Sunday, November 30, 2008

weekend update

I just uploaded a bunch of random pictures. I've been meaning to blog them all, so here they are!

This is a photo I took while we were in Panama in October. I had it printed as a 20x30 Gallery wrap to hang in my house. I'm in love with this piece. I've sold one with the potential to sell another. I took it up to church this morning as they are looking for new art work for the church. I got a ton of compliments and am proud to have it hanging there.

Satruday, after working a few hours I met Tami & Suzanne for lunch at Hu Hot. It was delicious as always, it was nice to finally meet Suzanne too!

Oh my Sarah does not know what she is in for in 5 short days! She was such a good girl, sitting so patiently while i'll snapped a few photos.
This is Waverly's Reinbeck History project for school. She worked hard on this poster and was proud to present it to her class.
This is my handy man. Poor Kevin had to work all day Saturday on his various properties. It's hell being a landlord, lol!!!! But gosh he got a lot done!
We had a food drive at work a week ago and collected a ton of food that we were able to donate to the local food bank.

a few more

just a couple more from Thanksgiving morning....
(Jason I told you I'd get this one out there!!! )

Friday, November 28, 2008


Dan- "Waverly, I can read you like a book. A book with really big print!"

Thursday, November 27, 2008

3 Posts in one day!!!

Oh my gosh, this is my third post of the day, maybe I should go out and get a life, LOL!!! What a great Thanksgiving. I even got a nap with Sarah this afternoon. I'm posting just one quick sneak peak from this morning. D & J, thanks for letting me spend the morning with you, I love your family!!! I so could have just stayed all day! What a fun bunch!

Brenda's girls

Oh we had so much fun last Sunday with all of the girls! E was her normal beautiful diva self, she's such a big girl! And A had us cracking up with her beep beep and "charlie". V & K are such beautiful babies and so easy going.


What a beautiful day we are having here in Iowa! The sun is shinning and the temperature is mild and there is no snow on the ground (yeah!!). I had thought I would reflect on what I am thankful for but I think I can sum it up in two words: Friends, Family.

Everything I am thankful for some how ties back to my friends and family. I have the best girlfriends I have ever had in my life. Loyal, intelligent, kind, wonderful, spiritual women. And their support & guidance & wisdom has helped me to become a better person.

And my family (you know who you are) who love and support me every day. The family that helps take care of my children. The family that does my laundry. The family that holds me when I'm sick. The family that dances with me in the dinning room. The family that lifts me up when I'm emotionally spent. The family that listens to me vent and helps me to see things in a new light. The family that rallies around me in my times of triumph. That is the family that I am so very thankful for.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Shari Extravaganza!!

I’m a little behind on my blogging lately. Things have been busy at home & work & my other work. A really good kind of busy though! Anyway two weeks back I had the pleasure of spending the whole weekend with my good friend Shari! I dubbed it the “Shari Extravaganza”! And it definitely lived up to it’s name. We started out with home made pastries at her house. Her talents never cease to amaze me! Lite and flaky pastries filled with sweat cinnamon-y goodness! Then we headed south to the Iowa game. I’ve never been to Kinnick Stadium for a game. We caught the train at the Coralville mall and road that over to the stadium. It was brisk that morning (ok it was freaking cold) but we were bundled up good! We had great seats just 25 rows up on the 15 yard line. I thoroughly enjoyed the game and all there was to see. And the Hawk’s won!

From there we drove to the Cracker Barrel for a late lunch. No trip with Shari would be complete with out a stop at the Cracker Barrel. As usual it was delicious! I am sad to report that they no longer have apple dumplings on their desert menu, however they have added pecan pie (that was to die for!). After lunch we headed over to our motel to change for our next event.

Shari had gotten us tickets for the Mercy Me concert in Davenport that evening. So we changed and headed out for the Adler theater. Bebo Norman was opening for them and I’ll admit I had no idea who he was prior to this evening. He and another musician did all of his songs acoustic. They were amazing. He could have been singing about anything and I would have loved his sound but the fact that his songs had such meaning made it even better.

Mercy Me was great, as expected. After their first four songs (which rocked!) they all sat down and turned up the house lights. They took questions from the audience and did a lot of acoustic songs. They spoke about a lot of things that really made me think, I had a couple “ah-ha” moments. It was a wonderful show, exactly what we were in the mood for. Bart ended the show on stage alone. He sang the first verse of a hymn I was not familiar with but it seemed everyone else knew it. After he sang the first verse he walked off stage, the lights dimmed and the entire audience finished the next three verses. It was an incredibly moving experience. Just remembering it now brings a tear to my eye. The energy that kind of show generates is amazing.

We got out of there about 11pm and had a heck of a time finding a Mc Donalds. (We were in need of a little late night grease!) We spent the next few hours just talking before finally falling asleep about 3am. We enjoyed a lazy Sunday morning and of course had to have breakfast (which actually turned into lunch) at the Cracker Barrel (we couldn't just drive by it on our way home). We ran through the Michael's in Coralville and picked up some scrapbooking goodies. Then before we left town we stopped at Walmart and picked up the latest Bebo Norman cd. I think I’ve been listening to it ever since.

What a wonderful weekend! It was the perfect combination of events, I had a great time!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

That's My King!

