Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wonderful Wednesday

Why is my Wednesday so wonderful?

Well, for starters, Keenan had a great night last night (which means I did too!)

Keenan and I had a good chat with Frank and Myrtle, they love him to pieces. =)

We made some new friends. When we were out for our walk, we met some of our neighbors down the street (the first ones that we've met besides our next door neighbor, Phil, and Frank and Myrtle). It's a young couple, Laura and Adam, with four kids, Nathan (5), who waved at me through the window the other day, Anna (3), Joseph (2) and Isaac (4 months). They seem really nice and were surprised to find out that there was someone else on the street with a young child! They are Air Force as well. Adam flies helicopters...pretty cool. Laura said she'd love to take walks together, and that I'm welcome to come over anytime. I'm so excited to have met someone in my neighborhood, and such a nice family too!

I'm noticing that with the cooler weather, a lot more people are out in their yards when I'm out walking, so hopefully that will give me a chance to meet some of our other neighbors.

It was a great day for connecting with people. I called a couple friends, Janice and Leonieke, from back home, who I hadn't talked to in forever, and had some Great chats! I also caught up via email with one of my favorite "Michiganders", Melissa, and also had a few good facebook correspondences. All the ways to communicate these days...

The fair starts in two days! Woohoo! We missed the Mullet Festival, but we're not going to miss the fair...there's a circus too!

More Teeth!

These are the pictures from the other night. Keenan Loves it when Philip dances with him in the kitchen when he gets home from work!

I think this is a Great picture of both Philip and Keenan

I finally (by accident) got a picture that shows Keenan's four new teeth! He was laughing at this point, but the picture makes him look a little bit scary!

You might need to click on it and make the picture bigger to see the teeth better
(Then you can also tell that I "spiked" some of Keenan's hair!) LOL!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Miracle at Wal-Mart

We lost Bunny today. This time for real. Keenan and I were at Wal-Mart for probably 20 minutes (and had covered a lot of ground) before I realized that Bunny was missing.

I panicked immediately. I started a desperate, ongoing prayer under my breath, something like "Oh God, please, please, help me find Bunny..." I quickly retraced our steps as best I could remember back through the clothing section, through the hats, to the baby section, then over to the food aisles and finally to the cards and stationary section. No Bunny. My heart sunk. What am I going to do? What will happen when Keenan needs to go to sleep and he has no Bunny?

By this point, I'm barely holding back the tears as I pay for my stuff and get ready to leave. Where could he have gone?

After I check out, I head over to Customer Service to ask about the lost and found. As per usual, there was a long line at the counter, and only one person working. I found myself thinking, "Can't these people hurry up with their trivial returns etc... don't they realize I have a Crisis going on here??" Finally it was my turn and I asked the girl if she could check the lost and found for a blue bunny. I could see the box from where I was standing, and when I didn't see Bunny on the top, and she started going through the other stuff, I knew he wasn't there. When she came back, I asked if I could leave my phone number. She handed me a small piece of paper and I wrote down my cell phone number, name and a description of Bunny. (I have to admit, though she was super nice, I didn't have a whole lot of faith, that when her shift ended, that piece of paper would still be around for anyone else to use if Bunny showed up).

I headed out to the car, trying to page Philip as I went, and praying, "Lord, please let Bunny be in the car.." since I wasn't Positive we had brought him into the store. I got to the car, looked inside, and once again.. no Bunny. (In hindsight, it's a good thing Philip wasn't able to return my page anyway, because it would have just added stress to his day when he couldn't do anything about it anyway).

I couldn't leave without looking once more. I put Keenan's car seat in the car, put our cart away, and then put him in the umbrella stroller and we headed back in for one more look around. As we went in, I had a good feeling about the way that I was going, being pretty sure that it's the Exact path we had taken when we first went in the store. Still no sign of him anywhere. Could someone have stolen him? Why would they?? Who wants someone else's old, slightly damp, sucked on, Bunny? I decide to check at the lost and found once more, but she still hadn't seen him.

As I headed for the door, I remembered that I needed to go to the bathroom, so I headed to the back of the store (and double checked that the site to store counter didn't have a lost and found), used the bathroom and headed for the front doors again.

