Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dear Girls... 2010

Dear Girls,

Once again I find myself writing another year in review for my girls, in hopes that this blog still remains when you are old enough to read and digest it. Once again I will mention some events that probably will never be in the record/history books and others that I am sure will endure through time.

Our family has grown once again with Tio Christian and Lina introducing the first baby boy cousin to our family, Dexter. I was able to go to his baptism in London and it was beautiful. Your grandfather (grandpaw-paw) had a huge year and was able to retire! Isabella you have now moved from ballet to Irish dance classes. Right now your teacher is very excited to have you in her class because she think you may have what it takes to become a great dancer. Charlotte you have started your first ballet class in Westerville, Ohio. You bother you teachers all the time and tell them it is ballet day. However they need to remind you that it is on Thursdays.

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday Season we drove a total of 1300 miles taking us to Virginia, Washington DC, Youngstown(OH), and Michigan. I completed my first half ironman and Nicki was able to complete her second half marathon. Girls you were able to swim in Lake Erie for the first time, jumping off Grandpaw-paw's boat!

The war in Iraq is probably far from over but they are rebuilding their culture and buildings. While in DC your mom and I were able to see a friend of your uncle Keith that was injured in the war. It was great that he was back home and walking.

In technology 3D TV/Movies has been the rage! They are selling in stores and people are paying top dollar. Something that made the biggest splash in technology was the iPad by Apple. That came out around April 2010 ever since then may other people have been trying to make one. One more major technology note is that smart phones are everywhere while the iPhone is still leading the charge the Andriod OS is catching up very fast. Windows has just released a phone to try and compete let's see how it does.

Some of the major events this year were the world cup in South Africa, this year it introduced the world to the Vuvuzela. There were so many at the events that the TV channels had to mute the sounds on the field. The winter Olympics were in Canada, there was a 7.0 earthquake in Haiti (Jan 2010) which to this day my uncle is still there trying to help the Haitian people. There was a massive Oil Spill in the gulf that lasted for months! And finally there was a cloud of volcanic ash that covered most of Europe and all air transportation was grounded for days.

In sports one of the major stories was LeBron James leaving Cleveland and moving to Miami. Just so the history books get this correct. Yes Ohioans were upset that Lebron left, but it was how he did it that made everyone really upset. An hour long broadcasted TV show to announce his decision is just rude. Brett Farve and Lance Armstrong may have finally retired again!

While on TV all the rage was Simon Cowell leaving American Idol and Lost going off the air.

In entertainment Brett Michaels made a huge comeback to the world. As a teenager I loved the rock band Poison led by Brett, but this year his courage has brought him back into the spotlight. Eariler in the year he was the star or a cheesy tv show called "Rock of Love". From fox news: In April, the “Rock of Love” star had a major health scare when doctors discovered he had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage after complaining of a headache. “Less than two weeks after (an emergency appendectomy), I was sitting on my couch—and I knew instantly," he said. "When you have a subarachnoid hemorrhage, the vein actually explodes. There’s nothing left of it. It felt like someone shot me in the back of the head.” Michaels' girlfriend, Kristi Gibson, rushed him to the emergency room. “I thought, ‘This is it. I’m going to die.’ They were asking me if I had a will in place. It was painfully surreal.” Michaels spent eleven days in intensive care, followed by weeks of physical therapy. As the live finale of “Celebrity Apprentice” approached in May, fans were concerned the bandana-bedecked rocker wouldn't be healthy enough to tape the show. Michaels not only returned for the finale, he won—donating his prize of $640,000 to the American Diabetes Association, a disease he has suffered from since childhood.
Just days later, against doctors’ advice, Michaels performed on the “American Idol” finale, watched by almost 20 million people.

10 New words to the Oxford Dictionary are: Catastrophizing, Overthink, Matchy-matchy, LBD, Frenemy, Cool hunter, Bromance, Exit strategy, Defriend, Soft skills

Oscars – (hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin)
Actor – Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
Actress – Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Best Picture & Directing– The Hurt Locker

American Idol – Lee Dewyze
NASCAR – Jimmie Johnson
Heisman trophy – Cam Newton of Auburn University
Super Bowl – New Orleans Saints
World Series – San Francisco Giants
NBA Champions - Los Angeles Lakers
NBA MVP – Lebron James

Top Movies at the Box Office:
Toy Story
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Iron Man 2
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Despicable Me
Shrek Forever After
How to Train Your Dragon
The Karate Kid

GOOGLE Searches (according to Google Zeitgeist): - Fastest Rising
iphone 4
world cup
justin bieber
mocospace - Fastest Falling
swine flu
cash for clunkers
new moon
susan boyle
circuit city
michael jackson
stephanie meyer
northwest airlines