I'm waiting to get a link from Pastor Mike with the video that he showed today in church. It was the words of SM Lockridge. Dr. Lockridge was the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, San Diego CA from 1953 - 1993. This video makes you want to stand up and say AMEN!!! I'll admit I contained myself in our fairly conservative Presbyterian Church this morning but I wanted to stand up and shout! Thank you Pastor Mike for the introduction to Dr. Lockridge!

**ok correction i did a little hunting and found the video on my own. Watch it! then watch it again!

"You Can't outlive Him and you can't live without Him."


The cat is out of the bag, um, well, so to speak. I'm proud of my kids though, they kept the secret for almost two weeks. We went up yesterday to visit our new baby. He is getting so big!! And what a lover, he just loved all of us holding him! We won't be doing that for long though. Sully comes home on December 5th!

Monday, November 17, 2008


Isn't it funny how things happen, I've always said good things happen to good people. And sometimes good people are rewarded with things they didn't even realize they wanted. Frequently when you stop searching for something it just falls into your lap.
Are you tired of my trite sayings yet? lol!

We were all talking about names the other day. Dan decided he likes Farkas. Go figure. Waverly loves the name Jake. Tom & I kind of like Sullivan, Sully for short. Makes me think of the big hairy monster on the pixar movie Monsters Inc. I'm currently partial to Bebo (as I saw Bebo Norman on Saturday night but more about that later) but I can't get any of them to buy into Bebo. Oh well....

Friday, November 14, 2008


His package is heavy and his balls are misplaced. What more can we say about Brandon? Yep, that about does it!

Today was Brandon's last day at GMAC. I will miss Brandon. He brought a little laughter and fun to our room. He's been my neighbor for a while now and I'll miss him!

To answer a question raised earlier in the evening, yes. Totally Metro!
one beer, two beer, three beer floor.

My favorite Democrat Angie!!!

Jeff... ah Jeff.. ever the thinker.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Poor decision making skills

I do ok most of the time. I'm a fairly responsible upstanding citizen. I'm a classic over achiever so I tend to bite off more than I can chew but eventually I get it all down.

Then there are the other times, where I make rash, spur of the moment decisions. Decisions solely based on immediate gratification. Decisions not always thought through. Even when they are thought through and the cons out weigh the pros, I'll still choose the wrong one on occasion.

But we only live once. As my former director once told me, "You could be hit by a bus tomorrow" (I don't remember learning that little analogy in leadership training?). I say why not enjoy today, make the most of it! Who care what kind of "poop" you have to clean up tomorrow, live for today sister!!

Why I feel the need to justify what others may see as a poor decisionIi do not know? I think it has something to do with the over achiever in me...

By the way I picked up my brochures & business cards from my lab today. They are great!!! Makes me feel so official. Kind of scary. Makes me feel like I might have to work a little harder at it now, lol!!! Good thing I love it!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

weekend update

It still amazes me how much I can squeeze into a weekend. We had quite a roller coaster of events this weekend. Friday we sadly attended the visitation for Tom's step grandmother who passed away earlier in the week.

Saturday morning we rushed out the door & headed to Grundy to help Jodi with Claire's 7th birthday party. I've never seen so many little girls in party dresses. It was a "tea party" so 15 first grade girls came in their frilly dresses & then Jodi decked them out further with feather boas, sparkly necklaces and satin gloves. It went very smoothly & every one had a great time. I think the "after" party got the rowdiest!

Saturday afternoon we attended the funeral & burial for Tom's step-grandmother in Cedar Falls. It's funny how God works. After our trip to Panama we had talked a little about maybe looking into doing some mission work. We had so enjoyed our time with the Ember Indians & really wanted to take that further. The soloist at the funeral was absolutely wonderful. So good in fact I was compelled to speak with her after the service to find out more about her, with the hopes of having her visit our church in the near future. I learned that in addition to being wonderful musicians she & her husband were also missionaries in Mexico. We talked for a while about this and I gave her all of my contact information.

After we got back from Panama I had done some searing on line for mission work or "volunteer vacations" but hadn't come across anything that really jumped out at me. How wonderful that this woman was put in my path! I'm eagerly awaiting information about their projects & admittedly I am thinking about the possibility of a mission trip in the future.

Monday, November 3, 2008

One is the loneliest number

I love Halloween! Every year I dress the kids up, we take as many pictures as we can before it gets too dark and we brave the cold and wet in search of the best candy within a 5 block radius!

But this year it was all different. Yes, I got to dress them up but because of the extended daylight savings time it was light until almost 6:oo pm so we weren't fighting the impending darkness. And there was no cold to brave, no dampness or even rain. It had been in the 70's all day. They didn't have to wear their winter coats and snow pants under their costumes. They actually went with out jackets. But most importantly I did not go out with them. I was left at home. I didn't know what to do with myself. I watched them walk down the street and out of my sight and then sadly sat on the couch. I guess it was inevitable that they would grow up and go out trick or treating on their own.

I finally got a call about 6:45 that they were way up on Valley drive. Way across town! I happily drove up and found them ringing the last few bell. Their bags were over flowing and they were pooped. And they had a great time and I came to terms with the fact that I was no longer needed, for trick or treating anyway.... yet another milestone.

I guess even Jason Voorhies has to keep in touch with his peeps, lol!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Play the video!!!! The music is a must, but below are the pics from the party. Thanks to everyone who dressed up and drove all the way out here! What a great group, lots of laughs!!!