Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Catchy little jingle

Ever seen the commercial for free credit report.com
Nick and I always joke about that commercial because we both love the song that they sing.
I saw this today- it's the same tune- but with a much better message!

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Monday, September 29, 2008

It's your turn

I did this awhile ago and it was fun so I think it's time to do it again.
I'll leave with a question. When you comment answer the question and ask another one. Then next person to comment will continue the trend.

My question is:

What is the most outrageous thing you've ever done?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A great opportunity for you

I wanted to tell you all about an opportunity for you and your family to participate in.
Kim sent out an email giving information on a program to support our service men and women. It's called "adopt a soldier."
You go to the website and fill in a short form and then they set you up with a soldier. You can email, write letters, send packages- whatever you want to do- as much or little.

I signed up and I'm so excited about this program. I got set up with a woman soldier serving in Iraq. The really cool part is that she works with Apache Helicopters- just like my nephew Andy. Isn't God cool how he works!!

I think it will be so fun for the kids to be able to participate in this as well.
I can't imagine being so far from home without all the contact we take for granted.

If you want to participate you can go here:


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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Want a ride?

Sunday we had Birthday parties for Nick and Arianna on Mark's side of the family.
When I looked outside to check on the kids playing I saw Grandpa spoiling them.
Don has a large collection of old cars that he rebuilds. He has some really awesome cars. He took the kids for a ride and they loved it! (They weren't moving so that's why the kids were standing)

He has about 12 cars- they are all Buicks ranging from 1917-1972- at least one from every decade.
He also restored a 1936 Bolens travel trailer that matches his 1936 Buick Roadmaster.

He took on a huge project- restoring a Futurliner. It's a 1953- it was used in the Buick Parade of Progress. GM went around the country displaying items for the future.
He worked on it for 10 years. A museum owns it, but it's still on tour.
If you go here you can read a bit more about it.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Soccer starts

We were supposed to start soccer last Saturday but the rain delayed it to this week.
It started out as a crazy day because we had to have Halle there at 7:30 for an 8:00 game and Arianna there for pictures at 8:00 for an 8:30 game.

Halle won her game 8-0! Arianna tied 1-1. They both did really well. They worked hard throughout the whole game. We were very proud of both of them.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Have you ever????

I saw this on a couple different blogs and thought it would be fun!! You should do it too! Just copy and paste the 200 statements then bold the ones you have done!! Hope you enjoy it!!

The idea is to highlight the things you have done out of the 200 items on the list.
The things I have done are highlighted!

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone - verbal not physical
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe.
113. Buried a child- (kind of)
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in a historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Ran a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class-
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away- for 2 minutes
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunch box
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a camp fire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter

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Marina did this meme and I thought it was fun so I'm doing it too:

Tagged A_Z


A- attached or single? attached

B- best friend? I have 3 and they know who they are

C-cake or pie? pie but if it's Costco cake then I pick that

D- day of the week? it's a tie between Saturday and Sunday

E-Essential items? Bible, Mountain Dew on occasion

F-flavor of ice cream? French Silk

G- gummy bears or worms? neither- don't like them

H- hometown- somewhere in Michigan

Indulgences-doesn't happen often but I love a good pedicure

January or July? January

Kids? 3

Last Movie? Rented What happens in Vegas over the weekend- it wasn't anything to write home about!

Middle Name- Rae

Number of siblings? 2 sisters and one brother

Oranges or apples? clementine oranges

Phobic of Fear? Phobic don't like heights

Quote? can't think of one

Reason to smile? God loves me!

Sweet or sour- sweet

Tag someone- anyone who wants too do it.

Unknown fact about me? I like to play volleyball

Vegetarian or oppressor of animals? Give me a good steak anyday

worst habit? I interrupt- working on that one though

X-ray or ultrasound- ultrasound

Your favourite food? Mashed potatoes

Zodiac? Cancer

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Nick's Birthday

Well I can't believe it but Nick turned 16 today!

Look closely on the picture of him with his presents. Notice the stuffed animals. The girls wrapped up a couple of their animals for a present for him.

Nick loves Bill Knapps cake- I have to say- I am glad the kids love it so much because Mark and I really like it too!

Happy Birthday Nick- we love you very much!

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Can I get that paw wrapped to go please????

OK- for someone who was the biggest hold out of all of us for getting another dog- I'd say someone (Mark!) has adjusted rather well to having Oscar.
So well in fact that Oscar totally has him wrapped around his little paws!

Here is what I walked in on Saturday afternoon. Mark and Oscar taking a nap together and apparently Oscar had been the recipient of a tummy rub.

Now Sunday this is what I saw- I see a trend here. Now apparently Oscar can't sleep on the floor- they need a pillow!

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Monday, September 15, 2008

It's Birthday Time

It's a big week of Birthday's this week. Yesterday was Arianna's 10th Birthday. Where did 9 years go??
Even with the rain outside- she still had a great day:

Here she is opening her favorite present that she got:

Oh the joy a new webkinz can bring!

Happy Birthday Honey- we love you!

I better enjoy these next couple years- before I know it the teenage years will be on me!

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Friday, September 12, 2008


Aren't these stuffed animals cute?

When I went in to check Halle before I went to bed that's what I found- upon closer inspection and a different viewpoint- I eventually found her!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I just don't get it!

I don't follow the VMA music awards but I read this morning on my homepage (msn) that the comic that opened the award show made some very distasteful jokes about the Jonas Brothers decision to wear purity rings.

