The best thing I love about being in Midland is getting to see my brother and Lu every Thursday! They pop over just before dance class and Lu gets ready and sometimes grabs a bite but mostly plays with the kids. I get to talk with my brother face to face and he gets to advise my children on Apps to download and find Wii fixes. I just love Thursdays:)
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
As always; when someone get a new gadget it is always at hand for the first few days. MJ saved her money and we surprised her on her birthday with a new Itouch 4. She was just a bit shy on the full amount. It arrived just last weekend and she has been loving it every since. I have been playing a bit with it as well (I so want an Iphone 4).
A new gadget
I did ask her not to play with it while she walks across the parking lot at the dance studio:)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Posted by Hubby. I have a “bucket list” goal to attend a home game at every NFL stadium sometime during my lifetime. Some good friends and I came up with this goal a few years ago and have tried to go to a different stadium almost every year.
On Monday, we were in Chicago to see the Bears play the Packers on Monday Night Football at historic Soldier Field.
The number of people that go each year varies (7 the 1st year for Green Bay, 3 the 2nd for Pittsburgh, and 5 this year), but it’s always a great experience.
The picture below is from our seats in the “nose bleed” section of the stadium. All in all though, they were good seats, around the 40 yard line and with a clear view of all the action.
The best part was that we paid face value for the tickets ($85 each). We went to Chicago without buying tickets ahead of time and had to resort to standing in line at the stadium for leftover tickets. We stood in line for almost 5 hours and missed almost all of the 1st quarter but it was worth every minute of waiting once we got in.
There’s a lot more that could be said about Chicago, but my Dad always used to say that if you don’t have anything good to say, then don’t say anything. So, I’ll just let you know that we’ve got 4 down (including Detroit/Ford Field), 28 to go, and we’re already looking forward to next year.
West Coat trip anyone?
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
It has been one week since my tumble down the stairs and I’m healing, but still have this ugly bruise on my forearm. Thank goodness that it has been cool enough for long sleeves so I don’t have to explain what I did. The bruise is still tender and I seem to bump it often. The center spot, which is almost colorless, had a lump/knot that was extremely tender, but has now gone away.
I have been very careful when wearing sock on the stairs since the fall. I don’t want to repeat this little number again.
Monday, September 20, 2010
In our family, CJ would be the one labeled most likely to break into spontaneous dance at any given moment. She does not even need music as she makes her own most of the time. She usually does it when she has a skirt on, but even pants will do. She is just a happy, dance for no other reason than she can, kind of kid and we absolutely love her.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
We had a lazy day today, not that we did not accomplish things but rather really had no agenda. After naps we walked down the road and let the girls play in the church playground. They loved it and CJ want to go again “tomorrer please”. I have say I enjoyed today.
P.S. "Tomorrer" is an example of CJ's creative pronunciation of an everyday word.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
JD ran his first 5K today. He did very well, came in 2nd in his age group, 14th overall with a time of 21:54:28. His cross coach challenged the group to run this race and finish before her and she would give them a surprise. The coach is a great runner and did not hold back for the kids, she placed 1st in her age group and 22 overall with a time of 23:30:06. The surprise was lunch on her at a local pizza joint.
JD was disappointed in his running after he seen the beautiful glass awards that the first place finishers received. He said he would have ran harder if he had only known:) I told him he should run his best every race no matter what the reward is but, of course, that went in one ear and out the other.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Happy Birthday MJ. She had an eventful day today. Her name was announced at school and a signed was placed on her locker. She said that so many kids told her happy birthday today, most of them she never met before. (that was a big deal to a newbie to the school). She visited her doctor, she has a infected toenail. Ingrown but treated with antibiotics only, much to her relief. She even got her annual flu shot much to her displeasure (moms are so cruel). And then after opening her birthday present we took her to dinner at Pizza Hut and than watched hot air balloons float across the sky in the mall parking lot with Brent, Heather and Lu. She enjoyed her day, minus the doctor’s appointment.
She is now 12
Her birthday present was not diapers but an purple umbrella (she was complaining just this morning about not have one) and to her surprised we made up the small difference she was lacking and ordered the new Itouch for her. She has been saving for a refurbished Itouch most all summer and then she found out the new one could take pictures and video and she decided to keep saving for that one instead.
