Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Family Stories of the Week

Colin's New Phrase

If any of you know Colin personally, you know that he is a big baseball fan. He loves him some baseball!!! He loves it so much that he becomes obsessed about any movie that is about baseball. He started with a depp passion for A League of Their Own, he then moved on to The Sandlot and 61*. His newest favorite is a recent classic entitled Fever Pitch. The story is about a obsessed Red Sox fan that has to choose between the team he has loved for 20 years or the woman in his life. Needless to say Colin is not big into the love story, he just likes the parts were they show baseball. Just a week or so ago he decided to repeat one fo his favorite lines from the movie and it will forever ring in my ears. As he was watching the movie in the backseat of the car he yells out, "Get off your knees Blue, your blowing the game." We are horrible parents for letting our son watch a movie with this kind of language and you think we would have learned after the "Oh SH!%" incident from The Sandlot, but what can we do, the kid loves baseball.

Growing up too Fast

This past week Colin and Blake both had major moments happen in their life. Blake turned two years old and we celebrated by having a birthday party at Build a Bear in Downtown Disney. We invited all his little friends to come share in the experience of picking out a bear and dressing it up. The best part was when the party coordinator introduced Blake to the entire store and had them all sing happy birthday with the conclusion being him ringing the big bell. We also had cake and ice cream in the picnic area with Blake making sure to get the cake everywhere on his face and a little bit in his mouth. He opened up some gifts and then handed them to Karissa telling her to open them so that he could play. It was a great day.

Colin had a different kind of experience this week with him losing his first tooth. For about a week it was hanging on to his gums by a thread and we were unable to convince him to let us pull it out. He was push on it with his tongue and he looked like he had a single buck tooth sitting outside his lips. Finally one day Karissa was able to get it out and here is the email she sent me about how it went down:

Colin has FINALLY lost his tooth! He let me play with it for a bit, then I told him I was going to pull it with floss. We made a game of it and he was laughing and jerking his head around. I got the floss to stay, and the next time he jerked his head-VOILA!! It was out! He frantically felt around for it in his mouth with his tongue, and then when he saw I was holding it up, he cried. "MY TOOTH! IT'S GONE! OH NOOOOO!" He cried for a few minutes, and then I took him in the bathroom to show him. He cried again and went into the living room. He went up to the mirror in the living room, smiled at himself for a bit, and then turned and said, "THANKS MOM!" Haha! He's so funny! He was jumping up and down with excitement!

The boys are growing up so fast, soon they will be the ones helping me get cake off my face and checking to see if I am missing my teeth. In the mean time we will just cherish these moments.

Sport Story of the Week

Michael Phelps is a GOLDfish

The big topic this week is Michael Phelps winning 8 gold medals while setting 7 new world records in the process at the Olympics. He also set the record for the most career gold medals by any one person with 15. I would have to say the most impressive thing about Michael Phelps is how he can make the sport of swimming the most watched sport during these Olympic games. He took a sport that consists of a bunch of guys kicking their feet and slapping their hands in the water and turned them into the most exciting races some of us will ever watch. The word on the Beiing street is that Michael will be taking a few months off to recover and then will get back to work to train for some brand new swimming events. They should create an event with Michael Phelps vs. 4 of the best swimmers in the world. It would be a relay for the 4 swimmers and Michael would just take them on by himself. That would be fun to watch.

Quote of the Week

Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.

-Howard W. Newton

Word of the Week


The habit of resting before you get tired.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Funny Family Story of the Week

Bedtime Jukebox
Normally when I am home at night I will put the boys to bed and sing them some songs to help them relax. We will usually start off with Twinkle Twinkle and that will lead to the Itsy Bitsy Spider and usually we will finish up with either ABC's or Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Blake love's the scream Play Ball at the end of the song). Well a few nights ago the boys just couldn't help themselves and kept asking me to sing different songs. I realized that I could never be a great Karaokee singer because I know very few songs, but my boys don't know that.

We started off with a song that Blake loves from the movie Dumbo, I believe it is called Baby Mine. I hummed the majority of the song until we got to BABY MINE, rest your ears and those tears Baby of Mine.

We then jumped into a song that both of the boys learned in Nursery, Popcorn Popping. The boys started to lose confidence in their father because all i remembered from that song was the part where you raise your arms and say, "Popcorn popping" and somehow it popped in an Apricot tree.

One of Colin's favorites called Frosty the Snowman was next on the list. Sounds easy enough, I have heard this song my entire life, not so much. I got as far as "Frosty the Snowman nah nah nah nah nah, with a corn cut pipe and a nah nah nah nah nah and two eyes made out of coal."

We closed with a song that is very important to me, "There was a farmer who had a dog and BINGO was his name O".

At the end the boys were so filled with energy from the many songs I destroyed with my horrible voice and made up words that they wouldn't fall asleep. The lesson that I learned from all of this, LISTEN TO MY WIFE WHEN SHE TELLS ME THAT MY SINGING COULD WAKE A HYBERNATING BEAR, because it does.

Sport Story of the Week

Manny being Manny

The Dodgers have become important in Los Angeles again with the aquiring of Manny Ramirez. The problem is, what are they going to do when he turns on them the same way he turned on the Red Sox? How far are we away from Manny being found in the "All you can eat" section in Dodger Stadium because he is upset with being walked 20 straight times by the other team? All I know is that they are going to be fun to watch for the next couple of months. Maybe next year the Dodgers could resign Manny, pick up Milton Bradley and Barry Bonds to be the outhfielders, find John Rocker to help the bullpen and ask Roger Clemens to shoot up, I mean suit up, for one last go around. That team would be the best reality show in L.A.

Quote of the Week

This goes out to all of you that can't control yourself when in a public place.

Confucius say, Man who fart in church must sit in his own pew.