Monday, March 31, 2008

Spoke too soon

Yesterday I was talking with the boys about heading back to school this week after a week off from spring break. I said "I think we can pack the snowpants away until next year!"

5-8 inches predicted today. God has one crazy sense of humor.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter pics

Miles and Linus are at the stage where they really don't want me to take pictures of them anymore. That's why the top pic is the best one I have of the three kids together. I thought I would have a few more years before they put up a fight...
The second picture is of Greta and the Barbie she got in her Easter basket. It's a "Barbie can be anything: A baby doctor!" She loves it and has dubbed her 'Dr. Welch.'

my boys

Miles and Linus left with Dustin's mom this morning for a few days. They are headed on a train down to Hastings to visit Dustin's sister Rashelle. It is really strange to have the house so quiet, especially since this is spring break and my house should be shaking from all of the activity! Dustin has taken a vacation day tomorrow to spend some time with Greta and I so that should be really fun. I'm guessing that she's going to want to spend most of the time one-on-one with her dad... she is such a daddy's girl! Maybe I'll be able to get started on painting the entryway!

It's funny how I look forward to peace and quiet but as soon as my boys leave the house I miss them terribly.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


There was an awesome sketch done during the church service today. Even if you've seen it, it's worth watching again here. The group from the Quarry did a fantastic job. I heard lots of sniffles afterward... I don't think there was anyone in the place that wasn't moved by this.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Here you go Steph

A carmel filled Drumstick. The most delicious treat known to mankind.

The Gift that keeps on giving

I've never been a huge fan of Thanksgiving. Don't care for the food much, but as a kid I enjoyed the fact that we got to have a 4 day weekend. I guess it just never really made sense to me; the story of the pilgrims and the Indians was just that, a story.

This is the time of year that I truly get the "thanksgiving" feel. Good Friday always brings out different emotions. Sadness for what Jesus had to endure, happiness at the thought of heaven, a little guilt because my eternal happiness is brought about because of His huge sacrifice. Dustin once heard Easter weekend called "The Super Bowl of Christianity." I like that.

Here are a few things I sometimes take for granted but always put a smile on my face:

  • my family
  • great friends, near and far
  • a house that is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer
  • a warm, sunny March day... even when they are few and far between
  • the first warm day of spring that I can roll my van window down and sing to the radio
  • the sound of my kids snoring
  • the smell of a freshly cleaned house
  • the light, smooth feeling of my hair after a haircut
  • sharp pencils
  • laughter
  • the way a baby smells
  • seeing my husband walk in the front door
  • Christmas morning
  • carmel filled Drumsticks
  • being able to hit the snooze button
  • a really good bargain

The greatest gift ever given is the one I sometimes take for granted the most. Thank you, Jesus, for paying the price of my sin.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

belated birthday wishes

I feel like the biggest cotton-headed-ninny-muggins! I missed a VIP's birthday. Steph, you know how much I love ya, I hope you had a deliciously excellent birthday!!!


Target is back in my good graces. They now have a "handle" they stick on bigger items to make them easier to carry. I wonder if I can carefully peel this one off and reuse it...

My girl has style

subconscious decision?

While I was picking up some pizza last night I noticed something. Once I paint our entryway, the colors of my house will be eerily similar to those inside of Papa Murphy's. Mmmm.

Monday, March 17, 2008

bad baby names

These are all real names from the U.S. Census Bureau, according to

Kathryn E. Coli
Fever Bender
Rubella Graves
Doctor Love
Teacher Blackbear
Lust T. Castle
Envy Burger
Sloth Washton
Mayo Head
Mustard M. Mustard
Banana Bowdy
Dinner Ware
Moxie CrimeFighter
Pilot Inspektor
Bluebell Madonna

and these would make Bart Simpson smile:

Al Caholic
Oliver Clothesoff
I.P. Freely
Seymour Butz
Mike Rotch
Hugh Jass
Amanda Hugginkiss
Ivana Tinkle
Anita Bath
Maya Buttreeks

And some people thought we were wierd when we chose the name Linus!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Looking for a leprechaun? Thanks goes to Andrea, this gave me a good laugh!

update on the Brown family quarantine

Both boys had quick strep tests done and both were negative. They will be cultured just in case. It could be a virus, it could be strep that's not showing up yet, who knows. Their throats are red, swollen and have pus so I just don't know. What I do know is that I have 3 kids here that are all a little sick, but not sick enough to stop fighting.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Can't take any more!

