Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Today is my Grandma Howards birthday.

She is one of the most wonderful woman you will ever meet and we are so blessed that she is in our lives.

She and my grandpa take care of Julianna 2 days a week for us. This has helped us out so tremendously over the past year financially. Jules just radiates after she has spent a day there! She has such a giving heart and spirit and I am so thankful for her!




Here are the 10 (though I could come up with a hundred)
reasons why we love Grandma Howard!!


1 - She is a giving person


2 - She truly loves every member of her family


3 - Jules loves Grandma so much that she doesn't want to leave her house - ever!


4 - I can talk to my Grandma about anything and she will always listen with an open ear and heart.


5 - Mystery Meatballs!!!


6 - She has been married for 51 years - what an inspiration for all of us!


7 - She has been a great spiritual leader to me.


8 - She always has a smile for everyone


9 - She is a hardworker


10 - I am so thankful that Jules has this time with her. It will help to mold her into a great woman!

We Love you Grandma!!



Friday, February 22, 2008

These crazy girls.....

.....will be here this weekend! My cousins Rachel and Katie from Michigan are coming into town tonight! I can't wait to see them.
Here's to a weekend filled with non-stop laughter, stories and pure craziness!


Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Freezing Valentine's Day....


Yesterday morning I woke to a terrible burning smell and a smoky haze in our house. Of course fearing the worst, I ran into Julianna's room to grab her thinking the house was on fire. I yelled for Drew to get up and he went downstairs and found that the furnace was done for.

I called a repairman to come out to take a look at it praying that it we wouldn't have to replace the entire thing. He came to our freezing house and worked everything for over 2 hours. He replaced the motor and worked on a few other things. He said that he thought it should be working and would call us today. Drew and I decided not to have a romantic dinner at home since it was SO cold, so we headed out to eat. THANKFULLY Jules was spending the night with aunt Lauren, so she didn't have endure being chilled to the bone. When we got home a couple of hours later it felt like there was still no heat. Nothing was coming out of our vents EXCEPT cold air. Ugh. So we slept with 3 comforters, sweats, socks and slippers on last night and are hoping for the best when he comes out to look at it again today.
So much for our romantic night at home. The most intimate thing we did was try and hold hands through our massive amounts of clothing and bedding last night.
On a positive note, Drew just called and said that he reserved a room at the Radisson for me and the girls for tonight and tomorrow night. So we are going to have a nice weekend get-away from the cold and bask by the pool and hang out all weekend. It will be SO nice! So, it was a little blessing that this happened, though I still am hoping that we will have heat by today or tomorrow!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Snow Sculpting Pictures

Like I said in my last post. The talent was AMAZING! Here are some pics of Grand View and Drake sculpting their school mascots!





Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sidetracked....

It has been crazy the past couple of weeks. I don't even know where to start.

My foot is much better, though my knee is still quite sore. LAST Saturday, I was able to spend the day with Mary. It was such a great day. We went to the Grand View girls basketball game so Mary could get some pointers. We had a lot of fun and she loved watching GVC win! After that we headed to Sleepy Hollow Sports park for the Snow Sculpting Contest in conjunction with the Des Moines Winter Games! This was an event that I had helped with and spent A LOT of time on over the past 2 months. I have pics at work and I will post them tomorrow. The event was a lot of fun. Grand View competed with Drake in a snow sculpting mascot competition and then 5 GVC clubs and orgs competed in another contest. I could not believe the talent! Drake ended up winning, but it was a hard decision for the judges - so hard that they had to get more to judge the event! Mary and I just had such a great day!

Sunday I started not feeling too hot and by Tuesday I could barely keep my head up. Drew left to train in Omaha that morning and i was left wondering how I would take care of Jules while I was feeling this terrible. Thankfully, I have the greatest grandparents in the whole world! They watch Julianna every Tuesday for me and said that she could just spend the night since the weather was getting bad and I was so sick. I was able to be in a NyQuil induced coma all day Tuesday into Wednesday - where I learned when I woke up that Grand View was closed for the day - THANK YOU JESUS! I was able to stay in bed all day with no interuptions and rest, rest, rest (oh and watch Dr. Phil). My grandparents brought Jules home around 3:30 and then my little sister Courtney came and helped me for the rest of the night. I thought I was doing better, until I started getting sick in the night. It was brutal. I took Jules to daycare on Thurs and was back at home resting again all day. My other sister Lauren picked her up that night and brought her home and then ended up staying the night to help me out. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my family. They take such good care of us at the drop of a hat. I was better by Friday and finally made it back to work! Drew came home that night because he too was sick all week. Poor guy.

So we have rested most of the weekend and are both feeling much better now.

Let's see what else has happened....Oh, Jules has gone potty in the big girl potty a few times now. Yesterday she surprised us by going #2 in the potty. You would have thought we won the lottery, the way Drew and I were jumping around and yelling we were so happy. I think she thought she was in trouble the way we were carrying on, but we assured her that she did a great thing! Though today she peed on the floor and didn't make it, but for 19 months, she is doing great!

I have a couple of pics of her on the potty, but of course Drew would not let me post them. But let me tell you they are pretty stinkin' cute (no pun intended). :o)

Drew is done training (hopefully) and back home now for good. We missed him while he was gone, but it was kind of nice to have the alone time. Now that he is working again, we are adjusting to a new routine. Hopefully we will still be able to spend time together just the two of us! He is planning a trip to Chicago for my - dare I say it - 30th birthday in May. I can't wait to go! It will be nice to have a few days away together again!!