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Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 8:34 am

So yesterday we noticed a charge we didn’t recognize on a credit card we never use.  When we inquired about it with the credit card company, we were told that this particular business (which is basically someone’s name) “sells trophies, fireworks and tomb stones.”

Let me repeat that:  TROPHIES.  FIREWORKS.  And TOMBSTONES.

So I guess if you win something and want to celebrate, they’ve got you covered all the way through the part where you die from the fireworks explosion?  I would like to have seen that business plan.

Also, we saw the weirdest bug yesterday.  It was huge (as bugs go), measuring approximately 2.5” long with a thick body and a 4” multicolored wingspan.  And it totally looked like a hummingbird.  It was about the size of a hummingbird.  It flew like a hummingbird.  It was buzzing around the bushes sucking nectar out of the flowers like a humming bird.  But it had at least 4 legs and antennae, so I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a hummingbird.  Whatever it was, it was really cool to watch and we stood outside Olive Garden like a trio of idiots staring at it for a long time.


Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 8:34 pm

Today we noticed a charge for $3.30 on a credit card we never use.  We asked the CC company about it, and were told that the business in question “sells trophies, fireworks and tomb stones.”  Let me repeat that again:  TROPHIES, FIREWORKS, and TOMB STONES.

I guess if you ever win something and want to celebrate, but then die from a fireworks explosion, they’ve got you covered.

Also, we saw the weirdest bug today.  It was huge (as bugs go), measuring approximately 2” long with a thick body and a 4” wingspan.  And it totally looked like a hummingbird.  It was about the size of a hummingbird.  It flew like a hummingbird.  It was buzzing around the bushes sucking nectar out of the flowers like a humming bird.  But it had at least 4 legs and antennae, so I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a hummingbird.  Whatever it was, it was really cool to watch and we stood outside Olive Garden like a trio of idiots staring at it for a long time.

UPDATE:  Apparently the weird bug we saw was a moth. A hummingbird clearwing moth:



Filed under: Kaelin,Photography,Such is Life — Amy @ 10:01 pm

It snowed here a few weeks ago.  Random.  One day it was 70 degrees, the next day it was snowing.  And then it went back to being warm again.  Texas weather in the Spring is so fickle.


And yes, here in Texas we take pictures of the snow because in this part of the world it’s marginally equivalent to earthquakes or aliens or Heidi Montag’s shot at a singing career.


We happened to have some friends in town from Seattle, which made the snow even more fun – the more the merrier, right?  And because it was FREAKING COLD outside and I didn’t have any warm maternity clothes but I didn’t have to go build the snowman because Scott volunteered.  Sweet.


I excel at lazy parenting.



Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 9:43 pm

My latest hobby has been bow-making. Bows for girls are so expensive. And it’s hard to find premade ones that really match all the right outfits. So I decided to start doing it myself.





Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 2:24 pm

Yesterday it rained nonstop from the wee hours of the morning until after we went to bed.  I dropped Kaelin off at my parents’ house yesterday morning so I could come back and get some work done.  Then I got stuck there because in the 15 minutes I was chatting with my dad, the street had flooded and my parents’ driveway and front yard was completely underwater.

Today there isn’t a cloud in the sky.  All the water is gone and with the exception of some puddles in low field areas, and you can’t even tell we had any rain.

Ah, Texas.

Jens missed the fun weather because he’s been in California for a business conference.  He comes home today, which makes me very happy smile


Filed under: Friends,Photos,Such is Life — Amy @ 6:05 am

Yesterday it rained.  Then it sleeted.  Then it snowed and snowed and snowed – some flakes the size of my fist.

When Kaelin awoke from her afternoon nap, it was a Winter Wonderland outside.


You don’t have to tell Kaelin how to take advantage of a snowy day.



Throwing snowballs at Daddo



Our friends Scott and Hillary are visiting us from Seattle.�  Scott helped Kaelin build a snowman.







After a couple of fun trips into the snow, we warmed up by the fire and Kaelin was treated to Story Time with Hillary.

Should Have Done Drive-Through

Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 7:48 am

On Saturday, we made a special trip to Red Robin, one of our favorite restaurants and one that we seldom get to visit because the closest one is over half an hour away. They have great food and Kaelin always gets a balloon – which, to a 2-year-old, is pretty much as close to Heaven as it gets.

We told the host that there were three people in our party, one of which needed a highchair. We were led to a table for two. At Red Robin, a table for two is just that – there is no room for a third plate, and certainly not for the kids’ menu place mat they always give you.

“I don’t think we’ll be able to fit at this table.  There are three of us.”
“We can extend the table.”

There were approximately 12 inches between that table and the ones on each side of it (which were occupied). If they extended the table, the people sitting next to us would not be able to get out of their booths. And there would still be no room for a highchair.

We explained this to the host and asked if we could just have a bigger table. Seeing several large tables empty around us, we didn’t think this would be a problem.

He went back to the front for a new table assignment, then returned and led us to … another table for two.

“This table isn’t any bigger than the last one,” I explained to him.  “We have three people and this is a table for two.”