Miles has been feeling kind of funky for the past week or so. No stand-out symptoms, just tired and achy. Tonight he told me that his throat was a little sore so I took a peek and saw some nasty white spots back there. From what I've heard, that's what Strep throat looks like. I was going to take him into Urgent Care to get it checked out but the only thing open at 7:30 p.m. on a Sunday night is the ER. We decided that we would wait until morning and either go the Minute Clinic in Cub or to the regular clinic if need be. Then just as we were getting ready for bed Linus complained that HIS throat was sore. I looked at his and he has the same nasty stuff that Miles has in there. So it looks like I will be bringing them both in tomorrow. If they do have Strep, it will mean that all 3 of my kids will be on antibiodics.

Tomorrow is going to be the official Clorox Hard Surface day at my house, starting with the toothbrush drawer.

St. Patrick's Day in Maple Lake

Maple Lake lives for St. Paddy's Day. On Saturday we went to the parade with some friends. It was chilly but the kids had a good time scooping candy off of the street!

Friday, March 14, 2008

must see movie

Dustin and I watched Gone, Baby, Gone tonight. Excellent movie. I would say that it's the best movie I've seen in a very long time. I think Brenton wrote about it awhile back.

Great story, great acting. I was mad, I cried, I couldn't help but wonder what I would've done if put in similar situations. There was a lot of swearing but I don't think they could have cut it out. One cool thing was that there were no gratuitous sex scenes, in fact I think they show one couple kiss once and that's it.

Definitely a movie worth watching.

3 strikes, I'm out

I brought Greta into the clinic today. It turns out that she has an ear infection. That brings our total dental/medical visits this week to 3, one for each kid.

The cherry on top for this trip to the doctor was actually after the appointment. We were in the waiting area getting Greta's coat back on and getting ready to head out. There was only one other person in the entire waiting room and it happened to be a very large woman. In her sweetest voice, Greta said (quite loudly) "Mom, look, that lady has a baby in her belly!"

'Nuff said.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

For real??

My mom sent me a link to a news story. Seriously, is this even possible?

I think I hate St. Louis

After Linus' doctor appointment today I was thinking about how much we are going to miss Dr. Welch when she gone. I mean, our family will miss their family for sure, but we'll miss her as our kids' doctor. It's been so great to have someone that we truly like, it makes doctor visits so much easier. So I've decided that instead of taking it out on the Welch family, I'll take it out on their future home. I hope the Cardinals come in last place.

good news, bad news

Last night Miles and Linus were playing in their room while I was getting supper on the table. I heard a few thumps and then an "owwwww!" Iwent in to see what was going on and saw Linus laying on the ground holding his foot. They had been jumping off of their bunkbed ladder when Linus got his injury. When I was reminding them that jumping off of the ladder is not allowed Miles said, "But the rule for our game is that we can't go up any farther than the 3rd step because THAT would be DANGEROUS." Anyway, Linus wouldn't put any weight on his foot. This morning he still couldn't walk so I decided to bring him into the doctor. They did some x-rays and the good news is that nothing is broken. The bad news is that there's not much that can be done besides giving it time to heal. Tonight I'm going to go out hunting for some type of shoe/boot for him to wear for a few days so he's able to put some pressure on it. Hopefully I'll be able to find something that will fit him and isn't terribly expensive. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

