Thursday, June 23, 2011

Catching Chip "Chippy" Monk.

In case you hadn't heard, yesterday morning a chipmunk pushed the screen out of a corner of our screen door and broke into the house as I was getting ready for work. After chasing him around, he hid so good I couldn't find him. After standing on the living room table throwing remotes and anything else within reach at every piece of furniture, trying to get him to run out so I could throw my ice cream bucket on him, I finally had to leave for work and to take chloe to the babysitters. I hated to leave him in the house, but I should have allready left for work, so it was time to go. Fortunately, he was still there waiting when Jeremy got home. Jeremy chased him around for a while, but when I got home from work he had to leave to donate blood, so Chloe and I decided to set a trap….

First off, we found an old aquarium in the basement, and used the ole stick-rope deal. Chloe so kindly prepared a chipmunk feast of peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and even a dish of water.


Secondly, she tested the trap. It seemed to work.


She then stood, watching and waiting for 'chippy', as she had so affectionately nicknamed him, to come out of hiding and feast on her delicacies. That lasted…. About 30 seconds and she got bored. So I tied string to nearby doorknob and checped every few minutes for chippy.

Daddy got home, and decided that desperate times call for desperate measures, and flipped the couch, where he thought Chippy was hiding...

Sure enough, he ran out! Since his couch hiding place was no longer an option, chippy decided to travel through the baseboards.

Daddy set a 'giraffe' decoy to lure out chippy. Chloe threw a fit at the unappropriate use of mr giraffe. Daddy quickly flipped bucket onto chippy. currently, Chippy is under said bucket, and bucket is running around living room. (Please pay no attention to the filthy was-under-the-couch-til-it-got-exposed floor!)

Let me pause to explain what happened next, because unfortunately, no pictures were taken. Chippy was dumped into aquarium with a large heavy mirror placed on top. Marc removed mirror so Chippy could finish his photo shoot, and Chippy jumped out of aquarium and ran down hall to bathroom. We'll now continue our saga….

Chippy took quite the bathroom tour

He tried to brush his teeth, but from what I heard from the other side of the door, (you know there's no way I was being locked in the bathroom with the varmin, so photo credit goes to marc) chloe threw a fit over chippy touching her toothpaste, after he tried to chew it open.


He then caught a whiff of st. maarten as he enjoyed our seashell collection….


But due to chloe's wails about him touching her seashells, I'm sure, he scaled the wall.


He realized he'd been very naughty and had gotten into lots of things and should at least wash up…
As he contemplated his next move…..


I really can't say what went wrong at this point. Basically, Chippy escaped the bathroom, even with 3 people in there making sure he didn't. He was quite clever, you see. He then proceeded to run into the craft room. Daddy and Marc quickly followed, with chloe not far behind. Marc used a paper bag as his weapon of choice, and someone valiantly scooped chippy out of a mid-air-hop right into the bag! We then took the bag outside, and chloe opened it and dumped him out. Here is chippy running/hopping like the wind…. I'M FREEEEEEEEEEEE he shouted! (Not really, but I imagine it's what he was thinking!)


We sincerely hope he doesn't visit again, but if he does……. It was certainly an adventure we won't forget!!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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Monday, March 7, 2011

10 years ago

10 years ago, I was a bratty little 8th grader. The "I can be your friend" Veggie tales song comes to mind.... "Have you ever seen a boy with funny clothes, a girl with braces on her teeth or freckles on her nose? If they added something about hair in these 'princess laia-esque' big poofy pigtails, that woulda been me. I really thought I looked cool, for some reason, with the bottom half of my pants so big, my now-3-year-old would gladly have used them as the best hiding spot EVER. I seriously wish I had a picture to post right now but really..... remember jnco jeans people?!?! feather lined hoods on fleeces? not fur, feathers people! and pink ones at that! I had the BEST best friend ever, Jessica J, and some other amazing friends.... Amber, my roller skating buddy, Liz & Renee, my partners in crime....and then this guy. This guy that dated all the other girls, even asked my advice about them, who just called me his 'best buddy', and couldn't see that I had the biggest crush in the WORLD on him...... ahhh the good ole' days. =) Then, 10 years ago today, Jeremy asked me to be his girlfriend and my life changed forever.

Thank you. =)

He taught me to share, and what it was like to care for another person more than yourself, for the first time in my life. He challenged me constantly to be a better person, not to swear so much, not to argue with my parents. Every spare penny he earned he spent on me. I was at a really critical point in my life, in a stage where I was really rebelling after my parents moved our family from Michigan to Illinois. I quit doing my school work, unless it seemed like something interesting. I got bad grades, intentionally. I got detentions for being late to class all the time, and whenever a friend would get a detention for being late, we'd spread the word and a few of us would get detention so we didn't have to go it alone. Never Jeremy though. He stood his ground and was always on time to class. Sometimes people say he changed after he met me, like it's a good thing, but I don't think people noticed so much exactly how much I changed for the better, just having him play such an important role in my life. Most importantly, he challenged my faith. He asked questions that made me think. Over the next several years I would grow spiritually because of him, and if I hadn't met him, I really wonder where I'd be today...

Reminds me of another song, 'I will never be, the same again. I can never return, I've closed the door.' I'm so glad I walked out that door and into a life with you. =)

I love you baby!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What I'm here for

This morning I got a daily email from Proverbs 31 Ministries, I read them if I have time, and when I do they are such a blessing.... I finished this mornings, and started to pray, "Lord, make these problems go away".... how quickly I had forgotten what I just read. My prayer almost immediately changed to, "Lord, thank you for this, I know it will grow me, may your will be done". Thank you Lord, for a great reminder!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

9&10 News - American Heart Association Changing Women's Risk Guidelines

9&10 News - American Heart Association Changing Women's Risk Guidelines

I am so thankful they're airing this! As most of you know, I had Post Partum Cardiomyopathy after having my little one, and be aware that it can happen with NONE of these issues happening during pregnancy, it can just HAPPEN right afterwards, sometimes a day or week later, sometimes up to 6 months later!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Things I love about my husband...

