Do you know how many of my posts are just random things? It’s quite a few. But, you’ve been warned.Tonight was our one night where both boys have baseball. Jon had to go home teaching. I did manage to see him as we drove down the same road in opposite directions. He blew me a kiss out his window. Sigh. That is just sad.My little brother comes home in five weeks from Detroit. FIVE WEEKS! We are so excited! Today, my other brother Jeff left a message on my answering machine. When my kids heard it, they all stopped and listened. I asked them if they knew who it was. Robbie got a big smile and said “Uncle Brad.” Now, in all fairness, they were excited about it being Jeff too. But, I look forward to Brad being home. I wonder how much Adam will remember of him. He was only 2 when Brad left. And Kelsey? He’s never met her. But, she’s REALLY, REALLY cute, so I’m sure he’ll love her.The Dallas Mavericks just lost their series to the Hornets. Honestly, I don’t really care that much. I TOLD them not to trade Devin Harris for Jason Kidd. But does anyone listen to me?!? No. But, on the upside, the Dallas Stars are doing great. Not that I care that much about hockey, but maybe I’ll start.I love the zoo. Last Friday, I went to the zoo with Emily and her class for a field trip. I had an absolute blast. I think I’m still about 6 mentally. Or maybe just young at heart. Here’s one of the few pictures I have where no one is doing “bunny ears” behind someone else.What is the deal with the price of gas and food? I am actually starting to plan trips and errands to get the most efficient use of my gas. Unfortunately, that is not always so easy on the kids. After one of these trips, Adam ended up like this:We are loving our dog. But none of us quite love Casey as much as Kelsey. Kelsey can now say 4 names – Mama, Dada, Adam and Casey. When she wakes up in the morning, the first person she looks for is Casey. Kelsey gives her hugs. Kelsey lays on her. Kelsey follows her around. I’m not sure Casey enjoys Kelsey as much. One of Kelsey’s favorite places to play is in Casey’s crate, as long as Casey is there too.So, that’s it. I must go get yummy cookies out of my oven (Thanks Hilary for the recipe . . . and I’m sure the sisters I visit teach thank you too!). Have a great night/day!
Kelsey has reached that magical age where she dances to music. And I use the term “dance” loosely. Let’s just say, she has my dancing ability. That’s not such a good thing, but it’s much cuter on a 1 year old! Enjoy![googlevideo:http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=5789930201797105166&hl=en]
Last night during baseball, we started to see lightning. They called the game, and we rushed home after hearing reports that a pretty good storm was headed our way with the possibility of baseball size hail. We got the kids dressed for bed, frantically shoved stuff around in the garage to make room for Jon’s car, and piled the bathroom with pillows and all the stuff we’d need in case a tornado hit. Pretty soon, the dark, threatening clouds started rolling in.
We got all the kids in the bathroom. They were all a little freaked out (note the look on Emily’s face), but were pacified with a snack, some Reeses’s Pieces and a song. Kelsey must have thought it was Christmas with all the snacks!
Pretty soon, the hail started to fall. Jon and I watched for a few minutes. I have never seen anything like that in my entire life. Jon, who’s lived in Texas his whole life, was just amazed – and REALLY glad we’d made room in the garage for his car! After 5-10 minutes, the hail stopped and we deemed it safe to leave the bathroom. Although that might have been because it was really hot and crowded! Our yard looked like it had snowed. Of course, I had planted flowers this year, and they took a pretty good beating. But, better the flowers than anything else! What an adventure!
So, I just noticed that my last several blogs have been happy, full of rainbows, so sugary-sweet-you’re-gonna-get-a-toothache. Sorry, but this is another one of those! I love spring in Texas. I love driving down the freeway and seeing all the wildflowers and the bluebonnets. I love seeing all the crazy people pulled over on the side of the road taking pictures in the bluebonnets. Every year I have great intentions of dragging the kids out and doing the same. We have done it a grand total of once since we had kids. I thought, just for fun, you could enjoy a few of the previous pictures in the bluebonnets. Just for reference, Robbie was 3 1/2 years old, Emily was 2, and Adam was 4 months.
And now for NEW pictures! You’ll notice there is no picture of Emily. It had been a pretty warm day, but turned cold and windy. Emily was getting sick and so was standing to the side crying hysterically. Adam was also whining about the cold, but stopped long enough to smile really cute for the pictures. He looked like this for about 10 seconds, then he was back to whining. So, enjoy some pretty pictures of the flowers . . . and my kids!
