Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Pictures

We have so many priceless pictures from Christmas.
Here are a few for you to enjoy.

Me opening my diamond earrings from Chris!

Chris and Calvin opening Chris's presents from me and Calvin

Phillip, Chelsea, Calvin, and Cooper at Mom's
opening the blankets I made for Cooper & Calvin

Tiffany & Calvin

Me & Calvin at Ordner Christmas

There are lots more pictures at
or click on the My Pictures link on the right margin of this page.
All comments are welcome here and at dropshots.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Very Merry Christmas

I am happy to report that we had a fabulous Christmas! We mostly enjoyed being able to visit with family that we don't normally get to see. I can definitely say that Calvin made it to Santa's good list and got everything on his list. Not only did Santa spoil him but also the whole family did. He got everything from farm toys to a remote control bobble head car to books to a V.Smile video game system. Chris got me diamond earrings! :-) Yay for me! He spoils me. We both got great gifts from everyone from a Dyson to a video camera to a coffee grinder/maker to gift certificates to a camera. We love all of our presents!
Calvin's favorite gift: A Stick Horse.
He loves this horse. Everyone asked what his name was. He didn't have one. So, this morning we named him Petie. Cute name - but when he says Petie, it sounds more like Peepee!!! Too Funny!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Pick up line

Wednesday Calvin and I were at a jewelry store buying gifts from my brothers to their girlfriends. I was getting ready to pay when one of the sales ladies started to talk to Calvin. No kidding, he set back in his pimp stroller, kind of stuck out his chest like he was hot and said, "I like beer." Then he proceeded to tell her that he likes horse beer (Budweiser) and asked, "Do you want a beer?" OKAY... I have no idea where he learned how to pick up chicks!!! He's 2!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Incase you were wondering...

Calvin is doing so awesome with potty training. I got him his own potty chair, made him a chart w/ stickers to track each time he goes, and only let him wear big boy underwear - no pull-ups. I am so proud of him.
He is so proud of himself. He'll look at the chart hanging on the bathroom door and say, "See, Mom! See! I big boy!" Then, it usually leads to him telling me that Santa will bring him presents, now.

ALSO... BIG NEWS... Lance text messaged me today to let me know that him and Crystal are ENGAGED!!! I couldn't be happier for the two of them! They are both super fabulous people that will have a wonderful life together and beautiful babies! CONGRATS!!! To Joz, you are one lucky girl to get Lance as a step-dad. He is pretty special.

Cookies, Pretzels, and fudge, Oh My!

Before I start - YES, Dawn that said fudge! I have some set aside just for you!!! We love you that much!!!
3 trips to Schnucks and 8 hours in the kitchen and we were finished with our Christmas candy masterpieces.
Tiffany and I were up last night until like 3:00 A.M. So, we didn't wake-up until 10:00 this morning which was a bit later than we planned on since we had so much baking to do. (Yeah - it was nice sleeping in!) Sorry to the people that have jobs to go to at 0800! ;-)
We are pretty proud of ourselves for what we all accomplished:

1.) Fudge in 3 flavors: milk chocolate, white chocolate, and a mix of white chocolate and mint chocolate. Yes - all 3 are scrumptuous. The amazing part is that neither of us had EVER made fudge.
2.) Tree shaped sugar cookies w/ green icing and cute sprinkles. 3 batches!
3.) Puppy chow mix - 8 sandwich bags full.
4.) Milk chocolate and white chocolate pretzels - some w/ sprinkles and some drizzled in caramel or mint chocolate.
5.) Cinnamon rock candy - first time at this, too. Turned out great!
6.) My delectable, fluffy, always so soft chocolate chip cookies.
7.) White chocolate dipped pretzel rods decorated with sprinkles, peppermint sprinkles, caramel, and mint chocolate.
8.) Milk chocolate, white chocolate, and mint chocolate covered oreos - some drizzled with other chocolate and caramel flavors.
You're probably asking yourself, "Where did they put all of this candy??? Christina's condo isn't that big!" Well, let me tell you... we were resourceful. There were candy and cookies in every room but the bathroom including the coffee table, my dresser, my bed, the couch, and shelves in Calvin's room!!!
Tiff and I had a great time and decided this has to be an anual event. :-) Just think Patterson... If I still worked there you'd all be getting goodies tomorrow! Have a Merry Christmas!

Late night shopping...

Tiffany came up to Champaign tonight to finish up some Christmas shopping and make Christmas candy and cookies all day tomorrow. We had an interesting night... Things to note...
1.) Nobody had size 81/2 flats for Tiffany's brother Chris's girlfriend (we were on a mission to buy her fab shoes from him.)
1.2) We found gorgeous Coach flats... ONLY $49.99!!! Thought we found the deal of a lifetime! Sorry, size 11 only!
2.) Tiffany wanted to buy shoes shoes shoes!
3.) Hello, Ann Taylor Loft, we had 2 minutes to shop. The overly-fake sales lady practically met us at the door to escort us out because they were closing. HELLO... it was 9:58!!! We had 2 minutes! We are quick shoppers!!! How rude!
4.) We rolled by Shoe Carnival to see if they were open. Ummm... the employees were all standing outside smoking and looked at us like we were nuts when we asked if they were open. Hello - it was only like 10:08 p.m. It's the holiday season - we didn't know.
5.) Target. We love Target. Walked the store. Only thing we got... a new pair of striking red flats for Tiffany.
6.) We decided that we didn't have enough stuff to make Christmas candy and cookies tomorrow. So, we tackled Wal-Mart.
6.1) Stockboys and girls... it's only 10:25 p.m! Why are you taking up all the aisles???
6.2) How many oz's of chocolate chips = a cup??? Picture us trying to figure this out!
6.2.1) I think we have plenty: semi-sweet, milk chocolate, caramel, white chocolate, and mint baking chips!
6.3) We spent 1.5hrs in Wal-Mart!!!
7.) On our way back to my place... while at a stop light... we witnessed a Chinese firedrill in front of us! Seriously, they got out of their SUV, ran around the car, and got back in. We were cracking up laughing so hard!
8.) Have you ever heard Tiffany say, "I don't like dip." She has said this to me several times and I insist that everyone likes dip for chips. So, we're driving home past Buffalo Wild Wings and she says, "Maybe we can get some chips and dip at BW3's". Hello??? DIP!!! I totally called her out on it and for some silly reason this resulted in hysterical laughter!
9.) We got home, unpacked the car, went over our itinerary for baking tomorrow, and I made us pigs in a blanket - cheese style! yummy!
10.) Incase you were wondering, she didn't get 1 gift bought for anyone!!! Maybe tomorrow. :-)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Merry Christmas!

To My more liberal Friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To My more conservative Friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Amy, thanks for the e-mail! I love it!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Potty Training

So... we started potty training Calvin in May... It's December... still not done. Any suggestions??? I bought him a miniature Elmo toilet seat that goes on the big potty. I thought he'd love it. I've tried bribing him with M&M's, yelling, time-out, putting cheerios in the toilet for him to aim at, and other rewards. But, he just didn't seem to care. In fact, he has regressed over the past two months. He used to always go #2 on the toilet... now he'd rather go and hide. Grrr...
So, today my patience was wearing low. I have been telling him for a month that Santa won't come unless he goes potty like a big boy. He is excited about Santa - so this works when he thinks about it - but he's two... he thinks about a million different things a minute. Anyway, he pooped his pants today. I was upset because I have been working with him so much lately. At one point, I had him in tears. I told him I was mad at him. That broke his heart. I wanted to cry. I immediately decided that I had to do something. Getting mad wasn't getting him potty trained any faster. I decided that while I was thinking up a plan I was taking away his pull-ups and he'd have to wear big boy underwear. I religiously took him the the bathroom the rest of the day.
I did some research online tonight. Got a great idea to make a chart and use stickers to track his daily and weekly progress. I even made him a travelling chart so he will have something to take with him to his dad's. Which will also motivate Aaron to stay on top of it, too. So, that's my plan for now.
ANYONE have ANY other ideas??? Should I try using a normal potty chair? I'll try anything. HHHEEELLLLPPPP!!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2007


It snowed. It snowed a lot. So, this morning we headed out for some snow-time fun! Calvin had a great time! He is particularly good at throwing snow at me!

