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Dare to be different January 29, 2009

Filed under: Nash — nashsmom @ 9:39 pm
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When Nash was in pre-school, pretty much all the little boys liked the same things – dinosaurs, trucks, trains, race cars, etc.  Pretty basic stuff.  Maybe there was one kid that liked something way more than the others, but for the most part, any one of those things would be a hit at a play date.  But over the last couple years I’ve noticed that every one of Nash’s friends has a different passion.  Ben loves his Star Wars, Ryan loves his Pokemon, Max loves the ladies Batman and Kolya loves his politics.  All of you avid reader know that Nash loves his NASCAR and the Disney Cars movie.  However he recently discovered something “new” to be obsessed with that I’m pretty sure only a very small percentage of 6 year olds are obsessed with –  The Peanuts Gang.

1We have checked out every book and movie from the library and dude can not get enough of these guys.  Hours of research were done to figure out the name of the little girl in the plaid dress in Charlie Brown Christmas (Patty) and the Little Red Haired Girl (Heather).  And he refers to the girl in the back right of the above photo as the girl with “popcorn hair”.  He has memorized most of the dialogue and is constantly yelling for me to “come see this part, it’s sooo funny!”.  But his true passion?  The theme song.  He looooves this catchy little tune and when he hears it, he turns into a crazed dancing monkey.  Proof?  You got it:


Dude looks like a lady January 28, 2009

Filed under: Nash — nashsmom @ 6:54 pm

Last night we had to convince Nash that Barack Obama was, in fact, the first African American President.  He was sure someone as great as Martin Luther King had to have been a president.  (and I applaud his thought process on the matter) Once we had that all sorted out he said “Maybe some day there will be another girl president”.  Huh?  So we reminded him that there actually hasn’t been a female president – yet.  But he said, “Yes there was, the 32nd president was a girl.”  Huh?  No, he wasn’t.  That was Franklin D. Roosevelt who was definitely a man.  “Nope.  I’ll show you.”  So off we ran to the kitchen to get this:

41d1nr7n3hl_sl500_aa250_We’re a family of multi-taskers and  like to learn while we eat so Nash has a bunch of different place mats which apparently he has been intently studying while munching on his Frosted Flakes.  He is still convinced that this is a girl:



(forgive my iphone phototgraphy….)

So he finally accepted that this IS a guy but is sticking with his looks-like-a-girl theory.   How he let the wig wearing presidents of the 18th century off the hook is beyond me but hey, I won’t complain.  At the end of the day, he’s still learning something, right?


I’d like to thank the academy January 22, 2009

Filed under: Me — nashsmom @ 8:43 am

My poor little head is about to spin off.  I have so many thank-you notes to write, ventings to vent, errands to run, photos to upload, video to transfer,  blogs to post and, oh yeah, tend to that little job I have.  But my life is still going 99 mph I can’t fathom when I will possibly ever get everything done.  So this is either my “to do” list or an attempt to conquer all in one post….

To my precious little Nash, thank you for being such a perfect angel on our trip to Minnesota.  You were so well behaved I was shocked (sorry, I really was).  I was so proud to have you with me at your great-grandma Evie’s funeral and like I told you, one day you will understand how important it was.   And leaning over during the service to ask me if Grandma Evie was in heaven now?  Wow.  And also, how’s handsome??


To my pal Paula, you are  a true friend.   You took me to the busiest Super Target in Minneapolis at noon on a Saturday, let my kid snoop around your house and eat three, count ’em, THREE oranges and then drove me out to Stillwater in snow flurries.  Thank you.  You are always there for me and take great care of me.  Plus showing up at the airport in the exact same super long puffy coat that I was wearing? (Michael Kors with a faux fur trim hood – holla!)  Just shows you have excellent taste to boot!

Chuck, Jamie, Lindee, Frances, Maeve and Roy.  I truly love you guys.  Every time I see you it makes me realize how much I miss living closer to you.  I am beyond envious of your neighborhood and the way the kids all get along and come and go.  And to have a perfect kid sized hill in your backyard where the kids can go sledding while you stay warm and just watch out the window?  I think I would have bought the house based on that alone!  Thanks for sending this pic, Jamie.  Nash was in heaven!


Thank you for feeding me, giving us a place to crash, driving me to the hotel and mostly just for some good old fashioned chillin’.  

Thank  you to cousins Tiana, Tyler and Summer for swimming with Nash in the pool for hours on end (and for letting him win some of the races).  Marco!  Polo!

Thank you to my brother Rick for always amazing me.  You may be tough on the outside, but I saw a sensitive side of you over those two days that made me realize how much really I love you.  There was a moment when you were holding Nash up in the air and the way you were looking at him and the way he was looking at you nearly brought me to tears (OK, it IS bringing me to tears right now just remembering it) .  And also for never getting tired of being “BOOed”.  

To my cudbox Shelli.  You are a smart, beautiful and  funny woman.  I should hate you but alas, I love you like a sister.  Thanks for making me laugh.  You really helped to make the whole “event” kinda fun. You’re the first person  I’ve ever shared a cab with to have brunch at a Perkins.  We know fine dining!   Can’t wait to see the last 90 minutes of Secret Life of Bees…

And mom.  Mom, mom, mom.  I can’t pretend to know how hard these last few months have been.  But you did everything perfectly.  I admire you so much for your grace and strength. It was hard to find words to share, but just being there and holding your hand says a lot without words between a mother and a daughter.  I love you so much.

And my dad.  You give mom so much love and support.  You are always there when we need you and have been such an anchor for the family.  I love you more than I tell you.

