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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.

Very short blog
July 15, 2008, 10:24 am
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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.


Our little climber
July 1, 2008, 9:01 pm
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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
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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
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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.