2 things I know

1. I have PMS (even without the uterus the horomones fly!)
a. Night Sweats
b. The uncontrollable urge to color my hair

2. I have Spring fever
a. 3 gallons of new paint for the entryway
b. 2 flats of freshly planted flower seeds

Monday, March 10, 2008

Dr. Dennis saves the day

We were playing Rock Band last night and in the middle of one of the songs, Miles stopped and said "One of my crowns just fell out." I almost passed out. I hate dental things more than just about anything. It wasn't really bugging him so we put the kids to bed and I called the dentist office this morning. Our pediatric dentist, Dennis Carreras, has 3 offices and is only in Monticello on Wednesdays so I knew that we would have to do some driving if we were lucky enough to get an appointment today. I have to say that we have the greatest group of people at Dentistry for Children! The nice gal on the phone got Miles an appointment at 11:00 in Sartell. As soon as we got to the office we were welcomed by 2 of my favorite dental assistants... I love them because they remember the kids and chat them up while we are there. Then Dr. Dennis (who is soo great with kids) came in and within minutes he had put the crown back on and we were good to go. I love these people... I'm hoping that my kids will grow up to not mind the dentist because of how much fun it is for them to go now.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Had to try it

What Your Name Means

You entered: Margaret Kim Youngs

There are 17 letters in your name.
Those 17 letters total to 82
There are 6 vowels and 11 consonants in your name.

What your first name means:
Shakespearean Female 'Henry VI, Part 1' Reignier's daughter, afterwards married to Henry VI. 'Henry VI, Part III' Queen Margaret. 'Much Ado About Nothing' Gentlewoman attending on Hero. 'King Richard III' King Henry VI's widow. 'King Richard III' Clarence's daughter.
Persian Female Child of light.
Irish Female Name of a saint.
Greek Female Pearl. Famous Bearer: Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Your number is: 1

The characteristics of #1 are: Initiating action, pioneering, leading, independent, attaining, individual.

The expression or destiny for #1: A number 1 Expression denotes the skilled executive with keen administrative capabilities. You must develop the capacity to be a fine leader, sales executive, or promoter. You have the tools to become an original person with a creative approach to problem solving, and a penchant for initiating action. Someone may have to follow behind you to handle the details, but you know how to get things going and make things happen. You have a good mind and the ability to use it for your advancement. Because of these factors, you have much potential for achievement and financial rewards. Frequently, this expression belongs to one running a business or striving to achieve a level of accomplishment on ones talents and efforts. You have little need for much supervision, preferring to act on your own with little restraint. You are both ambitious and determined. Self-confident and self-reliant must be yours, as you develop a strong unyielding will and the courage of your convictions.
Although you fear loneliness, you want to be left alone. You fear routine and being in a rut. You often jump the gun because you are afraid of being left behind.

The negative attributes of the 1 Expression are egotism and a self-centered approach to life. This is an aggressive number and if it is over-emphasized it is very hard to live with. You do not have to be overly aggressive to fulfill your destiny. The 1 has a natural instinct to dominate and to be the boss; adhering to the concept of being number One. Again, you do not have to dominate and destroy in order to lead and manage.

Your Soul Urge number is: 7

A Soul Urge number of 7 means: With a number 7 Soul Urge you are very fond of reading, and retreating to periods of being alone and away from the disruptions of the outer world. You like to dream and develop you idealistic understandings, to study and analyze, to gain knowledge and wisdom. You may be too laid back and withdrawn to really succeed in the business world, and you will be much more comfortable in circumstances that are tolerant of your reserve, your analytical approach, and your desire to use your mind rather than your physical being.
You are very timid around people that you don't know very well, so much so at times that casual conversation and social situations can be strained. You tend to repress your emotions to the extend that some people have a good bit of difficult understanding you. You tend to be very selective with friends and you don't easily adapt to new environments or to new people very quickly.

The negative traits of the 7 include becoming too much the introvert and isolated from others.

Your Inner Dream number is: 3

An Inner Dream number of 3 means: You dream of artistic expression; writing, painting, music. You would seek to more freely express your inner feeling and obtain more enjoyment from life. You also dream of being more popular, likable, and appreciated.