Thursday, March 27, 2008

Mr. Manners

A couple nights ago at dinner, Matt asked, "Honey, can you pass the tea, please?"
Eric looked at daddy with a proud face and said, "Aw, daddy, good job asking mommy!"

At least some things sink in. :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Animal Hospital


Some days, at nap time, I tell Eric just to head on up to bed and I'll be up in a few minutes to tuck him in. Of course, I can get side tracked....but sweet little Eric just sits there in bed waiting for me. The other day, I forgot to go tuck him in, and it had been a while. All of a sudden, I hear a noise and I start to go up the stairs. Eric meets me in the hallway and starts telling me in a worried voice, "The animals are sick, the animals are sick!" He sleeps with 6 stuffed animals. :) As per Eric's suggestion, we put all 6 animals on the changing table and covered them up with the blanket. After nap time, Eric said they all felt better! :)

This week's holiday - Easter





Last Week's Holiday - St. Patty's Day








I love my new camera...... :)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Full of Funnies

Eric has been cracking us up lately. Not only did I want to share the stories, I also need to have them in print before we forget them.

Boys vs. Girls
A friend of mine had a baby last week. I called and left a message that went something like this, "I hope you're feeling well, I hope Logan is feeling better, call me later."
Eric asked, "Who was that?"
Me: "That was Amy. I was leaving a message."
Eric: "Who's Logan?"
Me: "Oh Eric, Amy just had a baby. His name is Logan, Ethan is now a big brother. Now we'll have another friend to play with."
He then let out this annoying breath and said, "I don't like boys."
Me: "What do you mean "you don't like boys"? You have lots of friends that are boys. Do you like girls?"
Again...another deep sigh, "No"
Me: "Well then, what do you like?"
"I just like FOOD."

Mustache
Nick is now refusing to eat anything we give him for dinner. When we all sit down for dinner and I put his plate on the highchair tray, he looks at the plate and wrinkles up his face as if he saying, "Oh man...not this again....I want Chick-Fil-A....why are they feeding me...I'm so not going to wat it" It always amuses Matt and I, and Matt mimicked him the other night as we were both chuckling over his face. I commented on how alike Matt and Nick look, except for that "mustache-thing" on his lip. This is when Eric chimed in:

Eric: "What's a mustache?"
Me: "It's when a guy grows hair on his lips."
Eric: "Oh......I don't want a mustache!"

The 'new' resurrection story
Eric made a cross necklace this week in Mops. When we ask him what it is about, he answers "God". That night, he elaborated a bit on the story (with some persuassion from us). We told him that Jesus died on the cross. Eric replied, "he didn't die." We kept telling him that he did, but that it was so neat that in 3 days he wasn't dead anymore. For some reason, something appeared to click in his mind. He started telling us about this ONE GUY (he tends to do that in stories....zero in on "one guy"). This "guy" stomped around (apparently), talked to alot of people.......Eric went on for a minute or so. Matt and I were really thinking that he remembered some part of the story they had told him in class. That's when the story took an unexpected turn: All of a sudden, "this "one guy" took another boy to the potty and then to nap time." The end.....
We have no idea what the heck it meant. It could've been something that just happened in class...who knows. :)

The GAS discovery
Nick was squatting while he played the other day and let "one" slide (passed gas). Like always, Nick stood up, swung his arms from side to side, and makes a blowing noise like it stinks or something. So the mom response is, "Nick, are you poopie?" Sweet Eric chimes in, "Don't worry, I'll check mommy." So he goes and sniffs..... Eric looks up at Nick and says, "it's ok Nick, it's just gas!" Then....

Last friday, we went out to eat at a restaurant. Near the end of the meal, Eric was in a comical mood. He wasn't loud or acting up, but very playful. He gets on his knees and turns towards me, probably getting ready to tell me something, and he let "one" slide. I jump right on it and say, "Eric, do you need to go poopoo?" And in a very confident, loud voice, he says, "No Mommy, it's just gas!" Matt and I IMMEDIATELY start telling him to whisper and not to talk like that in restaurants, but we were cracking up! That only motivated him to keep going. He was now loudly whispering, "GAS MOMMA...It's just GAS.....I have GAS....it's GAS momma....." right in my face. We were dying....