JD is trying to figure out how he can wrangle one from us for Christmas, I told him to get saving and we would see.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
You don’t much think about your passenger side mirror very much until is gone. A few weeks back we had our first causality of parking in the garage. I won’t say who did,
but it was not me I don’t want to point fingers:) The bottom line is the mirror got broke and was not very useful anymore so we had to have it replaced. I never realized how often I looked in this mirror, I really missed the darn thing. I’m so glad to have it replaced.
It is a small thing
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
It has been more than 2 weeks since the neighbor’s tree started to fall apart. After a few calls from myself and the neighbor the city trucks pulled up this afternoon to start the clean up. They removed all the brush from both sides of the road and started to remove the tree. The large tree has rotted in the center and will be taken completely down. When it is completed I will post photos of the process. It will be a big change in our view.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Today was CJ’s first day of Preschool! She was very nervous about me leaving her there and got very upset about an hour before class started. As we walked down to the school I talked with her about all the fun thing she was going to get to do but it did not seem to help. I thought she would never let me leave but once we got there and she seen the My Little Ponies setting out to play with she was fine with me leaving. She even gave the thumbs up!
Syd on the other hand screamed bloody murder because we would not let her stay! Hubby was doing his best to control her in the hall and I could hear her in the classroom. One of the teachers even searched me out to tell that Syd was having a “rough time” Only slightly embarrassing. Syd cried all the way back home and then laid on the hall floor at home and just howled! She cried until I plopped her in the van to take a trip to Lowe’s. Let’s hope the next time goes better for Syd.
Monday, September 13, 2010
I fell down the stairs! (Stop laughing Brent) I put the girls down for the night and was walking down. I was on the second step from the top when my socked foot slipped off the front edge of the step and down I went. I cracked the side of my head, my left hip and my left forearm on the stair treads as I slide down. Thank goodness the stairs do a 90 degree turn or I would have kept going. The older kids came running to see if I broke anything and then ran down to Hubby’s office to get him. Hubby helped me up and then started to lecture me on stair safety (I know, I know but I was not messing around just walking down:)
MJ snapped the POD just as I was whining about my forearm. I suspect that I will have a nasty bruise on my arm and hip tomorrow but tonight my head is throbbing more than anything else. Hubby is thinking I might have cracked the bone in my forearm but I think I will wait until morning to see how it feels so far I can move it and put pressure on it but it is slightly swollen and hurts like the devil.
I can’t believe it!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
We ran up to Gladwin, (to the “yellow house”, as CJ calls it), to haul more stuff home. I can’t believe we still have more stuff to bring here! I can’t even say it is stuff we don’t miss because darn it if I have not needed some screws in the last few weeks and we did not think to bring them on the first load. The most important thing we pick up this trip was Hubby’s office chair. Now I can have mine back, just in time too as my desk area is coming together nicely; now I will no longer be parked at my kitchen counter to use my PC.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
We were up bright and early today for JD’s first CC meet of the season. It was a 1.5 mile race on trails at Stratford Woods (Lancer Invitational). He finished in 9:50, I don’t yet his place but he did get a metal. The Gladwin girl’s Middle School runners were here so MJ got to visit with her friends but the Gladwin Boys were not so JD did not race his old team mates. He was bummed but a little relieved at the same time. He will have to wait until October 2nd for that chance.
Hubby raced today as well; he was at the Mud Creek Crawl event. He ran the 10k. I got to see him finish which was surprise to him. He finished in 55:45 or so:)
Friday, September 10, 2010
Home Depot delivered our fence today. The forklift was too tall to fit inside our garage so we had it put in our driveway. We are now back to parking outside, at least until we get it installed. With cross country starting up I don’t know the next full Saturday we will have to devote to fence install but I want to get it done before it gets cold outside!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
CJ had a scheduled visit today at her preschool. She looked so grown up with her backpack on. I wanted to scoop her up and keep her home with me. I can’t believe she is going to preschool! The preschool is close enough that Syd and I can walk her to school. Now Syd and I can get some one on one time together. It will be nice to spend time with just Syd; we don’t get time to ourselves very often.
CJ walking with dad, she looks like a big girl with her backpack on.
Syd enjoyed some art time while we were visiting the preschool. She was very into the yellow marker!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
MJ is my little Miss Organizer. She spends time each day reorganizing her room, tweaking it so to speak:) She has the most closet space of all of us in the house. As per most 1950’s built homes there is a multitude of built-ins all over this house. The built-ins are a blessing but also a bit of a challenge; they are so deep that things get lost once place inside. I have compensated for the depth by placing most everything in bins or containers so they can be easily slide out to get to what is the back of the shelves.