* Jackets/BlazersFor the most part, I'm okay with the fall trends. The only thing I wasn't too thrilled about was the mustard yellow and burnt orange. I will not look good in those colors, especially once my tan fades away. So, I will probably stay away from those items on the shelves. I did, however, get started on my fall wardrobe. My mom-in-law was so sweet and bought me a really nice outfit. I got some wide-leg pants, a white tee, and a pink scarf. All I said was that I thought the outfit was cute, and the next thing I knew she had all three items up at the counter and was paying for them.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
* We got everything unpacked, put away, and stored in the storage unit. The door to our unit is broken (of course), so we called and they are getting that fixed (hopefully soon).
Here's Parker sitting on top of a pile of trash bags filled with clothes, blankets, sheets, etc.
* Todd and I spent 2 days pulling weeds and thorny bushes out of the landscape at dad's office
* Halle cut her hair!!! It was in the middle of her back and we chopped it above her shoulders. She looks so cute with her hair short, plus, no more big tangles! "Before"- I know it's not the greatest pic, but it's all I have on my memory card right now
"After"- Halle and Bailey
* We had a big family party for Brad's grandma on Saturday.
Her health is detriorating and everyone wanted to get together to spend some time with her. We get to see her quite often now that we are back in MI because we live only 1 mile down the road from her house, however, there are a lot of extended family that doesn't live close by, so this was a nice chance for those people to see her.This is Grandma! She is SO sweet!
Here is Brad's dad pulling Parker in the wagon
Here are a bunch of the grandkids and great-grand kids.
All the guys played basketabll for over 2 hours!!!! Here's Brad going up against one of his brothers, Todd.
* We watched "21" (it's a movie) on Saturday night. It was SUPER good! If you haven't seen it, you should watch it.
* We went to a new restaurant. Well, it's not actually new, but it's new to us- we've never been there. My brother-in-law works there as a bus boy. It is on a lake right by where we live. We got to sit outside on the patio overlooking the water. It was so peaceful and relaxing and the food was good.
* We spent Sunday afternoon at my parent's house. My dad grilled chicken, we played with sidewalk chalk, we got to see my mom (she flew home from Chicago tonight-she was there on business), we went for a walk and picked Queen Anne's Lace (we tried to see who could get the biggest one), and we went for ice cream at a sweet little shop in the town where they live. It was a very enjoyable evening.
So, that's our first week back in MI. It's been full of fun and work and we love it! I hope everyone else had a great week too.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
We decided we were going to move a few weeks ago and had planned on moving at the end of this month. However, Brad ended up quitting his job earlier than expected due to some interesting circumstances that took place at his job. So, we decided it might be better to just get up to MI and get going on things instead of sitting around here staring at each other. So, we are leaving at the end of this week!!!! We are packing and getting all the small details of moving accomplished. Everything is really going quite smoothly, so I am not stressed out at all.
Brad's brother, Scott, had planned to come and visit us a couple of months ago (when we weren't even thinking of moving). We all thought he was coming for a vacation but instead he has been helping us pack!!!
Scott and Halle
Halle and I playing in the waves
Halle and Scott's sand city
Parker fell asleep on Scott's shoulders
We wish we would have been going over there ever since we moved here, but we are super glad we went once before the move. We will definitely come back to the beach when we are on vacation.
We are going to miss all of our friends we have made here in Charlotte and especially miss our church!!! Goodbye North Carolina!!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Here's a picture of where they place the tube in the ear drum.
After visiting with the doctor, it just so happened that the very next day (yesterday) had an opening for the surgery. So, I went ahead and took it. We got up at 5:30am and left the house at 6am because we had to be at the hospital at 6:30. Parker was not allowed to eat anything past midnight of the night before. Thankfully, he wasn't too fussy when we first got there. We filled out all the paperwork and didn't have to wait very long (that's the nice part about being the first surgery of the day). We went back to the pre-op room and got Parker dressed in his gown-it was orange and he looked adorable in it. By this point, he was really tired and hungry, and he screamed any time a nurse came close to him. Halle was wonderful. She just colored and never once complained. I love her!!! They gave him a sedative to relax him a little bit right before going into surgery. They told us it would make him drowsy and tired. Well, it obviously had the reverse effect on Parker. He was spastic. He was crawling all over the place as fast as he could, darting here and there. I would turn my back for one minute and he would be out of sight. He didn't want anyone to pick him up or be put in the crib. It was actually quite hilarious because we thought he was going to be drowsy and snuggly with us and he definitely wasn't!!!! They took him into surgery right at 8am. He had to be put under for the surgery. We couldn't see him when that happened so we put all our trust in the doctor and anesthesiologist. The surgery only took about 10 minutes. I was able to go back to be with Parker when we was waking up from the anesthesia. He was horribly cranky which they say is very normal. I tried feeding him a bottle, but he was beside himself. I hated seeing him so upset. About 20 minutes later, we moved to post-op room #2. Brad and Halle were allowed to come back. He fell asleep in Brad's arms about 5 minutes later and about 1/2 hour after that we were free to go home. Really, we were only at the hospital for 3 hours total!!!
Thankfully, everything went really smoothly. We are hoping this will be the only set of tubes he will need. They are supposed to stay in for 10-12 months and will fall out on their own. Hopefully, by then, his eustachian tube will have matured enough to drain the fluid properly. If not, we will be back to have another set put in.
Friday, July 4, 2008
We went with our good friends, the Hansons and the Steiners. We all packed a bunch of stuff to eat and had dinner there. Everyone did go and buy a frozen ice towards the end though. After the symphony was all done playing, there was a really nice fireworks show. We could see the fireworks really well from where we were sitting. They had passed out 3-D glasses earlier in the evening, so Halle wore those to watch the fireworks. They actually made them look really cool.
I am really glad we went. It got me into a patriotic mood and I am looking forward to celebrating our country's independence tomorrow. My camera's battery died early in the evening, but I did catch a few shots of the crowd. Happy 4th of July to everyone!!!
This is where the symphony plays.
I wish these pictures could have captured just how many people were really there.
Halle and Parker playing
Halle and Ashleigh playing Hang Man. It was quite hilarious because Halle doesn't know how to spell a lot of words.