Sunday, November 30, 2008

Charlotte Is Eight Months Old!

Charlotte Is Eight Months Old!

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Reverend Mother Ramallo

Anyone remember the movie Dune (1984)? About Paul Atreides, worms, "The Spice"?
I put my ear warmers on Charlotte, and the only thing I could think of was this movie.
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Lately, Isabella has been wanting to put on all of her dresses to walk around the house. She calls herself "Bellarina". Any type of dress, ring, clip she can put on, she does. Not pictured: Cinderella heeled play shoes she likes to wear as well.
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Bellarina II

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Do you like my hat?

“Hello again. And now do you like my hat?”
“I do. What a hat! I like it! I like that party hat!”
- Go Dog Go

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Christmas Photo Shoot Outtakes II

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Christmas Photo Shoot Outtakes

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All the leaves are brown

"All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray
I've been for a walk
On a winter's day..."

Columbus averages 190 cloudy days per year. It seems like a lot but it doesn't even top the 35 Cloudiest US Metropolitan Areas.
Washington State tips the scales at 6 out of the top 8.

1. 239 Anchorage, AK
2. 230 Mount Vernon, WA
3. 229 Olympia, WA
4. 228 Bremerton, WA
5. 227 Bellingham, WA
6. 226 Seattle, WA
7. 222 Portland, OR
8. 218 Longview, WA
9. 212 Binghamton, NY
10. 212 Corvallis, OR
11. 210 Fairbanks, AK
12. 209 Eugene, OR
13. 208 Buffalo, NY
14. 208 Missoula, MT
15. 208 Salem, OR
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Monday, November 17, 2008

First Snow Fall

This is the first time Charlotte has seen snow fall before. I think from the expression on her face she is a little confused.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Isabella's Second Hair Cut

Fred took Isabella to get her second haircut today. We go to Cookie Cutters.
I would recomend this place for anyone who has a small child. Isabella sat in an airplane and watched Cinderella. She loved it. Isabella was so good that they gave her a lolly!
When Isabella was back at the house Nicki tried to touch her hair. Isabella said, "No mommy, don't touch my hair!" "Why not?" Nicki replied. Isabella returns with, "It's a little wet still"
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Monday, November 10, 2008


At "Grandmawmaw & Grandpapaw's" house, Charlotte was able to play with some new toys. She loved this new walker she was able to play with. She also was clapping, putting a sock on her head on demand, and she also sat up from a prone position!
Thank you for the great time!

On the way back we stopped by Coon's Candies (If you ever have driven on Rt. 23 you will know what this is). This is somewhere I always wanted to stop and never did until Isabella had to "stop" on the trip back. We all agreed it was well worth it. By far the best Buckeye's I have ever had!
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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Some Ham Please!

We were in Detriot finalizing some plans for Thanksgiving this year.
We didn't realize that we already have two hams!

Isabella really enjoyed spending time with Laynie

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Recipe for Fun in the Tub

Recipe for Fun in the Tub?
1. Water (Warm preferably)
2. Lots of soap (Non-stinging preferably)

Mix and enjoy!

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A little tart

We made Charlotte try some prunes and apples. I think they were a little too tart for her.
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Some Questions Answered

Obama said this in his victory speech. "So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; ... what change will they see? "
I know this isn't exactly what he was talking about but I came across this yesterday.

Yes it's true a better television then you or even Best Buy has. Charlotte is only 7 months old! This television is a massive 2X (4096x2160 pixel plasma) better than 1080P!
So what will Charlotte see in her life time?

What is 1080P verses 1080i?
1080i, the former king of the HDTV hill, actually boasts an identical 1,920x1,080 resolution compared to 1080P but conveys the images in an interlaced format (the i in 1080i). In a tube-based television, otherwise known as a CRT, 1080i sources get "painted" on the screen sequentially: the odd-numbered lines of resolution appear on your screen first, followed by the even-numbered lines--all within 1/30 of a second.
Progressive-scan formats such as 480p, 720p, and 1080p convey all of the lines of resolution sequentially in a single pass, which makes for a smoother, cleaner image, especially with sports and other motion-intensive content. As opposed to tubes, microdisplays (DLP, LCoS, and LCD rear-projection) and other fixed-pixel TVs, including plasma and LCD flat-panel, are inherently progressive in nature, so when the incoming source is interlaced, as 1080i is, they convert it to progressive scan for display..
By David Carnoy, Executive editor, CNET Reviews

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Where were you?

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"America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; ... what change will they see? What progress will we have made? This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one"

Whomever you believe in or voted for, this remains true. It is time now to come together as a nation. Our new leader has been choosen let's stand behind him.

I think this election is going to change things around the world. While listening NPR (which I think everyone should in the morning) They had a story about how in Kenya an entire village was huddled around their one television so they could listen to Obama give his victory speech. They cheered, danced, and sang after he was elected. Who knows what the future holds but I think it is going to be exciting to see.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election 2008 "Obama Llama"?

Change is here. Election 2008
Charlotte enjoyed watching the news as the results were coming in.
Isabella went with Nicki to vote, she even pressed the final button!

Who did she vote for you may ask? Well the story started a few weeks ago while at the zoo. (Yes it's true) She was able to meet a mama llama and Isabella really liked her and kept talking about "Mama Llama". So when asked, "McCain or Obama"? She was really excited and said "Obama Llama".

(This picture was taken outside the voting area. All decisions were made by an adult. We figure that she is probably more excited with the stickers and m&ms than with the actual voting process, but we're still really proud that she participated. She'll probably want to go voting again tomorrow . . . to get more candy and stickers.)

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Don't Vote for Similar Hair!

For the record: At day care they did a mock mock vote. The older kids were able to vote to either Woody or Buzz, characters from "Toy Story". In my eyes, Woody (Tall, skinny) = Obama while Buzz (Stalky, Military)=McCain. Anyway Isabella voted for Woody.

In Charlotte's class they actually pointed at McCain or Obama. I thought she would go for McCain becuase they have the same hair. She chose Obama.

Only a Little Odd

While at the outlets. Isabella wanted to play in the kids area. But she got stuck "catapulting" wood chips using the periscope. I am not sure why but she did it for about 20 minutes.

From what her teachers are telling us. She knows all of the birthdays of all of the kids in her class.

The other day I could not find my wallet anywhere. I looked high and low for about 15 minutes. I said forget about it, so we started leaving the house. While in the driveway I stopped the car and turned to Isabella and asked. "Isabella, where is daddy's wallet." She replyed, "Ummm, ummm... on the chair daddy". So Nicki turns to me and tells me she will go in and get it becuase she knew where Isabella was playing. In the end my wallet was not anywhere near where Isabella was playing it was on one of the dining room chairs. The question I asked myself, why at all does my two year old know where my wallet is?

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Cute project to do with the family.

I am sure everyone has done this before but I am going to try to make this a tradition and then keep them year after year. This year Isabella had all the coloring duties.

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