Monday, April 26, 2010


My rechargeable camera battery died. I have been using those really expensive disposable ones for a few weeks ('cause normal ones don't cut it), but now those are dead, and I still haven't ordered a new battery. So I have no pictures from tonight for you.

But if I did, you would see this:

Me on the computer, slouchy and wearing sweats.

Chad on the couch in the other room, watching basketball.

No big deal, but it happens to be our anniversary. Neither of us even remembered to say "Happy Anniversary!!" to each other until around 10 or so this morning.

Doesn't sound romantic, but it is, because we are leaving for DC this Thursday and have been so focused on that trip that today was just another day to get through before we leave!

Chad and I didn't really have a honeymoon. We got married in San Diego, had an open house at his parent's house in Orange, spent the night nearby, drove to Palm Springs (which I know the stars love and all, but yeah, not really that great) the next day, spent the night, and drove to Blythe the next day for our reception there, drove back to our apartment in Anaheim the next day, spent a day getting the apartment ready, and then Chad went back to work.

So we have always planned to spend our 10th anniversary in Italy, which is next year. Knowing that we want to have a baby sometime next year, we realized that that probably isn't going to happen, and decided to do something special this year. Italy was out of the question this year, and I know DC doesn't sound nearly as exciting as Italy, but well, it is exciting enough!

A lot more exciting than eating Papa John's with your 1 year old, who was supposed to be babysat but got a bad cold, which is what we were doing on our 3rd anniversary in the picture below.

Seriously though, I think we were still pretty happy that day, just like we were happy the year before when we just went to Spaghetti Factory with a three week old Colin, or when we left a screaming Gabe with Audra and Levi to jet off for a fast lunch for our 5th. Just being together is enough.

Happy 9 years Dew.

(our other "exciting' anniversary)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hour of Peace and Rest

When I was just a girl, my parents instituted An Hour of Peace and Rest. Every Sabbath, there would be an hour when every child retired to their bed, ordered to silence for the span of sixty minutes. There were eight children in a four bedroom home, so I'm not sure what level of peace we ever really acheived, and I can remember sneaking out the window with my sister Ashley to pick the grapefruits from the tree that grew next our bedroom, but we knew that for that little time each week, we needed to at least pretend to be resting. I think it was one of my parents' favorite times of the week, and I can still remember my dad singing, "There is an hour of peace and rest...."

Chad and I have very fondly carried on this tradition. Colin goes in the guest room, Gabe goes in their bedroom, and Chad and I take turns napping with the baby while the other one sprawls out on the couch and monitors the movements of the big boys. Even when we had church 2:30pm last year, we had it in the morning before lunch. I gotta tell you, 8:30 church this year sounds awfully early, but it is heaven. Home by 12, lunch done by 12:30, and then straight upstairs for an hour and peace rest. I actually took a 2 1/2 hour nap today.

Anyone else have an hour of peace and rest on Sundays?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Guide me, Wise Panda

Almost every Saturday afternoon, I open and close my fridge and freezer about twenty times, waiting for something exciting to call out to me. Nothing looks worth cooking on the weekend after a day of baseball and lawn duty. Chad and I give-in to our weariness and start gathering our coupons, deciding what we will eat instead of the salmon in our freezer.

Panda Express won out last weekend. We took two coupons, each got a three-entree meal, and split it up between the five of us. I have to admit that I was not full when we were done, but that is probably okay, because really, how much orange chicken does my body really need?

I had to laugh at my fortune cookie. It was quite perfect for someone is who prefers emailing over calling because it allows me to word everything oh-so-carefully.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


It is baseball time again. Colin just barely made the age cut-off for this age division, so he is, once again, the youngest guy on the team. He has a great time though, and shows never-ending patience for the slow moving game and run after run from the other teams.

His brothers, on the other hand, aren't quite as enthralled with the long games as he is. Ollie splits his time between eating and drinking everything I have brought, and sneaking over to the dug-out to ham it up with all of the big boys. Gabe just lounges, or in the case of the game earlier this week, plays in the dirt until he is covered from head to toe, not noticing when a fly ball comes at him until it hits him in the back of the head. Ouch.

