Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Matthew got his cast off today! Jeff and Sarah went with him to his appointment. The bone has healed to the doctor's liking and now Matthew needs to work on his range of motion. He will also go to occupational therapy for a month. NO SPORTS or weightlifting until he gets his range of motion back. He won't let me take his picture right now. He goes back to the doctor on February 12th, the day before he turns 16! He does have a splint wear for safety's sake.
Today was a long day for me. I worked early the past 3 mornings, only today I ended up working 13 hours, on less sleep than I usually get. I made it through and now I am off until Monday morning at 0800! Mary spent the day with the Cory's. Today was snow tubing day. It is sledding but on an tube. It is a lot of fun! Matthew was invited, but sledding is too dangerous for him right now.
Our last box of Christmas gifts arrived yesterday. Thank you for the nice gifts! Opening presents is always fun. We were glad to hear that our box made it to Florida too.
Last weekend was pretty exciting too. Saturday was catch up on some chores in the morning so we can have fun in the afternoon. Mary went out to Brandon's house for more gift exchanges and probably movies and singing. Jeff and I went to a birthday party. While we were there, the snow started to fall pretty heavy. Although it was very pretty, it left the roads very slippery. Needless to say, I was concerned about Mary driving home on the back roads from Brandons house. For her safety, she stayed put there for the night. Turns out their driveway had a layer of ice and even Brandon's dad had a hard time going up their driveway to the road. Sunday morning came and Sarah drove out and picked Mary up for church. Church went well, the orchestra played fine and attendance was good even for a snowy Sunday after Christmas. By afternoon, we went back for the van and Brandon was able to drive it right up to the road. The layer of snow made it easier to drive on than the icy conditions the night before. Mary went with the Cory's to see "Sherlock Holmes" Sunday evening. She liked it a lot. Matthew saw it today with his buddy Mitch.
Monday Mary and I made the bulkoogi so it could marinate for 24 hours. Then we went to Grand Rapids for gift exchanges. We found lots of good specials and were able to return items that didn't fit and find one that did. We had dinner out and then got home in mid evening. One of the new fun activities here is to play Mario Kart Wii racing game. Matthew and Sarah are the best players. I have fun but come in last place most of the time. Sometimes I can't even finish the race.
What is ahead? Tomorrow I can sleep in! Yay.. 3 mornings in a row of waking up at 0420 takes a toll on you. We will see in the new year with friends. Then we have just a few more days before Sarah needs to be back at Hope College. It has been a good Christmas break with the whole family.
I think that catches everyone up for now. Sorry for the wait on my updates. I will try to do better this weekend.
Just a few more days of my Christmas music and we will go back to the regular music player. Might keep the snowmen up during more of the winter. We shall see.
Friday, December 25, 2009
When it was time for church, it was sleeting. Jeff I left 90 minutes before church for preparations and rehearsals. I din't realize how bad it had gotten until I noticed our kids weren't in church yet..Chime team played well and then the choir lined up for the processional. Finally Sarah Mary and Matthew were sitting in "our pew". Whew! The service was very nice. The music was good. The orchestra song went along pretty well, just a few hesitations with a couple transition ares. Mary complimented my piano playing! Mary read a good part of the service and did an awesome job. The candlelighting portion of the service is always special. I can't help but see my dad with the Christ Candle as I was growing up. I still miss him very much. He was a great dad. Silent Night on Christmas Eve is hard for me to sing, but I was able to a few verses in, that is what dad would want. I found out later that the weather was so bad that Sarah had to look out the side window to drive to church. They ice wouldn't chip away! The stopped a few times to keep scraping. Glad we only live a mile away! I experienced this myself on the way home. The cars were covered with ice! LOts of scraping! I couldn't see out the backseat windows of the the van.
We did lots of pictures taking, both at church and at home. Thanks to Mary she styled all of the Wilhelm ladies hair for Christmas. I think we look pretty nice. Even at this moment I am uploading pictures that you can see on our Photo Album. Be sure to take a look at it!
None of us ate before church, so we had our traditional hot dogs, cheese puffs and christmas cookies for dinner. A tradition from years ago when I was a little girl at my Grandma Heumann's every Christmas eve night between services. That was lots of fun. Mary was supposed to attend church with her friend, Brandon, but their church was cancelled due to the weather. Sarah had us open the gifts from her and she opened one from Mary. By then it was time for bed.
We all slept in this morning, what a luxury! I cam down to finish a Christmas present, only to find it was done and wrapped! Christmas Elf?? No, it was Mary. She had been helping me all along and woke up early and finished it, then fell back asleep. We made double chocolate chip muffins for breakfast and then headed to open presents. Thanks for the nice things from our family and friends too! We are thankful to have such a loving family. We had three little fishies to our family. Matthew got three goldfish for Christmas..Mr T., Mele Kalikimaka and Streak.
