Sunday, July 27, 2008


Watch this video of Kenny singing. I promise you won't be disappointed. I know I've posted him singing before, so bear with it, you WILL laugh. Remember, every song he sings, even non-Garth and non-Elvis songs, he always has a Garth voice with the Elvis lip. And he thinks he's good. Here you go.

P.S. Tasha had her baby!!!! Benjamin Christopher was born on July 25th, weighing 7lb3oz. Welcome little guy!! I have to take a minute to brag that I've known for months what his name would be.....hehehe!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I worked with Kenny today. We have been spending A LOT of time together because I've been with him working often this summer. It's nice to be able to do that, it's also nice to have that quiet time. Sorry honey, I know you are reading this and pouting about it, but you know that I need that alone QUIET time!! In all seriousness though, I wouldn't trade being able to work with him for anything. When we arrived home today, the dog was especially happy to see us. She was hyper, just wanting to play and go crazy. Kenny makes this "Ahhhhh!" sound to get her going, and she really does go nuts. She tucks in her puppy butt and takes off running full speed, whether she's in the house or outside. It's hilarious. I got it on video today...

Someone special has a birthday go click on her blog and give her some birthday lovin'!

Happy Birthday Tasha!!

And just in case you didn't know, she is about to have her third baby this week, Friday to be exact!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I'm still here!!

This past week was a sad one. I was in lahlah land until my gram's funeral on Friday, and then I was in a different lahlah land this weekend. I was close to my grandma, so this is hard, but I'm better now and dealing just fine, and THANK YOU to everyone who called and left sweet messages and to all the sweet, heartwarming comments and emails. It means a lot to me.

Kenny was a HUGE support last week and took us fishing a couple times just to get out of the house and away from the sadness. Here are a couple pics....excuse the RED eyes, I think you know where they came from.

And today we went out on his brother's boat unexpectedly! It was super fun, super hot, and we was super unprepared. By that I mean that I had no sunglasses (the cheapies broke in the car), no bathingsuit/swimming stuff, and no sunblock. It was hard to be in the boat with a t-shirt and capris on while my hubs could easily swim in whatever shorts he was sporting, but it was still fun and another nice break in the routine of dealing with sadness. The puppy had a blast, I have never seen her so tired in her life. She was in the water for 2 hour stretches swimming and chasing her toy, which was a pop can because like I said, it was a spur of the moment trip and we were unprepared. The can worked well as a ball, and she chased that thing all over the place! It was gorgeous today. I am definitely started to feel normal again.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Dorothy E.
(my Gram)

My Grandma died on Sunday in her home, sitting in her comfy chair. She wasn't sick, no diseases or serious illnesses, she even went for half of her daily mile walk that morning. She was 91, and it was just natural causes that got her. I already miss her a lot. She taught me how to sew and we have had countless conversations through the years about quilts, patterns, and crafty things.

Among the many things she made me since I was born, more recently she made me cloth animal books from old calendars to use in my classroom in the last six years, which my students love to look at. Even though I am sad and miss her, she is with my Grandpa now, who has been gone for 6 years. They were married for 60-plus years when he passed. Even before Grandma died, every time I used my sewing machine or bought fabric or did anything sewing related, I though of her, how she would be doing what I'm doing, only better. I looked at my sewing machine this morning and tears immediatly stung my eyes. I am so happy that she was here for my wedding showers (she helped plan one of them) and my wedding day, that she enjoyed herself there, and that she was able to meet her two newest great-grandchildren just last Thursday. I'm so thankful that I had her in my life this long. I miss you Gram. Love you always.

(Easter 2007)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

My kitchen in clean and I didn't clean it!!