And me? I enjoy the sitting out in the nice weather and relaxing for about the first hour, praying every time Colin gets up to bat that he will get a hit. Then after that, Ollie gets a little crazy, Gabe gets a little grouchy, and I wish I could read a book while nothing is going on.

*As I type this, Chad is watching a game between the Cardinals and the Mets that is in the 18th inning and is 0-0. It has been going on for over 7 hours. Unbelievably ridiculous sport.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Someone tell the conductor

My Gabe is a huge fan of Dinosaur Train. He watches it at least once a day. I love that he loves it, but I gotta tell you, each and every time I hear the intro song, where Buddy the T-Rex hatches in a Pteranodon nest, surrounded by Pteranodons and wonders what he doing there, and then the mom assures him that he belongs there, I totally think, "She is an egg-naper! She totally snatched his egg from a T-Rex nest!"

Am I the only one that thinks this? Watch it yourself and try and tell me I am wrong.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I Feel Old

Today I saw an explosion of stuff about Justin Bieber ALL over the place. Seriously- in a month old copy of Entertainment Weekly I read at the gym, in a skit with Tina Fey, all over the internet, the cover of People magazine.

Why does this make me feel old?

Because before today, I had never heard of him, and yet, apparently, people are crazy for him. Let me tell you, I used to be pretty up on my pop culture.

Am I the only one this out of it?

It's okay for me to not know who this 16 year old is, right?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Family Movie Night and Pistachios

We got a little care package from Chad on Saturday - packed with goodies for everyone. I declared that evening to be Family Movie Night.

After a long day, Family Movie Nights are really for me. My only responsibility with the kids after bathing them and getting them in PJs was to dish out enough candy to rot their teeth and keep them quiet through the Coleman family favorite -Kung Fu Panda.

All while eating enough pistachios to sting my salty lips. Thanks Dew, but next time, please send a smaller bag. You know your lovely wife has no self-control.

Anyone else out there adore pistachios? They really make me think longingly of California.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Easter outfits, that weren't worn on Easter because I was too sick to care about dressing them up. Ended up having pneumonia. Ugh.

Friday, April 9, 2010

When you comin' home dad?

Chad has been away since Monday (on business). That night, Ollie woke up about ten times, checking to see if Dad was in bed with us yet.

The next morning when Oliver woke up, he ran into the computer room yelling, "Dad!" and burst into tears when no one was there.

He stills checks every morning.

He has been calling me "Dad" the last two days.

I found him today, arms linked through our picket fence, just staring at the next-door neighbor Dad doing lawn work. Poor guy, with the creepy kid staring at him. I laughed and made a joke about how his misses his father.

The situation is getting serious. You don't separate a little boy from his daddy like this. The puppy dog really needs someone to follow around.

It'll be a happy reunion.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Another date with Gabe

Gabe got to reading lesson #50, so it was time for another date with Mom. There was only one place he was interested in going!

Aloha Snow!

I know he is making a funny face, but trust me, he was thrilled. He got the Tiger's Blood, of course.

Ollie waiting for his - look at those envious eyes!

It was a deliciously hot day and my stuffed strawberry shortcake sno ball just hit the spot.

25 more lessons until he gets another date, then 25 more 'til he gets a party. We should have another reader in the family by summer!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Colin's Birthday

Since Colin wasn't in school for his birthday, we got the bring cupcakes to his class on April Fool's Day. We thought cupcakes made in cones, to look like ice cream would be perfect!

Yeah, turns out it is quite a feat to transport 20 of those things across town.

It was worth it though.My kid loves me.

See - here we are at Red Robin on his birthday. Proof.

We also did mini-golf.

Colin and Oliver look so much alike in this picture, don't you think?

Colin with his two "cakes," one of which he was obviously just sampling.

We just had a small gathering that evening for dessert and presents and then Santi and Evan stayed the night.

Lots of Wii time, not enough sleep, but the birthday boy was happy.