Friday, December 29, 2006

..But the greatest gift of all...





Is Jesus!

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Like Grandmother, Like Grandaughter

This has been the scene at our house for nearly every waking moment over the last five days. Sylvia and her "mini-me". Sylvia headed home yesterday and left us with a very confused baby (why aren't I being held? HELLO???), I think she may've actually forgotten how to walk. At one point I overheard Sylvia telling Jermaine, "I could carry her around all day and wait on her and give her everything she wants forever". Funny thing about grandmoms, huh? Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Welcome Wendy

Wendy has taken the blogger pledge and has decided to take over the Casey 5 blog, and update it reguarly, so check her out (link to the right).

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Things That Float Around In My Head

Yesterday I almost hit a turkey on my way to work. I literally had to slow down and wait for it to cross the street in front of me, which provided some disturbing insight as to what a "real" turkey looks like. Ewwww! They are ug-ly! ...and slow. Maybe they aren't all slow, but this one was, it seemed to be limping, I am unsure if that's just how turkeys walk or if perhaps this particular one had some sort of medical impairment. In any event, the whole experience made me second guess my Christmas dinner menu.

Last week Avery asked me why I (being white) gave birth to brown kids - how could that happen? I explained that since I'm "Light" and Daddy is "Dark Brown", that we would have "Light Brown" kids. He looked at me seriously, let out a little "huh" and said, "So that's funny; that it matters what the dad is".

Amelle came to work with me on Monday, we had a great time together, she busied herself for four hours by stamping blank pieces of paper "CONFIDENTIAL" and sealing them up in envelopes.

Earlier this week Amelle asked me if Santa's reindeer were going to visit with our reindeer (the deer that live behind our house).

Jermaine gave the kids snowmobile rides in the grass yesterday. The grass that was an obsession this past summer has now been sacraficed to the new obsession.

This morning I woke up, knew I had to get out of the house at 7:30 to get to an off-site meeting at 9am. I got in the shower, got dressed and was ready to go at seven (so I thought). When I looked more closely at my watch, it was actually six o'clock!! AHHHGG!!

Only 4 more days until Christmas - I can't wait!!!!!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Out-takes

Since many of you think that the out-takes would've made better Christmas cards than the cutest of 50ish shots, here I am to prove you wrong:

This was me testing the camera:

Amaya's first smile of the night (I had to act like a cross between a chimpanzee and a tribe of excited Indians in order to acheive this smile). The others weren't so impressed.

Dad comes on the scene to get Amaya to smile; it worked, look how they're smiling at HIM (and not me - or the camera...except for Amelle, who looks like she's plugging her ears to tune out whatever her dad is doing to make the others smile.)

Finally, and perhaps worst of all - Amelle oversmiles to the point where it looks like she might be at the beginning stages of a transformation into some sort of angry creature. In looking at this picture, I feel fortunate that she didn't burst a blood vessel with that smile. Avery looks stunning. Amaya looks drunk.
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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Our Mom Has Lost It!

I'm sure that if the kids could blog, that is what they'd tell you! Here is proof...
 
Christmas cards suck. I know that's the wrong attitude, but every year there is a tremendous amount of pressure to get Christmas cards out to friends and family. This year, with us living far from many of our friends and family, the pressure seems to be double! I took about 50 pictures of the kids (who I had to bribe to "dress up") and not one of them came out "Christmas card worthy". We had a little fun with the wreaths after I had gone insane. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Pray for Snow!

The boys executed their sales last week, I was so happy that the shopping phase was over, my husband was literally OBSESSED with buying the right snowmobile. At one point I looked squarely at him and said, "Jer, you've never even ridden a snowmobile before", his response: "Yes, but I know everything about them".

