Friday, April 30, 2010

Funny-ish Addie

So the other day we're in Target and Addie is hanging out with Mike, Sam & the cart and I'm madly trying to rush around the store and gather everything I need before someone has a meltdown, needs to go to the bathroom, or gets hungry. If you have toddlers, you know what I mean...

So Addie is insisting on pulling the cart from the front and Mike's appeasing her to buy me time to pick up one last essential item. (probably diapers or detergent) So Addie trips and falls down in front of the cart and she yells at the top of her lungs...


It was so loud people stopped to look and there's Mike standing there with the cart and Addie on the ground looking all helpless.

It's official....we may have an actress in the house.

RIP Escort

So way back in 2000 I was attending Ohio Wesleyan University and my very astute and fabulous father bought me a used car to zip back and forth to Columbus with. I really wanted this cute red Escort but Dad took it for a drive and decided, instead, that the beige/goldish Escort was a much better deal. I was only slightly disappointed I couldn't get the red one, because, let's face it...we're desperate when it comes to first or second cars.

So I took the Escort down to Wesleyan. It took me to frat parties and on weekend trips to and from Dayton and Cleveland. Then I graduated and moved home and that car took me out to Avon each day to teach the second graders. Then I got married and drove it to and from my school in Dayton. Then I made Mike drive it for awhile. By awhile I mean 6 years. He drove it back and forth to his job in Dayton and then his job in Akron and his job at NASA. Then the poor thing kicked the bucket. We will miss you buddy, ol'pal...thanks for 10 good years of service!

And by the way...if you ever need help picking out a used car, I hear my Dad's available. You might not get the cool red one, but you might just get a steal of a deal...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Sam!

So Sam and I took the day off today to celebrate his Happy First Birthday! I thought you might like to see our little boy's first year. We love you buddy!

Friday, April 23, 2010

New blog...

So my friend Megan is beautiful. She's about to have her second baby. She teaches first grade too. I wish that we could teach together. She lives in Columbus with her beautiful son and hilarious hubby Jeremy. She's about to have her second baby (I think it's a boy...) and she doesn't send me nearly enough pictures of her family. I like pictures. She's like me in all the important ways but unlike me in other ways. She loves creepy, exotic food I wouldn't dare try. She loves hiking (she's been up the Himalayas!)and she knows tons of things about farming, organic foods, home improvement, and raising animals. She's a lifelong friend...and those are good to have.

Her sister is just as cool and unique and she started a new blog I thought you might like. It's totally creative and the writing is far better than anything you might read here. :)

Besides, every now and then I catch a picture of Megs and her family in Kelly's blog.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sam's First Bday!

We had Sam's first birthday party this week, even though it isn't until the 29th. Here are some picture highlights.

We found that he thoroughly enjoys balloons!

Router reboot/pics

So if you check this blog out semi-frequently, you probably are here mostly for pics of the kids... for a couple of months the router has been broken, making it very painful to upload pictures. Jen made me buy a new one so that.... we'll you don't really care except that I promise there will be lots more pics of the kids!

Jen says most of you don't even know what a router is... pssshhh.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Creature RIP

Well, our poor creature has left this world for the next. Jim, the Cage-Man, looked in the attic and found one dead squirrel. Poor stupid thing couldn't figure out how to get back out of the attic he broke into. So he's dead and hopefully the roof is animal proof now. We'll see if we have to pay the $50 additional animal trap fee. What a racket....$100 house visit plus $50 per animal they $145 to fix the hole. If teaching doesn't work, I might open an animal business. Or not.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

No gas, and I can't pay.

I don't think that all experiences in our life that seem weird are necessarily God telling us something via metaphor, but today was an exception.

I've been feeling like I've been running on E spiritually lately, like I've just lost that connection with Jesus that enables me to live out of his heart. So I've been frustrated, selfish, and just a bit ill at ease. That servant-leader thing just hasn't been happening, and if it has it is through gritted teeth.

Tonight I took the cardboard (an overflowing pile of it) to the recycling and so I got a few minutes to do "some business with God" in Christianspeak. I had some time to just tell him about my troubled heart and restlessness inside, and when I saw the gas light came on I thought I'd stop and fill Jen's car with gas for her.

When I got to the station, ready to do a good deed for my wife, I found I didn't have my money clip with me, which means I couldn't pay to fill up the car. It struck me that is sort of where I am at spiritually right now - on E and my wallet is empty. I can't pay to fill it up... there is nothing I have I can give to get what I need. I think this is a good place to be because it reminded me that spiritual peace and power is a gift from the Lord that I don't deserve, I can't buy, and nothing I can do can fill that tank.

Just a story.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Creature...No Feature...

So this is not going at all how I had planned. First of all...there's still nothing in the trap. Secondly, I have heard creatures (more than once in our walls....yes...not our attic...our walls...downstairs on our main floor.)...yet I have not heard that big creature in the attic. Did he leave the attic prior to the cage being set up? Is he hibernating? Is he smart enough to know there's a trap out there? Or even worse...Is he dead up there? Will I ever know? Am I going nuts? I'm calling Jim tomorrow. He better deliver on an animal....and soon....

Friday, April 9, 2010

Creature Update

Jim stopped by this morning. Apparently Jim does not go in the attic where the scratchy, noisy animal is. Apparently Jim just puts a cage on our roof and now we have to wait for said animal to evacuate our attic. Apparently the animal will come out, says Jim. Jim thinks it's a raccoon or maybe a squirrel. Or maybe both...although, he said, usuallly raccoons would eat the squirrels. That's disgusting. There better be no one eating squirrels in my attic.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hello, Is this Cages by Jim?

So there's something in our attic. An animal. I'm pretty sure it's been there all day and last night. I think it's something least a squirrel or a raccoon.

I was hoping that it was an animal playing in our gutters...a quick evaluation from the backyard determined indeed the varmint is inside our home. It scratches and makes creepy chirpy noises.

Mike thinks it's Claire's squirrel baby from LOST.

I called Cages by Jim. Our animal control department recommends them. Jim is coming tomorrow morning. With his cages.

And leaving with that creepy thing in my attic...I hope.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bad Sushi

Most profound blog post in a long time...

We must warn you about Sakura in Strongsville. The sushi sucks real bad. Don't get it it... it was more expensive and the most tasteless thing we've ever eaten. Even the fried rice sucked.

Go to Tomo instead... we will never leave Tomo's side again!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nake--ee by Jen (and Addie)

So Addie always says she's "nakee" when she takes off her clothes before bathtime. Yesterday I was in the dressing room of our local Dillards trying on a potential bridesmaid dress for my darling sister's wedding. I was in a hurry because I had two monsters in the dressing room with me (read: addie and sam) and I was stripping down rather quickly to try the dresses on...I looked over after a few seconds to realize that Addie, too, is taking her clothes off and saying, "Me too a dress too!"