Monday, December 24, 2007

Have yourself a merry little Christmas...

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

This is a little clip from one of my favorite movies, "Meet Me in St. Louis", if anyone ever wants a little rendition of the Trolley Song just give me a shout.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Oh so confused

I am loving the iPhone, however am in a bit of a quandary with this whole ringtone thing. I was so in love with my old ringtone and am in denial I cannot have it now that I have switched - iTunes only has one, yes only one Beck tune available for Ringtune-age.

Since iPhone/iTunes lets you create your own tone, I have done just that - The Cure, "Close to Me" as a feeble replacement to my previous favorite. I am so missing my old ringtone courtesy of Beck - all 11 seconds of it - which I had programmed in my brain.

So here it is my long lost ringtone that I knew was mine all mine rather than the one I have now which I give dirty looks to strangers thinking, "Answer your phone already" only to discover that it is I who needs to answer my own phone.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The show-tell is full up

Today little man was an innkeeper at his Christmas program, I don't know if he had to audition for the role, all I know is he probably didn't get the part based on his description of costume or storyline.

Here is the innkeeper role in the Nativity as described by JG:

AE: So what do you wear?
JG: I not know - innkeeper clothes. (He actually wore a sack looking thing which his partner innkeeper #2 told his mother after donning the garb - "Mom, this is so not my look.")

AE: So what do you do as an innkeeper?
JG: Well, I run the show-tell (inn). Then the lady having the baby and the guy with the same name as me come to the door. I tell them we are full up and they have to go sleep in the barn.

I was a little worried, but he did great. Mary and Joseph made it to the barn and had baby Jesus then JG sang "Go Tell the Mountain" with his classmates and all was well with the world.

On a side note, we got to laughing last night after caroling when I told my friends about the show-tell. My friend Jen informed me it could be worse, her littlest wanted to go stay at the "ho-in-tell".

Yes, there is always an upside isn't there?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

What is wassaling anyway?

We neighbors are going door to door in a few nights to spread Christmas cheer by caroling. I asked the non-singing home office if he would like to go along and join the choir.

This is the response I received:

"I would rather stare into the sun."

Guess that's a no.

Too bad, I was really looking forward to him leading us in a round of "Silver & Gold".

Monday, December 10, 2007

The shot heard round Oak View Junior High, Gym 5, Andover, MN 55304

On Saturday, the Maple Grove Mustangs played the Andover Huskies. At the end of regulation, AE had a chance to seal the deal - but missed two free throws.

The game went into overtime, then to sudden death - so someone had to score just one basket to win.

AE had a chance for redemption and somehow the basketball Gods were smiling down on her. Maple Grove won 14-12. AE is #41.

The video is courtesy of AP's dad Rob (thank you Rob!) - thank goodness someone documented it because I think our daughter was the most surprised person in the gym and needed to see it again to believe it.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Three second rule

Today as we were driving to day two of AE's first basketball tourney, Dan tried to offer some fatherly advice about the amount of time AE was spending in the key - she got called for a couple of three second violations yesterday.

Dan: AE do you know what the three second rule is?

AE: Yeah. It's when you drop something on the ground you have three seconds to pick it up and it's still safe to eat it.

Dan: No, that is a different three second rule.

Dan set AE straight, she didn't get called for it today, so it must have stuck.

The Maple Grove Mustangs took 2nd. Not too bad for a team in mis-matched uniforms (our new ones didn't make it in time) and two practices under their belt.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Go Wolverines!

Here is a link to little man's team website.

There are some really cute pictures in the slide show.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Sing, Sing a DLS Song

My husband knows four songs - really just four.

They are in no particular order:

1) The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
He sings this in the style of Bob Dylan.

2) Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Once, when I returned from a trip AE and I had the following exchange:

Mom: How did things go when Mommy was gone?
AE: Fine.
Mom: Did daddy sing you goodnight?
AE: Yes.
Mom: Really? What did he sing to you?

She paused and began to sing, "She was a fast machine, she kept her motor clean..."


3) Oh, Tannebaum
Only in German. Go figure.

4) This little tune...

All I will say is that it has been a long 17 years, think it is about time to get him some new tunes. I sure hope his song retention does not portend any serious issues which will arise when we are in our 80s.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Math or Mass

AE received her 1st "letter grade" report card today - all went really, really well. It seems like our daughter has connected with her teacher and everything has clicked.

Like every other year I asked her what her favorite subject was and she answered, "Remember that one time when you asked me in kindergarten?"

Yes, AE I remember.

AE attended a parochial school here in Maple Grove and wasn't really thrilled with her school, her teacher, the uniform...I could go on and on...

After listening to her daily litany of complaints I asked, "Is there anything you like about school?"

