December 22, 2009
December 10, 2009
November 29, 2009
October 20, 2009
This is Uncle Rich at Deer Creek Canyon. A great hike in the foothills. He was so kind to volunteer to carry Sam. That is until he reached to top of the first big hill and guess who got him?That's right! ME!
The hike was actually quite eventful. Aunt Patty made Deer Creek Canyon her plaything! She hiked the entire thing at about 6000 feet above sea level!
We saw a baby rattlesnake! In all the times I've hiked here, I've never seen anything but Mule Deer. It wouldn't move from the path so Luke (my hero) got a branch and persuaded it into the bushes. phew!
Dad took a small tumble down a steep hill, and hurt his knee a bit. Lucky for him he knows a PT with a key to her office and some available crutches.
That night we went to the corn maze at Chatfield Botanical Gardens (sans Dad and Uncle Rich). So fun! Poor Sam's legs were starting to conform to the shape of his Kelty Kids Pack.
It was such a fun weekend with such great company! COME BACK SOON MOM, DAD, AUNT PATTY AND UNCLE RICH!!!
October 7, 2009
September 27, 2009
August 23, 2009
August 3, 2009
Between these two paragraphs my neighbor Rochelle came over and brought me Greek Orzo for dinner. This thwarted my plan a little and added some much needed nutrition to my meal, staving off the rickets for another day.
Also, I can not turn my head to the left. Somehow I jacked my neck up so bad that as my boss was working on me this morning he said "this is not going to feel good and I'm going to have to do it again tomorrow." He was right. It was awful, I nearly crawled off the table lest he see the tears forming in my eyes! All the while he had this sick sadistic grin on his face. I could imagine the ghosts of patients past laughing their butts off at my expense.
The worst part about this: 1. every time a buzzing insect gets around my head I shake my head and cuss out loud. 2. checking my blind spot 3. I'm in PAIN people. I was begging for an epidural hours AFTER I had Sam. Ask my parents, pain and I are not friends!
Oh, and now that Sam is walking, he's a disaster! I will never be able to get his one year pictures taken because he constantly has bruises! The latest edition was his face plant into the wall and subsequent swollen nose, poor little guy! I feel like I keep having to explain to the pediatrician after hours care that I do not, in fact, beat my child!
I took this one a few days ago...
July 12, 2009
Tom Rand, formerly a bachelor til the rapture, tied the knot this past weekend. He married Ms. Andrea Thompson of Littleton, CO.
Luke was an usher and we were both ecstatic to be attending a wedding in the town in which we live. The last time that happened was 2002 at our wedding! Since then we've been in 15 weddings (combined) that have plastered themselves across many of these great united states!
The wedding was held at the chapel at Cherry Hills Community Church (picture Six Flags Over Jesus). Absolutely beautiful venue with stained glass and a big center aisle, stone and brick. Very nice.
The reception was at The Cielo at Castle Pines (very schmuckity-schmuck). Such a great place with a huge water fall in the background and great views of the Rockies.
Highlights of the blessed event: 1. seeing old college friends Grant Edwards and Craig DeBell (whom I joked I could never marry, because then I'd be Michele DeBell). I forgot how stinkin hilarious those guys are! I laughed almost the entire reception. 2. We roasted S'mores at the reception, S'MORES PEOPLE! Awesome. 3. Seeing Tommy Tye kiss and dance in public with unabashed abandonment. It was something to behold.
So as requested by my lovely college roommies, here are some pictures of the happy event. Enjoy!
July 9, 2009
I learned a few things whilst on our trip:
1. NEVER fly United. Unless you are desperate...NEVER.
2. A good idea for one-year-olds on the plane who won't watch videos STILL, and who will not sleep: a medium ziploc and random crap (ie- 1/2 plastic easter eggs, foam letters from the bath toys, tongue depressors, mini hairbrush, etc.) Sam LOVED putting stuff in/taking stuff out. 20 minutes, kid you not, on a 3 hour flight. It was worth it.
3. Creaking floorboards wake any child up. Fireworks being shot off a mile down the road-not so much.
All in all, it was such a great trip. Sam got to play with his cousins and so did I!
Here are a few pictures from the weekend.
June 10, 2009
Ok, FINE. After one postponement (for my college girls weekend) it was time to make good. After all, what are the odds that I actually get on a jury? really.
So let me first say that you should never, NEVER send a Starbucks tall Chai Latte through a security conveyor. Especially when it sits over half full with your only "investment" purse and your only book for the long wait you anticipate for the morning. This is not a good idea because the likelihood of it falling over and filling the area with the sweet smell of the Orient is just too good.
So my first stop was the ladies room to wipe down all of my belongings. Good start.
Finally we get to the name calling. Good, in and out because I've got a lot to do today. I'm placed in line position number six. We file in. They ask questions. Dismiss a few folks. Ok, then I realize that they are only talking to the people sitting in the first six seats. What luck. I should buy a lottery ticket. And with a sweep of her hand the judge thanks everyone for coming out and the first six seats get to stay.
Thus went the next day and a half.
As annoying as it was to be picked, the process was actually very interesting, and seeing as how I'm on the other side, I can say that it was a good experience. Except for after the trail was over and we found him guilty we had to pass him in the hallway cussing up a storm and kicking some pillars. Hope he doesn't have a good visual memory!
