Monday, June 30, 2008

Eat The Baby

so the other day bryson looked at my belly and noted that the baby was getting bigger. that's right i replied...what do you think you will do with the baby when mommy gives birth i asked? and then he said he was going to roll it into a ball and put it in a hole and eat it. not in a mean way, mind you, but in a very 2-year old way.

what is even funnier is that he heard me relay the story to a couple people and the next day at breakfast he told me, "i'm not going to eat your baby mommy." oh really, i said - that is good. then he said, "i'm not going to roll it into a hole either." i guess we can all rest easy now

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


TMAFI has come and gone already...i already want to go back. this year was quite interesting. at 12:00 the night before (or i guess morning of) our trip i was jolted out of bed with a desire to check our reservations for the campsite. i usually print it out to have in case anything goes wrong and i hadn't done that yet. to my horror i found that i had actually booked it for the weekend before!! i didn't know what to do - i had around 15 people coming up and needed to find something to accommodate all of us, but there are only 2 group sites in the whole area and they both usually need to be reserved a year in advance. we just decided to get going...we left at 5:00a.m. and i couldnt call until 8:00 - i called the reservation line and to my surprise the other group site was not reserved so was now a first come first serve site...we made it to the site around 11:00 and were able to secure it so crisis resolved, except that i needed to find a cell phone reception area to let everyone know. it was quite stressfull, but i guess all my prayers were answered and it didnt turn out so bad - in fact some of the people liked it better than Table Mountain because there were no mosquitoes...

Anyway- we clocked in lots of fishing hours - i did not end up winning -i thought i could redeem myself this year, but Katie B. a friend of my sister's pulled in a 3 lb trout on a nightcrawler that ended up being a tagged fish in a different Bishop derby (she won $100!).

One of the best parts/hardest parts was our hike up to Tyee lake. we hiked for about an hour and a half - straight up. it was a workout, but worth it when you reach a lake with beautiful brown and brook trout. The picture on the right below is of the Tyee Lake that we hiked to. all the fish were small, but gorgeous and the lake was peaceful and no one else was there. We decided it would be good to do a hike every year to some of the lakes you can't reach by car.

it definitely gave me the camping bug and i need to start planning our next trips. it was so nice to be somewhere where our phones didnt work and there wasn't email and you had no other entertainment save the fire and your bubble bobbing.

Monday, June 23, 2008

birthing at home illegal?

i just got an email from my midwife:

The AMA has accepted a resolution to develop model legislation that will name hospitals as the safest place to have a baby. Please go to the Huffington Post NOW and click on the article called Docs to Women. We need hundreds of people to click on the article and post comments in order to keep up the media attention on this resolution. We can trip up the AMA before they ever get out of the starting gate with this one. Maria Iorillo, LM, CPM

Please click on the link and comment if you feel strongly about this as well. This is a women's right issue!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

fathers day

we had a great father's day - church and family and great food and the lakers winning...bryan got a new rod and reel and so he is set. i also sent him this card...i thought it said everything!

Monday, June 16, 2008

more musings from peter fernandez

i forgot that this other post was my previous favorite and worth a mention:

"Photo shows Peter Fernandez of San Fernando City with sultry songbird & whiz piano player, Kyle Lardner interpreting on love & a sky sailing, with you & me about a spaceship, but, the trip was shortened, due to a thunderbolt, & yet, had carefully managed a safe return to earth, & knowing now that the good earth is the safest place to completely enjoy a true love affair. Taken on March 26, 2008 at a lively Spring Beats Concert in Hollywood."

yes...i think perhaps he did climb aboard that spaceship and perhaps the aliens in said spaceship taught him English grammer, because all those commas are exhausting to type,,,,,,,

Friday, June 13, 2008

peter fernandez

i so look forward to the long beach telegram on fridays. that is when they have the section where people can post anniversaries and birthdays and congratulations...but more than anything i know that peter fernandez is going to be there.

i started noticing him about 6 months ago and started collecting his clippings last month. he is a genius and a poet...maybe a little creepy...

i dont know if you can see his picture very well but he always has a picture of him and that smile and some musician and then his take on the picture...

i sware i am not making this up, this is what this week's caption said:

"Photo shows Peter Fernandez of San Fernando City with sultry singer & whiz guitar plucker Mon David, interpreting the need of water to rid away drought, with you & me in diligence, to water the garden plants, to let restore their growths & enhance their natural production of blooms & yet, we have earnest prayers and absolute convictions of love, thus, to be drawn closer to God with a song of peace in dedication to humankind. Taken on April 4, 2008 at a lively Spring Beats Concert in Hollywood."

