When we were kids, we had lots of favorite games when we traveled. There was the alphabet game where you had to find all the letters in the alphabet on signs as you drove. There was “I Spy”. But one of my favorites was Tally-ho. This was a very simple game where you had to be the first one to spot the green mile markers on the highway. As an adult, I have realized this isn’t a very hard game. You just watch the odometer. But as a kid, we were glued to the road. Jon and I just discovered the perfect place to play Tally-ho . . . Tennessee. See, in Tennessee they must have a lot of spare time on their hands. They have the mile markers not every mile. Not even every half mile. They have one every .2 miles. So, for instance, it started to rain at mile 70.2. And it stopped raining at mile 89.6. Very useful, and pretty easy to play the game with! Just an amusing travel tidbit!
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. Especially to my Dad’s. Dad- I am so grateful for all that you have done for me. I don’t know if there are even words to express my thanks. You have given me so much, and I am so grateful for that. I am the person I am today because of you (yep, I’m blaming it on you!). I am thankful for all the times you were there for me. And I’m grateful that you are here for my kids now. They love playing with you! Papa Gee – Thank you for letting me be part of your family. I always tell everyone that I am the luckiest person in the whole world because I have the best inlaws ever. You have always accepted me and loved me, and I am so grateful for that. I am grateful for the influence you are in my kids life. I love watching Adam curl up next to you in your chair. Thank you to both of my dads! And of course, Happy Father’s Day to my sweetie. He is the best daddy in the whole world! Our kids love him more than pretty much anyone in the whole world! He is so much fun, and he does so much for them. Thank you for all that you do! You are amazing! Click on the link and enjoy!”http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p=2f07c688dd04f3f086af68&skin_id=0&utm_source=otm&utm_medium=image“
For those of you who don’t know, Jon received a new calling at church on Sunday. And it’s a pretty time consuming one – one that will require Jon to be away from the family a lot. We are all adjusting to it. Frankly, we’re still in a little bit of shock. Jon is trying to figure out all of the stuff that he immediately has to do. I am trying to figure out how I can best support him. It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. On Sunday, after Jon was called, many people in the ward came up to us and “congratulated” us – or offered their “condolences”. We really weren’t sure what the proper term was! But everyone was so amazingly sweet and supportive. I can’t even begin to count the number of people who realized was this calling meant to our family and came and offered their support in any way that we needed. And that meant so much to us. We have always been the people who never need anything. We’re pretty self-sufficient. And if we have ever needed anything, Randi and CJ (my sister and brother-in-law) are always there. I mean, we only had food brought in for one of our 4 babies. But, I think this is a situation where I will need the support. So, I am so thankful for everyone who so willingly offered it. It still brings tears to my eyes to think of it.As a last note, one sweet family in the ward called and wanted to bring us a treat. This family has a little boy that just loves Jon and jabbers his ear off any time he’s around him. The strange thing is that he’s really shy, and doesn’t talk to anyone other than “Brudder Gee”. This little boy was upset with Jon’s new calling because he doesn’t want to call him anything other than Brudder Gee, and he’s worried that Jon won’t play with him anymore. I think it’s okay if Jon is still Brudder Gee to him . . . and I have a sneaking suspicion that he’ll still play with him! So, this family brought us one of the most adorable treats I have ever seen. It must have taken forever. We even took a picture of it![photopress:100_5127.jpg,full,centered]In case you can’t see it, there is a cookie likeness of each member or our family, surrounded by hearts, and it says “Good Luck” on the bottom. Isn’t that the cutest thing ever? I think we now know the proper words . . . Good luck! I am so thankful that this sweet family took the time to think of us. And I think we’ll take all the good luck we can get!
This morning as I was getting Kelsey dressed, I noticed Emily packing things away in her little suitcase. I didn’t think to much of it because she likes to put her stuff in the suitcase to drag it around. Then I noticed Robbie had a backpack too. Intrigued, I asked them why they were packing. Robbie looked at me and said, “So we can go to North Carolina . . . in three weeks!” I just laughed! In about 2 1/2 weeks we are leaving to visit my brother and his family in North Carolina! Apparently, the kids are excited! Just so you know, they are really prepared too! Robbie packed a toothbrush, toothpaste, pajamas, and his Yu-Gi-Oh cards. Emily got her unicorn, toothbush, toothpaste, surfboard & penguin, pajamas, slippers, a monkey hat, jumprope, a flashlight, and a book. I guess they don’t need clothes! They just make me laugh!
I am really slacking at posting things. It’s summer, though, and we’ve been busy. Genius that I am, I decided that I didn’t want my kids to be bored, so I made a whole schedule for the summer so we have something to do EVERY day. It looks like this:Monday – Zoo (they have Member Mondays where we get in early, they have free snacks, and you get to ride the train and carousel free all day!)Tuesday – Arlington to visit Grandma and do something in the water (except Grandma wasn’t there this week – but we were later than we thought we’d be!)Wednesday – Movie (they have free movies at quite a few theaters)Thursday – SwimmingFriday – Storytime at the libraryIt’s a great idea in theory. Except it’s Thursday, and we’re all exhausted. So, we’re cancelling swimming so Kelsey can acutally sleep. I’m just not telling the kids, cause they’ll be mad at me! Plus, I actually need to go grocery shopping so we have food to eat. Brilliant idea . . . needs a little work!Other than that, life has been fun. Robbie finished baseball, and then found out he was put on the All-Star team. Of course, we have to do that. So we’re playing baseball for a few more weeks. Here’s a picture of him with his trophy from the regular season. Wow, he looks happy![photopress:100_5104.jpg,full,centered]On Saturday, Robbie had a birthday party, and the other kids were really sad, so we had a tea party. It was actually a lot of fun! They really liked their orange koolaid “tea”! [photopress:100_5098.jpg,full,centered]As for Kelsey, she’s getting so big. She’s eating real food (well baby food anyway), and rolling all over, and putting everything she can in her mouth. This week she really began sitting up on her own. She’s is so cute! [photopress:100_5112.jpg,full,centered]So, that’s what’s up with us. Nothing terribly exciting, but we’re sure having fun!