Friday, February 27, 2009

FSF, the reinstatement edition

now with bonus shout out!

Ray's Story

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Save the Date!
The Ray Roberts "Cancer Sucks"
is next Saturday, March 7th!
Hope to see some friends and family members out there.
We still need sponsors, and if you'd like to bowl, it isn't too late!
Please, please, please contact me:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


We can check another of life's grand experiences off our list.

We had our very first "foreign object lodged in orifice" experience and if I can quit laughing over the word "orifice", I'll get on with the story.
Jaxon decided today that a raisin would be more fun if lodged in his nostril. His right nostril to be exact. Then, re-thinking his decision, he showed me his handiwork. Instinct kicked in and I pinched the bridge of his nose, trying to keep the raisin from traveling in a northern direction, I only succeeded in affirming his fears that this was, indeed, a very bad idea. He promptly twisted free of my grasp and as I was saying "Don't sniff"...
He. Sniffed.
I practically watched the raisiny bulge move from the entrance of his nostril to his sinus cavity. Then I did what any other grown, independent woman would do in this situation.
I called his father.
So we spent some quality family time in the Urgent Care this afternoon. Jaxon was introduced to the nose probe, or as he would like to refer to it, the "Nose Probe of DOOM" and had the distinct honor of being seen by not one, but two Doctors. Neither could locate the raisin, and just before the panic I was trying to reign in broke loose, the second of the Doctors reassured us that Jaxon probably sniffed the raisin into his soft palate and swallowed it.
All I could think was "Wow, that was one heck of a sniff".
"Raisin Head", waiting at the Urgent Care

"Raisin Head" has been prescribed gratuitous box-car rides until cured.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


The Ray Roberts
"Cancer Sucks"
is quickly approaching! If you would like to participate, I need to know soon so you have time to find some sponsors. Email me at and I'll help you out. Donations are taken at any time, and we need lots of sponsors!
Remember, every little bit helps!

Good clean fun

Hey everyone out in Blogland,
Mom and Dad let me do some finger painting with shaving cream this morning, and boy was it fun! I played quietly for over a half-hour while Daddy got some homework done and Mommy cleaned the kitchen (and then me!).
Hope you’re having a shaving cream kind of morning too.

PS-it doesn’t taste so good. Just so you know.
PPS-Support my Great-Uncle Ray, he's a pretty cool guy! Come out to see me at the "Cancer Sucks" Bowl-a-thon on Saturday, March 7th at Cliff Castle Casino.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Pirate takeover at Blog Hollow

Arrrr! Give me yer computer.
--Captain FuzzyNog
Jaxon has been on a Pirate kick the last few days. I left my post for a drink of water, and came back to Blog Hollow to find it ambushed by this Swashbuckler (shown with war face). His scurvy sea dog, Boson Hendrix, was holding up the rear of the raid, enjoying the spoils of war (namely, raisins discarded by his Buccaneer buddy).

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Blogger in action

Actually, showing off the haircut I got last Friday. I'm pretty sure my styling techniques leave something to be desired... but Natalie did a wonderful job! (By the way, wow... this webcam doesn't take great photos. Maybe its the early-morning lighting)
But really, this is where I spend my days blogging and working. By my favorite stripey curtains, under the wreath that Tara gave me, with a rickety rolling desk and a faux leather chair who's padding is already worn out (the Willoughby bottom is hard on furniture)... right in the middle of the living room, to keep an eye on the boys. Or to be in their way and ruin all the fun, depending on who's telling the story.
Welcome to a little slice of Heaven I like to call
"Blog Hollow"
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to extract a two-year-old and his cars from the legs of this desk.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


When even the laws of physics are out to get you.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What the...

ESPN Classic plays PBR in the evenings. Who knew? Certainly nobody told Hendrix, who wants to know just how a cow got into his TV in the first place. He'll get back to everyone once the situation is under control.
And NO, Hendrix isn't suddenly my favorite child. That happened the day Jaxon got the memo he'd turned two.
Kidding. Just kidding.

Open your pocketbooks for a great cause and get your angel wings!

