Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Recorded April 29th 2008 in Laguna Beach. This could be the first warning before we're all attacked by a 'Superior Being'. This also might be a really cool model airplane with some LED lights attached. You make the call.....

Wenn wir naechstes Mal einen Bericht von einem UFO lesen, glaube ich gar nix mehr. In unserer Naehe gibt es einen ganz tollen Park der nur zum Fliegen von Modell-Flugzeugen ausgerichtet ist. Diese Woche hat jemand ein UFO mitgebracht... das Ding macht sogar ganz ausserirdische Geraeusche und wenn es nachts am dunklen Himmel rumfliegt, sieht es verdammt echt aus... das Foto koennte auch in der Bild-Zeitung erschienen sein. Mystery solved.

Saturday, April 26, 2008



Unfortunate for Matisse-Ciel is that when I send him off with his sisters you never know what may come of it. I had hoped the times of putting Kai in a dress or having him wear high heels was enough to tide them over for a lifetime. However, today I noticed that they still had this gene running strong in their body. And, just like Kai, as you can see MC enjoyed every bit of it. The only thing this poor guy doesn't know is that the level of cross dressing only goes higher from here. At least he has the benefit of Kai being able to fight them off on some of the attempts to take him to the pink side.

Friday, April 25, 2008


Yes, yes, this is Kai's birthday weekend and since it only happens once a year, he definitely deserves to be celebrated and focused on ALL WEEKEND LONG. But once in a blue moon something so important and monumental and disturbing comes along, that a simple pleasure like a child's birthday has to take a backseat.

Let me go back in time a few weeks........

It was early 2008 and all of the media was abuzz with a new and hip trend in deliciousness: PINKBERRY. We first saw it mentioned on "Cavemen", then read about it in "People", it popped up a few more times in blogs and websites until Claudia and I could take it no longer: we had to join the movement! We made the trek to the Orange location (30 minute car ride) and, thinking of ourselves as modern design connoisseurs, immediately felt like we were coming home when we saw the store's ultrachic decor.... yes, yes, we belong here! Bright colors, lucite, glass and Italian stuff - we are soooo cool and soooo PINKBERRY. The tatooed and pierced funky staff made us feel so young and made us feel like there are songs to be sung...

We could have stopped right there and reveled in the knowledge of being part of this sect.... BUT, we then made the huge mistake of actually tasting PINKBERRY. How do you say - HEAVEN!!! There are no words that would do it justice... To make this fairy tale complete, this stuff is frozen yogurt... healthy, lo-calorie... I mean almost as good as eating a carrot!!! We felt as though we had found a friend for life. We gulped down two gigantic medium combos AND got another one for the trip home. Claudia and I looked at each other smugly in the car - we are too cool for school. This was ritual was repeated every day - with total disrespect for the environment with the blatant misuse of gasoline just for our enjoyment. When something tastes this good, ozone just doesn't matter.
This love affair continued for months... because of nuisances like children's school schedules, homework, and other comittments we couldn't visit our shangri-la every day, but tried to make the trip at least a couple of time per week.
How happy were we this week when we received confirmation that a new PINKBERRY was going to open at Irvine Spectrum - SCORE!!! Claudia and I were giddily high-fiving each other...
Little did we know that ONE, just one trip into our new Irvine location, the world as we knew it would come crashing down around us:

The ingredients list for Original Pinkberry has 23 items. Skim milk and nonfat yogurt are listed first, then three kinds of sugar: sucrose, fructose and dextrose. Fructose and maltodextrin, another ingredient, are both laboratory-produced ingredients extracted from corn syrup.

The list includes at least five additives defined by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization as emulsifiers (propylene glycol esters, lactoglycerides, sodium acid pyrophosphate, mono- and diglycerides); four acidifiers (magnesium oxide, calcium fumarate, citric acid, sodium citrate); tocopherol, a natural preservative; and two ingredients — starch and maltodextrin — that were characterized as fillers.

IN OTHER WORDS.....Pinkberry's As Natural As Pamela Anderson.


We have just recently been able to uncover some lost footage from the last traveler in search of the 'Magic Land'. Unfortunately we have not been able to find the owner of this video or get confirmation of his current 'state of being'.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


It's very common for the kids to take the steps down to their secret hideaway. We can often hear the kids calling for us to come down and see a new addition to this 'Magic Land'. Normally this is an easy trip, but with Spring upon us, it has begun to be quite the adventure.

Even with the necessary hurdles we gladly take on this challenge. You can hear the kids claiming constantly that 'we're almost there'. With an occasional slip or two we still manage to work our way through the path. I would love to show images of the final destination, but I have been sworn to secrecy. Trust me when I say it never disappoints and is well worth all these twigs I have to pull out of my shoe right now.

