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Month: February 2011

Big Day!

Big Day!

After months of waiting for just the right day, today Savannah was baptized!  It was worth the wait as both sets of grandparents were able to be here.  I especially wanted my mom to be there as she witnessed Savannah’s arrival into this world and today she was there to watch as Savannah showed the world that she has been born for another (eternal) world.

Savannah was very excited, requested a new cross necklace (which her Grandy sweetly went out and bought) and she woke up quite early on the big day.

We took a family pic and a pastor pic:

I wish we had taken a grandparent pic …. what was I thinking?!?

It was a special day for a special girl.

We were buried therefore with him through baptism to death, that just like Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.  Romans 6:4
Progress …

Progress …

Many of you have asked for an update of the house.  Things are moving along quickly now.  We are due to get counter tops and toilets tomorrow, fixtures will be put in the bathrooms, doorknobs will be attached and … if we’re lucky we may even have mirrors.  That and new windows across the back of the house and the upstairs will be done!

Except for carpet.  We are currently waiting on the carpet to arrive from Georgia.  I personally thought Houston was big enough to have carpet but apparently it doesn’t … so we’re waiting.  As soon as the carpet is laid … we’re bustin’ a move out of here!

I absolutely LOVE the way the upstairs looks.  It looks SO much better than I ever could have dreamed.  I cannot wait to live there!!!  Here are a few “during” shots.  The kids each picked out their own paint colors and I think they perfectly reflect their personalities.  

This is Caroline’s room so far … a very light grey that is classy and sophisticated.  I would paint the whole house this color if I could. 

(The plantation shutters for the windows have been ordered.  Looks like we’ll be putting up paper or something until they come in).

This is Brittany’s room.  Her color is called “splash” and is SO Brittany.

Savannah’s room is a pretty pink:

Both bathrooms have the tile finished and cabinets built … we just need sinks and counters and light fixtures and mirrors!

This is the Hollywood bath that Brittany and Savannah will share:

Caroline and Jacob will share the hall bath.  Their glass shower door is supposed to be in this week too.  Majorly love their bathroom!

There you have it … thus far.  Stay tuned!!!

You win some, you lose some …

You win some, you lose some …

Last weekend was the final weekend for basketball (which is my favorite sport to watch my kids play).  Brittany’s team has done pretty well all season but got to playoff week and choked.  Savannah’s team has not done well all season and ended up taking home gold (in the silver division) on Saturday. 
There is not a one of us (coaches, parents or players) who ever would have imagined during the season that the girls would make it to the championship, much less win it.  They were seriously the Bad News Bears of Basketball!  Saturday they played better than any little team I think I’ve ever seen play.  
The funny thing is, our coach didn’t even go to try outs/evaluation.  He decided to take what he had and there was at least one player who had never played before.  It was so fun to watch their improvement throughout the season and even more fun to watch them win the big game!

Way to go Lynx!! 

Sadly, Jacob’s team … which has been undefeated for 3 years … lost their final game on Saturday.  Talk about a bummer!  So, our family had both extremes on Saturday and just like in life … you win some and you lose some.  

But win or lose … it sure was fun to watch their games!

I’m nothing if not spontaneous ..

I’m nothing if not spontaneous ..

So sorry that posting to this blog was interrupted by a bout of the flu.  We just kept falling one by one and now Bill is in bed not feeling well.  SO hoping he doesn’t have it because it is awful.  
I told him last night that there was a point during the week that I felt so badly that I couldn’t remember what it felt like to feel good.  Then last night, lo and behold, I started to feel better.

When I blogged last, Bill was gone.  When he came home he (literally) found me laying on the bathroom floor.  SO sick.  So while everyone else was getting cards and chocolates and the like from their Valentines …. I got a Sprite.  

And I have never loved a Valentine’s gift (or my Valentine) more in my life.  I was so thirsty but couldn’t drink water and it made me feel SO much better.  Bill’s Valentines card is still somewhere in my purse.  Maybe I should find it before Easter.
I did get him a gift.

Kind of.

It was this:

Is that not THE cutest face you’ve ever seen?!

Yes, that’s what I thought too when I saw the lady selling maltipoo puppies as I was driving home from church last week.  I had given Bill Looper for Valentines 17 years ago so I thought it was perfect!

I forgot the part about how Bill usually calls these  dogs “fluffy white rats” (rude, I know).

