Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mommy look...

I cut my hair! Harrowing words for any mother to hear from her 2 year old daughter with scissors in her hand. Sydney has always had super straight, wispy hair, but we usually kept it looking cute and girly. Well, she took care of that. I'm very proud of myself. I didn't yell...I was really just sad. I started to get a little teary and Jake immediately asked about my blood sugar, assuming that I had to be low to be so sad about this event he found so hilarious. I assured him my blood sugar was fine, I was just mourning the loss of my girly girl who loves pigtails and curlers. If it weren't for dang Gilmore Girls, this never would have happened! Jake and I were in the SAME ROOM with Sydney while she did this. I was watching Gilmore Girls and trying to explain to Jake why the Gilmore Girls are so wonderful. Sydney is very stealthy and snuck in and cut her hair all under our radar. I can't really blame Sydney...she sees me cutting my own hair all the time...and the hair of everyone else in the house. It was only a matter of time. It definitely could have been worse. Those are the things I keep telling myself. The resulting look isn't that bad...it's kinda cute actually...right?!
The carnage


Mom is NOT happy

Trying to fix it

Happy, cute girl...who will wear very girly clothes so no one asks how old my son is!

Friday, November 21, 2008

HE PASSED!!!!!

After yelps and whoops and hollers...it's official! Now what?! Disneyland????? No...just Twilight with Jen.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

In less than 30 hours...

Some of you may have clicked on the title of this post on your blog readers thinking this would be a post about the "Twilight" movie. Of course I'm excited about that and I'll probably see it sometime this weekend. But infinitely more important than that...tomorrow marks a momentous day for Jake and our family.

You may remember this post. Yes, even though Jake finished law school in May and studied and took the bar exam in July, TOMORROW is results day. California consistently tops the charts for the number of people taking the bar exam. Part of that has to do with the fact that they allow you to take it over and over until you pass and since it has the lowest passage rate in the nation (therefore we deduce it is the hardest) they take FOUR, that's right FOUR months to get the results out. SO...tomorrow is results day. Tomorrow, everyone that took the California Bar Exam will be trying to log onto this one website all at the same time to see whether their name is on the list of those that passed. To top that, there is a disclaimer on that one website that says that the results on that website should not be relied on and that the only verifiable answer is sent in the mail. (Those letters go in the mail tomorrow too.) In fact, we've heard two stories of friends who looked at the website on the day they were to find out and their names weren't there yet when they checked again later, their names were on the list. So if Jake's name isn't on the list tomorrow, I will still hold a small ember of hope and await the letter in the mail. (And continue to check the website every 20 minutes or so!)

Anyway, I just wanted to take this chance, BEFORE results were posted, to congratulate Jake on all his hard work! I'm so proud of him for all he has accomplished over the past few years. If he doesn't pass the bar this time, he'll retake it in February. (UGH--and study that big stack all over again!) Not the best case scenario, but doable. I actually feel really good about all of it and I'm really excited to check the website tomorrow because I'm confident that Jake's name will be on the list. If Jake is not yet fit to practice law in California, it's only because the examiners couldn't meet him. If you've met Jake, you know he's perfect for the job. His intellect and engaging personality make him ideal for this profession. I just hope they don't make him take this stupid test again to prove it!

We're behind you 100% either way babe! x0x0x0x0

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Christmas Coup??

Every year, toy manufacturers advertise a few toys A LOT then they don't distribute as many of those toys to the stores so that the demand for those toys goes WAY UP. When I was little, it was the Cabbage Patch Dolls. My mom tells stories of looking at store after store for a Cabbage Patch doll that year and finally buying one from a neighbor who bought it at an auction. Now you can find Cabbage Patch Dolls everywhere...but don't expect to find the Playskool Tonka Bounceback Racer everywhere. This toy has been on "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and featured in the Wal-Mart and Toys R Us toy catalogs. We looked online and at store after store, only to be met with "currently out of stock" and empty labeled shelves. Finally, we found the LAST ONE at a Target 45 minutes from my parents' house. Jackson better like it.

Slacker

If you've looked at my best friend Kendra's blog you've seen her quote on the side--" I just thought it would be a good idea to have one more thing I feel guilty about not doing...so i started this blog. " Unfortunately, this is also me. I have been feeling guilty for weeks now as I put off posting the pictures of the kids trick or treating. I even wrote a post that just needed pictures. Eventually I will post these pictures in that post so that it will be in the correct order and with a nice story about trick or treating in Moberly, but I thought I would do the kids justice and first post the pictures right up here at the top. Sometimes I wait so long to do a post that I figure it's "too far gone." Oh well. Here goes...

The kids really loved trick-or-treating and ask to do it every night now. :)

the kids ready for trick-or-treating

jackson the cowardly lion

sydney as dorothy (yes, the picture is fuzzy, but she was just so happy & excited I had to put it up!) with Aryn, 80's Barbie :)


kate the scarecrow

trick-or-treating in downtown Moberly with Connie, Aryn & Braden (we're so happy to be here with them!)


with the neighbor girls, Andrea & Megan


scarecrow & daddy

trick-or-treating at a particularly spooky house


jackson & his preschool teacher, Miss Sandy


jen & her preschool teacher, Miss Karen :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My men

I always thought there would be just one man for me. My whole life I dreamed of this one man who would come along and sweep me off my feet. Well, turns out there are 2 guys who can melt my heart...



