Sunday, August 31, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008


We have been fortunate to have friends and family show love to Matisse-Ciel with some cute things for him to enjoy for his birthday. You always wonder what items he can actually connect with considering he's so young. Some things he may toss to the side while others can occupy his mind throughout the day. One thing I know for sure is if your kid gets a present of ' The Little Rascals' collection you might want to think twice before letting them watch! It might take until Thanksgiving to reverse the brainwashing on this poor kid!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


The big party is taking place this Sat. but we rolled out a sure winner for Matisse-Ciel with this cool modern cruiser. As expected he took to it right away and has already established his own style of getting around. What we didn't figure is that he would choose the style of riding that he did.



Look for play by play throughout the day of our little man Matisse-Ciel's first birthday.

Monday, August 25, 2008


Long gone are the days when you get braces in the 9th grade right in time for great first impressions. It seems like these days kids are getting them on younger & younger - surprisingly even before a lot of the permanent teeth are even in. Our little ladies are right in line with the cool kids of their age and got the special metal look a little over a year ago. With time having a way of moving without you taking notice, it was to our great surprise when the Orthodontist let us know that Aug. 25th would be the day to get them off. Needless to say, these two could barely hold their excitement. It seemed to be a daily discussion of how great today would be for them.

Once the process was done and the dust settled, I asked them what was the coolest thing about having your braces off. Almost as if they had practiced in the mirror, both of them looked at me and said "We Get To Eat All The Nuts We Want". I guess I never took into consideration how much joy you can get from those little almonds, walnuts, peanuts that are packed in the trail mix. I just figured the white chocolates hiding in the pack gave ample cushioning of the nut loss.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


In a recent pitch we have been trying to get my parents over to the 'V' side of living. For them, the thought of no meat seems like tough road to cross. I remember when red wine was an obstacle, and it still seems like a busy street for them. It saves us when they come over to visit, but we still hold out hope that one night we'll all be able to share a bottle (or 2). As for the meal options, I knew if we would ever get them to give it a run there would be a need to come up with the perfect launch. That left it up to us to search out for some good local places to catch a meal. And with a mission titled "finding great V food" our team took after it like hungry Olympians

Needless to say, all of us could have came home with the gold if medals had been awarded for eating. One particular place that has been a stand-out for everyone is a spot in Aliso Viejo called 'Native Foods'. There's a vast array of meals to choose from and the friendly energy of the staff keeps us coming back. Our faves are the Rockin' Moroccan, the Soul Bowl, and the Portobello Sausage Burger - all scoring crazy points for their yumminess. Another sure fire reason to go is the presence of Greg - the constantly energetic & insightful captain of the vegan food party train ride.

With this type of ammunition we have a decent level of confidence that we may actually be able to shift the rotations of the earth just enough to alter the eating habits of two special people. Understanding this may take a few trips, our fam has agreed to eat at Native Foods several more times to make sure we are all completely versed with the menu once the parent trip takes place. I know it's a commitment but we feel it's the least we can do.

*Native Foods Menu

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Claudia & I have been given a great honor by being asked to be part of Cory & Michelle's wedding this December. We have great joy for what we know will be an event to be remembered, but there is also a great weight that we're carrying. There's a third member of the Ransom family that has been asked to take on a very important role in the wedding: Little Matisse-Ciel has been asked to be the 'ring bearer'. Our first thought when being asked was 'Awwwwwwww, that will be so cute' and then the reality of the fact that he can't yet walk kicked in. There's a 3 month grace period for the little guy, but nonetheless, he's gotta get those legs into walking shape. So with this task at hand, we have come together to aid Ciel perform in the role he was born for.

Just in case... Kai has been hinting that he would be available for any last minute emergencies.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Eating in the morning is always an adventure in our house. Fortunately, Claudia has this amazing ability to cook for 6 and have it on the table hot for each eater (though we always wonder if hers is actually still hot). Every once in a while, I try and attack the task, but 'Cream Of Wheat' just doesn't have the same pop as items like 'German Blueberry Crepes with Cinnamon Sugar and Caramalized Bananas" or "Brioche French Toast with Mango, Papaya and Pineapple", or "Tuscan Scramble with Balsamic Tomatoes and Feta". Of all the kids, the only one who seems to enjoy MY cooking is Matisse-Ciel... he still hasn't figured out how to refuse a bite at this point in his life.

I've learned that if you want to score points for breakfast, then wake up in the morning and say 'Picnic' really loud. No matter what time in the morning - the crowd will go crazy. With those past experiences, I played that hand this morning and with the help (real work) of Claudia we were off to an undisclosed location. Something about not knowing were you're going causes an increased level of euphoria for the kids. Once we arrived, they were ready to explode with joy. Even though we live by the beach and go to the beach a lot, it makes us happy that they still seem to really appreciate the beauty of it.

After the mini haul to our private spot we quickly laid out the food and it vanished all but in a flash. Just like the kids, Claudia & I sat back and marveled at a view we have seen a million times. Hopefully we never lose sight of how special this place is.

Friday, August 15, 2008


With Jason traveling for a couple of days we missed him so much that we thought we'd indulge in his favorite food: 'Cookies'. Opened the bag, and because Kai couldn't reach it, it somehow ended up on the kitchen floor. MC was playing nicely by the computer when I last saw him... a few seconds later I heard sounds from the kitchen and this is what I found... NO KIDDING!!!

How he ever got on the chair nobody knows. Some people set up cameras to catch their pets getting into trouble - we might have to prop some cams around to get a better appreciation of this little 'Cookie Monster'.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


More & more Kiana has become the lover of all tiny 'breathers'. This tends to include anything that moves - she even has the patience to love a snail. Those are great qualities to have until there's a spider in need of a swift smashing. Of course, when your child loves all these creatures, there's no telling what she'll thrust in your face to see.

Our recent trip to the beach brought out this little guy, who had wandered a little too far from the ocean. After the photo shoot was done, Kiana escorted him/her/it to the moist sand for a new beginning. Claudia was relaxing, and with past creature sharing moments, I think this was a good one for her to miss.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I wonder who was the first person to actually stack sand. It must have seemed so simple and meaningless at the time. They could have never thought it would become a pastime for some many little kids. Kai falls right in line with the great creators in our history with his castles efforts. I'm not sure if it's the castle building our the depth of the hole that is more important for him - each seem to bring on great joy. He has requested that that we come very early in the morning so he can spend a full day on what he calls "The Greatest Castle In The World". With that kind of hype we might have to show up at around 3 in the morning to give it proper time.

Friday, August 1, 2008


I've mentioned before how much I enjoy opening Tissi's car door after a drive to have him light up with joy when he sees me. I just figured it would be the best car seat experience we would have together. However, my 'latest greatest' is sneaking peaks as he waits for my return when I leave the car. While getting gas or running into a store, he tends to look out the window with this waiting gaze. As much as the smile is a sure winner to my heart, this pure show of love is moving up the ranks rather quickly. Sometimes words can get in the way & this is one time he needs not say anything for me to hear the words loud & clear.