Thursday, December 10, 2009

Just Because...

Here are some of the things that have kept me laughing recently...

My aunt bought this book for my family over Thanksgiving:
It is one of those books that looks like it is for kids but actually has a lot of sarcastic humor. I still can't believe my family lives in the country! When my older brothers and I were driving out there for Thanksgiving we drove passed a field with buffalo, llamas, cows, donkeys, something with long horns, and an unidentifiable animal that we could best describe as a bear-cow (it looked like it could be a Sesame Street character)--and they were all just coexisting in one field!! Craziest thing I have ever seen.

Zenebesh has had a lot of doctor's appointments recently at the hospital near my school, so Aaron has been hanging out with me at college during her appointments. He LOVES coming to school with me, and we spend most of our time watching the wrestler's or "working-out" in the weight room (Aaron wants to be a wrestler now when he grows up--last year it was basketball). The other day we stopped at the store for a treat and he insisted on getting a Naked Juice. I excitedly pointed out to him that the one he picked had protein in it and that wrestler's use protein to help them get super strong. He seemed deep in thought for a few minutes as he sipped his juice, and all of a sudden he goes:

"I feel like I'm getting stronger!".

Another couple minutes passed (again, he's deep in thought), then he looked up at me with a seriously concerned look on his face and says:

"Uh-oh, I think I might bust out of my jacket!"

He proceeded to ask if he could try and pull the lamp post we walked past out of the ground--I told him that just because he drank protein and all of a sudden has super strength doesn't mean he can destroy school property ;)

We had our DinoMight fundraiser the other day and Jesse spoke about how the trip he took to South Africa when he was a DinoMight participant inspired him to study abroad in Southern Africa in college. Somehow his speech gave the 4th grade girls in the audience the impression that he was famous. Afterwards they were all asking him for his autograph and wanting to take pictures "with that famous guy". One little girl ran up to me with the paper Jesse autographed and goes "He TOUCHED this!! i am going to save it forever!"
Talk about an ego-boost for Jesse.

0n Saturday night I was at my parent's house and we were all sitting around watching a Christmas movie when I overheard this conversation between Aaron and Tekle:
Aaron: I want a girlfriend for Christmas!
Tekle: What?? Eeew Gross!
Aaron: "Nope, don't even say anything, I already decided that's what I want!"

This is Zeni's first Christmas so she is just getting a hang of how everything works. Everyone is having a blast explaining all of the fun traditions to her, but it's a lot to take in. One of the first Christmas decorations the kids pulled out this year was the mistletoe, and Zenebesh thought it was hilarious to watch everyone run around trying not to get caught under it. She didn't realize that the mistletoe was any different than the other ornaments though, so she kept running around with the MN Wild ornament over her head, waiting expectantly for a kiss. Eventually someone explained that only the mistletoe has special love powers ;)

Tekle got one of those clever shirts that says "This is my dress shirt" for his birthday this year and the other day Aaron decided to try it on. After realizing it was way too big for him, Aaron goes: "Now I get why they call it a DRESS shirt!"

Hilarious kids.

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Gift of Each Other

Moving is hard. Change is hard. But it makes me so happy that these two have each other!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Re-post in Honor of World Aids Day

How to get involved for World Aids Day 2009:
Be sure to visit Lisa's blog for five ideas of things you can do to support people living with HIV/AIDS and to help stop the spread of this very preventable disease:

Here are some awesome local organizations to hook up with if you are in the area!
Open Arms of MN
Minnesota Aids Project

HIV can NOT be spread through casual/household contact. HIV is not spread through hugging,


shaking hands,

sharing toys,

sneezing, coughing,

sharing food,

sharing drinks,


or any other casual way. It has been proven that HIV and AIDS can only be spread through sexual contact, birth, breastfeeding and blood to blood contact (such as sharing needles).

- HIV is now considered a chronic but manageable disease. With treatment, people who are HIV+ can live indefinitely without developing AIDS and can live long and full lives.

- People who are HIV+ deserve to be treated with love, respect, support and acceptance as all people do. If anyone wants more info on transmission, there is great info on the Center for Disease Control website