Friday, July 31, 2009
The rest of our week has been very busy. Mary has been preparing for her cello wedding gigs the for the next 2 Saturdays. She has also put a lot of time into getting ready for the pageant. She changed the song she will play on her cello for the talent portion. Her best friend has been calling each day with updates on his adventure. I worked on Wed and Friday. Both days were good days with my patient. Matt came to work with me today to do some babysitting and cleaning. He got paid well. My clients family hopes to move in the next few weeks. Matt has been challenging everyone to Stratego. He has won a lot, but I can say I won a game a few days ago. Sarah went to visit a friend for a little while today and had a nice time. She even made muffins to take along! Sarah, Mary and I went to a stampin up party last night and had a nice time and didn't buy as much as I wanted to, I had self discipline! YAY!
Tomorrow we are going to clean a little and find something fun to do too. I am sure we will come up with some ideas. If not, we can always play stratego!
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Softball: We ended up playing 2 games on Saturday. We lost both. It was supposed to be a single elimination set up, but the other losing team wanted to play again. So I left it up to the team and we played with the players that could stay. I played R field and got a nice sunburn on my calves! Sarah pitched two whole games! The umpire was crazy and called flat pitches on Sarah, but not for the other team, the umpire even said to our team at one point. "OK, you guys can start hitting any time now!" I felt like giving him a piece of my mind, but I bit my tongue. The score was not that bad, I think both games had a spread of about 7 runs. I was happy with my team. We will have our first softball picnic in a few weeks.
Back to work: I had a pretty good first evening back to work. I was tired, sore and burned, but I still gave excellent patient care. I work Wednesday and Friday and this week. Should be a good week.
Church: Service went well. Matthew did the projection for the service and did a great job. He really liked that job a lot. As usual, we went out for lunch afterward. Pizza Hut was crowded, so Wendy's got our business.
Off to Military Duty: I took Jeff to the airport in the late afternoon. He arrived safely at his new base, Shaw AFB, SC. He had to buy new uniforms yesterday as they are phasing out the ones he has. He said the base is much smaller than the one in AZ, but it is nice and his new job will be challenging. I think he will be involved in weather regarding the middle east. He won't be home until August 7th.
Back to School I took the kids shopping for school/clothes yesterday. We got a lot accomplished. Sarah finally found some clothes that fit in Greenville! Matt still needs shoes, Sarah will need laundry and toiletries for college and Mary says she is all set! Yay!
Doctor Visits I had an appointment with my doctor/surgeon this morning. I continue to struggle with symptoms I had before surgery. Since everything checks out at this doctor, I will need some more diagnostic tests and follow-up with a new specialist. Sarah has her swallow study on Thursday to see the extent of her reflux associated with her Connective Tissue disorder. Mary twisted her ankle at the bon voyage party Friday night. She came home with a very puffy R ankle. Our in house athletic trainer assessed the injury and wrapped it up for her. It was awesome to watch Sarah at work and knowing so much already. She loves what she does. I did the nursing things with meds and comfort measures. Mary is doing well and has no problems with her ankle anymore!
Miss Danish Mary has completed all of her paperwork and requirements for the pageant. Next week she begins the rehearsals and dance practices. Mary has also been working on her esaays for college applications and even met with her English teacher to help edit them to make them even better! Her friend Brandon has been keeping in touch with her during his big adventure. It is nice to hear of his journey. She misses having him here in Michigan.
Poor Squirrel The mailman pointed out a squirrel in our yard that lost the use of his back legs. It was very sad. The mailman gave him some nuts and water, but the little rascal left and scrambled to the other side of the street. We watched as he tried to climb the tree over and over, but never getting very far before falling down. The kids and I wanted to help it some how, but a police man came and told us not to watch. He killed it with shovel and put it in a garbage bag. I know he had to put out of his misery, but I was sad with his choice of euthanasia.
Salutation That is all for now! I will try to be quicker on the updates.
Friday, July 24, 2009
We arrived home on Wednesday in time for Mary to go with Brandon to his gig at an anniversary party. She said he performed wonderfully and got paid more than promised! He sang Everybody Loves Somebody, Mac the Knife, In the Wee Hours of the Morning and You Make Me Feel So Young! I wish I had been well, I would have gone to the restaurant and ate dinner to listen to him sing! Mary is going to spend the day with him today, as he and his 2 best friends leave on their BIG Road Trip Saturday for 2 weeks!
