KandJRies Weblog


Easter, Star Wars and Best Friends
April 20, 2009, 9:50 pm
Filed under: Life

So I’m a little over a week late in getting our Easter pics up, but it’s been a crazy week!  Plus our very best friends, the Trooks came over this weekend, yea!!  The kids watched Star Wars over and over and over . . .   Not many words on this blog, but lots of pics.



Happy Birthday . . . again
March 19, 2009, 3:04 pm
Filed under: Life

Ok.  On the last post, I said that our lives weren’t interesting enough to blog about.  I shouldn’t have said that – it came back to bite me.

So, for Kevin’s 30th birthday we decided to take a nice, long weekend trip to Fredericksburg.  The weekend started out great.  My parents came down to watch the girls and early Friday morning we headed out.  All was going so well.  The cabin I rented was quaint and included a lovely view of two very large bulls, some cows and horses.  It also had a couple of cats that hung around the front door.  We toured Fredericksburg over the next 2 days – shopping, eating and visiting wineries.  It was a very nice birthday trip . . .  until . . .

We were driving home Sunday afternoon when my arm starting itching.  I didn’t think much of it, but it finally started bothering me more and more.  I pulled up the sleeve to my polar fleece and found 30+ whelps on both arms.  No idea what they were.  Kevin stopped to pick up some benadryl for me, but that only knocked me out – didn’t help the bumps at all.  The arm itching continued on the way home, but it wasn’t until we got home that I noticed that these whelps were all over my body!  My hips, my legs, my stomach, my arms – everywhere!  Kevin thinks all this is funny, by the way.  So Monday morning, in agony from the itching and general pain of the whelps, I go to the doctor.  I’m still thinking I’ve had an allergic reaction to something.  Doc says, that’s not a reaction – those are bites.  From what I asked.  She said, can’t tell, but more than likely fleas or bed bugs!! Oh my gosh!

As much as a germophob as I try not to be – this thoroughly creeped me out.  I told Kevin that he needed to call the cabin and tell them what happened.  Again, he thinks this is all pretty funny.  That is until that evening when he finds whelps all over his hips too!  Not so funny now.  I’ve never seen him clean so much in my life – we stripped sheets, covers, you name it.  And now he’s a bit more peeved at the cabin owners.  Hmm, wasn’t as worried when it was just me.

Long story short, the cabin owners don’t think it’s their fault.  They say the bed is new and hyper-allergenic.  But I say those cats brought fleas in the house and left them as a parting gift on my clothes.  The owners are willing to refund one night as a peace offering, but only after I sent pictures and the doctor’s note.

Happy Birthday, again.



I suddenly feel old . . .
February 28, 2009, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Life

So this post will be and update over the last, oh, 4 months.  I know, I am not the best at keeping up with this.  Between the busyness of our lives and the absence of excitement, I don’t have much to write about . . . that is until yesterday.

As you may know, yesterday was Kevin’s birthday – his 30th for those of you who are counting!  For several weeks, we have been anticipating the first parent’s night out at our church (this is definately one thing we miss about Lubbock).  We were lucky enough that PNO happened on on Kevin’s birthday.  I was at the house getting dressed for dinner and Kevin went pick the girls up from school so we could drop them off at the church.  I heard the garage door open and I went to help get them into the house.  As I opened the back door, I see the car flying into the garage with all windows rolled down and Riley is SCREAMING in the back seat.  I run over to her side, still not knowing what going on and yank her out of the car.  Kevin throws the car into park and yells out that Riley sprayed mace in her face!  Kevin had a mace pen in his coat pocket and she had somehow gotten it out and was curious enough to spray it.  So after 20 minutes of crying and pouring milk in her eyes, she finally quieted down and let us look at her red, swollen eyes.  We were lucky that she just got some of the mist from the spray and it wasn’t a direct hit.

Needless to say, the birthday dinner didn’t start out like we thought . . . nothing like explaining to the church nursery why Riley’s eyes looked the way they did.  I don’t expect to get the best parent award this year.

But back to the title – it has just hit me this evening that I am married to a 30 year old!  Makes me feel old too . . .



Very short blog
July 15, 2008, 10:24 am
Filed under: Life

I know we haven’t written anything about our trip, but didn’t have good internet acess in Tennessee.  Here’s the blog from the photographer at Kim & Alan’s wedding.  Couple of good shots of Riley and some very excellent shots of the wedding.  We’ll post more this evening.

http://blog.cscottphotography.net/



Our little climber
July 1, 2008, 9:01 pm
Filed under: Life

On the eve of her first birthday, our little baby has begun climbing.  She cannot walk yet and has no teeth, but she has mastered climbing.  We are thinking about getting her a harness and rock climbing shoes for her birthday.  Here’s a little clip of her adventures.

Kevin heard from our Pastor today and everything is a go for the media director position.  He will begin August 1st in a semi-part time position.  This means that he will be off two days a week.  Once school starts he will sub those two days to make some extra cash.  This position is a relief because we are not under a contract, like we are when he is teaching.  If I am transfered, it will be easy for us to pick up and move as a family instead of in parts. 



Day 2
June 29, 2008, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Life

So I actually made a second day in writing.  I seriously doubt this gets daily postings, but it’s new so you get two days in a row.

For an update, Riley is doing great.  They kicked us out of the hospital early because she was running all over the place and eating them out of ice cream.  She is a bit grumpy when her Tylenol wears off, but is generally back to her normal self.  She is having trouble with her speech.  I thought it was the anethesia but it has lingered.  I guess she will have to get used to large nodes missing from her throat.

Mikaela is doing great too.  She will be 1 one Wednesday, which doesn’t seem possible.  I posted a short video of her, so enjoy.  For those of you wondering, we will be sending out birthday invitations this week.  Her party will be on July 19th here in Midland.

Kevin should find out this week if he will be working for the church next year.  If he doesn’t start at the church, he will be teaching honors Pre-Calc at Lee High – a huge honor for a third year teacher.  We are praying that God will give us what we need now.

My job is pressing on.  Some days are better than others.  Last Monday I was on an outage from 4:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.  We got all the customers back on without too many issues.  Then Tuesday night, as Kevin and I were getting out of the car to go to our golf lessons, I got a call about another outage.  This one wasn’t as bad and I was home by 10:30.  But to make up for it, I took Wednesday afternoon off and Kevin and I played golf – so the job does have perks.

We’ll try to keep you up to date with any excitement that our dull lives have.



How long will this last? . . . .
June 29, 2008, 4:10 am
Filed under: Life

So after months of looking at other people’s blogs, we (wait – I) have decided to put our lives out there.  We’ll see how long I can keep this up.