Friday, February 26, 2010

My New Favorite Song

I've been a fan of BNL for a long time. Looking forward to the new album. This song is the new BNL.










Indoor Soccer

Sam is playing indoor soccer again this year. And loving it! I finally made it to one of his games {maybe the only this year}. He is getting better and better. He seems to like playing defense.


Pete is coaching. And despite Sam's defense tendencies, he can handle a kick off.



It is a great activity for him between fall soccer and t-ball/baseball in the spring.




A great way to spend some energy when it is too cold to play outside.

Stars in Alabama

We recently attended a dinner at The Ledges in Huntsville. Pete's group was recognized in Boeing's annual awards dinner for their work on the ISS last summer.


The weather was crazy that night. It was cold, windy and raining. {And it got worse. The wind was so bad that my umbrella broke as we were getting into the car to leave. It flipped around and handle bent with me trying to hold onto it.} The clubhouse reminded me of a clubhouse we went to in the Ft. Lauderdale area when I traveled for work. {The golf course in Florida was actually used in the movie Caddyshack.} It was very nice. And Pete got crystal and I didn't.

The Disney Jar

Pete & I have had a change jar for a long time. Our original one was so big that we never could fill it. We ended up getting rid of it and buying one that was a little smaller. It is still big. For our 10th anniversary cruise, we saved enough change to buy the romance package. We had appetizers in our room, flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, big thick robes, etc. It was nice. All from loose change.

When we decided to take the kids to Disney World for the first time, we bought some Disney stickers and named the jar "The Disney Jar". We have saved change before each trip and used it towards souvenirs or a pirate cruise. A little something extra.

Our next trip is coming soon so I recently decided to count the change and see how we were coming along.


Sam came home from school when I was mid-count. He helped me make stacks of 10 dimes, 10 pennies, 5 nickels and 4 quarters. We even had some $20, $5 & $1 bills.



We counted and stacked. And counted and stacked. It took a couple of hours to work through all of the change.



When we finished, we had a total of $284.75. It took us a while to save it. Some was literally pocket change. Some came from couponing. Anything I saved in coupons {although I didn't put it in every time} would go into the jar.


We loaded our change up and took it to the bank for safe keeping until it is time for us to go to Disney World. And we've already started saving again for our next trip. And to make it fun, we'll be re-theming our stickers soon for our next destination. The plan is for our next big trip to be to Hawaii. Just as soon as we save enough pennies.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Treats


Treats for the kiddos...


Treats for the Momma...



Publix had these awesome strawberries when we shopped this afternoon for our Valentine's dinner. I bought 2 lbs & some chocolate to dip them myself {they were also selling chocolate covered strawberries by the pound}. Pete grilled ribeyes. We also had shrimp scampi, baked sweet potatoes, broccoli, caprese salad and rolls. It was delicious! And we didn't have to fight the crowds at the restaurants.

What is your favorite Valentine's dinner? Or Valentine's treat?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This Week on "House"...


The other night, I was pretty tired and NEEDED to go to bed early. Grace still doesn't have a great sleep pattern, but the last week or so has been a lot worse than normal. We have put her to bed not once, twice, three times... but sometimes even more. Tuesday night was no exception. She came out of her room and asked for some milk. We gave her a little bit and then sent her back to bed.

A few minutes later, she came back into the living room again. She said her nose hurt. And she had green stuff in it. Considering she had had some congestion & drainage, her statement didn't surprise me. She kept on saying she had something green in her nose. Pete was ferociously searching for the nose sucker that has mysteriously disappeared. I got her in my lap & started looking in her nose. I asked Pete to bring me a flashlight. She did have something green in her nose. But it wasn't what I was expecting to find. It was as she described "a pen top" {which turned out to be a pencil eraser}.

It was 9:30. Pete looked at me, "I'll take her" {to the ER}. At the same time, going through my mind was...he has to get up to go to work in the morning...I am tired...looks like I'll be even more tired when I get home from the ER and go to bed. So I got dressed, grabbed some stuff to entertain Grace while we waited {and a Mountain Dew for me - hello, caffeine!} and we were on the way.

We got to the ER and only had to wait the amount of time it took me to fill out paperwork and for them to enter it in the computer. Phew! No super long wait. We got into a room & the nurse that took us back said she wanted to look in Grace's nose. Grace was less than thrilled about that. It took the 2 of us to hold her still just so the nurse could shine a light to see in her nose. I could only imagine how fun it would be when they were ready to actually do something about getting this green object out of her nose. We were just trying to look in her nose, and she was pitching a huge fit.

We got Grace's coloring book & crayons out and started coloring. A few minutes later, the doctor came in and wanted to see Grace's nose. Wow! That was fun! He left to gather his "tools" and would be back soon. A few minutes later, he came back with some saline spray & something in a syringe that would numb her nose. So he sprayed the saline and followed it with the numbing stuff. And the stuff just ran out of her nose onto her pajamas. She didn't like that..."I'm messy". The doctor said he had to go finish his "contraption" {and give the med a few minutes to work} and he'd be back.

He came back with his tools...a male nurse or tech, a female nurse, 2 different types of forceps and a paper clip. I felt like I was in a scene from "House" - enter House, Cameron & Chase. He bent the paper clip and made a hook at one end and said he expected it to be the best thing to retrieve our green thing. Everyone got into position. {I wish I had pictures!} They put the head of the bed straight up so Grace could sit up against it. The male nurse {Chase} got onto the head of the bed & straddled the frame so he could lean over the top of the mattress and hold Grace's head still. The other nurse {Cameron} was at the foot of the bed with a pillow covering Grace's legs. She was also holding her hands. I was sitting on one side holding on to her & talking to her while the doctor {House} was on the other side. It really went pretty fast, but Grace - expectedly - screamed the whole time. The nurse told her she could have a popsicle when they were done. Grace told her that she wanted purple "because it's my favorite!". Once the doctor got the eraser out {and handed it to me as a "souvenir" - gee, thanks!}, he thanked his backup for their help. The male nurse said it was the most fun he had had all night. They left & Grace enjoyed her popsicle while we waited to be discharged.


At some point while we were waiting, some hospital person came by and offered Grace a bear. It turns out that the bear was made by ladies at our church. They meet each month to make these bears and then deliver them to the hospital for them to give to kids when they are in the ER or staying in the hospital. Grace loved it. She wouldn't let go of it.


We finally got our discharge instructions - "Do not put things up your nose". And we were able to go home. I hoped that Grace would fall asleep on the way home since it was almost 11:30. No such luck. I guess the excitement of going to the hospital was too much. We got back home, and the bedtime fight continued. I was glad when she was finally asleep.