Sarah is working today! She got a babysitting job for the whole day. Matt and I will hold down the fort. I have plenty to do at home. I pulled together enough people to play in the tournament tomorrow. The team is excited about playing another game. We will miss several of our key players though~
Lastly, things seem to breaking around the house. Our ceiling fan/light in the den is broken. Then last night the modem died. Luckily for us, Jeff stayed up and fixed up a new one (He didn't get a lot of sleep). He has lots to do! Wedding rehearsal on Saturday, Church and then he leaves for SC for Air Force duty until the 7th of August. He'll be home at lunch to go get a haircut. I hope nothing else breaks while he is gone. Oh, I forgot to mention that Matt found the deep feezer off yesterday. It wasn't off too long as the meat was all still solid, but the ice cream was soup. Not too much of a mess either!
That is all!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
After 9 more hours of driving, we arrived to Adam and Jill's. They were outside playing with the girls! Ellie loved to have Matt push her on her swing! As you can see Ellie is quite the singer and sang several songs for us! She has wonderful pitch for a 2 year old! Claire is very cute and a very good baby. We all had a chance to hold and love her. We always have a fun time together with all of them! We ate some Papa John's pizza as a late dinner. Time past quickly and we were off to our hotel to rest up for the rest of the ride home. Thanks for a fun evening Adam and Jill!
Monday, July 20, 2009
The girls were looking for some Texas postcards, so we stopped a place called Mary's Chocolate in Greenville TX! We got some chocolate, but no postcards. Luckily we found some at the truck stop a few miles down the freeway. Lunch was at a taco bell without sufficient A/C, but the service and food were good. Postcards were mailed and we were off for more driving. I drove for about 3hours much of it through heavy rains. Jeff kept his eye to the sky for any possible funnels. Mary took over after me, and drove a good while until we started looking for dinner. Sarah and Matt really wanted Chik Fil A, so we drove around town looking for one. We finally found one a few more exits down and had a chicken dinner.
In the meantime, Sarah talked to Jake to find out our softball results. We lost our last game. Still I know that a 7-3 record is great. Way to go team!!!! I got a call from the league manager that our team is eligible for the tournament this weekend. One of the teams ahead of us doesn't want to participate, so we have been asked to. Guess I will need to contact all the players to see who can play.
Matthew drove the last leg of this journey to get some night hours logged. He did well and now were are safe at our hotel in Jackson TN. We leave early tomorrow for Ohio. we can't wait to finaly see Claire our new cousin and her family!
Will post pictures just as soon as Sarah gets them to me. Thanks for your patience!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
We had a lot of fun at Arbuckle Wilderness. The animals come up and run along side the car. Mary was dropping food out the back window and Sarah was taking wonderful pictures from the front seat. There were a few close calls with the animals trying to stick their head in our windows, especially the llama! Sarah will be posting some pictures soon.
It has been a lot of fun visiting with Kathy, Lee and the kids. They are so adorable and have had the kids playing and swimming. Lee took Jeff and Matt to the gym to work out Friday night. Saturday we did a lot of swimming, where most of us received some type of sunburn. Greg, Lisa and the girls came just before 12 noon and joined in all the fun. Matthew probably has the most sunburn. After the weekend, I think Jeff is more sunburned than me! Wow!
Lee made delicious hot dogs and burgers on the grill and Kathy had fruit and chips to go along with it. We celebrated Joshua's first birthday. Grandma and Grandpa Hammons were here to celebrate too! Last night most of us went to see the Harry Potter movie. I thought it was pretty good. Hannah sang in church this morning as a part of VBS week. She did a great job! After church we had a tasty italian lunch nearby with 16 people.
The kids went swimming or watched movies, some of us went to Kohl's and then we took family pictures before Lee had to leave for the airport and Greg and Lisa and family started the 5 hour drive home. We got to babysit Joshua and Hannah while Kathy took Lee to the airport. Zachary spent the day with Grandma and Grandpa. We had light dinner where Mary tried her first sushi. One was enough for today, but she may try it again. Jeff ate some too. I know better. I just don't like it.
Tonight ended with an evening swim party. Those of us still in Plano had lots of fun playing in the pool, ball games, raft games and of course Marco Polo! It was nice to have the pool light on and just laugh and have a good time.
Tomorrow we will drive most of the day and arrive in Tennessee. I am glad that Mary and Matthew like to drive, then I won't have to drive as much. We plan to be in Columbus on Tuesday evening to visit Adam, Jill, Ellie and Claire.
