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February 18, 2010


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My kids have been addicted to Max and Ruby since they were little. My question is always: where's the mother? And why is Ruby so annoying? Why is Max such a total turd?

The things we ponder as mothers.

Actually, it's called "Yo Gabba Gabba," and unfortunately she's been asking for it, even though she's only seen maybe two minutes of the show.

We are ALL about Elmo and Thomas the Train. I can handle them better than your shows anyday!

Mallory is a HUGE Yo Gabba Gabba fan (as are my husband and me) - I've noticed people either LOVE it or absolutely hate hate hate it...lol :)

I think I love Yo Gabba Gabba more than Megan does! Have you seen/heard "There's a party in my tummy"...LOVE IT!

Also good job on the running. Careful with the knees though, 'cause once they go, it can be really hard to avoid chronic knee issues. Stretch lots ok?!!

The picture of Nathan and Kara standing at the window and watching Pa's plowing is one of my favorite...although this is a moment that I might remember even without a picture.

I can't believe how tall Kara is in the picture of them at the window!
As for the not doing monthly updates, good for you! You will mark their progress as it is, and putting pressure on yourself is no help. Besides, as they get older, I found there was less change month by month. It sounds as though Kara has quite the imagination!! Our fave shows between both girls are Diego/Dora (in that order), Little Bear, Berenstein Bears, Rolie Polie Olie, Wibbly Pig/Olivia/Toot and Puddle (really anything that has a pig in it...), and Toopy and Binoo (the only one they can agree on!). We also just started reading Mo Williams books. Especially the Knuffle Bunny books. Since both of the older girls LOVE LOVE LOVE their stuffies, they could really relate to the books.
I was really happy to check your site today and find a new entry!! Glad you're back!

Ha! Wow - your children are changing so much! It's amazing. And great job on the running! I'm still trying to get up to a full 5K :)
I know you said it's been kind of random for you...but do you usually try and do a morning workout? I am so not a morning person, but I'm thinking that might be the only way to geta regular workout in. Sleep is so goooood...

Life moves on and on. There might be a time that things are all so perfect. But then the pace of living may not allow for the knowing just how good it is at that time. Keep thinking and doing will produce results worth while.
Great window picture.

SuperWhy on PBS has practically taught my kid to read all by itself. (Well, our reading to him since he was 1 month old + Montessori School is helping too...) We love that show!

Keep giving the yoga a try. You don't have to look anything like the people on the video. It's all about your own progress. I've been doing it somewhat regularly for 10 years now and I'm still not super flexible. But I'm a stronger yoga practioner for ME than I was 10 years ago.

Here is my one and only piece of workout advice ever: Power Yoga. I like it because it never stops moving, which means I fall down less than in regular yoga.

I hear you on the restlessness. No matter how hard we all try to JUST BE, it seems we're waiting for the next big thing in the back of our minds. Maybe it's because that's exactly what the last decade has been about for most of us: working toward the next big goal. Now that we're married with kids and a bit settled, it seems hard not to ask "what's next?" I'm hoping springtime will bring a renewed sense of peacefulness to my household. (Yours, too.)

I guess since we just embarked on the two kid thing a few months ago, that life is still crazy enough for us. But, I wonder how I will feel in a year?

As for TV shows, AJU5 is a big fan of Curious George, Word World, and Veggie Tales. We don't have cable, so all of the Nick shows are not available. We just DVR the two PBS shows and have 10 Veggie DVDs for her to go through.

Glad to hear everything is going so well at home that you are "bored." Hopefully it stays fairly calm but exciting none the less!

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