heads cut off Marc gets in by jimmying a door open with an old drivers liscense. Add that to his list of credentials. Thank God.
Marc took the kids and went to the grocery store. I got my first bout of homesickness. I missed my dogs, and my room and my friends and my Mommy. Luckily I checked my e mail and I had a letter from one of my yoga buddies and it was long and made me smile and then I felt better.
They got very wet! Another favorite was the Back to the Future ride. It is actually being retired and the park is putting in a Simpsons ride. One guy on our tour came specifically for that ride. Hmm.... Anyway, I went on it with them the second time they went on. I kept my eyes closed through most of it. It was cool, you were in this "Delorean" and a huge movie screen was in front of you. The car was raised up and moving and it made it feel like you were flying through the air. Going into a lava pit, in a dinosaurs mouth. The whole time Chase was saying, "Come on Mom, this is the coolest part. Open your eyes." It was fun. Kind of.
We also went on the backlot tour. We saw Wisteria Lane, the famous NYC street scene, King Kong, where they filmed War on the Worlds and all sorts of other cool things. One really cool part was the props room. Kazillions of props.Here is the picture from American Pie. A lot of the props had tags on them saying who wanted them for what show. We saw stuff saved for "Old Christine," "That's So Raven, " and our personal favorite, "Weeds".
All in all it was a really fun day. There were a million people there. It was very similar to a day at Great Adventure (which I hate, bah humbug) but with that great pass and the movie stuff it was actually really cool.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Like I said, this is the cutest place ever. It is in West Hollywood, it is on kind of a side street out of the way. I read all sorts of reviews on it and they said lot's of musicians stay here because it is out of the way. Well, it is only 5 floors. The 5th floor being the pool, which is enchanting with tables and star lights and a beautiful view. We are staying on the 3rd floor where the restaurant is located. The most charming little place with comfy tables and a fireplace with seats and a table around it. Also there is one guy, this older Italian gentleman who literally did everything, he was the waiter, he was the bartender, he delivered the room service and I swear he must have been back there cooking too. So obviously it was taking a while to get our food, meanwhile this woman sitting in front of the fireplace with this adorable little dog, a chiau chiau (sp?) who was a light blue and looked like a miniature Weimerainer came over and started talking to us, in such a west coast fashion. Immediately telling us about herself and asking us questions, I had the dog on my lap in about 2 minutes. The dog by the way, was wearing this killer little sweatshirt that looked like it belonged on a rock star. Anyway, we are talking and all of the sudden she leans over and starts whispering in my ear, "Don't turn around but Steve Buscemi is over in the corner reading a newspaper." It takes everything to not look at that exact moment, but I don't because I don't want to appear uncool, although for my first star sighting that is exactly what I am. Anyway, we chat for a while, I do look and sure enough Steve is hanging reading his paper. It is going to be fun here. I can tell. Some Steve Buscemi movies for those of you who don't know, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," "Fargo." "Sin City." "Big Fish." "Charlotte's Web." some of the "Spy Kids" and like 35 more.
Friday, August 17, 2007
I have to say I really need to do some laundry. The hardest part of this whole trip so far is the constant packing and unpacking. I try to keep everyones stuff that they need for each place in little bags and the big bags in the car. It is amazing though how much we need for even one night, the clothes for everyone, bathing suits, a whole suitcase of toiletries, my blender of course, snacks for the kids (and Marc), the computer, my camera bag, the list goes on and on. It will be really nice to be somewhere for a whole week.
The kids are totally chilled out watching this High School Musical Movie that they have been waiting to see for a long time.
I am glad to be here. So far our trip has been great fun but the driving was a lot. I am glad to have that portion behind us. From here on out we have entered the beach part of our vacation. Yeah....
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Lake Powell. Part One. Lake Powell is this really amazing lake that is surrounded by these huge rock/clay formations. It is situated in the northern part of Arizona and runs up into Utah. It is not only the lake that is interesting to look at but driving there you pass all sorts of formations and canyons. So much in fact that we just told the kids that it was the Grand Canyon so we could bypass that.
We had gone back and forth a bunch of times about even going to Lake Powell because the weather was supposed to be bad. It turned out that it was beautiful. We wanted to rent a boat for the day. There were none left at the place where we were staying at so we had to go into town. They guy just had Marc sign a paper and hitched this big boat to our car. We had to get it in the water. It was a little scary but Marc did it. So far so good.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Guess what Marc and Chase did? You guessed it. Fishing again. They could hardly wait to get out the door. They were supposed to be back around 1:15-1:30 to get on the road. By 3 I was starting to get nervous. No calls, no answering the phone. No nothing. A little after 3 my phone rings and it is Chase. Of course. We all know I will never be mad at him. He says, "We caught like 20 fish Mom." Then the line goes dead. Marc told me later that when he hung up he goes, "I lost her. She's fine." So, anyway, they had a really successful day, fish just waiting in line to take their bait. To good to leave.
