The best movie of the year, hands down. Baz Lurhmann is a movie making genius!! I can find nothing bad to say about it, and little Brandon Walters (who plays Nulla in the movie) will melt your heart.
November 28, 2008
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon's
A voyage indeed, this book crossed 2 continents, 4 countries and went back and forth between 2 times (the 1760's and 1960's). The book was absolutely riveting. I could hardly put it down, and in fact would have finished it a day sooner if Jason's wouldn't have hid it from me so I would cook Thanksgiving dinner. There is nothing this book doesn't have...love, war, time travel, pirates (yes, pirates!), African voodoo magic...it is just too much. I feel like I am on a ride and I don't know where Diana is taking me, but I love it so much I am NOT getting off. Characters you almost seem to forget from the other books come back some in haunting twists, and others to save the day. Through Jamie and Claire's travels they meet up with the most intresting people, it has been fun to goggle the names and see what ties they had in our time (just like Forrest Gump in a way). I am really loving this series, and I am a terribly sad that there are only 3 books left.
I read on her website that they are making a movie of the first book, I can't even begin to wonder how much they are going to screw that up. There is no way to tell they story in one movie, without butchering it to pieces. I think it would be better suited as a HBO series! Each book could be a season, and with all the rich characters and layers of the story...there would endless reserve of ideas and dialogue for the writers. And don't even get me started on who would play Jamie...
Well, I promised Jay I would clean up the house and do some laundry before I started the next book.
Nothing says Happy Thanksgiving like a spoonful of smashed potatoes!
Yesterday we had our 3rd Annual Turkey Day at the Beach. I spent all morning begging Clark to watch the Macy's Day parade with me (one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving) and cooking dinner. I attempted to make home made stuffing for the first time, and it turned out semi-good....give me a another try and I bet it would be awesome. There was small crisis when we took the bird out of the oven and could not find any white meat. I was wondering how in all of Hawaii we got stuck with a turkey that had no breasts. After a tiny panic attack we realized that Jay put the bird in upside down...yep we are such dorks, ha ha ha. Boy oh boy were those the juiciest turkey breasts we ever ate. We packed up the car and headed to the beach, where we stuffed ourselves with food, and enjoyed the company of family and dear friends. Harry slept the entire time, and Clark enjoyed the freedom of running all over the beach and eating whatever he wanted. I am so thankful that we get to live in Hawaii, and thankful for the great friends that we have here (it is Auntie Carol's and Eddies last year with us...sniff sniff). I am also so thankful for my family, my brothers and sisters are the best and I love how the family is growing with marriages and babies. I am thankful for Jason and how hard he works for our family, and what a great Dad he is for the boys. I am thankful the great neighbors we have, that take such good care of us. I am thankful for Myspace and Facebook that have helped me find a way to keep in touch with my friends far and wide, some I never thought I would speak to again (I know I am a dork). I have been so blessed this year, so blessed. Most of all I am thankful for my boys! Mama loves you, xoxo.
Happy Thanksgiving, Love The Bosko Fam
November 25, 2008
Not so little Harry passed his 2 month old mark. Sometimes I forget that he is only 2 months. With Clark time seemed to fly by, but with Harry it seems to stand still and I feel like I am reliving the same day over and over again. He is about the size Clark was when he (Clark) was 4 months old. And although they do have similarities, they are also so different. Harry is starting to get his own look, and looks nothing like Clark did at this age...well you can see a family resemblance. He still seems so serious or mysterious. We haven't quite figured him out yet.
He still eats a ton, I probably go through 10 bottles a day. And he has finally started sleeping better, last night slept for 4 1/2 straight hours in a row!!!! That is the longest he has slept since he was born. He smiles more, and does this super cute winking thing where he scrunches up one side of his face. I caught him laughing in his sleep this morning,it was the most precious sound ever. He follows Clark everywhere, with his eyes...and never cries out when Clark "loves" him, or shoves various pieces of food into his mouth. He loves to be snuggled, way more than Clark (he was always trying to get away), and is still the noisiest eater/sleeper ever.
