I'd Put My Name On This...

I'm not a paid celebrity. I'm endorsing this stuff for FREE...
1. Jesus (how could I NOT start with him? Also because God doesn't like coming second to peanut butter). Jesus has changed my life for eternity. A simple truth introduced to me by my best friend: jesus died for you. he paid for your mistakes. acknowledge it, be thankful for it. ask for christ to live in you. in return? a spiritual sigh of relief, a joy that is light in your soul, and the assurance of eternity with jesus. It doesn't get better than this, friends.

2. Peanut butter. Not with jelly, and NEVER on bananas (that would be gross.) I endorse peanut butter mixed in with your evening bowl of rocky road ice cream. For best results, smear it on the bottom of the bowl so you can enjoy a little with each bite.

3. Sonicare toothbrushes. Well worth the $130. The comparison between sonicare & manual tooth brushes is like the difference between a long, hot shower and a sponge bath with dirty water. It tickles at first but you get over after a few brushes.

4. The Snot Sucker. Its less catchy technical name is "Graco Baby BebeSounds" and it costs $18. I bought this because Jo passionately protested the bulb syringe and I needed to be able to get her boogers out. Quite possibly the most frustrating thing as a parent is seeing a booger but not being able to get it out. The snot sucker makes it all possible- like a mini shop vac for your child's nostrils. It plays music (genius) which totally distracts Jo and has a clear booger receptacle which can be taken apart & cleaned.

5. Aveeda Phomollient, $12. This hair foam is super light, kind of like mousse but without the crunchiness. You put it on your hair before you dry it & it adds volume & helps hold curl better. I've never seen a product like this, nor have I ever used any mousse, gel or spray with as good of results. I can hear you naysayers naysaying, "Um, Michelle like never does her hair." True. But when I do it looks good and that is thanks to Aveeda Phomollient.

6. America's Funniest Home Videos, Sunday Evenings on ABC. No matter what is going on in my life, I can always count on AFV to make me laugh out loud. I delight in this show.

7. COUPONING. Oh my, couponing has changed my life. Besides saving ridiculous amounts of money, this has become a hobby...maybe an obsession. I have stockpiles of deoderant, shampoo, razors, toothpaste, hamburger helper, bacon, pillsbury crescent rolls, etc. I have hoards of things that will be donated to charities this winter, and today at Fred Meyer I gave two women coupons for items I saw in their cart. Is that weird? It sounds creepy when I type it out but I assure you it was a friendly thing done in passing- I wasn't stalking people and invading their personal cart space or anything.

8. Hanna Andersson Swedish Moccasins, $14. Jo's got really small feet, and I feel bad squishing her expressive little feetsies in stiff bottomed shoes. These moccasins were given to me as a gift and probably not something I would have bought otherwise. But they are a life saver! They STAY on her feet and fit before Robeez would have. I highly recommend them!

9. http://www.stephaniekleinphotography.com/ My photographer. I say that like I own her, but I don't. You can use her too. She is great- sweet, flexible, talented, inexpensive, and she gives you all the images on a CD for printing at your leisure. She has done my maternity pics, newborn pics, my sister's wedding, etc. All amazing.
10. Saint Andre Triple Creme Brie. This stuff is spendy ($10+/lb) but worth every penny. It is found at Whole Foods/New Seasons, and on occasion I see it at Albertson's/Safeway/etc. It is like eating cheese flavored butter. It is my favorite cheese of all time. I like it smeared at room temperature on crusty kalamata olive bread. yum.

11. Mrs. Neushin's Pickles, $5-6. I love pickles almost as much as I love cheese. All my life I have loved pickles, so imagine my surprise when upon meeting Luke's family, I'm introduced to these delicious treats. Sadly I couldn't find a pic of them on google & I am too lazy to go photograph the ones in my fridge, but they are a blue & red labeled jar in the pickle aisle, usually only a few jars at the bottom at Alberstons or Fred Meyer. They're not widely distributed, and they are expensive for pickles, but they have the best flavor ever. A distinct bite that is especially enhanced when paired with a chunk of tillamook cheddar. Mouthwatering.

Overheard at Starbucks...

Bringing his coffee back to the table, a man said to his friend:
"Our cats would like this music!"


jack: please do not eat my baby.

For some reason Jack's go-to pose for photos is "I'm gonna eat the baby." I'm not sure how to interpret this, except to wonder if he is a cannibal. I hope not.
Gross jack.


Now she's out, but I would still rather you didn't eat her

Going in for the kill

Slightly more appetizing...

oops- now look who's getting nibbled on!


Br. Dick

If you have the distinct pleasure of knowing my father in law, you know that he is quite the character. I've never met anyone like him- unless you count his two sons, but knowing them is just like a sneak peak compared to knowing Dick. Dick is the strongest man of faith I know- he is wise and so passionate about Jesus. He has taught me so much, and best of all, he has raised a boy that is a wonderful husband to me and an amazing daddy to his little girl. Right now he's in the Philippines training pastors. On his way to the airport last week he climbed into the back seat to appease my fussy daughter. He was being a good Grandpa- or maybe he was just looking for a fresh audience for his jokes. Jo gets his humor. Sara sent me this picture from her phone, and I love that she is in it & the look on Dick's face. But it gets better...so much better....

...below is my new favorite picture in all the universe. They were SO excited to have Brother Dick visit (Br. = Brother) that they printed his picture on some sort of fabric that looks to be about two stories high. I can just see Dick turning the corner & seeing this- I am sure he was very gracious and told them how honored he was, but I KNOW he probably could have died laughing. There is already talk of somehow getting this poster & hanging it outside our church or maybe off the Middlebrooks 2nd story deck. He will NEVER hear the end of this...


Every day a new discovery

overdue for a post!

So much to post...
Happy Halloween- Jo decided to be a duck.

Gramps promised he wouldn't hunt her

Sitting Duck, Lying Dog

Jo got dressed up in her party tuu-tuu to see some of my out of town co-workers
I totally scored at target this weekend- halloween costumes for $1.67!!! WOOHOO- I bought a ton. my future babies will have tons of choices
one of which is a HOT DOG

Or a mean dragon

Jo showing off her pink wig

With her twin-auntie Patty

Kicking it on the couch w/Grammy.


Nekked Bebe

Patty took these pics...I can't get enough of them. Thanks to the purchase of a new wireless router I am now BACK ONLINE at home, after 1 week sans internet. I am like a starving internet addict...