just another night at the raetz house.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
anyone got a rule of thumb when using the word there, their? I hate that I never know which one to use when writing. I am horrible at english and spelling, and this word killlllllssss me.
Posted by katie at 12:23 PM
Jo told me this story of a conversation with a twenty something tanning store manager.... I almost peed my pants.
Tanning guy: "You didn't use them."
A couple weeks later...
To bad Jo is the whitey of the bunch, and has to go tanning every once in awhile to get some color... so sad... but funny.
Posted by katie at 2:15 AM
Friday, November 28, 2008
We had a great thanksgiving. Me and B are foodies, I love to cook, and I love making delicious food for friends and family. I was so stoked when planning our thanksgiving day menu with mom. I made savory rosemary sweet potatoes, was forced to make the sweet marshmallowey ones... (seriously forced, everyone was throwing a fit when I put my yummy caramelized pecan and sweet potato dish in the oven, they wanted freakin marshmallows, totally ruined it), homemade cranberry sauce, and my favorite broiled brussel sprouts, with garlic and pecans. B made smoked gouda mashed potatoes that were so good the were almost deadly. My mom did the turkey, stuffing, and her almost famous cheese bread.
My mom has been making her cheese bread forever, it was a recipe from my grampa, and I always felt like my mom made it better. My gramps always used to overcook it, so it was kind of dry, Mom's most of the time is moist and soooo good. This is what we made every year for all our teachers for christmas. Since there were seven of us the bread was pretty memorable, and every teacher I had, who had previously had a Meier child, was so stoked when christmas came around.
It was a great day, hanging out with good people, good food, and good conversation. Our meal was a little potato heavy, but I was in heaven with my brussel sprouts so I barely noticed.
After our yummy meal we all laid around for awhile and than me and Jo went to hang out with the crazy holiday shoppers....
Our friend Michelle manages the Van Hueson store in the woodburn outlet, and needed help at there midnight madness sale. Me and Jo volunteered, some extra cash under the table, always good for me. It was INSANE... we started at 10pm, I totally thought michelle was kidding about how crazy it gets. I am not a shopper, I don't care how good the deals are, I do not go out in the middle of the night to shop with 8 million other crazy people. We worked from 10pm till 4am and it was busy the entire time, like lines out the door busy. It was also really fun, I haven't worked retail in years, and forgot that I actually do like it, it is kind of fun just talking to people all night. We got home around 5:45 am and I was up again at 9:30 am to hang out with the boys because B had to work. It wasn't to bad, but yesterday is a total fog to me. I know I took the boys on a bike ride and we ate up all of our leftovers already and I drank allot of coffee, other than that it was like one big dream. Kind of like how you feel the entire first year you have a newborn in the house. I was in bed by 8:45pm and slept in until 8:30am. I am feeling much more human today.
I am getting a little carried away on my black and white camera setting, but it looks so cool... someones gotta stop me!
Posted by katie at 12:10 PM
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I was doing dishes, the sun was setting, it was only 4:30 p.m.
Ollie is standing behind me saying...
"i'm doing it, i'm doing it."
His eyes are shut very tightly and his hands are in fists at his side.
I ask him "what are you doing?"
"I am making it light outside again, look, I am doing it."
I look outside, "it will be light in the morning."
"but can we ride our bikes now."
I know little man, I know... it gets dark way to early for me too.
Posted by katie at 5:02 PM
Monday, November 24, 2008
I had to take a photo for an etsy article... here it is...
Our Camera has a setting that is black and white except for a some tones, it was fun to mess around with. I was walking around the house making everyone be artsy with me... Max was taking a nap and I had to get the photo in that day, that is me, always waiting till the last minute... so he did'nt make it in the photo, but I think he will be okay with it.
B was so stoked, can't you tell, I made him put on a green scarf... totally goes with the tough guy image.
Posted by katie at 8:08 AM
As of Saturday our littlest man is no longer a baby. By the time your two it is official, you are a kid.
