Sunday, March 29, 2009
Just to tide you over until the next post.... I will give you a "pic of proof" of how much fun I had in Disney....
If you can guess correctly where we are and what we are doing... then Kev will plant a tree in your honor in our front yard!!! That's a pretty big deal.... so good luck with the guessing.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Let me also clarify the pinches.... a "St. Patrick's Day pinch" is much different than a "Christmas pinch". I HATE Christmas pinches. St. Patrick's Day pinches are full of mischief and shenanigans. The Christmas ones are down right painful and mean. Someone in my family made them up and if I knew who... I would not give them a gift this year. The bad part is that it states in the "Switzer rule book" that you can Christmas pinch someone at any time of the year. I've even gotten one in church before... from a lady sitting behind me that heard about it and wanted to join in on the fun. Good luck to you if you ever attend a family function with me... just because "Christmas" is in the title... it does not mean it is nice and enjoyable.
Now that I have explained the different pinches... we can move on.....
So, I waited all day to pinch Kev as I just knew he would not have a speck of green on him - #1 because his favorite color is brown ??? and #2 because secretly he likes to be pinched as much as me. Little did I know that he is so awesome ( well, I did know that) and that he wanted to do something extra special for our celebration.... because when I walked in the front door, he was waiting for me dressed as a Leprechaun!!! Here is a pic of my sweet husband....
Now I know why he had been growing a beard for the last month..... my Mom was right... Kev does have red hair. He hand stitched this costume from some green felt and white paint. I had no idea he was so talented with the costuming. He is officially hired to dress my family for our next event! The pic is a little blurry because he was dancing "The River Dance" and singing about "Finding me Lucky Charms". It also looks as if he has a removable arm.... maybe the huge pot of gold that he had separated his arm from his socket. Oh well... he didn't seem to be in any pain..... so we continued with the celebration....
I was hoping to have a REAL Leprechaun attend our party... but couldn't seem to catch one. I read somewhere that they liked shiny things, trinkets, and mixed nuts... so, I built a cage and placed all of those things in it. When I got home from work... much to my surprise and disappointment - Kev was in the cage! Apparently, I had replicated a pawn shop. He had eaten the nuts and had priced all of the trinkets. I now owe him interest.
I also did some research on what food Irish people eat. Now, I am part Eskimo/part Hillbilly - I know it's an odd mix but you can't fight love - but you might want to if you are an Eskimo or Hillbilly and have met me and don't want your children to be like me. Kev is Norwegian. IF we ate what our ancestors ate then we would be eating herring, beets, raw fish fresh from the ice, whale blubber, bologna, and spam. DISGUSTING! I was hoping that we would have some luck with Irish food. I hope that I am not offending anyone... but cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, and green beer is not very appetizing. So, then I googled Leprechaun food ( I really did... and it REALLY came up with a list of stuff) and that consisted of twigs, potato peelings, brussel sprouts and fatty bacon ( very similar to a hillbilly). Anyway, after a week of agonizing menu planning... we finally came up with the following..... grilled Reuben sandwiches ( with roast beef - no sauerkraut), fried potato peelings (chips), and cabbage (in the form of cole slaw). The point of this story is that it is more important to celebrate a holiday the best way you can than to ignore it because you don't like the food. Which is always my motto on "pretend liver and onions are delicious day". I eat a Chic-Fil-A sandwich while sitting next to the trash.... that way I have the disgusting smell with a good taste in my mouth.
Here is a pic of our food....
All in all it was a great holiday.... except for the fact that Kev's red beard is still attached.... craft glue is not as easy to get off as you might think. I hope you all had a great St. Patrick's Day! The next holiday coming up is Easter.... I wonder if I will be able to think of anything fun to do for that... I'm thinking someone might be dressed in a bunny suit...
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
So, my Mom invites me this year. Well, as you know, I don't get out much or do much outside of work and home.... so you can imagine my families' surprise when I said that I would go. (They were actually assuming I would say no... and only asked me out of courtesy... so they were probably mortified that I went... but oh well.) I can't explain what came over me.... I was a kid again and could not wait to see this circus. I talked about it all week, had circus themed meals (like hay, peanuts, and protein shakes), dressed up Kev as a clown and then screamed every time he walked in to the room, and practiced riding my bike in a bear costume. By Friday, I was beside myself with excitement. I headed straight there after work... without even eating dinner... which was actually a planned decision because since I was going to the circus I could eat popcorn for dinner without being scolded. That is the plus side of Kev NOT going with me... I can eat snack food for dinner and I don't have to miss parts of the show because I'm taking him to the bathroom. Once there, I met up with my Mom, Dad, sister Shannon, niece, and four nephews. Before the circus began we had to ensure the show would be a success by completing the following.... buying me a large box of popcorn, getting cotton candy for the kids, purchasing a light-up toy that would be broken before the show is over, and getting my Mom something on a stick, that is dipped in chocolate, that will make a huge mess, and makes everyone stare at her while she is eating it. Why do they make things like that to eat.... it always looks likes she is eating something she shouldn't be... which is not appetizing AT ALL!