While Jeff Matthew and Sarah played a Mario Kart on the Wii, Mary and I got the roast in the oven, it smells so good cooking in the oven. Once that got done, we made cookie dough for Chocolate Mint Surprise cookies. We hope to bake the tonight. We have plenty of time for movies and games and whatever tonight.
Weather update: Today it is raining and heading toward 40 degrees! Wonder how much snow will stick around! Cold weather returns tonight with some snow in the days ahead. We might get to see the sun on Tuesday!
Matthew gets another xray on Wednesday. Maybe no cast! We shall see what comes next. He has been a trooper!
Hope your Christmas has been a Wonderful One!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
What is left?
-Work 5-8 am
-Send boxes with gifts to Florida. You guys will have Christmas from us next week!
-Bake more cookies
-Set up for Orchestra and Chimes
-Hot Dogs for dinner
-Church..I can't wait. The service looks great!
Have a wonderful Christmas Eve Day!
New pictures posted on Photo Album!
Yesterday was very long. I got to work at 0500 and didn't leave until 1800! I was supposed to get out at 1700. I won't go into all the details, but I was again very frustrated that I am never out of work on time. Wait, wait, wait. This night leaving late made me a little late for childrens choir! Thank God for Children's Choir. They can alwasy cheer me up! They sing so nice and from their hearts. They are ready for Christmas Eve. Chimes did pretty well too. We play pre-service music, just two songs, Silent Night and Echo Carol. Orchestra will be playing too. We have a lot to play this year which is great because the ensemble likes it that way. We debut our newest song, "Breath of Heaven" It is sounding pretty good. We play on Sunday too. Lots of fun songs. Mary is supposed to play her cello with me, but we haven't practiced in a while. It is easy so I think we can pull it off.
Mary did have her senior pictures taken on Monday. Jeff and Sarah went with her for the shoot. Did lots of outside pictures in the snow even with Liam the cello! (Mary loves the snow). Everyone said that the shoot went well and are looking forward to seeing the proofs in a couple of weeks.
Sunday was a busy time. Church, lunch and then chapel for the long term care units in town. I played the carol and something just wasn't firing right. Lots of mistakes. Maybe it was because I was dog tired. Worked from 2000 until 0230, another shift where I had to stay late. I managed to get in a little nap before bowling, although it didn't help much. We had a fun time, and the scores didn't count. We collected our prize money and even tied for bowling bingo. We checked off sqaures for different bowling events like: If you bowl 3 strikes in a row, say "ho ho ho!" Norma bowled 5 in a row, so I said, "ho ho ho 5 in a row!" I was able to cross off our teams square for leaving the head pin at the end of a frame. None of us had to deal with the 7-10 split. There were several sqaures for that one. Sarah Mary Matthew and Matt's friend Mitch came along. Mary stayed with us as secretary for the bingo while the rest bowled a few games. Even Matt bowled 3 games and had no problems. Sarah had a couple great games, 151 and 168! She is better than her mother! That is fine with me though. I was very happy for her. Jeff had a nice game too. We didn't write the scores down, so I can't remember them.
Mary received a message from the community college that her spanish class this spring as a dual enrolled student was cancelled. She has written to UofM to notify them of the situation and is awaiting a reply. She wanted to have a year of College Spanish as that would count for 2 years of HS Spanish. Speaking of Spanish, Sarah is awaiting her spanish grade from this semester. This is very frustrating for her, especially since the rest of her grades have been posted. She received all A's and B's. We are very proud.Today we went to Grand Rapids to shop, wrapped presents, started the laundry and then we made Chicken Crescents for dinner. Brandon was here singing and stayed for dinner and we all enjoyed the movie "White Christmas"
So what is in store for tomorrow? I work 10a-4p. Want to get my Christmas Dinner grocery shopping done, bake cookies, transpose music, wrap presents and send the gifts. Still need to find something for Mary. She was hard this year. THings are getting done, just not at the pace I'd like.
It is really late, so I am off to bed. We received boxes from Leesburg and Rockledge today and now we have some nicely wrapped gift to look beautiful under the tree. Thanks to all !
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Today I have a lot on my plate as well. I have been working on this Blog for awhile and trying to edit pictures to liking. It has been a challenge. The laundry is done enough for today. Still need to shop and prepare for sunday school. I am filling in for opening tomorrow, plus teach a the lesson of Angel Gabriel annouces Jesus' birth. Our neighborhood is doing our annual luminary night. That is just some much work, but it sure looks nice. I work tonight from 8 pm to 2 am.
Sunday we have church and long term care chapel in the afternoon. Last week of bowling; It is fun night. Scores don't count and we collect our prize money which won't be very much this year.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday was spent Christmas Shopping and getting the Christmas Cards ready. I finally mailed them today. I got a lot accomplished. Kids Choir and Chimes went well and we got to the high school in time for the 8 pm Christmas Concert by the GHS Choirs. Mary and Matthew's solo, "Do You Hear What I Hear" was wonderful. They had lots of compliments.
