Friday, March 30, 2007
As much as we're going to miss her...I'm so thankful for the time we had getting to know her. She has been such a blessing in our life. I'm also thankful that she's a sister in Christ and I can rest assured knowing that we'll get to spend eternity together!!!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
These are some pictures I took of Brody after his 6-month photo shoot with the photographer in Hutch. I thought they turned out pretty well....and they're much cheaper than the professional pictures!!!
Brody with his puppy.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Saturday we woke up to lots of rain. Luckily we moved the rec league soccer games to the afternoons this year. By 10 am the rain had stopped and the wind was blowing (which dried the fields out enough to play). I headed to the soccer fields around 11 am to get everything set up. The weather was beautiful for the first set of games (which I had to ref because we were one ref short)...but the clouds came out and the wind picked up for the last 3 hours of games! RaeAnn, Cheyenne, and I were cold and windblown by the time the games were over and we got everything picked up! KU played in the Elite Eight on Saturday night, so RaeAnn & Cheyenne came over to our house to watch the game. Brody and Cheyenne had fun playing together (for the hour before Brody had to go to bed)!
Sunday morning I woke up to a sore throat. Mike didn't want me passing it around at church...so I had to stay home. Sunday afternoon we laid around watching basketball and taking cat naps. Last night I had trouble sleeping due to the thousands of field toads croaking outside our open window, a random helicopter that flew over, a sore throat, Brody waking up crying, and dreams of gorilla warfare (don't ask!) lol! We (well...Mike) only had to get up once with Brody (because Brody had worked his way out of his covers AND his PJs! and was cold)...but we were both tossing and turning a lot. When I asked Mike if he was sleeping as bad as I was he replied, "I'm just using it to pray." There went my pitty party!
Friday, March 23, 2007
The excitement of the day came as I was driving home. There's a small town that I drive thru on my way home from Wichita that is known for being a speed trap. I NEVER speed thru Nickerson. The cops there are ruthless. An 86-year-old woman that used to work for us got a ticket for going 32 in a 30 thru that town! Ruthless! So I was surprised as I pulled out of Nickerson and saw lights flashing behind me. I was talking to Mom on the phone and told her there was no way this cop was pulling me over for speeding and I had no clue why he was pulling me over! I hung up the phone, pulled over, and rolled down my window. The State Trooper walked up to my window, asked for my drivers license and insurance, and then asked me to roll my window back up halfway. He pulled out a device that he stuck on my window and then asked me to roll down my back window halfway. I had to take off the baby window shade (waking up Brody who started crying) to roll it down. He stuck the device to that window too and then proceeded to tell me that my FACTORY windows are tinted too dark!!! He tells me that it's a $96 ticket and I need to get it fixed! Then he went to his car with all my info. Five minutes later he comes back and gives me a warning. He reminds me again that I'm driving an illegal car because of the window tinting and tells me to get it fixed as soon as possible because if I get stopped again for it I'll get a ticket!
Is Kansas really that safe of a state where all the State Troopers have to do is stop young moms to tell them that their window tinting is too dark?!?!? I called my parents back and Dad asks, "Didn't they test that during your state inspection?" Nope. Kansas doesn't have state inspections (guess they know all the farm trucks would fail an emissions test!). So Dad looked it up on the internet and KS law requires 35% visibility on ALL windows of your car (not just the drivers window). Just thought I'd let all my fellow Kansans in on this so that you can hurry out and get your windows tested ;)
When I got home last night I told Mike, "You don't need to worry about getting a state inspection on our car. I took care of it today." He just gave me a confused look.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
We enjoyed the rainy day to the fullest when I got home from work yesterday. Mike played with Brody while I took a shower and got comfy. Then we put Brody down for a nap, fixed a snack, and watched a movie! We haven't done that in forever! We watched "Into Thin Air" based on the book by John Krakauer about the deadly Everest climb of 1996.
After the movie, we made dinner together. Mike wanted to make empanadas. He found a recipe online and we made pizza empanadas and then peach dessert empanadas. It took a while to make them (mainly because we didn't have the ingredients I thought we had)...but they were yummy :)
Monday, March 19, 2007
So for the past month Mike has come to workout with me 3-4 days a week. I didn't want to mention that the 4 weeks had come to an end...so I didn't. On Sunday he told me that he wasn't going to get a dish. When I asked, "Why?" He said, "Because I love getting to see you and Brody in the mornings! I'm going to keep coming to your gym 3 days a week instead of getting a dish." I feel so special :) I have LOVED getting to see Mike every morning and am glad that he enjoys it just as much as I do.
In other news....Wendy just brought me a plate of the MOST DELICIOUS french toast that I've ever had(sorry Mike!) Just one more reason I'm gonna miss her....
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Mom was reading one of my Rachel Ray magazines and she came across this article: It talked about the best ways to keep from crying while cutting an onion. This was significant because earlier in the day I cut up a whole onion and was crying so hard I couldn't see!!! It was a strong onion! The article said that the onion goggles were the only effective way to cut up an onion "tear free". Mom (being the ingenious person that she is) said that rather than spending $20 on onion goggles....maybe swim goggles would work! We were crying we were laughing so hard imagining Mike walking in from work to find me cutting up an onion wearing swim goggles!!!! (You've gotta admit it makes you laugh too!)
