Saturday, September 30, 2006

Don't you just love the spitup on my pants? Little Joseph nailed me on both shoulders earlier in the day too- nice picture Monica :) Our neighbor gave popsicles to all the girls when they were swimming in the little pool on our patio. Monica a very smart mommy setting a timer on her phone every 2 minutes so that the girls would share the cars and switch. Saved us a lot of headaches :)
Emily just loved the girls ramming into her while she was in the car like "Demolition Derby".
Monica just sent me these pictures from when they came to visit at the beginning of September. It was so nice to have a chunk of time together so the kids could play and we could catch up. Wish you lived closer!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Visit to the zoo continued: I love the new cat house. They let you get right up to the animals. I think this is the Jaguar and one of the Polar Bears swimming.

We headed off to the zoo this past week while the weather was still nice. We went with Trinity, Ethan, & Abel. We ended up spending 2 1/2 hrs. at the zoo. It was a good time getting exercise and seeing animals all at the same time. They even put in a playground in the farm animals area, so the kids can work off the rest of their energy. Each time we go we tend to see zookeepers who explain the names and various things about the animals. It makes it more special for the kids when they know the baby penguin's name "Tiki" and "Popei" the red panda. Sierra always wants to see the Tiger who lost his mommy this last summer. We went when he was literally crying/moaning 1 month after his mom died. I think we might have to invest in a zoo pass come spring. She is so excited every time she goes. Thankfully in the winter they have a free day 1 x a month, and it normally has been at least sunny when they've had them-maybe 35-40 degrees, not warm, but sunny :).

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Here's some b'day pictures from Steve's birthday party at my parents. Upper - Brooke & Sierra "help" Steve open his presents. Lower - Sierra & Daddy blow out the candles.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear hubby, happy birthday to you. Ok I don't normally call him hubby, but I wanted to wish him a wonderful birthday today. I think he specially ordered the sunshine and warm temperatures today. Steve is 31 and still going strong, despite most people reading this blog and thinking 30 is ancient :). I am so thankful for him and all he does for the booch and me. He truly is a helpmeet in every way, a leader, friend, and wonderful rough-housing daddy for our daughter. He's been very spoiled this year with a trip to the Packers, movie tickets, dvds, tools, candy, casting crowns cd, etc. And we can't forget the stepping stone Sierra made for him out of concrete and jeweled stones. (Very messy, but nice finishing product :) Even tonight my mom is watching Sierra so I can take him out to dinner. We just found out about a Brazilian restaurant that is in the area, so that is one of the options on the docket or maybe The Cheesecake Factory or Texas Roadhouse. Wherever we go, it will be so nice to have a date and celebrate who he is. Happy Birthday sweetheart ! Love, Jen & Sierra

Friday, September 22, 2006

My dresser broke last week, so I went on a quest to find one. I must confess the original model was a trash to treasure find minus the treasure. :) My husband suggested going to rummage sales to find one. Well I have kind of steered clear of such sales in the past since it was a nightmare taking my little toddler to an area of cool toys everywhere and pulling her away crying afterwards. Well I saw in the paper a whole condo complex having a sale - right up my alley - a number of sales all within walking distance. It was totally of the Lord. As soon as we pulled in we saw 2 dressers at the first house. Guess how much they were - $5 a piece ! I said I'll take them! They were white with paint chipped all around it, but I figured I'd try to make them work. WOOHOO - they did! They are so deep and finally house our sweatshirts and sweaters along with our regular clothes too. I just painted them black to hide all the gashes and gouges and they seem to work really well. These were a literal trash to treasure!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Can I say awesome?! My parents gave Steve Packers tickets for his birthday. We went this last Sunday, and of any time of year to go this was it. It was in the 70's. We had seats in a personal box. My mom didn't know whose box it was b/c she was given the seats by a supplier from work. I was a little freaked out that we didn't know who we would be by the whole game in a little room, but the thought of awesome tickets soon abated my fears. We got right up to the field 2hrs. Before game time and were able to find parking on the street for free-unheard of! We then made our way to the field-incredible! It is all closed in the hall just to get in. We made it up to the 5th floor which looked like offices. We entered into our box# and no one was there. There was quite the spread of brats, hamburgers, drinks, chicken wings, etc. There were 12 seats overlooking the field with 2 TV's on the top corners for viewing replays. I had to laugh. What would it be like to own one of these-expensive! We left and waited til someone came and then realized the box was owned by Russ Darrow. He owns 22 car dealerships in the are. He was there with his wife, friends, kids, grandkids, and some employees. It kind of felt like we were intruding on a family reunion:) There were 20-25 people in the box. Thankfully they were very friendly and always asking if we needed anything. We of course were in our Packer regalia while they were in their designer clothes-awkward! Oh well! To the game- so roller coasterish, but kept us on the edge of our seats the whole game. I couldn't believe how well you could see the whole field clearly from so high up. I loved getting a glimpse of Reggie Bush too. He seemed unstoppable. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience. Steve was so thrilled to go!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Here's some pictures from our trip to MI. All the ladies at the dinner table (l-r) - Grandma, Aunt Pat, Me & Sierra, & Nancy - Steve's mom. Steve & Grandpa at his party looking at who signed the guestbook.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