I worked for three early hours this morning and then got a nice hair cut. Same style, just shaped up. Made lunch for Mary and then met my golf buddies for lunch. Mmm. We always have a nice time. I finally got some laundry started and then went to the high school basketball games. JV and Varsity won!
Now I have to get ready for bed and be at work again tomorrow for 12 hours, 5A-5P. Mary is supposed to get her senior pictures tomorrow and then our last advent activity at church, followed by choir. It will be a LONG day. Thursday I pick Sarah up from college! Time is passing by quickly.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Jeff headed over to church for a few minutes and will be back shortly to our choir's progressive dinner. Matthew went out to the last house to "hang out" with other choir offspring while the parents go and eat. Mary's party doesn't start until 9 pm. She is supposed to take pictures of her in her new dress and with Brandon. If not, this mother won't be very happy at all. For now she is happy to spend time with her best friend.
Mary's first night at work went well. She felt like she didn't do much, but seemed to have learned a lot of different things in 4 hours after talking her experience. Bussing, refilling, wrapping silverware and hosting.
Sarah checked into today via text. She was travelling with the JV Women's Basketball team. Unfortunately they lost. Better luck next time ladies! Sarah comes home on Thursday afternoon. Yay! It is always nice to have her home.
My date is here... By for now!
Friday, December 11, 2009
The van is going in to the repair shop for some light bulbs that we changed and still don't work. Jeff then leaves for Dearborn and I will be at work till 1630. Hopefully the van will be ready and we will have it back when I get off of work. Mary starts her job tonight at 1800. Nothing like having a crazy tight schedule.
Tomorrow Jeff comes home and Mary leaves for Ann Arbor, hopefully with the van. It is heavier and won't blow around on the road so much. She should have ok weather to drive.. Still she will need to be extra cautious.
Better go! Off to work!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Went to the foot doctor and got a shot of meds for my heel pain. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I sure hope that it helps! Doc wants me to wear shoes at work, so I will either wear shoe covers or take a pair to work and leave them there.
Well, I am off to quilting and preschool program rehearsal. Think of me!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Better get some sleep.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Well let me tell you~ Jeff's bowling was on fire tonight! He had his first 600 series, 632 to be exact! Yay! Individually he bowled a 206, 236 and 190. We are all so very happy for him. I bowled consistently just below average tonight, but all over 100. Our team split the points tonight and we will stay in 6 position of 8. Can't win them all. Position night is next week. Becoming part of our routine we had McDonalds with our teammates afterward and then headed home where most of the laundry is now done. Thanks to the whole family for chipping in!
Tomorrow is work and then chime team. Mary and Matthew will be performing with the Village Green at our church for the Lion's Club dinner. I think they have another "gig" following that one. We are expecting another big snow this week, maybe even our first snow day. Will keep you informed. Tuesday we will be going to the Grand Rapids Symphony Concert right here in Greenville. Matt's big day is Wednesday. He gets another xray without the splint and a final decision about cast or surgery. Thursday is the HS Orchestra Concert, I guess there is something big planned. Mary goes to the Christmas ball in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Hope the bad weather is over by then.
That is it for now!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
- Sarah called and reported that she received a 100% on her nutrition exam. I am so proud of her! Yay Sarah!
- Matthew texted, then called and said that his broken arm is still alignment and that he avoids surgery a 3rd time. Next week the splint comes off for a x-ray and then the decision, cast or surgery. Thanks for your prayers!
- Sarah called again and was happy that she got her LL Bean winter coat that I ordered for her and also her new Mac software.
Needless to say that made my day. I got home pretty much on time and spent some time with Mary and Matthew before going to Advent soup supper and service. Tonight's service included the Hanging of the Greens in our church. I was going to take our new camera and post some pictures. I forgot the camera. Maybe I will take it to quilting tomorrow and get some pictures of the quilters and the church.
Mary and Matthew auditioned for a duet in the Choir Christmas concert. They sang Do You Hear What I Hear? Guess it went well. The Grand Rapids Symphony Christmas Concert comes to Greenville next Tuesday. I will buy tickets tomorrow. Didn't want to buy until Matthew was in the clear for that day. Mary will be in Spanish class, so only 3 tickets this year. I always look forward to hearing them.
Tomorrow is quilting (as mentioned before) and I hope to get my moose quilt done. It is also my buddy Norma's birthday. Happy Birthday Norma! Orchestra meets tomorrow evening. We should have some string players and maybe a bassoon! I have been practicing the music and am getting better at that hard Christmas piece. Thanks for all the encouragement from my mom and brass players.
We are expecting accumulating snow tomorrow. I always love to watch the snow fall and the yards turn white. Driving is another story. You can expect pictures!
It is getting late...better sign off.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Just got word that my little princess and her mom are sick. Don't need to be at work until 7 am! I better use some good nursing so I don't get sick. Maybe I will dose up with Echinacea.
Wish me luck!
