Sunday, March 20, 2011

I wish I was at that dinner party

I'm usually not one for encouraging youtube videos on anything more than rainbows or unicorns, but I thought this was pretty good.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Erin go Bragh!

Growing up my mother decorated for every holiday. And I mean every holiday! St. Patrick's Day got as much attention as all the others and we loved it! We loved waking up not knowing what would be written on the mirror in lipstick, what balloons and streamers we might find, and what out of the ordinary chocolate trail we would find honoring this saint or that fictional character. Holidays were celebrated in full force as a child. I try to do some of that at our house, but I know it is not to the magnitude it was done for me.

Specifically, I remember some garland that would appear every March 17th hung across the fireplace mantle. It said, "Erin Go Bragh." My sister and I, every time, would say "Erin, go get your bra!" We thought we were hilarious, year after year. Clearly, the "Ireland Forever" sentiment was lost on the two of us, but I still laugh when I see that somewhere for St. Patty's Day.

I'd put a picture up by my computer is angry and redirecting and I think it has a virus.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cut the strings, even if it's a super cute apron

I do not understand parents inability to start cutting the apron string's.
What I also do not understand is that parents who cannot cut the strings think that parents who can do not love their children as much.

Just sayin.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

I'm Ready, Let's Start Charging!

When we were in Iceland we learned quickly, that like IKEA, all stores throughout the country charge for each plastic bag. If you don't want to pay, bring your own bags. The woman at Kroger today would not have used 8 bags for her 20 items if she'd been paying for them, of that I have no doubt.In D.C, the 5 cent plastic bag tax has resulted in a drop from 22 million bags to 3 million bags in one month! I mean this is common sense people-just carry your bags in already.

You don't have to be a hippie, or a democrat, or any other stereotypical "environmentalist" to realize this is just stupid. I have a great tip Laurie B told me. She said if you are in the store and have forgotten your bags, and you are waiting in line or ready to check out, leave your cart. Go. Return to the car, get the bags, make the trip and you will be so hassled/embarrassed/annoyed you will not forget to bring them in again. It totally worked for me.Now, bringing them back out to the car after unloading them in your kitchen, even though they have been hanging on the doorknob for days, OR getting them equally distributed amongst both cars? You're on your own.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Crazy Hair Day

The posing was ALL him. G got in on the action too with some dyed blue hair but I couldn't find the camera by the time he'd left for school. Shows you what an extra 30 minutes can do.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Skiing-Baptist Style

For President's Day, we headed up to Lynchburg to Liberty University to hang with Jerry Falwell Jr. and see if he'd be interested in converting to Mormonism. Turns out, he wasn't. But he does have one heck of a synthetic ski slope and lodge up there.
We took the boys and spent the afternoon getting ski lessons on the Snoflex slope, "the most innovative technology in the snow sports industry." Who knew? Apparently, the Baptists.
It was AWESOME! We had such a great time. The boys caught on so quickly.The biggest struggle was navigating the "lift" which was a rope instead of a chair and you had to hold on for dear life. Even S eventually mustered the strength and coordination to get up by himself. He was even doing jumps on the way down. We have so many great pics but I will only put a few here. Note the dude in the background mowing the lawn. (btw that is NOT me camped on the side there. a poor snowboarding teen could not get up the rope lift) I am dedicating another special post to my favorite moment of the day. For now, enjoy these. Everyone should go and at least give it a shot for the day. It was a random, fun way to spend the day. And the prices were insanely cheap! Plus, it's a great excuse to stop at Red Palace in Roanoke on the way home and gorge yourself with yummy General Tso's.