Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The things Bri left me with...

Bri left on a business trip this week to St. Louis and left me with a few things...

On Monday I was informed that a package is coming and I needed to get it out of the cold AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. No, it wasn't for my birthday... It was a package of live red ants!! Yes, you read it right. He is doing another scientific experiment this time with Shaylee and this time instead of flies, ants... So, they were supposed to come while he was here, but of course they died in the mail so he had to order new ones which came on my watch. And, to make it even better, on the package it says, "CAUTION, DO NOT TOUCH ANTS, THEY WILL STING!!" Then it proceeds to tell you what to do in case you get stung for about a paragraph. In the next paragraph it says, "Transfer the ants out of the shipping tube as soon as possible."

If you know me well, you know how much I hate bugs, insects, mice etc. etc. Anything that crawls. I really hate them. Whenever we have a spider in the house, I try to pretend to be brave in front of my girls, I grab a shoe and hit it as hard as I can. So, I am secretly terrified to put these ants in their new habitat. We decided to put them in the fridge for a few minutes to make them "slow" and then try to put them in. Since it was Shaylee's experiment, she should be the one to do it right? So she did... (: I armed her with gloves of course, and we went onto the sidewalk while they were "slow" and she proceeded to dump them in their new home. Just so you know, the hole to get them in is tiny, so this was quite hard. But, I was so proud of her, I was shaking, but she was fine. Then, she dropped a few on the sidewalk, but she grabbed each one carefully and put them in!!! Yay yay yay for Shaylee!!! Thank goodness she likes bugs.

Okay, the other thing he left me with was a couple of snow days. This whole season we haven't had one and we were so disappointed. Bri usually gets those days off too, so it's always a fun family day for us when there is a snow day. Well, this week while he has been gone we have already had two!! I have to say it hasn't been that bad though. We have actually been having a good time playing games and sledding (in the little snow that we have) and having hot chocolate etc. But, one of those days was my birthday so it was a little sad not to have him here to share it with... My girls were great though. They tried really hard to not fight with each other (I had to remind them a few times) and they even brought me toast and water in bed!! Amazing huh? Ya, it was great. Then they made me pictures, Shay made me a game I can play with (out of paper) and Tera made me a calendar and wrote me a letter that said, "Someday I would like to be you. You are so nice and hot and so I will give you a calendar." What?? That totally made me laugh. I had to make sure that she really meant "hot" and she said she did. Oh geez... I guess they listen to Bri's little remarks more than I thought...

Friday, January 23, 2009

HD... Here we come!!

So, if you have ever talked to my husband for longer than ten minutes or so, you probably know how much he wants an HDTV. Yes, he wants it that bad. Over the past say, about three years he has wanted one and has given subtle hints on a continual basis (which is actually not like him unless he wants something BAD). At first it totally surprised me. I really thought he was kidding. We really aren't the kind of people who typically get the biggest baddest thing on the market. I don't know, I guess we are too practical and a little cheap. I mean, we just got a cell phone for the first time about two years ago. And yes, I don't buy anything unless it is on sale. It just kills me.

When his little hints first started coming, I thought it was just a phase. But then, he got his friends and the Bishop in on it. Yes Bishop, I remember that night at your house where everyone tried to talk me into it. I thought to myself, "they don't know who they're talking to". I mean, HDTV's were so expensive and totally out of our price range. We really were perfectly happy with our little 29 inch analog tv (at least I was). It fit our needs. And, if we really wanted a great movie night, we have friends (thank you Turpins) with the whole shabang... I mean really???

But, the hints still came and more rapidly and finally he started sinking the idea into my head. I guess you probably know the ending... we did it. We bought a Samsung 50 inch HGTV (on sale by the way!) and we are so excited!!! Yes, I am excited too. Okay, I have to say, I thought we had made a mistake when I saw that HUGE box come out. I mean, it was huge!! It wasn't until we hung it on our wall that I realized we should have gotten the 60 inch tv. Ha ha, just kidding. Anyway, it is great and not as big as I thought when we are watching from all the way across the room.

So there you have it... he is getting to me. Or maybe I am getting a little soft. I mean, you have to enjoy life a little right?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Chitty and the Orchestra...

You know that old movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with the flying car? Well, my kids love it. Okay, Bri and I do a little too. But my kids absolutely love it!! You know, it seems the really old cheesy movies are the ones that my kids love the best. Hmmm.... go figure. I guess I am a little on the old fashioned side too, in a way.

Anyway, about that movie, we decided to break the bank a little this year and go see the musical at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore. We got our tickets about three months ago (before the Christmas crunch) and waited patiently for it to come. Well, we finally got to see it and it was awesome!! I guess I thought we broke the bank a little more than we did though, because I thought I remembered buying pretty good seats, but it turns out we were third from the top! Yes, it was so so crowded for our long legs, but since no one sat in front of us we just stretched out. It was great, and totally worth it. Our favorite part by far was when Chitty sails up in the sky and everyone cheers... Go see it if you ever get the chance, it was so fun!!

