Thursday, August 27, 2009

Almost a Teen...

Miranda turned 12 on the 22 of July. We had a very small get together with just Grandma, Grandpa and one other friend. Miranda loves her new IPod and is busy trying to go through the 1000 songs her dad downloaded to see which ones she actually wants. Her friend Breana got her this enormous stuffed dog that has provided lots of laughs with the cats. She had a fun week with her cousins visiting and decided turning 12 wasn't all that bad.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


We had the opportunity to host a Japanese exchange student for the last 10 days. Maka is 22 and just fit into our family like another member. Her English was unbelievable and she communicated like a pro. During the day, the program she was with scheduled a lot of activities so she was able to go to Cave of the Winds, drive up Pikes Peak, tour Norad and go horseback riding. In the evenings, she spent time with us watching movies and getting to know about family life in the US. We loved getting to know Maka and it was very sad last evening having to say our good-byes. I am sure we will stay in touch and see each other again in the future.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hi-Ho, Hi-ho, its off to....we go

So, lots of changes in our house this year. Today was Miranda and Aaron's first day of school. I wanted to attend the Boo-Hoo breakfast for kindergarten parent's but thought I would get a lot of looks when I said mine were in 7th and 5th. It is a first for us though. Miranda and Aaron were excited and looked pretty smashing in their "dress code" clothing. I will say at 54 degrees though this morning, Aaron was a bit chilly in his shorts. I thought we could get by with shorts for a few months, but at the temps we have been experiencing, we may have snow by Labor Day. Off to work Tom went, off to school the kids went, and off to the office at home I went. The only ones that didn't actually change their activities today, were these two lazy cats!!

Home Renovations

We figured if we were to ever finish out our basement, it had to be immediately. I started looking for contractors in May and by the first of June, we were set to begin. Applause goes out to all our friends who have ever taken on this type of project. I thought for a half a second we could do this project on our own, but quickly realized it was above our expertise. We have hired a great contractor and are underway. The dust in the house has been great fun for the kids. I try to keep up but there is just no way to completely combat all the dust that is generated by drywalling, tiling and other projects. I see Miranda and Aaron's signatures on the piano, coffee-tables and even the pictures hanging on the walls. I am so anxious to see the completed project.