Thursday, July 30, 2009
This is going to sound terrible, but Christian has been driving me crazy with all the playing I've been having to do with him. He needs his buddies to come back and spend some time with him. I just can't make any more forts or chairs or rocket ships out of Mega Blocks. And enough already with the massive train tracks we create everyday and the crafts and coloring we HAVE to do together. He even comes and sits on the floor and talks to me the entire time I try to do something on the computer (hence, the lack of blogging). The cousins can't come fast enough....I need a little breathing room!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Our dishwasher has been on it's last leg for about 2 years now, but lately it's been getting much worse. Of course, we continue to try to hang on to it because replacing it just opens up a whole new can of worms. Our house is on the market, so the appliances need to match, but I don't want to buy another almond colored appliance. I mean, what if we end up staying here? If I knew we were going to stay we would begin to slowly replace everything with stainless steel. So I don't know what to do. We're going to continue to put up with the noise for now, but in the meantime I need to do a little research in case we need to start replacing things and that's where you come in.
We currently have all GE appliances and since our house is 10 years old that means our appliances are too. I guess that's not too bad.
Here are my questions for you:
What brand of appliances do you have in your house? Specifically the dishwasher?
How old is it? (Because most appliances work fine for 5 years. I care about it lasting a lot longer than that).
Have you had any problems with them?
Would you recommend what you have?
Monday, July 27, 2009
And now we have a new problem. Our backyard has clover all over it, which bees love. So every day Christian walks outside, spots a bee and comes running back into the house saying "It's a bee day again. I guess I have to stay in. I'm not going outside with those bees."
He will NOT go outside if he sees any bees. He's terrified of them and I guess I don't blame him, but we've got to get over this at some point. So we're keeping the grass/clover mowed really short and I'm hoping the memory of what happened will fade.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Amy is my older sister by almost 2 years! She is also the mommy of Emma, Abby and Nate.
Julie and Zac are our cousins on Ryan's side of the family. Ryan and Zac were born just two months apart and grew up living within a mile of each other. So they're really more like brothers than cousins. They are also famously known as Olivia's mom and dad, a title I'm sure they love :)
Millicent & Ben are friends from church with three kiddos! Millicent was one of the first bloggers I knew of and she is also the one who is responsible for turning me into a couponing mom!
Lori & Doug are friends from church with a little boy the same age as Christian. Lori is also an amazing photographer.
Holly & Steve are friends we know from church with two cute little red headed girls that I think are absolutely adorable.
Heidi & Adam used to go to our church and we became fast friends because they have two boys close in age to Christian. They also have a little girl named Addie now who is quickly becoming one of McKenna's special buddies.
Katy & David are friends from college. I remember the night the two of them met and then just a short time later I had the honor of being in their wedding! Katy is about to have her 4th child any day now! So exciting! That's why I love blogging, because she better blog all about it when it happens :)
Jamie & Daniel Jamie was one of my roommates in college and she and her husband are the amazing couple that is heading to Malawi Africa very, very soon. Do I know some awesome people or what!
Christy & Luis - Christy and I lived on the same hall in college. She's a new mommy now and a teacher so we have lots in common. Most of the time her blog posts are hysterical, so be sure to check it out the next time she updates.
HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS:
Sarah & Warren. Sarah was one of my absolute best friends in high school, although we didn't go to high school together. We met at our church youth group and have been friends for over a decade now!
Heather & Marcus - Heather actually dated my little brother in High School but we've all moved on from that and we've stayed friend through the years since we both went to Liberty and since she was one of the first ones to tell me that she thought I would marry Ryan :) She has a little girl now who is McKenna's age and such a cutie pie! And she's a 911 operator, so she's always got a good story to tell.
Wendy & Paul - Wendy is one of the sweet gals I've meet through blogging. We figured out that she lives really close to my parents where I grew up. Are you ready for this....Wendy is cousins with Kristen. Kristen is one of Julie's (as in Zac and Julie) friends and we'll you know how I know Julie. Did you catch all that?
April & David - April and I used to work together when I was a teacher in Chesapeake, Va. You have got to check out some of the amazing birthday parties she has planned. I think I would be mortified to invite her to some of the parties we've had here, because she is super creative and throws amazing parties!
Laurie & Friends - Laurie actually went to church with Amy in Massachusetts, but has remained a huge part of our lives. Laurie has been an amazingly faithful friend to both Amy and I in the past couple of years. She loves our kids, comes to visit, showers us with clothes and toys for the kids and is overall just a huge encouragement to us. And her small group at church started a blog and they're all so fun and amazing!
Caitlin - Caitlin is Laurie's daughter (see above). She's was attending a college pretty close to our house so we got to see her through out the year. She started a blog when she went overseas to spend a semester in Italy. I'm hoping that she'll update it soon because it's been so fun to read about all her travels and adventure while I'm sitting at home vacuuming and changing diapers :)
Jenn is another friend that I acquired from Massachusetts. I love it that all of Amy's friends became mine too when she moved here :) Anyway, Jenn has visited us often and is so sweet with the kids. They adore her because she plays and plays and plays :)
Melissa is my neighbor and the newest blog that I've added to my blog roll. She lives right next door and it's been so fun getting to know her and her family over the past several years. She definitely makes me feel like I don't want to move after all. You may not remember this but if you've been following my blog for a year or more, you've probably prayed for Melissa. Her little sister unexpectedly passed away a little over a year ago and my heart was so broken. I asked you guys to lift up their family in prayer several times and I know that some of you did.
Jamie & Jim are technically Ryan's friends. Jim and Ryan were roommates for awhile when Ryan lived in Florida and they both work for the same company. They started their blog to chronicle their adventures in adopting three sweet siblings from Columbia! They are now the cutest family ever of five :)
Jessica is another Massachusetts friend that I've gotten to know a little bit over the last few years.
Alisha & Paul - Alisha is another girl from Massachusetts that I've gotten to know. She married Paul who is actually from the town we live in right now (is it a small world or what?) so we get to visit whenever she is in town visiting her in laws. She just moved back to Massachusetts with her little one year old Sophie.
Christine is another sweet friend from Massachusetts that I've gotten to know through her blog.
Eddie is another friend acquired from Massachusetts but he is actually going to college in Pa. Are you starting to wonder about all these Mass. friends? Well, most of them were a part of Amy's youth group at her church in Massachusetts. They're all grown up now and either in college or in the working world, but they've been true and faithful friends to Amy in the past several years.
Friday, July 24, 2009
P.S. I promise I will never use the "D" word in the title of a post again :)
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Christian learned so much and had so much fun doing it. I know that he learned things that he'll have with him for the rest of his life. He loved every single display. We were NOT allowed to skip one thing. And he asked so many questions that I had to read pretty much every sign.
Christian loved the view of the harbor.
And it was worth it just to see him smile again!