Monday, February 15, 2010

Inside peek at our very private ceremony

Really Jason? You want to marry this girl? ... Here I am inebriated at the Samsa Family Christmas. Do you think anyone noticed?

We had to go through metal detectors to get married in Jail. Just kidding, it was in the courthouse... Which is also jail, in Appleton, WI. This is me doin' a Dew before the ceremony. What a classy bride!!!


My mom forced me to hold this bouquet.


I surprised Jason by changing my name.

Jason shoots celebratory rubber bands and I try to hold down my Dew. Look at these KIDS!!!

It's been a pretty wild ride. Our first year of marriage brought first time parenthood of an extremely difficult and cute baby and having to search for a new job...

The second year we moved to Madison, then moved again to a different apartment, and found out we were pregnant AGAIN...

The third year we had Leta, and after that everything is a little fuzzy.

Jason, we've had our ups and downs like anyone else but I mean it when I say I think our marriage is better than ever now and with each new day, and I am always impressed with how you have handled it all. I'm looking forward to many more years with you!


Happy Anniversary!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mary's Family Restaurant

Mary's Family Restaurant in Appleton, WI has magical chicken dumpling soup. When I moved to Madison it was one of the things I craved every time I was sick. I didn't WANT homemade soup. I didn't want soup from a can, either. Heck, I didn't want soup with actual chicken in it! And I REALLY didn't want it to be a natural color. I wanted neon yellow dumpling soup from Mary's.

My mom used to buy it for me and bring it home and it was one of the things she did that I will always appreciate and remember fondly. Food is love!

Today I'm thankful that Mary's is still there after all these years because today my friend Kelly brought me a big bucket of The Soup. (THANKS KELLY!) I haven't tried it yet, but you know, I'm just glad it exists!

There are so many places and things from my childhood that are disappearing and I love finding out that some things haven't changed. Even as I become more mature and discerning with my soup, and really prefer my own soup that I've lovingly made from scratch, there will always be something magical about that electric yellow Mary's chicken dumpling.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bouncing off the Walls

I go through phases where I have very little impulse control. Everything is interrupted by the irrepressible need to do something... I think of something and must act on it immediately, but then whatever I'm acting on gets interrupted by some other thing I must act on immediately... My life is USUALLY like this, but in a more zombified state. Typical mom-ness.

The difference is that right now I feel like my eyes are bugging out of my head and I'm grinning maniacally, bouncing all around like a monkey. I like it, but it can be embarrassing and I annoy myself a great deal!


Also, I have a staring problem. But only if you don't stare back.


Do you have tricks for staying focused or for self restraint?

P.S. Haircut day. I love haircut day! Good job, me, for getting a haircut. Oh, oh yeah, and good job, Lowen, for cutting my hair.

P.P.S. Yesss it's finally kid bedtime!!! Grown-up party time! Woohoo!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Illustration Friday--"Muddy"

Muddy Thoughts

I used to describe my thoughts as muddy quite often. It's a state that I really can't describe any other way. When I hear that word, I always imagine an opaque body of water where you can't really make out anything that's floating around in there, until there is absolute calm and quiet and the dust has a chance to settle...

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Eczema on the face

Cullen and I took Mina to the doctor today because she's having some eczema problems on her face. Well, all over, really, but I can treat the rest of her body. I can't put triamcinolone on her face. Dr. Dude prescribed desonide. Very interesting, I know.

We also talked about the bed-wetting. He doesn't think it's time to worry yet but the first thing to do is have Mina put her sheets in the basket when they're wet. Not as a punishment, but because as a seven year old she is capable of taking care of some things herself. He prescribed desmopressin for sleepovers or trips to grandma's or whatever... [Mom is thinking: too bad she didn't have that last weekend...]

She'll have another blood test after eight more weeks of eating gluten.

Wow, aren't trips to the doctor fascinating? They are when you want to look back and figure out when who had what going on.

Good night, all.