Friday, September 30, 2005

Crazy Eyes

Piper was just drawing on her doodle pad and she said:

"Mama, look I drew a face. A man. And he has CRAZY eyes!"

Monday, September 19, 2005

Wine and Cheese

So, I have written about the "school" that Piper and Finn attend, Lab School and something really exciting is happening at our school. We are raising money for a new playground for our facility. The main fundraiser is a Wine and Cheese party this weekend that sounds like it's going to be really fun. There will be a wine tasting and raffle and music and everything and it is at the home of one of our lab school families, and let me just say their home is BEAUTIFUL.

So, you are all invited and Jason and I will be there and if you don't want to attend or are busy for some reason, consider making a donation. We have a sponsor that is matching the money we raise up to $10,000. cool, see you there...I'll be the drop-dead grogeous one, right.

Friday, September 16, 2005


There was a moment today when I thought that someone had swiped Piper out with a clone because she was just so good today. It was a great day and we went to the park but only lasted for about 30 minutes because it is insanely hot.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

You Gotta Fight Fight Fight for FSU

it's that time of year again...




eventhough our new QB kinda sucks

Sunday, September 11, 2005

September Favorites

*parking spaces for parents with children

*juice box holders

*"the closer"

*disposable sippy cups

*jack johnson
and matt costa (think nick drake/simon & garfunkle)

*pedicures with piper

*Becoming the Parent you want to be
by Laura Davis and Janis Keyser

*My hunky husband cleaning out the garage, installing a pretty new ceiling fan...being the handy man that he is!

*Apostle Clothing
- Jason's new sponsor

*Jason's new cell phone (all I want for Christmas is...)

*old friends becoming new friends again

*Finley's lack of fear

*good ol'fashioned down on your hands and knees scrubbing of the kitchen floor

*Fun times with friends who also happen to be family

*Piper on a sugar high PSYCHO!

*my dad - he is a present day hero

Saturday, September 10, 2005

This is a comment that Jason left ona previous post and i just want to share with you the man that he is to me:

One of the reasons I don't read your blog while I'm at work is because it often brings me to tears. You're my soulmate and it's things like this post that remind me of the ties that bind our souls together.

I wanted to say something mushy about loving through the thick and thin but I'll hold off for now. Instead I'll share a few of my favorite Jason & Shannon moments to make you laugh and possibly even cry.

- mentoring Wingnut

- loving you so much it hurt

- buying a house

- avoiding muggings in Costa Rica

- making that new house our's

- ripping up perfectly good floors and putting down new floors in that house

- having an epiphany about children and telling your parents we weren't going to wait any longer to start having children when your dad was in a hospital bed

- watching you nest when it was time for Piper to come

- painting Piper's book case when you were in labor because the labor pains were killing me

- not being grossed out by Piper's birth and feeling more in love with you and this new life than ever before

- watching you become a mama and me become a papa in an instant and over time and feeling more fullness in life than I ever imagined

- watching our first baby become a little girl and seeing you in her more and more

- welcoming Finley into the world with open arms and a big sister to guide her

- trying, failing, trying, failing, trying some more to make family time a real priority

- learning the value of a coffee maker

- watching you improve yourself and our family life and house and being inspired by it

Shannon, through the beaches and the law suits, from Curacao to Murphy, North Carolina. From diapers to dating again. From weeknight dinners to Saturday morning breakfasts, my love for you grows stronger and deeper than I ever could've known when we were married. You're my soulmate and my lover. I'll be home shortly.


Friday, September 09, 2005


My baby daddy got sponsored, sort of.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Bubble Toes

It's as simple as something that nobody knows that her eyes are as big
as her bubbly toes
on the feet of a queen of the hearts of the cards and her feet are all
covered with tar balls and scars
It's as common as something that nobody knows that her beauty will
follow wherever she goes
up the hill in the back of her house in the would she love me forever,
I know she could

I remember when you and me mmm how we used to be just good friends
Wouldn't give me none
But all I wanted was some
She's got a whole lot of reasons
She cant think of a single one
That can justify leaving
and he got none but he thinks he got so many problems
Man he got, too much time to waste

His dreams are like commercials
But her dreams are picture perfect and
Our dreams are so related though they're often underestimated

It's as simple as something that nobody knows that
Her eyes are as big as her bubbly toes
On the feet of the queen of the hearts of the cards
And her feet are infested with tar balls and

La da da da da da

Well I was eating lunch at the D. L. G.
When this little girl came and she sat next to me
I never seen nobody move the way she did
Well she did and she does and she'll do it again

When you move like a jellyfish
Rhythm don't mean nothing
You go with the flow
You don't stop
Move like a jellyfish
Rhythm is nothing
You go with the flow
You don't stop

It's as common as something that nobody knows it
Her beauty will follow wherever she goes
Up the hill in the back of her house in the wood
She'll love me forever, I know she

La da da da da da

If you would only listen
You might just realize what you're missing
You're missing me
If you would only listen
You might just realize what you're missing
You're missing me

It's as simple as something that nobody knows that
Her eyes are as big as her bubbly toes
On the feet of the queen of the hearts of the cards
And her feet are infested with tar balls and

La da da da da da

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


So what can I say about the show last night?

Let's begin at the beginning. We left the house and piled into Tiffany's car (6 of us) and it took us about 45 minutes just to get out of Merritt Island/Cocoa/Rockledge area and onto I95 to Boca Raton (where the show was). It was a long trip and we decided to stop at Burger King to get something to eat. They were understaffed and a fight almost broke out...not good.

