Wednesday, April 30, 2008

We're the family who always does good things

So this afternoon in the bathtub I noticed Double A had a bruise on her shoulder (among two skinned knees and various other scrape and bangs...Spring is here!) I asked how she got it and she told me a story about how her friend at school told her it would be a good idea to go into some small hole in the play equipment on the playground. She got partially stuck and bonked her shoulder. In her 5 year old wisdom she then informed me "it was not a good idea!" That prompted me to launch into a peer pressure teaching moment on how just because your friend says it is a good idea you should always think it through and decide for yourself. I then spoke on how this goes for climbing in holes, smoking cigarettes, etc. This went back and forth as I belabored the point and she fianlly said "Yeah, because we are the family who always does good things!" I cracked up at that point and really couldn't top that so just finished the bath.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Buffett video

We'll see how skilled I am at this blogging jazz and if I can get this video from the concert onto the blog. If you get motion sick you may want to listen without watching. :) Also, sorry for the pixelated shots...we were sitting pratically right underneath the jumbotron screen.


Last Thursday Huusband #1 and I went to the Jimmy Buffett concert. We went with several other friends and we all tailgated beforehand in the parking lot. We certainly weren't as nuts as some parrothead set ups but I thought we did pretty good. Husband #1 barely made it as he was out on an organ harvest but choppered in just in time! For some reason (we weren't even drinking) we decided it would befunny to call people we knew during the concert (even though we could not hear them) and let them listen to the music also. I am SURE those people sincerely appreciate our efforts to include them in our Parrothead experience! :) Here are a couple pics from our evening.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Yard Demo in full swing

Well, we have been trying to get someone out to work on our yard since before Christmas. FINALLY some work started today! A brief history...our yard is horrible in appearance and it also floods when it rains even a little. This water is pooling by the house and is now flooding our basement. We are hoping this project will direct the water away from the house and make it prettier and more appealing to spend time in our yard. Basically they are ripping every thing out including the patio and sidewalks, one tree and tons of dirt. They will be adding in a different patio after boosting the levels and then we will get sod adn shrubberies. Today was quite the excitement with the Bobcat running all over the place!

#1 - Standing on the back porch looking to the right half towards the back fence. We will be svaing the pavers and using them along the back fence for Belle to run on behind the shrubberies.

#2 - Standing in the back left corner looking along the back fence towards the right corner. Where the pavers will go for Belle to run on.

#3 - Standing in the same back corner looking toward the house across the yard. That closest is the one that is coming out.

See #1 above - standing on back porch looking towards right.

see #2 above - along the back fence shot

See #3 above - standing in back corner looking across whole yard. See stump in foreground.
Gotta run, I have two very muddy children that need bathed desperately!

Saturday, April 19, 2008


At 4:37 a.m. Friday morning Husband #1 and I were awakened to what seemed like a mysterious installation of a MAGIC FINGERS on our bed during the night. Several thoughts ran through our heads as our bed and house continued to shake. I must say when awakened at 4:30 your brain does not just jump to "earthquake". Storm, wind, dog jumping on the bed, furnace about to explode all came first. As the doors were rattling and the glasses on the baker's rack tinkled we realized this was indeed what was happening...right here in St. Louis! Turns out it was a 5.2 on the Richter scale about 100 miles away in Illinois.

We were both shocked the kids did not wake up and come barreling up the stairs. I have since heard that it is more noticable on the second floor of a building (where our room is located) and the kids are on the first floor.

There was another one about 10:15 a.m. I was at Double A's preschool and I was the only one who felt it. It was a 4.5 on the scale and was definitely not as noticable. None since then that I have felt or heard about. Very interesting and not what I expected here in Missouri!

On another semi-related we were pulling out of the driveway to go to preschool, I noticed a dead baby bunny in our yard. I got out of the car and poked it with a stick and it was indeed dead. It looked uninjured and as if it was just sleeping (with its eyes open). Double A's theories about this death were are follows: 1-the bunny did not have enough food. 2-the earthquake rolled a rock into the bunny and killed it. Husband #1 had to scoop it and toss it when he got home (I don't do dead).

Friday, April 18, 2008


I have started this blog...finally...after debating it for some time. I am not sure why I delayed, mostly just time, I guess. I hope this will be a way for friends and family to keep up with us and the craziness of our lives. Sad excuse for me to invite you here instead of actually communicating proactively with you! Bookmark us if you want to see more about me, the kids, hubby and the boring and dramatic parts of our lives! Let me introduce you to the cast of players:

Man I married, father of my kids and Best Husband Ever (he picked that!) - Husband #1

First Born Child, daughter and Drama Queen in Training - Double A

Second Born Child, son, and the "strong silent type" - BumbleBee