Sunday, July 26, 2009

houston…we have a problem

meet pete. 


he is my best friend, my hubby of over 13 years.  we met 18 years ago at our summer job - here.  we dated through college and married as we were graduating.  {sidenote:  i spent 17 years at the museum before i got my current gig as a bon-bon eating, soap opera watching stay at home mom.}  he is a wonderful husband, and i am so thankful that the kids have him for a dad.  he can do lots of things…play ball (baseball, soccer, football, golf – and he coaches soccer & t-ball), take great photos, tackle landscaping challenges, grow delicious tomatoes, work a smoker (have you had his chicken?  if not, you should), build awesome built in bookcases, fix a leaky toilet and other home repairs, and do most anything the kids want to do (building a snowman, playing ball, putt-putt, etc.).  and i’m sure i’ve left something out.

when he’s not busy doing all of the things he manages to pull off, he spends his time at his day job as a software engineer supporting the international space station.  he has spent most of his career at this job.  it is a great job – he works monday through friday with little weekend work or overtime required.  he has had to travel a little bit but not much since sam was born.

i think i have a taste of what it is like to be a doctor’s wife.  he got a call from work yesterday about a carbon dioxide problem on the space station.  i don’t much about the problem, but when the space station calls you kind of have to stop what you are doing and take care of the problem.  there’s no sending them to the hardware (or software) store for a new part or scheduling an appointment for a check-up when it is convenient.  it is kind of like emergency surgery or delivering a baby.  it. doesn’t. wait. 

we thought we had dodged the bullet, but he eventually had to go into work last night.  we had friends over for dinner, so he grilled & swallowed his steak almost whole and rushed off to work. and he is there again today – until the problem is fixed as it looks now.

i guess the good news for us is that with any luck, he will have a couple of days off since he has pretty much worked the whole weekend.  maybe our last getaway before schools starts can be extended a couple of days…and we can go somewhere new.  a little further from home.

trying something new…

i just set up  to use windows live writer for blogging.  anything that can simplify the process is good. 

i can insert a map…we’re going here soon.

(in a future life, you might see a map here…)

a table…not sure what to use it for now, but…

a b c d

a hyperlink…

click here for my blog

pictures, videos…

we’ll see how this works…

as soon as i get some sleep.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

happy birthday sam!

it is hard to believe...
sam was born five years ago today - 7.18.04
7 lbs 8 oz.

2 weeks before delivery...

just born...

in the hospital...

6 months...

1 year (and he hated that cake by the way - didn't eat cake until he was 3 1/2 yrs old)...

2 years (playing on a John Deere - his favorite kind of tractor - playset)...

3 years (still likes John Deere, can you tell?)...

4 years (what? don't you wear shark rain boots when you play baseball?)...

5 years...

i am so thankful for sam. time sure has flown by, and it has been fun (and sometimes not so), exciting and amazing to see him grow from a newborn into a sweet, smart, thoughtful, independent, artistic, soccer and baseball playing and cake eating boy.

happy birthday sam! and many more...

Friday, July 17, 2009

welcome to the jungle

i had a dream before we bought our new house that the new house would have woods or a tree line of some sort along the back. i think the dream was based on conversations we have had over the years about our ideal house. while we like having neighbors, we loved the idea of the privacy & "closeness to nature" that not having a backdoor neighbor would give us.





pete & adam spent an afternoon fighting in the "jungle" to clean up and try to tame the wild. they won the battle...with wounds (a little poison ivy) to prove it. the war rages on... pics of their progress later.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

oh the summertime...

This is one reason (or a few) why I. love. summer.

fresh. fried. okra.

yummy. mashed. potatoes. (in the making here)

peaches for fresh. peach. cobbler.

One delicious meal...meatloaf, mashed potatoes, fried okra & garden fresh tomatoes. Yum!

Sam decided that sliced tomatoes wasn't enough for him. He had a tomato mozzarella salad - slices cut up bite size along with a sliced cheese stick and topped with some italian dressing. What great taste he has!

I don't have a pic of the cobbler, but for my first attempt at making it, I was impressed. We topped it with a little whipped cream. It. was. absolutely. divine!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

a work in progress

I have been working tonight on tweaking the layout, colors, etc. on my blog. Still need to finish "prettying it up"...eventually. But it is what it is for now. A birthday party will probably occupy my time this week.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

on a find space

My blogging and digital scrapbooking have been hampered since I got back from my cruise due to computer issues. I am having trouble uploading my pictures, and I'm almost out of space on my hard drive. It is a very vicious thing...can't upload so I can't move pictures to the external drive to make space for more pictures. And how can a blog be complete without pictures? If the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" is true, then that means I need to come up with another 5,000 or so words on any given entry. That's tough! especially for me.