Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I'm waiting for the dryer repair man. We've been without a totally functioning dryer for about 2, almost 3 weeks and line drying is looking better and better every day. Jim is supposed to be here any time before noon. I figure just about the time I finish mopping the floors he'll show up. This is the second repair company we've needed to hire. We could have just bought a new dryer for the amount we've paid to have this one fixed. I'll be happy when it's all said and done.

I've also declared today a TV-free day. EMN was sick last week but is back to her usual self with a residual cough but MTN has caught her viral bug. While she was down for the count she discovered the joy of being bundled on the couch watching TV and I indulged her in way too much kid TV. So today I'm wearing out my iPod on kid music while I clean, do chores and baby MTN through his bugginess but the TV stays off. My will power has been waning here and there but we've been doing puzzles, dancing and that helps gets us through. MTN was up a lot last night so he wants to be held a lot today and I'm happy to indulge him in that and so we're reading books instead of catching a show together. He's particularly fond of garbage truck books.

So that's the scoop from here. Cleaning, waiting on repair men, tending to sick kids, no tv. And maybe I'll hit the YMCA when Mike gets home from work tonight so I can get a workout in.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Custom Bookshelves

The guys are busy building the bookshelves for Mike's office. Everything is looking good so far and Mike is learning a lot. We really appreciate having friends like "Juice" who who have the tools and the know how and are willing to do so much to help us out with our plan.
MTN is loving all the tools and constant action. So far, it's going according to plan so next weekend will be the big push to have everything finally assembled and finished up. It's amazing to see our vision for that room materialize! And that will start this big snowball of events for the rest of our downstairs living area as we paint, rearrange furniture, hang pictures, decorate and put our touches on our house and make it a home.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

First words out of EMN's mouth this morning were "Happy Valentine's Day!" so you can imagine she's been very focused on the day. I'm not sure exactly what her expectations are for this day but I know she's been looking forward to presenting the few gifts we've selected for Mike.
I've been knitting up small hearts to give to the kids. I think they will pale in comparison to the cupcakes the got yesterday at our MOPS playdate. :)

Winter weather around here is crazy as usual. MTN loved playing in the rain earlier in the week. The next day was gorgeous and then there was a hail storm that night (that's marble sized hail on our door mat). It really does make you start to believe the saying "if you don't like the weather just wait 1o minutes".
Well, Mike and a buddy from work are outside working on building a wall of bookshelves for Mike's office and right about now I'm guessing the kids are underfoot. I'm going to go rescue someone. Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A Joke

So EMN had a joke for us tonight ... the first time she's set up one all on her own.

What made the giant freezing?

The ice and water.

Don't worry if you don't get it - we laughed ourselves silly anyway because it was just that kind of day around here. The kids were convinced we had pumpkin pie for dinner and despite numerous attempts to correct them (it was really chicken quiche) we finally just gave in and agreed.

Congrats to the Schmids on Sammy (and Jessica's!) release from the hospital! We continue to pray for a full recovery but we're glad that you'll be back in your own home soon.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Special Message for Sammy

Sammy, one of our dearest friends from Arizona, has been in the hospital for the past week with a nasty infection in her leg. We've been praying for her a lot and here are our special messages for her. Get better soon Sammy!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

I'm Thinking

I'm thinking he's not ready to give up naptime just yet ... since this is how he spent most of dinner.