As I did, I suddenly got a little prompting "Weren't you at the Halloween clearance section?" Yes I was! I was so excited as I headed there, hoping Bunny had fallen on the floor and gotten kicked under one of the clothing racks. I rounded the corner... no Bunny. I was totally disappointed now, and was ready to cry again. I started to leave, and out of the corner of my eye I saw him... on top of a candy display, a familiar little blue tailed bottom stuck up in the air, and two floppy ears hung over the side. I paused in disbelief, exhaled "Thank you God!", then grabbed Bunny and held him to my chest.. I was sooo happy! Wow! Answer to prayer! I didn't give him back to Keenan at that point, I held him (as I floated) on our way back to the car.
Keenan hadn't yet missed Bunny this whole time, and minutes after we left the parking lot, he was fast asleep with one of Bunny's ears in his fist.

When we got home, guess what was in the mail? A package containing Bunny Hop's two brand new, super soft bunny brothers from the UK! (We hadn't been expecting them to come for a while yet).

As I pulled in the driveway, tears came to my eyes... what an amzing God we have, who cared about the whispered prayer of a desperate mom in Wal-Mart and the slobbery blue bunny that helps her baby boy sleep. While I was frantically racing around Wal-Mart, or possibly before Bunny was even lost - He had put two replacements in my mailbox, so that, even if I hadn't found Bunny, everything would have been okay.

This verse came to mind: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny ? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father." Matt. 10:29
He cares about sparrows.. and even little blue bunnies...=)

Some people might just call this luck or coincidence, but I don't believe that, and I want to give credit where credit is due. I think this was His reminder to me that He's very much there and cares about even the smallest details of my life.

After we went in the house, Bunny Hop and his two brothers had a little reunion (I think they'd been separated at birth). Here's a picture of the three of them together.

They seem to really like each other
(I was going to have one of the brothers give him "bunny ears", but well, that joke isn't all that funny when everyone in the picture already has them)

Ah, yes, the Hop brothers, Hip, Bunny and Bell. I know, "Bell" is a pretty girlie name, he thinks so too. He actually wrote a song (a take off on Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue"), called, "A Bunny Named Bell", and traveled the world for several bitter years, looking for his father. That's how he ended up in the UK, and was reunited with Hip. They lived in a foster home of sorts, called "Deb's Beanie World", in Wirral, not far from Liverpool.

All's well that ends well, and things are mighty fine here in the Dooley house. Goodnight all!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Dreams from My Husband: A story of the Vas and Insanity

Well, Blogger isn't letting me upload the pictures I was going to put on here (and they are just a couple cute ones of Keenan and Philip dancing in the kitchen), so that leaves me with not much to put up here..

Since I can't think of anything else to say, I've asked Philip to blog about a hilarious dream he had the other night:

I don't claim that this is hilarious, you can judge for yourself:

(10:30 pm: alarm goes off because Philip went to bed at 7 pm and set the alarm for 10:30 so he would wake up and take an Ambien CR to help sleep through the night because he was having trouble converting back to a day schedule after two weeks of nights and kept waking up at 1 am.)

Joia (To herself): Why is the alarm going off right NOW??
Joia: Are you going to turn that off?

(Philip, apparently awaking from a dream about what he had been doing earlier in the work week, rolls over turns off the alarm, and thinks that someone has just called because they realized that the vas deferens had not been cauterized (burned with electricity) during one of the vasectomy operations from earlier in the week. As fairly recent research indicates, this is the most important step to make sure the procedure does not fail.)

Philip (Slightly alarmed that they had forgotten to do this critical step, asks Joia): Can you get the phone?
Joia: What do you need the phone for?
Philip: For the buzzer thingy.
Joia: What buzzer thingy??

(Philip takes a solid 20 seconds to respond to this question, before formulating the following brilliant answer.)

Philip: Did you cauterize the ends?
Joia: WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!
Philip (Now frustrated that Joia does not understand at all what is going on): Did you do the vasectomy?
Joia (VERY exasperated and wondering how long this insane exchange could go on): Philip, I don't know what you're talking about, so I'm just going to get you the phone.