Friday, December 14, 2007


Finals are over!!! Woohoo! I'm so relieved! To all other college students out there: ENJOY Christmas break!!! Spring semester will be here before we know it!

Ummm... where are the cookie cutters?

Since we just moved to a new town, I decided I needed to venture off... away... from Wal-Mart... and try somewhere new. So, I went to Meijer. I seriously spent 2 hours there because I was lost. I needed to major grocery shop and get all the stuff for Christmas candy. I walked that store time and time again trying to find the christmas tree cookie cutters - or any Christmas cookie cutters... but I couldn't find any. I asked 2 people that worked there and they didn't know, either. Grrr... So if that wasn't bad enough, I had one of those carts that steers to the right all the time. I could barely drive that thing! I'm going to need a serious massage tonight! So, I decided that Wal-Mart is like 5 minutes from our house... I'll go there for the cookie cutter! On a positive note, Meijer had cereal on sale: Buy 4 boxes of General Mills brand cereal and get 2 FREE! :-)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Capri Sun Daiquiri?

I don't drink much. Okay, let me rephrase that... I don't drink often, but when I do... man do I drink! Doughy can attest to that! Chris and I became a thing on one of those crazy nights! Man was I drunk! ANYWAY, it doesn't happen very often - maybe twice a year when I get really drunk. But, Chris enjoys a beer or two in the evening and he'd like me to have a drink w/ him or w/ dinner. Well, tonight it hit me. I love love love Capri Sun drinks. I don't normally drink much juice - but those cool opaque pouches make it seem so fun and so un-juice like. So, what if I could get a strawberry daiquiri, Redbull and vodka, Long Island Iced Tea, or any of my other favorite alcoholic beverages in a cool capri sun pouch??? Would I turn into a regular drinker? Hmmm... something to think about. Someone could easily market this great idea! It would be a hit!

Playdate With Daelyn

After 2 months of no playdates, Calvin and Daelyn finally got together last night. Daelyn was so excited to see him that she had her mom meet us at the car in the freezing cold! Calvin is a shy little boy - at least at first. So, they had their differences until... Ice Age. Man, those 2 love that movie and they both giggled... not laughed... giggled while they watched. It was so cute. :-) We can't wait to see the Dunston clan again soon!
BTW, Dawn you have to get a pic of Lil Weldon and his mohawk on your blogspot! It was sooo stinkn' cute!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Abominable Snowman

KATMANDU, Nepal - An archeologist on Mount Everest, probing for evidence of an abominable snowman, says of the foot-long print found by his film crew: "I don't believe it to be a bear."
Complete Story:

Monday, December 3, 2007

Calvin's New School

Calvin has a new school!
As soon as we walked into Chesterbrook Academy, Calvin and I both knew this was going to be it! It is different than other daycares we have seen. The teachers were all smiling and cheerful. It's like they really enjoyed their jobs. Everyone seemed excited to see Calvin and eager to learn more about him. In each classroom, the students were busy with arts and crafts or structured learning groups. It was clear that the school took learning seriously. Also, they were great about working around my class schedule to give me the best tuition rate possible.
It's only a few minutes away from our house, located in U of I's Research Park!
Anyway, as if my opinion of the school wasn't good enough... Calvin LOVED it! He was a little shy around the other kids, but he seemed so comfortable there. We are really excited! Check out their website:

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Oh dear Summer...

It's cold outside. I didn't leave the apartment all day. I heard it was freezing. I miss the summer. I miss swimming, parks, shorts, boating, and fishing. Somehow, I even miss A.C.! This picture reminds me of warmer days. BTW, this pic was taken on our first day of fishing this year at our old house... I outfished Chris by a lot!!! :-)

ADD Hanger Disorder???

Could it be possible that I have Attention Deficit Disorder in the "clothes hanger" department??? :-) This is the thing, everytime I go to Wal-Mart unaccompanied by Chris, I buy at least one-10 pack of clothes hangers. I didn't realize I had so many until we moved. There's seriously something wrong w/ me... I have dozens upon dozens of extra hangers!!! Although ADD is indeed a very serious disorder, I did find humor in my excessive hanger collection.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Super Tarton's Shoes...

Today while leaving Panera Bread, some hip college kid complimented Calvin for his cool shoes. Calvin smiled from ear to ear. He must have felt so cool!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Today is my last day at work. I'm a little sad because I've been affiliated with this company since 1999 and they stayed in touch during my Air Force career and were kind enough to offer me a great job when I was prego. The company has given me several opportunities to broaden my horizons. But, there comes a time when you have to let go and stand on your own. I transferred to Parkland for the Spring semester to major in Radiological Technology. I am so super excited! Going back to school fulltime would not be a possibility at this time without the Veteran's Assistance grant and my Montgomery G.I. Bill that not only pay for my school but also send me a hefty check each month. The perks of being a veteran! :-)

Tarton and the new shoes

My superhero son, Tarton (as he calls himself), LOVES LOVES LOVES his new shoes! He even told me, "Good job!" The new shoes give him super speedy running powers that he demonstrated this morning as he ran all over the house in his new super fast shoes. It made me smile knowing that I totally made his week!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Terrorist Drag Queens

I kind of got a kick out of this picture. I could tell you all this is my fiance, Chris dressed in drag... but it's really not. This bride-man was actually part of a potential terrorist attack in Iraq. Man, these terrorists are getting desparate... don't worry we have drag queens, too! j/k!
Here's the story:

Sunday, November 25, 2007


You know you're doing something right when your 2 year old is obsessed with praying... for everyone. :-)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Note to snack vendors

Day After Thanksgiving.
Shoppers up since hours before dawn.
Standing in lines.
Fighting for merchandise.
Battling the crowds.
Standing in over 1 hour check-ou lines.
Disgruntled women.
Angry women = pushing, road rage, yelling, honking, screaming.
Fix: Provide a snack vendor at stores.
Full stomaches = Happy women = more shopping.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


I love shoes... and it just so happens that my son inherited this shoe-loving gene from me.
He is 2. He has 1 pair of tennis shoes - they were cute Adidas ones. He loved them. Whenever he'd see a stranger or feel uncomfortable he'd say, "Shoes... Mom did it" in a very cheery manner. He was proud. Well, somehow during the moving back and forth from our new house to Grandma and Grandpa's on a day to day basis, we lost one of these coveted tennis shoes. I suspect it fell out of the car. So, he has had to wear his semi-casual brown ones. He's not so proud of these. So, this morning I told him we were going shoe shopping just for him. Instantly, he smiled from ear to ear. We went to 10 or more stores looking for shoes. No luck. Either they were all ugly, since that appears to be the style for toddler boys' shoes this year. Or, they didn't have his size. The poor guy at Foot Locker was constantly running to the back to get us the right size... always to return empty handed saying they didn't have Calvin's size. It was a disappointment. Calvin, did great. Each store was like a new adventure to him and he tried not to be disappointed as we left each store empty handed. Finally, I had to tell him that there were no shoes and I would order them online. He said, "Oh, man" with a sigh and then tried to smile through his teary eyes. My heart broke. I kid you not, I would have paid a ton of money today for a good pair of shoes just to make him smile. When we got home we instantly headed to the loft to shop online for a new pair of tennis shoes that he could be proud of. We found them. These are what he picked out.
These shoes are cute - and he will be oh so very proud to show them off! So, the next time you see the Calvster tell him how much his shes rock!
Todays trip was disappointing. The majority of the stores we went into didn't have anything near worth buying. When will shoe designers realize that to a little boy his tennis shoes are important. He's not like girls who have lots of glitzy, sparkly shoes. He needs "little man" tennis shoes. Please, shoe designers, design more attractive tennis shoes for toddler boys. Give them something to be proud of.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

DESPERATE NYTIMES.COM published "Sweeping the Clouds Away" by Virginia Heffernan this month. had it rotating through it's top featured stories/articles.
Curious I was.
I never dreamt that anyone could attack the American child education icon we all know and love as Sesame Street. This article targetted the early Sesame Street shows. I was apauled. Really, how bored or desparate is a reporter when they have to stoop to this level? What has Cookie Monster, Ernie, Big Bird, and the gang ever done to anyone to deserve this outcasted treatment?!?
Here are a few excerpts from the article:
"The concept of the “inner city” — or “slums,” as The Times bluntly put it in its first review of “Sesame Street” — was therefore transformed into a kind of Xanadu on the show: a bright, no-clouds, clear-air place where people bopped around with monsters and didn’t worry too much about money, cleanliness or projecting false cheer. The Upper West Side, hardly a burned-out ghetto, was said to be the model." Hmmm... What's so wrong with having a show where every child can escape to - where everything is bright and cheery? I didn't realize pre-K children needed to be worried about money and the image of the Upper West Side.

