Monthly Archives: March 2010

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learning to ride


This girl has no fear! I think that’s why it only took her a couple hours to almost master riding her bike. Last year, she still had her small bike with the training wheels. Zach got a new bike for his birthday last fall, so Chloe got his hand-me-downs. She hopped on it the other night while outside playing with Dad and Zach. When she came in, she announced to me that she had learned to ride her bike. I totally missed it. But tonight, she told me I had to come outside to see her riding and I was so impressed. She’s still a little wobbly, but she’s got it! I’m so proud!

jane austen and stuff

• Came across this little gem this weekend while browsing movies on Netflix. “Lost in Austen” is a fun, quirky retelling of Pride & Prejudice from the perspective of a girl who loves the world of Jane Austen more than her real life. Through strange (and unbelievable) circumstances, she switches places with Elizabeth Bennett and lives in the story. It was a mini-series in the UK a couple years ago and I really enjoyed watching it. Found the trailer on youtube:

• Still having some shoulder pain. It’s better than it was, but still annoying. Just want it to be normal again. Spent most of the weekend relaxing. Put the heating pad on a bit. Watched a lot of HGTV.

• Enjoyed church at TVC again on Sunday. We are really loving Pastor Jeff. He’s a great speaker and I’m getting a lot out of his sermons. Do sort of miss the comfort and familiarity of the church I grew up in, but am glad we stepped out of the comfort zone to try something new.

• Zach made the honor roll with all A’s and B’s. So proud of him!

• My camera made its way back to me safely. All fixed and they even cleaned the sensor for me. Yay!

• Just found out my sis-in-law Michelle is going to have a baby in the fall. Sort of unexpected (their youngest is a teenager now), but it’s exciting to welcome another baby into the family. My SIL Heather is due with her first baby in June, so it will be nice to have two little ones running around at family gatherings. :)

• Mom and I went walking this morning. It’s so nice to walk on clear sidewalks again. No more snow. We had lots of the nasty stuff when we woke on the first day of Spring, but by Sunday afternoon it had all melted away.

• The kids teacher conferences are this week. That’s really a sign that Spring Break is almost here. Can’t believe it’s almost April. Where did March go? Isn’t that the way it goes, though. In the winter months, when you want time to move along to get to Spring, the days go by at a snails pace. Now that we’re getting some nicer weather, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Ah well … such is life.

• I think it’s time for some serious Spring cleaning around here as well as some home improvement projects. We are in the process of figuring out how to make our current office into a bedroom for Chloe. The kids are getting older and it’s hard to get them to go to sleep when they’re in the same room. They stay awake and goof around for hours after bedtime and it’s just not working anymore. So we’ll probably be doing some painting and moving rooms around and getting Chloe situated in the next couple months. I think she’s kind of excited about the idea of having her own space. Zach is thrilled!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

happy st patrick’s day


I posted this same picture last year of my brother’s t-shirt on St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s fun so I’m posting it again. :)

On my mind today:

• The weather is glorious. 60 degree temps and sunshine! I’ll take it! The kids spent a couple hours outside after school yesterday riding their bikes and drawing on the sidewalk with chalk. I sat in a chair and read.

• Went to a new church on Sunday. Much different than my church growing up. Loud worship band. Pastor in jeans. Casual atmosphere. We really enjoyed it. The kids had a blast in their classes. They excitedly told me what they’d learned and both said they can’t wait to go back next week. This makes me extremely happy.

• Did something to my shoulder. Not sure if I slept wrong or what, but I woke up Sunday morning with a pinched nerve or a tight muscle. I don’t even know what is wrong, but it is difficult to turn my neck side to side and it’s hard to sit here at the computer for any length of time because my shoulder/back/neck start throbbing. I keep trying to go about the day as usual, pretending that it doesn’t hurt. I swept some leaves off our driveway last night and I regretted that later. Guess I should take it easy and heal.

