Here’s What’s Going on Around Here:

24 01 2008

The new beds are here and all set up.  Here’s a few before and after shots of B and L’s room:





Everyone was very happy about the new beds, but they were equally happy about the fact that the old beds were still sitting around when they came home from school, providing lots of imaginative play.

Here they are acting like puppies in a cage:


And just in case you need one more of Ellie, here she is in her favorite footwear:

It’s a good life. . .


Californians and Froot Loops

17 01 2008

About once a year the owners of the local Bed and Breakfast go away on vacation and ask me to cover the house for them.  This week I’m spending the night there 2 nights and getting breakfast for the guests in the morning.  Last night was my first night.  All I knew was that I had 3 guests (2 men and 1 woman) coming from California for some big meeting at a local business.  Normally, I really enjoy taking over the B and B for a few days, but this time I was nervous.  Honestly, I think it’s because the guests were from California.  I kept thinking, “Great, they’re probably all tanned, skinny people on the South Beach Diet who don’t eat bacon or other breakfast foods, and to top it all off, I’ll bet she’s had a boob job.”  How do you cook for people like that?  I was a little stressed about it.  But, I’m happy to report that they were really nice, down-to-earth people who were neither tanned or skinny and when I asked them about dietary restrictions they said there were none.  And I’m quite sure she hasn’t had a boob job.  So shame on me for stereotyping all people from California.

Now about the Froot Loops.  Mrs. Trout informed me yesterday that she needs 2 boxes of Froot Loops sorted out by color.  I’m always looking for ways to help out in the classroom so I volunteered for the project.  Last night, while I was hanging out at the B and B waiting for the Californians to arrive, I sorted out 2.4 billion Froot Loops and here’s what I discovered: there are way more red, orange, and yellow Froot Loops than purple, blue, and green.  I’ll bet you didn’t know that before now, didya?

Saturday Morning

12 01 2008

Conrad has the day off today so we slept in then got up and had baked oatmeal for breakfast (I put in 1/2 the sugar it called for, 1/4 of the oil it called for, added some applesauce, blueberries and peaches. . .definitely better than the original and much healthier).  Now the girls are all playing, I’m drinking a cup of Scottish Grogg, and Conrad is showering.  I’m headed out in a few minutes to Springfield.  We are getting B and L new beds.  I’m embarrassed to tell you that my nearly 6 year old daughters are still in toddler beds on crib mattresses.  That’s ridiculous.  We found very reasonably priced mattresses so I’m planning to order them each a twin size mattress set.  I’ve already got the new bedding and they are thrilled to finally be in “big kid” beds.  Later on tonight we are getting together with some friends for dinner and to play their new Wii.  Should be fun.

Ellie said “Dora” last night.  She has also figured out how to say “Bye-bye.”  Won’t be long till she’s talking our ears off. . .

7 01 2008

Here’s a few pics from our time in Splash Village in Frankenmuth, Michigan that my Dad took.

Conrad splashing with B and L:


B and L and their rockin’ new guitars from my Dad:


Conrad, B and L in nervous anticipation of that huge bucket about to dump gallons of water on them:


Here’s one more view of Splash Village even though none of my family is in it:


Home Again

1 01 2008

We just survived what I will call the most chaotic Christmas ever (notice I did not say the “worst” Christmas ever, although there were moments along the way that I was feeling that way).  We got home about an hour ago and unloaded the van.  Now my house has piles of things to be unpacked and organized but I have lost all motivation to address them.

We had a great time with family; it was all the traveling in between each stop that was a nightmare.  And to top it all off, Lyida ran a fever for 2 days and vomited twice, Bryn and Lydia got impetaigo (how do you spell that??), and just for extra fun, I got strep throat and so did Conrad.  Good times.

I think it’s safe to say we will never do a Christmas trip like that again.  Some changes need to be made before next year.

This is probably very depressing to read.  I will post again after I get this house under control and try to include some pictures to prove that we had a lot of fun too.  Off to deal with the chaos.