Wednesday, December 12, 2007
...I'm pregnant? No, it's not the camera...I'm only 5 months pregnant but look to be about 7 months, thankyouverymuch. This is our Thanksgiving spread - it was delicious. Last time I was pregnant during Thanksgiving and ended up gaining something like 7 pounds that month. This time I'm actually taking it easy on the food consumption. I'm blaming our (1 pound) baby girl. Little heifer! ;)
My good friend Elisabeth turned me onto this bright idea! Brody gets one star for every tee-tee and two stars for ever doe-doe [yes, I mean poop]. He also gets a treat - usually an M&M or 2. When he fills a row he gets a prize - usually a Cars car. He completed one chart in October. We've started a second chart but aren't as dedicated to it. He almost always uses the potty now but I'm nervous about going full-throttle b/c of daycare.
My darling Tessa gave me the great idea of triple-sheeting + sheet protectors for evening attempts. This will start at the first of the year. Wish us luck!
Monday, December 10, 2007
I love you, my dear
[photo taken at Tammy's 30th birthday party which just so happened to be a costume party...can you guess Kev's costume?]
Thursday, November 29, 2007
After a long hiatus I think I'm ready to get back into the blogging world. I was reading Elizabeth Kartchner's blog. She is this year's Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooker of the Year. She said that she made one goal: to be published. She accomplished her goal and went on to win this title. How rad! Scrolling thru her blog reminded me of how much fun it was to blog and how important it is to make and keep goals.
So, I'm gonna start blogging again. And maybe some creating here and there.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
He still has a funny little run (which I adore) and wants to hold hands when going down stairs and wants to be held more often than walk on his own. I'm not complaining. In a few short months/years I know that he'll be running wild and leaping off of dangerous ledges and too big for me to carry. He's growing so fast. I just want to soak up him up like gravy in a buttermilk biscuit!!!!!!
Friday, August 03, 2007
Santa Barbara has no seasons. We celebrate Independence Day in 70 degree weather. And we celebrate Memorial Day in 76 degree weather. But every summer there's Fiesta. And (to be totally cliche) - it's hot, hot, hot!!! VIVA! Fiesta is 5 days of non-stop party. Dancing in the streets, Cascarones, Mariachi bands galore, Mojitos, parades, picnic dinners at the Sunken Gardens and Mission, yummy churros and Flaminco dancers! I mean, people take off work for Fiesta! This year we have been able to participate in more of the city events than we have in the past due to Brody being older and the year before Brody was born I was randomly ill?
All day that Fiesta 2004 I was queasy and pukey feeling. I remember the outfit I wore to work because I just wanted to be comfy...like in jammies. I also remember sitting on my cube floor just wanting to go home but I couldn't because I was judging a Guac-off later that afternoon! I left immediately after the competition and slept. At the time, my apartment complex was celebrating our "2nd Annual Fiesta party at The 521". I kept trying to attend the parking lot party but just being so sickly that I had to keep retreating to my bed. Turns out, I was pg with Bubba. And getting to enjoy the events with Brody this year has been so much fun. My little Fiesta Baby. So for me...Fiesta will always be a very special season!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Background on these photos: while we were playing at the mission a bus load of teenage boys pulled up. They ended up sitting on the edge of the steps looking out at the ocean infront of them. I asked if they minded if my son sat with them for some photos and they were totally game! Turns out it was a busload of Catholic school boys heading home from a retreat in SB. Without hesitation, Brody (a dude's dude) plunked down in between them like he was just chillen with his homies and started discussing his Crocs ("croc shoes"). They were SO great to him and as I watched I got all teary eyed. Of course. One day my little bubba is going to be a grown DUDE! That's a trip. Wow.
Anyway, to check out the entire session go here. For more Cheryl pics, check out her blog.
Thank you, Rah Rah, for Bubba's cool new kicks! I'm so thankful for your and Brody's relationship and that you get to spend time together on a weekly basis. Please never live more than 5 minutes from us. Ever. We'd all fall into tragic fashion despair, I'm sure! Love you!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Note: this photo is a couple of months old but speaks to the subject
#2. Brody coughed and covered his mouth with his fist - exactly the way his Grandmama does. She asked him, "Brody. Where did you get that cough?". She said he thought about it for a second and said, "Coffee Cat". That will only be funny to the local readers. Coffee Cat is our favorite coffee shop in Santa Barbara! But how cool is it that he correlated 'cough' with 'cough'ee cat?!