Purchases in hand, bathrooms visited, and the show is about to begin. Now I want to start by saying that I had an INCREDIBLE time... I really did! I enjoyed being with my family and seeing the show... but boy has it changed over the years! The circus used to be a "three ring" circus. There would be something going on in every ring constantly. Sometimes three different families would be showcasing three different animals. And speaking of families... every stunt, trick, talent would be done by a family... mom, dad, kids. At this circus, I think there was only one family that did everything. They just kept changing costumes... except for the girls that danced and sang. It was like Broadway show meets the zoo. And speaking of animals.... there used to be SO many animals... different species and multiples upon multiples. They used to be able to do an entire parade with elephants. I even saw a unicorn once....a freaking unicorn! Granted there was glue running down his face from where the horn was glued to his head... but still. Talk about Lions, and tigers, and bears...oh my! Except for there were no lions or bears... just tigers at this one. Does anyone remember Gunther Gable Williams? He was the star of the show... the celebrity lion/tiger tamer. His entire family would come out... all with white blonde hair and shiny muscles and would help him in the performance. Anyway.... like I said before... the circus sure has changed but is still entertaining and fun. My favorite parts are the dogs that do tricks and the motorcycles that drive around in the cage. It makes me so nervous to watch... that I consider myself lucky if I leave the show with dry pants.
Here is a pic of one of the animal cages..... what a hairy beast!! You can definitely see that the economy has affected the circus....
These were two of the clowns sitting next to me.... Austin (left) and Elijah (right). I'm sure my Mom will be thanking me for posting a pic of her backside!
It was such a fun night and I was so happy that I was able to go! Thanks so much to my parents for inviting me! Even though Kev didn't go... he didn't miss a thing because I re-enacted EVERY detail for him when I got home. Let's just say that some tricks are better performed in an open arena instead of in the living room.
or "How does a frog feel when he has a broken leg?"
Ok. So remember when I told you to check out the recipe blog : kellyskornerrecipes.blogspot.com. Well, it was NOT a suggestion but a requirement to be my friend. I'm telling you that everything that I make from this site has been delish....and by delish, I mean easy, minimal ingredients, and DELICIOUS! The latest "dish" I made was a dessert... Butterfinger Cake. Have you ever even heard of such a thing? Candy bars and cake mixed together... pure heaven. For the record, I had NEVER even eaten a Butterfinger. I assumed that they tasted like a butter stick with a chocolate coating. Now even though that would be something that Paula Deen would eat.... I'm not a fan of eating butter sticks.... I prefer it melted in a bowl so I can drink it. So, I asked around town and was told that Butterfingers were yummy and that I would definitely like them. This cake was soooo easy to make....
If you have any questions about this celebrity sighting... feel free to ask me and I will find out the answer.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I have been off for the last two days.... and it has been amazing! See... I have this little problem called insomnia. Well, it's more of a big problem.... so much so that Kev created a chart to motivate me to sleep. Every night that I could stay in the bed for the entire night... I would get a star. (He also created another chart to motivate me to stop wetting the bed.... but that story is for another time ) If I could get just one week of stars... then I would get a prize. Well, let's just say that I have NEVER received a prize.... for sleeping or for not wetting the bed. There is nothing I can do about it.... except to relax and not have anything to drink after 8pm. My mind is always going a mile a minute. The tiniest piece of info can get me going.... and it takes forever to shut it down. When I was little, I was always afraid of falling asleep ( thanks Freddy Krueger) and my Mom would tell me to think happy thoughts.... like puppies, balloons, cupcakes, Kevin break dancing... etc. She said it would relax me. I still try doing this to this day... but all it does now is make me want a puppy, wish I had a helium tank, want to eat, and to perform the "worm" perfectly in hopes that I can join Kev's break dancing crew - "Kool Kev and the Kardboard Kats". Seriously though, it can be about work, family, our house..... even something as simple as a tv show. We always watch E! News right before we fall asleep... and last night they announced that a major character on LOST will be killed off. Kev said... "there goes your sleep". He was right.
