Thursday, December 27, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
And here is a video from last night. Renae has definitely found her voice and we are hearing it more and more!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
She's not always this angelic . .
But she is always this cute . . .
Our little Elfina . . .
(P.S. Can you tell our internet is working today? Yay! I finally was able to call someone and he walked me through how to fix it if it happened again. Yippee for tech-no-lo-geeeeeee!)
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
So, I do have some pictures to post, but of course they are at home on the computer sin el internet. I made Renae's stocking yesterday along with 3 batches of homemade chex mix. That stuff is SO good. Hopefully we'll figure out our internet soon and we will post pictures again.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
I've decided our Internet connection is of the female species. One day it is functioning fine, and the next it's completely unresponsive and I can't get anywhere. Fortunately, our Internet decided to work today so here I am catching up on emails, blogging and facebook. It feels good to reconnect. We had a fun week. Penni was here last weekend and we celebrated her 21st birthday-again. On Tuesday, Jesse received free tickets to an Iowa State basketball game. Then on Wednesday, we baby-sat for a family we are friends with and took their 3 kids plus Renae to Iowa State's beautiful campus. Every year they have things you can do on campus-decorating cookies, making crafts, drinking hot cocoa, sleigh rides, listening to carols, watching the big tree light up . . . I love it. So we braved the cold and bundled up all the kids. I don't really have any pictures of us there so you'll just have to imagine us in the moment. Today I have been cozy here at home because we've had freezing rain and snow all day. Jesse did have to go to work for awhile but because there weren't very many people shopping for cars, they drew straws and sent half the employees home. I was glad Jesse came home to hang out with Renae and I. Well, I'll leave you with a few pictures from our week. Have a great rest of your weekend and keep warm if you are having the same weather we are!
At the game where we enjoyed expensive popcorn and ice cream.
I TOLD you she has big feet!
Out to eat for Penni's birthday. We missed you Kevin!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Jesse: Most Iowans are Hawk fans.
Julie: That's not true!
Jesse: Yes it is.
Julie: Jesse, you can't say MOST Iowans are Hawkeye fans. I agree that MORE Iowans are Hawkeye fans because I'd say the state is split about 60% Hawks, and 40% Cyclones.
Jesse: Well that is still most because most means at least 51% or more.
Julie: MORE is more than 51% not MOST.
And thus began our debate . . .
So as we continued our debate later with these two men, we decided to look up the word MORE and MOST in the dictionary. I was not happy with our discovery.
more: Pronunciation[mawr, mohr]
–adjective, compar. of much or many with most as superl.
1.in greater quantity, amount, measure, degree, or number: I need more money.
2.additional or further: Do you need more time? More discussion seems pointless.
–adjective, superl. of much or many with more as compar.
1.in the greatest quantity, amount, measure, degree, or number: to win the most votes.
2.in the majority of instances: Most operations are successful.
3.greatest, as in size or extent: the most talent.
So according to the dictionary, Jesse is right about the meaning of the word most. However, in this Hawk/Cyclone context, would MOST people use the word MOST to describe the number of people who like the Hawks? What I'm wondering is what do YOU think of when you hear the word MOST? Before you make a decision, read the following excerpts."
Jesse definition: "At least 51% of women go through pregnancy and childbirth without any complications."
Julie definition: "At least 75% of women go through pregnancy and childbirth without any complications."
So about half of all women could possibly have complications? Wow-that is scary statistic.
2. "Most people need help before arrival and during their first six months in a new country." http://www.justlanded.com/english/common/footer/advertising
Jesse definition: "At least 51% of people need help before arrival and during their first six months in a new country."
Julie definition: "At least 75% of of people need help before arrival and during their first six months in a new country."
I would be pretty amazed if about 50% of expats DON'T need any help.
So in conclusion, when you see the word MOST written down or spoken in a context similar to the ones above, what do you assume? Do you assume that the person is saying about 75% or more of a group of people (or things) are _________? OR, do you assume the person is saying at least 51% of a group of people are _________?