Several months ago, I was released from Nursery and given a new calling. When Jon issued the call to me to be the Visiting Teaching Coordinator, I have to admit that I wasn’t totally thrilled. I don’t really like to call people on the phone, and now I had to call a whole bunch every month? If you call me, I’ll talk your ear off, but I am NOT good about picking up the phone and calling other people. But I gritted my teeth and just started doing it. And do you know what I’ve discovered? I really like it. I get to organize things, which I’m pretty good at. I get to make things more efficient. But, the thing I’ve enjoyed the most is the one thing I thought I would hate. I love talking to the sisters. And the sisters I love talking to the most are the older sisters in our ward. We have a unique ward in that we have lots of young families and quite a few older couples. We have very few of the middle people – the ones with teenagers. That kind of creates a natural division. One of my favorite sisters is Sister Chaney. She is 78 years old and a firecracker. She has a hard time getting out to visit people, so she has a phone route. We handed her a new route on Sunday, and she called to report today that she had already called all her sisters. I just love talking to her. I just got off the phone with her and realized I was smiling! Because of my new calling, I am getting to know all these sisters that I never knew, and I love it. I’ve decided my new goal is to meet all the older sisters in our ward, because they are just awesome!
On Wednesday night we had some horrific storms roll through here. Our power went out several times, but came back on within minutes. Last night at about 10:00, Jon and I were watching TV and the power went out again. No big deal, we’ll just wait for it to come back on. Only it didn’t. And it’s still out. So, I’ve spent the last 18 hours without power at my house and no clue as to when it will come back on because Jon just gets a run around from the power company when he tries to call. But you know what? I’ve actually enjoyed it. Sure, I’ve missed the internet, but I’ve been a lot more productive. I actually made it to the gym, ran some errands that I needed to, and washed my car. Sure, I miss the TV to entertain the kids, but Adam has had a lot of fun playing outside in the puddles when I was washing the car and being with me. Sure, I had to take everything out of my fridge and take it to Maria and Randi’s houses, but I really needed to clean out the fridge anyway. Sure, our phone and answering machine rely on power, but I had an old corded one, and I’m not getting any calls or messages that I have to return. Plus, since there was no air conditioning, I had to actually open the windows and it’s a beautiful day. And it was laundry day, and I can’t obviously do laundry with no power. And I think lighting candles and walking around with flashlights is kinda fun. I’m not sure how much I’ll like it if the power continues to be out indefinitely (the power company said 244,000 houses are without power!), but for now I’m enjoying it. Just funny how that works sometimes!
Heeeelllloooo everybody! Has anyone missed me? Do you wonder where I’ve been? It’s that magical time of year where we eat dinner at 4:30, where I spend A LOT of time in the car and sitting in a camping chair, where I get frustrated with people (mostly stupid ones), where I get my nice tan, and when I have no free Saturdays. BASEBALL SEASON! Woo hoo! Can you feel the excitement? Yeah, me neither. Both of our boys are playing baseball this year. And it is the biggest time sucking thing that I have. Robbie is on the Rangers and has a practice or a game 5 times a week. Adam is on the Dodgers and has one practice and one game. It’s a lot of fun. Really. But the boys love it, so I don’t complain. Well, not too much anyway. First, we had a parade to kick off the season. Robbie had an AWESOME float (which he should have considering how much money the parents had to chip in!), and Adam’s float – well, it didn’t cost any money!
The kids had their first games last week. Robbie team did not do so well, but he had fun! Adam is playing t-ball, and so it doesn’t really matter if they do well. It’s actually a lot of fun because there is no yelling (something that would be really nice for Robbie’s team to learn) and everyone helps all the kids, regardless of which team you are on. I did not get any pictures of Adam’s first game because I forgot the camera. Hey, I got the kids! But here’s a few of Robbie’s first game.
Last night Robbie had a game, and he got the game ball for hitting a home run. And by home run, I mean he hit a dinky grounder to third which the other team overthrew at first, and at second, and again at third, so he got all the way home. Oh, and he didn’t actually step on 3rd base. But at that point we were losing 15 – 0, so it didn’t really matter. He was ecstatic to get a 3-run homer, and his teammates were SO excited. Oh, to be a kid again! So, if you don’t see me much in the next 2 months, I’m sorry. Just know that the baseball season has taken over my life!
Jon here…I’m just coming off of a euphoric high last night. I was watching my Mavs go into their normal losing funk against winning teams…and then this guy suddenly came onto the screen: [photopress:Dirk_Page_1.jpg,full,centered]I love it when Dirk gets into it! I love it when they are on the road and they break the home crowd’s hearts! You could just see it in the faces of everybody in the arena in Phoenix. I’ve had the same expression on my face as well (flashback to Lakers at Mavs in December 2004. The Lakers came back from 30 down at the beginning of the 4th quarter and won.)[photopress:Dirk_Page_2.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Dirk_Page_3.jpg,full,centered]Let’s all pray that they got over the hump!
We actually did it. We promised our kids that if they asked for 30 days, we would get them a pet. So, meet Casey. She is the newest member of our family. She is a beautiful chocolate lab, and the kids adore her. Yeah, she’s not exactly the small, hairless pet that I wanted, but she’s fabulous. She’s great with the kids, she’s very obedient, and she is pretty easy going, although she likes to play. After the kids went to bed, she has followed me around everywhere. She’ll stand right by me and nuzzle my hand until I pet her. I think we’re really going to like her. And as a bonus, her crate is almost as much fun as she is. Welcome to our family, Casey!