Tuesday, July 29, 2008

U of A!!

Although forced to wear a USC outfit, it is clear the U of A is still number 1. Thanks Uncle Shaver for the awesome gift!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Playa Vista Play Date

Usually the last Saturday of each month is reserved for our Messob Ethiopian play date. This week, most families are in Northern California for Ethiopian culture camp...so we had our own play date in Playa Vista...and yes, it included a few margaritas!! I was soooo happy to finally get to spend some with my sausage and her boys!! Oh yeah....check out J-Lo's totally buff arm!!

Ladies Who Lunch

We went out for lunch with three lovely ladies last week...before we left, Julie let Marley borrow one of her outfits...well it's not hers but, she's hoping she will have someone as handsome as Marley to wear it some day....

Weekend with Grandpa!

Last weekend Grandpa came out to visit!! Fun was had by all!! We went to the La Brea Tar Pits, the Getty Museum and a delicious brunch!! Marley even took his stroller for a nice walk at the Getty!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Adventures in Babysitting

We had a great weekend with Grandpa, and yes, I have been very late in posting the fun and festivities...on Saturday we had some fun adult time while Marley spent some time with Julie and our friends' girls...check it out!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fun WIth Aliya

Marley and Aliya got to hang out together last week at Julie's house with us! Marley was so cute while feeding Aliya crackers...such the ladies man he is!!

Just Another Day at the Beach!!

We went to Paradise Cove on Friday (Dad has Fridays off over summer...YAY!!!) and of course Marley made friends with the ladies!!

Mommy's Little Helper

After letting me sleep until 9am...God belss you my child...Marley helped me unload the dishwasher!! He must know it's not my favorite chore!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Houston, We Have a Virus

Marley developed a rash over the course of the last week. At first I thought it was a heat rash rash, but it kept growing and wouldn't go away even with a cold bath and the fan. So I took him the pediatrician, not his...she was on vacation, and he said Marley has a virus, so there is nothing we can do but wait it out! Poor little guy! He doesn't seem to be too affected, although he has been clingier than usually today...but I love any excuse to cuddle...is that wrong?
I am sure when Marley is 15 he will be soooo thrilled that I posted these pix!!

Drought: A New Perspective

As you know, I have been extremely concerned about the conditions in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa due to the current drought. This is a concern that I share with many on my adoption forum on the CHSFS website . There have been posts and some amazing forum family members who have gone to great extremes to get aid to those in need. I am sure many of us have donated money to various charities, yet perhaps still feel there is something we could and should be doing.
I know it may not be much, and I know that there are many other reasons why the people of Ethiopia are suffering, but I couldn't help put my two most passionate causes together...Ethiopia and the environment. I ran across this article while doing some research and, although it is old and referring to the last major drought and subsiquent famine, I know the problem still exists. Global warming has been a hot topic lately and I am sure that many people feel they can't do much to contribute to its reversal, but there are many things, simple things that we can do to feel like we are doing EVERYTHING we can to make sure Marley's first family doesn't have to suffer and live in squalor while "we" continue to live a life a frivilous excess.
So, here, in no particular order, are 10 things you can do to help reduce global warmimg (some no brainers, some "major give ups")
1. Bring cloth bags to any store where you shop, it's not just grocery stores that use bags...Walmart, Target, Macy's...and/or recycle your plastic and paper bags.
2. Replace your most frequently used lights for CFLs...turn off the lights when you leave the room.
3. Unplug appliances and charges when not in use...do not leave your cell phone charger or lap top plugged in when the they aren't attached or being used...unplug the toaster, blender, electric razor etc. when you are done using them.
4. Buy organic and locally grown/produced ANYTHING when it's available...it's not only good for you to eat organic produce, it's good for the environment when pesticides aren't being used, that includes things like cotton, hair care products and makeup! And when they are grown/manufactured locally they don't have to drive/fly as far to get to you!
5. Drive a hybrid, drive less and drive smart by inflating your tires and keeping on schedule with oil and filter changes...shop once a week instead of every few days...keeping your fridge stocked also helps keep you from waisting energy...and don't leave your fridge open after you retreive an item (my hubby has difficulties with this one and I am now known as the fridge police...and the water police...whci leads me too...).
6. Don't run the water while you are brushing your teeth or shaving. Turn the water on and off when you need it...also, fill up your sink when doing the dishes instead of running the water continuously...you will see a savings in your water bill as well!
7. Do your laundry in cold water and cancel the dry cycle on your dishwasher, your clothes and dishes will get just as clean...and make sure both are full before running them...and combine loads of laundry in the drier (yes, that probably counts for more than one point but...)
8. Recycle and use recycled products as much as possible!! You will be amazed at the amount of things that can be recylcled!! Look for products that use post consumer waste...don't buy paper towels or napkins, use cloth, reusable or recylced/biodegradable brands (Trader Joe's has lots of these paper products).
9. Plant a tree...anywhere!
10. Don't eat meat...ok, I know all you meat and potato types are trying to pick yourself up off the floor right now because you are laughing so hard (believe me, I am an Atkins addict and this one was hard for me to swallow!!) If you can't give up meat (and/or dairy) altogether, then at least try for a meatless Monday (or any one day out of the week) when you don't consume livestock. If you think about the fact that the amount of grain and water it takes to feed a cow could feed (and water) an entire village where our children's first families live, you might reconsider!!
As I said, I know this isn't the be all end all, but for me, it makes me feel like I am doing something everyday (I just recently gave up beef...which was really hard today when the organic fillet mignon at Trader Joe's looked so inviting) to try to make a difference in a land I am now forever connected to.
Here are a few sites with some more information. E the Environmental magazine is another fabulous resource!!

A Weekend in San Diego

We spent the fourth in San Diego with Lesley and Ricky (although for some reason I have no pix of them...but they were there!) We went to Sea World and the World Famous San Diego Zoo. We also had a babysitter for two nights and enjoyed some adult time as well!! All in all, it was a fantastic holiday weekend! And yes, ear plugs were used in the water feature!

Hangin' With Uncle Phil

Last weekend we enjoyed the beautiful weather on the boat and Marley got to spend some good time with his uncle Phil and some vintage wine!

Monday, July 7, 2008


Yes, M n' M is at it again...headwear is his claim to fame and he is quite the expert when it comes to fashion break throughs!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Lettuce Hat

Look out Marc Jacobs, Marley is trying his hand at accessories and I think he has a winner with the lettuce hat! He is really into putting things on his head...the kid cracks me up!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Surgery Day

Today was Marley's ear tube insertion day. He, of course, handled it like a champ! I think he was more upset that he had to wear peach colored scrubs than he was about going under the knife!! As you can see, he made a full recovery!