Thursday, July 31, 2008


Wednesday, July 30, 2008


I can't think of a good title to this post so all you get is hmmmmmmmm! I have been thinking alot about blogging lately. Mostly I have been thinking two things..who reads my blog?" and " Remember this is not your diary." I was thinking the first thought because my comment sections have been few and far between and you all know that I treasure the comments! The second thought has been coming to mind because lately I have wanted to write about certain issues and topics but then hesitate because, as I stated before..THIS IS NOT MY DIARY. And, seeing as though I will never truly know who reads this I have to be mindful of that. The thing about this kind of communication is that you may not be able to ever explain yourself. Sometimes it really dosen't matter but sometimes, lets face does!
Lots has been going on here. This past weekend Jeff and I went to Grand Rapids to a party at our friend's house in Ada. It was a lot of fun. We stayed the night and slept in till 9:30...glorious. This week has been busy with several things to do. One of which was Caroline's speech evaluation. I had her tested b/c although she says more words than her brother did, her annunciation stinks. She tested well and most likely won't need any therapy. But, they are concerned that she may have some hearing loss. She has a follow up test at the ENT from her getting her tubes in January in about two weeks so we will see then. Hopefully not! Poor little girl!
We are gettting ready for our annual South Haven trip with Jeff's family. I am excited to go but exhausted at the thought of it. I am determined not to be a crazy, stressed out mess though!
Hope everyone is having a splendid week...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wisconsin pics

Here are some pics that my sister took with her MUCH BETTER camera in Wisconsin. It should also be said that she is a much better photographer than me too! We're home at last and I couldn't be happier..all by myself in the basement blogging with a box of wine...just kidding about the wine part:)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Home, home...where are you?

I just can't stand to be away from blogger for too long, for here I am posting and I am not even home yet. I am back from WI at my parents house. Tommorrow the kiddies and I are visting some families I use to nanny for and then are headed home. Where I plan on dropping them off with their father and climbing into bed for several hours of sleep! A little dramatic..who me??:) Its been a very fun but very exhausting seven days. I had fun at my shower/party for my friend. Matthew and I had a great time swimming at my parents CC pool. Caroline decided to get sick again and got yet another runny nose and spiked a substantal temp as well. Then on Sunday night, Matthew got a high fever. We loaded them up and took them to my sister's house anyways. Thankfully they both recovered rather quickly. Yesterday we just hung out at her house as it was unseasonably cold. Today it was beautiful and sunny so we went to the beach. Caroline stayed back for a nap with Grandma.
I can't imagine how single moms do it. I am tired, I miss Jeff sooooooooooo much! Matthew has been sleeping with me for the last week and for such a little does he hog the bed!
I have some great pics..I will try and post tommorrow or Friday!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Simpsons a go go

The Simpsons..minus Daddy who has to stay back and work are about to hit the road..well on Friday but I am sure I won't have time to post between now and then. First we are going to Chicago so I can drop the kids at the burbs b/c on Saturday I have a shower and bachelorette party for my long time friend Beth who is getting married in Hawaii next month. No, I am not going :( Then on Sunday my mom and I are taking the kids to their country club for swimming and dinner. Matthew is so excited about this. My dad is always there golfing and so I think he might think he is going golfing too. Hopefully he will be ok just swimming. Then on Monday we're headed to Kohler, WI to see my sister and her family. We plan on going to their community pool and the beach. Kohler has some really beautiful beaches! I am excited to get away and see my sister and her kids. Its been since her father in law passed away since I have seen her last. Hopefully the kids will handle the traveling and disruption to their regular routines, especially with the sleeping. Also Caroline can be a holy terror in the car! Pray for me!!:)
Pics and posting in about a week...

Monday, July 14, 2008

Amen! ...Paul Harvey

I got this in an email today and thought it follows up my previous post just wonderfully!

Paul Harvey says:

I don't believe in Santa Claus, but I'm not going to sue somebody for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December. I don't agree with Darwin, but I didn't go out and hire a lawyer when my high school teacher taught his Theory of Evolution.

Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game. So what's the big deal? It's not like somebody is up there reading the entire Book of Acts. They're just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the game.

But it's a Christian prayer, some will argue.

Yes, and this is the United States of America, a country founded on Christian principles. According to our very own phone book, C hristian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1. So what would you expect -- somebody chanting?

If I went to a football game in Jerusalem, I woul d expect to hear a Jewish prayer.

If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer.

If I went to a ping pong match in China, I would expect to hear someone pray to Buddha. &n bsp;

And I wouldn't be off ended. It wouldn't bother me one bit.

But what about the atheists? Is another argument.

What about them? Nobody is asking them to be baptized. We're not going to pass the collection plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that's asking too much, bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession stand. Call your lawyer!

Unfortunately, one or two will make that call. One or two will tell thousands what they can and cannot do. I don't think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world's foundations.

Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before eating, to pray before we go to sleep. < /B> Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and their lawyers are telling us to cease praying.

God, help us. And if that last sentence offends you, well, just sue me.

The silent majority has been silent too long. It's time we tell that one or two who scream loud enough to be heard that the vast majority doesn't care what they want. It is time that the majority rules! It's time we tell them, You don' t have to pray; you don't have to say the Pledge of Allegiance; you don't have to believe in God or attend services that honor Him. That is your right, and we will honor your right; but by golly, you are no longer going to take our rights away. We are fighting back, and we WILL WIN!

God bless us one and all ... especially those who denounce Him , God bless America, despite all her faults. She is still the greatest nation of all. God bless our service men who are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God.

Let's make 2008 the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as the foundation of our families and institutions .. and our military forces come home from all the wars.

Keep looking up.
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Sunday, July 06, 2008


Here are some pics from the last couple weeks. I especially love the one of Caroline in her sleep sack with her shades on. Also take notice of her favorite toy..tampons! She could literally spend hours taking them out of the box and putting them back in. Its become a favorite morning routine as I get ready! We have had a fun and busy weekend. We were in the Schoolcraft parade and I actually drove one of the trucks..totally nerve racking with kids darting into the street. Afterwards we went to a neighbors for a picnic. Both the kids were really well behaved. Then at night we had a bonfire. Yesterday we went out to a friend's cottage on Gull Lake. I have a post brewing in my head in regards to some of the conversations I had out there. Hopefully I will get to it sometime soon. Today we went to church and listen to some amazing singing(thanks Jason, Holly and Jeannie) and heard a wonderful message. Came home to a relaxing Sunday at home. Trimed some bushes, weeded..etc! Hope your 4th was great!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Official stats

So yesterday was my 6 month check up. I am doing good, down 110 pounds and I have lost 16.5 inches from my waist and 10 inches from my hips...whoo doggie! They also took an "after" pic. I took a gander at the "before" pic and it wasn't too pretty! I am also down to a size 16 and I was topping the 28's.
I do need to up my protein intake. I have been experiencing pretty extreme dizziness when I stand up quite often. Sometimes to the point that I think I might faint..not good. The PA told me this long, scary story about what happens if you don't eat enough protein and lets just say I would rather not go down that path!
We had a good time with our friends from Chicago. Matthew and Caroline had fun playing with their little nine month old daughter. Its a good thing Caroline won't be a big sister though..that little lady doesn't like to share her mommy! If I tried to do anything for little Katherine she would freak out! It was kinda of cute, I have to admit. We're gearing up for a busy 4th weekend. Hope you enjoy yours!