Tuesday, July 29, 2008

3 Bad Ideas = 1 Long Night

Bad Idea #1: Erica is in a bad mood because she's been sick for a few days and hasn't gotten out of the house. We should get out of the house and go some place public.

Bad Idea #2: Troy is getting home late from work tonight (2am) so we should get out of the house just before bedtime.

Bad Idea #3: Kayla needs her shots and it's cheaper to go to the humane society.

1 Long Night: Although we showed up at the humane society at 6pm, it took 2 hours before Kayla got her shots. I'm trying to keep Kayla from socializing with a million other disgusting dogs (strays, sick, dog's with patches of skin gone, etc.), while trying to keep Erica from losing it (See Bad Idea #1). We finally made it home by 9pm, with Erica crying the whole way.

Lesson Learned: It's worth paying a little extra money to go to the vet.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Suicidal Baby








*The above activities were all supervised. However, Erica has really attempted each one.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"Book Club"

I read on another blog that the average adult has read only 6 out of 100 of the following books! (I don't know if those stats are true, but I guess it doesn't matter). I've bolded the books I have read.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (awesome - one of my favorite)

2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (It's on my list to read. Love the movies)

3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (great book)

4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (some of the best books I've ever read)

5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6. The Bible (the majority of it)

7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (weird, but interesting)

8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (read it in high school, can't remember it)

9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (high school - BORING)

11. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (pretty good)

12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14. Complete work of Shakespere (no interest)

15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (great book)

17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (just remember a lot of swearing, sorry Alexandra)

19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch - George Eliot

21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (hated the movie, so no interest)

22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (HATED this book; couldn't even finish)

29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (boring, wouldn't recommend it)

32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

34. Emma - Jane Austen (pretty good, rare occasion where the movie is better)

35. Persuasion - Jane Austen (not her best work, but still a good read)

36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (read 1000 Splendid Suns and did not like it, so no interest)

37. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (started off good, but didn't like the ending)

39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

40. Animal Farm - George Orwell (high school read - don't remember much)

41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (Angels and Demons is better)

42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

47. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding (another high school read. remember the conch and "kill the pig, suck it's blood, bash it's head..." or something like that)

49. Atonement - Ian McEwan

50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel

51. Dune - Frank Herbert

52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (on my to-read list)

54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (high school, but I do remember liking this one)

58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt

63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (one of my favorite; great book)

65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac

66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

67. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fiedling

68. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdi

69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville

70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

71. Dracula - Bram Stoker

72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

74. Ulysses - James Joyce

75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

77. Germinal - Emile Zola

78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray (movie sucked, so no interest)

79. Possession - AS Byatt

80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker

83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

86. Charlotte’s Web - EB White

87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom (hated it, thought it was stupid)

88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

93. Watership Down - Richard Adams

94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

(The last two were missing, so I made some up)

99. Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton (Interesting read, but hated the ending)

100. Twilight series - Stephanie Myers (only read one and HATED it. I know, I know. I thought it was so shallow and silly, especially after just finishing the masterpiece of Harry Potter. No comparison.)

I got 23. How many did you get? I know a lot of people won't agree with my reviews, but if you found you had similar views, please share with me some other books that you liked. Or, post this list on your blog and do your own reviews.

Every First Time Mom's Mistake...

I fed Erica some Spagettios and she covered herself from head to toe in the sauce.

When she was done, I took her to the sink, took her diaper off and washed her down. I decided to let her crawl around naked for a few MINUTES while I cleaned down her high chair. This was my next surprise:

Yuck!! Yuck!! Yuck!! She had it mushed in her foot and she was trying to get it with her hands. I got her to the bath before she could eat it.

Please share any similar stories so I don't feel like a bad mom. (:

Friday, July 18, 2008

Erica's Thoughts

"Yum!! I wonder if this comes in flavors."

"I can see the picture so much better when I'm this close."

"Hmm, how am I going to get that dog bone without Kayla noticing?" (Sorry Andrea. We fully intend on buying you a new Boppy or something.)

