Thursday, July 10, 2014

Traded in my Mustang for a minivan...

Somehow Andrew Peterson has just the right words for what I'm feeling...

"I am a family man

I traded in my Mustang for a minivan
This is not what I was headed for when I began
This was not my plan, I am a family man"

Now it comes to it, I don't feel like parting with it... my precious....

6 years (almost to the day! so random!).  74,000 miles.  Lots of life lived and adventures had in this car.  My one fun car.  Paid for in cash from my first real job. 

Every one at the dealership was all fake excited for me and I was just- lets get this over with, please.


It didn't help that Cecily kept asking "where's mommy's car?" as we drove off the lot.  And "there's tootsie's car" about a blue grand prix parked at the grocery store. 

Anyway, now I get to drive an 09 Grand Caravan.  It's green.  It's by far the most tricked out, lowest mileage, newest vehicle I've ever driven.  And we paid cash.

But...  it has those awful, uncomfortable stow-n-go seats (trust me, I spent a week in the back of one of these in CA).  It's not a Chevy.  It barely fits in the garage.  And it's not blue.  Needs won out over wants this time.   

I found quite a few treasures and random things while cleaning out my car:
-2 cans of Deep Woods Off (I don't like bugs!)
-2 pairs of yellow Stine gloves (Dad likes his girls to be prepared,  I also have a tool kit, extra oil, funnel, jumper cables, tarp straps, flashlight, etc.)
-a dried boutonniere from Mark and Ashley's wedding, maybe?
-garage door opener for my parent's garage
-directions to Kansas City that Dad wrote out for me the first time I drove out without him.

It's bittersweet.  More bitter than sweet.  Bob has been laughing at me all evening for crying over a car...   woe is me.  *grin*

But everything I had to lose
Came back a thousand times in you
And you fill me up with love, fill me up with love
And you help me stand 'cause I am a family man

And life is good, that's something I always knew
But I just never understood
If you'd asked me then you know I'd say I never would
Settle down in a neighborhood, I never thought I could

But I don't remember anymore
Who I even was before
You filled me up with love
Filled me up with love, and you help me stand

So come on with the thunder clouds
Let the cold wind rail against us, let the rain come down
We can build a roof above us with the love we've found
We can stand our ground, so let the rain come down

Because love binds up what breaks in two
So keep my heart so close to you
And I'll fill you up with love, fill you up with love
And I'll help you stand 'cause I am a family man

I'm saving my vacation time for Disneyland
This is not what I was headed for when I began
This was not my plan, it's so much better than


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Fourth of July Weekend

I've been slacking on picture taking... 
Thursday evening little miss got to go to the farm while Bob and I and Emmy went to Derek's visitation. 
On the fourth, I let her run around outside without pants.  Since we're celebrating freedom and all.
 Bob was kind enough to switch out the porch light. 
 I like it.  The old light (on the bench) had broken shades... and this one suits the style of the house better.  It's a smidge low, but that's where the box is so I will just have to deal. 
 He switched the light on the side too.  Yay!
 Cecily got her shirt from the neighbor's granddaughter... Emmy got to wear what Cecily wore her first fourth.  She was not impressed with her headband. 
 And then Cecily wanted it, so they switched. 
We watched fireworks from Ron and Kary's in Eureka.  It's just so much easier with a baby, and there are so many fun things for Cecily to play with.  She got to ride in the paddle boat and sit by "Max" and Tate to watch the fireworks so she was happy.  Emmy slept through the whole show.  *grin*

Saturday evening was the annual Koch water fight.  It was kind of chilly and rainy; the little girls in the kiddie pools were shivering in their suits. 

We went and looked at minivans Monday afternoon.  Woot. 

Otherwise, it's been quiet around here.  Sort of.  Little miss is so loud sometimes...  and Emmy just sits and bounces.  So funny.  They appear to have dissimilar personalities already. 