During their excusion Chase posed that age old question to Marc, "How did the first fish get here?" The old which came first the chicken (fish) or the egg? This turned into a whole conversation on evolution vs. creation. So typical of Chase, for all his scratching and silliness he loves to delve into the deepest of subjects. A couple days before we left he had me reading to him before bed from Dr. Brian Weiss's, "Many Minds, Many Masters" He had so many questions about past lives. I just don't know where he get's it from. No, I do.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
We are having a little agenda problem because we are not sure the weather looks good for the next place we are supposed to go. I have been working on an alternate plan all day.
This morning the kids played go fish together for a while. They do so well for a bit but inevitably someone doesn't give all there three's or whatever when asked and then the game goes downhill.
Marc took them to go fishing somewhere now. I opted to stay home and chill out.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I was laughing so hard. "A kangaroo, do you know where we are?" I said. To his credit these deer type animals did really resemble kangaroos. They had big ears and they hopped like kangaroos do. But really, a kangaroo in the Rockies? He said, "Well, you know with the kangaroo farms." I do not watch the amount of Animal Planet as he and Chase do, but if there were such farms I thought maybe I would have heard about them somewhere. Oh well, the kangaroo type deers were really cute.
Our car ride was a long one. The kids were getting on each others nerves a little bit. Well really Chase getting on Saige's nerves. We stopped to get them lunch and when we got in the car we had been driving for a few minutes and I noticed they didn't have their seatbelts on, so I told them to put them on. It was taking Chase longer than Saige thought necessary so she yelled, "Chase, Mommy told you to put on your seatbelt!" He was like, "Saige! Hold on, God, I am scratching my butt." Oh Chase, Chase, Chase. That is all I can think of to say. He got completely punch drunk by the end of our drive. We had 20 miles left and he couldn't stop laughing. He was being so silly.
It is now 10:30 at night and we just arrived at our friends Steve and Tamar's ultra cool chataeu in Aspen, Co. We are staying here for the weekend and we are so happy because the town looks adorable (chock full of stores and restaurants) and this place is amazing.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Okay, here is my take on Jackson Hole. I loved it. It was really great. Marc loved it more. He wants to come back and camp here. No thank you for me. I would definitely come back here and stay at the cushy Snake River Resort or Teton Lodge and Spa, but camping, not so much. This is totally his thing, all outdoorsy, what with the fishing. I love that I was here, I would come back and do things we didn't have time to do, but, I am fine with leaving. Also, if you are coming here and you should, think long and hard about driving from anywhere but the Jackson airport. If you are fine alone with your thoughts and those spoken thoughts of your loved ones for a long long time with not a thing to see for hours upon end then have at it. The next time we come here it will be in the comfort of an airplane.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Today was quite the animal seeing day. We saw the most adorable Mommy and baby bear. The baby was following the mommy all over the place. Sometimes he would linger somewhere and all of the sudden realize she had moved ahead and go scampering after her. Chase said it made his day and he just couldn't stop thinking about that baby. Here's a little FYI - don't be tricked by the names of the bears, a black bear or a grizzly bear could be any color, blond, black or brown. So there you have it. Also, many of the animals are tagged. I think they tag all the bears to track them. The collars are made to break off as the bear grows. Also, when a park ranger sees an animal by the road he will stay and "babysit" it. He will make sure it doesn't get hit and people don't get to close.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
We recently stopped to get gas and are quite sure we saw Sammy the Bull Gravano buying a corn dog in the convience store. Don't tell anyone.
On another note. If anyone watches John from Cincinatti can you tell me if anything happens to Shaun? We are going to miss it.
We are at the point of our car ride where everyone starts to go a little crazy. Marc is headbanging to The Twightlight Zone. Chase is nursing a hurt finger now. He claims Saige broke it. We of course don't believe him. After all she is a healer.
At one point Marc lost his cell phone. As you can imagine all hell broke loose. First he searched all around the seat, like he had ants in his pants. Then he decided to call it from his other cell phone. Phwee, it's in the car. We can hear it. He lets it go for a little bit, just happy he didn't leave it at the gas station. After a while he asks Saige to reach it under his seat. This is not as easy as one might think because she obviously has a ton of stuff at her seat. There is a lot of huffing and puffing and "Ow's!" as she tries to reach it. Marc says, "Just forget it!" "NO!, I have to get it!" Marc pulls over. Saige retrieves the phone. All is well in the universe again.
Marc just gave me the Monica and Ross top secret arm motion that they used on their parents when I read him my little excerpt.
Now we are just passing many many fields. Fields with big billboards. Did someone named Bill invent the billboard? Is anyboby out there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone at home? Questions so many questions when you are on the road. Well, really just that one.
Saige and Chase have gotten the first aid kit out. Saige had to perform some sort of surgery on Chase's toe. I really trust her. She is good with blood. No, there is no blood. That's crazy, why would there be blood? She does want to be refered to as Dr. Schramm now though.
We are determined to make it well into Nebraska tonite. We want to make it to Jackson Hole by Tomorrow night. That's our goal.
Uh oh, Saige has the tongue depresser out now. She is gently placing (shoving-semantics) it down Chase's throat right now. He is fine. I am just trying to mind my own business.
We have heard many good old songs today, including but not limited to Landslide, Yesterday, and others that have completely gone out of my mind.