Archive | November, 2010

Do Your Babies Have Their Own Awareness Week? Yeah, I Didn’t Think So! Unless They Do, In Which Case, I Apologize for Trivializing Their Needs.

10 Nov

So apparently last week was International Multiple Births Awareness Week. I can’t believe I missed it. I mean, that hits close to home. I know a family that’s been affected by multiple births! We have a cause! Did anyone out there know this existed? Because frankly I think the twins are feeling a little shafted. I checked the local paper and saw no walkathons or pancake breakfast fundraisers listed. I saw no Office or Glee cast members doing PSA’s on TV this week. I’m wondering where the love is. I mean people, there are multiple births occurring EVERY DAY.

I’m thinking of getting rubber bracelets a la Livestrong for International Multiple Births Awareness Week. They’ll be multi-colored to signify chaos and they’ll say “Be Aware of Multiple Births!” or maybe “Beware of Multiple Births!”

Apparently the group behind this has issued a Declaration of Rights and Statement of Needs of Twins and Higher Order Multiples. My babies have their own specific declaration of rights! I’m a proud mama. Although, I’m a little ticked at the “higher order” thing. I don’t appreciate my twins being discriminated against. This can’t stand. I hereby declare this week “International Twins are Just as Cool as So-Called ‘Higher Order’ Multiples and In Just As Much Need of Awareness Week!”

You heard it here first.


Finn’s Sammy

9 Nov

Strangely enough, I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about Sammy. Sammy was a student studying in Cairo (her Arabic is amazing!) and a friend of friends in our little Cairo church branch who we met briefly at a Halloween party where she helped me paint faces. During our last year in Egypt, Sammy was looking for a place to stay for a few days while she figured out her living situation and we, having lots of extra space, happily volunteered our apartment. Her apartment hunt was the typical frustrating wild goose chase and we decided to just have her stay with us and pay rent. She ended up staying the year and became one of Finn’s favorite people in the world. Every morning he would sit calmly in her lap while she ate her cereal with one hand and worked on her laptop with the other. He NEVER attempted to press buttons or touch the computer. I KNOW! If you know Finn at all, you realize what a remarkable thing this is. Continue reading

Picture of the Day

4 Nov

I found this shot on the camera shortly after I asked Finn what he was doing by the computer and then heard him drop something and run away.

Sweet Heavenly Chocolate, How I Love You!

3 Nov

I love baking and, not to toot my own horn but,  people seem to enjoy the things I make. In an attempt to get back into the frequent blogging  habit (stop laughing!), I’m going to start sharing some of my favorite recipes. All of my best ones come from LeAnn so I’ll refrain from sharing those, as I’m sure that she could make millions if she ever published the cookbook she shared with her lucky daughters-in-law. Anyways, this week I’m going to give you the recipe that started it all. This was one of the first things I ever baked from scratch. I found it in an old cookbook at the library shortly after Patrick and I got married and I’ve tweaked it several times. It’s scrumptious! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Shortbread

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Go Vote!

2 Nov

Make time today to go vote. It’s both a right and a privilege to participate in our government. If you don’t believe me, re-read this. It’s amazing that it was already two years ago that we were staying up all night and Patrick was furiously writing a speech to deliver at the US Embassy.


Lucy says "go vote!!"

In Response to an Angry Letter from Grandma

1 Nov

Okay already!! I’ll put up pictures. Sheesh.

Behold, the winners of Best Costume at the ward party:

Princess Leia and Yoda's homemade costumes were a hit. And as a bonus those fleece hats kept them super warm.

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