So then we made our way to the amphitheater and realized that this venue was unique in that we didn't really need to buy tickets...there were hundreds of people just sitting outside the gates on lawn chairs with their coolers have a great time. Anyway, we made it through the gates and waded through the masses to a spot to put our balnket on the ground. we were very lucky that it didn't rain at all and it was a beautiful night.

Matt Costa opened with the Animal Liberation Orchestra. As a special "guest musician," Tom Dumont from No Doubt is touring with them. I have to say that I was impressed by Matt Costa and I have since bought his album from itunes. Check him out! Funny thing is that after the hole show was over, we were waiting for Beka to buy a shirt and walks by Matt Costa. Jason had his picture made with him and he seemed surprised that anyone would want to do that.

So, then Jack Johnson came on. I have to say that it was the best show ever. It was a small venueso it was very intimate. Beka, Tiffany, Noah and I ducked and weaved our way to the front of the crowd and of course there were the drunk obnoxious people and the constant threat of punches being thrown, but when it almost actually happened people were saying, "C'mon man, it's Jack Johnson." And that perfectly summed up the laid-back and inspiring and flowing that the music was. It was like a big party. He sang all of my favorite songs and then we were surprised with a special guest.

Jimmy Buffet. Came out and sang with Jack Johnson. Sweet.

It was a long drive home and it smelled like up dog. What's up dog? What exactly is up dog? (sorry, this is an inside joke)

This was the highlight of this year so far, it was exhilarating and refreshing and all things fun and crazy and fantastic.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Jack Johnson

I can't wait...4 days until we go to the concert. Fun fun fun!

Times Like These

in times like these
in times like those
what will be will be
and so it goes
and it always goes on and on
and on and on it goes

and theres always been laughing, crying, birth, and dying
boys and girls with hearts that take and give and break
and heal and grow and recreate and raise and nurture
but then hurt from time to times like these
and times like those
what will be will be
and so it goes

and there will always be stop and go and fast and slow
action, reaction, sticks and stones and broken bones
those for peace and those for war
and god bless these ones not those ones
but these ones made times like these
and times like those
what will be will be
and so it goes
and it always goes on and on
and on and on it goes

but somehow i know it wont be the same
somehow i know itll never be the same
There is a reason why I haven't posted anything about the hurricane. Honestly, until last night when I had a couple hours to myself to watch the news, I had no idea the magnitude of the situation. Channel after channel there were news specials about the destruction that has been left behind in the path of hurricane Katrina. I could not find words or wrap my head around the devastation that these people are facing. So, I won't go on and on about the tragedy just ask that you pray for these victims, give a donation, send a relief pack or something. I want to do more. Where do you begin?

one more thing

Thursday, September 01, 2005

School Days

So we are back in full swing as Lab School has started again and this year both girls are in a class...Piper in one day a week Toddlers and Finn is in one day a week Older Infants. We started Piper on Tuesday and I soon realized that the children in that class were at least 4months younger and none of the kids she was with last year were in there so we decided to switch to the Thursday class. She knows more of the kids in that class and they are closer to her age. With a "slow-to-warm" child, I thought it was important for her to feel absolutely comfortable and today was a success as she creeped out of her shell. Finn is in the Older Infants class and she is the youngest, but she crawled right into the middle of everthing and stole some little boy's toy right off the bat. She will not be pushed around. I am now the "Art Parent" for Finn's class and the "Parent Leader" for Piper's class. I am crazy.

It's a juggling act and just today I ran into a mother of a former student of mine and she said:

"I remember the days when my girls were little and I just resigned myself to the fact that my life was all about them and totally devoted to them and their interests."


Also, I am a moron.

On Tuesday I was rushing out of the house because even though I wake up at the crack of dawn I still can't seem to get it together so we are not rushed in the morning...and I put Piper's shot record on the top of the car and then my beautiful little awesome camera on top of the shot record so I could wrestle Piper into her car seat...and you can see where this story is going. I of course left the shot record and my poor defenseless camera on the roof of the car.

You want to know what's really bad about this story...I didn't even remember that I had put those things there. Later that afternoon I picked up Jason's sister Beka, beloved babysitter of Piper and Finley, and when we returned, my neighbor came up to me and said she had found something in her yard that she thought belonged to was Piper's shot record. I thought that was did it get in her yard?


Yeah, then I realized that I must have left the shot record on the roof of my car, but did I remember my camera? Not until the next morning while I was in the shower did it cross my mind that I hadn't taken any pictures of the girls at school and where was my camera anyway, because I thought I had brought it with me and then...CRAP!

I walked up and down the street looking for even the smallest piece that would represent by beloved memory maker, but alas she eluded me and there was no trace of her anywhere. Some punk probably found it but hopefully it was after it had pour down rain and ruined it and put her out of her misery of being away from her master. Oh, how I miss her nimble size and shape, her easy operations, her sleek styling, her 5 megapixel crisp beautiful pictures. Surprisingly, Jason wasn't too upset with me, I guess he figured that I felt bad enough.

And now Piper is putting "make-up" (crayon coloring) on her babydoll. Nice.

Construction on our pool is supposed to start next week and if you didn't know...we are being sued but I'm not really supposed to talk about that. It's real fun! And neat!

I'm looking forward to this holiday weekend. We will be visiting with family, celebrating birthdays and Jonah will be home. Thinking about taking the girls to a football game and hopefully we might make it to the beach, but it is so stinkin hot!