Wednesday, February 18, 2009


This is a video I took this morning. I have to say that Jared is a huge help around the house, and I just thought it was funny. The video is in no way a passive-aggressive comment on his willingness to do housework. Although, I admit it would be like me to do that.

P.S. If you can't see the video but want to (and who wouldn't), then click here to get the Adobe Flash Player.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Beacon at Alexandria

Hi everybody. Book review time. You know you're excited; you're just holding it in. Ok, enough chit chat. On to the review. The Beacon at Alexandria by Gillian Bradshaw is set during the last few years of the Roman empire. It tells the story of an upper-class Roman girl who runs away from an arranged marriage. The husband-to-be is a cruel man, and she hates and fears him. (Of course, he has to be cruel or she wouldn't have to run away, right?) Anyway, she is able to disappear with the help of her brother, who also hates the prospective groom, and her nursemaid. Since she has always been interested in science and medicine, she disguises herself as a man and goes to the medical school in Alexandria, which is in modern-day Egypt. The story follows her through her adventures in medical school and then as a military doctor on the frontier of the Roman empire.

I don't know if a girl could really get away with something like that during that time or if her brother would go along with it, but what the heck. The book is a pretty good read, and I enjoyed it.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

I mentioned that Jared went to Atlanta in my last post. Well, the girls had lots of fun while he was gone. This is what they did.

They played fetch.

They watched a Baby Einstein video while in their swings. Ok, they did this more than once. They might have done this more like twice a day, but who's counting.

Katie decided to put a blanket over her head and crawl around the baby cage while Charlotte looked on. I was in the office and heard them giggling like crazy. Then I heard Katie start crying. This is what I saw when I came to check on them.

Finally, Katie learned how to pull herself up to standing, and Charlotte did a lot of relaxing in her activity center thing.

As much fun as they had all week with just boring mom, they were thrilled to have their dad back. Or maybe I was the one who was thrilled. All I know is they spent a lot of quality time with their dad last weekend while I did pretty much nothing. Now THAT was fun.