I also forgot the part about how he says he never wants to own a dog whose haircuts cost more than his (and he goes to TGF people …usually on Mens Night when it’s like $9, I’m not joking). 

I think I might have also forgotten the part that we are moving beginning this week into a house with no liveable downstairs and brand new carpet upstairs and no fence and …. well, you get the picture.

It’s just not a good time.

It was hilarious because Caroline (aka Voice of Reason) kept saying … “mom, the dog is adorable but I just don’t think this is a good time.  We can get one later’.  

I think I wasn’t really listening.

But then Bill came home and said the same thing and I remembered her mentioning it.

Really here I just have to ask … Bill, Caroline … WHERE IS YOUR SPONTANEITY?!”.  When I asked them they said they were just more practical than me and I said “well, I’m  more fun” because it was WAY fun pulling into that parking lot on two wheels and picking out a dog!
But I digress.
The bad news was that 24 hours after I got her I had the full out flu and could barely take care of myself, much less my dog.

Oh, and many people asked what Bill’s reaction was when he saw her and it was this … “What part of getting a dog right in the middle of our move did you think was a good idea?”.

And I couldn’t think of anything. 

So a few days later I put her sweet mug on facebook:

And in about 5 minutes had 4 firm offers.  So relieved!  She is going to a great home and will get lots of love and attention and as a bonus, she won’t have to dodge movers or shuffle around boxes.

We are going to miss her:

 And if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got about 17,000 boxes to pack … give or take a few.

It’s been a weekend …

It’s been a weekend …

Bill left last Tuesday or Wednesday … I honestly can’t even remember … to go to Orlando for a conference which lasted through Saturday night.

He flew from Orlando to Minneapolis to pick up his parents and bring them to Houston.  They will be here Monday or Tuesday.

Saturday night he called me and I could hear talking in the background.  I asked him where he was and he said “Epcot”.  I said … “Like you went to Disneyworld and you are in Epcot?”  and he said “yes”.  And I said … “I’ve been carpooling and cleaning and cooking and caring (one child with the flu and another with a stomach virus) and you are having dinner with MICKEY MOUSE?!?!?!?

And then I think maybe he thought it wasn’t a good time to tell me he also rode my favorite ride, Soarin’, and who knows what else he did.  All I know is that I’ve felt like I was wading through the Viet Cong or something and he’s eating with Mickey Mouse.

It’s a good thing I think that is funny and trust me,  I am planning on using this little story quite a bit.  Yes Bill … remember the time you left me with two sick kids, a house to pack, a contractor to monitor, a house to clean for your parents to arrive … all while you were having dinner with MICKEY MOUSE?!?!
He has offered to take me next year. 

Anyway … so over the weekend … I was almost arrested.

It’s true.
I had taken Savannah and Jacob to Jacob’s double header basketball game.

There were 45 minutes between games where the boys practiced and Savannah was playing with her friends.  I told my friend I was going to go run buy a gift for a birthday party later in the day and that I’d be right back.  When I walked out, I saw Savannah’s wallet laying on the couch in the lobby … and she was no where to be seen.  Inside the wallet was her itouch.  My friend said I should take it as it would be a great lesson.

Except well … it didn’t exactly go as planned.

While I was at the store buying the gift, Savannah notified the authorities at the church that she had been robbed.  She went to the security office and they watched the “incident” go down on the security cameras.  

Before they showed her the footage, they asked Savannah what her mom was wearing.  She said she didn’t know.

Then they asked what color hair her mom had.

Again … said she didn’t know.

(That is actually kind of funny to me … she should have said … “it changes”).   

But anyway … they showed her the billfold being “lifted” and asked if she knew that person.

Thankfully she said “yes” … although I think it was something along the lines of “HEY … MY MOM STOLE MY WALLET!”.  

When I arrived back for the second game, the security man pulled me aside and told me he’d watched video of me stealing.  Told me the whole story.  Anyway, the whole “teaching her a lesson” thing kind of backfired except I learned I’ll never do that again.

We’re now on the downhill side of waiting for Bill to come home.  Bill – who is a master at helping the kids with homework which has, over the years, involved covering a shoe box or five in wrapping paper for “all about me” boxes, Valentines boxes, etc.

