Sunday, January 22, 2012

More cardboard fun

I found an old Bed Bath and Beyond gift card in my old wallet.  I had no idea if it was still any good, so I checked the balance, and it still had $7.00 on it!  So, a quick trip to the Clearance section of their website later.....this little cardboard beauty was on its way to our house.  It is actually surprisingly sturdy, and will probably be hours of fun for Mdx to color.  I told her that Mav can play with it, but I'm only going to let her color it (since he loves to color walls.....AHEM...sofas, etc).

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Silvester 10K

There is an annual 10K that runs through our village, and a few other surrounding ones.  They close the main road (the one we live on) for the runners.

Mdx is ready to do some cheering!

We made a little poster, and got lots of thumbs up from the runners!

Some of them even had coaches or friends riding along!

Almost every house had people come out and clap.  There was very little cheering, mostly clapping.  The two young men you can see (besides Marshall) are our landlord's sons.  

Unfortunately (or fortunately??) Mav slept through the whole thing, but maybe he'll see it next year.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy Birthday Daddy!

We celebrated Marshall's birthday a little early this year, so he could enjoy cake, ice cream, and presents before he left.

Homemade Birthday Cake!  He actually had the gall to utter the words "That's not how my mother does it" while I was making this cake.  And he survived.

Mdx wanted to know which number goes first.  Mav is cheesing.

"Mav- say cheese!" "NO GIMME SOME CAKE!"

OKAY HERE!  He talks in all capitals, in case you didn't know.  

That's the best Birthday fortune I've ever seen.

Happy Birthday to my sweet husband, we love you so much!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Money well spent!

Thanks for letting me know you are here!  It's hard to type up words and upload pictures and send them out into the great beyond, and not ever hear an echo.  But I see your smoke signals now, so that makes me happy!

Tonight the kids and I went to Zumba class.  Initially a few weeks ago I went to a Zumba class myself after finding info for it on facebook.  Thank you facebook for helping me with....just about everything.

At the class they handed out tiny little business cards that showed a class for kids on Wednesdays.  Since all the dance classes on base are full with waiting lists, and this Zumba class is right in the next village, I asked Marshall if he thought we should sign up Maddox.  The class costs €5 a week.  "Sure, sounds great" is what he said, which is a typical Marshall response.

I've played our Wii Zumba game, which is supposed to be a kind of aerobic workout.  You strap on a velcro belt around your waist, and stick the controller in a side pocket of it, and it magically can tell if you are doing the movements correctly.  What they didn't program into the Wii game is how to measure the arm movements, so a lot of the time when I was playing I would just stop moving my arms because I could barely keep doing the correct steps as it was!  The Zumba game is pretty hard, and a decent workout!  The Zumba class (for adults) was also hard, but really fun- and I am sooooooo uncoordinated.  It takes dance and step aerobics to another level.  Another thing that I found funny is that the Zumba franchise sells clothing to wear to class- they have some  eighties looking stuff with torn holes and neon colors- and other outfits that are like cargo pants and tank tops.  I haven't purchased any Zumba clothes yet, and don't know if I ever will.  I'd like to look like an uncoordinated idiot in my own clothes, thankyouverymuch.

Back to the kids class. ... Instead of being out in the main open gym, it is in a classroom. They turn down the lights, turn on the disco ball, and ROCK OUT!  There were about 15 kids there tonight, all ages and abilities.  Really the class is meant for kids from around 5 to 12, but Mdx was holding her own!  Parents are welcome to dance too, but I was wrangling the baby.  Toward the end Mav got over his intimidation and was dancing too.  It was so cute!  Hopefully you can see in these videos, they are dark.

In this video Mdx is dancing a Samba, and then you hear me laugh.

This one is a song called "Chocolate" that they do every week, so the kids really get to learn it well.

And the last one, you can see Maverick trying to copy all the other kids.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Aside from being one of my favorite Lionel Richie songs ever.....


Hello?  *tap tap tap* Is this thing on?  Starting to feel like no one reads this blasted thing.  Of course, I'm only partly doing it for you (whoever you are) and I'm partly doing it for me.  I'm not a scrap-booker.  I'm not a journal-er, and I'm barely a blogger.  But, a blogger I am, and I guess that's better than nothing. It's nice to look back at the blog and see pictures and stories, so I guess even if no one is reading, that is why I'm doing it.

The strangest thing happened today.  I was trying to make a new header- which took forever because I forgot how to do it with Picasa.  Then after finally doing it, I tried to upload it, but it was either WAY too big, or way too small.  When I'd click the "Shrink to fit" option it would make it too small and all the way to the left.  So I had to go back to my old headers and find out what size it needed to be- then when I tried to upload the header as the correct size- GUESS WHAT??

I have reached my 1G free upload limit on Picasa Web Albums......which (I had no idea) is where your pictures are stored when you upload them to your blog.  I guess it's not that bad that it took me a few years to reach 1G of uploaded stuff.  Some of it is wasted memory because I had to upload the stupid header multiple times at different sizes before finding the right one because there is no "preview" choice for headers.

Which means........I have to pay for more storage.  Or I can't upload any more photos or videos.   WHAT?!  That's right.....I can have 20G more storage for $5.00.  So, I did it.  I paid $5.00 and uploaded my new (correctly sized) header.  You know what though- now that I stop and think about it, I think it said $5.00/year.  WHOA, I better go back and check.  I mean, it's not a lot, but that will add up over time, and what if I shut down the blog and stop paying?  Will the entire thing just disappear!?  ACK!

You're welcome.  Or, I'm welcome.  Sigh.