(Joia gets out of bed and goes and get the cordless extension from the office)

Philip (To himself): What is she so mad about? She's the one who woke me up in the first place.

(Joia brings the phone back, hands it to Philip and then watches over his shoulder to see what he is going to do with it.)

(Philip takes the phone, rolls over toward the clock, presses the talk button on the phone and the light on the screen comes on. He is looking for the cautery button so that he can use the short antenna of the phone, probably after taking off the cap, to finish the unfinished vasectomy that someone was calling about by cauterizing the ends of the vas deferens. He can't read the other buttons on the phone so he turns the screen off. He then picks up the other cordless phone extension, which had been sitting next to his side of the bed this whole time on the charger, and turns it on. Apparently this phone, while identical in appearance to the first phone, when viewed by the untrained eye, does not have a cautery button. Otherwise Philip could have just used it instead of having Joia get the office phone. Now using the light from the second phone to look at the buttons on the first phone he still can't find the cautery button, since it is only there in crazy land, so he turns that phone off and sets them both on the bedside table.)

Philip (to himself): I don't know why the vas deferens not being cauterized is an emergency at this time of day anyway, I'm going back to sleep.

(Philip closes his eyes and heads back to sleep, Joia also tries to go back to sleep.)

(10:39 pm: The alarm, having had only the snooze button pressed, goes off again, Philip keeps on sleeping. Joia, in disbelief that this is happening again, rolls over toward Philip...)

Joia (In as patient a tone as she can muster because she's now convinced that Philip was never awake during the whole ordeal): Honey ... I know you don't even know what I'm talking about, but the alarm should NOT be going off right now.
Philip: (Mumbles something unintelligible, rolls to look at the clock, stares at the clock for a solid 20 seconds, and then rolls back to Joia) Yeah....that's right.

(Philip turns off the alarm, resets it for 6:45 am, turns the alarm back on and heads back to sleep.)

Philip (To himself): Wow, that Ambien is some crazy stuff, I'm exhausted.
Joia (To herself): Wow, what just happened!? I'm exhausted.

(1:30 am: Philip wakes up, because he never did take the Ambien he was supposed to take at 10:30, Joia rolls over and realizes that Philip is awake.)

Joia (Impressed that Philip could pronounce the word vasectomy in his sleep): So do you remember talking to me about a vasectomy or something in your sleep?

(Philip proceeds to explain what he was actually thinking that whole time and they both laugh hysterically for quite some time).

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Quiet Sunday

Today was just a quiet day at home. It seems we are all still needing more sleep than we're getting at night, so Philip and I got in some extra sleep while Keenan was sleeping.

The weather continues to be beautiful and fall like. It's so refreshing after the long, hot, humid summer. We actually opened the house all up yesterday and let the fresh air blow through.. it was soo nice!

Keenan and I have been taking more walks, since we can be out for more than five minutes now without sweating! He really likes being in the stroller, and I need the exercise, and it gives Philip a chance to get stuff done without us bugging him.

Philip and I had a nice evening together, since Keenan went down early, and we watched Regarding Henry, a movie about a guy who was shot and lost his memory, speech and physical abilities.

Here's a picture of my boys this afternoon:
I love these guys!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Party at the Smiths!

Tonight Cliff and Jodi had a bunch of the interns and their wives and kids over for dinner. Since it's close to Halloween, we dressed Keenan up, (and were surprised by some others in costume as well!)

Keenan slept almost the entire time, so Philip and I were really able to enjoy ourselves and eat and talk to people uninterrupted, so it was great!

Wendi's friend, Kelsey was visiting, and it was really nice to meet her and chat and get to know her a bit, she's awesome!

We stayed and visited with Cliff and Jodi for a while after everyone else left, and Jodi sent me home with a ton of food!

Here's the pictures from the evening, in a little different format than usual. Enjoy!

Great day!

"The Cheesecake" has returned. Remember the crazy good cheesecake Laura and I made when she was here? Well, since my other friends have been asking for it, I decided to make it for a get together this evening.. It looks just as yummy as last time...


For those of you who were wanting the recipe - just go to: www.tasteofhome.com and enter Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake, and it'll take you to the recipe.