Ever have one of those sleeps that just sucks you in, like you are so asleep NOTHING can wake you? That's how I slept last night. I worked with Kenny all day and then came home with a headache. I had every intention of cleaning the kitchen (it must have been the catch all room in Kenny's mind for about 24 hours because it was BAD) but every time I went to do it, my head hurt even worse. Like it was telling me NO WAY can you clean me tonight. So I told Kenny I was going to bed because of the headache and to please wake me up in an hour for my next dose of tylenol. He did, it was so sweet, and then, just as I was dozing off again, I hear clanking and banging in the kitchen, and before I was completely in sleep land, I thought to myself that I must already be dreaming if he's cleaning the kitchen. When I woke from the the most awesome, deep, uninterrupted sleep I've ever had this morning (yes, even the puppy left me alone!!), I saw the kitchen and just about hit my knees. Kenny had cleaned the whole thing from top to bottom. He not only PUT AWAY all his crap, but he had cleaned it with actual cleaner! I was shocked. Now that I know he'll actually do it, I might have to expect more, but I'm not holding my breath. I am still so happy about it. I keep running in there just to marvel at the sight of a clean room that wasn't made that way by me!! What a feeling!

We are going canoeing today on a nearby lake. This is the lake where the falls are, so I will have to make sure we STAY AWAY from that end of the lake. Last summer we canoed there and I knew there was an end of the lake to avoid, buy Kenny didn't believe me, and we were almost toast in the rapids. Hopefully this time he'll remember that and listen to me when I say turn around!! heheheh. I am looking forward to canoeing. I wish I could take pictures, but I don't dare bring our camera, not with our track record of flipping canoes, which will be a whole other post!!

I can just tell today is going to be one of those lazy, awesome Sundays!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Locked Out & Misc

What a story!!

Tuesday evening Kenny was still working in his parents' basement. So I took the puppy and we drive over (3 miles away) and hung out there for a little while. I chatted with his parents, and his dad went to bed, and then his mom and I were watching TV. I fell asleep on the floor around 11pm. I woke up at 1am and Kenny and his mom were chatting, she's a night owl too, on the couch. I was uncomfortable sleeping on the floor, but Kenny told me we would be leaving in a couple minutes. So I fell back asleep, waking up at 4am to find him passed out on the couch snoring. Ugh. I had no intentions of sleeping another couple hours on the floor, as it's not too comfortable, and since we only live a couple miles away, I decided to drive home. I got the dog, walked out to Kenny truck to get my car keys which I had left in there, and they weren't there, which meant they were in his parents house, to which I had just locked and closed the front door on my way out. I was LOCKED OUT at 4:30am with the dog!! I WAS SO MAD!! It was VERY humid and I had to pee so bad...thank goodness for bushes in the backyard is all I'll say about that....I didn't know what to do, I was SO TIRED and also achy from sleeping hours on the floor, and I didn't dare ring the doorbell or knock on the door. Kenny's family is a little dramatic and who knows what would have happened had I woken his parents up at that hour. I was screwed. The only way I was able to get into his truck was with his pin on the keyless entry. I had no keys to ANYTHING. So I took the dog and we got in his truck. I tried to sleep for a while, I really did, but it was so humid and sticky, and without the keys I couldn't roll down any windows which caused the dog to pant and drool all over me, and then she thought it was play time. I'm telling you I was MISERABLE! I finally got out of the truck around 6am and we sat on the porch swing on the front porch, but soon the sun was beating down on me so it was too hot to try to sleep there, plus the dog was running all over the place and they don't have a fenced in yard, so who knows where she would have turned up. FINALLY, at 7:30am I hear the garage door going up and here comes Kenny's dad, out to the car to go get a paper. THANK GOD!! He asks me what in the world I'm doing and I told him what happened, and he told me I should have rang the doorbell, he'd been up since 4:30am, about the time all I locked myself out. Ugh. I was so stinkin' tired. I got my keys and drove home, put the dog in our backyard because all she wanted to do at this point was play, and I went to sleep IN MY OWN COMFY BED until noon. What a morning!!

The rest of the day I spent with Niki and I hemmed some clothes for her and grilled the best burgers ever!

Today I went to Tasha's house to hang out and teach her to crochet. We only got an hour (barely) into the crochet lessons and Kenny called and left his work stuff in my car, and he needed it ASAP, so I taught Tasha as much as I could hoping she would be okay with her blanket for a couple days until I could come back and teach her more....then she texted me saying she screwed it all up......Tasha, I promise I'm not laughing AT you! But the text was cute!! I hope to get back there in a couple days to help her some more!

