Monday, March 31, 2008

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Zonked-Out

Man sollte ja nie unterschaetzen wie schlau auch schon der Kleinste im Bunde sein kann.

Wenn bei uns das Gemuese auf den Tisch kommt, hoeren wir immer die allertollsten Ausreden... natuerlich ist immer das "mein Bauch ist voll" dabei... Kai versucht auch immer die Erklaerung "wenn ich zuviel Gemuese esse, habe ich kein Platz fuer den Nachtisch"... und die Maedchen, die gerade in der Schule gelernt haben, dass der Adler wegen Pestiziden in Gefahr ist Auszusterben, die fragen dann "ist das Gemuese denn WIRKLICH so gesund wie Ihr denkt?"....

Aber Matisse-Ciel hat den einzigen Weg gewaehlt um dem Gemuese mit absoluter Sicherheit aus dem Wege zu gehen: eine meisterhafte Darstellung von seinem Schauspiel-Talent... der kleine Raeuber tut einfach so als ob er einschlaeft, und voila: kein Spinat mehr, sondern ein weiches Bettchen... :)

7 Months & Growing Fast!

Matisse-Ciel celebrated this day by doing his 3 favorite things:

Sitting Up
Laughing
Drooling

A Perfect Trifecta!

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We've noticed with Matisse-Ciel's laugh he might have a career in doing parrot voice overs. Or he could be the modern day James Browns with that squawk...'I Feel Good'!....What do you think?

Friday, March 28, 2008

YES WE CAN!!

SPRING IS HERE



It seems if all of Laguna has turned yellow with the changing of the seasons. Everything from the flowers to the weeds, you can see yellow flooding the hills. This is especially nice on some of our trail walks we like to take during the week. Normally we tend to leave the camera in the car but with pretty flowers like these two, how can you resist.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

BOBSLED TEAM FOR 2020 OLYMPICS



One of the things that makes us most proud of the kids is how well they play with each other. You can see them always trying to include one another in pretty much all activities. Now, this is not always a winner for Kai when the dolls come out, but I would imagine it carries the same pain when he brings the Power Rangers out for the millionth time. Even though Matisse-Ciel comes with limitations only being 7 months, they always find a way to get him in the mix too. There's a lot of things you try and teach your kids, but none are we more proud of than being able to teach them how to appreciate the love they have between themselves.

Friday, March 21, 2008

ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ




Over the last few weeks we've had Kai come home early as opposed to staying in child care for 2 hours. It's been easier to have him stay, because then when we can just make one trip to pick up the whole crew. Kai was asking to come home earlier and we figured when time permits we should give it a run. It didn't take long for Kai to express his joy, almost as if he was being released from 'Jail'. The best part of picking him up early has been how much fun it's been to have just him and his little brother around for a couple of hours every day. This is not just on the playing side of things but how much he helps with a tasks or spends quality time with Matisse-Ciel. Now it can't happen all the time but we are sure enjoying the days it can.

Monday, March 17, 2008

SEALS, SUN, FUN

We took a nice drive down to San Diego today. I know you're probably thinking ' You Left The Beach To Go To The Beach???'. One might think that, but there's always new experiences to be had with a bit of sand and water.



When we got into La Jolla, it didn't let us down. We were met with the yearly showing of La Jolla Friends Of The Seals, which is when the seals come into town and hang out for a couple of months. The area is roped off to protect the seals but you're still able to get pretty close and just watch them hanging out.



After doing that for a while we spent the rest of the day throwing the Frisbee around and just enjoying the beautiful views. A great day and we think the kids really enjoyed the adventure of it all.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS

Sat. night on the Laguna walk hanging out with the sunset.




