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Friday, July 20, 2012

In Reflection

Sometimes there are no words.

Being a resident of Denver today has been overwhelmingly sad. The streets were oddly quiet, the grocery store nearly empty. It was as if our city was paralyzed. How did this happen here? Again?

I work in Aurora, drive through Aurora and see Aurora from my front door. Every day. Former students and the daughter of a dear friend who babysits for us often were in attendance in Theater 9. Details are scarce but I do know they are all safe.

Media is everywhere. Helicopters, photographers, satellite news vans. Everywhere. It is all so surreal.

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the families affected by this horrendous tragedy as well a huge thank you to all the over 200 fire fighters, paramedics, and police men and women who responded. 


Hug your loved ones for just a little bit longer tonight and always remember to tell them how much you love them. Each moment is precious.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Kitchen Chaos

There's something to be said about doing your own home improvements. The feeling of pride, accomplishment, and savings from doing the work yourself can be exhilarating!

And, then there's the feelings of frustration, fatigue, and why did I ever decide to take on this project?!

That's where I am.

A few weeks ago, when my sister was here visiting, we decided to take on a long-time project goal of mine: re-doing my kitchen. It included painting the cupboards, painting the walls, adding new hardware to the doors and drawers, removing the current backsplash, adding a new backsplash and replacing the countertop. Yeah. Big project.

But we knew we could get a huge portion of it done together.  With years of experience under our belts from working with our dad, we took on this project without hesitation. Frist stop: repainting the cabinets and walls. They turned out BEAUTIFUL! We cheered, drank some wine to celebrate and enjoyed the rest of Kristen's time in Denver playing and relaxing. 


A few days later, Kristen returned to Michigan and the cabinets peeled. 


Yeah. 


I almost cried. Well, I did cry. All that work down the drain! We had gotten some bad advice from "The Fix-it Store" as Sofia calls it and the paint reacted poorly with the wood. Ugh. 


After regrouping and putting in a new plan in place, I started over. And I mean really started over! I stripped, sanded, washed and primed all the surfaces to make sure that NO paint would be coming off this time. I have spent every spare minute over the last two weeks working on this kitchen -- while the kids have napped, staying up late, getting up early, etc. Finally tonight I reached a major milestone: the first coat of paint on the upper cabinets is finally on! I'm super excited about the final product and can't wait to get everything all done! 


The countertop and backsplash will be attacked in August some time when we've had a little break from all the kitchen chaos. 

I really am proud of this project. :) Even cooler is how Chris is so trusting of my abilities and has let me just do my thing. It feels good to be taking charge of my own house like this! And for this, I am thankful!

Before

New Hardware for Cabinet Doors and Drawers


Upper Cabinets Halfway Done! Lower Cabinets Yet To Be Stripped and Redone.

I even installed the new wine rack on the wall! 

My Make-Shift Drying Rack

So Long For Now

This weekend, our hearts broke for Sofia. Her best friend and next door neighbor moved away to Minnesota. For three years, Hayley and Sofia have been inseparable and often mistaken as sisters. Hayley truly was an extension of our family - as was the rest of her family!


We are so sad to see the Townsend's go. But in the end, we know this will not be goodbye...simply, see ya soon!

When the lines between friendship and family blur, it's definitely something to be thankful for. April, Hayley, Jake, and Tony -- we will miss you dearly. Thank you for three wonderful years of friendship and love!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Disappearing Act

So I disappeared for a while. I didn't write here. I hardly posted on Facebook even.

I traveled, played, relaxed, and observed. I got some much needed R&R.

I spent time with family and friends, read, wrote, and found reasons to fall in love with my husband all over again.

I disappeared for a while. And it was nice. :)

In a life that is typically hectic, it was good to slow down and take in everything. I've got lots of stories to share.

And for this, I am thankful.
It's been 8 years! Loving my husband more with every day...

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Two!

Our wild, crazy, unbelievably lovable, sweet, curious, and whip smart boy turned TWO today! It is so hard to believe. We have been so blessed with our two kids and it is always such a joy to celebrate the day they each came into to this world.

Happy Birthday, Nico! We love you!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

In Sickness and In Health

I am so grateful for my husband on so many levels. In a bizarre set of circumstances, I spent Sunday night up pacing back and forth across my living room floor with the worst case of heart burn turned pukefest I have experienced in my life.

