Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Forever

Why is it so difficult to say goodbye to someone you love when we know death brings peace to them? Is it just the fact we will miss them? My grandmother has lived a very full and wonderful life. She has always been the epitome of strength to me. The end is seemingly near. I can hardly imagine life without her. Then I think about the joy she will feel when she is truly reunited with my grandfather. They have been apart for so long. My heart is full just imagining their reunion. We still have some time together now. I can hardly wait to be with her at the end of this week. I just keep praying to keep an eternal perspective and be thankful for all the wonderful times we have shared and for our futures. How thankful I am to have a testimony of eternal life and eternal families. What a merciful, glorious Father who loves us so much that we can be together again. This life is not the end. I hope we take glimpses of the person God knows us to be, and reach for that potential. His Son, Our Savior, Jesus Christ, died for us and more importantly lives now. Through His sacrifice and resurrection, we can be together forever.

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Enemy

Cruel disease
Answers few, questions many
Nervous,
Chemo, to do or not to do
Enemy
Respecter of none

Friday, August 15, 2008

Touch-A-Truck

Yesterday we went to the community Touch-A-Truck, they had a firetruck, several police vehicles, caterpillar, ambulance, cherry picker, various tractors for the kids to climb in and check them out. Hot dogs, lemonade, popcorn...what more could you ask for? Free you say? Yep. Carnival games and a great band for the kids! We had a wonderful time!

Phan

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Yea Michael Phelps!

Hangover?

I was just watching the news and they discussed the phenomenon of "Olympics Hangover". People are staying up too late night after night and feeling the effects. Yep, that is me. I am exhausted. I am just a tad obsessed with the Olympics. I just find it all, well almost all of it, too exciting! I love watching the athletes excel. No matter where they are from. OK. OK. I am always hoping the USA will win, but I really enjoy the best of the best or the underdog who gets a glimpse of their potential greatness rise to glory. Amazing. Well the washer just finished, so I will put the clothes in the dryer in record time and be asleep before my scores come in. Hey, I've got to push myself a little too! Right?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Tick Tock

Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Tock. Why when you are waiting for news on something does time drag (Today is taking an eon)? Why when you are in the middle of something exciting is it over so quickly? Time is a very strange thing. My father-in-law says simply, "There is no such thing as time." Intriguing. Sometimes I agree with him. How can an Olympic gold medal be lost/won by 7/10ths of a second? One will be remembered and the other forgotten. Why are babies babies for such a short time, but for those few sleepless months your brain can in no way see an end? On the same line, why does the nine months it takes for a baby take to arrive take so long? Why once they arrive, can you barely remember a time without them? Perhaps I should reread the Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster. Time...simply baffling.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Entrepreneurship


The neighborhood kids had a Lemonade Stand the day before yesterday. We have quite a bit of construction going on at the end of our street so everyone thought they would get some good business from all the hardworking men. No such luck! They would wave or just strain their necks the other way and pretend they didn't see/hear the kids. "Cold Lemonade for Sale!!!" Kudos to the Mediacomm guy, he stopped bought a cup and told the kids to keep the change! Very sweet! Other than that, all of the parents came down and did not get a family discount and purchased a few cups each. The kids worked very hard. They took card tables down and set them up by themselves, brought chairs, passed out fliers the day before, and extended their hours from 12-1 to 12-2. Lemonade gone, they cleaned up, went home and pocketed $3.95 each.

Childhood Dictionary

Lindsay kindly offered to "merind" me about something I said I might forget. "Don't worry Mom, I can merind you." She is also quite sweet to help me find the "merote" for the TV when it has been misplaced. I almost corrected her yesterday but couldn't bear to leave yet another bit of her childhood naivety behind. She is only four, I can wait a bit longer.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Joys of Home Ownership

So, the doorknob to the front door popped off into Eric's hand today. No Super to call, we did what any self respecting owner would do...we Googled. Ah yes, Googled, one of the/my favorite verbs of our generation. Sorry Bob Vila, you have been replaced. I never found an explanation that fit our exact type of knob, but eventually I got the gist of the necessary steps. Don't be fooled, I didn't personally fix it, Eric did that part. We make a great team.
Home 0, Owners 1
May our 'streak' continue!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Red Baron Flies Again



















































We finally put a play structure in the backyard. Eric worked hard on the assembly, (even harder because he had 'help' from the girls). They couldn't be happier! Thank you Eric! The girls and several of the neighbors have had a great time on it. They have been playing pilot, airline, flight attendant, fighter pilot, stunt pilot and a host of other games. This has been popular with various age groups!

Tom Sawyer Returns


Yesterday morning, my husband and I were bemoaning the crab grass that is beginning to invade our backyard. The kids were out playing with the neighbors then they all came to me to tell me "We're bored", which I of course replied they should play a rousing game of "Who can pick the most weeds!". Needless to say, they were not impressed. I sweetened the deal, a Popsicle to anyone who picks 20 weeds (by the root) and brings it to me. Our backyard is no longer being taken over...Thank you Mark Twain. (The smile on the youngest disappeared when she found out there were no more red Popsicles.)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Sweet Alarm Clock

This morning, I was awakened by my baby boy (in utero) with a massive case of the hiccups! It is the first time I have noticed hiccups with him and it was so fun to watch my belly bounce around. I am still feeling great with this pregnancy and am anxiously awaiting his arrival. Just a couple of months to go! Feeling him roll around and kick inside me is so amazing. It truly is a miracle.