Sunday, September 28

It all starts tomorrow...,


Hi Casey, it's Dave Robbins.

Hi. Thanks for calling me back. So what's the plan?

The plan is we come to your house on Monday morning and tear apart your kitchen.

OK - good plan. See you Monday.


Saturday, September 20

Sometimes it's all about the hat


Our little girl is growing up.
Four years old and a whole lot of spunk!


Friday, September 19

Quote for the Day


"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."


Thursday, September 18

What's up with Barbie?


Why is it, with such an extensive wardrobe and multitude of career choices, that whenever and where ever I find Barbie lying around our house she is naked?

Not a stitch of clothes (except for an occasional shoe), matted hair and head spun around like Linda Blair from the exorcist.



Tuesday, September 16

Quote for the Day

Whatever you give a woman, she's going to multiply.
  • If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.
  • If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.
  • If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.
  • If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.
She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So - if you give her crap, trust me, you will receive more shit than any one human being can handle.

Love and appreciate the women in your life.

(~ Jane Ezratty~My Sis!)


Monday, September 15

Out of the mouths of babes...,


We order dinner and then I take the girls to go potty.

"Mommy," says little Ray-Ray.

"Yes, honey?"

"My bottom doesn't cover the whole thing like yours does."

"Thanks for the observation, Ray. Thanks!"


Sunday, September 14

A Universal Dilema


In our ethnocentric society, we sometimes falsely believe that we alone suffer moral and ethical dilemmas. Or maybe it's less self-centered than all that and we simply forget that "they" are people too, just like us—just living life and trying to get by. The language, culture and religion may be different, but some of life's most basic challenges are universal.

I was reminded of this fact last night as I was surfing the Internet looking for articles related to "a working mother's dilemma." If you’re a mom, you know what I’m talking about.

Too little time with the kids. A bit of guilt and fear about what's best for them as we try to simultaneously grab onto something, or sometime, for ourselves and our own fulfillment. How do we meld all of that together for the betterment of the whole family? Add in the financial concerns and a woman's head could explode.

There are those, I guess, who are solid in their conviction. 100% certain that the choice they've made (whether to stay home or to work outside the home) is best. But more often, women vacillate between the two. Stuck in an unsatisfying sort of limbo—happy on the one hand, but questioning on the other.

What I found last night was that this little dance is something that crosses language, cultural and religious barriers. I found a nicely written blog about this very struggle with several thoughtful comments from moms trying to reconcile these disparate wants and needs. I was halfway through when I noticed where these women were from—Kuwait, India, Pakistan.

Half a world away, seemingly a different cultural universe, yet as moms we’re all basically facing the same dilemma. How do we give our children everything they need (love, attention, opportunity, and enrichment) and still give to ourselves enough (love, attention, opportunity, and enrichment) so that we don’t disappear as a result of having children.

If anyone has the answer—PLEASE let the rest of us in on your secret.


Wednesday, September 10

Friday, September 5

Let Them Dance...,

There is nothing cuter than a room full of 4-year old ballerinas...,


Thursday, September 4

Quote for the Day

"If you want the future to be better than the present, you have to start working on it immediately. Remember: What you want is better than, not optimal. Your job is to do something today that's better than what you did yesterday. And to do something tomorrow that's better than what you did today."

Tuesday, September 2

Momma's Stone

Our new granite...,

and our new floor.

So pretty

Construction begins soon. Completion date? Before Halloween. Keep your fingers crossed!