30 December 2008
24 December 2008
On Saturday, Joni took her mother-in-law, Sue, and sister-in-law, Shelley, to get pedicures for Christmas. Much to Joni's surprise (and to Sue and Shelley's pleasure) I invited myself along for the fun. And it was fun. I have to admit that I chose my color solely on it's name, but I am quite pleased with it. And quite pleased with my Saturday morning. It was great seeing the other Starling ladies again.
I am also quite pleased with the rest of my Saturday as Chad and Ellie came to visit us for the weekend! We had such a fabulous time with the Ramskuglers, just hanging out, and playing board games, and watching movies, and playing with the kids. It was WONDERFUL seeing them again, we feel so special that they included us in their holiday travels. Here are some pictures from our fabulous time with the Ramskuglers...
play time = FUN time
what lovely ladies :)
As for the rest of our week here, it's been full of non-excitement. Just hanging out, getting ready for tomorrow. And speaking of getting ready for tomorrow, I should get going so I can get these kids into bed and clean up and set out all the presents under the tree. And let me just say, those boys are going to be busy tomorrow! Before I go, I am going to share this Lolcat with you simply because I enjoyed it so much. Enjoy.
19 December 2008
So today I called the website that the missing gifts were from to see what was going on with my order. I had to call because I didn't have my invoice number because the email with it got sent to my junk folder of the email I got in high school, and I don't check that very often, so I didn't think to until it was two weeks past when I ordered, but by then, it had been deleted. The woman I talked to was lovely. She asked me for my order number and simply laughed when I whined, "I don't have it." Through phone numbers and mailing addresses and the like, she was able to figure out which order was mine (yay!). Here's where it gets embarrassing. Apparently the packages had been left by my front door on the 4th and 5th of this month. WHAT?!? I said, "No they weren't. I never got them." I was afraid that maybe they were delivered while I wasn't home and that someone stole them.
Anyhoodledido, as I was so embarrassed by this, I waited until Josh got home from work this afternoon and had him go ask our neighbor if, by any chance, he had actually received the packages and if he still had them. And wouldn't you know it? He did! In fact, he had told Josh that he brought them to the post office to return them but it was going to cost him $14 to mail them back and he wasn't sure if he would get that money back so he was waiting for the mailman to come by so he could give the packages to him. Wow. How awesome is God to work all that out for me? So the presents got wrapped, they all got boxed, and they are merrily on their way to New Jersey! Wahooie!
My other thoughts for naming this post were "I'm Finally Finished" or "I'm Ready! I'm Ready! I'm Ready-eady-eady for Christmas!" (A little Spongebob for you fans out there.) This week we finished the tree. That's right, we finally got around to putting up all ten ornaments that we own. And I will say this, my boys are candy cane maniacs. Wow. I was making some monkey bread yesterday morning when I realized it was a little on the quiet side in the living room. I poked my head around the corner to see my little men folk, each with a candy cane in hand, trying to eat said candy canes through the wrappers. Oh those Walter boys.
So, that means, the lights on the house are up. The tree is up, lit, and decorated. The packages are all accounted for, wrapped, boxed, and shipped. AND we baked sugar cookies yesterday. I think I can say that we are all ready for Christmas. Well, there's still some food shopping to do, but that's nothing that won't be done anyway.
AND I was going to post a little bit about the weather here. It was in the 70's last weekend. Most of the week it was FREEZING. Like, 20 degrees freezing (I know, I know, just wait until I get to Alaska in February). Then, the last two days it's been high 50's/low 60's. But no matter the temperature, it has been dry. Apparently, the kind of dry they have here leads to lots and lots of static electricity...
Now we are just cleaning up the house for Chad and Ellie, who will be visiting us this weekend! Yay! (Okay, we're cleaning the house because it really needs it, but the Ramskuglermeisterhoffs are an added incentive.) And on that note, I had better go and mop my embarrassingly gross kitchen floor and vaccuum and all that fun stuff.
