Thursday, May 26, 2011

THE week in RE PHEW



The week in review:

ALALALALALALA. School is out today and boy are we joyous about it. Summer will be so yummy. You are all enrolled in a few classes each. Tralalalalala I know you are not happy about it, but tralalalala the voices need to be quiet for a bit each day or la madre will lose her marbles.

I will be all, "Where o where did my marbles go, where o where can they be. With my marbles gone I am so forelorn. Where o where - - - -WHAT DID YOU JUST DO???? YOU ARE BANISHED TO THE ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE CASTLE THAT ONE AT THE TOP THAT IS TINY AND LOCKS/BACK SHED - UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. I AM OFF TO COLLECT LEG HAIRS TO CREATE MY NEXT MASTERPIECE. I WILL CALL IT PUBIC-ISH AL LA VEST. PEOPLE WILL WEAR IT WITH PRIDE AND SING WEST SIDE STORY WHILST THEY DO."

I am going to add summer classes to the list of things we are grateful for; also the really fine zester I just got from Crate and Barrel.

This week was chuck full of interesante comments from all of you.


1. AVA

Darling you are so freaking cute. Here is one of our many DEEP convo's:

A: "Mom, ahhhh I have a soul in my mouth."

Mom: "Oh, that is really lovely."

A: "Mom, will our pool be done by tomorrow so Ella can come over?"

Mom: "Why gracious no. Pools take a long time to build."

A: "How long does a house take to build?"

Mom: "It took me 6 months to build ours."

A: "(gasp of breath) I really am toooo tired to be a mom. I've decided I don't want to be one. Can I be a kid instead?"

Mom: "Of course. You can be a kid for a very long time. Also, you don't have to be a mom when you are older."

A: "Oh good. I don't have the energy. What will I be then?"

Mom: "Whatever you want."

A: "NOOOOO, I said what will I be. You are not answering my questions."

Mom: "You will be President and you will support dad and I with your book deals."

A: "Ok."


2. PAIGE

Paige, "Why is hell a bad word?"

Mom: "Because someone said it would be a bad word."

Paige, "If you think about it there are lots of words with hell in them. If someone said "fellow" with an English accent it would sound like they were saying hell all of the time."

Mom: "Your brain is soooo interesting to me!"

You kept using your "English" accent to prove your theory to me.

A day of shopping

A couple of weeks ago we (you #2) had a lovely shopping day with Alyssa and Latrenda. We shopped until our hands could hold no more. I picked up some purses, shirts, and Paige - you - had a wee spree of your own at Old Navy. If I decided to channel Claire from Modern Family I would mention shopping for unmentionables. Since I am not sooo sinister -muaahhahaha - - - yet------I will spare the details. Such a delightful time with great friends.

Preschool graduation fun

Mrs. McClure played the graduation song and you marched / ran up the aisle. It was soooo cute.

Preschool graduation fun



Paige's ELP field trip

Paige you had a great trip with your ELP class to San Diego last month. I will have you put the details in a post!









Thursday, May 12, 2011

Dear My Favorite Children,

I was watching my dvr'd episodes of Oprah. I came across one that was entitled "Freedom Riders". It sounded familiar and I'm sure I learned about them in school, but I didn't remember the specifics.

Wow, these young people got trained in peaceful confrontations and rode buses through the South to dispute Jim Crow Laws. It was mostly 18-24 yr olds - both white and black.


Oprah had 168 of the Freedom Riders still alive on her show. Oh my goodness I feel like my comments to others when they say hateful things about anyone's religion, race, or sexual orientation just isn't enough anymore.


These are some of the bravest people I have heard of. The KKK was waiting for them on the bus stops. They set one bus on fire; it ended up a fire bomb. In Mississippi they arrested hundreds of them all summer. There were 25 women sleeping in a room that should hold 4.

They got through it by singing songs. Watching Oprah they all started singing one of the songs that got them through that summer in prison. I went into the cry where you are rolling on the ground.




One girl, only 12, went around and assisted some of the Freedom Riders that were able to get off of the bus that caught on fire. She was then shunned by her community. The KKK decided not to harm her because she "obviously didn't know any better at her age." They literally had a meeting to discuss what they would do about the 12yr old white girl that helped the Freedom Riders.