Reporting Sunday night,
Friday, July 17, 2009
Our meals here have been tasty. We had lunch at a Campus Corner pizza place, then had dinner at one our favorites from years ago, the Interurban. I had my favorite, the Ranch Burger. It was obvious that our waiter made a special concession to make 3 Cherry Cokes for Sarah (cherry coke is not on the menu). Eating in OK wouldn't be complete without some ice cream from Braums! Mmmm.
Jeff and I were able to visit with some friends too. We saw Pastor and Mariane Klumpp before they move down to Texas to be near their kids. It was a nice visit. Jeff also visited the new National Weather Center. It is really nice. We wanted to get a tour, but you have to book them 2 weeks in advance! We tried to see some of his old profs, but they were gone on vacation, we missed one his old classmates by just a few minutes.
Can you tell we had a good time? Yes we survived the intense afternoon heat, recovered a forgotten phone (mine), saw a lot of campus, and experienced a late night Oklahoma thunderstorm!
Today we are going to meet with Jeff's ROTC commander for lunch and then off to Arbuckle Wilderness, a drive through animal safari. Tonight we will arrive at Kathy's house for the weekend. We are all anxious to see family!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Everyone in the family took turns driving. I started out after the ice cream and drove a few hours. Matthew drove next with Dad riding shotgun through some heavy traffic with lots of trucks. He did pretty well! Mary drove next for about 4 hours! She had some heavy traffic too and stopped near Tulsa where we ate at On The Border, it was pretty good. Sarah returned her salad as it wasn't the house salad she had thought it was. She added another soft taco instead. Well the waitress noticed that she pulled off the tomatoes and brought the next one minus tomato! What a waitress. Sarah drove the next leg. It seems that everytime she drives, there is a curve ball. As we left the parking lot of the restaurant, Sarah said looks like we need gas. We drove another 10-15 minutes on E looking for a gas station in an unfamiliar city. Finally we found some gas and we were on our way to Norman. Jeff drove the city tour and the last leg to the hotel.
We need to get up early and leave for OU by 0830, so I am getting up around 7 am. We hope that it won't be soo hot that we can't enjoy the campus to the fullest! We'll let you know.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
We enjoyed the Lincoln house and I got our token magnet for the fridge. You can see lots of pictures on the Wilhelm Family Photo Album. Sarah is the official camera person and she is uploading the pictures for me on shutterfly. There are also pictures of our friends in St Charles. Barbara has been a good friend of mine since we lived in Atlanta and we both have girls the same age. It was a lot of seeing them again and eating dinner at Steak n Shake. We had to eat quick because the All Star Game was going to start!
What a fun night and a great game. Barb has DVR and we could watch awesome plays over and over, or play back for a questionable call and check the umpires. Of course the highlight of the game was when Sarah's Tiger, Curtis Granderson, hit a triple to help the AL win the game. It was great to spend time with good friends and catch up family news. We had such a wonderful time! Thanks Barb!!
Jeff Matt and Mary went swimming this morning and now we are going to check out of here and get something to eat maybe see a favorite St Louis site and then get some Ted Drewes. Then we are off for 8 hours of driving until we arrive in Norman Oklahoma. Mary has a college visit there tomorrow. I think I am most excited about the visit. She is ready to go to the University of Michigan. But it is worth visiting and seeing a great campus. I am sure Jeff will be happy to show us his alma mater.
Better Run! See you OK!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I have had a sore throat and headache for nearly 48 hours. Needless to say, I didn't feel much like packing. I feel a better tonight after the game. Jeff always says that exercise is good for you! I even ran the bases for myself tonight.
Mary spent most of her day getting all her Miss Danish papers in order. Her salute page, that will go in the program is being sponsored by a couple from our church! She is close to reaching her goal for the Children's Miracle Network. She was very happy that her friend Brandon got home tonight and came over to spend time together before we leave in the morning. I am sure that there will be plenty of texts going from OK and TX back to MI!
Well, I have my clothes packed, the goodies for the car packed and the DVD player and movies packed. Just need to organize my purse and papers and then get a shower and rest for tomorrow, wait today!
Sarah is taking her laptop, so I will be able to blog on the road! Next stop St. Louis!
Whoops! Almost forgot! Mary got her AP Test results. She got a 4 on both Advanced Placement English and Literature. She will get college credit for English her freshman year! Hurray!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Sarah is doing ok. She still have the discomfort around her R ear. The bruising is going through the regular resoling color themes. Daily pictures are found on the family photo album. I have started with a sore throat and some stuffiness. I really don't want to be sick with a cold this week :(.