This morning, as we were getting ready to get in the car to go boating with John and Wendi, their friend Kelsey, and Cliff and Jodi, we found out that the Eglin Rec Center wasn't letting boats out today since the water was too choppy... =0/ Bummer.

However, since we were already up and ready, we decided to head to Navarre, to Sean and Johanna's. They were having a yard sale today, and we also wanted to see their new house. They were happy to see us, and we bought a great toy shelf for Keenan's room (for $5!) Their house is Gorgeous! Very wide open and nice, and they have a great back yard with really nice trees, and a beautiful pool and hot tub! We stayed and visited a while and Keenan played with Sebastian and Kiara while we had our first hot chocolate of the season. Sean offered to heat up the hot tub for us, but Philip declined, since we were on our way elsewhere. He then said we could go out on their boat with them sometime and then go in the hot tub, so we'll probably take them up on that offer sometime.


Keenan with Sebastian (1) and Kiara (4)

Keenan trying out a "big boy" toy
"Look Mom, no hands!"

After that, we headed to Gulf Breeze (almost to Pensecola) to check out their disc golf course. We hadn't played disc golf since we moved here and this was the closest course. It was a pretty nice course...the first one we've played in Florida, so it was a bit of a change from Michigan. =)


This is Keenan's second time disc golfing (he was only a few weeks old the first time!)

There was quite a bit of water at this course, I decided not to play this hole
(I didn't trust myself to not lose my disc)

Very pretty course

Warm, comfy baby

There was a random rope hanging from a tree by the water so I decided to try it out.. fortunately I stayed dry! =0)

Keenan and I taking a rest

A good time was had by all, and we were glad to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall day!

Friday, October 26, 2007

G'night

We're getting a fairly early start on a pretty busy (fun) day tomorrow, so I'm hittin' the hay early...

Some random facts about the day:

I had coconut cake for breakfast.

We had our first landscaping guy come to look at our yard and give us an estimate on how much it would cost to make it look presentable. He has to do some figuring first, but said that he Definitely thinks we should start out by getting a sprinkler system, which would involve drilling a well, etc... (sounds pricey)

Keenan got his first Canadian passport picture taken today! I think it's pretty cute. (I'll scan it and post it soon).

I'm Really enjoying getting to wear my comfy flannel pj pants to bed again, and actually have the house cool enough that I Want blankets on!

We took Rob and Sarah's van back to their house today.. (sigh) I miss it already... It was so nice to be able to have it while Sarah was gone, because our car was in the shop twice this past week!

Philip took care of Keenan and got him to bed tonight so that I could have a relaxing bath - how great is he??

Some special visitors

This morning, as Keenan and I were sitting at his "play station" by the patio doors, (no, he doesn't have a Play Station, just the place where all his toys are!), I noticed a cardinal flitting around the bushes! (Maybe this is a pretty normal thing, but it was a first for me) I ran and got my camera, but then he flew around the corner of the house. So... I went into the spare bedroom, opened the blind, and, tada! Perfect view!


I think he might have been looking right at me here.. =)

Peek a boo!

Almost a full view

I was delighted to see that his "wife" was also with him! I'm not sure if I've ever seen a female one before... She was a bit shy, and little harder to get a picture of, but here she is...

Isn't she cute?

I think we might need to invest in a bird feeder on our back porch! Who knows who might stop by? =0)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fun at MOPS

MOPS was so fun today! We had a speaker come and talk about the importance of the family having dinner together, and she shared a whole bunch of cool tips and tricks for meal preparation and making things easier. Then we all got to make a pan of manicotti to bring home for dinner! It was awesome!

Here's the stuff all set up for us - it worked great, mine was done in less than five minutes! The coolest part was squeezing the cheese mixture into the shells (it worked really well out of a ziplock bag!)

Don't get in the way of these moms and their dinner preparations..
That's my friend, Andrea (who you all know by now),in the brown shirt

Soo cool to be taking dinner home with us!

These are most of the people from my small group at MOPS:


Lindsye (baby boy due in three weeks), Britnye (husband in Iraq), and Jen (not exactly sure when her baby girl is due)

Angela and Tammy

A couple things...