"on the very first episode, which aired on PBS Nov. 10, 1969 — a pretty, lonely girl like Sally might find herself befriended by an older male stranger who held her hand and took her home. Granted, Gordon just wanted Sally to meet his wife and have some milk and cookies, but . . . well, he could have wanted anything. As it was, he fed her milk and cookies. The milk looks dangerously whole." ?!? Really... Gordon??? C'mon... Gordon is a figure many adults can remember from our Sesame Street years. My son watches him almost daily as Flash Gordon on Sesame Street. Why oh why would anyone imply that he may or may not have wanted more than to share milk and cookies with Sally???

"Alistair Cookie and the parody “Monsterpiece Theater.” Alistair Cookie, played by Cookie Monster, used to appear with a pipe, which he later gobbled. According to Parente, “That modeled the wrong behavior” — smoking, eating pipes" It's Cookie Monster!!! We all love him. To children, he's not an overweight cookie grubbing monster... he's a furry, loving, hilarious monster that just so happens to love cookies... don't we all???

If you get a chance, read the full article. It is interesting - and although unfair to the Sesame Street cast, it is well written and would be funny if it didn't appear that the author was being serious. Today, there are dozens of cartoons on the air that deserve much more criticism than Sesame Street - if you don't believe me, turn on Saturday morning cartoons. I don't believe that any show can be 100% perfect, but for decades Sesame Street has been an educational starting point for toddlers nationwide. And, let's face it - the first Sesame Street show aired in 1969... things were different back then - but that doesn't mean that those shows are unfit for today's children. I hardly doubt that my son or your children are going to start smoking and eating pipes just because Cookie Monster did.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope all my loyal readers and their families have a wonderful Thanksgiving! What a grand holiday... it strictly revolves around over-eating and watching football!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Being Sick...

Do you think it's biologically possibly to be sick periodically over an extended period of time because you don't allow yourself enough time to actually be sick? I think that's what's going on with me. For about 3 weeks I've had flu like symptoms off and on. But, who has time to be sick?!? I've been so busy with the move, wedding, work, school, etc. that I just haven't had enough time to be completely sick and get it out of me. So, I am dedicating this weekend to being sick.


In my opinion, Winter starts at 1st Deer Season... so welcome, Winter!
1st Deer Season started today.
By 10:00 my sister called to tell me Dad got a 13 pointer!
On a side note, Chris had to work today - poor Chris.
He'll hunt tomorrow.
Expect more about Deer Season next week. :-)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

OMG... OMG... SNAKE!!!

This morning - I found a dead snake in my basement!!! (insert screams) I totally freaked out! Needless to say, I won't be staying in this house any longer. I'm outta here! So, if you don't hear from me regularly on the blog - it's bc I might not have internet for awhile.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

New Home

Last night we signed the lease. We officially have a new home in Champaign. Calvin went with us last night. I let him pick out a box of toys to move up there to make it "his room". He liked the new place - especially the loft. I have to go back to Champaign on Thursday so I'm taking more stuff up there, then. Official move-in date: December 8th. :-)

Sunday, November 4, 2007


"All my bags are packed. I'm ready to go. I'm standing here outside your door. I hate to wake you up to say Good-bye... I'm leaving on a jet plane. Don't know when I'll be back again..." Okay... so we're not really leaving on a jet plane. BUT we are moving! (Saw Armagedon Sat. night and have that song stuck in my head!) Thursday night we found the right place for us in Champaign. It's a nifty 2 bedroom + loft condo in a great neighborhood with a pool, tennis courts, lake, and walking trails to campus. Plus - it was a great deal. Anyway, tentative moving date is December 8th. But, we get the keys already tomorrow because our landlord is moving to California so he's giving us the keys a month early. So yeah... I'm bringing some stuff up there tomorrow. :-) Chris and I are going to steam clean the walls, kitchen, and bath and also shampoo the carpets tomorrow night. It's gonna be a late night...
I gotta say that I got a little teary-eyed the other night thinking about leaving the house I've made a home for me and Calvin. This is a big change. But, I know it is a positive change. Since we have to go to Champaign tomorrow to sign the lease, I decided to go ahead and get everything in order at Parkland tomorrow, too.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

My big day

My big day... I was the guest speaker at Dieterich H.S.! I felt pretty important that I was asked to speak to students about the Air Force. It was great. I felt so good in my BDU's and combat boots. I got a little teary eyed as I remembered how wonderful my Air Force career was and how much I miss wearing BDU's and living the Air Force life. By no means does that mean I regret my decisionto get out. Just that I miss it. The students seemed pretty interested in the AF - especially when I talked to them about careers they'd like in the AF.
I told Chris this morning that I wish I could do this everyday... recruit for the AF. But, it's just not gonna happen, now.
Wearing BDU's also inspired me to be organized. I rushed to Wal-Mart this afternoon to buy dozens of plastic storage boxes to organize my stuff. :-)
ALSO - the other part of my big day was that I was supposed to get Cooper this afternoon. But, Jami cancelled bc she's sick and Coop's grouchy. I didn't want to tell her that he was grouchy bc he missed me and Calvin! Hopefully we will get him soon.


Somehow... I forgot to post the biggest news...
He started working at Pilson's in Mattoon on Monday as the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Service Advisor. I am really happy for Chris! :-)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

2 Crazy Women on a House Hunt...

Yesterday, Tiffany and I went to Champaign to look at different rental properties for me, Chris, and Calvin to move into in December. I'd say all in all the day was good... even though we didn't find me a new home! I think Chris might go back one evening to look at a place and then again maybe on Saturday to look at more places. Hobby Lobby called while we were up there - the rest of the wedding flowers came in - so now I should have all the flowers!!! :-)
Thank-you, Tiffany. I couldn't have tackled the CU rental showings - navigation - dead mouse - 1978 wallpaper - or Hobby Lobby with out you! I hope you decide to move, too!!!
Today I woke-up sicker than I felt yesterday. I made the decision to go to school and work regardless of my achey body. Then, Calvin woke-up with the same look on his face as how I felt. I took our temps... yeah, we went back to bed until almost 9:30! I think he's feeling tons better. I'm feeling a little better. I am hopeful that I will be better by tomorrow. BIG day tomorrow... more to come on that after the BIG day. I just can't be sick tomorrow... just can't. I won't be sick. Not me. Not Calvin. Tommorow will be a GREAT day!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Chicken on the loose!

Happy Halloween!!!
Monster Chicken!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Monday was Chris's 26th birthday. He said he didn't need to turn 26 - because 25 was the perfect age. We'll see what happens when he turns 30!!! ;-) We kicked off his birthday weekend by going out for dinner and drinks Friday. Then, Sunday Mom had a big breakfast to celebrate his birthday and then she and Poppy watched Calvin so we could go to the driving range. That afternoon I made him a caramel apple pie - he said it was delicious. Then, Monday morning before leaving for school Calvin and I gave Chris his present (Band of Brothers) and took him out for dinner that night at T.G.I. Fridays. I think he had a good birthday. :-)

Happy birthday, dear Chris. Happy birthday to you!

Cooper and Calvin

Sunday mom had brunch to celebrate Chris's 26th birthday. It was delicious. Lil' Cooper was there. We hadn't seen him in 2 weeks!!! That's so long! He is getting bigger every day! Him and his mommy went back to Indy w/ Jake for the week. We hope to see Cooper again soon. Calvin still calls him Pooper and says that he poops a lot... so true... so true...

