Thursday, August 27, 2009

Love affair

between these two. I'll enjoy it while it lasts. And hope and pray that they always have a special bond full of laughter and happiness.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Like I said

she's trouble, with a capital T

She didn't take an afternoon nap on Tuesday so I thought for sure by 7:30p she would be out like a light. I put her down and 20 minutes later she's still entertaining herself in her crib. So I go in to see what all the shrieking (in delight) was all about. And this is what I see:

Her pacifier had been thrown overboard and she was screeching at it. She threw it over two more times before finally calling it a night. Let the games begin.

Oh we got trouble, right here in Dayton city. (anyone besides Catherine know what song I am referencing? Anyone?)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ten on Tuesday: The very wordy, lots of pictures edition

1. Brady is starting preschool two weeks from today! September 8th. He'll just go two mornings a week, Tuesday/Thursday from 8:30-11am. He will be going to St. Brigid, the catholic school in our area. It will be good for ALL of us, right? Yesterday his teacher invited us to come to the classroom to look around and play. He LOVED it. We found his locker and played with trucks and the kitchen. We checked out the bathroom, the water fountain, the cafeteria (where they will have snack) and the library. His teacher, Ms. Kim, is just, of course, the perfect preschool teacher and Brady seems to really like her. The parents are allowed to stay for the first day of school so we can see what they do in a typical day. Maybe that will help ease the tears that are sure to come from this Mama. Tears are normal right?

We found his locker, see the green apple with his name on it. Locker #9. The other apples are for the older children who come on different days/times.
The classroom is *almost* ready, still some boxes to unapck and decorations to hang according to Ms. Kim

Such a bright, warm room.
2. I'm really *proud* of a few of my gardening efforts this year. I didn't seem to get my Mom or Grammy's green thumb, I've killed several flowers this year. However two plants, that everyone said are so hard to grow, seem to be thriving under my care. LOL

This is a plumeria plant, the kind of flowers they use to make Hawaiian lei's. I started growing it in early June and I am so happy to have 12 soon to be blooms. Two as you can see are blooming now. When I first planted it, it was just a stick with no leaves on it!

This is called "Elephant Ear" and I am IN LOVE with this plant. Look at those massive leaves. Brady adores this plant and Mike even commented on it, out of the blue, he called it "awesome" which is quite the compliment from Mike. I'm sad that we won't be in this house next year to see it come back, I imagine next year it will double in size. I'll have to plant on in Maryland if we have the right "conditions" for it.

3. This girl is trouble with a capital T. In the past few days she has pulled over 4 lamps. Seems to be her trademark, as she pulled over a lamp at our friends house about two weeks ago.

4. Yesterday, for the first time, she pulled herself up into a standing position. My camera was sitting right next to me when she did it which was lucky! Glad to have caught the true "first" time on film.

5. Mike and I went to see Harry Potter on Friday night and we both loved it. Our favorite HP movie of the 6 so far.

6. Talked to the lady that is going to be our realtor in Maryland. When I told her what we were looking for and our price range I think I actually heard her chuckle like "yeah right sweetie" We are in for some major sticker shock.

7. Brady (thankfully) is really loving Lucy these days. Now that she crawls, stands and really plays with toys, I guess he is starting to see her as a little friend. I took these pics this morning with my little camera and although they are not great, I'm glad to have them. She is giving him this huge wet slobbery kisses in many of them.

8. I still have so many things I want to post here on the blog but can never seem to find the time.

9. Wishing I could go to the beach.

10. At the time of the original post I said that we weren't sure what was going on with Mike's deployment but in the last few hours everything has become clear and the deployment was CANCELLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a great way to end a 10 on Tuesday!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

For a laugh

Another first for Lucy....


Better yet, a chocolate covered frozen banana.
That's our dear friend Gisela who's very white shirt ended up with a chocolate mess all over it.

And here is Mia, Gisela's and Mark's daughter, 11 months yesterday, enjoying her frozen treat.

Love these girls. And they certainly loved their treats. You think?

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Elegant. Stunning. Magical. Unforgettable.

Words that I would use to sum up a wedding we went to last weekend, when our friend from college, Lee, married his beautiful bride, Lauren.

I took approximately 260 pictures. Here are three.

Fun is an understatement. I believe we were singing along to "Don't Stop Believin'"
I plan on sharing lots more of these pictures when I have time to sit down, edit them and make them shine. We are preparing for Mike's deployment and our house will be on the market in two to three weeks as we prepare to move to Annapolis, MD. It might be awhile before I blog again. Or maybe I'll find time tomorrow? Who knows?

Until next time.....

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Extreme Makover: Home Edition

Today, Brady, Lucy and I (crazy Mama) went to see the Extreme Makover: Home Edition site in Beavercreek, OH, one community over from ours, about 10 minutes away. We waited in a long line to take a bus to the site and then watched the magic unfold in front of our eyes.

You can read the story about the amazing family here. Our dear friend, Gisela, had a hand in nominating this family. This doesn't surprise me for Gisela has such a generous, huge, loving heart.

Mike and I applied to volunteer but never got a call. We heard that the volunteer response was overwhelming. Even though I was really hoping I could help it makes my heart swell knowing that so many people wanted to help.

The "move that bus" is tomorrow around 2pm!

Below are some pics from our adventure:

Top, L-R The house, Brady and Lucy sitting on the bus, Brady and I on the bus, Brady eating a Dilly Bar that the Extreme Makeover volunteers/staff were handing out. Lots of *free* giveaways for the crowd. I thought that was incredible that they were even feeding the crowd.

What goes on behind the scenes is AMAZING! Undescribeable really.

This pic is not very good of anyone but I wanted to document that we were there! See the house in the background?
We will look forward to watching this episode in the Fall!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Yay Lucy

When Lucy hears someone say "Yay Lucy" this is what she does.

A conditioned response at it's cutest.

Monday, August 3, 2009


After spending the weekend with these beautiful, amazing friends of mine,
I came home to find this beauty loving a new (old) toy.
And that this beauty had finally bloomed.

We've been waiting a long time for our one lone sunflower (Mike pulled out the other sunflowers we planted, he thought they were weeds) to share its vibrant, stunning self.

I think it was worth the wait.

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