Tonight … the kids were fed, bathed and heading for bed when Savannah mentioned that she needed a decorated box for school to collect her Valentines.   She went and rummaged through the Christmas wrapping paper and found a perfect paper for her Valentines box.  I cut and taped and about the time I finished she mentioned … “yeah, the teacher said we didn’t have to make one but only if we wanted”.  I asked her what she would do if she didn’t have one and she said … “well, the teacher said she’d have some cute bags”.  I was annoyed for a second but then decided I didn’t want to be THAT mom that forgot to make the box and ended up getting the teacher one … so I was fine.  Until I mentioned it on facebook and the substitute for her class posted that the students were MAKING the bag as part of the party.

You’re kidding me, right?

With my luck, Mickey Mouse is probably coming to the party too.

A welcome sign …

A welcome sign …

It is FREEZING (actually below freezing) in Houston today.  SO cold. This is how Savannah looked on her way to taekwondo yesterday.  It just struck me as funny b/c usually she is barefoot and jacketless. 

Our doors had ice on them which made them stick and this morning I couldn’t roll down my windows.  I have a whole new appreciation for people who day after day, month after month endure this kind of weather.  I would much rather be too hot than too cold so I’m ready for this weather to pass.

While the kids were at taekwondo I ran by the new house to check out the day’s work.  When I walked inside I had a package from a sweet, sweet mom that I had met at the Crier Creek Mother/Daughter retreat.  I mentioned her here. 
We started reading each others blogs and a few weeks ago I commented on a cute sign that she had put on a tray.  You can see it here.

I just loved it!!   In fact, I told her I had been wanting one of those for a long time.

Well, inside the package yesterday she had sent me MY VERY OWN SIGN for our house!  She sent the sweetest note about showing hospitality in our new home and I was just so overwhelmed by her kindness.

Here is the sign at our new house:

I have to take some chalk over and write on it but the first thing it is going to say is “Welcome friends!!”

And yes, Kim, even though we live four hours apart and have only met once … we shared some meals and some stories and some time together … and we are totally friends.  🙂  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Made my day!

And in other, not so fun news Jacob is sick and Brittany has the flu.  (Today I’d write “get well soon!” on the sign). 

Off to pack my house, care for my kids and clean out some more corners.

Stay warm!!

Ideas … anyone … anyone?

Ideas … anyone … anyone?

Thank you for your comments and emails about the “versing” of our new house.   I’ve enjoyed reading similar things you and your family have done.  Lots of good ideas!

And speaking of good ideas …. I need one.

When we told the kids to select a verse for their room, Jacob’s first comment was … “I don’t want my verse painted over … I want it to always be on my walls.  Why would you cover it up?”

And I said something wise and impressive like … “uhm, I don’t know.”

Then I said … “you can totally have it in your room and on your walls”.  And then I said … “but not in Sharpie”, because well … because I said so. 

So now I’m trying to decide what to do …

The ideas I have so far are:

Order his verse from one of the vinyl decal places like this:

Another idea is to use chalkboard paint and paint the backing of a picture frame.  Then he can write the verse in his handwriting and we can hang it up over his door frame.

Like this … CLICK HERE.

I know there are some wildly creative people out there so let me hear from you …. what’s your idea?!?
The not so snowy snow day …

The not so snowy snow day …

Houston had an arctic blast.

We prepared for it all week.

I bought supplies for soup and chili and any other comfort type food I could think of.  (I even made it!).  

Schools announced Thursday afternoon that there would be no school on Friday and all Thursday night activities in the city were canceled.
I made jambalaya on that night in preparation for the storm.  Lots of people in Houston are from Louisiana and that is a common meal for them.  Me, not so much.  At one point Caroline suggested I was trying to cook something “out of my league”.  The good news for her is that I thought it was funny.  Otherwise she would be in trouble.  🙂   I thought it was good but my family thought it was too spicy.
Houston children went to bed Thursday night with visions of snowballs dancing in their heads.

And when they awoke … what to their wondering eyes should appear?

A few icicles.  Look closely … they are there.  

Isn’t that SNOW funny?

Bill and I knew things were not going as planned on the 10 :00 news on Thursday night when the meteorologist (in our opinion) totally began backpedaling.  It went from 3-5 inch accumulation to “a possibility”.  Something about a warm air layer which I think is just mumbo jumbo for … “we totally blew this one and we better think of something fast!”.  We were literally howling with laughter when the reporter was leaning in front of a car headlight and going … “LOOK, I think I see a piece of  frozen precipitation falling now”.  A PIECE.  

