Update for Papa George

My dad has told me a couple of times how much he enjoys the GEEK Squad blog updates.  I'm certain I have only had him tell me this when he is in Dallas for work.  Away from his wife and his family and his friends.  So when Papa George is working, I feel like I have more motivation to post, just for Papa George.

So, Papa George, this post is for you.

Yesterday, Elle informed us how to "raise the roof."  I'll work on getting a picture of that.

Gabe now says "bop it" which means "stop it."  It's quite cute.  Sometimes when we tickle him he says it over and over.  It's really funny.

Gabe and Elle will be going to the MN State Fair this weekend with Grandma Betty and Grandpa Roger which means Kyle and I will get a date night. YES!

Anyway, just a quick update and picture for Grandpa George.

I also feel I need to clarify, it is as much for Grandma Vicki but Grandma Vicki gets to her her Grandkids screaming in the car on the way home from daycare most every day. :)

Love you Grandma and Grandpa.


Crazy Fun Weekend

This weekend was a little crazy, short notice.  And a lot of fun, all around.

Friday morning I got a text message that one of my friends was going in to labor and another friend, Amy's sister was going in to labor.  Amy and Rob were out of town on a well deserved and needed vacation just the two of them.  Ava was to be staying with Grandma but since Amy's sister went in to labor, GEEK Squad was called in.

Amy and Rob's neighbor was nice enough to pick Ava up from daycare on Friday afternoon since we were unsure if all 3 kids would fit in the VUE.  The kids had some fun...
Saturday morning, another neighbor was nice enough to watch Ava so Kyle could go to class and I could take Gabe to his creative moment class (AKA dance class for 2 year olds) and Elle's ballet and tap class.  Elle was so excited and had such a great time.  I was so scattered I forgot my camera and my phone so this is the only picture I got.  Hopefully I'll be able to get some of the pictures and video Karla took.
She's wearing the leotard from Grandma Vicki, THANKS GRANDMA VICKI! I have never seen that child pay such close attention and listen so well before.  Unbelievable!  Gabe on the other hand...well, I think the class will be good for him and his inability to be on his own.  After some time he'll be great.  He did say he had fun.

After dance we all hung out around the Barnett home.  Playing inside, playing outside, playing upstairs, playing downstairs.  Playing playing playing.  We were tired by the end of the day.

Sunday, we took Ava Pie to church.  We were able to fit all three kids in the back! YAY!  We weren't sure how she would do but she did a great job.  She was a little hesitant at first but she warmed up.  It was so cute.  Elle was on one side, Gabe was in the middle, and Ava was on the other side.  Elle and Gabe were in the car and I just put Ava in and she reached over and held Gabe's hand.
Gabe was able to show Ava around in the nursery and make sure she got some of the good toys.  On the way home,  Gabe put his hand on her knee for a second or too.  He must have realized it was a little to scandalous for their age because he removed it promptly (please don't get out your shot gun Rob-he's really a good boy).

Slowly, as the weekend went on, Ava warmed up to the GEEK Squad and our weirdness.  She even joined in on the weirdness.  It was fun.  We were crazy, we may not have had it all together, but we all had fun together.


No more baby boy

There are times when I pick up my children from day care and as they are running towards me, I think,

"You are not my babies anymore."

"You are children...growing children."

For some reason, every time this happens, I'm caught off guard by it for a couple days.

Yesterday was one such day.  The growing continued when I gave Gabe a hair cut.

Look at him.  Hes a boy!

At least he'll still cuddle with me sometimes.

He loves his buzz cut though.


3 Day Extravaganza!

This weekend was amazing!

Allison and I took part in the 2010 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.  There were over 2,400 walkers and over 400 crew members.  There was lots and lots and LOTS of walking.  Some dancing, some singing, some shopping.  Yes dancing! (Picture to follow).

Day 1, Friday morning we woke up at 4:30 to shower and pack the last couple of items.  We had opening ceremonies at Southdale Center and walked through Edina, Minnpeapolis, and the U of M ending at Macalester College for a total of 20 miles.  We were then bussed to camp in Maplewood to set up our tent, eat, and shower.  The local high school had the football team there to help us set up our tents. Amazing!  We hardly even touched the tent.  We even had a nice yard thanks to Kaytee and Markeeta.  We missed you two!
Our tent is on the left, our "yard" is to the right.
Got out stuff loaded into our tent, ate dinner (steak and potatoes), showered and hung out for the 3-Day evening show which included karaoke. Hilarious!
After 20 miles my feet looked like this...