17 December 2008
15 December 2008
I bought half my Christmas presents in the stores this year, and half online. Half of the half I ordered online are still not here. And of course, the presents that did come don't make a full "set" for any box I need to send out. For example, I got my mom's, the twins', Jenny's and Rich's, but I haven't received my stepdad's, so that box can't go out. I got my stepmom's and my brother's but not my father's, so that box can't go out. I got Linda and Sam, but not Jeff or either of Josh's parents. Seriously, I would have gladly traded Linda's and Sam's to get my dad and stepdad's so I could have sent those two boxes last week when everything else showed up. But no. So, they're all sitting in the garage, all dressed and ready to go, just waiting for their friends to show up. Typical. (That's not a picture of the presents I have waiting to go out, by the way.)
And that's about all from here for now. I hope y'all are having a fabulous December so far!
10 December 2008
08 December 2008
...whether it's coloring or playing in the dirt...
A quick story before I go. This past Saturday, Zeke had out one of those toys where you have to put the pieces through the holes that match the shapes (you know what I'm talking about). So Deacon sits down next to him and Zeke hands Deacon the current piece and says, "Here you go, Dee Dee." As Deacon attempts to put the piece into the wrong hole Zeke says, "Good try." Then, as Deacon turns the toy around to the side that actually has the right hole for the piece Zeke says, "That's it." And finally, as Deacon gets the piece into the correct hole (which Zeke helped him with by pointing to it) Zeke sat there and cheered for him saying, "Yay, Dee Dee! Good job!" It was very sweet. Very sweet indeed.
06 December 2008
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28 November 2008
Select the sixth picture
Tell the story behind the picture
This is a picture I took in Heidelberg, Germany when Josh and I visited one day while I was pregnant with Zeke. It is a picture of an Asian tour group, walking around with their big umbrellas. I have to say that I heart Asian tour groups. I hope no one thinks I am making fun of them, because I'm not. I think they are great, and it makes me truly happy every time I am out and I see one (unless they are getting in my way or slowing down my process, but that could be said about any tour group regardless of where they're from). The reason it's orange, is because I did this little personal art project where I played with the tints and shades and then made it all one color. I actually have this same picture in several other colors. I even printed them out in different sizes and put them into a frame. It is actually pretty sharp.
So, there you have it. What's the sixth picture in the sixth photo folder on your computer?
27 November 2008
26 November 2008
25 November 2008
Spongebob on his cap, so Zeke was happy with him. Both boys did great and got all sorts of treats (toothbrushes, stickers, and toys, oh boy!). The dentist did say that Deacon may need braces when he gets older. The kid is 17 months old and has eight teeth. I think we'll hold off on making that call for a few more years.
24 November 2008
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I also met a woman whose hubby is stationed at Ft. Richardson, Alaska, where we are heading in February, and so she and I talked for a good fifteen or so minutes. Now I am SUPER excited to be heading out there.
After sitting on the hotel couches for four or so hours it was time for those attending the PWOC conference to have dinner, so Jenn handed me her ID card, handed Joni Suzanne's ID card, and off we all went to dinner. Then I got busted by a woman from our PWOC, who thought it was great that we drove down for the day, but says she's going to call me "Jennifer" on Thursday and let me explain to everyone why. Sweet.
After dinner, it was time to hit the road and head back home. Oh, and by the way, Josh was absolutely AWESOME and watched ALL THREE KIDS the entire day. Jim had a field thing so he couldn't help, but Josh volunteered so Joni could go unencumbered. Isn't he greatest? Jim did make it home way earlier than expected, so that was nice too, but HURRAY for Josh, for doing it and surviving. And hurray for us for getting to see our fabulous friends again. We love you guys, and we miss all of you. Anyone else coming to the area anytime soon?
15 November 2008
14 November 2008
13 November 2008
So, I'm giving up for the time being. Maybe we'll try over Christmas break when Josh is around more and it's unlikely he'll be sick the entire two weeks or whatever he has "off". Sure, he'll be sick some of it, I mean, it wouldn't be time off if he was perfectly well the whole time. And it'll be too cold (I hope) to really go anywhere or want to do anything, so we'll be spending PLENTY of time in the house just hanging out. Or, we'll just decide that Christmas is too close to moving and so we should just wait until the spring. Or whenever it gets warm in Alaska.