The point that I'm trying to make here is that my days off are crucial to my survival. And having two days in a row ( which is out of the ordinary) is even better. That means I have one day for catching up on sleep and one day for accomplishing my chores. Yesterday was sleep and rest day. I never even left the house. This is who I spent my day with....
His name is Doodles the Dolphin. Kev got him for me last year. He takes the place of Bethany since she moved away to Florida. The plus side of Doodles is that he not only keeps me company.... but he also chlorinates the pool (and he doesn't get water everywhere when he goes to the bathroom). Bethany could not ever seem to do that even though she tried.... Sangria is not the same as chlorine!
I also saved a caterpillar's life yesterday! It was one of those cute and fuzzy caterpillars... the kind that looks like they are constantly smiling. It kept crawling to the edge of the pool and would look in... except one time he lost his grip and slipped right in. I immediately ran over and scooped him out. My plan was to give him mouth to mouth... but one look at my teeth headed in his direction scared him back to life. He smiled at me and crawled away. My sisters used to LOVE those caterpillars when we were little. They filled a bucket full of them.... and then carried them in the house. It just happened to be a Wednesday and we had to get to church so the caterpillar bucket was left on the floor of their bedroom. No harm in that... right? WRONG! When we got home... they were everywhere!! Even weeks later, my Mom was still finding them inside of clothes in their dresser drawers. Now that I think about it... two days after the incident I had a new sister.... coincidence? I mean my Mom was birthing babies every other day... but I don't remember helping her with this one. Is this why Kristen only eats leaves?
This was my other responsibility today..... finding a cure for Peachy Keen!
She is our peach tree. We did not realize that we had a peach tree until last year (The first year that we lived here there was a late freeze in the Spring and all of our blooms died). Can you even imagine my delight that I had a peach tree in my back yard. There are SOOOO many things you can do with peaches - but eating them is my favorite! I waited all summer to make a peach cobbler.... but when I finally went to make it... we realized that the peach tree had not been properly cared for and all of the peaches were rotten. Except for the ones that my Dad ate ... right off the tree... before they were ripe. Remember... he is from Kentucky. So, this year, Kev gave me the responsibility to find out how to care for the tree. We can make a pretty penny selling peaches at the pawn shop... don't you think? Well, I went to Lowe's today and talked to a guy who knows about peaches and he sold me some nonsense spray that I hope works. That and apparently spraying the trunk with white latex paint makes a difference. Paint flavored peach cobbler... YUM! I also want to point out that the people who lived here before us planted a palm tree right underneath the peach tree. That ridiculousness will give you a tiny glimpse in to how they did everything with this house. They are both gorgeous trees... but unfortunately are in the middle of a duel for survival because they are crashing in to one another. Wait until you see Peachy Keen fully bloomed. She is so pretty!
Since I never made it out of the house yesterday.... I am just now getting around to baking my Butterfinger cake and breakfast casserole. We are having it tonight and looking forward to it. You better believe I will write about the deliciousness of it in my next post.
And last but not least... I just wanted to tell you how much enjoyment I have gotten out of writing this blog. It has been so much fun to remember and discuss experiences from my childhood... not only with family members but with friends (especially Christen Reed with whom I have discovered several similiarities in our upbringing even though we are 30 years apart in age - how cool is that!). It has also been great letting you in to our crazy but wonderful lives... not to mention that I have been able to prove that Kev exists. See, I'm not crazy... mostly. Anyway, thanks for reading!
Up next.... yummy food, KFed, and the circus comes to town!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So, why the John Denver song? Well, I am sitting outside right now... in the SUNSHINE.... and I had forgotten how happy the sunshine makes me.... and that song just popped in to my head. It is an absolutely gorgeous day! And by absolutely... I mean the prettiest day we've had so far this year. I'm laying out ... in an actual swimsuit (Remember my rule of calling before you come over... I wouldn't want to freak you out). I've got everything I need out here... a glass of tea, my phone, my computer, and cat bird. Yes, that's right.... CAT BIRD is back!! I haven't seen her yet but she is meowing like crazy.... along with all of the other birds that are music to my ears... unless I'm trying to take a nap. And I know what you are thinking.... a phone on the pool deck? That is against the rules after the "Shannon incident of '08"... so Kev got me a water proof phone. It even floats in the pool. Just don't tell him about the computer part.... but actually there isn't a computer mentioned in the "Snyder rule book". So, I'm ok.... for now.
