Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Last night was also the last night of John and Kate Plus 8. This is the one show that I truly watch. I will work to be able to see it. Last night, I said up way late past my party to be able to record it (I was using the TV during the party so I couldn't record then). I can't believe it is over. I know there are a lot of opinions about this family, but I loved watching the kids. I am very sad to see it go. I hope to hear updates down the road as to how they are doing.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
This is not all that has happened in our yard over the past 2 weeks. Zach has been very busy saving multiple trees and destroying one small tree. As you see in the picture below, he has pulled endless vines off of trees. Notice the tree on the right vs the tree on the left. The pile on the ground is from the tree on the right only. The tree he took out of the ground was one that was growing out of another tree and looked a little ugly. The 60-70 degree weather has made this work a little easier to do.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Lisa let everyone play with her hair to move forward on the game board.
You can't really see, but that is 4 boxes of graham crackers (a regular in my lunch), 7 boxes of potatoes (2 servings each), OJ, cookie dough, and 3 things of Dr. Pepper (a major rarity but for 55 cents each, I thought Zach would be so excited...he was:D). That makes 16 items for $9.
For those who are worried, that is just what was on sale this week. This week I will be stocking up on frozen veggies (mostly for Zach).
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I decided that I could rescue it and I turned it into this. Definitely not what I had in mind, but it did taste amazing thankfully.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
The above 2 pictures are the two walls that have been finished since my last post on the progress of this room. If you would like to see the rest of the room, you can go here and here to previous posts.
To see the before, go here.
On the fixing end of things...Zach and Dr. Bob fixed the curtain rod, toilet, and began fixing our front lights to be on a light sensor. In addition, they gifted us with a pole that extends out with a saw and clippers on the end to cut dead branches of tress. Zach had fun with that today. What a weekend!
Zach fixing the toilet. Might I mention that it was a timely break since we had experience in the form of Dr. Bob to help.
Zach using the new tool to cut down dead limbs.
Monday, October 12, 2009
My favorite part.
Today, Zach was cleaning spiderwebs off the windows, etc. When I came home, he said, "I am not sure why I am cleaning spider webs off the windows so that you can replace them with fake ones." Thank you honey for making room for my spider web:D
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
As I was walking out the front doors, a guy walking out behind me said, "That was quick."
I gave him a confused look and said "What?"
Guy: "Oh, I must have the wrong person."
He continued to look at me as we went different directions in the parking lot.
Guy: "Weren't you just in the weight room?"
Guy: "You weren't in there for very long"
Me: "No, I wasn't. I did cardio first and was just doing some things in the weight room before leaving."
Guy: "You might not want to make a habit of that."
Well, thank you Mr. As a matter of fact, I didn't make a habit of it. Today, I didn't exercise at all. That means zero time in the weight room. I am sure that is what he would have wanted.
This past Friday night, The Farewell Drifters were asked to play the Full Moon Pickin Party at Percy Warner Park. Later that night, they had their last showcase of the week at IBMA. We piled into the van and headed to the park. Because of crazy traffic, we got to the park a little after 7pm which is when they were supposed to begin playing. To say the least, things were hectic.
The boys piled out of the band and threw things together on stage. I was trying to figure out merch stuff when Zach asked me to get his water bottle out of the band. When I bringing it back to him, a lady stopped me to tell me about merch stuff. I dropped off the water bottle and then got working on setting up merch. After I finished this, I sat down to watch the show. I few songs in, I put my hands in my pocket to realize I didn't feel the keys. I started retracing everything I did. I was pretty sure that I didn't lock them in the car. I was pretty sure, but not at all positive that I didn't hand them to Zach with his water bottle. But where could they be? I had to have given them to Zach. When the boys finished, Zach came back to the merch tent and asked me for the keys. Uh oh.
So the search began. I forgot to mention that we parked behind the stage, so I was trying not to cause a scene as I searched. After 15 minutes of searching, I found them under someone's camping chair cover.
The sad part is that it is not shocking that I lost the keys. As noted by to incidents in the past week, this is not uncommon for me. Since I have been driving, I have had this problem. The house ordeal is a newer one. I must have some genetic defect that involves keys. Anyone know of anything like that?
