Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
The second commitment is something Joe and I will be doing together. We have decided to start the Slimfast diet plan starting this Monday. I will keep our progress updated on this blog, as it may prove to be something to keep us accountable! It really comes down making a life-style change. We need to eat healthier, not only for ourselves, but for our children also. We need to be role-models for our children, so they will make healthy choices as well. I'm glad that Joe and I decided to do this together. I think we will be good support for each other. Stay tuned...
We have our first "Newcomers Group" event this Saturday. It's called "Bon Appetit." It's basically a dinner party, held at a member's home, with a specific theme. The theme this month is Spanish Tapas. Every couple is responsible for bringing a side dish, while the host/hostess provide the main course and drinks. I'm looking forward to going, but I'm a little apprehensive as well. It's always hard meeting new people and making small talk. But, we have to start somewhere. Luckily, two of the couples go to our church, so that will make it a little less awkward. Hopefully.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
* Don't beat yourself up if you have to use a bribe.
* Know this: That stain won't come out. And it's okay. (The sooner you accept this, the better.)
* Answer this question: What is the worst thing that can happen if your kids sleep in their clothes?
* Teach them to pump on the swings ASAP.
* Remember clogging lessons are not in the best interest of the child.
Good advice, isn't it? I thought it was so funny, but very true.
Meads Mill Middle School, 1992
Did you know that we live in a nature preserve? Not really, but look who also came to visit.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
And here is a short video of Nathan doing, "So big!" It's not his best performance, but it's still cute!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Oh well. Can't say I didn't try. At least someone is getting a good meal out of it all.
Joe's mother gave us two bags of clothes that were Joe's when he was a baby. Circa 1981 or so. We were able to pull out two or three items that looked relatively current, otherwise, they looked like clown suits...as was fashionable in the very early 80s. Here are some examples. My favorite is the shirt that has "Jeans" written all over it. Joe wondered if there were matching pants that had "Turtleneck" written all over them. We didn't find them unfortunately.
And just because I'm mean:
This is also what my house looks like, now that Nathan can crawl:We are in trouble! Just today, Nathan showed us just how big he is. We've been working on "So Big!" and he finally did it. It was the cutest thing ever. I will try to capture it on video so you all can see how cute he is!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
and had this view:
It was so relaxing! We had beautiful weather, with only one rainy day. We lounged on the beach all day, only coming inside to eat. We ventured into Pentwater, Michigan, an adorable little tourist town. We ate at Bubba-Q's for lunch in Silver Lake, Michigan, after taking a dune ride in this:
Nathan learned to crawl:
Ella was visited by the "Sand Fairy" every night. (Gigi put a treat in Ella's cup every night and Ella thought it was the best!) However, now that we're home, Ella still believes the "Sand Fairy" will be leaving her treats on a nightly basis.
We decided to take the high speed car ferry back to Milwaukee, since it took us nearly 8 hours to get to the cottage a week earlier, due to construction and traffic. It sounded like a grand idea, until we got on the boat and barf bags were being handed out. Lake Michigan was extremely rough that day, so rough that we couldn't even get out of our seats without falling into other passengers or just falling. And, about a quarter of the boat was seasick, including my husband and my son. Nathan vomited Exorcist style, which in turn caused a lovely young man across the aisle to begin puking as well. What a super experience. But hey, we arrived in Milwaukee much faster.
Back to happier times...each night we sat on the deck and enjoyed the sunsets:
We sipped Lemondrops (or Irish Whiskey for the boys) and played Yahtzee. I am addicted to Yahtzee! My family humored me by playing every single night. Thanks guys.
We discovered that Ella may turn out to be a champion kayaker (is that a word?) (Side note, "Kayak" is the word I misspelled at my 7th grade spelling bee. I spelled it "Kyak." Oh well.)
Despite the puking on the way home, it was a fabulous vacation. Now it's back to real life.
I am entering a contest to get my blog "made over." The website is onceuponablog.org and I've added the site's button on my side bar. Really neat stuff...maybe I'll win!