Well....last week I had to cut up an onion. Mike was feeding Brody and didn't notice me disappear to our closet to retrieve my swim goggles. He turned around to tell me that Brody was done with his food (and ready to nurse) and found me cutting up an onion with swim goggles on. He started laughing really hard and asked me what in the world I was doing. I tried to tell him it was Rachel Ray's idea (anything she says about cooking is faultless in his mind)...but he still thought I was crazy! In fact...when I asked him to take my picture so that I could blog about it...he refused. I think his exact comment was, "Embarrass yourself on someone else's blog!" So I set up the tripod and took my own picture :)
You know what's really cool about this story? IT WORKS! The onion that I'm cutting in this picture is VERY strong! Mike was crying EATING it last night...but with my "onion goggles" on...it didn't even phase me!
So if you find swim goggles in my utensil drawer...you'll know why :)
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Yesterday the news came. Her employer approved a shift change for her (working 8 am-4 pm) which will allow her to be home with her children in the evenings. I am so happy for her family. She needs to be there for her children. However, I'm so sad for the rec. She has been an amazing employee. I have NEVER seen her without a smile on her face (even the day she tried to come to work with the flu!) She doesn't just take care of the children during aerobics...she LOVES them! She treats them like they're her family. She sings to them, plays with them, and has been teaching all of them Spanish! She takes immaculate care of our facilities. As soon as she started working here comments were rolling in about how clean/neat the facilities looked.
Not only is she an amazing employee, she is a wonderful friend. With the hours she'll be working at her new job....I'll never see her. It will be like she moved away. I'll be back home in Sterling by the time she comes in to work out. We have had a lot of fun together the past few years. We've laughed together, prayed together, and cried together.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
What an exciting road we have ahead of us! It has been such a joy to watch him discover new things every day and I can see that the joy only increases. Right now I want to treasure each day (even if it's a fussy one) because I know that before long these days will just be memories...
Monday, March 12, 2007
This is what it looked like when Dad & Mom got here on Thursday night:
By the end of Saturday, Mike put the finishing touches on the fireplace. Now all that's left is for me to stain the wood and for him to install the access door (the hole on the front) that will allow access to the propane shut-off valve.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Drinking water with Daddy Steve
Learning how to play guitar with Daddy Steve.
"Tastes good too!"
Rockin' with Mommy in front of the finished fireplace (in the rocking chair from Sharon!!!)
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
In other news...Dad & Mom are coming to visit this weekend!!! Brody's very excited! Nancy came over after church Sunday and baked up a storm. I think there are enough cookies that when Dad & Mom are here we could eat just cookies! Ok...I guess that wouldn't be too healthy. We'll have to eat some real food too :)
Friday, March 02, 2007
Her biggest passion and joy is children. She tells me that they relieve her stress (opposite of most people!) Yesterday she came in to teach aerobics and asked if Brody could go to her class. She told me that he likes watching her dance. I took this picture thru the window in the door. They told me that he was movin' his feet along with them :) It's ok Mike...I've heard they make football players take ballet ;)
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Just to start a debate with some of the closet (or maybe not closet) democrats that read this blog...I couldn't help but laugh about Rush's description of Al Gore's green concert. Since I'm not a Rush 24/7 member I couldn't get the article off his website....but here's what he said (posted on a different website):
"If a tree gets planted in the forest and no one is around to give Gore credit, can it still reduce CO2?
In the press release about the S.O.S (Save Our Selves) series of concerts, Gore and company announce that, “Live Earth alone will engage an audience of more than 2 billion people through concert attendance and broadcasts.” The sponsors are hoping that 3 million people will attend in person for one of the seven concerts held around the globe. For the sake of the polar ice caps, let’s hope the event promoters are being wildly optimistic. But for the sake of showing how egomaniacally deluded Gore is, let’s assume that the numbers are obtainable.
In 2003, the Rolling Stones became the first band to undertake a “carbon-neutral” tour. To achieve this feat the band estimated that the total emissions for everything--from the power requirements for the venue to the transportation to the concert--came to 13 kg/CO2 per fan. If Gore is able to find three million people to attend in person the fans would produce 39,000 metric tons of CO2.
Then there are those who will watch it at home on a TV or computer, both of which use about 200 watts of energy per hour. Let’s also assume that everyone is a conservationist and watches only one hour of the 24 hour concert. This would reduce the amount of energy used to 400 billion watts of energy (2 billion people using a 200 watt source for one hour).
In order to convert kilowatts of electricity (400,000,000 kw) to kilograms of carbon dioxide we multiply by .43, which gives us 172,000 metric tons of carbon produced simply by the viewing of this concert. Add that to the concert goers and you have roughly 200,000 metric tons of CO2 produced by this event.
To put those numbers in some kind of perspective consider:
The concert will produce more CO2 in one day than Zimbabwe produced in any month in 2003.
The concert will produce more CO2 in one day than the total daily fossil fuel emissions for Austria, Chile, Finland, Greece, Iraq, Kuwait, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Sweden, the Virgin Islands, and a dozen other countries combined.
The concert will produce more CO2 in one day than the entire nation of Afghanistan produces in a year.
Presumably, Gore and company will buy carbon offsets to make up for the pollution the event will create. Since it takes an acre of Douglas fir trees (and 50 years of growing time) to offset 1000 tons of CO2, Gore will need to plant 200 acres of trees to make up for his concert.
Reasonable people might ask why they don’t just skip the concert and use the money saved on logistics and promotion to plant twice as many trees? The Zen-like response: If a tree gets planted in the forest and no one is around to give Gore credit, can it still reduce CO2? Apparently, the answer is “No, it cannot.” For the inconvenient truth is that Al Gore cares more about being viewed as an eco-savior than he does about actually acting in a way that might help us 'save our selves.'"