Archive for May 2011


May 25, 2011

In school, J was asked to draw about what he did this past weekend.  Obviously the other dozen or so exciting things he did (like going to the zoo and performing at church) weren’t the most memorable part of the weekend for him.

My Dad's phone has a new level (of) Angry Birds.


Paging Social Services

May 23, 2011

It seems K may have become a little too focused on watching a golf tournament the other day.

Is it bad when your 6-year-old writes you a note like this?

Dear Mom, can you please turn off the TV so we can eat dinner?

All internal organs remain intact

May 19, 2011

Well, I survived the week without having an internal organ removed, which is always a plus.  We were kinda scattered to the wind this week;  K was at an annual conference in San Francisco, I was at a staff retreat, while Nana held down the fort with J and A.

Since we live close to each other, I usually ride to the staff retreat with our Minister of Music and our Director of Finance and HR.  One of our traditions is to make a stop at Walmart for supplies and at Sonic for refreshments.

I'm not sure I could convince K to get a mani/pedi at Walmart.

Since the closest Sonic to our home is near our retreat center, a Cherry Lime-Aid stop is always a requirement.

Another tradition is taking the staff out for dinner. This year we went to a Japanese steakhouse.

Documentation of when I lost my eyebrows.

Flinging food to staff members.

The funniest part of the restaurant was the antics of one of our servers shown above.  While he was flinging shrimp at some of our female staff members, he prefaced each toss with “Open your sexy mouth” (in a heavy Japanese accent).  Then, he routinely extinguished flames with a squirt bottle shaped like a little boy.

I’ll let you imagine from where the water squirted out of this little boy.

As we were leaving, this chef asked if we were all from an office.  When we mentioned that we were from a church, his only reaction was to say “uh-oh.”

Moving on …

So, while I was at the retreat, I tested the fun feature that lets you track your iPhone or iPad.  But I didn’t track my iPhone.

I can confirm that K was in San Fran. Or at least her iPad was.

The retreat was, as always, a great way to spend some time with the staff members away from the office.  On the way home, we had to stop one more time before we got too far away from a Sonic.

Double Stuff Oreo Sundae. Maybe I'm glad we don't have a Sonic nearby.

While I got home Wednesday night, K still had one more day in San Fran.

J enjoys a telephonic goodnight smooch from K.

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I got to video-conference with K before she headed out for dinner.

K's still-daytime view out her hotel window (in juxtaposition to the nighttime, messy living room view in the lower left corner)

As I type, I’m tracking K’s flight as she heads back from San Fran.

She's halfway home

Now we just need the weekend to recover.

One year later

May 17, 2011

One year ago today, I went on a short term weight loss program that helped me lose approximately 1 pound in about an hour.

This program is better known as gallbladder surgery.

For those of you scoring at home, you may remember that K was in San Francisco when I had surgery.

Did I mention that K is back in San Francisco this week?

I’m really hopeful that I won’t lose any internal organs before she gets back.

Mother’s Day Weekend

May 9, 2011

It was an event-packed weekend in the NotNed household, starting right off the bat with a Friday night emergency fashion consultation.  Our good friend CPQ was attending a wedding reception that evening.  She tweeted about purchasing hot rollers for the first time since 1987, but not remembering how to use them.  Reacting to this girlfriend-in-need Bat-signal, K sprung into action.  Thanks to modern technology, they were able to video conference on the situation.

Crisis averted, thanks to the iPad.

One of the downsides to having twins is that we tend to do things with both of them instead of individually.  So Saturday, we made a plan to divide and conquer.  K took A, Nana, and K’s sister-in-law to the National Cathedral for a flower show.  Since we knew J would not have responded favorably to several hours of walking around looking at flowers (not to mention how I would have responded), I took J downtown to see “his” museum, The Dinosaur Museum (for you folks without 6-year-old boys, it’s more commonly known as The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History).

Going on a Saturday during the school-year means lights crowds -- few tourists or field trips.

The Tyrannosaurus and the J-osaurus.

I saw this little fella crying because he was very scared of the dinosaurs. Then a big burly security guard came over and held his hand while he walked through the exhibit. Nice.

In case you're wondering, J is on the right.

The museum created an iPhone app that modifies a picture of a person into looking like a Neanderthal.

The original


Just like at home, J organized the dinosaurs in the gift store.

I always forget the food is priced for tourists. Here's our $24 lunch.

Having his fill of dinosaurs and $9 grilled cheese, J is ready for a nap.

Overall, it’s always great to spend time with just one of the kids.  J was social, inquisitive, and all-around happy, mostly because he didn’t have anybody with whom to fight, bicker, and complain.

And I’m sure K et al. had a lovely time at the flower show.  But he who writes the blog gets to determine which pictures to use.

On to Sunday.  Just as we have for the past several years, K’s brother and I took K, Nana, and K’s sister-in-law out for Mother’s Day lunch (although, due to the crowds, we got served so late it really was more of a Mother’s Day early dinner).

While the wait was long, the conversation was good.

A didn't seem to mind the wait, she knew there would be ice cream for dessert.

Maybe a little too much ice cream.

Nana's gift to K (and the whole family) was quilts made from the kids' crib sheets (and incorporating a baby picture on fabric)

A wouldn't put hers down.

It’s all in the details

May 4, 2011

In yet another example of how boys and girls are different …

At dinner last night, I asked the kids about their day at school.  They both mentioned that they had worked on some big drawing project.  When I asked A what she drew, she replied:

“Well, I drew a rainbow with red, green, blue, yellow and purple, but no orange because I didn’t have orange, and then I added three butterflies one with red and blue wings, one with green and purple wings, and one with red and purple wings, then I added some grass on the bottom, which had to be green, and a yellow sun, and I added two horses that were brown and black, and I tried to add another horse that was spotted, but I ran out of time.”

And was J’s response?

“I drew snakes.”