Tuesday, February 23, 2010

comfort zone.

i've got to admit that my sweet kids are driving me a little nuts. lola has been a cranky pants and not sleeping the best at night. more teeth??? she is a pretty cute girl though and likes to scoot around the house on her scooter. and cody is in the typical know-it-all-and throw-fits-that-aren't-as-cute-as-they-were-when-you-were-2 phase....and since when do 7 year olds cut their hair at school? i was also wondering- if your kids almost 8 and he's only lost 2 of his baby teeth...should you be concerned? they're starting to look really teeny tiny and getting pretty funky looking...spacing out and sticking out a little more than they maybe should... i guess there are always braces if they cause problems right?

i think i need a bonafide break from life. just a short one would do fine. maybe a weekend trip to the moon.

on a totally random note...
i'm big on routine & comfort and not so much on change...i borrowed this article from somewhere (i'll have to link it up when i figure out where..)a while ago and saved it, pretty interesting to reflect on...i love it. most people do not live this way.

"One of the biggest things that holds many of us back is our fear of what people think. After all, you don't want people to think you're weird or rude or creepy or obnoxious or annoying, do you? But wait -- think about the most lovable, magnetic people you've come across in your life. Odds are, they weren't the meek, agreeable people who are reliably pleasant to be around. They were the people who were crazy and charming. People who blurted out silly, maybe inappropriate things, or who made huge, slap-your-forehead mistakes, or who were over the top most of the time, but others forgave them for being less than perfect and in fact, liked them for it. So shatter your concern for what people think of you. You're allowed to be less than perfect, and you may find that people like you more for it, because it makes you a more exciting person to be around. Get laughed at, laugh with 'em. Do something you normally wouldn't do for fear of looking like an idiot. Be that idiot. You'll be fine."

so without further ado:
ways to expand your comfort zone

make a fool of yourself – on purpose.
smile at strangers.
say hello to people in the grocery store.
perform at an open mike night.
eat at a local restaurant by yourself.
take a day off from work to volunteer at your child’s school.
go back to school.
start a new business.
unplug the tv/internet for a week.
write in a journal every day.
learn to surf.
get your news from different sources.
do a house-swap for a month.
use public transportation.
wear something you normally wouldn't.
meditate for 15-minutes a day.
switch sides (of the bed) with your partner.
confront a phobia.
sky dive
learn to scuba dive.
see a movie by yourself.
take responsibility for something you didn’t do.
give away all one-weeks’s income.
give a public talk on a topic you’re passionate about.
ask for help.
get a part time job as a checker at your local grocery store.(or any place of service.)
enter an art show.
try some new food.
forgive someone.
take dance lessons.
learn a foreign language.
read a book in a genre you don’t usually read.
get up an hour earlier than usual.
(ps: i edited this list with only things i would consider doing... many of these i've already done or currently do. )

Friday, February 19, 2010

valentine birthday party.

...so little joonbug turned 1 today(or technically yesterday...) merv & i were reminiscing what happened a year ago today. the birth of lola was intense, but so memorable. my goal was to go 100% natural- which i did. i remember not thinking i was actually in labor. my sister arah was the one who finally convinced me that i indeed was and should probably think about preparing for the hospital. maybe it was because she came a full 2 weeks early and i wasn't expecting it. it was a short but painful, intense labor. it felt like a pushed for a year, but really it was only about 45 minutes or (which seems like at least a year!!) due to the fact that she was facing the wrong direction... but it all worked out and i can almost forget the pain enough to do it all again.

i will say that if we do have another, i would without a doubt go natural again. so many benefits not to mention you feel like a real live super hero. having a baby changes your marriage & your life in a real and good way.

lola is such a blessing. it is awesome to see the little person she is becoming. my favorite thing about her, other than her very deep raspy voice and laugh... is how mellow she is! you could say she is a happy baby 99% of the time.... and giving cody a sibling has brought out an entirely new side of him that we had never seen before. he loves her dearly. he has a very soft sweet side with babies. unless they are tearing up his lego creations or screaming at the top of their little lungs.

we had a small little family party on valentines sunday to celebrate. lola and i went shopping to target for a new birthday outfit. we couldn't find any great headbands for her so my cute friend megan and i went to joannes and bought just about every piece of headband type material we could find. i spent one night pretending to be crafty and created a ton of headbands for joonbug. on the night of party, we tried them all one. she liked the way-too-large-yellow-daisy headband the best. i agreed. so the rest of us wore her other head bands instead of party hats... ;)

her favorite activity was getting her very own special cake to destroy ( you know? one of those cheap nasty waxy things from the grocery store bakery made form spongy wedding cake?...). babies either love tearing them up or hate it. cody hated it. lola tore the thing apart. she loved ever minute of it and was so excited when she heard us all singing to her. it was very cute. she had a bath right after and then cody and sarah helped to unwrap the goods because she was much too busy pulling all of the movies and books off of the shelf... lola got some new clothes, toys and a bike seat with helmet for the back of mama's bike.

a few things about lola:
*she loves visitors at home! she gets excited and squeals when the doorbell rings or someone walks through the front door. (especially little visitors.) when she hears someone coming up the stairs she races to the door and sits.