• I’m starting to get excited for the kids’ Spring Break. Not that we have any grand plans, but it will be nice to have a week off the usual routine. Must think of some fun things to do around here. Need to start saving so we can possibly go on a vacation for Spring Break next year. We shall see.

• Watched the movie “Food Inc.” the other day. Wow! I was completely disgusted by the food industry. Made me realize that I need to be much more mindful of the foods we eat and where they come from. I’ve started researching local farms where we can get chickens that aren’t full of growth hormones and beef that’s from grass-fed cows. Found some great farm markets to check out this year, too. I highly recommend this film.

• Very excited that “New Moon” comes out on DVD this weekend. Yay!

• The kids are very excited for the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movie that opens in theaters this weekend. I think we’re going to see it the following weekend with friends.

• My camera is all fixed and scheduled to be delivered to me today! I’ll be so relieved to have my baby back in my hands again.

• Posted some pictures from my cousin’s wedding over on my biz blog yesterday. Such a happy day. I’ll leave you with a couple favorites. There are more HERE

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

cowgirl chloe


Today is Cowboy/Cowgirl day at school. Caught a quick picture this morning of my little cowgirl. :)

For anyone interested, the vintage look I used on the photo is from Pioneer Woman’s free action set.

Have a happy Wednesday everybody! Yeeeeeeehaaaaaa!

our weekend up north


After the strange week I had last week, I was so ready to get away to Traverse City this weekend for my cousin’s wedding. If you are facebook friends with me or follow my twitter updates, then you already know that I witnessed a car accident last Wednesday. I was waiting to turn left onto our street, completely stopped and waiting for oncoming traffic to clear, just minding my own business. A woman in the oncoming lane put on her blinker to turn left across in front of me. I thought she would stop before turning to see if any cars were coming around me in the lane to my right, but she didn’t. As she turned across, I glanced in my side mirror and saw someone coming full speed and I screamed (and scared the kids to death!) because I knew they were about to hit. I don’t think either of them expected the other to be there at all and the car coming around me smashed right into the side of the woman’s car. I just sat there for several seconds, completely shocked that she had actually turned without looking and afraid that I had just watched someone die right before my eyes. I pulled safely out of the way while others ran to help and called 911. The emergency vehicles and police were there in minutes and I waited to tell the officers what had happened. I just stood there watching for about twenty minutes. I think I was in a bit of shock and I was very shaky. When the officer spoke to me, he told me that everyone was going to be OK and he thought the woman who had turned had a broken leg. I was so happy to hear that. That is the closest that I have ever been to a car accident and I thank God that neither of their cars touched mine because it happened literally a couple feet in front of me. So scary! I was pretty shaken up for the rest of the evening and into the next day.

That next day, my mom was coming over to my house and she called me and told me that the bottom of her car had fallen off. I was like “What do you mean?” She had turned onto the same road where I saw the accident the night before and as she turned there was a clunking sound and something dropped and she lost control of her car. Luckily, she was driving slow enough that she stepped on her break and got it to coast to a stop against the curb on the opposite side of the street. A city worker passed by just then and parked his big truck in the lane in front of Mom so nobody would hit her. She said there was another car coming in the lane when she started swerving over into their lane, but thank God that car was far enough away that there was no danger of her being hit. I guess some kind of bolts came off that hold the engine up or something. I don’t know much about cars, so I’m not positive on that, but she totally lost steering. She was pretty shaken up. I went and picked her up and was her chauffeur for the day.

Needless to say, it was a crazy couple of days! And we’re avoiding that road for a while. ;)

So I was really looking forward to Friday! I packed up, Jake got out of work early, we picked the kids up, and took off for Traverse City for my cousin Brian’s wedding! The drive up was so nice. We’ve had glorious sunshine for the whole month of March so far. It’s been awesome! And this weekend was picture perfect … literally! It couldn’t have been more gorgeous out. When you think of a wedding in March in Michigan, you never know what you’re going to get. There’s always that fear of a big snowstorm or something. But it was just beautiful weather. Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend! I’ll share some pictures soon.