The GREAT Pumpkin Patch

A couple weeks ago we visited The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur. Calvin loved it! It is so awesome - I recommend it to everyone!!! The stinkn' batteries in my camera went dead while we were there so I missed a lot of great photo ops. Grr... BUT - we still had a good time! Thank-you to Tiffany for riding up there w/ us Saturday night just to find out it was closed. Sorry you missed out on Sunday!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Froggy PJ's

The cold weather warranted cold weather pj's. Calvin's new jammies - with frogs... he loves them! They're like miniature adult pajamas. He has another pair that are blue with puppies. They were too adorable to pass up - especially at 50 and 60% off at Sears and Elder Beerman's. :-)

Children's Waiting Room Etiquette

Did I miss a parenting memo that states that while in the waiting room at the doctor's office it is acceptable for children to misbehave and go through other people's purses?
The Scenerio:
Yesterday, I was waiting for my mother in the gynecologist waiting room. Shortly after she was called to the room a couple and their young daughter arrived. Cute little girl. Immediately the little girl started running around the room and playing quite loudly. I can understand this - she was under 2 and was bored. I smiled at her and even said a few nice words about her shirt and hair - girly stuff. Not long later, while running and playing near me she saw my purse and began to root through it. I looked up at her father - made eye contact with him - as to ask him kindly to have his daughter get out of my new Michael Kors handbag - it was my purse and that's private. He did nothing. I glanced at the mother - she was reading and not paying any attention. I'm not one to normally say something to someone else's kids but this was wrong - the parents should have stopped her. So, I very nicely asked the young girl to get out of my purse and directed her towards some magazines. She was happy to look at the magazines. Problem solved. Then, the father disgruntedly states that he can't believe that the doctor's office doesn't provide any toys for children. It's like he was blame shifting... it wasn't his or his daughter's fault that she was digging through my purse... it was the doctor's because they should entertain children while they wait. Hmmm... interesting theory Mr. Father of pink shirted pretty girl. I wasn't in the least bit angry with the young girl. She didn't know better and kids are kids. But, after her dad's comment I was quickly irritated and ready to leave.
This is what I have to say: As parents our lives revolve around our children. But, we need to face the fact that everyone else's world does not do the same. Therefore, packing small snacks and a couple little toys will help to entertain your children.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Homewood Grill

FYI: Homewood closes for the season on Oct. 14th - that's Sunday so HURRY... get your ice cream soon!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Rebekah left a comment saying that Jake is hot. She's like that. She tells me I'm hot. You gotta love her. I started to post a comment in reply to her comment but decided it deserved its own post.
Rebekah, I'll tell you what Jake would tell you... "You're hot, but there's a line and you need to find your place in it. You'll get your turn." He's cocky like that. ;-)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Calvin and I made cupcakes today. We had a great time decorating them. He had to call his Mimi to tell her how he had to "shake shake shake the sprinkles." :-)
I hope I remember to take cupcakes to work tomorrow... because let's face it I'm getting married in less than 4 months so I can't eat much!

Alicia and Cole

I'd like to announce that Chris's sister,
Alicia and Cole Koester are engaged!
He proposed last night - very romantic story.
I can't wait to see them when they're home for Thanksgiving.
CONGRATULATIONS to the newly engaged couple!


Sweet precious baby Cooper

I deliver to the fans... pictures of Baby Cooper

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Baby Cooper

Last night Calvin and I got the chance to babysit baby Cooper all night. What a precious baby. He obviously loves his cousin, Calvin because when he'd hear Calvin's voice he'd get a big smile on his face. Calvin adored Cooper and even read him some books. I have to admit that I had forgotten what it was like to have a two week old newborn around... dirty diapers and late night feedings. But, it all was worth it to watch him smile when he was dreaming sweet dreams of puppy dogs. We can't wait to watch Cooper again.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

R.I.P. Colossel Charlie , Fat Frank, Big Bertha and their families.

I'm turning myself in. I am guilty of a mass murder of spiders on my front porch at approximately 1:15 p.m. today. Weldon, this one's for you!
I knew there was a spider problem on my front porch - Weldon made sure I knew last time he was here as he almost ran away from my house! But somehow I still couldn't let myself face it... until last night. Tiffany was leaving, it was about 10:30 p.m. and as the screed door closed behind her, I met Big Bertha... a very large, brown, hairy spider. I remained calm for Tiffany's sake. When she got a safe distance away from Big Bertha, I told her and she agreed that Big Bertha was huge, hairy, and scary. So, I decided right then and there to plot the death of Big Bertha and her gang of spiders.
After Calvin went down for his nap today, I packed up some heavy duty bug/spider spray, a broom, and the water hose and headed outside in my rainboots. Maybe I was a little dramatic with the rainboots, but you can't be too careful or too prepared when dealing with spiders this size. Besides, I don't often get the chance to wear them and they're cute - they're plaid. ANYWAY... back to the Big Bertha Gang...
I first rinsed off the front of the house including the windows and porch with water as best as I could. Then, I got out the bug spray and went face to face with the spiders. First, I tackled Colossel Charlie... he was colossel, as his name says, black, and had a big yellow spot on him. He was hanging from the window. He was no match for my stellar bug spray shooting skills. You could say he was a "sitting duck". Next, I took on Fat Frank, who I originally thought was Big Bertha. It didn't take much to kill Fat Frank - he was weak. I had killed a dozen or so other smaller smiles during this time. I thought I was finished and started to retreat from the battle site when up from the doormat crawled Big Bertha. She was the biggest, baddest spider I'd ever seen (excluding the camel spiders in the middle east - there's no comparison!) It was a showdown like in the old West. She tried to draw her gun, but she was too slow for my sharp shooter bug spray skills. She wasn't easy to kill, but after five minutes or so she finally died. I swept all the dead spiders off the front porch, rinsed it off with the water hose, and then for precautionary reasons sprayed more bug spray. I am a spider murderer. I am guilty.
In my defense, I could have stomped the life out of these spiders with my glamorous green and brown plaid rainboots. But, that seemed too inhumane. Or, maybe I'm just a wimp and would freak out if I had to step on a spider.
In conclusion, the war between me and Big Bertha's Gang is over. If what's left of her gang shows back up at my doorstep I will take them out, too. Weldon and everyone else, you are safe to return to my house.

little red sticker

A couple weeks ago I made cookies for a bakesale... I had little red stickers out so I could price the packages of cookies. Of course Calvin wanted a sticker. I gave him one. How is it that two weeks later that little red sticker keeps popping up? I'm not sure if he hides it somewhere (no - it's not in his cabinet bc I've looked there). But, every couple days he seems to pull it out of thin air and play with it. Usually he puts it on his legs or arms. However, this morning in the shower it's like he discovered his nipples. So, picture him walking around topless with a red sticker over his right nipple. It was a nice chuckle!

Monday, October 1, 2007

My son thinks I'm beautiful

So Calvin is a complete sweetheart... when he sees pictures of pretty women (like Jessica Alba, Katie Holmes, Mischa Barton, or any Victoria's Secret model) in magazines or on t.v. he'll point and call her mom. Yes, that means he thinks I'm as gorgeous as those multi-millionaire air-brushed women! That makes me feel so good!
This morning while I was putting on my make-up he told me I was pretty.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Cooper John

First, I want to apologize for not getting this posted sooner. *** Monday we welcomed baby Cooper John to the world. I am a very proud new aunt. Calvin was also very excited to see "Pooper" as he calls him. I will have pictures on here soon. Congratulations to Jami Patton and Brother Jake! :-)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

