Thursday, July 27, 2006

Adventures with Katie & Company

I never realized that baby girls could be SO MUCH MORE rambunctious than boys, but they are. Well, at least mine is.

This morning, while I was taking a shower, she climbed up ONTO the dining room table. I got out of the shower, got her down, then went to dress and she did it AGAIN. I've had to pull the chairs away from the table in order to keep her on the ground.

Last night she jumped into the wading pool............fully clothed (including $30 leather sandals). Tom was just getting ready to empty it and put it away for the night when he heard her splash.

Have you ever heard the Faith Hill song that goes, "She's a wild one with an angels face". Well, that it totally Katie. She can be the sweetest, most loving baby one minute - then she is off wreaking havoc the next.

In other news, Frontier Days is once again upon us. I hate Frontier Days. I know that sounds negative, but I just do. Thousands of people from all over the world (literally) descend upon Cheyenne. And most of them are bad drivers. I almost got taken out by a mom from Colorado driving an SUV. She decided she wanted my lane, but didn't bother to signal or to wait until I went by her first.

On a more positive note, Tom and Brendan enjoyed the Thunderbirds Air Show yesterday. Tom, as usual, ended up talking to a fascinating person at the show. He always lucks into these conversations - no matter where we happen to be. This particular gentleman was from The Netherlands and was leading a tour group to a variety of air shows in America. The man had designed the F-16s at some point, and spent a majority of the show explaining to Tom how they work. Needless to say, they had a great time.

We also attended the parade last Saturday. Marc's girlfriend, Kandyse, came to visit us and brought two of her friends. We haven't had that much energy in our home, well, ever. They were wonderful and we enjoyed having them here. Anyway, the girls wanted to go to the Parade and a rodeo while they were in town. We found a nice spot on Cary Avenue right next to the County Building. The girls were having such a great time that I think THEY had more of an audience than the actual parade did. The parade participants were even talking to them and asking where they were from. Tom and I just stepped back and sat in the only shady spot - under a little 8 ft. tree. It was definitely a fun weekend.

The City is replacing our water line this week. We had no water all day on Tuesday and we've been awakened by heavy equipment all week long. They are almost past our house so things should quiet down a little bit soon. I don't think I've ever seen my house this dusty - it is just everywhere! But, on the bright side, at least I have an excuse this week :D

Well, Katie just woke up from her nap - apparently she has recharged. Until next time...............

Monday, July 17, 2006

Catching up on life..........

The past few weeks have been hectic. Katie is teething - cutting 4 (count them, FOUR) molars. Two are through and two are still trying to make their appearance. Life has been difficult for all of us, but especially for my sweet baby doll. I've been doing nothing but holding her - which means not much cleaning, scrapbooking, or catching up on my blog.

We went to my 20-Year High School Reunion this past weekend. I had been somewhat apprehensive about attending, but it actually was really quite wonderful. There are 13 of us, 8 guys and 5 gals. We counted, and just between the 5 girls, we have 21 children! Talk about populating the world. Rich High's Class of 1986 are doing our part.

We had a nice dinner on Friday night. Only ten of us showed up (plus spouses). We were missing some, and they were, indeed, missed. Saturday was spent at the lake and the swimming pools at Ideal Beach Resort with our families. Brendan had so much fun that he wants to move to Utah now. Katie enjoyed playing with so many children. The drive to and from Utah wasn't too fun, but we all survived it.

We had a great time with Steve & Kim (we stayed at her parents' home) and Wally & Kelly. Good friends, good conversation, good times..... Kim's parents are amazing. Totally devoted to their family; extremely interesting to talk with; and the best hosts we could have imagined. We are blessed to have met them.

Sean and Shalie kept the two little ones for us Friday night. We were an hour late returning home - and boy, did we ever hear about it! Believe me, it is quite an experience to have your son scold you for being late.

Sean came to the picnic at the lake for a while on Saturday, but he wasn't feeling well so he went home to bed. He has a wicked sinus infection or something.

The boys' father came on Saturday, which might have been awkward for some people, but we've all found a way to get along quite well so it wasn't too bad for us. He actually made it a point to tell everyone how great Tom is and how good he has been to Sean and Marc. Tom was touched by his gesture, and I was thankful to have such a great guy - one that even an ex-husband can love :D

We will be having guests this weekend for Frontier Days: Marc's girlfriend, Kandyse. She is bringing 3 friends with her. We are looking forward to having her here and to having the chance to know her better. She is a sweet girl and is very good to Marc.

I will post pics later. I need to download them from the camera. I hope to get to it this week. Take care!!! Blessings to you!!!!!!!