Saturday, March 29, 2008

Soccer Saturday

We woke up bright and early this morning to start our new life as soccer people.

Waking up bright and early was pretty hard since we still lived our old life last night and stayed up very late at a college hangout where Aaron led worship. *

Somehow, I ended up in charge of snacks for Anson's team. My plan was to wait a few weeks, see what the other moms were doing and then, once I was comfortable, or someone forced me, I would commit. That's not how it worked out. Talk about stressful. The snacks are serious business.

We had to leave our house early because we realized we didn't have any of those cool people soccer chairs.

We got to the parking lot, unloaded the boys, then loaded the boys up with chairs, then Aaron and I grabbed the bags, the cooler, his coaching stuff...and off we went. We looked like we were about to set up a carnival or something.

We had no idea where we were going.

It finally became clear that we had parked in exactly the wrong spot.

Our little men had to walk very far, carrying Academy on their shoulders. They already were cursing us and the soccer we signed them up for before we ever got to the field.

But we made it.

Lots of sweet friends joined us.

Hayden managed to make a goal.

But he took the ball to the wrong goal.

And I don't mean the wrong goal on our field.

I mean a goal that wasn't even on our field!

Hysterical.

Even funnier was that he turned around after kicking it in, THRILLED with himself!

We had a great time. I think we're going to love this soccer stuff this semester.

A minute ago, I was in the bathroom dying my hair bright blond**. Anson and Hayden were jumping on the trampoline. I could hear them talking. Anson said, "Wasn't today cool, Hayden?" Hayden agreed. Then Anson said, sort of surprised..."And we were pretty good, huh?" So cute!

* I ate craw fish for the very first time last night.

It may take me years to finish processing this entire craw fish phenomenasty.

I haven't devoted nearly enough insomniac hours to this subject, but here are my thoughts so far.

Craw fish are ug-ly.

I think "eating craw fish" is a big trick. I kept looking around to see if people were hiding behind the barn laughing.

I'm still not convinced there's food in them.

I've never been a fan of food that requires more energy to eat it than you get because you ate it.

When I was done, I was exhausted and starving.

So I ate some corn and potatoes...which, come to find out, taste EXACTLY like the craw fish, but they were actual food items that actually fill you up.

Do you know that area between your nose and your lips? I don't know what it's called, so I'll make up a name, and that name will have a tilde because I've been wanting to use one of those for about three days.

We'll now call that area between your nose and your lips the...

nostril-alley-apeño.

My nostrilalleyapeño felt like someone mistook it for a marshmallow, jabbed a coat hanger through it and stuck it in the bonfire.

I had to soak my nostilalleyapeño in my water.

Craw fish have eyes.

I think Ashton summed up this experience best.

He looked over at my plate and said, in his super sweet Ashton voice...

"Mom, why are you going to eat those scorpions?"

That little voice had super powers. It took the blinders right off my eyes. I looked down at my plate and realized...it did look like I was eating scorpions, so I said...

"I'm going to stop eating them now," and I set my plate aside.

Ashton brought up the scorpions several times last night. He couldn't seem to get the fact that I was eating them off his mind. Thanks to him, I'm having a hard time getting them off my mind as well.
** To all of you who have heard me say, "I'm not dying my hair anymore. I think it's going to give me cancer," let it be known that I changed my mind. I gave it my best effort. But, my hair looked so ugly, trying to get it back to its original color that I thought I looked like a skank. I know later in life, if I find out I have hair cancer, I will definitely look back and wish I had preferred skank over death. But today, my hair is bright blond, and that makes me happy.

Friday, March 21, 2008

It's only 2 weeks


First of all ... this is Aaron. I think this is only my second or third time to write a post on this blog. I've been saving up all my thoughts, and now I'm going to dump them into one long post.

Not really.

I'm really only talking about one thing ... TV.

Let's get rid of it.

For two weeks.

Hopefully a few of you are still reading - those of you who didn't immediately click on the first available link and then delete this blog from your RSS reader swearing never to return.

