Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I just stumbled across a great site for organic gardeners. I'm going to try this garlic pest recipe, I have an earwig problem in my romaine lettuce. Have a splendid day!

Garlic & Pepper Spray
Protect your garden plants from cabbage worms, caterpillars, horn worms, aphids, flea beetles and other chewing/sucking insects by routinely using a natural spray that you can make at home. The spray must be applied regularly, especially after a rainfall. Brew up a batch as follows:

6 cloves of garlic
1 Tbsp dried hot pepper
1 minced onion
tsp pure soap (not detergent)
1 gallon hot water

Blend & let sit for 1 - 2 days. Strain & use as spray. Ground cayenne or red hot pepper can also be sprinkled on the leaves of plants (apply when leaves are slightly damp) to repel chewing insects or added to the planting hole with bone meal or fertilizer to keep squirrels, chipmunks, dogs and other mammals away from your gardens. Be sure to reapply after rain.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


We've been constantly signing to our little one from the beginning in hopes of her learning more than one language (we also throw Spanish and Italian in there, with the occasional Hawaiian words--we're probably confusing her...). Besides obviously understanding some of the signs and the one time she copied me when I was signing "snake," she hadn't attempted to sign anything past waving goodbye, blowing kisses, and pointing at what she wanted...until yesterday! First she signed "all done" after lunch when I asked her if she was finished. Then, while visiting our lovely neighbor who has a sweet dog, and our little Rosebud started tapping her Daddy's leg and then her leg, and saying "puh puh." We affirmed her with "that's right, puppy, good girl!"

This morning she woke up from a nap and grabbed her dolly. She held up her dolly's arm, and while scratching under the armpit, said "tickle tickle tickle tickle." It is way too fun being a Mommy.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Starts with an "A"

Boy: What's the word I'm looking for? It's like acupuncture, or architect...

Girl: It starts with an "A"?

Boy: Yeah, it has to do with your back.

Girl: Chiropractor?

Boy: Yeah, that's it!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Why God Made Moms

My friend Brooke shared this with me.


Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house
3. To help us out when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of ?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to be cause dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms & dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sounds uncomfortable

Out of context:

While driving yesterday, we saw in the distance a biker riding towards us on a winding side road. Nathan comments:
"Oh, hey, there's Jordan. Except it's a she. And she's wearing a spork."

Friday, August 1, 2008

Paci for you, Paci for me!

Our little Rosebud just learned how to share her pacifier with her Dolly! All morning she's been putting it to Dolly's mouth and looking up towards me so I can make the "sucking on a paci" sound. Pretty darn cute.