Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Asher is THREE!

We had a fantastic weekend. My little man Asher turned 3!! And Nate's sister and her family drove over from Wisconsin to share in the fun. Asher's favorite present is seen below ... he is still full-throttle in his Indiana Jones phase, so we bought him a sound-effects whip that makes noises and plays the Indy theme song. He was in heaven!

Asher with his new toy.

The cousins had a great couple of days together. Here they are all stuffed into our livingroom chair as they play video games.

Making their own pizza at Asher's little party.

Oh, and just a side note ... I thought we had snow last week when we got an inch?? Nope. Here was the real stuff. It dumped on us Thursday late at night ... 10 inches in about three hours ... and we didn't even know we were expecting snow! But on the bright side, Gabriel had a snow day from school and was able to be home with Asher on his birthday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

First Snow

We got about an inch of snow last night, so as soon as we got home from dropping Gabriel off at school this morning, Asher insisted that we put on snow pants and boots and head out to play!

Asher holds Rhylah's hand to help her keep her balance.

Cutie pies!

My snow bunny ... she kept burrowing her head in my shoulder whenever I would try to take her picture, but I finally got her! Check out the pink nose!

Mr. Asher LOVES the snow...

...but he seemed a little concerned that the statue of the child in our garden was chilly -- he spent a lot of time talking to it and packing more snow around it ... to keep it warm???

Hot cocoa for everyone in their sippy cups after a short play outside!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Great taste in music...

Okay listen to the video in my last post and then listen to this video posted here and let me know if you recognize anything...
First, I must tell you that in my "younger days", I collected soundtracks, so nowadays, when I'm watching a movie, I'll frequently recognize a line or two of music from a new movie and be able to "name that composer." So about 20 minutes into creating my video of Rhylah this past weekend, I realized I had HEARD the music before, even though it was just a random song from the move "Emma" that I had pulled from my iTunes library. I went online and pulled up all the Pure Michigan ads I could find and it was nearly the same song! Yep, same composer ... Rachel Portman.
On a different tangent ... these Michigan ads have Michiganders everywhere puddling up. I literally stood in line for over an hour at the DMV when we first moved here (to get my new drivers license) and watched ad after ad after ad play on the big TV sets all around the waiting room. I swear it decreased the stress levels of the people in the room ... people in line were even getting all misty-eyed about their own state. They really are quite good, I must say ... makes me get all weepy! Gosh, I wish I lived in Michigan! OH wait!!! Lucky me!
Trivia time: Can you name the actor doing the voice-over on the ads?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

On Her Feet

While her "first official" steps probably took place on Oct. 20 (along with her last bottle...), Miss Rhylah keeps getting better and better at this walking business. She now frequently finds herself standing in the middle of a room with a baffled look on her face as to how in the world she got there ... check it out! The clips at the end of this one-minute video were taken just today.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Here's hoping the high continues...

I almost didn't blog about this. Number one ... because I don't care that much for politics ... and number two, I especially don't care for politics when it gets everyone all hot and bothered.
First let me say, I am not all hot and bothered! :) But I do feel the urge to blog.
I will now go out on a limb and risk public ridicule by saying that I'm a republican. Even with Obama fever everywhere, and republicans being the "uncool" thing to be, that is what I am. But I'm not an angry republican, so that must count for something!
The election last night was quite something! Like many people, I lasted up until about 11 p.m. and then got up early this morning to race to my television ... tripping on baby toys in the dark ... to find out what the world had been doing while I was sleeping. Quite a lot it seems!
I wish the very best for Obama, and will be praying for him as I would for any of our nation's leaders. I will admit, with no qualms, that McCain -- just another old white guy in a long line of old white guys dating back to the original George W. (that's Washington...) did NOT inspire me. But, conservative that I am, the very words "inspire" and "charisma" have made me a bit edgy lately.
I'm not saying it's not WONDERFUL to be inspired by our nation's leader ... who could wish for more? But as the past few months progressed, I came to realize that about 90% of the people I spoke to about Obama, (you 10% know who you are) were not able to articulate what it was they loved about the man, other than the warm fuzzy feeling he gave them. "He's just so inspiring!" (again, no argument there...) but when I would ask why or about what, it was never clearly explained to me. So in my mind, this massive unleashing of the warm fuzzies has me a bit skeptical.
I hope I'm dead wrong! I'm not really all that worked about it, since politics isn't high on my agenda of things to care about. I vote republican mostly because there are a few key issues I find I can't stray from even if I wanted to, but it is indeed amazing to see the massive high Obama seems to have induced on this country. I just hope the high can continue... Now yesterday in Michigan, we legalized marijuana, so we've got it covered here... but good luck to the rest of you states out there.... ;)

And now, some presidential fun facts!!
* John Quincy Adams was the first president to be photographed.
* The 9th U.S. president William Henry Harrison was inaugurated on a bitterly cold day and gave the longest inauguration speech ever. The new president promptly caught a cold that soon developed into pneumonia. Harrison died exactly one month into his presidential term, the shortest in U.S. history.
* Franklin Pierce ordered the first bathtub for the White House. Many people were upset. They thought taking baths was not healthy and would make you sick.
* Andrew Johnson did not learn to read until he was 17 years old. His parents had been too poor to send him to school.
* Rutherford B. Hayes had the first telephone installed in the White House. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, gave Hayes personal instructions on how to use it.
* James A. Garfield could write with both hands. Sometimes he amused people by writing Greek with one hand and Latin with the other.
* Warren G. Harding was the first president to give a speech over the radio.
* Calvin Coolidge liked to sit outside at night to think and relax. But so many people stopped and pointed at him that he finally gave up and sat inside.
* In warm weather, 6th president of the United States John Quincy Adams customarily went skinny-dipping in the Potomac River before dawn.
* The letter "S" comprises the full middle name of the 33rd president, Harry S. Truman. It represents two of his grandfathers, whose names both had "S" in them.
* 32nd president of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt was related, either by blood or by marriage, to 11 former presidents.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Just a fall stroll...

We enjoyed an Indian Summer day recently out at Uncle Carl's farm, letting both the kids and the dog run free and burn off some energy. The kids are always eager to see what they can find to eat, but this time of year ... it's a challenge! But we did manage to find a few late season apples and leftover grapes!

Rhy takes turns riding on mommy and daddy's shoulders. I sure wish she would master walking! She takes a few steps on her own now, as of Oct. 20, but will not do much more than that.

Reaching for some grapes.

Some late season seedless grapes, surrounded by fall-colored leaves.

Walking in the vineyard.

Rhylah and I wait on the hill, relaxing while the boys have a sword fight in the blueberry patch.

Me and my kids ... notice that Asher is STILL wearing his Halloween costume!