Day 2 we woke up at 5 and got all our stuff packed in our tent and set out at 6:30 am to attempt to walk an additional 23 miles.  Tent city was set up but this year it was broken in to 3 different areas so not nearly as spectacular as I've heard. Still amazing to see SO many pink tents.  The fog was nice to walk in. :)
Allison and I made it to the pit stop after lunch when her feet became extremely swollen and I couldn't move my legs.  The mistake we made was slowing down.  We moved at such a great pace on Friday we figured that was why we hurt so much Friday evening.  Little did we know if you slow down, it hurts more.  Now we know.  So at that pit stop, Allison and I hopped the bus back to camp to seek medical attention.  After a 45 minute wait, an amazing Chiropractor worked my muscles pulling and stretching and smooshing then adjusting my hips, low back, and neck. Amazing!  Of course, Glee helps...
New Balance played Glee Episodes.
Then I showered, ate (chicken with marinara sauce and veggies), and enjoyed the 3-Day evening show which included a dance party. Crazy to dance after 43 miles but it's so GOOD!
After 43, actually 35 miles, my feet looked like this...

Day 3 started, again, with a 5 o'clock wake up.  We had to pack up our tent though.  Thank goodness for the tent angel.
Then we started on our way around 7:30 for our final 17 miles journey to the capital building in St. Paul.  Allison and I learned out lesson from the day before and kept up a decent speed.  We made it to our destination around 2:30 PM.  Kyle and the kids met us there and we got to see Ryan and Tasha after the closing ceremonies.

Closing ceremonies  what can I say about closing ceremonies?!  All the walkers walk in, then the crew, then the breast cancer survivors that walked!  When the survivors walk in, EVERYONE takes off one of their shoes and take a knee to honor them as they file in.  Quite a scene.
So, surprisingly, after 52 miles, my feet weren't too bad.

See the band aid?
I realized only after taking my shoes off that I had 3 extremely small blisters.  I never felt them. PERFECT!

Kyle made a delicious spaghetti dinner with broccoli and garlic bread. It was perfect!  I "slept in" until 7 this morning then took the kids to daycare.  Went to the Minneapolis Central library to finish some homework from last week (thank you instructor for giving me an extension), and proceeded towards what I was waiting for weekend. SPA DAY!

Mom, Dad, and Kyle arranged for me to spend 4 hours, turned out to be 5 at the spa I got to for my hair cuts.  Riverstone Salon & Spa. Massage, facial, hair cut, and pedicure.  It was perfect!  Sadly it came to an end and I had to walk out to my car.  I felt my muscles again but they were slightly grateful for the last 5 hours.  
So now, after 52 miles my feet look like this...
Aren't they pretty?

Tomorrow is back to reality.

I kept a list of all my donors in my pack the whole time...
Through the heat and humidity and rain, we walked.  Through Edina, Minneapolis, Roseville, Maplewood, Vadnais Heights (or Badness Heights as our M.C. liked to put it), St. Paul, and many other areas.  We learned to love going UP hills and despise going down them.  We learned that sometimes is better to push, and other times its better to rest.  We learned that 3-day people are extremely helping and funny and weird.  We learned about walker stalkers and made some friends.  We had fun and we were a part of something.  We learned the importance of water and deodorant and ice.  We heard some great phrases...blisters don't need chemo...we walk because we can't walk away...

But it is late. I am tired. I have to work in the morning.

Thank you all for your prayers!  They worked! Only 3 blisters that I couldn't feel and didn't get until the 3rd day!

Thanks again.


One fun day

Today, Roger, Betty & Karen took us to the Dakota County Fair.

It was hot, but it was fun.

So much fun, Gabe didn't want to leave.

So much fun, Elle went on rides ALL BY HERSELF!

So much fun, they climbed to new heights...

So much fun, we fell down.

So much fun, both my kids grew up today.  

My baby girl is 3 1/2 and had no fear boarding a ride on her own.  I have no doubt my baby boy would have as well if the ride operators would have let him.  Today, my kids were on their own...without me...as I stood outside the gate and watched.  Today was a big day.  There are stages and milestones I was prepared for as a mom.  No one told me about this one.  It made me extremely happy and incredibly scared all at one time.   I find myself at a loss for words to describe what I felt today.  I guess all I can say is, today, I witnessed my children actually growing up for the first time, and it was amazing.

