Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Well, I’m finally feeling better after an awful head cold.  I still don’t know how many boxes of Kleenexes I’ve gone through.  Thank you to Grandma Mary for watching Olivia so I could rest up.  Let’s see. . .what else has been going on.  We got our new dining room set on Friday and I’m in love.  I’m excited to post some before and after pics, but I think I’ll wait until we get our new flooring in.  That should be some time by the end of the month.

Today, we had a ham dinner over at my parents’ house.  It was supposed to be our New Year’s Day meal, but so many things prevented it from happening until now.  It was delicious!  Olivia loves playing piano at both sets of grandparents and did just that today with Grandpa Sailing.  Grandpa kept telling her it was a Yamaha and then he’d ask her what it was.  She could never remember.  Then, as we were getting her to bed tonight, out of the blue she said, “Grandpa has a Yamaha!”  It was too cute.  We made the mistake of leaving her “banklet” over there today and she was beside herself.  So, grandma and grandpa were kind enough to bring it over to her.  She sleeps with about a million things (and takes inventory of it all each night) but she cannot be without her two Gogums, her Lily and her banklet.  She is now sleeping soundly. LOL. 

And, here are some pics totally unrelated to anything that I just talked about. . .



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It has been snowy and extremely cold the last few days (temps in the negatives!)  There hasn’t been school in two days!  And, I have been a bit under the weather.  Needless to say, Olivia and I have been holed up in the house all week, so we were thrilled to have visitors today.  Laura and my nieces, Julia and Rebekah, came over this afternoon.  I think my cat, Tobey, enjoyed their company as much as we did.  As ornery as he is. . .Tobey is one good kitty.  He loves people. . .especially children.  He was in heaven with all the attention he got today. 

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Rebekah and Tobey

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Julia and Tobey

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Here is Tobey pretending that he’s a baby.  Yes, he’s definitely my social butterfly.  And where is Autumn during all this?


Hidden away from all the attention. . .waiting for her one on one time with me. 


And trying to stay warm in this cold weather.  Hope you are all doing the same!


In the words of Olivia, “my cats are silly!” 

We all love them immensely.  They add so much to our family!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


So, Ryan was almost late to work this morning because he couldn’t find his wallet.  Olivia had just woken up and he was looking all around the house for his missing wallet.  (He eventually found it and all was well.)  Later this afternoon, Olivia was taking a bath with a walrus bath toy.  Her eyes lit up and she said, “A walrus. . .like daddy’s.”  I didn’t catch on and I kinda laughed and said, “Daddy doesn’t have a walrus.”  She was very persistent in talking about daddy’s walrus.  Finally, Olivia said, “Daddy couldn’t find his walrus. . .it was missing.”  Then, I realized she was talking about his wallet.  I tried correcting her, but she wouldn’t accept that it wasn’t a walrus.  I had to chuckle at the thought of Olivia thinking daddy was searching all over the house for a walrus.  She must have decided a walrus must be pretty important because she carried it around all day.  She even named him “Comfy.”  That girl always keeps a smile on my face.


Wednesday, January 11, 2011

Since my cousins were in town for my grandpa’s funeral, we all got together on Sunday.  All of us were there minus my cousin David.  Here are our attempts at a group picture.


Take One. . .pretty good although Gus wanted in the picture.  I think Izzy took the picture.  She’s a pretty good photographer!


Take Two. . .thought Olivia might want in the picture. . .guess not.


Take Three. . .Best of the bunch and it came back blurry.


Take Four. . .We decided to have the picture taken on my grandparent’s old barstools.  Izzy and Olivia looked so cute sitting in them and then Olivia decided to jump out at the last minute.


Take Five. . .Olivia still didn’t want her picture taken and Abbey decided to reach up and lick Jeff’s ear.  Eh. . it’ll have to do.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

I felt like a child tonight crossing my fingers and my toes in hopes for a snow day tomorrow.  The thought of getting out, driving in this weather and getting Olivia out in the cold. . .especially when I don’t feel good wasn’t a pleasant one.   And, I got my wish. Schools are closed!  Now, if only Ryan didn’t have to go to work. . . .

I haven’t felt up to taking pictures lately, so this will have to do. Smile

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

All three of Olivia’s babies are sick.  As you can tell, they all needed their own bottles of “Tylenol.”  Poor things. 


Now I’m getting a sore throat.  I may be in the same boat as they are come tomorrow. . .with my Tylenol in tow.  But, we’re supposed to get some snow, so it might be a good day to just stay in our pajamas.  It was an exhausting weekend.

My grandpa’s service was beautiful.  My dad played the piano and sang a song that he had written quite a few years ago.  My uncle, dad and cousin spoke and did an amazing job of expressing who my grandpa was.  Some of the things I didn’t even know. . .like, how much he volunteered for United Way or how he wrote down the dates of the pastor’s sermons in his bible.  It makes me wish that I had gotten to know him a bit better in my adult life.  There are so many things I did know, but never really talked to him about.  For example. . .his 46 years at Beech Aircraft as an aeronautical engineer, his service in World War II and the loss of his infant son.  He wore many hats, but I always just saw him as “grandpa.”  I wish I had spent more time getting to know him as a person.  He truly was amazing and will be so very missed.