When did a senior citizen move into my house?

This is one of the (many) things we brought home from our most recent trip to Costco.

Jeff’s career as a Dog Handler/Cop has taken it’s toll on his body. He has bulging discs, hips out of alignment and various forms (we think) of arthritis. His chiropractor told him last year that he had the body of a 60 year old man.  To top it off, he found his first gray hair this week. He’s 32.

A friend e-mailed me today (hi Kerri M!) and mentioned that she’s been enjoying reading the blog but that there hasn’t been much about how Jeff’s doing. She’s right. The thing is, there isn’t much to report other than our daily stuff. He just yesterday has his first full day of work. Now, he’s had to go in but it hasn’t been his regular schedule yet. That’s about to change. So, all is well with the man of the house. (Except for the aforementioned.) He’ll start out at his actual job next week and he’s more than ready.

More to come.

***Photo news alert.  I’ve finished 1/2 of our pictures from the move/WA visit.  You can find them here. There are 114 photos but it was a LONG trip so humor me.***

When did a senior citizen move into my house?

This is one of the (many) things we brought home from our most recent trip to Costco.
Jeff's career as a Dog Handler/Cop has taken it's toll on his body. He has bulging discs, hips out of alignment and various forms (we think) of arthritis. His chiropractor told him last year that he had the body of a 60 year old man.  To top it off, he found his first gray hair this week. He's 32.
A friend e-mailed me today (hi Kerri M!) and mentioned that she's been enjoying reading the blog but that there hasn't been much about how Jeff's doing. She's right. The thing is, there isn't much to report other than our daily stuff. He just yesterday has his first full day of work. Now, he's had to go in but it hasn't been his regular schedule yet. That's about to change. So, all is well with the man of the house. (Except for the aforementioned.) He'll start out at his actual job next week and he's more than ready.
More to come.
***Photo news alert.  I've finished 1/2 of our pictures from the move/WA visit.  You can find them here. There are 114 photos but it was a LONG trip so humor me.***

Summer Fun

Yesterday the kids and I had a great day of doing all things “summer.” We walked to the park, had ice cream cones and played in the water. It was fabulous.

Today I have the whole day to myself as Jeff took the kids to the mountains.  He knew how much I needed a bit of time to catch up on things and just…be.  So, I’m hoping to get through more of the photos from earlier this summer, run a few errands, and maybe even take a nap. 
For now, head over  here and check out more pics from yesterday. Remember, most pics are for “friends and family” only so if you don’t have access shoot me an e-mail or post a comment and I’ll send you an invite.
Have a great weekend!

Summer Fun

Yesterday the kids and I had a great day of doing all things "summer." We walked to the park, had ice cream cones and played in the water. It was fabulous.

Today I have the whole day to myself as Jeff took the kids to the mountains.  He knew how much I needed a bit of time to catch up on things and just…be.  So, I'm hoping to get through more of the photos from earlier this summer, run a few errands, and maybe even take a nap. 
For now, head over  here and check out more pics from yesterday. Remember, most pics are for "friends and family" only so if you don't have access shoot me an e-mail or post a comment and I'll send you an invite.
Have a great weekend!

Oh my word.

I saw that phrase on a license plate as we were leaving the library. At that moment, I realized that I’d muttered that phrase under my breath quite a few times today and it was only 11:00.

It has be a day. You know the kind. Our day has been brought on by another night spent more awake than asleep and 4 year old horomones that I can’t begin to comprehend.

By the way…why is that whenever we’re out of the house my patience multiplies like the loaves and fishes and the kids are on their best behavior ut the second we walk in the door all hell breaks loose?

So what does every (ir)rational mother of three small children do on a day like today? Why load them up in the minivan, drive 45 minutes and spend the hot afternoon exploring the rodeo grounds, of course. Jeff was voluntold (his term for being told to volunteer for something at work) to work at the rodeo today so when everyone wakes up we’re going to head up there and meet him.

It actually will be nice to get out and do something fun after a week of getting unpacked and settled.

Favorite (Internet) Things

I thought I would share a few of my current internet favs.  Of course, there are many more but these are on my mind right now.

My sister just started New Adventures. I’m so excited to have another way to keep up to date on all that is going on with their family of three. Check it out if you want to hear all about the cuteness that is my nephew.

Two of my closest friends from Texas just packed up their 5 girls all 5 and under and headed to the coast to camp for 3 weeks. As if that wasn’t adventure enough another girl, Tropical Storm Dolly, is threatening to join the fun. Check them out over at Seven Girls and a Trailer.