Oh, and for the curious, PCA is Peoria Cooperative Academy, aka, homeschool co-op.  They do Chemistry one day a week and they have a nursery for younger siblings so C and E will get to hang out while I pretend to know how to teach high school Chemistry.  Should be interesting.  And I appear to have thrown away all my notes and projects from High School...  what was I thinking?!  Haha... since, you know, I've used them so many times since I graduated...  I was kind of hoping I'd still have some of the projects we did. 

Emmy needs to start sleeping more... or I need to go to bed earlier.  My brain is starting to get very mushy and I can't keep track of anything.  Or remember anything.  Huzzah.


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Hydrants and Marshpillows and Cousins, Oh My!

So the fire hydrant or something was leaking right across the street last Tuesday.  We were under a boil order and we didn't have water while they fixed it.  Watching them work was Cecily's morning entertainment.  
Between the power outage, phone problems, and no water it was almost like living at the farm...  Haha, I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing that all of the above didn't really phase me.

The garden is basically a jungle.  All the rain and heat have made it grow really fast.  Unfortunately, I accidently planted pole beans.  We don't have any poles.  The beans are trying to climb the potatoes, tomatoes, the peas, and each other.  The zucchini is almost as tall as me and we don't even eat that much zucchini.  Plus there is a lovely crop of crabgrass that's covering everything else.  *sigh* Oh well.  Maybe next year, right?

I took Emmy to her first sewing club Tuesday.  She must have liked it because she was very good.

I'm not sure who thought this was a good idea...

Wednesday I met with the PCA administrator because I'm going to be teaching Chemistry for them next year.  Yikes.  I'm a little nervous. 

Somebody likes to "Sing a little bit."  She holds the CD case and 'reads' it while we listen.  I now understand why my Sunday school teachers did not enjoy singing "Father Abraham."  It's kind of a workout.  *grin* 
 Thursday night the girls and I went to Lori's for Shane and Alyssa's family shower.  Fun times.  Cecily had a blast with "Max." Emmy had fun being passed around.

Friday evening we went over to Greg and Mary's for S'mores.  Also a fun time, although Cecily was starting to get a little bit whiny after so many busy nights in a row.  At one point she had a large marshmallow in both hands and was giggling to herself as she ate it, silly girl.

Sunday was another long day...  we went to Skylines after church so Grandma Koch could meet Emmy.  And then we headed to the farm for an indoor picnic with the Schlipfs. (It was hot and humid and no one wanted to eat outside)  They were babysitting for a little "gee-rl" a little older than Cecily.  Little miss was not so sure about sharing Grandma's toys with her.  We decided to take her home after she had a melt down over the cupcake dolls.  "It's not hers cupcake dolls.  Tootsie can't share with the gee-rl. Grandma put it back inna box."  (I've heard about it a few times since then... haha.)

Finally home and free! 
 Smiley baby happily bouncing...
 We hosted Wyss Cousins night on Tuesday.  Kirk is working in T-town this summer so he came for supper... everyone else showed up later.  It was Emmy's first time meeting Clayton.  Also the first time she's seen a Kid Cudi t-shirt.  *grin*
 We played games in the back yard...
 Bocce Ball.  "Max" came, much to Cecily's delight.
 Ladder/Hillbilly golf.  And Tate in Clayton's old pants.  *grin*
 Little Miss Princess loved having everybody at her house.  Except Kyle, for some reason.  Haha.  She's been talking about "All the kid's come to Tootsie's house... that nice of them?"
 Emmy wasn't sure what to think.
 When it got too buggy we headed inside for food.  Yay, no one's holding me!  I'm free!
 Aw, this makes my heart happy.  So many cool people in our house.  They were playing mafia... Cecily kept talking about "we killing people" today and I couldn't figure out what she was talking about...
And of course there was a nerdy game going on at the table.  

If you've made it this far- here's a random conversation for your enjoyment from this past week:
Bob was "commenting" on the small size of our bed... it's a double... the set was my Grandpa and Grandma Schlipf's.
Me:  (In my semi-soap box haranguing voice) My grandparents used this bed their entire marriage!  Grandpa even died in that bed! 
Bob:What?! You never told me that!
Me: We have different mattresses.... 