Sun. morning at the Dana Harbor hanging out with the boats.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Kunst am Bau

Nun wohnen wir schon fast 1 1/2 Jahre hier und immer noch starren uns ALLE, wirklich alle Waende mit ihrer blanken Weissheit an (weiss wie die Farbe!!!). Wer schon mal bei uns war, weiss, dass wir sehr viele Waende haben, sehr viele grosse Waende. Wir hatten immer geplant unser Haus mit coolen und ausgefallenen Kunststuecken und Gemaelden zu schmuecken... So cool, dass wir bis jetzt immer noch nicht ein einziges Bild aufgehaengt haben... so ist immer noch alles langweilig weiss. Wie in einem Krankenhaus. Die einzige Wand, bei der die gleissende Weissheit von irgendetwas untebrochen wird, ist die Fernseh-Wand... dieses Kunstwerk wurde natuerlich 23 Minuten nach unserem Einzug aufgehaengt :)
Nun ja... diese Woche wurde uns die Gefahr der Schneeblindheit einfach doch zu riskant und eine Wand wurde mit "Tafel-Farbe" bemalt - super Erfindung!!! Jetzt haben wir eine sich dauernd veraendernde Gallerie und praesentieren zur Gross-Eroeffnung einen unserer juengsten Kuenstler:

Kai Kilian - "Piraten-Schiff"


Auf keinen Fall naechste Woche verpassen, wenn wieder ein neues Meisterstueck enthuellt wird!

Friday, March 14, 2008

NOTHING LIKE THE FIRST TIME



Matisse-Ciel knocked out a couple of firsts this week. Both equally have been great little accomplishments for the 'Blue Eyed Bandit'. Just when I thought his first swing ride would be the highlight of the week he slipped in his first high chair sitting. Between the two he has been feeling pretty proud of himself.



I didn't even post a picture of our favorite new skill of sitting up by himself. We have asked him to slow down some because we're all not ready to get out of this baby phase.

Monday, March 10, 2008

THE REAL ANSWER TO: 'PAPER OR PLASTIC'

Let me preface this post by stating that I am just a concerned mother that would like to keep the world beautiful for our children. I currently have three children enrolled in elementary school and am in no way affiliated with the company represented in this material - I am just passionate about the environment and think this is a great idea!

Did you know?
• The average American family of four uses 1,500 plastic bags per year.
• If everyone in the United States tied their annual consumption of plastic bags together in a giant chain, the chain would reach around the Earth not once, but 760 times!
• It takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic bags we use each year.
• According to the American Forest and Paper Association, in 1999 the U.S. alone used 10 billion paper grocery bags, requiring 14 million trees to be cut down.
• Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photo-degrade, breaking down into small toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food-chain when mistaken for zooplankton or jellyfish. And they can last up to 1,000 years.



FUNDRAISING FOR YOUR SCHOOL
You can make money for your school and make a difference too! Reusable Shopping Bags are a sustainable alternative to traditional fundraising merchandise. Students learn about the impact plastic bags have on the environment and the entire community learns about the benefits of using reusable bags.

Why a fundraiser using Reusable Shopping Bags?
With the obesity epidemic at an all time high in the United States, it is imperative that communities find alternatives for current fundraising practices such as chocolate or candy sales, pizza dough-raiser, and Burger King night. The other popular fundraising option of selling gift wrap has also become a questionable project - with $5 billion worth of gift wrap thrown in the trash each year, these fundraisers actually support pollution and wastefulness.

A fundraiser selling Reusable Shopping Bags is a healthy and easy way for schools to raise money using a product people will actually use. We include lesson plans to use in the classroom to assist in promoting environmental awareness amongst students. I have done quite a bit of research on the subject and have chosen BagguBags over other companies because of their commitment to the environment and their affordable price, but also because I believe that their stylish, fun and functional design is superior and will be an easy sell for the students. They come in a rainbow of colors and have recently been featured in quite a few magazines. Combined with a lesson plan on environmental awareness the average school could raise $8,000 in 2 weeks. When was the last time your jog-a-thon did that?




