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Weekend fun
May 25, 2009, 9:54 pm
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We had lots of fun with the Trooks this weekend . . . Nothing like spending a long weekend with best friends.

So the last picture is one when we got home.  I was trying to get Mikaela to smile and I asked her where Jason was . . . this was her reaction – typical!


November 1, 2008, 10:13 pm
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So I decided to be “Super Mom” this year and made the girl’s costumes.  The adventure started off well.  I bought the fabric and pattern a month ago, but with our busy lives, I ran out of weekends. So this week was CRAZY!  I spent every evening frantically sewing tiny outfits.  Kevin was great during the whole thing.  He did dishes, laundry and baths for the girls.  The girls’ had a carnival at their school on Friday morning so I had to be completely done Friday morning.  After working all night, I had to give up at 3:00 a.m. because I couldn’t thread my needle any more . . .   Anyway, I’ve resolved to never, never make another costume.  I figure that Wal-mart is good enough next year.

long time
August 14, 2008, 8:29 pm
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So we haven’t written in a long time and that’s mostly because not much has happened, at least not enough to write about.

Kevin started working for the church and ABSOLUTELY loves it. He has many projects already and is being pulled in several different directions. He is making great connections with our youth Pastor, which will lead into us helping out with the youth when school starts. It’ll be a lot of fun and a big change for us.

Work is work for me. Busy as always, but good.

The girls are happy and heathly. Mikaela is still not walking, but getting very close. Riley is going to swim lessons twice a week. It’s parent-tot lessons, so it’s been very interesting. She is doing well, but I think the next lessons will be without me . . .

birthday girl
July 20, 2008, 9:23 pm
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So my baby girl’s birthday party was yesterday. I really struggled with this day, not because she’s growing up too fast, but because it didn’t look like it was going to happen the way I wanted it to. Riley’s party was greatly planned and anticipated. Coming off of vacation and living so far from everyone made for a small party. Fortunately all my struggles disappeared. Kevin made an adorable flower basket cake that Mikaela absolutely loved (see pics below). She had such an incredible time that it didn’t matter that I didn’t spend 2 weeks preparing. Amazing how things just take care of themselves.

On another note, Kevin left at midnight last night to go to Red Cloud, CO for youth camp. It’s strangely quiet at the house now. Please pray that he will get an awesome experience with God and that Riley and I get along this week.

July 20, 2008, 8:52 pm
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Woke up at 4:00 am, got everything packed up and then woke the girls up at 4:45 to get to the airport for a 6:10 flight. We let Riley sleep in her clothes so we could keep her in bed as long as we could. The flights were actually very seemless. Riley and Mikaela did great. We finally arrived in Nashville (Middle Tennessee) where we meet up with Ann and Gary for lunch. It took us the rest of the day to get to Gatlinburg (the far East side of Tennessee). We ate dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, which was fun, but a bit intense for the girls, especially at 9:00 pm. The cabin we stayed at was quaint, and by “quaint” I mean small. Kev and I had a room that we shared with Mikaela, Ann and Gary had a room and Riley slept in the upstairs loft. We had a great view of the forest behind us, but never saw any wildlife.

We got up at a normal time today and headed to the Ripley’s Aquarium. It was an huge place with tons of fish, sharks, and rays. There were even these horseshoe crabs that they would let you pick up. Both girls enjoyed touching the slimy things. After lunch, Riley, Kev and I went to Dollywood. It was much bigger than I expected. They had large roller coasters (which we didn’t get to ride) and lots of shows. We did get to catch The Kraff brothers. They have a show on PBS where they talk about all sorts of animals. We got to see two snakes, a kangaroo and a beaver, plus some other animals I can’t pronounce or spell . . . We then went to the Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything. It was a short VeggieTales musical. It started raining on us, so we didn’t get to ride many rides, but they have a deal at Dollywood where if you come after 2:30 you get to come the next day for free, so it broke up our day. That night we had bbq at Corky’s and then played miniture golf at Old McDonalds golf course. Gatlinburg and the surrounding area is a huge tourist town, so there were 7 or 8 places to chose from to play golf. We made it home, late again with no nap for the day . . .

We went back to Dollywood and got to ride several rides. Surprising Riley loved them! This is the same girl that would freak out at the cars in the mall that rocked back and forth. She rode the kiddie roller coaster, scrambler, and ferris wheel. Right before lunch it started pouring so we went the nearby outlet mall and spent way more than we should have, but saved a bunch too. That evening we ate a great dinner at the cabin and went to bed early to prepare for the long drive on Friday.

We got up early and packed the house to travel from the East side of Tennessee to the West side. 9 hours later, we arrived in Memphis. The trip was mostly uneventful, well as uneventful as it can be with a 3 1/2 and 1 year old. It seemed like we would barely get out of a town and Riley would say she needed to potty. Good thing for the Garmin (although at some points in the trip I wanted to throw it out the window!!)

We headed to the rehearsal, which went great. Riley was given very specific instructions, which is how she works best. A little background on Kevin’s cousin, Kim. She went to Christian Brothers University in Memphis and played volleyball. So most of her bridesmaids were college friends that played volleyball with her. Here I walk in, with my flip flops on, and here come a group of very beautiful girls who are all about 6 feet tall . . . made me feel quiet small.

The wedding starts at 7:00, so we had all morning to spend on our own. We went to Mud Island, which most people know from The Firm with Tom Cruise. The girls enjoyed playing in the “Mississippi” river.

The wedding was beautiful. It’s funny how wedding can bring back so many memories . . . .

After a leisurely morning, we drove back to Nashville (Middle Tennesse) and went to the mall for dinner and more shopping. We had our first build-a-bear experience, but surprisingly Mikaela was the one that was most excited. As soon as we walked in she went nuts for anything that she could get her hands on. We ended up with two hand stuffed bears, Tennessee and Smokey.

Aahh . . the last day. Our flight out is at 5:00 pm so we had time to go to the Nashville Zoo. It was huge. The only zoo I’ve been to is the Amarillo zoo, so I was quite impressed. There were so many exotic animals and we got a lot of pictures. But it was very apparent that it was time to head back to Texas. Riley had several breakdowns at the zoo, which extended into the airport. After sitting on the same plane for 5 hours, we finally arrived home – hallaluia!

I was asked about the humity in Tennessee – it was bareable for the first part of the trip, but started to wear on us by the end.