Monday, June 30, 2008
1. Travis is having an 'interview' with the Fire Dept next Monday evening. Hope everything goes well, and he'll be going to fire school this fall.
2. Travis, being the wonderful, loving, amazing Husband that he is, got me a i-love-you-for-no-reason present. We recieved a package in the mail today, and he told me to open it. Inside was this lovely, pristine, beautiful new lens for my camera. It's going to take some getting used to, but I think I've got some good shots to display.
3. I signed up for the Detroit Half-Marathon today, to be run in October. Links will follow. And it will be fun. I'm running with one of my mother-in-law's coworkers. It's going to be fab. (or major? i don't know if i'm using that right Tiff. so sorry. btw - keep meaning to call you. seriously. we gotta chat.) anyway, back on track, poor, poor Detroit really needs some help. So I can run for charity, and I chose the 'Peanut Butter and Jelly' nonprofit. More info on that too later.
Gotta run (haha, get it?) - Toodles!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Here's hoping. If it didn't start raining the last inning, we would've caught one for sure.
And Neva, good to see you.
Ryan, quit torchering your nephew.
I said quit!
Thanks for the enjoyable family venture. It was lovely, we had a great time. I can't remember when the last time is that we have all been together at an event. We need to do it more often. Seriously.
This is Travis' camcorder.
That he lost while downtown on this particular Saturday Afternoon.
We needed to take Adalynn downtown to experience her very first Festival of the Arts in downtown GR. Summer in Grand Rapids is flanked by 2 popular festivals. The beginning of the summer is marked by the Festival of the Arts, where people showcase their musical and artistic talents of all kinds while us untalented people meander around enjoying the atmosphere and gorging on food from fundraising food boothes. (at the end of the summer is Celebration on the Grand, but that's not pertinent to this story). It just so happened that Sarah and Josh had tix for a Rampage (arena football) game Sat night, so we arranged to meet up with them as well. They drove downtown and got a wicked-good parking spot right next to the arena on the street (fyi - FREE PARKING. way to go guys.)
So we walked, talked, and experienced. Adalynn stayed snug-as-a-bug in the sling and watched, fascinated, from her perch. As Travis went to take a picture, he found his camcorder bag empty. Oops. To say he wasn't happy is a HUGE understatement. He was convinced it was gone. That someone had picked it up, walked off with it, never to be seen again. And sure 'nough they had. He'd laid it down on a ledge near where Josh and Sarah parked, and it hadn't made it back into his bag.
So I started praying. And I prayed through the next week. I posted a "lost" ad on Craigslist.com. We monitored the "found" ad's on Craigslist and in the GR Press. And then I saw it. A simple "Found: Camera, downtown Grand Rapids." I told Travis, he called and asked if the camera happened to be a red panasonic camcorder. The wife said, "Let me have you talk to my husband", and the older gentleman on the other end of the line made him identify the camera. I picked it up the 17th.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I tried spring cleaning my computer. It works quicker for the first 1/2 hour, but quickly fatigues.
And that is about all I know to do to fix it. And is it even fixable? or is it just reaching the end of a rapidly fraying rope? I hope not!
Grrrr. I'm very frustrated.
But, enough about that. This is what I need to remember to say soon:
1. Adalynn's First 'Festival of the Arts' and T's miracle.
2. My Transformation: just call me 2-Posh.
3. Our First Anniversary (i'll keep it to vague details).
4. Whitecaps Game.
5. Father's Day and Adalynn's First Sea-Doo Ride.
7. Ryan's 21st.
Yea....so we've got a lot to cover, folks. (did i really just say 'folks'? yikes. not cool. posh would NOT think that is cool.) I'll do the best I can, and hopefully Mr. PC will be on my side.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
When we saw this in the background.And it quickly became this:
And we decided it was time to go inside. Just in time too, because then this happened on the other side of the lake:
And the rain visited us. And then, 10minutes later, it was over. And the calm after the storm? Now that was beautiful.
But storms can be evil too. Like yesterday night, driving home white-knuckled on the steering wheel and peering through the windshield like I had tunnel vision. Nevermind you that my beloved husband and daughter snoozed through it even though I was convinced that Airforce One was landing on top of us. Unfortunately, our storms lately have been disastrous and deadly.
See the house on the left? By the fir trees? (it's a log home. a bit camoflauged in this picture, wouldn't you say?) We're pretty sure it's sitting in water.
The road in front of that house was flooded and tree-covered.
These poor people lost their driveway and most of their yard.
Ahhh nature. Always reminding us who's in control, aren't you?
Monday, June 2, 2008
And how to scoot...backwards. How to take steps (with mom and dad's help). And ride her push-along-scooter. And the 4wheeler.
And she wants to make sure it's all documented 100% correctly.
Date of first swim in Pool: Sunday, June 1. 2008.
Place: Nana and Papa's Pool
Temp of pool: 86deg
Co-Swimmers: Dad, Mom, Nana, Rocky, and Banks
Did I like it? Yes. You thought it was 'da Bomb. All that and a bag of chips. It rocked your world. (get the picture?)
You Grow Girl. (not too quickly though. grow slowly. tall, strong, and slooooow.)
ETA (edited to add) more opinion on this. I don't think that total simplicity is necessarily healthy, just like total consumerism or excessive materialism isn't. I think a healthy medium has to be found, a good balance. It would be really easy for me to get caught up in living as simply as possible and miss the meaning of life: to live for Christ, and instead be hung up on the latest organic product or thing to get rid of. Am I being selfish or trying to justify what we have because we are very blessed? I hope I don't come off like that. Sometimes people who are all natural, granola-ey, minimize material things, and live very simply seem to walk around spouting off all they don't have and how it is the only way to live. I think it's different for everyone, and we all need to find our happy place where we can focus on the most important things in life. and it is an ever moving, learning, searching, and tweaking progression.