The kids had a blast swimming in the pool at the hotel every chance they got. I took full advantage of the jacuzzi tub in our room to take away some of my wedding aches and pains. We had a lot of fun!

On Sunday morning, before heading home, we took a drive up to the Old Mission Lighthouse and took a walk out on the snow/ice. Then we drove across town to Moomer’s for some ice cream. The kids loved everything! Chloe said it was the best adventurous day she had ever had. hehe! So cute. Jake and I both took the cameras out with us and got a bunch of pictures of our walk. Here are a few!





Speaking of cameras … something interesting happened to me at the wedding. I had just finished shooting some pictures of the bride & groom before we headed over to the hotel for the reception and I took a picture of the hotel and heard a strange click. Through the viewfinder it looked like something was blocking part of the picture. I carefully removed my lens to see that the mirror in my camera had detached from the tray it normally sits on. What? Now what do I do? This was my main camera, my beloved 5D, the one I use the most at weddings. I have two backups, but I was determined to somehow attach that mirror just enough to get me through the rest of the night. And what did I use to do that, you ask? Scotch tape. haha! The funniest thing about that was that it raised the mirror up higher than it normally would be so anything I wanted in focus appeared to be out of focus, but if I took the photo and looked at it on the screen, it was perfectly clear. So I had to make sure that my subject was always out of focus to my eyes. Thank God for auto focus. I made it through the night and got all the lovely photos that I wanted with my 5D. Now I have to send my camera to Canon to be fixed. It seems I am not the first person to have this happen. Something to do with faulty adhesive. So Canon is paying shipping to and from their repair facility, where they will fix and reinforce my mirror and make my camera work right again. Yay!

Poor Jake is going in for a root canal today. He’s needed one and has been putting it off, but he has been in a lot of pain for the past week and was in terrible pain at the wedding. I felt so bad for him. Glad he’ll have this taken care of finally!

Man, last week felt like the longest week ever. Just one of those weeks, I guess. How was your week? ;)

souvenirs


Jake brought home some gifts from NY. He got the kids each a couple t-shirts and a 3-D puzzle of the Empire State Building. And I got this mug. I <3 my NY mug. And the guy who gave it to me!

crafts, airports and snow days


Last Sunday afternoon (feb 21), Chloe, Mom and I went to GR to Joann Fabrics and Michael’s. A girl trip, which Chloe was very excited about. She had a little money from her birthday, so I let her look around to see if there were any little craft projects she would like to buy. She saw these Rock Bands bracelets at Michaels and snatched them right up. She also picked out this American Girl craft sewing kit. It’s these adorable little orange and pink owls that you sew and stuff. Very cute.

After meeting Jake in GR and sending him off to NYC for a business conference (his first time in NY, btw!), we went back to my parents house and played games. Chloe decorated up her bracelets, we had some dinner and then played Blokus for a while.

Had a ton of snow that night, so Monday was a snow day. No surprise there. I spent a while shoveling that morning and cleaning the 8-10 inches of snow off our cars. I think I must have pulled something in my back because I’ve had a pinch every since. ugh!

Jake was so excited about this trip to New York, and they almost didn’t get to go because of flight delays in Chicago. But a nice travel agent found them a direct flight to Newark on another airline so they were out of GR before the snow storm on Sunday night. He called me every night to tell me about his day and where he went and what he saw. I’m so happy he got to go and experience that. He wants to take me now, so we might have to plan a trip later in the year for our anniversary. I’ve never been to NYC, so I’m looking forward to that someday soon. After more mixed up/cancelled flights on Wednesday, he made it home safe and sound. I am glad he had a wonderful trip, but we missed him so much and it’s good to have him home again.

Friday night, in the midst of more nasty snow, we headed to my parents house to celebrate! My brother Tim got a new job! We are all SO HAPPY since he’s been looking for a job for a while. I keep saying that 2010 is going to be a good year for our family and it’s starting out to be just that.

AJAXed with AWP