If I was on top of things and scheduled his 2 month old check up like I was supposed to, then I would have all his measurements and what not...but that will just have to wait until next time.
November 23, 2008
Hi, my name is April. I am 28 years old. And I am an Outlander-aholic. I may need to join a support group...just today I realized I called Clark my bonny wee lass five separate times.
It is 12:30 am and I am hurriedly trying to fall asleep before Harry gets up for his next feeding. But instead of sleeping my mind is racing with thoughts of Jamie, Claire, Fergus, and Murtagh. (I think I want to replace Gary with a cooler, less annoying cat and name him Murtagh.)
I loved the second installment of the Outlander series. Drangonfly followed Jamie and Claire to Paris where they tried to shake up the local goverment. With Claire's knowlege of the future, they try everything to keep one of the deadlist battles in Scottish history from happening. I couldn't put this book down. In fact... I spent most of the day/nights clumsily trying to figure out how I can hold Harry and his bottle in his mouth, and turn the pages at the same time. Diana has a beautiful and natural way of story telling. She makes you fall in love with the characters, and you even love the ones you hate. There is never a dull page that you want to skip over, and never once in the over 900 page book did I wonder when it would be over...because you just don't want it to end. With enough suspense, romance and action to keep me up late everynight I finished the book satisfied...a little heartbroken but satisfied. I have already started the 3rd book. It continues right where Dragonfly left off, and is every bit as entertaining and compelling as the previous two books.
November 21, 2008
One of the new things Clark likes to do is throw things in the garbage. We have lost a few sippy cups, lots of silverware, legos, and God knows what else. I am sure that is what happened to most of his and Harry's pacifiers that are missing, and his Madagascar dvd.
So, today when I went to load some new pictures on my laptop...guess what was missing, my USB drive thingy that I need for my memory card. The last place I saw it was next to Clark's pacifier on the coffee table. After a frantic search of the house I see Clark innocently sucking on his pacifier with that look in his eye saying 'you know I threw it away, but you have no proof...' Jay already took it out the trash, and it is cheap enough I can just get another...but still a huge pain in my butt ahhhhhh!
It is times like this, when I want to duck tape him to the wall, that I try to remind myself of all the cute things he does. Like lately we have finally got to him to fold his arms all through prayer time, and afterward instead of saying amen he just claps and cheers. Also, when he wants you to play with him, he will pat the ground next to him going " hmm hmm". Or my favorite, when he is asking for something he does his little mumbo jumbo Clark jibberish and his voice always goes up really high at the end, and the more you make him repeat it or ignore his request the higher and higher his voice goes...too cute.
November 18, 2008
It has only been a few days, but I feel like I have been falling behind on every thing (life with 2 kids, right!)...so today I am playing catch up.
Over the weekend I had a chance to meet up with an old friend from Arizona. Raquel and I grew up in together in church...good ole Goodyear Ward. It was so fun to see her and get to know her all over again. It brought back so many good memories of girls camp, and mutual friends. She is so amazingly down to earth and easy to talk to. We couldn't have had a better Saturday. Thanks so much for taking time out of your vacation to hang with us, I can't wait to meet your boys.