I read a rediculous number of blogs. There are just so many great ideas and stories out there. One tool that I found a few months ago is Google Reader. You do need a google account (which is a great e-mail platform, by the way). Once you have an account you can input all of your blogs and Reader will show you when each one has new posts. There are some blogs I read daily and others (mainly cooking, craft and photography) that I just like to have for reference. It’s a great way to know what’s out there.

If you haven’t checked out Facebook you really should. It’s a great way to reconnect with old friends and stay in touch.

Finally, Etsy. Etsy is “Your place to buy & sell all things handmade” and it is fabulous. I have bought all kinds of things off of Etsy and have been pleased with everything. One warning, it’s a bit of a black hole. It is very easy to lose an hour or four looking at all of the cools things.

Enjoy!

Favorite (Internet) Things

I thought I would share a few of my current internet favs.  Of course, there are many more but these are on my mind right now.
My sister just started New Adventures. I'm so excited to have another way to keep up to date on all that is going on with their family of three. Check it out if you want to hear all about the cuteness that is my nephew.
Two of my closest friends from Texas just packed up their 5 girls all 5 and under and headed to the coast to camp for 3 weeks. As if that wasn't adventure enough another girl, Tropical Storm Dolly, is threatening to join the fun. Check them out over at Seven Girls and a Trailer.
I read a rediculous number of blogs. There are just so many great ideas and stories out there. One tool that I found a few months ago is Google Reader. You do need a google account (which is a great e-mail platform, by the way). Once you have an account you can input all of your blogs and Reader will show you when each one has new posts. There are some blogs I read daily and others (mainly cooking, craft and photography) that I just like to have for reference. It's a great way to know what's out there.
If you haven't checked out Facebook you really should. It's a great way to reconnect with old friends and stay in touch.
Finally, Etsy. Etsy is "Your place to buy & sell all things handmade" and it is fabulous. I have bought all kinds of things off of Etsy and have been pleased with everything. One warning, it's a bit of a black hole. It is very easy to lose an hour or four looking at all of the cools things.
Enjoy!

Oh my word.

I saw that phrase on a license plate as we were leaving the library. At that moment, I realized that I'd muttered that phrase under my breath quite a few times today and it was only 11:00.
It has be a day. You know the kind. Our day has been brought on by another night spent more awake than asleep and 4 year old horomones that I can't begin to comprehend.
By the way…why is that whenever we're out of the house my patience multiplies like the loaves and fishes and the kids are on their best behavior ut the second we walk in the door all hell breaks loose?
So what does every (ir)rational mother of three small children do on a day like today? Why load them up in the minivan, drive 45 minutes and spend the hot afternoon exploring the rodeo grounds, of course. Jeff was voluntold (his term for being told to volunteer for something at work) to work at the rodeo today so when everyone wakes up we're going to head up there and meet him.
It actually will be nice to get out and do something fun after a week of getting unpacked and settled.

Growing Pains

It seems Jack is in the midst of a growth spurt.  Not only is he complaining of his knees hurting but for the past couple of days he’s eaten 2+ sandwiches at lunch, taken a 3 hour nap and then proceeded to sleep 12 hours at night.  At this rate I’m going to wake up next week and find a 16 year old.  And by the way, if he’s eating this much at 4 how in the world are we going to feed him and his siblings when they are teenagers.  YIKES! 

Morgan and Connor are also going through something again that is manifesting itself in night wakings.  Last night in the seven hours that I was asleep (and I use that term loosely) I was woken up seven times by one of my sweet children.  In fairness, Jack woke up two of those times…but still.  That’s a lot of trips up and down the stairs.  The good news is that at that rate I don’t need to worry about working out.  I nearly get the equivalent of 30 minutes on the stairmaster every night.

Now, I’m off to start dealing with the 819 pictures from the past two months that I just put onto my harddrive from the memory card.  That is one huge project that I’m sure will see completion by 2010.

Growing Pains

It seems Jack is in the midst of a growth spurt.  Not only is he complaining of his knees hurting but for the past couple of days he's eaten 2+ sandwiches at lunch, taken a 3 hour nap and then proceeded to sleep 12 hours at night.  At this rate I'm going to wake up next week and find a 16 year old.  And by the way, if he's eating this much at 4 how in the world are we going to feed him and his siblings when they are teenagers.  YIKES! 
Morgan and Connor are also going through something again that is manifesting itself in night wakings.  Last night in the seven hours that I was asleep (and I use that term loosely) I was woken up seven times by one of my sweet children.  In fairness, Jack woke up two of those times…but still.  That's a lot of trips up and down the stairs.  The good news is that at that rate I don't need to worry about working out.  I nearly get the equivalent of 30 minutes on the stairmaster every night.
Now, I'm off to start dealing with the 819 pictures from the past two months that I just put onto my harddrive from the memory card.  That is one huge project that I'm sure will see completion by 2010.