Great News!
Last night I got online in an effort to hunt down another Bunny Hop (the offical "Ty" name for Keenan's blue Bunny). This was partly due to the fact that, last week, while my mom and I were at Old Time Pottery, we LOST bunny for a short period of time, and the panic that I felt during those minutes has spurred me on to find another one...
I couldn't find one on ebay.com, not One! They had four of the pink version, but no blue ones. I finally found a seller on the UK ebay site. The price was in Great British Pounds. =) The guy had two, and when I showed Philip he said "I think we'd better get both of those." So, Yay!! We have two of Keenan's precious bunny replacements on their way! (Well, "on their way" might be a relative term, Philip said he bought something from the UK once and it took three months to come!) It doesn't really matter (as long as we don't lose Bunny in the meantime), I'm just glad that we snatched up the last two Bunny Hops on the planet! =)

Not my favorite surprise...
I found my first gecko in the house this morning. Now, he was just a baby (about an inch and a half long), and, outside, I would have thought he was adorable. However, In my house... he gave me a little shiver. I scooped him into a Tupperware container and deposited him back outside...

Very disappointing
I Love chocolate milk. (And at this time, I'd like to do a chocolate milk toast in honor of Rebekah). All right, back on task... When I was buying milk, I noticed that the chocolate milk was only $1.61 a gallon! That's like half the price of white milk! I decided to get some for a treat. When I had the first glass, I noticed that it wasn't the Best chocolate milk I'd ever had (but figured that's what you get for the price you pay).

However.... later, upon closer inspection, I realized that the jug didn't even say, Chocolate Milk, it said "Chocolate Drink!" Hmmm...

Here's the ingredients... #2 "High Fructose Corn Syrup" (wonderful), #3 (the only "milk-ish" ingredient), "Whey Powder (Milk)"... and then a bunch more "not so yummy sounding stuff", followed by #12, "Whey Protein" (containing MSG). Well, didn't I chose a champion of a beverage this week! YUCK!!
(This was purchased at the Commissary, so, fellow Air Force friends who like chocolate milk... beware!)

Just a side note: A friend told me last week that when she gives her kids chocolate milk, she purposely calls it "chocolate drink" (until they're old enough to figure out that it's milk), because then she didn't have any problem getting them to still drink white milk. I thought that was pretty smart.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fall is here!

Wow! Fall actually Does come to this hot place! =) This morning was soo nice and cool! Keenan and I went for a walk at 8:15, and I actually had a long sleeved T-shirt on, and bundled Keenan up pretty well... He wasn't sure what to think of all of these clothes! =)

The girl's weekly lunch was at Andrea's this week, and we got to meet her wonderful parents, Bob and Debbie. They were super nice, and her mom even made the dessert - this yummy "dirt cake!" =) I made some chocolate bark stuff, so we were joking about eating dirt and bark for dessert!

Mmmm...


A good group picture (stolen from Wendi)
Sebastian, Johanna, Jodi, me, Wendi, William, Tiffany and Andrea
(Keenan was already in his car seat ready to go)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Still rainin'...

Today was rainy Again... Keenan and I didn't do anything exciting, just some grocery shopping and seeing what's new at the BX, so I'll just post some pictures from our day at home...

My new ball!

Hmmm... where did Mommy put my ball?

"Aaahhh! What's going on??"


"Whew! It wasn't a baby after all!"


I'm the hunchback baby...

"Mommy, quit coveting my lashes..."

Thank you Tim and Steph for Keenan's ball! Yesterday was a looong day, so I swiped it from his stocking (he AND I needed something new for him to play with).

A Baby's Perspective of Halloween

This is an article from my "babytalk" magazine. With Halloween approaching, I thought I'd put it on here.. I found it pretty funny!

the baby diaries
Notes on a scandal, from the perspective of someone very small

October 25 Dear Diary,
Mom still has no clue about you! She thinks you're a "cute little pad" covered in "scribbles". Good thing, since this is about her. The woman worries me. Today I heard her tell Grandma that she can't decide if I should be a cow, a duck, or a bumblebee. I'm a baby, for crying out loud.