We were sitting at the table the other night eating dinner, and I could see an old music book on our piano. The book is from the early 1900's. I bought it at an auction. The cover was open and on the first page there was an inscription written in wonderful old calligraphy.

When I pointed it out to Heather we both commented on how much smarter it seems that people used to be. I guess calligraphy just seems smart.

As we discussed our current level of stupidity, I commented that I believe it is due, in large part, to our televisions.

I mean think about it ... How has television dumbed us down?

Think about these statistics:
  • The average American watches more than 4 hours of TV per day.
  • 99% of American households have at least one TV. 67% have 3 or more.
  • 66% of Americans regularly watch TV while eating dinner.
  • Americans rented 6 million movies last year, but only checked out 3 million library books.
Together we gave up 250 billion hours last year to our televisions.

That's 250 billion hours that we could have been doing something else.

Something relational.

Something active.

Something educational.

Something productive.

Instead we sat in front of a box in our living rooms or bedrooms and allowed ourselves to be passively entertained.

To be told what's cool ... what's acceptable ... what's important.

After I made my little speech about how I believe television is making us stupid and lazy, my wife asked, "Then why haven't you gotten rid of that thing? Do you just want us to be stupid?"

Well, there's a couple of reasons.

First of all, I like TV. I enjoy lounging on my couch laughing at Dwight Schrute every bit as much as the next guy. I enjoy watching those silly Japanese people try to make it through the Ninja Warrior obstacle course - all the while secretly nursing my belief that I could make it much farther than that idiot who just fell off the Spider Wall. I like to see Dr. House pull some miraculous diagnosis out of his rear at the last second and berate those around him for not being as smart as he is.

Secondly, I know that my family likes TV, and I was pretty afraid of the collective reaction to any announcement that we would no longer be enjoying the steam of entertainment that flows from the 150 channels in my living room.

I'm kind of a wimp.

But we're going to do it.

We're turning off our TV for 2 weeks starting this Monday.

And the whole point of this post is to ask you to do it too.

Join us for 2 weeks with no TV.

No video games.

No movies.

Nothing.

We're going to read books and play games and sing songs and go outside and enjoy each other's company.

We want to see what life in our house will be like over the next 2 weeks with absolutely no television.

We'll blog about the process, and we invite you to do the same.

We'll share what we learn. We'll share the ideas we come up with for how to spend the time we once spent watching The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. We'll share the times that end up being hardest ... the times when we really miss the TV (I already know that Saturday mornings will be rough with no television for our kids to watch while we sleep in.)

But it should be a good learning experience for us.

So let's do it.

Our TV's will go off when we go to bed this Sunday night and they won't come back on until Monday, April 7. (Maybe even longer if we decide we really like this new life.)

Two weeks.

We can do it.

You can do it.

Who's in?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Celebrity Morph

MyHeritage: Family trees - Genealogy - Celebrities


Larra sent me this link...it's so fun.
Anything that tells you that you look like Meg Ryan is fun.

Anything.

I didn't smile, because I wanted to be sexy. You can't smile if you are sexy. That's a rule.

In reality, I look more like I have PMS than I look sexy.

If I look like Meg Ryan when I have PMS, I might keep it longer than a couple days a month.

Aaron looked like Matthew Perry. He really does!

Ashton looked like Shaquille O'Neal. So, I guess it's not really that accurate, but still...fun.

After seeing me morph into Meg, I now really want some poofy blonde hair and more top lip.

Then, we took this picture of Aaron...



Whew! I can't stop laughing when I look at it.

Apparently when he looks like he's "covering his feet", Aaron also looks just like...

Billy Idol

And I'll be honest...I then tried like three more of my pictures, because it's Spring Break and I want to be a movie star.

I used my picture from the top of my blog...that's how I look most of the time. My hair is only straight about 5 days a year.

This time, I looked like Charlize Theron. Aaron loves her.

MyHeritage: Family tree - Genealogy - Celeb


This made us laugh tonight! Thanks, Larra!

Who do you look like?