Archive for August, 2009

Julie & Julia: Go See It!

Last night I went with two of my sisters to see the movie Julie & Julia. The more I think about this movie the more I love it! It combines food, blogging, and relationships which are three things that I’m much involved in.

As a blogger I felt there were some things said in the movie that were probably more humorous to fellow bloggers than the averge Jane watching the movie. Like fellow bloggers will probably laugh at this quote from my sister’s blog on her 100th post:

One of my favorite posts was in September of 2008 when I wrote this: “I called my husband at work and told him I would do dinner that night. Well, I got on the computer and starting checking out my favorite blogs and before I knew it he was home and no dinner was even close to being started on. He sniffed the air and said “Blog for dinner??” I’m guessing that won’t be the last time that happens.” Well, we have had a lot of blog for dinner a lot since then.

More thoughts after last night:

We went to the late show. 9:55 pm on a work night. I didn’t have issues staying awake for the show. I had issues when I got home. I laid in bed awake for an hour (thinking about the movie and about blogging). Then an hour after I finally fell asleep my kids wake me up. Nice. And my internal clock always wakes me up before my alarm now so luckily I didn’t have to worry about making it to work on time.

I dreamt about cooking and food. I love food.

I have a whole new respect for Julia Child. I think I need to read more about her.

I found the original The Julie/Julia Project blog and I think I’ll be reading it. I also want to read the book by Julie Powell.

Anyway, good movie. I would like to see it again. Maybe that will be one that I will buy.

It’s Vantastic!

With both Joe and me working we are a two car family. For the last few years we’ve had our awesome truck (2002 Dodge Dakota, four door, fits three kids in the back) and an ancient car (1990 Mazda Protege). For the last few months our car has been struggling along. We have had the pay to fix it or put the money towards something else conversation. We decided to put the money towards something else.

Joe first brought up the thought of a minivan back when we lived in Oregon. Slowly the idea has been growing on me. So when we went car shopping we were looking for a minivan.

And look what we bought!


It’s a 2006 Dodge Caravan. I must say, that now that we have it, I really dig it! The kids have so much space! All of the back seats can fold up and be stored in the floor of the van. It’s awesome! Sophie gets the second row all to herself and the boys share the third row.

Let’s compare kids squished in the truck and kids spaced out in the van.

truck full Sophie - ahh

I actually really like driving the van. It’s pretty sweet.

As a side note to this, we looked into the Cash for Clunkers program and our nearly 20-year-old car does not qualify according to the government web site? HUH??? But we weren’t looking for a brand new car so I guess it’s all good.

Sai’s school starts next week. NEXT WEEK?!?!?! This summer has flown by. We had such great plans for family activities and we’ve just not done them all. I think the kids had a good summer, though.

This summer the kids have grown a lot.

Sai’s lost six teeth and two adult teeth are growing in. He’s still skinny as ever even though he eats more than I do at most meals. He’s going into second grade!

Jay is starting to thin out and lose all the baby/toddler fat. He’s gotten pretty good at riding his bike.

Sophie has grown up a lot. She’s so big—I’m thinking she’ll wear size 2T this fall/winter. She jabbers like crazy and I can figure out more of her words. Tonight Empire Strikes Back has been on TV and she’s been mesmerized by it and has been dancing to it. Being a Star Wars geek I love it!

Sophie Loves Star Wars