Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Way I See It

You can learn a lot more from listening than you can from talking. Find someone with whom you don't agree in the slightest and ask them to explain themselves at length. Then take a seat, shut your mouth, and don't argue back. It's physically impossible to listen with your mouth open.

Jonh Moe-
Radio Host and Author of Conservatize Me.

No Tornado

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down on Lane Ave. on Saturday. Yesterday, they said they were mistaken and there was not believed to have been a tornado that hit Upper Arlington., if I made that HUGE of a mistake at my job, I wouldn't have one. How does someone make that kind of mistake? I should sue them for the sheer panic that I was in at work when they confirmed this supposed sighting on Saturday. A**holes.

Kitchen Pics.


Dave and tore out the old cabinets. It was great!

Almost done. The Convestion hood that we have is waiting to go in because we're having some cabinets built above it.




That smile is all I need.

The goat kept trying to eat Anson's hat. He didn't mind.

With some help from dad.

"These things have nothing on Gretta!"

Not so sure.....

It is so pretty there. I do miss the country.

Look at those scrawny little legs.

Ian, Anson and me.

I love this series of pictures. We were in Greenville for the Bertram family reunion. Dave, Anson and I, along with Heather, Mark and Ian, went to see the goats. It was so stinking cute.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Happy Birthday Aunt Bonnie!


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Pictures from Oma and Grandpa Bertram

Getting ready for dinner.

Ready to show grandma all my toys.

One, two favorite book!

Being silly with daddy.

More of the same.

Anson has been trying very hard to skip his afternoon nap, so this is what happens after dinner. I love this picture. So sweet, until he woke up!

Anything that has to do with a fish, Anson loves.


Monday, August 20, 2007

Pics. from the Weekend

Anson's idea of helping momma fold clothes.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Our Weekend

Well, I worked all weekend (that's where I am now....sshhhhhh), but Dave' s parents came to see us on Saturday. They offered to watch Anson while Dave worked, which was very much appreciated. I worked 3p-11p, so we definately needed some weekend help. So, they had a wonderful visit and Anson loved seeing his grandma and grandpa. My point of this story, is food. I got home around midnight, starving. I hadn't eaten since noon that day. I was crazy busy at work, so no lunch for me. Marcia makes this macaroni salad that is quite possibly the best food on the earth. Dave and I both love it. She brought us a huge serving of it and it is almost gone. No Marcia, I am not kidding. She also made this yummy chicken salad that I had never had before. I am super picky about tuna/chicken salad and this gets two thumbs up. THEN, she brought us cake. Now, everyone who knows me best knows I'm not a cake person. I prefer pie or ice cream. I had a huge helping of the macaroni, a huge chicken salad sandwich and Dave and I split a big piece of cake. Yes, Dave ate AGAIN when I got home. The cake was awesome, even without ice cream. So, all of this at midnight.........boy, I had some funky dreams!

The kitchen is coming along. I have a stove now and I cooked most of the day today. I love it! Our countertops are still not in, but what can you do? We finalized paint for the kitchen walls this morning. Like I said, it's coming along. I'll post pics. from this weekend tomorrow. Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Our Monkey

Look at what daddy taught me while mommy was at work!!!!

Hmmmm.....what would momma think about this?

Dad says I'm not allowed to tell.......

This is fun!


Oh, the trouble we're in.

See you later!!!!

Monday, August 13, 2007


I'm hiding......
Oops! Busted!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Trying to Walk...Not There Just Yet!

New toy.

He wasn't quite sure about it at first.

Then he figured it out.

The rest is history.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Nice Note from a Friend

Tequila and Salt
This should probably be taped to your bathroom mirror where one could read it every day.
You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.
1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. You are special and unique.
8. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.
11. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.
And always remember.... when life hands you lemons, ask for Tequila and salt and call me over!
Good friends are like stars........ You don't always see them, But you know they are always there.
"Whenever God Closes One Door He Always Opens Another, Even Though Sometimes It's Hell in the Hallway"
I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend while I'm here than a whole truck load when I'm gone.
Happiness keeps You Sweet, Trials keep You Strong, Sorrows keep You Human, Failures keeps You Humble, Success keeps You Glowing, But Only God keeps You Going

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Interesting Story

Dave and I have choosen to not let Anson watch TV. Like many other decisions parents make for their children, this is our choice and we know lots of parents who do let their kids watch TV (my brother, for instance) and that's their decision to make as well. For those of you who don't do the TV thing, this article is interesting. I must say though, I've read similiar articles that say allowing small periods of TV for children is beneficial. I guess it's up to you to decide on what's best for your particular situation and family. Here is the article:

The claim always seemed too good to be true: park your infant in front of a video and, in no time, he or she will be talking and getting smarter than the neighbor's kid. In the latest study on the effects of popular videos such as the "Baby Einstein" and "Brainy Baby" series, researchers find that these products may be doing more harm than good. And they may actually delay language development in toddlers.

