Tuesday, January 29, 2008

sick of white walls

I have gotten really sick at looking at my white walls. A couple of weeks ago I found red/maroon curtains on sale and I loved them. So I told Benson I wanted to buy them and paint the massive wall in the family room. He was a very good sport and went along with it. Anyway, we love how it came out. It looks so much better! Here is the result.

catching some Z's

I went to check on the kids the other night after they had fallen asleep and this is what I found. I went and checked on them an hour later and Jeremy was spooning Brooklyn but I didn't get a picture of that. Lately Jeremy has been really funny about sleeping with somebody. I guess he likes to cuddle.

Basic psychological principle.

First off, this is Benson speaking...Michelle is upstairs and fast asleep, not knowing what I am doing. I want to share a basic psychological idea with you all, that of Pavlovian conditioning. It is really a simple prinicple. Right before Pavlov would feed his dogs, he would ring a bell. He would then feed the dogs. Because there was food present, the dogs would begin to salivate. With enough pairings of the bell and the food, Pavlov could get the dogs to salivate by simply ringing the bell. The food wasn't even necessary to begin the salivation process.

You may be asking yourself, what does this have to do with the Weinberger's blog? Well its actually pretty simple. Across the last few days we have received some requests that we post more stuff, I guess the old stuff has become "boring." Herein lies the problem, Michelle has become conditioned, much like Pavlov's dogs, to post when she gets comments from her previous posts. If there aren't many comments, her desire and energy to post goes down, hence less posts. If there are many comments, then the desire and energy to post goes up, hence more posts. So, if you want more posts, then by all means leave a comment. Even something simple like "looks good" would make her feel better.

I know this sounds like I am begging for compliments, but not really. The comments don't even have to be nice, just post something! For those of you who might say, "well, I don't blog, so I can't leave a message". Let me tell you, you have a lot of nerve! Just kidding, but it is possible to leave a comment without having a blog address, you just have to do it under the anonymous tab.

That having been said, I am going to step off of my soapbox. And I really don't expect this post to be on the blog that long before Michelle deletes it!

And for those of you who might think that we are hypocrites because we do not leave comments on your blog, well, once again, you have a lot of nerve!!! But, seriously we will try harder to leave comments, if you do to!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

the baby

Today was my first doctor's appointment. I am 10 weeks pregnant and this is my second ultrasound. With both of my other kids I only had one ultrasound and this time I have already had two. My first one was at 7 weeks to to make sure everything was okay because I had had some bleeding. Anyway it was exciting to see the baby. You can make out the head and body and the limbs for the arms and legs. At 7 weeks all you see is basically a bean with a heart beat. It is pretty amazing how much they change in such a short amount of time. The doctor also said that the baby has a good strong heartbeat. The kids thought it was pretty cool to see this picture of the baby. Jeremy did get a little upset when I told him that I didn't know if it was a boy or girl yet though. Anyway, we are really excited!


For Christmas my sister Laura bought the kids gift certificates to Build-A-Bear. We finally went and the kids had a lot of fun. As soon as Jeremy saw the monkey he had to get him. He calls him Monkey George. Brooklyn had a much harder time deciding. But she finally picked the pink and white bear. Here are the animals before the stuffing.
Jeremy kissing his monkey after he was stuffed and got his heart. They each had to rub the heart on their head to give the monkey a brain, on their arm to make them strong, on their leg so they can run fast. It was quite a cute little process.
Giving their stuffed animal a bath.
The finished products, Cutie Pie Love A Lot and Monkey George!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Years Resolution: Weekly trips to the coast!!

We all had the day off today, so we figured that we would go to the coast. The plan was to go to Newport, but we stopped at Lincoln City and had too much fun there. When we got out of the car we were afraid it was going to be too cold to play on the beach, but once we hit the sand, it warmed right up. The tide was really low and we were able to walk on some rocks that we had never seen before. We thought about bringing a change of clothes, but we ended up not bringing any. Needless to say, we all got wet. I, Benson, said that we should know by now that we cannot go to the beach without getting wet.
Self-portrait of two of the most beautiful girls in the world!!!!

Even though it was the middle of the day, the sun was really low in the sky, so it made some really cool shadows and reflections in the tide pools.

The kids were having a blast trying to climb on the rocks without getting wet. Jeremy, like his normal self, was jumping without putting too much thought into it. Brooklyn was a bit more hesitant and was thinking about each of her moves a bit more.

I loved this picture of Jeremy...he looks like he is in such deep thought.

We had a really fun time at the beach. We were able to eat at Mo's which is one of my favorite restaurants. Their blackened salmon is so good. We then drove on to Depoe Bay and spent a little more time looking at the ocean. I think that once I retire from the Bureau, we will move to the coast and work for a smaller agency there. That would be great!!

In case you couldn't tell this post was put together by Benson.