PS- Picutres from the new camera on the Photo Album link.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Earlier yesterday we went to see "A Blind Side". It was a very good movie. We all liked it very much and would certainly recommend it to anyone. We have another Netflix movie to watch this weekend too.
Today's plans are for more shopping. This time Walmart (my favorite), Jerry's paint store and find some jeans for Sarah. We are meeting the Cory's at Pizza Hut for dinner before I go off to work at 8 pm for 6 hours. I hope she comes home on time.
That is all for now. Tomorrow Sarah goes back to Hope and I we will bowl in the evening. 2009 is flying by!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Our Thanksgiving was nice. We watched the parades in the morning and cleared off the tables. Sarah got some of her laundry done while I was preparing the meal. Norma and Randy arrived at two and we were eating our dinner by 2:45 pm. All of the food was good. I forgot the Redi Whip, so the pumpkin pie didn't have the nice fluffy creamy sweetness it was supposed to have. The four of us bowled on the Wii, and then enjoyed each other's company and shared stories. Brandon came over later and played some mastermind with Mary. Then they invited Jeff and me to play scrabble with them. It was a great game! Brandon won on the very last play to beat me by two points! We did use every letter and covered most of the board. Mary took a picture to document this successful game. Sarah and Matthew played on his new computer game, The Sims. It looks pretty complicated, but I guess it is fun and addicting..Great! (not really).
Unfortunately, Sarah's computer is not working very well and it is quite frustrating for her. She'd really like a new one, but there isn't much of a fund for that. Jeff tried to fix it and at least discovered what was wrong. Hope we can get it working before she returns to school. She could have been talked into going to a doorbuster for a new computer. I wouldn't be much help since I so little about what to look for in a computer. Her phone has been acting up too, which just compounds the frustration.
I work on Saturday night for 6 hours. Otherwise, we have another day to spend together with family and friends. Matt's feeling well, needing less pain control and managing well with his splint. I am feeling pretty tired so I am going to sign off.
PS- Some of you might wonder why the Wizard of OZ music? When I was a little girl, I watched that movie every Thanksgiving night while the adults talked. Those darn flying monkey really scared me. Anyway that is why it is on my Thanksgiving music.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sarah is home. Jeff and Matthew picked her up before the doctor's appointment. She was happy to be with Matthew at his appt and see the x-ray. I got home from work at 6pm and then we all went to Big Boy for dinner. We got home with full tummies and Matthew is playing computer games, Sarah went to a friends house to watch movies and Brandon is home and over singing with Mary. The kids are happy...that makes me happy. I have 2 pumpkin pies in the oven while I blog this message. The dishwasher is cleaning the dishes and the washing machine the towels.
Our kitchen has new windows! They look really nice too. I am going to paint the trim in the kitchen with fresh white paint. I'd really like to pull the paper off the wall, but then I am in for a huge project. Not a good time of year for big projects. Speaking of projects, I made Matthew a soft pillow to elevate his arm on. He likes it and I think it turned out nicely. T-shirts make nice soft pillows!
Tomorrow our friends Randy and Norma are coming for dinner. We are having turkey, stuffing, potatoes, rolls of course, sweet potato casserole, salad and pumpkin pie! Mmm. I am sure we will find some fun things to do before we finish off the leftovers later! Hahaha! There is a threat of rain/snow mix the next 24 hours. Will we have a white winter? Time will tell.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
Gracie et All
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
After conferences, our whole family (- Sarah)went to dinner at El Rancho. It was pretty good and then Mary wanted to buy a camera so she could take pictures the rest of the year and more importantly of tomorrow's concert at the Hill Auditorium (acoustically perfect) and her friend Brandon dressed in his tuxedo. Her new Canon camera is nice but very tiny. Sarah is going to stay at college, and now Matthew will be going to the concert with us.
Now Matthew is sleeping after some pain pills, Mary is making a little tote for her camera on the sewing machine, Jeff is at work and I am of course blogging. I will need to work on my sunday school lesssons and music. I play for church sunday too. I will probably watch some TV and just rest too. We'd like to watch our next Netflix movie, Star Trek, when Jeff gets home.
That is all for now!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The rest of the afternoon for Matthew and Dad were getting pain meds, reducing the fracture at our local hospital, only to find out that it was not successful. So the drove down to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids and were preparing for the next reduction when Mary and I arrived around 6:15pm. This time they had him under some pretty strong sedation and reduced the fracture again under flouroscope. The senior resident, Dr Tanner, felt as though the reduction went well, but that it was pretty unstable and that he would most likely require surgical repair. All the doctors and nurses were very nice. We had a choice to stay and have the surgery today or wait until Tuesday as an outpatient. We thought we should just stay put and have it fixed and taken care of. Plus Matthew was really zonked out from the sedation. I didn't really want to take Matthew home like that. He rested pretty well last night getting pain meds twice. Early around 0500 another resident, Dr. Bradley, came to let us know that all the doctors would be looking at his xray and then coming up with a plan. The attending, Dr Gelbke, came around o700 and explained that the reduction was very good from last night. That left us with 2 options: Go ahead with the surgery, noting risks of anesthesia, nerve damage and bleeding. OR Watch the fracture "like a hawk" and see if there would be any shifting of the little fragment that caused some numbness in his fingers prior to the reduction. What a decision to make so early without Jeff too! So the doctor, Matthew and I decided to wait and watch, as even if there was some shifting it wouldn't effect a surgical repair a week later. So we are back home and he is doing pretty well. He has a splint on and is keeping it elevated nicely. Needs to take pain meds regularly and he does sleep a lot.
