Sunday, December 30, 2007

Preparing for the New Year

We seem to be the family of relaxers! While most people I know are off seeing family, doing "to do" things, cleaning house, preparing for New Years festivities. We at the MD house sleep. As I speak, thing 1, 2, and 3 are upstairs asleep and I am here procrastinating with you. Mr. MD does not know how to relax he is currently working on someones basement.


















The kids and I do have the list of "to do" things, but just do not have the drive to do them. We should get cracking though as work and school will start back soon. Then the mad rush of everything will be upon us. I guess that is why between Christmas and New Years we get very lazy (at least the kids and I do). Mike is NEVER lazy. I do not think he knows how. We have tried to show him, but it is not something he can do. He does not even have his "crash days". Which is where once a month or so he would do nothing but sleep from like a Friday night to a Sunday morning. But not anymore, he is like an ADHD kid. Always on the go, not able to sit still. His mind runs 1,000 miles an hour it seems. Well off to force myself to acomplish some tasks before we leave for Aunt Sophie's party.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Movie Night

OK, so we have a movie room in our house. And I think Mike did an absolutely wonderful job building it. But once in a while we (the kids and I) like to go to the movie theater. We never usually get Mike to go. His response is always ...... why we have our own theater, no lines and no crying kids......
















Well the other night we actually got him to go. Probably because the movie he really wants to see JUST came out in theaters and we cannot rent or buy it just yet and HE did not want to wait that long. And his movie of choice was......
National Treasure. I will have to say we rather enjoyed this movie, and of course they ended the movie so they could do another one. One which I am sure we will also want to see. This sequel was, in my opinion, as good as the first movie. So out of 5 stars I would definitely give it 4.5 stars.
Mike was right I will probably enjoy it more in my own theater room where I do not have teenage boys KICKING the back of our seats.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Blah Hum Bug

This face would pretty much explain my mood today. Do not want to accomplish anything live on the couch day.
Unfortunately Bailey is all dropped eared and tucked tail because she (and Budweiser) had to get their yearly shots at the vet's office. They were none too happy but at least Budweiser did not screech like a 5 year old little girl (which is something he does when excited...a lot). I am proud to report this year Budweiser did not have a reaction to his shots and blow up like a cottage cheese balloon. Bailey and Budweiser both weigh an appropriate 11.4 and 11.6 pounds respectively.Mike's face always gets all scruffy when he is on vacation. He refuses to shave until the day before (or night) he has to go back to work. Lucky me hu?

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

To all my Family and friends, known and unknown. I hope you all the Happiest of Holidays. I will have to admit I never sent out Holiday Cards. I know bad girl, I will have to say I was a bit busy and VERY distracted this last month. Where does the time go????? So this is my sorry attempt at sending holiday greetings to all.

To all interested, we had a wonderful Christmas. Lasagna and spaghetti was dinner of course (family tradition) with salad and garlic cheese bread. Dessert was a wonderful cheese cake with home-made whip topping and home-made M&M cookies. And then ....... the moment the kids had been waiting all evening for ............... it was finally time to open presents. Ribbon and paper was flying, boxes were ripping, and this year for the fist time (or at least in a very long time) Devin SMILED! Kahlen was looking for more presents under the tree, Mikayla was digging the new clothes, Alayna continued to trip over everything, and Felicia hid (slept) under her new blanket. That would pretty much summarize Christmas eve at the MD house.
Also Christmas here would not be the same without our friends and neighbors, and I believe I have the best neighbors ever. And personality abounds here just watch your back because we have the pranksters here. Mike gave RD a pair of suspenders for Christmas so RD felt the deep need to call this AM and tell us to go to the door as he had something to show us. he modeled for us, and now for you . Sorry bloging world, this had to be done. We love our neighbors and had to share them with you. I am sure that I will have to pay for this in one way or another.