"They're heeere. This is an even better view." (Erica figured this out all on her own. I knew I didn't throw that box away for a reason.)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Maui Recap

We've returned from Maui and had a great time. Prepare for picture overload. This isn't even half of them. We might get a video put together later. I'm just going to jounal our trip chronologically:

Wednesday, July 2: Woke up at 5 am, caught a flight at 7am. We actually had to fly the wrong way to Dallas first (1hr 45min) and then from there we flew to Maui (7.5 hours). Nine hours on a plane was A LOT to ask of anyone, but especially Erica. However, she did absolutely wonderful. She had 3 short naps and only one melt down. I couldn't have asked for anything better.

As you can tell, Troy and Erica were both very excited to arrive.

We stayed with my good friend Melissa and her family. She has a two year old daughter, Sunny, who got along very well with Erica. The first night Erica had a very hard time transitioning to the time change. She adapted quickly though.

Thursday, July 3: Troy and Melissa went surfing in the morning, then we all went to the beach by their house. Erica touched the ocean for her first time. She loved it.

Friday, July 4: Went to a different beach - Keawakapu beach (sp?). Erica loved it again. We did a little snorkeling. Erica didn't like eating the sand, although she kept trying to put it in her mouth.

Saturday, July 5: Went to a different beach - Launiopoko. Troy and Melissa surfed again and I hung out with Erica in a little ocean pool. That evening Melissa got us a gift card to a nice restaurant for my birthday and they watched Erica so we could have a romantic dinner on the waterfront.

Sunday, July 6: We went back to Launiopoko and spent all day on the beach. We both surfed. Erica got in the water 3 times. We boogie boarded. We ate good food. We slept. It doesn't get any better than that.

Monday, July 7: We went on this cool hike to Iao Valley.

No, this is not what Santa Claus does on his time off; this is our tour guide. He lived in New York long ago, but moved to Maui, changed his name to Amon and became one with nature. You can't tell from this picture, but he has Mickey Mouse shorts on and a yellow scrunchie in his hair.

Sunny liked to help give Erica a bath.

Tuesday, July 8: We went to the beach in the morning and got rained out, so we went home. We watched Sunny in the afternoon while Melissa worked and then Melissa made us an authentic Thai dinner. It was yummy. This is their backyard. It's full of mango, bananas, papaya and avocado trees. We ate really well on this trip. Erica loves mango, watermelon, bananas and purple sweet potatoes.

I guess gas prices really are hurting the tourist season. (Acutally, this is right after the downpour and everyone left).

Wednesday, July 9: We made one last trip to the beach in the morning and Erica began her first surf lesson.

We got on the plane at 5pm Hawaii time and didn't get home until 10am the next morning. We tried to make things as comfortable as possible for Erica.
However, we hardly slept all night. Erica wasn't quite as good on the way home, but she still did well. We had a 5 hour lay over in Dallas and my other good friend Jenn was so nice to come and pick us up for awhile. She took us out to this wonderful breakfast and we got to catch up. I also got to see her cute daughter Kate for the first time even though she is over a year old. Jenn saved us - thank you!! I don't know what I would have done if we were stuck at the airport for 5 hours. We made it home and we are tired, but we had a great time. We are slowly adjusting to the time change, although it was nice because Erica slept 13 hours last night. A new record! It all went way too fast. Can't wait to go back again someday.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

86 Blog Posts

So I just returned from Hawaii and I have 86 blog posts to read according to my trusty Google Reader.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

30 and MAUI

Yesterday was my 30th birthday. It doesn't feel any different than 29 and was actually a pretty uneventful day. Troy went to work and I hung out with Erica. I did get lots of calls and emails and texts and Skypes from family and friends so that was nice. Troy took me out for a romantic dinner (as romantic as you can get when a 9 month old is sitting next to you, dropping everything on the ground). Troy got me some new running shoes and a fondue pot. I can't wait to dip cinnamon bears in chocolate. Yum.

In bigger news, we are actually doing the real celebrating starting tomorrow. We leave early in the morning for a week long trip to MAUI!! We are going to visit our friends Melissa and Marek. We've been planning this trip for months and can't believe it is finally here. I will blog all about it when we get back. I'm sure the plane ride will be full of many stories.

Happy Fourth of July!!