Happy Halloween!

I love decorations, but surprisingly the only thing up in our house for Halloween are some candles that a client gave Mike one day to give to “Mrs. Geek”. Well we’ve been to quite a few festivities so maybe we just haven’t really had time for decorations =o) Did some Trunk or Treat hopping, a cousin’s kid- friendly Halloween party, and started to go to a school party today, but got side tracked by some other important business. Try telling a 2 year old that we can’t go to the party any more and then try to recover from it!! Well we’ve been having some fun and the real holiday isn’t even here yet! Ask Mikey what his favorite part was from today and he’ll tell you it was handing out candy and saying thank you to the kids who said please!!

Funny Newspaper Interview

Time for a moment of levity during this horrible election we have facing us.

Kirby: OK, now for the REAL debate!
I apologize for not getting this presidential debate out sooner. I hosted it last week in my garage. However, I promised that it would not be released until the other debates were done.
All four candidates participated in my debate: Barack Obama and John McCain, along with their running mates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.
In the interest of credibility, I kept the media out. Other than the candidates and me, the only other person present was Larry Erdmann, my sound man and electrician.
Unlike the national “dog and pony show” debates, I asked the candidates real questions, things regular Americans want to know about foreign policy, the economy, military force and the environment. I edited nothing.
Following a brief welcome and some cookies my wife made, we got started.
Me: Religion has played a large role in this race. Have any of you have ever taken lessons from Mormon missionaries?
Sen. McCain: “Nope.”
Gov. Palin: “There are Mormons in Russia, which is really, really close to Alaska.”
Sen. Obama: “I am still not a Muslim.”
Sen. Biden: “Over my dead body.”
Larry: “Boy, are you in for a surprise.”
Me: “OK, on the subject of military force, when was the last time either of you punched someone in the head?”
Sen. Biden: “Well, Bob, that would be an assault, which is technically a crime, and therefore punishable by law. But, as you know, I am Irish, and if it were necessÐ.”
Gov. Palin: “Couple seconds ago.”
Me: “Next is foreign policy. If America had to bomb another country right now which would you choose?”
Sen. Obama: “I am not going to answer that question. It’s ridiculous. We don’t HAVE to bomb anyone.”
Sen. McCain: “Hanoi.”
Me: “Aren’t we trying to improve relations with Vietnam?”
Sen. McCain: “Bakersfield.”
Me: “The economy is in terrible shape. How do you propose to fix it?”
Sen. Biden: “Under the Democrat plan, every American would get a MasterCard with a $100,000 limit that they wouldn’t have to pay off.”
Gov. Palin: “I would work very hard to revitalize the salmon fisheries across the entire Midwest.”
Me: “We have to wrap this up. Abortion: yes or no?”
Gov. Palin: “Absolutely not, Robert. Not even for men.”
Sen. Biden: “While I wouldn’t personally have one, I think it’s a personal decision.”
Larry: “Are there more cookies?”
With Election Day just two weeks away, I hope this debate helps you choose the right candidate. Just remember to vote. It couldn’t possibly hurt.
rkirby@sltrib.com

The Obama Experiment

Obama Experiment
Given the opportunity I may try this…

Today on my way to lunch with my I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read “Vote Obama, I need the money.”… I laughed.

Once in the restaurant my server had on a “Obama 08″ button. Once again I laughed as he had given away his political preference… just imagine the coincidence.

When the bill came I paid cash but decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need (the homeless guy outside). The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I decided he (the homeless guy) could use the money more than him (the server). The homeless guy was happy… and I felt like a successful politician.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the recipient clearly needed money more than him.

I guess redistribution of wealth is easier to swallow in concept than in practical application.

Crazy 8 Tag

tagged ….by candice expecting

8 shows i like to watch:
1. word world
2. super why
3. pillsbury bake off
4. beauty and the geek
5. big love
6. veronica mars
7. the wonder years
8. boston legal

8 restaurants i like to eat at:
1. sweet tomatoes
2. arby’s
3. macayo’s
4. subway
5. golden corral
6. olive garden
7. ho ho ho’s
8. pizza hut

8 things that happened today:
1. got out of bed for a crying baby
2. wondered how I would make oatmeal if the microwave didn’t work
3. added to the overflowing pile of dishes in the sink
4. opened a package for me
5. gave in and let my kiddo put in a dvd so I could get stuff done
6. called hubby at work to chat
7. emailed some ideas to a friend for our emergency preparedness faire planned for February
8. clipped and organized some coupons

8 things i am looking forward to:
1. november 5th- the election will be over!!
2. getting a group order together for food storage from a store in St. George
3. hubby finally graduating from college and not being as busy
4. Josh sitting up and starting to crawl
5. a full night of uninterupted sleep- really deep sleep
6. Disneyland over Thanksgiving hopefully
7. having a potty trained kiddo
8. winning a full year of free groceries at (insert ANY store name here) so I can really get a year’s supply of food storage up and going. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

8 things on my wish list:
1. a one story house complete with solar panels, ginormous pantry, and efficient water system for when disaster strikes
2. finding a store offering free groceries in 2009
3. screaming, “I’m debt free!” on Dave Ramsey’s radio show
4. personal chef
5. a 2 hour massage
6. new cell phone that can hold tight to its pieces and parts when it gets dropped
7. organzing my whole house, complete with labels, clear totes, space bags, and a full team of organizers
8. food storage

Tag, you’re it!

