I realize my eyes are closed in this picture but it was the best one I could get. I am also standing in the ugliest corner of the house. We don't have an extra room for Jacob to make an office/study out of, so I let him have this corner of the bedroom to decorate as he pleases. I almost think he should be a pediatric dentist because he would have a very kid friendly office. Tha'ts what I love about him. Anyway i'm a little late with this post. I am now almost 34 weeks and I am so anxious to get this little guy out. He is the squirmiest little thing and he is not very gentle on my ribs. It is shocking how strong he is. Although I have not gained as much weight with this one as I did with Lily, my stomach is a lot larger at this point than it was with her so I feel like I can't move. I get really bad lower back pains all the time because it is so heavy and I still have 6 weeks to go. Other than that, things are going well. Everybody is healthy and happy. I had to post this picture for my dad so that he could tell me his usual "You know from behind you don't even look pregnant." That just might be the only phrase that will boost my spirits right now.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
If you're a big Tom Hanks fan, you might want to skip this. I am, was, or will still be on a limited basis. Ever since That Thing You Do! came out, Tom Hanks has had his little production company called Playtone. You may have heard of it. They produced small shows like Band of Brothers, John Adams, and Big Love (our favorite polygamy show).
Kicking off the new season of Big Love, Hanks had this to say about Prop 8 and the Mormon church:
“The truth is this takes place in Utah, the truth is these people are some bizarre offshoot of the Mormon Church, and the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen,” he told Tarts. “There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them. I do not like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper, any of the 50 states in America, but here's what happens now. A little bit of light can be shed, and people can see who's responsible, and that can motivate the next go around of our self correcting Constitution, and hopefully we can move forward instead of backwards. So let's have faith in not only the American, but Californian, constitutional process.”
To fully understand the ramifications of this slandering, you need to take into context the word un-American. That was the big word thrown around during and ever since the McCarthy era to say such or such a person was a communist or sought the downfall of America. Good choice of words, Mr. Hanks. I doubt any group of religious people are more patriotic, more serving ormilitary-supporting, vote more consistently, or in other words, more AMERICAN. But we're no experts. We're not the ones producing a show about polygamists. We're not the guy who won the Oscar for his portrayal of a homosexual with AIDS. We are, however, anxiously looking forward to your next production: How to Pull One's Head Out of One's Behind.
[Update:] Today Tom Hanks formally apologized for his comments, stating he should not have called members of the Mormon faith. While he stills believes our views are discriminatory, he believes nothing is more American than voting according to one's conscience. You're halfway there, Mr. Hanks. Thank you for the apology. I guess I'll watch Angels and Demons after all.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
When it comes to dicipline, what is it that dads have that moms don't? It seems that kids are always afraid to disobey dad but they couldn't care less what mom says or does. Lately I have been frustrated because I can't get Lily to do anything I say. I try to sound as stern as possible but she just smiles and continues on with what she is doing like it's some kind of game. I need to take lessons from Jacob. All he has to do is say it once and whatever he is asking of her is done in about two seconds. I just can't figure out what I am doing wrong. I always follow through with the punishment I say I will do if the behavior continues and she knows I will do it but for some reason or another she just doesn't care. In fact the other day she kept hitting me and I told her if she did it again I would put her in time out. She walked right over to me with a little smirk on her face and hit me. Then she walked to her room and held her arms out waiting for me to pick her up and put her in her crib where she has time outs. Whenever Jacob can hear a little argument I am having with her, he comes to help and as soon as she hears him coming she cries because she knows she is doing something wrong and that now she has to answer to dad. I just can't figure it out because Jacob is far more patient and loving in his ways of dealing with these situations than I am but for some reason he is more intimidating. Anyway as you can see I am just having a rough day. This pregnancy has taken a turn for the worst so I am never feeling well and I can't figure out why my sweet , loving, snuggly little baby girl won't stop hitting me. Ugh!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This was Lily's first time playing in the nose(snow). She loved it. She made snow angels and played king of the hill with Daddy. She also did a lot of twirling and jumping which is her new favorite thing these days. She jumps in her bed, on the couch and out of the shopping cart. Don't worry I caught her all three times. I don't like taking her to the store anymore.