That's the catch-up on my week so far...and it's only Thursday! You never know what else is going to happen in this crazy house this week!!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Just Happy

Today was one of those days that is just perfect. It's probably the most beautiful day yet in Michigan, not a cloud in the sky, hot, no humidity (rare for July in MI), and no where that I need to be. I finished up cleaning this morning and then helped Kenny for about an hour, and then the rest of the day was mine. He went to work, and I went to the backyard to work in the flowerbeds and the lawn. We're still bringing the backyard up to par, it seems like it's taking forever, but it's almost there. I got some GOOD sun today, it was hot but it felt so good.

I feel so much more comfortable and happy this summer for some reason. I was happy last summer too, it was our first summer in our house, there was tons of stuff to "re-do," and it was a great summer, but for some reason, this one is different. Every day I'm so happy, thankful, loving life, more than I ever have. I'm sure it has to do with being married to Kenny, and not waiting around guessing when he will propose, hearing people constantly ask me when we'll get married. That was getting SO OLD. I don't have that to think about, and also because the summer started out with an amazing honeymoon, I KNOW that adds happiness. I just look around at things in our house and things outside, and I'm so elated that we are where we are in life. Not just with the material things, I mean the two of us. This feels like the most magical time in my life, even more so than when I was newly engaged or in the throws of wedding planning (which, just in case you forgot, I LOVED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT!!! but I'm glad I have my life back now). I guess the best way to describe it is this....there have been 3 absolutely perfect days in my life: 1) graduation from college 2) Kenny proposing 3) our wedding day.....and the way I feel right now is like all three of those combined. That's how happy I feel!!

While I know life and marriage has ups and downs, I'm taking full advantage of this UP right now. Believe me there are times every day where I am irritated or antsy, and my life is by no means perfect. But I know when happiness hits, we are supposed to thrive in it, and that's exactly what I'm doing!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Jumble Post

For the 4th, we didn't do much. Since we got back from our vacation, Kenny has been working, I have been working with him and outside, and also trying to get back into the swing of non-vacation life. Like paying bills. Yick.

We worked together yesterday for about 4 hours, then came home and relaxed. Kenny fell asleep on the couch and I hosed down our new (to us) patio table & chairs so we could have dinner on our new patio for the first time!! I can't even tell you how long I've been waiting to have this patio, and then once I got it, the patio table. It's finally here!!! Now Kenny is shopping for an umbrella for it, but I love it even without one! I grilled chicken and woke him up to eat dinner awesome!! We stayed outside for the rest of the evening. I was reading the rest of my book (it was one of those you CANNOT put down even with 100 pages left) and he mowed and weedwacked and the dog ran around between us. It was so relaxing. Then we sat on the front porch and watched fireworks in the surrounding towns (cities??). I think we saw 3 different displays from our porch!! This was the dog's first experience with fireworks, wasn't sure what to expect. She was SUPER curious, her head snapped every which way with all the lights and booms. She loved it. Then some neighbors on both sides had sparklers going...she was in heaven watching it all. I fell asleep watching TV while Kenny was working on the computer, a nightly ritual around here. Nothing beats that!

Today I have been a work horse. The last couple of days the closets around here have been driving me crazy. So I started in on one, it turned into another, and another, and then the whole house, and I'm just about done now. I'm telling you, when I'm in the mood, it hits me hard, and watch out because everything ends up in the trash or in someone else's hands!! Kenny walked into the spare bedroom which I had just cleaned, closet included, and it was TRASHED before, and his jaw dropped. He said, "This would have taken me all day and it took you an hour?" All I could think was, "Yes dear, this is what happens when you don't have ADD." But I didn't say it. I think all men are ADD when it comes to cleaning. I just sleep better with a clean house. I can't start a project or get something out without first cleaning things. I've just always been like that. It's probably nutty, but I can't help it!