I LOVE the sun... perhaps a little too much. Add a pool or a beach ... and I am thrilled. I have been laying out since I can remember ( which is just since this morning... my memory is starting to fail me) but I'm a little safer about it these days (emphasis on the word "little" because I am already turning red and have only been out for an hour).... because when I was younger, I would literally buy a canister of Crisco and would rub it all over my body and sit outside all day. That is no joke! The consequences of that are:
1. I've aged quickly.... I'm really only 25.
2. I'm in the Guinness Book of World Records under " Most sun damage"
3. I taste like a baked good.
It was all worth it though... I think.... until the day that someone wants to make a designer bag out of me and even then if it makes me a lot of money then it is all good.
I'm officially in my happy place and am so looking forward to the Spring and Summer. Kev worked SO hard last weekend getting the yard and pool ready. He worked SO hard that just thinking about it makes me have to take a nap. Every thing looks amazing!! My outdoor skills are limited to swimming, hula hooping, and climbing trees. Kev knew that when he married me... it was in my contract. I raked leaves once to make money for a Girl Scout trip.. and the guy actually paid me to LEAVE his property. I never actually clean anything up... I just move it around to confuse people. It works... mostly.
Last week was pretty uneventful.... except for all of the celebrations that I posted about. Oh.... and the fact that I have to have my wisdom teeth removed. Kev and I had a dentist appointment on Wednesday. Kev is so cute at the dentist. He walks out in to the waiting area with a grin... not just a regular grin, but a huge one that shows ALL of his teeth. They were all sparkling so much that I had to put my ski mask back on. My ski mask with NO holes cut out for the eyes. Unfortunately, it was very hard to see what happened after that. I was poked and prodded for what seemed like an eternity.... the odd thing was that nothing ever happened to my mouth. At least that was a nightmare that I had while I was still awake..... after I was told that I HAD to get my wisdom teeth taken out IMMEDIATELY! I'm sure you have all read my fears of not being "in control" while being "worked on". I have been putting off this "wisdom teeth" nonsense for years and years but for some reason Kev cannot seem to forget about it. He keeps forgetting my rule of "not speaking unless being spoken to" when he is at the doctor or dentist. He reminded them about my wisdom teeth before I even got there. My eyes literally filled up with tears and my bottom lip started trembling when I made the appointment. Let me tell you something right now..... I WILL NOT BE BRAVE! Unless I get a new lounge chair for the pool.
My appointment is for April 14th.... I'm sure you will hear all about it then.
Also last week I did a lot of cooking. I discovered this wonderful recipe site on my cousin Angela's blog. KellysKornerrecipes.blogspot.com. She makes Paula Deen-esque recipes and wonderful dishes you can take to parties, luncheons, family gatherings... etc. So far I have made the poppyseed chicken ( Kev LOVES this one), Swiss stuffed chicken - yum!, and the lemon roasted chicken, potatoes, and green beans - DELISH! Tonight I am making her Butterfinger Cake. I've never even had a Butterfinger before! Can you believe it! Every one tells me that I will love it... and Angela made it last week with yummy results... so, I'm looking forward to it. I also got another great recipe from Amy Jackson.. Miss Jackson if you're nasty! ( That is a shout out to Janet and not an assumption about your cleanliness) We are trying that tomorrow night and I'll tell you all about it on my next post. And then there is the Vege Burger (sausage) balls that I made last week. I got that recipe from Holly (my sis). They were DELECTABLE! I dipped mine in ranch and Kev dipped his in honey mustard. I accidentally ate all of them.... even the ones set aside for Kev's lunch. I blamed it on Patsy Cline ( our palm tree)... so don't tell him otherwise.
And speaking of our plants... they are doing quite well! Kev truly has a green thumb... and not just because of a fungus. It is so fun to learn that you have a talent later in life.... I'm not saying he is old... just middle -aged. He has such patience and is such a nurturer.... no wonder they (and I) have thrived in his care. Now if only he can find a plant big enough to block the rooster's (aka F@#!ster) view to our yard. He looks through the fence and taunts me with his angry words. I thought laying out topless would scare him off.... but now I think I can hear him laughing.
