Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Another Milestone

Yesterday Noah and I made a special trip to Target to purchase some big-boy-underpants. He chose Thomas the Tank Engine, Madagascar, and black boxer briefs (just like Daddy's!). It was a pretty exciting trip. We also bought a kitchen timer. So...

After we got home, Noah put on a pair of Thomas undies (all by himself!) and I set the timer for 15 minutes. When the bell rang he went to go sit on the potty. Nothing. Another 15 minutes...nothing. Then we had to go help Geary set up his classroom. So I packed an extra pair of pants and the timer and we headed off.

As soon as we got to the school we had another trip to the potty. Nothing. I set the timer again and Noah started playing with random junk that Geary had confiscated from his students. The timer went off and I said, "Come on, Noah. Let's go to the potty." Noah started walking toward me with his arms outstretched and his legs spread apart. He looked VERY uncomfortable. was unmistakeable. I asked, "Noah...are your pants wet?" He nodded. Yeah...not only were his pants wet...but his socks and shoes, too. Mommy was unprepared.

So we've survived our first "accident". Noah learned that being wet is not fun and I learned to pack more than just extra pants.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Family Day

2 tickets to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on IMAX: $20
Combo 2--Large popcorn and 2 large drinks: $8.75
Souvenier sizzle magnets: $8
6 cheese and roasted garlic pizza for dinner: $10
1 Frapaccino and 1 iced tea lemonade for dessert: $8
4 tickets for the kiddy rides: $4
The expression on your 2 year old's face as he rides his first amusement park airplane: Totally worth the $55 you blew on all that other junk.

We had a super fun family day at the Seattle Center on Sunday. We thought we were just going to the movie but we kept finding more and more fun things to do. I love spontaneous fun!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Its like being invited to a party you didn't even know existed

I wasn't sure until today, but . . . while I was riding my scooter today it happened again. It happened once before, but I thought he was just signaling for a turn. But today it happened on a straightaway. I'm in. Bikers actually wave to me while I'm riding my scooter! I feel accepted into a new "hidden" cohort of death defying idiots. It's great.

Growing Pains

Remember that episode of Growing Pains when Chrissy was convinced that after she went to bed everyone else broke out the barbies and had a big party without her? Okay. Keep that in mind.

Yesterday afternoon the three of us were watching Toy Story 2 and the timer went off indicating that it was time for Noah's nap. Noah turned off the TV and then turned to Geary and I shaking his finger. "No watching, okay? No watching 'Tato Head without me. I be right back after my nap, okay?" And then he ran off to his bed and was asleep within minutes. all kids think that adults have oodles of fun while they are sleeping??

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Toddler Imagination

Overheard while Noah was playing with his Fisher Price Little People...

Noah (in a high voice): Hi! What's your name?
Noah (in a low voice): Hi! My name's Eddie, what's your name?
High Voice: I'm Michael.
Low Voice: Nice to meet you, Michael. What are you doing here?
High Voice: Nothing. What are you doing here?
Low Voice: You wanna piece of me?
High Voice: Nooooo!
Low Voice: I said, You wanna piece of me?
High Voice:'s your pizza.
Low Voice: Thank you very much.
High Voice: You're welcome.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Geary's New Ride

2005 Honda Metropolitan in Denim Blue. I call it Skippy. Geary calls it his MoPo. Noah calls it Daddy's Bwoo Bike. Go ahead...drool...we understand.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Uh...not that kind of sun...

Noah: Daddy's the Farter, and you're the Mudder.
Jeana: Right! And you're the son!
Noah: No! I the rainbow!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Adventures in Geocaching

Entering the waypoints on our Magellan GPS

Driving to the site

Checking our position

Running down the trail

The hiding spot

The "special protective covering"

A clever cache log--they cut a notebook into a circle so that it would fit in the tin

The treasure! A nice collection of foreign coins (and lots of US coins, too)

Wanna try it?

Monday, August 15, 2005

Gotta love the toddler 'peech impediment'

Noah: What are you doing, Mommy?
Jeana: I'm working on a scrapbook for Nonnie.

10 minutes later...
Noah: Mommy? Are you still working on 'crapping for Nonnie?

Friday, August 12, 2005

More Lessons From Parenthood

Jeana: Noah, I'm glad I'm your Mommy.
Noah: I'm glad I'm your Noah.

He's glad he's my Noah. Not my baby, not my son, but my Noah. He belongs to me, he's attached to me...but he's completely happy being Noah, himself. Oh Lord, I'm glad I'm your Jeana. Thank you for making me who I am. Thank you for making me who you've planned for me to be. Please help me to remeber that I'm yours. And I'm me. I don't have to pretend to be anyone else. I can just be you were pleased to make. You're glad you're my God. And I'm glad I'm your Jeana.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Mail Call

Noah: Did I get any mail?
Jeana: Um...sure. (Hands Noah all the envelopes that say "To Resident")
Noah: I got a Neighborhood Card! (Holds up fake credit card)
Jeana: Great! Did you get anything else?
Noah: Nah...just bills.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Book Meme

A highly respected college friend, Hutch, has tagged me for a book meme. His question: "Been reading anything since July 16th?" I have to say that as a self proclaimed bibliophile (aka Bookie Monster), I was slightly affronted. Have I been reading anything??? Are you kidding me? Do I do anything else but read??? However, I've decided to forgive Hutch and answer the questions.

Number of books I own: A plethora. These are only the books in our living room.

I did not photograph the bookcase in Noah's room or the bookcases in Geary's classroom.

Last book I read: *gulp* Okay, this is slightly embarrassing, but I just finished a book called, I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader. In, my defense, the book was just sitting there on the Library's New Book Shelf. I was amused by the title, got sucked in by the first paragraph and checked it out. It was a sheer cotton candy read--all fluff and just for fun.
5 books that mean a lot to me:
1. The Bible--One of the ways the Master of the Universe has revealed himself to us, how could this book not be on my list. Recently, I've enjoyed having my husband read aloud to me from the Message version of the Bible.
2. Till We Have Faces --This is one of those life forming books for me. I can identify with every character in the book and in them I see myself, and my masks. The symbolism and metaphor in this book are powerful to me and I usually read it at least once a year.
3. The Chronicles of Narnia--I'm in love with Aslan.
4. The Paper Bag Princess --The ultimate story about girl power. =) I love all Robert Munsch books.
5. The Great Divorce --Okay, I know this list is very C.S. Lewis heavy, but this is another one of those life forming books. It started a lot of deep conversations between Geary and me when we were dating and we still refer to the symbolism and analogies when we talk about our struggles together.

Now I get to tag a few other people and kindly ask them to post their answers on their own blogs. I choose:

Eric & Anita
If you decide to participate, please leave a comment on this blog when your answers are posted. Thanks! Oh, and Hutch...just kidding, I wasn't that offended. =)

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Remember that Hit the Penguin game?

Well this is better! Pong 12020 on my first game.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Our First Video Post

EJ recorded this on his camera phone a few months ago. I figured out how to share it with the world. Mwahahahaha! Enjoy the cuteness!

What's YOUR name?

this is an audio post - click to play


Here's Karissa wearing my sunglasses at the farm. I'm not sure what was going on with the lighting but doesn't it look like she has xenon under the rims? Hmm...Maybe she can be the spokesbaby for Overhaulin'...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Cute Pictures

A recent Geocaching Adventure took us along the abandoned tracks of Issaquah. Here's Noah re-enacting a scene from Stand by Me.