Only in Houston I tell you.  Only in Houston.

My kids were disappointed.  I was too except that we stayed in our pajamas all day long and watched something along the lines of five American Idol episodes that we hadn’t had time to watch yet.  

Brittany and I made chicken tortilla soup on Friday.  Brittany saute’d an onion for me and when I came in the kitchen this is what I saw …

SHE WAS WEARING HER SWIM GOGGLES to keep the onion from burning her eyes.  I laughed until I cried and this is the 535th reason why cooking with Brittany is pure awesomeness.  One thing I know for sure …. you won’t see this on the Rachel Ray show!

While the girls and I wasted the afternoon away hearing J-Lo and Steven Tyler judge Idol contestants, Bill and Jacob worked on their Boy Scout Pinewood Derby Car.  Bill, I kid you not, went to the post office to weigh the car no less than three times.  (From what I gather, the boy scouts are pretty serious about the weight limits for the cars).  Each time Bill  would come back and hand it back to Jacob to keep sanding.

Trust me when I tell you that Jacob sanded and sanded and sanded that car.

ALL day they sanded which makes me wonder how on earth it ever would have gotten finished had Houston not had the ” not-so-major” snow storm.  Check in time was supposed to be Friday at 5 PM but that got delayed to Saturday (thankfully!).  
I left the house to take Caroline to a volleyball tournament at 9:30 Saturday morning and the car looked just like the picture above.  No paint, no wheels … no fancy anything.  The car had to be weighed and registered for the Derby by 11:00 AM.  
What I’m saying is TIME WAS A TICKIN’!!
When we got to the race at 2:30 they began announcing winners.  In the Weebalo age group for fastest car … Third Place went to Jacob Baerg!!!!!
I cannot even tell you how funny I thought it was, shocked that I was … and proud all at the same time.  For starters, I know Jacob did the whole car himself (except for the driving to the post office part!).  Secondly, y’all have NO IDEA how much Bill hates a woodworking project.  There is not one single tool that man enjoys using … and so to pull out a third place win over lots of cars … well, that is really something.
Here is one thing you should know … the cars there were AMAZING.  One had a catapult, one had a fish on the top of it, camo cars … you name it.    Seriously cool cars.  And Jacob’s was supposed to be cool.  He had designed his car to look like a dog and it was going to be called the “Bark-mobile”.  (Is that not hilarious?).  Bill and Jacob even went to Hobby Lobby to buy felt to make the tongue for the car.

After the car was sanded and painted brown Savannah said the car looked like a Hershey kiss.  And so … WITH A SHARPIE … they wrote Hershey on the side and off they went to the Pinewood Derby.

This is where the story gets a little sad.

Bill didn’t tell me this part until the next day …

As Jacob was walking up to check his car in, he saw all the other (amazing) cars and he hid his behind his back (isn’t that SO sad?!?).  He told Bill his car wasn’t as fancy as the other cars.

And then Bill said … “well, they won’t be as fast as ours”.

Totally threw down is what Bill did.

So, you can imagine his relief when little Hershey pulled out that third place win.

And LET ME ASSURE YOU … Jacob is awfully proud of that car now.

Ladies and gentlemen … Hershey ….
So proud is Jacob of that car that he set up a little display in his room.  And see that black car sitting below it …. well that was Bill’s pinewood derby car when he was a little boy.  I had no idea he still had it (I think he actually found it in a box we were cleaning out of the attic).  

So, all in all, the not so snowy snow day turned out to be a lot of fun. 

Even if only “a PIECE” of precipitation fell!

Well versed …

Well versed …

  Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. Duet. 6:5-9
Last weekend we went and did something we have been anticipating for a long time.  We “versed” our new house.  We asked the children to each pick a verse that was meaningful to them to write on the door frames of their room. We all got in on the action:



And Jacob:

Bill and I wrote them as well:

Verses were written on doors:

And floors:

Even in bathrooms:
Jacob added his hand print too.  🙂

We even added verses for the carpenter’s on their chair and bench (in English and Spanish!).  

We literally added verses IN the door frames and ON the door frames:

It was a special time.  I think this verse says it all …

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain”.  Psalm 127:1