Deadlines for Mary's Miss Danish are coming up fast especially since we will be on vacation. If you'd like to see her Miss America page her is the link: www.missamerica4kids.org/m.aspx. She has a sponsor for her Program page. Thanks to all who have supported her already!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The family went to McDonald's for lunch today. I came outside and found Mary and Matthew at a picnic table and it reminded me of when they were little.. Aren't they cute?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The whole team played well tonight. We scored lots of runs. Matthew batted 1000 tonight! I got on base all but once and I think Sarah and Jeff were on most of the time. Sarah pitched until she got hurt and then Jeff took over and did a great job as well. Good fielding and good sportsmanship on both teams! What fun we had!
Earlier today I was in Grand Rapids for a medical appointment and decided to go use my Kohl's money afterward. They had awesome sales and I got some tops and new earrings. Lunch was good and then I got some paperwork and laundry done before the game.
I'd better cut this short! I have to be at work in four hours and I really need a shower!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
We left for Craig's Cruisers, a place for pizza, games, go karts, mini-golf and such and enjoyed ourselves. Our mini golf game was pretty good for most of us, and the go karts are fun even if you daughter and her girlfriend bumps into you. I got lapped by everyone, but that what happens to safe drivers on a race track! By 8:30pm we were on our way to downtown Grand Rapids for the fireworks. We sat on some rocks along the shore of the Grand River. The fireworks were very good, lasted about 20 minutes. We had nice weather for the event as well.
Church went well. I taught kids church and ran out of time. We learned about Solomon's temple. The kids came down after church to finish their projects. I also had a softball meeting. The league is requiring signatures from the team stating they know the rules. There has been a lot of nit-picking and some poor sportsmanship. It is getting a little crazy. Supposed to have all the signatures by today, which is really crazy since several of my players are gone this weekend. I hope we don't have to forfeit a game! That would really be nuts!
Well, got to run, playing for chapel at the nursing homes and then we are going to a welcome home party for a family friend that just got home from boot camp. Have a great day!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Speaking of Mary, she has most her paperwork done for the Miss Danish Festival and is working on her cello solo for her talent. Her platform is keeping the Arts in Schools. She is a little nervous, but is also excited.
Matthew's driving continues to get better. He suggested going to Craigs Cruisers today for family fun, so we plan to go this afternoon. There is pizza/pasta buffet, go karts, games, mini golf and laser tag. We hope to see some fireworks too. Hopefully it doesn't rain!
Sarah was very happy last evening when one of her best buddies from Hope called. She sure loves Hope and the people that go there! She can't wait to go back. The summer job never materialized. Not many are hiring and those that do hire friends or popular people. I am thinking I should quit my job and then refile FAFSA. We might get more aid!
Our van was in the shop all day yesterday and got a new alternator and battery. Unfortunately the battery light still goes on even with the new parts. We took it home for the weekend and need to return it on Monday for diagnostics.
That is all the news for now.
Friday, July 3, 2009
But today (7/2), well I have some unbelievable news! Mary has decided to compete in the Miss Danish Festival Pageant. She thought that she missed the deadline, but they called today and said she could still apply. Since this morning she has accomplished much of the paperwork that is required to participate. Should she win, she would advance to Miss Michigan! How crazy is that? Jeff and I support her, and think as she does, that this would be a great opportunity and experience. Some of you may have already received an email from her. I guess this was kind of a Mary day, she received her driver's license in the mail and got a new hair cut this morning. She wanted some more layers and got a little more that she bargained for. It still looks nice and the length in general is about the same.
Yesterday, we weren't sure of our travel plans. Today we have an itinerary! St. Louis, MO-Norman, OK-Dallas, TX- Memphis, TN-Columbus, OH. All in about 10 days! Good thing we have 5 drivers in the family. We were thinking of what we could do tomorrow as a family, maybe go somewhere for fun. Well, the van is going to the auto clinic in the AM for a new alternator/battery and then Jeff has a private memorial service in the late afternoon. We hope to go see some fireworks on Saturday. Sunday I have kids church and Jeff and I will be doing chapel for the assisted living/nursing homes here in town.
Sarah has been applying for scholarships online and has pretty much decided that there is no job for her in Greenville, especially since she will be leaving for college in 7 weeks and 2 of those are on vacation. She'd really like to get to a Tigers game before heading back to Holland. Matthew just wants to drive, drive anywhere! He'd like to see transformers too, but his sisters saw it with their friends separately and I really don't want to see it at all. Guess he will have to wait or find a friend to see it with.
Guess that is about it. Have a great weekend!