June 7, 2009
I almost feel like a sell out. Now, mind you, we have an HD TV with non-HD cable and now to round it off, non-HD TiVo. So I don't feel like we are pushing our techy limits.
We are also excited to have it just in time for all of the new episodes of things we don't watch this summer. We will now watch them.
AND we will fast forward through all of the commercials. Take that Madison Avenue! You won't be slipping any more of your subliminal messages into my head. Which reminds me, I need to buy coke. (haha)
I picked two fabulous movies for our trial run: Casino Royale (Bond: always a classic) and Roman Holiday (Hello, Audry Hepburn. Duh classic). So I'm excited! It should be fun for when Luke is out of town on business.
May 27, 2009
Oh the cake...I made cupcakes for Sam's birthday. We got his portable highchair all set up. Party hat teetering just so. First birthday candle lit amid the swirling wind. SUCCESS! Alrighty buddy now dig in!
No, Sam said "stop trying to poison me with this. I will NOT eat this cake. Take it away or I'll cry." And that's just what he did.
Yes, that is me, his mother, laughing at his misfortune. I come by it honestly, though, just ask my mom.
Not only was this the weekend of Sam's first birthday, it was also his first haircut.
The Lolly Locks went out of business so we walked over to Floyd's Barber Shop and they did the honors. He did so well! Sat by himself and didn't squirm at all.
To round out the weekend we had Sam dedicated at church.
It was nice, but much like other ceremonies (weddings, baptisms, etc), no light from heaven shown down. No angels singing. No immediate and infinite wisdom. It just makes me realize that God works over long periods of time for the most part and this is just the beginning of raising Sam and pointing him to the One who loves him most!
May 18, 2009
In other news, summer is upon us! Long days, warm weather, evening walks and mojitos! I love summer in Colorado. I welcome the bipolar temperature swings and "ranch-a-cues", the attempt at a vegetable garden and pool hunnies (aka Sam and Luke).
My sister inspired me to remember little things about Sam, so I am going to try and write a little something on each post about what he's up to. Right now, he figured out how to make a choking noise by breathing in really fast, like a gasp. Scares me every time. Makes me think he's inhaled a piece of dog food or something!
May 1, 2009
April 9, 2009
Like there should be a reality show: "Take one new mom, one 10 month old energized little boy, 2 high maintenance boxers and watch how they survive 6 weeks of single parenthood! Its not sexy, considering her husband is out of town. Its not adventurous, considering she works part time and takes care of Sam the other half. But boy is it a challenge! Watch, 8/9 central!"
And then I think that my reality TV show would not be successful without a kick butt supporting cast. My parents, for the "music city" episode. My ENTIRE bible study for periodic "michele needs protein and a break" episodes. My friends and family who have emailed and called just to make sure the dogs haven't staged a revolt and now I'm the one eating dog food. I would not be so sane without all of you. Thank you.
Not to sound like I'm accepting an Emmy, which lets face it, I would if I had my own reality show. But I would also like to thank God. He has grown me in ways I didn't think possible these past few weeks. Not easy, but worth it to watch Him work and experience His grace. And since "I shall not pass this way again" (for Luke's sake, I hope not because this was way too long for training!) it was worth it.
Just because training is over doesn't mean I'll be signing off for good. I kind of like blogging. It makes me feel funny, even if I'm the only one laughing. Which again, if I had my own show, people would be quoting me at the office all day long, but since that is not the case, I'll keep my gems for you all!
March 27, 2009
March 11, 2009
Part of that happiness has to do with what I found in the fridge upon my arrival...a bottle of my dad's homemade Limoncello. It was like a light shining down from heaven! Amazingly, after a shot or two (or whatever) the stress of the day's travels just melted away. The stuff is MAGIC, I tell you, MAGIC!
Because I am so generous I will now share how you, too, can make your own homemade Limoncello, and therefore a little homemade happiness. It takes a while, but it is so easy.
Doug Cavener's Limoncello:
Remove all of the zest from the lemons
Put lemon zest in big glass jar (a large mason jar if you wish!)
Add a bottle of Vodka (SKY is a good one)
(you will realize that you have 5 whole lemons, zestless, with which you can make lemonade, desserts, etc)
Cover the jar with plastic wrap and place in a sunny spot
Stir once a day until it gets a strong yellow color, no more than 8 days
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
bring to boil until sugar completely dissolves. Let it cool completely.
Add syrup to vodka/lemon zest, stir
Strain liquid through coffee filter
Put it in the fridge for about 2 weeks in whatever bottles/jars you want.
Enjoy responsibly (unless you're at home, then just have at it!)
March 5, 2009
Imagine my suprise, my sheer glee, when upon moving out on my own I could have as much cereal as I wanted, whenever I wanted it. (there was no time for cereal in college and I was too poor to really indulge therefore Luke was the first to really encourage this nutritionless snack--thanks babe!). Incase you were wondering what my personal favorites were, here they are in no particular order: maple/brown sugar oatmeal, multigrain cheerios, Quaker Oatmeal Squares and Fruity Pebbles.
Speaking of Fruity Pebbles, I should give a shout out to my girl Tracy who at midnight every night of college would have a large bowl of them. Never gained a pound. Truly an inspiration. I can almost feel the sugar sweaters on my teeth.
But I digress...the reason I'm starting this blog is because Luke is out of town for training for 5 and a half weeks, and I have been eating cereal for dinner like a champ. Its been wonderful, although addicting, and I should probably seek treatment and some source of protien.