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Snow day

We've been trying for a while to go play in the snow with some friends. But in Southern California, it can be a tricky thing to do. We had a good cold spell for a while, but then it's been really hot this past week.....of course, today was the day we were going. But we went anyways. The morning was perfect weather: chilly, but bright and not raining. There was enough snow to sled on, and the boys LOVED it!

Eric and his best buddies.

We knew it was time to pack up when Nick took a face plant and there was blood, not alot, but still....happens all the time. :)
After sledding, we went to the local ski resort to eat lunch. It was lightly snowing when we sat down. Seemed appropriate, and very festive. It was the first snowfall for all three of my boys. :)

Soon....the snow picked up........
After a few minutes, we threw the food back into the cooler and headed to the car. It was really coming down. It was the perfect way to end the day.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Another Photo Shoot

Now that the majority of the camera drama is over (see post below), we are left with a new camera that takes great pictures. Fortunately, all my boys need to see is the camera and they strike a cheesy pose. Love it!




That pained look on Nick's face is actually a smile.....that's what he does when you say, "Smile"!

Lessons Learned

What good is learning from your mistakes if you can't share it with other people?? It makes me feel slightly better just to know that I might be able to help someone else through my misfortune. So here's what I've learned over the past year (especially the last month).

#1 - There really is a thing called the "Nigerian Scam"! (thanks Oprah) I sold something through ebay. I was informed by ebay that the auction was suspended, but then got emails from ebay and the buyer saying it was back on track, and even a payment email from paypal. It was all false, and I almost sent a digital camera to Nigeria without being paid a cent (in fact, the shipping was over $100). Bottom-line: Double check ALL emails from ebay and paypal that you get in your inbox. If you go to ebay or paypal, you can go into your account and there is an inbox there too. If the email is legit, it will be in your account inbox as well. Never ship until you've checked that the cash is there. Paypal said they would NEVER "hold money" until you provide a tracking number. Lessons learned........

#2 - Costco now stands very firm on their 90 day policy. We bought a digital camera and the battery just never stayed charged. But with the crazy busy holiday season, we kept putting off taking care of it. And at 110 days after the purchase, we were stuck with the stinkin' camera. So figure out right away if electronics work properly or not! Lessons learned......

And now for the past couple weeks - After all the madness with the small digital cameras, we decided to take advantage of a price cut in the big digital slr camera we've wanted. So we bought it all in pieces (as recommended by a lot of people).

First, we bought a lens on ebay, and paid for insurance.
Then, we bought the batteries and memory card.
Lastly, we bought the camera body.

The first place we bought the body from was an online scam. So....

#3 - Don't always trust the reviews from the online store, or even online "comparison sites". The scam artist that do these websites know how to create false reviews too. A trusted review site is http://www.resellerratings.com/. And remember, if it looks TOO good to be true, it probably is! Lessons learned.......

So we cancelled the credit card, ordered a new one, waited the 2 weeks for it, and then ordered the camera body again from a reputable online store. When it came, I put the lens (from ebay 4 weeks ago) on the camera and the lens was BROKEN!

#4 - Shipping insurance is so important, and it doesn't just insure that the items gets to you; it insure that the item works as well! But in order to take advantage of the insurance you purchase, you MUST keep the original shipping box. Since it had been a month, the box had been tossed and the lens was put into a camera bag with the other accessories. So keep the box! Lessons learned.......

Seems like we've learned a lot more than just 4 lessons, but that's the gist of it. Just be careful....

Saturday, March 01, 2008

German Night

My best friend and her husband have been coming over for Survivor Nights (the tv show). Since they lived in Germany, and we went to visit them there, we all have a big love for German food. We've been working on perfecting "schnitzel", a breaded meat dish. On Valentines day, we went a little over the top....9 pieces of pork schnitzel, 5 pounds of potatoes, a couple different gravy flavors.....all I can say is STRETCHY PANTS!! :) It was so fun....we're well on our way to opening up a restaurant.