Clark passed his 21 month mark over the weekend. What a month this was! He is getting so close to talking, but I think he is being a little stubborn. Some days I can almost hear him say things, or catch him trying to say something...then the next day nothing. I feel like I am sitting on pins and needles just waiting for that first word. He is developing quite a sense of humor. He is always doing ridiculous things to make us laugh, trying different faces or doing stunts. The other day he was trying to eat with his eyes close, it was the funniest thing to watch. He is always trying to put things together, build things, or take apart things...very curious (much like his Daddy). We took him to see Madagascar 2 (Jason was so excited to take him, a lot more than Clark was) he loved it! As soon as he recognized the characters and music he was bouncing in his chair. Clark went through a growth spurt this month, all his shorts have gotten a little shorter, and his feet bigger. He is thinning out, and is definitely not my chubby baby anymore...he is going to have to be my tiny little man now. He is such a loud and wild handful, and gives me a run for my money most days...we are definitely right smack in the middle of the terrible twos. I find it hard sometimes to take him seriously, I can never keep a straight face when he is throwing a tantrum. Sunday we were sitting outside the nursery room skipping Sunday school and listening to the kids. We would hear the kids playing and talking, and then every few minutes we would hear...Clark no, put that down, or don't climb on that, Clark stop! Jay and I were laughing hysterically, and thankful for a couple short hours it wasn't our turn to tame the beast.I love this picture of Harry, even though it is a little blurry. He has the chubbiest little arms. In fact he is pretty chubby everywhere. Last week I gave up on trying to stuff him into anymore of his baby clothes. His little belly would always stick out or I wouldn't be able to snap the crotch, so I packed them all up. He is wearing all 3-6 months sizes (pretty much has been since he was 6 weeks). He smiles so much now, and lights up when ever his brother is around.
November 10, 2008
Happy Birthday Granny! (Well, yesterday...sorry I am a day late).
I was thinking of my favorite Granny things that I wanted to share, but there are just too many, so I narrowed to down to my top 10;
1. Granny's Green Pancakes. I remember when we were kids being so excited to have green pancakes (they are just normal pancakes with green food coloring). I loved putting sprinkles and red hot candies on them, and thinking of weird shape for you to make them into. Granny can make the best Uncle Glen pancake!
2. I love that you sing me Happy Birthday every year.
3. I love going on car rides with you, because I know we will sing the whole way. It's just as fun when I am 28, as it was when I was 4.
4. I love how generous you are. You are always thinking of other people and what little things would make them happy. You taught me a lot when it comes to this.
5. I love how you are every ones Granny too. You always treated our friends just as special as you treat us. I know I had a couple friends that meant a lot too.
6. I love how happy you sound every time I call you...it makes me feel like a million bucks!
7. I love to bake with you. I cherish my stack of "Granny Recipes" that I keep in my cabinet. (I think we should make a cookbook.)
8. I love the joy you bring my family. We are always so happy when you are around.
9. I love that you carrying on the Granny traditions with my boys. Clark loves his Granny stocking, and he gets so excited when he gets a post card in the mail from you.
10. I love the way your house smells. We can never really describe it...we just call it Granny's House. It is comforting and welcoming, and reminds me of all the great times we had there.
11. Just one more... I love that you are always ready for a good time. It doesn't matter how late it is, or how goofy we all look, or what chores need to be done. You are always a willing participate, just to spend more time with us.
You are the best! I love and miss you so much.
p.s. The picture above was taken last year at Pearl Harbor, Granny was trying to take the sailors home.
November 05, 2008
November 5, 2008
Woke to Clark screaming bloody murder, he just dropped his pacifier and couldn't reach it....this is going to be a long day.
Fed the baby.
Clark, deciding I was not pouring his milk fast enough decided to lend me a hand, resulting in 1/2 a gallon of milk all over the kitchen floor and under the fridge.
Changed both babies.
While I was trying to move the fridge to clean up the milk...Clark, deciding that he actually did NOT want blue-berry waffles tried to shove them in the dvd player.
Since he could not put the waffle in the dvd player, he decided the baby's face was the next best place...poor Harry.
Clark climbed on to the book shelf and broke my favorite picture frame.
Found Clark tattooing himself with a green PERMANENT marker, the tattoos cover half his body.
Fed the baby.
Still cleaning up the milk....
Heard the toilet flush...oh crap!
Found Clark in the bathroom, with the toilet brush scrubbing the wall. There was water all over the floor, he was dunking the toilet brush in the toilet water and swinging it around his head. HOW DID HE OPEN THE BATHROOM DOOR?