The War

Friday morning at the end of the Today Show on NBC, they aired a preview for the mini series, The War. The music to go along with the preview was Norah Jones singing American Anthem, a beautiful and touching song that brought me to tears. Republican, Democrat, Black, or white - this song is for anyone. Everyone can relate to it in one way or another. For me, it was the current war we are in and the time I was deployed and the other years I was in the Air Force. It brought back lots of memories of my time serving our country, the people I met along the way, and the shock of September 11th when I saw it on t.v in my dorm room at RAF Mildenhall, U.K. I remember the immediate panic that overwhelmed me, but somehow I immediately made my way to the DSN phone outside my doorm room to call my NCOIC. At that time, nobody was 100% sure what had happened or what would happen next. So, after it was confirmed, I was called back and told when and where I needed to be that night. Carolyn was in my dorm room as I got my gear together. The base was on lockdown, so she couldn't even leave to go home. There was panic, tears, and anger across the base. I couldn't call my parents to tell them I was safe and they couldn't call me because the phone lines were over-worked and busy. A month and a half later I was allowed to go home for my cousin Dustin's wedding. I took a C-17 from England to the East Coast. When we landed, we were told that we needed to contact our squadrons for further instructions because during the time of our flight, the U.S. had started bombing Afghanistan. Luckily, I was still allowed to go home for a few days for the wedding. The time home was hard. I felt guilty for being away from my comrads during such an important time. But, at the same time I felt very fortunate for the time I got to spend with my family because this was a time of uncertainty. I didn't know where I would go next, and when I'd get to see my family again. In a way, after I returned to RAF Mildenhall, as time passed it seemed that we became slightly complacent about the war. It wasn't until I was deployed to Al-Udeid AB when I heard over the loud speaker that we had captured Saddam Hussein did I remember that we are at war and we all should be a little scared.
So, as I watched the video footage from The War on the Today show, I was humbled. I cried as it showed men fighting in WWII, the war that will forever be referred to as The War. It was real life people fighting, dying, making the ultimate sacrifice for our country. My heart couldn't help but break for the women and children left behind as these brave men fought so bravely and for the family of those who never returned home. The War's 7 part series starts tonight on PBS. Check your local listings for times. I know we will be glued to the television for it. As for the song, American Anthem, I encourage you to listen to it when you have time to reflect on your own life.,,4415952,00.html

"America, America. I gave my best to you."

Date Night

It had been a couple months since Chris and I had a date night. Since Calvin went to his dad's yesterday for the night, we decided to make the most out of our evening... well afternoon/evening/night. We headed to Champaign for some much needed shopping... I need it like air somedays... hehehe. Two determined people shopping and we got some much needed things for the wedding: guest book & pen, ribbon for bouquets, my shoes, and Chris's wedding band. Then, we went to Outback for dinner and I had a couple Wallaby-darnedes - - - mmmm... delicious. Of course I insisted we had to go to Target bc I just can't go to Champaign without going to Target. :-) Then, we headed home. I know it probably doesn't sound like much of a date night. But, we had a really good time together. It was very refreshing to look at wedding bands for him. It reminded me that we are getting married... not just having a wedding. It was so nice to spend the afternoon with Chris and enjoy each other - no wedding planning, no searching for jobs, no homework - - - just me and him. :-)
I think we were both ready to see Calvin when he got home at noon today. But, the break was nice.

T-Shirt on Friday

Yes... you didn't misread my T-shirt on Friday... it said, "Future Trophy Wife". I think it's hilarious!!!

Friday, September 21, 2007

*Goddess of the hair clippers*

Okay... so maybe I'm not actually the Goddess of the hair clippers... but I stand firm that I am the goddess of something. I'll let you know if I figure out of what. :-)
Last night, I cut Calvin's hair for the 2nd time... my first time was last week and I noticed I missed a few spots. So, I borrowed dad's hair clippers to give him an all over trim. Overall, I think Calvin's hair turned out fabulous last night. But let's face it... I don't think a bad hair cut could make Calvin "uncute".
Then, I got a wild hair up my butt and decided to cut Chris's hair, too!!! hahahahaha... (evil laugh). He was a little skeptical at first. I gave him a guilt trip and then he seemed all for me cutting his hair. It took me almost an hour... I was very nervous. I didn't want my future Trophy Husband to get a bad haircut! In the end... I think I did a pretty good job. Blending the different lengths is a bit tricky but I think I'll do better next time. For my first time... I think I blended it pretty well. Normally, his mom, Susan, cuts his hair - and does a stellar job. But, I gotta tell ya... I kind of enjoyed cutting his hair and am probably going to continue doing it. Next time... I might get crazy w/ his hair! Watch out, Chris... I'm a crazy woman w/ hair clippers!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Big moments

Last week Calvin jumped in time from an infant that I nurtured to a toddler that knows important things. Let me explain... we were on our way home and it was almost dusk when he very matter of factly pointed out the car window and said, "Moon." He repeated it several times on the rest of the drive home and made a game out of the moon disappearing behind the trees. All the while, I cried. When did my little boy grow up and know what the moon is? What comes next? Will it seem like mere minutes before I am giving him the birds and the bees talk? I am just not ready for him to grow up. It seems like the past two years have flown by. And there is nothing I can do to slow down time. So, I am going to make a huge effort to enjoy my time with him before he gets older and doesn't want to hang out with me anymore.
I love his morning breath. There's something sweet and innocent about how he smells in the morning. I wish I could bottle it up and save it.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Poor Calvin...

Poor little Calvin... all but 1 fish have died out of a total of at least 15 since August 11th. I'm not buying more until this last one dies, we clean the tank again and let it sit for a week. And if losing all of his fish isn't bad enough... Marvin is gone. Poor Calvin...

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

"Dead fish"

4 out of Calvin's 6 fish died over the past few days. Chris always tried to sneak into Calvin's room to dispose of each dead fish without Calvin knowing about it. However, Saturday night while hanging out w/ my sister by the fish tank he very matter of factly said, "Dead fish." She of course rushed into tell me. It's like I didn't know what to do. I wasn't ready for him to experience the death of something. I overreacted because he was very calm. Yesterday morning there was another dead fish in the tank so Chris dumped out all the water, cleaned the tank, and put a new filter in before putting our last 2 fish back in. 1 of the remaining fish didn't look so good and it appeared that it was dead this morning. So, I told Calvin we'd go get new fish today. He picked out an orange and a black fish. The lady at the pet shop said these were more stable fish than we had before. I came home and moved the stump that I thought the dead fish was in and I kid you not, it swam away. He's a little slow, still but I think he's going to make it. :-)
Chris and I have our suspicions that the fish died of an overdose of dried apple-cinnamon crisps that Calvin and Daelyn thought the fish wanted the other night. These two are extremely thoughtful and wanted to share the snack. I've tried explaining that there is fish food and there is human food and we don't eat each other's food. :-)

Sunday, September 2, 2007


After almost finishing 3 pieces of pizza tonight at dinner, Calvin was finally finished. For a 2 year old I thought this was a lot of food! :-) After wiping his hands and face off he grabbed his plate and insisted that we take the couple bites left to Marvin, the dog. I was really proud of his considerate gesture.

I got my dress!

For those of you that don't read my wedding blog... I GOT MY DRESS yesterday!!! Mom and I went to Litchfield to a 1/2 off sale. As soon as I tried on this dress I knew I loved it. We couldn't beat the price, either. Thank-you, Mom for the gorgeous wedding dress!!!

Moving past the stupidness

Last post about the public aid thing...
Okay, here's the thing. I apologize if I offended anyone by using the term "white trash". I truly did not mean to upset anyone with that term. It's just that I've seen people that refuse to get jobs and have more babies to collect money off the government and live in government housing for free and reap all the benefits that our government has. It bothers me that the system allows those individuals that are fully capable of working a job or going to college financial freedom. It's not fair to the tax payers. I have clearly stated my situation. I didn't want to use Kid Care for the simple fact that I always believe that those benefits are there for other people that need it more. But, after thinking long and hard about it I realized that I wasn't being fair to myself to say that I shouldn't get this benefit. I have gone to this specific public aid office before to get some guidance on different things without ever asking for a penny and still been treated like I wasn't deserving enough of help. This particular man that worked the front desk at the public aid office has a known reputation and has been rude to me before. I understand that people have bad days and often it can reflect in their work. However, I work in the customer service industry and would not have a job if I treated our customers the way that the man at the public aid office treated me and the elderly man infront of me in line.
I am a great debater... however, I cannot be bothered with continuing to defend myself about the public aid incident. I am over it. Let's face it... I have enough going on right now that I don't really have the time to be angry anymore. :-)

*** Shout out to Dawn... Thank-you!***

Calendar Found!

My calendar/planner has been found. :-) I am happy.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Are you kidding me?