Okay the other fun thing we did the last couple of weeks is that we got to see Teralyn's first concert with her orchestra as a violinist. I have to say I wasn't expecting much when I asked Teralyn what they were going to play and she said, "my teacher said not to worry about the songs". I had to chuckle at that one. I really was surprised that they played anything to tell you the truth (since the practices have been a little.... absent), but they did very well on the songs, "The A note" and "The G Note". It was great I tell you, and I got some pictures to go with it!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Teralyn the Speller

I have some not so great spellers in my family. Yes, It's true. I will admit it. I didn't realize this when I agreed to marry my husband. You would have thought that he would have told me huh? I mean, who knew that all of our little offspring would get this wonderful trait from him. Okay, okay, I shouldn't blame it all on him. I am not a born fantastic speller either. It took some hard work. Although, I have to say I always thought I was. I won two spelling bees in elementary school. I thought I was on top of the world. I mean I thought I was amazing! Who knew that I once had problem with spelling? I sure didn't, at least not until I got married. Then one day my mom mentioned that she couldn't believe that I had won those spelling bees because I was horrific! What!? All this time I had thought I was an amazing speller. You mean all those years of being so confident in my spelling attributes was all a hoax? So, I have finally come to the conclusion that I am just great at memorizing. Yes, this is all it takes for a spelling bee right? It goes to show what a little determination will do...

So, to the point of my story, my Teralyn knows she is not a great speller. She has had many a night with tears while we go over and over her spelling words and then we still see those check marks. She is a wonderful reader, but when it comes to spelling it just isn't there. At least it wasn't until now...

Yesterday was the annual spelling bee in Tera's class. She has been studying for about three weeks on her words. Every night going over and over them. Man, I was so glad that spelling bee was finally coming to and end. Well, out of everyone in her class she came up third!! Unfortunately she didn't get to go on to the grade bee, but it didn't matter. Considering what she has been through as far as spelling it was amazing!!! We were so proud!

Now, on to Shaylee's....

Friday, January 9, 2009


I am dying to go running again. I know that sounds crazy, but it's amazing how much it helps me to feel good about myself. I started it last March (almost a year ago), took off for a few months for a sprained ankle, but have come back and am finally loving it. Okay, I shouldn't say "loving it". It's hard, and sometimes I want to quit. Some days are harder than others of course, and sometimes I have to take one step at a time to meet my goal, but it always feels so good when I do. The ice and rain are the hardest times for me, and I have to say if it wasn't for my husband who rolls me out of bed every morning it would be much tougher.

My goal is a half marathon. No, I'm not quite halfway there, but almost... I am getting so I can do almost four miles a day. Now, I need to get past that point. One of my biggest problems is time. I go at 6:30 in the morning, but need to be back in enough time for Brian to go to work. I can't go much earlier (it's pretty dark even at 6:30), I am already pushing day light. Hmmm.... maybe treadmill will be in my future.

So, for the past couple of weeks I have had a cold or allergies or something, and I haven't been running. It's amazing the change in my attitude. It seems it affects every part of my life. When I run I feel better about myself, and this helps me treat my family better, then they feel better about themselves, thus being more productive in their work, friends, etc. etc. Who knew that running go do such a thing. I guess there are a lot of people who know that, it just took me a little longer. Well, I guess I'm finally on the band wagon (as soon as I get over this cold!!).

Monday, January 5, 2009


Yes, it has been quite a while since I have written. I have to say now that my older girls are in school again, life is finally coming back to normal so hopefully I will be getting my routines back. I could spend all day blogging about what we've been up to, but don't worry, I won't. I'll just make a quick list of our December and early January events...

*Annual work Christmas party - my kids love this! They get to see Santa (Raegan's favorite part, see below), watch circus shows and reptile shows, eat lots of yummy food, and all the ice cream bars they want. It's great.

*Shay's basketball on Saturdays- Yes, my Shay started basketball. I have been amazed at how aggressive those little girls can get. I think Shay was pretty amazed too. I don't think she realized it was okay to grab the ball when someone else looked like they wanted it... She is getting much better. (:

*Gingerbread house- I know this is a tradition in many families, but this year was so much fun cause we let the kids do what they want (I guess I am getting a little more lax as the years go on). Raegan was a hoot! She basically sat on the table eating the candy as fast as she could. Then the girls decorated her face with frosting and then painted their own face. I can't believe what I let them get away with now....

*Annual Christmas lights at Symphony Woods- We let our kids take turns driving through this, then we quickly pull over and buckle them up asap at the end. They love it!

*Christmas Adam sleepover- Bri sleeps with our girls every year on Christmas Adam. The girls look forward to it all season. What a sweet dad, I tell you!

*Christmas Eve at the Turpins- Every year we go eat fondue on Christmas eve at the Turpins and do a manger scene at the end. Very fun!

*Christmas- Well, we didn't have any family over this year, but it was wonderful anyway. We had our tradition of waking up before the girls and cooking a yummy breakfast over candle light (hot chocolate, quiche, muffins, sausage, egg nog). Then when everyone is done, we go in youngest to oldest. I know, how mean to make them wait huh? They love the anticipation though and so do we.
That night we went to our friends, the Suttons for Christmas dinner, chatting, and some good old karaoke! It made the day so much better to spend it with friends.

*Hair disaster- In all my life I have never seen a hair knot like I saw in my little Ashtyn's hair this last week. I spent hours trying to get it out with conditioner, water, even peanut butter. Who knows how it happened, but it was bad so we finally had to cut it out. Thus resulting in Ashtyn's first real hair cut...

*New Years Eve- We decided to break a tradition for a year and spend this evening at a friends house. We went to the Larkins and had some awesome food, while our kids happily left us to the basement for their own made up carnival. It was great! We then came home around 10:00, decided we were too tired, so spent the midnight hour happily snoring away...

*Two weeks of no school - Okay, I was so happy that this morning came. Although we had a great two weeks, I feel so out of my routines. My girls have been busy doing spelling every day (trying to catch up), piano every day, chores, reading, and play. With all this and meals every few hours, it's been hard to find time for much else. So, it is relieving to be somewhat normal today (although preschool hasn't started yet).