I got the look that said, "Mom, you CANNOT be serious, there is NOTHING I like."

"You have to have a favorite subject right?" I probed. "What is your favorite subject?"

She sat there and finally said, "Yeah I like MASS." The school attended daily mass - it was a Catholic school and that's what they do.

"Oh, good. I am so glad you like MATH. Mommy is really bad at MATH, so it's good you like it."

"No mommy, I didn't say MATH. I don't like MATH. I like MASS."

"Not MATH?" I asked. "What was it again?"

"MASS. You know MASS." she started to speak slower, so her slow mom could get it.

"MAA-AAASSSSSS." She spoke it with the same accent as a Southern belle, so it came out even better.

Needless to say, I didn't ask her to repeat it again.

All I have to say is thank goodness her favorite subject is now science.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Christmas Letter '07 - Home Office Style

The Holidays bring so many fun little projects that I forgot how hard it was to fit these in when working. One of those tasks is Christmas cards, I have the process down pat, however just haven't got around to it yet. The cards are sitting on top of the fridge, the label spreadsheet has been updated and the letter is in my head.

We all know how much the home office loves the Holidays. Kidding, I said if he had some free time he could give the annual letter a shot...well he surprised me and did just that. After reading, I do not think we will be sending it out, but just had to share because it was so funny.

I am proud of my non-letter writing husband, here is his version of the Schmidts '07.

You are about to read one of those lame Christmas letters so many people feel necessary to include in their Christmas cards. For those of you that find these things offensive, read section A (the short version). If, on the other hand you want the full experience, proceed to section B.

We’re doing fine. Hope you’re well, too.

Select one of the options below:
a) Merry Christmas! The Schmidts

b) Happy Hanukkah! The Schmidts
c) Have a swell Kwanzaa! The Schmidts
d) Happy Holidays! The Schmidts

You’ve decided to read section B. We commend you for your good taste and intelligence. You have so much more going for you than those who just read section A.

The past year has brought one major change to the “Schmidt House “. Susan has gone back to work and we have traded a lot of the daily chores around the house, along with the responsibility of the Family Christmas Letter.

I didn’t think writing this letter would be that difficult. I thought all I had to do was Google “Family Christmas Form Letter “ and change the kids names, ages, and activities, and send out the letter.

How different can life be in suburbia?

What I found surprised me, because I have always enjoyed finding out what friends and family have done in the past year and have always been happy to hear that things are going well.

It appears that there are a large number of people who do not care to receive these letters because they believe that the letters contain too much bragging about their family and the previous year.

So, I have decided to write this Christmas Letter to the people who don't care for happy letters. Instead of bragging about how great our past year has been, I have listed all the negative aspects of the past year.

I have bought into my present company, a small engineering and surveying firm that does residential development. This was just in time for to be part of the largest housing recession in the last 60 years. Revenue was down about 30 percent in 2007 and is expected to be down another 30 percent in 2008.

Susan has begun working again and is employed as an independent contractor. Susan doesn’t really like working EVERY SINGLE DAY and would sometimes rather sleep in and be at home with the kids or playing tennis. Susan has been blogging over the past year about our family’s adventures and her blog can be found at

Allison is nine years old and is in the 4th Grade. Allison is the tallest child in the 4th grade and hates it. Allison spends most of her free time arguing and fighting with her brother and whining about doing simple chores.

Joe is five years old and is in kindergarten. Joe plays hockey and has worked his way up from the worst skater on the team to top of the bottom five skaters. Joe also spends most of his time arguing and fighting with his sister.

Our dog Mia barks too much. She also continues to go through the garbage and make a mess of the house.

Merry #*&(@*% Christmas!
The Schmidts

Sunday, December 02, 2007

My precious

Yesterday in the middle of the snow, I finally decided it was time to do something about my sub-par cell phone. I have had a love hate relationship for quite some time now and have been enamoured to say the least with the nice shiny iPhone.

I am loving it - other than the fact I had to change my phone number (long story) and email address (another long story). I can't believe how much I can do on it!

  • Know where I am supposed to be when I am supposed to be somewhere
  • Watch movies/videos in the car
  • I can play music (only 8 GB, but I will live), since the other iPod is still MIA
  • I can get my email at work now, since I can't get to Hotmail through the Cargill infrastructure
  • Will cut down on domestic disputes because we will actually know where we are going since we can check a map
  • Get YouTube
  • BLOG
  • Find out if I should take 394 or 169
  • Take pictures
  • Know what the weather is like in Madrid - why Madrid? I don't know, but somehow I tried to set up Minneapolis and ended up with Madrid. Think I would rather be in Madrid right now - its 43 and fair vs. 21, but it really feels like 7.

My new email is: and the new phone number is 612.850.3830.