Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Marisa and I got into a lengthy discussion about where the line is that you should try to balance between the two ends of the following spectrum...far left being: sell everything you own, move to Africa, spend the rest of your life in sackcloth and ashes helping only others and never doing anything to benefit yourself...and the far right being: spend all of your time and money on you and your family doing nothing for other people unless it in some way benefits yourself. We couldn't come to a good conclusion...what are your thoughts?
P.S. This is Marisa, I just uploaded some of my recent scrapbook pages to www.scraplove.com, you can view them at Scraplove.com
See the following notice:
"On May 27, 2007, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery/Dental School,
University of Maryland (BCDS), received a formal complaint [from the
Commission on Dental Accreditation] (CODA) regarding the Doctor of Dental
Surgery (DDS) program detailing the following:
1.The accredited program has not developed and implemented a procedure to inform students, annually, of the mailing address and telephone number of the Commission on Dental Accreditation in accord with the Commission’s “Required Notice of Opportunity and Procedure to File Complaints with the Commission” policy
2.Students are not provided with written notification regarding the clinical course requirements and methods of evaluation in advance of the clinical courses (Educational Effectiveness Standard 2.3-Instruction)
3.Students are not provided with the defined competencies needed for graduation in a timely manner (Educational Effectiveness Standard 2.7-Curriculum Management)
On receipt of the complaint a Self-Study committee was formed and a targeted discovery process was initiated following the CODA “Guide for Responding to a Complaint against the Dental Education Program.” Course directors were asked to immediately audit course materials with respect to the standards cited. The Office of Academic Affairs independently carried out a similar audit process. The fact-finding also included senior dental student and recent graduate focus groups. A communication plan was developed, which included notification to all faculty by email of the formal complaint and subsequently an Open Forum was held for all BCDS Faculty on June 15th, 2007."
Monday, June 25, 2007
Caeden got his shots and after the first one, he shocked all of us and smiled at the nurse! But then he was back to a normal baby and screamed at the second, third and fourth shots. But now we are home and he is smiling again - we are so blessed to have such a happy baby!
P.S. We had our neighborhood garage sale this Saturday and Trey sold cookies on the sidewalk like last year. He made $12.75, used some of it to buy a lava lamp off our neighbor and some skittles at the store, and said he wants to send the rest to Uncle Spencer on his mission because he doesn't get much to eat in Alabama. Right now I'm having some sugar cookies and milk (my favorite recipe from the Good Housekeeping cookbook) and they are SOOOOOO good!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Two times today we had people ask us if he is four years old, once at a wedding and another time at our neighborhood garage sale. They are blown away that he just turned 2 years old four months ago.
Late edit: I guess the constant drool and wet neck on his T-shirt should give away his young age.
Friday, June 22, 2007
I love my family...
Sometimes I try to be a PIMP...
I like to dance...
Despite what Marisa thinks, I have cried before...
Jubal Sackett is one of my heros...
Me, my bro and my sister are all big music people. Although our styles vary somewhat we like to share what new music we have with each other every now and then. Kristin gives me a lot of the new R&B, I pass on the techno and Cody gives me the alternative music. You can always get to know someone better by seeing what music they listen to.