Christmas day at the MD house is mostly spent lounging, playing with new toys and eating left overs. This year of course I have to share Felicia as she plans to go see the "boyfriends" family. Does anyone have a spell or potion to keep her from growing up so fast? I do not like to share and this keeps getting harder. I am guessing there is nothing I can do about it and I just have to deal with it, and yes I know I have two more that will be doing the same thing soon. I just wish that I could keep them all to myself, or pick their significant others. I know that my parents will say what goes around comes around, but really I never continued seeing someone they did not like for very long, just long enought to irratate them. And then it would be over. But then again, I did not have my whole life planned out step by step for me as Felicia does. Her "boyfried" rather enjoys telling me about their future together and when/how they will get married, how many kids and when they will have them.

I have have to stop now or this pleasant Holiday Greeting will turn in to the "boyfriend" rant.

Any hoot ....... Here is hoping all of you a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Venturing far from Home

OK Dad, here are the pictures you requested from my trip to Oregon. While I am sure there was much more to see, I was only there long enough to do work and get home. Though if one has to spend time at a landfill, this sure was a nice one to see. Both of these pictures are views from the office I was working out of. And people in Corvallis are VERY friendly. Not one person seemed to be Ba-humbugged at all. The folks at the site that I went to had no idea why I was there and still were very accommodating.


And not to mention the hotel was very nice as far as hotels go (and for that matter hotels that I have stayed in). There too the people were very friendly and quick to help whenever needed. I am glad that we stayed after the colleges let out for Christmas break as this hotel was directly across from the college stadium and next door to what looked to be off campus apartments. My room was large enough to not feel like a closet and the beds in hotels these days are AMAZING!









Still in the end it was good to get back home and sleep in my own room in my own bed. While the adventurous part of me wanted to site see and find all the things to do in Oregon, but the practical side of me thought since it was raining (and not just drizzling) what fun is site seeing in the rain. Maybe next time, but I hear it rains A LOT in Oregon.
So in a nutshell that was my trip, next time I will take the time to look up things to do and do them rain or shine.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Missouri Weather

Well they have always said for Missouri "if you do not like the current weather just wait a day or so and you will get something different". We had an ICE storm on the 9th, it melted away. Then FOG on the 11th, that stayed for a day or so then went away. Then SNOW on the 15th, 8 inches of the white stuff and now it also is gone. Today was even nice enough that one would not have to wear a coat.





I did not get to see much of the snow (and the reason for my long gap between blogs) as I had to venture off to Oregon for work. Oh my goodness is it absolutely BEAUTIFUL there. Except for the fact that it rained the entire time I was there. But the trees are amazing. I took pictures with a co-worker's camera and I am impatiently waiting for him to get them to me. So dad keep your pants on they are in route.....hopefully.

Speaking of Dad, you do know that sunburns can lead to the big "C" word. Just thought I would remind you seeing how you like to tell me EVERYDAY that you go to the pool for a swim. You know they do make such a thing as sun screen. You should look into it.
Hat - $5.99
Chap stick - $0.99
Sunscreen - $3.99
Seeing a Burnt bod on my dad..................... Priceless

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Beauty in the Cold

Well we had a first round of wet weather and it came not in the form of snow. We received ice and a lot of it. And of course I could not stay home by a warm fire and enjoy the beauty of it. Oh no I had to get up on this cold Sunday morning at 6am and get Devin to his first wrestling tournament of the season by 7:30. My worries of driving in the mess was for nothing though the roads were not as bad as one would have thought. But by the look of my trees I would have thought it would have been an ice rink.













Our puppies love to go out in the snow, but they have decided that this stuff is no fun. After a few slips and falls from one step to another they look at you with this look of "why are you making me come out here" look, and try to run in as soon as they get out and before they get any business done. Which usually means they will head straight for the dining room carpet.

An Update To Yesterdays Message.....................................

