Sunday, July 29, 2007
Here is a fact about Zach that you may not know, most babies are soothed by the sound of a wind-up twinkle-twinkle or a lullaby, not our babe, when he gets fussy and fed up with being in his car seat or is just so tired he can't stand it, but he doesn't want to sleep, put on a little Aerosmith and in a split second that sweet child is quiet as can be and will fall asleep if that's the problem, but if he's just fed up with the car ride he'll start to sing along! "Sweet Emotion" seems to be his favorite so far!
Friday, July 27, 2007
This is the guy who was fast and fabulous and marked my sis for life! He really did great and either she's really tough, or he was really gentle (she is REALLY tough!). She is still out celebrated the decline of her youth, just like a rock star, I'd imagine! Happy, Happy Birthday Andie!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
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Thursday, July 12, 2007
At first it really was, I admit for our own amusement, and what a hoot! But then he wouldn't leave it alone, face after scrunched up face he endured until he only had the peel left!
And he would have eaten the peel if we would have let him! All our laughter and the laughter of those at the tables around us, he didn't even notice, he has a new love, LEMONS!
The clowns were there too, and all we paid them was a slice of strawberry cake and some ice cream, they were hilarious, kept us in stitches!
Looking forward to the coming year and watching our princess grow is a never-ending drama/comedy and always a love story!
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Andrea and Aaron's house is a three bedroom, I'd say about 1800 square feet, and somehow we all make it work. We put another refrigerator in the garage, which is a must have for ten people. Everyone just has to remember that it is only for a short time and I really think that we will look back and cherish some of these times we've spent together this summer. This is a really wonderful thing that Aaron and Andrea are doing for us, we will be eternally grateful to them, and anytime they need a place to stay, they can come on over, they will always be welcome at our house!
This picture above is our master bedroom, looks a little different, doesn't it! It really looks more like a bedroom everyday!
Randy, our sheet rock finisher, works with Rob at Frito Lay and he does this on the side, he is hard working guy for sure!
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Here's the thing, while I was in the dating world, "kissing toads", I had made a list, criteria, if you will, for the man I needed, to get married again. I had that list in front of me during that phone call, and I checked off a few of them, this may sound completely unromantic on my part, but getting hurt by yet another Mr.Wrong, was not what I wanted, so now, I had standards and high ones at that!
Things on my list included, a Christian, a family- oriented man, a leader, someone with a strong sense of who he is, and a good communicator. Now, also on the list were things like, funny and romantic, it was a very well-rounded 27 item list. I had prayed over this list in the months before and Rob sounded like a good possibility.
On our first date, I met him at the restaurant and he was standing there in front of Timberline Steakhouse with a bouquet of flowers and I would love to tell you, just then he scored big points, and good looking - bonus! This interview, I mean, date was off to a good start (hey, I had two kids to think about!). The conversation from about 6:30pm to 3am never lagged and I checked off 24 things off my list. I don't think I had ever been so completely honest with anyone, but my therapist, ever. It was freeing, so relaxing, to just be myself. I was truly not concerned with what his opinion of me was one way or the other, I had standards for him and he was hitting a home run and I think for the first time I felt like finally I was worth it and bending over backwards trying to be someone I was not for the person I was with was not going to even be an option.
In discovering more about Rob I remembered meeting, Keith, his son. I only remembered him from when he was a baby and about two, over at Hildred's house. But I remembered even then being taken with this adorable little guy, he had stolen my heart, way back then, and seeing Rob's pictures of him, it brought that all back to me, Keith, was one in a million for sure.
I was truly amazed at the things we talked about, things you just don't talk about till the fourth or fifth date, at least, but you know, both of us being parents and knowing who we are as individuals actually made it easier to know if the two could become one. Neither one of us were here to make a new friend, we were looking for Mr./Mrs.Right. Walking on air in the early morning hours out of the Denny's on Wanamaker, which that night, was the most fabulous coffee spot in the world, I actually was 98% sure that I had met him, my Mr.Right.
Growing up with such a godly, strong father, I was measuring this man up to the very high standard, Daddy, himself. Yes, I know, it has not escaped me that he does look a lot like my Dad, that was not a qualification, I promise! With Rob, I have never felt uncomfortable in his
presence, never even self-conscious, perfectly comfortable, treated like a queen, respected!