|ATB||9 PM (Till I Come)|
|Aly & A.J.||On The Ride|
|Aly & A.J.||Rush|
|Angels & Airwaves||The Adventure Final|
|Ashley Parker Angel||Let U Go|
|Azzido Da Bass Ft. Johnny Blake||Lonely By Your Side|
|Bananarama||Look On The Floor|
|Barlow Girl||Never Alone|
|Beatfreakz||Somebodys Watching Me|
|Billy Currington||Must Be Doing Something Right|
|Bob Sinclar||World Hold On|
|Bodyrockers||I Like the Way (Radio Edit)|
|Brooke Hogan Ft. Paul Wall||About Us|
|Calvin Harris||Acceptable in the 80's|
|Carrie Underwood||Before He Cheats|
|Carrie Underwood||Don't Forget To Remember Me|
|Carrie Underwood||Jesus Take The Wheel|
|Chamillionaire Ft. Krayzie Bone||Ridin' (Radio Edit)|
|Chris Brown||Say Goodbye|
|Dan Balan||Ma Ya Hi (Dragostea Din Tei) [Numa Numa Mix]|
|Dierks Bentley||Every Mile A Memory|
|Dierks Bentley||Long Trip Alone|
|DJ Encore||Another Day|
|Dj Icey||DJ Icey - Sailing (2001 Remix)|
|DJ Kosmonova||Take Me Away|
|DJ Tiesto||As The Rush Comes|
|Escanor||Open Your Eyes|
|Evanescence||Call Me When You're Sober|
|Fall Out Boy||Sugar, We're Going Down Swinging|
|Fall Out Boy||Thanks For The Memories|
|Fergie||Big Girls Don't Cry|
|Freeloaders Ft. The Real Thing||So Much Love to Give (Milk & Sugar Remix)|
|Freemasons Ft. Siedah Garrett||Rain Down Love (Walken Edit)|
|Gaelle||Give It Back (Eric's Wollman Dub)|
|Gym Class Heroes||Cupids Chokehold|
|Hawk Nelson||Take Me|
|Ian Van Dahl||I Will - Edited|
|Ian Van Dahl & Marsha||Castles In The Sky|
|Iio||Is It Love|
|Iio||Is It Love - Chris Ortega Remix|
|India Arie Ft. Akon||I Am Not My Hair|
|Jenna Drey||By The Way (Al B Rich Radio Mix)|
|Jessica Simpson||A Public Affair|
|Jibbs||Chain Hang Low|
|John Mayer||Waiting On The World To Change|
|Jojo||Too Little Too Late|
|Jon McLaughlin||Beautiful Disaster|
|Justin Timberlake||What Goes Around|
|Justin Timberlake Ft. T.I.||My Love|
|Kaskade||Be Still - Extended|
|Katharine McPhee||Over It|
|Kelly Clarkson||Walk Away|
|Laut Sprecher Ft. Katie Skate||Omnibus|
|Lil Jon Ft. E-40 & Sean Paul||Snap Yo Fingers|
|Miss Jane||It's A Fine Day (ATB Remix)|
|Mozart||Mozart - Carmina Burana - O Fortuna|
|Mr. Capone-E Ft. Twista||Don't Get It Twisted (Radio Edit)|
|Nelly Furtado||All Good Things Come To An End|
|Nelly Furtado||Man Eater|
|Nelly Furtado||Say It Right|
|Nelly Furtado Ft. Timbaland||Promiscuous Girl|
|Ne-Yo||Because Of You|
|Nick Lachey||I Can`t Hate You Anymore|
|Nick Lachey||What's Left Of Me|
|Nonpoint||In The Air Tonight|
|O.A.R.||Love And Memories|
|ok go||here it goes again|
|P.O.D.||Goodbye For Now|
|Panic! At The Disco||The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage|
|Rascal Flatts||My Wish|
|Rascal Flatts||What Hurts The Most|
|Rihanna||Pon De Replay|
|Rodney Atkins||Watching You|
|roger sanchez||another chance (full mix)|
|Safri Duo||Bongo Song|
|September||Cry For You|
|Snow Patrol||Chasing Cars|
|Stardust||Musics Sounds Better With You|
|Static Revenger||L-L-Love Club Mix|
|Supermode||Tell Me Why|
|Tegan and Sara||Not Tonight|
|Tegan and Sara||Where Does the Good Go|
|Ten Second Epic||Count Yourself In|
|Ten Second Epic||The Last Song I Will Ever Waste On You|
|The All-American Rejects||Can't Talk|
|The All-American Rejects||It Ends Tonight|
|The All-American Rejects||Move Along|
|The All-American Rejects||My Paper Heart|
|The All-American Rejects||The Last Song|
|The Killers||Somebody Told Me (Dance Remix)|
|The Raconteurs||Steady As She Goes|
|The Similou||All This Love|
|Tristan Prettyman Ft. Jason Mraz||Shy That Way|
|Variety Beats||New Numa|
If you happen to know more than 25% of these songs let me know and I'll see you in a while new light!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
He seemed to think it was hilarious to be eating by a spoon, maybe he realizes it makes him big like his older brothers. Trey did the same thing when we first started feeding him with a spoon, he just laughed and laughed.
