Monday, February 28, 2011


Pardon the blogging absence once again. We've all been sick for the last week. First it started out with the stomach flu. That's always a nice beginner. Then, it became a super, nasty cold. All three of us are over the stomach flu but we're all still suffering from the cold. I feel fine, I just don't sound fine. Mr. Rochester still feels ill and Trotwood still has a nasty cough, but I think we're all finally on the mend, as slow-going as it may be. Oh, the joys!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

the Duchess

I recently watched this movie because it was streaming on Netflix. I'd added it to our queue awhile ago, and it was time for it to not be on our queue anymore. Before watching it, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect out of it. From the previews and the little I knew about the movie, I thought it would be reminiscent of Marie Antoinette type films, of which I am not a huge fan. To an extent, I think it was like those films, but the movie completely caught me off guard.

I'll admit that I can be somewhat of a crybaby during emotional or extremely sad parts of movies and after watching this movie, I may have cried useless tears of pity for the characters. My tears for the characters may have lasted a bit longer than usual and I may have been depressed for the rest of the night after watching the movie, but after thinking about the movie for several days, I think I actually liked it, even though, I told Mr. Rochester that night, through my tears, that this was possibly the worse movie ever. You see, the reason I was so upset at the end of the movie was because I didn't realize it was a true story until then, and up until that point, I'd just thought of it as a movie. Of course, I'm sure the movie is full of dramatization, but I just felt really bad for the characters afterwards. Ralph Fiennes is the perfect villain and I forgot that Keira Knightley was playing the duchess (I'm not a big fan of hers either). Now, I'm interested in reading the biography of the duchess written by Amanda Foreman. All in all, I don't regret watching the film, but I may not watch it again.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New tricks

See Trotwood's new trick?
This is becoming a daily occurence. Doesn't it look like so much fun? That is until you get stuck.
And can't get out without help.
And the cycle repeats itself...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

True Story

Last week, Trotwood and I went to the grocery store before the big ice/snow storm. No, I'm not one of those people who rushes out to the store at the slightest forecast of bad weather. Really, I just needed some peppers for this enchilada sauce I was making for dinner and when I'd gone the week before, the store was out of peppers! It was just unfortunate that I happened to need the peppers the night before a big storm and all the crazies rushed out for food like there were Black Friday sales. This is something I just do not understand. Why is there such a mad rush to the store if there is bad weather?! Do people just not have food at home?

Anyway, as I was waiting in line to pay for my three peppers and gallon of milk, there was a nice, friendly older gentleman in front of me in line. Trotwood loves people and he grinned and "chatted" with the man. The man smiled back at Trotwood and talked to him for a few moments, then he turned to me and asked, "Does he have an Asian father?" I was a little surprised at his question and responded with, "No, his father isn't Asian, but I can see where you might think that because he does have almond-ish shaped eyes." The man checked out and that was that. I laughed about it to myself when I got in the car and when I told Mr. Rochester later. However, after seeing the pictures below, which were taken a few days later, I can see why that nice, older gentleman might have asked me such a thing.

What do you think?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

And more snow!

I guess it wasn't bad luck to wish for another day off becuase I got it! Unbelievably, we got between 16-18 inches of snow today. The school was closed and this time nobody was sick at our house. I took these pictures by leaning out our back door and have no regrets about not venturing outside.
We were very productive and did laundry today. Trotwood helped.
He really is a great little helper and always wants to help with things like the laundry or just putting things away. This is the first time he's ever tried to get into the dryer.
I'm not sure if the school will be open tomorrow but if it is, we're going to have to dig ourselves out with our garden shovel!

Monday, February 7, 2011

February Snow

Last week we got a lot of snow for our area! Luckily, the amount of ice we got was minimal and there weren't any major power outages like what happened two years ago. The school closed for three days so I had three days off of work to just be at home. It was a good thing too because both Mr. Rochester and Trotwood were sick the entire time I was home and I was there to act as nurse! Mr. Rochester has a nasty cold and Trotwood had his first real fever ever of 103 degrees and he had it for two days off and on. We even braved the roads to take him to the doctor but he didn't have the flu or strep and he wasn't teething at all, so the fever was a mystery. He seems to be doing better now though.

I sort of had a small freak-out moment when the thermometer went up to 103. Whenever Trotwood gets sick, I worry. I've just heard or read so many nightmarish stories from people who have lost children and of course, those stories are glued to my brain, so I worry way too much when he's sick. I still check on him every night before I get in bed to make sure he's okay and still breathing. I know, that's a little paranoid, and I'm sure I'll grow out of it, especially when we have more kids and I'm more used to them getting sick. We've been blessed that Trotwood has only been sick a few times and he seems to stay pretty healthy. So, as much as Trotwood pressed his nose against the glass panes on our back door to get a better look at the snow, we did not go out and play in it.

We're supposed to be getting more snow tonight and tomorrow. Is it bad luck to hope for another day off when I had three off last week? Here's a picture of what our backyard looked like last week.

Planter pot covered in snow. That plant has long been dead.

Anyone else excited?

I may be behind the times a bit, but I just found out that a new Jane Eyre movie is coming out in March. Although I absolutely love the 2006 BBC miniseries with Ruth Wilson, who did amazingly as Jane Eyre, and Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester, this new rendition looks really good! Seeing the trailer makes me want to reread the book. Enjoy the preview if you haven't already seen it!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Kiss me

I can't resist this face. It's his mom-and-dad-I-want-to-give-you-a-kiss-face. I love it.