Friday, January 9, 2009
A couple other Mountain West Conference teams finished ranked as well. For example, TCU finished number 7 in both polls! Congrats to TCU. The debate is over as to whether or not our conference is worthy of a BCS bid every year. With two top 10 teams and three in the top 25, we are most definitely worthy. Congrats to the mighty Cougars, who had a good year, winning 10 games three years in a row, an accomplishment no other team in the conference has done. See you in spring camp! Work hard to be ready for OKLAHOMA on September 5th!
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009
There's a dead comedian named Mitch Hedberg. He's rather funny, and had an unusual style in his routines. He didn't base his act around funny stories, he just told very witty jokes. I thought I'd post some of his more humorous ones here:
-I bought a seven dollar pen because I always lose pens and I got sick of not caring.
-I hope the next time I move I get a real easy phone number, something that's real easy to remember. Something like two two two two two two two two. I would say "Sweet." And then people would say, "Mitch, how do I get ahold of you?" I'd say, "Just press two for a while. And when I answer, you will know you have pressed two enough."
-Last week I helped my friend stay put. It's a lot easier'n helpin' 'em move. I just went over to his house and made sure that he did not start to load [stuff] into a truck.
-My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana, I said "no, but I want a regular banana later, so ... yeah".
-On a stop light green means go and yellow means slow down, but on a banana it's just the opposite. Green means hold on, yellow means go ahead, and red means, 'where the [heck] did you get that banana at?'
-I think Pringles original intention was to make tennis balls but on the day the rubber was supposed to show up a truckload of potatoes came. Pringles is a laid back company, so they just said "[to heck with] it, cut em up!"
-I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to, too.
-When you buy a box of Ritz crackers, on the back of the box, they have all these suggestions as to what to put on top of the Ritz. "Try it with turkey and cheese. Try it with peanut butter." But I like crackers man, that's why I bought it, 'cause I like crackers! I don't see a suggestion to put a Ritz on top of a Ritz. I didn't buy them because they're little edible plates! You've got no faith in the product itself.
-This is what my friend said to me; he said, "Guess what I like? Mashed potatoes." It's like,"Dude. you have to give me time to guess. If you're gonna quiz me, you have to insert a pause."
-I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it.
-This shirt is "dry-clean only"...which means it's dirty.
-My lucky number is four billion. That doesn't come in real handy when you're gambling. "Come on four billion! [Dang]! Seven. Not even close. I need some more dice. Four billion divided by six, at least."
-Sometimes I wave to people I don't know. It's very dangerous to wave to someone you don't know because what if they don't have a hand? They'll think you're cocky. "Look what I got! This thing is useful. I'm gonna go pick something up!"
-If carrots got you drunk, rabbits would be [screwed] up.
-I wrote a script and gave it to a guy that reads scripts. And he read it and said he really likes it, but he thinks I need to rewrite it. I said, "[To heck with] that, I'll just make a copy."
-I like vending machines 'cause snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential.
-My apartment is infested with koala bears. Its the cutest infestation ever. Much better than cockroaches. I turn the lights on and the koalas scatter. I'm like, come back! I want to hold one of you, and feed you a leaf
-So I wish I could play little league now, I'd kick some [serious butt].
-Alcoholism is a disease but it's the only the disease you can get yelled at for having. [Dang] it, Otto, you're an alcoholic! [Dang] it, Otto, you have lupus! One of these doesn't sound right.
Monday, January 5, 2009
School started today. Most of the students reported to class, but not all. One of mine and Kat's good friends, who I shall not name out of respect, was not here. For the sake of the story, I'll call him Blustin. Blustin broke several of the safe traveling rules on his way back from Christmas vacation. 1) He decided to fly back home the night before classes began. 2) He packed his keys in his luggage instead of his pockets or carry-on. 3) His flight didn't arrive until midnight. To make matters worse, his son, Mack (name also changed to protect the innocent) was very sick.
Unfortunately, as Kat and I have recently experienced on two occasions, luggage doesn't always make it back to Ohio with the traveler, and Blustin's bags didn't. He was locked out of his house on a very late ,cold January night with his wife and sick child. His friend, thankfully, put them up for the night (or maybe longer), but poor Blustin was up with sick little Mack until late into the morning. So, Blustin missed the first day of school. We're glad you're back with us Blustin, Tracy (also changed), and Mack. Sorry your return wasn't so great. We hope Mack gets better soon!