October 27 It gets worse, Diary.
Mom's developed a cruel streak. Today she brought home these yummy-looking white balls (Styrofoam, she called them) and a big piece of green cloth I could tell would be delicious. But did I get even one taste? Nope. I was this close to gumming a ball when she whisked it away and made me suck on plastic keys instead. I hate those keys. They don't taste half as good as the real ones, and they don't open anything.

October 29 Oh my gosh, this can't be happening.
Just overheard Mom telling Dad that the balls and cloth are part of a plot to turn me into a "giant peapod". I've seen the grownups eating peapods. They can't get enough of those things. Somebody help me!!!

October 30 The Score: Me 1, Mom 0.
That's right: This afternoon, all by myself, I foiled Operation Eat the Baby. Ha! Mom foolishly left me naked on the living room floor while she went in the kitchen, and her evil peapod materials were just a few feet away from me. I dragged myself along until I was on top of them, then let loose with everything I'd been planning to put in my next diaper. Oddly, Mom wasn't that upset. She did groan at first, but then started kissing me and saying, "You're crawling! You are! ---and called Dad to tell him I'm a genius. But maybe this is all part of Plan B: Make me feel loved and admired until she figures out how to turn me into a giant turkey sub.

October 31 Weird, Weird day. To be on the safe side, I refused to let Mom put anything on me at all. (Except for diapers. She is shockingly strong.) Just before dark, the doorbell began ringing - a lot. Every time, Mom swooped me up and opened the door to a bunch of kids in strange outfits and seriously dirty faces. No matter how much I cried, none of them came in for a play date. They just stood there, waiting for Mom to hand them little lumps covered in shiny paper. (I tried to snag one and she gave me the darned plastic keys again.) Then some kid's parent asked what I was. (A baby! Hello!) Mom pointed to my bare chest and legs and my diaper and said "A sumo wrestler!" and they all laughed. I tell you, it was humiliating. But at least sumo wrestlers aren't a kind of food. I hope.
(by Melissa Balmain)

HOW MANY PEOPLE READ MY BLOG?

I'm just wondering how many people out there actually read my blog (regularly or every now and then). If you can each just post a comment with just your name and where you're from (or more if you want), and it doesn't even have to be your real name if you don't want to put it on here.
Even if you read this post two months after it was written, still put your name, because all the comments go straight to my inbox, so I'll still get it! Thanks!

Monday, October 22, 2007

More rain...

I'm not sure how there can possibly still be any rain Left up there, but, again, it rained most of the day... Keenan and I were soo glad when it finally stopped and we could get outside and take a walk!

I decided to tackle the wallpaper in our guest bathroom today. It's one of the projects that I've kind of been dreading. It's not going to get any easier or more fun if I wait, so I went at it today. The top (vinyl) part comes off pretty well, but there are several layers of the backing part underneath, and the walls are kind of uneven, so I'm considering using textured paint (that Jodi told me about) that you can paint right over the paper with. It would be Such a huge job to get all the paper off And even the walls up.


This just can't stay...

Philip is having a rough time getting back on a day schedule after being on nights for two weeks. He woke up at 1:30 this morning and never was able to get back to sleep before he had to head in to work! He picked up some Ambien on the way home, so hopefully that'll knock him out and he'll sleep really well tonight.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Snoozy Sunday

It's been a little harder than we expected for Philip to switch his schedule back... He ended up needing to sleep quite a bit today. In order for him to have some quiet, Keenan and I went for a walk at Turkey Creek and then did some stocking stuffer shopping.

We had planned to go the Mullet Festival today. Kenny Rogers was singing tonight! We had planned to go this afternoon, but then it started to rain, so we didn't want to risk paying to get in, and then have it start raining again and have to leave anyway...so we opted out. We'll definitely have to go next year, because it looked like a Ton of fun when we drove by and the number of people was incredible! Apparently 100,000 people attend this every year, and eat about 10 tonnes of Mullet!

Keenan was having a great nap in the van, so we went to Sonic for dinner (it really is the perfect place to go when you have little kids, because it doesn't matter how much noise they make, they won't bother anyone else, since they're in the car with you!) I've decided that their Peach Iced Tea is my new favorite thing...

I think Keenan is sleeping better just having Philip at home at night with us... good stuff! He's in bed now, so I'm going to go enjoy the rare luxury of getting to read a book in the evening.. =)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Philip's Home!