Friday, April 18, 2008


Claudia had a very shi-shi girls’ breakfast at our house this morning. As the sun rose on the California horizon, I saw her scurrying around preparing the patio, assemble the dainty flower vases, artfully arrange the assortment of beverages in a PYRAMID shape – no, I’m not kidding, I totally remember this from geometry class. She had coffee, espresso, chai tea, cappuccino, and Latte Macchiato (which, I’m sure, is just another fancy Italian word for Maxwell Coffee), and create a carb-sugar-butter still-life masterpiece pile made out of lots of goodies. Everyone enjoyed themselves and I’m glad Claudia has such cool and fun friends.
But what we really wanted to thank everyone for is their lack of support in polishing off the spread Claudia had put out… thanks a LOT!!! We say: ENTRAPMENT, BETRAYAL, TREACHERY and DECEPTION … a complete set-up!!!
Since we are very much a 21st century family and are completely aware of and affected by global warming, pollution and wastefulness, we had no choice but to eat , no wait, GORGE ourselves with bagels (not just plain, oh no, but cheese, blueberry, cinnamon raisin, and the “everything kind”), croissants (don’t worry – they were the “miniature” ones and probably only have miniature butter in them), muffins (we ate ALL of each of them, not just the top), danishes sprinkled with almonds and my greatest weakness: powdered sugar, zucchini bread that weighed a pound per slice (such a total CON-bread… makes you think: ahhh – healthy vegetables , yeah right!!!) , lemon loaf, and, for good measure a plethora of fruit… but because that was WAY too healthy just plain, we buried it under piles of whip cream. Don’t worry friends, we got your back: we worked it for you!
Now it is 5pm in the afternoon, we are rubbing our bellies and are sooo going to bed. The kids are old enough to fend for themselves… really, what’s the worst that could happen to a 10, 8, 5-year old and a baby while their parents are comatose in the next room???
We will need all the rest we can get, because clearly, we have to join the military tomorrow to attend boot camp… or try to get on Survivor Laguna Beach.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Every great athlete will challenge himself in the quest to take his talents to the next level. KAI*NIEVEL is just like the past great athletes with his own constant challenge of high level stunts. However, with every stunt comes a high risk factor and there comes a time when the risk outplays the reward. KAI*NIEVEL challenged himself to ride down a hill that may have never been even thought of as a road. He took to this hill like it was something he needed to take, in a way of proving to himself that he is the greatest. We all watched as he went by us in speeds never seen before - the hair brushed back on Matisse-Ciel's head from the strong wind. Kiana & Mika swore they saw sparks coming from the back of his bike. Just as we thought the stunt had been completed, we noticed that KA*NIEVL was not slowing up. There seemed to be something wrong with his brakes - maybe they had burned out or KAI*NIEVEL just got caught up in the high of the ride. Nonetheless, he was heading for some serious trouble as he approached some tall trees that had no intention of moving.

KAI*NIEVEL, even under much stress, was able to brace himself and minimize the impact. Even with that, he suffered some trauma to his Hollywood face. As I carried him back to the car, he waved to his fans and assured them he would return to complete this stunt. KAI*NIEVEL would like to say thank you to all the well-wishers and to remind the kids to never stop believing in your dreams.



Tuesday, April 15, 2008


I told Ciel that we're going to have to cut out one of his feedings. We're worried that he might be too much of a bruiser when he starts playing with other kids. He immediately ripped off his shirt and showed that he barely has an extra pinch on his body, so why take such drastic measures. He then put me in a head lock until I promised to put the feeding back on. What's an extra feeding in the big scheme of things.....Right?

Sunday, April 13, 2008


I'm not a betting man, but I feel pretty confident there's going to be a mark made in the world by members in this crew. And, if they stay strong as one, then there's no telling how great that mark is going to be. We just hope in the end they'll remember the old folks and invite us over for a party or two.


Friday, April 11, 2008


The challenge is on the mat!!!! Nathan has set the bar high with this picture combo - I welcome all entries but this is going to be a tough pair to beat.



Thursday, April 10, 2008


Somebody has a tooth wanting to say Hi to the world. This tooth has a buddy on the right that seems to be coming out for the fun and should be showing off in a day or two. The kids are planning a big celebration for this special occasion.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Monday, April 7, 2008



Friday, April 4, 2008


We're fortunate to be situated in an area where we can appreciate the sun setting. Watching all the shadows form in the house as the sun starts its descent has been a fun activity for the family.

Kai was sitting looking out today and the coolness of his little persona was too much to pass up. Click the photo to see how cold blooded his face is. Of course this was followed by about 10 shots with him laughing while doing Rabbit Ears...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


There's this constant theme in the early morning at Ransomsoul. Phone rings, and for the next several minutes German is the only language you hear. I watch Matisse-Ciel as the phone gets passed around and, when it comes to him, there's very little he can do in regards to having an actual conversation. Every once and a while there's some unique sound that comes from him, and of course the room erupts with praise. To think that it's been 7 months and both Grandparents (in Germany) have experienced this little man strictly through Ransomsoul. Now, as much as this blog can serve a purpose, it's not meant to replace family time (& friends for that matter). Hopefully we can put something together soon, but until then Matisse-Ciel will just have to wonder who's on the other line speaking that crazy language Mommy always talks to him in.