Thursday, June 12, 2008

the frumpy sweater

it is rather belated for a mother's day blog, but the other day i put on my frump sweater and couldnt help but conjure up dozens of images of my mom in her frump sweater. she had this hideous sweater that was not only ugly it was uncomfortable - it had been washed so many times that the inside scratched you as you wore it to remind you it had outlived its heyday. any way - my mom loved this horrible thing for some reason and mostly donned it on cleaning days. a few months ago at old navy i found this sweater and the inside of it reminded me of my mom's awful sweater and i bought it for some reason...

no - i know the reason...its because i am inevitably becoming like my mom more and more...especially since i am a mom now myself. it is this thing that can not be stopped - its crazy how it happens to you...i caught myself calling bryson a "buberhead" the other day and gasped...her creepy made up language is even making its way into my vocabulary. but seriously part of me smiles - i would love to be just half the mom my mom was...frumpy sweater and all!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

ode to dairy

pregnancy isn't the easiest job in the world and some definitely have it worse than others, but something happened to me during this pregnancy that i am really sad about. i have developed some sort of lactose intolerance. i have researched this and apparantly you can't develop lactose intolerance during pregnancy, but that because dairy is hard for our bodies to digest and pregnant women can have digestive issues anyway, it is sometimes not a good situation. now...i know this sounds silly and it is a little bit, but my great-grandparents were dairy farmers and my mom had us drink whole milk till we were in jr. high and would yell if margarine ever wandered into our fridges and basically started me on this whole dairy i blame her. well her and the overwhelmingly awesomeness of cheese and cow by-products. i havent been able to have milk with my cereal - i even cant take the lactaid milk - and anything above a slice of cheese has me naseous, bloated and sometimes even worse digestive problems. anyway - i miss you dairy - and i hope we can meet again one day. i hope that this child i am carrying is not picking up on this lactose intolerance and will never know the joy of yogurt parfaits and real ice cream...till we meet again...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


it's here!! we (rashelle, linsey and i) are proud to announce the opening of friendkidly - an etsy shop showcasing our handmade products for mom and baby. this has been a long time planning - not easy to do with 4 kids and 1 pending between us! i was able to post a mini-etsy shop on the right - to showcase some of our products. rashelle is responsible for the car-seat canopy and the birthday crowns, linsey has the adorable onesies and i posted the horsies and nursing aprons. Please add our shop to your favorites and bookmark it and check it often - we aren't finished posting and hope that you will think of us first for any baby shower you attend!

Monday, June 2, 2008


so i had to share because i have been smiling thinking about this all day. today on a walk with my husband and son my son asked me if i had a penis (we have been potty-training and trying to teach him correct terminology and he is FASCINATED!) i told him that i am a girl and girls don't have penises. he said, "you're not a girl, you're mommy". i laughed and said, "boy, isn't that the truth!" he said, "i'm not truth, i'm Bryson."

so true...

Belgian Wit

i finally measured the hef i had been brewing and lo and behold it had fermented, so i bottled it right away on saturday. it needs to sit a week before the taste we still have to see. this time bottling i used the carbonation tablets instead of the measured corn sugar, so we will see how that little experiment goes. i made sure the owner of steinfillers figured out exactly how much both the 12 oz and 22 oz bottles would need because i have heard many a story of exploding beer bottles due to too much sugar.

i also purchased my next batch (i told the owner that my husband's favorite beer was hoegaarden beer so he suggested the Begian Wit Ingredient Kit) and was going to wait to make it because it seemed complicated and time consuming, but our friend D.J. happened into town and was totally into it and totally helped me so i took advantage! the belgian wit beer we are now fermenting uses u.s. golding hops and saaz hops, it also has the following grains: belgian aromatic, flaked wheat, flaked oats and hulls. the spices are bitter orange peel and coriander. look at me and how fancy i am getting...i am starting to feel a little adventurous, but think i will stick to a couple more ingredient kits before i branch out on my own...i plan to develop my own recipe and hopefully submit it for the orange county fair, but that is a lofty goal, so we shall see. anyway, we pretty much followed the recipe to code and there were no surprises or mishaps we pitched the yeast (WLP400 Belgian Wit Ale Yeast) and popped on the airlock and now we shall wait...