Isn't it interesting how children who haven't absorbed the hate from their parents, teachers, or peers always show true goodness and love. So I say to you my darlings, what are you doing to stop the hate. Where we live you mostly witness hate regarding:

1. People who are or aren't a certain religion
2. Homosexuals

So what are you going to do about it. Don't ever stop standing up for doing the right thing. We have had many a discussion as to what people's fears are regarding gay people. We have educated you on how it is NOT a choice. We have read studies at the dinner table exhibiting the lack of choice. We have introduced you to gay people and you understand how they are human beings. You understand that whether it was Slavery, Women's Right to Vote or be considered equal human beings, Civil Rights, Homosexuals, or Muslims it will always be the same argument. "If you give _____________rights your children will be harmed." Rise above it my dears.


So I say remember this photo. Remember how people's fear can turn into violence. It may not be race relations that your generation has to fight for, but there will ALWAYS be others trying to suppress another group of people based on their own fears.


Friday, May 6, 2011

This week

Current Conversations;

Ellie, "Mom, Mr. Barnett told Paige I'm full of sunshine."

Me, "That is soooo appropriate."


When you, Paige, got home I told you what Ellie said and you told me that Mr. Barnett actually said, "Your sister Ellie is so bright."





Carter, you are really into this website where kids write down funny things and you come in the kitchen and we giggle about them. WE kind of lost it when you told me this one:

When turning a paper into your science teacher only write:

THIS PAPER IS ASEXUAL IT WILL DO ITSELF

Mothers Day Preschool Program



Monday, May 2, 2011

Funny picture, Funny story - not related

I rather enjoy this picture of you #4. You don't like the noise at the shop and decided to take matters into your hands.

On another note dad and Uncle Danny were driving between shops today and this was the out of the blue conversation:

Uncle Danny, "Dad is probably really happy right now."

Dad, "I'm sure he is."

Uncle Danny, "No, I mean really happy right now. He doesn't have to deal with "The AIDS anymore"

Dad, no words. just a look of pure amusement/shock

Uncle Danny, "You know he doesn't have to deal with that or any of the other bad viruses anymore. I bet he is soooo happy!" (I'm told this was said very seriously and he ended the sentence with real determination)

Now of course your dad has to play with him a little and says.

Dad, "Do you think dad had AIDS? You know he might have, he lived such a short life it is a real possibility."

We love that Uncle Danny gets to live with us and we get to witness his many quirks. Tomorrow is his 40th birthday. We took him out to Morenos tonight to celebrate. We all rode in the big white van. We sang California Gurls by Katy Perry and cousin Danniella joined us. Twas a party on the bus - oh yeah - oh yeah. I asked Uncle Danny to shake his money maker and he farted. Dios Mio. Uncle Danny.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Just a regular day at the recording studio

One of our most favorite bands is EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS. Dad first spied them at Coachella 2010. We have been avid followers ever since. So, I was so pleasantly pleased when Uncle Dave called/texted to inform us that we were selected (by him) to go to a private recording with the band. Holy Batship Wondertwins. Are you serious?

So today you, Carter, and I headed off for our adventure. Twas quite the journey. I wore meself some high heels and golly I had to park far away and climb some half-ass ladder up some parking lot wall. It was interesting. I believe this is what I heard from you the whole time, "Heheheheheheheheheheheheh" in a really high pitched voice.

The following picture was taken in front of the studio door when we arrived. You are hot stuff young muffin.


As you and I were standing there a guy came over to say "Hi". I said "Hey there". He said, "This is my studio". I said, "Oh that is great, Do you get to hang out here and listen to all of the great bands?" He said, "No, I fly in from time to time, but I live in Long Island and I hate it there." Blahblah blah. Me, "Do you have a job in Long Island." Him, "No, I'm a singer in a rock band."

In my head I'm thinking, "Jen, do you recognize him? No, Damn - improvise darling."

Me, "Oh what band is that?" Him, "The Gin Blossoms." Me, " Oh, I have all of your records. You have great music." In my head I'm thinking "Phew, a band I know." Blahblah blah some more. Him, "Hey Carter do you want to go in to the studio and see my guitars?" Carter, "No"

SCREEEEEEEEECH. What the heck did you just say son? Nerves were getting the best of you son. I recover and say, "Lead the way Rockstar." He gives us a tour and kindly explains all of the guitars and skateboards on the walls. He is super super nice!! Thanks Robin.


Just before the band started to set up I caught a quick pic with the mics. There is a guy running the sound booth that looks exactly like Ron Jeremy. If you don't know who that is YEEHAW I'm the best mom ever. Regardless if you know or don't know just know that looks can be a little scary sometimes (thank heavens we don't judge by them) and Mr. Recording Studio R. Jeremy was all about your DEVO shirt. This made you a wee bit nervous, but we made it through it. You rock!




The adorable fans there to watch.

The accordion player in the band. She was soooo stinking cute!!! I enjoy a good accordion player.