Keenan and I have Philip back! =) He came home and slept until about 2:30, and then we went and picked up the Civic from the shop. (It needed some work, so we've been using Rob and Sarah's van while they're on vacation - it's really nice!)

After that, we went to the Santa Rosa mall (that I didn't even know existed until I came across it by accident last week!) It's not a huge mall, but is nice and has some fun stores. We took some cute pictures of Keenan on the little kiddie rides...

On the tractor


In the rescue chopper


...and in the Nascar car with Mommy! =)

Keenan's not crawling yet, but he seems like he's on the verge...

"I'm gonna get it.."

Reeeaaaach!

"Ha ha, got it!"

Keenan and William last night at John and Wendi's

Keenan "helping" Daddy brush his teeth

Philip just put Keenan to bed, so we're going to have dinner and watch the Michigan/Illinois game.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Last Night!

I just might be more excited about this being Philip's last night of call than he is... I think I can definitely say he has handled this schedule better than I have. I just feel so... out of it and tired, and not "on top of things" at all.

This morning I babysat for a friend for a couple hours. It just ended up being one of her kids, her six year old, Kaedyn. He's a pretty cool (and really good) kid, and we had a lot of fun. He showed me all of his transformers, and how to tell the "good guys" from the "bad guys". We also made an ocean liner out of K-Nex pieces. It'll be fun when Keenan is old enough to do stuff like that with.

Tonight, Wendi and John had Matt, Tiffany and I over for dinner. It was sooo nice to get out, and eat someone else's (amazing) cooking for a change. They were all really fun, but I don't think I was the greatest company, and Keenan was exhausted so we headed out first.

Keenan's asleep, I just finished my ice cream, and I'm headed to bed. Hopefully the "Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival" a few blocks away doesn't keep me awake, it's pretty loud. (By the way, that's mullet the fish, not the hairstyle).

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Rain, rain, rain...

So, Wow, we've had a lot of rain today! It's been raining pretty much the whole day!

Tiffany and I went to Destin this morning, and I'm soo glad we were in her big car, since it rides a lot higher than our Civic! I'm not sure I could have kept it on the road, with the amount of water we drove through in some spots!

We went back to that scrapbook store I found the other day, and I stocked up on embellishments for my Christmas cards. Then we went to Target for a while before grabbing lunch at McAlister's Deli. With all the rain it seemed like a "soup day" to me, so I had the Cheddar Potato soup in a bread bowl... so good!

I had a great chat on the phone with Laura this afternoon... she's already working on plans to come see me again! Woohoo! =0)

These are totally random pictures. The first one is Keenan's Easter basket (when he was about a month old), and then a picture of him last week in that same basket! =)


The things Mommy does with me when Daddy's not looking...


"You know I could get out of this if I wanted to, right?"

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

On our own

My mom flew home this morning. Keenan and I sure were sad to see her go... =0/ However, we had a Great week with her, and I'm sure my dad, especially, is Thrilled to have her back! =)

Three more nights to go! I'm so excited about his next rotation, Ambulatory Procedures, which starts at 7:15 am and finishes at 4:30 pm - woohoo!

Philip had one of his busiest nights ever last night.. he might blog about it when he gets a chance on the weekend or something.

Nothing terribly exciting or out of the ordinary happened today to report on. I actually wore jeans for a whole day (which was really fun, after not really being able to wear them here yet). I did get a little warm while Keenan and I were out walking this evening though...

It's pretty early, but Keenan's asleep, so I'm going to head to bed as well...

Through a Child's Eyes

Some of you may have seen these already. I just came across them for the first time today and thought they were too funny not to post.

Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that ok? Neil


Dear God, I think the stapler is one of your greatest inventions. Ruth M.


Dear God, In Bible times did they really talk that fancy? Jennifer


Dear God, I am American, what are you? Robert


Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy. Joyce


Dear God, I bet it's very hard for you to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. Nan


Dear God, Please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter - There is nothing good in there now. Ginny


Dear God, If you watch in church on Sunday I will show you my new shoes. Mickey D.