#3. This week he sang, "Jesus loves me, I know. For the Bible tells me soooo!" and "Old McDonnels has a farm. EIEIO! Sheepie...bahhh bahhh". Sometimes he gets frustrated and says, "I can't!". We just keep encouraging him. What a little man.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Somehow this was my first Westmont wedding! I can't even describe how lovely the setting was. As requested, the weather was absolutely perfect. It was a small, classically simple wedding that totally suited Matt and Betzhi's personalities. They are two of the most creative people I've ever met and together have the potential to rule the world!! I can't wait to see what they create together (including the future blue-eyed, blond haired, well-dressed little precious babies they're going to make!).
Brody and Daddy got matching haircuts that morning and they both looked so handsome!! Brody was quite the chic-magnet indeed. This little cutie-pie is Matty's neice. Kevin took this picture and said that she just walked up to Bubba and threw her arm over his shoulder. Being the Rico Suave that he is, Brody just put his arm right around her waist and smiled for the camera. Thank you! They continued to hug another dozen or so times over the course of about 10 minutes. What can I say, he's a lady killer. Just like his Daddy.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Well, last Thursday [about 20 minutes after my Niecey post] Brody woke up crying, panting/grunting, and literally shaking saying that his tummy hurt. He'd been complaining of upset tummy since waking up from his nap that afternoon. My suspicion was that he needed to take a poop. We had tried sitting on the potty a few times already with no results. And it occurred to us that he hadn't pooped in at least 2 days.
We were obviously concerned and decided we should take him to the ER. We got into the ER around midnight and left at 3AM. Three hours and $100 later, we had a successful BM. Bless his heart!
He had settled down about an hour after getting to the ER and was all playful and funny and WIDE awake. I mean, getting to hang out with Mommy and Daddy at 2AM...it was Brody's wildest dream come true! He's fine now. We think the upset tummy was either due to potty-training stress or too much dairy.
And we're cutting down on Brody's dairy intake :)
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I know that this green thing has become very popular and trendy as of late. But it's better than other fads (think tie-dying and neon colors), right? Hopefully this fad sticks. I'm sure everyone has changed their light bulbs already but if you haven't yet go by Costco and get the mega-pack of florescent bulbs and replace regular bulbs as many as you can. The savings on your electric bill should be immediate. We're also biking as much as possible - our cars usually sit parked all weekend long. We try to eat locally whenever possible. Completely unplugging appliances from the outlet when we're not using them. Recycling, of course. We use our own bags at the grocery stores and limit the bags we take from department stores when shopping. Trader Joe's Super Amazing Kitchen Cloth (like the Method microfibers) are awesome and our wicked cool new dryer balls are genius. I mean, we're never going to be 100% green - you'll never separate me from my TV and we will not be changing our shower heads anytime soon but we do what we can. Every little bit helps. Until we have the space and time to whip up some biofuel in our garage or have the finances to outfit our roof with solar panels, these things are going to have to do.
I'm also feeling really guilty about diapers right now. We're working on getting B out of diapers altogether now but in 2.5 years, we've added a bunch of dirty nappies to the ever increasing pile of poo-filled packages filling our land fills every year. And what's worse - I put dirty dipes in plastic grocery bags. UGH! Yes, I've heard of cloth diapers and no, they are not the solution I'm looking for! Next time around, I'll give the organic disposable dipes a try. I'll go broke doing it but at least I'll be doing my part. Are you?
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Monday, July 09, 2007
This year things got a little out of control as we ended up carrying everything but the living room couch onto the beach with us. Having three toddlers with us made the transportation more difficult than the past years but the 3 coolers, 2 tents, pop-up table, 3 chairs, 4 blankets, full size shovel, bucket of beach toys, 3 diaper bags and 1 little red wagon really put us over the edge of acceptable beachside materials. But we sure did have fun! Next year we've agreed to slim down the equipment a bit :)
I'm trying to remember all the 4th of July's since I've been in SB. Can anyone help me fill in the blanks?
2002 - My first year in Santa Barbara....we were not married yet....don't remember details
2003 - Married....don't remember details
2004 - Beachside with just Mom & Dad Sturm...I think this is when the chicken tender tradition started?
2005 - Brody is 3 months old; I'm a stress case; Sturms, Mathi and entire Jano family here; Brody was enraptured by the fireworks!
2006 - 1st year to attend Bradley's party; beachside with Sue, Cara, Kev & Bubba [Sturms didn't come this year due to Dad's cancer]
2007 - Beachside fun with Sturms & Mathi!!!
I was thinking today about how hard the first year was for me. I feel like some people might think I'm a cold person or something for admitting that the first year was not much fun for me but it's the truth. I probably should have been on a hormone medicine of some sort or in therapy or whatever but at the end of the day - it was just rough for me. I tried to concentrate on taking one day at a time and I really made conscious decisions to appreciate the hard times because I knew even then that it would go by quickly. I knew that he was one day going to get too big for me carry in a cradle position so I needed to revel in the moment even if I was so tired I was in tears. The first year was long, for sure.