... He has an awesome sense of humor. We just... get each other, all the time. And we think the same.... what one of us says, the other was thinking, and we are almost always in agreement about important things.

... When he's a total kid, with our kid. And just how he is around kids in general.

... His ideas. And how when we put our ideas together, they turn into bigger and better ideas. And how we finish each other's ideas, and round them out, until it's 'just right.'

... His love for the Lord. I love that he reads his bible every night before he goes to bed and doesn't let anything get in the way of it. I love watching him worship at church. I love his servants heart.

...The fact that just a simple nod is all it takes for us to know we're in agreement on something.

Everything.

Happy Valentine's Day, Sweetie! =)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Psalm 121:5

"The Lord watches over you-- the Lord is your shade at your right hand."

King James says, "The Lord is your keeper, the Lord is your shade at your right hand".

but the message says it differently...

"God's your Guardian,
right at your side to protect you—
Shielding you from sunstroke,
sheltering you from moonstroke."
 
So I really wonder which it is trying to say- That the Lord is like an umbrella, maybe that you'd carry in your right hand, or that the Lord is your shadow, made by your right hand? If you use the upper room devotional you probably are like, "i know where she's going with this!" and you're right.... a few days ago the devotional was on this, and compared it to the Lord being like our shadow- Always there, sometimes hard to see, sometimes big and obvious, but ALWAYS there. I LOVED that analogy. It brought me so much comfort! Also- he's seeing everything you do. He's attached to everything you do.
 
I love it. I'm so glad it can't come unsewed, like in Peter Pan =D.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Board Game Frame

One of my absolute most favorite blogs to read is Infarrantly Creative. That lady....... genius. Pure genius. I wish I could have her over for a cup of tea and tell me what on EARTH to do with the giant cubbies in the living room, I bet she'd have the perfect idea of what to do with those monsters! Well, that monster, rather, since two of them got shelved.

Anyhow, I was reading one of her recent posts, and at the bottom it says 'you might also like...' or something like that, and something caught my eye.... "Game Board Storage Art"

Oh.
My.
STARS!!!!

I was like, that is the solution to my LIFE!!!! Okay, maybe not my whole life, only Jesus is that, but the playroom! The playroom and it's lack of cute stuff on the walls and it's crushed board game boxes stacked haphazardly...... okay not even stacked! Just... the pieces! Ohhh the pieces! Strewn from one of the house to the other! So, I knew right then and there, that this would be me and hubs weekend project!

...but then I got the stomach flu. Uck. No good. So Sunday Afternoon we're in the middle of relaxing..... and I'm feeling moderately better.... and I remembered and I just HAD to make them right then and there!

Here's what we came up with....

Diego Chutes and Ladders!

Ended up sanding the back a little after I decided to glue the fabric on as opposed to stapling, it looks yucky but we dont care =)

See Diego and his cousin down there? lol

We put a support in the middle like someone else from her blog had recommended, and we didn't used plastic baggies. I am.... a phob. A total phob. (Can that be a word??) Like, plastic baggies are a suffocation hazard. not to mention I had plastic, and the BPA, and.... my mind started racing. We were all set to fit a piece of luan about 5 inches high across the bottom, but the only luan we had was warped and.... I just didn't like it. So I thought, fabric! I hemmed this cute yellow fabric and had great intentions of stapling it on all nicely, then covering said staples with strip of nice felt to protect wall (i was going to use that in the corners too) but......lo and behold...... we're out of staples. We're always out of anything. We need a system, like some.... I don't know..... erasable board, hanging in a convienent place, to write things on when we run out of....... oh wait! we HAVE one of those! USING it would be good... I know you believe I still haven't wrote 'staples' on the list! ugh. anyhow. I ended up hot gluing the fabric on for now, I might staple when I remember to buy more staples, but oh how I love hot glue......... it might just stay. =)


We had a lovely picnic for lunch today.... Chloe insisted and set it all up!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It is exactly 60 days...

...til we set sail on the Norwegian Sun!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sooooooooo excited!!!!!!!!!!

***does cheesy 80s dance... you know.... hand pointing up there....... down over there........ that thing!***

I need need NEED to get into better shape...... the problem is I can't seem to do it on my own! I need a workout buddy, a partner, a something.... A set schedule, basically, a live-in personal trainer whose premium goal is to get me into tip top shape..... not in the next two months, but maybe the next 2 years...... ya know....

Okay now that I'm done dreaming......... WHAT AM I GONNA DO?!?!?!

Monday, January 10, 2011

I'm just gonna jump right back in...

...to the blogging world! It's been ages since we've had reliable Internet, I'm still not totally sure sometimes, but here's to hoping! I'm going to have a few goals on here and I hope ya'all will help keep me on track by hollering at me if I get off those tracks.....

1. I'm going to be POSITIVE!

2. I'm going to share my ideas even if I think I'll sound crazy!

3. I'm going to capitalize my I's the first time around so I don't have to go back through looking for them all afterwards and changing them to I's instead of i's....

4. I'm GOING to lose weight this year. And tell you about it! There. I just wrote it on the Internet for everyone to see so now keep me accountable in any way you'd like please!

5. I'm going to keep things short and sweet, and not ramble!

I hope everyone's having a great 2011 so far! Lots of Stomach Flu around our house but things are looking better every day!