Dear God, If we come back as something please don't let me be Jennifer Horton because I hate her. Denise


Dear God, I would like to live 900 years like the guy in the Bible. Love, Chris


Dear God, If you give me a genie lamp like Alladin, I will give you anything you want except my money or my chess set. Raphael


Dear God, We read that Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday school they said you did it. So I bet he stole your idea. Sincerely, Donna


Dear God, If you didn't let the dinasour go extinct we would not have a country. You did the right thing. Jonathan


Dear God, Please send Denise Clark to a different camp this year. Peter


Dear God, Maybe Cain and Able would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother. Larry

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Second last day of my mom's visit =0/

The girl's lunch was here today. Last week it was at Jodi's house and we met her parents. Today the girls met my mom, and next week it's at Andrea's, and we'll be meeting her mom! It's like "parent show and tell" or something! LOL!
We had a repeat of the clam chowder (since it seemed to go over pretty well last time), and my mom made it this time. Jodi made grilled cheese (since we decided last time, when Wendi made them, that they went Perfectly with the chowder!) Tiffany made a delicious salad and Andrea brought some fun Halloween cupcakes. We missed Sarah and Wendi today.. =0/

This afternoon, mom and Keenan and I went over to see Frank and Myrtle, since they wanted me to bring her over while she was here, and we also went next door, so my mom (and Keenan) could meet our other neighbor, Wyneeta (sp?) She is really sweet and had us come to her house. Keenan Loved her teddy bear collection, which she was kind enough to let him play with. We also visited quite a long time at Frank and Myrtle's, and got the tour of their gardens, and heard all about their family and the (cool) story of how they met etc...

When we got home, Philip was up, so we got to spend some time with him before he had to leave to drop Rob Oschner off at the airport. They left their mini van with us for the time that they're gone, which was super nice!

After dinner, we took Keenan for a walk around the neighborhood, and then had some butterfinger trifle for dessert after he went to bed. Mmmm...

Monday, October 15, 2007

Fun day out

After dropping Philip off at work this morning, my mom and I headed for Destin. We had lunch at the Crab Trap first... so good! Can't beat that Amberjack!!
The view is always great there, but today the water was Super wavy and it was cool to watch while we ate.
Us at the Crab Trap (Keenan's taking the picture)

After that, we headed to Old Time Pottery. My mom and I are alike in a lot of ways, so she really liked it too. I also discovered a really cool scrapbooking store I didn't know about (and will Definitely be visiting again soon).

We went to Sonic on the way home (my mom had never been), which is another of my favorite places, and got strawberry slushes.

Keenan was asleep when we got home, so my mom stayed with him while I ran out and got groceries (it was crazy how fast it went by myself!) and then we had dinner together.

This evening, I was able to take Philip his dinner and spend a little bit of time with him before he headed into a Very busy night of work.

I'm a little behind on sleep, so I'm headed to the land of Nod...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A fun Sunday

This morning I made waffles for everyone, and then Uncle Tom and Aunt Kathy headed out to do some shopping, while Philip got in a few more z's and mom, Keenan and I went for a walk at Turkey creek. With the cooler weather it was really nice out, even though we weren't there early in the day. Keenan had a nice nap while we were out as well.


Sweet sleeping baby


Cute turtle (and my reflection in the water!)

When everyone met back at home (or woke up), we hung out for a while and then went to Boathouse Landing for lunch. This is the first time we've eaten inside, and it was really nice. The Flounder was awesome!


Uncle Tom, Aunt Kathy and my mom


The Dooley Three

When we got home, Uncle Tom and Aunt Kathy headed out, since they have a seven hour drive home.


One last picture before they left


Keenan and Grandma playing peek a boo

Since my mom offered to watch Keenan for us, Philip and I were trying to decide what to do, now that we actually had some time together for the first time in a week. We thought about gong kayaking, but by the time we called, there wasn't enough time left in the day. You know what we ended up doing? Putting on old clothes and working out in the yard, pulling out weeds, and random stuff that doesn't belong. Yup, sweat, dirt, a couple shovels and each other, fun date! =) I have to admit, my attitude was pretty stinky about it originally, but improved with time (and the great feeling of accomplishment when I dug out some pretty huge weeds and dead bushes!) LOL!