Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Great Article on Birth!

Buck cut out and saved this great article from the Houston Chronicle this week about home birth. I was already familiar with a lot of the stats, but this stance is pretty controversial, especially when you start talking money and health care reform and all that. In any case, it's a great read about our birth in the United States.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Day Photos






























Pre-Christmas with the Family

I have so much to catch up on! Here are some pre-Christmas photos with my family and Rob's family and some sundry friends.











Um, Is This Bad?

Saturday, December 27, 2008

"This Is the Best Vacuum Cleaner You'll Ever Have, Baby."


Whether for Christmas, birthday, anniversary, or some other holiday, finding the perfect gift will always be a challenge. Here you see a lovely staged photo from Christmas day as I opened the hand-vac that I'd actually been wanting for a while. This was too good of a photo op to pass up, though, especially if you've seen the Doghouse video. (If you haven't, you need to go watch it right this minute.) I always remember Shona's birthday party in fifth grade when I gave her a book that I wanted about horses. I can see the sort of blank look on her face as she opened it and I asked to borrow it as soon as she was done. In case you were wondering, Shona had NO interest whatsoever in horses, riding on them or reading about them.

I think I've outgrown giving the gift that I would like to receive, but gift-giving gets harder when you're older, and can be sort of joyless. This year Rob and I went back and forth about what to get. At first we just told each other what to buy for the other, since there was something he really wanted (an air rifle) and something I really need (new skates). Then that felt kind of un-romantic and stupid, since we could just buy them for ourselves if we were going to just tell the other person what to buy. That's not a gift! But it can be hard to know sometimes what will really make the other person happy. It's like you need to be making a list all year long of little things the other person might mention wanting. What happened to Christmas when there was just the simple joy of opening gifts as a child?

This may make us bad parents, but this year we didn't get Sawyer anything. He was sufficiently spoiled by his grandparents, and we figured he wouldn't really know the difference. Plus, he really likes to just play with trash sometimes, and he did enjoy the tissue paper and empty gift bags. Honestly, I think I'd like to banish Christmas gift-giving for us and just giving things away. We have so MUCH and there are people that have so little. Maybe we'll work that into our yearly tradition sometime. That to me would REALLY feel like giving. Then again, I really like the gift cards, coffees, and books I got this year. Oh, yes--and the vacuum cleaner.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Here is our winning Christmas card picture from this year! Denise took them for us in November, just before Braden was born. Sawyer has less hair, and Rob had more. I'll post the family Christmas photos soon, but for now, Merry Christmas from Robbie, Kirsten, Sawyer, and Tex.
And now...the outtakes.













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