Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I guess I might as well...

catch up a little on my blogging as long as I am awake anyway. I am really ready for the day that Grant decides sleeping is a better idea than crying. Maybe when he is a teenager!?!?

Mom and John were in town this weekend to visit. John and Aaron headed to the NASCAR races and had a good time. Mom and the kids and I went to pick apples. It was a lot of fun until we got home and realized something had to be done with all of those apples! So we put together 11 apple pies, 2 apple cakes, 2 loaves of apple bread and I still have 4 gallon bags of chopped apples in the freezer. But we learned a valuable lesson for next year - some of the big, juicy apples can stay on the tree!

I am still woefully behind on just about everything...class, house cleaning, blogging and blog reading, birthday and thank you cards and gifts. I don't see myself digging out of the pile of stuff on my to do list anytime soon, either!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Just Chillin'

We have been chillin' out here...

Friday, September 19, 2008

This and that...

It has been pretty mellow around here for the past few days.

Grant is doing a lot better at night, but I am still staying up until all hours doing stuff (now I have no one to blame but myself!)

Today is Grandparents Day at school and my in laws are coming up to go to that. Should be fun for all involved.

I am going out with the girls tonight and looking forward to catching up with Stephanie and Monica.

Mema has started chemo and we are all praying that this will wipe out the cancer. I just keep thinking this is all a major bump in the road and she is going to be better before we know it. Some people might call it denial, but I know that it can happen because I have heard the stories. The kids and I are going out to visit in a couple of weeks and I will have the extra added bonus of meeting my new niece when I am there!

Nikki has been talking about getting a reunion planned for our 8th grade class for about 15 years now and we have started trying to locate people. I have reconnected with a bunch of people on Facebook and it has been so much fun! It has been long enough that all of the junk that goes with the growing up years has gone away and we can all just be happy to reconnect. My mom always told me that reunions after 5 or 10 or even 15 years are not really all that great - everyone is still trying to impress each other. But she said that after that life has happened (divorce, rebellious kids, lost jobs) and everyone is just happy to still be around and be able to get together. I guess the 21 years that have passed have been enough to let all the baggage melt away!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hair ripping good times

I seriously think I need a stiff drink (or 40)...

Why is it that college age students think they can disrespect an instructor? Why do think arguing is going to make me change a grade when they have CLEARLY not followed directions and/or failed to do what was asked of them? Why are my tax dollars paying for some students to receive grants to go to school when they obviously do not want to make an effort to learn? And why do I continue to let it get to me when it is clearly just one of those parts of my job that isn't going to change no matter how much I want it to?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Rain, rain, go away

It has been raining for 3 days. And it is sure to rain more when Ike makes its way up here. Now I have nothing against rain, but this seems a bit extreme. We have a little lake in the front yard. The new bushes in the flower bed are holding swimming lessons for each other. Bryn's ballet class was held in the basement because there was a tornado warning during class. Our sump pump is working its little electric heart out. The dog is one big wet, smelly furball. Such is life in Kansas, I suppose.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering and praying

I am sure I am not the only one who feels the emotion of this day...I remember I saw the first plane crash into the tower right before I walked out the door for work but thought it was just a horrible accident. I was actually having a sonogram at the doctors office I worked in when we all heard the news that it wasn't an accident. I remember being thrilled that there was a little heartbeat on the screen. I remember being horrified that people could be so evil. I remember worrying for my friends from grad school that lived near the Pentagon. And mostly I remember how everyone stopped and shared a collective grief and how so many people came together to pray. I am not one to wear my religion on my sleeve - I know I don't share my faith like I could and should. But I do know that even in the midst of tragedy and grief my God is there. And on a day like this when so many people are grieving and remembering, I am praying for peace for those touched by the tragedy of 9/11 and praying for the souls of those who would think such an act is anything but evil.

I am also praying for Mema who is still battling cancer and is not getting good news from the doctors at this point. I am praying for my step mother who has already lost her grandmother and her father to cancer and now has to worry for her mother. And I am praying that in the midst of tragedy and sadness and bad news we can all remember that God offers us all hope and strength and courage and joy - now I just have to remember to see it.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The sounds of...crying

I am currently listening to Grant scream...after many nights of battling a non-sleeping baby, we are letting him cry. There is some deja vu going on here as we came to the same point when Bryn was a baby - there was absolutely nothing you could do to calm her down and get her to sleep. No amount of holding, rocking, feeding, patting, etc. would put her to sleep. I suppose I haven't tried quite as hard with Grant to exhaust all possibilities but evidence suggests a similar problem with him. Hopefully this will all be a distant memory in a week or so and we will all be sleeping peacefully through the night.

In other news, I have signed up to participate in the Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk in Chicago next August. It is a 3 day 60 mile event and a couple of other girls from church have signed up, too. It should be a lot of fun and I am ready to start training - I guess Grant and I will be walking A LOT in the next year!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Some new pictures

Puppy Love

Little man

My babies!

Labor day slumber party

Bryn and I spent the night in the playhouse last night. It was a little warm out there, but we had a lot of fun playing games and reading. Even though Bryn is a great big sister she seemed to enjoy some Grant-free time and I enjoyed a full night of sleep even if the playhouse floor wasn't quite as comfy as my bed!

We also got some more planting done in the front and I have been uploading pictures all day so I can finally get them printed. Too much excitement around here for words!