Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I'm in love with a vampire!

Okay, so this has nothing to do with being green or being a mom but everything to do with being a girl! My niece recently got me interested in reading Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. omg! I fell in love with Edward, the vampire, immediately. It was like a high school crush! I'm already on the 3rd book and can't wait til the 4th one comes out August 2nd. The series is about a guy and a girl in love- with all the suspense of a vampire story. Edward always has the perfect words to say to Bella, just like the romance of Romeo and Juliet, which the author refers to. I was thinking about how silly it is that I am obsessing about Edward as much as my niece who is not quite 16 yet. I'm married yet I'm totally crushing on this fictional character. Yesterday, I was texting my niece about trust issues I have with Edward and his promise to Bella. She said she trusts his word and I said maybe my personal experiences are causing me to not trust his promise. And that's when it hit me. Aaron is my Edward! (If you don't know, Aaron is my husband and high school sweetheart!) No, I don't have trust issues with Aaron, but I was meaning my relationship experiences may be influencing how I see Edward and his relationship with Bella. I shared this with Aaron and he was like..."I'm not Edward. I'm Aaron." Of course he doesn't get it because he hasn't read the story and doesn't get why I'm so crazy about this character. I told him some ways that they are similar, but I can't write all these without spoiling the story for anyone who may want to read it. One thing I told him was this: When Aaron and I fell in love the 2nd time (in 2000), we met up for our first group thing/date after not seeing each other in 3 years and when he left, he squeezed my knee and said goodbye. I melted on the inside! And I knew at the moment that my heart was his. I know it's mushy, but it's also so "Edward and Bella-ish"! So, I'm a sucker for romance and sweet (and hot) guys! I love my husband with all of my heart. My obsession with the Twilight saga has a lot to do with my crazy love story with him. But isn't that what makes a book so good?...you can totally see yourself in the character and feel what they feel. I've always told Aaron that I wonder if other people are as in love as we are. I know Bella probably thinks the same about her Edward! So, if you haven't read the book and you want a good clean love story to sink your teeth into (pun intended), check out Twilight.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

exploring new things

This morning I was watching L play in her baby einstein musical jumper. she loves playing in it but she's also at the stage where she doesn't want me to go to the other room. I have to stay close to her. So, I was sitting next to her while she played. I changed around a link toy so she could bite on it if she wants to (she's teething). She was so amazed by it. She pulled on it, dropped it, grabbed it again, bit it...she was having fun exploring this new toy. There have been several times that she has had that focused look as she explores a toy. It's so cool to see her learning. She's really into textures right now. She touches everything...couches, doors, walls, floors...she especially enjoys touching a new texture she hasn't felt before. I know it's simple but watching her explore new things is just one of the things I love about being a mother!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


I have lots of friends who are green but most of them don't live near me. I've tried talking to some friends around here and some are starting to get it, other's just don't care yet. I talked to a friend who is in his 40s. First of all, he doesn't believe in Global Warming. He thinks it's a Democrat thing and he's a Republican. When I talk about eating organic food and vaccination concerns and stuff like that, he says "it wasn't a big deal before, why is it all of the sudden something we have to do." Hm, maybe because our society is learning more and realizing that everyone before us has had that attitude and that's why the situation is getting worse. As for global warming, he says "I'll be gone and my kids will be gone by then." First, that's not even true. Second, what about your grandkids and their kids? If we don't think about future generations, we are being selfish. We can't hand them a world with severe problems because we just didn't want to make the effort. I'm the first to admit that there is a lot more I could do to be more green. But I am trying to change a little at a time. I'm learning a lot now. Just last night I was talking about getting rid of the Clorox in our house and other junk I don't want used in our house. But what about everywhere else we go? I hope that this green movement really grows, even if it takes the younger generation to make it happen. We can't wait for others to make changes for us, we have to start now.

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