Monday, June 23, 2014

What is so rare as a day in June?

She was tired out before we even left for church...
We've been keeping busy.  Some of Bob's cousins went swimming together on Tuesday and Cecily and I got to join them.  She wanted to go down the slide pretty badly, but I don't think she realized that there was water at the bottom... so going under kind of scared her.  *grin*  Probably a good thing.  She spent most of the rest of the time begging people to take her in the boats. 
 Hope was happy to oblige, thankfully.
 Emmy just chilled in the shade in her ridiculous (but cute!) swimsuit.
 After swimming we went to Michelle and Nathan's house to paint some more.  Their air conditioning wasn't working so it was rather toasty painting upstairs on a super hot day. 

"Headlines don't sell papes, Newsies sell papes!"  It's a fine life...  (carrying the banner...)  haha.  Hopefully that song's in your head now too.
 So Bob was hanging out with Dang Thursday night... and of course a big storm came through and the power went out.  Cecily was totally unfazed.  She was just mad that we couldn't finish watching Princess Gigi (thanks Chris-nina!).  She was pacified with her princess dress up magnet things while I discovered that most of our flashlights had dead batteries, corroded batteries, or burned out bulbs.  And we are out of batteries.  And the camping lantern probably needs fresh ones because it's very dim.  So we hung out at the kitchen table by the light of tea lights and a pillar candle and our poor lantern. Woe is us.
 Friday morning the girls and I stopped in to see Baby Trey on our way to Michelle's house again.  Cecily got to go to the farm and I finished up the painting and helped Michelle put away all her kitchen stuff.  We got to walk to Pinky's that evening with Grace-n-eden and Sprout.  I love ice cream.  Bob got to go in search of a new modem because ours got fried in the storm.  Lucky him. 

Somebody loves salsa.  And refuses to eat anything in casserole form.  Odd child.  "I can't try that.  I can't eat some of that casserole."  At least chips and salsa is semi- healthy. 
Saturday we did not help Nathan and Shelly move... terrible siblings, I know.  Bob cleaned out the dryer vent pipe though, so that was good.  And I got the front door painted.  And two families from church got to see our daughter running around with no pants on...  *sigh*  Keeps me humble, right? We went out to Bob's parent's for supper because Susan's home. 

Sunday was quiet.  Today I have gotten to deal with the Comcast repair guy (our house phone works again-yay!), a boil order, and horrendous w-mart brand diapers.  Ugh.  They leak like a sieve.  At least it's motivation to hurry up and get the elastics replaced in our cloth diapers... since she's definitely chubby enough to wear them now.  hehe.  Little Chubby Hugs. 

Anyway.  Blessings.  

Saturday, June 14, 2014

We'll rally round the flag, boys, we'll rally once again...

Happy Flag Day!  We actually flew ours today... I don't often because I would have to remember to bring it in every day.  *grin*
Snacks and P.J's. 
T-fest was last weekend.  We didn't spend much time there this year.  I went to the drive through for turkey sandwiches on Friday night; then walked up with the girls for lunch on Saturday.  We didn't stick around long because it was supposed to rain and I wanted to get some yard work done.  Bob got the yard mowed and then I spread Sevin (it comes in granules! I love Sevin.) and the rain watered it in nicely for me.  I'm hoping it will help with the insane amounts of biting bugs in our yard.
Little Chubbs... hehe.  

My parents came to T-town Sunday, because they haven't been in a long time.  And because W-ton was invited for supper and singing that evening.  Cecily was a little unsure of how to act with them at her church... and of course she did not want Grandma to hold Emmy.  Ayiyiyiyi.  Supper and singing was fun.  I found it amusing that all the W-ton people said Emmy looks like a Wyss... and then Tremont people would say she looks like a Koch.  She looks like a baby.  A chubby one. Which we love.