And GAJ (great aunt Jan).  For helping mom plan the perfect send off for an amazing woman.  Every detail was perfect from the Swedish flag in the flowers down to the last ham bun.  And the collages were incredible.  A history lesson for me and perfectly outlined the incredible life of grandma.  

And to my whole family for making something sad into a bit of a party.  It was like living in a college dorm room.  Roaming the halls to see which room had the best snacks, drinks, games, etc.  For those that weren’t there,  you were missed (and talked about!).  The reason we were all there was a sad one, but we celebrated  by being together and I think we did our Evie proud.

I’d also like to give a shout out to Gabe at the Residence Inn for putting up with my family’s shenanigans which included, but are not limited to, racing luggage carts down the hallway, throwing snowballs in the swimming pool, locking ourselves out of the bathroom and camping out at the breakfast buffet.   And after all that what do you do?  Bake us cookies.  Seriously?   I think I could live there.


And I returned home to Massachusetts to this:


And you thought Minnesota had all the snow.  Ha! Wrong!

Ok, now on to the other things on the list……


I kicked a squirrel

Filed under: Music,Nash — nashsmom @ 7:43 am

When Katy Perry’s song “I Kissed A Girl” hit the radio airwaves in heavy rotation this summer, lot of parents were concerned about their kids hearing this and asking girl-on-girl questions.  Nash never really made any mention of it so I figured I was off the hook.  But then last night he burst into song with his own spin on the lyrics….

Actual lyrics:  

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chapstick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
It felt so wrong, It felt so right
Don’t mean I’m in love tonight

Nash lyrics:

Once I kicked a squirrel and he liked it
I did a triple back flip
Once I kicked a squirrel and he liked it
I did a triple back flip
If felt so wrong it felt so right
just wait until tonight

He cracks me up!


Peace out January 12, 2009

Filed under: Me — nashsmom @ 10:33 pm

I’m not sure how to start this one, so I’m just winging it.

My Grandma Evie died today.


 She was an amazing lady.  Full of class and smart as a whip.  She taught me a lot of things and I can’t possibly do her justice right now.  But I’ll share one short story.

Right around my 40th birthday (and nearing her 90th) we were hanging out and I asked her what advice she would give me.  Here’s this woman that has lived this amazing life and I’m preparing for her to enlighten me with her profound wisdom.  She thinks about it for a really long time and I’m starting to panic because I don’t have a pen and paper and what if I can’t remember everything she says??  

Then she turned to me and said: “Be happy”.  

That’s it.  Just two little words.  And at first I thought, ‘What?  That’s it??’  But let me tell you, I’ve thought about her telling me those two little words so many times since then and you know what?  She was on to something.  Be happy.   If you can accomplish that, what more do you need?

I’m taking the next week or so off from blogging but  will leave you with a few more pics of Evelyn Strand, a woman who will be missed tremendously. 


Nash with his Great Grandma Evie



Me and my big brother Rick with Grandma and Grandpa Strand



Evelyn C. Strand



meteorologist Nash January 11, 2009

Filed under: Nash — nashsmom @ 8:07 pm

I won’t pretend I don’t know where he gets it, but lately Nash has become obsessed  with weather.  I have a bunch of cities selected in my iPhone weather and every morning he goes through each and announces the highs and lows for each city.  “It’s -20 in Battle Lake and the most it’s going to be is -4. but they have lucky Tuesday cuz it’s going to be 35 but it’s 87 in Sydney and the less it’s going to be is 78…..”  You get the idea.  So after yet another snowstorm last night, he insisted on bringing a ruler when we went outside today to see how many inches of snow we had:


According to the vanishing ruler, we got just over  12 inches!  Fantastic.


Odd one out January 9, 2009

Filed under: Me,things I love — nashsmom @ 10:46 pm

I prefer Miracle Whip over mayonaise and margarine over butter.  I  think cashmere is itchy.  As a teenager, I preferred Loverboy over the Rolling Stones.  I love reading fiction but I can’t for the life of me get through any book written by Wally Lamb.  And when I tell someone I don’t like cheese?   You’d think I just told them I hate puppies.  

But when everyone started raving about Mad Men, I thought THAT would be a bandwagon I could jump on and hang with the majority of the population.  I loved the idea of it and I do work in advertising so I had to love it, right?  The first couple episodes were fun.  Seeing all of the authentic 60’s clothes, props and set designs was cool.  And watching a pregnant woman smoke and a little kid play with a huge plastic bag – too funny!  But Don Draper got a little old and show seemed to creep along at a snail’s pace.  The novelty wore off and I bailed.   But I recently ordered up disc one of the  DVD for a little show called Swingtown.  And this?  This I like!

It takes place in the 70’s so perhaps it’s because I can relate to the era a bit more.  Seeing someone pop open in ice cold Tab while sunning themselves covered in baby oil brings back some splendid memories!   But alas, it’s not called That 70’s show, it’s called Swingtown and like the name says, the folks in this town are good old fashioned, have -sex-with-your-neighbors swingers.  We’re only four episodes into it, but unlike Mad Men, I can’t wait to see the next episode.  The cast is great and the music fantastic.  There are tons of great songs in every episode (that must have cost them a fortune) and even if my husband is convinced that it’s just the entire Boogie Nights soundtrack, it still rocks 70’s style.  So bake up a pan of  tuna noodle casserole and check it out.  

So there.  Now I’m the girl that prefers Swingtown over the award winning Mad Men.  Will you still love me?