Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I can't think of a better way to get this information out than using our blog.

My son Cole has Impetigo. He was diagnosed yesterday and is now on antibiotics. If your child has been around our son, please watch for the signs of Impetigo. If you do not know what this is please go to mayoclinic.org and they have all of the information there.

If you know of someone who was around Cole please let them know.

Thank you!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

We Are Back...(by RR)

For those of you who didn't know, Ebby and I took a little vacation to California. We each had five days there. Not all five were together though. Ebby went Friday to Wed., and I went Sun., to Friday. Ebby could only get a few days off of work, so we had to get creative with her five days. It would not have been worth it for her to go Sunday, then turn around and leave Wednesday. So we tacked on a couple days to the front of the trip.

I was supposed to go to a conference during that time but that trip got cancelled. So, I ended up taking the time off anyway, and inviting my wife along.

The kids were not invited on this trip. It was our first official "alone" vacation. We have gone out of town without them before, but not for the purposes of vacating. They stayed with our friend Diane while we were gone.

Anyway, we had a blast. We intentionally planned very few activities. We just wanted to chill out and decompress. Which is exactly what we did. We DID do some activities, but we just left our plans very loose.

Activities included:
Ebby- yard sale-ing w/ Jan.
Ebby- Mani/Pedi w/ Jan.
Both- Bike Ride to Balboa w/ Uncle John
Both- Angel Game w/ the whole fam. and friend Joseph
Both- Relaxing, Playing mucho cribbage
Both- Eating vacation style, (incl. In-n-Out Burger)
Ron- Spending 4 of 5 days at or near the beach

You get the gist. The trip was near perfect. We are both refreshed (and a little tired.)We will post the pictures in the next day or two.

Thanks again to Jan, John, Sonny, Greg, Mike, Molly and everyone else for making it a great trip.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Happy 21st Birthday, English

I can not believe that I have a child that is 21 years old today. That would make me 10 when I had her. Seeing as I was born in North Carolina and raised in South Carolina....it is possible. Just squint your eyes when you look at me. :)

Happy Happy Birthday, English. We miss you very much and wish we were there celebrating with you. We love you!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Par-tay

Well I don't have pictures of Veronica's party last night, but I do have some silly ones that I took of Veronica and Hunter before the party. Of course Veronica was excited to be having friends over so she was in a silly mood. I was trying to take pictures of Hunter's new hair cut. Here are the pictures in order.

Veronica looking very cute with one of the wild flowers from behind our house. Hunter's new haircut.
Another try at Hunter's new haircut.
Another try at Hunter's new haircut. I don't know if he is getting mad at me for laughing so hard or Veronica for being silly.
Mom, "Let me take a picture of you guys standing side by side to see how tall you guys are."
Veronica, "Ok."
Mom, "Let's try that again and stand up this time, V."
Hunter very happy that he is getting ready to pass his sister in height.
Me trying one more time to get a picture of Hunter and his haircut.
One more try. After this I gave up.
I thought I would throw this picture in of what Ronnie called "The Best Fire Ever!"
Thankfully it didn't rain last night and it was just a touch cool so that having a fire didn't make us all sweat. I had a great time last night. It was fun hanging out with Veronica's friends and just sitting around telling stories. Happy Birthday, Veronica!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Happy Birthday, Veronica!!

Happy 17th Birthday, Veeze Mil! I hope you enjoyed your day. We love you very much!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Such a Bad Wife

Last night our family went to Ronnie's softball team's annual picnic. They have this each year on night that they have a "bye". It is really fun to sit with the families and just chat for a little while. Our whole family was actually together for the evening. :)

After we all came home Ronnie had the idea that he and I should go play some tennis across the street from our house. Normally I tell him no to going and playing. I use to be an ok player, but now I can barely hit the ball and I get very frustrated. Anyway, I put my tennies on right away and we headed over to the courts.

