Thursday, May 29, 2008

Unphotographable - The dinning room

I can't resist getting in on this.

This is a photo I did not take: itunes is playing, as it is 95% of the time at my house and The Bee Gees Staying Alive comes on (oh that's far from the weirdest stuff I have on itunes). Spontaneously Dan & I both end up in the dinning room dancing, doing our best Johnny T impressions. Oh we laughed!

Will he always be willing to dance with his mom in the dinning room? I hope so.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Fair weather photos??

We braved it. Mostly because at that moment we were oblivious to the destruction that was going on mere miles away. The footage of what is left of Parkersburg make me nauseous. Our hearts go out to our friends & family that have been impacted by this terrible storm. We spent a good hour in the basement ourselves last night after we battened down the hatches here at home. We were laying in bed about 11:30pm watching the news when they announced that the tornado was being classified as an F4. Only one step below an F5, the finger of God.
I felt very thankful this morning as I went around the house plugging everything back in, thankful that I still had a home. That our school still stands unlike our neighbors in Parkersburg.

But prior to all of that I was able to meet up with the Sljivo's and capture some great photos of their beautiful family. Tarik has grown by leaps and bounds! He was just an infant the last time I saw him. And Keno, ever the wild man, couldn't even be bribed with m&m's, lol, we did managed to get his attention once in awhile though. We worked quickly as the mosquitoes were in full force & managed to escape with just a few bites. Thanks to Denise for coming along and helping out!!!

Always Remember

Friday, May 23, 2008

practically perfect

fyi check out karen russells post on Adobe RGB vs sRGB. it's very good advice, like Karen would give bad advice, lol!

Anyway... I had the best day today! Although I was a little bummed when I heard thunder before I even opened my eyes. Everything just sort of fell into place today (and none of it was scheduled, imagine that!). Initially I was a little over whelmed by my "to do list" but I was surprised that I was able to get most of it done before 9:30am (one of the perks of living in a small town I suppose). So I drove into Waterloo and went to tan. I was early so the big super duper VIP bed, that is never open when I'm there, was open (oh it must be my lucky day). I'm not sure how I'm ever going to be able to tan in a regular bed again, that was heavenly.
Then I ran to the mall, I had just a couple stops there. I was enjoying the leisurely pace that I had set, as opposed to my normal 100 mph pace, but I kept having this strange sensation that I was being watched. From the mall I headed over the LA Nails and put my name on the list for a pedicure & manicure. As I was waiting I picked up my voice mails and my friend Shari advised me that she had been watching me wander around the mall while she was in getting her hair cut (I told you I was being watched!). I added her name to the list and told her to come soak her feet with me. We had such a nice time, relaxing in the massage chairs & being pampered. By the time we were done the rain had stopped and the sun came out. Afterwards we ran up to Carlos for lunch. The whole day was so impromptu and so relaxing. I got home in time relax a little and catch up on my emails before I had to pick up my kids.
I feel so rejuvenated and relaxed it is wonderful. I hear my kids giggling from the tv room, I'm going to go snuggle on the couch and watch Jeff Dunham with them. The perfect end to the perfect day. Thanks to everyone who enhanced my enjoyment of today.... ;-)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

hu hot, tin foil & ben franklin

My buddy Tami & I try to hit Hu Hot once a month. We plan it & then look forward to it for days. This time around we invited a friend of ours along. To protect her identity we'll call her Jenny V.(that and i think she was looking forward to getting an alias, lol). The poor waitress tried in the worst way to get Jenny V. to eat something other than chicken strips. We walked her through the whole glorious Hu Hot process, trying to entice her with succulent beef, fresh veggies and tantalizing sauces. We even let her eat from our plates, but alas Jenny V. ordered the chicken strips.

I have to comment on what a great sense of humor my friend Brandon has. He is the lone male in our department and we give him enormous amounts of grief. Poor Brandon was out sick last Friday, which happened to also be late charge day... He paid for it come Monday morning.... Come to think of it, it sorta makes me not want to take a day off, lol!