Now I thought the liberals were all about choice? Why does the choice the Jonas Brothers (and many others) make for their own personal self seem to be so disturbing to the liberals.

Here's what a person involved in the purity ring movement said:

“Are we so threatened by a message of morals and values that these young men who chose to wear a ring were attacked?” asked Pattyn, the founder of a program called the Silver Ring Thing, in which teens pledge to remain virgins until marriage. “What’s the fear here? Why can’t we have an alternate message about waiting until you’re married to have sex? Why can’t we have those values? What are we afraid of?”

Jordin Sparks (winner of American Idol) had a really good comeback when she got on stage next after he made his comments. I won't repeat them but she had her own purity ring on defended her decision very well I thought!

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

What I'm doing today

Outside my Window...
is a beautiful September morning, it rained and was dreary yesterday so seeing the sun shining today is wonderful!

I am thinking...
I can't believe how much this little puppy has totally stolen my heart.

I am thankful for...
cooler temperatures and that fall is right around the corner.

From the kitchen...
breakfast was oatmeal...lunch will be delicious- I don't have to make it!
Supper is going to be chicken quarters

I am wearing...
jeans and a mango colored shirt.

I am reading...
nothing- I'm not a big reader

I am hoping...
to get my bedroom closet cleaned out and re-organized

I am hearing...
the dishwasher running and Oscar snoring

Around the house...
there's not much going on right now but things will quickly change around 4:00

One of my favorite things...
is to go to bed and watch tv for the last hour of the night- my wonderful husband almost always gives me a back rub for that last hour (I know- I'm spoiled!)

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
not a lot going on this week but finish getting ready for both Nick and Arianna's Birthday's next week

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Monday, September 08, 2008

The big news revealed!

Well it's time to reveal our big news!

Are you ready?

I'd like to introduce you to Oscar!

He is a Havanese/Pekanese mix and has totally stolen our hearts. We were not planning on getting a dog however a friend of mine decided to do it and she was telling me about a group of 3 ShitZhu dogs that she found that needed homes.
That got my mind started because I love them. We thought about it for a couple of days and decided not too do it.

However the next day "just for the fun of it" I started looking to see what else was available. Mark started looking to and we came across our puppy. As soon as we saw him we were pretty much gone!

We went to look at him Friday and he came home with us right then!
He is such a sweet puppy and is doing really well. He gets so excited when he sees us his whole body wags right along with his tail.
He weighs a whopping 3 pounds and won't get very big at all. He can't even climb our stairs right now. The kids all love him, however the person he has the most wrapped around his little paw is Mark!!
Mark won't admit it of course, but he is a total goner where Oscar is concerned!

Oscar got to meet Mack today. You can imagine how cautious we were with that introduction as Oscar weighs 3 pounds and Mack is just a bit bigger than that at 100 pds! Mack did great with him- he just sniffed him. It'll be cute to see them play together when Oscar gets a big bigger!

So I apologize in advance- you will be seeing plenty of Oscar in the future!
For now here's a few more pictures of our sweet new addition.
PS- now you understand my hint about our big news possibly being "little" depending how you look at it!

You have to watch the video to see how cute he is when he runs. I just love to see him bounce around!

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

A hint

OK some of you have asked for a hint. Here you go:

I said I had some big news. It might be "big" or "little" depending on how you look at it!

Hope that helps!

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Hold on to your hats people....

Oh people- do I have some BIG news to share!!!!

Come back on Monday to see what it is.

Those of you who know- no leaving hints!

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Friday, September 05, 2008


Did anyone notice the clouds in the early afternoon. It was really interesting to just see the whole sky everywhere I looked, filled with these interesting clouds.
I know the clouds were of Hurrican Gustav and it looked like the radar that they showed of the hurricane.

I just love nature and the displays of God's power that it shows.

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

A good night's work

We had such a nice night last night. After we ate supper, we decided it was time to get outside and get some work done outside.

I set out to do the hard labor of mowing the lawn. Now just because I'm on a riding mower doesn't mean it's not hard labor---right?!?!

Meanwhile, Nick was cleaning up the dog poo in Mack's kennel and Mark set out to clean up the part of the garden that was done producing. He wrapped up the protective fencing on the outside, picked out the plants that were done and then roto-tilled the garden so it looks nice again.
We still have tomatoes coming so that part is still in there.

Mark also got the pool all packed up again and put away.

It was such a beautiful night out. I absolutely love this time of year- it was so comfortable out.

I just have to show you our pumpkins. When we were getting our seeds and plants for the garden this year we saw a packet of seeds for "Giant Pumpkins."
So just for the fun of it we planted them for the kids. Well so far I'm very impressed! Check this one out. We have 6 of them doing very well.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Would this be big enough for you?

Apparently the girls thought Mack was looking pretty hungry because when we got groceries this week they found a bone for him.....

Not just any bone.........

a HUGE bone!

Just so you get a good idea of the size of this bone check it out in comparison to Halle:

Mack seems very pleased with his special treat!

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I am still alive!

I know I've been gone for a long time but I just was busy and really had nothing much to blog about.
I am back now and will try to be a better blogger!

It was the 1st day back to school for the kids today.
Here's Arianna

Here's Halle

It was definately time to go back for all involved. The girls were so excited. Nick was ok- this year he doesn't know if he has any friends in his classes. I hope it goes well. He didin't want his picture on so it's just the girls. I had to chuckle this morning at the bus stop when ALL the moms had smiles on their faces as the kids boarded the bus.

I have already got the upstairs cleaned and it feels so good to see it stay that way for more than 10 minutes!

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