But my next thought was how quickly the second year went by. It literally flew by and now he's already a quarter of the way to being THREE. I am quite certain that the next few years will pass in a moment and all of a sudden he'll be 7....13....19. How absurd! I'm already thankful for the sleepless nights in that first year where I got to hold him in my arms, rocking, praying for every part of his little body that God might grow him into a warrior for His kingdom. What a little man he is. Be still my heart, indeed.
Monday, July 02, 2007
For a complete list of Santa Barbara parade's check out: http://www.santabarbara.com/events/annual_events_list.asp
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Then I went to Costco to prepare for The Sturm Family visit next week while the boys went to "Eatty Donalds" (McDonalds) for chicken nuggets and burgers.
Then, during nap time Kevin made a run to Ace Hardware and worked in the yard while I started putting together a my wedding albums!! Maybe I'll finish in time for our 5 year wedding anniversary! Brody - the little champ - slept for 2 hours (thank you, Mr. Swimming Pool).
After nap we played, worked in the yard, watched some of the new movie that I picked up at Costco, we started to go on a bike ride but someone decided that playing with the fire truck was more interesting, K dug up some dead shrubs in side-yard, we ate dinner (lettuce wraps and mac-n-cheese) on our awesome little patio, took bath, pee-peed on the potty and bedtime for Brody was insanely late (how did it become 9pm so quickly!?). While I was putting B down, Kevin was scrubbing BOTH of our bathtubs! I finished my (2) albums, ordered (2) more and started this blog while Kevin decided that he had to go to Scolari's for ice cream. He crazy. But he brought be back three magazines!!
If you don't have access to a private pool, check out one of SB's community pools. Or you could always crash at a hotel pool. Is that wrong? But do NOT forget the sunscreen...you should see K&B's shoulders. One word: OUCH.
Santa Barbra Swimming pool facilities include the newly renovated, 50-meter Los Baños del Mar Pool, Ortega Park instructional pool, and the West Beach and Oak Park wading pools.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
For more on this topic, check out this message from last January: http://realitymessages.com/audio/2007-02-03-Israel_and_the_Last_Days-Zechariah_12.mp3
These are radical times.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
You'd think that if I somehow missed that Isreal was in Asia during 9th grade Geography class I might have picked it up somewhere along the way in church. But no. It had to be during independent study - thanks to my girl, Rita - that I learn something this important!
You can think I'm a dork but I don't think I'm alone in this geographical ignorance. Now that we all agree on this, can we talk about the fact that Jesus was Asian!? ;)
I love to bake with Brody. He's so good at pouring and mixing and making a gigantic mess. And I get to enjoy baking!...and cleaning up giganitc messes. I don't even really like baking but I seem to find a recipe a week that begs to be made. You should have tasted the amazing brownies we made last week. I had to give away large portions lest they make their way into my belly as you know I have to self-control (I'm working on it!).
Kevie - we'll try to save a few for you. :)
Monday, June 18, 2007
If ever I have to leave Santa Barbara it will most definitely be with a sad heart.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
The principle of the card is that every time money is spent with it, at least 1% of the amount is sent to a fund called Global Fund, created in 2002 to fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. And check out their very cool ad which I saw in Eve Magazine [which is a really great mag, by the way!].
We celebrated Father's Day on Saturday. When Brody woke up at about 7:45am I went to get him (Saturday's are usually Kevin's) and we brought Daddy breakfast in bed: a bagel egg sandwich with cheese and extra Miracle Whip and fresh cut strawberries and a glass of orange juice. We had to rush b/c Kevin's gift was a full body massage at 9am!
The rest of the morning was spent playing around. We went to one of our favorite parks in town and enjoyed being one of only a couple of families there. I fall deeper in love with Kevin every time I witness him playing with B. Kevin is such an amazing father. When he and Brody are playing it is full throttle (which why there are often times where B ends up wailing because he feel down, bonked his head, scraped his knee, etc.). Even still, I am so thankful that Brody has these times with his dad. When Daddy gets home it's 'run-around-wrestle-play-ball-chase-flip-upside-down' time mixed in with a lot of hugs and kisses. Brody and I look forward to Daddy getting home all day! You should see the excited sparkle in B's eyes when he hears the garage door go up. So precious.
For dinner we rode our bikes to a local beach-side restaurant and I was watching Kevin and Brody run around on sand I realized once again how blessed my life is and how I absolutely do not deserve this man, child, life. God expects more from me and I owe it to my family to raise my standard for myself. There is so much to do. So much to offer. My husband inspires me to be a better parent and partner. My son inspires me to be a better mother. My God inspires me to be a better human. "For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required." -- Luke 12:48
Happy Father's Day, my love. What an amazing father you are. Thank you for all that you do to provide for and lead our family. I love you so much.