Monday, March 31, 2014


I'm in Atlanta right now! Darling Adam is holding down the fort with the girls for four days while I visit my team in Huntsville, Alabama.

How come it's always when I'm nowhere near a computer that I'm ready to write a post? (Probably because my mind is clearest when away and unencumbered to think about all of the other things...)

So since I doubt very much my fingers and thumbs can type out for very long on a phone before the autocorrect drives me batty...

I'll open conversation instead.

How do you say thank you for things that are ethereal other than by saying thank you? It feels a little awkward and cold, but I honestly don't know what else to do or say. I really don't feel like I would even have to say anything...

I'm asking because it's a common occurrence now with my recent FB posts on my CML and liver conditions and the responses I receive... Being told in person that a person is praying for me, thinking of me, or.... I either feel ridiculous and foolish with only saying thank you or I feel cold and heartless that I don't know what else to say.

Sounds like a silly conundrum but I'm not joking when I say that I'm not quite sure what to do and it bothers me.

This is the start of a larger egg of thought in my mind as well... And something that is hard to write about without worrying about hurting feelings or offending anyone. I think part of the reason I stopped blogging for a while was that I never quite knew how to express myself without worrying about having to cover my thoughts and words. I see so many blog writers who pour their hearts and lives out onto the internet and one off statement or word that probably meant nothing or was simply difficult to articulate get picked apart for what they say.... And I don't have the energy to deal with nitpickers.

So we'll see where this goes, I guess. I'm glad to be blogging (thank you, autocorrect, for changing that to clogging) again, but also don't want to hold my thoughts for fear of what might become of them.

Happy Monday!


Ps. Happy birthday to my brother-in-law, Brian!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Little Bit of This and That

Julia lost her 4th tooth tonight!  She wiggled and wiggled that sucker until at about 9 PM, she came proudly out of her room and shows off her very bloody tooth and Kleenex.  She was a happy cat.  And the Tooth Fairy did NOT forget tonight.  WOOHOO!

(No picture, of J today, and I figured you didn’t want to see a nasty tooth.)

(By the way, Grandmas, don’t pay any attention to the kids if they tell you to brush your teeth more… for some reason the kids were intent on “Grandmas don’t have any teeth and why not?” even though their Grandmas both have teeth.  So what the…? What?  Kids.  We told them that if they brushed their teeth a lot, they would be Grandmas some day with teeth.  Who knows.)

(And Julia asked me today when Adam would be a Grandpa.  Kids.  They are crazy.  I told her when she or one of her sisters had a baby, then Adam would be a Grandpa.  Thankfully that appeased her.)

Raven found this FANTASTIC helmet today at Wal-Mart.  And, coincidentally, we have had quite the loopy week at work which has resulted in the phrase “Unicorns unite!” (long story).  I told Adam about this story (which involves lots of “talking with ones hands”), and he sent this to me while I was at work this morning.  TOO FUNNY.  Raven is now our work mascot.

unicorn raven

We celebrated life today with a trip to a new brewery (St. Patrick’s south of town that did NOT disappoint) and dinner out in Littleton.  Anna, our little copy cat, was having a good ol’ time and followed Raven across the rocks on our way out of the brewery.  Why walk on a perfectly good sidewalk when you can follow your older sister through the rocks to get to the van?


My apologies – if you’re a blog follower but not a FB follower, you probably don’t see Anna around much – and you might be surprised by her size!  I’m pretty certain that she’ll blow me out of the water at her two year appointment… tall, blond, and a big ol’ noggin like her mama.  Better to hold all the smarts in.  Hee, hee!

Happy Sunday!


Friday, March 28, 2014

I Really Couldn’t Say

I really couldn’t say how long it’s been since I’ve written a blog post without looking at the blog, and for that I apologize.  However, my desire is to return to it… sometimes it becomes really easy to post one-liners on Facebook or text and friend and writing coherently… writing something with meaning… takes the back seat.

To start catching you up on our lives… in no particular order…

We sold our house in Arvada and while we are staying in Arvada, our goal is to downsize and eventually purchase a smaller and less expensive house. 

The why is only relevant to us; mainly, we took the Financial Peace University, learned a lot of things that we “knew” but didn’t put into action regularly, and determined that while we could easily afford our home, we didn’t NEED to stay in it when we could live in something smaller and save quite a bit of money over the long term. 

It took us about 9 months to come to an agreement on how we wanted to do it, but we put our house on the market on 19-February and sold it that very day – we had three offers!  It was pretty amazing.  Due to the quickness of the sale, we determined that instead of diving headlong into another home purchase, we would rent for a while, so last weekend we started the task of moving into an apartment.  We closed today... it felt great!  it's kind of crazy to say after 11 years that we are no longer home owners.

I’ll be sending out address change cards / emails / graphics soon… but it is a good place… a nice apartment… the girls seem to enjoy it… so, at the end of the day, I think it will be a good temporary home for us.

Good bye, house, and we hope you enjoy your new owners.  We'll enjoy the lack of yard and swimming pool this summer... :)