Not in a blogging mood

I haven’t been in the mood to blog lately.  Maybe its the heat, oh wait that is why I don’t want to do the housework.  I have some thoughts I have been meaning to blog about, but just haven’t made the time.  I will hopefully get them out of my head sometime soon.  In the meantime here is a cartoon to keep you entertained:




(1) Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.
(2) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

(3) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm.  This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.   

(4) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!    

(5) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing.   (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

(6) That’s Okay:  This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.  

Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say you’re welcome. (I want to add in a clause here – This is true, unless she says “Thanks a lot” – that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all.  DO NOT say “you’re welcome” … that will bring on a “whatever”). 
(8) Whatever: Is a women’s way of saying up yours

Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking “What’s wrong?” For the woman’s response refer to #3.

game 6

im pretty excited about the peguins making it out of the messy game 5 and actually making a series out of this. I can’t help but notice the stark contrast of force between the teams. The redwings are a well oiled machine. They seem to operate with such precision. While the Penguins are more of that bug that wont die.

I really like the penguins, but I feel they are really grasping at straws here. They best bet they have is persistence and luck.

Since I am playing couch coach here:

  • What’s with the offensive puck dumping? I thought only middle school hockey teams did the dump and chase offense. It hasn’t worked all series, yet the penguins still rely on this.
  • Again, how many pro level hockey players does it take to complete a pass. I mean come on! Hockey 101. Keep your eye on the puck, and your stick on the ice.
  • already in game 6 we had a 1:40 – 5 on 3 situation and Pittsburgh got off 3 shots.

I am sure I will have more coaching tips later. Here’s to the rest of the game.

game 5

so I am a huge penguins fan. I think they are a great hockey team, and deserve this stanley cup.

If the penguins are going to win:

  • They need to complete some passes! I mean come on, how many elite hockey players on one team cant seem to pay attention and complete those passes!!!
  • They also need to clear the zone. Both goals in game 4, and already 1 in game 5 are a direct result of a failure to clear the zone.
  • Actually use those power plays. In game 4 penguins had a 5 on 3, and they sat there setting up plays. They had 2 shots in 1:40 of 5 on 3. I mean come on! Goals only happen if you take shots.

Get your head in the game guys and win that cup.

(Yes I am pretty sure the coaches, and players of the penguins are avid readers of our blog).

Six Years…

ago today I married the most wonderful man.  He is so caring, thoughtful, and amazing.  I am thankful to God each and every day for bringing us together (even on the rough days).  We have grown up a lot together over the last six years and I truly love the man he is and the one he is becoming.  I believe he is becoming a more amazing man and husband every year and I cannot wait to see him become a father, because I believe he will be a super amazing father.  I cannot imagine a better man to be by my side during life’s struggles and celebrations.  He is my rock.  Have I said amazing enough yet?  He really is amazing and awesome and wonderful.


I love you Matthew P.

Adoption Update

We found out last week that we needed to do another form (power of attorney) to add to our dossier in Ethiopia.  Matt and I drove up to the Secretary of State yesterday to get it authenticated and now it will travel to Washington, D.C. to get authenticated by the US State Department and the Ethiopian Embassy.  It will not affect our wait time as everyone had to add this to their dossiers.


We also learned yesterday that the sibling group wait times should be expected to be around 12 months.  The official wait timeline is still 6 – 12 months, but more likely to happen in the 10 – 12 month range.  If you haven’t already guessed the referral date you still have plenty of time.

Please Pray

My heart broke earlier this week when I read this article.  Due to a severe drought in Ethiopia many children are starving to death.  The UN Children’s Agency is estimating 126,000 children urgently need food and medical care.  Please pray for the children of Ethiopia and if you can give.

15 Minutes

That is how long it took to dry a load of laundry outside today, less than half the time it would have taken in the dryer.

An Environmental-Parenting Blog

I came across a new blog the other day and thought I would share.  It is written by a mom trying to live a more natural life for the health of her family and the planet.  It was great to read her reviews of sippy cups, glass baby bottles, pacifiers and teethers, and toys.  She also wrote interesting articles on how going green saves money and raising kids who care about the world around them.  


Anyone else have an environmental/parenting blog they would like to share?

I am going to be an Aunt!!!

My little brother and his lovely wife are expecting their first child.  The baby is due January 2, 2009!  Congratulations to you both!!!


P.S.  I think we need a nickname for the baby for the blog.  I’ll leave it up to you two.

weekend fun

I am sure stephanie will expand on some of these later, but this was the weekend:

  • Pulled neighbors weeds (foreclosed house, and we made the biggest pile of weeks ever)
  • Ran errands in gilbert
  • Came home to find DHL dropped of matt’s anniversary present
  • Played mario kart wii for hours on saturday
  • Pool party / BBQ at neighbors
  • More mario kart
  • skipped church, cleaned house
  • more mario kart. 
So as you can see. There was a lot of mario kart going on.
I’ll post my friend number so we can race those of you who have mario kart as well (Kendal? Kamal? you guys have it yet? Julie? I know you have it.). Also expect a full review of the game later. 
Edited to add:
Here is a pic of our giant pile of weeds (it looked more impressive in person):
Luckily the HOA had H&N Landscaping come and clean-up after us.  It only took three of us just over an hour to clean up the yard.
We also did some more de-cluttering on Sunday and made our plans as to what we want done around the house before Tom and Jerry arrive and prioritized what needs to be done before summer hits (you know so we can avoid heat stroke).  Plus we played a ton of Mario Cart, which is a ton of fun.


Happy Mothers day

Just wanted to say happy mothers day to our moms.

Stephanie’s mom is up in pine. I assume steph will call her later today, and we are celebrating mothers day with them on wednesday night. I think bowling and dinner is the plan.

I have no idea what my mom is doing, but I will be calling her later today.

Next year Stephanie can have her own mothers day celebration with tom & jerry.