Well, I guess that is about it for now..... this will be a crazy weekend with Friday the 13th, St. Patty's Day celebrations, and the circus! That's right folks.... I'm going to the circus on Friday! My Mom got me a ticket... she says I have to sit inside of a cannon.... but the ticket was free... so I'm not complaining. I look forward to telling you all about it.
Have a "beautiful sunshiney day"! ( That is a quote from the Brady Bunch Movie)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Remember when I told you that you can stop by my parent's house on any given day... look in the window.. and they will be celebrating something. Well, this pic should prove to you that it is true! On March 2nd I stopped by to discover "The Cat in the Hat" and all of the kids celebrating the work and talent of Dr. Suess. My Mom actually dresses up as the Cat in the Hat every year and goes to the kid's schools to read. How cool is that! She ensures that a love for reading is passed from generation to generation....
Monday, March 2, 2009
Holly and I shared a room for many years. It was a Raggedy Ann/Holly Hobbie room. Yes, of course, we all had a special theme that we collected from curtains to underwear. That way you never got confused on what things belonged to you. The themes were as follows....
Kim - Raggedy Ann
Shannon- Betsy Clark (most of you probably don't know who that is.... and they stopped making her stuff a long time ago...so, Shannon switched to Strawberry Shortcake.
Holly- Holly Hobbie
Kristen- Peter Rabbit
If we all liked the same thing... such as Strawberry Shortcake... then we would pick a character that represented us and we would collect everything with that character. I was Blueberry Muffin....(she smelled so good and I always had to remind myself not to eat her.) Everything was always very organized... and it was also easy to know if someone took something of yours - which of course, would result in a battle... which would result in my parents making us hug one another and say "I love you". That was the worst punishment.... I would have rather been spanked. Why would you want to tell a sibling that you loved them when they took your favorite toy? I guess that was the point of the punishment.
When Holly was young, I was more of a nurturer... always wanting to take care of her and such. When she became a teenager our relationship turned in to a friendship. We would go out to dinner, go shopping, listen to music... etc. She is hilarious... by the way! Always the entertainer. We used to go on these month long cross country trips when we were younger. We had a huge "bus" ( everyone had their own bench) that would pull our pop up camper. We didn't have ipods, dvd players, game boys... we just had our imaginations and talent for performing. Everyone except for Holly would gather on my bench. We would watch her perform puppet shows, karaoke, tell jokes... it was crazy entertainment. I will never forget her performance of "red red wine" by the UB40's performed as a Muppet. Priceless!
She is also an amazing commentator! You will never experience the zoo, a tour, sitting in the car the same way again. She always makes up stories, voices, and words for any one around her. We have video tape after video tape of us on historical tours where she is telling her own story. I'm telling you.... you will laugh so hard around her that your eyes will pop out!
Things we have in common.....
1. We both LOVE to cook. She really got in to the whole recipe collecting, creative cooking before I did. She went all out for my 20th birthday and made me a Mexican dinner that my mouth still waters for. She is a vegetarian and she can still cook MEAT! That's a pretty cool talent! She just sent me a recipe for vegetarian sausage balls! I'm actually making them tonight and can't wait! Me and Kev LOVE appetizers.... so much so that we have appetizer dinners quite often...(just like Cher in the movie Mermaid). You can imagine that sausage balls are one of our favorites. With this recipe (made with vege burgers chopped up instead of sausage) it will be healthier and as Holly says... it can sit out on the counter all day or you can carry a ball around in your pocket without having to worry about the meat going bad. That is TWO wins in one recipe. I love to keep food in my pocket in case I have an emergency of hunger... and with real sausage balls, I would always have a grease stain on my pocket. That is not very appropriate for where I work.
For the record, she says she too can only cook quantities for a family of eight. It is that fear we have of running out of food.... even though we never ran out growing up. Maybe it is because we lived during the depression... who knows.
2. We both like a lot of the same music.... old country, Dixie Chicks, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. I've always loved music and dancing... except not dancing in public. I dance for very few people.... my family, Kev, and some of the girls at work - if they are very lucky! I can do the moonwalk, the soldja boy, and the boot scoot boogie. I taught Holly all of these dances. She tells me that she used to put on my favorite pair of pants ( bright yellow and black checked ) and would dance around in them while I was at work. This was not recently, by the way, as I'm sure that is what you are thinking. It was when I was in highschool. I had a 80's wardrobe to die for!