I am going to start out by requesting you read what an anonymous person wrote as a comment to my post about how upsetting it was when I went to the public aid office. This is what the commenter wrote: "Wow. What a sad story you have told about your FREE "insurance" for your child. Call it what it is. Medicaid. Seriously, maybe instead of quitting a perfectly good job that had insurance, you should have waited till you got your life together enough to afford to care for your child instead of expecting taxpayers such as myself to do so. I'm sure the gentleman DOES get frustrated with ladies such as yourself who take advantage of programs like this. I can't believe you had the nerve to post this. let alone expect sympathy form the rest of us who are footing the bill."
Let me just tell you something you arrogant piece of shit... I don't care who you are or where you get off telling me that I don't deserve to get assistance for insurance for my child. You don't have a FREAKING clue! I bet you're a regular civilian that has never served our country... like I have. I bet you've never been deployed to a foreign country to fight for our country... like I have. I shouldn't have to defend myself to you... but I am going to put this out there for everyone that reads this so EVERYONE is clear on the situation. I would hate to lose readers because they think I'm taking advantage of the system.
I am a 25 year old veteran of the USAF. I served our country for 4 years both stateside and overseas and deployed to the middle east. I am extremely proud of my military accomplishments... as I should be. And, I do not need for ANYONE to ever question what I have done for our country and what I deserve back. The men and women that serve our country deserve everything the country can give them to repay them for their sacrifices. I am also a single mother of a beautiful 2 year old boy. He is the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me. I worked full time the first 2 years of his life and finally feel that I am in a good place to go back to college to get a higher education. I am trying to make choices that will make a positive impact on the rest of our lives. I definitely do not think I am taking advantage of any system by getting my son insurance through the state that I pay for (IT'S NOT FREE! AND I PAY TAXES!) so I can use my Veteran benefits to go to school. The Montgomery G.I. Bill is a benefit that I earned and deserve to be able to use. I am extremely independant woman and have proven that I can do it all: be a full time mother, work part-time, go to college full-time, and find love and plan a wedding with my fiance`. I want to point out a couple things like, I have raised my son and have not depended on my family to raise him for me, I am not applying for anything other than insurance, and I definitely strive to make sure that I am not taking advantage of the system in any way, shape, or form, also during my pregnancy and the first two years of his life I never even considered allowing the state to help me financially - and I'm sure there were times when I would have qualified!
To the commenter, who are you to say that I should have gotten my life in order first... wow... I've probably done more in my life than you'll ever dream of doing in your pathetic life so I'd appreciate it if you'd NEVER post a comment to my blogspot again. Your input just isn't welcome. Also, I really hope that this commenter can find piece in his or her's own life and try not to scrutinize other's and pass unfair judgment on other people's lives. You are a very sad person to ever say that I am taking advantage of any system... to be honest, people like me that work very hard and need just a little assistance while trying to better themselves should be exactly what the system is all about.
I sincerely hope that I never meet the person that wrote this comment because I would have sooo much more to say to him or her!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Where is my organized life?
My calendar/planner has been missing for a few days.
It's like air to me.
Everything scheduled to happen is written in it.
I live by this calendar.
It is aquaish print w/ a picture of a baby on it - not Calvin. I never got around to putting his picture in it.
Maybe one of you will see it around.

Standing Ovation

I gotta tell you what happened this morning at Public Aid when I went to sign Calvin up for insurance - it's not like I was asking for a hand-out - just some insurance for my kid while I go to school! So, I went to PA (Public Aid) this morning to get Calvin signed up for Kid Care. The man working was very rude to me and said I couldn't speak to a case worker until I filled out a pile of paperwork. So, I took it w/ me. I ran home and gathered up all the information that I needed and filled out all of the paperwork and then returned to PA with the paperwork, SS cards, birth certificates, proof of income, etc. The same man as before was working the front desk - the same guy that is always working it and is always an ass. Anyway, so I patiently wait my turn in line. I watched him treat the elderly man in line before me like crap. That bothered me a lot. When it's my turn I asked to speak w/ a case worker to go over the details of my financial situation and how going off of my last 30 days income isn't accurate to what I am making, now. I also politely stressed that I need Calvin to have insurance by Saturday so he doesn't go a day w/o it. He didn't care and informed me that they only take walk-ins after 8:30 a.m. My smart ass said, "It is 11:45. Isn't that after 8:30?" Then, I gave him that very arrogant you're such a loser look and rolled my eyes. He asked if I had an appointment. I looked at him like he was a moron and said, "Listen, I called here a few weeks ago to make an appointment and spoke w/ a man that was probably you that told me that you do NOT take appointments. You offer walk-in service after 8:30. Again, I am here after 8:30. I don't understand what the problem is. Also, that man told me that I couldn't sign-up until my insurance was expired so I am here now to make sure everything will go smoothly this weekend." By this time he realizes I'm upset. All I want is some freaking help! If I would have walked in there looking like white trash he would have gotten me in to sign up right away but bc I look like a civilized human being I am not worthy of PA?!? I do not need to justify myself to this jerk. Grrr... I tell him this and how frustrated I am with the system and people like him that don't care and obviously don't know their jobs! I finish that part by asking if he left his personality at home today. He insists that I was NEVER told anything that I told him about the appointments - calls me a liar - used that word. Now, I want to reach through the hole in the glass between us and rip his eye balls out. I ask for his manager. He informs me that he is the manager. I don't believe him and I insist that there has to be someone above him that I can either talk to face to face or over the phone but he won't give in. Just then... I look around the room and notice our Governor's picture on the wall. I smiled at the moron behind the counter and very politely said, "I guess I will call the Governor's office, then." I think he knew I meant business. He immediately assigned me a case worker and gave me a direct number to call this afternoon to follow-up. I thanked him for this help but informed him I would still be making a formal complaint. I stood firm... and then the 2 guys in the waiting room stood up and started applauding me... one of the men was the elderly man that was ahead of me in line. He had a big smile on his face and looked at me as to say, "Thank-you." :-) I really did call the capitol. Take that Mr. Public Aid Receptionist Jerk!

College Girl

Incase you haven't heard... I'm a college girl, now. ;-) Yeah... check me out! Something about calling myself a college girl is more attractive than "working single mom." So, yeah I like the label "College girl!" :-) School is going okay so far. Dropped 2 classes the first day and replaced them - they just sucked and were stupid and not necessary. In most classes I'm the oldest person. It's okay... even after a baby I can still compete with those skinny college girls. I can't wait for them to gain the Freshman 15 and then I will be thinner than them! (insert evil laugh)
First night at my software application class and I was asked (infront of the WHOLE class) from a fellow girl student if I was Jake Chisler's sister. I had to fess up... I admitted I was. To be honest... I was afraid to because knowing Jake he may have broke this poor girl's heart. Also, my instructor is a teacher at Dieterich HS where Jake and Phillip went to school and I really didn't want their rowdy rep to get me into trouble on the first night of school. The instructor just laughed about it... like he knew some of the funny things these boys did in HS. Oh well... I proved myself later when I knew something the teacher didn't know. Come on... I know computers. :-)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


A couple weeks ago I was outside telling Dawn and Daelyn good-bye after an evening of absolute fun for Calvin and Daelyn. I swore I heard a dog breathing but it was dark and didn't see anything. I thought I was going nuts. As Dawn pulled out of the driveway she called to tell me that I wasn't crazy she saw a dog in my yard. Whew... I'm not insane! We've come to know this dog as Marvin. Chris and Calvin named him. He's a beagle mut of somesort - but we don't judge him for that. ;-) Calvin absolutely loves Marvin and wants to pet and hug him all the time. I think Calvin thinks Marvin should follow him around all the time. Calvin has also learned how to yell for Marvin --- ALL OF THE TIME! It is cute... but Marvin just doesn't come. Marvin is shy... he acts like he was beat before. At first he would dart away at the first sight of us. He is getting better each day. I think we all love him but Barb (land-lady) has specifically told me that we CANNOT have a dog! So, Chris doesn't think we should buy Marvin dog food because that would be going against Barb's rule. So, each day I manage to find some table scraps or leftovers that need to be thrown out and give them and fresh water to Marvin. I think Chris looks the other way and pretends not to notice - but I know he does and I also know that he wouldn't want Marvin to starve.
Next time I pay rent I will ask Barb if she knows where Marvin came from and also let her know that we didn't buy him or get him from somewhere but he just showed up in our yard and won't leave.