Please place your votes to the side because perhaps if we get MOST people to agree that the dictionary definition is incorrect, we can take it to Webster's himself (well the current CEO) and request a change. The dictionary isn't set in stone you know. Haven't you read the book "Frindle?"-ok, you probably haven't because it's a great teacher book and students in elementary school often have to read it for class.
To quote my brilliant sister-in-law (who is an editor to boot), "50-75 % = more, but 75-99% = most." I rest my case. Jesse said I should go to Drake University and get my law degree and then take him to court. Silly guy-everyone knows that MOST women would never take things that far . . .
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Aunt Julie and one of her favorites
Birthday girl opening up a gift from one of her friends.
Saturday night our Connection Group (plus a few others) got together for a night of mystery. It was a western theme and we all came dressed as our assigned characters. Jesse was a smooth talking owner of a saloon, and I was his wife who loved being the center of attention. We easily played our parts . . so well in fact that we both got voted "Best Performance." Jesse also won the prize for "Best Dressed." I wanted to vote for one of the other girls because her dress was so cool, but decided I would vote for my husband who did look pretty authentic. He ended up winning-probably because he voted for himself. Lame.
Mingling and crime solving.
Don't worry-she didn't smoke it. She just held the prop. Then she promptly went to bed and slept the whole time. Thank goodness because Mom and Dad wanted to have fun!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
So for the benefit (and humor) of any readers, I've decided I would start taking notes and posting the lessons learned at the Mommy Academy on my blog. I have classes daily and when I have more "aha!" moments or just simply "that's a funny one we'll laugh about in 10 years" I'll be sure to post my findings here. I am in quite along program so I don't believe I will be graduating anytime soon. I'll let you know if I'm receiving a passing grade . . .
Lesson 1: Always keep a diaper on the Baby.
I learned this lesson last week after Renae had a quick bath. I needed to get ready and decided I would let her sit wrapped up in JESSE'S comfy big bath towel while I quickly got ready. I placed the purple burrito on our bed. In the midst of hair scrunching and applying blush, I heard a very unpleasant noise exit the body of Renae. When I went to pick her up, I discovered she had left a very dirty towel (JESSE'S towel) and I was in need of a sheet change.
Lesson 2: Always bring an extra outfit when out and about with Baby.
Two days in a row Renae has decided to have complete blow outs in public. In fact, at the Mexican restaurant, the owners wife thought Renae was just too cute and wanted to hold her and take her around to some of the other workers. We gladly let her and when I went to retrieve Renae, we discovered she had pooped through her pink tights. Eww. I did receive an A+ on this assignment because I had studied the wise counsel of Women of Old. I was prepared with a change of clothes and a fresh diaper. Today I was also prepared when the result of my Mexican food kicked into Renae's system. In fact I was prepared TWICE today. Gross.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Also, my daughter is so talented. She is a-may-zeen. Today she was lying on the changing table after being fed, changed, given vitamins and boogers sucked. At the end of her changing table is a waste basket. She has had a slight cold so she's been sneezing quite a bit. I saw a sneeze coming and backed up so I didn't get slobbered on once again. As I watched her cute little sneeze, I saw something come flying out of her mouth, arch into a perfect rainbow shape, sail over the entire length of the changing table and land precisely in the waste basket. What talent! She took out the step of me wiping her nose with a kleenex. Had I used a kleenex, I would have contributed to yet more waste in our world. We all know how important protecting our environment is now a days. She's so Green . . .
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Eating smores around a campfire. Renae seems ticked she didn't get any.
My parents came out so I could feed Renae one last time that night and they also visited with us for awhile. I'm so grateful for free and fun baby-sitters!
I love snuggling with my baby! (Not to mention she kept me warm!)
Dad and Jesse discussing the proper way to cook a smore.
Renae and her Daddy snuggling. So cute . . .
Mom and her favorite daughter.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Little Miss Thing has had an adventuresome week. On Tuesday she went trick-or-treating for the first time. However, because she doesn't have any teeth she couldn't eat any candy so really we just walked around our old street and said hi to our friends. We had to show off Renae in her cute costume! It was so fun to see all of our old neighbors.