Saturday, April 11, 2009

Day 101: Houseguests, the Human Kind This Time

We have some more Adams at our house for a visit. Jon's brother and his family are here for a few days and we are having a great time. We don't get to see each other often enough since they live in Wisconsin, about 14 hours away. Jon and his brother Ed give me great hope for my girls. If Jon and Ed can fight the way they say they did when they were kids, yet grow up to be so close, I can hold out hope that Karis and Quinn will one day be friends. Here's Ed checking out the Wii. I like to say I married the younger and better looking brother. Love ya, Ed!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Day 100: Hannah Montana!

Woohoo! The new Hannah Montana movie opened today! I took the girls to see it this afternoon and yes, I am not ashamed to admit that I LIKED it! Something about the whole phenomenon reminds me of being a kid and it feels good. After the movie I asked Karis and Harper to rate it on a scale of 1-10. Karis said 100. Harper said "infinity". I think they liked it too. :-)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Day 99: Backyard Egg Hunt

Out of the kindness of her heart, Dana used her own money to buy candy and stuff some plastic eggs for Karis, Harper and Quinn to find. We hid them then let the girls loose to look for them. Unfortunately it didn't turn out to be the fun experience we had hoped for. Maybe they were tired or hungry or overexcited, but there was a lot of whining and complaining about who found the most and who didn't like the candy in the eggs, etc. Not much fun for anybody, especially the sister who bought all the candy. :-( Here's Karis before the whinestorm broke.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Day 98: More Gardening

I probably got ahead of myself by planting my "garden" last weekend. I did take a shortcut by buying a tomato plant with not only blooms on it, but actual green tomatoes. Yeah baby! I'll be eating fresh tomatoes very very soon. Now the bad news is that you may notice this picture is taken indoor. That's because there is a freeze warning tonight. In fact all my plants are hiding out in the breakfast area for tonight.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Day 97: Another Houseguest

Would you believe that we have yet another feline houseguest? Dana's boyfriend James recently moved back to Ohio to finish his education but he couldn't take his cat with him, so she's staying with us for a year or so. She's a sweet kitty and likes to have her tummy scratched, kind of like a dog. You can pet her head and she'll roll over for you to scratch her belly. Funny little thing. Dana named her Zarah although I'm campaigning for another name. I'm not winning at the moment.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Day 96: Esther

We (as in the women of my church) started a new Bible study today. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I have never done a whole Beth Moore study, at least not a whole one. I'm excited to get into this one because I've seen Beth Moore on video and she is hilarious! And Esther is a book that I haven't really ever read so it will be interesting to dig into it and see what's there.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Day 95: Garden Oddity

I first noticed this tulip last year. We have a clump of them in our landscaping beside the house but this one seems to have separated from the pack and migrated into a shrub. It's lovely, sticking its little head out of the shrubbery, isn't it?

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Day 94: Egg Drop

LifeSong Church, where we belong, has a tendency to push the envelope on what might be considered "traditional" church activities. Our Easter Egg hunt today was no exception. In addition to hiding the eggs on the church lawn, we had a ultralight aircraft fly over and drop a bunch of little eggs with tiny parachutes attached. Sadly, the pilot overshot the target and most of them ended up in the woods. It was a memorable sight though! This is a picture I took of Q reaching for Dana's hand. I don't know what it is about the photo that I like, but I just love it.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Day 93: Going to See Big Eddie

Day trip! Today we headed down to Columbia to the EdVenture museum. The centerpiece of EdVenture is a huge structure made to look like a boy, and his name is Eddie. Quinn is scared of him but Karis loves to climb inside him and check out his brain, heart and stomach. We spent the most time in the music room where kids can compose and play back their own piano pieces. I took this one of Karis so that when she gets famous one day I can prove that I knew her "when".

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Day 92: The Big Gray Rat

That's what Dana calls Chuck E. Cheese. We dropped some $$ at CEC this afternoon in an effort to keep the girls occupied. Spring Break sounds like a nice idea but by day 3 or 4 they are starting to get bored with each other. This is Karis enjoying the virtual roller coaster there, but her very favorite thing was getting the fake ID cards that identified her as a cheerleader, CSI agent, actress, etc. We have quite a collection!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Day 91: Told You I'd Do It!

If you think I'm a little bit hair-obsessed, you're right. I can't do much about my wrinkles, and my makeup skills are minimal at best, but hair - that I can do. I've often said that the only reason I ever let my hair get any length at all to it is so I can cut it off and enjoy having more than an inch removed at a time. And I love a good razor cut! There's just something about that razor slicing through my hair that feels downright rebellious! I've been going to the same hairdresser for almost three years now and she knows what I like whether I can express it coherently or not. I don't like to wait for an appointment - when I decide I want a haircut I want it now. Laura is very good about getting me in on the same day and that's probably why I've stuck with her, considering that in the past I've been very fickle about who cuts my hair.

I've signed up to start subbing at the school and I needed something more low maintenance, or at least that's what I told myself. I think the truth is I just like to change things up.