*her hair has two crowns which causes her sparse feathery strands to grow straight up into a miniature mowhawk...

*she loves to point her pointer finger and wait for some one to touch it back - E.T. like style.

*she loves raisins so much that we have to counteract their digestive abilities with cheese!! ..which thankfully she also loves.

*she gets called a boy 9 times out of ten- no matter how much pink or how many ruffles we put her in.

* she loves to have her skin tickled softly. our good friend nicole nearly put her in a baby trance one night giving her a little foot massage.

for lolas birthday wish, she asked to have sweet potatoes for everyone in the entire world and universe because they are her favorite.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

toddling lola & running songs of the week.

-bell x1: the great defector
-t'pau: heart & sole
-vampire weekend: bryn
-vampire weekend: the kids don't stand a chance
-jeckyll & hyde: free fall

if you haven't checked out fish lake trail... you should!

in other news....we're BIG fans of both redbox and netflix... however i've noticed netflix tends to be a little delayed on the newer movies and redbox is just so darn convenient when your walking out of the store... cody saw that the new ice age dawn of the dinosaurs was available and we rented it. like 2 weeks ago. he LOVES it! i've tried to return it but i discovered that he dug it out of my bag for the 2nd time tonight when i went to take it back and didn't have it with me. we've now had it almost long enough that we could have just bought it new. or at least gotten it 1/2 off.

...and lola is toddling around. so she is now an official toddler and no longer in the infant stage, right?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

lovey stuff.

these cats crack me up. they're so serious like.

i'm not feeling so pretty lately. inside or out. maybe its the time of year or something. exercise helps. in fact i've been running longer and faster lately. always looking for new music to run with..these are motivating the crap out of me to run faster this week: bittersweet symphony by the verve, hot mess by cobra starship, precious by depeche mode, heartbreak warfare by john mayer, yeah by usher & rap tight by elliot lipp to name a few. don't judge. it's not like i blare this raunchy stuff to the kids. i'm only polluting my own ears through headphones. a marathon running friend of mine told me she never listens to music when she runs. i don't know how she does it but i've heard the same thing from other people. maybe thats my problem and i should give it a shot.
...just a lot on mind and i'm having a really hard time concentrating on the work i should be doing right now. so instead i put together a valentines (and some not valentines) collage of ideas stirring in my head....

maybe i can convince cody to make these with me for all of his valentines...
i love this for lola. it looks easy peasey to make. i better get with it quick! she won't fit in a onesie pretty soon. or i'll have to buy one of those huge ones thats like size 3T or something....

i made lola some other felt hair clips but her hair is not big enough to hold them in. i am in love with this one. i think i'll try to re create it... and save it until shes 3 and maybe has some hair.
... and i nearly died when i saw these posted on a blog this morning. lola has tiny feet. still just a size 3 at almost a year! (is that normal size, maybe cody just had incredibly huge feet...)
maybe the cutest love letter of all time.
i need one of these to hang in my office. i like this way of displaying all of those little things i love and collect and save from magazines and trips and everywhere else instead of shoved in a box and forgotten... last weekend cleaning out 10 years of old crap i came across so many things i had completely forgotten about. it was like a melancholy version of christmas.
merv needs one of these to play a show in... think i could convince him?
and speaking of playing shows...i ran across this super historic one-of-mervs-old-band flyer somewhere online. its from an old band he played in when i was in high school. we didn't even know each other existed at the time, but here's the twist: see the deadlock band? i use to work with all of those deadlock guys at this retirement place for a couple of years as a i was graduating from high school and went to several of their shows. i can't remember whether merv's band cause played at any i went to or not... but still so crazy to think that we may have crossed paths years before we even met.
love this pretty hair do. i use to know how to do finger waves. i think with enough gel and a great head of hair i could do it to someone again.
for some reason i've really been drawn to these smaller simpler earring lately and not the monster dangly style i usually wear. i've been wearing pearls too. i never pictured myself wearing pearls. must be my mother rubbing off on me.

...dreaming of going here & counting down the days until school gets out. hopefully it will be a relaxing week by the beach. we're staying in gearhart this year. just a 10 minute drive north of our usual seaside, oregon location... this sounds pretty alluring i'd say "...aside from the drumbeat of the ocean, a hush abides in this oregon community, a haven for those allured by calm..."