Sunday, June 23, 2013


Katia was excited that Wednesday was "one of those days."  She channeled Anne Shirley (from the Anne of Green Gable series) as she exclaimed that it was fun to experience a day when everything seemed to go wrong.  She was thrilled that she got to live through a most unusual day.  (What a strange girl!)

And how was Wednesday crazy?

Well, it began at 5:30 a.m. when we woke up so we could take Scott to the airport.  He left for a week of work meetings in Idaho and visiting with his parents in Utah.  It's always sad to say goodbye (even temporarily) to someone who is such a part of our lives.  We sure do miss him!

My dear friend, Brandi, was scheduled to have her baby on Wednesday, so we decided to help out by babysitting Jolly Rancher.  He is 18 months, and cute as a bug in a rug.  Amy and I decided it would be the perfect day to take the kids to the zoo to await the arrival of Jolly Rancher's baby brother.  After teaching a voice lesson, we took off for the zoo.
Jelly Bean and Key Lime Pie
Jolly Rancher and Kotten Kandy
It was a beautiful, but extremely hot day.  We thought it would be wonderful at the zoo... but unfortunately the YMCA youth summer camp thought the same thing.  There were hundreds of children in groups of 30 running around with teenage chaperons who did NOT know how to handle them.  It caused a LOT of chaos.  And made things a little less fun.  We tried to make the best of it, but the pandemonium was hard to ignore.  Even Jolly Rancher sat on the ground in the middle of the alligator exhibit wanting to shut out the noise and disarray around him.  (I wish I could have done the same thing.)  Jolly Rancher also wouldn't even eat his lunch.  (We had packed a yummy lunch and everyone else enjoyed their noon meal.)  After battling the bedlam for 4 hours we finally left the zoo thinking it would be wonderful to take off for the hospital and meet the new 9 lb. 9 oz. baby that was born around 3:00 p.m.

So...  Jolly Rancher, Marmalade, Kotten Kandy, Key Lime Pie, Jelly Bean, Amy and I took off for Lexington to meet the new arrival.  It's an hour and a half drive... but we were all excited to meet the baby.  Unfortunately, we didn't know that Marmalade and Jelly Bean would not be alloud to see the newborn because of their age so they made the long trek for nothing.  The other problem?  We got lost and went to the wrong hospital (the VA hospital).  It wouldn't have been so bad if Jolly Rancher hadn't gotten sick.  He threw-up as we were were driving around the VA hospital trying to find the labor and delivery building....  With Jolly Rancher crying and me trying to navigate and Amy trying to drive and Kotten Kandy trying to clean up as we find a place to park, it was again another tumultuous moment.

We finally found the hospital.  We passed Jolly Rancher off to his father who took him to the ER and discovered that he had a stomach virus.  We went to see the beautiful baby and spent an hour or so "oohing" and "ahhing" over his adorableness.  We left the hospital at 8:30ish p.m.  None of us had eaten.  We were exhausted and wiped out.  And we still had two hours until we got home.

So... we stopped to eat.  The final dramatic moment of the day was when my eldest daughter spilled her entire milk shake all over herself and her sister.  We got home and fell into bed at 11:30 p.m.  Glad to finally sleep....
Saturday was a much nicer day.  The weather was beautiful (albeit HOT and HUMID.)  Key Lime Pie, Kotten Kandy and I decided to clean out the garage for our father/husband.  I think he'll be excited when he gets home and has a lot of stuff cleaned out and gone.
After our garage overhaul, we got Kotten Kandy a much needed haircut.  Then:  Kotten Kandy, Key Lime Pie, Muffin and I decided we needed to get our craft on.  There is nothing better than crafting with friends - and my daughters are two of my bestest friends EVER!  We made firecrackers.  And each turned out so individual and cute!  I love how they turned out.  (Sorry I didn't get a picture of my project... just the girls!)
We have a turtle in our pond.  I've tried and tried to get a picture of our little friend, but he's shy.  We also have tadpoles.  It really is fun to have all of these little creatures greet us every morning.
Each week another, new flower blooms outside my door.  I LOVE it!  Isn't this purple flower a beauty?
We just finished reading The Eye of Moloch by Glenn Beck.  It was a fun thriller book.  MUCH better than the first book in the series.  We listened to it together the past couple of days.

The Eye of Moloch is a frightening story of government surveillance/police state out of control.  Information is power.  In the wrong hands it becomes a weapon to destroy the US Constitution and man's freedom.

Molly Ross and her small band of patriots are the only thing that stands between freedom and tyranny.  They are the only ones who understand what is really happening and are doing something about it.  Yet because of the power of the surveillance state and false information coming from a compliant price, her group is being portrayed as traitors and are being hunted down as enemies of the state.

The Eye of Moloch is a modern day version of George Orwell's 1984 (which I am actually currently reading... and there are lots of parallels.)  Orwell published his book in 1949 when the ideas of Big Brother, double-think, thought-crime and news compliance must have seemed way out in the future to readers of his day.  The Eye of Moloch describes a surveillance state that is already upon us.  Fiction has been revealed as fact in the last few day with the revelations of the NSA collecting and storing information on all communications.  It's really scary....
Friday we got to see Man of Steel.  It was patient appreciation day at Braces Braces Braces where Key Lime Pie got her braces.  They rented the theater and allowed their patients and families to watch a movie.  We chose to see the new Super Man, Man of Steel.

We enjoyed it.  It was cheesy to the max, and completely silly.  But we thought it was fun.  I literally laughed out loud when the evil villain says, "There's only one way this is going to end.  Either you die or I do!"

As I watched I decided that Man of Steel is Independence Day meets Batman with an arch nemesis conflict.  Key Lime Pie and Kotten Kandy also concluded that Super Man was really good lookin'!  :-)
I LOVE water!  But only if it's ICE cold!  I like more ice than water though.  It's gotta be COLD!!!!  I can't get enough water lately.  I seem to drink glass after glass after glass of it.  I guess that's a good thing.  My body must need it.  Bring it on!  :-)


  1. I miss you all too but it looks like you are keeping busy. I can't wait to see the garage. That makes me super excited. Love you Brightness.