Saturday, December 29, 2007
"I got the best kids ever!"
This lady in front of me turns around and in this totally serious face and tone says.Im sorry, but I have to disagree with you.Then she started to giggle and smiled. So I looked at her (with a surprised look on my face) and then broke out with..
"WE got the best kids ever!!!"
She started cracking up laughing out loud and said.. Ok, I can deal.
It was the funniest thing ever.
I'll write about Christmas tomorrow.
I have to check on Ashlyn, she's having some probs with her breathing.
So far no coughing or wheezing, but she's breathing really fast and has been crabby all evening. Lets cross our fingers she stays out of the hospital.
Lots of Love,
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Yeah, that picture is my little Katey bug.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
We have been looking for a Green Machine everywhere. We wanted to get one for Brandon. I have called Walmart, ToysRus, Target, Kmart.... nobody here has one in stock. I thought we could have it shipped but it will be $87 to ship it in time for Christmas. As a last desperate attempt to locate one, I tried the Quad Cities ToysRus and they had 1 left in stock.
Carol went and picked it up.... YES! Carol ROCKS !!!
Thanks soooooooo much!
Lots of Love,
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
We usually dont even understand what she is trying to say. She usually has the wrong word meaning something else so we have to figure out what she wants because she is asking for it.
Anyway what I mean is.....I was sick the other day and told Ash to go ask Daddy to come give mommy a kiss. She goes out to the hall comes back in... "No I no want daddy" THen she climbs into bed with me and kisses me on my cheek. I again ask her to go ask daddy to come give me a kiss. She gets off my bed, puts her hands on her hips and huffs.... then she points to my cheek and says "mama, I already kiss your chicken"
It was soooo funny.
Hope you enjoyed.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
- Dave Barry
Personally, I cant stand.. Happy Holiday's...
Im a Merry Christmas kinda girl.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukka, Happy Holiday's... say what YOU want, but I'll return it with a Merry Christmas from me!
Guess it must be my argumentative mood today... Im in a funk!
Love you all,
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Well, we have a silly tradition that we have done ever since Kathryn was little. We go and make a snowball from the first snow of the year and we put it in the freezer. Then in the middle of summer, on a hot, hot day, we fill the bathtub with water and while the kids are taking their bath we throw in the snowball.Its really funny to hear the kids giggle and laugh, and watch how fast the snowball melts. Last night, Kathryn and Brandon went out when it first started snowing and made snowballs. They came in all excited holding up the first snowball of the year, and ran and put them into the freezer. Then they went back out to play. I didnt realize Ashlyn was watching them, but today when she was outside playing in the snow while Chris was plowing the drive. She made a snowball. She knocked on the door so I let her in. She held it up. "whoo hooo, snow snow" and went and put it in the freezer. Its really cute how much she tries to be like Sissy and Bro-Bro. Its also really nice that she will grow up with this silly tradition, and maybe someday they will all pass it on to their kids.
Lots of freezing cold Love,
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
things we don't want to know but have to learn,
and people we can't live without but have to let go.
Tonight I have sad news that my Uncle Jack has passed away.
Uncle Jack is my Grandpa's brother, my Father's uncle.
I didnt grow up spending a lot of time with Uncle Jack, but I always knew who he was. I was lucky to have worked with him for a while and do have some very nice memories of him. We are surprised by this and dont have details yet of what happened. There will be a family visitation tomarro evening, and a funeral on Thursday.
Its times like this that we need to love one another, and be thankful for our families. Tell the ones you love, that you love them, and hug your kids tight.
Lots of Love,
Monday, December 3, 2007
The tournement is a best 2 out of 3, double elimination game. I am in last place, which I am totally ok with, and usually the tournement comes down to Kevin Sr. against Kevin Jr. This year was a very exciting year as Jared, the youngest player, was the winner of the winners brackett, and was up against Kevin Jr. for the championship match. I think I can speak for everyone when I say we were all holding our breaths to see how this was going to turn out.
Jared gave Kevin quite the match, but with only a few balls left on the table... Kevin Jr. once again won! We were all very proud of our Jared for kicking it up this year and pleasently surprising everyone with new face in the final game.
Check out my pictures of the tournement! (click the link)
Now that you know how great the tournement was, let me tell you how fun it was to even get to the Quad Cities that day. We live just under 2 hrs from the QC near Chicago. Its a straight shot off of I-80 and is a very easy, boring drive to get home. NOT THIS TIME !
We left at about noon, as we wanted plenty of time to get there, visit with my family, and shower and get ready. We proceeded to get onto the interstate and went 1 mile and then sat, and sat, and sat for an hour. We finally start creeping along just to find out there was a 20+ car pile up on the interstate because of the winter storm that had come in, and we were being turned around in the median and sent back the other direction. Oh NO ! how to get home now?
As I said before, this is the most anticipated family event of the year and Chris would do anything to get there. So we get on our GPS and look up a alternate route. We get on US30 and start our slow slippery drive towards the QC. Once we get past the bridge we decide to try the interstate again and we had luckily past the point of the accident. We are now about 2 hours into the trip and have gone about 8 exits from our home... UGH !
