Friday, July 23, 2010

weekends at home

We have had a rip roaring summer full of weddings, babies, family, church festivals, and friends.

It's been so exciting that we have only had about 4 weekends at home over the past 4 months....and there are piles of laundry, dust bunnies, and weeds in our flower beds to prove it!

This weekend we are home. : )

The big plans?

Friday: Skyline chili for dinner (yum!) and finishing a bottle of wine while watching Mad Men season 3

Saturday: Weeding/housework, grilling out, and maybe a game night

Sunday: Church and chilling out

LOVE IT! We are basically doing nothing!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

you get what you get...

...and you don't throw a fit!

ha! That's a little ditty that I say to my preschoolers daily. ; ) It also applies to my lack of blogging!

This past weekend D and I packed up the kitchen sink, I mean, car! and headed to Lake Hope State Park for the D family reunion. As usual it was great to see everyone and the beer was flowin'. There were quite a few activities planned for the weekend: hiking, card playing, eating, canoing. cornhole playing, drinking, chatting, and ziplining.

I agreed to zipline about 6 months ago. Oh! How fun! YES! I'd looove to go. Do you all know what ziplining entails?? HANGING FROM A 1/2 INCH ROPE 80 FEET ABOVE SHARP POINTY ROCKS AND ANIMALS! Needless to say, as the date approached I became more apprehensive.

Every time I thought about ziplining my heart would race and my stomach would sink. I was terrified.

Here's the thing. D's family is competitive. These people will sit around for hours comparing toes to see who has the longest, they will get out a scale and compare weights, they have even been known to compete to see who has the lowest or highest blood pressure. hard core, I know. D and his cousins could entertain themselves for hours anything....and they won't let you live it down....e v e r.

Knowing them and their competitive ways I knew I couldn't back out. I tried. All morning on Friday I cried and gnashed my teeth. I moped around. I couldn't eat or drink. I declared that I was backing out. In no uncertain way was I going to jump off a platform attached to a 1/2 inch rope.

D was supportive...or terrified. He had never seen me so distraught.

At the last minute I caved and agreed to zipline. Being the frugal person that I am I could not possibly let the $75 I prepaid go to waste.

On the way there I sweated through my clothes.

When it was our turn to zip I got picked to go first. fabulous. Thanks hippie zipline instructors!

D laughed. alot.

I screamed. alot.

Ziplining was not nearly as terrifying as I imagined. You are indeed hooked to a 1/2 inch rope 80 feet above sharp pointy rocks and animals but it's a smooth, moderately paced, surreal ride through the trees.

I actually enjoyed myself while screaming through the air and conquering my fear. Everyone else enjoyed my hysterical show. ha ha!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

wow it's july!!

Welcome to July. This month makes me think of summer picnics, fireworks!, friends, family, and the troops.

In honor of July 4th, D and I are sending care packages to our servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I am incredibly proud and honored to know/love several Marines who have served our great nation while at war. D's cousin J is going back for his 3rd tour of's the kicker...his contract with the Marines is up and he has chosen to continue his service by volunteering for another tour in Afghanistan. I am proud and grateful of he and his family's sacrifice.

D and I chose to donate through You can also send care packages from here. Today Old Navy kicked off a campaign where you can donated an item from the store to the troops and receive 10% off your purchase.

There are plenty of options for giving.

While you are enjoying your hotdogs, beer, and fireworks please take a moment to remember our troops who are fighting for your freedom. Please consider making a donation, sending a card or care package to let them know that they are appreciated and thought of at home.

The men and women who serve our country are HEROS. This 4th of July I will be praying for their continued safety and success.