As I had said we went to Devin's first wrestling tournament today, not a good day for Devin. He placed 4th in his weight group. But he took the loss well, much better than I expected. Seeing how last year he always placed at these things. BUT what the great thing was is that on the way home Devin got a HAIR CUT! It was too easy, I happened to look over to him on the ride home and asked if we could get a hair cut (which is a question I ask quite often lately)? He said sure OK. I must have had a stunned look because he explained to me that another coach (not one of his)at the tournament today made a comment about him being a girl. He was very upset with this coach and mad that he would even suggest that he thought Devin was a girl. Which I guess I could understand where Devin was coming from, especially since I saw quite a few boys there with longer hair than Devin's. But all the same "thank you" to that coach, because now Devin is sporting a new dew that is about 3-4 inches shorter than yesterday.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Hair Everywhere!

















What is it with some of the boys today? Especially my boy. Check out the hair. His hair is actually longer than his 'lil sisters hair. I have tried every bribe in the book to get him to let me get his hair cut, from letting him get highlights to not letting him play certain video/computer games. Nothing works I have come pretty close to just tying him up and drag him kicking and screaming to get his hair cut. And it is not like it is straight nor is it really curley but it DOES have quite a bit of body and when he wrestles it goes everywhere. Any suggestions on how to get him to cut his hair? How about getting him to clean his room?
You know I hear people say all the time how much easier boys are to raise than girls. I will definately have to argue that point. My girls are WAY easier than the boy! Looking for any and all suggestions on how to deal with a 13 year old very headstrong boy

Friday, November 23, 2007

Another Year of Thanks

It is once again Thanksgiving, I can hardly believe another year has gone by since we have seen most of our family.
This year we had a surprise.....cousin Mark was in town. It was nice to get to see him and his children. Devin was very glad to see Sean as we also do not see cousin John much either. Mike was glad to get to see his sister Lyn and husband Dave. It was a full house this year, and that always means a warm house. And that is always a good thing.
Mike of course had to make his "hot wine". Not a holiday goes by without that. This kids always come down from their rooms when the smell waivers up to the second floor.
They absolutely love their daddy's hot wine. And of course Thanksgiving in its simplest definition means copious amounts of food, which we had.....and will have again on Saturday which will be our second Thanksgiving dinner.
There is so much for which I am grateful:
For my husband, though he is not home very much, he is my rock and inspiration. Though sometimes his energy is exhausting!

I am thankful that Felicia adjusted well to college life and studies.

My work, where I have the opportunity to always learn, to never know everything there is to know; and make me realize where I really want to be.

For my children who keep me on my toes and are always doing the unexpected, and I am especially grateful on the days they get along and do not fight.

Our friends relatives, near and far, who bring me back to reality when my head gets stuck in the clouds.


Our dogs, who remind me not to take life too seriously and not to forget the important business of playtime. Our cat who shows me it is OK to be alone and to enjoy the times I am by-myself .

For my parents as they show me the possibilities to the future enjoyment of retirement.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Catching Up

With Felicia 3 hours away at college, it is very hard to keep up with pictures of her, so I have to depend onher to send me pictures. Since Halloween was on a week day she was unable to come home, so she signed up to pass cany out at school (did not know they did this). Their dorm building had a contest on decorating. Her floor went all out is seems. Though she did not send pictures from other floors. She said that 3 large bags of candy did not last long. There were a ton of kids that came to trick-or-treat at the College. She was even able to get rid of the tires she had in her trunk (Wal-mart did not take them when she put new ones on). They used them in the decorating of the common area. She was happy to not see them come back into her possession.

Audrey sent pictures of Alayna and Kahlen. Kahlen was so happy to be a police man. he was so cute on the phone describing his outfit to me. He did state the he did not get much candy, but that Alayna got a whole lot of candy! He also went into great detail describing his birthday party and how much fun he had. He is about the cutest kid, I can not explain how adorable this little guy is. Nothing but pure excitement in his face while enjoying his bouce slide at his birthday party. Oh to be a kid again, carefree and no worries. Just pure enjoyment. I do miss those days.....................