Meet the new additions to the family:




Today there was a message on the answering machine from my dear brother indicating that there was over a foot of snow is some little NH town and people were snowmobiling. I now see that the obsession didn't die with the purchase, it has just re-focused on finding snow and trails. Oh boy!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Fun with Dust

This morning the family played for hours in the 1" dusting of snow - oh the fun we had. Our neighbors must've thought we were nuts frolicking like we had 2 feet of the white powdery stuff! The kids sledded down the hill until they were on bare grass, we built a snowman, had a snowball fight, and rode Avery's ATV. The real Mainers must've been like, "they haven't seen anything yet!"

Amelle barrels down the hill - ya think she was having fun?!

Avery's turn!

Avery takes dad for a spin through the high grass!!

Jer and Avery engage in a snowball fight.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Houston, We Have Snow!

It's snowing in Maine! Whooowhooo! Shaun called this morning at 7:30am to inform us that it was snowing in Boston and that the snowmobile prices just went up. Long story short, the boys spent the weekend obsessing over snowmobiles. One local dealer has a special that if you buy a snowmobile this week and it snows 6" on Christmas then they'll give you that snowmobile for free. Needless to say the boys are intrigued.

On a similar, but unrelated note, here are pictures from last week when we went to cut down our Christmas trees. If the Christmas tree farm looks like its missing something, it is ... SNOW!!!

Our kids prove though, that you don't need snow to sled and have fun!

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Monday, November 27, 2006

35 is the new 21

Happy Birthday to my zainy best friend Wendy! Thanks for all the smiles you have put on my face over the years - you're the best! I wish I knew how to e-mail myself the pictures from my phone so I could blog them (you're probably lucky I can't!). Oh we'd have pictures of you holding your "jugs" (of water, that is - in the grocery store) - and who can forget the picture of you walking around Target with your Starbucks cup holder attached to your hip, with your latte precariously dangling from your pants (or was it your thong?!)...

I'm so glad that you're in my life! I love you Sis!
 
 
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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

...so MUCH to be thankful for...where to begin? First Jesus and the gift of knowing my eternal destiny. My amazing family, our health, God's provision, our home....I could go on forever...I am truly overwhelmed with Thankfulness.

Last night we went to see Borat with Seth and Nancy....good times. I loved that stinkin' movie - if you haven't seen it, run, don't walk to your local theatre. I should probably warn you to take my endorsement with a grain of salt because I really don't get out much - I was cracking up at the previews as well...

Anyway, we're looking forward to an amazing day spent with family and friends and an amazing meal (thanks to Chef Sam Hayward).

Monday, November 20, 2006

One Holiday at a Time, Please.

Let’s get through one holiday at a time people! This whole idea of decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving is really getting under my skin. What is the deal with that? Why is it that as soon as Halloween is over, the stores line their bare shelves with Christmas decorations. I have even seen, yes…it’s true….I have even seen Christmas decorations in stores before (dare I say it) Halloween!! Yes, the horror of it! You want to talk about scary – it’s like the movie “The Nightmare before Christmas” where Halloween meets Christmas. It’s just not fittin’.

Let’s all declare that we’ll take one holiday at a time, and in chronological order:
1st Halloween (October)
2nd Thanksgiving (November)
3rd Christmas (December)
…that’s not so hard, is it?

I’m all for the Christmas season starting the day after Thanksgiving, but not one moment before.

Now I say that knowing that Jermaine won’t tell on me, because he doesn’t partake in the fine art of blogging.. the truth of the matter is that I bought my first Christmas presents this weekend, I prepared the wreaths that will be hung on my house, I bought an animated lawn moose, and I played Christmas music while cleaning house on Saturday (under the guise of it being “Praise and Worship”). BUT, I refuse to decorate until we get past Thanksgiving. I really can’t wait for Christmas, but I’m trying with all my might to restrain from getting sucked into the madness.

