Archive for November, 2007

How Many Earths?

So, if everyone on earth consumed like we do in our family, we would need 3.5 Earths to sustain life here! That means we have a little work to do – mostly in the food area. For us, it would take 8 planets to maintain our level of food consumption and use! You can play and see your footprint here:


Friday’s Feast

Which snack do you like to get when you go to the movies?

Popcorn with butter and a Diet Coke

What year did you start using the internet?

?? Definitely 1996 or earlier, but I can’t remember what I did this morning, let alone what happened over 10 years ago.

What is your first name in Pig Latin? (Here’s how to speak it if you don’t already know!)


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Name something you are picky about.

Just about everything – one thing is how my toast is buttered.

Fill in the blanks: I ____ ____ yesterday and I ____ ____ today.

I ate pizza yesterday and I ate pizza today.


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How much money do you plan to spend this upcoming holiday season?

Hopefully less than $500.

What was the last television show you watched, and was it good?

Man vs. Wild; it was interesting – he drank his own urine and ate a spider. I don’t know if I’d call it good, but it passed the time while I folded laundry.

If you had to paint the walls of your living room tomorrow, what color would you choose?

A light warm tan/beige color or the same color that is there now – Bohemian Beige.

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Name something clever or practical you have thought of that should be invented, but hasn’t yet.

Someone I know thought of this, but I’ll mention it here: a pump and tube to connect to babies while in their car seat – so they can nurse while on the go… It’s clever and practical, but there are some problems, like discretion and safety.

List 3 things you would like to receive as gifts this upcoming holiday season.

1) Refrigerator/Freezer, 2) Trendy clothes, esp. shirts, 3) Someone to regularly clean my house!


More Than You Wanted to Know About Me

(x) Smoked a cigarette
(x) Drank so much you threw up
(x) Had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back
( ) Been arrested
(x) Gone on a blind date
(x) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
( ) Ever seen someone be born that is not your child
(x) Been to Canada
(x) Been to Mexico
(x) Been to Florida
(x) Been on a plane
(x) Been lost
(x) Been on the opposite side of the country
(x) Gone to Washington, DC
(x) Swam in the o cean
(x) Felt like dying
(x) Cried yourself to sleep
(x) Played cops and robbers
(x) Recently colored with crayons.
(x) Sang karaoke
(x) Paid for a meal with only coins
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t?
(x) Made prank phone calls
(x) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue and made snow angels too
(x) Danced in the rain.
( ) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(x) Watched the sunrise with someone you care about
(x) Blown bubbles
(x) Made a bonfire on the beach
( ) Crashed a party
(x) Gone ice-skating
( ) Been skinny dipping
( ) Gone to the movies, paid for one ticket, and then snuck into another theater to see a different feature afterwards
1. Any nickname? Does Mama count!?
2. Mother’s name? Kathy
3. Favorite drink? water or Carmel Marvel from Bigby’s Coffee
4. Tattoos? nope
5. Body piercing? ears
6. How much do you love your job? More than words can describe
7. Birthplace? Arlington, TX
8. Favorite vacation spot? South of France
9. Best way to relax? read a good book with a nice drink
10. Ever eaten cookies for dinner? absolutely
11. Ever been on TV? home video…
12. Ever steal any traffic signs? sort of
13. Ever been in a car accident? yes
14. Drive a 2-door or 4-door vehicle? 4-door
15. Favorite salad dressing? raspberry vinagrette
16. Favorite pie? right now, pumpkin
17. Favorite number? 7
18. Favorite movie? anything in the romantic high school comedy with a happy ending and a good moral, esp. if there isn’t any gratuitous nudity or language; for example, Bring It On or She’s All That or High School Musical.
19. Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving
20. Favorite dessert? Fresh-baked cookies
21. Favorite food? foie gras or scallops
22. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
23. Favorite brand of body wash? I don’t know.
24. Favorite toothpaste? Mentedent
25. Favorite smell? the air on a crisp fall morning
26. How do you see yourself in 10 years? hopefully wiser, more patient and exceedingly loving


Friday’s Feast

Name a great website you would recommend to others.

Of course, my first choices are those of my kids (,, but I’m not sure they count… So, for a website that I’m not related to:

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how often do you dream at night?


Did you have a pet as a child? If so, what kind and what was its name?

I had a dog whose name I cannot remember… If you count high school as childhood then my dog’s name was All-Star.

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If you had the chance to star in a commercial, what would you choose to advertise?

I’ve always wanted to be the girl with the beautiful long hair in a Pantene commercial.

What is your favorite kind of hard candy?



Hearts at Home

Last weekend in Grand Rapids was a fabulous convention with 2000+ moms. We sat and listened to several speakers and went to workshops and talked to other moms. The whole point of the conference was to encourage and equip moms in they’re various roles within the home. For more info, visit their website.

I came away refreshed after a break from being home and all of those responsibilities, but also renewed in my commitments as wife and mother. I recognize that I am only hurting myself and those I love most when I try to help in every possible way outside the home. It was really encouraging and a little frustrating at the same time to attend workshops and know that I am already implementing most of the ideas and strategies suggested for raising great kids; although, I was really hoping to get the detailed prescription for how to get perfect kids.

One of the most profound and simple themes for me was to love my very ordinary kids and our very ordinary life – and delight in it all. In the evening session, the speakers reminded us moms that we are all unique and that we should not and cannot compare our insides with someone else’s outsides. It is so easy to see others as having it all together, but we don’t know what’s going on in their lives and most likely they are pretty similar to us anyway. Ordinary isn’t bad, it’s just what most of us are – otherwise it wouldn’t be ordinary… So, I’m embracing my ordinary life and delighting in all of the routine, regular stuff that we do and struggle with as well as all the normal stuff that we enjoy and get excited about.