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Time for Candy and Fun

Yes, it is that time a year again when the ghosts and goblins come out to play. And it is my children's favorite time of year as they get hoards of candy. Normally I do not keep candy in the house as everyone (including Mike) will eat nothing but the sweets and no real food! Unfortunately the kids are getting older and its harder to get them to let mom and dad "inspect the candy". Of course that is where Mike and I will pour out the goods out on the table find our favorites and say "this looks opened" or "this just does not look right" and even better "we need to test the candy to make sure it is all good for you to eat". And of course they have gotten our number now that they are older!
The weather was beautiful, and we had a healthy stream of trick-or-treaters until 8pm. Then it was dead. So I was actually able to get some algebra homework done (which was a good things since I had a test on Thursday). As usual Mike brought home "extras" to give the kids that knocked on our door. The first two Halloweens we lived here Pepsi came out with new flavors of soda of which Mike would bring home a couple of cases and we would hand them out with the candy. This year he brought home coupons from Tacobell for free tacos (probably not as big a hit as the soda, but I know the parents appreciated the free stuff). We also had an over abundance of Aquafina lanyards so we gave those out as well. Now those were a hit (weird kids!).
Mikayla went trick-or-treating with her friend Courtney (who lives in another subdivision). They had an absolute blast. They wanted to go as twin (almost) punk rockers. AND they want to wear their fun new clothes the school (of which will not allow it). I can not believe that they are not allowed to wear these particular outfits, they are at least covering all their body parts. And that is more than a lot of the girls in middle school are covering these days!
Felicia was not able to come home since Halloween was on a week day. But they totally decorated their dorms. Not their rooms, but hallways and shared areas were all fair game. Felicia said she bought candy for trick-or-treaters that were coming by the campus. Apparently people in Kirksville will drive their children to the campus for them to trick-or-treat all the halls. Felicia said 3 bags of candy did not last long.
Devin was torn this year, one minute he wanted to go out the next he did not. He refused to go pick out a costume with me, so for the most part I assumed that he was not going. Then one of the neighborhood boys called and asked if he was going to go and would he go with him. Then off to the basement Devin went and rummaged through the Halloween bucket of old costumes. Came out as SCREAM FACE again.
Now that Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is fast approaching, so is the thought of christmas. First of all Lynn and Dave (Mike's Sister and Brither in-law) will be visiting us this year for Turkey Day. Yea! Since they live in Georgia we do not get to see them very much, and when they come in town to stay with us, that is pretty much the only time the Dannemann Family gets together. So we get to see ALL the family. Felicia is bring home two friends from school to stay the holidays also. So we will be quite full. Should make for interesting sleep arangements and pictures!
It also is time for Christmas shopping which maybe Lynn will do with me this year. Just the though of getting up at the wee hours of the morning to get dress and FREEZE in a line at a store usually does not appeal to me exept just his one time a year. The day after Thanksgiving. Normally I can never wait until Christmas to give gifts, so I will have to show some determination this year.
Here is a note to Mom and Dad, this is what you got Mike and I for Christmas (for those of you you do not know my parents are now considered snow birds. They are wintering in a home they purchased in Florida) with the gift money you left for us to buy gifts. Yes it is in the kitchen right now but it will be making its way to the theater area this evening. I have been searching high and low for these machines on line and WOW were they expensive. Got to love CostCo Warehouse. They make some things very affordable! So thanks mom and dad, maybe when you get back to Missouri you can come check it out! Now just one more picture of our cat Tequella.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Old Man Winter is a knocking

I thought I might warm everyone up with some springtime pictures I just stumbled across. Here in Missouri if one does not like the current weather they need only wait a day or so and the temperature is totally different. But now that summer is gone and pretty much of the fall is gone to just wet and cold I begin to miss the spring (already). I mean Fall is my absolute favorite season because of the colors and I absolutely love sweater weather. But our yard looks so pretty in the Spring with all the flowering trees (I would have more if Mike would let me get away with it). I just love trees! I have passed this trait on to Devin I am afraid. He begged me to make him another "woods" or "forest" for him at our new house when we moved here.I have done as much as Mike would allow. He said I am crazy with trees. But I think I have done pretty good in 4 years. Especially since since there was not even one tree or bush on our lot when we built the house. Thats all ok, as I have taken to planting trees on the Elementary school hill behind our house. The lights at night come in every window in the back of our house. Seedlings now, and hopefully in a few years they will block some of that annoying light.
I know babble babble. Well it is late and it is time to spend with the hubby and the kids are fast asleep (well at least Mikayla is, Devin has a friend over they will never sleep).
Good night all.

