Friday, December 17, 2010

It's A Very Jayhawk Christmas

We are serious about a few things here in Kansas. One of those things is basketball. The game has its roots here. The CREATOR of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, was KU's first basketball coach. Every Kansan is familiar with the famous Rock Chalk Chant...

Doc is a KU grad. This holiday light display so stinkin' cool in our opinion...

Oh, the things we can accomplish with too much time and money on our hands!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Girls' Night Out

Lou is growing up so fast! It seems everytime I turn around, she has grown another inch and needs new pants because the old ones are now capris. So I know that our time with her is flying and I need to look for every opportunity to do things with her and make those memories!

Last month, we left the other 3 kids with Doc, loaded into the little car (since we didn't need all those car seats), turned on the radio to Christmas music and went out for a night on the town!

Our destination was Intrust Bank Arena and we had our hot tickets in our very cold hands!

We went in, bought ourselves some over priced drinks and made our way to our seats!

We were VEEERRRYY excited for the show to start...

because we were there to see the...

And they did not fail to entertain us! It was an awesome show!

The best thing was seeing Lou delight in every sparkly detail. The truth is, her eyes were the sparkliest things there that night...that is what I will remember the most!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Have I Told You...

how much my kids love their Daddy?

He is the best comforter...

and makes everything OK for them (and for me)!

He is silly and gives them a run for their money in the fun department.

He has a wicked tickle that brings out the best giggles!

And he has an ability to lead them, teach them, and love them in this amazing way that makes them understand what unconditional love is!

So please allow me to state for the record...Doc is an awesome Daddy! I am blessed to watch him be a father to our children.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Cautionary Tale...

just in time for your holiday get togethers.

One time Doc and I went to a party with some people we don't spend a lot of time socially but had been around professionally. These types of get togethers have a lot of potential for awkward moments in general.

So, we were sitting on the couch and a certain person noticed a photo collage on the wall that had various family photographs. There were two photos of the hosts' kids at their weddings that caught this person's eye.

The following is the conversation that ensued:

Person: You know it's sad...we had our family pictures up like that with our 25th anniversary photo and our kids' wedding photo, but we had to rearrange them and take down *Steve's picture because his wife decided she wants another life.

Doc: Oh, that's too bad.

Person: Yeah, he found out on the Internet. He found emails about her seeing some other guy.

Me: How long have they been married?

Person: Four years. He told me that she spent the night twice with this other guy but she says they didn't sleep together.(I kid you not. He said that right in the middle of the party. Then he continued on...)Steve says he believes her. I told him that, of course, he had to believe his wife.

Doc: Hmm. (Desperately looking around for someone else to engage in conversation with...)

Person: Steve did everything for her. Steve's sister says his wife will never find another man that will take care of her the way Steve did.

Me: *Squirming and turning to the conversation back to Doc* Wasn't that broccoli and cheese soup good?! That was really delicious.

Doc: Yeah, that was some good soup.

Now, what in the world are we supposed to do with that? Why would you tell virtual strangers something so personal about your kid in the middle of a party? Does Steve know his parent is running around using his painful divorce as party fodder? Geez. Emily Post would turn over in her grave. (Assuming there was a real Emily Post and that now she is dead.)

I would like to put this statement out there...Perhaps this person thought that he/she was being "real" by sharing what was on his/her heart. Maybe. Perhaps he/she is so uncomfortable in social situations that their brain's internal monitor becomes disabled. Probably getting closer. But having been around this person in similar situations, it is more likely that he/she needs to learn which topics are appropriate to talk about in any given social situation and which topics make people so incredibly uncomfortable they want to run to the kitchen and eat more soup for emotional reasons. I'm just saying...THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK, PEOPLE. There is only so much soup in the world.

*Steve's name has been changed for obvious reasons that his parent wouldn't understand.