Monday, September 29, 2008

Coloring Fun, Part 2

When Richie gets the markers out to color we tell him "Only color on the paper," but we all know how well he obeys that rule, don't we. Well, on Friday I went to check on him and discovered THIS!
The day before he got in trouble for covering his hands with green marker. I didn't realize that he had actually colored on the wall and then used his hands to, uh, embellish the drawing.
When I saw the wall, Richie gasped (knowing he was in a little trouble) and said, "Oh, tha's okay, Mom." That is what he says when he does something he shouldn't, but knows that I won't get too mad at him, like when he spills water or rips a book.
Here is one of his latest works (on paper, no less).  He is getting really good, don't you think?

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I did have a very happy birthday. From now on I get younger every year, right?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman

(January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008)

Kevin Doyle posted about Paul Newman today, and I thought I would join him. I'm sorry to say that I really haven't seen that many Paul Newman movies. I don't know much about his humanitarian efforts, although I hear they are many. I like his salad dressing, and he seemed like a really nice guy. I did however see him in the movie "Hud." A few years ago, I was doing the play "Lonestar." In the play, James McLure makes reference to Hud several times. So all of the cast got together to watch it. There are some movies and experiences in theatres that I can look back on and say, "That was a moment that made me want to be an actor." Watching that movie was one of them. I don't know why. It's not the greatest movie I've ever seen, but Paul Newman blew me away. I look forward to watching more of his movies.

Making Faces

I can't help but brag about my kids, I am a little biased, but I think they are the cutest kids on the planet just the way they are, and then they go and make funny faces and get even cuter!

Sophia is always making us laugh with her faces. The one eye squinted is a popular favorite.

Sophia is a a little drama queen. She can turn the crying on and off; on when Richie is bugging her, off when he finally leaves her alone.

Sometimes Richie gladly poses for the camera, and other times he gets mad and says "No pictures!" He is practicing for when he is famous ;).

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Coloring Fun

Richie likes to color a lot lately. He will be in his room playing when it suddenly gets very quiet, which can sometimes be a bad sign, so I go in to check on him and discover him at the drafting table with his markers and coloring books. I think it might be his new favorite thing to do (that, and riding his tricycle).

Sophia likes to do everything Richie likes to do, but he is kind of hard to get to when he is sitting at the drafting table.
She got a little stuck under the table trying to figure out how to reach him.
Eventually Richie decided to let her participate in his coloring by making her his latest project.
She didn't mind.  
When I walked in on them Sophia and Richie were sitting facing each other and he had three or four markers in his hand and had colored on just about every area of exposed skin on her body, mostly her face.  Luckily they were washable markers.

Monday, September 22, 2008


I hope everyone's watching the season premiere of Heroes tonight! It may be one of the only episodes I get to watch in real time this semester. Chrislynn usually records them for me once rehearsals start. We got spoiled with a free DVR for a year. Now it's back to the old VHS.

I only allow myself one TV show per semester, and Heroes is my Fall show. Lost is my Spring show, and I'm glad they're working out so they don't conflict.

Maybe next year I can be a villain on the show! Or one of the "others" on Lost!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Home Sweet Home

We've been back in New Jersey and in our new apartment for 4 weeks now. When we first walked in to the apartment we both kind of felt a little sad. Lots of bugs, exposed pipes, and a funny smell. But it didn't take a long time for Chrislynn to make this place feel like home. In fact, I actually think I like our new place better! There's a little bit more space, we're on a bottom floor, and I just like the layout. We are a little far away from stores and things, but we're getting more familiar with the area.

I've just finished my 3rd week of school, and this is an interesting year. We have fewer classes, but there seems to be a lot more to do as we prepare for life after grad school. I've got a few classes that are all about working in the business. We just had an "imaging class," where they put us on camera and told us what are "seasons" are so we can start preparing an "actor wardrobe." I just got cast in my first show of the season. It's called Blue/Orange, and it's a 3 man show about psychiatry. I'm really excited about the show, and I get to work with my good friend Joe Tisa again! We start rehearsals on September 29th and the show opens the first week of November.

A couple days ago, Little Richie woke up before "the sun woke up" and we tried to get him to lay down with us for a while (because we just wanted to sleep!). He wouldn't go back to his bed, and he wouldn't sleep with us. He finally agreed to sit between us and the bed, but he would absolutely not lay down. I was scratching his back, and every once in a while I would ask him to lie down. He would say, "No, Dad." After a while, I asked him one more time, and he hung his head in frustration and said, "This is a big problem for me Dad!" It was so cute and funny, but he was so sad and serious.

Here are some pictures of the apartment and Chrislynn's toes in front of her new rug:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Early Birthday

As an early birthday present for me, (and because we like to copy Drew and Eryka) Richie got me a new camera. It is the Nikon D40 and it is really cool. Here are just a sample of the many pics I have taken.