He is a good and godly man, and he came with references!
That first date was September 27, 2004, our engagement, October 30, 2004, and our beautiful wedding on Christmas Eve, 2004, all a testament to how well we fit each other. Don't make the mistake of thinking that we are similar, we are so very different in every way, but it is our differences that make us two parts of this whole marriage and we truly appreciate our differences, and we respect each other for them.
I am not writing this telling you a fairy tale of happily ever after, we have had our rough patches and trials and obstacles to overcome, but the fact is, "what God has joined together...", we have taken our vows to each other very seriously and walk in faith that God will lift us up.
Very important to me is a man that I can respect, someone whose actions actually demand respect, and Rob is one of those men that stands upright and does what is right, is hard-working and is faithful to his family and to God and that I can respect.
Through all the trials we are going through in this marriage, the flood, for example, comes to mind, I am so blessed to have such a wonderful man beside me to be strong when I am weak and that I can lift up in his weakness. We would not claim to have all this figured out, but what we don't, God does, and we have the faith that binds us together, and we will learn it as we go along.
I could go on and on, and I will, throughout my bloggings about that many wonders that is Rob. The happiness and the blessings on us as a result of us following God closely and keeping our eyes on Him has been a tremendous foundation for our marriage. I thank God for my Mr.Right!
I love you honey!
Monday, July 2, 2007
Obviously you can tell that I really enjoy pictures and scrap booking, blogging, I get portraits done very regularly. Zach's 9 month pictures were closer to being 10 month old pictures and I hate that, but with everything going on, we had no time or money for portraits, that's where Zach's new photographer comes in, Amy knew about our situation and offered to take Zach's picture for us! I thought that was so sweet and I had no idea what we were in for! She is absolutely amazing! I am sold, she is it for our family from now on, seriously, check out these portraits, they truly are works of art! She is so great to work with and she is reasonably priced and even if she were outrageously priced, she'd be worth it - wow, there is very little I say that about! Zach just loved the session and she is great with him, he really had a good time! I really felt like she captured Zachary's personality and it will forever make me remember the things I love about this time in his life.
So much has happened in Zachary's short life, as Grace said "He sure has had an exciting life so far, hasn't he!"
In the matter of time zones, Rob and I are in different ones, he told me this morning. He is a morning snuggling, kissing, sweetie, when I am just "leave me alone I want to sleep!" and I on the other side am a night time snuggle-bug when he is basically asleep when his head hit the pillow! Do you know what he tells me? I am China and he is the United States! I asked him, how come he gets to be the US and I am China, do you know what he tells me?
That's more like it! Bring on the sauce Mama! Oh yeah, that's the stuff! I like it like that! He has never had so much fun eating anything ever!
The tea set took us about two hours to do, but I am a pretty experienced painter and Grace is very decisive on color choices! I can't wait to post the finished product! We are very proud of our accomplishment! But, I have to say that the time I spent with my baby girl was the best thing of all! Potwin Pottery has neat events all the time, I'm on their e-mail list, check it out, www.potwinpottery.com . You know, I really enjoyed getting to share something I love to do with Grace, and finding out she really enjoys painting and creating things too!
One at a time (for now), I can do this! Hey look, I'm doing it! Almost to the top, that didn't take long!
Now, to go down, that's a different story!
The bathrooms are so luxurious now! They are tiled and clean and new and fresh paint colors, I really think those new showers would be great to wake up in! They have new everything in them!
The basement is the biggest transformation we made, we took a dark basement and turned it into a light and bright family room, laundry room and study space. Can lighting on dimmers makes it easy to set the mood. Sound like an infomercial yet? Well, if you have ever watched "Flip That House" you know that in California this house would bring a cool half-mill. In Topeka, we are hoping to get about $102,000. Our friends, the Markhams, and us have put in so much work we feel like it's worth closer to the half mill, but you know, we'll let it go to a good family for the 102!
Obviously the sale of this adorable cottage-like home is going to bring us that much closer to our recovery from the flood. We are having an open house next Saturday, and it's listed with Larry Markham at Land Kansas.