Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Seventeen years ago, our slightly sassy, usually bossy and highly entertaining third child was born. She has added a lot of humor, a little drama and a fair amount of wisdom to our family.

She knew she was the middle child long before we did and she fills the role well. She will roll with the punches until she won't and then she demands being noticed. She has served as the balance between her polar opposite older sisters and then navigated being a big sister well too.

Makenna is seventeen today, starting her Senior year this week and has ambitious goals for the future. Not only does she hold a part time job, but she carries an ongoing leadership role in her technical theater program. She balances her workload well with a healthy side of silly fun with great friends.

Happy birthday to you Makenna Grace! I hope you are celebrated and feel special today because you deserve nothing less. I love you!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Vacation Week

We started off strong, Greg and I. This past weekend we went to dinner with friends and then walked the Big Four Bridge over the Ohio River. We spent hours together and it was glorious. This was the kick off to Greg's vacation of "let's not plan anything". And so we didn't.

On Monday, Kate returned from her Florida vacation with my parents with an ear that was raging with infection. I worked with my friend who happens to be an infectious disease pediatrician to get Kate proper treatment because the urgent care they visited two days before clearly didn't know what they were doing. I had five extra children and several school related phone calls to make in preparation for a new school year starting next week. Kate was feeling miserable and her mother was pretty unhappy swimmer's ear reached this point.
It isn't often he snuggles with me anymore so I tolerated Sunday morning cartoons and sipped tea with my favorite 8 year old. 

On Tuesday Erin called me crying. She hurt from head to toe and was so tired she couldn't keep her head up. Her doctor's office ran into an insurance glitch Greg worked on from our end until all the proper channels were informed she was in fact covered. That process took thirty minutes and according to the doctor's office, policy states she had to reschedule her appointment at that time. She fell apart so I gathered her up and took her to Urgent Care with hopes we would meet someone smarter than the moron who treated Kate's ear in London, Kentucky. Fortunately we did. They immediately dosed Erin with meds for nausea, a sprite to boost her bottomed out blood sugar, drew blood and did an xray of her back to eliminate an injury since it was her primary source of pain when we arrived. She was diagnosed with a UTI she never had symptoms for and believe she is suffering from a tick born illness. A culture was grown and her urine later came back positive for strep as well. The kid was sick. She is still recovering and likely will for some time. We kept Erin with us until we felt she was strong enough to drive herself home Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday night, Kate and I attended orientation for her new school and came home to my antsy husband looking for something to do. He used his truck to pull the neighbor's rose bushes because she was having a difficult time getting them out herself. When he is restless, he gets in touch with his inner redneck and is entertaining, to say the least.

On Friday we ran to Home Depot with three kids for a doorknob.........and the floors in the master bedroom closet were finished today. We had to pull everything out to make that happen and I tackled that mess with brutality. The result looks like a hoarder intervention for the trash men. We will be out helping them load it up in the morning when five extra kids arrive to start our "not a vacation" week.
This was our 2:15 a.m wake up call this morning. Maybe we should have made plans for Greg's vacation week after all?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A New Doorknob?

Greg and I have been in debate for quite some time about our bedroom floor. I have been in favor of laminate since I love it in the main living area and know how hard our family is on carpet. Greg really wanted the comfort of carpet. At one point during our on-going conversation, Oliver threw up on the floor and I had a significant amount of work getting that out of the carpet and then Greg spilled coffee on it. At that moment, he looked at me and said one of my favorite word combinations, "you win."

We put the project on our "in the future" list last weekend. On Friday, the last day of Greg's vacation week where he literally had nothing planned, we went to the Home Depot with three kids so it was definitely NOT a date. We went for a doorknob because one of ours was broken. (I have mentioned we are hard on things, haven't I?) We once again saw a floor we liked and convinced ourselves we liked it more than the one we had previously selected. We took home a sample and quickly discovered it was the same floor we had already decided would be perfect and it was discounted to 79 cents a square foot.

Greg started taking measurments and calculated our total cost before heading back to Home Depot. He most likely needs another vacation to recover but my bedroom and master bath look amazing. Even the guy who wanted carpet agrees. However, after we had everything put away, I flopped dramatically onto the bed and it moved across the floor. I was shocked and my handsome husband smirked, "I told you I like carpet".

Fingers crossed......

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Makenna has a good friend named Kennedy who is a frequent visitor around here. She is a unique friend, to say the least. She loves my mini van. Seriously. The girl begs to drive it whenever an opportunity presents itself. In fact, the first time I met Kennedy, I handed her my keys and allowed her to drive Makenna to Target. We've been friends since.

Kennedy dreams of the future and her life as a mom. She has her Honda Odyssey picked out and is planning a career that will allow her to be a mom first. She is 17 years old and makes me smile with her planning.

But those dreams and skills have come in handy. She once took Kate bathing suit shopping for me so I wouldn't have to drag three little boys along on an already taxing chore. Not only did she locate an appropriate suit that fit properly which is miraculous on both counts, but she also washed my van. As I said, we are friends.

Kennedy reads my blog and one day called me out on my failure to feature her in this space. She selected the title and offered to send me photos. I countered that if she allowed me to play with the camera to gain additional practice, she had a deal. These are some of the results.

Thank you for playing along Kennedy. As it turns out, I am thankful for you.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Birthday Well Spent

Lana offered her pool for a few hours of swim time this morning. Afterward, Karston's grandma treated the birthday boy to lunch at Pizza King which is always special because a train delivers the drinks at Pizza King.

He loved every minute of it. He and Karston were able to consume and entire cheese pizza and got to play a video game as well.

Before playtime:
 After playtime:

We followed that up with his requested hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner and then playtime at House of Boom with two neighbor boys. He had a full day! Eight is off to a great start.

Ty's 8th Birthday Survey

What nicknames do people call you? Ty-Man and Buddy

If you could choose any name for yourself, what would it be? Henry

Favorite color: Red

Favorite food: Mac n Cheese

Favorite book: No David

Favorite TV show: Henry Danger

Favorite movie: Lego Batman

Favorite song: Baby by Justin Bieber
Favorite toy: my new basketball

Best friends: Alex and Kellen

What do you take to bed with you? My stuffed baby Brutus and my blanket

Where would you like to go on vacation? Texas

What do you want to be when you grow up? A super hero

Who is your favorite super hero? Batman or Night Wing

Favorite video game: Lego Batman because I can be Night Wing who is a really cool super hero

What was the best part about being 7? having Brutus with us and playing with a lot of friends

What are you best at?  Playing basketball

Happy birthday Ty! Life with you is an ongoing adventure. We are excited to see what year eight brings!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Celebrating Jake and Ty

Tonight we celebrated both Jake and Ty. They are both having birthdays tomorrow. Ty insisted we go to the store today to get Jake a gift. He selected the card and a fidget spinner because he believed Jake really wanted one. He enjoyed teaching Jake how to use it and Jake anticipates being an expert spinner in no time.

Jake brought Ty his childhood monster trucks and Ty was so excited to receive them. Ty also chose an Oreo ice cream cake and festive candles for our celebration. When asked by the cashier who was being celebrated, Ty first told her all about his friend Jake.

Erin thought an assault rifle was an appropriate gift for an eight year old and Ty couldn't agree more. Our celebration was simple but fun. Happy birthday to Ty's friend Jake.