Because of this "mishap", Matthew missed his PLAN test, a Village Green performance and opening night of the play (he is part of the stage crew). We aren't sure if he will be able to help out at any of the 3 shows. Most importantly, we need him to rest and protect that arm so the bone pieces don't shift and he dodge the surgery all together.
I work for 4 hours tomorrow and then parent teacher conference. Mary is going to pick up Sarah on Saturday morning so she can attend the Glee concert with us. Jeff wants to Christmas lights up this weekend before the cold wet weather gets here for Thanksgiving.
Better get going,
Monday, November 16, 2009
We have the home improvement bug (plus tax credits for energy saving upgrades). This Friday we are having some electrical wiring done is Sarah's room which will include a ceiling fan with a light! Woohoo! Then with in the next few weeks we will have our kitchen and backdoor area window areas replaced. I won't need to roll up kitchen towels for the drafts anymore! I will be painting the trim in the kitchen before the windows go in. Next year we would like to repaint/wallpaper the kitchen and put up some drapes in Sarah' s room. So many things I'd like to do, especially redo the dining room. Strip the paint off the wood and change the ugly wallpaper...Patience!
Our weekend was good. I think we got a lot done. Hard to remember now that the new week has started. Matthew had to work at the school play rehearsal both Sat and Sunday, not the way he'd really like to spend his weekend. Church went well as did the Friday movie event. The chime team played well and the choir sang very nice too. I have been working hard at music lately. I am playing for this Sunday's service, the Sunday School Christmas program and we have a pretty hard Orchestra song for Christmas. I have also been planning a few special music ideas as well. The laundry got done and I finished Sarah's pillow. It turned out fine. I think she will like it. Mary is sleeping on it right now.
I work the next two days for 12 hours and again on Friday for just 4 hours. That is ok, though as I bake for quilters this week and need to start that painting. Now it is time for me to go pick up some pizza for dinner. Have a great evening.
PS..Thanks for your prayers for Andrew. He continues to have good progress.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Before I go off to quilting, I thought I should share some good news with you. Mary received her latest ACT scores and got a 30 (that is up 2 points from the last time)! Yay! Now we are just waiting for her acceptance to University of Michigan. Central Michigan has already accepted her and University of Oklahoma should be sending their decision as well. I still don't know why anyone wouldn't want such an exceptional student!
Jeff wore his Class A uniform to the Veterans Day service yesterday to Concordia University Ann Arbor. He looked so good in his uniform. I told him that I miss seeing him in uniform. He got a free meal at Applebee's yesterday. Mary volunteered at Pizza Hut yesterday at a sponsored fundraising event for the Senior Mystery Trip. While I am glad to support the cause, the pizza wasn't that good. I should have skipped pizza hut and ate with Jeff at applebees. I went along with him after choir, but just had a drink and shared a appetizer with Matthew.
Guess that is all the news for now...Have a great Donnerstag!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Nykerk was fun, but the class of 2012 didn't win..Their play was awesome! I wanted to get Sarah's care package together to deliver, but ran out of time. The pillow I was making for her isn't turning out right and I ran out of stuffing. Matthew was "missing" for a while until he called from his friends house. He thought he told us about it, we don't remember..Wolverines lost.
Do I sound like Charlie Brown or Eeyore or what??? How about Gators win! We had a fun time with Sarah! Mary had a great time at the Big House and Ann Arbor with Brandon. GO Gators! They won! Whew! That is better... Bowling was ok, we split the points. I bowled all three games over 100! Kids choir and chimes went well last night and the chimes will play "Fairest Lord Jesus".
Still looking for new opportunities to further my career. Had my glasses fixed and they feel a lot better. The frames got bent up pretty bad. Mary still waits to hear from U of M. Need to go shopping, put laundry away, work on some music and sleep. Back to work tomorrow by 0500!
Trying to keep my smile!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
This afternoon we are going to Holland for the Nykerk Cup. We will meet Sarah for dinner and deliver a few needed snacks and a small personal project we are doing for her. I still have laundry to fold and a sunday school lesson to prepare. This week's story: Hezekiah Prays. I don't even remember Hezekiah!
Thanks for all your prayers for our friend Andrew. He is making some progress and even opened his eyes for his mom. Guess he is still on pain meds and some sedation meds. If you'd like to read an update, here is the link: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/polzin/journal.