He muttered some excuse about how he doesn’t know how many people the tables seat. I stood there blinking at him, trying to comprehend the fact that evidently COUNTING THE CHAIRS was a concept too advanced for him.

He then asked us if we wanted a booth instead. Looking around, I saw several booths nearby that were clearly meant for 4 people and would allow us the space we needed. “Sure, that would be fine.”

He then led us halfway across the restaurant to … yet another table for two.

At this point, I began to lose my patience.

Is there a reason that we cannot get a table that will seat THREE PEOPLE?”  I gestured at one of the many empty table around that would suffice.

He looked at the table I had indicated and told me that he couldn’t seat us there because they couldn’t put a highchair at that booth.

There were other non-booth tables available that could have accommodated highchairs. I considered pointing that out, but was afraid his brain might derail and explode at the possibility of other options.

I asked him dully if they had any booster seats, and the reply was yes.

Then please bring us a booster seat and take us to a larger table.

Somehow, we finally made it to a table that had enough room for the three of us and our meals – and boy, were we hungry at that point. Next time, I may just tell them we have 5 in our party, and hope we end up at a table for 4.

The True Origin of the Internet

Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 6:35 am

In ancient Israel , it came to pass that a trader called Abraham of Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot.

And Dot of Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg.  Indeed, she had been called ‘Amazon Dot Com’.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband;  ‘Why dost thou travel far from town to town with thy goods when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?’

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags   short of a camel load, but simply said: ‘How, dear?’

And Dot replied:  ‘I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages   saying what you have for sale and they will reply telling you which hath the   best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).’

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with   the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success.

Abraham   sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever moving from his tent.  But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete (look it up, it means to hide) himself inside Abraham’s drum and was accused   of insider trading. And the young man did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth   the greedy horsefly take to camel dung.  He and his brethren came to be known as Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites, or NERDS for short.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the   deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going     to the drum maker, one Brother William of Gates, who bought up every   drum company in the land.

And indeed did insist on making drums that would   work only with Brother Gateš’ drumheads and drumsticks.

So arrogant became Brother Gates in his prosperity that he was not happy just possessing all the drums of the land and sought to acquire a portion of all trade, so that he could make a great name for himself by giving alms to the kings’ liberal causes. He even dared to covet the legendary ‘golden apple’ grown in the Valley of Silicon by Job’s son, Steven and longed to take a bite of its savory fruit.

And Dot did say: ‘Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.’ And as Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or as it came to be known ‘eBay’ he said,  ‘We need a name that reflects what we are.’

And Dot replied: ‘Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.’

‘YAHOO!’ said Abraham.

And that is how it all began.

Al Gore had absolutely nothing to do with it.

(No, I didn’t write it.)


Filed under: Kid Quotes,Parenting,Such is Life — Amy @ 12:30 pm

Kaelin’s latest thing is “pretending” to do things she’s not really allowed to do.  For instance, this morning she pretended to smear lipstick all over her face.

A few minutes ago, she was told that she could NOT push buttons on Daddo’s phone.  Her response was “I’m pretending.”  She then informed us that she was pretending to call Uncle Jon.  Apparently, Pretend Uncle Jon isn’t much of a conversationalist in the morning… which means that her make-believe world is pretty darn accurate.

“Hi.  I’m Kaelin.  And I’m at home… standing here… and stuff.  And Daddo’s in his chair.  And Mama’s standing there.  And I’m standing here too.  Bye.”


Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 5:01 pm

Christmas party tonight.   God help me.

Hey Santa

Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 12:05 pm

It’s disgusting outside today.  Which is annoying, because I have a lot of errands to run.  But it’s hard to work up the motivation to go out and run around while it’s raining and 37º outside.  Ick.

On the bright side, Kaelin and I went to visit Santa at the mall yesterday.  She was absolutely fascinated at first sight.  She gets the Santa thing and knows he brings presents on Christmas.  I haven’t gotten much out of her on what she wants Santa to bring her this year, except something blue or possibly green, and maybe a doll.

She was really excited about Santa until she found herself in his lap, and then she started getting a bit nervous and calling for Mama.  But Santa, who obviously has a few years experience, immediately distracted her with some giant jingle bells and we even got her to flash a brilliant smile … which the photographer didn’t capture.

You would think that for $13 a picture, they could manage to hire a photographer with some skill – like knowing how to center a camera.  Kaelin nearly got cropped out of her own picture.  I had to trim off several inches from the other side of the picture to make it look somewhat balanced.  But eh, what can you do.


In Case You Forgot, My Kid Is Cute

Filed under: Such is Life — Amy @ 5:56 am

(during dinner)

“I wanna pray, I wanna pray!  Dear God, thank you for a GREAT DAY.  And thank you for places.  And thank you for Boz.  And thank you for Mama and Daddo.  AAAAA-MEN!”

Bonus Conversation:

We’ve been trying to improve some of Kaelin’s pronunciation.  There are a few words she says a little weird.  Sometimes we resort to poking fun at her.  Which seems to work, in a weird reverse-psychology sort of way…

“I want some meeyoot, please.”

(Daddo pours her some milk) “Ok.  Here’s your meeyoot.”

“Daddo, can you say mil-K?”

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