Yesterday I put Sophia's hair in a little ponytail on top of her head for the first time and she looked adorable.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Another Day at the Beach

The Friday of Labor Day weekend we finally went to the Jersey shore and we can't believe that we have lived here for two years and never gone before. We have gone into the city so many times and this was so much easier than a trip into the city; the drive was shorter, we didn't have to pay tolls, parking was easy to find, and it was relaxing. The beach was beautiful but the water was not as calm as in California, so the kids didn't play in it, but they had lots of fun in the sand. Sophia is a little sand crab and just crawls and crawls. This time she didn't seem to mind sand in her mouth and she kept intentionally putting her hands in her mouth. Richie liked digging and eventually helped to bury Daddy and himself. Richie actually almost fell asleep like that (the kids missed naps that day). Richie and Daddy also flew a Thomas kite together, but Richie lost interest once it got really high in the air. It was such a fun day! Hopefully we will make it back to the shore this year.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Richie III turned 3

August 28th was Richie's birthday.  I am always amazed at how much kids change from year to year, sometimes it seems like he just joined our family, but he is definitely not a baby any more.  Every day he says something that makes me laugh and I usually forget to write it down.  The other day he kept saying to Sophia and me "You're my best friend (fill in Sophia or Mommy, depending on who he was talking to)."  It was pretty sweet.

For his birthday we had a very low key party at a park.  A good number of his friends moved away this summer and we were so late getting the party organized that the party consisted of one of his friends from church and some of Dad's classmates.  The friend from church is the little boy of my good friend, so I was glad that they were able to come and party with us.  We just had cake and opened presents and then the boys played together.  It was all I could get organized in the week we had been home, but it turned out okay.

Richie's friend Adam.
My friend (Adam's mom) and her other boy Zachary.

I decorated a cake again this year.  Richie is really into "Cars" and in the store we asked him if he wanted a Spiderman cake or a Lightning McQueen cake; he picked Lightning McQueen (or "Stickers" as he likes to call him).
This is Richie after putting his face into the almost completed  cake.
The damage wasn't too bad and I was able to make it presentable.
He opened Woody in the morning and after our morning party he took a nap with him.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Road Trip!

We left California on Saturday, August 16th. Day one we drove to Holbrook, Arizona. It was an eight hour drive, but we stopped every couple hours to let the kids out and have a little stretch. We stopped in Needles, California for a rest stop, but discovered it was not the best place to get out and run around because it was the hottest place I have ever been!

Day two we drove through three states, and a tornado warning, to Oklahoma. In Tucumcari, New Mexico, which is practically Texas, I saw my first Texas-sized roaches at the Sonic drive-in we stopped at. I didn't point them out to little Richie, as he developed an irrational fear of bugs this summer. He was enjoying being out of the car and we were having a hard time getting him back in until we pointed out the storm clouds approaching (he also developed a fear of storms this summer). The storm followed us through Texas and started getting pretty scary about an hour away from our destination and we wondered if we should stop, but it started to let up a little and we made it to Guymon, Oklahoma. While watching the Olympics we noticed the tornado warning for the area we had just driven through, and were glad we decided not to stop.

Day three we had a slightly shorter drive to Kansas City. We spent the night at the home of our friend Ben from Rutger's and then took a little break from driving and spent the next day visiting. We had BBQ with Ben and some friends from Logan that are in KC for grad school. That evening we had a four hour drive to St. Louis where we stayed in an awful hotel and had terrible Chinese delivery.

The next day we drove to Columbus, Ohio and stayed with Blythe, another friend from Rutger's. Her home was lovely, especially after the hotel the night before. A couple days into the trip we were very tired of truck stops, so we started trying to find more interesting places to stop. Along the way we stopped at an antique shop, and a "nostalgia-ville USA" souvenir shop and in West Virginia we stopped at a Cabela's. I think Richie had as much fun there as he did at Disneyland, but he is only three, and there were all those animals after all.

We were so close to home and really anxious to get to New Jersey and back to some sense of normal. When we crossed the New Jersey State line we excitedly told Richie we were in New Jersey. A little while later from the back of the car we heard, "Mom, we're in Jersey. We make Grandma cry." He must have known how sad his grandma's were that we live so far away. It was strange driving home but not going home. We had one last say in a hotel in North Brunswick. We got a true New Jersey welcome at about 6 a.m. when the police pounded on our door because they had gotten an emergency call from the hotel and were checking ALL the rooms for the person who made it. Ahhh, home.

It was a long drive, but we made fun memories and the kids were AMAZING. I still can't believe how well they tolerated the long days. I have the greatest family.

The following are my attempts at pictures of the states signs.  My "skill" is a bit of a family joke, I am really bad at getting this shot.

This is the Arizona state sign.

This is the New Mexico state sign.

Richie took this one (he was driving).

We missed a bunch in between.  It was dark and stormy in Oklahoma, and I completely missed Kansas and Missouri.

Here is Indiana.


We were so excited to be in New Jersey that we took the picture too soon.