Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lou's Trip to the Dentist

Lou has a lot of big teeth and a little mouth in which they are all supposed to live. Unfortunately, she had to have two baby teeth removed because the big teeth came in behind them instead of under them. Thankfully her dad was able to take her. I do not do well with teeth. Seriously. I can clean up poo or vomit all day long. I can deal with blood, scrapes and hangnails but if you show me a wiggly tooth, I'm nauseated. I know it's weird. I think I remember the feeling so vividly from when I was a kid and had loose teeth that the memory comes rushing back. I hated having loose teeth. Liked the tooth fairy money but not the feeling of having a body part loose and hanging by a thread. (Insert willies here.)

Anyway, here's the after shot...

and the close up!

She was a champ and back to her usual perky self by the afternoon!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

An AWESOME weekend: Sunday

Sunday was a bit of a difficult day. We didn't realized that we had left Doc's keys with Grammy (my mom) at the farm. So we spent part of Sunday morning looking for them. That's always a frustrating thing to have happen. We were headed to Norman, Oklahoma for the U2 concert which was a long time dream come true! We decided to get the keys when we returned. So we loaded up Grammy and Papa's (Doc's parents) vehicle with some stuff to drop off at home on our way south into Oklahoma. Unfortunately, we realized after we got all the way home (an hour away) that I had left my keys and my truck for Grammy and Papa to drive with the kids' car seats in it. So, we had no set of keys and thus...NO HOUSE KEY! It is a pretty sad state of affairs when you have to break into your own home.

We managed to break and enter and get the things we needed. Then we were off to Oklahoma. The trip went well until we got into Oklahoma City. That is where we ran into the traffic jam from beyond. It was one of those traffic jams that takes about an hour to get 10 miles and then when you reach the area causing all the problems, you realize it is just a little road work and should not be such a problem except that people are stupid and drive like they have no brain. After that, we were headed south and ran into more road work (read traffic jams) through the town of Moore, OK.

Now normally this wouldn't have been such a big deal but like I said...the night was all about making Doc's dream come true and there seemed to be road blocks popping up everywhere.

We made it to our hotel, checked in really quick, threw our luggage in our room and headed off to the Oklahoma University campus. Fortunately, we had some real time advice on where to park via facebook (thanks Jennifer)! We didn't have time to eat, so we had to settle for a pizza at the stadium. After literally fighting our way through the crowds, we found our seats in Section 28!

We settled in to listen to the opening act...The Black Eyed Peas. My apology to Fergie for the bad picture. She really is pretty!

After the Peas got the crowd warmed up, we all waited for the stage change and the main attraction!

The stage set up was awesome. It was a 360 degree stage set in the middle of the football field! As Bono said, they were going for "intimacy on on grand scale" with the design!

People were very excited and waited breathlessly for U2 to appear!

Finally...the screen lit up and then the stadium went dark as the show began!

They put on a great show, probably one of the best live concert experiences you can possible have! They are just as awesome, if not better, live!

This is the face of one HAPPY man! How could he not be with Bono singing right in front of him!

One of the things I like most about U2 is that they seem to be one of the few bands that really take their fame as a responsibility. They understand that with the blessings come opportunity to inform people and inspire change. They preach it in their music and they live it with their lives.

They try to bring awareness to injustices around the world. This screen showed a photo of Aung San Suu Kyi who was elected Burma's leader in 1990. She was placed on house arrest and kept from taking power. She has been detained most of the time since 1990.

We had the most awesome time ever. It was one of the few experiences where the actual experience is even better than the anticipation and expectation!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

An AWESOME weekend: Saturday

We had the best weekend last weekend! It started off Saturday morning at Four Sister's Farm with a Fall Party! We ate a delicious breakfast and then our kids and all the nephews (soon to be one niece in December) dressed up in their Halloween costumes for a parade! The Unconventionals were Star Wars characters!

Lou Lou was a good sport and led the dancing, party parade in front of the house for the grandparents to watch!

Pop, Romeo and EJ built this awesome hayrack ride trailer and Pop was excited to take everyone on a ride!!!

It was a well built, sturdy trailer...we had 28 people loaded on there! It was awesome!

Our hay ride around the farm ended with a stop at the pumpkin patch! Unfortunately we had to "import" pumpkins because a nasty swarm of bugs got a hold of the ones that were growing in the patch!

Farm Chick had decorated all the pumpkins for the kids. They were delighted with their pumpkin animals!

After the Fall Party, we broke into another party...a birthday party for the Unconventional boys...guess what the theme was??

It was a fabulous day! MANY thanks to the Farmers, Pop and Grammy, Pretty Princess and Romeo who all pitched in to throw the best Fall Party ever!!!! Also, thanks to Farm Chick for graciously allowing us to bring a birthday party with us! I love our family!!!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Night Out And A Fresh Perspective

Blessings are everywhere in my life. Sometimes I choose to focus on them and sometimes I'm so stuck in the muck and mire that I can't see past myself long enough to focus on them. I love it when God so blatantly gives you a blessing that you can't deny its existence. Usually I've noticed that it is worked out through a series of circumstances that are obviously not a coincidence. That happened to us this weekend. Doc and I were wanting to go out on a date on Saturday.

We had nothing in mind but usually we go see a movie or get dinner or something local. I texted our babysitter on Friday and asked if she was free. She was and so I called Doc and told him we had a green light to go out. He stopped on the way home and picked up a "Big City" paper and brought it home. We looked through it and discovered that "randomly" one of our favorite authors, Donald Miller was going to be in the city speaking about his new book. Birdie introduced me to Blue Like Jazz and Doc loved it just as much as I did. We were stoked to hear him!

It was not only a happy coincidence that he just happened to be speaking in our city and it happened to be a time when we had already decided to go on a date. And we both were excited about it even though it meant Doc would have to drive to the city on a Saturday when he already did it the five days before for work. It was a blessing! I knew that God had things in mind for us to hear!

We showed up at a little theater that we didn't know existed and joined the ranks of listeners in the most diverse group of believers that I'd ever seen. I mean dudes with spiky hair and tattoos sitting next to little gray haired grannys. There were well dressed business types and teenage girls so conservative that they had head coverings on. I looked around and thought, "So...this must be a little sample of Heaven only multiplied exponentially!" It was really cool! We were all gathered to hear about this book and ultimately had one thing in common...our Father!

Long story, short...Donald Miller was funny, engaging, and very thought provoking. Basically his book is about his life after he wrote Blue Like Jazz. He had fulfilled all his previous goals for himself including having a book on the best sellers list. Now what...he felt he should have been happy and fulfilled but didn't know what to do with himself. It took a guy who wanted to turn his book into a movie and going through an editing process to discover that he wanted his life to be a really good story. What did that mean? How should he go about writing it? What makes up a great story.

Miller applied his life lessons to our lives. We don't have to settle for a life that is less than a page turner. God has written us into existence and has great things as possibilities for us. What are we going to do with all that potential?

Needless to say, his talk and his books are infinitely more entertaining and thought provoking than my little description but we were blessed to be there and to meet him in person!

At the risk of sounding a little too much like Reading time you are looking for something to read, please check out one of Donald Miller's books. They have really given me a lot of things to think about while making me laugh out loud!