I continue to job search. Seems no matter where I apply, I get the same response, "You weren't selected", not even for a phone call. As much as I love my patient, I need a change and a challenge. Thanks for your prayers and support.
Need to run in order to accomplish today's events. Go Blue against Purdue. I guess if they can win today they go to a bowl game! I'd be remiss if I didn't say GO GATORS!
Thanks to Justin Zachow for typing my name in Japanese. I don't have the Japanese word processor. I love it!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I had a good report from the foot doctor this morning and won't be needing a cortisone shot. If my feet plateau with moderate heel pain or if they get worse then a shot will be needed. I sure do not want that! I finished the main portion of my moose quilt today and will start bordering next week. Lunch was very good chicken and rice and then I picked up Mary from school so she could tutor this afternoon. She had a hair cut before she went of to Spanish class at the Community College in our newly repaired van. All the dial are correct and we even have new keys! I sure hope this fixes things "permanently".
Thanks to those praying for our friend Andrew. He made some awesome progress today as they art starting to bring him out of sedation. Andrew followed commands like "wiggle your toes", "squeeze my hand" and my personal favorite "smile". Praise the Lord. Please keep praying for Andrew and his family as the road is still a very long one.
Tomorrow I work for 8 hours then I hope we can watch our Netflix movie. Matt wants to go to a zombie hunt game. Saturday Mary goes to the "Big House"in Ann Arbor to watch Michigan play Purdue. Matt has a pop can drive. Jeff and I are going to a Thrivent Lunch and then off to Hope College for the Nykerk Cup. The freshman class competes against the sophomore class (Go 2012!) in song theater and oration. Evidently it is quite the event and Sarah's roommate is part of the competition. Sunday is Preschool Sunday and the Praise Team will be leading the songs.
Well, eventhough I don't need to be to work until 8am, I had better sign off.
PS - Picture is from the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The kids had the day off from school and we had a nice time together in the afternoon. I had to work in the morning and get my teeth cleaned. Matt worked at the theater in the scene shop. By two we were on the road to Kalamazoo to see the Air Zoo. General admission is free till the end of the year and we wanted to see what it was like. Well, it is great! Mary and Matt rode in the simulators and we all watched a 4-D movie and rode a corny space shuttle ride the the space station. I really liked all of the different planes to see and got pictures of Mary and Matthew in some cockpits. There were pictures of people I recognized from history or movies about true stories (i.e. The Right Stuff and Gen Doolittle from the Pearl Harbor movie). The pinnacle seemed to be the spacewalk experience. You get strapped in and you walk around the circle. Only once you get to a certain point you don't walk, you flip over! Evidently the astronauts use this to learn to walk in space. I prefer to walk on land! Still it was A LOT OF FUN! Enojy the pictures and video. LOL!
We stopped at Bennigan's for dinner and had lots of food. Mary had pot roast, Jeff had a new kind of burger, Matthew had chicken strips and I had fajitas! If that wasn't enough we stopped at Rosie's too for ice cream! They were delicious. At home we watched the World Series and then off to bed.
Today has been a good day too. The sun is out, I got a nice hair cut, made lunch for Mary and had lunch with my golf friends. I am getting a lot of the things accomplished today that was on my list. I need still need to cook dinner, shop for a few things and maybe start the laundry.
Please pray for Andrew Polzin, the son of our pastor when we lived in Georgia. He was in a car accident and sustained a severe head injury. They all need our prayers. Thanks! I have been keeping up on http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/polzin and I am amazed at their strong faith and witness at such a difficult time. Their journal entries are truly inspiring! They are ministering to me as they go through a place I hope never to walk. God Bless them!
Tomorrow I work 12 hours, then choir and praise team. It promises to be a busy day.
Just in: Our vans dials are all screwy again, even the speedometer, and will be in need of repair immediately! Darn!
Monday, November 2, 2009
I worked this morning and then had a dentist appointment. Mary is working on Spanish as there is no school today. Matthew is working at the scene shop at school. We might go to the Air Zoo this afternoon in Kalamazoo. Just depends. I do have choir/chimes tonight. Lots going on, will keep up abreast of all of the activities. Have a great day!!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Jeff is home safe and sound. It is good to have him back. Looks like he'll be home till spring. He will be bowling in a tournament in Grand Rapids. I may or may not go and watch. Matthew is working tomorrow at the show "In the Mood" at our performing arts center. I thought about going to that instead of the bowling, but it is $25 per person. He will work 10 hours and it is a paid job~! Yay Matthew! Mary is leaving for Ann Arbor in the morning to visit her friend and they are going to hear/see the Detroit Symphony. It is supposed to be a great show.
The weather has been yucky. Rainy, windy and chilly> Wonder how cold it will be for the trick or treaters? I have 600 pieces for our house, and 220 for our church's trunk or treat. That event has been a great success over the past few years.