We hit around for a while and I noticed that Ronnie kept quickly retreating from the net whenever the ball was short. He would come up and hit the ball that then quickly go back to the baseline. I finally asked him why he was doing that and he admitted that he was nervous at the net. I said, "Don't be nervous...what do you think I am going to do? Hit you?" He said, "Yes, I have heard some stories." I told him that I wouldn't hit him. I mean I can't hit like that anymore. I can barely get the ball over the net.

Ronnie reluctantly stayed at the net. We hit one or two and then it happened. I wasn't even thinking about it. I had no control over my body. I think this was an out of body experience. I wound up and hit the ball...right at Ronnie! It hit him in the leg. Oh my gosh I actually did hit him!

Now please realize that I can't hit it with the power that I could when I was younger. I know that it didn't hurt him, BUT it did leave a nice, perfectly round, red mark on his leg.

Just to give you a little back ground about my tennis playing. When I played tennis daily I got into a really bad habit. I wouldn't try to hit a passing shot and win the point. I would hit it at the person and make them flinch. Kind of like "chicken" on the tennis court. Yes, I have hit a couple of people. One of my coaches wouldn't hit overheads with me after a while because I hit him a couple of times, too, while he was at the base line. Same thing...I didn't hit it away from the person I would hit it right at them.

Now I freely admit that this was not a nice thing and a very bad habit. Even though this was not a nice thing to do to my husband I did have to call my mom and tell her what I did. Yes, we got a good chuckle out of it.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Odds and Ends

Here is a mushy post of things that are running through my head this morning:

1) My last day at Target is officially June 15th! Just in time for my vacation to California, which starts on June 19th.

2) Last night while working at Target a gentleman came through my lane...of course I asked questions (sorry Wendi, I can't seem to not do this). He is here visiting Rochester from Michigan. He is currently being treated for cancer of the heart. In January he had open heart surgery where they took part of his heart out and replaced it with a portion of a cow's heart. A COW'S HEART people! He is going through chemo, and he was out riding his bike yesterday. As far as I know I don't have cancer of the anything, and I know that I am not going through chemo, yet I don't get out and ride a bike.

3) Speaking of bikes...Ronnie's was mangled a couple of weeks ago. The singles group went down to Lanesboro to spend the afternoon doing some bike riding. I think he said that they rode 26 miles. On the way to Lanesboro Ronnie had his bike in the back of the car. On the way down his bike seat was torn so on the way back he asked if he could put his bike on someone elses car rack on the back of their car. On the way back to Rochester they were caravaning. The lead car hit a deer that some how wrapped around the car and did some pretty good damage to Ronnie's bike. I still can't picture the deer damaging something on the back of a car, but it happened. Ronnie got an estimate to see who much it would cost to fix it... $200.00! That is a lot of damage for a bike.

4) Back to Target...The father and his down syndrome son came through my lane again last night. I told him that I had blogged about the two of them, but not to worry about their names being out there....I don't know their names. He starting laughing and thought that it was fun. He wanted me to know his son's name, but I told hm that I would not put it on here. Safety comes first. :)

5) Some of Veronica's photos were published in the C.L.A.M. (Century's art magazine). She made the back cover, the inside cover, and a couple of photos through out. I can't say that I am really surprised. Some of her photos are amazing...if I do say so myself.

6) I am looking forward to my trip to California. I will have 6 days of vacation. I am hoping that my mother-in-law, Jan, will take me to some yard sales while I am out there. She is a yard sale queen. I am also hoping to be able to go on a bike ride in Huntington Beach.

7) I had a very good time in Sunday School this past Sunday. I taught the 3rd and 4th grade class. I personally don't think that this is a role that I should have, but that is a whole other subject. During the group time the kids learned a new song about the fruits of the Spirit. I have had that song and the motions to the song stuck in my head since then. It is really helpful in remembering what they are. Very cute!!

Well I think that is all that was bouncing around in my head this morning. Just a lot of odds and ends...and nothing to do with work here at OMC. I should probably concentrate on what I am doing here.