Google News - Fastest Rising
oil spill
sandra bullock
lindsay lohan
tiger woods

Google Image Search - Fastest Rising
jersey shore
justin bieber
nicki minaj
katy perry
avatar movie

Rest in Peace
Corey Haim
Peter Graves
Fess Parker
Robert Culp
John Forsythe
Dixie Carter
Gary Coleman
Dennis Hopper
Rue McClanahan
Sen. Robert Byrd
James Gammon
Mitch Miller
Kevin McCarthy
Eddie Fisher
Tony Curtis
Barbara Billingsley
Tom Bosley
Jill Clayburgh
Leslie Nielsen
Blake Edwards

January 1 – A suicide bombing occurs at a volleyball game in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 95, and injuring over 100.
January 4 – The tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is officially opened.
January 8 – The Togo national football team is involved in an attack in Angola, and as a result withdraws from the Africa Cup of Nations.
January 12 – A 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti, devastating the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince. With a confirmed death toll over 230,000 it is one of the deadliest on record.
January 15 – The longest annular solar eclipse of the 3rd millennium occurs.
February 12–28 – The 2010 Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada.
February 18 – The President of Niger, Tandja Mamadou, is overthrown after a group of soldiers storms the presidential palace and form a ruling junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy headed by chef d'escadron Salou Djibo.
February 27 – An 8.8-magnitude earthquake occurs in Chile, triggering a tsunami over the Pacific and killing 497. The earthquake is one of the largest in recorded history.
April 10 – The President of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, is among 96 killed when their airplane crashes in western Russia.
April 13 – A 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurs in Qinghai, China, killing at least 2,000 and injuring more than 10,000.
April 14 – Volcanic ash from one of several eruptions beneath Eyjafjallajökull, an ice cap in Iceland, begins to disrupt air traffic across northern and western Europe.
April 20 – The Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers. The resulting oil spill, one of the largest in history, spreads for several months, damaging the waters and the United States coastline, and prompting international debate and doubt about the practice and procedures of offshore drilling.
May 7 – Scientists conducting the Neanderthal genome project announce that they have sequenced enough of the Neanderthal genome to suggest that Neanderthals and humans may have interbred.
May 19 – Protests in Bangkok, Thailand ends with a bloody military crackdown, killing 91 and more than 2,100 injured.
May 20 – Scientists announce that they have created a functional synthetic genome.[39]
May 20 – Five paintings worth €100 million are stolen from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
May 22 – Air India Express Flight 812 overshoots the runway at Mangalore International Airport in India, killing 158 and leaving 8 survivors.
June 11 – July 11 – The 2010 FIFA World Cup is held in South Africa, and is won by Spain.
July 1 – Belgium takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Spain.
July 8 – The first 24-hour flight by a solar powered plane is completed by the Solar Impulse.
July 25 – Wikileaks, an online publisher of anonymous, covert, and classified material, leaks to the public over 90,000 internal reports about the United States-led involvement in the War in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.
July 29 – Heavy monsoon rains begin to cause widespread flooding in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Over 1,600 are killed, and more than one million are displaced by the floods.
August 10 – The World Health Organization declares the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, saying worldwide flu activity has returned to typical seasonal patterns.
September 28 – Seven people are reported to have been killed and around 100 are missing after a landslide in Oaxaca, Mexico.
October 10 – The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved, with the islands being split up and given a new constitutional status.
October 13 – Thirty-three miners near Copiapó, Chile, trapped 700 metres underground in a mining accident in San José Mine, are brought back to the surface after surviving for a record 69 days.
October 22 – The International Space Station surpasses the record for the longest continuous human occupation of space, having been continuously inhabited since November 2, 2000 (3641 days).
October 25 – An earthquake and consequent tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, kills over 400 people and leave hundreds missing.
October 26 – ongoing – Repeated eruptions of Mount Merapi in Central Java, Indonesia, have killed at least 240 people and forced hundreds of thousands of residents to evacuate.
November 11–12 – The G-20 summit is held in Seoul, South Korea. Korea becomes the first non-G8 nation to host a G-20 leaders summit.
November 13 – Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi is released from her house arrest.[62]
November 17 – Researchers at CERN trap 38 antihydrogen atoms for a sixth of a second, marking the first time in history that humans have trapped antimatter.
November 28 – WikiLeaks releases a collection of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables, including 100,000 marked "secret" or "confidential".
November 29 – December 10 – The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference is held in Cancún, Mexico. Also referred to as the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16), it served too as the 6th meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 6).
December 2 – NASA announces the discovery of a new arsenic-based life form in California.
December 21 – The first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the northern winter solstice/southern summer solstice since 1638, takes place.

