Your life is not lying in wait in the future like a wild animal or some ominous destiny. Nor is it hidden in the heavens, like a paradise or promise. Nor is it shut up in the cave or the prison of your past. It is here and now; it is what you live and what you do. At the heart of being; at the heart of the present; at the heart of everything – in the great current of life, of reality.
Andre Comte-Sponville

Monday, August 18, 2008

~Hannah Montana Night~

Luc, Bren, "Hannah", Aub & Nic

The girls w/ Babe the hot dog!

A local restaurant, Babe's Hot Dogs, had Hannah Montana Night - the kids had a great time!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

~Family Day~

Aubree - 5 years old

Aubs lost her first tooth today!

Brenna and Daddy

Silly girls!

Four years ago today we arrived back from Ukraine w/ Aubree so every Aug. 17th we celebrate Family Day. We celebrated a day early this year and took the kids to the dinosaur show (see below!). Today we went to Wildwood to see the cabin and we took the girls swimming at the Wildwood pool - it was a nice day.
Also, Aubbie lost her first tooth today - she is so excited that the tooth fairy is coming tonight!

~New Pics~

It's looking good!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

~Walking with Dinosaurs~

We took the kids to the Walking with Dinosaurs show at The United Center - the show features life-size mechanical dinosaurs. It was FANTASTIC!!!! We all loved it!!
Dave, the girls and I went w/ Nikki, Dan and the boys - we rented a limo and then we all went to lunch after the show. It was a great day!!!
Here's a link I found on You Tube so you check out a little bit of what we saw!

~Master of All~

My poor baby wiped out!!!

Jack of all trades - the master of none? Nope, that's not my husband - he is the Jack of all trades AND the master of ALL. Am I biased? Maybe but for those that know him they would probably agree w/ me. I have always been amazed by Dave. He knows how to do anything - truly, he does! He can do carpentry, plumbing, electrical, computers, cars and more! We rarely have to hire anyone to do anything. He gutted and remodeled two kitchens, built a huge deck, put in a patio, put up walls, knocked down walls, put in tile floors, put in central air conditioning, put in the electrical system for a friend's house, fixed and programmed computers - there's too much to mention!! I often ask him how the heck he knows how to do all this stuff and he just says "I don't know - I just figure it out." And he always does!
And, now, he is building this cabin. He is loving it but he is exhausted - the picture above is him after a long day of working on the cabin. He was at a friend's house for a cookout and fell asleep in a chair after being there for only a couple hours! He works his full-time job all week and works on the cabin all weekend - he is the hardest worker I have ever known! I worry about him and will be so glad when the cabin is done so he can rest again.
I wanted to do this post so that he will know how much I appreciate all that he can do and all that he is. He is a great husband and an incredible father. No matter how busy he is he always finds time to spend time w/ the girls. My husband is a wonderful person and we are so lucky to have him!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

~Cabin Pics~

Dave working hard!

We have stairs!

Another angle

Second floor

Nice flat yard!

Girls w/ their friend, Rylee
Things are moving right along at the cabin! The walls are framed on the 1st floor, we have stairs up to the 2nd floor and the 2nd floor "deck" is on. Yea!!
Also, the excavator came out and graded the yard so it's looking good...and big!
We took the girls' friend, Rylee, to Wildwood w/ us on Sunday and they had fun swimming at the pool and checking out the cabin.