It’s Been 7 Months Since I Had This Kid

Well I am really loving this stage! Joshy is cute and responsive and just a happy happy baby! He’s so content just sitting or laying around just watching the world around him.

We were watching home movies not too long ago and at this age, Mikey could go from laying on his back to sitting up and grabbing toys! Josh is a complete opposite- not too concerned with moving really.

Still no scrapbook, but I do use my Cricut machine to make tags for diaper cakes =o) That’s about as crafty as I get now a days!

Here’s some Josh milestones up to this point:
Rolls from back to stomach and stomach to back
Sleeps in his “big crib” in Mikey’s room and sometimes still in the portable crib in our room
Wakes only once a night to eat and have a diaper change
Ready to start the day at 7:30am and is happy happy happy when he awakes
Had his first “great fall” and luckily didn’t need a trip to the ER. He rolled off the changing pad in the bathroom before his bath
Can turn the pages of his dangling board book
Has eaten pears, sweet potatoes, and bananas and likes them all!
Enjoys holding and chewing Daddy’s work pens
Likes his soft giraffe toy
Slept through 2 hours of church- such a treat!
Loves to watch kids play with his hanging toys on his carrier
wears size 3 diapers

A Smile on My Face

So the morning got off to a rough start, but hubby made it to his morning mtg, we got out the door by 11 and now my kiddos are both sleeping soundly so I can read blogs!

We went to a Fresh and Easy grand opening and used our $5 off a $20 purchase to buy baby food and we got a free cloth grocery bag too! Some day my kiddos will be out of diapers so I won’t need plastic grocery bags to dispose of their poopy diapers!! But hey, I won’t turn down a free tote bag.

I found clearance diapers at Walgreens next which always makes me happy. I also used 1 or 2 coupons on each item I bought from there (yay for coupons).

And we found our missing trashcan being used by the neighbors 3 doors down. It blew away in the wind on Saturday, but I got up the courage to walk down there and carry it back to our house!!

And the kids have been sleeping calmly for like 2 hours already! Anyone else having a great day?

The House That Mikey Built

Yesterday, Mikey came to me and said he wanted to break something. I said why don’t we build something instead. His eyes lit up for that idea! Rather than use his wooden play tools and wooden pieces to build something like he usually does, he ran down stairs and returned with the big box of Duplos in his hands. He’s quite the strong little guy. He then preceeded to bring the 2nd box of Duplos upstairs as well.

So he said he wanted to build a house for Baby Dino (Josh’s equivalent of Baby Bear) and so to work we went. I told him how to place the blocks all around Baby Bear (since Josh was playing with Baby Dino) and told him that we want to connect the blocks together to make the walls of the house. I started and Mikey did the rest.

And as soon as we built the house, Mikey had the instinctive desire to destroy it with an iron fist, or foot rather!

Or Maybe My Future Isn’t So Bad…

So Joshy didn’t even seem bothered by all the crazy foods going through me and then him! He woke up once to eat and fell asleep rather quickly. He never burped though (we have the hardest time getting this kid to burp) and so about 2 hours later he woke up only to burp! Not so bad really since he’ll belch and then back to sleep he goes!! Well then 3 hours later he was crying, because we was wet! Yeah, the generic Target diaper leaked and poor little guy was not very comfy. Not gassy though!
So maybe spicy foods and loads of chocolate are good for gassy babies! It didn’t even phase my little guy. I guess our new venture is to find a better diaper for night time. We’ve started experimenting, but I’m convinced that I won’t need to spend more than 20 cents a diaper.

My Future is Not Looking So Good

No, I am not talking about the fact that all our money is still in WaMu or that the election just gets crazier every day, or that we no longer have cable, satellite, OR rabbit ears for our tv or even that business is really slowing down.  Actually, as I reflect upon my long day I realize that I just ate a Mexican casserole that was packed full of chili powder, tomatoes, green peppers, and chilies!!!  And to top it off, I’ve nearly scarfed down the entire bag of Snickers that totally satisfied!!  And what do I have to say for myself?  “What the heck was I thinking?”  I feel fine, but it will be a different story for poor little Joshy tonight my husband just informed me.  My punishment: oh probably about 5 trips to the boys’ bedroom to calm a gassy baby tonight and on into the early hours of tomorrow morning!  I should really think before I open my mouth =o)