Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Holiday Cards!!

Please check out my holiday card designs for sale on http://emcphotodesign.blogspot.com. You might find something you like! ;)

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

TV's Inadequacy

Emma has been home all week due to being sick and tired, which has taken its toll on the usually happy-go-lucky little 6 year old we know and love.
This morning, while I was attempting to make breakfast, the kids were in the next room watching "Go, Diego! Go!" The lovable cartoon boy asked his viewers "Do YOU see the map?" and I hear a grumbly little (but LOUD) voice say "IT'S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU! GEEZ!" I couldn't help but chuckle as I rushed in, asking what had Diego done that deserved such a harsh answer. She replied that "He always asks us to find things that he already can see!"
Diego just isn't intelligent enough, I guess. Or perhaps he just needs glasses...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Remember this?

I feel like chicken soup & rice today...

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Beautiful Bride to be!

This weekend I had the great pleasure of photographing my little sister and making bachelorette party invites. Taking great pictures was easy with such a gorgeous model!

And my favorite girls in a photo together :)
I love you, sis! Can't wait until Saturday!!
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

30 Years ago...

30 Years ago today, I became a big sister for the first time. On this day, in 1979, my little brother, Alexander Ryuza, was born into our family, and into my life.
Of all 5 siblings, Alex & I are the closest in age, and I often thought that perhaps that was the reason that we fought more than the others seemed to. Several times as a child I wished that I was the last Eberle child to be born in our family. Now, looking back, I can see that of all the siblings, Alex's prescence perhaps had been one of the most crucial events in my lifetime. He changed my life in so many ways, and made me a lot of who I am today.
Every once in awhile, a great mind is born. One with so much imagination and awesome individuality, that others often times don't understand it. The kids with their heads in the clouds, the ones that make you wonder "where" they are.
Alex was one of those great minds. Alexander the great. Perhaps most boys can make guns out of anything, but can they also make those guns sound so real, and the stories they tell so authentic, that as an 8 year old, you absolutely know what it was like to be in the civil war? Many little 6 year olds love dinosaurs, but can they tell you which dinosaurs lived in which period, who ate what, and how big they were? There were dinosaur museums on display in his bedroom several times a year, complete with dioramas and information researched thuroughly.
My brother was a constant dreamer. My mom called it "boggling". Someone who could live in his own world and come and go as he pleased.
And I love that.
I was the coolest pre-K teacher because I knew all my dinosaurs. I can make anything out of blocks, and I know and recognize most GI Joe figurines. I can make machine gun sounds with my tounge, and build forts out of sticks.
I'm gonna be the best mommy to my own little boy, in large part to my little brother, who taught me how to live in the land of little boys.
Now, 30 years later, I love him even more than I ever did. He's moved away, and become a great architect and renovates old missions in California. Who else could picture something in all it's glory and beauty when others see old broken rocks?
I got a note from Alex soon after losing our son, his first nephew. It was so honest and sincere. I have that note close to me always. Sometimes, when you are so far apart, it's hard to remember how things were when you were young, and always together. But sometimes, if you think about it, you realize that it's still there. That you can never go home again, but you will always have home inside, as long as you have your family.
Thank you, Alex, for being you. You are so special to me. I love you very much and I hope this birthday brings you nothing but happiness and bliss!
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I've got a sick little girl at home today. She has a 100.8 degree fever, and I just fetched her from school. Poor little thing looks so pitiful with no front teeth ;)

Get better soon, my little toothless grogin!
Today was also the yummy Thanksgiving lunch at the local technology school. Evan & I went last year and it was delicious!! so we decided to go again this year, and bring Daddy along! Yuuuuum-eeee!
Gobble gobble!
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

All I want for Christmas is...

Emma's 4th tooth (2nd top front tooth!) came out yesterday! And last week, Evan got his 8th tooth! The tooth fairy is busy here at our house!
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Monday, November 9, 2009

Thank you.

Thank you for these miracles!
How many gene pools have contributed to come together in sheer miraculous achievement to give Emma her daddy's nose or Evan my lips?
The sweet smell of a new baby, resting quietly on my chest, the sounds of sleeping breaths from these angels, these are so close from heaven. How else can you explain the wonderous joy you recieve as these tiny little beings are born into this crazy world?
So pure and good.
Thank you, for you sprinkle sparkles on everyday life, you give hope and support to these pieces of my heart & soul .
Thank you for helping support us in our childrearing without judging or demanding it be done as you had done before us.
Thank you for sending these sweet souls safely and healthy to us, and
Thank you for taking care of of our littlest angel until we are together again.
You have always been behind us, always given us the strength to move ahead, no matter how hard the road.
Please know that in this month, the month of giving thanks, and every other month of the year,
We thank you.

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Cute couple :)

I got to do family photos for some friends of ours the other day. It was beautiful weather, and a beautiful day to shoot. A sneek peek of a few favorites...
Emma and their eldest son, Parker, started to school together 2 years ago. Thank you, Jackson family for letting me photograph your beautiful family!

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Swim Meet #2

New Swim Cap!

Ready for the backstroke!

2nd place! Way to go!!
Emma Li, Emma C, and Isabel C.
Silly Swimmers :)

This was the finals for the breaststroke!
She finished 2nd or 3rd, we'll have to wait for the final standings.
The freestyle 25m.

She finished 2nd! Oh, and Emma informed me that I was wrong about the freestyle & breaststroke being the same. They have the same kick, but different arms. Oops. Sorry folks!
What a great meet! We're so proud of you, Em!

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Fall Play

The weather was so nice this weekend, Evan helped Daddy outside rake leaves...until he saw the playground, that is! :)

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Friday, November 6, 2009


There are exactly 2 leaves left on the tree in our front yard. 2 leaves and a bird nest, long since abandoned. I'm pretty sure with the wind blowing like it is today, the tree will be naked tomorrow.
It has been unseasonally warm this week. A few of my plants bloomed again, thinking it was spring. I hope they still make it through the winter!
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A word from the (Dr.) Wise...

A doctor sent this in to his local newspaper:

Dear Sirs:

"During my last night's shift in the ER, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient with a shiny new gold tooth, multiple elaborate tattoos, a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and a new cellular telephone equipped with her favorite R&B tune for a ringtone. Glancing over the chart, one could not help noticing her payer status: Medicaid. She smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and, somehow, still has money to buy beer.

And our Congress expects me to pay for this woman's health care? Our nation's health care crisis is not a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. It is a crisis of culture — a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. A culture that thinks "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me". Life is really not that hard. Most of us reap what we sow.

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