Maybe that's why no one told me about it, because it is so amazing.  There is no way to know when or where or how this stage or milestone will come.  There is no rocking as if preparing to crawl or drool as if teething or sputterings as if preparing for "Mama", there just is.  And what is can only be defined by my children.


A Little Girl's Dream Come True

Last night this happened...

Last night Elle put Felicity to sleep in Felicity's bed.

This morning, the first words out of Elle's mouth...
"Can Felicity wake up now?"

Yes Elle.  You and Felicity can play now.

Thank you Fairy Godmother Julia...she will treasure it for always.



First of all, let it be known that I did not in fact forget another Flash Me Friday (FMF) but that there was no FMF last week. So THERE!

And it has been over a week since I’ve posted. BLAH! I was doing so well. Oh well, such is life.

Anyway, much as happen and yet nothing has happened all at the same time. Mom and Dad were in town for a very quick trip before Papa George had to go back down to Dallas. No pressure mom but I’m excited to see the photos of your time up at the cabin. IF the kids gave you the opportunity to take any that is.

Thursday Mom, the kids, and I went to the MOA to allow Elle to experience the American Girl store for the first time. She was in awe and even made her first purchase from the store. She is still dead set on Felicity and therefore decided to buy the Felicity movie. We have yet to watch it.

Before we made it to the mall we went to one of my favorite places: Step ‘n Stretch. My how prices have increased! Anyway, Mom was sweet enough to buy Elle a dance bag and beautiful princess leotard I fear we will never get off of Elle once she puts it on. Elle starts dance in less than a month and she is very excited. I’ll see if I can get one of Mom’s videos of Elle dancing. This girl just has to dance.

Friday, Mom and dad picked up the kids and took them up to the cabin in the Brainerd Lakes area. THANK YOU!!! It must be known that this was all THEIR IDEA! Better yet, apparently this was all Papa George’s idea. What a great Papa! Kyle and I greatly appreciated this time, though we didn’t get to rest as much as we would have liked. Still we had a BLAST!

Friday night, after a long day, and week, at work, we joined some friends at Solera in Minneapolis. And when I say “friends” I mean ones that go back years and years! Well, and one new one but it still felt the same. We ate, we drank, we had fun. After Solera we moved to Billy’s off Grand and continued the fun. We didn’t leave until shortly before bar close! This was great and all but Kyle and I had to be up at 7:30 to distribute information along the 3-day route. Oops.  SO worth it though.

We know we're hot.

Kyle had no problem walking the small portion of the route and giving information. My experience on the other hand, was a little bit more of a struggle. We made it though! Then we enjoyed some breakfast at Perkins. It would have been a much better breakfast had I not struggled so much earlier in the morning.

After breakfast, Kyle and I picked up Ryan and drove up to the cabin to see the ‘rents, Grandma Ralcie, Ralph, and the munchkins. Unfortunately, Kyle and I were so tired we weren’t worth much while we were there. After Mom and Dad came back from their dinner Saturday night at 10 pm (?), Kyle and I started the drive home. I have never experienced lightning like we did Saturday night. I’ll see if I can get the video posted tonight. It was non-stopped! For HOURS! Despite the weather, we made it home safe and sound and proceeded to crash in our bed until after noon on Sunday.

I worked on some homework Sunday afternoon then Kyle and I joined our 3:14 group (the best ever!) for our final dinner together. Famous Daves, Klondike bars, and great people. Really, I doesn’t get much better. It was tough to go back home to schoolwork. Even without the school work to go back to, it would have been tough to leave Sunday night.

Mom and Dad left yesterday. BLAH! But they’ll be back. They always come back. ;)

Oh, and in the past week my 3 year old has grown into a 13 year old!


Flash Me Friday!- "Garage"

This weeks, well last weeks, Flash Me Friday is garages. Since we don't have one it is our parking "area".

Can I just interject that I think its hilarious that this is my second week of FMF and I've already messed it up.  Only a couple days late.

Anyway, we don't have a garage and we only have a space for one of our cars, but at least its covered...

Isn't it oh so pretty?!  Just like everything else with our house, we don't have much space.

As always, FMF is brought to you by Jen.

I promise I'll do better this week.


"She gives me money...Emily..."

It's fun to hear what lyrics a 3 1/2 year old comes up with.

Check out her moves!  "She gives me money...Emily."

The actual words are, "She gives me money, when I'm in need."