Saturday, March 27, 2010
So until Tuesday, it will be quiet again here on my blog. But I have lots to write about when I get back. Including (in no particular order):
* photos/stories from our East Coast Vacation
* photos/stories from our Great Wolf Lodge Vacation
* two book reviews
* a yummy recipe
* a Lucas update
* CSI: Barbie
And much more! Woo hoo! Stay tuned......
Monday, March 22, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
While we are there, Mike will be filming/directing a promotional video for his parents' non profit organization, New York City Relief. This summer, Mike's dad, will be riding his Harley from the East Coast to the West Coast in an effort to raise money to continue to feed the homeless. Mike got a new camera for the occasion, and he has been having fun testing it out. I know he will do a great job.
Mike using Lucas as a test subject for his new camera.
I guess I better head out and finish up those two loads of clothes. But before I do, I also want to make a few plugs for my fabulous sisters in law. I am so grateful for both of these wonderful women, and I am really looking forward to spending time with them while we are visiting this weekend.
My sister in law, Tracy, has started a new podcast called "Tracy Talks 2 U." As a mother of four beautiful kids, Tracy has lots of advice on parenting, saving money, and crafty, creative ideas. You can check out her podcast here: www.youtube.com/tracytalks2u
My other lovely sister in law, Rachel, recently started a blog of her own. Rachel is a gifted writer and photographer, so I'm looking forward to what she has in store there. Check her blog out at http://www.greendoorproject.wordpress.com/
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
"I think she's drunk," Mike stated calmly. We followed her for a few moments letting that thought sink in. But when she made a wild swerve off the road missing a cement wall by mere inches, Mike snapped into action and said, "Call 911." Mike ended up talking to a 911 dispatcher while we followed the inebriated woman for several miles. She was swerving constantly and driving very erratically. At one point we followed her off of the interstate and watched her drive her car up over a curb, stop briefly, then lurch forward back onto the street again. Eventually we pulled up behind her at red light which she then immediately drove straight through and started driving on the wrong side of the road. When the light turned green we caught up to her as she finally pulled her car into a grocery store parking lot.
The whole time Mike was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher giving updates at to what direction we were going and what streets we were passing. Mike walked up to the woman in the car and I heard him ask her to please turn off the engine and to give him her keys (later Mike told me she reeked of alcohol and was slurring her words). She reluctantly did just as three police officers arrived on the scene. After giving our statement, we left to go home in a daze.
I'm so proud of my husband for not just ignoring this woman, but stepping up to the plate. By doing so he got one very drunk driver off the street before injured herself or anyone else. And for that reason, I think Mike is a hero on his 34th birthday. It's definitely a birthday we'll never forget!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I looked down and surprisingly, she had actually picked out the colors found in many a beautiful Oklahoma sunset. It made me realize that she is really paying attention to things. This can be good (like recognizing the colors of a sunset) or bad (like repeating me saying, "What is wrong with you, Lady?!" while I'm driving). We've probably all heard the expression, "Children are like sponges-- they soak everything up." And it is so true. They are always watching, always observing, always questioning.
Leah holding the sunset in her sweet little hand was a great reminder to always be aware of the way I speak to and treat other people. She is watching me, just like she is watching the sky.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
What are you looking forward to this Spring?
Monday, March 8, 2010
One of the highlights of over the last week for us was a trip to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. It was Family Day, so there were lots of activites for the kids. We'd never been able to make it before, so we were determined to go this time around. And we were not disappointed.
The girls literally skipped down the sidewalk to the museum because they were so excited.
The first thing you see when you enter is this amazing sculpture by Dale Chihuly. The girls stood in awe for a few moments. Hannah said, "It looks like a beautiful Christmas tree."
Once inside, we headed for the children's art classroom. There were two options: creating sculptures out of junk (which involved glue guns) or making modern mobiles (which invovled scissors and good old Elmer's glue). We opted for the mobiles. Here's Hannah happily working.
Leah ended up just wanting to make snowflakes out of the construction paper. To each his own. She was just happy to create.
Lucas just enjoyed being amongst all the action. That boy is one of the happiest babies I know.
After a brief story time session, we then headed to the museum's featured exhibit: Jason Peters' Anti.Gravity.Material.Light. His work features large sculptures created out of ordinary materials such as buckets, chairs, mirrors, etc. Each piece looked like it took an incredible amount of time and planning. I thought the sculptures were visually stunning. The girls were pretty amazed too.
I thought this piece involving chairs was interesting.
We tried to go upstairs to see some of the other wonderful works on display, but at that point, the girls were starting to wear out. And they were dying to get their faces painted. We ended up waiting in line for half an hour since there was only one frazzled face painter and about fifty kids waiting on her. It was worth it, though.
Leah showing off the fairy she so patiently waited for.
I love it when our days just fall into a great rhythm. Even the weather was just about perfect.