My favorite birthdays growing up have never involved the gifts that I got, they always involved special traditions my family did. Like getting to choose what we had for dinner, not where we went for dinner, but what my mom made for dinner. Your birthday was a day you got to ride shotgun all day long, and didn't have to fight for it. You got to go to the grocery store, just with mom, and one time I got to go alone with my mom and dad, and on the way home, we stopped at DQ and shared a peanut buster parfait. My memories are all of the special time I got to spend, not how much money my parents spent on me, or what lavish gifts they got me. As my boys are getting older, I am trying to keep that in perspective, trying to hold onto the memories I hold so dear, and trying to make there birthdays just as memorable, without being materialistic. I fall short of course, because who doesn't want to lavish your kids in lots of new fun stuff. We didn't do too bad. Nana Barb sent a fun package for thanksgiving and for maxes b-day, so he got quite a bit of gift opening experience this year.
on the morning of, max and ollie both woke up early, at 6:45 am... gasp... so as I was sipping my coffee, and B was getting ready to run to the store to get some balloons, we decided to load everyone up in there jammies for a little freddys adventure. We let Max pick out one toy, and we let Ollie pick out a toy to give to max. It was really cute, and I think Max had a good morning. It is rare you get to hit up the store in your jammies.
Max picked out this little vacuum. He is obsessed with our big vacuum. He has spent the last two days attached to that thing, on his birthday night I had to put it to bed with him, all snuggled in next to a vacuum, crazy kid. I keep kicking myself, I should have got one that actually does vacuum, like a dust buster, it would have crossed one thing off my chore list.
Ollie picked out a little bottle gun, we'll he got one for himself too. We never have really bought gun toys for the kids, an occasional squirt gun in the summer, but man, my kids turn everything and anything into "shooters" how do kids pick up on that kind of stuff.
We celebrated with some friends and family that night at Old Town Pizza, originally we were headed to mississippi pizza pub for live kids music. But man that place was packed, so we turned around and went to plan B. It worked out nicely and the kids got to run around like crazy monkeys. I got to eat yummy pizza and drink a pint, so I was happy.
Almond got Max a little sesame street bongo video game. It plugs right into the tube, and is pretty freakin cool. Super easy for the boys to use, and educational too. The boys had a blast the next morning hangin out in there jammies and taking turns.
Posted by katie at 7:21 AM
Friday, November 21, 2008
I had my meeting today with july krause, well, phone conference.
If everything goes as planned, my line will be carried by their showroom starting in January, for a soft launch...
and in February we will launch and start taking orders for fall '09.
They want me to add bottoms to the line up... looking at AA Karate pants... and thinking of a cute skirt for girls... maybe pants with a ruffle at the cuff... hmmmm...
anyway I am a little scared, a little stoked, and a lot excited.
thanks for all the prayers, good thoughts, and happy dances... even got some lucky dust thrown in there...
Posted by katie at 4:05 PM
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
4 tbsp butter
Posted by katie at 11:02 AM
Okay, so I have a conference call on Friday with July of www.julykrause.com , the showroom I have been talking with in LA...
Everyone cross your fingers, say a little pray, and do a little dance for burdyflyaway..... Maybe soon coming to a lot of boutiques near you!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
can someone, please anyone, save me from the terrible two's.
As I wrote the last post, I had a little almost two year old run up to me stripped down to nothing more than a diaper with his older brothers buzz lightyear underwear on over his head. Yelling at me that he wants candy, thank you halloween.
Anytime I tell Max anything he replys by saying... "but, Mom." Where did he get that.
Me: "Max stop yelling!"
Max: "but, Mom."
Me: "Max get off of the coffee table."
Max: "but, Mom."
Me: "Max get off your brother."
Max: "but, Mom."
Me: "Max stop biting ollie."
Max: "but, Mom."
Me: "Max put the food in your mouth."
Max: "but, Mom."
You get the idea.
*The conversations listed are only a fraction of our morning this morning.
Posted by katie at 1:45 PM
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Friday, November 7, 2008
Don't get me started on how weird a tradition trick-or-treating is, who decided knocking on strangers doors to get candy was a good idea. I think next year we might be re-thinking our way of celebrating.
Posted by katie at 8:20 AM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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Posted by katie at 8:33 AM
We talked about it in Austin, the city is beautiful and has a ton of trees, allot of huge old living oak trees. They are beautiful but they stay a dull moss green, or brown color all year round.
Posted by katie at 8:08 AM