Sunday night turned into Monday morning and things were not getting any better. At 5 a.m., Chris drove to the 24 hour grocery store to find me some medicine, went to his office to gather his items for the day, and was back by 7:30 to take care of me and the kids. To say he has been busy at work lately is an understatement. But without question, he took the day off so he could work from home and be sure I okay.

By 9:30 and with no relief of removing my head from the porcelain god in sight, we were on the way to the doctor. Chris sat with me as I received an IV, heated blankets (my body temp had dropped to below 95 degrees!), medicines, and constant prodding. He took care of filling my prescriptions, managed the kids all afternoon and evening and even managed to crack jokes throughout the day.

What started as a super gnarly case of acid reflux that spiraled out of control ended in the most wonderful feeling of how lucky and honored I am to have a partner who is so willing to care for me during difficult (and disgusting!!) times.

For better or worse; in sickness and in health....

Yeah, he's a keeper. And for HIM I am thankful!

June 26, 2004


Thursday, June 07, 2012

How To Spell "Friend"

B-F-F

...according to Sofia. :) Hilarious!

Well hey there, Summer.

Summer is here!

The kids are in daycare and school through the end of the week, so I get two entire days to myself. Crazy!  Between a haircut (actually a hair CHOP), lunch with a great friend, a workout at the gym, and a snooze, I'd say that my first day of summer break was well-spent.

I'm really looking forward to the time I will get with the kids over the next two months...but a little Meg time was just what the doctor ordered today. :)

And for this, I am thankful.


Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Sit With A Cause: Chair-ity

My sister is amazing. Not only is she an incredible teacher, friend, wife, sister, and daughter, but she is also super creative and crafty. Recently, her husband told her a story he had heard on Dave Ramsey's daily broadcast about a man who turned his life and community around by flipping furniture. He encouraged her to think about doing something along the same lines because of her many talents and passions.

Within 48 hours, my sister had a purchased furniture off of Craigslist, refinished it and SOLD it! The coolest part about it all is that a portion of her profits will be going to Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan, MI, where our family has volunteered for many years. She has a goal of being able to donate $500 by December.

Step 2 was a website. We chatted and worked simultaneously tonight via Skype to set up a blog to keep track of her furniture flipping journey. It turned out so well! Be sure to take a look and think about donating any furniture to her cause.

I am a proud big sister tonight! Check out Chair-ity to learn more about Kristen's plans for making a difference in SouthWest Michigan. :)

Kristen's first furniture flip!



Monday, June 04, 2012

Tick Tock

I'm sitting at my desk in my classroom watching my students write. It's quiet. They're focused. They've just finished presenting out their research and experiments from their capstone project. Aside from the bare walls and super clean countertops, you'd never know school was going to end in just two days. 

I love watching them; smiling at one another, trying not to giggle, keeping one another accountable and enjoying their 55 minutes in Mrs. Daniel's science room. I love seeing that they've grown. 

The clock is ticking and summer is almost here. In the meantime, I'm going to treasure my moments with this group of kids. 

...they're worth slowing down for. :) 

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Heavenly

En route to Saturday's ballet class...

Sofia: Mom, where is heaven?
Me: Well, I think it's wherever you want it to be. Many people like to think that heaven is up in the sky.
Sofia: Oh. Can animals go there too?
Me: Of course!
Sofia: Well, where do people and animals sleep when they are in heaven if it's in the sky?
Me: Hmmm...maybe they sleep in the clouds. It's probably very soft.
Sofia: So THAT'S why the clouds looks like animal shapes sometimes!
Me: That's exactly it, my dear. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Someday Park

When we bought our home 6 years ago, we were told that the empty 25 acres of dirt across the street would not stay that way for long. Plans were in action to convert that space into a park with trails, trees, and lots of open space! Even better, the construction was set to begin within a few months of us moving in. We were willing to compromise on space and lack of yard because of this and quickly signed on the dotted line for our first home.

Spring and summer came and with every pass of a large piece of construction equipment, we held our breath in anticipation for the digging to begin.

But it didn't. And it still hasn't.

Due to a technicality between the City of Denver and the City of Aurora, there has been an ongoing argument about water rights and thus we have no park. Still. What we DO have is the evolution of nature at it's best...

Over the last year grass has begun to grow, trees have filled out and our "someday park" is at least a peaceful to look at as the sun sets each night. :) No more dirt, just green. Goes nicely with my Spartan flag.

And for this, I am thankful.