Friday, July 27, 2007

Home is Where ... Your PCP Is!

We had a terrific vacation, but my throat was killing me the whole week! I mean, seriously. Everyone declared it was drainage because of being in a more mold-prone part of the country, so I dutifully took sudafed and sucked on my lozenges. I seriously thought I needed antibiotics, but our loverly military health care system doesn't let you see a doctor out of area unless you are on your death bed.

Now, I don't want to complain too much about TriCare. I love that my family is taken care of, the benefits are awesome, and we love our doctors. BUT, when you are traveling, it kind of sucks not to be able to see a doctor. There are other complaints, but they don't directly relate to this particular whining session, so we'll leave it at that.

When I got home, I went right on in, and found I have strep throat. Had it all 8 days of our trip, in fact. See? I KNEW it!! I'm no hypochondriac. Mere sinus drainage could not possibly cause your throat to feel that you had gone into training to be a fire-eater and had miserably failed.

Thank the good Lord for home, and doctors. And Z-Pak.

Monday, July 16, 2007

(almost) Wordless Wednesday: The Animal Hotel

"Wow, Sweetie, is that Noah's Ark?"

"No, Mommy! It's Caitlin's Animal Hotel!"

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We were gone on vacation all was fun, but it's good to be home! :)

A Very Good Cause

I have been so blessed to have a wonderful family, including the ones who have joined the family through marriage.

My wonderful sister-in-law Jessica (my "baby" brother Neill's wife) is training for a big race to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This is a beautiful person wanting to do something real for a very good cause. Would you consider donating?

Here is a page of information about these terrible diseases.

I received this e-mail from her, and decided to pass it on and give my blog readers the opportunity to be a part of such a good cause:


Ok, it has been a roller coaster the last two days but here’s the deal. My coach and my mentoring coach have quit the TEAM. For many very understandable reasons & ones that I agree with. However, in order for me to go to San Francisco to run NIKE, I must remain loyal to TEAM in Training. I can though, train with whomever I choose. So, I’m training with my coach and running with the TEAM, if that makes sense.

In order to do that, I must raise $1900 by the 26th of July and at total of $3800 by Sept. for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I NEED your help and support. I really want to do this and I can’t without your support.

I NEED your donations NOW. Please don’t wait any longer, I’ll beg if I have to.

For some reason, the link isn't working, so for the donation site, copy and paste this web site into your browser:

Please click here for the donation website.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack...

We love baseball! The best way to watch a baseball game is in the stadium, up close and personal with Biggio and Berkman and the rest. Or at least a thousand rows above them in the nosebleed section. We got to see the 2nd game of the Astros/Mets series. Which they won. After they won the 1st game. But we won't talk about the monster 3rd game again (will we, Cindy?). ;-)

The photo above is inside Minute Maid Park in Houston. Now, why they started naming the ball parks after grocery products is obvious (for the moolah), but it really kind of bugs me. I loved it when the 'Stros played in the "Astrodome" because it just sounded cool to say it. "Yeah, we're headed to the ASTRODOME to watch a game." But summoning up the name of a fruit juice for the ball park? Not the same effect. Thank heaven we still have The Ballpark at Arlington to fall back on for that.

We like to eat our way through a baseball game. First inning: hot dogs or nachos and a drink in one of those big "souvenir" cups. (I have a cabinet full of those cups which the men in my family will not let me get rid of. Too stinkin' large for the dishwasher, but they insist on using them constantly. But I digress...) Fourth inning or so: peanuts. They keep the little hands busy and provide a nice, salty taste treat that just screams "baseball". After the 7th Inning Stretch, we get cotton candy. I can tell the photo above was taken within the last couple of innings of the game because of that sticky treat on his fingers. And that's the brilliant strategy we've adopted: save the sweet treat until the end, so the kids have something to look forward to and get excited about just when the game seems to be getting really long.

But...taking three kids back to the hotel on a late-night sugar high? Maybe we're not so brilliant after all.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Wordless Wednesday: Wet, Happy Dog

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What a Weekend!

Great Googly Moogly! What a weekend we had! I'm sure I'll be posting more photos from our weekend, but here is one of my very favorites: Kevin dancing (!) with his beautiful grandmother at his Uncle Sammy's wedding. Don't they look sweet? And now you see without a doubt where Caitlin gets her pretty curls.

Over the weekend, we also...deep breath... drove to Houston, went to an Astros game (which they won, by the way), slept in some of the most comfortable beds I've ever felt (at theHilton), drove to Lake Charles for the wedding, saw the new Transformers movie (movie review will come soon), ate at Pappadeaux (yum), drove back to Houston, watched a second Astros game on TV in which they went SEVENTEEN innings and then lost to the NY Mets *sigh*, swam in the hotel swimming pool, and then drove home tired and happy.

Now it's back to business as usual. I'm crossing my fingers that I can get my latest college transcript quickly so that I can apply at to start work toward my certification!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

More Guest Designer News

I finally get to share some fun news I've been keeping under my hat...I'm this month's guest designer for Scrapbook Lover's Dream! I loved working with this fun, colorful kit! My thanks to Abby for asking me to play along with the summery July SLD kit.

Here my two favorite layouts I did for the site. You can see the rest here.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Celebrate Freedom!

Happy Independence Day! America, you rock!

I love the 4th of July, because it's an in-your-face reminder of the freedoms we enjoy, and a celebration of our great nation and the brave people that made that freedom possible. I'm proud to be a part of the United States military family. I'm proud of what my husband does to minister to soldiers and their families, and to help them be fit to fight the enemies of freedom, keeping alive the vision of those first brave Americans who risked, and sometimes gave, everything to give birth to this nation.

Today we're headed over to a big celebration on post, with rides and activities for the kids, culminating in a huge fireworks show tonight. I hope the rain will hold off long enough.

We tried to go see Transformers last night, but the tickets for all showings were sold out. It was a bummer, especially because we hardly ever go see movies in the theater. So, we just came home and watched Rocky Balboa on DVD. I loved all the references to the previous Rocky movies, and thought it was an inspiring movie....even though I usually make it a habit to avoid watching grown men beat each other bloody.

In other news, Nic Howard has a terrific new scrapbook idea book out, and is giving away a copy on her blog! Check it out here.

Happy 4th, everyone!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Kisses! (Bisous)

A while back I made several albums using the awesome pre-designed papers and chipboard from fun! I found the papers really easy to use and versatile, and did three entire albums: One for Caitlin's Princess Birthday Party last year, one of our trip to Tahiti on our 10th anniversary, and another one full of some of my very favorite photos.

And now those albums are up on the Bisous website and I'm a featured designer! That is *totally* fun! :D Thanks, Suzanne!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Oh, Canada!

I have several friends who are part of our "neighbors to the north" in, happy Canada Day, girls! One day I hope to visit!

Happy Birthday, Canada!