Thursday, June 25, 2009


Brent took Tuesday off since it had been so long since we had been together as a family. We took advantage of our free bowling this summer and had a great time! Even Sarah bowled the first game...but snuggled down and fell asleep while I was holding her during the second game. Let me tell you, I'll give up just about any type of recreation to be able to have my baby fall asleep in my arms! It was a perfectly sweet way to enjoy being together again--Brent playing with the older two while I got some amazing snuggle time in with Sarah!
Sarah enjoyed playing around on the floor...the alley was nearly empty so she could run around without getting into too much trouble...except for the time she set the reset button after Brent had thrown his ball. His ball bounced into the guard that wipes the pins away. The owner was very kind and said it happens all the time. Watching her go-go-gadget arms is a full-time job--and I'm out of practice after having 2 weeks off!!!

We had fun reminding Daniel and Hannah that they both had to use this ramp the first time we came bowling at this alley...they had a hard time with the fact that Sarah beat them both because of this ramp!
You can see it here--she's starting to wind down--she also loved to watch the balls come up the return--and played with the spot that blows air to dry your hands.
Daniel did pretty well...he and Brent had a pretty stiff rivalry going on...well at least a verbal'll be a long time before Daniel is able to do more than trash talk with Brent!
Hannah had a great time, too. She's funny to watch bowl...she just takes off running and then drops the ball...she is so much like me, it's scary at times!

They're Home!!!

I picked up our kids Saturday afternoon, and we stayed in Michigan with my parents until Monday morning. It worked out well since my sister's kids were visiting with my parents, too. Our kids love getting together--Bobby is Daniel's age and Lauren is Hannah's age. Claire is now 13, so she is able to tag along with the adults or have fun playing with Sarah. We missed Fathers' Day with Brent, but we will celebrate it this weekend instead. We arrived home around 3:30 Monday afternoon. The kids were so excited to see Brent when he came in the door! I love it when they get giddy with excitement over seeing him. They played and wrestled forever, too! It was great to have them visit with the grandparents, but it's good to have them back home, too!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

School's Out!

The kids had a half day of school the last day...actually less than half a day...they were able to leave after the awards assembly at 10:30. To celebrate we went home, grabbed a quick lunch, changed clothes and headed to town to get Frosty's since I had buy one get one free coupons. We stopped at a way side off the highway that has this beautiful waterfall. There are 13 waterfalls in our area, but they are all pretty rough hiking with a 2 year old. This waterfall was perfect since it's been built up for tourists--complete with a bunch of stairs--Sarah can do stairs no problem! It wasn't hot or cold, just comfortable so we were able to stay a good while playing in the water and just enjoying the great outdoors.

Getting Ready for the Spring School Concert

We had a few minutes before it was time to leave for the kids' Spring Concert for school what seems like a gazillion days ago, even though it was just a couple of weeks, so I decided to get some pictures of the kids all dressed up.
"Yes, she's still standing there waiting for me to smile! When will this lady stop trying to get a good picture of me!"
Sarah shows her stubborn streak most when she comes up with a better way to do what you are asking her to do. In this case, it was her idea to hug Hannah instead of just standing sweetly next to her. I let well enough alone since it was actually a better shot!
I learned that even though the kids are almost 10 and 7, it is too much to ask them to stand in the sun no matter how much better the lighting is there!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

These are quite too funny!

Spring Classes for Women at

by Tuesday,
June 20, 2009


Class 1
Up in Winter, Down in Summer - How to Adjust a Thermostat
Step by Step, with Slide Presentation..
Meets 4 wks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hrs beginning at 7:00 PM..

Class 2
Which Takes More Energy - Putting the Toilet Seat Down, or Yelling About It for 3 Hours?
Round Table Discussion.

Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

Class 3
Is It Possible To Drive Past a Wal-Mart Without Stopping?–Group Debate.

Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 4
Fundamental Differences Between a Purse and a Suitcase–Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.

Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 5
Curling Irons–Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Bathroom Cabinet?
Examples on Video.

Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning
at 7:00 PM

Class 6
How to Ask Questions During Commercials and Be Quiet During the Program
Help Line Support and Support Groups.

Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

Class 7
Can a Bath Be Taken Without 14 Different Kinds of Soaps and Shampoos?
Open Forum
Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

Class 8
Health Watch–They Make Medicine for PMS - USE IT!

Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 9
I Was Wrong and He Was Right!–Real Life Testimonials.

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined .

Class 10
How to Parallel Park In Less Than 20 Minutes Without an Insurance Claim.
Driving Simulations.

4 weeks, Saturday’s noon, 2 hours.

Class 11
Learning to Live–How to Apply Brakes Without Throwing Passengers Through the Windshield
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined

Class 12
How to Shop by Yourself.

Meets 4 wks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 13
How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy–Remembering To Take a List To The Store, Avoiding Separate Trips for Each Item Needed.

Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 14
The Stove/Oven–What It Is and How It Is Used.
Live Demonstration.

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.

Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Our picnic at Lake Michigan

I actually managed to get them all looking at me at the same time! Amazing feat for sure!
I'm not usually one for just scenic photographs. I usually try to put a person in the foreground and use the scenery as background, but this was a beautiful time of evening at the bridge. I was wanting to stick around to see the sunset become more vivid, but it was going to be midnight as it was before we arrived at my parents so I didn't stick around.
I told them it was cold, and I would not get dry clothes out of the suitcase for them if they were fussing about being wet when we got back in the didn't deter them one bit! All of us love playing along the lakeshore of Lake Michigan at the foot The Bridge.
I didn't even try to get Sarah to stand up and look at me for this shot...She was loving playing in the water more than anyone else!

The Mackinaw Bridge is the halfway point between our house and my parents' so we usually make that a stopping place when we travel. When the weather permits, we pack a picnic so the kids can get out of the car and play, and we can save some money, too. We managed a stop at dinner time when I took the kids down last weekend, but it was rather chilly so we didn't stay too long. No one ate much because they knew they had limited time and chose to spend it playing along the lakeshore...or in Sarah's case, chasing the birds. She LOVES birds and had a great time with all the seagulls that were hovering around us waiting for us to feed them. We have learned from experience that you should not feed the couple of birds around you lest you get swarmed by a gazillion more that appear out of nowhere once you start feeding them. I was telling my kids about the ol' Hitchcock film, "The Birds." Somehow they weren't as freaked out about it as I was even just telling them about the movie!

On a sweet note...we did arrive at my parents around midnight. Sarah had not taken a nap at all in the car so I expected her to sleep quite soundly once she gave in to sleep. And she must have for those 3 hours from 9-12 because she was WIDE AWAKE when we went into my parents' house. She made a bee-line for the toy room and wanted to see the dog, too. We all tried to head to bed since I had a long drive the next day, but Sarah was very much awake. She kept calling for me, and then she'd call for Hannah, then I'd hear her playing with the stuffed animal in her bed, then she'd call me some more. I finally went in and "laid down the law" one last time and gave her some definitive and "measurable" incentives to stop calling for "Mamma or Ya-Ya (Hannah)" I went back to bed and after just a few minutes I heard "Snuggle me, please." She obeyed the letter of the law, but not the spirit--she didn't call Mamma or Hannah, but still got her point across. And I, being the great disciplinarian that I am, gave in and went in to snuggle with her. I couldn't resist, knowing I wouldn't get any sort of hugs or snuggling in for 2 whole weeks! :-)

We finally got them outta there!!!

Our children are spending their 2 weeks with the grandparents like they do every summer. Brent and I are doing our best to get some of our bigger projects done while we can without having to stop to change a diaper or stop to see how bad the fall was since it's impossible to really tell just based on the screams.

One of those projects is getting rid of the bushes in front of our house. They have been with the house from the beginning, and it is quite obvious! Critters have taken up residence in them along with some poison ivy from time to time so it was time to get rid of them. The more Brent cut into them (thanks, Dad, for lending us the chain saw!) the more obvious how old they really were. The main trunks were so big and the branches were so twisted and mangled together that it really took some doing to get them out.

I personally was so thankful our neighbor came over with his pick-up truck and helped Brent haul the cut shrubs away so I didn't have to get all poked and yucky! (How's that for girl talk!!!) I did have a really nice visit with our neighbor's wife while the men worked. We're doing our best to build a relationship with them--they are the epitome of Yooper folk--they'd do anything to help with little or no expectation of anything in return.

I'm having trouble with the pictures so they are going to have to stay all out of order for now. Hopefully you can figure out what's going on here. Now I have to decide if I'm going to put a flower bed where the shrubs used to be or if I'm going to just grow grass--or in our case more dandelions! :-)