Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Flashback!

Diego, the couch potato

Two weeks ago...pretty tired


today, seriously tired!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

BLOG IN!




PLEASE READ!!! This will be affecting several of my friends who sell their handmade goods online as well as a lot of SAHM's who make things as a side business. It's riduculous!


The following information is republished with permission from chichiboulie and Winklepots on Etsy:
As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.


Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too.


How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:


To the Parents of Young Students:Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.


To the Avid Reader:Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.Article from the American Library Association http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.


To the Environmentalist
:Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.


To the Entrepreneur:Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.


To the Antique Toy Collector:Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189645948879745.html


To the American Economy
:Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

To the Worldwide Economy
:Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses. If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbeshttp://www.forbes.com/2009/01/16/cpsia-safety-toys-oped-cx_wo_0116olson.html


And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled,
click the following:
The New Law

Did you know?
If this upsets or alarms you, please react.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sentimental Saturday!



My kids are growing up...I just can't believe how fast!


"Mohawk" Maggie is starting Rice Cereal, rolling around, and is as cute as a button




And the Big Boy bed that once was Job's...

...is now Diego's!


And my oldest Big boy Job, is getting to be a great helper. Here he is feeding Diego apple sauce at the zoo.

and giving Maggie a toy while I was out changing laundry. Does she look terrified or what?


I just can't believe how much our little ones can do and learn in such a short amount of time. Precious!

Kissing

Just thought these were cute


Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Flashback

Grandpa Moto's last visit (April 2007)
the zoo

Diego had just started taking steps.

Grandpa Moto weeded the ENTIRE backyard and dug out old,dead trees. I don't think I've done any weeding since.

And He bought us our hammock stand so we don't have to be vertical in the tree!




Now


Job was not happy about the surprise picture right before bed


It was great to see you Grandpa Moto! Thanks so much for helping out this weeks with all the projects Steve decided to start. I'm so glad that you got to meet Maggie and see the boys again. See you soon, hopefully in your neighborhood of beautiful Hawaii!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Another Great Contest!

To enter into a contest to win some great stuff for your kiddos go HERE

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Crazy Day...good day and bad.

Maggie is 4 months old (on the 18th). She is rolling over from her tummy to her back, and to her sides. She's now 14lbs, 24inches long and cute as a button.


Job had the runs and has been barfing all day( the worst I've ever seen!!!!)It's either viral or from this:



Diego is CRAZY!!!!! Clingy, whiny, screaming, happy, sad...CRAZY!


Then, on my way to the MD for Maggie;s 4 month check up I got this!!!


50 in a 35 zone!!!! I felt like such an idiot! And I didn't even try to talk my way out of it! I'm totally gonna practice an excuse or story or something if it ever happens again! I haven't been pulled over since I was 18yrs old and that was just for rolling though a stop sign, and I got off with a warning. Now I get to do traffic court(online) and go to court to try to get the ridiculous fine dropped down as much as possible. I'm bringing all my kids in hope for some sympathy!

And in the middle of it all, Grandpa Matsumoto!

He's been a trooper! I'm so glad he is visiting from Hawaii and got to meet Maggie before she gets too big. The boys are enjoying him too! Hopefully we aren't scaring him away from coming again!


Whatta day!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday Flashback!

Last January...
Job got his first Barber haircut(he's saying "I'm one")


Job got his big boy bed


Diego was chubby and cute



The boys still tolerated bibs(by Angela)



We found out we were preggo with Maggie!

(is that a look of excitment or terror on my face?)


It seems like forever ago!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Vacation at home!

Since Steve has some time till his next job begins he's had a couple of days off. It's been awesome. Yesterday we went on a bike ride with the kids around Mission Bay.





And today we went to Sea World...round two! We got there when it opened and didn't leave till 330pm! We let the boys skip naps and just went for it!
We saw close to everything there. We were able to catch the Sea lion, Dolphin and Shamu shows! we had a couple near-meltdowns toward the end, but nothing that a little popcorn and fruit punch couldn't cure.

Meeting Shamu


Elmo...a little freaky for Diego. Job LOVED him!

At the tide pools


Magnified Diego

Hunting in the Shark tunnel

Breaking for lunch before the Dolphin show


Bay of Play






At the Clydesdales

Job trying to sneak behind the chains for a closer look


SHAMU!!



Today was a day of firsts. Job and Diego's 1st time meeting Elmo, Big bird, seeing (or even hearing the name) Shamu, touching starfish and sea cucumbers, being on the bigscreen at a Show, wearing winter hats and tank tops, and getting completely soaked in the splash zone, and everyone going to bed an hour early
!Thanks for a great day Papa.