Monday, December 27, 2010

A new twist.

As a Christmas present the girls received a princess domino set. I thought this was going to be a little too advanced for the girls however I was proven wrong. They loved it and Charlotte is good!

Did you know? According to Wiki...

Domino pieces were historically carved from ivory or animal bone with small, round pips of inset ebony. The game's name comes from the pieces' resemblance to Venetian Carnival masks known as domini, which were white with black spots. These masks were so named, in turn, because they resembled French priests' winter hoods, being black on the outside and white on the inside. The name ultimately derives from the Latin dominus, meaning "lord" or "master."

The oldest domino sets have been dated from around 1120 A.D. Modern dominoes, as most of the Western world knows them, however, appear to be a Chinese invention. They were apparently derived from cubic dice, which had been introduced into China from India some time in the distant past. Each domino originally represented one of the 21 results of throwing two dice. One half of each domino is set with the pips from one die and the other half contains the pips from the second die.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It is almost Christmas

What a paradise from a kids persective. Christmas is a great time of the year.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Old vs New

While visiting family our girls found. A few different way to entertain each other... some old and some new (iPad) intersting contrast in technology but same amount of entertainment.

Did you know?

Connect Four (also known as Four Up, Plot Four,

According Wiki:
Find Four, Four in a Row, and Four in a Line)The game was first sold under the famous Connect Four trademark by Milton Bradley in February 1974

Isabella's first tie

This was the first day that Isabella tied her shoes successfully by herself for school. Great job Isabella!

... and biscuits

We love making things from scratch when we have the time. Making things in the kitchen is always a great way to get kids involved with the cooking process. Buscuits are a great easy item to make with your kids.

Playing around

If you have kids take as many pictures as you can! Its digital.

New craft

Here is a new craft that I had fun making with Isabella. Wepicked a whole bunch of fire wood ou for each piece of the raindeer and she told me where to cut. She stayed far away during the cutting. Anyway, go give it a shot!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Home Schooling.

We recently switched day cares and we think it was the best idea we have ever done.
Since the switch Isabella has been playing school at home. You can see above where she is filing papers so the parents can take them home. You can also see Isabella "reading" a book to the class.

Charlotte's New Thing

Now that Isabella is tall eough to see on the counters, I have a feeling that Charlotte has been getting a little jealous. So she disapears to the bathroom and gets her stole. Its really cute... until she gets into something!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Quick dinner.

Today we needed to make a quick fix meal and wanted to make it fun for the girls. So we pulled out some tortillas, red sauce, string cheese, and some mini peperoni... they has a great time and ate it up.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ballet class

This past week Charlotte had her second ballet class, she is getting so much more independant!

Taken from iCarley

I know I have said this before that our girls love to watch iCarly. On the show they invented spaghetti tacos. So this past Friday I decided that we should ditch th veg for the night and go for broke! Here it is... Charlotte still doesn't understand how to eat tacos.

When asked...

I came home yesterday morning and Nicki informed me the girls wanted a crib built by daddy. When asked nicely, I have to comply! Here it is. A little wood, a saw, and some nails you really can do wonders. Paint is still to come.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

More Irish Dance

We as a family we joined Isabella for her Irish Dancing. What a great time.

You can see her new shoes as well! Let me tell you for only being a peice of leather and lace... it is one of the hardest things to know how to lace up! In the solo picture above, that was my best guess... it was later corrected by the teacher.

Did you know? According to wiki...
The soft shoes, which are called ghillies, resembles a ballet shoe minus the hard toe, the ribbons for laces, and the pink color for black. Gillies are only worn by girls, while boys wear a black leather shoe called a reel shoe, which resembles a black jazz shoe with a hard heel. Boy's soft-shoe dancing features audible heel clicks.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"Hide It?"

Yesterday Charlotte was telling me she was going to hide her because she didn't want to eat it. Too bad she choose a place that was pretty easy to find!

Did you know? According to wiki...
Cooked bread and cheese is an ancient food, according to food historians, popular across the world in many cultures; evidence indicates that in the U.S., the modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became easily available. The cheese dream became popular during the Great Depression.

It was originally made as an open sandwich, but the top slice of bread became common by the 1960s. U.S. government cookbooks describe Navy cooks broiling "American cheese filling sandwiches" during World War II.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Outfits 2010 II

The many outfits of 2010

With so many activities including school, beggers night, and others, this year our girls didn't want to wear the same outfit twice.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Boo At The Zoo!

If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know we are huge fans of our local Zoo. This year is our third consecutive year we have made it to 'Boo At The Zoo'. When the kids are able to dress up an get treats while looking at th animals. We had a great time today!