Thursday, June 26, 2008

Another Kentucky trip

Well, Michael is on his way home from another Kentucky trip. It has been long but he made it there safely and is now on his way home. He'll get in sometime in the middle of the night tonight. The kids are excited. Zane wanted him to be home in time to see their closing program from Bible school but he won't make it. We'll take pictures though. They have loved Bible school again this summer. This year the theme is playing on God's team or something like that. For their program they get to wear baseball shirts and hats if they want to. Of course they want to! I love listening to the songs. They are great. Blessed be the Rock and I don't want to be a goat, nope, nope, nope, nope. They also collected old glasses for kids in the phillipines and money to buy more glasses. Their little group collected 20 glasses in 2 days. Not bad. The girls get really excited about that because they know they are helping other kids and since they both wear glasses it makes it even more relevant for them.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Don't look at my bum Lala

This morning I was changing Zeke's poopy diaper and Olivia was sitting on the floor next to us. She was just playing with a toy and then she stopped and kind of looked towards Zeke. Zeke stuck out his arm towards Lala and told her "don't look at my bum, Lala." I wish I didn't have to look at his bum when it is stinky like that!

Zane's ears

Yesterday the boys were playing in the coverall throwing dirt all over each other. They were covered from head to toe in dirt. Even after swimming all afternoon they were still filthy, especially inside thier ears. Zane's were the worst. They were just black from dirt on the inside. Sometime while they were swimming, Zane layed down on the grass under his towel and went to sleep. I brought him inside after a few minutes and he finished his nap in bed. Anyways, after their showers last night, I cleaned out their ears with baby oil and q-tips. I was teasing Zane about having so much dirt in there that he could grow a garden or hide bugs. Well, just after I finished saying that, I started cleaning in that little flap right above the earhole. He yelled ouch and I looked and realized that I wasn't cleaning dirt, but a tick! YUCK! I quietly told Michael and he got the tweezers and carefully removed the tick. It was in there pretty good and it was in a hard place to get it out. We told the boys no more playing in the coverall and no more sleeping in the grass. We checked the rest of the kids for ticks and found none, thank goodness. Zane has very clean ears now (and they smell good too).

Friday, June 20, 2008

Daddy's home!

Michael made it home last night (or I should say early this morning) at about 3am. I was glad to see him make it. These trips get long - for him especially because he is driving, but also for me because I am at home knowing that he is driving by himself all night. Hopefully he won't have to make another one in the near future. Now we just have to get him geared up to get to Tennessee in a couple of weeks. At least I will be driving with him this time and we will have a few days to stay before we have to turn around and do it again.

Zane and Olivia had their immunizations yesterday. It went as well as could be expected. Zane got 5 shots - one in each arm, one in one leg and two in the other. His leg was pretty sore last night after playing in the water and going to t-ball. Olivia had 6 shots - one in each arm and 2 in each leg, and a finger poke. She wasn't at all happy with the nurses. She did fine the rest of the day. The doctor looked at her foot that she turns in so bad and he said everything looked fine structurally so not to worry about it unless she has problems once she starts walking. She does seem to be more aware of how to use it as she gets more mobile.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A day at the zoo

Michael left yesterday on one of his Kentucky trips. The kids always get kind of antsy when he is gone and their schedules are off so we decided to make a fun day today. We got up and did our chores and then loaded up and went to Watertown. We went to Target and Shopko. Then we went through the McDonalds drive-thru and went to the zoo and had a picnic lunch. After lunch, we walked around the zoo for quite a while and looked at all the animals. We got to see the penguins swimming, three baby buffalo, a zebra, camels, alligators and a little baby bird laying on the sidewalk dying. The kids were quite disturbed by the last thing, so we found some workers and told them. Hopefully they did something with it before more kids came. Anyways, it was a fun day. We ended it by going to the dollar store, Walmart and getting an ice cream cone for the ride home. We left at 10 this morning and got home around 4:30 this afternoon. We called Michael and talked to him before he went to bed, went to Hendricks and watered all the flowers downtown and in the park (4-H duties), took bathes and went to bed. We should all sleep good tonight! Tomorrow we have immunizations for Zane and Olivia, playdates for some and t-ball. Plus we have to clean the house since we ignored it today - and we thought the summer would allow us to slow down! At least most of it is a fun busy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Maddi's new glasses


Maddi got new glasses this week. She had been complaining about headaches so we took her in to get checked and found out she is far-sighted. She picked out her glasses all on her own and she looks really cute in them.