Giving Clark a bath, trying not to cry.
While I was putting the bath rugs in the washer, Clark got out of the tub peed on the floor and then took all the towels in the bathroom into the bath tub with him...ahhhhhh!
Changed the worst poopy of the month so far.
Still cleaning up after the wrath of Clark...I am hungry and Harry wants to eat AGAIN.
Loa (the best neighbor a mother could ask for) graciously took Clark for the rest of the afternoon. I love Loa...
When do I start to feel like a Mom rather than jail keeper or monkey wrangler?
November 04, 2008
I loooove musicals, really I do. I have pretty much loved every one I ever saw.
I love Abba, and I love Colin Firth, and most of the time I even love Meryl Streep.
I love dreamy roof top villas in Greece.
This movie made me want to kill myself, it was so annoying. Gag, total crap!
November 03, 2008
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Drama, passion, mystery, myth...
What a read!! I really loved this book, I was hooked right from the first chapter. I am so excited about it, I don't even know where to begin.
The story starts with Claire and her husband Frank on their second honeymoon, in Scotland...during the 1940's. They are both scholars of sorts, and she is a nurse. Through circumstances we don't understand (yet) Claire travels back in time 200 years. Kidnapped by rough and hairy Scot's men, Claire must try and figure out how she got there and if there is a way back home. She is torn between two lives, and eventually two men that she loves. Claire is a warrior, not some whiny helpless babe, she is smart, clever and can take care of herself. Finally a book with a solid female lead...so empowering.
And that is only the very beginning...
There is a lot of adventure, plenty of sex (it gets pretty steamy in a few places), and enough bad guys to go around....there is even a witch trial (my favorite).
My favorite part of the whole story is Jamie Fraser. He is strong, heroic, funny, and what kept me turning the pages...my type of leading man. I found the story to be very romantic in places. The misty Scottish highlands, roaming the country side sleeping in the heather, and finding love where you least expect it....perfect trusting love. But it is not just romance, there is a lot of history and fun facts. I love reading about the 17th and 18th centuries, especially in Scotland and that part of Europe.
The book was a real page turner, and I am sure if I had started it before the baby came I would've finished it within days. I am already a couple hundred pages into the sequel, Dragonfly in Amber (so far Outlander is part of a 6 book series, and I think book 7 comes out next year), and so far this one is just as intriguing. I can't wait to see where the story takes me...
Thanks Gramps for a great recommendation!!!
November 02, 2008
Clark was really excited for trick or treating this year. We had a church party the week before where he figured out the whole "if I wear a costume and bring a bucket, I get candy" routine. When we got him dressed last night, and gave him his bucket he could hardly wait to get out the door. He went as Lenny the guinea pig, from Wonder Pets his favorite cartoon.
Just a couple of kitties out on the town, meow! Thanks to Grandma and Auntie Laura for getting Harry this tiger costume.
We went trick or treating at the mall, all the stores pass out candy and there is activities for the kids. While at the mall we found Clark's, I mean Lenny's partner Turtle Tuck (also from the Wonder Pets tv show). Clark was beyond thrilled.
Clark with his Lenny head. It took a lot of convincing to get him to keep it on, I think it helped when he saw the other children wearing their costumes.
Trick or treating with Daddy. After every store he wanted to sit down and examine what he got, and of-corse try to eat it. It took us for ever to get around the mall. After awhile his bucket got so heavy that Daddy had to carry it.
My favorite things about this years Halloween;
Clark sharing his candy with Harry, he kept trying to shove the lolli-pop in Harry's mouth.
Staying up late watching movies (Journey to the Center of the Earth was laaaaame).
The cool rainy weather, that actually made it feel like fall.
Counting Jokers (from Batman, in case ya didn't know) at the mall with Jason, we literally counted 57! 57 Jokers, trying to be scary with really bad make-up.
Getting a coupon for a free side at Panda Express.
And spending time with my boys...
Happy Halloween 2008