Friday Poll 9_28_07 Age
1. What makes you feel old?
2. What makes you feel young?
Thirty years ago today...
Thanks for the birthday presents, wishes, cards, flowers, emails, comments, and myspace messages! I have such great friends and family!
I'm such a TV dork
I just rewatched the season finale of The Office
. I can't wait until the new one next week! I get new TV shows for my birthday - yay! I'm so excited. And, since Austin will probably be playing Halo 3 for the next month or so, I'll be able to watch Grey's Anatomy
and some other shows that he refuses to watch.
Friday Poll 9_21_07 Birthday presents
If your birthday was coming up, what would you want?
My Commentary on Children's Television
(please excuse the spelling)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - I love Disney stuff, but I don't get Daisy
Duck. Why is she such a big character? Didn't Goofy used to have some
kind of girlfriend? Why isn't she on the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse? I
guess they included Daisy to add balance, but she is the most annoying
character on the show. Her and her stupid dance, and her stupid
Backyardagins - I mean, couldn't they sing just a little bit better?
Sesame Street - Since when did Snufalufagus
become visible to everyone else besides just Big Bird? He isn't really
that interesting now that everyone can see him.
and Friends - I think it is funny how expressionless all of the people
are. The narrator will say something like, "the children were all very
happy," and they will show the children with these really blank looks
on their faces. And the people are really stupid. One episode had one
of the trains not following directions. He dropped chickens off at the
school and children off at the farm or something like that. Austin
said, "you would think the children, or the people unloading the trains
would notice that he wasn't dropping off the right stuff." But, I guess
it doesn't really have to make sense.
I know, I should get out more.
Right now Owen is pulling all of my credit cards out of my wallet and playing with them. I know that at least one of them probably won't make it back into my wallet, but it is just keeping him SOOOO busy! Note to self: when I am panicking because I can't find my debit (or any other) card, look in and around the couch.
How do people have dogs and children in places like New York City?
I HATE that we don't have a fenced-in backyard. When I was growing up,
we always had dogs, but we could always just let them out into the
backyard whenever they had to go out. Now that Owen is walking, he
loves being outside and every time I take Holly out he absolutely
FREAKS OUT if I don't take him with me. Sometimes, I carry him in the
sling, but he is getting a little wiggly for that unless he is in a
clingy mood and wants to be carried. The easiest thing (which still
isn't super easy), is to load him up in his stroller, put Holly on her
leash, and just go for a walk. But, still Owen would rather be walking
and as soon as I get him out of the stroller, he cries to go back
outside to walk around.
Then, there is the
option to let Owen walk around outside while I've got Holly on the
leash. I usually do this a couple of times a day now. First of all, I
have to use our short leather leash on Holly to make this feasible.
With the retractable leash, she will dart after cats, pull on the
leash, and usually run a circle around Owen, knocking him onto the
pavement. Luckily, he's pretty tough, but I learned after doing this
two times with the same results that it wasn't going to work. So, with
the shorter leash, Holly is much more manageable, but Owen is still not
too easy to keep next to me. I stay very close, usually dragging Holly
along reluctantly, but let Owen do some exploring. Everything is fine
until we have to go back home. Owen would stay outside for hours and
hours if I let him, so when it is time to go back to the house, I
always have to pick him up and carry him (most of the time wiggling and crying).
one of our neighbors gave us a balloon while we were out. It was great
until Owen dropped it and I went chasing after it, Holly's leash
wrapped around my wrist and carrying Owen around the waist with my
other arm. Every time I got close to the balloon and bent over to pick
it up, it would fly further away from me, which Owen thought was
hilarious! So, I chased the darn thing all the way down the street and
into a neighbor's backyard. Owen was laughing hysterically the whole
time. So, tomorrow I think I'll use the stroller to take Holly out and
if Owen is going to walk, I'll leave Holly in. It would be nice to have
a child (and dog) -friendly backyard.
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Friday Poll 9_14_07 Three Words
Using ONLY three words OR LESS, what would you like to say to the world?
Friday Poll 9_7_07 Songs to sing
What is your favorite song to sing out loud when you're alone in the car?
To Owen... (18 Months Old)
You have been very funny this month. I guess one of the silliest things you've
been doing is acting like you are on the phone. But, you don't just
hold phones up to your ear - you have used a variety of objects (remote
controls, pens, toy cars, grapes, bananas, blocks, etc.) as phones.
Most of the time you hold the thing up to your ear and say, "hi." Then
you hand the "phone" to me or whoever else is
You are really enjoying being able
to walk. You are getting so fast! You often walk in circles around the
coffee table and through the kitchen and back again.
You have started to sort objects. I first
noticed this behavior when I saw you collect all of the tennis balls
out of Holly's toys and put them in a group away from the rest of her
You have started to help me with the
dishes. When I am unloading the dishwasher I ask you to hand me the
silverware and the dishes. You take one after the other and hand them
to me saying, "thank you." I have to hurry to put them away because you
pull them out so fast. Then, when I am loading the dishwasher, I hand
you the silverware, piece by piece and you drop the utensils into the
You are saying "uh-oh" a lot and it
is really funny how you say it. You sort of grunt it out. It sounds
more like, "uh-uh," but it sometimes sounds like you are coughing or
about to be sick or something. It is cute though.
You have become very insistent
about turning on ceiling fans. When a fan is off, you point up at it
and then walk over to the light switch and point at it saying, "that,
that..." until we turn the fan on.
started "giving five" to people recently and the other day in the
grocery store, you "gave five" to me and the cashier, but you just
shook your head "no" when the lady bagging our groceries asked you to
give her five. You are such a strange little guy.
used to wear hats all the time when you were really little, but for
months until the last few days you have refused to wear any kind of
hat. Last week, your daddy put his hat on your head. He put it on the
right way and it slid down over your eyes. You took off running and ran
straight into the kitchen cabinets before I caught up with you. I
turned it around backwards and you walked around for like a half hour
with the hat on.
Most of the time you are
such a happy boy. Almost any time you hear any kind of music, you start
dancing. Your little shoulders bounce up and down and the top half of
your body moves from side to side. The other night you even took your
leg and started shaking it. Your daddy said that the funniest dance he
ever saw you do was when you were dancing to the music from the
commercial for "Medieval Times."
and I love you so much. We never know what you are going to do next,
but we do know that it will usually be funny. And nothing feels quite
as good as a hug or a snuggle from you.
I finished the Harry Potter books on Saturday.
I really wanted to finish them fast so I could find out what happened, but now I think I'm having withdrawl. I haven't enjoyed reading like that in a really long time.