And most recently we attended the Celebration of Learning at Reinbeck Elementary where the students in Eagle got to display their notable individual projects. Dan's display board was great! He was very proud of it and we all learned a lot about Benjamin Franklin. Way to go Dan!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Meet the Swestka's!

I got to meet Trish & Jerrad in February at a party and we had a blast. They are just really fun people! Well Saturday I got to meet their kids and oh my gosh what a bunch.! We had a great time. Haley was such a nice young lady and Jake & Lexi are the most outgoing 4 years I've met (they're twins you know, lol!). I'm looking forward to getting our families together soon!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A must see sight

You have to go here. If you click all at the bottom it will take you to an archive of all entries. I'm a dork, I don't think anyone would argue that, least of all me. And I get excited by things. There are things in the world that just strike me. Make me go "wow" and my mouth pops open a little... This was one of those things.

here are a few of my favorite

Happy Mother's Day!!

To all the moms in my life, Happy Mother's Day.


Wednesday, May 7, 2008


I was starting to think my trees weren't going to bloom. I have no idea what kind of trees they are. Isn't that sad. We've been here four years and I still don't know what they are. Normally they bloom right around Waverly's birthday. I was pleased to see the little buds that are covering the branches tonight. So glad it's finally spring in Iowa! Now I'm holding out for beautiful weather Saturday!!!!!!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

don't use your sleeve!

i was sitting here typing an email to my father, crying my eyes out. Not a tissue in arms length so i used my shirt to wipe my nose. and in my head i heard my grandma's voice say "Ack! don't use your sleeve, get a tissue!!". I couldn't help but laugh out loud!

Things I learned from my Grandma

Re birth: Occasionally we would find a caterpillar and make him a home in a glass jar with holes poked in the metal lid. Eventually it would make a cocoon and then become a beautiful monarch butterfly.

Pies made with meringue topping set to cool on the back porch some how always ended up with finger holes poked in the top.

Relaxation: I remember sitting on Grandma’s lap, in her brown upholstered rocking chair. Playing I spy or 20 questions. Or just rocking.

I remember walking to the creek to get mud especially for mud pie. Then we would “cook” them out back, the holes in cinder blocks serving as our oven.

Molasses cookies (with the crackle tops of course).

The huge garden out back and eating peas right out of the pod in the back yard.

Imagination: Seems like we were always creating something. Fabric paint on towels and pillow cases. Sewing clothes for my dolls on her old black sewing machine, embroidery, potato stamps with temper paint.

Exploration: I use to love to pillage thru the little attic spaces upstairs, I don’t know that this was grandma’s favorite past time as I always found things I wanted to drag downstairs. Like the big metal doll house, how unsafe would that be deemed today? And the picture books with photos of puppies and kittens dressed in clothes. Oh how I wish I had those books now.

There was a little table beside her rocking chair that held a small collection of books on birds and trees and butterflies. So old and well used that their spines were held together with scotch tape.

Nutrition: Minute steak and mashed potatoes and creamed peas and peaches and pies. I don’t think she ever made a one course meal.

In the basement under the steps was our safe haven during tornado warnings. Grandpa would stand and watch the sky out the basement door while grandma sat with me under the steps reading books.

Pink: My pink hair brush from Avon. And the brick that she covered in pink terry cloth that I stood on so I could reach the sink to brush my teeth.

Grandma’s aprons.

Animal kindness: Cats always seem to be lurking around the back door. I don’t ever remember petting them but they knew Grandma would feed them.

Birthday cakes were a big deal, she use to put them on this platform that spun around and played happy birthday (I have that now but have not used it for my own kids. I need to do that). I also have a set of metal mixing bowls and measuring cups that were hers. I love cooking for my family with the same utensils that grandma used.

Neighborly: Walking down to Dingles to see his miniatures. I can’t remember how many times we did this but seemed like we always noticed something new.

Recycle: Grandma had a loom set up in her kitchen where she would make rugs from old rags and even bread wrappers! I use to love to sit at that big old thing and run the peddles and slide the shuttle cock back and forth. I imagine she had to un do my mess many a time.

Wild flowers: holly hocks beside the garage and violets on the window sill.

Godspeed Grandma.