Monday, August 27, 2007

It's been awhile...

First and formost, I apologize to my regulars here at my blogspot. I have failed to update this blog in a couple weeks. Thank-you Rebekah for pointing out that there are people that check out this blog often. On that note... Rebekah get some 1st day school pics of your kids soon! hahaha! :-)
On 8/10/2007 Chris popped the BIG question. It was very romantic. He had Calvin actually hold the ring while he got down on one knee. It was very touching. So, now you're wondering when the big day is... February 2, 2008 at Bishop Church w/ the reception at Stone's Throw Golf Course in Newton. I had always dreamt of a winter wedding... so that's what I get. Chris has been very helpful w/ the wedding preparations and dealing w/ my stress.
8/12/2007 was Calvin's 2nd birthday party! It was AWESOME! He had a great time. He also got WAY TOO MANY presents. Luckily, most of the toys went to Dada's. :-) Thank-you to EVERYONE for the prezies!
8/13/2007 my baby turned 2... yes I cried... a lot... I'm not ready for him to grow-up. We spent the whole day together. I even took him to Dr. Balda's w/ me and he got to see their HUGE fish tank. He LOVED it! His Aunt Tiffany came over for awhile on his birthday and even came along to Homewood Grill for ice cream that evening! He loves her sooo much!
8/18/2007 Dawn and Daelyn Dunston came over for the evening. Calvin and Daelyn are becoming very good friends. Calvin loves to play w/ her. I think Daelyn loves Calvin and his fish. They enjoyed Little Tykes golf in the backyard, too. Dawn calmed me down a bit... I was getting huge anxiety attacks and feeling overwhelmed about the wedding... just so much to do in such a little time. But, she reassured me that she will be with me every step of the way. THANK-YOU DAWN!!!
8/25/2007 - Daelyn (Dawn's daughter) had her 3rd birthday party... it was so awesome. Can you say Hello Kitty??? That was the theme - and it was sooo cute! Dawn had water balloons and water guns for all the kids. Calvin had a GREAT time! Daelyn also scored some GREAT gifts!
TODAY... things are going okay... it's a new week. I'm not going to stress out this week like I did the past 2 weeks. Wedding plans are coming along. Get ready bridesmaids, usherettes, and all the other women --- SHOPPING in Indianapolis on September 15th!!!

*** More to come soon... about a dog...

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Everything I thought was missing...

A few things had gone missing in my house like several of Calvin's little toy animals, little tupperware bowls that had Calvin's snack's in them, a bra, 2 necklaces, and a sandal of mine. Today... I watched Calvin carry his gold fish crackers by the handful and put them in a small cabinet just his height in the hallway. I looked in there and found everything above plus part of a now-rotten banana. How had I not noticed him hide all of his "treasures" in this cabinet? I knew he liked it and occassionally saw him playing in the cabinet but I had no idea he had in a sense claimed it as "his". From now on, this cabinet will be the very first place I will look for anything I am missing!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Monday, August 13th was Calvin's 2nd birthday. However, the whole weekend and Monday was pretty much dedicated to him. Saturday evening Mimi (new name Calvin has given to my mom), Clay, and Chelsea came over to give Calvin their gift... an aquarium and lots of fish. He loves them! We put the aquarium in his bedroom. Sunday Calvin spent the day with his dad while Chris and I did a makeover on Calvin's room. It went from cute nursery to farmyard toddler room. Then, we met Calvin and Aaron at the park to get ready for his birthday party. Calvin loved everything from all the gifts to the cake to the humungous (sp?) cow and pig balloons we had for him there. It was a great time. He got some great gifts like a t-ball set, golf set, books, clothes, farm animals, and of course money. When we got home Calvin got to unwrap his bedroom door to see his new room. He loved it! There was a toddler bed w/ a farmyard comforter, a handmade pillow (by me), a Sesame Street tent, I made him cow print curtains, there was his custom painting, also 3 cow print frames I made, and a poster print of him and his monkeys. It's quite the room for a 2 year old! :-) Monday was Calvin's official birthday... I think he had a good birthday including going to Homewood Grill for ice cream with me, Chris, and Tiffany. We also saved part of his birthday cake and sang to him again Monday night. The cake was still delicious! Anyway... my little boy is getting big... he's 2, now... I can't believe it.
You can see more pictures at dropshots.

Monday, August 13, 2007


Friday evening... after dinner at the Olive Garden Chris proposed!!! It was so special how he included Calvin in the proposal. No date set, yet. More details to come. So busy right now...

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Fair Time!

The county fair kicked off last weekend. Calvin and I joined the family Sunday at the fair. Dad, Denise, Levi, and Tiffany camp at the fair because they bring 4-H animals to show. Having their camper there makes it so much easier with Calvin. Sunday, we made it to the harness races with Grandma and Grandpa and then watched Levi show his calf. Levi never thought to name his calf so Calvin named her Jill. We think it's a good name.
Wednesday night, the Dunston Clan... Weldon, Dawn, Daelyn and Little Weldon met up with us at the fair to ride some rides. Calvin and Daelyn had so much fun riding rides together. Daelyn was even upset when we left and she had to ride them by herself. Calvin is normally pretty shy. But, last night he had no problem telling me what rides he wanted to ride. I had prepared myself for him to cry but he never did. He is really getting to be a big boy! Levi and Tiffany sold their sheep at the fair Wednesday night, too. Levi got $1.30/lb and Tiffany got $1.20/lb... not bad for sheep!
The picture below is my FAVORITE picture of Daelyn and Calvin at the fair. Doesn't it remind you of those wedding pictures when the bride and the groom are leaving for their honeymoon? I swear Hallmark will be calling us next week to use this picture on wedding cards! It is just too priceless.

Hilton with the Dunston's

Saturday evening Calvin and I joined the Dunston clan at the Hilton for some swimming. Needless to say, we had a great time. I had no idea Calvin and Daelyn would be such natural swimmers. The pool was a little cold and the hot tub more like slightly warmer than luke warm so we ended up in the hot tub. Aren't they adorable? We will hopefully get to go swimming with them again this summer. I'm very proud of Calvin for being so brave in the water.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Why Wal-Mart? Why?

Okay let's face it... Wal-Mart is no Target. But, that's all we got in Effy so that's where we go. Our Wal-Mart is remodeling. I bet this is hurting business BIG time because NOTHING is in the same place... well the fish still are but that's it. I know our Wal-Mart wasn't glamorous. It was nothing special... so WHY is someone trying to change our Wal-Mart?!? Grrr...

Monday, August 6, 2007

Ordner vacation

Most of you know I opt'ed out of the Ordner vacation to Pigeon Forge, TN due to my work schedule - blah blah blah long story... ANYWAY, Chris got home yesterday. He said he had a good time. He said he mostly enjoyed slamming his brothers and sisters into the wall at the go-cart track... okay I need to clarify that he said this laughing like it was so much fun like when they were kids - he did not say it in a passive aggressive way. :-) From his vacation report, it sounds like everyone had a pretty good time - especially the kids. Chris knows that I'm not into cheap-tacky souveniors. So, he got Calvin a #19 Elliott Sadler die cast car in a case. Way to go Chris!!! :-)


Calvin and I survived the weekend without Chris!!! Whooohooo!!! We actually had a great weekend to include a family wedding, swimming at the Hilton w/ the Dunstons, and the Fair. We had such a great time swimming! Calvin and Daelyn are really starting to be friends and enjoy hanging out together. Calvin had decided to be Mr. Independent and wanted to swim in the 3' water with just cheap arm floaties and little help from me. I was quite impressed! Yesterday kicked off the county fair. Pics to come later from the fair.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Weekend without Chris

Rarely do you hear me give Chris the credit he deserves for being so fantastic. I am being serious. He does the dishes, cleans the kitchen, picks up toys, takes Calvin to the bathroom, gives him a bath, etc. He really does more than I think any girl in my situation could ask for. He truly is a God send. He left last night for vacation with his family in the Smokey Mountains. I'm sure he will have a great time and get some much needed relaxation... but how am I going to survive without him for a whole weekend?!? Okay - being a little dramatic because I know Calvin and I will be fine. It's not like I'm acting like a 17 year old girl that hasn't talked to her boyfriend in 3 hours and she thinks the world is going to end!!! I have come to depend on him for daily things like taking out the trash and doing the dishes. Who's going to do that while he's gone??? HELP! We have a busy weekend planned so hopefully it will fly by and Chris will be back before we know it.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Afternoon chuckle