It all goes back to sensitization. Each day I see strings of white lights and green garland wrapped poles outside of my office window. When I drive home at night, I see all the outlet stores decorated with lights, Christmas trees, and wreaths, the stores are playing Christmas music, the advertising blitz has begun with toy fliers being sent to the house – it’s all working together to get us to start buying early.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Werewolf Boycott

My husband is disgusting. I love him, but he's totally grossing me out. On Sunday I happened to walk into the bathroom only to catch him in a vulnerable situation: barefoot. Jermaine is not the barefoot type, we're like Dharma and Gregg when it comes to that - I would walk around barefoot in the middle of winter, Jermaine wears socks with his crocs at the beach. Anyway, I let out a horror-movie scream, which immediately sent the kids running into the bathroom to see what all the hysterics were about. It was the ungodly sight of my husbands disgustingly overgrown claws (yes, they were claws). Toenails are short and blunt, claws curve down and scratch the floor when the beast walks. When I stopped screaming I began a short series of dry heaves; once I gained composure I begged him to cut the claws. At that point he informed me that they were to "protect me, should an intruder enter our home in the middle of the night". Not cute.

So the claws coupled with the werewolf-style growth on his face has let me to boycott him until he 1) clips the claws back to toenails, and 2) Trims his beard (no man should have hair from their eye brows to their toes - there should be some separation in the face area (my husband literally has hair growing under his eyes).

So far he has resisted, and has remained unkissed (by Amelle and I, who have joined forces). He probaby won't cut them until they break the leather of his new sneakers and poke out the front, or shred our bed linens, whichever comes first.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

He's Baaack!

All of the Moore children have had an affinity for the purple dinosaur. I am totally fine with that. Barney is definitely one of the best children's characters out there. I'm not down with the new ones: Doodlebugs (gay agenda), Wiggles (no diversity - really, would it kill them to put ONE non-white person on the show?), Teletubbies (senseless), Thomas the Train (Give me a freakin' break! ..it's the worst show ever; I couldn't last 5 minutes watchin it!). I sill love Elmo and the Sesame Street gang, it's classic, they teach numbers & letters, they have diversity, and they have good entertainers. Barney is also good because they sing and dance, it's educational (ABCs, manners, the infamous clean up song!, etc), and the kids are diverse.

Last week we set out to buy Amaya her own Barney since she gets such a kick out of him. We were disappointed when we found that ToysRUs doesn't carry ANY Barney! I guess that means that we're officially "old school". I was panicked until we found one at KBtoys that sings and asks for hugs...awwww! (then when you give him a hug, he tells you that your a good hugger (build's self-esteem!)

Anyway, here's Amaya with the purple one:


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Friday, November 10, 2006

Always the middle one…

So I just got an e-mail from Wendy regarding Amelle, who spent yesterday afternoon at her favorite Auntie’s house:

I asked Amelle yesterday what she wants to be when she grows up. She said something about “handing out papers….” So I said, “Well, what is that job called?” And she said, “A servant.”

Then, I heard her say something to Will about Heaven, so I said, “What is Heaven Amelle?” She said, “Heaven is where God takes you when you die.” So then I said, “Well can everyone go to Heaven?” She said, “No. People who cut their heads off can’t go to Heaven.”

Amelle is such a special child, she is so sensitive and conscientious, but by far, the quirkiest of all.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

The November 20

The day before Halloween I challenged Shaun and Jermaine to a little family bet. Starting November 1st, the first person to lose 20 pounds would win: 1) bragging rights 2) $100 3) a night of babysitting - the challenge was dubbed "The November 20". The rules were simple, the weigh in would occur naked on the morning of November 1st and we could use any means necessary to drop the 20 pounds, the first one who got there would win.

Shaun took the early lead, by the end of day one he was down three pounds (thanks to gorging on chocolate halloween treats and a night squeezing his butt cheeks together so that he wouldn't go #2 until after the official weigh in). Early on, all appeared to be normal in Jermaine's diet - potato salad and pork for lunch on day one - he apparently felt that he had a natural advantage over the Casey's stubborn genetics. After learning of Shaun's 3 pound start, Jermaine swiftly changed from light cream to "half & half" in his daily coffee on day 2 of the challenge.