It is LATE! Better get to bed.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday's service was superb. The music was awesome and Jeff's sermon was great. We had burgers on the grill for lunch and then we were off to the reformation service in Sidney. Mary and her musical friends were playing for an anthem. They played well and this service was nice, but much more "relaxed" and the ringing of the bells took several minutes. By the time we got home, we had a few hours before bowling. Mom and I did some stamp crafts for her to take home and Jeff took a needed nap. Matthew had his friend over and they played the Wii and even did some wrestling! Yikes! Bowling went really well for me. I bowled over average all three games. We took one point and our opponents took 3. Oh well, we still had fun!
I worked 5 hours on Monday and then spent the rest of the day with mom. Jeff left for military duty while I was at work. Matt and Grandma watched Ghostbusters, while Mary and I made chicken crescents for dinner. My kids choir and chime team rehearsals went well and the kids will sing on Sunday. Mary has been working on her cello costume for the orchestra concert tomorrow. It turned out nice. She brought Liam, the cello, home today to make sure she could play well with the costume on! It seemed to work out nicely and I took a picture. She did a great job. Mary's latest project is to crochet a Michigan blanket. She started it off with Grandma's help and then got several rows done. Grandma worked on it today while she was at school. It is coming along nicely, but there is a lot to go! Will it be done in time for the Michigan/Purdue game? She will be in the Big House next weekend and this weekend is a trip to Ann Arbor to hear the Detroit Symphony's Tchaikovsky concert! Still waiting to hear from U of M about her acceptance. We are trying to be patient, but others are getting their responses.
Mom and I had fun runnning around the stores today and then we enjoyed dinner at Applebee's before Mary went to College Spanish. Matthew drove home with a stop at the orchard and the car wash. My Prius is clean! Thanks Matt! Got some laundry done and played a game a scrabble. Mary won, Mom came in second and I had an awesome word~quaint! I wonder what points I would have scored? We just play without keeping score and the first person without letters wins! It is fun and less stressful!
Well, I'd better get to bed and rest before the big drive tomorrow~Orchestra concert to follow!
Today is the day to remember my wonderful Grandma Irene! Happy Birthday GG! I know she is happy in Heaven.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
~The concert on Tuesday night was wonderful. Matthew and Mary did a great job in show choir. It is amazing how much the students in learn in a short amount of time. Next Wednesday Mary has an orchestra concert. The students are dressing up as it is just before Halloween. Mary has constructed a cello costume, so a cello will be playing a cello! Too bad Mom has to leave that morning, so she will miss it.
~I worked on Wed and Friday for eight hours. Mom read her books, kept Sammy company and worked on other projects, including preparing to play the organ for church. The weather turned colder and we had soup and sandwich for dinner. I showed mom the Wii games and she played Price is Right and enjoyed watching the sports wii games.
~Thursday we went quilting and enjoyed lunch together with the quilters. Mom practiced the organ while I worked on my moose quilt. Mom helped in the quilters room after she was done practicing. We are working on a HUGE project...a quilt with 35 cats on it! Thursday night was the Brass Trio practice that went very well. We play for church for the first time of the season tomorrow! Reformation!
~After work on Friday Jeff barbequed some venison that tasted really good. I would have thought it was beef if I didn't know what he was cooking. We had some pizza too. Kind of a crazy mixture hey? Mary had a gig practice for a reformation service in the evening. More Wii games and watched "Monsters and Aliens". I thought the movie was just ok. I am glad I didn't pay a lot to watch it in the theater. Then we had a big surprise! Sarah came home! Her friend Kellie was home on furlough from the Marines, so a friend picked her up after school and they came "home" to visit. She stopped by with her friends and said hello and chatted for a while. I know they had a really nice time.
~This morning Mary took the ACT at the community college. She said she feels really good about it. The last time she took the ACT her calculator's batteries were dead. She did the math with paper and pencil. She still scored a 28! She expects that today's test will be higher. We should be hearing from University of Michigan very soon. They would be crazy not to accept her! Mom and I went to a craft show, then did some shopping for some of our own crafts! All of us went in to Grand Rapids for steak dinner. We got home after 9 pm and watched the end of the Gator game. Yay, another Win! The past few hours were spent at church practicing for church and preparing for Sunday School. It sure was a packed day!
~Tomorrow is busy too! Church in the morning and then we will go to the service that Mary is playing for in the afternoon. Bowling in the evening! Jeff leaves on Monday for Air Force duty.
Still enjoying the Leaves!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tomorrow we take Sarah back to college by lunch time. She has to work at a cross country practice at 2pm. I think we will take a scenic route home and then the concert in the evening. I work Wednesday and Friday too. Time with my mom will fly by!