Happy Father's Day




Energy levels were high at our house on Father's Day. The kids were so excited to give Michael surprises and tell him happy father's day all day long. They were even more excited when he shared his treats with them. We gave him his prizes on Saturday because he would need some of them in the morning. We got him some work clothes from the thrift store and a shirt that says "Dad Rocks". Then we got treats and other small things and filled a pair of pants and a shirt and made it into kind of a daddy scarecrow. Then the kids sat on the couch next to it when he came in to see it. They got him cereal that turned the milk blue for breakfast and all his favorite treats. Then they got him a t-ball set to play with them. He shared his cereal with them Sunday morning. Olivia especially looked good in the blue color. Then to top it off, Maddi threw up before church so he got to stay home! We have had some question him about how much he paid Maddi but so far they both deny it!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Father's Day Poem

I wrote this for the primary kids to give to their fathers this Sunday. I thought I would share it with all of you.

Dear Dad, you are my favorite guy.
There are so many reasons why.
You play with me instead of rest.
You help me be my very best.
You teach me how to throw a ball.
You take me shopping at the mall.
You take me out on camping trips.
You fix my kite when it rips.
You help me learn important things,
Like how to pump on the swings.
I've learned to swim and ride a bike,
To roast marshmallows just how I like.
So many htings I've learned from you,
Zipping my coat and tying my shoes.
There's wrestling matches and piggy back rides.
You're someone in whom I can confide.
High fives, Good jobs, and Way to goes!
The tickle monster getting my toes,
Goodbye hugs and goodnight kisses,
Digging for worms and dandelion wishes,
All of this and so much more
Make the Dad that I adore.
So thank you, Dad, for all you do.
No matter what I'll always love you!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Day at the Races





On the last day of school we picked the girls up and headed to Minneapolis. Lorie had a horse racing on that Saturday and she invited us to come watch. We spent the night in a hotel and went swimming. It was nice to get out of town for a few days. Saturday we swam some more, and found a park to play in while we waited for the races to start. Bob and Lorie reserved a table for us up in the posh area. We had also invited some friends to come so they met us there. Lorie gave each of the kids $2 a piece for each race to bet on their favorite horse. We would go down and watch the horses some in and pick out which horse to bet on and then Lorie would go place their bet for them. Lala won $8.40 and Dillon won $4.80. When our horse raced we got to go meet the jockey and watch him mount the horse and then we got to watch the race from the owners' box. It was fun. We got third (there was a jockey issue) instead of the expected first, but the kids loved it. After the races were over we played on the playground at Canterbury Park and then went home. The kids slept most of the way home. The races are always a fun place to be. We'll go back in July when Michael has to go for a sale at Canterbury. Anyone want to come?

Tae Kwan Do





The girls and I have found a new hobby. We started Tae Kwan Do. It's pretty fun. The girls especially love it. They have gone for two weeks. Yesterday was my first day. We'll see how much I still love it when I have to do the rolls and flips. I'm not sure my body moves like that any more.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Rain, rain go away!

It has been raining since last week sometime with only a day here and there that the sun came out. Today we are at moderate to high risk of tornado action, large hail and flash flood. It's supposed to keep raining through Tuesday. I must say that summer vacation would be a lot more fun if we could go outside and play. The kids are going crazy as well as the mom! At least the crops are in and the farmers can enjoy the rain.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Lilacs in Bloom

Our lilacs along our driveway are blooming and I love it. Someone brought some to church yetserday too and it smelled so good during primary. Of course when I smell lilacs one person always comes to mind and that is Katie. She loves lilacs and her yard in Rupert always smelled good this time of year. It brings back many memories. So to Katie, I love you and miss you.