Saturday, September 29, 2007

Thank You.... the Brewers for:

1. a season to remember

2. making the city of Milwaukee realize that there is more to life than the Packers (even if only for a short time)

3. making the race for the pennant interesting down to the last weekend

4. always being my team

I do have to say that I am still angry about all of this. It made me more mad when last night after the game I was watching Scrubs on WGN and they cut in and went live in the streets of Chicago. That must be my competitiveness coming out. It sure was a fun season though. Everyone just thinking that we took an early lead and by June were going to be out of it. Even last night announcers were not giving the Brewers enough credit. I guess I just have to get used to that.

I guess I should also thank mom and dad, for making me into the crazed Brewers fan I am.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Can They Pull It Off?

That seems to be the question of the hour, of the week, of the next 6 days. Can the Brewers pull it off? If they keep playing like the last two nights then I have no doubt. It was disappointing last week being at the game, coming back in the top of the ninth, to then lose it in the bottom of the tenth. We had a great time. We got to the stadium early and watched the end of batting practice from a few rows back. Then we headed up to our seats, got our dinner and just enjoyed the game. Sarah and Josh met us there and it was fun to just hang out. Sarah is originally from Park Falls Wisconsin, but she knows nothing about baseball. It was like watching a game with Katherine. We had some really good laughs. We watched them the rest of the weekend while playing the Braves. I have come to the conclusion that I can't watch them. Chad usually has it on, but I can't watch. It is too nerve-racking and it will be for the next week.
The rest of the week was taken up by volleyball on Thursday, football on Friday, and watching football and baseball the rest of the weekend. Friday we also went to Pump It Up with some friends. Pump It Up is an inflatable place. It was fun, (on the picture below- Maddie is up on the top left. Gabe on the right is Sarah's son)
Maddie loved the slides and so did Emma. I had to carry Emma up them, but she loved it anyways. Chad was a loner at football on Friday. I decided to stay home and just hang out with the girls. Saturday came good ol' grocery shopping and then a trip to IKEA with Sarah. We had a good time. I got a shelf for the kitchen and a desk for our room for all my scrapbooking/stamping stuff. Saturday night Steve came over for dinner and baseball.

Sunday I was taken back to the days of high school physics. Wilkes came over for the Texans game. Michael needed some help in Physics and so I was the one who helped him. It took me awhile to remember some of it, but once I read a little it all came back to me.

This week we have been "watching" the Brewers and keeping an eye on the Cubs. Last night Maddie and Chad set up a fort. Maddie was having a great time. If you want the in depth story you can go to Chad's blog. (link at right)

It may be nerve-racking, but I sure hope the Brewers pull this off. GO BREWERS!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pictures From Last Week

Emma having a pre-dinner snack (sand)

Maddie catching butterflies

Maddie actually looking and smiling

Emma hasn't quite figured out the trampoline

Emma and her goofy grin

You can really see Maddie's scar on this one

This is probably my favorite picture of Maddie since she has been born. She was just sitting by the football field and contemplating something really hard. It reminds me of how my mom's favorite one of Jana is her without a smile.

A Relaxing Weekend

That's right, there were no football games, no retreats, no birthday parties or any of the like, so we took advantage and got out of town. We only went as far as Carrollton (Dallas), but it was worth it. We left Friday by 3:45 and were up there by 8:45. We hit some construction along with a longer dinner stop than expected. We had no plans and no agenda, so it was a great time. The girls got to play outside in the sandbox, Maddie was trying to catch a few butterflies, the boys watched football, we all played cards, got to see Adam, and Kathy and I even snuck in a trip to Hobby Lobby. We had a nice relaxing weekend. We didn't even head home until about 6 on Sunday. It was later than usual, but I think Chad wanted to get the most out of the weekend.

Other than our short trip, we haven't been up to much. We continue to keep up with the Brewers even 1200 miles away. We are heading to the game tomorrow and hope that they can play like they have been. On that same note, I continue to curse the Cubs every time they win.

The girls are just as wild as ever. Maddie is talking more and more and about 85% of the time I know what she is saying and the other 15% I feel like she is talking Maddiese. Emma tries to keep up with Maddie and is getting better and better. She is developing quite the personality. She is becoming a typical little sister. She will push Maddie and keep pushing her and then when Maddie pushes her back, she starts too cry. She is already learning the art of annoying. Maddie is loving blowing bubbles. It is so nice that we are able to start going outside again because it isn't 150 degrees out. They both love to ride their bikes. Maddie also loves to help with the weeds.

We don't have a visitor until October 19th, so almost a month. I'm sure we will be keeping ourselves busy until then.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Pictures For Bumpa

I was informed that if there are no pictures of the girls on a post then it isn't a good one. It has taken me a few days to get these up here because our picture software was acting up, but here are some pictures of the girls for everyone, but especially bumpa Milwaukee. Yesterday was freshman retreat for Chad, so he was gone yesterday afternoon and we will pick him up later this afternoon. Not too much else going on this week. I am going to go to a MOPS meeting and church tonight. MOPS is Mothers of Preschoolers, but it is geared for moms who have kids from 0-5. There is a daytime one, but they are a little more intense and so my friend Sarah goes to the evening ones and invited me to go with her. We are heading up to Dallas this weekend to spend some time with Kathy, Dave and the kids. We are hoping to get a chance to see Adam and others who live up there. Next week we have tickets for the Brewers/Astros game on Wednesday. We got them from a parent at school, his business has pretty much the same seats as mom and dad. First row club level on the first base side. I'm excited to go. Ra-ra called this week to let us know that she will be coming for a visit in October and then her and bumpa will be here for Thanksgiving.

Well here are those pictures, hope you enjoy them.

Maddie loves to take pictures, so here is Emma
up close and personal.

Here is Maddie in her big girl bed for the first time
It is actually a bunk bed that can be two twins.

Maddie playing cards with Steve

Maddie's battle wound. It has finally gone completely away
after a week and a half.

Chad thought Maddie needed a toy guitar and so here
she is rocking out to Curious George.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Good Friends, Good Fun

This past weekend we had two of my friends come to visit. Fritz came from Baltimore on Thursday and Anne came from Orlando on Friday. We had lots of fun just talking and hanging out. We did make it to the football game on Friday, but not until the 4th quarter. They lost by 3 points. It was a good fourth quarter and it sounded like it was boring up until then, so it was good we got there late. Wilkes and Steve came over after the game for a couple of beers which I think Phill and Steve needed. (They both coach football)

Saturday was college football, so Anne and I left the boys home with the girls. We ran some errands and did a little shopping. Fritz was quite devastated with Michigan, since that is his team. So of course we gave him a hard time the rest of the evening. We went to Harris County since Fritz has never had real Texas BBQ and we know that Anne loves the place too. Saturday night we played some games, Phill and Shelly stopped by after a wedding they were at, Steve and his roommate Matt came over also.

Sunday we headed to Sunday school, church and then back home to watch the Cubs/Astros. A guy I went to college with that Fritz is good friends with was visiting Houston, so him and his wife came over for dinner and some exciting games of Imagine If and Battle of the Sexes. Again Steve came over; do you see a pattern here?

Both Anne and Fritz left on Monday. Anne was here until the afternoon, so her and I just hung out with the girls and ran some errands. It was a great weekend and I was so glad to have them both here. We did lots of talking and lots of laughing. It had been three years since I last saw Fritz and so we realized how fast time can go and how awesome it is to have friends like we do.

So this post is for Anne and Fritz (even though he hardly reads my blog) thanks for being such great friends. I don't know when the next time I will get to see either of them, but when I do I know that we will just pick up where we left yesterday.