Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Paul Stanley does my dishes

Thanks to Chad who sent this KISS doll home with us. You haven't seen the last of him!

Monday, January 28, 2008

take me out to the ball game

Dustin and Miles spent yesterday at Twins Fest. They had a great time with all things baseball! The pictures above are: 1) Getting an autograph from Michael Cuddyer, 2) Sitting with Bert Blyleven and 3) Miles standing next to the Twins' World Series trophy.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

3 going on 15

Greta got her own make up bag for Christmas. It consists mostly of make up brushes and Chapstick, which she calls lipstick. She has one set of little girl eyeshadow that she loves to put on but she puts it on her entire face until it looks like she has a giant bruise. When she's finished she looks at me and says proudly, "I look just like you, right mom!" Hopefully my friends will be kind enough to let me know if this is what my make up looks like!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Best Day Ever

We got a new tv and Dustin just finished setting it up. The tv was searching for channels and it came up with more than we had before. I guess we've had a bunch of channels that we couldn't view before because our old tv wasn't set up for digital cable (it was as old as dirt.) While flipping through the new channels we happened upon The Game Show Network (GSN.) Now I never have to leave the house again!

Monday, January 21, 2008

another good-bye

Lincoln came over to play with Greta and I last week. The good news is that we got to spend some time with him, the bad news is the reason he was here. Chad dropped him off so he could rent a trailer... they have started packing unnecessary items to move to their future home... St. Louis.

We are excited for them; this is a great opportunity for Val's career and they will be much closer to some family. We are sad because they have become fast friends and are now leaving. Plus, Val is our kids' doctor. I was so excited to find a doctor we loved... now we will start that journey again.

At least we have until summer to get used to the idea... and we will always have blogging to keep us updated on each other's lives.


I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Evan Almighty

We watched Evan Almighty last night. It was a great movie to watch with the kids. The boys are at an age where they want to watch "big people" movies but most are not appropriate for them. This movie was one that the whole family can enjoy together. And any movie that has Morgan Freeman in it has a 99% chance of being good.

This is my favorite quote from the movie:
Morgan Freeman (as God) talking to the wife of Evan - "Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?"

Thursday, January 10, 2008

headin' out

I'm leaving this afternoon for a scrapbook retreat here. I'm pumped!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Hoar frost

I love it when I look outside in the winter and this is what I see. Trees almost glow. Dustin informed me that he learned that this type of frost is called hoar frost. And yes, with our 5th grade humor we have made every joke imaginable about it.

cute kid!

I love Lincoln's expression in this picture.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Not just for 2 year olds

I've had problems with fluid in my ears for almost 2 years. It used to come and go but for the last several months it has stayed. I've tried just about everything in the book to take care of this problem but nothing seems to work. I was at the doctor tonight because the problem is getting worse. He told me that I have the classic signs of "eustachian tube dysfunction" which pretty much means that the tubes that lead from my ears to my throat aren't working right and can't let any fluid drain out. He gave me some nasal spray along with a decongestant to try but didn't sound hopeful that it would work. The next step would be to have tubes put in my ears. Brenton is going to have a heyday with this one. :)

feelin' sentimental

I've been going through old pictures to start a scrapbook for my niece, Kelsey. I'm going to give it to her this spring when she graduates high school. I can't believe that she is already 18... it seems like yesterday that she was born. I'm feeling a little old during this process. I can remember the day she was born, babysitting her, watching her grow up. Life has moved far too fast. We've gone from me babysitting her to her babysitting my kids! I suppose this is my first glimpse at what it's like to see your child grow and leave "the nest." It makes me want to hug my kids and relish every moment.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Mighty Putty

Linus and I both NEED this. Dustin thinks we're both just suckers for an informercial.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Thursday, January 03, 2008


So you all know from an earlier post that my family has been fighting some kind of stomach bug. Greta started throwing up on Monday evening and continued throughout most of the night. On Tuesday she seemed better but was not quite back up to par. Then on Wednesday morning she woke up, walked out into the living room and threw up again. She begged for food until I finally gave in and let her eat a little. She did good for almost 3 hours after that and then threw up again. After that she was fine for the rest of the day. She seemed pretty good all day today, but every once in awhile she would ask "for a bucket" thinking she had to vomit. She wouldn't touch supper tonight and then out of nowhere she threw up AGAIN. She hasn't had a fever or anything else but a sour stomach. I've never had a bug like this that lasts so long and strikes so intermittently. Anyone have ideas?


A poem about something often underrated and overlooked....

Pretty red wrapper
Chewy, fruity, delicious
Skittles bite size chews

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The $1,000,000 question

Dustin has been hit hard with whatever bug Greta had. I'm left wondering who in our family will be next?

On a brighter note, my solo tour on Rock Band has now gone global. I am fast approaching guitar legend!

Happy 2008!

I rang in the new year with Greta... but not in the way that I had hoped. We celebrated Christmas with my side of the family yesterday but it ended abruptly for us with Greta's projectile vomit. We got her home and the boys and Dustin headed to his mom's house (our original plans.) I thought that once I got Greta settled in and sleeping that she would be fine...boy was I mistaken. She was up on and off until 4 a.m. throwing up. I felt so sorry for her. She's doing better today but still hasn't eaten more than a small bowl of cereal.

I'm hoping that all of you had a better New Year's Eve than our family!