Today we went to "Grandpa's Farm" in Hobart, not too far from our house, and I think it must have been named after the extremely old man who was telling us to stay in our rows, all the kids started calling him grandpa all by themselves. We picked a ton of strawberries, they were just so red and yummy that it was hard to stop! So far I've made 2 batches of jam, frozen 4 pans of individual ones and sliced a big bowl for strawberry shortcake and that's just one of our two flats! Seriously, what am I going to do with the rest of them? It's taken me all day and the kids and my kitchen are all sticky. Beckham was super cute and helped me pick the whole time and said "thank you!" every time I put a berry in his box, and he helped me stir the jam when we got home. Caeden just sat there in his carseat and watched us for a long time until he started to get hot and fussy. We went with our friends from the "old ward" (before the split) and it was fun to talk to the other girls while we picked. Trey was at school, he said he didn't care if he missed it but he did eat his share of strawberry jam when he got home! It was definitely the best berry picking experience I've had as a mother!
In other news, our friend Ronnie came to visit for a couple of days while he was looking for jobs in the area. We didn't take any pictures but it was fun to hang out and talk and we wish we could see him and his family more often.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Two years later and with Caeden almost the exact same age to the day, we happened to do another bike ride. Being the third child has benefits that your parents learned how to parent on your older siblings. Caeden had a warm, dry and fun time.
One of the things that define Marisa and me is that we like to cook together and use herbs out of our garden. We started with the usuals like Basil and Oregano. We went to a big nursery down the road that specializes in unusual and hard to find plants. There we got Chocolate Mint, Grapefruit Mint and Pineapple Sage. We added this to our Orange Mint and Lemon Balm. They are fun to throw into things like ice cream and yogurt. The picture below is our harvest today of Sage, Oregano, Lemon Balm and Orange Mint. We pull it out of the garden to cook and save some for the winter in both dried and frozen forms. One benefit to the rainy Washington winters is that some of these plants will grow year round.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Don't worry, in July...six years and no drops. BTW, all these pictures are real even though they look like we put a cut out pic of the boys over a fake sky background.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Bex is pretty agile for his age and runs circles around his friends. As a father that makes you happy, but the other side of the coin is having a monkey that can escape easily. This past week he figured out how to climb up and open our gate to get out of our yard. Luckily, we heard it open and found out the first time it happened. Now we have to keep it locked.
This weekend was Maple Valley Days. That is the city that we live in. It is basically a small fair w/ rides and booths and a parade.
I grew up with a cowboy father in yuppie-ville so I turned out to be a mix of both. There was plenty of proof that I live in the same type of area. Lots of yuppies on the side of the road watching the Tractor Club drive by on their old tractors. It was pretty cool and the boys loved it.
The following picture is what really made me realize we live out on the edge of the sticks. I don't think I ever saw this group in any of the Salt Lake City parades I went to as a kid.
We live on a corner and have a rock wall along one side of our house. It is hard to water and we really didn't want to put anything there that would take much maintenance. So after we moved in we planted a few strawberries. Now the whole area is covered with them.
Nothing better than home grown strawberries!
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Sister Tait, our friend from Maryland, asked for some recent pix of the boys so I tried to take some in the backyard, and then I remembered why we never post any pictures of all three of them... because I never get any good ones!
Here's what happens if you try to take pictures of the kids for too long. I love the starting-to-be-distressed, "I'm-getting-squished-and-slipping-down-at-the-same-time" look on Caeden's face. And yes, I actually haven't killed all the plants in our yard yet, maybe I can find my inner green thumb after all. Except that I got these hanging fuschias this year, they seemed like such a good idea but they require more water than my mind has capacity to remember.