Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hello? Anyone out there?

This blog is dying.....a.....slow......death. Haven't had the time lately. And then I went to use my fancy new pink laptop to upload some pictures. I took the memory card out of the camera and put it in my laptop, I was so excited that it had a memory card reader. But the next day, my laptop went kaput. So it seems it could not handle the memory card.

I think we are going to return it. I just can't keep a computer that is already having problems. I depend on it too much. Anyway, I might have to get a Mac because Ben thinks they are better. We'll see. They don't come in pink and that might be a deal breaker. BOO on Dell for sending me a computer that didn't work, then sending me a replacement that already doesn't work a few weeks later.

Our updates:

- We had a night away in San Diego last weekend. Our friend Brad tied the knot, congrats Brad!

- Anna is taking a dance class. Isabel won't stop talking. Adam is obsessed with trains.

That's about it - see, you aren't missing anything! I'll try to get a hold of some pictures and start updating again.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

For My Kids

Soon I am going to have to change the name of the blog to "Mom on a soapbox."

Today, its about Proposition 8 here in California. When I first heard about it, I'll admit, I supported it, but I wasn't very passionate. But as time goes on and I've learned more about the repercussions if Proposition 8 fails, I have felt more inclined to take action.

Proposition 8 would add an amendment to the California state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. It does not take away any rights for same sex couples (i.e. health insurance, domestic partner status).

I hope to teach my children tolerance and love for all people. But the fact remains, I value the institution of marriage and I believe a traditional family structure, where children have a Mom and a Dad, is ideal. We don't live in an ideal world, but does that mean we should just throw in the towel?

Today I read this article, and it made me cry. I looked at those little faces in the photos, and it made me sad that they never had a chance to form their own opinions. If you read it, read it to the end. Towards the end, when the sweet six-year-olds are talking about what they think marriage is, it makes me scared for my kids. If marriage was simply about "people falling in love," I think we would be in trouble.

I want them to know that we believe marriage is sacred. We believe marriage was created to join a man and a woman, to allow them to have children and grow together as a family. We believe this institution should be preserved. I believe that Moms are important, and Dads are important. And I don't think children should be denied the right to have both a Mom and a Dad. And while I would never deny friendship or love for anyone based on their personal beliefs, this is a slippery slope I'm just not ready to go down.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Debt, debt, and more debt

So, the markets are down and everything on the news is gloom and doom.

The U.S. National Debt is $10 trillion.

U.S. corporations are who knows how much in debt, at least $700 billion, a lot more I'm sure.

And U.S. consumers are in so much debt ($2.5 trillion NOT including mortgages) that they can't keep up with their homes, their cars, or their lifestyles. They are in SO much debt that borrowing is actually down for the first time since 1998. What a novel concept - if you can't afford it, don't buy it.

There are two things we try to do, and although we aren't perfect, I think the world would do some good to follow the same counsel.

Live within your means.

Stay out of unnecessary debt.

Two simple rules. Common sense, right? Obviously it is not that common anymore.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Animal House

It's been a while now, but Matt and Alex and fam were the last visitors of the summer.

One day we went to the San Diego Zoo for a few hours. 3 adults + 5.5 kids = outnumbered. It was exhausting, and fun. Poor Matt held Izzy on his shoulders for a while, and I don't know how Alex walked as much as we did with a baby on the way. I think we'll take the bus for part of the time when we go next.