Sunday, May 30, 2010

Our Mini Vacation

A couple of weekends ago the three of us went to McCall for an end of spring semester-family time-breather. It was perfect (weather, food, time, space, everything). 

Please live vicariously through us  - A pictorial review...

Ice Cream binger all weekend - extra carmel sauce please.

Mom and Lulu hanging at the beach.  (There is a 6 month belly hiding there, somewhere)

McCall is popular with the hunters, so thought we'd expose our peace lovin' angel to some extreme hunting.  You can tell by Izaak's laughter that she got really enthusiastic about shooting things.

Candy store treats. 
That would be a white chocolate dipped RedVine.  (And her new "m'call zippy".)

Izaak and Elliot swimming. 
This is the only pool picture that she looks happy in.  She is NOT a water baby.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Friday Night Pizza Night

So.  as we are creatures of habit.  case in point - Friday Night Pizza Night.  It has become a family event once a week (on Friday night,  if you believe that coincidence). 
Izaak makes the dough and experiments with toppings and sauces.  
Elliot mixes a mess her own pizza dough and then sets out a picnic blanket in the living room. 
I cheer them on and get the movie ready. 
I will post the dough recipe later - It's book is currently lent out...
This photo is Elliot getting the cornmeal out to dust the pizza stone.  How helpful, right? 
Btw, she is not angry.  That is her 'say cheese' face. 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Texas. Why?

Just as I am starting to resign to the fact that my family may need to move to Texas for Izaak's grad school.  Those Texans go and make a lot of odd and terrible school curriculum decisions that un-resign me. 

the Pro List
  • a lot of law schools
  • a lot of law schools that Izaak has a chance of getting in to
  • cheaper tuition and living expenses than other states with potential schools (shout out to CA&NY)
  • Milder winters than other states (yeah you MN)

The Con List
ok. So ignoring the drawl,  humidity, the culture of bigness, # of churches per capita, my image of dusty roads and pickup trucks,  my image of lots of crazy meat eaters everywhere,  and bugs - this boils down to the newly adopted curriculum changes and Elliot attending the first years of school...How bad can it be, you ask? 
  • State board of Education member Bill Ames was quoted in Newsweek as saying that America is "not only unique but superior," and that its citizens are "divinely ordained to lead the world to betterment."
  • The standards will refer to the U.S. government as a "constitutional republic," rather than "democratic"
  • The curriculum claims that the U.S. government was infiltrated by Communists during the Cold War - and takes a supportive stance on McCarthyism.
  • President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis's inaugural address should be studied alongside Abraham Lincoln's
  • Among the changes: Students would be required to learn about the “unintended consequences” of Title IX, affirmative action, and the Great Society, and would need to study conservative icons like Phyllis Schlafly, the Heritage Foundation, and the Moral Majority. 
  • The slave trade would be renamed the “Atlantic triangular trade,” American “imperialism” changed to “expansionism,” and all references to “capitalism” have been replaced with “free enterprise.”
  • The role of Thomas Jefferson – who argued for the separation of church and state – is minimized in several places, and the standards would emphasize the degree to which the Founding Fathers were driven by Christian principles.
The list, sadly, goes on. So.  Thanks Texas. 

Washington Post
NY Times

CS Monitor


Saturday, May 22, 2010

We're not dead. (Well, except for Jamie's mom)

well.  here we are.  being IKE in Boise is not dead...just dormant.  May has been an uninspiring month. May has been an uneventful month. It was supposed to be otherwise. So. BLAH. 
  • A long planned trip to the East Coast for a friend's wedding did not come together. 
  • A 2 week break in Izaak's schedule allowing for much anticipated (and elusive) quality family time trumped by LSAT cramming. (meh). 
  • Pregnancy aches and hormones leaving me whining, and emotionally needy (ok I can't really blame that on the pregnancy- but it does leave me uninspired)
So.  As I do feel like I have let my faithful following down (all 7 subscribers) I am posting a MONTH OF MAY RECAP to entertain you and beg forgiveness for my long absence. 

1. Jamie's mom recently died.  WHO?  Jamie is Elliot's imaginary friend.  As in bona fide made up person that my daughter talks to, plays dollhouse with, and recaps funny anecdotes about.  Jamie is not of a specific gender & likes everything Elliot does. Elliot announced that Jamie's mom died.  Jamie is a little sad - and just lives with the dad now. 
UPDATE:  Jamie's mom came back and has a new baby.  But is still dead, actually.  (There was a witness to this conversation who can verify)

2.  Elliot decided to start attending church.  She has been asking a lot of questions about church lately. Some questions have been shockingly deep and mature.  Izaak and I are not church-goers-per-se (or at all) but Elliot's church curiosity had prompted us to start talking about maybe/possibly/one of these days taking her to a service.  Then she discovered that people she knows attend church.
    Last Sunday, she asked her aunt what she did there [at church].  After hearing the answer,  Elliot announced that she was going to start going to church.  She made the arrangements, told her father and I the plan, and has asked every morning if it is Sunday-church day yet.  So.  tomorrow she goes.  We can not hold her back from her spiritual quest any longer. I am curious what is in her lil'head and what her feedback will be.

3.  "new baby" will be named Whar-whar (rhymes with tar) or Barbie.  Or so, Elliot told Aunt JJ.

4.  "new baby"  will be named NippleNippleNipple.  Or so, Elliot told Grandma Deb-Deb.

5.  "new baby" will be a girl because it could not be a boy, because nobody likes boys, because it is just not a boy.  Or so, Elliot has told anybody who asks her opinion on the matter. 
    She also has stated that next Christmas she is going to ask Santa** for two-five-forty nine* more babies. 

*Note 1:  we are not sure how to quantify that number, but it is her favorite for everything
**Note 2:  creepy enough, Elliot is convinced that Santa put the baby in my belly because a) she asked the mall santa for "a baby in mom's belly, a pink guitar and a puppy"  b) the P-Test was positive over Christmas when she got her pink guitar.  Sadly,  Santa forgot her puppy at the North Pole.

6. In all seriousness, Izaak and I are in hopeless disagreement on baby names and may very well end up picking NippleNippleNipple (or TripleNipple for short).

And Finally...  To humor everyone bored by these anecdotes about my kid (who, you?)  May I point you to something else.  Product reviews on Amazon.  Thanks to Rage Against the Minivan for sharing these gems:
Wolf Moon Black Tee
Bic Pen



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