Your browser (Internet Explorer 6) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser.

Archive for October, 2006


Happy Halloween!

As a kid, my mother never let my sisters and I dress up for Halloween. It never made any sense to me, and I was always scrambling to make up excuses for myself around my friends. Nowadays, we have a great time with Halloween, with the boys talking it up for weeks beforehand, and until this year, we (and when I say we, I mean the wife) always made their outfits instead of buying store costumes. I must admit that Halloween has crept into my top three holidays, a close second behind Thanksgiving and St. Patrick’s Day. The kids have a great time, we have a great time; it’s a win-win. Oh, did I mention the candy? Have fun! (BTW, Jackie-boy’s pumpkin is the middle one; it totally personifies him)

pictures by Krissy

Technorati Tags: ||

Will the real George Washington please stand up.

This article on NPR hopes to take the boring out of George Washington, but if you really want to be entertained, watch the video below. It is the best video on Washington that can’t be watched by kids or your mother. (No,seriously, dont watch it if your mother would be easily offended; or your boss)


Technorati Tags: ||



Lucy is yummy

is cute…
Lucy is wild…
Lucy is creative…


Words by Madeleine
Photo by Krissy

Technorati Tags: ||

One of those days

Ever have one of those days when you wish you were creative/inspired/artistic even? I am having one of those days.

Sitting on the couch for the last 288 hours is not inspiring, creative or artistic. Although, it is educational, as I’ve learned lots about knee surgery, why I shouldn’t drink diet soda, conspiracy theories, and what the best kid’s show on t.v. is.
Oh yeah, I’ve watched allot of old X-Files thanks to my tivo.

I was crazy to think that after having open knee surgery (not the fun kind, where they scope your knee,but the kind where they slice into it) I would be up and about after a couple of days. Oh no, I was completely drugged for the first week, and until one or two days ago, I couldn’t get up without my leg feeling like it would explode.

Anyhoo, being laid up has given me LOTS of time to surf the web. Which brings me back to my original thought. There are so many creative, artistic and inspired people in this world. It is overwhelming if you pay attention. I’d like to mention a few that have made these last days for me by feeding my brain and soul.

My dear sister (in-law) Jen Lemen, Jeffrey Rowland, andrea @ Superhero Journal, Lifehacker, kenny @ atypical guy, Maggie Mason, the bloggers at RVA blogs and Brandon Rogers. That is such a small glimpse of all the goodness that is out there… thanks for not letting my brain turn to mush!

One day, when I grow up, I want to be like them. For now, I’d like to start thinking about things I’d like to do before I die… you should too!


The UM-FIU fallout

By now, I’m sure the whole county has seen the UM and FIU brawl replayed endlessly on t.v. If not, you can watch it here. Should the seasons for these two programs be cancelled as some here in RVA have suggested?(Here and here.) I think not. Yes, they acted like thugs. Yes, the conferences should punish some of these players, even suspend them for the rest of the season. But to cancel a season? What will that accomplish, other than to penalize allot of players that were not involved in the fight. These players would loose their scholarships, their education, etc. These programs should be fined heavily, and the players that acted like thugs, be prosecuted just like they would be had they done that outside the football field. If every football program was cancelled on account of how some of their players acted, where would VA Tech be? or FSU? Colorado or even Harvard? Should Frank Beamer still have his job after this latest incident?
Don’t get me wrong. The players should be penalized, coaches should be held accountable in some way. I don’t pretend to have the answer, but I know cancelling these programs over this fight is not the answer. Obviously, there are major problems in collegiate athletics, but penalizing kids who are playing football to receive an education is not the answer. What do you all think?

BTW, I will admit to being a Golden Panther, so I am slightly biased in this conversation.

Technorati Tags: ||

On Your First…

Has it been a year? There have been years of my life that I could easily forget, but not this one, and not you. I love that everything is new to you, and how proud you are when you accomplish them. I love how you know your people, and how much fun you have bouncing around the bed with your big brothers, even though I’m terrified that they might hurt you somehow. I love how you let me hold you and even sometimes even fall asleep in my arms, even though right now momma is the preferred comfort giver. I love how you were immediately poppa’s girl. I think you already know the power you have over me, and if you don’t, I’m afraid I wont be able to hide it from you for much longer. I love you baby girl. Happy Birthday!

Technorati Tags: |

Josiah shaves his head

Yea, my little beautiful haired boy decided last night that it was time to shave his hair. I have discouraged him from doing it for four months now, but last night he was dead set on doing it. Out came the scissors and the buzzer, and gone was his hair.

I have to admit that I was not too happy about it, not in an angry kind of way, but a sad to see such a big part of him go away. But that was just it, his hair was not his definition of himself. He was happy to see it go, in fact proclaiming that the new Josiah was here. I am so proud that he is willing to rediscover himself, all at the tender age of six. It makes me wonder how many times I haven’t tried new things, major things, because some form of fear was holding me back. Thanks buddy for reminding never to stay the same, and not be afraid to try new things!

Technorati Tags: |