After whining about how women have a more difficult time losing weight, my opponents agreed to give me a 3 pound handicap, so their 20 equals my 17. I'm not actually planning on dropping more than 5 pounds, I'm hoping that with enough whining I can win by widdling down the amount of weight that I will have to lose to equal their 20 pounds. Just kidding, I actually started off strong on day one and two, but after realizing that the boys had stopped at McDonalds last night on their way to a Bruins game, I rationalized a fluffernutter sandwich today that I am feeling guilty about.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Happy Birthday Baby...and more!

On Saturday we celebrated Amaya's 1st birthday. We were blessed by friends old and new who showed up to wish our little one a happy first birthday! Unbeknownst to me, while I was planning Amaya's birthday, my sneaky sister-in-law and mother were conspiring to throw me a graduation party as well. It was a night filled with joy, and I felt blessed by everyone who came out in the torential rain to celebrate with us!


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Monday, October 30, 2006

The shortest kickball game ever


The Saturday before last was one of those perfect fall days. We had a several kids playing at the house, so I decided to persuade them to organize a good old fashioned game of kickball. Oh how I loved our neighborhood kickball games as a child!

I went to the store and bought a brand new ball and I sent the kids into the backyard with bases. A few minutes later I thought that I would be cute and bring them some juice boxes for when they got thirsty. I hopped on Avery's ATV with Amaya on my lap and 6 juiceboxes strapped on the back (mother of the year nominee) and no sooner did I start the engine, did I see six disgruntled children making their way into the front yard. The game was over before it had even started. The children couldn't get along long enough to organize the darn game.

What has happened to kids now-a-days? We weren't like that when we were young. I don't understand.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Halloween kickoff


On Saturday, the Caseys hosted their annual Halloween party. The kids enjoyed getting dressed up in their Halloween gear, drinking ghoul-aid and socializing with other kids.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

"In 6 Years You'll Be 40"

So tonight my son kindly pointed out that in 6 years I'll be 40, and old. Then he smiled and laughed.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Confessional

There is no way that I should be an adult given my level of immaturity. I was recently introduced to "Happy Bunny" and although I'm totally embarrassed to admit it, I find him to be utterly hysterical.

Sometimes at work I have to give advice and make decisions that effect people's livelihoods, isn't it scary to think that in the privacy of my own little world I am thoroughly amused by Happy Bunny? I am so simple. Will I ever grow up?

Bye AZ



So this has been my neighborhood for the last three days - Im in Arizona, at the airport ready for my return home. I can't wait to see my family!!! When I spoke to Avery today I told him that I was flying home tonight and would see him in the morning. He said, "That's dangerous". So I asked him why, he said, "Cause you'll be tired" - I informed him that I wasn't going to be flying the plane, and my plan was to sleep. He said, "I know, but the pilot could get tired". Then I actually started to get concerned, yeah, what if the pilot gets tired?!

I can't wait to be home.

Monday, October 16, 2006

A Day of Play...

Okay, so this was a mystery blog - long story short...I was trying to post, but didn't think it worked, then I took off for Arizona, and have been too busy to check in to see that it actually did work.

So here's the scoop: Last Sunday my company had an open house at our office. I thought it would be good for me to attend. However, I figured it would be a little anti-climatic for the kids to drive an hour to get someplace only to learn that it's just a office building, so I figured that we'd also visit the Children's Museum in Portland, which was just down the street. So, here is my mom with the kids:

Amelle was just LOVING the pretend veterinarian office. The museum was really cute, lots of interactive things for the kids to do!
Here is Avery at the ATM machine that dispensed real fake money. The screen was cute, it had a disclaimer that read, "In real life, you would have to have money in your bank account before making a withdrawal".
This ended up being the highlight of the day - playing office in Mom's office. Next time I'll save on the museum admission and just let them play in my office for a few hours. Live and learn! ...isn't there a saying, "the best things in life are free"...
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