happy labor day.

What do you all have planned today? I am off from work, spending the day cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, and making pork carnitas marinated in Dr. Pepper. Should be delicious! I put it in the crock pot so we'll see later tonight.

Here are some photos of my new nephew Jace, the chunky monkey, at 6 days old. He has lost weight enough to open his eyes. I don't think my brother and sister-in-law are feeding him enough. :) He's so good already. When he is bundled, fed, and changed, he just listens to everything around him, awake and alert. Going to bite his cheeks off!

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welcome baby jace.

My brother's water broke yesterday (ok, his wife's) and he has a brand new baby boy! He was born at 10 pounds, 2 ounces, 21.5 inches long! Holy crap. My sister-in-law gave birth to a 6 month old. We all love him already. :) Even his older brother, Jared, who's in for a big surprise when they bring home that cute chunk of flesh. He's going to be wondering why he's taking up all of mommy's and daddy's time. :)

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resolutions suck. the big weenie.

Happy New Year, friends! I spent New Year's Eve in bed trying to recover from allergies/sinus infection/feeling like crap. So instead of us ringing in the new year with champagne, I did it with Robitussin and antibiotics. Sigh.

I am trying to come up with resolutions this year that I will actually do. So maybe the time has come for me to quit the resolutions. All it does is depress me when I forget to get on that darn treadmill or when I keep eating those evil carbs or when I beat the children. Yes, resolutions are just reminders that last year sucked. And that in addition to being sick today, I am also on my period and want to kill my husband. For breathing.

P.S. I'll try not to be so scary in my next post.

down with the brown.

Our little boy has grown up. And I think I am going to hurl. Junior turned 16 years old last month and with this milestone, it is well known that he is now allowed to date. I never thought it would happen because we told him that he is welcome to date anyone he wanted--if he can afford it. Since he does not have a job, we never thought it would happen. We thought we were safe. At least for a long while.

We noticed some subtle changes the past few weeks:

  1. He has been on MySpace and Facebook more often (with supervision, of course). He was never one to partake in social networking before.
  2. He went through his 400 texts a month in 9 days. This boy does not like to talk let alone spell.
  3. He cares about what he wears.
  4. He showers. Without being threatened.

I didn't attribute all these good things to a real girl. Maybe she can get him to keep his room cleaner. And guess what? The girl is 15 years old, very protected by her family, and she is brown. I've loved her like my own daughter and she is a sweet girl, good in school, does not wear any makeup, and sings like an angel. She has been in our church choir for a couple of years and our families have always been close. The bad thing about her is that she has boobs. And now it is our jobs as parents to keep those two from discovering them. The two kids grew up playing video games together, basketball, and now tonsil hockey. Just kidding, husband. They remind us of US: hubby and I; white boy, brown girl. Good luck.

I don't know what to think. I am truly a parent of a teen. My husband has had THE talk with him before. I have tried to keep the lines of communication open. Remember this? I obviously don't know what I am doing. So in this case, I am letting my husband do all the talking.