Sunday, September 27, 2009
After a few hours of hanging out, we decided to take some cookies to another friend who does not currently have a car and was stuck at home on a Saturday night (no fun at all). So out the door. We climbed into the Blazer. This is when I decided to get the map out of Focus since I had never been to this friend's house before. At that moment, I realized I had locked my keys in the house. This meant, no map and no way to get back into the house (our friends lost their spare key and Zach was out of town). Oops. After returning from the cookie drop off, we attempted to break into the house. We tried the credit card deal, we tried popping the cover off the kitty door. No luck at all. Then my friend realized that we could completely take the kitty door off by undoing some screws. It worked!!!
I have now put the head of the screws on the inside of the door, so no luck in the future. I need to get someone a spare key. I go to put up some tools in the garage to find 3 cats in the garage. I try to chase them out, but I can't figure out if they are out or not. I would think they were out and then after a few minutes I would see them lurking around again. Eventually I gave up and just closed the garage door. I put some treats on the inside, so that I would know if they were in there.
This morning when I woke up and opened the door, the treats were gone. I looked around and found no cats. So, off to church. When I returned, I opened my car door to meows. I found the cat, which ran off and out of the garage. There are still possibly more cats in the garage. We shall see.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
For the past two weeks, I don't believe that Zach and I have had a single day without something planned. From house warming parties to music videos. That's right, music videos. Josh and Dean from The Farewell Drifters were playing with one of our friends and he wanted them in the music video. The band needed an audience and so Zach and I went along to be a part of the audience. At the last minute, The Farewell Drifters ended up recording a music video as well since everything was already set up. I am a little worried about being in both videos. In general, I don't like video cameras capturing me. At the same time, I am really excited to see what it looks like. Hopefully it won't be too long. I will be sure to post it when it comes out.
We also had the pleasure of going home to see my family. We do not go home enough. I got to see a lot of my family. I got to spend some time with my grandparents which is such precious moments to me. They mean more than they will ever know to me. I consider my grandparents a part of my immediate family (mom, dad, sister, brother and grandparents). I saw them every week growing up and they went with us on most vacations. My grandfather is the most humble, gentle, wise, loving, etc man I know. I look up to him beyond words can describe.
In addition to my grandparents, I also got to spend time with my aunt, cousin, and second cousin. They all are so much fun to be around and I wish that I could see them more often than I. I have such an amazing family.
Life has come to a sudden halt for me over the past 2 days, as I am sick. Zach is out listening to a band and I am semi-babysitting (I am just here while she is sleeping as I sick and should not really be around her much). I hope I get well soon though because I would like to go the state fair and the Shakespeare in the Park this weekend. We shall see.
Monday, August 24, 2009
We began the weekend with a game night at some friends' house. It was a lot of fun.
On Saturday, I spoke at a school (John School) for first time offenders of soliciting prostitutes. I spoke about how their actions cause the demand for human trafficking. I educated them in general on human trafficking. It was a really interesting experience that I am glad I did. I had not spoken in public in quite a while and I was visibly nervous. I am hoping my nerves will be a little calmer next time.
Once I got home, it was off to TPAC for Say You! Say You! is a NPR show that I would describe as an improv word game show. The Farewell Drifters were the house band for the show. It was a lot of fun to be there for the taping. I had no idea anything about the show, but I was laughing a lot. If you want to listen out for it, it should be airing in early October. Exact dates depend on your area.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Zach and I slept in the corner of the main living room on a futon. At some point during the first night, I heard a familiar sound that I wanted to ignore. I tried to ignore it, hoping I was wrong. After some amount of time, Zach confirmed my fear when he grumbled "I think Smokey (the Bevill's cat) is chasing something". He turned on the light and sure enough, Smokey was chasing a mouse. Zach asked me what to do. I told him to get a towel to catch the mouse with (I had seen this done many times in my own house growing up with chipmunks our cats brought in). As he got up to get the towel, I got out of bed to check out the situation. As Zach was coming back with the towel, I mentioned, "Aww, he is kinda cute (referring to the mouse)". At this, Zach threw me the towel. Later he said it was because he thought I should be in charge of catching it if I thought it was cute. I think he just didn't want to do it. Smokey had the mouse under her paws and I made my first attempt and failed. I don't think I captured the little guy until my third attempt. I wanted Zach to take a picture of me with the mouse, but he was not amused by that idea. I took the mouse outside and released him. It took me awhile to get to sleep because I was laughing so hard at Zach throwing the towel at me without any explanation. Good memories:D
Monday, August 17, 2009
Since we were up that way, we stayed with our friends. It was a very nice, relaxing weekend. I did a horrible job documenting the weekend. I only took 2 photos of Zach on our friend's motorcycle. Other than sitting on their motorcycle, we went out the country to some of their family's land. They have this beautiful log cabin that family members built. I loved just sitting out on the front porch. There was also some time spent playing (for me, listening to) bluegrass. We also ate good food, listened to some live music, went to the local farmer's market, etc.
