Monday, October 31, 2011

The House

Trying to catch up on some posts... Here's the house. Took the movers two full days to get everything off the trailer and put the beds and crib together. Todd and I spent 4 straight 16 hour days unpacking, organizing, and shopping. We were wiped out. I'm back in Iowa for some meetings and will drive back to Ohio on Friday with Mom, Dad, and the kids.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Of all things...

There's an onion patch right outside the back door. Todd's favorite;)

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Veda and Papi were able to get some fishing in today and caught two fish. A small one and a larger one. Veda was excited to show us the catch in her net.

"There's a baby fish and a mommy fish."
"What are you going to do with them," I asked.
"We are going to eat them, we are going to eat this family."

Coincidently we did have fish for dinner. Fish that Papi caught on his trip to Florida. Veda is not a fish fan but when we told her we were eating the fish she had caught earler she couldn't resist and decided she loved it.

Clear Lake

We've made it to our next stop! I'm sick now... finally caught it from the kids. Making our trip a challenge but the girls are better and having fun and that's all that matters.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Homecoming Parade

We made it to Iowa. Emotional and exhausted but we couldn't miss the Iowa Homecoming Parade. Have to be honest though... total let down. Good thing Veda is easily impressed by deadbeat college students standing on Uhaul trailers.


Dad can you open the car window so I can dry my thumb? Its wet because I sucked it. Dad go faster its not drying yet.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Movers are Here

Having a Happy Meal picnic outside to stay out of the way. Lots of action.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Everything Fun

We brought the girls to a fundraiser for a child with cancer at a friend's salon. Adele sat for a $10 cut but Veda wont let anyone but Didi touch her hair;) There was a band, snow cones, hot dogs and a silent auction for mom!

Friday, October 14, 2011


Add this to the list of things we have to deal with before the movers get here on Tuesday. I guess I should be thankful she didn't get sick while we are holed up in the hotel and homeless next week. Poor thing is miserable and as usual we can't get her to take any medicine.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I was taking a shower this morning and could hear the girls in the other room fighting. Rather, I could hear Veda screaming. Adele was pulling Veda's hair and laughing every time Veda would react. She thought it was a game. I tried to explain to Veda that Adele thought she was playing and that she really just wants to be close to her big sister because she loves her.

Huffing and puffing Veda says, "NO MOM! She wants to hurt me. She is trying to kill me."

Pool day

It's well into the 90s here which is a bit unusual so we decided to go for one last dip yesterday before the big move. I hadn't planned on getting in but Veda got excited and jumped in without her water wings which meant I had to go in after her... fully clothed;(

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I had lit some candles around the house and Todd had gone around and blown them out because we were leaving. Veda asked who had blown out the candles and I told her that Daddy did it.

"Oh, because he thought it was his birthday?"

Going on a Bug Hunt

Veda's favorite thing to do is hunt for bugs and "nature." When Nana and Bull were here she collected a full plastic bag of treasures. Today she found four ants and she named them cucumber, spot, macaroni and pepper. She decorated an old box and then taped it shut. But she made me put some cereal in it first so they would have something to eat.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Sophie's" House

We drove down to Long Beach this past weekend to visit with my dear childhood friends, the Strauss' and to meet baby Charlie! Veda has been talking about the fun she had ever since. She calls it "Sohpie's" house and says she has a funny Grandma that tells funny stories. That would be Judy;) Thanks to Abby and Mike for having us and Jackie for taking time away from her pedi to visit with us;) Every time we see them it's like time has stood still. Love and miss my girls!

A couple pics from Maui...

 Outside Mama's Fish House
We took this same picture, in this exact same place, seven years ago this November when we attended the Maui Classic with the Hawkeyes.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thank YOU Nana and Bull

Thanks for taking care of the beans while we were in Maui and ensuring we had a worry-free vacation. The girls loved reading books, going on walks to the park, collecting "nature", and watching Seasame Street on Bull's computer. Sure am glad we will see you again two weeks from today.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Missing the girls but not worried because we know Nana and Bull are taking good care of them. The Four Seasons is amazing and beautiful. The service here is over the top. Sitting at the serenity pool and the staff comes by every five minutes with fresh pineapple water and ice towels.