Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Update on Chris

I called her husband Jon today, and here is the latest:

She is still in the ICU, but did manage to get up to shower today! She still has a fever, she may have a colon infection, and her white count is still up.

The dr. said it will be about a week before she goes home, so her mother-in-law flew in for Spring Break with the kids, since they are at home.

In order for her to go home, she has to have a normal white count, she has to be off oxygen completely (she has a nose thing in now), and she has to be fever-free for 24 hours.

Here in State College we had a BEAUTIFUL day. I pulled the kids in the wagon to the park ( I think they were too lazy to walk the 4 houses, and after about 3-4 minutes, a cloud appeared from nowhere, and we had to take shelter in the picnic pavilion! ha ha It poured down rain, we came home, and as soon as we got home, it rained again! Honestly, it was so hot on the playground at school. At least it rained while we were at home, and not at school!

Tomorrow is Mikey's last swimming lesson, so I'll take pictures and post them on Thursday, hopefully.

Gosh, tomorrow is only Wednesday. I miss the beach.... ;-)

p.s. You can see a picture of me and Chris if you go to Wendy's blog - Chaotic Kiddos - which is linked on the side here!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

I'm back....!!

Now to finish up some of those vacation pictures...

There was a pelican on the beach that had a fishing lure stuck in him, so the lifeguards did a "pelican rescue" as they spoke about it on their walkie-talkies. Here are the pictures:

The pelican flew RIGHT back to the pier where it got caught in the fishing lure in the first place. Humans can help the animals, but the animals don't always learn their lessons...

Pretty beach, huh? We spent 2 1/2 hours there, and I got BURNED on the backs of my legs. Now, they itch, but are tanning nicely... :-)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Home sweet home.

OK, I can't figure out what happened to my blog settings while I was gone, so I can't use my usual font size or change colors, but I figured any post is better than no post, right?

Vacation. That, it was. No kids, no husband, no work, no responsibilities. I hung out with my sister, my mom, my dad, and my brother, and my niece. Heather flew down for the weekend. We went and saw John Edward, but no one got read. It was still fun, though. Interesting.

My brother, David, turned 40 while we were all down there. We haven't all gotten together in years, so it was a treat. I just missed having my husband and kids with me, that's all. As nice as vacation is, I like being home better. Just call me a homebody, I guess.

OK, now I have tried to add pictures to my post, and it won't let me! UGGG! I should never have left this until 10:40, with school work still to do. Frustration is setting in. I'll try once more.

If this works, this is a picture of the beach I sat my rear-end on. Juno Beach.

Here are Gary, Stella, and Keeko eating Chinese food. Gary had never added "in bed" to the end of the fortune cookies, so we had a good laugh at the fortunes that night.

Here are Heather and I on a DivaDuck tour. That was a long truck that also went in the water and toured West Palm Beach.

This was Stephen King's house there. Someone was outside waving to us. Everyone thought it was him. I guess a gardener...LOL

My girlfriend Chris had stomach by-pass done on Monday, and had some complications. She's still in the ICU using a ventilator. Please say a prayer for her, her husband, and two kids. I can't imagine.

Finally, MY Chris is driving me crazy telling me the time every five minutes because it is a "school night". I'm going to end here, and I'll work some more on this for the next post. I still have lots more pictures!!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Quick post!!

My niece, Stella, is on page 32 of the summer Hanna Andersson catalogue! Check it out.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


No post for now because I'm on vacation. In Florida. By myself. For 8 days.
I'll fill you in next week! For now? I'll be reading on the beach...

Thursday, March 08, 2007

A Favorite Friend

Shinyoung lived in Ohio when we lived there, and her husband was also a student at AFIT. They are from Seoul, and we became good friends with them. Moon, her husband, came over months before Shinyoung and their son came over, so we took him under our wing. Chris made sure he was learning English, and I made sure he wasn't learning dirty English. One time, Moon said to Chris "Is it right to say "Move your fat ass'? " Chris said "Not to me, it isn't!" Moon was not satisfied so he said "How about 'Move your boney ass'? " Chris asked him "Moon, where are you getting this stuff?" It turns out that Moon was renting old movies on the weekend and learning English from them. I think this one was Working Girl.

So, Shinyoung shows up. She is a quiet, intelligent, beautiful woman. I tell Moon that he batted way out of his league. Shinyoung and I became friends instantly. I loved showing her around, telling her things that we do, and learning from her, too. Not long after she got here, she was pregnant. How exciting! It was fun to go through that with her, especially since by then Molly was already here, and I knew I would not have another.

The biggest honor I have ever received? That daughter she has in the picture is named Susanne. After me. Wow, huh. Think on THAT for awhile. We call her "Little Susie".

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


It seems like everywhere I turn, everyone I talk to lately has "lumps". Problems. Face it, none of us live in a perfect world. We wish we did, but we don't. At least, not on this Earth.

I friend I once taught with actually taught me a LOT. Not about teaching, but about life. Here is one of the lessons I learned. Thanks, Jenny.

All of lifes problems can be divided into groups.
1. A lump in your oatmeal.
2. A lump in your throat.
3. A lump in your breast.

When you encounter a problem with family, friends, relationships, cars, children, etc. etc., ask yourself "What kind of lump is this??"
It really puts things in perspective for me. Fellow oatmeal eaters, unite.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Thoughts to think about...

Why does every kitchen have a "junk drawer"?
Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are going dead?
Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough money?Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?
Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?
Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?
If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?
Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?
Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?
Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?
How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?
Why is it always the mom that gets up with the kids in the middle of the night?
Why do we love the shade trees provide, but when it is time to rake, it seems like the leaves from a MILLION trees are there?
Why is it when someone asks you to go upstairs to get something, it seems like it is so FAR?
And my FAVORITE......The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.

Thinking about it, I'm not so sure they ARE I must be alright! :-)