What another great weekend to add to the summer:D
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Every year (I think for the past 18 years), my in-laws go up to the Northwoods of WI to spend a week in a cabin. There are many cabins in the resort area that are filled with families who have been coming as long as my in-laws, some longer. There is no TV or wireless in the cabins leaving time to spend time together. This magical place is called Boyd's.
The days revolve around family style meals served in the main lodge. In between meals, time is passed by napping, fishing, reading, puzzling, bike riding, washers, etc.
This year was as amazing as any with a few special memories...
Giving my father-in-law stitches after a muskie tried to bite off his thumb. He is a doctor and I attempted to follow his directions in how to use the sterile materials he always has on hand just in case someone needs stitches. It is not surprising that with 4 boys, this was not the first case of stitches at Boyd's and probably won't be the last. You might be asking, how were you chosen for such a task? Honestly, I was the only who was excited by the thought and so I was kinda self-elected:D
I got to know my grandparents-in-law much better. There is a lot more to them than what I had gotten to know at family gatherings. Much of this time together was spent on attempting to put together puzzles. I helped work on 3 different puzzles over the week (they kept seeming to get harder). One thing I learned about my grandfather-in-law is that he really likes to sing. He was always singing a new tune, most of which I had never heard before. One that I helped him remember the words to was "If You're Happy and You Know It".
I also had a great time participating in boot camp and the kid's relay races. I legitimately lost the sack race to a group of young boys:( Thankfully Zach was on my team in the blind row boat race, so that we could beat Mark, his brother, and Mark's girlfriend. No worries, we didn't race any children in that relay.
As with every year, I got to spend some great time with my in-laws. They are amazing and I feel so blessed to have in-laws that I look forward to spending a week with.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
There was also playing with the children in the street. And taking care packages to the children that are sponsored by individuals in our church. This is probably what impacted me the most. The sponsored children live for notes from their sponsored families. We went into many homes where photos of their sponsored families were hanging on their cement block walls with the most recent letter. I had the privilege of being a face to represent their sponsor and to let them know how much their sponsor loves them. Some sponsors were there with us and got to meet their families for the first time. There were a lot of tears.
One of the biggest thanks about the trip was the team. The team worked great together. There was pretty much no complaining. People were sick, people got hurt or had a hard time, but just kept going without complaint and a lot of time with good spirits. Everyone found where they felt they wanted to be (kitchen, construction, playing with kids, taking a break, etc) and no one complained that someone wasn't where they were supposed to be or that too many people were in one place. Overall, a great atmosphere to work in.
The last two days, we got to participate in some adventures. One day we went to Lake Atitlan to go ziplining and on a boat ride. The boat ride was my favorite. Lake Atitlan is a lake surrounded by volcanoes and is actually a volcano that blew it's top. The water was so clear and the surroundings were amazing. I could have stayed in the middle of that lake forever. The other adventure we took was climbing a volcano to see hot lava flowing. I had no idea how hard it would be to climb a volcano. Think of trying to climb a mile high gravel pile. And, I happened to be very sick that day, so overall a rough climb, but well worth the trip to stand about 2 feet from flowing lava! For those who were not sick, they toasted sandwiches over cracks in the rocks and roasted marshmallows. An unforgettable experience.
PS Some of my favorite ways I got to experience the culture was by carrying a sack of potatoes on my head from the market and jumping onto the back of a chicken bus. Feel free to ask me more about these next time you see me:D
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
And a VERY smelly house.