The Ray Roberts
Cancer Sucks
Saturday, March 7th at Cliff Castle Casino
in Camp Verde, Arizona
Ray is Preston's Uncle, who was diagnosed with lung cancer last summer. The family is struggling to pay his bills and help out his two young children while he goes through intensive Radiation Therapy, and we need your help!
You have three choices:
If you'd like to participate in the Bowl-a-thon, or if you would like to donate to the cause or sponsor a bowler, contact myself at and I'll point you in the right direction. RSVP ASAP, so you have time to collect sponsors! It is suggested that you find at least 10, to either give out a set donation, or to donate a certain amount per pin knocked down. We will bowl 1-2 games, I will update with that information as soon as it is decided. The Ruiz family will be out in full-force for this event, so don't hesitate to drop in and check out the action. I will also update with the time as soon as I get that information.
Check back often for other events to benefit the Ray Roberts family! Also, you can donate at any time, this is an on-going effort to support the family. Feel free to contact myself of any family member for more details.
Every little bit helps!
Thank you

Monday, February 16, 2009

More Puptography

I moved the mirror into the family room to remind Preston to hang it up. Hendrix can't shake the uneasy feeling that another dog may be encroaching upon his territory...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Precious to me

This foot.
Because it hasn't changed much in the 2 years, 3 months and 3 days since I gave birth to this boy.
Happy Valentine's Day

Friday, February 13, 2009

Potato Soup

3 Large potatoes
2 cups water
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 cup cubed ham
Shredded cheese, cheddar works nicely
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Herbes de provence
Crushed red pepper flakes

Peel and cube potatoes.

Bring two cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add potatoes and cook until tender. Drain, reserving liquid. Measure out one cup of cooking liquid (add more water if necessary), discard any remaining. Set potatoes and reserved liquid aside.

Melt butter in saucepan, add minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add flour to butter and continue cooking 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently.

Gradually add potatoes, reserved cooking liquid, milk and sugar to flour mixture in saucepan. Add ham. Add salt, pepper, crushed pepper flakes and herbes de provence to taste. I use about a half-teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes and a small palmfull of herbes de provence. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Garnish with shredded cheese and serve with sourdough bread, or in bread bowls.

Afternoon playtime

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Alphabet, the Jaxon way

Practicing the alphabet.
Where M= Me, or Mommy and J= Jaxon, or J Man

M: A
J: A
M: B
J: C
M: D
J: D
M: E
J: E, F
M: G
J: G
M: H
J: H
M: I
J: (points to eye) I
M: J
J: J Man! 'Dat's me!
M: K
J: ... ...
M: K...
J: Thirteen?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The "I Did It" dance

A common sight in the Ruiz household, performed in all its intricacy after any task, large or small, is accomplished. This stellar example was filmed after the completion of this morning's first "carsie train", that is, a bunch of cars lined up to form a train.

Cue the celebration, and

Behold the awesomeness.

Monday, February 9, 2009

They said he'd be okay!

The Vet said Hendrix was just suffering from a small cut on his back left leg, and that he should make a full recovery.
I have another theory. I think he has...
Rigor Mortis ala Tortoise

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Happy first!!!

Dear Amanda,

I can hardly believe its been a year! You're growing up too fast. It has been fun watching you grow from a newborn into a sassy little girl.
We love your chubby cheeks and that you've had the perfect head of hair from day one. We love your sweet disposition and laid-back style, and we love that little squeaky cry that you have (although I'm still convinced that you don't really cry...). We love how friendly you are, and that you like to talk to your toys (especially Cookie Monster). We love your play-dough feet and toes and all the little outfits Mommy and Grandma dress you up in.
We love everything about you, Miss Amanda! We can't wait to see what the next year brings for you.
Your Auntie Heather

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I steamed my fingers last night while making dinner.

My bedtime survival solution.

This morning's beauty shot.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Itchy Bum

So what was he doing?

The itchy bum scoot, of course.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The all-in-one, just in case

Last night:

Jaxon is sitting at the table, having a bedtime snack of grapes when he coughs.

"Bless me, Mom. I burped."

Monday, February 2, 2009

In which we threaten to emasculate Elmo if he looks at these pictures

Erin, Jenny, Tara, Mom and myself piled into Erin's Durango Saturday to look at Wedding dresses for Mom. Come along on our white-dress adventure, won't you?

Mom and Tara, who picked out the winning design
The gang and the winning dress.
We had a blast with lacing and panels and sleeve vs sleeveless, white vs ivory debates. In the end, we all agreed that this was the one. And Mom, well--Mom said "I like the way my toes looked peeking out the bottom of the dress when I put it on."

Thanks girls for a wonderful weekend, I miss you already!