Thursday, March 19, 2009

Toes and more

What do you think the purpose is of the little toe? You know, the short little stubby stub at the end of your line of toes; what is that thing there for? Do we really need to spread our weight out among five toes, one of those being a little stubby stub that barely grows a toenail? I think the little toe is simply there to act as our spatial guide and to loudly let us know when we get too close to something. Think of it like a cat's whiskers determining the space they can fit into. My spatial awareness is quite off; like a swollen stubby stub little toe with no nail- off. OK, very off. I'm about to invest in steel-toed shoes.

When you eat whatever you want regardless of calories that would include eating the full fat, full sugar chocolate. Do the manufacturers kindly guide you to the amount you should eat? Nope, they will even sell you a king size version.

What happens when you decide to try and lose weight thus requiring you to buy the sugar free chocolate? You just want to enjoy a little bit of chocolate flavor after all.
Why do they put that suggestion on the DIET chocolate but not the full fat, full sugar variety? Isn't that a bit backwards?
This- This is why they tell you to eat sugar free chocolate in moderation.

Sorry for the poor pictures; my camera is also revolting against the diet chocolate.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Some of you may have noticed that I am blogging far less these days. If you didn't let's just pretend you did; for me, OK?

Anyway, we are adopting! I have been very focused the past several weeks to get our adoption off and running and it has been an insane amount of paperwork. I researched anything and every thing I could find for over a year and the amount of paperwork still surprised me.

I am reserving this blog for our chaotic, comical moments so I started a separate blog detailing our adoption journey. You can find a link to our adoption blog on the right, titled, "Five, Six...Pick Up Sticks"
Follow along as we work through the mountain of paperwork, rolls of tape and immense joy of adopting our next child...a daughter from China.

Monday, March 2, 2009

A word from Jacob

One morning last week I was in my room getting ready while the kids were also getting ready for school and I overheard the following conversation.

Matthew- Yea, but what is a depression?
Jacob- It was when companies couldn't afford to pay people so they lost their job and then when they looked for a new job they couldn't find one so they had to travel somewhere else and that meant that families were spilt up and separated. Then because their family was split-up they became sad and depressed; that is why it is called the depression- because so many people were depressed.

I did take the opportunity to tell him that an economic depression is different than medical depression but when you stop and think about it; it makes complete sense.

Last night we were discussing a savings account with Jacob. He decided he wanted to open a savings account with his few dollars in change so he could start earning interest and getting more money. We revisited the idea of the 401 P, as in 401 Parents, with matching contribution. We have told the kids for a couple of years now that whatever money they present to buy a car at the age of 16, we will match it. So that got Jacob's wheels turning and J sat him down at eBay to find what $1000-$2000 will buy him compared to $3000-$4000. He looked for awhile and then came into eat dinner.

Later that night I found a sheet of paper with Jacob's requested car features.
-tinted windows
-tilt steering wheel
-split fold down rear seat
-rear window defog

I nearly busted a gut laughing when I saw this list.