I got this meme from Lori...
1.What is in the back of your car? classroom stuff (still haven't cleaned it out yet)
2.What color is your toothbrush? mostly white, a little blue stripe
3.Name one person who made you smile today...Kenny-he always does!
4.What were you doing at 8:00 AM? Waking up to a rerun of Dawson's Creek
5. What were you doing 45 minutes ago? Cleaning!!
6. What is your favorite candy? York Peppermint Patties
7. What is the last thing you said aloud? OUCH!!! (I stubbed my toe)
8. What is the best ice cream flavor? Anything mixed with cheesecake
9. What is the last thing you had to drink? Ice tea
10 What are you wearing right now? shorts & t-shirt
11. What is the last thing you ate? a bowl of strawberries, blueberries & raspberries
12. Have you bought any new clothes this week? yes, I was on vacation and did what any tourist did...bought new t-shirts!
13. When was the last time you ran? Thursday at the gym
14. What was the last sporting event you watched? Tigers on tv
15. Ever go camping? Tons as a kid, at least once a summer now
16. Do you have a tan? Are you kidding...I just got home from an ocean honeymoon, of course!!17. Do you take vitamins daily? when I remember
18. Do you go to church? not as often as we should, but yes
19. Do you like Chinese food more than pizza? nope
20. Do you drink your soda with a straw? out of a glass? when I'm out to eat!
21. Are you someone’s best friend? yes
22. What are you doing tomorrow? Not sure, maybe out of town, maybe not depending on the husband's stuff!!
23. Where is your dad? On vacation in WI
24. Can you say the alphabet backwards? If it's in front of me!
25. Do you have a maid service clean your home? LOL...I am the maid
26. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time? I have MANY sandals and my adidas running shoes too
27. What color is your car? Silver
28. How do you like your popcorn? Butter
29. How did you get your worst scar? Got my thumb slammed in the truck door when I was about 4
30. Look to your left. I see a cork board with lots of paper junk on it (after the closet cleanout I'll get busy on that!)
31. What color is your watch? I don't wear it in the summer, but it's silver
32. What do you think of when you think of Australia? Olympics
33. Do you use chap stick? Constantly
34. Do you have a dog? Black lab, almost one year old
35. Last person you talked to on the phone? Tasha
36. Have you met anyone famous? Yes, lots, because of my husband
37. Any plans today? It's almost 9pm, so I'll probably read my book and/or watch reruns of Matlock (I love DVRing!!!)
38. How many states have you lived in? One
39. Do you dye your hair? Highlights and lowlights when needed
40. Do you like cats? Yup!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th of July!!!

I hope everyone has a safe, fun, relaxing weekend!

Here are a few more honeymoon moments to share with you!!

Sharks swimming around above our heads at the aquarium....

Aquarium from lindsey oo on Vimeo.

View of the ocean from our condo....

Untitled from lindsey oo on Vimeo.

And the ocean while I'm standing in it....

Untitled from lindsey oo on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

We're Home!!

What a honeymoon!! Our week away was the best week ever. I can't even believe we're home now! I feel like we just left, but that's always a sign of a great trip. We arrived in SC and got our rental car and we were off to find the perfect condo on the ocean. And it ended up being the perfect place and the best price too. Kenny is the king of negotiating, and he did a heck of a job.

Our seven days consisted of LOTS of swimming in the ocean and the pool, laying in the sand and on the decks, sitting in the hottub at night, lots of yummy dinners, and some road trips here and there. We ventured off to Wilmington, NC one evening and stumbled upon the famous places that were used in Dawson's Creek and Matlock, two of my favorites! That was really fun, and that town is so charming with the boardwalk and the river. Film crews were taping an episode of One Tree Hill while we were there too, so of course that made it even more exciting! Here is "Leary's Fresh Fish" and the wall that Pacey bought for know what I'm talking about if you watched Dawson's Creek.

And here is the famous courthouse in Matlock...

We went to Ripley's Aquarium and saw the most awesome display of sharks. They swim right over you in their's the best view you can imagine without getting eaten!
Kenny had his birthday while we were there and we got dressed up and went out to celebrate....

We went fishing after midnight on the pier and I caught two baby sharks. Believe me when I say that this picture almost didn't happen because I was DEATHLY AFRAID to hold that little monster. He was flailing all over the place and I was screaming like a baby. But Kenny snapped the picture in time.

I found out how much I loved snowcones. They are the perfect thing to drink (eat) when it's so hot out!! And Kenny had to indulge in ice cream....

We had an amazing honeymoon!! I have to admit that I am glad to be home now. Our puppy stayed with my inlaws so she was well taken care of and fed. She was happy to see us! It's so nice to come home and have a clean house (it won't stay clean for long) and still be on summer vacation. To see the rest of the pictures go to flickr. Enjoy!