Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cross Cultural

Geary took the boys to an event at our local library today. There were free hot-dogs, games for kids, and live music among other things.

Geary: This is Celtic music.

Noah: Oh. I think they might play bagpipes...Is this Chinese music?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fun with Measuring Tape

Often the very best toys aren't toys at all. Check out how much fun Toby had with a retractable measuring tape.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


In the Linhart house we try to teach our kids many different life skills. We don't push them to only think about becoming doctors or lawyers. We recognize that perhaps they will grow up to be racecar drivers. Or retail clerks. Or bankrobbers.

Or maybe even international spies with fantastic disguise abilities.

It's all about keeping their options open, really.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Pregnancy Brain Revisited

Remember this one post from when Jeana was pregnant with Tobin?

Something definitely is strange about pregnant time. This new pregnancy has added . . . the following troubled morning:

1) I'm working outsided this morning. I want to spray the weeds with poison. I want my two-year old to go back inside. I want to inform my wife. I open the back door, "Jeana!"

Immediate reply from the kitchen, "No!"

Toby had not been making an easy morning for mommy and she was done with him.

2) I knew I was making lunch and not spraying weeds. So, we microwave chicken patties and eat them quickly between hamburger buns. Jeana is hungry too, so she makes one herself cleaning up as she goes. I get the boys settled, leaving myself to eat. I can't find the ketchup. Everybody is eating their patties with ketchup; I stick with mayonaise and mustard. Not bad, but where did the ketchup go?

3) I made some coffee really quick--Jeana likes the idea of iced-latte. I do too. I grab a black coffee cup and press the dispenser. Our coffee maker is one of those that doesn't have a caraff but just has a resevoir and a cup-sized dispenser. I sit down and enjoy while Jeana fends for herself. I'm talking to Toby sipping my coffee when Jeana yelps, "Ahhh!" What's wrong? "We shouldn't have black coffee cups!" Jeana exclaims. But she is chuckling at herself. I guess with black coffee being dispensed into a black cup it is hard to tell when it is full unless it is overflowing onto the counter. "Ahhh!"

4) I need to put the ice away after the ice-latte idea. As I close the door to the freezer I notice a funny looking bottle in the freezer door. There's the ketchup!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thrifty Find

I got to stop in at a little thrift shop today and look what I found:

It will be perfect for displaying my Ruby Willow jewelry. And lucky you--you also get a sneak preview of some new designs that aren't up on etsy yet.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Noah was wearing rubber boots while playing in the creek at the farm and he decided to step into some very shallow water. "Hey!" he shouted, "I'm walking on water!" He took a few steps and then declared, "It's kind of easy."

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I am truly honored! Mother of Year--Who would have thought??. You can see the news clip here. I'd just like to thank my agent manager husband for nominating me. And I'd like to thank the little people, especially Noah and Tobin who made me a mother in the first place. And to all the other mothers out there, especially my own mothers, thank you for your love and support and for all the mothery type things you've taught me. I could not have done this without you. And...well...better luck next year!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Mother's Day Sale!

I'm having a Mother's Day Sale at Ruby Willow through May 8th. Everything in the store has had it's price reduced by 40 to 50%. Go check it out! Maybe you'll find the perfect gift for your mother!