The Kids

The Kids

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Now that's Progressive...

Holy Cripes! So I didn't post this because I do a lot of 'crazy' online acting stuff and it never pans out, but I put in for the Progressive 'Help Flo' contest the beginning of March thinking it was just going to be me being goofy for a laugh.... Well..... I got an email today and found out that I made the top 10 semifinalists for the contest!

They had over 2,800 people submit videos and they picked mine as one of the top 10!  God is awesome!  They will be officially announcing the semifinalist's on April 5th... Hillarious!

The family clown...

My mom went to the funeral home for my Grandma's showing... she ran in to some family we haven't seen in ages. They asked her, "So, how does it feel to have 3 doctors in the family?" (My sister and brother are Chiropractors and my youngest brother is headed to Med School in June)

The next question was "So what's Tania up to?" I told her she should have said I'm not a doctor but I'll play one on TV!?!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Heavy topics for little guys...

Ethan brought home a book from the library today about 9-11... it was kind of heavy for a kindergartener let alone a three year old.  The pictures in the book were pretty graphic of the collapsed twin towers and the planes right before they flew into them.  He had already looked through it so it was going to be harder to dismiss it rather than explain it.

I dove in to an explanation of terrorism, the good and the bad, real life heroes, wreckage of buildings and planes, survivors, working dogs... you name it, I covered it.  I didn't want to scare them so I ended everything on a positive note and tried to make it all black and white, good and bad...

There was a picture of a man giving blood and that stemmed an anatomy explanation of reasons behind giving blood and how we produce more blood... Sean piped up, "Mommy, when I was in your belly I saw your blood... I saw your blood and your heart.  I saw your heart bumpin your blood."

Leave it to Sean to lighten the mood... we started in on a conversation about babies.  A little bit about where they come from and how they were born... Sean added, "Babies waddle like Penguins."  Thanks, Sean.  You have a talent for making people chuckle!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Older than... cassettes

My brother's going through some old stuff at my mom's and finding stuff to get rid of that no one wants anymore. He called me up and asked me if I wanted our mom's old 45's. I asked him which ones. He said 'Rubber Ducky' and some other kids music. I told him those weren't Mom's, they were mine. After a short pause... he exclaimed, "God! How old are you!?!" Yep, feeling pretty young right about now...

Amazing graces...

Sean and I were playing Super Mario Brothers on the Wii just now and he did something great so I told him that he did a great job... he commented, "I am AMAZING, just like God..." I enjoy his innocence on a daily basis.

Size matters...

We were on the way back from dropping Ethan off at school this morning and saw a woman walking her puppy... I commented on how much the puppy had grown since we had seen it last... Sean had to add his two cents, "but puppies are smaller than purses" he added very matter-of-factly...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Primitive housing for sale...

Northwest of Santa Fe in Bandelier National Monument are the ruins of an 400 year old pueblo built into the sides of the cliff... amazing!  We checked out two of the housing areas... couldn't get them to nail down an exact sale price for the one room condos... there was a larger 'home' that we could have toured, but we had to hike up 140 feet that included four very long ladders... not a good idea with the boys.

The holes in a row above the larger 'doors' were for flooring or roofing beams that came out and helped form the front room of their houses... they were several stories high.
The boys are posing on a ladder to one of the first 'homes' that we were able to crawl up into...
This is the view from the cliff side... that circle is a circle of housing remains.
Sean and Ethan took turns poking their heads out a small window... I wonder how many kids fell out those windows way back when?!?  No such thing as child proofing back then... this is one instance where we can't say that they survived without safety precautions because this group of people actually died off for unknown reasons... perhaps safety gates and railings would have kept them around longer!
Grandpa and the boys!
Grandma and the boys!
I just like pictures of trees...
This was definitely a beautiful place to visit... I recommend taking the time out of life to check Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico out!

Monday, March 15, 2010

White Sands National Monument...

This is from our trip to Southeast New Mexico with the Grandparents to check out White Sands Missile Range... It is one of only two places on Earth that show up white on radar year round... it looks like it is always snowing!  P.S. Trinity Site is only open a couple times a year so we couldn't see that this trip.
The sand is so white it looks like snow... it's very fine so it was easily blowing everywhere!  It was 70 degrees and sunny, but the wind was whipping so bad that the boys had to shield their faces from the sand!

We were wondering how often they have to plow the roads here... the sand drifts probably try to cover them a couple times a day!
Ethan climbed up this dune and within seconds, the wind had already shifted the sand so that you couldn't see his footprints.
Grandma and Sean were going sledding!
Ethan and Granpa on top of one of the dunes.
Max loved getting out and running around...
Max didn't feel so smart when he was covered in sand... I think he thought the sand was snow and took a big bite of it... we never said he was bright, we just said he was full of love!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ol' Hogs...

We checked out Madrid where 'Wild Hogs' was filmed on our way to Santa Fe... Grandpa and the boys are standing in front of Maggie's restaurant.  It was built for the movie and is a giant movie prop (aka non-functional).
This is where they filmed the fight scenes...
Madrid is an old mining town... with really neat old buildings!
The remnants of an old train engine...
I love the Engine House Theatre... how quaint!