Saturday, May 13, 2017


So, this girl of mine has LOVED Wicked the Musical since she was 11 or 12.

For Christmas, we surprised her with tickets to see WICKED!  She began her countdown that day to May 11th

The day finally came, and Avery and I were off to Minneapolis on Thursday mid morning!!!  We got to the Orpheum around 6:15, and had to scout it all out before we went in!!!

Avery and I had been messaging with some of the cast members, and we had planned to meet them after the performance at the stage door!  We had to figure out where it was!!!

Kind of in disbelief we were there!  Our VERY FIRST Broadway show!!!!!

We had wonderful seats....second row on the balcony, so they were basically perfect! :)  This is us before it started filling up!  This show was SOLD OUT!

Right before it began!  She may be just a tad excited!

Intermission.....this is how she felt! :)  ha ha ha! 

The show was amazing, and the Elphaba was just incredible.  What an experience! 

We quickly hurried out of the Orpheum, and got to the stage door!!! :)  Avery had made pictures and some other things for the cast members!!!

We got to our friends house late that night, and left by 10 on Friday to get home to Liv's track meet!  Here were our wonderful hosts, the Stewards!!! :)

What a wonderful, fun filled, action packed 24 hours!!!!! :)

Monday, May 8, 2017

end of April and onto May!!!

Olivia's school is doing a countdown to the last day of school, and each day has a theme.  For ERA day, she chose to be a middle school girl in daddy's old gym uniform!  It was so so UGLY, but so so GREAT!!!

Kristin Chenoweth recently came to our town, and we took Avery's book over to the venue during the day, just to see if they could get her to sign it....along with a picture and letter from Avery.  Well, later that day, we found CHEAP tickets in a GREAT LOCATION, so Daddy and Avery actually got to go!  They loved it!  And, the next day, the venue called us to come get our book, and she DID IT! :)

I have been having a lot of fun with projects....daddy says I'm compulsive, but it's ok....i enjoy it!!!

I took these old awesome table legs, and turned them into.....

fun candle holder things :)

Got the paint on the chairs, and they are currently sitting on our deck finally!!! :)

Found this mirror at the restore in town, and I knew it would be a beautiful chalkboard!  I was right!!!  Can't wait to get some words on it!!!

I also found this gem while good-willing on my birthday (i am now 38).  I wanted something to put our medicines in that sit on the counter....

so far so good....the center oval is now a chalkboard as well :)

Last week, Finn was still sick.  I looked inside his ear, and I saw something white in there.  So, I borrowed an otoscope from our church friends, and sure was his tube that we had thought was out in his OTHER ear!  It was just sitting there in a big chunk of ear wax!  YUCK!

So, we needed to get that taken out, since it seemed to be causing him some pain.  He has also been showing signs of hearing loss again, since the tubes have come out.  So, we made an appt with his ENT to get the tube out and have a hearing test!

Well, his ear drum is not working, and he scored at mild to moderate hearing loss.  Next was his appt.  She took his tube out, but what I wasn't expecting was what she did see.  His tonsils are huge with bacteria growing on them.  His ears are full of fluid again, which is infected, again.  Plus, she noticed his itchy spots on his skin.  So, she called his surgeon in, and it was decided that he needed a couple things:  new T tubes, which are more permanent, and then his adenoids and tonsils removed, along with allergy testing.  I was not prepared at all for this, so I was kind of in disbelief.  After talking it over, we decided to do the surgery as soon as we could, which will be May 18th.  It lasts for only about 15-20 minutes, so i'm grateful that he won't be away from us for too long.  Just sad he has to go through all this....again :(

Me and some ladies from church have been planning a rummage sale, and last weekend was it!!!  SO much work, SO much time, SUCH sore hands/back, but it was SO fun, and a great success!!!

The girls had a pop/water stand and also sold some cookies as well! They made a nice bit of money!!

Finn got to come and work at the sale, and he loved playing camping with his friend Ethan!

When not doing garage sale stuff, I kept working on getting Finn's Little Tikes playground!  WAY too many cans of spray paint went into this makeover, and I am hoping the paint sticks!!!

His playhouse we scored off the curb also got redone, but so far that's been inside to enjoy! :)

He likes his new fun toy outside!!!

It's also Daddy's 43rd birthday today!  whoo hoo!  

and tomorrow, I take Olivia to an orthodontic consult where they tell us how awful her teeth are and how much it's going to cost! ;)

Friday, April 21, 2017

we have been SICK...oh, and Easter, too.

Finn started with a fever and a cough.  Took him in, and he had an ear infection and strep (and a cold).  Poor guy 

Turns out, one of his ear tubes has already fallen out, and the other was just sitting right there in his ear canal.  I had the Doctor take it out, since it seemed to be causing him some pain.  It is soooooo small!  Amazing how much help those little tubes have given mr Finn!

:(  A couple days later, I started feeling sick, and so did Avery.  So... our Easter didn't end up the way we planned it, with cute outfits and family pics :(

Nana Dianne left some Easter gifts for the kiddos!  They got to open them up on Saturday night!

You can tell he's sick....his left eye is more closed, he's got Vaseline on his face, and red marks from wiping his nose :(

Only Daddy and Livie went to church...sad :(

When they came home, we got all of us together, and did our Easter baskets!

Liv and Finn did some hiding of eggs around the house a couple times, and they had a blast going on some hunts....
meanwhile, poor Avery's ears were starting to throb and hurt so much :( 

I spent some time outside trying to strip the chippy paint off of the free playhouse!

Non-sick Liv had some fun jumping around!

By this day, Finn had been on meds for 5 days, but the nose would not stop running...darn cold!!!

Daddy's eyes had been watering all day, so we kind of knew something was up.  Monday morning, Avery's ears were still hurting quite a bit, and Daddy was not feeling well at all.  They both went in on Monday, and Avery had a double ear infection and strep, and Daddy had pink eye and strep.  They both also have "the cold" as well!  SO MUCH FUN!

Curbside pick up was being picked up by the trucks on Monday, so I went out one last time, and there was this super great wood rocking bench!  SCORE!  It also has a matching planter as well!

Even though we've been feeling pretty icky, there are spurts where my energy comes back, so I try to take advantage, and get outside!  Here is where I am with fixing up the Adirondack chairs and the playhouse :)

Thankful Daddy has this Sunday off of preaching, because he would definitely not be able to be preparing this week for that!  We are staying home, and trying to get rid of these icky germs!!!


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