Friday, December 28, 2007

Hannah look-a-like

Josie got a Hannah Montana wig from grandma Shirley tonight and while she was embarrassed to wear it at her house, she proudly dispayed it at home!

Colorado bound



my friend, Bob and i are going to a 'Wild At Heart' christian men's retreat in Buena Vista, CO in early February. We are staying at the Frontier Ranch which sits near the base of that beautiful mountain (Mt. Princeton) in the photo. that is a photo from Christmas day that my new friend in Colorado has posted on one of his sites (www.mtprinceton.org). the anticipation grows daily. i'm excited not only for the spiritual growth/renewal, but for the AMAZING scenery that i'm going to be taking TONS of pictures of. i'll share them with you upon my return to KS (that might be a depressing drive back, ha).

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

No dreaming, it's white!


Don't get to see too many of these. Luckily the snow from two days ago stuck around. On the way to pick Cami up someone in front of me on the country roads ran out of gas; a father and son who were out bow hunting. So i drove back to the house to get the gas can that still had a couple gallons in it. it felt so good to serve someone this morning. i wouldn't let him pay me so he stuck it on my windshield wiper.
the presents are all unwrapped and the kids are playing with their new toys. Cami's favorite gift was a sweat outfit from Victoria's Secret. Josie's favorite is her "e-pet". And taylor's is a pair of real handcuffs.
Merry Christmas everyone from our family to yours!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!



One of our family Christmas traditions is to watch "The Christmas Story". It's a cult classic. If you haven't seen it, you must. The title of this blog is a recurring theme of the movie as little Ralphy's dream present is a Red Rider 200 Shot Carbide Action Air Rifle with a compass in the stock.

Anyway, today Taylor was upstairs with a Nerf gun that shoots the long "bullets" with suction cups on the end. he was in the walk-in closet where Tracy was and i heard the gun go off and taylor started crying. for some reason he had the gun pointed at his face and pulled the trigger. i immediately started snickering and exlaimed, "you shot your eye out!" Tracy could not help but join in the fun. i kept chasing taylor down with the digital camera to take a picture and post it but he didn't want to cause everyone would laugh at him. so no picture, but i HAD to tell the story!! Just don't tell Taylor you read it here!

we watched the movie tonight and though i've seen it 50 times it seems, tonight i saw a couple things i never caught before.

Well it seems as though Topeka got 9 inches of snow today. Taylor and i went out to shovel the long drive so we could get to church in the morning. Best i could tell, we got about 6 inches here. we are much further north than Topeka and closer to the "edge" of the storm. i can't wait til morning light to truly appreciate all the snow fall. i'll be sure to take lots of pics!

Mail Thief!!


Someone's stealing our mail!!! oh, wait, that's just Taylor. it's been snowing for hours now and still have lots more snow to come!

Santa Claus is Coming To town


With the remodel, we never did anything with the fireplace (it has no mantel). Well, Josie was upset that Santa was not going to be able to come now cause there was no place to hang the stockings. So, a piece of MDF and a jigsaw and wahla!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Ice Storm

We lost power at 1:00 AM tuesday morning and it did not come back on until Friday morning. the first night we set up the tent in th eliving room and all slept in there together to generate heat. when we woke up the thermostat said 54 degrees. so we went to tracy's parents. power returned for a few hours thursday evening but when it went off again, tracy took the kids back to her parents and i drove to maple hill to get tracy's sister's generator and i went back to the house to stay the night. the thermostat was down to 50. but in my heavy sleeping bag and a few blankets... i slept GREAT and was plenty warm. i was going to set the generator up in the morning - but we got power back befrore i could set it up. the picture above is our huge tree out front that has lost the whole top ot it and most the limbs in the middle, as you can see. the branches had at least half an inch of ice on them.

the news has reported electric companies from ten states have come to kansas to help restore power. before the storm even came, our governor had declared every county in the state (105), disaster areas. we thought we had it bad, but there are still many, many families areound the state and even within miles of us that still do not have power. please keep them in your prayers.

i don't have a picture but tonight was our church's 'gift' to topeka as for the third year we've put on a huge Christmas fireworks show out at Heartland Park Race track. it's called Shine The Light. This time, a friend and i helped set up the whole show. i just wanted a behind the scenes perspective and to help out. i didn't know we'd actually be wiring up the charges and fireworks. i mean we were responsible for getting 'power' to a lot of the fireworks. so, if they didn't go off like they were supposed to.... well, it was my friends fault, ha! just kidding. everything seemed to go off without a hitch. it was a great learning experience!

well that's all for now.