That is, until Jackson goes off and melts some other woman's heart. Then it's just you Jake! ;)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pumpkin Carvin'

the back of sydney & jen's pumpkin "SKOUSEN"

jackson's pumpkin...he insisted on carving all by himself

the front of sydney & jen's pumpkin


jake's death star

jackson and braden workin hard on their green pumpkins


Chili Cook-Off and Trunk or Treating

I finally figured out what I was doing wrong every year for the chili cook-off. You see, in the past I have made the chili and we have never been successful. This year, Jake was in charge of the chili and guess what...he won!! He made "Green Pork Chili" and it was really different and yummy. Here's the recipe

2 red onions, chopped
1 pound tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and halved
3 jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and halved
2 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons canola oil
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
5 cups chicken stock
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Salt
Pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large bowl, toss the onions, tomatillos, jalapenos, and garlic with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and spread on a baking sheet. Roast until soft and starting to brown, about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring twice during roasting.
Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the oil and heat. Brown the pork, in batches, until well-browned. When browned, add all of the pork back to the pan and cover with chicken stock. Add the roasted vegetables, cover the pan and place in the oven. Cook until the pork is very tender, about 1 1/2 hours. (We didn't have a Dutch oven so we just simmered on the stove for 1 1/2-2 hours and it still tasted great.)
While pork is cooking, place the cilantro in a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of water and puree. Remove the pork from the oven and stir in the cilantro puree. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Serve with warm flour tortillas.

After finding the ruby red shoes at Target, I decided I wanted the kids to dress as characters from the Wizard of Oz. I really wanted Jackson to be the Tin Man or Scarecrow so Kate could be a lion but I'm so glad he was stubborn about being the lion. Her scarecrow costume turned out SO CUTE and I thought he made a great lion. The kids are horrible at posing for pictures, but their costumes were amazing thanks to a lot of help from my mom. Hopefully we'll get some more cute shots of them when we go Trick or Treating on Friday. I'm glad they're going to get a few uses from these costumes.












Monday, October 27, 2008

Pumpkin Huntin'


Saturday we had tons of fun going to Papa John's Pumpkin Patch with Connie, Aryn & Braden. The kids each picked a pumpkin and we got to see some ducklings, turkeys, cows, horses and a sheep. Jackson chose a green pumpkin hoping to carve the Incredible Hulk. (You'll see that didn't really happen.) It was so fun to "get a pumpkin from a farm, not just from a store" as Jackson had requested.








This kid LIVES to be outside!






Just Kate's size.


Sydney's find.



The chosen one.


Jackson tries the squatting method to claim his pumpkin


Aryn and Sydney choosing pumpkins

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The three amigos

I'm so glad our kids love to be together...even in the tight quarters of Kate's port-a-crib!

They look so cute and innocent don't they? They fool me sometimes too.


Kate enjoys a hot shower with daddy. Admit it, you wanna bite those cheeks! (Kate's, not Jake's)

Flag Football

We took advantage of all the opportunities here and got Jackson into flag football and soccer. Can you think of a better way to wear him out?! He had a lot of fun once he got over his fear of the ball hitting his face. They never actually played a game but just ran simulations so that each kid got to practice throwing the ball, catching it and running with it. Jackson really loved playing defense and ripping the flags off the other kids but didn't like carrying the ball himself. When I asked him why he said that the kids were going to push him down and rip his flags off and he just wanted to do that to other kids. (Yes...the coaches had to continually remind them NOT to tackle!)



The cheer leaders.



Saturday, October 18, 2008

Why not me??

Our sweet little Kate has had some weird stomach thing for the past week. We haven't nailed down the reason, but we think it might be our attempt to introduce solid foods. Both days I gave her cereal and she threw up shortly after. It would trigger something and then she would continue to throw up over and over. We ended up taking her to the emergency room to make sure there was nothing seriously wrong. They ran some tests on her and they gave her an IV of fluid to rehydrate her. The tests they ran didn't find anything and she seemed to come around after eating. We're keeping an eye on her.

It's so hard to watch such a tiny little baby go through all this. She was such a sweetheart through it all though. I love that little girl.


Soccer

That's right. Thanks to Jackson's recent interest in the sport, I've been playing the roll of a Soccer mom. I think it's a little early on to compare me to a pit bull, but it was fun to watch Jackson get a fun introduction to the game. He actually never got to play a real game. The coach just took them through a bunch of drills to get them comfortable kicking the ball while running and stopping, which I thought was very appropriate for 3 and 4 year olds. The coach was a former college and high school soccer coach who happened to be the father of a 3 year old. He was really good with the kids and they loved kicking the ball at him (their favorite drill). The last time we went, I hadn't checked my messages and his practice had been cancelled so we all just got out and kicked the ball around. Sydney had brought her own "soccer ball" which was actually a styrofoam bean bag/pillow thing. Needless to say it didn't go very far when she kicked it. But Jackson got to show Jake all his moves since this was the first time Jake got to see him in action. We'll have to get out a few more times before it gets to cold. I think this could be a sport for Jackson.

Jackson makes a good stop on the ball.

Seeing Jackson's pose, Sydney wanted a picture with her ball too.


Pose #2

The whole fam gets involved.


Kate enjoying the game and smiling to prove she's feeling good again.


Jackson shows us how to take the ball down the field after stealing the ball from Jake.

Btw...this soccer club and t-shirt set us back a whopping $10! Hooray for Moberly, Missouri! :)