Somethings Must be Shared

Well I just read a post that I must share. The List of what is and is not a parents job. I loved it hope you do to.


Many of these I actually have acheived, I have to admit I have done some of the not my jobs also.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

A Time of Reflection

It has now been two weeks since my grandmother had passed away. She was the last grandparent I had that was living and the one I knew the best. My sister says that it is hard to be upset about someone she does not know. That saddens me even more, to think that she could not remember all the visits we had as children with our grandparents. Yes, she is correct in that we did not see them very much as we grew up here in Missouri and most of the rest of our family is in New York and some others in Florida. As an adult I called my grandmother every week until she got to ill to talk on the phone. I do miss her, maybe it is just the thought of her, but it is a missing all the same.

I am glad that my sweet husband asked me where I wanted to go for my big “40th” birthday last year instead of surprising me with a trip. Friends say that subconsciously I knew that something was coming. I am just glad that MY children got to meet their GREAT GRANDMOTHER and other relatives. They asked so many questions of who was related to whom and they made a few bonds that I hope they will keep. I keep encouraging them to write their new found friends (cousins) and hopefully they will continue to get to know their family.

Why is it that in America we push our families away, such as children should get out on their own as soon as possible and older members of the family are put in retirement communities instead of living with their children? I see in other cultures that the grandparents/parents live with and help their children, older children also stay within the home and everyone helps creating this huge network of caring and support. I do understand that it is hard to live this way but at the same time each generation gets to know the ones that came before.

In a separate topic, I believe that I may or may not have mentioned that I am back in school. I know crazy. I graduate in May with my Associates Degree and then start in the fall (maybe) to get my Bachelors Degree. Felicia wants to have a race to see who can get their bachelors first. I told her that would be her as her job is school and my job is a job then school. Felicia wants to go to Vienna this summer for schooling abroad. Or she said that she wants to seek out Cousin Barb (Mike’s cousin) where ever she is at the time and stay with her and go to school where she is for 2 months. She has not quite yet decided. She wants to minor with multi languages and have a major in accounting. She will be graduating college in 3 years with a Masters in 4. It seems I have a very determined your lady on my hands. She is enjoying college life it seems, and I am adjusting slowly to the fact I am not in charge anymore. That part is not easy. Mike and I went up to visit her for a day. Mom kept the other two entertained while we were gone. It was really nice to see Mike and Felicia acting like they use too when she was younger. They talked and goofed around like no one else was around. You could definitely tell Mike was missing his little girl. Those two have a bond that he and the other two do not. I have no idea why, he has always gotten along better with Felicia than the other two. Maybe it is that first child thing or something. Who knows but watching them together was heart warming. She took us all over campus showing us where her classes were and what buildings were for what. And of course daddy took her shopping. He got her a new TV, sun glasses, food, school supplies and such. Wrapped around her little finger he is.

Mikayla got to go to Hanna Montana concert this past Thursday. Daddy was able to get her tickets. Felicia wanted to go so she came home from school for the night and took Mikayla. They had the best time so said Mikayla. I “made” Devin and Mikayla have a day with mom yesterday. We went to Augusta (which is a winery town here) did some antique shopping, checked out a few old grave yards and did some wine tasting. Devin picked out the wine for dinner last night. Yes I only let them have sips I am not a total loose of a mom. On the way home we stopped at a farm and picked out our pumpkins. It was absolutely gorgeous weather the trees were beautiful you could not have asked for a better day. Devin even came up to me this morning and said thanks for yesterday! That made it all worth it. Today it seems to want to do the same so I am off again but this time we bring the puppies!