3. We both have a pet named Kevin. :-)
4. We both have an intense drive to succeed. We have a strong work ethic and competitive nature. We both had jobs at a very early age and were determined to be independent. We also have a "we can do nothing in moderation" policy. Once we get involved in something.... we are involved hook, line, and sinker. ( that example was super cheesy.... but leads me in to my next commonality.. sort of)
5. We both do NOT like swimming in the ocean... or lake... or sewer systems. The only ocean I felt ok swimming in was when I was on the North Shore in Hawaii. It was so beautiful and clear and you could see right down to the bottom. I refuse to swim in water I cannot see in to. REFUSE! I was doing just fine ... floating around.... and then this boy yells... "hey lady! there is a sea turtle swimming under you". Every one else thought it was so cool and starting diving down to see it. Well.... I made a complete fool of myself. I started screaming and kicking my legs all around and flashed my chest to anyone that cared ( which was NO ONE, by the way). We were in pretty deep water and the turtle was WAY down at the bottom... couldn't touch me and probably wouldn't if given the chance... because I am so ridiculous! They had to pull me out of the water with a crane - a huge piece of construction equipment and not a bird. My family would not let me sit on their picnic blanket after that... I had to eat in the car.
What we do NOT have in common....
1. Holly is a SERGEANT in the ARMY! How cool is that!!! She was once in retail like me... we even worked for the same company (me in Columbia and her in Louisville, KY). With the ever changing retail market... she suddenly decided to join the army. Now I would have maybe decided to be a chef, a pro volleyball player, or a Sasquatch before I would have joined the Army... it totally freaks me out. But not Holly... she is so independent and tough and is AMAZING at what she does! We are SO proud of her and all she has accomplished... not to mention what she does for our country! She was stationed in Hawaii first... that is where she met her husband of 3 years - Kris Craighead. Now they are stationed in Cuba. The scenery is amazing and they have a beautiful home. They also have adopted a dog named Poncho. His real name was Kevin but Holly changed it for fear there would be confusion if Kev and the dog were in the same room together and one of them pooped on the floor. The crazy thing about it is that I call Kevin... Poncho when we are eating Mexican food. I'm starting to wonder if they are the same person/dog.
She has also learned many uses for Cuban cigars.
2. She is a vegetarian... as I mentioned before. I could never be one of those kinds of people. I was born with such huge strong teeth... and it would be a waste to only use them on bread, cheese, and pasta. There are FOUR vegetarians in my family.... Holly, Kristen, and Bethany and Kristen's son Elijah. My Mom always says that they are vegetarian for very different reasons... Holly is because she hates the taste of meat. Kristen is because of her love for animals ( Elijah feels the same way) and Bethany is because she wants to be difficult and annoying. I believe everything my Mom says... mostly.
I'm sure she could tell you a lot more things that we do NOT have in common for fear of being associated with a "civilian". But that's ok.... I LOVE my Holls, Hoshtie, HollDoll, and Hamburgler. I hope you had a great birthday!
This is a pic of my family.... a million years ago. Holly is the one on the far right sitting in front of my Dad. This pic was taken at my Aunt Laurie's house in Georgetown SC. I bet you can't guess which one I am.... hint: BIG TEETH! :-)
PS- I will be going to visit Holly in a couple of weeks.... not in Cuba - they won't allow me to enter the country- but in Florida. Stay tuned for some great Switzer shenanigans!
This is my "Pops". Born March 4, 1949. If you are good at math like he is.... then you know that he is turning 60 this week. 60! It is so hard to believe! Here is a glimpse in to the
So, my Mom surprised my Dad with a week long trip to DisneyWorld..... their second home. This trip involved all of my Dad's favorites.... staying at the Animal Kingdom lodge, eating at his favorite restaurants, even going on a "backstage" safari tour. It sounded so awesome... but we all were not going to be able to go. Not to mention that my Dad has a lot of friends that wanted to celebrate his birthday with him. You know that my Dad is a sports nazi. He plays on two softball teams, tennis, basketball.... and I think he is also a horse jockey, race car driver, and pole vaulter... I'm telling you.. he is intense. By the way, I do NOT have a sports talent in common with him!
We luckily prevailed over the bad weather and had a wonderful celebration! As I was typing this post... Bethany sent me a pic of my Dad standing in front of the Animal Kingdom wearing a shirt that says "It's my birthday" with all of the Disney characters on it. He has the biggest smile on his face.... the biggest one I ever seen this side of the Mississippi. Happy Birthday Pops!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
#3. Kev surprised me with two new additions to our family.... Skyler and Bear.