Archive for the ‘The Meaning of Life’ Category

Happy Birthday, America!
July 4, 2011

Ahh, my favorite holiday of the year! 

To celebrate the freedom of our country, we began our celebration day with the annual Huntington Beach Parade.  Even though we knew it is the largest parade west of the Mississippi, we waaaay underestimated the astonishing number of people that can crowd into a tiny downtown Main St. (well, I guess Huntington Beach isn’t really “tiny” per se).  After parking a couple of miles away and then encroaching on another family’s roped off area (literally!) we enjoyed the “small town” parade . . . for over 2 hours. 

Then Harold, hot and exhausted, was done.  I, being move to tears by a number of different floats and memorials to our veterans, reluctantly agreed to leave since the parade was only about half done.  Then we realized we had no idea where we had parked . . .

We had great intentions of BBQ’d hot dogs, homemade ice cream and apple pie – but nap time won out.  We did get to enjoy fireworks and sparklers outside and watched the aerial fireworks in our neighborhood (though totally illegal, but well enjoyed). 

“[The 4th of July] ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.”
–John Adams  1776.

Happy 4th of July from our Family to Yours!

 Bonus Section (I couldn’t resist):

TERROR:  In the HANDS OF A TWO YEAR OLD!!

Why is the Sugar Bowl Still Empty?
July 16, 2010

Why or why is the sugar bowl empty?  It has actually been empty for 4 months (it will be 5 months on Thurs, but hey, who’s counting?) which really begs the question – Why is the sugar bowl STILL empty?  Why is it that no one in the house sees that the sugar bowl is without sugar?  Why is it that we prefer to lug out the large Tupperware canister of sugar stored in that impossibly high cupboard over the stove, risking the threat of  an oversized avalanche from all the miscellaneous stored items in that cupboard, rather than just fill up the sugar bowl?  Why is it that we will move the empty sugar bowl around the cupboard and yes, I even ran the sugar bowl through the dishwasher and replaced it empty in the cupboard but yet not fill it with the contents it so desires? 

Perhaps the answer lies in the question: why does the corner of our cupboard still contain a large mound of sugar from 4 months ago (almost 5 months) when the sugar bowl spilled during a desperate attempt to locate the cinnamon?  

I guess some questions will never be answered. . .

Blogging = $$$$
July 14, 2010

Ok, so I’m inspired!  I just found a friend’s wife’s blog and FINALLY understand a blog!  I never understood how to organize, categorize, link or make sense of my blog until I saw her blog.  But that’s not even the big news.  The big news that I found out is that she gets paid to blog – Yes, she makes MONEY by blogging!  (As in income, mad money, new clothes)  Apparently, when you have a popular blog, people can subscribe to it and once a lot of people start going to your blog, advertisers will pay you to put their ads on your website.  Perhaps this is not a new concept to some of you, but like I said, I’m just figuring this stuff out.   I’m not saying this because I’m trying to amass traffic to my blog since I’m just blogging about the little mundane parts of our family and am using our blog to share our pictures with our family (so I don’t have to email a million people every month with our latest pics), but because I’ve had SO many conversations with people about how to supplement their income while staying home to be a mom to their children.

So, if this is your thing – go for it!  Me, I like my ad free blog – and hey, who needs money anyway?

Stepping Stones
April 10, 2010

My friend’s mom just died. wow. . . I can’t imagine losing a parent. But at this time of having just celebrated Easter, I’m reminded that losing a loved one doesn’t have to be the end.  For those who have accepted Jesus Christ, it is just the beginning.

Our acceptance of Jesus’ death and forgiveness of our sins is our guarantee of eternal life after our life here on earth. AMAZING!! Eternal life, life never ending – death isn’t the end – it’s the beginning of a perfect life, a life our human brains can not even begin to comprehend.

So, while we grieve with our friend, I rejoice that there is hope and recognize that death is mearly a stepping stone to life.

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13

Special Election 2009!
May 20, 2009

Today was the special election in California to vote on measures to supposedly “fix” our state budget, but actually would just result in higher taxes and increased spending.   Keith was very excited at his first opportunity to participate in American democracy.   He was even more excited when we got to the polling place, which happened to be at a Senior Living Home, and saw all the little old women in the lobby watching everyone coming to vote.  They ooohhhed and awwwed over him to his little hearts content!  He was definately the hit of their day.

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I voted! Did You?

 

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“What? They want to raise our taxes how much?”
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“Those silly politicians. I guess we showed them!”