Sunday, February 28, 2010


Andrea: "Be careful, Lacie. You have to be very careful when you use scissors."
Lacie: "Because they're dangerous?"
Andrea: "Yes. They are very dangerous."
Lacie: "No they're not."
Andrea: "Yes - all the scissors in all the whole world are dangerous."
Lacie: "Whoa. I didn't know that."
Andrea: "Yeah, good thing I told you."

Monday, February 22, 2010

It all started...

...when I apologized for our mailbox missing its red flag.

Two hours later I realized that either I had just met a combination Jack Bauer/Dave Ramsey with healing powers of Wolverine,
my new friend was slightly loony, highly imaginative and not just a little unafraid to ... embellish.

In all fairness, I don't know but that he really does still keep in close contact with the CIA. I mean, how would I know the difference?

I figure such a colorful story, er, life should not be left un-shared.

stay tuned for the first in a new series telling the exciting adventures of

Monday, February 15, 2010

Enlisting help

We' ve entered a new stage of potty-training: random bursts of desperate attempts & bribes. Okay so that's pretty much been the strategy all along.
But this time is going to be different. Know why? We're bringing out the big guns. We are taking bribery to a whole new level. And while that level might actually be stooping to an all time low, I just don't care anymore. I just don't.
So what are these big guns, you ask? 2 words: Andrea & Dinosaurs.
See, Andrea loves dinosaurs. Lacie does, too, but she's easily distracted. Andrea, on the other hand, is quite goal oriented. And she wants dinosaurs. She really, really wants some dinosaurs. So I got some cool dinosaurs - as potty rewards.
You see where this is going?
Instead of ME doing all the work, I've found a way to bribe my 5-yr old to do the work. And boy, is she motivated!

I'm either the smartest or the meanest mom around.



I realized my plan was a bit flawed after overhearing the following exchange:

Lacie: "I have to go potty!"
Andrea: "Oh! Oh! I'll help her! I'll help her!"
Andrea: "Lacie, you're going to have to hold it. I need to finish my sandwich first."

Friday, February 12, 2010

Global Warming

The picture below was taken at 10:28am.

By 10:28pm we had received a total of 9.4" snowfall.
We live in Texas.
Some places got 13" and it hasn't let up yet.
In the words of Steve Eager (fox4news)
"It's just going to keep on snowing until Al Gore cries 'Uncle'."

In other news...
The Climate Summit to discuss Global Warming in Washington, D.C. was canceled Thursday due to record snowfall and low temperature.

And now back to us...

Here are some redneck snowpants for ya --
those would be Mark's swim trunks with duct tape around the leg bottoms.

Isn't my husband hot?!


When convincing your child that she must inhale her medicine, it's best if you get a bit creative.

My little kryptonite

Little know fact: if you spoil your kid, you end up with a spoiled kid.
Why did no one warn me of this?

Maybe you did.
I just couldn't resist his cuteness super-power.


Banana Toffee Cookie Pizza

aka, How to Gain 5 lbs After Dinner:

Start with a sugar cookie base.
Add a whip cream & cream cheese mixture.
Top with sliced bananas.
Sprinkle chopped SCORE bars all over.
Drizzle caramel syrup everywhere.
Schedule bypass surgery.

(It tastes much better than it looks.)

Pre-emptive Goodbye

Living in our ward definitely has drawbacks.
Friends cycle in and out of this ward faster than Tiger goes through women.


Dear Huffs,
we are sad to see you go. You've been great friends to us. It isn't fair that we won't be able to love on little Heath when he gets here. And even though Lathen decided to marry Ashlyn instead of Andrea, she is still devastated at the news. Kevin, I do expect that you will find me a replacement baritone. Good luck in SC. We'll miss you.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Hyrum has got it made!
At this rate, he should never want for anything.
Seriously --
the kid has money coming out the Wazoo!

Okay, so maybe that's overstating it a bit.

More accurately,
whilst diapering my kid I found a penny in his poop.

I guess either he's got it made or we need to vacuum more often.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Net: "Lacie, don't ruin that; it's special to me. It was from Gommy."
Lacie: "Who's Gommy?"
Net: "You know, Gommy the Great?"
Lacie: "Oh yeah! I know Gommy the Great. She's my best friend. And Kiera."


Thank you to everyone who has shown such great care and compassion for our neighbors. Their tragedy has been a serious wake-up call for a lot of us.

*They did find a cause of the fire -- we were wrong about the old furnace. There was a gas leak in the line under their house. It's been super rainy lately and apparently when that happens it forces the gas up, and that just happened to be through a crack in their foundation. There was no way for them to even see it coming. Talk about scary!

*Joe is doing much better than anticipated. His son, Joseph, is an ER doc and gave us the update tonight. He said his dad is still on the ventilator, but hopefully will be weaned off soon. Peggy will be going in for skin graft surgery tomorrow, but is handling things very well. Somehow when it comes from a doc who sounds optimistic it makes you feel a lot better.

*So our video footage has come in pretty handy. Not only did the news crew use it, but then yesterday the Fire Marshal came over to view it. Then tonight Joseph stopped by to ask for a copy, and while he was here the insurance company came over asking for one, too! I guess it's going to really help their lawsuit with the gas company. So there's a good plug for keeping your cameras handy! And a great big THANK YOU to the Thieles for providing us with the ability to capture it all! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!