Friday, August 28, 2009


It was one of those moments. I was standing in line at the bank, waiting for the next available teller, ready to get myself some cash to hit up a few garage sales. At the counter, I made my request and waited while the teller processed it.

"Any certain bills?" She asked, looking up at me.

Well, huh. That's rather personal, I thought. Now why would she need to know if this money is for bills?!

"Uh, excuse me?" I said hoping for some clarification.

"Would you like any certain bills?" she repeated as she opened the cash drawer.

And silently I went, Ohh. Yeah, bills. Those greenbacks I came in for? Yeah, them things. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Holding on to Summer

I know I haven't updated very frequently these days. Summer caught a hold of us this past week and we crammed all that we could into those few warm days. And even if the weather isn't supposed to be as beautiful as it was, we plan to cram as much as we can into the next week as well.



School starts in little over a week. I don't know how I feel about that. A little alarmed that summer will soon bow out for the year, a little nervous how everything, if everything, will work out. But ready (I guess) to get it going, get it over with. One. more. year. And a baby due halfway through to make things a little more enetertaining!

But for the time being I'm holding on to summer. Ready for a few more bonfires, a few more saunas, a few more days of cramming sandy beach towells into the bag, packing the cooler, and trekking out to the camp to visit my sister and her family.

Let the seasons change, let it be what it will. But, summer's not over yet!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Announcement of the month!

Attention! Newsflash! Stop what you're doing and check this out. (Well. Okay, I don't really expect you to appreciate it the way we do, but still. An event of this magnitude must be chronicled.)

My little girl who is 18 months old today officially walks.

Yes, you heard correctly. We have been waiting and waiting. And waiting. And cheering and clapping at the sign of anything that remotely resembled an unassisted step. But, alas she kept us waiting until this past week to really take off on her own. And as predicted, she hasn't stopped since. She almost runs already. Turns around, walks sideways, backwards, whatever the mood strikes. Why start walking before you can do it all, right?

She is enjoying herself so much. Loves when the other kids run with her and makes me feel like she is now a toddler and no longer the baby she's been up until this point. Her new found freedom makes her so happy and it's contagious. The other two are still exclaiming with amazement, "Mom! Hannah's walking!" Yes, we thought this was a feat that was worthy of some serious enthusiasm.

Okay, you can go back to whatever you were doing now. Just had to share.

It looks like a beautiful day to be outside. A day to put everything else aside and soak up the warm weather. Enjoy your day!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Road Trip Weekend

What an awesome weekend we just had! Life seems to have been in non-stop motion since our vacation at the camp came to an end, and it's only going to increase at snowballing speeds as the month goes on, but that's okay. It's a good thing.

We went out of town this weekend for a cousin's wedding without our kids. It was one of those trips where- from the second you fasten your seat belt till the moment you roll back out of the van at the weekend's end- you feel like you never stop laughing. We went with my sister and her husband and met up with my other sister and her husband as well as my niece. Combine this crowd with some rellies that we don't see all too often and the result is: little sleep, late night runs for ice cream, big breakfasts, and lots of quirky family laughs.

The night we pulled into Milwaukee, we thought we'd just swing by a Wal-Mart to pick up some flowers for my Aunt's birthday. So, Ryan plugs it into the GPS and being the naive small-towners we are we jump off the freeway the sign of the nearest Wal-Mart. Turns out we pulled into a not-so-good section of town. Later my cousin told us when she goes to that part of town for work they give her an escort to her car. Oops.

Well, we finally made it to my Aunt and Uncle's house- picking up some flowers at a store nearly right on her corner- and decided to play a bit of a prank on everyone that was already there as it was dark and we were the last to arrive. So, as we're walking up the driveway I grabbed my cell phone and called my mom who was inside. I told her we were lost, gave her the name of what I thought was a fictional street, and told her I couldn't talk- that we had to try to get out of there. Turns out my "fictional" street name actually was a really bad street to be stuck on. My aunt was on the other end of the phone going, "Tell them to get out of there!" Oops, again. But this time it was worth it.

So without going into to much else, I'll sum it up: A happily married couple, good company and good foods- well, uh except for that spicy Asian chicken, and a radiator that didn't even need replacing. Oh, yeah- and a sixth anniversary for my husband and I on which he declared, "Feels like six months!" with great conviction. Successful weekend indeed.