So we are on our way, on a fairly empty interstate doing about 40 mph, very slow, but on our way none the less. We get about half way home and this car in front of us starts to swirve into the other lane and brake. We are not sure if this guy is sliding, spining, or what the heck he is doing so chris tries to slow down without causing us to slide.... all of a sudden there is a goose in the middle of the road and nothing we can do to avoid hitting him. It was so fast, and so sad.
We finally get to the QC at it is now 4:30... I couldnt belive our trip had taken almost 5 hrs. We scramble to get changed, bring in the suitcases and kids, and dog and get ready. The pool tourney starts in half an hour. Luckily the first hour is just practice so we are good. We are all ready to go, kiss the kids goodbye and WHAM !!! Power goes out. CRAP!
We scramble to find all the candles and flashlights and get them lit so we can jet. Papa gets back with KFC and the kids eat by candle light. Now we head out and on the way a transformer blows right in front of us, and I scream. The whole ride over was one after another transformers blowing and lighting up the sky. Ice was covering everything!
Alex decided to go pick up the kids and take them to BARBIE'S house. SHE was out of power too, but SHE had a generator and that way they could watch tv with Timmy and Maddie and have portable heaters to keep warm. I still can not believe how terrible the weather was, and had it not been for the tourney there would have been no way we would have headed home.
(Please note that Barbie noticed and corrected my mistakes, Thats why they are in green! Love you girl, that was so funny)
It was worth the trip, but maybe next year we can move the tourney into better weather season for the out of towners...
Thats all for now....
Lots of Love,
Monday, November 26, 2007
I love getting together with the whole family and not having the kids worried about when we are going to open presents, or do the egg hunt. Everyone just gets together and has a great time and you just think about what you are thankful for.
This Thanksgiving, although was yummy and a great family get together, was also filled with sadness. A great family friend, Gene Lindstrom had a terrible tractor accident and is no longer with us. Gene and his wife Jan, were best friends with Chris' parents. They were "traveling buddies". They had all just gone on a week long road trip and had the most wonderful time. As Carol put it in her speech, who knew that 48hrs later he would be gone. Carol also said that he was the most outgoing person she had ever met. He would talk to anyone, would always help anyone who needed it, and was just a wonderful caring person. He was a random act of kindness kinda person. So when you are out and about shopping for Christmas, try to look around and see if anyone needs help, say hello with a smile to the person next to you, and most of all, make sure you tell the people you love that you love them.
What are you thankful for this year?
I am thankful for my family, my children, my husband, all of my friends, and I am thankful to live closer to home. I am thankful that my children are healthy. I am thankful to have all of our parents and grandparents in our lives. I am thankful for all the love that surrounds me every single day. ( Im am thankful for my clothes, ha ha ha, remember that Cassie?)
Oh, and I am def. thankful for chocolate! : )
Everyone here at the Power house is doing pretty well.
Ashlyn is having some trouble with her breathing and is back on breathing treatments. We are hoping this doesnt land us in the hospital as it always has in the past.
Brandon's face is healing nicely, and he is still crazy as ever.
Kathryn is growing up way to fast for me, and is just beautiful... I am soo scared HA!
Chris is doing well with his job, still likes it, and has become quite the woodworking baker..
He enjoys building things out of wood, and can cook up a mean turtle pie and chocolate chip cookies. YUMMY! He's def. a hit with all the mom's on the train when he brings in chocolate.
I am busy cleaning like mad for Christmas.. I am very excited that my parents will be coming up Christmas eve and staying the night to be here Christmas day to open presents with the kids.
I hope we can turn this into a tradition.
I hope everyone is doing well, and had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I send you all Lots of Love,
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
He raked all the leaves into this HUGE pile in the center of the yard and Ashlyn followed him around like a shadow. She had a kid sized snow shovel and was helping Chris "clean the grass".
After they got all the leaves in to a pile we told her to jump in the leaves. She was laughing so hard and throwing the leaves into the air. It was really cute. We let Capone (our 5 mth Great Dane) out, and he went crazy in the leaves. He would run straight at the leaves and then leap into the center and he would bury his head under the leaves and then hop thru the entire pile.
The whole time he's doing this, Ashlyn is histerical laughing at him which just makes him more wound up. Even Chris and I were laughing it was so funny. I told him when we do the back yard we have to get a video clip and some pictures of the kids and the puppy playing in the leaves.
Watching them laugh and play in the leaves made me think... How lucky am I to have such a wonderful family? I must be the luckiest mom in the world.
We also got the kids new winter coats. Brandon's has a lighter jacket thats inside that is removable, and its an orange coat.. Hopefully people will be able to see him with such a bright coat.... lol Ashlyn's coat is bright light green and pink. She was so excited to get her new coat and she thinks she is so big wearing it. I'll get some pictures of her in her coat to share.
Kathryn and Chris just want it to hurry up and snow already.
Me??? Im ready for summer!