Monday, April 28, 2008


Here is Rachel's report on Florence Nightingale - I'll spell it just the way it's written... My commentary is in italics.

Did you know Florence Nightingale was born in Florence Itly 1820? Florence did't go to school but her father taught her. Florence did not want to get married. (Neither does Rachel, I'm told) Instead she wanted to be a nurse. Her parents told her that she could not be a nurse but later on they said she could be a nurse. Florence was very good at working with people sometimes she helped people from war. Florence read books about health and a lot about hospitals. She was haveing a nice time being a nurse. 200 years ago hospitals were nothing like hospitals today. Back then they were filled with durt and very crouded but toaday hospitals are much beter! One day Florence Nighingale became blind and then became ill and died and that was the end of Florence Nightingale (I laughed out loud when I read that phrase - I love it!) but we will always rember her.

This is the "Fun Fact" written in a circle on the first page - There is a Florence Nightngale museam in London. It would have lots of information about Florence and the book of Florence is a great book. I think you would like it.

Rachel is a second grader this year - her stories are always fun. If it weren't so late, I'd scan her illustration so you could see what Florence Nightingale looks like :)


Daniel and I have had a bedtime routine for a few months now - I whisper "I love you" in his ear and give him a kiss on the cheek. He says "udder ear" and I repeat. Then we both say "Hug," and then, well, hug. Then he whispers, "I lub you, Mommy," in both of my ears and so on. Last night the little stinker decided to change the routine a bit. (I think he knew I needed a comic relief from my migraine.) He wouldn't let me whisper in his ear - I had to whisper to his hand. I also wasn't allowed to say, "I love you," but instead I was to say, "I love your hand, Daniel." Then, his hand evidently went to sleep immediately because it snored. Loudly. We had to do this with both of his hands and his elbows (he doesn't call them "bellbows" anymore... sniff...sniff). After all those body parts had snored, then his ears coudl go to sleep. He has such a great sense of humor. :) Tonight, I had to add his knees and feet. We'll see what tomorrow has in store.


Sarah has discovered the fun of waving. Most of the time, she just stares at a person like he's the weirdest thing she's ever seen, but sometimes she will vigorously wave back. :) She is now moving forward, bit by bit, but not truly crawling yet. I'll keep you posted...
She has a sinus infection now - I'm diagnosing it myself. I took her to the doctor last Wed. because she has been so cranky! I don't know if it's fortunate or unfortunate that she didn't have an ear infection - fortunate for her that her ears didn't hurt... unfortunate for me because that wasn't the cause of her crankiness. Dr. Paul gave me a prescription for antibiotics if it didn't clear up within 7-10 days total. I filled it today - poor baby is just miserable! She does enjoy that yummy pink medicine, though.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Enquiring Minds Want to Know

Did you feel the earthquake on Friday or any of the aftershocks? I meant to post this earlier, but I kept forgetting. You'd have to be a Midwesterner to have felt it. Maybe you're thinking, "What earthquake?" That was Brad - he slept through the whole thing. I actually didn't know that we'd had an earthquake, but I sort of remember waking up thinking that I was dreaming about being shaken. I went back to sleep thinking about all the earthquakes I remembered in this house (since I grew up here and lived here for 19 years before moving here this time, I remember a whopping total of TWO earthquakes in this house).
My brother-in-law Clay woke up and realized the earth was quaking.
My dad was awake but not wanting to get up yet (it was 5:30am or so). He thought it was the cat. Dad also "felt" (more likely, heard) an aftershock at 11:15 am. His squeaky desk just kept squeaking...
What's your story?

Saturday, April 12, 2008

My 100th post

How exciting! I stole this picture from Mike's Picassa album. This is Kim holding my beautiful, favorite (and only) niece! In other news, Daniel finally decided to go "stinky" in the potty yesterday! Today was another story, but it was great feeling successful for one day. Rachel played her second soccer game today and received the award for best sportsmanship ... because she scored a goal for the other team! Sarah is so close to crawling that I have my gates ready.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Hannah Marie Bowers

My little niece's name is Hannah Marie. Her daddy has posted pics for your enjoyment on their blog. Check the link at right.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

It's a girl!

Baby girl Bowers was born at 7:26 pm today! Please pray because she is currently in the NICU because she wasn't crying quite right - it was more like gurgling. Three doctors were working on her. Kim did well, I understand. :) Baby has light blonde hair like Mike's.

I'm an aunt!

Well, this may be a little premature, but my niecephew MAY already be born... I just don't know yet! Kim called at 12:45 pm to say they were on their way to the hospital :)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Stewart has a Face!

Here is our upstairs tenant - Stewart the Cat. He comes down to visit around bedtime. This is proof that he is more than hindquarters.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The First Soccer Game

Rachel had her first Upwards Soccer game on Saturday. I took a couple of pictures and then got drawn in - cheering and all that other stuff. It was a good game and Rachel's team won. Rachel and I have already played soccer two other days on the City Hall lawn. One with Daniel and the other with Rachel's friend Bryce.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Easter pics

Finally, here they are! Brad was in Florida and Mom and Dad were in NY, so it was the four of us for Easter (and Jack).

We've adopted!

Well, I tried to turn on the poor, clean digital camera, but I think it's dead. This is the same camera that we bought in November while waiting at Best Buy for the release of my computer that they were holding hostage. This is also the same camera that Daniel threw across the room awhile back, breaking the zoom feature. Thankfully, we still have our original digital camera, so I can post our first pictures of our new pet! I was going to announce that we were expecting (a cat), but I forgot. Here's Stewart - adopted from my friend Tish's son Noah. They're moving and couldn't keep him. Clay was over for a few minutes and tried to befriend our nervous kitty. Stewart spent the rest of the evening hiding his face, and then he spent the night (and all day, so far) under our bed!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Expensive day

It's been an expensive day. We got back LATE last night from NC to a very messy house. Daniel didn't help much - he mixed the flour and sugar together all over the counter, floor, and in the canisters themselves. Then he decided to wash the few dishes that were in the sink, and he added our new camera to the wash water!!!!