Monday, September 22, 2008

Grandma and Grandpa Loveland

Boy, do we feel special!! Grandma and Grandpa flew from Billings to come spend a week with us. William and I stayed home while the rest of the boys went to the airport to pick them up. It would seem that Chicago travelers are getting quite the adventures this month! (Or at least those who come visit us). G&G's flight was missing nearly 1/2 the passengers because of security issues in Billings. Ahh, leg room...
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Friday, September 19, 2008

there's a rat in the kitchen, what am i gonna do...?

When I was living with my sister in St Croix, my niece Melissa was about 5 years old. One day, when we got the icecream from the freezer, there were some beautiful little 5yr old size finger marks across the top of it. Rachel asked Missy what happened to the icecream. Melissa replied she "didn't know, maybe it was a rat." Of course, we all knew what happened, but it became a standing joke and a reference for blame. I still use it. I guess I need to get the rat that gets in MY kitchen!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

special visitor

My sister Marti came to Chicago with a friend to celebrate a 'coming of age' birthday (just in case you didn't want any one to know you turned 40, Marti). They had quite an adventure coming to visit us. Chicago recieved a record amount of rainfall (7 inches in one day) and flooded out trains, plains an automobiles. We were grateful they made their way to visit with us. Thanks Marti and Melodie!
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11th

Too many of us remember this day with reverence and awe. I think it should be that way. But for many, it is also a day of celebration. So for those like my sister, Marti, I send out a shout of joy and say Happy Birthday!
7 years ago the unthinkable happened. It's a day that few can or will ever forget. Instead, we remember where we were, and what we were doing, and exactly how we felt! It was as if the world stopped turning. I'm embarrassed to say, I was still in bed, asleep. Ben called me from work and told me to turn on the tv. I remember asking what for and he just replied, 'you've gotta see for yourself.' It was surreal. I couldn't comprehend something so horrible. I waited for the 'happily ever after' to come, for the reports that everyone had been evacuated from the building and that everything was fine...And I watched in horror as a second plane hit the other Tower. ..and an eternity later...I watched the reports of the colapse of both of the Twin Towers.
I remember the silence...a sickening silence...when all planes were grounded-including all air traffic coming and going from Hill AFB. I hadn't realized how often we heard the planes fly over(we lived in the landing pattern for Hill) until we didn't hear anything for days.
7 years later, I still remember that day. I learned from those tragic events, to love the flag and to value freedom! To value the rights and priviledges I have as a US citizen. I've learned that waiting in line to go thru airport security isn't so bad.
I hope each of you remember the good that 9/11 invokes in us. Use this day to celebrate that good.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Michael's first day on the bus

Micky has half day Kindergarten, which means he has a Kindergarten bus that comes to pick him up, then he gets to come home on the same bus as 'his guys'. (he endearingly refers to his brothers as "mine guys" still). The K bus stops right in front of our house- no hauling off to the bus stop for Mick. Love it!
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Back to school


The boys are back in school now. Andrew is in 5th grade, Joshua is in 2nd grade, and Micheal is in Kindergarten. That leaves just William to keep me company at home. I can't believe I'm saying it, but I really miss them! (Andrew has the addition of a safety vest because he's been ask to help with bus safety patrol. This is a priveledge that was recommended by his teacher last year. Now he has to keep up on attendance, grades, and homework to continue.)
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