We like to color.  Little miss has new crayons and they are just too tempting.  hehe. 
 Bob taught Bible School this week so us girls had some free evenings.  We went to the park one night.  And spent an afternoon and evening "helping" Nathan and Michelle paint their new house.  Emmy either slept or kicked quietly while I painted their bathroom mint.  I despise painting bathrooms.  So many edges to cut in and tubs and mirrors and toilets that get in the way...
Cecily was at the farm for a while; then they brought supper over.  For the record, this was Michelle's idea.  And I'm blaming you, Shells, if she tries it here.  *grin*
 And then today was flag day.  She wanted to wear stripes.  And she was pretty excited to have her own little flag.  I have no idea how Emmy can sleep through Cecily's joyful chaos.
 It was so nice out!  I got to mow and get all kinds of random work done outside, which I love.  Bob was inside taking random pictures of the girls.  *grin* Such a good dad.  She's starting to smile more!  Yay!  I am not sad to be leaving the newborn stage...  
 Although if she survives life with her big sister, it will be a miracle.
 Awww... Happy Father's day Bob!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The days are just packed

For people who like comparisons... 


I took the girls to the park for the Memorial day service.  Getting out of the house is difficult at best these days... when we are trying to be somewhere at a specific time it's even worse. Little miss actually did pretty well being quiet the whole time.  She called the ROTC officer the "king"... he did have a dress uniform with a sword.  And she didn't get scared of the guns at the end.  My favorite part is always taps... and the bugler is amazingly fantastic.  Yes, I know I'm a trumpet nerd.        
I think this was a train...
 "I sleepin with sister!" 
 We spent one afternoon at the farm.  It was hot and the kitty was hiding so we spent lots of time wandering around looking for him. 

Somebody isn't very fond of heat, like me.  So we got out the paints...  yes, Mom, I did let her use my rather pricey Prang watercolors... they're all we had.  *grin*
 One of Bob's coworkers has a meat smoking side business.  We got a rack of ribs last Saturday- they were so good.  Little miss I-only-eat-meat-if-it's-nuggets-or-hot-dogs even liked them. 
 She's obsessed with 'chapsh-gigs.'  I have to hide my chapstick now.  And try and keep her from putting it on Emmy.
 Little Chubby Hugs.  hehe. 
 We walked to the park one night and then stopped at Pinky's on our way home.  Emmy slept.
 Cecily went down the slide over and over again. 
 Trying to slide down the turtle... it doesn't work well. 
 Ooooh, and we have to carry her red chair back to my new Adirondack chairs every time we go outside.  Bob was nice enough to put together the kits that I bought and then I spray painted them red.  They are "IH red" like our doors.  Well, I haven't gotten around to painting the front door yet, but our other doors.

Other than talking Bob into changing out the rest of the light fixtures in the bedrooms (so now we've replaced almost all the lights in the house, hehe) it's been quiet around here.  Which I love. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The merry, merry month of May

How is it already Memorial Day weekend?  I feel as though spring is flying by and we've hardly had a chance to enjoy it...   
Since I spend so much time on the couch with this little girl...  who is now over 9 pounds and looks squished in newborn clothes...  
 Bob is back at work and we are surviving just fine so far.  *grin*  He's very popular in the evenings.
 Mornings are pretty low key around here- they start as late as possible and last as long as possible. 
 Cecily made Emmy supper and brought her a present...  hehe...  she's been quite spoiled and loves all the visitors.  And I am too... much good food every night that I didn't have to make.
 It's a dirt pile... according to Cecily.  Mulch to the rest of us.  Nathan and Shelly were kind enough to come over Saturday afternoon to help us spread it.  (Pay no attention to my spray paint project in the garage... )
 The guys played on the roof with the leaf blower for a while, cleaning all the nasty maple keys off the roof and gutter screens.  Little miss and I directed traffic and got in the way since I'm really not supposed to be working. 
The little one chilled in the stroller. 
So now the landscaping looks great until the trees and weeds push through.  Woot woot.   
We all went to church today!  Hooray!  I tried to take a picture of the girls in their coordinating dresses (that I made back in March for Easter- not since she was born... I'm not that crazy).  
 I got a series of not so great ones... first of many, I'm sure.  Hehe.