This past weekend we celebrated Grandpa Schuyler's 90th birthday. We made the trek over to MI early Sat. a.m. Normally it takes 4 1/2 hrs. but it took us 8 hours this time around. There was a truck fire on 294 right at the IL/Indiana border. We were stopped. It was hilarious. People kept running down to port a potties on the side of the road used for construction crews. Thankfully we figured out a detour and got off to fill up the tank and empty the others :). We didn't even know if we were going to make it to Grandpa's party from 2-5 est. Well after our detour through Dyer, IN and up I65 in Indiana we made it back on 94 up to MI. Thankfully there were no more delays with road construction or the accident. With my swift driving husband we arrived at his party with 1 hour left to go. By that time most of the people had left, but at least Grandpa knew we did our very best to get there. Sierra went right up to her uncle Kevin and got all her pent up energy out - sorry Kevin :). It was so good to see Grandpa so happy and Grandma thankful that everything went so well. We ended up going back to their house and had pizza with all of Steve's dad's other brothers and sister. It was good to sit around the table and chat and catch up. Grandpa has dementia, so it is hard for him to remember various things. When we woke up the next morning, he came out to the living room where Steve was. He asked Grandpa if he could take a shower in the basement and Grandpa went about looking for a towel for him to use. 2 seconds later Grandpa goes in his bedroom and said to Grandma, " Who's that guy in the living room?" Grandma proceeded to tell him that was his grandson. We all laughed. Surprisingly he was so cordial to Steve without knowing who he was. I'm thankful he didn't think he was an intruder or anything trying to take a shower :). He has hard mornings, but tends to get better as the day goes along. I think that's why he stayed up so late the night of his party b/c he didn't want to start all over again the next day. We sure love them! Sierra keeps wanting to go back and celebrate with Grandpa again, his "little sweetie".

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

What a crazy day! Well en route to the ringing cell phone I crashed my foot into a chair trying to avoid the pillow maze on the floor (courtesy of Sierra). It soon began to throb in pain and I couldn't walk on it. Oh! was I frustrated! Well I kind of figured out it was the 2 far right toes on my right foot, so I put some ice on it. I couldn't even get up and move around without pain, so I set up a dr. appt. and asked my dad to take me. Sierra was pumped Mommy was going to the dr. and not her for once :). Well thankfully the kids are now in school, so the dr's office wasn't busy. I got right in and got an x-ray. All that to say it wasn't broken, just badly sprained. Truly I am grateful! You never know if you should wait it out and try to keep moving it or baby it and keep it up so you don't do more damage. Thankfully it should back to normal within a week and I can just hobble on my left side of my foot until it gets better. Are any of you accident prone like my precious daughter and I? I have a feeling we will meet our deductible every year - yikes!

Friday, September 01, 2006