Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Anybody Know?

How I can put things on this >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
side of my blog?  I'm feeling a little lopsided and I'm craving a new look.  Do I have to choose a new template?
Maybe I'll ask my dear- computer whiz of a husband- when he gets home at 12:30 tomorrow morning.
In the meantime, here is a random photo for you all to enjoy.

This is a picture of Lundi, Caleb and my niece Megan.


Monday, June 29, 2009

Bappy Hirthday!!

To the king of spoonerisms. Rain was forecasted for last Friday (the 26th), too. But we didn't let it stop us from going to the beach. It was Mike's birthday wish. We were going, even if we could only stay an hour. Turns out, though, that it didn't rain one drop while we were there. We had the beach (pretty much) to ourselves. It was a perfect day. We played frisbee, jumped waves, swam, buried each other in the sand and built sand castles. I played "Here comes the crab" for an hour with Liam and Lauren before they got tired of it. It's a game I made up. We buried their feet, then I would dig my hand down into the sand and say "Here comes the crab" and grab their toes and tickle their feet. It was so fun. We are a beach lovin' family and hope for at least a bazillion trips this summer.
Mike called it a "Pay Off Day." It's days like this that he worked so hard for in nursing school. A whole lot of fun, money spending, stress free, obligation free weekday off from work. It really is nice to only have to work three days a week. His schedule affords us many opportunities to do things together.
The water was way too cold for Mike and I to swim. (Remember being a kid and when there was no such thing as- water too cold to swim in?). It took the kids a few minutes to get used to it, but once they were in, they stayed for hours.

Is he growing up, or what?

There was lots of kelp that kept washing up on the shore. Lundi made a skirt out of this big piece.

And this was Lundi's gift to her favorite Papa:

She made it out of kelp, seaweed and shells.

Harrison had a great time digging and building roads, rivers, bridges and mountains.

Lauren was not quite so fond of the chilly water, so she spent most of her time burying and being buried. Oh....and being cute, because she is really good at that.

I laid Audrey down on the beach towel so she could have the experience of laying on the beach. Sweet Lauren took it upon herself to make sure that Audrey got to experience sand between her toes. She loved it. It was so sweet, I cried.
And this was my absolute favorite moment of the day:

She loved being buried:

And Liam....he loved the waves until one over took him. After that, he wouldn't go out past his knees. He learns fast, huh?

When he finally slowed down, and we went to go take showers, he was "feeeezin" and shivering. Of course it didn't help that the showers were cold. They may have even been colder than the ocean water. I didn't take one, but everyone sure was cold, with blue lips and everything.
Then there is little AudPod. She was so pleasant at the beach. She either slept, laid on the beach or sat in her stroller, content, watching the waves.

It was a happy day for everyone. Aren't those the best kind?

Giggle Girl getting buried:
Getting warm on his towel:
Almost time to go, gatherin' up all the beach toys:
Waiting for the sun:

Audrey gives kisses:
Liam is all showered, dry and dressed:

(they went home)

And so did we, eventually. But only after a fabulous day.

40 Days & 40 Nights

It's been rainin'.  It's a good thing we live on high ground, I'd be a worryin' by now.  I already have to strategically plan laundry, showers and dishwasher so as to not overwhelm the septic.  It tends to happen when the ground is constantly saturated and the water has no place to go.  We don't get any toilet back up or anything like that, but the basement will get water in it from the washer and/or shower drain.  I have also started using the de-humidifier in the kids' rooms.  I'm sure the garden and the trees love the rain, but I don't know how much more our angry rivers can take.  Hopefully it will let up soon.
I miss the girls.  We have some good friends who invited L&L to stay a few days.  It's been good for the boys, though, to get lots of extra attention.  And since they only have each other, they have been playing well together.  I am amazed at how much lighter the burden is when there are only two missing.  I mean.......only four plates out for dinner?  Four cups?  What am I going to do with all of those left over enchiladas that I made for dinner?  And I only had to make three lunches.  So easy!!!  I can't wait for them to get home.  I miss their beautiful faces.
Back to the rain......they tell us that there is no end in sight.  It's going to keep pouring for the foreseeable future.  Anybody know how to build an arc?
I had my preliminary test done at the hospital for my throat problem.  After swallowing (what seemed like) a gallon of plaster of Paris (which they called barium), the tests came back negative.  So after that news, I started to wonder if what I was feeling was normal, or was there really something wrong.  But I still feel like things are getting stuck on their way down.  It's not all in my head.  So Wednesday I am going to a specialist for a scope down my throat.  When the secretary called to make the appointment, the last thing she said was "We will be putting you to sleep for the procedure, so make sure you come with someone who can drive you home." Um....OK.   The only time I have been put to sleep was for a D&C on two separate occasions after miscarriages.  The worst part was my throat and neck hurt from the intubation.  Not looking forward to that.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Week 24 Photo Challenge: “Let's Hear It For The Boys!”
Click the above link to see all of the great entries.
Here is my entry:


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sweet Sunday

I had a nap, I'm not feeling well.  I am sick with some kind of cough, sinus, soar throat thing.....again.  (That baby just needs to sleep through the night.)  We stayed home from church.  Liam has a temperature of 103.6 but has yet to show any symptoms of any illness. (????)  Lundi has a stuffy nose and cough but is feeling fine.  Mike worked today so we celebrated fathers Day on Thursday.  We got him a new wheel barrow and weed eater.  Last night the kids made cards and coupon books to give him today.  This morning we made him his favorite breakfast.  The sneaky surprise was that we would wait until he was in the shower, then go out and decorate the van with all of the things we had made.  They were about to burst while waiting the WHOLE HOUR for him to get out the door after his shower this morning.  He was very surprised and the kids were thrilled to see his face.  It was very cute.
We found a new favorite canvas for painting.  Easy clean up, always available, out of the way, stainless and big enough for two people to paint at once.  Other wise known as the patio door.
Today the artists were Lundi and Lauren.  
Oh, and the cute little pink feet, those were Audrey's contribution.  The kids thought they were so very cute and kept asking for more and more feet prints.  It's amazing how much they adore their sister.


Friday, June 19, 2009


She is still with us.  She is improving.  She is more "with it."  We love her and hope that she lives to be 101 if she can be happily alive.  Isn't she a beautiful person?  We love her.