So at my work we have a classified ad feature with our email. People post things for sale and things they want on there to somehow - someway network through the people to get/make great deals. I check the classified ads often... I mean a few times a day... I'm addicted. Today, there was a posting from a guy in Support that states that his sister is selling her house and to see the attachment for details. I love looking at houses and was curious so I opened the attachment. The house was cute (not my dream house - but I'd definitely live in it because it is really nice type of house). Then, I saw it was for sale for $329,000.00!!! I immediately sent this guy an email thanking him for my afternoon chuckle because we both know that there aren't many people that work where we do that could afford this house!!! :-)
*** Shout out to Brian for making me laugh! ***

Marriage Re-enlistment

My very close friend, Amy, emailed me the funniest thing today. I knew immediately that I needed to post it on my blogspot because I am sure there are couples everywhere that could either find this humorous or think that this is the new way to go with marriage!!! LOL! For those of you that don't know what re-enlist is: In the military you sign up for so many years and at the end of the time you can get out or re-enlist - usually with a bonus.

"Don’t you think marriage should be like a re-enlistment? Seriously….you enlist into a marriage say for 4 years, with a pre-nup. At which time you need to either re-enlist and do your vows again, or separate and move on. Totally makes sense to me!!"

Fisher Price Recall

Apparently Fisher-Price/Mattel have forgotten that lead-based paint is bad. I'm sorry for being so blunt - but come on already!!! I just don't think there is any excuse for dozens of different toy products to have possibly had lead-based paint used on them. This is inexcusable. Please check out the following link to see if you have any of these possibly harmful toys.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Calvin's 2 Year Pictures

Yesterday Mom and I took Calvin to get his 2 year pictures. I am hopeful that they will be as good as he was yesterday. His behavior was a HUGE difference from when he has gone to Sears to get his pictures taken. He even posed like a model for me! When we got to Sam Par Calvin wanted in the water. He just about scooted off the dock right into the water - Thank God I Caught Him! After that he got a little grouchy. This is when Grammy Bock Bock came in real handy... she ran around in the grass pretending that a whale was going to get her. Calvin found it hilarious which will hopefully yield fantabulous pictures of me and him on the dock. For those of you that know my mom you know that she can be a little crazy from time to time... well, yesterday she acted like she was straight out of the looney bin! It was sooo funny!
*** Shout out to Grammy Bock Bock for acting like a window licker ***
I will get the proofs from yesterday in a couple weeks. I will post a link for them, then.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

New Hair cut

Calvin, Bridget, and I all survived the hair cut!!!
Thank God for Scooby Doo suckers!
We decided to cut his hair short so we won't have to do this again for awhile.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Why does hair have to grow?!?

It hit me today like a ton of bricks... Calvin gets is 2 year pictures taken next week... that means he will have to get his hair cut before then! Any volunteers to take him to his hair appointment??? I will pay you!
Actually... I thought I might let his good ole dad take on this challenging task! I mean... he was infantry in Iraq... surely he can handle taking a 1 year old to get his hair cut!!! I think it would make for some good father/son time! hehehe... ;-) We'll see what Aaron says. He's heard the horror stories not just from me... but from people at the salon... so I doubt he's gonna want to do it, either. On top of us not wanting to take him to get his hair cut, and knowing that he doesn't want to get it cut, I have tried to call my salon 4 times today and no answer... okay so I know they're probably closed today... but what if they just don't want to cut his hair - because it is so dramatic?!? LOL- I know better. Anyway, I will try to call Bridgett again tomorrow...

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Calvin's Mohawk

Taking Calvin to get his hair cut rates somewhere between an IRS audit and a root canal. I'm not joking! The poor boy cries the entire time and has been known to throw a tantrum in effort of getting out of the hair cut. It's not just bad for me and him... but poor Bridgett... I mean, it breaks her heart to cut his hair because of all of the tears. I love when his hair is short and clean cut... but it's just not worth it. He had a hair appointment a few weeks ago but I cancelled it because I didn't want to put us all through the tramatizing event. To be honest, I think Bridgett was relieved. So, it's been probably over two months since his last hair cut and it's getting long - but not long enough to pull off the adorable surfer look. So, I thought I'd try out a new look for him. What do you think??? Do you like his mohawk? I'm sure this won't be his new everyday look - but it was cute for the evening. :-)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Women In Red

Anyone that knows me very well knows that I am not a good saver. I love love love to shop! I justify this by only buying things when it's a good sale or on clearance. But, that's not a good excuse. I never use credit cards so I have also always felt like I was living within my means if I could afford to buy these things. My shopping has gotten worse since I had Calvin. I buy stuff for him all the time. It's ridiculous. Although I've been living within my means, I haven't done much saving. It's something I've known that I've needed to do but just haven't. Today, I saw on an ad about Women in Red. It's a message board where you can anonamously post your current savings and retirement numbers and your goals. Other people on the message board will be watching your numbers so it's inspiration to save more money. I'm pretty competitive... just ask Chris. So, I think that publically announcing how much money I'm saving will help me to save more. There are also some good ideas for saving more money. A good one I saw today was: Save all of your $5 bills. I think I might try that!!! Check out this link if you're interested in being a Woman in Red:

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Boot Camp

Today at precisely 2:33 p.m. I made my daily trek to the vending machine. Call it hunger, bordem, or whatever but every day around this time I get hungry! I patiently waited my turn at the vending machine... the evil terrorist that forces me to eat junk food daily! I slowly looked the rows over from top to bottom. Then, there it was: last shelf; second from the right... my reminder of what I call Summer Camp 2000... a BIG Texas Cinnamon Roll. I know this normally overlooked but perfectly delictable pastry might not mean much to you, but it sure does to me. Here's my story:

I spent Summer 2000 at Lackland Air Force Base in boiling San Antonio, Texas. Some people called it Boot Camp... I remember it much more like Summer Camp! It was the best summer ever. I spent my days running, marching, doing sit-ups & push-ups, trying to stay awake in the classroom, and folding clothes - all the while with my fun-loving flight and our brother flight. I was also the Chow Runner which gave me the privilege of announcing to the T.I.'s (Training Instructors - I think the Army calls these people Drill Sergeants) when we had arrived for meals at the chow hall. I was the proudest Chow Runner, ever. They even let me train the new chow runners so they could be as good as me! My flight proved day in and day out that we were second to none. We even got the coveted award of "honor flight" - that's Honor Flight 494 to you! Along with our success and good behavior came lots of "patio time". This was when were were allowed to go to a small enclosed area with phone booths and vending machines. This is where I first met the BIG Texas Cinnamon Roll. We enjoyed several evenings together out on that patio. And, by the end of the 6 weeks of B.M.T. I had grown very fond of the BTCR. However, it was not so fond of me. See, when I arrived at B.M.T I was 2 pounds under weight... in I had to gain 2 pounds by the end of the 6 weeks or I wouldn't be allowed to stay in the Air Force. Well... because of my love for the BTCR... I gained 12 pounds!!! I can't put all of the blame on my love, Big Texas Cinnamon Roll... I mean the food in the chow hall was amazing... but at the end of the 6 weeks I knew what I had to do if I wanted to lose some of my "extra" weight... I had to break-up with my new love... the BTCR!

Today, when I saw this ex-love of mine I wanted to cry. I'm not sure if it's because I miss the Air Force, the wrong time of the month, or because I want to rekindle my relationship with the Big Texas Cinnamon Roll... I think it might have been a combination of all three. I stayed strong. I know better than to go back to someone that made me gain so much weight!!!

I can't find a picture today from when I was in B.M.T. but the above picture is of me after I returned from my trip to the sandbox across the big pond. McChord AFB was having a Combat Dining In. This is when mostly enlisted Air Force members head out to a hangar, form teams, and end up in water and food fights. It was a great time - one I'll always remember with my friend Becca and they guys from the Special Operations Group.