Archive for July, 2010

We just crossed the Red river and I think that we might make it without blood shed. WE FORGOT THE IPODS AT HOME. No digital media. No movies. Just the radio, books and ourselves. How did our parents do it? We are doing alot of traveling in the next week. I’ve made alot of cross country travel but never with nothing to plug in to entertain children. Debra went to the house to look for the bag with all of the iPods in it. No luck. At least she tried. Oh, Chris still has his iPhone. Hence my 21st century realization . . .
I am typing this entire entry in the middle of nowhere. Awesome. Technology is truly cool. I may break down on the side of the road and not see anyone for days to rescue me but I can blog about it .
Aunt Thea assures Chris that there will be pizza waiting when we finally make it there. We are all looking forward to that. I can not wait to be done with this leg of our journey. We just need a little John Denver to make this a true Lake family trip. Maybe we can stop somewhere and buy one of those fancy cd things. We will be set up just right then!


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As I am desperately trying to get the last loads of laundry done at 10:30pm so that I can finish packing. I pull a load out of the dryer and there is green crayon covering every bit of clothing.  Not just here and there, but everywhere.  Someone (I won’t mention who, but the person is the only one in the house taller than me.) left crayons in their pocket.  The last thing I need at this late hour is a laundry disaster.  But it is here. And we must deal with it. So I googled a solution. We mixed together a concoction that I am sure is illegal, but the internet assured me it would do the trick.  We will see in the morning.  It is soaking in a tub in the kitchen.  I pray that it works.  Most of the clothes were new little outfits of Ainsley’s. We will give it a try.  To his credit . . . the owner of the crayons helped me mix the “witch’s brew” of a concoction and set up the clothes to soak.  Thank goodness.  Of course, it was probably self preservation of his part.  Either way I am grateful.

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Getting ready to go.

Swamped.  Swamped. Swamped. We are trying to get ready to go tomorrow.  The kids and I went to the store on the way home from church to hopefully get everything that we need to get for the journey.  My plan is to buy the rest we need in Nebraska. The kids think that we are going on a field trip to the grocery store.  I swear Hilty’s should sell tickets, because my kids are more excited about going shopping there then they were when I offered to take them to the museum this week.  I stayed up until 3am last night trying to get more laundry done and get to the bottom of the mountain of papers on my desk (I’m pretty close to that one.).

We are looking for dead family members on the way home from Nebraska and I have almost all of my homework done on that one.  Satellite photos of cemeteries, lists of who to look for, maps to the cemeteries, and Dad’s phone number written in black on the notebook and we are ready.  The kids are excited.  They like running around cemeteries looking for names on the list.  Chris not so much.  But he is doing it for me and for his mom.

He is still working.  I just hope that he makes it home before dark so that he can fix my car before we leave on our trip.  He has worked since he got home from camp.  He did come home yesterday at 5:00 to go to the movies with us (which we have not gone to movies as a family since we moved here.) and then promptly went back to work (luckily he brought everything home to do it but still).

The kids are outside swimming in the little pool while I try to finish all of the laundry so we can back.  I just hope that I can get it done.  Well I’m off to put stamps on envelopes while I watch the kids swim (I’ll be about 10 feet away from pool so I don’t get the papers wet)!

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Quote of the Day

“Madie took the last fudgy bar, but I accept her apology,” says Ainsley.  Not sure why Madie felt the need to apologize, but Ainsley was ok with it in the end.

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We are so excited about tomorrow.  Madie comes  home.  I don’t know who is more excited. Me or the other two in the house.  There have been actual tears for the last two mornings because Madie wasn’t here. And by the way . . . they came from Ben.  He may give the quickest hugs on record but secretly he loves to love.

I am sure that Madie will not be overly thrilled to come home to our boring abode but she will get excited again once she realizes that we are leaving for Nebraska on Monday.  Way cool!  We are all excited.  We are excited about getting to see old friends and a bonus will be getting out of Conroe and the great state of Texas for awhile.  The borders of this state have kept me in for two years and it will finally release me on Monday! Yea!

Chris and Julie have done an awesome job posting wonderful pictures from camp.  I was asking too many questions from Chris tonight about how Madie was doing.  I told him that she looked troubled in a few of the photos.  He told me he wouldn’t put up any more pictures if I continued to read into them like that.  Whew! That was close.  I would have been devastated if he took pictures away.  Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces in the pictures has me geared up to have another church garage sale in the spring.  We have to earn more money again to send everybody next year.  There are already five kids who didn’t get to go this year and who have said that they want to go next year.  That is really cool.  Chris will be excited for me to part with more of our stuff (he says we didn’t part with nearly enough).  Maybe we’ll have some baby items to sell.  My youngest did just turn five this week!!!  I can’t hang on to this stuff forever!

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Chris’ video is awesome!  He posted it on his blog.  I am so happy to have my husband there with Madie. Especially when he does things like this!!  The photos were taken by Julie Weeks.  Thank goodness for both of their talents! I am almost feel like I’m there!

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Look at that view! What an awesome place to be for a whole week!

Her bed is all made and ready.

Look at all of the blue TOL shirts. There are 17 at camp this week. She'll have friends every where!

Waiting on the hayride to get to the cabin.

Finally we made it on the tractor. She is happy!

Her TOL cabin mates: Madie, Bethany, Yuliana, Amberly

After waiting for 1/2 hour for the hayride, it broke down. Shoot!

Madie is in one of the new cabins. Look how nice they are!!

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