Friday, August 29, 2008

Nutter Center Happenings

Okay, so not technically the Nutter Center. More like Lebanon-is-kind-of-a-suburb-of Dayton-which-is-home-to-the-Nutter-Center happenings. But here is the post y'all (read: JP) have been waiting for since we went to Jerry and Nikki's 3 weeks ago.
Oh, and just for posterity sake, the reason for the far-reaching title is so that I can document that on this day, from the Nutter Center, Republican presidential nominee John McCain appointed a woman to the ticket as his Veep candidate. So, yeah. History in the making.
But so was this:

We don't exactly pack light anymore.

Let's go, let's go, let's GO, Mom!

Sheesh...Uncle Jerry wears me out!

Seriously. I'm exhausted.

Despite this look on my face, he makes really good pancakes.


And he has really cool toys!

I wonder if we have these at home?

After church Sunday:
So, Jackson, how do you think the preseason is going?

What is that you say? The Steelers are inferior!?

Ha ha ha ha!!!! We'll see about that come October!

And at long last, much too soon....

What do you mean "It's time to go home?" We just got here!

Monday, August 25, 2008

California Dreamin'

Okay, first, a disclaimer:
I know that I owe you pictures of the completed deck and of our trip to Jerry & Nikki's. They are coming.
Also coming will be the California trip "content" post.

But for now, since I know it's what you're waiting for, I'll just do a picture recap of our days in Southern California.

We made it! Hanging out with Dan the (Groom) Man at the rehearsal. (Luke Dillon, Seth's BFF for the weekend, looks on.)

Hanging out with Daddy at the Trump National Golf Course.

Um, somebody's a poser, like Mommy. This was our first "up close" view of the Pacific.

Isn't he talented, writing his name and everything?! Talented, as in, this was taken before he started eating the beach a fistful at a time.

On our way to the beach...

Helping Mom (un)pack. He was methodically biting each piece out of the suitcase, and crawling to the other side of the bed.

Bye bye, California.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hello, Goodbye

I know I've been promising pictures of our trip to Jerry and Nikki's and of the finished deck, but things are just getting nuts, and they'll have to wait, most likely, until we return from California.

But, some updates:

No word on Baby O. Poor Sara. She is miserable and missing her boys. Seth and Brady are missing her, too. Here's hoping Olive comes SOON!

Daina had another wonderful ultrasound on Monday, and the twins are doing great. Yea!

My "big work meeting" went well, and that's all I can say about that right now. =)

I will be feverishly packing Wednesday night (after my pedicure, of course -- can't go to Hollywood with shabby toes!), and we're west bound at 8 a.m. Thursday.

I'd promise pictures of the wedding, Dan and Margie, and the Pacific when I return....but we all know I've not been so good on the Follow Through With Pictures thing lately. Oops.

See you on the flip side, internets! =)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Starch Reality

There is ONLY one drawback for having a mother-in-law who has instant (and FREE!) access to a dry cleaner:

But it's a fixable problem -- you just give them back, and continue to reap the blessings of the dry cleaning fairy!

Weekend in Review: Part I

Finally, Blogger is letting me upload pictures!

So, it's a little overdue, but here is a recap of the great weekend we had two weekends ago -- no grand plans, no travel (well, okay, a little travel) -- just a great weekend doing normal things as a family.

~~~ Friday, August 1 ~~~

We traveled to Deshler, OH, to have dinner with our dear friends Mike and Melissa. Melissa and I used to work together, and she is hands-down the best thing to come of that entire employment experience. We all hate that we live so far apart (we used to be about 40 minutes, and now it's about an hour (depending on if Jim is driving the speed limit, or 110 [like he was this Friday, as we were in the Mustang [top down] and racing a nasty storm]).

Melissa and Mike welcomed their son Brody in March of 2007, and he is a doll. (Brody was a preemie like Seth, and it was such a blessing to use his preemie clothes when Seth came home from the hospital.) As you'll see in the pictures below, Brody is growing up, and is a pro at sharing toys and "toys" (read: power strips) with his new friend Seth.

Here you go, Seth.

You'll like this!

There you go!
Okay, fine, Mom, we'll play with something a little "safer."

~~~ Saturday, August 2 ~~~

Ah, sleep! I got up at my normal time to pump, but then Jim got up with Seth at 7:00 and let me sleep in until 8:00. Bliss!!! Getting to sleep in, just a little, on a beautiful Saturday with nothing on the agenda until 3:00 pm was the best little gift he could have given me all day.

We started the morning off with a trip to Costco, and then some tasks around the house: cleaning, laundry, cooking, and working on the deck. (The construction is finished, by the way. I'm in the process of getting together a chronology of before and after shots.)

Yum. 5 lbs. of strawberries for $6.00! Half of them were gone in a week. (I froze the other half for later.)

Ever observant from his newest "favorite" perch.

Daddy working away.

Almost done!

The afternoon took us to Walbridge for Ezekiel's 3rd birthday party. Fun, fun, fun, and Sara never disappoints with her cooking. Instead of traditional cake, we had yummy cupcakes, lemon meringue pie, and blueberry pie. Mmm!

Then, it was off to Andy's not-so-much-a-surprise 30th birthday party in Perrysburg. Sara and I were gracious enough to let Doug and Jim head off in the Mustang while Sara and I loaded up Tabitha and Seth in the Suburban. Now, this wouldn't have been too great a sacrifice on our parts except that Tabby, who is about 4 months old, does not have the best relationship with her carseat. My, oh, my can that girl scream! You can't really tell what she's doing in the picture below, but it's pretty obvious that Seth does not appreciate the noise. (About 10 minutes into the drive, he simply turned his head to the left, and went to sleep!) this is what twins would be like.

Following Brody's example: "Here, Tabby, put these in your mouth!"

~~~ Sunday, August 3 ~~~

A normal morning at church, followed by an impromptu cookout with Joel, Kristen, and baby Emily, and Craig and Steph (baby B due 4 months from today!) Seth's contribution was to guard the juice. =)

Seriously, Mom?

The weekend was so normal, so ordinary, so perfect. I hope this coming one is just like it -- nothing on the agenda, really. No plans, no "major tasks to accomplish or else" (although there is always something, you know?), no reason to do anything but enjoy being a family.

Thanks for your patience in waiting for new news (and putting up with my "bad day" posts in the meantime).

Coming soon:

  • Last weekend's trip to Jerry and Nikki's;
  • (we hope for) Baby Olive's arrival -- Sara is in labor as I type; and
  • the countdown to Dan and Margie's wedding (yippee!!! Seth and Jim's first trip to great state of California and the Pacific Ocean!). Stay tuned!