How Does It Work?
The BagguBag fundraiser is very similar in structure to a chocolate or gift wrap sale. Each student gets a BagguBag order form. After a lesson in the classroom to kick-off the fundraiser, they then begin selling bags to their family members, neighbors and friend. Parents can even take the form to work and have co-workers order a few. Students sell each bag at the retail price of $8, but the school only pays the wholesale price. Your school does not pay BagguBag until the fundraiser is complete and all money has been collected. In the end, your school makes a great profit for each bag sold. It's that simple. On average, with a school that has a population of 400 students, each student only needs to sell 5 bags in order for your school to profit $8,000!

What Are the Benefits?
The benefits are endless! Students learn the impact plastic bags are having on the environment, they get to be role models for the community, people buy a product that is useful, and the best part is your school gets to be a part of something important while raising money for your school.

How do we get started?
I want you to reach your fundraising goals and will work with you to set achievable individual and classroom goals with incentives and motivators to ensure a successful fundraiser. But more importantly I believe in the idea of reducing waste and lessening our impact on this planet. Please help me keep this world beautiful for our kids - contact me at
claudia@ransomsoul.com
to set up your fundraiser. I look forward to hearing from you!

MORNING....

Matisse-Ciel has it in his head that he's going to be a tough guy. I keep telling him that there's just not a mean look in his eyes. And, to top it off he tends to smile a lot and nothing conveys "Tough Guy" like a smile. He's holding the rattler as a weapon and even that didn't come off tough.



He wanted to try it with the hat off and I told him he was on to something. While tilting his head down I told him he looked (I could hear him waiting for the words - you look like (MC was mumbling..Yes Yes) - you look like Kramer from Seinfeld! He's not talking to me right now. It's a good thing his short term memory doesn't last more than a few minutes.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

CLASS IS IN SESSION

It's impossible to really know what your child is thinking at 6 months. I will say that it seems whenever Matisse-Ciel spends time with his Great Grandma (93) he seems to really take the moments all in.



It's as if he knows there's a lot of valuable information in her. I also think Matisse-Ciel reminds my Grandmother of the incredible journey of life she has lived. Together they seem to make the perfect team - maybe this should be the presidential ticket in 2009!

Friday, March 7, 2008

BAGLADY

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As we all know, there's no telling what's going to get the strongest belly laugh when it comes to a baby. Now, we've all accomplished an impressive giggle fest, but if I had to vote, Kiana jumping up and down with a plastic bag has to be the winner of the year.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

KAI*SPY



Kai is our extra eyes and, as you can see, this kid takes his job serious. As mentioned below, his job is to monitor the ongoings of all the females in the house (yes, that includes you honey!)



We have just constructed a new lookout point that they'll never expect. The girls don't have a chance of getting something by this special agent!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

DOUBLE TROUBLE



When you have daughters, the common thing you hear from friends is "You Better Keep Your Eye On Them". It's as if people are wishing the worries on you. Now, we have full clarity that there's a strong possibility for some adventurous activities ahead. We're just believing the steady pouring of love will at least detour the first rounds of trouble. And, for the second and third rounds we have secret cameras set up throughout the house - we bugged all their clothes and Kai is our hired spy for life. With all of that, I think we have it covered for a little bit.

Monday, March 3, 2008

MORNING LOVE.....

It's well known that I'm one of the better sleepers. Having 4 kids has pushed this up to be my greatest gift. After all these years Claudia still thinks I might be faking it a little. When she tells of stories that one child woke up for this and another for that, I'm always amazed. Luckily the kids are perfecting the same gene and they all sleep pretty hard, too.



The early riser in the crew is Matisse-Ciel because at 6am it's time to eat. And, when it's time to eat, this guy has little on his mind besides getting the eating underway.



After the feeding is knocked out, then it's all about the love. He seems to be just as amazed with us as he was the morning before. Little does he know how amazed we are with him every second of the day.



Now, I value sleeping as one of the top enjoyments of life. For those that don't have this gift (sorry honey), I do hope you eventually get it. I will say, no matter how good the sleep, there's still nothing like waking up.

Sunday, March 2, 2008