Crash & Burn

March 6, 2012 - Leave a Response

ahhh, technology . . . here to make our lives easier, right?   Well I’ve never been one to be a huge techy geek.  But my husband is pretty good when it comes to computers, so when our laptop was having problems, he devised a plan to download all of our info from our computer onto an external hard drive so he could “wipe the laptop clean” and then reload everything.  Great plan huh?  Well it all worked fine until we tried to reload everything back onto the laptop only to discover that the hard drive was corrupt.  Nice huh?  Every file, every project, every document, plus A full year of pictures gone . . . All Gone.  I’m still holding out hope that someone, somewhere would be able to retrieve it, but that only gets a scowling look from my husband that tells me that all of these things are really gone.  But, how do you let go of a full year of pictures that included all my maternity pictures and the first 8 months of our sons life?


Welcome Yuri!

January 29, 2012 - Leave a Response

We are so excited to have a new student from Japan join us this Feb! Her name is Yuri and we have the room all ready for her! Keith is so excited to have someone to play with him and he can’t wait to show off his trampoline and to go to the park. We have a full menu of wonderful food planned including Pizza, Tacos, Hamburgers (of course!) and a few down home southern casseroles. Anyone else have any suggestions of good American food?
We can’t wait to meet Yuri! I’ll keep everyone posted once we finally get to meet her!

My New Invention for Allergies!

October 28, 2011 - Leave a Response

Keith, almost 3 in one more month, and I both have fairly severe allergies, aggravated more by our dry October weather.  Keith’s nose has been dripping like a leaky faucet and I can never find a tissue nearby when I need one – – Until Today!!  Behold – my invention:  THE PORTABLE TISSUE ATTACHMENT!   (I’m working on the patent now).  Ok, Yes, in our house tissue looks very much like toilet paper because, well, it is toilet paper.  

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 I took Keith’s adjustable belt, looped it through two of my belt loops and attached the toilet paper for all our nose blowing necessities.   I also found it to be extremely flattering and slimming (or so I tell myself).  And in case you’re wondering, yes – it does work as nicely as it looks!

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High School Homecoming

October 22, 2011 - Leave a Response

This weekend we had the privilege of visiting my parents and going to Maranatha’s Homecoming game with grandpa & Kylie (o:   

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 It was Keith’s first football game and he was really excited about the “dancing people” (cheerleaders) and all the boys that run after the ball and go “KaBoom!”   We had front row, 50 yard line seats right next to the drum line, so Keith spent most of the game like this: View IMG_20111...jpg in slide show

Pretend City!

October 18, 2011 - Leave a Response

Ahhh, Pretend City – just the name is music to my ears!  Pretend City is a HUGE warehouse converted into a pretend city (hence the name) complete with a supermarket, a farm, library, bank, fire station, police station, art studio, stage, beach, cafe & so much more!  There is nothing off limits for little hands to explore & touch.  We spent the morning there with our friends Brooke, Piper & Tatum and ended up staying for almost 5 hours – and still didn’t do everything!  We’re trying to talk Harold into getting season passes.  Keith and Luke had sooooooo much fun!

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When we got home, Luke was quite worn out with watching his big brother play so he snuggled up with Hannah Bear for a long afternoon nap. 

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September 16, 2011 - Leave a Response

Keith: “Hey, Mommy? Why are you going to the store to buy milk, you already have milk?”

Our Latest Catch

August 15, 2011 - Leave a Response

Our poor chickens!  The last few nights, they’ve had an unwelcomed midnight visitor tormenting them and trying to eat their eggs.   We put out an animal trap and the next morning found:

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The following night we heard more squawking and feather’s flying  so we baited the trap and caught a little tiny baby possum.   We were on a role!!  So we set the trap again and this time caught:


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Well, a Tiger Cat that is.  He wasn’t the most friendly cat so after a picture, we released him immediately.  Later that afternoon on our neighborhood walk, we found this poster:

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Happy Birthday, America!

July 4, 2011 - Leave a Response

Ahh, my favorite holiday of the year! 

To celebrate the freedom of our country, we began our celebration day with the annual Huntington Beach Parade.  Even though we knew it is the largest parade west of the Mississippi, we waaaay underestimated the astonishing number of people that can crowd into a tiny downtown Main St. (well, I guess Huntington Beach isn’t really “tiny” per se).  After parking a couple of miles away and then encroaching on another family’s roped off area (literally!) we enjoyed the “small town” parade . . . for over 2 hours. 

Then Harold, hot and exhausted, was done.  I, being move to tears by a number of different floats and memorials to our veterans, reluctantly agreed to leave since the parade was only about half done.  Then we realized we had no idea where we had parked . . .

We had great intentions of BBQ’d hot dogs, homemade ice cream and apple pie – but nap time won out.  We did get to enjoy fireworks and sparklers outside and watched the aerial fireworks in our neighborhood (though totally illegal, but well enjoyed). 

“[The 4th of July] ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.”
–John Adams  1776.

Happy 4th of July from our Family to Yours!

 Bonus Section (I couldn’t resist):


Hot Diggity Dog!

July 1, 2011 - Leave a Response

We were reading a book to Keith the other day and in the book the character was eating a hot dog.  Keith asked, “Mommy what’s a Hot Dog?”  (Imagine my elation that I’ve been able to keep the concept of a Hot Dogs away for over 2 years!)

Later that week, after being an exceptionally good listener and super big helper, Keith had his first Hot Dog – well, half of one because Mommy thought it looked really good!

Soccer Class

June 15, 2011 - Leave a Response

Who knew they had soccer for 2 year olds?!  

Last Monday morning, with 2 other two and three year olds, Keith was introduced to the whole of sports.  Being a Mommy/Daddy and me class, Harold was very involved and was convinced by the end of the first class that we have a budding soccer star – Just like Daddy!

“Ready Position”