Led by Frederick Zimmerman and Dr. Dimitri Christakis, both at the University of Washington, the research team found that with every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants learned six to eight fewer new vocabulary words than babies who never watched the videos. These products had the strongest detrimental effect on babies 8 to 16 months old, the age at which language skills are starting to form. "The more videos they watched, the fewer words they knew," says Christakis. "These babies scored about 10% lower on language skills than infants who had not watched these videos."
It's not the first blow to baby videos, and likely won't be the last. Mounting evidence suggests that passive screen sucking not only doesn't help children learn, but could also set back their development. Last spring, Christakis and his colleagues found that by three months, 40% of babies are regular viewers of DVDs, videos or television; by the time they are two years old, almost 90% are spending two to three hours each day in front of a screen. Three studies have shown that watching television, even if it includes educational programming such as Sesame Street, delays language development. "Babies require face-to-face interaction to learn," says Dr. Vic Strasburger, professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. "They don't get that interaction from watching TV or videos. In fact, the watching probably interferes with the crucial wiring being laid down in their brains during early development." Previous studies have shown, for example, that babies learn faster and better from a native speaker of a language when they are interacting with that speaker instead of watching the same speaker talk on a video screen. "Even watching a live person speak to you via television is not the same thing as having that person in front of you," says Christakis.
This growing evidence led the Academy to issue its recommendation in 1999 that no child under two years old watch any television. The authors of the new study might suggest reading instead: children who got daily reading or storytelling time with their parents showed a slight increase in language skills.
Though the popular baby videos and DVDs in the Washington study were designed to stimulate infants' brains, not necessarily to promote language development, parents generally assume that the products' promises to make their babies smarter include improvement of speaking skills. But, says Christakis, "the majority of the videos don't try to promote language; they have rapid scene changes and quick edits, and no appearance of the 'parent-ese' type of speaking that parents use when talking to their babies."
As far as Christakis and his colleagues can determine, the only thing that baby videos are doing is producing a generation of overstimulated kids. "There is an assumption that stimulation is good, so more is better," he says. "But that's not true; there is such a thing as overstimulation." His group has found that the more television children watch, the shorter their attention spans later in life. "Their minds come to expect a high level of stimulation, and view that as normal," says Christakis, "and by comparison, reality is boring."
He and other experts worry that the proliferation of these products will continue to displace the one thing that babies need in the first months of life — face time with human beings. "Every interaction with your child is meaningful," says Christakis. "Time is precious in those early years, and the newborn is watching you, and learning from everything you do." So just talk to them; they're listening.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

The Today Show

Great news!

Next Thursday, August 9, NBC’s “Today Show” will feature Richard Solove and two of his 13 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost automobiles that will be auctioned off later this month in Pebble Beach, California to benefit cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James).

The “Today Show” segment, hosted by Matt Lauer, Meredith Viera and Ann Curry, will highlight Mr. Solove’s philanthropic gesture of donating all of the proceeds of his world-renowned collection to the OSUCCC-James.

Mr. Solove will appear in the live segment – to run sometime between 8:30-9:00 a.m. – along with David Schuller, MD, senior executive director of The James, and David Gooding, founder and president of Gooding & Company, which will conduct the sale on August 19.

Television sets around The James and in Season’s CafĂ© and will be tuned to NBC that morning. We will also tape the segment and make it available for viewing on OneSource and later that day.

If you would like to see pictures of Mr. Solove’s cars, or watch a short video of him discussing his passion to help in the fight against cancer, visit and click on the Richard J. Solove, A Collection of Distinction button.

Anson Being Cute


This was our bare floor after Dave and Andy ripped everything up.

More of above.

And, after. Isn't it just beautiful? Well, we love it. We're so happy we went with real tile after we saw the end result. Our tile guy finished the grout yesterday and we're going to seal it today. One more thing checked off our list! The empty spot to the right is where the dishwasher will be and the empty spot the the left will be a built-in wine that locks, of course. I can just see Anson pulling out bottles of wine onto the floor!!!