Guess that is all for now.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Mary is back out to Brandon's for the day. Sarah 's friend is here and we are playing Dutch Blitz. Sarah is winning :( Matthew is playing video games. Earlier, Jeff, Matthew and I were outside raking leaves. There sure were lots of them. The picture of the leaves at the top were on our yard! I am close to getting the laundry done and the kitchen is cleaned. Bowling starts in just 30 minutes! I hope that I can do better than last week's 83! That is all for now I guess!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sad to see Bradford hurt again and the Sooners losing the game. Glad that the Gators could pull off another win! That was too close of a game for me. Michigan had a "training" week against
This morning I drove Mary to Central Michigan University for the Centralis Scholarship competition. It was an unusual day. Mary found grammatical errors on the power point and the message from the professor of the year got a little silly. Didn't even get the weather science right. The e-mail confirmation letter Mary received from the admissions office had run on sentences and poor punctuation. It doesn't give her a lot of motivation to go there for preparing as an English teacher. As for the competition, she said the essay question was easy. We won't know if she makes it to the next round until January. Should she win, the scholarship is a full ride scholarship for 4 years.
This afternoon we are watching football. Mary and I listened to the Wolverines on the radio on the way home from CMU. They were way ahead at half time~40 something to 3. We are watching OU battle Texas. Poor Bradford is injured again. Wonder if I will be able to watch the Gators tonight? I do have to prepare for Sunday School and I play for church tomorrow. Chimes play for the first time of the season. Lots to do! Laundry is extra large with all of us at home. I don't mind....I love having Sarah home. She is going to have a few friends over to watch a horror movie tonight. I won't be joining them this time. Matthew has decided to go to the homecoming dance afterall. Brandon is coming home tonight, so Mary will go spend time with him this weekend.
Well, if I am going to be prepared for tomorrow, I had better get moving!.....after the game!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I had a good day today. Got some things accomplished in the morning including baking brownies for the quilter's lunch. They turned out really tasty! Never put candy corn on brownies until after you bake them...they sink and melt. I learned that today. I got three more rows on my moose quilt done. It is looking really nice. This afternoon I tried to use a computer program to write music for orchestra. I got too overwhelmed and frustrated, so I just wrote it on staff paper like I am used to doing. The transposition wheel that I have is really helpful. Mary and I made ravioli for dinner and then she had class and the rest of us went to orchestra. The brass trio sounds great. Matthew's trumpet really adds to the depth of the song. He likes to improvise a lot. Most of it sounds really good. Jeff plays his French horn and Daryl the euphonium. We are ready to play for reformation sunday. Mom H. will be here and is playing for the service.
Tomorrow Jeff will go get Sarah from college for a long weekend. I work till 1630 and then will be home doing laundry and if it is nice, maybe go to the football game. There should be a parade too. Sarah and Jeff should be back in Greenville around 1930. Saturday morning Mary will be writing an essay for a scholarship competition. It will be an early morning...registration is at 0800! We will be back for lunch and then there is a party in the afternoon. Brandon is coming home in the evening for a long weekend as well, so I am sure Mary will want to go spend time with him. Monday Mom arrives in Detroit, and Jeff and I will be going to pick her up in the afternoon. Sarah goes back Tuesday, so Gma will get to see everyone.
Guess that is all for now...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Took the Prius into Grand Rapids to get the oil changed by the Toyota dealer. I had a coupon, plus I felt sure that they would know for sure how to maintain the Hybrid. Well, it wasn't that good of an experience. One of the service guys showed me that I had dirty air filters (Yes, they were dirty). However it seemed like $70 is a lot to pay for them. I was not prepared today to have that done. So I said I would think about it and come another time. When I picked up the car, the was a notation on the slip that said the filters were very dirty and the owner declined replacement. Reading between the lines, it said you are a bad car owner. Shame on you! As I drove away, I heard a terrible gear sound! I stopped, drove around the parking lot and could not replicate the noise, so I drove home. No problems. I stopped at Big Boy to get Mary an application for work. When I got back in the car and started it up and drove away the noise was back....I called Toyota and said I was coming back. Another 30 minute drive one way to have the fix what ever they broke. I dealt with another service person, whom I like and had before. Infact his son went to school with Sarah. He got the mechanic out and we rode together and the sound was replicated. He got out and discovered that there was a piece of metal bent on the wheel that the tire was hitting.. He was glad I brought it back and said there was no damage to the tire sensor wire, wheel, metal or tire! Yay! He's not sure how that happened, but I told him everything was fine until after the oil change. So far so good.
After driving another 40 minutes home, I had planned on talking about money planning, jobs and school. Well Mary had another blow by the theater department. Seems the director likes to say one thing and do another. Oh to the opening of new wounds. I am hoping that we can come to some resolution so we can all go on without bitterness. The money talk will have to wait.
Mary had Spanish class after dinner and then came home and is talking to her best friend and did her homework. Matt had a little nap and did his homework too. I am doing my homework, ~blogging! I want to write a report for music committee meeting too, since I will be at work tomorrow. Sarah comes home on Friday.
Jeff is on his way home from the Pastor's conference and should be home in about one hour from now. Yay!
That was my day in a large nutshell.
!!! Just realized that I lost another earring !!!!!! Darn !!!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! LOTS OF LOVE!